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Saraki Not Arrested by EFCC, Went To The Anti-Graft Agency on His Own Volition - Aide

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The media office of the former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has confirmed that the former Kwara state governor was a visitor to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC to clarify issues raised by the anti graft agency. A statement signed by  Yusuph Olaniyonu, media aide to Saraki read in part; " It will be recalled that following the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the Fundamental Human Rights case filed by Dr. Saraki during the period of the former chairman of the EFCC which precluded the commission from investigating him until the matter is dispensed with, the commission at the last hearing on July 14, 2021, pleaded with the judge that the order was preventing them from doing their job. "Following this complaint, Dr. Saraki, as a responsible citizen, on his own volition approached the commission that at the earliest convenient date, he was willing to visit the commission’s office and clarify all issues they might want

EFCC Interrogates Former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Corruption and Money Laundry Allegations

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is presently quizzing a former president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, over alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering. Punch newspaper reports that Saraki, who arrived at the EFCC office around 2pm today, is still being interrogated. The paper could not however confirm if he would be Detained over night. A senior official confirmed the development, stating that the former Kwara State governor is in custody. This is happening three days after a former Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura and his wife, Mairo, were grilled by the EFCC over breach of public trust and misappropriation of billions of naira by his administration.

D’Tigers Suffer Another Loss to Crash Out of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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The Nigerian senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, are out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after losing 71-80 in their last  Group B game on Saturday. D’Tigers had rounded off their pre-Olympic preparations with impressive wins over the U.S. and Argentina in Las Vegas. But in Tokyo they have failed to reproduce such scintillating performances, and rather put up epileptic shows in matches they could have even won. Saturday’s result meant the Italians are headed for the Olympic quarter-finals, ousting Nigeria to clinch that spot.

Rachael Oniga Did Not Die of Covid Complications as Reported - Family

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The family of late Rachel Oniga has confirmed the cause of her death, stating that the veteran actress died  of health-related issues, and not COVID-19, as being speculated on social media. The actress was announced dead on Saturday and local reports speculated that she died of COVID-19 complications. The family, however, revealed the true cause of her death in a statement titled, ‘An official statement on the passing of Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga,’ signed by her sister, Toyin Odusote. The statement reads, “With a heavy heart and total submission to God, we write to announce the passing unto glory of our beloved sister, mother and grandmother; Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga. “She died in a Lagos hospital at the age of 64, on Friday, 30th of July 2021, at about 10pm. “Contrary to diverse reports informing that she died from COVID-19 complications, we write to inform the general public that she died from a heart-related issue; an ailment she battled with for a short period bef

Veteran Actress Rachael Oniga is Dead

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Popular Nollywood actress,  Rachael Oniga , is dead. Her son, Olatunji, confirmed the death of the actress to the Punch newspaper  on Saturday. According to him, her mother died on Friday night around 10pm. Oniga featured in scores of Nollywood movies —both English and Yoruba— before her demise. Born on May 23, 1957; the delectable actress began her career in 1993. Her first movie was the blockbuster, Onome, while her debut movie in the Yoruba speaking sector of the film industry was Owo Blow. The 64-year-old actress used to work for a European engineering consultancy firm with its regional head office in Nigeria. In an interview, she noted that she stopped working when she got married and started having children. Unfortunately, her marriage did not last. So, after her separation from the father of her kids, she took up acting again. She revealed in the interview that one of her regrets in life was that she did not fight for her marriage. In the span of her career,

Newly-Promoted Somalia Club, JCCI FC, Lose 4 Players In Terror Attack

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Africa is united in grief after Somalian club JCCI FC’s bus was attacked by unknown assailants at the southern city of Kismayo on Friday. According to  Europa Press , at least four people died from the attack while six others were seriously injured. The portal further reported that the country's president, Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed, had also expressed his condolences for the attack. A police officer Mohamed Sadiq who was at the scene said as quoted by  rnn.ng : “The players were riding in a bus when the explosion went off, presumably inside the vehicle. “There are investigations going on but we presume the device was planted onto the bus. “The blast was huge and it caused a devastating fire which burned down the bus, people rushed to remove the dead bodies and wounded players.” I saw the burning bus and three dead bodies of the players -- this was horrible because football players are not politicians," added another witness, Said Adan. There was no immediate claim

