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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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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CDHR lauds IGP for ordering the dismantling illegal road block

By Akinwale Kasali The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights CDHR, Ogun State chapter has commended the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for ordering the dismantling of Illegal road blocks, unlawful extortions by Unions and Incessant Obstructions of Freedom of movement CDHR said that it was a welcome development, as this will restore sanity on our roads, and also brings about respect for the fundamental Human Rights of Nigerians and the efforts to salvage the masses from the shackles of conspirator’s oppression. In a statement signed by CDHR…

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Nigeria ranked 152nd in human development index by UNDP

By Akinwale Kasali Nigeria is now at the bottom of economic growth in new rating involving 188 countries. The oil rich country is only fairly better than 36 poorest countries in the world. The 2016 Global Human Development Index Report of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) ranked Nigeria 152nd out of the 188 countries surveyed. The magazine gathered that the 2016 Human Development Report focuses on those communities that are left behind, despite the development progress over the last 25 years. The report, released in Abuja, saw Nigeria retaining…

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EFCC: Protecting Looters?

By Oji Odu As controversies over the owner of the N13.3 billion recovered from Flat Seven B at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), become messier, Senate President, Bukola Saraki regrets that the anti-graft agency and the parties involved have not managed the issue well, bringing the nation to greater disrespect. He said that it has become embarrassing that the EFCC whose responsibility it is to tell Nigerians who the money belongs to, has not done so up till now and there was no clarity…

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Buhari buckles under pressure, Suspends SGF

President Mohamed Buhari surprised pundits by coming hard on some of the musketeers in Aso Rock, Babchir Lawal and Ambassador Ayo Oke. Lawal was axed due to the long standing case of Grass cutting at the Internally Displaced Person’s, IDP, camp. It was gathered that the president was being blind shielded as to the true situation of things by those who would want to rule on his behalf and feed him false information. sources indicated that the rubbishing of the anti corruption war- the only program the APC government is…

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Ngige Alters Anambra Guber Calculations

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Seven months to the Anambra gubernatorial election, snippets of the reconfiguration in the state’s political arena have emerged. The main parties battling for the incumbent, Governor Willie Obiano’s position are the ruling party in the state, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC. While APGA is fighting hard to ward off PDP and APC’s onslaught and retain power, the two opposition parties in the state, for different reasons, are bent on wrestling power from Obiano. PDP for example, still…

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Nigerian Police Leads, Customs Follow

By Stephen Ubanna For years, there had been a major crisis in the Nigeria  public sector, government agencies and  the paramilitary  over the   discrimination of HND holders in career progression . The situation became   so bad  as Polytechnics students took up the matter with the leadership of the Academic Staff of Polytechnics at various times and to reassure them the HND Certificate is equivalent to the University degree. Indeed, worried by the  discrimination , the Association, it was gathered had been in the struggle for the past 20 years to…

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LPTC Partners International Health Organisation on Infection Prevention in Schools

By Akinwale Kasali Following the recent epidemic outbreak at Queens College, Yaba, Lagos, that led to the death of three students, with over 100 students hospitalised in the school, the London Professional Training Center in Nigeria, in partnership with the International Health Organisation in United Kingdom is offering a free UK awarded training in Infection Prevention and Control on schools and other childcare settings to all professionals working in the educational sector in Nigeria. The Nigeria center manager of the LPTC, Francis Aleji said that the recent outbreak of meningitis…

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‘Jonathan Ran CBN Like Idi Amin

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, has said former President Goodluck Jonathan ran the bank like a movie from Uganda under Idi-Amin. Idi-Amin Dada ruled Uganda with an iron fist between 1971 and 1979 and has been described as one of the most corrupt African rulers. Mr Soludo said, “Imagine a scenario where a president can order the CBN to create an intervention fund for national stability and CBN literally ‘prints’ say, N3 trillion, and doles it out cash to the Presidency to prosecute an…

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Customs Promotion: The Big Fraud

By Stephen Ubanna When Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, announced that the last December , Customs promotion exercise would be based on merit and not quota system , not many people took him serious. This is because promotion in the Customs Service over the years have been based on Quota system, thus making it difficult for  bright officers to be promoted to the senior officers rank. But one major problem which past and present management  of the Service  had been unable to deal…

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