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Kalu Condemns Invasion of Justice Mary Odili’s Residence

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Former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu has described the invasion of the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a cruel, undemocratic and uncivilized act. Condemning the Gestapo raid on the house of the Judge, Kalu called on the federal government to commence a full scale investigation into the ugly incident, adding that the unwarranted invasion of the house of the Judge is capable of causing tension in the country. Kalu, who is also the Chief Whip of the Senate, stressed that in a democratic set-up, the rule of law must be strictly adhered to for the sake of national progress and development. The former Governor while condemning the sad incident, urged appropriate government agencies to discharge their duties and responsibilities in tandem with the constitution, noting that violation of human rights will set the country backward. Kalu, who made these assertions in a statement he personally signed on Satur

Facebook Changes Company Name to Meta

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Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of a major rebrand. The company said it would better "encompass" what it does, as it broadens its reach beyond social media into areas like virtual reality (VR). The change does not apply to its individual platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, only the parent company that owns them. The move follows a series of negative stories about Facebook, based on documents leaked by an ex-employee. Frances Haugen has accused the company of putting "profits over safety". In 2015, Google restructured its company calling its parent firm Alphabet, however, the name has not caught on. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg announced the new name as he unveiled plans to build a "metaverse" - an online world where people can game, work and communicate in a virtual environment, often using VR headsets. BBC

Finally CBN Launches E-Naira

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has finally launched its Central Bank Digital Currency called eNaira on Monday. The eNaira was scheduled to be launched on October 1, 2021, but was moved due to a clog of activities billed for Nigeria’s 61st anniversary celebrations. The Digital Currency has two applications – eNaira speed wallet and eNaira merchant wallet, which were launched on the Google Playstore and Apple Store on Monday. A statement on the eNaira website explained the overall function of the currency and its value to Nigeria’s economy. The statement read, “eNaira is a Central Bank of Nigeria-issued digital currency that provides a unique form of money denominated in Naira. “eNaira serves as both a medium of exchange and a store of value, offering better payment prospects in retail transactions when compared to cash payments.”

Gunmen Attack Oyo Correctional Centre, Free Inmates

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Unknown gunmen on Friday night attacked the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo Town, freeing unspecified number of inmates at the facility. Mr Olarewaju Anjorin, the Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Correctional Service, Oyo State Command, confirmed the attack to newsmen on Saturday in Ibadan. Anjorin said that the attack happened around 9.50 p.m on Friday. Reports say the attackers were heavily armed and engaged the guards in a fierce gun battle before freeing some inmates. Anjorin said: “Yes, I can confirm to you that the place was attacked and some of the awaiting inmates were set free. “I am there right now with the Controller and some other senior officers doing assessment of the damage done to the facility. “Now, we cannot ascertain the numbers of the inmates freed or people that get injured, but definitely, I will be giving you an update later.” 

CAF Confederation Cup: Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien Knock Out Bayelsa United

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Bayelsa United have crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup after losing 4-0 to CS Sfaxien of Tunisia in Saturday’s second preliminary round, second leg fixture in Tunisia. The Nigerian National league side had won the first leg 1-0, courtesy of Victory Beniangba’s 55th-minute effort at the Yenagoa Township Stadium. At the Stade Taieb Mhiri Stadium in Sfax, Diepreye Teibowei’s men were hit for four as their ambitions faded into thin air. The Tunisian top-flight side took the lead in the 11th minute as Chris Kouakou capitalised on horrendous defending to fire past goalkeeper John Shaibu. Six minutes later, Mohamed Ben Ali doubled the advantage as the Nigerian side struggled to get hold of possession. In the goal-laden first half, Aymen Harzi made it three for Giovanni Solinas’s men in the 27th minute before Fares Chawat completed the rout five minutes before the half-time break. Although Bayelsa United put up an improved performance in the second half,

