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Samson-Ayokunle. [Photo credit: Hope for Nigeria]

2019: Avoid voting desperate politicians, CAN urges Nigerians

Samson Ayokunle, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Monday urged Nigerians to avoid desperate politicians by voting only credible candidates in 2019. Mr Ayokunle made the remarks while briefing journalists after a meeting with representatives of 14 presidential candidates in Abuja, on their plans for Nigerians and…

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Trump defends alleged hush money payments as ‘simple private transaction’

The U.S. President, Donald Trump, on Monday, defended hush money payments reported by his former lawyer a day after Democrats said the U.S. president could face impeachment and jail time. Mr Trump, in early morning tweets, said Democrats were wrongly targeting “a simple private transaction”. The tweet came after court…

Late Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Fela’s family home heritage museum ready next year — Ogun govt

Ogun State Government on Monday said the ongoing renovation of late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s family house into heritage museum would soon be completed. The state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Olumuyiwa Oladipo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the project, which began in early 2017, was…

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How international oil company, five others stole $8.4m diesel oil — Witness

An EFCC prosecution witness on Monday told an Ikeja Special Offences Court how an international oil company allegedly connived with five Nigerian associates to steal six million metric tonnes of diesel oil, worth $8.4 million. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Trafigura Beheer BV Trafigura PTE Ltd is…

Rev. Fr Mbaka [Photo: www.sirkenayo.com]

Police order investigation on alleged attempted assassination of Mbaka

The Enugu State Police Command on Monday commenced a full scale investigation into alleged attempted assassination of the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Ejike Mbaka. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Mbaka, a reverend father, on December 6, alleged that there was an attempt…

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Israel joins FATF

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a leading organisation in global combat against money laundering and terror financing, has accepted Israel as its 38th member, Israeli Ministry of Justice said on Monday. The decision to include Israel was approved after a comprehensive audit by the organisation in the Jewish country…

L-R: Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), Mr Yury Fedoyov, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hammad al Thani, Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and EFCC Chairman of EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, after Ribadu was conferred with lifetime/outstanding anticorruption award by the Rule of Law and Anticorruption Centre (ROLACC), in Malaysia, on Friday.

Nigerian governors felicitate with Ribadu on anti-corruption award

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has congratulated the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, on his Sheikh Tamim Bn Hamad al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award, which he received on Friday December 7. The Director General of the NGF, Asishana Okauru, gave the felicitation…

Usman Dakingari

Alleged N450m Fraud: Court grants ex-Kebbi governor, two others bail

Justice Sunday Onu of the Federal High Court, Kebbi on Monday granted bail to the former governor of Kebbi State, Usman Dakingari, and two others in prison custody. Others charged alongside Mr Dakingari are former Secretary to the State, Rabiu Kamba, and Sunday Dogonyaro. Mr Dakingari and his co-defendants were…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo in Germany, says grand corruption Nigeria’s greatest problem

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the problem with Nigeria is not about resources or planning, but the poor management of resources in the past. This was contained in a statement by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, on Monday in…

Paul Usoro

EFCC charges NBA president, Akwa Ibom finance commissioner, others to court

The proposed arraignment of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Paul Usoro, over alleged N1.4 billion fraud, was on Monday, stalled due to non-service of the criminal charge on the accused. The 10-count-charge, pending before Justice Muslim Hassan, is preferred against Mr Usoro by the Economic and Financial…

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EU renews Congo sanctions ahead of presidential election

The EU renewed sanctions on Monday against the ruling coalition’s candidate for presidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo, Emmanuel Shadary, and 13 other senior officials. The decision is likely to worsen relations between the EU and President Joseph Kabila’s government, which has lobbied against sanctions it calls an illegal…

Ifeanyi-Okowa

2019: Okowa appoints Ibori, Oyovwaire, others into campaign council

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Monday urged newly-inaugurated Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to focus on issues-based campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections. The governor gave the charge while addressing the council after its inauguration by the party’s chairman in the…

L-R Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku Abubakar [Photo: @SaharaReporters]

