Today’s Scoops

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

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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

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​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 

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​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

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​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

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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

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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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“They said if I press the button, the bomb would explode and I’ll go to heaven” – Arrested bomber

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One of the female Boko Haram bombers intercepted by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Maiduguri on Tuesday has said she was paid N200 for the mission. “They gave us N200 each which they said we should use to buy food for ourselves. “It took us three ...

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Radical idea of the day: “Convert mosques to primary schools” – Emir Sanusi tells Northern governors

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The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, said on Tuesday that mosques were not initially meant for prayers alone. At an event in the ongoing Kano Educational Week, the emir called on governors of northern states to convert mosques to primary schools, especially in the villages. “I was in Morocco sometime ...

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Police recover and display alleged N111m bribe given to INEC officials by Gov. Wike

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The Nigeria Police on Tuesday said it has recovered about N111 million from officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who were allegedly bribed by the Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, to rig the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun elections in the state. Damian Okoro, a deputy commissioner of police, ...

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7 years ago Lai Mohammed wanted daily updates on Yaradua’s health condition – so what changed?

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In December 2009, Lai Mohammed had already begun to make a name for himself as the combative spokesman of Nigeria’s second largest opposition party, the Action Congress (AC). At the peak of the health crisis which eventually led to the death of former president Umaru Yaradua, Lai Mohammed consistently demanded ...

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Malami orders withdrawal of corruption charges against Supreme Court chief registrar

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The Federal Government on Tuesday withdrew the corruption charges brought against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh, and two others. Mr. Saleh was charged alongside Muhammed Sheriff, the Supreme Court’s Director of Finance and Rilwanu Lawal, the Chief Accountant of the apex court. Previous attempts to arraign ...

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Money laundering: Court freezes Mike Ozekhome’s bank account

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A Federal High Court judge sitting in Lagos has frozen the bank account of a prominent Lagos-based human rights lawyer Mike Ozekhome SAN. The court  Nigeria today ordered temporary forfeiture of the sum of N75 million discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in his account domiciled with ...

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NSCDC foils terror attack by two female suicide bombers in Borno

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Borno Command, on Tuesday intercepted two female suicide bombers, who tried to ram into motorists at the NNPC Mega Station along Damboa Road, Maiduguri. The Commandant of the corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Tuesday ...

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Gov. Al-Makura sacks 10 commissioners

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Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Tuesday sacked 10 commissioners and redeployed two others, according to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi. The governor however retained six commissioners, out of which two were redeployed to other ministries. Those retained in their current offices ...

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Fani-Kayode says he will not return a dime to the FG

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​Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode, has denied media reports that he was seeking an out of court settlement in his N26 million money laundering trial before Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. In a statement on Monday, Fani-Kayode described the reports as “false, embarrassing, ...

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We can’t fix Nigeria in 1 year –  Amaechi 

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​Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari did not promise to solve the country’s challenges in one year. Amaechi said this while speaking at a town hall meeting in Ilorin on Monday. He begged Nigerians to wait till the end of four years before assessing ...

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Ibori denies Twitter handle; says he was not deported

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Ex-convict and former Delta State governor, James Ibori, has said stories claiming that he was deported to Nigeria by the British authorities are “malicious and misleading.” Ibori returned to Nigeria on Saturday after serving out his jail term in the United Kingdom December last year. Far from remorseful, the former ...

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“The only privacy Buhari has is in his wife’s kitchen, his parlour and the other room” – Ozekhome says

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Constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari “needs to address the nation physically on Skype” as Nigerians continue to react to his decision to extend his time abroad. He said the political implications of the extension is that “it keeps the nation on ethno-religious tenterhooks, dangerous precipice, uncomfortable ...

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