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Organised labour mourns ‘selfless, incorruptible Akanbi’

June 4, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The organised labour in Nigeria yesterday mourned the former President of Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, describing him as “selfless, hard and smart working, incorruptible and generous jurist whose exit will be missed.” The pioneer Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Off ences Commission (ICPC), Justice Akanbi died yesterday morning in a private hospital in Ilorin, Kwara state Read More

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FEC approves 21m euros for tug boats, N703m for Baro bay

May 17, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved 21 million euros for the purchase of two tug boats for towing of maritime vessels, and another N703 million for dredging of the turning base of the Baro river port in Niger State. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, announced this while briefing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting presided by President Read More

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2 Nigerians again killed in South Africa (Xenophobia)

May 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to climb with two young Nigerians being the latest victims. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the latest killing brings the number of Nigerians killed in the former apartheid enclave since February 2016 to 118. Up to 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people, reside in South Africa, according Read More

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Early signs of dyslexia in young children

May 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that can cause difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. It is quite common, affecting approximately 1 in 10 people. Although the cause of dyslexia is unknown, it is considered to be a genetic condition that can be passed from parents to children. While the signs of dyslexia aren’t always easy to identify, especially in young Read More

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HOMEF raises concerns over planned marking of GMO cotton, cowpea

April 16, 2018 Editorial IV 0

    Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has raised concerns over announcement by National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA to begin marking of Bt Cowpea and Cotton as biotechnology products in Nigeria before the end of the year. It would be recalled that on the 22nd of March, 2018, the country coordinator for Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) and Read More

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APC tenure elongation: The winners, the losers

April 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

BODE OLAGOKE, in this piece takes a look at how leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) argued for and against the controversial tenure elongation and the implication for the party 6 rattling weeks for APC Since February when the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had its maiden National Executive Council meeting following its victory in the 2015 general Read More

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‘Why building collapse is rampant in Nigeria’

April 10, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Mr. Fadil Elegbede, is a Lagos-based builder and General Secretary of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB). In this interview with TOPE SUNDAY, he speaks on how building collapse is persistent in Nigeria, among other issues in the built environment. In the recent time, Nigeria as a country, had recorded a number of collapsed building. As a Builder, what do Read More

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Notes on Leftist politics in Nigeria, by EDWIN MADUNAGU

April 6, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Recently, a young man who teaches English at Abia State University phoned to inform me of an impending conference on the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx. But what the call provoked in me was not the remembrance of Marx and his enduring legacy but anger over the fact that some people still regularly irritate me with chants of Read More

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The long arm of ‘death’ BY Ibrahim Muhammed

March 22, 2018 Editorial IV 0

    It will come when it has to come. There would be no request for appointment; no knocking, no prior notice, no invitation and neither will your status matter. You may be the richest man on earth, the poorest of all living creature, the most intelligent, the most stupid, the most honest, the most dishonest and all the above Read More

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Religious profiling: My close shave with death (I)

December 23, 2017 Blueprint 1

In December 2003, when Nigeria hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Abuja, something happened that nearly tragically ended my life. As head of Daily Trust’s Foreign and Diplomatic desk I was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring sufficient and effective coverage of happenings during the event. So, even though much of my work was office-based I needed Read More

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‘Cultists’ hack EKSU student to death

October 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado Ekiti   Barely five days after a third year student of Ekiti state University, Ado-Ekiti, Ojo Segun was killed by suspected cultists, another one was on Sunday night hacked to death and his headless body dumped close to the university gate. Some students of the institution, who spoke under anonymity, said the corpse of Ayodele Temilade Read More

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Breast cancer not death sentence, Ambode tells women

September 22, 2017 Blueprint 0

Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday counselled victims of breast cancer not to see the disease as death sentence but rather embrace early medical solution to overcome it. Ambode, who said this while receiving the wife of Ondo state Governor, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on courtesy visit with members of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria Read More

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NMC raises alarm over death of pure maths in Nigerian universities

September 14, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja The National Mathematical Centre has raised alarm over the gradual death of pure mathematics in the Nigeria University System. Onah made this call in Abuja at the two-day stakeholders meeting of Professors and Heads of Departments of mathematics and mathematical sciences and postgraduate students from Nigerian universities The National Mathematics Centre director said Pure Mathematics is Read More

