DSS arrests el-Rufai’s political ally, A’isha Galadima

El Rufai’s political ally

One of the most prominent political allies of the former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufa’i, A’isha Galadima, has been arrested in Kaduna. The arrest, according to a source, was connected to a post on her Facebook page, criticising Governor Uba Sani. The female politician was picked up by the operatives of the Department of State Services, (DSS), from her residence yesterday. The development was confirmed via a telephone conversation, by one of her brothers, who said: “A’isha has just been arrested by the DSS at her Tudun-Wada residence in…

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Oyo: Army arrest Yoruba ‘nation’ agitators who invaded Govt. House

Oyo agitators

The Nigerian Army says it has apprehended some Yoruba ‘nation’ agitators who invaded the Oyo State Government House in Ibadan earlier on Saturday, after a gun battle. An issued statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the Yoruba ‘nation’ adherents engaged the troops in a shootout. According to him, the troops, utilizing superior firepower, successfully subdued the attackers, who subsequently retreated in disarray. As a result of this engagement, nine members of the irredentist group were apprehended, while one Semi Automatic pump-action rifle and ammunition were…

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US Dollar Bribes: Tension high in Kano over planned arraignment of Ganduje, others

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Kano State’s political temperature seems to be rising to a disturbing point since the weekend as a result of apprehension among residents over the planned arraignment of the immediate-past governor of the state, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, some of his family members, former aides and firms, before the State High Court over allegations of corruption. The State capital city is apparently polarised along two political divides following the formal summon extended to the former two-time governor, his wife and six others by a Kano State High Court last Tuesday over allegations…

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Concerns over ‘misuse’ of security vote amidst rising insecurity

Security Vote misuse

Lawyers have queried the rationale behind the monthly allocation of security vote to state governors amidst rising insecurity in the country. The lawyers were unanimous in calling for the scrapping of security vote, saying it is not being properly used by many state governors. Speaking while appearing before the House Committee on FCT last week Monday to defend the N1.1 trillion budget of his ministry, Wike said he need security vote to tackle the insecurity currently ravaging the FCT. Wike said: “Security vote has become necessary to enable the FCT…

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Chibok: ’21 freed girls returned with 34 children’ – Report

Chibok

Ten years after the abduction of 276 girls of Chibok Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, a damning report has revealed the 21 released girls came with 34 children. This, according to the report released by the Murtala Muhammed Foundation  (MMF), to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the abduction at the weekend, served as a devastating confirmation of the sexual violence and coerced marriages the girls endured while in captivity. The report hinted that 48 parents of the abducted victims have died since the girls were kidnapped with widespread psychological…

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Safe Schools Initiative: FG to engage hunters, vigilantes on intelligence-gathering

Safe Schools Initiative

National Coordinator, ‘Financing Safe Schools Initiative’, Mrs. Halima Iliya, says plans are underway to actively engage hunters and vigilantes on intelligence gathering to curb attacks on schools across the country. The National Coordinator, who gave this indication in an interview with  newsmen yesterday in Abuja, said that aggressive community engagements and sensitisation of students, parents and teachers will kick off in the second quarter of the year. She said, “As a component of the plan, for states with local vigilantes, we intend to train their hunters, vigilantes and volunteers while…

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“Stop deceiving Nigerians, tariff hike ‘ll worsen economic woes” – Electricity workers tell FG

Electricity workers

Workers in the nation’s power sector have asked the Federal Government to stop deceiving Nigerians over the 300 percent hike in electricity tariff, and called for it reversal to avoid further socio-economic woes. While advising the Government to come clean on the hike and not be economical with the truth, they described the hike as nothing but another anti-people policy. Under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees, (NUEE), the workers warned that if any of their colleague is attacked in the line of duty over the tariff…

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2027: Akpabio kick-starts Tinubu’s 2nd-term bid

Akpabio Tinubu

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has begun drumming support for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s re-election barely months into the President’s first term. Addressing a gathering of State governors and federal lawmakers that paid Sallah homage to Tinubu at his residence in Lagos on Friday, Akpabio expressed confidence in the President’s leadership, going as far as praying for Tinubu’s victory in the 2027 general elections. “As you coast home to victory for a second term, may all the governors seated here also coast home to a second-term victory in their States”, Akpabio…

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Senate probes NNPCL, NIMASA, 772 others

Senate probes

The 10th Senate is probing the financial records of 774 federal agencies including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited, and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) based on the queries raised against them in the 2019 report of the Auditor-General for the Federation. The Chairman, Senate Public Account Committee, Aliyu Wadada, disclosed this on Friday in Nasarawa State, while speaking with newsmen. He said, “We are currently looking into the books of 774 Ministries, Department and Agencies, (MDAs), to see what was appropriated to them and check whether…

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PDP NEC meeting: Tension, as Atiku, NASS members, Govs., Wike renew battle for party’s soul

PDP battle

Indications have emerged to suggest that the next few days are expected to be turbulent times for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), as major gladiators within the it are jostling for the soul of the former ruling party. Findings have revealed that the leadership as well as the ranks of the Party is sharply divided into two broad camps ahead of the scheduled meetings of the major organs with regards to the fate of the Acting National Chairman, Amb. Umar Illya Damagum, to continue in office. Recall that…

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