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Election turned on its head with just 10 days to go

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The most unpredictable, dumbfounding and just plain nasty presidential campaign in modern times is heading into its final full week. Hillary Clinton, who just three days ago seemed on a glide path to a date with history, is suddenly on the defensive. The former secretary of state is again tripped up by her ill-fated decision to use a private email Read More

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BREAKING: EFCC arraigns ex-Abia Gov. Orji Kalu

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzo Kalu before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos over allegations of money laundering. The governor had been arraigned before Justice Adamu Bello (Rtd) in Abuja over an alleged diversion of about N3.2bn from the State’s treasury between 2003 and 2007 when he was Read More

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CCB Act: TUC threatens to mobilise against Senate

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 ‘Lawmakers insensitive, greedy’ By Moses John Abuja The Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria yesterday said it would mobilise Nigerians against people they described as “anti-democratic” in the country. The Congress, while reacting to the amendment of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act by the Senate, said the move as self-serving and, therefore, condemnable. According to a statement by its Read More

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Minister to IPOB, MASSOB: Rethink your agitations

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By Raphael Ede Enugu Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, has advised those agitating for Republic of Biafra to follow laid down constitutional and diplomatic processes, rather than engaging in uncivilised methods. Onyeama, who said though it was their right to agitate for Biafra Republic, “in doing so they should be rational rather than being emotional.” Speaking with newsmen Read More

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9 illegal miners die in Niger

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By Aideloje Ojo Minna Nine illegal miners have reportedly died in Niger state in a mining site disaster that buried seven alive while the police shot two others in a violent protest that followed the incident. The police shooting was said to have occurred Saturday evening in Kafin-Koro town in Paikoro local government area of the state. Although the identity Read More

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Recession: Nigeria has energy, resilience to recover – British envoy

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By Joshua Egbodo Abuja Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ahmed Bashir, has expressed optimism that “despite Nigeria’s current economic challenges, the country has sufficient energy and resilience to recover.” The Deputy High Commissioner, who received the Group Managing Director of TL First Group, Dr. Olu Olasode, who was on a courtesy visit to the British High Commission in Lagos, Read More

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Buhari not involved in judges’ travails – Presidency

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By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja The Presidency yesterday frowned on individuals or organisations attempting to link President Muhammadu Buhari to the legal travails of some judges facing corruption charges in the country. A statement issued in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, advised journalists and other Nigerians to stop linking the Read More

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N40bn fraud: Fayose’s antics to deceive Nigerians – APC

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By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state has described the allegation of fraud against former Governor Kayode Fayemi by the House of Assembly, as an attempt by Governor Ayodele Fayose to shift attention from his alleged crimes to blackmail the federal government and put the former governor in bad light. It said Nigerians were not deceived Read More

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Council seals 373 illegal pharmacies in Kaduna

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By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has said that it had sealed up 373 illegal pharmacies and patent medicine stores in Kaduna for offences ranging from operating without registration, non- renewal of license to dispensing controlled drugs without supervision. The Director, Inspection and Monitoring PCN, Anthonia Aruya, told journalists in Kaduna at the weekend that PCN inspected Read More

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National Judicial Policy

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There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigerian polity is terribly corrupt. The strong and widespread enthusiasm for corruption has spread to all the three arms of government, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, and has also spread to all the tiers of governance, trickling down to the grassroots level. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has recently testified that no arm Read More

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Cibulkova beats Kerber to win WTA Finals title

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Dominika Cibulkova claimed the biggest victory of her career with a 6-3 6-4 win over world number one Angelique Kerber in the decider of the WTA Finals in Singapore. Making her debut at the season-ending event, she raced into a 3-0 first-set lead, wrapping it up in 30 minutes. The Slovak, 27, kept up the momentum and sealed an emotional Read More

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Kwara mobile courts convict 116 sanitation offenders

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By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Mobile Courts set up at strategic locations in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, at the weekend convicted no fewer than 116 people for sanitation offences during the October month-end sanitation in the state. The defaulters were arrested and prosecuted for driving, roaming and loitering about among other offences, during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise which Read More

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NLC crisis deepens as Ajaero warns Wabba

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By Tope Musowo Lagos Despite efforts being made by veteran labour leaders in the country to mend fences between the two factional presidents of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero and Ayuba Wabba, there seems to be no end in sight to the crisis as Ajaero last week wrote Wabba a letter warning him against destabilising the labour Read More

