Lawan wades in ASUU/Govt disputes …. urges parties to shift grounds to allow shut Varsities reopen

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Monday waded into the disputes between the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) and the Federal Government over the enrollment on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System(IPPIS) and other outstanding issues. Lawan met with a delegation from ASUU led by its President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi at the National Assembly to discuss the lingering crisis which has made it impossible for some Universities to reopen after the COVID-19 lockdown. ASUU leaders paid similar visit to the Senate President in October 2019 to find a…

Aisha Yesufu, the hijab-wearing revolutionary  By Fredrick Nwabufo

Women like Aisha Yesufu are like comets; they come once in a generation bearing the torch of truth, courage and resilience. They are lodestars, shining light on the path to a new world where humankind can thrive without chains and shackles. They are definers of the age; excellent species of their kind. Aisha bestrides the civic landscape like a rodeo, bringing to submission revilement from traducers and hangers-on of the corrupt and oppressive political class – only with her clenched fist and dauntless voice.   The Chibok girls’ abduction of…

Text of Senate President Ahmad Lawan Independence Anniversary message to Nigerians

I heartily felicitate with fellow Nigerians on the occasion of our 60th Independence Anniversary. While we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of our country as a sovereign nation, the occasion is also auspicious for a sober reflection on the progress that we have made, the challenges that we face and the future that we desire as a nation. It is in this sense that I consider the theme for the 60th Independence anniversary, “Together”, as apt. Indeed, patriotic Nigerians have ample reasons to celebrate the fact that in spite of…

Plateau: Lawan urges IGP to provide security for traditional rulers

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, to as a matter of urgency, deploy security for the protection of traditional rulers in Plateau State. The Senate President made the call on Tuesday during plenary sequel to a point of order raised by Istifanus Gyang (PDP – Plateau North). Coming under order 43, the lawmaker lamented the killing of over ten traditional rulers across the state by suspected killer herdsmen. He said, “the latest is the killing of Gwom Rwei of Foron, His…

Five security officials killed as Boko Haram attacks Gov Zulum’s convoy

A convoy conveying officials of the Borno State Government has been attacked near Monguno town   The officials were ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists on Friday while they were journeying to Baga, where Governor Babagana Zulum is expected to receive returning IDPs. It is still uncertain what the real casualty figure is, but sources say at least five security men might have been killed in the ambush. It was, however, gathered that the casualties include both police, military personnel, and an unspecified number of civilians. An Armoured Personnel Carrier belonging…

Dredging of River Niger an antidote to flooding, says AbdulRazaq

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday said his administration has pleaded with the federal government to dredge and constantly desilt the River Niger banks as a way of ending the perennial flooding in its adjoining  states like Kwara. The Governor spoke in Likpata, one of the several riverine communities in Edu local government where thousands of houses and farmlands worth billions of naira have been submerged by the recent flood. Accompanied by Senator Sadiq Umar, the Governor condoled with the people and said the government is working with various…

Suspect On FBI List For $6m Internet Scam Turns Self In

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has commenced investigation into the involvement of one Felix Osilama Okpoh, an alleged fraudster on the Federal Bureau of Investigations list in a $6m Internet scam. Okpoh alongside Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode and Nnamdi Orson Benson were declared wanted by the FBI in 2019 for their alleged involvement in a Business Email Compromise scheme that defrauded over 70 businesses in the United States of over $6m. The suspect allegedly provided over 40 bank accounts to his conspirators, which were…

YES, NIGERIA IS COLLAPSING FORWARD By Femi Adesina

In the past one week, those who think they own Nigeria, and their cohorts, have been making magisterial pronouncements on the state of the nation. What they couldn’t get through the ballot box in 2019, they are attempting to achieve through misinformation, disinformation, malevolence, false narrative, and outright malediction. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, wants us to believe that the country is collapsing, and is now a basket case, with the economy and unity in tatters. Fine. Nigeria has a lot of challenges. Insecurity. Insularity. Fallen economic fortunes. Rising costs.…

EDO GUBER ELECTION: IGP orders restriction of vehicular movement  • assures Citizens of safety 

The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu In line with concerted efforts at ensuring public order and safety, during the forthcoming Edo Gubernatorial election slated to hold on Saturday, 19th September, 2020, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 11:59PM on Friday, 18th September, 2020 – 6pm on Saturday, 19th September, 2020. The IGP noted that the restriction order is informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs and checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and…

Gov Sani-Bello mourns former Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Kolos

Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has expressed rude shock over the sudden demise of a veteran journalist and administrator, Alhaji Mohammed Hassan Kolos. Governor Sani Bello’s reaction to the death of the veteran journalist was contained in a press statement made available by his Chief Press Secretary(CPS), Mary Noel-Berje. The Governor described the late Alhaji Kolos as a dedicated personality whose contributions towards the development of the state were germane to the State. He said though death is inevitable to humans, late Alhaji Hassan Kolo’s contributions and wealth of…