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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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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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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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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‘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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Senators Remained Hardened Over Magu and Ali

By Stephen Ubanna Last Monday, April 3, 2017 Bukola Saraki, the Senate President and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the frosty relationship between the Executive and the Legislature. The meeting was facilitated by Ita Ennang, a -one time Senator and Senior Special Adviser to  the President on National Assembly matters. It was the first official meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and the Presidency since crisis began. The Senators had expected  Saraki and Dogara  to take advantage of the meeting with…

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How Indiscipline Ruined APC…Party Weighs Options

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu     The party at the centre, the All Progressives Congress, APC is currently pondering options open to it in its determination to exert a measure of control and influence over political office holders elected on its platform, especially APC governors and National Assembly members. Reliable party sources say yesterday’s stalemated meeting between national leadership of the party and APC Senators to resolve Senate’s frosty relationship with the presidency opened the party’s eyes to the effect that APC is just a party in name and lacks the…

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Pro-Ndume Protesters Give Saraki Seven Days to Recall Ndume

CONSTITUENTS and supporters of suspended senator Ali Ndume stormed the National Assembly in their number Tuesday, to register their grievances over last week’s suspension of the senator. The protesters, who started their action around 7:30 when workers were resuming for work, barricaded the main entrance gate to the legislative house thereby causing human and vehicular traffic on the road leading inside the complex. To prevent some of them entering inside the complex to cause damage, security men took strategic positions while workers were redirected to pass through the entrance gate…

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Malaysian Parliamentarian Says 9-Year Old Girls are Spiritually and Physically Fit for Marriage

A Malaysian member of parliament, Tasek Gelugor, said girls as young as nine were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage. He made comments on Wednesday as Malaysia passed a law on sexual offences against children without criminalising child marriage. Gelugor, a member of the Barisan Nasional coalition, made the comments in response to a proposal by an opposition member of parliament to amend the Sexual Offences Against Children bill to include a ban on child marriages. The proposal was voted down by the majority of parliament. “They reach puberty at…

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Buhari Launches Economic Growth Plan

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja formally launched the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan. The launch took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The plan which is the brainchild of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning contained 60 critical initiatives expected to help get Nigeria out of recession and reposition on the path of growth. Some of the initiatives included stablizing macro-economic, energy infrastructure and driving industrialization. Speaking at the brief ceremony that preceded the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, President Buhari…

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Buhari, Saraki Fail to Resolve Disputes

By Bayo Bernard   Hopes that the presidency will settle the rancor with the national assembly seems to have been dashed following the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the national assembly which ended without any major breakthrough. President Buhari finally met with the leadership of the National Assembly as part of the ongoing effort to douse the tension between the disputing two arms of government. He met both Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House Of Representatives, Yakibu Dogara at the presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday,…

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