AFN Expresses Shock at Okagbare's Doping Suspension, Awaits Details From AIU

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The Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, says it received with great shock the press release by the Athletics Integrity Unit, suspending Blessing Okagbare for a doping rule violation. The Federation, in a statement, says it is in the process of obtaining the relevant details of the announcement after which a full reaction will be issued. The AIU in the press release  says the Nigerian 100/200m record holder has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect after a sample collected from the 32-year old tested positive for Human Growth Hormone.  Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.  The AIU says it collected the sample from Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on 19 July and revealed the WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Blessing Okagbare Suspended for Doping

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Nigerian top athlete, Blessing Okagbare, has been “provisionally” suspended for doping on Saturday. The Athletics Integrity Unit made this known in a press statement, saying that the 32-year-old Nigerian athlete tested positive for a banned substance – human growth hormone. The anti-doping body said Okagbare tested positive for the prohibited substance in an out-of-competition test on July 19 – four days before the Olympics opened. The results of that test were only received by track and field’s anti-doping body late Friday after  Okagbare, who won her heat in 11.05seconds, qualified for the semifinals of women’s 100m race  at the Olympics With the suspension, Okagbare will no longer compete at the Tokyo Olympics. The statement read, “The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria today with immediate effect after a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for human Growth Hormone. “Growth Hormone is a non-specified sub

Appeal Court Sacks Senator Odey, Declares Rep. Agom-Jarigbe Senator-Elect For C/River North

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The Court of Appeal in Calabar, the Cross River State capital on Friday declared Rep. Jerigbe Agom-Jerigbe as the duly elected Senator for Cross River North senatorial district. The Court also declared that Agom-Jarigbe was the lawful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the December 5, 2020 by-election for the seat. The three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Justice Chioma Nwosu also invalidated the certificate of return earlier issued to Sen. Steven Odey by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and directed that it be withdrawn. The court, however, ordered INEC to issue Agom-Jarigbe a fresh Certificate of Return and that he should be sworn in immediately. The Cross River North Senate seat became vacant following the death of Senator Rose Oko died in March 2020. 

Senate President’s Aide, Six Others Inducted CeProd Fellows

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The Board and Governing Council of the Centre for Public Service Productivity and Development (CeProd) has elected and inducted the Special Assistant (Press) to the Senate President, Ezrel Tabiowo, and six others as fellows.  A statement from the Senate President's media office said the nominees who were drawn from various professional backgrounds were inducted after undergoing an intensive training course organized by the Centre in Abuja.  Those also elected and inducted by the Board of CeProd include a former Director of the National Population Commission, Bala Inuwa, who is presently the Managing Director of the Kano Agricultural Supply Company Limited.  Others are Wilkie Roselyn Tinuke, Zonal Controller and Deputy Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR); Engr. Zayyanu Tambari Yobo, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR); Barr. Richard Eke Obianu; Principal Partner, New World Attorneys; Ihebinike Victor Okwu;  and Anichi Chidinma Josephine, a h

Olympics: Disqualified Nigerian Athletes Protest in Tokyo

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Nigerian athletes staged a protest in Tokyo after 10 of them were disqualified from taking part in the the track and field events of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The protesting athletes carried placards with the inscription “Why should we suffer for someone else’s negligence”, “All we wanted to do was compete” and “We are not just alternates but potential medalists.” It would be recalled that the  Athletics Integrity Unit disqualified Ruth Usoro, Favour Ofili and eight other athletes after they failed to conduct the mandatory three out-of-competition tests before the Olympics.

