Today’s Scoops

Gov. Obiano returns from vacation; dismisses reports of ill health

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President Muhammadu Buhari is not the only one seeking to convince Nigerians of his fitness. The governor of Anambra, Chief Willie Obiano, is also having to dispel reports of alleged illness after being away from the first week of January until yesterday. Obiano who returned on Thursday to Awka, the ...

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“We must be humble to admit that Rwanda has surpassed Nigeria in ICT” – Shittu

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Rwanda has surpassed Nigeria in Information Telecommunication Technology (ICT), according to Nigeria’s minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu. Shittu said this to Rwanda journalists during a visit to the East African nation with members of his team and some business people. “Rwanda has succeeded largely in ICT for the benefit of ...

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Aso Rock says nobody can force Buhari to talk

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The Presidency has declared that President Buhari is not obligated to make a public appearance in London, in order to fully dispel his death rumours. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this in an interview with CNBC Africa.  Adesina said, “the President is ...

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From Abuja to Chicago to Ogun, Sen. Buruji Kashamu has had a bad week

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It’s been a torrid week for Buruji Kashamu, the Ogun East senator. Seven days ago, his rival in the South West, Ayo Fayose, emerged as the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum at a meeting of the governors held in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The senator and the governor do ...

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“A ruse”: PDP dismisses Buhari’s anti-corruption war

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  has slammed the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari as an utter failure and a farce. The PDP stated this in a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, on Wednesday. The statement read: “​The Letter by President Muhammadu Buhari which was read ...

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Malabu $1.1bn Scandal: Court orders OPL 245 returned to Nigerian govt

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​The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured a court order mandating the return of OPL 245 to the Nigerian government. The order was granted by Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court on Thursday morning, pending “the conclusion of investigations…” by the EFCC. OPL 245, considered the ...

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Court sentences subsidy fraudsters to 10 years in prison

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A Lagos High Court in Ikeja has sentenced Walter Wagbatsoma and Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi to 10 years in prison for fuel subsidy fraud. The judge said the sentence would start to count from January 13, 2016. She also ordered restitution for Ontario Oil and Gas, and asked the company to refund ...

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Lies: First they said he was dead, now they say Pres. Buhari attempted suicide

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This is the season of dishonest, fake news. Only last week, the talk of the town was that President Muhammadu Buhari who is in the United Kingdom for vacation and medical checkup had died. That story was rebutted with evidence that the president was alive. Now a fresh rumour is ...

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“We the people are tired”: 2face Idibia calls for massive nationwide protest

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Nigerian music legend, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2face has taken to his Instagram page to announce a nationwide protest which has been tagged as “a call for good governance.” He noted that the present economic situation was making life unbearable for the common man on the street. The post ...

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Just In: Three dead as suicide bombers attack Maiduguri again

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Two separate suicide attacks in Maiduguri, Borno state on Wednesday morning have resulted in the deaths of at least least three persons, according to security sources. Premium Times newspaper is reporting that it could have been worse but for the vigilance of security operatives. Here’s how the story was reported: ...

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Atiku visits Kebbi where his 2019 campaign posters are already on display

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Last Saturday, former Nigerian vice president, Atiku Abubakar, was in Kebbi state for the launch of the book, “Gwandu Emirate: The Domain of Abdullahi Fodio, since 1805,” organized by the Gwandu Emirate Development Association, at the Abdullahi Fodio Palace, Birnin Kebbi. On the streets of the capital,. something was noticeable ...

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#WhileYouWereSleeping: Gov. Fayose says he stopped the DSS from arresting Apostle Suleiman in Ekiti

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Gov. Ayodele Fayose has said that he foiled an attempt by the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide in Ado Ekiti in the early hours of Wednesday. The cleric was in Ekiti for a two-day crusade which the governor attended. He ...

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62 million Nigerian workers not on pension scheme – NBS

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According to a report released on Monday, by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, more than 89 per cent of Nigerian workers are not registered under the contributory pension scheme. According to the report “the Retirement Savings Account, RSA, membership distribution data for Q4 2016 reflected that 7,348,028 workers are ...

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Once again, court tells FG that it is detaining Col. Dasuki illegally

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An Abuja High Court has again reaffirmed the bail granted former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, and five others in the arms deal trial involving $2.1 billion. Dasuki and five others were re-arraigned before Justice Baba Yusuf on the criminal charges that were transferred from Justice Peter Affen of ...

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Presidency denies Magu

The Presidency has denied Media reports of Ibrahim Magu's re-nomination as the EFCC Chairman

​Presidential aide on National Assembly matters, Senate, Ita Enang, has said he is not aware of a fresh letter from his principal asking the Senate to reconsider and confirm Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Mr. Enang made the disclosure to the News Agency ...

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Presidency: 236 Nigerians were killed in Rann military accidental airstrike (Video)

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Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to president Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, has said that local authorities in Rann, Borno state, who put the number of deaths following the military airstrike there at 236, should be believed. The military has not given its own figures and there are ...

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“13-year old boy accepted N5,000 to burn three schools and spy on soldiers”

Northern Governors and traditional rulers met in Kaduna to find a lasting solution to the Southern Kaduna crisis.

The Chairman of the Northern Governors forum, Kashim Shettima of Borno state, said on Monday that the surest route out of the various conflicts in the Northern region was through development. “Poverty, poverty and I say again, poverty, is to many of us, the number one monster dragging backward, our ...

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FG unveils Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth blueprint with 12 priorities

Udoma unveiled the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, 2017-2020, during the Second Presidential Business Forum chaired by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The Minister of Budget and National planning, ​Sen. Udo Udoma on Monday  unveiled the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, 2017-2020, during the Second Presidential Business Forum chaired by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo. According to the minister, the ERGP, a new medium-term plan, was designed to combat the current ...

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APC’s rank swell as Ken Nnamani defects from PDP

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​A former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has defected to Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Nnamani said on Sunday that he decided to join the APC because of enormous pressure  from his constituents. Nnamani, who led the Senate from 2005 to 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, ...

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Obasanjo plays nice as Jonathan visits him in Ibogun

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday met with former President Goodluck Jonathan at his Ibogun country home in Ifo area of Ogun State, and the two men held a closed door meeting which lasted almost two hours. It is the first such meeting between the two men since Jonathan lost the ...

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