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Breaking: FG declares Oct. 2 work-free day

By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA – The Federal Government has declared Monday, October, 2 Public Holiday to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th Independence Anniversary. Nigerians The declaration was contained in a statement issued Thursday in Abuja and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji. According to the statement, “the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerians on the anniversary and urged them to sustain the collective efforts towards maintaining and strengthening the unity of Nigeria. “Gen. Dambazau emphasized Government’s commitment to promoting national unity, economic growth and political development on democratic principles. He noted that in the past 57...

Ex-President Jonathan aide debunks Gov. Okorocha’s claim on inducements

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, has debunked the reported and claims by Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha that the ex-President offered him huge sums of money and other inducements ahead of the 2015 presidential elections. Jonathan Ikechukwu Eze in a statement issued on Wednesday  dismissed the claims as lies, stressing that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan did not need Okorocha to garner votes in the South East, which he described as the former President’s political stronghold. Eze who insisted that Jonathan never had any conversations with Okorocha ahead of the 2015 elections, also affirmed that the former President was not in the habit of making frivolous promises. He said: “We offer to quickly dismiss these claims as lies, because we are cl...

Atiku did not speak on IPOB

By Omeiza AjayiABUJA: Former vice president and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar did not speak on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB or its leader, Nnamdi Kanu contrary to the claim recently conveyed in some sections of the online media. •Atiku The clarification came from a statement issued by the media office of the former vice-president where it was clearly noted that the attribution made to the Waziri Adamawa was fake news. The media office in the statement said: “It has come to the notice of the Atiku Media Office that there is an opinion article titled “IPOB: Loathe or love Kanu, he has fought better – Atiku” purportedly written and signed by His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007 and chieftain ...

Bell Media Kills Program That Funded Canadian Music Videos: ‘This Is Not On Us’

MuchFACT, the music video granting program that doled out money to thousands of Canadian artists, including Celine Dion, Arcade Fire, Carly Rae Jepsen, k.d. lang, Feist, Nelly Furtado, Metric, Death From Above 1979, The Tragically Hip and Sarah McLachlan, is officially over. Billboard ran a piece in June outlining the possible end of MuchFACT (A Foundation To Assist Canadian Talent), which has awarded more than $100 million (CAD) to 9,000 projects since its launch in 1984 — the year Canada got its first national music video station, then called MuchMusic, and a condition of license mandated by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the public regulatory agency. “This is not on us,” Bell Media president Randy Lennox told CBC this week. R...

Breaking: Kanu’s lawyers asks court to order Buratai produce him dead or alive

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA – A team of lawyers representing the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, ‎IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce their client in court dead or alive. Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Kanu’s lawyers, led by Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the court that they have not seen or heard from their client since September 14 when the “Nigerian Army invaded the Applicant’s house on a murderous raid, where life and mortar bullets were fired on unarmed and defenseless populace, leaving 28 persons dead and abducting many”. Pursuant to section 40 of the Federal High Court Act, F12, LFN 2005 and section 6(6) (1) (4)...

Sokoto govt warns Shiite sect not to conduct procession

The Sokoto State Government has warned members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as the Shiite sect not to conduct any form of procession in the state. Shiite Muslims march on the highway during a symbolic procession commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Ashura religious ceremony on November 27, 2015 in the village of Dakasoye, northern Nigeria, following a suicide bombing attack. At least 21 people were killed on November 27 when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowds at a Shia Muslim procession near the north Nigerian city of Kano, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region.. AFP The Commissioner for Justice, Mr Suleiman Usman (SAN), Wedneday speaking to journalist said: “As you are aware, we have received several complaints from the people on the act...

Customs intercept 2 elephant tusks in Sokoto

The Sokoto Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted two elephant tusks weighing 65 kilogrammes and valued at more than N14 million. •Some of the seized elephant tusks The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Magaji Mailafiya, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Wednesday in Sokoto. Mailafiya said that a vehicle with registration number: BRK 53 MF was arrested along with the tusks at Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic in Lolo, Kebbi. “ The price of raw ivory in the international market is estimated to cost $730.00 per kg, which brings the duty paid value of the seizure to a total of N14, 472,250.00,’’ he said. According to him, the Customs Area Comptroller, Mr Nasir Ahmed, has inspected the tusks at the Command Headquar...

My leadership’ll only patronise world’s best manufacturing firms – Buratai

By Joseph ErunkeABUJA – THE Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, has said his leadership would only patronise world’s best armed manufacturing firms in procurement of arms and ammunition, saying such measure was for efficiency of his organization. Buratai He said the initiative taken by him to go for the best for his organization,was also aimed at increasing local arm production as well as modernising equipment for personnel. Speaking, Wednesday, in Abuja, during exhibition of some military hardwares, by some world’s reputable arms producing firms, Buratai insisted that his administration would partner with formost arms producing companies so as to modernise the Nigerian Army. The Army boss thanked the firms for choosing Nigeria go the exhibition, promising t...

Politicians beg Buhari to reshuffle cabinet to strengthen govt machinery

Lagos – Some politicians on Wednesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reshuffle his cabinet for greater efficiency. President Muhammadu Buhari arriving to chair the weekly FEC Meeting attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Ag. SGF, Hajia Habiba lawal and Ministers at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 27/09/2017 The politicians in Lagos said that Buhari should reshuffle the cabinet to strengthen the machinery of government. They said that the reshuffle was necessary this mid-term of the administration. The National Chairman of National Unity Party, Chief Perry Opara, urged Buhari to assess the performances of the ministers and take an appropriate decision. “Nigerians are complaining of some areas of governance. “A cabinet shuffle...

Atlantic Names Kevin Weaver President, West Coast

Longtime Atlantic Records exec and Grammy winner Kevin Weaver has been promoted to the newly created position of president, West Coast at the storied label. Atlantic Records Group chairman/COO Julie Greenwald and chairman/CEO Craig Kallman made the announcement on Wednesday morning, calling Weaver “one of the most accomplished and forward-thinking executives in our business.” Weaver first joined Atlantic in 1994 and was most recently president of film and television and executive vp of Atlantic Records Group. In his new role, he’ll continue spearheading the growth of the label’s soundtrack, sync and visual media divisions, but he’ll also oversee all Los Angeles-based artist development and collaborate with an expanding talent roster. In recent years, Weaver ha...

Obaseki restates commitment to primary health care in Edo

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has reiterated his commitment to boosting primary health care delivery in Edo State, stressing that the government would deploy the bulk of its resources to address gaps in the system and allow for world-class partners to invest in improving secondary and tertiary health care. Obaseki The governor said this during a courtesy visit by the new Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Dr. Darlington Obaseki, and the hospital’s newly inaugurated management team, to the Government House, Benin City, Edo State. Dr. Obaseki said that the visit was to show appreciation for the governor’s role in ensuring the smooth transition from the previous management of the hospital and initiating a hith...

DNA Forensic Centre: Crimes, paternity Issues, others can now be resolved through technology – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday commissioned the first DNA Forensic Centre in West Africa, saying that the move would go a long way in resolving all form of crimes, paternity issues and others through technology which is the modern trend across the world. Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), cutting the tape to commission the State DNA and Forensic Centre, Lagos Island, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. With him are Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (right); Acting Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke (2nd left) and representative of the Oba of Lagos, Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose (left). Governor Ambode said the completion and handing over of the centre located at Odunlami Street in Lagos Island, was a ...