Abia: ‘Kalu only candidate we know, others joking’ says Nneato

By Abubakar Liman Aside from the presiding Senator representing Abia-North, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, other contestants seeking to represent the zone at the National Assembly in the forthcoming February 25th polls have been described as “Jesters” by electorates of Nneato. According to the people, they were satisfied with the leadership results of Kalu, who is also seeking a return to the Red chambers under the platform of the All Progressive’s Congress (APC), declaring their resolve to extend his tenure at the Senate with their votes on election day. As jointly decided the Traditional Leader, President General and elders of the community made the announcement on behalf of their constituents to back Kalu’s return bid on Saturday when the Senator’s campaign train visited each ward as part of his reelection campaign activities. Exemplary infrastructural projects built in the localities built by Kalu’s administration as Governor of the state and currently as a Lawmaker were reeled out by the people According to them Kalu’s Leadership antecedents had cemented his place in their minds saying that other candidates were wasting their time as …

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Alleged quantity of fuel consumption by Nigerians false – Sowore

By Our Correspondent The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, has said that Nigeria is not consuming 60 million litres of fuel. Sowore, who spoke during a pre-recorded interview on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2023, took a swipe at the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), wondering where the agency got its figures from. He said the Nigerian Customs Service refuted claims that Africa’s most populous nation consumes as much as 60 million litres of petrol daily. According to the presidential hopeful, what is being called subsidy on petrol in Nigeria is simply the rich maintaining their lifestyles. The victims of such a lifestyle, he stated, are the poor and vulnerable masses as the process is mired in corruption and fraud. “The Customs said openly that Nigeria is not consuming 60 million litres of fuel on a daily basis. So, where does the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) get it from?” he said. “With regards to subsidy, there is no subsidy in Nigeria. What is happening is the rich subsidising their lifestyles through corruption. “The second aspect …

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Why Peter Obi is the best presidential candidate (2)

By Okey Muogbo Ungoverned spaces: One of the reasons why Nigerian voters should entrust their electoral preference in this forthcoming presidential election with Mr Peter Obi is because he appears to be the only one among the Presidential candidates who has all it takes to to close up all the ungoverned spaces (UGS) in Nigeria. UGS operationally is defined as areas and issues of governance where the State has lost control and authority of influence and control to non-state actors through outright incompetence, negligence and compromise. In the build to the 2015 presidential election, UGS was expressed in terms of geographical areas where Boko Haram (BH) had taken over almost of the whole of Borno and Yobe and Adamawa states. Not only that, BH began to expand influence outside the two northeastern states exploding bombs with reckless abandon in Abuja, Niger State, Kogi State, infact where ever they wanted. Fears gripped everybody, everywhere in Nigeria on the dangers of the ragtag army and guerrilla terrorists overrunning the country. The regime of Goodluck Jonathan (GEJ) responded by pushing the insurgents out …

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Badaru Appoints Sanusi As New Emir Of Dutse

By Muhammad Nasir BashirDutse, – Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa has approved the appointment of Hameem Sunusi as the new Emir of Dutse. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new Emir succeeded his father, Dr Muhammad Sunusi II who died on Jan. 31 at the age of 79, after 28 years on the throne. NAN also reports that Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Abdulkadir Fanini, presented the letter of appointment to the new emir in Dutse on Sunday, on behalf of the governor. The governor said that the new emir was chosen after careful consideration of the names recommended by the kingmakers of Dutse Emirate Council. He urged the new emir to discharge his duties in the best interest of his people, without preference and unite them for the progress of the area. NAN reports that until his appointment, the new emir, who was born in 1979, held the title of Dan’iyan Dutse. “On behalf of the Jigawa State Government, His Excellency, Gov. Muhammad Badaru Abubukar has congratulated HRH Alhaji Hameem Nuhu Sanusi on his appointment …

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Gov. Ugwuanyi Pledges To Support Inventor Of Battery-Powered Cooking Stoves

By Alex Enebeli Enugu, – Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State says his administration will support an indigene of the state from Amagunze in Nkanu East Local Government Area, who invented battery-powered cooking stoves, trending on social media. In a statement issued on Sunday in Enugu, his Senior Special Assistant, Mr Louis Amoke, quoted the governor as saying: “the state government has noted with delight the exploits of one of its own. “Enugu State government is proud of the inventor for his outstanding craftsmanship which is in line with my administration’s commitment to encouraging and harnessing science and technology-driven innovations.’’ The statement says Gov. Ugwuanyi will within the week meet with the Enugu-born inventor to seek ways government can provide maximum support to him. According to the statement, the meeting is to ensure that his potentials are fully harnessed to his benefit and that of the general public. (NAN)

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Ogun Police Arrest Man For Allegedly Shooting Younger Sister’s Boyfriend

