Saturday, June 15, 2019

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    Wike, Amaechi in hot argument at police station

Wike, Amaechi in hot argument at police station

The tension in Rivers state over the ongoing legislative rerun election reached its height on Sunday when Nyesom Wike, governor of the state, and Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, confronted each other at the Mile One police station in Port Harcourt.Trouble started on Saturday after Ekwi Adebisa, collation officer of ward 10, Port Harcourt local government (PHALGA), allegedly went missing with [...]

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    Fayose: Buhari has destroyed Jonathan’s legacy

Fayose: Buhari has destroyed Jonathan’s legacy

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of destroying the legacy of “free and fair election” of former President Goodluck Jonathan.Commenting on the irregularities that marred the Rivers state legislative rerun election, Fayose said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was plotting to take over the entire 36 states of the country.He also alleged that the [...]

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    Violence forces INEC staff to boycott Rivers poll

Violence forces INEC staff to boycott Rivers poll

Some ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ikwerre and Asari Toru local government areas (LGAs) of Rivers state boycotted the legislative rerun election on Saturday over fear of violence.The election is holding in three senatorial districts, 12 house of representatives constituencies, and 22 of the 32 state assembly constituencies.A resident of of Ikwerre, who does not [...]

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    UPDATED: INEC suspends poll in 6 Rivers LGAs

UPDATED: INEC suspends poll in 6 Rivers LGAs

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the ongoing legislative rerun election in six of the 23 local government areas (LGAs) of Rivers state over widespread violence.Aniedi Ikoiwak, resident electoral commissioner (REC), announced this on Saturday, listing the affected LGAs as Bonny, Gokana, Abua/Odual, Khana, Eleme and Andoni.He said some party agents attacked INEC officials for allegedly using fake election [...]

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    DSS official ambushed, killed in Rivers

DSS official ambushed, killed in Rivers

An official of the Department of State Services (DSS) was killed on Friday during an attack on security personnel in Omoku, Ogba/Ndoni/Egbema local government area of Rivers state.Omoku is the community where Franklin Obi, ward chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was beheaded, while his wife and son were also killed.According to Lazarus Eli, assistant director of army public [...]

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    Ibori ‘definitely’ returning to Nigeria in July

Ibori ‘definitely’ returning to Nigeria in July

Ayiri Emami, Delta-based businessman and ally of James Ibori, former governor of the state, on Friday said the ex-number one citizen of Delta, who is currently serving a jail term in the United Kingdom, will return to the country latest by July.Addressing members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Warri Correspondent Chapel, Emami, who defected to the ruling party [...]

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    You must face trial, supreme court tells Kalu

You must face trial, supreme court tells Kalu

The supreme court has ruled that the corruption trial of Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia state governor, must continue.Kalu is standing trial for a 107-count of corruption and money laundering charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).The anti-graft agency accused him of illegally diverting about N5.6 billion meant for the state between 1999 and 2007 [...]

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    Senate orders closure of Kogi assembly

Senate orders closure of Kogi assembly

The senate has directed Solomon Arase, inspector general of police, to seal off the Kogi state house of assembly pending the time the crisis rocking the legislative house is resolved.Senate President Bukola Saraki gave the directive at plenary on Thursday, declaring the impeachment of Momoh Jimoh, speaker of the assembly as illegal.On February 16, five out of the 25 lawmakers [...]

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    Buratai: Sambisa forest is as big as Enugu

Buratai: Sambisa forest is as big as Enugu

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, on Thursday said Sambisa forest, stronghold of the Boko Haram sect in Borno state, is as big as Enugu state.Speaking at the headquarters of the 82 division of the Nigerian army in Enugu, Buratai identified thorough logistics and adequate manpower as requirements for completely dislodging the insurgents“We are already in Sambisa forest, but Sambisa is [...]

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    You can’t stop sand dredging, Inland Waterways tells Ambode 

You can’t stop sand dredging, Inland Waterways tells Ambode 

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has accused the Lagos state government of “undue interference” in the regulation of dredging activities in the state.Commenting on the stoppage of dredging  on the orders of Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, Mu’azu Sambo, NIWA’s area manager in Lagos, said his organisation remains the only body statutorily empowered to grant permit and licenses for sand [...]

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    Boko Haram is now like a dead snake, says Oshiomhole

Boko Haram is now like a dead snake, says Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, Edo state governor, says the military has succeeded in incapacitating the Boko Haram sect, making it to look “like a dead snake” which might still continue to “wriggle its body, but it’s dead”.Speaking when he received Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, at the government house in Benin, the state capital, the governor said under Buratai, the military [...]

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    After 8 months, army recovers its armoured tank from B’Haram

After 8 months, army recovers its armoured tank from B’Haram

‎The Nigeria army says it has recovered its Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which Boko Haram insurgents seized at Buni Yadi, a town in Yobe state, on July 9, 2015.‎Sani Usman, army spokesman, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.‎"In continuation of the clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists’ reported locations and hideouts by the military, troops of of 120 task [...]

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    2 female bombers ‘kill 22’ at Maiduguri mosque

2 female bombers ‘kill 22’ at Maiduguri mosque

Twenty-two people were killed on Wednesday morning when two female suicide bombers struck at a mosque in Ummarari village near Molai, outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno state capital.Sani Usman, army spokesman, confirmed the attack, in a statement saying 18 people also sustained injuries."This is to confirm that there were twin person-borne improvised explosive attack carried out by two female carriers in [...]

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    Troops ‘now fighting insurgency’ with Boko Haram’s tactics

Troops ‘now fighting insurgency’ with Boko Haram’s tactics

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff (COAS), says his men are now using the very strategy of the Boko Haram sect to dislodge the insurgents.Speaking in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, after a courtesy call on Abiola Ajimobi, governor of the state, Buratai commended the troops for displaying professionalism in the troubled region of the country.He attributed the successes recorded in the fight [...]

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    POLL: Should medical students spend ‘a minimum of 10 years’ in the university?

POLL: Should medical students spend ‘a minimum of 10 years’ in the university?

Julius Okojie, executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), stirred the hornet’s nest on Monday by saying  prospective medical students must be prepared to spend at least 10 years at the university..Delivering a lecture titled ‘Development of Medical Education: Prospects and Challenges‘ at the maiden matriculation ceremony of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo state, Okojie had said [...]

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    Ambode sacks GM of building control agency

Ambode sacks GM of building control agency

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, has approved the dismissal of Adeigbe Olushola, an engineer and general manager of the Building Control Agency (LASBCA), following last week's collapse of a Lekki Gardens building.The tragedy resulted in the death of 34 people.The governor also approved the dismissal of Adeoye Thomas Adeyemi, head of inspection and quality control in the agency, and Dosunmu Gbadebo, zonal [...]

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