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Military Airstrike Did Not Kill Fishermen in Lake Chad – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters has dismissed the report of killing of 20 fishermen in airstrike by the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai at Kwatan Daban Masara in the fringes of the Lake Chad. The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. Onyeuko explained that the air Component, acting on credible intelligence on the activities of terrorists in an identified ISWAP camp at the said location, conducted air strikes on the target on Sept. 26. He said the air interdiction was conducted after careful Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions revealed the activities of ISWAP elements in the location. According to him, the intelligence gathered was processed and carefully analyzed between the period of Aug. 19 and Sept. 23. “Persons wearing combat vests and uniforms identified as ISWAP-styled uniforms were seen within the camp. “Furthermore, neither women nor children were n

PDP Zones Chairmanship Position to the North

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The Peoples Democratic Party has zoned the national chairman’s office to the North. The party has not announced its decision on presidency, vice presidency or other executive and legislative positions. Reports say these offices are outside the terms of reference of the National Convention Zoning Committee. The committee had recommended the swapping of party leadership positions between the North and the South. Towards this end, all positions currently being occupied by northern party members will go south; and those in the south will go to northerners. This was announced by the chairman of the committee and Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in Abuja on Thursday. Ugwuanyi said, “At the end of the deliberations of the PDP National Zoning Committee , it was resolved as follows: “The National Zoning Committee of the PDP was given the mandate to zone national offices to be contested by all PDP members at the PDP National Convention scheduled for October 30/31

Nigerians Urged to Pray for Peace As The Nation Commemorates its 61st Independence Anniversary

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Nigerians have been urged to pray for the unity and peace of the country in the face of insecurity across the country. This charge was given by Senior Pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus House Abuja, Pastor Pat Akem-Vingir during the Worship, Word and Healing Service held by the church in Abuja. Akem-Vingir said Nigeria will surmount its challenges soon and come out of it stronger and better because God has a purpose for the nation and that is why he is healing Nigerians and saving their souls. He said, “The Lord first does healing spiritually by saving souls, the reason for this gathering is for the Lord to stretch out his hands to his people and the Lord has been blessing us. This is the fourth edition, we have done three in Nigeria and one in Bradford UL and the Lord has been blessing us with tremendous testimonies. When the Lord blesses Nigerians, Nigeria as a nation is blessed too”. Akem-Vingir enjoined Christians and Muslims alike to order their steps to

Muslim Mob Allegedly Kills Pastor For Converting Man To Christian In Kano, Razes House, Church, Mission School

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A Muslim mob has allegedly killed a pastor identified as Reverend Yohanna Shuaibu in Massu, a village in the Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State. According to the Hausa Christian Foundation (HACFO) in a statement on Sunday, the mob also burnt down the slain pastor’s house, church, and mission school. The incident reportedly happened when a young Muslim man who converted to Christianity allegedly killed his brother’s wife during a fight and the mob suspected that the pastor had a hand in his alleged conversion. The statement read, “Rev. Shuaibu has been the Northeastern Evangelist of New Life Church and the CAN chairman of Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano state in Nigeria. He lived in a village called Massu. “Recently, the growth of the Missionary base in Massu had been envied by the Moslems and the wish for its uproot from the environment for no justifiable reasons. “A few days ago, one young man who converted from Islam but has neither been going to church nor

NLC Mourns Mrs. Kudirat Aka-Bashorun

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has Condoled with the family of late  Mrs. Kudirat  Aka-Bashorun.  A statement personally signed by the President of NLC Comrade Ayuba Wabba and addressed to the husband of the deceased,  Dipo Aka-Bashorun,  said the  departure of the 75 year old Matriarch is a big blow not only to the immediate family but the entire Labour Movement to which the Aka-Bashorun family gave their  all.  "Like her late husband, Mrs Kudirat Aka-Bashorun was an activist and a dogged fighter who sacrificed  her class and personal comfort for the  upliftment and freedom of the downtrodden." Wabba stated. He went ahead to describe the late  Mrs. Kudirat  Aka-Bashorun as; " A woman of immense beauty,  character and brilliance (like her husband), Mrs Kudirat was an inspiration to generations of activists, especially women. "Quiet, firm and principled, she left no one in doubt about her foremost mission on earth. We have lost an irreplaceable gem.  &

