Service Chiefs: Going , Going…….?

By Stephen Ubanna When Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressive Congress, APC. presidential Candidate won the 2015 Presidential election, he gave himself the responsibility of overseeing the nation’s security apparatus while he assigned Yemi Osibanjo, the Vice President and now acting President the portfolio of overseeing the economy. He had assigned himself the security portfolio as a rtd. Major General and former Head of state . His military background  may have given him a better understanding of those  to appoint as the nation’s Service Chiefs, on July 13, 2016. Many had…

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Olubadan. Forces Against Olubadan Soars

By Bayo Bernard The tenure of current Olubadan of Ibadan land has been marred with controversy since he ascended the throne months ago. The former record label owner made name for himself in the music industry before he finally became the olubadan. His record label produced popular musicians such as late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and King Wasiu Ayinde, poppular as Kwam 1. Therefore, the belief was that he would bring that same success to the throne. But that assertion seems to be disappearing with time following the controversy that has…

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Caging Herdsmen’s Nefarious Acts

By Oji Odu   As an addendum to the ongoing debate at the Edo House of Assembly  for a law to establish the State Cattle Rearing and  Grazing Agency, the state Assembly is today, June 28, 2017, holding a public hearing on a bill aimed at checking the excesses of cattle rearing and grazing in the state. House Majority Leader, Foly Ogedegbe, who represents Owan East state constituency in the state legislature, said: “It is high time government criminalised the nefarious activities of herdsmen.   Just last week, we heard of…

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Battle Of Wits

Battle Of Wits Yemi Osinbajo, acting President takes on the National Assembly over alteration of the 2017 Apprpriation bill ,insisting that the National ssembly have no powers to do so, but Bukola Saraki, the Senate President said they acted within the confines of the law. By Stephen Ubanna Yemi Osibanjo, the acting President is not a happy man. This is because of   with the  the alteration and modification of the 2017 Appropriation bill presented to it for approval. President Muhammadu Buhari, who is now on a medical vacation had presented…

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Buhari on life-support for 20 days, needs prayer – Fayose

Today, it makes 53 days since our President; Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria to attend to his health challenges abroad. No official information as to his whereabouts and his state of health. Like every other Nigerians, I do not wish the president dead, I have therefore maintained dignified silence since we were told that the President embarked on his second medical trip abroad this year. However, the recorded audio message which was released by the Presidency as the President’s Ramadan message to Nigerians necessitated my setting the records straight today. No…

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FG Promises to Address All Grievances

The Acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has assured all ethnic groups in the country that their legitimate agitations and concerns will be addressed by the Federal Government. Prof. Osinbajo also said that the government was not deaf to such genuine demands by different ethnic nationalities but advised that every demand should be made with decorum in order not to offend the letters of the nation’s constitution. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Laolu Akande in a statement in Abuja said that it was the need to…

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Adebanjo, Kolade, Ezeife, Anya and Others Calls for Restructuring of Nigeria

By Akinwale Kasali The issue of restructuring of the country has been at the front burner of discourse of late. EMINENT Nigerians from the southern parts of the country, yesterday, backed clamour for restructuring and opposed secessionist moves, saying dismemberment of the country would not benefit anyone. Gathering under an inter-ethnic platform known as YIIEGBA, the elder statesmen at the parley in Lagos were former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade; former Chairman of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, NESG, Prof. Anya O. Anya; former Minister of…

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Lagos Abducted School Pupils: Still A Long Walk to Freedom

Indications emerged yesterday, that abductors of the six Senior Secondary School students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, in Epe area of Lagos, have threatened to relocate the victims following a close call at their camp by security agents. The students were abducted 35 days ago. The magazine gathered that some security operatives attempted to sneak into a creek in Ondo State where the students were suspected to have been kept, weekend. But they met a brick wall as the speed boat they went in could not access the terrain, as…

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Ransomware returns via Ukraine

By Uche Mbah A devastating cyber attack has been under way in Europe and America, leaving trails of worry and trepidation in its wake. Called Petya Ransomware, this appears to be the second coming of the Cyber virus, which rogue programmers configured to lock down personal files in computers, while requesting for a $300 ransom before it can be released. Most times, the release of such file is not guaranteed even after the ransom has been paid. They demand to be paid in crypto currency, hence they leave no banking…

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Kogi: Melaye Walks A Tight Rope

