Amotekun bill passes second reading in Oyo Assembly

The ‘Amotekun Corps’ Bill sent to the Oyo State government by the Attorney General and Justice Commissioner in Oyo state, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo, on the Oyo State Security Network Agency Thursday passed second reading at the state’s House of Assembly. The bill, which is to establish an indigenous based security agency across the six Southwest states (Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti) to collaborate with and assist the Police and other security agencies in maintaining law and order within the states, might become law soon. Speaking with newsmen after…

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Borno booing: Stop chasing shadows, PDP tells presidency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the Presidency should stop chasing shadows and resort to falsehood and blackmail concerning the booing of President Muhammadu Buhari in Maiduguri, Borno State on Wednesday. PDP in a statement Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan accused the president of aloofness to the plight of Nigerians and communities being daily ravaged by terrorists, bandits and insurgents. The party said the ordeal of the president was self-inflicted, and advised President Buhari to accept the bitter truth that Nigerians no longer have confidence in him. “It is indeed…

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Bayelsa: Your utterances inconsequential, PDP tells Oshiomhole

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the statement credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, was empty and inconsequential. PDP said in a statement, Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, that Oshiomhole should steer clear of Bayelsa State as his alleged plot to trigger violence in the state has failed. The party further advised Oshiomhole to be careful with his utterances, adding that misuse of language is likely to destabilize the nation and truncate the hard earned democracy. “The people of Bayelsa…

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Hoodlums attack customs officials as NCS seizes 30,240 bottles of foreign wine

Hoodlums, suspected to be smugglers, have attacked officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone C, Owerri, Imo State, who were escorting seized containers of smuggled wine from Port Harcourt to their Owerri Warehouse. The attackers, who invaded the Owerri Industrial Layout recently were professionally contained without any casualty. According to the controller of the FOU Zone C, Kayode Olusemire, the attackers were apparently linked to owners of the contraband goods that were impounded and were obviously working for those he called economic saboteurs still involved in smuggling…

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Mixed feelings in Yenagoa over Supreme Court’s Bayelsa judgement

There mourning of sorts in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital on Thursday because of the Supreme Court judgement annulling Davd Lyon and his Deputy Degi Eremienyo as Governor and Deputy Governor elect. Their swearing in was supposed to take place on Friday February 14, 2020. Tension was high as people expressed fear that protest may erupt. Meanwhile, there was heavy jubilation at the state Government House as those loyal to the outgoing governor Henry Seriake Dickson the supporters of Douye Diri and PDP were seen trooping into the Government House…

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Tension Edo as protesters release prisons inmates

Tension mounted in Benin, the Edo State capital Thursday, as some inmates being conveyed to court were released by protesters along the Benin-Auchi highway in the state. The protesters comprising tipper drivers and youths were protesting the killing of one Federick popularly known as “Original” by a policeman deployed to provide security for expatriates in a construction firm. It was learnt that Federick was shot at a close range after an argument with the policeman whose identity was yet to be ascertained. It was learnt that the protest began after…

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Sea piracy: DSS, others move to secure Gulf of Guinea

Dss operatives

…as FG assures of political, financial contributions In its determination to restore sustainable peace and security to the Gulf of Guinea, the National Institute for Security Service (NISS), has begun a 10-month programme for senior officials from the military, security, paramilitary, as well as ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of governments of the region. A national institute of the Department of State Services (DSS), the NISS is a leading centre for the provision of “competence and enhanced training for middle and top level managers of security in order to advance…

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Lalong mourns Plateau United Coach

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has expressed deep grief over the death of assistant coach of the Plateau United Football Club of Jos, Mr Audu Pele, who passed away on Wednesday, February 12. Lalong, in a press statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, condoled with the family of the deceased, the management and players of Plateau United as well as fans of the club over the sad departure of the football tactician. Lalong said: “Late Coach Pele was a great pillar…

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CS-SUNN tasks state governments on nutrition budget

Against the background of huge burden of malnutrition in Nigeria and national efforts to tackle the anomaly, the Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) has urged state governments without budget lines for nutrition to create such. The Executive Secretary of CS-SUNN, Beatrice Eluaka, who made the call, also urged the state governments to ensure releases with specific funds allotted to interventions around micronutrient powder, biofortification, iron folate supplementation and Vitamin A supplementation, among others. She spoke during a one-day media roundtable on Micro-Nutrient Deficiency Control, organised by CS-SUNN in…

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N135bn fraud: Court sets date for Ifeanyi Ubah’s arraignment

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed April 2, 2020 as the date for the arraignment of the Senator representing Anambra South at the National Assembly, Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, over alleged N135 billion fraud. The absence of Ubah for the second time in court Thursday again stalled his arraignment over the alleged offence. The Federal Government has slammed a four-count charge on Ubah, alongside a firm, Capital Oil and Gas Ltd. On resumption of Thursday’s proceedings, lawyer representing Federal Government, Kunle Adegoke, drew the…

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