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Wanton Killings: Pray For Divine Intervention, Ekweremadu Urges Nigerians At Easter

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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians to pray harder for divine intervention in all areas of the nation’s life, especially the wanton killing of innocent Nigerians. Ekweremadu, who stated this in his Easter message to Christian faithful on Saturday, assured that no matter how troubling the situation currently appeared, the resurrection power of the risen Christ could turn around the fortunes of the country. He said: “On the occasion of this Easter celebration, I call for deeper reflections over the affairs of the nation. Let us pray as patriots. Importantly, let us invoke the resurrection powers of the risen Christ to intervene in the affairs of this nation. “Let us pray for an end to the wanton killings and destructions, general insecurity, economic hardship, and hunger in the land. Let us pray God to imbue our leaders, across all political divides, with the milk of human kindness and deep insights to lead the nation on the social,

Controversy Surrounds Naomi Campbell’s Meeting With Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with British supermodel, Naomi Campbell, as he toured the Eko Atlantic. The supermodel was in Lagos for the Arise Fashion Week 2018, and many Nigerians were surprised to see her with the President during his tour of the new city under construction. The British model had earlier tweeted that she was in Nigeria on the request of the Nigerian government but deleted the post shortly after. She tweeted, “Was a pleasure to be invited by his Excellency, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to the private launch of Eko Atlantic @NGRPresident @MBuhari.” After deleting the post, she replaced it with, “Was a pleasure to meet His Excellency the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to the launch of Eko Atlantic. Here for Arise Fashion Week.” However, before the first post was deleted, Nigerians had already seen it and bombarded the model with questions, with some asking why she deleted her initial post. A Twitte

Saraki At Easter: Let's Emulate Virtues of Christ

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President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Christians and Nigerians across the nation to work towards emulating the virtues of Jesus Christ as epitomized by his passion, persecution, death and resurrection during Easter. In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki also stated that all Nigerians must remain constant in their efforts to promote unity across all lines. He noted that it was imperative for all Nigerians to come together in order to build a country that both present and future generations can take pride in just like the work of Christ which has endured for over 2000 years and has continued to inspire generations. Saraki stated: “This weekend, we join our Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria and across the world to celebrate the Easter festivities. This commemoration is a time for deep reflection as it marks the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his victory over death. It is a time to re

Saraki Commends Colleagues, As Senate Passes 201 Bills in 33 Months

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As the 8th Senate passed its 201st Bill on Thursday, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, commended his colleagues in the 8th Senate for their support and hard work  that allowed the Upper Legislative Chamber to reach that milestone. In a tweet on his personal handle (@Bukolasaraki), the Senate President said:  ’’As of today, the Senate has passed 201 Bills. We still have 15 months to go, yet, we have reached this milestone. I would like to thank my Distinguished Colleagues for their hard work and cooperation over the last 33 months.’’ Recall that the 5th Senate (2003 to 2007) passed 129 Bills in all; the 6th Senate (2007 to 2011) passed 72 Bills and the 7th Senate (2011 to 2015) had a total of 129 Bills respectively.

How To Fall Asleep In Under A Minute

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These are all words and phrases that have come to be associated with the “Milliennial Generation,” which is also sometimes referred to as Generation Y. Recently, however, two additional adjectives have worked their way into the Millennial description pool: stressed and sleepless. The correlation between stress and sleep deprivation is becoming increasingly apparent in American society. NPR maintains that 60 million Americans are currently battling insomnia. According to an American Psychological Association study titled Stress in America, more than 50 percent of Millennials report to having been kept awake at least one night over the course of the past month due to stress. This is comparable to only 37 percent of Baby Boomers and 25 percent of Matures. Why does stress affect sleep? Stress is widely recognized as the body’s response to potentially harmful situations, whether real or imagined. Although the effects of stress most certainly vary from person to person, general reacti

NLC, LP, Not Part Of National Intervention Movement, Declares Wabba

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President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has dismissed report claiming that Labour leaders including him attending a political meeting and endorsed perceived “Grand National Coalition, GNC,  of the National Intervention Movement”. NLC President In a statement titled “I Was Not Part of This Meeting”, Comrade Wabba, described both the authors and the online medium that reported the story, as not only a fabrication and untrue, but also misrepresentation of facts. He insisted that “neither Ayuba Wabba, nor the Nigeria Labour Congress nor the Labour Party is part of or affiliated to the National Intervention Movement.” According to him: “I have found it necessary to issue an immediate and emphatic rebuttal to the story by an Online medium, (name withheld ) that I, Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress have endorsed or was part of a meeting that “endorsed the Grand National Coalition (GNC) of the National Intervention Movement, NIM”. The communique sai

