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2019: Mixed reactions as Obasanjo endorses Atiku
Fri, 12 Oct 2018

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The frosty relationship between former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and his former deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, ended on Thursday as Obasanjo declared that he had forgiven the former Vice-President and endorsed him as his candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
He made this declaration while addressing journalists after holding a closed-door meeting with Atiku, which lasted almost two hours.

Atiku is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, having emerged as the overall winner at the presidential primary of the party last Sunday in Port Harcourt.

Adebanjo, Oyedepo, Kukah and Gumi broker peace

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Those who accompanied Atiku to the meeting to broker peace include the founder of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, Islamic preacher, Ahmed Gumi, Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, Afenifere chieftain Chief Ayo Adebanjo and National chairman, PDP, Uche Secondus.

The relationship between Obasanjo and Atiku had become frosty towards the twilight of the Obasanjo’s administration which ran from 1999 till 2007.

It was alleged that Atiku had worked against the third term agenda purportedly muted by his then boss. Obasanjo too had since not supported all Atiku’s earlier efforts at becoming the president. And since then there had been no love lost between the two.

However, on Thursday Obasanjo said he had not only forgiven Atiku, he was ready to support him in actualising his dream of becoming the country’s president.

The former president said from what he could deduce from the meeting held earlier at his pent-house boardroom, Atiku had become penitent and had rediscovered and repositioned himself.

Obasanjo noted that the PDP presidential candidate had done much damage to the government then, the party and against the country, than he did to him.

He revealed that Atiku was meant to succeed him in 2007 but that never happened given the frosty relationship.

Defending himself, the former president said he took the decision he took then in the interest of the nation.

He said, “Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.

“Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo. In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku.

