Friday , 6 May 2016

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Buhari’s Visit To Katsina Not Political, Accord Him Respect, Masari Urges Residents

Aminu Masari

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State said on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state on Monday, May 9, is not for political reasons, but to promote the state’s economic potentials. At a press conference in Katsina on the forthcoming Katsina State Economic and Investment Summit, Mr. Masari …

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FG Open To Dialogue, Amnesty Boss Tells Aggrieved Militants


The federal government has condemned in strong terms the attack on Chevron Valve Platform in Warri South-West Local government area of Delta state by militants, saying the act is an “avoidable self-inflicted agony”. A group known as the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) claimed responsibility for the attack just as it …

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Militant Group Blow Up Pipelines Supplying Warri, Kaduna Refineries Crude Oil

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The Federal Government’s effort to increase the country’s local crude oil refining capacity suffered a setback on Friday as the newly formed Niger Delta militia group, the Niger Delta Avengers, blew up pipelines supplying the Warri and Kaduna refineries. The latest attack came about 24 hours after the militant group …

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Kidnapping-For-Ransom Started From N/Delta, Abia Govt Replies Akpabio


The Abia State Government has given the Senate Minority Leader and ex-Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, knocks over a comment credited to him that Abia pioneered kidnapping for ransom business in the country. The government said that Akpabio’s claim was “erroneous and misleading”. The senator was said to …

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Boko Haram: U.S. Seeks To Approve Sale Of 12 Attack Aircraft To Nigeria

Super Tucano Aircraft

The U.S. administration is seeking to approve a sale of as many as 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria to aid its battle against the extremist group Boko Haram, U.S. officials said. The officials said while speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration’s plans in …

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FG Spends N165b Monthly On Salary, Pensions – Adeosun


The Federal Government spends at least N165 billion every month on salaries and pensions of federal civil servants, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed on Thursday. Mrs. Adeosun, however, said the government is working very hard to reduce the bill through the ongoing implementation of the Integrated Payroll …

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Why Recent Elections Have Been Inconclusive – INEC Chair


Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday explained why many elections conducted by the commission since he came on board are inconclusive. He attributed the development to the fact that elections are getting better and votes are being made to count. Mr. Yakubu added that …

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Obasanjo To Yoruba Monarchs: Avoid Superiority Contests


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described as unnecessary, the superiority tussle among Yoruba monarchs, saying the trend is a distraction that could lead to setbacks. Rather than engaging in such contests, Mr. Obasanjo advised the traditional rulers to make good governance and welfare for their subjects the foundation of their …

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Stop Criminalization Of “Innocent” Fulani Herdsmen – Sarkin Fulani Lagos


The leader and chairman, Association of Fulani Chiefs of south west of Nigeria, Alhaji Muhammed Bambado, has cautioned against labelling all criminal-minded persons as Fulani herdsmen. He made the call against the backdrop of allegations that armed Fulani herdsmen were behind massacres in some communities across the country. ‎Bambado, who …

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Nigerian Army Inaugurates Special Court Martial To Try Two Major-Generals

Court Martial

The Nigerian Army on Thursday inaugurated a Special Court Martial to try two of its officers for undisclosed offences. The Judge Advocate, Ibrahim Musa, a colonel, administered the oath on the president of the Special Court Martial, James Gbum, an Air Vice-Marshal, and three others. Mr. Musa said the purpose …

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NASS Submits 2016 Budget To The Presidency

Buhari-Budget Presentation

The corrected version of the 2016 budget was, yesterday, handed over to the Presidency through the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters Senate (Senator), Ita Enang. The final conclusion and onward transmission of the corrected version of the budget, which had suffered delay, was disclosed by the …

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Militants Blow Up Offshore Facility Belonging To Chevron


The Nigerian Navy said Thursday that militants attacked an offshore facility belonging to multinational petroleum company Chevron, the latest in a spate of attacks in the petroleum-rich Niger Delta region. Nigeria navy spokesman Chris Ezekobe told VOA that the attackers, using dynamite, blew up the facility that collected oil and …

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The Process Of Recovering Stolen Funds Becoming Tedious – Buhari

Buhari thinking

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Abuja, said the process of recovering stolen funds had become tedious. The President made the statement while receiving the Executive Secretary of United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, and stressed that the process had “become tedious” to the consternation of Nigerians. “We …

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There Are No Quick Solutions To Nigeria’s Problems – Adeosun


Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said, yesterday, that there were no quick solutions to Nigeria’s problems. Adeosun, who spoke on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise, in Lagos, was reacting to assertions by the former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, that President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic policies were archaic. Ezekwesili had, as a …

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NBS Has Confirmed There Is Positive Economic Turnaround In Osun – Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Thursday said that periodic statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have continued to establish the positive economic turnaround the state has witnessed under his administration. According to him, those who criticize his government need to study critically, some of the statistics released …

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Farmers Are The Most Important People In Nigeria Today – Osinbajo

Planting Rice Seedlings

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said that the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency has a clear idea on how to execute its agricultural policy to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, and diversify the economy in the process. Speaking today at a meeting in his office with a delegation of the Rice …

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Buhari’s Introduction Of TSA In Aviation Sector Has Reduced Fraud, Says Union

Muhammadu Buhari

The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) on Thursday commended the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for implementing the Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the aviation sector. NATCA’s president, Mr Victor Eyaru, gave the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Eyaru said the introduction of …

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I Caught My Wife Red-Handed In The Act With Supposed Brother, Husband Tells Courtrt


A 40-year-old man, Mr. Sunday Oladipupo, has pleaded with an Orile Agege Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve his marriage with his wife, Bukola, over alleged adulterous behaviour. “I caught my wife in bed with her supposed brother, I want a divorce”, Oladipupo, a driver, told the court on Thursday. …

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Union Hails El-Rufai Over N29.1m Compensation To Families Of Zaria Bomb Blast Victims


The National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, has hailed Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai for paying N29.1 million as compensation to the families of workers killed in a bomb blast in Zaria nine months ago. Twenty workers died in the incident on July …

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Ex-Minister Recounts Ordeal In Kidnappers’ Den, Says “I Didn’t Eat Food Throughout”


A former Minister of State for Education, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, who was abducted last Wednesday, has described her seven days ordeal in the kidnappers’ den as “terrible and dehumanising”. Anisulowo, who was abducted on the Sawonjo-Iganokoto road in Yewa-South Council Area of the state, arrived at Government House at Isale-Igbehin …

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