Hushpuppi: IGP Orders ‘Review’ of Allegations Against Abba Kyari

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered an “internal review of the allegations” against a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, by a United States court. The police made this known in a statement on Thursday, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba. It would be recalled the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleged that a suspect, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, used Kyari to arrest and jail a co-conspirator, Chibuzo Vincent, after the latter threatened to expose an alleged $1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman. The Nigeria Police statement was titled, ‘Alleged Indictment Of DCP Abba Kyari: Inspector-General Of Police Orders A Review Of The Information’ It read, “Sequel to the receipt of allegations and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkal

Kano State Govt Denies Banning Women From Driving

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The Kano State Government has debunked rumours on its purported plan to ban women, regardless of their faith, from driving in the state. The denial was contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information Mr Muhammed Garba, and made available to newsmen on Thursday, in Kano. He described the trending online report as “fallacious” and baseless, with no credible source. “The trending story lacks credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ he added. Garba pointed out that the state government would not decide in “a secret meeting” a critical issue that had to do with its teeming populace, adding that even in Saudi Arabia, the authorities had in 2018 lifted the decades-old law that banned women from driving. He expressed delight that some of the scholars who were quoted to have supported the alleged ban,  had already dissociated themselves from it.

Kidnapped Kaduna Chief Regains Freedom

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The traditional ruler of Jaba in Kaduna State, Chief Jonathan Maude, has regained his freedom three days after his abduction. The 83-year-old royal father was abducted on Monday on his farm in neighbouring Nasarawa State. A source close to the palace, who pleaded for anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the traditional ruler had returned home in “good condition’’. NAN could not, however, confirm if any ransom was paid before his release as the kidnappers had allegedly demanded for N100 million. When contacted, ASP Mohammed Jalige, Police spokesman in Kaduna State, confirmed the release. The release of the traditional ruler is the latest in a series of abductions involving traditional rulers in the state in recent times.

Hushpuppi: DCP Abba Kyari Reacts to Bribery Allegation

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Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari has reacted to the bribery allegations against him by known fraudster Ramon Abbas popularly known as. Hushpuppi who is presently on trial  in the United States. Writing on his Facebook page, Kyari said; "Friends: Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2years ago that somebody in Nigeria Seriously threatened to kill his Family here in Nigeria and he sent the person’s Phone number and pleaded we take action before the Person attacks his family. "We traced and arrested the Suspect and after investigations we discovered there wasn’t an actual threat to anyone’s life And they are long time friends who have money issues between them hence we released the Suspect on bail to go and he was not taken to any jail.  "Nobody demanded for a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi. Our focus was to Save people’s lives that were purported to have been threatened.  "Later, he saw some of my Native Clothes and Caps

Court Criticises DSS Over Failure to Produce Detained Igboho’s Aides

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday criticised the Department of State Services (DSS) over failure to produce in court the 12 persons arrested at the residence of Yoruba nation’s agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho. Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a ruling, also ordered the DSS to produce the applicants in court in the next adjourned date. The News,Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Egwuatu had, on July 23, ordered the DSS to produce the detainees in court today. The order followed a fundamental right enforcement suit that the lawyers to the detained applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, filed on their behalf, pursuant to Section 32(1) and (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) as well as Sections 6(6), 35 and 36 of 1999 Constitution, as amended. The 12 persons, who had been in the DSS detention since July 2, are; Abdullateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde (Aka Lady K), Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, and Jamiu Noah.

Breaking: US Court Orders Arrest of IGP Team Leader DCP Abba Kyari

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A United States court has issued a warrant of arrest for a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nigeria, Abba Kyari. Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track down Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.

Nigerian Fraudster, Hushpuppi Narrates How He Paid Bribes To Police Chief, Abba Kyari In $1.1million Deal

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Nigeria’s infamous suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, who recently pleaded guilty in the United States, has narrated how he bribed Nigeria’s celebrated Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, according to court documents. According to the US Department of Justice, a criminal complaint initiated the prosecution of Hushpuppi in February as court documents ordered unsealed showed that Abbas, a 37-year-old Nigerian national, pleaded guilty on April 20. A version of Abbas’ plea agreement filed late Tuesday outlines his role in the school-finance scheme, as well as several other cyber and business email compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than $24million in losses. Officials said in court filings that Abbas disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribes to Nigeria’s police chief, Kyari, to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1million dupe of a Qatari businessperson. Abbas had asked Ky

