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Buhari: I’m surprised IG didn’t stay in Benue as I ordered


President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he was not aware that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ignored his instruction to relocate to Benue State during the crisis in the state. He stated this at a meeting with stakeholders in Makurdi, during his visit to Benue State. Shortly after 73 persons were killed in January following clashes between farmers and herdsmen, Buhari had asked ... Read More »

Senate Cautions INEC on Misguided


The Senate yesterday cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against paying attention to misguided statements and pronouncements questioning the powers of the National Assembly to legislate on the Electoral Act. The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki said this while speaking at the public hearing on the bill to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission, where he weighed in on the controversy generated ... Read More »

Tillerson Pledges US Support for Quick Release of Dapchi, Chibok Girls


The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, arrived Abuja, Nigeria’s capital Monday, where he pledged the support of the U.S. in securing the quick release of the Dapchi and remaining Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists and expressed hope that a deal for their release would be struck soon. Tillerson, who made the pledge while responding to questions from journalists at the State ... Read More »

Why we suspended judgement in FG’s case against Saraki – CCT


Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, in Abuja, yesterday, justified its decision to suspend further proceedings on the assets falsification charge the Federal Government preferred against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, saying it was taken in the interest of justice and the right to fair hearing. The CCT, in a statement signed by its Head, Press & Public Relations, Mr. Ibraheem Al-Hassan, said its decision ... Read More »

EFCC freezes 30 accounts of Jonathan’s campaign director


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen 30 bank accounts linked to Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, the Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in the 2015 presidential election, The PUNCH has learnt. The development comes less than three months after the EFCC seized 37 houses traced to Olojeme who served as the Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund from ... Read More »

INEC won’t use incident form in 2019 elections – Imo REC


The Independent National Electoral Commission will not use incident form in the 2019 elections as the card reader will be effectively utilised. The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo State, Prof. Francis Ezeonu, said this at a Town Hall Meeting/Sensitisation Campaign of the commission on the Continuous Voter Registration in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo. He said that the commission was upgrading the card ... Read More »

Saraki Congratulates Ekweremadu on Appointment as Professor


Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday congratulated his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on his appointment as a professor and Senior Mentoring Scholar of E-Governance and Strategic Government Studies, by the Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the appointment as well deserved in view of Ekweremadu’s academic bent, notwithstanding his ... Read More »

US Secretary of State, Tillerson Arrives Nigeria Today


The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will arrive Nigeria today as part of his one week tour of some African countries. He would be received on arrival by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador,  Olukunle Bamgbose, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. His visit will make him the highest ranking official in the Donald Trump’s administration to visit Nigeria. According ... Read More »

We’ll resist any undemocratic take-over of govt in Nigeria, Labour warns


Organized labour, yesterday, warned that irrespective of several challenges facing the country, it would resist any illegal and undemocratic takeover of government in Nigeria, saying it was disturbed by some subtle insinuations from some quarters that the military would venture into the politics of the country. Speaking through the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, labour cautioned those mooting the idea to desist ... Read More »

Sagay, Falana, CD flay Senate over N13.5m allowance


Prominent Nigerians and groups on Sunday took a swipe at the National Assembly over the N13.5m running cost being paid to senators. The Campaign for Democracy, senior lawyers, including Mr. Femi Falana, Mr. Yusuf Ali and Prof. Itse Sagay, in separate interviews with The PUNCH also commended Senator Shehu Sani for the disclosure. Sani had, in an interview with TheNews, revealed that each senator received ... Read More »

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