Saturday, July 13, 2019

Ebunoluwa Olafusi

    Ani, ex-finance minister, loses wife

Ani, ex-finance minister, loses wife

Morinola Ani, wife of Anthony Asuquo Ani, former foreign affairs minister and minister of finance, is dead.According to a statement issued by the family, she died on Tuesday at the aged of 79.She was a career laboratory technologist who retired as a chief laboratory officer from the department of clinical pathology of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL).She [...]

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    Badeh’s killing not political, says investigative panel

Badeh’s killing not political, says investigative panel

The joint investigative panel set up to probe the death of Alex Badeh, former chief of defence staff, says the killing has not political undertone.Bamidele Shafa, leader of the panel, disclosed this while parading 15 suspects alleged to be involved in the crime, at the Mogadishu cantonment in Abuja, on Wednesday.The panel was set up by Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence [...]

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    Ohaneze on Ruga: Buhari listened to public opinion for the first time

Ohaneze on Ruga: Buhari listened to public opinion for the first time

Ohaneze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has commended the federal government for suspending the proposed Ruga settlements in the country.The federal government had suspended the initiative following public outcry against it.In a statement by Nnia Nwodo, president-general of Ohaneze , the organisation said it is heartwarming that the Buhari administration finally deferred to the opinion of others on public issues.The [...]

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    Senator who slapped nursing mother should be arrested immediately

Senator who slapped nursing mother should be arrested immediately

Festus Keyamo, human rights lawyer, has called for the immediate arrest of Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north district, for assaulting a nursing mother. Premium Times had published the video of the lawmaker hitting the woman at a shop in the Wuse area of Abuja.Although the video surfaced online on Tuesday, the incident was reported to have occurred on May 11, a [...]

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    Omokri: Jonathan approved N100bn loan for cattle ranches

Omokri: Jonathan approved N100bn loan for cattle ranches

Reno Omokri, a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has tackled Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state, for saying Jonathan budgetted N10 billion for Ruga settlement.In a statement on Tuesday, Omokri said the former president approved N100 billion loan for states who wished to build cattle ranches for "modern processing" of beef.Omokri said the Ruga initiative did not originate from Jonathan's [...]

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    How six police officers were shot dead in 24 hours

How six police officers were shot dead in 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, six police officers have been killed in different attacks in Rivers and Bayelsa states.On Monday, two police officers said to be escorting a vehicle conveying money, were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital.The police officers were reportedly attacked at a checkpoint around Ojoto area of the state capital.The gunmen reportedly [...]

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    Southern leaders on Ruga: FG can’t force violent herders on our communities

Southern leaders on Ruga: FG can’t force violent herders on our communities

The Southern and Middle Belt leaders forum has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of "deploying federal might" to promote the interest of one ethnic group over others.The group was reacting to Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, comment that Ruga settlement proposed by the federal government is not for herders alone.In a statement signed by Yinka Odumakin (south-west); Chigozie Ogbu (south-east); Bassey Henshaw (south-south) [...]

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    Akpabio accused of presenting ‘hearsay evidence’ in tribunal

Akpabio accused of presenting ‘hearsay evidence’ in tribunal

A socio-political group, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement, has accused Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of the state, of basing his burden of proof on hearsay evidence at the governorship election petition tribunal in Uyo, the state capital.In a statement signed by Solomon Abasiekong, acting secretary of the group, said all witnesses presented by Akpabio at the tribunal have admitted to basing [...]

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    ICYMI: We’re tackling insecurity with superior firepower, says Boss Mustapha

ICYMI: We’re tackling insecurity with superior firepower, says Boss Mustapha

Boss Mustapha, former secretary to the government of the federation, says the country is tackling security challenges with superior firepower.He said this at the 11th triennial national delegates conference held in Abuja.Mustapha, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, said the conference came at a time Nigeria needs every sector of the economy to contribute towards nation-building.He said the current administration would continue [...]

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    Drama as Imo officials ‘recover assets’ from mall owned by Okorocha’s daughter

Drama as Imo officials ‘recover assets’ from mall owned by Okorocha’s daughter

Some members of the Imo committee on recovery of government property reportedly stormed a shopping mall owned by Uloma Rochas-Nwosu, daughter of Rochas Okorocha, former governor of the state, on Thursday night.The mall, House of Freeda, is located in Owerri, the state capital.They reportedly carted away merchandise believed to be owned by the state government.The operation was said to have [...]

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    Niger Delta elders: There’s no land for Ruga settlement in our region

Niger Delta elders: There’s no land for Ruga settlement in our region

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has rejected the plan to establish settlements for herdsmen across the country.Alfred Mulade, PANDEF's national secretary, made this known in a statement.The group accused the federal government of making the "disturbing decision unilaterally".It also alleged that the federal government is disrespecting the rule of law, saying the power to allocate lands was vested in [...]

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    ‘We are not persecuting Christians’ — FG writes British parliamentary group

‘We are not persecuting Christians’ — FG writes British parliamentary group

The federal government has refuted claims that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is alienating Christians.Garba Shehu, Buhari's spokesman, made this known in a statement on Thursday.According to the statement, the claims were made by a group "styling itself as Northern Christian Elders Forum".Shehu said the federal government’s response was contained in a letter to the British parliamentary group, signed [...]

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    INEC has been degraded under you, PDP tells Yakubu

INEC has been degraded under you, PDP tells Yakubu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the leadership of Mahmood Yakubu is corrupt.Reacting to Yakubu's description of the commission as the most improved public institution in Nigeria, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, said INEC has become the "most debased institution" in the country.He said the INEC chairman cannot make such a claim at a [...]

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    Group tackles Atiku for asking Buratai to relocate to north-east

Group tackles Atiku for asking Buratai to relocate to north-east

The League of Security Experts and Professionals has accused Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of displaying “ gross ignorance” over his call for Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, to relocate permanently to Borno state.Anthony Egwu, president of the group, said this at a press conference in Abuja on Friday.He said the remarks made by [...]

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    Army repels Boko Haram attack in Yobe, ‘kills dozens’

Army repels Boko Haram attack in Yobe, ‘kills dozens’

The Nigerian army says it killed dozens of Boko Haram insurgents during an attempted attack on a military base located at Goniri in Yobe state.Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday.Musa said the insurgents came for the aborted attack in seven gun trucks and motorcycles around 6:33pm on Wednesday.According to him, the troops engaged the insurgents [...]

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    I left no debt in Zamfara, says Yari

I left no debt in Zamfara, says Yari

Abdulaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara state, says he left no debt or liability for the new administration in the state.Yari made this known at a news conference held at the All Progressives Congress state secretariat in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday.A transition committee set up by Bello Matawalle, governor of the state, had said Yari misappropriated N251 billion.Ibrahim Wakkala, [...]

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