Buhari Bows to Saraki

By Stephen Ubanna For weeks, there have been a relative cold war between the Bukola Saraki led Senate and the Executive epitomised by President Muhammadu Buhari . The cold war was precipitated by  the non- preplacement of   Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman, Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC by the President as his confirmation could not scale through the Senate. It was the second time the Buhari nominee has failed to scale through the Senate Confirmation. The Senators had expected Buhari to take advantage of their position to replace him but…

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Governor Masari’s Jackboot Democracy

By Oji Odu The recent jailing of Gambo Saeed on March 27, 2017 by a Katsina Chief Magistrate Court to nine months imprisonment for insulting and defaming Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has proved that the Governor’s posture of not being Press friendly, and threat to deal with any publications or criticism against his administration under Nigeria’s democratic dispensation is indeed serious. A Katsina Chief Magistrates’ Court sentenced Saeed who resides in Muduru village in Mani Local Government Area of the state for insulting and defaming the character of…

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FG Docks Peace Corp Boss OverAlleged N1.4 Billion Fraud

The Federal Government, yesterday, arraigned the Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mr. Dickson Akor, before the Federal High Court in Abuja, over his alleged involvement in N1.4 billion recruitment scam. Akor, who was docked on a 90-count criminal charge, was accused of extorting money from applicants seeking to join the corps. Arrested Peace Corps members The Incorporated Trustees of the Corps was equally cited as the 2nd defendant in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/45/2017. Meanwhile, Akor pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as trial Justice John Tsoho granted him…

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Buhari Says Economy is Gradually Improving

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the nation’s economy which is currently in recession was recovering gradually. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving the outgoing Ambassador of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Fahad Bin Abdullah Sefyan, in a farewell audience at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “Noting that the last farming season was quite good, and the Nigerian economy was gradually reviving, President Buhari said the two countries would have more areas to collaborate in future,”…

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Nigerian Make History, As First Pilot to Fly The World Solo

A Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world. Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday  afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport. The pilot has completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September. The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve…

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Plot Against Saraki, Ekweremadu Thickens

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   If the current truce initiated by the presidency aimed at thawing the power play between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Senate fails, the leadership of the Senate may be in for fierce battle ahead as there are indications that the presidency will deploy everything in its arsenal to get back at the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. The two principal officers of the Senate are held responsible by hawks around Buhari for the current frosty relationship between the Executive and the…

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Tinubu@65: Ambode Names Newly Commissioned Road After Tinubu

National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday, poured accolades on the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, over his sterling performance in the last 22 months, saying that the Governor has made him proud. Speaking while commissioning network of roads, link bridge and health centre in Alimosho area of the State as part of activities to mark his 65th birthday, Tinubu said the achievements of Ambode in office was a reflection of a Governor who is not only a thinker but a doer, and…

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Ezekwesili Says Senators are Now Comedians and Blackmailers

Former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has described National Assembly members as tragi-comedians who are paid over a N100bn yearly to mock Nigerians. Corroborating Ezekwesili, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie, on Wednesday chided senators over their current rift with the Executive, saying they have turned themselves into blackmailers. Onochie said the federal lawmakers had turned themselves into what she called a self-serving trade union that work with blackmail. She posted the information on her Facebook page as her reaction to the Executive and Legislative…

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Wenger Says His Future at Arsenal Not Yet Sorted Out

By Akinwale Kasali Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his future was “not sorted completely” on Thursday as he ducked another opportunity to make an announcement about what he intends to do. Wenger, Arsenal’s manager since 1996, has come under fire from fans after the club were humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and dropped out of the Premier League top four. The Frenchman said recently that he would make an announcement on his future “very soon”, but he refused to divulge any information when invited to do so…

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Ifeanyi Ubah Arrested By DSS

By Akinwale Kasali This is not the best of time for Business Mogul and Politician, Ifeanyi Ubah. The Department of State Service arrested and detained Ubah. According to Sahara Reporters, the reason for his arrest is unknown. But Ubah, who owns Capital Oil, had previously been linked to a fraud probe involving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Details Later……  

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Former NBA Chairman Says Senate’s Suspension of Ndume Illegal

The Former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Minna Branch, Taidi Jonathan, says that the Senate has gone beyond its authority on its decision to suspend Sen. Ali Ndume. Jonathan told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna that the resolution was clearly an abuse of the Constitution. “The suspension of Sen. Ali Ndume is ultra vires under the powers of the legislature in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended),” he contended. According to him, Section 6 (6) (a) and (b) of the 1999…

