Gombe Governor pays condolence visit to Aliko Dangote over death of brother, Sani Dangote

Earlier today, Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, (Dan-Majen Gombe), paid a condolence visit to the Founder/ President of Dangote Group of Industries, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, at the corporate headquarters of his company in Lagos, over the demise of his brother and Vice President of the conglomerate, Alhaji Sani Dangote, who died recently. Governor Yahaya, was accompanied by the Chief of Staff Government House, Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari; APC chieftain, Alhaji Abubakar Mu’azu (Yariman Kashere) and Special Adviser, Abuja Liaison, Hon. Usman Aliyu Garry. The Governor, who conveyed the…

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Petrol price may hit N340 in 2022, to replace fuel subsidy with N5,000 transport grant for poor citizens — Zainab Ahmed

…Without subsidy removal, 35 States may be unable to pay salaries next year – el-Rufa’i  …Buhari suspends inauguration of NNPC Board  Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, has said that the Federal Government will remove fuel subsidy as from 2022. Speaking yesterday, during the launch of the World Bank’s Nigeria Development Update, she said it would instead pay N5,000 monthly to some 40 million poor Nigerians. The minister added that the final number of beneficiaries will depend on the resources available after the removal of the fuel subsidy. The Group Managing Director…

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EFCC arrest, quizzes ex-minister, Femi Fani-Kayode for ‘forgery’

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), have arrested a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. It was learnt that Fani-Kayode was nabbed and subsequently taken to the Lagos Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency for alleged manipulation and forgery of documents. Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed Fani-Kayode’s arrest to newsmen on the phone yesterday.

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VP Osinbajo calls for return of African artifacts

Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture in Ibadan, Oyo State, to join the global movement to champion the return of artifacts that were plundered, looted, or illegally taken away from Africa. Professor Osinbajo made the call yesterday, at the presentation and launching of the Yoruba World Centre held at the John Paul II Hall of the University of Ibadan. “Indeed, the Centre could serve as a home for such returned items where the immediate provenance or circumstances in which the items…

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Terrorism: 25 schools attacked, 1,440 students abducted in 2021 – UNICEF

The United Nations Children Emergency Fund, (UNICEF), yesterday, disclosed that over the past five years, the West and Central Africa regions have consistently had some of the highest numbers of unverified grave violations against children in armed conflict. The data was contained in a new UNICEF publication that called for increased support for efforts to prevent and respond to grave violations against children, as well as for scaling-up the documentation of such violations. This is even as it further disclosed that in Nigeria, there have been 25 attacks on schools…

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Kaduna: Metropolitan residents send food to abductors of 66 Baptist Church members

…61 still in captivity Community representatives have reportedly sent food items to bandits who kidnapped 66 worshippers at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kaduna State.  Recall that the worshippers were kidnapped on October 31 at Kakau-Daji, in Chikun local government area of the State. The bandits reportedly shot at five of their victims, killing three and injuring two of them. This leaves 61 of the worshippers with the bandits as the injured victims had to be taken to hospital and were later discharged,  Vice-President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN),…

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‘PDP must move beyond issuing statements to condemn APC’ – Iyorchia Ayu

National Chairman-elect of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, has urged the opposition party to move beyond issuing occasional press statements. This was disclosed yesterday by the party chairman at an event organised for the newly elected officers of the party. According to Ayu, the party must demonstrate to Nigerians that it is ready to rebuild the country, adding that the PDP must thoughtfully articulate and design a clear programme of what it intends to achieve for the country. According to the former senator, “This is a very auspicious moment…

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Lagos #EndSARS report filled with errors, inconsistencies – Lai Moh’d

Information minister Lai Mohammed has said the Federal Government cannot accept the report of a judicial panel set up to investigate the attack on unarmed #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll gate on October 20, 2020. Recall that a judicial panel was set up by the Lagos state government to investigate the crackdown at Lekki and other claims of police brutality. The Commission’s findings were leaked last week and widely circulated online. The leaked report, which was submitted to State authorities on November 15,  contradicts the army’s version of what happened at the…

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‘Terrorists plotting to establish camp in Niger’, FG raises alarm

Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram terrorists are planning to establish a camp in Niger State, authorities have said. The Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Ahmed Matane, who raised the alarm yesterday, while briefing reporters in Minna, the State capital, decried the escalated rate of attacks by bandits on innocent residents in recent weeks, saying they were now collaborating with insurgents to worsen the security situation in the State. Matane lamented that the insurgents – who have carried out attacks that have killed hundreds of…

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