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Ex-Speaker, Bankole To Marry Bagudu’s Daughter, Aisha Shinkafi Saidu
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Ex-Speaker, Bankole To Marry Bagudu’s Daughter, Aisha Shinkafi Saidu

A former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Bankole will on Friday 15 January tie the nuptial knot with Miss Aisha Shinkafi Saidu, daughter of Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu. Bankole, who divorced his first wife in 2017, has been a much sought -after bachelor in the circle of eligible spinsters within and outside Nigeria. Friday’s marriage ceremony will draw the curtain on speculations regarding his matrimonial intentions since the divorce. The bride, a lawyer and graduate of the University of Hull in the UK is a granddaughter of late political heavyweight and onetime head of Nigeria’s security organisation Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, Marafan Sokoto. The bride’s mother is Shinkafi’s daughter and a sister to the former Zamfara Governor, Aliyu Shinkafi. A statement fro...
Governor Diri Removes BBNaija’s Nengi As Face Of Bayelsa Girl Child
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Governor Diri Removes BBNaija’s Nengi As Face Of Bayelsa Girl Child

Bayelsa state Governor Governor Duoye Diri has removed Big Brother Naija season 5 housemate Nengi from the Face of Bayelsa Girl Child. Nengi Hampson has now been replaced with Ebizi Blessing Eradiri, a First Class graduate of Law at the Niger Delta University (NDU) who also repeated same feat at the Nigerian Law School. This came after many Nigerians faulted the appointment of the reality show star while also pointing out that Eradiri has not only made Bayelsans proud, but the entire Izon nation with her excellent performance at the Niger Delta University and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus. Governor Diri on Monday January 11, announced that Ebizi Blessing Eradiri is the New Face of Bayelsa. He also gave her an automatic employment of lecturing at NDU’s Faculty of Law. ...
Afenifere, PANDEF Kick, As Miyetti Allah Seeks Inclusion Of Fulani In Amotekun
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Afenifere, PANDEF Kick, As Miyetti Allah Seeks Inclusion Of Fulani In Amotekun

THE Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, yesterday, called for the inclusion of its members and other ethnic groups in the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, in Oyo State, to overcome the language barrier, which sometimes causes misunderstanding. The call by MACBAN, however, elicited angry reactions from other ethnic groups like the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and the Middle Belt Forum. The leader of the Fulani herders in Oyo State, Ibrahim Jiji, made the call, while speaking with newsmen at the Ibadan palace of Sarkin Sasa Sardaunan Yamaa, who is also the Chairman, Council of Arewa Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, in the Southern states. Jiji, who expressed sadness over the ki...
Ned Nwoko And Regina Daniels Host Festus Keyamo At Their Abuja Mansion
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Ned Nwoko And Regina Daniels Host Festus Keyamo At Their Abuja Mansion

The minister of state for labour and productivity, Festus Keyamo, recently announced on social media that he was hosted by Nollywood actress Regina Daniels and her billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko at their Abuja residence. In a post which he shared via his official Twitter handle, he revealed one of the things he achieved at their residence, which was a discussion about politics and the economy. "Earlier this evening, my ‘brother’ from Delta State, Hon. Ned Nwoko and his delectable wife, Regina Daniels, hosted me at their private residence in Abuja. “We discussed politics, the economy and of course how we can work together in respect of the Special Public Works Programme."
US Capitol Riot: Place Trump On Travel Ban, MURIC Tells Buhari
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US Capitol Riot: Place Trump On Travel Ban, MURIC Tells Buhari

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to place a travel ban on US President Donald Trump over his role in the Capitol building riot. In a statement on Monday, MURIC director Ishaq Akintola said Trump “stained” America’s reputation as a great democracy by his acts. The group also berated Buhari for being silent on the Capitol riot, noting the US government might have imposed sanctions if such happened in Nigeria. “MURIC calls on the Federal Government to speak up on the American debacle. America’s condemnation of African and other third world countries has been deafening enough to attract a tornado of backlashes at this moment,” Igbere TV reports that the statement read. “We are not happy that FG has remained silent. China, Turkey, and Iran h...
No Restriction Stopping Tinubu From Contesting Presidency In 2023 – Sagay
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No Restriction Stopping Tinubu From Contesting Presidency In 2023 – Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), renowned professor of law and civil rights ac­tivist, on Monday, said it was the turn of southern­ers to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 in order to preserve the unity of the country and ensure justice and fairness. Speaking exclusively with Daily Independent, Sagay, who is the Chair­man of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PA­CAC) and a chieftain of the ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC), also said there was an informal zoning agreement which the party must honour in selecting the presidential flag bearer for the 2023 gen­eral elections. According to him, even though the agreement was not written, the founders of the APC agreed that the presidency would move to the South after the North had completed two t...
Police To Impound Vehicles With Escort, Pilot, Spy As Plate Numbers
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Police To Impound Vehicles With Escort, Pilot, Spy As Plate Numbers

