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FOR THE RECORD: 2019 Elections: INEC List of Registered Voters in 36 States, FCT

Below is the list of registered voters in Nigeria's 36 states and Abuja. The figures were sourced from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. [table id=259 /] ================================== BREAKDOWN OF VOTERS BY GEO-POLITICAL ZONES According to INEC, South-South has 12,841,279 registered voters North-Central has 13,366,070 registered voters South-East has 10,057,130…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Tijjaniyya Movement asks members to vote for Buhari

The Tijjaniya SUFI Movement of Nigeria has asked its followers nationwide to vote for president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming election. In a statement signed by the chairman of the SUFI movement of the Tijjaniya, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, the group said it resolved to endorse…

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Police arrest Uber driver’s alleged killers

The police in Lagos have arrested two men who allegedly killed an Uber driver and stole his Hyundai Elantra car. Peter Robert, 33, and Gideon Achibong, 36, were arrested on February 4 at about noon in Aboki Estate, Lekki, while removing the car parts for sale to a scrap metal…

President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd R); Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State (2nd L), and Senator representing Nasarawa West Constituency, Abdullahi Adamu, addressing party supporters, during All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign rally in Minna on Saturday (19/1/19). 00658/19/1/2019/Aminu Garko/NAN

Elections: Buhari’s campaign criticises US ambassador, other Western diplomats

President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign organisation has criticised the United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, over his repeated calls for free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria. The campaign organisation, in a statement by its spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, said it was "deeply concerned about many of the expressions" of Mr…

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Marilyn Amobi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of NBET]

How corruption whistleblowers are victimised in Nigerian agency, NBET

The travails of Abdullahi Sambo and Waziri Bintube at Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) began in June 2017 after the former wrote to the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing challenging his redeployment in the company. Mr Sambo maintains that his redeployment and subsequent predicament at NBET is not…

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Nigeria’s ex-army chief, David Ejoor, is dead

A former Chief of Army Staff, David Ejoor, is dead. Mr Ejoor was army chief between 1971 and 1975 during the Yakubu Gowon military regime. Mr Ejoor was Urhobo from Delta State. Already, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed sadness over the demise of the retired major general. Mr…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Elections: We’re not opposed to Buhari — Shari’ah Council

A religious group, Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN), has denied endorsing an opposition candidate against President Muhammadu Buhari. The group in a statement Friday evening distanced itself from individuals it said are currently touring states to relay the fake information. The statement signed by the chairperson of its…

Sikiru Ayinde Barrister. [PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTUBE]

2019 Elections: In evergreen album, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister admonishes candidates, voters, govt.

Music icon, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, died on December 16, 2010 but the messages he left behind are relevant in this coming elections. The late Fuji musician, well respected for his deep and philosophical lyrics, also remain largely alive in the hearts of his fans. On Friday, one of his most…

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Marilyn Amobi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of NBET]

INVESTIGATION: NBET boss, Marilyn Amobi, enmeshed in multiple corruption allegations

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Marilyn Amobi, fraudulently paid at least N2 billion to two power generating companies, documents obtained by Leaks NG have shown. The documents also revealed that Mrs Amobi, who was made the substantive boss of NBET in July 2016, was…

Jimi Agbaje

Lagos 2019: Sanwo-Olu, a puppet – Agbaje

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has described his All Progressives Candidate (APC) rival, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as a stooge and a puppet incapable of standing on his own. Mr Agbaje was responding to a statement credited to Mr Sanwo-Olu this week suggesting…

Lagos State, governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

I’ll rid Lagos of land grabbers – Sanwo-Olu

The trend of land grabbing and crimes associated with private land transactions will be a thing of the past if the All Progressives Congress (APC) forms the next government in Lagos State, the party’s governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said. Speaking when members of the Estate Rent and Commission Agent…

Buhari and Atiku (Photo Credit: Pulse)

Atiku condoles with APC over deaths at Taraba campaign rally

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has condoled with the families and friends of those died in the tragic incident at the presidential rally of the ruling party, APC, in Jalingo, Taraba State. The Thursday accident happened due to a stampede at the venue of the…

