ASUU Says Negotiation Hasn’t Started With Government

The Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday presented different views on a parley involving both parties over the strike by university teachers. While the Federal Government said significant steps were taken at the meeting towards the resolution of the issues raised by ASUU, the President of the union, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said it was a “mere consultation.” He said, “We have not yet had a formal meeting (with government); we are still making consultation. Don’t worry; I will get back to you…

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Group Says Buhari’s Aides Holding Him Captive

The #resumeOrResign protesters have accused aides of President Muhammadu Buhari of “holding him captive.” They called on the President to demonstrate his” touted integrity” by resigning from office, saying he is “incapacitated and can no longer rule the country.” The civil society coalition members reminded Buhari that he once asked late President Musa Yar’Adua to resign or be impeached when the latter was sick in 2010, stressing that he should toe the path of honour by doing so. Speaking to journalists on the fourth day of their protest at the…

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My Arrest Will Hasten Biafra Republic – Kanu

LEADER of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has said that the Federal government re-arresting him would quicken the actualization of the Republic of Biafra. Kanu also said that nobody can restrict his movement in any part of the country and that he is free to go to any part of Nigeria, including Lagos, if he so wishes. According to the IPOB leader who spoke in Umuahia, nobody can stop him from visiting Lagos State if he wants to visit there, saying he was not bothered by…

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Court Orders Permanent Forfeiture of Diezani’s Mansion

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered that a $37.5m mansion on Banana Island, Lagos linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. The court also ordered that the sums of sums of $2,740,197.96 and N84,537,840.70 realised as rents on the property should equally be forfeited to the Federal Government. The orders were made on Monday by Justice Chuka Obiozor, following a motion on notice argued before him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The anti-graft agency had…

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FG Releases Details of Paris Club Refund to States

The Federal government has released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to States totalling N243. 795 billion. The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts between 1995-2002. A statement by the Federal Ministry of Finance showed that Abia received N 5 .715 b; Adamawa N 6.114 b; Akwa-Ibom N10 b; Anambra N6,121 b; Bauchi N6. 877 b; Bayelsa N10 b; Benue; N6.854 b; Borno N7.340 b ;Cross River N6. 075 b; Delta N10 b; Ebonyi N4. 508 b; Edo…

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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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CCT Reserves Ruling on Saraki

The Federal Government on Thursday asked the Code of Conduct Tribunal to dismiss the no- case submission filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki , to fault the evidence led by the prosecution in relation to the 16 charges of false declaration and other related offences preferred against him . The Senate President , through his no- case submission filed before the CCT on May 26, 2017, contended that none of the exhibits tendered and no evidence given by the four prosecution witnesses linked him to the alleged offences to…

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Whistle Blowers Receives N375 Million As First Payment

The Federal Ministry of Finance has confirmed the release of N375.8M to the first batch of 20 providers of information under the Whistleblower Policy. The payment, of various amounts totaling N375,875,000, relate to the recovery of N11,635,000,000 . The Minister for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun stated: “This payment, which is the first under the Whistleblower Policy, underscores the commitment of the President Muhmmadu Buhari-led administration in meeting obligations to information providers under the Whistleblower Policy. The policy is an essential tool in the fight against corruption.” She further disclosed recent…

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FG Probes N700Billion Niger/Delta Projects Under Yar’adua-Jonathan Administration

The Federal Government is to probe N700 billion worth of projects in the Niger Delta, which were awarded by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua/Goodluck Jonathan administrations. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani N. Usani, who disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after yesterday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting chaired by acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said those found culpable would either be made to return the money or face the anti-graft agencies. He said that 60 percent of the contract sum, about N423 billion, had been released for the 427…

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Sagay Calls on the FG to Respect Court Orders on Dasuki and El-Zazaky

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has asked the Federal Government to obey court orders regarding the detention of embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.); and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. Sagay said this during an interview with The PUNCH while reacting to calls by the Nigerian Bar Association for the release of Dasuki and El-Zakzaky. The senior advocate advised the Federal Government to either obey the court order by immediately releasing them or to appeal…

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‘Buhari Administration has Produced New Sets of Millionaires’ – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,  said that the Federal Government through its agriculture empowerment programme had created new set of millionaires in farming. The minister stated this when he featured on a special edition of Channels TV programme, “Sunrise Daily” on the mid-term report of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Lai Mohammed Mohammed said that many young farmers were empowered through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrower Programme and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture’s Soil Map initiative. He said that the programme, which recorded huge success…

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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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FG Docks Peace Corp Boss OverAlleged N1.4 Billion Fraud

The Federal Government, yesterday, arraigned the Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mr. Dickson Akor, before the Federal High Court in Abuja, over his alleged involvement in N1.4 billion recruitment scam. Akor, who was docked on a 90-count criminal charge, was accused of extorting money from applicants seeking to join the corps. Arrested Peace Corps members The Incorporated Trustees of the Corps was equally cited as the 2nd defendant in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/45/2017. Meanwhile, Akor pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as trial Justice John Tsoho granted him…

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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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Media Group Tasks FG to Stop Hate Video on Revenge Killing

The Federal Government has been asked to prevent possible revenge killings following the ethnic crisis at Ile-Ife which led to deaths and destruction of properties. In a statement, the Human Rights Organisation, Journalists for Democratic Rights, (JODER) urged the Federal Government and the Osun State authorities to beware of a crafted hate video being circulated on the internet urging the Hausa-Fulani ethnic group to carry out reprisal attacks. The foremost media group said renewed hostility and another circle of violence will be prevented if the relevant authorities can move quickly…

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