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Governor Dickson, Ibori in closed-door meeting

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Thursday visited Oghara, the country home of former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who recently returned to Nigeria after a jail term in the UK for money laundering. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said during the visit, the…

FILE PHOTO: Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Works Minister, Babatunde Fashola

Fashola’s Works Ministry frustrating my Lagos project – Ambode

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday said his administration’s plan to carry out a total reconstruction of the International Airport Road from Oshodi was being frustrated by the Federal Ministry of Works. The current Minister of Works is Babatunde Fashola, Mr. Ambode’s predecessor as Lagos governor. Mr. Ambode,…

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Nigerian Air Force announces destruction of Boko Haram logistics base

The Nigerian Air Force has announced that it successfully destroyed a logistics base concealed by fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists in Sambisa forest. “Two fleeing terrorists were tracked by NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to the concealed location where they had gone to retrieve some items before fighter aircraft…

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Nigerian govt issues conflicting advisory on U.S. travel

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama,, has said that no Nigerian with full valid entry visa has been denied entry to the U.S. contrary to reports. Mr. Onyeama, who stated this while fielding questions from journalists over the issue, said Nigerians were free to travel to U.S. as the…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Ameachi; Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi and Senator Adesoji Akanbi during the Ground Breaking ceremony of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway Project with extension to the Lagos Port complex, Apapa, at the Nigerian Railway Corporation compound, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Lagos-Ibadan rail project ready in 2018 — Osinbajo

Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday said the Federal Government was committed to delivering a fast and efficient rail service system between Lagos and Ibadan within a projected time frame of December 2018. Mr. Osinbajo, who spoke at the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the…

The bundles of cash recovered from Former GMD of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu's residence

Ex-NNPC GMD Andrew Yakubu sues EFCC, demands N1 billion compensation

The former Group Managing Director of the state oil firm, NNPC, from whom the anti-graft EFCC seized over $9.8 million has sued the commission for violating his fundamental rights. Mr. Yakubu also wants the court to award him N1 billion against the EFCC and the Attorney General of the Federation…

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ONE Campaign launches initiative to get 130 million girls back to school

ONE Campaign, an international advocacy and campaigning organisation, has disclosed that 130 million girls are not in school globally. In a statement on Monday, the group noted that because poverty is sexist, girls in the poorest countries are less likely to receive an education than boys. “This means a generation…

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Again, Nigerian senator loses bid to stall N1.2 billion fraud trial

A former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, has again lost his bid to scuttle his N1.162 billion fraud trial, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja, on March 6, 2017 threw out his…

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Nigerian govt cautions citizens against travelling to U.S.

The presidency has advised Nigerians who have no "compelling or urgent" reason to travel to the U.S. not to do so. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, advised Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the U.S. to postpone their…

Bala Ngilari

Former Nigerian governor jailed for corruption

A High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has convicted and jailed former Gov. Bala James Ngilari for failing to adhere to the procurement laws of the state. In a 75-minute long ruling, Justice Nathan Musa found the former governor guilty of four charges, and discharged him on one, which bordered…

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CSNAC asks for reinstatement of suspended whistle blower

An anti-graft group, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, has urged Nigeria’s federal government to rise to the rescue of a staff of the Police Service Commission, PSC, Aaron Kaase, who it alleged is being persecuted for blowing the whistle on alleged corruption at the commission. Mr. Kaase, whose…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari calls Obasanjo, Kogi Governor

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, via telephone conversation from London, felicitated with a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, confirmed this development in a statement he issued in Abuja on Sunday. According to…

Naira Notes

While Nigeria’s inflation nears 20%, Cameroon’s has just hit 2.5%

While Nigeria is battling high inflation that is now close to 20 per cent, its next-door neighbour, Cameroon, is still doing relatively well with a low single digit inflation. New data says Cameroon’s inflation rate was 2.5 per cent in 2016, down slightly from 2.7 per cent the previous year,…

Remodelling of Primary Schools in Kwara State

Nigerian Court declares free primary, junior secondary education an enforceable right

