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EFCC issues statement AFter Naira Marley’s Arraignment

On Monday, May 20, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), arraigned Nigerian artiste, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, popularly known with stage name, Naira Marley, before Justice Nicholas I. Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Naira Merley was arraigned on an 11-count charge bordering on cybercrime, of which he pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo asked the court for trial date, while Counsel to the defendant, Taiwo Oluwa Ore- Agba, asked the court for a date to hear the bail application on behalf of his client.

Justice Oweibo, however adjourned the case to May 30, 2019, and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of the bail application.

Big Brother Naija: Now the Wait is Over

The much awaited Live TV reality show, the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) is on the verge of getting started as the anticipation by Nigerians for the housemates in the 2019 edition of the show is laid to rest.

These are the names of the shortlisted housemate for the much talked about TV reality show.

Charles, he is 32, Emeka 33, Nkeiru and Precious , the duo of which are youngest of all at, 23. Onyeka who loves tattoos is, 24, Moshood, 26. Others in the frame for the show are Todum, 32, Ifeanyi 23, Oluwasegun, 30 and Samson who is 25years of age.

Kano Emirate Tussle: Gov asks Rano Emir to Sanction Sanusi over Resignation

The Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje has directed the Emir of Rano to sanction the district head of Bebeji, Haruna Sanusi, over his resignation.

The governor insisted that the New Emirate has come to stay. Sanusi had earlier resigned as the district head of Babeji in protest against the new Emirate.

Ganduje utilized the opportunity of the condolence visit he made on Sunday to Emir of Rano following the passing on of the wife of Justice Wada Rano, Hajiya Khadija Wada Rano. He assured everyone that the New Emirates would be in the best interest of the state.

National Assembly Tussle: Will it be “Back to Back”?

As the tussle for who gets the highly coveted position of the Senate presidency continues to heat up, there have been rancour on the voting pattern to be adopted as senators loyal to Ahmed Lawan want a open ballots while the loyalist in the camp of Ali Ndume favour secret ballot.

The standing rule of the senate in 2015 Rule Book made provisions for a secret ballot, while the 2011 version provided for the open ballot as an option.

Ahmed who is the anointed candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), is sure of coming out victorious in the election. However, there have been claim by some members of those believed to be in support of the Ali Ndume being intimidated by EFCC. There are also thought in the Lawan camp that the inauguration may not go down well, as it would be disrupted by the invation of hired thugs.

will the vote go against Ahmed Again?

Insecurity: Gunmen invaded ECWA Church in Kaduna state, Kidnap pastor and 16 Members

Suspected kidnappers invaded Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Dankade, Kaduna State as they went away with the senior Pastor of the church, Rev. Zakariah Ido and 16 members of the church.

Kaduna state, for some time now have been a fertile ground for armed banditry, kidnapping and varying violent attacks.
It was gathered that the pastor and 16 other were seized during Sunday’s service, among those kidnapped were the daughter of the pastor and the son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church. They also carted away the phones of the members of the church.

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2019 Poll: Political parties created logistics problems for us -INEC

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INEC Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that a large number of political parties that participated in the 2019 general elections created a lot of logistics problem for the commission.

Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara state’s capital, Mohammed Haruna, the National Commissioner in charge of Kwara, Kogi and Nasarawa States, revealed that there were 799 litigations from the 2019 general elections across the country.

INEC organised a workshop in Kwara to review the 2019 general elections.

According to the National Commissioner, Jigawa had no petition from the election, Kwara had only three petitions and that Imo topped the list with 77 petitions.

Haruna, who further stated that there were over 800 million pre-election cases across the country that arose from political parties’ primary elections said something needed to be done about the numbers of the political parties registered.

“So you can see that with these kinds of problems we had, there is really a need to look at the number of political parties.

“We really need to do something about the 91 political parties, not just the quantity which generally speaking, the public has begun to complain that 93 political parties are on the high side,” he added.

While noting that 76 political parties contested for the Presidential election, he admitted that this was the source of the serious logistics problem that the commission had.

“We underestimated the kind of logistical problem that implied the size of the ballot papers, result sheets and so on.

“By the time these materials started arriving, we realise that it was a huge logistical problem.

“We are lucky, we had the Nigerian Air Force to help with the movement of the materials, they have always been helping us,” Haruna said.

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“Nigerian Universities Are Slow In Discoveries,” Says Buhari

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"Nigerian Universities Are Slow In Discoveries," Says Buhari

“Despite Nigeria independence for over 58 years, Nigerian Universities are slow in discoveries and intervention”

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari urges Universities across the nation to key into the efforts to be innovative through discoveries in order to help the country development at large, NIGERIA NEWS reports.

However, the Presidential representative and the former deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hazif Abubakar speaks on behalf of the president at the fourth convocation of the Federal University, Dutsinma, FUDMA, Katsina state on Saturday.

Prof. Abubakar states that “Research, critical thinking, moral dispositions, discoveries, and inventions should find natural habitats in our universities, as they do in several other universities in the world.

“Universities are supposed to be strong drivers of the country’s development initiatives for sustainable development.”

“It is not heart-warming that in our over 58 years of independence, Nigerian universities are slow in discoveries and inventions.”

Mr. President said that is administration is bound to perform in the area of creating more structures and facilities across the tertiary institutions in the country. He said training acquisition program would be dispensed through various interventions program.

He also urges that FUDMA and the Sokoto River Basin Development Authority develop a smooth partnership in order to restructure the agricultural sectors and channel out scientific support to the local farmers.

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