BREAKING: EFCC arrests ex-minister of Aviation ,Hadi Sirika over N8bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, over an ongoing N8,069,176,864.00 money laundering probe. According to The PUNCH, the former Minister of Aviation arrived at the Federal Capital Territory Command of the EFCC at about 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Following his arrival at the command, Sirika was quizzed by the EFCC investigators on alleged fraudulent contracts awarded by him to a company known as Engirios Nigeria Limited, owned by his younger sibling, Abubakar Sirika. A source in the EFCC…

FG orders sale of IBEDC, 4 other Discos within 90 days

The federal government has ordered the resale of electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) now under the management of banks and the Asset Management Company (AMCON) 90 days to reputable power operators.   The order was given by the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, when the Senate Committee on Power came for an oversight visit to the ministry in Abuja at the weekend.   Adelabu said very soon tough decisions would be taken on the DisCos, saying they are the last lap of the sector.   Nigerian government in conjunction with Fidelity…

How Security challenges gave rise to demands on state police – Speaker Abbas …… Tinubu,Abdulssalam, Jonathan react

The Speaker ,House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen on Monday, said the emerging challenges have rendered the current unitary policing system under the Nigeria Police Force ineffective, leading to calls for its decentralization by way of having state police.   Speaker Abbas also noted that the current security architecture in Nigeria has been overstretched by the numerous security challenges.   He, however, stated that the House remained neutral in the debates for and against creation of state police.   The Speaker made this known in Abuja on Monday at…

State police is not negotiable —Former President Goodluck Jonathan declares

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has declared support for the establishment of state police.   According to Jonathan, the quest to establish State police is completely non-negotiable.   The former Nigerian President spoke at the “National Dialogue on the Establishment of State Police” organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review on Monday in Abuja.   The dialogue themed, “Pathways to Peace: Reimagining Policing in Nigeria.”   Jonathan said state policing was not up for debate, but rather the establishment of mechanisms to prevent abuse.   Drawing from his…

Misinformation and Disinformation: Public Relations Strategies for Promoting Truth By Afolabi Olajuwon

In the contemporary digital landscape, misinformation and disinformation have emerged as pervasive challenges, eroding the fabric of public discourse and undermining trust in institutions. Defined respectively, misinformation refers to false or inaccurate information spread without harmful intent, whereas disinformation is deliberately designed to deceive and manipulate the public. This evolving threat landscape calls for an urgent and strategic response, particularly from the public relations (PR) sector, whose core mandate is to manage and safeguard reputations.   This article delves into strategic approaches the PR industry can adopt to combat misinformation…

Akpabio, Great Leader, working for betterment of Akwa Ibom People – Gov Umo Eno

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has described the former governor of the state and incumbent President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio as a “great leader” who has decided to work for the betterment of the people of the state, in a “bipartisan manner.” Eno stated this during a meeting he had with past and present members of the National Assembly across party lines, over the weekend in Uyo, the state capital. According to him, “the Senate President, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio CON, is also a great…

Tinubu opens African Counter-Terrorism summit in Abuja

President Bola Tinubu has officially declared open the African Counter-Terrorism Summit in Abuja’s Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).   The summit which is currently ongoing and organised by Nigeria, in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, will be held from Monday to Tuesday, April 23, 2024, with the theme: ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threat of Terrorism’.   Recall that the spokesman of the president, Chief Ajuri Ngelale in a statement said on Sunday that a high-level conference organized by Nigeria…

IGP Egbetokun rejects State Police,says it will aggravate ethnic tension,divided loyalty among states

The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun has opposed the establishment of state police argued that Nigeria was not ripe for such.   The IGP stated this while speaking at a one day National dialogue on state policing, organized by Federal House of Representatives in Abuja.The Police Chief who was represented at the event by AIG Ben Okolo said the establishment of state police will aggravate ethnic tension, which will lead to divided loyalty in the states.   IGP Egbetokun also called for the incorporation of the Nigeria Security and…

State Police: We ‘ll enact laws, pursue reforms for collective welfare of Nigerians- Deputy Speaker Kalu

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has said that the principal aim of the parliament with regards to the state police bill was to enact laws and pursue reforms that will benefit the collective welfare of the nation.   Acknowledging concerns expressed in some quarters about possible abuse of the policing system at the state level when established, the Deputy Speaker allayed the fears, stated that the decisions to restructure Nigeria’s policing system is not intended to serve the interests of any individual or…

Ayedatiwa wins APC guber primary in Ondo

Amidst protest over the conduct of the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary election in Ondo State, Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa was early on Monday morning declared winner.   The Chairman of the party’s Primary Election Committee for Ondo State and Governor of Kogi, Usman Ododo said that Aiyedatiwa having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest vote was the winner.   The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 171,922 members of the party were revalidated to vote in 203 wards in the 18 local government areas of…