Today’s Scoops

Vision 13:2050: PwC says Nigeria could be 13th top economy by 2050

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by Stanley Azuakola At the pace we are moving, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that in seven years time, when 2020 arrives, Nigeria would be among the Top 20 nations. That has been our dream as a country since 2007, at least that’s what our leaders told us. But not to ...

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Off to Abidjan: President Jonathan to attend ECOWAS leaders meeting

by Stanley Azuakola President Goodluck Jonathan will travel to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire today for an Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. ECOWAS is set to go ahead with the full deployment of the community’s troops to Mali and that is going to be the ...

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Amnesty for Mr. President? Tompolo rallies disgruntled ex-militant leaders for GEJ

by Stanley Azuakola Relief for President Jonathan at last. We almost thought he’d lost the entire MEND constituency. In less than two weeks, three of the president’s staunchest supporters – Asari Dokubo, Ateke Tom, and Victor Ebikademor (aka Boyloaf) – came out to strongly condemn the leadership of the president ...

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New year, New fight: House of Reps threaten to ignore Jonathan

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by Ibrahim Faruk The fractious relationship between the House of Representatives and President Goodluck Jonathan has continued into the New Year. And if today’s sitting at the House is evidence of things to come, then Nigerians should get set for a bumpy legislature-executive partnership in 2013. The issue this time ...

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Mugabe’s VP, John Nkomo, dies

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by Solomon Osadolo Zimbabwean vice president, John Nkomo has died. The 78-year old who has been battling with cancer died in the hospital on Thursday. Sicknesses and ailments have become the major opposition to sit-tight Zimbabwean leaders. The president of that country, Robert Mugabe is himself suffering from prostate cancer, ...

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Tragedy: One of Osun arrested goats dies in custody, others sentenced by court

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by Stanley Azuakola By the time the goats were arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court on Tuesday, they were no longer five. Alas, one had died in custody, the indignity of its arrest too grievous to bear apparently. The goats, which were arrested by the Osun State Waste Management Agency ...

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Soul sisters: Meet Nigeria’s own Hillary Clinton in GEJ’s cabinet

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by Stanley Azuakola Very soon Nigeria would have a new defence minister. The president has already sent names to the senate for confirmation. But the lady who’s been standing in the stead, Erelu Dr. Olusola Obada, a former deputy governor of Osun and the current minister of state for defence ...

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Jonathan nominates vice-chancellor, former ACN governorship candidate as ministers

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by Stanley Azuakola It took a while, but at last, President Goodluck Jonathan has forwarded the names of two new ministers to the Senate for confirmation. They are: Chinedu Nebo from Enugu State and Kabiru Tanimu from Kebbi State. Since June 2012, when the president fired Bello Haliru Mohammed, the ...

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The Enigma: Buhari’s speech dashes and raises opposition hopes on merger

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by Stanley Azuakola On Monday in Abuja, a book on opposition party manifesto was launched in Abuja. It was a highly anticipated event, expectations were high that opposition politicians who have teased and teased over the possibility of merging their various party platforms since 2010, would make a pronouncement at ...

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Blame the judge: Arraignment of Lamido’s son stalled

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by Stanley Azuakola Today was supposed to be day one in the trial of Aminu Lamido. But it did not happen. The credit for that goes to Justice Shehu Yahaya, the trial judge assigned to the case, who failed to show up in court today. Aminu Lamido is the son ...

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Bayelsa: 7 different insults from Dickson to Sylva in just one press statement

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by Stanley Azuakola The back and forth continues. Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa started it. Shortly before the governor proceeded on leave, a press conference was called, in which he, through his finance commissioner insinuated that ex-governor Timipreye Sylva left less than N5000 in the state’s coffers for the incoming ...

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Change of Guard: Rosemary Uzoma removed as Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service

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by Ibrahim Faruk President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday relieved Mrs. Rosemary Chinyere Uzoma of her duties as the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and has appointed Mr. Rilwan Bala Musa to replace her in an acting capacity. Musa’s appointment was contained in a statement signed by the Director/Secretary, ...

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“Yes, Bode George is an ex-convict, but so is Bisi Akande.” – PDP slams ACN

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by Stanley Azuakola The Peoples Democratic Party has launched a stunning defence of one of its leaders in the South West, Chief Olabode George. George, a one-time deputy national chairman of the party, served time in jail over some of his dealings when he headed the board of the nation’s ...

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Stealing from orphans: EFCC arrests aide of world’s richest woman, Alakija

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by Stanley Azuakola The world’s richest woman, Folorunsho Alakija,  the Chief Executive Officer, The Rose of Sharon, has reported an employee of hers, Mr Vincent Ayewah, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a case of abuse of office, conspiracy, forgery, impersonation and stealing of N3million ( Three ...

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“Power must return to the North,” CAN says

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By Ibrahim Faruk Even though the 2015 general elections are still two years away from now, the clamours for a return of the presidency to the Northern region have began to swell. Latest in the line to join in the agitation of a Northern president is the Christian Association of ...

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“2014 is the new 2015”: 5 takeaways from Tunde Bakare’s press conference

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by Ibrahim Faruk Pastor Tunde Bakare, the vice-presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 elections and pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, spoke with journalists on Sunday after preaching a sermon titled: ‘Corruption and the Soul of Nigeria’ at his church in Lagos. Here are ...

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Strike Two: “Don’t blame me for your incompetence” – Sylva slams Dickson again

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by Solomon Osadolo The current Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, has admitted that indeed, he took over as governor from the former speaker of the Bayelsa assembly, Nestor Binabo, and not from Timipreye Sylva, as he seemed to imply in a press conference last week. So of course, his accusation that ...

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God save the Dame: Sick first lady flown abroad again

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by Stanley Azuakola Nigeria’s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan is reported to have been flown abroad for medical check up. This is the second time in less than five months that Jonathan has travelled abroad over her health condition. In August 2012, the first lady was ill and travelled to ...

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120 out of 177: Nigeria is “mostly unfree,” says Wall Street Journal

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by Stanley Azuakola The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation have released the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, and it’s not very good news for Nigeria. The country ranked 120 of 177 countries in the index. Nigeria was grouped under mostly un-free countries after slipping by -1.2. According to ...

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Mother of embattled Bayelsa speaker kidnapped in Korokoresei

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by Stanley Azuakola The mother of Kombowei Benson, the speaker of the Bayelsa state House of Assembly has been kidnapped. The kidnap of the 78-year old Betinah Okunwa Benson was carried out by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Monday morning. The speaker who has been facing a storm ...

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