Today’s Scoops

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

Patience Oniha

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 ...

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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 ...

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Three Nigerian writers make 2017 Caine Prize shortlist

Nii Parker,chair 2017 Caine Prize judges

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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Nigerian Army arrests “Aliko, the terrorist”

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Deja vu: Amaechi is now fighting with his APC allies

Rotimi Amaechi

When the history of the crisis that engulfed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the Goodluck Jonathan administration is written, ample space would be dedicated to the role played by the then governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. Amaechi believed that Jonathan and his wife, Patience, were interfering too ...

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“I’m the next president”: Fayose vows to unseat Buhari in 2019

Ayo Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, is not making any pretenses about his desire to become Nigeria’s next president. The governor, whose tenure expires in 2018, said on Friday that he would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. “I want to be the next president of Nigeria. ...

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These are the agencies that would now interface with passengers at Nigerian airports

Murtala Muhammed International Airport

In line with the recent executive order signed by Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has effected a new inward and outward security arrangement at the nation’s airports. In a notice to airlines, passengers and the general public, FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Mrs Henrietta ...

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Two gays allegedly fight over payment for sex in Lagos… and now they are in court


A Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday heard the case between two men, Promise Oluwabunkenoye, 24, and Kehinde Abiola, 29, who allegedly indulged in anal sex, a crime punishable with up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria. In addition to the charge of having sexual intercourse, the ...

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“He lacks proper parental care”: Gov. Bello has a theory on Sen. Melaye’s ‘recklessness’


The Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, and the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the national assembly, Dino Melaye, both now spend their waking moments attacking and plotting against each other. The days when they were allies united against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now a distant memory ...

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Court of Appeal clears Orubebe; sets aside CCT’s guilty verdict


The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, nullified the October 2016 judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which found a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, guilty of false asset declaration. The three-member Appeals Court ruled that Orubebe was not expected by law to declare ...

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Osun West Senatorial Bye-Election: Aregbesola’s commissioner to face off against Adeleke’s brother


On July 8, the people of Osun West senatorial district will go to the polls to choose a successor to their late former senator, Isiaka Adeleke, who died on April 23, 2017. The two main candidates for the bye-election would be Mudashiru Hussein, representing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ...

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“Nigeria generates N204bn from VAT in Q1 2017” – NBS

national bureau of statistics nbs

Nigeria generated the sum of N204.77 billion as Value Added Tax (VAT) in the first quarter of 2017, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax levied on the added value that results from the exchange of goods and services. The NBS stated ...

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Fashola urges FG to extend whistle blowing policy to the power sector

Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has appealed to the Federal Government to extend its ‘whistle blowing’ policy to the power sector to check energy theft. Fashola made the appeal in Enugu at the 16th Power sector monthly meeting, sponsored by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company. According to Fashola, available statistics ...

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Pope Francis demands apology from priests in this Nigerian Catholic Diocese


Pope Francis has said he is deeply saddened by the events at the Diocese of Ahiara in Imo State, and ordered the tribal masterminds to pledge allegiance to the Vatican or be fired. READ: Okey Ikechukwu: The Ahiara diocese crisis and the Catholic that I was The Pope, speaking at a private ...

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Rivers Gov. Wike describes Lagos, Kaduna, Benue, others as “criminal states”


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said Rivers State is the “safest” state to do business, labeling Lagos, Kogi, Kaduna, Benue and Kano as “criminal states”. Wike made this known on Sunday at a dinner to mark the 20th Anniversary of Air France’s first flight to Port Harcourt International Airport. “Investors are coming ...

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Tit-for-tat: Niger Delta militants give Northerners October 1 ultimatum to leave the region


The tension in the polity stepped up a notch on Friday when Niger Delta militants issued an October 1 ultimatum for northerners to leave their region. The ultimatum was in response to a quit notice given to Igbos by some Arewa youth groups earlier in the week. “From October 1, 2017, ...

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