Femi Owolabi

    Drama as Lebanese ambassador walks out on reps

Drama as Lebanese ambassador walks out on reps

Houssam Diab, Lebanese ambassador to Nigeria, on Thursday, walked out on house of representatives committee members on diaspora affairs.  The ambassador arrived at the meeting venue around 11 am, but met journalists and some other government officials, including Zubairu Dada, minister of state for foreign affairs. The meeting was meant to discuss issues around the maltreatment of Nigerians in Lebanon, especially one [...]

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    RCCG excommunicates pastor ‘for attempting adultery’

RCCG excommunicates pastor ‘for attempting adultery’

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) says it excommunicated Gideon Bakare, one of its pastors, for attempting adultery.  In a viral video, Bakare was caught sitting half naked in a compromising position with a woman who is described as a wife of a member of the church’s branch in Akure, Ondo state capital. Olaitan Olubiyi, RCCG spokesperson, in a statement on [...]

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    Wike sacks permanent secretary for ‘flouting COVID-19 guidelines ‘

Wike sacks permanent secretary for ‘flouting COVID-19 guidelines ‘

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has fired Sunny Okere, permanent secretary, establishment, for "flouting COVID-19 guidelines". The governor announced this in a statewide broadcast on Wednesday, saying the sack of the permanent secretary would serve as a lesson to others. Okere was accused of chasing enforcement officers away at a burial where more than the regulated number of persons were in [...]

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    ‘Over 20’ soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush 

‘Over 20’ soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush 

The Nigerian Army has reportedly lost more than 20 soldiers in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state. Sources told TheCable that the deceased soldiers were attached to 25 task force brigade, Damboa in Borno. The soldiers were attacked along the Maiduguri-Damboa road as they were returning from a five-day clearance operation, on Tuesday. “At the last count, we had more [...]

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    Ozekhome: How I exposed Magu three years ago

Ozekhome: How I exposed Magu three years ago

Mike Ozekhome, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says in 2017, he gave several warnings that Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was looting the country’s treasury.  Magu was arrested and detained by security operatives in Abuja on Monday. He is being interrogated by a panel President Muhamadu Buhari set up to probe the anti-graft agency. The [...]

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    Brazilian president, master of COVID-19 theatrics, tests positive

Brazilian president, master of COVID-19 theatrics, tests positive

Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, has tested positive for COVID-19.  The president who announced this on Tuesday said he had been exhibiting symptoms, including high temperature, since Sunday.  A fourth test conducted on Monday on the president showed he had the virus.  He had been comical with his management of the pandemic in his country. He said in April that if he got infected, [...]

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    Falana to Malami: Court martial lacks the power to try soldiers who freed Wadume

Falana to Malami: Court martial lacks the power to try soldiers who freed Wadume

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says a general court-martial does not have the competence to try the soldiers who allegedly freed Bala Hamisu, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Wadume. In August, some soldiers attached to the army’s 93 battalion Ibbi-Takum road, Taraba, had  attacked policemen who had come from Abuja to arrest Wadume. Three policemen and two civilians [...]

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    Uzodinma: We’ll soon publish names of those earning more than N330m as pension

Uzodinma: We’ll soon publish names of those earning more than N330m as pension

Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo, says the names of those earning more than N330 million annually as pension will be published soon.  While speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Owerri, the state capital, he said some pensioners were receiving monies above their retirement salaries while others get outrageous amount that are unaccounted [...]

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    With 212,326 infections, world records highest daily COVID-19 cases

With 212,326 infections, world records highest daily COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organisation says it has received a report of 212,326 new cases of COVID-19 across the world in the last 24 hours. This is the highest toll in a single day since the virus broke out in Wuhan, China, in December. Of the new cases, the US comes top with 34,477 followed by Brazil with 48,105 next to India which [...]

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    Five dead as boat capsizes in Lagos

Five dead as boat capsizes in Lagos

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    ‘7 Boko Haram insurgents killed’ as troops repel attack in Borno

‘7 Boko Haram insurgents killed’ as troops repel attack in Borno

Seven Boko Haram insurgents have been killed by troops of the Nigerian army in Damasak, Mobbar local government area of Borno state, sources have told TheCable.  The insurgents were said to have moved into the town on Thursday in about 13 gun trucks, and  attempted an attack on the military base.  The soldiers, however, foiled their plan and the insurgents fled.   A five-year-old [...]

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    Confusion as NSITF management rejects suspension by Ngige

Confusion as NSITF management rejects suspension by Ngige

The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) says its management remains operational, despite being suspended by Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment. In a letter dated July 1, 2020 and addressed to Adebayo Somefun (pictured), managing director of NSITF, Ngige said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the suspension of the management Somefun heads over "misappropriation and other gross misconduct".  Somefun was [...]

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    Army: How our convoy killed 75-year-old man in Katsina 

Army: How our convoy killed 75-year-old man in Katsina 

The Nigerian army says Salisu Ibrahim, a 75-year-old man, was killed by one of the vehicles in a convoy going to pick up W.B Idris, the army’s 17 brigade commander, in Katsina state.  Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, on Monday, paid a visit to the state.  The accident, witnesses said, occurred around Mani House Junction in Katsina. Ibrahim was said to be [...]

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    COVID-19: FG ‘mulls lockdown’ of 18 LGAs with highest number of cases 

COVID-19: FG ‘mulls lockdown’ of 18 LGAs with highest number of cases 

The federal government may be considering locking down the 18 local government areas (LGAs) with the highest cases of COVID-19.  Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and chairman of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, gave the hint after the PTF briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday. The government had in March locked down the federal capital [...]

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    Malami: We don’t reward whistleblowers until the stolen funds are recovered

Malami: We don’t reward whistleblowers until the stolen funds are recovered

Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice, says whistleblowers are not rewarded until the stolen funds exposed or traced are recovered and lodged with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The whistleblower policy, an anti-corruption programme launched in 2016, encourages individuals to report cases of financial mismanagement or stolen funds. One John Okupurhe had reportedly accused President [...]

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    Court stops Obaseki from participating in PDP primary 

Court stops Obaseki from participating in PDP primary 

A federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, has stopped Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo from participating in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary.  Obaseki had defected to the PDP following his disqualification from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party under which he was elected in 2016. The PDP had also given a waiver to Obaseki and Philip [...]

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