“We’ve recovered $153m from Diezani” — EFCC Chairman

…Says he won’t pay allegiance to individuals in the govt. The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, said on Tuesday that the Commission has recovered a whopping $153 million from former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke, who has been staying in Britain since leaving office in 2015. He said apart from that, no fewer than 80 choice properties valued at $80 million has also been seized from her and handed over to the Federal Government. Bawa, who disclosed this, also served a notice that he…

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Maritime industry rattled as Bala Usman faces probe

The suspension of Hadiza Bala-Usman as the Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority, (NPA), has caused a crack on the wall of the authority, leaving the maritime sector with substantial afflictions. Few days after the suspension of Bala-Usman who is currently facing a probe, the development has unsettled the NPA and the entire maritime sector. It was gathered that the removal of the erstwhile NPA boss has caused a row among various powerful blocks in the transport sector and loyalists of the Minister ofTransport, Rotimi Amaechi; the Chief of Staff,…

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Kaduna Assembly: INEC fixes June 19 for bye-election for vacant seat of Sabon-Gari constituency

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has has fixed Saturday 19th June, 2021 for the conduct of bye-election to fill the vacant seat for Sabon-Gari constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly. In a press statement issued by the INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee,Festus Okoye, the Commission said it received a communication from the Kaduna State House of Assembly, which declared the seat of the member representing Sabon-Gari State Constituency, Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, vacant. It said, according to the State Assembly, the vacancy…

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Insurgency: G-7 countries pledges £276 million support for Nigeria

The Group 7 (G-7) countries have pledged to assist people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria with £276 million ($389 million or roughly N148 billion). The group of wealthy countries will be supporting the United Nations (UN) and other aid agencies in helping victims of the conflict. A statement issued from the UK High Commission in Nigeria disclosed that Britain is leading the coordinated move by the G-7 countries to provide humanitarian assistance this year. According to the statement, the move intends to call for more efforts…

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Eid-el-Fitr: FCT minister bans prayers at National Eid Ground

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammad Bello, yesterday banned the forthcoming Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway, in Abuja. Bello announced the ban in a statement by his media aide, Anthony Ogunleye. The decision was arrived at during a meeting of the FCT Administration and a delegation from the FCT ‘League of Imams Initiative’. He said the ban was part of measures to contain the outbreak of Covid-19. “All worshippers are enjoined to hold Eid prayers outdoors within the premises of their…

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‘Nigeria needs political restructuring, not break-up’ – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the Federal Government is not overwhelmed by the security challenges in the country. He stated this yesterday, while addressing a press conference in Lagos. Mohammed said the country’s security personnel have been subjected to “mindless” attacks by gunmen to instill fear and create a sense of insecurity. “Any attack on our security men and women is an attack on the state and a declaration of war against the nation,” he said. The minister said the federal government is working on a…

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Insecurity: Southern Govs. urge Buhari to address Nigerians, ban open grazing

The Southern Governors Forum yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation over the worsening security situation in the country. The Governors met in Asaba, the Delta State capital, where they were hosted by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, and 12 points were agreed upon for the progress of the nation. In the 12-point communique, read by the Chairman of the forum, Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, of Ondo State, the governors “affirmed that the peoples of Southern Nigeria remain committed to the unity of Nigeria based on justice, fairness, equity…

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Again, gunmen attack in Abia, raze down NDLEA office

The attacks by unknown gunmen in Abia state seem to have no end in sight as the Amaekpu Ohafia local government area office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) was yesterday set ablaze. The State Commandant of the anti-drug agency, Akingbade Bamidele, who confirmed the attack, disclosed that no casualty was recorded. Recall that on Monday there was an attack on an INEC office in the Ohafia local government area of the state, which was burnt down leaving electoral materials and office equipment destroyed. Reacting to the attack…

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FG denies report on re-introduction of Covid-19 restrictions

…Clarifies position The Federal Government has denied media reports that it has reintroduced new Covid-19 restrictions as part of measures to curb the spread of the new India variant into the country. The Government explained that it was only maintaining the curfew under phase 4 of the phased restriction of movement, adding that it never relaxed the curfew imposed earlier under Phase 3 of the eased lockdown. This clarification was made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee, (PSC) on…

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Just In: Buhari approves new security measures for S/East, S/South

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new security measures for the Southeast and South-South regions of the country. This was one of the outcomes of the series of security meetings held in the last eleven days and concluded today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the meeting, however, declined to give details. The president also approved a memo presented by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), on the control of drugs, which he…

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