Budget Padding; Group asks Akpabio to resign over Ningi’s suspension, anti-North sentiments

Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi

As the drama in the National Assembly over alleged budget padding unveils more facts, a northern group has cautioned the Senate President Godswill Akpabio over sentiments while faulting the suspension of Senator Abdul Ningi and asked the Senate President to resign. The group, Arewa Defence League made this known in Kaduna while addressing the media over the suspension of Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, the President of the group, Murtala Abubakar said the antecedents of the President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio leaves much to be desired as nationalist and should…

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2024 Hajj: Intending pilgrims demand refund, after NAHCON raised fees to N6.8m 

Nigerian Muslim intending pilgrims, who had earlier paid for a trip to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj, have started demanding for refund after the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), instructed them to pay another N1.9million.  Recall that the Commission, on Sunday, increased the fare for this year’s pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia by N1,918,032.91 while setting a deadline of March 28, 2024.  It had in December 2023 fixed a fare of N4.9million per pilgrim based on an exchange rate of N897 to a dollar.  However, in its recent announcement…

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Gowon lauds Tinubu for uniting ECOWAS

Former Head of State and founding father of the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS), Yakubu Gowon, a , has lauded President Bola Tinubu for uniting the bloc under his leadership. Gowon made this known at the inauguration of the Academy of International Affairs (AIA), a foreign policy think-thank founded by former foreign affairs minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, on Monday in Abuja. He said the inauguration of AIA with President Tinubu as ECOWAS chairman, and who recently achieved a foreign policy milestone by making efforts to forestall its disintegration,…

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Kano: Court sentences Chinese to death for killing Nigerian girlfriend

A Kano High Court sitting yesterday, sentenced a Chinese national, Frank Geng-Quangrong, 47, to death by hanging for stabbing his Nigerian girlfriend, Ummukulsum Sani, 22, to death. Frank, who lives in Railway Quarters Kano, was convicted on one count charge of culpable homicide. Delivering judgment, Justice Sanusi Ado-Ma’aji, held that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt. “The defendant’s testimony is inconsistent. I hereby find him ‘guilty’. I hereby recommend mercy by the Kano State Governor on behalf of the convict,” he ruled. Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, the…

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Over 10 illegal refineries, 500,000 litres crude oil reservoir uncovered in Rivers

Over ten illegal refineries have been uncovered at Odagwa community in Etche local government area of Rivers State. The illegal refineries were discovered by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Commandant-General’s Special Intelligence Squad. According to the security agency, the illegal refineries had an estimated 500,000 litres of Crude oil warehoused in about 50 illegally constructed Reservoirs. The NSCDC Rivers State Command Spokesperson, Superintendent Olufemi Ayodele, made the disclosure while parading some of the suspects arrested during the raid of the oil bunkering site in Odagwa Etche in…

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Mamu rejects terrorism financing allegation

…Demands retraction Following his designation as a “Terrorism Financier” by the Desert Herald newspaper, Tukur Mamu, has taken action by sending a letter to the Attorney-General of the Federation to demand a retraction of this characterisation. The letter, dated March 25, 2024, was drafted by Mamu’s lawyer, J.J. Usman (SAN), and it was addressed to the Attorney General of the Federation. In the correspondence, Mamu’s legal team highlighted the need for a retraction within seven days to avoid potential legal proceedings. A copy of the letter in question was verified…

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Marketers speak on new petrol price

The price of petrol has crashed from N640 per litre to N630 per litre. According to the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), National President, Abubakar Maigandi, the market started responding positively, as soon as the private depots got a wind of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Ltd, (NNPCL)’s assurance to supply petrol directly to the independent marketers. He said, “The price has started reducing, since NNPCL is giving independent marketers their direct allocation. NNPCL said they will give us direct product instead of taking it to private depot…

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“We discussed how to curb banditry” – Gumi

Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, has said he had a “productive interaction” with security agencies who invited him over his comments on the activities of bandits in the country. Recall that on Monday, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, disclosed that the Federal Government had invited the cleric over some of his remarks.  The Minister had said Gumi was not above the law and that he would be reprimanded if security agencies deemed his comments reckless.  In a social media post yesterday, the cleric described his meeting with…

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“Tinubu showing signs of failure” – Northern Elders

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has said that the recent mass abductions of school children in the region is an indication that the president has failed in his primary responsibility of keeping Nigerians safe. The Forum made the comment while reacting to the release of the abducted pupils of LEA Primary School, Kuriga, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State. The Forum’s Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in an issued statement, noted that the incident is another sad reminder of the need for improved security measures. He said though the release of…

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