Treasury looters bury funds in cemeteries – FG

Lai Mohammed

  The Federal Government has praised its whistle-blower policy, and said it has led to discovery of funds hidden in deep forests and burial grounds. In a statement Sunday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, government, however, observed that it not necessarily the monetary reward but the patriotism of Nigerians that has led to the successes recorded in the recovery of looted funds through the whistle-blower policy. “Since we launched the whistle-blower policy, we have received immeasurable support from Nigerians. “Yes, there is monetary reward for…

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Hunting dogs discover human parts seller in bush

Dogs on a hunting trip at Ukunu Eziora, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State yesterday made a macabre find – the den of an alleged human parts’ seller. Information has it that the suspect was engaged as a security guard with the Nnewi Anglican Diocese at its postponed university site in Ozubulu where he allegedly used it as a point to sell and supply human parts to eaters and ritualists. But the Administrative Secretary of Diocese of Nnewi Anglican Communion, owners of the higher institution the suspect…

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Ooni’s wife calls for peace, unity

Wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Zainab Ogunwusi, has expressed her absolute belief in the peace and unity of Yoruba land and the entire nation of Nigeria. She made the call recently during her visit to the Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in the Sabo area of Ile-Ife in Osun State. The Ooni’s wife also condoled with members of the Hausa community who lost their loved ones and properties during the recent clash between the Yoruba and Hausa in Ile-Ife. Speaking during the visit, Ogunwusi, who lauded the…

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How Reps rejected proposal to sack govs

A controversial bill seeking to amend the 1999 constitution to empower the National Assembly to remove state governors was kicked out by members of the House of Representatives a week ago. PHILIP NYAM reviews the debate on the rejected proposed legislation Members of the House of Representatives were last week engaged in a heated debate reminiscent of the tenure elongation agenda otherwise called third term, during the 5th Assembly. Apparently aware of the mood of the nation and the impression the public have about the legislature, the lawmakers were unanimous…

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How I escaped from Boko Haram – Chibok schoolgirl

One of the escaped Chibok schoolgirls, who goes with a pseudonym “Sa’a” addressed delegates at the recent Global Education and Skill Forum (GESF) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, who was at the event had exclusive interview with her. Excerpts: Can you recollect what happened on April 14, 2014 when Boko Haram attacked your school? What happened that night was a very terrible experience. We, the senior students, writing our final examinations were in school when Boko Haram came to Chibok town and started shooting sporadically. When…

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Ogun arrests 17 farmers for deforestation

Special Task Force set up by the Ogun State Ministry of Forestry has arrested 17 farmers for allegedly destroying economic trees in the state forest reserves. The Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, who disclosed this yesterday in a statement issued in Abeokuta, said the farmers were arrested at Basiru village, J4 Forest Reserve in Ijebu East Local Government Area. Lawal said Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s Special Assistant on Forestry, Bisi Shoyoye, led the task force to the village and arrested the farmers while others fled at the sight of the…

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NCC: We want to deepen $68bn telecoms investment

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it would be open to more strategic collaboration that would result in increased growth of the nation’s telecoms investment from its current $68 billion in future. Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, stated this while speaking at an investment forum of Kaduna State Government, tagged ‘KADINVEST 2.0.’ Danbatta, who noted that the symposium struck a chord with NCC’s strategic vision, said while the telecoms industry has grown tremendously in the past 16 years of the sector’s liberalisation, the Commission would…

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Cherry: The African star apple

The African star apple, locally called Cherry, is in full bloom. You can see the fruits on sale along the highways and roadsides all over the country, especially in the Southern part of Nigeria. Cherry, botanically called ‘Chrysophyllum albidum’, belongs to the family of ‘sapoteacea’. It is a tropical fruit mainly distributed in the low land rain forest zones and frequently found in villages. It is popularly called ‘Udara’ in Igbo, ‘Agbalumo’ in Yoruba, and ‘Otien’ in Edo. The arrangement of the seeds are in form of asterisks and the…

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