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Premium Times journalists: FG will not stifle press freedom

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has distanced the government from the recent arrest of the Publisher of Premium Times and one of its reporters. Mr Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher of the online newspaper and the judicial reporter, Ms. Evelyn Okakwu were arrested last week by the police. The government and

Trump revokes pro-abortion law

U.S. President Donald Trump has revoked the Presidential Memorandum on Mexico City Policy and Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning, which allowed voluntary abortion in the U.S. Trump, who has made anti-abortion policy one of his campaign promises, announced the revocation, according to the President’s statement issued by the White House.

Buhari insists on Magu

President pleads for SGF Lawal After weeks of intrigues, President Muhammadu Buhari has renominated Ibrahim Magu for Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman. It was also learnt that the Presidency may raise a lobbying team to prevail on the Senate to allow Magu’s nomination sail through. The lobbying will

Sultan to El-Rufai, others: punish criminals

The Sultan railed yesterday against impunity, saying it fuels violence. More measures should be taken by governors of the Northern States, “especially the Governor of Kaduna State,” Sultan Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III said. The Sultan’s logic is that when culprits are punished, taking to violence will be less attractive. It

Jammeh: No looted cash on Tinubu’s plane

The curtain fell on the 22-year-reign of The Gambia strongman Yahya Jammeh Saturday night when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s leased Falcon 900 flew Jammeh and his family from the capital Banjul into exile. Jammeh, his wife Zainab, mother and son Mohammed all wore mournful looks as they were being ferried out

Fed Govt releases N72b for Lagos/Ibadan rail

The Federal Government yesterday released N72 billion counterpart funding for the Lagos-Ibadan mordernisation railway project. Chinese partners are expected to add the other part. Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi who was at the Second Presidential Business Forum at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the funding

Fed Govt to BBOG: stop grandstanding on Chibok girls

•‘Stick to your advocacy role’ THE Federal Government has advised the BringBackOurGirls Group (BBOG) to see the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as a partner rather than an adversary in the group’s quest to secure release of the Chibok girls. Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke in

Oyo council poll: ‘We’ve not received court order’

The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has said it has not been served with any court order stopping the conduct of local government election in the state. Its media officer, Cosmos Oni, said yesterday that OYSIEC cannot act or react to the media report of an interlocutory injunction stopping

How to turn economy around, by Peterside

Rather than exerting energy on what brought about the parlous state of the Nigerian economy and how the country fell into recession, the Federal Government should initiate reforms to revamp the economy. Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc Chairman ATEDO PETERSIDE, in this article entitled: “Eleven actions required for speedy economic turnaround”,

NBA moves to review rules against professional misconduct

THE Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is set to review the rules guiding the conduct of its members in the discharge of their professional duties. Its General Secretary, Mr. Isiaka Olagunju, who said this in a statement in Ibadan, added that the move was to reposition the legal practice, improve its

Police injure 10 as dead teachers’ children protest in Akwa Ibom

The police in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, yesterday detained three children of dead primary school teachers who protested non-payment of gratuities and pensions of their parents by the state government. Ten others were injured as policemen at the Government House gate used force to break the protest. Among

Bello inaugurates verification appeal committee

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has inaugurated a 32-man Screening Complain and Appeal Committee to look into the cases of workers whose names appeared in the unclear list and those who did not appear in either cleared or unclear list of the workers’ verification committee. The governor reiterated that no

Traffic locks down Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Motorists and passengers on the Arepo/Ibafo axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway had hellish experiences at the weekend, following the continued rehabilitation of the highway. Lagos-bound passengers spent hours on a journey supposed to last 30 minutes. Those leaving Lagos were blocked by motorists taking one-way from Arepo. A commuter, Femi

FG to BBOG: Stick to your advocacy role

The Federal Government on Monday advised the Bring Back Our Girls Group to stick to its advocacy role. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also urged the group to see the government as a partner rather than an adversary in its quest to secure the release of

FG releases counterpart funding for Lagos-Ibadan rail project

The Federal Government on Monday said it has released N72 billion as the full counterpart funding for the construction of Lagos-Ibadan modernization railway project. This was disclosed by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, at the second Presidential Business Forum in Abuja. He said: “For the construction of Lagos-Ibadan railway,

Insecurity: North responsible for own woes, says governors

Governors of the 19 Northern States and the Northern Traditional Rulers Council on Monday met in Kaduna telling themselves what can be regarded as the ‘bitter truth’ that the region was responsible for its own woes. The Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji

Nigeria for stronger, robust AU – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said Nigeria will continue to work together with other African countries to ensure that the African Union (AU) becomes a stronger and more robust organization for the benefit of the continent and its people. Osinbajo, who is acting President, spoke while receiving a Special

EFCC to court: Dismiss ex-NIMASA DG’s no-case submission

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a no-case submission made by former Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) acting Director-General, Calistus Obi. Obi was arraigned last April on eight –count charge of converting N378,810,000 from NIMASA. He

I was once a taxi driver – Fayemi

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has tasked graduates to stop complaining and blaming government and others for challenges they encounter in life. He said neither government nor the citizens owe them anything, saying they must work hard to achieve success. The minister stated these while delivering

EFCC tormented me to implicate Jonathan – Dudafa

A former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Gooluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, on Monday said he was “tormented” by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a bid to get him to implicate the former president. Dudafa said he developed a spinal cord ailment while in