War Against Terrorists: Military to bombard bandits

…Asks residents in forested areas of North-West zone to relocate The Nigerian military authorities have advised residents of forested areas in three North-Western States to relocate, ahead of a planned bombardment campaign against bandits and terrorists in the areas. The military, which gave the advice through broadcast advertisements aired in Pidgin English, Hausa, Kanuri and Fulani, on radio and television stations in Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna States, said the exercise is to ensure that the residents are not affected by the bombardment. The advertisements, which promised to “protect the life…

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Petrol subsidy gulps N2.6trillion so far this year, as NNPC again declares zero FAAC remittance

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has spent N2.565 trillion on petrol subsidy payments since the beginning of this year, an analysis has revealed. According to the national oil company, in its monthly presentation to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting yesterday, it deducted N525.71 billion as a shortfall for the importation of petrol (subsidy) in August, 2022. Subsidy or under-recovery is the under-priced sales of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol. The FAAC document showed that due to the subsidy payment, the oil company failed…

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Supreme Court strikes out suit seeking PDP to zone presidency to South-East

The Supreme Court yesterday struck out a suit seeking to compel the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its nomination of presidential candidate to the South-East geo-political zone of the country. The court, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro, struck out the suit on the ground of lack of jurisdiction to entertain it. A presidential aspirant of the PDP and former Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmos Ndukwe, instituted the suit against his party, praying for an order to compel it to uphold the…

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Economist Intelligence Unit predicts victory for Tinubu in 2023 polls

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), an arm of The Economist of London, has predicted victory for Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, in the 2023 presidential election. The UK-based platform, in a new country report published by a Nigerian business publication yesterday, said the controversy of the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket will not affect Tinubu’s chances in the elections. “We expect Tinubu to take the presidency, and recent developments have only reinforced our thinking. It does not appear that a Muslim-Muslim ticket will weigh significantly on Tinubu’s electoral…

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NLC fumes over alleged plot to de-register ASUU

…Writes FG The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), yesterday warned against reported moves by the Federal Government to withdraw the registration license of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), over non-submission of its audited financial returns for over five years. While dismissing the claims that ASUU had not submitted its audited financial returns to the Registrar of Trade Unions for over five years as required by the law, the NLC insisted that the Union has submitted all its financial reports up till 2021. Reacting to a media report that the…

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Crude oil theft: ‘Treat stolen Nigerian oil as blood diamonds’ – Mele Kyari tells Int’l Community

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited has called on the international community to treat any Nigerian oil from unofficial channels the same way blood diamonds were treated in the recent past. Speaking at the ‘Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum’ in New York, on Thursday, Kyari said the international community must collaborate with the Nigerian government to stop the illegal trade in Nigeria’s stolen crude oil abroad the same way it is criminalising stolen diamonds from Congo and Sierra Leone. He said, “Oil theft is…

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2023 Kaduna Guber: NNPP guber candidate, Hunkuyi interfaces with over 2,000 Christian leaders

…Says he’ll reinstate deposed district heads, review teachers’ sack if elected The governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Kaduna State, Suleiman Usman Hunkuyi, says he will reinstate all the 313 sacked district heads in the State if elected governor in 2023. Hunkuyi made this known on Thursday at the ‘Pastors Congress’ organised by the Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association, (SCKLA) in Kafanchan. According to him, reinstating the district heads was necessary because of the critical role they played in curbing security challenges. “If elected governor, the…

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2023: “Ayu very corrupt; collected N1bn from presidential aspirant” – Wike

…Threatens to reveal more Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, accused the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Iyorchia Ayu, of corruption, alleging that he collected N1bn from one of the party’s presidential aspirants in the lead up to the primary election. The Rivers State governor levelled the allegation yesterday, during a media chat yesterday. Wike said, “Ayu is corrupt. Quote me. I am a lawyer and I am the governor of Rivers State. Ayu collected N1 billion in Lagos. He told one of the PDP presidential aspirants before…

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“Keeping Ayu, Anyanwu in office threatens your 2023 chances”, CUPP Spokesperson tells PDP

…Says they should be sacked before it’s too late As the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a different twist yesterday, with the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, making some revelations about what transpired in the party, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has said that keeping the National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu and the National Secretary, Samuel Anyanwu, in the office is threatening the party chances in 2023. The CUPP Spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in an issued statement, called on the National Executive…

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“Disregard North and pay a heavy price” – Northern Broadcast Media Chieftain tells presidential candidates

The Chairman, Northern Broadcast Media Owners Association, (NBMOA), Alh. Abdullah Yelwa, Ajiyan Yauri, has called on political parties and their candidates not to make the mistake of underrating the potency of the broadcast media stations in the North as political campaigns are set to commence. Alhaji Yelwa, who is the founder and chairman of Caliphate Radio/Television, said, “We note with deep concern the tendency of some political actors to prioritise the use of a few Lagos-based television stations for political messaging in the North.  According to him, “Political education and…

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