By Ige Adekunle Sango-Ota(Ogun), – The Police in Ogun, on Sunday, arrested a man, Michael Ogundele, for allegedly shooting his younger sister’s boyfriend and injured him at Idiroko area of the state.The Police Spokesperson in the State,SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Ota,Ogun.Oyeyemi explained that the suspect,30, was arrested on Feb.2 by the operative of Ogun State Command for allegedly shooting and injuring one Tobi Olabisi, for having a love affair with his sister. The PPRO said that the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Idiroko Divisional Headquarters by one Alpha Akeem, a community leader in Ihunbo town.He added that Akeem came to the police station with the injured victim (Olabisi) and reported that the suspect who had been warning the victim to stop having a love affair with his younger sister, fired a gunshot at him, but fortunately the victim narrowly escaped death.“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Idiroko Division, CSP Ayo Akinsowon, quickly mobilized his detectives to go after the suspect and he was subsequently arrested.“During interrogation, the …

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Makerere University Student Drowns In Swimming Pool While Trying To Save A Child

Makerere University in Uganda is mourning the demise of one of its students, Emmanuel Wamono, who drowned in a swimming pool while trying to save a child.  It was gathered that the regrettable incident occurred at Mountain Inn Hotel in Mbale on Saturday, February 4, 2023.  The late Wamono was a 3rd year electrical engineering student and a resident of Livingstone Hall.  Makerere University Dean of Students Winifred Kabumbuli, confirmed the sad news in a letter addressed to the university community. “It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the passing of one of our own, Emmanuel Wamono. He was a 3rd year electrical engineering student, a resident of Livingstone Hall and we will deeply miss him,? Ms Kabumbuli wrote.    “In light of this tragedy we want to remind all students that our counselling and support services are available to anyone who needs them. Our staff is here to help you navigate your feelings and provide the support you need during this difficult time,? she added.  Burial of Mr. Emmanuel Wamono will take place on …

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Republican Councilwoman Married To A Nigerian Pastor Shot Dead In The U.S.

A 30-year-old Republican Councilwoman, Eunice Dwumfour, was shot dead outside her home in Sayreville, New Jersey, in the U.S.  Dwumfour, a member of the Sayreville Borough Council, was the wife of a Nigerian pastor, Eze Kings Akwue, who is based in Abuja and hails from Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State. The couple got married on November 24, 2022, at Champions Royal Assembly in Kubwa, Abuja.  She was found in her white Nissan SUV with several gunshot wounds, close to her townhome, just before 7:30 p.m. last Wednesday.  Officers with the Sayreville Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at 7:22 p.m. in Parlin, an unincorporated area of Sayreville, and found Ms. Dwumfour in her car with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a statement by the Middlesex County prosecutor?s office. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors told a local CBS News station that they heard two sets of four loud gunshots. After Dwumfour was shot, her vehicle rolled down the hill before crashing into parked cars, with her body slumped over the wheel. “They looked outside and they …

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Purported suspension of our state Chairman a mere charade – Taraba APC

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo The leadership of the All Progressives Congress APC in Taraba State has described the purported impeachment of the state chairman of the party Mr. Ibrahim Tukur El-sudi as a mere charade from persons desperate to create confusion in the party and frustrate the gubernatorial primaries rerun. Mr Aaron Artimas, publicity secretary of the party, who said this at a Press conference in Jalingo on Sunday alleged that some members of the executive of the party were invited to the private residence of one of the major stakeholders of the party where they were given half a million Naira each for the “show of shame”. “Yesterday, 4th February 2023, we received reports that a few members of the executive committee were invited to the residence of one of the major stakeholders of the party. They were entreated to suspend the state APC chairman, Barr Ibrahim Tukur El-sudi, in exchange for monetary compensations. The action was perfected late evening, and they were rewarded with the sum of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) each for their efforts. “It is …

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Chieftaincy Tussle: Kuteb accuses Gov. Ishaku of plans to incite violence in Takum

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo The Kuteb Yatso of Nigeria (KYN) an umbrella body of Kuteb tribe in Nigeria has accused the Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku of plans to stir crisis in Takum over his proposal to make the Ukwe Takum stool rotational among among Kuteb, Chamba and Kpanzo ethnic groups. Mr. Emmanuel Ukwen, the President of the association told newsmen at a Press conference in Jalingo that the stool of Ukwe Takum, which is over 100 years has been an exclusive preserve for the Kuteb ruling houses of Likam and Akenten and that the selection process has been handled by only Kuteb kingmakers based purely on Kuteb peoples’ native laws and customs. Ukwen said that the stool which was upgraded to 3rd class status under the British colonial regime had Ukwe Ahmadu Gbankwe from the Likam ruling house who ruled from 1912 to 1926, followed by Ukwe Hassan Gbankwe 1926 to 1929 and were succeeded in that order till Ukwe Ali Ibrahim Kufang II from Akenten ruling house who ruled from 1963 to 1996. He lamented that rather than …

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NDLEA Seizes 75.75kg Skunk From Canada

By Ibironke AriyoAbuja, – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 75.75kgs of cannabis indica, which came from Montreal, Canada, hidden in a container of four used vehicles. with number MSCU 5336680. This is contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja. Babafemi said that this was coming barely a month after operatives at the Tincan seaport intercepted a consignment of 24.5kgs of cannabis indica, concealed in used vehicles imported from Canada. He said the consignment had also been traced to a suspect already in custody in connection with the earlier seizure, Steve Adigwe and his accomplice, Cedrick Maduweke who was still on the run. Similarly, operatives at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) export shed of the airport on Jan. 26 intercepted a sack of new clothes going to Sierra Leone. ‘During a thorough search of the consignment, a parcel of white crystalline substance that tested positive to methamphetamine with a gross weight of 1kg, and 300grams of skunk and 100grams ecstasy were recovered. “A freight …

