Gunmen attack Niger police station, kill officer

April 20, 2018 Daniel Agbo Makurdi 0

Gunmen yesterday attacked a police divisional headquarters in Kutigi, Lavun local government area of Niger state and killed an officer. The gunmen were said to have entered the town at 3:50 am shooting sporadically and made straight for the police station. The state Police Command’s Public Relations Offi cer, ASP Muhammad Dan-Inna Abubakar, who briefed journalists on the development yesterday Read More

Property recovery: Reps threaten AGF, EFCC, others

April 20, 2018 Joshua Egbodo Abuja 0

House of Representatives Ad Hoc panel investigating the legality, as well as the manner in which the special investigation panel for the recovery of public property is operating, has threatened to issue sanctions against agencies that choose to ignore its summons. It, therefore, re-invited the Accountant-General Federation and Auditor General of the Federation to unfailingly appear before it next Tuesday. Read More

NTI trains 876 teachers on digital literacy, HIV/AIDS awareness

April 20, 2018 AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna 0

National Teachers Institute (NTI) has commenced nationwide training for 876 primary and junior secondary school teachers on digital literacy, HIV/AIDS awareness and morality under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Director-General/ Chief Executive Offi cer of the Institute, Prof. Dahuwa Garba Azare said that the choice of teachers for the training workshop is key as they are the catalysts of Read More

Police comb Edo forests for kidnapped Catholic priest

April 20, 2018 Patrick Ahanor Benin City 0

Operatives of the Edo state police command yesterday combed forests in Uhunmwode local government area of the state in search of a kidnapped Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Edwin Omorogbe. The cleric was said to have been abducted by gunmen on Wednesday around Egba community junction on the BeninAuchi expressway in Uhunmwode local government area of the state. Fr. Omorogbe was Read More

Protests: BBOG gives FG 72 hours to unseal Unity Fountain

April 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Bring Back our Girls Group (BBOG) has given the federal government and the police 72 hours (three days) to unseal the Unity Fountain, venue of its daily sit-outs, that was sealed by the police a few days ago. The group, while condemning the action of the police reminded them that the sealing violates the group’s constitutional rights and past Read More

9 headmasters appointed perm secs in Osun

April 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

Osun state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has appointed nine headmasters of elementary schools in the state as permanent secretaries. The nine headmasters who were drawn from the nine federal constituencies in the state were promoted to ‘Headmaster Generals’ which is equivalent to permanent secretaries. Aregbesola, who swore in the officials on Tuesday at the state government secretariat, Abere, said the move Read More

Lagos to establish additional forensic centres

April 20, 2018 Tope Musowo Lagos 0

Lagos state government has expressed satisfaction with the performance of its DNA and Forensic Center (LSD&FC) established last year. It disclosed plans to establish additional forensic programmes to complement and maximise the level of services offered by the centre. The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, disclosed this yesterday at the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of Read More

2019: ‘Buhari’s declaration, hope revitalised’

A group, Forum for the Patriotic Members of APC ((FOPMAPC), has thrown their support to the recent declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek second term in office in the face of mounting pressures from his detractors as the usual courage by the President and hope revitalised for the electorate. National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Engr. Ibrahim Baba Bashar, Read More

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CSO tasks political parties on credible voter registration

April 20, 2018 John Nwokocha Abuja 0

Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG), a civil society organisation, has tasked political parties in Nigeria to play their roles in cleaning up voter’s register to ensure credible elections as well as help in building the nation’s democracy. The executive director of ISDMG, Dr Chima Amadi, said this in Abuja, yesterday, while blaming political parties for failing to play their Read More

Katsina spends N60m monthly on security agencies – Masari

April 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

Katsina state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, has siad the state government is spending over N60 million monthly in assisting and supporting security agencies to maintain security in the state. Masari disclosed this while addressing the opening of the Federal and states security administrators’ meeting in Katsina yesterday. He said, in view of the present financial position of the state, Read More

Saraki, Ahmed to grace book launch on Kwara at 50

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Kwara state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, are among eminent Nigerians billed to grace the presentation and launch of a book in commemoration of Kwara’s 50th anniversary next week. According to a statement by the Editor, Dr Abdulwaheed Musa, the book launch will hold on Tuesday, 24 April 24, 2018, in Ilorin. Vice-chancellor of Kwara Read More

IDPs special intervention: Senate makes case for Ebonyi, Zamfara

April 19, 2018 Taiye Odewale Abuja 0

Senate has directed the inclusion of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ebonyi state among the beneficiaries of the federal government grain distribution scheme under its special relief intervention plan. It particularly urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to “immediately intervene through the provision of relief materials to the victims of communal crises in various IDPs camps in the state.” Read More

