FCT: 4 rescued, as another Abuja building collapses; many trapped

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Barely less than 24 hours after a school building collapsed on pupils in Plateau State, killing 22 and injuring 132, four people have been rescued after a section of a two-storey residential apartment collapsed in Abuja yesterday morning. It is also 11 days after another building collapsed at Unity House, Area 11, Garki, in Abuja. Unconfirmed number of other people are trapped in the rubble. As of press time yesterday,  one person was reportedly still trapped in the rubble of the residential building, located in the Kubwa area of the…

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FCT: H/Reps. want Wike, 6 Council chairmen sanctioned for insubordination

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The House of Representatives has called for sanction against the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nyesom Wike and six Area Council Chairmen over insubordination and disregard for the House. A member of the House Committee on FCT Area Council and Ancillary, Rep. Ikonne Ifeanyi, made the demand during the committee’s meeting in Abuja, yesterday. According to him, it was a show of disrespect and lack of regard for the House that the Minister and his council chairmen refused to appear before the House after they were needed on invitation.…

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FCT: Young man threatens to jump from telecoms mast if subsidy isn’t restored

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…Demands end to bad governance, insecurity in suicide note A Nigerian man, identified as Shu’aibu Yusuf, from Borno State, who had earlier climbed a radio mast yesterday morning to commit suicide in Abuja, has blamed his decision on bad governance in Nigeria. However, according to reports, Yusuf was rescued by the Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) officials. According to a suicide note he reportedly left at the foot of the mast, he demanded the return of the fuel subsidy, among other demands…

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​​New FCT Judges: To whom much is given…

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By Dr. Jumai Ahmad The attainment of justice represents one of the enduring promises of Constitutional democracy. And the right to a fair trial is perhaps the most fundamental tenet of Constitutional democracy and has been recognized as a universal human right. This promise was again given when the ranks of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory was swelled by the recent appointment of 12 new judges by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola. Among the 12 judges to be sworn-in on Wednesday, July 10,…

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Insecurity: Panic, as bandits kill one, kidnap 4 in Abuja community

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At least, four persons were reportedly kidnapped, and one other killed when bandits yesterday renewed their onslaught on Bwari Area Council in the nation’s capital. The incident happened in the Guto area of Bwari. The attack, which began around 12:30am on the fringes of Guto and Piyawe communities, dovetailed into Tudun-Fulani and Sabon-Gari areas, both in the headquarters of Bwari Area Council. Eyewitnesses claim that two separate groups had invaded the Area Council, with kidnappers numbering over 30, surrounded the communities shooting sporadically and forcing their way into people’s homes.…

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“I wanted peace of mind”, Says policeman who rejected N150m bribe

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A Superintendent of Police, (SP), Ibrahim Sini, has said he turned down a N150m bribe allegedly offered to him by a Lagos-based businessman, Akintoye Akindele to have peace of mind. Akindele, who was arraigned for the offence at the Federal High Court in Abuja in August 2023, was remanded in the Kuje Correctional Centre. According to the charge sheet, the bribe was offered to allow police to permit him to escape abroad and to write a favourable report for him after the investigation. Sini was said to have led the…

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‘Why FCT council elections won’t hold next year’ – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has said it won’t conduct council election in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, next year. The electoral umpire asserted that holding council election next year in the FCT will amount to violation of the law. It referred some members of the public, especially politicians, who are insisting on conduct of council election in the FCT next year, to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended) with respect to the tenure of Area Council Chairmen in the Territory. According to the Commission,…

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Hardship: ‘We can no longer plan our meals” – Abuja residents cry out

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A cross-section of residents of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), says they can no longer fend for their families due to the rising cost of foodstuff. The residents, who spoke in separate interviews with the newsmen on Friday in Abuja, said that eating beans and yam have become a luxury due to its high cost. This, they said, had affected their domestic food timetable, making it impossible to eat varieties. A mother, Mrs Glory Ocholi, said that beans have become so expensive that it is difficult to buy in bulk…

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LibertyTV/Radio”s On-Air-Personality, Joel Waksi, found dead, stabbed by phone-snatchers in Mpape, Abuja

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A Liberty TV/Radio On-Air Personality, (OAP) Joel Waksi, was yesterday found dead, stabbed to death by suspected hoodlums in Mpape district of Abuja, with his phone stolen. The tragic news of the passing away of the OAP, whose lifeless body was found around the Mpape area in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was received by Liberty staff via a WhatsApp message posted by a member, Arthur Brooks, who posted: “I have just heard the tragic news that On-Air Personality, (OAP) Joel Waksi has been found dead, stabbed to death in…

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Sallah : Helpline, UAE fetes vulnerable in Abuja

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Women, vulnerable people and individuals living with disabilities in the FCT have applauded the generous contribution of meat donations by the UAE Embassy in Nigeria, in partnership with Helpline Social Support Initiative, during this year’s Eid ul -Adha celebrations. Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, Founder, Helpline Social Support Initiative, thanked the UAE Embassy for their kindness and dedication to making a positive impact in our community, and said the gesture demonstrates its commitment to community support through the spreading of joy and compassion to those in need. Dr. Jumai commended the UAE…

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