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Agric: The Chinese experience

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By Lawal Sale Prior to discovery of oil, Nigeria’s economy largely depended on export of agricultural produce such as groundnut, cocoa and rubber, among others, which were then major foreign exchange earner for the country. Nigeria is still an agrarian nation with over 70 per cent of arable land. Factors such as regular sunlight, adequate rainfall and fresh water are Read More

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US election: The better candidate for Africa

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By Irene Fowler According to IMF’s 2016 World economic outlook, global economic growth will be driven by emerging markets in Africa and Asia. Cote d’Ivoire ranked No. 2 in their list of top 10 emerging markets. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of 2000 grants duty free status to sub-Saharan countries for most products imported into America. This trade Read More

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Strike: Labour condemns Amosun over ‘intimidation’ of members

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By Moses John Abuja Organised Labour has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently call the Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, to order for intimidating workers for upholding their rights. Deputy President of NLC, Comrade Kiri Mohammed, while reacting to strike by Ogun workers, also warned against a national strike in solidarity with the workers if the governor failed to Read More

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ASUU tasks govts on property tax, security votes

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By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna Kaduna State University branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lamented the poor funding facing the university, and called for mobilisation of funds from security votes, property tax and multinational companies’ tax to counter the “worrisome economic recession facing the country.” ASUU, who called for the immediate release of the white paper Read More

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‘We’ll offer free legal services to less-privileged’

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By Bashir Mohammed Kano A Kano-based legal practitioner, Barrister Maaruf Yakasai, has expressed the readiness of his law firm to offer free legal services to the less- privileged ones “who cannot  settle the legal charges” they might have incurred. Speaking at a press conference on the establishment of a Prestige Law Clinic Unit in Kano yesterday, Yakasai said it was Read More

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FRC auditors on Key Audit Matters

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Stories by Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos In its determined efforts to ensure transparency and reliability of financial reports,  the Financial Reporting Council(FRC) of Nigeria has charged auditors to endeavour to communicate Key Audit Matters(KAM) as provided by International Accounting Standards(IAS) 701 which bothers on Auditor’s responsibility to communicate key audit matters in the auditor’s report. Speaking in Lagos  with stakeholders of Read More

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Ohize’s demise: We’ve lost a selfless leader – Bello

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By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, yesterday expressed shock over the death of a great leader and former Senator, Salihu Ohize. In a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs. Petra Akinti Onyegbule, in Lokoja, the governor described the demise of the former chairman of Okene Local government area as a Read More

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Bello urges monarchs to be watchdogs

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By Aideloje Ojo Minna Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has called on traditional rulers to remain the watchdogs of their domains in the maintenance of peace and to curtail any act capable of breaking law and order. Bello gave the charge at the weekend while presenting staff of office to the 17th Emir of Borgu, Barrister Muhammed Sani Read More

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FG’s bailout funds to Bauchi inadequate – LG boss

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By Najib Sani Bauchi Chairman, Tafawa Balewa local government council in Bauchi state, Comrade Aminu Umar Danbaba, has revealed that the state government initially requested for bailout funds of over N20 billion from the federal government, but was opportune to get only N8.6 billion. He said if the money the state demanded had been granted, the much-talked about remaining two Read More

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Stockbrokers charge FG on economic revival

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The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) has urged the  federal government  to ensure speedy implementation of its new measures aimed at reviving the Nigeria’s economy. The President of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), Mr Oluwaseyi Abe, who made this call in Lagos said  that growth should be equitable and inclusive for enhanced overall development of the economy Abe who Read More

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Cleric tells FG not to scrap FERMA

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By Bashir Mohammed Kano A Kano-based Islamic scholar, Ustaz Dauda Lokon-Makera, has called on the federal government not to make the mistake of scrapping the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), considering the deplorable condition of high ways across the country. Speaking to newsmen in Kano yesterday, Lokon-Makera said with the current deplorable condition of roads all over the country, it Read More

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…Urged to include cancer on health insurance scheme

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By Lubem Gena Abuja A non-governmental organisation, Stand Up To Cancer Naija, has urged the federal government to include the treatment of cancer to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), to enable more people have access to cancer treatment and management in the country. Worried by menace, the organisation organised a free breast cancer testing for residents of Abuja at Read More