FG directs NCC to block over nine million SIM cards

There were indications on Thursday that the Federal Government is set to block about nine million unregistered mobile telephone SIM cards in the country. Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Patanmi, disclosed in a tweet on Thursday that he has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission to immediately block the unregistered SIM cards. According to the minister, all unregistered SIM cards would remain blocked until their users present themselves. “As at today, preliminary investigation revealed, we have over 9 million unregistered SIM cards in Nigeria, I have directed the NCC to immediately…

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Journalists, CSOs to track El-Rufa’i campaign promises in Kaduna

Some Journalists and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have pledged to track Gov. Nasir El-Rufai campaign promises and inaugural speech commitments as part of measures to push government to live up to its responsibilities. The journalists made the commitment on Thursday, at the end of a two-day strategic media engagement to discuss campaign promises in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was supported by a DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), was held in Kaduna. Some of the governor’s promises included, ridding of Kaduna…

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Why I handed over Nigeria’s treasury to women – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said his decision to place women in strategic positions of his government, like the financial sector, was to ensure effective management of limited resources available and promote a stronger sense of inclusiveness. President Buhari stated this when he received a delegation of National, Zonal, State and FCT Women leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the party Women Leader, Hajiya Salamatu Umaru Baiwa at the State House, Abuja. He explained that he preferred women to oversee the economic and financial hub of the country, Ministry…

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I congratulated Buhari openly; some PDP governors visit him at night – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal confirmed his election because it was better to offer public congratulations than visit him at night. Wike, according to a report by PUNCH, said that unlike some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, who visit President Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from his heart. The Rivers governor made the statement while speaking at the funeral service of Madam Blessing Awuse, mother of one of PDP…

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Nigeria’s highest power generation achieved under President Buhari, says Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has said that Nigeria achieved the highest power generation ever under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government. Adesina said this during an interview on Liberty Television’s Dialogue on Thursday. The President’s spokesman said “in 2016 to 2017 the country was able to achieved 6,300MW power generation despite inheriting merely 3,000MW in 2015.” He added, “There is incremental power in the country. But things are not going to happen in one fell swoop; it is work in progress. And…

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Scientist advocates eating human flesh to fight climate change

A Swedish scientist speaking at Stockholm summit last week offered an unusual possible tactic in combating global climate change: eating human flesh. Stockholm School of Economics professor and researcher Magnus Soderlund reportedly said he believes eating human meat, derived from dead bodies, might be able to help save the human race if only a world society were to “awaken the idea.” Soderlund’s argument for human cannibalism was front and center during a panel talk called “Can you Imagine Eating Human Flesh?” at the Gastro Summit, reports The Epoch Times. “Conservative”…

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Hoodlums hijack protest in Ekiti, attack wife of governor

The wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi on Tuesday escaped physical attack by protesting students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE). Though, the protest, considered as being peaceful by the Police Commissioner, Mr. Asuquo Amba, was said to have been hijacked by hoodlums. Some hoodlums on Tuesday afternoon allegedly hijacked the protest by students of FUOYE and allegedly attacked the convoy of the First Lady of the state, who was returning from a tour of some Local Government Areas of the state dishing out empowerment to the indigenes…

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Six bandits released in exchange for 20 kidnapped persons in Katsina

Six suspected bandits kept in detention by security agencies in Katsina have been released and handed over to representatives of bandits in exchange for 20 kidnapped persons in their custody. Information gathered revealed that five were released on Sunday after an agreement between the government and the bandits terrorising eight local government areas of the state. Daily Trust reports that after handing over the six suspects, Governor Aminu Masari said part of the agreement reached between the two was that government would handover bandits in detention, while the hoodlums kidnapped…

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Court orders permanent forfeiture of Diezani’s $40m jewellery

The former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke has lost the bid to retrieve her jewellery and a customised gold iPhone forfeited to the Federal Government. This happened as the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the permanent forfeiture of the 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, valued at $40m, recovered from the former minister’s house in Abuja. In a ruling on Tuesday, Justice Nicholas Nicholas Oweibo held that Diezani, through her lawyer, Awa Kalu (SAN), failed to show cause why the items should…

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Ashura Procession: 12 Shiite members killed in Kaduna, Gombe, Sokoto, Katsina, Bauchi – IMN

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has said that at least 12 of its members were killed across the country by the Police while observing the Ashura mourning procession on Tuesday. They were allegedly killed during the procession in Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina states. President of IMN Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, explained in a statement that three Shi’ites were allegedly killed in Kaduna and 10 injured, while three others were also killed in Azare, Bauchi State. He said, “At least three people were confirmed killed by the police in…

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Buhari, Atiku know fate today

The Presidential Election Tribunal is to deliver judgment today in a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Atiku Abubakar challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari. Sa’adatu Musa, spokesperson of the court of appeal, disclosed this in a notice yesterday. “Please be informed notice has been given for judgment to be delivered tomorrow September 11, 2019. 9. 00 am,” Musa said. In his petition, Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate in the February election, had claimed he defeated Buhari by 1,615,302 votes. Atiku based his claim on information…

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Even our enemies will agree Yahaya Bello has done well – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, has done well in the state more than his predecessors. Speaking on Thursday during a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, Oshiomhole said the governor’s performance in three years is beyond what the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration in the state achieved for 13 years. The party chairman asked residents of the state to support the governor for another term in order to continue his infrastructural programmes.…

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Banditry: Katsina residents implore prayers to overcome menace

Worried by the waves of killings, armed banditry and kidnapping in the state, residents of Katsina State including prominent Islamic scholars have on Thursday gone spiritual by organizing a special prayer session to overcome the current security faced in the state. The residents who trooped out en masse said they have resolved to implore prayers to seek Allah’s divine intervention to overcome the menace. This was coming as the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari has embarked on a visit to the hideouts of the bandits in the eight front line local…

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Xenophobia: It is criminal and unpatriotic attacking South African businesses in Nigeria – IGP

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, said Nigerians vandalising businesses belonging to South Africans in retaliation for xenophobic attacks in that country are criminals and unpatriotic. The IGP gave the warning on Thursday at a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, and said all suspects arrested in connection with the spate of retaliatory attacks will be prosecuted. He said those attacking foreign businesses were violating extant laws, adding that about 36 suspects had been arrested so far over alleged vandalism and would be prosecuted. Mr. Adamu said Nigeria…

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Nigeria’s economy tragically living on borrowed time, says World Bank

• Nigeria has only 10 to 15 years to diversify – Expert The Senior Agriculture Economist, World Bank, Dr. Adetunji Oredipe, said the neglect of the agriculture sector when Nigeria’s economy became increasingly dependent on oil has proved to be both a “disaster and calamity.” Speaking yesterday at the Agriculture Summit Africa sponsored by Sterling Bank, Oredipe said Nigeria is living on borrowed time. According to the economist, Nigeria would have been earning at least $10 billion if it had held on to its market share in palm oil, cocoa…

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