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|Crime / After 10 Years Of Barrenness, Bandits Kill Nursing Mother, Her Mum In FCT by Thonyboy: 7:14am On Jan 28
Despite the efforts of the security operatives to tackle the deteriorating security crisis in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, killings and abduction of residents have continued, .ng reports.
The blood-thirsty assailants, who have been causing mayhem in the nation’s capital city, recently intensified their unprovoked attacks on residents.
Although the security operatives recently recorded successes in the battle against terrorism in the city by rescuing kidnap victims and arresting suspects, our correspondent gathered that some of the unfortunate attacks are underreported.
On Thursday, the family members of Simon Igba, an officer of the Nigeria Police Force, were thrown into agony following the killing of his wife, Christiana Igba and his mother-in-law, Maria Agbo.
.ng gathered on Saturday that the dreaded gunmen kidnapped Christiana and her mother in the Dei-Dei area of the capital city about two weeks ago.
Mrs Maria was on a postnatal visit to her daughter, Christiana, who recently gave birth after being childless since she tied the knot with her husband, Igba, about ten years ago.
The bandits had invaded their residence near the Mobil Barracks, Dei-Dei, hacked the husband to coma and whisked away Christiana, her mother and the one-month-old baby to an unknown destination.
One of the neighbours, Adejor Jacob, who narrated the incident to newsmen on Saturday, said the abductors had demanded N90 million ransom prior to the murder of the victims.
According to him, “The late Christiana gave birth recently after being barren for more than ten years. Her mother came to Abuja from Benue State for the postnatal and to celebrate with the family over the newborn.
“The kidnappers earlier asked the husband to pay N90 million ransom as the only condition to release his wife and his mother-in-law.
“A day before they were killed, the kidnappers contacted the husband and they both negotiated and settled for N10 million.
“The kidnappers asked him to make the money available before 10 am the following day, which was last Thursday.
“Before the agreed time, the kidnappers called the husband to inform him that the one month old-baby was ill.
“There was another victim that the kidnappers released that day so they gave her the little baby and asked her to take the newborn to a hospital.
“The kidnappers gave her the phone number of the baby’s father and asked her to call when she got to the hospital.
“The woman did as she was instructed. The hospital called Igba and he went there and recovered his baby. After a few hours, we received a report that Christiana and her mother had been killed.
“Their lifeless bodies were dumped and some police officers went there to recover them. They have been deposited at the Kubwa General Hospital.”
When our correspondent visited the area on Saturday, it was gathered that the residents who are still in shock over the unprecedented murder, are living in fear.
According to a resident who does not want to be mentioned, “many people are relocating from Dei-Dei due to security issues in the area.
“There has been a series of kidnappings and killings in this place since January but most of the incidents are not captured by the media.”
When contacted by newsmen, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh declined speaking on the matter.
Meanwhile, .ng reports that the daredevil terrorists have been on rampage, terrorizing some areas in the territory, including Kawu, Gaba, Dei-dei, Kubwa Hills, Ushafa, Bwari, Mpape, Kubwa, Lugbe, Pyakasa, Keti, Gbaupe, Gbaukuchi, Airport Road, among others.
Earlier last week, reports emerged that over 200 violent attacks have been recorded across all the six area councils of the FCT since President Bola Tinubu assumed office on May 29, 2023.
It was gathered that at least 89 residents of the nation’s capital have been killed by the terrorists, while 176 were kidnapped within the period.
This has instilled palpable fear and anxiety on residents, particularly those residing in the satellite areas.
.ng reports that night life, especially in the Bwari Area Council, has drastically diminished as most residents desert the streets before nightfall.
Some schools and businesses were recently shut down over fear of attacks by the pitiless kidnappers.
Elder Ben Ijeoche, a security expert, told .ng on Saturday that until the Federal Government and the National Assembly agreed to establish state police, the security crisis may continue.