Henceforth, any vehicle in Lagos State which has PILOT or ESCORT as plate number will be impounded and the policemen attached to it arrested. This warning was handed down by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, over the weekend, at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja. Enforcement of this order according to him, would begin in high brow areas like Victoria Island, Ikoyi, among others. In addition, the command boss said the use of SPY plate numbers by some eminent persons in the state would no longer be tolerated, describing the action as illegal and unconstitutional. Odumosu who had earlier banned the use of covered plate number by Lagosians frowned at the brazen disregard by some Lagosians. Warning all car owners in the state, irrespectiv...
Small Businesses Are Engines Of Growth Of Any Economy – Osinbajo
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Small Businesses Are Engines Of Growth Of Any Economy – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that small businesses are the engines of growth of any economy, especially in the areas of wealth creation and employment opportunities. Prof. Osinbajo also said that in partnership with the private sector, the Federal Government would continue to support innovation and interventions to boost the growth of small businesses across the country. This he said would improve the economy and create more employment opportunities for Nigerians. Speaking on Monday in Abuja at the first meeting of MSMEs stakeholders for the year 2021, Osinbajo urged stakeholders in the public and private sectors at the virtual meeting to be innovative in the interventions planned for small businesses across the country, to consolidate on the gains recorded in the MSM...
Buhari Sees What Nigerians Don’t See About Service Chiefs – Garba Shehu
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Buhari Sees What Nigerians Don’t See About Service Chiefs – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, says President Muhammadu Buhari has not succumbed to calls for the sack of the service chiefs because he sees what Nigerians do not see. Shehu said this when he featured on a Television Continental (TVC) programme on Sunday. In 2020, Nigeria witnessed a spike in killings by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers. To address the situation, the national assembly on at least four occasions asked the president to sack the service chiefs for poor performance. Other stakeholders such as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) also said the military is overwhelmed and needs fresh ideas to stop the killings. But the presidency has instead insisted that the service chiefs will remain in office for as long as Buhari is satisfied with their pe...
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Kalu’s Visit: I Don’t Owe Ikpeazu, PDP Any Explanation – Cosmos Ndukwe

The Abia State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Cosmos Ndukwe has said that he does not owe the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) any explanation for hosting an All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator, Orji Kalu in his home. Ndukwe stated this following the controversies, negative comments and reactions that had trailed the visit of Dr. Orji Kalu, the Senator representing Abia North and a former Governor of the State to his (Ndukwe) Akanu Item country home, in Abia, a visit which the Commissioner was said to have termed a ‘condolence visit’ rather than a political one. Among those who have criticized the Commissioner were Promise Uzoma Okoro, deputy chairman of the State’s Bende local government council. He said Ndukwe was an...
Imagine Joining Forces With Wike – Okorocha Hints On New Political Party
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Imagine Joining Forces With Wike – Okorocha Hints On New Political Party

Former Imo State Governor and the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha has dropped a huge hint on the prospect of a new political force ahead of the 2023 general elections in the country. Okorocha at the Commissioning of the Rumueche- Rumuakunde- Ohna- Awuse Road in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State called for the integration of like minds from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and the All Progressives Congress APC to accelerate the level of progress in the country. Okorocha, who said he was in Port Harcourt on grounds of his friendship with the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike called on the people of the South East and South-South to synergize in view of the similarities in culture. The former governor noted that there are good peo...
I Witnessed Same-Sex Marriage In Nigeria In The 80s – Aisha Yesufu
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I Witnessed Same-Sex Marriage In Nigeria In The 80s – Aisha Yesufu

