About five weeks after the massive onslaught on insurgent activities in the north eastern part of the country, Chibok community leaders are worried that their abducted schoolgirls are yet to be rescued by the combined military operations.
The Director of Publicity, Chibok Community, Dr Akon Mamasseh, expressed this feeling while he and 16 other community leaders paid a courtesy visit on the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in her office on Wednesday.
The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has announced that it will send a petition against President Goodluck Jonathan to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.
The APCPCO, in a statement on Wednesday and signed by Mallam Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity, said the petition followed the massive terror unleashed on residents of Lagos by armed pro-Jonathan groups, under the dubious cover of a faction of the Oodua Peopleâ€™s Congress (OPC) on
ELDERSTATEMAN and spokesman of the Northern Eldersâ€™ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, on Wednesday morning, in Bauchi, narrowly escaped being killed, as soldiers opened fire on his official car in which he was travelling in as of the time of the attack.
The former vice chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, the Nigerian Tribune gathered was on his way to the Bauchi State University in Gadau, headquarters of Itas/Gadau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Only last month,
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, on Wednesday, warned those who want to cause confusion or use extra-judicial ways to scuttle the electoral process to stay clear or meet police stiff resistance.
Speaking while addressing Zonal AIGs and command Commissioners of Police in Abuja, on how to strategise for the elections, the IGP said anyone who made any attempt to disrupt the nation would be arrested and prosecuted; warning whoever wants to take the laws into his hands to
THE Federal Government, on Tuesday, announced the reduction of electricity tariff by 50 per cent.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) blamed the DISCOs for passing the bulk of lost energy on power consumers, forcing them to pay for what they did not use.
â€œIt is clear that removing the collection losses will lead to lower tariffs for consumers. The removal of collection losses from customer tariff has reduced tariff by more than 50 per cent in some places. Please note that the
â€¢Says election structures not yet restored in war zoneâ€¢Jega briefs security council on preparations
THE Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah, on Tuesday, indicated that there is no sign yet of the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls in the territories so far recovered from Boko Haram insurgents, who took them captive nearly a year ago.
He made the disclosure while briefing the State House correspondents at the end of the National Security Council meeting, presided
Promises press freedom
THE presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, disclosed that despite his military background, he has now turned to a democrat.
The APC presidential candidate equally promised that he would ensure free press if elected as the countryâ€™s president in March 28, saying that media practitioners would not suffer any harassment under his government.
Buhari, who spoke at a special interactive session with the Nigerian Press
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and other prominent Nigerians including, the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is also the coordinating Minister of the Economy, on Tuesday declared that only concerted efforts of Nigerians can put a stop terrorism in the country.
They made the assertion while speaking at a â€œNational Rally Against Terror,â€ held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.
The rally tagged, Nigerians Unite Against Terror (NUAT), was led by Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin.
MINISTER of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, in Abuja, on Tuesday, denied that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) received N1.329 trillion as subsidy payments over three years (2009 to 2011) from the Central Bank of Nigeria as alleged by the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on Subsidy Regime.
The ad hoc committee report had alleged that â€œNNPC deducted directly the sum of N408.255 billion (in addition to the payment of N81.648 billion by CBN in 2009, the sum
â€¢To pass 2015 budget in April â€¢Passes criminal justice bill
THE Senate, on Tuesday, approved the request of President Goodluck Jonathan to raise additional $200 million Diaspora Bond from the international capital market.
The request was an addition from the initial $100 million.
President Jonathan had, in a letter dated February 4, 2015, which was addressed to Senate President, David Mark, asked for the approval of the additional sum from the initial $100 million
SWISS authorities are set to repatriate to Nigeria, $380 million looted by Sani Abacha, former head of state, Genevaâ€™s public prosecutor revealed on Tuesday.
The Cable reported on Tuesday that $380 million will be returned under the supervision of the World Bank.
Since his death in 1998, monies running into billions of dollars embezzled by Abacha, who ruled Nigeria for a period of five years, have been returned to the country in batches.
The prosecutor said the latest of the loot to be returned
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Aminu Wali, has exonerated President Goodluck Jonathan from the phone call row with Morocco, which has already caused the North African country to recall its Nigerian ambassador for consultations.
He told State House correspondents in Abuja, on Tuesday, that President Jonathan had nothing to do with it, saying that if there was anybody to apologise for the mix-up, it was him as the Foreign Affairs minister.
Wali maintained that he was carrying out the directive
LAGOS State governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday, raised the alarm over the dwindling resources of the state, which, he said, would definitely affect the implementation of its 2015 Appropriation Law for the state.
According to him, the dwindling resources was occasioned by the global fall in the price of crude oil, the postponement of the general election, increase in exchange rate and others, adding that they were serious impediments to the targeted income of the state government.
THE Alliance for Democracy (AD) has restated its support for President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate, saying its former National Secretary, Rafiu Salau, has since been expelled from the party having been found culpable of anti-party activities.
The National Chairman of AD, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, reacting through the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olapade Fakunle, in a release to Salauâ€™s claim that he remains the partyâ€™s presidential candidate, said: â€œThe
NATIONAL leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, said there was no credible alternative to using the card reader for the forthcoming general election.
The former Lagos State governor also accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of alleged plot to kidnap the election result by its disavowal to the deployment of the said card reading technology.
In a statement signed by him, Tinubu predicted PDPâ€™s loss at the poll, adding that the reality of same
HEAD of Cooperation, European Union (EU) delegation to Nigeria and West Africa, Mr Bran Oâ€™Neil, has raised the alarm that over 11 million children in Nigeria are suffering from stunting growth as a result of malnutrition.
Oâ€™Neil, who stated this online on Tuesday, during the High Level Policy Dialogue on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture in Nigeria, in Abuja, said the availability of food did not translate into accessibility to many poor people, adding that Nigeria had the capacity not only to
THE General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has lauded the leadership qualities and integrity of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, but he says he doubts the political environment where the man has found himself.
Pastor Bakare made the remarks after delivering a lecture at a Lent and Easter event, organised by the Lagos Island Club in Lagos.
He described Buhari as a man of integrity who, he said, he had a high
One of the sureties who stood for the bail granted to former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode in the money laundering case against him, at the Federal High Court in Lagos, has officially applied to withdraw his suretiship.
Fani-Kayode, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over alleged money laundering offences he committed while serving as Culture and Tourism Minister and later Aviation Minister.
The surety, Wale Ajisebutu, according to court papers,
The director of Contact and Mobilisation of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday, engaged in an argument over the introduction of the smart card readers (SCR) in the forthcoming general election.
Both Gana and INECâ€™s director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Osaze Oluwole-Uzzi, disagreed, on Tuesday, in Abuja, at a public presentation and public