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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Many Feared Dead As Large Explosion Rocks Kano


 

There has been an explosion on Aba Road in the Sabon Gari area of Fagge Local Government in Kano, leaving several people injured with some feared killed.


Details of the blast and its cause are still sketchy but visuals from the scene show that it affected some buildings and left several injured including school children.


The visuals also confirm that the blast might have claimed several lives with at least one corpse seen on the floor.


A crowd had gathered right after the blast with some people trying to help the injured and others lamenting the damage.


Explosion Not In A School’


Initial visuals from the explosion site showed several schoolchildren being moved away from the scene. One of them was injured. This led to speculation that the explosion occurred in a school.


But the Kano State Government has said that was not the case.


The Commissioner for Information in the state, Muhammad Garba, said in a statement the blast happened at an animal feed store opposite the school.


An investigation has commenced to determine the cause, impact, and measures to be taken, according to Garba.


He called on people in the state, particularly those living in the area where the incident occurred to remain calm while the government works with relevant agencies on the matter.


He cautioned the public against spreading unsubstantiated news and gave the assurance that the government would keep the public updated on any development on the matter.



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Saturday, May 14, 2022

May 14, 2022

BREAKING: JAMB Releases 2022 UTME Result


 


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the release of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination( UTME) results.


Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, said this in a statement on Saturday.


The board directed candidates to send UTMERESULT to 55019 using the same phone number that was used for registration.


The statement reads: “To check the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result, all a candidate needs to do is to simply send UTMERESULT to 55019 using the same phone number that he/she had used for registration and the result would be returned as a text message. This is the only process of checking the 2022 UTME results for now as the Board has not uploaded it on its website for obvious reasons.


“In addition, candidates are forewarned that they would, as usual, receive all kinds of messages from desperate fraudsters on how to check their results different from the aforementioned one. Hence, the Board urge all candidates to ignore all such messages on how to check their 2022 UTME results as they are all products of deceit aimed at misleading them.


“The Board, in line with its desire to adhere to the ease of doing business protocol of the government, has emplaced this user-friendly and simplified process of checking UTME results.


“Furthermore, this simplified process would also serve to preclude the unconscionable exploitation of candidates by shylock business centres and cyber cafes which often take advantage of hapless candidates.”





May 14, 2022

Deborah Samuel: Sokoto Governor Declares 24-hr Curfew As Protest Rocks State


 

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, on Saturday afternoon, declared a 24-hour curfew in Sokoto metropolis after protest had rocked the city.


According to a post on the verified Facebook page of the Sokoto State governor, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the governor, Muhammad Bello, said the decision was “in pursuance of peace and order in Sokoto metropolis and the entire state.”


LEADERHSHIP earlier reported how palpable fear enveloped Sokoto metropolis on Saturday as protesters in their hundreds trooped into streets to express their displeasure over the detention of two suspects arrested by the Police over the killing of Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, over alleged blasphemy.


Major streets such as Ahmadu Bello Way, Kano Road, where banks are located and Emir Yahaya Road, in the early hours of the day, were deserted with business places and shops closed.


However, attempts by the protesters to attack the Palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, was resisted by security men on ground.


The grouse of the protesters was Sultan Abubakar’s condemnation of the dastard killing of late Deborah Yakubu.


Unperturbed with the presence of security personnel in some strategic areas within the state capital, the protesters in their large numbers stormed Ahmadu Bello Way church line, where Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, ECWA and C&S churches are located.


Attempts by the protesters to set the St. Mary Catholic Church ablaze was also resisted by armed security personnel drafted to the area, who fired several cannisters of teargas to disperse the irate protesters.


The protesters, however, succeeded in burning down a car around St. Mary Catholic Church.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

May 11, 2022

BREAKING: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan Finally Agrees To Re-contest For Presidency


 

Barely 48 hours after disassociating himself from moves by some groups to draft him into the 2023 presidential race, former President Goodluck Jonathan has finally made up his mind to vie for the top post.


Nigeria is set to go to the polls next year in a crowded contest parading many contestants in both the ruling APC and several opposition parties, including the main opposition PDP.


On May 9, Jonathan had rejected presidential expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him by people, described as nomadic Fulani pastoralists and Almajiri communities.


He was quoted as saying that it was an insult for people to buy the form for him without his consent but the former president has now made u-turn on the issue.


A dependable source in Jonathan’s camp, who pleaded anonymity said that the former president had indeed, joined the APC formally, having registered at his Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa.


The source disclosed that Jonathan was expected to submit his completed APC expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him earlier in the week by Fulani groups and pastoralist communities on Thursday.


According to the source, the former president has secured the support of the required number of APC delegates from across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.