No Tenure Extension For Oyegun, Others, Buhari Overrules NEC

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The controversy generated by the decision of the National Executive Committee NEC of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to grant a one year tenure extension to its National Working Committee NWC may have been laid to rest as President Muhammadu Buhari has described the action of NEC as an infringement on not just the party constitution but the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. At the 5th NEC meeting of the party which is currently underway at its national secretariat in Abuja, the president said he took the decision based on advice from his Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. Vanguard

Over 80,000 ‘Ghost Officers’ Uncovered In Nigerian Police

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The 371,800 figure often quoted as the number of members of the Nigeria Police Force in the country included no fewer than 80,115 ‘ghost officers’, data obtained from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation by PREMIUM TIMES have uncovered. The data revealed that following the full integration of payrolls of the country’s 42 police commands and formations into the federal government Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) last February, staff count stood at only 291,685, with gross salary of about N22.3 billion. The extra number of officers, which the top hierarchy of the police failed to account for, have for several years been drawing billions in salaries and other benefits. At the meeting of the Federal Executive Council in Abuja last Wednesday, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, presented an updated report on the implementation of the IPPIS. The minister confirmed that 511 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have been captured

Twitter To Ban Cryptocurrency Adverts On Its Platform

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Twitter Inc is to ban most advertising of cryptocurrencies on its platform, joining Facebook and Google in a clampdown on the nascent industry, the company said in a statement. The San Francisco-based firm will this week launch a policy that prohibits advertising of initial coin offerings (ICOs), a form of crowd funding used to raise cash by creating new coins. Also adverts that promote token sales and crypto wallet services, the company said in a statement. The policy will also ban adverts from crypto-exchanges, with some limited exceptions. Twitter said this month it was taking measures to prevent crypto-related accounts from “engaging with others in a deceptive manner’’, but it has faced calls to go further after bans by Facebook and Google. Facebook restricted crypto-related adverts in February, while Google announced a ban on March 14 that comes into force in June.  Reuters/NAN

AVSEC Set To Bear Arms - Sirika

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Photo Caption: L:R Engr Salisu Daura, Director of Engineering Services FAAN; Rtd Group Captain USA Sadiq, Director of Security Services FAAN, The Honourable Minister of state Avaition, Sen Hadi Sirika represented by Rector NCAT, Capt Muhammed Abdulsalam, Engr Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director FAAN   The Minister of State, Aviation Sen Hadi Sirika says Aviation security personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN will soon be licensed to carry arms at airports across the country in order to complement other agencies in security threat. Sen Sirika who made this known in Katsina at the 2018 AVSEC retreat said discussion was at its final stage for approval saying it will further strengthen the integrity of the airports in view of the growing threats to the aviation industry. "The Federal government approved for AVSEC to bear arms which is a notable achievement in this administration's effort at improving the general safety of its citizenry and passengers pa

MMM Founder, Mavrodi, Dies Of Heart Attack

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Russian businessman and founder of the MMM Pyramid scheme, Sergei Mavrodi, is dead. According to Russian media, Mavrodi whose MMM pyramid scheme deprived millions of Russians their savings in the 1990s, died of a heart attack. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports Monday that the 62-year-old was rushed to the hospital late on March 25 with pain in his chest and died several hours later. Mr. Mavrodi’s MMM financial pyramid was a typical Ponzi scheme in which earlier investors receive their profits from subsequent investors. It also promised returns of 20 per cent to 75 per cent a month, as well as lotteries and bonuses for investors. As soon as the number of new clients stopped growing, the pyramid collapsed, causing huge financial losses for at least 10 million people, in some cases leaving them destitute. In 1994, Mr. Mavrodi was elected as a lawmaker, a decision he later said was to ensure he received immunity from prosecution although he later lost his parliamentary mandate. A

