Osinbajo committee and Fulani herdsmen terrorism by Olubode Olusesan

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THE Federal Government finally roused itself from its tepid, partisan response to the orgy of killings and arson by Fulani militia late in January by empanelling a committee of 10, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. With nine state governors on board, it is expected to address the lingering problem of frequent attacks by Fulani herdsmen …

Documentary Reveals Fight Against Boko Haram and Nigerians’ Resilience – VOA (Video)

A new Voice of America documentary delivers an unprecedented examination of the terror group Boko Haram and the people who are fighting back. Mostly known in the West for its abduction and continued captivity of young school girls, the group has terrorized and killed Nigerians for more than a decade. Narrated by award-winning British-Nigerian actor …

100 Years after the Invasion of Benin Reflection By Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN)

The Year 1997 is the centenary of the conquest for the Great kingdom of Benin by the British. It is significant historical event for the black race everywhere. It was a great event which must be revisited and interpreted correctly. The British have been, understandably, economical with the truth about that momentous event. The kingdom …

EFCC, AGF rift denting Buhari’s anti-graft war – Punch Editorial Board

A rift between two top government institutions is threatening to sink President Muhammadu Buhari’s crusade against corruption. Specifically, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation are at war over the procedure for the prosecution of high-profile corruption cases. While they are wrangling, corrupt elements in the society …

Vacancy By Pius Adesanmi

Wole Soyinka's work as a teacher of his nation and people in the last seven decades can be summed up in one word: transcendence. His entire envisioning of Nigeria – for which he has suffered persecution, deprivation, abuse, insults and other unspeakable forms of punishment – is reducible to transcendence. The tragedy of Nigeria is …

Parents of murdered 10-year-old in Owerri seek justice

• His death has no link with Ekeukwu market relocation, says Okorocha • Police begins investigation as Zinox boss sues for peace The parents of Somtochukwu, the 10- year-old boy who was killed in the stampede that followed the demolition of Ekeukwu Market in Owerri, Imo State, Mr. and Mrs. Ibeanusi, have called for justice …

Meet Hajara Bashari from Jigawa, the first Hausa Muslim female wing commander in Nigeria

Hajara began her career as a non-commissioned officer in 1986. She rose to become the first Hausa Muslim woman from a core Northern state to reach the rank of Wing Commander, equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel in the Army.Hajara, a daughter of late Marafan Birnin Kudu, Colonel Bashari Umaru, from Birnin Kudu in Jigawa State, is …

Nnewi : The Small Town Of The Super Rich – Forbes Magazine

The small Nigerian town of Nnewi has more naira billionaires per capita than anywhere else in the country. Shortly before Nigeria’s independence in 1960, Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu, reportedly Nigeria’s first black billionaire, and founding president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II The royal honor came after he helped the British …

‘A lot of people have a lot to lose’: Nigeria launches website to combat corruption – The Guardian (UK)

A protest in Abuja last year against the non-removal of judges accused of corruption. Nigeria’s war on graft has been bolstered by the advent of a website to monitor public spending. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesWhen Onumonu Nonye visited the new laboratory at Ubahuekwuem technical school, she hoped to see busy students surrounded by books and …

THE National Assembly failed to strike the right chord with Nigerians when it rejected power devolution in the ongoing process to further amend the 1999 Constitution.

This is a huge setback in the quest for national rediscovery, misguidedly contrived by 48 senators, with the House of Representatives in tow. It is a rank failure that will continue to haunt the parliament led by Bukola Saraki. But recklessness like this amid a wave of restless agitations across the country has spawned an …

Insecurity and the state – PUNCH NEWSPAPER

A ghastly example of the state of insecurity Mass murder in Anambra stateInsecurity reducing Nigeria to a failing state Abdulfatai Ayobami Ibrahim / 13 hours ago Punch Editorial Board Nigeria places a very low premium on human life and safety. This is why crime proliferates in every nook and cranny of the country. This chronic …

Flooding Nigeria by BBC

Nigerians are facing at least three months of battling against heavy rains that could lead to deadly, destructive flooding.At the beginning of July, the government warned that 30 of the country's 36 states could be at risk. Already, 16 states, including the commercial hub Lagos, have been badly affected.Five years ago, the worst flooding in …

Osinbajo panel to Buhari: Sack Babachir, Oke by Unini Chioma The Daily Trust

Babachir Lawal,Other top government officials to be investigatedThe presidential panel that investigated the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, has recommended that the duo be replaced.Our reporter on Sunday learnt at the weekend that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee …

Buhari and his health tour

Whether President Muhammadu Buhari has been irrevocably hobbled by ill health or he is sound in body and mind and prancing around in the Abuja House in London is a puzzle that would not be unravelled until he returns home. Even if all the state governors, the officials of the presidency and political parties travel …

