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February 22, 2017

There’s hunger, poverty in Nigeria – Speaker House of Reps …Inflation hits 18.72%

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday admitted there is hunger and poverty in Nigeria. Speaking in Abuja, the Speaker acknowledged that Nigerians can no longer cater for their needs in the face of the prevailing economic situation. He, however, assured that the legislature is working towards alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians. Dogara said, “Going by the report of the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, economic recession is already with us. “The double quarters of negative growth, high level of inflation, worsening purchasing power of the Naira and the increasing levels of unemployment are all strong indicators that…

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Ex-NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu allegedly claims $9.8m, £74, 000 found in his house were gifts

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has quoted a former Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, as saying the $9.8m and £74, 000 found in his house were gifts. Recall that operatives of the EFCC, had penultimate Thursday raided the home of Yakubu in Kaduna city where it discovered the huge sum. In a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency disclosed that the money was found in a hidden fire-proof safe. The spokesman noted that the raid of Yakubu’s house was sequel to an intelligence which the commission received,…

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FG recovers $151m, N8bn looted funds through whistleblower policy

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government’s Whistle blowing policy has yielded $151million and N8billion in looted funds. In a statement signed by Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the Minister, Alhaji Mohammed said the looted funds were recovered via the clues provided by three whistleblowers who gave actionable information to the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation. The biggest amount of $136,676,600.51 was recovered from an account in a commercial bank, where the money was kept under an apparently fake account name. This was followed by the recovery of N7…

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Another terrorist group, Muslim Brotherhood plotting to bomb banks, barracks, prisons – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, last week alerted Nigerians of an alleged plot by Boko Haram affiliate, Muslim Brotherhood Cell in Kogi State, to launch a deadly attack on banks, arm depots and prisons across the nation. In a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Segun Ayeyemi, Mohammed disclosed that the Cell was planning to acquire bomb-making chemicals and high-calibre weapons which it intends to use in perpetrating the act. According to the statement made available to DAILY POST, the Minister revealed that intelligence monitoring had shown that the cell was making frantic efforts in advancing its…

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Imo Poly Rector briefs press on forthcoming Convocation

The management of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo has set aside February 23 and 24 as days for the school’s 5th Convocation ceremony. The Rector, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Wence Madu who disclosed this on Wednesday February 15 in a press briefing at the school’s conference hall stated that the convocation would be for students of the 2005 to 2016 sessions.  He  noted that the event would feature reward of students’ performances. This he said would be “demonstrated by giving of prizes to best students of various departments in the institution.” The rector who on behalf of the school management, staff…

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Economic woes: Stop blaming Jonathan, other past leaders – Catholic bishops tell Buhari

Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Province have affirmed that there are no signs that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is truly working. The clerics noted that the hardship in the country was one of the reasons some persons were calling for the nation to break up. The bishops raised these concerns in a communiqué signed by its President, Most Reverend Gabriel Abegunrin and Secretary, Bishop John Oyejola at the end of its February meeting held at Oke Ado, Ibadan. The bishops in the communique enjoined the federal government to stop blaming the past administration for the current economic crisis in the country….

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Imo is Marginalised… Okorocha laments

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, threw politics to the wind, on Tuesday, during a visit by Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and spoke earnestly about the marginalisation of Imo State and south east by the Federal Government. Okorocha, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), put his best foot forward on the occasion and surprised many, complaining seriously about the neglect of the South-East and absence of Federal Government projects in the region. He told Prof. Osinbajo that Imo-State, Ndigbo and the South- East had nothing to show for being part of Nigeria, despite their contributions to national growth…

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Expectations high on Buhari’s return

First Lady, Aisha, thanks Nigerians for praying for President Expectations were high in Abuja, yesterday, ahead of the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from London, United Kingdom (UK) today.   Meanwhile, First Lady Aisha, returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia, yesterday, expressing gratitude to Nigerians for supporting and praying for her husband. Buhari had left Nigeria on January 19 on 10-day medical vacation in London and was expected back in the country on February 6. But at the expiration of the vacation, the President wrote the National Assembly, extending his stay indefinitely.   Speculations had been rife that the…

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Man disappears after wife gives birth to triplets

A woman whose husband absconded when she gave birth to triplets has appealed to government and individuals to come to her rescue. Mrs Queen Udekwe, 35, had previously given birth to a set of twins. She told newsmen in Benin on Tuesday that her husband, Mr. Matthew Udekwe, from Enugu State took to his heels when she gave birth to triplets nine months ago. Mrs Udekwe, who took her case to the secretariat of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Benin, said that she was looking onto public-spirited individuals and government. He said, “My husband…

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Jewish/Igbo relationship: Jewish scientists storm Nnewi to conduct DNA test

Ikedife Hospital located along Igwe Orizu Road, Otolo-Nnewi, Anambra State is playing host to Jewish scientists, who are in Nnewi to conduct Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA, test on interested citizens there to determine the Jewish relationship with Igbos. Hundreds of people trooped out in their numbers, yesterday, to participate in DNA test to ascertain the validity of the claims that the Igbo migrated from that part of the world. As early as 7.00 am people had started arriving from every part of Igboland to take part in the cell screening exercise, while a few policemen were seen in the hospital premises…

