NKANANG: The departure of an Inspirational Teacher

By Anietie John Ukpe “The murky waters of politics?” This rhetorical question summed up Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang’s laconic response in 2013 to the information that there were plans for his son, Udom, to be appointed the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government. A few years earlier he had undertaken the painful duty of the internment of his beloved wife and the void created by her departure was still palpable. Then came the concerning news that his son was about to take a dip in what he considered to…

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Why ex-Keyan President, Arap Moi, will be remembered – Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said that former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi, remains one of the foremost leaders of decolonization of Africa and a founding father of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Speaking at the State Funeral for the late Arap Moi at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, Prof.Osinbajo, who was among leaders who delivered tributes in honour of the departed leader,said Africa will forever remember the late president. According to Prof. Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the…

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Amotekun: Oyo Exco approves bill to be sent to Assembly

Sola Adeyemo, Ibadan After a deliberation that lasted over six hours, the Oyo State Executive Council Tuesday approved the Oyo State chapter of the Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corp Bill 2020 for onward transmission to the state House of Assembly.The approval was given at the state’s Executive Council meeting which held at the Executive Chamber of the Governors office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan after the swearing in of some Permanent Secretaries.The meeting was presided over by the Chairman, Governor Seyi Makinde, and attended by all members including the Deputy Governor,…

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Arrested SUG President denies cultism charge as Ogun CP parades 77

The embattled Students Union Government (SUG) President of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji, who was arrested for cultism, has denied the allegation levelled against him. Olatunji, a HND II Banking and Finance student, claimed that he was probably hypnotized and framed by the police and members of local vigilance group. The student leader spoke Tuesday at the Ogun State police command headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, where he was paraded alongside another suspected cult member, Olarewaju Taiwo. Seventy-five other suspects, who were arrested for armed robbery, murder, car snatching and illegal…

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RDA staff protest non payment of Dec salary

There was another set of protest in Yenagoa on Tuesday as Staff of the Rural Development Authorities, embarked on a peaceful protest for the none payment of their December salaries. The protesters numbering more than 200 barricaded the state Treasury building, Mbiama-Yenagoa road and in front of Government House, Yenagoa. The protesters, who started the action as early as 7 am, carried placards reading “Dickson pay the RDA salaries and the minimum wage”, “Dickson, pay RDA/ Senior special advisers” and “Special Advisers before you leave office” among others. According to…

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Ile Arugbo:  Reconciliation talks between govt, Saraki deadlocked

The reconciliation talks over the demolished Ile Arugbo in Ilorin, Kwara state, which  commenced last Thursday has hit a brick wall. The meeting between the representatives of the state government and Asa Investment Ltd ended on Tuesday without a concrete resolution. The meeting ended without any specific adjourned date. The meeting which started at 4.48 pm ended at 5.48pm. Briefing newsmen at the end of the one hour meeting held at the conference hall of the Governor’s office in Ilorin, Counsel to Asa Investment Ltd, Barr. Abdul Aziz Ibrahim said…

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Fire razes Owerri airport twice in one year

For the second time in less than a year, a fire outbreak has been reported at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri. The cause of the fire was unknown but the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, described it as a bush fire. According to Yakubu, firefighters were working to control the spread of the fire. She said the fire did not affect flight operations, stressing that authority would like to appeal to host communities around airports to please desist from burning bushes around…

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Groups against rights violations, monitor Anambra Police

The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) in collaboration with the Anambra State Police Command, with support from Open Society Justice Initiative, have concluded plans to ensure that citizens and policemen become aware of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) in the Anambra State. In order to achieve this, the groups agreed and launched the Police Stakeholders Partnership Forum (PSPF), Anambra State. The Executive Director of RULAAC, Okechukwu Nwanguma, addressing a selected crop of Crime Reporters in Ikeja, Lagos State, during the launch, explained that the PSPF,…

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Asset declaration: Kukah queries basis for Onnoghen’s sack

…accuses Buhari of failing to honour campaign promise The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. (Dr) Matthew Kukah, has questioned the grounds upon which the sack of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, was predicated. The former head of the country’s judiciary, was removed over his alleged failure to declare his assets. But speaking Tuesday in his capacity as the guest lecturer at the public presentation of a book written by a former Chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, Kukah wondered…

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EFCC amends charges, rearraigns Justice Yinusa, Ricky Tarfa’s staff

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday rearraigned a dismissed Federal High Court Judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa before an Ikeja Special offences Court, Lagos over allegations of receiving bribes while serving as a public officer. The former judge was docked alongside a staff at the firm of Rickey Tarfa & Co., one Esther Agbor, who was accused of paying N1.5 million into Yunusa’s account. Both defendants pleaded not guilty to an amended nine-count charge bordering on attempt to pervert course of justice, corruption by public official, use of office or position for…

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