Ramadan fasting continues  in Nigeria – Sultan

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA) – under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, (CFR), yesterday informed the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that there was no proven report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, 1442 AH on the 29th of Ramadan, 1442 AH. The NSCIA further said that, “The Ramadan fast will therefore continue today, Wednesday, as the 30th day of Ramadan. Consequently, the Sultan declared tomorrow, Thursday, May 13, as the 1st of Shawwal, 1442 AH and…

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Covid-19: Again, FG announces fresh restrictions 

…Bans large gathering, shuts bars, night clubs, recreational centres The Federal Government has yet again announced another phase of nationwide Covid-19 curfew in a bid to further stem the tide of the disease in the country. According to the Presidential Task Force, (PTF) on Covid-19, National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed, who made the announcement yesterday, during the PTF on Covid-19 briefing in Abuja, said that the 12.am to 4 am curfew has now been restored and would take effect from midnight yesterday. Mohammed further said that bars, nightclubs, gyms and others should…

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Insecurity: President Buhari to mark Eid at Aso Rock, plans modest celebration in the Villa 

…As Daura emirate bans Sallah durbar  President Muhammadu Buhari has announced a moratorium on visits to his hometown of Daura for his regular Eid prayers.  According to a statement issued by the President’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the President, First Family, his personal aides, members of the cabinet and Service Chiefs who choose to remain in Abuja will congregate in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa to observe the Eid prayers. The statement added that the president said that once the Eid prayers were over,…

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“We should restructure governance system to make Nigeria better” – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stated that there is a need to change the structure of governance to ensure development in Nigeria. The governor stated this in Lagos at the premiere of ‘Unmasked’, a documentary feature film co-produced by Kadaria Ahmed and Femi Odugbemi, structured around the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, adding that the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic can be used to improve the welfare of the people. According to him, “The lessons are certainly not lost on me personally and my government. I know that indeed…

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How Ameachi exposed Hadiza Usman to President Buhari over NPA’s unremitted N165.320bn

Fresh facts have emerged over the immediate reasons for the sack of the erstwhile Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman. According to a memo addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari that may have sealed the fate of the Kaduna state-born female activist, personally written and signed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, the Minister complained of the inability of the NPA’s management to account for the unremitted amount of N165.320 billion between 2016 to 2020. In the memo, titled: ”Remittance of Operating Surplus to the Consolidated…

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NPA MD sack: Here are the many sins of Hadiza Bala Usman as compiled by Shipping World magazine

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director/CEO of Nigeria Ports Authority, (NPA), with Mohammed Koko taking over in an Acting capacity. According to a press statement issued yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, President Buhari has approved the recommendation of the Ministry of Transportation under its minister, Rotimi Amaechi, after the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA). The President approved that the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala…

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Afaka abducted students: How FG released notorious kidnapper, parents paid N32m ransom

Details have emerged as to how the Nigerian government released a notorious kidnapper in exchange for the freedom of the last batch of 27 students of Federal College of Forestry, Afaka, abducted on March 11. In a prisoner swap deal brokered by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, it was learnt that the kidnapper, simply identified as Nanono, was transported from a detention facility in Kano, where he was being held, and handed over to a traditional ruler in Kaduna who acted as the middleman. Parents and relatives of the victims were…

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Presidency reveals alleged plot to ‘overthrow’ Buhari’s govt.

The Presidency has said that there is unimpeachable evidence showing that those it describes as some disruptive elements are now recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians around the country intending to forcefully remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office. The Presidency, in a statement made available to newsmen by the President Spokesman, Garba Shehu, said that the said individuals are “convening some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President, thus throwing the land into further turmoil”. The Presidency was responding…

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Kaduna: Bandits threaten to kill Greenfield Varsity students if N100m ransom isn’t paid

Gunmen who kidnapped some students of Greenfield University in Kaduna state have threatened to kill the victims if their demands are not met by today, Tuesday. Recall that the armed men suspected to be bandits attacked the institution on April 18 and kidnapped some students. Speaking in a telephone conversation with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), one Sani Idris Jalingo, who identified himself as the leader of the bandits, said 17 of the students are still in their custody. He added that the families of the students…

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Insecurity: “Nigeria already at war” – Utomi, Kila, Falana, Bugaje, others lament

…Ask National Assembly to invoke doctrine of necessity Nigerian intellectuals and civil society leaders, under the umbrella of the ‘New Fabian Society of the Concerned Professionals’, have suggested to the National Assembly to consider invoking the doctrine of necessity to birth “new leaders and refocus the agenda of the country” in the light of mounting security and economic challenges. The leaders, who made the suggestion in an issued statement made available to our correspondents at the weekend, expressed frustration with the security situation in Nigeria, noting that the country is…

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