10th Senate Presidency: Riding On Tinubu’s Endorsement, My Emergence Is A Done Deal – Akpabio says

By Chris Udochukwu Following his selection as the choice of President Elect, Asiwaju Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to chair the 10th Senate, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has expressed his confidence that the Senators elect are left with no other alternative rather than to comply with the directive of the party Leadership and Tinubu. Akpabio asserted his conviction that ratification of his selection and others by the Party on Monday was binding on all Senators-elect across Political divides as a result of the supremacy creed of the ruling APC. For fear of incurring the Party’s punitive measures expected to be leveled on erring members, the South – South Senator elect boasted that APC Lawmakers elect would have no choice than to comply by voting for himself ; Kano North Senator, Barau Jibrin; Tajudeen Abass and Benjamin Kalu for the offices of President and Deputy , Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively as directed by the Party. As for the opposition Lawmakers elect including those of his party, the former Senate Minority Leader was upbeat about …

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Bandits Abduct And Kill Former Kaduna Councillor

Hon. Yohanna Daniel A former councillor of Chikun ward in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Hon. Yohanna Daniel, has been killed by bandits. Details of the incident are still sketchy at the time of filing this report but it was gathered that the deceased was kidnapped and thereafter, murdered by his abductors. Meanwhile, friends and acquaintances have taken to Facebook to mourn him. “Oh Death!! It’s still shocking that the conversation we had as at 6am yesterday was the last” ”This is a great loss to the people of Chikun, Nigerian Farmers association and the relations, but we cannot question God, Rather, we pray that the lord will protect, provide for, and console the family you left behind IJN. Rest in peace Hon. Yohanna Daniel till we meet again to depart no more.” one Hon. Deborah Galadima wrote.

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BREAKING: Fire Guts Nigerian Air Force Base In Abuja

Serious panic was on Wednesday morning recorded in Abuja. This was after fire gutted some buildings within the Nigerian Air Force Base along Airport Road in the Federal Capital Territory. The cause of the fire outbreak that gutted the military base beside the Nigerian Correctional Service National Headquarters is unknown as of press time. However, our correspondent can confirm the timely intervention of operatives of the Federal Fire Service attempting to put out the fire. Responding to an inquiry about the incident during a telephone interview with our correspondent, Amiola Adebayo, the Head of Operations FFF, FCT, said firefighters are working hard to completely put out the fire. Adebayo said, “The fire gutted part of the NAF Base, and our men are here putting out the fire, and we’re working hard to completely quench the fire. “However, I can’t confirm the cause of the fire outbreak yet, but we’ll put out a statement once our findings are concluded.”

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Honesty Is The Only Thing I Want From My Partner – BBNaija Star, Neo Akpofure

A former Big Brother Naija housemate, Neo Akpofure, has talked about what he wants in a partner. He said the only trait his partner must possess is honesty. He said he wouldn’t break up over an argument or leave a relationship because of grudges his partner carried over from previous relationships, provided his partner is honest. He stated this in a video message he shared on his Tiktok page recently. The reality star said, “If we date, it’s actually loyalty over love. “I’m not leaving over an argument. I’m not leaving because you still have unhealed wounds. I’m not leaving because you messed up. I’m not leaving because sometimes you said the wrong things. I’m not leaving because no one showed you how to properly communicate. “We learn together. Just always be honest with me. That’s all I ask.”

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Nigeria Invests Heavily In Youths – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has stated that Nigeria has been investing heavily in the development of youths. Buhari said youths have proven they can drive the change process and contribute positively to the socio-economic growth of their communities. The President made the remarks while declaring open the Commonwealth Youth and Students Summit in Abuja. Buhari said his administration had performed well in youth development, ensuring strong platforms through which youths can hone their leadership skills. Represented by Chief of Staff Ibrahim Gambari, he pledged Nigeria would continuously create an enabling environment for young people to reach their potential. Buhari expressed optimism that the summit will reach actionable policy decisions that will further enhance the development and productivity of the youth. The President observed the young are leading the way in ICT, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, E-Commerce and the likes. “Nigeria has invested heavily in youth development, created platforms such as the Youth Parliament, National Youth Council of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Students, Nigeria Youth Congress, amongst others.”The government remains committed to the actualization of Commonwealth values and …

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NYSC Has Not United Nigeria – Shehu Sani Tackles Scheme’s DG

Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central lawmaker, has submitted that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has united Nigeria. He made the observation in a Twitter post while reacting to a statement earlier credited to the NYSC Director General (DG), Brigadier General Yushau Dogara Ahmed, that the scheme has fostered national unity. Taking to his Twitter page on Tuesday morning, the former lawmaker said: “The NYSC has not succeeded in uniting our country, but it has made significant & outstanding contributions in that direction. “It has lifelong established relationships, partnerships & marriages across the walls of our ethnic & religious identities. “It’s a cement across our diversities and divisions. Not for the service, many wouldn’t have known any other part of the country other than their own. Thank you to General Yakubu Gowon, and Happy 50th Birthday to NYSC.” Reacting to the calls for the scrapping of NYSC, the Director of South West Area Office of the NYSC, Amusan Oluwole Julius, said such a call was unnecessary. Julius said this while delivering a speech at a Unity Walk organized to mark the …

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Passport Booklets Scarcity Caused By CBN’s Forex Policy – NIS

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has disclosed that the scarcity of international passport booklets in the country is as a result of the exchange regulation policy and lack of access to foreign currency. Idris Jere, comptroller-general of the NIS who spoke at a public hearing organized by an ad-hoc committee of the house of representatives, revealed that the booklets are imported. He said; “The shortage is caused by the foreign exchange regulation policy of the government and CBN’s refusal to grant access to forex for importation of the booklets. “We generate forex from the sale of passports but we do not have access to buy the same booklet and that is a challenge for NIS. “The factors responsible for the scarcity of passports include the inability to set up passport producing factory in Nigeria as its production is done abroad. “The major seven components used for producing passports are sold in the international market and the assemblage and production are done in Malaysia.”

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Gov Umahi Swears In Four New Commissioners 20 days To End Of His Tenure

Gov Dave Umahi Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has appointed four new commissioners to his cabinet barely twenty days before May 29 handover, The new commissioners were sworn in on Tuesday at the executive council chambers, government house, Abakaliki. They are Enekwachi Akpa, former senior special assistant (SSA) to the governor on local government, chieftaincy matters and rural development; Obianuju Aloh, former SSA to the governor on aviation and technology; Emeka Nwode, former SSA to the governor on legal matters; and Uchenna Nwankpuma, former special assistant to the governor on projects. The governor advised the commissioners to use the opportunity available to leave a legacy in their services to the state and humanity. Umahi also received the 400 newly recruited staff of the Muhammadu Buhari International Airport, Onueke, Ebonyi state. He appealed to them to exhibit the highest level of commitment and patriotism in the discharge of their duties, saying the airport is one of the prime projects of the state.

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Tinubu Departs Nigeria For Europe, Gives Reasons For Trip

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President-elect, has left Nigeria for Europe. According to Tinubu, he’s going to Europe on a working visit. Tinubu departed Nigeria for Europe on Wednesday. While in Europe, Tinubu will finetune the transition plans, programmes, and policy options with some of his key aides without distractions. During the visit, the President-elect will engage with investors and other key allies with the goal of marketing investment opportunities in the country and his administration’s readiness to enable a business-friendly climate through policies and regulations. A statement by his Media Aide, Tunde Rahman said: “Already, meetings with multi-sectoral actors in Europe’s business community including manufacturing, agriculture, tech and energy have been lined up. “Asíwájú Tinubu hopes to convince them of Nigeria’s readiness to do business under his leadership through mutually-beneficial partnerships premised on jobs creation and skills acquisition. “Reviving the country’s economy forms a major plank of Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda and the meeting is part of his efforts to re-establish Nigeria’s importance in the global economic chain and create empowering opportunities for the country’s huge youth population. “The President-elect has …

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Don’t Be Too Hard On The Ekweremadus, SAN Pleads With Nigerians

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Wahab Shittu, has reached out to Nigerians. He urged Nigerians not to be too hard on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and wife, Beatrice. Shittu also urged Nigerians to resist the temptation of being absolutely judgemental, knowing every human is fallible. He made the  appeal in a statement issued on Sunday titled, “The travails of the Ekweremadus – who will cast the first stone?” A United Kingdom (UK) court had sentenced Senator Ike Ekweremadu to 10 years in prison while his wife was sentenced to six years in prison for same offence. The statement stated: “I have followed very closely proceedings in the Ekweremadus’ case leading to the conviction and sentencing of the couple yesterday in seemingly dramatic and harrowing circumstances. “As officers in the temple of justice and others obsessed with the theory of justice, it is easy to conclude that justice has been served, but will that conclusion tell the entire story, particularly in the context of responsibility of parenting? “I have read comments for and against the actions of the Ekweremadus – most …

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House receives 1,014 contract documents from NCC over USPF

