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Anambra Central: Okonkwo commences contempt proceedings against INEC

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial District of Anambra state, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, is to commence contempt proceedings against Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, over alleged disobedience of the order of the Federal High Court directing him to issue Certificate of Return to him as winner of the senatorial seat. The plaintiff, Read More

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Unlawful detention: Group demands Dasuki’s immediate release

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Citizens Initiative for Security Awareness has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of former National Security Adviser NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) from unlawful detention by the federal government. The group pleaded with the government not to be deaf and dumb to the rule of law in the matter, and allow natural justice to flow in Read More

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Judiciary and 2017 landmark events

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

VIVIAN OKEJEME looks at some of the high and low points of the judiciary in 2017, even as she sets agenda for 2018 In 2017, the nation’s judiciary witnessed a lot of ups and downs with so many events that shaped the year. While some are very good, others are not too good, or out rightly bad. And one of Read More

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…NSCDC assures residents of safety

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Baba Yusuf Abuja Residents of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been assured of their safety, even as they go about celebrating the successful crossover into the New Year, 2018. They are implored to fully participate in the celebrations, having nothing to worry about as measures have been taken to safeguard lives and property within the nation’s capital Read More

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2018: Ngige assures workers of brighter days

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Moses John Abuja Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has assured Nigerians of a brighter 2018 as efforts are on top gear by the federal government to stem job losses and further create new ones. The minister in a New Year message, urged Nigerians not to tremble over the recent statistics on job losses released by the Read More

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2018: Enough of blame game, ASUU tells Buhari

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 1

Agboola Bayo Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to forget about blame game politics of 2017 and give Nigerians good governance in 2018. Speaking through the chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr Deji Omole, the union maintained that henceforth, “Nigerians are expecting good governance and not another year of blame game played by Read More

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Fuel scarcity: We’ll abandon cars on major roads, TUC tells FG

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Moses John Abuja The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has threatened to mobilise its members across the country and abandon their cars on major roads, should the perennial fuel crisis persist. This was contained in a New Year massage, jointly signed by the President Bobboi Kaigama and Secretary General, Musa Lawal. They said Nigerians could no longer take the hardship Read More

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NUPEC will cooperate with governments at all levels, CG

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Commandant General of the National Unity and Peace Corps, Dr. Chinedu Nneji, has assured President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors and local government chairmen that the organisation under his leadership will work with all other sister agencies to bring about peace in the country. Nneji, however, urged the president to sign into law the bill establishing the Read More

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15 killed in Jigawa road accident

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Mohammed Aliyu Dutse At least 15 people were on Saturday evening killed when a truck loaded with sand collided with a car at Garin Ciroma, a village in Gagarawa local government area of Jigawa state. The Volkswagen Gulf 3 vehicle with a passenger capacity of seven and registration number AA 664 DRA was overloaded with 15 persons. They were Read More

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Budget tracking key to transparency, accountability – CITAD

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Senior Programme Officer, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Malam Isiyaku Garba Yakasai, has described consistent budget tracking by citizens as a veritable key to ensuring transparency and accountability in ideal democratic setting. Speaking at a one day stakeholders’ forum on budget tracking, organised by CITAD in Kano yesterday, Yakasai said the essence of electing Read More

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Child trafficking: The conspiracy, hypocrisy of major actors

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Alhassan A. Bala The trafficking of children for the purpose of domestic service (House help), and other forms of exploitative labour is a widespread phenomenon in Nigeria. Children and many girl child are recruited with promises of well-paid jobs in urban centres, more especially the houses of well to do families within the country. The news of 26 girls Read More

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How Nigeria’s oil industry went local

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Matt Mossman The ’biggest real-estate foreclosure in Manhattans history began with a Nigerian jet-fuel binge. Kola Aluko, now in hiding from the authorities of multiple countries, allegedly spent so much money on jet fuel that he could no longer pay the mortgage on his Midtown penthouse, which was consequently auctioned for $36 million in late 2017. Aluko is a Read More

