Thursday, January 17, 2019

Taiwo Adebulu

    UN withdraws 260 aid workers from Borno over Boko Haram attacks

UN withdraws 260 aid workers from Borno over Boko Haram attacks

The United Nations says it has withdrawn about 260 aid workers from three local governments in Borno state over the recent resurgence of attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.In a statement on Wednesday, Samantha Newport, UN spokesperson in Nigeria, said the development has affected its humanitarian service delivery in the embattled region..Newport said Edward Kallon, UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, is deeply [...]

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    Sanwo-Olu, Agbaje absent at YALI debate for guber candidates

Sanwo-Olu, Agbaje absent at YALI debate for guber candidates

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) on Wednesday held a debate for candidates contestingthe governorship election in Lagos state.Among those who participated were Babatunde Gbadamosi, candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Abiodun Dabiri of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Funso Awe of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Adebisi Ogunsanya of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).Others were Oluwaseun Ajireloja [...]

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    Zainab Ahmed backs Ganduje’s plan to buy 540MW from QIPP

Zainab Ahmed backs Ganduje’s plan to buy 540MW from QIPP

The federal government, via the minister of finance, has backed the 540 megawatts Qua Iboe Power Plant (QIPP) proposed by the Kano state government for the re-industrialisation plan of the state.Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, gave the assurance on Tuesday when she hosted Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, and his team in Abuja.In a statement by Paul Ella Abechi, [...]

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    GenCos: Abysmal performance of DisCos responsible for challenges in power sector

GenCos: Abysmal performance of DisCos responsible for challenges in power sector

The Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC) says the abysmal performance of electricity distribution companies (DisCos) is responsible for the challenges in the power sector.In a statement on Tuesday, Joy Ogaji, executive secretary of APGC, said the generation companies are being short-changed as they don't receive full payment for the amount of power generated.Ogaji said this in response to a [...]

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    ‘I’m too blessed to manipulate people’ — Oritsejafor denies selling handkerchiefs in church

‘I’m too blessed to manipulate people’ — Oritsejafor denies selling handkerchiefs in church

Ayo Oritsejafor, former president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has described a trending video of him soliciting donation at a church programme as mischievous and misleading.In a statement on Tuesday, the senior pastor of Word of Life Bible Church in Warri, Delta, said he is too blessed to manipulate people.In the video which went viral on social media, [...]

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    Gabon rebel leader arrested, two soldiers killed after failed coup attempt

Gabon rebel leader arrested, two soldiers killed after failed coup attempt

The leader of a rebel military group which staged a foiled coup in Gabon has been arrested and two of his commandos killed.In a statement, the country's presidency said the situation is under control as the coup attempt has been thwarted.Earlier on Monday morning, a group of rebel soldiers led by one Kelly Obiang had seized the state-owned radio station in Libreville, capital of [...]

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    Daily Trust: We’ve not been told the reason for military invasion

Daily Trust: We’ve not been told the reason for military invasion

Daily Trust says the military is yet to state the reason for invading its offices across the country.On Sunday, soldiers had arrested staff of the newspaper and carted away equipment when they raided the head office of the newspaper in Abuja, its regional offices in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, and Lagos.Among those arrested were Uthman Abubakar, regional editor, and Ibrahim [...]

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    PARADISE LOST: Inside Nigeria’s forgotten, broken farm settlements

PARADISE LOST: Inside Nigeria’s forgotten, broken farm settlements

Shattered and forgotten, thousands hectares of land in government-owned farm settlements are going into extinction while Nigeria spends about N7.9 trillion annually on food importation. The settlements are becoming deserted, while the aged occupants live in squalour. In this report, TAIWO ADEBULU examines the economic impact of the settlements, the opportunities for small-scale farmers and youth employment.With a plaintive expression [...]

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    Obasanjo: My role in Nigerian politics is to raise the alarm

Obasanjo: My role in Nigerian politics is to raise the alarm

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says his role in Nigerian politics is to be a vigilant watchman.Obasanjo said this on Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, while receiving Yabaji Sani, presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).In a statement by Pam Ibrahim, director of Sani's presidential campaign organisation, Obasanjo was quoted as criticising political leaders who harass innocent citizens.The former president said [...]

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    Falana: No state in Nigeria fighting corruption… only Kano has anti-graft commission

Falana: No state in Nigeria fighting corruption… only Kano has anti-graft commission

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says no state in Nigeria is fighting corruption while noting that it is only Kano that has an anti-corruption commission.The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said this on Thursday when he was featured on a show on Arise Television.While commenting on Nigeria's anti-corruption effort in 2018, Falana said the fight cannot be limited to the [...]

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    PDP accuses Buhari’s family of diverting military funds, demands probe

PDP accuses Buhari’s family of diverting military funds, demands probe

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded a probe of President Muhammadu Buhari's family over an alleged diversion of military funds.In a statement on Wednesday, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, accused the president's family of diverting N1.032 trillion meant for the purchase of weapons for soldiers to acquire shares in 9 Mobile and Keystone Bank.The PDP spokesman also alleged that the [...]

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    APC: 2018 was tough… we confronted monsters

APC: 2018 was tough… we confronted monsters

Lanre Issa-Onilu, spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says 2018 was tough for the ruling party because it confronted monsters.In a statement on Tuesday, Issa-Onilu said some monsters had found their way into the APC during the merger in 2014 but defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after inflicting damages to the party.He said the defectors from the [...]

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    Corpses burnt ‘beyond recognition’ in Anambra mortuary

Corpses burnt ‘beyond recognition’ in Anambra mortuary

A fire outbreak erupted at the mortuary section of a general hospital in Anambra state on Saturday, consuming corpses.The fire was said to have started around 5:40pm at the hospital located at Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka local government area of the state.Relatives, who had deposited remains of their loved ones at the mortuary, were said to have besieged the hospital and [...]

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    I’ll make myself available to police next week, says Melaye

I’ll make myself available to police next week, says Melaye

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, says he will make himself available to the police next week.In an interview with Channels Television on Friday, the lawmaker said he is not a criminal and has no reason to run from the police.He said the invasion of his residence was unnecessary.“I was informed that my house has been invaded. Over 40 policemen [...]

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    Ekwueme’s family says Shagari was selfless

Ekwueme’s family says Shagari was selfless

The family of former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme has described Shehu Shagari as an epitome of high moral leadership who served Nigeria without any blemish.Ekwueme, who died on November 19, 2017, was vice-president under Shagari between 1979 and 1983.In a statement signed by Goodheart Ekwueme, the former vice president's first son, the family said Shagari had the most cordial working relationship [...]

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    EXTRA: Indian lawyer slaps judge over unfavourable judgement

EXTRA: Indian lawyer slaps judge over unfavourable judgement

Dinesh Parate, an Indian lawyer, surprisingly slapped a judge who delivered a judgement he was not comfortable with.The incident happened at a Bombay high court judge on Wednesday.After the assault on KR Deshpande, the judge, in the court premises, Parate attempted to run away but was apprehended by the police.The judge said Parate waylaid him outside a lift on the [...]

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