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#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed
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#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed

On October 23, CNN Africa had tweeted that at least 38 persons were killed on Tuesday, October 20, when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters. This tweet was referring to the Lekki shooting incident. The tweet read: ''At least 38 people were killed in Nigeria on Tuesday when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters But the President failed to address the carnage during his speech on Thursday, drawing criticism from protesters who accuse him of failing to show empathy & unify the nation'' In an updated tweet, CNN Africa has now come out with a clarification. It reads: ''Clarification: This tweet from October 23 did not attribute the death toll from protests in Nigeria to Amnesty International. The tweet also did not make it clear that the death toll was for...
Those Who Have Murdered Nigerians Will Not Trade Or Travel To The UK – Lyn Brown
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Those Who Have Murdered Nigerians Will Not Trade Or Travel To The UK – Lyn Brown

Member of UK parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20. Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have "murdered" Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK. She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a "transparent investigation and effecting of justice." The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices. https:/...
‘This is sad’- Nigerians react to photo of little boy drawing a gun on the wall in Yobe
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‘This is sad’- Nigerians react to photo of little boy drawing a gun on the wall in Yobe

Nigerians are currently reacting to this photo of a little boy in Damaturu, Yobe state drawing a gun on the wall.   Yobe has been one of the hotbeds of insurgent attacks in NorthEast Nigeria.   Kano-based lawyer, Bulama Bukarti, shared the photo online with the caption, ''My NCE teacher, Lawan Cheri, saw this boy drawing this on the wall of a neighbour in Damaturu. This tells you everything about the experiences of the children in the northeast. To stop transgenerational trauma, survivors must be properly treated and community healing promoted.''     See reactions from other Nigerians below
Inflation: FG Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax
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Inflation: FG Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax

In order to reduce the impact of inflation on Nigerians, the Buhari administration, is, through the 2020 Finance Bill, proposing the exemption of minimum wage earners from Personal Income Tax. This is even as the President Muhammadu Buhari administration tried to justify the reduction of import duties on cars, saying the government will buy locally assembled vehicles. Buhari made these disclosures in his speech delivered virtually by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday at the opening session of the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference themed: "Building Partnerships for Resilience". And when coupled with other items in the proposed Finance Bill, and various economic policies of the Federal Government, these incentives would ensure the resilience of the Nigerian ec...
Lekki Shooting: 81 Dons Write Biden, Seek Travel Ban For Culpable Officials
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Lekki Shooting: 81 Dons Write Biden, Seek Travel Ban For Culpable Officials

Eighty-one professors of African Studies, both Nigerians and non-Nigerians, have written a letter to the United States President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, seeking sanctions, including travel ban, for those responsible for the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate area of Lagos on October 20. In their letter dated November 13, 2020, the dons urged specific policy actions in response to the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria from the incoming Biden/Harris administration. The dons specifically wrote to the Biden-Harris Transition Team, chaired by Ted Kaufman, and co-chaired by Anita Dunn, Cedric Richmond, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Jeffrey Zients. The professors who signed the letter include Carl LeVan, American University; Chiedo Nwankwor,...
COVID-19: Don’t Come Home For Christmas – PTF Advises Nigerians Abroad
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COVID-19: Don’t Come Home For Christmas – PTF Advises Nigerians Abroad

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic has advised Nigerians abroad, who might be planning on coming home for the Christmas festivities to shelf the plan for now. The advice is part of the PTF’s strategy to minimise incoming travellers from other parts of the world, especially countries currently battling with new waves of COVID-19. The task force’s National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who stated these during its weekly media briefing in Abuja, however, clarified that if the reason for coming home is essential, such travellers should be ready to observe all prescribed guidelines by the PTF, including pre-travel and post-travel testings as well as the observation of seven days self-isolation. He warned that Nigeria would not relax its COVID-19 guidelines and pr...
Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu
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Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu

