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Families of officers killed during #EndSARS protests get N160m

January 29, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, Thursday, handed out 39 cheques worth N160 to families of policemen who were killed during the #ENDSARS protest last year. Adamu, who made the presentation at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, said the gesture was a clear statement that the Nigeria Police will never abandon the family of colleagues who have gallantly Read More

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FCC crisis: Agency defends embattled chairman

January 29, 2021 Agi Onda 0

The Independent News Agency of Nigeria has risen to her defence of the Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr. Muheeba Fraida Dankaka, following a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offence Commission (ICPC), against him by commissioners representing the 36 states and the FCT. A statement by Mr Femi Ojo of the Independent News Agency of Nigeria Read More

NAWOJ tasks new Service Chiefs on results

January 29, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Association of women Journalists (NAWOJ) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of new Service Chiefs to boost the fight against insecurity. NAWOJ, National President, Comrade Ladi Bala, in a press statement in Abuja, welcomed the resignation of the former service chiefs and expressed the hope that the development was a move towards the total overhaul of Read More

Police arrest bus driver for defiling 4-year-old girl in Ogun

January 29, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro, 0

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 36-year-old school bus driver for having carnal knowledge of a four-year-old pupil of the school. A press release by the PPRO, Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect, Michael, was arrested following a report by the mother of the victim at Ogijo divisional headquarters that, while her husband was Read More

Buratai pulled out of Nigerian Army

January 29, 2021 Samson Benjamin 0

The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has officially been pulled out of the Nigerian Army in a parade at Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja, on Friday. In his valedictory speech, during the Pulling Out Parade, Buratai said he left the Nigerian Army better than he met it. He said that the Army under his watch had achieved Read More

2,240 women receive N20, 000 FG cash grants for rural women programme in Zamfara

January 29, 2021 Editorial III 0

No fewer than 2,240 women have benefited from the federal government cash grants for rural women programme in Zamfara state. This was made known by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Nigeria, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farug, during the formal sharing of the Cash Grants for Rural Women Programme in Gusau, Friday. The Minister, who was Read More

A farewell to Jogo Bonito

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian football family is in a long period of mourning following the death of goalkeeper Joe Erico, fondly referred to as Jogo Bonito. Erico died in his sleep on Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was said to have complained of body pains and was admitted at the hospital a week earlier where he was treated for malaria before his Read More

El-Rufai wants culprits behind Kaduna Church pavilion burning punished

January 29, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has condemned the burning of pavilion erected by ECWA Church for a conference in Zangon Kataf local government. The governor has also tasked security agencies to fish out those responsible for burning the pavilion erected close to the Agwatyap Palace, for prosecution.  A statement by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Read More

Service Chiefs to undergo Senate’s confirmation – Presidency

January 29, 2021 Taiye Odewale, 0

The newly appointed Service Chiefs are to appear before the Senate for confirmation said the Presidency on Friday. In a statement issued to that effect, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, said President Muhamnadu Buhari had already forwarded letter of request for the confirmation to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. “President Read More

Group demands stoppage of Osogbo flyover, threaten legal action against Oyetola

January 29, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Transparency and Accountability Group (TAG), has called on Governor Gboyega Oyetola to immediately stop the plans to construct a flyover at the Olaiya junction in Osogbo, Osun state.  A statement signed by the spokesperson of TAG, Ayodeji Ologun, described the construction of flyover as a needless expense for the state government at the moment and will amount to a waste of Read More

FG receives certificate for 12 Federal roads’ concession

January 29, 2021 Tope Sunday, Abuja 0

The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Agency (ICRC), Friday, presented the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance for 12 federal roads to the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola. Fashola received the document from the ICRC acting Director-General, Mr Micheal Ohiari, during the formal handover ceremony in Abuja. The minister said the concession option is another way of financing the Read More

Breaking: Yahaya Bello accepts to contest 2023 presidential seat, tables conditions

January 29, 2021 Chamba Simeh, Abuja 0

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has accepted to run the 2023 presidential race “but on certain conditions”. Bello responded to the 14-day ultimatum issued to him by a coalition of youth support group under the umbrella of Governor Yahaya Bello to President Yahaya Bello be(GYB2PYP). Bello personally handed over his response letter to the Director General of the group, Read More

When I finally conquered Abuja!