Unijos Alumni Association Demands Special Security Arrangement for the Institution

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The Alumni Association of the University of Jos, Abuja Chapter have urged the federal and Plateau state governments to provide a special security arrangement for staff and students of the University of Jos in order to curtail the wanton killings in the institution. Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the Chapter Chairman of the Association, Chukwu Joseph who led other members on a peace walk at the Unity Fountain, said the institution has lost three academic sessions as a result of the insecurity in the Plateau. The Old students of the University of Jos in Plateau state are using the opportunity of this year's International day of peace to draw the attention of the federal government and the world to what they described as unprovoked attacks on staff and students of the institution whenever there is a crisis in Plateau state. The old students gathered at the Unity Fountain in Abuja where they appealed to the federal government to come to the aid of the institution by providin

UniAbuja Hospital Says Mailafia Died Of COVID-19, Denies Claim Of Shabby Treatment

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The University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) has dismissed claims that Obadiah Mailafia, the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was treated shabbily at the facility before his death on Sunday morning. On Monday, the Middle Belt Forum claimed Mailafia endured a miserable ordeal in the hands of doctors at UATH, saying the officials refused to attend to him despite his condition. According to Premium Times, Bissallah Ekele, chief medical director at UBTH, described the allegations as false. Ekele stated that Mailafia had been attended to at two hospitals where he tested positive for Ekele stated that Mailafia had been attended to at two hospitals where he tested positive for COVID-19 before he was eventually transferred to the facility when his health had degenerated. He said the former CBN deputy governor eventually died of COVID-19 owing to underlying diseases. “I can confirm in my honor that all the allegations circulating in the media are fals

IPC Decries Attack on GM of Jamz 100.1FM, Demands Compensation

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The International Press Centre (IPC) has  condemned in strong terms last Sunday’s brutal attack on the General Manager, JAMZ 100.1FM, Ibadan, Mr. Tony Awobode, reportedly by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and his men from the Eleyele Police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Western Daily News report of September 21, 2021 stated that: ‘’The incident happened when Awobode popularly known and addressed as Don Tee  who was riding on a power bike was stopped by the DPO alleging that his car mirror was hit by the power bike as the JAMZ FM GM was trying to cross towards the Aleshinloye axis”. Efforts by Don Tee to explain that there no mark or sign of friction on the side mirror led to further attacks on him as he later explained to the Chairman of the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). Don Tee, according to the report, described his ordeal this way: “it was a case of arbitrary use of naked power”. In a statement, Executive D

International Day of Peace: Ekweremadu Sues for Peace, Justice

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Member representing Nigeria at the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, and Chairman of the Parliament’s Committee on Judicial and Legal Matters, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has sued for peace in Nigeria, noting that no nation could make progress without peace. This was even as he called for justice and equity, stressing that there could not be sustainable peace without justice.   Ekweremadu, a former Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, made the call in a statement released in Abuja by his Media Adviser, Uche Anichukwu, to mark the International Day of Peace on Tuesday.   He said: “As the world marks the International Day of Peace, it is an opportunity for all Nigerians to reflect on the values of peace, tolerance, equity, and justice. “We must discourage ethno-religious discriminations, intolerance, and exclusionist tendencies that tend to tear the nation apart and instill destructive ideas in the minds our youth and populations in general. It is time to embr

Feeding Bottle Federalism: Ekweremadu Calls on National Assembly to Allow VAT Battle Run Full Course

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Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has advised the National Assembly not to embark on any legislation over the collection of the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Stamp Duties, which are subjects of raging legal tussles between some states and the federal government, noting that allowing the litigations to run the full course could be a major step towards strengthening the nation’s federalism.   Ekweremadu, who recalled that he had for over a decade been warning the nation against what he had since termed a “feeding bottle federalism” in which states depend on redistributed resources of other federating units for survival, held that any constitution amendment to transfer VAT collection to the Exclusive Legislative List, as reportedly requested by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, would amount to changing the goal post in the middle of a game.   He bared his mind in a statement by his media adviser, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, on Sunday.   The lawmaker, w

Buhari Urges Striking Doctors to Return to Work

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President Muhammadu Buhari Friday has called on health workers to return to their duty posts. He also urged others contemplating strikes to opt for settlement of issues by negotiation, no matter how long it takes. The president made the appeal when he hosted members of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) at the State House, Abuja, on Friday. According to the president, the lives of citizens that can be lost or damaged when doctors withdraw services, are precious enough to be worth opting for peaceful resolution of differences. Buhari said that all outstanding benefits owed medical doctors would be cleared after verifications, noting that embarking on industrial action at a critical health period for the country and citizens was not a good option. He said: “Protecting our citizens is not to be left to government alone, but taken as a collective responsibility, in which especially medical professionals play a critical role. “Let me speak directly to the striking doctors.