The spokesperson of the House of Representatives says it is deceitful that Nigerians are being made to focus only on the national assembly. The House of Representatives has called on the Executive arm of Government to lead by example by cutting its own salaries, allowances and other office running costs, before advising others to do so. The spokesperson of the house, Benjamin Kalu, stated this on Thursday while briefing journalists in the National Assembly. Mr Kalu’s call is coming on the heels of calls by Nigerians for the reduction of salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly.A section of Nigerians also called for part time legislative work to save the country from the needless financial haemorrhage. In August 2015, President Muhammadu Buharihad issued a...
32 Nigerians Deported From Germany
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32 Nigerians Deported From Germany

Thirty two Nigerians were on Friday repatriated from Germany for immigration and related offences. The returnees all – males arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos from Dusseldorf Airport aboard a chartered aircraft belonging to Envelope Airline. An immigration source who disclosed the information said the aircraft that flew the returnees touched down about 2.30 pm. Immigration sources said the repatriation was facilitated by the German Embassy.
Nigeria Vs S/leone: Super Eagles Will Make Nigerians Happy, Says Chukwueze
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Nigeria Vs S/leone: Super Eagles Will Make Nigerians Happy, Says Chukwueze

Villarreal and Nigerian forward Samuel Chukwueze has stated that the Super Eagles are set to make Nigerians happy ahead of the double header AFCON 2021 qualifiers against Sierra Leone. Chukwueze speaking in a chat with brila.net said the games against Sierra Leone are very important games for the Super Eagles who are very much aware of what two wins could mean as regards picking the tickets for the AFCON quickly. He added that this will not be lost on the mind of the players starting from the first leg tie in Benin.
Jesus Will Be So Disappointed On Nigerians Supporting Trump Because Of Christianity – Uti Nwachukwu
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Jesus Will Be So Disappointed On Nigerians Supporting Trump Because Of Christianity – Uti Nwachukwu

TV personality, Uti Nwachukwu says Jesus will be disappointed in Nigerians who are in support of US President, Donald Trump, all in the name of Christianity. According to him, Trump clearly perpetuated hate and division and anarchy. Posting via his Twitter handle, he wrote: "I'm so ashamed of the hypocritical brain washed Nigerians supporting Trump all in the name of Christianity! SOMEONE THAT CLEARLY PERPETUATED HATE, DIVISION AND ANARCHY!! This is who u people were holding vigils for? Is this the love Jesus preached? He will be so dissapointed."
Kamala Harris Victory In US Means Nigerians Need To Give Women A Chance – Keyamo
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Kamala Harris Victory In US Means Nigerians Need To Give Women A Chance – Keyamo

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo says the time has come for women in Nigeria to be trusted to hold high public offices. Mr Keyamo stated this on Saturday evening in reaction to the election of Senator Kamala Harris as the first woman to become vice-president elect of the United States. Congrats to Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, on being elected the 46th President of the USA and also to Kamala Harris, first woman of colour elected as VP, The time has also come to give our women the chance to occupy such a high office in our country and even the number one position. MCI reports that Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate, is also the first Black person and the first person of Southeast Asian descent to become vice president-elect in the nation’s 244-year history. ...
Bear With Us, If We Have Not Done Enough – Buhari Appeals To Nigerians
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Bear With Us, If We Have Not Done Enough – Buhari Appeals To Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday appealed to Nigerians yet to feel the impacts of his Administration and those who feel the government is not doing enough to bear with the government. The President made the appeal in Ilorin at a town hall meeting with the traditional rulers, youths, students, organised labour, market women and other stakeholders on the #EndSARS protest and its aftermath. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN recalled the President had directed all his cabinet ministers to go to their respective states and interact with the people over the protest and what the government had done. The Kwara state meeting hosted in Ilorin by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was attended by the state Governor Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman. Speaker of the sta...
China bars Nigerians and others from entry due to COVID19
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China bars Nigerians and others from entry due to COVID19

The Chinese authorities have issued fresh travel restrictions into China by Nigerians and other nationals in Nigeria holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits. A public notice issued by the Embassy of China and Consulate in Nigeria today November 5, states that the decision was based on the COVID19 concerns in Nigeria. Other countries placed on temporary travel restrictions include the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Philippines, and a few others The Chinese embassy says it will no longer issue certified health declaration form for non-Chinese nationals in the country. It, however, said holders of diplomatic passports, courtesy, or C visas would not be affected by the regulation.   ‘Notice of temporary suspension of entry into China by non-Chinese nationals i...
Nigerians To Receive 1 Million PHCN Meters For Free
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Nigerians To Receive 1 Million PHCN Meters For Free

