Amaechi demands N750m, N500m from Fayose, Fani-Kayode

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has threatened to sue the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, and a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, if they did not retract the allegation that the $43 million recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ikoyi last week belonged to him within seven days. Amaechi is also demanding the sum of N750 million from Fayose and N500 million from Fani- Kayode as compensation for the malicious and defamatory claim. Fayose had, through his spokesman, Lere Olayinka, on his…

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Recovered N15bn above what FG’s agency can keep –Sagay, SANs

Three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN); Prof. Itse Sagay, Dr. Biodun Layonu, Mr. Seyi Sowemimo and the second Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Monday Ubani, have said that the sums of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 totalling about N15 billion recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an apartment in Ikoyi area of Lagos were far in excess of what an agency of government can keep. They made the observation while reacting to reported claim by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Nigeria’s external secret police,…

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Opponents to challenge Turkey ‘Yes’ vote

  Turkey’s main opposition party has said it will challenge the country’s referendum result after the president won a vote to expand his powers. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has questioned the legitimacy of the close result, citing irregularities in the electoral process. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s push for an executive presidency succeeded with just over 51% of the vote. The win was met with both celebrations and protests across Turkey. The CHP is refusing to accept the “Yes” victory and is demanding a recount of 60% of the votes,…

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US ‘era of patience with N’Korea over’

  US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Pence made the remarks at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US. He arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. On Monday, the US and South Korea launched a joint air force military…

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Ohio police hunt Facebook Live killer

Police in Cleveland are searching for a man who fatally shot a “random” victim and posted the footage on Facebook. The suspect, Steve Stephens, later said in a separate video post that he had killed 13 people and was looking to kill more. Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams confirmed one killing but said they did not know of any other victims. Williams said that “multiple forces” were looking for Stephens, who “needs to turn himself in”. The victim has been identified by Cleveland police as 74-year-old Robert Godwin. “There is…

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US ‘era of patience with N’Korea over’

  US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Pence made the remarks at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US. He arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. On Monday, the US and South Korea launched a joint air force military…

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Federation Elections: Guidelines split aspirants, administrators

Sports administrators and aspirants into the boards of the National Sports Federations are sharply divided over the guidelines released for the forthcoming elections. The guidelines emerged after a stakeholders’ meeting with sports minister, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday where June 9 was also picked as the date for the polls. The guideline stipulated that people who have served two terms as presidents cannot contest while those who are either presidents or vice presidents of international sports bodies are not eligible to contest for federation presidency. A former member of the Nigeria…

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Dogara asks INEC to begin delineation ahead of 2019

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to activate the process of delineation of Federal Constituencies in accordance with provisions of the 1999 constitution. Speaking in an interview with NIGERIA NOW magazine, Dogara however, suggested that the exercise would have to wait till 2019 elections to avoid a situation where sitting elected lawmakers may be displaced. The Speaker noted that there have been clamours for more constituencies in view of rising population and other factors, and urged INEC to muster…

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