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2 brothers sentenced to death for robbery, kidnapping

April 7, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Jerry Uwah Lagos Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of a Lagos state High Court in Ikeja yesterday sentenced two brothers, Eteobong and David Udoh, to death for armed robbery and kidnapping. The convicts and a female accomplice, Eno Victor, were also sentenced to 21-years in prison for kidnapping one Olurinde Ojerinde, a financial adviser. The judge acquitted Eno of the charge Read More

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…Nab ‘murderer, cultists, kidnappers, others’

March 29, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command has arrested one Obinna Echianu, on suspicion of committing murder, suspected cultists, kidnappers, armed robbers, car snatchers as well as Indian hemp dealers. Commissioner of Police in charge the FCT, Musa Kimo, while addressing a press conference, yesterday at the command headquarters, said the arrests were part of successes recorded Read More

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Corps members’ death: FG warns against hiding health status

December 7, 2016 Blueprint 0

  Ifedapo died of renal sepsis – Report By John Oba Abuja The federal government has warned the serving and prospective corps members against hiding information from government officials to ensure their total safety while serving their fatherland. This is even as the report shows that one of the late corps members, Oladepo Ifedapo Rachael, who died in Kano during Read More

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6 labourers escape death in Abuja building collapse

August 30, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Six labourers working on a house owned by a former governor of Osun state yesterday escaped death by the whiskers when a section of the building suddenly collapsed at about 1am. The edifice is located on Plot 444, Citec Villas in Gwarinpa, a major town in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). Eye witnesses told Blueprint that Read More

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Lagos refutes reports on death among teachers

July 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

Tope Musowo Lagos The Lagos state government has refuted the claim in some print and online media that 10 teachers in the school system in the state die monthly. A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, stated that the trend of death was noticed in the records of past administration, which compelled the current Read More

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INEC taken to court 700 times since 2015 – Yakubu

June 2, 2016 Blueprint 0

 Conducts 127 polls in 6 months By Emeka Nze Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has conducted 127 elections in the last six months, just as the commission was taken to court 700 times since the 2015 elections till date, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has said. He listed the polls to include; 50 re-run elections in 16 states Read More

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Kaduna govt arraigns another 91 Shi’ites, seeks death sentence

May 4, 2016 Blueprint 0

The Kaduna State Government yesterday  arraigned another batch of 91 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) before a Kaduna High Court, seeking death sentence for the accused. The government had on April 21 arraigned 50 members of the sect on similar charges. They were among the 266 sect members arrested during the Shiite/Army clash between Dec. 12 and Read More

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Death toll in Lagos collapsed building now 30

March 10, 2016 Blueprint 0

  Report to police, Ambode orders developers By Ime Akpan Lagos Twelve more bodies were recovered yesterday from the debris of the five-storey building that collapsed in Lekki, Lagos on Tuesday, bringing the number to 30. Eighteen bodies were pulled out from the rubbles on Tuesday, while 12 were recovered around 2.30pm yesterday from the building developed by the Lekki Read More

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Death, inconclusive election and law

November 24, 2015 Blueprint 0

The jigsaw puzzles created by the sudden death of Prince Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Saturday November21 governorship election in Kogi state, are stirring issues over the nation’s 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act.  KENNEDY EMETULU  in this analysis raises critical questions begging for answers. The passing on of Prince Abubakar Audu, the gubernatorial candidate of Read More

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Jurist escapes death as soldier fires at her car

August 1, 2014 Blueprint 0

But for sheer luck, one of the High Court judges in Kaduna state and her son would been victims of a soldier’s bullets in protecting ‘very important personalities’ yesterday in Kaduna town as the soldier opened fire on the car in which the jurist was travelling. Blueprint gathered that the jurist, Justice Hajara Gwadah, was on her way to church Read More

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Foreign firms, govt officials implicated in miners’ deaths

March 4, 2014 Blueprint 0

This year, the “failure” of the Mines Inspectorate Department of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) to effectively oversee quarries in the FCT has led to loss of three lives in three different quarries operated by foreign investors. 35-year-old father of two, Mr. Istifanus Yunana is the latest victim in the string of avoidable tragedies. He worked Read More