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Army uncovers Boko Haram recruitment link on social media

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The Nigeria Army on Tuesday, said it had uncovered a facebook and other social media accounts allegedly used by a faction of the Boko Haram group to recruit new members. Maj. Murtala Usman, Artillary Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, who disclosed this while speaking at the ongoing Nigerian Army Combat Support Training Week in Maiduguri, said the social media accounts …

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APC candidate, Ahmad Babba-Kaita, wins Katsina North by-election

Ahmed Babba-Kaita

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Saturday’s senatorial by-election in Katsina, Ahmad Babba-Kaita, is the winner, released results show. The Independent National Electoral Commission is soon to formally declare the winner. But its released results, already pastes at the collation centre, show that Mr Babba-Kaita, currently a member of the House of Representatives, polled 224, 607 votes to …

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Oshiomhole’s Impeachment Plan Is Mere “Wishful Thinking” – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the position of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that he should be impeached is merely wishful thinking. A statement signed by his Special Assistant, Yusuf Olaniyonu, on Friday, said the APC will continue to dream about their plan to impeach him as they need 73 senators to lawfully …

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Resign or be removed, Oshiomhole tells Saraki

Saraki and Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of not acting in the interest of Nigeria. He also reiterated the APC’s call that Mr Saraki should resign or be removed from office. He made this call on Friday during a press conference held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja. “Lastly, …

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Saraki not fit for Senate presidency: APC

Senate President Bukola Saraki

The All Progressives Congress (APC) took off the gloves and knocked Senator Bukola Saraki, with bare knuckle on Thursday, declaring him unfit to be President of the Senate. The party said this in a blistering statement issued by Mr Yekini Nabena, its acting National Publicity Secretary in Abuja. It was the first reaction from the party, since Saraki addressed a …

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EFCC arrests former DSS boss, Ita Ekpenyong

Ita Ekpenyong, Ex-DSS Boss

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Ita Ekpeyong, the penultimate former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS). Ekpeyong was arrested at his Asokoro, Abuja home, on Thursday afternoon, after a thorugh search of his house by the EFCC operatives. In November 2017, EFCC secured a court order to arrest Ekpeyong, but its officials were prevented …

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Lawal Daura released from custody, passport confiscated

Lawal Daura, sacked SSS DG

Intelligence authorities have released the sacked SSS DG Lawal Daura and confiscated his international passport. The top spy chief was disgraced out of office and taken into custody on Tuesday after ordering the deployment of SSS operatives to lay siege to the National Assembly. Mr Daura was released on Wednesday evening from a guest house run by the State Security …

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Daura betrayed Buhari to Saraki, says ex-aide in a tell-all interview

LAWAN DAURA, SACKED DG OF SSS

A former assistant to the sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, has accused his former principal of extensive corruption, and has portrayed him as a man who serially betrayed his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, for money. The assistant, Abdulwahab Abdulrahman, a retired senior SSS official, said he left the agency because of the scale of corruption and …

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Gov. Emmanuel sacks two commissioners loyal to Akpabio

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

On the day that Senator Godswill Akpabio formally defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom tried to spoil the defection party by sacking two commissioners loyal to Akpabio. The commissioners were sacked with immediate effect for what was called “act of disloyalty”. They are the Commissioners for Labour, Productivity and …

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Oluremi Tinubu, 3,406 others ordained RCCG assistant pastors

Bola Tinubu, Oluremi Tinubu and RCCG G.O Pastor E.A. Adeboye

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Enoch Adejare Adeboye, assisted by his wife and other senior pastors of the church, Tuesday ordained over 3,000 tested men and women into the office of assistant pastors to swell the number of ministers in the fastest growing Pentecostal Church. The wife of APC National Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu …

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Seiyefa appointed Acting Director-General, DSS

Mathew Seiyefa, Ag-DG DSS

Nigeria’s acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has appointed Matthew Seiyefa as the Acting Director-General of the Department of State Security, DSS. This came after the sack of Lawal Daura as Director-General, DSS, earlier in the day by Osinbajo after the invasion of the National Assembly by the DSS. This was confirmed by the Presidency on its twitter handle on Tuesday, …

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Breaking: Osinbajo sacks DSS boss, Lawal Daura

LAWAN DAURA, SACKED DG OF SSS

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director General, State Security Service, Lawal Musa Daura with immediate effect. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Laolu Akande said that Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further …

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AFTERMATH OF RUSSIA 2018: Nigerian govt spends $1m to evacuate stranded Nigerian and Ghanaian fans from Russia

GEOFFREY ONYEAMA Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said Federal Government spent one million dollars to evacuate 355 Nigerian football fans stranded in Russia after the 2018 World Cup. Onyeama made this known on Monday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen, and said that the evacuation was done in two batches of 155 persons and 200 persons. …

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NASS Leadership Meets Tuesday To Consider Reconvening Before Sept 25

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The leadership of the National Assembly will meet on Tuesday to consider the request of the Executive for the National Assembly to reconvene ahead of their scheduled dates. The Senate is scheduled to resume plenary on September 25, same day as the House of Representatives’ return to work. Meanwhile, with a request by President Muhammadu Buhari for the cerement of …

