Senate approves resolution asking FG to continue electricity subsidy

The Senate has approved a resolution requesting the federal government to continue the electricity subsidy due to the ongoing difficulties faced by the nation. The decision was reached following a thorough review and endorsement of a motion presented during the plenary session by Senator Aminu Iya Abbas (PDP), who represents the Adamawa Central zone. The proposal highlights the importance of maintaining the electricity subsidy for the near future, taking into account the ongoing difficulties experienced by Nigerian citizens.

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How Police killed notorious Rivers cultist, 2Baba -Tunji Disu

The end of the road for a notorious cult leader, Gift Okpara, a.k.a ‘2Baba’ who was killed in a joint security operation on Monday in Embrass community, Ahaoda West Local Government Area of Rivers State was confirmed on Friday as the police retrieved his decomposing body. The wanted Iceland cult leader, whose corpse was displayed at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police, on Friday was the prime suspect in the murder of a former Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division, Bako Angbashim, in Odiemudie community, Ahoada East on September 8,…

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Akeredolu’s wife blasts critics as she pays tribute to late husband

Former Ondo State First Lady, Betty Akeredolu seized the opportunity of her tribute to her late husband and former Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, to lash out at her critics asking “do they know what love is? Betty, in her tribute, hit hard on the critics of her relationship with her late husband. The former first lady said “It’s me, your adorable Betty. You just left me. Just like that! It hurts. Badly it hurts. Now alone to face all mockery from the so-called friends and adversaries alike. Now…

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Account of court proceedings as Kwara ex-Gov. Ahmed is docked for N10bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the immediate past governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, for N10 billion fraud. Ahmed allegedly spent an aggregate sum of N1,610,730,500 to charter private jets for local travels. The former governor was on Friday, February 23, 2024 brought before Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin. Ahmed was arraigned on a 12-count charge bordering on alleged mismanagement of public funds to the tune of N10 billion. Count one of the charges reads: “That you, ABDULFATAH AHMED (while…

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Aide laments alleged secret trial as EFCC docks Kwara ex-Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed for N10bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned former governor of Kwara State Abdulfatah Ahmed at Federal High Court Ilorin. However, journalists were barred from covering the arraignment of the former governor as they were denied entry into the court. Speaking with journalists outside the court premises, Wahab Oba, Chief Press Secretary to Ahmed, lamented what he described as secret trial of the former governor, saying the trial is a political persecution. “The former governor Dr. Ahmed is supposed to be arraigned by the EFCC so we are here…

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Tinubu names Nandap as Immigration boss

President Bola Tinubu has appointed DCG Kemi Nanna Nandap as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). The appointment takes effect from March 1, 2024. DCG Nandap takes over from Mrs. Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, whose term in office expires on February 29, 2024. Before her appointment as Comptroller-General, Nandap was the Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of the Migration Directorate of the Service. Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, in a statement on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, said the President anticipates that the new Comptroller-General will deepen the ongoing reforms in the…

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Why we are probing Buhari, Emefiele -Senate President, Akpabio

Godswill Akpabio, Nigeria’s Senate President has revealed that the current food and security crises confronting the nation now are traceable to the way and manner the Ways and Means loan granted by the Central Bank of Nigeria during Godwin Emefiele’s tenure as Governor to the Buhari administration were given, collected and spent which has necessitated a probe of the immediate past administration. The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday resolved to probe how the N30tn Ways and Means loans of the Central Bank of Nigeria was obtained and spent by the administration…

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PDP protest as Kwara ex-Gov. Abdulfatah spends 2nd day in EFCC custody

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State on Wednesday converged at the Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to protest against the continued detention of a former governor of the state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, by the agency. The protesters, who displayed placards with various messages to express their frustration and anger over the development, said the former governor has been detained for more than 48 hours without being charged in court. Some of the messages on the placards read: “Ahmed was very transparent; EFCC is…

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𝗚o𝘄𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗼 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘀: 𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗧𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗯𝘂 m𝗼𝗿𝗲 t𝗶𝗺𝗲 t𝗼 t𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗹𝗲 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮’𝘀 problems