Co-founder of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement Aisha Yesufu has said she witnessed same-sex marriages in Nigeria in the 1980s. Mrs Yesufu said on Monday that homosexuality was not a new discovery in Nigeria, adding that the choice of sexuality is personal. “You do not need anyone liking your choice of sexuality. All you need is being given the right to practise your sexuality. “Homosexuality was freely practiced in Nigeria for hundreds of years and I witnessed same sex marriages in the 80s. So calm down, it is not a new discovery,” she tweeted. When questioned by a Twitter user Imorta Rakeem about the veracity of her claims, Yesufu replied that the LGBTQ community in Nigeria is unaware that homosexuality existed in Nigeria before the coming of the colonialists. “The most irr...
#EndSARS: Adamu Garba Withdraws Lawsuit Against Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey
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#EndSARS: Adamu Garba Withdraws Lawsuit Against Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey

Former presidential aspirant Adamu Garba has withdrawn his court case against the founder/chief executive of Twitter International Company, Jack Dorsey. Mr Garba tweeted, saying he had asked his lawyers to withdraw the case, adding that the purpose of the lawsuit had been achieved. The former presidential hopeful had dragged Mr Dorsey before a Federal High Court in Abuja over his alleged sponsorship of the October 2020 #EndSARS protests in Nigeria. “I think the action has served its purpose. I’ve written to our lawyers to withdraw the case from court. “I also tendered my sincere apologies to Nigerians who are pained by my #EndSARS actions. Nigeria shall rise,” he wrote over the weekend. The motion on notice was brought pursuant to order II Rules 1, 2, 3 of the Fundamental Righ...
New Year Protest: Court Grants Sowore Bail
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New Year Protest: Court Grants Sowore Bail

Court grants Omoyele Sowore bail in the sum of N20 million, with 2 sureties one of whom must be a civil servant not below grade level 12 The 2nd to 5th defendants were also admitted to bail in Sum of N1 million each and 1 surety in like sum
Expatriate Policy: Employ Nigerians Or Face Sanctions, FG Tells Firms
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Expatriate Policy: Employ Nigerians Or Face Sanctions, FG Tells Firms

THE Federal Government, yesterday, mandated companies in Nigeria to employ qualified Nigerian graduates understudying for expatriates, or face sanctions. A statement by the Chairman of the Special Ministerial Task Force on Monitoring and Enforcement of Nigerian Expatriate Business Permit and Expatriate Quota Administration, Mr. Bola Ilori, said, in Osogbo, Osun State, after it met with representatives of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Society of Engineers, other professional bodies and officials of the Ministry of Interior. Ilori, at the end of the meeting, told companies to submit the details of Nigerians understudying expatriates, to verify their sincerity or otherwise to the policy, or face heavy sanctions from the...
Armed Forces Day: Nigeria Is Stronger Together – Osinbajo
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Armed Forces Day: Nigeria Is Stronger Together – Osinbajo

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT *VP pays tribute to Nigeria’s military heroes and heroines Despite differences in religion, ethnicity, political affiliations, or other diversities, Nigerians of all generations and from all walks of life must endeavour to commit to ensuring Nigeria’s unity, because the nation is stronger together than apart, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. The Vice President spoke today at the Interdenominational Church Service for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, which held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday. According to Prof. Osinbajo, who was represented at the Church Service by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Nigerians “must at every opportunity insist that every great ...
Electoral Act Amendment Won’t Guarantee Free Polls – INEC
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Electoral Act Amendment Won’t Guarantee Free Polls – INEC

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Sunday, said amending the Electoral Act without a commitment from stakeholders to do things differently, cannot guarantee free and fair elections. Yakubu said this in an address delivered on his behalf by the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye at a three-day retreat of the Joint Technical Committee on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2020 which ended in Abuja on Sunday. The INEC boss expressed gratitude to the Senate Committee on INEC and the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters; for working together to produce a new legal framework for the conduct of elections. He, however said, “It must be borne in mind that amending...
Insecurity: Do More For Armed Forces, Wike Tells FG
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Insecurity: Do More For Armed Forces, Wike Tells FG

