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I will keep making appointments on merit – Makinde

I will keep making appointments on merit – Makinde

…as he swears-in ex-NLC chair as Perm Sec, Governing Councils of state-owned tertiary institutions The Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, declared on Tuesday that he would keep ensuring that his appointments are made based on merit rather than ethnic and religious biases. The governor, who stated this while performing the swearing-in ceremony of the former State Chairman of ... Read More »

Akpabio names lawmakers who got NDDC contracts

Akpabio names lawmakers who got NDDC contracts

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has named some federal lawmakers who allegedly got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The named lawmakers include the Chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwabaoshi, whose name was listed against 53 projects. Some of the projects include emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; ldumuogbe ... Read More »

N100bn Bond: Adelabu out to play cheap politics, says Makinde’s aide

N100bn Bond: Adelabu out to play cheap politics, says Makinde’s aide

….’Terms of Bond will protect interests of Oyo people’ The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, has asked the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 election, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, to rise above cheap politics in his criticisms of the state’s Prosperity Bond unveiled last Wednesday. Adisa, in a ... Read More »

Alleged N5.2m Fraud: COVID-19 Stalls Trial Of  Benue Deputy Speaker, Clerk

Alleged N5.2m Fraud: COVID-19 Stalls Trial Of Benue Deputy Speaker, Clerk

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE Justice S.O Itodo of the Benue State High Court sitting in Makurdi on Monday, July 27, 2020 adjourned a fraud case involving the deputy speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, Christopher Adaji and the Clerk of the House, Torese Agena to October 14, 2020, owing to a report that Adaji had tested positive to the ... Read More »

Two Pastors Serving 17 Years Jail Term Bag Additional 26 Years for Stealing

Two Pastors Serving 17 Years Jail Term Bag Additional 26 Years for Stealing

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE Justice F. N. Azinge of the Delta State High Court sitting in Otor-Udu has convicted and sentenced the duo of Pastor Glory Okeoghene Aberefa and Reverend Vincent Okpogo to 16 and 10 years imprisonment, respectively. The convicts, alongside their company, Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited, were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and ... Read More »

Repentant Boko Haram members should be forgiven – Prof. Mustapha

Repentant Boko Haram members should be forgiven – Prof. Mustapha

Prof. Mala Mustapha, a Senior Research fellow at the Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja, has appealed to communities to forgive and accept the former Boko Haram members who had repented. Mala made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, today in Yola. According to him, the ex-insurgents were mostly forced to join the group ... Read More »

I was disappointed by Achebe’s comment on my Nobel Prize – Soyinka

I was disappointed by Achebe’s comment on my Nobel Prize – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said he was disappointed by a comment made by the late renowned novelist, Prof Chinua Achebe, shortly after he (Soyinka) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. In a conversation with an American-based Nigerian novelist, Okey Ndibe, which was aired on Channels Television’s Book Club, Soyinka said he considered the particular remark by ... Read More »

Civil Societies, Communities To Monitor Projects In Kwara – Gov.

Civil Societies, Communities To Monitor Projects In Kwara – Gov.

By Joe Adedeji, Ilorin Civic groups and communities in Kwara State will henceforth be monitoring government projects to ensure good quality of works done before payments. The governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend proposed the development which he tagged ‘social audit’. He said the civic groups and communities monitoring these projects thereafter issue independent reports that would form the basis ... Read More »

President Buhari approves establishment of Nigerian Youth Investment Fund

President Buhari approves establishment of Nigerian Youth Investment Fund

In a move that underscores his absolute confidence in the innovative skills, talents and industry of the Nigerian youth, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led the Federal Executive Council to approve the establishment of the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund, NYIF, to the tune of N75 billion for 3 years. The Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) is for innovative ideas, skills ... Read More »

