Just In: Buhari approves new security measures for S/East, S/South

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new security measures for the Southeast and South-South regions of the country. This was one of the outcomes of the series of security meetings held in the last eleven days and concluded today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the meeting, however, declined to give details. The president also approved a memo presented by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), on the control of drugs, which he…

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PTF on Covid-19 debunks lockdown alert, says it is fake news

The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has denied that it had announced another phase of nationwide Covid-19 curfew in a bid to further stem the tide of the disease in the country. According to a video released by the PTF, the PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, saying: “We are aware of a message circulating on WhatsApp and other social media that we’ve declared a lockdown across the country. This is absolutely not true”. Dr. Aliyu called on the general public to ignore the fake news alert and continue with…

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Ship Owners Association raises alarm over N100m capital flight, losses for Nigeria

The Shipowners Association of Nigeria, (SOAN), has raised an alarm of $100Million in capital flight and losses to the country, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), recently contracted coastal and bunkering vessels services to a foreign shipping company, Messrs UNIBROS. In a petition to the National Assembly, as well as to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari, signed by the SOAN’sPresident, Dr. Mkgeorge Onyung, a copy of which he made available to newsmen, the beneficiary company, UNIBROS, operates under the guise of various foreign shell companies with…

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Photo News: Buhari Holds security meeting after armed robbers’ attempted attack on Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presided over a security meeting held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, in Abuja. The meeting had in attendance the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, National Security Adviser, and Ministers. The nation’s service chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police, and heads of other security agencies were also in attendance. The meeting, which commenced about 10 am, is holding at the Conference Hall of the Office of…

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Kwara govt. begins distribution of 50,000 facemasks to schools

The Kwara State government has commenced the distribution of 50,000 facemasks to some selected schools in the State. Speaking during the distribution, the Deputy Governor, Kayode Afolabi, urged residents of the State to always take precautionary measures against Coronavirus. According to him, four schools were selected across the three senatorial districts in the State for the distribution of the facemasks. The selected schools are Banni Community Secondary School, Ilorin; Government High School, Ilorin; Idofian Secondary School and UMCA Secondary School, Jebba. Afolabi, who is also the Chairman of the Kwara…

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Lagos to introduce buses to replace bikes, tricycles plying inner roads next week

The Lagos State government has announced that it would launch buses to replace motorcycles popularly known as okada and tricycles known as Keke to ply inner roads in the State. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Monday during a security stakeholder’s town hall meeting in Ikeja, adding that over 500 minibuses would be deployed next week. He said the move is to alleviate the pain residents of the state go through following the restriction of motorcycle and tricycle operations. He said, “We envisage deploying over 500 of these buses to…

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Covid-19: Again, FG announces fresh restrictions 

…Bans large gathering, shuts bars, night clubs, recreational centres The Federal Government has yet again announced another phase of nationwide Covid-19 curfew in a bid to further stem the tide of the disease in the country. According to the Presidential Task Force, (PTF) on Covid-19, National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed, who made the announcement yesterday, during the PTF on Covid-19 briefing in Abuja, said that the 12.am to 4 am curfew has now been restored and would take effect from midnight yesterday. Mohammed further said that bars, nightclubs, gyms and others should…

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Insecurity: Armed robbers allegedly invade Aso Rock, presidential aides’ residences

Armed men, suspected to be robbers, have reportedly invaded the residences of two senior aides to President Muhammadu Buhari inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa, administration officials and security sources have revealed to newsmen. The incident, which reportedly occurred at the weekend, allegedly prompted the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and the presidential admin officer, Abubakar Maikano, to abandon their residences, sources said. “Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” an aide further stated. It was not immediately…

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Eid-el-Fitr: FG declares Wednesday, Thursday as public holidays 

…’Ramadan will end on Wednesday’, Says space agency. The Federal Government has declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ra’uf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government yesterday. A statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shu’aib Belgore, quoted Aregbesola as congratulating the Muslim faithful on the occasion. He also called “all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and…

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“We receive weapons from DSS agents, split ransom payments” Bandits reveal

Armed bandits terrorising different parts of the country have disclosed that they have been receiving arms and ammunition from operatives of the Department of Security Service, (DSS), and often split ransom payments received at gunpoint. The criminals told Germany’s Deutsche Welle, in a recent report, that they “borrow weapons” from the State agents and then go to work to share ill-gotten gains together. The bandits also said some Police officers have been a part of the conspiracy that has fueled insecurity across Nigeria, which President Buhari has been accused of…

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