Anambra Guber: I Remain Number One Contender, Ubah Insists as He Bags Law Degree

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One of the contesrants in the November 6  gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Senator Ifeanyi Uba, declared in Abuja Saturday that victory is sure for him.  Ubah who stated this to journalists after receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Law (LLB) from the Baze University, Abuja said in terms of popularity and general good will from Anambarians across the three Senatorial Districts in the State, he is far ahead of other candidates. "As through the Grace of the Almighty God and goodwill of electorates in Anambra State, put the Young Progressives Party (YPP), on the national political landscape in the 2019 general elections, so it will be for the party through my candidature in the November 6, 2021 gubernatorial election in Anambra State. "All required contacts, campaigns, networking and even door to door consultations have been made with deserved assurances from people that the votes on that day, are surely for me. "This is not about grandstanding but abo

Lagos State Government Reconstitutes Interim Caretaker Committee For ASPMDA

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The Lagos State Government has reconstituted the interim Caretaker Committee for the Auto Spare Parts & Machinery Dealers Association (ASPMDA) in compliance with the judgments of the High Court of Lagos State in Suit No. LD/2588/TCM/18 and Court of Appeal in CA/L/2513/2018. A statement issued by the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, which was obtained by this Blog said that the decision is in compliance with the Court judgements.   He decried the build-up of tension and threat to security occasioned by the state of affairs in ASPMDA despite the Interim Caretaker Committee instituted by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in June 2020 to immediately conduct elections for new Executive Officers of ASPMDA for prevention of breach of law and order in the market. Onigbanjo noted that 15 months after constituting the Interim Caretaker Committee, chaired by Sir. Sunday Igbanuzue, it has failed to conduct elections for new Executiv

Court Fixes Nov. 10 to Hear Nnamdi Kanu’s Application, Challenging Competence of FG’s Charge

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A Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed Nov. 10 for hearing the application of leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, challenging the competency of the charge preferred against him by the Federal Government Justice Binta Nyako, on Thursday, fixed the date after counsel to Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, informed that he had a notice of preliminary objection challenging the fresh seven-count charge filed against his client. Earlier, counsel to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Abubakar, told the court that an amended seven counts had already been filed and he prayed the court for the charges to be read to Kanu to take his plea. Following the complaint by the legal team, the judge ordered that three people, of Kanu’s choice, be allowed to visit him every Thursday at the DSS facility. Although journalists were not allowed into the courtroom by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), Ejiofor briefed th

Senate Expresses Shock at Increase in Recurrent Expenditure Despite Embargo on Employment

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The Senate Thursday descended heavily on the Federal Government of Nigeria over embargo placed on employment and yet the  yearly increases  in recurrent expenditure. This is as Senator Ali Ndume (APC Borno South), threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities refuse put things in order by diffusing the ticking time bomb of unemployment. Senate's anger was triggered by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr Ekpo Nta before the Senate Committee on Establishment. The failure of Nta to tell the committee the total amount in salaries and wages the federal government pays its workforce yearly, infuriated many members of the committee who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budget is not decreasing on account of the embargo placed on employment and retirements at the various agencies. Specifically, Senator Ali Ndume in taking up the NSIWC  Boss, said the committee ought  to know the total wage bill of F

NRC Suspends Abuja-Kaduna Train Service

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The Nigeria Railway Corporation has stopped services on the Abuja-Kaduna route following allegations that a part of the train track was bombed by bandits. Officials of the corporation confirmed on Thursday that services on the route had been halted but stated that investigations were ongoing to determine if the facility was actually bombed as widely speculated. A former Senator from Kaduna State, Shehu Sani, posted on his verified Twitter handle that bandits attacked a train on the route on Wednesday. Sani said “Yesterday (Wednesday) terrorists attacked the Kaduna-Abuja railway with an explosive and opened fire on the train, targeting the engine driver and the tank. “This (Thursday) morning, I was onboard when our train ran over another explosive damaged rail.” The Abuja/Kaduna Train Service Station Manager, Paschal Nnorli, confirmed to Punch newspaper that there was an attack on the train, but could not tell if it was with an explosive. “Yes, there w

