Buhari forgets NDLEA in new appointment

Story Views: 5 President Muhammadu Buhari has omitted the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in his newest appointments of 19 heads of some government agencies. The President failed to appoint a new Director General cum secretary for while releasing the names of the newly appointed 19 heads of some government agencies, Friday November 2018, following the announcement contained in a statement by Olusegun Adekunle, permanent secretary (general services office), office of the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF). Adekunle quoted Buhari as urging the new appointees to…

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AFEX Calls on African Governments to protect African Journalists, fight against impunity

Story Views: 5 The Sixth General Meeting of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of African freedom of expression and media development organisations who are members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), held in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8, 2018 has ended with a resolution to African heads of states to protect journalists in Africa. The conference, hosted by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), and presided, over by AFEX Steering Committee Chairperson, Mr. Edetaen Ojo, who is the…

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Group indicts Ministry of Foreign Affairs over FOI non implementation

Story Views: 5 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today became the latest entrant into the Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame” as it was adjudged to have consistently breached most of its duties and obligations under the FOI Act over the last seven years. Ms. Chioma Nwaodike, Legal Officer at Media Rights Agenda (MRA), announced the induction of the Ministry into the FOI Hall of Shame in a statement in Lagos, saying the institution had essentially ignored its responsibilities under the FOI Act for most of the past seven…

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Chekwas Okorie has no electoral value—group

Story Views: 6 The recent endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term by  tiny group of individuals from the Igbo extraction with a promise to deliver the entire South East to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has been described as a fake promise, adding that Buhari should not have faith in them. Eastern Union, EU, a social political and cultural organization of old Eastern Central States of Nigeria, ECN, made the declaration while reacting to the purported promise to Buhari by Chekwas Okorie as an empty promise with the…

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Why Igbos are supporting Atiku——-Group

Story Views: 13 The Eastern Union (EU) is a political-social cultural organisation of old East Central States , based in Nigeria and abroad with members across the South East and South-South zones of the country championing the course of the old East Central States. In this interview with Dailymandate in Abuja, National Chairman of the group, Hon. Charles Anike, gives reasons why South East and South-South zones are clamouring for presidential ambition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and other issues. Excerpts How do you see the recent search of PDP’s Presidential…

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The Journey of EAZI

Story Views: 5  Some say Mr Eazi is Nigerian by birth, Ghanaian by calling and Londoner by base. But with his new album ‘Lagos to London’ featuring heavyweights from Nigeria to Europe he has solidified all the different worlds he embodies. Now he is bringing all these different musical pieces to stage for Trace Live, which if going by recent editions, promises to be an epic show. Trace in collaboration with Cabal and Bolanle Austen Peters presents “THE EAZI JOURNEY”. On the night, fans will journey through the life and…

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Press Release: Additional 241 million tablets of tramadol seized at Apapa Port

Story Views: 8   The search of the suspected 62 containers continued yesterday November 15, 2018. Eleven (11) new containers already searched were found to contain 241 million tablets of tramadol, weighing 118 metric tons. This brings to 581 million tablets of tramadol so far discovered within two days of the search operations at Apapa sea port. On the first day of the search operations, the Agency discovered 340 million tablets of tramadol from 12 containers. The tablets which are in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams are…

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Voters Beware! Voter merchants on the prowl

Story Views: 12 Who are the real candidates in the forthcoming general elections? This is the question on the lips of many voters in Nigeria. Voters are caught between pretenders and contenders who parade themselves as candidates. For the first time in the history of Nigeria, fears of fake candidates are beginning to emerge. According to reports, some persons whose names were not forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the next election by their respective parties are still going about claiming to be the preferred candidates. Some…

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NDLEA discovers 12 containers of tramadol at seaport

Story Views: 14 340 million tramadol tablets found in 12 containers under NDLEA watch at Apapa ports National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has so far uncovered over 340, 000, 000 tablets of Tramadol at the Apapa Sea Ports in Lagos. The tablets which were in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams were recovered from 12 containers in an on-going search of containers at Apapa sea port. These containers which have been on the watch-list of NDLEA since November 2017 were brought to the attention of Nigeria Customs…

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Staining Mr. Clean: House of Reps stands by its indictment of Osinbajo

Story Views: 19 The House of Representatives’ ad hoc Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness is standing by its report indicting the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, for what it described as the embezzlement of N33 billion meant for presidential intervention programme for the North East crisis. The Vice-President was found culpable for giving approval to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to the tune of N5.8 billion which the House Committee described as illegal for not following due process. Osinbajo is the Chairman of the programme as well as…

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Ex-police boss, three others arraigned over N1.3billion fraud

