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Buhari’s shoot-on-sight order

FOR the second time in quick succession, President Muhammadu Buhari mandated the armed forces and security agencies to implement his shoot-on-sight order against anyone found “illegally” with AK-47. He restated this on March 11, 2021 at a meeting attended by the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno; Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu;
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Nigerian youths at global music’s biggest night

NIGERIA’S rich music culture and the creative talents of its youths were reaffirmed on the global stage on March 14, 2021, during the 63rd Grammy Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, United States. Two Nigerian Afrobeat superstars, Damini Ogulu – a grandson of veteran music critic, Benson Idonije – and Ayo Balogun, aka...

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Improving the lot of the Nigerian woman

LAST Sunday, sons and daughters celebrated their mothers in Nigeria and many other countries. Earlier on March 8, the 2021 International Women’s Day was commemorated. Strikingly, the two annual events are meant to draw the world’s attention to motherhood and the steering role of women in engendering political and socio-economic development in society. They are...

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Nigeria’s scary security situation

Until recently, the word ‘insurgence’ was alien to the Nigerian society. But the activities of the jihadist terrorist group popularly called “Boko Haram” opened this new chapter of militancy in Nigeria. Shootings, bombings, kidnappings, arson in various parts of the country became ubiquitous, especially in the North. These activities have heightened the spate of insecurity […] Read Full Story

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On return of Ibori’s looted funds

THE controversy surrounding the agreement between Nigeria and the United Kingdom that facilitated the return of the £4.2 million funds looted by a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, raises the need to institutionalise the anti-corruption mechanism at the subnational level. The Federal Government recovered the loot after a Memorandum of Understanding with the...

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Ogun State and scourge of criminals

EARLIER this month, killer herdsmen gruesomely dismembered a woman, Elizabeth Pascal, in a pattern that is turning Ogun State to a safe haven for sundry criminals. Unfortunately, Pascal’s brutal daylight decapitation as she returned from the local stream to fetch water is not an isolated occurrence in the state. The whole of the Yewa area...

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Footballers and the dangers of road travel

On February 16, 2020, the bus conveying team members of Wikki Tourists Football Club of Bauchi, one of the clubs participating in the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL, caught fire along the Jos-Bauchi Highway. Members of the team were on their way to Uyo for a week-10 league match against Dakkada FC of Uyo. The
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Ahead with the AstraZeneca Vaccine

The Federal Government received the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine over a week ago to vaccinate Nigerians against the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Government ensured that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, evaluated the nearly four million doses procured through the the World Health Organisation, WHO’s, COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, COVAX, for
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Unfair tax burdens on Lagos transporters

Since Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the sufferings of motorists and commuters of the decrepit Lagos-Badagry Expressway have quadrupled. Commercial drivers on that road have withdrawn their services several times in protest against extortion by union officials. Thousands of poor commuters on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway have been stranded, while many have resorted to taking commercial motorbikes
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Accounting for unremitted N4 trillion funds

A storm of controversy is raging again over the unremitted funds by the revenue-generating public agencies. At a recent plenary, the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and officials from the Auditor-General for the Federation’s office accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of withholding trillions of naira due to the Federation Account. These strong allegations are […] Read Full Story

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New approach to tackle illegal drugs

AFTER a deceptively-long intermission, a new era seems to be unfolding in Nigeria’s fight against drug trafficking and abuse. Noted for his élan, Buba Marwa, the new Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, is sweeping the recesses of Nigeria’s hard drugs corridors with a vigorous broom. To underline this, there have been major […] Read Full Story

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Gender parity for a better society

One of the major points of advocacy for the 2021 edition of the International Women’s Day, IWD 2021, was the call for gender parity. It was within the light of this year’s theme: #ChooseToChallenge. This year’s event was celebrated with pomp and pageantry by the various social, gender and human rights advocacy groups, and it
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Sanction MDAs that default in remitting funds to federation account

The recent revelation by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts that some government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have continued to defy statutory regulations which require them to remit to the federation account, trillions of Naira they generated, has once again exposed the inability of the government to enforce financial regulations. It raises doubts about […] Read Full Story

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Sanwo-Olu, go after Lagos ports saboteurs

GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-Olu inadvertently gave an insight into the corruption and racketeering within the Lagos ports and its environs when he recently threatened to expose those profiting from the gridlock and undermining the success of the reforms there. The Lagos State governor vowed to name and shame those involved, whether corporate organisations or police officers […] Read Full Story

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Going paperless to save money and the environment

WE have heard that a clean hand saves life. A paperless policy, besides saving life, also saves money. Papers are made from trees which provide us with foods, medicines, shelter, and stem soil erosion. They lock away excessive harmful carbons released into our atmosphere in the process of our economic activities. These trees of life
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