10 Nigerians Ineligible for Tokyo Olympics’ Athletics Events, AIU Says

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A total of 10 Nigerians are part of 20 athletes declared ineligible to participate in the athletics events of the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics, the sport’s world governing body, said in a statement on Monday that the athletes contravened Rule 15 of World Athletics’ Anti-Doping Rules. The statement however did not contain the athletes’ names. “The rule states that athletes from ‘Category A’ federations must meet the minimum testing requirements to confirm their eligibility to participate in a major event. “The key requirement in Rule 15 is that an athlete from a ‘Category A’ country must undergo at least three no-notice out-of-competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than 3 weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event. “Only then do they become eligible to represent their national team at the World Athletics Championships or the Olympic Games,” the statement noted. The News Agency of Nigeria rep

US Lawmakers Stop $875m Defence Equipment Sale to Nigeria

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United States lawmakers are holding down a proposed sale of attack helicopters to Nigeria amid mounting concerns about the Muhammadu Buhari regime’s human rights record as it grapples with multiple security crises. US lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reportedly delayed clearing a proposed sale of 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters and accompanying defence systems to the Nigerian military. The deal is worth $875 million, according to US officials and congressional aides familiar with the matter. In addition to the helicopters, the proposed sale included 28 helicopter engines produced by GE Aviation, 14 military-grade aircraft navigation systems made by Honeywell, and 2,000 advanced precision kill weapon systems—laser-guided rocket munitions, according to information sent by the State Department to Congress and reviewed by Foreign Policy magazine. A report by Foreign Policy on Tuesday said the behind-the-scenes controversy over the proposed arms sale

Court Frees El-Zakzaky, Wife Zeenat

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A Kaduna High Court on Wednesday discharged and acquitted leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and wife, Zeenat. Justice Gideon Kurada delivered the verdict in an eight-hour ruling on the no-case submission application filed by the defendants. Counsel to the defendants, Marshal Abubakar who represented the lead counsel in the suit, Femi Falana, SAN, informed reporters shortly after the trial ended in Kaduna. “The trial of Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat has come to an end as the court found them not guilty of the alleged crime filed against them by the Kaduna State Government. “The court found that the charges that were filed in 2018 pursuant to the Penal Law enacted by the state government in 2017 over an alleged offence committed in 2015, were incompetent. “The court, presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada, ruled that the charge was not supposed to be filed in the first place, as the government cannot arraign someone for a sa

Alleged Blasphemy: Court Fixes Aug.18 For Re-arraignment of Kano Cleric

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An Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Kano, on Wednesday fixed Aug. 18 for the re-arraignment of a cleric, Abduljabbar Nasiru-Kabara for alleged blasphemy case. Nasiru-Kabara is to be charged with blasphemy, incitement, and sundry offences according to the First Information Report (FIR) from the police by the Office of the Attorney General which prepared the charge against the cleric. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nasiru-Kabara was first arraigned before the court on July 16, he however  pleaded not guilty. Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Aisha Mahmoud, told the court that the State had new information concerning the case. Mahmoud urged the court to adjourn the case to enable the prosecution file fresh charge against the defendant and present witnesses. Responding, Counsel to the defendant, Saleh Muhammad-Bakaro, prayed the court to compel the prosecution to furnish him with the names and addresses of the witnesses, citing Section 204 of Kano State Administratio

JAMB Releases 14,620 UTME Results Under Investigation, Withholds 93 Others - Spokesman

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cleared and released the UTME results of 14,620 candidates that were hitherto under investigation, while withholding the results of 93 other candidates. Dr Fabian Benjamin, the board Head, Media and Publicity, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, on Tuesday, said the results were released, following the consideration and approval of the recommendations of the investigators, by a management meeting held on Tuesday. “You will recall that the board, in its earlier release, stated that it will still review the results of the 2021 UTME exercise and any candidate found wanting will have his/her result withheld. “Out of the withheld results, 13 were discovered to have been involved in examination infractions after they were released and the one earlier withdrawn bringing the total of the results that have been withdrawn to 14. “Results of 332 blind candidates, whose examination was conducted this month, have also b

