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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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POLITICS 

South-East govs wrong on proscription -Ajulo

In a separate interview, Dr. Olukayode Ajulo, a public interest lawyer, unionist and rights activist expressed dismay at the recent developments in the South East, describing the turn of events as very unfortunate. Ajulo, who blamed the leadership of IPOB for what has befallen them, lamented that members of the separatist group threw caution to the winds when they decided to flout the laws of the land in the course of their agitation for self determination. “As it is, Nigeria is a republic founded by law; a republic in which…

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INVESTIGATION 

How states utilised Paris Club refund – Survey

Many state governments across the federation have utilised the second tranche of the Paris Club refund they received to clear the arrears of their serving and retired workers’ entitlements. However, in most states where the arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities have been paid, some civil servants and retirees, especially those in the council areas, are still being owed. A survey by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, indicated that some of the workers and pensioners were owed salaries and pensions for periods ranging between two and 11 months. The…

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NEWS Oil & Gas 

NNPC ‘crashes petrol, cooking gas prices’ nationwide

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says sustained strategic intervention in the efficient supply and distribution of petroleum products has led to significant fall in the prices of premium motor spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), also known as cooking gas, nationwide. In a statement on Sunday, Ndu Ughamadu, spokesman of the corporation, said a national survey by oil and gas forum, NNPC’s weekly TV programme, indicated that in the last few weeks, the price of petrol has fallen steadily from N145 per litre to…

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POLITICS 

Forum of former PDP Ministers pays Sallah visit to ex-President Jonathan

A delegation of the Forum of Former Ministers of the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday paid Sallah visit to ex- President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in his Abuja residence. Members of the delegation included Chairman of the Forum and former Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Bala Mohammed and former Minister of Environment Mr. John Ode. See pictures below:

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OPINIONS & COLUMNS POLITICS 

Why looters are beating EFCC hands down’

In this conclusion of the interview with Sunday Oguntola, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), sheds light on why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will keep losing corruption cases. Excerpts: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been accusing the judiciary of frustrating the anti-corruption war, especially successful prosecution of looters. What’s lacking in the agency’s effort? The EFCC is just an agency. I did constitutional studies and have studied over 50 anti-corruption models. Corruption is fought well when the President…

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Foreign News INVESTIGATION NEWS 

UK Court Restrains Alison-Madueke, Omokore, Aluko From Selling Assets Acquired Through Graft

UK court that restrain former Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and her business fronts, Jide Omokore and Kolawole Aluko, from disposing of properties acquired through the dodgy Strategic Alliance Agreements (SAAs) facilitated by the erstwhile minister. SaharaReporters has obtained documents issued by a UK court that restrain former Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and her business fronts, Jide Omokore and Kolawole Aluko, from disposing of properties acquired through the dodgy Strategic Alliance Agreements (SAAs) facilitated by the erstwhile minister. The assets in question were acquired via companies listed as third…

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POLITICS 

Ojukwu fought for restructuring – Iwuanyanwu

Ojukwu fought for restructuring – Iwuanyanwu A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has said the late Biafran leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, went to war because of restructuring. Apparently reacting to the new narrative after President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent broadcast in which he made reference to his Daura meeting with Ojukwu in 2003, Iwuanyanwu explained that Ojukwu never contemplated secession in the first instance. He said the war was forced on Ojukwu by the then military government of General Yakubu Gowon (retd), which declined to…

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Buhari and Osinbajo Health POLITICS 

JUST IN- Buhari returns to Nigeria today

  President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London. The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then. President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017. He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge. FEMI ADESINA Special Adviser to the President…

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