Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Femi Owolabi

    Group accuses Ajimobi of taking steps to frustrate incoming administration

Group accuses Ajimobi of taking steps to frustrate incoming administration

Oyo Kajola Group (OKG), a socio-political organisation, has called on Abiola Ajimobi, governor of Oyo state not to create "policy bottlenecks" for Seyi Makinde, the state governor-elect. In a statement signed by Taiwo Ogunlade, its media coordinator, the group said it had observed how the outgoing government recently took some actions aimed at frustrating the instant take-off of the incoming administration. “It [...]

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    Amaechi: Igbo don’t have anything to bargain for presidency in 2023

Amaechi: Igbo don’t have anything to bargain for presidency in 2023

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says the people of south-east not to demand the presidency in 2023.The All Progressives Congress (APC) got less votes in the region during the 2019 presidential election and the minister described this as voting against the party.In an interview with The Sun, Amaechi said the Igbo has nothing to bring in negotiating for 2023 presidency.“I [...]

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    Facebook bans Israeli firm ‘using fake accounts’ to post news about Nigeria

Facebook bans Israeli firm ‘using fake accounts’ to post news about Nigeria

Facebook has banned Archimedes Group, an Israeli company, for using fake accounts and pages to post political news about Nigeria. Archimedes Group is a political consulting and lobbying firm that boasts of its ability of wining elections worldwide. In a post, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy,  explained that the accounts and pages were identified through "internal investigations". He accused firm [...]

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    A raw deal in the hands of ‘fraudulent’ Lagos task force officials

A raw deal in the hands of ‘fraudulent’ Lagos task force officials

An unlabelled bus suddenly blocks your way, and before you could properly apply brakes, catch your next breath, about five armed men pounce on your car, on you— one flings the door, one pulls the bonnet lever, one already at the bonnet trying to remove the car battery, one is unscrewing the number plate, and the one by the door [...]

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    Kano kingmakers ask court to stop Ganduje from deposing Sanusi

Kano kingmakers ask court to stop Ganduje from deposing Sanusi

Kingmakers in the Kano emirate have filed a case against Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, for splitting the emirate. In the suit with number K/197/2019 filed on Tuesday at a state high court, Ganduje, the state house of assembly, attorney-general of the state and five others were listed as the defendants, while the kingmakers— Yusuf Nabahani (Madakin Kano), Abdullahi [...]

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    Akeredolu: We’ll be shortchanging ourselves if we don’t tap into marijuana business

Akeredolu: We’ll be shortchanging ourselves if we don’t tap into marijuana business

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, says the state could diversify its economy by tapping into the marijuana market. In a tweet on Monday, Akeredolu explained that with an estimated value of $145 billion in 2025, the state would be shortchanging itself if it ignores the marijuana business. “We all know that Ondo State is the hot bed of cannabis [...]

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    Lawyer sues Buhari over ‘private visit’ to the UK

Lawyer sues Buhari over ‘private visit’ to the UK

Inibehe Effiong, Lagos based human rights lawyer, has filed a suit against President Muhammadu Buhari over his recent private visit to the UK. In the suit with number FHC/L/CS/763/2019 filed at the federal high court in Lagos on Thursday, Buhari and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation are listed as the first and second defendants. Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesman, has announced [...]

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    Judge abruptly adjourns TheCable’s FOI case against Malami

Judge abruptly adjourns TheCable’s FOI case against Malami

Inyang Ekwo, a judge of the federal high court in Abuja, refused to entertain the counsel of Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF) in the case against Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF). The foundation had sued the AGF over his failure to respond to a freedom of information (FoI) request on the engagement of lawyers for the recovery of the [...]

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    Abuja residents: Police frustrating our plan to protest violence against women

Abuja residents: Police frustrating our plan to protest violence against women

Some residents of Abuja have accused the federal capital territory (FCT) police command of frustrating their plan to protest the violence against women. In a statement on Thursday, the group said twice, the police command rejected their letter for a proposed march against what they term violence against women in Abuja. Some of the women arrested during raids conducted by the [...]

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    Group asks Buhari to declare state of emergency in Zamfara

Group asks Buhari to declare state of emergency in Zamfara

Zamfara Advocates, a pressure group, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency over insecurity in the northern part of the country. Over the months, scores have been killed and many displaced by suspected bandits in Zamfara state and other parts of the north-west. In a statement on Thursday, Zamfara Advocates acknowledged the effort of the government [...]

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    ‘When did they disappear?’– Falana tackles navy over 15 detainees

‘When did they disappear?’– Falana tackles navy over 15 detainees

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, is challenging the Nigerian navy over its claim that it does not know the whereabouts of 15 citizens who have been detained for seven months without trial.Suleman Dahun, navy’s director of information, on Monday had said that the detainees disappeared from custody.“We don’t know where they are,” PUNCH had quoted him to have said.The detainees, including [...]

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    Ajimobi: We can’t fight crime effectively without state police

Ajimobi: We can’t fight crime effectively without state police

Abiola Ajimobi, governor of Oyo state, says there is a need for the creation of state police in order to fight crime effectively. He said this on Wednesday while hosting Leye Oyebade, the assistant inspector-general of police (AIG) in charge of zone 11."I am one of the pioneer advocates of state police," he said."There is nowhere in the world where crime [...]

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    Stop blaming opposition for your ineptitude, Atiku hits Buhari

Stop blaming opposition for your ineptitude, Atiku hits Buhari

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take responsibility for the insecurity across the country. Reacting to a report by a "US based Centre for Diplomacy and Democracy" accusing him of having a hand in the killings, Atiku said there is no such centre in the US, describing it as a fabrication [...]

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    ‘Don’t ask an armed officer to shoot you’— police roll out safety tips at checkpoints

‘Don’t ask an armed officer to shoot you’— police roll out safety tips at checkpoints

The police have released tips for motorists to abide by when approaching a security checkpoint or when flagged-down by police officers. In a series of tweets, the police urged motorists to be polite when answering questions put to them by the officers and shouldn’t dare or challenge an armed security man to a duel. “Endeavour to slow down your vehicle. It [...]

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    Borno residents flee as soldiers exchange gunfire with Boko Haram fighters

Borno residents flee as soldiers exchange gunfire with Boko Haram fighters

Many residents of Molai, a community on the outskirt of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, fled their homes on Tuesday as a result of exchange of gunfire between suspected Boko Haram fighters and soldiers.Bala Ibrahim, a resident, told TheCable that the insurgents invaded the town using cows as shields.He said immediately they got into the town, they sounds of bomb [...]

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    Peter Obi didn’t suffer heart attack, says aide

Peter Obi didn’t suffer heart attack, says aide

Valentine Obienyem, media aide to Peter Obi, says the news making the rounds that his principal suffered heart attack is false. The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was reportedly admitted in a hospital in Anambra state and said to be under close monitoring, with plans to fly him abroad if his condition did not improve. But in a [...]

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