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Chairmanship tussle:  Two Ekiti monarchs break ranks,allign with Fayemi’s choice

Chairmanship tussle: Two Ekiti monarchs break ranks,allign with Fayemi’s choice

The crisis rocking the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has assumed a different dimension, as ranks of the 16 most prominent monarchs, otherwise called Pelupelu, have been broken over the rejection of Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, as the new chairman of the council. The prominent monarchs had on August 9 instituted litigation at Ado-Ekiti High Court ... Read More »

Ortom wins at Appeal Court

Ortom wins at Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja yesterday affirmed the victory of Samuel Ortom as the governor of Benue State. In a unanimous judgment, the panel presided over by Hon Justice A. O. Belgore, dismissed the appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Emmanuel Jime, for lack of merit and upheld the judgment of the lower tribunal. ... Read More »

Kwara Changes Gear; Cause Open Bidding For Its Projects

Kwara Changes Gear; Cause Open Bidding For Its Projects

By Joe Adedeji, Ilorin. As a departure from the old order, Kwara State Government has introduced open bidding for contractors handling it’s projects for transparency sake. Also, the government has opted to patronize local contractors and no longer dealing with construction firms based outside the State. Not less than 115 local contractors participated in an open bid held for the ... Read More »

2020: Better deal for Oyo People in Infrastructure, Education

2020: Better deal for Oyo People in Infrastructure, Education

… As the two sectors get lion’s share of N208billion budget Next year, the people of Oyo State would witness dramatic improvement in infrastructure and education as the Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has allocated 23.93 percent and 22.37 percent respectively to the two sectors out of the N208billion 2020 fiscal package already presented to the State House of Assembly for ... Read More »

Alleged N9.7bn fraud: Prosecution closes case against former AVM, Dikko

Alleged N9.7bn fraud: Prosecution closes case against former AVM, Dikko

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on Thursday closed its case in the ongoing trial of former Chief of AVM Umar Dikko in the Federal High Court Abuja over alleged N9.7 billion fraud. EFCC charged is Dikko with seven counts of laundering and procurement fraud to the tune of N9.7 bn. The anti graft agency alleged that the amount ... Read More »

Edward Onoja writes Gov. Yahaya Bello, warns betrayers

Edward Onoja writes Gov. Yahaya Bello, warns betrayers

Deputy Governor of Kogi state, Edward Onoja has commended his boss Governor Yahaya Bello for fostering unity in the State and pledged an unwavering loyalty to his leadership. Onoja in a letter thanked the Governor for his style of leadership and and love for the State. He however has unkind words for betrayers of the Governor. Here is the letter ... Read More »

Buhari seeks Senate’s approval for $30bn external loan

Buhari seeks Senate’s approval for $30bn external loan

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday asked the Senate to approve an external loan of $29.96 billion to execute key Infrastructural projects across the country. Senate President Ahmad Lawan read President Buhari’s letter at Plenary. Buhari in the letter said he decided to represent the request for external loan of $29.96billion, part of which was rejected by the Eight National Assembly, ... Read More »

$7.069m, £1m, €8000 fraud: Lebanese, Nigerian accomplice remanded

$7.069m, £1m, €8000 fraud: Lebanese, Nigerian accomplice remanded

A Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday remanded a suspected Lebanese money launderer, Hamza Koudeih, and his alleged Nigerian accomplice Kayode Philip, alias Voice of the King. Justice Sule Hassan ruled that Koudeih and Philip are to remain in Correctional Services Custody till December 5, when their bail applications will be heard and determined. Both men pleaded not guilty to a ... Read More »

NLC to Ex Gov Yari: Your demand for N10 million monthly payment is opportunism and greed taken too far

NLC to Ex Gov Yari: Your demand for N10 million monthly payment is opportunism and greed taken too far

OPPORTUNISM AND GREED TAKEN TOO FAR!!!  By Comrade Ayuba Wabba, NLC President Nigerians woke this week to a letter by the former Governor of Zamfara State, Mr. Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, dated 17th October 2019 and under the auspices of the Office of the Former Governor, Zamfara State. In the said letter, Mr. Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar expressed utmost displeasure to what ... Read More »

PSC Writes IG over Violation of Federal Character  Policy in CPs’ Appointment

PSC Writes IG over Violation of Federal Character Policy in CPs’ Appointment

  The raging battle between the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the Police High Command festered wednesday with the commission accusing the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, of flouting a policy that requires each state of the federation to produce a police commissioner to head a state command. The commission, led by a former Inspector General of Police, Musuliu ... Read More »

