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Politics / Kano Assembly Passes Bill To Create Second-class Emirates by politicoNG: 1:58pm
The Kano State House of Assembly has passed the Kano State Emirates Council Establishment Bill 2024 after the bill scaled third reading on Tuesday.

The bill, sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly and member representing Rimin Gado/Tofa state constituency, Muhammad Bello Bututu, provides for the establishment of Kano as first class emirate and other second class emirates of Rano, Gaya and Karaye.

Rano Emirate consists of Rano, Bunkure and Kibiya local government areas, Gaya Emirate has Gaya, Albasu and Ajingi LGAs While Karaye Emirates will consist of Karaye and Rogo LGAs.

Emirs of the three second class emirates would be answerable to the the Emir of Kano and shall have powers to advise him on any matter relating to maintenance of public order, boundary dispute or dispute between two or more people within their areas of jurisdiction.

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Politics / PDP Clears All 21 Chairmanship Seats In Adamawa LGA Election by politicoNG: 5:54pm On Jul 14
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the chairmanship positions in all the 21 local government areas of Adamawa.

Briefing Journalists at its head office, Chairman of Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ASIEC) Alhaji Mohammed Umar said election was conducted in all the 226 wards and 4104 polling units across the state.

“As at this afternoon 3:30 pm we have received reports from all the polling units and as it stands Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won all the chairmanship positions in the 21 local government areas of the state.

The chairman also stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 225 out of 226 wards in the state while New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Councilorship candidate in Demsa ward, Demsa local government area.

All the winners will be issued certificates of returns tomorrow Monday, the chairman said.

It would recalled that 12 of the 19 political parties took part in the election conducted yesterday amidst serious voter apathy in most units across the state.

All Progressive Congress (APC), Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Labour Party ( LP) had announced withdrawal from the contest siting the composition of members of Adamawa state Independent Electoral Commission (ASIEC) as belonging to the ruling PDP in the state.


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Politics / Tinubu Appoints Idris Ajimobi As SSA On Livestock Development by politicoNG: 8:57pm On Jul 13
Idris, son of the late ex-Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi is also son in-law to the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Ganduje



President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr. Idris Ajimobi as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Livestock Development (Office of the President).

The appointment follows the recent inauguration of the Presidential Committee on Implementation of Livestock Reforms and the establishment of a new Ministry of Livestock Development.

The President seeks to harness and develop Nigeria's agricultural potential, including the animal husbandry ecosystem, to spur sustainable economic growth, create industries and jobs, and eradicate violent conflicts between farmers and herders over time.

The President expects efficient coordination and liaison on matters relating to this critical sector.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

July 13, 2024

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Properties / Four Persons Rescued In Kubwa Building Collapse (disturbing Pix) by politicoNG: 2:17pm On Jul 13
Kubwa building collapse response update

Four persons have been rescued from the building that collapsed this morning in Kubwa, Abuja. One of Two that were taken to hospital has been treated of minor injuries and discharged.

The rescue operation is about to be concluded after which the site will be secured and handed over to appropriate authorities.
The rescue team comprised of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), FCT Emergency Management Department, Fire Service, Nigerian Police,NSCDC etc

NEMA Nigeria

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Politics / Onanuga To Obi: You Only Post Unverified News, Why're You Silent On LG Autonomy by politicoNG: 8:53pm On Jul 12
Why is Peter Obi silent?

More than 36 hours after the Supreme Court gave a landmark ruling, granting financial autonomy to Nigeria's 774 local councils, Mr. Peter Obi, the defeated Labour Party candidate, has yet to utter a word on the epochal judgment.

His silence confirms the belief that he is always quick to post unverified news about the Tinubu administration or our country. A good opposition statesman must be candid enough to applaud his political opponent when he has done some great deed.

The Tinubu administration has succeeded in giving life back to our emasculated councils, using the instrumentality of the law. Even Atiku Abubakar has grudgingly admitted this. But Peter has been silent. He should break his silence and acknowledge that President Tinubu is making a great Nigeria possible.

Bayo Onanuga

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Education / 22 Confirmed Dead, 134 Hospitalized In Jos School Building Collapse by politicoNG: 8:09pm On Jul 12
22 Dead, 134 hospitalized in Jos School Building Collapse. 154 students and Teachers affected.

Nifemi Oguntoye


Politics / Minimum Wage: Tinubu Meeting With Labour Leaders by politicoNG: 3:30pm On Jul 11
President Bola Tinubu is currently engaged in a closed-door meeting with the leadership of organised labour at the State House, Abuja.

