Finally, Court Reinstates Austin Agada As Benue APC Chairman

By Chris Udochukwu A Benue State High Court presided over by the Chief Judge, Justice Maurice Ikpambese, has reinstated Austin Agada as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State. Justice Ikpambese gave the order on Monday when ruling on a motion seeking to set aside the interim order restraining Agada from parading self as the chairman of the APC in the state. After listening to the arguments by Agade’s lawyer, J.J Usman (SAN), Justice Ikpambese vacated the order restraining Agada from parading self, function and acting as the party’s chair in the state. The Chief Judge ruled that under Order 39, Rule 3 of the Benue State High Court Procedure Rules, 2023, the lifespan of an interim order is seven days, and since the order was issued on February 2, 2024, it has elapsed by law. He further added that Justice Lillian Tsumba, who restrained Agada, did not have the jurisdiction to have given the Interim Order since the matter was not assigned to her by the Chief Judge nor the Superior Judge in Aliade (Justice …

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Wigwe: We’ll uphold his legacies- Access Bank workers

LAGOS- Staff members of Access Holdings on Monday promised to uphold the legacies of their late co-founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Access Holdings Group, Dr Herbert Wigwe, who died in a helicopter crash. Wigwe died with his wife, Chizoba, and son, Chizi, alongside Otunba Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group), in the U.S. on Feb. 9, 2024. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Access Bank Headquarters at the Victoria Island, the workers and customers were in sober and pensive mood. Though activities were going on smoothly at the headquarters, a water-tight security was equally put in place within and around the premises. NAN, however, flipped through the condolence register opened in honour of the departed with a number of comments. However, the bank’s security operatives prevented NAN correspondents from picking names of the commentors in the register. The security operatives said they were under strict instructions not to allow anyone flip through the register, insisting that sympathisers could only ‘comment and leave’. “We are not happy, this …

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Crisis hits Labour Party, Treasurer asks Chairman, Abure to account for N3.5bn

ABUJA- A fresh crisis has hit the Labour Party as its National Treasurer, Mrs. Oluchi Oparah, has demanded that the National Chairman, Julius Abure render an account of party funds over N3.5bn being proceeds of sale of forms and sundry fundraisers for the 2023 general elections. Oparah made the demand at a press conference in Abuja, on Monday. According to the treasurer, the National Chairman has prevented her from exercising her constitutionally assigned role of handling the party’s accounts. She equally alleged that the chairman has shunned all entireties to open the party’s books for scrutiny since the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms closed before the 2023 general elections. Oparah said, “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the press. I stand before you today with a heavy heart and a sense of duty to the principles of transparency, accountability, and justice. With great reluctance and deep concern, I am compelled to publicly address the media regarding the egregious financial mismanagement and corruption that have plagued our beloved party under the leadership of Mr Julius Abure, the current …

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How I helped Wigwe to prepare for traditional wedding – Peter Obi recounts

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, has opened up about his relationship with the late Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Roosevelt Herbert Wigwe. Obi expressed deep sadness over the tragic passing of Wigwe, whom he described as a dear friend, recalling how he once helped the Access Bank boss prepare for his traditional wedding. Precise Post reports that Wigwe, the Co-founder of Access Bank and the founder of Wigwe University, alongside his wife, Chizoba, son and lawyer, Abimbola Ogunbanjo died in a ghastly helicopter crash on Friday. The chopper was headed to Las Vegas when it crashed near a border city between Nevada and California on Friday night. The US government confirmed all on board dead as no survivor has been located as of Saturday morning. “This loss is profoundly felt across the nation. I first met Herbert during his early days, on the brink of starting his marital journey. I vividly remember assisting him in preparing for his traditional wedding and being there for the ceremony with his wife, Chizoba, from …

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Benue crisis: Otukpo, Apa and Agatu under siege as herdsmen kill over 500

Benue State, the nation’s food basket, is trapped in an endless crisis. Residents of over 200 villages now find themselves targeted daily by heavily armed herdsmen, reportedly cloaked in military camouflage. It was gathered that over the past three months, the toll has been staggering, with over 500 lives allegedly lost within three local government areas in Benue South Senatorial District, known as Idoma land. Villages in Otukpo, Apa and Agatu LGAs are bearing the brunt, with reports of marauders butchering several locals, leaving many homes completely burned down and numerous residents still missing. The perpetrators, however, remain elusive, with no one claiming responsibility for the heinous attacks, though locals point fingers at ‘Fulani herdsmen.’ Bloodbath returns to Agatu Agatu, which enjoyed relative peace in recent years, has once again been visited with bloodbath, extending to neighbouring communities and local government areas like Apa and Otukpo. The latest wave of violence that ravaged Agatu, left communities like Ogwumogbo, Ikpele, Ejima, Okokolo, Olegomakwu, Olegonyilo, Nahem, Ocholonya, Abugbe, Ugboju, Odugbeho and Olegobidu decimated, with numerous lives lost. What started as a mere …

