Author: Toba Ilori

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja today, which included the swearing-in of eight newly appointed Federal Permanent Secretaries. The meeting, as announced by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator George Akume, was divided into two segments: the swearing-in ceremony and the council meeting. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, introduced the new Permanent Secretaries and read their citations before President Tinubu administered the oath of office. The appointees are: 1. Dr. Emanso Umobong Okop (Akwa-Ibom) 2. Obi Emeka Vitalis (Anambra)…

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The Nigerian Education Loan Fund announced on Wednesday that 12 additional state government-owned tertiary institutions have been added to the student loan application pool. This brings the total number of participating state institutions to 48, up from the 36 previously reported. Nasir Ayitogo, Head of Media and Public Relations for the Fund, stated that the new additions were made following successful submission and verification of data completeness. However, student data from 121 institutions is still outstanding. The Fund urged remaining institutions to submit their students’ data to the Student Verification Portal promptly. This step is crucial for enabling their…

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In a dramatic courtroom revelation yesterday, an Ikeja Special Offences Court heard testimony alleging that former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele transferred millions of naira to his wife, Margaret, and several companies while in office. Mrs. Ifeoma Ogbonnaya, an assistant bank manager and former business relationship manager, testified that she managed accounts through which substantial funds from the CBN were channeled. “The companies sent transfer instructions to my email and Margaret Emefiele is the beneficiary and owner of the money,” Ogbonnaya stated. Emefiele, along with co-defendant Henry Omoile, faces charges of abuse of office and alleged fraud…

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The Nigerian government is reportedly planning to secure an additional $2 billion in crude oil-backed loans from international creditors, according to sources familiar with the matter. This move comes as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) faces financial challenges, including a $6 billion backlog in payments to international oil traders. Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC, confirmed to Reuters that the national oil company is in discussions with international creditors to raise an oil-backed credit facility. Kyari stated that the funds would be used for various business activities, including supporting production growth in the oil and gas sector.…

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President Bola Tinubu announced on Tuesday the establishment of the Federal Ministry of Livestock Development. The announcement was made during the inauguration of the Renewed Hope Livestock Reform Implementation Committee at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The President did not disclose the name of the Minister for the new ministry. It is anticipated that the name will be forwarded to the Senate for screening and confirmation if it is a new nominee. The inauguration was attended by Vice President Kashim Shettima, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Senator George Akume, Chief of Staff to the President Femi Gbajabiamila, and…

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Three notorious Nigerian internet fraudsters, known for their significant social media and political influence, are currently serving out their sentences at the Fort Dix low-security prison near Joint Base McGuire in Burlington County, New Jersey. Among them is Bidemi Rufai, set to be released on Valentine’s Day in 2025, as reported by Peoples Gazette. The trio includes Ray ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas, 41, Jacob Olalekan Ponle, also known as Mr. Woodberry, 33, and Mr. Rufai, 46. They are all being held at Fort Dix, where they will presumably serve the remainder of their jail terms. Bidemi Rufai, an ally of Ogun State…

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On Tuesday, the House of Representatives urged the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the Samoa Agreement due to concerns over an alleged clause pertaining to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues. In response, the legislative chamber directed its Committee on National Planning to investigate the agreement within four weeks and report back for further legislative action. The House resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance presented by the Minority Leader, Aliyu Madaki, along with 87 other members during the Tuesday plenary session. The Samoa Agreement serves as the overarching legal framework for the European Union’s relations…

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Pressure is intensifying on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who has been in federal custody since June 2021. Daily Trust revealed that Sources within the government suggest that Kanu’s release may be imminent, though the terms remain unclear. Political leaders from the South-East geopolitical zone have stepped up their efforts to secure Kanu’s release in recent weeks. This push has united legislators and chief executives from the five states in the region, transcending party lines. They are seeking a political solution to the impasse…

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Former Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has urged governments and donor agencies to boost investment in Nigeria’s health and education sectors. Speaking at Grimard College of Nursing Sciences in Anyigba, Kogi State on Tuesday, the former Anambra State Governor emphasized the importance of these sectors for national development. Addressing nursing students, Obi stressed the need for focus and commitment to their education. He expressed particular concern about the training of nurses, citing their crucial role in primary healthcare delivery. “As experts warn of a looming severe shortage of nurses, we must remain proactive by investing in their training,” Obi…

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has objected to former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele’s application to reclaim his passport for a medical trip to the United Kingdom.  EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale announced the anti-graft agency’s position in a statement on Monday. The objection came in response to an affidavit filed by Emefiele’s defense counsel, Labi Lawal, seeking the release of his client’s passport for medical treatment abroad. Prosecution counsel Muhammad Abbas Omeiza argued that no medical report had been presented to the court demonstrating Emefiele’s need for treatment unavailable in Nigeria. Omeiza emphasized that Emefiele’s…

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The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, has emphasized the need for effective implementation of existing laws to combat crime in Nigeria. Speaking at a stakeholders’ engagement summit in Abuja on Monday, Fagbemi stressed that having laws is not enough; they must be rigorously enforced to minimize crime. The summit, focused on implementing the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, saw the official signing of Practice Directions on remand proceedings. Fagbemi urged stakeholders in the justice sector to work together for effective ACJA implementation. FCT High Court Chief Judge, Justice Hussein Baba…

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Thousands of Samsung employees have commenced a three-day walkout, protesting the company’s compensation package and halting production at the tech giant’s manufacturing facilities. The strike, which began on Wednesday, marks a significant escalation in a long-standing dispute between the company and its workforce. “The strike has started from today,” Son Woo-mok, head of the National Samsung Electronics Union, told AFP. “Today’s general strike is just the beginning,” he added, urging workers to refrain from reporting to work or answering work-related calls until July 10. The striking employees are demanding a substantial salary increase, citing Samsung’s impressive profits and the rising…

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