The discussion is expected to focus on the contentious issue of the new national minimum wage.

The labour delegation, comprising representatives from the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, arrived at the State House around 2 pm.

The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and TUC President, Festus Osifo, led their respective teams to the crucial talks.

This meeting follows recent developments where the Tripartite Committee on the new national minimum wage submitted two conflicting figures to the President.

The organised private sector and government team proposed N62,000, while labour unions are demanding N250,000.


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Politics / We Are Preparing 2025 Budget, Amaewhule & Others Are Gone - Fubara by politicoNG: 7:16pm On Jul 10


•Says Amaewhule, 24 Others' Seats Were Declared Vacant On Dec 13

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has said that his administration has started the process of preparing the 2025 budget, just as he insisted that the legislative seats of Martin Amaewhule and his co-travellers that were declared vacant on December 13, 2023, will remain so.

The Governor stated that they are truly gone and will eventually return home because they desired it to be so when they defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the platform on which they won their election, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), voluntarily.

Governor Fubara spoke when he received on solidarity visit the leadership structure, critical stakeholders, opinion leaders, women and youths of Etche and Omuma Local Government Areas led by Ogbakor Etche, the apex socio-cultural organisation of Etche Ethnic Nationality Worldwide, at Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

The Governor, who dismissed their recent ranting as noise-making from delusional folks, urged the 25 former lawmakers to wake up from their slumber to see the ship of governance in the State sailing on smoothly.

Governor Fubara also said that his administration has started preparing details of the 2025 Appropriation Bill, with priority placed on education, healthcare and agriculture.

He said, "Let me assure you that agriculture is an area that we have promised the very special and peace-loving people of Rivers State that our 2025 budget, which we have already started preparing, will address. Don't bother about those people that are delusional. They think we are still sleeping. Let me tell you people so that they can hear wherever they are.

"I wanted to help them, sincerely because I know them. And I have said it before, these are people that I have helped. I paid their children's school fees. I paid their house rents. So, I wanted to help them.

Before I started working here I was even a Shell Managerz so I wasn't a beggar. i had enough that I could eat and then send to people.

"We all knew what happened when they crossed (defected), and how did they cross? Because of our God, for them to make that mistake, they crossed! They are gone, and they are gone. Now, let me tell you: when I wanted to help them, I accepted to help them because we are all one. We disagree to agree as it is said."

Governor Fubara sated: "But, they thought they are smart. What is holding them is the declaration of their seats vacant that was done on December 13, 2023. That is what is holding them. We are not doing any budget to nullify that decision. It is what will send them to their villages.

"For me, as I am talking to you, I have started preparing my budget for 2025, which I am going to present very soon. And, in that budget, my key areas will be education, healthcare and agriculture."

When they come to the media, they dance when they go behind they cry, it's the truth. We dont know how to dance, we say it the way it is and stand tall wherever we go to.

Governor Fubara explained that the three priority areas that the 2025 budget will focus on will ensure that even if more roads will be constructed, emphasis will be placed on providing quality healthcare services to keep the people healthy.

"Our children need to go to quality schools. Even if they can't go to private schools, let them go to the public ones that have standard. We need to go to good health facilities owned by government and get standard healthcare services.

"Even if we cannot afford those private hospitals, when you go to the public ones, you can get the same services with qualified professionals. That is our thinking.

"And when we get to the issue of agriculture, it will address the issue of unemployment. When we start engaging our youths, they wouldn't have time to be involved in crime. So, our thinking is to secure and protect our State," he added.

Governor Fubara reiterated that his administration is not fighting anybody, and will continue to show appreciation to those who have contributed to the good fortunes that he has received in life.

The Governor, however, clarified that in being loyal, it does not mean losing one's liberty, sense of discretion, and what is right, which is why he will not be a Governor forced on his knees to stair the affairs of the State.

He added, "I want to assure you one thing: we are not fighting anybody. We appreciate what God has used people to also do in our lives. But, we are not going to rule (govern) this State on our bent knees. We will rule standing this way I am standing.

"If it is only being on our knees to rule that is the way that they will see us as being loyal, then, I will pack my few things that I have here, and go and relax in my house comfortably because it will be a disaster, not just to me but to everyone in thd State and even my own generation.

"So, I will continue to stand tall and stand on the side of truth. So, let me thank the President General (of Ogbakor Etche) for bringing your people, the great people of Etche and Omuma together to come and pay us a solidarity visit.

