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Monthly Archives: February 2020

EXCLUSIVE: How I got into trouble with Buhari, others — Governor Ortom

In this interview with reporters Musikilu Mojeed and Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, Governor Samuel Ortom chronicles his ordeal as chief executive of Benue, saying the instability in the north-central state is deeper than herdsmen-farmers clashes. The second part of the interview will [...]

August 27, 2018 Government and politics

U.S.-China trade war worsens Nigeria’s non-oil exporters’ woes

U.S.-China trade war worsens Nigeria’s non-oil exporters’ Local non-oil exporters may have started feeling the heat of the trade war between global economic leaders. Although projections from international trade bodies showed that average tariffs on exports from Nigeria and Zambia [...]

August 27, 2018 Oil & Gas

Not many startups in Nigeria are investment ready — LAN executive secretary

LAN has particularly been involved in two public deals; the investment in Café Neo and Big Cabal Media, worth a combined ₦50 million. but that was the last we heard of LAN or their activities. The interview with Nwanne Okafor, [...]

August 27, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Trump referred to Buhari as ‘lifeless’ – Financial Times

The United States president Donald Trump referred to his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari as “lifeless” shortly after a meeting between the two leaders on April 30, Financial Times said on Monday. Buhari, the first sub-Saharan Africa president to meet Trump [...]

August 27, 2018 Government and politics

Buhari government has passed – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has declared that President Muhammadu has “passed” in terms of governance rating. He said this at the Month Olives Anglican Church, Tanke, Ilorin in Saturday. Addressing the congregation, comprising politicians, the Vicar, Rotimi Omotoye, had [...]

August 26, 2018 Government and politics

NAHCON begins pilgrims’ return journey on Monday

The return journey of Nigeria’s 55,000 pilgrims who performed this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia begins on Monday, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said. Its Director of Operations, Abdullahi Saleh, announced this on Sunday in Jeddah after [...]

August 26, 2018 Religion

Nigerian economy on life support — Ex-Gov. Obi

A former governor of Anambra, Peter Obi, has said that the Nigerian economy is on life support due to the rising debt profile of about N22.7 trillion. Mr Obi, disclosed this at the ‘2018 This Generation Conference’ organised by the [...]

August 26, 2018 Economy

U.S. Senator John McCain is dead

John McCain, a senior member of the United States Senate and former presidential candidate, has died. Mr McCain passed on Saturday night after years of battling with brain cancer, his family announced Saturday. He was 81. Mr McCain’s family said [...]

August 26, 2018 International

How Lagos hospital injected patient with ‘formalin’ during surgery, crippling her

Lagos hospital injected patient with ‘formalin’ during surgery: May 30, 2017 was supposed to be the start of a new beginning in her marriage. Weeks earlier Christina Ohunyan, 40, had been diagnosed of myomectomy, commonly known as fibroid. Doctors had [...]

August 26, 2018 Health issues

Gunmen slay security guard, Plateau Assembly Speaker’s driver

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers slayed two men in Jos, Plateau State, on Saturday, the police said. One of the victims was a security guard working with University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH), while the other was a driver [...]

August 26, 2018 Crime

I’m not losing sleep over impeachment, says Saraki

The Senate President, Dr. Olubukola Saraki has declared that he is not bothered about impeachment when Senate finally resumes, insisting that there are process and a constitution that guide the Senate. Saraki disclosed this, yesterday, in Asaba, Delta State, when [...]

August 26, 2018 Government and politics

Politeness is not weaknesses, Udom warns predecessor

Despite insinuation regarding his possible defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel surprised his detractors with Friday’s declaration to run for second term on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He, however, [...]

August 26, 2018 Government and politics

Don’t spare rustlers, armed robbers, Buhari tells troops

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on troops currently stationed in Katsina State, not to spare any cattle rustler or armed robber, but to deal ruthlessly with them. Buhari stated this, yesterday, while addressing the troops at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua [...]

August 26, 2018 Government and politics

Torrential downpour wreaks havoc in Niger

The torrential downpour in Gbeganu area of Minna, Niger State has wreaked on the community, as flood swept houses, rendering several people homeless and helpless. The heavy downpour, which has been on since last Wednesday, has destroyed about three houses [...]

