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FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero
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FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero

The Federal Government has disbursed another round of performance-based grants to States in the sum of N123.348bn ($324.6m) under its States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for Results. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr. Hassan Dodo, the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that the disbursement followed the achievement of results by the States in the just concluded 2019 Annual Performance Assessment (APA). The assessment was carried out by the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (OAuGF) as the Independent Verification Agent (IVA) and approved by the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) of t...
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
Don Davis: Court Grants Bail To Deeper Life High School Principal, 6 Others
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Don Davis: Court Grants Bail To Deeper Life High School Principal, 6 Others

The Magistrate’s Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State capital has granted the Principal of Deeper Life High School Uyo and six others bail in the sum of N500,000 each. Also, two minors who were involved in the case of alleged sexual abuse and molestation of an eleven-year-old student of the school were released to their parents. The school’s principal, Mrs. Ndidi Solomon, and others including Joseph Nseabasi, Akpan Johnson, Egor Wilson, Joseph Ikenna were arraigned on Thursday at the Magistrate’s Court in connection with the case. When the case was read, counsel to the accused applied for bail for them, noting that the alleged offence is bailable. The Magistrate in charge of the Court then granted all the accused person bail in the sum of N500,000 each while the two minors a...
Many Nigerians Have Received Grants – Osinbajo Updates Buhari On ESP
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Many Nigerians Have Received Grants – Osinbajo Updates Buhari On ESP

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who updated him on the progress so far in the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP). Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said it was the duo’s first official meeting for the year. Buhari had in 2020 mandated Osinbajo, as chair of the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC), to coordinate the implementation of the ESP aimed at cushioning the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Osinbajo said that three months into the implementation of different components of the ESP: MSMEs Survival Fund; Solar Home System, Social Housing Scheme, among others, Nigerians across different sectors had been impacted. He explained that under MSME...
Court Grants Endsars Protesters N50000 Bail Each In Abuja After 5 Days In Prison
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Court Grants Endsars Protesters N50000 Bail Each In Abuja After 5 Days In Prison

A magistrate court sitting in Abuja has admitted six #EndSARS protesters arrested in front of the National Assembly complex, Abuja, to bail five days after they were thrown in prison custody. Magistrate Abdulrazak Eneye while ruling on the bail application filed by the defence counsel, Tope Akinyode, on Wednesday, granted the defendants bail of N50 ,000 each and one suerty in like sum. The surety must be a citizen of Nigeria with a verifiable means of identification. The court also held that the sureties must deposit the N50, 000 and copies of their identity and show means of livelihood to the court. Those arrested includes Oluwatosin Adeniyi, Paul Akinwumi, Davo Chomo Abdulsalam Zuberu, Kabiru Gasali , Yasiru Bashir The court had last Friiday denied the defendants bail ...
FG Begins Payment Of N30,000 Grants To Artisans
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FG Begins Payment Of N30,000 Grants To Artisans

The Presidency on Tuesday said the payment of N30,000 one-time grant to 330,000 artisans across the country under the Economic Sustainability Plan has commenced. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement titled “Payment of N30,000 grants to 330,000 artisans under ESP begins.” Akande said the payments were being made to sets of verified beneficiaries of the Artisan Support Scheme, a track under the MSMEs Survival Fund. The statement read, “In the first stream of payments starting today (Tuesday), beneficiaries are being drawn from the FCT, Lagos, Ondo, Kaduna, Borno, Kano, Bauchi, Anambra, Abia, Rivers, Plateau and Delta States. “They form the first batch of applications for the scheme submitted bet...
Williams Uchemba Adopts 18-year-old Boy, Also Grants Him Scholarship To The University
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Williams Uchemba Adopts 18-year-old Boy, Also Grants Him Scholarship To The University

