Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Video of underage voters from 2015, says Kano Govt

The Kano State Government on Monday insisted that the trending video clip of underage voters supposedly in the just concluded Kano Local Government elections was actually shot on the March 30, 2015 election organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, made the clarification while addressing the members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) at its two-day National Conference in the northern state.

Boko Haram Attack Dapchi In Yobe

Yobe Commissioner of Police, AbdulMaliki Sumonu, on Monday confirmed an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Dapchi, headquarters of Bursari local government area.
Sumonu confirmed the attack in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said “at about 5.30 p.m yesterday, Monday, the suspected insurgents attacked Dapchi, headquarters of Bursari local government area.

CCT chairman’s trial: Why FG queried Magu, Keyamo

The seeming rift between the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, and the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has been reinforced after Malami issued a query to the EFCC boss.

A private lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Festus Keyamo, was also queried by the attorney-general.

Niger ex-governor, Aliyu debunks FG’s claim of 7000 electricity megawatts

A former Governor of Niger State, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has debunked Federal Government’s claim of generating 7, 000 megawatts of electricity. He countered the declaration yesterday, at a socio-political movement by his former appointees in Minna, the Niger State capital.He said contrary to the statement, the country is presently generating only 5, 000 megawatts of electricity.
At the event titled: ‘Servant Leadership Forum’ Aliyu said Nigeria has the potential to generate 36,000 megawatts of electricity through solar power alone.The former governor urged the Federal Government to muster the political will to grant $1million to each state of the federation for the project.He also enjoined the Federal Government to direct the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release the money from the excess crude account and monitor its utilisation.

All recovered assets to be sold off, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Daura, his hometown, said all mismanaged and misappropriated national assets recovered would be sold off and proceeds paid to the treasury for the benefit of the country.
Buhari, who gave the assurance when he received representatives of social groups in Daura Emirate, said his administration would continue to pursue a robust, effective and legitimate anti-corruption campaign that safeguards the treasury and commonwealth of all Nigerians.

Nigeria frees 475 Boko Haram suspects for lack of evidence

Nigeria has freed another 475 Boko Haram suspects following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence, the justice ministry said Sunday.
Over the course of the week, hundreds of suspected Boko Haram extremists have appeared before a court at the Kainji military base in central Niger state.
The release order was issued on Friday, with the 475 suspects to be returned to their home states for “proper rehabilitation” before being sent back to their families, ministry spokesman Salihu Othman Isah said.

Governor Ortom: Miyetti Allah wants me dead

The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has hinted that there is a plot by the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in the state led by one Gaurus Gololo to allegedly eliminate him.
He stated this when he spoke with journalists in the state after a meeting with his predecessor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, and paramount ruler of the Tiv nation, the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

El-Rufai salutes Christians at Lent

Malam Nasir El-Rufai has saluted Christians as the holy season of Lent begins today. In a statement issued in Kaduna today, the Governor wished Christians a peaceful celebration of Lent, and appealed that prayers be said for peace in Kaduna State and Nigeria.

“On behalf of the good people of Kaduna State, I salute our Christian community as the holy season of Lent begins today, this Ash Wednesday. I wish all the Christians in this State a peaceful and fruitful spiritual exercise in preparation for the grand celebration of Easter and its lesson of sacrifice, hope and renewal.

Gombe Gender Bill Not For Supremacy War – Perm Sec

Gombe state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare has said that the state Gender and Equal Opportunities for All Persons is not for men and women to struggle for supremacy.
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Ishiaku Mohammed, disclosed this while speaking at the two-day review meeting of the state gender committee organised by the UN-Women in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs yesterday.

Buhari, Jega, Sanusi, others for Lagos-Kano economic summit

President Muhammadu Buhari is among dignitaries expected to discuss the strategic importance of collaboration among key institutions to national growth at the first Lagos-Kano Economic and Investment Summit.
The summit, which is scheduled to hold at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe, Lagos, between February 28 and March 1, is to focus on thematic areas such as security, governance, ease of doing business, agriculture, tourism, internally generated revenue, education and infrastructure in key areas of power, transportation and urban waste management.
Aside the President, other lead discussants at the summit are the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi; Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu; former National Chairman of Independent National Electoral

January inflation drops to 15.13%, says NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s official data agency, has said January’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, again dropped to 15.13 per cent, up from the December 2017 level of 15.37 per cent.
Breaking down the January CPI report released yesterday, the NBS said the new figure is 0.24 per cent points lower than the rate recorded in December, making it the 12th consecutive disinflation in headline year on year inflation since January 2017.

