DEPOSED EMIR NOW ZAMFARA PDP DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

  Former Emir of Bakura in Zamfara, Alhaji Hassan Marafa has emerged as the Deputy Chairman of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Marafa emerged during the party’s state congress held in Gusau on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Marafa was appointed Emir of Bakura in 2010 by former governor, Aliyu Mamuda, but was removed by the immediate past governor, Abdulaziz Yari who replaced him with the current Emir, Alhaji Bello Sani Marafa would now deputize for the chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Mallaha who…

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SEE WHY KATSINA ELECTION TRIBUNAL RELOCATED TO ABUJA

Francis Sardauna in Katsina The Governorship, National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Katsina has relocated to Abuja, the nation’s capital. The tribunal, which was inaugurated six months ago, had been holding its sitting at the state High Court. An administrative officer of the three-man panel, who pleaded anonymity, told journalists in Katsina Monday that the “tribunal has to relocate to Abuja for security reasons”. The source, who did not disclose the new venue the tribunal would be sitting in Abuja, said: “The sitting is now…

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XENOPHOBIA: OGUN, IMO TOP RETURNEES LIST

Second batch arrive Tuesday Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The federal government on Monday revealed that Ogun and Imo States had the highest number of returnees who were evacuated from South Africa last week. It added that in the profiling of the 187 already in the country according to States, Ogun had the highest number with 30 followed by Imo with 28. The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this at a press conference while giving an update on the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa. Air Peace…

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BUHARI CONSTITUTES ECONOMIC ADVISORY TEAM, NAMES SOLUDO, REWANE AS MEMBERS

New council replaces EMT President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted an eight-member Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to replace the current Economic Management Team (EMT). A statement Monday by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said the newly constituted council, chaired by Prof. Doyin Salami, will report directly to the President. Other members of the council are Dr. Mohammed Sagagi (Vice-Chairman), Prof. Ode Ojowu, Dr. Shehu Yahaya, Dr. Iyabo Masha, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo – Member, Mr. Bismark Rewane and Dr. Mohammed Adaya Salisu, Senior Special Assistant to the…

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NFIU ADMITS WRITING LEAKED LETTER SEEKING BANK DETAILS OF POLITICALLY EXPOSED PERSONS

  After several denials, Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) finally admitted on Monday that the letter asking legislators and judicial officers to acquaint it of their bank account details indeed emanated from it. NFIU, however, attributed it to an officer who “was obviously unacquainted with the fact that the NFIU already had access to such information through its database.” In a statement endorsed by its Chief Media Analyst Ahmed Dikko, the agency nonetheless noted that it has the major responsibility, in accordance with global standards, to maintain and regularly update…

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CONTROVERSIAL SENATOR, ABBO BATTLES ADAMAWA GOVERNOR OVER LG ELECTIONS

A crisis is brewing within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Adamawa State as Senator Elisha Abbo accused Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of leading the party to destruction. Abbo wrote on his Facebook page on Monday that Fintiri’s high-handedness would destroy the party’s fortunes. “Mark my words that the party under the leadership of Gov. Fintiri in Adamawa state is heading for self-destruction unless he reverses some of his unpopular decisions and ceases to be a dictator,” Abbo said. Abbo’s outburst is connected to the just-concluded screening of PDP candidates…

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MAKINDE DEFEATS ADELABU AT OYO ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL

Wale Akinselure THE governorship election tribunal sitting in Ibadan, on Monday, upheld INEC’s declaration of candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the March 9 governorship election in Oyo State, Oluseyi Makinde as the winner of the election. Reading the judgment in the petition EPT/OY/GOV/01/2019, filed by Adebayo Adelabu and All Progressives Congress (APC) against INEC, Oluseyi Makinde, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), head of tribunal, Justice Sirajo Muhammed held that the petitioners failed to prove allegations of over-voting, corrupt practices, substantial noncompliance with the electoral act 2010, while most…

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EKITI RETURNS CHRIST’S SCHOOL, ADO-EKITI TO ITS OWNERS, ANGLICAN CHURCH

Ekiti State Government on Monday returned Christ School, Ado- Ekiti to its original owner, the Anglican Communion, in fulfilment of the government’s pledge to return all mission schools to their original owners. Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) returning the school to the Anglican Communion, said the handing over of Christ’s School would provide a template for subsequent release of other schools whose owners have indicated interest in having them back. The brief ceremony which took place at the Governor’s Office was witnessed…

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OVER 10,000 NIGERIAN GIRLS FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION IN BURKINA FASO- NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR

Nigerian ambassador to Burkina-Faso Ramatu Ahmed. Web image   The Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Ramatu Ahmed, says no fewer than 10,000 Nigerian girls are forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso. Ahmed disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ouagadougou on Monday She said the victims were mainly underage girls kept in appalling conditions in Ouagadougou and in mining camps across the West African country. Ahmed, who has been in Burkina Faso since August 2017, said that over 200 Nigerian girls had been voluntarily repatriated this year.…

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ABUJA IS SAFE SAYS IG, AFTER MULTIPLE KIDNAPPINGS AND CAR ROBBERIES HIT THE CITY

  …Abuja has lowest crime rates in the world Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has claimed that the Federal Capital Territory was safe, secure and not under any form of siege. His assertion is coming after reports of abductions and rise in theft of vehicles across the city sparked panic among residents about an upsurge in crime rate within and around the nation’s capital. About five persons including a lecturer with Baze University, Jabi, had been reported kidnapped in Abuja, on Saturday. While the police rescued the lecturer, the…

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