Politics

UN lauds Jonathan for electoral reforms, role in promoting peace in Africa

ABUJA—THE United  Nations, UN, has commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for the electoral reforms he initiated during his tenure, and for the good works he has been doing to promote peace and stability in Africa. In extolling Jonathan’s achievements, the UN prayed that the institutions he built and the high standards he established in organizing credible and peaceful elections are maintained and sustained in Nigeria. Jonathan The global organization made this known during a courtesy call on Jonathan by a delegation led by Ambassador Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, and Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC). Speaking of the 2015 general elections, Chambas who...

‎NSCDC orders crackdown on ‘offensive’ social media posts

By Omeiza AjayiABUJA – Commandant- General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has ordered a clampdown on purveyors of fake information in the social media, especially those regarding activities of the corps. According to a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja by the Media Assistant to the NSCDC boss, ACC Soji Alabi, the Commandant General who gave the order at the weekly management meeting of the Corps, added that the NSCDC would surely collaborate with the military to achieve the target. Alabi said the CG “read the riot act to those who specialize in posting offensive, provocative and disparaging statements on the social media that their time was up as measures were being taken by his administration to arrest and make those fo...

Forgery: Court defers Misau’s arraignment till Dec 12 over FG’s defective charge

By Ikechukwu NnochiriABUJA – The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed December 12 for the Federal Government to arraign Senator Isah Misau on an amended 10-count forgery charge. Senator Isah Hamma Misau The trial which was earlier scheduled to commence on Tuesday could not proceed after it was discovered that the charge which was filed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, was defective. Immediately the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/170/2017, was called up by trial Justice Anwuli Chikere, Misau who is representingBauchi Central Senatorial District, mounted the dock. However, before the charge could be read to him, the lawmaker, through his lawyer, Dr. Joshua Yusuf Musa, SAN, challenged its legal competence, noting that the cha...

PDP chairmanship race: BoT Chairman asked to rein in his members

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor THE North West Solidarity Forum, a group within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT, Senator Walid Jubril to urgently dissociate the BoT from the recent endorsement of three national chairmanship candidates by some members of the body. PDP The forum in a statement  by its spokesman, Isa Mohammed, also called on the chairman to call some BoT members actively campaigning for some of the aspirants not to use the name of the body in their partisan actions. The same plea was also extended to the National Caretaker Committee. The statement follows  weekend’s declaration by some BoT members announcing three of the national chairmanship candidates as having been shortlisted to ...

PDP chairmanship race: Tukur, Nwodo, Oyedokun extol Bode George’s virtues

ABUJA—THE  campaign of the former   Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Chairman and a  leading aspirant for the party national chairmanship position, Chief Olabode George, has received  a boost  as prominent leaders of the party, the Board of Trustee Chairman, Senator  Walid Jubrin, former National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, former  Governor of   Enugu State,   Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo and former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Shuaibu Oyedokun, have described George as a committed party member that deserves the office of the   party’s chairman. Bode George George, who paid visit to the Abuja residences of Tukur, Nwodo and Jibrin to solicit their support for his aspiration was also shortlisted by the South West PDP BOT members led by Oyedokun as on...

NUT gives el-Rufai 2-week ultimatum

By Ben Agande KADUNA—KADUNA State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has given the state government a two-week notice to stand down on the planned sack of 21,780 primary school teachers or face an indefinite strike. El-Rufai In a letter written to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, the teachers accused him of shifting the goal post in the middle of the game in his agreement with the teachers umbrella body. The open letter, which was read by the state chairman of the NUT, Audu Amba, in Kaduna, yesterday, said it was initially agreed by all stakeholders in the education sector that the pass mark for the competency test be pegged at 60 per cent, while those who were unable to score up to 60 percent be retrained. He noted that though the NUT was aware of the position of ...

