Town hall meeting seeks reorganisation of security architecture

 Adamu Suleiman, Sokoto The federal government has been urged  to reorganise and revamp the security architecture using modern technology and massive recruitment of the right personnel with active involvement of community leaders in the process. This call was contained in a nine-point communique signed  by the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Isma’ ila Mera and Isah …

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One killed in resumed Aladja/Ogbe-Ijoh clash

Elo Edremoda, Warri   A man simply identified as William has been killed in a resumed communal clash between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh communities in Udu and Warri South-West council areas of Delta state. His death has reportedly caused tension among residents in the communities. Although the cause of the crisis was still sketchy as at …

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WAZOBIA Radio apologises to Osinbajo, retracts story on N90b FIRS fraud

By Oziegbe Okoeki Few weeks after Vanguard Newspapers apologised and retracted its story on the allegations by  Timi Frank regarding a N90B FIRS funding to Vice president Yemi Osinbajo for the 2019 elections, another media organization, a broadcast station has apologized to VP as well. Wazobia FM apologized to the Vice President, saying that it …

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Bad roads: Nigeria loses N1 trillion annually – FERMA

Okodili Ndidi, Abuja   The Chairman Governing Board of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Mr. Tunde Lemo, on Tuesday said that Nigeria loses about N1 trillion annually due to loss in man-hour as a result of bad roads and traffic delay. Lemo disclosed this at an end of the year stakeholders’ meeting at the …

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Minimum wage: Sanwo-Olu promises to pay above N30,000

By Oziegbe Okoeki Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured that the state was ‘technically’ ready to pay the N30,000 minimum wage, reinterating his promise to pay above N30,000 to Lagos workers because of the special status of the state. This assurance is coming just as he sued for continued harmonious and peaceful relationship between …

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Why FG stops states from rehabilitating federal roads, by Fayemi

Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has said paucity of funds compelled the federal government to deter states from embarking on rehabilitation of Federal roads. Fayemi said his government was ready to fix some of the federal roads in the state but restrain by the stringent warning from the Federal Government …

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PDP urges NASS to channel N10bn presidential fund to Kogi workers

Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja   The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Assembly to invoke its statutory powers and directly channel the N10.069 billion Presidential funds for payment of salaries and pensions of suffering Kogi workers and pensioners. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday tabled a request for the N10 billion funds before the National …

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Edo leads campaign to reduce state’s cancer burden

The Edo State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to guarantee a better, safe and healthy life for all citizens, noting that the State is willing to partner all stakeholders to combat all preventable diseases. Speaking at the launch of the Better Health Initiative, a non-governmental organization that fights against cancer, the Edo State Deputy Governor, …

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Nigeria will be $1.5bn richer with PSC Bill- Lawan

Sanni Onogu, Abuja   Senate President Ahmad Lawan has declared the Federal Government would be $1.5billion richer next year following the passage of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract (PSC) (Amendment) Bill by the Senate. The Senate also adjourned plenary for two weeks to enable its Standing Committees engage Ministries, Departments and …

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Gunmen kill father, abduct two children in Abuja

By: Gbenga Omokhunu and Nicholas Kalu, Abuja Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed Ayuba Chashe and abducted his two children at Yebu community in Kwali Area Council of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. The Chairman of Kwali Area Council, Mr Danladi Chiya, confirmed the development to newsmen in Kwali on Tuesday. Chiya said that …

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Ambode defies Lagos Assembly, fails to appear before committee

By Oziegbe Okoeki Immediate Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday failed again to appear before the House of Assembly ad-hoc Committee probing the activities of the last administration, especially the purchase of 820 buses for mass transit. The 16-man committee is chaired by Hon. Fatai Mojeed. Also absent was the immediate past Commissioners for Finance, …

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JUST IN: Three-year-old boy abducted in Imo

Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri   A three-year-old boy, Chidalu Ike, was on Tuesday abducted on his way from school in Atta community in Njaba council area of Imo State. Head of vigilante services in Njaba council area, Chidi Nwamadu, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on phone. According to him, the incident happened around 3pm immediately …

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Child defilement: Chrisland supervisor petitions NJC, accuses judge of bias

By Adebisi Onanuga   Chrisland School Supervisor, Adegboyega Adenekan, on trial for allegedly defiling a two-year and 11-month old pupil of the school, has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over his trial. Adenekan has accused the trial judge, Justice Sybil Nwaka of an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domectic Violence Court, of bias. During resumed …

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Sultan seeks prosecution of monarchs aiding bandits