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , has charged the Federal Government to do more for the Nigerian armed forces who are playing a significant part in ensuring that the civil populace enjoys a peaceful country , coupled with their commitment to safeguarding the sovereignty of the country . Wike stated this at the inter -denominational church service in Port Harcourt on Sunday , marking the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance day celebration . A Special Assistant to the Governor on Media , Kelvin Ebiri, in a statement quoted Wike as saying that an annual remembrance day celebration for the armed forces was not enough to cater for soldiers who suffered injuries or paid the ultimate price while defending the country . Wike, however, advocated for special recognition for the fallen heroe...
Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group
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Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has condemned the insecurity across Nigeria, saying the nation’s sovereignty has been taken over by armed groups. He also said President Muhammadu Buhari needs to do more to stop Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements who threaten Nigeria’s security. Mr Soyinka said these during an interview on Arise Television programme on Saturday. “From a self-protective point of view, it is a common problem (insecurity); it is a national, collective issue. Don’t just sit there and think that you can solve it from Aso Rock, no. This now concerns even the lowest common citizens in this nation because that lowest, that most impotent individual has become a prime target. So, it’s a collective issue. “Instead of that, what do I hear? Somebody g...
Ohanaeze: APC Congratulates Professor Obiozor
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Ohanaeze: APC Congratulates Professor Obiozor

We congratulate former Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Prof. George Obiozor on his election as the new President-General of the Ohanézè Ndígbo. We also congratulate Chief John Nwodo executive for its mature and patriotic leadership of Ohanézè Ndígbo.
Senator Adelere Oriolowo Escapes Assassination Attempt At A Political Meeting
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Senator Adelere Oriolowo Escapes Assassination Attempt At A Political Meeting

The Senator representing Osun West District, Adelere Oriolowo, Sunday escaped death by whiskers at a political meeting. It was gathered that the Senator was attacked at a political meeting held in Ikire, headquarters of Irewole local government area of Osun state. The spokesperson of the Senator, Niyi Isamotu, confirmed the attack. He said the Senator went to attend a constituency meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ikire when he was attacked. According to Isamotu, two vehicles were destroyed by the hoodlums. He said the security operatives whisked the Senator out of the venue. He wrote on Facebook; Just escaped an Assassination attempt on my life and that of my entourage. To God be the glory, we are safe and alive. God is my helper, my shelter and my fo...
Ekiti Govt Imposes Curfew, Bans Public Gathering Of More Than 20
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Ekiti Govt Imposes Curfew, Bans Public Gathering Of More Than 20

The Ekiti State Government has imposed a curfew from 8.00 pm to 6.00am and as well banned all gatherings of more than 20 people in the state until further notice. These restrictions take effect from 5am of Monday, January 11, 2021. The Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Hon Akinbowale Omole, announced these new guidelines in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, citing the alarming rate at which the second wave of COVID-19 was spreading in Nigeria and elsewhere as reason for these drastic steps. He said there was need for the government to be proactive and take decisive steps to secure the citizens from falling prey to the second wave of the pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives all over the world recently. He urged the people to continue to observe the COVID-19 pro...
Umahi, Others Queue Behind George Obiozor, The New President Of Ohanaeze Ndigbo
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Umahi, Others Queue Behind George Obiozor, The New President Of Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Professor George Obiozor, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, has emerged new President-General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo. IgbereTV reports that Professor George Obiozor scored 304 votes to beat two other contestants to emerge the winner in the election at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Sunday. Below are pictures of the newly elected president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor being queued behind by Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; Senator Sam Egwu and 49 other delegates from Ebonyi State as they unanimously voted for Prof. George Obiozor at Dan Ania Stadium, Owerri, Imo State on Sunday, January 10, 2020.
Ex Ambassador To US, Prof. George Obiozor Emerges President Of Ohanaeze Ndigbo
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Ex Ambassador To US, Prof. George Obiozor Emerges President Of Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States Professor George Obiozor emerges new President General of the Igbo socio-cultural group Ohanaeze Ndigbo. He scored 304 votes to beat two other contestants to emerge the winner in a just-concluded election at the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri. Present at the election were the Governors of Imo and Ebonyi State, Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, Minister of Science and technology Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Andy Uba, former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Gary Igariwe, ArchBishop of the Enugu Province, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma and a host of other senators and lawmakers from the southeast and south-south  
Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman
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Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman

President Muhamma­du Buhari has ap­proved the removal of the Chairman of the National Drug Law En­forcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd). He was appointed on Jan­uary 12, 2016 by the former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachair Lawal, via a let­ter with reference number SGF.35/S.5/11/272. In another letter dated January 7, 2021 and signed by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Musta­pha, Abdallah was mandated to handover to the Secretary of the agency, Mr. Shadrach Haruna, on or before Janu­ary 10, 2021 (today). Sunday Independent gathered that Haruna, who was in the United Kingdom during the notice, had to cut short his trip as he hurried­ly returned to Nigeria at the weekend. Disquiet Over Hurried Recruit­ment ...
Atiku Abubakar’s Son, Ahmed Atiku Abubakar Weds Lover, Sa’adatu Hamidu
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Atiku Abubakar’s Son, Ahmed Atiku Abubakar Weds Lover, Sa’adatu Hamidu

Ahmed Abubakar son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has wedded his lover Sa’adatu Hamidu. The couple exchanged marital vows over the weekend. In a tweet on Sunday, Atiku thanked his friends and associates who graced the wedding fatiha. “On behalf of my family, I express my deepest appreciation to friends and associates who graced the wedding Fatiha of my son, Ahmed Atiku Abubakar, to Sa’adatu Hamidu. May their union be blessed and may the Almighty Allah grant you all journey mercies to your various destinations,” he wrote. This is the second wedding in Atiku’s family in three months. In October 2020, the wedding of Aliyu Atiku and Fatimah Ribadu, daughter of former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Nuhu Ribadu made headlines.
“You Are a Hypocrite” – PDP Chieftain Blasts Cosmos Ndukwe Over ‘Anti-Party’ Activities In Abia
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“You Are a Hypocrite” – PDP Chieftain Blasts Cosmos Ndukwe Over ‘Anti-Party’ Activities In Abia

The Abia State Honourable Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Rt. Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe, has been described as an ‘hypocrite’ over alleged anti-party activities. This was after Ndukwe, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia, on Thursday, played host to a former governor of the state and Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Kalu, an All Progressives Congress senator. The visit is raising eyebrows within the circles of the ruling PDP in Abia, who have given different political meanings to the visit, with rumours rife that the Commissioner may be on his way to the APC, having been seen in gatherings of the party of recent. Giving more credence to the rumour is the recent defection of heavyweights of the PDP in Abia to the APC amidst rumours that the State Governor, Dr. Okezie...
Reps Move To Criminalise Secret Recruitment By Government Agencies
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Reps Move To Criminalise Secret Recruitment By Government Agencies

The House of Representatives is considering outlawing secret recruitments by ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government. With this move, any recruitment by any MDA without publishing the vacancy will become illegal and attract a fine. This is being proposed in the Prohibition of Secret Recruitment in the Federal Civil Service Bill 2020 sponsored by Mr Teejay Yusuf. The bill, which is awaiting second reading, is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Prohibit Secret Recruitment in the Federal Public Service and to Make Elaborate Provisions for Transparency in Recruitment in the Public Service through Publication of Vacancies and for Other Matters Connected Therewith.’ Yusuf, in the explanatory memorandum, said, “The bill seeks to promote integrity and transparen...
EndSARS Promoters Must Be Prosecuted – Festus Keyamo
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EndSARS Promoters Must Be Prosecuted – Festus Keyamo

Those who led nationwide protests demanding extensive police reforms with the #EndSARS hashtag must be prosecuted, says Festus Keyamo. Mr Keyamo, a junior labour and employment minister stated this today while speaking with Peoples Gazette on the recent blockade of the U.S capitol. Supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump had on Wednesday invaded the parliament in a bid to halt the confirmation of Joe Biden as the next leader of the foreign country. While the invaders where arrested by the police, Mr Trump’s social media accounts were deactivated after he sent out messages suggesting he supports their actions. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter said they prohibited Mr Trump from further using their platforms over the latter’s choice of words which are inciting. For the...
83 New Ambassadors Stranded Five Months After Senate Confirmation
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83 New Ambassadors Stranded Five Months After Senate Confirmation

