More Wives, More Misery – Ray Ekpu

Ray Ekpu

By Ray Ekpu On the last International Women’s  Day, Nigerian Senators bared their minds on the issue of women in Nigeria. The views of two Senators caught my attention: Remi Tinubu and Senate Leader Ali Ndume. Mrs Tinubu, former First Lady of Lagos State, and now second term senator, urged men not only to befriend women but also to marry them. This is a reasonable advice from someone who is married. But the implicit assumption here is that all men and, indeed, all women would want to get married. It…

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Ife Crisis: Media Group Warn Against Reprisal Attack, Wants FG To Act

By Akinwale Kasali The Journalists for Democratic Rights, JODER, JODER, a human rights organisation has again warned  the Federal Government to beware of some organized armed groups planning revenge attacks following the ethnic crisis at Ile-Ife early in March. In a statement issued on Friday, JODER alerted authorities of  another version of a video clip  calling for revenge. The new video seen on Thursday is the second of such hate video being circulated with intent to create a sense of siege that will spur violence. “There are two dangerous video clips in…

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Grass-Cutting Probe: Senate Reveals that Contract was awarded to 20 Ghost Companies

The Senate, on Thursday, said it had not been able to trace the addresses of about 20 contractors engaged for the execution of various projects in the rehabilitation of the North-East. An investigative hearing by the Senate on the alleged management of funds meant for the rehabilitation of the North-East, billed to hold on Thursday, had been botched by the non-appearance of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal. The Chairman, Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, Senator Shehu Sani, said…

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Fayose Says He Can’t Join APC

By Akinwale Kasali Often referred to as ‘controversial’ by some people, but he nevers stops hitting the nail on the head. Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said he cannot join the All Progressives Congress, even if he decides to leave his current party, the Peoples Democratic Party. Fayose, who spoke at a gathering in Ado-Ekiti earlier in the week, said the practice of “use and dump” adopted by the leadership of the APC would not allow him contemplate moving into the party. The governor, in a press statement…

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Ife Crisis: OPC Charges FG to Arrest Hausa Suspects Within 48 Hours

 A pan-Yoruba group, Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, has given the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police Force 48 hours to arrest the Fulani/Hausa persons involved in the crisis in Ile-Ife, Osun State, which resulted in the death of about 46 persons. The OPC gave the warning in a statement by its founder, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, on Thursday. It said, “We hereby call on the Federal Government to intervene within the next 48 hours to ensure that justice is institutionalised and no side is provoked to defend justice according to its…

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Reps Alleges that Kaduna Airport Disaster Waiting to Happen

It came as a shock to many political observers, aviation analysts when members of the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned aviation operations at the Kaduna International Airport, thereby making a dramatic U-turn from their earlier position. They said the airport fell short of the safety standards for both domestic and international flight operations. The Kaduna airport is serving as a temporary alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, whose runway is undergoing reconstruction. The closure of the Abuja airport is into its third week and the repairs will…

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Super Eagles Forces Senegal to a Stalemate

By Akinwale Kasali If not for the 84th spot kick converted by Manchester City Striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, the Teranga Lions of Senegal could have defeated the Nigerian side. Moussa Sow had put the Senegalese on the driving seat in the 54th minute, with a sublime finish. Not relenting on their oars, the youthful Nigerian side captained by Trabzonspor midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, fought tooth and nail, before been awarded a penalty after a Senegalese defender fouled a Nigerian player in the 18 yard spot. The match ended 1-1 at the Hive…

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Suicide: Why Third Mainland Bridge?

By Tayo Demola I was really astonished to hear the news of the medical doctor who went all the way to the third mainland bridge right here in Lagos and killed himself! He actually committed suicide in the most cruel way. He was actually cruel to himself, to his family and infact he was very cruel to Nigeria as a nation. So this man was so depressed to the extent that he left church on that fateful day and headed for the island but when he got to third mainland…

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Cynthia Osokogu’s Killers Sentenced To Death By Hanging

Justice Olabisi Akinlade of an Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced to death , two of the four persons accused of killing Cynthia Osokogu, the Nasarawa State University postgraduate student. The accused Okwumo Nwabufo, and Olisaeloka Ezike, the judge ruled, will die by hanging. Osokogu was murdered on 22 July 2012 at Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, Festac Town, Lagos, after she was lured to Lagos by her Facebook lover. The other accused were: Orji Osita, 33, who is a pharmacist and Ezike Nonso, 25. the younger brother of…

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Okada: Task Force Terrorizes Lagosians

  By Bayo Bernard The determination of the Lagos state government to rid the state of motorcycles also known as Okada remains strong as ever. Just early this month the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration followed in the footsteps of its predecessor as it destroyed over 3000 motorcycles seized from Okada riders. Despite the huge financial loss to the owners some defiant motorcycle riders who use it for commercial purposes have continued to take the risk. In their quest to make a living they defy the law banning motorcycles on the…

