Today’s Scoops

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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Nigeria set to cut taxes for small businesses – Adeosun

Nigeria’s finance ministry has announced that the country plans to lower taxes for small and medium-sized companies to create more jobs. As Nigeria grapples with a recession which is bound to continue with the third quarter GDP figures now being expected, the government is trying a variety of measures to ...

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CCB invites Amaechi, Fashola, Fayemi, others over assets verification


The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) says it has begun massive verification of assets declared by top serving and former public officers at the federal, state and local government levels. The verification process involves physical appearance by the officials for conference and field verification of their declared assets. The Chairman ...

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Edo dep. governor-elect responds to INEC collation officer who accused him of thuggery


During the live collation and announcement process for the Edo governorship election in Benin on Wednesday, the collation officer for Etsako West local government area, Prof. Adewole Atere, made a damning allegation against the Deputy Governor-elect of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu. Prof Atere said that Shuaibu used armed thugs to ...

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Why Soludo described Buhari’s attitude as dangerous


On the issue of restructuring, especially in light of the Biafran agitation, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Chukwuma Soludo, has said that the attitude of President Muhammadu Buhari is dangerous. He advised the president not to ignore calls for fiscal federalism and the re-negotiation of Nigeria’s unity, ...

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Kogi PDP sacks state chairman


The Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday suspended the state’s party Chairman, Sam Uhuoto for violating some sections of the party’s constitution. Signed by 30 members of the executive, the letter of suspension accused Uhuoto of deliberately refusing to call the meeting of state executive committee ...

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Oshiomhole and wife in victory dance following Obaseki’s win


Even as supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state were sad, dejected and took to the streets in protest, those backing the All Progressives Congress (APC) were overjoyed and danced on the streets in celebration. Governor Adams Oshiomhole jumped for joy at his office where he was ...

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Ogun pastor says he was not struck by the gods when he went to destroy shrine

A clergyman, Pastor Wale Fagbere, who was reportedly paralysed after destroying a shrine in Aiyetoro in Ogun, has said that people mistook his posture at the shrine for paralysis. Fagbere, who presides over the Christ Apostolic Church, Ona-Iye parish , Ayetoro , stated this at a press conference in Abeokuta. ...

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What President Buhari told me this morning – VP Osinbajo explains


“This morning, I had a meeting with the President and he repeated to me twice, he said ‘at my age there is only one thing I am looking for, I want to see a great Nigeria’. He has no other objective and I feel very inspired by that,” Vice President ...

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