Kano Emirate Batttle: Gov. Abba orders demolition of Bayero’s Palace

The Kano State governor, Abba Yusuf, has directed the State’s Commissioner of Police to evict the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, from the mini Palace in Nasarawa area of the Kano metropolis with immediate effect. The state government said the property where the deposed Emir is hibernating belongs to the government and it has be pencilled down for renovation, including demolition of a part of its wall. The governor spoke through the State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Haruna Dederi, during a press conference held at the Government…

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Ogun monarch, renown journalist, PR practitioner joins ancestors

Oba Dr. Olufemi Ogunleye, the Towulade of Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, is dead. Dr Kunle Adesina, on behalf of the family, in a statement issued on Thursday, confirmed the passage of the royal father, who died at 79. The statement read, “With gratitude to God, the entire Ogunleye Family of Akinale and Delesolu Compound, Ago-Owu, Owu Kingdom Abeokuta, hereby announce the passing unto glory of our illustrious son, father and grandfather, His Royal Highness Oba (Dr.) Olufemi Okesooto lyanda Adewunmi Ogunleye, Towulade 1 of Akinale,…

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How we detected and removed 1,618 ghost workers from FG payroll -HoS

Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan the Head of Service of the Federation says the Federal Government has uncovered 1,618 officers in the Civil Service with illegal and fake employment letters. Dr. Yemi-Esan made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, during a media parley organized as part of programmes marking the 2024 Civil Service Week, with a theme: Education an African fit for the 21s Century: Building Resilient Education System for Increased Access to Inclusive Longlife, Quality and relevant Learning in Africa. She disclosed that through physical verification conducted by the Ministries, Departments…

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Kano court sacks Sanusi as Emir

A Federal High Court in Kano, presided over by Justice Abdullahi Liman, on Thursday, 20 June, 2024 nullified the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano. The court also nullified all the actions taken after the controversial reinstatement. “I hereby order that every step taken by the government is hereby nullified and becomes null and invalid and that this does not affect the validity of the repealed Emirates Law but actions taken by the governor which include the assenting to the law and the reappointment of…

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Rivers Crisis: Fubara vows to resist supporters arrest, holds security council meeting

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State, on Tuesday, convened a high-level security council meeting with heads of security agencies. The security meeting, which took place at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital, was in response to escalating political tension in the state following the expiration of the tenure of the local government chairmen in the state. The closed-door session focused on recent disturbances at local government secretariats and the overall security situation in the state. Addressing reporters after the closed-door meeting, Fubara said the meeting with the…

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June 12: MKO Abiola’s family on fire as Kudirat’s son accuses Simbiat’s son of incompetence and betrayal of father’s legacy

Abdulmumuni Abiola, a brother to Kola Abiola and son of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late MKO Abiola, has criticised the poor handling of his father’s legacies. He expressed his disappointment in the podcast MIC ON with Seun Okinbaloye, released Saturday night. He also blamed Kola, Abiola’s eldest son, who he said was in a position to hoist his father’s legacy but failed to do so. This is as he alleged that Kola, who could have carried on with his father’s struggle, was in a…

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Cholera Outbreak: These are what you need to know

Recently, the Nigerian government confirmed the outbreak of cholera in parts of the country, including Lagos State. Laboratory investigations and test results in Lagos have however confirmed that the current outbreak is associated with the Cholera subtype known as Serovars O1. The identified Cholera strain according to the Lagos State Health Commissioner, Akin Abayomi, is “highly aggressive and contagious, with the potential for widespread” concerns, heightened by the rainy season. As of Sunday, data provided by Mr Abayomi on his Instagram account revealed that the state had recorded 350 suspected…

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Lagos battling with highly contagious cholera strain -Health Commissioner

Dr. Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State commissioner for health, says the state government is battling a strain of cholera described as highly aggressive and contagious. On Sunday, Abayomi said Lagos has recorded 17 confirmed cases of cholera and 15 fatalities so far. He said laboratory investigation has confirmed the strain to be cholera sub-type O-1, adding that the subtype is associated with more severe diseases. On Monday, in a post on X, Abayomi said the identified strain is “highly aggressive and contagious, with potential for widespread dissemination”. Abayomi said through…

