NIDCOM reacts to killing of 16 Nigerian travellers in Burkina Faso 

February 8, 2023 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the killing of 16 Nigeria travellers in Burkina Faso as unjustifiable, callous and criminal. Muslim pilgrims, including 16 Nigerians were allegedly shot and killed by Burkinabe soldiers on patrol. The Jam’iyyatu Ansariddeen Attijaniyya of Nigeria at a news conference, Sunday in Abuja, revealed that 16 of its members were Read More

Turkey: How I, family escaped earthquake – Nigerian survivor 

February 7, 2023 Editorial IV 0

Emmanuel Olaitan Johnson, a Nigerian who survived the earthquake that killed over 5,000 people has narrated how he and his family members escaped. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey on Monday, had a devastating effect on felt in Syria, which shares border with Turkey. Speaking with BBC Pidgin, Johnson said he knew all was not well after he noticed the Read More

Nigerians must engage in dialogue for peace – Sultan, Bayero 

February 7, 2023 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar II has said Nigerians must continue to dialogue for peace and forgiveness to reign. The monarch made the statement, Tuesday, at the 4th annual ‘forgiveness day’ coinciding with the 47th year anniversary of Plateau state held at the Jos Wrang Pam township stadium. He said without peace and forgiveness there will be good Read More

Tussle over naira redesign: Unscrupulous politicians out to sabotage Buhari ‘s government – FG

The federal government Tuesday described opposition political parties’ suit restraining President Muhammadu Buhari from stopping, extending or interfering with the naira swap deadline date as unscrupulous. The government accused the parties of “turning the issue into a political game, preferring to make Nigerians suffer more on the altar of an unconscionable political gamesmanship.” Blueprint reported that on Monday, 14 political parties threatened Read More

CBN won’t be used to scuttle elections, Emefiele tells Yakubu

Governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emiefele has assured that the apex bank won’t allow itself to be used in sabotaging the February/March general elections. Emiefele spoke Tuesday in Abuja while receiving in audience the Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu who led some National Commissioners on a visit to the apex bank. He said the CBN Read More

$1.6Bn fraud allegations: Court discharges, acquits Omokore, firm

February 7, 2023 Kehinde Osasona 0

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Tuesday, freed an oil magnate and chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Ltd, Mr Jide Omokore of alleged fraud and money laundering allegations. Justice Dimgba freed Omokore and two of his firms, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Ltd and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Ltd, on the grounds that the prosecution, Read More

Promotions: Frank Mba takes charge of Ogun as IGP deploys DIGs, AIGs, CPs

February 7, 2023 Chizoba One he 0

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has ordered the posting and redeployment of Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) to departments, commands, and formations in line with his manpower development policy. Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a press statement, Tuesday in Abuja, said DIG Danmallam Mohammed Read More

Naira redesign: Only competent leadership is solution to hardship in Nigeria – Peter Obi 

February 7, 2023 Emeka Nze 0

The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, Tuesday, bemoaned the hardship that Nigerians have endured and vowed to improve their living condition if elected to lead the country in 2023. Obi asked his supporters to show more commitment as the election neared, warning that the country’s future would be unpredictable if Nigerians missed the chance to choose a Read More

Naira redesign, fuel: Abiodun meets monarchs, sues for peace as protest rocks Ogun 

February 7, 2023 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Massive protest Tuesday erupted at GTBank situated along Asero area of Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital over naira scarcity, disrupting human and vehicular activities, as protesters blocked roads access. The protesters, who had placards bearing different inscriptions, vowed to continue their agitation indefinitely. Also, at the Sapon axis in the state capital, a burn fire was seen at the main Read More

Cash crunch: CBN disburses N860m to Edo banks

February 7, 2023 Patrick Ahanor 0

As part of efforts to cushion the hardship faced by customers in accessing redesigned naira notes, the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), said it has disbursed  over a billion naira to commercial banks in Edo State in a span of three days. According to the Apex bank:  “we are pushing out money regularly. On Sunday, we gave banks N400 million. That is Read More

Partners divert money meant for health management – NPHCDA 

February 7, 2023 Ajuka Okah 0

 The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, has lamented the insincerity of partners in combating pandemics in Nigeria. He said some partners divert funds meant for health management. Speaking Tuesday in Abuja at the 39th Expert Review Committee (ERC) on polio and routine immunization, Shuaib said the federal government is determined to end polio in Nigeria and would Read More

Court jails 2 ex-NNPC staff for $1.6b money laundering

February 7, 2023 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Two of five people standing trial in the $1.6 billion money laundering charge before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja – Victor Briggs and Abiye Membere, both former top officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), have been convicted for “unethically collecting car gifts as public officials,” in contravention of Section 98 of the Criminal Code Read More

