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 

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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NEWS 

Falana intoxicated with early wine, group chides Falana over accusation on PMB

  Pro-democracy group, National Democratic Front (NDF), believes Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana’s recent attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari is a product of “intoxication with early wine”. In a recent scathing onslaught, among others, the self-acclaimed human rights lawyer had insinuated that President Buhari is contemplating a third-term agenda in 2023. However, in reaction, the NDF rubbished such notion, describing it as “unfounded, baseless and senseless”. In a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, Secretary-General, Dr Abdulakadir Bolaji, revealed that Mr Falana is nothing but a clout chaser,…

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OPINIONS & COLUMNS 

Nigeria Customs Service Directive to Halt Petroleum Products supply to Towns within 20 Kilometers to the National Borders not Well Thought -Out

Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin The world has gone beyond the crude mode of operations of Nigeria’s security architecture; its shortcoming is further being brought to the public glare by the directive of the Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col (Rtd) Ali Hammed, to halt the supply of petroleum products within 20 kilometers of our national borders to prevent export to neighbouring countries. The policy would be disastrous to the livelihood of those living and working in and around these areas, who also depend on petroleum products for survival.When has it…

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ICPC REPORT 

ICPC seizes 44 Properties worth N14.7bn from 32 Companies

  The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC),has seized 44 properities made up of mansions, factory and 27 plots of lands allegedly linked  to 32 corporate entities. The properties whose  cumulative value has been put at N14.7 billion were seized after the  entities denied their ownership. The Commission, in collaboration with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) had found that the entities had N883.7 million tax liability on the seized properties. The seizure is based on Section 45(4) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000. The  seized properties,…

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NEWS 

FERMA needs N12bn emergency fund for road rehabilitation ― Bamisile

The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency(FERMA), Hon Femi Bamisile, has described some federal roads across the country as deplorable and pathetic, calling on the government to release the sum of 12 billion naira to the agency for road rehabilitation before yuletide season. Hon. Bamisile made this call in Erio-Ekiti on Friday while inspecting a collapsed bridge along Aramoko-Erio-Efon highway. The lawmaker urged the Minister of Works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to ply some federal highways across the country, rather than saying the complaints about the bad…

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Foreign News 

Pompeo says NATO must change, or risk becoming obsolete

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday NATO must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was dying. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected Macron’s comments, in an interview with British weekly The Economist, as “drastic” and Pompeo said on Thursday the alliance was perhaps one of the most important “in all recorded history”. But he acknowledged the need for NATO to evolve in a question-and-answer session after delivering a speech in Berlin on Friday, one day before…

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NEWS 

Gov Ayade vows to empower skilled corps members

In an effort to reduce the unemployment in the country, Cross Rivers State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade has restated his willingness towards empowering Corps Members with specific entrepreneurial skills. Ayade made the promise during the swearing-in ceremony for the 2019 Batch “C” Stream I Corps Members currently undergoing their Orientation Course at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Obubra, Cross Rivers State. The governor represented by the Secretary to State Government, Barr Tina Agbor, stressed that the various skills the Corps Members would be exposed to during the period of…

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