Assets Declaration: “Don’t Lose Sleep Over Me”, Ekweremadu Tells Constituents

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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekwereamdu, has, once again, asked his constituents and supporters not to lose sleep over the Motion Ex-parte for assets forfeiture filed against him by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, noting that he could neither be intimidated nor silenced.   He stated this when the people of Mgbidi community, hometown of the dismissed former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent, paid him a solidarity visit over his latest travails in the hands of the Federal Government.   Ekweremadu told his constituents from Awgu Local Government area of Enugu State, who were led by the traditional ruler, HRM, Igwe Pius Uzochukwu, that the latest allegations would fail like the previous ones as they were not founded on truth.   He said: “I want to thank you for the show of solidarity. I have been inundated with calls, messages, and visits by concerned constituents and well-wishers within and outside the

“Pure Water” Seller Abducted With Dapchi Girls Freed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that a pure water seller who was kidnapped alongside the Dapchi schoolgirls was among those released by the insurgents. The minister who disclosed this on Sunday in Lagos, said a primary school boy had come to the school to sell pure water when the abduction took place. “Also kidnapped were two other persons, who are not students of the college. “They include a primary school boy who came to the school to sell pure water and another primary school girl,’’ he said. For further clarification, he said a total of 111 girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi on Feb. 19. “That means one student was not captured on the list of 110 abducted students that was compiled by the school, on the basis of which the Federal Government gave the number of abducted schoolgirls as 110. “So far, a total of 107 persons, comprising 105 Dapchi schoolgirls and the two n

Killings: Danjuma Alleges Ethnic Cleansing, Asks Nigerians To Defend Themselves

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A former Minister of Defence and an elder statesman, Lt. Gen. Theophilus  Danjuma (retd.), on Saturday, told Nigerians to defend themselves against killers in the country, saying  the armed forces were not ready to defend them. Danjuma made the call while speaking at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, Jalingo, and the 10th anniversary of the institution. The former Chief of Army Staff stated, “I am not a politician and politics is one profession I don’t want to belong to because if I am a politician, I will not say what I am going to say to you now. “When I arrived in this arena, I saw rich cultural display and I was amazed at the rich cultural heritage of our people. Taraba is a mini Nigeria with diverse ethnic groups living together peacefully, but the peace in this state is under assault. “There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state and of course, some rural states in Nigeria. We must resist it. We must stop it. Every one of us must rise up. “Our Arme

Freed Dapchi Schoolgirls Arrive Maiduguri en-route Damaturu

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The Freed Dapchi schoolgirls on Sunday arrived Maiduguri on their way back home, after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari. The 104 of the 110 abducted students of the Government Girls Secondary Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, were released by Boko-Haram  insurgents  on March 21. The freed girls, brought in a military aircraft, landed at about 10.00 a.m. at the 105 Nigeria Air Force Composite Command, Maiduguri. The girls, accompanied by top government officials and representatives of the parents, left Maiduguri in convey of buses to Damaturu, where they were expected to be formally handed over to their families. One of the parents, Aliyu Maismabu, expressed joy over the development.  NAN

You’ve Failed The North, ACF, NEF, 16 Arewa Groups Tell Buhari, Northern Politicians

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The Arewa Consultative Forum, the Northern Elders’ Forum and 16 other leading groups in the northern region, on Saturday, passed a vote of no confidence in politicians of northern extraction, saying most of them had failed. The groups, in a communique, said politicians from the region had failed the North because they were unable to address the the problems of the region, especially in security and poverty. They made the declaration at the end of a Summit of northern groups held at the residence of the late Premier of the defunct Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Arewa House, Kaduna. They stated, “No northern politician should expect to be voted for in the next general elections unless they demonstrate a willingness to champion a massive assault on poverty and underdevelopment in the North. “Most political office holders from the North are hereby served a notice that they have failed the test to lead the region towards economic recovery and growth.” The signatories to the communiqu

I’ll Punish Security Chiefs If Another Abduction Happens, Buhari Vows

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President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that he would not hesitate to punish security chiefs if any case of abduction is recorded in any part of the country. He said he had directed them to beef up security around all schools. He also warned those who described as “politicising”security issues, saying the security agents would “deal with” them. Buhari made the pronouncements on Friday during the reception held for the released Dapchi girls and their parents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President said, “The security services have since been directed to put in place further measures around all schools vulnerable to attacks to ensure the safety of our pupils/students and teachers and school workers. “I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents. “Security chiefs have been warned in clear terms that any lapse on their parts will be viewed seriously,” he said. As for those who he referred to as “p

