2023: South South ‘ll produce next president, group insists

July 25, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

A non-partisan advocacy group, South-South Presidency 2023 (SSP2023), has given reasons for insisting on the return of power to the zone in 2023 The group, which ended its three-day delegates conference in Calabar, Sunday, said there was need for a president of the South South extraction to complete the zone’s tenure of eight years since it was truncated by massive Read More

Unemployment: Church launches skill acquisition training

July 25, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

With unemployment rate in the country becoming very worrisome, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, has launched skills acquisition training for those it described as Young Single Adult (YSA). The event, which took place in Calabar at the weekend had in attendance members of the three stakes of Calabar North, Read More

Tension in Abuja, masked security operatives take over court premises as Nnamdi Kanu’s trial begins

July 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu regarding the treasonable felony charge preferred against him by the federal government will commence on Monday.Ahead of the trial to be held at the federal high court in Abuja, there is growing tension moment after a security alert was issued especially those whose offices are located with Central Read More

Outcome of LG elections in Nigeria predictable – CUPP scribe

July 25, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

National Secretary of the Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) High Chief Peter Ameh has again described Local Government elections in the country as “the greatest electoral fraud foisted on Nigeria’s electoral democracy.” Ameh, who is also the former President Inter Party Advisory Council, stated this in a press statement on Sunday also said that the country’s multiparty democracy would Read More

APGA to boycott LG polls in Nasarawa

July 25, 2021 Moses John 0

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has disclosed that the party would not participate in the forthcoming Local Government elections in Nasarawa state. The state Public Relations Officer (PRO) Chief Ezekiel Ayuba Kuje made this known at the end of the State  Executives and Local Government Chairmen of APGA in Lafia. In a communique, the party alleged that scheduled elections by Nasarawa State Read More

3 APC members in Benue face suspension as SWC meets

July 25, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Three members of the All Progressive Congress in Benue state have been recommended for suspension by the Kwande local government area chapter of the party over alleged involvement in anti-party activities. They are former House of Representatives member for Kwande/ Ushongo federal constituency, Barr. Benjamin Wayo, APC senatorial candidate in the 2019 election for Benue North East, Mimi Orubibi and Read More

Matawalle reveals major factors responsible for banditry in North

July 25, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Governor Muhammed Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state on Sunday blamed the spate of banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in Northern Nigeria on injustice and poor leadership in the region, over long period of time.  He spoke in Kaduna on Sunday, during the presentation of a lead paper titled, “The Fight Against Banditry in Northwest Nigeria: Challenges and Solutions” to herald the Read More

How my daughter celebrated birthday in bandits’ captivity, parent of released Bethel Baptist student recounts

July 25, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Following the release of 28 students of Bethel Baptist High School Kaduna on Sunday, parents of the children have been recounting their ordeal while their children were in bandits’ captivity. One of the parents, Malam Danboyi Begs, said her daughter Louis was kidnapped the day she was to start her NECO examinations, adding that she celebrated her 16th birthday in the Read More

Oyo PDP crisis: One party, two state secretariats

July 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

BAYO AGBOOLA in Ibadan writes that the intractable crisis in the Oyo state Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) might be a recipe for kissing goodbye to Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration, come 2023 With the opening of a parallel secretariat, it is a case of a house divided against itself in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyo state chapter. But Governor Seyi Read More

Why FG extended NIN-SIM verification deadline again – Official

July 25, 2021 Ayoni M Agbabiaka 0

 The federal government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to October 31, 2021.  The decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora and address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics.  It also followed a review Read More

Domestic violence: Man beats lover to death in Abuja

July 25, 2021 Paul Okah 0

A man, identified as Hasan Yusuf Taiwo, has allegedly beaten to death the mother of his four children, identified as Chibuzor Aloh, from Nike, Enugu state, in Zone 9, Lugbe, in the Federal Capital Territory. Speaking with Blueprint in Abuja Sunday, a neighbour of the deceased, who pleaded anonymity, said that the incident is the extreme form of domestic violence as the man Read More

NCWS seeks end to banditry, kidnapping in Kaduna

July 25, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) Kaduna state chapter has expressed shock, dismay and deep sense of sorrow over the recent spate of banditry and kidnapping in parts of Kaduna state. Chairperson of NCWS Kaduna state chapter, Barr. Zainab Hassan, stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna on Sunday. She said as mothers and wives they Read More

Odds against use of Chemical fertilizers

July 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Over the years, it is believed that increasing use of fertilizers is key for raising agricultural productivity and reducing poverty, but experts have raised concern over the health and environmental implications of using chemical fertilizers, JOHN OBA reports.  Fertilizer For many farmers in Nigeria, the use of chemical fertilizer like Nitrogen, NPK etc is essential to increased yield, but evidence Read More

Ochefu, redefining governance in Benue

July 25, 2021 Ekpo Edache 0

Madam Wandoo Terna, not real name, a 52-year old widow and mother of four pretty children from Igbor in Gwer local government area of Benue state who due to poor governance in Benue state since the advent of democracy in 1999, finds it hard to provide ample resources to cater for her four children. Recently, she came out boldly to Read More

Is IMSUBEB appointment statutory or tenured?

