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Govt, Army behind Boko Haram – Nyako

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

— 33 murdered in fresh Adamawa attacks — 6 insurgents killed Furious Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state yesterday berated the federal government over incessant killings in the North-east by insurgents, after Boko Haram launched a fresh attack on his state, killing over 33 persons. Nyako, who was reacting over the latest Boko Haram attacks in Madagali and Michika villages, said either Read More

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We can’t probe NNPC missing money – EFCC, ICPC

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Following the alleged missing oil revenue claims levelled against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria’s anti-graft agencies, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), yesterday said that investigations by the latter into the corporation’s account are beyond their competence. Given reasons for their inadequacies, the anti-graft agencies explained Read More

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NJC retires erring judges, recommends Bulkachuwa as Appeal Court head

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the hasty retirement of two of its officers to President Goodluck Jonathan. In a statement issued by the NJC yesterday, the decision to recommend the compulsory retirement from office of Hon. Justice Gladys .K. Olotu of the Federal High Court and Hon. Justice Ufot .A. Inyang of High Court of the Federal Capital Read More

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Centenary: Jonathan urges African leaders to cut cost of elections

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

President Goodluck Jonathan has admonished African leaders to take fundamental steps to reduce the cost of election in order to expedite rapid growth. Jonathan gave this charge, while delivering his address at the events marking the 100 years of the amalgamation of Nigeria held at the International Conference Center in Abuja yesterday. According to the president Africa’s brighter future can Read More

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Fawehinmi’s family rejects centenary award

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Family of late Human Rights Activist Gani Fawehinmi has turned down a Centenary Award which was to be bestowed on the constitutional lawyer. This was contained in a letter addressed to the Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria by Fawehinmi’s eldest son, Mr. Mohammed Fawehinmi. “For reasons stated hereunder, our family has decided it would be inexpedient to accept Read More

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Judiciary workers begin strike Wednesday

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) yesterday directed its members, branches and chapters nationwide to commence a two-day warning strike next Wednesday. The union also directed the closure of all gates of courts and judiciary outfits, while urging its members to withdraw their services. This was the outcome of the union’s three-day NEC Read More

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FoI: MRA to engage lawyers for free legal services

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Media Right Agenda (MRA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for the promotion of Freedom of Information Act (FOI), has said that it was working towards engaging lawyers that would offer legal services to individuals and organisations that needed assistance in the enforcement of their rights to information. Its programme manager, Ayonde Longe, disclosed this recently in Kaduna during a two-day workshop Read More

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FC Taraba sign Enyimba’s Saviour Fidelis

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

In a bid to have a very successful first season in the Nigeria Premier League, FC Taraba management is moving ahead to beef up the team with the capture of Enyimba FC’s striker, Saviour Fidelis. The deal to sign the player was completed yesterday in Jalingo and he expected to join the team immediately as they put finishing touches to Read More

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Bankole’s vindication, challenge to EFCC

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The recent discharge and acquittal of Honourable Dimeji Bankole, erstwhile Speaker of House of Representatives, calls to question the efficacy or otherwise of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In 2011, the commission made a big issue of Bankole’s arrest, creating a mole hill out of nothing by deploying virtually all police personnel available in Abuja to arrest just Read More

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Fuel price skyrocket in Mararaba, Nyanya

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Filling stations in Mararaba and Nyanya axis have increased their pump price up to N120 as the fuel scarcity continues in the territory. Our reporter who spoke to residents however reports that motorists believed that the scarcity would end soon. One of the respondents, Bolaji Ogundele, said: “I did not really go through stress before I bought fuel at N97 Read More

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Total appoints first female CEO for Nigeria

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Total has appointed Elisabeth Proust as its new MD/CEO for its Nigerian unit and subsidiaries. She succeeded former CEO Guy Maurice, and becomes the first female to head the company in 50 years and is expected to oversee the activities of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd, Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd and other subsidiaries operating in Nigeria. “We have great confidence in Read More

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2013 budget: Reps demand receipts, vouchers from AGF

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Following discrepancies noticed in the 2013 budget expenditures presented to the House Committee on Public Account by the office of the Auditor General, the Committee yesterday demanded for the receipts and vouchers for the capital component of the budget. The management of the Auditor-General office led by the Auditor General, Mr. Samuel Ukura, was unable to give satisfactory answers to Read More

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Sandra Bullock to make at least $70M for “Gravity”

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Space travel has been very good for Sandra Bullock. The 49-year-old actress looks set to earn her biggest paycheck to date for “Gravity,” with studio sources saying she will make at least $70 million when all revenue streams are factored in. According to multiple sources, Bullock’s deal with Warner Bros. for the Alfonso Cuaron-directed space epic calls for her to Read More

