Corruption: Buhari’s Government takes the Oscar

Former president Goodluck Jonathan seem to have been vindicated by the National Bureau of Statistics recently when they released figures indicating that Over N400 billion was paid out to public officials as bribes in Nigeria between June 2015 and May 2016. The report said that bribes taken by Judicial officers and law enforcement agents. Jonathan, in a statement during the non-elective convention of the peoples democratic Party, PDP, alleged that more corruption going on in Nigeria now than during his own administration. The statement immediately became mired in controversy, with…

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Brickbats over PDP performance

Since the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, concluded their recent convention,arrows have been flying without restraint between the Party defenders and the All Progressives Congress, APC representatives. The feud, inspired by the speech delivered on the occasion by former President Good luck Jonathan, promises to be the be all and end all of most propaganda statements by the ruling party. Jonathan, in a speech at the Party’s Convention, articulated the achievements of PDP under his watch. He also claimed that corruption is worse under the current administration than during his tenure.…

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North Korea and the ‘Fire and fury’ threat by Trump

After diplomatic hide and seek, threats and counter threats, the spectare of nuclear Holocaust has suddenly become real. With recent reports that North Korea has been able to build a nuclear warhead miniaturized enough to fit into the head of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the walls built around the possibility of attack on the United States crumbled into a ruin of uncertainties.With recent United Nations Sanctions stoking more tensions, the question now is no longer if but when the escalating hostilities will result in direct confrontations.On North Korea’s current trajectory,…

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Charly Boy vs Buhari: Nigeria at a Crossroads

Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, the weird “Lord of the Bikes” who decided that Nigeria has been fooled enough, decided to organize a protest and sit in at the Unity Fountain Abuja. With as few as 20 people, he set out with banners to protest Buhari’s long stay in the United Kingdom for Medical Tourism. Some of the placards requested the President to either return and do the jog he as elected for or resign. They met policemen numbering about 200, already stationed at the fountain waiting for…

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Massacre at Ozubulu: Anger, condemnation in the land

The dastardly act of terror which resulted in the massacre of church members in Ozubulu has become , as expected, a viral story over the social media. But the major surprise is the speed with which the Anambra state Commissioner of police, Garba Bab Umar, immediately released information indicating that the massacre was orchestrated by a feud between two brother whose quarrel were drug related. “The police will locate and and prosecute the perpetrators soon”, the commissioner said. “Intelligence report/Preliminary investigation shows that the incident is as a result of…

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Makarfi’s PDP: Regrouping for 2019 presidency

Since the Supreme court Judgement in favor of the Makarfi led faction of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, activities has heightened on the hustling and repositioning for elective posts in the party. This is in preparations for a National convention that will fine tune the quest for the reclaiming of power from the ruling All progressives congress, APC. Part of the major restructuring is the selection of the National flag-bearer for the party. Already the justlings has begun. The list is endless: Ahmed Makarfi, Sule Lamido,David Mark, Donald Duke, Peter…

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Pyongyang, Trump and drumbeats of war

After fourteen missile tests in one month, North Korea has been able to test missiles that has the capability to reach the coastal areas of the United states of America.This has resulted in the US and South Korea revving up threats, threatening that “military options” are on the table against North Korea.The latest launch of the Intercontinental ballistic Missile now puts even the United States Mainland in danger should Pyongyang decide to become naughty. United states President Trump has reacted by saying that the US will take “all necessary steps”…

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Smugglers Resort To Waterways To Beat Customs Personnel To It

By Stephen Ubanna Mohammed Aliyu, the Kwara-born Comptroller of Customs at Seme Command, a border town between Nigeria and Republic of Benin, came with a mandate to suppress smuggling activities in the land border station to enhance trade facilitation and improved revenue generation for the government. Aliyu provided all the necessary logistic support for his anti-smuggling men to do the work. Unknown to him, he was dealing with another elephant he did not much about their operational strategy. The deployment of Victor Dimka, the former Comptroller of the Command and…

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Robert (Bob) Anikwe takes over information in Enugu State

The Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has apponinted Robert Ogbuagu in the Ministry of information. Ogbuagu replaces Godwin Udeuhiele, an academic who was handling the portfolio until now. The Appointment is with immediate effect. He was screened by Enugu state House of Assembly, together with two other nominees, Udidi Joseph and Donatus Ani. With this appointment, he swells the rank of professional Journalists who had held the position in Enugu state. he joins the likes of Igbonekwu Ogazimora, who was the political Editor of Hallmark Newspapers; Chuks Ugwoke, formally from…

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Osinbajo vs the Cabal: Dangerous Power play

