Barca back Messi over fraud case

Both FC Barcelona and Leo Messi’s management Company have issued communiques criticizing the decision taken by a Spanish court to make the Argentine face trial for tax avoidance alongside his father. The decision taken by a judge in the court in Gava (Barcelona) goes against that made by the Barcelona Public Prosecutor two days earlier…

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Banks charge customers for domiciliary account withdrawals

Several bank customers are now incurring charges for withdrawing cash from their domiciliary accounts, it has been learnt. This followed the Deposit Money Banks’ decision to develop new revenue sources amid looming decline in profitability occasioned by regulatory headwinds and challenging economic conditions. Although the banks are considering several new revenue sources, findings have shown…

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APC crisis threatens Bayelsa peace –Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said that the ongoing crisis in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress portends grave danger to the democratic fortunes already established in the state. Dickson stated this during the inauguration of eight new Special Advisers and the General Manager of the Bayelsa State Transport Company, Emomotimi Fanama,…

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Ministerial list: Labour Party knocks Buhari for excluding youths

The Labour Party has said that President Buhari owes Nigerian youths an explanation over the persons he nominated as ministers. It said that the average age in the announced list and even in the appointments the President had made so far was 61 years. Reacting to the list as announced on Tuesday by the President…

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Privatisation of Nigeria’s economy unacceptable –Ayade

The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has faulted the privatisation that has so far characterised the nation’s economy, saying it is unacceptable. Ayade made his position known while speaking with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday. The governor said…

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Again, Reps probe failed $470m CCTV projects

The House of Representatives on Thursday revisited the failed $470m Abuja and Lagos Closed Circuit Television Camera contracts, directing an ad hoc committee to probe the non-completion of the projects. A Chinese firm, ZTE Corporation, won the contracts in 2010. The House revisited the probe just days after the recent deadly bomb attacks in Nyanya…

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9 Nigerians died, 215 missing in Mecca tragedy – NAHCON

  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has confirmed that 99 Nigerian pilgrims died, 42 injured and 214 others missing in the September 24 stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia. The confirmation came as a road traffic expert, Alhaji Babatunde Adewumi, suggested that NAHCON should engage the services of trained and qualified traffic controllers to help…

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A’Court grants speedy hearing of Saraki’s case

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, on Thursday granted an accelerated hearing of the appeal filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to challenge the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to entertain the charges of false assets declaration preferred against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau. The Justice Moore Adumein-led panel of…

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Buhari rules out second term for Lamorde

President Muhammadu Buhari may have ruled out a second term for the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, The PUNCH has learnt. Former President Goodluck Jonathan had on November 23, 2011 named Lamorde the commission’s acting chairman, after sacking Mrs. Farida Waziri as the chairman. His appointment was later confirmed by the…

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Biafra comment: Benjamin Adekunle daughter gets death threats

Daughter of the late Brig. Benjamin Adekunle, Mrs. Busola Olagunju, said she had received several death threats from some people who claimed to be sympathisers of the Biafra struggle. Olagunju said in an interview with our correspondent during the one year anniversary of Adekunle’s death in Ogbomoso that her late father, who was a commander…

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The Headies 2015 Nominees List

THE HEADIES 2015 – NOMINEES LIST (YEAR IN REVIEW: JULY 2014 – JUNE 2015)  1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR A non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group in the year under review. Ojuelegba – Wizkid Eyo – Asa Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo Bez – There’s A Fire…

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6,000mw coming, says osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has said the Federal Government had plans to distribute 6,000 megawatts of electricity in the country by the first quarter of next year. According to a statement by Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President yesterday, Osinbajo spoke at Kaleta, Guinea, on Monday…

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PDP Reps shoot down motion to probe MDAs on misappropriated $4.2 trillion

The House of Representatives yesterday missed an opportunity to aid the anti-corruption drive of President Mohammadu Buhari. A motion to investigate misappropriation and non-remittance of funds  by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) was rejected. The mover of the motion, Chike Okafor (APC, Imo) withdrew it after being told that the motion was defective and wrongly…

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Screening of ministerial nominees will be thorough, says Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said the screening of ministerial nominees will be thorough. The list is expected to be forwarded to the upper legislative chamber today. Addressing the lawmakers at yesterday’s plenary session, Saraki said: “As we await the list of ministerial nominees this week, I believe the presence of ministers will create the…

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Buhari on Saraki’s trial: law will take its course]

Uproar in Senate as 83 lawmakers back leadership President Muhammadu Buhari will not  interfere in the ongoing trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki. He will allow the court process to run its course, the President said yesterday in New York. Saraki is facing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged false assets…

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Saraki: Senators set for stormy session tomorrow

There are indications that Senators that are opposed to Dr. Bukola Saraki’s leadership of the Senate are poised to ask for his resignation when the upper federal legislative chamber re-opens on Tuesday (tomorrow). The anti-Saraki Senators are citing the trial of the Senate president by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false asset declaration…

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APC can’t stop my re-election, Dickson boasts

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said the All Progressives Congress will not pose a serious threat to his re-election bid in the December 5 governorship election. He said this on Saturday in an interview with journalists at the sidelines of the 2015 Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. Dickson, who was in…

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Trial of NNPC looters to begin soon –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said the prosecution of those who misappropriated the revenue of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation under the past administrations would soon commence. He, however, was not specific on either when the trial will start or those who have been indicted. Buhari spoke at a meeting he had with President Xi…

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Buhari to send supplementary budget to N’Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded plans to send a supplementary budget to the National Assembly. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this to our correspondent on Sunday. Adesina was answering questions on what the Federal Government would do since it had exhausted its borrowing limit in the…

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