Peacekeeping: UN Recognises Nigerian Policewoman

CSP Catherine Ugorji of the Nigerian police and serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has been selected by the UN as one of two runners-up for the prestigious UN Woman Police Officer of the Year award for 2020. Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, in a statement by Oluseyi Soremekun, the National Information Officer of the UN System in Nigeria, said through both her words and actions, UN Police Officer Ugorji exemplifies the best of UN policing. Of the 1,300 UN policewomen deployed in UN peacekeeping operations, twenty-one were…

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APC more united during Atiku, Kwankwaso and Okorocha days – PGF boss

The Director-General, Progressives Governors Forum, PGF, Salihu Lukman, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was more united in 2015 when former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, former governors Rabiu Kwankwaso and Rochas Okorocha and many others teamed up to ensure the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari. Lukman recently stated this in Abuja during the public presentation of his new book titled: “APC and Progressive Politics in Nigeria”. The PGF boss also said APC needed to demonstrate its progressive credentials by putting in place a credible and verifiable membership register. The…

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Lekki shootings: Soldiers fired blank bullets at protesters – Ex-army spokesman

As Buhari gives ministers 1-week to submit report on #EndSARS A former spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman Kukasheka, says soldiers fired blank bullets at the Lekki protest ground, and not live ammunition as widely claimed. Recall that soon after the incident, there were some reports on how men in military uniform opened fire at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos where youth demonstrated against police brutality. Speaking during a television programme yesterday, the retired Brigadier-General said contrary to reports that many were killed in the incident, the blank ammunition…

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Nigeria’s economy too fragile for fresh lockdown – Buhari

Lauds Borno Gov.’s leadership style on palliatives President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria’s economy is too fragile for fresh COVID-19 lockdown. The President, who stated this yesterday through his verified Twitter handle, said compliance with COVID-19 protocols by all Nigerians is crucial to avert a second wave of the pandemic in the country. President Buhari therefore urged Nigerians to obey all protocols recommended by health authorities to curtail the spread of the lethal coronavirus. “Looking at the trends in other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second…

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Ohanaeze, Arewa youths endorse INEC Chairman’s re-appointment

Ohanaeze and Arewa youths have endorsed the re-appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another term of five years. The groups, under the aegis of the prominent Igbo cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Youth Movement and Arewa Youth Consultative Movement, urged him to ensure that speedy reform and E-voting are achieved before 2023. The Ohanaeze youths, in a statement by its President General, Ochiagha Uchenna Nnadi, said that Edo and Ondo states elections show that the Commission is reforming, urging him to…

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CBN releases guidelines for N75bn youths investment fund

Says its rice interventions have created over 1.3m jobs – CBN The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released guidelines for the implementation of the proposed N75 billion Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF). The CBN, in a statement issued by its Development Finance department, stated that the fund would be used effectively to respond to the challenge of youth’s employment in Nigeria. According to the statement, the major objective of the plan was to address fragmentation of youth’s initiatives that prevent assessment of impact. The apex bank said that the…

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Wike signs Executive Order proscribing IPOB in Rivers

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and its activities in the State. Wike, who made this known in a statement issued by his Special Assistant (Media), Kelvin Ebiri, stated that the governor, in a broadcast on Wednesday night in Port Harcourt, maintained that Rivers State remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities. He said the government acknowledges and appreciates the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social and economic development of…

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#EndSARS: Ganduje’s aide, Yakasai who criticized Buhari re-instated

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has re-instated his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Yakasai, who was suspended for criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protest. Recall that some weeks ago, Yakasai slammed Buhari for not addressing Nigerians amid the national outrage as well as days of online and offline protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police. Yakasai stated the Buhari’s administration lacks empathy for Nigerians. The state government responded to Yakasai’s statement with a suspension letter which took effect immediately, describing Yakasai’s comments as “unguarded…

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UK High Commission re-opens VISA application centers in Nigeria

The United Kingdom High Commission has announced the re-opening of its visa application centres in Nigeria. The UK High Commission disclosed this in a Tweet on its official handle, in a notice titled: ‘Update on UK Visa Application Centres in Nigeria’. The notice read in part: “Our TLS contact visa application centres are now open in Nigeria. Following the recent closures, we are working hard to process all outstanding applications. UK Commission last week shut down its visa application centres in Abuja and Victoria Island, Lagos over the crisis arising…

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Nigeria’s economy too fragile for fresh lockdown – Buhari

President Buhari says Nigeria’s economy is too fragile for fresh COVID-19 lockdown. Buhari, who stated this today through his verified Twitter handle, said compliance with COVID-19 protocols by all Nigerians is crucial to avert a second wave of the pandemic in the country. The President, theefore, urged Nigerians to obey all protocols recommended by health authorities to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus. “Looking at the trends in other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria. We must make sure…

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