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NIMASA cancelled Tompolo’s contract and awarded it to Rivers APC chairman


The debt recovery and surveillance contracts awarded to the Global West Vessel Specialists Nigeria Limited (GWVSNL) owned by former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpomupolo, popularly known as Tompolo by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) under the Goodluck Jonathan administration and cancelled by Buhari have now been awarded ...

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From luggage economy to knowledge economy: Full text of Olusegun Adeniyi’s speech at #ThePlatform


By Olusegun Adeniyi There is this story of a Nigerian who decided to open a clinic and put a sign outside which reads: “Get treatment for $25 and if not cured, get $100 in return.” An American saw this as a great opportunity to earn easy $100 and goes to ...

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Report: FG hunts for more evidence against Saraki and Ekweremadu


The Federal Government is searching for more facts that can further prove the involvement of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, in the alleged forgery of Senate Standing Rules, 2015, according to a report by the Punch newspaper. The report says that there isn’t enough evidence ...

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Kidnappers release wife of CBN governor


The wife of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs Margaret Emefiele, who was kidnapped yesterday, has been released by her abductors. According to family sources she was rescued “due to the gallantry of the Armed Forces, Police and Security Forces”, in Ugoneki near Benin City and ...

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Habila, Cole, Brymo… Ake Festival 2016 will have an incredible roster (Details)


The fourth edition of the Ake Arts and Book Festival 2016 comes up next month in Abeokuta with the theme, ‘Beneath the skin.’ According to the organisers, the festival will “hosts an outstanding roster of writers, thinkers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, book lovers and art enthusiasts” between 15th and 19th November ...

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“I believe this recession will not last”: Full text of Pres. Buhari’s Independence anniversary speech


by Muhammadu Buhari Today – 1st October is a day of celebration for us Nigerians. On this day, 56 years ago our people achieved the most important of all human desires – freedom and independence. We should all therefore give thanks and pray for our founding fathers without whose efforts ...

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Zamfara commissions five academics to document its history


The Zamfara Government has asked four professors and one doctor to document the history of the state from 1996 when it was founded to date and publish it as a book. The state’s Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji, made the disclosure in an interview with the News ...

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Why I was tearing ballot papers in my polling unit – Edo APGA candidate


Osaro Onaiwu, the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the just concluded Edo governorship poll has confirmed that a viral video on the internet showing him tearing ballot papers at his polling unit in Oredo local government area, is real and not doctored. In the video, Onaiwu ...

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.@DeleMomodu: As APC sets fire on the roof


By Dele Momodu “… President Buhari, on coming into office in 2015, ignored the looming economic danger and focused single-mindedly – and, in retrospect, unwisely – on the fight against corruption and the recovery of stolen asset which had populist appeal. This could have proceeded hand-in-hand with a focus on ...

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EFCC finally arrests APC chieftain


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Benjamin Benedict Apugo at his village, Nkata Ibeku, in Abia State. His arrest on Friday September 30th, 2016 was sequel to a 4 July, 2016 warrant issued to that effect by a ...

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Just In: NJC sacks three senior judges over corruption, malice and breach of constitution


The National Judicial Council, under the Chairmanship of the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON, at its 78th Meeting which was held on 29th September, 2016 recommended compulsory retirement from office of Hon. Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Hon. Justice ...

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Adewole Kehinde: #EdoDecides: Kudos to IGP Ibrahim Idris


By Adewole Kehinde The governorship election that took place on Wednesday 28th September, 2016 in Edo State was a huge feat when you talk of the security arrangement put in place. The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris had visited Edo State on Friday 9th September, 2016 ahead of ...

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“He was playing god”: PDP leader blames Anenih for party’s loss in Edo poll


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its governorship candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and most other leaders of the party are accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Edo government of manipulation and fraud which resulted in the party’s loss in this week’s governorship election. However one PDP leader in the ...

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Oh, poor Fayose: Governor tells court that he’s gone through psychological and mental torture

Ayo Fayose

Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose told a high court on Friday that he has been subjected to psychological and emotional torture as a result of the freezing of his two Zenith bank accounts in June by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Fayose’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, said the freezing of ...

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Trade minister, Enelamah, dismisses Melaye’s $13.9bn illegal transfer accusations as baseless

okechukwu Enelamah

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah yesterday denied any involvement or knowledge of illegal transfer of funds out of Nigeria by MTN contrary to the allegations by Dino Melaye, a Kogi state senator. In a statement by the Director of Press in the ministry, Greyne Anosike, the ...

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Pres. Buhari says he’s not yet tired of blaming his predecessors… here’s why


President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday that he would continue to blame his predecessors for Nigeria’s problems despite the fact that most commentators think it is time to focus on the future because Nigerians deserve to know what went wrong with the country. Buhari spoke at an event tagged, “The ...

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A university don, veteran journalist, ex-soldier… These are the people Buhari nominated as INEC commissioners


After dragging foot for so long and more than a year after the tenures of some national commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ended, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday finally forwarded the names of six national commissioner nominees to the senate. Buhari also forward five nominees for the ...

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Nigeria set to cut taxes for small businesses – Adeosun

Nigeria’s finance ministry has announced that the country plans to lower taxes for small and medium-sized companies to create more jobs. As Nigeria grapples with a recession which is bound to continue with the third quarter GDP figures now being expected, the government is trying a variety of measures to ...

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Reuben Abati: Nigeria at 56: Why we should be happy and proud


By Reuben Abati As Nigeria marks its 56th Independence Anniversary, very few Nigerians would expect any form of celebration or excitement. Independence from colonial rule in 1960 has brought the country so much to be cheerful about, but 56 years later, also a lot of regrets. I am not one ...

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CCB invites Amaechi, Fashola, Fayemi, others over assets verification


The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) says it has begun massive verification of assets declared by top serving and former public officers at the federal, state and local government levels. The verification process involves physical appearance by the officials for conference and field verification of their declared assets. The Chairman ...

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