We Are Not Responsible For The Killing of Two Traditional Rulers in Imo - IPOB

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The Indigenous People of Biafra has described as condemnable the killing of monarchs and other innocent citizens in Imo State, South-East zone of Nigeria. This is as the secessionist group claimed that those perpetrating the heinous crimes in the state, were hoodlums, who were on the payroll of a few politicians. It observed that the idea of attributing the killings and other criminalities in the state, to its security arm, the Eastern Security Network, had become worrisome. IPOB’s Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, stated this in a statement on Thursday. Recall that two traditional rulers were reportedly killed when a group of hoodlums invaded a meeting venue in Imo State, on Tuesday, while others sustained varying degrees of injuries. But IPOB, in the statement said, “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu condemn the continuous murder of our people recently in Okwudo Orlu LGA of Imo

IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Appears in Court for Trial

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Photos obtained by Punch newspaper has confirmed that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, appeared in court today. The photos showed Kanu and members of his legal counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Aloy Ejimakor and others in the courtroom together. Kanu was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja today over charges of treasonable felony and terrorism. A seven-count charge was last week slammed by the Federal Government against Kanu who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services. During the last proceedings, the IPOB leader was not brought to court. This was blamed on “logistical issues” by the prosecuting lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar. His lead counsel, Ejiofor, in a press conference yesterday, urged authorities to provide his client in court today to allay fears held by people in the South-East about his well-being. He said, “We also wish to state that the current tension and regular Monday sit-at-home being observed by our people i

Steve Bruce Leaves Newcastle on Mutual Consent

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Manager Steve Bruce has left Newcastle United by mutual consent just 13 days after the Saudi Arabia-backed £305m takeover of the club was completed. Bruce took charge of his 1,000th match as a manager in  Sunday's 3-2 defeat by Tottenham  - his only game as Magpies boss under the new owners. Graeme Jones will take interim charge of the Premier League side. Newcastle have begun "the process of recruiting a new head coach" and an appointment will be made in due course. BBC Sport

Gunmen Kill Two Traditional Rulers in Imo State

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Tragedy struck in Imo State on Tuesday evening as yet-to-be identified gunmen opened fire on traditional rulers during a meeting, killing three of them. The traditional rulers were having a stakeholders’ meeting at the Njaba local council headquarters at Nnenasa when the hoodlums struck. Punch newspaper reports that other traditional rulers were left with varying degrees of injuries. As of the time of filing this report, the council headquarters was in a state of panic. The police spokesperson in the state, Mike Abattam, said two of the traditional rulers had been confirmed dead while the command had commenced investigation into the incident. Among the monarchs confirmed dead were the Obi 1 of Okwudor autonomous community, Eze E. Anayochukwu Durueburuo and Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebineowerre autonomous community.

DSS Arraigns Teenage Girl For Circulating Nude Video of Retired Bayelsa Perm. Sec.

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The Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday arraigned a teenage girl before the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, for circulating the nude video of a retired Bayelsa permanent secretary on social media. In the one-count charge, prosecuting counsel, Mr Victor Uchendu, told the court that the accused engaged in cyber-stalking by circulating the retiree’s nude picture on a Whatspp group. He added that the teenager also circulated the nude pictures of the retired permanent secretary on other social media platforms after an unsuccessful attempt to extort N15 million from him. According to Uchendu, the accused made and circulated nude images of the retired permanent secretary on social media on Sept. 14 in contravention of the Cybercrimes Prohibition Act of 2015. The teenager pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her counsel, Andrew Arthur, applied for her bail from DSS custody where she had been kept for 13 days. Arguing the bail application, Arthur told the

El-Zakzaky Wants N2bn From DSS, AGF Over Seizure of Passports

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Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has filed a N2 billion suit against the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) on Monday in Abuja. His counsel, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), who filed the suit, stated that El-Zakzaky demanded the money as general and exemplary damages over the respondents’ refusal to release his travel passports. In the suit, El-Zakzaky asked for an order of the court mandating the DSS and AGF to pay him the N2 billion for the violation of his rights to freedom of movement, fair hearing and property. He also sought a court declaration that the seizure of his passport with number A50578740 since May 2019 was illegal and unconstitutional. He claimed that the seizure violated his fundamental right to freedom of movement as guaranteed in Section 41 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The plaintiff also prayed the cour

