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FG To Build 6 Correctional Facilities
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FG To Build 6 Correctional Facilities

The federal government disclosed on Saturday that it would establish six new modern correctional facilities in the six geo-political zones in the country. Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, made this known in Kano while inspecting the ongoing model maximum security custodial facility project at Janguza in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state. Aregbesola said the project was part of projects initiated by the federal government to reform the correctional service. The minister said, “we are actualising our commitment to reform the correctional service that we have in Nigeria. What we have here is a model of what we expect to have nationwide. Here, we have a 3,000 custodial facility, which we plan to replicate in each of the six geo-political zones in the country. It ...
Para-Military Service Chiefs Pay Courtesy Visit To Bola Tinubu (Photos)
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Para-Military Service Chiefs Pay Courtesy Visit To Bola Tinubu (Photos)

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; His Police Affairs Counterpart, Mr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi and other Paramilitary Service Chiefs pays a courtesy visit to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the ongoing Stakeholders Engagement on Internal Security and Conflict Resolution in Lagos. Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; His Police Affairs Counterpart, Mr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi and other Paramilitary Service Chiefs pays a courtesy visit to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the ongoing Stakeholders Engagement on Internal Security and Conflict Resolution in Lagos
Seven Nigerians who participated in #EndSARS protest in Egypt face deportation- Abike Dabiri-Erewa
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Seven Nigerians who participated in #EndSARS protest in Egypt face deportation- Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Seven Nigerians who participated in an #EndSARS protest in Egypt are facing deportation. On October 18, some Nigerians were arrested for holding a protest in front of the Nigerian High Commission in Cairo without a permit. Abike Dabiri-Erewa who is the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission gave an update of the arrested Nigerians. According to her, seven of the Nigerians who participated in the protest are to be deported for not having residence permits. ''Update on the 8 Nigerians detained in Cairo for protesting without a permit 7 of them are to be deported to Nigeria for for lack of resident permits.The only one that has Residency will get final clearance from the Minister of Interior After signing an undertaking not go against laws of Egypt. The Nigerian missio...
Eid-ul-Mawlid: FG Declares Thursday, October 29 Public Holiday
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Eid-ul-Mawlid: FG Declares Thursday, October 29 Public Holiday

The FG has declared Thursday October 29, 2020 as Public Holiday to mark this year's Eidul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (@raufaregbesola) who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated the Muslim faithful both at home and abroad for witnessing this year's occasion. He enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country. The Minister admonished Muslims to follow the teaching of the Holy Quran in Chapter 4 Verse 59 which says: “O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger, a...
FG Dumps Plastic I.D Card For Digital Identification
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FG Dumps Plastic I.D Card For Digital Identification

Nigeria has moved from national identification and registration of citizens via card-based version to strictly digital. This was disclosed to State House Correspondents on Thursday by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. The duo, along with the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engineer Aliyu A. Aziz, had met with President Buhari to submit the report of the Committee on Citizens Data Management and Harmonisation, Chaired by the Minister of Interior. Briefing State House Correspondents after the report submission, Ogbeni Aregbesola said the new direction in citizen identification will include individual DNA...
“No Cold War Between Tinubu And Aregbesola” – Bola Tinubu Says On Twitter
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“No Cold War Between Tinubu And Aregbesola” – Bola Tinubu Says On Twitter

NO COLD WAR BETWEEN ASIWAJU TINUBU, OGBENI AREGBESOLA 2. Today, the Governor’s Advisory Council, the highest decision-making body within the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, passed a resolution calling for the disbandment of all factional groups within the party. 3. This was to promote discipline, harmony and cohesion and engender party supremacy. The APC is one united political family in Lagos. 4. Our attention has, however, been drawn to a report in an online newspaper alleging that the GAC’s appropriate and candid resolution had worsened a phantom cold war between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. 5. This is a figment of the imagination of the news organization that authored the report. Asiwaju Tinubu remains Ogbeni Aregbeso...
FG Declares June 12 Public Holiday, To Mark Democracy Day
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FG Declares June 12 Public Holiday, To Mark Democracy Day

