Forgery: 41-year-old man bags 10 years imprisonment in Akwa Ibom

February 24, 2021 Uko Etim 0

A 41-year-old man, Witness Sandy Udokpoh, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for forgery and obtaining by false pretence, following his conviction Wednesday by the Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo.Justice Okon Okon delivered the judgment in the suit number HU/25C/2018, between the Federal Republic of Nigeria against the convict, who claimed to be a sub-contractor Read More

Minister Farouq condemns attack on Borno residents

February 24, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has condemned insurgent attacks on residents of Borno state which left 10 persons dead and 47 injured. Boko Haram insurgents fired Rocket Propelled Grenades shots from Kaleri on the outskirts of Maiduguri on Tuesday night.  Two densely populated communities Gwange and Adam Kolo areas including a children’s playground  were Read More

Foundation unveils report on “State of Peace in Nigeria ”

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

An Independent Peacebuilding Organization, Foundation for Peace Professional also known as PeacePro has put together, a report titled “State of Peace in Nigeria” to put spotlight on manifest threat to peace in the country. The report, according to Peacepro is to document state specific threat to peace for the ease of reference and to put peacebuilding at the forefront of Read More

CISLAC lauds Buhari on appointment of NEITI ES

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji as the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). In a statement today in Abuja, the Executive Director of CISLAC Auwal Musa Rafsanjani described the choice of Dr. Orji as very suitable and outstanding given his wealth of Read More

Launch investigation on arrest of Journalist, MRA tells Niger state Gov

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Media Rights Agenda has called on the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, to launch an investigation into reports that his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Barje, ordered the arrest of The PUNCH correspondent in the State, Adebayo Ayinde, and directed security men to bar him from Government House in the State for undisclosed reasons. The MRA made the demand Read More

Yiaga Africa makes case for youth, women, PwDs in democratic consolidation Stories

February 24, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Yiaga Africa has said outlined priority areas that are consistent with the tenets of good governance and democratic consolidation and provide Nigerian citizens, especially young people, women and people living with disabilities, with the needed confidence in trusting our electoral outcome.  According to Yiaga Africa’s Director of Programs Cynthia Mbamalu said during an advocacy visit to Senator Ike Ekweremadu to canvass Read More

Discordant tunes as Reps debate Buhari’s firearms prohibition order

February 24, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

Members of the House of Representatives were torn along political party lines on Wednesday, when a motion seeking the reversal of President  Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order prohibiting the Nigerian police from issuing licenses for fire arms possession. Sponsor of the motion, Uzoma Nkem Abonta, a member of the PDP from Abia State, had sought to move it on notice when Read More

Private company takes over Asaba Int”ll Airport for 30 years

February 24, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

Delta state government has concessioned it’s Asaba international airport to private company to run for 30 years Governor Ifeanyi Okowa stated this during the signing of the concession agreement for the airport between the state government and the Consortium, Asaba Airport Company Ltd” at the Airport in Asaba. He noted with thanks that the journey which began in 2015 which was Read More

‘N19bn Arms Funds’: Dasuki, others get trial dates

February 24, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

The trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and four others have been adjourned till April 13 and 14, 2021 for continuation by an FCT High Court in Abuja. Justice Hussini Baba-Yusuf fixed the date Wednesday after dismissing an objection raised by Dasuki’s lawyer, Yinka Adedipe, against the withdrawal of a document by the Economic and Read More

Senate confirms Chukwu as Commissioner Law Reform Commission

February 24, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Professor Larry Obinna Collins Chukwu (South East), as Commissioner of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission.  The confirmation of the nominee was sequel to the consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. In his presentation, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, recalled that the nominee’s appointment Read More

Zaki Yamani was an inspiration – Buhari

February 24, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of former Saudi Arabia’s longest serving Oil Minister, Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, who died at a London hospital at 90.Reacting to the passing of Yamani, the president said: “Yamani was one of the greatest and most skillful negotiators I ever met when I was  Minister for Petroleum Resources during the Murtala/Obasanjo Read More

Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election holds March 20 – INEC

February 24, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday  March 20, 2021 for the conduct of the bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti state.A statement by the National Commissioner and chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, said the official notification for the election was published on Wednesday. The statement urged political Read More

