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ACF blasts Jonathan over energy crises, huge debts

May 27, 2015 Administrator 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Ahead of tomorrow’s handing over of power from President Goodluck Jonathan to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has lambasted the incumbent President for “setting traps” with the huge debt profile, fuel scarcity and blackouts all over the country to be inherited by Buhari. Speaking yesterday after its National Executive Council monthly meeting held Read More

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Boko Haram kills 43 in Borno

May 27, 2015 Administrator 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri At least 43 people have been reportedly killed in an attack on a community in Borno state by Boko Haram insurgents, security source and residents said. A group of insurgents, operating with over six Hilux vehicles, stormed Gubio, located in the northern part of the state, on Saturday, and set houses ablaze. “The troops were in Read More

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Gunmen kidnap High Court judge in Kogi

May 26, 2015 Administrator 0

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja A  Kogi state High Court Judge, Justice Samuel Obayomi, of Ebogogo High Court in Adavi local government area has been kidnapped by yet-to-be-identified gunmen. The incident that occurred yesterday morning in Okene town led to the death of  the judge’s orderly, Cpl. Usman Musa. The orderly was shot dead on the spot by the hoodlums during Read More

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TRANSITION:Jonathan’s c’ttee proving difficult – Buhari, Joda

May 22, 2015 Administrator 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja President-elect Muhammadu Buhari yesterday accused the federal government  of misunderstanding his intention of setting up the APC transition committee and refusing to provide it with the necessary information needed to carry out its duty. Likewise, the chairman of the APC committee, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, complained that the government’s own transition committee headed by Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Read More

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Jonathan appoints ‘unqualified kinsman’ as US Consul-General

May 20, 2015 Administrator 0

By Jibrin Baba Ndace Abuja President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has appointed a man considered unqualified as Consul-General at Nigeria’s Embassy in New York. Mr. Benaoyogha B.M. Okoyen, a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) 1, is considered by top foreign affairs ministry officials as “too junior and inexperienced” for the plum United States posting. A document obtained exclusively by Blueprint indicated that Read More

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Again, Boko Haram unleashes terror, kills 19 in Adamawa

May 20, 2015 Administrator 0

By Ibrahim Abdul’ Aziz Yola Despite the military capturing 10 camps of Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the dreaded insurgents have again unleashed terror on neighbouring Adamawa state, killing over 20 people. Reports at our disposal showed that a suspected suicide bomber blew himself up yesterday, killing nine other people at a livestock market in Garkida town, Gombi local government area Read More

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APC drags Yero to EFCC over N2bn SURE-P fund

May 20, 2015 Administrator 0

By Ojo Sola Olusegun Kaduna Kaduna state All Progressives Congress (APC) Transition Committee has written a petition to Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) against Kaduna state government’s request to spend  N2.744 billion Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) funds belonging to the 23 local government councils in the state. Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero had written to the state Assembly seeking its Read More

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Nyanya bombing: FG calls 5 witnesses

May 20, 2015 Administrator 0

By Ameh Ejekwonyilo Abuja The Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. M. S. Diri of the Federal Ministry of Justice, yesterday told Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that the federal government had lined up five witnesses who would be testifying against Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche and 5 others, currently standing trial over their alleged role in Read More

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Buhari’s policy directions out tomorrow

May 19, 2015 Administrator 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) will tomorrow unveil to the public the roadmap for the policy direction of the incoming Buhari Administration at a two-day policy dialogue holding in Abuja. A statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the deputy head of the Research and Policy Directorate, APC Campaign Council, and former Minister of Youth and Sports, Read More

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Jonathan sacks NIPC boss, appoints Hassan Baba

May 19, 2015 Administrator 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday approved the appointment of Mrs. Uju Aisha Hassan-Baba as the new Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). Mrs. Hassan-Baba takes over from Mrs. Saratu Altine Umar who has been relieved of her appointment as the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of the commission with immediate effect. This was contained Read More

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N2.45bn fraud: a re-arraigns Sylva

May 19, 2015 Administrator 0

By Ameh Ejekwonyilo Abuja It is not yet Uhuru for the former governor of Bayelsa state, Mr. Timipre Sylva as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday re-arraigned him before a Federal High Court in Abuja for ‘fraud’ involving about N2.45 billion. The accused allegedly committed the offence between October 2009 and February 2010 as governor of Bayelsa State. Read More

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Shettima emerges Northern States Governors’ Forum chairman

May 19, 2015 Administrator 0

By Samuel Ogidan Abuja Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday emerged the new Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), with Kano state governor- elect, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as his deputy. Shettima takes over from Babangida Aliyu, who had been the chairman for about eight years. The new leadership would be inaugurated June or July with all former governors Read More