Eighty-three newly appointed Nigerian ambassadors are stranded in the country more than five months after their appointments were confirmed by the Senate. There are no indications yet as to when they will be posted out, according to investigation conducted by The Nation. The ambassadors-designate include career and non-career officers. They have not even been inducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an action that normally precedes their posting by the Presidency. Officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry said only President Muhammadu Buhari can determine the fate of the ambassadors-designate. The President had on May 12 and July 1, 2020 written to the Senate to seek the confirmation of 42 career ambassadors and 41 non-career ambassadors-designate respectively. Wh...
US Vice President, Mike Pence to Attend Biden inauguration
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US Vice President, Mike Pence to Attend Biden inauguration

US vice president, Mike Pence will be attending the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Multiple media reports on Saturday cited senior administration officials as saying that Pence who was forced to take shelter from the US Capitol intruders during the riot has decided to attend Biden's inauguration on January 20. The news of Pence's intention to watch President-elect Joe Biden take his oath of office in person comes after the relationship between Pence and Trump plunged when the Vice President president defied the President by performing his constitutional duty to certify the election results and formally announced Biden's victory. Pence had faced intense pressure from Trump to stop the ceremonial vote counting during a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol last Wed...
Rigasa Residents Protest Against El-Rufai’s Bad Governance In Kaduna
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Rigasa Residents Protest Against El-Rufai’s Bad Governance In Kaduna

Some residents of Rigasa in Kaduna State have staged a protest against insecurity and demolition of their shops without prior notice or compensation by the state government. The protesters took to the streets in Rigasa under Igebi Local Government on Friday with placards chanting anti-government songs to express their displeasure over what they described as a gross injustice. Rigasa was the most densely populated community in the area and was said to have witnessed a series of attacks by the bandits leading to many villagers' death. Despite paying rents through the local government with official receipts, the state government demolished their shops without compensation or prior notice, they claimed. The protesters also lamented about daily attacks, kidnappings and rape by b...
Femi Fani-Kayode Welcomes Another Son With Mystery Woman
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Femi Fani-Kayode Welcomes Another Son With Mystery Woman

Former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has welcomed another son from an unknown woman. The ex-minister expressed his excitement at the arrival of the baby in a tweet on Saturday. Mr Fani-Kayode shared a photo of the baby but cropped out the face of the person carrying the baby. “Welcome to the world son! You are a great blessing. I am so happy and so proud of you. God bless and keep you now and always. You shall fulfill your purpose and achieve destiny,” he wrote. This is coming months after Fani-Kayode’s union with a model Precious Chikwendu collapsed. They have four children together. The former minister has since then hosted several women in his home. Unconfirmed reports say he has been spotted with a Lebanese-Nigerian woman Lilian Ellas, although the nature of the...
Obaseki Certificate Forgery: APC To Appeal Court’s Judgement
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Obaseki Certificate Forgery: APC To Appeal Court’s Judgement

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state has said it will appeal Saturday's judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the case it instituted against the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki. Igbere TV had earlier reported how the Court, today, dismissed the certificate forgery suit filed against the Edo governor by the APC and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor. Justice Ahmed Mohammed dismissed the suit on the conclusion that the plaintiffs (APC, Edobor) failed to prove their allegations of forgery against Obaseki ‘beyond reasonable doubt.’ In a statement endorsed by the APC Caretaker Publicity Secretary in Edo, Mr. Chris Azebamwan, the party said it was appealing the judgement. He quoted the Chairman of the Party Caretaker Committee in Edo, Col. David Imu...
There’s No Difference Between Oshiomhole And Donald Trump – Idahosa
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There’s No Difference Between Oshiomhole And Donald Trump – Idahosa

Chief Charles Idahosa, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki on his victory in the alleged certificate forgery suit filed against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC). A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Saturday dismissed the case as Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the plaintiffs relied on the photocopied document presented by Governor Obaseki without getting in touch with the university to verify the authenticity of the said certificate. Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Idahosa, a former Commissioner for Information in the state blamed Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the mastermind behind the case, saying the former Edo state governor is hell-bent on distracting the governor from fulfilling his electoral pr...
FG Awaits $5.3 Billion Chinese Loan For Ibadan-kano Rail Line
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FG Awaits $5.3 Billion Chinese Loan For Ibadan-kano Rail Line