2019: Leaders Nigeria needs

April 19, 2018 John R. Jimoh 0

There is something that cannot move, think, or talk, but can hear when you send it on errands. That thing is money. Nigeria needs leaders who will give us great ideas and selfless service that will arrest the greed and selfish nature of political leaders. In my considered opinion, those who must begin the “environmental sanitation” must be equipped with Read More

Driver docked for ‘raping’ 13-yr-old girl

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

A commercial driver, Sunday Elo, 42, who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl, was yesterday remanded in kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, by an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. The Magistrate, B. O. Osunsanmi, did not take the plea of the accused but ordered that he be kept behind bars, pending the advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). She adjourned the case Read More

Hate speakers use religion, ethnicity to inflame passion – CITAD

April 19, 2018 Bashir Mohammed Kano 0

Assistant Programme Officer, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) Malam Sanusi Shazali Suleiman, has said hate speakers were using religion and ethnicity to inflame passion at the time when the indices of entrenching peace and stability must be safeguarded. Addressing journalists on Monitoring and Countering Hate and Dangerous Speech for the month of March, 2018, held in Kano yesterday, Read More

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NEMA: Corruption fighting back?

April 19, 2018 Rita Samuel 0

The vigorous anti-graft war waged by President Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria deserves pity from any discerning mind.  In spite of Mr. President’s determined and concerted efforts to stamp out the monster of corruption from the system, it mutates into more intricate and deadly forms. Sometimes, persons or institutions officially mandated to checkmate the menace of corruption end up enmeshing in Read More

Army to develop own helicopter – Buratai

April 19, 2018 Musa Umar Bologi. Abuja 0

  The Nigerian Army, in collaboration with some of its partners, is working on a prototype helicopter that will aid its operation in the North-east and other internal security tasks. Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, disclosed this during exhibition of hard and soft ware at the Nigerian Army 2nd Transformation and Innovative Summit, Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja. Read More

Invasion of senate condemnable, threat to democracy – SDP

April 19, 2018 Emeka Nze, Abuja 0

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has described as condemnable and a great threat to democracy, the invasion by hoodlums of the upper chamber of the national assembly last Wednesday. The party in a statement said all lovers of democracy should rise against ” this dangerous development” while the security agencies should do more than recovering the mace, the authority of Read More

Looted funds: Presidency appoints Uwajeh to recover undeclared assets, stolen money

April 19, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

The Presidency has appointed a United Kingdom based Nigerian private investigator, Evangelist Victor Uwajeh, to trace and where necessary recover undeclared assets and proceeds of fraud for the government as part of the ongoing fight against corruption. Before now, Uwajeh has worked as a consultant to the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Finacial Crimes, Private investigator to the Economic and Read More

Sex-for-mark saga: OAU indicts professor, suspends him indefinitely

April 19, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has directed Richard Akindele, the embattled Professor whose sex-for-mark allegation is hanging on his neck, to proceed on an indefinite suspension. BLUEPRINT had reported a leaked audio that went viral on Monday, 9 April, where a professor was heard negotiating for a five rounds of sex before allowing the female student to pass her exams. In Read More

Apologise to Nigerian youths over ‘laziness’ comment Frank tells Buhari, declares for APC chairmanship

April 19, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to apologise to Nigerian youths over his comments that the country’s young population are lazy but wanted free things. The APC chieftain believes that the government has not given the youths opportunity to serve, hence no need to de-market them at Read More

250 journalists storm Abuja for 2nd MMPN conference

April 19, 2018 Tope Sunday Abuja 0

At least 250 journalists from different media industries and business interests across the 36 states of Nigeria are expected to grace the 2nd national convention of the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) scheduled to hold in Abuja. The convention with the theme: “2019: Our Role” would hold between Friday 27th and Sunday 29th of April, 2018 at the National Read More

APC holds congresses May 2 -9, convention May 14

April 19, 2018 Bode Olagoke Abuja 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has scheduled its congresses to hold from May 2-9 while that of the national convention will follow on May 14. The party, in a scheduled activities released to the media yesterday and signed by the National Organising Secretary, Osita Izunaso, also said the local government congress is fi xed for Saturday, May 5; state congress, Read More

Buhari declares ECOWAS confab on farmers’, herdsmen crisis open April 26

April 19, 2018 Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja 0

President Muhammadu Buhari would on April 26 declare open a conference on farmers and herdsmen crisis being organised by member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This was disclosed by the Minister of Interior, Mr. Abdulrahman Dambazau, while briefi ng State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja Read More