Today’s Scoops

New FAO report: Nine million Nigerians going hungry in 16 states

Food market

Up to nine million people in 16 northern Nigeria states may experience food insecurity between the period of March and August 2017, according to the newly launched United Nation Food and Agriculture Cadre Harmonisé report. The investigation carried out in 16 states of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Kastina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi, ...

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Fashola and Ambode at loggerheads

Fashola and Ambode

Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola yesterday denied frustrating the government of Lagos State’s  efforts to rebuild the International Airport /Oshodi Road. His ministry has presented the state government’srequest to the Federal Executive Council, stressing that he was following the due process. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode spoke on Wednesday ...

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He’s back


President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Nigeria after 49 days of medical vacation. President Buhari arrived at exactly 7.41am. He was received by the Deputy Governor of Kaduna state Bala Bantex, GOC 1 Division, Commissioner of Police and other dignitaries. He arrived at the Kaduna International Airport following the closure of ...

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“Appear with your uniform”: Senate readies for a showdown with Customs Boss, Hameed Ali

Hameed Ali

The senate on Tuesday summoned Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), over the plan to seize vehicles without paid duty. On Tuesday, the upper legislative chamber directed customs to suspend the action, but the NCS went ahead to offer 60 percent rebate on the duty. This prompted the ...

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Court sentences ex-Adamawa governor to jail; asks him to choose prison of his choice


A Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has convicted and jailed former Gov. Bala James Ngilari for failing to adhere to the procurement laws of the state. In a 75-minute long ruling, Justice Nathan Musa found the former governor guilty of four charges, and discharged him on one, which ...

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Apostle Suleman denies having amorous relationship with “stripper”; says he’s not behind her arrest


The Omega Fire Ministries has denied that the General Overseer of the church, Apostle Johnson Suleman has a hand in the arrest and detention of one Miss Stephanie Otobo by the police last Friday, March 3, 2017. A statement signed by Phrank Shaibu, Communications Manager to Apostle Suleman also flatly ...

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It’s Official: Abuja airport to be closed on Wednesday – FG

Lai Mohammed

From 12AM on Wednesday, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would be closed for repairs. The process which has generated lots of controversy will last for six weeks, according to Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who addressed a World Press conference on Monday. The press conference was also attended by ...

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At least three killed in Maiduguri bomb attack


Multiple bomb blasts hit Maiduguri early Friday with many feared dead. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, said the attacks were carried out by suspected suicide bombers around the NNPC depot on Damboa Road, Maiduguri. The police command’s spokesman, Victor Isuku, confirmed the blasts on Friday. “Our men are still ...

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“PDP national secretariat to re-open before Friday” – Sheriff


The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Wednesday, said the party’s national secretariat at Wadata Plaza would re-open before Friday. Mr. Sheriff said this when he received some PDP leaders from South-West geopolitical zone who paid him a visit in his office in Abuja. ...

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NBA nominates Oluremi, Alkali, Agom, others for consideration as Appeal Court justices


The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has shortlisted 12 lawyers for appointment as Justices of the Court of Appeal. The nominations followed a request by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, for the NBA to nominate “suitably qualified candidates for consideration for appointment to the Court of Appeal.” ...

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PEBEC approves 60-day National Action Plan for ease of doing business in Nigeria (Details)


The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on Tuesday presided over the sixth meeting of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) at the State House in Abuja. The Council approved a national action plan to be implemented across its three priority areas – Entry and Exit of goods; Entry ...

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Patience Jonathan sues the EFCC


Justice Salihu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has fixed April 24th to hear a fundamental rights suit filed by Patience Jonathan, the wife of Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. EFCC lawyer, Kayode Oni, challenged the jurisdiction of the ...

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Ladi Balogun to step down as CEO of FCMB Ltd.


FCMB Group has said in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), that it is reorganizing its management. On March 20th, Ladi Balogun, the current MD/CEO of the flagship company, First City Monument Bank Limited (FCMB Limited), will be stepping down after being at the helm for ten years. A CBN ...

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London Police invited to arrest The Guardian reporter who wanted to interview Buhari


The Guardian newspaper is reporting that security staff at the Abuja House in London yesterday called in policemen to arrest one of its correspondents who was on the premises to see President Muhammadu Buhari and possibly interview him. When he asked to see the president, the reporter was told by ...

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Ex-NNPC GMD, Yakubu, wants the court to return $9.7m to him


A former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Andrew Yakubu has asked a Federal High Court in Kano to set aside the order of forfeiture granted to the federal government by the court on the cash sums of $9,772,800 and £74,000 that he had concealed ...

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Atiku hosts Alafin of Oyo in Lagos (Photos)

atiku alafin

A statement from the Atiku Abubakar Media Office said that on Sunday the former Nigerian Vice President  played host to the Alafin of Oyo, HRM Oba Lamidi Olayiwola, Adeyemi III in Lagos. The meeting was described as a “courtesy visit” by the monarch to the APC chieftain. See Photos below:

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N250m gatehouse: Once again Osinbajo debunks claim by Dino Melaye and others

Yemi Osinbajo2

The presidency has denied once again the claims that the administration intends to build a new official residence for the occupant of the Office of the Vice President. It also debunked claims that there are plans to construct a gatehouse for the residence for the sum of N250 million. “The ...

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Fayose describes Sheriff as a “monkey”

Ayo Fayose

The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has describes the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, as a monkey. Fayose was responding to a statement credited to Sheriff following his court victory last week in which an Appeals court ruled that he is the legitimate ...

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“It has no merit”: Court dismisses Obanikoro’s libel suit against Premium Times, Sahara Reporters

Musiliu Obanikoro

Former Nigerian minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, on Friday hit a roadblock in his defamation suit against Premium Times, Sahara Reporters and The Punch newspapers. Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court adjourned the case to April 7 and ordered Obanikoro to settle ...

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Twitter on meltdown as MI Abaga confirms Audu’s arrest


Audu Maikori, the CEO of Chocolate City record label, has been arrested by Nigerian Security operatives. According to @chairmanNHRC, Maikori was picked up in Lagos on Friday and was flown to the Police Headquarters in Abuja. It is believed that Audu is being held for his advocacy over the Southern ...

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