Tokyo Olympics: D’Tigers Suffer Second Consecutive Defeat, Lose 92-99 to Germany

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Nigeria’s senior male basketball team, the D’Tigers, on Wednesday lost their second Group B match in the men’s basketball event of the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The D’Tigers fell apart in the fourth quarter of their second game at the Tokyo Olympics to lose 92–99 to Germany. Coming from a disappointing loss to Australia, D’Tigers secured the first basket via Miami Heat point-guard, Gabe Vincent. They went on to accumulate most of their points via three-pointers, an improvement from the performance in their first game. Germany, also having suffered a first match loss to Italy, made it an end-to-end game inspired by Orlando Magic’s Moritz Wagner and Danilo Barthel. Both teams were tied at half-time (50-50) and at the end of the third quarter (74-74) making it a frantic fourth quarter where Germany took the game beyond Nigeria. Nigeria at some point in the game led with as much as twelve points but didn’t do enough defensively, giving away fouls the Germans easily convert

Police Refutes Abduction of 60 Travelers on Sokoto-Gusau Road

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The Zamfara State Police Command, on Tuesday, refuted reports claiming that armed bandits  abducted 60 passengers along the Sokoto-Gusau highway on July 25. A statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Muhammad Shehu, however, confirmed the abduction of 11 passengers on the highway, with two of the abducted passengers already rescued by police operatives, while efforts are on to rescue the remaining nine from their captors. “The attention of the Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to the above story trending on social and some conventional media that armed bandits blocked Sokoto – Gusau road and abducted 60 people travelling from Sokoto to Abuja. “The command wishes to debunk the story and viewed it as inaccurate and a calculated attempt by some mischief makers  to create fear and apprehension into the minds of the general public, especially commuters. “For the avoidance of doubt and for purposes of clarity, the command is hereby giving the a

Supreme Court Upholds Akeredolu’s Election

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election in Ondo State. In the majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, four of the seven-member panel, dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the grounds that it was incompetent. NAN

BBNaija S6: Former Aviation Minister Fani-Kayode Endorses Jackie B, Confirms She’s Ex-Senator’s Daughter

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Former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has revealed his endorsement for one of Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye housemates, Jackie B, confirming that she’s the daughter of a former senator, Grace Bent. He made this known via his verified Twitter page on Wednesday while referring to the ex-Senator as his dearest sister and friend. He wrote, “I fully endorse Jackie B who is the daughter of my dearest sister and friend Senator Grace Bent! Please vote for her!” Reactions trailed his support for the housemate, as Nigerians on social media replied to his tweet to express their thoughts. While some expressed surprise at Fani Kayode’s interest in BBNaija, some claimed they won’t vote for the contestant due to her political affiliations. Prior to the endorsement, there have been speculations from Nigerians on social media who claimed that Jackie B was the daughter of a former senator. Fani-Kayode’s endorsement, however, confirmed the claims. Jackie B’s mum, Grace Bent, was

Bright Chimezie Celebrates As Son Is Called to Bar

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Legendary Nigerian singer, Bright Chimezie, is ecstatic at the moment as one of his sons has graduated from law school. Taking to his Facebook account, the veteran singer wrote, “Today I celebrate my son, confidant, friend and legal adviser, Barrister Chukwudi B. Chimezie Esq. LLB; as he is being sworn in as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 29th of July, 2021. Son, you dreamt, prayed and worked for it and God finally crowned your efforts. Keep dreaming and the sky will definitely be your starting point. To God be the glory.” The veteran singer was born on October 1, 1960, and hails from Abia State. His music style became known as Zigima Sound — a genre which became popular in the Eastern part of Nigeria in the early 1980s. The genre is a mix of traditional Nigerian music and Igbo highlife infused with chanted vocals. Bright Chimezie used it to revolutionise the musical structure in Nigeria with lyrics that focused on the social issues of

Assault Allegation: Senate Washes Hands Off Danladi Umar"s Case

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The senate on Tuesday beat a retreat from further hearing the celebrated case of assault brought before it against the Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar by an Abuja based security guard, Clement Sargwat and his lawyers.              The senate through its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition headed by Senator Ayo Akinyelure stylishly washed off its hands from the case after Umar appeared to have clipped its wings with an originating summon last week challenging the jurisdiction of the Senate and its Committee to continue to entertain the case of assault brought before it. Umar had asked the Court to determine whether or not the upper legislative chamber was by so doing not usurping the powers of the Police and the Court.            When the  matter came up on Tuesday, Umar was conspicuously absent and for the first time failed to send any lawyer to represent him; an indication that he was done with the committee as he awaits his day in court. 