He said, “We have been saying this but it looks like there is nobody to listen. The National Assembly should amend the 1999 Constitution accordingly to enable each of the 36 states and the FCT to establish their own police force.
“This will help reduce the issue we are facing right now. When you mobilize an officer from Abuja to Plateau, the officer will be limited in discharging their duties because they don’t know the place very well.
“Someone who has lived in the crisis area for a long time should be able to know how to tackle the challenges better. The person wearing the shoes knows where it pinches.
“State police will also create jobs for the youths and take some of our youths away from the bush.”
However, the FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike, has assured that residents of the territory will get positive news within days.
“I can assure you that in a matter of days, you will be hearing positive stories.
“We are ready to support our security agencies with whatever they need to ensure that our people can sleep with their two eyes closed.
“We are going to provide the councils with motorcycles to support the vigilante groups so that they can get information and assist our security agencies,” he added.
|Politics / Gov Bello Installs New Ohinoyi Of Ebiraland by Thonyboy: 7:31am On Jan 26
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has installed and presented a Staff of Office to the new Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ahmed Tijani Mohammed Anaje.
.ng reports that the Ohinoyi stool became vacant in October last year following the demise of 95-year-old Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Ibrahim.
Bello, while presenting the Staff of Office to the 49-year-old monarch on Thursday at the Ohinoyi Palace in Okene, Kogi Central Senatorial District, charged him to promote unity, development and greatness of the people.
The Governor, who said he was fulfilled by performing the all-important task of the appointment and installation of Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, charged the royal father to ensure the safety and security of the people and the land.
“I want to call on all of you, the sons and daughters of Ebiraland, that we should all come together and rally around our Ohinoyi of Ebiraland for the greatness of our land,” he said.
He said that God Almighty had chosen and enthroned Alhaji Anajeh out of the 70 eminently qualified contestants that applied to ascend the throne.
Bello appreciated the contestants for their sportsmanship and display of maturity, unity and comradeship throughout the process of selecting the new Ohinoyi of Ebiraland.
The governor charged the newly installed paramount ruler on inclusiveness saying, “Today, you don’t belong to any religion. You belong to both Islam and Christianity. You equally belong to those of us that believe in our culture.
“You don’t belong to only the former clan you belonged to. You belong to every clan that exists as far as Ebiraland is concerned. You belong to every district, every royal district that exists in Ebiraland.
“You must bring everybody together. I want to assure you that you are going to have the government of Ahmed Usman Ododo to support you and consolidate on all the successes that I have achieved in these eight years of my administration.
“I want to assure you that even after leaving office, I will be by your side to always render any helping hand and to support you.”
In his post installation speech, the new Ohinoyi Anaje, said he was humbled and honoured to be installed as the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland adding, “My heart is filled with a multitude of emotions, joy, determination to serve with integrity and a profound sense of gratitude.
“I extend my sincere gratitude to His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, for his unwavering commitment to the overall development of Kogi State and well-being of Ebiraland.
“Your leadership and trust in our people have paved the way for this new dawn. My appreciation equally goes to His Excellency Alh. Usman Ahmed Ododo.”
Anaje held that the revival of Ajaokuta Steel Company and Itakpe Iron Ore Mining Company posed immense promise for Ebiraland and the nation’s economic future.
The Ohinoyi also implored the Federal Government to consider the establishment of the North Central Development Commission, NCDC.
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|Politics / Ibadan Explosion: ‘we Are Still Looking For Nine Persons’ – Bodija Residents by Thonyboy: 9:39am On Jan 25
Bodija Estate Residents Association has raised an alarm that no more than nine (9) residents of the area have been missing since last week.
The association made this declaration on Wednesday.
.ng recalls that an explosive device exploded last week Tuesday, killing at least five people, with several others injured.
President of the association, Muyiwa Bamgbose declared that they have been looking for nine residents of the area since the incident occurred.
He said this was based on their findings while collating data of the residents and the number of affected houses.
He said, “It is now towards eight or nine people that have been missing.
