Ameachi: Buhari’s Controversial Minister

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi battles for political survival as pressure mount on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack him By Bayo Bernard Former Governor of Rivers state Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi does not give up a fight easily. He has shown enough capacity to overcome any political onslaught against him. In spite of all this, the controversial politician has continually come under fierce political battles that seem to threaten his relevance in the nation’s polity. Last week, Pan Yoruba group Afenifere demanded his sack by President Muhammadu Buhari over allegation that…

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DataPro Reaffirms sterling Bank BBB+ Rating

DataPro Limited, one of Nigeria’s leading credit Rating Agencies (CRA), has reaffirmed Sterling Bank BBB rating for the year 2016/2017. The BBB rating indicates that the bank has a fair financial strength, operating performance and business profile when compared to the established standards. It further indicates that the bank has the ability to meet its on-going obligations subject to adverse changes in economic conditions. The DataPro rating committee approved the rating after a review of the bank’s Capitalization, Earnings profile, Liquidity, Quality of assets and Sustainability of its current healthy…

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Scandalous MTN?

More troubles plague MTN as the telecommunications company loses its crown as Africa’s biggest mobile phone company By Oji Odu Months after MTN was supposed to put its problems in Nigeria behind by agreeing to pay a N330 billion ( $1.1 billion) fine for failure to deactivate about five million unregistered subscribers in its network, the once biggest mobile telecommunications provider in Africa is, again, facing more  problems. Nigerian legislators have strengthened their accusations that the company illegally shipped about $14 billion out of Nigeria. The money which was moved…

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Femi Fani-Kayode Slumps in EFCC Custody: We Fear for his Life

When Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was rearrested on Friday, 21st of October, 2016, in the premises of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, we raised a number of issues which included that the re-arrest was not only unnecessary but that it was also reckless. We made known our fears that Fani-Kayode’s life was in dire danger as long as he remained in EFCC custody or in the custody of any agency of the federal government based on discreet information available to us. This is apart from the fact that his health…

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End Game

Efforts to rid Abia State of criminal elements has paid-off as the Police paraded a 20-Year old who beheaded a woman and a 65-Year Old man who Allegedly defiled a 2-Year old baby in Umuahia, Abia capital By Stan Nwachukwu/ Umuahia THE popular aphorism which says that many days are for the thieves, but, one day for the owner played out in Abia state, South-Eastern Nigeria, when the robust energy of the state police command with the assistance of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on 28th September,…

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Ikpeazu’s Headache

The National Secretariat of the Judiciary Staff Union Of Nigeria, (JUSUN), gives the nod to the Abia State wing of the union to re-embark on its suspend strike for financial autonomy and independence of judiciary By Stan Nwachukwu /Umuahia BY the time Jonah Otunta, the Accountant General of the Federation  and other stakeholders in the nation’s Judiciary sign the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, regarding the implementation of the financial autonomy status of states Judiciary, as agreed on November 27, 2014, it would dawn on many that the Mou may not…

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Probe Hammer

Senate Committee on Customs begins a probe of  Nigeria Customs tagged by officials as a haven of Corruption By  Stephen Ubanna Bashar Yusuf, a World Customs   Organisation, WCO, trained Customs  officer of the Nigeria Customs  Service, NCS, appears to have won the ear of Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General of the  NCS, over his diligence  at Tin Can Island Command  nipping in the bud,  unwholesome activities of fraudulent   importers. Given Yusuf’s technical background from  both World Customs Organisation, WCO and the NCS  Headquarters where  he spent close…

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Now That the real trouble has started from Buhari’s Bedroom

By Gwiyi Solomon Aisha’s outburst over the alienation of core progressives in the APC fold, and overtaking of the same by certain Cabals in her husband’s government brings us to the Tinubu saga – the tactical and willful ex-communication of the Yoruba born-political-hurricane in the political Party he single-handedly built to wrestle power from the then ruling PDP. Tinubu as was widely reported recently has been under severe and diplomatic attacks from men and women in the broom Party, owing to his perceived ever-growing political influence in the All Progressives…

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The new cold war

Syria and ISIL are becoming hotbeds of conflicts that resurrected the cold way By Uche Mbah It is 1930s all over again. Arms build up, military drills, tough talks, and war diplomacy-this spells danger for a world that has widened the divide between the haves and have nots. Last week, Russia beefed up measures geared towards a nuclear war with the West – upgrading bunkers and resurrecting Soviet-era civil defense plans. In fact, Kremlin last month held four days of emergency drills for 40 million Russians and 200,000 specialist rescue…

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