Today’s Scoops

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s package: Was it a bomb or not?


by Stanley Azuakola There are two different versions of what happened on Monday morning in Abuja. One version says that there was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in front of the Nipost office in Area 10, Abuja, which was addressed to Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala but was detonated ...

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Robbers shoot PDP National Vice-Chairman on East-West road

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by Stanley Azuakola It was a narrow escape for Steve Oru, the South-south Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last weekend. As he travelled along the East-West road, robbers who laid ambush between Orhokpokpor-Agbarho and Uwiamughe-Agbarho for travellers, pounced. The mode of the attack seems to point to an ...

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President Jonathan shows his love for football during swearing-in of two new ministers

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by Stanley Azuakola After almost six months, President Goodluck Jonathan has finally sworn in two new ministers, Chinedu Osita Nebo (Enugu) and Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (Kebbi), to replace the former Ministers of Power and Defence, Barth Nnaji and Haliru Bello Mohammed respectively who had exited the cabinet in 2012. Everyone ...

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“Of course, CAN acts like an arm of this government”: Pastor Bakare sides with El-Rufai


by Ibrahim Faruk Pastor Tunde Bakare is a man who wears many caps. He was the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 elections and is also the firebrand pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly and the convener of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG). As ...

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Nigerian pastor held for preaching without permit in Malaysia


by Stanley Azuakola Rules are rules in Malaysia, and so a 38-year old Nigerian man who preached as a pastor after entering the country using a student pass in 2010 was detained yesterday at noon, so says the Maklaysian Federal Territory Immigration Department. He was detained following a tip-off from ...

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“My daily allowance within the country is N25,000” – CBN governor partly responds to FOI request

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by Stanley Azuakola Naturally, since the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is the chief proponent of transparency and cost-cutting, it makes sense for him to declare what he earns as well. And that is presumably the thrust behind Lagos lawyer, Bamidele Aturu’s request that ...

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‘Africa can’t be dependent on donors’ – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala


by Ibrahim Faruk Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerias finance minister, was in Liberia last week as part a of UN development panel that seeks innovation, infrastructure and jobs for Africa. According to Okonjo-Iweala, better infrastructure, more jobs and innovative ways to pay for both are essential to Africa’s development. In addition, improving access ...

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Why building N4bn First Ladies Mission House is important: FCT minister defends allocation


by Stanley Azuakola As criticisms continue to mount against Bala Mohammed, the FCT minister, and his ministry’s inclusion of N4bn in the 2013 budget to the build the First Ladies Mission office complex in Abuja, the minister has come forward to defend the decision. Now, it is important to remember ...

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‘We’ll surmount all our challenges the way we surmounted the Elephants’: PDP reacts to Eagles victory over CIV

by Ibrahim Faruk Who knew football was so significant? Who knew it carries such a portent for a nation’s progress? First, it was Reno Omokri, the president’s social media aide, who said in reaction to the Eagles 2-1 triumph over the Ivoriens in South Africa on Sunday, that the “game ...

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#DidYouMissThis: Nigeria gets two paragraphs mention in PM David Cameron’s speech at Davos


by Stanley Azuakola In case you missed it, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom was at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland and he gave a very well received speech. (You can read entire speech here). In Nigeria, the media has quoted some parts of that speech, ...

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Yesteryears governor, Orji Kalu, to launch anti-corruption initiative, ask SSS to go after corrupt governors

Orji Uzor Kalu~YNaija

by Stanley Azuakola After reading an interview granted by Orji Uzor Kalu, one begins to see more sense in some of what Abati wrote in his Saturday piece. Kalu is the yesteryears governor of Abia state, whose incompetence (as seen by the state of decay in Abia) and corruption (as ...

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Is this Namadi Sambo’s smartest move as vice-president?


by Stanley Azuakola Vice President Namadi Sambo is not used to making the news. For a model as vice-president, he is more of a Goodluck Jonathan that an Atiku Abubakar. Quiet, withdrawn, and doing his utmost to avoid a confrontation with his boss. On Saturday, he was in Maiduguri, the ...

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Reuben Abati launches personal website: 6 things we learnt from the special adviser yesterday

by Stanley Azuakola Early in January, when Reuben Abati, the president’s spokesman and special adviser on media and publicity did those series of interviews with state house correspondents, one thing was clear: there was going to be a marked change in the way the president’s image is handled in 2013. ...

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2015, here we come: Gov. Yuguda of Bauchi endorses Gov. Lamido of Jigawa for president


by Stanley Azuakola If you still think the 2015 elections have not begun in earnest, you are on to a very long thing. It’s an open secret by now that the governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido, wants to be president. You might have even seen the ‘fake’ posters of Lamido ...

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Vice-President Sambo visits Maiduguri, says government welcomes Boko Haram cease-fire


by Stanley Azuakola In case you’ve been wondering what the Federal Government makes of the Boko Haram cease-fire offer, we now have a response from the nation’s number two man: We welcome it, he says. Vice-President Namadi Sambo disclosed this in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Saturday. His statement ...

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Predictable: Reuben Abati finally pens lengthy response to Ezekwesili, El-Rufai (READ)

by Stanley Azuakola Well, just as we predicted (check last paragraph of this piece), Reuben Abati has finally joined the Obiageli Ezekwesili attack mob. The president’s men are refusing to let the case go away, but they and their principal insist that there would be no debate. Ezekwesili’s speech must ...

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“I saw that routine public health services were failing”: Bill Gates mentions Nigeria in annual letter (READ)

Bill Gates

by Stanley Azuakola Every year, Bill Gates writes his annual letter in which he talks about everything he thinks is ongoing in the world, and what the world should look forward to in the new year. He released the 2013 letter two days ago. The letter is divided into 6 ...

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Fashola likens Jonathan to an unskilled mechanic


by Stanley Azuakola In a recent interview, Governor Babatunde Fashola had this to say about Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan: “You buy a car and it breaks down and you go to a mechanic and he fixes it in the morning, and it breaks down again in the afternoon. You ...

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Nigerian prostitution ring busted in France


by Stanley Azuakola The Associated Press is reporting that on Friday, French police arrested seven people suspected of procuring Nigerian prostitutes who worked across France. The ring consisted of five men, including the suspected ringleader, and two women. They reportedly raked in about 90,000 euros ($120,000) a month from the illicit ...

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Exclusive: The Scoop interviews El-Rufai on GEJ, Buhari, Reno and the recent ‘tweetoversies’


Few days after The Scoop did the interview with Prof. Pat Utomi, we decided to hear from Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as well. El-Rufai was a man under fire last week, receiving condemnation from a host of people including the Christian Association of Nigeria, Thisday newspaper, and Prof Utomi  himself, over a certain ...

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