“We have brought the map of the street, and we are trying to account for house by house, that is how we can actually get an accurate figure.
“If a person was seen yesterday and you cannot find him today, then you know you need to get worried.”
|Politics / Court Withholds Ex-Governor Obiano’s Passport by Thonyboy: 6:35am On Jan 25
The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the passports and travel documents belonging to the former governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, be kept in its custody and that of the Nigeria Immigration Service.
|Education / Senior Staff Files N150m Suit Against JAMB For Alleged Unlawful Dismissal by Thonyboy: 11:40am On Jan 24
Mr Yisa Usman, a Deputy Director with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has filed a N150 million suit against the board over alleged unlawful dismissal.
Usman, in the suit marked: NICN/ABJ/266/2023 and filed by his lawyer, Oseini Bamigbaye from the Chambers of Mohammed Shuaibu, at the National Industrial Court, Abuja, sought nine reliefs.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that while Usman is the claimant, JAMB is the sole defendant in the case dated and filed September 29, 2023.
The claimant is praying the court to declare that the constitution of the Board’s Directorate Staff Disciplinary Committee set up by the office was wholly irregular, illegal, null and void for failure to comply with Article 3.5.4 of the Board’s Staff Manual and Conditions of Service.
He is also praying the court to declare that the composition of the committee, mostly consisting of the board’s registrar and other directors who were beneficiaries of infractions exposed by him “in Item No. 6, Page 5 of his response dated April 3, 2023, to the query issued on March 31, 2023, is unconstitutional,null and void.”
He premised his argument on the grounds that his right to fair hearing could not have been guaranteed before the committee.
Usman is equally urging the court to declare that “the claimant’s purported dismissal by the defendant without the consideration of the Committee’s Report by the defendant’s board is unlawful, illegal null and void.”
The claimant, who sought an order setting aside his “purported dismissal” by the board, prayed the court for an order reinstating him “to his position with full entitlements, benefits and perks due to him by virtue of his position.”
He sought “an order granting to the claimant all the salaries, allowances, perks due to him or that would have been due to him but for the purported dismissal.
“An order compelling the defendant to promote the claimant as the Director of Finance and Account, being the most senior and qualified director in the Finance Department; the current Director of Finance and Account (DFA), having been holding that office illegally since May 9, 2022, when he turned 60 years old.
“Exemplary damages in the sum of N150, 000, 000.00(one hundred and fifty million naira) for illegally and unlawful dismissing the claimant as well as the emotional, reputational, psychological pain and trauma caused by the malicious, illegal, and arbitrary actions of the defendant.
“The cost of this action includes a reasonable cost to cover solicitor’s fees.”
In his statement of material facts, Usman averred that he joined JAMB in Sept 11, 1997 as an Accountant II and rose to the position of deputy director after receiving several promotions in the board.
He said at the time of the dismissal, he was in his eight years as deputy director in federal service and next in line to be the DFA.
He said his professional education, training, experience, and personal principles “shaped him as an accountable, honest, transparent, efficient, and anti-corruption individual who cannot tolerate any form of infractions and always speak up against them.”
According to him, this nature resulted in conflicts with the management of the board, as he is seen as an obstacle that needs to be removed
He said his commitment to due process and aversion to corrupt practices led him to lodge complaints to the management of JAMB, the Head of Service, the EFCC, ICPC and the office of the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education about financial interactions in the board.
Usman said unfortunately, these actions did not sit well with the board’s management, particularly its Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.
NAN observes that no fewer than 33 letters, exhibited in the court documents, were written by the claimant to different government agencies in his efforts to blow the whistle on various infractions, violations of due process, laws, and civil service rules against the board in relation to procurement, bookkeeping and employment regulations.
Against this background, Usman averred that he suffered continuous transfers despite his constant pleas due to his physical and health issues.
According to him, within a period of five years, the claimant was maliciously transferred from Abuja to Kogi to Kaduna and then to Port Harcourt and back to Kaduna, despite his physical challenges and the distance from his family.
