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Nigerian president: How we will tackle insecurity this year

Insecurity, one of the vexed issues in Nigeria currently was one of what President Muhammadu Buhari spoke on today in his national broadcast. He vowed to reorganize the security apparatus in order to be able to tackle insurgency, banditry, kidnappings, piracy and other crimes.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

President Buhari’s New Year broadcast — full text

President Muhammadu Buhari in a speech on New Year’s Day recommits himself to serve the nation, promises to develop Nigerian youths and re-organise the police and the armed Forces to make them proactive.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , EFCC, nailed 865 of the 1,305 cases it took to court in 2020. The commission’s acting chairman, Mohammed Umar Abba, revealed this Wednesday.

EFCC wins 865 cases out of 1,305 in 2020 – acting chairman

The EFCC acting Chair added that the Commission also recorded humongous cash recoveries and seizure of a significant number of assets from persons indicted of corruption, following due legal process.

Bishop Kukah: I didn’t call for coup

Bishop Matthew Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese, yesterday, said he only expressed his personal view “based on evidence” and did not call for a coup in his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari. He insisted he only spoke the truth on Buhari’s nepotism.
Seven individuals and organisations from around the world were announced as the winners of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award held in Tunisia.

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim’s anti-corruption awards given in Tunisia

Seven individuals and organisations from around the world were announced as the winners of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award held in Tunisia.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has urged women to embark on regular HIV-AIDS screening to know their status and access free medical services.

Nigerian government wants children’s parliament established in schools

Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen has called for the establishment of children’s parliament in schools to aide planning and implementation of programmes affecting children.

SERAP asks President Buhari to stop Governors from borrowing N17 trillion from pension funds

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to use his “good offices and leadership position to urgently instruct the Director-General and Board of the National Pension Commission [NPC] to use their statutory powers to stop the 36 state governors from borrowing and/or withdrawing N17 trillion from the pension funds purportedly for ‘infrastructural development.’”
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister: Digitizing government processes, operations, key to curbing corruption

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, says digitization of government process and operations remain key winning to the anti-corruption war of government.
The Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Mohammed Isah, has called for strict compliance with extant laws establishing the bureau, in other to fulfill its mandate.

Anti-Corruption: Bureau warns against violating extant laws

The Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Mohammed Isah, has called for strict compliance with extant laws establishing the bureau, in other to fulfill its mandate.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved the State’s Anti-Corruption Strategy plan 2019-2023, to strengthen state institutions in their fight against corruption, spokesman to the governor, Mr Abba Anwar, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Kano governor signs strategy document to strengthen anti-graft agency

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved the State’s Anti-Corruption Strategy plan 2019-2023, to strengthen state institutions in their fight against corruption, spokesman to the governor, Mr Abba Anwar, said in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kano.
Apostle Johnson Suleman

Apostle Suleman: President Buhari’s administration the worst ever

Johnson Suleman, a Nigerian televangelist, on Tuesday, described President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as the “worst government ever.”

ICPC rates NiMet high on anti-corruption, ethics

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission, ICPC, has lauded the Nigerian Metrological Agency, NiMet, for its tough stand in the promotion of ethics aimed at discouraging corrupt practices and behaviour.
The Minister of Women Affairs and co-chair of the project, Pauline Tallen said key stakeholders had been working towards a common goal of reaching the down trodden vulnerable women and households in 15 selected high burden

Nigeria’s sexual assault cases under-reported – minister

Many cases of sexual assault are under-reported, and most times the cases are poorly prosecuted due to lack of evidence to prove rape, the minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has said.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 24th virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Recession: SERAP asks President Buhari to cut cost of governance, not public services

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him “to put the country’s resources at the service of human rights, and to support the less well-off to enjoy an adequate standing of living through cutting the cost of governance and implementing bold transparency and accountability measures in your government’s response to Nigeria’s second recession in five years.”
From left— Debo Adeniran, ED, Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL); Comrade Soweto, Convener, Youths Right Campaign (YRC); Akinbode Oluwafemi, ED; Aderonke Ige, Associate Director, both of Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), and Abayomi Francis, ED, Peace and Development Project (PEDEP) at the briefing on CAPPA’s submission of a petition to the ICC and UN, on Friday.

