2024 Hajj: NAHCON airlifts 10,675 pilgrims​

NAHCON airlifts

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), has announced the successful transportation of 10,675 Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj 2024 pilgrimage. In a statement by NAHCON’s Assistant Director for Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara, it was disclosed that FlyNas airlifted 4,665 pilgrims, followed by Max Air, with 4,479, and Air Peace, with 1,531. Usara further mentioned that there have been no flight cancellations except for a delay that affected the inaugural flight from Kwara, shifting from May 20th, 2024, to the early hours of May 21. She…

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Abba Kyari granted bail after 27 months in detention

Abbs Kyari on bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the former commander of the Force Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, two weeks’ bail after 27 months in detention. According to reports, the bail is for Kyari to conclude his mother, Yachilla Kyari’s burial rites. The court subsequently set Friday, May 31, for the determination of his bail application in the trial over drug-related charges filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), following his arrest over two years ago on February 14, 2022. Recall that Kyari’s mother died in…

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Tinubu appoints new FRSC Corps-Marshal/CEO​​

New FRSC Corps Marshal

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Assistant Corps-Marshal Mohammed Shehu as the new Corps-Marshal/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC) This is contained in an issued statement by the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Segun Imohiosen, yesterday. ​Shehu takes over from Dauda Biu, who had been Corps-Marshal since 2022, and has attained the age of 60 and retired from service.​​The statement, which said Shehu’s appointment took effect from 20 May, 2024, read in part: “The appointment…

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​Escalating Insecurity: H/Reps raise concern over FG’s ‘failure’ to implement resolutions

H'Reps on insecurity

The House of Representatives has raised concerns over the “failure of the executive to implement its security resolutions”. During plenary day, parliament mandated Yahaya Ɗan-Zaria, clerk of the House, to compile all security resolutions passed in the 10th assembly and forward same to the office of the national security adviser. The Green Chamber passed the resolution following the adoption of a Motion sponsored by Kingsley Chinda and 28 other lawmakers. It was gathered that there is hardly a session of the lower legislative chamber where members do not raise security…

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“​May 30 Biafra Day celebration sacrosanct; must hold”  – MASSOB


The South-East group, Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB), has insisted that the May 30 Biafra Day celebration must hold, despite threats by Nigeria security agents. MASSOB said there will be a sit-at-home exercise in commemoration of the 57th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra Republic by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. According to an issued statement signed by the group’s leader, Uchenna Madu, all schools, banks, markets, public offices, motor/ Keke parks, air/seaports and other corporate bodies shall be closed to commemorate the event. The…

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Fuel Subsidy: Petrol price surges by 176%, as inflation bites Nigerians harder

Poverty & Hunger

The average price of Premium Motor Spirit, (PMS), popularly known as petrol, surged by 176.02 percent in April on a year-on-year basis as soaring inflation hit Nigerians. The National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS),  which disclosed this in its ‘Petrol Price Watch’ for April, stated that Nigerians bought Petrol in April 2024 at an average price of N701.24 per litre, when compared to N255.06 in the same month last year. According to the report,  the monthly petrol price increased by 0.64 per cent compared to N696.79 per litre when the product…

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Again, terrorists attack Plateau village, ‘kill 40’

Plateau attack

…Kidnap 20 in Abuja community At least fourty people were reportedly killed when the rampaging armed terrorists attacked Zurak village in Bashar district of Plateau State. Sources familiar with the development disclosed that the incident happened on Monday evening. The heavily armed men invaded the village, located in Wase local government area, shooting sporadically. Over 40 persons, including vigilantes, were killed during the brutal attack, locals who survived the attack stated. The residents said they could not immediately report the incident due to the poor communication network in the area. According…

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Nationwide strike imminent – ASUU


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it would declare a nationwide strike anytime soon following the federal government’s refusal to meet its demands despite consistent appeals. Addressing reporters yestetday, during a news conference at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the coordinator of the Lagos zone of the union, Prof. Adelaja Odukoya, said the union was fast losing patience over the government’s ‘insensitivity’ to the plight of its members and that of the public universities. The conference was held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, with all…

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Again, Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 proposed new minimum wage

minimum wage

Organised Labour has rejected the N54,000 proposed by the Federal Government as new minimum wage. The Federal Government had, in a meetin g with Labour, proposed N54,000 as against its earlier N48,000 offer, one of the leaders of the Organised Labour who attended the meeting revealed this to newsmen yesterday. Recall that Organised Labour, comprising of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)  and the Trade Union Congress, walked out on the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage following the FG’s pproposed N48,000 minimum wage. Last week Organised Labour told the Federal Government…

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“North has oil in Nasarawa; more than in South, S’East” – Sani Zangon-Daura

Sani Zango Daura

Co-founder of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Alhaji Sani Zangon Daura, hasreacted to the claims that other regions in Nigeria are better endowed in terms of natural resources than the North. The elder statesman stated that the North has more oil in Nasarawa than the entire South and South-East has, and that the North also has gas in Bauchi. He acknowledged that Allah has blessed the North with numerous natural resources, like gold, coal, and the rest. Speaking in an interview during a television programme, he stated that the…

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