Ogbonnaya emerges EITI’s global chair on contract transparency

June 7, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Initiative (NEITI), Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, has emerged chairman of the global body on Contract Transparency in the extractive industry. Executive Director, Centre for Transparency Advocacy, (CTA) Faith Nwadishi, made this known in a statement released to newsmen Monday in Abuja, saying there couldn’t have been a better choice than Dr Ogbonnaya who heads Read More

Police confirm death of 7 in Osun bank robbery

June 3, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police has confirmed the death of four policemen and three civilians in the bank robbery that took place at Apomu/Ikire on Wednesday evening.  According to the spokesperson of the command, SP Yemisi Opalola, armed robbers numbering about 35 stormed the towns around 6:10pm in attempt to rob banks.  Opalola explained that four policemen, ASP Read More

May 29: APC government a failure, minority Reps declare

May 28, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

As Nigeria yet achieves another anniversary of the return to democratic governance (May 29), Minority Caucus of the House of Representatives has, after its claimed stock taking of the performance of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration, declared it a failure.  The caucus in its assessment, said “with the government’s failure to check worsening insecurity and mass killing of citizens; Read More

Constitutional review: Yiaga Africa recommends 10 priorities on electoral act amendment

May 28, 2021 Najib Sani 0

As the national assembly holds public hearings on constitution review, a Non Governmental Organization ‘Yiaga Africa’ has recommended 10 top priorities on electoral act amendment in the constitution. The NGO proferred the recommendations during a roundtable it organized for civil society organizations and other citizens of Bauchi state on how they can make difference at the public hearings. A facilitator Read More

Insecurity: In justification for establishing NUPEC

May 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

In this piece, BODE OLAGOKE, takes a look at the recent presentation to the Senate Committee on Interior on the need for the establishment of the National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPEC) by Dr. Chinedu S. Nneji. The challenges facing Nigeria as a nation call for all hands to be on deck, most especially the challenge of insecurity, peaceful co-existence Read More

One killed in Osun cult rival clash

May 22, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

A 35-year-old man, Babalola Lekan, has reportedly been shot dead during a clash between rival cult groups in Osogbo, Osun state.  The rival cult group engaged in gun duel around 2:30pm at Asoje area, Osogbo, on Friday.  It was gathered that the supremacy battle led to the clash between the rival cult groups.  The police spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, confirmed Read More

Again, herdsmen invade Benue communities, ‘kill’ 14

May 22, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Less than 24 hours after Internally Displaced Persons IDPs killed by herdsmen at Abagena camp were buried Friday, herdsmen militias again attacked Tse Ancha, in Agan located less than a kilometre from Abagena IDP Camp killing ten persons. This is even as gunmen suspect to be herdsmen Friday night attacked Imande-Abu in Mbayan, Logo Local Government area of Benue State Read More

Kaduna strike: Reverse all anti-workers’ policies, ADP tells El-rufai

May 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Following the ongoing strike action in Kaduna state, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has asked governor Nasir El-rufai to immediately reverse all the policies considered against the wellbeing of workers in the state. The opposition party also called on the labour union to take cognisance of its members and the wider populace by being flexible and amenable to negotiations that Read More

Follow footsteps of APC govs on devolution of powers, Lukman tells PDP govs

May 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh. Lukman, has urged the governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to follow the footsteps of their counterpart in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the need for devolution of powers in the country, otherwise known as restructuring. Lukman said there is nothing new in the PDP’s governors’ communique Read More

Ecobank, Vanguard/Economic Forum Series to convenes MSME Finance Summit

May 12, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Ecobank Nigeria and Vanguard Economic Forum Series have announced that they are convening an MSME virtual summit to promote and encourage lending support for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the face of changing operating environment in the country. The virtual summit with the theme: Unlocking Credit Growth in a Changing MSME Lending Landscape, will be broadcast and streamed Read More

2 armed robbers shot dead during operation in Ogun

May 10, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Two suspected armed were Sunday 9th of May 2021, shot dead at Sagamu interchange, along Lagos -Ibadan expressway by men of the Ogun state police command.  The two suspects were shot dead following a distress call received by the DPO Sagamu division, CSP Okiki Agunbiade, at about 9 pm, that a robbery operation was going on at Sagamu interchange and Read More