Buhari's Communications Minister Adebayo Shittu Owns 12 Luxury Homes, N93m Printing Press And 25 Cars-Spokesperson

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Victor Oluwadamilare, Special Assistant Media to Mr. Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, has accused his boss of greed and wickedness. Mr. Oluwadamilare made the allegations in a letter to the minister. Dated March 12 and exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, the former spokesperson’s letter said Mr. Adebayo owes him the sum of N13million in emoluments from November 2015 to the end of March 2018. Despite Mr.  Shittu’s refusal to pay, said Oluwadamilare, the minister has been living a lush life. According to the spokesman, Mr. Shittu, within a space of 29 months in office, now owns no fewer than 12 luxury houses in Abuja, Lagos, and Ibadan. He also claimed that a few months ago, the minister bought a brand new N93 million printing press. Also, said Mr. Oluwadamilare, Mr. Shittu has bought over 25 luxury vehicles for himself, his family members, concubines, and cronies, despite having eight official vehicles attached to his office.  The aide equally stated that the mini

Popular Nigerian DJ, 88 Others Arrested In Spain For Sex Trafficking

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An unnamed popular Nigerian DJ has been arrested alongside 88 other persons for their alleged involvement in a major sex trafficking case in Spain. The bust, which is being referred to as one of the biggest in Europe regarding trafficking, was carried out with police from the UK and Nigeria. According to the BBC, Europol accosted the unnamed DJ as he was flying back into Spain after recording a music video. He allegedly helped smuggle victims from Nigeria to Spain and organise sexual exploitation across the country. The report said the Nigerian crime ring was linked to the Eiye Confraternity – a network that Spanish police have previously compared to the mafioso in Chicago in the 1930s. The victims, many under the age of 18, were believed to have undergone voodoo “juju” rituals in Nigeria to force them to comply with orders, Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said. After being trafficked to Spain via Libya and Italy, the women and girls were kept in cave houses in the s

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Man Utd Agree To Terminate Striker's Contract Early

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Manchester United after the club agreed to terminate his contact early. Ibrahimovic, 36, scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for the Red Devils but has played only seven times since damaging cruciate ligaments last April. The former Sweden striker's contract was due to expire in the summer. "Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United," he wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history. #foreverred" Ibrahimovic is yet to announce his plans but there has been intense speculation recently that he will join Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy. It has also been suggested he could come out of international retirement for Sweden at this summer's World Cup. BBC Sport

There is No Asset to Forfeit- Ekweremadu

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...Its a smear campaign  The attention of the Office of the Deputy president of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has been drawn to a Motion Exparte filed by Festus Keyamo Chambers on behalf of the so-called Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property for an order to temporarily forfeit assets it claimed the Senator did not declare with the Code of Conduct Bureau. Senator Ekweremadu, however, wishes to state unequivocally that there is no asset to forfeit as he declared all his assets with the Code of Conduct Bureau as required by law. The so-called Panel sought and obtained his Assets Declaration Forms, but could not look at them since it is clearly out on a vendetta and smear campaign championed by Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla. This is clearly part of the politics of 2019, and is further exposing those, who colluded with the dismissed former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike and his cronies to steal and doctor his will. The Senat

How Five Girls Died In Boko Haram Custody – Freed Dapchi Schoolgirl

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One of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls who secured freedom on Wednesday has narrated how five of them died of heart attack while in custody of Boko Haram insurgents. Khadija Grema narrated her ordeal in the hands of the insurgents to Channels Television correspondent in Yobe State who caught up with her in Jumbam town where Khadija and six others had reportedly been reunited with their parents. She spoke strictly in Hausa language explaining how they were handpicked from their school on the fateful night of the attack and eventually released. Grema said further that the insurgents did not maltreat them but five of them died of heart attack and stress caused by the trauma of the abduction. Read her narration which was transcribed to English Language below: “That fateful day we were ready for dinner when we heard shootings then one of our teacher was calling and directing us to go out through the gate. When we run into the insurgents at the gate, they gathered all of us in the name of

2019: APC Mediates Between Presidency And NASS

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The leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) has resolved to constitute a committee to look into differences between the Executive and the National Assembly and proffer solution. The resolution, according to the Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, was fallout of a meeting between the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and the APC Caucus in the Senate, in Abuja on Wednesday. Lawan told a news conference after the meeting on Wednesday that membership of the committee would be drawn from the Executive, Legislature, the Governors’ Forum and the party’s National Secretariat. He said that the team the team was charged with the responsibility of reducing the level of misunderstanding among members of the party across board. Lawan explained that constitution of the committee was pertinent in probing the disagreements at different levels of the party so as not to allow them to cause clog in its fortunes ahead of the 2019 general elections. According to him, discussions at the

Video: Nigerian Army Hands Over Released Dapchi Girls To FG

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The 104 Dapchi girls released by the Boko Haram were handed over to top government officials by the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Accoring to the news agency of Nigeria NAN, the freed girls have been transported from Maiduguri to Abuja with a military transport plane.