Why? (Yam and Wood) by Feyi Fawehinmi

A couple of days ago, The Guardian Nigeria committed a serious act of journalism with an excellent multimedia story on the wood industry and market in Lagos. If you haven’t read it yet, leave what you’re doing and read it here now.It’s an example of what is not being done by the Nigerian media — bringing stories …

London visit: How much does it cost Nigerian taxpayers? By the Nigerian Guardian

Last Sunday, five governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) including the party chairman, John Oyegun and Aviation Minister Rotimi Amaechi visited President Buhari who has been on medical vacation in London since May 7.The recent visit by a dozen party leaders to London, United Kingdom where President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating costs only a few …

When will a foreign adoption be recognised in common law for immigration purposes? By Nick Nason

In W v SSHD[2017] EWHC 1733 (Fam) (07 July 2017) a married couple resident in the UK on a Tier 2 visa attempted to bring their 2-year-old adoptive son, V, to join them from Nigeria.The application they made for him to enter as a Points Based System dependent was rejected after the Secretary of State …

Edo University, Iyamho ‘established for rich students who can afford the fees’ by The Cable

Editorial The revolution shall be televised. This silly action adds to the fire which continues to burn in the minds of the people. The use of state funds, commonwealth of the people to advance and privilege a select few. To correct the flaw in the composition of this policy, consideration must be given to awarding …

I have no apologies proscribing ASUU ― Gov Bello by Unini Chioma

Editorial This is an example of the relatively young men ruling the country. Misrule is in our DNA. He only just left university and under fifty years old. Kogi State Governor, Yahaya BelloGOVERNOR Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that he has no apologies proscribing the Kogi State University (KSU) branch of the Academic …

Suspension of the NHIS Executive jeopardizes House Committee’s investigation on HMOs By Levinus Nwabughiogu

Hon. Chike Okafor, member representing Ehimembano/Ihitte Uboma/Obowo Federal Constituency of Imo State, is the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Health Service investigating the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, which Executive Secretary, Professor Usman Yusuf, was suspended by the Minister of Health, Professor (ES) Isaac Adewole, last week. In this interview, Okafor says …

Presidency drags Senate to Supreme Court over Magu, others – Unini Chioma

The Presidency has reiterated its stance that certain federal appointments should not require the Senate’s confirmation. It said the refusal by the Senate to confirm the appointment of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, had more to do with politics than with the law. This is the position of …

Magu By Obi Nwakanma of Vanguard Newspapers 

In Taoism, the word “Magu” means something quite powerful: the transcendent and immortal divinity of life, who protects the sacred order of the universe, and the female principle. It is like “Ala” – the female goddess of the earth and protector of life and the sanctified in the Igbo aetiological systems. On the other hand, …

FG: No more shooting of movies, music videos outside Nigeria | Thenigerialawyer

The federal government says it has taken steps to get the Nigeria Broadcasting Code (NBC) to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country. Lai Mohammed, minister of information, made this known on Saturday in Lagos when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).The minister …

For suspending the Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Professor Usman Yusuf, members of House of Representatives are up arms against the Presidency. By Levinus Nwabughiogu

It was either a function of generosity or that of miraculous upsurge or even both that he survived in office beyond June 22, 2017. Not many people had expected it. To say that he ruffled a few feathers on that day is to be tacit with words. In fact, to many people, Professor Usman Yusuf, …

Lai Mohammed Speaks On Why FG Plans To Stop Entertainers From Movie And Music Video Production Abroad

Editorial  This is a crying example of letting the announcement get in the way of message. Lia  Mohammed may look like and sound like an idiot, please, don't let that fool you, he really is an idiot. The constitution which gives the government the power it exercises on behalf of its people also gives the …

Missing President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari receives visit from his deputy. Why now? – Conor Gaffey of Newsweek

For a short time this week, Nigeria—one of the world’s most populous countries and Africa’s biggest economy—was leaderless. The current president, Muhammadu Buhari, has been off grid for more than two months since stealing away to London on May 7 to receive treatment for a mystery ailment. He has not been seen publicly (and has …

Edo to set up task force against trafficking

Edo state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday, highlighted some of his administration’s measures to tackle human trafficking, revealing that a special task force led by the newly-sworn in Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Professor Yinka Omoregbe, would be set up to address the social malaise. He added that the DSS, …

Police reform – PUNCH NEWSPAPERS

SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, recently reignited public attention towards the vexed issue of rampant insecurity, the apparent weakness of the Nigeria Police and the consequent deployment of the military to take up the slack. Not only are lives and property at risk with ineffective policing, the country’s sovereignty and survival of …