Sunday , 26 June 2016

Metro News

Kogi Denies Spending N750m On Gov. Bello’s Surprise Birthday Party

Yahaya Bello

The Kogi State Government has denied spending N750 million on Governor Yahaya Bello’s birthday last weekend. Gov. Bello clocked 41 on Saturday and his close aides threw him a surprise birthday to mark the occasion. However, organised labour in a statement by its Chairman, Comrade Onuh Edoka, and other principal …

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Soldier Shoots Policeman In Borno As They Clash Over Relief Material In Borno


A soldier allegedly shot a police officer in the foot near the Borno State Deputy Governor’s office, venue of the distribution of relief materials for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Maiduguri. “In the morning hours of today (yesterday), there was an unfortunate fracas between a soldier and a policeman around …

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Reps Summon Agric Minister Over GMOs



Nigerians have raised concerns over the importation of genetically modified foods into the country. In response to this, lawmakers in the House of Representatives have summoned the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Audu Ogbeh over the issuance of permits to a company, Monsanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited, to introduce some of the …

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NHRC Summons Fashola Over Abandoned Road


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has summoned the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) over the alleged abandonment of a road in Benue State. He is to appear before the commission on June 29 to explain why the federal government allegedly abandoned the Makurdi-Gboko Federal …

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Plateau State Geographical Information System Goes Live

PLAGIS Sign Post

Plateau State Geographical Information System (PLAGIS) has gone live and issued new land titles with Thomson Reuters Aumentum, bringing improved land tenure to more than three million Nigerians, Thomson Reuters, in partnership with Teqbridge Limited of Nigeria, have announced. “By using Thomson Reuters Aumentum, the Plateau State government will improve …

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Bill To Protect Internet Users Against Hate Speech Passes First Reading

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed for first reading a Bill for an Act to Provide for the Protection of Human Rights online. The bill which was sponsored by Rep. Chukwuemeka Ujam (PDP-Enugu) is titled “Digital Rights and Freedom Bill”. Presenting the bill, Ujam said that it sought to …

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Nigerian Army, Police To Investigate Shootout By Officers Over Rice In Borno


The Nigerian Army and the Police have issued a joint statement condemning the shootout by their personnel in the Borno State Government House on Thursday during a feud over distribution of rice by the government to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs. We earlier reported here that the shootout occurred when policemen …

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NLC To FG: Refund Money Used By States To Maintain Federal Roads


The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government to refund money spent by state governments on maintenance of federal roads in the states. The NLC said this would enable the states to settle outstanding workers’ salaries and allowances. At least 27 out of the …

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Troops Strike Boko Haram Enclaves In Borno; Arrest 2 Suspects


A joint patrol team of Sector 1 of 27 Task Force Brigade and Army Headquarters Strike Group has stormed some villages in Borno State and cleared Boko Haram terrorists’ enclaves. The villages include Buhari, Matari and Kaidiri, located some kilometres to Damasak, Borno State. According to the Acting Director Army …

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Police Promotes 1,201 Officers In Jigawa


The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Jigawa, Mr. Mohammed Mustapha said 1,201 officers and men of the command had been promoted to various ranks. Mustapha disclosed this on Thursday while decorating the newly promoted officers in Dutse. According to him, 11 Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) were promoted to Superintendents …

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Soldiers, Policemen Exchange Gunfire In Borno Government House


There was palpable tension in the air on Thursday at the Borno State Government House, Maiduguri, when policemen exchanged gunfire with a team of soldiers. The exchange of ‘friendly fire’ between the security agencies took place when soldiers in a truck allegedly attempted to forcefully get a share of the …

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Borno: 24,000 IDPs In Dire Health Situation In Bama – MSF


International medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Wednesday, said a catastrophic humanitarian emergency is currently unfolding in a camp for internally displaced people in Borno State. An MSF medical team was able to access the town of Bama for the first time on June 21. The team …

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Benue To Outlaw Open Grazing


Benue State Government plans to ban open grazing of cattle in the state in order to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers which have led to several deaths this year. Governor Samuel Ortom told the people of Sankera in the Benue North East senatorial district at the ongoing state-wide town …

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Reps To Investigate Treasury Single Account


The House of Representatives plans to investigate the Treasury Single Account (TSA). The lawmakers made the decision on Wednesday following a motion moved by member representing from Adamawa State, Honourable Adamu Kamala, at the floor of the lower chamber. The motion drew attention to the lack of a clear operational …

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Army Denies Coup Plot, Reaffirms Unalloyed Loyalty To Buhari

Tukur Buratai

The Nigerian Army has dismissed as false, claims by the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) that some senior officers were plotting to overthrow the government of the day. The JNDLF, a consolidated group of militants, had in a statement yesterday alerted President Muhammadu Buhari to an alleged coup plot …

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FG, States, LGAs Shared N305bn In May

Kemi Adeosun

The revenue accruing to the federal, states and local governments for sharing in the month of May, saw an increase by N23.628 bn. The amount shared among the three tiers of government on Wednesday was N305.128bn as against the N281.500bn shared in April. Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who addressed …

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Militancy: DHQ Scraps Niger Delta ‘Operation Pulo Shield’


The Nigerian Defense Headquarters has scrapped its joint military task force in the restive Niger Delta codenamed “Operation Pulo Shield” and replaced it with “Operation Delta Safe”. A statement on Wednesday from the Director, Defense Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said the decision is in line with initiative to restructure …

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Govs Have Rendered LGAs Impotent – Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has carpeted state governors in the country for rendering the local government areas “impotent” and almost “bastardised” following what he termed the massive encroachment into the affairs of the LGAs by the governors. Mr. Obasanjo pointed out that the “glaring injustice and overbearing influence of the …

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Health Workers’ Warning Strike Illegal, Says Minister

Chris Ngige

The warning strike called by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) yesterday has been described as illegal by the Federal Government. The health workers commenced a seven-day warning strike at the expiration of the 14 days ultimatum given to the Federal Government to meet its demands, which issuance of the …

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Controversial Grazing Reserves Bill Lands In Senate, Scales First Reading

herdsmen cowsss

The controversial National Grazing Reserve Agency Bill pending in the House of Representatives, has landed in the Senate. The bill was introduced in the upper legislative chamber on Wednesday alongside another controversial bill – the National Ranches Commission Bill. Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso (APC/Kano Central) and others are listed as sponsors …

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