Fayose expresses fear over Ekiti poll

Fayose expresses fear over Ekiti poll

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday visited the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The governor said he was at the commission’s national headquarters to express his fears on the July governorship poll in his state. Fayose, who addressed reporters after an initial decline, said the activities of opposition parties had raised what he called…

Ashafa: I’ve no governorship ambition

Ashafa: I’ve no governorship ambition

Lagos East Senator Gbenga Ashafa yesterday distanced himself from an online report that he plans to take a shot at the Lagos governorship next year. Ashafa said he is not only focused on his assignment as a federal lawmaker, but that he is in full support of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. He said his attention was yesterday drawn to reports of…

Corrupt JAMB officials may not be prosecuted, says Oloyede

Corrupt JAMB officials may not be prosecuted, says Oloyede

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said yesterday that the board might not handover its officials, alleged to have embezzled money, to anti-graft agencies. He spoke in Abuja at the launch of a book written to honour him. The book, a collection of essays, was authored by Y.O. Imam, R.I Adebayo and A.I. Ali-gan, and…

Ajimobi appoints Ibidapo-Obe Tech Varsity’s council chair

Ajimobi appoints Ibidapo-Obe Tech Varsity’s council chair

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has appointed a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, as the pioneer Pro-Chancellor and chairman of the Governing Council of the Technical University in Ibadan, the state capital. The appointment was announced through a statement yesterday in Ibadan by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Olalekan Alli.…

Osun govt releases N1.2b for gratuity

Osun govt releases N1.2b for gratuity

The Osun State government has released N1 billion to 142 beneficiaries of the contributory pension scheme and N200 million to settle part of outstanding gratuities of 2011/2012 retirees. The state has notified retirees from councils, elementary and middle schools that their entitlements will be settled from next Monday. In a statement by the governor’s Media Adviser, Mr Sola Fasure, after…

DANA Air passengers retrieve luggage

DANA Air passengers retrieve luggage

THE luggage of the 44 passengers that boarded the DANA Air MD 83 aircraft Flight 9J0363 from Abuja to Port Harcourt on Tuesday has been retrieved, it was learnt yesterday. The retrieve of the luggage, a source close to the airline said, came after complaints by some of the passengers who boarded the aircraft which overshot the runway of Port…

Orchid Restaurant gets Thailand’s endorsement

The newly inaugurated Orchid House Restaurant on Victoria Island in Lagos has received Thailand government’s endorsement for its Thai cuisine. Tagged: Thai Select Premium Certificate, the endorsement is a stamp of recognition for Orchid House as one of the few restaurants in the world, where authentic Thai cuisine is served. Since 1960s, Thai cuisine, renowned for its incredible combination of tastes, has…

Babalakin seeks cleaning of judiciary

Babalakin seeks cleaning of judiciary

Eminent lawyers and businessman Dr. Wale Babalakin has canvassed an internal cleansing of the judiciary. He spoke yesterday at the presentation of a book: “New Developments in Law and Practice in Nigeria”, written in honour of a former Secretary-General of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Dele Adesina, to mark his 35th year as a lawyer and the 25th anniversary of his law…

Outrage over teenager punished to death by soldiers

Outrage over teenager punished to death by soldiers

Widespread condemnations have continued to trail the death of a 15-year old student of Army Day Secondary School Obinze,  Miss Queendalin Ekezie, who was punished to death by a  soldier attached to the 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze,  Imo State for coming late to school. The victim was said to have collapsed after she was commanded to do frog jump by…

Benue: Military operation will favour herders over farmers – group

Benue: Military operation will favour herders over farmers – group

A Tiv sociocultural group, Mzough U Tiv, has alleged that the military exercise in Benue State is a ploy to provide cover for herdsmen to take over Benue land. The operation tagged Ayem Akpatuma was flagged off in Guma Local Government Area on Thursday. According to Mzough U Tiv, the military’s  ‘real’ intention can be found in a pamphlet which it circulated on…

