Conflicting Court Orders: Nigerian Judiciary Must Be Insulated From Partisanship – PGF DG 

Godwin Amunde The Director General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), – the umbrella body of Nigerian Governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr, Salihu Moh Lukman, said the need to insulate the Nigerian judiciary from the partisanship of individual judges is an important requirement for both the development of democracy and nation-building. He also warned that the trend of political parties being seemingly managed by court processes is endangering Nigeria’s democracy. He further noted that Nigeria is fast becoming a nation built with a negative attitude…

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MTN secures fresh 10yrs operation licenses

…Pays FG N71.6bn The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), has renewed MTN Nigeria’s Unified Access Service, (UAS), licence and spectrum license for wireless local loop in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz band. According to an issued statement by MTN, the renewal is subject to licensing conditions, including additional amounts, under discussion. With this development, the earlier licences obtained by MTN, which expired on August 31, have now been renewed for another ten years, effective September 1. The company said the Commission also acknowledged receiving N71.6-billion for the spectrum license and…

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Niger: Gov. Bello mourns Emir of Kontagora, Sa’idu Namaska

Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, has expressed grief over the death of the Emir (Sarkin Sudan) of Kontagora, Alhaji Sa’idu Namaska. The Emir died after a protracted illness on Thursday, in Abuja. Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs. Mary Noel-Berje, in Minna on Thursday, described the traditional ruler as a man of peace who ensured peace and tranquility in his emirate throughout his reign. The governor said the deceased was an asset to the entire people of Kontagora emirate due to his fatherly role to all.…

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Kidnapped family members of Emir of Kajuru regains freedom

Seven abducted family members of Emir of Kajuru, in Kaduna State, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, have regained their freedom two months after they were abducted. The victims were reportedly released by their abductors on Wednesday evening after a ransom was allegedly paid for their release. Recall that in July, the emir and 12 members of his family were abducted in Kaduna. The emir was whisked away at about 00:30 Hours that Sunday from his palace. After the abduction, the kidnappers demanded N200 million for his release and his family member. However,…

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Sit-At-Home: Roads deserted, Banks, others shut down as Buhari lands in Imo

Following the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari in Imo State, economic activities in Owerri and other parts of the State have been shut down. It had earlier been reported that the President arrived in the State on Thursday morning for the commissioning of some projects executed by the State governor, Hope Uzodinma. It would be recalled that Buhari’s decision to visit the State had stimulated tension in the entire South-eastern region following the ‘sit-at-home’ directive issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi…

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2023: Chieftain cautions APC against imposition of candidates

Chief Ben Adaji, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba, has cautioned the party against imposition of candidates and party leaders, ahead of 2023 poll.Adaji said this when he spoke with with newsmen in Jalingo on Thursday.The chieftain, who is a former aspirant for the Ankpa, Omala and Olomaboro Federal constituency House of Representatives seat in Kogi, said that past experiences had shown that the practice had always resulted in negative consequences.Adaji noted that the fall of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, was largely…

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2023: PDP Governors working to unify force

The governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) say they are working together for the party to present a unified force in the 2023 general elections. Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, disclosed this on Wednesday night while briefing newsmen after the forum meeting held in Abuja. Tambuwal said that the closed door meeting on the party’s forthcoming national convention which started around 3p.m., was very fruitful. “We have been meeting since 3p.m., meeting for about 7hours. Very fruitful deliberation. “You must…

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Buhari arrives Owerri, inaugurates projects, holds meeting with S/East stakeholders

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Owerri, Imo, on one-day official visit where he would inaugurate some developmental projects executed by the State Government. The president was received at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport by Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo, the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, and the All Progressives Congress Anambra State gubernatorial candidate, Andy Uba. Others at the airport to welcome the president included some cabinet Ministers and Presidential aides from the South East, the Executive Secretary of NALDA, Mr Paul…

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Election Day: ‘No electronic accreditation, no voting’ – INEC Chairman declares

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has insisted on electronic accreditation of voters in the country. The Commission’s Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this during a consultative meeting with Civil Society groups in Abuja, on Tuesday. “The new mantra is that no electronic accreditation, no voting”, Prof. Yakubu said, adding that the electoral body will commence the use of a new electronic accreditation in the forthcoming elections in Delta and Anambra States. The new voter accreditation machine called the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, (BVAS), will be used in place of…

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VAT remittance: “Let’s be our brothers’ keeper” – Gombe State govt. appeals to Southern States

The Gombe State government has appealed to the State governments of the southern region of the country to reconsider their push to keep Value-Added Tax, (VAT), generated from their States. The State’s Commissioner for Finance and Economic Creation, Muhammad Magaji, made the appeal at the start of a technical workshop on the development of the State’s Medium-Term Sector Strategy,(MTSS). He stated that the other States, particularly those in the Southern region, should set emotions aside and become their brothers’ keepers in sharing the VAT produced in their respective jurisdictions. The…

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