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President Buhari Congratulates Olumide Akpata, New NBA President

President Buhari Congratulates Olumide Akpata, New NBA President

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Olumide Akpata on his election as the President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). In a release signed by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the President on media and Publicity, he wished him every success in the new position of leading Nigerian lawyers to chart a path of professional development and fulfillment. He said: “As ... Read More »

Governor Fayemi tests negative to coronavirus

Governor Fayemi tests negative to coronavirus

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has tested negative to the coronavirus after 11 days in isolation. He disclosed his new health status on Twitter this morning and also appreciated those who stood by him while battling with the deadly virus. He wrote: “After 11 days in isolation, I received news that my CoviD 19 repeat test came back negative. ... Read More »

Insecurity Very Disturbing – Buhari

Insecurity Very Disturbing – Buhari

….Thinks security agencies can do better President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the country’s military, police and other security of more resources to enable them deal with the unwanted security situation in some parts of the country. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the president gave the assurance shortly after performing the Eid prayers with his family and aides ... Read More »

CBN to offer cotton farming loan facility to 15,000 farmers in Jigawa

CBN to offer cotton farming loan facility to 15,000 farmers in Jigawa

BY SHEHU MUSA, Dutse. About 15,000 farmers in Jigawa State are to benefit from Federal Government Cotton Production Program of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the state Chairman Jigawa Chapter of the National Association of Cotton Farmers, Alh. Lawal Musa Kazaure has revealed. Last year about 40,000 farmers were registered for the program out of which 30,000 scaled through and ... Read More »

NNPC Denies Theft of 48m Barrels of Crude Oil

NNPC Denies Theft of 48m Barrels of Crude Oil

…To sue blackmailers and purveyors of falsehood By Demola Abimboye The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has categorically denied that its officials stole and sold 48 million barrels of crude oil worth about $2.5billion. The allegation was made earlier in the week by some online news papers. In a release signed by Chief Afe Babalola of Afe Babalola & Co, ... Read More »

Sallah: FIRS extends deadline for tax filing by one week

Sallah: FIRS extends deadline for tax filing by one week

…Felicitate with Nigerians on Eid-el Kabir celebration The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has extended the deadline for filing of returns in some tax categories by one week. Mr Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, Director, Communications and Liaison Department of the service, made this known in a statement in Abuja today. Ahmad said the gesture was in the spirit of the festivities ... Read More »

One killed, 16 injured as explosion rocks Maiduguri

One killed, 16 injured as explosion rocks Maiduguri

The Borno Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, today confirmed the death of one person with 16 others injured following three explosions in Maiduguri metropolis. Aliyu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the explosions occurred in Mairi, Custom and Gwange areas of the metropolis. Aliyu said that the actual cause of the explosions was yet to be ascertained, but ... Read More »

FIRS plans stamp duty palliatives for tenants

FIRS plans stamp duty palliatives for tenants

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said it is working on a stamp duty palliative package for tenants in view of the current economic realities occasioned by COVID-19. Mr Abdullahi Ahmad, Director, Communications and Liaison Department of the service made this known in a statement in Abuja. Ahmad said the FIRS Executive Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Nami, hinted that stamp duty ... Read More »

Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Director dies in road accident

Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Director dies in road accident

The Director of Administration of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Chinedozi Yusuf Nwoha, is dead. Nwoha died yesterday in an auto crash on his way to celebrate Sallah in Owerri, Imo State. In a statement signed by Femi Abbas, NSCIA’s chairman, media committee, Femi Abba, the tragic development took place along Okene road in Kogi state. The ... Read More »

EID-EL-KABIR: OYO TO OPEN PRAYING GROUNDS, SAYS SOCIAL DISTANCING COMPULSORY

EID-EL-KABIR: OYO TO OPEN PRAYING GROUNDS, SAYS SOCIAL DISTANCING COMPULSORY

…FAITHFUL MUST OBSERVE ALL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS — GOVT The Oyo State Government, today, said Muslim Praying Grounds across the state will be opened for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers, warning, however, that Muslim faithful must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols in the state. According to the government, it has become imperative for the sake of public health and wellbeing of ... Read More »

