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Olawale (Wale) Odunsi is a journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Current Affairs

The Next National Security Adviser: Balancing Expertise and Military Background

04 Apr 2024  |  dailypost.ng
The article discusses the potential candidates for Nigeria's next National Security Adviser (NSA) under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The current NSA, Babagana Monguno, is the longest-serving in the role. Names like Major General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu are being considered. The article debates whether the NSA role should be reserved for military personnel, particularly Generals. It references the Terrorism Prevention Act and the National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) developed under Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), which introduced a soft approach to countering terrorism. The piece also compares the NSA role in Nigeria to that in the United States, noting that the US often appoints non-military professionals to the position. The author, Shuaib, argues that the NSA should not be a political appointment but should be based on knowledge and ability to coordinate security matters effectively.

Hilda Baci Academy aims to shape Nigeria’s food future, announces 2024 classes

12 Mar 2024  |  Daily Post Nigeria
Hilda Baci, renowned for her record-breaking cooking marathon, is launching the Hilda Baci Academy's 2024 classes to empower Nigerians with culinary skills. The academy offers over 160 recipes and comprehensive training in Nigerian cuisine, food business management, and food safety. Scholarships and prizes, including full scholarships to Red Dish culinary institution, Amazon gift cards, and Apple products, are available for students. The initiative aims to foster economic stability among women and elevate Nigeria's food scene globally.

Former Finnish President and Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari Dies at 86

16 Oct 2023  |  gwg.ng
Martti Ahtisaari, the former President of Finland and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has passed away at the age of 86 in Helsinki. His death was announced by the President’s office, stating that he died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ahtisaari was known for his role in negotiating peace in various global conflicts, including in Indonesia, Kosovo, and Namibia. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his efforts. Ahtisaari's work included facilitating the 2005 peace agreement between the Indonesian government and GAM rebels. Despite his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, which led him to withdraw from public life in 2021, Ahtisaari is remembered for his patience, toughness, and ability to understand people.

We Have Our Lives Back, Say Nigerians In UAE

13 Sep 2023  |  nairaland.com
Nigerians residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have expressed relief following the lifting of a visa ban that had been imposed on Nigerian travelers. The ban's removal has been attributed to the diplomatic efforts of Nigerian President Bola Tinubu and his UAE counterpart, Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The visa ban had significant implications for Nigerians in the UAE, affecting their work permits, jobs, and ability to maintain bank accounts and residences. The ban's lifting has been praised by various individuals, including Senate President Godswill Akpabio, who commended President Tinubu's leadership and negotiation skills. The resolution of this issue is seen as a positive development for Nigerians in the UAE and for bilateral relations between the two countries.

Imo people being killed daily – Okorocha

19 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has expressed concern over the underreporting of killings in Imo State, Nigeria. Speaking to journalists in Owerri, he recounted an attack on his convoy and called for President Bola Tinubu's urgent intervention. Okorocha highlighted the daily loss of lives and the local tradition of beheading, indicating a dire security situation. He acknowledged the security provided by Governor Peter Mbah for his travel to a funeral and announced his intention to write an open letter to Governor Hope Uzodimma, urging political leaders to unite and address the escalating violence.

Nigeria will be corruption-free under Tinubu – Oyo monarch

17 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Oba Francis Alao, the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, during the celebration of his sixth coronation anniversary and 60th birthday, expressed optimism about Nigeria's future under President Bola Tinubu. He predicted a corruption-free nation and improved democratic benefits for the citizens. The event also included the installation of traditional titles to some individuals, with Governor Seyi Makinde receiving the title of Aare Orile Igbon of Igboland and the former First Lady of Oyo being installed as Yeye Oba Olugbon of Orile Igbon. Oba Alao praised President Tinubu's early actions and anticipated significant changes within his first 100 days in office.

Ogun APC slams PDP chieftain Segun Sowunmi, accuses him of seeking relevance

17 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has responded to accusations made by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Segun Sowunmi in a letter to Nuhu Ribadu. Sowunmi, who was attacked in Abeokuta, reported Governor Dapo Abiodun to the President's Special Adviser on Security, Bola Tinubu. The APC, through Assistant Publicity Secretary Olusola Ogunsanya, refuted the claim that Sowunmi was attacked by APC members, stating it was actually PDP members who were responsible. Ogunsanya criticized Sowunmi for seeking attention and attempting to blame Governor Abiodun. He also accused Sowunmi of 'blabbing for cash' and suggested that Sowunmi's congratulatory message to the APC was an attempt to gain favor with Ribadu.

Supreme Court needs more judges, asks NBA to nominate

17 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Supreme Court of Nigeria is in the process of filling 21 available judicial slots, with eight positions currently needed after the retirement of some Justices. The vacancies are distributed across various regions, with no openings for the North-East. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, has called on legal blocs and the judiciary to nominate candidates for these positions. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), under the leadership of President Yakubu Maikyau, has been specifically requested to nominate qualified candidates. Maikyau has circulated a memo to lawyers, who have until June 21 to express their interest at the NBA secretariat in Abuja.

Fubara warns police against restoring SARS in Rivers

17 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has addressed concerns over the potential re-emergence of the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) after reports of police officers operating similarly to SARS in Port Harcourt. During a meeting with the new Commissioner of Police, Nwoyi Polycarp Emeka, at the Government House, Fubara emphasized the need for security to be a collective responsibility and urged the commissioner to investigate the allegations and prevent harassment of citizens. He assured continued support for security agencies and instructed the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adango, along with other government agencies, to work with the police to maintain safety and order.

Rivers: Police arrest woman for stabbing 12-year-old girl

17 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
A woman named Abigail was arrested by the Rivers State Police Command for stabbing a 12-year-old girl named Oluebube in Rumuodara, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. The incident occurred when Oluebube accidentally collided with Abigail while washing plates, causing both to fall. Despite neighbors' pleas that it was a mistake, Abigail ordered Oluebube to sweep the spilled water and subsequently stabbed her with a knife, which broke and remained lodged in the girl's body. The police were alerted, and although Abigail attempted to flee, she was apprehended. The Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-koko, confirmed that the knife was removed from the victim's body and that Abigail would face prosecution.

