Sheikh Sudais completes 38 years as Imam of Masjid Al Haram in Makkah

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, on Sunday, completed 38 years of his appointment as Imam of Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah, in Saudi Arabia. Accordine to HaramainSharifain.com, Sheikh Sudais was appointed as Imam of Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah by Royal Decree issued by the Late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahad bin-Abdulaziz in 1984/1404, at the age of 22 years. Sheikh Sudais led his first Salah on 22 Sha’ban, 1404, corresponding to May, 1984. His First Salah in the Haram was the Asr prayer. Since then, Sheikh Sudais became beloved by Muslims around…

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Abia: Gov Ikpeazu imposes Curfew in Aba, Umuahia indefinitely

The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the imposition of curfew in Aba and Umuahia metropolis between 10pm and 6am daily from today, Monday, 5th April, 2021 till further notice. This is sequel to security reports received from multiple sources, and informed by the need to continue to protect innocent citizens and residents of the State. The Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, in a statement explained that security agencies in the State have been directed to ensure strict enforcement and compliance with the directive. Only those on…

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‘Nigeria has become a massive killing field’ ― Bishop Kukah

Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Hassan Mathew Kukah has observed that there is a growing fear among Nigerians whether the country’s glory is about to depart owing to Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other merchants of death happening across the nation. According to the renowned cleric, who made this known yesterday, in his Easter message, titled: ‘Before our Glory Departs’, today, the citizens of this country are being traumatised by bandits. His words: “The nation has since become a massive killing field, as both government and the governed…

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Ebonyi attacks: Osinbajo visits affected communities

…Says Justice will be served Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN), has assured the people of Ebonyi State that justice will be served in the case of persons recently killed by assailants in the Ishielu local government area of the State. Osinbajo stated this yesterday when he visited the affected communities including Egedegede, Obegu and Amuzu. Osinbajo, who said he was in the State under the direction of President Muhammadu Buhari, met with the stakeholders and people of the affected communities to sympathise with them. He was led to the affected…

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Insecurity: ‘Establish special courts for banditry’, Obasanjo, Sheikh Gumi urge FG

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the prominent northern religious leader, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, have recommended special courts to try bandits, kidnappers and carriers of unlawful weapons in Nigeria. Obasanjo and Gumi made this known in a jointly signed communique issued after they held a closed-door meeting at the Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, yesterday. Gumi, who led some northern religious leaders to Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta, arrived around 11 am and left at 4 pm while he declined to speak with newsmen when asked the reason for his visit.…

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Sultan of Sokoto confers traditional titles on 3 Dasuki’s sons, 17 others

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday turbaned no fewer than 20 dignitaries, including three sons of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, the Late Ibrahim Dasuki, with traditional titles of the caliphate. The turbaning ceremony took place at the Sultan’s palace, in the ancient city of Sokoto and seat of the caliphate. The event was a unique one, which offered its most famous traditional honour and hospitality to the dignitaries, making it the first of its kind in the history of the caliphate. In his address at…

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Covid-19: FG directs states to halt vaccination halfway

The Federal Government has asked all the states administering the Covid-19 vaccine to stop the exercise the moment they use half of the doses allocated to them. According to reports, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shu’aib, asked all the States to suspend vaccination when they reach half of the doses delivered to them. This implies that a state that was given 100,000 doses would have to halt the vaccine rollout once the doses hit 50,000 in order for those who have received their first jab…

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Banks lift blockage of USSD transactions on MTN

Commercial banks have reconnected MTN customers earlier denied access to the unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) payment channels. This happened after the Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola, announced the decision to revert the discount offered to banks on airtime sales to 4.5 percent commission after it was reduced to 2.5 percent by the telco. The mobile network operator (MNO) had reduced banks’ commission from an average of 3.5 percent to 2.5 percent, this led to a disagreement between MTN and commercial banks. During the…

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Kaduna will not negotiate with bandits, el-Rufa’i insists

..As bandits kill 5, injure one in fresh attacks The Kaduna State government, under the leadership of Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has denied appointing representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf. This was made known in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, yesterday, while debunking a report in the media suggesting that the government had appointed representatives to interface with the bandits on its behalf. The Kaduna State government, in a statement by Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel…

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Insecurity: “Buhari’s legacy in grave danger” – Pastor Tunde Bakare

…Says ‘This is not the PMB I knew’ The presiding Pastor and General Overseer of the Citadel Global Church, Tunde Bakare, has stated the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari is in grave danger of being confined to an unsavoury side of history. Bakare stressed he is being compelled to speak out given the state of the nation, arguing Nigeria is in a state of emergency. In a statement, titled: “The Conspicuous Handwriting on the Wall,” Bakare recalled how he was invited by the then General Muhammadu Buhari to run with…

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