Senator Ifeanyi Uba Seeks Court Permission to Visit Nnamdi Kanu in DSS Facility

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The senator representing Anambra South, ifeanyi Uba, has sought an order of a Federal High Court, Abuja to visit leader of the prosecribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, at the Department of State Service (DSS) detention. Uba, who is also the candidate of Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the Nov. 6 Governorship Election, said he filed the application so that an order of the court could be obtained to direct the DSS allow him access to the detainee. The lawmaker, in a motion on notice with suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 dated and filed on Oct. 15 by his counsel, Agugoesi Ikem, sought three orders. He said as a senator from the zone, he took it upon himself to carry out his oversight legislative functions to visit  Kanu at the detention facility to ascertain from him “if he is involved in any way in what is happening in the South East. In the affidavit in support of the motion, Uba said that as a lawmaker from the South East Geopolitical Zone, he

NUJ Urges Decisive Action In Locating "Missing" Journalist

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has tasked security agencies in the nation’s capital, Abuja, to be decisive in locating Mr. Tordue Salem, a journalist.  Salem, who works with Vanguard Newspapers and covers the House of Representatives, has not been seen, heard from or reached since Wednesday, October 13. The Tiv native was reportedly sighted on the evening on the day he was last seen after which he seemed to have disappeared. The NUJ FCT in a statement on Sunday tasked the police and DSS to unravel the mystery surrounding Mr. Salem's whereabouts. "For all us journalists in Abuja, we have been on edge these past few days over the mysterious disappearance of our colleague and friend, Mr. Tordue Salem. "It is worrying that an adult will simply varnish into thin air without a trace. This is unacceptable and we urge the police and DSS to rise up to the occasion and provide answers to this troubling situation," the statement signed by Emmanuel Og

Gulder Ultimate Search Season 12 Premieres in Nigeria

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Gulder Ultimate Search season 12 is set to premiere on Saturday, October 16, and viewers can watch the show on Africa Magic channels. The show tagged ‘The Age of Craftsmanship’, has actor and Gulder Season 7 winner Kunle Remi as the taskmaster while media personality, Toke Makinwa was announced as the anchor. The survival reality TV premieres, which premieres today (Saturday) is billed to air on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151), Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2). GUS airs only twice a week -every Saturday and Sunday – from 8 pm to 9 pm, according to a release from the organisers. There will be a recap during the week. If you miss Saturday’s episode, you can watch it again on all the designated channels on Monday at 2 pm. Recap of Sunday’s episode will be made available on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151) on Tuesday at 12 pm, Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) on Wednesday at 12 pm a

102 Pardoned Biafran Soldiers to Get Gratuities – Minister

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The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.), has said a total of 102 ex-Biafran soldiers granted presidential pardon have been captured for payment of gratuity and other emolument by the Military Pensions Board. Magashi spoke at the ministerial briefing to inaugurate the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Abuja on Friday. He stated, “It will interest you to know that the Military Pensions Board just concluded the documentation of ex-Biafran service personnel totalling 102 who were pardoned by Mr President.” “The war ended 51 years ago and many of those involved are no longer alive but those with genuine complaints can come forward with their claims for consideration.” He also said payment of pension and gratuities to retired military personnel had been prompt and regular, adding that the ministry in conjunction with the Military Pensions Board conducts regular verification exercises for military pensioners to streamline and check leakage

Senate Suspends Plenary to Begin Budget Defense

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*** Adjourns till Nov. 9   h The Senate on Wednesday adjourned plenary till November 9, 2021, to enable its Committees begin budget defense sessions with Ministries, Departments and Agencies.    The upper chamber suspended sitting after concluding debate on the 2022 Appropriation Bill.    Lawan, in his remarks moments before the chamber adjourned, tasked committees to thoroughly scrutinize budget estimates in the 2022 Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly.    He said, “The Senate has hereby suspended plenary in order to consider the budget.    “There will be budget defense from Monday until November 9, when we resume plenary.    “Like we did before, we must remain very critical of the proposals presented to us by the executive arm of government.   “We must ensure equity in the distribution of projects. We must ensure economy in the application of funds. We must question any possible overpricing of items.   “[And] we should be able at the end of the d

