Today’s Scoops

Explosion: 30 vandals killed in Lagos explosion


by Solomon Osadolo On Saturday, vandals attacked NNPC pipelines at Arepo off the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway. As the pipeline ruptured, an argument ensued between the vandals. Who should have the right to take the first scoop of oil from the ruptured pipeline? “It was in the heat of the argument that ...

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#Osun5: Inside the detention facility of the five arrested Osun goats


by Stanley Azuakola Last week, we brought you news that an agency of the Osun state government, the Osun Waste Management Agency (OWMA) arrested and detained five goats for contravening the law. The erring goats were detained for allegedly roaming around the an area called Dele-Yesa in Osogbo, the state ...

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Boko Haram member arrested in home of another ex-lawmaker

Boko Haram

by Stanley Azuakola On Friday, the State Security Service (SSS) arrested a Boko Haram member, Hassan Pagi Bukar. Bukar was apprehended at the residence of a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tijani Umara Kumalia in Gwarinpa District of Abuja. The frequency with which suspected Boko Haram members ...

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“If Jonathan contests in 2015, I see trouble” – Apostle Suleiman


by Stanley Azuakola The General Overseer of the Omega Power Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman spoke with the Vanguard recently and talked about a host of issues. The influential minister whose church is located in Auchi, Edo State, had predicted the death of former President Yaradua and he had more prophesies ...

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Remainders: The Scoop’s 7 most clicked stories this week

Most clicked

by Stanley Azuakola We’re almost there now. The first week of The Scoop experience is almost over and we brought you some incisive pieces all through the week. From the reception most of the stories got, we know the scooping public is having a great time. So just in case ...

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EFCC investigates ghost workers syndicate in Plateau


by Ibrahim Faruk The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun interrogation of some Plateau State officials with a view to nabbing ghost workers syndicate in the state. Mr. Abraham Yiljap, the state commissioner of information, disclosed this to newsmen in his office on Friday. The state was in ...

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Remainders: “Igbos are the salt of the nation” – The top 7 quotes this week


by Stanley Azuakola What’s a great week in Nigeria without some interesting sound bites? This week had them aplenty, and in this round-up, we bring you the top 7 quotes of the week. Enjoy: 1. “Igbos are the salt of the nation. Anywhere you don’t see Ndigbo, the economy is ...

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N500 life: Policeman shoots suspected tout at Lagos airport


by Stanley Azuakola On Thursday night, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, a police corporal shot a suspected tout in the stomach. The incident occurred at the public car park of the airport. Up till now, the Airport Command of the Nigerian Police Force has not released the name ...

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Booted: 10 Katsina CPC lawmakers sacked by court


by Stanley Azuakola On Friday in Abuja, two important court rulings took place. The first one involved the  sack of Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the court because the congress which brought him to power had been nullified by a another ...

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3 things we (might) have learnt from Soludo’s EFCC case


by Ibrahim Faruk A former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo, was on Thursday arrested by officers and men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his alleged role in the Australian polymer bank notes bribery scam which occurred between 2006 and 2008 when he ...

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“Your conduct is criminal”: Court sacks Oyinlola as PDP National Secretary


by Stanley Azuakola Olagunsoye Oyinlola must really hate the judiciary right now. The man, a former governor of Osun and national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, was kicked out today by an Abuja High Court. This is the second time he’s experiencing such a fate after the courts also ...

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“Obasanjo begged Atiku on bended knees” – El-Rufai reveals in new memoir


by Ibrahim Faruk Nasir el-Rufai, the CPC chieftain and former member of the Olusegun Obasanjo economic team, is set to release his tell-all memoir entitled “The Accidental Public Servant”. The book will be formally launched on February 7, 2013 at 10:30am at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja. This appears to be ...

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Free our boys: Women in black protest against soldiers in Jos


by Stanley Azuakola Two days after the attacks in Du, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau state in which gunmen shot and killed two residents, dozens of women dressed in black took to the street yesterday in protest. Their protest was done to condemn the arrest of nine suspects ...

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Why so sad?: Nigerians are the 20th saddest people in the world – Forbes


by Stanley Azuakola Nigeria has been ranked the 20th saddest nation in the world by the influential Forbes Magazine in a newly released global index. The magazine said in the report released on Thursday that the country harbours one of the world’s saddest people, and called on the country’s leadership to ...

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“They were no longer performing” – Gov. Fayemi explains why he sacked cabinet

Kayode Fayemi

by Stanley Azuakola On Thursday, the governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, swore in eight newly appointed permanent secretaries. He used the occassion to explain the rationale behind his recent sack of the entire Ekiti cabinet. According to him, cabinet members were no longer performing to expectations. Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, the ...

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Yero’s own men: Kaduna governor sacks late governor’s aides, replaces them with his own men


by Ibrahim Faruk The governor of Kaduna state, Mukhtar Yero has sacked key aides of the late governor, Patrick Yakowa and replaced them with his own men. The move is seen as a bid to secure a firm grip on governance in the state. While announcing the changes on the ...

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Tanker fire on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway (See pictures)


By Stanley Azuakola A fuel tanker caught fire today on the Ibadan axis of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, causing traffic on the ever busy highway. There are no reports of casualties but as at 5.30pm, the fire was still raging while scores of people gathered around to watch. An Oyo state ...

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Jos again: Gunmen reportedly kill two in governor’s hometown


by Ibrahim Farouk Jos, the Plateau state capital, is in the news again. And it’s for all the wrong reasons. Yesterday, in Du district of Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State, gunmen attacked. When they were done, two people had reportedly been killed. Du district is the ...

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Sad: Fire razes Alaafin of Oyo’s palace (See Pictures)


by Olanrewaju Oguntoyibo A section of the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, was razed early yesterday. The dawn inferno, said to have started around 6am ravaged properties worth millions of naira. Twenty-one rooms, including Ile-ifa and Ile-ori (historical sites), as well as residential apartments ...

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“What cure?” – UNIBEN denies AIDS curer for now

Prof. Isaiah Ibeh

by Stanley Azuakola “The school will like to take credit for a breakthrough, but the school cannot align with the breakthrough because the university college was not consulted and the university was not consulted. He didn’t carry anybody along, so, this is the issue. There are protocols and procedures, stage ...

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