2023: APC capitulates to Governors, suspends inauguration of Presidential Campaign Council

In a move to pacify aggrieved State governors, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has suspended the inauguration of its 422-man campaign council earlier fixed for today, Wednesday. Plateau State Governor and Director-General, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Simon Lalong, disclosed this in an issued statement yesterday. A party source told newsmen that the decision was taken to pacify aggrieved governors whose nominees were missing on the list that was released at the weekend. According to the source: “The APC Presidential Campaign Council got the hint that some of…

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Inflation: CBN raises benchmark interest rate to 15.5%%, highest in 20 yrs

The policy-setting committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Monetary Policy Committee has raised its Monetary Policy Rate, (MPR), also known as interest rate, from 14 percent to 15.5 percent, to tame rising inflation. The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, made the announcement yesterday, during a media briefing at the apex bank’s headquarters in Abuja, after the Committee’s meeting. He said 10 members of the committee voted for the rate hike. The monetary policy rate is the baseline interest rate in an economy, whereby every other interest rate used…

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PDP Crisis: Ortom denies abandoning Wike for Ayu

Governor Samuel Ortom, of Benue State, has denied media reports that he has parted ways with his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, over the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Wike and his team are insisting on the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, over their perceived grievances on the outcome of the party’s presidential election which led to the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s flag bearer. Some kinsmen of Ayu had lampooned Ortom for taking sides with the Rivers State governor against his…

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NDLEA destroys cocaine worth N195bn seized in Lagos warehouse

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), yesterday destroyed the 1.8 tons of cocaine seized in a Lagos warehouse on September 18. In an issued statement issued yesterday, the chairman of the agency, Mohammed Buba Marwa, said the Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the burning of the seized drugs. Recall that the 1.8 tons of cocaine worth N194 billion were seized at a warehouse in Ikorodu, described by the NDLEA as the ‘biggest singular cocaine seizure in the history of Nigeria’s premier anti-narcotic agency’. The NDLEA chairman said that…

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Sierra Leone: “My husband has Ph.D in staging coups, so nobody can overthrow him”, Says President’s wife

The wife of Sierra Leone’s president, Julius Maada Bio, Mrs. Fatima Bio, has said her husband holds a Ph.D. degree in staging coups, and therefore nobody can overthrow him. According to a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) report yesterday, she was referring to the violent protests of August 10th in opposition strongholds which left 31 people killed, including six police officers. The president blamed the protests – which were generally about the high cost of living – on the opposition, alleging that they were part of a plot to overthrow him,…

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War against Crude oil theft: Tompolo’s gunboats storm N/Delta creeks with over 1,000 youths as marine guards 

There is tension in the creeks of the Niger Delta region following the deployment of dozens of gunboats and an army of youths in the waterways by a former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, to fish out pipeline vandals, illegal refiners and illegal oil installations. Recall that the former commander of the Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) recently won an N4.5bn monthly surveillance contract from the Federal Government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to secure pipelines and oil installations in Delta and some…

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Two feared killed as IPOB gunmen attack Enugu military checkpoint

About two persons are suspected to have died following an attack by some unknown gunmen at a military checkpoint in Enugu State. The gunmen were said to have attacked an Army checkpoint at Obeagu-Amodu road in Enugu South local government area of Enugu State. Reports said the gunmen stormed the area again in two Lexus Jeeps and one Toyota Sienna bus around 7:25 a.m. They reportedly opened fire at the combined team of the police and the military manning the checkpoint. Although the casualty figure is still unclear, a source…

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DSS arrests soldier ‘supplying guns to kidnappers’ in Abuja

Operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) have reportedly arrested a soldier attached to the Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment in Tungan-Maje, in Abuja, for allegedly hiring and selling guns to kidnappers. The soldier was reportedly arrested last week during an operation carried out by the DSS in collaboration with members of the Vigilante Group around Dankogi Park, in Zuba, near the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT). According to a source, who spoke to newsmen, the DSS from Gwagwalada office sought the assistance of the local security group in Zuba to arrest…

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Blackout: Nigerians in darkness, as national electricity grid collapses for the umpteenth time this year

Another blackout, as the national electricity grid crashed again to zero megawatts (MWs) yesterday, plunging most parts of the country into darkness. The development occurred days after electricity consumers said they had enjoyed improved supply. According to the information from the System Operations, the national electricity grid as of 10 am yesterday had 3,712MW generated from 21 Generation Companies (GenCos) before it dropped to 0MW one hour after. It said the national grid, as of 10 am yesterday had 3,712MW generated from 21 GenCos before it dropped to 0MWs one…

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ASUU Strike: FG backtracks, withdraws order to reopen varsities

The Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission, yesterday afternoon, withdrew its circular which ordered vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and governing councils to re-open federal universities, according to reports. Recall that it was earlier reported that a circular, tagged: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, was addressed to all vice-chancellors; pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities ordering them to re-open universities. However, in another circular, which was also signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the Commission withdrew the order, although it did not explain why. The letter, tagged:…

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