There was drama at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, yesterday, when four members of the Assembly tried to snatch the mace to stall the adoption of the motion asking the state Chief Judge to constitute a seven-man panel to probe allegations of gross misconduct against Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
This was even as heavily armed policemen and Armored Personnel Carriers were stationed at strategic places as well as within the Assembly premises and the road leading to it.
No fewer than 90 passengers aboard Istanbul bound Turkish Airline cheated death at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport Tuesday night when a petrol tanker refuelling it reportedly burst into flame.
The incident, which occurred around 10.45p.m. triggered pandemonium at the airfield as those around the scene took cover.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken concrete actions to ensure that all the candidates in the Aug. 9th 2014 governorship election in Osun State are provided with a level playing field and that the election is free, fair, transparent and devoid of harassment and intimidation.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it had challenged in court the powers of the President to deploy troops to Osun State for the election and the power of the Inspector-General of Police to impose a curfew on any part of the state during the election.
President Goodluck Jonathan and the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, met for the first time on Wednesday since the monarch was turbanned last month and about five months after the president ordered his suspension as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Both men met at iftar, the breaking of fast the president holds annually with top government officials who are Muslims and other prominent Islamic leaders in the country, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The one month Ramadan fast ends on Sunday.
The National Chairman of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. John Odigie-Oyegun, on Wednesday, condemned the twin bomb blasts recorded in Kaduna which appeared to have targeted former Military Head of State and national leader of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari and a prominent Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.
Mr Boboye Oyeyemi the highest ranking officer at FRSC has been appointed new Corps Marshal of FRSC. President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday named the former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Osita Chidoka, as the new Minister of Aviation.
He also named a former lecturer at the University of Abuja, Dr. Suleman Abubakar, as the Minister of National Planning and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission.
The personnel of the Abia State Vigilante Group have arrested 61 dealers and smokers of various kinds of hard drugs at Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the South/East area of Nigeria.
The arrest was made at a notorious hide-out located at College Road by Ihieorji area of the Ngwa Road of Aba, Abia State.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Tuesday in Abuja reassured the Chibok community that his Administration is doing everything humanly possible to rescue the over 200 girls abducted from a college there in April and return them safely to their parents.
Speaking at a meeting in the Presidential Villa with parents of the abducted girls, some of the girls who escaped from their abductors and leaders of the community, President Jonathan appealed for their patience, understanding and cooperation.
Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Rilwanu Lukman died in the early hours of Monday July 21, at his residence in Vienna, Austria after a brief illness.
The late Lukmam was born on August 26 1938 in Zaria, Kaduna State and left behind a wife and 3 children.
The aggrieved members of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly members on Monday announced the impeachment of the Speaker, Chukwuma Nwazunku. They also replaced him with Hon Mrs Helen Nwaobasi representing Abakaliki South state constituency.
But in a swift reaction, Nwazunku told reporters in his official residence that he is still the authentic speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, even as he disclosed that the mace of the assembly was still in his custody.
The House of Representatives’ Committee on Land Transport has lauded Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi for revolutionizing the transport sector of the state with the construction of the Rivers Monorail and numerous achievements in other sectors.
Member of the committee, Hon. Peter Edeh described the monorail as a project that redefines the state’s transport sector, when he and other members of the committee led by deputy Chairman, Dr. Sokonte Davieson behalf of the Committee’s Chairman paid a courtesy call on Governor Amaechi at Government House, Port Harcourt, Thursday.
In clear technology-driven spirit, Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has unveiled a scientific device – the Automated Road Analyser (ARAN) that would monitor and ensure that road projects are done according to specification.
Governor Amaechi launched the ARAN vehicles in Government House, Friday.
A Non-Governmental Organisation, the Nigeria Need Positive Change Group (NNPCG), has called on the Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Bukola Saraki, to contest the 2015 presidential election. The group which is based in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, appealed to Saraki to in the interest of salvaging Nigeria, take a shot at the presidency in the next year’s general election.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), has expressed its determination to ensure that Adamawa State returns to its fold despite the setback suffered by the party through the recent impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako.
The new resolve came just as the party yesterday took a swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan's decision to fix a meeting with representatives of the parents of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, only after the visit of the Pakistani girl-child education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai.
The acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, has dissolved the cabinet and fired all political appointees of the administration of Governor Murtala Nyako, who was impeached last Tuesday by the state House of Assembly for gross misconduct.
In a statement signed by Prof. Abdullahi Liman Tukur, who was sworn in on Wednesday by the acting governor as the new Secretary of the State Government (SSG), Fintiri announced the dissolution of all political appointees of the Nyako administration.
As the Federal Government begins crackdown on the Boko Haram kingpins, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has disclosed that the Federal Government will continue to make Nigeria safer.
Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi has emphasized his administration’s commitment to increasing its development drive to rural communities to meet their specific needs and improve the living standard of the people.
He spoke on Tuesday during his “Meet the People” tour of seven communities in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State.
The communities visited were Igwuruta, Ipo, Omademe, Ozuaha, Omuanwa, Ubima and Omerelu.
