[Breaking] N2.9bn: Hours after securing bail, Rochas Okorocha shows up at APC presidential screening venue

May 31, 2022 Editor 0

Former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday night showed up at Transcorp Hilton Abuja, venue of the ongoing All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential screening to take his turn as one of the aspirants. Okorocha was forcefully arrested last week by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at his residence over alleged N2.9 billion fraud. Read More

Reports of monkeypox outbreak origin, fabrication – US

May 31, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The United States Mission has debunked recent misleading posts on social media on the origin of the current global outbreak of monkeypox disease, and supposed calls for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to investigate “so-called U.S.-controlled laboratories” in Nigeria. A press statement by the Mission said, “Such reports are pure fabrication. There is zero merit to any allegations regarding the Read More

INTERPOL nabs 3 Nigerians for online scam  

May 31, 2022 Chizobs Ogbeche 0

Three Nigerians, suspected to be global scammers, have been arrested by the INTERPOL in an operation targeting malware cyber fraud across South-east Asia. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in a press statement, Tuesday, in Abuja, said operatives of the commission arrested the suspects in a sting operation conducted simultaneously in a Lagos suburb, Read More

Clickatell wins prestigious Nigerian ICT Award

May 31, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Clickatell, a CPaaS innovator, and one of the Chat Commerce leaders was acknowledged by Nigeria Communications Week as their Communications Solutions Provider of the Year.This is as part of their 13th Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Awards, held recently. Nigeria Communications Week, a prominent local technology publication, held its annual awards, which recognizes top performers in Nigeria’s ICT sector, in Lagos Read More

Tax from ICT firms fall by 43% in 3 months – NBS report

May 31, 2022 David Agba 0

Tax from firms in the information and communication sector fell by N21.7 billoin from N51.05 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021 to N29.35 billion in the first quarter of 2022. This is 42.51 quarter-on-quarter decrease according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. In its ‘Company Income Tax’ documents for both quarters, the NBS described the ICT sector Read More

Digital firm campaigns for more girls to embrace ICT

May 31, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Managing Director of Inq.Digital Nigeria, Valentine Chime, has stressed the need to encourage females to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for sustainable development of the country.  He explained at an event to mark this year’s International Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT Day) in Lagos, that the ceremony was observed in over 166 nations globally, adding that the Read More

I saved N895m on Abakaliki Airport project – Umahi 

May 31, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has said he saved N895 million in designing the ongoing construction of the International Cargo Airport, Abakaliki. The governor stated this Sunday when he received the national president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chief Chris Isiguzo, national president of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Ladi Bala, and the Central Working Committee Read More

FCT taskforce dismantles illegal markets at Lugbe

May 31, 2022 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The FCT Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation Monday, dismantled scavengers’ camp and illegal markets at Lugbe on Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road. The Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the minister of FCT, Ikharo Attah, who led the exercise, stated that the babanbola activities with the illegal markets constituted nuisance. He stated that Lugbe Federal Housing Authority Read More

N3.1bn money laundering: Court grants Okorocha N500m bail, faces trial Nov 7

May 31, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday, granted bail to a former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha. Okorocha was arraigned on Monday, May 30, 2022, alongside Anyim Nyerere (a.k.a Anyim Chinenye), Naphtali International Ltd, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Ltd, Consolid Projects Consulting Ltd, Pramif International Ltd and Legend World Concepts Ltd on 17-count charge of stealing, Read More

No APC primaries in Kogi Central, aspirant cries out 

May 31, 2022 Oyibo Salihu 0

Hajia Ramatu Shehu Atta, an aspirant in the last Saturday APC primaries in Kogi Central Senatorial district has rejected the outcome of the process and called on the national body of the party to reschedule a free, fair and credible  election. Attah,  Alhaji Dalhatu Sherif and Sadiq Abubakar Ohere contested for the Senate ticket of Kogi Central senatorial district. At a Read More

New secretariat complex for NYSC FCT underway – Minister 

May 31, 2022 John Oba 0

  The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello, has stated that work would soon commence on the plot of land allocated for a new secretariat for the NYSC, FCT. He said this is in pursuance of his administration’s determination to offer more support for the smooth operations of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Alhaji Bello stated this Read More

Zamfara pays 2022 NECO fees for students 

May 31, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has paid for the 2022 NECO examination fees for final year secondary school students of the state. This was announced by the executive secretary, Zamfara state Examination Board, Hajiya Zuwaira Abdu Gusau, in a statement made available to Blueprint in Gusau, Tuesday. She stated that Governor Matawalle has also mandated the board to speed Read More

2022 guber poll:  1,000 LP members join APC in Ekiti 

May 31, 2022 Ojo Oladele 0

Ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial poll scheduled to hold on June 18 in Ekiti state,over 1,000 members of the Labour Party (LP) Tuesday joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) with a pledge to work for the victory of the party’s governorship candidiate, Mr. Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji. The defectors who came from all the 16 local government areas of the state Read More

