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TSA commission crisis: AGF Denies Contracting SystemSpecs

By Isuma Mark in Abuja As the investigations continue to find out who did what, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Alhaji Ahmed Idris has moved quickly to exonerate himself from what is unraveling to be the biggest fraud so early on in Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Idris even denied the existence of SystemSpecs, the owners of the Remita e-payment ...

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Presidency Keeps Mute Over Diezani Alison-Madueke In London

The Presidency on Friday, declined to comment on the arrest of the immediate-past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke , in London, as well as the invasion of her Asokoro, Abuja residence by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). It was gathered that some vital documents were removed from the former minister’s Abuja home, reportedly ransacked earlier ...

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Why Jigawa NYSC Sent 25 Corps Members Packing

Thirty corps members at the Jigawa State NYSC Orientation camp were dazed on May 20, 2015 as 25 of them were dismissed, while five others got warning letters. The Camp Director stated that the corps members indulged in acts of indiscipline and were found guilty at the camp court after facing the panel which finally led to the dismissal of ...

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Free Our Members Before Handover, MASSOB Begs Jonathan

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to order the release of its members before he hands over power on May 29, 2015. The MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in a press statement, urged  President Jonathan to act in line with the spirit of forgiveness, justice, love ...

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U.S Plane Crashes, Kills Four

A plane carrying four people has crashed on a busy highway in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on Friday, May 8. Local media reported that all the four people on board were killed when it crashed. The plane, a Piper PA-32, crashed into the Interstate 285 highway shortly after taking off from the DeKalb Peachtree Airport, the reports said. DeKalb County Fire ...

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Buhari meets Decree 4 victim, Thompson

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has met with Tunde Thompson, one of the journalists jailed when he was Nigeria’s military Head of State. They met on Tuesday May 5, 2015 when Buhari hosted members of his Media Team and Social Media Influencers at the Defence House, Abuja. Thompson and Nduka Irabor, it would be recalled, were imprisoned in 1984 under the ...

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I’m Cautiously Optimistic About Buhari –Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that he “is cautiously optimistic” about the performance of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. Soyinka stated this while delivering a lecture titled, ‘Predicting Nigeria: Electoral Ironies’ at the Harvard University Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research in the United States, according to a gazette by the institution. He stressed that Buhari cannot ...

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Niger Assembly Sacks Second Speaker In One Week, Enthrones Third

The Niger State House of Assembly has impeached its second Speaker in one week. The Assembly, on Tuesday morning, May 5, 2015, impeached Isah Kawu, who was elected Speaker, just last week, after impeaching Mohammed Tsowa Gammunu, for lack of competence. Kawu, like his predecessor, was also impeached by a majority for incompetence and lack of confidence. He was impeached ...

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I Didn’t Betray Jonathan –Mu’azu

By Akinwunmi King, Lagos Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, on Tuesday May 5, 2015 denied betraying President Goodluck Jonathan at the just-concluded presidential election, insisting that he gave his best to the president’s campaign. Mu’azu, who took to his official twitter handle @Muazuaa, to react to allegations that he betrayed President Jonathan, maintained that he did his ...

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Plateau Killings: Senate To Meet Military Chiefs

The Senate on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Defence to meet with the Military High Command for identities of those behind the alleged killing of over 50 people in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State. This is as the Senate condemned the alleged invasion of the community, which led to the displacement of hundreds of the people. The Senate ...

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Reps Say ‘No’ To Fuel Subsidy Removal

MEMBERS of Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Tuesday May 5, 2015, unanimously rejected a motion seeking the removal of fuel subsidy. This followed a motion by Sunday Kareemi, PDP, Kogi titled: “The recurring crisis of fuel subsidy,” which the lawmakers rejected instantly. The lawmakers roundly condemned the motion, describing it as anti-people. The issue of fuel subsidy removal has been ...