Federal Government Addressed Only 2 of 8 ASUU’s Demands

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday said only two of its eight demands have so far been met by the Federal Government in the last nine months. The Ibadan Zone of the union made this known in a statement after its meeting at the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso chaired by its Coordinator in LAUTECH, Prof. Oyebamiji Oyegoke. Others in attendance were: the Chairpersons from University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayo Akinwole; UNILORIN, Prof. Moyosore Ajao; LAUTECH, Dr Biodun Olaniran and KWASU, Dr Shehu Salau. Oyegoke said in the statement that strike was “a ticking bomb” and fear that the educational system would be engulfed in another crisis. “For the avoidance of doubt, ASUU stated that only salary shortfall and setting up of Visitation Panels to the Federal Government-owned universities have been addressed by the government in nine months. “Other demands such as the renegotiation of conditions of service, injection of revitalisa

Buhari Meets S/East Leaders, Vows to Stabilise Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari says he will want to be remembered as the president who stabilised Nigeria in the areas of security, economic prosperity and triumph over corruption.   The president stated this at a townhall meeting with South East leaders during his one-day official visit to Imo on Thursday.   According to him, with less than two years left in his eight-year tenure as president, security still remains a major priority for his administration.   ‘‘If there is no security, there is nothing anyone can do no matter how much you try or the initiative you have.   ‘‘Security is number one priority and then the economy. When people feel secured they will mind their own business,’’ he said.    Buhari told the South-East leaders that while fighting corruption in Nigeria had become very sophisticated and difficult, he would continue to strive to leave a lasting legacy of integrity and accountability in the system.     ‘‘Nobody can accuse me of having companies o

Buhari’s Visit to Imo: IPOB Declares Emergency Sit At Home in Entire Southeast

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Ahead of President Buhari’s Planned Visit in Imo state on Thursday 9/9/21, IPOB in Emergency broadcast Tuesday evening by Maazi Chika Edoziem the Head of Directorate of State DOS has declared a total shut down in the entire southeast. A statement released by the outlawed group urged residents of the entire South East to observe a dusk to dawn curfew, calling on them to stock their homes with food items to avoid being made a scapgoat. The Separatist group warned traditional rulers who are planning to organise people to welcome President Buhari to desist from such move.

Buhari Appoints Ifedayo Adetifa New NCDC Director-General

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Adetifa will replace Chikwe Ihekweazu who was recently appointed an assistant director-general of the global health body – World Health Organisation. A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) on Monday also said the president approved the setting up of a Health Sector Reform Committee. The committee, headed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, as chairman, is expected to commence the development and implementation of a programme for Nigeria in collaboration with the state governments and the FCT administration. “President Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,” part of the statement read. Punch

Ekweremadu Condemns Guinea Coup, Calls for Conde’s Reinstatement

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Former Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned in totality the military coup d’état in the Republic of Guinea, which ousted President Alpha Conde, describing it as a “huge setback for democracy in West Africa that must not be allowed to stand”. Ekweremadu said that while leaders must work hard to enhance democratic governance and freedoms in the sub region, experience clearly showed that unconstitutional change of government had never been the answer either. In a statement by his media adviser, Uche Anichukwu, on Monday, Ekweremadu, who chaired the ECOWAS Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Political Situation in Niger Republic and Republic of Guinea in 2009, called on ECOWAS leaders and the international community to apply the necessary pressure on the coup leaders to immediately release and restore President Conde to power.   “The coup in Guinea Conakry is yet another sad commentary on democracy,

