*Senate will not pass social media bill – Saraki *PDP almost destroyed Nigeria – El-Rufai

*Senate will not pass social media bill – Saraki *PDP almost destroyed Nigeria – El-Rufai


Senate will not pass social media bill – Saraki

President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Friday assured online publishers and other social network operators that the senate would not censor the media.

This is contained in a statement by his Media Assistant, Bamikole Omishore, made available to journalists in Abuja.

The statement said that Saraki gave the assurance when the Executive Board of the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria led by its president, Olufemi Awoyemi, visited him. Read more

PDP almost destroyed Nigeria – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday said the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government inherited a country at the tip of failure from the Peoples Democratic Party when President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated on May 29, 2015.

He said the kind of underhand dealings that went unchallenged under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan are stranger than fiction. Read more

Anti-corruption war: Buhari’ll step on toes, says Presidency

The Presidency on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari would not hesitate to step on big toes in the current war his administration is waging against corruption in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said this at the opening of a three-day retreat organised for State House correspondents in Kaduna. Read more

9 die in auto crash on Abakaliki-Enugu highway

No fewer than nine persons lost their lives in a road accident that occurred along the Abakaliki-Enugu highway in the early hours of Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The accident occurred along Ezzangbo portion of the Abakaliki-Enugu highway and involved a Toyota Sienna bus and an articulated vehicle with registration number HKW 436 XA. Read more


Goodluck Jonathan Adds Another Prestigious Feather To His Hat

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been nominated for the prestigious Grand Dream Child Award by the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ).

In a letter conveying the nomination to Jonathan, signed by Ifeyinwa Omowole, the national president of the association, said that former President Jonathan was considered for the award because of the love shown to the womenfolk by his administration. Read more

FRSC confirms 9 dead in Abakaliki-Enugu highway auto crash

No fewer than nine persons lost their lives in a road accident that occurred along the Abakaliki-Enugu highway in the early hours of Friday, NAN reports.

The accident occurred along Ezzangbo portion of the Abakaliki-Enugu highway and involved a Toyota Sienna bus and an articulated vehicle with registration number HKW 436 XA. Read more

Appeal Court Upholds Akpabio’s Election

The Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja  has upheld the election of Senate Minority Leader,Sen. Godswill Akpabio as the duly elected senator representing state’s North-West District in the March 28 national polls.

Contrary to some online reports, the appellate court in its ruling on Friday held that Akpabio was duly nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and elected. Read more

Dakuku Hails Sack of PDP NASS Members

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, has hailed the verdict of the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja which sacked National Assembly members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The APC chieftain, who spoke shortly after the announcement, described the judgement as victory not only for the people of Rivers State but also for those who voted during the March and April elections.  Read more

Maritime Academy Declares 7 Days of Mourning for Rector

The management of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State, has declared a seven-day mourning in the institution in honour of the demise of the Rector of the Academy, Dr. Joshua Okpo.

This is coming as the registrar of the academy, Mr. Mkpandiok Mkpandiok, has been directed by the Federal Ministry of Transport to step in as the acting Rector of the maritime institution. Read more

89, 511 civil servants in FG’s employ by Nov 2015 – DG BPSR

The Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dr. Joe Abah, on Friday, disclosed that no fewer than 89, 511 civil servants are in the Federal Government’s employ, across States of the Federation. Abah, in a series of tweets via his Twitter handle, @DrJoeAbah said that as at November 2015, States that topped the chat with most civil servants in the Federal Civil Service are Imo (5825), Kogi (5186), Ogun (4669) Delta (4419) and Akwa-Ibom (4416). Read more

Okonjo-Iweala makes public memo on arms deal

The former Finance Minister and the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has released a memo in respect of the arms deal saga. The former Minister in an email said thus

Compliments. For the past week, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and other compromised persons and media have embarked on a campaign of falsehood against Dr Okonjo-Iweala. They have distorted the contents of the January 20 memo in which she responded to a request by the former National Security Adviser and quoted selectively from the document to make their false allegations of “illegal diversion” of funds. Read more

South African troubles mount as rand 

South Africa’s rand slumped to a record low on Friday as the country’s economic prospects darkened over President Jacob Zuma’s unexplained firing of the respected finance minister.

The rand breached 16 to the US dollar for the first time, government bond yields rose and bank stocks dived further in reaction to Nhlanhla Nene being dismissed late Wednesday. Read more

Nwankwo Kanu in trouble as court orders his accounts frozen over unpaid N924m loan

n a bid to recover a debt of N924,788,754.56, a Federal high court sitting in Lagos, western Nigeria, has ordered that all accounts belonging to former captain of the Super Eagles, Nwankwo Kanu and his company, The Hardley Apartments anywhere and in any bank or financial institution in Nigeria should be frozen pending the hearing of a suit filed against him and his company.
Also affected by the order of the court is a Director of Hardley Apartment, Ayoola Gam-Ikon. Read more

Why I got N850m from NSA — ThisDay Publisher, Nduka Obaigbena

Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman and Publisher of ThisDay Newspapers Group on Friday admitted that he collected the sum of N550 million from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, as compensation for the Abuja and Kaduna offices of the media group bombed by the insurgent group Boko Haram and another N300 million for Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, as a compensation for their publications seized by the military in 2013. Read more

Blair says he urged Gaddafi to leave Libya in 2011

Tony Blair telephoned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and tried to persuade him to leave Libya as the Arab Spring erupted in February 2011, the former British Prime Minister revealed on Friday.

Mr. Blair said he was not trying to “save” the Libyan dictator but “to get him out of the situation so that a peaceful transition could take place.” Read more

Africa Poised to Storm the World as Bitcoin Spreads

The African continent is determined to make a significant impact in the cryptocurrencyecosystem, especially with BitcoinCT r:  10

There is no surprise in the popular assumption that the “dark continent” is largely ignorant of the developments within the world of Bitcoin. This impression extends from the general poor level of infrastructure which cuts across most nations within the African continent, and the unstable policy making systems obtained from various government levels and their financial institutions. Read more

China tycoon missing amid anti-corruption crackdown

One of China’s top entrepreneurs, the chairman of the conglomerate that owns Club Med and other businesses in Europe and the United States, is missing, a news report said Friday, a possible sign that an anti-corruption campaign is widening beyond state companies. Read more

ISIS Truck Bombs Kill at Least 50 in Tel Tamer, Syria

A triple truck bomb attack claimed by ISIS killed at least 50 people and wounded 80 others in Syria, a spokesman for the Kurdish militia that controls the area said on Friday.

The town in the northeastern province of Hasaka is controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia, which has been battling ISIS with the support of U.S.-led airstrikes. Read more

Turkey lifts, then reimposes curfew in battered Kurdish city

The Turkish authorities on Friday lifted a nine-day curfew in a key district in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir but then promptly reimposed the measure.

The local authorities had kept the curfew in place since December 2 in the central Sur district of Diyarbakir, the main city of Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeast, for an operation against suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. Read more




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