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Appeal Court upholds Okorocha’s election

Appeal Court upholds Okorocha’s election

The Appeal Court sitting in Owerri on Thursday upheld the electoral victory of Senator Rochas Okorocha, of Imo West senatorial district. Reading the judgement, chairman of the panel, R.A Ada, said that the appeals filed by Senator Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Jones Onyereri of the Peoples Democratic Party against Okorocha lacked merit. The jurist contended ... Read More »

Maina arrives court in wheelchair for bail application

Maina arrives court in wheelchair for bail application

Abdulrasheed Maina, Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, was, on Thursday, wheeled into Court 6, Federal High Court, Abuja, where his bail application is expected to be taken. Maina, who was dressed in a light green colour caftan, was in a wheelchair. The former chairman of PRTM was looking pensive and sickly. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Maina had ... Read More »

NEITI: $42b lost to oil, products theft

NEITI: $42b lost to oil, products theft

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) on Wednesday said crude oil and refined product worth $41.9 billion were stolen from the country in the last 10 years. Its policy brief titled:  Stemming the Increasing Cost of Oil Theft to Nigeria issued in Abuja urged the government to embrace oil finger printing technology, comprehensive metering infrastructure of all facilities, and ... Read More »

NIGER DELTA GOVERNORS ASKED FOR FORENSIC AUDIT OF NDDC-WIKE

NIGER DELTA GOVERNORS ASKED FOR FORENSIC AUDIT OF NDDC-WIKE

Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Wike has labeled the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as a failed organisation.“Those who fought for the establishment of NDDC will weep that the Commission has deviated from its mandate.   NDDC has collapsed.” Governor Wike revealed that it was Niger Delta Governors that demanded for the forensic audit of the NDDC currently been done by the ... Read More »

Why we’re not happy with Buhari’s Govt in Rivers-Wike

Why we’re not happy with Buhari’s Govt in Rivers-Wike

Governor  Nyesom Wike  said Rivers people are unhappy with the ‘high level of marginalisation’ they have been subjected to by the Federal Government under the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The Governor, who spoke during a courtesy visit by the Ministers of Education and Women Affairs at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday said with the conclusion of elections, Rivers ... Read More »

Court rejects request to transfer Maina’s son from police custody

Court rejects request to transfer Maina’s son from police custody

A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the request by Faisal, the son of the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, to be moved from his current detention facility of in custody of the Special Tactical Squad of the Nigerian Police Force. Faisal was arraigned on October 25, 2019 on a three-count charge, bordering on money ... Read More »

Wike endorses NDDC’s interim management committee

Wike endorses NDDC’s interim management committee

Rivers Governor, Chief Nyeson Wike, has endorsed the newly inaugurated Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC). Wike spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt during a courtesy visit by members of NDDC’s new management, led by the Acting Managing Director, Dr. Joi Nunieh. The NDDC chief was accompanied by the Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration, ... Read More »

Stop calling me ‘Your Excellency’, says Gov Sanwo-Olu

Stop calling me ‘Your Excellency’, says Gov Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has dropped the title of ‘his excellency’ preferring to be addressed simply as Mr. Governor. In a statement he personally signed on Wednesday evening, the governor said the new title will constantly remind him that he has been chosen out of so many “fellow compatriots to lead a collective salvage of our political economy.” ... Read More »

Dokpesi: looters list damaged my name

Dokpesi: looters list damaged my name

The Chairman of Daar Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dopkesi, on Tuesday recounted his sad experience following the release of alleged looters’ list which contained his name. The businessman told the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Apo, Abuja, that everybody treated him like a plague after his name appeared on the list released by the Federal Ministry of Information and ... Read More »

Zulum Hosts FG’s Civil-Security Parley For Military, UN Humanitarian Workers

Zulum Hosts FG’s Civil-Security Parley For Military, UN Humanitarian Workers

BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday hosted in Maiduguri, the presidential opening of a 3-Day international workshop on civil security cooperation in humanitarian interventions in the northeast of Nigeria. The workshop, organized by the federal government, had in attendance the minister of defense, retired General Bashir Magashi who represented President Muhammadu Buhari while ministers of ... Read More »