He alleged that the purpose of these transfers was to remove him from important core activities of the board and prevent him from raising concerns about any notable infractions.
Besides, he said that in the bid to shut him down, a trumped up charge was filed against him at Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja.
“Despite all these challenges, the claimant diligently and commendably performed his duties and responsibilities,” he said.
Justice Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osaghae adjourned the matter until March 11 for further mention due to non-representation of JAMB in court when the matter came up on Monday.
The judge also directed that a hearing notice be issued and served on the defendant against the next adjourned date.
NAN reports that the police had, on June 14, 2023, arraigned Usman before Justice Nkeonye Maha of a FHC on allegations bordering on threatening Mrs Raheemat Oloyede on the phone with the intent to blackmail her husband, Prof. Ishaq, the JAMB’s registrar, among other counts.
But Usman’s lawyer notified the FHC court, when parties returned to court, that while the trial was still ongoing, his client was dismissed when parties ought to respect and submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the court and maintained a status quo pending the hearing and determination of the charge.
|Politics / EFCC Takes Ex-anambra Gov, Obiano To Court For Arraignment Over Alleged Fraud by Thonyboy: 11:05am On Jan 24
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has moved the former governor of Anambra State,Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, into Courtroom 5 of the Federal High Court in Abuja for arraignment.
Obiano, dressed in a navy blue suit with a black cap, was escorted into the courtroom by more than 10 operatives of the anti-graft agency.
He was driven into the court premises around 8am in an 18-seater Toyota Bus marked ABC 573 KQ and kept inside the vehicle for some minutes before being moved into the courtroom.
He was sandwiched in between four EFCC operatives who are preventing his followers and sympathizers from accessing him.
At the time of this report, the identity of lawyers likely to defend him could not be ascertained.
However, more than 50 lawyers are already inside the courtroom.
Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo who is billed to take his plea in the criminal charges is being awaited but officials of the court are already on standby.
Obiano is to face trial in a nine-count charge over alleged N4 billion fraud brought against him by the Federal Government through the EFCC.
|Politics / Blinken Arrives Abuja, Set To Meet With Tinubu For Bilateral Talks by Thonyboy: 7:16pm On Jan 23
United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, is currently in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Blinken touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 4pm, from where he would proceed to the Presidential Villa to meet with the Nigerian President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Although he is on tour of Africa, Blinken will later depart to Lagos at about 10pm for other engagements scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday and is expected to depart Nigeria for Angola later tomorrow night.
More to come soon…
|Politics / Why Late Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari Had Issues With Me Till Death – Adesina by Thonyboy: 5:22pm On Jan 23
A former presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, has revealed why the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, had issues with him till death.
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|Religion / Primate Ayodele 2024 Prophecies: Assassination Attempts On Presidents, Governors by Thonyboy: 12:28pm On Jan 23
The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, on Tuesday released prophecies for some African countries, including Uganda, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Togo, and Senegal.
|Politics / Fubara Loses As Court Nullifies Passage Of Rivers 2024 Budget by Thonyboy: 12:31pm On Jan 22
The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, voided and set aside the presentation and passage of Rivers State 2024 budget by a group of four-member legislators in the State.
The court in a judgment delivered by Justice James Omotoso ordered the governor of the State, Siminalaye Fubara to represent the budget to the legally constituted House of Assembly under the Speaker, Martin Amaewhule.
James Omotoso quashed the withholding of the House of Assembly fund on the ground, declaring that he has no constitutional power to do so.
The court restrained Governor Fubara from frustrating the House of Assembly under Amaewhule from sitting or interfering in the affairs of the House.
The redeployment of the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk done by the Governor was declared null and void and was set aside.
The Inspector General of Police was ordered to immediately give adequate security to the Speaker and legislators loyal to former Governor Nyesom Wike.
Justice Omotoso ordered the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk to resume office immediately and unhindered.