"We want to assure you that we recognize all ethnic groups, and we are not here because of any particular group. We are here and standing for Rivers State. Our greatest support has come, not from my own people (Opobo), but from all of you."

Governor Fubara urged the people of Etche Nation to sustain their support for his administration because its vision is clear and encompassing to advance the well-being of all Rivers people.

The Governor said, as stated in the national anthem, he is determined to establish a climate (State) where every man should be free of oppression, and freely pursue their aspirations.

He emphasised: "We are asking for only one thing from you: Support us because our interest is very clear and straight. We mean well for our people. We want everyone to be free. We want to lead with the fear of God. We want you to express yourselves without fear.

"So, I want to assure you that we are on the right track. With your support, we are going to get there. Don't allow anybody deceive you. They can go to the media and dance; when they go behind, they cry. It is the truth. We don't know how to dance but we say it the way it is, and stand tall anywhere we go."

Governor Fubara, in responding to the requests of the people, said his administration is working with the Nigeria Police in finding lasting solutions to the hydra-headed issue of herdsmen attacks on farmlands and farmers in the area while urging them to continue to provide vital information of strange people and their operations to the relevant authorities.

The Governor also promised to address the issue of illegal dredging activities in the area, and undertake reconstruction work on priority areas, including roads, schools and health facilities, just as he announced the donation of N50million to Ogbakor Etche Worldwide for the smooth running of the organisation.

In his speech, Oyeisi Etche, His Eminence, Eze Emmanuel Opurum, said Etche and Omuma people will continue to give full support to Governor Fubara and ensure that his administration succeeds.

Eze Opurum, who also said that the political crisis in Rivers State is an ill wind that will do no good to anybody, called on governors of the 36 States of the Federation to quickly summon a meeting to collectively find a lasting solution to the crisis, which should be communicated to President Bola Tinubu and eventually enforced.

On his part, the President General of Ogbakor Etche Worldwide, Sir Charles Nwonuala, said the Etche people, who share in the travails, joy and the many victories of Governor Fubara, came to pledge their unalloyed support, confidence and faith in him and his administration.

Sir Nwonuala also presented a list of roads, schools and other development needs plaguing them as a people, while insisting that they endorse and support the good governance provided by the Governor in the State.

In his speech, Head of Rivers State Civil Service, Dr George Nwaeke, said the Oyeisi Etche, the entire leadership structure plus 70 academic professors from Etche Nation, have come together with women and youths to express solidarity to Governor Fubara to enable his administration succeed.

Dr Nwaeke emphasised that they are particularly happy to identify with the administration because they rank among first who felt liberated when the administration of Governor Fubara started giving his all-inclusive leadership approach and love for peace.

Nelson Chukwudi
Chief Press Secretary to the Rivers State Governor
Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

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Politics / Pro-Fubara Assembly Screens, Confirms Frank-Fubara As Commissioner-nominee by politicoNG: 1:33pm On Jul 08
The Rivers State House of Assembly screens & confirms Barr. Emmanuel Frank-Fubara as Commissioner-designate.

Mr. Emmanuel is a legal luminary who hails from Abonnema in Akuku-Toru LGA.

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Politics / Ijele Speaks In More Trouble, To Appear In Court For Defaming Rev Onukaogu by politicoNG: 9:16am On Jul 07
Controversial blogger Ijele, Mr Chizorom Harrison Ofoegbu, a blogger and content creator, who is also known as ‘Ijele Speaks’ is in a fresh round of trouble.

Ofoegbu, it would be recalled, was granted bail several weeks ago after he was charged to court for an alleged threat to life by the Spiritual Director of Zion Prayer Movement, Evangelist Ebuka Obi.

When the matter came up in court on Friday, Ofoegbu was absent and the matter could not go on.

However, he is embroiled in another battle as he is billed to appear in an Awka High Court in Anambra State for defamation and cybercrime against the founder of Living Christ Mission, Rev. Professor Victor Onukaogu, popularly called Daddy Hezekiah.

The blogger is alleged to have defamed the character and integrity of Hezekiah by releasing a video in which he accused the church leader of sexually molesting and abusing young girls in his church.

“This man is evil. He is one of the bunch of criminals that destroyed Igbo land”, he stated in the video, where he also described the recent celebration of the 40th anniversary of Living Christ Mission as “40 years of this criminal molesting people’s children”.

Also, Pastor Paul Enenche of Dunamis International Church has a petition against Ijele pending with the National Cybercrime Centre over an alleged threat to kill the pastor and his family.

