Today’s Scoops

UNILORIN doctorate graduate dies on convocation day


A doctoral degree graduate of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Dr Abdulhafeez Adedimeji died on Saturday morning hours before the graduation ceremony of the institution. Adedimeji’s  death was disclosed by Dean, Faculty of Post Graduate Studies of the University, Professor Badmas Olanrewaju Yusuf while presenting graduates for the award of ...

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Nigerian Army says its soldiers are not missing following Boko Haram attack


The Nigerian Army Spokesman, Sani Usman, has said that contrary to some reports, soldiers are not missing after  Boko Haram attacked an Army Battalion at Gashigar at the nation’s border with Niger. Some reports quoted military sources who said that up to 83 soldiers are still unaccounted for after the ...

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Group threatens to sue Gov. Ganduje for wearing red cap


The governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been given 48 hours to shed his red cap or be sued. The Kwankwasiyya Solidarity Forum, a political pressure group in Kano state,  said the governor has betrayed the ideals of the Kwankwassiya movement since he took over in 2015 and so ...

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Avengers write Buhari; accuses him of making misleading statements


In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) said on Friday that it would not hold peace talks with the federal government if it is being represented by security agents. The group also condemned Buhari’s frequent “disparaging remarks” ever since its fighters suspended attacks on ...

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Fani-Kayode’s life is in danger, says media aide


Below is a statement issued by Jude Ndukwe, the special assistant on media to former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode following his rearrest on Friday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): ————————————————————————————- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) once again lived up to its billing of being used ...

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Buhari’s daughter to Ezekwesili: “We don’t need to lean on BBOG to be of service to Chibok girls”


The Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative (AFRISEI) has rejected allegations of franchise infringement by the Bring Back Our Girls group, led by former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili. According to a statement jointly signed by the President of the Non-Governmental Organization, Hajiya Hadiza Buhari Bello, a daughter of President Muhammadu ...

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NJC and NBA alliance crumbles over accused judges


When the Department of State Services (DSS) first raided the homes of some judges, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) which represents lawyers in the country, hastily convened a press conference with its current president, Abubakar Mahmoud, and four former presidents in attendance. “I want to emphasise again that we are ...

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“Most of them stay like 5 in a house”: Kenya Immigration Dept moves against Nigerians; arrests 25

Pres. Buhari and Pres. Kenyatta of Kenya during a state visit by the Nigerian president to Kenya in January 2016

The Kenya Immigration Department says it has arrested more than 25 Nigerians in the country for staying in Kenya even after their visas had expired. In a series of tweets on Friday, the department asked citizens of Kenya to “give report if any [is] around your area,” and Kenyans duly obliged. ...

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EFCC rearrests Fani-Kayode


Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has been rearrested by operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), according to Deji Adeyanju, an associate of his. The arrest on Friday took place after the resumed hearing in the N4.9 billion money laundering and fraud case against Fani-Kayode; a former minister of ...

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Ten Northern governors meet with Kerry, Rice in the United States (Photos)


Ten Northern state governors who are currently on a working visit to the United States have met with the US secretary general, John Kerry. They also met with President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice. According to reports, the meetings focused on deepening collaboration on conflicts elimination, prevention, humanitarian ...

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Report: Presidency orders probe of Buhari’s chief of staff, Kyari, over bribery allegation


Vanguard newspaper is reporting that Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, is being investigated by the Special Investigation Panel of the Nigerian Police Force over bribery allegations. Kyari is alleged to have received the sum of N500 million from telecommunications company, MTN, as bribe in order ...

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Fayose: “Cows confiscated under Ekiti anti-grazing law will be used for stomach infrastructure”


Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose said on Thursday that any cow confiscated under the State Grazing Regulation Law will be killed and shared to the people as part of the “Stomach Infrastructure” policy of his administration. “Any cattle found grazing after the time stipulated by the law will be confiscated ...

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Justice Okoro is my brother, but I never led Umana to him – Pastor Ukpong says

APC governorship candidate in 2015 Akwa Ibom poll

Ebebe Ukpong, a pastor who was mentioned in the letter written by Justice Inyang Okoro to the chief justice of Nigeria accusing him of leading the former governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State, Umana Umana, to his house to discuss issue of bribe, has denied the ...

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Another Supreme Court justice accuses Amaechi and Onu of attempting to bribe him to remove Fayose, Wike


Few days after a letter surfaced from Justice Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court accusing some APC chieftains of trying to bribe him in order to subvert justice in some elction petition cases, another supreme court justice has made the same allegation. Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, whose home was also raided ...

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Patience Jonathan sues SERAP


Former first lady, Patience Jonathan, has sued the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) over an alleged “campaign of calumny” against her using online, print and electronic media. She accused the group of publishing unfounded and malicious allegations that she stole $15 million and ought to be prosecuted. In a ...

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Obanikoro continues to sing: “I gave Omisore N1.7bn”

Musiliu Obanikoro

Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has reportedly disclosed that he gave former Osun State Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore, the sum of N1.7 billion out of the N4.7 billion he got from ...

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5 judges report to the EFCC but Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia continues to shun commission


Another set of two Federal High Court judges, Justice Agbadu James Fishim and Justice Uwani Abba Aji today’s morning responded to their invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as they presented themselves before operatives at the Lagos zonal office, Awolowo Road Ikoyi. Three other judges, Justices Mohammed Nasir Yunusa, Hyeladzira ...

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Ambode sacks finance, tourism and transport commissioners


Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday effected a reshuffle of his cabinet, with the dropping of the Commissioners for Tourism- Mr Folorunsho Folarin-Coker; Finance, Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi and Transportation, Dr. Ekundayo Mobereola. This development comes exactly one year after the Governor constituted his Executive Council, precisely on October ...

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Amaechi dismisses Justice Okoro’s “blatant lies”

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has denied the allegation that he approached Justice of the Supreme Court, Inyang Okoro over election petition cases before the court. He described Justice Okoro’s allegation as a figment of his imagination. Justice Inyang Okoro, who is among the seven judges arrested by the Department ...

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Gov. Okorocha explains what his govt will do with wares seized from street traders


Following the ban on street trading in Imo state, Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that items seized from defaulters will be used to care for prison inmates of the state. In a press release signed by his spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor said further warning would not be given to ...

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