A former head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), on Wednesday urged Nigerians to give President Bola Tinubu’s administration more time to resolve the country’s various challenges. Gowon, who addressed State House correspondents after a meeting with President Tinubu in Abuja, said it was too early in the life of the administration to begin to resolve all inherited crises in different sectors. He said: “Well, I was telling him that no Nigerian leader that got there and will not have all the reports of what is being said about him.…

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FG begind payment of ASUU’s withheld salaries

The Federal Government has commenced the payment of the withheld salaries of academics under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, PUNCH Online has learnt. Multiple sources in the academic sector confirmed the development to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday. The chairperson of ASUU at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Gbolahan Bolarin, who confirmed the development on the record, said, “Yes, it is true. Payment has started rolling in.” President Bola Tinubu Tinubu had in October 2023 approved the release of four of the eight…

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Ondo PDP chairman is dead

Mr Fatai Adams, the Chairman of the Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, is dead. Though details of his death have not yet been made public, it was gathered that he died in the early hours of Wednesday. The party’s state Publicity Secretary, Mr Kennedy Peretei, who confirmed the incident, said the party would soon make official communication to the media on the matter. “Yes it is true but we will soon communicate you properly on the incident,” Peretei said. The State Working Committee of the PDP in…

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Pictures: High emotions, tears, as Abiodun, Dangote, Aig-Imoukhede, others visit Herbert Wigwe’s parents

Emotions ran high as billionaires wept freely as the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and the President/Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, alongside other associates paid a condolence visit to the parents of the late GCEO, Access Holdings Plc., Herbert Wigwe, on Monday. The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun posted images from the visit on his Facebook account on Monday. The PUNCH reports that Wigwe, his wife, Doreen; son, Chizi; and a former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, lost their lives in an helicopter crash which…

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Why we won’t return to ECOWAS -Niger’s coup leader, Tchiani

The head of military junta in Niger Republic, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, has vowed that none of the three Sahel countries would rejoin the regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Gen. Tchiani made the vow in an interview he granted to RTN news channel in the capital, Niamey Monday. The military regimes in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger January 28, announced their immediate withdrawal from the West African bloc ECOWAS. The leaders of the three Sahel nations issued a statement, saying it was a “sovereign decision” to leave…

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Read details of FG’s repayment plan for students’ loan

Ahead of the official launch of the Student Loan Scheme on February 21, 2024, the Nigeria Education Loan Fund said it is finalising repayment modalities. Although it confirmed that the 10 per cent direct deduction from the beneficiaries’ salaries still stands, applicants can pay higher percentages or 100 per cent upfront if they choose. However, persons confirmed to be dead, terminally ill, and incapable of earning a living through work will be granted waivers, a source close to the board’s activities told Sunday PUNCH. “First and foremost, the modality for…

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Arogbofa, Jonathan’s CoS slumps, dies in Abuja

Brigadier Grn. Seinde Jones Arogbofa (rtd), who served as Chief of Staff to former President Goodluck Jonathan, is dead. Arogbofa, who was military Assistant to a former military governor of Lagos State, then Col. Raji Rasaki, slumped and died on Saturday morning in Abuja. He was aged 71 . Born on 10 November 1952 in Oka-Akoko, Ondo State, Arogbofa was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1973. Jonathan appointed him Chief of Staff from February 10, 2014 to May 29, 2015. Arogbofa attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Rochester Institute of Technology,…

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Special Tribute on His Royal Highness, Oba Peter Olusegun Aremu-Cole, the Olukoro of Koro, who joined his ancestral fathers on 1st February 2024

By Dr. Olu Ajere Several thought forms, thought styles, and perspectives had emerged by community leaders, political leaders and public analysts about the circumstances that led to the gruesome onslaught on our Kabiesi which led to the joining of His ancestral fathers painfully. This matter goes beyond superficial and platonic brain waves’ submission on the serious matter. The Oba of Koro (A Retired Army General) departed this Sinful world as a great and giant ruler and soldier who sacrificed His golden life for the sake of humanity and His professional…

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Ekiti Monarchs Murder: IDC defends Olowolafe, says he is a man of unquestionable integrity

