Devote your energy to insecurity, not regulation of preaching – CAN to el-Rufa’i

The Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked governor Nasir el-Rufai to devote his energy to solving insecurity in the state rather than pursuing a law to regulate preaching. Addressing a press conference in the state on Monday, Joseph Hayab, CAN chairman in Kaduna, condemned the bill on regulation of religious activities by licensing preachers, which has now been ruled against by a court of law. The Kaduna state high court had said the state government had no right to screen and issue licences to…

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How Ex Governor Amosun surrendered 1000 AK47 rifles, 4 million bullets to Police

A few hours to the end of his reign as Ogun State helsman, embattled Governor Ibikunle Amosun contacted the state’s Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, confessing that he had thousands of arms and millions of ammunition in store at a secret armoury in Government House, and that he had decided to hand them over to the police. Amosun’s anointed candidate for the March 9 governorship election, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), had been roundly defeated by Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress and the governor was…

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Buhari Vs Atiku: Tribunal rejects ex-VP, PDP’s application to inspect INEC server

• Rejection of inspection marks triumph of Justice – Presidency • As Atiku vows to challenge ruling at the Supreme Court The Presidential Election Tribunal has rejected the request by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his party to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to allow them access to the server used for this year’s presidential election. In a unanimous ruling on Monday, a five-man panel of the tribunal, led by Justice Mohammed Garba, dismissed the application filed by Atiku and the…

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Court sentences man to death by hanging for killing girlfriend

A Yobe High Court on Tuesday sentenced an applicant, Muhammed Adamu, to death by hanging for killing his girlfriend, Hauwa Muhammad, 24. Delivering judgment, Justice A. Jauro, held that he found him guilty of murder under Section 221 of the Penal Code. Jauro held that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that Hauwa was intentionally killed by the convict, and ruled that:”by virtues of section 273 Criminal Procedural Code, when a person is sentenced to death, he be hanged by the neck to death. “I therefore sentence…

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9th NASS leadership: Lawan becomes Senate President as Gbajabiamila emerges House Speaker

• Omo-Agege succeeds Ekweremadu as deputy Senate President • Idris Wase emerges deputy Speaker unopposed • APC shouldn’t see my contesting against Lawan as rebellion – Ndume • Why I contested to be Deputy Senate President again – Ekweremadu • Lawan, Gbajabiamila, others can always count on my support – Dogara Ahmed Lawan, the All Progressives Congress (APC), preferred candidate, has been elected the President of the Nigerian Senate, and Chairman of the 9th National Assembly. Lawan defeated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), adopted candidate Ali Ndume, also of the…

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APC sets up committee to probe Oshiomhole’s deputy, Shuaibu, for instigating members

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) has set up a five-man disciplinary committee to investigate allegations leveled by Sen. Lawal Shuaibu, its Deputy National Chairman North, against Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman. Malam Lanre Isa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary made this known in a statement issued on Thursday night in Abuja. He added that the five-man committee would particularly investigate Shuaibu’s allegation against Oshiomhole on issues involving the collective decisions of the NWC. Issa-Onilu added that the APC NWC which passed a vote of confidence…

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Zamfara govt suspends Emir, District Head over alleged involvement in banditry

The Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim and the District Head of Kanoma town, Alhaji Ahmed Lawal have been suspended by the Zamfara State government. They have been asked to step aside for their alleged involvement in armed banditry activities. This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the Director-General, Media and Publicity to the state Governor, Alhaji Yusuf Idris. It said Governor Bello Mutawalle has approved the suspension of the two monarchs, following series of petitions against them by their subjects. The statement orders the traditional rulers to…

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Emir Sanusi faces suspension ‘danger’ after query from Ganduje

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has issued a query to Muhammadu Sanusi, Emir of Kano, over alleged financial misappropriation. The Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) issued the letter on behalf of the Governor. The development comes less than two days after Sanusi and Ganduje shook hands and prayed together during the eid-el-fitr celebrations, and the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission that the Emir be suspended, saying during its investigation, it uncovered that N3.4 billion was misspent by the emirate under…

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NBC shuts down AIT, Ray Power FM

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) yesterday shut down indefinitely the African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM over alleged failure of the two broadcasting outfits belonging to Daar Communications Plc to abide by the commission’s directives, the provisions of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. The Director General of the commission, Mallam Moddibo Kawu, who announced this while briefing journalists in Abuja, said Daar Communications had over the years turned itself into an example of how a professional broadcast outfit…

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9th N’Assembly to be inaugurated Tuesday as President Buhari dissolves 8th Assembly

• Race for Senate President thickens • Goje steps down for Lawan after meeting with Buhari • As Ndume dares APC leadership, refuses to step down • It’s clear Lawan or Ndume will succeed me – Saraki • 8th Assembly worked under a toxic atmosphere – Dogara President Muhammadu Buhari has pronounced the dissolution of the eighth session of the National Assembly and announced the proclamation of the ninth session of the federal parliament. The new session is billed to start on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Clerk to the…

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Election fallout: You are free to join PDP, APC tells aggrieved members

• Confusion in Zamfara as one faction expels Yari, another expels Marafa • Be humble, I’m willing to teach you how to be a Chairman – Oyegun to Oshiomhole • You lacked Oshiomhole’s courage to face Saraki, Dogara, others – APC fires back • Face your woes, don’t drag us into your crisis, PDP tells APC The crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has taken a turn for the worst as the party on Tuesday in Abuja asked any of its aggrieved members who no longer feel comfortable…

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Kumuyi to Christians: Don’t attack Buhari, other leaders

The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, William Kumuyi, on Sunday urged Christians not to attack the president of the country through any means. Mr Kumuyi, who gave the admonition during his sermon at the Deeper Life Bible Church, Headquarters, Gbagada, in Lagos said that real Christians must obey constituted authorities and shun violence. Delivering his sermon entitled “The Believers’ Preservation Until the Day of Visitation”, Mr Kumuyi said that Christians are strangers and pilgrims in the world and must be Christ-like in their character, conducts and conversations.…

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Atiku petitions court over alleged plot to delay presidential election tribunal

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has petitioned the Court of Appeal over what he described as a deliberate ploy to truncate the constitutional calendar of the presidential election petition before the Tribunal. This is coming 11 days after the President of the Court of Appeal and erstwhile Chairperson of the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, disqualified herself from the Tribunal following the petition of the PDP and Atiku/Obi legal team. The PDP and Abubakar had…

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Buhari returns to Abuja after OIC summit in Makka

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday returned to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia where he went to attend the Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, in Makkah. He left Nigeria on Thursday last week to attend the 14th session of the Summit Conference of the OIC, which held on Friday, May 31 and hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu had explained that the Summit was aimed at developing a unified stance…

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More troubles for Oshiomhole as Edo APC joins calls for his resignation

The call for the resignation of the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, seems to be gaining momentum following a letter addressed to him by one of his deputies, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, asking him to resign, as some stakeholders of the party joined the fray calling for his immediate resignation. The group under the umbrella of Edo APC Coalition for Progress at a press conference held in Benin City, the state capital, challenged Adams Oshiomhole “to toe the path of honour,” stressing that he…

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