US kills al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

The United States (US) has confirmed the killing of al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a drone attack in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. Al-Zawahiri, who had a $25m US reward on his head, is regarded as one of the masterminds behind the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States. He had taken over the armed group after the US killing of the then al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011. Biden approved the high-precision attack by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which took place on July 31, while he was recovering…

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ASUU extends strike by four weeks as 3-months initial extension elapses

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has extended the prolonged industrial action it embarked upon over five months ago by another four weeks. Its National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed the extension of the on-going strike in public universities in an issued statement after the union’s meeting yesterday. The union said the development was sequel to an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the union at the weekend, adding that the decision to further extend the strike was to enable the…

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Dwindling Revenue Largess: States, LGs face bankruptcy over NNPC’s new status

The new legal status of the national oil giant, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited, from a wholly government-owned company to a commercial venture may be a double-edged sword for the country and the federating units. With the new status, the company has ceased to fund the Federation Account, which is the financial conduit that sustains the States and local governments through the Federation Account Allocation Committee, (FAAC), shared every month by the three tiers of government. In the new status, the company will only pay taxes and dividends to…

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Incompetence: Protesters demand NSA, Defence Minister’s sack

Scores of protesters under the auspices of the Guardians of Democracy and Development Initiative (GDDI) yesterday took to the streets of Abuja, in the FCT, to demand the sack of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) along with the Minister of Defence Minister, Maj-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) for alleged incompetence. Their spokesman, Comrade Danesi Momoh, during the protest, told President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the duo with immediate effect. Flanked by the Co-convener of the group, Igwe Ide-Umanta, Momoh said: “We wish to start with the…

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2023 PDP Running Mate: Wike’s Group meets in Abuja to strategise 

Seemingly still angered by the lack of meaningful initiative at reconciliation from the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, on Sunday met with his counterparts backing him to consider the way forward as the 2023 presidential elections inch closer. The closed-door meeting, which was held in Rivers State Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, was attended by State governors known to be his major backers. There were also various coordinators of his presidential campaign led by former Information Minister, Jerry Gana. Even though…

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Insecurity: Senator lauds NAF for finally deploying Super Tucano jets against terrorists

The Chairman Senate Committee on Nigerian Air Force, Senator Bala ibn-Na’Allah, has lauded the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for the effective deployment of the Super Tucano jets to fight terrorism in recent times. The lawmaker made this known during an interview with newsmen in Kaduna at the weekend, after assessing operations of the nation’s security agencies’ effectiveness of the new Super Tucano fighter jets. Recall that following the Kuje Prison attack that destroyed terrorist camps, the military, in collaboration with the Air Force launched an onslaught in the forest surrounding…

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2023: Ohanaeze APC Group mobilises for Zulum, Tinubu/Shettima in Borno

Ahead of the 2023 presidential and governorship elections, the Ohanaeze APC Support Group, in collaboration with the ‘Solidarity of Youth for Peace and Development’, has flagged-off mobilisation of the electorate for the second-term bid of Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, in the upcoming 2023 general election. The group also announced its unflinching support for former Governor Kashim Shettima, the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and vowed to actualise Governor Zulum’s second term bid and the Tinubu/ Shettima presidential ticket come the 2023 general election. Speaking at…

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State of the Nation: Nnamani calls for Sovereign National Conference

Former Enugu State governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, has called for a Sovereign National Security Conference, noting that restructuring of Nigeria remained the only solution to the country’s existential crisis. Nnamani, representing Enugu-East senatorial district in the National Assembly, argued that the country has always been a product of negotiations, right from the Berlin Conference of 1885. According to a statement shared via his Twitter handle, @ChimarokeNamani yesterday, Nnamani stated: “To renegotiate Nigeria based on the original foundation laid down by her Founding Fathers. An initial tripodal formation, born of justice and…

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Kaduna Escalating Insecurity: Bandits abduct 50 in Birnin-Gwari

The Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives’ Union (BEPU) has said bandits had encircled Damari town in the Eastern part of Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State and abducted 50 people. This was contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of BEPU, Ishaq Usman Kasai, yesterday. The statement noted that on Monday, the bandits returned to the town unchallenged, burnt a vehicle, kidnapped scores, intercepted and maltreated people, a serious development that reflects the level of serious insecurity situation facing our community. Kasai said in the last five days, the union has alerted the…

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