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Police display N111m cash INEC officials allegedly received from Rivers government

Police on Tuesday announced the recovery of more than N111 million from electoral officials alleged to have been bribed by Rivers state government. The money was part of the sum allegedly disbursed during the December 10 rerun polls for legislative elections in the state. An investigative panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police presented its report in Abuja. The panel said the money was recovered from 23 suspects allegedly bribed to rig the polls. Chairman of the panel, DCP Damian Okoro disclosed that,” the sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360m. ”Some…

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Buhari: Presidency reveals location of Nigeria’s leader

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, has urged Nigerians to dismiss speculations on the whereabouts of his principal. He stated that Buhari is at the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom and not in a hospital or a secret location. “I just spoke to the president’s personal doctor, and he told me President Buhari is not in any serious condition as to worry about,” Premium Times quoted him. “He is not in hospital. He is in the residence at the Nigerian High Commission.” He said Buhari was getting ready to return to…

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Why food prices are high in Nigeria – Osinbajo

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has explained why prices of food items are high in the country. Osinbajo said one of the reasons was lack of accessible roads in rural areas. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity quoted Osinbajo as making this remark at the Task Force on Food Security constituted by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday. According to the statement, the meeting, which was presided over by the Ag. President focused on “gaining a full understanding of all factors that contribute to unduly high food prices, especially at urban markets throughout the…

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Nigeria is in trouble – Fani-Kayode reacts to Buhari’s decision to extend vacation indefinitely

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that the country is “in trouble,” after news broke out that President Muhammadu  Buhari has extended his vacation indefinitely. This was contained in a statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina, who said his principal, has written to the National Assembly to notify them “of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors. “The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning….

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Senate should impeach Buhari …He seems incapacitated

Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, has subtly advised the Nigerian Senate to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari who seems to be “incapacitated and unable to discharge his duties as President of Nigeria.” Reacting to the news of Buhari extending his vacation indefinitely, the elder statesman admonished Nigerians to rise up against the President’s action of keeping them in the dark on his health status should the senate fail to impeach him. He asked the President to tell Nigerians the truth about his health status. Recall that the President who was billed to resume duty on Monday, following a 10-day vacation had…

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Buhari should douse tension, prove he is alive – Catholic Bishop of Awka

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese in Anambra State, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to prove to Nigerians that he is alive. Ezeokafor spoke to journalists on Sunday at the annual meeting with the Religious Council in the diocese at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka. He observed that Nigerians were lamenting the vacation extension and were asking questions about the health of their President as he was not a private citizen. The cleric said: “We pray that he comes back in good health; those asking about his state of health have the right to know where their…

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JAMB fraudsters invade Ekiti …Fleece unsuspecting candidate

Suspected fraudsters masquerading as accredited agents of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) have invaded Ekiti, fleecing unsuspecting candidates. While JAMB had yet to officially commence the sale of registration forms for the 2017 session, some young men who operate coaching centres and cyber cafes have taken advantage of the delay to defraud unsuspecting candidates. Investigations revealed that the suspected fraudsters have since September 2016, began registering unsuspecting candidates who approach them for special coaching and online registration for the tertiary institution examination. However, the suspected fraudsters met their Waterloo recently when officials of the Nigerian Civil and Security Defence…

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Osinbajo’s silence on Christians’ persecution worrisome

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday urged the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to use his position to speak up against what it described as “a sustained persecution of Christians” in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement by the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in which he said Osinbajo’s silence was worrisome, warning that failure to act against the forces trying to silence Christians in the country could be disastrous. Ayokunle, in the statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media and Communication), Pastor Bayo Oladeji, listed the continuous killing of Christians, especially the recent Southern Kaduna massacres, failure…

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Activists brainstorm on gender-based violence in South-East

Participants and stake holders drawn from the five Southern States of Abia, Anambra, Ebony, Enugu and Imo States converged at Owerri on Tuesday 17th January 2017 to brainstorm on gender based violence. The activists operating under the platform of a Non-governmental Organization “Rural Women Action Centre (RUWAC) in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Nigeria, canvassed for  views from the participants and resource persons on creation of awareness of the dehumanizing gender based violence with a view to curtailing its spread. The theme of the seminar was: “Institutionalization of e-based reporting of Gender Based Violence for prevention…

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Customs declare two officers wanted over seized 661 rifles

Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service who allegedly examined and cleared the ammunition-laden container at the Apapa port, Lagos State, have been declared wanted. Our correspondent learnt on Tuesday that the officers, Abdullahi I, with service number 44483 ASC, and Odiba Haruna Inah, with service number 133386, fled after the weapons were uncovered by the operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), had said the agency arrested three suspects – Oscar Okafor (importer), Mahmud Hassan (clearing agent) and Sadique Mustapha (escort) – in connection with the arms smuggling. He…

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