BREAKING: Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Fasanmi, dies

BREAKING: Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Fasanmi, dies

Senator Ayo Fasanmi, prominent elder statesman and leader of Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, is dead. The elder statesman died early this morning aged 94. He was born on September 25, 1925. Burial arrangement is expected to be announced by his immediate family in conjunction with his political associates. Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on politics, described ... Read More »

Power projects: FG set to pay N8.64bn counterpart fund

Power projects: FG set to pay N8.64bn counterpart fund

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday approved the payment of €15.21m (N6,940,081,465.20) offshore and N1.71bn onshore as part of Nigeria’s counterpart funding for the power deal with Siemens AG, signed by the Nigerian and German governments in 2019. The total amount approved is N8,648,081,465.2. This was one of the decisions taken at the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President ... Read More »

Court Jails Man for False Asset Declaration

Court Jails Man for False Asset Declaration

…As Jang’s Corruption Case Gets November 4 Adjournment Date. BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Gombe zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of Haruna Adamu, before Justice Fatima Musa of the Gombe State High Court, on one-count charge bordering on non-disclosure of assets and liabilities in the EFCC Assets Declaration form. Haruna was ... Read More »

Serial Fraudster Bags 53 Years for N17.1m Fraud

Serial Fraudster Bags 53 Years for N17.1m Fraud

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced a serial fraudster, Aliyu Zakari to 53 years imprisonment for N17.1million fraud. The convict was prosecuted by the Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on six-count charges of obtaining money by false pretence and stealing, to which he pleaded ... Read More »

We are taking loans to develop key infrastructure, reposition Oyo for economic growth – Gov. Makinde

We are taking loans to develop key infrastructure, reposition Oyo for economic growth – Gov. Makinde

…signs revised 2020 budget …Govt to adopt alternative project funding approach Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, today explained that his administration’s determination to fix the huge infrastructure deficit in the state and get the state on the right track for economic growth was behind the move to secure loans that target key infrastructure. He added that the problem with ... Read More »

Court Jails Ex-Air Force Chief Over Corruption

Court Jails Ex-Air Force Chief Over Corruption

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu. Mamu, a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Holding Company and Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, was pronounced guilty by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja. This followed the appellate court’s reversal of ... Read More »

NDDC Probe: Reps Fire Back At Akpabio, Say Letter To Speaker Diversionary

NDDC Probe: Reps Fire Back At Akpabio, Say Letter To Speaker Diversionary

…..Insist he must publish names of members who got contracts The House of Representatives has rejected the letter written to Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House, by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, in which he articulated his position on the contracts reportedly awarded to members of the National Assembly. In a statement made available to ... Read More »

BREAKING: Maina, Ex-Pension Boss, Released From Kuje Prison

BREAKING: Maina, Ex-Pension Boss, Released From Kuje Prison

Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman, Pension Reformed Task Team, PRTT, has been released from Kuje Correctional Centre nine months after his detention, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. Maina, who was arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on October 25, 2019, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his son, Faisal, and firm, Common ... Read More »

COVID-19: SSANIP Rejects Reopening of Polytechnics

By Joe Adedeji, Ilorin The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) South West Zone has said it would reject resumption of full academic activities in polytechnics if sufficient provisions are not made for it by the government. The association stated this in a communique issued at the end of SSANIP Zone ‘F’ Executive Council Meeting held in Offa, Kwara ... Read More »

Governor Badaru assents to 2020 revised budget

Governor Badaru assents to 2020 revised budget

BY SHEHU MUSA, Dutse Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State has assented to 2020 revised budget with a pledge to stick to budgetary financial discipline, and implementation in line with policies of budgetary policies. The revised budget from N153.920b was reduced to N124.357 a drop of about N28.5billion or 19 per cent drop in the size of the budget. ... Read More »