January 29, 2021 Clem Oluwole 0

My choice of headline for this piece may mislead you. To say that I have conquered Abuja, the seat of the federal government, could be interpreted to mean that I have taken over the nation’s capital and sent President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB), his ministers as well as members of the National Assembly packing to their villages. Far from that! Keen Read More

The deafening sound of dews and the hush of heavy rain

January 29, 2021 Okey Ayogu 0

When in the paradise of men, truth is defined by diabolic interests: dews become heavier than downpour and mildest sunshine is narrated as a worse drought just to satisfy the hunger for bad news, for which course good things go unsung while any imaginable evil is trumpeted as absolute reality.  No wonder the surest strategy to gain readership, followership and Read More

Breaking: CAS overules FIFA, restores Ahmad as CAF President

January 29, 2021 Editor 0

Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad has been dramatically restored as Confederation of African Football (CAF) President following a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Ahmad was banned by Fifa in November for five years after football’s world governing body found him to have breached several of its ethics codes. The Malagasy – who will now resume his role as a Fifa Read More

Security, electoral reforms on front burner as PDP plans conference

January 29, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Security, economy, electoral reforms and other essentials of national stability are on the front burner as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) intensifies arrangements for its planned conference on how to salvage the nation and return her to the path of peace, national cohesiveness and economic prosperity. The party has already commenced consultations with critical stakeholders across board on ways to Read More

10 questions for Muhsin Ibrahim

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Muhsin Ibrahim is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Cologne, Germany. He writes on Kannywood and other socio-political and religious issues with northern Nigeria in focus. AWAAL GATA poses 10 questions to the author of two booksHow did your amity with writing start? What triggered it?Writing is, often, a result of reading. I started reading novels by, Read More

Breaking: Buhari returns to Daura one month after

January 29, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Daura, his town in Katsina state ahead of nationwide registration and revalidation exercise by the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was welcomed on arrival at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina , by the Governor Aminu Bello Masari, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the Chief Judge. Read More

Hoodlums burn Church pavilion in Kaduna

January 29, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has condemned the burning of pavilion erected by ECWA Church for a conference in Zangon Kataf local government area, while tasking security agencies to fish out the culprits for prosecution.  The pavilion erected close to the Agwatyap palace was burnt by unknown people, but a statement signed by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security Read More

90% of Nigerians identify comedy as means for employment-Ihua

January 29, 2021 Editorial III 0

A research by the Africa Polling Institute (API) on the comedy sector with the view to improve the talents of Nigerian youths has disclosed that 90%  of Nigerians spoken to were of the opinion that comedy skits are more of the purpose of employment The executive-director Africa Polling Institute, Professor Bell Ihua, revealed this during a press conference on its Read More

Kannywood agog over Ashiru Nagoma’s reappearance

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Kannywood agog over Ashiru Nagoma’s reappearance. Recently, key players and watchers of Kannywood industry were shocked when pictures of powerful producer, Ashiru Nagoma, who had been off the public scene for more than 15 years, appeared on several social media platforms looking dishevelled with over grown and unkempt hair. ALIYU ASKIRI looks at the circumstances surrounding his reappearance. As far Read More

DStv, GOtv prices slashed by MultiChoice… See new price details

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

MultiChoice Nigeria on Friday slashed the prices of its DStv and GOtv decoders, an announcement that would take effect from Monday, February 1, 2021. The price slash will see the DStv HD decoder, dish kit with Compact package subscription drop from N18,600 to N9,900 on Confam package, while GOtv decoder, GOtennae with GOtv Jolli package subscription will go from N8,400 Read More

D’Tigers, D’Tigresses get Tokyo Olympics opponent Feb 2

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria men and women’s Basketball teams D’Tigers and D’Tigress will know their opponents in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Tuesday February 2, 2021. FIBA announced that due to the current health pandemic, the draws which will take place at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland will be behind closed doors and will be streamed across Read More

Southgate to partake in football dementia study

January 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he is taking part in a research project looking at possible links between football and dementia. Southgate, who had a long playing career, has volunteered to be part of the heading study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which is backed by the Football Association. There are growing concerns over the Read More