• FG not contemplating another lockdown, says COVID-19 Task Force

    FG not contemplating another lockdown, says COVID-19 Task Force
    Secretary-General to the Federation/Chairman Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha.
    By Omeiza Ajayi— ABUJA
    The Federal Government has dismissed reports that it was planning to, again, lock down the country in the wake of the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 disclosed this on Thursday, in a statement by Mr. Willie Bassey, the Director, Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
    The statement re
  • Akwa Ibom seeks first-class graduates to teach in secondary schools

    Akwa Ibom seeks first-class graduates to teach in secondary schools
    Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel
    By Harris Emanuel – Uyo
    The board of State Secondary Education Board (SSEB) has stated that it would give preference to first-class graduates in the ongoing recruitment of 1000 teachers to teach in Secondary schools in the state.
    Chairman of the board, Ekaette Ebong Okon, dropped the hints while interacting with Vanguard, flanked by members of the board, saying that the first-class graduates were the right calibre of people the board was looking for.
    Okon,
  • Host Communities, CSOs reject PIB

    Host Communities, CSOs reject PIB
    By Tordue Salem – Abuja
    A representative of the oil-bearing communities and a coalition of Civil Society Orhsnisations in the Niger Delta, Thursday, kicked against the Petroleum Industry Bill, 2020.
    The piece of legislation, which was first introduced in 2002, is now, for the first time undergoing a public hearing for passage into law in April.
    But the CSOs and some leaders in the South-South, insist the piece of legislation, as currently being considered, does not protect the interest of
  • FG to resuscitate nation’s airstrips to curb insecurity

    FG to resuscitate nation’s airstrips to curb insecurity
    Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation
    By Dirisu Yakubu
    The federal government is intensifying efforts to revive airstrips across the country in a bid to combat insecurity and boost commercial activities, Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said.
    The Minister stated this in Abuja, Thursday, while playing host to a delegation sent by the Emir of Hadejia, Alhaji Adamu Maje and led by former deputy governor of Jigawa state, Senator Ibrahim Hassan.
    Speaking specifically on Hadejia airstrip, the
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  • Man 25, bags 14 years jail term for attempt to Kidnap his former boss

    Man 25, bags 14 years jail term for attempt to Kidnap his former boss
    By Ibrahim HassanWuyo
    A commercial motorcyclist in Zaria, Kaduna state who threatened to kidnap an Igbo businessman has been sentenced to 14 years in jail by a magistrate court.
    The convict, Bashir Adamu, 25, a resident of Sadauki Road in Wusasa Zaria  was charged  for threat to life and attempted kidnapping.
    The Chief Magistrate, Hajiya Zainab Garba, in her ruling said the sentence was in pursuant to section 247 (3) of the Penal Code Law.
    The Magistrate’s Court at
  • Bandits neutralized in sweeping air missions across 4 local government areas

    Bandits neutralized in sweeping air missions across 4 local government areas
    Bandits
    By Ibrahim HassanWuyo
    Many bandits were killed when air platforms carried out several armed missions across identified locations spanning Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna state .
    According to Samuel Aruwan ,Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State,the operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, areas covered were Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, Buruku, Ungwar Yako, Udawa, Polewire, Crossing Point, Gagafada, Kugu, K
  • CBN, NSIA to invest N50bn in Nigeria Commodity Exchnage

    CBN, NSIA to invest N50bn in Nigeria Commodity Exchnage
    The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) are to invest a fresh N50 billion in the Nigerian Commodity Exchange (NCX), Abuja.
    The Governor of the CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this at the Inaugural Meeting of the Steering Committee, set up to reposition the exchange.
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    He said that the investment would be made through the Infrastructure Corporation (Infraco) in a push
  • Labour seeks better work condition for police