The National Assembly was also barred from taking over the Rivers State House of Assembly or accepting or treating any request from Governor Fubara.
Governor Fubara was ordered to release all monies standing in the credit of the House of Assembly to Martin Amaewhule.
.ng reports that all the issues in dispute were resolved in favour of Wike’s loyalists.
|Politics / NGX’s Growth: Nigerians Are Poorer Under Tinubu's Government – Ndubuisi Ekekwe by Thonyboy: 8:55am On Jan 22
A United States-based innovator and tech entrepreneur, Prof Ndubuisi Ekekwe, says while the Nigerian Stock Exchange has recorded impressive growth in the last eight months under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the irony is that more Nigerians are poorer.https://.ng/2024/01/22/ngxs-growth-nigerians-are-poorer-under-tinubu-govt-innovator-ndubuisi-ekekwe/
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|Family / BREAKING: Nabeeha’s Siblings Finally Regain Freedom From Kidnappers by Thonyboy: 7:48am On Jan 21
The four remaining siblings of late Nabeeha Al-Kadriyah have finally regained freedom.
.ng recalls that the sisters were abducted alongside their father in the Zuma 1 area of Bwari Area Council on January 2nd.
Their father was later released to enable him source for ransom. However, the failure of the family to meet their demand within a deadline issued by the kidnappers led to the killing of Nabeeha.
After the young schoolgirl was killed by his abductors, the bandits raised the ransom from N60 million to N100 million with a threat to kill all the sisters.
The development attracted sympathy from concerned Nigerians who offered assistance to ensure the remaining sisters were not killed.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Federal Capital Territory Police, FCT command, Josephine Adeh confirmed the release to .ng on Sunday morning.
Although there are indications that the N100m was paid prior to their release, the PPRO said they were rescued by the FCT Anti-Kidnapping squad in a concerted effort with troops of the Nigerian Army.
She said the victims were rescued around Kajuru forest in Kaduna State, Saturday night.
“The operatives successfully rescued the victims around Kajuru forest in Kaduna state at about 11:30 pm on Saturday”, she said.
|Politics / Enugu Government Explains Demolition Of Illegal Structure, Criminal Hideout by Thonyboy: 6:51am On Jan 21
The Enugu State government has refuted trending videos of alleged indiscriminate demolition of properties at the Enugu Lifestyle and Golf City, also known as Enugu Centenary City.
|Crime / 80-year-old Woman Burnt To Death As Fire Razes Benue Community by Thonyboy: 4:55pm On Jan 20
Tragedy struck Tse Agubor Gyaruwa in Tsambee-Mbesev Council Ward of Gwer-West Local Government Area, Benue State, as an inferno engulfed the community, resulting in the death of an 80-year-old woman.
.ng gathered that over 50 houses and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in the devastating incident.
The village head of the community, Chief Ayatse Agubor, told reporters on Friday that the fire broke out around 10 am while residents of community were in the farm.
He said despite their efforts to prevent the fire from affecting their farm products, they soon realised that the entire village was engulfed in flames.
Agubor warned youths in the area to refrain from unauthorised bush burning, stressing that there would be consequences for those caught engaging in such activities.
Hajia Kongo, a resident who suffered significant losses, lamented the destruction caused by the inferno.
She claimed to have lost over 10 bags of maize, soya beans,and more than 100,000 hidden in her bags of burnt corn.
Reacting to the incident, Mr Henry Agba, the caretaker chairman of Gwer-West LGA, declared that illicit bush burning would no longer be tolerated in the area.
Agba said the council would dispatch a team to assess the extent of the destruction caused by the inferno and report to the Benue State Emergency Management Agency, BSEMA, to facilitate assistance for the affected residents.
|Politics / Buhari’s Plane Nearly Crashed With Him, Aides On Board by Thonyboy: 11:37am On Jan 20
Former President Muhammadu Buhari’s plane nearly crashed with him and his aides in November 2015, six months after being sworn in as Nigeria’s president, a new book released in Abuja on Tuesday, has revealed.
