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Monthly Archives: November 2017

DG SEC, Mr Mounir Gwarzo

EXCLUSIVE: Real reasons Gwarzo the DG of SEC was suspended

Just before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, selected journalists got mails from the finance ministry of an impending ‘news break.’ “Kindly await a major news break from the Federal Ministry of Finance today at 6.30 p.m.,” Oluyinka Akintunde, the spokesperson of the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, said; an indication that a decision to be announced to the public about 90 …

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Wizkid beats Jay Z, Lamar, Drake to MOBO award

Wizkid wins best international act at Mobo awards The Nigerian artist Wizkid may have missed the Grammy nomination this year, but he beat a strong field including Jay-Z, Drake, Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar to net the best international artist prize at the Mobo awards in London Wednesday night. Other artists edged out by Wizkid are Cardi B, DJ Khaled, …

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Bosnian Croat Praljak

War crimes suspect, Bosnian Croat Praljak, dies after taking poison in court

Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak died in a hospital on Wednesday after drinking poison in a dramatic courtroom scene after UN judges upheld his 20-year sentence the Croatia’s state-run news agency said. The 72-year-old died in hospital, according to the HINA agency quoting a source close to Praljak, after he drank from a brown bottle at his appeal judgement at …

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President Muhammadu Buhari

FG declares Friday public holiday for Eid-El-Maulud

The Nigeria’s federal government has declared Friday as public holiday to mark the Eid-El-Maulud celebration. The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), made the declaration on behalf of the FG in a statement on Wednesday by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Abubakar Magaji. The minister urged all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the occasion to pray …

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DG SEC, Mr Mounir Gwarzo

Mounir Gwarzo, DG Securities and Exchange Commission suspended

The Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Mounir Gwarzo, has been suspended from office. Mr. Gwarzo was suspended on Wednesday by the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, “to allow for an unhindered investigation of several allegations of financial impropriety levelled against the Director-General.” According to a statement by Patricia Deworitshe, Deputy Director, Press, Federal Ministry of Finance, “the …

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Borno To Convert Boko Haram Leader’s House To Museum

The Borno State government has said it will convert the house of the former leader of Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf, to a museum. The state commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Dr Mohammed Bulama, disclosed this at the sidelines of the 9th National Council for Culture, Tourism and National Orientation held in Dutse, Jigawa. The Council with the …

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Antar Laniyan

Actresses fear coming to my hotel room at locations –Antar Laniyan

Anyone who has had the opportunity of watching the ace actor, Antar Laniyan, work behind the scene would know that he can be likened to a soldier whenever he is working. In fact, it is a general knowledge among actors that he is not one to mess with while shooting. In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, the actor stated …

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Abubakar Atiku

Atiku holds meetings with PDP leaders, governors

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is presently holding consultations with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State and the entire Northeast. Atiku resigned from the APC on Friday following what he called Unconstitutionality actions of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The Adamawa chapter of the APC yesterday confirmed the receipt of Atiku’s resignation letter. State Secretary …

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Badoo: Police barred vigil in Ikorodu

•’Most killings occur in churches’ •Curfew imposed on Ikorodu •No tight security no vigil To stem the Badoo menace, the police yesterday barred churches and mosques in Ikorodu and environs from holding vigil without tight security. Acting Lagos State Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal warned that he would arrest and charge with murder any pastor in whose church ritualists kill worshippers …

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Former VP Atiku Abubakar

Presidential ticket: Atiku won’t disregard Jonathan’s advice on Obasanjo – aide

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says he has not ruled out the possibility of holding talks with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, in pursuit of his political ambition.  Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, stated this on behalf of his principal during a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday. Ibe explained that Atiku, a master …

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President Buhari to attend EU-AU summit in Abidjan

President Muhammadu Buhari is to attend the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit holding in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said in a statement on Monday that summit which would hold from November 28 -29 has as its theme, “Investing in the Youth for a Sustainable Development”. The President will participate …

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Boko Haram Gunmen

Boko Haram flushed out of Magumeri

The Boko Haram insurgents never maintained  a foothold on the Borno town of Magumeri on Saturday. Competent military sources told the News Agency of Nigeria, that the attack on the town was repelled. A competent security source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the insurgents attacked a military formation at the town, also the headquarters of the local …

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Abubakar Atiku

Atiku’s exit: Panic in APC as mass defection looms

There were fears among the All Progressives Congress chieftains on Friday, following the defection of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling party. Saturday PUNCH gathered that although the APC was expecting  Atiku’s exit, it dawned on it on Friday that the former vice-president’s action could lead to mass defection from the ruling party. It was learnt that the fears …

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Egypt Terror Attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with “the utmost force” after 300 people were killed at a North Sinai mosque during Friday prayers. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was bombed and fleeing worshippers were then gunned down. The Egyptian military has said it has conducted air strikes on “terrorist” targets in response. No …

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Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe President

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the President of Zimbabwe. Mr. Mnangagwa was sworn in amidst cheers by thousands who gathered at the stadium. The former president, Robert Mugabe, resigned on Tuesday, ending a 37-year rule that was characterized by political and economic chaos. Mr. Mnangagwa, who was vice president, was earlier sacked by Mr. Mugabe early November for …

