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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Pressure Piles On Buhari for Southern EFCC Chair

By Bayo Bernard   At last the Nigerian Senate nailed Ibrahim Magu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police and controversial chairman, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. For the second time, the police officer failed confirmation of the upper legislative chamber to become the substantive head of the commission. “Nobody can stop me” as EFCC chair Magu had earlier boasted immediately after he was grilled by the senators. During his tension soaked appearance at the red chamber, Senator Dino Melaye , Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in…

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Former NNPC GMD Docked

By Oji Odu The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, at the Justice Ahmed Mohammed Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Yakubu is facing a six-count charge bordering on fraud and false declaration of assets which was filed against him by the EFCC on March 10, 2017. The agency also accused him of receiving huge sums of money without going through the financial institutions. One of the charges read: “That you, Andrew Yakubu, on…

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NCC Declares Controversial ‘State of Emergency’

By Oji Odu The recent declaration of a state of emergency on the Quality of Service (QoS) in the nation’s telecommunications sector by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has continued to generate controversy in a year the regulator declared as the ‘Year of the Consumer’. At an interactive session between the NCC and telecommunications operators on the deteriorating QoS, in Abuja, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Umar Dambatta, assured operators of finding ways of cushioning effects of the situation and ameliorating the recurrent inaccessibility to foreign exchange. He…

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Lagos Begins One Month Official Darkness

By Oji Odu Friday, March,3, 2017, the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKED),announced a one-month blackout in many of its coverage areas in Lagos to enable it carry out maintenance work. The spokesperson of the power firm, Felix Ofulue, said that the power outage will span from March 6 to April 4, 2017. Ofulue explained that during the outage period, the company will repair its Ikeja West Transmission Station. The affected areas include Ojodu, Magodo, Alausa, Oke-Afa, Bolorunpelu, Egbe, Igando, Shasha, Ipaja, Alimosho, Agege, Egbeda and Abesan. Other areas to be…

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Obasanjo Blames Zuma for Xenophobic Attacks

Angered by the extrajudicial killings of foreigners, especially Nigerians in South Africa and the wanton looting of their properties, Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has condemned the xenophobic attacks, blaming the leadership under President Jacob Zuma for the dastardly act. Obasanjo condemned the attacks on Wednesday, March, 1, 2017, in Abeokuta when he received the leadership of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) Kuru, who paid him a courtesy visit. The former President who blamed the development on the ‘laxity and insincerity’ of the South African government,…

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