The Federal Government has declared Friday, June 12, 2020 as public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day Celebration. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by his Permanent Secretary and congratulated Nigerians at home and abroad for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country. Aregbesola commended the heroes of democracy for their dogged determination and sacrifice which gave birth to Democratic Governance in Nigeria. He then appealed to all Nigerians to cherish these selfless efforts and collaborate with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to ensure the realization of the democratic ideals which these Patriots fought for, with their lives. The Minister who reassure...
El-Rufai Congratulates Aregbesola At 63 Says, Tinubu Is Not My Man
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El-Rufai Congratulates Aregbesola At 63 Says, Tinubu Is Not My Man

In a fresh twist to the silent row between the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Kaduna governor has said Tinubu is not his man. Speaking at a webinar in commemoration of the 63rd birthday of the Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Saturday, El-Rufai, noted that Aregbesola remained his man any day but that Tinubu was not his man. This, he said, was due to the differences between him and the former Lagos governor. The webinar was tagged, ‘Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Colloquium 2020,’ with the theme, ‘Government Unusual: Innovative economic solutions to unlock mass prosperity,’ and was moderated by Boason Omofaye. El-Rufai’s statement came as a subtl...
FG Declares Monday and Tuesday Public Holidays
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FG Declares Monday and Tuesday Public Holidays

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 25th, and Tuesday, May 26th, as public holidays to mark the Eldi Fitri Celebration. This was made known by Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja. Aregbesola congratulated all Muslim faithful for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast. A statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, quoted Aregbesola as calling on Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighborliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola Reveals Mission Of 15 Chinese Doctors In Nigeria
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Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola Reveals Mission Of 15 Chinese Doctors In Nigeria

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has revealed the mission of the 15 Chinese experts who came into the country in April. While speaking at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 today May 19, Arebesola said the experts are in Nigeria on the bill of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to assist in building and equipping isolation centres. He also refuted claims that they have been snuck out of Nigeria. “Indeed 15 Chinese nationals came into Nigeria on 8th of April. They are here on the bill of the CCECC, a Chinese company doing some works for us in Nigeria in conjunction with some Nigerian companies they agreed to support us in the effort to respond to the pandemic. At Idu isolation centre in Abuja, they participate...
FG Declares May 1 Public Holiday
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FG Declares May 1 Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Friday, May 1, 2020 as public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers’ Day Celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government. According to a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Barrister Georgina Ehuriah, Aregbesola commended Nigerian workers for their resilience, patience and understanding. He particularly praised the workers for their support of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration’s efforts at stemming the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Aregbesola, who further thanked Nigerians and the labour force for their sacrifices in the present period of trial, assured that their commitment and patience will compl...
Nigerian Correctional Service Denies Reports Of Releasing Maryam Sanda
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Nigerian Correctional Service Denies Reports Of Releasing Maryam Sanda

The Nigerian Correctional Service has denied reports that Maryam Sanda the woman convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for killing her husband, had been granted a Presidential pardon, and released from the Kuje maximum prison. Reports have been rife on social media that Sanda who stabbed her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, to death during an argument in their Abuja home in November 2017, joined the list of 2600 prisoners who were recently granted presidential pardon by President Buhari, last week. In a statement released today April 16th, the spokesman of the service, Augustine Njoku, denied the report. “The Service wa nts to categorically state that the news is fake and very unrealistic and an attempt to rubbish the good intention of the President towards decongesting the cust...
FG Says Foreigners With Valid Pass Will Get Extension
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FG Says Foreigners With Valid Pass Will Get Extension

The Federal Government has said that foreigners holding valid visitors pass or resident permit with confirmed return tickets scheduled to travel out would be issued the relevant government extensions at no cost. This, it said, was to enable the beneficiaries to reschedule their flights and travel within one week whenever the restriction on travel is suspended. Scores of foreigners had been stranded in the country following the closure of the international airports and the land borders by the FG to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. As a result of this, many foreign embassies in the country, including the United States Mission, British High Commission, and others, had sought government permission to airlift their nationals through special evacuation flights. But ...
Nigerian Government Ignores El-Zakzaky, To Pardon Orji Kalu, Other Ex-Governors Jailed For Stealing Public Funds
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Nigerian Government Ignores El-Zakzaky, To Pardon Orji Kalu, Other Ex-Governors Jailed For Stealing Public Funds

