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Buhari’s second term campaigners are selfish – Sen Shehu Sani

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The endorsement: Last week, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, including the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term. This is despite the fact that the president still has two years left in this term, is battling ill-health and has ...

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The Supreme Court had strong words for disobedient Speaker Dogara and Hembe

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The Supreme Court delivered a ruling months ago sacking a Taraba senator, Sani Abubakar Danladi, and a Taraba member of the House of Representatives, Herman Hembe. Whereas the senate president, Bukola Saraki, immediately obeyed the court and swore in the rightful winner, Shuabu Isa Lau; the House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, ...

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Olusegun Adeniyi: The Chinese prince and the starving tigers

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By Olusegun Adeniyi As one would expect from such IT persons, the duo of Mr Ye Zhenzhen, the CEO of People’s Daily Innovation and Mr David Chen, Vice President of Microsoft, dazzled their audience with the coming world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the implications for the new media age. ...

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Court grants order proscribing IPOB

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The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Kafarati, on Wednesday granted the following orders against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), following an application by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. Proscription of the group Declaring all its activities illegal and ...

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El-Rufai says Yaradua died and Jonathan lost for fighting him wrongly

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Nigeria’s last two presidents have left office earlier than they hoped. Official explanation: Umaru Musa Yaradua died in May 2010, three years into his term from a heart condition. Goodluck Jonathan left in 2015 after losing reelection to President Muhammadu Buhari, becoming the first incumbent president to lose reelection in ...

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Justice Dimgba strikes out fraud charge which had Diezani’s name

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Jide Omokore, a former ally of ex-petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and five others over an alleged crude oil fraud worth $1.6 billion. The elephant not in the room: Diezani’s name was mentioned several times in the suit before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ...

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There are two ways to look at Reps committee’s order for banks to unfreeze Jonathan’s accounts

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions yesterday directed a commercial bank, Union Bank, to unfreeze an account operated by former first lady, Patience Jonathan. The lawmakers also threatened to arrest the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, if he fails to appear before ...

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Gov. Ikpeazu had a good response to a question on Nnamdi Kanu’s dad – he could have even said more

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After a meeting yesterday with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu,was asked by journalists to react to demands from some quarters that he should dethrone, Eze Kalu, the traditional ruler of Afarakwu community in Abia state. The monarch’s ‘offence’ is that he is the father ...

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Fashola explains why ‘The Dangote Way’ will be the way forward for funding construction of roads

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The federal government of Nigeria will now frequently use tax recovery schemes to fund road projects across the country. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this on Tuesday at a progress report meeting in Abuja with contractors handling major road projects. Let’s call this tax recovery ...

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“I provided logistics for Fashola and Ngige to campaign against me” – Peter Obi

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Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, took great pains on Monday to explain that as a politician he has practiced politics of ideas, devoid of bitterness. Speaking during the Awka Diocesan Laity Week in the Anambra capital, Obi said even when opposing politicians came to the state to ...

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It gets worse for Buruji Kashamu as AMCON takes over his hotels

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These are worrying times for Ogun senator, Buruji Kashamu. The politician’s political stock within his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in his home state and region has diminished following the Supreme Court ruling which recognised the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party. Kashamu pitched his tent with the Ali ...

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CJN Onnoghen highlights 6 strategies to be adopted by judiciary in fighting corruption and delays

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, admitted on Monday that the image of the judiciary has been “battered” due to the actions of a “few unscrupulous elements in our midst.” He promised to deal decisively and swiftly with judicial officers found wanting. Onnoghen highlighted six strategies to alleviate issues ...

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Reuben Abati: The python does not dance

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By Reuben Abati Operation code-names have been an important part of military operations since the Germans first applied them in World War 1 but it may be said that the recent (or ongoing?) controversial military exercise in the South Eastern part of Nigeria codenamed Operation Python Dance II is the ...

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Just In: ASUU suspends strike – conditionally

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has announced a conditional suspension of its strike action. The ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this in Abuja late on Monday after a meeting with the FG delegation led by the minister of labour, Chris Ngige. He explained that the suspension was conditional, as ...

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To end or not to end strike: FG and ASUU meet to finalise agreement

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The Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are meeting this evening to (hopefully) finalise an agreement that could lead to the union calling off its five-week old strike. The lecturers downed tools on August 13 to protest the non-implementation of 2013 Memorandum of ...

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Chief Justice Onnoghen issued a warning to new SANs today – but can the rank really be withdrawn?

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At the swearing in of 29 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) on Monday, the Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, issued a warning: If you abuse the position, it will be withdrawn. “I must remind you that being a privilege, it can, and shall be withdrawn if abused. The privilege you are ...

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Hope Eghagha: What are Edo girls doing in Italy

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by Hope Eghagha The immediate motivation for writing this essay is an old video which I re-watched recently from ‘A Night of a thousand Laughs’ in which Comedian Basket Mouth referred to Edo girls as being interested only in the ‘International League’ with their corporate headquarters in Italy. He had ...

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Gov. Okorocha clamps down on journalists in Imo for doing their jobs

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday banned the correspondents of two national newspapers, Thisday (Amby Uneze) and Vanguard (Chidi Nkwopara), from covering government house activities. What they did? Nothing, actually. Just a day before the ban, Okorocha labelled the journalists as “enemies of ...

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FG (wrongly) blames usual suspects for the rise of IPOB

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The Federal Government on Sunday revealed its thinking on the recent prominence of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. At a press briefing in Lagos on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said without evidence that IPOB is being sponsored ...

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Political class rallies against IPOB

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Across the country last weekend, the nation’s political class rallied against pro-secession group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in a manner rarely seen in Nigeria’s hyper-partisan society. Worried about the possible consequences of IPOB’s agitations, especially inter-tribal clashes, Nigerian leaders chose to emphatically denounce and dissociate themselves from IPOB. Members ...

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