Easter celebration: NSCDC deploys 20,000 personnel, others

April 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has ordered the deployment of over 20, 000 personnel of the corps to provide security during the Easter celebrations. Addressing newsmen Thursday in Abuja, Audi said the deployment was necessary considering the security challenges beclouding the country. “I would like to assure Nigerians of a Read More

Odaudu to lead D’Tigers scouting team to NSF

April 1, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Basketball Federation will be extending its dragnet to the National Sports Festival in its quest to assess domestic players that can add value to the senior men and women national teams. To this end, the NBBF has announced the secondment of D’Tigers assistant coach, Ogoh Odaudu as Chief Scout for the 2021 NSF holding in Edo. On the Read More

Udala FC will make it to NPFL in one season- Chairman

April 1, 2021 Lekan Olaseinde 0

Newly promoted amateur team, Udala Fc of Awka are gunning to cause a sensation in the Nigeria National League by winning promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League in just one season. The chairman of the club, Chief Udala Philip Nonso who is elated after his wards picked the NLO playoff ticket to the NNL told Blueprint Sports in Abuja Read More

Ultimus Holdings doles out N50m to Sahel Military Games

April 1, 2021 Lekan Olaseinde 0

The nation’s quest to give the rest of the continent the best ever Sahel Military Games received a tremendous boost with a princely donation of N50m (fifty million naira) by Ultimus Holdings in support of the games. The financial support was received in Lagos when organizers of the games paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii, founder and Read More

Lawan preaches love, hope, tolerance at Easter

April 1, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Christian faithful, as they join the rest of the Christian world in celebrating Easter this weekend. Lawan in a statement in Abuja Thursday, noted that Easter is one of the most important events in the Christian calendar which is to celebrate the sacrificial death and resurrection of Read More

Appeal Court dismisses N2.1bn money laundering charges against Dokpesi

April 1, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal Thursday discharged founder DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, of the N2.1 billion money laundering charges instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In the seven-count criminal charge preferred by the EFCC, the Appeal Court upheld the no case submission filed by Dokpesi and DAAR Communications. While delivering Read More

EFCC investigates top security officials who own property in Dubai

April 1, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced investigation into the report of 13 top Nigerian security officials owning 266 property in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE). This was part of findings of a report submitted to the commission by the lead researcher in the discovery of the loot, Prof Gbenga Oduntan of Kent Law School, University of Read More

EFCC arraigns Benue Perm Sec for contract forgery

April 1, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Makurdi Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Thursday, arraigned the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Benue state, Ayaka Apir Ityu, before Justice A. I. Ityonyiman of the Benue State High Court, Makurdi, on one count charge of forgery. A press statement by the EFCC, Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, Thursday in Abuja, said the Read More

AFCON 2021: CAF fixes date

April 1, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 next year, a Confederation of African Football (CAF) official confirmed on Thursday. A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by recently elected president Patrice Motsepe from South Africa also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six groups will be held Read More

UK to work with Nigeria to end insecurity, minister vows

April 1, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The United Kingdom has expressed readiness to work with Nigeria towards ending insecurity in the country. A press by the British High Commission in Nigeria said the UK Minister of State for the Armed Forces, James Heappey, who visited Nigeria between 28 and 29 March, gave the assurance. “Nigeria is an important and valued defence partner for the UK. Our Read More

Breaking: DBN disburses N191.7bn as loans to SMEs in 2020

April 1, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

A total of N191.7 billion was disbursed as loans by the Development Bank of Nigeria Plc to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In its 2020 financial report released Thursday, the amount represents a 89% rise from N101.5 billion disbursed by the Bank in 2019.  This growth is in line with its core mandate of facilitating sustainable socio-economic development by improving Read More

Emulate FCT minister, youth group tells politicians

April 1, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

President Federal Housing Youth Authority Engr. George Chidi, has urged politicians to emulate Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory Dr. Ramatu Tijani. Chidi stated this Thursday, at the launch of their Magazine Lugbe Echo and kick-starting of tree planting campaign in Abuja. He said, “We present the maiden edition of this National Magazine hoping that relevant authorities will emulate Read More

COVID-19 vaccine: NIFROP faults Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

