EFCC denies arresting Atiku’s sons

By Giwa SHILE The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied arresting the sons of Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. EFCC’s Acting Spokesperson, Mr Tony Orilade, made the denial in a statement in Abuja, on Monday. According to Orilade, we have received several calls and e-mail messages asking us to confirm the arrest of the sons of Abubakar as being alleged in some quarters. “Some only said we raided the apartments of Atiku’s sons looking for foreign currencies. “This is nothing but another tales…

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Experts call for Africa’s continental medicines regulatory body

By Olaleke ASHAFA African countries should support and advocate for a treaty establishing African Medicines Agency to safeguard health of African people, experts and policymakers said on Monday in Rwanda. African health ministers adopted the draft treaty for the establishment of a single continental body African Medicines Agency for the regulation of medicines and medical products at the 71st Session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May, according to the AU. AU said once finalised, the treaty would be presented to AU Heads of State and Governments for…

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Mbaka: CP orders investigation of alleged attempted assassination

By Elizabeth ADENUGA  The Enugu State Police Command on Monday commenced a full scale investigation into alleged attempted assassination of the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.  Mbaka on Dec. 6, alleged that there was an attempt to assassinate him. Mbaka, a very popular Catholic cleric in Nigeria, claimed that some unidentified gunmen fired gun shots at his vehicle, in transit within Enugu. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, gave the directive for investigation when he visited the cleric in company of senior…

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British minister Rudd says May’s premiership and deal are not dead

By Meletus  EZE British minister Amber Rudd said on Monday she did not believe Theresa May’s premiership was dead after the prime minister pulled a parliamentary vote on Brexit for fear of losing it. “I really disagree with that,” Rudd, the work and pensions minister, told the BBC when asked if May’s deal, and her premiership, were now dead. A loyal minister in May’s cabinet, Rudd said the prime minister remained committed to the Northern Irish backstop, an insurance policy to ensure no return to a hard border on the…

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Ezekwesili wants Buhari to sign electoral bill

By Olamilekan FAWAS  The Presidential Candidate for Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018. Ezekwesili, who made call at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, said signing of the bill was for the development of democracy in Nigeria. She said the constitutional will of Nigerians had been expressed through elections since 1999, and therefore the chain should not be broken in the 2019 General Elections. According to her, without a democratic and electoral system…

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FG rehabilitates roads to boost agro business — Fashola

By Olaleke ASHAFA  The Federal Government has commenced rehabilitation of roads linking Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Gombe, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba States to the Eastern part of the country. This is aimed at boosting the agro business in the country, says Mr Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Land and Housing. The minister stated this while inspecting Otukpo roads, on Monday in Otukpo. Fashola said that the government was ever willing to confront the nation’s problems, including food and employment. “Our contractors involve so many people. This means many people will benefit from the…

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2019: PDP urges Ogun people to disregard Buruji, support Adebutu

By Aliyu DANLADI The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged  the people of Ogun to completely disregard Sen.  Kashamu Buruji and  continue to support its authentic governorship candidate, Mr Ladi Adebutu. The party made the call in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday in Abuja. Ologbondiyan described the party flag Buruji, Senator representing Ogun East, presented to himself  as PDP Ogun governorship candidate, as fake. He said the purported presentation of a fake PDP flag to himself was done when the authentic flag had been handed to the party’s candidate, Adebutu,…

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Atiku expresses worries over ASUU, other unresolved labour issues

By Kunle SHONUGA The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar was deeply worried by the lingering industrial crises between the Federal Government and some labour unions in the country. Spokesperson of the party’s presidential campaign council, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Monday said that Abubakar was particularly anxious about the deadlock between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). He said Abubakar was worried that the lingering crisis was capable of affecting the future of Nigerian undergraduate youths and put their families under…

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France: Macron promises 100-euro monthly rise in minimum wage

By Meletus EZE President Emmanuel Macron is promising a 100-euro monthly rise in France’s minimum wage (about 114 dollars) that will not cost employers anything. In a 13-minute televised speech addressing the demands of the Yellow Vests protest movement, the president said on Monday he is declaring a “social and economic state of emergency.” Macron also announced that planned tax rises on pensions will not apply to those with incomes of less than 2,000 euros. Employers, who can afford it should pay their workers a special end-of-year bonus that will…

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Youthshs protest alleged maltreatment by NNPC in Aba

By Aliyu DANLADI Youths from Okpokoroala in Uratta Autonomous Community, Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia, on Monday protested what they termed “maltreatment” of their indigenes by the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC). Okpokoroala is the host community of the Aba Depot of the NNPC. The youths, who flocked the road leading to the depot, barricaded the entrances and exits into and out of the depot demanding change of attitude from the company. The protest took a different dimension when the community’s Chief Priest accompanied by some youths brought…

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