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APC’s rank swell as Ken Nnamani defects from PDP

​A former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has defected to Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Nnamani said on Sunday that he decided to join the APC because of enormous pressure  from his constituents. Nnamani, who led the Senate from 2005 to 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said “All politics is local. I have to do what ...

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Obasanjo plays nice as Jonathan visits him in Ibogun

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday met with former President Goodluck Jonathan at his Ibogun country home in Ifo area of Ogun State, and the two men held a closed door meeting which lasted almost two hours. It is the first such meeting between the two men since Jonathan lost the 2015 election in a campaign that saw Obasanjo adopting a very ...

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Dapo Olorunpomi

Ogundamisi, Ezekwesili, Ndibe, others, write open letter to Buhari over harassment of journalists

A group of journalists, writers and public figures have penned an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the “harassment” of journalists by security services.  They cited the two recent examples involving Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, who was detained last week, and Dapo Olunroyomi, the publisher of Premium Times, who was arrested and detained for hours on ...

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Fayose emerges as new chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum

Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti has emerged as the new chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum following a meeting of the governors which held on Thursday night in Abuja. He replaces the governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, who is marking his final days as governor, having served his constitutionally permissible two terms in office. Announcing the news to journalists, ...

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Police raid Premium Times head office; arrest publisher

The Nigeria police on Thursday raided the head office of online newspaper, Premium Times, in Abuja and arrested the newspaper’s publisher. The publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, was arrested alongside the paper’s judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu. Plain-clothed officers conducted search at the office shortly after 5p.m. Thursday, and said they were acting on a complaint filed by the Chief of Army Staff, ...

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Barrow inaugurated

The end is nigh: Barrow sworn-in as president as ECOWAS troops enter Gambia

Adama Barrow has been sworn in as the new president of Gambia in a ceremony which took place at The Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, the capital of neighbouring Senegal. Barrow has been recognised internationally even though the former president Yahya Jammeh has refused to step down and continues to insist that he remains president. Col. Abdou Ndiaye, a Senegalese army ...

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EFCC arrests councillor, two others for diverting and selling rice donated to IDPs

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a supervisory councillor with Mafa local government area of Borno State, Umar Ibrahim, over alleged diversion of 300 bags of rice meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the area. Ibrahim, who supervises the local government’s agricultural department, was arrested alongside others named Bulama Ali Zangebe and Modu Bulama in ...

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President-Elect Adama Barrow to be sworn in at Gambian Embassy in Senegal

Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow will be sworn in at the country’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal, according to his spokesman on Thursday. “It is going to take place at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, they have changed the venue, at 4:00 pm (1600 GMT),” spokesman Halifa Sallah told the AFP. Barrow’s inauguration event was initially scheduled to hold in a stadium near ...

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Buhari reacts to accidental bombing of civilians by Army

A statement by the presidency on Tuesday said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has received with deep sadness and regret, the accidental bombing of a civilian community in Rann, Borno State, by the Nigerian Air Force, engaged in the final phase of mopping up insurgents in the North-east.” The military earlier confirmed that aid workers and other civilians were killed in the ...

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Pres. Buhari reacts to terror attack in University of Maiduguri

Press statement: President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns the terrorist attack Monday morning at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri. The President expresses sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the University Community, families of the victims and the government and people of Borno State. President Buhari believes that this appalling attack on a revered place of worship and Ivory Tower shows ...

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Buhari appoints Dr. Shuaib, who led Nigeria’s Ebola response, as head of NPHCDA

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday approved the appointment of Dr. Faisal Shuaib as the Executive Secretary of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).    Dr. Shuaib, a medical doctor and public health specialist, is currently a Senior Program Officer (Africa) for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) at Seattle, USA.   At the BMGF, Dr. Shuaib is responsible for developing ...

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“The tears never dry”: Buhari speaks on 1000 days of captivity of Chibok girls

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated a pledge he’s made several times already that his government would do all it takes to reunite the remaining Chibok girls kidnapped in 2014 and still in captivity with their parents. His latest comment comes as the world commemorates the 1000th day since the kidnap of the schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno ...

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Shaka Momodu: Our national assembly is a joke and they know it

by Shaka Momodu For the past two weeks, I have stayed glued to the television watching with fascination tinged with envy, the American Senate confirmation hearings for cabinet nominees. The quality of what I have seen and listened to has reinforced my belief that our politicians are not ready for the challenge of nation building and more depressingly, our own ...

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House of Reps says it has no plans to probe accidental bombing of IDP camp

The House of Representatives has denied media reports that it resolved yesterday to investigate the accidental bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Raan, Kale-Balge local government area, Borno State.  there was no such decision taken in plenary. Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, the Chairman, House Committee on Media & Publicity, said in a statement that, “sequel to a motion raised by Hon ...

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The APC inches closer to super majority in the senate

The Senator representing Eket Senatorial district in Akwa Ibom State, Nelson Effiong, has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). His defection brings the number of APC lawmakers in the upper chamber to 64. The ruling party already had a majority in the senate but its number falls short of 73 which ...

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Pres. Buhari to proceed on 10-day annual vacation

Senate president Bukola Saraki read a letter on Thursday morning during the senate plenary from President Muhammadu Buhari notifying the legislature of his intention to proceed on leave between January 23 and February 6, 2017. He informed the lawmakers that while he is away, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, will act in his stead.

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