Group calls for speedy trial of Uzor Kalu over fraud

A pressure based in Umuahia Abia state, ‘Abia Professionals Network’ has called for the speedy trial of former Abia state Governor, Orji Uzor Kali on allegations of fraud. In a statement made available to PenPushers, said the Orji’s tenure as governor led to the pillaging and depletion of the states revenue. The group’s national coordinator, Charles Okereke, urged the speedy trial of Orji over the N7.6B fraud levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC “Orji Kalu’s claim of returning to Germany between 10-22 for the continuation…

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INEC gets a female Secretary

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has approved the appointment of Mrs Rose Orianran-Anthony as the Secretary to the Commission for a period of four years. A statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye indicates that she has served in various capacities in the commission over a period of twenty eight years. Mrs Orianran-Anthony ,an indegene of Edo State, holds a Bachelor degree in language Arts from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a masters degree in Public Communications and Public Relations from…

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Herdsmen collect N2.2m ransom from kidnapped Customs, NDLEA officers, others’ families

Samson Folarin Suspected Fulani herdsmen last week abducted six Abuja-bound passengers in Akunnu, in the Akoko North Local Government Area of Ondo State. PUNCH Metro learnt that the victims had boarded a Sienna SUV at Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos State, around 9am last Tuesday. The vehicle was said to have been intercepted by the gun-wielding hoodlums around 1pm. Our correspondent learnt that the herdsmen led the passengers and driver into a forest, where they held them captive for five days. Among the victims were officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and…

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Army council promotes officers, others.

The Army Council has, approved the promotion of some senior officers of the Nigerian Arm to the ranks of Major Generals, Brigadier Generals, Colonels and a Lieutenant Colonel. A breakdown of those that benefited from the promotion shows that 29 Brigadier Generals were promoted to the rank of Major Generals, 95 Colonels to Brigadier Generals, while 106 Lieutenant Colonels to Colonels and one Major to Lieutenant Colonel. Among those promoted to the rank of Major General are, Brigadier General TOB Ademola, Nigeria Defence Attaché to China. A statement by the…

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Two men preventing my husband from Performing–Aisha Buhari

By Omo Ighodalo, Abuja Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammad Buhari has restated that there were men in the presidency that constitutes clog in the wheel of her husband thereby preventing him from performing obtimally. Aisha stated this Tuesday but could only say these men were two in number without mentioning their names. She went further to disclose that the present government has achieved a lot but could have achieved more or even achieved all it has in one year but for the two people in government who will never…

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Celebrations galore at North East NSCDC* as men and officers receive arears& bonuses

By EMMANUEL IRIOGBE It was indeed another celebration galore for men and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at the liberated North Eastern States of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi and others as they were paid the jumbo arrears of six months so as to boost morale and give in their best to the country in the protection of lives and property during the ember month and new year festivities. The civil society duo of Good Governance Project Initiative(GGPI) and Workers Rights Protection Network (WORP) has…

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Governors forum gang-up against LG autonomy ― NULGE

*Directs members to vote out govs who refuse autonomy As the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) celebrate its 40th Anniversary today, it has lamented that the state governors; under the Nigeria Governors Forum; ganged-up against the passage of Local Government autonomy Bill into law. Addressing the media yesterday on the 40th Anniversary of the Union in Abuja, President of NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, regretted that the Governors Forum was doing everything to truncate the people’s will concerning local government autonomy. Khaleel said the union had issued a directive…

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Senate passes bills to establish polytechnic in Daura, Kwale, FCE Usugbenu-Irrua, others

The Senate today passed several bills for the establishment of 10 federal institutions across the country. President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown of Daura is among the locations for the new institutions. The passage of the bills followed the consideration of reports presented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Barau Jibrin (APC, Kano). The ten institutions are made up of five Polytechnics, two Universities, two Colleges of Education, and one Institute. The Polytechnics are: Federal Polytechnic Daura (Katsina State), Federal Polytechnic Kabo (Kano State), Federal Polytechnic Ikom…

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THE_ATIKU_PLAN: THE COMPLETE SPEECH IN TEXT*

BY HIS EXCELLENCY ATIKU ABUBAKAR“` Today, I am formally presenting myself to you as the presidential candidate of not just the PDP, but of the hopes and aspirations of all Nigerians. The most important question in this election is: “Are you better off than you were four years ago? Are we richer or poorer?” That is why our primary focus is on getting Nigeria working again. I am strongly of the view that I am just one Nigerian and one Nigerian cannot be as wise as all Nigerians. That is…

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