FG Asks Court To Freeze Ekweremadu’s Undeclared Assets

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The Federal Government, on Wednesday, asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to freeze undeclared assets that were traced to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. via an ex-parte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/284/2018, specifically applied for an interim court order “temporarily attaching/forfeiting the properties listed in Schedule B hereunder, to the Federal Government of Nigeria, pending the conclusion of further inquiry/investigation by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property and/or possible arraignment of the Respondent”. The motion was filed on behalf of the government by Lagos based lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN. While nine of the properties are in Nigeria, two are in London, eight in Dubai and three in the United States of America. Vanguard

Dapchi Girls: Our Prayers Have Been Answered, Says Saraki

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President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the release of 101 of the 110 abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls as the answered prayers of millions of Nigerians. In a statements signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki commended President Buhari, the Nigerian security forces and the government of Yobe State, for the ongoing effort that led to the release of the girls, stating that the government should do all within its power to ensure the return of the remaining Dapchi and Chibok girls. “The release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls is tremendous news for the country. Our prayers have been answered. “I commend President Buhari, our security forces and the Yobe State Government for their effort in bringing back our girls. However, we cannot stop here. We must not rest until all the Dapchi girls, and the remaining Chibok girls are back home with their families. “I hope that the girls that have been released will soon be reunit

BREAKING: FG Confirms Release Of 76 Dapchi Girls

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The Federal Government has confirmed that 76 Dapchi school girls have been released by Boko Haram insurgents. 110 schoolgirls were abducted from the northeastern town of Dapchi in February. Information Minister Lai Mohammed said “the 76 are those who have been documented so far, adding that the release of the abducted students is ongoing”. 

Boko Haram Returns Kidnapped School Girls In Dapchi, Five Feared Dead

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Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram today returned 105 girls kidnapped from a high school compound in Dapchi a few weeks ago. Sources tell Saharareporters that the militant group came with the girls in 9 vehicles same way they took them away. There was confusion in the area as members of the community scampered into the bush as the terror group appeared in the area, first dropping off one the girls in a nearby village and then driving into the center of Dapchi town to drop off the rest of the girls. Five of the girls are dead according to our source. It is not clear if the Nigerian government paid any ransom to get the girls released.   

Senators, Others Observe A Minute Silence For Senator Wakili In Ghana

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...As Senate Seeks Amendment Of Oil And Gas Laws Members of the Senate Committee on Local Content observed a minute silence in honour of late Senator Ali Wakili, (APC, Bauchi South), a member of the committee, in Accra, Ghana at the commencement of a three-day capacity building workshop on local content in the oil and gas industry. Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West), the chairman of the committee while calling for the one minute silence, recalled that the late senator was an active member of the committee and was among the first senators to champion and indicate interest in attendance at the workshop, stressing that his patriotism is unrivalled and will be sorely missed. The capacity building workshop which was jointly organized by the Senate Local Content Committee and Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) seeks to create a better understanding of issues amongst others like ensuring transfer of technology in oil and gas industry, use of local manpower an

Ex-Vice President Sambo Meets Buhari, Keeps Mum

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with former Vice-President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Sambo was vice-president to former President Goodluck Jonathan during the last administration. The meeting of the two leaders, which was held inside the President’s office, lasted about 25 minutes. The former vice-president arrived the Presidential Villa at about 12:00 noon and went straight into the President’s office. He left the premises at about 12.25pm. “It was a a private meeting,” Sambo simply told State House correspondents before stepping into his waiting car. Sambo has not been a regular visitor to the Presidential Villa since he and Jonathan left office on May 29, 2015 He had, in 2017, visited Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in his office; while he also joined Buhari for a Jumat service in commemoration of the nation’s independence last year. The meeting of the two leaders came barely 24 hours after Osinbajo openly accused the

