Nigeria not building rail line to Niger Republic ― Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari By Johnbosco Agbakwuru THE Presidency has denied that the Federal Government is constructing rail line to link Kano, Dutse, Katsina and Maradi in Niger Republic. Recall that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by …

Buhari at UN forum: Current international mechanism for asset recovery, not strong enough

Represented by VP Osinbajo, President advocates international cooperation to curtail illicit financial flows There is a compelling need to strengthen international cooperation in the global effort to curtail the menace of Illicit financial flows as current international mechanisms are not strong enough to address the menace, according to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. This was stated …

Construction of rail from Nigeria to Niger Republic, an insult— Labour

Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation. By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA—The Trade Union Congress, TUC, Thursday, took a swipe at the Federal Government over the recent approval of $1.96 billion for the construction of a rail line from Kano-Katsina-Jibia to Maradi in Niger Republic. TUC, in a statement by its President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, and the Secretary-General, Comrade …

Fuel Subsidy protest rocks Abuja, demand pump price reduction

Protesters under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society groups, in conjunction with the Nigerian Lives Matter movement have held what they described as a massive fuel subsidy protest to condemn the increase of pump price to 162 Naira. The group, numbering over a hundred, stormed Abuja on Thursday to drive home their demands which …

Security agencies alone can’t fight Insecurity — Gbajabiamila

Speaker of House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila By Tordue Salem To address the country’s worsening insecurity, the National Assembly and the Judiciary, must be involved, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiala advised on Thursday. The Speaker in a press statement signed by his Special Advisor bon Media and Publicity, Mr. Lanre Lasiso, said: …

No going back: Labour insists on reversal of fuel, electricity tariff hike

As Ngige, TUC President clash Time for deregulation now, SGF Says new policy not to inflict pains on masses By Johnbosco Agbakwuru THE organised labour Thursday insisted that the Federal Government should revert back to the old prices of petrol and electricity tariff, if not the strike will stand. This is as the Minister of …

Police seize 345,000 used condoms in Vietnamese warehouse

Police in Vietnam have confiscated an estimated 345,000 used condoms which had been cleaned and resold as new, state media reported. Footage by state-owned Vietnam Television (VTV) this week showed dozens of large bags containing the used contraceptives scattered across the floor of a warehouse in the southern province of Binh Duong. Police said the …

EFCC recovers N4.16b debt owed FG by lottery companies

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission By Soni Daniel The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered at least N4.16 billion out of the debt owed the federal government by lottery companies. The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Mohammed Umar Abba, gave the figure on Thursday when a delegation from the Ministerial Task Force for recovery …

Kogi tanker fire: 80% of fuel tankers lack critical safety features — Oil marketers

Trucks without safety valve’ll no longer load fuel, FRSC insists By Michael Eboh Chairman of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, Mr Adetunji Oyebanji, Thursday, disclosed that 80 per cent of the about 10,000 trucks transporting petroleum products across the country lacked critical safety features that are needed for safe transportation of the products by …

Finance minister, others shun senate over 2020 budget performance

Zainab Ahmed By Henry Umoru MINISTER of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed Thursday shunned the Senate when summoned to brief lawmakers of 2020 Budget Performance. The Minister’s refusal to appear before the Senator Barau Jibrin, All Progressives Congress, APC, Kano North led Senate Committee on Appropriations was the second time in two weeks. …

I didn’t strip anybody, they were in sex escapade ― Gbagi

Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi By Emma Amaize FORMER Minister for State (Education), Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, has declared that he did not strip anybody naked as portrayed by political detractors in some trending videos and photographs, saying the people involved were having sex among themselves when a fight broke out among them Gbagi stated, Thursday, “My attention has …

Magu probe: Why I’ll not testify before Salami panel ― Malami

…insists witness summon against him unconstitutional By Ikechukwu Nnochiri The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Thursday, gave reasons why he would not appear as a witness in the ongoing probe of the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, by the Justice …

Tanker explosion: Kogi govt reacts, warns against reckless driving

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. Arogbonlo Israel The Kogi State Government on Wednesday has warned motorists, especially truck drivers against reckless driving in the State, saying it will stop at nothing to protect the lives of the citizens from “needless deaths resulting from reckless road use.” This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Information …

Drug abuse aids boko haram, banditry, thuggery ― Ganduje

Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje By Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano The Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje has declared drug abuse as the major crime aiding Boko Haram, banditry, thuggery, and street fights in the country while he called for all hands to be put on deck to curb the menace. The governor stated this while delivering an address …

The church believes in Nigeria’s anti-graft war – Bishop Kukah

By Soni Daniel Despite the challenges posed by corruption, the church in Nigeria believes strongly that a well-coordinated anti-graft war can stem the tide of graft in the country, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah said on Thursday. Kukah also said that the Catholic Church would continue to support the efforts of …