    Labour seeks better work condition for police
    …backs Community Policing
    By Ibrahim HassanWuyo
    The Organized labour has hailed the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) led by its chairman, Dr Kayode Fayemi for the recent engagement with  all the stakeholders including the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), security agencies and other stakeholders on the recent security challenges in Ondo State.
    In In a statement, Comrade Issa Aremu,a  former two term Vice President of Nigeria Labour
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  • Corruption: TI’s rating of Buhari vindicates us- PDP

    Corruption: TI’s rating of Buhari vindicates us- PDP
    …Urges APC to refund “stolen” N15tr
    By Dirisu Yakubu
    The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the abysmal 2020 corruption index report on Nigeria by Transparency International, TI, is a vindication of its stand that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is the most corrupt in the history of the nation.The report, released yesterday, ranked Nigeria 149 out of 183 countries.The PDP in a statement signed by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan noted that the TI report, &ldq
  • Corruption Perceptions Index 2020: Nigeria ranks 149 out of 183 countries — CISLAC

    Corruption Perceptions Index 2020: Nigeria ranks 149 out of 183 countries — CISLAC
    Says Nigeria recorded 2,860 kidnappings in 2020
    Urges govt to tackle security sector corruption, nepotism, others
    By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja
    As economic recession continue to bite harder and inflation skyrocketing, Transparency International, TI, Thursday, disclosed that Nigeria ranked 149 on Corruption Perception Index 2020 out of 183 countries.
    This was contained in a publication by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, and made available to Vanguard, which indicated that
  • Herdsmen/farmers clash: Ogun Assembly calls for immediate takeoff of Amotekun

    Herdsmen/farmers clash: Ogun Assembly calls for immediate takeoff of Amotekun
    By James Ogunnaike
    Concerned by the rising spate of insecurity occasioned by cases of kidnappings, herdsmen/ farmers clash, banditry and cultism, the Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the State government to step up plans towards the take-off of the Amotekun Security network, with a view to strengthening security network in the State.
    The passage of the resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif, seconded by a member representing Remo N
  • Breaking: Lagos govt imposes restriction of movement on trucks, trailers along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway

    Breaking: Lagos govt imposes restriction of movement on trucks, trailers along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway
    File image of traffic jam caused by container-laden trucks and tankers on Mile 2-Apapa Expressway.
    Lagos State Government has announced restriction of truck drivers within the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and other parts of the state
    This was contained in a statement on Thursday by Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
    According to the statement, truck drivers would ply routes in the state only between 9pm and 6am daily.
    The statement quoted the Commi
  • Buhari seeks international response to COVID-19, terrorism, corruption

    Buhari seeks international response to COVID-19, terrorism, corruption
    President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the need for the international community to collectively and frontally confront the COVID-19 pandemic and other common challenges affecting the globe.Speaking at an event to receive Letters of Credence of the new Ambassadors of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Argentina at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, the president declared:“We have common challenges that impact so much on our countries, which include terrorism, insurgency, climate change, popu
  • Adamu happy with legacy as he prepares to retire as IGP

    Adamu happy with legacy as he prepares to retire as IGP
    Adamu says he's made great contributions to policing in the country.The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, is convinced he has done a great job since he assumed leadership of the Nigeria Police Force.Appointed as IGP in January 2019, Adamu's time in service is set to expire next month when he's expected to make way for a new appointment.Speaking during an interview televised on TVC on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Adamu said he's made great contributions to policing in the country.The P
  • Over 124million Nigerians are using internet — NITDA

    Over 124million Nigerians are using internet — NITDA
    By Aliyu Dangida – Dutse
    The Director General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Kashifu Inuwa has revealed that the latest statistics indicate that over 124 million Nigerians are using the internet in Nigeria.
    Speaking at a one-day digital training workshop on online and e-marketing to the members of Jigawa state chamber of commerce, mines, and agriculture held at Sir Ahmadu Bello Hall, Dutse the state capital, Kashifu said Nigeria had in the year 2020 equall
  • IPOB’s ESN vs Army: Igbo group calls for peace, caution

