61 CHIBOK GIRLS ALREADY MARRIED TO BOKO HARAM TOP SHOTS WHILE 12 ARE DEAD INSIDER REPORTS REVEAL

No fewer than 61 Chibok girls abducted in April 2014 had been married to Boko Haram militants while three others died during childbirth. Eight of the over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls also died during Nigerian air force strikes while one other died due to an unknown cause. This is as the 21 Chibok schoolgirls who recently regained their freedom after more than two years of captivity in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists have disclosed that they were not abused or raped during the period of their captivity in Sambisa…

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WORLD BANK DELISTS 14 NIGERIAN COMPANIES

For failing to comply with its procurement and consultant guidelines, the World Bank has axed 14 Nigerian companies from participating in all its funded activities. The bank, New Telegraph gathered, under what it tagged ‘Fraud and Corruption’ noted that the firms and individuals that are delisted are ineligible to be awarded a World Bankfinanced contract. The affected individuals and firms were sanctioned under the bank’s fraud and corruption policy as set in the Procurement Guidelines or the Consultant Guidelines. According to the global financial institution, some of the firms were…

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GOMBE GOVERNOR, DANKWAMBO APPOINTS 229 AIDES

The governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, has approved the appointment of 229 people as his Special Assistants (SAs). A letter by the Acting Secretary to the State Government, Mr. James Pisagih, said the appointment of the new special assistants took effect from the day they resumed duty. The new SAs, who are categorized into SA I, II, III and IV, were announced without any specific portfolio or assignment. Daily Trust’s investigation revealed that people who served as SA I during the governor’s first tenure collected N80,000 as…

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BUHARI TO SWEAR IN ONNOGHEN TODAY AS ACTING CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari will today swear in Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Daily Trust learnt last night. A top Presidency source, who disclosed this to our correspondent, said Onnoghen would be sworn in inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said arrangements had been concluded to conduct the swearing-in at exactly 2.00pm today. The current CJN, Justice Mahmud Muhammed, will retire today having attained the retirement age of 70. The National…

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NATIONAL POPULATION COMMISSION REVEALS NIGERIA’S LATEST POPULATION DATA, ITS STAGGERING

The Director-General of National Population Commission, NPC, Ghaji Bello, has said Nigeria’s population was currently 182 million, with more than half its people under 30 years of age. According to him, this puts a severe strain on a nation, with its slowing economy and declining revenue to provide enough schools and health facilities. Bello, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the latest estimate was based on the population of 140 million recorded in the last census a decade ago, using an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent weighed against other…

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AL MUSTAPHA SPEAKS ABOUT HIS INVOLVEMENT IN KUDIRAT ABIOLA’S DEATH

Akure—THE Former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retd) yesterday said he was not the killer of late Kudirat Abiola. He made the denial at the sixth edition of Dr. Fredrick Fasehun annual public lecture in Akure. The lecture had the theme: “The Nigerian quest for social justice and credible leadership: the travail of a nation on trial.” Al-Mustapha declared that the insinuation that he killed Kudirat was a ploy by some people in government to soil his image in…

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SEE WHAT THE SENATE DID TO THE CONTROVERSIAL GRAZING BILL

THE controversial bill for an Act to provide for establishment of grazing areas management agency and other related matters, yesterday on the floor of the Senate, suffered a major set back as it was stood down for discussion and further deliberation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, APC, Kano Central, titled A Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of grazing Areas Management Agency and for other related Matters, 2016, failed to scale second reading as it was rejected. It further seeks to create a mechanism for…

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REPS DIRECT EFCC TO ARREST MMM PROMOTERS

The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Central Bank of Nigeria to immediately go after the promoters Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, otherwise known as ‘MMM’ in Nigeria. Lawmakers strongly opposed the investment scheme, which lately gained popularity among Nigerians in the wake of the current economic recession in the country. MMM promises 30 per cent return on investment for any money put into the scheme within 30 days. The investment scheme has a Russian origin and “involves directing clients to make money available…

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OVER 200 STRUCTURES RAISED AS YORUBA AND EGUN PEOPLE CLASH IN LAGOS

No fewer than 200 structures were burnt on Wednesday in Otodo Gbame, an Egun community in the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos State, during a clash between some Egun and Yoruba youths. PUNCH Metro learnt that the crisis started on Sunday, when the Yoruba youths demanded that the residents should relocate from the area. It was gathered that the Egun community insisted that residents would not leave their houses, tagging the youths as hoodlums and land grabbers. Our correspondent gathered that the crisis came to a head on Wednesday…

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