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Confusion as court sacks Makarfi

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 3

 Halts party’s National Convention      Judgement not binding – PDP By Emeka Nze and Vivian Okeje Abuja The cloud uncertainty hovering around the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday got foggy as a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, declared as null and void the party’s National Convention held on May 21, this year, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. It Read More

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Buhari to clerics: Help beg Nigerians

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Touched by the pathetic plight of Nigerians under a crumbling economy, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday appealed to religious leaders in the country to carry the message of hope to the people that things would improve. Speaking at a meeting with the Council of Abuja Imams at the State House, in Abuja, the President urged the Read More

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Don’t keep cash in shops, new FCT CP warns

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 3

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja The new Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Mustafa, who assumed duty at the command Headquarters on Wednesday, has enjoined business owners not to keep cash in their shops. Mustafa stated this after taking over from his predecessor, Alkali Baba Usman, who had been promoted to the rank of an Read More

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El-rufai dismisses 3 directors over land scam

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 3

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Kaduna state government has dismissed three directors of Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KASUPDA) and two others from Kaduna  Geographic Information Service, (KADGIS) for abusing the revised Millennium City layout. Director Urban Planning and Research, Charles Akau Ibrahim, Director Development Control Adamu Aliyu Nuhu and another director in Urban Planning and Research department, Philemon Read More

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APC ‘blackmail’ makes PDP stronger – Dokpesi

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 3

By Kingston Obung Calabar All Progressive Congress (APC) blackmail of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is making the PDP stronger, the national chairmanship aspirant of the August 17, 2016 convention of the opposition party, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has said. Speaking in Calabar during his campaign tour of Cross River state, Dokpesi said “our party is being blackmailed on daily Read More

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‘Kwankwasiyya, APC’s political time bomb’

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 4

By Bashir Mohammed Kano A group of APC concerned members in Kano have described the political antecedents of the immediate past governor of Kano state, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, as anathema to the cohesion of the party and a time bomb waiting to explode. In a press statement in Kano, the group wondered why the former governor should be making Read More

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Budget padding: Dogara threatens Blueprint

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 3

By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has threaten legal action against Blueprint Newspaper over its story on allegations of corruption labelled against him by the sacked chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin. A letter dated July 27 addressed to the editor of the paper by Dogara’s counsel threatened a Read More

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The Babelian meanings of names

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 4

The whole confusion started from the biblical days when the inhabitants of a city called Babel decided to construct a tower that would link heaven and the earth. Before embarking on the unthinkable adventure, the entire earth was peopled by one race with one common language. To frustrate their ambition, God decided to put different languages on their lips, so Read More

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Arsenal can’t outspend rivals – Gazidi

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 3

Arsenal cannot “outgun” their big-spending rivals in the transfer market, says Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis. The club have made one major signing this summer, buying Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for £35m. “We can’t afford to outgun competitors that have far more money. We have to be very careful, very selective,” Gazidis told the New York Times. The 51-year-old Read More

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Buhari, Dickson and the Niger Delta question

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Few days after it threatened to use force in the Niger Delta to tame activities of militants attacking oil and gas installations for months now, the Nigerian military, Wednesday, announced the launching of a series of tactical drills in Enugu. The launching of the drills, codenamed: “Operation Crocodile Tears,” came about 48 hours after the Chief of Read More

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I am not ready for marriage – Ebeye

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

Nigerian actress, Amanda Ebeye, is also a part-time model and a graduate of Benson Idahosa University, Benin. The actress, who made her debut in the movie, Weeping Tiger, in 2008, won the classic media merit award for most talented actress in 2015, among others. Could you give us an insight into your background? I’m Amanda Ebeye by name, an actress Read More

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Disruption of Abia politics may escalate militancy in Niger Delta – Nwachukwu

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

Fidelis Nwachukwu, a former member of the Abia House of Assembly, former Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, is presently the Special Adviser to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). With his depth of knowledge in Abia politics, he speaks with SAM OBINNA IBE on Uche Ogah’s scheming, court judgments among other political issues on the Read More

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AMCON, debt recovery and national interest

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

By Bashir Ibrahim Hassan Debt recovery is as daunting a task as anything. Ask anyone with banking experience he/she will tell you how staff in debt recovery departments are loathed by bank debtors. This is what we are witnessing today, the loathing of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) by some recalcitrant debtors in the wake of its heightened activities Read More

