Monday, February 17, 2020

Femi Owolabi

    Agba Jalingo regains freedom — after over five months in custody

Agba Jalingo regains freedom — after over five months in custody

Agba Jalingo, publisher of CrossRiverWatch, has been released from custody after spending about five months in detention. Jalingo had spent 174 days in detention before  a federal high court in Calabar granted him bail in the sum of N10 million. He was, however, freed on Monday after perfecting the bail conditions. Jalingo was first arraigned on August 22, 2019 after he published a story on [...]

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    Borno commissioner: Why we are rehabilitating ex-Boko Haram members

Borno commissioner: Why we are rehabilitating ex-Boko Haram members

Zuwaira Gambo, Borno state commissioner for women affairs, says some of the people regarded as repentant Boko Haram members are victims of insurgency arrested at the wrong place.   In 2016, the military launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative for the de-radicalisation and rehabilitation of ex-Boko Haram members. But Gambo said the aim of the initiative was to create awareness to other members [...]

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    ‘You contributed to the liberalisation of Nigeria’s economy’ — Obasanjo hails el-Rufai at 60

‘You contributed to the liberalisation of Nigeria’s economy’ — Obasanjo hails el-Rufai at 60

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, made a success of the privatisation programme his administration undertook.  From November 1999 to July 2003, el-Rufai worked under Obasanjo as director-general of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and the secretary of the National Council of Privatisation where he spearheaded the privatisation of many government-owned companies. In a message to commemorate [...]

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    Ezekwesili to launch ‘FixPolitics Initiative’

Ezekwesili to launch ‘FixPolitics Initiative’

Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, is set to launch #FixPolitics Initiative in conjunction with the Robert Bosch Academy.  Ezekwesili had in September won the academy’s Von Weizsäcker fellowship. The former minister, according to a statement issued by the organisers of the programme, “has spent the last 6 months probing the effect that the poor quality of politics in a country [...]

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    Conduct fresh election in Bayelsa, APC writes INEC 

Conduct fresh election in Bayelsa, APC writes INEC 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh governorship election in Bayelsa state.  The supreme court had nullified the election of David Lyon, candidate of the APC who was declared winner of the election in the state in November. The apex court asked INEC to issue certificates of return to candidates of the [...]

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    ‘Our lives depend on these stipends’ — N-Power volunteers beg minister for January pay

‘Our lives depend on these stipends’ — N-Power volunteers beg minister for January pay

A group under the name, National Association of N-Power Volunteers, has accused Sadiya Umar Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, of holding on to their January pay. There are at least 500,000 volunteers of  the N-Power scheme, a component of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP), who get stipends every month, according to the federal government. In a [...]

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    FULL TEXT: The supreme court judgment that sacked Lyon as Bayelsa governor-elect

FULL TEXT: The supreme court judgment that sacked Lyon as Bayelsa governor-elect

Just 24 hours before his inauguration as governor of Bayelsa state, the supreme court nullified the election of David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who was declared winner of the governorship election in the state in November 2019. Lyon was expected to take over the leadership of the state from Seriake Dickson, the incumbent, whose tenure expires on [...]

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    Zulum: Borno people haven’t lost hope in Buhari 

Zulum: Borno people haven’t lost hope in Buhari 

Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, says the people of his state have not lost hope in President Muhammadu Buhari.  The governor said this while reacting to the president’s visit to the state on Wednesday.  Buhari had visited the state to condole with the people over the Boko Haram attack which led to the loss of 30 lives in Auno, a community near [...]

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    Buhari to youths: Your future is in danger if you don’t cooperate with govt

Buhari to youths: Your future is in danger if you don’t cooperate with govt

President Muhammadu Buhari says the youth are endangering their future if they do not cooperate with the government.  The president said this on Wednesday during a condolence visit to Borno state where about 30 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday.  Buhari said the youth are a larger part of the country’s population and must help the government stabilise [...]

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    ‘Residents groaning in pain’ — group asks Sanwo-Olu to lift ban on okada

‘Residents groaning in pain’ — group asks Sanwo-Olu to lift ban on okada

The Federation of Informal Workers' Organisations of Nigeria (FIWON) has asked the Lagos state government to review the ban on okada, saying residents are now forced to trek long distances.  The ban on okada and tricycle in 15 local councils became effective on February 1, and despite protests from some quarters, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, has insisted that his government [...]

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    Boko Haram can’t survive without local support, says Buhari as he departs Borno without visiting scene of attack

Boko Haram can’t survive without local support, says Buhari as he departs Borno without visiting scene of attack

President Muhammadu Buhari left Borno state on Wednesday without visiting Auno, a nearby community where suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed at least 30 people on Sunday.  Buhari had headed to Borno from Ethiopia where he attended the African Union summit. TheCable gathered that the president who left the state around 4pm neither visited the scene of the attack nor hospitals where those [...]

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    ‘FG is setting our killers free’– soldiers kick as 1,400 Boko Haram suspects are released

‘FG is setting our killers free’– soldiers kick as 1,400 Boko Haram suspects are released

Some soldiers at the war front in the north-east have expressed disappointment over the release of 1,400 ''repentant'' Boko Haram suspects.   Babakura Jato, commissioner of information in Borno state, on Monday, told The PUNCH that 1,400 had been released in three tranches since Operation Safe Corridor programme was launched. Operation Safe Corridor is an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of all [...]

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    ANRP chairman: Delisting our party after collecting N1m registration fee is a breach of contract

ANRP chairman: Delisting our party after collecting N1m registration fee is a breach of contract

Tope Fasua, chairman of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), has described the de-registration of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a breach of contract.  INEC had announced the deregistration of 74 parties on Thursday, saying the action followed an assessment of the parties after the 2019 general election. ANRP was among the parties affected by INEC's action. Reacting [...]

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    Nigerian doctors in diaspora: How FG frustrated us when we offered to improve healthcare back home

Nigerian doctors in diaspora: How FG frustrated us when we offered to improve healthcare back home

The Diaspora Professional Health Initiative (DPHI) has accused the federal government of frustrating its efforts to improve healthcare in the country. The association comprise of Nigerian medical practitioners who are based in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, South Africa, among others.  A member of the association, who did not want to be named, told TheCable that those in DPHI were [...]

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    Zulum asks researchers to probe high rate of kidney failure cases in Borno

Zulum asks researchers to probe high rate of kidney failure cases in Borno

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    Wadume, Taraba ‘kidnap kingpin’, charged with terrorism

Wadume, Taraba ‘kidnap kingpin’, charged with terrorism

Hamisu Bala, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Wadume, has been charged with 16 counts of terrorism, murder and kidnapping -- six months after his arrest.  A botched attempt arrest to Wadume had led to the killing of three policemen and a civilian in Taraba state. According to the Punch, the charge was filed by Simon Lough, Anthony Egwu, and Peter Amadi [...]

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