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Declare Fulani herdsmen terrorists now, Benue elders task Buhari

Protesting Widows

Elders drawn from the three major tribes in Benue state have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare Fulani herdsmen’s invasion of the state as well as the gruesome massacre of villagers by the armed herders as act of insurgency and label the perpetrators as terrorists to be routed by the military. They made this call in a communiqué issued at ...

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‘300 abducted children still missing one year after’

Chibok girls

• Human Rights Watch decries govt’s ‘silence,’ • Group says Chibok girls a child’s play Human Rights Watch has asked government to take urgent steps to secure the release of about 400 women and children, including at least 300 elementary school students, abducted a year ago by Boko Haram from Damasak town in Borno State. The group said though the Damasak incident ...

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Kogi crisis deepens as police seal off assembly

Yahaya Bello, Kogi State Governor

The crisis rocking the Kogi State House of Assembly assumed a new dimension on Wednesday when the complex was finally sealed off by security agents. This followed the failure of the lawmakers to resolve the leadership crisis that has bedevilled the assembly in the last three months. One of our correspondents who visited the assembly complex on Wednesday, observed that ...

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EFCC probes 100 pro-Jonathan groups over N320m

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has traced N320m to the account of the Goodluck Support Group, a collation of campaign groups, driving former President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid for the 2015 presidential poll. The group, which coordinated over 100 pro-Jonathan groups during the electioneering, was headed by Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufai Alkali. The money, it was ...

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Pres. Buhari declines to sign 2016 budget, suspects foul play

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to sign the 2016 budget passed last week by the National Assembly because of suspected foul play by legislators. The President, it was learnt, has already received the budget, but it was, however, without details as to where the lawmakers made adjustments to the original proposal that was sent to them. According to a reliable ...

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Expect more from me, president promises Nigerians

Zamfara State Governor Abubakar Yari (left); Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the eighth Bola Tinubu Colloquium at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on Tuesday

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured Nigerians that his administration would be taking more pragmatic actions in the next few months to improve the nation’s economy and boost their living conditions. He spoke at the Eighth Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium held at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja in honourof the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola ...

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Awgu farmers and herdsmen clash: Ugwuanyi doles out N8.5m

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State(right), being received by the traditional ruler of Ugwulesi, Awgu Community, Enugu State, Igwe Godwin Nwobi during the governor's interventionist visit to the area to sympathize with the families of the 76 farmers who are detained in a prison in Umuahia, Abia State over a clash with Fulani herdsmen.

The Enugu State Governor, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Tuesday appealed for peaceful settlement of the fracas involving farmers in Ugwuelshi community of Awgu local government area and the Hausa/Fulani herdsmen resident in the community. The crisis arose over alleged destruction of farm crops of the villagers by the herdsmen while rearing their cattle. Ugwuanyin who engaged the villagers and other stakeholders ...

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EgyptAir hijacker arrested, passengers freed

A man believed to be the hijacker of the EgyptAir Airbus A-320, which was diverted to Cyprus, leaves the plane before surrendering to security forces after a six-hour standoff on the tarmac at Larnaca airport’s largely disused old terminal on March 29, 2016. The hijacker who seized the Egyptian airliner and forced it to land in Cyprus has been detained, Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said. GEORGE MICHAEL / AFP

After about an hour-long drama Tuesday, an Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane during a routine domestic flight to Cairo and forced it to land on the island of Cyprus surrendered and was taken into custody after he released all the passengers and crew. His surrender ended the standoff at the Larnaca airport in southern Cyprus. The hijacker had ...

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Wike playing politics with people’s lives –Amaechi

Wike, Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has accused the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, of playing politics with the lives of the people of the state. He also accused Wike of not taking the development of the state seriously. Amaechi, a former governor of the state, said  this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. He accused ...

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FG sacks postmaster-general over stamp duty controversy

Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu

The rift between the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, and the Nigerian Postal Service over the collection of stamp duty on Tuesday claimed its first victim as the Federal Government sacked the acting Postmaster General of the Federation, Mr. Enoch Ogun. Trouble started for Ogun when on Tuesday he was summoned to the Ministry of Communications with his Deputy ...

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