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Picture: Okonjo-Iweala’s mum’s kidnap: Army, Police, DSS, Customs lay siege to Ogwashi-Uku

Men of the Nigerian Police Force, the Army, Directorate of State Service, DSS, Customs and other security agencies have Monday taken over the premises of the traditional ruler of Ogwashi-Uku, Obi Chukwuka Okonjo and laid siege to other parts of the town after the kidnap of Prof. Kamene Okonjo, 82, mother of the Minister of […]

Alamieyeseigha, my political benefactor – Jonathan

Alamieyeseigha, my political benefactor – Jonathan DECEMBER 11, 2012 BY MIKE ODIEGWU, YENAGOA 2 COMMENTS President Goodluck Jonathan | credits: President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday described the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, as his political benefactor. The President also called on the political class in the state to put aside their grievances […]

Opinion: Jonathan’s historical burden

DECEMBER 11, 2012 BY NIYI AKINNASO (NIYI@COMCAST.NET) 1 COMMENT Whichever way you want to look at it, President Goodluck Jonathan has made history–”good” and “bad” history, that is. For present purposes, good history makes people feel good because their leader does what is right and advances their welfare. When a leader makes good history, the […]

Senate warns states against $3bn loan plan

The Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts has expressed concern over requests by state governments to secure foreign loans totalling over $3.059 bn. Chairman of the committee, Senator Ehigie Uzamere, raised the alarm at a meeting with some of the affected states finance commmissioners in Abuja on Monday. Uzamere warned state governments against obtaining […]

EFCC seeks Switzerland’s help in fuel subsidy probe

DECEMBER 11, 2012 BY AGENCY REPORTER 1 COMMENT EFCC Boss, IBRAHIM LAMORDE | credits: File The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has sought Switzerland’s help in its investigation of a multi-billion dollar fuel subsidy scam, after some Swiss oil trading houses refused to cooperate with the authorities in Abuja, Nigerian officials have said. Reuters reported […]

Nigeria imported 96,629 vehicles in nine months

DECEMBER 11, 2012 BY RASHEED BISIRIYU 2 COMMENTS | credits: File copy Nigerians imported 96,629 vehicles between January and September of 2012, the Nigerian Automobile Manufacturers Association said in its latest statistics. A breakdown of the figures showed that 22,192 of the vehicles were new and 74,437 vehicles were used ones. Of the new vehicles, […]

Corruption as Nigeria’s 37th state

“Corruption has become a state of the Federation, drawing its weekly and monthly allowances from the Federation Account unabashedly” — Lagos lawyer and activist, Fred Agbaje Lately, the Nigerian media has been awash with opinions, analyses and editorials on the spiralling rate of corruption especially under the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration. The war against graft […]

Okonjo-Iweala’s mom: Police dismiss $1bn ransom phone call

DECEMBER 11, 2012 BY ADELANI ADEPEGBA AND IFEANYI ONUBA 6 COMMENTS PROF. Kanene Okonjo, mother of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala | credits: The police in Delta State have dismissed reports that abductors of Kanene Okonjo, mother of Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, are demanding $1bn as ransom. The state Police Commissioner, […]

EU releases fresh list of airlines banned from its airspace from Africa

THE European Union has released an updated list of airlines that remained barred from the continent’s airspace over safety related matters. EU’s Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas announced that Eritrean air carriers are no longer certified to fly in the EU, with previously banned airlines from Mauritania now removed from the list. According to Kallas, “safety […]

Ibori’s appeal for hearing in early 2013

THE appeal by former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in the new year, sources at the courts told The Guardian Monday. Ibori, who was jailed in April at the Southwark Crown Court by Mr. Justice Anthony Pitts, is currently serving his 13-year jail sentence at […]

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