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Govt changing lives of PWD – Ankeli

March 1, 2017 Blueprint 0

Dr Samuel Ankeli, Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Disability Matters, in this interview with BODE OLAGOKE laments the treatment of physically challenged persons in Nigerian among other issues Can you let us know some of your achievements since your appointment? Before my appointment, I was an activist for People Living with Disability. I was one of their national Read More

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Migrants killed in ‘religious clash’ on Mediterranean boat

April 17, 2015 Blueprint 0

Italian police say they have arrested 15 Muslim migrants after they allegedly threw 12 Christians overboard following a row on a boat heading to Italy. The Christian migrants, said to be from Ghana and Nigeria, are all feared dead. In a separate incident, more than 40 people drowned after another migrant boat sank between Libya and Italy. Almost 10,000 migrants Read More

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2015: APC not committed to issue-based campaign – PDP

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Samuel Ogidan Abuja Two months to 2015 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  yesterday accused All Progressives Congress (APC) of not committed to issues-based campaign. The party said that it remained on the moral high ground compared to APC as far as its commitment to issues-based campaigns is concerned. PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Read More

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Sen Shu’aibu can’t speak for North, says Hassan

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ayoni M. Agbabiaka Abuja A prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one-time member of the House of Representatives representing Jos North and Bassa constituencies of Plateau state, Honourable Sale Shehu Hassan, has accused Senator Lawal Shu’aibu of fanning the embers of sectional politics in the North. Shu’aibu, the deputy national chairman (North) of the All Progressives Read More

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Shema charges stakeholders on peaceful conduct of 2015 elections

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Hamidu Sabo Katsina Stakeholders in Katsina state on Monday held a seminar on peace and security ahead of forthcoming 2015 election. The seminar organised by state government drawn participants from Islam and Christian faith, traditional and community leaders, INEC officials, security agents and civil society. Others include members of community leaders, political parties leaders and Da’awah group. Speaking at Read More

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Jonathan wants hall of shame for criminals

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan has stressed the need for the institutionalisation of hall of shame to document names of criminals and their crimes. Speaking when he hosted the legends of Nollyhood led by Paul Obaziele, who had visited conferred on him the honour of Grand Patron of the body, Jonathan said the proposed hall of shame Read More

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PDP, APC lawmakers disagree over LG autonomy

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado Ekiti As the review of the 1999 constitution goes through state Houses of Assembly across the country, the factional Ekiti state House of Assembly yesterday turned down autonomy for the local governments in Nigeria. However, the All Progressives Congress lawmakers, in their plenary at a secret location a week ago, had voted in favour of  local Read More

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2015: DHQ deploys 30 gunboats to Niger Delta

December 24, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Aherhoke Okioma Yenagoa Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Defence Headquarters has deployed 30 gunboats to beef up security in the Niger Delta region. Out going media coordinator, Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Pulo Shield, Col. Mustapha Anka, disclosed this yesterday during his end of year press briefing at the JTF headquarters in Yenagoa. He said while some Read More

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Why I picked Osinbajo – Buhari

December 18, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Former Head of State and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has said that he accepted the choice of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to assist him in the rescue mission of Nigeria due to what he called “his unimpeachable integrity.” The choice of Buhari running-mate had delayed for six days after Read More

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Boko Haram leader vows to attack Kano emir

December 18, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Aliyu Askira Kano Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has threatened to attack the Emir of Kano, Muhummadu Sanusi II, in retaliation for the emir’s call on Kano residents and other Nigerians to arm and defend themselves against the terror organisation. The emir had earlier issued a call to arms after a series of deadly attacks by suspected Boko Haram Read More

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N10bn scam: Court stops Reps’ probe of Diezani

December 18, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ameh Ejekwonyilo, Kawu Yaqoob Mahmoud and Hannah Adiya Egbodo, Abuja Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of an Abuja Federal High Court yesterday set aside the letter of invitation sent by the House of Representatives to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to appear before its investigative panel over alleged spending of N10 Read More

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38, 000 unemployed graduates in Niger – Aliyu

December 18, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna Thirty-eight thousand unemployed graduates are on the awaiting list after the Niger state government employed over 8,000 graduates of National Certificate of Education, NCE Higher National Diploma and University graduates, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has said. Aliyu stated this yesterday while receiving in courtesy call the Director of Education Corps of the Nigeria Air force Air Read More

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No plot to impeach Mark – Senate