Read President Buhari's statement on free 1,000,000 PHCN Meters. Under the first phase of the Presidential Mass Metering Initiative, we are making funding immediately available for DisCos to roll out 1,000,000 Meters in the first phase, at no cost to consumers. Deployment has already started in parts of Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and Abuja. Future phases of this Metering Initiative will help us fully meet the 6.5 million deficit of meters nationwide, and will impact an estimated 30 million consumers. All meters under this program will be sourced from local manufacturers and in-country stock, to create jobs. We are committed to ending estimated billing in all forms in Nigeria, and ensuring that Nigerians pay only for the electricity they consume.
NDLEA Arrests 2 Suspects With 16.65kg Of Cocaine At Lagos Airport
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NDLEA Arrests 2 Suspects With 16.65kg Of Cocaine At Lagos Airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two Nigerians who came in from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with 16.65 kilogramme of substances suspected to be cocaine on their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. The two suspected traffickers, Okwubunne Chidiebere Simeon and Aniakor Uchenna James, were arrested on October 28, 2020, and were said to have concealed the drugs in a spectacular way to beat the officials of the NDLEA. The NDLEA Commander at the airport, Garba Ahmadu, in a statement, said the drugs were concealed in eight children duvet which contained seven absorbent towels soaked with cocaine while others were neatly and cleverly concealed in tin cans labeled ‘Schramn’. “If this quantum of drugs had penetrated into the society, ...
Do Not Use Sniper For Food – NAFDAC DG, Mojisola Adeyeye
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Do Not Use Sniper For Food – NAFDAC DG, Mojisola Adeyeye

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Sunday, warned Nigerians against the use of Sniper and other brands of “Dichlorvos” (DDVP) as food preservatives. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, who gave the warning, said the continuous misuse and misapplication of Sniper and other brands of Dichlorvos by the general public, especially grain merchants, beans aggregators and dried fish sellers, could lead to health implications and even death. Adeyeye said the misuse of the dangerous Agrochemicals in the preservation of foodstuffs is replete with health implications with symptoms such as weakness, headache, and tightness in chest, blurred vision, salivation. Others are sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramp...
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...
Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections
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Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections

No fewer than nine Nigerian Americans are on the ballot in Tuesday’s general elections in the United States, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Running mostly on the platform of the Democratic Party, the candidates are bidding for different offices at the federal, state and local levels. NAN reports that besides the presidential election, governorship polls are holding in 11 states and two territories, in addition to other state and local elections. Congressional elections are also holding on Tuesday with all the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate up for grabs. At the federal level, Mr Oye Owolewa , whose father is from Kwara and mother from Oyo, is aiming for a ‘shadow’ (non-voting) seat in the House of Representative...
We Shouldn’t Curse Children Of Politicians – Simi
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We Shouldn’t Curse Children Of Politicians – Simi

Singer Simi has stated that Nigerians shouldn't be raining curses on the children of politicians in the country. Simi thinks that raining curses on them wouldn't be good for their mental health. Taking to her Twitter handle, she wrote: ''I feel like we really shouldn't be raining curses on the children of these people. I understand the agitation and that most of them don't care about us, but the goal is to be better than them and I can't imagine it's good for the mental health of them kids. We can rise above it.''
Nigerians call for arrest of lawmaker, Mojisola Alli-Macauley for allegely using CA-COVID palliatives as birthday souvenir
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Nigerians call for arrest of lawmaker, Mojisola Alli-Macauley for allegely using CA-COVID palliatives as birthday souvenir