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Peter Obi’s pillar of support visits First Lady, days after wearing Tinubu’s styled cap

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the first lady Oluremi Tinubu, in Lagos on Monday, on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. Busola Kukoyi, media aide to the first lady, shared the picture of Oluremi and Obasanjo in a post published on X. “Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the First Lady of the Federal of Nigeria Senator Oluremi Tinubu after receiving the Former President who came felicitating on the Sallah Celebration on Monday 17th June,” Kokoyi wrote on X. Former President of the Federal…

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Emir Sanusi holds dubar to Celebrate Sallah

The 16th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, held a Sallah durbar in Kano as part of activities marking the celebration of Eid el Malud. The action was in defiance of the ban by the Kano State Police Command banning the event usually held after the Sallah prayer due to the tension generated by the removal from office of Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and the re-installation of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi. The Emir had earlier led Eid prayer and sermon at the Kofar Mata Jumu’at mosque. The Eid prayer was…

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Deposed Emir, Bayero wins case against Kano govt, gets N10m for damages

Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero the deposed Emir of Kano has defeated the Kano state government in a case of rights of movement and freedom to civil liberty instituted against the government. The Court upheld the rights of movement and freedom to civil liberty of the deposed Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and asked the Kano State Government to pay N10m damages to the 15th Emir. In his judgment, the Presiding Judge of the Federal High Court 3, Justice Simon Amobeda, on Friday, upheld the applicant counsel’s withdrawal of…

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FG declares Monday, Tuesday as public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18, 2024, public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival. In a statement on Friday signed by the Ministry of Interior’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, quoted the minister, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, as congratulating all Muslim Ummah both at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion. Tunji-Ojo called on the Muslim Ummah to continue to imbibe the spirit of peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to…

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Tinubu to celebrate Sallah, holidays in Lagos

The President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will depart Abuja, the nation’s capital, for Lagos on Friday, where he would celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival. In a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu will observe Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos, where he will also spend the Sallah holidays. It added that the President will mark the occasion with prayers and reflection on advancing the transformation of Nigeria in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda. The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, declared Sunday, June 16, as Eid-el-Kabir day after affirming that Friday…

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World Bank approves $2.25bn loan for Nigeria

Wale Edun, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, has announced that the World Bank has approved two financial support packages valued at $2.25 billion for Nigeria. Edun, in a statement issued by the ministry’s spokesperson, Mohammed Manga, said the loan approval was part of President Bola Tinubu’s ongoing efforts to stabilise the economy, reposition it for sustained and inclusive growth, and provide urgent support to the poor and vulnerable. He listed the approved loans to include $1.5 billion for the Nigeria Reforms for Economic Stabilization to…

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Akwa Ibom Gov., Umo Eno sacks Special Duties’ Commissioner

Akwa Ibom State Governor Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Enobong Uwah, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government property in his possession to the permanent secretary. NNPCL, NOSL begin oil production in Akwa Ibom He thanked Okon for the period he served Akwa Ibom State and wished…

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Alleged Sexual Harassment: HoS suspends Foreign Affairs’ Perm. Sec.

Mr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Head of Service of the Federation has ordered the suspension of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ibrahim Lamuwa, over alleged sexual harassment. The senior civil servant was accused of serial sexual harassment by a married female employee of the ministry, Simisola Ajayi. Ajayi accused in a petition dated May 29, 2024, and addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar. Ajayi, in the petition filed by her lawyer Femi Falana (SAN), said multiple instances of harassment allegedly by Lamuwa…

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2027: ‘I have no deal with el-Rufai’ -Akpabio

Godswill Akpabio, Nigeria’s Senate President has denied any intention to contest the 2027 presidential election alongside the immediate past governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai. He made this known in reaction to posters circulating in some parts of Kaduna associating him with a political ambition ahead of the 2027 presidential election. A statement issued by the Senate President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Eseme Eyiboh, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, read: “We want to state in very clear and unequivocal terms that Senator Godswill Akpabio does not have any…

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Tinubu names Tanimu Yakubu as DG, Budget Office

