HOW DANGOTE GROUP, COSCHARIS MOTORS, OTHERS ROBBED NIGERIA OF N447.2BIL

The Senate, Tuesday , declared that a whooping N447.42 billion fraud was perpetuated in the administration of import duty waivers, concessions and grants on rice and other imported foods by different Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs of the federal government and companies from 2011 to 2015. The fraud as contained in a report approved by the Senate from its Ad-hoc Committee on Import Duty Waivers, Concessions and Grants, include N78billion in 2011, N128billion in 2012, N46billion in 2013, N87billion in 2014 and N106billion in 2r015 respectively. Similarly, the upper legislators…

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OPINION: The Best President Nigeria Never Had by Emma Bello

  I may never become president (except of my town union) but I imagine that all presidents start out thinking they would somehow make history as the best their nations ever had. They probably believe they were destined to be avatars and bring about peace and prosperity to their people. And, apart from infamous tyrants like Nero, who fiddled away to a burning Rome, I believe every leader wants the best for his people. In the end, in many cases, both the leader and the led are disappointed! The leaders…

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ELECTROCUTED UNILAG STUDENT: EKO ELECTRICITY PAYS 45MIL COMPENSATION

The family of Oluchi Anekwe, a 300-level student of Accounting in the University of Lagos, who was electrocuted by a live wire on the school premises, has been paid N45m as compensation. A source told PUNCH Metro that the money was paid after the Eko Electricity Distribution Company reached a non-disclosure agreement with the victim’s family. Our correspondent had reported in September 2015 that Oluchi, a first class student of UNILAG, was electrocuted at about 7pm, while returning from an evening mass with her younger sister. Oluchi had reportedly entered…

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SEE EMIR SANUSI’S SUGGESTION ABOUT THE NEW AGE FOR MARRIAGE AMONG MUSLIM GIRLS

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, has advocated a ban on marriage of women below 18 years, saying most of the women suffering from reproductive health challenges were products of such marriages. The emir, who spoke at a workshop organised by the Northern Islamic Forum in Kano on Tuesday, said time had come when the Muslim community should live by the reality of economic recession and consequences of early marriage. He said the era when people gave out their daughters in marriage at early ages and asked the husbands to…

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LAGOS PASTOR & GENERAL OVERSEER IMPREGNATES 18-YR OLD CHOIR MEMBER

A so called man of God who is the General Overseer of a church in Lagos State, identified simply as Pastor Dan, has run into troubled waters after he was alleged to have impregnated a choir member in the church. The incident which happened in the Ketu-Alapere area of the state, according to some disgruntled members, saw the church thrown into serious confusion after the 18-year-old girl who was said to be a model Christian, became pregnant and refused to disclose who was responsible. The truth only came to light…

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PRISONS DEPARTMENT GETS NEW BOSS, HE IS JA’FAARU, IMMIGRATION DEPT, TOO

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the nod for the appointment of a new number one man for the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) – The new helmsman of the NPS is Mr Ahmed Ja’afaru. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Mr Bassey Akpanyung, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Interior, signed a statement to this effect, regarding the appointment of Mr Ja’afaru as the new boss of the NPS. Prior to the appointment of the new number one man of the prisons service, he was…

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IBADAN FEMALE LAWYER WHO STABBED HER HUSBAND TO DEATH CHARGED TO COURT

Yewande Oyediran, the woman accused of killing her husband, Oyelowo Oyediran, in Ibadan has denied complicity in her husband’s death. A SaharaReporters correspondent covering the story reported that the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder in court today. The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, who is presiding over the case, announced that he would give it an accelerated hearing. He scheduled two close dates, the 23rd and 27th of June, to accommodate witnesses in the case, adding that his judgment would be delivered in…

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24-YR OLD WOMAN CHARGED TO COURT FOR SEXUALLY MOLESTING A 5-YR OLD GIRL

A 24-year-old woman, Nwakaego Ugochukwu, was arraigned in Lagos on Tuesday for sexually molesting a five-year-old girl in her residence. The accused, a factory worker, who resides at Canal Estate, Ago Okota, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge bordering on sexual assault before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. The Prosecutor, Insp Eruada Victor, told the court that the accused on May 5, 2016, took the child to her residence where she sexually assaulted the five-year-old girl. According o the prosecutor, the woman, who lives on the same street with the girl, repeatedly dipped…

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EFCC DECLARES OMISORE WANTED BUT HE SAYS HE WAS IN COURT WITH THEM THIS MORNING

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared wanted a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore. The EFCC said this on its official Facebook page on Tuesday.  The commission said Omisore allegedly received N700m from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)  The anti-graft agency said Omisore had been evading arrest for several months and it thus had no choice but to declare him wanted.  The statement read, “The EFCC, today,  May 24,2016, declared a former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore wanted.  “The former…

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BAYELSA NLC CALLS OFF STRIKE, AGREES TO 50% SALARY PAYMENT

The organised labour unions in Bayelsa State have suspended their industrial action over unpaid salaries and pension arrears. The workers’ unions shelved the industrial action after an extensive meeting on Monday with the state government. In attendance at the meeting were the government representatives and leadership of the Bayelsa State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria. Workers in the state had last Thursday proceeded on an indefinite strike over months of salary arears owed by the state government. They commenced the strike after 21-day…

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