Popular Nollywood actor and humanitarian, Williams Uchemba has warmed hearts after he adopted an 18-year-old boy and granted him fully funded university scholarship.The humanitarian who also doubles as a thespian made the announcement in a recent post he shared on his verified Instagram page today, June 18. Williams revealed he met the young boy, Demola at a carpentry workshop while getting some furniture for his ongoing project. According him, he decided to engage Demola in a conversation and was surprised to find out he is very smart. Uchemba then decided to invite the young boy over to his house so he could get to know him better. He said he found out he graduated from Secondary School with good grades and wanted to study Economics in the university but has no sponsor. De...
June 12: Governor Akeredolu Grants Amnesty To 28 Inmates In Ondo
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June 12: Governor Akeredolu Grants Amnesty To 28 Inmates In Ondo

Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has granted amnesty to 28 inmates of the Nigeria Correctional Custodial Centres in the state. Olusegun Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, in a statement in Akure on Thursday, said the gesture was in commemoration of the 2020 Democracy Day celebrated on June 12. Mr Ajiboye said this was in exercise of the powers conferred on the governor by Paragraph (d) of sub-section (1) of Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended. “Governor Akeredolu ordered that 13 of the inmates be discharged out of the facility accordingly and forthwith. “While 10 on death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment and 5 on life imprisonment were commuted to various terms of imprisonment. “The 13 ...
IMF Grants Debt Relief To 25 Countries
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IMF Grants Debt Relief To 25 Countries

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, made this known in a statement issued on Monday. “Today, I am pleased to say that our Executive Board approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of the IMF’s member countries under the IMF’s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) as part of the Fund’s response to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said. “This provides grants to our poorest and most vulnerable members to cover their IMF debt obligations for an initial phase over the next six months and will help them channel more of their scarce financial resources towards vital emergency medical and other relief efforts.” The IMF said that CCRT can currently provide about US$500 million in grant-based debt service relief, incl...
Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund
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Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has accused lecturers across the country’s public tertiary institutions of diverting research grants to build homes, purchase cars, and engage in other frivolous activities. This is coming days after an allegation of personnel budget inflation levelled against some academic and healthcare institutions including the University of Ibadan, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), was made public. Making the fresh allegation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, TETFund’s director of research and development, Salihu Bakari, said huge sums of money made available to the individual lecturers, and sometimes their teams for research exercises, conference attendance, among others, are usually misapp...
Court Grants Shehu Sani N10 Million Bail
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Court Grants Shehu Sani N10 Million Bail

Senator Shehu Sani has been granted Ten Million naira (N10m) bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja. Sani who represented Kaduna Central, in the 8th senate was accused of collecting money in the name of the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu. A source familiar with the arrest told journalists that Mr Sani was arrested following a leak that he collected money from a popular Kaduna businessman to give Mr Magu. Following a conflict between him and his former in-law, a famous Kaduna car dealer, Sani Dauda, was said to have been approached by Mr Sani to help him get EFCC to dig up alleged crimes of his estranged in-law. A top source at the EFCC, who asked for anonymity as he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said Mr Sani collected $10,000 from Mr Dauda. But a source in K...
Sokoto Government Grants Amnesty To 8,000 Ghost Workers
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Sokoto Government Grants Amnesty To 8,000 Ghost Workers

The Sokoto state government has granted amnesty to about 8,000 suspected ghost workers and those collecting abnormal salaries under its pay roll. Alhaji Abdussamad Dasuki, the Finance Commissioner and Acting Chairman, Sokoto state Steering Committee on Integrated Payroll and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), disclose this in a news conference on Thursday in Sokoto. Dasuki said the initiative was to enable civil servants collecting salaries they don’t earn and those engaged in improper practices against regulations to come forward and open up under confidentiality and guaranteed state pardon. He said that the period of the amnesty began from Nov. 27, to end on Dec. 9, 2019 by 12 midnight. “Government is therefore calling on those concerned to avail themselves of this initi...
Court Grants N200k Bail To Lecturer Accused Of Sexual Harassment
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Court Grants N200k Bail To Lecturer Accused Of Sexual Harassment

