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‘God saved my life from Orkar’s bullet ‘


Former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida clocks 74 years this week. He spoke with reporters in his Hilltop residence, Minna, Niger State, on a wide range of issues. JIDE ORINTUNSIN was there. Congratulations on your 74th birthday. Some Nigerians say you are not from Niger State but from Ogbomoso. They ...

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Why Murtala removed me as governor, by Aduwo


Former military governor of the defunct Western State Vice Admiral Akintunde Aduwo has reflected on his military career, saying that he was removed from office by former Head of State Gen. Murtala Muhammed because he refused to announce the take-over of the University of Ife by the Federal Government. He ...

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Buhari orders probe of $252m NITEL sale


The sale of the national telecommunications carrier – Nigeria Telecommunications Company (NITEL) – last December by the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan administration for $252m is to be probed. The company was bought by NATCOM consortium. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered the investigation during a briefing by Permanent Secretary Dr. Tunji Olaopa ...

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Police used charm to arrest me ─ Suspect


A robbery suspect, Ahmed Rewanu, aka Alagbara, has said the police arrested him with charm because he was caught unawares which made it difficult for him to escape. The 27-year-old was among four suspects arrested by the Rader Squad of the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba. PUNCH Metro gathered ...

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ICPC probe: ‘Super rich’ civil servants rush to sell houses


THESE are not comfortable times for some ‘super rich’ civil servants as they are said to be rushing to sell their choice houses and state-of-the-art automobiles in order to avoid losing the properties to the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft crusade. Already, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission ...

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Nigeria to recruit extra 10,000 police officers


Nigeria is to recruit an extra 10,000 police officers to boost security and help tackle youth employment, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced. More CCTV cameras would also be installed in cities and major towns to curb crime, he added. Inadequate security has been blamed for the authorities’ failure to defeat ...

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South African prosecutors file Pistorius appeal


South African state prosecutors filed an appeal on Monday against the verdict of culpable homicide passed on Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend, arguing the athlete should have been convicted of murder. The Paralympic gold medalist admitted to killing 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 by firing four shots into ...

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Court officials storm finance ministry to enforce judgment


Activities at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Finance were almost paralysed on Monday as officials from the National Industrial Court, Abuja Division, stormed the building to enforce a court judgement. The officials, led by the Bailiff, NIC, Abuja division, Mr. Donatus Okwor, entered the building to enforce the ...

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‘FESTAC sewage systems gush out dangerous wastes’


A resident of FESTAC Town, Mr. Oghene Emma-Egoh, has lamented the poor state of the area, calling it “a disaster waiting to happen.” Emma-Egoh, a member of the House of Representatives, on Sunday urged the Federal Government to move in and save “FESTAC and its satellite towns” in Lagos State. ...

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BREAKING: Emir Of Misau In Bauchi Dies At 81


The Emir of Misau in Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Alhaji Muhammadu Manga III, died on Monday morning. The monarch died at the age of 81 after a protracted illness in his hometown in Misau. Manga III, an Officer of the Federal Republic, was buried on Monday in ...

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US sending arms to Nigeria – Report


INDICATIONS have emerged that the United States’ government is sending arms to the Nigerian military in its efforts to crush Boko Haram. Facts that the US is sending arms to Nigeria came on the heels of the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle’s revelation in an interview with one of ...

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UK: Why we didn’t return Umaru Dikko’s loot


The British government has denied allegations that it aids corruption in Nigeria, saying it is committed to repatriating Nigeria’s looted funds kept in the country. The denial was made following an allegation by a United Kingdom-based organisation, Security in Africa. According to a director of the organisation, Ben Oguntala, the ...

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OKOGIE: Pastors, Yoruba kings lied to Jonathan


Former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, talks about former President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential ambition, President Muhammadu Buhari’s corruption probes and religious leadership, in this interview with LEKE BAIYEWU What do you want Nigerians to learn from the 2015 elections? I think the first lesson Nigerians ...

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The Elegbeda Of Egbeda Dies At 86


THE Elegbeda of Egbeda Kingdom of Lagos State, Oba, Dr. Samson Alade Balogun (JP), has passed on. The Kafowoshebi Ilemobade Omoya II died in the early hour Friday, August 14. According to the Adele Oba and Baale of Odemuyiwa town, High Chief Olufemi Aina Balogun, who confirmed the news told ...

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Govt Installs Ikorodu Mornach, Despites Court Restraint Order


DESPITE the court injunction that restrained the Lagos State Government from installing the new Oba of Ikorodu, who was also bared by the same court from performing any function in the capacity of a traditional ruler, by an Ikeja high court, the government went ahead yesterday with the installation ceremony, ...

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