Ijele had also released videos in which he threatened to eliminate prominent church leaders including Enoch Adeboye, David Oyedepo, Johnson Suleman and Jeremiah Fufeyin.

He is also known to have courted the ire of members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in another video in which he said he castigated the group’s leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and said he should be left to die in detention.



Sports / Rivers United Appoint Finidi George As Technical Manager by politicoNG: 7:45pm On Jul 03

Rivers United Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Finidi George as our new Technical Manager.

Finidi brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our team, having had a distinguished playing career spanning over fifteen years. His impressive credentials include winning the Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in 1994, the UEFA Champions League with Ajax in 1995, and the Nigeria Premier Football League with Enyimba International FC in 2023.

As a coach, Finidi has demonstrated his ability to lead teams to success, and we are confident that he will bring his expertise and passion to our club. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to a successful tenure under his leadership.

Dr. Okey Kpalukwu, General Manager of Rivers United FC, welcomed Finidi George, stating: "We are delighted to have Finidi George join our team. His appointment marks a new chapter in our club's history, and we are committed to working together to achieve success."

Finidi George expressed his gratitude to the club, saying: "I am honored to have this opportunity, and I thank the Sports Commissioner, the General Manager, and the supporters for their confidence in me. I am committed to working hard and making the team win."

Please join us in welcoming Finidi George to Rivers United FC. We look forward to a successful season ahead.

Official Unveiling: Thursday, July 4, 2pm at Sharks Stadium

Charles Mayuku
Media Officer
Rivers United FC
3rd July, 2024

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Politics / Wike's Outfit This Morning (photos) by politicoNG: 2:56pm On Jul 01
See Nyesom Wike's outfit this morning

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Travel / Nigerian Airforce Reacts To Crashed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle In Kaduna by politicoNG: 12:32pm On Jul 01

Contrary to reports on social media as well as on a handful of traditional media outlets that a NAF helicopter had crashed in Kaduna earlier today, 1 July 2024, be informed that no helicopter crash occurred. Instead, a NAF Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) experienced a mishap after take-off for a mission, at a location near Rumji Village and about 15 Km from Base. Since it is an unmanned vehicle, there were no casualties on board or on ground. Preliminary investigation has since commenced to ascertain what may have caused the mishap. Nigerians can be rest assured that this minor setback will not, in anyway, impinge on all ongoing operations.

It should also be pointed out that the propensity to always rush to press in the name of ‘breaking news’ without a hold of the complete facts should be discouraged in its entirety. While the news of the crash filtered in, some outlets had misinformed Nigerians that a helicopter had crashed without the decency to clarify from the NAF. This attitude should be discouraged as it negates the principle of developmental journalism, balanced reporting and fairness. Members of the media are again advised to always seek clarification from authorized military outlets before rushing to ‘break’ the news.

Edward Gabkwet
Air Vice Marshal
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force

1 July 2024


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Travel / NAF Helicopter Crashes In Kaduna, Pilot Survives by politicoNG: 9:45am On Jul 01
A helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has reportedly crashed on Monday morning in Tami village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Locals said the incident happened at about 5 a m when they heard a loud sound from the crash site, which made them rushed to the scene where they saw the pilot emerging from the wreckage.

“A team of military officers from the Nigerian Air Force swiftly arrived at the scene to secure the area and conduct an initial investigation.”

“They cordoned off the crash site to prevent unauthorized access and to ensure the safety of the villagers. The officers also began preliminary assessments to determine the cause of the crash, which remains unknown at this time,”
said a local.

The Nigerian Air Force was yet to release an official statement regarding the incident, as at time of this report.

Politics / 'When Your Tenure Expires, you go': Southern Govs Oppose Extension 4 LG Chairmen by politicoNG: 9:06pm On Jun 25

Governors of the southern region of the country have thrown their weight behind Gov Siminalayi Fubara's position on the tenure of local government chairmen in Rivers State.

Speaking on the political upheaval in Rivers State based on the tenure of local government chairmen, the chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, said it was unconstitutional for anybody to extend the tenure of constitutionally elected public servants.

He argued that the law is very clear on the tenure of elected officials, and when the tenure expires, there is no need to extend it by whatever means.

Speaking against the backdrop of the decision of the Rivers State House of Assembly to extend the tenure of the local government chairmen in the state, but which was refused by Governor Fubara, who then went ahead to appoint caretaker chairmen, Abiodun in an interview with a national television said it would be a dangerous precedent to extend the tenure of local government chairman.

