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Man docked for attempting suicide in Lagoon

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

A 31-year-old man, Hammed Olojo, who attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the Lagos lagoon was charged before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos yesterday. Olojo was brought before Magistrate O. O. A. Fowowe-Erusiafe on a charge of attempted suicide. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Prosecutor, Kehinde Olatunde, a police sergeant, told the court Read More

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FG launches pre-offer roadshow for N100bn Sukuk

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Debt Management Office (DMO) will today kick off activities preparatory to the Issuance of the much-awaited N100 billion non-interest-bearing bond popularly called Sukuk. A national roadshow led by the Director-General of the DMO, Ms. Patience Oniha, would visit major cities in Nigeria including, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and Port Harcourt. The team would be accompanied by its Financial Advisers, Lotus Capital Financial Services Read More

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Kebbi NSCDC cautions on fake recruitment

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Kebbi stare Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has cautioned the public of the speculations that recruitment exercise was on-going nationwide.   Addressing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi yesterday, the state Commandant of the Corps, Sammani Mohammed Ringim, explained that the security outfit had not commenced any new recruitment exercise, but those that applied in the 2016 Read More

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I’m not being investigated by EFCC – Onnoghen

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, has said he was not aware that he was being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).   In a statement issued yesterday by his Senior Media Adviser, Awassam Bassey, Onnoghen expressed surprise at the report, stating that he was not aware of any investigation on “intelligence” against Read More

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Actors Guild to wage war against sexual harassment in Nollywood

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has said that it was poised to eradicating all forms of alleged sexual harassment of its members by some producers under the pretext of allocating juicy roles to them in their films. The newly elected President of AGN, Emeka Ejezie, told NAN in Lagos that it was part of his leadership’s efforts at sanitising the Read More

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ASUU, NARD insensitive – BMSG

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has said that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) as “insensitive” to the current economic realities in the country, a situation that had led to their embarking on the current industrial actions.   In a statement issued by the group’s Chairman, Austin Braimoh, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, Read More

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Hajj 2017: First batch of Nigerian pilgrims return

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

The first return flight carrying Muslim pilgrims from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Flynas flight, XY7701, took off from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia, at 10:00 a.m. Saudi time. The Boeing 747 carried 485 pilgrims and 11 officials. It landed in Abuja at exactly 12:17 p.m. Meanwhile, another Read More

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We’ve spent N6bn on 2 hospitals in Kano – Commissioner

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Kano state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, has said that the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje administration had spent the sum of N6 billion in building and equipping  Gingiyu and Zoo road paediatric hospital which had almost reached 100% stage of completion. Speaking to newsmen shortly after leading the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, on an inspection Read More

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Boko Haram’s new video evidence of fear, desperation – Army

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Army has said that the new video by Boko Haram was an indication of the group’s sheer desperation and “clear sign” of fear, as key commanders of the group had being neutralised by troops.   In a recent video clip the terrorists group denied the killing of five key members and surrendering of some of its members.   Read More

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Why we demolished Suleja military barracks – Niger

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Niger state government has said that it demolished a former Barracks in Suleja “because it has become a criminal den and occupied by illegal tenants.”   The Commissioner for Information, Jonathan Vatsa, stated this yesterday in Suleja while monitoring the demolition exercise, insisting that the current occupants of the facility and land were illegal tenants.   He explained that plot Read More

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EFCC arrests Gombe SEMA boss

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Gombe Zonal office has arrested the Executive Secretary of Gombe state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Danlami Arab Rukuje, for alleged involvement in the diversion of materials meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Gombe by the Media Unit of the Agency, indicating that the arrest Read More

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Atiku: Buhari has sidelined me

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed dismay over his being ‘sidelined’ by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led  All Progressives Congress(APC) administration. Atiku, who spoke to the Hausa Service of Voice of America(VOA) yesterday, lamented that he used his human and material resources to ensure victory for the party at the last presidential election, said he has not been consulted over Read More

