Pilgrims who overstay umrah risk 6 month imprisonment – Official

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has advised Umrah pilgrims to ensure that they do not overstay their visa expiry date or risk imprisonment. The Commission also calls on “its clients with complaints to contact its officials on these phone numbers: +234803 733 4415or +234806 760 0401. Or contact this team at NAHCON Head Office in Umm Jood District, Read More

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Hadaya: Ja’iz Bank remains our official agent – NAHCON

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Ahead of the 2018 hajj exercise, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has reiterated that Ja’iz Bank of Nigeria (JBN) remains an official bank for collection of Hadaya fees from the Nigerian pilgrims. Recall that the Commission on 2nd May, 2018, met with representatives of Ja’iz Bank of Nigeria (JBN) to sign an agreement for collection of Hadaya fees Read More

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Nasarawa pharmacists offer police free medical services

June 20, 2018 Mohammed Yangida. Lafia 0

The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) Nasarawa state chapter, has offered free medical services to the state Police Command in continuation of their 2018 medical outreach. The gesture took place at the Nasarawa state Police command headquarters yesterday in Lafia. Chairman of ACPN in the state, Pharm Ikechukwu Okafor, said the effort was aimed at giving back to Read More

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FG commissions curriculum, training manual for NIS

The federal government has commissioned a curriculum and training manual for four training institutions of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). The training center’s include: Command and Staff College, Sokoto, Nigeria Immigration Training School, Kano (ITSK), Nigeria Immigration Training School, Orlu and Nigeria Immigration Training School, Ahoada. While commissioning the curriculum Wednesday in at the NIS National Headquarters in Abuja, Minister Read More

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APC Chairman : Osunbor steps down for Oshiomhole

June 20, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

Barely two days to the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), one of the aspirants for the office of National Chairman, former Governor of Edo State, Senator Osereimhen Osunbor, has stepped down from the race. Osunbor said this in a statement he issued on Wednesday saying that his decision was based on respect for President Muhammadu Buhari and Read More

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Buhari signs 2018 budget, says “NASS cut everything”

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday signed into law the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N9.12 trillion, seven months after the estimate was submitted to the National Assembly. The federal government approved N8.612 trillion but the lawmakers increased it to N9.12 trillion. The lawmakers also increased the crude oil benchmark for the budget from $45 per barrel to $50.5 per barrel. Speaking Read More

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Senator Ndume Begs Military, Security Agents to End Boko Haram Insurgency Quickly

The Senator representing Borno south senatorial District at the National Assembly and former Senate leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume has asserted that two problematic areas militate against federal and state governments efforts in the fight against boko haram insurgency in Borno state. Ndume who identified Damboa-Gwoza-Chibok and Lake Chad areas as major dangerous spots appealed to the Nigerian armed forces Read More

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Benue killings: No basis for Ortom to hire mediator – Govt

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Benue state government has described as “false and mischievous” media reports that Governor Samuel Ortom “is planning to hire a negotiator to mediate between the state government and armed Fulani militia” over killings in the state. Speaking through the Special Adviser, Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua in a statement yesterday, government said there was “no basis for Governor Ortom to Read More

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Kaduna generates N14.2bn IGR in 5 months

The Kaduna state Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) said it got N14.2 billion as internally generated revenue (IGR) between January and end of May this year. KDIRS Executive Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmed, made this known in an interview with Blueprint in Kaduna. Ahmed said the state increased its IGR from an average of N800 million a month in 2015 to between N2.7 Read More

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Hajj fare: Group tasks pilgrims’ boards on enlightenment

Independent Hajj Reporters, a civil society organisation that monitors and report hajj activities, has called on state Muslim pilgrims welfare boards and agencies to embark on adequate enlightenment of intending pilgrims on the cost of the 2018 hajj. The 2018 fare, as announced so far, indicates a significant decrease from that of 2017. IHR, in a statement signed in Kaduna Read More

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Buhari salutes Okonjo at 90

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday congratulated a renowned Mathematician and Economist, Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, Obi of Ogwashiukwu, who turns 90 on June 21, 2018. The President joined Ogwashiukwu community in Delta State, immediate and extended Okonjo family; professional colleagues and friends of His Royal Highness in celebrating the cerebral scholar whose imprint on education in Nigeria and beyond “remains indelible.” He Read More

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Pastor donates N1m to complete mosque

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A Senior Pastor with the Peniel Church of God in Calabar, Essien Ayi, has donated one million Naira to help the Muslim community in the Cross River state capital complete its central mosque. According to a report yesterday, Ayi who is also a lawmaker, said Nigerians should be their brothers’ keepers, irrespective of religion. Ayi, who represents Akpabuyo/ Bakassi/Calabar-South Federal Read More