The President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has approved the appointment of Mr. Tanimu Yakubu as the Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation. Yakubu’s appointment follows the expiration of the tenure of Mr. Ben Akabueze. The Presidency announced the appointment in a statement issued on Thursday, June 13, 2024. The new DG Budget Office, an accomplished economist, was Chief Economic Adviser to late President Umar Yar’Adua from 2007 to 2010. Yakubu was Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria from 2003 to 2007, and Commissioner…

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Video: I only ‘dobale’ for democracy, Tinubu reacts to slip on June 12 anniversary

The President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reacted to the trending video of him tripping at Eagle Square in Abuja on Wednesday, saying democracy is worth falling for. Tinubu missed a step while climbing the vehicle for a parade at Eagle Square in Abuja during an event for the 2024 Democracy Day. But he quickly regained his balance and continued with the activities for the day. Speaking about the incident during a day to mark the day, Tinubu joked about the incident and said that he had only “dobale” –…

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Powerful oil mafia attempted to sabotage my refinery -Dangote

The chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has revealed that some local and international criminal organisations, which he described as “mafia”, made repeated attempts to sabotage his $19bn refinery project located in Lagos. Dangote while speaking at the Afreximbank Annual Meetings, likened the oil cartels to a mafia stronger than the drug mafia, hell-bent on maintaining their grip on the industry. “Well, I knew that there would be a fight. But I didn’t know that the mafia in oil, are stronger than the mafia in drugs. I can tell you…

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Edo Gov., Obaseki at loggerheads with Oba of Benin over ban on Okaighele

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, is on a collision course with the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare, II after insisting that the ban on Okaighele (community youth leaders) activities in seven local governments in Edo South Senatorial district is still in force. The Oba of Benin Palace had on June 7, 2024, kicked against the ban by the Edo State Government. While addressing the Okaigheles who protested to Palace, Chief Osaro Idah, the Obazelu of Benin, who spoke on behalf of the monarch, had said Okaighele is not something that…

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FG warns of job loss, dire economic consequences as labour disowns agreement on minimum wage

The Federal Government on Wednesday admonished organised Labour to consider the broader economic implications of its push for an unrealistic higher national minimum wage. The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, who handed down the admonition, hinted that the N250,000 minimum wage demanded by labour could undermine the economy, lead to mass retrenchment of workers and jeopardise the welfare of Nigerians. However, the labour unions refuted President Bola Tinubu’s claims during his Democracy Day broadcast on Wednesday that an agreement had been reached on the new national minimum…

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$6bn Mambila Power Fraud: Witness narrates how Agunloye collected N5.2m from contractor

A prosecution witness in the ongoing alleged $6 billion Mambila Power Project fraud, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has narrated how former Minister of Power and Steel, Dr. Olu Agunloye, received multiple transfers totaling N5.2 million from one Mr. Jide Sotirin, an employee of Sunrise Power and Transmission Ltd. An EFCC statement on Thursday via X noted that the revelation came during Agunloye’s trial before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Apo, Abuja, where he faces seven-count charges bordering on official corruption and…

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Read Pres. Tinubu’s 2024 Democracy Day speech

The President, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, delivered the 2024 Democracy Day speech, addressing a variety of issues affecting the country. Read the full text below: My fellow Nigerians, let me begin by congratulating all of us for witnessing the celebration of another Democracy Day today, the 12th day of June 2024. This year also marks our nation’s 25 years of uninterrupted democratic governance. Going through this passage was hard and dangerous. During the fateful six years that followed, we fought and struggled for our natural rights as human beings…

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Alleged Sexual Harrasement: Amb. Lawuma’s victim narrates ordeal

A married employee of the ministry, Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, had disclosed the excesses of the permanent secretary in a petition to the Minister, through her lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN). Ajayi urged Tuggar to investigate the permanent secretary. The petition titled, “Request For An Investigation Of Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa’s Conducts Of Sexual Harassment At The Place Of Work, Abuse Of Office Official Intimidation And Discrimination,” was signed by Adebayo A. Oniyelu LP for Falana & Falana’s. While narrating how the Permanent Secretary has been harassing her, the counsel reminded the minister…