.ng reports that former President, Buhari visited 94 countries in eight years
In the book ‘Working with Buhari: Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015-2023)’, written by Femi Adesina, Buhari is said to have been travelling to the Island of Malta to attend a meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government when the plane ran into frightful turbulence that persisted for a long time.
said the turbulence was so severe that when the plane eventually landed in Malta, a deeply terrified President Buhari queried the pilot: “What kind of landing is this?” and the pilot had to tender an apology to the President and the other troubled passengers.
The report said: “A presidential jet is not immune from bad weather and the accompanying turbulence (many hours of that we experienced). Neither is it spared from what aviators call wind shear (a sudden change in the direction of the wind). We had a frightful experience).
“In November 2015, we had travelled to Malta to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and it was an uneventful flight till the flight crew announced that we should get ready for landing.
“Few seconds from touching the tarmac, the Boeing 737 business jet got buffeted from all sides and began to sway dangerously. On touching down, it pirouetted and gyrated like a drunken sailor; and was almost turning over.
“What kind of landing is this?”, Buhari is reported to have queried the frightened pilot, who immediately apologized to the then president.
“We have just experienced what is called wind shear, a sudden change in the direction of wind. Apologies Mr. President, and distinguished passengers,” the scared pilot replied Buhari on touching down safely.
In Chapter 21 of the new book with the caption: “Over 50 foreign trips… and a health scare”, the book lists 94 countries which Buhari visited officially during his eight-year tenure with the highest being 19 trips in 2016, 18 in 2022, 16 in 2015 and 12 in 2018.
|Business / Interior Minister, Tunji-ojo Gives Update On Fire Service Recruitment Exercise by Thonyboy: 8:06am On Jan 20
Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has given an update about the ongoing recruitment of federal fire service operatives.
Tunji Ojo revealed that the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Service Board, CDCFIB, has approved a 35 per cent allocation for women.
The minister disclosed this through his official X account on Friday.
Tunji-Ojo, who doubled as the Chairman of the Board, said the decision aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda to elevate women’s participation in critical sectors.
“Today (Friday), as the Chairman of the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), I approved the allocation of a substantial 35 per cent recruitment slot for women into agencies under the Ministry of Interior, beginning from the ongoing recruitment into the Federal Fire Service.
“This strategic decision aligns with the #RenewedHope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR) to elevate women’s participation in crucial sectors to at least 35 per cent”, he wrote.
Recall that the Board announced the commencement of recruitment on 27th December last year.
|Politics / N4 Billion Fraud: EFCC Appeals High Court Ruling On Babangida Aliyu, Tanko Beji by Thonyboy: 5:24am On Jan 19
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has approached the Court of Appeal to set aside a no-case ruling granted to a former governor of Niger State, Muazu Babangida Aliyu and former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Tanko Beji, by Justice Abdullahi Mukailu of the Niger State High Court sitting in Minna on December 7, 2023.
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|Politics / 2023 Polls: Buhari Reveals Why Tinubu Lost To Atiku In Katsina by Thonyboy: 9:59am On Jan 17
The immediate past president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed why his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections, Bola Tinubu, were defeated in Katsina, his (Buhari) home State.
Buhari said his party might have taken things for granted during the presidential election because it was his state, and they thought they would win easily.
Buhari stated this in a memoir titled “Working with Buhari: Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015 – 2023)”, written by former Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
“My state, Katsina, showed the beauty of the whole system. In the Presidential poll, APC lost, but they came back to win the governorship.
“Maybe they took things for granted earlier because it was my state, and they thought they would win easily. People do not like being taken for granted,” he said.
.ng recalls that the APC candidate, Tinubu was defeated in Katsina by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate.