Police deploy DIGs Ciroma, Hafiz, Mba, 17 AIGs

17 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria, IGP Usman Baba, has approved significant personnel changes within the Nigeria Police Force. This includes the redeployment of three Deputy Inspector-Generals (DIGs) and 17 Assistant Inspector-Generals (AIGs). DIG Hafiz M. Inuwa, DIG Bala Ciroma, and DIG Frank Mba have been assigned to head the Department of Logistics and Supply, Department of Training and Development, and Department of Research and Planning, respectively. Additionally, DIG Ciroma and DIG Mba will supervise the North-East and South-East regions. The 17 AIGs have been posted to various zones, departments, and commands across the country, indicating a major reshuffle aimed at optimizing the operational efficiency of the police force.

Eleme oil spill: MOSOP berates Shell, Nigerian govt

17 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has criticized the Federal Government for not imposing strict penalties on Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) for oil spills. MOSOP President Fegalo Nsuke has called for the evacuation of Eleme communities due to a recent spill from a Shell facility. Nsuke accuses Shell of operating facilities in Ogoniland secretly and not decommissioning them, contrary to UNEP recommendations and government claims. He emphasizes the lack of accountability for environmental polluters in Nigeria. Shell spokesperson Michael Akande acknowledged the spill and stated that the company is collaborating with NOSDRA, the Rivers Ministry of Environment, and community representatives to investigate the incident.

Gang busted for stealing goats in Gombe

16 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Police Command in Gombe State has arrested three individuals, Abdulaziz Abubakar, Abdullahi Shuaibu, and Hassan Adamu, for their involvement in a goat theft syndicate. The suspects, who used tricycles to carry out their thefts in the Malam Inna and Wuro Kesa communities, were apprehended following an intelligence report. Along with the arrests, the police recovered a tricycle and one goat. The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mahid Abubakar, stated that the suspects would soon face prosecution. Additionally, 12 other suspects were arrested for various crimes, and items such as a stabiliser, a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, mobile phones, and weapons were seized.

Police IG appointment: Buhari disregarded law thrice – Civil society warns Tinubu

16 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Nigerian Civil Society Contact Group (CSCG) has urged President Bola Tinubu to follow the law when appointing the next Inspector General of Police (IGP). The current IGP, Usman Baba, was retained past the retirement age by former President Muhammadu Buhari, which CSCG's Director-General, Taiwo Akindolu, criticized as a disregard for the law. Akindolu highlighted that the Police Act 2020 requires the appointment of an IGP who can serve at least four years before retirement. The CSCG also criticized the practice of promoting Commissioners of Police to AIG for the purpose of appointing them as IGP, which leads to the premature retirement of senior officers. They emphasized the need for adherence to the law, considering factors like geopolitical balance, competence, and unblemished records in the appointment process.

Labour Party dismisses Abure’s purported arrest, blames Apapa faction

16 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Labour Party in Nigeria has refuted the authenticity of a video that allegedly shows the arrest of its National Chairman, Comrade Julius Abure. The party attributes the circulation of the video to disgruntled former members, specifically naming Lamidi Apapa, a former acting chairman, and Anselem Eragbe, a former youth leader. The National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, clarified that the video only depicts police officers in a dispute and does not feature Abure or any other party leader. Ifoh reassured the public that there is no reason for security agencies to arrest Abure, stating that he has been actively participating in official duties, including attending a court session at the Presidential Election Tribunal. The party has urged the public to ignore the video and remain aware of the group's tendency to spread misinformation.

Assets recovery: Ortom, deputy sue Benue govt

16 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Former Governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom, and his deputy, Benson Abounu, have filed a lawsuit against the current state government led by Governor Hyacinth Alia. The suit, filed at a High Court in Makurdi, challenges the Assets Recovery Committee's authority to consider property allocated to Ortom and Abounu as government assets. The plaintiffs are seeking a legal determination on whether the current governor is bound by approvals made by his predecessor and are asking the court to restrain the defendants from violating their constitutional rights to own property. The case, filed by Barrister Douglas Pepe, cites Sections 5(2), 44, 318(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). A hearing date is yet to be set.

IPMAN Accuses NNPCL of Fraud, Calls for Presidential Intervention

16 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has accused the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) of engaging in fraudulent activities related to the distribution of petroleum products. During a protest in Apapa, Lagos, IPMAN's Secretary, Folalu Ebenezer, called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to address the exploitation and racketeering allegedly perpetrated by NNPCL officials. Ebenezer highlighted issues with the Authority To Pay (ATP) system, where payments made by IPMAN members for product loading have not resulted in access to the petroleum products, with some tickets pending for up to nine months. He also mentioned a recent price increase and additional charges imposed on tickets without the delivery of products, accusing NNPCL of diverting products to private entities.

US bans Ugandan officials after anti-LGBTQI law

16 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The United States Government has announced visa restrictions on Ugandan officials due to human rights abuses and corruption. These measures are being implemented by the Department of State under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The sanctions are a response to the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 in Uganda, which imposes severe penalties on LGBTQI+ individuals. The U.S. has updated its travel advisories and reaffirmed its commitment to supporting human rights and fundamental freedoms in Uganda and around the world.

Governor Yusuf Appoints New KIRS Chairman, SEMA Executive Secretary, Others

16 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has made several appointments, including Sani Abdulkadir Dambo as the Chairman of the Kano State Internal Revenue Service (KIRS). Dambo, who previously worked in the Tax Audit department of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) in Abuja, is highly qualified with degrees in Accounting, a Master's in Accounting and Financial Management, an MBA, and is a fellow of the CITN. Additionally, Isyaku Abdullahi Kubarachi was appointed as the Executive Secretary of SEMA. The governor's spokesperson, Sanusi Bature, announced that the appointees are to resume their duties immediately. The governor also appointed 14 personal aides, with roles ranging from Senior Special Assistants to Personal Assistants in various capacities.

Former Nigerian Lawmaker and Bank Officials Convicted of N212 Million Fraud

16 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Former Nigerian lawmaker Mansur Ali Mashi and three bank officials were convicted of fraud by Justice Sale Musa Shuaibu of the Federal High Court in Kaduna. Mashi was found guilty on eight counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretenses, involving a N212,439,552 loan from Sterling Bank through fictitious companies. The trial, prosecuted by the EFCC, lasted 12 years and faced delays due to judicial changes. Abdulmumini Mustapha, a former branch manager, and Shehu Aliyu, a former Head of Operations, were also convicted and sentenced. Mashi is also facing a contempt case for allegedly selling confiscated properties. Mustapha is ordered to pay restitution of N40,000,000 to Sterling Bank.

