MASSOB vows to resist planned re-arrest of Kanu

Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), yesterday said it would resist any plan by the Federal Government to re-arrest leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. In a statement issued in Abakaliki by its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, MASSOB said it would not surrender the agitation of Biafra under whatever guise despite killings, arrest, intimidation and harassment of agitators by the federal government. Also, the group berated Minister of Interior, Abdulraman Dambazzu who allegedly declared the alleged planned re-arrest of the IPOB leader.…

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Obasanjo, Eze battle for Anambra APC’s guber ticket

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Ahead of the Saturday governorship ticket primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State, a party source has revealed that the battle for the ticket was between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Anambra State oil magnet, Chief Arthur Eze. While Obasanjo may be backing his political son, Senator Andy Uba, Eze is said to back a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tony Nwoye. Twelve aspirants are contesting for the APC’s governorship ticket. Among the aspirants are a former APC National Auditor of APC, Chief George…

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Bankole: Nigeria needs national carrier for greater economy

Managing Director of Medview Nigeria, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, has reiterated the need for due diligence and proper financial records, if the Federal Government must sustain a national carrier for the good of the nation’s economy. He also predicted that Medview airline would soon become the new national carrier for the country. Speaking in Lagos recently, Bankole urged the Federal Government to provide long term solution to the issue of high cost aviation fuel due to its importation into the country as well as look into measures that would provide room…

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Bayelsa: NULGE debunks interference in LG funds

The leadership of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Bayelsa State, at the weekend, debunked speculation making the rounds that the state government was interfering with local government funds in the state. NULGE President in the state, Akpos Ekiegha, made the clarification during a press conference in Yenagoa, the state capital. “The government of the state has never interfered with the allocation of the councils but has rather ensured that allocations to the councils are freely given to them for judicious use,” he said. The union, however, asked…

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Ayade’s wife harps on ways to reduce maternal mortality

Wife of Cross River State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade, at the weekend, advised pregnant women to learn to trust the conventional health facilities provided by the state to reduce the increasing rate of maternal mortality in the state. The governor’s wife also chided both Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and churches for misleading pregnant women into delivering outside conventional health facilities, thus endangering their lives and those of their children. She spoke at the weekend while flagging off first round of Maternal Newborn and Child Health (NNCH) week in Odukpani Local…

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Lagos bans use of motorcycles, others from transporting meat

Lagos State government has banned the use of motorbikes popularly known as ‘Okada’ and the ‘Air Cool Vans’ from transporting meat and meat product in all abattoir and slaughter slabs across the state. This, according to the state would ensure a well structured meat transporting system befitting the status of a mega city. Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau who made this known at stakeholders’ meeting with representatives of the Lagos State Butchers Association, Eko Refrigerated Meat Van Association, Apapa Park transporter and the Sheep and Goat Butchers Association, insited…

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Stealing: Ondo chief knows fate October 25

An Akure High Court has fixed the trial of an 87-year-old High Chief, Rufus Oladele Oyeneyin, arraigned for alleged stealing, illegal possession of firearms, deliberate flouting of court order and obtaining registration under false pretense for October 25. The titled chief and two others were docked before Justice Yemi Adeyanju for the alleged offences. However, the 87-year-old Oyeneyin pleaded not guilty to an eight-count charge preferred against him by the office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ondo State. The two co-accused; Sylvester Ovwighotu and Odeyemi Olufemi had…

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Sokoto donates N10m to army officers’ wives

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Sokoto State government at the weekend said it had donated N10 million to the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) in its bid to establish a new nursery and primary school at Giginya Barracks, Sokoto. Announcing the donation when he received executive members of the association in his office, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, commended them for their concern for the educational development of their members and thehost community. He said the people of Sokoto had long-standing and mutually-beneficial relationship with the military, and that the government will continue to appreciate all…

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ASUU may declare strike today

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may today declare an indefinite strike in all the public universities across the country. The President of the union, Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, is billed to address the media today in Abuja at a yet to be disclosed venue. This development followed an extensive two-day stakeholders’ meeting which was rounded off yesterday in Abuja, where the report of the earlier referendum among its branches nationwide on whether the strike should be declared or not, was appraised. The union had on Thursday sent a memo…

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FG spends N6bn on school feeding programme in 14 states

The Federal Government yesterday said that it has expended a total of N6.2billion on the school feeding programme in 14 states across the country. It said its plan was to capture at least three million pupils in the Social Investment Programmes, (SIP) in 2017 under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the acting President, Laolu Akande, said, “at the last count, a total of N6,204,912,889 has been paid out to 14 states during the school year ending August…

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