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Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels
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Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has applied to withdraw the suit it filed to stop various panels probing allegations of rights abuses and other acts of impunity by police officials, particularly men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020 was filed on November 9, 2020 by the NPF, through its lawyer, O. M. Atoyebi (SAN). In the notice of discontinuance filed early on Friday by a lawyer to the NPF, Festus Ibude, reads: “Take notice that the plaintiff herein intends to and doth hereby wholly withdraws its suit against all the defendants.” Listed as defendants in the case include the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the attorneys-general of the states and chairmen of the panels set u...
Maina’s Lawyer, Adeola Adedipe Quits, Applies To Withdraw From Case
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Maina’s Lawyer, Adeola Adedipe Quits, Applies To Withdraw From Case

A lawyer, Adeola Adedipe, engaged by fleeing ex-Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abulrasheed Maina in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case. Adedipe, who is representing Maina’s company – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd -, told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, at the resumption of proceedings in the case, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client. The lawyer, who said his brief has not been perfected (he has not been paid by his client), apologised to the court for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments. Ruling, Justice Okon Abang, who on the previous day, held that, by being absent in court, Adedipe has abandoned proceedings,...
Proposed Endsars Protest: Lagos Police Withdraw Men From Individuals
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Proposed Endsars Protest: Lagos Police Withdraw Men From Individuals

In preparation for the proposed Endsars protest to be staged by some individuals and hired groups to cause mayhem and security threats in Lagos State, the Lagos State Police Command has ordered the commanders of the Mobile Police Squadrons and Special Protection Unit in Lagos State to withdraw their men from  individuals who are not entitled to police aides and escorts in line with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, to augment its strength. The Command has deemed it necessary to mop up more mobile men to be deployed across the length and breadth of the state for any eventualities as the police is no longer ready to condone any act of lawlessness, brouhaha and state of anarchy in Lagos State. The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has put all po...
FIBAN Asks Alaafin To Withdraw Mayegun Title From KWAM 1 For Beating Broadcaster
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FIBAN Asks Alaafin To Withdraw Mayegun Title From KWAM 1 For Beating Broadcaster

The Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria has appealed to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi to immediately strip top rate Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde of Mayegun title for allegedly brutalising an Ogun State based broadcaster, Wole Sorunke. The association described the Ace musician as unfit to be bestowed with the title. Sorunke, otherwise known as M C Murphy , a popular radio presenter and event anchor, was allegedly beaten and brutalised by the fuji maestro and his boys on Thursday night at the 60th birthday party of the Olu of Itori in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Abdulfatai Akorede Akamo. Narrating his ordeal, Sorunke explained that he had taken his client to a stage where Ayinde was performing for the fuji maestro to eulogi...
US Open champion Osaka withdraws from French Open with injury
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US Open champion Osaka withdraws from French Open with injury

Naomi Osaka, who captured her third Grand Slam title at the US Open on September 12, pulled out of the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury on Thursday. "Unfortunately I won't be able to play the French Open this year," Osaka said in posts on Instagram and Twitter. "My hamstring is still sore so I won't have enough time to prepare for the clay - these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this year." The French Open is due to start on 27 September at Roland Garros, rescheduled from earlier in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, Osaka rallied from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open women's final, adding a third major trophy after her victories at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open triumphs. The 22...
I Hereby Withdraw The Word “Stupid” That I Used On Journalist, I Regret It – FFK
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I Hereby Withdraw The Word “Stupid” That I Used On Journalist, I Regret It – FFK

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of Aviation has apologised for insulting a journalist in Calabar, Cross River State capital, last week. The apology of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP chieftain comes barely a day after he remained defiant, oiling his ego over the unfortunate outburst wherein he described the media practitioner as being very stupid. A question by the journalist, Eyo Charles, attached to one of the national dailies, on who was bankrolling his tours across states of the federation necessitated the outburst. He had vowed yesterday not to apologise for his verbal attacks despite criticism that greeted it when a video clip of what transpired surfaced online. But in a statement this morning, the former minister said he regretted using the word stupid and have wi...
331,003 Job Losers Withdraw ₦116.87 Billion From Pension Accounts
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331,003 Job Losers Withdraw ₦116.87 Billion From Pension Accounts

