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Matthew Kukah

Buhari fighting symptoms of corruption not the disease -Bishop Hassan-Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah, on Tuesday said the government was fighting the symptoms of corruption and not the disease. Mr. Hassan-Kukah made the disclosure at a programme organised by the Book Readers’ Club of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) in Ibadan on Tuesday. According…


Malawi arrests HIV-positive man for raping girls in cleansing rituals

An HIV-positive man has been arrested after he confessed to raping girls and women as part of sexual cleansing rituals in Malawi, police said on Tuesday. Eric Aniva was taken into custody in southern Nsanje district after President Peter Mutharika ordered his arrest on Monday, police officer Kirby Kaunga told…

Ahmed Makarfi
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INEC okays Makarfi as PDP’s Acting National Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has recognised former Governor Ahmed Makarfi as the Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This is contained in a statement issued by Nick Dazang, INEC’s Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity, on Tuesday in Abuja. He said INEC ratified the administrative…


PDP releases zoning formula for 21 positions — FULL LIST

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Zoning Committee, on Tuesday in Abuja, released the zoning arrangements of the 21 available positions between the North and the South. The report was presented by Gov. Dave Umahi, who headed the Zoning Committee, to the party National Caretaker Committee, led by Ahmed Makarfi. The…


APC governors meet Buhari, pledge loyalty

State governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday in Abuja met with President Muhammadu Buhari and reassured him of their support and loyalty. Gov. Rochas Okorochas of Imo, who spoke to State House correspondents after the meeting held in the Presidential Villa, said the…

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MEND rebukes Army Chief’s threat of force in Niger Delta

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, has criticised the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, for threatening the use of force in the Niger Delta. Mr. Buratai had on Monday warned that the government will use force if efforts at talks with militants in the region…

Mikel all smiles after Chelsea's last training session

Rio Olympics: Mikel named Team Nigeria Captain

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi, has been named captain of Team Nigeria to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio beginning August 5, 2016. Obi, one of the three over-aged players invited to the national U-23 football team for the games, is making his first appearance at an Olympic Games. Table…

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10 teachers die every month in Lagos — Perm Sec

The Lagos State Teachers' Establishment and Pension Office on Tuesday said that an average of 10 teachers die each month in the post-primary teaching service of the state. The Permanent Secretary of TEPO, Sewanu Ayodele-Amosu, made the disclosure at a Sensitisation Seminar and Capacity Building on Healthy Living for Post-Primary…

Riek Machar

South Sudan swears in new vice president as incumbent still missing

The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, on Tuesday in Juba swore in opposition leader, Taban Deng, as his Vice President to replace Riek Machar. Mr. Machar's whereabouts have been unknown ever since his Juba residence was attacked earlier this month. The swearing in came less than 24 hours after dismissing…

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish president justifies death penalty, slams EU leaders

Turkish President Recep Erdogan, on Tuesday during a controversial interview in Berlin justified the reintroduction of the controversial death penalty as the will of the people. Erdogan, who has been conducting a sweeping purge of suspected sympathisers of the attempted coup on July 15 to 16, also slammed the European…


Teacher arraigned for alleged oral sex with student in Ogun

The police on Tuesday arraigned a 21-year-old teacher, Matthew Sodake, at an Ota Magistrates' Court for allegedly having oral sex with a 14-year old student. The accused, whose address is unknown, is facing alleged charge of assault. The prosecutor, Chudu Gbesi, told the court that the accused committed the offence…

President Muhammadu Buhari commissioning the Abuja-Kaduna train services

Buhari commissions Abuja-Kaduna train services

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commissioned the Abuja- Kaduna rail services. Speaking at the train's main station at Idu, Abuja, Mr. Buhari said the federal government would link all states and commercial centres in the country with rail lines. The president later took a train ride from Idu to Kubwa,…

Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

18,211 ghost workers uncovered in Kogi, N213bn gone

The Kogi State Government lost N213 billion to 18, 211 ghost workers in the past 13 years, the state Auditor-General, Okala Yusuf, has said. Mr. Yusuf made the disclosure on Monday in Lokoja while presenting the report of the just-concluded screening and verification of the state workforce undertaken by the…

Many deportees went to Saudi Arabia as pilgrims

Hajj board directs intending female pilgrims to undergo compulsory pregnancy test

The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board, has directed intending female pilgrims from the state to undergo pregnancy test commencing on Monday. The Public Relations Officer of the board, Alhaji Nuhu Badamasi made the statement on Monday in Kano in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The pregnancy…

Babatunde Fowler
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Nigeria ready to fund budget from non-oil revenue sources, says FIRS Chair

With earnings from oil exports declining steadily by the day as a result of low global crude oil prices, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Chairman, Tunde Fowler, said on Monday the Federal Government was now ready to fund annual budgets from non-oil revenue sources. During the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee…


Naira stable against dollar as CBN meets over economy

The Naira on Monday remained stable at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency maintained N378 to the dollar at the close of trading on Monday afternoon, keeping same value as at Friday. Also, the naira maintained N495 to the Pound Sterling, but weakened…

Bukola Saraki

Why we can’t impeach President Buhari – Senate

The Senate has assured Nigerians that there is no impeachable offence against President Muhammadu Buhari and as such there is no contemplation of impeachment by the chamber. The Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the president had no impeachable offence hanging on his…

Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma addressing the Management Staff  during assumption of Office at Budget And National Planning

Nigeria releases oil benchmark, oil production forecast for 2017 budget

The Federal Government on Monday set the fundamental assumptions for the 2017 budget. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, said at the presentation on the 2017-2019 medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) to civil society groups in Abuja that next year’s budget would be based on oil benchmark…

Morton in action at the Warri Relays

ANALYSIS: Nigeria’s Riotous Road to Rio and the Looming BLLB

By Adegbenro Adebanjo Twenty years ago at the magnificent Olympic Stadium in the City of Atlanta Georgia, United States of America, Chioma Ajunwa leapt to history and glory by winning the country’s first ever Gold Medal at an Olympic Games. Some days after her remarkable feat in the long jump…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Economic Council Retreat


No group will dictate to my economic team, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said no individual or interest group would be allowed to dictate to his government’s Economic Team. The President said his administration is going ensure that whatever decision the team took was in the national interest and not for any section or group. “We will listen to…


Tennis federation clears Russians to compete in Rio Games

All seven nominated Russian tennis players have been cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Sunday. "The seven Russian tennis players who have been nominated to compete in Rio have been subject to a rigorous anti-doping testing programme outside Russia,’’ the ITF said…

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos targets N30 billion monthly revenue by 2017

The Lagos State Government on Sunday said it will reduce dependence on federal allocation by increasing its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to a monthly target of N30 billion in 2017. It also said that it would increase the IGR to N50 billion monthly in 2018 as it targeted a yearly…

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PDP wins Kogi East senatorial election

A former Chief of Air Staff and a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), retired Air Vice-Marshal Isaac Alfa, has been declared winner of Kogi East Senatorial re-run election held on Saturday. Announcing the result in Idah on Sunday, the Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Lucky Ovwhasa, said Mr.…





INEC declares rerun Imo North senatorial election inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the result of Imo North Senatorial District rerun election inconclusive. The election was conducted on Saturday (July 23). Also declared inconclusive were the results of Oru East and Isiala Mbano State Constituencies following reported cases of shooting which characterised the exercise in…

Morton in action at the Warri Relays

Nigeria finishes IAAF World U-20 Championships with no medal

Team Nigeria to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World U-20 Championships which ended on Sunday did not win any medal. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oluwatobiloba Amusan, a 110m Hurdles finalist, who was the only hope of securing a medal, finished the race in fifth position.…