Friday, April 5, 2019

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    Diezani returns to London police station

Diezani returns to London police station

Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum, visited the Charing Cross Police Station in London on Thursday, according to TVC.The former minister was interrogated at the station in October when UK National Crime agency arrested her on suspicions of bribery and money laundering.The Westminster magistrate court later granted her bail but seized her passport while she was asked to report at the [...]

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    30 years on, Buhari fulfills promise to Eaglets

30 years on, Buhari fulfills promise to Eaglets

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday rewarded members of the Golden Eaglets that won the inaugural FIFA U-16 World Cup in China in 1985 when he was the military head of state.At a reception which held in honour of the players at old Banquet Hall of the state house in Abuja, Buhari said the compensating was not for them winning laurels [...]

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    God has a hand in Nigeria’s current economic predicament, says Oyegun

God has a hand in Nigeria’s current economic predicament, says Oyegun

John Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Nigeria's present economic challenges are an act of God to remind the country of the need to implement and embrace radical change.Oyegun made the statement in Abuja on Thursday when he received a 15-member delegation of an APC support group, Change Agents Foundation (CAF), led by its director-general, Felix [...]

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    No bail as court sends Metuh back to prison

No bail as court sends Metuh back to prison

Ishaq Bello, a justice of the federal high court, has ordered that Olisa Metuh, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), be remanded in Kuje prison.Bello gave the order in a ruling on a fresh two-count charge bordering on destruction of evidence, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission filed against him on Thursday, two days after he was granted [...]

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    Olisah Metuh handcuffed to court again

Olisah Metuh handcuffed to court again

Two days after Olisa Metuh, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appeared in court in handcuffs, he has been arraigned at an Abuja court in a similar manner, for a fresh charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Criticisms had trailed the decision of the officials of Nigeria Prison Service to restrain Metuh handcuffs, with the [...]

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    We don’t have data of unemployed youths, says FG

We don’t have data of unemployed youths, says FG

The federal government says it does not have the statistics of unemployed youths in the country.James Ocholi, minister of state for labour and employment, said this in Abuja on Wednesday, while responding to a question on one of the campaign promises of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).Ocholi said there were efforts in place to capture not just the data [...]

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    Biafra ‘will teach’ Nigeria how to conduct polls

Biafra ‘will teach’ Nigeria how to conduct polls

The Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) on Wednesday said its forthcoming election would be a learning curve for Nigeria.Ralph Uwazuruike, founder of BIM, made the statement in Enugu during a sensitization programme ahead of the February 22 election into wards, provinces, districts, regions and zones in the south-east and south-south.Uwazuruike expressed optimism that the “Biafran dream would soon be realized”.“Our election [...]

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    Fayose dares Lai Mohammed to name the 15 former governors who ‘stole’ N1.34trn

Fayose dares Lai Mohammed to name the 15 former governors who ‘stole’ N1.34trn

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, on Wednesday accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of “turning governance to Nollywood”.Fayose alleged that close to one year after it won the presidential election, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government was still operating as if it was campaigning for votes.He accused the current administration of concocting lies to distract Nigerians from the [...]

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    NNPC shuts Port Harcourt, Kaduna refineries

NNPC shuts Port Harcourt, Kaduna refineries

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the "operational shutdown" of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries, owing to crude supply challenges arising from recent attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.According to Ohi Alegbe, group general manager of the corporation, who released a statement to announce the move, the plants were shut simultaneously on Sunday after the Bonny-Okrika crude supply line [...]

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    Amaechi: Maritime varsity is a waste of money

Amaechi: Maritime varsity is a waste of money

The federal government says the Nigerian Maritime University project started by former President Goodluck Jonathan "is a waste of resources" and may be scrapped.It has also threatened to scrap the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).The university was started by Jonathan to quicken the development of human capacity to take over the Cabotage trade "in the very near future".But Rotimi Amaechi, minister of [...]

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    Corrupt judges will go to jail, says AGF

Corrupt judges will go to jail, says AGF

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, on Tuesday said the era when corrupt judges escaped justice was over.Speaking in Lagos during the launch of ‘Go and sin no more’, a report of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Malami, who was represented by Abiodun Aikomo, one of his senior special assistants, said the current administration [...]

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    Court grants Metuh N400m bail

Court grants Metuh N400m bail

A federal high court in Abuja has granted a N400 million bail to Olisa Metuh, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Okon Abang, the presiding judge, ordered that Metuh must produce two sureties who own property in the Maitama area of Abuja.He was also asked to submit his international passport.Last week, Abang ordered that Metuh be transferred to Kuje prison from [...]

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    Media groups to challenge court ruling on NPC decree

Media groups to challenge court ruling on NPC decree

The Nigeria Press Organisation (NPO) says it will challenge the decision of the appeal court to uphold the the Nigerian Press Council decree, which gives the government the power to regulate the media.After a meeting of the NPO, which consists of the Newspaper Proprietors' Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), the body [...]

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    Corruption fights back: EFCC vs a reactionary elite

Corruption fights back: EFCC vs a reactionary elite

By Chido Onumah & Godwin Onyeacholem Slowly but steadily, the ultra conservative wing of Nigeria’s largely self-absorbed and callous elite is spoiling for a fight. And it’s all about the renewed war against corruption which has induced in this group an emotion that can only be described as culture shock. As a result, the unconstructive and clearly combative reaction to a [...]

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    Sylva doesn’t have God on his side, says Dickson

Sylva doesn’t have God on his side, says Dickson

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa state governor, says he was able to emerge victorious in the governorship election because God was not on the side of Timipre Sylva, his rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Monday, Dickson put the violence that almost marred the exercise at the doorstep of his opponent, maintaining that he [...]

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    Lassa Fever kills 2 in Plateau, spreads to Delta and Ekiti

Lassa Fever kills 2 in Plateau, spreads to Delta and Ekiti

Lassa fever has claimed two more lives in Plateau state, the state government confirmed on Monday in Jos.Kuden Dayin, the commissioner for health, told NAN that the victims died at the Jos University Teaching Hosital (JUTH) on Saturday.The latest development brings to three, the number of persons so far killed, after the commissioner confirmed the death of one person at [...]

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