AIG Imue Warns Port Criminals

By Bayo Bernard The first task of the newly appointed Assistant Inspector General, AIG of Police, Maritime Police Command, Pius Immue is to clean the Augean stables of the ports where miscreants and criminals operates without encumbrances. In spite of claims by various security agencies working in the Lagos ports for instance, men of the underworld still continue with their criminal activities unhindered. Major crimes existing in the ports include, forgery, burglary, document falsification and cargo stealing. Whereas these crimes are committed sometimes, in the full glare of security agencies…

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FG, NJC Battle for the Soul of Judiciary

By Bayo Bernard   The recall of six judges by the National Judicial Commission, NJC shocked not a few who consider their recall premature. The Walter Onnoghen led NJC took the decision to recall the embattled Judges at the end of its 82nd meeting which was held on May 31 and June 1. Onnoghen is the Chief Justice Nigeria, CJN. Meanwhile, its’ widely believed that the NJC under Justice Onnoghen is trying to assert itself. Those reinstated are Justice John Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court, Justice Uwani Abba Aji…

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Biafra: FG Worried Over Foreign Support

By Bayo Bernard   The largely successful sit-at-home called by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB on May 30, in the south east has somehow jolted the Nigerian government to action. This is more so following recent reports that those agitating for a separate Igbo nation have local and international backers. The magazine learned from highly security sources that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is now weighing various security options to further curtail the spread of separatist groups in the country. It was learned that the government became more worried…

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NIMASA: Firms Reject NSDP Graduates

By Bayo Bernard   Over one thousand graduates under the Nigerian Seafarer’s Development Programme, NSDP bankrolled by apex maritime body, the Nigeria Maritime Administrative and Safety Agency, NIMASA have failed to secure payable jobs since they finished the course. Most of them are now languishing in Lagos and other cities across world hoping to find a job somehow after years of rigorous training abroad. The NSDP was an interventionist project started by the agency in 2008. Eight years after, the programme has produced over one thousand graduates trained in different…

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Aisha Returns to Power

By Bayo Bernard   Nigeria’s first lady Aisha Buhari appears to have seized the opportunity of his husband’s illness to launch herself back into public life again. Following the crack in the family over Aisha outburst last year that the government has been hijacked by a cabal, the first lady had lay low, as she hardly attend public functions. When President Buhari travelled for 56 days medical vacation in London in February this year there were suggestions in some quarters that some powerful aides that formed a ring around him…

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Ogun: ‘Yayi’ Faces Tough Task

By Bayo Bernard Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola has made great leaps in politics in spite of his young age, except one that has eluded him, the office of governor of Ogun state which he’s so desperately working to occupy. From House of Representatives member to now senator of the federal republic of Nigeria where he represents Lagos West, the youthful politician has proved himself to be relevant. Recently he played a big role in the Senate’s refusal to confirm the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim…

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Aisha Returns to Power

By Bayo Bernard   Nigeria’s first lady Aisha Buhari appears to have seized the opportunity of his husband’s illness to launch herself back into public life again. Following the crack in the family over Aisha outburst last year that the government has been hijacked by a cabal, the first lady had lay low, as she hardly attend public functions. When President Buhari travelled for 56 days medical vacation in London in February this year there were suggestions in some quarters that some powerful aides that formed a ring around him…

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Fayose’s Curious Move

By Bayo Bernard   For days the people of Ekiti state were wondering on what to do with the campaign posters of Governor Ayodele Fayose which now dotted Ado Ekiti, the state’s capital and other surrounding towns. But while still searching for answers over the sudden appearance of the posters, the governor broke the ice. The posters that now litter the state, he said, points to his intension to rule the state again when his four year tenure expires next year. Governor Fayose was elected for a four year term…

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Makarfi Wins First Round

By Bayo Bernard Jubilation has erupted in the camp of Senator Mohammed Makrfi led faction of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP following the Supreme Court’s judgment which upheld its right to appeal the Court of Appeal ruling affirming Alimodu Sherrif National Chairman of the party. No fewer than 10 states supporting the Makarfi faction have been celebrating since the apex court’s ruling. Recall that a Port Harcourt Appeal Court had on February 16 affirmed Sheriff as the authentic Chairman of the former ruling party, after sacking the Makarfi’s committee. The…

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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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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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