NDLEA uncovers cocaine warehouse, seizes N194bn worth of crack in Lagos

…Presumed biggest in agency’s history In what appears to be the biggest singular drugs seizure in the history of Nigeria’s premier anti-narcotic agency, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), have busted a major warehouse in a secluded estate in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. This was made known in an issued statement by the agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, yesterday. According to Babafemi, 1.8 tons (1,855 kilogrammes) of the illicit drug worth more than $278,250,000, which is about N194.775 billion in street value, were seized.…

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“State Governors threat to Nigeria’s democracy” – Ghali Na’abba

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’abba, has said that state governors constitute a serious threat to the nation’s democracy. Na’abba, who was speaking at his residence in Kano, when he received a delegation of a support group, the ‘Na’abba Youth Organisation’ on a courtesy visit, said the State governors had pocketed political parties and decides who would contest for positions in elections, thereby crippling democracy and rotating power among themselves without considering competency. According to him, the citizens are now running away from politics…

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Transport Ministry to tackle rail insecurity with technology, community-policing

The Federal Government is to deploy modern technology and rapid response by relevant security agencies in tackling rail insecurity. The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, who made this known when he visited the United Nation (UN)’s Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, at the UN’s Headquarters complex in New York, USA, said the decision was reached after studying several submissions and recommendations presented to him on tackling the menace. The Minister is a lead speaker on ‘Financing Nigeria’s Power and Transport Infrastructure’ at the Nigerian International Economic Partnership forum, at St. Regis…

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Amidst $5bn revenue loss in 2 months, Peter Obi accuses govt. agencies of massive crude oil theft

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, (LP), Peter Obi, says people in the Government are responsible for the massive oil theft that has blocked Nigeria from benefiting from the boom in oil prices and deprived its economy of the much-needed petrodollars. Obi, who stated this during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) private-sector economic forum yesterday, said, “People in the Government are the ones stealing oil. Nobody here can steal oil. He added that: “There’s no way under my watch that we will not find a solution…

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NULGE slams Kaduna House of Assembly for rejecting LG autonomy

The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE), in Kaduna State has expressed its disappointment over the rejection of the Local Government Financial Autonomy Bill by the Kaduna State House of Assembly.  NULGE said the rejection of the Bill was a setback for genuine grassroots development in the state and the country at large.  The Bill was considered by the State House of Assembly recently alongside other Bills received from the National Assembly but which failed to scale through, while many other bills, including those of financial autonomy for the…

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2023: Applications for escorts flood Police Commands, as politicians fear political killings

The gun attack on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah last week has from all indications sent shivers down the spines of politicians across the country. Recall that the gunmen, suspected to be hired assassin, had last week attacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, at Enugwu-Ukwu community, in Njikoka local government area in Anambra State. Ubah represents Anambra-South senatorial district in the National Assembly. The gruesome attack caused the death of five persons in his convoy, including two policemen and three aides. Following the unrestricted manner the assassins smoothly carried out the heinous ambush on…

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NNPC Pipelines Contract: Niger-Delta militants at war

…Asari Dokubo, others oppose Tompolo The dust raised by the NNPCL N4.5 billion annual pipeline surveillance contract awarded to former leader of Movement for the Emancipation of Niger-Delta, (MEND), Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, may not have settled down but it has effectively torn the militants in the oil rich region apart. Obviously rattled by how the Federal Government sensationally mentioned Tompolo as the sole supervisor of the pipeline security deal, another leading Niger Delta freedom fighter, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, sounding crestfallen and certainly dejected wondered why his comrade…

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Kaduna: Bandits kidnap 40 worshippers, demand N200m ransom – SOKAPU 

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, (SOKAPU), has alleged that over 40 people, including members of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church Movement, in Bayan-Kasuwa Quarters, of Kasuwan-Magani, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, have been abducted by terrorists. The union, in a statement by its National President, Dr. Awemi Maisamari, issued to newsmen in Kaduna, yesterday, said the bandits had reached out to families and were demanding N200m before the abductees could regain their freedom. According to SOKAPU, the incidents took place on September 12 and 13, at Kasuwan-Magani area…

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FG grants N16 trillion waiver to Dangote, Honeywell, others

The Federal Government has foregone N16.76 trillion in revenue to tax reliefs and concessions given to large companies between 2019 and 2021. These were contained in the tax expenditure statement (TES) reports in the Medium-Term Expenditure and Fiscal (MTEF) strategy documents posted on the website of the Budget Office of the Federation. As of the end of 2021, 46 companies had benefitted from various tax incentives and duty waiver schemes while the requests of 186 companies were still pending. The TES deals with revenue forgone on Company Income Tax (CIT),…

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ASUU Strike: Travellers, commuters stranded as protesting students ground airport

Air travellers, as well as commuters, were forced to trek to get to the airport in Lagos yesterday, due to the blockade of the road by students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS), protesting the strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU). Recall that ASUU has been on strike since February 14, 2022. Due to the protest, the travellers were seen trekking to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, in Ikeja. It was gathered that some Lagosians were making business out of helping…

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