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Forensic expert testifies in N500mn fraud case against Badagry prince

A forensic expert, Raphael Onwuzuligbo, on Monday, told a Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, that one Semasa James, a prince in Badagry, forged the signatures of the administrators of his late father’s estate. Mr James and his alleged accomplice, Afolabi Kazeem, are facing trial over a seven-count charge bordering…

Facebook announces Dubawa as fact-checking partner

Facebook announces Dubawa as fact-checking partner

Following the recent launch of its Third-Party Fact-Checking Programme to help assess the accuracy of news and reduce the spread of misinformation, Facebook has partnered with Nigerian fact-checking website, Dubawa. Dubawa is a national platform which provides factual information to its readers so they can make informed decisions, whether political,…

President Buhari with Alhaji Bala Tinka on Thursday at State House

PDP campaign DG defects to APC

The Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign organisation in Gombe State has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the presidency has said. A statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said Bala Bello Tinka (alias Tinka Point) met with President Muhammadu Buhari at State House, Abuja, on…

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

#Gandujegate: Supporting Ganduje doesn’t diminish Buhari’s corruption stance – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed claims that his association with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has diminished his commitment to the war against corruption. Mr Ganduje is enmeshed in bribery allegations after being caught in a series of video clips receiving dollars from contractors to Kano State. The presidency in…

Bill and Melinda Gates at the press conference on goalkeepers event in New York

Immunisation: Nigeria to receive $75m from Bill & Melinda Gates

The Federal Government is to receive $75 million incentive financing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen routine immunisation and broader primary healthcare services in the country. The new financing was announced on Tuesday in Abuja during the signing of a five years agreement with Nigeria. Under the…

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku writes U.S., UK, EU, accuses Buhari of serially violating Nigeria’s constitution

An opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has written three foreign governments accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of serially violating the Nigerian constitution. Mr Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria, is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. He wrote his letter to the ambassadors of France, Germany, the United…

NDDC

Nigerian govt begins refund of N1.3trn debt to Niger Delta — Acting MD

The Federal Government has begun the refund of over N1.3trillion owed the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) since inception, acting Managing Director of the Commission, Nelson Brambaifa, has said. The new chief executive officer of the commission, whose appointment was announced by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, spoke at the…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

Elections: Full list of 144 observer groups accredited by INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accredited 144 observer groups that will monitor the conduct of the forthcoming general elections in the country. The figure, as published on the commission’s official website, www.inecnigeria.org, comprised 116 domestic and 28 international observer groups. The commission advised all the accredited observers to…

Atiku Abubakar

Onnoghen: Rise and defend democracy, Atiku tells Nigerians in ‘state of nation’ address

President Muhammadu Buhari's main challenger in forthcoming election, Atiku Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to "peacefully" rise in defence of democracy. The former vice president made the call in a "state of the nation" address on Monday, following the removal of the Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen on Friday. President Buhari…

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Police arrest killer armed robbers in Lagos

The police in Lagos on Sunday said they arrested three suspected armed robbers who were part of a gang that robbed several homes in the Iyana Ipaja area. A statement by Chike Oti, the police spokesperson, said the robbers engaged the police in a shootout during which one of them,…

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2019: Group files suit challenging voting in IDP camps

A group, the Forum for Transparency and Integrity in Leadership, and a lawyer, Samuel Adeniji, have asked the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting elections in internally-displaced person's camps. The plaintiffs are asking the court to determine whether INEC…

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

EDITORIAL: Onnoghen: Time to halt Nigeria’s slide to anarchy

On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. He immediately swore in Justice Tanko Muhammad as his interim replacement in a development that had precedence in what happened over four decades ago under military rule. The president said his action followed an order he obtained…

Kenya’s tourism industry is heavily focused on its beaches and wildlife. [Photo: Kenyan Wildlife Services website]

How Kenya’s tourism industry has felt the impact of terrorist attacks

By Steven Buigut, American University in Dubai The impact of Kenya’s recent terrorist attack will be felt greatly by its tourism industry. Terrorism, and insecurity generally, is largely responsible for the sector’s poor performance over the last decade. Between 2011 and 2017, there were on average 60 attacks each year…