Suspected Herdsmen Kill Traditional Ruler, Wife And Nine Others In Kogi

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Ten persons, including a traditional ruler, the Onu Agbenema, Musa Edibo; and his wife have been killed, while several houses were burnt down by suspected herdsmen in separate attacks on Agbenema, Aj’Ichekpa, Opada and Iyade villages, on Monday. Agbenema is in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State. The attackers who were allegedly armed with sophisticated weapons hid in the bushes around these villages from were they reportedly launched deadly attacks on their targets. According to the natives, the herdsmen whose mode of operation is to set the houses ablaze and open fire on the fleeing inhabitants, allegedly slit victims’ throats and cut off their vital parts. The natives who would not want their names in print stated that the administrator of Omala LGA, Ibrahim Aboh, was lucky to have escaped from the attackers. Also, the houses of former chairman, Adofu Stephen; and that of his parents were burnt. Residents said  soldiers who were drafted to curtail the herdsmen’s r

Melaye, Three Others Charged With Criminal Conspiracy, Illegal Possession Of Firearms

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Senator representing Kogi West in the Senate, Mr. Dino Melaye, who is challenging moves to recall him by his constituency, is in fresh trouble: the Police said they have filed a case in a Lokoja court accusing him and three other persons of illegal possession of firearms. Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, announced the move today in a statement. The police took the action, following the confession of two alleged thugs who claimed to be working for Melaye. “The men were arrested on January 19 at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State after a shootout with the Police; and have confessed to being hired by Melaye to cause mayhem in the state,” Moshood said. One of the persons arrested was identified as 31-year-old Kabiru Saidu, a.k.a Osama. The other was Nuhu Salisu, who is 25 years old. The third person charged to court was identified as Muhammed Audu, a politician, who is said to currently be at large. The police said they seized from the thugs and their gang me

Benue: Police Counter Presidency, Say Inspector-General Idris Not Queried By Buhari

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The police have strongly denied that President Muhammadu Buhari queried the Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris, following revelations that the police chief ignored a presidential directive to move to Benue State. The police challenged “anyone” claiming Mr. Idris was queried by the president to produce an evidence. A statement released by the presidency and later posted on Twitter using the @NGRPresident handle on Tuesday night said Mr. Buhari asked the police chief to explain why he flouted his order to relocate to Benue in the wakes of deadly attacks on villages that had left hundreds dead since January 1. “Pres @MBuhari today summoned the Inspector-General of Police to explain his flouting of the presidential order to remain in Benue State. The President has also asked for a comprehensive report on Police Operations in the affected States,after which further decisions will be made,” the statement said. It came a day after Mr. Buhari told Benue leaders he did not know that Mr. Idris d

Nigeria To Generate 100,000 Mega Watts of Electricity By 2030 – ECN

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The Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) on Monday predicted a growth of up to 100,000 megawatts electricity generation in the country by 2030. Prof. Eli Bala, the ECN’s Director-General, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Bala said that the projection would be possible with an annual economic growth rate of 7 per cent and steady implementation of the national energy plan by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. “With the incremental power programme; every time, every year, we must have increment in power generation. “We will also increase our capacity to transmit as well as the capacity to distribute. “So I think we are on course, although it is not easy. “Very soon, we will get to a level where we will have a 100,000 megawatt or 100 gigawatt by 2030 and the economy growing at the rate of about 7 per cent annually,” he said. Bala, who said the legal mandate of the commission is to produce strategic plans and coordinate national

Gangster War! Three Die In UNICAL Cult Clash

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Activities at the University of Calabar were on Friday disrupted following a gangster war, which claimed three lives. The three students who lost their lives were said to be members of rival cult groups. Southern City News learnt that one of the victims was shot dead by the gate where the university’s generator is located, while another one was killed by unmasked gunmen around the new Education Block, which is behind the library complex. An eyewitness, who identified herself only as Ambo, said a third victim was shot dead close to the small gate by Goldie Street, with the blood stains still visible on the road as of 6pm on Friday. Southern City News learnt on Sunday that the cult fight, which had been ongoing within the university’s male hostel premises for some weeks, became violent on Friday. The eyewitness said, “Shots were fired; a guy was chased up to the Education Block. I guess he had a gun in a bag, which he threw away, but he was still being chased by students and security