Wike appoints Emir of Lafia Chancellor of Rivers State University

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has approved the appointment of the Emir of Lafia, HRH Sidi M. Bage as the Chancellor of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt. A statement issued in Port Harcourt on Wednesday night by the governor’s Special Adviser on Electronic Media, Simon Nwakaudu, said the governor made the appointment in exercise of the powers conferred on him by S.3 and Schedule 1 of the Rivers State University Law, 2017. He said the appointment takes effect immediately.

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5-storey building seized by EFCC from ex-CDS Badeh becomes VON headquarters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, handed over a forfeited five-storey building to the management of Voice of Nigeria (VON), a Federal Government-owned media organisation. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the building is located on Plot 1386,Oda Crescent, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja. The building becomes the Corporate Headquarters of VON, which until now, was squatting in its ‘parent’s house’, the Ministry of Information, popularly known as Radio House. Handing over the building to VON, chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, who was represented…

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Gbajabiamila’s appointment tears Southeast APC apart

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila’s choice of former Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Anayo Nnebe, as Special Assistant on Political Matters is threatening the unity of his party in the Southeast region. The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra State, the Conference of Southeast APC Publicity Secretaries, and the Southeast APC Young Progressives Forum have all condemned the choice, calling for Mr Nnebe’s replacement. Mr Gbajabiamila on Tuesday announced the former member representing Awka North and South federal constituency in Anambra State, Mr Nnebe,…

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Senate confirms Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as CJN

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). He was confirmed on Wednesday after screening by Senators, to succeed Justice Walter Onnoghen, who resigned following some false asset declaration. The confirmation followed a two-hour question and answer session between the senators and Mohammed, who had been in acting capacity as CJN since January. President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan announced the confirmation after a voice vote at plenary on Wednesday. Mohammed who entered the National Assembly complex at exactly 10:10…

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Delay in appointment of ministers won’t affect 2020 budget – Lawan

The Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, on Wednesday, said that delay in the submission of the ministerial list by President Muhammadu Buhari for screening won’t affect the National Assembly from giving Appropriation bill expeditious passage. According to him, returning the national Budget’s fiscal cycle to January to December will be possible if the proposal gets to the National Assembly by September. He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. He said “I…

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Buhari to Northern Elders: Stop dabbling into security issues to score cheap political points

• Ohanaeze, Yoruba, Ijaw youths demand proscription of MACBAN and arrest of Miyetti Allah leaders • Yakasai faults call by NEF on Fulani to vacate the south President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined Fulani herdsmen to ignore the recent call by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) asking them to leave the Southern part of Nigeria. This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. Buhari questioned the intentions of the NEF and the other so-called leaders in delving into issues with…

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State of the Nation: Northern Groups order herdsmen out of south, say their safety not assured

• Security challenge getting worse every day – Jonathan • Act now before it’s too late, Emeka Anyaoku tells Buhari • As Senate contemplates another National Security Summit The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Coalition of the Northern Groups, CNGs, have ordered Fulani herdsmen to leave the Southern parts of the country and return to the north where their safety and those of their cows are guaranteed. The CNG also noted that there hasn’t been encouraging concern by the Federal government for the dilemma of the Fulani, who have…

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NFF takes decision on Rohr’s future as Super Eagles coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wants to keep Gernot Rohr as the head coach of the Super Eagles, BBC Sport reports. Although Rohr led the national team to the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations, where they lost 2-1 to Algeria, there have been calls for the German to be sacked. The 66-year-old, however, says there is “no hurry” for him to make a decision on his future, as his focus is on the third-place playoff against Tunisia on Wednesday. “There is no hurry because we want to finish…

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Assets: Gov Makinde publicly declares N48billion

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has publicly declared his assets worth over N48 billion. The governor, who said he has fulfilled one of his campaign promises, encouraged members of his team to do the same. According to a statement by Taiwo Adisa, chief press secretary to the governor, Makinde of Oyo had cash at hand and in the bank worth N234,742,296.01, as at May 28, 2019. Taiwo said the asset declaration form contained details of cash at hand, in the bank, landed properties (developed and undeveloped), household items, share and…

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Why we kidnapped Buhari’s District Head – Suspects

Thirteen suspected kidnappers of the district head of Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar, were among 40 other criminal suspects paraded Monday, by the Police in Abuja. Force Public Relations Officer,DCP Frank Mba, who paraded the suspects at the headquarters of the Special Anti-robbery Squad, in Guzape, Abuja, said they were picked up at their hideouts at Daura, Katsina State and Kano State respectively by operatives of Operation Puff Adder, IGP Intelligence Respond Team and Special Tactical Squad. Items such as chemical for production of Improvised Explosive Device, IEDs, AK-47, and ammunition,…

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Again, Obasanjo writes Buhari, raises alarm over four avoidable calamities

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently devise measures to forestall likely division of the nation, as Nigeria is “on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay.” In the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said the president should consider the urgent action and avoid a similar situation that led to the disintegration of Yugoslavia, identifying issues of insecurity across the nation. According to him, Nigerians are beginning…

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Nigerian Army redeploys top generals

The Nigerian Army has announced the redeployment of top generals. Army spokesperson Sagir Musa announced the deployments in a statement on Sunday evening. Those affected include one lieutenant general, some major-generals and brigadier-generals. One of those affected is L.O. Adeosun who was promoted to a lieutenant general last week by President Muhammadu Buhari. Adeosun was redeployed from being the Chief of Training and Operations to become the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army). See the full details of the postings as sent by Musa, a colonel, below. Nigerian Army Redeploys…

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Adamawa community sacrifices mosque for clinic

Worried by the lack of health facility, the Wuro Ahmadu community at Gongoshi Grazing Reserve in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area of Adamawa has turned their only mosque to a clinic. Wuro Ahmadu is a pastoral community with over 1,000 people and about 20,000 different livestock. The Ward Head of the area, Ardo Buba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Wuro Ahmadu on Sunday that the decision of turning the mosque to a clinic was to find means of providing primary healthcare services to the community. “In Wuro Ahmadu…

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How we begged Na’Abba, Anyim not to impeach Obasanjo – Gowon

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) said they begged the former Speaker of House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba and former Senate President, Pius Anyim, not to impeach former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in other to sustain democracy in the country and save his successors from suffering same fate. Gowon, who spoke at the inaugural public lecture tagged “Nation Building or Nation Fragmentation: Reflection on 20 years of Post- Military Rule in Nigeria” in honour of late Major General Emmanuel Olumuyiwa Abisoye, organized by the Major General Emmanuel Olumuyiwa…

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Buhari can’t handle Nigeria’s problems – Soyinka

The Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has taken a swipe at the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the administration has failed Nigerians over its approach to the herders/farmers’ crisis and other security problems bedeviling the country. Soyinka said this on Sunday at his residence in Ijegba, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while playing host to 85 pupils drawn from all the six geopolitical zones of the country to mark his 85th birthday. Soyinka, who was born on July 13, 1934, clocked 85 years on Saturday. The playwright, who…

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