Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Johnson Agada

    ‘Politicians won’t stop entertaining us’ — reactions to Ngige/Faleke drama at house of reps

‘Politicians won’t stop entertaining us’ — reactions to Ngige/Faleke drama at house of reps

Over the past few days, it's been from one dramatic episode to another between the executive and legislative arms of government. There was the fainting incident involving the acting chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the back-and-forth accusations and counter accusations involving Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, among other such dramatisation over probes by the national [...]

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    ‘She was a shining star’ — reactions to death of Arotile, NAF’s first female combat helicopter pilot

‘She was a shining star’ — reactions to death of Arotile, NAF’s first female combat helicopter pilot

Tolulope Arotile, the first female combat helicopter pilot of the Nigerian Air Force, died in a road accident at NAF base in Kaduna on Tuesday. She died as a result of head injuries sustained from the accident. Arotile was decorated by Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff, less than one year before she died. Some Nigerians have taken to social media to react [...]

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    PHOTOS: When Akeredolu’s deputy picked his PDP membership card

PHOTOS: When Akeredolu’s deputy picked his PDP membership card

Agboola Ajayi, deputy of governor of Ondo state, resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday.  His supporters cheered him as he walked to the PDP secretariat in his ward at Ese Odo local government area of the state where he picked his membership card. Below are some pictures. [...]

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    PHOTOS: Flood takes over parts of Lagos

PHOTOS: Flood takes over parts of Lagos

There is heavy flooding in some parts of Lagos following a downpour on Thursday. Flooding has become an annual occurrence in the commercial hub of the country, and residents continue to lament the loss of valuables to the seasonal disaster. Marina, Lekki, Dopemu, Iyano-Ipaja, Egbeda, Ikeja and Ajah are some of the areas affected by the flood in the city. Here some pictures. [...]

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    ‘People sleep on their beds and wake up in graves’ — reactions to killings in the north

‘People sleep on their beds and wake up in graves’ — reactions to killings in the north

Some Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express concern over incessant killings in the north. Communities in the north have witnessed increased attacks by Boko Haram insurgents and armed bandits over the past weeks. The most recent of the attacks occurred earlier in the week, when more than 80 people were killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno and over 40 in [...]

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    PHOTOS: Lawan leads senators to Orji Kalu’s residence

PHOTOS: Lawan leads senators to Orji Kalu’s residence

Senate President Ahmad Lawan led his colleagues to the residence of Orji Uzor Kalu, chief whip of the red chamber, on Thursday. The visit took place one day after Kalu, a former governor of Abia, was released from prison following his conviction by a federal high court in Lagos. Kalu alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of [...]

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    PHOTOS: Service chiefs masked as Buhari presides over security council meeting

PHOTOS: Service chiefs masked as Buhari presides over security council meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the security council meeting on Thursday in Aso Rock, Abuja. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Babagana Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), and heads of security agencies were in attendance. Below are pictures.   [...]

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    ‘He should have turned them to isolation centres’  — reactions to demolition of Rivers hotels

‘He should have turned them to isolation centres’ — reactions to demolition of Rivers hotels

On Sunday, two hotels in Rivers state were pulled down on the orders of Nyesom Wike, the governor. Wike, who supervised the demolition, said the action was taken because the operators of the hotel did flouted the lockdown directive. As part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state, Wike had ordered a total closure of hotels, schools, worship [...]

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    ‘That’s how they fleece government’ — reactions to Oyo ‘ghost workers’ scandal

‘That’s how they fleece government’ — reactions to Oyo ‘ghost workers’ scandal

The social media has been rife with varying reactions over allegations of employment of ghost workers in Oyo state. Ayobami Agboola (pictured), son of Amidat Agboola, Oyo state head of civil service, was accused of failing to include the name of an acquaintance in a list of "ghost workers" in the state. Ghost workers, a common practice among public office holders, refers [...]

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    PHOTOS: Air force distributes oxygen tanks to COVID-19 isolation centres

PHOTOS: Air force distributes oxygen tanks to COVID-19 isolation centres

The Nigerian Air Force has airlifted oxygen tanks to coronavirus isolation centres across the country. Airports in the country have remained closed as part of measures put in place by the government to prevent the spread of the virus. Below are pictures of the distribution exercise:     [...]

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    ‘They are using lockdown to carry out evil’ – reactions to unrest in Lagos, Ogun

‘They are using lockdown to carry out evil’ – reactions to unrest in Lagos, Ogun

Some residents of Lagos and Ogun states are living in fear over attacks during the lockdown imposed by the government to check the spread of coronavirus. There have been reports on robbery in different communities in both states the last three days. Some Nigerians took to Twitter to share their experiences while others sought the assistance of government. Here are some Twitter reactions: I was [...]

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    PHOTOS: Gombe traditional rulers keep ‘social distance’ at meeting with governor

PHOTOS: Gombe traditional rulers keep ‘social distance’ at meeting with governor

Inuwa Yahaya, governor of Gombe, met with traditional rulers in the state to sensitise them on social distancing during the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. The traditional rulers and other government official at the meeting maintained social distance. See pictures below: [...]

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    PHOTOS: OXFAM celebrates women’s day, seeks gender-inclusive govt in Nigeria

PHOTOS: OXFAM celebrates women’s day, seeks gender-inclusive govt in Nigeria

OXFAM Nigeria, a non-profit organisation, has asked for a gender-inclusive government at all levels of power in the country. The organisation made the call at an event to mark the 2019 international women’s day in Abuja on Monday. In his remarks, Contant Tchona, OXFAM country director in Nigeria, also called for the implementation of the 35 percent affirmative action for women. ''We need [...]

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    PHOTOS: Oyo lawmakers storm plenary in ‘Amotekun regalia’

PHOTOS: Oyo lawmakers storm plenary in ‘Amotekun regalia’

Members of Oyo state house of assembly came to plenary in regalia with the colours of the leopard, on Tuesday. The security outfit established by south-west governors was named Amotekun, the Yoruba word for leopard. Adebo Ogundoyin, speaker of the state assembly, shared the pictures of the lawmakers on his Twitter handle, adding that they made history by passing the bill. Conceived as [...]

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    PHOTO: Abba Kyari, Monguno shake hands after ‘strained’ relationship

PHOTO: Abba Kyari, Monguno shake hands after ‘strained’ relationship

Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, and Babagana Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), finally saw "face to face" at the presidential villa as President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the board of the National Assembly Service Commission in Abuja on Wednesday. Monguno has been in the news over an alleged disagreement with Kyari, and his absence from a meeting between Buhari and [...]

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    PHOTOS: Amotekun ‘commander’ storms Ekiti assembly in ‘juju’ regalia

PHOTOS: Amotekun ‘commander’ storms Ekiti assembly in ‘juju’ regalia

One of the leaders of Amotekun, a security outfit, on Monday, visited the Ekiti state house of assembly, dressed in combat regalia. The Amotekun leader, whose major purpose in the house was to attend a public hearing on the outfit, gave his submission on the security initiative. The Ekiti assembly had earlier passed the Amotekun bill transmitted by Kayode Fayemi, the governor, [...]

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