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EDITORIAL: NIGERIA’S SIGNIFICANT DIASPORA: A KEY RESOURCE BLOC THAT GOVERNMENT MUST EXPLORE FOR NATION BUILDING

Nigeria provides one of the largest pool of migrants to other countries of the world, with the Nigerian diaspora estimated to be in the region of 5 to 15 million people spread across virtually every continent of the world. Large swathes of Nigerians can be found in countries such as the United Kingdom, South Africa, United States of America among others, with London’s Peckham referred to as a mini-Lagos owing to the preponderance of immigrants from Lagos there.  The Nigerian Diaspora is also known for their excellence in all walks of…

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INVESTIGATION 

Guardian Reporter Went to Abuja House in London to Inquire About Buhari and This Happened

Domestic workers and aides in the Abuja House, London where President Buhari is reportedly staying have kept mom about his health status. President Muhammadu Buhari may have been in and out of hospital since arriving London to see his doctors exactly a fortnight ago, if feelers from Abuja House – the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the Court of St James’s – where he is staying, is anything to go by. But this could not be confirmed as The Guardian has met a wall of silence from…

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NEWS 

Eid Maulud: Atiku congratulates Muslims, urges peaceful coexistence

  Abuja, 10 November 2019: Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar urges Muslims to use religion as a vehicle for the promotion of love, unity and understanding in the country. This was contained in his message to Muslims in the country to mark the Maulud celebration in remembrance of the birth of Prophet Muhammad. Atiku notes that religious tolerance is a prerequisite for stable and peaceful country and that religious leaders should use their positions of influence to spread love, tolerance and respect for others who are different. Given our ethnic,…

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NEWS 

Federal Capital Territory Contract Compromised

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, has been asked to immediately cancel the bidding for the procurement process and tender involving the provision of waste collection, computers and vehicles for Nigeria’s capital city. Nigeria’s anti-corruption group, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre) said the bid which was advertised in Nigerian dailies has compromised the integrity of the country by undermining the directive principle of the federal government which lays emphasis on the need for government agencies to patronise locally made goods, equipment and services. Copies of the…

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NEWS 

Buhari urges muslims to stop violent Extremism

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged his fellow Muslim faithful to do away with criminal activities such as killing, kidnapping and forced marriage. The president said this as part of his message to the Muslims on the occasion of the Maulud celebration, the remembrance of the birth of Prophet Muhammad. He said: “Putting into practice the great virtues for which the Holy Prophet Muhammad is historically famous and revered would have a far greater impact on changing our attitudes and behaviours than the best sermons ever will. “The indiscriminate killing of…

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Polytechnic Examiner gains 20 years imprisonment

Olanrewaju Kayode, a part-time examiner at The Polytechnic, Ibadan has been sentenced to 20-year imprisonment for engaging in examination malpractice. Kayode was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in June 2016 on a 5-count charge for allegedly collecting money from five students of the institution and attempting to assist them to alter and secure higher exam scores on different scripts written outside the examination hall. He was sentenced by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State after being…

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‘No Salary Boys’ on Rampage in Lagos

A violent fight between some hoodlums in Ijeshatedo and Ilasamaja areas of Lagos State had at least 30 vehicles destroyed. According to residents in the area, the fight which lasted two days also left more than 14 people injured. “Mostly, the fights are between some guys in Ilasamaja and their Itire counterparts. We need police to curb their activities,” a resident reportedly said. Some of the residents said the fighting hoodlums are called ‘No salary Boys’, adding that the police only arrived after the boys had left the vicinity. The…

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NEWS 

Maina’s discomfort in Kuje Prison worries Family

The family of Abdul-Rasheed Maina, former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, has decried the conditions of Kuje prison where Maina is remanded. Sources had earlier informed SaharaReporters how the embattled former pension boss was being treated with niceties in the prison. He is facing a 12-count charge of money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud. On Thursday, he appeared in court in a Wheelchair, forcing the judge to adjourn the trial while the correctional facility ascertains his health condition. Reacting to this, the family in a statement claimed…

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Man kills prostitute in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Babatunde Damilare for stabbing a prostitute to death after a payment dispute. Police spokesman Bala Elkana said in a statement on Sunday, “On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, around 11 pm, the Surulere Police Station received information that a commercial sex worker, identified as Elochukwu, engaged her customer, Babatunde Damilare, in a fight over the price of sex at the Edo Inn, No. 17 Atan Street, Empire, Surulere. “During the scuffle, the said Babatunde Damilare picked a knife and stabbed Elochukwu in her…

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NEWS 

Eid-Maulud: Arcbishop eulogises role of Nigerian military in sustaining peace, asks citizens to unite in faith, prayers for troops fighting insurgency

  As Muslims in Nigeria join the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s Eid Maulud, the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organisations for Peace, has called for fervent prayers for the Nigerian military. The group also eulogised the troops for sustaining peace across the nation. His Eminence, Archbishop Julius Ediwe, the Grand Patron of the religious organisation in a statement in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Monday, called on every Nigerian, irrespective of religious affiliation to intensify their supplication to Almighty God for President Muhammadu Buhari to…

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NEWS 

Activist Commends President Buhari for his fight against violent extremism

A United Kingdom based Human Rights Activist, Phillip Agbese has commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for taking a tough stance against violent-extremism in the country. The Middlesex University trained human rights laws expert and publisher spoke with a group of journalists at the Murtalal Muhammad International Airport, Lagos on the state of affairs in the country. Mr. Agbese stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed risen to the occasion by the introduction of policies and actions geared towards arresting the menace of violent extremism through…

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OPINIONS & COLUMNS 

Boko Haram: The Taming Of A Monster

  By Dan Abakpa In September 2014, the Jonathan Presidency served a pyrrhic victory to Nigerians over claims that it has killed Boko Haram’s most vicious leader, Abubakar Shekau. The public statement excited Nigerians, but sadly turned out to be a ruse like previous such claims in July 2009 and another in late June 2013. The then Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told reporters in Abuja that the man posing as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was his moniker adopted by the sect. He insisted that Shekau had been killed earlier…

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