Double registration: Faleke, Melaye, PDP ask Bello to resign

Mixed reactions and public condemnation yesterday followed the indictment of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), over alleged double registration. INEC had on Thursday, sacked and retired some of it officials over their involvement in registering Bello twice, one in Abuja and the other one at his office in Lokoja. The electoral body told journalists that the governor could have been prosecuted if not for the immunity he is currently enjoying as governor. However, the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),…

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Buhari leading Nigerians to the Promised Land, says Kalu

Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzo Kalu, yesterday gave thumbs-up to the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, declaring that: “Buhari is leading Nigerians to the Promised Land.” The former governor and businessman gave the remarks at the Cathedral of St. Andrews Peter, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State, where he paid his last respect to an illustrious son of Ibadan, Chief James Oladosu Babatunde, who was buried by his sons among them: Jide and Niyi. Kalu, who did not hide his interest to contest senatorial seat…

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I want to remain in prison, freed juvenile begs judge

…my relatives will kill me if I go home   A mild drama played out at the Aguata Prisons in Anambra State when a prisoner, Tobias Mbaekwe, who was granted bail by the state Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi, declined to leave the prison environment despite family’s readiness to meet the bail conditions. Mbaekwe, an indigene of Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state, who was granted bail based on his health issues, was among three juveniles who were incarcerated at the medium security prisons, Aguata After he…

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Military sentences soldier to death for killing 5 civilians, jails 3 others

NAF jets kill scores of Boko Haram   The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday, said scores of suspected Boko Haram elements were killed during air strikes on targeted locations in Borno State. The Director of Information and Public Relations (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Olatokunbo Adesanya, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said the air offences, which also resulted in the destruction of structures occupied by the suspected terrorists, signalled the commencement of the reinvigorated Air Task Force component of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’. Adesanya said: “On 12 December,…

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NNPC, security agencies intercept 144 petroleum products trucks in Kano

DPR sanctions 10 filling stations in Zamfara   The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) monitoring team and security agencies set up to end petroleum products supply gaps have intercepted 144 trucks of petroleum products that were not streamed by some marketers in Kano State. In the same vein, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday said it had sanctioned 10 petrol filling stations in Zamfara State for selling fuel above official pump price. According to the statement issued by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu,…

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Buhari pushes for accountability in ECOWAS

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with the President of ECOWAS Commission and Chairperson of the African Union Commission, at the presidential villa, Abuja. The President during the meeting called on the need for accountability and good neighbourliness in both the sub-region, and on the African continent. A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari while receiving the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Marcel A. de Souza, said it was gladdening that the organisation was demanding accountability from its…

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Ex-Rivers Assembly lawmakers endorse Wike for second term

Former lawmakers of the Rivers State House of Assembly have declared their support for the re-election of Governor Nyesom Wike, stating that the move was motivated by the governor’s ongoing execution of projects. The former lawmakers, led by Senator Adawari People, during a solidarity visit to the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, said they passed a vote of confidence on the governor for his implementation of the New Rivers Development Blueprint. People said the performance of Wike had promoted the image of the state across the globe, leading to several…

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