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Nigerian To Face Trial In US For Supporting Terrorism

A Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York, the United States has indicted a Nigerian, Mr. Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi (also known as “Abdullah” and “Ayatollah Mustapha”) for providing material support to Al-Qaeda, which is a designated foreign terrorist organisation. Babafemi, 32, from Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted. He was based in the US before he fled ... Read More »

President Jonathan Explains Why He Fired Youth Minister

President Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday denied media reports that he sacked Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir as Minister of youth development because he failed to influence the leadership of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, in his favour. The president denied that he has a favourite candidate for the position as widely reported in the media. A statement by the special adviser to the president on media ... Read More »

ICPC, SAV, NYSC Team Up To Fight Illegal Varsities

The  Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) has enlisted the support of the Student Anti-corruption Vanguard and the National Youth Service Corps in the fight against the operation of illegal institutions in the country. The chairman of the commission, Barr Ekpo Nta, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, said the commission had established Student Anti-Corruption Vanguard (SAV) in various tertiary institutions ... Read More »

VOP – Amaechi, Northern Govs Unaware of Party

Barely 24 hours after seven Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors were linked with moves to float a new party to be known as Voice of the People, VOP, many of the governors have denied knowledge of such a move. Most of the governors, who were contacted by Vanguard, yesterday, expressed shock over the linkage of their names with the new association, insisting that it was ... Read More »

ASUU Rejects FG Offers – Says Strike Must Continue

Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday, rejected. the N130 billion the Federal Government disbursed into the university system, as part of efforts to persuade striking lecturers to call off the strike which began on July 2. In a letter written to Head of National Economic Empowerment Development Strategy, NEEDs Assessment, and Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan, by President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge. ... Read More »

Jonathan Sacks Youth Development Minister

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday sacked the Minister of Youth Development, Inuwa Abdulkadir from his cabinet. A statement from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, did not give reasons for the sudden termination of Abdulkadir’s appointment. The statement relieving the minister of his appointment, was signed by the Special Assistant on Media to the SGF, Mr. ... Read More »

PDP Expels Amaechi’s SSG, 14 Commissioners, Others

The crisis in the Rivers Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deepened yesterday, ahead of Saturday’s mini convention of the ruling party. The party’s state executive expelled 18 associates of Governor Rotimi Amaechi, who has been suspended by the party. Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan have been at loggerheads, with Minister of State for Education Nyesom Wike leading the anti-Amaechi group in the Rivers PDP. Among those ... Read More »

Mum: Stowaway Teenager Always Dreamt of Air Travel

For Daniel Ohikhena, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) One pupil in Benin, the Edo State capital, his dream was to travel by air. He did it in a sensational way on Sunday. Daniel hid in the tyre compartment of an Arik Air flight from Benin to Lagos. He never told anyone about his passion to be on a plane, not even his mother. His only ... Read More »

Suntai Writes Assembly, Seeks To Resume Duty

RECUPERATING Governor Danbaba Suntai may have sent a letter to the Taraba State House of Assembly  seeking to resume  work. The letter, according to a United States- based Nigerian online news portal,SaharaReporters, was  on Monday  received by the Speaker of the House of Assembly,Haruna Tsokwa. The portal did not say exactly when the letter was written and the day the governor, who arrived in the country ... Read More »

Fed Govt to Break off Negotiations with ASUU

With no end in sight to the debilitating strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government, which has been holding negotiations with the union for weeks, with the aim of reaching a compromise on its demands, may be forced to break off negotiations, THISDAY investigations have revealed. Arising from a meeting yesterday in Abuja, members of the committees set ... Read More »

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