However, Tinubu went on to win the presidential election, defeating Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
|Politics / Kogi Assembly Confirms Appointment Of 3 Nominees From Gov Bello by Thonyboy: 3:24pm On Jan 16
The Kogi State House of Assembly has screened and cleared three nominees forwarded to it by Governor Yahaya Bello.
The nominees were taken through question and answer sessions by the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday.
The nominees are Abdulraheem Ohiare to serve as the Executive Chairman, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Abdulrazaq Mohammed, to serve as the Executive Chairman, Kogi State Universal Basic Education Board while Sule Saliu Enehe, is to serve as the Executive Chairman, Kogi State Internal Revenue Service.
The Speaker of the House, Aliyu Umar Yusuf, charged the new appointees to work hard and bring their wealth of experience to bear in their areas of assignments.
The nominees in their separate remarks after the screening promised to justify the confidence reposed in them and thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for finding them worthy to serve in their various capacities.
Earlier at Plenary, the member representing Okene II Constituency, Yusuf Zakari Eneve, commended the state government for ensuring a smooth process in the selection of the new Paramount ruler in Ebiraland His Royal Majesty, Mohammed Anaje.
The House also paid glowing tributes to the fallen heroes who served and protected the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
|Politics / We’re Ready For February Cross River Rerun Election – INEC by Thonyboy: 11:27am On Jan 16
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it is ready for the conduct of the February 3 rerun election in Cross River.
|Politics / God Raised Me, Those Plotting To Bring Me Down’ll Fail – Wike Amid Fubara Rift by Thonyboy: 9:38am On Jan 15
Amid his rift with Governor Sim Fubara of Rivers State, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, has said nobody can bring him down because God raised him.
|Politics / Rivers Guber: Supreme Court To Hear Tonye-cole’s Case Against Fubara Today by Thonyboy: 9:31am On Jan 15
The Supreme Court in Abuja will on Monday hear and possibly deliver judgment on the appeal instituted by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Patrick Tonye-Cole, against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
|Politics / Ondo By-Election: APC Aspirant Petitions Ganduje, Rejects Outcome Of Primary by Thonyboy: 5:47am On Jan 15
An aggrieved aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Olugbenga Araoyinbo, who contested the ticket of the party during the primary election for Akoko North-East/North-West Federal Constituency of Ondo State, at the weekend has rejected the result of the exercise.
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|Politics / Slash ₦344 Billion NASS 2024 Budget – SERAP Tackles Akpabio, Abbas by Thonyboy: 6:23pm On Jan 14
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has asked the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas to reduce the 2024 National Assembly budget of N344.85 billion.
|Politics / Supreme Court Judgement: I Will Now Settle Down To Rebuild Abia – Governor Otti by Thonyboy: 6:10am On Jan 14
Governor Alex Otti says he will now settle down and rebuild Abia State because he has no other distractions after the Supreme Court affirmed his victory in the 2023 general elections.
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|Celebrities / Tonto Dikeh Behind Gistlover Blog – Verydarkman Claims by Thonyboy: 6:49pm On Jan 13
Social media critic, VeryDarkMan has claimed that Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, is the person behind the controversial, faceless blog, GistLover.
.ng recalls that VeryDarkMan was recently dragged to the police by Dikeh over his claim that the actress and her colleague, Iyabo Ojo, were not sincere in their interest in late singer Mohbad’s case.
However, he was later released after interrogation.
Speaking in a video message shared via his X handle on Saturday, VeryDarkMan said Tonto Dikeh was the one who released his pictures in police custody and even posted them on Gistlover, making it seem like he was a “criminal” despite the police warning her against such.
He said he is willing to prove in a court of law that Tonto Dikeh is the one who has been terrorising celebrities through the faceless blog, GistLover.
“Tonto Dikeh is Gistlover. And I can prove it. I’m ready to go to court anytime. Tonto Dikeh is Gistlover, she has been the one posting different celebrity news and everything. And I am saying it with my full chest,” VeryDarkMan said.
