2019 PRESIDENCY; SULE LAMIDO THROWS HIS CAP INTO THE RING BY WRITING PDP

By Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has sent letters to members of the Peoples Democratic Party to inform them about his desire to vie for the presidency in 2019 on the platform of the party. In the letter dated October 22, the former governor said all the party needed to reposition the country was to take over power in 2019 and bring it back to its path of recovery. He regretted that the nation had departed from the dreams of its founding fathers.…

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I AM AFRAID MY HUSBAND WOULD KILL ME, WOMAN TELLS COURT

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday granted the request of a housewife, Iyabo, to have her 10 years marriage to a commercial driver, Biodun Rasheed, dissolved. The President of the court, Mr Ademola Odunlade, ordered Rasheed to pay his estranged wife N3, 000 as monthly feeding allowance in addition to another monthly N7, 000 for the education of their three children. The payments, according to Odunlade, are to be made through the court. Iyabo had earlier told the court that her husband was fond of excessive…

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2 MEN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING AMBODE, ATTEMPTING 50MIL FRAUD

For allegedly impersonating Lagos Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode in a text message and attempting to commit N50m fraud, two men — Rilwan Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole — were on Monday remanded at Kirikiri Prisons. Jamiu and Oyewole are facing a three-count bordering on attempting to commit a felony and obtaining money by false pretences at an Ikeja High Court. The duo denied the charges. According to the prosecutor, Mr Adebayo Haroun, the duo committed the offences at 12.52 p.m. on February 10, 2016 at Block 11, State Treasury Office, Ministry of…

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FG DENIES PLANS TO DEPORT 1,000 TURKS OVER COUP PLOTTING ALLEGATIONS

The Federal Government on Monday denied reports that Nigeria had agreed to extradite 1000 Turkish nationals, at the request of Turkish Government over terrorism.  The Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said this in a statement by his media aide Sarah Sanda on Monday in Abuja Onyeama said the attention of his ministry had been drawn to some media reports credited to him over alleged extradition plan of Turkish nationals from Nigeria. The reports had quoted Onyeama as saying that “there was a request for the extradition of some Turks…

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3 MORE STATES JOIN FG’S SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME

THE Presidency on Monday said three more states have been added to the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, with an additional one million children now benefitting from it. A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in Abuja listed the additional states as Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Niger. It said this brings to 17 the number of states currently participating in the programme under the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP), “aimed at tackling poverty and hunger, as well as creating jobs for…

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WE HAVE 2,203 POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN DELTA SAYS COMMISSIONER

DELTA State Commissioner for Finance, Olorogun David Edevbie has debunked claims that political appointees are more than civil servants in the state. In a press briefing for the break-down of the 2018 budget proposal which was recently sent to the Delta State House of Assembly by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Olorogun Edevbie said the Delta State Government has 2, 203 political appointees with the sum of N382 million as salary while the state has 45, 000 civil servants that gulps N4.5 billion monthly as salary. “I find it funny when some…

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EFCC SEALS OFF MAINA’S 2MIL DOLLAR ABUJA HOUSE, AS FUGITIVE GOES UNDERGROUND AGAIN

…as fugitive avoids new office, switches off 3 lines, disappears again Maina By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor Wanted fugitive, Abdulrasheed Maina, may have gone underground again, barely a few days after being surreptitiously smuggled into the Federal Civil Service as an acting Director in the Ministry of Interior, raising concerns about the anti-corruption war of the present administration. But the Presidency promptly moved to rescue its battered image Monday by ordering the second sack of Maina and probe of those behind his clandestine pardon, reinstatement and promotion into the…

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RELEASE ME SO THAT I CAN TESTIFY IN METUH’S CASE DASUKI TELLS COURT

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the subpoena served on him to testify in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh. Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), informed Justice Okon Abang on Monday that his client had filed an application to that effect on October 20 and that same had been served on all the parties to the case. READ ALSO: Metuh requests to call Jonathan as witness, Dasuki…

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WOMAN CHARGED TO COURT FOR BREAKING HUSBAND’S NOSE

For allegedly headbutting her husband in a street fight which resulted in injury to his nose, a 38-year-old wife, Mrs. Kehinde Alade, was on Monday charged before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court. Police Prosecutor, Johnson Okunade, told the court that the headbutt she gave her husband, Mr. Adebodun Alade, resulted in blood gushing out from his nose after which he landed in a hospital. Okunade revealed that the accused committed the offence at about 8.00 pm on October 19 at Onala Area A, off Afao Road, Ado-Ekiti under Ado-Ekiti Magisterial…

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DAMBAZAU LIED, I DIDN’T REINSTATE OR POST MAINA SAYS HEAD OF SERVICE, OYO-ITA

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Monday said there was no truth in the reports that she approved the reinstatement of a former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, and his subsequent posting to the Ministry of Interior. In a statement by her Assistant Director, Media Relations, Mohammed Manga, the HoS insisted that Maina’s restatement abs posting did not emanate from her office. The three-paragraph statement read, “The attention of the Office of the…

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