    IPOB’s ESN vs Army: Igbo group calls for peace, caution
    By Chimaobi Nwaiwu, Nnewi
    The Igboezue International Association, Nigeria and the Diaspora, IIAND, has called on the Federal Government and South-East Governors to handle the issue of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, formed by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, peacefully and with caution.
    It also said that it has observed with dismay that any crisis in Igbo land has been reduced to an opportunity to kill Igbo youths and elders, destroy and burn houses their houses and shops, warning the
  • Gov Okowa says only fairness, equity will curb agitations in Nigeria

    Gov Okowa says only fairness, equity will curb agitations in Nigeria
    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has called for an all-inclusive governance to curb the myriad of agitations rocking the country.The governor made the call on Wednesday when the Executive Chairman and Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission, Dr Muheeba Dankaka, visited him at the Government House, Asaba.Okowa said that only fairness and equity could guarantee the loyalty of the people in terms of political appointments, projects and the civil service.He said that the rest of the country mus
  • Ogun Assembly minority leader, 6 others defect to APC

    Ogun Assembly minority leader, 6 others defect to APC
    Seven members of the Ogun House of Assembly, on Thursday, dumped the Allied People’s Movement (APM) and defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).The lawmakers announced their defection in separate letters read by the Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC – Ifo I) during a plenary in Abeokuta.The defectors are the Minority Leader, Ganiyu Oyedeji (Ifo II); Musefiu Lamidi (Ado-Odo/Ota II); Yusuf Amosun (Ewekoro); Sikiratu Ajibola (Ipokia); Bolanle Ajayi (Yewa South); Adeniran A
  • $1.1bn Malabu Oil Scam: EFCC re-arraigns ex-AGF, Adoke, 6 others

    $1.1bn Malabu Oil Scam: EFCC re-arraigns ex-AGF, Adoke, 6 others
    Former attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke
    By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, re-arraigned the immediate past Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, SAN, before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Gwagwalada, on an amended 42-count corruption charge.
    Adoke who is facing trial over the alleged role he played in the “fraudulent” transfer o
  • Igangan attack: Sarkin Fulani accuses police of complicity

    Igangan attack: Sarkin Fulani accuses police of complicity
    …Urges FG To Probe Destruction of his properties he put at N500m
    ..Says 7 of his Relations were killed..2 Corpses Still Missing.
    By Demola Akinyemi
    The Sarkin Fulani of Igangan in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State, Seriki Salihu Abdul Kadir, has accused the Oyo state police command of complicity in the attack of Mr Sunday Adeyemo on his properties last Friday.
    The Octogenarian, a Fulani man, native of Ilorin in Asa local government area of Kwara state said that the attackers wou
  • Fight at House of Reps

    Fight at House of Reps
    It took the police to stop blows and chairs from flying.Members of host communities from the Niger Delta exchanged blows and dragged themselves by the garment and hair, during a public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).The fight ensued on January 28, 2021, when representatives of host communities from the Niger Delta were summoned to the podium to make presentations in one of the chambers of the lower house within the national assembly complex.It all began when one of the Itsekiri lea
  • Hunter commits suicide after killing wife, son in Anambra

    Hunter commits suicide after killing wife, son in Anambra
    A hunter, Mr Uchechukwu Nweke, 65, who allegedly killed his wife, Patricia, 55 and his 29-year-old son, Obinna in Anambra, has committed suicide.
    The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday in Awka.
    Mohammed said the incident occurred at the early hours of Thursday at Amanuke community in Awka North Local Government Area.
    He said the late hunter shot the wife with a single-barrel gun and burnt his house along with his
  • Police arrest officers over alleged assault of civilians in Imo

    Police arrest officers over alleged assault of civilians in Imo
    The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Nasiru Mohammed, has said some officers of the command in the state had been arrested for allegedly assaulting five civilians in Orlu.The commissioner confirmed the arrest in a statement issued by the spokesman of the command, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, on Thursday.Mohammed said the officers were seen in a viral video committing the act at Banana Junction in Orlu.He said disciplinary action was being taken against the officers whose conduct was deemed unprofessiona
  • Divorce: Court advises couple to explore out of court settlement