Candidates protest UTME exam date; seeks postponement

Candidates protest UTME exam date; seeks postponement

Hundreds of candidates who registered for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME disturbed traffic along Bariga-Akoka Road, Lagos while protesting plans by the Joint Examinations and Matriculations Board (JAMB) to conduct the examination next month. Their grievances were also written on placards they borne, including; “Admissions are yet to close, why conducting another UTME now?”; “JAMB isn’t for revenue…

Kano Accountant-General resigns

Kano Accountant-General resigns

Kano State Accountant General, Hajiya Aisha Bello, on Thursday tendered her resignation letter to the State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, amid controversy of interference in her duties by some powerful forces. In a letter, dated February 20, 2018, Hajiya expressed appreciation to the Governor for according her the opportunity to serve the state in two capacities, as Commissioner for…

Church invites couples to bring guns in for blessing

Church invites couples to bring guns in for blessing

The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, U.S.  has invited couples to bring their assault rifles in to be blessed. Members of the church have been asked to attend the service with AR-15 semi-automatic rifle or equivalents such as an AK semi-automatic rifle. An AR-15 was the weapon used by Nikolas Cruz when he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman…

Banks must settle customers’ complaints within 2 weeks – CBN

Banks must settle customers’ complaints within 2 weeks – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed banks and other financial institutions to settle customers’ complaints on issues of overcharge, unauthorized deductions and other matters within two weeks. Mr Tajudeen Ahmed, the CBN Head of Complaints Management Division, made this disclosure on Thursday in Abuja. He said the CBN would ensure that bank customers received redress on issues of excess…

Lagos Neighborhood Corps rescue 4 rape victims from cultists

The Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) have arrested six suspected cultists and rescued four rape victims from their hide out in Lagos Island. LNSC Chairman, Israel Ajao, told newsmen in Lagos on Thursday that the suspected cultists were students and ex-students of King Ado Senior High School, Lagos Island. Ajao, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Pooice, said that the…

#BBOG to Govt. Where are our Dapchi girls

#BBOG to Govt. Where are our Dapchi girls

Members of the #BringBackOurGirls (#BBOG) advocasy have asked the government of the where about of the Dapchi girls abducted in Yobe state. The group in a statement on Thursday by its spokesperson Sesugh Akume stated. “Our movement was made aware and has been closely monitoring the news of the abduction of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State on…

2019: APC governors meet Buhari tonight

2019: APC governors meet Buhari tonight

President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to meet with state governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Thursday night at the conference hall of the Wife of the President, Presidential Villa, Abuja. TORIREPUBLIC reports that the meeting might be a follow-up to the Daura meeting which was held at the president’s private resident last Friday. The Chairman of the APC Governors’…

Council of State endorses appointments for NPC, INEC, JSC

Council of State endorses appointments for NPC, INEC, JSC

The National Council of State on Thursday endorsed the appointments of 23 members of National Population Commission (NPC) and a National Electoral Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents alongside Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on the outcome of the Council of State meeting. The meeting…

Police gives 2 weeks ultimatum to criminals in Kaduna to repent

Police gives 2 weeks ultimatum to criminals in Kaduna to repent

The Kaduna State Police Command on Thursday advised all street gangs known as “Sara Suka” two weeks ultimatum to repent or face the full wrath of the law. The Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar gave the ultimatum while on familiarisation visit to Kawo community in Kaduna North Local Government Area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports…

No Dapchi schoolgirl rescued yet – Yobe govt.

No Dapchi schoolgirl rescued yet – Yobe govt.