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IPI trains Nigerian journalists on elections coverage

June 20, 2018 Taiye Odewale .Abuja 0

As part of activities to mark its annual world congress, the International Press Institute (IPI) will tomorrow train Nigerian journalists from various media organisations on effective coverage of elections in the country. According to Milica Miletic of the Institute, the training workshop is being organised by the Global Network for Media Freedom with the cooperation of the Independent National Electoral Read More

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Generator fumes kill woman, 5 kids in Edo

A family of six has reportedly died in their sleep after inhaling generator fumes at Akpata Street, Egor local government area of Edo state. The deceased were the mother, her set of twins and three other children. The tragedy was said to have occurred on Monday night after the family put on a power generating set in their kitchen and Read More

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13-yr-old boy drowns in Kano

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A 13-year-old boy, Usman Faisal, has drowned while taking his bath in a pond at Gadam Village of Ungogo local government area in Kano state, according to an official. Saidu Mohammed, the spokesperson of the Kano State Fire Service, Saidu Mohammed, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano yesterday. Mohammed said the incident happened yesterday morning Read More

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Only restructuring can rescue Nigeria -Atiku

June 19, 2018 Emmanuel Joy, Yenagoa 0

The Wazirin Adamawa Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has insisted that for Nigeria to achieve the unity and the development that it is looking for, then it cannot escape restructuring. Speaking in Yenagoa the Bayelsa state capital during a consultation visit to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, the Waziri of Adamawa maintained that “As you all know. I have been an advocate of Read More

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APC Convention: Aspirants threaten walkout as leaders drop outgoing NWC members from ‘unity list’

June 19, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

Barring any last minute change, the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have agreed to remove all the names of the outgoing National Officers seeking re-election in the forthcoming National Convention of the party. It was also gathered Teusday that only the outgoing National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, has been penciled down to make the said unity list. Read More

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APC Convention: 600 former Reps endorse Nwogu as National Organizing Secretary

June 19, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

Ahead of the Saturdays national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), no fewer than 600 former members of the House of Representatives caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have endorsed their colleague Hon. Chidi Nwogu for the position of the National organising Secretary of the party. Spokesperson of the group, Hon. Nze Chidi Duru, told newsmen Read More

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Breaking: Buhari cancels Wednesday FEC meeting, to sign 2018 budget

President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the 2018 Appropriation Bill into law on Wednesday at noon (12pm). This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. The statement said the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting would not hold on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 due to the Eid-el-Fitr holidays Read More

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Financial analysts predict further drop in inflation in June, July

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Financial analysts have forecasted that the nation’s inflation rate will continue to trend downwards in the month June and through out the year. The analysts with AfriInvest research group, said in light of the recent breather in food inflation and the persistence of base effect factors coupled with anticipated favourable harvest season in the year, ” we expect the trend Read More

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Let’s consolidate on June 12 unity – Kwara gov

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Kwara Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has called for the consolidation of the unity of purpose expressed by the Nigerian electorate on June 12, 1993 elections. The Governor, who was reacting to the recent investiture of late MKO Abiola with the GCFR having been declared the official winner of the annulled June 12 polls by President Muhammadu Buhari, said the event was Read More

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I won’t return money to EFCC – Ladoja

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

A former Governor of Oyo state, Rashidi Ladoja, has said he was not worried by the ongoing suit instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, adding that he would not refund any money to the anti-graft agency because he did not steal while in government. The EFCC took Ladoja to court over alleged misappropriation of state funds Read More

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Constitutional amendment: Jonathan can’t

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

force in 2015 Jonathan would have been ineligible to contest the March 2015 presidential election which he lost to Buhari. Despite the fact that Jonathan’s situation predated the new constitutional amendment, Messrs Paul Ananaba (SAN) and Ahmed Raji (SAN), argued in separate telephone interviews that the former president could not seek a re-election into the office of the President under Read More

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NFF: Appeal Court acquits Lulu, Uchegbulam, Ogunjobi

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, has delivered judgement on the ‘No case’ submission on Economic and Financial Corruption Commission’s case of corruption levelled against the former first vice-president of Nigerian Football Federation, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam and former chairman of technical committee, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi. The trio are former Vice President Uchegbulam of the NFF, former President, Sani Lulu Abdulahi, Read More

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Bauchi 2019: Look beyond Abubakar

June 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Aspirant to the seat left behind by late Senator Ali Wakili, Hon Muhammad Aminu Tukur, in this chat with PATRICK ANDREW, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi will be history if justice is not done to aggrieved members in the state. Excerpts: Deputy governor’s resignation Well, let me say that I am not the Deputy Governor but believing Read More

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