Nigerians on social media have called for the arrest of Lagos lawmaker, Mojisola Alli-Macauley for allegedly using CA-COVID palliatives as her birthday souvenir. It all started when the lawmaker called Nigerian youths drug addicts, saying they go on social media to do all sorts. In her words, “They (Nigerian youths) are high on drugs all the time, most of them. They go to social media to do all sorts of things.” Some youths however in the know, have now shared photos from her birthday where CA-COVID palliatives where allegedly used as souvenirs. They are now calling for her arrest saying, if others can be arrested for looting, then she should also be brought to book. Two more photos below... But really, the youths have suddenly become the problem of lawmakers, they forge...
Nigerians Are Not Hungry; Protest Caused Looting- Femi Adesina
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Nigerians Are Not Hungry; Protest Caused Looting- Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says the looting of warehouses and shops by hoodlums cannot be traced to poverty in Nigeria but by the pandemonium that accompanied the #EndSARS protests. Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, on Thursday, Adesina said attributing the looting to poverty was like justifying armed robbery. “Criminality is criminality. Would it justify armed robbery because the man was poor? Would it justify armed robbery because the man didn’t have money? Just as you cannot justify armed robbery because a man was poor and took a gun to rob another person, you can’t also justify the looting,” he said. Adesina claimed the protracted protests provided an atmosphere for looting to take place. He said i...
Nigerians Pay N1.23 Extra On Petrol As Admin Charge
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Nigerians Pay N1.23 Extra On Petrol As Admin Charge

Nigerians now pay N1.23 extra on every litre of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol as administrative charge. The admin charge was N0.10 per litre before the hike. Producers of petroleum products, particularly lubricants, who gave this hint in petition to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, exclusively sighted by New Telegraph at the weekend, accused the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) of causing indirect hike in prices of petrol and other products across the country. The PPPRA, checks showed, has begun implementation of this over 1,100 per cent hike in administrative charges on products, a move that made it rake in about N1.845 billion from buyers of petrol in just one month. The downstream subsector has been deregulated, but Lubricant Pr...
EndSARS Protest: We Feel Abandoned – Police Officers
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EndSARS Protest: We Feel Abandoned – Police Officers

While millions of Nigerians have been wondering why hoodlums have been given a free reign to run riot over Lagos, Ilorin, Jos and many other cities without being checked by policemen, some senior serving officers have explained that most of them are reluctant to intervene following the widespread bashing from the same people they have been trying to protect in the past. His revelation has shed light on the fact that despite the order of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu for the deployment of Mobile Anti-riot units across the country – on the strength of the widespread destruction his order has largely been ignored. However, clearly disturbed by the continued looting, Adamu yesterday gave fresh or- ders to the police hierarchy to reclaim the “public space’ and restor...
Zahra Buhari reposts an instastory stating that President Buhari is not the problem of Nigeria
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Zahra Buhari reposts an instastory stating that President Buhari is not the problem of Nigeria

In the last few days, Nigerians have discovered various warehouses where the COVID19 palliatives donated by CACOVID were stored. The Nigerians took as many of the items. The palliatives comprising of food items were stored in the warehouses and were supposed to be distributed to the less privileged Nigerians. Nigerians took social media to blast the government for keeping the items when they were supposed to have immediately distributed to Nigerisns Well, filmmaker, Masurah Isah, shared a post on her Instastories where she pointed out that the discovery of the palliatives shows that the President is not the problem in Nigeria. Zahra Buhari-Indimi who is President Buhari's daughter saw the post and reposted it on her Instastories.
Nigerians react to Buhari’s speech on End SARS protests
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Nigerians react to Buhari’s speech on End SARS protests

Nigerians have taken to various social media platforms to react after President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation.   The address took place at 7pm on Thursday, October 22. Two days after End SARS protesters were shot at the Lekki toll gate. The shootings degenerated into chaos.   While speaking to Nigerians today, the president stated that Nigerians "misconstrued" the "promptness" with which the government acted on the End SARS demands "as a sign of weakness"   He added that "human lives have been lost" and properties have been destroyed "in the name of the End SARS protests."   He then listed the "measures and initiatives" the government has put in place for "youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society."   He then ...
Instagram apologizes to Nigerians for incorrectly flagging down posts in support of #EndSARS campaign as “false information”
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Instagram apologizes to Nigerians for incorrectly flagging down posts in support of #EndSARS campaign as “false information”