    Divorce: Court advises couple to explore out of court settlement
    A Shari’a court sitting in Rigasa, Kaduna State on Thursday advised a 30-year-old housewife, Nafisa Musa, to explore an out of court divorce settlement.
    Musa dragged her husband, Almustafa Alhassan, seeking divorce on grounds of disrespect to her parent, lack of sex and lack of care.
    The Judge, Malam Salisu Abubakar-Tureta, asked Musa and Alhassan to settle their matter ”amicably”.
    Abubakar-Tureta adjourned the case until Feb. 15 to report on amicable resolution.
    Also read: Ok
  • Nigeria now second most corrupt West African country on corruption index

    Nigeria now second most corrupt West African country on corruption index
    President Muhammad Buhari
    By Emmanuel Okogba
    Nigeria has dropped to 149 on Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perception Index to become the second most corrupt country in West Africa, scoring 25 out of 100 points.
    This indicates that corruption in the country has worsened as it is the worst ranking Nigeria has received in two years.
    Nigeria follows Guinea Bissau who finished on 165 as the most corrupt nation in the sub-region scoring 19 points.
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  • 2023: Group to buy nomination form for Yahaya Bello

    2023: Group to buy nomination form for Yahaya Bello
    Gov Yahaya BelloBy Boluwaji Obahopo, LOKOJA
    A pro youths group, the North Central Coalition For Leadership (NCCL), has promised to purchase the All Progressives Congress (APC) Expression of Interest and Nomination Form for Governor Yahaya Bello if he decides to contest for the 2023 presidential election.
    National Coordinator of the group, Williams Charles, made this known while speaking to journalists on Thursday.
    “We members of NCCL (and) our resolve, since our formation, is primarily to
  • WHO team begins hunt for COVID-19 origins in China after quarantine

    WHO team begins hunt for COVID-19 origins in China after quarantine
    WHO’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) researchers on Thursday, after the end of their quarantine in China, began investigations hoping to learn more about the origins of COVID-19.
    China had required that the team spend a 14-day quarantine period in a hotel before they could begin their investigations in the city of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have crossed from animals to humans in 2019.
    China has disputed the theory that the disease s
  • Correctional Service empowers 119 inmates in Gombe — Controller

    Correctional Service empowers 119 inmates in Gombe — Controller
    The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Gombe State Command, says about 119 inmates in two custodial centres in the state have undergone vocational skills training.
    Mohammed Sharu, the state controller of NCS, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that the nine-month training was part of efforts to reform inmates.
    Sharu said the command only trained those that were convicted from two years upward so that “they will not go back to criminality when they ret
  • Lai Mohammed says other police officers should emulate his Orderly

    Lai Mohammed says other police officers should emulate his Orderly
    The Minister of Information and Culture, says besides getting security coverage from his Police Orderly, he also gets feedbacks through him on the pulse of the society about the government and his office.Alhaji Lai Mohammed revealed this in Abuja at a ceremony to decorate the Police Orderly, Mr Lucky Moses who was recently promoted by the Police Service Commission (PSC) from the rank of Inspector to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ministe
  • CRSHA bows to pressure, confirms Ikpeme as substantive Chief Judge

    CRSHA bows to pressure, confirms Ikpeme as substantive Chief Judge
    Justice Akon Ikpeme
    …we got fresh facts, new alignment about her – Speaker
    By Ike Uchechukwu – Calabar
    Cross River State House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed Justice Akon Ikpeme as Substantive Chief Judge of the state after rejecting her twice in 2020.
    Vanguard learned that her rejection was based on her being a ‘security threat’ to the state.
    Ikpeme who had been screened in 2020 was not confirmed by the state House of Assembly as she was rejected twice, with tw

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