SEC Set to Bounce Back to Profitability - DG

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has unveiled plans to reduce its operating costs in order to boost profitability within the next two years. The Head Corporate Communications, SEC  Efe Ebelo in a statement,  quoted the  Director-General, Mr Lamido Yuguda as saying this in Abuja. Yuguda was also quoted saying that the Commission has been paying 25 per cent of gross revenues into the coffers of government. The SEC DG who recently appeared before the Senate joint committees on Finance , National Planning, Gas Resources, Petroleum Upstream and Downstream to discuss revenue generation from 2022 to 2024 -  where the agency was criticized for spending too much money on it's operations which the lawmakers feared could lead to it's bankruptcy, s pecifically said that the total revenue so far paid by SEC into the treasury as of the end of June 2021 was about N1.5bn.   While admitting that the Commission has been operating under very difficult circumstances since i

Photos: Unverified Video Shows Guinean Leader Alpha Conde Captured by Angry Troops

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The fate of Guinea's President Alpha Condé is unclear after an unverified video showed him in the hands of soldiers, who said they had staged a coup. However, the BBC reports that the country's defence minister has been quoted as saying the attempted takeover had been thwarted. This follows hours of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry. Soldiers are patrolling the otherwise deserted streets of the city centre.

Kaduna Local Government Elections: El-Rufai Loses Polling Unit to PDP

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has lost his polling unit in the local council election held on Saturday. The results announced by the state Independent Electoral Commission for Unit 01 Ungwar Sarki, Kaduna North Local Government, showed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) getting 86 out of the 159 votes for chairman. El-Rufai’s All Progressive Congress (APC) secured 62 votes, while APP had 1, ZLP 5, PRP 4, and 3 abstentions. The PDP also got 100 votes for councillorship seat out of 162 cast while APC scored 53, ZLP 2, PRP 2, NNPP 1, and BP 4. The results were announced by the Presiding Officer, Muhammad Sani. Reports say the governor had earlier said in an interview with journalists that the adoption of eletronic voting for the local election was to ensure that people’s votes count. “As I said several times, we are not going to behave like other parties or other state governments, we will allow the people of Kaduna State to elect who they want. “The APC did n

President Buhari to Visit Imo on Thursday — Uzodinma

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Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodinma says all is set for President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to t he state on Thursday, September 9. The governor disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, on Saturday. Uzodinma, who spoke upon his return from an official trip to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, said that the President would commission some “significant projects” executed by his administration. The governor said that he visited Abuja to “address some political matters and some critical issues that are supposed to be handled in Abuja.” He listed the issues to include getting Federal Government’s assistance on the World Bank programmes on rural roads, ecological programmes, the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management (NEWMAP) projects and other erosion control issues. “While in Abuja, I secured approval for President Muhammadu Buhari to visit Imo on Thursday, Sept. 9, to commission some significant projects put togethe

Akwa Ibom CP Orders Arrest of ASP for Allegedly Killing Suspect

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The Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police (CP), Amiengheme Andrew,  has ordered the arrest of ASP Joweigha Michael for alleged involvement in the death in custody of a suspect, Kubiat Isaac. The Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom, SP Odiko Macdon, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo on Saturday. “To actualise this, the CP ordered for the immediate arrest and detention for questioning of ASP Joweigha Michael who preliminary investigation revealed was the officer who effected the arrest of the late Isaac,” Macdon said in the statement. He said that the attention of the police command had been drawn to stories making the rounds on social media that Isaac, who was arrested at Eni Stores, was beaten to death by a police personnel. “It is expedient to state that the said late Kubiat Isaac was being investigated for the offence of suspected armed robbery and cultism and had been evading arrest for some time. “He was traced to and arrested at En

Edo State Police Command Confirms The Killing of Sowore

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The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the killing of Olajide Sowore by kidnappers around 6am on Saturday. Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Kontongs Bello, told Punch newspaper Saturday that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at IUTH Mortuary, Okada. Bello said the late Sowore was killed when gunmen kidnapped about five persons along the Lagos-Benin Expressway. The PPRO said, “This is to confirm to you that suspected kidnappers at about 0645hrs along the Lagos-Benin Expressway by Isuwa kidnapped five unidentified persons and in the process shot to death one Sowore Felix Olajide male a Pharmacy student of Igbinedion University Okada. “His remains have been deposited at IUTH Mortuary Okada while effort is ongoing to rescue the five kidnap victims. Search and rescue operation is ongoing.” Earlier, former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, had in a Facebook post said his brother was shot dead along the Lagos-Benin Expressway

