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Court remands IPOB members accused of killing police sergeant

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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FG will no longer support financially reckless states – VP Osinbajo

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Going forward, states which do not exhibit sound financial discipline will no longer access bailout from the federal government. Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said this in Abuja on Tuesday at a workshop organized by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) on alternative sources of revenue generation for ...

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Abia govt announces three-day curfew in Aba following Army-IPOB clashes

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The governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has declared a three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state’s commercial capital, Aba, following repeated clashes between Nigerian soldiers and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The curfew begins at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and will last until September 14. Soldiers clashed with the ...

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Fashola lambastes American MD of Egbin Power

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The Minister of Power, Works and housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has asked the Nigeria Immigration Service to investigate the Managing Director of Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Dallas Peavey Jnr., an American, over his visa and work permit status in Nigeria. Fashola, who disclosed this at his 19th monthly meeting with ...

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Wole Soyinka explains why he is not buying what Femi Adesina is selling

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The other day, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, wrote an article titled, “Wanted: A restructuring of minds.” Responding to calls for the restructuring of the country, Adesina said: “Is political restructuring the most urgent thing Nigeria needs now? I don’t think so. For me, what is more ...

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Did @Atiku just confirm that he intends to run again for president?

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On Monday, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who has strongly featured in the news cycle in recent days due to speculations about his next political moves, went on a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Jabi, Abuja. He used the occasion to push back against corruption ...

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“It lacks merit”: Dino Melaye’s attempt to halt his recall process fails in court

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Senator Dino Melaye’s application challenging moves by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to effect his recall was on Monday dismissed by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court for lack of merit. “The electorate voted the legislator into office; they gifted him with the office, they also have ...

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Buhari denies snubbing Ganduje in Daura

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The Presidency on Monday described reports that President Muhammadu Buhari refused to grant audience to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State during the recent Eid-el-Kabir holidays, which the President observed in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State, as “incorrect”. “The report is perhaps the antics of mischief makers, who wish to score cheap ...

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Sokoto Gov. Tambuwal and Zamfara Gov. Yari set good example on inter-state cooperation

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Sokoto and Zamfara state governments have completed the repairs of the 214 km Sokoto-Gusau federal highway to ease transportation challenges encountered by commuters plying the important route. This was contained in a statement issued in Sokoto Monday by Malam Imam Imam, the spokesman to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State. The ...

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“It was his father I wanted as my deputy”: Fayose speaks about choosing Olusola-Eleka

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The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has been speaking about his choice of his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, who he announced as his preferred successor when he leaves office next year. At a thanksgiving service organised in Ado-Ekiti, by Olusola-Eleka in appreciation of his endorsement by the governor and other ...

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