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I haven’t decamped to PRP –Sen Sani

January 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Senator Shehu Sani has dismissed rumors that he has dumped All Progressive Congress (APC) for People’s Redemption Party (PRP), describing the report as the handiwork of those who are bent on destroying him politically. Speaking to Blueprint weekend yesterday, Senator Sani alleged that the Kaduna state government has abandoned its statutory responsibility of providing dividends of democracy to its Read More

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My father and husband made me who I am – Dr Asma’u Maikudi

January 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

From a secondary school teacher to principal, Dr Asma’u Sani Maikudi crossed over to Kaduna Polytechnic as a lecturer and rose to become the Director of College of Administration and Social Science Studies. Last year, she was appointed the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Zamfara state by President Muhammadu Buhari. In this interview with RUKAYYA AYYUBA ADAMU, Dr Maikudi told the Read More

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Can APC win the South east?

January 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Last Monday, the All Progressives Congress(APC) had inaugurated the Niyi Adebayo Strategic Committee to investigate why the party lost the last Anambra state gubernatorial election and to fashion out how the ruling party will win the South east geo-political zone. However, the committee’s leader seen be a round peg in a square hole as ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU and TOPE SUNDAY highlight Read More

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El Rufai to NLC: No going back on sacked teachers

January 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Last Monday, Kaduna state chapter of National Union of Teachers (NUT) began a strike action to force government to rescind its decision on their sacked members who failed the competency test. Three days later, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) staged a solidarity rally in Kaduna and contrary to expectations, there was no unsavory incident. After all said and done, Governor Read More

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Lawmaker distributes N3m relief materials to Nasarawa IDPs

January 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Member, representing Nasarawa/Toto Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Architect Ja’afaru Ibrahim, has donated relief materials worth N3 million to some displaced persons affected by herdsmen attacks in Benue state. The lawmaker presented the relief materials yesterday to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Awe and Keana local government areas of Nasarawa state. He was represented by Read More

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Association proffers solution to farmers/herders clashes

January 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

As part of its contributions towards seeking permanent solution to the lingering crisis between farmers and herdsmen in the country, a group, Community of Allied Farmers Association (COMAFAS) has suggested a way of ending the imbroglio. In a letter by the association’s president, Comrade Austin Maduka, to the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum titled: “Letter of Condolence”, the association particularly Read More

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LPPC strips lawyers of SAN titles

January 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) has withdrawn the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) from two lawyers for alleged misconduct. In a statement signed by its secretary, Hadiza Mustapha, the committee said the first affected lawyer, Oluwatoyin Bashorun, would not be allowed to re-apply for the position till after three years. According to the statement, the other lawyer, Read More

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N388m fraud: S/Court orders retrial of ex-Lagos Speaker

January 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The Supreme Court, yesterday, ordered the retrial a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, on a N338million money laundering charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC. Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, had in his ruling in September 2014, exonerated Ikuforiji of the charges. Read More

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Kaduna protest: We’re not moved, says El-Rufai

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

By Tope Sunday Abuja Despite the mega rally staged by the coalition of the labour unions on Thursday to protest the sack of over 21,000 primary school teachers, Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has declared that his administration will not rescind its decision to sack teachers who failed the competency test. Blueprint Weekend recalls that the orgainsed labour led by Read More

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Borno extends curfew for effective security

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Borno State Government, has again on the strong advice of the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole announced the extension of the rescheduled curfew time earlier announced (8:00 pm to 6:00 am every day), by another one week. In other words, the prevailing curfew regime is to now last until Friday, 20th January, 2018. A statement issued Friday by Dr.  Mohammed Read More

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Group demands release of activist Wala from detention

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

A group known as ‘Free IG Wala Support Group’ has urged the Inspector General of Police to order the release an activist Ibrahim Garba Wala from detention or charge him to court to protect his fundamental rights. Wala was said to have been in Police detention for more than a week now based on a petition against him. But a Read More

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Killings: I cautioned Ortom against anti-grazing law – Lalong