July 25, 2021 Ifeanyi Maduako 0

When Chief Rochas Okorocha became the Governor of Imo state in 2011, he appointed Dr. (Mrs.) Uche Ejiogu as the Executive Chairman of the Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB). Before the expiration of Okorocha’s first tenure of four years, Dr. Uche Ejiogu was removed as the IMSUBEB chairman. She was replaced with Mrs. Getrude Oduka. Dr. Uche Ejiogu was Read More

Healing Nigeria in the spirit of Adha

July 25, 2021 Hassan Gimba 0

Last week, Muslims the world over celebrated the eid-ul-adha or the “big eid” or “big Sallah”. We are, however, more interested in its meaning, implications and bearing on us as a nation. We need to look at spiritual milestones, hoping to find the seemingly elusive panacea for our ills. Eid means feast, festival or celebration, while Adha loosely means “sacrifice” Read More

Police arrest ‘fake’ Naval officer in Nasarawa

July 25, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Nasarawa state Police command, Sunday, arrested a 32-year-old fake Naval officer, Nasiru Ahmed.Ahmed was alleged to be an impostor, notorious criminal and serial fraudster.A statement by the command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Nansel Ramhan, and made available to newsmen in Lafia, said the arrest of the fake naval officer was in continuation of the onslaught against criminals in the state. Read More

Etsu Nupe urges unity among subjects

July 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has urged his people at home and in the Diaspora to be united wherever they reside. The Etsu, who doubles as Chairman of Niger State Counci of Traditional Rulers, told the people to co-exist peacefully with their neighbours. He said such act would attract the desired progress within the Nupe kingdom.Etsu Nupe spoke in Wodata palace, Read More

Nigeria: Who is to blame?

July 25, 2021 Prince Charles Dickson 0

In 1963, the Trinidadian writer CLR James released a second edition of his classic 1938 study of the Haitian Revolution, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. For the new edition, James wrote an appendix with the suggestive title ‘From Toussaint L’Ouverture to Fidel Castro’. In the opening page of the appendix, he located the twin Revolutions Read More

Ponzi scheme: Rage as angry investors besiege EFCC over scam

July 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The last has not been heard about the various Ponzi schemes defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians with  fake financial returns. EMEKA NZE reports on one of such. Several Nigerians who unsuspectingly invested their money with a promise of huge Return On Investment (ROI) of 100% and above have petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently probe and prosecute the company, Read More

Igboho fights back, sues SSS, AGF Malami for N500b

July 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (a.k.a. Igboho) has sued the Federal Government over the July 2 raid of his Sooka, Ibadan residence by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS). Igboho who filed the suit at the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, is asking for N500 billion damages He is praying the court for an order for the Read More

Ohakim: FCT High Court throws out Igwegbe’s suit, cites defectiveness

July 25, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has thrown out a lawsuit instituted by Chinyere Amuchiena Igwegbe, the ex-mistress of former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim, seeking damages from the ex-governor over defamation of her character. The suit was dismissed by Justice Halilu Yusuf for want of jurisdiction. Blueprint recalls that Igwegbe had hinged her allegation on the ground that both Read More

How Malami’s leadership saved FG over N400bn judgment debt liability – Apata (SAN)

July 25, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The retired Solicitor General of the Federation (SGF) and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata (SAN) Friday revealed that conscious policy and leadership disposition of the current Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) led saved the Federal Government over N400 billion judgment debt liability sanction. Apata who stated this during Read More

Court jails son, mother, girlfriend over $902,935 Internet fraud

July 25, 2021 Ise-Oluwa Ige 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State on Thursday, July 22, jailed a mother, her biological son and the son’s girlfriend for defrauding an American lady, Lucinda Ann Garnes Henrichson of an aggregate sum of $902,935. The trio of Gift Kenneth (son), Dora Animam (mother) and Spice Chimzi Dandy Igwe (son’s girlfriend) were given separate jail terms after Read More