Members of Igbaraodo Development Council (IDC) in Ekiti State have warned those associating High Chief Oyebanji Olowofela with the current spate of kidnapping in the state to desist from the action, saying that he is a man of good track records and impeccable characters. IDC said in a statement signed by its Secretary, Ayo Adekoya-Benson and made available to the media, that Banji Olowofela is a qualified civil engineer of many decades. Olowofela is said to be “a 1969 graduate of the prestigious University of Lagos, a foremost legislator, the…

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Ladi Adebutu, Baba Ijebu’s son charged for money laundering

The Federal Government on Tuesday arraigned Oladipupo Adebutu, son of billionaire betting magnate, Kessington Adebutu, popularly known as Baba Ijebu, before an Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the State capital, on seven count charges, bordering on money laundering and other offences, with case number AB/10c/2023 (FRN Vs Adebutu &Ors. Adebutu the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ogun State candidate for the gubernatorial election held on March 18, 2023, was accused of criminal inducement during the poll by security agents alongside other members of his party. He was alleged to…

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Nigeria’s Alake chairs Africa Mineral Strategy Group

Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, has been elected as the Chairman of the Africa Minerals Strategy Group. Dr. Alake was unanimously elected as the chairman of the mining pressure group on Monday, February 5, 2024. Speaking at the meeting of the Africa Minerals Strategy Group, Alake charged African leaders to forge a common front to get maximum benefits from the mineral resources on the continent. The minister, in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Tomori, stressed that the era of carting…

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Tinubu: Olaiya Igwe apologises for praying naked

Olaiya Igwe, the esteemed Yoruba actor also known as Ebun Oloyede, has issued a public apology to Nigerians for going naked at a beach to campaign for Bola Tinubu. In a now-deleted video shared on his Instagram account on Monday, the actor explained that his actions were driven by a divine revelation he claimed to have received regarding Tinubu. In the video, Igwe acknowledged Tinubu’s assistance, particularly in matters related to his health, as the reason behind his show of support for the politician. Speaking in Yoruba, Olaiya said, “Because…

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Aiyedatiwa to spend N1.3bn on generator, N743m on food drinks in 2024

The Ondo State Government has earmarked over N1.3 billion to spend on fuel for generators and motor vehicles and the sum of N743 million on refreshments and meals in 2024, SaharaReporters has gathered. This is in the approved 2024 budget of the state, revealing that the approved budget sum for motor vehicle fuel cost is N379,032,200.00 and the sum of N970,154,937.50 is slated for Plant/Generator Fuel Cost. The government also plans to spend N743,495,505.70 on ‘Refreshment & Meals’. Other notable budgetary provisions include N1,543,300,476.00 (N1.54 billion) for welfare packages, while…

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EFCC parades General Overseer for scamming church members N1.3bn

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the General Overseer of Faith On The Rock Ministry International, Apostle Theophilus Oloche Ebonyi, for defrauding church members and other Nigerians using fake grants from the Ford Foundation to the tune of N1, 319,040,274.31(One Billion Three Hundred and Nineteen Million, Forty Thousand, Two hundred and seventy-four naira, and Thirty-One Kobo). Ebonyi was arrested for defrauding his victims, comprising non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals, by advertising an intervention project through his NGO (Theobarth Global Foundation) claiming that the Ford Foundation was offering…

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PDP crisis deepens as Makinde’s Legacy Group withdraws from Edo delegates election

There seems to be no end to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State as the Chairman of the three-man committee, Governor Seyi Makinde, who conducted the party’s state delegate election resigned from the position. Also, nine aspirants out of the 11 that would participate in the February 22 primary election were said to have boycotted the election which took place all over the state on Sunday. The nine aspirants in their letter to the acting National Chairman, Umar Illiya, and copied to the National Vice Chairman…

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Police parade suspected killer of Ekiti monarchs