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OBJ hands over 5-sector report to Buhari

May 15, 2015 Administrator 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Ahead of May 29 handing-over ceremony, former President  Olusegun Obasanjo has presented a comprehensive report on five key sectors of the economy, security, power, education and infrastructure to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), for consideration. The vice chairman of the committee, former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, presented volumes of the report to Read More

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Military trails 2 suicide bombers

May 15, 2015 Administrator 0

— Imposes 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri The Nigerian Army has alerted residents of Maiduguri metropolis that two suicide bombers, who escaped during Tuesday’s reprisal attack, were being trailed by the military. Army spokesperson in Maiduguri, who also announced a 24-hour curfew in the metropolis and its environs, advised the public to provide useful information to the nearest Read More

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Mysterious fire guts education ministry’s finance dept

May 15, 2015 Administrator 0

By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Abuja A fire outbreak, which started at about 1. 35pm yesterday gutted the 5th floor, the finance section of the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja. It was gathered that the fire incident occurred just when the Minister of Education was giving his speech at a function holding in the ministry, but for quick intervention of Read More

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NOA rewards airport cleaner who returned N12m

May 15, 2015 Administrator 0

By Ime Akpan Lagos The director general of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, has given an award to the airport cleaner, Mrs. Josephine Ugwu, who returned N12 million found in a toilet at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport. Presenting Ugwu with Citizen’s Responsibility Recognition Award, Omeri said the federal government resolved to honour her for Read More

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Buhari, Deby strategise to end insurgency

May 12, 2015 Administrator 0

 Why fight against Boko Haram not yielding results – Deby By Bode Olagoke and Abdullahi M. Gulloma, Abuja The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), yesterday  held a closed door meeting with Chadian President Idriss Deby, specifically on how to put an end to the problem of Boko Haram confronting the two countries. Deby, who said he was on a congratulatory Read More

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Katsina lawmakers: Why we want Gov Shema impeached

May 12, 2015 Administrator 0

By Hamidu Sabo Katsina The 15 members of the Katsina state House of Assembly elected on the APC ticket yesterday dispatched an impeachment notice against Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema to the Speaker of the assembly, citing 11 “impeachable grounds”. In the impeachment notice, they alleged among other charges that Shema embezzled over N33 billion local governments funds without recourse to Read More

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Cancel recruitment exercise, Reps order NIS

May 11, 2015 Administrator 0

By Linus Oota Abuja The last may not have been heard of the controversial recruitment exercise of the Nigerian Immigration Service, as the House of Representatives’ Committee on Federal Character moves to halt the recruitment. This came on the heels of a meeting between the House of Representatives panel and Comptroller General of Immigration, which ended in deadlock last week Read More

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Varsity unions demand release of N62bn

May 11, 2015 Administrator 0

By Moses John Abuja The non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities have demanded from the federal government, the release of the remaining N62 billion earned allowance before the May 29 hand over date. The union also raised the alarm that the President-elect, Gen. Mohamadu Buhari (rtd), will inherit serious debilitating labour issues in the nation’s universities left behind by the PDP-led Read More

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Panic in civil service

May 8, 2015 Administrator 0

— As FG orders certificate audit By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Career civil servants are now living in palpable fears, following the directives from the federal government that their certificates should be verified. The federal government, yesterday, directed the conduct of the verification and revalidation of credentials and records of all staff in the Federal Civil Service. Head of the Read More

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I won’t betray Nigerians – Buhari

May 7, 2015 Administrator 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has assured Nigerians that he would fulfil all his electioneering promises, saying that Nigerians risked their lives to ensure his emergence at the poll. Buhari also assured that the government of the APC, when eventually put in place, would be a competent Nigerian government. Speaking yesterday in Abuja, during a congratulatory Read More

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PDP heading for self-destruction – Mark

May 7, 2015 Administrator 0

By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja Unless the in-fighting in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is put to an end forthwith, the party may be heading for final destruction, President of the Senate, David Mark, has warned. A worried Mark over the continued acrimony between factions in the party, frowned that “the PDP is already haemorrhaging”, pointing out that, “unless we halt Read More

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Al-Makura sets conditions for new cabinet

May 7, 2015 Administrator 0

By Ahmed Tukur Lafia As intense lobbying by politicians seeking political appointment in Nasarawa state continues, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has set conditions for would be commissioner and political appointees in his new administration after the 29th May swearing ceremony. A top government official, who pleaded anonymity, said in Lafia that Al-Makura had said that all political appointees most ensure Read More