Social media network, Instagram has apologized to Nigerians for incorrectly flagging down posts in support of #EndSARS as "false information." Recall several Instagram users took to their respective accounts to react in anger after their posts aimed at spreading awareness about the #EndSARS campaign were flagged down as  "false information."       In a statement released to their Twitter page, the social media platform admitted that they incorrectly flagged down posts in support of #EndSARS and apologised to Nigerians for the error. The statement read: "Yesterday our systems were incorrectly flagging content in support of #EndSARS, and marking posts as false. We are deeply sorry for this. The issue has now been resolved, and we apologize for letting our...
EndSARS: Obasanjo Reacts To Violence Against Protesters, Appeals For Calm
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EndSARS: Obasanjo Reacts To Violence Against Protesters, Appeals For Calm

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written an eight paragraph letter to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to address Nigerians on the state of the nation. Statement by H_E Olusegun Obasanjo on the violence and chaos across Nigeria STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST PROTESTERS IN NIGERIA: AN APPEAL FOR CALM It is With a heavy heart and a deep sense of concern about the ongoing violence, chaos and unrest In many parts of Nigeria that I make this appeal to the government and people of our dear country, Nigeria to eschew violence and embrace peace and dialogue in finding solutions to the challenges we face as a country. I particularly appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacities as President of Nigeria, Commander ln-Chicf of the Armed Forces, and as a parent of yout...
Nigerians react to photos of Delta State Deputy Speaker’s mansion submerged in flood
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Nigerians react to photos of Delta State Deputy Speaker’s mansion submerged in flood

Photos of a mansion partly submerged after certain areas of Delta state became flooded has elicited reactions from Nigerians.   The mansion reportedly belongs to Delta State Deputy Speaker, Hon Osanebi Ossai Friday, 40.     Last week, heavy rainfall led to flooding in the area and many homes were affected.   Photos shared online show the extent of the damage done by the flood but Nigerians on Facebook and Twitter felt no sympathy for the owner of the mansion. They only said they felt sorry for the poor people living around who are victims of bad governance and have no alternative.     Some stated that the government refused to fix the drainage problem so they can't be bothered if a politician's house is affected.  ...
Stop using the death of your child to emotionally blackmail Nigerians!!! Kiki Mordi slams D’banj
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Stop using the death of your child to emotionally blackmail Nigerians!!! Kiki Mordi slams D’banj

Kiki Mordi has slammed D'banj asking him to stop using the death of his child to 'emotionally blackmail' Nigerians. She said this when the singer tweeted in support of police brutality victims, saying he knows the pains their family members are going through because he also once lost a child. His tweet got many retweets and attracted a lot of comments, among which is that of Kiki who called him out, saying; ''Everyday you use your child to emotionally blackmail Nigerians. You're very scary.''
Why Do You Want To Spend Money On IPPIS When UTAS Is Free?- ASUU To FG
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Why Do You Want To Spend Money On IPPIS When UTAS Is Free?- ASUU To FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has challenged the Federal Government to tell Nigerians why it prefers to spend money on enrolling workers on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, when the union’s University Transparency and Accountability System, UTAS, can be used for the same purpose free of charge. The National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, threw the challenge on Sunday in a chat with Vanguard. He wondered why the government would insist on wasting scarce public resources on an investment that would in the end fail to meet expectations. “We are close to actualising UTAS’ integrity process. We wonder why the government is insisting on IPPIS that cannot meet expectations in terms of performance. Does it make sense for ...
Presidential panel approves 5 demands of #EndSARS protesters
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Presidential panel approves 5 demands of #EndSARS protesters

The Presidential Panel on Police Reforms has approved the five demands of Nigerians that have been participating in the #EndSARS protest.   End SARS protesters presented five demands to the presidency for the protests to end. See the demands below     In a statement released today October 13, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said following the directive of President Buhari on the dissolution of SARS, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, convened a meeting with stakeholders, agreeing to meet all the demands of the protesters.   According to Adesina, the meeting was a multi-stakeholders’ forum attended by leaders and representatives of civil society organizations in Nigeria, activists from the ...
Nigerians Can Record Policemen But From Safe Distance – Frank Mba (Video)
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Nigerians Can Record Policemen But From Safe Distance – Frank Mba (Video)