A total of 331,003 workers who lost their jobs have withdrawn N116.87bn from their Retirement Savings Accounts under the Contributory Pension Scheme. This amounted to 25 per cent of the total balance in their RSAs with Pension Fund Administrators as of the end of the third quarter of 2019. The National Pension Commission disclosed this in its third quarter 2019 report, which was released on Monday. Part of the report read, “Approval was granted for payment of N3.67bn to 6,862 RSA holders who were under the age of 50 years and were disengaged from work and unable to secure another job within four months of disengagement. “The cumulative total number of RSA holders who were paid benefits for temporary loss of job was 331,003 and were paid a total of N116.88bn, being 25 per c...
Group Asks NBA To Withdraw Obasanjo, Wike’s Invitation
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Group Asks NBA To Withdraw Obasanjo, Wike’s Invitation

A group of lawyers has asked the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to withdraw the invitation of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, as speakers for its annual conference. This comes a few days after the NBA withdrew its invitation to Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, as a speaker at the conference following an outcry by some lawyers who said the governor stands against what the profession represents. The lawyers, under the umbrella of the Radical Agenda Movement in the Nigerian Bar Association (RAMINBA), said both Obasanjo and Wike have acted against the rule of law. In a statement on Saturday, Adesina Ogunlana, RAMINBA chairman, and Ayo Ademiluyi, the secretary, accused Obasanjo of masterminding the Odi massacre of 1999 and attem...
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UK Told To Withdraw Foreign Aid From Nigeria Due To Killing Of Christians

More than half of people (53 percent) want British aid to Nigeria made conditional on measures protecting Christians, a new Savanta ComRes poll shows. Nearly six out of 10 respondents (58 percent) backed sanctions against human rights abusers. The poll comes as concern mounts about atrocities carried out by Boko Haram and the region’s version of the so-called Islamic State. There was also strong support for lobbying the UN to send peacekeeping forces into parts of Nigeria (53 percent). Two in five UK adults (39 percent) say they expect the UK to speak out against violence towards Christians in Nigeria. The poll of more than 2,000 adults, commissioned by humanitarian organisation PSJ UK, also found that more than one in four people (26 percent) of people would support Britai...
COVID-19: How Three Arsenal Players were Pulled from Training Over ‘Positive’ Test
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COVID-19: How Three Arsenal Players were Pulled from Training Over ‘Positive’ Test

<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; display: block !important;" role="presentation" src="data:;base64," alt="" aria-hidden="true" /> Three Arsenal players were forced to withdraw from training, after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, The Athletic reports. Ever since the Gunners returned to football, they have lost their two Premier League fixtures. Mikel Arteta saw his side suffer a 3-0 humiliation on his return to Manchester City, before throwing away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 at Brighton two days later. It is now believed their preparations for the restart may not have been ideal. Arsenal had been informed by the Premier League that one of their players ha...
Man Accuses SARS of Driving him and his Wife to an ATM and Asking them to Withdraw 500,000 Naira
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Man Accuses SARS of Driving him and his Wife to an ATM and Asking them to Withdraw 500,000 Naira

A man has claimed that SARS tried to extort him and his wife of 500,000 Naira after they were seen outside past curfew. Bruce Bateman said the incident happened 2 weeks ago. He claims the SARS officials drove him and his wife from Lekki to Marina and asked them to withdraw 500K from the ATM. He said 250K was the fine levied on him and 250K on his wife. He made this revelation while discussing kidnapping and armed robbery. He insinuated that Nigerian policemen are kdinappers and armed robbers because of the way they arrest and extort civilians. He wrote: "We need Nigerian police to stop kidnappers and armed robbers. "SARS that drove my wife and I from Lekki to Marina and asked us to withdraw 500k from the ATM if we wanted to be released. Shey that one is not kidnap and armed...
Nurses Withdraw Services At Plateau Isolation Centre Over Hazard Allowance
Health

