Arms importation: Suspects opt for plea bargain

Akeem Nafiu Two out of the four suspects docked by the Federal Government before Justice Ayokunle Faji of a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly importing 661 pump-action rifles into the country without lawful authority have opted for plea bargain. The suspects; Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Salihu Danjuma and one Matthew Okoye (said to be at large) were, on June 14, arraigned before the court on an eight-count charge of conspiracy, importation of prohibited firearms, forgery, altering of documents and bribery. They, however, pleaded not guilty to…

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Nigeria’s excess crude earnings hit $22.1m in one day

…as oil hits $58pb, surges budget recovery hope   Adeola Yusuf Crude oil, Nigeria‘s biggest revenue earner yesterday hit $58 per barrel, the highest price in 2017, surging the country’s excess crude earnings by $22.1 million in one day. The new price of Brent crude, which is $13.5 excess on each barrel of over 1.8 million barrels produced in the country, also surged the recovery hope for the country’s budget. In the 2017 budget, the executive set the crude oil benchmark at 2.2 million barrels per day at a price…

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Obi to Obiano: You’re not competent to govern Anambra

Felix Nwaneri Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday challenged his successor, Chief Willie Obiano, to tell the people of Anambra State what he has done for them in almost four years rather than using the non-existent demand for N7 billion as an excuse to hide his gross incompetence. Obi said going by the performance of Obiano in the past three years, he is incompetent to govern Anambra State. Obi was reacting to a statement credited to Obiano in which the governor claimed that the reason for his…

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Judiciary: CJN declares zero tolerance for corruption

Tunde Oyesina ABUJA The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen yesterday declared a zero tolerance for corruption from any judiciary staff in the country. He further stressed the need for judicial officers to imbibe the culture of discipline if the ongoing reforms in the judiciary must achieve reasonable success. The CJN, however, charged judicial administrators to instill discipline among all court staff in order for the judiciary to function effectively. The CJN gave the charge in Abuja while declaring open the 2017 Refresher Course for Chief Registrars, Deputy…

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Strike: LUTH, psychiatric hospital discharge patients

FG, patients beg health workers to call off strike Appolonia Adeyemi, Kunle Olayeni, Regina Otokpa, Esther Olaifa and Onyinyechi Ugwoke As the strike declared by health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) bites harder, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, have hurriedly discharged patients admitted in the hospitals. This is because majority of the nurses that should care for them have joined the industrial action. The development has compelled the Federal Government to appeal to JOHESU to call off…

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APC to Sagay: Buhari dug you out of oblivion

Johnchuks Onuanyim ABUJA The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday took a swipe at the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), saying he had neither respect for President Muhammadu Buhari who appointed him nor the political party that produced the government he is serving. In a reprisal for the series of verbal attacks Sagay had launched on the party and some of its chieftains in the past, APC described the PACAC boss as someone “who feels accountable only to his own…

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Tinubu, Ambode, Adebule, others mourn Lagos’ Chief Imam

Muritala Ayinla   All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has mourned the death of Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Garuba Akinola Ibrahim (Gana V), saying he was deeply saddened by the cleric’s death. The former Lagos governor said Sheikh Ibrahim would be sorely missed as he always put his deep knowledge and understanding of Islam at the disposal of many in Lagos. Tinubu said: “I’m deeply saddened by the death of the Chief Imam of Lagos. But as Muslims, we must take every occurrence as…

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