Uproar as Senate reverses election sequence of 2019

• Wants N’Assembly poll first, presidential last
• Dissenters walk out, say move anti-Buhari 

Intrigues ahead of next year’s general election took a fresh twist, yesterday, with the Senate’s approval of a new sequence for the polls.
The schedule released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed presidential and National Assembly elections for Saturday, February 16, 2019, while governorship and state Assembly elections come up Saturday, March 2, 2019.
The Senate, however, reversed the order, demanding the National Assembly election come first while the presidential hold last.

Run for president, Benue coalition tells Bafarawa

Coalition of Benue Youths has called on a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, to consider contesting for the presidential ticket of the PDP ahead of the 2019 general polls. 
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Coordinator of the coalition, Comrade Ejeke Shagari, said Bafarawa would make a better president by stabilising the nation and delivering dividends of democracy to the people if given the mandate. 

Herbalist arrested over death of Katsina lawmaker’s wife

A woman who allegedly administered traditional concoctions on the late wife of a Katsina lawmaker has been arrested by the police.
Binta Safiyanu, the first wife of a member representing Musawa constituency in the Katsina State House of Assembly, Yunusa Idris Jikamshi, was said to have contacted the suspect for traditional medicine to assist the flow of her breast milk.
Safiyanu, a mother of six, was said to have recently delivered a set of twins.

Death of 21 Bauchi students, a monumental loss, national tragedy – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives,  Hon. Yakubu Dogara,  Tuesday evening broke down in tears after receiving the sad news of the demise of 21 students of Government Secondary School Misau, Bauchi state in a ghastly motor accident.
The students, who were accompanied by three teachers and their driver, were on their way to Kano State for an educational excursion when the unfortunate incident occurred.

Kano bus crash: 21 students, 3 teachers buried

Funeral prayer for twenty one students and three teachers of Government Day Junior Secondary School, Misau, Bauchi state, who died in a ghastly automobile accident, was held in Misau, amidst sobs by parents and relations.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prayer, held at the palace of the First Class Emir of Misau, Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman, was led by the Chief Imam of Misau Central Mosque, Usman Baba.

Governor M.A Abubakar Mourns Victims of Tuesday Motor Accident

Bauchi state Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has condoled the families of the 23 students and 2 teachers of Day Secondary School, Misau who lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident yesterday.
The Governor in his twitter handle wrote, “Innalillahi wa Inna ilaihi Rajiun! ”
Today is a tragic one as we lost about 23 of our best young minds, students and teachers of Command Junior Secondary school, Misau who were returning from an excursion journey from Kano state.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Army rescue 46 captives, destroy fortified Boko Haram camp in Sambisa

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its troops had rescued 46 captives and destroyed a highly fortified Boko Haram insurgents’ camp deep inside Sambisa forest as part of its ongoing “clearance operation” .

Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, “Operation Lafiya Dole”,  disclosed this in a statement issued in Maiduguri.

Former Governor Shema’s trial resumes in Katsina

The trial of a former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema, resumed at the Katsina High Court, on Tuesday, following a Supreme Court ruling which held that the lower court was competent to handle the case of alleged offences of criminal breach of trust, abuse of office and conversion of public funds to the tune of over N11 billion against Shema while he was governor of the state.

JAMB SNAKE: Senator Shehu Sani storms JAMB office with anti-snake venom, charmers over missing N36m

The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Sen. Shehu Sani on Tuesday stormed the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board in Bwari, FCT with snake charmers.
Sani said, the visit, was with a view to getting to the bottom of the issue surrounding the reported case of missing N36 million from the JAMB office in Makurdi, Benue.

Niger records 33 cases of measles

The Niger state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril has disclosed that the state has recorded 33 cases of measles and one case of yellow fever in the state this year.
According to him, the case of the yellow fever was reported in Borgu local government area adding that reactive vaccination campaign have started in the local government and surrounding local government areas in order to curtail it.

Fuel scarcity bites harder in Kaduna

As fuel scarcity continues to bite harder in Kaduna, civil servants are finding it difficult to get to work in time due to hike in transport fares and fewer vehicles plying the roads.
Some of the civil servants and commercial drivers said in separate interviews that the situation was gradually becoming harrowing and intolerable.
One of the workers, Ms Ruth Adamu, said it was no longer possible to get to work on time.

Conjoined twins separated in Bauchi

A set of conjoined twins has been separated at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi State.
They were operated upon by a team of seven surgeons, doctors and other medical personnel, led by Dr. Kigbu.

Katsina governor disowns Masari Zalla

Katsina state Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, on Monday distanced himself from the activities of a group known as Masari Zalla.
The governor in a statement signed by his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, described as unfortunate the group’s claim that he was its sponsor.
The statement reads:”The attention of Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has been drawn to the existence and activities of a group known as Masari Zalla, which claims to be associated with him and his aspirations.

