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2 priests, 490 others killed between January, May – Ortom

May 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state yesterday said 492 persons, including two Catholic priests in state, have been killed by herdsmen between January and May this year. Ortom disclosed this at the burial of the two Catholic priests; Fr. Joseph Gor, Felix Tyolaha and other 17 worshippers killed on April 24 at St. Ignatius Quasi-Parish, Ayar Mbalom in Gwer local Read More

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2 teachers jailed 24 months for N3m fraud

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kaduna yesterday sentenced two teachers, Adams Jibril, 28, and Mohammed Yusuf, 27, to combined 24 months in prison for defrauding a man of N3 million. The convicts, both residents of Chechenji Road, Kaduna, were arraigned on a five-count charge of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating, impersonation and forgery. In her judgement, the magistrate, Zainab Read More

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‘Yobe cargo airport to be completed by May 2019’

April 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  The Yobe state government has assured that all the ongoing capital projects in the state will be completed before the expiration of the Ibrahim Gaidam tenure on May 29, 2019. This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Lawan Ali Shettima, when he paid an unscheduled visit to the ongoing International Cargo Airport located at Kallalawa Read More

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NASS to pass 2018 budget April 24

March 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Strong indications emerged yesterday that the National Assembly will on April 24, 2018, pass the 2018 budget, Blueprint can authoritatively report. The decision to pass the budget on the said date, was reached last week during a meeting of the Senate Caucus of the All Progressives Congress and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party. According to a Read More

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2018 budget: Can Nigerians rely on Reps’ April 24 promise?

March 27, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Passing the 2018 Appropriation by the National Assembly has surprisingly been delayed beyond the expectations of Nigerians. JOSHUA EGBODO writes. Raised expectation This was so, more because President Muhammadu Buhari laid the N8.612 trillion aggregate expenditure proposals for the 2018 fiscal year fairly early enough, precisely on November 7, 2018. With the budget laid, leadership of the House of Representatives Read More

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Road accidents claim 1, 306 in 2017 Q4

February 20, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says no fewer than 1,306 Nigerians died in road accidents in the fourth quarter of 2017. In its, “Road Transport Data for Fourth Quarter 2017’’ report, the bureau said that 1,200 of the 1,306 Nigerians who died, representing 92 per cent of the figure were adults, while the remaining 106, representing eight per Read More

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Curtain draws on 2017 Karate National Open Championship

November 24, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Lekan Olaseinde Abuja The 2017 Karate National Open Championship will winds up tomorrow at the Abuja National Package B with the medal presentation and prizes awards to various athletes who have distinguished themselves in the four day championship. On Saturday morning, the competition will get underway by 8am with Elimination in Team Kumite (male and female) .Also there will Read More

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See Video: Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Niger State Investment Summit 2017

August 16, 2017 Blueprint 0

NIGERIAN STATES ARE UNDISCOVERED JEWELS, WITH HUGE LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POTENTIALS, SAYS AG PRESIDENT OSINBAJO *Challenges Niger State to envision possibility of feeding half of Africa In a speech that highlighted the tremendous local and international economic potentials of States of the Nigerian Federation, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, says just one State in the country, Niger State, with Read More

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AFCON may hold in June/July

July 20, 2017 Blueprint 1

African soccer’s biggest tournament, AFCON could be moved from the start of the year to the European summer months of June and July, with the number of teams being increased from 16 to 24. Th e proposals for the future of the African Cup of Nations were made at a two-day meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Rabat, Morocco, hosted by Read More

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WAEC releases May/June 2017 WASSCE results

July 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

Withholds 214,952 results By Martin Paul Abuja Th e West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has announced the release of the May/June 2017 West African Senior Secondary School Examinations (WASSCE) results. Th e council said on its Twitter account yesterday that the results of 94.36 per cent of the 1,471,151 candidates that sat for the examination were released. It added that Read More

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The many obstacles to 24-hour ports operation

June 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

AJIBOLA ABAYOMI in this analysis draws attention to the challenges that may mar the recent Executive Order by the federal government that targets 24-hour operation at Nigeria’s ports and the desire to favour the ease of doing business. On the 18th of May, 2017, when the Presidency reeled out the Executive Order signed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo aimed at Read More

