Ndume Criticises Saraki over Magu

Former Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, has criticised the Nigerian Senate over the rejection of Mr Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The Senate had on Wednesday refused to confirm Magu, who appeared at the upper chamber for the second time, over an integrity report from the Department of State Services. But, speaking on a Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily, Ndume faulted the decision, noting that if the senate could refuse to confirm Magu over the failure of an integrity test, then Bukola…

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20-year Old Bazee Doubtful for Super Eagles Friendlies

The hope of German-born Hannover 96 forward  Noah Joel Bazee  may have to wait to make his Nigeria debut as he faces a battle to be fit for the friendly games against Senegal on March 23 and Burkina Faso on March 27. Both matches will be played in London. The 20-year-old, whose father is a Nigerian and his mother a German,   switched  his international allegiance to Nigeria following pressure from the Super  Eagles German manager Gernot Rohr. Rohr, who is said to be enthralled by the 1.82m right midfielder’s directness, pace, power,…

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How DSS Magun Caught Magu

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu It is not clear if Ibrahim Magu had ever heard of  Magun , the Yoruba fetish preparation that traps adulterous wives and their lovers with deadly consequences. If he was aware of it ,he certainly didn’t expect that he would be caught by DSS’s Magun neither was he expecting to be asked to ‘take a bow and go’. He knew there would be skirmishes with the Senators but he was convinced he would emerge from it, after his first brush with them last December, with a confirmation…

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Pressure Piles On Buhari for Southern EFCC Chair

By Bayo Bernard   At last the Nigerian Senate nailed Ibrahim Magu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police and controversial chairman, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. For the second time, the police officer failed confirmation of the upper legislative chamber to become the substantive head of the commission. “Nobody can stop me” as EFCC chair Magu had earlier boasted immediately after he was grilled by the senators. During his tension soaked appearance at the red chamber, Senator Dino Melaye , Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in…

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Leicester City: Pride of England in the Making

By Akinwale Kasali The star gazers saw nothing else and it looked like the celestial power were guiding the football orbit in that direction. No one could have predicted that both Arsenal and Manchester City, best teams in England, would be knocked out so easily in the second round, with lowly rated Leicester City advancing. No one gave the team a chance. Like the rejected stone that became the chief cornerstone. This can be said to be the lot of the Foxes of Leicester City Football Club of England, who…

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Hayatou Bows Out, As He Lost To Ahmad in His Re-election Bid

By Akinwale Kasali After over two decades of being at the helm of affairs of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Cameroon born octogenarian, Issa Hayatou was defeated by Madagascan born, Ahmad Ahmad. The Madagascan football chief Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office. Ahmad won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed. Ahmad had challenged Hayatou and promising change After a discreet playing and coaching career Ahmad…

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Former NNPC GMD Docked

By Oji Odu The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, at the Justice Ahmed Mohammed Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Yakubu is facing a six-count charge bordering on fraud and false declaration of assets which was filed against him by the EFCC on March 10, 2017. The agency also accused him of receiving huge sums of money without going through the financial institutions. One of the charges read: “That you, Andrew Yakubu, on…

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Update: FG bans, Unbans Helicopters from Kaduna

The confusion bedeviling the movement from Kaduna Airport to Abuja has resulted in policy somersaults of the ministry of Aviation as it involves the chief security officer of the president. With the arrival of the President from medical Vacation, there were already in top gear arrangement for Bristow and possibly Calverton, the Helicopter charter companies, to start airlift of dignitaries, especially foreign dignitaries who needed to come to Abuja for business. Initially, the office of the National security adviser circulated a memo advising the stoppage of any planned or existing…

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Clearing With Tears

By  Stephen Ubanna For  years , clearing agents at the nation’s ports and terminals including the land border stations operated as if the Customs and Excise Management Act, CEMA,  does not matter. Many of them , with the active connivance of Customs personnel  shortchanged the government through false declaration, transfer of values and under payment. The situation was so bad in the ports and terminals under the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Zone 2 Lagos.The fallout was the establishment of a roving  team by  the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A,…

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