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2019: Don’t attend Presidential Debate, APC begs Buhari

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in the United Kingdom has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to attend the debate organised for candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2019. The party made the appeal yesterday in a [...]

December 16, 2018 Government and politics

5 big things to expect in Nigerian politics in 2019

With the elections approaching, there are a lot of things expected to happen to Nigerian politics in 2019. 2019 will, no doubt, be a big year for Nigeria, most especially because millions of Nigerians will march to the polls to [...]

December 16, 2018 Government and politics

Traffic worsens on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The gridlock along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway continued on Saturday as commuters lamented the situation which left them stranded in the early hours of the day. Road users have for the past four days been enduring the gridlock caused by ongoing [...]

December 16, 2018 Transportation

Presidency, Atiku clash over Buhari’s alleged insensitivity

The Presidency yesterday faulted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, over claims that President Muhammadu Buhari was insensitive to have failed to attend the burial of the 19 military victims of Boko Haram [...]

December 16, 2018 Government and politics

Nigeria: After Vice Presidential Debates 2018

Osinbajo To President Buhari: Baba no go ooh, na trap. Obi wan use facts and figure kill me! Buhari: who wan go before, I well? Osinbajo: Obi know how to analysing and have solutions to our economy bad policies problems [...]

December 15, 2018 Government and politics


The first official visit of the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari to Akwa Ibom State was Friday marred by a security breach caused by Senator Godswill Akpabio’s wife, Mrs Unoma Akpabio.  The incident occurred when Mrs Akpabio’s attempted to [...]

December 15, 2018 Government and politics

Revealed: How Buhari got N260,000 bank loan to build first house as Head of State

Details of how President Muhammadu Buhari applied and got bank loan of N260, 000 to build his first and only house in Kaduna, have emerged, with some Nigerians questioning whether his Spartan life of 1984 when he served as head [...]

December 15, 2018 Economy

Nigeria’s Balance of Payments deteriorates to $4.5b – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday said that the Nigeria’s Balance of Payments deteriorated to  deficit of $4.5 billion  in the third quarter of the year (Q3’18) from $503 million surplus  in the second quarter of the year (Q2’18). [...]

December 15, 2018 Oil & Gas

Tinubu can’t succeed in campaigning for Buhari again in 2019 – Prof Oyebode

Prof. Akin Oyebode (SAN), a former columnist in the 1970s, taught Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. During a chance encounter with FRIDAY OLOKOR in Abuja, he spoke on politics as the country [...]

December 15, 2018 Government and politics

Army withdraws allegations, lifts suspension on UNICEF activities in North-East

In a dramatic twist, the Nigerian Army has lifted a suspension it placed on activities of the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund in the North-East, after only six hours, quoting certain “interventions by well-meaning and concerned Nigerians.” The Operation Lafiya [...]

December 15, 2018 Military

20 die as truck carrying mourners crashes

At least 20 people died when a truck carrying mourners returning from a funeral ritual plunged around 400 metres (1,300 feet) onto a river bank in central Nepal, police said Saturday. Fourteen others were injured as the vehicle veered off [...]

December 15, 2018 Incidents

Eleven dead after eating ‘toxic’ rice

Eleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony, a health official said Saturday. Another 29 people were critically ill and undergoing emergency treatment across various hospitals in [...]

December 15, 2018 Health issues

Akpabio’s wife causes stir at airport as Aisha Buhari visits Akwa Ibom

The first official visit of the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, to Akwa Ibom State on Friday was marred by a security breach allegedly caused by the wife of Senator Godswill Akpabio, Unoma. The incident occurred at the Victor [...]

December 15, 2018 Government and politics

Court removes Donald Duke, declares Jerry Gana SDP flag- bearer

An FCT High Court in Maitama yesterday declared a former minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, winner of the presidential primary election of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) conducted on October 6, 2018. The party had declared a former governor [...]

December 15, 2018 Government and politics

Buhari’s anti-graft war a huge success, says Lai Mohammed

Despite criticisms from opposition parties who cited selective trial as the major bane of the current war against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed declared yesterday that the initiative is turning out to [...]

