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Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwade

“I did not turn down Buhari’s offer for NERC job” – Prof. Akinwade

Prof. Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande, nominated for the Chairmanship of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), says he will honour an invitation for screening by the Nigerian Senate after clearing with his current employer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U S A. In a letter, dated 26th October, 2016, to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, ...

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PDP peace process collapses again

Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has blamed the Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, for the collapse of peace talks in the troubled party. Sheriff said he should not be held responsible for the inability of the two factions to arrive at an amicable solution to the crisis in ...

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Ex-Super Eagles star, Efe Sodje, and his brothers charged to UK court for fraud

The United Kingdom National Crimes Agency (NCA) has charged a former Nigerian soccer star, Efetobore Sodje, and his brothers over suspected fraud. The brothers – Bright Sodje, 50, Stephen Sodje, 42, Samuel Sodje, 37, and Efetobore Sodje, 34 –  were arrested on July 13 2014 after a three-year investigation by the agency into irregularities in the Sodje Sports Foundation registered on ...

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Alamieyeseigha’s widow blamed everyone for her husband’s travails apart from the one who deserved it

At a memorial to mark the death of former Bayelsa governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, his widow, Margaret, ripped into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Ijaw nation for purportedly betraying her late husband. She said her husband sacrificed so much towards the formation and advancement of the PDP but was killed before his time. The former governor died on October ...

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Abati honoured our invitation – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says former presidential spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, was not arrested by the commission, but only honoured its invitation on Monday. “Former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, on Monday, honoured an invitation by the EFCC at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja. “He is currently presently telling ...

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EFCC arrests Reuben Abati

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati. Abati was arrested on Monday and would spend the night at the office of the EFCC. According to reports, he is being questioned for allegedly receiving some money from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who is being tried by the EFCC for management of funds ...

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One-man army, Reno Omokri, desperately attempts to rewrite Jonathan’s history

Former Special Assistant to Ex-Pres. Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokri, has been mounting a valiant effort to defend what he must consider to be the honour of his former boss. In his Jonathan Defence Mission, Omokri throws in everything – articles, tweets, advise, fact checks, interviews. He also applies a good helping of lies, half truths, wilful omissions ...

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Joke of the day: Gov. Ganduje threatens to probe Sen. Kwankwaso

In 1999, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso became governor of Kano State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). His deputy was Abdullahi Ganduje, a man who contested against him in the PDP primary but was later selected as running mate. Four years later, the two men were kicked out of office by the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and ...

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Aso Rock


Buhari seeks NASS approval for $30bn loan; N180bn budget virement

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly to seek approval to borrow $29.96 billion under the External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan to address the infrastructure deficit in the health, education, water resources and other sectors. The president is also seeking the approval of the legislature to vire N180.8 billion from the funds appropriated for special intervention (recurrent and capital) ...

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Buhari meets APC governors at State House

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in a closed door meeting with governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting has in attendance, the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum, who is also the governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha. Others at the meeting include, governors from Ogun, Kogi, Kaduna, ...

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Buhari congratulates new Oba of Benin

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the full support of the Federal Government for the Royal Destiny Trust programme of the newly installed Oba of Benin, Ewuare II. Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, made the pledge at the coronation of the Oba in Benin on Thursday. The president who congratulated the new monarch also prayed for his success. “On ...

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Buhari to China: “We’re ready to provide counterpart funding for infrastructure”

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said the Federal Government is ready to provide counterpart funding for all agreements reached with the People’s Republic of China to fast- track ongoing efforts in closing infrastructure gaps. Speaking with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pingjian, at the presentation of Letters of Credence ceremony at the State House, President Buhari commended ...

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Bukola Saraki

Senate suspends consideration of FG’s MTEF… and it has a point

The senate has suspended consideration and debate of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) submitted to it by President Muhammadu Buhari. Those two documents are very important. The national assembly has to approve them first before Pres. Buhari can present the 2017 budget to the lawmakers for consideration. Any delay in approving the MTEF ...

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Lawmakers lament over lack of office equipment and official cars

Members of the House of Representatives, especially the 223 who got elected for the first time in 2015, are grumbling over a lack of office equipment which is hindering them from effectively carrying out their duties. A report by The Punch newspaper places the cause of the delay in acquiring the office equipment to the “economic recession and alleged poor ...

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Buhari sends list of 46 new ambassadorial nominees to senate

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded a list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees to the senate for confirmation. Every state was represented on the list with at least one nominee. However Lagos had the highest number of nominees with three persons, while Bauchi, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Kwara, Plateau, Sokoto and Zamfara had two nominees each. In June, Pres. Buhari sent a ...

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Senate finally confirms two new Supreme Court justices

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Justice Amina Augie (Kebbi/North-West) and Justice Eko Ejembi (Benue/North-Central) as Justices of the Supreme Court. President Muhammadu Buhari had submitted the names of both justices to the Senate for confirmation since July 2016 but slow senate processes coupled with the long senate recess had delayed their confirmation until now. Only last week, ...

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