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Ortom’s attempted assassination: Govs, Middle Belt, others express anger, IGP dispatches special probe squad

Prominent groups in the country,  including the Middle Belt  Forum, the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Northern Governors’ Forum on Sunday condemned Saturday’s assassination attempt on the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. As the groups, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, condemned the attack,  the Inspector-General of Police,  Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday ordered a full-scale...

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Ortom’s attempted assassination: Govs, M’Belt, others express anger, IG dispatches special probe squad

Prominent  groups in the country,  including the Middle Belt  Forum, the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Northern Governors’ Forum on Sunday  condemned Saturday’s  assassination attempt on  the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. As the groups, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, condemned the attack,  the Inspector-General of Police,  Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday ordered a full-scale...

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ICYMI: How I ran 1.5km to escape being killed by gunmen –Gov Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has narrated how he escaped being killed by gunmen on Saturday. The governor said he ran a distance of 1.5km to escape being caught by the rampaging gunmen, giving credit to his security men for being able to quell the attack. “I appreciate the security personnel attached to me. They...

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How I ran 1.5km to escape being killed by gunmen –Gov Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has narrated how he escaped being killed by gunmen on Saturday. The governor said he ran a distance of 1.5km to escape being caught by the rampaging gunmen, giving credit to his security men for being able to quell the attack. “I appreciate the security personnel attached to me. They...

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PDP, Wike talk tough as Ortom escapes assassination attempt

• How I escaped herders who ambushed my convoy to kill me, aides –Benue gov The Peoples Democratic Party and Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike were outraged on Saturday after the convoy of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, was attacked by suspected killer herdsmen. Ortom, at a press conference, said the incident happened at Tyo...

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[ICYMI] Dollar scarcity: Parents groan as banks delay foreign school fees payments

Narrate difficulty in paying US, Ukraine, Turkish varsities, others Explore bitcoin, black market options to meet deadlines National PTA to send SOS letters to education, finance ministers The lingering foreign exchange scarcity in the country is taking a heavy toll on foreign tuition payment, as many parents and guardians groan over difficulty in paying their...

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FG set to go ahead with $1.5bn refinery revamp despite criticisms

The Federal Government is to forge ahead with its plan of spending $1.5bn on the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery despite criticisms that had trailed the move. Officials of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation stated on Friday that it had been the intention of government to revamp...

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Dollar scarcity: Parents groan as banks delay foreign school fees payments

narrate difficulty in paying US, Ukraine, Turkish varsities, others explore bitcoin, black market options to meet deadlines National PTA to send SOS letters to education, finance ministers The lingering foreign exchange scarcity in the country is taking a heavy toll on foreign tuition payment, as many parents and guardians groan over difficulty in paying their...

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Akeredolu, Abiodun, Oyetola, Osoba seek APC constitution review

Governors of Ondo, Ogun and Osun states, Rotimi Akeredolu, Dapo Abiodun and Gboyega Oyetola, respectively, as well as a former Ogun State governor, Olusegun Osoba, have called for the review of the Board of Trustees and internal democracy in the All Progressives Congress. The governors and the ex-governor made their submissions on Friday at a...

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Presidency kicks as Onnoghen links Buhari, Atiku electoral contest to removal as CJN

A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen (retd.), on Friday, said the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), removed him as CJN before the 2019 general elections because the President was informed that the ex-Chief Justice had been in a meeting with former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in Dubai,...

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Doctors threaten strike, say FG not paying dead members’ insurance

Families of our members killed by COVID-19 received nothing – Association We lost 17 of our members to COVID-19, 1,600 infected, say resident doctors Doctors plan indefinite strike March 31 Kano vaccination suffers setback The National Association of Resident Doctors says the families of frontline doctors, who died of COVID-19, have been abandoned despite N500bn...

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One dies, 60 infected as another ailment hits Kano

A mysterious ailment has hit residents of Gwangwan village in the Rogo Local Government Area of Kano State as victims vomit and urinate blood. Gwangwan village is about 136 kilometres from Kano City. A source, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said six places within the village were affected as no fewer than 60 persons...

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Okorocha rejoices as court declares Ararume APC senatorial candidate

THE Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday, congratulated Senator Ifeanyi Araraume on his victory at the Federal High Court Abuja. Ararume was declared the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Imo North Senatorial bye-election held on December 5, 2020. Okorocha’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed...

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Experts carpet FG over N568.5bn vote to repair loss-making PH refinery

• Project wasteful, senseless, govt beating dead horse, say economists • NUPENG, union commend government, seek private sector participation The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the plan by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt Refinery with $1.5bn. The decision was taken at the weekly meeting of the council presided over...

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Jumbo pay: Senate faults Labour, El-Rufai backs wage bill

The Senate on Wednesday faulted the call by the organised  labour  for the  introduction  of differential wage for political office  holders in the country. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, urged labour unions to...

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DPR seals two Lagos filling stations for infraction…warns operators against supply to unlicensed firms

 The Department of Petroleum Resources sealed two filling stations in Lagos on Wednesday after it discovered that some of their pumps were dispensing less quantity of petrol than what was displayed. The agency, which visited eight filling stations, said it embarked on its routine surveillance this week to check product availability and product quality. The...

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CAN, NOA commend Vatican, FG over same-sex union stance

The Christian Association of Nigeria, on Tuesday, commended the Vatican for rejecting same-sex union or marriage, saying it was in line with biblical principles. CAN also called on governments, especially in Africa, that had endorsed same-sex marriage to retrace their steps. A statement by the General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola, also commend the Federal...

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NAFDAC begins tests as 248 admitted in Kano hospitals

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has stated that it has collected water samples and flavour products for laboratory analysis following the outbreak of a strange disease in Kano State. The state Coordinator of the agency, Mr Shaba Muhammad, said samples collected had been sent to its laboratory in Kaduna for analysis....

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CBN, NCC fix USSD banking transactions at N6.98

The Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Communications Commission has announced that Unstructured Supplementary Service Data services for financial transactions will be charged at a flat rate fee of N6.98 per transaction, starting Tuesday. This is according to a joint statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications, CBN, Osita Nwanisobi and the Director, Public...

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NCAA backs Sagamu Cargo Airport, disowns Wasimi

The controversy surrounding the establishment of two cargo airports in Ogun State was laid to rest on Tuesday when the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, told the Senate that necessary approval was granted to the one in Sagamu. A former governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, was routing for the Wasimi Cargo airport while the...

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AstraZeneca fear: Vaccination suffers setback, five more countries halt exercise

Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Holland pause rollout PTF admits global opposition to vaccine mounting Over 8,000 Nigerians vaccinated, says NPHCDA The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said it is aware of the increasing concerns about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, noting that Nigeria has suffered a major setback in the campaign to make citizens and residents […] Read Full Story

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Countries complaining about Nigeria’s multiple foreign exchange rates – Okonjo-Iweala

Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Monday, listed conditions that could make Nigeria benefit from the global body. She gave the conditions when she visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential villa. These were contained in a statement titled ‘President Buhari to Okonjo-Iweala: We’re happy you […] Read Full Story