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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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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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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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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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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Abducted Lagos School Kids: No Respite Yet

By Akinwale Kasali For over one month, the hope of rescuing the abducted Lagos School kids is still a long walk ahead, as there is no respite yet. Parents of the six abducted Senior Secondary School students of Lagos state Model College, Igbonla, Epe, were weekend, elated when rumours that their children would be released by midnight Saturday, filtered in. The magazine gathered that they waited patiently, without winking, from 11pm Saturday till 6am Sunday. But they were crestfallen when nothing was heard either from the kidnappers, their children or…

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Controversy Trail President Buhari’s AudioTape

By Akinwale Kasali Controversy have again trailed the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari over the alleged audio tape attributed to the president. The Sallah message attributed to the president was conveyed to Nigerians in an audio tape, which sparked controversy. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Afenifere and other major stakeholders, yesterday, reacted to the presidency’s release of an audio tape to debunk insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari had lost his ability to speak properly. While stakeholders from across the country generally welcomed the audio, there was, however, criticism…

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Adeleke Loses All, As Hussein Emerges as APC Candidate

Mudashiru Hussein  has emerged the flag bearer of  the All Progressives  Congress for Osun West Senatorial District bye-election. Hussein,  who was earlier disqualified by the APC screening committee and appeal committee, was eventually cleared by the National Working Committee of the party to contest the election. Although the former senator was unopposed in the primary election held in Osogbo, he scored 2, 412 votes. The  younger brother of late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, Demola, had  defected to Peoples Democratic Party   on Tuesday evening. Demola, who was  also unopposed,  emerged  the PDP…

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2017 Ankara Carnival: LASG Plans Big

The Akinwunmi Ambode led Lagos State Government has made its plans known to begin the resuscitation of moribund Ankara textile industries in the state, with the aim of giving a facelift to the ‘Ankara’ fabric, which has gained popularity in the global fashion scene and to provide job opportunities for millions of unemployed youths.  This was disclosed during the week in Lagos, at a press conference, to herald the forthcoming Lagos Ankara Carnival 2017, slated for September 2-9, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.  According to the chief host…

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SERAP Kicks Against Saraki’s Acquittal

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has faulted the acquittal of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal charges, saying the acquittal “suggest serious shortcomings” in Nigeria’s criminal justice system. The CCT on Wednesday dismissed the 18-count of false asset declaration against Saraki following his no-case submission. But SERAP, in a statement by its deputy director Timothy Adewale on Thursday, said that the acquittal seriously weakened the notion that high-ranking public office holders accused of corruption would be held accountable. It said, “The acquittal yesterday of the Senate…

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Acting President, Osinbajo meets with Emir Sanusi

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, met behind closed-doors at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. The emir arrived Osinbajo’s office at exactly 2:40pm. The meeting lasted until 4:50 pm when the monarch came out from the Acting President’s office. When approached for comment by State House Correspondents, Sanusi declined to comment, concentrating instead in exchanging pleasantries with some presidential aides and workers in the Vice Presidential wing of the State House. No official reason was given for the meeting. Osinbajo begun series…

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