Today’s Scoops

Kano again: Bomb planted in bank premises


by Stanley Azuakola These are scary times in Kano. Only 48 hours after the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero narrowly escaped the assassins’ bullets, another potential tragedy was averted in the Kano Business District on Monday. Reports say a bomb which was strategically concealed under a car parked inside ...

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Ghen-ghen: “We would investigate Mr. Fix It” – House of Reps


by Ibrahim Faruk The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, over the weekend, again expressed its desire to investigate former Minister of Works, Chief Tony Anenih over his alleged role in Pick best feels are hand: year all amoxicillin 500mg Sigma that min. Very debridement clean has ...

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Ever heard of Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina fi Biladis Sudan? Well, they killed some Nigerian soldiers


by Stanley Azuakola On Saturday in Okene, Kogi state, an explosion went off. When the count was done afterwards, two Nigerian soldiers due to be deployed to Mali as part of the ECOWAS force, had been killed. Five others were injured. Yesterday, an Islamic group, Ansaru, claimed responsibility for the ...

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So long Mr. President: Jonathan to be out of country for one week


by Stanley Azuakola On Saturday, President Goodluck Jonathan and former president Olusegun Obasanjo seemed to be in agreement on their special roles in Nigeria’s development as they praised each other in a reception for the former president. There is another area where the two men would no doubt be in ...

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Countdown to June merger: ACN’s Tom Ikimi to head its merger committee


by Stanley Azuakola Less than a week after the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) set up its merger committee, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has done same. The ACN merger committee comprises of 19 members who have been charged to negotiate with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and ...

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#ThankGodItsThursday: Which West African country just approved a 4-day working week… and why?


by Stanley Azuakola It’s Gambia. Yahya Jammeh, the president of Gambia, has decreed a four-day working week for public officials starting from February 1. The new working days for the public sector will be from Mondays to thursdays from 8a.m. to 6p.m. Consequently, Friday has been set aside as a ...

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SURE-P forms distributed at palaces in Ekiti


by Stanley Azuakola If reality matches words, then 15,000 jobs would be created this year in Ekiti under the Community Services, Youths and Women Employment Scheme of the Federal Government’s SURE-P programme. Already forms are being distributed, and as expected in a country with an alarming unemployment rate, the number ...

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The Mali offensive: What’s Nigeria (and other countries) even doing there?

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by Stanley Azuakola The offensive in Mali has begun. Allies have come together to defeat the Islamists who are threatening to overthrow the government in Mali. For Nigeria, it is very critical that the march of the Islamists is curtailed as the repercussions for Nigeria which lies North-East of Mali ...

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Photo of the day: “What is this Sambo saying?” – OBJ


by Stanley Azuakola Like an Owu boss, former president Olusegun Obasanjo was honoured in Abeokuta yesterday in a reception organised by the South West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The event had former president of Ghana, John Kuffour, Vice President of Nigeria, Namadi Sambo, and the PDP chairman, ...

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PHOTO: The Emir’s bullet-riddled car

The Emir's bullet-ridden car

by Stanley Azuakola In case you missed it, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero was attacked by unknown gunmen on Saturday in Kano. The 82 year old narrowly escaped unhurt. However 5 people, including his driver, two palace guards and a local government official lost their lives in the ...

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“GEJ is performing”, “OBJ laid the foundation”: Obasanjo and Jonathan love-fest in Abeokuta


by Stanley Azuakola The only thing missing was a soundtrack. But love was definitely in the air as President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo took turns to “wash” themselves in Abeokuta on Saturday. For some time now, the seeming rift between the two men has been the media’s ...

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Police College: Abati finally says what GEJ should have said on Friday

Police College

by Ibrahim Faruk Until he opened his mouth to speak, President Goodluck Jonathan did all the right things on Friday when he paid a surprise visit to the Police College, Lagos. The president was en route Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the Extra Ordinary meeting of the ECOWAS Heads of Government, when ...

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Gunmen open fire on Emir of Kano


by Stanley Azuakola The news out of Kano this evening isn’t a good one. Unknown gunmen attacked the convoy of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero in Kano. Although the Emir escaped unhurt, his driver was not so lucky as he was killed in the attack. Emir Ado Bayero was ...

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Close shave: Boko Haram leader, Shekau, wounded in shootout with army, escapes to Mali

Abubakar Shekau

by Ibrahim Faruk Imam Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, was wounded during a gun battle with security men recently, according to reports. Security agencies and operatives in Abuja traced his whereabouts of Shekau, who succeeded late Mohammed Yusuf as leader of the sect to Mali, ...

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

Most clicked

by Stanley Azuakola Another The Scoop week has flown by quickly. Hope you had fun reading the pieces as we had preparing them. To recap, here are our top 7 clicked stories. In case you missed any, find out why lots of readers were clicking these pieces. Cheers. 1. Tola Sarumi: ...

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SSS arrests Osun-state born suspect over Jaji bomb blast

Jaji bombs

by Ibrahim Faruk The Department of State Security Service (SSS) announced yesterday in Abuja that it has arrested and is holding in its custody two suspected Boko Haram members allegedly connected with the bombing in Jaji, Kaduna State on November 27, 2012. The November bomb attack targeted the St. Andrews ...

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Whitewashed: Orji Uzor Kalu’s newspaper, The Sun, paints him as a beautiful bride

Orji Uzor Kalu

by Stanley Azuakola It is not for nothing that lots of prominent — and not-so-prominent — politicians see the owning of a media house (newpaper/Tv/Radio) of their own as something of a necessity. The list of such proprietors run into scores. One prominent name on the list is Orji Uzor Kalu, ...

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Remainders: “I don’t believe there will be an election in 2015” – The Top 7 quotes this week


by Ibrahim Faruk Trust Nigerians to deliver week in, week out. In case you missed it, here is our Remainders column on the top sound bites this week. It features quotes from a governor of an oil rich state and his predecessor, a cleric, a political party chairman, among others. ...

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“Port Harcourt is a slum”, “Orubebe has amnesia”: Rivers governor, minister in messy fight.

Rotimi Amaechi~TS

by Stanley Azuakola It should be pointed here that as bitter and dirty as the recent accusations and counter-accusations and accusations again between Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, and ex-governor, Timipreye Sylva were; that was nothing compared to the one currently unfolding between two other Niger Delta sons. Rotimi Amaechi, the ...

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Surprise: President Jonathan makes unscheduled visit to Police College


by Stanley Azuakola All the news before today was that the president was going to jet out to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, for the Extra-Ordinary meeting of the ECOWAS Heads of Government. By the time you’re reading this, he very well should have left for Abidjan. But before he left, the ...

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