Rivers NSCDC Commandant fired over row with tanker drivers

15 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, has removed the Rivers State Commandant, Micheal Ogar, following a protest by the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of NUPENG. The PTD members had barricaded a road in Port Harcourt with tankers, disrupting operations and traffic, in response to the NSCDC's refusal to release their tankers and products seized in August 2022. They accused the Rivers Command of selling the seized petrol. A statement by the Corps Director of Public Relations, Olusola Odumosu, confirmed Ogar's removal and announced the formation of a committee to investigate the incident. Audi emphasized that any indiscipline, compromise, or sabotage would not be tolerated.

Kano emirates: Gov Yusuf confirms talks with lawmakers

15 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Governor of Kano, Abba Kabir Yusuf, and the Kano House of Assembly are in discussions regarding the emirates established by the previous governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. Ganduje had created new emirates following a dispute with the then Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido. The current administration's spokesperson, Sanusi Bature, stated that no decision has been made yet and that the talks between the executive and legislative branches will be transparent. The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Lawal Hussaini, has asked the public to ignore any rumors about actions concerning the emirates. The new emirates affect 36 of Kano's 44 Local Government Areas. Additionally, the legislature has approved 20 Special Advisers for the governor, and the list of commissioner nominees is expected to be sent to the Assembly soon.

World Bank Criticizes Trillions in Harmful Subsidies, Urges Climate Change Spending

15 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The World Bank's report 'Detox Development: Repurposing Environmentally Harmful Subsidies' criticizes the trillions of dollars spent by governments on subsidies for agriculture, fishing, and fossil fuels, which could have been better used to combat climate change. The report highlights that these subsidies, amounting to $1.25 trillion annually, contribute to pollution, health issues, and economic inefficiencies. It suggests that repurposing these funds towards greener initiatives could address many environmental challenges. The World Bank's Senior Managing Director, Axel van Trotsenburg, and Chief Economist of the Sustainable Development Practice Group, Richard Damania, emphasize the need for subsidy reform and the potential benefits of redirecting these funds to improve quality of life and ensure a sustainable future.

Agbakoba lists issues 10th National Assembly must tackle

15 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Olisa Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, has called on the 10th National Assembly to address the critical challenges facing Nigeria. In his statement, he highlighted issues such as insecurity, unemployment, failing healthcare and educational institutions, poor infrastructure, and the high cost of living. Agbakoba emphasized the need for the legislature to focus on revenue generation and suggested that there are readily available opportunities to raise significant funds. He also pointed out the need to overhaul the anti-corruption process, criticizing the current agencies for not working cohesively and being overzealous. Agbakoba concluded by stressing the legislators' responsibility to heal the nation's wounds and bridge divisions.

Abdulkarim Chukkol: Profile of EFCC acting chairman

15 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Abdulkarim Chukkol has been appointed as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following the suspension of the previous chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, by President Bola Tinubu. Chukkol is a seasoned investigator specializing in cybercrime and money laundering, with a history of leading various sections within the EFCC. He has worked closely with international law enforcement agencies and has been recognized with several awards for his performance. Chukkol's educational background includes a degree in Agricultural Economics and various certifications in criminal justice and cybersecurity.

Lagos Government Calls for Investigation into Alleged Illegal Ovary Removal by Doctors

15 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Lagos Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) has called on the Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, to investigate the alleged illegal removal of ovaries from two girls by two doctors. The victims, Miss Precious Ikechukwu and Miss Theresa Obam, claim they were taken by Mrs. Blessing Adeleke, a church member, to River Hood Hospital in Abeokuta and PF Hospital in Surulere, Lagos, for an Egg Retrieval surgery without their consent. They were allegedly offered compensation and threatened with death if they disclosed the information. The DSVA's letter to the police states that the girls have been experiencing severe abdominal pain since the surgery and that the actions of Mrs. Adeleke could constitute Unlawful Possession of Human Parts under Lagos State law.

ICPC denies selling questions used in previous recruitments

14 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has issued a warning about a fraudulent syndicate claiming to sell handouts with past questions from the agency's recruitment exams. The ICPC clarified that it has no association with these materials and has not authorized their sale. The commission has urged the public to report any such fraudulent activities to their toll-free number and has stated its intention to prosecute those involved in spreading false information and extorting money from job applicants.

Man bags 10 years in prison over fake Rivers Govt contract

14 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Warri, Delta State, has sentenced Otede Pio Meyeoghene to 10 years imprisonment for fraud. Meyeoghene was prosecuted by the EFCC and was found guilty of inducing Eyinoloma Demeyin to deposit N2,000,000 into his account for a non-existent waste management contract with the Rivers State Government. The offence contravened the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Acts 2006. The trial included testimonies from two witnesses for both the prosecution and defense. In addition to the prison sentence, Meyeoghene is ordered to repay the sum of N2,095,000 with 21% annual interest from 2015 until fully paid.

Aregbesola no longer APC leader in Osun – Senator Basiru

14 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Senator Ajibola Basiru has dismissed the political influence of former Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State. Basiru, the immediate past spokesperson of the Senate, stated that Aregbesola, who is also a former governor, is no longer a party leader in the state. He criticized Aregbesola for not supporting the party or its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in recent elections. Basiru highlighted Aregbesola's absence from key party activities, including primaries and campaign events, and questioned his moral stance for not backing his mentor, Tinubu, for the APC's presidential candidacy.

Dollar video: Ganduje asks court to stop EFCC probe

14 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating him over videos that allegedly show him accepting bribes. Ganduje argues that the Kano House of Assembly has already investigated the matter and that the EFCC's probe is illegal. He also references a pending case in the FCT High Court regarding the authenticity of the videos. The videos in question were published by Daily Nigerian in 2018, leading to the publisher Jaafar Jaafar fleeing to the UK after facing threats.

Kuje prison certifies man who opposed Tinubu’s inauguration ‘mentally unstable’

13 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Obiajulu Ujah, a supporter of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, was removed from an Ibom Air flight for protesting the inauguration of President Bola Tinubu. Following his arraignment in April, Ujah was imprisoned for a month for a psychiatric evaluation. The medical report from Kuje Prison's Chief Medical Officer indicates Ujah has a mental disorder. The Zuba Magistrate Court, where Magistrate Abdulazeez Ismail Muhammad presides, received the report and will decide Ujah's fate at the next hearing on June 15, 2023. The Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service and the Kuje Correctional Centre CMO were also summoned to provide their written opinion on Ujah's mental state.