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Nigerian muslims, Islamic media and loss of identity

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

If the Muslims refuse the importance of Islamic media as Dawah tools, if the Muslims refuse to invest in the Islamic media, if the Muslims turn down the participation in Islamic media programs and refuse to make projections for the next generation?, how do we move forward from a complaining Ummah to a media active Ummah. The need to invest Read More

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Why Clinton chose Tim Kaine as running mate

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 2

Hillary Clinton’s choice of Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her vice-presidential running-mate should cheer Americans despairing at an election season steeped in vitriol, division and fear-mongering. It should be balm to centrists’ souls to hear Senate colleagues from both parties agree that Mr Kaine is a thoroughly decent and reasonable man. One of the first reactions came from a Read More

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Teacher arraigned for alleged oral sex with student in Ogun

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

The police within the week arraigned a 21-year-old teacher, Matthew Sodake, at an Ota Magistrates’ Court for allegedly having oral sex with a 14-year old student. The prosecutor, Chudu Gbesi, told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 12 at about 8.00 pm at Ambassador Star Comprehensive Secondary School,  Otta in Ogun. Gbesi told the court that Read More

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Cleric impregnated my brother’s wife – Witness

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos A defence witness (DW 8), Bernard Dilkon, told Justice David Mann of the Plateau State High Court 3 that one Evangelist Danjuma Fwenji has impregnated Mrs. Joy Nanlhi Dilkon, the wife of his brother. Mrs Dilkon, in a petition no PLD/p63a/2014, PLD/J362d/2014, sued her husband Mr. Leonard Dilkon, seeking the dissolution of their marriage. However, Read More

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Police smash kidnap gang in Rivers

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja The Nigeria Police has said that its officers have smashed a suspected kidnap gang in Rivers state. A press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Don Awunah, yesterday in Abuja, said the gang known to have been terrorising law-abiding citizens in Rivers and its environs met its end when they kidnapped a woman Read More

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We’ve uncovered 12, 915 ghost workers – Sokoto commissioner

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto No fewer than 12, 915 ghost workers have been uncovered in the staff payroll of 23 local government councils of Sokoto state during the last junior staff verification exercise, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Alhaji Mohammed Maniru Dan Iya, has disclosed. Iya made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on the achievements recorded Read More

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Pupil sues Fayose over right to free education

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 1

A pupil of Divine Academy in Ekiti state, Amidat Akingbolu, has sued the Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose  for imposing N1, 000 and N500 for pupils of private schools and public schools, respectively. She is seeking a determination of the Court on whether the Ekiti state government is under legal obligation to provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for Read More

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Students strike over ban on mini-skirt, tight trousers

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Martin Paul with agency report At a time the law prohibiting indecent dressing is prevailing in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions, secondary school students are violently protesting against the ban on wearing of mini-skirts in Ugandan schools. Report monitored in Abuja stated that more than 1,300 students of Aduku Secondary School, Apac District, have been sent home following a violent strike Read More

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Why candidates fail English in NECO, WAEC exams – Don

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Deputy vice-chancellor and lecturer at the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University, Lapai, Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya, have attributed mass failure of English Language in public examinations to general deficiency in teaching and learning at primary and post-primary levels. Tswanya stated this at an inaugural lecture titled: “Academic English for Academic Competence: The Challenge for Higher Education in Read More

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Petrol sale ban: Lawyer sues FG, IG, NNPC

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Jerry Uwah Lagos A lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Malcom Omirhobo, yesterday dragged the federal government, Inspector-General of Police and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) before a Federal High Court, Lagos, over the ban on the sale of petrol in kegs. The lawyer listed himself and the people of Nigeria as applicants in the suit. Those joined as Read More

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Education, a priority to Gombe – Dankwambo

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Plateau state has said that his administration is according priority to education. Dankwambo said the fact that his state was one among the north-eastern states devastated by the Boko Haram insurgents, much priority was being given to the education of youth. The governor spoke through the state commissioner for higher Read More

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‘New FX regime forces drop in demands for UK schools’

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Martin Paul Abuja Indications have emerged that the new FX regime has affected demands for United Kingdom (UK) schools by Nigerian parents. Marketing director of Abbey DLD group of colleges, Mr. Charles Johnson, said the new order has changed Nigeria from being the biggest African market for UK schools. Abbey DLD, a group of schools based in Birmingham, Cambridge, Read More