By Adamu Suleiman, Sokoto Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’d Abubakar, has called for removal and prosecution of any traditional or religious leader aiding insecurity in any part of the country. He spoke on Tuesday during a town hall meeting on security challenges in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara state. Accordingly, the revered monarch said such leader …

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Sylva leads APC campaign council in Bayelsa

By Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has inaugurated its 2019 Governorship Campaign Council with the Petroleum Minister, Chief Timipre Sylva as the Director-General. A statement by the Secretary, Media and Publicity Committee, Doifie Buokoribo, said the state chairman of the party, Jothan Amos, formally inaugurated the council …

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Budget defence: Senate adjourns plenary till Oct. 29

By Agency Reporter The Senate on Tuesday, adjourned plenary for two weeks to engage Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in defence of their 2020 budget. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan announced the adjournment during Tuesday’s plenary. Lawan said that the adjournment was to engage Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the purpose of budget …

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PDP crisis: Alaibe’s case transferred to Abuja

Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has granted the request of a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, to transfer his case to the Abuja division of the Federal High Court. Alaibe, who was a governorship aspirant in the …

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Kogi Poll: Non-indigenes in Kogi endorse Gov. Bello for second term

By Agency Reporter A group of non-indigenes in Kogi, on Tuesday, assured Gov. Yahaya Bello of their full support in the Nov. 16 governorship election in the state. Mr Kelvin Uzochukwu, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Indigenous Matters, who led the group, assured that the non-indigenes in the state were fully behind …

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Abandoned baby rescued from refuse dump disappears from hospital

James Azania, Lokoja   While many families will do a lot to have a child to call theirs, a woman, Mary James (35), newly delivered of a baby girl, chose to abandon her day-old baby girl, on a refuse dump, not far from her residence, in Otokiti village, Lokoja, Kogi State. Some residents of Otokiti …

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Minister, Dettol advocate hand washing hygiene

By Moses Emorinken, Abuja The Ministry of Water Resources has joined its voice with the Dettol brand to advocate for inculcation of the daily habit of hand washing for personal health and hygiene. The world’s leading antibacterial brand Dettol stated this on Tuesday during commemoration of Global Hand washing Day with the theme ‘Clean hands …

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Diego Maradona set to discover another daughter, Magali

  Argentina legend Diego Maradona is about to discover he has another daughter on the sidelines. This follows the naming of 23- year brunette called Magali on Tuesday as the latest to join the ever growing Maradona family. The 58-year-old has already recognised two sons and three daughters by four different women including his ex-wife …

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Man defiles his 12 years old daughter in Ogun

By Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta A driver, Solomon Ogundetu, has been arrested by the Police in Ogun State for defiling his 12 years old daughter. Ogundetu, 30, who has been separated from his wife, was said to have been having routine sexual intercourse with the only daughter from the union since last year. The child, a …

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Our fears in Bayelsa guber poll, by INEC

Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has listed actions and utterances of political actors likely to militate against a peaceful conduct of the governorship election scheduled to hold in Bayelsa on November 16. The National Chairman of INEC, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, who spoke on Tuesday when he visited the office of …

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NAF wings first female fighter pilot, 12 others

By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday winged the first female fighter pilot, Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni and twelve others in a colourful ceremony at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja. Also decorated at the event was the first female Air Warrant Officer (AWO), Grace Garuba. The winging serves as the formal …

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Man murders girlfriend, fled to Cote d’Ivoire

Adebisi Onanuga   A 37-year-old man, Kelechukwu Chukwuanugo, accused of killing his girlfriend, Lizzy Nzewi, Tuesday told an Igbosere, Lagos High Court, that he fled the crime scene to save his life after noticing that she was foaming from the mouth. He also told the court how he withdrew N120, 000 from the deceased’s account …

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Robbery attacks forcing our youths to join cultism

By Emma Elekwa, Onitsha Isiagu community in Awka South local Government of Anambra State has raised the alarm over incessant robbery invasion and attacks in the community. They said the ugly trend has led to increase in number of youths involvement in cult activities in order to combat the crime rate. Speaking to reporters on …

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Buhari approves drones for border monitoring

John Ofikhenua, Abuja   President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the deployment of drones, aircraft and geospatial technology for the monitoring of borders, it was learnt on Tuesday. A source said the strategy was part of the e-Customs that the nation will use for the surveillance of the movement of illicit goods and persons. With the …

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Suspected herdsmen amputate Benue farmer’s hand

By Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi Suspected armed herdsmen have amputated the hand of Mrs. Grace Zeku during her attack in her farm. The attack took place at Gboogyo village, Guma local government area, which is a border community with Nasarawa state last Friday. Zeku said the herdsmen ordered her to place her hand on a log …

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