The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested one suspect linked to the killing of two traditional rulers in Ekiti State last Monday. The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Dare Ogundare, said that the suspect, Babusa Lede, had confessed to involvement in the killing of the two monarchs, adding that efforts were on to apprehend others involved. The traditional rulers, the Elesun of Esun Ekiti, Oba David Babatunde Ogunsakin and the Olumojo of Imojo-Ekiti, Oba Samuel Olusola, were killed by the gunmen; while the Alara of Ara (Ikole), Oba Sunday Fatoba, escaped…

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Ayinde Marshal calls Tinubu Out: Says masses are suffering and wailing, do something

Fuji maestro, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, popularly known by his stage name, K1 De Ultimate, has told President Bola Tinubu that Nigerians are suffering and angry with his government due to the current poor state of the economy. K1 said this in a video recording that surfaced on Thursday during one of his recent stage performances. Before K1, his daughter, Dami Ayinde, lent her voice on Wednesday to the current economic situation, which she said wasn’t what the All-Progressives Congress promised. On her Instagram stories, the young lawyer said the APC…

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EFCC pressured me to implicate ex-finance minister, governors – Ex-AGF, Idris

Ahmed Idris, a former Accountant General of the Federation, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of deceiving him to admit to the allegations against him. Idris alongside others is standing trial for 14 charges concerning criminal breach of trust and stealing to the tune of N109.5bn from the federation account. The ex-AGF alleged that the EFCC told him they wanted to use him to get the Minister of Finance and some governors. Idris was arraigned alongside Godfrey Akindele and Mohammed Usman, and a firm — Gezawa Commodity Market…

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Abiodun salutes Super Eagles for AFCON s/final ticket, urges team to soar higher

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has congratulated the national ream, the Super Eagles for qualifying for the semi-final at the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. The Super Eagles on Friday evening beat their Angolan counterpart by one goal to nil, scored in the 41 minutes by Ademola Lookman. Governor Abiodun praised the resilience, tenacity and the team spirit displayed by the players in overcoming their opponents. He urged the team to do Nigeria proud by qualifying for the finals of the African football showpiece. He said:…

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Ajulo, five others named as commissioners as Aiyedatiwa forms cabinet

The Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has named Kayode Ajulo, SAN, and five others as commissioner-nominees. The names of the nominees have therefore been sent to the House of Assembly for screening and confirmation. The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Friday. The governor had earlier picked a former Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Olaide Adelami, as the deputy governor of the state. This came a few hours after the governor sacked all the commissioners and special advisers…

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Ex-AGF, Idris didn’t make statement under duress -EFCC

The Federal High Court has admitted new evidence against former Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, in his ongoing trial for alleged N109 billion fraud. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disclosed this in a statement, stating that Idris, the first defendant in a 14-count charge bordering on gratification, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of over N109 billion, claimed that EFCC obtained his statement under duress, necessitating a trial-within-trial to determine the veracity of his claim. Idris is standing trial alongside three others: his company,…

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Lagos CP tackles DPO who released armed robbery suspects after collecting N2m bribe

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Police Command CP Adegoke Fayoade has querried the Divisional Police Officers DPO Epe Divisional Headquarters, CSP Godwin Okoruwa for accepting the sum of N2m cheque from an Epe paramount ruler(names withheld) to release four arrested suspected armed robbers. Sources said the suspects were arrested by police detectives attached to Epe Division while on Stop and Search duty with locally made guns cut to size and cartridges and were being grilled when the paramount ruler called the DPO that the boys arrested were not armed…

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Netizens drag Peter Obi over son’ gay posture

Oseloka Peter Obi, the United States of America based son of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi has sparked outrage on social media, particularly on the microblogging network Twitter, now known as X. The younger obi, a Hollywood actor, film producer, and businessman, was featured in a gay publication, prompting many to doubt his sexual orientation. The British-Nigerian actor was featured on the top page of the UK Gay Times, defending the LGBTQ community. He said, “While there are strides being made to represent people, a lot of the…

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EFCC boss, Olukoyede unveils sponsors of terrorism

Ola Olukoyede, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that the anti-graft agency uncovered how a religious sect is laundering money for terrorists in Nigeria. Olukoyede made the revelation on Wednesday at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja during a one-day dialogue on “Youth, Religion, and the Fight against Corruption.” He also said that another religious body was found to be protecting a money launderer after some money suspected to have been laundered was traced to the organisation’s bank account. The anti-graft boss noted that religious organisations,…