Nurses Withdraw Services At Plateau Isolation Centre Over Hazard Allowance

Nurses at one of the isolation Centres for COVID-19 in Plateau State, the Jos University Teaching Hospital, on Monday withdrew their services. It was learnt that as a result of the development, all the nineteen patients at the isolation centre have been abandoned. Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, JUTH branch, Mrs. Mercy Lenka, who confirmed the development to our correspondent in Jos on Monday blamed the government for their action stating that they were constrained to withdraw their services at the isolation centre in order to save the lives of their members and others from being infected with the disease. Lenka said,[b] “Yes, we have asked our members to withdraw their services at the JUTH isolation center. Ideally, when you are involved ...
Lagos BRT Buses May Withdraw Services Next Week
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Lagos BRT Buses May Withdraw Services Next Week

Primero Transport Services Ltd., operator of the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) may withdraw its services on May 25, due to logistics problems and other issues, an authoritative source disclosed on Friday. The source said that the company might likely run out of diesel and other supplies that would likely disrupt BRT operations. “Primero is planning to withdraw all its buses from the road from May 25. The company is running out of diesel. “Suppliers have not been supplying diesel fully because the firm is owing them. The company is currently running at a loss. “Primero will run out of the supply of diesel and other supplies by Monday. So it is not likely the buses will run,” the source re-stated. Efforts to talk with the Managing Director of the company, Mr Fola Tinubu, o...
Donald Trump Set To Withdraw From Open Skies Treaty
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Donald Trump Set To Withdraw From Open Skies Treaty

Per Peter Baker of the NYT, President Trump has decided to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, negotiated three decades ago to allow nations to fly over each other’s territory with elaborate sensor equipment to assure they are not preparing for military action. TheHill reports President Trump plans to withdraw from another major arms control agreement, the Open Skies Treaty, multiple sources confirmed to The Hill on Thursday. The Open Skies Treaty allows the pact’s 35 signatories, including the United States and Russia, to fly unarmed observation flights over each other with the intention of providing transparency about military activities to avoid miscalculations that could lead to war. A senior administration official and a Senate aide confirmed the decision, which was firs...
Some Nigerians May Withdraw To Villages Later – T.B. Joshua
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Some Nigerians May Withdraw To Villages Later – T.B. Joshua

THE founder and General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T. B. Joshua, has said events like the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) occur once every 100 years. The cleric said God revealed to him that hard times will follow immediately after the lockdown, advising everyone to cut their coat according to their cloth. He said to survive, some may have to “withdraw from the city to a rural life or to do away with some of your properties”. Joshua, who spoke during a live service on Emmanuel TV on Sunday, said those who adjust to the new condition of things will be able to overcome while those who fail to do so may “go down with the times, either by disappointment, failure, death”. But he urged people not to give up, saying: “Sometimes God allows situati...
Queen Elizabeth, 94, ‘To Withdraw From Public Duties For Months’ Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
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Queen Elizabeth, 94, ‘To Withdraw From Public Duties For Months’ Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Queen Elizabeth is reportedly set to withdraw from public duties for months in what is expected to be the longest absence from official duties in her 68-year reign. The Sunday Times reports that the monarch, 94, will remain at Windsor Castle indefinitely due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The publication also confirmed that Buckingham Palace will be closed to the public this summer for what is thought to be the first time in almost 30 years as her diary of engagements into the autumn has been placed on hold. Events including Trooping the Colour, the Order of the Garter service and her summer garden parties have already been cancelled, while Royal Ascot, which she attends annually will only take place behind closed doors, if at all, The Sunday Times said. A royal source told T...
COVID-19: Withdraw Old Naira Notes From Circulation, Group Tells CBN
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COVID-19: Withdraw Old Naira Notes From Circulation, Group Tells CBN

The Association of Progressive Nigerians has appealed to the Central Bank to withdraw old and tattered naira notes from circulation as the country is battling COVID- 19 pandemic. The group made the appeal in a statement it issued in Lagos on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the statement was jointly signed by Alhaji Mohammed Bello, the group’s president and Mr Oluwole Aina, its general secretary. The group said the appeal became necessary as the continued recirculation of old, tattered naira notes, which had passed several hands, might lead to further spread of the pandemic. “We hereby appeal to the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, to please withdraw these old and tattered naira notes from circulation as continued recycling of such notes may endanger publi...
NMA, NARD Threaten To Withdraw Services Over Invitation Of Chinese Doctors
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NMA, NARD Threaten To Withdraw Services Over Invitation Of Chinese Doctors