The Yobe Government has apologised for claiming that some of the abducted school girls at Government Girls College Dapchi had been rescued. Abdullahi Bego, Director-General, Press Affairs to Yobe Governor, gave the apology on Thursday over the statement, which turned out to be untrue. “We issued the statement on the basis of information provided by one of the security agencies…

Ohanaeze decries decline in spoken Igbo

Ohanaeze decries decline in spoken Igbo

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has decried the growing decline in the use of Igbo language in carrying out both official and unofficial engagements. Media Adviser to the President-General, Chief Emeka Attamah, who spoke yesterday during the International Day of Language, regretted that even at most social, cultural and economic gatherings made up of only Ndigbo, they unfortunately still resort to English…

Police parade 16 suspects

Police parade 16 suspects

Kano State Police Command yesterday paraded 16 suspected criminals for robbery and kidnapping. Spokesman Magaji Musa Majiya said the suspects, who robbed residents of Kurna Asabe, Tudun Bujuwa and Tudun Fulani, were led by an ex-convict, Auwalu Isa of Tudun Fulani quarters. He said Isa had just been released from prison for robbery after serving four years. Other suspects, Ukasha…

Under-aged voting: INEC sets up eight-member probe panel

Under-aged voting: INEC sets up eight-member probe panel

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set up a eight-member committee to investigate the alleged underaged voting in the recent Kano State Local Government Election. The Committee, which has two weeks to turn in its report has Abubakar Nahuche, a national Commissioner as Chairman. Other members of the committee are: Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, a national Commissioner, Kassim Geidam Resident…

Emmanuel signs N646.65b 2018 Budget into law

Emmanuel signs N646.65b 2018 Budget into law

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has signed into law the 2018 Appropriation Bill with a total outlay of N646.65billion from N651 billion estimates presented to the House of Assembly last year. Emmanuel, who performed the ceremony at the Government House, Uyo yesterday, commended the Speaker, Mr. Onofiok Luke and members of the assembly for painstakingly going round the projects…

Na’Abba: Wike is the type of leader Nigeria needs

Na’Abba: Wike is the type of leader Nigeria needs

Former  House of Representatives Speaker Ghali Na’abba has described Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike as the type of leader needed for Nigeria’s  rapid development. Na’abba endorsed Wike’s brand of politics,  which he said is focused on the development of all communities, kindness to all politicians irrespective of their political affiliation and display of  uncommon maturity in all political situations. Na’abba…

One feared dead in Kwara communal clash

One feared dead in Kwara communal clash

One person is feared dead in the communal clash between Offa and Ijagbo in Kwara State. Many, including two policemen and a naval rating, were injured. The communities are allegedly fighting over land. Investigations showed that the tussle is between the Balogun family in Offa and another in Ijagbo. It was gathered that local hunters from neighbouring Ajase-Ipo fought on…

Fayose expresses fear over Ekiti poll

Fayose expresses fear over Ekiti poll

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday visited the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The governor said he was at the commission’s national headquarters to express his fears on the July governorship poll in his state. Fayose, who addressed reporters after an initial decline, said the activities of opposition parties had raised what he called…

30 IDPs get admission

30 IDPs get admission

Thirty Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Northeast, camped at International Christian Centre for Missions (ICCM), have secured admission to tertiary institutions in the last one year. The Director, Mr. Solomon Folorunsho, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday at Ohogua, near Benin, in Ovia North East Local Government of Edo State that about 250 of the IDPs were registered…

APC to PDP: you’re engaging in deliberate falsehood

APC to PDP: you’re engaging in deliberate falsehood

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of engaging in complete and deliberate falsehood in an attempt to bring down the ruling government. It said the PDP should be free to open its financial books to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), if it has nothing to hide. APC National Publicity Secretary Mallam Bolaji…

Buhari: Katsina elders lash Obasanjo

Buhari: Katsina elders lash Obasanjo

A GROUP of senior citizens, under the aegis of the Katsina State Senior Citizens’ Forum, has dismissed former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying his assertion that the administration has failed was unsubstantiated. The response of the senior citizens from President Buhari’s home state was contained in an advertorial published in some national dailies yesterday and…

