Friday, June 14, 2019

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    ‘Dictators want to be worshipped’ — Atiku breaks silence on closure of AIT, Raypower

‘Dictators want to be worshipped’ — Atiku breaks silence on closure of AIT, Raypower

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the suspension of AIT and RayPower FM broadcast licence by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).The regulatory agency suspended the stations indefinitely on Thursday, citing breach of its rules.In a statement issued on his behalf by Paul Ibe, his spokesman, Atiku said the action has revealed a "dangerous dark and anti-media agenda" to stifle critical voices [...]

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    High court reverses summons on Gbajabiamila

High court reverses summons on Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila will no longer have to appear before an area court in Karshi, Abuja, on Monday. A high court sitting in the federal capital territory (FCT) on Friday quashed the summons by the area court asking the aspirant to the speakership of the house of representatives to appear before it on June 10, 2019 -- a day to the election [...]

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    Court orders INEC to issue certificate of return to Okorocha

Court orders INEC to issue certificate of return to Okorocha

A federal high court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo state.Okon Abang, the presiding judge, held that having been declared winner of the February 23 senatorial election in Imo west district, INEC has no reason not to issue him certificate of return.He ruled that [...]

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    Nwogwuwu, Arise TV MD, takes on Peterside over Oando forensic report

Nwogwuwu, Arise TV MD, takes on Peterside over Oando forensic report

Ijeoma Nwogwuwu, the managing director of Arise TV, says it is disingenuous for Oando Plc. to say it was not aware of the forensic audit by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).Speaking on the issue via Twitter, the former editor of THISDAY newspapers, said: "All this hue and cry about Oando not being privy to the forensic audit is disingenuous"."It is [...]

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    IN FULL: The query issued to Sanusi

IN FULL: The query issued to Sanusi

The administration of Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, issued a query to Muhammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, over alleged financial misappropriation.This followed a probe by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission which had earlier recommended the suspension of the monarch.The agency had said it uncovered that N3.4 billion was misspent under Sanusi, between 2014 and 2017.In a letter [...]

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    NBC shuts AIT, Raypower indefinitely

NBC shuts AIT, Raypower indefinitely

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended the licence of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower "until further notice".Modibbo Kawu, director-general of NBC, announced the shut down at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday evening.He said the action was taken for failure of the stations to abide by the broadcasting code."Today the 6th of [...]

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    Sanusi ‘risks suspension’ after query from Ganduje

Sanusi ‘risks suspension’ after query from Ganduje

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, has issued a query to Muhammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, over alleged financial misappropriation.The office of the secretary to the state government (SSG) issued the letter on behalf of the governor.The development comes less than two days after Sanusi and Ganduje shook hands and prayed together during the eid-el-fitr celebrations.The Kano State Public Complaints [...]

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    PDP senator says Saraki is just like Abacha

PDP senator says Saraki is just like Abacha

Obinna Ogba, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator from Ebonyi, says Senate President Bukola Saraki is just like Sani Abacha.Abacha is the military dictator who ruled Nigeria between 1993 and 1998. His government was poorly rated in so many areas but Ogba said the retired army general was a good man.He said under Abacha, the rate of insecurity was not as [...]

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    Lawyer to reps: Don’t elect a speaker with a tainted record

Lawyer to reps: Don’t elect a speaker with a tainted record

Deji Fasusi, a lawyer, has asked members of the 9th house of representatives, not to make the mistake of electing anyone with criminal records as speaker.Speaking with reporters in Lagos, Fasusi said information available to the public shows that two of the aspirants for the exalted position have criminal records.According to him, Femi Gbajabiamila, the candidate endorsed by the leadership [...]

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    Don’t allow AI undermine the sovereignty of Nigeria, group tells FG

Don’t allow AI undermine the sovereignty of Nigeria, group tells FG

Concerned Diasporas, a group of Nigerian intellectuals in the United States of America (USA) and Canada, has blamed Amnesty International (AI) for the rising cases of violence across the world.The group said it came to this conclusion having "thoroughly reviewed" the activities of the UK-based humanitarian organisation in recent times.In a report jointly signed by Esther Ede and Olajuwon Olagunju, [...]

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    Switzerland sues Nigeria over vessel detained by navy since 2018

Switzerland sues Nigeria over vessel detained by navy since 2018

The Swiss authorities have filed a suit against Nigeria at the international court over the detention of San Padre Pio, its vessel.Operation forward base of the Nigerian navy in Bonny, Rivers state, had arrested the ship on January 23, 2018.The oil tanker, registered with canton Vaud shipping company ABC Maritime, and its crew members were detained for alleged diesel smuggling, [...]

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    Swedish lawmakers wash their own clothes — and earn in a year what a Nigerian senator gets in 60 days

Swedish lawmakers wash their own clothes — and earn in a year what a Nigerian senator gets in 60 days

Lawmakers in Sweden have no official cars, enjoy no immunity, use public transport, and wash their own clothes themselves -- in public laundries!This is a world of difference away from what obtains in Nigeria, where lawmakers get special treatment, official vehicles, luxury and heavy running costs -- which are separate from what they get as salaries.The speaker of the house [...]

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    Eight apps that make daily living easier

Eight apps that make daily living easier

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    Fresh trouble for Gbaja as court summons him on eve of speakership contest

Fresh trouble for Gbaja as court summons him on eve of speakership contest

A court in the federal capital territory (FCT) has summoned Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house of representatives, over a suit filed against him by the Action Peoples Party (APP).APP had asked the court to disqualify Gbajabiamila from the speakership race over alleged perjury.The party led by Ikenga Ugochinyere, who is also spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties [...]

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    Group demands resignation of Akwa Ibom gov over move to block LG autonomy

Group demands resignation of Akwa Ibom gov over move to block LG autonomy

Movement 1960, a civil rights group in Nigeria, has called for the immediate resignation of Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom state.This is even as a political pressure group in the state, Akwa Ibom State Leadership Vanguard, has labelled the governor "a devious exploiter".The groups were reacting to a suit filed by the state government in collaboration with the 31 local [...]

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    NBC threatens AIT over ‘anti-government reports’

NBC threatens AIT over ‘anti-government reports’

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has threatened to move against African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM over some reports it considered unfavourable.The regulatory body accused  the broadcast stations of airing "offensive, unfair and unprofessional" content in violation of its rules.In three letters seen by TheCable, Armstrong Idachaba, the commission's director of broadcast monitoring, asked AIT and RayPower to state [...]

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