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ABUJA — The Nigerian Air Force has denied a report by the Wall Street Journal that it paid N20m as ransom to bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army. The Wall Street Journal said in a report on Sunday that the NAF brokered the deal as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was planning a trip to Katsina, his home state. The US media outlet said N20 million was...

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ABUAJ — The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has earmarked the sum of N2.8bn for “uniforms and clothing” for the year 2022. The tax body has also budgeted about N550m for refreshments and N200m for sporting activities. The FIRS, which is one of the highest revenue-generating government bodies, set aside N262.5m for security votes while N17.8bn would be spent on “miscellaneous” expenses. The details are included in the 2022 budget proposal the agency submitted separately...

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ILORIN —A 16-year-old boy identified as Abubakar Sulade has suffered a deep matchet cut in his arm over a quarrel on grazing land for animals between farmers and herdsmen in Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State. The incident which occurred in Sulade village in the Council area on Friday saw members of two families of Fulani herders and Farmers in a face-off resulting in a matchet attack on a member of one of the...

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ABUJA — The founder of Citadel Global Community Church, (formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said it does not matter where the next President comes from as long as the person can deliver good governance. This is as he voiced his support for the electronic transmission of election results in the country, going forward. This, according to him, will protect eligible voters from disenfranchisement. Bakare said this on Friday after a...

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ABUJA — The National Economic Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday called on the leadership of the security agencies to ensure that persons recruited into arms-bearing agencies undergo psychiatric evaluations and drug tests before and after enlistment. NEC said the evaluations would ensure that the personnel were psychologically fit to carry weapons and identify behavioural tendencies that might require psycho-social interventions. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media...

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IBADAN — Campaign posters of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have surfaced at some strategic areas of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The posters, which bear the portrait of the Vice President, have ‘Osinbajo for All 2023’ boldly written on them. Our correspondent observed that the posters were pasted at Dugbe, Mokola, and University of Ibadan/Bodija Junction and Iwo Road, among other areas in the ancient metropolis. The VP is being tipped to succeed the President,...

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IBADAN — The Governing Council of the University of Ibadan has named Prof. Kayode Adebowale, the new substantive Vice-Chancellor of the 73-year-old university. Adebowale, a professor of Chemistry and the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, administration, was announced on Thursday by the Governing Council. The Chairman, UI Governing Council, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, confirmed this to our correspondent on the telephone. He said, “Yes, Prof. Adebowale has been named UI VC.” Sixteen candidates had applied for the position...

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LAGOS — The Nigerian Communications Commission has reiterated its 97 per cent readiness for the implementation of the fifth generation technology in Nigeria. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, re-affirmed this at the annual African Tech Alliance Forum held in Lagos on Wednesday. This is according to a statement titled ‘NCC Upbeat on Plans for 5G Deployment’ signed by the NCC’s Deputy Manager of Public Affairs, Kunle Azeez. The statement read, “The...

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ABUJA — The Academic Staff Union of Universities has asked the National Assembly to initiate a law that makes it mandatory for public officers to send their children to public schools in Nigeria. ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, said this at the reconvened meeting with the Federal Government, being conciliated by the Minister of Labour and Employment, in Abuja, on Thursday. Osodeke also commended the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige for “demonstrating...

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ABUJA — There was jubilation on Thursday when the Supreme Court in Abuja cleared a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6. The apex court also returned Chief Victor Oye as the National Chairman of APGA. The apex court in a judgment of a five-man panel of justices dismissed the...

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