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Court Orders Remand of Sowore, Co-defendant in DSS Custody

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The Federal Court High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered the remand of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, in the custody of the Department of State Security Service, pending the hearing of their bail application. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu fixed Friday for the hearing of their bail application. This followed the arraignment of the defendants on seven counts of treasonable felony and other sundry offences instituted against them by the Federal Government. They pleaded not guilty to the seven counts when read to them. After the defendants took their pleas, the defence lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), urged the court to allow Sowore to be allowed to continue with the bail earlier granted him by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on September 24. The defence lawyer also pleaded that the second defendant be granted fresh bail. But the judge said since the bail earlier granted Sowore was not predicated on the charges on which he was arraign

Mob Sets Three Suspected ‘One Chance’ Robbers Ablaze in Abuja

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A mob on Monday lynched three men who allegedly robbed a lady in a car at Dutse Alhaji, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The suspected robbers were killed with stones after which their bodies were set ablaze with disused tyres. Their operational vehicle was also torched. Posing as passengers in the vehicle,  the suspected robbers were said to have dispossessed their victim of her belongings after which they reportedly pushed her out of the car. An eyewitness said, “The one chance robbers, after taking their victim’s money, phone and other belongings, pushed her out of their vehicle, but some Okada riders saw them and gave them a hot chase. “They caught up with the robbers under the Dutse Alhaji bridge. They burnt two of them inside their vehicle while the third one who attempted to escape into Dutse Alhaji market was also caught and stoned to death. His body was then set ablaze with old tyres and fuel.” It was gathered that the police could not save the deceased as

Spiritual Efforts Needed to Defeat Boko Haram - Buratai

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that terrorism and terrorist groups could not be eliminated alone by the military unless religious bodies and organisations in the country come to the “forefront of this spiritual battle.” The Army chief noted that the focus must be religious groups interfacing on addressing the ideologies which fueled the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists. Buratai stated this on Monday in Abuja during a spiritual warfare seminar at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre with the theme, “Countering insurgency and violent extremism in Nigeria through spiritual warfare.” The Army chief, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Maj. Gen. Sani Yusuf, urged Islamic and Christian clerics across the Army formations to join the fight against terrorism, and reorient the people against negative ideologies. Buratai said, “It is easier to defeat Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists than their ideology because, while we degrade the terrorists and their hav

59th Independence Anniversary: Ekweremadu Reiterates Need for Decentralised Policing, Egalitarian Society

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Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated the need for decentralised policing, including state police, with valves against abuse, to enable the country to overcome its security challenges. Ekweremadu also called on “leaders at all levels of governance to rededicate themselves to an egalitarian society marked by justice for all, including an equitable distribution of opportunities and amenities as a sure way of securing peace and unity among our citizens across the nation” The lawmaker made the call in his goodwill message to Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 59th independence anniversary.   The message which was signed by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, said: “I congratulate Nigerians on the occasion of the 59th Independence Anniversary celebration. One of the greatest concerns among Nigerians today is the growing insecurity in the land. I believe that the difference between security at independence and now is mainly in the security arch

You’re Too Small to Diminish Me, Peter Obi Tells Ngige

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The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February general elections, Mr. Peter Obi,  has said the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige cannot diminish him. He said Ngige’s achievement as the governor of Anambra State was too little to erase his (Obi’s)  achievements and reputation before the people of  Anambra State who he served for eight years.  He asked Ngige to focus his energy on how to make Nigeria work, rather than dissipating energy on how to pull him down. Obi spoke through his Media Adviser, Valentine Obienyem in a statement made available to journalists. The PDP VP candidate was reacting to a newspaper publication credited to Ngige wherein the minister allegedly said he was ashamed of the quality of roads constructed by his successors, including Obi. Obi in the statement wondered why Ngige loved attacking him, stating that he had hardly made any bad comments against Ngige even in the heat of electioneering. He said, “What is mos

How Kebbi Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, Was Arrested In America

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Long before he was elected governor, prosecutors in the United States and the United Kingdom said Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State was a bagman for the infamous late military dictator, Sani Abacha. Mr Abacha, who died in 1998, was a relentless kleptocrat who stole an estimated $2.2 billion from the country’s coffers. Court documents revealed that Mr Bagudu was the gas that powered Mr Abacha’s extensive money laundering operations. Working with some members of his own family, top members of the regime and Mohammed, Mr Abacha’s eldest son, prosecutors claimed the governor used an intricate network of phoney companies to siphon several millions of dollars from government treasury into offshore bank accounts operated by himself and the Abachas. The money-laundering operations Mr Bagudu ran on behalf of Mr Abacha are well-documented in suits filed in the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands. But what many Nigerians may not know was th

