Insecurity: Politicians know who the bandits are – Tsav

Abubakar Tsav, a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State,has blamed politicians for activities of bandits terrorising the country. Tsav told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Makurdi that banditry and most insecurities occurring in the country were created by politicians. He said most politicians knew exactly who the bandits were and why they were carrying out such activities. “Banditry and insecurity are created by politicians and the politicians know who the bandits are. They know why these people are doing this. “I want to appeal to…

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Kano District Heads defy Ganduje’s order, attend Emir Sanusi’s Durbar

11 District Heads whose territories fall under the new emirates created by Kano state government have reportedly participated in the Kano Hawan Daushe durbar despite Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s order. It would be recalled that the governor had expressly forbidden the District Heads not to honour the call of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II who had requested the presence of all the district heads of 44 local governments in Kano at the Hawan Daushe in Kano city. But Ganduje in a statement by his media aide Abba Anwar directed the district heads…

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Don’t give a cent to anybody to import food into the country, Buhari orders CBN

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to stop providing funding for food imports, his spokesman said in a statement yesterday. He gave the order in his hometown of Daura in Katsina State when governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), paid him a visit to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir. According to Buhari, Nigeria currently has enough food for its citizens following several reforms in the agriculture sector by his administration, adding that there was no need to continue to import the…

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Northern Coalition to Tinubu: Your political gamesmanship is over, you cannot fool us anymore!

• Accuses him of double standards… laments his role in Buhari’s government • Northerners are now wiser, the road is clear for re-alignment – Ohanaeze The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has described former Lagos state Governor and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of political double-speak and double standards regarding the unity of the country, saying his actions betray his utterances, which is the cause of the present high political polarization in Nigeria and the deterioration of trust in the current administration.…

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Guinean President, Alpha Conde, joins Buhari to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir in Daura

President of Guinea, Prof. Alpha Conde was on Saturday accorded a warm welcome by President Muhammadu Buhari and members of Daura community in Katsina State. According to a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, President Conde is in Daura for Eid El-Kabir celebrations. He said the visiting President would attend the Eid prayers with President Buhari on Sunday and be treated to the traditional Durbar display at the palace of the Emir of Daura, Dr. Faruk Umar Faruk.…

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How Iran lured my brother, El-Zakzaky into Shiite – Sheikh Yakoob

Sheikh Mohammed Yakoob is a brother to the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. TED ODOGWU met him at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on his way to Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s holy pilgrimage in Mecca. He talks about El-Zakzaky’s childhood, how he became a Shiite, and why he abandoned his brother in his trying time. You’re Ibrahim El-Zakzaky’s brother, what kind of person was he as a young man? My brother, El-Zakzaky, and I grew up together as youths. He is…

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Zamfara: Gov Matawalle dethrones Emir for aiding banditry

The Zamfara State government has finally announced the removal of the suspended Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika Ibrahim and the district head of Kanoma, Alhaji Ahmed Kanoma. The state government had earlier suspended the two monarchs for allegedly aiding banditry in their respective domains. A statement issued and signed by deputy governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, said the two monarchs had been stripped of their positions with immediate effect following the outcome of a committee’s investigation set up by the state government to probe the allegations levelled against them. Gusau…

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Violent extremism Islam’s greatest challenge — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the greatest commitment to Islam is for Muslims to put the virtues of the religion into practice and make justice and righteousness their guiding principles. The president gave the advice in his Eid-El Kabir message to Muslims. The message is contained in a statement on Saturday by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. “We should be the mirror through which others see the virtues of our faith,” he said. “Islam is a religion of peace and we should avoid violent…

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2023: Coalition of Northern Groups Backs Southern Presidency

• El-Rufai kicks against zoning as Ohanaeze youths beg north for alliance Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the leader of Coalition of Northern Groups, CNGs, has said that it is of no benefit to the North to continue holding on to power in 2023. He also pointed out that the political alliance between the North and the South-West is not working. Suleiman said the North was indeed very angry with President Muhammadu Buhari’s government because they have not benefitted anything from him. He stated this while fielding questions from The Sun on which…

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Abuja-Kaduna Highway Gridlock: Police arrest Inspector who allegedly killed bus driver over N1,000 bribe

• As NSCDC embarks on psychological examination for its personnel The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, Mr. Ali Janga, said the authorities have arrested the Inspector involved in the incident of a bus driver reportedly shot dead on Friday along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway. He said proper investigation would be conducted into the circumstances of the killing. The Command Public Relation Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said this in a Press statement issued on Friday in Kaduna. Janga commiserated with family of the deceased and assured them and members of public…

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DHQ constitute joint investigation panel over killing of Police officers

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin has constituted a 7-man Joint Investigation Panel to unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of three Police officers and a civilian along Ibi – Wukari road in Taraba state. This is in compliance with the presidential directive issued by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Joint Investigation panel is headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya and has a representative each from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service and the Defence Intelligence Agency. The Joint Committee is…

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Akintola Williams, Africa’s first chartered accountant, turns 100

Not many live to see a century. In a clime where the mortality rate is one of the highest in the world, attaining such unusual pedestal comes with a collage of memories. For Akintola Williams, Africa’s first chartered accountant, it’s been a journey of landmarks. At 100 years of age, Williams has distinguished himself in many areas as a man worthy of being celebrated. In Nigeria, life expectancy for men stands before 55 years of age — a record Williams beat nearly half a century ago. As a global citizen,…

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N1.2bn Fraud: Court grants ex-INEC boss, Maurice Iwu, N1bn bail

The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, on Friday granted former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Maurice Iwu bail in the sum of N1 billion. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Thursday arraigned Iwu before a Federal High Court in Ikoyi for alleged laundering of N1.2 billion. Iwu, who has been interrogated by the EFCC, was alleged to have been involved in the N23.29 billion poll bribery scandal which characterized the 2015 poll. The presiding Judge, Professor Chuka Obiozor had fixed…

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2019 Hajj: Buhari nominates Imam who saved 226 Christians from unknown gunmen

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Imam Abubakar Abdullahi to serve in the National Ulama team for Hajj 2019. Imam Abdullahi was well celebrated after he hid 226 christian men, women and children after they came under attack from unknown gunmen in villages around Barkin Ladi, Plateau State on June 23, 2018. The Imam is currently attending a Pre-Arafat conference in Makkah, Saudi Arabia being chaired by the Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Mohammed. While introducing Imam Abdullahi, the NAHCON chairman said,” Imam Abubakar was…

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Africa needs political will to fight corruption – ECOWAS

The representatives of Nigeria and Ghana to the ECOWAS Parliament say that West Africa sub-regions need the political will to fight against corruption. They disclosed this in separate interviews on Friday at the end of the Joint Committee delocalised meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament at Ouagadougou. Rep. Sadiq Ibrahim, a member of the House of Representatives from Nigeria, said that Nigeria needed to be committed in the fight against corruption and look beyond sentiments in dealing with crime cases. According to him, Nigerians always associate the fight against corruption to…

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