BOKO HARAM: ZULUM INSISTS ON COORDINATION OF INGOs’ ACTIVITIES IN BORNO

BOKO HARAM: ZULUM INSISTS ON COORDINATION OF INGOs’ ACTIVITIES IN BORNO

BY INUSA NDAHI,  MAIDUGURI Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has insisted that his administration must monitor and coordinate all activities of International Non- Governmental Organizations (INGOs) and other humanitarian partners operating in the state. The governor made his position known on Wednesday at the opening of a 3-Day International workshop on Civil-Security Cooperation in Humanitarian interventions in the ... Read More »

Court Of Appeal Sacks Ekiti APC Senator

Court Of Appeal Sacks Ekiti APC Senator

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal on Wednesday nullified the election of Senator Dayo Adeyeye. Adeyeye, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is chairman of the Senate committee on Media and Publicity. The Court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Senator (Mrs) Biodun Olujimi and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party as winner ... Read More »

Banditry: Katsina deploys tracking machine to curtail attacks

Banditry: Katsina deploys tracking machine to curtail attacks

Katsina State Government has announced the deployment of newly acquired sophisticated tracking machine manned by the Directorate of the State Security Services, DSS, to track the movements of bandits and monitor their procurement of arms and ammunition in other to curtail attacks in the state Secretary to the Government of the State and chairman of the security committee, Dr Mustapha ... Read More »

Boko Haram elements left in only three locations– Ndume

Boko Haram elements left in only three locations– Ndume

Chairman Senate Committee on Army Ali Ndume has said that the Boko elements in the northeast are only left in three locations. Ndume, who spoke at the one- day Northeast Security Summit convened by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu Abubakar, disclosed that the insurgents are hibernating in the Lake Chad fringes, the Mandara Mountains and the Sambisa Forests. ... Read More »

PDP preparing money to buy votes, says Lyon

PDP preparing money to buy votes, says Lyon

The candidate, whose campaign train was received by mammoth crowd at Igbogene, Agudama, Opolo, St Peters Down Yenegoa and Amarata, said the PDP’s reign was over in the state and no amount of money would save the party from defeat. Addressing the crowd at Agudama-Epie Ward 4, Lyon asked the people to remain focused in their decision to vote for ... Read More »

Ghanaian traders lock up shops belonging to Nigerians, other foreigners

Ghanaian traders lock up shops belonging to Nigerians, other foreigners

Ghanaian traders at Opera Square in Accra on Tuesday locked up shops belonging to foreign nationals involved in retail business. Most of the shops are believed to belong to Nigerians. Premium Times learnt this is the third time such an incident is happening at the same venue; the most recent was in July this year. It is unclear the number ... Read More »

Maina not a responsible citizen, EFCC tells court

Maina not a responsible citizen, EFCC tells court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has claimed the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is not a responsible citizen but a fugitive of law. The EFCC accused him of stealing allegedly about N3billion pensioners’ fund in what it described as an elaborate grand scam. The EFCC said Maina is a citizen of the United States ... Read More »

Boko Haram: IGP, Northeast Governors, military, elders brainstorm in Maiduguri

Boko Haram: IGP, Northeast Governors, military, elders brainstorm in Maiduguri

BY INUSA NDAHI,  MAIDUGURI   The inspector general of police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe‎ state, national assembly members, military and para-military commanders, police commissioners, traditional rulers, elders, academics and civil societies from all the states, on Tuesday met in Maiduguri for a security summit organized by the IGP and hosted by Governor ... Read More »

Kidnapping is now a business in Nigeria-Wike

Kidnapping is now a business in Nigeria-Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that the commercialisation of kidnapping has made it  practically impossible to end the menace in the country. Wike, who made this remark  during a courtesy visit by the Rotary International District 9141, to the Government House in Port Harcourt, explained that since kidnapping had become business, it could only be reduced to the ... Read More »

MEDICAL EXPERT ADVOCATES SEXUAL HEALTH TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS

MEDICAL EXPERT ADVOCATES SEXUAL HEALTH TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS

BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI   The Principal Medical Officer, (PMO), Federal University of Technology Minna, Dr Salami Tijani has advocated that adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health practices must be supported by all people in the society irrespective of traditional, religious or cultural interference.   He said, doing so would provide access to comprehensive sexuality education, services to prevent, diagnose and ... Read More »