December 15, 2018 Government and politics

Economy in bad shape, Buhari tells governors

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, met with governors of the 36 states of the federation in the Presidential Villa, where he told the state chief executives that the economy of Nigeria was in a bad shape, urging them to redouble efforts [...]

December 15, 2018 Government and politics

Social Media Roundup: The Immigration Officer

This week on social media; Davido Vs Ayo Jaguda, Linda Ikeji reveals the identity of her baby's father and other stories. Techpoint.Africa [...]

December 14, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

South-East economy looks forward to 2nd Niger Bridge

THE Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, has rolled-out the commercial and economic trajectories of its investment action on the second Niger Bridge, linking South East economic region to South West and Lagos.   The Managing Director, Mr. Uche Orji, said [...]

December 14, 2018 Economy

Police arraign 51 adherents of Judaism in Umuahia for terrorism, felony

No fewer than 51 adherents of Judaism, comprising 10 females and 41 males who arrested in Umuahia, Abia State, were yesterday arraigned before an Umuahia Magistrate’s Court. They were arrested on Tuesday during their peaceful march to demand for a [...]

December 14, 2018 Religion

We’ll finalise minimum wage issue with FG before 2019, governors assure

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) yesterday promised to resolve the national minimum wage imbroglio with President Muhammadu Buhari before the year winds up. Its Spokesman, Abduralzaque Bello Barkindo, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja after a meeting added that the [...]

December 14, 2018 Government and politics

$322.5m Abacha loot must not be re-looted, group warns FG

The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice on Thursday asked the Federal Government to  follow the Memorandum of Understanding reached on the application of the $322.5m  returned Abacha loot by ensuring that the money gets to the poor. The [...]

December 14, 2018 Government and politics

Nigeria’s first gold refinery to be completed June 2019

Nigeria’s first gold refinery to be completed June 2019 A Nigerian firm, Kian Smith Trade & Co Limited, on Thursday, broke ground on the nation’s first gold refinery, saying the project would be completed by the end of the first [...]

December 14, 2018 Business

Afenifere, Ohanaeze back 71 Reps’ bill seeking parliamentary govt

Seventy-one members of the House of Representatives have started the move to restructure the country as a bill which they sponsored to amend the 1999 Constitution to return Nigeria to the parliamentary system of government passed the first reading at [...]

December 14, 2018 Government and politics

I’m glad Senate didn’t confirm me, says Magu

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, said on Thursday that he was glad the Senate refused to confirm him as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency. Magu said if the Senate had confirmed [...]

December 14, 2018 General

Mass defection hits APGA in Anambra

Mass defection has hit the All Progressives Grand Alliance in Anambra State as scores of its members defected to the Peoples Democratic Party in Njikoka Local Government Area of the state on Thursday. The defectors were led by Chief Dan [...]

December 14, 2018 Government and politics

Protest as F-SARS officer kills truck driver in Lagos

The Ijede Magistrates’ Court 5 in the Ikorodu Magisterial District, on Thursday, granted bail in the sum of N100,000 to a 45-year-old woman, Ngozi Adeolu, who was arraigned for assaulting an employee of a beverage company, Onyema Okonjo. The court [...]

December 14, 2018 Incidents


The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has condemned plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to create polling units in Chad and Niger, to enable Internally Displaced Persons from Nigeria, vote in the forthcoming general elections. According to the former ruling [...]

December 14, 2018 Government and politics

FG scraps HND certificate, makes fresh rules for Polytechnics

Federal Government has scrapped Award of HND Certificates by Polytechnics. The decision was reached at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday where the approval of a comprehensive reform of Nigeria’s tertiary education system was made. In effect, the award of [...]

December 14, 2018 Government and politics

Nigerians appear to use PoS terminals more during the weekdays than weekends

A 30-day study of live transaction details from the NIBSS points to a trend that weekdays record higher transaction volume than weekends Techpoint.Africa [...]

December 13, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Mahatma Gandhi statue removed after student protest in Ghana

A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana’s most prestigious university after complaints that he was racist against black Africans. India’s former president Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the statue to the global peace icon at the [...]

December 13, 2018 Africa