Story Views: 30      The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Wednesday,  November 7, 2018, arraigned four suspected fraudsters before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a 14-count charge bordering  on felony and stealing to the tune of N1, 301, 334, 108 (One Billion, Three Hundred and One Million, Three Hundred and Thirty-four Thousand, One Hundred and Eight Naira) only. The suspects are: Ifeoma Okpalugo,  an Assistant  Commissioner of Police,  ACP, (retd.); Olumide Odumosu, Suleiman Yusuf Tegina and Helen…

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EFCC Arraigns Man For N4m Fraud

Story Views: 12   The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC today 7th November, 2018 arraigned one Usman Mohammed before Justice Usman Na’abba of High Court, Kano State on one count charge bordering on diversion of funds and criminal breach of trust. The petitioner alleged that sometimes in 2017, the suspect fraudulently induced him and collected the sum of Four Million Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N4,300,000.00) to process four visas to Saudi Arabia for Hajj, umra and their accommodations. The accused who was unable to produce the visa also failed…

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EFCC Arraigns Man for N16m Fraud

Story Views: 13 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal office, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 arraigned Umar Ali Kaka, before Justice Fadawu Umar of the State High Court sitting in Maiduguri, Borno on a one-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N16,000,000 (Sixteen Million Naira) only. According to investigations carried out by the Commission, a criminal complaint was reported against the accused vide a petition dated 27th October, 2017. The petition was written by one Ibrahim Garba…

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The fall of Adams Oshiomohle

Story Views: 18   These are not the best of times for Adams Aliyu Oshiomohle, Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, former Governor, Edo State and former President, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. Many were those who wondered at the palpable silence of this foremost labour leader as the Government and the Organised Labour were spoiling for a fight over the minimum wage. Unknown to many, Oshiomohle was having his own baptism of fire in the hands of the dreaded Department of Security Service, popularly known as SSS. For…

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Atiku’s absence sends shock waves

Story Views: 14 Some of the political aspirants in the forthcoming presidential election appear uncomfortable with the long absence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. Alhaji Abubakar has maintained some quietude in the last few weeks since his emergence as the PDP flag bearer and subsequent endorsement by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.  Alhaji Abubakar, in what many described as a strategic step has decided to go on vacation abroad as his continued stay in the country will provoke political activities that…

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EFCC Arraigns Surety Over Absence of Fraud Suspect

Story Views: 15 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on November 7, 2018 arraigned one Hassana Idris Danjuma, before Justice Salisu Garuba of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Maitama, on a one-count charge bordering on obstruction of justice. Danjuma had sometimes in August 2017 stood in as surety for one Emeje Shehu Aminu who was being investigated by the EFCC for issuance of dud cheque and for allegedly obtaining money by false pretence. She had undertaken to produce the suspect when requested by the EFCC at any…

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DRUNKEN POLICEMAN DISMISSED

Story Views: 17 PRESS RELEASE The attention of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM mni, has been drawn to a video of Lagos policeman who got drunk at Akowonjo, Dopemu area of Lagos state. He therefore directed the state Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal to fish out the erring policeman for appropriate disciplinary action. The policeman who was stupefied after guzzling large quantity of alcoholic beverage was located and apprehended today 07/11/2018 at Police Mobile Force Squadron 22 Base, Ikeja, where he served by the…

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MRA Inducts Federal Ministry of Communication Technology into ‘FOI Hall of Shame

Story Views: 15   Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today accused the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology of flagrant abuse of Freedom of Information law by refusing to adopt it in their activities and therefore inducted it into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame”. It accused the Ministry of extremely poor performance in its implementation of the Act over the last seven years. MRA’s Programme Officer, Mr. Idowu Adewale, announced the selection of the Ministry as this week’s inductee in a statement issued in Lagos, saying “the Ministry’s overall…

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Private sector crucial to successful AfCFTA implementation—- Africa Trade Forum delegates agree

Story Views: 17 The 2018 Africa Trade Forum concluded in Lagos, Nigeria, with delegates agreeing that while governments need to set a conducive environment through collective and coordinated actions for the successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the private sector should be the main driver of the AfCFTA. They also agreed that complementary interventions to boost competitiveness and reduce the high costs of doing business on the African continent would be crucial to ensure win-win gains from the AfCFTA – these will require proactive policies and…

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N59.7m Fraud: Court Remands ‘Prophet’ In Prison Custody

Story Views: 21   The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Monday, November 5, 2018, arraigned one Prophet Cletus Ilongwo, Founder, Power of The Holy Spirit Evangelical Ministry, Lagos before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State on an 11-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N59, 760, 000 (Fifty-Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) only. The complainant, Obinna Ezenwaka, a former employee of Fidelity Bank Plc, alleged that he was…

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