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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 »

Lawan says NASS will demand accountability in power sector

Lawan says NASS will demand accountability in power sector

President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan has said that the National Assembly will insist on accountability and transparency in the power sector, particularly in application of funds proposed for it in 2020 budget. Lawan stated this on Monday when the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Chiedu Ugbo, led a delegation on a visit to the National Assembly, ... Read More »

Katsina Assembly Suspends Confirmation of  Commissioner Nominees

Katsina Assembly Suspends Confirmation of Commissioner Nominees

The Katsina State House of Assembly has suspended the confirmation of the 17 commissioner nominees indefinitely. The suspension followed a motion moved by the House Leader and member representing Rimi Constituency, Abubakar Suleiman Abukur, during Monday’s plenary. According to the motion which was seconded by his Deputy Ibrahim Dikko, the suspension is necessary due to some “technical issues” which the ... Read More »

Abiodun inaugurates first commission, charges members on fairness

Abiodun inaugurates first commission, charges members on fairness

Governor  Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State on  Monday inaugurated the first commission in his administration’s five month history and urged the commissioners, newly sworn in members of the state’s Judicial Service Commission, to shun partisanship, be firm and fair at all times in the discharge of their duties. Prince Dapo Abiodun reminded the members of the Commission that their role ... Read More »

President Buhari’s active diplomacy is a big plus, not a problem

President Buhari’s active diplomacy is a big plus, not a problem

By Garba Shehu Roughly three years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari visited the Kingdom of Morocco. He asked King Mohammed VI to give Nigeria from their rich phosphate mineral so that fertilizer can be produced here at home for the teeming farming population. Agreement reached, President Buhari set up a Presidential Fertiliser Initiative in his office. Three years down the road, ... Read More »

Guber polls: PDP raises eyebrows over deployment of extra RECs, others to Kogi, Bayelsa

Guber polls: PDP raises eyebrows over deployment of extra RECs, others to Kogi, Bayelsa

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  has raised eyebrows over the deployment of extra national commissioners as well as Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), from other states, to Kogi and Bayelsa for the November 16 governorship elections in the two states. Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the party in a press statement on Monday said: “It is instructive to let the ... Read More »

From London, Buhari assents to Bill amending Deep Offshore Act

From London, Buhari assents to Bill amending Deep Offshore Act

President Buhari on Monday took time off his two-week private visit to the UK to assent to the Bill amending the Deep Offshore ( and Inland Basin Production sharing contract) Act. By his side while assenting to the bill was his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari. Commenting on the bill, the President on his verified social media handles said ... Read More »

Breaking: APC suffers big setback as Court of Appeal sacks Reps Majority Leader

Breaking: APC suffers big setback as Court of Appeal sacks Reps Majority Leader

The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna on Monday sacked a member representing Tudunwada/Doguwa Federal Constituency, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Doguwa, who is the Majority Leader of the House, is the third ranking member of the House after Speaker and Deputy Speaker. The election petition tribunal sitting in Kano,had on September 5, ... Read More »

Senator got 300 NDDC projects, says interim management

Senator got 300 NDDC projects, says interim management

A SERVING Senator is single-handedly handling about 300 contracts for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), its interim management committee said on Sunday. NDDC Acting Executive Director of Projects, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, said 120 of the contracts have been fully paid for. He, however, did not say if the contracts were executed. He also did not name the Senator. Ojougboh ... Read More »

Eight held as army foils Boko Haram bid to attack Lagos

Eight held as army foils Boko Haram bid to attack Lagos

EIGHT Boko Haram suspects arrested in connection with plans to attack facilities in Lagos are being held by the military, the army said at the weekend. The Nation reports  that the insurgents made attempts about two weeks ago to attack one of the universities in the state, but operatives of the 81 Division beat them to their game. Four persons ... Read More »

Obono-Obla fired ‘for going beyond brief

Obono-Obla fired ‘for going beyond brief

FORMER Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SIPRPP) Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla was suspended because he was found to have gone beyond his mandate, it was learnt at the weekend. Besides, other members of the panel accused him of misconduct. Obono-Obla was nailed, following a recommendation by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice ... Read More »