Why I can’t dump Buhari for Atiku – Bindow

The Adamawa state Governor, Senator Muhammad Umar Jibrilla Bindow, has explained that he has no reason to dump the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party which currently has former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in its fold. He made the clarifications following his rumoured plan in the media to defect to the opposition party. Bindow was reported Read More

Saudi cautions 2m pilgrims against harsh weather

About two million Muslim faithful, including 55,000 from Nigeria, will today converge on Mount Arafat ((the mount of Mercy), as the 2018 hajj climaxes in Saudi Arabia. Hajj is globally reputed as one of the largest annual gatherings of people from diverse races, status, ethnic groupings and tribes in a country undergoing unprecedented socio-economic and political reforms. The convergence at Read More

Army to provide 321 housing units in Benue

August 17, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

As part of efforts to reduce housing deficit in the country as well as provide affordable houses for personnel and civilians, the Nigerian Army has concluded arrangement to build 321 housing units in Otukpo, Benue state. This is part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed yesterday by the Nigerian Army and a private estate developer, Betonic West Limited, at the Read More

Minimum wage: We’re not elected to pay salaries only – NGF

August 17, 2018 Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja 0

-States owe FG N41bn tax -ASUU wants Aregbesola, Ajimobi to resign over salary arrears As workers’ agitation for new minimum wage deepens, the 36 state governors yesterday, declared that they were not elected to pay only salaries of civil servants in their various states. The governors said beside paying salaries, they have a responsibility to provide good roads, electricity, education Read More

Security challenges: FG okays decentralisation of police operations

August 17, 2018 Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja 0

-Names IGP as committee head The National Economic Council (NEC) has set up a committee headed by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris to come up with recommendations on fresh moves to decentralise the Nigeria Police. The committee is to have six members drawn from six geopolitical zones of the country. The representatives are expected to come from Read More

SERAP sues NYSC over Adeosun’s ‘forged’ exemption certificate

August 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

A civic group has sued the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over the ‘exemption certificate’ being used by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had earlier made a freedom of information request to the NYSC seeking details of the certificate paraded by Mrs. Adeosun. The civic group has now sued the NYSC when Read More

2019 POLLS: Why we need N189bn, INEC explains

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday explained why it wants the N189.207 billion (being part of the N242billion budget for the 2019 general elections), approved for its use, this year by the National Assembly. President Muhammadu Buhari had in a letter seeking for virement of N242 billion for the conduct of the elections, requested the National Assembly to appropriate Read More

2019: I may contest against Buhari – Saraki

August 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is ‘actively considering’ running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections. In an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday, Mr. Saraki said he is still making consultations on the ambition. “I am consulting and actively considering it,” Mr. Saraki said : “I believe I can make the change.” Early indications of Saraki’s ambition emerged in Read More

Lumumba to Presidency, NASS: Sanitise the polity

August 16, 2018 Abdulrahman Zakariyau Abuja 0

Former Director of Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission, Professor Patrick Lumumba, has described Nigeria’s leadership problem as the missing link in Africa’s greatness, warning that if not resolved, it could negatively affect the continent. He also asked both the executive and legislative arms of the Nigeria government to sit up, avoid bickering and sanitise the polity. Professor Lumumba stated this while addressing Read More

Osinbajo orders probe of SARS’ rights violations

August 15, 2018 Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja 0

-Wants squad overhauled -IGP complies, Nigerians hail Presidency Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has ordered an investigation into alleged human rights violations by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. He also directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, to immediately effect an overhaul of the management and activities of the squad. The directives were contained Read More

We ‘ll demystify Saraki – Lai

-Justifies impeachment plot -No date yet to consider INEC budget – Saraki, Dogara -APC alleges planned mob attack on own senators by PDP Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, yesterday hinted that the people of Kwara state are ready to demystify Senate President Bukola Saraki in the 2019 general elections. Until his defection a few weeks ago Read More

APC, PDP, rAPC in war of words over impeachment plot

-Saraki must go – APC -We ‘re with you, 49 senators assure Saraki -Don’t cause anarchy, opposition warns Ahead of tomorrow’s reconvening of the National Assembly, tension continues to mount over accusations and counter accusations on alleged plot to impeach the leadership of the Raising the alarm for instance, the Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), is accusing the Comrade Adams Read More

Frank Accuses Buhari, APC of Corrupting Elections Through Vote Buying

August 12, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the ruling APC of corrupting the nation’s electoral process through their devious love for massive vote buying. Frank, in a statement in Abuja, said the Senate and House of Representatives bye-elections held in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi Read More

Breaking: Two allegedly killed in kogi bye election as PDP, ADC , SDP call for cancellation

August 11, 2018 Online Editor 0

The coalition of all Political Parties that contested today’s bye election in Kogi State have rejected the conduct of Lokoja Kogi Federal Constituency bye election for government induced harrassment, intimidation and disruption of voting process in some polling units. The political parties that rejected the polls are Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, African Democratic Congress, Accord Party, Read More

Untold story of Akpabio’s defection

August 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, was no ordinary day for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and in particular the people of Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom state. A massive crowd had gathered to witness an uncommon change from one political platform to another. The change, to the say the least, was never thought possible considering the utterances and antecedents of the Read More

Oshiomhole to Saraki: You’ll be impeached

August 11, 2018 Bode Olagoke. Abuja 0

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomohle, has said that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, can no longer hold on to his position, adding that he will be impeached according to the law. Oshiomhole also revealed that his leadership of APC wills work hard to ensure that Saraki is defeated even in his senatorial election Read More

2019: How unpaid salaries will decide govs’ fate

August 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Gladiators in the country’s political landscape are battle ready for next year’s general elections. But one of the key factors that will shape the outcome of the polls is the issue of unpaid salaries by some governors. Will this decide their fate at the polls? TOPE SUNDAY seeks answers in this piece. In the next 189 days, Nigeria would witness Read More

Gas explosion kills mother, 4 children in Delta

August 11, 2018 Amaechi Okwara. Asaba 0

Gas explosion yesterday killed four people in Okwe community market in Oshimili South local government area of Delta state while others sustained various degree of injuries. It was learnt that a woman, who had a provision shop at the area closed to a roadside gas filling shop, went to Onitsha market leaving a woman with two kids cooking with stove Read More

We remit all revenues due to federation account – NNPC

August 10, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that it has been faithfully remitting all revenues accruing to it to the Federation Account. A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, gave the clarification Thursday to members of the Senate Committee Read More

No plan to impeach Buhari – PDP senators

August 10, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators have denied allegation that the leadership of the National Assembly was planning to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari. The claim was made on Wednesday in Uyo by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during a rally organized to formally receive the defecting former Minority Leader of the PDP Read More

NASS Siege Report: IGP, Oshiomhole Colluding to Implicate Saraki – Frank

August 10, 2018 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has accused the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Adams Oshiomhole-led APC of plotting to blame the recent failed siege on the National Assembly on the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. He said that the APC has perfected a sinister plot Read More

70% PVCs not collected in Niger – REC

August 10, 2018 Aideloje Ojo. Minna 0

The Niger state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Samuel Egwu has said that over 70% of personal voter cards have not been collected by registered voters in the state. Professor Egwu stated this at a press conference in Minna. He explained that only 26,673 people collected their PVC out of 198, 038 registered Read More

EFCC cutting down the mighty

Court summons EFCC over frozen Benue account

August 10, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to appear before it over the freezing of the Benue State Government’s account. Giving the order upon submissions from counsel to Benue government, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN), the vacation judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri, directed the state government to serve all the relevant processes in the Read More