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Nine NYSC members drown in Taraba

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Seven members of the National Youth Service Corps have drowned in a river southeast of Taraba State, with two others feared dead, police have said. The corps members were on a swimming expedition in River Mayo-Selbe, a major tributary of the Benue River, when a water surge from a nearby mountain collapsed on them and swept them into the massive …

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DEFECTION: Akpabio Visits President Buhari In London

Godwill Akpabio visits PMB in London

Senator Godswill Akpabio on Sunday August 5, 2018 visited President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on vacation in the United Kingdom. Although details of the Senator’s meeting with President Buhari are not yet known, there had been speculations that he may defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom …

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All is now set for Senator Godswill Akpabio to dump PDP for APC

Godswill Akpabio with President Buhari

Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, is set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party and dampen the celebration mood in the PDP headquarters, over the defection of some senators and three governors from the All Progressives Congress. Now a reverse switch is about to happen, with one of the main pillars of the PDP in the …

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Asaba 2018 ends amidst controversies and organization shortfalls

Asaba 2018

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Asaba 2018 is one tournament African Senior Athletics would not forget in a hurry as it was characterized with various ugly incidents, tragedy was also averted when a poorly installed water tank crashed right inside the venue where the event was holding. Apart from participating delegations being stranded at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos while …

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2019: Dankwambo declares presidential ambition

Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo

Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election ambition. Mr Dankwambo said he will seek the position on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He made the declaration at the Government house, Gombe, on Saturday, during a meeting with party officials led by the deputy national chairman, Babayo Gamawa, elders and …

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Nigeria recovers 693 power equipment containers abandoned at ports for 15 years — Official

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on Friday said that it had recovered more than 693 containers of power equipment abandoned at ports due to tariff. The Managing Director (MD) of TCN, Usman Mohammed, said this in a statement in Lagos. Mr Mohammed said that some of the power equipment had been auctioned by the Nigeria Customs Service, but said …

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About 20 Persons got Killed in Sokoto Boat Mishap

Map of Sokoto State

At least 20 persons have been killed in a boat accident, which occurred in Gandi District of Rabah Local Government Area, Sokoto State. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told AFP on Friday that the vessel, which was carrying 50 passengers overturned in strong currents in a river around 10:00 am on Thursday. “Rescue teams recovered the bodies of 17 …

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APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole Insist Saraki Must Resign as Senate President

Saraki and Oshiomhole

 The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole; and some senators elected on the platform of the party led by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, on Wednesday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting came amidst the gale of defections being witnessed in the party. Oshiomhole told State House …

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Why Court Orders the Arrest Of INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

INEC Chairman Yakubu Mahmood

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the arrest of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, for failing to appear in court. Justice Stephen Pam issued the warrant of arrest on Thursday after Mahmood’s absent in court for the third time. The judge asked the police to effect the arrest immediately. Justice Pam …

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ASABA 2018: Nigeria, South Africa, others battle as African Athletics Championships begins in Asaba

African Youth Athletics

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   After the initial travel glitches that saw some teams stranded at the Lagos Airport for some days, the stage is now set for action at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Delta State. The opening ceremony of the CAA Asaba 2018 will be taking place inside the newly-completed Stephen Keshi stadium with a record …

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Breaking: Buhari elected new Chairman of ECOWAS

President Buhari at Ecowas

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has been elected as the new Chairman of the ‏Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Buhari was elected at the just concluded ECOWAS Summit in Lome, Togo on Tuesday 31st July 2018. “The announcement was made shortly after a closed session of Heads of State of the Commission,” Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to Buhari on New …

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Guest Lecturer slumps as UI renames Arts Theatre after Wole Soyinka

Prof Wole Soyinka chatting UI VC and others

The University of Ibadan, UI, on Tuesday 31 July 2018, at the 2nd Geoffery Axworthy Lecture renamed its 63 year old Unibadan Arts Theatre after the Nigerian born literary icon and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka. The aged arts theatre will now be known as “Wole Soyinka Theatre”. The programme was almost marred when the guest lecturer, Professor Ahmed Yerima …

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Full text of Senate President Bukola Saraki’s statement on quitting APC

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Below is the full text of the statement by the Senate President Bukola Saraki on his decision to quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). ”I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC). This is not a decision that I have …

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BREAKING: Senate President Saraki Dumps APC

Senate President Bukola Saraki

The Senate President Bukola Saraki today twitted that he has finally dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for a yet to be named party but speculations has it that the senate president is gone back to his former party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Making the announcement in a short message on his social media accounts, he wrote: “I …

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Nigeria Will Continue To Support Peace-Building Efforts, Fight Against Terrorism – Buhari

President Buhar in Lome Togo

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the continuous support of the country for the fight against terrorism and other crimes, especially in the West and Central sub-regions of Africa. The President made the promise on Monday in Lome, the Togolese capital during a joint summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Economic Community of West African States …

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Offa Robbery: Saraki assembles SANs to battle police over invitation

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The Senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Rafiu Ibrahim, has said a team of senior legal experts will handle the allegation of complicity in the Offa robbery saga levelled against the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, by the police. The police have insisted that Saraki is needed to make certain clarifications on the statement of …

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