President Buhari hailed for appointing Kyari GMD of NNPC

A body known as South South Reawakening Group ( SSRG), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Mr Mele Kyari as new Group Managing Director(GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The group made the commendation in a statement signed by the Convener, SSRG, Mr Joseph Ambakederimo which was made available to newsmen on Thursday in Warri. Kyari succeeds Mr Maikanti Baru, who is due for retirement on July 7 at the age of 60. “As President Buhari begins his second tenure in office, we make bold to say…

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Obasanjo makes fresh demand from Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the Federal Government to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFT) agreement. Obasanjo made the call at the ongoing 2019 Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) on Thursday in Moscow Russia. He said Nigeria had no justifiable reason for not signing the agreement as countries like Eritrea, Niger and even Benin that were our neighbors had signed. “I don’t think there is any confusion. I was talking to somebody in government in Nigeria not long ago, he said we would be like a sleeping giant…

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How Lawan was pressured to sack SA media, Adedayo barely 48 hours after appointment

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, withdrew Festus Adedayo’s appointment. Lawan took the decision barely 48 hours after appointing Adedayo as Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. This came after some supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) kicked against the appointment. On Thursday morning, a group known as APC stakeholders accused Lawan of rewarding President Muhammadu Buhari’s enemies. Abu Andrew, spokesman of the group, had said the appointments were “glaring” reward to people who have insulted Buhari. “No doubt, the appointments are glaring reward for people who have not…

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Northern TV channels threaten to opt out of NBC ‘Free TV’ due to outrageous fees

Northern Broadcast Media Owners have threatened to opt out of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) FREE TV DSO on Pinnacle Commmunications Limited and migrate to NEXT TV. The threat came on the heels of what the northern media owners termed “outrageous” new NBC TV Licence of N500million and Pinnacle Signal Carriage rate of N399million per annum. Loading…

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Buhari inaugurates 2019-2023 NEC, seeks governors’ supports on security, education

To proscribe Almajiri system; seeks compulsory education for children President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged state governors to pay more attention to the areas of security, health, education and agriculture so as to address the menace of poverty in the society. The president gave the advice when he inaugurated the 2019 to 2023 National Economic Council (NEC) and its maiden meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday. NEC, which is established by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999), as amended, is chaired by the Vice-President. Membership of…

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Emir advocates better salary structure for journalists

The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji AbdulMumini kabir Usman has called on Federal and State governments including the private sector to review the welfare package of journalists and other media workers in view of the essential nature of their job. The Emir who made the plea when he received members of the Katsina State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, who paid him Sallah homage at his palace in Katsina, observed that journalists are the most important public servants who deal with information which is a delicate item. He…

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Kidnapped ex-minister’s son regains freedom

Dayo Adewole, the son of the former minister of health, Isaac Adewole has been released. Dayo was regained freedom barely 24 hours after he was kidnapped by gunmen at his farm at Iroko near Fiditi in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State. According to Punch, an aide to the ex-minister confirmed that the victim was released on the evening of Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The aide said, “The minister’s son regained freedom just this evening and he is with his family in Ibadan. Details are still sketchy but we…

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Kogi youths insist on direct primary, say Yahaya Bello doesn’t deserve another term

Kogi Youth Movement (KYM), a volunteer group of youths from Kogi State, on Wednesday rejected the second term ambition of Governor Yahaya Bello and insisted on direct primary to pick the candidate of the All Progressives Congress ahead of the November 21 governorship election. The youths, who protested against Bello’s 2nd term ambition at the Unity Fountain arena in Abuja with placards bearing different inscriptions, said the KYM was adding their voice to the millions of others voices in the state that have rejected the governor’s ambition. Secretary of the…

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We’ve retrieved, re-issued over 70 Certificates of Return – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said it had withdrawn and re-issued over 70 certificates of return after the 2019 general elections. Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner, Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said this at an electoral reform round-table organised by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room and the Kofi Annan Foundation in Abuja. Okoye said that one of the biggest challenges facing the commission is the large number of pre-election matters that are still pending in various courts of law. “As at today, the commission…

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Buhari makes first appointment, returns Ahmed Idris as AGF

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Mr. Ahmed Idris, as the Accountant General of the Federation. The Director, Communications, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHoSCF), Mrs. Wunmi Ogunmosunle, made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. The appointment will take effect from June 25. The statement read: “The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr. Ahmed Idris for the second and final term of four years as Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, in…

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‘You can’t issue licence to preachers,’ court halts el-Rufai’s religious bill

A Kaduna State High Court presided over by Justice D. Gwadah yesterday declared that the Kaduna state government has no right to screen and issue licences to religious preachers in the state, stating that the Preaching Regulatory Bill passed by the House of Assembly is illegal. According to the court, the bill is a gross violation of fundamental human rights which guarantees freedom of association and freedom of religion. The presiding judge, Justice D. Gwadah, said that the bill is inconsistent with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria…

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Police arrest ‘kidnappers’ of UBEC chairman

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have killed a suspected kidnapping kingpin and notorious armed robber, who recently masterminded the kidnap of the UBEC chairman along Abuja- Kaduna road. Force PRO, Frank Mba said “the suspect, one Sumaila Sule, alias Shaho, male (estimated be in his mid thirties), a native of Rijana village in Kachia LGA of Kaduna state is one of the most vicious and most wanted kidnappers that has been terrorizing citizens in Kaduna and its environs. “He died in the early hours of 18th May, 2019 following…

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Iwobi reveals Mikel’s new AFCON role

Alex Iwobi has suggested that Chelsea icon Obi Mikel will likely be deployed as a central midfielder at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has been trying out different formations in the training sessions and gave a hint at what his starting line-up against Burundi could be in the preparatory matches against Zimbabwe and Senegal. Both Iwobi and Mikel lined up in midfield in both matches with the Hale End Academy product deployed in a more advanced position and the Super Eagles captain playing centrally. “It’s…

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Why we met with Buhari – APC governors

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum on Tuesday disclosed their reason for visiting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. They disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to discuss ministerial list with them. But they maintained that the matter of a cabinet for the President’s second term was purely the President’s decision. The President, the Forum said, should appoint whosoever he wishes. The Chairman of the APC Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the President’s meeting…

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Scores killed as Air Force destroys bandits’ camp in Zamfara

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAN) says its Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI, has degraded a camp and neutralised scores of bandits in air strikes conducted at a location near Dangote Village in Zamfara. Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, said the operation was conducted on Sunday. He explained that the operation, which took place at dawn on June 16, was executed based on credible human intelligence (HUMINT) reports. Daramola said reports indicated that some bandit leaders…

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