Organising is lifeline of trade unionism – Comrade Lakemfa

February 7, 2023 Moses John 0

Former Secretary General  Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (UATUU) Comrade Owei Lakemfa has said that organising is an integral part of trade union growth and progress. Comrade Lakemfa said this in his lead paper at a three-day Leadership and Organising Academy for members of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and its affiliates, organised by Solidarity Centre. He said: “Every leader Read More

NDE begins School-on-Wheels training for youths in Ekiti

February 7, 2023 Moses John 0

The National Directorate Employment (NDE) has commenced another round of vocational training for youths in Itapa-Ekiti, Oye local government area of Ekiti state. NDE Director General Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, who spoke during the flag-off of the training in Itapa-Ekiti, said the event was on the agency’s School-On-Wheels programme targeted at the rural areas. Represented by the state coordinator, Olugbenga Read More

MWUN lauds Ngige for increase in wages of NPA workers

February 7, 2023 Moses John 0

  The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has lauded Minister of Labour and Employment  Chris Ngige for his  role  in securing an upward review of the long stagnated salaries and allowances of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) workers. A statement signed by the Director Press in the ministry, Olajide Oshundun, also said  MWUN expressed appreciation to the minister and his management for their selfless Read More

Cross River: Tension as thugs attack PDP leaders’ homes

February 7, 2023 Joseph Obung 0

The attack on leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River State by suspected political thugs is generating serious tension between the party and the the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. Blueprint in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, gathered that among those attacked were homes of the PDP state organising secretary, Read More

Naira scarcity: INEC Chairman visits CBN governor, seeks cash for payment of services 

February 7, 2023 Emeka Nze 0

In view of the recent policy of redesign of some denominations of Nigeria’s currency, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesdays visited the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria with a view to addressing  areas requiring cash for payment of services vital to the conduct of the 2023 general elections. According to the INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Read More

Communal clash consumes 10 in Anambra 

February 7, 2023 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

About 10 persons have been killed with several others injured as Omor and Anaku communities in Ayamelum Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State, renewed their old war over disputed landed property. Sources told Blueprint that the crisis which resumed on Monday had forced many residents of the troubled communities to quickly relocate to cities and safe neighbouring communities, leaving behind some Read More

Naira redesign: Public outcry against currency scarcity 

February 7, 2023 Editorial IV 0

As naira redesign embarked upon by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in December last year, runs into trouble waters with acute scarcity of currency, TAIYE ODEWALE captures the outcry against the policy by Nigerians  particularly from NASS What brought about Naira Redesign  The motive behind Naira redesign as stated by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Read More

NSIP: How we’ve impacted over 15m Nigerians through humanitarian programmes – Umar-Farouq

February 7, 2023 Paul Okah 0

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Tuesday, said the ministry has so far impacted the lives of 15 million families through the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP). Speaking Tuesday in Abuja, during the 23rd edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s scorecard series, the minister said the NSIP has been the key instrument in uplifting Read More

Ebubeagu won’t participate in electoral processes – Ebonyi CP 

February 7, 2023 Amarachukwu Egwu-Agha 0

The Ebonyi state Commissioner for Police, CP Aliyu Garba, Tuesday, said the Ebubeagu Security Network is not permitted to participate in electioneering processes. This was as the CP noted that all political parties have equal right to campaign in local government areas and the state. Mr. Garba stated this during a meeting with political stakeholders  at the Police Mess Abakaliki. Quoting Read More

Man arrested for shooting younger sister’s boyfriend in Ogun 

February 7, 2023 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Operatives of Ogun state Police command have arrested one 30-year-old Michael Ogundele for shooting and injuring one Tobi Olabisi who had love affair with his younger sister.  The suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Idiroko divisional headquarters by one Alfa Akeem, a community leader in Ihunbo town. A statement by the command’s spokesperson, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Akeem, said Read More

NAHCON, HIN’ll transform hajj exercise beyond imagination – SGF, minister 

February 7, 2023 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Gida Mustapha and Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Musa Bello, Tuesday, said the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and Hajj Institute of Nigeria (HIN) will transform hajj exercise beyond the imagination of many Nigerians. They stated that HIN is relevant to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Recovery and Read More

Keep working hard, Peseiro tells Golden Eaglets

February 7, 2023 Editorial IV 0

Head Coach of the Super Eagles, José Santos Peseiro says he is convinced that Nigeria is a country flowing with an abundance of football talents, after watching the training sessions of the U17 boys, Golden Eaglets on Monday morning at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project pitch, Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja. The Portuguese tactician admitted he was very impressed with Read More

Man United ready to ‘break bank’ for Osimhen

February 7, 2023 Editorial IV 0

Premier League giants, Manchester United are planning to launch an £107m bid for Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen. Osimhen has attracted the interest of a number of clubs in the Premier League following his impressive displays for Napoli this season. The Nigeria international has scored 16 goals in 17 league appearances for the Partenopei this term. According to Italian news hub, Read More