Today’s Scoops

“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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“I’m not worried about the exchange rate”: Tinubu goofs in meeting with anti-govt protesters

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​National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday addressed #IstandwithNigeria protesters in Lagos State. The protesters marched to the Bourdillon home of the APC strongman, demanding to be addressed on the state of the Nation by Tinubu. He said, ...

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Osinbajo was asked whether he’s been asked to resign – here’s what he said

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has denied reports that he is under pressure to resign. Following intense speculation on the fate of President Muhammadu Buhari, rumours started flying around that northern governors had met with two former heads of state and decided to force Osinbajo to resign. This, it was speculated, was ...

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Anxiety mounts as Ambode reveals plan to ban Danfo from Lagos roads

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Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, says he plans to ban the operations of commercial buses popularly known as Danfo from Lagos roads before 2017 elapses. Ambode made the revelation at the 14th annual lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) at Muson Centre in the Onikan area of ...

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“Islamisation of Nigeria is entirely false” – Lai Mohammed says

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At a town hall meeting in Kwara state on Monday, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, pushed back against fears that the President Muhammadu Buhari government has an Islamisation agenda. He pinned the concerns of Christians over the issue on those trying to demonise the government and divert attention ...

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Ag-President Osinbajo tells anti-govt protesters: “We hear you loud and clear”

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo did not directly step out of the comfort of the presidential villa to address the hundreds of Nigerians who gathered at its gates to protest the deteriorating economic and living conditions of Nigerians on Monday. However, he did the next best thing. Addressing a Private Sector ...

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N26m #DasukiGate funds: FFK requests to settle with FG out of court

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Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation has asked the Federal High Court Abuja, to adjourn his case to allow him explore other options of settlement aside from going to trial. Counsel for Fani-Kayode, Mr Ameh Raji (SAN), who made the application on his behalf on Monday said that since the ...

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Okorocha demands apology from Obiano; says Anambra governor spoke under the influence of alcohol

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​The war of words between Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, and his Anambra State counterpart, Willie Obiano, has since degenerated into a matter of pettiness and name calling by the two men. On February 3, 2017, Gov. Obiano had fired what seemed like the last salvo when he said he ...

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Breaking: #IstandwithNigeria protests holds in Lagos 

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Civil society organizations led by Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE) made good their promise to hold “good governance” protests in Lagos and Abuja. Reports filtering in has it that people are arriving in their number for the protest at the National Stadium in Lagos. The protesters are expected to March ...

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