Today’s Scoops

Dangote-led presidential committee donates N250m to victims of Benue flood

Benue flood

Following the devastating floods in Benue which displaced over 110,000 people in 24 communities, including Makurdi, the state capital, the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation chaired by Aliko Dangote has provided N250 million as relief assistance to the victims.  The committee also approved the release of one IDP ...

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Army’s weekend clash with IPOB bears similarities with 2015 clash with Shiites


The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that his home in Afaraukwu, Abia state, was invaded by soldiers of the Nigerian Army yesterday. Their attempt to arrest him was however rebuffed by members of IPOB who formed a human shield, preventing the soldiers from ...

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Why I wish oil will dry up in Nigeria – Gov. El-Rufai

El-Rufai, others, Development Policy Centre

The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has said he wishes that Nigeria’s main source of revenue, crude oil, dries up as its availability has hindered the country’s ability to think and innovate. Speaking on “Public Poliy Research should promote national consensus”, El-Rufai argued that the earlier the oil dries ...

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More tensions surface between AGF Malami and the EFCC


The tense relations between the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, shows no signs of abating. On Friday, Malami denied reports insinuating that his office leaked classified information from the EFCC ...

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“I am not surprised”: El-Rufai responds to Mama Taraba’s endorsement of Atiku


The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, said on Friday that he is not surprised by the public endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan. He said that the minister did not vote for Buhari in the APC presidential primary and never shared in the ...

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APC hits back at Atiku over “misleading” and “divisive” comments


Former vice president Atiku Abubakar’s comments to the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service this week about being sidelined by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is yet to receive an official response from the presidency. However, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party has described the comments as “misleading” and ...

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El-rufai has not fulfilled a campaign promise he once described as “the most critical step”


When Nasir El-rufai was campaigning for governor of Kaduna State, he made a promise which he described then as “the most critical step for leaders.” Speaking as a guest on Freedom Radio, the then candidate promised to ensure that political appointees and top civil servants enrol their children in public schools ...

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Ekiti 2018: Adeyeye resigns appointment in protest


Controversy is trailing the adoption of the Ekiti Deputy Governor Professor Kolapo Olusola by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the preferred candidate of the party ahead of the 2018 governorship election in the state. Olusola was endorsed by Governor Ayo Fayose at a stakeholders meeting ...

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Fayose endorses Olusola for Ekiti governor


Two days ago, the Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, told stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he is yet to endorse a candidate for governor in next year’s election because God was yet to speak to him on the matter. It appears that God has now spoken to ...

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Kogi govt. announces immediate evacuation of Nataco Axis over flash floods

kogi flash flood

The Kogi State Government has ordered the immediate evacuation of the traders, shanties and temporary structures around the Nataco Junction axis of the Okene/Lokoja/Abuja Expressway in Lokoja following the flash floods which occurred there on Thursday, September 7th, 2017. “We wish to implement this immediate evacuation to forestall further loss of ...

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Atiku takes first steps towards 2019 presidential campaign


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar almost ran for president in 2003 while still serving as vice president to Olusegun Obasanjo who was obviously interested in reelection. He contested for the top job in 2007 under the Action Congress (AC); in 2011 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); and in 2015 ...

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As FG negotiates with ASUU, non-academic unions of universities also embark on strike

non academic union strike

The three non-academic staff unions comprising the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SAANU), would begin an indefinite industrial action from Monday, September 11, 2017. This comes as the Ministers of Labour and Employment, ...

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Gov. Akeredolu explains why Ondo government will no longer sponsor pilgrimages

rotimi akeredolu

Ondo State government will no longer sponsor its citizens on pilgrimages to Mecca or Israel, instead it will encourage religious organisations and wealthy individuals to sponsor intending pilgrims. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) said this while hosting the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Reverend Uja Tor Uja, who ...

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Mama Taraba doubles down: “Even if Baba Buhari runs in 2019, I will support Atiku”


The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, has doubled down on her position that she intends to support former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, for the 2019 presidential election. She had earlier described Atiku as “Mr. President, come 2019” during a recent visit to his house. Her comments generated controversy seeing ...

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Is Nigeria’s Chief Justice being investigated by the EFCC?

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

A widely circulated report on Wednesday had stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was investigating several prominent Nigerians, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and Justice Abdu Kafarati of the Federal High Court, over allegations of corruption. Justice Onnoghen immediately came forward to refute ...

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Dangerous: Prof. Sagay recommends prosecution for lawyers who defend supposed corrupt persons


Professor Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), offered a disturbing suggestion at a lecture in Lagos on Tuesday. “The police and anti-graft agencies should investigate lawyers who receive proceeds of crime as fees,” he said. That’s a dangerous suggestion! You would think that Sagay, a well ...

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Einstein Foundation names Chimamanda Adichie, Oby Ezekwesili among “100 Genius Contributors”


Literary star, Chimamanda Adichie, and former World Bank Vice President, Obiageli Ezekwesili, have been named alongside 98 others by the Albert Einstein Foundation as “the leading influencers, thinkers, leaders and scientists of our time”. The selection of the “genius contributors” by the Foundation is part of efforts to celebrate the ...

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“Fayose is a psychiatric dreamer” – 7 excerpts from Kashamu’s letter to Makarfi

Buruji Kashamu

In a letter to the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a senator representing Ogun East senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu, blew hot on the factionalism tearing the party apart in the South West, accusing Makarfi of plotting to destabilise the party in the zone. The background to the ...

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9 months, no pay: Benue workers embark on warning strike

samuel ortom

For nine full months, the Benue state government has not paid civil servants. On Tuesday, the workers embarked on a seven-day warning strike over the non-payment of salaries and allowances. Here is how the News Agency of Nigeria reported the story today following a visit to some offices in the ...

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God has a huge role to play in Ekiti politics – so everyone is waiting

Fayose prays

If you listen to the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, then God’s decision concerning the next governor of the state is the only matter still pending. Several candidates have already declared for the position under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but the governor is yet to publicly endorse anyone. Why? ...

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