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Bayelsa’s commissioner of trade and commerce, Otokito Oparmiola, has been reportedly abducted by gunmen. The commissioner was said to have been kidnapped on Thursday night at his residence in Otuokpoti, Ogbia LGA of the state. The police public relations officer in the state, Asinim Butswat confirmed on Friday. The armed gunmen were said to have invaded the neighbourhood, shooting randomly into the air to frighten the locals before whisking the commissioner away. According to the...

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ABUJA — Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has urged multinational organizations to adopt debt relief initiatives that will not affect Africa’s growth. He said this on Friday while delivering a special address at the virtual edition of the 2022 World Economic Forum. According to him, in Nigeria, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years. “The creation of $650 billion in new Special Drawing Rights last year was a step in the right direction, but more...

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ABUJA — The Debt Management Office (DMO) has indicated that the country’s January bond issuance valued at N214.05 billion ended with an oversubscription of N139 billion. The debt office announced in the FGN bond result released on Wednesday. The agency noted that it offered two tranches of bonds worth N75 billion each. The auction ended on January 19 and has a settlement date of January 22, 2022. The agency offered a reopened 10-year bond at...

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KANO — Babangida Aliyu, former Niger governor, says Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is the best candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential election. He noted this on Tuesday at the 2022 annual lecture of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation held in Kano state. The former governor noted that moneybags will not get to the highest office in the land, even if they offer money in the 2023 election. “Mr vice-president, do...

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ABUJA — The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mai Mala Buni, says has slated February 26 as the party’s convention date. He indicated this on Tuesday at the National Progressive Women’s Conference in Abuja. The chairman who doubles as Yobe state governor said the women in the APC played a key role in the success of the party’s recent membership drive. “The party under my stewardship conducted membership registration and revalidation exercise....

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ABUJA — The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pointed out that the speedy passage of the electoral bill is crucial to its preparations for future elections. INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Tuesday during the commission’s quarterly consultative meeting with political parties in Abuja. He noted that the agency intends to release the timetable and schedule of election as soon as the bill is signed. “We look forward to a speedy passage of...

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PORT HARCOURT — The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors have demanded that the national assembly override President Muhammadu Buhari and pass the electoral act amendment bill. The demand was documented in a communique released on Monday after a meeting in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers state. The governors asked that the assembly override Buhari or remove the provisions on direct primary. “The PDP Governors requested the National Assembly to quickly conclude deliberations on the Electoral...

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced that there will be a sit-at-home protest in the Southeast on January 18, 2022. The announcement was made in a statement issued on Saturday by Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesperson. According to him, Kanu is billed to appear in court on January 18, 19 and 20 for the continuation of his trial. He also noted that there will be a sit-at-home protest on January 18. “We are the...

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ABUJA  — The former military head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), says an ideal president for Nigeria in 2023 shouldn’t be his agemate. He said this in an interview with Daily Trust TV. According to him, the ideal President must be one that is conversant with the country and can communicate effectively. “It is not who do I have in mind but who fits in. “Any person who fits in within these criteria, then...

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ABUJA – The national caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had scheduled a meeting for Tuesday. This committee is meeting to discuss the convention of the party. “Following Sunday’s scheduled meeting of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, the party’s caretaker committee will meet on Tuesday, 18th January 2022 on the convention,” the cable quoted a source to have said. Earlier, Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state, had announced the convention date planned for February...

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