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Kano Assembly Approves Bill on Creation of 4 Additional Emirates

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The Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the creation of four additional first-class Emirate Councils in the state, presently making it five first-class emirs.


The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Alhaji Labaran Abdul-Madari, said the creation of the emirates was aimed at bringing more development to the areas.

According to him, the decision to amend the Kano State Emirate Council Bill 2019 was in public interest, as it will bring the people closer to their traditional rulers.


He added that such would also pave way for more developmental projects in those areas, especially the issue of infrastructure and security.


Abdul-Madari said: "The law will also provide the presence of Council of Chiefs, which its chairmanship will be a two-year rotation among the five emirs, including the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusill.


He said the emirs would work hand in hand with the state government and the Council of Chiefs to ensure the development of the state and also coordination am…

Late Ajanaku Persuaded Me to Run for President, Says Obasanjo

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Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was on Thursday full of eulogies for his former Presidential Adviser on Women Affairs, Chief (Mrs.) Titilayo Ajanaku, who died at the age of 78 yesterday after a brief illness in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Ajanaka, a former Chairman of Abeokuta Local Government Area of the state, was the first local council chairman in Nigeria.
Her death was confirmed by her son in a telephone chat with President Obasanjo early hours of yesterday.
Reacting to her transition, Obasanjo, in whose administration she served, said her loyalty and commitment to women affairs development was exemplary and worthy of emulation.
The former president also recalled how the late nursing professional joined other Nigerians to visit him in 1998 to persuade him to contest in the presidential election.
Obasanjo described her as a woman who would do everything in her capacity to uplift, improve and advance the cause of women, saying this largely formedreasons for her being appointm…

CSOs Demand Public Hearings on FG's $30bn Loan Request

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No fewer than 42 civil society organisations have called on the National Assembly to hold public hearings on President Muhammadu Buhari's $29.96 billion loan request and to reflect the opinion of majority of Nigerians in the approval or disapproval process.
The CSOs in a joint statement also stated that as a preliminary measure before considering new loans, there should be set limits of consolidated debts for the federal, state and local governments in accordance with Section 42 (1) of the Fiscal Responsibility Act. Some of the organisations are: Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP),Centre for Democratic Research and Training (CRDDERT), and Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC).
They also include the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource ( Centre), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) Partners for West Africa - Nigeria, Centre for Information…

Court Orders DSS to Transfer Zakzaky, Wife to Kaduna Correctional Centre

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A Kaduna State High Court has ordered that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, be transferred to the Correctional Centre in Kaduna.
The duo had been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since their arrest in December 2015 when IMN members clashed with the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Buhari, Osinbajo, Jonathan Hails Archbishop Kaigama as He Takes Over From Cardinal Onaiyekan

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The newly appointed Archbishop of the Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace Ignatius Kaigama, on Thursday formally assumed office as the substantive Archbishop of the Abuja Archdiocese.
He took over the mantle of office from His Eminence Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, who retired on the attainment of the mandatory 75 years of age.
In his goodwill message, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed confidence that Archbishop Kaigama would do justice to his new office.
He said the various positions which Kaigama had occupied especially as the president of the Bishops Conference of Nigeria and chairman of the Plateau State Interreligious Committee for Peace put him in great stead to ably discharge his new assignment.
On his part, former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, described Kaigama as a man of immense experience and a peacebuilder.
"The Catholic community in Nigeria and the Christendom will no doubt gain a lot as you continue to deploy your wealth of experience as a peacebuild…

Scores Injured as Prophet, Parishioner Die in Lagos Pipeline Explosion ...Five vandals dead, as police arrest one

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A prophet attached to one of the white garment churches and his parishioner were some of the casualties of the explosion that engulfed some pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at the Igando area of Lagos State on Thursday.


The cleric and the parishioner were said to have visited the canal nearby to conduct some spiritual exercise as demanded from the latter by the former when the explosion occurred and burnt them beyond recognition.


Having lit candles for the spiritual exercise, the flames caught fire and caught up with petroleum product seeping through the pipe on the ground.


Although those rescued by emergency responders were few, it was gathered from onlookers that the initial persons that were injured had been rushed to various nearby hospitals.
Caused by a ruptured pipeline left unattended to by vandals, the explosion was further exacerbated by the spilling products which had soaked the ground at the back of the affected estates- Diamond,…

Activist Asks Buhari to Dissolve Incoming NDDC Board

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A rights activist and Convener of Civil Society Groups (CSOs), Mr. Solomon Adodo, on Wednesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately dissolve the recently screened Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board nominees.


Adodo said the dissolution is necessary in order to enthrone a transparent and corrupt-free system that guarantees the welfare of the common man.


Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the activist urged President Buhari to rather constitute an unfettered forensic audit of the NDDC under the watch of the interim management committee.


“We are here to cry out against the serial gang rape of our commonwealth and crude deprivations of the Niger Delta people orchestrated by a handful of fiendish self-serving elites in the region," he said.

Adodo, while explaining that the quest for rapid infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region to assuage the adverse effects of petroleum exploration and douse rising youth agitation informed the establishment …

EFCC Arraigns ‘Mama Boko Haram’ for Cheating, Conspiracy

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday arraigned Hajiya Aisha Alkali Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram before a Borno State High Court in Maiduguri on a three-count charge bordering on cheating and conspiracy to the tune of N66 million.


Also arraigned with Mama Boko Haram is Alhaji Tahiru Saidu before Justice Aisha Kumaliya.