U.S. Navy honours Nigerian officer for accountability

U.S. Navy honours Nigerian officer for accountability

The United States Navy has awarded a Nigerian officer, Lt Victor Agunbiade, its medal of commendation for his meritorious service. The U.S Navy said Agunbiade effectively managed its largest cash disbursing office handling 45 million dollars (N17billion) in cash transaction. This, it said, accounted for around 70 per cent of its overseas disbursing volume. According to the award citation, Agunbiade ... Read More »

N145.8m Fraud: EFCC Presents More Witnesses Against FIRS Official

N145.8m Fraud: EFCC Presents More Witnesses Against FIRS Official

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has presented additional two prosecution witnesses in the trial of Emmanuela Eteta Ita and Surestart School Ltd, before Justice F.O.G. Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja. The EFCC is prosecuting Ita, former Head of Stakeholders Unit of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) and Surestart School Ltd, on ... Read More »

Ismaila Isa Funtua: A farewell from an ‘adopted son’

Ismaila Isa Funtua: A farewell from an ‘adopted son’

By Mikail Mumuni Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua (1942-2020) who died in Abuja on Monday, July 20 at the age of 78 evokes different emotions in different people. To many, he was just a friend and ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, while others would simply tag him as a member of the ‘Aso Rock cabal’, consisting of himself, the late Mallam ... Read More »

Former Council Chair Bags 31Years for N97m Fraud

Former Council Chair Bags 31Years for N97m Fraud

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Gombe zonal office, has secured the conviction of Samuel Bulus Adamu before Justice N. I. Afolabi of Federal High Court Gombe. Adamu, a former Chairman of Shongom Local Government Area of Gombe State, was arraigned on March 9, 2015 on a seven-count charge bordering on fraud, cheating and money ... Read More »

Reps to probe Minister, NEDC boss over alleged ‘disappearance’ of N100bn

Reps to probe Minister, NEDC boss over alleged ‘disappearance’ of N100bn

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouk and the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC). Mr Mohammed Alkali, over alleged misappropriation of N100 billion. This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by ... Read More »

Former Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, defects to APC

Former Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, defects to APC

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), returning to his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). An aide to the former speaker confirmed the development today. The acting Chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, also later confirmed the development after he led Dogara to meet President Muhammadu ... Read More »

Ondo 2020: Council chairmen seek Jimoh Ibrahim’s support for Akeredolu

Ondo 2020: Council chairmen seek Jimoh Ibrahim’s support for Akeredolu

The Caretaker Committee Chairmen of the 18 local government areas of Ondo State today sought the support of a business mogul and politician, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, CFR, for re-election of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. Akeredolu is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Oct. 10 governorship election in the state. Mr Abayomi Adesanya, Caretaker Chairman, Okitipupa Local Government, ... Read More »

Makinde inaugurates Community Policing Advisory council in Oyo

Makinde inaugurates Community Policing Advisory council in Oyo

…says suspects in Akinyele killings will be diligently prosecuted Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Friday, inaugurated the Community Policing Advisory Council, CPAC, in the state, declaring that his administration will work with other stakeholders to make the initiative a success. The governor, who also told the people that the recently apprehended suspects in the Akinyele killings would ... Read More »

$105 billion package to help schools reopen in US

$105 billion package to help schools reopen in US

….As Mnuchin says GOP plan for unemployment extension will be based on ’70% wage replacement’ The Republican coronavirus relief plan will extend enhanced unemployment insurance “based on approximately 70% wage replacement,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday. The Treasury secretary also said a payroll tax holiday, which President Donald Trump has repeatedly pushed for, “won’t be in the base bill.” ... Read More »

Oyo Monarch Pays Thank You Visit To Water Minister

Oyo Monarch Pays Thank You Visit To Water Minister

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Monarch of Saki, in Oyo State, Oba Kahalid Olabisi, in company with former Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, and others, Friday, July 24, paid a courtesy visit to the Honorable Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, to register his appreciation and that of his people for the improved water supply facilities provided for ... Read More »