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Tinubu, Atiku trade words over worsening insecurity

The Presidency on Tuesday night described the statement of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar berating President Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the failure to resolve the security crisis in the country as “reckless”. Mr Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, in a reaction to Wazirin Adamawa, said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections was latching on any issue to attack President Tinubu because he was nursing hangover of his electoral defeat. The former Vice President has berated President…

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Ogun Gov., Dapo Abiodun endorses new Assembly Speaker

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, on Tuesday, received members of the House of Assembly led by the newly inaugurated Speaker, Oludaisi Elemide. With 22 out 26 members in attendance, the Assembly earlier on Tuesday inaugurated Elemide representing the Odeda constituency, as the new Speaker of the assembly. The assembly also ratified the impeachment of Olakunle Oluomo who was removed last week Tuesday. The lawmakers took the decision at the plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Bolanle Ajayi. Shortly after the inauguration, Elemide led members of the House to…

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PRESS STATEMENT: Still on Agunloye, Mambilla, and EFCC*

Still on the subject of Mambilla Power Project, our intervention this time is triggered by an EFCC leaflet circulating on social media declaring that Dr Agunloye is being “investigated for $6 billion fraud”. We are not sure whether his inclusion on that list with 14 others was deliberate or if it is an error of judgement. What we know and which is clear from the project concept and related documents is that any narrative suggesting malfeseance on his part is false. In office, as a true patriot and Honourable Minister…

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Atiku’s ex aide Bwala, parleys Tinubu in France

A former top aide of ex Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Daniel Bwala, has met with President Bola Tinubu in Paris, France. Bwala, a lawyer, was a former spokesperson to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, Atiku Abubakar, stated that he met with President Tinubu in Paris on Monday, January 29, 2024. He made the disclosure in a post on his official X page. Bwala wrote: “It was a pleasure to meet with the father of the nation @officialABAT President Bola Tinubu in Paris today.…

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Mr. Ibu’s son, daughter arrested, arraigned for N55m theft

The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday said it had arrested a son and adopted daughter of Mr. John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, for allegedly stealing the ailing actor’s N50m being proceeds of donations to cater to the thespian’s ailing health. The Force, through its Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Alagbon, in Ikoyi, Lagos State, said the duo of Onyeabuchi Okafor and Jasmine Okekeagwu, allegedly conspired to commit the crime. The family of the ailing thespian revealed in October 2023 that the actor had undergone five surgeries, seeking…

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Kano Gov., Yusuf had no deal with Tinubu -Aide

Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, has denied entering into any agreement with the Presidency before the January 12, 2024 Supreme Court judgment on the state governorship election petition where he emerged victorious. On September 20, the Kano State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sacked Yusuf, of the New Nigeria People’s Party. Subsequently, on November 17, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja affirmed the tribunal judgment which declared the All Progressives Congress candidate, Nasiru Gawuna, winner of the governorship election. However, the Supreme Court on January 12 set aside the lower…

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Atiku, yet to commiserate with Oyo State over Ibadan explosion – Gov. Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Monday, lamented that out of the three major candidates who contested the 2023 presidential election, only the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has not called or sent a message to him to commiserate with the people of the state over the recent explosion in Ibadan, the state capital. Five people were confirmed dead while 77 sustained varying degrees of injuries and 58 houses were damaged during the explosion that rocked Adeji, Old Bodija in Ibadan. Makinde made his position known in Ibadan while…

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Again, Pope Francis speaks on same sex marriage, says you will soon appreciate my stand

Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis has expressed confidence that those who criticise his decision to allow blessings for same-sex couples will come to understand it over time, except for Africans, whom he referred to as a “special case.” According to Reuters, the Pope, who is the head of the world’s catholic mission, stated that Africans perceive homosexuality negatively from a cultural perspective in an interview with Italian newspaper, La Stampa, that was published on Monday. “Those who protest vehemently belong to small ideological groups. A special case is Africans: for them,…

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