I Believe Fully in the Unity of Nigeria – Dr Orji Kalu

By Benson Ezugwu Former Governor of Abia, Dr Orji Kalu, has expressed opposition with Nigerians agitating for the division of the country. He called for restructuring as panacea to solving the problems facing the country. Kalu made the remark on Friday in a paper he presented at a Public Lecture organised by the Department of Social Sciences, University of Calabar. In his paper, entitled: “Devolution of Powers and the Future of Nigeria,’’Kalu insisted that the only acceptable solution for Nigeria’s problems remained restructuring. He said: “I believe fully in the…

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Untold Story Of Arms Syndicate

By Stephen Ubanna The last may not have been heard about the Nigeria Arms syndicate based in Turkey who ship Arms to Nigeria. The syndicate , according to Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, investigation preside over the export of a haul of Pump Action rifles from Turkey to Nigeria  Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is still working round the clock to to get to the root of the matter using his military background. He had initiated a meeting with Hakan Cakil, the Turkish Ambassador…

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Lagos Nuj Chairmanship Aspirant Promises To Restore Sanity And Accountability To NUJ

By Emmanuel Solomon The Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria |(NAN), Adeleye Ajayi, and his Campaign team on Monday September 25, 2017 visited The Source Magazine Head Office in Ikeja to canvas for support from the editorial staff of the organisation. Ajayi, the immediate past National Financial Secretary of NUJ (NAN Chapel) is one of the candidates running for the chairmanship seat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists for Lagos council taking place on September 30,2017. Addressing The Source chapel, he promised to tackle issues plauging the union…

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UN: Time For Nigeria’s Exit?

By Gwiyi Solomon The United Nations is a major player in international politics. Its influence among member-countries is to say the least, overbearing, overwhelming. And its power to beat erring members into submission in times of need too, can be considered domineering, towering. Little wonder they have carried on like a hurricane in terms of interventions during upheaval, turmoil and cataclysm either politically, economically and socially across the world without fear or favor. Reason: their membership cuts across different continents. In fairness to this all-powerful international agency, the benefit of…

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MPR, CRR Retention: Stakeholders React

By Shedrack Ifurueze Eager to stimulate economic growth and discourage inflation in the economy, commercial banks, the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC of the CBN for the upteenth time retained the benchmark of the Monetary Policy Rate, MPR by a record 200 basis points of 14 per cent. The Monetary Policy Committee of the CBN during its two-day meeting also announced that the Cash Reserve Requirement, CRR has been reduced from 25 percent to 20 per cent. It went farther to change symmetric corridor of 200 basis points around the MPR…

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Buhari’s Second Term: APC Governors Gang Up

Buhari’s Second Term: APC Governors Gang Up   By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Though President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to make his 2019 intention known, this magazine can exclusively report that some All Progressives Congress, APC governors have resolved to prevail on him not to seek re-election. The governors are insisting that elements in the party who do not think well of the President are the people urging him to seek re-election. Cardinal reason the governors advance for their opposition to President Buhari’s second term is his health condition. They argue…

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World Cup Qualifier: Rohr Calls Up Mikel, Ighalo, Onazi, 20 Others

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up 23 players for the all-important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo on Oct. 7. A statement from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday in Abuja listed team skipper Mikel Obi among the call-ups. China-based forward Odion Ighalo and England-based Victor Moses, who were prominent in the team against Cameroon earlier this month, retained their places. South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi are however returning to the team after injury knocked them out…

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Saudi Arabia Appoints First Female Spokeswoman

Saudi Arabia appointed its first female spokesperson at its embassy in Washington, hours after Saudi women were granted the right to drive. “Proud to serve the @SaudiEmbassyUSA as the spokeswoman. I’m grateful for the opportunity, the support, and well wishes,” the spokeswoman, Fatimah Baeshen, wrote on Twitter. Baeshen previously worked at the ministries of labour and economy between 2014 and 2017, according to the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya broadcaster. She also worked as a consultant at the World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank. On Tuesday, King Salman ordered the Interior…

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Melaye Dodges INEC Recall Notice

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission were at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, on Tuesday, to serve the embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, the petition by his constituents to recall him. The officials, however, met Melaye’s office (Room 2.13, New Building, Senate Wing) locked. Our correspondent sighted his aides, who could have received the notice on his behalf, around the Senate chamber. Four ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags, believed to be containing the recall documents and court papers, were sighted at the door to the office. While…

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Nyirenda Fires Up Team Ahead Uyo Cracker