Kogi polls: Legal battles commences as tribunal is constituted

Kogi polls: Legal battles commences as tribunal is constituted

Legal battles over the outcome of the November 16 polls in Kogi is set to begin in the next few days with the constitution of the governorship and National Assembly election petition tribunal to handle petitions arising from the election. President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, constituted the tribunal that will hear the appeals on Tuesday. The ... Read More »

My June 12 proposal to Abacha was discarded,says Admiral Madueke in new  autobiography

My June 12 proposal to Abacha was discarded,says Admiral Madueke in new autobiography

Former Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Alison Madueke (Rtd), has broken silence on his position on the incarceration of the late Moshood Abiola, winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential election annulled by the former military president General Ibrahim Babangida and the arms deal allegation that led to his retirement from the military. Madueke, a former member of the Armed ... Read More »

Makinde raises panel on  termination of LAUTECH joint ownership

Makinde raises panel on termination of LAUTECH joint ownership

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Wednesday inaugurated a five-man committee, headed by Prof. Ayodeji Omole, to work out modalities for the termination of joint ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other members include a former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Jumoke Akinjide and ... Read More »

Senator, former Bayelsa Speaker, others arraigned before CCT

Senator, former Bayelsa Speaker, others arraigned before CCT

An ex-Senator, Emmanuel Onwe from Ebonyi State, a former Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Friday Komboyein and four others have been arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on charges of breach of code of conduct for public officers. A statement by CCT’s spokesman, Ibraheem Zakariya said while Onwe (a former Commissioner in Ebonyi) was ... Read More »

Shiites protest turns bloody as Police ‘shoot’ schoolgirl in Abuja

Shiites protest turns bloody as Police ‘shoot’ schoolgirl in Abuja

The police allegedly opened fire on schoolgirl on Wednesday in Abuja while dispersing protesting members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) at Wuse Market in Abuja. An eyewitness said the girl was returning from the school (Government Secondary School, Wuse) when the incident occurred. The armed policemen, who had been trailing the outlawed group upon sighting them, reportedly opened fire ... Read More »

CISLAC lauds Zamfara Assembly for repealing pension law for ex- office holders

CISLAC lauds Zamfara Assembly for repealing pension law for ex- office holders

  * Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani* The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), on Wednesday, commended the giant stride by the Zamfara State House of Assembly for the abolishment of the law that allows payment of pension and other entitlements for the former governors, their deputies, former speaker and their deputies. Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani, gave the commendation ... Read More »

INEC laments, says political elite have made smart card readers redundant, inconsequential

INEC laments, says political elite have made smart card readers redundant, inconsequential

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, lamented that the political elite have made the smart card readers become redundant and inconsequential in the country’s electrical process. The Chairman, Voter Education and Information of INEC, Mr Festus Okoye, made the disclosure at a meeting to review the November 16 Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections in Abuja. Okoye, who is also ... Read More »

EFCC to Re-arraign Former Lagos Speaker Ikuforiji over Alleged Money Laundering

EFCC to Re-arraign Former Lagos Speaker Ikuforiji over Alleged Money Laundering

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday fixed Dec. 11, for re-arraignment of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, charged with laundering N338.8 million. Ikuforiji was charged alongside his former aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, on 54 counts. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that they were first arraigned on March 1, 2012, before ... Read More »

Oil producing communities demand direct payment of 13% derivation

Oil producing communities demand direct payment of 13% derivation

The oil and gas producing communities of Egbema Kingdom in Warri North council area of Delta State have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to effect the payment of the 13% Derivation Funds directly to oil producing communities. The communities, who are within the OML 40 and 49 areas, in an open letter, addressed to President Buhari, lamented the fact that ... Read More »

Edo Crisis: Obaseki rejects Ganduje Committee,wants President Buhari to set up neutral one

Edo Crisis: Obaseki rejects Ganduje Committee,wants President Buhari to set up neutral one

Edo Governor ,Godwin Obaseki would prefer a reconciliation committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari instead of  the one recently set up by the APC headquarters. Speaking with our correspondent, an associate of Obaseki who described the committee as “kangaroo”, said they are not interested in the work of the Ganduje committee as it was set up by the APC ... Read More »