Force spokesman Frank Mba has advised the general public to make videos of policemen engaging in unlawful conducts but from a safe distance. In an Instagram Live chat with pop artiste Naira Marley on Tuesday, Mr Mba said: “If you see an officer doing the wrong thing if you can record him safely do so and send to work review.” He added that he would not advise citizens to go about making videos of security and law enforcement agencies indiscreetly. Mba said he does not encourage anyone to go into a formal argument or physical fight with an armed officer. Meanwhile, Naira Marley cancelled his planned protest on Tuesday and gave the police one week to address complaints against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). https://youtu.be/yOxGXCZuxlY
Nigerians Are Taking Loans To Buy Food As 68% Of Households Suffer Food Insecurity – NBS
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Nigerians Are Taking Loans To Buy Food As 68% Of Households Suffer Food Insecurity – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says 68 percent of Nigerian households experienced moderate or severe food insecurity in August as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the national longitudinal survey on the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 on Nigerian households, conducted by the bureau in August, 51 percent of households used loans taken after the pandemic began to pay for food items. “About one in four households were already indebted prior to the pandemic while nearly one-third have taken out new loans since the onset of the pandemic,” the report read. “The food security situation in Nigeria remains precarious, even as the lockdown restrictions continue to be loosened,” “The share of households experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity remaine...
FG reacts as Atiku, Saraki, Nigerians call for SARS reform
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FG reacts as Atiku, Saraki, Nigerians call for SARS reform

Some Nigerian leaders are calling for a reform in the operations of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), after cases of harassment and extortion by members of the squad went viral on Saturday. Former vice president Atiku Abubakar and former Senate president Bukola Saraki said on Saturday said the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has become an oppressor of the people it should protect. “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police was set up to confront violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and other related crimes. However, the unit has today morphed into an oppressor of the Nigerian masses who strive every day for a better life,” Atiku tweeted on Saturday. “Reports of intimidation, harassment and outright extortion by officers of the Special Anti-R...
‘Na Joke O’: Lady Who Claimed To Be Pregnant For Laycon Asks For Forgiveness (Video)
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‘Na Joke O’: Lady Who Claimed To Be Pregnant For Laycon Asks For Forgiveness (Video)

he lady who made a video saying that she was impregnated by Laycon, has come out to say that Laycon never impregnated her. In another video she made, she introduced herself as Dera, and said she never knew Laycon and has not been in Nigeria since three years. She said she has not visited a night club before. She said that all she said about Laycon were jokes. She said she hasn't been able to sleep since she made that video. Because if she tries to sleep, she sees people chasing her around with cutlass. She appealed to Nigerians and Laycon's fans to forgive her and stop chasing her around with cutlass in her dreams, to enable her sleep. See video below. https://youtu.be/B-qXtXdT1wY
Nigerians Disappointed As They’re Looking For Results In Wrong Place – Fashola
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Nigerians Disappointed As They’re Looking For Results In Wrong Place – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on Thursday said Nigerians are disappointed in the present administration because they are looking for results in the wrong place. Fashola who disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television said Nigerians should note that governance is not magic and the results they promptly need can only be delivered by state and local government which are the closest to grassroots. “Governance is not magic. It is the act of the possible and our responsibility is to always project hope. Perhaps those who feel that way (disappointed) should be made to realize that what we expect of the Nigerian Federal government lies more with the state government and the local government…some of the most basic things. “What we should do is to focus ...
Nigerians Disappointed As Google Search Shows Agbani Darego As Ugliest Miss World
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Nigerians Disappointed As Google Search Shows Agbani Darego As Ugliest Miss World

In 2001, Nigeria’s Agbani Darego made history as the first black queen to win Miss World in a very captivating fashion. Fast forward to 2020, the coronavirus year, October precisely, the Independent Month, social media is on a meltdown as Google Search shows Darego as ugliest Miss World (You don’t have to check it too you know?). Nigerians might be divided within, but nothing unites citizens of the most populous black nation in the world than misrepresenting one of their own. Social media, Twitter, like a fuel-laden fallen taker, exploded over Agbani Darego misjudged as the ugliest Miss World. Many query questions flooding the timelines and appreciating tweets to drum support for the ever beautiful beauty queen, though some had reservations as to how beautiful Darego was as a ...
Buhari’s Eight Years Is A Passing Phase; Nigerians Should Endure – Ologbondiyan
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Buhari’s Eight Years Is A Passing Phase; Nigerians Should Endure – Ologbondiyan

Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the just concluded Edo governorship election, Nigeria at 60, restructuring and other issues. Excerpts: Your party, the PDP just secured victory in the just concluded governorship election in Edo state. How do you feel? I feel so elated for a hard battle won. It is a collective victory for all of us. Like I said on my social media page, this victory is historic, the aroma is sweet and its lesson for political godfathers will last a lifetime. The people’s power will always prevail. Once again, congratulations to Governor Obaseki, his deputy, Phillip Shaibu and the good people of Edo state. Nigeria will be celebrating 60 years of independence a...
Online Portal For Nigerians To Access FG’s N75 Billion Survival Fund Opens Today
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Online Portal For Nigerians To Access FG’s N75 Billion Survival Fund Opens Today

As the portal for registration of prospective beneficiaries of #SurvivalFundNG opens today, interested Nigerians in the Payroll Support scheme are to note that the site will be open from 10pm Monday September 21, 2020. REGISTRATION SCHEDULE: Registration for #PayrollSupport will start with educational institutions at 10pm on Monday Sept 21, 2020, and will be followed by businesses in the hospitality industry on Friday September 25 beginning from 12am. The portal will also be open to other category of small businesses from 12am, on Mon Sept 28, 2020 Note that the scheduling of registration for prospective beneficiaries is to ensure that the process is seamless & hitch free The Portal: http://survivalfund.ng @SurvivalFund_ng
UAE May Reverse Visa Restriction On Nigerians Today Amid Airline’s Ban
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UAE May Reverse Visa Restriction On Nigerians Today Amid Airline’s Ban

Barring any last-minute hitches, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will today, review the visa restriction placed on Nigerian travellers, following the ban of Emirates Airlines from the most populous black nation. Sources at the company’s office in Lagos confirmed that the issue was being reviewed, and the “right” diplomatic approach taken. This came as aviation stakeholders commended the Federal Government for going “tough and playing tit-for-tat with countries that would not accept Nigerian travellers into their domains.” The Federal Government, following pressure from some quarters, banned Emirates Airlines from Lagos and Abuja airports, effective today, over refusal to grant fresh visa applications submitted by Nigerians. The government earlier banned European carriers, w...
US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard Denies Purported List Of Nigerians Banned From The US
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US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard Denies Purported List Of Nigerians Banned From The US

The United States of America has given reasons it will not reveal the identities of Nigerian politicians issued visa bans for interfering in electoral processes. On Monday, the US government announced the ban on some Nigerians, who undermined the November 2019 governorship polls in Bayelsa and Kogi States. On why the identities of those affected were not disclosed, the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, it was because of the confidentiality attached to visa-related matters. Leonard stated this on Wednesday, while speaking at the end of the inaugural consular meeting with Nigeria officials. According to her, the names cannot be made public “as US visa processes are in fact confidential and so we do not publish a list, we do not make public who it is that woul...
Nigerians Battling With Double Sufferings – Jega, Onaiyekan To Buhari
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Nigerians Battling With Double Sufferings – Jega, Onaiyekan To Buhari

The Nigerian Working Group on Peace building and Governance has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate dialogue at the national and sub-national levels to address the country’s security challenges. In a statement on Sunday, the group said Nigerians are suffering from rising insecurity to lives and properties, as well as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their standards of living. The statement was signed by Attahiru Jega, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC); John Onaiyekan, the former Catholic archbishop of Abuja; Martin Luther Agwai, a retired military general; Jibrin Ibrahim, a professor; Aisha Mohammed-Oyebode, chief executive officer, Murtala Muhammed Foundation, among others, who are all members of the group. The positi...
US Imposed Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Electoral Processes
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US Imposed Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Electoral Processes