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RECESSION EXIT We want impact not talks, Nigerians speak

September 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

Growth insufficient for national prosperity – PDP It’s promise fulfilled -APC Labour demands improved productivity, wages Impact ‘ll be gradual –NBS Following the country’s exit from economic recession, Nigerians have called on the federal government to come up with practical measures to improve their wellbeing, “rather than mere paper talks.” Similarly, the organised labour is also asking for improved productivity Read More

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Lawyer demands probe of NIS officer’s death in custody  

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 1

…Its a lie- spokesman A lawyer, Daniel Makolo has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to probe the death of Luka Andrew in custody of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), saying he was tortured. Andrew, an immigration officer was said to have been arrested by the police for being in possession of ammunition, but he was later released to Read More

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Recession: Nigeria’s economy still weak, inflation is high – Atiku

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned that while Nigerians must rejoice over the official emergence of the country from recession, it’s also important to recognize that the economic weakness at the bottom of the pyramid remains, adding that ‘inflation is still high.’ Atiku, who is an investor and employer of labour, Read More

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Recession Exit: Its a lie vendor, mechanic, others react, promise fulfilled – APC

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

Following the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announcement that the country has exited economic recession, some Nigerians have doubted the claim saying their daily hardship experiences have not improved for better. Our Correspondent who visited some densely populated areas in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Wednesday, was told by most of the respondents that they were still waiting for Read More

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Buhari, Aisha return to Abuja after 4days in Daura

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha Buhari has returned to Abuja, the seat of power after spending the Sallah break in Daura, Katsina State. The President who spent four days in Daura his native town, was reported to have  marked the Eid Il Kabir celebration with his wife, children and other members Read More

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Recession exit claim unverifiable, doesn’t call for celebration, ADP, SDP react 

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has described as a political statement an official statement by the federal government that the country is now out of recession, saying such claim “too bogus without fact and data.” Also reacting to the development, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said the claim does not call for celebration yet. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Read More

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Resolving the Youth Council leadership impasse

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

  Th e Unity Congress of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) was earlier scheduled to hold in July but was later shifted to August 25 to 27, 2016 due to certain exigencies. Th e three committees saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring a smooth transition, namely, caretaker committee, electoral committee and congress planning committee performed their duties excellently Read More

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Farmers dare FG: Stop maize importation

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Societies have asked the federal government to set a timeline to ban the importation of maize into the country. Th e group’s National Coordinator, Redson Tedheke, said this yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. According to him, the suspension of the import would protect local farmers and encourage massive Read More

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Mobile phones don’t cause cancer – NCC

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday debunked a statement credited to it that mobile phones cause cancer. In a statement released yesterday, the Commission said it never issued any statement or made any presentation to that eff ect “because there is no scientifi c basis to make such declaration”. Th e News Agency of Nigeria had last week reported that the Read More

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Operation Delta Safe Commander, military officers escape death as jetty collapses

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

It was indeed a narrow escape for the Commander of the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe (ODS), Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman and other top military officers escaped death on Tuesday when the Ikang Jetty in Akpabuyo  Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State collapsed. Investigations reveals that Suleiman  led other officers including component commanders of ODS, officers of Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Victory Read More

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Evans’ rights suit adjourned till Sept 21

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

The N300 million suit slammed on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and three others by suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (also known as Evans), challenging his continued detention was yesterday adjourned till September 21. Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court while adjourning the matter held that there was no urgency for the suit Read More

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Lagos records 90 defilement, rape cases in 9 months

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

Between January and September 2017, a total of 852 cases of domestic violence and related cases were recorded in Lagos state, the State’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has disclosed. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, said out Read More

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Reason President Buhari cancelled today’s FEC meeting

September 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari again cancelled today’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. This will be the second time the meeting which usually holds every Wednesday is put on hold since the President returned from his medical trip abroad.   In a terse statement, the minister explained that the meeting was put Read More