The Nigerian Government appears to have ignored leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in its latest pardon of prisoners in the country. On Thursday, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said government was freeing 2,600 inmates in various prisons in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country. According to Aregbesola, inmates including those from 60 years and above, especially those suffering from ill-health likely to end in death, serving at least three years and have less than six months to serve, persons with mental issues, and with options of fine not exceeding N50,000, are among those to be considered for the state pardon. “This amnesty will not apply to inmates sentenced for violent and extreme offences such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, ...
President Buhari Granted Freedom To 2,600 Inmates Nationwide
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President Buhari Granted Freedom To 2,600 Inmates Nationwide

President Muhammad Buhari has granted presidential pardon to about 2,600 inmates nationwide. Out of the said number, 70 inmates will be released today from Kuje maximum custodial centre. At an ongoing press conference in Abuja, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, after the release of the first face, the committe will continue to meet regularly to consider those who deserve the benefit. Also speaking, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the United Nations had called the nation’s of the world to reduce the number of inmates in custodial centres in view of social distancing attitude. While describing the flag off of the 2020 presidential pardon as historic, Malami said the process of selecting benefiaries started in 2018. He warned the beneficiaries to desist from...
Why We Opened Border For Returnees – Aregbesola Defends Himself After Report Of Abidjan Returnees Worsening Coronavirus Crisis In Osun
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Why We Opened Border For Returnees – Aregbesola Defends Himself After Report Of Abidjan Returnees Worsening Coronavirus Crisis In Osun

Former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has revealed why the border was opened for returnees despite a Presidential directive. Recall it was reported few days ago that the number of Coronavirus confirmed cases in Osun State increased from 2 to 14, after 12 persons tested positive in two days. The 12 confirmed cases were among the 127 people that came into the state from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on Saturday, March 28. Aregbesola however defended opening of the Nigerian borders for returnees while answering questions from journalists at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on Thursday April 2. The Minister stated that every citizen has the right to return to his fatherland “at any time”, and further added that it is embarassing to deny citizens entry...
Visa Restrictions: FG, US Officials To Hold Crucial Negotiation Next Week
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Visa Restrictions: FG, US Officials To Hold Crucial Negotiation Next Week

The committee set up by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ), to look into issues surrounding the recent suspension of United States’ immigrant visa issuance to Nigerians has begun talks with the American government officials over the matter, Saturday PUNCH learnt on Friday. Buhari had named the Minister of Interior , Mr Rauf Aregbesola , as the head of the committee, raised to liaise with the US government on the matter . The visa ban effective from February 21 listed Nigeria together with Eritrea , Myanmar, Tanzania and Kyrgyzstan . It was also reported that the US justified the decision, stating that Nigeria didn ’t adequately share public- safety and terrorism- related information necessary for the protection of national security and public safety of the US . ...
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I’m Not At War With Oyetola, Says Aregbesola

The Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday dismissed insinuations that he was at war with his successor, Adegboyega Oyetola.Aregbesola spoke in Osogbo during his recognition as the Amirul Waziril-Muminina by the Chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheik Musa Animasahun, at the Osogbo Central Mosque. Oyetola and many members of his cabinet were absent at the ceremony.There have also been insinuations that Oranmiyan, the political group of the ex governor , was not being given recognition in the present administration. But Aregbesola, who spoke in Yoruba language while addressing the gathering, explained that Oyetola’s inability to attend the event was due to his trip to Saudi Arabia for Ummrah.He said his relationship with Oyetola remained very heal...
FG Declares December 25, 26 As Public Holidays
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FG Declares December 25, 26 As Public Holidays

The Federal Government on Thursday declared December 25th and 26th as public holidays. In a statement signed by the permanent secretary to the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, January 1 was also designated as a public holiday. The public holidays are for the Christmas (December 25th), Boxing Day (December 26th) and New Year (January 1st) celebrations. According to the statement, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, felicitates with “Christians and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations.” The Minister also “enjoined all Christians to live within the virtues and teachings of Jesus Christ, which hinge on compassion, patience, peace, humility, righteousness and love for one another, adding that doing so would guarantee ...
2023 Presidency: Tinubu Hands Over Apc Lagos To Aregbesola, Focuses On Ambition
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2023 Presidency: Tinubu Hands Over Apc Lagos To Aregbesola, Focuses On Ambition

