Author: Toba Ilori

The presidency has called out Peter Obi, the 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate, for his silence regarding the Supreme Court’s recent judgment granting financial autonomy to local governments. Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, urged Obi to follow Atiku Abubakar’s example by commenting on what he termed an “epochal judgment” and acknowledging the president’s efforts to improve Nigeria. In a post on his X (formerly Twitter) account, Onanuga stated, “A good opposition statesman must be candid enough to applaud his political opponent when he has done some great deed. The Tinubu administration has succeeded…

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to embark on industrial action if the government fails to suspend the new Scheme of Service for Nigeria Polytechnics, which took effect on June 7. At an emergency congress held in Auchi, Edo State on Friday, the Auchi Polytechnic chapter of ASUP voiced strong opposition to the new scheme. Bamidele Osamudiamen, Chairman of ASUP Auchi Chapter, told journalists that the union plans to initiate protests on Monday, followed by a strike if their demands are not met. Osamudiamen described the new scheme as a “dead-end” for the growth and development of…

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In a ruling delivered on Friday, Justice James Kolawole Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, in the sum of N10 billion. Mamman is facing charges of N33 billion money laundering brought against him by the federal government. The bail conditions set by Justice Omotosho require the bail bond to be endorsed by a reputable Nigerian bank. Should the defendant abscond from trial, the N10 billion would be forfeited to the federal government. Alternatively, the former minister can produce two sureties, each providing N10 billion. These sureties must own…

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A new report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has uncovered alarming levels of corruption in Nigeria’s public sector recruitment process. The “Corruption in Nigeria: Patterns and Trends” report, conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), reveals that 60% of public sector workers hired between 2020 and 2023 obtained their positions through nepotism, bribery, or a combination of both. The survey, based on data collected from November 2020 to October 2023, found that 27% of successful candidates used bribery alone, 13% relied on nepotism, and 19% employed both tactics. Only 40% of candidates…

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In a concerning trend, Point-of-Sale (POS) fraud cases in Nigeria have seen a significant increase in the first quarter of 2024, according to a recent report by the Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC). The Fraud and Forgeries Report in Nigerian Banks reveals that POS fraud cases surged by 31.12% compared to the previous quarter. The number of reported POS fraud cases jumped from 2,683 in Q4 2023 to 3,518 in Q1 2024, accounting for 30.67% of the total 11,472 fraud cases recorded during the period. This rise is attributed to the widespread adoption of POS terminals by merchants and consumers…

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The Kano State High Court, on Thursday, insisted that the trial of the chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, charged with alleged bribery and misappropriation, must continue even in his absence. The state government instituted an eight-count charge bordering on bribery allegations, misappropriation, and division of public funds, which ran into billions of naira against the defendants. Mr Ganduje, his wife, Hafsat Umar, Abubakar Bawuro, Umar Abdullahi Umar, Jibrilla Muhammad, Lamash Properties Limited, Safari Textiles Limited, and Lasage General Enterprises Limited are charged with eight counts of bribery, misappropriation and diverting public funds. On June 5, the…

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has emphasized the need for improved welfare, better wages, and enhanced working conditions for Nigerian workers, recognizing them as the driving force of the nation. Speaking in Abuja on Thursday with leaders from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), President Tinubu called for realistic expectations regarding wage adjustments. During his meeting with Comrade Joe Ajaero of the NLC and Comrade Festus Osifo of the TUC, President Tinubu expressed his concern for the welfare of Nigerian workers, highlighting his administration’s commitment to prioritizing their needs. He stated, “A happy worker…

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Mali’s transitional military government said on Thursday that it would allow political parties to resume operations after a three-month suspension. The government, spearheaded by Interim President Assimi Goïta, suspended political parties’ activities in April after a coalition of parties and civil society organisations called for democratic elections and threatened legal action. Mr Goïta’s military administration seized power in a coup d’état in 2021. It postponed a presidential election that was scheduled for February for technical reasons without setting a new date. Since the coup, the Malian army has systematically distanced itself from European partners such as its former coloniser France,…

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The Federal Government, on Wednesday, declared that with the strategic measures aimed at addressing the high food prices nationwide, prices of the items would crash in the next 180 days (January 2025). It said the measures which include the suspension of duties, tariffs, and taxes for the importation of certain food commodities through land and sea borders, as well as the importation of 500,000 metric tonnes of wheat and maize, would tackle the rise in food prices. The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, who disclosed this on his official X handle on Wednesday, explained that the imported…

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In a landmark decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Nigeria ruled in favor of granting autonomy to local governments, effectively ending decades of state control over local government funds. The apex court ordered state governors to cease interfering with funds allocated to the 774 local government areas across the country, declaring such control unconstitutional. The ruling has been hailed as a significant victory for local governance. Former Kaduna lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, praised the decision, stating, “The Supreme Court has freed the local governments from over two decades of captivity and systemic plunder by the states.” This judgement is…

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The Nigerian Federal Government is awaiting the report of the industry ombudsman following a complaint it lodged against Daily Trust newspaper’s coverage of the Samoa Agreement signed by Nigeria. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, disclosed this after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja. Idris stated that the government considers the Daily Trust report “misleading, false, and designed to create confusion.” While emphasizing the administration’s commitment to press freedom, Idris said the government believes the report has misinformed Nigerians and damaged public perception. The government has requested that Daily Trust “come clean” and apologize to the…

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice has ruled that the Nigerian government violated the rights of #EndSARS protesters during the October 2020 incident at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos. In a landmark verdict delivered on Wednesday, Justice Koroma Mohamed Sengu, the Judge Rapporteur, criticized the government’s “disproportionate use of force” against unarmed protesters. The court found that live rounds were fired into the crowd, breaching several international human rights standards. Key findings of the court include: 1. Violations of Articles 1, 5, 6, 9, 10, and 11 of the African Charter on Human and…

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