December 16, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja The Senate yesterday dismissed as unfounded a media report that there was a fresh crisis brewing in the Senate over an ongoing plot by aggrieved senators to impeach David Mark. The spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, said the story existed only in the imagination of its authors. It had been reported that the impeachment Read More

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Ajibola: Abuja has final say – Kwara PDP

December 16, 2014 Blueprint 0

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state met yesterday on the controversies trailing the emergence of Senator Simon S. Ajibola as the party’s gubernatorial candidate and resolved that Abuja had the final say over the matter. The party’s spokesman, Chief Rex Olawoye, who spoke with newsmen after an executive meeting of the party, said the leaders met Read More

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Buhari: I’ll end Boko Haram insurgency

December 16, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has vowed to work with all Nigerians to end the reign of terror in any part of Nigeria, especially the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east. The APC presidential candidate made the pledge in a statement he personally signed yesterday to condole with the victims of recent bomb blasts in Kano and Read More

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B’Haram: Military back with winning formula – Adamawa govt

December 16, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Jibrin Baba Ndace Abuja The Adamawa state government has expressed satisfaction with the successes recorded, so far, in dislodging insurgents in some part of northern states. The Chief of Staff to Gov Bala Ngilari, Alhaji Chubado Tijjani, made this known in an interview with journalists in Mubi. Tijjani, who was in Mubi on behalf of the government to assess Read More

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Jonathan calls for global action on insurgency

December 16, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday called on world leaders to unite and form stronger action against the scourge of insurgency and piracy in West Africa and beyond. Speaking at the 46th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Jonathan said the Read More

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Over 100 Nigerians deported aboard cargo aircraft

December 12, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ime Akpan Lagos More than 100 Nigerians who went to the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland for employment opportunity have been deported. The deportees including men, women, and children, arrived the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, yesterday aboard a cargo aircraft. One of the deportees, who gave his name as Isaac Ejiofor, Read More

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Sardauna Foundation sues for peace

December 12, 2014 Blueprint 0

National security is the collective responsibility of all Nigerians irrespective of social, ethnic or religious affiliation, the chairman of the Advisory Council of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, (SABMF) and the former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, has said. In a statement in Kaduna, foundation said  that lack of unity of purpose in the campaign Read More

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Twin blasts kill 31 in Jos, explosives uncovered in Kano

December 12, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu and Bashir Mohammed, Kano Not fewer than 30 persons were killed at a twin explosion at Jos terminus market, yesterday even bags containing explosives were uncovered at the famous grains market, popularly known as Dawanu market in Kano state. Blueprint learnt that the Jos blasts occurred about 6:15 pm, while second happened at 6:18 pm. Our Read More

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Defection: Court okays Tambuwal’s constituents’ appeal application

December 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday granted the application of the people of Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto state, to appeal the court’s ruling that disallowed the constituents from being joined as defendants in the suit instituted by the embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal. After listening to counsel’s ‘no objection’ to the application for Read More

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APC primaries: Atiku warns party over rigging

December 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and presidential aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has urged his party not to leave any stone unturned in its quest to ensure free, fair and credible presidential primaries that would provide the impetus for enthroning the change that Nigerians had clamoured for. Atiku’s charge to the APC was Read More

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Minna jailbreak: Minister suspends Prison Controller, others

December 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has approved the recommendations of the Controller General of Prisons, Dr Peter E Ekpendu, for the immediate removal and suspension of the Controller  of Prison Niger state, Musa Maiyaki, the Officer-in charge of Minna Prisons, ACP. Mohammed I. Bena, and all other officers on duty on December 6, 2014, when Read More

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Gumi takes on Zakzaky, says cleric should repent

December 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Samuel Aruwan Kaduna A prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, yesterday took on fellow cleric Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqub Zakzaky, saying he should seek repentance from “misleading” his followers. The Zaria-based Zakzaky is the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the nation’s largest Shiite community, while Gumi is a leader of the Sunni sect, the Izala. Both sects are Read More

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Group suspends 1200-woman protest against NWFL board

December 10, 2014 Blueprint 0

An advocacy group, Save Female Football in Nigeria (SSFN), has postponed indefinitely it plan for today’s 1200-woman planned protest march to Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) secretariat in demand for better management of women football in the country. The Coordinator of the Group, Moses Bako told journalists in Abuja yesterday, that the intended protest has been put on hold due to the Read More