A Federal High Court in Abuja presided by John Tsoho on Thursday declared that the every Nigerian child has the constitutional right to free and compulsory primary education, and free junior secondary education. The judge ruled that the federal and state governments have constitutional duties to provide adequate fund for…

Waziri Adio

NEITI, PPDC partner on open contracting

The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, wants the Nigerian government to deploy an Open Contracting Data Standard, OCDS, platform in the country to promote transparency in award of contracts. The organization gave the advise after it reached an agreement to adopt the standard in its operations. The deployment of…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung (right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports, Mr. Deji Tinubu (middle); Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Adesanya (2nd left) and his counterpart for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (left) during the inspection visit to the National Stadium, Surulere, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Lagos ready to ‘take over’ National Stadium

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday declared the readiness of the state government to take over the National Stadium, Surulere, from the Federal Government and transform the facility from its present deplorable condition to a world class sporting centre. Speaking after embarking on an extensive inspection tour of…

Court of Appeal Headquarters

Ex-Council Chairman who stole N1.4 billion must go to jail, Appeal Court rules

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal by a former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly and former Caretaker Chairman of Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of the state, Gabriel Daudu, against his conviction for a N1.4 billion fraud. Mr. Daudu, who  was arraigned…

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I’ll not contest against Buhari in 2019 – Tinubu

Former Lagos governor, Ahmed Tinubu, has ruled out the possibility of contesting against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. Mr. Buhari, who is on extended sick leave, has not said he will seek a second term. But Mr. Tinubu, a senior leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, and one of…

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While APC govs use unelected officials to run local govts, party chairman condemns action

While majority of his party's state governors run local governments with unelected caretaker committees, a top official of Nigeria's ruling APC has condemned the move and asked it be outlawed. About 16 of the 23 states controlled by the APC run their local government areas with transition or caretaker committees.…

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South Africa deports 97 Nigerians

While the Nigerian government criticises South Africa's handling of recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, the South African Government has deported 97 Nigerians for committing various offences in the country. The property of several Nigerians and other sub-Saharan Africans have been destroyed across South Africa in xenophobic attacks that have been…

State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni (2nd left), briefing the Government House Correspondents shortly after the State Security Council meeting presided over by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  (L-R) With him are Commander 551 Base Service Group, Air Commodore Musbau Olumide Olatunji; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello and Commander NNS Beecroft, Commodore Morris Ansa Eno.

Kidnapping: Lagos beefs up security in Epe

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday assured farmers in the state, especially in the Epe axis, of adequate measures to protect them against incessant kidnappings, just as it vowed to pursue vigorously and sustain the renewed enforcement of the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada plying restricted routes. Rising…

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JAMB scraps awaiting results, includes 4th choice

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced that students will no longer be able to secure admission into higher institutions while awaiting their O'level results. JAMB said this was part of its restructuring in preparation for the 2017 UTME higher institution examination. This means candidates must sit and…

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Again, no former African president worthy of Mo Ibrahim award

For the second year running, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced that there is no winner of the 2016 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The announcement was made on Tuesday following a meeting of the independent Prize Committee chaired by Salim Ahmed Salim, and the Foundation’s Board meeting…

Seized Okada [Photo Credit: Pulse.ng]

Lagos govt to crush, recycle 4,000 seized commercial motorcycles

The Lagos State Government on Monday said it has concluded plans to commence the crushing and recycling of over 4,000 impounded commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, in line with the provisions of the State Traffic Law 2012. Disclosing this to journalists at the Olusosun refuse dump site in Ojota, the…

A Shea tree [Photo: cirad.fr]

NEXIM to help realise Nigeria’s full potentials in shea production

With Nigeria currently reputed as the world's leading producer of shea nuts, the Nigerian Export Import Bank said it was ready to support the country to recover its lost capacity. Of the estimated over 680,000 metric tons of shea nuts produced annually in West Africa, Nigeria accounts for over 370,000…