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UBA Posts 32% Profit, Pays 55 Kobo Per Share Dividend

By Shedrack Ifurueze United Bank for Africa, UBA Plc, the African financial services group which operates in 19 African countries, has released its audited 2016 full year results, thus showing a significant growth in gross earnings and profits which is an attestation to its resilience, enhanced productivity and geographical diversification, evident in the impressive contribution from its African subsidiaries. It also recorded an impressive 22 percent growth in gross earning to N384 billion as at December, 2016 from N315 billion at the end of its 2015 financial year, demonstrating the…

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Why CBN crashed FOREX rate?

By Shedrack Ifurueze In a new move to make the Naira appreciates further in the Foreign Exchange market, the apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has introduced N360:00; three hundred and sixty Naira only per dollar. CBN assured stakeholders this week that the new rate would be available to Nigerians who wish to buy in commercial banks across the country. The new measure which the CBN announced said that the apex bank would sell FOREX to banks at the rate of N357:00 per dollar while the banks have…

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Why the Senate is Fighting Buhari

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   This Magazine has been told that the Senate has long ago resolved not to give the Executive kid glove treatment in order to curb what it perceives as President Muhammadu Buhari’s military hang over-dictatorial tendencies. The Senate’s resolve to bark and bite was demonstrated when it rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. President Buhari’s inaction on Ibrahim Magu , yesterday led  the Nigerian Senate under the leadership of Dr. Bukola Saraki to bare its fangs…

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FIFA Suspends Messi

By Akinwale Kasali The hope of Argentina qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been dealt a big blow few hours before the Argentine football team suffered a 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. The loss puts Argentina in the fifth position, falling off the pecking order for an automatic qualification slot, with a play-off imminent. Their next five matches will see Lionel Messi following his suspension by FIFA, the world soccer governing board for misconduct on the part of the highly rated maestro. Lionel Messi’s…

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Dokpesi Allegedly Got N2.1 Billion Within Three Months for 2015 Presidential Campaign

By Akinwale Kasali The fate of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, the owner of Daar Communication Limited still hangs in the balance, as he has further been indicted by a relationship manager with First Bank Plc, Maitama branch, Abuja, Mrs. Zainab Ibrahim-Kokobili, on Wednesday, who gave details of how African Independent Televison’s founder, Dokpesi, received N2.1bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser between January and March 2015. Ibrahim-Kokobili was testifying before Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja as the third prosecution witness in the…

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Senate Suspends Ali Ndume

By Akinwale Kasali Former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has been suspended for 181 days by the Senate. Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has recommended for the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume for  181 days. The Suspension of Ndume comes in the wake of the controversy trailing Senate president, Kukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye, who are both in the purchase of a Bullet-Proof car and certificate scandals. Before now, there has been an ongoing plot to suspend the Senator, representing Borno North Federal Constituency Ndume who was removed…

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No End In Sight To Face-off Between Ali and Senate

By Stephen Ubanna There is no end in sight to the face-off between the Bukola Saraki led Senate and Hammed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, over the later’s new duty policy on imported vehicles  which is expected to take off going by Ali’s calculation on April 12,2017. The gladiators are ready for the war. Indeed, the Senators are not ready to sheathe their sword and are determined to push for the removal of Ali from office by President Muhammadu Buhari who is reluctant to…

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When Justice is a Snail

By Oji Odu The recent court judgements that sentenced Okwumo Nwabufo and Olisaeloka Ezikpe to die by hanging for the murder of Cynthia Osokogu , a Post Graduate student of Nassarawa State University on July 12, 2012, five years after the crime was committed, and that of the two Police officers, Emmanuel Baa and Ezekiel Acheneje in the Apo Six case of extra-judicial killing in Abuja in 2005, have, again, brought to the fore the great challenge of delayed justice which has become the bane of Nigeria’s judicial system. A…

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Photos Speak: President Buhari Presides over FEC Meeting

Today, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari presides over Federal Executive Meeting, held at the state house, Abuja. In attendance are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary of the Federation, Engr Babachir David Lawal, Chief  of Staff Mal Abba Kyari, Head of Civil Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita and NSA Major Gen Babagana Mongonu and others. Pix by Sunday Aghaeze.

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