How Tinubu has transformed Lagos State into his Personal Fief

Former Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources in Lagos State, Olawale Oluwo, has stated categorically that government in Lagos State starts and ends in the house of the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Oluwo, who spoke at Afang Summit, organized by a Lagos-based investment banker, Joseph Edgar, also gave insight into the power play that denied former Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode his second term bid.

Osinbajo presides over NEC meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday presided over the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

COZA Pastor Fatoyinbo snubbed church panel probing rape case

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN), on Thursday said the embattled Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo refused to appear before its panel investigating the rape allegation against him.

Ihedioha did not win 2019 Imo Poll - Rochas Okorocha

The immediate past Governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has said his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, did not win the election that brought him into office.

Four policemen involved in extrajudicial killings dismissed

The Lagos State Police Command Friday dismissed four officers involved in extrajudicial killings in the State. The policemen were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila attached to Iba Division patrol team.

Boko Haram recaptures two local government areas in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents in gun trucks and motorcycles on Wednesday recaptured two Borno council areas, after torching the secretariat complexes and houses in Magumeri and Gubio towns. The insurgents simultaneously attacked the two council headquarters, after performing their evening prayers in mosques with some residents.

Buhari Warns Cabinet Members against Infighting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja, cautioned new cabinet Ministers against unnecessary altercation while discharging their responsibilities. Buhari, who gave the warning at the inauguration of ministers at the Presidential Villa, stated that they must work in harmony with their fellow ministers. He also charged the ministers not to allow political or ethnic differences to affect their performance.

INEC Server: Atiku says no cause for alarm over Supreme Court’s ruling

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar says there is no cause for alarm over the Supreme Court’s ruling dismissing his claims to inspect the INEC server. Atiku, who addressed a news conference through his lead counsel, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), after Tuesday’s proceedings, said the decision was anticipated and that proactive action had been taken during the hearing of the petition.

Shiites Disown Spokesman Musa

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), aka Shiites, has disowned one Ibrahim Musa as its official spokesman. IMN affirmed that Musa is a supporter of the movement but not its official spokesman.
“It (IMN) does not have any official spokesperson,” director, Sayyid Zakzaky’s office said on Tuesday. “So, therefore, we wish to announce that, one Mr. Ibrahim Musa that is referred to as spokesperson of the Islamic movement is not actually a spokesperson of the Islamic movement.”

Abuja Indigenes Lose Bid to Stop Cabinet Inauguration

Indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday failed in their bid to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from inuagurating the 43 ministerial nominees, following the refusal of the Federal High Court, Abuja to grant an order to that effect.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court in a ruling on an exparte application brought by an aggrieved FCT indigene and an Abuja based legal practitioner, Musa Baba-Panya, declined to grant the exparte order and ordered that the respondents be put on notice.
I welcome you all to this meeting whose purpose is firstly, to familiarize ourselves with our colleagues with whom we shall be working closely for the next four years GOD willing; secondly, to reflect and assess the country’s position in 2015 and today; and thirdly, to chart a course for the country for the foreseeable future.

Buhari re-appoints himself as Petroleum Resources Minister in New Cabinet

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated his new cabinet with majority of the re-appointed members of his first term cabinet retaining their posts. The full cabinet list with portfolios has “Mr. President” from Katsina State as the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources; while former Bayelsa governor, Timipre Sylva will be the Minister of State Petroleum Resources. Other members of the old team who returned either had their jobs trimmed or got a raise in their portfolios.

Ekweremadu: Southeast Governors read Riot Act to Nnamdi Kanu

Southeast Governors Forum has warned the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against any other attack on Southeast leaders when they travel abroad. In a statement signed by the chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, the governors threatened to ensure his repatriation to Nigeria.

Wadume: How Soldiers Killed Policemen, Cut My Handcuff and Set Me Free

Arrested kidnap suspect, Hamisu Wadume, Tuesday provided details of his initial arrest, and how the soldiers of the 93 Battalion Takum, Taraba State, aided his escape. In a video posted on verified Police twitter handle, Wadume, who spoke in Hausa, said when he was arrested, soldiers pursued the police team and opened fire on them.

Nnamdi Kanu commends IPOB attack on Ekweremadu

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) has commended members of the pro-independence Biafra group for assaulting a Nigerian Senator, and former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu. Ekweremadu was physically assaulted by some IPOB members in Nuremberg, Germany

Buhari tasks ministers-designate on nation’s challenges

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday challenged Ministers-designate to reflect and assess the country’s position in 2015 and now so as to chart a course for the country for the foreseeable future.
The president gave the task when he declared open the two-day Presidential Retreat for Ministers-designate and Federal Permanent Secretaries at the State House conference hall, Abuja.

SERAP backs EFCC’s probe of Obasanjo govt’s $16bn power project

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has welcomed “the reported probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of the government of former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s $16 billion power project as an opportunity for the anti-graft agency to show that former heads of state and other high-ranking public officials are not immune from investigation and prosecution for allegations of grand corruption in Nigeria.”

Presidential Election Tribunal Reserves Judgment

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday reserved judgment in the petition filed by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election. The chairman of the five man tribunal, Justice Mohammed Garba, reserved judgment to a date that would be communicated to parties shortly after both parties adopted their final written addresses as their argument for and against the petition.

Social media video triggers arrest of four Policemen over extrajudicial killings

Lagos State police have apprehended four of their officers for extrajudicial killings, and have promised to charge them for murder if found culpable. The arrest was sequel to a video that went viral on social media of the four officers, believed to be attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), who engaged in extra-judicially killing of two alleged cyber criminals in Igando area of Lagos state.

Buhari To Ministers-designate: Our Responsibility is to Improve Welfare of Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told ministers-designate and other presidential appointees that there was a collective responsibility to improve the welfare of majority of Nigerians. Buhari gave this charge on Tuesday at the closing ceremony of the Presidential Retreat for Ministers-Designate, Presidential Aides and other top government functionaries at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja. The president told the appointees that their work had just begun as their concerted effort was needed to take Nigerians out of poverty.
“These last two days have been very instructive for me personally because I have had the opportunity to know many of you, new Ministers-Designate better. I was also pleased to see that you have all equally enjoyed debating and deliberating on the various challenges before us over the next four years. Ladies and gentlemen, majority of our people are poor and are anxiously hoping for a better life; a Nigeria in which they do not have to worry about what they will eat, where they will live or if they can afford to pay for their children’s education or healthcare. Our responsibility as leaders of this great country is to meet these basic needs for our people.”

Germany repatriates Nigerians 48 hours after Ekweremadu’s attack

The German government has deported a new batch of Nigerian migrants, less than 48 hours after the attack on former Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). According to reports, the migrants left Frankfurt Airport on Monday morning, and were expected to land in Nigeria’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport by 3:00 pm.

Buhari to Tribunal: Atiku’s Petition is a Sham

Details from the final address by lawyers to President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, revealed a spirited defence against the petition by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal describing it as a patent sham and lacking in merit. President Buhari was adjudged the winner of the February 23 presidential elections, by over 15 million votes as against Atiku’s 11,262,978 votes.

DSS arrests El-Zakzaky, Wife on return to Nigeria

The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-ZakZaky and his wife, Zeenat, Friday were arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on arrival to Nigeria. El-Zakzaky and wife arrived in Nigeria through an Ethiopian Airlines at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. Ibrahim Musa, IMN spokesperson confirmed that the Shiites cleric and his wife were taken away by the DSS operatives.