Osinbajo: Let’s Handle Herdsmen – Farmers’ Violence with Open Mind

George Okoh in Makurdi
Finding solutions to the perennial crises between herdsmen and farmers in several communities in Nigeria could only be achieved if the issue is approached with an open mind, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said.
The vice-president, who is leading a presidential committee to find solutions to the crises, said unless everyone concerned viewed all the issues in the matter objectively, it would be difficult to find lasting solutions to the problem.

Police Repel Suicide Attack on Borno

Police have repelled a suicide attack on its location in troubled Borno State, the Police Commissioner in the state, Damien Chukwu ,said yesterday in Maiduguri.
Addressing a press conference, Chukwu said two female suicide bombers who targeted the police facilities in Dikwa were killed by eagle eye police officers on Sunday night.

He said the suicide bombers were sighted by personnel on duty, approaching the outpost from about 100 meters.
He explained that they were asked to halt their movement but after they did not heed the warning, they were gunned down.

Ortom to Lalong: Stop interfering in Benue affairs

There seems to be no end in the face-off between the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his Plateau State counterpart, Mr. Simon Lalong, over issues bothering on implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 promulgated by the Ortom’s administration.

This is even as Ortom yesterday warned Lalong to stop interfering or meddling in the affairs of Benue State. Ortom, however, gave the warning at a stakeholders’ meeting with the National Economic Council (NEC), Technical Committee on

Emir Sanusi Urges Miyetti Allah To Reveal Identity Of Killer Herdsmen

The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has charged herdsmen, under the aegis of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, to fish out criminal elements among them.
The monarch expressed regrets that Fulani herdsmen were being generally painted as criminals, which he maintained they were not.
He urged Nigerians to avoid ethnic profiling whenever a crime was committed, noting that “criminals have no tribal marks.”

Kebbi spent N2bn on water supply in 2017

The Kebbi State Government said it had spent over N2 billion on the provision of potable and safe drinking water in 2017 to safeguard the health of the people against water borne diseases.
The Commissioner of Water Resources and Rural Development, Alhaji Bala Kangiwa, stated this while defending the ministry’s budget for 2018 before the Kebbi House of Assembly in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.

Sokoto Partners World Bank On Construction Of 500KM Rural Roads

Sokoto state government has signed an agreement with the World Bank for the construction of 500km rural roads across the state.
This was disclosed by the state commissioner of finance, Malam Saidu Umar, in a statement issued to reporters in Sokoto Monday.
“The agreement covers different locations spread across the three senatorial zones of Sokoto State.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Kwara House Probes Cut In Workers’ Salaries

The Kwara House of Assembly on Monday began an investigation into the alleged cut in the January 2018 salaries of workers in the 16 local councils and teachers in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in the state.
The investigation is being conducted by the House Committee on Public Accounts and that of Local government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

JAMB: Snake Didn’t Swallow N36m In Our Office

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has debunked claims that snake swallowed N36 million in its office in Benue State, saying it was a case of criminality and fraud carried out by one of its staff.
Stories have gone viral on the internet claiming that snake swallowed N36 million at JAMB office in Makurdi, Benue State.
A statement issued by JAMB on Monday by its spokesperson, Franklin Benjamin said it was a pure case of criminality and fraud by one of its

Governors back creation of state police

State governors on Monday expressed their support for creation of state police as solution to the nation’s security challenges.
However, they insisted that the implementation of the policy would be in phases to enable states with limited resources to continue with Federal Police pending the time they would be in better position to fund state police.


Nigeria’s broadcast regulator NBC, has given notice to Pay TV operators including DSTV, GOTV and Star Times, that they may be shut down by June 2019, unless they begin discussions with the two signal distributors, ITS and Pinnacle.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja NBC DG Moddibo Kawu, said the notice is in preparation for full implementation of Digital Switch Over, DSO.
 The NBC boss also said in line with regulations, Multichoice owned DSTV and GOTV as well as NTA owned Star Times, will no longer be able to operate as both signal distributor and content provider.

Kawu declares for Kano South senatorial seat

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (House of Reps), Hon. Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has declared his intention to contest the Kano South senatorial seat. Kawu, a former thirdterm member of the House of Representatives, who served as principal officer for eight years, declared his intention for the seat at a well-attended event in Sumaila, Kano State.

In a statement in Abuja, Kawu said his experience of 12 years in the House and two-term as a member of the body of principal officers as well as his current experience as a presidential liaison officer gave him an edge over others. 

Mixed reactions trail Abuja-Kaduna rail fare increase

Passengers of Abuja-Kaduna train services have expressed mixed reactions over the increase in fare which took effect from Feb. 1. Some of the passengers who spoke to newsmen in separate interviews on Friday in Abuja said the motive behind the establishment of the railway had been defeated by the hike.

