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Patience Oniha

Osinbajo appoints former Head of FG’s Efficiency Unit as new DMO DG

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday approved the appointment of Mrs. Patience Oniha as the new Director-General of Debt Management Office (DMO). The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, announced the appointment in Abuja. Oniha, from Edo State, takes over from the former Director-General, Abraham Nwankwo, who retired after serving for two terms of five years each. The handover ...

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Consortium of banks take over Etisalat Nigeria

A consortium of of local and foreign banks, led by Access Bank Plc, have taken over the management of telecommunication company, Etisalat Nigeria, effective June 15. The take-over followed a futile effort by Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS), promoted by one time Chairman of United Bank for Africa, UBA, Hakeem Bello-Osagie, to reach an agreement with the banks on a debt restructuring ...

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Nii Parker,chair 2017 Caine Prize judges

Three Nigerian writers make 2017 Caine Prize shortlist

Three Nigerians have been shortlisted for the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing. They are Lesley Nneka Arimah, Chikodili Emelumadu, and Arinze Ifeakandu. Other shortlisted writers are Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (South Africa) and Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan). Nii Ayikwei Parkes, chair of 2017 Caine Prize judges and award-winning author, made the announcement. Parkes said: “It is thus a huge pleasure to have ...

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Oba of Benin suspends and strips Odionwere of his duties

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has suspended the Odionwere of Evbiekoi village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State, Pa Igbinake Aghaku. According to Mr. Desmond Agbama, the Chief Press Secretary to the Oba of Benin, in a statement on Saturday, Pa Aghaku was suspended and stripped of his traditional duties as Odionwere for allegedly violating the cultural, traditional norms and practices of Benin Kingdom. Pa Aghaku was accused of allegedly ...

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#ClearTheAir: FG steps up its tobacco free campaign with launch of two ads (Watch)

The Federal Ministry of Health has released two public service adverts targeting second hand smokers. The advert narrates that about 10% of the 6 million annual tobacco-related deaths are those of people who do not directly smoke a cigarette or use tobacco. The first video shows people moving on as others smoke in prohibited public places and it ended with a ...

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Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman confirms arrest of Boko Haram terrorist

Nigerian Army arrests “Aliko, the terrorist”

A suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Aliyu Ahmed, otherwise called “Aliko”, has been arrested by the Army. In a statement on Saturday, the Army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said  “Aliko”  was arrested on Friday by troops of 33 Brigade following a tip off in Yuga village in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, where he has been in hiding. “He (“Aliko”) ...

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#Anambra2017: APC’s Senator Andy Uba says Anambra needs someone like him

An All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Anambra state, Senator Andy Uba has vowed to unseat the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, in the forthcoming November 2017 governorship election in the state. Uba, who represents Anambra West in the senate, made the vow during a sensitization tour to various local government areas in the state. “Anambra state needs someone like me who has ...

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Gov. Ikpeazu dissolves Abia state executive council

The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, has dissolved the state executive council, including commissioners and special advisers as well as senior special assistants. Also affected in the cabinet dissolution is the Secretary to the State Government. The news was contained in a statement posted on the government’s website on Friday night and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, ...

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Osinbajo appoints 14 INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of 12 new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In addition, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, retained two RECs in the list. A statement signed by Bolaji Adebiyi, the Director Press, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the appointments were with immediate ...

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AG PRESIDENT OSINBAJO BREAKING OF RAMADAN FAST 1. L-R; Acting President Yemi Osinbajo chats with His Eminence Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar IIIduring breaking of Ramadan Fast at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE/STATE HOUSE. JUNE 19 2017

Osinbajo hosts northern traditional rulers

In continuation of his consultations with leaders across various spheres in the country, Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will meet on Tuesday with Northern traditional rulers. The consultative meeting with the monarch was initially scheduled for Monday. Although it didn’t happen, Osinbajo in Monday, held an Iftar (breaking of fast) dinner with the Northern traditional rulers at the Banquet Hall ...

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Osinbajo and Emir Sanusi

Emir Sanusi visits Osinbajo at the State House

In a meeting held behind closed doors, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday met with the Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting took place at the Vice-President’s mini conference room and lasted for about two hours. The Emir declined to comment on the outcome of the meeting when approached by State House ...

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Osinbajo-South East

“This is not time to retreat behind ethnic lines”; Osinbajo tells Northern and Southeast leaders

As vocal regional groups continue to beat the drums of war and division, Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has adopted a tack of dialogue and consultations. Osinbajo kicked off a series of engagements this week with leaders of thought from the Northern and Southeastern states of Nigeria. He first met on Tuesday with thought leaders from the North and ...

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Going, going…: 52% of registered voters reportedly sign register to recall Sen. Melaye

The march by some members of the Kogi West electorate to recall their senator, Dino Melaye, is on course as indications emerged on Monday that 52.3% of voters in the Senatorial district have signed the recall register. If that milestone is verified by INEC, it means that opponents of the senator have satisfied the first step required by law to ...

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Melaye prostrate

Kogi West begins the ‘time-wasting’, ‘impossible’ process to recall Sen. Dino Melaye

Some constituents of Kogi West have finally decided that they have had enough of their indecorous, showboating senator, Dino Melaye. If social media commentary is anything to go by, lots of Nigerians arrived at that point a while ago. However, most Nigerians have no power to do anything about it. The only people constitutionally empowered to send Melaye packing from ...

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House of Representatives direct IGP to enforce police dress code

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has been directed by the House of Representatives to ensure that officers and men of the Force dress properly in uniform to prevent identity crisis and portray the force as a disciplined organisation. The written motion was moved by Rep. Ajisafe Olowookere (Ondo-APC), and was unanimously adopted at the plenary on Thursday. Olowookere said that the ...

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Senate investigates lopsided recruitment in DSS

The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter- Governmental Affairs on Thursday said it has started an investigation into the alleged lopsidedness in the recruitment of Cadet Officers in the Department of State Services (DSS). Senator Tijjani Kaura, Chairman of the Committee, said that following petitions from some concerned Nigerians, the committee was prompted to investigate the DSS recruitment process. He said the committee would ...

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