Abuja, – The House of Representatives has received relevant documents from the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) concerning 1, 014 contracts it carried out under the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF). The Ad hoc Committee probing the inability of NCC to provide widespread available telecommunication network received the document in Abuja on Wednesday. Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC  submitted the documents to the committee, which is also investigating accruals and utilisation of funds in the USFP. It would be recalled that the committee, headed by Rep. Bamidele Salam, had on May 9,  demanded details of the projects including specific addresses and project description. The committee also demanded the specifications for each of the contracts that were awarded and listed in the 91-page document submitted by NCC. The committee had pointed out that there was no specific description of what was done in the contracts and they were counched in a manner that they would be hard to track. It also noted that 80 per cent of the projects had no specific location. The NCC was expected to …

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Public Servant Docked For Allegedly Stealing 203 Plastic Chairs

Abuja, – A 47-year-old public servant, Edward Nkanta, was on Wednesday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing 203 lastic chairs from a church worth N3.2 million. The police charged Nkanta with criminal conspiracy and theft by servant. The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Stanley Nwafoaku, told the court that on April 24, at about 2:30 p.m., Mr Lawson Wisdom of Apo Legislative Quaters Abuja, reported the matter at Life Camp police station. Nwafoaku alleged that the defendant connived with Inegbodion Osemudiamen, now at large, and stole 203 chairs from the complainant’s church situated in Kado, Life Camp, Abuja. He told the court that in 2022, thieves broke into the church and stole two generator, two plasma TV, two trumpets, one violin, one laptop, and piano all valued at N60 million. The prosecution counsel said that, after the first attack on the church, the complainant hired a security expert to secure the church. Nwafoaku said during police investigation, the defendant confessed to the crime, saying he only stole …

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Mobile internet, social media blocked as violence rages in Pakistan

Islamabad,  – In the aftermath for former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s arrest, the Interior Ministry instructed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block mbile broadband services across the country.Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were blocked at the Interior Ministry’s request, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said. It is not clear how long access will be restricted, he said. The blockade began on Tuesday after videos of violence and attacks on military facilities began circulating on social media. The authorities also closed educational institutions in major cities including the capital. Khan was arrested the previous day on corruption charges, sparking violent protests across the country that already faces extensive political and economic problems. Pakistan has been grappling with political instability since Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote. (dpa/NAN

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BREAKING: APP Withdraws Petition Against Tinubu

Bola Tinubu In a new twist of events, the Action People’s Party , APP, has withdrawn its petition challenging the victory of President-elect, Bola Tinubu in the Feb 25th polls. Counsel for the party, Obed Agu, made this known during Wednesday’s proceedings. In the brief ruling, Justice Tsammani, who is the presiding judge of the Presidential Election Petition Court, dismissed the suit. Details Later…

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US Department of Treasury sanctions El Chapo’s son over fentanyl trafficking to America

The U.S. Department of Treasury has sanctioned El Chapo’s son in connection with his siblings’ Los Chapitos network and the organization’s trafficking of illicit fentanyl and other deadly drugs’ into the United States. Joaquín Guzmán López allegedly works hand-in-hand with his three brothers, Iván Guzmán Salazar, Jesús Guzmán Salazar, and Ovidio Guzmán López and is tasked with keeping a close eye on many of the Los Chapitos dealings, the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said in a statement Tuesday. A powerful faction of their father’s Sinaloa Cartel is said to have risen to power after the notorious kingpin was arrested in Mexico in 2016 and then extradited to the United States in 2017. A federal New York court found him guilty in February 2019 and sentenced him to life in prison in July 2019. The Department of Treasury indicated that Joaquín Guzmán López manages the Los Chapitos network’s ‘super labs,’ which are supplied by the Ludim Zamudio Lerna and Luis Zamudio Lerman, siblings who are both based out of Sinaloa. The sanctions require all property …

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Former U.S President Donald Trump found guilty of sexually abusing writer

On Tuesday, May 9, a New York jury held former US President Donald Trump guilty of sexually assaulting and defaming American former magazine writer E Jean Carroll in the 1990s. Carroll accused the former US president of sexually assaulting her in a department shop in New York City in the middle of the 1990s, and he later discredited her by calling the memoir she wrote in 2019 about the incident a “con job.” However, the nine-member panel that gave Ms. Carroll a $5 million award in compensation and punitive damages ruled that the former president did not rape her. The jury determined that Carroll proved her sexual abuse case by a preponderance of the evidence and awarded her $2 million. The six men and three women on the jury also said Trump should pay Carroll nearly $3 million for defamation. The judgment is a huge blow to the 76-year-old’s campaign to retake the White House in 2024. The writer held hands with her lawyers as the verdict was read on Tuesday. She left the courthouse smiling and wearing sunglasses, before entering a …

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