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Falana asks Buhari to end illegal arrest, detention of citizen by DSS

By Abdulwahab AbdulahHuman rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, Tuesday challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his promise by ending what he called ‘indiscriminate arrest and detention’ of citizens and foreigners by Department of State Security (DSS), against court orders. Falana and Buhari In an open letter to the President, a copy made available to Vanguard, Falana attributed the failure on the part of the Federal Government to call the leadership of the security agency to order as what is responsible for the misleading impression that the present administration does not have respect for the fundamental rights of Nigerians. Quoting from the speech made by President Buhari on his inauguration, Falana noted that the President “pledged to end the culture of ...

I’m accomplished, says Fayose as he presents N98.6bn budget

Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has presented a budget of N98.6 billion for approval to the State House of Assembly for the year 2018, saying he is accomplished by what his administration has achieved in the last three years in the face of serious economic and political challenges. Ayodele Fayose The governor, who presented the budget on the floor of the Assembly on Tuesday, also presented his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, to the lawmakers as his preferred candidate for next year’s governorship election, and expressed optimism that Olusola would be the person to present the 2019 Budget to the legislators. In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti, the 2018 Budget is about six percent higher than the 2017 Budget of...

Edo Govt. to move against human trafficking cartel – Obaseki 

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has described human trafficking as the greatest security challenge facing his administration and has vowed to deploy the state’s powers and resources to break the hold of the human trafficking cartel on Edo youths and end the illicit trade. Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, speaking during the courtesy visit by delegates of Edo Forum of Patriots at the Government House, Benin City on Tuesday. Obaseki said this when he received a delegation of the management and members of Edo Forum of Patriots (EFP), led by the chairman, Patriot Aiyamenkhue Edokpolor, who paid a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House in Benin City. “Human Trafficking has become a security threat in the state as over 10,000 young me...

SGF heads 10-Member C’ttee to give Alex Ekwueme state burial

By Omeiza AjayiABUJA – The Federal Government has inaugurated a 10-member committee to plan a befitting ‘State Burial’ for Nigeria’s Second Republic Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme who recently died in a London Hospital at 85. This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Deputy Director, Press, in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation OSGF, Mohammed Nakorji. Inaugurating the committee Tuesday in Abuja, Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha who also chairs it eulogized Dr. Ekwueme as a personality, who have served his fatherland meritoriously. “The SGF assured the family members who are part of the Committee that Dr. Alex Ekwueme would be given a befitting and state burial. “He told them that Federal Go...

Nigeria needs urgent reform in governance to enhance security – Prof. Jega

Prof. Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there is urgent need to reform governance system in Nigeria to enhance security. Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega Jega made the call while delivering a paper at the 10th Annual Forum of the Laureates of Nigeria National Order of Merit (NNOM) on Tuesday in Abuja. The forum was organised by the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA), with the theme; “Governance Reforms and Human Security in Nigeria.’’ He said that the lives of individuals were being affected either by good governance or bad governance, and security or insecurity, adding that citizens strive to explore their potential to fulfill their fund...

Pochettino shuts down Clattenburg ‘self-destruction’ questioning

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Police halt brawl between Bayern Munich and PSG fans at station

Unai Emery spoke ahead of their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes singles out PSG pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe ahead of their Champions League clash. About 60 Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain fans clashed at a German train station on Monday night ahead of their Champions League match. Police used batons while intervening to halt a brawl between rival mask-wearing supporters. One French fan was treated for a head injury, police said. Three Bayern fans were arrested on assault charges after being found with weapons, while about 30 PSG were questioned and released. Reports in Germany said the melee involved 30 PSG ultras against 20 from the Bayern fan group “Schickeria,” the latter of whom were joined by about 10 ultras from PS...

Atiku’s defection to PDP will not affect APC- Oyegun

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman, the All Progressives Congress has assured members of the party that the exit of former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar from it will not affect it in anyway. He gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja when the Association of Former Chairmen, Councillors and Ward Leaders paid him a visit in Abuja. The APC national chairman further assured that Atiku’s exit from the party would not lead to massive defection from APC as being insinuated in some quarters in the country. “Let nobody fear that the defection of the former Vice President is going to lead to any deluge. National Chairman APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun “Don’t ever be afraid that there is going to be any massive defection. As a matter of fact, the contrary is the case, APC is g...

100 athletes tested positive for doping in Nigeria in 15 years – Dalung

By Luminous Jannamike ABUJA – The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, Tuesday said more than 100 Nigerian athletes tested positive for doping since 2002 when official documenting of drug testing commenced in the country. Dalung He said this figure would more likely be higher if funds had been available to conduct more complex drug tests. Dalung stated this in Abuja while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Anti-Doping Seminar for Presidents and Secretaries of Sports Federations in Nigeria. According to him, the figure brings to fore the high incidences of doping in sports activities in Nigeria, especially at the grassroots levels. He explained that doping does not only have potential to destroy the intrinsic values of sports, its adverse heal...

FTK releases hot new single

Ever since they broke into the Nigerian music scene about three years ago, the talented duo known as FTK has captured the imagination of lovers of popular contemporary music, who have responded to their energetic beat and on-stage presence with enthusiasm. FKT Their music is also a regular feature of radio airwaves, as well as online. When something is nice, as someone once said, you play it twice. FTK, which is short for Falobi Taiwo & Kehinde, is composed of twins. Their double-barreled virtuosity is complemented by their ability to play instruments such as the guitar and lead live bands during their stage performances – especially at mega events such as the Star Trek extravaganza and comedy shows, among others. Their hit song, ‘Gbesoke,’ featuring 9ice, was FTK’...

‎APC’s Oyegun allays fears of mass defection, says PDP made of ‘Nobodies’

By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA: National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has reacted to claims by the party’s deputy spokesperson, Comrade Timi Frank that some top members of the party would soon defect to the opposition-ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP following in the footsteps of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) According to Chief Odigie-Oyegun, unlike the PDP, anybody who is somebody is in the APC. “Let nobody fear that the defection of the former vice president is going to lead to any deluge, if anybody wants to defect, the day you are defecting is the day you bring out your heavy guns not later like the papers are speculating. When...

Senate investigates SARS over alleged human rights abuses

The Senate on Tuesday mandated its Ad Hoc Committee on Security to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on the Nigeria Police Force. The move was sequel to a Point-of-Order raised by Sen. Isa Misau (APC-Bauchi) during plenary. NASS Misau said that under the Police Act and regulation, the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (Force CID) was the highest investigative arm of the Nigerian police. “For effective and efficient administration, the department is divided into 14 sections for which the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is one of them.“The squad is supposed to be a section in each state command, with sole responsibility of handling armed robbery cases and answerable to the commissioner fo...