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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister says Facebook page hacked after reportedly raining curse on activist

Embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, says his Facebook page was hacked but is now recovered.
The suspect, Godwin Iboro, was arrested last Wednesday when one of the young men he had brought from Nigeria reported the sudden death of a colleague to the Amasaman police.

Scores of Boko Haram financiers arrested, accounts blocked

A massive crackdown on financiers of Boko Haram and other criminal gangs has begun, with scores of persons arrested by security agents.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami says the new Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics recently commissioned in FCT, Abuja will serve as a hub for innovation, research and development.

PDP charges DSS to invite minister Isa Pantami for questioning

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the Department of State Services, DSS, to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied any involvement in the attempt to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, at Ibadan, Oyo State.

DSS denies planned attacks on banks in South-East

Security agencies have denied claims by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that the Department of State Services (DSS) planned to sponsor attacks on banks in the South-East region.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says arms used by its Eastern Security Network (ESN) are produced locally.

IPOB: ESN arms produced locally

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says arms used by its Eastern Security Network (ESN) are produced locally.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami says the new Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics recently commissioned in FCT, Abuja will serve as a hub for innovation, research and development.

Why Nigerian minister engaged Boko Haram leader in a debate – lawyer

Michael Numa, counsel for Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has explained that the minister, many years ago, engaged the late Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf in a public debate “to challenge his (Yusuf’s) doctrinal teachings as being entirely antithesis to Islamic doctrine”.
Dennis Amachree

DSS alerted Imo governor, police three times before attacks – ex-director

A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the secret police alerted the Nigeria Police Force and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, at least three times before Monday attacks in the state.

Ondo court sentences two to life imprisonment over kidnap of poly lecturer

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital has sentenced two men to life imprisonment for kidnapping a lecturer of the state government owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo.
The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied any involvement in the attempt to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, at Ibadan, Oyo State.

DSS denies torturing President Buhari’s driver to death

The Department of State Services has denied torturing Sai’du Afaka, the President’s official driver, to death
Reacting to the development, the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said he received with shock “the report of an attack by some recalcitrant bandits who unleashed mayhem on innocent people” in Kabasa village of Magami district.

Group rejects gold for arms use of Zamfara aircraft

A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Development, has described as hoax and lie from the pit of hell, the allegations that Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mattawalle, was using an aircraft to take out gold and bring in arms and ammunitions for bandits.

US accuses Nigeria of significant human rights abuses

The United States has accusesd Nigeria of significant human rights abuses in its latest ‘’Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2020’’, released Wednesday by the Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.

Malabu oil deal: Ijaw youths ask Nigerian government to apologise to Dan Etete

The Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide has urged the federal government to apologise to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Dan Etete for wrongly accusing him of bribery and fraud in the Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 245 deal
2. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently chairing a security meeting at the Executive Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari chairs security meeting ahead of London medical trip

In attendance are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Major-General, Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd); Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd).
[File] Nigeria's Senate leader, Bukola Saraki, announces that he would stand to become the main opposition candidate in 2019's presidential elections in Abuja, Nigeria, August 30, 2018. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Senator Saraki: Attempt to forcefully remove me darkest moment in our democratic journey

Former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has described the failed attempt to remove him as President of the eighth senate as the darkest moment in Nigeria’s democratic journey. Saraki stated this last week in Uyo in his speech as guest speaker at the Bayelsa State House of Assembly Retreat.
The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied any involvement in the attempt to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, at Ibadan, Oyo State.

Lawyer demands immediate release of 26 Bureau de Change operators arrested by DSS

Counsel in Ricky Tarfa & Co, Mr. Rilwan Idris, has demanded the immediate release of 26 members of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), North-west Chapter arrested on 9th of March by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has deployed 1,400 corps members to Gombe State for the 2019 Batch B Stream II orientation course.

DSS: We will provide security for NYSC members in Anambra

The Department of State Services (DSS) in Anambra state has pledged to fortify security around the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) locations across the state
The allegation of marginalisation against Governor Udom Emmanuel by the Oro Think Tank is unfair and has no basis in objectivity, the Akwa Ibom State branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has declared.

Akwa Ibom governor counsels Bayelsa officials on relationship with their governor

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has implored members of the Bayelsa State Executive Council not to define their relationship with Governor Douye Diri along the lines of financial gains.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army: We foiled attempt to abduct Turkish students in Kaduna

The Nigerian Army has said troops of 1 Division in Kaduna foiled the attempt to kidnap students of Turkish International Secondary School, Rigachikun, Kaduna State.
A combined team of security operatives made up of the Army, Air Force, Police and Department of State Services, DSS are combing the bushes in search of 30 students still missing after armed bandits attacked Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State late Thursday evening.

Kaduna abduction: 180 rescued, 30 students still missing – official

A combined team of security operatives made up of the Army, Air Force, Police and Department of State Services, DSS are combing the bushes in search of 30 students still missing after armed bandits attacked Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State late Thursday evening.
Mohammed Monguno

NSA: Nigeria has firepower to end insurgency without mercenaries

The federal government yesterday ruled out hiring mercenaries to fight the insurgency war, saying the country has enough personnel and resources to fight insecurity, especially with the reform of the armed forces by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ex-DSS director: Calls for negotiation, amnesty for bandits senseless, bizarre

A former Director in the Department of State Services DSS, Barr. Mike Ejiofor, has described as senseless and bizarre, the call by an Islamic Cleric, Abubakar Gumi that the federal government grants amnesty to armed Fulani herdsmen who have taken to terrorism in some parts of the country.

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta passes on in his sleep

Justice Ngwuta was said to be getting set for his retirement from on 30th March, 2021, upon the attainment of the 70 mandatory years.

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