Gunmen Attack Governor Hope Uzodinma*s Home Town, Kill DPO

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Six bandits were on Monday night killed when police and unknown gunmen engaged in a gun duel at Omuma town in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State. Omuma, which is the home town of the Imo Governor, Hope Uzodinma, had experienced gunmen’s invasion, including the killing of no fewer than seven security operatives, attacking of police formation and razing of the governor’s residence. The latest attack claimed the life of the Divisional Police Officer of Omuma police Division, Fatmann Dooiyor, a Chief Superintendent of Police. No fewer than three vehicles were recovered as police arrested eleven suspects in respect to the repelled attack. The police spokesperson for the state, Micheal Abattam, who confirmed the development, told a Punch newspaper  correspondent that tactical units of the command swifty ambushed the bandits. The command’s spokesperson said, “On July 26, at about 16:20 hours, armed bandits in a convoy of three vehicles were repelled in Omuma Town

CBN Bans Sales Of Dollars To Bureau De Change Operators

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has banned the sale of dollars to Bureau De Change operators (BDCs). Godwin Emiefele, governor of the bank, announced the ban at a press briefing which held after a meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee of the bank, on Tuesday. He said the N5.7 billion allocated to BDCs had become unsustainable as $20,000 is allocated to over 5500 BDCs, amounting to $110million per week He also said the CBN will no longer continue registration of new BDCs and current allocation will be channeled to commercial banks . All commercial bank branches will create a separate desk for sales of forex. Daily Trust

Four More Students of Bethel Baptist High School Regain Freedom

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Another four abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Damishi, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have regained their freedom. The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State, Rev. John Hayab, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna. “Yes, another four students escaped from their abductors on Sunday, July 25, and have been reunited with their parents,” Hayab said. He said that in spite of the latest development, 83 students are still in captivity. It would be recalled that bandits in the early hour of July 5, invaded the school and kidnapped an unspecified number of students, twenty eight were on Sunday  released following alleged payment of ransom to the abductors. The Police Command in Kaduna, through the Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, has confirmed the development. 

Sowore: Stop Arresting Protesters, Coalition of Civil Society Tells Security Agencies

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The Coalition of Civil Society has expressed happiness at the release of the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr Omoyele Sowore and others that were arrested at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday 26, 2021 during the resumed trial of the leader of the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu. The coalition said those arrested were at the court to extend Solidarity with the five young people detained by the order of the Dunamis Church international on 4th of July, who were to appear in the court for their bail application. Coordinator of the Coalition of Civil Society, Dimeji Macaulay in a statement thanked  Nigerians who commenced pressure on Social media to put the security agencies on check.  The statement read in part, "We shall not bow to whims and caprices of the regime. We can't be ruled like a conquered people, we are doing everything within the law and it's the security agents that are so lawless by continue (sic) harassment of young people for

PDP Governors’ Forum Tasks NASS on Electronic Transmission of Election Results

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The PDP Governors’ Forum has urged the National Assembly to entrench electronic transmission of result of elections into the nation’s electoral law. The call was contained in a 10-point communique issued at the end of the Governors’ Forum meeting, on Monday in Bauchi. The communique read by the Chairman of the Forum, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, said the call was part of resolutions adopted at the meeting. “On the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the Governors identified with the need for a free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench Electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence,” the governors said. The governors urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to deploy appropriate necessary technologies to ensure that votes of the electorates count in future elections. They also called on the Nigeria Communication commission (NCC), the Universal Service Pro

Nnamdi Kanu Absent From Court As Trial is Adjourned To October 21

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The trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, resumed at the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday without Kanu’s presence in court. When the matter was called up, the prosecution counsel, M. B. Abubakar, informed the court that the matter was slated for hearing and that they were ready to continue. Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, informed the court that there was a pending application before the court to transfer Kanu from the custody of the DSS to the correctional centre. Justice Binta Nyako stated that the trial cannot continue in the absence of Kanu since he is not available to stand his trial. Justice Nyako also called the DSS to produce the IPOB leader in court for trial. The court adjourned to October 21, 2021, for continuation of hearing.