Every Nigerian child will have access to education – Tinubu

13 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria has committed to prioritizing the education sector during his administration. Speaking at the State House in Abuja to the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), he emphasized the importance of education in overcoming poverty and stated that every Nigerian child should have the opportunity to receive quality education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Tinubu highlighted that poverty should not be an obstacle to education and promised to consider the requests made by NANS. He also called for unity among the students and adherence to democratic principles in their activities.

Sule recants after saying Buhari’s spent $19bn on non-operational refineries

13 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa has clarified his previous comments regarding President Muhammadu Buhari's approval of $19 billion for refinery maintenance in Nigeria. Initially, during an interview on Channels Television's Sunrise Daily, Sule criticized the decision to repair multiple refineries simultaneously, comparing it unfavorably to the cost of building a new refinery by Aliko Dangote. However, in a recent statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, Sule stated that his comments were misconstrued and that he was actually discussing the subsidy on petroleum products and the systemic issues affecting refineries' performance. The statement emphasized that Sule did not blame the former President for the refineries' problems.

Those who annulled Abiola’s election must be prosecuted – Onabanjo

13 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Professor Babs Onabanjo, former President of the Nigerian Alliance for Democracy, has called for the investigation and prosecution of individuals responsible for the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election in Nigeria. He described the election, which was widely considered the freest in the country's history, as a significant democratic moment. Onabanjo criticized the Nigerian Constitution and the power structure, which he believes marginalizes many Nigerians and perpetuates injustice. He emphasized the importance of addressing past injustices, including state-sanctioned violence, and advocated for recognition and compensation for the families of the late President-elect MKO Abiola, Vice President-elect Kingibe, and others who suffered due to state actions.

MKO Abiola’s family demands presidential entitlements from Tinubu

12 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Ameen Abiola, the Secretary of M.K.O. Abiola's family, has called on President Bola Tinubu to ensure the payment of the late M.K.O. Abiola's presidential entitlements. During a prayer session at the family house in Abeokuta, Ameen expressed the family's expectation that the current government would fulfill the promises made by Abiola to the Nigerian people. M.K.O. Abiola, a business mogul who won the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election, was posthumously awarded Nigeria's highest honour, GCFR, by former President Muhammadu Buhari. Ogun Governor Dapo Abiodun, represented by Deputy Noimot Salako-Oyedele, praised Abiola's life and urged Nigerians to emulate his adherence to God's tenets.

Tinubu threatened Presidential Election Tribunal in Democracy Day speech – Lawyer

12 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Festus Ogun, a legal practitioner and human rights activist, has criticized a part of President Bola Tinubu's Democracy Day speech. Ogun took issue with Tinubu's comments regarding the judiciary, interpreting them as a threat and a form of intimidation against judges, particularly those at the Presidential Election Tribunal. He argued that any tribunal order that invalidates Tinubu's election would not undermine democracy but rather strengthen it. Ogun also highlighted that Tinubu's remarks were an attack on the separation of powers and an indication that his government may not respect court orders, especially those it deems unfavorable.

June 12: Lagos yet to enjoy democracy dividends – PDP

12 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has criticized the current state of affairs under the All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that the residents have not experienced the true dividends of democracy. The PDP highlighted the sacrifices made during the June 12 movement and the legacy of the late Chief MKO Abiola. The party's Publicity Secretary, Hakeem Amode, expressed that despite Lagos's wealth in natural and human resources, the city has not reached its potential, especially in areas like education, health, and infrastructure. The PDP assured that if they come into power, they will utilize the state's resources for development and ensure that the people enjoy the benefits of their wealth.

Gbajabiamila vouches for Tinubu in June 12 message

12 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
In a message commemorating Democracy Day, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed optimism about Nigeria's future under President Bola Tinubu. Gbajabiamila, who represents Surulere, highlighted Tinubu's history as a defender of democracy and assured Nigerians that they would reap the benefits of democracy during his tenure. He praised the Nigerian people for their consistent support of the democratic process since 1999 and encouraged them to stay united despite challenges. The Speaker also called for prayers for leaders to be granted wisdom and guidance.

Nigeria Air: ‘You are a drowning man’ – Rep Nnaji replies Sirika’s bribery allegation

12 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Hon. Nnolim Nnaji, a member of the House of Representatives, has responded to allegations made by former Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika about the Nigeria Air project. Nnaji criticized the project, calling it a fraud and condemned the use of an Ethiopian Airlines' aircraft during its launch. Sirika had accused Nnaji of demanding equity shares in the national carrier, which Nnaji denied, labeling Sirika as a 'drowning man' and urging him to disclose the truth about Nigeria Air. Nnaji highlighted that his committee faced petitions from stakeholders and sought evidence of the bid process and business case from the ICRC, which was not provided. He also mentioned threats of mass resignations at the NCAA due to pressure from the Ministry to grant Nigeria Air waivers for an Air Operator’s Certificate. Nnaji has been consistent in demanding due process from Sirika and dismissed the allegations against him as spurious.

Nigeria Immigration Service to Open New Passport Offices in Lagos

12 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is set to open new passport offices in Lagos State to accommodate the high number of applicants due to the city's large population. The Acting Comptroller General, Caroline Adepoju, emphasized this during a parade at the Ikoyi Passport Office. Adepoju warned against passport racketeering and unprofessional conduct, stating that sanctions would be imposed on any personnel found guilty. She urged strict adherence to passport processing and border security procedures, insisting that applicants be served promptly and with respect. Adepoju also mentioned that she is focusing on personnel welfare and passport issues due to numerous complaints in these areas.

Senator Yaroe Labels Ninth Senate a 'Rubber Stamp'

11 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) criticized the ninth Senate, calling it a rubber stamp during its valedictory session. He expressed disappointment in the Senate's oversight functions, particularly in the approval of the N22.7 trillion Ways and Means funds, which the Senate had initially resisted. Yaroe highlighted the restructuring of the funds, which were advances collected by the Muhammadu Buhari administration from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and the mild indictment of the National Assembly in the suspension and investigation of CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele. Yaroe was re-elected in the recent election, defeating Adamu Samaila Numan of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Lawmaker who labelled Nigeria Air fraud demanded 5% shares – Sirika

11 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Hadi Sirika, the former Minister of Aviation, accused Nnolim Nnaji, the Chairman of the House Committee on Aviation, of demanding a 5% share in the new national carrier, Nigeria Air. This accusation came after Nnaji criticized the launch of Nigeria Air as fraudulent and opaque, and also questioned the involvement of Ethiopian Airlines in the process. Sirika claimed that Nnaji approached him privately asking for shares to represent 'him and his people,' but did not clarify who these people were. Sirika mentioned that a bidding process had already been completed, and shares had been allocated to winners of that process. The controversy was discussed during Sirika's appearance on ARISE TV.