Ihedioha Wins At Tribunal

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The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for Imo state sitting in Abuja on Saturday affirmed the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha. Delivering judgment, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mallami Umar-Dogondagi, dismissed the petition of the candidate of the Action Alliance Party, Uche Nwosu, for incompetence. In a unanimous decision, the three-member panel, also struck out   the petition of the All Progressive Congress, APC, candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma. Three petitions were filed by the governorship candidates of the Action Alliance AA, All Progressives Congress APC and All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA, asking the tribunal to nullify the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, on the ground that he was unlawfully declared as the governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC. The tribunal held that the three petitions challenging the declaration of Ihedioha lacked merit. The petitioners challe

Nigeria Drop By One Spot To 34th On Latest FIFA Ranking

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Nigeria have dropped by one spot in the FIFA ranking for September, placing 34th on the ranking table. In the ranking table on the world football governing body’s website on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1, 482 points in the month under review as against 1,481 it had in August. However, in spite of the drop by a spot, Nigeria still occupy the third position on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia who have 1,546 and 1,493 respectively. On the global scene, Belgium remain top of the FIFA World Ranking after an action-packed number of weeks in international football. In the period under review, 78 friendlies, 74 continental qualifiers and 60 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers took place. Although the teams in the top 10 remain unchanged, there have been some movements. France (second, up 1) and Brazil (third, down 1) have traded places, while Spain (seventh, up 2) are the top 10’s biggest movers. The Cayman Islands (193rd, up 11) and Grenada (160th, up 13) are the joi

D’Tigers Move 10 Places Up in FIBA World Rankings

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Nigeria’s D’Tigers have moved 10 places up in the recently-released FIBA Men World Rankings presented by Nike on Thursday. According to FIBA, the rankings were updated following the conclusion of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China. The U.S. maintained their top-ranked status but the newly-crowned World Cup champions Spain closing in the gap. Nigeria’s qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was also instrumental to her recent 23rd spot from a 33rd position earlier, further earning the first spot in the continent. Meanwhile, there was significant movement at the top end of the ranking, with Australia (673.6) climbing to third place. They leapfrogged fourth-ranked Argentina (670.5) and fifth-placed France (665.4) in the process. Coming into the World Cup as the 11th ranked team, Australia received extra points for beating higher-ranked teams in France and Lithuania. This was on their way to their best-ever performance at the flagship event. World Cup runners-

As Senators, We Deserve New SUVs, Lawmaker Tells Nigerians

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The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, has condemned the controversy surrounding the Senate’s budget of N5,550 billion for the purchase of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs). He said Nigerian senators deserve SUVs and it is an insult to say otherwise. The status of a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not undeserving of an SUV, he told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday. “What is the problem there? It is an insult to say that a senator of the Federal Republic cannot ride a jeep in Nigeria. It is an insult. The N5.5bn is from the National Assembly fund and it is budgeted for every year, which they will pay back at the end of the tenure. “I was a permanent secretary. I know what ministers get; we cannot even compare ourselves to ministers because we are higher than the minister(s). For you to say that a senator of the Federal Republic cannot drive a jeep today — come on, that is an insult. “Go and tell the people that the work that we do is more than the work of ministers. The wei

315 Nigerians Arrive in Second Batch Of Evacuation

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The second batch of 315 Nigerians being evacuated from South Africa returned on Wednesday. They landed around 7.22pm at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The evacuation, which should have taken place on Tuesday, was stalled due to the delayed issuance of landing permit to the Air Peace aircraft by the South African authority. About 320 people were expected but a few passengers were said to have been dropped over documentation issues. The Nigerians had departed the O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport around 1pm. The first flight had brought back 187 Nigerians out of the 313 scheduled for evacuation last Wednesday. The Consul-General, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Godwin Adama, had said the number of Nigerians willing to leave had risen to 1,004. The Chairman of Air Peace, also said the plane left a few minutes after noon local time (1pm Nigerian time). Onyema said some Nigerians

Buhari Sacks Oyo-Ita

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan as the acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect. The decision has therefore put an end to the career of the current occupant of the seat, Winifred Oyo- Ita who had been in the eye of the storm over alleged N 3 bn bribery and falsification of duty tour allowance. The President ’s decision was conveyed in a statement on Wednesday by the Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey. The statement said Oyo - Ita had been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Bassey said, “Yemi -Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo- Ita, who has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carri

Ratify Treaty On The Prohibition Of Nuclear Weapons, NLC Tells FG

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The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has appealed to the Federal Government to ratify the treaty on The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons TPNW which was passed by 122 countries at the United Nations General Assembly on 7 July 2017. The Treaty which is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, with the goal of leading towards their total elimination, requires the signature and ratification by at least 50 countries to come into effect. In a letter written by the President of NLC Ayuba Wabba and addressed to the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, organized Labour in Nigeria expressed appreciation for Nigeria’s longstanding position in favour of nuclear disarmament, as well as its consideration of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The letter went ahead to say, “Today, nuclear arsenals are being modernised and new nuclear weapons are being developed. For the coming years, it is estimated that g