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FG appoints new prosecutor for Justice Ngwuta’s trial


The Federal Government has appointed Olufemi Fakunle of the Federal Ministry of Justice as prosecution counsel in the trial of Supreme Court Justice, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta. Justice Ngwuta was among the judges arrested and detained by the Department of State Services, DSS, on October 8, 2016 for alleged corruption and breach ...

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Justice Ngwuta’s lead prosecutor did not resign; he was sacked – FG says


Charles Adeogun-Philips, the lead prosecutor in the case against Supreme Court Justice Sylvester Ngwuta did not step down from the case, but was sacked by the FG for unprofessional conduct. That fact was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by Salisu Isah, the special adviser to the Attorney-General of the ...

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Magu: “90 per cent of the cause of Nigeria’s recession is corruption”

Ibrahim Magu

Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has named corruption as the chief reason for the recession in the country. “I maintain that the economic recession is caused by corruption. About 90 per cent of the cause of recession is corruption, because there was fund and ...

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“Gov. Mimiko has approved parting gifts of N500m for political office holders”


As it prepares to take over power in less than two weeks, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has accused the outgoing governor Olusegun Mimiko of approving N500 million as “parting gifts“ to political office holders. Gov. Mimiko’s second term ends on February 23 and he will be ...

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Boko Haram attacks and sets Borno village ablaze


Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday attacked Mussa Village of Askira-Uba Local Government Area in Southern Borno State and burnt down dozens of residential houses and a man suspected to have been trapped in the attack. This was not the first time Mussa village is witnessing Boko Haram attacks, as even ...

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Angry El-Rufai vows to get those who destroyed army battalion foundation


Less than a week after Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, laid the foundation for the establishment of a battalion at Ungwan Yashi area of Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state the monument has been destroyed by unknown individuals. Buratai said during the foundation laying that the location was ...

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Edo governorship election tribunal rejects Ize-Iyamu’s application for extension of time

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the PDP candidate, casting his vote

An application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in last September’s governorship election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to be granted an extension of time to call more witnesses at the election tribunal was rejected on Friday. The petitioners are only entitled 14 days to present ...

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Gov. Tambuwal signs Sokoto’s N204.3bn 2017 budget into law


Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Friday night signed into law the state’s 2017 appropriation bill of over N204.3 billion. Speaking at the event, Tambuwal expressed delight at the timely passage of the budget document by the state House of Assembly. He said now that it has become a law, its provisions ...

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Alleged thief uploads his photo on Facebook page of his victim in Port Harcourt

Phone thief

A robber in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, who snatched the mobile phone of a student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe university, took the daring step of uploading his own pictures on his victim’s Facebook account (Gabrilla Uchechi Eberechukwu) on Thursday. The unidentified suspect, who changed the victim’s profile picture on Facebook ...

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FG to return 10 Arik aircraft stranded overseas


Barely 24 hours after taking over the management of Arik Air, the Federal Government has pledged to return at least 10 aircraft stranded overseas into the fleet of the airline. The 10 aircraft, as at the time of change in management, were said to have gone overseas for mandatory C-checks, ...

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7 Soldiers pay the supreme price  in Boko Haram ambush


Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole gallantly fought their way through Boko Haram Terrorists ambush along Ajiri-Dikwa road, Borno State. The troops encountered the ambush while conducting routine rotation of troops last night. The gallant troops fought their way through, killing many of the terrorists. Unfortunately 7 soldiers paid the supreme ...

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Army donates items to physically challenged man who was beaten up by soldiers


The ​Nigerian Army has donated undisclosed amount of cash and clothing to Chijioke Orakwu, a physically-challenged man who was brutalized by Soldiers in Onitsha, Anambra State, for wearing an army camouflage. Interestingly, he was still putting on his camouflage for the Army reception. Orakwu was captured on tape being beaten ...

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Gov. Wike holds airport reception in honour of Ag-Pres. Osinbajo


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday held an airport reception for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa. Governor Wike was supported by his Deputy, Ipalibo Harry Banigo, political leaders of Rivers State and officials of the Federal Government. Prominent among those who witnessed ...

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The seized $9.8m is mine – Former NNPC GMD tells EFCC


The former Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Andrew Yakubu, has admitted ownership of the recovered money of 9.8 million dollars from his home. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Friday in Abuja in a statement that Yakubu had reported to the commission’s zonal ...

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NNPC: How we lose N2bn annually to illegal tapping in Kaduna


​The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has revealed that its subsidiary, ‎Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), loses about N2.2 billion annually ‎to illegal tapping on its raw water pipeline. The corporation disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu. ...

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#PrayForBuhari: Atiku tells Nigeria


In a statement on Friday, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar called on Nigerians “of all faiths to lift up our President, Muhammadu Buhari, in prayers.” The release from his media office quoted the former vice president saying that each and every one us is a mere mortal, irrespective of how ...

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Gov. Shettima buys house for internally displaced mother

Borno house IDPs

The Governor of Borno State, Hon Kashim Shettima gave a house to an internally displaced lactating mother. The house, located at Bolori area of Maiduguri was handed over to her yesterday. Halima Algoni, the IDP was spotted by the Governor during a special ceremony and presentation of relief materials donated ...

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Buhari replaces soldiers with DSS operatives as his bodyguards


President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the removal of officers and men of the Nigerian Army and replaced them with officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) as his body guards, according to reports. The president reportedly gave the order before he embarked on his trip to the United Kingdom ...

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NBA submits Agbakoba, Kalu, 7 others for consideration as Supreme Court justices

Supreme Court

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has forwarded the names of nine eligible applicants to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, Judicial Service Commission, Walter Samuel Onnoghen, for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. This followed a rigorous process of shortlisting done by a select committee ...

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Report: FG may reverse forex restrictions on 41 banned items


​The Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, Assistant Comptroller-General Monday Abueh, has said that the Federal Government may reverse the foreign exchange restriction placed on 41 items imported into the country, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Abueh made this known in Ibadan during his familiarisation ...

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