Speaking on behalf of other Governors from the region, Abiodun said if tenure extension is allowed, then it will become a reference point in the future and such is capable of truncating democracy in Nigeria.

He said: “On local government administration, it is a constitutional issue that will be put to rest at a point in time.

“When your tenure has expired, it stands to reason that your tenure has expired.

“It is not up to the governor of that state or anybody else to extend the tenure of the local government chairmen.

“The collective position of the governors is that it would be a dangerous precedent and an abuse of the democratic ethos for the tenure of an elected local government chairman to expire and for anyone to imagine that their tenure can be extended by one day.

“I think that puts that matter to rest. If that is not the case, that becomes a precedent, a reference point, and the thing is that somebody will ask for a tenure extension.

“Our democracy has evolved and we should not do anything to truncate the process.”

Abiodun, who revealed that the forum also agreed on a modal transport master plan for the region as part of infrastructural development, noted that the governors were delighted with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the award of the coastal road project.

“We spoke about infrastructure. For us to be regionally integrated, we must have the infrastructure for investment facilitation, promotion, for enhancing movement of goods and services.

“On that note, we were unanimously appreciating President Tinubu for the construction of the coastal road.

“This road connects almost all southern states. It is a key enabler of economic development like no other. It will also create a lot of job opportunities.

“We also spoke of the need for the Federal Government to transfer some of the Trunk A roads to the states if a state government is prepared to take on such roads.

“We also agreed to have a modal transport master plan that allows us to connect rail, water and road transportation because we realised that transportation is key to enabling investment promotion, facilitation and the general wellbeing of our people.”


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Politics / 'The Sultan Is An Institution, He Should Be Jealously Guarded' - VP Shettima by politicoNG: 2:48pm On Jun 24
Vice-President Kashim Shettima has told the government of Sokoto State that His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III. must be guarded jealously.

The nation’s number two citizen said this at the ongoing North West Peace & Security Summit, which is being broadcast live on Trust TV.

The event is ongoing in Katsina State.

“In all developmental issues in this country, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, I want to use him as a point of reference to recognise and appreciate all our royal fathers present here.”

“And to the deputy governor of Sokoto, I have a simple message for you, Yes, the Sultan is the Sultan of Sokoto, but he is much more than that; he represents an idea, he is an Institution, that all of us in this country need to jealousy guard, protect, promote, preserve and project for the growth of our nation,”
Shettima said.

Shettima spoke after the Executive Director of Muslim Rights Council (MURIC), Prof. Isiaq Akintola, raised the alarm that the Sokoto government is allegedly plotting to depose the Sultan.

Governor Ahmed Aliyu had earlier deposed 15 traditional rulers for various offences.

In his statement, Akintola said Nigerian Muslims would reject any thought of deposing the Sultan.

“Feelers in circulation indicate that the governor may descend on the Sultan of Sokoto any moment from now using any of the flimsy excuses used to dethrone the 15 traditional rulers whom he removed earlier.

“MURIC advises the governor to look before he leaps. The Sultan’s stool is not only traditional. It is also religious. In the same vein, his jurisdiction goes beyond Sokoto. It covers the whole of Nigeria. He is the spiritual head of all Nigerian Muslims.

“Therefore, any governor who tampers with the stool of the Sultan will have Nigerian Muslims to reckon with because the Sultan combines the office of the Sultan of Sokoto and that of the President General of the NSCIA,” Akintola said.

Daily Trust reports that the Sokoto State Government is yet to react to MURIC’s allegation but it had earlier said there was a plan to amend section 76 of the local government and chieftaincy law to align with prevailing practices within the state.

Under the current law, the authority to appoint district and village heads lies with the Sultanate Council.

However, in practice, the Sultanate Council merely provides recommendations to the state government, with the governor ultimately making the appointments.

Nasir Binji, the state’s attorney-general and commissioner for justice, had clarified that the proposed amendment aimed to synchronise the legal framework with the customary procedure in Sokoto.

Addressing journalists after a State Executive Council meeting, Binji explained that under the proposed amendment, the Sultanate Council would retain the power to recommend candidates, while the authority to appoint would be vested in the governor.



Politics / LG Crisis: Fubara's Action In Line With Constitution - Rivers APC Chieftain by politicoNG: 8:41pm On Jun 18
Against the backdrop of avoidable tension in Rivers state following the termination of the tenure of the outgone local government chairmen last night, Governor Siminalayi Fubara has been commended for being on the path of the constitution.

