FG gives 6-month amnesty to illegal migrants in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday declared six-month amnesty to migrants who have stayed in Nigeria beyond 90 days without resident permit. He said that the period would enable the migrants to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to avoid having challenges with immigration laws. The president made the declaration at the inauguration of the Migrant E-Registration and Data Processing Centres at NIS Headquarters in Abuja. He said that the period would enable the migrants to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to avoid having challenges with immigration laws.…

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Senate to FG: Issue travel alert against travelling to South Africa

The Nigerian Senate has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to issue travel alerts to Nigerians travelling to South Africa in the light of several questionable killings of Nigerians living in the country. The Senate made the call on Wednesday, while asking the South African government to investigate the death of Nigerians who have been killed in questionable situation in the country, according to a Premium Times report. Elizabeth Ndibuisi-Chukwu, the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), was allegedly murdered at Emperor’s Palace Hotel and…

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FG official arrested for forging Fashola’s signature

Maikudi Haruna, a senior official of the Ministry of Power, Works And Housing, has been arrested for allegedly forging the signature of a former minister. In a statement by Sunday James, spokesperson of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Haruna was accused of forging the signature of the minister in charge of his ministry to help one Abubakar Mustapha, his client, obtain an official passport. An official passport is given to senior federal government officials, state executives and senior military personnel. However, James did not mention the minister whose signature was…

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Prosecute Goje within 14 days or face court action – HEDA dares FG

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre has given the federal government a 14-day ultimatum to prosecute Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe state, for alleged money laundering. The centre asked the federal government to prosecute the current senator whose case has just been withdrawn from the court, or face court action. The corruption charges against Goje was discharged by a Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau state, following a request by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF). The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)…

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Community Police: FG, governors to recruit N-Power Cadets, Corpers

The Federal Government and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum have proposed to recruit National Youth Service Corps members and graduates of the N’Power Programme to beef up the manpower needs of the Nigeria Police Force. The corps members and N’Power cadets are to make up for the inadequacy of the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 additional hands by the police. They will help primarily in boosting community policing. The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this in Abuja on Friday after he held a meeting…

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FG moves to stop torture of suspects, says it’s unacceptable

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, said it would move against any security agency in the country that is found complicit in the torture of suspects in custody. The Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, said the government would henceforth, pay attention to the enforcement of International conventions Nigeria entered against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Apata, who is currently in charge of the Justice Ministry, made the declaration in a statement he presented at a ceremony…

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ACF backs FG on Almajiri system, says ‘it doesn’t represent Islamic doctrine of learning’

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), apex northern sociopolitical organisation, has declared support for the moves by the federal government to overhaul the Almajiri system. Recently, Babagana Monguno, national security adviser, said the federal government is considering proscribing the Almajiri system of education in order to tackle insecurity and ensure that no child is deprived of basic education. Monguno said Almajiris were becoming a huge problem to the society, adding that many of them end up becoming “criminals, drug addicts and willing tools in the hands of those who have very…

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Minimum wage: FG inaugurates committee to adjust workers’ salaries

The Federal Government yesterday inaugurated the committee to negotiate the consequential adjustment in salaries arising from the new National Minimum Wage with the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita appointed as chairman. Among the government delegations who were present at the event were the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige. Labour leaders were also present at the venue of the inauguration. While inaugurating the committee, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who is…

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FG can seize assets with or without corruption allegation – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the federal government can seize assets from citizens who cannot explain the source of their wealth. The vice president stated this yesterday while declaring open the anti-corruption conference organised by his office and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in Abuja. “The Supreme Court in a lead judgment of Akaahs JSC, recently held that forfeiture under Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act is a civil process, which neither requires the criminal conviction of the property owner nor…

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Workers’ day: FG declares May 1 public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, May 1, as a public holiday to celebrate the 2019 Workers’ Day. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, made the declaration through a press statement. Speaking on behalf of the Federal Government, he congratulated Nigerian workers on their commitment and sacrifice towards building a greater Nigeria. He commended workers’ effort at ensuring the full implementation of the policies and programmes of the government. He said they did this through efficient and effective service delivery to Nigerians and foreigners. Mr Dambazau called for continuous…

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FG, states must pay N30,000 new wage and arrears end of May – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) declared on Monday that all workers at the Federal, states and private sector must be paid with the new N30,000 national minimum wage salary structure by the end of May. Besides, the Congress said the arrears of the salary, from when President Muhammadu Buhari signed it into law on April 18, must also be paid along with May salaries. The NLC also warned that it would make any state who fails to commence implementation of the new minimum wage ungovernable and unbearable for such defaulting…

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FG honours 168 ex-NYSC members with scholarship, employment

The federal government has rewarded 168 outstanding former members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with automatic employments into the federal civil service and scholarships to Doctorate Degree level in any Nigerian University of their choice. The ex-corps members, belonging to the 2015, 2016, 2017 set, were honoured at an event that held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa on Friday, Fifteen other former corps members who had suffered disability during their service year were also recognised under the NYSC Hope Alive programme. Speaking at the event, Vice President…

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Murder of two aid workers in Kaduna a setback to tourism, says Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described the killing of a British national and her Nigerian friend at a tourist site in Kaduna as a setback in the efforts by the present administration to promote tourism in Nigeria. Mohammed’s remarks is the first official reaction of the federal government to the attack that took place on Friday at the famous Kajuru Castle Resort in Kaduna State. Faye Mooney, a British aid worker, and her Nigerian companion, Matthew Oguche, were murdered by unknown gunmen while three other persons were…

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FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays to mark Easter

The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22 as public holidays to mark the Easter celebration. Georgina Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, announced the holiday in a statement. Easter is a Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary in 30 AD. Dambazau enjoined all Christians to emulate the exemplary attributes of Jesus Christ amongst which he listed to include…

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You have proved that you cannot secure lives – Falana bombs FG

Human rights activist and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mr Femi Falana, says government has repeatedly proven that it cannot secure the lives and property of its citizens. Falana, who spoke when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television, also blamed politicians for the spate of killings and kidnappings across the country. He said it has become a norm for insecurity to increase after elections, alleging that thugs abandoned by politicians have taken to criminal activities to cater for themselves. “The increase in the wave of…

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