The ongoing war between the Cabal and the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo took an eerie turn recently with the determination of the Acting president to swear in the screened and cleared Ministers. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State were screened and confirmed by the Senate in May.Since then,they have been waiting to be sworn in and participate as members of the Federal Executive council. Today, the acting President did the needful and swore them in, though their portfolios, according to him, will be determined at…

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Magu, Governors shun anti corruption rally

The discredit of the Nigerian anti corruption commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFCC, is beginning to take its toll on the acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, as he was said to have boycotted the Anti-corruption rally scheduled for the Northern region. Also absent from the rally are governors of Kwara, Abdufatah Ahmed; Kogi, Yahaya Bello; Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello; Nasarawa, Umaru Tanko Almakura and Plateau, Simon Lalong. The rally was said to have been organized by members of the entertainment industry, who have been having a running battle with…

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Nigeria suspended by Egmont Anti corruption group

A major blow to the current anti-corruption war was given recently by an international group, Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units. The group is currently meeting in China. with this suspension, the group has effectively lent its voice to the push that the current Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFCC, has lost it as far as anti corruption war is concerned. The current EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, has been having a running battle with the Senate, who rejected his nomination twice, and has insisted that the he be dropped…

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AIB resuscitates Investigation equipment

The unserviceable flight Data equipment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is on the verge of resuscitation, a move that is expected to boost the investigations capabilities of the Bureau. The $5.8 million unserviceable Flight Safety Laboratory equipment is designed with capacity to download information from Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). In a statement issued by the Bureau spokesman, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi after a week of training facilitated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Singaporean Government,the Commissioner, AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru said that the…

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AIB resuscitates Investigation equipment

The unserviceable flight Data equipment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is on the verge of resuscitation, a move that is expected to boost the investigations capabilities of the Bureau. The $5.8 million unserviceable Flight Safety Laboratory equipment is designed with capacity to download information from Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). In a statement issued by the Bureau spokesman, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi after a week of training facilitated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Singaporean Government,the Commissioner, AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru said that the…

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Medview flies into turbulent weather

Medview Airlines, one of the later entrants into the Nigerian Airspace, has been having it tough in recent times. Last Sunday, London bound passengers were stranded at the Murtala Mohamed International Airport, Lagos. As usual with Nigerian Airlines, explanations on what exactly was going on was slow in coming, and passengers were not finding it funny. Passengers were at the Airport as early as seven thirty a.m. for check in, but the handling agents were at a loss, having not heard from the Airline officials who were meant to give…

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Osinbajo’s visit to Buhari in London

The metaphorical converse between Shehu Sanni and Aisha Buhari may have yielded fruits as the Acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, did a quick dash to the United kingdom where President Muhammadu Buhari has been holed up for more than sixty days on Medical tourism. Although sources indicate that the trip has been planned for over three weeks beforehand, it appears that the currently trending Animal metaphor has fast tracked the movement. Senator Shehu Sanni, from Kaduna state, who has been having a running battle with the dimunitive Kaduna state governor, Nasir…

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Edo APC unsettled after Obaseki Supreme Court judgement

The Supreme Court Monday upheld the election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, as the duly elected governor. The peoples Democratic Party, PDP,candidate for the governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God , has gone to the election Tribunal seeking to claim the mandate given to Godwin Obaseki. He lost both in the Tribunal and appeal Court and headed finally to the Supreme court. The supreme court set up a panel of seven justices led by the Chief…

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3 nabbed over Visa forgery

By Chibuike Osuji Three people have been nabbed by the special fraud unit of the Nigerian Police over forgery and visa racketeering. Simply identified as Segun, Ajasa and Olubunmi, the suspects, who were arraigned recently by the police, were arrested following several complaints by officials of the United States embassy in Lagos.Two of the suspects were held for issuance of fake visa documents while the third one, a lady, was arrested for colluding with others still at large for illegal business. The suspects claimed to be agents of the Embassy…

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FOU Roving Team: Job For The Boys

By Stephen Ubanna For years, the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, roving team personnel had seen themselves as a privileged few. Their carriage at the Command armed with AK.47 when going out for operations speaks volume. they jum into the Hilux van after a brief from their leader like military personnel going to the war front. Vistors to the Command had expected that with the speed at which the team Hilux vans speed out from the Customs premises, the government warehouse and the Command mechanical workshop would…

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Global Bank’s rating:Zenith drops position

The Bankers Magazine, a subsidiary of Financial Times of London, just released the list of top 1000 banks in the world, and Zenith Bank made the list with five other Nigerian banks.But it has at the same time dropped from being the 7th largest Bank in Africa to being the tenth, while the National Bank of Egypt moved to the the fifth place. Zenith Bank was the biggest in Nigeria and 10th in Africa and the 430th bank in the world. FirstBank as the second largest bank in Nigeria, currently…

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