Speaking exclusively in a telephone interview in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Tuesday, the former spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign Council in the 2023 general elections, Barrister Sogboye Eli said there was nothing unlawful about the action of the Governor asking the Head local government to take over the reign of affairs in the councils.

Barr Eli noted that the law No 2 of 2024 made by the estranged former Speaker, Martins Amaewhule and the sacked 26 members of the Rivers state House of Assembly extending the tenure of the outgone chairmen by six months had been expunged from the laws of Rivers state by Justice D.G. Kio of the state High Court.

“That law has been expunged by Honourable Justice Kio from the laws of Rivers state. It means that it does not exist. So, the outgone Council chairmen cannot rely on a law that is not in existence to continue to stay in office when their tenure had elapsed constitutionally. That law conflicts with the 1999 constitution and section 9(1) of the Rivers state local government Law No 5 of 2018.

“The local government system in Nigeria is more like a department of a state. Governors have a hand in the affairs of the councils. The constitution allows a 3-year tenure for the chairmen and there is a room for second term. But the tenure of these guys elapsed on the midnight of Monday, June 17. That is the law and the constitution”, he said.

The APC chieftain rely on the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of the Attorney General of the federation versus the Attorney General of Abia state which ruled on the tenure of the council chairmen in the state in 2021, adding that the judgment applies to all the states of the federation.

Barrister Eli however enjoined that there were few former chairmen who are still eligible to seek re-election into the councils whenever election is scheduled by the Rivers state independent electoral commission, RSIEC.


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Politics / Strike: NLC forces closure of Bank, Chase Out Workers In Lagos by politicoNG: 2:36pm On Jun 03
There was mild drama on Monday, June 3, when members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) stormed a branch of Polaris Bank in Lagos.

The unionists, enforcing the strike declared by Labour, invaded the bank to expel workers and customers.


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Politics / Strike: NUEE Shut Kaduna Electricity Distribution Co (photos) by politicoNG: 1:54pm On Jun 03
In compliance with the nationwide strike, the National Union of Electricity Employees(NUEE) has also shut down operations at the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KADECO).

The union officials on Monday morning locked the premises of KAEDCO Headquarters in Kaduna.



Politics / Workers Shut FIRS Office, chase out Staff With Canes (photos) by politicoNG: 1:30pm On Jun 03
Workers shut down FIRS office, chase out staff with cane in Lagos, on Monday.

Leadership News

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Politics / Senate Passes Bill On Old National Anthem by politicoNG: 8:32pm On May 28
The Senate on Tuesday passed the bill seeking to return Nigeria to the old National Anthem.

This followed the adoption of the report of Senate Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Legal Matters, Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs at plenary.

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Mohammed Monguno(APC-Borno) said the bill was first read at plenary on May 23.

He said the bill, among others, sought to provide a legal framework for an Act to reinvent the old National Anthem titled “Nigeria We Hail Thee” which was adopted at Independence in 1960.

He said the anthem was the official anthem of Nigeria until 1978, when it was replaced with the current “Arise O Compatriot.”

Mr Monguno said the aim was to adopt the old national anthem through legislation because of its contextual connotations and relevance to the current state of the country.

“The bill is designed to promote national unity and cohesion through ideological and philosophical concepts of the rich historic and cultural heritage of Nigeria.

“It will engender and inculcate a deep sense of patriotism, togetherness and oneness amongst citizens.

“It is the first time the parliament is making a legal framework for a national anthem: all the steps of law making including public hearing have been undertaken,” he said.

Mr Monguno said the passage of the bill would provide the needed platform for sensitisation of the citizenry on the nation’s core value system by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

“Adopting the old national anthem will preserve and promote the country’s cultural heritage for future generations.

“The bill is significance, as changing the national anthem will symbolise Nigeria’s transition towards greater unity, inclusiveness and progress as a nation.

“The adoption of the anthem certainly demonstrates Nigeria’s respect for its cultural traditions while also embracing positive changes within the society,”
he said.

The senator added that by the passage of the bill, an arbitrary change on national anthem would be avoided as it would be subjected to legislative process, thus setting a precedent.

The President of Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, thanked the committee for its input on the bill.

He also commended the various stakeholders’ that made input on the bill at the public hearing, saying that the bill was awaiting President Bola Tinubu’s assent.


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Business / Army Withdraw From Banex Shopping Plaza, After 9 Days Of Siege by politicoNG: 4:31pm On May 27
As Shopping Complex Re-opens For Business
The military has pulled out from the Banex shopping complex in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja.

THE WHISTLER gathered on Monday that the military, having shut down the two-building complexes, withdrew about 30 minutes ago.