Katsina lawmaker protests, vows to sue APC over primaries’ result 

May 31, 2022 Hamidu Sabo 0

Hon Jabiru Yusuf Yauyau, a member representing Batsari at the Katsina state House of Assembly, has rejected the primary election declared results of the Batsari/Safana/ Danmusa federal constituency, threatening to go to  court if issues raised are not addressed. Yauyau stated this, Tuesday, at a press conference in Katsina, saying 160 delegates were accredited to vote during the exercise and that seven Read More

2023: Ex-Anambra commissioner Uche Okafor joins YPP

May 31, 2022 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

  Immediate past Commissioner of Commerce in Anambra state and member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Uche Okafor, Tuesday, announced his entrance into the Young Progressives Party (YPP). Okafor, who disclosed this at a media parley organised by the senator representing Anambra South, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, and other candidates of YPP for Read More

Harnessing road corridor to boost economy

May 31, 2022 Blueprint 0

On March 24, 2022, stakeholders in the transport sector, converged on the premises of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) for a roundtable on Road Corridor Development and the impact on trade in Nigeria.The programme, organised by the National Chamber Policy Centre of the ACCI provided a platform for the stakeholders to brainstorm in order to produce a draft Read More

INEC releases CVR update 

May 31, 2022 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released 4th Quarter week 7 update of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration. According to figures released by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, at 7am, on Monday 30th May 2022, the commission recorded a total of 10,235,569 fresh registrants in the in week 7 of the fourth quarter. Out of this,the Read More

What happened to Bayelsa state anti kidnapping law?

May 31, 2022 Blueprint 0

Laws are made to be obeyed for the good of all and where not obeyed, there should be enforcement, but such is not about some extant laws in Bayelsa state. JOY EMMANUEL examines such laws. Indeed, it is one thing to enact good laws that looks human in order to govern a society; yet, another problem is implementing or enforcing Read More

Children’s Day: CITAD, ActionAid donate trees to Bwari communities

May 31, 2022 Binta Shama 0

 The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) in collaboration with ActionAid have donated 100 economic trees, including refreshment, to Kuchibuyi and Guto communities in Bwari area council of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), in commemoration of this Children’s Day celebration. Speaking at the event on Friday last week, Partnership and Local Right Advisor ActionAid, Mrs Hajara Opaluwa-Adamu, said Read More

APC senatorial primary: Adegoke withdraws from Oyo South re-run

May 31, 2022 Bayo Agboola 0

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in  Oyo state deepened on Monday as another chieftain of the party Olooye Adegboyega Adegoke announced his withdrawal from Oyo South senatorial primary election. Olooye Adegoke, in a statement in Ibadan, said the re-run primary slated this Tuesday (yesterday) was nothing but a charade. The APC chieftain declared that his decision to Read More

Bye-election: Tribunal admits PRP’s CTCs of BIVAS

May 31, 2022 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Plateau state National and Houses of Assembly, Elections Petition Tribunal, Monday, admitted as Exhibit P2, 20-page Certified True Copies (CTC), of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BIVAS) documents, tendered by the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The tribunal admitted the documents marked as Exbit P2, tendered by Mrs. Onome Okpopuna, PW 1,  ICT staff of Read More

2023: Nwobodo emerges Enugu Accord guber candidate

May 31, 2022 Chuks Nweze 0

Former chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Enugu state, Barrister John Nwobodo,  Tuesday, emerged the governorship candidate of Accord Party in Enugu state. Nwobodo who was the sole aspirant of the governorship primary election monitored by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), polled 140 votes through affirmation and was declared winner. The chairman of electoral committee, Mrs Chinasa Nwekeke, announcing Read More

Abia APC: Female aspirant, Mary Ikoku, raises alarm over delayed primary in Arochukwu/Ohafia constituency

May 31, 2022 Sam Obinna Ibe 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives aspirant for Arochukwu/Ohafia federal constituency, Chief Mrs Mary Ikoku, has raised an alarm over the delay in conducting the primary election many days after its postponement  by the party as a result of alleged irregularities.  Speaking on the continued delay, Chief Mrs Ikoku who is an Abuja-based human rights activist, wondered why it had Read More

APC primary: 6 Ibadan Reps aspirants raise alarm over fake delegates

May 31, 2022 Bayo Agboola 0

Six of the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives aspirants for Ibadan North-West/South-West constituency area of Oyo state on Tuesday demanded a new date for their primary election. Speaking with journalists at Lafia Hotel in Ibadan, the six aspirants, Chief Rotimi Ajanaku, Mrs Folake Olunloyo-Oshinowo, Mogaji Samuel Ajadi, Mr Biodun Ikumoguniyi, Mr Temitope Oyewale and Mr Mutair Fasola, raised Read More