How governors, senators, others stopped Magu

How governors, senators, others stopped Magu

Senate rejects EFCC chief again Ibrahim Magu’s confirmation for Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman was rejected again yesterday – no thanks to some governors, senators and high-profile suspects. Magu’s confirmation More »

PDP crisis: Sheriff frustrating peace process, says Makarfi

PDP crisis: Sheriff frustrating peace process, says Makarfi

Chairman of the caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi has accused national chairman Ali Modu Sheriff of frustrating the peace process. Makarfi, who made the accusation in More »

NCC, CBN join forces to save Etisalat from creditors

NCC, CBN join forces to save Etisalat from creditors

Creditors have lost their battle to take over mobile giant Etisalat. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) staved off the planned takeover  by a consortium of More »

Buhari presides at FEC meeting

Buhari presides at FEC meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja It was the first time he chaired the meeting since his return from medical vacation in More »

Labour confident  of minimum wage review

Labour confident of minimum wage review

Labour yesterday expressed optimism of a minimum wage raise by the government. Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba said the Federal Government and the organised Labour movement had reached a consensus More »


NSA knew about $43.4m, NIA boss Oke tells panel

EFCC defers action on Ikoyi cash haul investigation Members of the Presidential Investigative Committee probing the recovery of $43.4million at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos sat yesterday for more than 11 hours. They examined documents and interrogated some officials at the marathon session. Grilled were the

Tears, violence at Adeleke’s funeral

Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke’s exit yesterday was as dramatic  as his life. Amid tears and tension, the remains of the first civilian governor of Osun State were interred at his Ede country home. Women clasped their hands on their heads, sobbing as his body was lowered

Lagos seals off Tony Rapu’s church

The Lagos State Government has approved the sealing of a Lekki-based Church, This Present House, for violating building regulations. The church, christened ‘The Dome’ is on Freedom Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. It belongs to a popular pastor, Dr. Tony Rapu. According to a statement, the

Emirate defends Sanusi spending

•Council says Emir inherited N1.8b, not N4b THE Kano Emirate Council yesterday debunked allegations that Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II inherited N4 billion from his predecessor, the late Alhaji Ado Abdullahi Bayero. According to the Walin Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali, it was untrue that the Emirate

INEC official arraigned for ‘N112m bribe’

Justice Efreti Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State yesterday ordered that Mrs. Fidelia Omoile, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State, be remanded in prison custody. The decision followed her arraignment

Obanikoro, family lose suit against EFCC

THE Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday struck out a N100 million suit filed by a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and his family against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over seizure and detention of their property. The plaintiffs asked

Lagos rakes in N436 billion internal revenue

The Lagos State government recorded N312.820billion as last year’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, spoke yesterday at a media briefing in Alausa, Ikeja. The commissioner said the new IGR, represented 75 per cent of government’s projection and 72 per cent of

Chinese industry leaders deepen ties with Nigeria

 From the just-concluded first Nigeria-China Governors’ Investment Forum in China, many states return home with investments worth billions, thus deepening Chinese private sector’s relationship with Nigeria, writes OLUKOREDE YISHAU  IT involved 15 governors and presidents of some of the largest conglomerates in China. It was the

Osun Assembly declares three-day mourning

OSUN State Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the House of Assembly yesterday declared a three-day mourning in honour of the late first Civilian Governor Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke. The Director, Bureau of Communication & Strategy, Office of the Governor, Semiu Okanlawon said the mourning period commenced from yesterday.

Africans wary of US travel after series of border denials

Protest against the immigration ban issued by President Donald Trump at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. African nationalities not included in the ban fear they are also being targeted.  Nigeria is not on the list of countries affected by the US government’s temporary

Presidency recalls expelled Punch correspondent

 The Presidency on Monday night recalled the Punch newspapers correspondent expelled earlier in the day over a story considered offensive to the Government. The Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said that a clearance has been received from the Director General of the

Buhari media office disowns CSO over Punch correspondent’s expulsion

President Muhammadu Buhari’s media office on Monday distanced itself from the expulsion of the Punch correspondent covering the Presidential Villa, Mr. Olalekan Adetayo. All journalists in the Villa are directly attached to the office of the Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina. Adetayo was

Adeleke buried amidst tears

The remains of Sen. Isiaka Adeleke has been buried at his residence in Ede on Monday , the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The corpse was brought to the residence from Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo at about 10:46am, where the Chief Immam of Ede, Alhaji Moshood

Ambode expresses shock over Adeleke’s death

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday expressed sadness over the death of the first civilian governor of Osun, Sen. Isiaka Adeleke. Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, said Adeleke’s death was a huge loss to the entire

Pandemonium as cultists clash in Lagos

There was confusion at Idioro, Lagos on Monday morning when suspected cultists clashed in the area. police arrested several people, recovered bags of marijuana and other exhibits .   Fight was said to have started Sunday evening during which many people were injured. It is not

Adeleke’s death disheartening, say Ajimobi, Amosun, Akeredolu

GOVERNORS Abiola Ajimobi(Oyo), Ibikunle Amosun (Osun) and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) have described the death of the first civilian Osun State Governor and serving senator, Isiaka Adeleke, as shocking, disheartening and sad. Ajimobi, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka,

How to reduce crime, by deputy governor

Lagos State Deputy Governor Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule has urged parents and religious institutions to build youths up morally to reduce crime and social unrest. Youths, she said, must be reoriented to conform with societal norms. The deputy governor spoke yesterday at the grand finale of

MSSN honours UNILAG, LASU, LASPOTECH first class graduates

LAGOS State Area Unit of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has honoured 35 students that bagged first class and distinction from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the Lagos State University (LASU) and the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH). The students were given plaques and cash

Fayemi laments senator’s death

Minister of Mines and Steel Development Dr. Kayode Fayemi has commiserated with the family of Senator Isiaka Adeleke on the passing of the colourful politician. Fayemi, in a condolence message signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, described the news of the death

Osun APC, Assembly mourn

THE Osun State All Progressives Congress and House of Assemblyyesterday mourned the senator. In a statement by its spokesperson, Kunle Oyatomi, the APC said: “Our party is in great sadness and shock because this is a monstrous blow to the APC, which will be virtually impossible to overcome