A shop owner who pleaded anonymity disclosed an ongoing meeting between the management of the Banex shopping complex and shop owners.

“The military men left about 30 minutes ago, and the management is currently meeting with the shop owners inside one of the compounds,” the source said.

When asked about the details of the meeting, the shop owner said, “They (management) are discussing the modality of functioning, but at the moment, we are hopeful that the place will reopen soon. I am only waiting till the end of the meeting for more details.”

Also, a source at the defence Headquarters told THE WHISTLER, “We are withdrawing. Issues are being settled.”

When asked if there’s hope for the complex to open for business, he said, “Yes, that’s why we are withdrawing. As I said, the issues are being ironed out.”

Probed further on when specifically the plaza will re-open for business, he responded, “Today.”

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Politics / Thugs, anti-Abure Supporters Clash At LP National Secretariat by politicoNG: 3:45pm On May 27
Pandemonium erupted on Monday when suspected thugs attacked members and executives of the Edo State chapter of the Labour Party who came to protest the continued stay of the National Chairman, Julius Abure, in office after his purported suspension last week.

The hoodlums, numbering about 20 swooped on the demonstrators as they alighted from their vehicles, forcing them to retreat into the neighbouring streets.

Even the journalists covering the protest were not spared as the invaders made frantic attempts to break into the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Utako where they took refuge in the wake of the fracas.

The situation was, however, doused after security operatives intervened and appealed for calm on both sides.

The embattled national chairman, who has been battling the NLC over an alleged plot to hijack the party, was suspended on Friday by his Ward in the Arue-Uromi area of Esan North-East Local Government in Edo State for alleged high-handedness and anti-party activities.

A letter of suspension dated May 14, 2024, and another letter of ratification dated May 15, 2024, both of which were ratified at a meeting of the state executive committee on Friday night in Benin, stated that the suspension is with immediate effect.

It advised Abure to stop holding out or parading himself as a member of the party.

The State Executive Committee led by Kelly Ogbaloi was also reported to have endorsed the decisions of the ward and local government committee of the party on Friday.

However, the National Working Committee of the party kicked against the action, which it declared as illegal and unconstitutional.

The National Publicity Secretary of LP, Obiora Ifoh, had told The PUNCH that Article 17 subsection 1 of the 2019 constitution of the Labour Party is clear that only a national convention arranged solely for the purpose of suspension with a two-third majority can suspend or remove the national chairman.


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Travel / FG Suspends Nigeria Air Project Indefinitely by politicoNG: 2:56pm On May 27
The Federal Government has suspended Air Nigeria Airline project indefinitely.

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Festus Keyamo announced this at the Ministerial briefing to mark the first year of the Tinubu administration.

He said the airline was never a Nigerian airline but an attempt to use a foreign airline to pose as a Nigerian national airline.


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Business / Nigeria’s Letter Of Credit Payments Fall By 63% In Q1 2024 - Nairametrics by politicoNG: 9:13pm On May 26
Nigeria’s letter of credit payments have plummeted by 63% in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period in the previous year, according to the International payments data of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The total letter of credit payments made via official channels for Q1 2024 was $204.47 million, reflecting a shortfall of $344.75 million compared to Q1 2023 of $549.22 million.

This significant decrease highlights the challenges the country faces in its international trade and financial transactions.



Celebrities / Glamour Girls: Nude Scene With Eucharia Anunobi Affected My Marriage - Zack Orji by politicoNG: 8:33pm On May 26
Veteran Nollywood actor, Zack Orji, has revealed that his marriage was adversely affected after starring in the popular film, ‘Glamour Girls’, in the 1990s.

Orji was involved in a nude scene with fellow star, Eucharia Anunobi.

The multiple award-winning actor said a lot of people were feeding his wife’s mind with negative stories against him which led to his pastor suspending him.

Orji made these disclosures while featuring on a podcast tagged ‘Nollywood Hardcore: The Legend’s Untold Story.’

The 1994 Glamour Girls two-part film was about an independent single women embarking on their independence within Nigeria’s traditionally patriarchal society through escorting.

Directed by Chika Onukwufor, the story revealed young women engaging into prostitution, as they battled between accomplishing their dreams and maintaining societal norms.

In the second part, a scene featured Orji and Anunobi sharing a bathtub in an erotic moment.

Recounting the impact of the movie on his life, Orji told Emmanuel Ehumadu, host of the Podcast who is popularly known as Labista, that the scene took a toll on his marital life.