#EndSARS: CAPPA petitions ICC with 10,152 signatures seeking justice for protesters

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation, CAPPA, has submitted a petition at the International Criminal Court, ICC, The Hague, and to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, seeking justice for the victims of #EndSARS protesters, especially those of Lekki Tollgate shootings in Lagos.
The Chairman Oriade Local Government in Osun State Olubunmibi Ezekiel Obeisun has been dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for diverting the sum of N193 million to his personal account.

Group drags Osun council chief to EFCC for ‘diverting’ N193m to personal account

The Chairman Oriade Local Government in Osun State Olubunmibi Ezekiel Obeisun has been dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for diverting the sum of N193 million to his personal account.
Ogun State House of Assembly

Ogun Assembly summons Senator Amosun’s ex-aide over ‘audit infractions’

The Ogun State House of Assembly has again summoned an aide to former governor Ibikunle Amosun, Jide Odusolu, over alleged 25 infractions.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national state of disaster as he announced a range of extraordinary measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected 61 people so far.

Nigerian protesters want South African president to help end SARS unrest

About 30 Nigerians living in Cape Town marched to Parliament on Friday to protest against police brutality in Nigeria.
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APC urges Nigerians to resist those inciting violence

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged Nigerians to resist those who have hijacked the #EndSARS agitations and now using it as a platform to incite violence across the country.
The minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed disclosed this on Tuesday during her maiden meeting with top officials of the two merged ministries at the headquarters of Budget and National Planning in Abuja.

Nigerian government develops rapid response register for poor residents

The Federal Government through the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office is developing a Rapid Response Register to scale up the enrollment of poor and vulnerable citizens in urban centres.
A vendor poses as he counts Nigerian naira banknotes inside a shop in Idumota Market, in Lagos, Nigeria February 11, 2019. REUTERS-Nyancho NwaNri

Edo election: CNPP urges INEC, security agencies to end vote buying

Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has advised the Federal Government to refrain from acts capable of killing Nigeria’s democracy.
A gas station attendant pumps fuel into a customer's car at the NNPC Mega petrol station in Abuja, Nigeria March 19, 2020. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

SSANU: Fuel, electricity hike’ll increase Nigerians’ hardship

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Monday, warned that except the Federal Government addresses the recent hike in fuel and electricity tariff, the non-teaching staff in collaboration with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), would engage the government in a peaceful protest across the nation, with a view to forcing the government to rescind its decision.

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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

NSCDC commences selection, psychological evaluation for all-female squad

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has commenced the selection process into its proposed female squad from the female personnel drawn from various state and the Federal Capital Territory commands.
Super Eagles and Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new deal with the Club, keeping him at King Power Stadium until at least 2024.

Kelechi Iheanacho: Leicester City must fight to reach FA Cup final

Kelechi Iheanacho says Leicester City must display a fearsome determination to win when they take on Southampton at Wembley Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup Semi-finals on Sunday.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Kwara APC faction protests against senator, governor’s sister in appeal committee

A faction of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State has said it will not accept the inclusion of Senator Khairat Gwadabe and Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s elder sister in the 61-member APC National Revalidation/Registration Appeal Committee.
Big Brother Naija 2019 winner, Mercy Eke, has opened up concerning rumours that she tested positive for COVID-19.

Mercy Eke: No man is responsible for my success

In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel, the reality star said, “In this part of the world, people believe a man is behind the success of a woman, whether she is married or single. I work hard for everything I own today. When people say a man is behind these things, I find it appalling. However, it does not get to me anymore because what else would one say? It only shows that my success is visible.”
election inec nigeria

2023: INEC to put polling units in hospitals, courts

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday said it would bring polling units in overcrowded areas closer to the people, particularly to public places like schools, courts and hospitals ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by athletes and officials participating in the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

NSF: Kano defeats Lagos to clinch gold medal in handball

Team Kano, on Monday, defeated their Lagos counterpart to clinch gold medal in the male event of handball at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival in Edo.

NBA threatens protest in support of financial autonomy

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, has threatened to join the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

Anambra guber: PDP aspirants differ on zoning

The quest for Anambra South Senatorial District to produce a candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the November 6 governorship election dominated discuss at a stakeholders’ meeting.
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Halilu Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

Senate confirms Halilu Shaba as NASDRA chief

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Halilu Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).
Johnson & Johnson's single dose COVID-19 shot is the fourth to be endorsed for use in the EU after vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Moderna.

South Africa suspends J&J vaccine rollout

South Africa on Tuesday suspended the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine over potential blood clot risks reported by the United States, the health minister said.