TSA: INTELS pays N13.2b to NPA

TSA: INTELS pays N13.2b to NPA

INTELS Nigeria Limited has paid $42.6 million (N13.2 billion) to the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA)’s Single Treasury Single Account (TSA), NPA Managing Director Ms Hadiza Bala Usman said yesterday. She told members of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee probing the strain in relationship between the two organisations, that the company after receiving termination notice from the Agency, wrote…

Fed Govt’s okays $6.7b for Ibadan-Kaduna rail line

Fed Govt’s okays $6.7b for Ibadan-Kaduna rail line

The construction of the $6.7 billion Ibadan – Kaduna rail line, reconstruction of the N1.9 billion Clinton Drive and N273 million water treatment chemicals, were some of the approvals given by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami told State House reporters after the weekly meeting that the Federal Government has…

NAHCON refunds N820m to 2017 pilgrims

NAHCON refunds N820m to 2017 pilgrims

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) yesterday said it has released  N820,283,965 as refunds to State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Boards and agencies for 2017 Hajj operations. A statement by Adamu Hassan Abdullahi of the Media Relations Unit said the refund exercise will be monitored by the appropriate security agencies nationwide. The statement said: “The refunds consist of about N181million…

Three pupils die after biscuit meal in school

Three pupils die after biscuit meal in school

There was panic yesterday in Kubwa, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, following the death of four pupils at Local Education Authority II Primary School. They died after allegedly eating biscuits shared by an unidentified classmate on Tuesday. Two of the deceased, said to be from the same family, were buried yesterday. The victims are Na’imat Yahaya (14 –…

AIB probes DANA Air incident

AIB probes DANA Air incident

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has begun investigation into Tuesday’s Dana Air incident at the Port- Harcourt Airport. Its spokesman, Tunji Oketumbi, said a team from the bureau, led by the director of operations, Capt. Dayyabu Danraka, was already on ground in Port Harcourt for investigation into the incident. The team is expected to unravel the remote and immediate cause…

Oyo PDP crisis worsens as Ladoja moves to pull out

Oyo PDP crisis worsens as Ladoja moves to pull out

The crisis in the Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a worse turn. The new harmonised list of the State Executive Council (SEC) of the party, which was released by the national leadership on Tuesday, was said to have jolted the Senator Rashidi Ladoja faction. The faction reportedly conceded some slots to the faction headed…

Pro-Buhari comment: Senate rejects Omo-Agege’s apology

Pro-Buhari comment: Senate rejects Omo-Agege’s apology

In what appeared an about turn, Senator  Ovie Omo-Agege, yesterday tendered an unreserved apology to the Senate for alleged “offensive” comments against the upper chamber. Senator Omo-Agege in a subdued voice owned up that he over shot his bounds by claiming at a media briefing that the amended Electoral Act which reordered election sequence in the country was targeted at…

I will only return to that school if Buratai is the gateman, says pupil

I will only return to that school if Buratai is the gateman, says pupil

The Boko Haram attack on Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, may have created a setback for the efforts to get girls to remain in schools in Yobe State. One of the pupils, Faiza Mohammed, said yesterday that she would not return to school except Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai is the gateman. The attack on…

N13b arms cash: EFCC grills ex-Army Chief Ihejirika

N13b arms cash: EFCC grills ex-Army Chief Ihejirika

For about nine hours, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) detectives yesterday quizzed a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika,  over alleged N13 billion arms cash traced to him and his relations. Gen. Ihejirika was also asked to account for the transfer of N115m, $132,000, €16,000 and £44,0000 to his relatives who allegedly did no job. The five…

Troops bring back 50 girls abducted by Boko Haram

Troops bring back 50 girls abducted by Boko Haram

Troops last night rescued Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, Yobe State, pupils who were reportedly kidnapped by Boko Haram. The school was attacked on Monday night by the terrorists, who took away some of the girls. The state government put the figure of the girls that were missing at 50. A statement last night by Abdullahi Bego, Spokesman…

