UI VC SELECTION, TENSION, CONTROVERSIES DOG PROCESS AS ACCUSATIONS AND COUNTER-ACCUSATIONS FLY

Governing Council members walk out of meeting By Adeola Badru The University of Ibadan, the oldest in the country, may end up without a substantive Vice-Chancellor being appointed when the tenure of the incumbent, Prof. Idowu Olayinka expires next Monday, findings by Vanguard have revealed. This is because attempts to choose a new VC took a blow on Wednesday, as four members of the Governing Council of the university walked out at the meeting which was part of the selection process. The meeting, which was still ongoing as of press…

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SENATE RAISES ALARM OVER OCEAN DISASTER IN ONDO STATE

Senate Urges NDDC, Ondo State, NIMASA to intervene now  By Henry Umoru  ABUJA- THE Senate has raised the alarm over the severe current Ocean disaster in Ayetoro, Ondo State which has depleted the community as well as destroyed 308 houses and rendered many homeless.  Consequently, the Senate has asked the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Ondo State Government to respond quickly and assist victims in the community as well as develop what it termed, a master plan that includes the building of ocean barriers to control flooding and ocean…

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POPULAR PASTOR, MATTHEW ASHIMOLOWO REVEALS HIS ROLE IN THE ENDSARS PETITION AGAINST NIGERIA BEFORE UK PARLIAMENT

Senior Pastor of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, has revealed that he was one of those that signed the petition against #EndSARS, but charged Nigerian youth not to wait for the government to get things done. He explained that it is time for the youths, 35 and below to ensure they get things done regardless. His words: “Many of the people saying I have no man, are wearing mask of laziness, incapacity…”Stop saying I have no man, throw yourself to it, there is greatness in you.” Speaking on the…

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EFCC QUERIES PAYMENT OF 4.6BIL INTO PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS UNDER FASHOLA

Obviously, there is no hiding place over the controversial sharing of 4.6BIL Federal Government money under FASHOLA. EFCC has indicated interest in looking at how, within four months, about ₦4.6 billion was paid into the personal accounts of 21 employees of the former ministry. About two-thirds of the illegal payments were paid to both Ogueri Ugochukwu Pascal, who got ₦1.6 billion, and Olasehinde Micah, who was paid ₦1.4 billion, both within four months. Now split into the ministry of power and the ministry of works and housing, both ministries have…

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NABDA BOSS ARRESTED OVER 400MIL FRAUD, HOW THE MONEY WAS SHARED

The anti-graft agency, ICPC, has arrested the acting Director-General (DG) of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Alex Akpa, for allegedly defrauding the federal government of N400 million. In a statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, Wednesday, the agency said it is also investigating the official for abuse of office. According to the report, Mr Akpa, who is a professor of microbiology, was arrested by operatives of the commission to answer questions on how the said amount was misappropriated under his watch. The ICPC also said investigations revealed that…

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NIGERIA’S LAND BORDERS TO BE REOPENED SOON SAYS FINANCE MINISTER

The nation’s land borders that have been closed since August 2019 may be reopened soon. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, gave this indication during an interview with State House correspondents on Wednesday. Ahmed said the presidential committee set up on the matter has completed its job and has recommended the reopening of the borders. She said the committee would soon submit its report to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), following which a formal pronouncement would be made on the matter. The minister did…

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RECESSION: NIGER GOVERNMENT SET TO HALF WORKERS SALARIES

As Labour Poses For Showdown With Government As Nigerians gear up to face the impending hardship as a result of the recession already steering in the face of Nigeria, Niger state government has concluded plans to slash the salaries of civil servants in the state by 50 percent to be able to cope with the present economic reality. But the Organized Labour in the state have vowed that any attempt to slash the salaries of workers would be met with stiff resistance and this has set the stage for a…

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POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED BY HISBAH FOR SEXUALLY EXPLOITING UNDERAGED GIRLS IN KANO

Operatives of the Kano State Hisbah Board (Sharia police) have arrested a police constable identified as Basiru for alleged sexual exploitation of underage girls and women. It was gathered that Basiru and one Jamilu, now at large, used a house at Rummawa area of Ungogo Local Government Area where they lured girls and women before sexually exploiting them. Luck ran out on Basiru when residents of the area alerted officials of Hisbah when he took a 16-year-old girl to the house. A guardian of the victim, Usman Ahmad, said the…

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WIFE, SON OF ATIKU’S SECURITY DETAIL ABDUCTED IN ADAMAWA

The family of a security aide of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Yolde-Pate, Yola, the Adamawa State capital. It was learned that the incident happened on Monday night shortly after the security aide arrived in the town with Atiku for the weekend. According to reports, the gunmen invaded the residence of the aide and abducted his wife and son when they failed to meet him at home. “The kidnappers believed that the police personnel, being so close to Atiku, would have money, so…

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