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Forgery: You are on trial, not NASS, FG tells Saraki, Ekweremadu

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 1

 No, we are the target – Senate By Abdullahi M. Gulloma, Ezrel Tabiowo and Taiye Odewale, Abuja The federal government yesterday clarified some perceived grey areas in the ongoing prosecution of the Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and two others, saying the individuals involved are on trial and not National Assembly as an institution. But the Read More

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NIS to personnel: No foreign language, no promotion

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said henceforth, any officer who could speak more than one language will easily be considered for promotion. The NIS authority under the Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede, revealed this yesterday when he addressed a monthly parade of officers and men of the Service, at the national headquarters in Abuja. Babandede, who made Read More

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Shettima in Villa over IDPs feeding controversies

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 1

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state was yesterday at the State House in Abuja in company of top government officials over the controversial living condition of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps across the state. An international humanitarian organisation, Doctors Without Borders- (Médecins Sans Frontières) had in a statement, last week, raised alarm over Read More

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We’re ready for re-run polls – INEC

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 1

By Emeka Nze Abuja Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that it was ready to conclude re-run elections in four states not later than July 31. The Commission also stated that it would today fix the date of the re-run elections after its meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and other relevant stakeholders in Abuja. INEC chairman, Prof. Read More

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N22.8bn fraud: Ex-COAS, Amosu, 2 others arraigned, remanded

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 1

By Jerry Uwah Lagos A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd), two serving senior officers of the Air Force and eight companies, were yesterday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos on a 23-count charge bordering on fraud, money laundering and stealing. The two serving senior officers arraigned alongside Amosu, were Air Vice Marshal Jacob Read More

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Ex-foreign affairs minister, Maduekwe, dies at 71

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 1

By Emeka Nze Abuja The recently elected of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Ambassador Ojo Maduekwe is dead. He passed on at the age of 71. Chairman, PDP BoT, Senator Walid Jubrin, last night, confirmed this to our correspondent from Saudi Arabia where he is on lesser hajj. Jubrin said a member of the Maduekwe family, called Read More

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Discussing Senator David Umaru

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Often, when Senator David Umaru is being discussed in our social media interactions, I’m either mentioned or referenced. The reason is their identification or recognition of my fierce support for his political presence and aspiration, especially in his bid for the Senate. My relationship with him was founded in my praise of his antecedents as live-wire of the opposition in Read More

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Rio 2016: Neymar & Costa in Brazil squad

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Neymar has been included in the Brazil squad for the Olympic football tournament in Rio . The Barcelona star was left out of the disappointing Copa America campaign as a concession to his club, who were not prepared to allow him to play in both competitions. He is one of three sanctioned over-age players in the under-23 squad, along with Read More

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Air Nigeria’s N3.5 bn loan: Beaming the searchlight on UBA

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

In line with the current government’s anti-graft war, there is need to unravel how the N35 billion aviation intervention fund was handled by the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Ime Akpan reports The Senate Committee on Aviation cannot shy away from its responsibility to let the whole world know what really transpired as to whether the UBA committed fraud in Read More

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HoS seeks collaboration with stakeholders on housing

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has called for sustained collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders on federal government’s intervention in the housing sector. Speaking at an Affordable Housing Summit 2016 in Abuja, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said the collaboration was necessary in order to provide affordable housing to Nigerians and address Read More

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Why Nigeria is still under-developed, by ex-ABU registrar

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Najib Sani Bauchi Pioneer registrar of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Alhaji Aliyu Umar Misau, has expressed disgust that 56 years after independence, “Nigeria still imports basic necessities of life for its citizens.” Misau stated this while speaking during the special Ramadan fast breaking dinner organised by the non-governmental organisation (NGO), Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), for Muslims and Read More

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Nigeria can rescue naira with local refineries – Ihenacho

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

CAPTAIN EMMANUEL IHENACHO, a former Minister of Interior and active player in the maritime and oil sectors, in this interview, tasks government on the need to create an enabling environment for the emergence of private refineries. How can the oil and maritime sectors be integrated for the benefit and advancement of the country? It is very important for us to Read More

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MTN wins 2.6 GHz broadband license

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Musa Adamu Abuja MTN Nigeria has won the frequency spectrum license for the 2.6GHz band as the sole bidder in the auction exercise by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). MTN said the 10-year license will guarantee superior performance for wireless networks, especially 4G LTE services, including the roll-out of broadband internet services across the country, starting in the major Read More

