Today’s Scoops

“PDP national secretariat to re-open before Friday” – Sheriff

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The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Wednesday, said the party’s national secretariat at Wadata Plaza would re-open before Friday. Mr. Sheriff said this when he received some PDP leaders from South-West geopolitical zone who paid him a visit in his office in Abuja. ...

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NBA nominates Oluremi, Alkali, Agom, others for consideration as Appeal Court justices

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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has shortlisted 12 lawyers for appointment as Justices of the Court of Appeal. The nominations followed a request by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, for the NBA to nominate “suitably qualified candidates for consideration for appointment to the Court of Appeal.” ...

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PEBEC approves 60-day National Action Plan for ease of doing business in Nigeria (Details)

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The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on Tuesday presided over the sixth meeting of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) at the State House in Abuja. The Council approved a national action plan to be implemented across its three priority areas – Entry and Exit of goods; Entry ...

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Patience Jonathan sues the EFCC

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Justice Salihu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has fixed April 24th to hear a fundamental rights suit filed by Patience Jonathan, the wife of Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. EFCC lawyer, Kayode Oni, challenged the jurisdiction of the ...

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Ladi Balogun to step down as CEO of FCMB Ltd.

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FCMB Group has said in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), that it is reorganizing its management. On March 20th, Ladi Balogun, the current MD/CEO of the flagship company, First City Monument Bank Limited (FCMB Limited), will be stepping down after being at the helm for ten years. A CBN ...

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London Police invited to arrest The Guardian reporter who wanted to interview Buhari

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The Guardian newspaper is reporting that security staff at the Abuja House in London yesterday called in policemen to arrest one of its correspondents who was on the premises to see President Muhammadu Buhari and possibly interview him. When he asked to see the president, the reporter was told by ...

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Ex-NNPC GMD, Yakubu, wants the court to return $9.7m to him

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A former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Andrew Yakubu has asked a Federal High Court in Kano to set aside the order of forfeiture granted to the federal government by the court on the cash sums of $9,772,800 and £74,000 that he had concealed ...

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Atiku hosts Alafin of Oyo in Lagos (Photos)

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A statement from the Atiku Abubakar Media Office said that on Sunday the former Nigerian Vice President  played host to the Alafin of Oyo, HRM Oba Lamidi Olayiwola, Adeyemi III in Lagos. The meeting was described as a “courtesy visit” by the monarch to the APC chieftain. See Photos below:

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N250m gatehouse: Once again Osinbajo debunks claim by Dino Melaye and others

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The presidency has denied once again the claims that the administration intends to build a new official residence for the occupant of the Office of the Vice President. It also debunked claims that there are plans to construct a gatehouse for the residence for the sum of N250 million. “The ...

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Fayose describes Sheriff as a “monkey”

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The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has describes the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, as a monkey. Fayose was responding to a statement credited to Sheriff following his court victory last week in which an Appeals court ruled that he is the legitimate ...

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“It has no merit”: Court dismisses Obanikoro’s libel suit against Premium Times, Sahara Reporters

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Former Nigerian minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, on Friday hit a roadblock in his defamation suit against Premium Times, Sahara Reporters and The Punch newspapers. Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court adjourned the case to April 7 and ordered Obanikoro to settle ...

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Twitter on meltdown as MI Abaga confirms Audu’s arrest

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Audu Maikori, the CEO of Chocolate City record label, has been arrested by Nigerian Security operatives. According to @chairmanNHRC, Maikori was picked up in Lagos on Friday and was flown to the Police Headquarters in Abuja. It is believed that Audu is being held for his advocacy over the Southern ...

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Just In: Appeal Court affirms Ali Modu Sheriff as authentic PDP chairman

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The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt on Thursday affirmed former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff, as the authentic national chairman of the party. The three judges of the court in a unanimous decision agreed that the Modu Sheriff is the chairman of the PDP. Senators Ahmed Makarfi ...

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Judge orders permanent forfeiture of Diezani’s $153m to the FG

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Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sum of $153 million, allegedly diverted from the coffers of the Nigerian National‎ Petroleum Corporation by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. On January 6, the judge had ordered an interim ...

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“Lagos bus conductors to wear uniforms and badges”

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Israel Adeshola, the National President of Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria (BCAN), says that as from March it is mandatory for bus conductors in Lagos state to wear uniforms, name tags and badges. Adeshola, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja ...

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Gov. Wike sacks health commissioner

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has sacked his Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Ndagene. Wike in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday wished Ndagene luck in his future endeavor. The statement, however, did not disclose any reasons for the ...

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NGF holds valedictory dinner for Gov. Mimiko at presidential villa

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum chaired by Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, hosted the outgoing governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, to a valedictory dinner at the State House Banquet hall in Abuja. Mimiko completes his second term in office next week and will be replaced by Rotimi Akeredolu. Former ...

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APC’s four top leaders in the national assembly travel to London to meet Buhari

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The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara led a four-man legislative team to visit President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on vacation in London, Channels Television reports. Others in the delegation are, Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf and Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan. According to ...

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Arik Air suspends flights to London and Johannesburg

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Arik Air has suspended its international flight operations to the London and Johannesburg routes. The spokesman of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr Jude Nwauzor, made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that AMCON had on Feb. ...

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Inflation accelerates to 18.72%

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Nigeria’s inflation rate accelerated to 18.72% in January 2017 from 18.55% in December 2016, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This marked an increase of 0.17% from the previous month. The NBS said that the faster pace of growth in headline inflation, year on year, were ...

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