Buhari, Saudi Crown Prince agree to establish Nigeria – Saudi Council

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, in Riyadh, accepted an invitation from the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin-Salman, for the establishment of Nigeria- Saudi Council, aimed at promoting investments and enhancing relations between both countries. The decision was the highpoint of a bi-lateral meeting between the Nigerian leader and the Crown Prince, which took place on the margins of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference. A statement issued by the President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, said the meeting was initially scheduled to hold in the office of the Crown…

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Elections: INEC to create additional polling units

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC said it would, by the first quarter of 2020, take courageous decisions on the creation of additional polling units. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, announced this at a dialogue session organised by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Situation Room, in Abuja. The session was held with INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, ahead of Bayelsa and Kogi States governorship elections. Okoye said that the Commission would consult critical stakeholders and take bold steps and decisions on the…

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Over 14 million Nigerians are on drugs – Report

A World Drug Report 2019 has put drug use prevalence in Nigeria at 14.4 percent of the population, representing 14.4 million Nigerians aged 15 to 64 years. This was revealed on Thursday in Kaduna by the Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Elisha Mohammed, when critical stakeholders gathered to brainstorm on alarming statistics on drug use prevalence in Nigeria and the way forward. Mohammed said curiosity and peer pressure were major factors pushing people, especially school children and young persons, into non-medical drug use. The seminar was on…

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FG orders nationwide crackdown on substandard secondary schools

The Federal Government has ordered a nationwide crackdown on sub-standard secondary schools doting the nation’s landscape. Minster of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, gave this directive on Friday in Abuja, following recent reports of the sordid state of some secondary schools across the country. Deputy Director, Press & Public Relations Unit, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben Goong, in a statement in Abuja quoted Nwajiuba as saying that the National Secondary Education Commission (NSEC), which is billed to take- off soon, would further strength secondary education in Nigeria. The minister…

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IPPIS Payment System: ASUU suspends proposed strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its proposed strike over the Federal Government’s directive to enroll its members into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS). ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a phone interview, noted that the union had decided to maintain status quo, pending further meetings. It could be recalled that when President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2020 Budget proposal before lawmakers on Oct. 8, 2019, he vowed that the Federal Government employees not captured on the IPPIS platform by 31st Oct. 2019 would no…

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Operation Positive Identification Exercise: Army dismisses report as fake news

The Nigerian Army has dismissed as ‘Fake Alert’ a viral post of planned nationwide ‘Operation Positive Identification’ (OPI) exercise credited to the Armed Forces. In a social media post, the Army informed the public that the security advisory, which is supposed to commence from November 1, 2019 to December 23, 2019, should be disregarded. The advisory, which was doctored with the Army logo, was quoted as “Planned Nationwide Military Operation by the Nigerian Armed Forces. “It has been officially declared that effective from 1st November 2019 to 23rd December 2019,…

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Edo: Gunmen kidnap Appeal Court Judge, kill Police orderly

A judge of the Federal Court Of Appeal, Benin division, in Benin City, Edo State, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen in Benin, Edo State. The police orderly accompanying her, Inspector A. I. Momoh, was also reportedly killed by the gunmen before taking her away. The driver of the vehicle was also seriously injured. It was gathered that the four gunmen, trailed Nwosu’s car from Ramat Park end of the Benin-Agbor Road in their Toyota Voltron and blocked her vehicle around Christ Chosen Church of God International.…

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Sokoto: Appeal Court sacks Sokoto Senator, Reps members

The Court of Appeal Sokoto Division on Wednesday returned Sen. Ibrahim Danbaba and Balarabe Kakale as Senator and House of Representative member in the National Assembly, respectively. In a short judgement read by Justice Frederick Oho, the court said that the appeal filed by Danbaba and Kakale, both candidates of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during 2019 election have succeeded, adding that details on the judgement will be given later. Oho set aside the judgements, delivered by Sokoto State Election Petitions Tribunal, which dismissed the appellants petitions in favour of the…

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2019 Election: Supreme Court dismisses Atiku’s appeal, affirms Buhari’s re-election as President

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23, 2019 presidential election. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammadu, led the seven-man panel in hearing the appeals in respect of the case instituted by Atiku Abubakar. Other members of the panel are Justices Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Kayode Ariwoola, John Okoro, Amiru Sanusi, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Abba-Ajji. ….. The Supreme Court in a unanimous judgement on Wednesday…

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo unveils Liberty TV/Radio state-of-the-art digital studios in Abuja today

Atar Communications Nigeria Ltd, owners of Liberty TV /Radio stations, Voice of Liberty and Muryar Yanci online platforms is today playing host to the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON. as he unveils the state-of-the-art studios at HCR Plaza, Sylvester U. Ugoh Crescent, Jabi, Utako, Abuja. Liberty TV/Radio is a news and current affairs-driven platform strategically broadcasting from Kaduna since 2014, to a global audience, founded on the tenets of free speech, and human and civil rights, and exercise of free market. On the 1st of October 2019, Liberty TV/Radio commenced…

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ASUU offers alternative to IPPIS

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Owerri, Imo State, on Monday rejected the plan by the Federal Government to include university workers in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). The union said that it had offered to be given the opportunity to develop an alternative to IPPIS. However, it did not provide details about the alternative. The Zonal Coordinator of the union in Owerri Zone, Comrade Uzo Onyebinama, said this on Monday, at a press conference held at the Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri, Imo State.…

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Emefiele meets Buhari, says borders remain closed

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) Godwin Emefiele, on Monday said that the nation’s land borders would remain closed until neighbouring countries agree to implement mutual anti-smuggling policies. Emefiele said this after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. It was reported that Nigeria had closed its land borders since August, in order to curb smuggling of goods into the country. Emefiele told State House correspondents after the closed-door meeting that Nigerian rice and poultry farmers have particularly benefitted from the border closure. He…

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90 million Nigerians living in extreme poverty – Minister

Nearly 90 million Nigerians are living with extreme poverty, Minister of Humanitarian and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has stated. The Minister, who spoke at a budget defense session of the Ministry before the House of Representatives Committee on IDPs, said the Buhari administration was resolved to lifting the 90 million Nigerians, of the country’s 198 million population live in extreme poverty across the nation. She also said the new ministry was committed to strengthening coordination of humanitarian and disaster management efforts by multiple stakeholders.

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Buhari to embark on private visit to London after S/Arabia

The Presidency yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari will be embarking on a private visit to London after attending the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Summit holding in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Monday. According to a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, the Economic Forum of the Future Investment Initiative will be holding from Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 and President Buhari is expected to perform Lesser Hajj immediately after the forum. Adesina…

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Kogi flood: Over 200 inmates escape after Koton-Karfe custodial centre collapse

n early morning downpour on Monday in Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State has led to the alleged escape of over 200 prisoners from the medium Federal Correctional Centre. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Mr. Jafar Ahmed, confirmed the story while speaking with newsmen in Koton Kafe on Monday. He further said that the rain started around 2 am and lasted till early morning, which led to River Osugu overflooding its embankment and destroyed many houses, resulting to…

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