BUHARI APPROVES SUSPENSION OF OKONO-OBLAH AS SPIP BOSS, ASKS HIM TO SUBMIT HIMSELF TO ICPC

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, from office. Mr Obono-Obla’s suspension letter, signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, directed the embattled official to step down and then proceed to answer questions from the the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, those familiar with the matter told PREMIUM TIMES. He is to face probe over allegations of certificate forgery and other corruption-related charges. The letter…

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DAVIDO, SIMI, BURNA BOY, TIWA SAVAGE, OTHERS NOMINATED FOR AFRIMA AWARDS

The All Africa Music Awards on Wednesday unveiled Tiwa Savage, Davido, Burna Boy, Simi, Wizkid, Kizz Daniel, Teni, Yemi Alade, Niniola along with other international artistes nominated for  2019 edition of the prestigious award. This was made public during a press conference held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos by Aderele Niyi, AFRIMA’s Associate Producer. Niyi said that the nominees that cut across Western, Eastern, Central Southern and Northern Africa were carefully picked after rigorous screenings by a group of professional jury. She said that some of the…

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MOSOP PRESIDENT’S COUNTRY HOME BURNT AS CULTISTS INVADE RIVERS COMMUNITY

The country home of the president of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, Legborsi Pyagbara, was reportedly burnt down by cultists in coordinated attacks on Communities in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Wednesday. This comes barely 24 hours after over 15 persons were killed and several houses burnt in Okwale Community. A simultaneous attack on Taabaa community on Wednesday morning also resulted in the death of at least four persons with houses belonging to the community’s Royal Highness and Youth President set ablaze. Local…

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NIGERIA PRISON SERVICE CHANGES NAME, AFTERMATH OF BUHARI SIGNING NEW BILL

Olalekan Adetayo President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill into law. The Act repeals the Nigerian Prisons Service Act. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday. With the signing, the Nigerian Prisons Service will now be called the Nigerian Correctional Service. Details later…

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KIDNAPPED KADUNA PASTOR: ABDUCTORS DEMAND 20MIL

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The abductors of the pastor in charge of Nagarta Baptist Church Ungwan Makiri, close to Udawa in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have demanded a ransom of N20 million. He was abducted on Wednesday. The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State confirmed the abduction of the pastor, whose name was given as Pastor Elisha Numan. The Kaduna CAN’s Chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab made this known in a statement in Kaduna, the state capital. Our correspondent learnt that the gunmen numbering over 20 invaded the…

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INDIANS STORM NIGERIAN EMBASSY OVER EL ZAKZAKY, SEE PICS

Some Indians, on Wednesday, stormed the Nigerian Embassy in India, over alleged poor treatment of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who is currently in their country for medical treatment, Igbere TV reports. Igbere TV gathered that the protesting Indians also called for the “total freedom” of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, better known as Shiites. Igbere TV recalls that El-Zakzaky and wife, Zeenat arrived India yesterday for medical treatment after a Kaduna State High Court granted them leave to travel abroad. They were, before then, under the custody of…

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OUT OF TOUCH LEADER, EZEKWESILI SLAMS BUHARI OVER FOOD SECURITY CLAIM

Oby Ezekwesili has rubbished President Buhari’s claim of Food security in Nigeria. Recall that the President yesterday said the Agricultural sector under his administration has recorded massive growth and development as more billionaires have emerged through agriculture and most importantly, there is full food security. Describing President Buhari as a ”completely out-of-touch leader’’, Ezekwesili who was a former Minister of Education, lambasted the claims made by the President, Igbere TV reports. She described as a ”blunder” Preident Buhari’s directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria not to issue Foreign exchange…

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AFTER SERIAL DENIALS, NWAOBOSHI ASKS COURT TO VACATE ORDER FORFEITING HIS PROPERTIES

Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi, on Wednesday, filed a suit, asking the Federal High Court Abuja to vacate its earlier interim forfeiture order on his assets granted to the Federal Government. News Agency of Nigeria reports that the presidential panel in charge of recovering stolen public properties had, on July 14, taken temporary possession of several properties allegedly owned by Mr Nwaoboshi, representing Delta North Senatorial District. This followed an interim forfeiture order by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on July 5, giving the lawmaker or anyone who might have owned the seized assets…

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BORNO GOVERNOR DONATES SAMBISA FOREST FOR RUGA

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara, has donated some parts of the enclave of the Boko Haram, Sambisa forest, for the controversial Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) programme. The governor also mobilised the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Agro Rangers and hunters to secure the large expanse of the forest and make it safe for the scheme. The allocated area (forest) covers six council areas of Konduga, Bama, Gwoza, Chibok, Damboa and Askira/Uba. The governor made the decision public last Monday when he hosted the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji…

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