“Several bigwigs of the party have also been calling Jonathan to pledge their loyalty and support to the former president,’’ the source revealed.


The source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) late on Wednesday that some influential African leaders had called Jonathan earlier on Monday to advise him “to contest the election in the interest of Nigeria.


“At least three top African leaders called the former president on the matter. They all urged him to run.


“One of them specifically told him that it didn’t make sense travelling all over Africa settling disputes only to shy away from leadership responsibility in his home country.


“Another reminded him of the implication of failing to put the experiences he garnered as a former Nigerian president and as a continental statesman to good use,” the source added but did not mention the names of the African leaders.


The source cited some of the African leaders as telling Jonathan that Nigeria was passing through challenging times and “needed a unifier like Jonathan at this time’’.


Jonathan, who lost power to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, was born in 1957 in the Ogbia district in Bayelsa State.


He was previously of the PDP party on whose platform he ruled Nigeria until he lost the presidential election to Buhari in 2015.






May 11, 2022

BREAKING: President Buhari Orders All Ministers With Political Ambitions To Resign Immediately


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked all his ministers with political ambitions to resign immediately.


The affected Ministers are expected to leave the cabinet on or before May 16.


He gave the order today at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.





Monday, May 9, 2022

May 09, 2022

BREAKING: Fulani Group Buys APC Presidential Nomination Form For Goodluck Jonathan

 



A Fulani group has purchased presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.


The forms were bought from the International Conference Centre, Abuja, venue of the All Progressives Congress (APC) sale of forms.


There has been pressure on the former president to contest the 2023 election for sometime.





Monday, April 25, 2022

April 25, 2022

BREAKING: C'River: Engr. Ben Akak Formally Declares For Governorship


 By Obio Monday


Businessman, Engr. Ben Akak has formally declared his intention to run for the office of governor of Cross River State.


Engr. Akak made the declaration today, April 25 at the All Progressives Congress, APC, State Secretariat in Calabar.


More details later



Wednesday, March 30, 2022

March 30, 2022

Slap Drama: Wife Of Former Governor Willie Obiano, Ebelechukwu Apologizes To Bianca, Soludo; Declares To Run For Senate


 

The immediate past First Lady of Anambra State, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, has formerly apologised to Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Ndigbo and friends of Ndigbo, over the incident between her and Mrs Bianca Ojukwu in Awka at the inauguration programme of Soludo on March 17, 2022.


This was, even as she has also declared her intention to join the contest for the forthcoming Anambra North Senatorial District election.


Ebelechukwu made her intention known to a select group of journalists in Awka saying that, “My interest to join the Senatorial race is in response to an overwhelming pressure and calls from my people to represent them in the Senate at the National Assembly, Abuja”.


According to her, “As has been attested to by the good people of Anambra State, service to people, humanity and sharing love and putting smiles on sad faces are my priority in life, and I know that it is the will of God because the Bible says that God is Love.


“Therefore, having witnessed and been positively touched by my ever willing disposition to care for people, empower the poor and needy, especially women and children, particularly widows, orphans and the destitute, my people decided that I should come and serve them better in a higher capacity,” she said.


The former First Lady therefore said that she is willing, ready and has accepted the call by her people to come and service them.


Fielding questions about the incident between her and Bianca, Ebelechukwu said that she has put all of that behind her as a God-fearing person, adding that she remained grateful to God that she resisted and overcame the temptation to retaliate the physical assault meted out on her.


She added that, “As a peaceful person that I am well known for, violence has never been in my character” and so she remained “grateful to several elders, statesmen, friends and associates of the Obianos, as well as countless number of good people of Anambra State who called and expressed their concerns and offered wise counsels and words of comfort after the unfortunate drama”.


In a letter addressed to Governor Soludo titled “A Public Apology”, Mrs Obiano stated that, “Permit me to use this medium to humbly convey to you my sincere, heartfelt and unreserved apology for the unfortunate incident between Mrs Bianca Ojukwu and myself on Thursday, March 17, 2022, the day of your inauguration as the new Executive Governor of Anambra State in which you took over from my husband, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano.


“The incident, to say the least, was most unnecessary, unfortunate and I regret my action. It was an unintended action as violence is never in my character.


“Your Excellency, Sir, I hold your person, your ideals, the records of your great accomplishments in public service in Nigeria and beyond, as well as their concomitant collosal impacts in public policies in highest esteem.


“Without any equivocation, your achievements as a towering intellectual of national and international repute are enduring legacies and pride for the State and Ndigbo in general.


“I will therefore never deliberately engage in any activity or action to disrespect you and your Government.


