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PDP to Buhari: Nigerian youths not lazy

– Criticism not targeted at all of them – Presidency The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, blasted President Muhammadu Buhari, submitting that Nigerian youths, by their demonstrated industry, cannot in any way be described by anybody as lazy. The party, in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “Nigerians find it extremely shocking that President Buhari could Read More

MACE SNATCHING DRAMA: Court stops police, SSS from arresting Omo-Agege

The Wednesday’s drama in the National Assembly, leading to the stealing of mace by some hoodlums, has assumed a legal dimension. In the new twist, a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, yesterday, restrained the Nigeria Police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Attorney-General of the Federation from arresting or threatening the alleged sponsor of the act, Senator Ovie Read More

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Reps want artificially-ripened fruits sellers prosecuted

April 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

House of Representatives yesterday urged the Executive to check the sale and consumption of artificiallyripened fruits in the country and prosecute those involved. It urged the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to “immediately carry out massive enlightenment to sensitise the public.” This followed a motion by Edward Pwajok (Plateau-APC) Read More

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NEMA: Directors’ suspension in order – HoS

EFCC recommended their suspension – Magu Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, yesterday said the suspension of six directors by the Board of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was in order. Also, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said the Read More

Police returns Senate’s Stolen Mace

April 19, 2018 Taiye  Odewale, Abuja  0

Barely 24hours after the Upper legislative chamber lost its symbol of Authority (Mace) to hoodlums who invaded the chamber Wednesday, the Nigeria Police has  retrieved and returned the mace to the Senate . The return of the stolen mace to the Senate was carried out by Deputy Inspector General of Police ( DIG) in charge of operations , Habila Joshaq 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

How Sergeant-at-Arms facilitated thugs’ entry

Ekweremadu briefs Osinbajo, says we can’t be intimidated Perpetrators must be brought to justice – Reps, APC, SAN Presidency’s attempts to truncate democracy – PDP Omo-Agege arrested Produce stolen mace in 24hrs – NASS orders IGP Fresh facts have emerged on how hoodlums, yesterday, beat the security network at the National Assembly, carting away the mace of the Senate during 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

Why we withdrew troops from Benue, Taraba – DHQ

April 19, 2018 Umar Musa Bologi Abuja 0

The Defence Headquarters yesterday stated that troops deployed in Benue, Taraba and other troubled states across central Nigeria have been withdrawn due to acute shortage of financial and logistical resources. President Muhammadu Buhari had in February this year ordered the military to embark on Exercise Ayem Akpatuma, following a string of killings of villagers in states along the Benue River, Read More

Health workers’ strike: No retreat, no surrender – Scribe

April 19, 2018 Ajuma Edwina Ogiri Abuja 0

Members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), who embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike yesterday, have vowed not back down until their demands are met. The General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Obisesan Oluwatuyi, who disclosed this in an interview yesterday in Abuja, said “the soldiers have been let loose, no retreat, no surrender Read More

95% world population breathes unsafe air – Research

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ninety-five per cent of the world’s population breathes air polluted above the levels that the World Health Organisation (WHO) deem safe. The report of a research by the Moscow-based Health Effects Institute stated on Tuesday that the air pollution contributed to millions of deaths in 2016. “Based on these data and knowledge of the populations in each country for 2016, Read More

Deputy gov raises alarm over ‘plans to attack’ Benue

April 19, 2018 Daniel Agbo Makurdi 0

Acting Governor of Benue state, Engr. Benson Abounu, yesterday said security report before him have shown that armed mercenaries have occupied Benue valley and were planning to attack the state. Abounu, who spoke with newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting yesterday in Makurdi, noted that the reports also revealed that the mercenaries have already identified and occupied five different Read More

Court sacks Delta deputy speaker over forgery

April 19, 2018 Amaechi Okwara Asaba 0

Delta state High Court sitting in Kwale, Ndokwa West local government area of the state, yesterday sacked the Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly, Mr. Friday Osanebi, over alleged falsification of information. The court, presided over by Justice V. I. Ofezi, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately withdraw the certifi cate of return it issued Mr. Osanebi, Read More

Army declares 5 wanted over Taraba killings

April 19, 2018 Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri 0

The Nigerian Army has declared five persons wanted in Taraba state for their alleged roles in killings in Takum local government area and other parts of the state. The army yesterday named the suspects as Tanko Adiku Dantayi, Kurusi Danladi, Chindo, Big Olumba and Chairman Poko. The army spokesman, Texas Chukwu, in a statement, appealed to the people of Taraba Read More

3 Nigerian undergraduates killed in Cameroun

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Three students of the Taraba State University lost their lives when they were hit by falling trees during a rainstorm at the Bouba Njidda National Wild Life Park in Cameroon. The Deputy Registrar, Information and Publication of the university, Sanusi Sa’ad, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo yesterday. Sa’ad said the Read More

Group raises alarm over alleged calls for coup by Senators

April 18, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

A pro-Buhari group, Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG), has expressed worry over the repeated allusion to coup or military intervention in governance by some Senators on the floor of the Senate, saying such call for serious concern. The group therefore urged Nigerians to henceforth monitor the utterances of some Senators, adding that such calls were capable of truncating “our hard-earned Read More

Senate invasion: APC disowns Omo-Agege, says action an attack on democracy

April 18, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

Following the early morning attack on the Nigerian Senate by some thugs allegedly led by a suspended Senator representing Delta central, Ovie Omo-Agege, his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the act as an “attack on democracy.” Recall that the said Senator was suspended by his colleagues about a week ago. A statement signed Wednesday in Abuja Read More

Stolen Mace: Senate resumes  Plenary, says act treasonable 

April 18, 2018 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The troubled Senate has described the action of the hoodlums which broke into its hallow chambers and forcefully  take away its mace as an act of treason geared towards attempting to overthrow an arm of the government . The upper legislative chamber in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi ( APC Niger North), says it will not Read More

Senate seeks Buhari’s assent for state legislatures’ financial autonomy, 11 others

April 18, 2018 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Senate, yesterday, resolved that the 12 bills which have met the requirements of the provisions of Section 9 of the Constitution and passed, be processed in line with the Acts Authentication Act, and transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent. The upper legislative chamber, said notwithstanding the resolution of some State Houses of Assembly on some of the Read More

Reps want explanation on $460m US arms deal

House of Representatives has directed its committees on Ethics and Privileges, and Finance to seek explanations on the alleged Nigeria’s payment of $460 million to the United States of America for the supply arms, without appropriation of such funds by the National Assembly. This came as a member, Toby Okechukwu at the House’s plenary yesterday raised a point of order Read More

Omo-Agege’s suspension: APC accuses Saraki, Senate of tyranny, demands reversal

April 17, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

Some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Delta state have spoken against the suspension of Senator representing Delta Central senatorial district, Barrister Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate, describing it as ‘legislative tyranny.’ The APC leaders, who took protest to the national secretariat of the party Tuesday, described the Senate decision  “as unconstitutional, lawless, anti-democratic, disrespectful, oppressive and Read More