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have urged the federal government to halt its plan to invite an 18-man Chinese team of medical experts to assist the country in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19). They described the move as ill-timed and embarrassing, stating it undermines efforts and expertise of frontline healthcare workers risking their lives every day to keep the country safe. The associations said that they might be forced to review participation and withdraw their members from all public health facilities in the country if the government proceeds with the plans. The President of the NMA, Dr. Francis Faduyile, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. According to him: “The Nigerian Medical As...
I Stopped Picking A Man’s Call For Saying He’s Going To Withdraw His Last 2K” – Twitter User
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I Stopped Picking A Man’s Call For Saying He’s Going To Withdraw His Last 2K” – Twitter User

A Nigerian lady has stated that she stopped picking a man’s call after he said he was going to withdraw his last two thousand Naira. Taking to Twitter, @PrettyFuro, narrated how she met a man, and they were cool until he revealed the state of his finances to her. See what she wrote below; “Sometime last year, I met this good looking young man and we are were in the talking stage, seen him about twice afterwards, one evening we were talking over the phone when he told me he was going to withdraw his last 2k, Fam! I ran for my life… I never picked his calls again, but I reply his WhatsApp messages once in while, I’m not even looking for money from him, By God’s special grace, My standard is way above that…I’m talking of my own money please Let me make something clear, n...
ATM Thief Reveals How he Stole Millions with ATM Cards
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ATM Thief Reveals How he Stole Millions with ATM Cards

The Edo State Police Command has arrested a 29-year-old ATM thief identified as Adetunji Adesina, after he stole N678,000 from his recent victim Ehitomwan Aghama. Adetunji who was found to be in possession of 10 ATM cards of various banks. revealed that he met Aghama at the ATM facility of one of the new generation banks in Sapele Road, Benin City. The suspect said he acted like he wanted to withdraw money and distracted his victim by dropping his phone of the floor. He said; “My name is Adetunji Adesina, I am from Oshogbo in Osun State, I met Aghama at the ATM machine of the bank (name withheld) in Sapele Road, I behaved as if to say I wanted to use the ATM machine, then deliberately dropped my phone on the ground, in pity he wanted to help me with the phone. “I punched...
No Plan To Withdraw Charges Against El-zakzaky – Aisha Dikko
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No Plan To Withdraw Charges Against El-zakzaky – Aisha Dikko

The Attorney General of Kaduna State and Commissioner for Justice, Aisha Dikko said on Thursday the state had no intention to withdraw charges against the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, standing trial at the state high court. A statement issued by the attorney general on Thursday said both El Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, “are facing eight counts, bordering on culpable homicide, punishable by death.” Dikko recalled that the court had refused the accused persons bail after their arraignment in August, 2018. She said, “At its last sitting on December 5, 2019, the court adjourned the hearing in the matter till February 6, 2020 and ordered the transfer of the couple from the DSS facility to the Kaduna Correctional Centre for the duration of ...
Rapper DaBaby released from Jail amid battery charge
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Rapper DaBaby released from Jail amid battery charge

Grammy-nominated rapper, DaBaby has been released from jail after a warrant for his arrest was withdrawn. The American rapper whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, was arrested on a battery charge on Thursday night in Miami after arguing with a music promoter over payment for performance, Miami police said in an arrest warrant. After police arrested the rapper, they found a warrant for his arrest from Texas, also on a battery charge. Thursday's incident began at Novotel Miami Brickell, where Kirk was staying. He approached the music promoter, who said he'd made an agreement with the rapper to perform at Cafe Iguana in nearby Pembroke Pines, the arrest report said. The man told police he gave Kirk $30,000 but when the rapper counted it he claimed it was $10,000 short. When Kirk demanded...
Withdrawal of troops from troubled communities will be gradual – Buhari
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Withdrawal of troops from troubled communities will be gradual – Buhari

President Buhari has commented on the planned withdrawal of the military from some communities in the country where peace has been restored. In a statement released by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, the Nigerian leader said the withdrawal will not be done in a manner that will expose communities to more risks of attacks. The President who urged Nigerians and public affairs analysts to carefully study the statement releaaed after a security council meeting with service chiefs, said his “administration will not abandon citizens in need of protection.” He further disclosed that that when it's been confirmed that the withdrawal will not in any way jeopardize peace already achieved, the military pull out will be in a careful and gradual way. ...
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Godswill Akpabio withdraws from Akwa-Ibom senatorial re-run