He said his pastor called him that he had received many disturbing reports about the matter and the suspension which he claimed to be private also leaked to the media.

When asked about the impact of the film, Orji said, “Back then, we were talking about the 90s before the 2000s. I was married, yes.”

On whether he had issues with his wife, the actor said, “I did. Even though she’s an actress, so they were putting a lot of things in her mind.

“I remember after the movie was released, my pastor invited me and said that he had been receiving too many calls. (He said) How can Zack go and do this kind of thing? He said he called me because he wanted to suspend me. But he wanted to inform me first of all before suspending me.

“And he said well, he was not going to tell anybody that it was just between us. While this happened, I was on another set, we were filming in Ikeja GRA. There was this guy called Alex who was very well-known in the industry back then.

“He worked with Punch Newspapers, he came to the set where I was filming and said,” I just want to confirm from you before going to the press: is it true that you have been suspended by your church? I said who told you that?”


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Politics / Edo PDP Chairman, Tony Aziegbemi Regains Freedom by politicoNG: 8:32am On Mar 26
Tony Aziegbemi, the Edo state chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has been released after being kidnapped by a gang of gunmen near his home in Benin City.

He was set free by his abductors in the early hours of Tuesday, March 26, 2024. Aziegbemi returned to his Benin City residence around 3 a.m.

Crusoe Osagie, the special adviser for media projects to the Edo State Governor, confirmed the release in a telephone conversation with Channels Television.

The former member of the House of Representatives represented the Esan North-East/Esan South-East federal constituency of Edo State. According to reports, his abductors, who rode in two Toyota Corolla cars, trailed him on the night of Friday, March 16, 2024, when they seized him.

The gunmen intercepted Aziegbemi’s sports utility vehicle (SUV) along Osaro Street, around 11 p.m. that night.


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Politics / It's saddening life Has Become So Cheap In Nigeria - Peter Obi by politicoNG: 4:38pm On Mar 25
It is saddening how cheap life has become in this country today. It is now a daily occurrence to read reports of our fellow Nigerians who lose their lives while struggling for basic food to eat.

Just 3 days ago, I lamented the disheartening occurrence involving some of our children at Nasarawa State University who lost their lives in a stampede while hustling for government provided food.

Yesterday, another four people have also reportedly lost their lives in a stampede during an almsgiving zakat exercise for the poor in Bauchi State. These regular occurrences of stampede and struggle for food only reflect the depth of hunger and starvation in the country.

It also shows the level of desperation among our people. With food prices soaring higher every day and our nation continuing to wallow in unproductivity, our people now live their lives not knowing where the next meal will come from.

What is more concerning is the report of UNICEF projecting that over 30 million Nigerians will face acute hunger during the lean months, between June and August.

We now have a situation where our people are losing their lives to hunger before the projected timeline. The physical hunt and struggle for scarce food has become a life threatening adventure in itself.

We have never had it this bad in the nation as we do now, and unless very urgent actions are taken, the situation may get worse. I sincerely appeal to the government to release every resource, human and material, needed to end insecurity in the country, so that farmers can return to the farms, and with the government's support, ensure that our vast arable lands in the North are fully explored to feed Nigerians and export to the rest of the world.

I commiserate with the bereaved families of the dead and pray God to console them, and all of us, and grant them eternal rest. -PO

Peter Obi

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Politics / FG Should Take Note Ransom Was Paid For Kuriga School Children Release - Olawumi by politicoNG: 4:20pm On Mar 25


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No governor in Nigeria apart from Zulum understands their role as governor, they don't know why they are the Chief Security Officer of a state. FG should take me on the fact that ransom was paid to secure the release of schoolchildren

Cdre. Kunle Olawunmi Rtd,
Former Commandant Defence Intelligence College, Abuja


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Politics / Borno: Gov Zulum Appoints 168 Aides, 104 Board Members & 9 Stas by politicoNG: 3:43pm On Mar 25
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has approved the appointment of 168 assistants and 104 board members for the 15 agencies and commissions of the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the Borno State Government (SSG), Alhaji Bukar Tijjani, on Monday in Maiduguri.

He said the appointees comprised of nine Senior Technical Assistants (STA), 81 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and 78 Special Assistants (SAs).

The SSG also listed 104 others as Chairmen and Board members of 15 agencies and commissions.

The appointment, the SSG said, was done based on powers conferred on the governor by the provisions of Section 208(2)d of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.

“The governor congratulates the appointees and looks forward to their contributions to the development of Borno,” the SSG said.


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