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No Escape As Magu Spends Second Day Under Interrogation

No Escape As Magu Spends Second Day Under Interrogation

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Embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, yesterday spent the second day answering questions from members of a presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Isa Salami. Vanguard learnt yesterday that the acting EFCC chairman might have been suspended, but this could not be confirmed at press time. However, a Presidency source said anybody elevated to the position of EFCC chairman must be above suspicion. A Presidency source told Vanguard yesterday that the interrogation of the anti-graft boss was to give him opportunity to clear himself of weighty allegations. The source maintained that the investigation of the EFCC boss was to reinforce the Buhari administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability, and
We Rigged 2016 Ondo Election For Akeredolu To Be Governor – Ex-Ondo SSG Says After Resigning

We Rigged 2016 Ondo Election For Akeredolu To Be Governor – Ex-Ondo SSG Says After Resigning

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Ifedayo Abegunde, immediate past Secretary to the Ondo State Government, who resigned his position on Monday, has alleged that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu didn't win the 2016 governorship election in the state as declared.  Abegunde had on Monday morning tendered his resignation following a cold war between him and Governor Akeredolu.  He opened up on his resignation and issues between him and the governor in on a programme on Crest 87.7 Fm, which was monitored by our correspondent in Akure.  He said some "moneybags" in the All Progressives Congress including himself rigged Akeredolu into power in 2016 by manipulating the election result in his favour.  According to him, Akeredolu lost the 2016 governorship poll to the then Peoples Democ...
Edo Election: We’ll Isolate Gov Wike Before He Recovers – Gov Ganduje

Edo Election: We’ll Isolate Gov Wike Before He Recovers – Gov Ganduje

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Chairman of All Progressives Congress National Campaign Council for Edo State governorship election and governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has boasted that his committee will dismantle the Peoples Democratic Party rigging machine in the September 19, 2020 poll. Speaking to newsmen at the APC Secretariat after the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee inaugurated his committee, Ganduje disclosed how the APC would place Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in an ‘isolation centre’ and win the election before he recovers. The PDP had named Wike the chairman of its campaign council for the elections.  He said the PDP had poached Governor Godwin Obaseki because they needed access to the state’s treasury in order to pro
Edo Election: NYSC issues new certificate to Gov Obaseki

Edo Election: NYSC issues new certificate to Gov Obaseki

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has been issued a new certificate by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Governor Obaseki reportedly served in the National Youth Service Corps in 1980 but had an error on the certificate issued to him as his surname read Obasek instead of Obaseki Recall that this was one of the reasons his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly disqualified him from participating in the party’s primary election. Obaseki then wrote the NYSC to demand rectification of the error and re-issuance of the certificate. And in a letter dated June 19, 2020, signed by Okonofua K N, on behalf of the NYSC Director-General, said the scheme had carried out an investigation and found that there is a need for re-issuance of the certific
A Bill Seeking to Strip Nigerian President of Power to Order Assets Forfeiture Passes Second Reading

A Bill Seeking to Strip Nigerian President of Power to Order Assets Forfeiture Passes Second Reading

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The House of Representatives at plenary on Thursday passed for second reading a Bill which seeks an amendment to Currency Conversion (Freezing Orders) Act, to strip the president the power to order the forfeiture of moveable and immovable assets and vest such powers on the judge of a High Court. The proposed legislation entitled a ‘Bill for an Act to Amend the Currency Conversion (Freezing Orders) Act Cap. C43, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to give discretionary powers to the Judge of a High Court, to order forfeiture of assets of affected persons and for related matters’, was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Ahmed Idris. Leading a debate on the general principles of the bill, Idris said with the amendment, discretionary power previously gr
Gov Diri uncovers 718 fake employment letters in Bayelsa

Gov Diri uncovers 718 fake employment letters in Bayelsa

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Over seven hundred suspected fake appointment letters have been discovered in the Bayelsa State Civil Service. Already, some of the syndicates involved in the employment racketeering have been arrested. The Chairman of Bayelsa State Civil Service Commission, Dr. Peter Singabele, stated this after he received the report of the Committee on Verification of Appointment Letters inaugurated by the Bayelsa State Civil Service Commission. The committee headed by the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Mightyman Aye Dikuro, was inaugurated in March, 2020. Dr. Singabele, noted that most of the syndicates operated with some officials at the Civil Service Commission and the State Treasury. According to the State Civil Service Commission Chairman, the synd...
Nigerian govt reveals fresh plans for poor, vulnerable Nigerians

Nigerian govt reveals fresh plans for poor, vulnerable Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, said that the recently developed Economic Sustainability Plan, aimed at stimulating the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will extend protection to very poor Nigerians and other vulnerable groups through pro-poor spending. The President spoke in a recorded video message to a virtual high-level UN meeting on trends, options and strategies in poverty eradication across the world. The event took place at UN headquarters in New York, Tuesday and also served as the official inauguration of the Alliance for Poverty Reduction (APE), an initiative of the President of the General Assembly, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. Warning that COVID-19 pandemic risks reversing decades of progress achieved in the efforts to eradicate poverty glo...
Full List Of 42 Ambassadorial nominees Sent To The Senate For Approval

Full List Of 42 Ambassadorial nominees Sent To The Senate For Approval

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https://i2.wp.com/www.pmnewsnigeria.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/List-of-non-career-ambassadors-3.jpg?w=477&ssl=1 Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has presented the list of 42 ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for approval. One of the nominees from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was appointed as career ambassador, while the rest are non-career nominees. Former minister, Ademola Seriki (Lagos) made the list, while former Managing Director, The Guardian, Debo Adesina (Oyo) is also on the list. Also on the list is Omo Djebah, a former ThisDay editor. Dare Sunday-Awoniyi (Kogi), among others was also nominated by the President. Senator Philip Aduda raised a Point of Order on the omission of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the list of Non-C
Obaseki: Atiku activates 150 support groups in Edo State

Obaseki: Atiku activates 150 support groups in Edo State

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has donated his 150 support groups to Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s governorship campaign organisation in Edo ahead of the Sept. 19 governorship poll. Atiku announced this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Saturday in Benin. The statement was signed by Mr Oladimeji Fabiyi, Deputy Director of the defunct Atiku Support Group/Mobilization Presidential Campaign Organisation. It quoted Abubakar as directing that the 150 independent support groups in Edo be immediately activated in support of Obaseki who is the PDP’s flag bearer in the election. “The former Vice President, as a major stakeholder of the PDP, considers it expedient to put in place winning structures and machineries that will guarantee total v
Bola Tinubu speaks on dissolution of APC NWC, 2023 ambition [Full statement]

Bola Tinubu speaks on dissolution of APC NWC, 2023 ambition [Full statement]

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Bola Ahmed Tinubu has finally broken silence on the ouster of the Adams Oshiomhole-led national working committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The APC National leader aired his opinion in a statement he authored and released on Saturday. Tinubu, in his message, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for stepping in to resolve the crisis rocking the party but was unhappy that the crisis degenerated to the point where he felt compelled to intervene. He, however, urged different parties to sheathe their swords. He thanked Oshiomhole for his roles in the office and for accepting the decision of the APC NEC meeting. He urged Oshiomhole to return to Edo and ensure Ize-Iyamu emerged the winner of the governorship election in Edo. Th...