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CFTZ, Navy to partner on maritime security

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Kingston Obung Calabar In its determined efforts to curb threat of sea pirates along the Calabar waterway, the management of Calabar Free Trade Zone, CFTZ, says it was collaborating with the Nigerian Navy as well as the Amphibious Training School, ATS, of the Nigerian Army. Head of the CFTZ, Godwin Okimba Ekpe, who disclosed this during his visit to Read More

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Faulty airbags: Toyota recalls 1.4m cars

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Toyota Motor is issuing a global recall of 1.43 million vehicles to repair a possible curtain shield airbag inflator defect, the company said yesterday The world’s largest car maker said in a statement that subject to the latest recall were the 2008 to 2012 models of the Prius hybrid, Prius plug-in hybrid and Lexus CT 200h vehicles. Report says the Read More

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Anambra youths battle elders over ‘intimidation’

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Henry Opara Awka Youths in Nanka community, Orumba North local government area of Anambra state, have warned against intimidation and harassment being meted out on them by some elders of the community. Chairman of the youth, Mr. Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo, said they had suffered harassment intimidation and unlawful arrests orchestrated by some elders led by the chairman of Amakor Village, Read More

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Grazing reserves: Issues, intrigue in Plateau

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

One issue that has ruffled Plateau politics is the planned grazing reserves and ranches, with Senator David Jonah Jang accusing Governor Simon Lalong of ceding the people’s land at whims. MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU examines the underlying intrigues. Disturbed by the incessant clashes between herders and farmers across communities in Plateau state, resulting in loss of lives, the state government will Read More

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Transmitting company to return electricity to Maiduguri

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maidugurim The Maiduguri Office of Yola Power Transmitting Company (YPTC) has commenced rectification of high tension faults and  power transmitting  faults at Damboa town transmitting center and few transformers as well as electric poles within Maiduguri metropolitan council and Jere Local Government area of the state capital with a view to return full and regular supply of Read More

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Fayose’s account freezing saga

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

For the embattled Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, freezing of his personal account not only undermines his immunity, but also a repressive action carried too far. ROTIMI OJOMOYELA reports. Hundreds of Ekiti indigenes cannot wait to see how Governor Ayodele Fayose would wriggle out of the intricate web of federal might he has been entangled in as coming days Read More

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NSE: Bulls return as equity market gains N82bn

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Amaka Ifeakandu, Lagos Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday took upward trend, gaining N82 billion. Market Capitalisation of listed equities increased by 0.81 per cent to N10.239 trillion from N10.157 trillion traded the previous day. Also the NSE All Share Index surged by 237.67 basis points to 29812.91 points from 29575.24 points recorded on Tuesday. Read More

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Oral health: Brush up on dental care basics

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Dr. Samuel Awosolu Think you know everything about proper brushing and flossing techniques? Understand the basics and what you can do to promote oral health. Your smile depends on simple dental care habits, such as brushing and flossing. But are you using the right techniques? Follow these steps to protect your oral health. Brushing for oral health Oral health begins Read More

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NIMASA DG lauds NAN’s professionalism

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to remain committed to its ideals of professionalism in the discharge of its mandate. Receiving a delegation of the management of the foremost News Agency in Nigeria led by its Managing Director, Mr Bayo Onanuga, the DG Read More

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Overland Airways to introduce cargo services in Jalingo airport

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Stephen Osu Jalingo Overland Airways Nigeria limited  has introduced the ATR-72 aircraft on the Abuja-Jalingo route thereby increasing capacity on the route it previously serviced with an ATR-42 aircraft. The ATR-72 aircraft sits 70 passengers while the ATR-42 sits 48 passengers, the airline is about to introduce cargo services to Jalingo airport. The introduction of the bigger ATR-72 aircraft Read More

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N10bn debt: AMCON takes over AfriJet assets

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Ime Akpan Lagos In the bid to recover toxic debts, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCOM), has taken possession of the assets of Afrijet Airlines over its inability to pay a N10 billion debt. The takeover of the defunct airline’s assets was pursuant to the order of Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court, Lagos who acted Read More

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Buratai: Is corruption fighting back?

June 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Maiwada Danmallam A recent story published by Sahara Reporters which “authoritatively” broke the news that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T. Y. Buratai, owns what the “revelation” wants to have general public believe is an expensive property in Dubai, UAE is one that would generate incredulous debate, especially in Nigeria’s “e-rats” infested cyber jungle. No doubt, the Read More