Gists reaching us from those in the know has it that, All Progressives Congress, APC, kingmaker and party leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu might have handed over structures of the ruling Party and even affairs of Lagos State to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola. This speculations were further put paid to, during the last cabinet appointments in Lagos State; as it was evident how Rauf Aregbesola was the go-to person. He in charge of making sensitive decisions and appointments while the jagaban himself manned things at the FCT. Sources have recently revealed that Tinubu has given control of the ‘’intimidating machine’’ to Aregbesola. It was gathered that the move has given Tinubu free time to concentrate on other things and most importantly his 2023 presidential ambitions. N...
We Must Tax The Rich Mercilessly – Aregbesola
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We Must Tax The Rich Mercilessly – Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, says for Nigeria to solve the problem of poverty, the rich must be taxed mercilessly. Speaking at the 70th birthday of Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Oyo state, he said tax from the rich could be used to create wealth to help the poor. “We must mercilessly tax the rich, if we are to cure the problem of poverty. We have two contending forces, the poor and the privileged rich,” he said. “The rich have no problem, they are comfortable. The problem is the poor and they are in the majority. And the point is if the rich failed to address this problem, the comfort of the rich will be taken away, so they must release much of their money to help the poor.” This is not the first time that Aregbesola will make known his position on taxing wea...
FG Declares Monday Public Holiday For Maulud Celebration
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FG Declares Monday Public Holiday For Maulud Celebration

The Federal Government has declared Monday as Public Holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-ul-Mawlud in commemoration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public relations of the Ministry of Interior, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. He said the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and enjoined them to live within the virtues and teachings of the Prophet. He said imbibing the Prophet’s virtues of love, courage and perseverance would guarantee peace and security in the country. Aregbesola expressed confidence that the challenges confronting Nigeria at the moment would soon be over; and therefore called on Nigerians to remain focused and determined. He gave t...
Afe Babalola University Honours Bola Tinubu With Doctorate Degree (Photos)
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Afe Babalola University Honours Bola Tinubu With Doctorate Degree (Photos)

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and others today attended the conferment of Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) on the National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the 7th Convocation of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Saad Abubakar was honoured with honorary doctorate degree.Sultan of Sokoto caused a stir at Afe Babalola University, Convocation ceremony when he asked the Jagaban,  Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “To speak for me and other Emirs from the North here present because whatever he says is from us.
“American Prisoners Earn Higher Than Nigerian Workers” – Aregbesola
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“American Prisoners Earn Higher Than Nigerian Workers” – Aregbesola

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday shocked the nation, when he hinted that the least daily upkeep of a prisoner in America was higher than the proposed N30,000 minimum wage for the least Nigerian worker. Aregbesola made the startling revelation at a budget defence session of his Ministry with members of the Senate and House of Representatives joint Committee on Interior. He also pointed out that the least daily upkeep spent on a prisoner in America is N31,000 in Naira equivalent, which is also higher as compared to N730.00 budgeted for similar purpose in Nigeria. The minister, who bemoaned the pathetic state of Nigerian economy and Nigerians, further noted that daily upkeep spent on a prison inmate in America was even as high as N60,000 per day in some states. Accordin...
Nigeria Deports 7 Koreans For Life
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Nigeria Deports 7 Koreans For Life

The Federal Government has deported seven Koreans for life, the Nigerian Immigration Service has said. The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, carried out the deportation following the approval of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. A statement by the Public Relations Officer of Immigration, Sunday James gave the names of the Koreans as Jo Sun Phil, Hang Sung Chol, Che Chin Hyok, and Pak Yong Gon. Others: are Ri Yong Il, Ri Hak Su and Ri Tong Nam. The statement said they are all citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) deported from “Nigeria for life.” They were deported by the order of the Minister Of Interior based on the powers conferred on him by the Immigration Act 2015, the statement added. It n...
Xenophobic Attack: NSCDC Deploys Personnel Nationwide
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Xenophobic Attack: NSCDC Deploys Personnel Nationwide

