Today’s Scoops

Gov. Wike sacks health commissioner

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has sacked his Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Ndagene. Wike in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday wished Ndagene luck in his future endeavor. The statement, however, did not disclose any reasons for the ...

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NGF holds valedictory dinner for Gov. Mimiko at presidential villa

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum chaired by Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, hosted the outgoing governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, to a valedictory dinner at the State House Banquet hall in Abuja. Mimiko completes his second term in office next week and will be replaced by Rotimi Akeredolu. Former ...

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APC’s four top leaders in the national assembly travel to London to meet Buhari

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The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara led a four-man legislative team to visit President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on vacation in London, Channels Television reports. Others in the delegation are, Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf and Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan. According to ...

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Arik Air suspends flights to London and Johannesburg

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Arik Air has suspended its international flight operations to the London and Johannesburg routes. The spokesman of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr Jude Nwauzor, made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that AMCON had on Feb. ...

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Inflation accelerates to 18.72%

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Nigeria’s inflation rate accelerated to 18.72% in January 2017 from 18.55% in December 2016, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This marked an increase of 0.17% from the previous month. The NBS said that the faster pace of growth in headline inflation, year on year, were ...

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Foreign Affairs minister organises send-off for Amina Mohammed

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As she gets ready to resume fully as the deputy UN Secretary-general, Amina Mohammed was hosted on Tuesday to a send-off event by the ministry of foreign affairs. The Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, called for support for Mohammed in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs)  . Onyeama made ...

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Kano Court orders forfeiture of Yakubu’s $9.8m to FG

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Federal High Court sitting in Kano presided over by Justice Zainab Abubakar on Tuesday ordered the forfeiture of the sum of $9.772 million and £74,000 recovered from a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu to the Federal Government. The order was sequel ...

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Atiku visits IBB in Minna (Photos)

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday met behind closed doors with former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida and Governor of Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello, in Minna, the state capital. The meeting took place at Babangida’s Hilltop residence and lasted for two hours. Governor Bello received Atiku, who arrived the ...

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Kidnappers invade Lagos farm, abducts 7 workers

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Kidnappers are not done with the farming community in Igbodu village of Epe, Lagos. Twenty-five days after they abducted four workers from a farm in the area, kidnappers returned to the same village kidnapping seven people this time. The latest abduction happened around 5AM today while security guards were asleep ...

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“I’ve never met Ambode but I’m impressed” – Bode George

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Ex-deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has expressed satisfaction with the performance of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode in the areas of infrastructure development. He urged the governor to do more in order to etch his name in gold after his tenure. George who ...

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“I have no history of betrayal”: Gov. Mimiko talks about relationship with OBJ, Tinubu in new book

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In a new book to be launched this Wednesday, outgoing governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, said former President Olusegun Obasanjo threatened him and also pleaded with him not to resign from his government as a minister. He said the ex-president did this to dissuade him from running against ...

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FG appoints new prosecutor for Justice Ngwuta’s trial

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The Federal Government has appointed Olufemi Fakunle of the Federal Ministry of Justice as prosecution counsel in the trial of Supreme Court Justice, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta. Justice Ngwuta was among the judges arrested and detained by the Department of State Services, DSS, on October 8, 2016 for alleged corruption and breach ...

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Justice Ngwuta’s lead prosecutor did not resign; he was sacked – FG says

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Charles Adeogun-Philips, the lead prosecutor in the case against Supreme Court Justice Sylvester Ngwuta did not step down from the case, but was sacked by the FG for unprofessional conduct. That fact was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by Salisu Isah, the special adviser to the Attorney-General of the ...

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Magu: “90 per cent of the cause of Nigeria’s recession is corruption”

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Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has named corruption as the chief reason for the recession in the country. “I maintain that the economic recession is caused by corruption. About 90 per cent of the cause of recession is corruption, because there was fund and ...

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“Gov. Mimiko has approved parting gifts of N500m for political office holders”

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As it prepares to take over power in less than two weeks, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has accused the outgoing governor Olusegun Mimiko of approving N500 million as “parting gifts“ to political office holders. Gov. Mimiko’s second term ends on February 23 and he will be ...

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Boko Haram attacks and sets Borno village ablaze

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Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday attacked Mussa Village of Askira-Uba Local Government Area in Southern Borno State and burnt down dozens of residential houses and a man suspected to have been trapped in the attack. This was not the first time Mussa village is witnessing Boko Haram attacks, as even ...

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Angry El-Rufai vows to get those who destroyed army battalion foundation

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Less than a week after Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, laid the foundation for the establishment of a battalion at Ungwan Yashi area of Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state the monument has been destroyed by unknown individuals. Buratai said during the foundation laying that the location was ...

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Edo governorship election tribunal rejects Ize-Iyamu’s application for extension of time

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An application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in last September’s governorship election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to be granted an extension of time to call more witnesses at the election tribunal was rejected on Friday. The petitioners are only entitled 14 days to present ...

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Gov. Tambuwal signs Sokoto’s N204.3bn 2017 budget into law

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Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Friday night signed into law the state’s 2017 appropriation bill of over N204.3 billion. Speaking at the event, Tambuwal expressed delight at the timely passage of the budget document by the state House of Assembly. He said now that it has become a law, its provisions ...

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Alleged thief uploads his photo on Facebook page of his victim in Port Harcourt

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A robber in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, who snatched the mobile phone of a student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe university, took the daring step of uploading his own pictures on his victim’s Facebook account (Gabrilla Uchechi Eberechukwu) on Thursday. The unidentified suspect, who changed the victim’s profile picture on Facebook ...

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