Police Arrest Ex-Jigawa State Governor

By Akinwale Kasali Former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, has been arrested by the police. A reliable source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano that Lamido was arrested for allegedly inciting his supporters to stop the conduct of state’s upcoming local council polls. NAN reports that the arrest of Lamido may be connected with a programme aired on one of the Kano local radio stations. Lamido was alleged to have directed his supporters, during the programme, to ensure that they win the local governments elections by all…

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Joshua Knocks out Klitschko, As Nigeria Bites the Dust

By Akinwale Kasali The wembly stadium was filled to capacity. It was a sell out and the biggest fight of the year. Pundits had predicted that Anthony Joshua could become the new heavyweight boxing champion if he successfully defeats Vladimir Klitschko in the title bout. As expected, the fight lived up to its billing with Klitschko kissing the canvass in the 11thround of the fight. The 27- year old Joshua defeated the 41-year old Ukrainian who had decades of experience ahead of the undefeated boxer, who is yet to lose…

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Buhari: Prayers, fears cast a dark pall over the nation.

There is palpable fear in Katsina over the health status of President Mohammadu Buhari, with various groups forming praying centers for the disease-worn retired General.His health situation has taking over the front burner in our National discuss, particularly as he failed to show up at the Aso Rock mosque, something that has never happened since he took over, except when he is out of the country. On Friday, the President was anxiously awaited at the mosque. Siting the President has become more like the seven tasks of Hercules, with a…

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Maintenance of River Niger Dredging Flagged Off

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi flagged off the of the maintenance dredging of the River Niger from Ajaokuta to Onitsha and congratulated the management of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) for looking inwards. He promised to ensure the NIWA was fully empowered to continue to carry the regular maintenance dredging with bigger and more standard dredger to make “This is the best form of administration you can get being ingenious because we don’t have money to pay any contractor. I asked if they have the capacity to do…

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Femi Fani-Kayode Alleges that Adeleke Was Killed

By Akinwale Kasali Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has alleged that late Senator Isiaka Adeleke was killed. The government critic in a write up talked about his insinuations and the reason why he believed Adeleke was killed. ” I am an indigene of Osun state. I am from Ile-Ife, the ancestral home of the Yorubas. So, whatever I am about to share with you is a product of personal experience and vast knowledge of the socio-political configuration of my state. I have to share this after deep introspection, although I…

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Buhari Absent at Friday Jumat Service

By Akinwale Kasali The present state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari is uncertain, as it has further thrown the nation into a state of confusion The absence of the President at Friday’s Jumat service further shows that there is something fishy. Governors and top government officials at the Abuja central mosque prayed for the nation and the health of the President. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday failed to participate in the usual Friday Juma’at prayer session in the State House Mosque located in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The prayer session…

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Kidnapping: LASG Threatens to Dethrone Indicted Monarch for Aiding Kidnappers

By Akinwale Kasali Following the rise in kidnapping in Lagos and it’s environs, the Lagos State Government has threatened to dethrone any monarch aiding kidnappers. The threat to dethrone any traditional ruler found harbouring and aiding kidnappers in the state came into being following the latest kidnapping in the Ikorodu area of the state and it’s environs. The state’s Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Alhaji Muslim Folami, gave the warning at the ongoing ministerial briefing in commemoration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s second year in office. “Intelligence reveals that…

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Ooni-Akiolu Rift: Why Akiolu is Annoyed with Ooni of Ife

By Akinwale Kasali The media is a washed about the rift between the Ooni of Ife. Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Osuolale Akiolu. Both monarch were at the center during the week, when Oba Akiolu snubbed the greetings of the Ooni, which has been widely criticised by observers. The magazine was informed that the duo had not been in the good books of each other for the past few months. The public snub was a fallout of a conversation between them in March, it…

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PSC promotes Commissioner, others

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has given approval to the promotion of senior officers of the force including a Commissioner of Police. The Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, who was the commissioner of police, Imo command, was promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police.24 other senior officers were also promoted to their next ranks. Conforming this in a statement, the PSC spokesperson Ikechukwu Ani said Lakanu was a former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, before he was promoted Commissioner of Police Ekiti Command. According to Ani, Lakanu also…

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Lawal: EU, US sad about Nigeria, arm twists Buhari to suspend him

The phoney anti corruption war of the Buhari administration has become a source of embarrassment to international donor agencies as they watched with bemusement as buhari looks the other way while his acolytes loo the country dry. The last straw was watching money for humanitarian rescue mission being brazenly looted by government officials, particularly those in the presidency while Buhari pretends that all is well and pursues his vendetta and political emasculation of the opposition, using Ibrahim Magu as a hatchet man. The European Union and the American has watched…

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Jonathan Alleges that He Lost Re-election Due to International Forces

By Akinwale Kasali Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has revealed the major reasons why he lost his 2015 re-election bid to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC. This revelation is coming two years after his loss of his Presidency. He said he lost the 2015 elections to local and international conspiracies. He named the United States, Britain and France as the conspirators. He blamed it all on former United States President Barack Obama, ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande for aiding President…

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Sirika reconfirms Agency heads whose tenures has not expired.

The Minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has confirmed Saleh Dunaoma and Muktar Usman as the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority Director General respectively. However, there is a caveat: Both officers were confirmed under President Goodluck Jonathan administration, and hence are not functioning in acting capacity. Dunoma was confirmed in 2014, making his tenure to have terminated in 2018. However, with the reconfirmation, his tenure started afresh. For Usman,the same thing was applicable: he also has a five year term that…

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Ali’s Last Lap

By Stephen Ubanna Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, may be on his last lap of the Presidential mandate to restructure and reform the Customs. As a prelude to winding up his assignment, Ali has reconstituted the Comptroller General’s Compliance task force in a full-fledged team headed by A. Azarema, an Assistant Comptroller General, who before now was Comptroller in-charge of customs Permits and License at the Headquarters. The team, according to Joseph Attah, a Deputy Comptroller and National Public Relations of the NCS,…

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Osbornegate: Fani-Kayode Accuses NIA DG of Shielding Amaechi

By Akinwale Kasali former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has remain defiant on his accusation that Rotimi Amaechi owns the $43 million found in Osborne, Ikoyi, Lagos State. Fani-Kayode accused the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ayo Oke, of covering up for the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. Fani-Kayode said this in a statement over the weekend. Amaechi had, however, denied owning the money, threatening to sue Fani-Kayode for defamation. Oke was on Wednesday suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari after coming forward to lay…

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Melaye Accuses Bello of Plotting to Assasinate Him

By Akinwale Kasali Senator Dino Melaye, has accused the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, of plotting to assassinate him for fighting for the state’s workers and pensioners. However, Bello, in a swift reaction, said he did not believe that Melaye would “make such a sweeping statement on security matters.” The governor, speaking through his Director -General, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, said he did not believe that was the position of the senator, adding that Melaye’s supporters, who he described as “largely ignorant about security matters,” might be the ones…

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Stakeholders kick as as Saudi takes over Hajj Airlift

The inability of Nigerian local Airlines to fill their quota in the Bilateral Air service agreement with other countries has resulted in foreign airlines fleecing Nigeria through multiple entries into the countries. The latest of this ripoff appear to be the Saudi Airline, Flynas, which the ministry of Aviation has allocated 45% of the Haj airlift of passengers, claiming that the Saudis insists on 50% of the passenger airlift from over a hundred countries. Already most European Airlines have multiple entry points to the country, and sadly is the preferred…

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Ministers Are Jittery as Buhari Wields the Big Stick

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   There are strong indications that following the suspension of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachair Lawal for alleged corruption in the award of contract under the Presidential Initiative on Northeast, PINE, President Muhammadu Buhari is now poised to overhaul his cabinet to weed out Ministers connected with corruption allegations as well as those he perceived as under performing.   Prelude to this, Ministers have been instructed to tender their report cards by the way of briefing the president on the activities of their…

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Mixed Reactions Trail the Suspension of Lawal and Oke

The suspension of Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIS, Ambassador Ayo Oke, and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal, elicited dramatic responses from both officials who were involved in a mild drama on hearing of the development. While Oke was suspended over the $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million cash found in a luxury apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, Lawal was suspended over involvement of his companies in the controversy surrounding the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-East. Secretary to the Government…

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Enrique Looks Forward to El-Clasico Triumph

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists his final season in charge can still end in glory despite bowing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Juventus. Luis Enrique Juventus held onto their 3-0 first leg lead to progress to the last four by blunting Barca’s star-studded attack in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday. Neymar left the field in tears, but around the Camp Nou there was appreciation for Barca’s valiant effort by the near 100,000 crowd. “It’s a sad night, but we tried until the last minute and…

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Court orders interim forfeiture of N449.77m recovered by EFCC in a shop

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered an interim forfeiture of N449. 77milion recently uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a shop at LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Victoria Island, Lagos. Trial judge in the matter is Justice R.M. Aikwa. The order followed an ex-parte application by Rotimi Oyedepo, an EFCC prosecutor, pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006. In his ruling, Justice Aikawa ordered anyone interested in the money to appear before him at…

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