Senate Approves Direct Primaries for Political Parties

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The Senate has approved direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions on Tuesday. This was just as it empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission to determine the procedure for the transmission of results during the general elections. The amendments were made on Tuesday by the Senate to some clauses of the Electoral Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) bill 2021, passed on July 15, 2021, according to a statement. The chamber approved Clause 87 to read “a political party seeking to nominate candidates for elections under this bill shall hold direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions, which shall be monitored by the Commission.” The chamber explained that the decision to subject the amended clauses of the bill to re-committal was reached after critical examination by the Senate Committee on INEC. The chamber added that some fundamental issues which required fresh legislative action were observed by the Senator Kabiru Gaya-led Committee in

Electronic Transmission: Ekweremadu Commends Senate for Reversing Itself

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Fo rmer Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has commended the Senate for reversing itself on electronic transmission of results, saying it was a huge victory for the nation’s democracy.   Ekweremadu said the Senate’s action justified his assurances to Nigerians in July that all hope was not lost for electronic transmission of 2023 election results despite the initial setback.    In a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said: “I want to specially commend the Senate for setting aside narrow partisan interests to correct the mistake of July 15, 2021 by reversing itself on the issue of electronic transmission of election results.   “This clause, though not originally part of the Bill, was introduced by the Joint National Assembly Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, which I am part of, to save the nation the troubles of ballot box snatching, electoral violence, and manipulations that happen between the polling booth

South East NASS Caucus Working to Ensure Release of IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu - Ekweremadu

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Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekwermadu, has enjoined the Igbo in diaspora to offer strong voice against violent agitations and also bring their influences to bear in the search for security and stability in Igbo land.   This was even as he gave assurances that the South East Caucus of the National Assembly, which he is the leader, was also working towards defusing tension in the region as well as finding a political solution that would result in the release of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Ekweremadu blamed the agitations by various parts of the country on a flawed federal system, injustice, poor management of the nation’s diversity, failure of the federal government to secure lives and property, and needless clampdown on self-determination agitators when dialogue and giving every part of the country a sense of belonging could have sufficed. He, however, insisted that violent agitation was not the answer. The l

Electoral Act: Saraki Appeals to NASS Members on Direct Primaries

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Former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has sent a passionate appeal to members of the National Assembly who are in the process of reconciling the different versions of the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill passed by both chambers to save the country the crisis and trouble that will result from the proposal to make direct primaries compulsory for parties in sourcing candidates for elections. Saraki in a statement signed on his behalf by Yusuph Olaniyonu, head of his Media Office, noted that the decision to include a provision in the proposed Electoral Act which makes it compulsory for parties to adopt direct primaries will only create a fresh problem while trying to solve another. He added that many of the political parties, lack the necessary infrastructure to successfully conduct direct primaries at all levels while the attempt will lead to hundreds of litigations that may jeopardize the general election. “I feel compelled to once again appeal to Distinguished Se

Tyson Fury Defeats Deontay Wilder to Retain WBC Heavyweight Title in Las Vegas

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Tyson Fury delivered a thrilling 11th-round knockout against Deontay Wilder to retain his WBC heavyweight crown as their trilogy bout produced another classic on an electric night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Twenty months since Fury dethroned the American, the 33-year-old had to show all his resolve and resilience to extend his undefeated professional record to 32 fights after twice being floored in the fourth round. Fury sent his opponent sprawling in an explosive third, only to see Wilder recover and the Briton found himself on the end of the Bronze Bomber's huge right hand twice in quick succession. Wilder was hanging on by the end of the seventh but was still in a gruelling fight come the 10th, when Fury knocked him down once more, before delivering to the final blow in the 11th to bring this particular chapter of heavyweight boxing to a close.

