Today’s Scoops

NNPC: How we lose N2bn annually to illegal tapping in Kaduna

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​The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has revealed that its subsidiary, ‎Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), loses about N2.2 billion annually ‎to illegal tapping on its raw water pipeline. The corporation disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu. ...

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#PrayForBuhari: Atiku tells Nigeria

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In a statement on Friday, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar called on Nigerians “of all faiths to lift up our President, Muhammadu Buhari, in prayers.” The release from his media office quoted the former vice president saying that each and every one us is a mere mortal, irrespective of how ...

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Gov. Shettima buys house for internally displaced mother

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The Governor of Borno State, Hon Kashim Shettima gave a house to an internally displaced lactating mother. The house, located at Bolori area of Maiduguri was handed over to her yesterday. Halima Algoni, the IDP was spotted by the Governor during a special ceremony and presentation of relief materials donated ...

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Buhari replaces soldiers with DSS operatives as his bodyguards

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the removal of officers and men of the Nigerian Army and replaced them with officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) as his body guards, according to reports. The president reportedly gave the order before he embarked on his trip to the United Kingdom ...

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NBA submits Agbakoba, Kalu, 7 others for consideration as Supreme Court justices

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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has forwarded the names of nine eligible applicants to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, Judicial Service Commission, Walter Samuel Onnoghen, for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. This followed a rigorous process of shortlisting done by a select committee ...

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Report: FG may reverse forex restrictions on 41 banned items

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​The Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, Assistant Comptroller-General Monday Abueh, has said that the Federal Government may reverse the foreign exchange restriction placed on 41 items imported into the country, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Abueh made this known in Ibadan during his familiarisation ...

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Buhari’s aide accuses Cross River govt of misappropriating N19bn bailout fund

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The Federal Government has accused the Cross River State government of misappropriating N19billion, which was given to it as bailout fund to pay salaries and pension. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Prosecutions, Okoi Obono-Obla, told The Guardian on Tuesday that “the president had bailed the state out twice ...

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Rivers govt sets up committee to tackle black soot two months after it first acknowledged problem

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Rivers State Government has set up a Task Force to investigate and resolve the environmental challenge in the state in which black soot has been polluting the atmosphere of Port Harcourt and its environs. This was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council meeting of Wednesday at the ...

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Arik Air heads to court to challenge government takeover

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The management of Arik Air on Thursday said it would challenge the taking over of the airline by the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) in court. Ado Sanusi, Senior Vice President, Arik Air made the disclosure at a joint news conference with the newly appointed receiver manager, Oluseye Opasanya, ...

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“Ag-Pres. Osinbajo has shown that he listens, unlike Pres. Buhari” – Fayose says

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Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has hailed the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo for sending the name of Justice Walter Onnoghen to the senate for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), saying; “The action of the Acting President has saved the judiciary in particular and Nigeria in general from unnecessary tension.” “If ...

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Fayose writes to national security adviser: “Executive rascality is responsible for prison congestion” 

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has informed the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, that the “executive rascality” of the Federal Government and its law enforcement agencies is majorly responsible for the problem of prison congestion in the country, He charged the ONSA in the letter to critically ...

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El-Rufai laments: “I’m being wrongly accused of paying killers”

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​Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said he is being wrongly accused by Nigerians despite taking steps to end the Southern Kaduna killings. El-rufai made this known when he appeared on “Sunrise Daily” on Channels TV on Thursday morning. He said his political opponents and the media twisted his mediation efforts ...

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Just In: FG counsel prosecuting Supreme Court Justice Ngwuta steps down

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The prosecution counsel, Adeogun Phillips, in a federal lawsuit against a Supreme Court Judge, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, has stepped down from the case. Justice Ngwuta was one of the judges whose home was raided late last year by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) over corruption allegations. The ...

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Just In: FG takes over Arik airline

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The Federal Government on Thursday announced that it is intervening in the debt ridden and beleaguered Arik airline, the largest airline in the country. By this intervention, the government through the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) will give a lifeline to the financially distressed company so it could continue ...

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Army begins construction of infrastructure in Sambisa forest

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The Nigerian Army yesterday said it had commenced the construction of infrastructure facilities in the notorious Sambisa forest, formerly a Boko Haram’s enclave. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen Sani Usman, explained that the construction of infrastructure was in line with the resolved of the army top command ...

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Army authorities arrest and charge soldiers who assaulted physically challenged man

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Following the outrage which greeted a video showing two soldiers maltreating a physically challenged person for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt, the Nigerian Army has announced that the guilty soldiers have been apprehended. “In line with our zero tolerance for acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts especially in relation to ...

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PDP discloses that it’s begun merger talks with SDP, Labour Party and 5 others

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The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Wednesday that it has commenced talks with some politicians and the leadership of the Labour Party (LP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and five other political parties in the country with aview towards aligning forces and wresting away power from the ...

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“How to end the southern Kaduna conflict” – Sanusi

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​Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on Wednesday said punishing the perpetrators of the Kaduna killings was the only to end the crisis once and for all. The  Emir made this known  at the award presentation ceremony of ‘Most Security Conscious Governor’ to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi in ...

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Lai Mohammed explains why he won’t give daily updates on Buhari’s health as he demanded in the past

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In 2009 while serving as spokesman of the Action Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the current minister of information demanded that the federal cabinet gives Nigerians daily authentic health status update on former president Umaru Musa Yaradua. The late president had been away in Saudi Arabia and his absence from the ...

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Good day for Onnoghen: NJC extends his tenure as acting chief justice

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The stars aligned in favour of Nigeria’s acting chief justice, Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday. First, it emerged that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has forwarded his name to the Senate for confirmation as substantive chief justice of the Federation. And then, the National Judicial Council (NJC) which he heads has also ...

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