Today’s Scoops

No FEC meeting this week because… holidays

Lai Mohammed

A statement from the office of the Honourable Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed on Tuesday that the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not hold “due to inadequate time to prepare the documents for the meeting.” According to the statement which was signed ...

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Conspiracy Theory 101: “FG is using Nnamdi Kanu to fight against Biafra” – MASSOB founder

Ralph Uwazurike

In recent times, Nnamdi Kanu has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, and the incumbent administration. Kanu has seemingly taken up the pro-Biafra cause with fanatical fervour and has continued to defy both the government and the law in favour of his cause. However, ...

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It’s official: Nigerian economy exits recession with 0.55% GDP growth in Q2

national bureau of statistics nbs

Good news: The Nigerian economy has finally exited the recession. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for the second quarter (Q2) of 2017 shows that the economy grew at 0.55 per cent. The NBS is expected to officially release the data by 10a.m. on Tuesday. The growth follows ...

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New Lagos CP announces himself with removal of head of police anti-kidnapping unit over alleged bribery


Edgal Imohimi has only been one week in charge as the Acting Commissioner of Police in the Lagos State command, but he has already announced himself with a bang. On Monday, Imohimi ordered a full-scale investigation into the alleged corrupt practices preferred against the Officer-in-Charge (O/C) of the Anti-Kidnapping and ...

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IPOB explains why it wants to make strong anti-Buhari statement in November


The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) said on Monday that it calls on Anambra citizens to boycott the November 18 governorship election in the state was in the interest of the Igbos in order to “show our disdain for current situation in the land” and “reject plans and policies of ...

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Gbenga Daniel and Bode George exchange words over Daniel’s advice on PDP chairmanship


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has zoned the position of national chairman of the party to the South, while its 2019 presidential ticket has been zoned to the North. In the South, the only region which has not produced a PDP chairman since 1999 is the South West, hence the ...

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“Arrest Buhari; boycott Anambra elections; Nigeria will burn”: Nnamdi Kanu gets bolder and bolder


Nnamdi Kanu has flouted the conditions of his bail and, outwardly, he is showing neither remorse nor fear of the consequences. Kanu has gained celebrity since his release from jail after spending 18 months. Several members of the political elite from the South East have taken turns to woo him. ...

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Ganduje and Kwankwaso were not in Kano but supporters fought themselves on their behalf

kwankwaso and deputy

Even though they belong to the same party, Kano state Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, have been at loggerheads literally since Kwankwaso handed over to Ganduje in 2015. The proxy battle between the two men continued over the weekend with a political clash at the traditional ...

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“You would have to attack me first!”: Sultan Abubakar condemns anti-Igbo comments


Many Nigerians from the Southern part of the country have criticised members of Northern elite for frequently failing to speak up when threats and incitements are made by radical elements in the North. However, ever since some northern youths issued a quit notice to Igbos in the north, prominent northern political, ...

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Bola Shagaya sues Unity Bank for complying with EFCC order to freeze her accounts

Bola Shagaya

Bola Shagaya never held an office while Goodluck Jonathan was president of Nigeria, however, her close relationship with the former first lady, Patience Jonathan, ensured that she was very influential in that administration. Just like a lot of other people linked to the former administration, Shagaya is currently being investigated ...

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Fayose explains the qualities of the next Ekiti governor he is determined to pick

Ayo Fayose

It’s no secret in Nigeria that every governor wants to handpick his successor. In 2018, the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, will conclude his second term as governor and he has made no pretenses about the fact that he wants to determine who takes over after him. On Saturday ...

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Gbenga Daniel accuses Buruji Kashamu of attempting to kill him: 6 details from his petition


Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, alleging that there was an attempted assassination attempt on his life. According to Daniel, the main suspect for the murder plot is a sitting senator, Buruji Kashamu. Details of Daniel’s petition: The incident ...

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Aso Rock: Buhari will return to Nigeria today


President Muhammadu Buhari will return to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London, according to a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina. The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting ...

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Father of Aluu4 victim commends death sentence on his son’s killers


by NAN Messiah Obuzor, father of one of the four University of Port Harcourt students murdered in 2012, has hailed the court for sentencing the three killers to death. Mr. Obuzor said in an interview with journalists in Port Harcourt on Tuesday that the court’s judgment had removed the tag ...

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Jonathan: “Only 6 TVs, 3 refrigerators and 1 gas cooker was stolen from my house”

Jonathan burglary

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has confirmed that his house in Abuja was broken into by burglars “who stole every movable item in the house including furniture sets, beds, electronics, toilet and electrical fittings, as well as all internal doors and frames.” According to a statement from Ikechukwu Eze, his spokesman, ...

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“I have not purchased a new plane” – Tinubu


An APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, has debunked reports that he purchased a new airplane. “Tinubu has not purchased a new plane. He is currently using the same plane he has used for over a decade now,” said Ademola Oshodi, the special assistant to the former Lagos governor. He said the ...

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Osinbajo appoints Owasanoye as new ICPC chairman; ex-chairman redeployed to Salaries Commission


Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has replaced Ekpo Nta as the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and nominated Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye as his replacement subject to the confirmation of the senate. According to a statement issued in Abuja by the Director Press, Office of ...

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Osinbajo appoints former Head of FG’s Efficiency Unit as new DMO DG

Patience Oniha

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday approved the appointment of Mrs. Patience Oniha as the new Director-General of Debt Management Office (DMO). The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, announced the appointment in Abuja. Oniha, from Edo State, takes over from the former Director-General, Abraham Nwankwo, who retired after ...

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Consortium of banks take over Etisalat Nigeria


A consortium of of local and foreign banks, led by Access Bank Plc, have taken over the management of telecommunication company, Etisalat Nigeria, effective June 15. The take-over followed a futile effort by Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS), promoted by one time Chairman of United Bank for Africa, UBA, Hakeem Bello-Osagie, to ...

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Three Nigerian writers make 2017 Caine Prize shortlist

Nii Parker,chair 2017 Caine Prize judges

Three Nigerians have been shortlisted for the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing. They are Lesley Nneka Arimah, Chikodili Emelumadu, and Arinze Ifeakandu. Other shortlisted writers are Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (South Africa) and Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan). Nii Ayikwei Parkes, chair of 2017 Caine Prize judges and award-winning author, made the announcement. ...

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