The federal government will begin work on the construction of the Ibadan-Kano rail project as soon as the Chinese government approves the sum of $5.3bn loan application, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said. Amaechi, stated this as a guest of the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, Weekend Deal Programme, monitored by our correspondent in Abuja. He said: “We are waiting for the Chinese government and bank to approve the $5.3bn to construct the Ibadan-Kano. What was approved a year ago was the contract. “The moment I announced that the federal government had awarded a contract of $5.3bn to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC to construct Ibadan-Kano; they assumed the money had come in. No! “Up till now, we have not gotten the money a yea...
Wife of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai shares photo revealing what the stress from the state has done to her hubby
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Wife of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai shares photo revealing what the stress from the state has done to her hubby

Hadiza Nasir El-Rufai, wife of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, shared the photo above on her Twitter handle on Saturday evening January 10. According to her, the photo shows what the stress from being the governor of the state has done to her husband's hair. ''See what Kaduna stress has done to my husband’s hair. We’re the same age, fa'' she tweeted
FG Replaces Stamp Duty With N50 Electronic Transfer Levy
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FG Replaces Stamp Duty With N50 Electronic Transfer Levy

Consequent upon the outlawing of stamp duty on electronic bank transfer by the Court of Appeal, the Federal Government, through the Finance Act 2020, has introduced Electronic Money Transfer Levy. Finance Act 2020, which was recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, has a commencement date of January 1, 2021 along with the 2021 Appropriation Act. The new law stipulates payment of N50 levy on every electronic money transfer deposited in any bank or financial institution on any account on the sum of N10,000 or more. Like Value-Added Tax (VAT), states will benefit more from the accruing revenue at a ratio of 85 per cent, while the Federal Government and Abuja will share the remaining 15 per cent. The Act also reduces import duty on tractors from 35 to five per cent; mass ...
Never Send Your Nudes To Man – Reno Omokri Warns Ladies
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Never Send Your Nudes To Man – Reno Omokri Warns Ladies

Reno Omokri has warned ladies against sending their nudes to any man. Reno gave the advice via his Twitter handle. He wrote, "Dear women, NEVER send your nude photos to any man no matter how you love him. Your nude photos are not so cheap that money or a relationship can pay for them. When the relationship ends, you will be under the power of whoever has your nudes #ChargeElrufaisSonForAttemptedRape''
COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari
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COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari

Nigerians have excoriated the Buhari administration for advancing moves to inoculate millions of citizens with the controversial Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine from China. Foreign minister Geoffery Onyeama said Tuesday that Nigeria was in talks with Beijing to procure coronavirus vaccines to immunise millions of Nigerians against the viral infection, which had recorded 1342 fatalities as of Friday, January 8. The Nigerian government had notified citizens of an expected shipment of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, due to arrive in the country late January. A Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 disclosed that the awaited inoculation was facilitated by the global COVAX programme of the World Health Organisation, which provides vaccines to indigent countries. Coordinator of the...
Eliminate Ethnicity And Religion From Politics – Hauwa Atiku Uwais
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Eliminate Ethnicity And Religion From Politics – Hauwa Atiku Uwais

Hauwa Atiku Uwais, daughter to former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has advised Nigerians to shun ethnicity and religion in place of competence, if they desire to get good leaders into positions of influence and power. Speaking with April 12 Multimedia in Abuja, Atiku-Uwais said that clergymen should not be allowed to campaign for specific candidates as the pulpit is not meant for partisanship and clergymen have abused their influences. Click and watch. https://youtu.be/XXkQ9aEYsmQ
Obaseki Reacts To Court Victory, Thanks Buhari, Nigerians
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Obaseki Reacts To Court Victory, Thanks Buhari, Nigerians

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has hailed the ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the certificate forgery case brought against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Justice Ahmed Mohammed had on Saturday dismissed the case filed by the APC and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, against the governor. In reaction to the victory, Obaseki said the judgement is a triumph of the rule of law and a testament to the fact that truth would prevail ultimately no matter how vehemently detractors push lies in the face of incontrovertible evidence. According to the governor, “The verdict of the Federal High Court, delivered by Honourable Justice Ahmed Mohammed is well-received and a victory for the rule of law. It was a most needless attempt by desperate in...
American celebrities react to Trump’s Twitter ban
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American celebrities react to Trump’s Twitter ban

