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Okoi Ofem Obla

Court orders arrest of Buhari’s probe panel investigator

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a UK-based private investigator, Victor Uwajeh. Mr Uwajeh, who was also employed as a private investigator for the Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, was declared ''liable to be arrested'', following his failure…

Permanent Voter Cards

INEC set to distribute 141,362 PVCs in Oyo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State, says it has received a consignment of 141,362 Permanent Voters' Cards (PVCs) for distribution to their owners in the state. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo, Mutiu Agboke, said this in a statement on Monday in Ibadan, the state capital.…

Police on patrol

N14 billion police pension scam: Accused opens case in trial- within-trial

Veronica Onyegbula, the fourth defendant in the N14billion police pension scam on Monday at an FCT High Court, opened her case in the trial- within –trial, to ascertain the voluntariness of her statement to EFCC. Mrs Onyegbula, is the fourth defendant in the case filed by the Economic and Financial…

Picture of Baraje led nPDP and APC deputy chairman north

APC says new PDP grievances ‘genuine’

The deputy chairman (North) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Shuaibu Lawal, has said the grievances of the New peoples Democratic bloc in the party (nPDP) are genuine. Mr Lawal said this on Monday in Abuja while addressing journalists after a meeting with members of the bloc led by former…

Lai Mohammed

15 Nigerian offices failed to remit N8.1 trillion under Jonathan — Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday said N8.1 trillion that 15 revenue generating agencies of the federal government failed to remit to the Federation Account between 2010 and 2015 is equal to Nigeria's yearly national budget. According to a statement by his spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, the…

Rail tracks connecting Abuja - Kaduna

American based company set to invest over $10 billion in coastal rail line

Shah Mathias, the Founder of Ameri Metro Inc, based in the United States, said on Monday that the company was ready to invest over $10 billion in the coastal rail project from Lagos to Calabar and Calabar to Port Harcourt. He told journalists after paying a courtesy visit on the…

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Killings: Catholic Church to protest in Abuja

The Catholic Church in Abuja is organising a peaceful protest against repeated attacks by suspected herdsmen across the country, the church announced Monday. The attacks, according to Amnesty International, claimed over 160 lives in January alone. In March, a Catholic Church was attacked in Benue state, with 19 people, including…

PVCs Card reader

INEC says 174,297 PVCs ready for collection in Borno

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 174,198 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) are ready for collection in Borno. Borno Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Mohammed Ibrahim, disclosed this at news conference in Maiduguri, the state capital. Mr Ibrahim said that the PVCs were ready for collection starting from Monday, May…

John Nwodo

Ohanaeze Ndigbo seeks 6-year single term for president, governors

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural umbrella of Ndigbo, has called for the adoption of a six-year rotational single tenure for the president and governors of 36 states in the country. It also demanded creation of one additional state in the South-East geo-political zone, scrapping of local government system and resource control…

Mikel Obi

Nigeria Pitch Awards: Mikel, Moses, Ndidi to know fate in Port Harcourt

Organisers of one of the country’s football awards, the Nigeria Pitch Awards have announced the date and venue for the 2017/18 award ceremony. Three Super Eagles players, Victor Moses of Chelsea FC, Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester FC and John Mikel Obi of Tianjin Teda will be battling for the top…

Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero

Argentina names Messi, 22 others for World Cup

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has named his 23-man World Cup squad as he gets to face Iceland, Croatia and then Nigeria in the group phase of the Mundial in Russia. Predictably, the coach has included Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala to feature in attack alongside Lionel Messi. He has however…

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe sets new date for Mugabe hearing

Zimbabwe’s parliament said on Monday that former President Robert Mugabe was scheduled to answer questions this week related to diamond mining operations during his tenure, but an official said senior ruling party politicians opposed this. Mr Mugabe was originally scheduled to appear before the mines committee on May 9, which…

Nicolas Maduro

14 countries recall ambassadors from Venezuela in protest of election

More than a dozen countries have recalled their ambassadors from Venezuela for consultations after President Nicolas Maduro won re-election amid accusations of voter manipulation and fraud. The 14 countries of the Lima Group said on Monday they “do not recognise the legitimacy of the electoral process in the Bolivarian Republic…