SERAP Sues President Bola Tinubu Over Alleged Missing Subsidy Payments

11 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has initiated legal action against President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, concerning allegations of unaccounted fuel subsidy payments amounting to $2.1 billion and N3.1 trillion. These allegations were highlighted in the Auditor-General's annual reports for 2016 and 2019. SERAP filed a lawsuit at the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking a court order to mandate President Tinubu to instruct anti-corruption agencies to investigate the subsidy payments since 1999, identify and prosecute those involved, and recover the missing funds. The organization insists that the recovered funds should be used to mitigate the effects of subsidy removal on the impoverished population of Nigeria. SERAP argues that the misuse of public funds constitutes a violation of anti-corruption laws and international commitments, including the UN Convention against Corruption.

Yoruba leader Prof Adeniran returns from exile, writes Tinubu

11 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Professor Wale Adeniran, a former deputy leader of Ilana Omo Oduduwa, has returned to Nigeria from his self-imposed exile in the Republic of Benin. He left Nigeria in May 2021 during the height of the Yoruba Nation's self-determination movement. In a recent statement, Adeniran urged President Bola Tinubu to restore Nigeria to its former state, referencing Tinubu's past involvement with NADECO and his own role in the Yoruba self-determination struggle. Adeniran highlighted several national issues, including security, poverty, and jobs, and called for urgent reforms in the education sector, particularly in universities, which he described as demoralized and disreputable due to neglect from previous administrations.

National Assembly leadership: PDP alleges plot against ‘stubborn’ lawmakers-elect

11 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to intimidate certain National Assembly lawmakers-elect to influence the election of presiding officers. The APC has endorsed candidates for the positions of Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker, and Deputy Speaker. The PDP's National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, urged the incoming lawmakers to elect leaders who will be loyal to Nigerians and maintain the independence of the legislature. The PDP emphasized the importance of legislative independence for a strong democracy and called on members-elect to resist any form of intimidation ahead of the voting on Tuesday.

Sanwo-Olu didn’t ban us from arresting erring motorists – LASTMA

09 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has refuted ongoing false claims that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu directed the agency not to arrest any motorists, emphasizing that their role is to manage traffic, not to make arrests. The statement by LASTMA's General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, addressed the spread of this misinformation online, which has been occurring since February 2020. Oreagba clarified that LASTMA retains the authority to enforce traffic laws as per the Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018, and will continue to do so to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents. He also announced the introduction of new hand-held Traffic Management Solution (TMS) devices for traffic management personnel to capture traffic violations in real-time.

What G5 discussed with Tinubu – Makinde

09 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, along with other members of the G5, also known as the Integrity Group, met with President Bola Tinubu in Abuja. The G5, comprising PDP chieftains, discussed national issues focusing on nation-building, fairness, justice, and equity. The group, which formed after Atiku Abubakar became the PDP presidential candidate, has met with the President twice this week. The delegation included former Governors Okezie Ikpeazu, Samuel Ortom, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and Nyesom Wike.

Saboteurs recirculating Idiroko border opening video – Rice Processors

09 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RIPAN) has called out saboteurs for spreading misinformation about the reopening of the Idiroko Border in Ogun State. A video from April 2022 that recently went viral was misleadingly presented as if the federal government had just reopened the border for import and export activities. RIPAN's Director General, Andy Ekwelem, issued a statement to dismiss the rumors and urged the public to remain vigilant against illegal activities like rice smuggling. The association also encouraged reporting any suspicious activities to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). Customs Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Maiwada, clarified that all major borders are open and the video in question was old and repurposed to mislead the public.

Buhari spent $19bn on refineries, none operational – Gov Sule

09 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Nasarawa Governor, Abdullahi Sule, criticized the spending of Nigeria's ex-President Muhammadu Buhari on the nation's refineries. He stated that over $19 billion was spent without any of the three government-owned refineries in Kaduna, Port Harcourt, and Warri reaching optimal use. In contrast, the same amount was used to build the Dangote Refinery in Lagos, which has a larger capacity. Sule suggested that the previous administration should have prioritized making one refinery fully operational rather than attempting to repair all three. His comments were made during an appearance on Channels Television's Sunrise Daily.

Obasanjo Advocates for Female President in Nigeria

09 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advocated for a female President in Nigeria, emphasizing the importance of gender equality in leadership roles. Speaking at an event in Abeokuta, he highlighted the unfairness of sidelining women from the nation's highest office and called for power and key positions to be shared between genders. Obasanjo dismissed the notion that gender differences should prevent women from leading the country. Additionally, Ogun Deputy Governor, Naimot Salako-Oyedele, encouraged more women to actively participate in politics to leverage their numerical strength.

Abia Police Command, Special Protection Unit get new commissioners

09 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has announced the appointment of CP Kenechukwu Onwuemelie as the new Commissioner of Police for Abia State Command and CP Mustapha Mohammed Bala as the Commissioner of Police for the Special Protection Unit at the Force Headquarters. The announcement was made by CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer. CP Kenechukwu is a psychology graduate and has served in various capacities within the police force, while CP Mustapha is a sociology graduate with a master's degree in law and criminal justice. Both appointees have attended various leadership courses and are tasked with upholding professionalism and ensuring public safety in their new roles.

Lagos Governor Sanwo-Olu Makes First Appointments for Second Term

08 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has made his first appointments since the commencement of his second term. Tayo Ayinde and Gboyega Soyannwo will continue in their roles as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff, respectively. Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin has been appointed as the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG), taking over from Folashade Jaji, a former Head of Service (HoS). Previously, Salu-Hundeyin served as the Commissioner representing Lagos at the National Population Commission (NPC). The governor is also expected to propose a list of commissioner-nominees to the House of Assembly later in the month.

RMAFC Accuses NNPCL of Withholding N8.480 Trillion from Federation Account

08 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has accused the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) of not contributing N8.480 trillion to the Federation Account due to petrol subsidy claims from January 2022 to the present. RMAFC Chairman, Mohammed Shehu, stated that the subsidy regime lacks transparency and praised President Bola Tinubu's decision to scrap oil subsidies. Shehu emphasized the need for reconciliation between RMAFC, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), and NNPCL regarding the reported figures. He also expressed hope that removing the subsidy would bring clarity and allow for the funding of essential national projects, while urging the President to tackle economic sabotage.