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GOTV Boxing Night 11: Ogunsanya Doles out N2 Million to Best Boxer

A whopping N1million has been added to the cash prize for the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 11, holding on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium Ibadan, courtesy Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Chairman, Multichoice Nigeria. This means that the best boxer at the event will go home with N2million in addition to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy, donated by Mr. Ogunsanya in memory of his wife. According to Flykite Productions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, Mr. Ogunsanya is providing additional N1million in continuation of his support for the sport and in…

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Kaduna Airport: Kidnappers prowl along roads, Airport still a huge construction site

Three weeks into the six weeks deadline to finish the Abuja runway, Kaduna is still suffering from teething problems. Three weeks into the use of Kaduna Airport as alternative to Abuja, construction works are still going on at the Airport. The Airport is far from ready to go. There appears to be confusion at the check-in areas as regards local and international passengers. But of far more concern were reports that the Kaduna-Abuja road has suddenly become a veritable zone for armed robbers and kidnappers.”Kaduna – Abuja road…..the latest ATM…

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How Buhari is Undermining The Senate

By Stephen Ubanna The battle  line appears to have been drawn  between the Executive  and the Legislature over the undermining  attitude of President Muhammadu Buhari Political  appointees towards the Lawmakers. The undermining attitude of  Buhari appointees to the Legislature as exhibited by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and Lawal Babachair, Secretary to the Federal government shows how Buhari is undermining the Senate. The duo at different times have flouted invitation sent to them by the Senate. Ali’s controversial decision to disregard   the invitation…

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Senate Drops Two Non Career Ambassadorial Nominees, Approves 45

The Senate has rejected the nomination of two non-career ambassadorial nominees presented for legislative approval by President Muhammadu Buhari. The rejected nominees are Justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo State and Mr Jacob Daodu from Ondo State. The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, which screened of nominees, presented its report at the plenary on Thursday. Details later… Share on: WhatsApp

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Buhari Nominates 27 as INEC REC, Seeks Senate’s Confirmation

President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, read a letter from Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, in which he sought legislative approval for the nomination of 27 Nigerians as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission. Osinbajo transmitted the nominations to the Senate in February, when President Muhammadu Buhari was on medical vacation in the United Kingdom. Details later…… Share on:

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MFM Go Top, As Rivers United and Enugu Rangers Continue Their Poor Run in the Domestic League

By Akinwale Kasali Rivers United and Enugu Rangers continued their poor run this season. Few days after both teams were booted out of the CAF Champions League, in a rescheduled match at the domestic front, both teams lost to their hosts. A brace from top scorer Stephen Odey secured a nervy 2-1 win against Rivers United in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League clash at the Agege Stadium yesterday. Two first half penalties from Odey gave MFM the win and increased his goals to 12 this season. Rivers United’s goal…

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Unilag Student Gets N500,000 Bail for Alleged Gang Rape

A 17-year-old undergraduate of the University of Lagos (Unilag), Ugochukwu Daniel, who allegedly gang-raped a 17-year-old girl with others still at large, was on Thursday released on N500,000 bail on the orders of Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu, who gave the ruling, also granted the accused two sureties in like sum after he pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy, rape and sexual harassment. ‎ Ipaye-Nwachukwu said one of the two sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, while…

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NASS Approves Buhari’s $500 Million Eurobond

The two arms of the National Assembly, NASS, have approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to raise additional $500 million eurobond from the international capital market to fund the 2016 Budget deficit. In the Senate, the approval was given, following an executive communication from the President that the lawmakers considered his request for $500 million Eurobond. Earlier, deputy Senate leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, asked that Senate dissolved to the Committee of the whole to approve the request because of the urgency of the matter. In supporting the motion, Senate Minority…

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Electricity Operators Intensify Blame Game As Consumers Suffer

By Oji Odu The blame game among operators in Nigeria’s electricity sector has continued over the failure of the sector to meet the 5,465 megawatt (mw) power generation and distribution target set in the revised 2015 Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO). This has not increased power supply in the country, neither has it reduced the exorbitant bills charged the consumers. Recent salvo was released by Sunday Odutan, Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) who rejected the claims by both the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Transmission Company…

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Police Arrest Trader who Sells Beans Preserved with Sniper Insecticide

If not for the observation of a woman who noticed a beans seller applying an insecticide on his wares, more than hundreds of innocent Nigerians would have died or hospitalized. Three siblings trading in beans on Adenekan Street, Alagbado, Lagos State, have been arrested by the police for allegedly selling “poisonous beans” to members of the public. It was learnt that the traders – Faith Ogbona, Chidioke Ogbona and Sunday Ogbona – were arrested by policemen from the Alagbado division after being alerted by a woman, who caught Chidioke applying…

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