“All those who know me can testify that before and throughout my eight years as the First Lady of State, I pursued peace, promoted philanthropic gestures which empowered many of our less privileged people. No excuse can therefore be tenable as justification for such public embarrassment, no matter the height of provocation.


“Equally, I wish to extend the same apology to all the important dignitaries, the people of Anambra State, as well as the entire Ndigbo for that unintended embarrassment at the occasion.


“I want to use this opportunity to pledge that I will wholeheartedly support and pray for the Government of His Excellency, Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, to excell exceedingly better than the immediate past government, even as he builds on the legacy of his predecessor, my husband, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, and take our dear State to a higher level.


“I consciously chose this medium to express my apology, goodwill, supports and prayers publicly to His Excellency, Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, as a token of my full respect for him, his family and the entire Ndigbo”, she stated.





Tuesday, March 29, 2022

March 29, 2022

BREAKING: Terrorists Bomb Kaduna Train Station In Fresh Attack, Second In Less Than 24 Hours


 

Terrorists have attacked Gidan train Station along the Abuja-Kaduna rail track.


Sources say the terrorists may have planted IEDs on the tracks forcing the train heading to Abuja from Kaduna to a stop.


This is the second attack within 24 hours along the same axis.


At least seven persons were killed when terrorists attacked a train at Dutse village on Monday.


Monday, March 28, 2022

March 28, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: Terrorists Bomb Abuja-Kaduna Train With 970 Passengers Reportedly On-board


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Suspected bandit terrorists on Monday March 28, detonated bombs on the rail track of the Abuja-Kaduna train.


According to reports, the attack occurred at a point between Katari and Rijana. The 6pm train, which took off from Idu Train Station at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) hit the explosive device about 30 minutes to Rigasa train station in Kaduna.


One of the passengers who reached out to a family member said the assailants surrounded the train and were shooting sporadically.


There are at least 970 passengers onboard the train, according to official sources familiar with the train service.





Saturday, March 26, 2022

March 26, 2022

BREAKING: Abdullahi Adamu Emerges APC National Chairman, Betta Edu Elected National Women Leader



 




Former Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has been declared National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.



Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State made this known at Eagles Square, Abuja, venue of the APC national convention, after an aye-and-nay vote.


Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu was elected National Women Leader.


Earlier, the party had released its unity list which named the lawmaker as its National Chairman.


The the National Working Committee is as follows:

1. Abdullahi Adamu – National Chairman

2. Abubakar Kyari – Deputy National Chairman (North)

3. Ema Enaukwu – Deputy National Chairman (South)


4. Otunba Iyiola Omisore – National Secretary

5. Festus Fuanter – Deputy National Secretary

6. Muhazu Bawa Rijau – National Vice Chairman (North Central)

7. Mustapha Salihu – National Vice Chairman (North East)

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8. Salihu Lukman – National Vice Chairman (North West)

9. Ijeoma Arodiogwu – National Vice Chairman (South East)

10. Victor Giadom – National Vice Chairman (South South)

11. D.I Kekemeke – National Vice Chairman (South West)

12. Ahmed El-Marzuk – National Legal Adviser

13. Uguru Matthew Ofoke – National Treasurer

14. Bashir Usman Gumel – National Financial Secretary

15. Suleiman M Argungun – National Organising Secretary


More details later
March 26, 2022

BREAKING: Terrorists Shut Down Nigeria Airport, Prevent Aircraft’s Take-off, Kill One


 

Suspected terrorists attacked the Kaduna International Airport located in Igabi Local Government Area the Kaduna State on Saturday.


The attackers, numbering over 200 were said to have taken over the airport.


The development caused panic at the airport as the suspected terrorists reportedly killed one security official of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.


The attack, it was gathered forced the authority to temporarily shut down activities while the military battled the suspected terrorists.


A source who confided in our correspondent said the terrorists insisted on shutting down the airport.


Following the presence of the terrorists on the runway area of the airport, workers attached to the airport were said to have left their duty posts.


It was also gathered that an aircraft scheduled to take off for Lagos at 12:30pm could not fly as a result of the presence of the terrorists at the runway of the airport.


Our correspondent gathered that most of the workers at the airport had fled as more military personnel have been deployed to the airport.


The source said, “They started attacking the Airport around midnight. The soldiers were able to repel them that midnight and we thought that was all. In fact, our workers resumed work this morning as usual till around 12:00 pm.


“Then, shortly after that, some NAMA workers went to check some of their equipment, then these bandits appeared and started shooting.


“The NAMA engineers scampered for safety, they could not even go and enter the vehicle that took them to the site. It was in the process that their security man was shot in the head.


“The security man was rushed to the hospital and he was confirmed dead.