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Pope Francis Named Most Influential Tweeter Figure

Pope Francis on May 1 gained a significant online recognition as he has been named the most influential tweeter figure in the world. According to Christian Post, a study of the Twitter accounts of world leaders by Public Relations firm, Burson Marsteller, put Francis at the top for the third time running. Reports say with more than 19 million followers ...

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Mourinho Lacks Respect – Wenger

  Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has said that Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho lacks respect for his fellow managers. Gunners fans chanted “boring boring Chelsea” during last weekend’s 0-0 draw, and Mourinho said the Gunners’ 11-year wait for a title was “boring”. Wenger was asked about those comments in his pre-match news conference for Monday’s game with Hull. “The biggest thing for ...

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Suicide bomber blasts busy Somali restaurant

A suspected suicide bomber on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 rammed a car laden with explosives into a busy restaurant in the centre of capital Mogadishu, police said. “A policeman opened fire to stop the car bomb, but it was all in vain. “The policeman died and the car bomb rammed into the gate in the busy restaurant,” Major Farah Hussein, ...

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Ijaw group mourns Douglas, says he’s one of Niger Delta’s bright stars

The Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG) has said that the late Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Research and Documentation, Oronto Douglas, was a blessing to the Niger Delta region. The group, in a tribute at the weekend, said the late Douglas was one of the early prophets of modern Niger Delta struggle. In the tribute by its coordinator, Joseph ...

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Access N1.3tr TETFund money, Jonathan urges varsities

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerian public universities to access the N1.3trillion made available to them through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to enhance the quality of education. Jonathan, gave the advice at the 24th convocation of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, on Saturday. The President, who is also the Visitor of the institution, was represented by ...

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Nigerian Union to resettle 50 xenophobic attack victims

The Nigerian Union in South Africa has said that it is making arrangements to resettle 50 Nigerians affected by the ongoing xenophobic attacks. President of the union, Ikechukwu Anyene, stated this during a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday. Anyene said the Nigerians were displaced at Jeppes Town, near Johannesburg. “We ...

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Xenophobic killings: NANS gives South Africa seven-day ultimatum

As tension rises over the continued xenophobic killing of Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has given the South African government seven-day ultimatum to stop the attacks in that country. A statement issued by the association made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Saturday, signed its Public ...

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International observers seek cancellation of Rivers’ Gov, Assembly elections

  International election observers have called for the cancellation of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers. The leader of African Centre for Leadership Strategies and Development, Humphrey Bekaren, who spoke to newsmen on behalf of the observers, made the call in Port Harcourt on Sunday. He said the observers were shocked that the Independent National Electoral Commission ...

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Boston bomber found guilty, awaits death penalty

The man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been found guilty of all 30 charges that he faced, many of which carry the death penalty. The jury in Massachusetts will now decide what sentence 21-year-old Tsarnaev will receive. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when the bombs ...

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April 11 polls: INEC insists on use of card readers

  By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja Ahead of Saturday’s Governorship and State Houses Assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that only the card readers would be used. The commission also maintained that the use of manual voting would no longer be allowed. A statement signed by the commission’s Secretary, Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, said the provision of the ...

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Gunrunning: Robbery suspects in Benue implicates politician

By Tor Vande-Acka / Correspondent, Makurdi   The Benue State Command of the Nigeria Police has arrested a five-man robbery gang that has been terrorizing the state in recent times. The arrest is coming on the heels of complaints by the state Governor, Gabriel Suswam to the state Police Commissioner, Adams Audu, about the surge in crime rate particularly in Makurdi, ...

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Registered date: July 17, 2001 RC No: 419927 Commencement of Publication: October 1, 2001 Registered Office: Block 5, Plot 7D, Wempco Road, Ogba, Ikeja Independent Newspapers Limited publishes Daily Independent, a five-day-a-week newspaper, Saturday Independent and Sunday Independent, which are weekend titles. The Company observes officially declared public holidays administratively but publishes on those days except on Christmas day. Our ...

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