Federal Government Accuses ExxonMobil of Oil Theft in Rivers State

08 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Federal Government of Nigeria has accused ExxonMobil of oil theft in Rivers State. The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has recommended detaining the vessel Barumk Gas for unapproved lifting of Butane at Bonny River Terminal. A letter from NMDPRA CEO Engr. Farouk Ahmed to General Leo Irabor, leaked to the press, alleges ExxonMobil's collaboration with the vessel owners in this illegal act. The letter claims ExxonMobil broke the lock placed by NMDPRA officials to facilitate the theft, urging the Chief of Defence Staff to prevent the vessel from leaving until investigations are complete. ExxonMobil's representative, Oge Udeagha, responded that their operations are fully compliant with the law.

Catholic priest murdered in Edo

08 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Charles Igechi, a priest from the Benin Catholic Archdiocese, was killed by gunmen on Agbor Road in the Ikhueniro axis of Benin, Edo capital. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, was confirmed by the Catholic Archbishop of Benin, Augustine Akubeze. The police have been notified and urged to find the culprits. Igechi, who was ordained in August 2022 and served as the Vice Principal of St. Michael College, was ambushed on his way back to his assignment. His body was discovered at Boundary Street in Ikpoba Hill. A Mass is scheduled for June 9, 2023, to honor the late priest.

Those against me have their reasons – Aregbesola

07 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Rauf Aregbesola, the former Minister of Interior and ex-governor of Osun State, received a warm welcome from his supporters upon his return to Osun State. During a homecoming reception in Osogbo, after his tenure in the federal cabinet from 2015 to 2023, Aregbesola expressed gratitude to his supporters and mentioned that he harbors no ill will towards those who oppose him. He reflected on his political promises and thanked former President Muhammadu Buhari for his appointment. Aregbesola also acknowledged the people of Osogbo for embracing him as one of their own.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa Re-elected as Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly

07 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has been re-elected as the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, marking his third consecutive term in this role. The election took place following the proclamation of the 10th Assembly by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat. Hon. Mojisola Lasbat Meranda was elected as the Deputy Speaker. Other key positions filled include Hon. Noheem Adams as Majority Leader, Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu as Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Mojeed Fatai as Chief Whip, and Hon. David Setonji as Deputy Chief Whip.

APC moves to reclaim Osun from PDP

07 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State is taking steps to regain power in the 2026 elections after losing to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in July 2022. The APC's acting State Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, has called for the resumption of political activities at the ward and local government levels. During a stakeholders' meeting, Lawal urged members to mobilize support throughout the state and emphasized the party's commitment to strengthening its structure. He also acknowledged the Supreme Court judgment and encouraged members to see the party's loss as divine, assuring them that the APC will soon return to government.

Chief Imam of Fagge Juma’at Mosque, Sheikh Nasir Muhammad Nasir Passes Away

07 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Sheikh Nasir Muhammad Nasir, the Chief Imam of Fagge Juma’at Mosque, has passed away at the age of 87 after a long illness. Known as Limamin Waje, he was previously appointed as Wazirin Kano by the late Emir Ado Bayero but was later removed by former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso due to security concerns, a decision Nasir contested. His burial is scheduled for Thursday at the Emir of Kano's palace. Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf expressed his condolences, recognizing Nasir as a respected scholar and a community leader who significantly contributed to the development of Islam and peace-building in the community.

Trump should not be US president again – Former VP Pence

07 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Former Vice President Mike Pence, during his presidential campaign announcement in Iowa, criticized Donald Trump for his actions following the 2020 presidential election. Pence accused Trump of endangering him, his family, and the country in an attempt to retain power after the Capitol building attack on January 6, 2021. Pence emphasized his commitment to the Constitution over Trump's request to choose between loyalty to him or the Constitution. He stated that anyone who prioritizes themselves over the Constitution should not be president, reinforcing that he upheld his oath to protect the Constitution.

Court Awards Damages Against NSCDC, Officer for Election Day Brutality

07 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State, has ruled in favor of Comrade Erasmus Ikhide, awarding him financial damages against the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and its officer, Chickson Iregbeghen, for brutality during the 2015 election. The case, which was argued by lawyer Douglas Ogbankwa Esq., was decided by Justice A. Chuka Obiozor, who condemned the NSCDC and Iregbeghen for their actions. Ikhide expressed satisfaction with the judgment after an eight-year legal battle and emphasized that the case was not about financial compensation but about accountability and justice. He also mentioned a previous assault involving NSCDC Commandant Mabel Olifo, reinforcing his belief in the judicial system.

NADECO Urges President Bola Tinubu to Return Nigeria to Republican Constitution

07 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has called on President Bola Tinubu to revert Nigeria to the Republican Constitution of 1963, which they believe ensures true federalism and peaceful co-existence. NADECO, of which Tinubu was a member, argues that the military's replacement of the independent constitution with a unitary one is the root of Nigeria's issues. The letter, signed by spokesman Chief Ayo Opadokun, reminds Tinubu that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), had previously committed to returning to Federal Constitutional Governance. NADECO emphasizes that this change is crucial for addressing Nigeria's political, legal, and structural problems and fulfilling the country's potential to lead the black race globally.

Flutterwave collaborates with Token.io to ease bank transfer to UK, EU

06 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
At the Money20/20 Europe fintech conference in Amsterdam, a partnership between Flutterwave and Token.io was announced. This collaboration aims to enhance the access of African e-commerce merchants to UK and EU markets, while also introducing a Pay By Bank method in Africa through Token.io's infrastructure. The partnership leverages open banking to enable account-to-account (A2A) payments, which are seamless, require no registration, and offer higher success rates and cost savings over traditional payment methods. Flutterwave's CEO, Olugbenga “GB” Agboola, and Token.io's CEO, Todd Clyde, both expressed confidence that this partnership will advance Flutterwave's mission to connect Africa with the global economy and offer comprehensive payment solutions. Token.io's A2A infrastructure reaches over 567 million bank accounts in Europe, and Flutterwave, which supports over a million customers across 34 African countries, will integrate A2A payments into its Collect Payments product and cross-border payment platform Send by Flutterwave.