FG to Obasanjo: Your candidate will be defeated roundly in 2019

The federal government says though it is the constitutional right of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo to support a candidate for an election, his endorsement, however, does not guarantee victory. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the government on Monday in Abuja, said…

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Russian ex-policeman convicted of killing 77 women

A Russian former policeman was convicted on Monday of killing 55 women and one man, bringing the total number of women he is convicted of killing to 77, a court said. Mikhail Popkov predominantly targeted women aged 18 to 50 in urban areas in the eastern Siberian region of Irkutsk…

Group budgets N25.2bn for youth empowerment in Niger Delta

The World Bank-sponsored State Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR) on Monday said it budgeted 70 million dollars (about N25bn) for its intervention in public works in youth engagements in Niger Delta States of Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers for 2019. Task Team Leader of the SEEFOR in Nigeria, Parminder…

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Assembly candidate kidnapped in Nasarawa

The Police Command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of David Ayele, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Obi II state constituency in the 2019 election. Kennedy Idirisu, a superintendent of police and the command`s spokesman, told journalists on Monday in Lafia, the state capital that the politician…

Edo State House of Assembly

Edo Assembly passes Bill to prohibit secret cults

The Edo House of Assembly on Monday, passed a Bill for a law to repeal and re-enact the law to prohibit the existence, membership and activities of Secret Cults in the state. The motion to consider the Bill at the committee of the House, was moved by the Majority Leader,…

Power distribution: We’ll no longer accept excuses from DisCos – FG

The federal government would no longer accept excuses from Electricity Distribution companies for failure to distribute power to consumers. Minister of State I for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri, who gave the warning on Monday during an inspection of a 132 KVA Transmission Substation in Uyo, expressed dissatisfaction over…

Francesco Molinari [Photo: Titleist]

Italian Molinari named Europe’s player of the year

Francesco Molinari was named the European Tour’s Golfer of the Year for the first time on Monday, capping a stellar season in which he won the British Open to become the first Italian major champion. The 36-year-old also won the PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Tour’s flagship event, and claimed…

UN headquarters [Photo: Google.com]

World loses $2.3trn to corruption annually – UN

Oliver Stolpe, Country Representative, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has said that the world loses $2.3 trillion to corruption annually. He disclosed this at the Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) training organised for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies of member-countries of African Union (AU) in Abuja, on Monday. The…

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Yobe govt establishes budget and planning departments in 17 LGAs

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has approved the establishment of budget and planning departments in the 17 local government areas of the state. Mr Gaidam disclosed this on Monday in Damaturu, the state capital at the opening ceremony of a four-day retreat session organised for local government chairmen, councillors,…

Theresa May in parliament [Photo: BBC]

EU’s top court says UK can unilaterally stop Brexit

The European Union’s top court ruled on Monday that the United Kingdom can unilaterally revoke its divorce notice. Just 36 hours before British lawmakers vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, the Court of Justice said in an emergency judgement that London could revoke its Article 50 formal divorce notice…

Villarreal coach Javi Calleja. [PHOTO CREDIT: Marca]

Villarreal sack coach Calleja

Villarreal on Monday sacked coach Javi Calleja with the club three points above the relegation zone in La Liga, the club said. A former Villarreal midfielder, Calleja took over as coach in September 2017, leading the Yellow Submarine to a fifth-place finish and Europa League football last season. However, the…

Tankers at a NNPC depot

Fuel Subsidy Debt: Depot owners suspend planned shutdown of operations

The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) has suspended its planned shutdown of depots across the country from Sunday midnight, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. The directive, which has saved Nigerians at least momentarily from fuel crisis, was conveyed in a statement issued by DAPPMA Executive Secretary, Olufemi…

EFCC operatives

Stop sealing suspects’ assets, Falana tells EFCC

A senior lawyer, Femi Falana, on Sunday advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop sealing up assets belonging to suspects of financial crimes. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria gave the advice in Ikeja at the presentation of ‘Compendium of High-Profile Corruption and Financial Crimes Cases in Nigeria.’…