Today’s Scoops

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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Court grants order proscribing IPOB


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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Whenever a Northern governor visits the NNPC GMD, he gives one assurance


Act 1: In July 2016, shortly after Maikanti Baru was appointed as Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), he received the governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, in his office at the NNPC Towers in Abuja. Baru told Abubakar that the NNPC has been ordered by President Muhammadu ...

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


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

Diezani Alison-Madueke

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

Dame-Patience-Jonathan PDP

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


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


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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Nnamdi Kanu says he will not go on exile or be intimidated by FG


The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has declared that he will not embark on an exile following threats of his rearrest by the federal government. Kanu also said that the IPOB is the most vibrant and intelligent mass movement in the world today. He said ...

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


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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Kaduna resident doctors set to embark on strike


The Association of Residents Doctors in Kaduna State, said on Tuesday that its members would proceed on an indefinite strike from October 2. President of the association, Dr Joseph Natsah-Jokshan, who made the announcement at a press briefing in Kaduna, said a 21-day strike notice had been forwarded to the ...

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

Buruji Kashamu

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

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

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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Gov. Okorocha complains of being misunderstood as Imo women celebrate his birthday with 27 cakes

Rochas Okorocha cakes

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state turns 55 years old on 22nd September. But Imo women couldn’t wait to celebrate him. For a day, it was as though the owed salaries were forgotten. The clampdown on journalists was relegated. The brutal demolitions seemed like old story. It was a day of ...

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Osun doctors embark on strike

Rauf Aregbesola

The Osun State Chapter of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Monday declared a 7-day warning strike over unpaid salary arrears and poor working conditions in state health facilities. “The 7-day warning strike is to commence immediately because the 21-day ultimatum issued to the state government to look into the pending ...

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Just In: ASUU suspends strike – conditionally


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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Five APC governors from the North visited a PDP governor in the South today

Northern Governors-Abia

Governors from six Northern states paid a solidarity visit to Abia state on Monday. They were led by the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Kashim Shettima. Other governors who visited include: Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State and Governor Aminu Bello ...

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


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?

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

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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No surprises: Communications minister declares for governor


The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has declared that he will run for governor of Oyo state in 2019. He said on Monday after a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress from Egbeda Local Government and Ajorosun Local Council Development Area of the state that he would succeed ...

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