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has withdrawn from the re-run election of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District. Akpabio had challenged the victory of Senator Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party, who was declared winner of the February 23rd election. The Court of Appeal had ruled that a rerun election should be held in some parts of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. Akpabio, in a letter to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, asked the party to submit another name to replace him as he won’t abandon a critical national assignment placed on him as minister. He also urged the Oshiomhole to prevail on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, to redeploy the State Electo...
Federal Government withdraws corruption charges against Pinnick, other NFF officials
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Federal Government withdraws corruption charges against Pinnick, other NFF officials

The Federal High Court, Abuja Division, on Tuesday, struck out the case of fraud brought against the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick. The court made the decision following an application by the federal government to withdraw its case against Mr Pinnick and others accused of mismanaging money gotten from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA). The federal government had in May arraigned Mr Pinnik and four others on 18 counts for allegedly diverting the sum, which was given to the NFF as fees for appearing at the last Russia 2018 World Cup. The five officials, including the NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh, were accused of ...
Hong Kong Government Withdraws Bill That Sparked Protests
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Hong Kong Government Withdraws Bill That Sparked Protests

Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday withdrew an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests that have since morphed into a campaign for greater democratic change. Secretary for Security John Lee told the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s legislature that the government had suspended the bill because it had resulted in “conflicts in society.” In order to clearly spell out the government’s position, “I formally announce the withdrawal of the bill,” Lee told lawmakers. Pro-democracy lawmakers immediately tried to question him but he refused to respond. There are no signs that the withdrawal of the bill would dampen the protests, now in their fifth month. The rallies have snowballed into the city’s biggest political crisis in decades, expanding to demands for universal...
NIPOST Mail Network Collapses Nationwide As Contractors Withdraw Vehicles
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NIPOST Mail Network Collapses Nationwide As Contractors Withdraw Vehicles

Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) is currently experiencing a nationwide collapse in distributing mails, parcels and cargo as their private partners withdraw operational vehicles over non-payment for services rendered over many months. The postal service relies on the partnership with about 10 private partners who provide trucks for the daily distribution of mail and parcels to all parts of Nigeria. In an attempt to get NIPOST management to clear arrears of payments for services which have run into four months, the mail and parcel haulers embarked on an indefinite strike on Monday morning. It was learnt that the notice issued to the organisation over the outstanding charges expired Sunday night with no attempt made by the management to convince the operators not to withdraw thei...
“Withdraw Your Threat On IPOB,” – Fani-Kayode To Junaid Mohammed
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“Withdraw Your Threat On IPOB,” – Fani-Kayode To Junaid Mohammed

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has urged a second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, to withdraw his threat on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Mohammed had threatened that IPOB members would pay with their blood if they attempt to attack President Muhammadu Buhari in Japan. “IPOB will pay with their blood if they attempt an attack on Buhari,” he said. The group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, had on Saturday called on Biafrans to ‘arrest’ and ‘disgrace’ Buhari when he arrives Japan for the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama from August 28 to 30. In several tweets on Wednesday, Mr Fani-Kayode said Mohammed’s threat shows that Nigeria is on the “brink of a terrible conflagration which could be...
Serious Drama In Court As Opposing Counsels Appear For APC
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Serious Drama In Court As Opposing Counsels Appear For APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has filed a motion seeking to discontinue its case at the election petitions tribunal challenging the victory of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri as the winner of the Adamawa state governorship election in 2019. There was a mild drama during the sitting as opposing counsels appeared for the APC. CP Eze Okoye, led a team of other lawyers to also announced appearance for the APC just like Smart Ukpanah. Two separate representatives also announced appearance for the plaintiff. Aliyu Bakari, APC Vice Chairman (Adamawa Central), announced appearance for the party alongside Smart Ukpanah. On the other hand, Mohammed Adamu, APC Treasurer in the state, took side with the Okoye led legal team. After the motion of withdrawal was mentioned, Barrister Okoye, o...
Parents To Withdraw Children From Madonna University Over Students’ Detention
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Parents To Withdraw Children From Madonna University Over Students’ Detention