Zambia manager  Wedson Nyirenda   has told his troops   that   they  have the quality to beat the Super Eagles  in their Group B  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo  on October 7 and  boost their chances of qualifying for the   biggest football tournament for the first time. But  Nyirenda   says Chipolopolo will have  to work their socks off  to realise the dream of reaching  the Russia 2018 finals. Nigeria  lead Group B on  10 points while Zambia, who were beaten 2-1 at home by the Eagles last year,   are second …

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2019 Presidency: Fayose Told Not To Waste His Time By PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has told Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State not to waste his resources on his presidential ambition, saying the party’s candidate for the 2019 election will come from the North. The party said all its members were aware of the zoning formula it adopted for both its presidential ticket and the position of the national chairman. Fayose had sent letters to some leaders of the party to inform them about his decision to run for the Presidency on the platform of the PDP. The event, according…

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Untold Story of Arms Syndicate

By Stephen Ubanna The last may not have been heard about the Nigeria Arms syndicate in Turkey who preside over the export of Pump Action rifles to Nigeria. This is because the resheduled meeting  between Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller Genneral, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and Hakan Cakil, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria was eventually held at the Abuja Customs Headquarters on Tuesday, September 26, 2017It was a very stormy meeting as Ali  looked at the Turkish Ambassador eye-ball to eye-ball. Joseph Attah,  a Deputy Comptroller and the…

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Anambra: Revolt of a Godson

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Ahead the November 18 gubernatorial election in Anambra state, the state is awash with brickbats between supporters of the incumbent and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance,APGA, Willie Obiano and his predecessor, Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Though Obi is not a candidate in the election, there has been immense spotlight on him on the account of his support for the Secretary to the state Government, SSG and candidate of the, PDP, Obaze Henry Oseloka. Many in the Obiano camp and some…

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Arms Importation: DSS On Trail of Importer

By Bayo Bernard A week after the Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali challenged the Department of State Services, DSS to disclosed identity of those behind recent importation of arms into the country, Nigerians wait endlessly for response from the nation’s secret police. The DSS, has however launched a manhunt for the importer, sources from DSS headquarters in Abuja informed the magazine. The customs boss had passed the buck of disclosing identities of arms importers in the country, to the DSS and other security agencies at…

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Arms Seizure: Trouble Looms

President Muhammmadu Buhari silence over  Arms  export by a syndicate of Nigeria importers in Turkey to the country  creates the  fear of  a likely diplomatic war and trade embargo against the European nation By Stephen Ubanna Worried  by the activities of a Nigeria syndicate  overseeing the exports of Pump Action rifles     from Turkey to the country , Area Comptrollers and their men at the seaports, Airports and the land border stations appear to be on the red alert. The renewed alert on ant-smuggling operations is  at the instance of Hameed…

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FG Reaches Agreement With SSANU, NASU

The Federal Government has reached an agreement with the Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and National Association of Academic Technologist to suspend their strike after an eight-hour meeting in Abuja. The SSANU President, Samson Ugwoke disclosed this after the meeting which began at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and ended 12:20 a.m. on Thursday. “The three-page agreement was signed and endorsed by all of us; We are taking our document and we will make our pronouncement soon,” he said without disclosing the details of the agreement.…

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LASG Restricts Movement On Ikorodu Road

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said that there would be partial restriction of movement on Ikorodu Road to enable it replace the dilapidated and disused steel pedestrian bridge at Fadeyi Bus Stop with a new footbridge. In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu, the government said that in its continuous drive to protect the lives of pedestrians on the highway, the disused pedestrian bridge would be pulled down to give way for a new one worthy of the status of…

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Onigbinde Divorces Wife

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan has dissolved the 30-year marriage between Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and his wife Anne because there was no more love between the two. President of the court, Mr. Ademola Odunade, however, directed the former Super Eagle Technical Adviser to “pay a cash sum of N5, 000 to enable Anne to move her belongings out of his house.” Onigbinde had gone to the court asking it to dissolve the marriage, saying his wife was “ a wasteful spender and an unrepentant troublemaker. “My lord, with my 79 years…

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Koeman Sure of Everton’s Revival

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says he hopes his team have turned a corner after they beat Sunderland 3-0 in the League Cup to snap a dispiriting losing streak. Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted twice and substitute Oumar Niasse marked his first Everton appearance since May 2016 with his maiden goal for the club as the Toffees finally won a match after four straight defeats in which they had not scored once. Wednesday’s third-round tie was the first of four successive fixtures at Goodison Park for Koeman’s men, who in the six-game winless…

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Military To Tackle Badoo

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday identified the Badoo group and other cults as one of the security challenges that Operation Crocodile Smile II would take care of in the South-West. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents, insisted that the military operations – Egwu Eke II and Crocodile Smile II – like the earlier operations, were not targeted at “any particular ethnic group or group of individuals.” Usman said, “Let me tell you. I made reference to…

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