Kidnapping: Tension as prosecution concludes case against Evans, others

John Chikezie   There was an unusual heavy presence of security operatives at the premises of the Ikeja High Court, Lagos Friday as the Lagos State Prosecuting team concluded its case against billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, and six others over the alleged kidnap of Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Ltd, Donatus Dunu. Evans is standing trial alongside: Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba before Justice Hakeem Oshodi. The six defendants were arraigned on August 30, 2017 on a two-count charge of…

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Internal security: Buhari launches 217 APCs, patrol vehicles, others

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday pledged to bequeath to the nation a highly motivated and modernised police force. The President gave the undertaking at the force headquarters in Abuja, at the launch of a total of 217 operational and surveillance assets procured by the police, to boost the Force’s crime fighting capacity. Among the equipment procured were 139 Hilux patrol vehicles, 46 police smart surveillance (CCTV camera-on-the move) vehicles, 11 tactical operations vehicles, and 9 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). Others were five troop carriers as well as seven anti-riot water cannon…

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FG begins moves to monitor constituency projects, payments, others

The Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Senator George Akume Tuesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari has begun moves to  monitor, verify and authorize all payments on constituency projects as well as  evaluating the implementation of Federal Executive Council policies. The minister said this in Lagos during the ongoing Special Retreat organised by the Federal Government, saying that the present administration has begun the process of impacting on the lives of average Nigerians and implementing the plan of lifting over one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty. According to…

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Alleged N5bn fraud: EFCC after Kwara ex-Finance Commissioner, 24 ex-lawmakers, others

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered how the 24 ex-lawmakers of the Kwara State House of Assembly, the immediate past Commissioner for Finance, Ademola Banu and some companies allegedly swindled about N5 billion belonging to the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) between 2015 and 2019. The immediate past Chairman of the KWIRS, Prof. Muritala Awodun, a former member of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon Moshood Bakare and some staff of the Internal Revenue Service are…

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Just in: Suspected thugs attack Oba of Lagos, Obaseki, others

Suspected thugs on Saturday attacked the convoy of Governor Godwin Obaseki, Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu and Chairman, Caverton Offshore Support Group, Mr. Aderemi Makanjuola. According to reports, the incident happened while Obaseki, others were driving into the Iyamho residence of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole shortly after attending the first convocation ceremony of the Edo University, Iyamho. Makanjuola was installed Chancellor of the institution at the ceremony. Police sources said they were invited for lunch by Oshiomhole but were attacked by the…

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Bayelsa guber: APC disqualifies ex-Cross Rivers REC, clears Aganaba, Lokpobiri, others

Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa   The Gubernatorial Primary Election Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State on Wednesday disqualified the former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Cross Rivers State, Dr. Briyai Oyeins Frankland over allegation of not being a card carrying member of the party for up to one calendar year. Those cleared for Thursday’s Governorship primaries of the Party are Engr. Preys Aganaba, Prince Ebitimi Angbare, Ms. Diseye Poweigha, Mr. Lyon David, Professor Ongoebi Etebu and Senator Heineken Lokpobiri. The Screening Committee, headed by the Chairman,…

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Tribunal rejects move to amend petition against Buhari, others

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has rejected move by the Hope Democratic Party (HPD) to effect some amendments to the petition it filed, challenging the outcome of the last presidential election won by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In two rulings on Thursday, a five-man panel of the court was in unanimous in dismissing the two documents filed by HDP and its presidential candidate during the election, Ambrose Owuru. In the first ruling, the court dismissed a motion filed by the petitioners on July 1,…

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Asset declaration: Learn from Makinde, Atiku tells Buhari, others

Onyekachi Eze, ABUJA   Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has advised public officeholders to take a cue from Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and make public their assets. Atiku in a statement yesterday by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, said by making his assets public, the governor has fulfilled his electoral promise. “The governor, by this action, demonstrates that integrity is not mere lip homage but a consistent course of action of an individual doing as they promised,” Atiku stated. The former Vice President commended…

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ICTSI’s earnings rise on Nigeria’s exit, others

Following its exit from Lekki Port, the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI)’s revenue from port operations has increased by eight per cent. Its income rose from $284.3 million to $306.5 million in the second quarter of the year after it halted the sub-concession agreement with Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) in 2017 over delays in the execution of the project. It would be recalled that Lekki Port’s container terminal was to be concessioned to ICTSI for 20 years, after it was selected for sub-concession to provide ship-to ship crane…

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PDP to reconcile with Obasanjo, Atiku, others

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is to reconcile with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, his erstwhile deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as well as others who left the party. Obasanjo tore his PDP membership card sometime in February 2015 as he announced that he ceased to be a member of the party. Atiku on his part, left PDP in ‎2014 to the All Progressives Congress (APC) where he sought to fly the party’s ticket for the 2015 presidential election but came third. But Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed…

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