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Rights group plans mass protest against alleged extortion by FRSC

The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has called on the Federal Government, Department of State Services (DSS), Inspector General of Police...

You’re lazy, sultan tells northern governors

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, yesterday condemned what he considered as the lazy attitude of some northern governors to governance.

Court grants Nyako, Abba permission to travel abroad

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday granted permission to former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Osinbajo discharges IEPL from BPE monitoring, commissions $1.4b fertiliser plant

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday discharged Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited (IEPL) from the mandatory five-year monitoring programme of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

Worse is over in Buhari’s health, says Odigie-Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun has disclosed that there is no cause for alarm over President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.

Senate okays petroleum host-community bill, others for second reading

The Senate yesterday passed into second reading the Petroleum Host-Community Bill 2017 among other bills not captured in the already passed Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB).

FG proposes to spend N7.939tr in 2018

The Federal Government is proposing to spend the sum of N7.939 trillion in 2018 as against this year’s approved spending level of N7.441 trillion.

Sharp practices threaten $68b investments in telecoms sector

A series of ‘communication frauds’ including masking, call refilling and SIM box is threatening $68 billion investments in the nation’s telecoms sector.

Why we are committing Paris Club refund to workers welfare, by Fayose

Ekiti State is committing it’s share of the Paris Club refund to paying workers’ salaries and emoluments because of its belief in giving priority to the welfare of the people.

Reps approve independent candidacy, local council autonomy

The House of Representatives has voted in support of proposal for independent candidacy in the country’s electoral system.

Senators under fire over power devolution vote

Senators came under fire yesterday for rejecting the devolution of power to states. The House of Representatives, which voted on some bills yesterday, also rejected power devolution in a bid to amend the constitution. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and some senior lawyers slammed

House rejects power devolution

Voting on the bills to amend the constitution was accompanied by uproar and a tinge of drama yesterday in the House of Representatives. Senators voted on Wednesday. The House rejected the devolution of power to the states, the separatrion of the office of the Attorney-General from

Buhari and I have not spoken in two years, says Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has not spoken with President Muhammadu Buhari in the last two years. Fayose, who has been critical of the President, especially on his state of health before election and after his inauguration, said he refused to speak with the President’s security

Senate approves $1.806b Chinese loan for rail projects

The Senate yesterday approved part of the 2016-2018 External Borrowing Plan pertaining to the Lagos, Kano railway modernisation project (Lagos-Ibadan segment double track). The upper chamber also endorsed the World Bank-supported reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Northeast at $1.806 billion. This followed the consideration of the

Osinbajo orders Service Chiefs to Borno

Following the resurgence of insurgency in Borno State, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the service chiefs to return to the Command Centre in Maiduguri. He gave the order at a meeting yesterday with the service chiefs at the Presidential Villa. Many people have died and

Mushin APC Exco upholds Banire’s suspension

The Executive Committee (Exco) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State has upheld the decision to suspend the party’s National Legal Adviser, Dr Muiz Banire. This followed the recommendation of his Ward C in Ilasamaja, Mushin to the party’s

Knocks for Senate over amendments to 1999 Constitution

Senators have drawn the ire of some senior lawyers over the passage of what they called self-serving amendments to the 1999 Constitution. The lawmakers, they said engaged in futile exercise.Robert Egbe and Adebisi Onanuga report. Senior lawyers yesterday expressed dismay over the Senate’s amendments to the

1999 Constitution amendment: Is Senate afraid of restructuring?

The crusade for restructuring has suffered a setback. At a time stakeholders, including statesmen, politicians, human rights crusaders and leaders of ethnic nationalities, are intensifying their agitations for decentralisation of power, the Senate is aloof. The casualty of the gross insensitivity is the proposed devolution of

Senate passes Bill to separate NFIU from EFCC in seven days

THE Senate yesterday passed into law a bill, which seeks to make the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) autonomous. It was presented on the floor of the Senate seven days ago. The NFIU bill becomes the fastest passed by the Eighth Senate since its inauguration on June 9, 2015. When

Igbo ancestral home to sue Kanu for ‘desecrating land’ in Anambra

The Igbo ancestral home at Nri community in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State has threatened to sue the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, for allegedly desecrating the culture and tradition of the land. Chief Ifeanyi Onyeso, the Personal Assistant