Friday, June 22, 2018

Femi Owolabi

    MacArthur Foundation awards $6m grants to fight corruption in Nigeria

MacArthur Foundation awards $6m grants to fight corruption in Nigeria

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation says as part of its On Nigeria grant-making, it would be funding the anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria with $6.5 million.It said the grant is to help in fighting corruption by building an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and good governance in Nigeria.“The country has begun an important process of addressing the corruption that [...]

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    Fayemi: I increased teachers’ pay when I was governor but Fayose is owing them

Fayemi: I increased teachers’ pay when I was governor but Fayose is owing them

Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state, says he increased teachers' salaries when he was in power but Ayodele Fayose, his successor, has not paid them in 10 months.Fayemi, who was governor of the state between 2010 and 2014, and now flying with the mantra “reclaiming our land, restoring [...]

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    Politicians ‘buying voter cards, inducing electorate’ in Ekiti

Politicians ‘buying voter cards, inducing electorate’ in Ekiti

YIAGA AFRICA, a policy advocacy group, says politicians are currently buying voter cards in Ekiti state where the governorship election is scheduled for July 14.Under its Watching the Vote (WTV) project, YIAGA deployed 24 long term observers (LTOs) in the 16 local government areas of the state to monitor the "pre-election environment".In its first of a four-part report released on [...]

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    FIFA sanctions Mexico over fans’ homophobic chants at World Cup

FIFA sanctions Mexico over fans’ homophobic chants at World Cup

FIFA has imposed a 10,000 Swiss Francs sanction on the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) over the misconduct of a group of Mexican fans at the ongoing World Cup in Russia.In a statement on Thursday, FIFA said the disciplinary measure was in line with article 67 of its disciplinary code.The FIFA disciplinary committee accused the fans of discriminatory and insulting chants.The [...]

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    Jonathan: PDP is coming back in 2019

Jonathan: PDP is coming back in 2019

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is getting stronger and poised to take over power come 2019.Jonathan said this on Wednesday when he hosted Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, in his house in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.Jonathan, who lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015 is optimistic that his party is now in a better position to [...]

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    $8bn award against Nigeria: Cable Foundation sends FoI request to AGF over no-show

$8bn award against Nigeria: Cable Foundation sends FoI request to AGF over no-show

The Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF) has sent a freedom of information request to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), over Nigeria’s non-appearance in a case that could cost the country $8 billion.Process and Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) had sued the Nigerian government for an alleged breach of contract over a 2010 natural gas supply and processing agreement.P&ID, with [...]

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    FG to repatriate $500m Abacha loot from US — without middlemen

FG to repatriate $500m Abacha loot from US — without middlemen

The federal government is in negotiations with the United States on the repatriation of another $500 million looted by Sani Abacha, the former military head of state.The repatriation this time, however, would be done without middlemen -- in what should be considered a victory for the campaign against sleaze in the loot recovery.“I am happy to report that we [...]

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    Champions Man City to face Arsenal in EPL opener

Champions Man City to face Arsenal in EPL opener

Manchester City, champions of the English Premier League (EPL), and Arsenal will trade tackles in the 2018-19 season opener.The EPL on Thursday released dates for all 380 matches that will be played throughout next season.Arsenal will host the tie with City when the new EPL season kicks off on August 11.In the same weekend, Manchester United will take on Leicester, [...]

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    Fayemi picks Bamidele as campaign DG

Fayemi picks Bamidele as campaign DG

Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state, has named Opeyemi Bamidele, former member of the house of representatives, director-general of his campaign.Fayemi made this announcement on Sunday at the inauguration of his mobilisation and campaign committees in Ado-Ekiti.Fayemi  said the former lawmaker, who was recently shot during a rally, [...]

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    Group wants Yusuf Lasun probed over N1.1bn water ‘scam’

Group wants Yusuf Lasun probed over N1.1bn water ‘scam’

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the N1.1 billion contract scandal allegedly involving Yusuf Lasun, deputy speaker of the house of representatives.CSNAC is a coalition over 150 anti-corruption organisations.Lasun was alleged to have used Nur & Company Nigeria Limited, a company he owns, to secure contracts amounting to [...]

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    HEDA asks INEC to release report on underage voting in Kano

HEDA asks INEC to release report on underage voting in Kano

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre (HEDA) has requested a copy of the report by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) panel on the investigation of alleged underage voting in Kano state local government area election.There was an outrage after images of underage voters were circulated on social media after the election, and in February, INEC set up [...]

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    ‘This is Nigeria’: Another Muslim group tackles MURIC, says even Christians are not provoked

‘This is Nigeria’: Another Muslim group tackles MURIC, says even Christians are not provoked

Shortly after the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) asked Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana to withdraw his ‘This is Nigeria' video, a group known as Muslim Against Terror has defended the artiste.The group says MURIC does not have an understanding of veil usage.In the video, girls wearing hijab are seen dancing 'shaku shaku', hence the controversy.While addressing the reactions that trailed the video, [...]

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    Police dismiss officer who shot Bamidele

Police dismiss officer who shot Bamidele

The Ekiti state police command says the officer who shot Opeyemi Bamidele, a former member of the house of representatives, and some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, has been dismissed.Bello Ahmed, Ekiti state police commissioner, announced this on Monday.Bamidele was shot on Friday at the party’s secretariat during a reception organised for Kayode Fayemi, the [...]

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    Ekiti shooting: Bamidele flown to Lagos for post-surgery treatment

Ekiti shooting: Bamidele flown to Lagos for post-surgery treatment

Opeyemi Bamidele, a former house of representatives member, has been moved to Lagos for post-surgery treatment, says Ahmed Salami, his media aide.Salami said there are no equipment and personnel to treat his principal in Ekiti.Bamidele was hit by bullets on Friday when a policeman released sporadic gunshots at the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Ado-Ekiti.The incident took place on the campaign trail [...]

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    OBITUARY: Akanbi, the incorruptible ICPC chairman who was ‘frustrated’ by Obasanjo

OBITUARY: Akanbi, the incorruptible ICPC chairman who was ‘frustrated’ by Obasanjo

"He was an anti-corruption czar who fought the malaise both in and out of office. He lived what he preached and you could see there was no pretence about him." -- Bukola Saraki, Senate President.If death had spared him, Mustapha Akanbi would have hit 86 in a few months, but it was his time. His fight was over. Akanbi was done, [...]

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    Fayose’s spokesman: Blame Fayemi, Akeredolu for Ekiti shooting

Fayose’s spokesman: Blame Fayemi, Akeredolu for Ekiti shooting

Lere Olayinka, spokesman of governor Ayodele Fayose, says Kayode Fayemi, All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, and governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo are to blame for the shooting incident in Ekiti.At the APC secretariat on Friday, a policeman shot sporadically during a reception to kick off Fayemi’s campaign.Bamidele, a former member of the house of representatives member, and another party [...]

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