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Just In: FG puts up two presidential jets for sale

Presidential jet touches down at Eldoret International Airport during a visit earlier this year by President Buhari to Kenya

The federal government has put up two presidential aircraft for sale, finally setting in motion the process to fulfil one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign promises. The FG advertised in some newspapers a call for interested buyers to signify interest for the two aircraft – a Falcon 7X (5N-FGU) and ...

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“Why Obaseki won Edo governorship election” – Fayose


Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has joined the fray of those condemning last week’s Edo governorship elections by accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) of using federal might to influence the results in favour of its candidate, Godwin Obaseki. Fayose, speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications, Lere ...

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ECOWAS court orders Dasuki’s release; slams FG for making a “mockery” of democracy

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The Court of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, ruled on Tuesday that the Nigerian government should pay the sum of N15 million as damages to a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, whose arrest and continued detention was found to be unlawful, arbitrary and a violation ...

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Code of Conduct Tribunal finds Orubebe guilty of false assets declaration


The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja on Tuesday found former Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Orubebe, guilty of non-declaration of a property in Asokoro, Abuja. Orubebe had pleaded not guilty to the charges, but in his ruling on the matter, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, announced ...

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Factional PDP chairmen to meet Jonathan and PDP governors over peace deal


The two contending People Democratic Party (PDP) factions will meet with former President Goodluck Jonathan and the governors elected on the platform of the party as part of efforts to resolve the differences in their ranks, according to a report by Thisday newspaper. The meetings which are at the instance ...

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Gov. Wike dissolves caretaker committees of three LGAs after three months


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has dissolved the caretaker committees of Degema, Khana and Gokana Local Government Areas. A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media noted that the dissolution of the three councils followed the expiration of their tenures. The governor ...

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“Even if NLNG is being sold on credit, I won’t buy”: 5 quotes from Dangote’s interview

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Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has been criticised by some over his suggestion that Nigeria sells off some of its assets to build up its reserves and kickstart the flailing economy. In an interview published in a national newspaper on Tuesday, he tried to clarify some of what he considers ...

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FG set to reopen N100bn corruption case against ex-Gov. Odili


The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has said that the perpetual injunction granted by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court against prosecution of a former governor of Rivers State, Chief Peter Odili, is unconstitutional. Buba’s order has prevented the Economic and Financial Crimes ...

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Devalue the Naira – EU tells Nigeria


An European Union (EU) official Fillippo Amato has advised the Federal Government to devalue the Naira as part of measures to tackle the economic recession. Amato, Counsellor, Head of Trade and Economics Section of EU, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday. ...

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Shiites to march on Abuja to protest El-Zakzaky’s detention


Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, commonly referred to as Shiites, said on Monday that they would march on Abuja to protest the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, by the Department of State Service. They noted that following the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given by ...

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Atiku explains why he did not attend Buhari’s book launch


At the launch of a book written in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Monday, one notable absentee was former vice president Atiku Abubakar. The event had several APC national chieftains, former heads of state, amongst others in attendance, but Atiku was conspicuously absent. He released a statement ...

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“Disciplined, focused, well-intentioned democrat”: Tinubu sings Buhari’s praises


The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday was one of the reviewers of a new book on President Muhammadu Buhari titled: ‘Muhammadu Buhari – The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria.’ In a winding speech, Tinubu described Buhari as a true democrat who has ...

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Aregbesola lampooned by his own party for fraternising with the enemy


If a poll is taken among supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) about which politician from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is most hated, Ayo Fayose, the impolitic governor of Ekiti, will rank high on the list. Politicians from different parties meet and mingle frequently, but Fayose is so confrontational ...

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Gov. Tambuwal denies accepting N1bn bribe to inflate Amnesty Office budget


A Sahara Reporters story has accused Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and some unnamed leaders of the House of Representatives from the time he was speaker, of receiving N1 billion from Chibudom Nwuche in order to inflate the budget of the Amnesty Office. Nwuche, who is a former deputy speaker ...

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Sylva responds: “I do not own 48 buildings in Abuja or anywhere in the world”


Former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has objected to a media report purporting his retrieval of 48 houses in Abuja, allegedly, seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). READ: Ex-Gov. Sylva of the APC reclaims 48 houses from EFCC In a statement on Monday in Yenagoa by ...

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Fayose invited Aregbesola to Ekiti to speak on unity but they couldn’t agree

Governors Rauf Aregbesola and Ayo Fayose in Ekiti during the Ekiti 20th anniversary lecture on October 1st, 2016 in Ado Ekiti

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun agreed to visit Ekiti state which marked its 20th anniversary since creation on Saturday. He is one of the few politicians in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who is publicly in good terms with Gov. Ayo Fayose, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) firebrand governor of ...

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Atiku meets Jonathan (Photo)

Former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar and former President Goodluck Jonathan met by happenstance over the weekend at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Atiku was on his way to Bauchi and Jonathan was on his way to Bayelsa.  

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Pastor explains why he decided to mark Independence Day at an Owerri refuse heap


An Anglican priest with the Diocese of Owerri, Imo State, Rev. Canon Uche Chinamerem, marked Nigeria’s 56th independence day on Saturday in front of a rubbish heap on Douglas Road in Owerri, the Imo state capital to protest the unhealthy lifestyle of the people of the state and the negligence ...

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Ex-Gov. Sylva of the APC reclaims 48 houses from EFCC


A report by The Punch newspaper says that former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, has retrieved 48 of his properties seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). A correspondent of the newspaper, posing as a prospective tenant, visited some of the properties, located mostly in highbrow areas of ...

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Ebonyi and Bayelsa are similar but workers heard one big difference on Independence Day

Bayelsa Gov. Dickson shaking hands with Ebonyi Gov. Umahi as factional PDP chairman Ali Modu-Sheriff looks on at the burial of umahi's mother in April 2016

Bayelsa in South South Nigeria and Ebonyi in South East Nigeria were both created on the same day in October 1996 by former military head of state, Sani Abacha. They are also strong Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governed states with Governor Seriake Dickson in Bayelsa and Governor David Umahi in ...

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