A Kano Chief Magistrate Court has granted bail to a lecturer standing trial over alleged sexual harassment of his female student. The 36-year-old lecturer, Ali Shehu, was granted N200,000 bail with two reliable sureties in like sum by Chief Magistrate Muhammad Idris. He said one of the sureties must be a Senior Lecturer of Kano State School of Technology and the second shall be the village head of where the accused person resides. “Both the accused and sureties shall deposit two recent passport photographs,’’ he ordered on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the court had earlier fixed October 15, for sentencing after the accused pleaded guilty, but during Tuesday’s hearing, his counsel requested for a fresh trial. The counsel, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, t...
Kayode Fayemi Grants Clemency To 18 Prisoners
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Kayode Fayemi Grants Clemency To 18 Prisoners

Ekiti state Governor, John Kayode Fayemi, has granted clemency to 18 prisoners in the Nigerian Correctional Services facilities in Ado Ekiti and Kirikiri Maximum, Lagos State. This was made known in a statement by the Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda. The statement revealed that the 18 prisoners were granted clemency by the state governor after the Ekiti State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy considered 50 applications for clemency at its third sitting. The applications of these beneficiaries were said to have been granted because they individually demonstrated the potential to turn their lives around. See full statement below; I am.pleased to announce today that the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr John Kayode Fayemi, has accepted th...
Court Grants Sowore Bail With Strict Conditions
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Court Grants Sowore Bail With Strict Conditions

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a federal high court sitting in Abuja has granted #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare bail with stringent conditions. Sowore's bail conditions include N100 million and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must own landed property and deposit N50 million, and prohibited from travelling outside Abuja. Bakare was granted bail to the sum of N50 million and prohibited from travelling outside Osun State. Sowore and Bakare are prohibited from addressing the press until the completion of the trial.
Court Grants Obinwanne Okeke “Invictus Obi” Permission To See Dentist
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Court Grants Obinwanne Okeke “Invictus Obi” Permission To See Dentist

Theresa Buchanan, the magistrate handling the criminal matter, subsequently granted Mr. Okeke "Invictus Obi" permission to see a dentist during the hearing on August 7. She, however, insisted that the doctor must attend to the suspect in custody. It was unclear how long Mr Okeke had been having issues with his teeth. He was arrested in the U.S. on August 6, just before he was scheduled to return to Nigeria, and arraigned the next day. The F.B.I. had investigated Mr Okeke, widely known in Nigeria as Invictus Obi, and found that he was involved in online fraudulent activities that had fetched him millions of American dollars in recent years. His arrest sent shockwaves across Nigeria’s social media and blogosphere, having been previously profiled by several local and international m...
Court Grants Bail To 4 Whistleblowers Accused Of Conspiracy To Rob Gov Dickson
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Court Grants Bail To 4 Whistleblowers Accused Of Conspiracy To Rob Gov Dickson

Justice E.T Okara of a Bayelsa High Court on Wednesday admitted four of the five ‘whistleblowers’ accused of conspiracy to rob Gov Seriake Dickson, to bail in the sum of N3 million each. The fifth accused, Mr Tamnatonye Jacob, was on Feb 27, 2019 granted bail to the sum of N2 million on medical grounds, Delivering a ruling, Justice Okara, admitted the remaining four accused to bail following a pending bail application filed by their counsels. The accused who were granted bail are Esther Engbeke, Wodu Ebikebomu, Emmanuel Dorgu and Sinclair Thursday are being tried for alleged conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The judge ordered the four accused to produce one surety each who must be a civil servant who must on Grade Level 12. Okara adjourned the case until May 20, for co...
Court Grants Tonto Dikeh Full Custody Of Her Son King Andre
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Court Grants Tonto Dikeh Full Custody Of Her Son King Andre

An Abuja Customary court has finally granted actress Tonto Dikeh full custody of her 3-year-old son, King Andre, and given her former husband, Mr Churchill conditional visitation rights. Continue reading below as reported by Cutie Juls.... Speaking to the actress’ legal rep, Barrister Ukechukwu C Uju-Azorji, he confirmed that An Abuja customary court gave actress Tonto full custody of her and Churchill’s son after being sued by her former husband and father of the said child. The Barrister described the case as a very hectic and dramatic one. He stated that there was a time Mr Churchill’s Attorney filled a N200k case against Tonto to foot the bill for Churchill’s transport to attend the court as they felt Tonto was using King Andre’s school runs as a tactic to drag the case the...
Here is Festus Keyamo’s reply to those against FG’s tradermoni
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Here is Festus Keyamo’s reply to those against FG’s tradermoni

