Today’s Scoops

Gov. Okorocha clamps down on journalists in Imo for doing their jobs


The All Progressives Congress (APC) governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday banned the correspondents of two national newspapers, Thisday (Amby Uneze) and Vanguard (Chidi Nkwopara), from covering government house activities. What they did? Nothing, actually. Just a day before the ban, Okorocha labelled the journalists as “enemies of ...

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FG (wrongly) blames usual suspects for the rise of IPOB

lai mohammed

The Federal Government on Sunday revealed its thinking on the recent prominence of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. At a press briefing in Lagos on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said without evidence that IPOB is being sponsored ...

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El-Rufai, Kaduna APC endorse Buhari for second term


The All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State has endorsed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. The president has not announced whether he intends to run for another term especially in the wake of his frequent health related issues. The governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, was also endorsed ...

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Political class rallies against IPOB


Across the country last weekend, the nation’s political class rallied against pro-secession group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in a manner rarely seen in Nigeria’s hyper-partisan society. Worried about the possible consequences of IPOB’s agitations, especially inter-tribal clashes, Nigerian leaders chose to emphatically denounce and dissociate themselves from IPOB. Members ...

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In 3 months, Dangote has agreed to rebuild two major roads in Lagos – what’s in it for the company?


In the space of three months, the Dangote Group has signed two different agreements with the Federal Government to rebuild two major roads in Lagos state. The first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in June between the Dangote Group, the Flour Mills of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Ports Authority ...

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Why NECO withheld results of candidates from Kano public schools


The National Examination Council (NECO) last Wednesday released its June/July senior secondary examination results. About 71% of candidates who sat for the exams nationwide scored five credits and above in subjects including Mathematics and English. In Kano, the fate of up to 70,000 candidates who wrote the exams hangs in ...

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In stunning communique, South East Governors ban IPOB

South East Governors minus Okorocha

The governors of the South East states and other leaders in the region on Friday banned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, dealing a strong blow to the aspirations of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to rally the region for its secessionist ambitions. At an emergency meeting of ...

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20-year old housewife throws her two stepdaughters into well


A 20-year old housewife, Aisha Isah, allegedly threw her two step daughters, Zainab, 4, and Baaba, 2, into a well as a result of disagreements with her co-wife, the Nasarawa Police Command has said. According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Kennedy Idirisu, Aisha was arrested ...

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What Gov. Ikpeazu said vs. What the Army said on withdrawal of troops in Abia


In a broadcast to the people of Abia State yesterday, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, announced that from Friday (today) there will be withdrawal of soldiers from the streets of Aba and Umuahia. A few hours later, the Nigerian Army released a statement through its spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, saying that ...

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Court remands IPOB members accused of killing police sergeant


Nine members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement accused of killing a police sergeant in Oyigbo area of Rivers state during a clash on Wednesday have been remanded in prison custody. A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday, also remanded 21 other IPOB ...

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Alhassan apologises for the “indiscretion” of speaking too soon about Atiku and Buhari

Jummai Alhassan

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday interrogated the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Hajia Aisha Jummai Alhassan for about two hours at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja, over her declaration of support last week for the presidential ambitions of former vice president Atiku ...

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Gov. Ikpeazu shows exemplary leadership in IPOB/Army crisis

okezie ikpeazu

If crisis situations are the true test of leadership, then the Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is passing the test. Ikpeazu has shown solid leadership in these worrying times where a single misstep, misspeak or mistake by a leader could hasten the slide into complete anarchy. The leader of the ...

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Abia govt says there were no killings or arson in Aba; extends curfew

Ikpeazu and traditional rulers

Mischievous persons are capitalising on the tense situation in Abia state to incite groups and spread falsehood about killings and arson in Aba, the state government has said. In a statement this morning by Enyinnaya Apollos, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ikpeazu, the government said many state officials received ...

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“Investigate attacks on Hausas in Rivers State” – Gov. Ganduje asks FG


The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, yesterday appealed to the Federal Government to investigate alleged attacks on Hausa community in Rivers State by suspected IPOB members on Tuesday evening. “The Federal Government should quickly investigate the violent attacks on Hausa community in Rivers and ensure that those behind it are ...

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Resident doctors suspend strike action


The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its strike action, according to a statement signed by its National President, Dr. John Onyebueze, in the early hours of Thursday. The association said its about-turn was “after due consideration of the efforts by Government and progress made in addressing the ...

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Kanu backs out of planned talks with South-East governors; to consider taking up arms


The Indigenous People of Biafra has said it will vote on whether to continue with its non-violent approach in relation with the Nigerian state or to take up arms. Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, who said this in a statement on Wednesday, also backed out of the planned talks between ...

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Chief Justice Onnoghen writes Buhari’s aide over allegations on “delayed cases”

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecutions, Okoi Obono-Obla, recently remarked that “corruption and inefficiency” are destroying the Nigerian judiciary. He alleged that lawyers and litigants pay just to have their cases assigned to judges, adding that he personally filed a case at the Supreme Court which is ...

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Restructuring: Northern committee to hold town hall meetings and have no area off limit


Ask Nigerians to mention the most topical issue in the polity and chances are that a majority will point to “restructuring”. Political parties are talking about it, sectional groups are talking about it, Wole Soyinka is talking about it, the news media is talking about it, and on and on ...

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EFCC discovers “magnificent architectural edifice” belonging to Patience Jonathan


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered an uncompleted eight-storey plaza building in the Central Business District of Abuja which allegedly belongs to Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to EFCC documents sighted by The Punch newspaper, the “magnificent architectural edifice,” located between the ...

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Ex-Katsina governor loses at Appeal Court – but we’ve seen this script play out before

Ibrahim Shema

Background: The Katsina State government accused the former governor, Ibrahim Shema, of defrauding the state of N11 billion during his two terms as governor (2007 – 2015). The government then gave fiat to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) – a federal government agency – to prosecute the ex-governor. ...

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