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Nigeria Still Suffering From Malabu Scandal – Osinbajo


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that Nigeria is still suffering from the consequences of the lack of transparency in the award of OPL 245 to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd in 1998. Osinbajo spoke in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday at a conference on beneficial ownership organised by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). LEADERSHIP recalls that the Malabu oil scam, …

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EXCLUSIVE: Despite being wanted for alleged fraud, Maina gets SSS, Police protection

Abdulrasheed Maina

Despite being on the run after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged corruption, embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, was provided federal security cover, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Investigators have found that for months, Mr. Maina received protection from operatives of the Nigeria Police Force …

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Kogi: Director’s suicide forces Reps to probe salary non-payment


The death of a director in the Kogi Civil Service, who committed suicide, has drawn the attention of the House of Representatives to the non-utilisation of bailout funds and the non-payment of salaries in Kogi state. The House of Representatives has mandated its Ad Hoc Committee on Bail-out Funds to investigate non-payment of salaries of Kogi workers and report back …

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FG, ASUU: Another strike looms over Oct 31 agreement


Another round of strike action is looming in the nation’s Universities as academic staff counts down to the deadline for the implementation of agreements reached with the government which led to the conditional suspension of its indefinite strike action in September. The government had signed an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities as a result of the strike …

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Maina: Senate calls for the immediate sack of Malami, Danbazau, Abba Kyari

The Nigerian Senate

SENATORS resolved yesterday to probe the controversial return of Abdulrasheed Maina to the civil service. The Public Service, Anti-Corruption, Interior and Judiciary  committee is to investigate the recall  of the former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, who is on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N2 billion pension fraud, among others. …

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Maina probe widens as EFCC seals more houses

Abdulrasheed Maina

How did wanted civil servant Abdulrasheed Maina sneak into Nigeria? Who gave him the police and other security personnel he had? These are some of the questions in government and security circles, following the scandal sparked by Maina’s reinstatement and promotion. The dismissed chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Task Team has been in the country in …

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Exposed! How AGF ordered reinstatement of Maina

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami

Dirty details of how the wanted former chairman of the presidential task force on pension reforms task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, was reinstated in the civil service and made a director despite being on the run for alleged N2b scam have been revealed. The reinstatement of Maina was facilitated by no other than the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of …

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BREAKING: ‎Evans in court for second arraignment

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans

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Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, ‎is currently before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere. He is to be arraigned this morning before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on charges bordering on kidnapping, murder and illegal possession of firearms. The fresh charges are separate from the ones pressed against him before the Ikeja division of the court, where he was …

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37 job openings for young Nigerians in UN –Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed, UN deputy secretary-general

There are 37 career openings for young Nigerians under the United Nations bureaucracy, according to UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed. Amina disclosed this at a Cultural Night organised by Nigerians working at the United Nations Systems. She said the openings are available  via the Junior Professional Officers’ (JPO) Programme, including internship for young graduates. According to her, Nigeria has the …

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U.S. court jails Nigerian Sodipo Williams

Kunle Shodipo Williams

Kevin Kunle Sodipo  Williams, a Nigerian  living in St. Louis, Missouri has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison over  a stolen identity fraud scheme that sought more than $12 million in tax refunds. A  U.S.  federal judge on Friday  also ordered him to pay roughly $900,000 in restitution to the IRS. Williams was charged with mail fraud, …

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Bomber AbdulMutallab says White supremacists torment him

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian  underwear bomber, serving multiple life sentences in the United States  said  White Supremacists are making his prison life a hell. He was convicted on 16 February  2012 for  trying to set off a bomb in his underwear on a Northwest Airline flight from Amsterdam to Detroit  on Christmas Day in 2009. In a suit against …

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Over 200 Ex-biafran Policemen Receive Retirement Benefits


Reprieve yesterday came the way of retired war-affected ex- biafran Police officers as the federal government through the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) paid them their pension benefits in Enugu yesterday. Speaking during the occasion, the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed that in this particular batch of payment, 57 next of kins who have not been paid …

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Fraud: Kebbi Accountant-General sentenced to 70 years imprisonment

Mohammed Arzika Dakingari AG of Kebbi State

Kebbi State Accountant-General Mohammed Dakingari has been sentenced to 70 years imprisonment for fraud. The Court of Appeal sitting in Kebbi found him guilty of N1.6 billion fraud. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stated that the Kebbi State High Court had earlier discharged and acquitted Dakingari, but the Court of Appeal today overruled it and upheld the EFCC …

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Kidnap Kingpin Evans makes u-turn pleads not guilty to kidnap offence

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans

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There was twist of event on Thursday 19, October 2017 at the Ikeja High Court where the suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans and his accomplices were arraigned. Evans who initailly pleaded to the charges leveled against him, made a dramatic u-turn and pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of kidnapping and conspiracy preferred against them by the …

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FG Arraigns Senator Misau For Falsehood and Forgery