World football governing body, Fifa is expected to overturn a suspension slapped on Nigeria over perceived government interference in the affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
This was after a High Court order in Jos on Wednesday quashed a restraining order on members of the executive committee of the NFF from acting.
A former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.), on Wednesday told President Goodluck Jonathan that the Boko Haram Islamic sect appeared to be having the upper hand in the ongoing terror war in the country.
He said more should be urgently done for the war to be won quickly.
Danjuma spoke at the inauguration of the Victims Support Fund by President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The all Progressives Congress, APC, has vowed to challenge in court, Tuesday’s impeachment of Murtala Nyako as governor of Adamawa State just as it accused President Goodluck Jonathan of being behind the action of the state’s lawmakers.
The party equally accused the President of being the architect of last Monday’s impeachment notice served on Governor Umaru Al Makura of Nasarawa State.
The Senate has confirmed the Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety (FRSC), Mr Osita Chidoka, a lecturer from the University of Abuja, Dr Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman as ministers.
Mr. Chidoka, an indigene of Anambra state, replaces former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, who was removed from office over allegation of the purchase of two armoured cars at the cost of N255 million, while Mr. Olarenwaju, a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Abuja, would be replacing former Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi in the Federal Executive Council..
The biometric data capturing system recently introduced by the Abia State Government for all staff in its Local Government service seems to have paid off as no fewer than 3,185 ghost workers including 1,460 ghost pensioners were said to have been uncovered through the system.
Chairman, Abia Sate Local Government Service Commission who also doubles as the Chairman of Local Government Pensions Board, Chief Dan Egbeogu, disclosed this during an exclusive interview with The PUNCH in Umuahia.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Monday reached a resolution to serve the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura, with an impeachment notice. The resolution followed a motion of public interest raised by the deputy majority leader of the house, Yahaya Usman (PDP-Umaisha/Ugya).
Mr. Usman presented a document containing allegations of gross misconduct against the governor, which he said was signed by 20 of the 24 members of the Assembly.
A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Monday in Maiduguri, the state capital, said he was in the state to initiate the process of defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Mr. Sheriff arrived in Maiduguri alongside several members of the National Assembly and was received at the airport at about 2 p.m. by a mammoth crowd: supporters of both of the PDP and the state’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Tuesday, expressed the loyalty and support of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors to President Goodluck Jonathan, should he decide to seek re-election in 2015.
Mr. Akpabio, who is the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, spoke to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the forum members with Mr. Jonathan.
Chief Commissioner of the Nigerian Girls’ Guild Association and wife of former Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dame Christy Toby has described Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s achievements in Rivers State as legendary.
Dame Toby stated this when she led a delegation of national officers of Nigerian Girls’ Guild Association on a courtesy call on the governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
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More than three months after over 200 female students were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, President Goodluck Jonathan will finally meet with some of the parents of the abducted girls.
Making this known in statement, the president’s Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said Jonathan made the promise when he met yesterday with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Girl-Child Education Campaigner who was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, yesterday stated that it was not a crime for him or any other Nigerian to aspire to become the president of Nigeria next year. He said those occupying political offices today never thought that they would be there some years back. According to him, “Those who are there today never imagined that they would have been there 10 years ago. So it is high time we began to separate emotional attachment from national office like the office of the president of Nigeria.”
President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday night held a closed door meeting with governors and members of the House of Representatives under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Senators under the party’s platform who had turned up en masse and were conveyed in a coaster bus to the new Banquet Hall beside the President’s office to attend the meeting were, however, told that they were invited in error.
Violence and terrorism, the twin evils that have been riveting the country have continued to blossom even as a policeman and two suspected armed robbers were killed while six others were injured in a gun duel yesterday between the police and some armed robbers who had invaded the premises of the Rivers State Government-owned Tide Newspapers in Port Harcourt.
A Niger Delta-based peace advocacy group known as the Association of Youths for Non-Violence, weekend, rejected the proposed derivation principle of 18 per cent for oil producing states and five per cent to northern states affected by Boko Haram insurgency, saying the people of the region are not beggars.
According to the group, the proposal by the Consensus Group of the National Conference was a reflection of the disdain and hatred for the people of the Niger Delta region by a section of the northern region not interested in the unity and development of the nation.
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Germany basked in the glory of their fourth World Cup on Monday after a nail-biting 1-0 victory against Argentina crowned them the first European team to win football's top tournament held in South America.
Bleary-eyed fans awoke after late-night street parties, fireworks and honking motorcades across the country, with ecstatic fans singing 'Oh, it's beautiful!' and chanting 'Super Deutschland!' into the early hours.
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has threatened to sue the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, if it fails to publish a complete voter register for the association’s election billed for Tuesday, July 15.
Mr. Falana said the lawyers’ body, which should play a key role in helping to validate national elections, has a habit of using doctored names for its own internal polls.
In a letter to the Chairman of the NBA Electoral Committee, Okey Ameachi, Mr. Falana warned of legal action if the register was not published by 6 p.m. Sunday.
