Gov Ortoms orders arrest of Journalist Odeh for criticizing his poor security strategy in Benue

Benue State Government has ordered the arrest and taken to Makurdi, the State capital, a senior journalist with Peoples Daily newspaper, Sunday Ode over an alleged offensive statement issued on behalf of the Association of Igede Media. Professionals.Ode, who is the President of the association, was picked up today, May 1, allegedly on the order of Governor Samuel Ortom.A statement by Egah Egiri for the association, said Ode was arrested yesterday, April 30, at Karu by armed policemen and DSS operatives.The association said that the security operatives said that they…

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“There maybe serious insecurity if States, LGAs don’t get allocation in May” – Gov Masari

Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has warned that the insecurity in the country may be escalated if the Federation Account Allocation Committee, (FAAC), fails to share allocations to state and local governments in May. Masari, who addressed State House reporters in Abuja on Thursday after meeting with the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, was responding to the alarm by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), that States might get less from the Federation Account next month owing to the huge petrol subsidy payment. The…

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Curfew: Thousands of travellers stranded at Rivers checkpoints

Thousands of travellers were on Thursday night held hostage at various checkpoints along the Rivers axis of the East-West road following their failure to beat the curfew imposed by the state governor, Nyesom Wike. The governor on Thursday placed restrictions on movement of persons and vehicles in the 23 local government areas from 10pm to 6am, in order to check security breaches that led to the killings of security operatives by gunmen in the State. But efforts by many residents and visitors to enter the State before 10pm on Thursday…

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May Day: ‘Cost of rice now equals minimum wage’ – Atiku

Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has lamented what he observed as the persistent and frightening economic decimation of the Nigerian working class in the face of rising inflation and declining living standards. According to him, the price of a bag of rice has almost equalled the nation’s minimum wage. In a message of solidarity with the Nigerian workers on the 2021 May Day issued by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, yesterday, Atiku expressed worries about the conditions of the Nigerian workers “in our ever hostile economic environment, a situation that makes…

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“Mbaka wanted contracts for supporting Buhari but was rebuffed”, Garba Shehu reveals

The Presidency yesterday said the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry (AMEN), Father Ejike Mbaka, once brought three contractors to President Muhammadu Buhari but was rebuffed. This, according to the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, was behind Mbaka’s call on Buhari to resign over the worsening insecurity in the country. In a statement released yesterday, titled: “Father Mbaka is everything apart form what he claims to be”, Shehu said an “outsider distilling the avalanche of verbiage will be surprised that after supporting the President two times to win the Presidency, Father…

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‘Bandits killed 323 people, abducted 949 in 3 months’– Kaduna govt.

A total number of 323 people were killed by bandits in Kaduna State between January and March 2021, the State government has said. The figure was contained in a security report presented by the State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, at the State’s Security Council meeting. The State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i presided over the meeting, which was held yesterday at the Government House in Kaduna, the State capital. Presenting the first quarter security report to the Council, Aruwan explained that, of the 323 people killed by…

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NAFDAC approves use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use only

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), has approved the use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Nigeria. This was announced by the director-general of NAFDAC during a media briefing yesterday, in Abuja. According to the NAFDAC DG, the vaccine is for emergency use. The approval is coming over two months after the agency greenlit the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in the country. Nigeria received close to 4.5 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine — 3.94 million delivered via the United Nations-led COVAX facility, while others…

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Insecurity: ‘2023 Elections not realistic if challenges are not addressed’ – PDP Chairman

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has stated that preparations for the 2023 general election will amount to nothing if the country’s security challenges are not addressed. The PDP chairman gave the advice at the emergency meeting of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) on Thursday, in Abuja, and advised President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a national dialogue to discuss the rising insecurity in the country. The opposition party chairman said the meeting was called to enable the party to add its voice to the worrisome situation with a…

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U.S. announces priority appointments for Nigerians applying for student’s visa

The United States Mission in Nigeria has said it will prioritise visa applications by Nigerian students who hope to resume academic studies in the States by September 2021. This was contained in a statement signed by the US Mission Country Consular Coordinator, Susan Tuller and released by the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate-General, Temitayo Famutimi, on Friday. “The U.S. Mission will prioritise student visa applicants and ensure Nigerian students resuming this Fall get visa interview appointments well in advance of their programme start date,” United States Mission Country…

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Hold Senator Kashim Shettima responsible for worsening insecurity in North-East – Group

The North-East Peace Congress (NEPC) says ex-Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, should be blamed for the worsening insecurity in the region. According to the group, the Borno Central lawmaker championed the call for the removal of the immediate past Service Chiefs, a move it says has resulted in calamity. Since the retirement of the former military heads in January, the insecurity across the nation has deteriorated. From insurgency in the North-East, a new wave of kidnapping is the day’s order in the North-West and North-Central while secessionist has taken the…

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