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How Israeli airstrikes killed 67, injured dozens Palestinians in Gaza

Israel freed two Israeli-Argentinian hostages in Rafah on Monday under the cover of airstrikes which local health officials said killed 67 Palestinians and wounded dozens in the southern Gaza city, the last refuge of about a million displaced civilians. A joint operation by the Israeli military, the domestic Shin Bet security service, and the Special Police Unit in Rafah freed Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Hare, 70, the military said. They were among 250 people seized during the October 7 raid by Hamas militants that triggered Israel’s war on Gaza. More than four months on, much of the densely-populated strip of land on the Mediterranean is in ruins, with 28,340 Palestinians dead and 67,984 wounded, according to Gaza health officials, who say many others are buried under rubble. The Israeli military said 31 hostages have since died, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday’s rescue showed that military pressure should continue, brushing aside international alarm at its plans for a ground assault on Rafah. “Fernando and Louis, welcome home,” he said, saluting the Israeli forces who rescued them. “Only …

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I want to quit music – Rapper Eva Alordiah

Rapper Eva Alordiah has voiced her disappointment with the progress of her industry comeback. Taking to X, Eva recounted how people had urged her to return to the music scene, promising to support and enjoy her new releases. However, despite this encouragement, 48 hours after the release of her new song “I Look Good,” the streaming numbers remained low. Expressing frustration, the hip-hop artist urged her followers to assess their commitment after criticizing them for not keeping their promises. Eva mentioned contemplating returning to her previous 9–5 job, noting that only 30 people had clicked on the song link she shared on social media. She emphasized that if people are unwilling to listen to her music, they should inform her so she can consider pursuing other career paths. Eva wrote, “I don’t understand these fans that I have, oh! Ahhh! It’s like you people need to decide if you’re down for this or not. “Boya I should cancel fans and focus on AC. Because I’m not getting why 500+ people claim they want my new music yet only 30 people clicked the …

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AFCON: Ahmed Musa opens up on Nigeria’s final defeat to Ivory Coast

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has broken his silence on Nigeria’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final defeat to Ivory Coast on Sunday. Recall that Musa watched from the bench as Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2-1 in the AFCON final. Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller scored the goals for Ivory Coast, while William Toost-Ekong scored for Nigeria. However, reflecting on the outcome of the game, Musa urged Nigerians to carry the same spirit of unity they showed the Super Eagles during the tournament beyond the football pitch. The former Leicester City star wrote on X on Monday, “Reflecting on our journey in the AFCON tournament, I’m filled with immense pride for the Nigerian Super Eagles. Though we may have fallen short of the championship, our unity on the field transcended religious and tribal differences, reminding us of the power of football to bring us together. Despite the twists and turns of the game, our team stood strong, displaying resilience and determination that resonated with fans across the nation. “To all our incredible supporters, your unwavering dedication and chants lifted us …

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Blame Hardship On Buhari’s Reckless Policies Not Tinubu – Oshiomhole Blows Hot

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA- Senator Adams Oshimhole, the senator representing Edo North and former governor, says Nigerians should not blame President Bola Tinubu for the untold hardships plaguing the country. Oshiomhole blamed the hardships on former President Muhammadu Buhari, who orchestrated “reckless” policies “designed to dehumanise” Nigerians. The former Edo State Governor, who claimed his loyalty to Nigeria takes priority over party support, made this statement during an interview Sunday night on Channels TV regarding how the ruling All Progressives Congress has handled the economy.  “At a point, even before the last president (Mr Buhari) left office, I lamented aloud and denounced aloud what I saw as reckless policies that were designed to dehumanise the population that was already in pain,” Mr Oshimhole said. The APC chieftain added, “I said I dissociated myself from those policies. I’m happy I wasn’t the only one. There were some governors who felt so strong and went to challenge the policies.” Mr Oshimhole pointed out that “it is the long-term consequences of some of those policies we are grappling with now,” suggesting the incumbent …

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Nigeria’s problems beyond human capacity; Nigerians are spiritual lepers: Onaiyekan

ABUJA- Archbishop emeritus, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has called on Nigerians of all faiths to pray for God’s direction upon the nation’s leaders as they strive to solve the country’s problems. Mr Onaiyekan made the plea in an interview on Sunday in Abuja. “We know we have problems, and there are certain problems we cannot just solve like that. We simply say we should solve the problems. The more we say so, the more things are going bad. “So, we must first of all admit that the problem we have is beyond our human capacity, and we must call on God. “Nigeria is a country which tells the whole world that we believe in God. There are some countries that tell the whole world that they don’t believe in God,” stated Mr Onaiyekan. The Catholic chieftain added, “We believe in God; All of us who say we believe in God must show it by carrying our nation before God in honesty of mind and in humility. With sincerity of heart, we should tell God we need His help.” Mr Onaiyekan also …

