APC Governors Carpet Obaseki Over N60bn Currency Printing Claim

By Godwin Amunde The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), a group of governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state that the federal government printed N60 billion to augment the revenue allocation to the three tiers of government in March 2021. In a statement signed by Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi and chairman of the PGFsaid Obaseki’s claim did not reflect the true positions of things. The PGF states: “To set the records clear and to the…

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Insecurity: 65,000 Nigerians flee to Niger after Boko Haram attack – Report

No fewer than 65,000 residents in Damasak town, Borno State have fled their homes to neighbouring Niger Republic over incessant attacks by Boko Haram terrorists between April 10 and 14. This was made known in a joint statement issued by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Action Against Hunger and the Norwegian Refugee Council in Geneva on Friday.  The report mentioned that since April 10, the jihadist sect has carried out three consecutive attacks on Damasak town and the humanitarian community.  The violent attacks by the terrorists have also halted multiple humanitarian activities…

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Yoruba leaders occupy Ibadan streets, demand Oduduwa Republic 

Thousands of youths, women and leaders of Yoruba extraction yesterday occupied some streets in Ibadan in demand for Oduduwa Republic in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. According to reports, the protesters at the front of Mapo Hall, led by a Yoruba group, “Ilana Omo Oodua”, clamoring for self-determination, was led by a former Senator, Professor Banji Akintoye. The protest, which was supposed to start around 9.am, could not start until 11.am due to heavy security presence at the entrance and around Mapo Hall. The protesters having sensed heavy security presence…

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“Give us ‘stomach infrastructure’”, Adamawa PDP tells Gov. Fintiri

The Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the State governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, to provide “stomach infrastructure” for its members and the state residents in general.  The Adamawa PDP Chairman, Tahir Shehu, made the demand during a stakeholders’ meeting with the governor in Yola, the State capital, on Friday. Stomach infrastructure, popularised by a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, is a term in Nigerian politics used to refer to the provision of food and other basic needs for the people in an undeserved manner.…

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Three soldiers killed, 171 others missing as ISWAP attack military base in Yobe

Members of the ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorist groups, have attacked the Kumuya military base in Yobe State, allegedly killing three soldiers and destroying heavy equipment during the operation. The terrorists reportedly struck on Friday, when some special forces of the 27 Task Force Brigade, deployed at BunijGari had gone out on clearing patrol in the axis. It was gathered that the terrorists, aided by local informants and sympathisers, stormed the Kumuya community, attacked ‘harmless’ villagers and the military base, destroying heavy military equipment. During the attack, the terrorists were said to…

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“We have an accurate record of crude oil production” – DPR to NEITI

The Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR), has stated that it has a record of the exact quantity of crude oil produced in the country. Recall that the executive secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Ogbonnaya Orji had stated that the exact quantity of crude oil produced in the country is unknown due to the absence of meters at wellheads and the lack of capacity to monitor deep offshore fields. The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has stated that it has a record of the exact quantity of…

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Kaduna captures 2.1m poor, vulnerable in Social Register

The Kaduna State government says it has captured 2.1 million individuals from 524,424 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in its Social Register. The Coordinator of the State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Planning and Budget Commission, Nina Dawong, made this known at a one-day media roundtable on the state of the State Social Register. Dawong explained that SOCU was saddled with the responsibility of generating and maintaining the Social Register of the poor and vulnerable households in the State. She explained that the data was mined by the Federal Government in…

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Northern Govs. Forum chairman, Lalong, reveals cause of poverty in Nigeria

Plateau State governor Simon Bako Lalong, has suggested that all tiers of government in Nigeria should cut down on the high cost of governance and channel their funds to critical areas of development. The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum stated this during the weekend, while delivering the 11th annual memorial lecture in honour of Sir Ahmadu Bello, where he related the high cost of governance as the cause of poor standard of living among citizens, particularly in the northern region of the country. The NGF chairman explained further that…

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Customs arrest three smugglers, intercept contrabands worth N786m

Officers and Men attached to the Zone ‘B’ Strike Force Team of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), have arrested three smugglers and intercepted contraband with a duty paid value of N786,911,648 across the northern region. The unit coordinator, DC Oseni Olarukoba, disclosed this on Friday, during a press briefing held at the Katsina State Command headquarters of the NCS. The contraband he explained, was intercepted within the long stretched borders of the Northern States, which covers the Far North-East, North-West and North-Central parts of the country. Olorukoba, while taking journalists…

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