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Ramadan Timing – Day 24

June 19, 2017 Blueprint 0

Towns Magrib Alfijr Abakaliki 6.47 5.58 Abeokuta 7.06 5.15 Abuja 6.55 4.55 Akure 6.58 5.07 Auchi 6.56 5.04 Ankpa 6.49 4.56 Argungu 7.05 4.56 Azare 6.47 4.36 Bama 6.32 4.24 Bauchi 6.37 4.45 Benin 6.55 5.08 Bichi 6.55 4.44 Bida 6.58 5.00 Birnin Gwari 6.57 4.55 B/Kebbi & Gwandu 7.12 4.59 Biu 6:37 4.31 Calabar 6.33 4.59 Damaturu 6.40 4.29 Read More

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21MW plant for commissioning May 27 – Ayade

May 10, 2017 Blueprint 1

Stories by Patrick Andrew Abuja Calabar, the Cross River State capital and its immediate environs would soon begin to enjoy 24 hours seven days a week uninterrupted power supply, according to the state Governor, Professor Ben Ayade. The governor expressed this optimism ahead of the forthcoming commissioning of the state’ 21 megawatts power plant scheduled to be done before May Read More

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Alleged £1.9m debt: Uwajeh’s suit against Uba for May 24

May 8, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Abuja, has fixed May 24 for hearing on a suit filed by Victor Uwajeh against Senator Andy Uba. At a resumed sitting on the matter, Counsel to Senator Uba, Mahmoud Magaji, SAN informed the court of an application he filed on March 25, 2017 in Read More

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Money laundering: Emeka Mba’s trial continues May 24

May 8, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Abuja Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned the trial of  former Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba, till May 24 for cross examination. Mba is on trial alongside former Director of Finance of NBC, Patrick Areh, Basil Udotai and Babatunde Amure on a 15-count charge of money laundering and Read More

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Benue revenue agency generates N8.4bn in 2016

March 7, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Kula Tersoo Makurdi Benue state government has disclosed that the Benue State Internal Revenue Services (BIRS) was able to generate N8.4bn in 2016. This is as the state spent N572, 573,682.71 on travels during the period under review. The Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning, David Olofu and the chairman of the revenue agency, Mrs. Mimi Adzape Orubibi, jointly Read More

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Budapest has ‘no chance’ of hosting 2024 Olympics

February 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

Budapest stands “no chance” of hosting the 2024 Olympics, according to the bid’s chief organiser after more than 260,000 signed a petition against it. The petition, organised by political group Momentum Movement, may force a referendum, which Balazs Furjes says would be “too little, too late”. Los Angeles and Paris are the other bidding cities after Hamburg pulled out in Read More

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Troops capture 1,240 insurgents in Sambisa

December 29, 2016 Blueprint 0

 Arrest 40 mercenaries Recover Shekau’s Qur’an, flag 30 surrender to Nigerien Force By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri The Nigerian Army has arrested 1,240 Boko Haram terrorists, as well as 40 mercenaries within the much dreaded Sambisa forest in the last one week. Similarly, 30 members of the group have also surrendered to the neighbouring Nigerien troops, Theatre Commander of Operation LAFIYA Read More

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Ibrahim Dasuki: 1923 – 2016

November 23, 2016 Blueprint 0

Penultimate Monday night, death crept in on Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki, one of the few shinning stars remaining in the firmament of northern Nigeria. He was aged 92. Even though the late monarch had not enjoyed good in the past couple of years, when the news of his passage filtered out, many were quick to dismiss it as a mere rumour Read More

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Why wharf fee collection by Lagos may remain controversial

November 3, 2016 Blueprint 0

Despite alleged arrogance of Chairman of the Lagos State Wharf Landing Fee Committee, Joe Igbokwe, in response to inquiries concerning the rationale for the continued collection of the fee by the state government, in the face of total disrepair of Apapa Wharf road, stakeholders believe that beyond legality, the collection of the fee by state raises a lot of moral Read More

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Budget padding: 324 members back Dogara – Rep

August 11, 2016 Blueprint 1

 ‘It’s our constitutional responsibility’ By Joshua Egbodo, Abuja and Agboola Bayo, Ibadan Respite appears to be coming the way of Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as over 90% of the House , representing about 324 members , are strongly backing him amidst overwhelming allegations of budget padding, Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions, Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, has disclosed. With Read More

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How May emerged as British PM

July 14, 2016 Blueprint 0

Yesterday, Wednesday, July14,Theresa May  took over the job of British prime minister from David Cameron and formed a government with the monumental tasks of extricating Britain from the European Union and uniting a fractured nation. May, who has been interior minister for six years and is seen by her supporters as a safe pair of hands to steer the country Read More