Many people have accused the Federal government of using its financial grant, Trader Moni, to buy vote. While making reference to this tweet about grants given to residents in California, Festus implied that those against the trader moni hate to see smiles in the faces of poor people that benifit from the financial grant.
Osinbajo Inaugurates TraderMoni In Owerri
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Osinbajo Inaugurates TraderMoni In Owerri

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday inaugurate TraderMoni initiative, a Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme, in Owerri, Imo State. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja. The initiative was designed to assist petty traders across the country expand their trade through the provision of collateral and interest-free loans of at least N10,000. According to him, the loans are repayable over a period of six months. The micro-credit scheme under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), was first inaugurated on Aug. 7 in five markets in Lagos State – Mushin, Ikotun, Agege, Ketu and Abule Egba...
Enugu Chief Judge Grants Prerogative Of Mercy To Prison Inmates
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Enugu Chief Judge Grants Prerogative Of Mercy To Prison Inmates

The Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Priscilla Emehelu has commenced a judicial oversight visit to various prisons in the state to grant prerogative of mercy to some inmates. At the Enugu State command of the Nigerian Prisons, Emehelu frowned at the inability of some inmates that have been granted bail to meet their bail conditions. She said: “Due to several factors and clogs in the wheel of justice delivery, some of the prisons are congested – It is unfortunate that sometimes the number of those awaiting trial far exceeds that of convicted inmates”. Subsequently, she announced that those who have fulfilled their bail conditions but are yet to be released will be freed as soon as the sureties come forward and their papers are verified. On his part, the Controller of Prisons,...
Diezani Fund: Court Grants Jumoke Akinjide Bail
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Diezani Fund: Court Grants Jumoke Akinjide Bail

Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, who is standing trial over N650m allegedly collected during the 2015 general election, was on Thursday granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan on self recognition and for her cooperation with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission during investigation. The court also granted bail to two other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olanrewaju Otiti and Senator Ayo Adeseun, who are standing trial with Akinjide. Otiti and Adeseun were granted bail in the sum of N100m each and sureties in the like sum. The court said that the surety must be a civil servant or public servant in a level of director. The court, which was presided over by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik, said Adeseun must submit his internat...
Again, Court Grants Bail To Dasuki
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Again, Court Grants Bail To Dasuki

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday affirmed the bail granted the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in the charge of unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering brought against him by the Federal Government. Justice Ahmed Mohammed affirmed the bail shortly after taking Mr. Dasuki’s plea in the amended seven-count charge. The judge said that since the prosecution counsel, Oladipo Opeseyi, did not object to the bail of the ex-NSA, the court has to affirm same. He ordered the defendant to continue to enjoy the bail condition granted him in 2015 when he was first arraigned. Despite being granted bail by various courts, Mr. Dasuki, a retired colonel, remains in the custody of the State Security Service. Mr. Dasuki had in 2015 been admitted to bail by J...
Court Dissolves Actor, Emeka Ike’s 14 Year Old Marriage
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Court Dissolves Actor, Emeka Ike’s 14 Year Old Marriage

The 14 year old marriage of actor, Emeka Ike and his estranged wife, Emma, was today dissolved by the Lagos Island Customary Court. The president of the court, Awos Awosola, granted the request of Emma who in July 2015, had approached the court to dissolve her marriage over allegations of physical abuse she suffered while they lived together as a couple. Delivering judgement, the president of the court said: “Emeka, who has been begging to be reconciled with his wife, has not made any effort towards the reconciliation. The marriage is hereby dissolved with effect from March 2, in accordance with the Lagos State Customary Court Law, 2011; Order 3 Rule 7 as amended. Any party that is not satisfied with the judgment has the right to appeal to any court of higher jurisdiction within 30 days...