Get Ready for TECNO's Mid-Year Sales Promo

01 Jun 2023  |  dailypost.ng
TECNO is launching a Mid-Year Sales Promo from 5th June to 15th July, 2023, offering customers the chance to purchase their latest smartphones with added benefits. The promotion includes the PHANTOM Series, CAMON 20 Series, SPARK 10 Series, and POP 7 Series. Customers will receive instant gifts such as 5kg bags of rice, groundnut oil, and salt with their purchases. Additionally, each qualifying purchase comes with a raffle ticket for a chance to win home appliances like gas cookers, TVs, and microwaves. The promotion is available at TECNO official stores and customers are encouraged to engage with TECNO on social media for more rewards.

Buhari Names Federal Building After Predecessor Jonathan

23 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has virtually commissioned several government projects, including three bridges, three secretariats, and one road. Among the newly built secretariats is the Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Federal Secretariat in Yenagoa, named in honor of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The other two secretariats are the Ebele Okeke Federal Secretariat in Awka and the Malam Yahaya Gusau Federal Secretariat in Gusau. These projects, located in Anambra, Bayelsa, and Zamfara states, aim to reduce government expenditures on rented office spaces and improve service delivery by housing federal civil servants in a single location. President Buhari emphasized that infrastructure development is a deliberate focus of his administration to facilitate wealth creation and poverty alleviation.

May 29: Tinubu will be sworn-in, Nigerians should support him – Prophet Ikorro who predicted Asiwaju’s victory

23 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Prophet Austeen Ikorro of Christ Ambience has urged Nigerians to support President-elect Bola Tinubu, dismissing rumors of an interim government led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Ikorro, who previously predicted Tinubu's victory, criticized clerics who issued 'emotional prophecies' during the elections. He emphasized that God had revealed to him Tinubu's victory, contrary to expectations that Osinbajo would win. Despite social media claims of Tinubu's potential arrest, Ikorro assured that Tinubu would be inaugurated on May 29.

Alleged money laundering: Court summons Rural Electrification Agency MD, others

23 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
A Federal High Court in Abuja has summoned the Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency, Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, and directors from various private companies over charges of breaching the Public Procurement Act. The case was initiated by Donnington Ltd against several logistics companies and individuals, including a director from TAJ Bank. The defendants face charges related to the Anti-Money Laundering Act, including the non-declaration of financial transactions. The prosecution cited a Supreme Court decision that allows citizens to prosecute crimes, while the defense questioned the plaintiff's authority to prosecute without authorization from the Attorneys-General. The case has been adjourned, with specific dates set for the different defendants to appear in court. The plaintiff claims to have followed legal procurement requirements and accuses the Bureau of Public Procurement of issuing No-Objection Certificates to companies that were not initially considered.

UK Tightens Student Visa Rules to Curb Net Migration

23 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The UK government has announced new restrictions on student visa routes aimed at reducing net migration. The policy particularly affects students from Nigeria and other countries by limiting their ability to bring family members, except on postgraduate research routes. The move also seeks to close loopholes that allowed student visas to be used as a means to secure employment in the UK. Despite these changes, the UK reaffirmed its commitment to the International Education Strategy and the economic benefits of international students. The graduate route terms remain the same, and the government is looking to collaborate with the higher education sector to find alternative ways for top students to bring dependents. Additionally, measures are being introduced to prevent students from switching to work visas before completing their studies, starting from January 2023.

Police charge couple for alleged murder in Oyo

22 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
In Ibadan, Oyo State, a couple, Ajoke and Jide Akinropo, have been remanded in custody for the alleged murder of a 45-year-old man named Olapade. They were charged with conspiracy and murder and are being held at the Abolongo Correctional facility. The Chief Magistrate, Mr E. A. Idowu, has adjourned the case until May 30 and is awaiting legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution. The couple is accused of beating Olapade to death on April 25 in the Zion Oje area of Ibadan.

Federal Government Opens New Passport Office in Auchi, Edo State

22 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Nigerian government has inaugurated a new Passport Front Office in Auchi, Edo State, to improve passport services for its citizens. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, stated that the office would enhance passport production and is aimed at providing passports efficiently, affordably, and without stress. He also mentioned ongoing negotiations with NIPOST for a mail service to deliver passports. Aregbesola acknowledged Edo's high passport demand and noted that the processing time could extend to two months in busy centers. He praised the NIS reforms for eliminating corruption and improving border management and passport issuance. Additionally, Aregbesola was honored with a title during his visit to the Otaru of Auchi's Palace.

Businesswoman arraigned for N140billion money laundering in Abuja

22 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
Saadatu Ramalan-Yaro, a businesswoman, was arraigned by the EFCC for money laundering charges totaling over N140 billion. She is accused of not reporting financial transactions of N100 billion for Tsami Babi Resources Limited to the Ministry of Commerce, violating the Money Laundering Prohibition Act. In a separate 12-count charge, she and M.A.Y. Fine Fragrance Limited are accused of laundering N40 billion. After pleading not guilty, she was granted bail for N100 million with specific conditions and the trial was set for July 12 and 13, 2023.

Nigeria Braces for Severe Flooding in 2023; Government and Agencies Ramp Up Preparedness

22 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The article discusses the efforts of the Nigerian government and various agencies to prepare for severe flooding anticipated in 2023. The Nigerian Meteorological Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency have warned that the floods could be worse than those in 2022, which affected millions and caused significant deaths and property damage. The United Nations has allocated funds to help alleviate the impact. The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has identified areas at risk, and the government has developed a comprehensive action plan for flood disaster prevention. This includes early warning systems, risk information dissemination, and partnerships with organizations like the UNDP. State governments are also taking proactive measures, such as setting up IDP camps and issuing flood mitigation advice to residents. The article also mentions specific incidents of flooding and the responses by local authorities in various states.

Don’t disappoint God, Nigerians – Primate warns tribunals

20 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rev. Henry Ndukuba, during the 12th Synod of the Diocese of Abuja, called upon election petition tribunals to uphold justice, equity, and fairness. He emphasized the importance of the judiciary's resilience and the expectations of Nigerians from their judicial system. Ndukuba congratulated election winners and encouraged those who were aggrieved to maintain peace. He highlighted the expectations from elected leaders, including security, education, healthcare, economic improvement, rule of law, and inclusive governance. The primate also pointed out that the 2023 general elections revealed systemic flaws and areas that require legislative attention.