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Marafa backs INEC, says no candidates in Zamfara APC
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The lawmaker representing Zamfara-Central Senatorial District, Senator Kabiru Marafa, has expressed his support for the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission that his party, the All Progressives Congress, does not have candidates for the 2019 general election in Zamfara State. Marafa, who is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the
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Why I wont attend Fayemis inauguration Fayose
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said he wont attend the inauguration of Dr Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday because he has a date with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The governor also advised the members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to cooperate with Fayemi and
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2019 polls budget: Senate retains inserted projects
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A fresh crisis is looming between the National Assembly and the Presidency as the Senate on Thursday approved the sum of N189bn for the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct of the 2019 general election. The approval followed the adoption of the report by the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the
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Ohakim, 13 other gov aspirants form new APGA
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri A former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, led 13 other governorship aspirants on Thursday in protest in Owerri, over the alleged imposition of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the state. The aspirants, who blocked major streets in the state capital with thousands
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Pay Omo-Agege his entitlements or appear in court, judge warns Saraki
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court on Thursday warned the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over the imprisonment proceedings initiated against him by the Delta-Central Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. Omo-Agege had initiated the committal proceedings praying that Saraki be sent to prison as punishment for flouting the May 10 judgment of the court which ordered him
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Primary: Cross River PDP members protest against Ayades election
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Cross River State on Wednesday stormed the partys national headquarters in Abuja to protest against the emergence of Governor Ben Ayade as the partys governorship candidate in the state. The placard-carrying protesters demanded the annulment of the primary which produced Ayade, alleging that it was manipulated
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Family as resource for nurturing mental health in youths
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Adeoye Oyewole The family has long been recognised as a fundamental unit of social organisation in the lives of humans. Regardless of the specific pattern of family life, the foundational narratives, myths, legends and folklore and all cultures emphasise the power of family relations in moulding the character of the individual and serving as an
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Minister agrees with IMF on Nigerias debt weakness
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, on Thursday agreed with the International Monetary Fund on Nigerias debt vulnerabilities and stated that it was an issue that should be adequately monitored. Udoma, who spoke at the presentation of the IMF Regional Economic Outlook Report for Sub-Sahara Africa at the
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MMA2: Aviation unions call off strike
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Aviation unions under the aegis of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers on Thursday night called off their strike action against Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited. It was gathered that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and
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Nigeria needs $1tn investment to fix energy Osinbajo
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said Nigeria needed about $1tn investment to modernise its energy infrastructure in 29 years. He, however, noted that the report of a study of the Energy Investment Risk Assessment presented to the government recently rated the nations energy investment risks as moderate. Osinbajo, who was represented by
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Xpress Payments lures unbanked Nigerians with products, services
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh With a large number of Nigerians still financially excluded, predominantly in rural areas, many industry stakeholders have recognised the need to put in place incentives in order to bring more people into the financial space. In 2016, 58.4 per cent of the nations 96.4 million adults were financially served, compared to a target
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Tinubu was mute when herdsmen attacked South West Odumakin
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The spokesman for the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has carpeted a former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, for allegedly keeping mute when Fulani herdsmen abducted elder statesman, Olu Falae, and attacked farmers in parts of South-West. He dismissed Tinubus claims that the South-West was not affected by herdsmen attacks, noting
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Osinbajo to speak on Nigerias investment drive in Oxford
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will, on the invitation of Oxford University, United Kingdom, on Friday deliver a lecture highlighting ongoing investments, efforts and plans of the Nigerian government on human development. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement made available to
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Economic benefits of integrated farming
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Jennifer Abraham An integrated farm provides a good example of how an agic-venture can create an ecosystem where one form of life supports other thereby spreading costs over several interconnected ventures and mitigating losses. Agribusiness can be a high-risk business. A whole farm could be wiped off in one day by flood; a poultry farm
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Ekiti Assembly removes Speaker, deputy, suspends 12 lawmakers
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday removed the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, and his deputy, Sina Animashaun. Their removal was spearheaded by the three All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the assembly with aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party members. The removal came five days to the end of the tenure of Governor
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Determining which bank account suits you best
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Current accounts and savings accounts are the two main types of account on offer from banks and building societies but what exactly is the difference between the two and which type of account is right for you’ According to money.co.uk, current accounts are generally best for managing day-to-day transactions, while savings accounts are
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Joke with Nigerias unity, have problem with me Buhari
