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N650m fraud: EFCC re-arraigns ex FCT minister, Akinjide

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, re-arraigned a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, before the Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly laundering N650 million. Ms Akinjide, who was first docked before the Oyo State division of the court, was re-arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke in Lagos on a 24-count charge, following the transfer of the case file by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Kafarati. Justice Aneke took over the case after it was moved from the court of Justice Muslim Hassan following an application to that effect filed by the former Minister and her co-accused persons. She was charged by the anti-graft agency alongside a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Maduek...

Federal Government agency workers shut down headquarters in protest

Anger was let loose on Wednesday as aggrieved Federal Ministry of Education workers attachesd to the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC) shut down the headquarters of the agency in protest. They accused the management particularly the Executive Secretary, Abba Haladu, of high handedness, unfair labour treatment and deliberate attempts to create unnecessary career stagnation for the workers. The workers, in their large numbers, barricaded the entrance to the NMEC headquarters as early as possible, denying visitors and other workers entry and exit opportunity to the building. The workers under the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), said the three days warning strike which commenced yesterday was to compel the Executive Secretary ...

Independence of state legislature, judiciary is non negotiable—Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said efforts to ensure autonomy for state legislatures and judiciary will further strengthen democracy and deepen inclusiveness of citizens by guaranteeing fairness for ordinary Nigerians. This is just as Abubakar Malami, the immediate past Minister Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, has said he is still working at the discretion of Mr. President whose prerogative it is to appoint anyone into any position of office. Buhari while receiving Report of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary, President Buhari said the government will study the report and recommendations, and take an appropriate decision. “I went through a terrible time getting here for the three times I contested...

Applicant BVN to be integrated with new international passport—CGI

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (CGI), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, has declared that the new 10-year international passport booklet was not for dubious people. He said the booklet would have one identity and not multiple identities as the applicant’s national identity and BVM must be captured on the passport. Babandede, who made this disclosure yesterday when he visited the Immigration passport office in Ikoyi, Lagos, for the official launch of the facilities donated by five banks and other organisations, said hard times awaited dubious persons that used multiple identities. “It is of great value because we did internal analysis and we still talked with other stakeholders, especially countries where we have no issuance office. The good news is that the passport is li...

PDP, ATIKU lost battle to access INEC server

In a unanimous ruling on Monday, a five-man panel of the tribunal, led by Justice Mohammed Garba, dismissed the application filed by Atiku and the PDP, to that effect. The tribunal said since parties to the petition were disputing the existence or otherwise of an INEC central server, it was wrong for it to grant the petitioners’ request to inspect a server, whose existence, usage or otherwise was being disputed by parties. It noted that by averments contained in processes filed by parties, they had joined issues on whether or not there was a central server and whether or not INEC deployed it for the election. The tribunal said granting the petitioners’ request to inspect a server, which the supposed owner said did not exist, will amount to the tribunal agreeing that a server actually exist...

Stay away from Bauchi politics, group blast Oshiomhole

Two groups – Bauchi State Concern Citizens and Coalition for Progressive Political Parties (PPP) – have urged All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to stop interfering in the crisis that greeted the inauguration of the 9th Bauchi Assembly, where two Speakers were elected. The Bauchi State Concern Citizens said since the state was not an APC controlled state, any further attempt to cause chaos by any person or group would not be tolerated. A statement signed by the group’s secretary, Aliyu Ladan and Public Relations Officer (PRO) yesterday, said: “The recent attempt by some unscrupulous, unpatriotic and unprogressive politicians to cause chaos and confusion during the inauguration of the 9th Assembly members is really unfortunate and such similar attitud...

Again: Man, Age 27 commit suicide in Lagos

The Police Command in Lagos has confirmed that a 27-year-old man, Omotola Onayemi, also known as `Ola-brain’, on Monday, committed suicide over alleged frustration. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident happened in Epe Local Government area of Lagos state, at about 5:30am on Monday. Sgt. Ademola Ogunjobi, Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Epe Branch confirmed the incident in an interview with NAN. According to him, the police have confirmed the incident of a young man that committed suicide by hanging in early hours of today. “The corpse has been deposited in a mortuary at Epe General Hospital for further investigation,’’ the DPO said. An eyewitness, Mr Tunde Badmus, told NAN, that the incident happened at Idi-Aba area of Epe. He said that the young man committed suicid...

The challenges in Nigeria is a sign of future greatness—Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said the current challenges facing Nigeria are signs that the country is bound for greatness. Osinbajo said this when he addressed the congregation, yesterday, during service, at a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Bronx, New York, the United States of America, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. The vice president, who is on a four-day visit to the US, said greatness is impossible without a period of difficulties as currently being experienced by Nigeria. “Our country is bound for greatness. Whenever you hear that ‘oh, there are conflicts, oh there are difficulties’, just know that it is impossible to be great without difficulties. “Even from the foundations of the earth, when God created the heavens and the earth, the scriptu...

Stop the establishment of new universities in Nigeria, JAMB registrar urges FG

Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has urged the Federal Government to embargo establishment of new universities and other tertiary institutions in Nigeria, pending when existing ones receive adequate financial and logistical attention. He suggested that funds that would have been channeled in establishing such new tertiary institutions should be used to provide infrastructure, train manpower, and strengthen the capacity of the existing institutions for improved impact. He based his suggestion on the 2017 Presidential Retreat on Education, which recommended a declaration of state of emergency in the education sector, and advocated increased funding by, at least, 15 percent of annual budget or above to education sector. Oloyede, who spoke ...

BBNaija up winners prize to N60m

With the new season of Big Brother Naija making its premiere on June 30, 2019, MultiChoice Nigeria has upped the ante with the announcement of N60 million worth of prizes for the winner. The breakdown of the prizes includes: a N30m cash prize; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors; a trip to Dubai for two packaged by TravelBeta; a home make-over courtesy Scanfrost; a year’s supply of Pepsi and One Africa Fest VVIP experience; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles & Munch it; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone. There’s also a bonus prize of two VIP Tickets to watch a European Football final game LIVE, courtesy BET9ja. This season’s grand prize is an increase from the previous edition, which saw Miracle Ikechukwu Igbokwe walking away with N45m worth of prizes. ...

Osun economic summit postponed

The Osun State economic and investment summit has been put on hold. The summit is designed to promote investment in identified sectors to guarantee continuous growth of the state’s economy It is also intended to present the state’s economic roadmap and showcase investment opportunities to prospective investors and partners. The summit was slated for June 25 to 27 in Osogbo, the state capital, before the change of plans. A statement by the organisers on Sunday said the summit, which already had the support of key economic drivers in the country, will now hold at a date to be announced. The statement added that all the stakeholders had been apprised of the development.

Pastor prophesy Super Falcons will reach semi finals, claim it was a fake spirit after failed prophecy

A Popular Ebonyi-based Pastor, Rev. Simeon Ononogbu, has blamed “deceitful” spirit for the failed prediction that the Super Falcons will reach the semi-finals of the FIFA Women World Cup in France. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ononogbu, a self-acclaimed forecaster, predicted in an interview that the Falcons would reach the semi-finals of the tournament, while the hosts, France would place fifth (best placed quarter-finalists). The former Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ebonyi branch, sought the understanding of Nigerians on the failed prophecy, noting that he will be more careful in future prophecies. “It is a pity that the prediction on the Falcons failed which means that it was not a revelation from God. “We have so many spirits that can deceive ...