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Combating cultism in Imo

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The reported killing, on October 5, 2017, of the two most wanted cult leaders and kidnappers in Imo State, Tochukwu Egbelu, aka black face, and Enyia Iwu, aka Sparrow, by the operatives deployed by the state police command to the Assa, Obile and Awarra communities of Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area brought unspeakable joy and much needed relief to the traumatised Read More

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Of unity in diversity

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Television Authority has played and replayed the video of the late Biafran leader Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu, countless times in a bid to preach the benefits of unity. While this is not wrong, one wonders if they actually understood what Ojukwu was pointing at or maybe they did but felt at the same time that it wasn’t necessary to Read More

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Health ministry and anti-graft war

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The recent revelation by wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on the deplorable condition of the Aso Rock Clinic, Abuja, was quite disturbing. Making the disclosure at the opening of a stakeholders’ meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mrs Buhari, who couldn’t hide her umbrage, reprimanded the Chief Medical Director of the State House Medical Centre, Dr Hussain Munir, Read More

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Kano police record 601 crimes, rescue 52 kidnap victims

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano command of the Nigeria Police Force recorded 601 major crimes in 2017, with 52 victims of abduction rescued and reunited with their families. Besides, the command recovered 35 stolen vehicles, 75 different types of arms and 273 live ammunitions during the period under review. Speaking to newsmen on their scorecard in 2017, the command’s Public Read More

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Minister secures release of 36 Gombe inmates

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Auwal Ahmad Gombe Minister of state for Power, Housing and Transport, Suleiman Hassan Zarma has secured the release of 36 inmates from Gombe main prison. Zarma disclosed this to journalists in Gombe, Saturday shortly after the release of 24 inmates, where he paid various sums of money as fines for them. The remaining 12 inmates are however awaiting courts Read More

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Zamfara police arrest notorious cattle rustler

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Sanusi Muhammad Gusau The Zamfara state police command has apprehended one of the suspected cattle rustlers, terrorising communities in Niger and Zamfara states. Parading the suspect shortly at the end of the year press briefing by the command in his office yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kenneth Ebrimson said the suspect, Rabe Bello was arrested following a Read More

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Gunmen abduct Taraba lawmaker

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja Taraba Police Command yesterday confirmed the abduction of a state legislator, Hosea Ibi, by three unidentified gunmen. The lawmaker represents Takum 1 in the state Assembly. The command’s spokesman, David Misal said Ibi was kidnapped in Takum, his hometown on Saturday night. “I can confirm to you that the lawmaker was kidnapped last night in Takum. Read More

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NSE 30 index review affected Oando, 7Up, others

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) over the weekend review its NSE-30, and its seven sectoral indices, following the completion of the year-end review and index rebalancing exercise which will see the entry of some major companies and the exit of others from the various indices. Most affected in the review were Oando Plc and 7-Up Bottling Company, which have been Read More

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2017: Equity market closes in positive trend, increases by 47.2%

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Stories by Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Trading at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) last week close year on a positive trend, growing by N4.363 trillion. The Market capitalisation of listed equities which opened year at N9.246 trillion appreciated 47.19 per cent to N13.609 trillion from N9.246 trillion recorded at the end of December 2016. The NSE All share index also increased Read More

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Ecobank MD commends Okpekpe Road Race Silver Label Status

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  By Amaka Ifeakandu, Lagos The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria Limited, Charles Kie has commended Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of 10km Okpekpe International Road Race on the recent upgrade of the Road Race to silver Label by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The bank Managing Director stressed that the elevation does not only lend credence to the standard and Read More

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Local currency appreciates at I&E forward window, BDC FX market

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Stories By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos The nation’s currency (naira) continues to appreciate in most segments of the foreign exchange market. The naira appreciated against the dollar at the importers and Exporters Foreign exchange window (I &E FXW), Bureaux De Change and parallel market by 0.14 per cent, 0.28 per cent, and 0 27 per cent to N360.33 to a dollar, Read More