August 26, 2018 Environmental issues

I doubt if Buhari will allow Nigerians vote during elections – Junaid Mohammed

A Second Republic House of Representatives member, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s boast that his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, would win the 2019 elections as empty. Mohammed was reacting to a statement by the Senior [...]

August 25, 2018 Government and politics

Updates from first day of Third Mainland Bridge closure

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Adedamola Kuti, on Friday confirmed that tests on 15 expansion joints on the Third Mainland Bridge, had been completed. The 11.8km bridge was closed to traffic on August 23 for investigative maintenance [...]

August 25, 2018 Government and politics

Abuja drug sellers, street vendors cashing in on codeine ban

Ladi Kwali Street off Constantine street in Zone 4 of Wuse District is one of the most popular areas in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Aside being the location of the popular Sheraton Hotel, the area is synonymous with one thing: [...]

August 25, 2018 Business

IGP orders SARS operatives not to handle civil matters

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives not to attend to civil or commercial matters again and to strictly restrict their involvements to armed robbery and kidnapping cases only. Idris [...]

August 25, 2018 General

Fire guts Ex-UBTH CMD’s residence

Fire guts Ex-UBTH CMD’s residence Property worth millions of naira was destroyed on Thursday night by fire, which razed the residence of the immediate past Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof Michael Ibadin. The [...]

August 25, 2018 Incidents

Udom declares for Second term, urges Akwa Ibom people to ignore opposition

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has charged the people of the state not to panic over former governor Godswill Akpabio’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying his move would not deter him from winning a second term [...]

August 25, 2018 Government and politics

Council poll: Imo restricts movement from 8am to 5pm

The Imo State council election holds today in 3,523 polling units and 44 voting points across the 645 autonomous communities in the 27 councils of the state. Not less than 14 out of earlier 22 political parties that signified interest [...]

August 25, 2018 Government and politics

Sokoto zonal ASUU condemns 300% hike in LAUTECH fees

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday condemned a 300 per cent hike in school fees of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Oyo State. The union also berated owners of the institution- Oyo and Osun state [...]

August 25, 2018 Education

Anambra lawmaker empowers constituents with vehicles, machines

Anambra lawmaker empowers constituents with vehicles, machines In continuation of his over 15 years of charity works that predates his entry into politics, which has benefitted over 1,500 constituents cut across political party lines, the member representing Njikoka/Dunukofia/Anaocha Federal Constituency [...]

August 25, 2018 Government and politics

Carter, Eko Bridges for integrity test after Third Mainland

The Lagos State Government has hinted that the other two bridges in the state- Carter and Eko-would also go through integrity tests after the evacuation of tankers on the roads in a few weeks time. Disclosing this yesterday during a [...]

August 25, 2018 Government and politics

Social Media Roundup: The 800-meter fitness walk

This week on social media, President Buhari walks 800 meters, Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat dies at 80 and other stories. Techpoint.Africa [...]

August 24, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Police foil attempt by gangsters to burn down church in Jos

The Plateau State Police Command has foiled an attempt by a group of youths suspected to be members of Sara-Suka gangsters to set ablaze a Catholic Church located in Kongo Rosha community of Jos North local government area of the [...]

August 24, 2018 Military

Buhari to submit 2019 budget on NASS resumption

The federal government has hinted that President Muhammadu Buhari will present the 2019 budget to the National Assembly when the legislature reconvenes in September. Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, explained that this was to restore [...]

August 24, 2018 Government and politics

2019: Shehu Sani visits Buhari over Kaduna APC, others

A senator, Shehu Sani, on Thursday, paid Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, and thanked him for intervening in the crisis facing the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State. Mr Sani, representing Kaduna Central in [...]

August 24, 2018 Government and politics

Why SSS linked me to militants – Journalist Jones Abiri

A recently released journalist, Jones Abiri, has explained the circumstances that resulted in his arrest and detention for two years, without trial, by security operatives. Mr Abiri was arrested in July 2016 by operatives of the State Security Service, following [...]

August 24, 2018 Military

‘R.I.P. APC’ — Man Begins Trek From Lagos To Abuja To Protest Buhari’s Re-election Bid

Dressed in a black T-Shirt and carrying a box painted in what seemed like the colours of the All Progressives Congress flag — green, white, blue and red — he stated that the walk is also to protest against the [...]

August 24, 2018 Government and politics