Total Shutdown of Health Sector Looms As JOHESU Issues 15 days Ultimatum to Federal Government

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Association have issued the Federal Government a 15-day ultimatum, saying they will commence an indefinite strike over outstanding welfare issues with the union. Mr Biobelemonye Josiah, JOHESU’s National President, said this in a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, and other relevant stakeholders on Saturday in Abuja. Josiah said that the 15-day ultimatum was necessitated by the non-challant attitude of government to the plight of its members. According to Josiah, the welfare issues include adjustment of Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHES) as was done with Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) since 2014, payment of all withheld April and May 2018 Salaries of our members and withheld Salaries in Federal Medical Center,  Owerri, JUTH and LUTH, review of the defective implementation of COVID-19 Special Inducement and Hazard All

SEC Attributes Market Meltdown to N9billion Deficits in 3 Years

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...as Senate Raises Alarm on Imminent Insolvency The Director General of Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda declared Wednesday that global economic meltdown and the Corona Virus Pandemic, caused dwindling fortunes of the commission within the last two years. This is as the Senate through its joint  Committees on Finance, National Planning, Petroleum Upstream, Downstream and Gas,  Chaired by Senator  Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (APC Lagos West),  raised alarm that the Commission may go bankrupt on account of N9billion deficits incurred  within the last  three years. Yuguda who appeared before the joint committees as part of the ongoing interactive session with revenue generating agencies,  disclosed that the capital market regulatory body projected revenue for 2021 was N11,502,340,000,000.00billion  with a personnel cost of N10,239,933,504.65billion. As contained in the document he submitted to the committee, in 2019, the Commission  recorded - N2.9 billion

YPP Registers 400, 000 Members in Anambra - Senator Ubah

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The candidate of the Young Progressives Party for the November 6, 2021 Governorship Election in Anambra State, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, has confirmed that over 400, 000 eligible voters were captured in the biometric registration exercise recently concluded by the YPP. Senator Ubah, who is representing Anambra South in the Senate stated this in Abuja during an interactive session with journalists, as part of activities to mark his 50th birthday celebration this Friday. The Senator said the YPP embarked on the exercise in order to have a scientific data of all its loyal and committed  members in the state who are ready to identify with the party and its candidate. He described the registration exercise as peaceful, orderly and rancour-free because the members comported themselves across the state. According to him, over 150, 000 members out of the 400,000 on the register have so far been captured electronically. He assured the people of the state that the full biometric capturin

APC Expels Yola LG Caretaker Chairman for Insulting Buhari

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The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress has ratified the expulsion of the party’s Caretaker Chairman of Yola South Local Government Area, Adamawa State, Sulaiman Adamu. His expulsion from the party takes immediate effect. This was contained in a statement titled, “APC Expels Yola South LGA Caretaker Chairman, Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu,” signed by the party’s National Secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, in Abuja, on Thursday. The statement explained that the decision was part of resolutions reached at the 16th meeting of the CECPC held at the Party’s National Secretariat, Buhari House, in Abuja on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Akpanudoedehe said, “The CECPC received and deliberated on the report of his infractions and recommendations of the seven-member disciplinary committee set up by the Adamawa State Working Committee to investigate the offences committed by Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu against the interest of the party. “R

Six Anambra Lawmakers Abandon APGA, Join APC

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Six members of the Anambra State House of Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state. Chairman APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni, have however, received the lawmakers and immediately presented them with the APC flag at the end of a strategic meeting held behind closed doors. The six state lawmakers include Nonso Okafor, representing Nnewi North, Timothy Ifedioramma, representing Njikoka 1, Cater D. N Umeoduagu, representing Aguata 1, Lawrence Ezeudu, representing Dumekofia,  Arthur Chiekwu, representing Idemmih North and  Edward Ibuzo, representing Onisha North 2. While receiving the new APC members at a brief event Tuesday evening in Abuja, Chairman APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee Governor Mai Mala Buni restated the party’s determinat

Breaking: Buhari Sacks Agric and Power Ministers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has relieved two ministers of their appointments. They are the Ministers of Agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono and his Power counterpart, Engineer Saleh Mamman. Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, announced this on Wednesday. He said the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abubakar has been redeployed to the Ministry of Agriculture while the Minister of State for Works, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu is to take over as Minister of Power. He said the exercise will continue to fill vacancies as prescribed in the constitution.

