Sunday, February 17, 2019

Femi Owolabi

    EFCC arraigns 24 students over internet fraud

EFCC arraigns 24 students over internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned 24 students who were arrested over alleged involvement in cyber crime.The 24 students from Olabisi Onabanjo University and the National Open University of Nigeria were reportedly caught when the commission tracked their activities.In a statement on Wednesday, Tony Orilade, EFCC’s spokesman, said 10 of the suspects were arraigned on Monday and [...]

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    Abdusalami: Atiku’s absence won’t weaken peace accord

Abdusalami: Atiku’s absence won’t weaken peace accord

Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of state, says the absence of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the signing of a peace accord ahead of 2019 polls is of no effect.The accord was organised by the National Peace Committee which said it extended invitation to all 73 presidential candidates contesting the 2019 elections, but Atiku said [...]

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    Salihu Ibrahim, former chief of army staff, is dead

Salihu Ibrahim, former chief of army staff, is dead

Salihu Ibrahim, former chief of army staff, has died at the age of 83.The retired general died on Monday in his home in Kogi state.He joined the army in 1956 and was trained at the Nigerian Military College.Ibrahim rose to become the army’s chief between 1990 to 1993, during the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida.Upon retirement, he famously tagged the service [...]

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    Court dismisses Oni’s suit against Fayemi’s candidacy

Court dismisses Oni’s suit against Fayemi’s candidacy

A federal high court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state capital, has dismissed the suit filed against Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, by Segun Oni, his major contender at the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary that held in May.Oni had asked the court to determine if it was proper for Fayemi, who was at the time minister for solid [...]

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    Police shoot, arrest protesters seeking release of detained supporters of Sowore

Police shoot, arrest protesters seeking release of detained supporters of Sowore

Some supporters of Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), who marched to the Area F police command in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday were shot, teargassed and arrested.The protesters had marched there to demand the release of six supporters of Sowore who were detained for “breaching Lagos signage law and removing posters of other political parties and candidates, replacing [...]

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    Falana asks FG to withdraw no-work, no-pay directive to varsities

Falana asks FG to withdraw no-work, no-pay directive to varsities

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the federal government erred on its directive for public universities to stop salaries of lecturers who are on strike.  The no-work no-pay rule was issued in reaction to the indefinite strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on November 5.In a statement on Sunday, Falana said the salaries of the lecturers [...]

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    UK worried about putting people in north-east Nigeria, says envoy

UK worried about putting people in north-east Nigeria, says envoy

Laure Beaufils, British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, says the UK is committed to fighting terrorism in Nigeria yet "worried" about deploying people to the north-east, the epicentre of Boko Haram insurgency.Since the insurgency started, the UK and other foreign donors have helped internally displaced persons (IDPs) with basic and humanitarian needs.Of late, insurgents have launched attacks on military formations [...]

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    Army rejigs anti-Boko Haram war, appoints new commanders

Army rejigs anti-Boko Haram war, appoints new commanders

The Nigerian army has appointed new commanders for its brigades in operation Lafiya Dole theatre.This development, the army says, is to inject new hands in the fight against insurgency.In a statement signed on Thursday, Sani Usman, army spokesman, said the senior officers affected by the new postings include staff officers and commanders at various levels.“New Brigade Commanders have been appointed [...]

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    Hundreds displaced as Boko Haram attacks Borno village again

Hundreds displaced as Boko Haram attacks Borno village again

The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a faction of Boko Haram sect, attacked Gudumbali, Guzamala local government area of Borno state, on Tuesday.It is the second time in three months that the village will come under attack.The insurgents moved on the village around 7pm and engaged in a gun battle with troops of the Nigerian army stationed in the area.Hundreds [...]

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    Saraki loses as appeal court overturns N4bn judgment against SaharaReporters

Saraki loses as appeal court overturns N4bn judgment against SaharaReporters

An appeal court in Ilorin, Kwara state, has dismissed the judgment which awarded N4 billion to Senate President Bukola Saraki in a libel suit against Sahara Reporters and Omoyele Sowore, the publisher.Saraki had accused the news medium of publishing malicious stories against him, and in in June, 2017, Sikiru Oyinloye, a judge at the Kwara state high court, who heard [...]

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    Army: The $1bn approved to fight insurgency hasn’t been released

Army: The $1bn approved to fight insurgency hasn’t been released

The Nigerian army says it is yet to get $1 billion approved to fight insurgency and other security challenges in the country.In 2017, the national economic council (NEC) approved the request of the current administration to withdraw $1 billion from the excess crude account (ECA) for the fight against insurgency.Fielding questions on Weekend File, a news programme on the Nigerian Television [...]

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    Imo APC: Okorocha faction loses out as court upholds Uzodinma’s candidacy

Imo APC: Okorocha faction loses out as court upholds Uzodinma’s candidacy

An Imo high court says Hope Uzodinma is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 governorship election in the state.The court, presided over by justice Kemakolam Ojiako, upheld the prayers of Eze Madumere, Imo deputy governor, and nullified the governorship primary held by governor Rochas Okorocha faction of Imo APC.The judge granted the prayers of Madumere [...]

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    More illegal refineries destroyed after undercover report on oil theft

More illegal refineries destroyed after undercover report on oil theft

Apochi Suleiman, commander of operation Delta safe (OPDS), says no fewer than 300 illegal refineries have been destroyed.  [...]

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    DSS arrests medic linked to Boko Haram commanders, kidnappers

DSS arrests medic linked to Boko Haram commanders, kidnappers

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has arrested a medic who treats Boko Haram insurgents and kidnappers.The medic, whose name was given as Yusuf 'Bala' Saliu, was apprehended at Sabon Birni in Igabi local government area of Kaduna.Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the service, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.He said the suspect was arrested on November [...]

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    Soldiers killed, missing as Boko Haram overruns army battalion in Borno

Soldiers killed, missing as Boko Haram overruns army battalion in Borno

The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) faction of Boko Haram reportedly attacked 157 task force battalion of the Nigerian army in Metele, Borno.More than 10 soldiers were killed while the insurgents carted away ammunition and other military equipment.A military source explained that the insurgents forcefully gained access into the military base around 5pm on Sunday. The source said some [...]

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    Atiku campaign fumes: Why did service chiefs attend Buhari’s campaign kick-off?

Atiku campaign fumes: Why did service chiefs attend Buhari’s campaign kick-off?

Segun Sowumni, spokesman of the Atiku Abubakar campaign organisation, has condemned the presence of service chiefs at an event to showcase President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements.The president also launched his campaign to get re-elected at the event tagged 'Next Level'. It was attended by chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Services chiefs present at the event were Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence [...]

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