COMMANDANT-GENERAL of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Abdullahi Gana has directed the immediate deployment of personnel across the country to prevent breakdown of law and order. Gana gave the directive in a statement by Mr Emmanuel Okeh, the NSCDC’s Public Relations officer (NSCDC), on Thursday in Abuja. The commandant-general said that the deployment followed the directives of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola. Gana explained that the measure was to avert retaliatory attack on South African companies and people in the country. He said he shared the thoughts of the minister, who had condemned the reprisal attack by some Nigerians as an expression of anger over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. “This is not the solution to ...
Aregbesola Directs NIS To Issue Passport Within 48 Hours
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Aregbesola Directs NIS To Issue Passport Within 48 Hours

Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has directed officials of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS ) to exploit every capacity within the service to ensure issuance of international passports to genuine and qualified applicants within 48 hours. The Minister said with deployment of state- of- the- art technology, the 48 hours timeline for acquiring an international passport was achievable if officials of the NIS eliminates human contacts and deal with racketeering, which has built an “unusual economy “, around the passport issuance process. He said the directive has become imperative because of the pains and agonizing experience many Nigerians are subjected to in their bid to procure the important travel document. The Minister also directed the NIS to be on top of its game ...
FG bows to pressure reduces visa fees for Americans
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FG bows to pressure reduces visa fees for Americans

The Federal Government has approved a reduction in visa charges payable by United States citizens from $180 to $150. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, explained on Wednesday, that the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, had been directed to implement the decrease in the visa charges with effect from Thursday. The development was sequel to the new visa regime announced by the US Government on Tuesday, stating that Nigerians applying for US visas will be required to pay a visa issuance fee, or reciprocity fee, with effect from August 29. The US Mission in Abuja had said that the reciprocity fee will be charged in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee, also known as the Machine Readable Visa fee, which all applicants pay a...
From Now On, Nigerian Prisoners Must Be Well Fed, Taken Cared Of – Aregbesola
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From Now On, Nigerian Prisoners Must Be Well Fed, Taken Cared Of – Aregbesola

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, warned the correctional officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service to ensure that the inmates are comfortable, clean, hygienic and of good health. Mr Aregbesola gave the warning in Abuja when the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, officially handed over to him. According to him, although the correctional service is not intended to be a “five-star hotel”, it should, nevertheless, be made comfortable for inmates. “No one is advocating that it must be Transcorp Hilton but it must be comfortable, clean, hygienic and promote good health. “Inmates should be well fed and taken care of, their dignity should be protected and should not be abused,” he said. He added that an abused and brutalized inmate was a...
Interior: Aregbesola Begins Tour, Visits NCS, Fire Service, Others
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Interior: Aregbesola Begins Tour, Visits NCS, Fire Service, Others

Minister of Interior and former governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday, paid a familiarization visit to several agencies under the Ministry. The Minister was at the headquarters of the newly reformed Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Abuja, where he was received by the Controller-General, Ahmad Ja’afaru. Speaking with newsmen, Aregbesola said the NCS, as the new name suggests, must focus its attention on correcting individuals who can be reintegrated into the society by correcting, rehabilitating and readjusting them. The Minister also visited the headquarters of the Federal Fire Service, Abuja, where he was received by the Controller-General, Ibrahim Liman. Speaking, the Minister said he was aware of the challenges facing the Fire Service, vowing to reposi...
FG Approves Abolition Of HND/BSC Dichotomy
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FG Approves Abolition Of HND/BSC Dichotomy

The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board CDFIPB has approved the abolition of dichotomy between holders of Bachelor’s Degree and Higher National Diploma in the Services under the Ministry of Interior. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja and signed by the Secretary of the board Mallam AI-Sassan S. Yakmut. “The Board chaired by the Honourable Minister of Interior, retired Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau gave the approval at the Board‘s meeting held between 9th and 10th May, 2019 in Abuja. “Consequently, a Technical Committee was immediately set up to work out modalities for the Implementation including the harmonization of ranks in accordance with the abolition”, the statement said. Ondo Oil Field Inferno: Ondo Govt. charges Chevr...
We Pay Ransoms To Bandits Daily, Zamfara LG Chief Tells Minister
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We Pay Ransoms To Bandits Daily, Zamfara LG Chief Tells Minister

