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    OBITUARY: Ras Kimono, the reggae apostle and lifelong crusader who kept dreadlocks for 36 years

OBITUARY: Ras Kimono, the reggae apostle and lifelong crusader who kept dreadlocks for 36 years

Wielding his blunt message as a weapon, Ras Kimono, while he held sway, dominated the Nigerian music scene and cultivated many-a-acolyte with his conscious songs.The dreadlocked legend lived and breathed reggae in all of its entirety. He used the genre to speak, without ceasing, of the ills of the land and to fight the cause of the oppressed.Even towards the last [...]

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    POSER: Where is Michael Adikwu, the Offa robbery suspect arrested by police?

POSER: Where is Michael Adikwu, the Offa robbery suspect arrested by police?

The fate of Michael Adikwu, the dismissed police corporal who allegedly planned and led the Offa bank heist of April 5, 2018, has become a subject of speculation.The robbery led to 33 fatalities, including pregnant women and 12 police officers.Police initially described Adikwu as "sectional gang leader" when he was declared wanted in connection with the robbery, and was accused [...]

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    FACT CHECK: Is Abiola’s GCFR illegal?

FACT CHECK: Is Abiola’s GCFR illegal?

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced the conferment of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), the highest honour in the land, on Moshood Kashimawo (MKO) Abiola.The president also declared June 12 as Democracy Day. Abiola was the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 election, reported as the freest and fairest in Nigeria's history.What are national honours?According to the October 1963 [...]

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    THE ARCHIVE: Full result of June 12 election

THE ARCHIVE: Full result of June 12 election

The number one topic in the polity at the moment is June 12, 1993 election, adjudged as freest and fairest in the history of the country.The issue of the election regained prominence following the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari and the posthumous GCFR award conferred on MKO Abiola, presumed winner of the election.The election [...]

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    OBITUARY: Akanbi, the incorruptible ICPC chairman who was ‘frustrated’ by Obasanjo

OBITUARY: Akanbi, the incorruptible ICPC chairman who was ‘frustrated’ by Obasanjo

"He was an anti-corruption czar who fought the malaise both in and out of office. He lived what he preached and you could see there was no pretence about him." -- Bukola Saraki, Senate President.If death had spared him, Mustapha Akanbi would have hit 86 in a few months, but it was his time. His fight was over. Akanbi was done, [...]

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    REPORTER’S DIARY: With N46,000 bribe, I drove a ‘stolen’ car from Abuja to Lagos, and back!

REPORTER’S DIARY: With N46,000 bribe, I drove a ‘stolen’ car from Abuja to Lagos, and back!

Over two days in April, investigative journalist ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO drove the equivalent of a stolen vehicle from Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, to Lagos, the country’s commercial hub. Not only did he arrive Lagos safely with the car, he returned to Abuja scot-free with it — and this is despite passing through a whopping 86 checkpoints in a journey of over [...]

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    Abacha Loot: Finance ministry delays probe of $17m lawyers’ fee

Abacha Loot: Finance ministry delays probe of $17m lawyers’ fee

The ministry of finance is yet to submit its report to the house of representatives’ ad-hoc committee investigating the $17 million fee for lawyers involved in the transfer of $321 million Abacha Loot to Nigeria.Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), had engaged Oladipo Okpeseyi, a senior advocate, and Temitope Adebayo, two Nigerian lawyers to do a job that had already [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: America unsafe for black people, says Lolade Siyonbola, Nigerian studying in Yale

EXCLUSIVE: America unsafe for black people, says Lolade Siyonbola, Nigerian studying in Yale

When Lolade Siyonbola drifted off to sleep in her dorm's common room, she couldn't have dreamt that she was about to find herself in the middle of a racial discrimination conversation."You’re not supposed to be sleeping here. I’m going to call the police. I have every right to call the police. You cannot sleep in that room," she was told by [...]

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    INTERVIEW: I worked harder than my opponents to prove a point, says Imo State University graduate elected councillor in UK

INTERVIEW: I worked harder than my opponents to prove a point, says Imo State University graduate elected councillor in UK

When Celia Osakwe-Hibbert left the shores of Nigeria to the United Kingdom in 2008, all she cared about was to study and help her local community but the journey took a new twist 10 years after. On May 3, 2018, she was elected councillor for Penn at the City of Wolverhampton. The ex-model stood against strong male candidates to win [...]

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    FLASHBACK: In 2002, Obasanjo retired Musiliu Smith, new PSC chairman, after police strike

FLASHBACK: In 2002, Obasanjo retired Musiliu Smith, new PSC chairman, after police strike

On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Musiliu Smith, a former inspector-general of police (IGP), as chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) to succeed Mike Okiro, also a former inspector-general of police.Senate President Bukola Saraki read Buhari’s letter seeking the confirmation of Smith’s appointment and those of three others.Former President Olusegun obasanjo made Smith IGP on May 29, 1999 but [...]

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