A property allegedly belonging to the former first lady, Patience Jonathan, was on Tuesday demolished by the Federal Capital Development Control Department. The building is situated on Shehu Yar’Adua Way along Mabushi–Kado–Life Camp Expressway, Abuja. Emmanuel Anene, a lawyer with E.A. Ezugwu and Associates, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the issue of the building was still pending before the Federal High Courts in Lagos and Abuja. “Sometime before, people from Development Control came to the site, alleging that there was no approval for the building. “We met them at their office and showed them the approval, which they accepted. We thought that the matter was over. “They had earlier gone to court with application for forfeiture of the property to
Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola representing Lagos West Senatorial district disclosed on Tuesday in Abuja, that he was offered a vessel to kill a petition brought against Total Upstream Nigeria Limited for deliberately flouting the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act. A petition against Total Upstream was forwarded to Senate Committee on Local Content by the Indigenous Vessels Operators Association of Nigeria asking it to intervene in the cancellation of the bidding contract entered by the association members in 2014. The Solicitor, Barr Bassey Offiong had told the senate that, “it all began in 2014 when Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, a joint venture partner with the Nigerian Government in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry published a tender with re
Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate probe of Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami. Sagay said Malami’s role in the return of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, was disappointing. “As the attorney general, you met a fugitive who is wanted for a very heinous crime of depriving thousands of elderly people of their rights. “You don’t, for any reason, go to hold discussions with such a person”, he told Punch. “Your job should be to extradite and try him. He compromised himself by meeting with him. “He says he didn’t write any letter regarding the reinstatement of Maina but the letter emanated from
The former Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Dr Iyiola Omisore has accused Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of plunging the state into a huge debt, to the tune of N416bn. Omisore, through his media aide, Mr Jide Fatokun, in a press statement made available to journalists on Saturday said with the huge debt incurred by the state government, the 2018 budget, recently presented to the House of Assembly was a product of bankruptcy and paucity of knowledge in public finance. Omisore queried why the Aregbesola-led administration will continue to blame the previous administration for socio-economic challenges in the state, describing it as a reflection of administrative incompetence. He accused Osun government of owing salaries and allowances of workers to the tu...
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, over 10 Arewa Youth groups have declared support for the next Nigeria President to come from the South-East. The groups, including Arewa Youth Forum, Arewa Youths Coalition for Peace, Northern Central Youth Club and Youths for One Nigeria made the declaration in Imo State yesterday during a youth summit. Apart from the Arewa Youth groups, several Afenifere and Igbo youth groups, who were also at the summit, toed same line. Spokesperson of the Arewa Youths, Alhaji Haruna Waziri stated that the decision would engender national unity and cohesion. Waziri, who noted that the convener of the Nigeria Youth Summit, Mr. Iheanachor Ezeakor, an indigene of Arondizuogu in Imo State, would be backed by the Arewa Youths for the presidency, said the best ...
A Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that he (Buhari) is walking towards failure ahead of 2019 presidential election. Speaking with Vanguard, Mohammed noted that the president had not helped matters by not building his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the national and state levels. According to the former lawmaker, instead of building the party, the president had rather positioned his family and friends around him to shape his politics. He said, “No successful party, if you look at history, had been able to survive a major crisis from within its ranks and this is what we are seeing in the APC today. “APC was formed in a hurry and the structures were not put well in place. You have t
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has advised Nigerians to send President Buhari back to his farm in Daura, Katsina state. He said it was alarming that under the Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) government, 7.74million Nigerians lost their jobs within the last two years. “It is shameful that instead of creating the three million jobs it promised Nigerians yearly, the APC government has created unemployment”, Fayose said. He lamented what he described as the “We don’t care” attitude of the government, pointing out that; “while Nigerians continue to suffer from the ineptitude of this APC government, it is more worrisome that the President and his men are carrying on as if all is well with the country.” In a statement issued on Sunday, by his spokesman, Fayose, who sa
The Labour Party, LP, has said it would present its own presidential candidate during the 2019 election. The party ruled out the adoption of a presidential candidate from another political party. The Labour Party also said it was time to take over the affairs of the country and lift it to enviable heights. Addressing reporters in Abuja on Friday, the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Mike Omotosho, also faulted the $1 billion earmarked by the Federal Government to be withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North- East. He said, “We will not adopt a presidential candidate the way we have been doing in the past. “We have an ideology that we are working with and we intend to build credible people. “W
Aisha Yesufu Co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls Group has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his ill performance as a president. Aisha who made reference to Buhari’s tweet in 2015 blaming former President Goodluck Jonathan for fuel crisis called him a hypocrite “Dear President Muhammadu Buhari @MBuhari your tweet below says it all about your hypocritical stand. “Your tears, words, tweets were never about Nigeria but about your need to come & enjoy the perks of power. “You have failed as the Minister of Petroleum & more so as the President. She tweeted The BBOG co-convener said the president has failed as a minister of petroleum for turning deaf ear to the lingering fuel crisis situation officially. According to her, President Buhari is swayed by power theref
The Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been praised by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Sen. Ajayi Boroffice for its excellency in the ongoing anti-corruption war and silencing insurgency in the north east. The senator made the remark on Friday in an interview with newsmen in Abuja. Boroffice stated that despite the criticism by the previous administration, the Buhari – led government deserves the nation’s commendation and not condemnation. “Judging from the challenges this administration incurred, particularly in terms of insecurity and economic meltdown, I score it 90 per cent. “Of course it is not easy to fight insurgency within and outside your border. Insurgency in the North East is a serious problem. “No nation can stabilise with that level of inse