Today’s Scoops

Eldee took aim at the #AmberRoseSlutWalk and the ladies came after him


Lanre Dabiri, popularly known by his stage name ‘Eldee’, caused a Twitter storm on Sunday morning when he opined that it is easier for young girls to name 10 successful black hoes than 10 successful black women, seemingly including American celebrities Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian in the ‘hoes’ category. ...

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Ebonyi at 20: Gov. Umahi increases salaries of civil servants

Dave Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Saturday announced a five percent increase of workers’ salaries in the state from this month. He timed the announcement to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the state’s creation and Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary. Ebonyi was created in 1996 by Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s former ...

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EFCC gives breakdown: 43 corruption cases in court since 2007; 16 ex-governors; 125 convictions


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has about 43 high-profile corruption cases filed between 2007 and 2015 that are still pending in various courts. 16 of those cases involve ex-governors of state, while others relate to the oil subsidy scandal, money laundering and violation of the Public Procurement Act. An official ...

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The A A Writers Fund is now calling for applications from Nigerian writers (Details)


The Akighir and Akinbukola Writers Fund, the first fund solely focused on providing quarterly grants to writers in Nigeria, is pleased to reopen for the fourth quarter application process. Last quarter, the fund awarded its first ever grant of £140 to Niyi Ademoroti, a budding writer whose work has appeared ...

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Everyone is talking about this striking speech by Ex-Gov. Peter Obi at #ThePlatform


The Platform was already going very well on Saturday, 1st October, 2016, when Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra, came on stage to give the speech which got everyone’s attention. It was that powerful. READ: From luggage economy to knowledge economy: Full text of Olusegun Adeniyi’s speech at #ThePlatform Known ...

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Recession: Obasanjo says he warned Jonathan against his ‘reckless’ spending

olusegun OBASANJO

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he foresaw and warned about Nigeria’s current recession two years ago, but said he was ignored. Mr. Obasanjo said he was concerned about recession when he saw how “recklessly” the Goodluck Jonathan administration spent the country’s resources. The former president spoke on Saturday in an ...

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Gombe turned 20 and it was a non-partisan celebration in the capital (Photos)


Gombe was one of six states created on Independence Day 1996 by former Nigerian military dictator, Sani Abacha. So as Nigeria celebrated 56 years of democracy, the state was marking its 20th anniversary alongside Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Ekiti. Gombe is one of only two states in the north east ...

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Emefiele implies that his wife’s kidnap had something to do with his job


The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele said on Saturday that he won’t be intimidated from performing his duties effectively making an implicit connection between his job and the kidnap of his wife, Margaret. Margaret was kidnapped by gunmen on Thursday alongside a male driver and three other ...

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Women affairs minister tweetstorms announcement on two key projects of her ministry


The minister of women affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, disclosed on Saturday that the federal government will disburse about N1.6 billion to women in eight states as the first phase of the National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF). Also, she gave details of the GEEP programme which is one of the social ...

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NIMASA cancelled Tompolo’s contract and awarded it to Rivers APC chairman


The debt recovery and surveillance contracts awarded to the Global West Vessel Specialists Nigeria Limited (GWVSNL) owned by former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpomupolo, popularly known as Tompolo by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) under the Goodluck Jonathan administration and cancelled by Buhari have now been awarded ...

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Kidnappers release wife of CBN governor


The wife of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs Margaret Emefiele, who was kidnapped yesterday, has been released by her abductors. According to family sources she was rescued “due to the gallantry of the Armed Forces, Police and Security Forces”, in Ugoneki near Benin City and ...

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Habila, Cole, Brymo… Ake Festival 2016 will have an incredible roster (Details)


The fourth edition of the Ake Arts and Book Festival 2016 comes up next month in Abeokuta with the theme, ‘Beneath the skin.’ According to the organisers, the festival will “hosts an outstanding roster of writers, thinkers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, book lovers and art enthusiasts” between 15th and 19th November ...

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Zamfara commissions five academics to document its history


The Zamfara Government has asked four professors and one doctor to document the history of the state from 1996 when it was founded to date and publish it as a book. The state’s Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji, made the disclosure in an interview with the News ...

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Why I was tearing ballot papers in my polling unit – Edo APGA candidate


Osaro Onaiwu, the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the just concluded Edo governorship poll has confirmed that a viral video on the internet showing him tearing ballot papers at his polling unit in Oredo local government area, is real and not doctored. In the video, Onaiwu ...

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EFCC finally arrests APC chieftain


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Benjamin Benedict Apugo at his village, Nkata Ibeku, in Abia State. His arrest on Friday September 30th, 2016 was sequel to a 4 July, 2016 warrant issued to that effect by a ...

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Just In: NJC sacks three senior judges over corruption, malice and breach of constitution


The National Judicial Council, under the Chairmanship of the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON, at its 78th Meeting which was held on 29th September, 2016 recommended compulsory retirement from office of Hon. Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Hon. Justice ...

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“He was playing god”: PDP leader blames Anenih for party’s loss in Edo poll


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its governorship candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and most other leaders of the party are accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Edo government of manipulation and fraud which resulted in the party’s loss in this week’s governorship election. However one PDP leader in the ...

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Oh, poor Fayose: Governor tells court that he’s gone through psychological and mental torture

Ayo Fayose

Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose told a high court on Friday that he has been subjected to psychological and emotional torture as a result of the freezing of his two Zenith bank accounts in June by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Fayose’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, said the freezing of ...

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Trade minister, Enelamah, dismisses Melaye’s $13.9bn illegal transfer accusations as baseless

okechukwu Enelamah

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah yesterday denied any involvement or knowledge of illegal transfer of funds out of Nigeria by MTN contrary to the allegations by Dino Melaye, a Kogi state senator. In a statement by the Director of Press in the ministry, Greyne Anosike, the ...

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A university don, veteran journalist, ex-soldier… These are the people Buhari nominated as INEC commissioners


After dragging foot for so long and more than a year after the tenures of some national commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ended, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday finally forwarded the names of six national commissioner nominees to the senate. Buhari also forward five nominees for the ...

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