President Muhammadu Buhari has assured supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Bauchi State of his commitment to work hard to surpass his campaign promises for a better Nigeria.

 

President Buhari told the APC supporters during a visit not to be disturbed by the recent defections in the party, saying God will continue to fish out the bad eggs within the party, as the 2019 general elections approach.

 

The President spoke at the commencement of the campaign rally for the Bauchi South Senatorial District bye-elections and the formal presentation of APC Candidate, Gumau Lawal Yahaya.

 

The President was accompanied by the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, as well as the Governors of Bauchi, Plateau, Kano and Imo states.

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NIGERIA’S AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH AFRICA RESIGNS

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:35

 

The Ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed Ibeto, has resigned his appointment ahead of the 2019 general elections,

 

Ibeto also renounced his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, and had crossed over to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

 

Ibeto was a deputy governor of Niger State on the platform of PDP.

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Thirty-one additional lawyers, including two State Attorneys-General and Commissioners of Justice, have joined the ranks of Senior Advocates of Nigeria.

 

The Commissioners appointed SANs are Mosediq Adeniji Kazeem of Lagos State, and Adekola Adeyeye Olawole of Ondo State.

 

The incoming SANs include Professor Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi, who is the son of former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, late Justice Mustapha Akanbi.

 

Another prominent name in the list is the Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Professor Olarenwaju Adigun Fagbohun.

 

The list of thirty new Senior Advocates of Nigeria was approved at the plenary meeting of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee.

 

A statement released by the Secretary of the Committee indicates that the new SANs would be inaugurated on 24th September, during a ceremony at the Supreme Court in Abuja to mart the commencement of the new legal year.

 

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The Federal Government has signed an agreement with France for the financing of an Urban Mobility Improvement Programme initiated by the Lagos State Government.

 

The agreement was signed by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and Remy Rioux of Agence Francaise de Development, at the State House in Abuja.

 

The signing of the deal coincided with the visit to Nigeria by French President, Emmanuel Macron, who was the guest of President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday.

 

 

 

President Buhari and President Macron also witnessed the signing of a Letter of Intent on Nigeria's Blue Print Land Degradation Neutrality Project by Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and General Manager of In-Vivo, Rachel Kolbe

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has revealed that the Senate has started the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the creation of state and community Police.

 

Saraki made the revelation via his verified Twitter handle, while details were provided on the Medium page of the Senate President.

 

He said the Senate also mandated that the Police Reform Bill be passed within the next two weeks.

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LIBYA MIGRANTS: More people missing

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 17:11

Dozens of migrants have been declared missing following the capsizing of their rubber boat off the coast of Libya.

 

Officials said about sixty-three migrants disappeared after the incident east of Tripoli on Sunday, while forty-one people have been rescued.

 

The latest incident puts the number of missing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea since Friday last week at about one hundred and seventy.

 

The International Organization for Migration observed that there is an alarming increase in deaths at sea off Libya's coast.

 

IOM's Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi said more than one thousand people have died while sailing from Libya to Europe so far this year.

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Finance and Logistics Chief of Islamic State, ISIS, Abu Obaida has been killed in a joint Peshmerga and US-led coalition raid.

 

The Head of Peshmerga forces in Makhmour, Sirwan Barzani disclosed this to the media.

 

Barzani said the coalition forces killed two more ISIS members around Mount Qarachogh.

 

Peshmerga forces carried out the raids in coordination with US-led coalition warplanes to trace the whereabouts of ISIS remnants around Mount Qarachogh.

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COURT GRANTS BAIL TO BIAFRA AGITATORS

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:13

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to the co-defendants of the on the run leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

 

You will recall that Justice Binta Nyako had in February 20, 2018, ordered the separation of Kanu’s trial from that of the rest of his co-defendants, as the IPOB leader’s absence from court continued to halt progress in the case.

 

The co-defendants who now face three counts of treasonable felony include; Bright Chimezie; who is the National Coordinator of IPOB, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

 

Ruling on the fresh Bail applications filed by the defendants following their re-arraignment on March 20, 2018, Justice Nyako, said the applications succeeded on health grounds and the number of years they had spent in detention.

 

The judge also noted that one of the defendant’s, Bright Chimezie, had earlier been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Uyo in May 2017 but the Department of State Service which at the time, was holding him in custody refused to release him.

 

She said the defendants had spent an average of three years in custody when the maximum penalty for the offences they were charged with if convicted, ranged from five to seven years.

 

Justice Nyako further imposed on the four defendants’ conditions similar to the ones she attached to the bail granted Kanu in April last year.

 

One of such conditions included that they were barred from granting any press interview or participating in any form of gathering or rally.

 

She also ordered them to produce two sureties each in the sum of ten million naira.

 

The defendants are also expected to report to the Commissioners of Police in their various states of residence every two weeks.

 

The trial has been adjourned till November 14, 2018

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EFCC PARTNERS FBI TO STOP CYBER CRIMES

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:03

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secured the partnership of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation in efforts to tackle cyber-crimes.

 

EFCC’s Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar Abbah, confirmed the development when he played host to an FBI delegation led by George Piro, at his office in Abuja.

 

ABBAH was quoted in a statement released by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, saying the trends in global security show that cyber-crimes are the latest forms of terrorism and corruption.

 

He said the proliferation of criminal activities on the cyber space has become a growing concern affecting all nations in the 21st century.

 

The EFCC official said petitions emanating from cyber-crimes have been on the increase on the EFCC website.

 

He noted that such cams are being duly investigated by the Cyber Crimes Unit with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.

 

On his part; the leader of the FBI delegation, George Piro said their visit to Nigeria was informed by the performance of the EFCC and to strengthen the mutually beneficial partnership between the two agencies.

 

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ISIS TRAIN FIGHTERS IN NIGERIA

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:12

 

Commanders of the Islamic State Militants have been sneaking jihadists into Nigeria from Syria to train them for possible attacks.

 

The report by The Sun of London has been described as a terror exchange programme.

 

The report said insiders feared that strong links and regular flights between Lagos and London could export evil and terror to British streets despite Britain’s counter-terror efforts” in Nigeria.

 

It further stated that the strong links between Nigeria and the UK would make it easier for ISIS to send its killers to attack the UK and bring more death and destruction.

 

The report quoted a senior Nigerian Air Force Commander Group Captain Isaac Subi, as confirming the report, saying the Islamic militants  come and train their fighters in Nigerian and some of Nigerian insurgents too are granted access to the ISIS training in Yemen and Syria.

 

He said they go to acquire those skills and come back and teach others.

 

Group Captain Subi, who has been fighting terrorism in Africa since 1999, reportedly made the comment at one training mission in Kaduna, where British forces have been training Nigerian troops.

 

There are one hundred and fifty British troops currently on counter-terror training with Nigerian forces in an attempt to stem the bloody tide and prevent ISIS from taking hold of West Africa.

 

They have so far trained thirty five thousand Nigerian soldiers.

 

Britain’s Defence Adviser in Nigeria, Brigadier Charles Calder, said if the tide is left unchecked it could present a threat to both UK interests and conceivably the UK mainland.

 

He added that sending small, hand-picked teams out to military training hubs across Nigeria was the best way to prevent terrorism.

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