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Rising Costs Of Food: Barau Hails Tinubu For Releasing Grains

….As FG moves to share rice to 200,000 households ….Urges govs, LG chairmen to follow suit By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau I. Jibrin, has hailed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for ordering the release of 102,000 tonnes of rice, maize, millet and others to address the high cost of food in the country. The Federal Government had through the Special Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention, headed by the Chief of Staff, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, ordered the release of 102,000 tonnes of grains to Nigerians. Hailing President Tinubu for the directive, the Deputy President of the Senate, said the move would go a long way in cushioning the effects of the rising cost of commodities in the country. Senator Barau, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Ismail Mudashir made available to Precise Post, urged states and local governments to emulate the federal government by releasing grains to the needy in the country. On his own, Senator Barau said in the coming days he would distribute rice to 200,000 households …

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Cost of living: Pray, repent, Sultan urges Nigerians

SOKOTO- The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, has said that the best way to get out of the woods from the biting hardship facing many Nigerians is to return to God in prayers. He said the hardship was a result of people’s deviation from the path of God. “If anyone departs from the worship of God, definitely God will not look on his side, this is evident in many places in the Holy Qur’an. We will continue to give genuine advice to the government,” he said. The sultan noted this at the grand opening of a Jum’ah Mosque in Guzape, Abuja, built by the Jama’atu Izalatil Bidi’a Wa’kamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS). Represented by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, the sultan said, “Everyone knows the situation in Nigeria right now but the solution is to go back to seek divine intervention and prayers. However, we should not supplicate for eye service but for genuine supplication, because the Lord has said that after hardship, there is relief.” The Chairman of the Council of …

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It’s injustice to blame Tinubu’s administration for economic hardship- Sanusi

ABUJA- Mohammed Sanusi, the former Emir of Kano and ex-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, believes that blaming President Bola Tinubu’s administration for the current economic challenges and hardship is unfair. According to Sanusi, the country is facing an economic downturn because of poorly handled economic policies in the past eight years. He stated this while speaking virtually on Sunday at a religious event in Abuja. He said he would not join those who are bent on criticising Tinubu over the current economic challenges in the country. Sanusi said, “I have been, over the years, talking about the pending crisis ahead of the current economic hardship. Any economist who has studied monetary policy in the last eight years knows that Nigerians will fall into this difficult situation. “The difficult situation Nigerians are facing is just the beginning (if the right decision is not put in place) because Nigeria is not exceptional; such situations happened in Germany, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Venezuela. “The previous administration turned adamant about our appeal for corrective measures (on the economic policy). I have said in …

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AFCON: Your Performance In Côte d’Ivoire Outstanding, Kalu Hails Super Eagles

By Chris Udochukwu Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has applauded the performance of the Super Eagles at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations organized by the Conferderation of African Football (CAF) in Côte D’Ivoire, describing it as outstanding. He said that the Super Eagles displayed phenomenal skills, resilience and played the most scintillating, compact football throughout the tournament. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Levinus Nwabughiogu, Kalu said that the rising of the team to the finals where it squared up with the host nation testified to their determination to lift the trophy. Though, Super Eagles eventually, narrowly lost to the Elephants of Côte D’Ivoire by a 2-1 score margin Sunday night, Kalu said that the development should not dampen the spirit of the team which he said displayed patriotism and untiring love for the country. The Deputy Speaker charged the players to remain united and approach future competitions with the same vigour, zeal and zest they demonstrated in Côte D’Ivoire, emphasizing that indeed, the team made Nigerians proud.

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Tinubu, Governors Doing Their Best But Nigeria Has Spiritual Issues – Adeboye

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye says Nigeria is facing more than mere political problems that require spiritual solutions. The RCCG spiritual leader, who was hosted at Kaduna State House by Governor Uba Sani on Sunday, said, “It has become more and more clearer (sic) to us that the problem our nation is facing is more than political. Our problems will require a bit of spiritual solution.” Mr Adeboye stressed, “We as a country are blessed; we are blessed with people with great intelligence, we are blessed with all manners of resources and yet we have so many problems,” Mr Adeboye said. “And it is not as if people in authority are not trying their best; they are doing as much as humanly possible.” The RCCG leader added, “Then we found out that when you have problems that are beyond human ability to solve, you call on the Almighty. The reason we call Him Almighty is because He has the power to solve all problems.” Mr Adeboye’s comments …

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Photo News: Osimhen Speaks With Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara At The End Of Africa Cup Of Nations 2024 Final

Nigeria’s forward #9 Victor Osimhen (L) speaks with President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara at the end of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 final football match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria at Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium in Ebimpe, Abidjan on February 11, 2024. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

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