NSF 2020: Edo athletes stage protest over poor preparations

*‘They are being instigated,’ says Dep Gov’s Spokesman Hundreds of athletes from Edo State on Friday protested against inadequate preparation for the National Sports Festival which is barely 28 days away and would be hosted by the state. During the protest they blocked all access roads to the stadium chanting solidarity songs just as they disparaged the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, whom they alleged did not receive them compassionately when they first went to Government House earlier in the day to lay their complaints. One of the athletes, Osas…

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Deregistration: Don’t waste time in court, COP3 advises deregistered parties

A group, which calls itself a Coalition of Progressive Political Parties (COP3), has advised the 74 deregistered political parties in the country not to challenge their deregistration in court as such could be “long, tortuous, expensive, uncertain and not necessarily worth the effort.” The coalition, in a statement after its recent meeting, rather advised the former parties that want to embark on the struggle for a better Nigeria to come together to work out strategies so as to make a lasting impact in the nation’s electoral system. A statement by…

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Farmers/herders’ clashes: Edo holds public hearing with security agencies, other stakeholders

The Edo State Governments has scheduled a public hearing of stakeholders across the three Senatorial Districts of the state to find lasting solutions to clashes between farmers and herders in the state. In a statement, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet, Mrs. Julie Olatunji on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government, said the stakeholders meeting will be held in conjunction with the State’s Technical Committee on Farmers/Herders Conflict Resolution. According to the SSG, the stakeholders include Local Government Council Chairmen, Traditional Rulers, Community Leaders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Security…

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Oshiomhole threatens Wike with lawsuit, alleges defamation

As pro-Oshiomhole protesters storm APC Secretariat   The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has asked the governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike to apologise to him or face a lawsuit over allegation of defamation of character. Oshiomhole, who made the threat in statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Simeon Ebegbulam, described  as “sacrilegious and mischief”, the allegation by the Rivers State government that he (Oshiomhole) masterminded the protest at the residence of the Supreme Court Judge, Justice Mary Odili in Abuja.…

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PDP to APC: Show you’re fighting corruption, invite police to quiz Degi-Eremienyo

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ask its deputy governorship candidate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo to explain the discrepancies in his academic certificates. PDP further stated that instead of seeking for the review of the Supreme Court judgement, APC should invite its disqualified deputy governorship candidate to be investigated and punish for forgery. PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus said it was not enough for Degi-Eremienyo to merely deny the forgery at a press conference but to explain why he was bearing three different names…

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DPR donates gas cylinders to school feeding vendors in Ogun

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Friday asked food vendors of the Federal Government’s Home Grown School Feeding Programme to embrace liquefied petroleum gas and discard firewood and charcoal in cooking for pupils. The agency said liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is safer and more environment-friendly compared to firewood and charcoal. The DPR Operations Controller, Abeokuta Field Office, Mrs Muinat Bello-Zagi, said this while donating 40 LPG 12.5kg cylinders to the school feeding vendors in Ogun State. Bello-Zagi, who stated that the gesture was part of the campaign to improve the…

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EFCC grills Kano Commissioner over N76m ‘fraud’

Operatives of the Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Mukhtar Ishaq, over allegations bordering on diversion of N76 million. The commissioner, who was arrested on Thursday, was alleged to have diverted the funds during his tenure as Chairman of Kano Municipal Local Government. The EFCC, in a statement, Friday, by its acting spokesperson, Mr. Tony Orilade, said: “Mukhtar’s trouble followed a petition which states that while he was Chairman, Kano Municipal, he allegedly diverted N76,000,000 which…

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Boko Haram: Inter-faith clerics embark on church-mosque love campaign, solicits support for military

In a bid to defeat Boko Haram’s ideology while also canvassing support for the Nigerian military, an inter-faith group is embarking on love campaigns to churches and mosques across the country. The National Inter-Faith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP) made this known at the end of a 21-day prayer and fast for the unity and peace of Nigeria at the Unity Fountain, Abuja. In a communique co-signed by Bishop Prince J Madaki, Bishop Lawrence Ngene, Sheik Ahmad Jiddah Umar and Sheik Ja,afaru Kantoma, and made available to New Telegraph…

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UNILORIN Don urges FG to declare state of emergency on engineering research

The Federal Government has been called upon to declare a state of emergency on engineering research and development in the country, while  also tasking some faculties of engineering with some specific products over a given period of time, say five years, adding that these should be well funded. Prof. Isaac Kayode Adegun, a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ilorin, made the call over the weekend while delivering the institution’s 193rd Inaugural Lecture, titled, “God the Creator, man the manipulator: The journey so far in engineering manipulation…

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Osun Traditional Council suspends Oluwo for six months

The Osun State Traditional Council has suspended Abdulrosheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, for six months. The suspension comes a week after the news broke that Akanbi assaulted Dhikurulahi Akinropo, the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, at a peace meeting summoned by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police. Addressing journalists after a meeting of the monarchs on Friday, Wahab Adedotun, the Orangun of Ila, said the suspension was not based solely on the incident at the peace meeting but due to Akanbi’s conduct to other traditional rulers in Yorubaland. Adedotun alleged that Akanbi…

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