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Flamingoes overpower Sporting Huelva

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Striker Chinwe Ihezuo scored a hat-trick for the Nigeria’s U-17 women squad to edge past tough Spanish Sporting Huelva for a 3-2 victory in an international friendly in Portugal on Wednesday. The coach Bala Nkiyu-tutored girls stated their resilience as they pull through for another victory despite their Spanish opponent’s coming back twice from the dead at the Browns Hotel Read More

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Kaduna health workers begin strike tomorrow

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Kaduna Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) is set to embark on indefinite strike tomorrow Saturday, March 1, until the state government was ready to pay the consolidated health salary structure of its members. According to the union, its members would remain at home from midnight today, February 28, till further notice. The chairperson of the Union, Comrade Cecilia Musa, said Read More

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Constitution amendment: Reps to name harmonisation c’ttee next week

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The House of Representatives has said it would made public the names of those who would harmonise the clauses it has amended in the constitution with the Senate, next week. This is just as it said it won’t comment on the National Conference being put together by President Goodluck Jonathan. Chairman of Ad-Hoc Committee on Constitution Review of the House Read More

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Kakadu… The musical (a story in song)

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Cultural Centre-Calabar (2013) Cast: Tina Mba, Haji Bello, Benneth Ogbeiwe, Damilare Kuku, Zara Udifia, Bongolipso, Tom Godwin, Kemi Akindoju, Onyeka Fiaka. Playwright: Uche Nwokedi (SAN) Director: Kanayo Omo Reviewer: Ogunkoya, Ninilola Jennifer. Department of Theatre and Performing Arts Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State. The today’s Nigeria National Theatres and its various States Cultural Centers have reached their menopause as Read More

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Tenant sues landlord for removing house roof

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The police yesterday arraigned a landlord, Emesiabun Fred, 40, in an Upper Area Court in Gudu, for removing the roof of his tenant’s house. Fred, who resides in Apo resettlement, was charged with criminal trespass and mischief. The prosecutor, Cpl. Isreal Nongo, told the court that Mr Chibueze Ejieji of No. 134, Zone E, Apo, lodged a report against the Read More

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Sen Adamu a prophet of doom – Nasarawa PDP

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nasarawa state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) chief Yunana iliya has said that the prediction by Senator Abdullahi Adamu ( APC ) representing Nasarawa West district  that  the alleged crisis in the state could consume Nigeria, exposes the activities of the prophets of doom in the state. Reacting to comment credited to Adamu that “Nasarawa Read More

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Undergraduate docked for posting rape victim’s picture on internet

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

A student of the Kwara State School of Health Technology, Offa, was on Wednesday docked by an Ilorin Magistrate Court for allegedly posting the photograph of a student, who was gang raped, on the internet. The accused, Aluko Opeyemi, 23, allegedly posted the picture of a fellow student, who was allegedly gang raped by her colleagues on the internet while Read More

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‘Oduah, Madueke can be prosecuted even after Jonathan’s tenure’

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Nasarawa state Attorney general and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Innocent Lagi,  has said that former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, and Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, could be prosecuted even after President Goodluck  Jonathan “leaves office,  if  cases of corruption and fraud are established against them.” Speaking to Blueprint in Lafia, Lagi said cases of corruption had no limit Read More

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Spirituality in Poetry

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Poetry is the language of the noble. It is the primary preserver of the essence of communication. Poetry gives differentiation from the ordinary to the extra-ordinary meaning of verbal communication. It is the classical language of the heaven down to the earth that man may understand that he knows little and will need to learn and hear more. Without poetry, Read More

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Kogi to adopt community approach on sanitation

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Kogi state Commissioner for Environment, Barrister Abdulrahaman Wuya, has disclosed that the state would adopt a community approach toward to keep Lokoja, the state capital, clean. Wuya, who made the disclosure yesterday in his office while speaking with journalists, said the approach was adopted in view of the indiscriminate dumping of refuse by residents across the metropolis. He added that Read More

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Believe In Mr President Project launched

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Patriotic citizens initiatives for community development and better Nigeria yesterday flagged off a campaign and inaugurated state coordinators of Believe In Mr. President Project. Speaking yesterday during the programme in Abuja, Chairman of the group, Engr. Lucky Igbuwe, said they are interested in safeguarding and promoting the achievements of present administration adding that it is essential to work on fortifying Read More

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Leadership tussle rages in Federal Poly, Nassarawa

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The serene academic atmosphere in the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa was thrown into confusion recently over who between Dr. Shettima Abdulkadir Saidu and Mr Shuaibu Madaki is the substantive rector of the institution. KATE ONWUDINJO captured the true situation on ground as well as government’s reaction The confusion at the Federal Polytechnic, Nassarawa had started when on February 3 this year, Read More