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David Mark: EFCC uncovers ‘strange’ payment of N2.9b to 54 senators

David Mark: EFCC uncovers ‘strange’ payment of N2.9b to 54 senators

Anti-Magu senators may send 15-man team to Buhari A curious payment of N2, 922, 236.310 to 54 Senators during the tenure of Chief David Mark as Senate President is now engaging the attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Each of the Senators is believed to have received N45, 509, 090. It is one of the issues Senator ... Read More »

FG knows our attackers, they must be arrested — Benue Gov.

FG knows our attackers, they must be arrested — Benue Gov.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom tells select journalists that those behind the New Year attacks are well known to the Federal Government and should be arrested What is your reaction to the violent protests over the New Year killings? What started as a very peaceful demonstration by the students of Benue State turned into a rowdy situation, but I understand; ... Read More »

Killings: Police deploy additional units to Benue, Rivers

Killings: Police deploy additional units to Benue, Rivers

The police say they have deployed additional five units to Benue and Rivers States, days after dozens of people were killed in the two states. At least 20 people died in two Benue communities when herdsmen raided the towns, while 17 people were shot dead in Rivers by gunmen on New Year’s eve. A police statement on Saturday said the ... Read More »

FG makes N909bn from VAT in one year

FG makes N909bn from VAT in one year

Between October 2016 and September 2017, the federation account received a total inflow of N908.9bn in Value Added Tax receipts  from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, figures obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics have revealed. An analysis of the VAT report obtained from the NBS showed that the amount was collected from 28 sectoral activities during the period under ... Read More »

Breaking: Another Chibok girl rescued

Breaking: Another Chibok girl rescued

ONE of the female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, abducted by Boko Haram terrorists early in 2014 has been rescued. Rescued Chibok girl Reports said the girl was freed Thursday, by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, deployed in Pulka, in the state. A terse statement from Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Public Relations, Theatre Command of ... Read More »

Buhari Meets With IGP Over Benue Killings, Other Attacks

Buhari Meets With IGP Over Benue Killings, Other Attacks

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, amid rising tensions following the recent killings in Benue State and other parts of the country. The President held the discussion with the police boss on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Mr ... Read More »

FG defends $1bn for Boko Haram fight

FG defends $1bn for Boko Haram fight

The Federal Government has described the criticisms trailing the approval of one billion dollars for the fight against insurgency and other violent crimes in the country as unnecessary and unhelpful. The Minister of Information, Culture and and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, expressed this position at a news conference in Lagos. He said the Nigerian Governor’s Forum acted wisely in approving ... Read More »

Christmas Day Tragedy: Policeman shoots colleague dead while battling cultists

Christmas Day Tragedy: Policeman shoots colleague dead while battling cultists

A policeman attached to Bayelsa Police Command in Yenagoa, has mistakenly shot and killed a fellow policeman in a gun duel between the police and suspected cultists during Christmas celebration. The incident took place on Monday at Obele area of Ovom in Yenagoa leaving residents in confusion amidst the pandemonium that ensued. According to residents, a misunderstanding amongst the feasting ... Read More »

Plateau police records peaceful Christmas celebration

Plateau police records peaceful Christmas celebration

The Plateau Police Command on Tuesday said that Christmas celebration in the state was peaceful and devoid of any security threat. Its Public Relations Officer, ASP Terna Tyopev, in Jos said that the celebration was also crime-free. The command had earlier said that it had put in place adequate security measures to prevent crime before, during and even after the ... Read More »

Why Innoson Motors’ boss Innocent Chukwuma was Arrested by EFCC

Why Innoson Motors’ boss Innocent Chukwuma was Arrested by EFCC

More facts have been advanced by the rampaging Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the forceful arrest of leading indigenous vehicle manufacturer in the South East, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, owners of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), Nnewi, Anambra State. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has come out with a statement on why it arrested owner of INNOSON Motors, ... Read More »

New PDP faction emerges, opens secretariat in Abuja

New PDP faction emerges, opens secretariat in Abuja

A new faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday opened a new secretariat for the party in Asokoro District of Abuja. The PDP duly recognized national secretariat is located at Wuse, Zone 5, Abuja. The faction was reportedly formed by a group of five men namely – Prince Obi Nwosu, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, Chief Olusola Akindele, Chief Godwin ... Read More »

Lagos shutdown Chisco, Ifex, GUO at Jibowu

Lagos shutdown Chisco, Ifex, GUO at Jibowu

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday sealed off the premises of some major commercial transport companies, at Jibowu, on Ikorodu Road as it begins enforcement of the relocation of inter-state buses from Jibowu to Ojota. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Olufemi Salami  ordered the seal off with the approval of the Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Anofiu Elegushi. Among the companies ... Read More »

UN Raises The Alarm Over 350m Illicit Weapons In Nigeria

UN Raises The Alarm Over 350m Illicit Weapons In Nigeria

The United Nations (UN) has raised the alarm over proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, saying there are no less than over 350 million in circulation in the country. It said out of the estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa, 70% of them is domiciled in Nigeria. Director ... Read More »

Wole Soyinka Wins The Europe Theatre Prize

Wole Soyinka Wins The Europe Theatre Prize

Professor Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, has won this year’s The Europe Theatre Prize. Announcing the award, the General Secretary, The Europe Theatre Prize, Alessandro Martinez, said Professor Soyinka won the Special Prize category of the award for his consistency “as a proponent of an ideal bridge between Europe and Africa in a deeply delicate period ... Read More »

President Buhari to attend ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris

President Buhari to attend ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday depart Nigeria for Paris, France where he will join over 50 world leaders in the One Planet Summit. The summit holds on Tuesday. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President will be accompanied by the governors of Adamawa, Kano, and Ondo States as well ... Read More »

Uche Secondus emerges PDP National Chairman

Uche Secondus emerges PDP National Chairman

Former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has been elected as the National Chairman of the party. Secondus scored 2,000 votes out of 2,396 votes cast at the party’s national convention, which ended in the early hours of Sunday at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Chairman of the Electoral Sub-Committee of the convention and former ... Read More »

Kidnapped Ekiti Senator Ayo Arise Regains Freedom

Kidnapped Ekiti Senator Ayo Arise Regains Freedom

A former Senator from Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Arise, who was kidnapped last Sunday has regained freedom. Arise, a governorship aspirant under the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti state, regained freedom on Friday night. The President of Oye Ekiti Progressives Union (OPU), an umbrella association of the indigenes of Oye, Mr Akin Omole, confirmed the release of the former ... Read More »

Gov Okorocha swears in sister as Commissioner for Happiness

Gov Okorocha swears in sister as Commissioner for Happiness

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has sworn in his sister Mrs. Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha) as Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’s Fulfillment in the state. Mrs Ololo was among the 28 new commissioners and 27 Transition Committee Chairmen for the 27 local government councils sworn into office by the governor. Ololo is married to Chuks, an engineer. The new ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Real reasons  Gwarzo the DG of SEC was suspended

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 ... Read More »

FG declares Friday public holiday for Eid-El-Maulud

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 ... Read More »

Mounir Gwarzo, DG Securities and Exchange Commission suspended

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 ... Read More »

Borno To Convert Boko Haram Leader’s House To Museum

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 ... Read More »

Atiku holds meetings with PDP leaders, governors

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 ... Read More »

Badoo: Police barred vigil in Ikorodu

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 ... Read More »

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

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 ... Read More »

President Buhari to attend EU-AU summit in Abidjan

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 ... Read More »

Boko Haram flushed out of Magumeri

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 ... Read More »

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

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 ... Read More »

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

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, ... Read More »

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

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 ... Read More »

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