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    OBITUARY: Mobolaji Johnson, the governor who developed Lagos with £10,000

OBITUARY: Mobolaji Johnson, the governor who developed Lagos with £10,000

While children of his age were pacing up and down to school, Mobolaji Johnson could not walk -- at the age of four -- owing to a diarrhoea that nearly snuffed the life out of him.By 31, he was appointed the military administrator of Lagos, and he subsequently became the first governor of the state.Johnson, at different points in his [...]

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    Umahi sacks social media aide over ‘misinformation’

Umahi sacks social media aide over ‘misinformation’

David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has sacked Ndubuisi Itumo, his technical assistant on social media, for allegedly misleading the public. This was contained in a statement signed by Ugbala Igwe, secretary to the state government.In September, Umahi approved the appointment of 180 aides to serve as executive assistants (EA), senior technical assistants (STA), and assigned 68 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Like P&ID, like Accugas? Nigeria in trouble over another sloppy gas deal

EXCLUSIVE: Like P&ID, like Accugas? Nigeria in trouble over another sloppy gas deal

While Nigeria is still struggling to untie the legal knots around the controversial P&ID gas and supply processing agreement (GSPA), another sloppy deal has boxed the country into a tight corner, TheCable can report.A gas supply agreement (GSA) between the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd and Accugas Ltd has gone sour, forcing the federal government to keep paying [...]

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    IMF/World Bank forum attendees asked to monitor symptoms as participant contracts chickenpox

IMF/World Bank forum attendees asked to monitor symptoms as participant contracts chickenpox

A participant at the International Monetary Fund/World Bank annual meetings held in Washington DC, US, has been diagnosed of chickenpox.In a statement on Friday, Jianhai Lin, IMF secretary, said the development was confirmed in a letter from the Washington DC department of health.However, the participant's name was not mentioned.Nigerian officials, led by Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, were among the [...]

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    Police invite UNILAG lecturer in sex-for-grades video

Police invite UNILAG lecturer in sex-for-grades video

The Lagos state police command has invited Boniface Igbeneghu, a lecturer of European languages at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), over the sex-for-grades video, according to PUNCH.Igbeneghu, a pastor of Foursquare Gospel Church, was recorded by a hidden camera in a 13-minute video documentary released by the BBC Africa Eye on October 7.He appeared to be sexually harassing an undercover [...]

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    Sodomy, prostitution — how Charles Okah’s book exposed rot in Maiduguri prison

Sodomy, prostitution — how Charles Okah’s book exposed rot in Maiduguri prison

In March 2018, a federal high court in Abuja sentenced Charles Okah to life imprisonment for masterminding the Independence Day bombings in the federal capital territory (FCT) in 2010.From Kuje prison, where he was detained in Abuja, he was transferred to the maximum security prison in Maiduguri, Borno state.While in prison, he documented the shocking things happening in the facility.In [...]

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    Oyo assembly passes anti-open grazing bill to address farmer/herder clashes

Oyo assembly passes anti-open grazing bill to address farmer/herder clashes

The Oyo state house of assembly has passed the anti-open grazing bill.The ‘Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill 2019’, jointly sponsored by Adebo Ogundoyin, speaker of the house; Abiodun Fadeyi, his deputy, and other principal officers was passed on the floor of the house on Thursday.On Wednesday, herdsmen in the state held a meeting in which they resolved to take [...]

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    US consulate to support Tony Elumelu Foundation with $105,000 grant

US consulate to support Tony Elumelu Foundation with $105,000 grant

The US consulate general in Lagos has announced a partnership to support the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) entrepreneurship programme with a $105,000 grant.Speaking in Lagos on Thursday, Claire Pierangelo, US consul general, said the partnership defines the consulate's mutual commitment to promoting entrepreneurship as a key driver of job growth, economic prosperity and political stability in Nigeria.She said 20 fellows [...]

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    Aregbesola: We’ll decongest prisons in six months

Aregbesola: We’ll decongest prisons in six months

Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, says a committee has been set up to look into how the federal government can decongest the prisons in six months.Speaking on Wednesday at a public hearing organised by the national assembly joint committee on appropriation, the minister said the committee has started working with the office of the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) to [...]

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    BudgIT: Lagos, Rivers, Akwa Ibom can survive without federal allocation

BudgIT: Lagos, Rivers, Akwa Ibom can survive without federal allocation

BudgIT, a civic tech organisation, says only three states in the country can fund their expenditure without allocations from federal government.The organisation listed the states as Lagos, Rivers and Akwa Ibom.In a report titled "State of states 2019", BudgIt said 33 states in the country cannot finance their recurrent expenditure without federal allocations.It added that many states would have challenges [...]

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    Another petrol-laden tanker explodes in Onitsha

Another petrol-laden tanker explodes in Onitsha

Less than 48 hours after a petrol-laden tanker caused a fire outbreak in Ochanja area of Onitsha, Anambra state, another tanker has ignited an inferno in the city.On Wednesday, a woman and her child were killed in the fire at Ochanja market while more than 100 shops were reportedly razed.Emeka Obinwa, executive assistant on State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to the governor, [...]

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    No provision for 820 buses in budget I managed, says ex-commissioner on Ambode probe

No provision for 820 buses in budget I managed, says ex-commissioner on Ambode probe

Olusegun Banjo, former commissioner for economic planning and budget, says he told the Lagos state house of assembly that there was no provision for the purchase of 820 buses in the budget managed by his ministry at the time he assumed office.Banjo was reacting to reports that he made statements before the assembly indicting Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of the [...]

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    Court frees nine El-Zakzaky followers on trial for ‘unlawful assembly’ in Kaduna

Court frees nine El-Zakzaky followers on trial for ‘unlawful assembly’ in Kaduna

A Kaduna state high court has discharged nine members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) arrested in 2016.In a statement issued on Wednesday, Ibrahim Musa, IMN spokesperson, said the accused were arrested on their way to observe the Islamic rite of Ashura in Kaduna.The IMN members, including two women, were arraigned in September 2016 on charges bordering on [...]

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    Allow our goods to enter Nigeria, Ghana tells FG

Allow our goods to enter Nigeria, Ghana tells FG

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Ghana’s foreign and regional integration minister, has asked the federal government to allow goods from her country into Nigeria.The Nigerian government has closed its borders since August for the purpose of checking smuggling.Speaking on Tuesday during a meeting with Olufemi Abikoye, Nigeria’s high commissioner to Ghana, Botchwey said goods from Nigeria are entering Ghana.She said the Ghanaian [...]

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    NLC suspends strike as talks on minimum wage continue

NLC suspends strike as talks on minimum wage continue

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has shelved its planned strike to continue talks with the federal government on consequential adjustments to the new minimum wage.The negotiation, which started on Tuesday, did not result in a resolution by the parties, but concessions were made for further talks on Wednesday.The labour union is asking for a 29 percent increase for workers on [...]

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    Gunmen kill Abuja resident, abduct his two children

Gunmen kill Abuja resident, abduct his two children

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed Ayuba Chashe, a resident of Yebu community in Kwali area council of the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja.The attackers also abducted two children of Chase.Danladi Chiya, chairman of Kwali, confirmed the development to journalists, narrating how the gunmen struck on Monday night.The chairman assured the residents that measures were in place to get the [...]

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