A Zamfara LG Chairman, Alhaji Sani Galadima who received the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau, who was in the state to assess the security threat being posed by banditry and listen to the challenges facing the people, revealed that they pay ransoms to bandits daily. According to the Vice-Chairman of Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, these same bandits killed six members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in the area. The Zamfara LG Chairman who revealed that they pay ransoms to bandits daily as he who pointed out the challenges being faced by the people of his community, told NAN; “Six members of the Civilian JTF were attacked and killed on Sunday by the bandits after receiving their pay from Shinkafi town and were on their way back to their villages.E...
Federal Government Focused On Building Modern Prisons – Dambazau
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Federal Government Focused On Building Modern Prisons – Dambazau

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau has said the Federal Government has come up with plans of building modern prisons across the country. In an event held on Saturday in Abuja, the Minister said: “most of our prisons, particularly those situated in urban centres are more than a century old; over a hundred years old. So, what we do is to ensure that we build modern prisons that will meet the required universal standard for the treatment and rehabilitation of prison inmates”. Dambazzau offered some perspective at the inauguration of some projects at the Headquarters of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) in the nation’s capital, Pulse NG reports. According to him, the moribund correctional facilities in the country are in dire need of rehabilitation or outright replaceme...
Ensure Nigerians Sleep With Their Eyes Closed, Buhari Tasks Service Chiefs
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Ensure Nigerians Sleep With Their Eyes Closed, Buhari Tasks Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered heads of security agencies to ensure Nigerians sleep with their eyes closed. Mr Buhari gave the order while meeting with top security chiefs in the country on Thursday. This was disclosed by Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ibas, who addressed State House Correspondents after the gathering. Mr Ibas said himself and his colleagues gathered to brief the president on the security situation across the country. “It was just basically to brief Mr. President of the security situation after his short vacation abroad,” the Naval chief said. “The security agencies briefed him on what has been happening with particular emphasis on the proliferation of small arms and what various agencies are doing to curtail the consequences of this prolife...
FG Declares May 1 Public Holiday For Workers’ Day
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FG Declares May 1 Public Holiday For Workers’ Day

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, May 1, as public holiday to celebrate the 2019 Workers’ Day. The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerian workers on their commitment and sacrifice toward building a greater Nigeria. Dambazau made the announcement in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary of the ministry. He commended workers’ effort at ensuring the full implementation of the policies and programmes of government through efficient and effective service delivery to Nigerians and foreigners.
Nigerian Govt Approves N52bn For Monitoring Of Borders
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Nigerian Govt Approves N52bn For Monitoring Of Borders

Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N52billion to monitor the country’s borders. Speaking to pressmen after a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Minister of Interior, said the contract would cover 86 border posts and all the 1,400 illegal routes being used for smuggling and other crimes. He said the pilot system has already been installed at two border posts, disclosing that the information would be available real-time, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Dambazau said: “Council approved N52billion for e-border solution. This process started in 2012, but we picked it up to move forward when we came in. The project is to be completed within the next two years. “There is a pilot project already which has been very successful; it was installed...
Governorship Election: FG Orders Closure Of Borders
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Governorship Election: FG Orders Closure Of Borders

The Minister of Interior Lt.-Gen. (retd) Abdulrahman Dambazau has ordered the closure of borders for the Saturday Governorship and State Assembly elections. This is with effect from Friday, March 8, at noon to Sunday, March 10, at noon, NAN reports Comptroler-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr Muhammad Babandede announced this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. This, he said, is to restrict movements across the borders during the election days. “The public is to take note and ensure compliance,” Babandede said.
The Nigerian Passports Will Henceforth Be Produced Locally
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The Nigerian Passports Will Henceforth Be Produced Locally

