Bandits-held territories: “Election may not hold in Kaduna, and some North-West States” – University Don

A university don and the Director, Centre for Democratic Development Research and Training, Zaria, Prof. Abubakar Siddique Mohammed, has warned that election may not hold in some North-Western States due to the emergence of a group deadlier than bandits. According to him, the group, operating around Birnin-Gwari axis in Kaduna State, and Dandume in Katsina State, has already started propagating its ideologies and controlling part of its territory. Mohammed made the comment while speaking at the annual public lecture to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU),…

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FG shifts implementation of telecoms, beverage taxes to 2023

The Federal Government, through the Budget Office of the Federation, has revealed that it will begin the implementation of its proposed excise duties on telecommunication services and beverages in 2023. This is despite backlashes from the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN). Discussing the tax, which is under the purview of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), the Government said the NCS would introduce frameworks for recovering duties, taxes, and appropriate fees from transactions conducted over electronic networks. Explaining one of the…

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2023: “I will never join PDP; not even my corpse – el-Rufa’i replies Atiku spokesman 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has reacted to the possibility of joining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). El-Rufa’i was reacting to claims by the spokesperson of PDP’s presidential campaign in 2023, David Bwala, that the former Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would soon dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). On his official Twitter handle, Bwala, who until recently was a member of the APC, said he is optimistic that el-Rufa’i will be in the PDP even before the 2023 elections. He also described the Kaduna Governor as…

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PDP postpones BOT, NEC meeting over fear of Ayu’s removal, Wike Atiku’s absence, others

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting over the fear of the removal of its National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and the absence of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Even though the party said it postponed its NEC meeting, earlier scheduled to hold on Wednesday and Thursday, due to unforeseen circumstances, a source in the PDP camp said that the meeting cannot be held without the presidential candidate and many others. An issued statement signed by the party’s National Secretary, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu reads: “This…

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Alleged Subsidy Frauds: States poised for showdown, demand petrol consumption records from NNPC

The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has asked the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. to submit state-by-state consumption of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, to its ad-hoc committee. The directive is contained in the FAAC Post Mortem Sub-Committee (PMSC) final report submitted to the whole house at its July 2022 meeting in Abuja. Consumption of PMS has been a major concern to members and it was raised severally at the FAAC plenary. “Therefore, in order to ascertain the consumption, the Sub-Committee also requested the relevant Agencies…

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Keyamo’s utterances: ‘APC govt. now short of excuses for its failure’ – Northern Elders

Following the statements by the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, that the security challenge rocking Nigeria is not peculiar to Nigeria, Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has expressed its disappointment against such utterances, saying it is an indication that the government of All Progressive Congress (APC) is short of excuses for its failure. NEF also expressed anger over Keyamo’s utterances that parents should plead with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), who have been on strike for over five months to go back to class because…

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“Nobody will force you to wear hijab” — Sultan tells corps members

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammad Abubakar II, has assured the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Stream-11 corps members in Sokoto State that nobody would force them to wear the Islamic hijab. The Sultan gave the assurance in his palace when the NYSC management team in the State led by the State Coordinator and some selected corps members paid him a courtesy visit. He also assured them that their safety is guaranteed despite some security challenges facing the country. He said, “In Sokoto, Sharia’h law is only binding on Muslims, nobody…

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EFCC probes Supreme Court secretary Gambo Saleh over N10 billion loot, federal racketeering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has launched a probe into the alleged racketeering by Supreme Court Chief Registrar, Ahmed Gambo Saleh, said to have gobbled up over N10 billion in bribes from court contractors and other persons with criminal cases with the judiciary. According to sources familiar with the matter who spoke with newsmen, said the probe was prompted by the tip-off from a whistle-blower who petitioned EFCC to look into the activities of Saleh, accused of feeding fat on the court’s funds and leaving vital projects to…

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Kaduna Train Abduction: Why bandits hold captives after FG released 30 imprisoned terrorists — Sources

The Federal Government is upset that many victims of the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train attack in March this year are still being kept by terrorists who kidnapped them, multiple sources have said. The FG’s discomfort stems from the terrorists’ failure to honour the swap deal they allegedly entered into with it over the release of the train attack captives. According to reports, the government’s anger followed the refusal of the abductors to release all the train attack victims after it had freed no fewer than 30 imprisoned terrorists the bandits had requested…

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Impeachment Notice: Senate President, Security Chiefs move to save Buhari from impeachment

The leadership of the Senate and the Service Chiefs are working hard to prevent the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is coming just as the six weeks impeachment notice to the President has entered the second week, with signatures currently being collated. However, worried by the threat from the National Assembly members who are desirous of impeaching Buhari, the leaders of the Senate who are likely to be casualties of the pending impeachment held a crucial meeting with the military chiefs, Heads of security and intelligence agencies over the…

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