Newsmen report that the old fare for executive class of the Nigeria’s first high speed rail system was N1,500 while the standard class was N1.050. With the introduction of express train, the fare was increased to N3000 for executive class and N1,500 for standard.

Power: 66 day rationing hits Kaduna as TCN begins repairs

Some parts of Kaduna metropolis have begun to see a nine hour day time outage that will continue for 66 days over repair works initiated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Kaduna Electric which services the state said in a statement Friday that the rationing was earlier from February 6 to 14 but has been extended to April 14, 2018 last from 8am to 5pm daily.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Ganduje empowers 2,500 'Keke Napep' operators, 250 Mechanics in 44 LGA

Kano State Government has trained and empowered 2,500 tricycle mechanics and operators in the state as part of effort toward improving their skills.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this while presenting empowerment items to 2,500 beneficiaries of the training programme at the Government House, Kano on Friday.
Ganduje explained that the programme was aimed at improving their business as well as boost the local economy.

Gov. Badaru Condoles with COAS over Father's Death

The Governor of Jigawa State Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has received with sadness the news of the death of Alhaji Yusuf Buratai, father of the Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
The governor's thoughts and prayers are with the Buratai family at this time of great loss.

President Buhari a ‘bad product’ that cannot win 2019 polls – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a ‘bad product’ noting that he cannot win the 2019 presidential polls despite nominating the national leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu as head strategy committee of the party.
PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Thursday, while reacting to Mr. Tinubu’s appointment said it was ludicrous.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Commends Gov. Mohammed Abubakar

The UNICEF had commended His Excellency Governor Mohammed A. Abubakar in recognition of his tireless commitment to better the lives of children in the state through the Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency (BASOVCA).
In a letter signed by the Chief of Field Office UNICEF Bauchi-Field Office Dr. Abdulai Kaikai, the UNICEF revealed their recognition of the efforts made by the Agency and the Bauchi State government over the years, which is in line with their mandate.

Kano to hold LG polls today

The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has concluded arrangements for the conduct of elections in all the 44 local government areas of the state tomorrow.
The Chairman KANSIEC, Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka, said non-sensitive election materials had been distributed to all the local government areas, while sensitive materials would be distributed today.

Britain to Add Naira to List of Accepted Trade Currencies

·         CBN intervenes with Fresh $325.64m
By Obinna Chima with agency report

Britain’s Export Finance Agency will add the Naira to its list of “pre-approved currencies”, allowing it to provide financing for transactions with Nigerian businesses denominated in the local currency.
The Naira will become one of three West African currencies that UK Export Finance has pre-approved for its programme of funding transactions that promote trade with Britain, it said.

PDP, Kwankwasiyya boycott today’s council poll in Kano

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano has directed its members to disregard the local government election holding across the 44 council areas.
Similarly, the Kwankwasiyya group, the supporters of former Governor and Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso yesterday declined to participate in the council election holding today. 

Fulani groups divided over Kano gov’s offer on cattle breeding

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association yesterday welcomed the open invitation  of the Kano State government to cattle breeders to relocate to the state for the purpose of continuing their business.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had said earlier in the week that he is ready to accommodate as many cattle breeders as possible in the Falgore Forest for their business.

2019: IBB’s camp split over Obasanjo’s coalition

There is anxiety in the camp of ex-President Ibrahim Babangida as the ex-military leader and political associates consider if he should join the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) or not.
There were indications that Babangida is under pressure to distance himself from the former President Olusegun Obasanjo movement and rather limit his contributions to his thoughts on the way forward for the nation.
Findings revealed that Babangida met with some of his associates during the week to discuss the likelihood of joining CNM or abstaining from the group.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Kogi govt hands over 15,000 hectares of land to FG for cattle colony

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Friday said the state government had set aside 15,000 hectares of land to implement the cattle colony policy of the Federal government.
Governor Bello during a visit to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said it was necessary that the State provides the land to accommodate the herdsmen and contribute to ending the frequent clashes between farmers and herders.

Only fit, proper judges will preside over courts – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced the process of ensuring that persons, Judges and Justices recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment into various Courts of Record in the instant are fit and proper, and are not under any disability to function as Judicial Officers.

Fire razes GSM market in Kano

No fewer than 30 temporary shops were on Thursday destroyed following an early morning fire outbreak near the GSM market at Farm Centre in Kano.
The spokesman of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, disclosed this to newsmen in Kano.
Mohammed said the incident happened at about 1:55am on Thursday.

Sokoto Govt, BoI to disburse N2bn to SMEs

The Sokoto state Government and the Bank of Industries (BoI) will disburse the sum of N2billion to support Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the state. Already, the state government said it has released its counterpart fund of N1 billion to BoI for the scheme.