After Three-Months Medical Trip to UK, Tinubu Returns to Nigeria

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The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, returned to Nigeria on Friday after about three-month medical trip to the United Kingdom, where he underwent a knee surgery. The Punch newspaper reports that the former Lagos State governor arrived in Lagos barely 24 hours after the incumbent Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inaugurated the South-West Agenda 2023 (SWAGA ‘23), a group rooting for Tinubu as the APC presidential candidate in the 2023 election. Though Tinubu had yet to declare his intention to contest any office in 2023, there have been rumours and veiled indications that he might be interested in the exalted seat. Members of the House of Representatives from the North who endorsed Tinubu’s candidacy when they visited him in the UK recently also lent credence to his purported interest. While he was in London, he was visited by a number of politicians, including the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); Speaker, House of

Soldiers Manhandle Nollywood Actor Chiwetalu Agu for Wearing Biafra Outfit

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Soldiers in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Wednesday manhandled Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu, for wearing an outfit with the Biafra flag. In the viral video posted online by BBC Pidgin, 65-year-old Agu is seen around Upper Iweka Bridge donning the Biafra outfit and walking near a green bus when two armed soldiers wrestle him to the ground and drag him. It was gathered that the actor was in Onitsha on a charity mission where he regularly gifts the less privileged with food items when he was arrested by soldiers. “He was sharing food to some less privileged persons at Upper Iweka when the soldiers approached him and arrested him. He was manhandled and arrested and taken  to their barracks,” Punch newspaper quotes a source. Agu, who is a supporter of the Biafra cause, had, in several videos, criticised the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari for marginalising the Igbo.

Ekweremadu Describes As Fake News Reports of His Arrest By EFCC

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Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has dismissed as fake the report that he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), assuring his supporters that there was nothing to worry about. It would be recalled that some online news media had reported that Ekweremadu was arrested by the EFCC and interrogated to explain  how he came to own 22 properties in Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. However, Ekweremadu stated that the report, like others before it, represented only the “unholy imagination of the authors and their sponsors” In a post vide his verified Facebook account, @iamekweremadu, the Senator said: “My attention has been called to a fake story making the round purporting that I was arrested by the EFCC. I could not have bothered about such spurious tales, but for the concerns shown by my friends and supporters through calls and messages. “There was no such arrest and I have

President Buhari Presents N16.39 Trillion 2022 Budget Estimate to National Assembly

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday presented the 2022 budget proposal of N16.39 trillion to a joint session of the National Assembly. According to Buhari, the estimate, captioned  'Economic Recovery and Sustainability' is pre dicated on a crude oil benchmark price of $57 per barrel, exchange rate of N410.15 to the dollar, daily oil production of 1.88 million barrels per day and projected revenue of N17.7 trillion for the 2022 fiscal year. While giving a breakdown, the President said N768.28 billion is for statutory transfers, N6.83 trillion for non-debt recurrent expenditure and  N5.35 trillion for capital expenditure, while the 2022 Budget deficit, is projected at N5.20 trillion. He added that debt service is estimated at N3.61 trillion; while provision for the Sinking Fund for maturing debts is placed at N292.71 billion. According to President Buhari, oil revenue is projected at N3.15 trillion and non-oil revenue is estimated at N2.13 trillion. He fu

Two PDP Lawmakers Defect to APC in Anambra

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Two lawmakers in the Anambra House of Assembly, have defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The lawmakers, Mr Onyebuchi Offor (Ekwusigo Constituency), and Mr Douglas Egbuna, (Onitsha North l Constituency), announced their defection at plenary in Awka, on Wednesday. Offor, who was also the Minority Leader of the House, said that he consulted widely with his family and mentor on his decision to move from PDP to the APC. “It is time I join the party at the centre so that my constituents can feel and experience the presence of the ruling party,” he said. Egbuna also explained that he defected to the APC after several consultations. The Speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor, while congratulating the lawmakers, wished them well in their new party. It would be recalled that on September 21, four lawmakers elected on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in the state Assembly, also defected to the APC. The l

