Abiodun to assign portfolios to 19 commissioners Friday

*Ogun Assembly okays transition committees for LGs     Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta     Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, will on Friday inaugurate the 19 commissioners-designate recently screened and approved by the state House of Assembly. At the swearing in ceremony scheduled to hold at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, Abiodun will also assign portfolios to the commissioners-designate. A statement signed Thursday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said the inauguration would commence at 11:00am. New Telegraph reports that the appointment of the commissioners came…

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Iran ‘mistakenly’ shot down Ukraine jet – Western officials

The Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday was accidentally shot down by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile, western security officials believe. UK sources told the Guardian that the UK had seen US intelligence that suggested that the plane was hit by an Iranian air defence missile. Separately, officials told US media they had identified the signature from an Iranian anti-aircraft missile battery being activated shortly before the aircraft crashed into countryside south-west of the Iranian capital, killing all on 176 on board. The officials also…

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Ebonyi seals 15 gas stations, outlets

Uchenna Inya ABAKALIKI   The Ebonyi State government, Thursday sealed over 15 illegal gas stations and outlets in Abakaliki, the state capital. This followed the directive of the state Governor Dave Umahi, who had on Wednesday ordered that the all illegal gas stations and outlets in the state be sealed. Umahi said the decision to shutdown the stations became necessary to forestall possible outbreak of fire disasters in the state. In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media , Francis Nweze, the governor said the closure of the gas stations was apt,…

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EFCC arraigns oil marketer over N45m fraud

John Chikezie     The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Thursday arraigned an oil marketer, Mohammed Babagana Alkali before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos over an alleged N45 million fraud.   Alkali was charged alongside his companies; The Million Oil and Gas Limited and Yafandi Oil and Gas Limited. The oil marketer and his companies were docked on a 26-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery, obtaining money by false pretences and retaining a stolen property. The EFCC prosecutor, Joy Amahian, told the court that the defendant used his…

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Ile Arugbo land dispute: Court to hear motion on notice Jan 15

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin   A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, and presided over by Justice A. A Adebara, has fixed January 15 for hearing on Motion of Notice on a suit filed by Asa Investments Limited on the disputed land on which the late Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Sarakai’s Ile Arugbo (Old People’s Home) was built.     State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Kwara State House of Assembly, Kwara State Attorney General, Director General, Kwara Bureau of Lands and the Inspector General of Police are…

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Obaseki orders prosecution of council chairmen sacked over corruption allegations

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has instructed the State Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, to commence criminal prosecution of council chairmen who were relieved of their offices over corruption allegations.     The governor said this at the swearing-in of a new chairman for Esan West Local Government Area (LGA), Mrs. Ruth Osahon, at Government House in Benin City on Thursday.     He said his administration would not turn a blind eye to corrupt practices at the local council level,…

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Niger State pilgrims adjudged best in Israel

Daniel Atori, Jerusalem Pilgrims from Niger State, Nigeria have been adjudged the best in Israel as an appraisal was carried out by the Tailor Made Tours, Israel on other states that visited the Holy Land between 2019 and date. Making this known at the Jesus Pilgrims ceremony to honour pilgrims at Zipory in Jerusalem, President of the TMT, Israel, Mrs Josephine Zinder on Thursday said: “Nigeria is very precious to Israel because you are one of the countries that come to Jerusalem and respected.” Accordingly, she said: “You are the…

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Ile Arugbo land dispute: Court to hear motion on notice Jan 15

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin   A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, and presided over by Justice A. A Adebara, has fixed January 15 for hearing on Motion of Notice on a suit filed by Asa Investments Limited on the disputed land on which the late Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Sarakai’s Ile Arugbo (Old People’s Home) was built.   State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Kwara State House of Assembly, Kwara State Attorney General, Director General, Kwara Bureau of Lands and the Inspector General of Police are the…

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Plateau: Lalong, House Member condemn fresh killing of 13 persons, vows to punished perpetrators

From Musa Pam, Jos Plateau State Governor Barr. Simon Bako Lalong and the member representing Plateau South Hon. Bala Fwangje have condemned in strong terms the fresh killing of 13 innocent persons following an attack by gunmen at Kulben village in Kombun district of Mangu LGA on Wednesday night, January 8. Lalong, in a press statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham and issues to journalists in Jos on Thursday described the attack as another attempt to puncture the peace that has gradually…

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Suspected assassins murder PDP Chairman in Delta

By Gabriel Choba, Ughelli     Hoodlums suspected to be assassins, Wednesday night, murdered the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olomu Ward 1, along Ogoni-Olomu Road, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.   The deceased, who was identified as Paul Onomuakpokpo, was said to have been murdered while on his way from where he has gone to celebrate the Supreme Court victory of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.   A source, who claimed to be with the deceased at when he left the house, said: “We were at…

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