Anti-Buhari Interviews Will No Longer Be Tolerated on Nigerian Radio And TV Stations - FG

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The Federal Government has threatened to show a red card to television and radio stations in Nigeria for alleged breach of broadcast ethics. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known while speaking with the  News Agency of Nigeria  on Wednesday in Sal Island, Cape Verde. It would be recalled that the National Broadcasting Commission recently invited presenters of Channels Television and threatened to sanction the broadcast station over an interview with Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom. The interview, which attracted a harsh reaction from the president, was considered to be against President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister was said to be in Cape Verde to attend the 64th Conference of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Commission for Africa and the Second Edition of the UNWTO Global Tourism Investment Forum. Speaking on the sideline of the global events, the minister also cautioned the media, particularly radio and television s

Striking Doctors: Federal Government Begins No Work No Pay Policy - NARD

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Striking resident doctors on Tuesday said the Federal Government had refused to pay their August salary in compliance with the no-work no-pay rule it recently invoked. The National President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed this development to Punch newspaper. The resident doctors had on August 2, 2021 embarked on strike. All efforts so far made by the government, including approaching the National Industrial Court, to ensure they resume work had not yielded any result with the striking doctors insisting that all their demands must be met. The development forced the government to invoke the no-work no-pay rule.   The NA RD president said;   “None of our members in federal institutions have received their salaries. “It is so sad that instead of meeting our demands, the government keeps ignoring the main reason for the strike.”

Vigilantes Gun Down Kidnapper Trying to Collect Ransom in Adamawa – Police

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The Police in Adamawa have confirmed the killing of a kidnapper by vigilantes, while trying to collect ransom from the family of an abductee. Police spokesman, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, who confirmed the development to newsmen on Wednesday, in Yola, added that the incident occurred on Aug. 26 in Song Local Government Area of the state. ”The State command received a report  from the Police Division in Song LGA on 26 August, 2021, that a suspected kidnapper was killed while trying to collect ransom”, Nguroje said. He said the command was investigating the matter, but a credible source and member of the vigilance group in Murke village, Song LGA, said that on Aug. 20, a gang of suspected criminals, believed to be kidnappers, invaded Balms community.  The source said that during the attack, the criminals stormed the residence of one Bakomi Andrawus, where they shot and killed him instantly. ”After killing Bakomi Andarawus, the kidnappers went on to abduct his daug

Griezmann Returns to Athletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann has rejoined Atletico Madrid from FC Barcelona on loan, just two years after leaving the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico Madrid sold France striker Griezmann to Barca for 120 million euros (140 million dollars) in 2019, yet he has never managed to recapture his best form at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) earlier in August might have given Griezmann the opportunity to take centre stage. But the 30-year-old received flak from the Barca fans as Ronald Koeman’s side —— inspired by Memphis Depay —— laboured to a win over Getafe last weekend. Koeman defended Griezmann, saying: “I don’t like it when a Barca player is whistled. Someone who works like Antoine can never be criticised. “All the attackers can have their days, but there are games where you can’t find the space. We haven’t created opportunities for him either.” However, LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid —— who were linked with their former talisman last month —— have

COVID-19: 2.9 Million Nigerians Fully Vaccinated, Says NPHCDA

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has disclosed that so far 2, 897, 201 eligible persons had taken the jab across the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory. The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this on Tuesday, in Abuja, at the National Vaccines briefing. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that only 2, 897, 201 million people in Nigeria have received their complete dose of the coronavirus vaccine as at Aug. 30, 2021, a far cry from the federal government’s goal of inoculating 70 percent of its citizens by the end of 2022. The country, which now has three COVID-19 vaccines that had been approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO), has commenced its phase 2 vaccination in 35 states and the FCT, according to Shuaib. “ For clients who have not had any vaccination, the Moderna Vaccine is available and is being administered currently in all designated health facilities in the country, while those who h