Thursday, January 17, 2019

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    Akpabio asks PDP governors to surrender their states before 2019 polls

Akpabio asks PDP governors to surrender their states before 2019 polls

Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom state, has advised governors elected under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to surrender their states before the 2019 elections.Akpabio said this on Friday while speaking at the flag off of the All Progressives Congress (APC)l campaign for the 2019 general election.The senator representing Akwa Ibom north west said the forthcoming election is all [...]

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    We’ll clear the terrorists hiding in Baga, says army

We’ll clear the terrorists hiding in Baga, says army

The Nigerian army says it will clear the Boko Haram "terrorists" hiding in Baga, a town in Borno state.On Thursday,insurgents attacked the headquarters of the 7 brigade multinational joint task force (MNJTF) at Baga and hoisted their flag in the town.In a statement, Sani Usman, director army public relations, said soldiers are in pursuit of the sect members, while officers [...]

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    Millionaire snake, Ganduje’s dollars, Adeosun saga… 10 controversies of 2018

Millionaire snake, Ganduje’s dollars, Adeosun saga… 10 controversies of 2018

From the Kemi Adeosun certificate saga, Abdulahi Ganduje’s bribery allegations to the sex scandal that consumed Richard Akindele, a university professor, the dramas never seized in 2018. Just when you felt you’ve had the last of it, another resurfaced. Each year presents a myriad of issues to be recorded in the country’s history. In 2018, so many events dotted the landscape. [...]

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    Nigeria risks $2.3bn fine as Mambilla power project faces crisis

Nigeria risks $2.3bn fine as Mambilla power project faces crisis

The federal government is at risk of a $2.3 billion fine in arbitration over an alleged breach of contract for the $5.8 billion Mambilla power project in Taraba state.The project, a 3,050-megawatt hydropower facility, has stalled owing to legal and funding crises after Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited (SPTCL), a local content partner, was reportedly sidelined in the project [...]

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    Police arrest four suspects over Lagos pipeline explosion

Police arrest four suspects over Lagos pipeline explosion

The Lagos police command says it has arrested four suspected vandals who were involved in the pipeline explosion at Abule-Egba, a community in the state.On December 19, an inferno from the explosion consumed properties and vehicles worth millions.In a statement on Thursday, Chike Oti, the command's police public relations officer, gave an account of the fire outbreak.Oti said the ringleader, [...]

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    Ondo community gets electricity after 10-year blackout

Ondo community gets electricity after 10-year blackout

William Akinlade, halu of Ode-Aye, a community in Ondo state, has commended the management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) for the restoration of electricity to the town.The community had been disconnected from power supply for 10 years following alleged debt the residents owed the distribution company.Flanked by his subjects, Akinlade thanked the company for reconnecting the community after a [...]

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    ‘Police planning to inject me to death’ — Melaye raises the alarm

‘Police planning to inject me to death’ — Melaye raises the alarm

Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district, has accused Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of Police (IGP) of planning to arrest and inject him to death.The lawmaker made the allegation in a Twitter post on Tuesday.Melaye said officers of the Nigerian police have already been deployed for the assignment."There is a plan by the IG to arrest me today and inject [...]

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    Osinbajo: We’ll stop importing rice by 2019

Osinbajo: We’ll stop importing rice by 2019

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria will stop importing rice by next year.According to Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Osinbajo said this on Sunday at the palace of Musa Dogonkadai, the Seriki of the Hausa community in Agege, Lagos.He said leaders of those countries help their farmers to expand their farms so that they [...]

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    Osun to get $20m from World Bank to fix health sector

Osun to get $20m from World Bank to fix health sector

Isaac Adewole, minister of health, says Osun state government will get a $20 million World Bank fund to fix its healthcare system.The minister said this on Wednesday in Abuja while receiving Gboyega Oyetola, governor of the state, in his office.In a statement, the state said the fund is its earning from the from the World Bank's saving one million lives [...]

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    Ex-APC chieftain: Ambode will return at the end of Agbaje’s tenure

Ex-APC chieftain: Ambode will return at the end of Agbaje’s tenure

Sunday Ajayi, a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, says Akinwumi Ambode, governor of the state, will come back after Jimi Agbaje has ended his tenure.Agbaje is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election.Ambode had lost the governorship ticket of the party to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who enjoys the support of influential [...]

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    Fashola’s allies endorse Agbaje as battle to take Lagos from APC hots up

Fashola’s allies endorse Agbaje as battle to take Lagos from APC hots up

Eleven years after Babatunde Fashola, former governor of Lagos state, and Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 election, were locked in political rivalry, the camps of both politicians are teaming together for the next general election.In 2007, Agbaje, who ran under the Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA), lost the governorship poll to Fashola of [...]

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    We observed illegal procurement of PVCs in 15 states, says YIAGA AFRICA

We observed illegal procurement of PVCs in 15 states, says YIAGA AFRICA

YIAGA AFRICA, a policy advocacy group, says some voters in the country are selling their permanent voter cards (PVC) as high as N20,000.The group made this known in its latest report on observations for the 2019 elections.In a statement signed by Samson Itodo, executive director of YIAGA AFRICA, the group said it deployed long term observers (LTOs) on its Watching [...]

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    ‘Your parents didn’t train you well’ — Yahaya Bello blasts lawmakers who booed Buhari

‘Your parents didn’t train you well’ — Yahaya Bello blasts lawmakers who booed Buhari

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, has described the lawmakers who booed President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 budget proposal presentation on Wednesday, as "children who lack home training".The governor said this on Thursday while speaking with state house correspondents after the Anchor Borrowers Programme Gala at the state house conference center in Abuja.Bello said the lawmaker are bent on [...]

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    The Sun reporter remanded in prison over ‘uncomplimentary’ story about Kebbi govt

The Sun reporter remanded in prison over ‘uncomplimentary’ story about Kebbi govt

Olanrewaju Lawal, a reporter with The Sun newspaper in Kebbi state, has been remanded in prison over a story which the state government found unfavourable.Lawal was said to have been hurriedly arraigned before a magistrate’s court in Birnin-Kebbi, the state capital, without legal representation, and charged with a one-count charge of publishing false information.The police had arrested him on December [...]

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    Buhari orders security operatives to fish out Badeh’s killers

Buhari orders security operatives to fish out Badeh’s killers

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the killing of Alex Badeh, former chief of defence staff, as “very sad and unfortunate”, ordering security agencies to fish out his killers.The former chief of defence staff died on Tuesday from gunshot wounds sustained in an attack while returning from his farm along the Abuja-Keffi road.The president regretted that Badeh fell victim to the [...]

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    Polish sailors kidnapped off Nigeria’s coast freed

Polish sailors kidnapped off Nigeria’s coast freed

The Polish government says the crew of a container ship kidnapped from the coast of Nigeria by pirates in October has been released.The crew of the German-owned vessel named Pomerenia Sky, which comprises eight Polish nationals, two Filipinos and a Ukrainian, were kidnapped by pirates in motorboats while coming from Angola.According to the Polish government, the crew members are safe [...]

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