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How Al-Barnawi’s arrest aided Sambisa fall

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 2

 We’re not crushed – Shekau Video, mere propaganda – Army By Musa Umar Bologi, Abuja and Sadiq Abubakar, Maiduguri with agency Barely one week after the Nigerian military swept off the Boko Haram fighters from Sambisa Forest, indication has emerged that the arrest of its factional leader, Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, three months ago, may have largely contributed to the victory. Read More

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FG recovers 40 SUVs, others from ex-Perm Sec

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

 As electronic assets declaration begins in 2017 By Bode Oagoke Abuja The federal government has announced the recovery of 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles from a former Permanent Secretary who single-handedly ‘appropriated’ the official vehicles to himself while in office. It was also revealed that the strict enforcement of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has largely reduced diversion Read More

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808 killed in Southern Kaduna crisis – Catholic Church

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

The Catholic Archdiocese of Kafanchan, said the unrest in southern Kaduna state claimed no fewer than 808 lives. Fifty three villages have so far been attacked and 57 people injured, the church said. Governor Nasir El Rufai said the attackers are foreign Fulani herdsmen, who were avenging past attacks on them and their livestock. But, the state and federal governments Read More

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Kano Police arrest 1,027 criminals in 2016

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano The Kano state Police Command said it arrested no fewer than 1, 027 suspected criminals for committing various offences in 2016. The figure is contained in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Magaji Majiya and issued to newsmen in Kano yesterday. The statement also said a total of 119 suspected kidnappers were Read More

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ASUU petitions EFCC over N2bn ‘fraud’ in Unilorin

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Agboola Bayo Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate an alleged over N2 billion fraud rocking University of Ilorin.ASUU in a petition submitted to the Ibadan office of the EFCC alleged that University of Ilorin authorities was one of the most corrupt higher institutions in the country. Read More

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NAFDAC destroys N100m fake, expired drugs in Sokoto

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto The National Agency for Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), yesterday in Sokoto destroyed fake, counterfeit, expired and unwholesome regulated products worth over N100.8 million. Speaking at the venue, the acting Director-General of the agency, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, said that some of the products were voluntarily submitted to NAFDAC by various governmental and non-governmental organisations. Mrs. Read More

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Benin Court jails APC youth leader for alleged murder

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Patrick Ahanor Benin City An Oredo Magistrate Court in Edo state has remanded the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader, Mr. Osakpamwan Eriyo,  for attempted murder of the party ‘s secretary,  Chief  Osaro Idah. The APC chieftain was remanded along with the Ward 3 chairman of the party in Oredo local government, Mr. Sunday Osagbona. A two-count charge Read More

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Kashim Shettima’s tummynomics

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

In the build-up to Ayo Fayose’s campaign to return to the Government House in Ekiti in 2014, he realised that the quickest way to the electorate’s hearts was through their tummies. But it was not Fayose that introduced rice and beans, Maggi and salt with vegetable oil in tow into the Nigerian political culture. The practice is as old as Read More

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Shanghai Shenhua confirm Tevez deal

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Ex-Manchester City and United striker Carlos Tevez has signed for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, the club confirmed yesterday. Shanghai have signed the Argentina forward, 32, from Boca Juniors but no details were given over the contract. Shanghai, coached by ex-Brighton boss Gus Poyet, are reported to have agreed a deal worth £40m for Tevez including a salary in Read More

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Pensioners commend Gaidam, others

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

The President of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Dr. A.O Afolayan, has commended Governor Ibrahim Gaidam and four others for steady  treatment of pensioners in their respective states. “I would like to appreciate very few state governors whom we have positive reports on their treatment of our pensioners in their respective states of  Jigawa, Anambra, Enugu, Yobe and Lagos. Read More

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Nigerians shine at waste to wealth show in India

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

As experts continue to proffer various solutions to the current economic crisis affecting most countries, two Nigerians have thought out- of- the box on how best to turn waste to wealth, winning  awards in far away India. UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB  reports. The perceived negative image of the country at the global level notwithstanding, one thing that still goes on well Read More

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Firms to establish health technology varsity, sugar industry in Kaduna

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Moh Bello Habib Zaria Egyptian and Malaysian investor have indicated their interests in establishing University of Health Technology and Sugar Company respectively in Makarfi local government area of Kaduna state. A member of the State House of Assembly representing the Local Government Area and Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Mallam Mohammdu Bello Sani Gimi has said in Read More

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Halima: Celebrating an icon of humanity

