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Saraki, IG fight dirty over arrested killer-cult suspects

Saraki, IG fight dirty over arrested killer-cult suspects

Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday accused Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris of plotting to frame him up “to settle scores.” The police rejected the claim, vowing that it would not allow anybody to obstruct the course of justice. According to Saraki, the transfer of some cultism suspects, who were arrested in Kwara State and were under investigation by the ... Read More »

Court Remands Ex-Plateau Gov, Jang, Over N6.3bn Fraud

Court Remands Ex-Plateau Gov, Jang, Over N6.3bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday arraigned a former Plateau governor, David Jonah Jang, before Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau State High Court on a 12-count charge bordering on misappropriation of funds to the tune of N6.3 billion, as the court ordered his remand in prison. Jang, a serving senator, allegedly embezzled special funds released to ... Read More »

I didn’t beg to be VP, I can leave at short notice – Osinbajo

I didn’t beg to be VP, I can leave at short notice – Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday night said he would rather vacate his office as the nation’s Number Two man than compromise his Christian faith. Osinbajo stated this while responding to posers raised by some Christian leaders at the stakeholders’ meeting held at the new Banquet Hall of the Benue State Government House, Makurdi. He said under no circumstances would he ... Read More »

Shock and disbelief trail Oyo state Speaker’s death

Shock and disbelief trail Oyo state Speaker’s death

There was shock and disbelief in the Oyo State House of Assembly and the entire state yesterday, following news of the death of the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo. Adeyemo died of heart attack in the early morning of yesterday in his Ibadan home, aged 47. He was said to have died on the way ... Read More »

Herdsmen Killings: NEC working group recommends ranching in five states

Herdsmen Killings: NEC working group recommends ranching in five states

The Technical Sub-Committee set up by the National Economic Council (NEC) Working Group has recommended the adoption of ranching in some of the states affected by farmers/herdsmen clashes as a sustainable solution to the conflicts. The states are Zamfara, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Taraba and Benue. The Working Group also recommended that the state governments of the five affected states allocate land ... Read More »

Senate to grill IGP Idris on Dino Melaye detention

Senate to grill IGP Idris on Dino Melaye detention

Tempers flared at the Senate on Wednesday when lawmakers debated the arrest and detention of Senator Dino Melaye by the police over alleged involvement in gun-running. The Senate, after a debate that lasted over one hour, resolved to step down all the items on the order paper and adjourn plenary. Several lawmakers, who spoke alleged that policemen prevented them from ... Read More »

BREAKING: Senators call for Buhari’s impeachment over $496m Tucano aircraft purchase

BREAKING: Senators call for Buhari’s impeachment over $496m Tucano aircraft purchase

Some members of the Senate have asked that the process to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari be started, for failing to get the approval for the withdrawal of $496m from the Excess Crude Account to purchase military aircraft. Senator Mathew Uroghide, who moved a motion at the plenary on Thursday, specifically urged ‎resident of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to allow the ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

George Weah’s Life Just Like A Film Script – Wenger

George Weah’s Life Just Like A Film Script – Wenger

Arsene Wenger has compared the life of George Weah to a film script following his former player’s election as president of Liberia. Weah, who played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan during a glittering career, last week secured a stunning run-off victory in the West African country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades. Idolised in Liberia as “Mister ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

I didn’t enrich myself while in govt –Atiku

I didn’t enrich myself while in govt –Atiku

I assembled Obasanjo’s economic team –Atiku Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Friday said he did not become rich while he was in the government between 1999 and 2007. Atiku, who stated this in a letter to a comedian, Francis Agoda, better known as I Go Dye, also said that he assembled the economic team of the Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration.  The ... Read More »

Bode George withdraws from PDP chairmanship race

Bode George withdraws from PDP chairmanship race

Chief Olabode George has withdrawn from the chairmanship race of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Chief George who announced his withdrawal from the race at his campaign office in Abuja accused Governor Nyesom Wike of undermining the interest of the Yoruba by ganging up with others to impose a candidate on the party. George who is among the nine chairmanship ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe President

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 ... 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 »

Senate approves Buhari’s $5.5 billion external borrowing

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 ... Read More »

BREAKING: Buhari Arrives Ebonyi, Commences South-East Tour

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 ... Read More »

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