Nigeria’s corruption fight ‘disappointing’ – Dr. Bugaje ..Says Buhari losing war

The founding Secretary-General of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former political adviser in the presidency, Dr. Usman Bugaje has disparaged Nigeria’s so-called fight against corruption championed by President Muhammadu Buhari.  The elder statesman, who delivered a lecture at the 25th anniversary of the Sarkin-Fulanin Lagos, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar Bambado 11, on the topic:  “Nigeria in turbulent times: The Pathways to Peaceful Co-existence and National Cohesion”, described it as “profoundly disappointing”. Dr. Bugaje, who is also a former member of the House of Representatives, decried the unemployment rate in the country, coupled…

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Religious groups differ over CJN’s call for full Shari’ah in Nigeria …It is reckless, provocative — CAN …He spoke well, we support his position – Muslim leaders

The recent call by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, for the amendment of the constitution to broaden the application of Shari’ah law in the country has generated sharp reactions from some stakeholders of the two major religions in the country – Islam and Christianity. While the umbrella body of Christians, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), rejected the idea of any constitutional amendment for the purpose of adding to the Shari’ah content in the nation’s constitution, some Muslim leaders and scholars described the CJN’s call as…

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Orji Kalu: Sun newspapers, Slok Nige2ria marked for forfeiture to FG – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday, marked some properties belonging to the convicted former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu for possible forfeiture to the Federal Government. A statement issued by the Commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the move was to ensure that the properties were not dissipated after Justice Muhammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had directed that Slok Nigeria Ltd, owned by the ex-governor, be wound-up and all its assets forfeited to the federal government. The properties marked by the anti-graft agency for…

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Buhari condemns execution of aid workers in Borno …Killing tragic – UN

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the alleged execution of four aid workers by terrorists in north-eastern Nigeria. The President disclosed this in a statement by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday. He said that the defeat of evil by good is inevitable, no matter the Pyrrhic victory evil-doers seem to win and expressed sadness over the development and commiserated with the family and loved ones of the aid workers. The aid workers had been abducted near Damasak, Borno State in July,…

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Kaduna tertiary institutions’ workers shelve planned strike

A joint union of tertiary institutions of Kaduna State says it has suspended its planned strike over poor salary. This is contained in a statement signed by the Joint Chairman of the unions, Mr. Noah Danlami and made available to newsmen in Zaria, on Saturday. The joint unions had on Nov. 21 issued a 21-day ultimatum to Kaduna State Government to address its demands or face an indefinite strike. The institutions, which include Academic, Non-Academic as well as Senior Staff Associations in the state-owned tertiary institutions, are Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic,…

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OAU Professor shot dead by gunmen

A senior lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Prof. Jerome Elusiyan, was on Friday shot dead by unknown gunmen. It was reported that a family source said the varsity don was travelling between Ekpoma and Benin alongside his driver when he was attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen. The Public Relations Officer of OAUTHC, Mrs. Kemi Fasoto, also confirmed that the deceased, who was the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, (OAUTH), Ile-Ife, was shot dead while his driver sustained gunshot…

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Over 18,000 irregular Nigerian migrants brought home

No fewer than 18,079 irregular Nigerian migrants in Libya and other European countries who were willing to return home were helped back home by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), between April 2017 and October 2019. The Awareness Raising Officer of IOM, (Nigeria), Cyprine Cheptepkeny, disclosed this on Friday in Benin, Edo State, at the media launch of the ‘Waka-Well’ campaign programme. Cheptepkeny, who disclosed that it was in collaboration with the federal government of Nigeria under the EU-IOM joint initiative, noted that 42 percent of the returnees were from…

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Curfew, ban on fireworks still effective in Borno – Police

The Police in Borno says the curfew and ban imposed on fireworks are in force to ensure a hitch free Christmas and New Year celebration in the State. The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Mr. Edet Okon, made the disclosure in a statement issued on Saturday, in Maiduguri. Okon said that the Command had sensitised the people on need to observe the existing curfew, ban and other acts capable of disrupting the peace during the festive period. “In pursuance, therefore, the Command wishes to restate that the curfew hours remain…

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Energy: Nigeria’s Omar Farouk appointed APPO Secretary-General

By Aminu Nuruddeen Amin Nigeria’s Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim has been announced as the new Secretary-General of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation (APPO). Dr. Farouk’s appointment was ratified in the course of the APPO’s Extraordinary Session of the Council of Ministers, which held today in Abuja, Nigeria. He takes over from H.E. Mahaman Laouan Gaya, whose tenure ended today. Dr. Farouk brings with him extensive experience in International Energy Relations having served as the Governor of the Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) for Nigeria since 2015. He has represented…

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I no longer have pillow talks with my husband, A’isha Buhari reveals

Aisha Buhari yesterday joked about not having intimate conversations in bed with her husband, owing to a lack of time. Mrs. Buhari made the statement while speaking on a television programme. According to her, this is so because they are busy tending to national issues, adding that it is the reason she keeps talking. The First Lady, who often gives her opinions on national issues, was asked whether she gets to raise some of these matters with the president during what was referred to as ‘pillow talk’. Mrs. Buhari, however,…

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14 million Nigerians are drug addicts – Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has raised an alarm over the increasing number of drug addiction, calling on school administrators and parents to be proactive in order to curb the menace in the country. Speaking at a 2-day National Summit on: “Menace of Drugs and Substances Abuse Among the Youth”, the minister said Nigeria is estimated to have about 14.4percent or 14.3 million people aged between 15 and 64 years who use drugs like cannabis, amphetamines, opioids, and cocaine at least once in the reporting 12-month period. The…

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Edo: Obaseki bans political rallies …Oshiomhole says “I am the he-goat of Edo politics”

Edo State Government has placed a total and complete ban on all political rallies, demonstrations or procession in any part of the state. A statement signed by Secretary to the Edo State Government, Barr. Osarodion Ogie, said the state government has made clear its position that the ‘plans by some identified mischief-makers to organise an unauthorised political rally in Bénin City was capable of leading to breakdown of public peace and also danger to the persons and property of Edo citizens.’ It directed all security agencies to deal firmly with…

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Sowore: AGF asks DSS to hands-off trial of detained activist

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has ordered the Department of State Service, DSS, to hands-off the prosecution of detained pro-democracy activist and convener of the #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore. The AGF, in a statement that was made available to newsmen by his media aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu, on Friday, said he directed the security agency to forward the case file in respect of charge pending against Sowore before the Federal High Court in Abuja, to his office. Malami further directed the Federal Ministry of…

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Lagos: Suspected killer of Maersk MD’s wife arrested on mango tree

One of the two suspects, who, a few days ago, attacked and murdered the wife of the Managing Director of Maersk Line, has been arrested after he was sighted by a Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, where he was hiding on a mango tree. The suspects also allegedly stabbed the shipping line boss in different places with two different knives, in what was said to be an attempt to ensure that they left no traces behind at the scene of the attack. The two suspects, Goke Olamilekan and Akande Adeyinka, had,…

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Road Projects: Reps query Julius Berger over slow pace of Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan highways

The House of Representatives has queried the construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, over the slow pace of work on the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highways. The House Committee on Works, in its resolutions, expressed its disappointment when the company appeared before it alongside officials of Ministry of Works and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) at an investigative hearing on Wednesday. The committee, in its resolutions on the hearing, said it “questions Julius Berger’s capacity to concurrently handle big projects.” The committee said that in view of this, “it is directing…

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