80-year-old woman, grand-daughter, others nabbed with 192kg cocaine, heroin in Ondo

May 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

An 80-year-old woman, Mrs. Mary Adebayo, her 19-year-old granddaughter, Funmilola Adebayo and two other ladies have been arrested in Akure, the Ondo state capital by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), for selling assorted illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol and skuchies. A press statement by NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, Read More

Ex-FIRS chairman Ifueko loses brother

May 5, 2021 David Agba 0

A former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, has lost her brother, Dr. Austin Omoigui in the United States of America (USA). According to a joint statement by Omoigui and Asemota family, the late Austin died on April 18, 2021. The deceased was described as a “pre-Eminent Interventional Cardiologist in Columbia, South Carolina and foremost Read More

593 Edo varsity students take matriculates oaths

April 29, 2021 Patrick Ahanor, 0

The Vice Chancellor, Edo State University Uzairue, Engr. Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor has reiterated the commitment of management to ensure that all programmes offered by the institution are completed within the stipulated time frame. Aluyor said: “As a university, we  have made a commitment to run all our programmes within the stipulated time. You can attest to the fact that we Read More

Judiciary autonomy best for nation’s democracy – Obaseki

April 28, 2021 Patrick Ahanor, 0

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state Tuesday said the autonomy and independence of the three arms of government (executives, legislature and judiciary) is best for Nigeria’s democratic system. Obaseki said his administration “has continued to obey and respect the relevant section of the 1999 constitution on judicial autonomy”. Judiciary workers are at loggerheads with their respective State governors over the Read More

Banditry: Edo senator escapes death

April 28, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP Edo Central), was on Monday, attacked twice by suspected bandits along Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads. Ordia who heads the Senate committee on Local and Foreign Debts, lamented to  newsmen on Wednesday on  how  escaped death by whiskers, when the daredevil suspected bandits opened fire on his convoy, while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo Read More

Edo: NBA, JUSUN forge alliance over judiciary autonomy

April 27, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

Members of the Benin Branch of the Nigerian Bars Association, (NBA) have been refused entrance to the Edo State Government House in Benin City. The lawyers who were on a solidarity march with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) strike over financial autonomy, had assembled as early as 8.00 am at the Lion Bar, Benin City, and marched peacefully Read More

Ministry set to revamp National Sports Festival

April 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Sports Festival (NSF) is set for a major review after its 20th edition which held in Benin City, Edo state capital. The review, which will be along the lines of strengthening the games, athletes’ protection and template for bidding among other things, will have a committee announced soon. The minister disclosed this during a courtesy call to Governor Read More

Tragedy! How truck crushed 9 wedding guests to death in Edo

April 26, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

A cement-laden truck, Sunday reportedly crushed nine persons to death at Ekpon junction along  the Agbor-Ewohimi road, Igueben local government area of  Edo state. Blueprint gathered that the deceased were travelling from Benin City and heading to Ewatto community, Esan South East local government to attend a wedding ceremony when the tragedy struck. A witness who declined to give his Read More

Late cleric’s wife donates classrooms to primary school

April 23, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

As part of efforts to immortalise her late husband, the Archbishop, Church of God Mission International, Margaret Benson Idahosa, has donated a block of six classrooms to Olinlin Primary School, Uzea, in Esan North-east local government area of Edo state. Margaret said her husband began his early education in the school; hence “the church thought it wise to erect a Read More

2 feared dead in Edo cult clash

April 20, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

Two persons have been reportedly feared dead in a renewed cult clash between members of Black Axe and Eiye confraternity groups in Benin City, Edo state capital. The recent clash of rivalry between the groups was said to have  began on Saturday following the beheading of one Ogbomo, allegedly by a rival group.  Ogbomo was reportedly hacked to death at along Esigie Read More

APC governors disown Obaseki over currency printing claim

April 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state that the federal government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues to the three tiers of government in March 2021, saying that the claims did not reflect the true position of things. The Forum, in Read More

N60bn controversy: It’s our job to print money – CBN

April 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has said printing money “is a cardinal job of the lenders.” Emefiele, on the official twitter handle of the CBN @cenbank on Friday, said printing money “is about lending money.” He was probably responding to the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, who alleged that the federal government printed N60 Read More

Edo 2020: Igali ecstatic as Diri hails team Bayelsa

April 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Bayelsa state contingent to the just concluded National Sports Festival (NSF), Edo 2020, returned to Yenagoa to a rousing welcome. The state placed third at the end of the festival with 56 gold, 55 silver and 58 bronze medals, a feat it achieved for the first time in its history at the festival. Receiving the contingent at the entrance Read More

Aftermath of Edo 2020: Gunmen attack team Nasarawa, one feared dead

April 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

One of the two buses conveying the last batch of Team Nasarawa contingent members from the just concluded 20th National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo state capital, was attacked by suspected armed robbers at Akeleku village, some two kilometres after Kadarko town, along Makurdi-Lafia express road. The 56-seater team bus had rammed into the robbers who were already Read More

Breaking: Stop current monetary rascality, Obaseki hits FG again

April 15, 2021 Patrick Ahanor, Benin 0

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has advised the federal government to face economic realities confronting the country and stop the “current monetary rascality in the country”. Obaseki said such proactive measures would prevent the prevailing economic challenge from degenerating further. The governor had last week expressed reservations over the nation’s economic slide and alleged that the federal government printed additional N50 Read More

Obaseki’s comment on printing of N60bn saddening – FG

April 15, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government said Wednesday that the comments made by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state that it printed N60 billion in March to support federal allocation to states was false and sad. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, who disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja, said the funds being shared Read More

‘Nigeria’s Olympic’ has exposed diverse talents, set new unprecedented records – Minister

April 12, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Chief Sunday Dare has expressed delight with numerous talents on display at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) holding in Benin, Edo state capital. Chief Dare who spoke on the sidelines of the competition after watching some of the live games said he was excited with successes recorded so far. The Minister then Read More

Breaking: Adegoke is fastest man at 20th National Sports Festival

April 10, 2021 Editor 0

Enoch Adegoke of Edo state Saturday evening won the men’s 100 metres final race at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival holding in Benin. Living up to his favourite’s billing, Adegoke dominated the race from the start, and although there was a late surge from his teammate, Alaba Akintola towards the end, he did just about enough to win and Read More

Fake news: Youth and Sports Ministry debunks N4bn approval for 20th NSF

April 10, 2021 Editor 0

The federal ministry of youth and sports development has debunked report that the sum of N4 billion was approved for the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin, Edo state capital. Reacting to the report, an official of the ministry said in line with the trust of the present administration, monies approved for the competition would be judiciously used. Read More

Dare on the right track

April 10, 2021 Kola Daniel 0

Leadership isn’t all about position or ranking, neither is it a title. Instead, it is the ability to serve the purpose for which the position is given. The Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare, has been an exemplary leader right from his first day in office as a serving Minister of the federal republic of Nigeria. Read More

Breaking: 20th National Sports Festival goes on, no plan to halt competition abruptly – FG

April 8, 2021 Editor 0

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has clarified that the 20th National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, is going on as planned with competitions going on as scheduled. A press statement from the ministry, signed by the assistant director Press Ramon Balogun on Thursday morning, said, “the Ministry and the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) for the festival are unaware of Read More