Today’s Scoops

N250m gatehouse: Once again Osinbajo debunks claim by Dino Melaye and others

Yemi Osinbajo2

The presidency has denied once again the claims that the administration intends to build a new official residence for the occupant of the Office of the Vice President. It also debunked claims that there are plans to construct a gatehouse for the residence for the sum of N250 million. “The ...

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Fayose describes Sheriff as a “monkey”

Ayo Fayose

The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has describes the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, as a monkey. Fayose was responding to a statement credited to Sheriff following his court victory last week in which an Appeals court ruled that he is the legitimate ...

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“It has no merit”: Court dismisses Obanikoro’s libel suit against Premium Times, Sahara Reporters

Musiliu Obanikoro

Former Nigerian minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, on Friday hit a roadblock in his defamation suit against Premium Times, Sahara Reporters and The Punch newspapers. Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court adjourned the case to April 7 and ordered Obanikoro to settle ...

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Twitter on meltdown as MI Abaga confirms Audu’s arrest


Audu Maikori, the CEO of Chocolate City record label, has been arrested by Nigerian Security operatives. According to @chairmanNHRC, Maikori was picked up in Lagos on Friday and was flown to the Police Headquarters in Abuja. It is believed that Audu is being held for his advocacy over the Southern ...

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Just In: Appeal Court affirms Ali Modu Sheriff as authentic PDP chairman


The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt on Thursday affirmed former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff, as the authentic national chairman of the party. The three judges of the court in a unanimous decision agreed that the Modu Sheriff is the chairman of the PDP. Senators Ahmed Makarfi ...

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Judge orders permanent forfeiture of Diezani’s $153m to the FG

Diezani Alison-Madueke

Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sum of $153 million, allegedly diverted from the coffers of the Nigerian National‎ Petroleum Corporation by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. On January 6, the judge had ordered an interim ...

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“Lagos bus conductors to wear uniforms and badges”


Israel Adeshola, the National President of Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria (BCAN), says that as from March it is mandatory for bus conductors in Lagos state to wear uniforms, name tags and badges. Adeshola, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja ...

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Gov. Wike sacks health commissioner


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has sacked his Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Ndagene. Wike in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday wished Ndagene luck in his future endeavor. The statement, however, did not disclose any reasons for the ...

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NGF holds valedictory dinner for Gov. Mimiko at presidential villa


The Nigeria Governors’ Forum chaired by Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, hosted the outgoing governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, to a valedictory dinner at the State House Banquet hall in Abuja. Mimiko completes his second term in office next week and will be replaced by Rotimi Akeredolu. Former ...

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APC’s four top leaders in the national assembly travel to London to meet Buhari


The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara led a four-man legislative team to visit President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on vacation in London, Channels Television reports. Others in the delegation are, Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf and Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan. According to ...

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Arik Air suspends flights to London and Johannesburg


Arik Air has suspended its international flight operations to the London and Johannesburg routes. The spokesman of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr Jude Nwauzor, made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that AMCON had on Feb. ...

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Inflation accelerates to 18.72%


Nigeria’s inflation rate accelerated to 18.72% in January 2017 from 18.55% in December 2016, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This marked an increase of 0.17% from the previous month. The NBS said that the faster pace of growth in headline inflation, year on year, were ...

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Foreign Affairs minister organises send-off for Amina Mohammed

Environment minister, Amina Mohammed

As she gets ready to resume fully as the deputy UN Secretary-general, Amina Mohammed was hosted on Tuesday to a send-off event by the ministry of foreign affairs. The Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, called for support for Mohammed in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs)  . Onyeama made ...

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Kano Court orders forfeiture of Yakubu’s $9.8m to FG


Federal High Court sitting in Kano presided over by Justice Zainab Abubakar on Tuesday ordered the forfeiture of the sum of $9.772 million and £74,000 recovered from a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu to the Federal Government. The order was sequel ...

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Atiku visits IBB in Minna (Photos)

Minna 2

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday met behind closed doors with former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida and Governor of Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello, in Minna, the state capital. The meeting took place at Babangida’s Hilltop residence and lasted for two hours. Governor Bello received Atiku, who arrived the ...

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Kidnappers invade Lagos farm, abducts 7 workers


Kidnappers are not done with the farming community in Igbodu village of Epe, Lagos. Twenty-five days after they abducted four workers from a farm in the area, kidnappers returned to the same village kidnapping seven people this time. The latest abduction happened around 5AM today while security guards were asleep ...

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“I’ve never met Ambode but I’m impressed” – Bode George


Ex-deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has expressed satisfaction with the performance of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode in the areas of infrastructure development. He urged the governor to do more in order to etch his name in gold after his tenure. George who ...

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“I have no history of betrayal”: Gov. Mimiko talks about relationship with OBJ, Tinubu in new book


In a new book to be launched this Wednesday, outgoing governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, said former President Olusegun Obasanjo threatened him and also pleaded with him not to resign from his government as a minister. He said the ex-president did this to dissuade him from running against ...

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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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