President Buhari has called out Atiku Abubakar over the comments he made concerning him and his in-law. In a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president described that act as being a move that is far too personal, all in a bid discredit his administration ahead of the upcoming elections. Atiku strongly claimed that Buhari and his in-law have been laundering money through a particular government agency. He mentioned that they had raked in about 18 billion naira from fake contracts awarded to the agency that the same in-law heads. Buhari’s reaction to the claim reads, “We read the various statements issued in the press by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP with the latest personalizing their attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari.
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The company is taking such measures in order to counter interference with the electoral process, the source noted. According to Katie Harbath, director of global policy and coverage, beginning on Wednesday in Nigeria, only ads located in the country will be able to run electoral ads, mirroring a policy unveiled during an Irish referendum last May. Tthe same policy will take effect in Ukraine in February, the source noted adding that Nigeria holds a presidential election on Feb. 16, while Ukraine will follow on March 31.
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Director General, National Taskforce on Small Arms, Light and Chemical Weapons, Dr Emmanuel Okereke, has raised the alarm over alleged stockpiling of ammunitions by some state governors and other political players ahead of the forthcoming general elections. The allegation is coming just 31 days to the Presidential/National Assembly Elections, and 46 days to the Governorship/House of Assembly polls. Raising the alarm during an interaction with journalists in Abuja yesterday, the NATFORCE boss said, the alleged stockpiling of ammunitions by desperate political players was facilitated by the porous nature of the nation’s border posts. “Due to lack of a legally established specific body or commission as obtainable in 14 out of the 16 countries in the West African sub-region, all manners of ammunitions have been illegally brought into the country ahead of the coming elections by high class political players, including some state governors,” he said. According to him, for Nigeria to effectively tackle the menace of proliferation of ammunitions with its attendant crimes, a National Commission for the Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunitions and Light Weapons and other related matters, must be established, as already done by other West African countries, except Nigeria and Gambia.
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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari did not know about the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged non-declaration of assets until Saturday evening. Justice Onnoghen, who was arraigned on Monday, is currently facing trial over non-declaration of assets with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
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AIG Abubakar Adamu is the new Inspector General of Police (IGP). The Nasarawa born acting IGP who was the head of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), will be replacing Ibrahim Idris, who has attained the statutory retirement of 60 in the force.
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday led Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the leadership of the National Assembly, and the Judiciary to lay wreath at the National Memorial Arcade in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event marked the climax of the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration. The event, which started immediate after the arrival of President Buhari at about 11.a.m., featured a parade of Officers and Men of the Armed Forces and the Nigerian Legion.
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Presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili on Monday said she would give a new direction to the country and put it on the path of progress, if elected. Ezekwesili restated the promise while speaking to party faithful and residents during her campaign in Lagos. She said the country needed a new direction, promising to make it great by bringing about the needed change. “ We will give our country a new direction. We will restore hope. We will disrupt the present narrative of hopelessness and put the country on the path of prosperity.“A working Nigeria is a possibility, we will make the country great,“she said.
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A traditional ruler in Osun, Oba Adekunle Makama has applauded the recent exploits of the Nigerian Army in recapturing Baga town in Kukawa Local Government Council of Borno, earlier lost to Boko Haram insurgents. Makama, whose title is “Olowu of Kuta”, gave the commendation while speaking on developments in the North East region of the country with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday. He said there was the need for more support from Nigerians and the government to boost the morale of soldiers fighting insurgency in the North-East
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