The extremist group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for a deadly blast that killed at least two people at a fuel depot in Lagos June 25. The explosion followed an earlier one same day at Emab plaza in Abuja, in which over 20 people were killed.
The Lagos State government, and the police, denied the blast at Apapa was caused by a bomb, claiming it was a fire incident caused by a canister.
Akwa Ibom State delegates to the ongoing National Conference have warned of an imminent implosion in the Niger Delta if the move to adopt 18 per cent derivation for the region is scuttled by Northern delegates. In a statement signed by former minister of lands, housing and urban development and delegate to the Conference, Nduese Essien, and head of the state secretariat, Udeme Nana, the delegates warned that nerves were already frayed in the region over the issue.
Soldiers in Aba on Sunday carried out an early morning raid at Aba Central Mosque and the residence of some Muslims in the town and arrested the Chief Imam of the mosque, Idris Bashir; his deputy, Mohammed Hassan; and eleven others over suspicion of stockpiling guns and planning to manufacture bombs.
The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Presidency to urgently resolve the protracted Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, strike. The union embarked on an industrial action in October 2013 to press home their demands, including the formation of a commission to regulate the activities of polytechnics.
The call was sequel to a motion moved by Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau (PDP-Zamfara), which was adopted without debate. According to Mr. Shehu-Gusau the lingering strike had affected more than 2 million Nigerian students of the institutions, who could not graduate.
The National Conference again on Thursday failed to agree on the revenue sharing formula for the nation, forcing it to adjourn suddenly to calm tempers among the 492 delegates.
The Conference adjourned more than one hour ahead of its closing time of 3.30 p.m. Idris Kutigi, however, announced that he would meet with the 50 “wise men” of the Conference as well as the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the 20 Standing Committees on Friday morning to resolve the stand-off. The wise men had earlier in the life of the Confab intervened on some issues, including the modalities for voting.
State Governor–elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has advised former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former senators in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to either align with the on-going reconciliatory moves in the party or be shown the way out.
Speaking yesterday in Ibadan during the zonal rally of the party, Fayose said the party would not hesitate to sack any of them no matter how highly placed who wanted to further fan embers of disunity.
Protests and complaints greeted the recommendations of the Elders Committee of the National Conference on Derivation Funds, which presented its report to the Conference in plenary on Wednesday.
The Committee, which comprises leaders of the six zones and two other members as well as representatives of women, civil society, youth and labour movement, had recommended the increase of the derivation funds from 13 per cent to 18 per cent.
The Fifa Emergency Committee has suspended the Nigerian Football Association (NFF) with immediate effect due to alleged "government interference". The move comes after the dissolution of the NFF executive committee by the country's government and the detention of NFF president Aminu Maigari by the Department of the Dstate Security Service.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has said it has not barred any member of the party wishing to contest for the office of governor in the state in 2015.
The party, in a statement issued by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to the State Chairman, Chief Felix Obuah, was reacting to reports in a section of the media that the party had stopped the leader of the party in the state and supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, from contesting the governorship election.
Security agencies, including the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Air Force and security agents of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Custom Agents, ANCLA, yesterday intensified security checks at the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company, NAHCO axis of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Following a report that Al-Qaeda and its affiliates may bomb airlines travelling to the United States and other destinations through mobile phones or laptops, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, on Monday, ordered its Aviation Security, AVSEC, to direct passengers to switch on their electronic gadgets before security screening at the airports.
The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has alleged that the current political crisis in his state was part of the plan by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to destabilise the state ahead of the 2015 general election. Mr. Oshiomhole stated this, Tuesday, while fielding questions from State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, after attending the Council of State meeting.
There was mild drama on Tuesday at the National Judicial Institute, NJI, Abuja, venue of the ongoing National Conference, when a delegate, Sidi Ali, said the biggest private hospital being built in Abuja is owned by a former Governor of Rivers State.
Delegates continued their deliberations on the report of the Committee on Devolution of Power and what took the attention of most delegates in their contribution was the issue of increasing the derivation allocation from the present 13 per cent.
A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations under the aegis of Media Initiative against Injustice, Violence and Corruption-MIIVOC has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission-EFCC to Court over its refusal to respond to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act.
President Goodluck Jonathan is currently presiding over a meeting of the Council of State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting which started at about 11:40am had in attendance Vice President Namadi Sambo; President of the Senate, David Mark; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President Shehu Shagari and former Head of the Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed PDP Governorship candidate for Osun State election, Mr. Iyiola Omisore, over his use of masked gunmen as security men during his ongoing electioneering campaign for the 9 Aug. election in the state.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the only reason Mr. Omisore could have resorted to hiring 'ninjas' for protection is because he is afraid of his own shadows.
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Barring any last minute change of heart, Governor Murtala Nyako is set to resign from office. Mr. Nyako alongside his deputy, Bala Ngilari, is presently facing impeachment moves from members of the state assembly over allegations of gross misconduct.
A seven-member panel set up by the state acting Chief Judge, Ambrose Mammadi, to investigate the allegations, commenced sitting in Yola on Monday. In what observers said was a move to stall the impeachment process, the governor declared Monday and Tuesday as public holiday.