April 1, 2021 Editor 0

The National Inter-Faith Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP) is appalled by the anti-vaccine stance of the founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, who has issued messages to discourage people from taking the COVID-19 vaccines. NIFROP is concerned that “Oyakhilome has taken his showmanship too far without regard for how his campaign of misinformation impacts the lives of people who Read More

Nigeria can win AFCON – Egbayelo

April 1, 2021 Akeem Busari 0

… Calls for early preparations Nigeria’s qualification for next year’s AFCON slated to hold in Cameroun has continued to elicit excitements among lovers of Nigerian football at home and diaspora. Speaking from his base in Tokyo, Japan, sportspreneur and president of Iganmu FC, Abayomi Egbayelo expressed his happiness on the feat achieved by Super Eagles who defeated Lesotho 3-0 in Read More

Disasters: NEMA to strengthen collaboration with FCT Fire Service

April 1, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abuja Operation Office, has sought the continued collaboration of the FCT Fire Service (FFS) in the area of response to emergencies. The Head of Abuja Operation Office, NEMA, Mr Samuel Bitrus, made the request Wednesday in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the FFS, noting that the Service was a key stakeholder in terms Read More

Ebonyi killings: Senator wants FG shoot at sight order implemented

April 1, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha, 0

The Senator representing Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone, Dr Michael Ama Nnachi, Thursday urged Security agencies to implement the shoot at sight order of President Buhari in the crisis areas of the state. Blueprint report that 25 persons at Nkalaha, Obegu, Amezu, Umuhuali, Egedegede communities in Ishielu local government area of the state were killed by suspected herders on Monday night. Read More

Bad governance: Group canvasses support for Bala Mohammed’s presidency

April 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a pro-democracy group, Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad vanguard, BAM-V, has begun canvassing support for the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, saying that the former Senator possesses what it takes to lead Nigeria. Addressing newsmen on Sunday the Kano State chapter of the movement, Chairman of the Chapter, Adnan Mukhtar-Adam, noted that Mr Mohammed has the Read More

Is crude oil under-developing Nigeria?

April 1, 2021 Saduwo Banyawa 0

Nigeria is blessed with crude oil which it heavily depends on. Nigeria’s crude oil accounts for over 95 per cent of the country’s revenue. Nigeria is ranked as the sixth largest oil producer in the world and it produces about 2 million barrels of oil per day. Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer and a member of the Organisation of Read More

Anambra: Police confirm death of 3 officers, arrest one suspect, reinforce Soludo’s security

April 1, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

 The Anambra state police command, Thursday, confirmed death of three officers during an attack on the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Prof. Charles Soludo.Soludo, who was attacked Wednesady night during an interactive session with some youth at a civic centre in his home town, Isuofia, Aguata local government area, is a gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressive Grand Read More

2023 presidency: Group begins mobilisation for Bala’s aspiration

April 1, 2021 Najib Sani 0

A political group known as Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed Vanguards (BAMV) has begun mobilization of stakeholders in Bauchi state on their endorsement of the state governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed for president come 2023. The group started the mobilization with visitations to traditional rulers in the state to seek their blessings and support to the aspiration. While at the palace of the Read More

Breaking: APC extends membership registration, revalidation exercise for another 3 weeks

April 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Membership Registration/Revalidation and Update Exercise scheduled to terminate on March 31st, 2021 has been extended by three weeks. A statement signed Thursday in Abuja by the party’s National Secretary,Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, John James Akpanudoedehe, said the national caretaker committee approved the extension. “The audit of the reports received from: the National Membership Registration, Revalidation Read More

FCT: CP assures residents of hitch-free Easter celebration

April 1, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Commission of Police in charge of the FCT, CP Bala Ciroma, has assured residents of a hitch-free Easter celebration. Ciroma gave the assurance in a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, ASP Mariam Yusuf, Thursday in Abuja. It read in part, “In furtherance with effort to ensure that residents of the Federal Capital Territory Read More

Leah Sharibu and the broken presidential promises

April 1, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

 Napoleon was famously quoted as saying that promises are meant to be broken. Millions of politicians in under-developed, developing and developed countries would gladly accept it as wise and pragmatic. Wherever politicians are gathered, there they are surrounded by jagged shards of broken promises. It is not that they are not men and women of their words, it is simply Read More