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Foreign Affairs minister Amb. Yusuf Tugar writes HoS over Perm Sec’s alleged sexual harassment of female staff

Ambassador Yusuf Tugar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has written a letter to the Head of Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, wherein he alleged that his Permanent Secretary, Ibrahim Lamuwa, had sexually harassed a married female staff member of the ministry. In the letter dated May 27, Tuggar said he felt it necessary to write to her following the “gravity of the matter”, urging Yemi-Esan to handle it accordingly. The minister added that he would provide any assistance required for the head of service to discharge her duties. A married…

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Video: And the President slipped

The President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday slipped while boarding the parade vehicle at the venue of the 2024 Democracy Day. The President had approached the vehicle shortly after he arrived at the Eagles Square, Abuja venue of the programme. The President stepped on the edge of his agbada and slipped, losing his footing momentarily as he was about to step into the vehicle. Tinubu quickly regained his balance and continued with the proceedings. The event at Eagles Square was part of a series of events to mark the…

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N60k minimum wage too high -Nigerian Governors Forum

Governors of the 36 states of the federation have rejected the N60,000 minimum wage earlier proposed by the Federal Government. The Director Media and Public Affairs of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Hajiya Halimah Salihu Ahmed, disclosed this in a statement on Friday. Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), on Monday embarked on an indefinite strike action after rejecting the federal government’s N60,000 offer as minimum wage. But they later announced that they would relax the strike action for one week to give…

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Minimum Wage: Truce as FG offers to pay more than 60k, labour agrees to suspend strike

The Federal Government and organised labour have agreed on the fixing of a new minimum wage that is above N60,000. The agreement was reached at the end of a meeting held on Monday between leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and representatives of the Federal Government. The Federal Government called the meeting after labour commenced an indefinite nationwide strike on Monday to demand a living wage. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume, who read the resolutions of the…

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Soldiers bar journalists, others as Akume meets labour leaders in Abuja

Amidst the biting effect of the nationwide strike by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SFG), Senator George Akume, is currently having a closed-door emergency meeting with labour leaders. Journalists and visitors were barred from assessing the venue of the meeting. Enchanted by the Beautiful City near Cambodia Border – Nếm TV Soldiers and some other security operatives allowed only a few persons access to the venue Daily Trust reports that the organised labour unions on Monday commended a nationwide strike over the breakdown…

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Herbert Wigwe: RCCG suspends Pastor Iluyomade over wife’s elaborate birthday celebration

The Redeemed Christian Church of God has suspended the Senior Pastor of the City of David Parish in Lagos State, Idowu Iluyomade. The suspension of Iluyomade, who also heads the Apapa Family of the church’s annex, came after the elaborate 60th birthday celebration of his wife, Siju. According to a source who spoke with Church Times, the pastor got the letter of his suspension over the weekend and was replaced by Pastor Charles Kpandei of the church’s Resurrection Parish Region 11 with immediate effect. The source added that Iluyomade was…

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Peter Obi’s LP aligns with Federal Govt, says NLC’s demand not realistic

A Nigerian workers backed opposition party, the Labour Party of Nigeria, has called on the workers’ unions to re-negotiate with the government on a new minimum wage rather than embarking on industrial action. The National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos State. Ifoh said the strike was not an option, noting that it would cause more hardship and suffering to the people. He stated, “Our immediate reaction is that organised labour should…

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Why we shot down national grid -NLC, TUC give details

The Nigeria Labour Congress on Monday explained the decision of workers in the electricity sector to shut down the national grid. In a statement made available to journalists, the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, faulted the Transmission Company of Nigeria over claims that the monitoring and compliance team of NLC attacked workers manning their facilities. The TCN had announced the complete shutdown of Nigeria’s power grid by labour unions as the strike began. Announcing the shutdown of the national grid in a statement issued on Monday morning by TCN spokesperson, Ndidi…

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Strike cripples NASS as labour union cuts electricity, water supplies to complex