Akeredolu kick-starts N15b industrial park, others

Akeredolu kick-starts N15b industrial park, others

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) yesterday restated his administration’s the unwavering commitment to the rapid transformation of the state from an agrarian to an industrialised one. Akeredolu, who promised to leave the state better than he met it about one year ago, kick-started three multi-billion projects in the Southern Senatorial District area of the state. The flagging off of…

CCT shifts ruling on Justice Ngwuta’s case to March 21

CCT shifts ruling on Justice Ngwuta’s case to March 21

THE Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has reviewed its decision to rule today on the application by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, seeking to quash the charge against him. Tribunal’s Chairman Danladi Umar had, after taking arguments from Kanu Agabi, SAN, (for the defence) and Abeni Mohammed, SAN (for the prosecution), stood down proceedings for 30 minutes for…

UNICEF ranks Nigeria 11th highest on newborn deaths

UNICEF ranks Nigeria 11th highest on newborn deaths

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), has ranked Nigeria 11th position on newborn deaths globally. This is according to a new report on “Newborn Mortality’’ released by UNICEF, which was obtained by TORIREPUBLIC  yesterday in Lagos. According to the report, eight of the 10 most dangerous places to be born are sub-Saharan Africa, where pregnant women are much…

APC members accuse caretaker chair of fraud

APC members accuse caretaker chair of fraud

•Chairman: I haven’t committed any offence Aggrieved stakeholders of the All Progressives (APC) in Ondo East Local Government Area have accused the chairman of caretaker committee of the local government, Ayodeji Akinkuolie, of financial impropriety. A petition by 16 APC chieftains to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu accused Akinkuolie of gross abuse of office, misappropriation of funds and unauthorised disbursement of N8.9…

Akure Airport invasion: OPC to secure passengers

Akure Airport invasion: OPC to secure passengers

Members of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Ondo State have expressed their readiness to protect passengers using the Akure Airport. This followed last weekend’s invasion of the airport by cows suspected to belong to Fulani herdsmen. Its State Coordinator Pius Ogunsanya, who addressed reporters in Akure yesterday, noted that if cows continued to graze on the tarmac, many passengers would…

Dana Air plane skids off runway in Port Harcourt

Dana Air plane skids off runway in Port Harcourt

Dana Air plane last night skidded off the runway while landing at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in Rivers State. Passengers were evacuated by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) emergency officials. There was no casualty. The FAAN attributed the incident to a downpour accompanied by a strong wind and storm. Flight number 9J0363 took off from Abuja. A…

How Govt is tackling herdsmen/ farmers conflicts, by Osinbajo

How Govt is tackling herdsmen/ farmers conflicts, by Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday unveiled the strategies by the Federal Government in tackling the herdsmen/ farmers clashes in Benue, Taraba and other states. According to statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity Laolu Akande, the government has been deploying mobile police forces, army and Air Force to troubled areas and Nigerian Army formations and units in…

Abbas calls for talks on Palestine statehood

Abbas calls for talks on Palestine statehood

Palestine leader Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday called for an international conference to be held by mid-2018 to launch a new, wider Middle East peace process and pave the way to Palestinian statehood. In a rare address to the UN Security Council, Abbas presented what he called a “peace plan” to revive the comatose Israeli-Palestinian talks with a new international mediation…

Outrage as El-Rufai pulls down senator’s building

Outrage as El-Rufai pulls down senator’s building

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai was at the centre of a controversy yesterday. Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi accused him of personally supervising the demolition of his property used as the secretariat of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna. The APC’s “Restoration” group promoted by the senator last Thursday queried El-Rufai and suspended three of his aides, including Special Adviser…

Buhari: I’ve not relented in fighting corruption

Buhari: I’ve not relented in fighting corruption

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said his administration had not relented in fighting corruption in the last two and half years. Apart from the statements former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, some Nigerians have also alleged that the President’s anti-graft battle is selective. But, in a keynote address at the first Adamawa State Anti-corruption Summit in Yola, the state…