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    Magu suspended as acting EFCC chairman

Magu suspended as acting EFCC chairman

Ibrahim Magu has been suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), TheCable understands. He appeared before a panel probing allegations of gross misconduct against him on Monday. The panel is led by Ayo Salami, retired president of the appeal court. There is yet no official statement to announce the suspension, but TheCable was informed [...]

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    Not all Nigerians are criminals, says PhD student who returned missing cash in Japan

Not all Nigerians are criminals, says PhD student who returned missing cash in Japan

Ikenna Nweke, a Nigerian Ph.D student in Japan, says not everyone from his country is a criminal. While on his way home in Japan on June 19, Nweke had found a wallet containing a "huge sum of money". But rather than keep it to himself, he not only returned it but refused to collect a percentage of the money that he is [...]

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    Army: Our duty is on the frontline — not to expose Boko Haram sponsors

Army: Our duty is on the frontline — not to expose Boko Haram sponsors

The Nigerian Army says it is not its duty to expose sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgents. At a media briefing on Thursday, John Enenche, coordinator of defence media operations, said although the army is aware that some groups are being sponsored, its duty is to defeat "terrorism and other criminality". Enenche said it is the responsibility of the National Intelligence Agency [...]

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    FG lifts ban on interstate travel, approves reopening of schools

FG lifts ban on interstate travel, approves reopening of schools

The federal government has lifted the ban on interstate travel and also approved the reopening of schools for graduating classes. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, broke the news at the presidential task force briefing on Monday. He said students in primary six, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 will be allowed to return to school. Mustapha, [...]

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    FACT CHECK: Are DStv’s tariffs in Nigeria the highest in Africa?

FACT CHECK: Are DStv’s tariffs in Nigeria the highest in Africa?

In May 2020, Multichoice, the owners of DStv and GOtv, disclosed that rates would go up in Nigeria.  This immediately led to a social media outrage, with many calling it insensitive "during a pandemic".  In Multichoice's defence, John Ugbe, chief executive officer of Multichoice, said the company did not increase subscription rates, stating it was only an adjustment to reflect the [...]

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    Lagos: We approved N25k for street sweepers but contractors paid N5k

Lagos: We approved N25k for street sweepers but contractors paid N5k

Ibrahim Odumboni, acting managing director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has alleged that some contractors were involved in sharp practices. According to the Nigerian Tribune, Odumboni said the government approved N25,000 for each sweeper in the state, but the contractors shortchanged them and paid as low as N5,000. He said an audit embarked upon by the state showed [...]

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    Yahaya Bello: 10 PDP governors will soon defect to APC

Yahaya Bello: 10 PDP governors will soon defect to APC

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, says about 10 governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will soon defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC). He spoke when he appeared as a guest on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television, on Friday. Responding to a question on if the APC will fall apart when President Muhammadu Buhari [...]

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    Oshiomhole’s NWC dissolved as Yobe gov becomes caretaker chairman

Oshiomhole’s NWC dissolved as Yobe gov becomes caretaker chairman

The Adams Oshiomhole-led national working committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been dissolved. Victor Giadom, acting national chairman of the party, announced the development at the national executive council (NEC) meeting of the party at the state house in Abuja. Mai-Mala Buni, governor of Yobe state, was named chairman of the caretaker/extra-ordinary convention committee while the governor of Niger [...]

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    Buhari backs Giadom as acting national chairman of APC

Buhari backs Giadom as acting national chairman of APC

President Muhammadu Buhari has backed Victor Giadom, deputy national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the acting national chairman. Garba Shehu, spokesman of the president, disclosed this to state house correspondents on Wednesday. Shehu said Buhari will attend the national executive committee (NEC) meeting of the APC which Giadom fixed for Thursday. "The President has received very convincing advice on the [...]

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    Trump planned to stop $1.5bn aid to Nigeria, says Bolton, ex-US NSA

Trump planned to stop $1.5bn aid to Nigeria, says Bolton, ex-US NSA

John Bolton, a former United States national security adviser, has alleged that President Donald Trump once argued that the $1.5 billion annual aid given to Nigeria should be stopped. Bolton, in a book titled "In the Room Where It Happened", alleged that the president also said funding for military operations in Afghanistan and Syria should be cut but wanted funds released for [...]

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    Buhari rejects UK report on ‘genocide’ against Christians in Nigeria

Buhari rejects UK report on ‘genocide’ against Christians in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected a report alleging that there is genocide against Christians in the country. In the report, the United Kingdom All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom or Belief, a group made up of  British parliamentarians, said Christians are being targeted because of their faith in Nigeria. But in a statement on Friday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said Boko [...]

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    Sanusi: Nigeria will go bankrupt with current governance structure

Sanusi: Nigeria will go bankrupt with current governance structure

Muhammadu Sanusi II, former emir of Kano, says Nigeria is set up for bankruptcy with its current structure of governance. According to The PUNCH, Sanusi spoke at a webinar hosted by Emmanuel Chapel, with the theme 'mitigation of the economic impact of COVID-19 and the path to recovery'.  Sanusi, who has repeatedly called for the review and reduction of the cost of governance, [...]

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    Edo primary: APC panel clears Ize-Iyamu, disqualifies Obaseki

Edo primary: APC panel clears Ize-Iyamu, disqualifies Obaseki

The All Progressives Congress (APC) screening committee for the Edo governorship primary has disqualified Godwin Obaseki, the governor. Jonathan Ayuba, chairman of the screening committee, broke the news while presenting his report to Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja on Friday. Six aspirants had indicated interest in the primary election scheduled for June 22. [...]

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    Angry protesters burn Buhari’s billboard in Katsina

Angry protesters burn Buhari’s billboard in Katsina

A billboard bearing the picture of President Muhammadu Buhari and the logo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been burnt by protesters in Yantumaki town, Danmusa local government area of Katsina state. Buhari is a native of Katsina. On Tuesday morning, residents of the town protested against the attacks and killings by bandits. This development is coming a week after Aminu Masari, [...]

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    Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala for WTO DG position

Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala for WTO DG position

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former coordinating minister for the economy, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable can report. In a document seen by TheCable on Thursday, Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria's permanent representative to WTO, for the same position. The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Plot to stop Dongban-Mensem as appeal court president thickens

EXCLUSIVE: Plot to stop Dongban-Mensem as appeal court president thickens

There is a grand plan to stop Monica Bolna’an Dongban-Mensem from being appointed the substantive president of the court of appeal (PCA), TheCable can report. Rather, there is a push for Mohammed Lawal Garba, who chaired the 2019 presidential election petitions tribunal, to be appointed in her place. Although tongues are wagging that it is because Dongban-Mensem is a minority northern Christian and Garba [...]

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