Tonto Dikeh is yet to react to his accusations as at the time of filing this report.
|Politics / David Umahi: Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Highway To Be Completed In 24 Months by Thonyboy: 11:30am On Jan 13
The Minister of Works, David Umahi, says in 24 months, all sections of the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway will be completed.https://.ng/2024/01/13/abuja-kaduna-kano-highway-to-be-completed-in-24-months-minister-umahi/
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|Politics / Insecurity: Tinubu Mulls Marine, Solid Mineral Police by Thonyboy: 8:42am On Jan 13
There are indications that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is considering the establishment of security outfits for the solid mineral and marine economic sectors.
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|Politics / Supreme Court: Accept Your Defeat, Apologise For Your Attacks – APC To PDP by Thonyboy: 8:32am On Jan 13
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgments, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should apologize to the judiciary for its senseless and irresponsible attacks during the electoral process.https://.ng/2024/01/13/supreme-court-accept-your-defeat-apologise-for-your-malicious-attacks-apc-to-pdp/
|Politics / Almost All Ministers Transferred Money Into Private Accounts – Adeyanju To EFCC by Thonyboy: 6:40am On Jan 12
An Abuja-based rights activist, Deji Adeyanju, on Thursday said almost all the ministers under President Bola Tinubu’s administration transferred money into private accounts.
Adeyanju alleged that the ministers breach civil service laws but only the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu was caught.
In a statement he signed, the constitutional lawyer alleged that civil servants were behind the transfer of the funds.
He urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate all federal ministries.
The statement reads partly: “From my findings on this matter, all minister under the Tinubu government transferred monies into private accounts on the advice of civil servants mostly the permanent secretaries of their ministries.
“I have also come to find out that these civil servants deliberately get politicians and political appointees to contravene civil service laws so as to have something over their heads in order to perpetrate corruption unchallenged.
“The EFCC must investigate all ministries and not just Humanitarian alone. Justice must not only be done in this case, but it must also be seen to be done.”
A leaked memo indicated that Edu approved the payment of N585 million social intervention funds into the private account of a civil servant.
Following the disclosure, President Tinubu had suspended Edu over her alleged involvement in a N585 million fraud.
The president also directed the anti-graft agency to probe the allegation.
|Politics / Tinubu Briefed On Prospects Of $10bn Investment In Steel Sector by Thonyboy: 6:32am On Jan 12
President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, held a meeting with the Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, and the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru, during which he received a briefing on investment prospects in the steel sector.
The President emphasised that a revitalised steel development industry is both a catalyst for robust economic growth and a doorway to immense opportunities for Nigeria’s massive pool of talented entrepreneurs.
“We will remain unyielding in our determination to build a Nigeria where every citizen has an equal opportunity to prosper and achieve their dreams. New investments in steel production will spur the growth of so many sectors. Industrialisation will be a reality in our country with sufficient energy and steel. Nigerian steel will undergird our economy and other economies in our region in future. I am glad that members of my cabinet have adopted my approach to attracting new investments and job opportunities for our people. Hard work is the only true pathway. We will not relent,” the President stated.
The ministers informed the President of their discussions with a Chinese company, Luan Steel Holding Group, to build a new steel plant in Nigeria as well as to commence the production of military hardware at the Ajaokuta Steel Plant.
A delegation led by the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Steel Development visited the Hefei and Guangzhou regions of China to hold business talks with the chairman of Luan Steel Holding Group, Mr Wang Jianbing, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Xiao Weizhan, and other senior executives of Luan Steel Holding Group.
The Chinese company is expected to invest billions of dollars in Nigeria to build the new steel plant.
The Minister of Steel Development briefed the President, following his approval to restart the Light Steel Mill (LSM) section of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex for the production of iron rods, on the progress made on restarting the section, which will cost N35 billion at the first stage.
The minister said several financial institutions had already provided offer letters for this transaction and that the project is expected to create up to 5,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.
He also informed President Tinubu of discussions with the representatives of Jindal Steel Group of India.
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