Choose between Nigeria, IPOB – BMO blasts Ezekwesili for berating Buhari

20 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has criticized former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, for her repeated negative comments about President Muhammadu Buhari. BMO's Chairman Niyi Akinsiju stated that Ezekwesili's behavior is vainglorious and hypocritical, especially in light of her silence following the killing of two American Consulate personnel in Anambra. BMO questioned Ezekwesili's loyalty, suggesting she might be siding with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) rather than the Nigerian people. The organization defended Buhari's administration, claiming progress in the fight against banditry, terrorism, and kidnapping. Additionally, former presidential aide Reno Omokri accused Ezekwesili of bias in her response to different violent incidents in Nigeria.

Concerned Nigerians condemn massacre of 100 people in Plateau

20 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The article reports on the massacre of over 100 people, mostly women and children, in the Kombun District of Mangu area, Plateau State, Nigeria. The social change movement, represented by Theophilus Abuh Agada, expressed deep regret over the incident and the ongoing conflict between herders and farmers in the region. The statement called for peace and justice, urging dialogue over violence. It also called on the authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice. Additionally, Hon Solomon Bulus Maren has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to provide security and for NEMA to offer relief to the victims.

Russia retaliates, bans 500 Americans including Obama

19 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Russian government has imposed an entry ban on former U.S. President Barack Obama and 500 other American citizens in retaliation to the latest U.S. sanctions. The Foreign Ministry emphasized that hostile actions against Russia would not go unpunished. This move follows the U.S. decision to deny visas to journalists accompanying Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the U.N. Additionally, Russia has rejected a U.S. request for consular access to Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter detained on espionage charges, marking the first such accusation against an American journalist since the Cold War.

Anambra State Police Rescue Abducted Victims from U.S. Embassy Convoy

19 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Anambra State Police Command successfully rescued the remaining victims of an abduction that occurred after a United States Embassy convoy was ambushed on May 16, 2023. The convoy was attacked on the Atani/Osamela road in Ogbaru LGA, Anambra State, while on an erosion assessment mission. DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, the Public Relations Officer, announced the rescue of the two victims and stated that operations are ongoing. The police attributed the attack to the Eastern Security Network (ESN)/Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which resulted in nine fatalities, including a retired DSS personnel, Nigerian officials, and four policemen. The deceased have been identified and their bodies have been deposited in a morgue.

Nigerian Army Officer Reports Erroneous N270M Payment from CBN

19 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
A senior officer of the Nigerian Army reported an erroneous transfer of N270,000,000 into his salary account from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The officer, Colonel MS, sent a memo to the Commandant of the Army War College requesting an investigation into the payment. The Colonel expressed concern over the possibility of financial fraud and requested that the funds be returned to the Federal Government. DAILY POST obtained the letter and credit alert evidence. An anonymous officer confirmed that the Commandant is taking action and commended the Colonel's honesty and patriotism.

Buhari jumps Senate, orders North-East Commission MD, board to resume

19 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the new board of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to resume duties immediately, despite the absence of Senate approval. The board, led by Managing Director and CEO Umar Abubakar Hashidu, is expected to complete handover formalities soon. Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu emphasized the importance of avoiding a leadership vacuum in the strategic commission while awaiting Senate confirmation. The board includes various executive directors and regional representatives, as well as members from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

Buhari appoints Oluwatoyin Madein Nigeria’s first female Accountant General

19 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Oluwatoyin Madein as the new Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) of Nigeria. The announcement was made by the Director of Communication in the presidency, Mohammed Ahmed. Madein was selected after a thorough selection process and her appointment, which was confirmed by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF) Folasade Yemi-Esan, became effective from May 18. She was previously the Director of Finance and Accounts at HoCSF and is the first female to hold the position of AGF. Madein, an indigene of Ogun State, has a Ph.D. in Management Finance from Walden University, Minnesota, USA.

Fire guts FCT Administration’s ICT unit

19 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
On Thursday, a fire broke out in the ICT Unit of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) due to a power surge around 8pm. The fire partially affected the server room but was quickly contained by the FCT Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service. The emergency response, aided by security personnel, managed to control the fire in about 15 minutes. The FCTA management has informed the public that the incident will not disrupt the ICT Unit's operations or any other functions. The quick response of the police and fire service in extinguishing the fire was also acknowledged.

FAAC disburses N655.932 billion to three tiers of government for April

04 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has distributed N655.932 billion among the Federal Government, State Governments, and Local Government Councils in Nigeria for April. The Federal Government received N248.809 billion, States N218.307 billion, and Local Governments N160.600 billion. The allocation includes various revenues such as statutory revenue, VAT, EMTL, Forex Equalization, and non-mineral revenue. Deductions were made for cost of collection, transfers, and refunds. The balance in Nigeria's Excess Crude Account is now $473.754 million. Compared to previous months, there was a decrease in taxes and duties collected, including PPT, CIT, and VAT.

IEOM Releases Final Report on Nigeria's 2023 General Elections, Highlights Major Flaws

02 May 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The joint International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) by the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, supported by USAID and led by Dr Joyce Banda, released its final report on Nigeria's 2023 general elections. The report criticized the elections for inadequate communication, lack of transparency, and low voter turnout, which was the lowest in Nigeria's modern history at 27%. Despite improvements in election administration and results transparency, the report found significant issues such as logistical, technological, and communication failures, divisive rhetoric, political violence, and vote manipulation. The IEOM urges Nigerian institutions and citizens to work towards improving electoral processes, fighting corruption, and restoring faith in democracy. The report is based on observations from June 2022 to May 2023 in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with contributions from over 60 observers.

Understanding the Role of the Special Adviser on Security in Nigeria

05 Apr 2023  |  dailypost.ng
The article discusses the appointment of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as the Special Adviser on Security to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria. It clarifies the role and responsibilities of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and contrasts it with Ribadu's new position. The piece highlights Ribadu's background, including his tenure as the pioneer Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and his achievements in intelligence and crime-fighting. It also outlines the legal framework and mandates of the NSA, detailing the coordination of intelligence agencies and the development of non-military strategies to counter-insurgency. The article emphasizes the importance of inter-agency cooperation and the constitutional powers of the President in directing the armed forces and police. It concludes by noting Ribadu's experience and the potential impact of his title on his ability to fulfill his duties.

Supreme Court needs more judges, asks NBA to nominate

16 Oct 2022  |  Daily Post Nigeria
The article discusses the Supreme Court of Nigeria's initiative to expand its bench by appointing more judges. The court has identified 21 available positions for new judges and has requested the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to nominate candidates for these roles. The expansion is aimed at addressing the backlog of cases and improving the efficiency of the judiciary. The process and criteria for the nomination and appointment of the new judges are not detailed in the provided excerpt.

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