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has said as long as he is alive, anybody who jokes with the unity of Nigeria will have a problem with him. He said the Federal Government was ready to contend with people who would work against the peace and unity of the country. According to a statement by
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Ladol, Samsung disputell be resolved amicably FG
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday said the ongoing dispute between Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria and the management of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics would be resolved amicably. According to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, all parties in the dispute are already being engaged by the Nigeria Export Processing Zones
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ICPC discovers FGs N9.8bn hidden in bank, grills MD
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission says it has discovered N9.8bn belonging to the Federal Government which was hidden in Aso Savings and Loans Plc. The ICPC said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, that the money which was realised from the sale of government assets
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Poor facilities, polices causing high port charges LCCI
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Anna Okon The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry says poor infrastructure and inadequate facilities at the ports are largely responsible for high cost of doing business at the nations seaports. The President, LCCI, Mr Babatunde Ruwase, stated this in Lagos on Thursday during the chambers freight forwarders group annual seminar themed Trade Facilitation on
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Nigeriansll choose between a clean candidate and a racketeer APC
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Olusola Fabiyi and John Alechenu The All Progressives Congress has said the real choice before Nigerians as they head to the polls in 2019 is a choice between a candidate who passes the integrity test and another who is a racketeer, who is ready to mortgage the nations future for personal gain. This was contained
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Estate surveyors seek proper clean-up of Ogoniland
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers has called on the Federal Government to ensure that a proper work is done on the clean-up of Ogoniland to avoid land stigmatisation. The National President of institution, Mr Roland Abonta, made the call during a seminar, which had as its theme, Continuing
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FG redeploys 32 directors, 127 other top officials
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday ordered the redeployment of 159 top government officials across different ministries. The circular containing the redeployment indicated that those affected in the exercise approved by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winnifred Oyo-Ita, were those in the directorate level and other officers under
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Oil marketers want payment of subsidy debts
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Femi Asu Oil marketers under the aegis of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria and the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association have called for the payment of the outstanding debts owed them by the Federal Government. The associations, in separate interviews with our correspondent, said the delay in the payment of the debts
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Obi of Onitsha declares war against Osu culture
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has said the time has come for the Osu caste system to be abolished in Igboland. Describing the practice as antiquated, unlawful and obnoxious, Achebe called for a concerted war against the act. The Osu caste system, our correspondent learnt, is a practice in Igbo
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LASACO to raise N10bn capital through shares
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Shareholders of LASACO Assurance Plc have approved the decision of the board of directors to raise additional N10bn ordinary shares to beef up the companys capital base. The shareholders gave the nod during an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of the company in Lagos, as part of efforts to position LASACO as a major tier
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Executive Order 6: Court backs Buhari on seizure of looters assets
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday validated the Presidential Executive Order 6 of 2018 which provides for the interim seizure of assets linked to ongoing criminal trials and investigations. President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 5, 2018, issued the Presidential Executive Order, but two lawyers, Ikenga Ugochinyere and Mr Keneth
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Nigeria, India to strengthen bilateral trade ties
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Anna Okon Nigeria and India have announced plans to strengthen bilateral trade ties. The Chairman, Nigerian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chevalier Itsueli, who gave the indication, explained that there was a need to sustain the depth of the relationship, adding that Indian companies were the biggest employers of labour after the Federal Government.
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Akwa Ibom youths hail BudgIT on workers wage survey
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
The Akwa Ibom Youth League has said the result of a survey conducted by a Non-Governmental Organisation, BudgIT, on state governments owing workers salaries and retirees pensions have put to rest claims that Governor Udom Emmanuel administration is owing workers and pensioners. The youths said apart from giving the state a clean sheet of performance
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Mantrac launches next generation excavators in Nigeria
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Mantrac Nigeria Limited has launched Caterpillars three new generation excavators in Nigeria. The Managing Director, Mantrac Nigeria Limited, Ahmed Ragab, said the new series of excavators 320GC, 320 and 323 were technology-driven to enhance operating efficiency. He said the excavators were built with software that lowered cost of fuelling and maintenance
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Scholars want better welfare, recognition for monarchs
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Scholars in History have called for improved welfare for traditional rulers in the country, advocating that they should be paid from a consolidated account rather than through local government chairmen. The call was made at a three-day international conference organised by the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding as part of activities
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Stakeholders advocate future without oil for Nigeria
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Anna Okon Stakeholders in the real sector have said that the time has come for Nigeria to develop along the non-oil sector and build a future without oil. The stakeholders spoke at the 2018 edition of Meet the Farmers conference held in Lagos recently. Making a presentation at the event, the Executive Director and Chief
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Indomie promotes child education, empowerment at heroes award