Northern govs must reverse backwardness of region —Justice Nasir

By Bashir Bello KATSINA—FORMER President, Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, yesterday, tasked Northern governors to wake up from slumber and reverse the level of backwardness in the region. “At present, the North is left behind and the governors must to wake-up from slumber to rescue the region,” he said. Northern governors Justice Nasir, who threw the challenge during a reception organised in honour of a Britain-based Nigerian computer wizard, Nasir Abdulkadir Yammama, also called on the governors to invest heavily in education in order to bridge the gap between the North and Southern Nigeria. He said:  “I am calling on the governors of Northern Nigeria to set aside at least 35 percent of their annual budget to develop the education sector.” Earlier, in his remar...

To avoid Nigeria’s disunity, avert rigging in Anambra, APGA Forum urges Buhari

The National Coordinator APGA Media Warriors Forum, Evang Chinedu Obigwe, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good office to ward off any electoral malpractice in the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election, noting that Nigeria’s’ unity would be questionable should the suspected APC syndicates alleged to have printed sensitive INEC materials succeed in rigging election. President Buhari “I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good office to nip this evil plot in the bud because failure to do so, his much cherished Nigeria unity will be destroyed”, he said. Obigwe made the call in a statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday morning. The National Coordinator APGA Media Warriors Forum equally alleged that the arrest of some suspected APC syndicate...

Mother of Labour Party National Chairman kidnapped

By Demola Akinyemi ILORIN—Mrs. Elizabeth Omotosho, the 71-year-old mother of the National Chairman of Labour Party, LP, Dr. Mike Omotosho, was Sunday night abducted by unknown gunmen in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. Kidnap-syndicate Dr. Omotosho was also the governorship candidate of the party in the 2015 election. The aged woman was allegedly kidnapped by four gunmen at her Tanke, Ilorin, residence, shortly after having her dinner. The kidnappers reportedly approached the gateman to take them to the room of the aged woman, before both of them were taken to an unknown destination and the gate man later released. Dr. Omotosho has also confirmed the abduction of his mother by the gunmen. He said the Police headquarters in Abuja and in Kwara State have been contacted a...

2 nabbed for attempting to sell hemp to Kirikiri Maximum Prisons’ inmates

A man, Bayo Abdulrahman, and Shadiat Obafemi, female, yesterday, appeared in a Federal High Court in Lagos, for allegedly trafficking 100 grammes and 1.1 kilogrammes of hemp at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Lagos. They were arraigned on two separate charges of one count each, bordering on drug trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA. Abdulrahman, 33, and Obafemi, 26, pleaded guilty to the charges. After their pleas, the prosecutor, Mr. Jeremiah Aernan, reviewed the facts of the case before the court by tendering written statements of the accused. Other items he tendered were test analysis forms, request for scientific aid forms, laboratory reports, as well as the bulk of exhibits and urged the court to admit the documents in evidence. The judge, J...

Whatever has been lost, we’ll redeem and recover, SGF tells Senate

By Henry Umoru ABUJA—Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, yesterday, told the Senate that he will not repeat the mistakes of the past that may have emanated from the office which he currently occupies. He promised to ensure that whatever had been lost in the past between the Executive and the Legislature would be redeemed and recovered quickly. He also promised to ensure that the National Assembly got what it desired, and called for cooperation between the Executive and the Legislature in  the overall interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. President of the Nigerian 8th Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki Speaking, yesterday, in Abuja when he visited the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, in his office, the SGF said the Executive  would continue to knoc...

Winning Jah bounces back with “Africa Inside Me” album

…..as he unveils release date By Iyabo Aina Nigerian veteran Reggae star Winning Jah, recently announced his upcoming album programmed to be released on the 24th of November 2017, but due to technical delay, it was recently communicated by VP Records Label arms VPAL music, on 06-11-2017, explaining why the release changed from 22-11-2017, to 24-11-2017, slightly because typographical error on release date. With all information gathered by our reporter on social media, we decided to reach out to the acclaimed 21th century Nigeria King of Reggae Kingsley Eno Osagie popularly known as Winning Jah for an interview. What’s are your fans expecting from the new album? Firstly, it’s the first of it’s kind in Nigeria, I will say, the album has lot’s of new rhythms, positive mes...