By Bayo Bernard   The fate of controversial Senator Dino Melaye now hangs in the balance as his support base at home seems to be dropping by the day. Thus barely few days after it was widely reported that Okun leaders in the state have decided not to back his recall from the National Assembly, the assertion has been denied. It was reported that prominent leaders and politicians from the Yoruba speaking area including Former Minister for Justice and Attorney General of Federation the Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN); Professor Eyitayo…

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France Plans to Invest in Nigeria Oil Sector

The French government has announced that it has set aside about €1bn to be invested in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, and that Nigeria remains its first economic trading partner in Africa. The France Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, announced this when the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, led a delegation to his office in Abuja. Gauer said the French Development Agency had put in place about €1bn to encourage investors from his country to invest in the Nigeria…

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Recall Saga: Jemibewon, Lambo Backs Melaye

As the battle for the recall of the representative of Kogi-West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye, rages, prominent Okun indigenes have thrown their weight behind the embattled senator. A former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN); a former Minister of Health, Prof Eyitayo Lambo; and a former Minister of Police Affairs, Maj.-Gen. David Jemibewon (retd.), have declared their support for Melaye. A statement issued by the Okun Development Initiative, on Monday, in Lokoja, said it had become imperative for the group to come…

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Supreme Court Judgement: Makarfi And Sheriff May Be Sacrificed

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Ahead Supreme Court Judgment on the crisis rocking opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the two factions claiming leadership of the party, as well as some non-aligned stakeholders are currently mulling options to unify the party whichever way the apex court pendulum swings. The Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party which parades about 90 percent of PDP members, including all organs of the party is optimistic of a favorable judgment. So also is the Ali Modu Sherif-led PDP which is the faction recognized by law and…

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FAAN Committed to Safe, Secure and Improved Passenger Experience

FAAN in its reactions to a video clip making the rounds on some sections of the social media on an alledged leaking roof at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, its Corporate Affairs Manager, Henrietta Yakubu issued a press release debunking the allegation. Full text of the press release below: The attention of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has been drawn to a sensational and misleading video making the rounds on some sections of the social media on a leaking roof at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos…

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Nigeria to overtake US in population by 2050, says UN

Nigeria, currently the most populous country in Africa, is billed to become the world third most populous country in 2050, beating the United states of America, which currently holds the title. By then, the leading west African country will be boasting of 300million people, when the world population is expected to round up at about 10 billion people. This is contained in the world population prospects for 2017 released by the world body recently, where they also stated that most of the ballooning population will be expected to come from…

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Keeping Hope Alive

By Stephen Ubanna there have been rumours making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is suffering from speech impairement and loss of memory . The rumour became worsened because of the question attributed to Buhari when he boarded the presidential Jet at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, heading to London , United Kingdom for his medical treatment. He was said to have asked his aides whether the Jet is heading to Soko, Capital of Sokoto state. That may have given his critics the ammunition that the President is suffering…

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NASS Cautions Fashola to Stop Spreading Falsehood on 2017 Budget

By Akinwale Kasali The Senate over the weekend warned Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr Babatunde Fashola, to desist from spreading falsehood on the 2017 Budget with regards to projects under his ministry. It said that in passing the Appropriation Bill, the legislators worked and applied equity in the provision for new and outstanding projects across the country. In a statement by its spokesperson, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, in Abuja, the upper chamber said that Fashola did not give the public details about the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which was on private…

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Bahamas 2017: Dalung Boosts Athletes Ahead of Commonwealth Games

By Akinwale Kasali The Sports minister, Solomon Dalung has urged athletes preparing for the Commonwealth Youth Games scheduled to hold in Nassau, Bahamas,  in July to work hard for success in the competition. Dalung, who visited the athletes at the Package B Hostel, National Stadium, Abuja, at the wekeend, urged them to believe in themselves. The minister said, “I came here to encourage you and to see how you all are faring in camp. “I’m aware that you have already spent one month and will be leaving for the Commonwealth…

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Recall Saga: Melaye and Bello at Loggerheads

By Akinwale Kasali Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Senator Dino Melaye, who were once best of friends are presently at loggerheads. The senator representing Kogi West Central senatorial district, Melaye, said, yesterday, that the signatures allegedly collected to influence his recall and forwarded to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were forged. The State governor, Bello and Melaye Addressing newsmen in Lokoja, Melaye, who said investigations had revealed that even the dead signed the recall across the seven area councils of the senatorial district, described the process as fraudulent.…

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