American celebrities have reacted to the permanent suspension of President Donald Trump’s Twitter account by the tech giant on Friday. The company banned the @realdonaldtrump account citing ‘risk’ that the president would incite further violence. Twitter first locked Trump out of his account on Wednesday for inflammatory posts after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, but the company lifted the suspension the following day, usatoday.com reports.  “After a close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” read a company statement late Friday. Many stars cheere...
NANS Gives Makinde 3 Days To Address Amotekun Brutality On Oyo Residents
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NANS Gives Makinde 3 Days To Address Amotekun Brutality On Oyo Residents

Following the backlash that trailed the operations of the Western States Security Network, codenamed: Amotekun, the leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), has given a 72-hour ultimatum to the Oyo State Government to set up machinery for the reorientation of operatives of the corps. The ultimatum was on the heels of series of alleged misdeeds of some operatives of the corps since its inauguration by Governor Seyi Makinde in the state. The students’ body, in a statement jointly signed by the association’s chairman in the state, Comrade Oluwafunmbi Mayowa Opakunle; General Secretary, Comrade Ojetola Babatunde; Public Relations Officer, Comrade Adeleke Quadri and made available to Saturday Vanguard, stated that the Amotekun corps had over the time shown th...
Dele Momodu Clashes With Lauretta Onochie Over President Buhari
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Dele Momodu Clashes With Lauretta Onochie Over President Buhari

Chairman of Ovation Media Group Dele Momodu has clashed with President Muhammadu Buhari’s social media aide Lauretta Onochie after she criticised him over a scathing remark about the president. Mr Momodu had written on Friday in response to a Twitter user Chris Iyalla that he did not “bring Buhari” in 2015 and that he tried the next most electable candidate in the 2019 general elections after Buhari “failed”. Mrs Onochie reacted to his comments, saying: “He (Buhari) ‘failed’ because he won’t dish out cash for photos that can easily be obtained on Instagram and other picture apps. Because #BabaNoDeyDrop, your ego-massaging, ostentatious and filthy-wealth-flaunting customers, can no longer afford you. Try Diversification!” Displeased with her comments, the media mogul launched his ...
Police Refuse To Bring Sowore, Others For Ruling On Bail Application
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Police Refuse To Bring Sowore, Others For Ruling On Bail Application

There was a palpable tension on the premises of Wuse, Zone 2, Magistrates’ Court Abuja as authorities of the Nigerian government and the police refused to produce the human rights’ activist, Omoyele Sowore, and four others in court in an attempt to frustrate their bail application. The presiding Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, had on Wednesday ordered the activists be remanded at Force Criminal Investigation Department, located at Area 10. She also scheduled today, Friday, by 11am to rule on the bail application filed by their lawyer, Marshal Abubakar. It was gathered that the police refused to bring the activists to court following a signal that their case files had been transferred from the FCT Commissioner of Police to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the ...
We Will End Insurgency War This Year – Buhari
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We Will End Insurgency War This Year – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, gave timeline to round off the war against Boko Haram and bandits. The President said the counter insurgency war will be finished this year, 2021. He called for prayers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria to enable them end what they are doing. The President, who spoke during the Juma'at Prayer for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the National Mosque, also assured that "this is a year of action and we will finish what we are doing." According to Buhari, who was represented by the Defence Minister, Major General Magashi Salihi, "what is happening in this country will soon be over. This year we will finish what we are doing; pray for us that we succeed." He said that the nation will continue to remember the heroic duties ...
Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani
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Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani says President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha do not need to receive COVID-19 vaccine on live telecast. Tweeting on Friday, Sani said Nigeria’s leaders should only ensure they are vaccinated with the same brand as would be given to ordinary citizens. “No need to Vaccinate d VIPs on live TV. Just do the right thing, when you vaccinate the leaders with Pfizer, make sure the people are also vaccinated with Pfizer,” the former Kaduna lawmaker wrote. “When you vaccinate the People with Russian or Chinese vaccine, make sure the leaders are also vaccinated with same brand.” Nigeria is expecting the US-manufactured Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the end of January. The governm...