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 1

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state said yesterday that he cautioned Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state against hasty implementation of the anti-grazing law. Addressing State House correspondents after a closedoor meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Lalong said it was wrong to ban open grazing without alternative measures. He also said it was wrong to assume that it’s only Fulani Read More

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Mega rally: NLC, TUC shutdown Kaduna

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Thousands of Nigerian workers led by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba and Trade Union Congress (TUC) yesterday shutdown Kaduna metropolis to protest the sack of over 36,000 workers in the state. The mega rally, which included workers from the 36 states of the federation and FCT, Abuja, organised by the labour union started at the NLC office Read More

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B/Haram: Returnees’ farmlands littered with landmines – Army

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Seeks UN’s assistance on clearance detectors The Brigade Commander, 21 Armoured Brigade, Brig.- Gen G.B Audu has said, while Bama town and its environs were largely safe for the returnee IDPs to come back and resettle, they were still faced with the challenges of farmlands littered with landmines by Boko Haram insurgents. He said the scenario makes farming in the Read More

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Benue killings: Over 18,000 persons displaced in Nasarawa – Official

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Nasarawa state government has said over 18,000 people had been displaced in Nasarawa State due to spill-over of the killings in Benue. The Special Adviser to Governor Umaru Al-Makura on Security Matters, Mohammed Adeka, disclosed this at a news conference on Thursday in Lafia. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the briefing had in attendance all the security chiefs Read More

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16 states endorsed cattle colonies – Ogbeh

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has declared that 16 states have endorsed the proposed colonies for herdsmen. Although he didn’t name the states, the minister also clarified that contrary to views in certain quarters, the measure was not deigned to transfer communal land ownership to Fulani herdsmen, but to curb the incessant bloody clashes with farmers. Read More

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Benue killings: Victims given mass burial, Ekweremadu mourns

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Funeral rites, were yesterday, conducted for the souls of the 73 victims killed by suspected herdsmen in Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue state amid tears and wailing. The victims were killed variously between January 1 and 6. The solemn event was organised by the Benue state government to honour the victims, described in the state as, ‘heroes Read More

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FG CRIES OUT: 2018 Budget may fail if…

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

The federal government, yesterday, declared that the implementation of the N8.612trillion 2018 Budget will face challenges if not speedily passed by the National Assembly. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, dropped the hint while briefing journalists shortly after a budget defence before the Senate Committee of Federal Character, at the National Assembly, Abuja. He hinged his Read More

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We are ready to continue paying full salary, Osun govt promises  

January 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

Osun State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Bola Oyebamiji, has assured workers of the readiness of the state government to continue paying full salary. He stated this in a new year message delivered during a meeting with staffs of the ministry at the finance building, government office, on Thursday. He hinted that the state has on Wednesday paid full salary to Read More

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Military Urges UN to Provide Landmines Detectors for Clearance of ‘Bama

January 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

Commander 21 Armored Brigade, Brigadier General G.B Audu has said that Bama town and its environs  were largely safe  for the returnee IDPs to  come back and resettle but still faced with the challenges of farmlands littered with landmines by Boko Haram insurgent’s which has made farming difficult for the local people. He also said  the Nigerian military has been Read More

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Osun LGs allocations, poll: Court fixes Jan 24, for ruling 

January 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday fixed January 24, for ruling in an application seeking the setting aside of an interim order withholding Osun state Local Governments’ allocations from the Federation Account. The suit was filed by three plaintiffs/applicants, namely, Chief Kolawole Osunkemitan, Chief Douglas Adeyinka Oyinlola and Prince Aderemi Adeniran Adelowo, The Read More

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2019: ADP rejects INEC order of elections

January 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

..Alleges rigging plans by APC The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has rejected elections schedule release by the Independent National Electoral Commissione (INEC), alleging that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had perfected a rigging plans ahead of the 2019 general elections. The opposition party specifically wanted the electoral empire to start the conduct of the election from the State Houses Read More

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Don’t harbour terrorists, Borno residents warned

January 11, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja The Nigerian Army has again warned residents of the North-east to desist from habouring remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in their areas. Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman gave the warning in a statement yesterday. He said: “Credible intelligence has revealed that several of the criminal Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to taking refuge in Read More