FEC Approves N16.39trn 2022 Budget Proposal for Presentation to NASS

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the 2022 Appropriation Bill for an aggregate expenditure of N16.39 trillion for presentation to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed, made this known when she briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday in Abuja. According to her, government will continue to borrow to fund infrastructure projects as it does not get enough from its revenues. She noted that Nigeria’s revenues could barely accommodate services even as she emphasized that despite the concerns, its borrowings were still within acceptable limits “If we just depend on the revenues that we get, even though our revenues have increased, the operational expenditure of government, including salaries and other overheads, is barely covered or swallowed up by the revenue. “So, we need

Insecurity: Federal Government Threatens to Impose State of Emergency in Anambra

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The Federal Government has warned that it may be forced to impose State of Emergency in Anambra state to ensure peaceful conduct of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state. The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal, Abubakar Malami, gave the warning when he fielded questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that stakeholders in Anambra project including the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  had raised alarm over the upsurge in cases of violent attacks on individuals and government facilities in Anambra as the governorship election in the state draws closer. The minister, however, threatened that the federal government may declare a state of emergency if the security situation in the state did not improve. According to him,

The Unity of Nigeria More Important Than 2023 Election - Kalu

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As most politicians across the country are strategizing and jostling for different political offices ahead of 2023 general elections, Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu says the unity of Nigeria should be the focus of all Nigerians now, than politics of 2023. Senator Kalu who represents Abia North Senatorial District in the 9th Senate stated this in Abuja on Wednesday while fielding questions from journalists after receiving a notice of plans to turban him as the Kibiya (Arrow) of Argungu Emirate from the Emir, Alhaji Mohammed Mera. Responding to question on whether he would run for Presidency in 2023, Kalu said he prefers to return to the Senate and not contest for the position of President but stressed that what should be of interest to all Nigerians now, is unity of the country. "There must be a United Nigeria first, before talking of 2023. Solving the  problems of banditry, insurgency, Kidnapping etc, should be the focus of all Nigerians now and not P

Joke Silva Debunks Rumoured Death of Olu Jacobs

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Legendary Nigerian actress, Joke Silva, has debunked rumours of the death of her husband, Olu Jacobs. According to news making rounds on the internet, the veteran actor was rumoured to be dead. However, in an exclusive chat with Punch newspaper ,  Joke Silva said her husband was hale and hearty. She said, “Don’t mind them, they’re just talking rubbish; don’t disturb your head. He is in the living room right now about to have Eba and Ogbono soup. Let them keep deceiving themselves. He is hale and hearty.”

Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram Suffer Outage

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Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram have been hit by an outage lasting more than an hour. All three services are owned by Facebook and could not be accessed over the web or smartphone apps. Downdetector, which tracks outages, logged nearly 80,000 reports for WhatsApp and more than 50,000 for Facebook. Data from the website suggests the outage is affecting user accounts across the world. Some people also reported problems using Facebook's virtual reality headset platform, Oculus. Facebook said: "We are aware some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and apologise for any inconvenience." No official reason for the problem was given. BBC

NLC Expresses Shock at the Sudden Demise of NECA DG, Timothy Olawale

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The foremost Labour Centre in Nigeria, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it received the news of the sudden demise  of the Director-General of the Nigeria  Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Dr. Timothy Olawale, yesterday, 1 st October 2021 in Abuja. Dr. Timothy Olawale was in 2019 confirmed as the Director-General  of NECA. His succession of Mr. Segun Oshinowo was greeted with  great warmth by the social partners as many saw his emergence as  as a continuation of a tradition of experience and excellence.  He slumped in Abuja  during a board meeting and was later pronounced dead. A statement signed by the President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said, "While in the saddle, Dr. Olawale demonstrated a high level of  professionalism and camadarie with other social partners especially  labour. He was always very objective in dealing with matters of  industrial relations as his work ethos were justice and equity.  Dr. Timothy Olawale was a great friend of the Nigeria La