Seven-month-old Strike: FG, ASUU know fate today, Wednesday

The National Industrial Court (NIC), sitting in Abuja, will today, Wednesday, deliver a ruling on an interlocutory application filed by the Federal Government for an order to compel the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), to call-off its seven months’ old lingering strike. At the end of arguments canvassed by counsel to the parties, the presiding judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman, adjourned the application for ruling. While James Igwe appeared for the Federal Government, ASUU was represented by Femi Falana. Making his submissions during yesterday’s proceedings, counsel to the Federal Government,…

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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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2023 Budget: Senate to address N11.03 trillion deficit through Finance Amendment Act

The Nigerian Senate has declared that it would amend the relevant sections of the Finance Act in order to address the N11.03 trillion 2023 Budget deficit. This information was provided by Senator Sani Musa of the Senate Committee on General Services, who emphasized that they would focus on ways to get the various revenue-generating organizations to triple the goals that their respective legislatures would assign to them. Sani spoke after the Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, inspected the Senate’s ‘makeshift’ chambers ahead of the resumption of lawmakers in the upper…

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Insurgency: Scores killed as military jets bombard Bello Turji’s residence in Zamfara Forest

Scores of armed bandits belonging to the notorious Bello Turji camp, in Zamfara State, have been eliminated by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets, according to reports. The bandits were reportedly killed during a ‘surprise raid’ by the air troops of ‘Operation Forest Sanity’ in the State. The ‘surprise attack’ of the military troops was carried out by two NAF fighter jets, upon receiving credible intelligence. According to a defence intelligence source, the NAF jets rained their missiles at Fakai area, believed to be the residence of the dreaded Turji,…

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2023: “Big political parties, notable individuals will be shocked by voters this time around” – Hamza al-Mustapha

The Action Alliance (AA) presidential candidate, Hamza al-Mustapha, has stated that Nigerians will not be voting for parties with regards to choosing the next president in the forthcoming 2023 general elections. The former aide to the Late Head of State, Sani Abacha, who disclosed this while speaking during an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa service, stated that Nigerians would vote for individuals during the election rather than the customary political party that has been used. According to him, citizens are currently tired of the hardship in the country and…

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Calls For Gumi’s Arrest: “Touch cleric, touch fire”, Northern Youths warn

Following the call for the arrest of the Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Abubakar Gumi, the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria, (NYCN), has warned that anyone who touches the cleric will have it to contend with. The NYCN, in an issued press statement yesterday, signed by its National President, Isah Abubakar, expressed its dissatisfaction with some individuals, under the aegis of Coalition for Peace in Nigeria (COPIN), over a statement allegedly issued, urging the Department for State Services (DSS) to arrest and prosecute the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric over his alleged…

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President Buhari to present 2023 Budget in October – Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to present the 2023 Budget to the National Assembly in October, this year. Gbajabiamila said this when he addressed newsmen shortly after inspecting hearing rooms 028 and 234 of the House, which were expected to serve as the temporary chamber due to the ongoing renovation of the House complex in Abuja, yesterday. He said, “I am hoping that the budget will be presented latest by first week of October”, he said. The House Speaker…

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Insecurity: Northern Governors endorse State Police 

The nineteen State Governors under the aegis of the Northern Governors Forum, (NGF), unanimously expressed support for the establishment of State Police, in a bid to tackle the activities of insurgents, kidnappers and other criminal activities across the country. The Northern Governors’ stance was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting with the Northern Traditional Rulers Council held on Monday in Abuja, organised to “review the state of security in the North and other matters relating to its progress and the development of the region.” While…

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Nigeria bleeds, as massive judgement debts cripple nation’s finances

The rising judgment debts awarded against Nigeria by local and international courts of arbitrations for contracts violations have continued to assail the nation’s finances. The situation has left the nation counting huge losses as the Government grapples with reduced revenues. The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and (SAN) had last Monday disclosed that the Federal Government had settled a long-standing $5.26billion contractual dispute with a foreign investor group in the steel sector for the sum of $496million. According to Malami, the mediation proceedings were…

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Barely 160 days to polls, President Buhari sets up another advisory group on economy

…Presidential candidates consult World Bank, IMF on Nigeria’s economic woes With less than a hundred and sixty days before the next general election, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed yet another high-level committee to advise him on the myriad of economic challenges facing Nigeria, which if unresolved could make his tenure the most miserable for Nigerians. The new committee is made up of the President’s Chief Economic Adviser, Doyin Salami, who holds a doctorate in Economics but is already the Head of another Presidential Advisory Council. The Deputy on the Economic…

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