Ini Ekott

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News Analysis: Hefty bail for small ‘thief’, paltry bail for subsidy ‘thieves’

Alleged criminals should be treated equally and fairly in relation to their crimes. (more…)

VP Sambo leads PDP campaign for Ondo state

The Vice President, Namadi Sambo, will lead the People’s Democratic Party’s, PDP, plans to win the October 20 Ondo state governorship elections, the party announced on Wednesday. Mr. Sambo will head a National Campaign Committee for the elections, while the PDP’s National Legal Secretary will serve as the committee secretary, the party…

US sends Marines to Libya as Obama vows justice

The United States is dispatching a Marine fleet to boost security at the country’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where an armed group linked to al Qaeda struck late Tuesday killing four US diplomats including Ambassador Chris Stephens. A Marine fleet anti-terrorist security team is being sent to the city, Reuters…

US pauses election campaign for September 11 anniversary

The 11th annual remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy was low-key in the U.S. (more…)

Malian army kills 16 civilians at checkpoint

Malian soldiers opened fire on a car that refused to stop at a security checkpoint killing 16 civilians, the country’s officials and police said. The incident took place on Saturday night in Mali’s central region of Segou, in the town of Diabali, and authorities said those killed were Islamist fighters, Arab satellite television, Aljazeera…

Doyin Okupe

Doyin Okupe launches N5 billion suit against Benue Government over controversial contract

Presidential Aide, Doyin Okupe, who faced criticisms over allegations that he absconded with millions of Benue State funds meant for a road construction contract said Friday he was suing the state government for unpaid claims. Mr. Okupe said Benue State, under George Akume and Gabriel Suswam, breached the terms of the N2.3 billion contract,…

Police, SSS assault Guardian reporter over Minister’s car photos

The journalist was manhandled for taking a picture of the convoy of the FCT minister for state, Olajumoke Akinjide. (more…)

PDP's Olusola Oke

Ondo PDP candidate, Olusola Oke, offers 5 per cent of LG funds to traditional rulers

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the October 20 Ondo state governorship election, Olusola Oke, has given insight into how he plans to disburse local government funds if elected. Mr. Oke has offered to pay traditional rulers five per cent of all local government monthly allocations, in a frantic attempt…

Democrats hit Romney as Michelle Obama calls for more time for husband

US Democrats unleashed a blistering attack on Republican candidate, Mitt Romney’s credential for the presidency Tuesday night, defending Barack Obama’s economic achievements at the Democratic convention that was capped by Michelle Obama’s urging for more time to allow her husband fix the economy. Mrs. Obama sought to outshine the performance of Mrs.…

Bakassi penninsula

Senate moves against Jonathan on Bakassi

The Nigerian Senate has a varying stand from the Federal Government as regards the ceding of Bakassi Peninsula. (more…)

Deadly Lagos-Ibadan expressway being handled by Bicourtney

EXCLUSIVE: Bi-Courtney faces N30billion fine for abandoning Lagos-Ibadan road, but FG looks away

For failing to fix the perilous Lagos-Ibadan expressway three years after securing a lavish concession of the road, Bi-Courtney, the Nigerian consortium now entangled in a festering controversy with federal and state road authorities, should pay fines in excess of at least N30 billion. For each day the road is…

Jonathan cuts feeding cost by N135 million, drops plan to buy N280 million exotic cars

President Goodluck Jonathan discreetly reversed his administration’s plan to spend more than half a billion naira on assorted armoured utility cars after a bloody protest in January, but only managed to lower a controversial N992.57 million feeding cost by a meager N135 million, a re-examination of the approved 2012 budget has shown.…

How Ibori’s loot deprived Deltans of homes

The Delta State ministry overseeing housing gave a daring indictment of how lack of political will by that state’s successive administrations robbed Deltans, like majority of other Nigerians, the opportunity of owning homes. As put on the state’s website, “lack of political will to focus on housing need in a…

Senators, reps to corner N71billion illegal allowances in 2012

Federal lawmakers’ self-assigned hefty annual allowance, which totals more than N70 billion this year, would be sufficient to inject at least a 450 Megawatt of power into the national power grid, a cost analysis by Premium Times has shown. Put differently, that sum will complete the dualization of one of…

Senators receive N1.3billion new cars

Nigerian senators have, in the past few days, furtively taken delivery of ownership documents for the latest Toyota Land Cruiser Prado jeeps worth at least N1.2 billion, in a new purchase that has lifted the senate’s renowned lavish automobile spending to a new high. The deal is said to have been executed…

Nigeria’s Budget Office is second largest food spender after presidency

Nigeria’s budget office will this year spend at least N215 million in financing an official feeding plan for its staffers, beating several government departments and even bigger ministries to reach a figure that is second only to the presidency’s 2012 food bill. Aso rock has budgeted N992.57 million for a…

EXCLUSIVE: Zakari Biu speaks out, denies aiding Kabir Sokoto’s escape

Dismissed Police Commissioner, Zakari Biu, whose removal on Wednesday on account of the escape of Boko Haram kingpin, Kabir Sokoto, has denied denied complicity in the escape that humiliated the force, and triggered public anger. The former officer currently faces charges over the escape, and his sack, announced by the Police Service Commission…

VP Sambo bought N323million exotic cars in 2011, he’s buying more for N161million in 2012

The nearly 200 million naira lavish car budget for Vice President Namadi Sambo’s office in the 2012 budget, is making it the second time in two years the VeePee will be spending extravagantly on exquisite cars. The amount the office wants for new vehicles in 2012 is half what it…

Jonathan, Sambo to spend N1billion on food in 2012

The Federal Government plans to spend approximately N1 billion in feeding its first and second citizens next year if the National Assembly approves President Goodluck Jonathan's spending proposal as submitted to it last week. The president and his deputy will together enjoy N992.57 million worth of food and general catering…