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Reports claiming Atiku visited Jang in prison ‘fictitious’ — Prisons Service

The Nigerian Prisons Service has debunked news reports that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar visited a former Plateau State governor at its prison facility in Jos. For Plateau governor, Jonah Jang, now a serving senator, was remanded in prison following his arraignment on alleged N6.3 billion fraud. His bail application…

Jide Kosoko, Uche Jombo, Cossy Orjiakor, others at Kondo Game premiere

Jide Kosoko, Uche Jombo, Cossy Orjiakor, others attend Kondo Game premiere

The much talked about Nollywood comedy, Kondo Game, premiered at an elaborate event held at Troy Lagos on Sunday. The lead stars in the movie, Jide Kosoko, Cossy Orjiakor, Uche Jombo and many others added colour to the event. Other actors who graced the event include Ufuoma McDermott, Funnybone, and…

Permanent Voter Cards

INEC begins distribution of more than 100,000 PVCs in Nasarawa

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has begun the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to eligible Nigerians, who registered in 2017. Usman Ajidagba, the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), who disclosed this in Lafia, the state capital on Monday, said that the commission had taken delivery of…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

Super Eagles to face DR Congo despite Ebola threat – Minister

Nigeria's Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has dispelled fears that the planned valedictory match for the Super Eagles before they jet out for the World Cup in Russia may be canceled. The Super Eagles are billed to face DR Congo in a friendly match on Monday, May 28 in Port Harcourt…

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state

Lagos’ monthly internally generated revenue now N34 billion — Govt

The Lagos State Government on Monday said that it has so far achieved an average monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N34billion in 2018 compared to monthly averages of the last three years. Commissioner for Finance, Akinyemi Ashade, who disclosed this at the ongoing annual Ministerial Press Briefing to mark…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjovisits Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti.

UPDATED: 2019: Obasanjo in closed-door meeting with Afenifere

Nigeria's former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday made a surprise visit to the Akure home of the leader of Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti, where he held a meeting with leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group. The meeting was held behind closed doors and had other Afenifere leaders such as the group’s…

Red Cross

JOHESU strike: Red Cross provides patient care in Sokoto

Members of the Red Cross Society of Nigeria have taken over patients' management at Sokoto Specialist Hospital to cushion the effect of JOHESU strike in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the intervention followed the solidarity strike embarked upon by state health workers with the protracted…

Abdulmumin Jibrin confronting speaker Yakubu Dogara on 2018 budget. [Photo credit: Reps official Facebook account]

Abdulmumin Jibrin hints at ‘fresh budget padding’

A former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has hinted at the possibility of a fresh budget fraud in the 2018 Appropriation Bill recently passed by the National Assembly. Mr. Jibrin, representing Kiru/Bebeji, who barely three months ago resumed from a suspension that lasted over…

Lasun Yussuff, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives. [Photo credit: newtelegraphonline.com]

Osun 2018: Deputy Speaker, 26 other aspirants to contest APC primary

No fewer than 27 aspirants will contest the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Osun, chairman of the party in the state, Gboyega Famodun, has said. Mr Famodun, who disclosed this in a meeting with the aspirants on Monday in Osogbo, said the aspirants could engage in consultations…

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37,062 candidates shortlisted in new police recruitment

The police have shortlisted 37,062 Nigerians for examination in the latest round of recruitment exercise. The Police Service Commission (PSC) said in a statement Monday that the candidates were selected out of 133,324 applicants earlier shortlisted for screening. Ikechukwu Ani, spokesperson for the PSC who made the announcement, said the…

Gov. Rochas Okorocha‏

Okorocha vows to remain in APC

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has dismissed as mischief purported plans by him to leave the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, dismissed the reports, saying the governor is still in control of the…

Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja

Nigeria launches N64 million website

The federal government has inaugurated its upgraded website to encourage e-participation and bring governance closer to Nigerians. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, during the launch of the website, on Monday in Abuja, said the idea of the website was in line with the government’s…