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Anna Okon Dufil Prima Foods, makers of Indomie noodles, has stressed the need for Nigeria to invest in education and empowerment of children. The firm noted that the Nigerian child possessed a lot of potential and energy for heroic feats, which when harnessed could translate into greater benefits for the youth population and the economy.
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Osinbajo advises editors on professionalism
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Ochei Matthew, Asaba The Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has urged the Nigerian Guild of Editors and other stakeholders in the journalism profession to make sacrifices that will save the profession from dying or being taken over by non-professionals. Osinbajo gave the advice on Thursday while declaring open the 14th All Nigeria Editors Conference with the
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US, UNESCO seek more funding for girls education
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Eric Dumo and Tony Okafor The United States Government, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, and the First Lady of Anambra State, Ebelechukwu Obiano, have all called for an improved funding for the education and development of girls in Nigeria. According to them, leaders in Nigeria and other developing nations of the
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Missing general: Reps seek professional investigation by police, DSS condemn arrest of PUNCH man, pregnant women, others
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the renewed killings and disappearance of citizens in Plateau State, particularly the disappearance of a former Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Idris Alkali (retd.), and another soldier, Captain Davou Mwankon-Gyang. It called for a professional investigation into the whereabouts of the
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Flooding: NEMA declares national disaster in five more states
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Leke Baiyewu and Okechukwu Nnodim The National Emergency Management Agency on Thursday declared a national disaster in five more states following the devastating floods that ravaged the states. It outlined the five states as Adamawa, Taraba, Rivers, Kebbi and Bayelsa, adding that this was despite the ongoing efforts to tackle and assist flood victims. This
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Senate confirms 22 NPC commissioner-nominees, drops one
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of 22 of the 23 nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as Commissioners of the National Population Commission. The confirmation of the appointments followed the adoption of the report by the Senate Committee on National Identity Card and National Population Commission presented by the Chairman, Senator
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FG arraigns clearing agent for illegal importation of 1,570 guns
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned a clearing agent, Ifeuwa Moses, for alleged illegal importation of firearms into the country. The defendant, who was arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos, was accused of bringing 1,570 pump-action rifles into the country. The prosecuting counsel for the state, Julius Ajakaiye, told Justice Saliu
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Osinbajo meets 1,000 schoolgirls over poor education, discrimination
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The wife of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, is set to meet with 1000 schoolgirls drawn from private and public schools nationwide to discuss issues of gender discrimination including access to education, sexual harassments and violence. Our correspondent learnt that Osinbajo will be meeting the girls in the Federal Capital Territory,
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Delta NUT laments shortage of teachers in public schools
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Ochei Matthew, Asaba The leadership of the Delta State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers has decried the acute shortage of teachers in public primary and secondary schools in the state. The Chairman, NUT, Delta State, Comrade Titus Okotie, who stated this in Asaba, warned that the lack of adequate teaching personnel in was
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Employ more qualified teachers, ASUSS tells Osun govt
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary School Teachers, Mr Olusegun Adediran, has urged the Osun State Government to employ more qualified teachers to teach in government-owned secondary schools in the state. Adediran said this in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo on the sidelines of programme organised by
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Philips boosts Nigerias health care delivery with Lumify
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Philips Africa, on Thursday, introduced a new mobile, app-based approach to ultrasound delivery, called Lumify, to the Nigerian market. The company, in a statement, said Lumify combined secure cloud-enabled technology and high-image quality to health care providers. It said the ultrasound system broke down barriers for care providers from clinicians, teaching institutions,
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Group seeks improved training for girls
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Samson Folarin A non-governmental organisation, Women, Law and Development Centre, Nigeria, has called on the government to give priority to the training of the girl child. The Executive Director of the group, Dr Keziah Awosika, added that neglect of adequate training of the boy child was responsible for the increasing domestic violence in the society.
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Edo deploys monitoring officers to 612 schools
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin City The Edo State Government has started the deployment of quality assurance, learning and development officers to 612 public primary schools in the state under the Basic Education Sector Transformation programme. The Commissioner for Education, Mr. Emmanuel Agbale, disclosed this during the graduation ceremony of 7,000 teachers trained under the programme at
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Widows of slain Abuja policemen get succour
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The House on the Rock Church, Abuja, has presented awards and unspecified amounts to the widows of seven policemen killed by gunmen in the Galadimawa area, off Airport Road. The church said the initiative inspired the recent Nigerias 58th independence anniversary. The seven slain policemen were Inspectors James Amedu, Timothy Marcus, Donatus
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Govt officials sanctioned over River Kaduna accident
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
Babatunde Musa, Kaduna Following the peaceful protest at the Kaduna State Government House on Wednesday by parents of the five pupils who drowned last year in River Kaduna, the state government has sanctioned officials of the relevant agency for negligence. The five pupils drowned in the River while on an excursion to the Kaduna State
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Buhari, Atiku, Nwodo, Soyinka, others for summit
Fri, 12 Oct 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic party, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka and President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, are among dignitaries expected to participate at a special pan-Nigerian conference designed to move the national conversation on political restructuring forward in the run-up
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