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Musa Wada On Friday, December 23, 2016, Barrister Halima Alfa gained an additional year of a life distinguished by humane principles, refined values and remarkable achievements. Barrister Halima, a man in a woman and an Amazon of Kogi politics, was a former commissioner of commerce and industry in Kogi state, former national financial secretary of All Nigeria People’s Party Read More

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Kaduna Electric commences tree trimming around installations

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Kaduna Electric has started trimming tree around its electric installations in parts of its franchise states in Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi. According to the Head, Corporate Communication of the Comiany, Malam Abdulazeez Abdullahi, the objective of the exercise is to improve stability in the company’s network, avoid current drop for a more efficient electricity distribution Read More

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Nigeria’s straying teenagers

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Kenechukwu Obiezu When a nineteen year old boy recently fell afoul of the law by procuring abortion drugs for his fourteen year old girlfriend in Lagos, and was predictably docked, the malaise assailing Nigeria`s teeming teenagers fell under the harsh glare of judicial scrutiny. When a society gleefully glides to the cellars of morality and those whose duty it Read More

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Tambuwal presents N204.2bn budget for 2017

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Sokoto state Governor, Barr. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,  has presented present 2017 budget proposal of N 204.2 billion to the state house of assembly. Presenting the budget, governor Aminu Tambuwal assured that the state’s 2017 budget would reflect the yearnings and aspirations of the generality of the people. According to the governor, N 140, 541, 864.00 Read More

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Open letter to Buratai, Nigerian Army

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

SIR: It is with unimaginable tears of joy that I express my hearty congratulations on your victory against the deadly Boko Haram sect. The entire country has been thrown to a hysterical moment with the news of this victory. Big congratulations to you and our gallant soldiers who achieved this great feat. Words really can’t thank you all for your Read More

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Falcons and our sports reward system

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

It is often said that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. The case of the Super Falcons, Nigeria’s women national football team, after the just concluded African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroun is different. They had brought joy to our nation by emerging champions for the tenth time but they returned as orphans without the usual Read More

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Ex-lawmaker hails military over Boko Haram defeat

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Mohammed Bello Habib Kano Former House of Representatives member from Kudan/Makarfi Federal Constituency, Alhaji Isah Ashiru, has commended the determination of President Muhammadu Buhari and Military in bringing the Boko Haram insurgency to an end within such a short time. Ashiru said it took a high level of commitment on the part of the President and the military to Read More

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Diagnosing citizens’ rights in Nigeria

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

On May 29, a journalist, Joseph Hir, was beaten, allegedly by supporters of the Nasarawa state governor for writing a “negative” report about the governor. A month later, Yomi Olomofe, executive director of Prime magazine, and McDominic Nkpemenyie, a correspondent with Tide newspaper, were severely beaten and injured by a group of people at Seme Customs border post in Lagos. Read More

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Kogi ALGON chairman launches empowerment scheme for youth

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja In an effort to eradicate unemployment at the grassroots, the chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Kogi state chapter , Alhaji Taufiq Isah, has launched over N200 million skill acquisition, training and empowerment programme. In his address during the 2016 Odokoro Day celebration in Ijumu  local government area of the state, the Read More

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Awaiting the ‘damning’ report on Magu

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Adebimpe Joseph Surely, there has to be a lot more to the Senate refusal to confirm Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) than the contents of what is being circulated in the media as “security report”. In all honesty, it is hard to see the ‘damning’ part of what the public has been fed Read More

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UNC deploys personnel for New Year celebration

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Lubem Gena Abuja United Nigerian Chaplaincy (UNC) has deployed its officers and men across the states of the federation to ensure hitch-free 2017 New Year celebration. This was made known to newsmen in Abuja by the Commandant General (CG) of the organisation, Prof Jidejisos Ejie. Ejie while speaking on the activities of his organisation during this year’s festive season Read More

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Attack on Ganduje’s projects: For whose benefits?

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Kano state politicians seem to have started so early, the game of wits to outshine one another ahead of the 2019 general elections. BODE OLAGOKE, in this piece, takes a look at why a light rail project meant to benefit the citizens is now being politicised. When Kano state government signed $1.8bn light rail contract with Chinese firm on November Read More

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Fall of Boko Haram: Rare Christmas gift to Nigerians

December 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

Gbemiga Olakunle On Christmas eve, Friday December 23, 2016, the final stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorists, named Camp Zero, tucked inside Sambisa Forest in Borno State, finally fell to the Nigerian Military, through the grace of God. The news came to many Nigerians as a unique/rare Christmas gift from God to a despondent nation, living under the yoke of Read More