PDP Alleges Rigging at Lagos Councils Polls, APC Says PDP is Shameless

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The Lagos State chapter of the PDP on Monday rejected results of Saturday’s council elections in the state. PDP chairman, Deji Doherty, alleged in a statement that the polls were manipulated to favour of the ruling APC. “I seize this opportunity to state categorically that any result published by Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) is fake and unacceptable to PDP in Lagos State. “We reject any result already released or that would be released and we hereby state that a decision will be taken as regards our next line of action, after the collation of our results and due consultation with our lawyers. “As a party who are the pioneers of democracy in the country, we believe it is in the best interest of our youths and law-abiding citizens of the state to seek redress legally rather than lock horns with the ruling party in mobilising thugs to shed blood in protecting our votes. “We believe our success at the council elections is not worth the blood of any

Medical Check: Buhari Departs Abuja For UK

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday (today) travel to the United Kingdom to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025. The President will also visit his doctors after the summit for medical check-up. This was contained in a statement issued on Monday morning by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina. According to the statement, “The Summit, which will be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through exchange of best practices. “It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 coun

Photos: The Complete Line Up of Contestants for Big Brother Naija Season 6

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Nigeria Lose to Australia in First Game of Basketball at Tokyo Olympics

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Nigeria’s men basketball team D’Tigers lost 84-67 to Australia in their opening game of the Tokyo Olympics at the Saitama Arena in Tokyo on Sunday (today). The Nigerians, led by Miami Heat point guard Gabe Vincent, were impressive in the first quarter, matching the Boomers for strength as they tied the game 23-23 at the end of the quarter. The Aussies led by three points going into half time 43-40 after winning the second quarter 20-17. The Nigerians kept the margin minimal at the end of the third quarter with a six-point deficit: 58-52 in favour of the Bommers, but D’Tigers collapsed in the fourth quarter. The Aussies, inspired by San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills, led a late surge for 25 points, on five-of-eight three-pointers, with six assists, four rebounds and four steals. The Nigerians showed a lot of improvement from their exhibition game defeat to the Aussies but again found it difficult curtailing their opponents in the final quarter of the game in Tok

Police Condemn Lynching of 3 Alleged Armed Robbers in Imo

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The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Abutu Yaro has condemned the lynching of three alleged armed robbers by some angry mob in the state on Saturday. He said it was against the law for anybody or group of persons to carry out jungle justice against suspected criminals. According to Yaro, suspects should be taken to the police station for proper investigation and possible prosecution. Yaro disclosed this in a statement issued by the state Police Command’s Spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam on Sunday in Owerri. It would be recalled that three armed men were caught on Saturday in Umuna Orlu Local Government Area of Imo, allegedly robbing some traders and were set ablaze by angry mob. “On 24/7/2021 at about 0630 hours, the inhabitants of Owarri Ibiri caught in the act, three armed robbers while robbing some traders yet to be identified. “It is believed that they are the ones that have been terrorising the community using unmarked motorcycle to rob innocent people, especially tr

Ilorin Airport Denies Crash of Air Peace Aircraft

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Sam Adurogboye, the Public Relations Officer, Ilorin International Airport on Saturday denied any accident involving any aircraft belonging to Air Peace at the airport. In a statement he issued in llorin, he said there was no plane crash recorded at the airport. “The attention of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has been drawn to a sensational report making the rounds that an aircraft belonging to Air Peace B 737-500  with Registration Mark 5N-BQR was involved in a crash in Ilorin yesterday. ”The authority wishes to state categorically that there was no air accident in Nigeria involving Air Peace or any airline. As a matter of fact, the said aircraft which departed from Abuja successfully landed in Ilorin. It only experienced tyre burst  in the course of taxing,” the statement said. Meanwhile, all the 66 passengers and six crew members onboard were disembarked without  issues on the same day being the 23rd of July. The Airport Authority, however, advised t