Addax: Senator Magnus Abe Affronted Buhari, Goofed, By Yamai John

April 28, 2021 Yamai John 0

By curiously questioning the wisdom of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources, in canceling the revocation by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) of four oil mining leases belonging to Addax Petroleum Exploration Nigeria Ltd., Senator Magnus Abe goofed and exceeded his brief. Here is why. In a position which can only be interpreted Read More

PDP, other hired contractors can’t blackmail Pantami to resign – Forum

April 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the platform of Progressives Professionals’ Forum (PPF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians at large to ignore the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other “hired contractors” calling for the sack of Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Ibrahim Isa Ali Pantami. The forum said the opposition party and Read More

UBA leads as banking sector sacks over 8,000 workers in 2020

April 27, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

United Bank of Africa Plc accounted for about 2,399 of the 8,584 employees sacked in the banking sector, comprising commercial banks, merchant banks and non-interest banks, Blueprint has gathered. It would be recalled that in 2020 during the height of the lockdown, banking sector employees raised an alarm on the plan of the massive sack by their employers. The concern Read More

All set for KIFA Lagos youth league

April 22, 2021 Akeem Busari 0

Nigeria’s biggest football academy, Kanu International Football Academy (KIFA) is set to hold the maiden edition of its football league for players in its academies spread across the country. KIFA, with Nigerian football legend Nwankwo Kanu, as its chairman, has over 2,350 players in 126 centres across the 36 states and FCT, Abuja. And it is acknowledged as the lagest Read More

Police arrest teenager in connection with attempt kidnap in Osun

April 21, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun State Police Command Wednesday said an 18-year-old man, Salisu Sulaiman, has been arrested in connection with the attempt kidnap in Koka village, Ibokun.  A statement by the Police Public Relation Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, disclosed that the suspect was arrested about 12:15am on Tuesday.  According to Opalola, the suspect came from Idofihan in Kwara state.  Some suspected Fulani herdsmen Read More

Incessant jail breaks: Army to train armed personnel of Correctional Service

April 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Following the incessant jail break the country has witnessed in the recent time, the Nigerian Army has accepted to assist the Nigerian Correctional Service in giving refresher training to its armed squad personnel.  This is made known through a statement signed by the service’s spokesman, Francis Enobore, Wednesday in Abuja, that the training was sequel to the increasing spate of Read More

Bauchi to repatriate non-native prostitutes, marry off indigenes

April 13, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Bauchi state shariah commission has disclosed intention to repatriate non-native prostitutes operating in the state and marry off the indigenous ones as part of efforts to tackle immoral acts in the state. The permanent commissioner of the commission in charge of ‘hisbah’ (Islamic police) Aminu Balarabe Isah disclosed this Monday during a Pre-ramadan sensitization organized by his office for prostitutes Read More

Cape Verde: End maltreatment of Nigerians in diaspora, group petitions FG

April 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A Civil Society Organisation (CSO) known as Coalition of Active Young Citizens (CAYC) has petitioned the federal government, demanding an end to alleged maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora.  The CSO made the call in a letter dated April 8, 2021 and addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama.  The Convener, of the group Victor Terhemba, who signed Read More

Owerri attack: 1,844 inmates escape, 35 refuse to go- NCoS

April 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has confirmed an attack on it custodial centre in Owerri in Imo state by unknown gunmen leading to escape of 1,844 inmates while 35 inmates refused to escape. In a statement made available to Blueprint Monday in Abuja, the Service spokesman, Francis Enobore, said the attackers stormed the facility at about 0215hrs Read More

Insecurity: Governors impressed with strategies deployed by new Service Chiefs – Fayemi

March 29, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) Monday expressed satisfaction with the strategies deployed by the new Service Chiefs to address the current security challenges in the country.Fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, chairman of NGF and governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said governors were also impressed with the synergy among the security Read More

What it takes to find success in hair business – Nkem Tonweh

July 15, 2019 Bode Olagoke 0

Nkem Ngbeken Tonweh, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Natty Cole Beauty Studio, is a Nigerian entrepreneur and hair care expert who has found success in the foreign land of Italy, doing hair business. She started as a maverick startup hungry for success and after so much toil and grand success came knocking at her door. Sharing her success Read More