House rent agreement, C of O, others must carry stamp duty – FIRS

July 2, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has alerted Nigerians and others resident in the country to make sure that documents pertaining to rent or lease agreements for their homes or offices, Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) as well as a list of other common business-related transaction instruments are subject to authentication with the new FIRS adhesive stamp duty. This Read More

NEITI to rank oil, gas coys, MDAs on audit compliance

June 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

By Benjamin UMUTEMEAbujaThe Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has stated that it will undertake a compliance ranking of all companies and government agencies that are participating in its ongoing 2019 oil and gas industry audit. The ranking exercise which is instituted to examine levels of compliance to the data gathering component of the NEITI’s audit process among participating entities Read More

Official: Nzenwa takes charge of IPAC’s headquarters

June 18, 2020 Emeka Nze 0

After five months of division within the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), its National President, Dr Leonard Nzenwa, said the new leadership has finally received the property of the council from the outgoing leadership.  Since February this year when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) de-registered 74 political parties, the 18 political parties now constituting IPAC have not had access to the Read More

Foreign Taxes: Senate queries CBN on unremitted $3.3billion, summons Army , Police, EFCC on unaudited accounts

June 3, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate through its Committee on Public Accounts queried the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) Wednesday on an unremitted $3.3billion from the $21.3billion collected by the Federal Inland Revenue Service ( FIRS) as foreign Tax  in 2015.Trouble came the way of the CBN with queries against it forwarded to the Senate Committee on Public Accounts by the office of Read More

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Report on Borno LG elections time table fake – BOSIEC

March 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIEC) Wednesday said its attention has been drawn  to an online social media report of a purported local government election timetable that allegedly emanated from the commission. A statement issued Wednesday by the director information, BOSIEC, Zara Alhassan said the executive chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdu Usman, said the document is fake. The commission called Read More

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200 students displaced in Benue school fire incident

February 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  A raging fire early hours of Wednesday razed the male hostel of the Government Secondary School, Gboko, Benue state, displacing over two hundred students. The fire incident happened barely two days after another fire razed shops at modern market, Gboko. Blueprint learnt that more than 200 students of the school were affected in the fire which started at about Read More

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Ebonyi to hold LGA elections in April

January 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  Ebonyi state Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) Wednesday released notice for 2020 local government areas elections in the state. The release stated that the elections is slated to hold  Saturday, 25th April, 2020 at the 13 LGAs and 1,785 wards in the state. This was contained in a document published and signed by chairman of EBSIEC, Mr Chukwuemeka Oji, secretary of Read More

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Ancelotti finalises Napoli contract termination

December 19, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Carlo Ancelotti’s legal team has reached an agreement with Napoli over the termination of his contract, paving the way for his appointment as Everton manager. The 60-year-old, who was sacked by the Serie A club on December 10, is currently in his native Italy and preparing for his move to the UK. Sky in Italy are reporting Ancelotti is set to meet Read More

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Rape allegation drags COZA Pastor, Busola Dakolo to court

September 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A Division of the federal high court in Abuja has given the embattled Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor at the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), a summon document to make an appearance within 14 days. The court summon sighted by newsmen was dated September 6. Busola Dakolo, had accused Fatoyinbo of having sexual relations with her on two occasions as Read More

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NGO demands re-arrest of Rivers’ chief who raped 14-year-old girl

September 5, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A non-governmental organisation, Make A Difference Initiative  (MAD) has decried the abuse of authority by the Nigerian Police with regards to negotiating an out-of-court settlement on behalf of paedophiles with family of child victims of their dastardly acts. The organisation expressed displeasure over reports at the weekend which disclosed that a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Rufina Ukadike had released Read More

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Support implementation of our transitional agreement, Sudan urges Nigeria, other countries

August 22, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Republic of Sudan has urged Nigeria and other international communities to support the implementation of its historic, final political agreement and constitutional document regarding the three-month transitional agreement that would return peace and culminate into conducting a general election in the country. An agreement had been signed in Khartoum on August 17, 2019 between the Transitional Military Council, TMC, and the Civilian Read More

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Reps probe: Lawyer disowns First bank over alleged forgery

April 14, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A legal practitioner and notary public, Mr Godwin Imakhai, who was hired by First Bank plc to perfect a purported tripartite mortgage agreement allegedly entered between the bank and Whiteplains British School Abuja, has distanced himself from the documents.  Imakhai who was summoned by the Hon. Uzoma Nkem Abonta led House Committee on Public Petitions told the committee at the weekend that Read More

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Can plans to reduce violence against children in Nigeria work?

August 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

Worried by the alarming trend of violence against children and women, Mrs. Grace Perpetual Dafiel, a lawyer and a social worker who advocates for the rights of women and children, during a recent workshop in Abuja, discloses efforts by her group-SMILE PROJECT, to stem the phenomenon. DONALD IORCHIR reports concerns expressed by experts at the workshop Opening remarks According to Read More

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First Nation Airways, MD deny N1.7bn fraud charge

April 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  First Nation Airways has disputed all the charges of fraud and stealing preferred by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the airline and its Managing Director, Mr. Mr. Kayode Odukoya. It would be recalled that on March 16, 2018, Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court ordered that Odukoya be remanded for alleged theft of N1.7 Read More

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Certificate forgery’: UniJos Registrar debunks media report

March 22, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  The Registrar, University of Jos, Mr. Emmanuel Dajang has told the Jos division of Federal High Court 2 that the publication of Vanguard newspaper on alleged certificate forgery against Rt. Hon Ibrahim Baba Hassan did not emanate from the institution. The Registrar told the court, presided over by Justice Haruna Kurya, while tendering some documents led by plaintiff’s counsel, Read More

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Economic growth: Ex-DMO boss advises on debt financing

March 14, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Immediate past Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr Abraham Nwankwo, has adised African leaders to initiate “robust macro-economic, transformation plans to drive debtfinanced sustainable economic growth and prosperity. Nwankwo gave the advice yesterday while speaking at the fourth London Stock Exchange LSEG Africa Advisory Group (LAAG) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on the topic “Sapping Africa’s Debt Financing Strategy: Read More

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The Seriake Dickson phenomenon in Bayelsa (1), by Dan Agbese

February 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

I was in Yenagoa, February 15-18, to witness the series of events marking the sixth year of Henry Seriake Dickson as governor of Bayelsa state. The celebrations began on February 11 with a church service in Yenagoa. They ended as they began with a church service at Otuoke, the home town of former President Goodluck Jonathan, on February 18, with Read More

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Group urges ex-EFCC investigator in court over ‘fraud’

February 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja A group, Nigerian Lawyers Renaissance Forum, yesterday called on the Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to prosecute a former investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Victor Uwajeh, for alleged fraud, forgery and possession of false documents. The group made the call yesterday in a chat with newsmen in Abuja. It would be Read More