Members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), have shut down the National Assembly in compliance with the indefinite strike declared by the organised labour. Our correspondent who went to the National Assembly to monitor the situation met the entrance and exit gates blocked with two coastal buses by PASAN. The organised labour had insisted that its indefinite strike would begin today as planned following the federal government’s refusal to increase the minimum wage above N60,000. Labour, which is demanding N494,000,…

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How labour unions shut down national grid -TCN

The General Manager, Public Affairs of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Mr. Nidid Mba has given a detailed account of how the labour union shot down its operations across its substations and the national grid. According to a statement issued earlier today, Mba said “the Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby informs the general public that the Labour Union has shut down the national grid, resulting in black out nationwide. The national grid shut down occured at about 2.19am this morning, 3rd June 2024. “At about 1:15am this morning, the Benin…

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Strike: Labour blocks all roads to Abuja, Lagos airports

The organised labour has shut down all entry points of aviation agencies at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to press home their demands for the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage. This action has, however, affected flight operations at the nation’s busiest airport as airlines as passengers were left stranded at the airport entrances. This is coming barely 24 hours after the Aviation unions directed its members to withdraw services across airports in Nigeria. The unions decided after an…

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Minimum Wage: Labour asks Tinubu to intervene as FG insists N497k will kill Nigeria’s economy

Organised Labour has urged President Bola Tinubu to personally intervene in the ongoing negotiation over minimum wage to avert the indefinite strike action scheduled to start on Monday. This is as the Federal Government warned that the national minimum wage being demanded by labour could destabilise the economy. Organised Labour had given a May 31, 2024 ultimatum on the new minimum wage. On Tuesday, May 28, talks between the Federal Government and Organised Labour broke down after the government and the Organised Private Sector raised their offers to N60,000. The…

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NASS, Governors fail to broker truce, as labour insist on nationwide strike

The leadership of the National Assembly has met with the organised labour in Abuja in a bid to avert an imminent indefinite strike by the labour unions. This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by the spokespersons of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Senator Yemi Adaramodu and Rep. Akin Rotimi, Jr on Sunday. The meeting held at the Senate wing of the National Assembly Complex, has in attendance the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Abbas Tajudeen, Deputy President of the Senate, Jibrin…

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Private sector accepts FG N60,000 minimum wage — MAN DG

The Director-General of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, Ajayi Kadri, has confirmed that the organised private sector accepted the Federal Government’s proposal for a new minimum wage of N60,000. Ajayi disclosed this during an interview with Channels TV in Abuja on Saturday. He clarified that ongoing negotiations between the government, the private sector and labour were focused on establishing a minimum wage rather than a living wage which represents the lowest amount that can be paid to any worker in the country. He also stressed that both labour and private…

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Umo Eno: New Face of Nigerian Politics

By Michael Effiong Nigeria’s political landscape is witnessing a significant shift. Indeed, something unique is happening in Akwa Ibom State, and it is time for the nation to rise, applaud, and emulate Governor Umo Bassey Eno. In just one year in office, Governor Eno is carving a niche for himself with his leadership and governance style, which are rooted in unity, empathy, humility, integrity, and prudence. Many now refer to him as the new face of Nigerian politics. For those following Governor Eno’s activities, this moniker is not mere flattery.…

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Drug deal: Policeman, Abba Kyari meets bail conditions, released from Kuje prison

Abba Kyari, a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, has been released from the Kuje Custodial Centre in the Federal Capital Territory after spending 27 months in detention. Kyari was detained following his arrest on February 14, 2022, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for alleged involvement with an international drug cartel. Kyari, along with four members of the Police Intelligence Response Team—Sunday Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba, and John Nuhu—was arraigned on March 7, 2022. Two suspected drug traffickers, Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka  Ezenwanne, who were arrested at Akanu…

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Residents of Royal Gardens Estate protest developer’s alleged exploitation

Residents of Royal Gardens Estate, Ajah Lagos protested over outrageous exploitation and extortion by the estate developer, Trojan Estate Limited and its agent, Broll Properties Limited. The protesting residents, numbering about 100 at the weekend, kicked against the lack of transparency and disparity in electricity billing, security challenges and refusal to comply in signing the Service Level Agreement after several mediations by the court. Describing this as unlawful and likely to compromise the safety of the dwellers, Chairman of the residents’ association, Anthony Ogbebor disclosed that the estate was under…