Parents of students of Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State have threatened to withdraw their children from the institution following detention of six students of the institution and a lecturer. The media last week was awash of reports of school’s management detention of six students and a lecturer at the Awka prison since February. The detainees were accused of expressing opinion on Facebook the institution considered damaging. The media reports, the Nation gathered had generated public outcry including threats by some parents who thronged the university to withdraw their wards. Speaking with the Nation, one of the parents, Christopher Onyejekwe, whose son was among the detainees, said he had visited the founder of the University, Rev Fr Emmanuel Edeh over ten times to...
Senate Presidency: It’s Too Late For Me To Withdraw For Anyone – Ndume
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Senate Presidency: It’s Too Late For Me To Withdraw For Anyone – Ndume

With the exit of Sen. Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe) from the race for the Senate presidency, Sen. Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) is now the remaining contender who will slug it out with Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) for the position of the Number 3 Citizen. In this brief interview, he bared his mind on the unfolding scheming ahead of the inauguration. Have you also withdrawn from the race for the Senate presidency just like Sen. Danjuma Goje did? Why’re you asking whether I’ve withdrawn or not? I’ve been in the race ab initio; Goje did not at any time formally announce that he was contesting for the Senate presidency. It’s too late for me to withdraw; we’ve passed that level because there’s no reason for that. Afterall, give me one reason why I should withdraw.
Imo: Why I’m Finding It Difficult To Work – Gov. Ihedioha Cries Out
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Imo: Why I’m Finding It Difficult To Work – Gov. Ihedioha Cries Out

The Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has decried the failure of his immediate predecessor, Rochas Okorocha to handover documents containing the financial stance of the state to him. Ihedioha lamented that he has no documents showing the financial status of the state, hence the difficulty of his administration to hit the ground running. Against this backdrop, the governor said he asked all financial institution to stop transacting with his predecessor. The governor also decried the condition of the state’s Government House, saying he can’t work from office. He maintained that the Government House was an eye sore. Vanguard quoted Ihedioha as saying yesterday: “We have difficulties operating from Imo Government House now. But I told Imo people that we will start work and ...
Why I Asked Bulkachuwa To Withdraw From Presidential Election Tribunal – Atiku
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Why I Asked Bulkachuwa To Withdraw From Presidential Election Tribunal – Atiku

Former Vice-President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has explained his decision to request that the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, withdraws from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. Igbere TV reports that Abubakar and his party, PDP, are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election. They asked Justice Bulkachuwa to withdraw from the five-member panel she headed. They based their demand on Bulkachuwa’s relationship with an APC leader. Igbere TV gathered that her husband is a Bauchi Senator-elect on the APC platform. On Wednesday, the Tribunal ruled against Abubakar and the PDP. It said both parties could not prove the possibility of bias agai...
New Injury Forces Serena Williams To Withdraw From 2019 Italian Open
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New Injury Forces Serena Williams To Withdraw From 2019 Italian Open

Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open after suffering a knee injury. The American, 37, was set to play sister Venus Williams in the second round but said she would be "concentrating on rehab" instead. "I look forward to seeing you all at the French Open and next year in Rome," she said. Williams has also struggled with injury pulling out of the Miami Open at the third-round stage in March, after a viral illness prevented her from competing in Indian Wells. The French Open tournament kicks off on 26 May and Williams is chasing her fourth title, while Wozniacki, a former Australian Open champion, has never gone beyond the quarter-final stage.
CBN To Withdraw N7.9tr Dirty, Mutilated Notes
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CBN To Withdraw N7.9tr Dirty, Mutilated Notes

LARGE proportion of the N7.9 trillion pieces of naira notes in circulation are dirty, mutilated, unfit for Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and over-the-counter payments, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said. A statement by CBN’s Deputy Governor, Operations Folashodun Shonubi and Director, Currency Operations Department Mrs. Pricilla Eleje spoke of plans to withdraw such notes from circulation. The officials said the bank had the obligation of providing adequate supply of clean banknotes to facilitate seamless payment and settlement of transactions by the public, government and banks. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele is “due in Lagos tomorrow to launch “The clean note policy and banknote fitness guidelines”. The CBN described the measure as the first step in its bid to ad...
Policemen Allegedly Planted Weed in Passenger’s Bag in Anambra
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Policemen Allegedly Planted Weed in Passenger’s Bag in Anambra