The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy. We commend all those Nigerians who participated in elections throughout 2019 and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes. We remain committed to working together to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations. We condemn the acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption that harmed Nigerians and undermined the democratic process. As the Edo and Ondo State off-cycle elections near, we urge all stakeholders, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, the political parties, and the security services, to uphold the tenets of democracy and facilitate genuinely free and fair elections, conducted in an appropriately...
Why Buhari Released N2.3 Trillion Stimulus Package To Nigerians For COVID-19
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Why Buhari Released N2.3 Trillion Stimulus Package To Nigerians For COVID-19

Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has revealed that the Federal Government’s N2.3 trillion stimulus package was designed to mitigate the shock, tackle the vulnerabilities, create and protect jobs, as well as rescue businesses and reposition the economy. The Vice President stated this in his keynote at the 61st annual conference of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES) themed “African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Post COVID-19 Era: What Next for Nigeria?” “Our projections showed that without the stimulus, the economy was set to contract by -4.4% in 2020, but with implementation, including ramping up local production, we should be able to limit the negative growth to -0.59%. Let me be clear, our desire to ramp up local production is not a call to autarky but rather an expend...
433,000 Nigerians, Businesses To Get N50,000, N30,000 Each – FG
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433,000 Nigerians, Businesses To Get N50,000, N30,000 Each – FG

Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each. NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus. The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja. Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. "The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that t...
Why Honest, Decent People Can’t Become President Of Nigeria -Olu Falae
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Why Honest, Decent People Can’t Become President Of Nigeria -Olu Falae

Chief Olu Falae, a former National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and one-time Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has said honest and principled Nigerians will find it very difficult to attaining political power, especially the presidency because the country is still practicing jungle politics. Speaking in an interview with INDEPENDENT, Falae, a former presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the 1999 presidential election said competition for power in Nigeria is usually in in favour of unscrupulous and unprincipled politicians who are prepared to do anything to achieve power. He said given the nature of politics in Nigeria, which is dirty and brutal, any politician who wants to play by the rule will find it difficult to achieve pol...
Four Nigerians Arrested In Philippines For Hacking Bank’s System
Crime

Four Nigerians Arrested In Philippines For Hacking Bank’s System

A video has emerged of the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday parading 4 Nigerian nationals in Muntinlupa City for alleged involvement in an international syndicate that hacks and siphons funds from banks, ABS-CBN Philippines reports. In a statement on Tuesday by the National Bureau of Investigation's Cybercrime Division chief, Vic Lorenzo, it was alleged that the four Nigerians violated the Access Device Law, Anti-Cybercrime law, and falsification of public documents. The statement reads, “The fraudsters’ – Nigerians – transactions were traced when they hacked a system of one Philippines bank, where at least P100 million were transferred and funneled into a different account. The international syndicate is complicated to the point that they study the system’s flaw...
Blessing Okoro criticizes Nigerians for glorifying ‘bad behaviour’ by rewarding disqualified BBNaija housemates
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Blessing Okoro criticizes Nigerians for glorifying ‘bad behaviour’ by rewarding disqualified BBNaija housemates

Blessing Okoro has criticized Nigerians for glorifying "bad behaviour" by showing massive support for Big Brother Naija housemates after they're disqualified from the show for breaking house rules. The relationship blogger who runs Break Up or Make Up (BOM), shared a tweet that reads, "Before you know it now, disqualification will be a faster way of cashing out than even winning BBNaija, because the way we dey glorify bad behaviour is getting out of hand." Blessing Okoro added the caption: "Like I don't understand this people called Nigerians. Bunch of confusing." This comes after housemate Erica Nlewedim was disqualified for breaking the Big Brother Naija house rules by being disrespectful towards her fellow housemates.
Nigerians respond better when they are treated like animals — Actress Belinda Effah
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Nigerians respond better when they are treated like animals — Actress Belinda Effah

Nollywood actress, Belinda Effah has lashed out at Nigerians over what she termed as "misplaced priorities". In her Instagram post, the actress stated that the country won't move forward until Nigerians place their interest in the right place. Effah added that it is sad Nigerians respond better when they are treated like animals. She wrote; Until Your Interest Is In The Right Place Nigerians, There Will Be No Going Forward. It’s Sad Nigerians Respond Better When They Are Treated Like Animals Enough Said - Mic Off