IGP and Misau

The embattled Senator Isah Misau, has been finally arraigned before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja. The Senator was charged for injurious falsehood against the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, former Inspector General of Police and Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Chief Mike Okiro and the Nigerian Police. Misau was arraigned …

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Lagos To Establish Commercial Courthouse

Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday said the State Government is set to establish a commercial courthouse. The courthouse according to the governor will the set up with the objective of ensuring speedy resolution of disputes as well as drive commerce and enhance the ease of doing business in Lagos. Speaking at the State Executive Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, while …

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Gunmen Kidnap Assistant Police Commissioner, Others In Kaduna

Mr Ibrahim Idris  IG of Police

An Assistant Commissioner of Police identified as ACP Emmanuel has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen along the Birnin-Gwari-Funtua Road. The assistant police commissioner, who is serving in Gusau, Zamfara State capital, was said to have been abducted on Wednesday in Kaduna State. A close relation of the ACP, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said Emmanuel and three members of …

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New regulation to boost electricity meters supplies – Fashola

Babatunde Raji Fashola, minister for power, works & housing

A new electricity regulation that would boost meter supply for consumers nationwide would become operational next month, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. Fashola disclosed this on Thursday in Lagos at a Policy Dialogue on the Power Sector organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). The minister said that the regulation, which would …

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I Will Defeat President Buhari In Free And Fair Election – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose

It is still a full year and five months to the 2019 elections, but some politicians eyeing the highest office in the land are already positioning themselves to run. One of such is the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose who has not hidden his desire to contest the presidency, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Today in Abuja …

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INEC Releases Amended Timetable For Melaye’s Recall

Dino Melaye

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released an amended timetable for the recall process on the petition against Senator Dino Melaye. Melaye, who represents Kogi West senatorial district, had approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the process, but the court asked the electoral body to continue with the exercise. Some of his constituents had also petitioned …

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Customs Intercept 18 Exotic Cars In Abuja

Officials of Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja have intercepted a total of 18 exotic cars. The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hammed Ali, during a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, explained the reasons for the interception of vehicles. He said the reason for the interception of vehicles bothers on non-payment of duties and the purchase of bulletproof cars without …

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Dangote donates N250m to flood victims


Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the Chairman, National Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, says it has provided N250 million as relief assistance to victims of the devastating flood in Benue. Dangote said on Sunday in Lagos that this was in response to the request by the Benue State Government. He said that the committee had also approved the release of one …

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Buhari travels to US next week – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has been scheduled to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The President of Nigeria is listed as number seven on the provincial list of speakers. Buhari is expected to speak after the leaders of Brazil, the United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Jordan and Slovakia. Since …

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Farmers To Get Four Million Bags Of Fertilisers – Presidency


Farmers in Nigeria will be getting more fertilisers before the end of 2017, as the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) will be delivering four million bags of 50kg Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK) fertiliser to farmers at an affordable price. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu disclosed this at the weekend on “Hannu Ya …

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Plateau United crowned Nigerian league champions

Plateau United FC

Plateau United have won the 2017 Nigerian Professional League championship, beating defending champions Rangers International 2-0 on the last day, to clinch the coveted  trophy and cash of N50million. The 2017 championship in the last few weeks was  a cheek and jowl affair between United and Lagos based MFM FC, with just one point separating them going to Day 38. …

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Demise of Juju Music Veteran, General Prince Adekunle

prince adekunle

The Juju music genre recently lost a veteran, an icon, an indigenous music orator in person of General Prince Adekunle who passed away at age 75 after a brief illness. General Prince Adekunle was a Juju music and instrumental wizard, who alongside a couple of other indigenous music acts were the music rave of the mid-late 70s and early 80s. The …

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Nigerian priest who resigned from Catholic Church launches own ministry

Rev father Patrick Edet

The Nigerian priest, who resigned recently from the Catholic Church in Nigeria, has officially launched his own church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Patrick Edet, while serving in the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, ran a ‘Pentecostal-styled’ fellowship called Grace Family Outreach within the Catholic structure. Mr. Edet, who had been a Catholic priest for more than 11 years, stunned the Catholic …

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SSANU, NASU To Embark On Indefinite Strike

strike action

There appears to be more trouble for Nigeria’s education sector as all the major non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian public universities have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike from September 11. This is just as the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and the National Association of …

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Adeosun confirms N350bn release for capital projects

Kemi Adeosun

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Monday 4, September 2017 confirmed the release of the sum of N350bn to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government for the implementation of capital projects contained in the 2017 budget. She confirmed the development exclusively to our correspondent during a telephone interview. The 2017 budget, christened: ‘Budget of Recovery and …

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Resident Doctors embarked on Indefinite Nationwide Strike

residents doctors

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has embarked on an indefinite strike. The Association took the decision following their National Executive Council meeting which lasted from 7 pm yesterday until the early hours of this morning. The doctors say they will sustain the industrial action until all their demands are met by Government. NARD President, Onyebueze John, said, the body …

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