FEC approves N5.9 billion for FCT projects

February 24, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Federal executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved N5.9 billion for three projects for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).Minister of FCT, Mr Mohammed Bello, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. “During today’s Federal Executive Council meeting, I presented three memos, two of which were on infrastructure and Read More

Juventus, Inter Milan, Roma chase Mata

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is reportedly being tracked by Serie A trio Juventus, Inter Milan and Roma.The Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having featured only seven times in the Premier League this campaign. According to The Sun, Juve, Inter and Roma have all shown an interest in the 32-year-old, who will see his Read More

Breaking: Bandits kill 18, troops neutralise dozens in Kaduna

February 24, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Bandits have killed 18 people in several attacks on soft targets across Igabi and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna state, just as troops in air attacks killed dozens of bandits in several locations in the state. Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in Kaduna on Wednesday said a particular bandits Read More

Taraba LG salaries: Concern PDP youth cautions APC

February 24, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

Some concerned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youths in Taraba state  on Wednesday cautioned the All Progressive Congress (APC) to stop politicising the issue of payment of local government staff salaries. The PDP youths who spoke to Blueprint in Jalingo, the state capital lamented that some mischief makers from the opposition were not the way and manner they politicised payment of local government Read More

Breaking: Death toll rises to 16 after multiple explosions in Borno

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Boko Haram jihadists attacked Nigeria’s city of Maiduguri in the volatile northeast killing 16 people, including nine children who were playing football in a field, local militia told AFP Wednesday. Officials said previously 10 people were killed and 47 were injured in Tuesday’s attack when jihadists fired rocket-propelled grenades on the densely-populated city. Boko Haram has previously made incursions into Read More

Adamawa 2023: Day 30 parties endorsed Ardo

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

In what was regarded by Dr Umar Ardo and his followers as a “triumph of light over darkness”, the unprecedented happened in the history of multi-party democracy in Nigeria, as 30 political parties in Adamawa state, jettisoned party differences, came together to join forces with an astute politician, Dr.Umar Ardo, to wrestle power in the state. MUAZU ABARI writes. The Read More

2020 Budget: Senate approves N11.35bn for Police Trust Fund

February 24, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Wednesday approved the sum of N11,352,457,101.70 as budget for Nigeria Police Trust Fund in the 2020 fiscal year. The approval came following consideration of the harmonised report of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs.  The implementation of the NPTF 2020 budget would lapse on the 30th of April, 2021.  Chairman of the Senate Committee Read More

Sokoto Hisbah is constitutional – Tambuwal

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has explained that the new Hisbah Commission in the state should not be perceived as a legalistic gimmick intent on fostering anything other than the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on residents of the state. Tambuwal stated this while signing into law the state’s Hisbah Commission Bill submitted to him by Read More

Pains of telecom traders over suspension of SIM registration

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As the federal government seeks to address insecurity through linkage of mobile telecommunications lines with National Identity Number (NIN), ABDULRAHEEM AODU reports that another security challenge seems to be brewing in the form of massive unemployment.  The federal government had in the first week of December 2020 directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to embark on audit of Subscriber Registration Read More

Towards finding lasting peace in Plateau…

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The urgent desire for peaceful coexistence has moved Governor Simon Lalong to reconstitute inter- religious council to coordinate the peaceful transition as MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU writes. Reinvigorating the path of peace for sustainable development is the utmost priority of Plateau state governor, Mr Simon Lalong.This he does by putting in place the state inter- religious council where some selected religious Read More

Stop justifying banditry, criticising security agencies, Northern elders warn Gumi

February 24, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Northern elders have dissociated themselves from recent comments credited to an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, wherein he accused the military of triggering the raging banditry in parts of the North. Specifically, the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, who has constituted himself into an emissary meeting with bandits in forests across Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger states, alleged in one of such Read More

GITEX 2020 and Nigeria’s march to a sustainable digital economy

February 24, 2021 Ismail A. Akanji 0

The Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) is a gathering of the top tier players in the global ICT economy. Every year, thousands of innovators and developers converge on the Dubai World Trade Centre to network, discuss and expose their work to the world. Government officials grace these events to woo investors to their countries and to advertise the many ICT Read More