Baro Port: To Be or Not to Be? …Will it really ever see the light of day?

Almost a decade after the contract for the multi-billion naira Baro Inland Port in Niger State was awarded; and almost a year after its commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari, the project is still yet to commence operation, making many Nigerians to worry whether the project will ever see the light of day. Aminu Imam and Ishaku Yohanna follow the trail and report: The Baro Inland Port, situated in Agaie Local Government Area of Niger State, is yet to commence operation almost a decade after its contract was awarded and about a year after its…

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Lassa fever: Nigerians cautioned against drinking garri

The Director of Public Health, Enugu State, Dr. Boniface Okolo has cautioned Nigerians against the consumption of soaked garri to avoid contacting Lassa fever. Okolo, who gave the warning in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Enugu, said the rats that caused the disease were mostly in contact with Nigerian most popular staple food ‘garri,’ a cassava product. He added that it was necessary to discourage consumption of soaked garri since it did not require boiled water. Okolo noted that boiled water could go a long way to kill…

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Avert mistakes that led to civil war, Presidency warns

The Presidency yesterday called on all leaders and parties to moderate their utterances to avert a repeat of the mistakes that led to civil war in the country in 1967. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made the call in a statement issued in Abuja. According to him, war serves as a potent warning on the dangers of aggressive regionalism, ethnic baiting and political corruption. He, therefore, stressed the need to forge common memory that could serve as a bridge to a…

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South, Middle-Belt leaders reject FG’s declaration of ‘Amotekun’ illegal…It has come to stay – Wole Soyinka

Just five days after the launch of the South-West’s security outfit, Amotekun, a test of might is brewing over it. The dramatis personae are in two groups. On one hand are the South-West governors and leaders from other parts of the country. On the other hand is the Federal Government. To the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), the FG’s declaration further evidenced state-backed injustice in the polity. Earlier, the Forum had issued a communiqué following its one-day meeting in Abuja on Monday, where it commended southwest governors for…

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Kaduna kidnapping: Families of 58 victims lament N100m ransom demand

Family members of 58 victims who were recently kidnapped in Kaduna have lamented over the one hundred million naira ransom being demanded by their abductors before they can be released. The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, (SOKAPU) lamented that the families of the victims, who are in a refugee camp after fleeing their homes, told them that the kidnappers, who sacked ten Gbagyi communities in Chikun and Birnin-Gwari council areas, asked for 100 million naira to free the victims, who have been in captivity since January 6th. The affected villages in…

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Imo: Hope Uzodinma sworn-in as new State governor ..Orders freezing of govt. accounts

Senator Hope Uzodinma has been sworn in as the governor of Imo State. The governor-elect and his deputy, Professor Placid Njoku, were sworn in by the Chief Justice of the state, Justice Pascal Nnadi. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Imo State Government House, hours after Senator Uzodinma received his certificate of return from INEC in Abuja and one day after the Supreme Court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha and declared him the elected governor of the State. Several APC chieftains, including the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole,…

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Gunmen attack Emir of Potiskum along Kaduna-Zaria road, kill 3 aides

Gunmen have attacked the first-class Emir of Potiskum, Alh. Umaru Bubaram, killing three of his aides along Kaduna- Zaria highway.  The emir was said to be on a tour of traditional institutions across the North, as part of preparations for the official commissioning of Potiskum Central Mosque, scheduled for January 18, 2020.  He was on reportedly on his way to Zaria when he came under attack by the gunmen. ‎The incident happened around Fandatio village, not far from Mararaban-Jos around 2:00am yesterday. It was not clear if the attackers targeted…

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Supreme Court rules on Tambuwal, Ganduje’s elections Monday

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, fixed January 20 for judgment on the Kano State governorship election appeal arising from the March 9, 2019 poll held in the State. A seven-man panel of the apex court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, fixed the date for judgment after hearing the appeals challenging the outcomes of the elections in the two States.  On the same day, the seven-man panel of the apex court led by the CJN would also deliver judgment on the Sokoto State governorship election dispute.…

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Nigeria open to more investments on construction, manufacturing – Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday declared that Nigeria was open to more investments from foreign companies in the areas of construction, manufacturing and technology, among others. Osinbajo spoke when he received at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, a Turkish business delegation led by Turkey’s Minister of Trade, Ruhsar Pekcan. The Vice President, who noted that he looks forward to greater co-operation between the two countries exploring other areas to deepen economic ties, adding that the Federal Government is looking forward to more foreign investments in Nigeria in different sectors.  In her…

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Ajaokuta Steel set for completion 2022 – Minister

The Ajaokuta Steel Company will begin full production in 2022, the Minister of Mines and Steel, Olamilekan Adegbite has said. The minister spoke in Lagos on Tuesday at an interactive session with journalists on the developments in the mines and steel sector of the economy. He said the Russian Government, through the Russian Export Centre and the Africa Export-Import Bank (AfrExim), is expected to commit $1.465bn to revitalize the moribund steel company. Adegbite said the Federal Government was expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU), with Russia along with…

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Supreme Court judgment rude shock – Ihedioha

Ousted governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has expressed rude shock following the Supreme Court’s judgment on Tuesday that nullified his election and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma, of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), as the duly elected governor. In a parting broadcast yesterday, Ihedioha, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, said he disagreed with the judgment, which has truncated the will of the people of Imo.   “I think it is unfair, unjust and does not reflect the voting that took place during the elections. It also didn’t…

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Suspend electricity tariff – House of Reps ask NERC

The House of Representatives Committee on Power, on Tuesday directed the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to halt its plans to effect the new electricity tariffs earlier announced. It would be recalled that NERC recently ordered electricity distribution companies, (Discos), in Nigeria to commence the enforcement of the new tariffs starting from April 1, 2020. This directive has been met with widespread outcry and disapproval from many quarters. But, Chairman of the Committee, Aliyu Magaji, at a meeting of the committee with NERC, however asked to suspend the implementation of…

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FG declares ‘Operation Amotekun’ an illegal security outfit

Barely a few days after the inauguration of a security outfit known as ‘Operation Amotekun’ by South-West states, the Federal Government has declared the para-military outfit as illegal, as it is not backed by any known law in the land. The Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), made the feeling of the government known in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday. In the statement, signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the AGF, Dr. Umar Gwandu, the government said the issue of defence and security…

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Imo: Supreme Court sacks Ihedioha, declares Uzodinma winner

The Supreme Court yesterday sacked Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State. The apex court, in a unanimous judgment by a seven-man panel of justices that was led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, held that Ihedioha who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), was not duly elected. Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who delivered the lead judgment declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the valid winner of the governorship contest that held in Imo state on March 9, 2019.…

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N1.6bn recruitment scandal: Stakeholders demand probe of Customs C-G

Stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime sector have demanded the immediate investigation of financial irregularities allegation levied against the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) over the approval of N1.6bn to recruit 3,200 job seekers in the on-going employment exercise by the Service. Speaking on Tuesday to journalists on the issue, the former National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Olayiwola Shittu urged agencies of government with forensic capabilities to investigate the allegation, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the…

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