â€¢Threaten court action against FG over INEC boss â€¢Warn against poll shift
THE House of Representatives, on Tuesday, vowed to initiate court action in Nigeria and at the International Criminal Court, over alleged plots to remove the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega and further shift of the March 28 and April 11 election dates.
The House resolution was sequel to a motion â€œon threat to further tamper with the status quo arrangements
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Tuesday, has declared that those alleged to be planning interim government in the build-up to the rescheduled March 28 and April 11 elections are playing with treasonable offence, saying that there is no where in the countryâ€™s constitution that gives room for any interim government.
The Speaker equally kicked against alleged plot to remove the national chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega,
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has assured that utmost care was being taken by the Federal Government to avoid collateral damage to the lives and properties of civilians, as the military intensifies its ongoing offensive against Boko Haram.
He made the remark at an audience with the new South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Noh Kyu-Duk, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, saying that everything possible was also being done by the military to avoid human rights violations in the theatre of
THE 28th posthumous birthday of the Premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, will hold on Friday at the family chapel, Ikenne residence of the Awolowos, by 9.00 a.m.
Chief Awolowo, who was born on March 6, 1909, transited to the great beyond on May 7, 1987.
Friends and political associates will join the family in celebrating the great icon of Nigeria in a communion and thanksgiving service.
Awolowo, still reverred and remembered for his remarkable integrity, ardent nationalism,
WIFE of the president, Mrs Patience Jonathan, has described the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a moving train ready and prepared to crush any opposition in the forthcoming general election.
Speaking in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, on Tuesday, during a presidential rally organised by women for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, the First Lady called on the people of the state to vote for all the PDP candidates in the coming polls.
She explained that if Jonathan returns for
A Nigerian consultant has commended Mo Ibrahim award committee for selecting the outgoing Namibian president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, for the worldâ€™s most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership.
Mr Akintunde Sawyerr made this observation in Lagos, on Monday, following the public declaration of the award by international media. Sawyerr described the award as a morale booster and a strong message for national leaders, adding that the $5 million (Â£3.2million) award, which
CHIEF Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, deputy governorship candidate of Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, has said the Yoruba people will be more comfortable if President Goodluck Jonathan emerges the winner of the forthcoming presidential election
Alli said giving President Jonathan another opportunity to serve is the best option for the nation, going by his antecedents during his first four years in office.
Speaking at the Omo Ajorosun Club, Ibadan, where he took delivery of a new 18-seater Toyota hummer
A Sovereign Debt Note of N100 billion had been issued by the Debt Management Office (DMO) to settle part of the amount owed oil marketers as fuel subsidies.
Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, confirmed the issuance of the note, through a statement by her Special Adviser on Communications, Mr Paul Nwabuikwu.
The minister said an agreement had been reached between the Federal Government and oil marketers union that N100 billion out of the N185 billion be paid.
The minister said as part of
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government to tell Nigerians how much the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki paid the Chatham House in London, to deliver his speech in which he proposed election postponement.
Reacting to PDP allegations that APC bribed Chatham House to allow its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari to speak, the APC campaign organisation said the Jonathan-led administration
Indications have emerged that the ongoing fuel scarcity in major parts of the country may linger for a long time, as the Federal Government and fuel marketers disagreed over the exact sum of money owed by the former.
While the fuel marketers alleged that the Federal Government was owing them N250 billion, the Federal Government said the money owed the marketers was just N185 billion.
The, Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, speaking Tuesday
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the real causes of the debilitating fuel scarcity across the country are the â€œlootingâ€ of the $12 billion domestic gas fund under President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s watch, as well as the administrationâ€™s failure to pay fuel subsidy and the cost of interests on bank loans to oil marketers.
The APC said the marketers were, as a result, finding it impossible to begin another round of importation of refined petroleum products.
In a statement issued on Tuesday,
...Normalcy returns this week â€”NNPC
THE Federal Government, on Tuesday, said the long queues being witnessed at filling stations across the country were as a result of speculation and panic buying by consumers and not that there was fuel scarcity.
It denied accusations by the political opposition that there was fuel scarcity, saying all the depots across the country were, in fact, wet with fuel.
Supervising Minister of Information, Chief Edem Duke, who led a team of reporters for an on-the-spot
THE Federal Government has lamented that over 20 per cent of eligible candidates who sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) annually are unable to get admitted into universities.
Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, who spoke on Tuesday, in Abuja, at a news conference to unveil activities marking 2015 Commonwealth Day Celebration, said this was because Nigerian universities had low absorption capacity.
AS Nigerians prepare for March 28 and April 11 elections, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday evening, urged the military and other security agencies in the country not to allow themselves to be used in intimidating voters, before, during and after elections.
He gave the charge during a courtesy call on him by the General Officer Commanding 2 Mechanised Division, Ibadan, Major-General Sanusi Muaâ€™zu, at the Government House, Osogbo.
Aregbesola, who observed that the traditional role of the military
FOUR persons lost their lives when caught in a crossfire between the police and suspected robbers at the Agip area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday evening.
While the identity of those killed in the incident could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ahmad Muhammad, confirmed the development.
According to him, the police, acting on a tip off that some robbers were operating at one hotel in the area, stormed
STAKEHOLDERS in the Labour movement have urged the Federal Government to leave the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, alone, to complete his tenure in office.
They stressed that the move to remove him would dent the image of President Goodluck Jonathan and might plunge the nation into crisis.
Speaking at a workshop organised by Centre for Labour Studies and Advocacy (CLASA), in conjunction with INEC on Tuesday, in Lagos, the former General Secretary,
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not happy with the progress made by the present administration on the economy; hence, its attack on President Goodluck Jonathan.
A statement issued in Abuja, on Tuesday, by the national publicity secretary of the party, Chief Olisah Metuh, described as sadistic and unfortunate, what it observed as the APCâ€™sâ€™ relentless attack on the presidentâ€™s strategic policies put in place to plug leakages in the nationâ€™s
The national executives of the Association of Water-well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP) has called on the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to enlighten their members on cases resulting from failed boreholes.
The group, in a release made available to the Nigerian Tribune by the national president, Mr Micheal Ale, said: â€œabout two years ago, precisely 2013, the uncontrolled, unabated invasion of many of the Asian drillers numbering up to 300 Indian rigs into the country under the
Activities at the Igbosere magistratesâ€™ court were, on Tuesday afternoon, paralysed when Court 13 in the court building went up in flames, after an air conditioner in the court room sparked fire, which extended to a cabinet in the court room.
The incident was said to have occurred 20 minutes after the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade and her entourage paid a courtesy visit to the court.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that the razed court room was on the last floor of the