Justice Nyako Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Till October

The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, resumed at the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday. When the matter was called up, the prosecution counsel, M. B. Abubakar, informed the court that the matter was slated for hearing and that they were ready to continue. Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, informed the court that there was a pending application before the court to transfer Kanu from the custody of the DSS to the correctional centre. Justice Binta Nyako stated that the trial…

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Nigeria: ‘Democracy’ Without Democrats

By Ikechukwu Amaechi As I watched the drama over the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the two chambers of the National Assembly last week, I remembered President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 1956 award-winning biographical book – Profiles in Courage. The book, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1957, was a celebration of senatorial courage – acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States senators, who defied the opinions of their party and constituents to do what they felt was right even when they suffered severe criticism and…

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Local Government Elections: APC Wins 20 Chairmanship Seats In Ogun State

At the end of the Local Government elections in Ogun State on Saturday across the state, the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC), won all the 20 chairmanship seats. The OGSIEC Chairman, Babatunde Osibodu, made the declaration, on Sunday, at the Commission’s office, Oke-Ilewo, while announcing the results of the election, held on Saturday. Osibodu added that the total number of votes cast in the chairmanship elections in the 20 local government areas in the state was 396, 641. The OGSIEC boss…

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NASS In Rowdy Session As South-South Reps Protest Over PIB Allocation To Host Communities

Nigeria’s Federal House of Representatives witnessed a rowdy session on Thursday as members, especially those from the South-South geopolitical zone, protested against the reduction in the amount allocated to host communities as contained in the Petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB). The Niger Delta lawmakers rose during plenary, and shouted at the top of their voices, saying, “Give us five per cent; give us five percent.” The members continued their protests until the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, led principal officers into the chamber at about 12noon. As the noise continued even as he,…

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COVID-19: Finally, UK Takes Off Travel Warning Against Nigeria

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr Boris Johnson The government of the United Kingdom has finally taken off the coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisory warning for Nigeria. The update, made on the country’s website on Thursday, comes along with the announcement by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, that fully vaccinated British residents will no longer need to self-isolate upon their return from another country. Mr Shapps said that citizens who had been fully vaccinated through the UK’s mass immunisation programme will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to…

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Senate Passes 2021 N895billion Supplementary Appropriation Bill

Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmed Lawan Information reaching us from the National Assembly has it that the 9th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Wednesday passed the supplementary appropriation bill sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari with N895 billion approved to fund security agencies and procurement of Covid-19 vaccines for the nation. The passage was sequel to the consideration and adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2021. Presenting the report at plenary, Senate Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Senator Jibrin…

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BREAKING NEWS: Haitian President Assassinated

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated after a group of unidentified people attacked his private residence, the country’s interim prime minister said in a statement on Wednesday July 7, 2021, according to the BBC. The report added that Moïse’s wife, First Lady Martine Moïse, is hospitalized, interim Premier Claude Joseph said. Joseph condemned what he called a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,” adding that Haiti’s National Police and other authorities had the situation in the Caribbean country under control. The killing late Tuesday comes amid deepening political and economic stability…

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Southern Governors Insist Next Nigeria’s President Must Come From South

Southern governors have unanimously agreed that Nigeria’s next president should come from the southern part of the country. The governors also set September 21, 2021, as the deadline for the promulgation of anti-open grazing law in the southern region. In a communique jointly issued by the governors after a closed-door meeting in Lagos State on Monday, the governors reaffirmed their commitment to the unity of Nigeria built on equity, fairness, justice, progress, and peaceful co-existence between and amongst its people. The governors also restated their commitment to the politics of…

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How Did Soludo Discover Dr Ibezim?

By Ody Chukwube Chukwuma Charles Soludo, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), candidate in the November 6, 2021 gubernatorial vote in Anambra State, has right from primary school been noted for uncanny brilliance, but hardly did any person expect him to choose Dr Onyeka Ibezim, a medical doctor with expertise in public health, as his running mate when he announced the selection on June 30. Dr Ibezim was not among those speculated both in the mainstream and social media. Still, when he was announced to be the deputy governorship candidate,…

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So, What If Kanu Is Arrested?

By Prof. Abdussamad Umar Jibia On Thursday June 24, 2021, I stumbled on a viral video from Zamfara state. In the four minutes clip, a notorious bandits’ kingpin could be seen boastfully confessing in front of senior security officials of the atrocities he committed against the Nigerian state and its people. The man, popularly known as Dan-Karami is said to be one of the senior gang members of the deceased Buharin daji, a bandits’ general who controlled the rural areas of Zamfara until his death in 2018 in the hand…

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