Today’s Scoops

Gov. Ajimobi’s daughter is mad at the media for tarnishing her reputation

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Ajibola Ajayi, the daughter of Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has denied being behind an Instagram account which described protesting students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) as “mannerless children.” Last week, some LAUTECH students marched to the Oyo government house to protest the closure of their school for ...

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Define LAWLESS: Amnesty Intl kicks against detention of Sheikh Zakzaky for a year without trial

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Since December 2015 when the Nigerian Army arrested Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and his wife, they have been held without charge. Not even a court ruling ordering Zakzaky’s release has moved the Nigerian government. International rights group, Amnesty International, on Monday urged the ...

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BBOG joins FG delegation on guided tour of North East (Photos)

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Selected members of The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement are currently on a guided tour of the North East zone alongside a federal government delegation, the military and 15 journalists. The group had earlier given conditions to the government which it said should be met before it accepts the ...

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Abdulsalami peace committee embarks on a mission as tough as anything it has ever attempted

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The national peace committee headed by Nigeria’s former head of state, Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami (rtd), made a name for itself when it midwifed the peace accord signed in 2015 between the then incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari. That peace accord set the tone for the relatively ...

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Gov. Ganduje accuses ex-Gov. Kwankwaso of fraud, but it’s still hard to take him seriously

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has described the overseas scholarship scheme of his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as a scam. But it’s still too hard to take the governor seriously. Ganduje served as Kwankwaso’s deputy for two terms (1999 to 2003 and 2011 to 2015). And he was an aide ...

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No, you can’t: #OccupyCBN: The police is threatening to stop Nigerians from protesting again

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The Nigeria Police Force does not learn anything. Otherwise it should know by now that it does not have the powers to stop Nigerians from protesting peacefully, and it has nothing to do with whether their cause is popular or not. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has warned ...

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Southern Kaduna killings: Soyinka, Osinbajo, Kukah express anger and share insights at book launch

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Professor Wole Soyinka has criticised the manner in which both the federal and Kaduna state governments handled the killings in Southern Kaduna which resulted in the deaths of over 800 citizens. “What astonished me was not the admission by the governor but the astonishment of others at such governmental response ...

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EFCC investigation reveals that Justice Innocent is not innocent

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Detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have traced over N632.2 million to former Enugu State Chief Judge Innocent Azubuike Umezulike’s account. Last September, the National Judicial Commission (NJC) recommended that the governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, should compulsorily retire Umezulike over several cases of malfeasance. The ...

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The untold stories of journalists working on the front lines of Boko Haram war

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by Mercy Abang “A 9-year-old boy dressed for school turns to say goodbye, within the  twinkle of an eye, a bullet from an AK47 rifle makes its way through his body. I watched him drop dead immediately. His crime? He wore a school uniform and was headed for school.” 63-year-old veteran ...

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New Supreme Court justice withdraws from Abia governorship petition appeal

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A petition challenging the nomination of Abia governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, as the nominee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 election was stalled at the Supreme Court on Wednesday because Justice Amina Augue recused herself. Augie who is only two months old on the bench of the nation’s ...

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“I will not participate”: Gov. Wike meets IGP’s panel on Rivers poll and accuses it of bias

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has told the Nigerian Police Special Joint Investigation Panel on Rivers Rerun that they were established by the Inspector-General of Police with a predetermined goal, with the aim of assisting the All Progressives Congress at the Election Tribunal. Governor Wike also announced that the ...

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Pres. Buhari just appointed a veteran of the #StellaGate scandal as DG of NAMA

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The federal government has sacked four heads of agencies and colleges in Nigeria’s aviation industry and announced immediate replacements for them. The Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, Emma Anasi; the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, Anthony Anuforom; the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, ...

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A “Fayose prophecy” is about to come true and Buhari has to tell us why he’s letting that happen

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Justice Walter Onnoghen is the first judge from the Southern part of the country to qualify to be Nigeria’s chief justice in 30 years. Since Justice Ayo Irikefe held that position from 1985 to 1987, all subsequent chief justices have hailed from the North. That isn’t a big deal, really. ...

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“Kyari paid his UK medical bills himself” – Presidency says

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The presidency has refuted a report by Sahara Reporters that the Nigeria High Commission in London paid the medical bills of the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, during his recent visit for emergency medical treatment. “The allegations are totally incorrect, misleading and a fabrication,” said Garba Shehu, ...

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Touch not the G.Os: FG suspends Corporate Governance Code

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The Corporate Governance Code issued by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) has been suspended pending a detailed review, extensive consultation with stakeholders and reconstitution of the board of the FRC, according to a statement on Monday by the minister of industry, trade and investment. The code which was ...

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Buhari sacks Obazee as executive secretary of FRC two days after Adeboye stepped down

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate removal and the replacement of the Executive Secretary of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), Jim Obazee. The presidents has also reconstituted the board of the FRC, appointing a new chairman and executive secretary. READ: Is the governance code for non-profits an attack on the ...

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FG to charge Justice Ademola and his wife alongside a senior lawyer

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The FG told a high court on Monday that it intends to charge a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Joe Agi, alongside Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court and his wife, Olabowale, who are facing corruption charges. The lead prosecution lawyer, Segun Jegede, said Agi will be listed ...

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Justice Okon Abang redeployed from Abuja after just one year

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Justice Okon Abang has been redeployed from the Federal High Court Abuja division to the Asaba division of the court by the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Ibrahim Auta. This is his second transfer in as many years. In January 2016, Abang was redeployed from the Lagos division ...

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Africa is a country: Ghana’s new president accused of plagiarising Bush’s speech

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There are lots of similarities between Ghana’s new president Nana Akufo-Addo and Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari. The two men were opposition candidates who defeated incumbent presidents. They were both perennial contestants for the office of president. And both of them finally got elected at the age of 72. Now you ...

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Memo: Why Pastor Adeboye truly stepped down as RCCG Nigeria Overseer

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First a clarification: Pastor Enoch Adeboye HAS NOT stepped down as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). Several newspaper and blogs reported that on Saturday but it’s not true. The cleric stepped down as the overseer of the church in Nigeria but will continue to ...

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