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Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami

Attorney General Malami lied on Maina’s recall letters, say Oyo-Ita, Federal Civil Service Commission

The controversy over the recall of former head of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, into service rumbled on on Thursday. At a hearing by the adhoc committee set up by the House of Representatives to probe the matter, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, and the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, …

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malami defending maina recall

Letter For Maina’s Reinstatement Didn’t Come From My Office – AGF

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has denied having any involvement in the reinstatement of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. He said the letter giving clear directives on the reinstatement of the former chairman, couldn’t have genuinely emanated from his office. He made this known when the House of Representatives …

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Maryam Sanda

No prison for Maryam Sanda alleged husband killer

Maryam Sanda, alleged killer of her husband, Bilyamin Bello, has been spared, for now, of being remanded in prison by the police. Anjuguri Manzah, spokesman of the FCT police command said the police did not demand prison remand for her because she is nursing a six month old baby. Police said they have secured a court order to remand her for two weeks, …

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Nigerian Senate

Senate approves Buhari’s $5.5 billion external borrowing

The Senate on Tuesday approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to secure two external borrowings in the sum of $5.5 billion. The approval followed the adoption of a report by the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts at the plenary on Tuesday. PUNCH reports that Buhari, in a letter dated October 4, 2017, had said the external borrowings …

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buhari-arrives Ebonyi

BREAKING: Buhari Arrives Ebonyi, Commences South-East Tour

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Abakaliki, Ebonyi State in commencement of his 2-day working visit to the South-East region The President was earlier received at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State. He then proceeded to Abakaliki township stadium in Ebonyi State. President Buhari was received by Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi state governors as well as top security officials. This …

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Late Captain T Mani

Nigerian Army Sergeant Kills Army Captain, Four Others and self In Chibok

Tragedy occurred on Sunday in Chibok, Borno State when a Nigerian Army Staff Sergeant, Silas Ninyo (93NA/36/2608), shot dead Captain T. Mani, who stopped him from beating innocent civilians. The enraged soldier also killed four others before taking his own life. An Army situation report (No.64) exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters revealed that on Sunday afternoon a team of soldiers, led …

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Former President-Goodluck-Jonathan

My supporters want me to contest for presidency again but…– Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says his supporters have been putting pressure on him to contest the 2019 presidential election. In an interview with Ovation magazine publisher, Dele Momodu, Jonathan said he is moved to tears seeing people shouting “GEJ, we want you back”. Jonathan, who ruled out the possibility of contesting for the presidency again, said reflections on his achievements …

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Police to probe Wike and Amaechi security detail bloody clash

Police Chief Ibrahim Idris has ordered a probe into the  Saturday clash between security detail of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and those of Minister of Transportation Chibuile Amaechi in Port Harcourt. Although nobody died during the clash, many were injured and the rifle of a policeman was snatched at the Trans-Amadi Layout. Both Wike and Amaechi, who are former …

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Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote Pledges $100m To Battle Malnutrition In Nigeria

The recently concluded Global Nutrition Summit 2017, held in Milan, Italy convened governments, international agencies, foundations, civil society organisations and businesses to accelerate the global response to malnutrition, an underlying cause of nearly half of all global child deaths. A major highlight of the Summit was the pledge by the Aliko Dangote Foundation to invest $100 million over five years to tackle …

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texas church shooting

Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead

At least 26 people have been killed and 20 others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a Texas church during Sunday service. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County. The victims’ ages ranged from five to 72. The suspected gunman was later found dead in his vehicle some miles …

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1,200 foreigners get Greek residency annually by acquiring property

Thousands of foreigners who invest in properties in Greece, get residential permits, Globalpropertyguide has found. Chinese, Russians and Turks are among the top three nationalities investing heavily in Greek property market to get residency permits under the ‘Golden Visa Scheme’, launched in Greece in 2014. Greece grants five-year residency permits and (in some cases) citizenship to foreigners who buy property …

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Presidency releases full list of Buhari’s appointees

The Presidency has released a full list of all the appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari since he assumed office on May 29, 2015. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, released the list of 159 appointees on Saturday night, a copy of which his office emailed to PREMIUM TIMES. “Here is an updated table …

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Maina sought opportunity to say the ‘truth’ in letter to Saraki

A letter written by former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urging the Senate to give him an opportunity of fair hearing has surfaced. The letter dated June 19, 2015, one week after the inauguration of the present Senate, indicated that the fugitive ex-pension boss returned to the country shortly after President …

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Senator Dino Melaye being rushed out of the township stadium by security officials

Senator Dino Melaye pelted with stones in Kogi

Controversial Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West was saved from being injured by security officials on Saturday during the Kaaba Day celebration when suspected political thugs pelted him with stones and other dangerous objects. The senator was pelted with stones and other dangerous objects at the township stadium, venue of the celebration after announcing a paltry N3m donation. Governor Yahaya …

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