​​New FCT Judges: To whom much is given…

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By Dr. Jumai Ahmad The attainment of justice represents one of the enduring promises of Constitutional democracy. And the right to a fair trial is perhaps the most fundamental tenet of Constitutional democracy and has been recognized as a universal human right. This promise was again given when the ranks of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory was swelled by the recent appointment of 12 new judges by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola. Among the 12 judges to be sworn-in on Wednesday, July 10,…

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18 States on red alert, as flood kills 15, displaces over 16,000 in one week

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Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Joseph Terlumun Utsev, have raised the alarm that18 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) may be adversely affected in the coming days. No fewer than 15 persons have reportedly lost their lives due to the widespread flooding experienced across the country within the last seven days. Several properties, including houses, cars and other valuables were destroyed by the disturbing disaster. Recall that on June 24, the popular Trademore Estate, Abuja, was submerged following a sustained torrential rainfall that led to the death of…

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Tinubu re-elected as ECOWAS Chairman

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President Bola Tinubu has been re-elected as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS). He was re-elected at the 65th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of States and Government at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Tinubu, who accepted his re-election, appointed the President of Senegal to join in the mediation with Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. Meanwhile, the President called on Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS to work towards the establishment and sustenance of a regional standby force for the security and economic…

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Kaduna: Panic, as bandits kidnap 2 journalists, family members and 78yr-old ex-NLC President

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Gunmen, suspected to be bandits, have abducted two Nigerian journalists and their family members in Kaduna State. The armed men stormed Danhonu community in Millennium city of Chikun local government area of Kaduna and raided houses of the reporters of The Nation newspaper, AbdulGafar Alabelewe, and that of Blueprint newspaper, AbdulRaheem Aodu, their wives and children . Alabelewe is also the current chairman of the correspondents chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council. One of the victims’ family members, Taofeeq Olayemi, who confirmed the incident, said…

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‘2027: Atiku, Obi, Kwankwaso alliance only way to defeat Tinubu’ – Lukman

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A former National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Salihu Lukman, has said that alliance of  prominent opposition leaders is the only sure path to defeat the APC in the 2027 general election. Lukman, a vocal critic of the present APC-led federal government, who made the suggestion in a statement on Sunday, titled: “Future of Democracy in Nigeria”,  appealed to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Rotimi Amaechi to put aside their differences and work together. He also listed other political leaders like Yemi…

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FG secures $5bn Afreximbank funds to boost economy

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The Federal Government says it has secured $5 billion from Afreximbank to strengthen the economy, including a $3 billion targeted at de-risking the economy. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite, revealed this while delivering her address at the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) summit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday. “The Ministry secured $5billion funds, including a $3b for de-risking Nigeria’s business environment with AFREXIM bank at an event in the Bahamas in June”, the minister said. Uzoka-Anite, who delivered her address at the concluding session of…

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Court orders ex-minister, Sadiyya Umar Farouk, to account for N729bn payment to poor Nigerians

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, in a landmark judgment, has ordered Ms. Sadia Umar-Farouk, former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development to account for payments of N729bn to 24.3 million poor Nigerians for six months. The court also ordered the former minister to provide the list and details of the beneficiaries who received the payments, the number of states covered, and the payments per State. Recall that the judgment was delivered in June by Justice Deinde Isaac Dipeolu following a Freedom of Information suit brought…

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Economic Crisis: Huge job losses, as 16 multi-nationals exit Nigeria in 3yrs

As Nigeria battles an economic crisis sparked by the government’s twin policies of petrol subsidy removal and unification of foreign exchange (FX) windows, United Kingdom (UK)-based company, Diageo, joined about 15 other multi-national companies that have exited the country in the past three years. Diageo is the latest to announce its departure on Tuesday, June 11 when it said it will sell its 58.02% stake in Guinness Nigeria to Tolaram. Diageo joins others like Kimberly-Clark, manufacturers of Huggies and Kotex brands of diapers; US-based Procter and Gamble (P&G); GlaxoSmithKline (GSK);…

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Fuel Scarcity: Oil Marketers give reasons, as filling stations adjust pumps to new price

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Petrol filling stations across Nigeria have adjusted their pump prices from N62 per litre to new prices, following the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, especially in Abuja. However, the new scarcity is majorly felt by residents of Abuja and other northern States like Jigawa, Kebbi. The new scarcity comes amid reports that Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) owes around $3 billion to fuel traders for imported petrol. Oil marketers are blaming the NNPC for the new scarcity. The marketers  under the Petroleum Products Retail…

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‘It’s religion that stops the poor in Nigeria from killing the rich’  — Bishop Kukah

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Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has said it is religion that is stopping the poor in Nigeria from killing the rich. The Bishop, who was a Guest Speaker at ‘The Platform Special Edition‘, which was held on June 12, and organised by Poju Oyemade under the auspices of ‘The Covenant Nation in Lagos, stated this while shedding light on the state of democracy in Nigeria and the way forward for the country. Held under the theme: “Democracy and the Free Market Economy,” Bishop Kukah…

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