This was revealed after the federal government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Iris Smart Technology Limited, an indigenous company, and Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc at the Ministry of Interior in Abuja. The MoU will see that the Nigerian international passport will be produced locally. At the event to sign the MoU, the minister of interior , Abdulrahman Dambazau, revealed that the process that led to the signing of the MoU began two years ago. Listing the advantages of Nigeria producing the e-passport Dambazau said it would protect the country’s our data base, create employment and allow Nigerians acquire skills in passport production. “We must ensure that we provide Nigerians with the best quality passport booklet because that is what Nigeria...
It Was Difficult Working With Ex IGP Ibrahim Idris – Dambazau
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It Was Difficult Working With Ex IGP Ibrahim Idris – Dambazau

THE cold working relationship between the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd) and the police ended yesterday as he explained how difficult it was working with the immediate past Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris. Dambazau, who expressed sadness over what transpired during Idris’s tenure, said such should be avoided in the future. The minister, who spoke in Abuja when the new Acting IGP, Mohammed Adam, paid him a working visit, said: “I congratulate the Acting Inspector General of Police. I appreciate your coming here recognising the significant of the Ministry of Interior following its supervisory mandate of the police and other agencies and also its mandate in internal security and public safety. “Because we are happy that you took this st...
Nigeria Will Soon Begin Local Production Of E-passports – Dambazau
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Nigeria Will Soon Begin Local Production Of E-passports – Dambazau

The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, says Nigeria will soon begin local production of e-passports to conserve foreign exchange. Kenya Dambazau, who said this at an event to mark his three years in office, said producing the passport in the country would also help in job creation and build Nigeria’s capacity in passport production. “Currently, our passports are being produced outside the country; not too long, we will start the production of passports which is under the Private-Public Partnership (PPP). “Within the period under review, the ministry was able to review agreement under PPP, to ensure that the quality of services are improved and the government’s share of revenue is increased.” He said part of the roles the ministry played was ensuring the issuance of Visa-o...
President Buhari Launches 10-Year Validity E-passport
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President Buhari Launches 10-Year Validity E-passport

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice Yemi Osinbajo has been presented with a new 10-year diplomatic passport by the Nigeria Immigration service. The passports were presented by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, and the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede. Officials of NIS had earlier captured the biometrics of the president and the vice president shortly before the commencement of an extraordinary meeting of the Federal Executive Council inside the council chamber of the presidential villa. Apart from the 10-year validity, the new passport, according to the NIS has enhanced security and is ”weather friendly”. The Immigration Service said the new passport has polycarbonate technology that eliminates damage and that it now saves...
Why Zamfara killings will affect food security in Nigeria – FG
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Why Zamfara killings will affect food security in Nigeria – FG

The federal government says the persistent attacks on residents of Zamfara by banditswill affect food security in Nigeria. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, said this on Wednesday in Gusau during an on-the-spot assessment of the activities of the bandits in the state, NAN  “Since those affected by the killings are largely the agrarian rural dwellers, the activities of the bandits will have a serious impact on agriculture and food security,” said Mr Dambazau. “This is a final warning, the bandits must stop these acts forthwith because the Federal Government has devised more stringent ways to deal with them. “I want to assure them that they cannot withstand the consequences.’’ He said stakeholders in the security sector in the state would meet to fine tune the new me...
FG Declares Holidays For Christmas, New Year
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FG Declares Holidays For Christmas, New Year

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, 25th, Wednesday 26th December 2018 and Tuesday 1st January 2019 as Public Holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations respectively. The Honorable Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Press, Mohammed Manga. He enjoined all Christians faithful and Nigerians to use the period in praying earnestly for the betterment and development of Nigeria. He further called on Nigerians to strengthen their resolve to maintain peace and unity in the country before, during and after the general elections, in the spirit of the season. Dambazau urged all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, to support the p...
FG To Sanction Companies That Fail To Observe Public Holidays
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FG To Sanction Companies That Fail To Observe Public Holidays