Some officers of the Nigerian Police Force, have been accused of allegedly planting weed in a passenger’s bag in Anambra State. In a report posted on social media by popular activist Segalink, the victim was on his way to catch a flight when the cab he was traveling in was stopped by the officers. After a thorough search and finding nothing on the passenger, they later accused him of keeping weed in his luggage, after which they took him to an ATM point and forced him at gun point to withdraw N150,000. Segalink wrote: I was just informed about a citizen running late to catch a flight in the SEast, Only for him to be stopped by @PoliceNG in Awka. They demanded for a search & found nothing. He was even in a cab. While they searched he was trusting enough to focus on his phone &...
INEC Will Soon Withdraw Certificate Of Return Issued To Omo-agege, Says Emerhor
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INEC Will Soon Withdraw Certificate Of Return Issued To Omo-agege, Says Emerhor

Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta Central Senator and Leader of Al Progressives Party (APC) in the state, Olorugun O’tega Emerhor has again drawn a battle line. While Omo Agege says he is a contender for the office of the Deputy Senate President in the ninth Assembly, Emerhor says he expect the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Omo-Agege. Omo Agege spoke on Monday while making clarification on the controversial Federal High Court, Asaba, judgment which supposedly recognised Chief Cyril Ogodo-led faction of the APC instead of the current executive of the party led by Prophet Jones Ode Erue, the executive duly recognised by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC. He spoke through one of his legislative aide, Nath Dortie...
Ebonyi APC candidate joins PDP hours to assembly supplementary poll.
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Ebonyi APC candidate joins PDP hours to assembly supplementary poll.

Mr. Innocent Nomeh, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Ezza North West state constituency, has withdrawn from the supplementary election contest slated for March 23, 2019. The election originally scheduled for March 9 was cancelled because unidentified hoodlums burnt the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Registration Area Centre (RAC) at Umuoghara, Ezza North LGA of the state. Nomeh, while briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, said that he withdrew after considering salient issues confronting APC members and candidates after its loss in the presidential and gubernatorial polls in the state. “It was my genuine intention to represent my people at the House of Assembly after consulting with my family, friends and political associates. “At the borderline of the ...
Elections: PDP, APC Heavyweights, Others Lose Security Aides As Police Withdraw
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Elections: PDP, APC Heavyweights, Others Lose Security Aides As Police Withdraw

Policemen attached to politicians in the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party as well as others serving Very Important Persons in the country will be withdrawn ahead of the February 16 elections. The Force spokesperson, ACP Frank Mba, told Saturday PUNCH exclusively on Friday that the withdrawal of policemen would affect all categories of VIPs, including state commissioners, businessmen and individuals with police aides. He said, “The withdrawal of policemen is going to cut across all borders, including politicians, party chairmen, state commissioners and businessmen. It will affect everyone that has policemen attached to them.” Asked to give the number of personnel that may be affected by the exercise, Mba said he could not provide an estimate. ...
CJN: Withdraw Osinbajo’s Pastoral Position Or Else… – Timi Frank To Adeboye
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CJN: Withdraw Osinbajo’s Pastoral Position Or Else… – Timi Frank To Adeboye

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has asked the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Adejare Adeboye, to sanction the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, for his silence in the face of injustice in the current administration. In a statement sent to PoliticsNGR on Monday, Frank said without judging Osinbajo, who is an ordained pastor in the RCCG, the interest of Christian community in the country is threatened, adding that because of political power, Pastor Osinbajo has "suddenly become Galatian for crumbs" therefore keeping quiet amidst injustices in the country. Reacting to the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari, Frank queri...
Murray Brushes off Retirement Talk, Says Focus is on Improving
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Murray Brushes off Retirement Talk, Says Focus is on Improving