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Mega crisis rocks Lagos Country Club’s AGM, court orders suspension

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered all warring faction in the club, to maintain status quo, pending the hearing of the suit filed by the club’s Registered Trustees. Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa made the order on Wednesday sequel to an application of the counsel to the plaintiff Dr Kemi Pinheiro SAN Pinheiro had urged the court to compel parties not to take a step that will tempered with the subject matter of the suit. A senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Babs Fashanu who appeared for himself equally urged…

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Minimumm wage crisis deepens as NLC/TUC demands N497k, FG/OPS offer N57k

The Organised Labour has made a fresh proposal of N497,000 to the Federal Government as minimum wage. The Federal Government and the Organised Private Sector have also jointly proposed the sum of N57,000 as minimum wage. A highly Informed source at the just-concluded tripartite committee meeting on minimum wage made this known in an interview with The PUNCH correspondent. The source said, “Labour has now made a fresh proposal of N497,000; the Federal Government and OPS have jointly proposed N57,000.” President Bola Tinubu, through Vice President Kashim Shettima, on January…

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Cocaine Deal: Abba Kyari gets two weeks conditional bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the former commander of the Force Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, two weeks’ bail after 27 months in detention. Kyari is expected to conclude his mother, Yachilla Kyari’s burial rites. The court subsequently set Friday, May 31, for the determination of his bail application in the trial over drug-related charges filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency following his arrest over two years ago on February 14, 2022. Recall that the mother died in the early hours of Sunday, May…

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Tension in Kano as Assembly moves to amend law Ganduje used to dethrone ex-Emir Sanusi

The Kano State House of Assembly has commenced the process of amending the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law amidst call for the return of the deposed 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi. The House resolved to amend the law after the Majority Leader and member representing Dala constituency, Hussien Dala, moved the motion during plenary on Tuesday. Daily Trust reports that the law was first amended in 2019 during the rift between then-Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the deposed Emir. The first amendment had broken the Kano emirate…

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Ayatollah Khamenei names Mohkber as Iran’s interim president after Pres. Raisi’s tragic death in helicopter crash

Following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash last Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has confirmed the appointment of Mohammad Mokhber as interim president. Khamenei who wields ultimate power in Iran made announcement on Monday, hours after it was confirmed that Raisi had been killed in a helicopter crash. Raisi was travelling with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian who also died in the accident. “In accordance with Article 131 of the constitution, Mokhber is in charge of leading the executive branch,” said Khamenei in a statement,…

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NELFUND: 1.2m students from Federal institutions can access loan

Managing Director of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), Mr Akintunde Sawyerr, has disclosed that the maximum of 1.2 million students across federal tertiary institutions will access the students loan in the fist phase. Speaking ahead of the opening of the portal for applications on Friday, he said the first phase will be officially open for students in federal institutions whose institutions have completed the uploading of their data. While noting that the loan application process has been streamlined to ensure easy access for all eligible students in federal tertiary institutions,…

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Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger Republic snub ECOWAS, form Alliance of Sahel States

Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have finalised plans to form a new confederation, the Confederation of the Alliance of Sahel States, marking a geopolitical shift in the region. This move showed their departure from their former colonial ruler, France, and a turn towards closer relations with Russia. The announcement was made following a meeting of the three nations’ foreign ministers in Niger’s capital, Niamey, on Friday, as reported by AFP. Niger’s Foreign Minister, Bakary Sangare, confirmed the finalisation of the draft text that outlines the institutionalisation and operationalisation of the…

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Minimum Wage: NLC,TUC agree to return to negotiation with FG

The Organised Labour has agreed to attend the “negotiation” meeting of the Tripartite Committee on the Minimum Wage slated for Tuesday. The Vice President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Etim Okon, confirmed this in an interview on Monday in Abuja. The Nigeria Labour Congress and the TUC had walked out of the negotiation meeting as the Federal Government proposed N48,000 as a new minimum wage for workers in the country. ‘The proposal falls significantly short of meeting our needs and aspirations,” the unions said. When I Heard It, I…

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