The Federal Government has called on Nigerians to ensure the strict observance of all public holidays according to the provision of the law. Disclosing this in a statement in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau stated that the laws establishing public holidays are contained in the Public Holidays Act of 1979, which states that, “The days mentioned in the Schedule to this Act shall be kept as public holidays throughout Nigeria.” The minister urged all Nigerians irrespective of their Organisations, Institutions or affiliations to ensure they obey and observe all holidays declared by Government, adding that according to the Act, “no person shall be compellable to do any act on a day appointed by or under the provisions of this Act to b...
FG Declares Tuesday Public Holiday
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FG Declares Tuesday Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, 20th November 2018 as public holiday to mark the Eid-El Maulud celebration. This was announced by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Tuesday in a statement signed by the permanent secretary, Dr. M.B Umar. He urged all Muslim faithful to align themselves with the prophet’s teachings which border on piety, charity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, among others. Dambazau also called on all Nigerians to uphold these virtues, with a view to overcoming the current national challenges facing the country. He assured that “the Federal Government remains committed to the unity of the country and as such, will put adequate structures on ground towards ensuring that the forthcoming general elections are credi...
Nigerian Man Writes Application Letter For Post Of Prisoner To Presidency
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Nigerian Man Writes Application Letter For Post Of Prisoner To Presidency

The claim by the Nigerian Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that the Nigerian Government spends N3.5 million per month to feed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites has continued to generate reactions among Nigerians. For some people, being a prisoner in the custody of the Nigerian Federal Government might be the new cool because free people were till struggling to be paid only N30,000 per month contrary to N3.5m used to feed a prisoner who has been granted his freedom three times by the court. Consequently, this young man wrote a passionate letter of application to President Buhari applying for the seemingly juicy position of Prisoner of the Federal Republic. Read the Contents of the Letter Below; #1000 Ali Akilu Roa...
Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians As Son Returns From Medical Trip
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Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians As Son Returns From Medical Trip

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has expressed her profound appreciation to Nigerians for the successful return of her son, Yusuf Buhari, from medical treatment after sustaining injury from motor-bike accident in Abuja. Mrs Buhari, who expressed her appreciation on her tweeter handle on Thursday in Abuja, said the Buhari family remained grateful to all Nigerians for their constant prayers for recovery of Yusuf Buhari. “We thank God for the return of our son Yusuf today after his medical trip. On behalf of the family I wish to express our appreciation for the goodwill and prayers since the unfortunate accident. May God Almighty bless all and continue to guide us all aright,” she tweeted. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yusuf arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe Internationa...
Emmanuel Onwubiko: When Legislators Debate Drugs And Sex
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Emmanuel Onwubiko: When Legislators Debate Drugs And Sex

The national legislature in Abuja has been busy embarking on high profile policy interactive sessions in different parts of Nigeria on the vexed twin societal evils of hard drugs and trafficking for sexual enslavement. Kano and Benin City have played host to two of such important interfaces. These topics of sex and drugs reminds me of a track in one popular dance hall songs of the mid-eighties which asked that ‘people should talk about sex’. Afterall sex and drugs when combined is rated above a mere billion dollar business. Sex and illicit drugs are multi Billion Dollars industry collectively. Both of these two thematic areas touches the fundamentals of our social life as a nation especially because the universal fact that illicit drugs and sex affects the youth’s population. The ...
Buhari Blows Hot Over Killings, Kidnappings In Nigeria
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Buhari Blows Hot Over Killings, Kidnappings In Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed that his government would no longer tolerate killings and kidnappings for ransom by armed gangs in the country. The President stated this yesterday, in Port Harcourt, while declaring open the Ninth General Assembly of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), with the theme: “Community Policing as a Catalyst to Crime Prevention: The Role of Traditional Rulers.” He was represented by the Minister of Interior, Abduraham Dambazau. Buhari said, “I am very worried and saddened about the persistent killings and kidnappings happening in our country, especially the wastage of innocent lives in different parts of the country by whatever means it is done, particularly in Benue State. “I have, therefore, directed that no effort ...
Buhari To Champion Anti-Corruption Campaign At AU Summit
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Buhari To Champion Anti-Corruption Campaign At AU Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will Friday depart for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, AU.   A press statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Thursday says the highlight of the president’s engagements during the visit will be his statement under the historic theme for the AU Summit, namely: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”   “This is the first time in the 54-year history of the AU that anti-corruption will be made a theme of the gathering of the regional leaders,” the statement said.   On July 4, 2017 during the 29th Session of the AU, African leaders unanimously endorsed Mr. Buhari to champion the f...