Andy Murray Andy Murray has said he has no regrets about not walking away from tennis despite missing 11 months of the year with a hip injury. The three-time Grand Slam champion was speaking ahead of his return to the sport at the season-opening Brisbane International, which gets underway at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Monday. Murray, who won the Brisbane title in 2012 and 2013 enters the tournament with a world ranking of 256. The 31-year-old Scot had intended to play in Brisbane at the beginning of 2018 but was forced to withdraw on the eve of the tournament with a hip injury. He had surgery soon after, which kept him out of the game for much of the year. “You want to go out on your own terms,” he said when asked about a possible retirement. “If I decided to st...
Polaris Bank Network Failures And The Silence Of CBN
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Polaris Bank Network Failures And The Silence Of CBN

For many Nigerians it has become the norm to get to the banking hall and hear "there is no network now you can only deposit" message, many approach ATMs of other banks with great caution and anxiety not knowing if they will get the Issuer or switch Inoperative message, or worse still get debited but not paid and then have to go through the hassles of filling forms and waiting for days or weeks for the money to reverse. In fact some have marked some ATMs notorious for debiting without payment and would never approach them even if you held a knife to their neck. We have conditioned our minds to take all of these blunders, inefficiency, unprofessional conduct of bank staff who speak to customers as they like as normal when that should not be case. Today I tried withdrawing money from my ac...
Tinubu To Withdraw Support For Oshiomhole To Avert APC Collapse
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Tinubu To Withdraw Support For Oshiomhole To Avert APC Collapse

Former All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirant, Alhaji Mumakai Unagha, has implored the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to reappraise his support for the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to save the party from crumbling. Unagha, in a statement warned that the party would be hit with fresh exodus of high-profile members, including governors, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly members if Oshiomhole was not removed as national chairman of the party. “What is of a great concern is the position taken by the National leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. We urge him to have a rethink on Oshiomhole to allow him go before it is too late for the party.” “Oshiomhole was sponsored to kill the party, leading to the various c...
Simona Halep Withdraws From WTA Finals, Kiki Bertens To Make Debut
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Simona Halep Withdraws From WTA Finals, Kiki Bertens To Make Debut

World No 1 Simona Halep pulled out of next week's WTA Finals due to a lower back injury on Thursday, handing Kiki Bertens a spot at the season-ending event in Singapore for the first time. Halep sustained the injury in a training session ahead of the Wuhan Open last month, her ailment later diagnosed as a herniated disc. "The decision was tough for sure," the 27-year-old Romanian told WTA Insider. "It's always difficult to withdraw from a big tournament. Actually, I think it's the first time in my life. So it was a tough decision but it's better for my health. "My back is not ok. I didn't practice for the last four weeks. I'm not ready to compete at this level and I'm still sore. It's not easy to go on court and compete at this moment." Halep has enjoyed a stellar season, wh...
Why Didn’t You Withdraw Policemen From Aregbesola, PDP Asks IGP
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Why Didn’t You Withdraw Policemen From Aregbesola, PDP Asks IGP

The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to explain to Nigerians why he failed to withdraw policemen attached to the Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, like he did to the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, before the conduct of the Ekiti governorship election. The party said that the conduct of the police under Idris had shown him to be a partial police boss who was merely interested in the ruling party. The National Chaairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who said this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, recalled that the IGP ordered that all policemen attached to Fayose be withdrawn before the governorship election which held on July 14, 2018. He also asked Nigerians to remember that...
CBN Withdraws Skye Bank’s Operating License
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CBN Withdraws Skye Bank’s Operating License

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has withdrawn the operating license of Skye Bank. CBN Governor, Godwin Emefile announced the decision of Friday evening in Lagos. Polaris Bank has been established to assume ownership of the assets and liabilities of Skye Bank. The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation has injected N786bn in the new bank. The management of the defunct bank was however retained for its good performance. The defunct Skye Bank has been on CBN’s lifeline since July 2016 and the apex bank says it can no longer continue to intervene to keep the balance liquid.?
2019: Ambode May Withdraw From Governorship Race
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2019: Ambode May Withdraw From Governorship Race

Barring any last minute change, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode may withdraw from the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State slated for September 25 and throw his weight behind the candidate endorsed by the most influential political group in the state, the Mandate Group. With just nine days to the direct primaries to select the governorship candidate of the party, credible sources in the party said the governor’s second term ambition may be a foregone conclusion given the stiff resistance to his reelection bid by his political benefactor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the stakeholders in the Mandate Group. Despite interventions by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman as well as traditi...