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Collapsing 2-Storey Building Kills 3 In Rivers Communnity

By Desmond Ejibas Port Harcourt, – Three labourers were killed in Aluu community in Rivers on Saturday as the two-storey building on which they were working crumbled. Mr Ngene James, Head, Disaster Management Rescue Team of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Rivers confirmed the incident in a statement issued by the command on Sunday. He said the NSCDC’s rescue team immediately mobilised to the accident site for rescue operation as soon as it received a distress call. “Upon arrival to the disaster scene, we joined in the joint rescue operation by the National Emergency Management Agency and sister security agencies. “Three labourers working at the construction site lost their live to the accident. “Preliminary investigation showed that the two storey building collapsed as a result of the use of low quality iron rods and other materials in its construction,’’ he said. He advised property owners to be wary of desperate and quack building contractors who cared only about their pockets rather than the safety of lives. “We commend the Ikwerre Local Government Council for mobilising three …

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Kidnapped Two Wives And Five Children Of Taraba Monarch Found Dead

Taraba State – The decomposed bodies of two abducted wives and five children of the traditional ruler of Mutumbiyu Chiefdom in Taraba State, Justice Sani Muhammed, have been discovered.  Recall that the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers stormed the monarch’s residence in Jalingo on January 19, 2023 and whisked away several hostages including the monarch?s family Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Abdullahi Usman, who confirmed the development in a statement Saturday, January 4, said one of the children escaped and is currently receiving medical care in an undisclosed hospital.  According to the PPRO, the victims? bodies were found in Daka village, a neighbourhood of the Bali Local Government Area in the early hours of Saturday.  The monarch also confirmed the brutal killing of his wives and children to journalists, adding that they would be buried at Mutumbiyu. ?The bodies of the members of my family killed by the kidnappers were found and will be brought to Mutumbiyu for burial,? he said.  Two weeks ago, he stated that at his residence in Jalingo, eight of his family members were kidnapped …

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Taraba APC Passes Vote Of No Confidence On State Chairman

By Our Reporter The Executive of the Taraba state chapter of the All Progressive Congress Apc on Saturday sacked the state Chairman of the party, Hon Ibrahim El-Sudi. The Apc party’s zonal Chairman South, Hon Dauda Ayuba Dakinjo while briefing journalists in Jalingo said the state party Chairman, Hon Ibrahim El-Sudi l-Sudi continued to fan the embers of discord and rancor to the detriment of the progress of the party in the state. He maintained that El-Sudi since he came the Chairman of the party makes all the decisions by himself. He stressed that his arrogant decisions are always made together with some of his stooges through whom he implements them. He maintained that decision has resulted in disaffection and disharmony in the state chapter of the All Progressive Congress Apc in Taraba state . “His attitude has the ridiculed Apc, disaffection, and unnecessary litigations. Dont forget, few day days ago, the Supreme Court cancel gubernatorial primary election and some other primary elections held by the party in the state. In large part, the issues lead to litigations which resulted …

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Three Major Shifts in the Presidential Campaign (OPINION)

By Farooq A. Kperogi Three unanticipated, barely perceptible, but nonetheless significant and potentially seismic shifts are happening in the presidential race, which are confounding attempts to predict the outcome of the presidential election. The shifts are in the changing patterning of the fortunes and political coalitions of the presidential front-runners. APC’s Bola Ahmed Tinubu is suffering a deep, organic, almost irrecoverable depletion of his political goodwill in the Muslim North among everyday voters as a direct consequence of his failed, politically ill-advised attempts to recite the fatiha on three different occasions. The North’s Tinubu-supporting APC governors will have a hard time reversing this. In the aftermath of Tinubu’s fatiha misadventures, videos of which have gone viral and have become grist for the mill of preachers, there is a growing consensus among ordinary voters in the region that Tinubu isn’t the Muslim he said he is, that he is either a munafiq or a Christian. In Islam, a munafiq (i.e., a religious hypocrite who pretends to be a Muslim) is worse than an unbeliever. Whether or not this conclusion is warranted …

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Buhari in Lafia, Asks Nigerians To Vote Tinubu, Sule (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday urged Nigerians to vote for the Presidential candidate of his party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and re-elect Governor Abdullahi Sule for the second term. Earlier, it was reported that the president was going to Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital to commission some projects completed by the government of Governor Abdullahi Sule. The President announced the endorsement via his Facebook page late Saturday. Buhari noted that he has known Asiwaju for more than 20 years as a committed Nigerian, adding that Tinubu will give his best to Nigeria! The statement reads in full: Today in Lafia, Nasarawa State, I delivered my message: VOTE Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria, and VOTE Governor Abdullahi Sule for a second term! I have known Asiwaju for more than 20 years; he is a committed Nigerian; he will give his best to Nigeria!

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