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Controversial Warships Belong To NIMASA, Not Tompolo –Navy

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The Nigerian Navy has waded into the controversy surrounding the alleged acquisition of seven warships by an ex-Niger Delta Militant Leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, saying the ships belong to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA. The Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Navy, Rear ... Read More »

$1bn Not Missing From ECA – FG


The Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Wednesday said that there was no money missing from the Excess Crude Account as reported in some national dailies. Okonjo-Iweala disclosed this while presenting the proposed 2015 budget in Abuja. According to her, report that one billion dollars was missing from the ... Read More »

Nigeria’s Economy Remains ‘Relatively’ Strong, Says D-G Budget Office


The Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Dr Bright Okogu, on Wednesday in Abuja said that the Nigerian economy was still strong in spite of global economic uncertainties. Okogu made the statement while making a public presentation on the proposed budget for 2015. He said that while monitoring the recent ... Read More »

Unknown Gunmen Attack Sanga Village Again In Kaduna, Kill 10


A renewed attack on Unguwan Dauda village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State in the wee hours of Wednesday left five persons dead and houses torched by suspected Fulani herdsmen. It was learnt that those killed included a one-year old baby, the mother and the father, while they ... Read More »

EFCC Arraigns Nine For Illegal Dealing In Petroleum Products


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday at a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, arraigned nine persons for offences bordering on illegally dealing in petroleum products. Clement Oguntuwase, Joseph Obie, Ifeoluwa Albert, Adams Amzat Akokhia, Isaac Ndidi Chima, Rafiu Momodu, Rasaq Mahmud, Godwin George, and ... Read More »

Falling Oil Prices: FG Withdraws $1bn From Excess Crude Account As Crunch Worsens


The Federal Government has withdrawn $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to cushion the effect of the cash crunch occasioned by the acute shortage of funds due to declining global oil prices. The ECA, which previously had $4.1 billion, now has a balance of $3.1 billion, with the ... Read More »

Jonathan’s Administration Not Sponsoring Boko Haram – Chairman, Northern Elders Forum


Chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, on Wednesday, dismissed assumption that Boko Haram was created to frustrate the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and also insinuations that his administration was sponsoring Boko Haram. Speaking at a programme, tagged: “Media Presentation of Candidate Goodluck Jonathan,” which was packaged by ... Read More »

Court Stops Reps’ Summon Of Alison-Madueke Over Alleged N10bn Jet Scam

diezani alison-madueke and tambuwal

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has halted moves by the House of Representatives to investigate the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, over the allegation that she spent N10 billion on chartering a jet. Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who ruled on a joint suit filed by the ... Read More »

54 Soldiers Sentenced To Death For Refusing To Fight Boko Haram

Nigerian Army

The General Court Martial sitting at the Army Headquarters Garrison in Abuja has sentenced 54 soldiers to death after they were found guilty of mutiny. 59 soldiers had been arraigned before the court martial on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny. Four of them were ... Read More »

FG To Privatise Railways, 7 Others In 2015


The Federal Government will in 2015, privatise eight new entities in the Railway; Inland waterways; Road Authority; Roads Funds; National Transport Commission; Ports & Harbour reform; Federal Competition and Consumer Protection and Postal bill sectors of the economy. Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), Benjamin Dikki disclosed ... Read More »

Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kills 10, Abducts 2 In Borno

Boko Haram

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terror group, yesterday, killed 10 people and kidnapped a young woman with her two- year old child, in an ambush laid for motorists in Madari village, Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, A driver, Mallam Abor Modu, who escaped the ... Read More »

NASS Invasion: Mark Fumes At Allegation That His Security Aides Teargassed Tambuwal


The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) attached to the National Assembly, Idachaba James, has alleged that the security details of Senate President, David Mark, were the ones who threw teargas canister at the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal when the police invaded the National Assembly on November ... Read More »

IG To Sanction Policemen Over Unprofessional Conduct


The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba says officers and men of the force who engage in unprofessional conduct will be sanctioned. The Police boss gave the warning on Wednesday in Abuja, while presenting the “Inspector-General of Police Award” to four junior officers for their exceptional performance, with one receiving ... Read More »

Boko Haram Leader, Shekau, Releases New Video; Threatens To Attack Emir Sanusi


Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has threatened to attack the Emir of Kano, Muhummadu Sanusi II, in reaction to the emir’s call on Nigerians to be prepared to arm themselves in defence against the terrorist sect. In a new video released weekend, Shekau said his group does not consider the ... Read More »

Tompolo’s Warships Threat To National Security, Blatant Illegality – Sagay


Constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay, has warned that the acquisition of seven warships purportedly by ex-Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo, poses a threat to the nation’s security. Sagay, who condemned the purported acquisition in a statement on Tuesday, said the Nigerian constitution does not approve of ... Read More »

Yero, NPC Boss Decry Unnecessary Controversies Associated With Census


Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero and the Chairman, National Population Commission, Chief Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), on Tuesday expressed concern about the suspicions Nigerians had attached to the nation’s census over the years. They explained that the essence of head counts for any nation was not for political reasons but ... Read More »

Money Laundering: Ill Health Stalls Ex-Gombe Governor, Goje’s Trial

Danjuma Goje

The trial of a former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje at the Federal High Court Gombe, was on Tuesday stalled as the ex-governor sought for an adjournment citing his ill-health. Goje, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on charges bordering on conspiracy ... Read More »

Falling Oil Price: Agriculture Will Be The New Currency For Nigeria – Adesina


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has declared that agriculture will become Nigeria’s new oil. Speaking when he launched the Youth Employment in Agriculture Program (YEAP) and the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Tuesday, Mr. Adesina noted that agriculture ... Read More »

PENGASSAN Strike: TOTAL Holding Nigerians To Ransom – SSS


The Department of State Services (DSS) has blamed the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on multinational oil giant, TOTAL Nig. Plc., saying that the company had reneged on an agreement with the union. The spokesperson for ... Read More »

Gang Of Fulani Herdsmen Terrorising Motorists On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Arrested


Two Fulani herdsmen – Mohammed Umar and Manu Hassan, have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly robbing motorists on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The suspects, who were herdsmen from the Ngaski area of Kebbi State, were arrested by soldiers attached to the OP MESA while they were ... Read More »