Today’s Scoops

Arik Air heads to court to challenge government takeover


The management of Arik Air on Thursday said it would challenge the taking over of the airline by the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) in court. Ado Sanusi, Senior Vice President, Arik Air made the disclosure at a joint news conference with the newly appointed receiver manager, Oluseye Opasanya, ...

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“Ag-Pres. Osinbajo has shown that he listens, unlike Pres. Buhari” – Fayose says


Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has hailed the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo for sending the name of Justice Walter Onnoghen to the senate for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), saying; “The action of the Acting President has saved the judiciary in particular and Nigeria in general from unnecessary tension.” “If ...

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Fayose writes to national security adviser: “Executive rascality is responsible for prison congestion” 


Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has informed the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, that the “executive rascality” of the Federal Government and its law enforcement agencies is majorly responsible for the problem of prison congestion in the country, He charged the ONSA in the letter to critically ...

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El-Rufai laments: “I’m being wrongly accused of paying killers”


​Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said he is being wrongly accused by Nigerians despite taking steps to end the Southern Kaduna killings. El-rufai made this known when he appeared on “Sunrise Daily” on Channels TV on Thursday morning. He said his political opponents and the media twisted his mediation efforts ...

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Just In: FG counsel prosecuting Supreme Court Justice Ngwuta steps down


The prosecution counsel, Adeogun Phillips, in a federal lawsuit against a Supreme Court Judge, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, has stepped down from the case. Justice Ngwuta was one of the judges whose home was raided late last year by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) over corruption allegations. The ...

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Just In: FG takes over Arik airline


The Federal Government on Thursday announced that it is intervening in the debt ridden and beleaguered Arik airline, the largest airline in the country. By this intervention, the government through the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) will give a lifeline to the financially distressed company so it could continue ...

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Army begins construction of infrastructure in Sambisa forest


The Nigerian Army yesterday said it had commenced the construction of infrastructure facilities in the notorious Sambisa forest, formerly a Boko Haram’s enclave. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen Sani Usman, explained that the construction of infrastructure was in line with the resolved of the army top command ...

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Army authorities arrest and charge soldiers who assaulted physically challenged man


Following the outrage which greeted a video showing two soldiers maltreating a physically challenged person for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt, the Nigerian Army has announced that the guilty soldiers have been apprehended. “In line with our zero tolerance for acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts especially in relation to ...

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PDP discloses that it’s begun merger talks with SDP, Labour Party and 5 others


The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Wednesday that it has commenced talks with some politicians and the leadership of the Labour Party (LP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and five other political parties in the country with aview towards aligning forces and wresting away power from the ...

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“How to end the southern Kaduna conflict” – Sanusi


​Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on Wednesday said punishing the perpetrators of the Kaduna killings was the only to end the crisis once and for all. The  Emir made this known  at the award presentation ceremony of ‘Most Security Conscious Governor’ to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi in ...

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Lai Mohammed explains why he won’t give daily updates on Buhari’s health as he demanded in the past


In 2009 while serving as spokesman of the Action Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the current minister of information demanded that the federal cabinet gives Nigerians daily authentic health status update on former president Umaru Musa Yaradua. The late president had been away in Saudi Arabia and his absence from the ...

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Good day for Onnoghen: NJC extends his tenure as acting chief justice

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

The stars aligned in favour of Nigeria’s acting chief justice, Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday. First, it emerged that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has forwarded his name to the Senate for confirmation as substantive chief justice of the Federation. And then, the National Judicial Council (NJC) which he heads has also ...

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Naira, Dollars, Rupee: FG tenders bags of cash, guns recovered from Justice Ademola


The Federal Government on Wednesday tendered before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja, bags of cash in local and foreign currencies, guns, among other items allegedly recovered by operatives of the State Security Service from the house of a judge of the Federal High ...

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“We didn’t bribe INEC”: Gov. Wike explains why Rivers people voted for PDP


​The Rivers State government has denied allegations by the police that Governor Nyesom Wike bribed officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with N360 million. Chairman of the Police investigative panel into the Rivers re-run elections, Damian Okoro made the allegation while presenting the team’s report to the Inspector-General ...

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Fayose paid me the N75 million frozen by the EFCC – Ozekhome 


​Constitutional and human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN has stated that the N75 million found in his bank account that was frozen by the EFCC, was professional fees paid by Governor Ayodele Fayose. The human rights activist made this known on Tuesday while reacting to the freezing of his ...

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Wait, what? ICPC boss says commission seized 62 houses from just one civil servant

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​The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), says it has seized 62 houses from a female public officer. Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Nta Ekpo, who stated this on Tuesday said the matter is in the court and the property will be confiscated by the Federal Government ...

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“Boko Haram is broke” –  UN


​The Boko Haram sect is currently plagued by financial difficulties, Jeffrey Feltman, UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, has said. Feltman said this on Tuesday, while briefing the security council on the UN secretary-general’s fourth report on the threat the group poses to international peace and security efforts to “check and ...

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“Is Lai Mohammed accusing us of telling lies?”: CAN flays information minister over recent comment


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has flayed claims by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that religious leaders make alleged provocative statements that can lead to religious war. According to a statement released on Tuesday by Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to the CAN President, ...

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Atiku hosts new president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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Former vice president Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday hosted the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, in Abuja. A release by the Atiku media office did not offer details of the meeting or what was discussed between the two men. However, Atiku is famed for his attempts to build bridges ...

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After visit to Aso Villa, Gov. Mimiko says removal of Ondo speaker is unconstitutional


Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko has said the impeachment of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Jumoke Akindele was unconstitutional. Mimiko said this while addressing State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said ...

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