“As I am talking to you now, the soldiers are still battling those bandits, and they are proving difficult to be repelled. Now, they had shut down the airport.”


Meanwhile, as of the time of filing this report, neither the state nor the police had confirmed the attack.


The Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige, however, promised to get back to our correspondent.




Monday, March 21, 2022

March 21, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: Court Sacks Speaker Of C'River Assembly, 19 Other Lawmakers For Defecting To APC


  

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, sacked the Speaker of Cross River State House Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jonas and 19 members of the State House of Assembly for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.


The court, in a judgement that was delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, held that the lawmakers, having abandoned the political party that sponsored them to power, ought to vacate their seats.


The judgement followed a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/975/2021.


The judge, while delivering judgement on the suit instituted by the PDP to challenge the lawmakers’ defection, dismissed all the preliminary objections raised by the sacked lawmakers.


“A day must surely come when elected officials, must ask the people who voted for them before defecting to other political parties,” Mr Taiwo said.


He noted that “lawmakers wined and dined under the umbrella of the PDP,” but ditched the party even when there was no justification for their action.


“The defendants court documents were contrived and filed with loopholes. The papers are manifestly defective,” the judge said while granting all the reliefs sought by the PDP.


The defendants in the suit were the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC and clerk of the State House of Assembly.


More details later


March 21, 2022

BREAKING: Court Strikes Out Terrorism, Treasonable Felony Charges Against Journalist, Agba Jalingo


 
A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State has stoke out terrorism and treasonable felony charges against journalist, Agba Jalingo, GRASSROOT REPORTERS reports.


The Court, presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Monday, discharged Mr. Agba Jalingo  following the decision of the Cross River State Government to withdraw the charges it filed against him.

The Cross River State Government had taken over prosecution from the federal government in February 2020 when he was admitted to bail after spending 179 days in incarceration.


The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cross River State Mr. Tanko Ashang Esq informed the court of the decision of the State Government to discontinue with the case.


The Attorney General who was represented by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr John Ogban informed the court that the Chambers of the Attorney General has decided to withdraw the charges earlier instituted against Agba Jalingo and therefater urged the court to strike out the charges.


Without opposition from the defence, the court then made an order striking out the charges.


Thursday, March 17, 2022

March 17, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: Hours After Handing Over, EFCC Arrests Former Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano

Willie Obiano

  

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday night arrested the former Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport Lagos.


He was arrested at about 8.30pm.


This development is coming hours after Obiano handed over to Charles Soludo, who is the new governor of the state.


He was on his way to Texas, USA when operatives intercepted him. It can also be recalled that his wife, Osodieme Ebelechukwu was in the news earlier today for fighting with Bianca Ojukwu, wife of former Biafran warlord, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu.


Obiano has been on the EFCC's radar for a while now over allegations of fraud and embezzlement.





Tuesday, March 8, 2022

March 08, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: Court Sacks Ebonyi State Governor, Deputy For Defecting To APC


 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, sacked Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and his Deputy, Dr Eric Kelechi Igwe, following their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.


The court, in a judgement that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, held that the total number of 393, 042 votes governor Umahi secured during the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Ebonyi state, belonged to the PDP and same could not be legally transferred to the APC.


According to the court, having defected to the APC, both Umahi and his deputy, not only jettisoned the PDP, but also the votes that belonged to it.


It held that going by the outcome of the governorship election, the office of the governor and deputy governor in Ebonyi state, “belong to the Plaintiff and no other politcal party”.


“There is no constitutional provision that made the ballot transferrable from one party to the other”.


It held that the PDP is bound to retain the votes and mandate that was given to it by electorates in Ebonyi state, as both governor Umahi and his Deputy could not validly transfer same to APC.


The court therefore ordered both Umahi and Igwe to immediately vacate their positions.


It ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to immediately receive from the PDP, names of persons to replace Umahi and his Deputy, or in the alternative, conduct fresh gubernatorial election in Ebonyi state in line with section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.


The court further restraining both Umahi and Igwe from further parading themselves as governor or deputy governor of Ebonyi state.


The judgement followed a suit the PDP ldged before the court.










Tuesday, March 1, 2022

March 01, 2022

BREAKING: Senate, Reps Passes LG Autonomy Bill, Abolishes State/LGA Joint Account


 

The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, passed the Bill granting full autonomy to the local government and council areas in Nigeria.


Ninety-Two members of the red chambers voted overwhelmingly in support of the Bill, after a clause-by-clause consideration at the Committee on the Whole.


Similarly, the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, also voted for local government autonomy in the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution ( as amended).


The House also voted for the abrogation of the states/ local government joint account, as well as financial autonomy for the states legislature and judiciary.


More details later