Today’s Scoops

Protesters attack Gov. Mimiko’s convoy in Akure


The legislative crisis rocking Ondo state took a turn for the worst on Thursday as some protesters pelted the convoy of Olusegun Mimiko, the outgoing governor, in Akure, the state capital. Hoodlums smashed the side screens of two vehicles in the governor’s convoy as he was reportedly on his way ...

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Why NASS needs to approve $30bn loan request –  Amaechi


​The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has pleaded with members of the National Assembly to approve the $30 billion loan request of President Mohammadu Buhari, saying it is crucial to the economic prosperity of Nigeria. Amaechi, stated this on Wednesday at the 2017 budget defence before the Senate Committee on ...

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IPOB denounces Father Mbaka as a “fake miracle selling superstitious idol worshiper”

Rev Father Mbaka

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has faulted the Spiritual leader of the Adoration Ministries in Enugu, Rev Fr Mbaka’s claim that a more elderly figure should lead the Biafra agitation. IPOB made this known through a statement released by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, in reaction to Mbaka’s recent comments ...

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Report: Herdsmen vs. Indigenes: 10 killed, 80 houses burnt in Taraba clashes 


​At least 10 people have been killed and several houses burnt in fresh violence that erupted on Tuesday in Taraba, Premium Times reports. Police said six people died in the clashes between the Fulani and Mummuye communities in Lau Local Government area of the state. Between Friday and Saturday, eight ...

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“I am not an ethnic jingoist or a religious bigot” – Gov. El-Rufai says


​Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, had said part of reasons the killings in Southern Kaduna has been recurring is because the killers have never been brought to justice in the last 35 years. The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA,  says 204 people have been killed in Southern Kaduna since ...

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Atiku denies accusation by Oba of Lagos that he was responsible for his forced retirement


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has debunked the accusations by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, that he and the current DG of the Department of State Services (DSS), were responsible for his retirement from the police force in 2002. Akiolu had said at a meeting in Lagos on Monday ...

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Is Pres. Buhari an ethnic bigot?: Cross River lawmakers have given him a test on behalf of us all

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Why has Pres. Muhammadu Buhari refused to send Justice Walter Onnoghen’s name to the senate for confirmation as Nigeria’s substantive Chief Justice? If, as some have speculated, there are corruption allegations against the man, then the president needs to make that clear. If not, what else could be the reason? ...

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Fayose floors the EFCC in court again

Ayo Fayose

A Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday dismissed an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for stay of execution of the judgment ordering it to unfreeze the two accounts of Governor Ayo Fayose domiciled at Zenith Bank. The presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said ...

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Alibaba Awards: “These are the most powerful people in Nigeria”


​Popular standup comedian, Alibaba, has said Fulani herdsmen are the most powerful  group in Nigeria. He noted that they were the only ones who could kill, burn down villages and walk away without being arrested and prosecution. According to him, Fulani herdsmen are more powerful than oil and gas magnates ...

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“Certain governors tried to induce us with money” – IPOB


The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has stated that “it doesn’t mingle with politicians nor take gifts from them.” It said even when approached by some state governors, the group has stood firm, rejecting their inducements. The group released a statement to counter claims by the leader of the Movement ...

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Mahamat upsets favorites to emerge AU Chairperson


​Chadian foreign affairs Minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat,  has been elected as the new chairperson of the African Union Commission. The election held at the AU’s headquarters in  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday. The vote lasted seven rounds, after which,  Mahamat defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathing ...

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Report: Suleiman honors DSS invitation in the company of two governors

Apostle Suleiman's has honored the DSS invitation to come and explain his "kill herdsmen" statement.

​Apostle Johnson Suleman, the  controversial cleric who asked his church members to kill Fulani herdsmen in self defence has said the Department of State Services, DSS, were in the right to invite him. Johnson Suleman, the President of Omega Fire Ministries (OPM) Worldwide, said that his invitation by the DSS, was ...

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Kaduna govt to prosecute journalists, others over “false reports and images” of Southern Kaduna


The government of Kaduna state will arrest and prosecute anyone who spreads false reports and images of the crisis in Southern Kaduna and other troubled spots in the state, according to the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, after a security council meeting. Aruwan said the council received reports of an increase in ...

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Nnamani, Iwuanyanwu, Okorocha, other Igbo APC leaders endorse Buhari for second term

Former senate president, Ken Nnamani, in a handshake with Pres. Muhammadu Buhari, as chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, and some South East leaders look ... October 2016

Two years to the next general elections in Nigeria, some top political leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the South East resolved on Saturday to back President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in 2019. At the end of a brainstorming session in Owerri, the Imo capital, the ...

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Customs Lied: ‘Seized’ helicopters belong to Rivers govt and Gov. Wike has documents to prove it


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, said on Saturday that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) lied when it claimed to have seized two helicopters that were recently handed over to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF). Wike disclosed with evidence that the two Bell 412 helicopters belonged to the Rivers government, ...

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Religious and traditional rulers need to sound more like Sanusi and less like Suleiman


Compare and contrast these statements: “Muslim clerics, and indeed all Muslims, should preach peace among the adherents and work to achieve peace with members of other religions. “It is unfortunate that some Muslims, especially clerics, were hiding under the sanctity and immunity of the holy places to set one part ...

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Report: DSS officially invites Apostle Suleiman over inciting comments


The Department of State Services (DSS) has invited the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, to appear at its national headquarters in Abuja. Suleiman has been in the thick of the news in recent weeks following a call he made on his church members to kill ...

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Oh really? CAN says Osinbajo is in office primarily to represent the interest of Christians


The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has raised alarm over the “persecution of Christians” in the country. ​CAN made this known  in a statement issued on behalf of its President, Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, by his Special Assistant (Media and Communication), Adebayo Oladeji, in Abuja. CAN also decried the Department ...

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Stunning reason why Gov. Wike withdrew licences of the best private schools in Rivers state


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on Friday withdrew the licences of 16 of the state’s most prestigious and top performing private schools for failing to attend a meeting he called for their proprietors. Don’t take our word for it. Just Google the first school on the list – Charles ...

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Customs hands over two seized helicopters to Air Force as importers fail to show up


Two civil model Bell helicopters seized by the Murtala Muhammed International Airport command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) have been handed over to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). The NCS says the importers of the helicopters are unknown and have not shown up since November 2016 when the choppers ...

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