Mama Boko Haram rose to prominence for her celebrated link with the terrorist group which saw her facilitating dialogues and releases of some persons held captive by the group.


The petitioner, Ali Tijjani, had alleged to EFCC that on September 7, 2018, his company was awarded a contract to supply processed maize grain worth N51 million.


He claimed that his company collected the said grain from Maiduguri Flour Mills and supplied it to Mama Boko Haram's NGO, Complate Care and Aid Foundation.


The said product was received by the Alhaji Tahiru Saidu on behalf of Complete Care and Aid Foundation.


The duo was also alleged to ha…

Yuletide: DPR Warns Marketers of Product Hoarding, Adulteration …Urges Nigerians to avoid panic buying

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Wednesday warned all Petroleum Products Marketers to desist from any form of profiteering, ranging from petroleum products diversion, hoarding, adulteration, under-dispensing, overpricing and other sharp practices to avoid severe sanctions that might be meted on any defaulting marketer.
It also said it has intensified its petroleum products monitoring and surveillance activities towards ensuring a hitch-free yuletide in Abuja and its environs.


Zonal Operations Controller, Abuja, Buba Abubakar, stated this in a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Abuja.

According to him, "DPR also enjoins the public to avoid panic buying of product and go about their normal businesses as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured the country of availability of petroleum products that can sustain it throughout the yuletide and beyond.


"Therefore, DPR hereby warned marketers to desist from sharp practices that …

Illegal Bunkering Threat To Ogoni Clean-up, Says, MOSOP

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The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has alleged that illegal oil bunkering activities in Ogoniland is the greatest threat to the success of the implementation of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Report on the clean-up of the area.
MOSOP President, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, made the assertion on Wednesday in Port Harcourt while speaking at a symposium organised by the Correspondents' Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Rivers State, as part of activities marking the 2019 Correspondents' Week.
Pyagbara lamented that the number of impacted sites in Ogoniland has increased more than it was three years ago due to activities of illegal oil bunkering the area.
He said: "Artisanal refining, which we call 'kpo fire' or illegal bunkering is the greatest challenge facing the ongoing clean up of Ogoni. It will be impossible for the clean-up exercise to be successful when kpo fire business is going on. 

"We need the support of…

Ondo: Killer Cop Escapes As Police Arrest Five Team Members

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The Ondo State Police Command on Wednesday said the policeman, who killed a truck driver last Monday in Uso town in Owo Local Government Area of the state, was yet to be arrested as he had fled immediately he committed the crime.

However, five other members of the Highway Patrol Team had been arrested.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, disclosed the development to journalists in Akure.
The policeman, identified as Sergeant Idowu Omosuyi, attached to the Federal Highway Patrol, allegedly shot the truck driver, Ado Saleh, at a checkpoint on Akure-Owo expressway in Uso town following an argument between both of them.

The driver died instantly while theincident sparked off a protest by other truck drivers and the residents of the town, who barricaded the expressway for several hours.
Joseph said the men of the Ondo State Command were already on the trail of the fleeing killer police officer while the investigation has commenced on the incident.
Accordin…

Senate Set to Pass 2020 Budget Today, Increases Estimate by N450bn …Amends public procurement act

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The Senate has confirmed that it’s set to consider and pass the 2020 federal budget represented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on October 8, 2019.
Its committee on Appropriation Bill at the plenary on Wednesday presented the 2020 budget report to the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Its Chairman, Senator Barau Jibrin, at the plenary laid the budget report which is to be debated and passed tomorrow.
A ranking senator from the North Central zone and member of the committee told reporters that the committee, in the course of its work in the last one month, tinkered with the final figure of the N10.33trillion 2020 budget proposal sent to the National Assembly.

The senator, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the committee increased the 2020 budget proposed by the government by additional N450 billion.
According to him, some of the sectoral allocations were adjusted and at the end of the day, based on presentations by the Ministries, Departments an…

Basketmouth Deeply Apologises for Rape Joke Over EU’s Disqualification

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Bright Okpocha, Nigerian stand-up comedian better known as Basketmouth, has reacted to his removal as an ambassador of the European Union (EU) for sexual and gender-based violence. The ace-comedian has been in the spotlight for sometimes now after he was unveiled along some other Nigerian celebrities as an advocate for the EU in Nigeria’s campaign against sexual and gender-based violence. Quite a number of Nigerians had argued that Basketmouth did not merit such recognition, alleging that he promotes sexual violence in his jokes, citing a Facebook post he had shared some years ago. In reaction to the backlashes that trailed his selection, the comedian took to his social media page on Monday, saying his Facebook post was misconstrued. According to him, the original aim of the post was to shed “light through humor to the entitled crude and very present behavioral patterns of some African men who equate spending to sexual favors.” He also appealed to women to forgive him, stating he alwa…

Atiku Institutes N2.5bn Libel Suit Against Buhari's Aide, Lauretta Onochie

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Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has instituted an N2.5billion libel against a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, over an alleged libellous publication. Atiku was at the Registry of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama where he formally deposed to his own witness statement on Oath before the Commissioner for Oaths to kick-start the libel suit against Onochie, an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari. The PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 election had in May this year threatened legal action against Onochie, who is the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media.
The legal action was in connection to a publication wherein, Onochie on her twitter handled, alleged that Atiku is on the watch list of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for alleged criminal matters. Onochie in the said publication of May 7, 2019, also accused Atiku of shopping for terrorists in the Middle east. “Atiku on UAE watchlist-security sources; S…