Author: Pius Kadon

Former Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Solomon Dalung has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to urgently crash down the prices of petrol and food items by 50% in order to address the heightening hardship being experienced by Nigerians across the country.   Dalung who stated this while speaking on AriseNews Morning Show on Tuesday 20 February, said that the only solution to the current hardship was to revert to the transparent payment of fuel subsidy in order to crash down the price of petrol which is a chief driver of the current hike in the cost of…

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Moments after the down-tooling of activities by the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners( NARTO), which resulted to the resurfacing of fuel scarcity in Abuja and other parts of the country, the Federal Government convened a meeting on Monday 19 February, with the Union and other stakeholders to see to the possible suspension of the strike action. However, the meeting over the suspension of operations by NARTO members over the lifting of petroleum products has ended in deadlock. The Minister of State for Petroleum Heineken Lokpobiri stated that the engagement with NARTO will continue on (today) Tuesday…

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Several filling stations are currently shut down in the Federal Capital Territory, allowing for long queues by motorists at the few outlets that are dispensing Premium Motor Spirit, commonly called petrol. Confirming the development, Operators in the downstream oil sector stated that due to the suspension of operations by the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, in fulfilment of their notice to down tools starting Monday 19 February. It was gathered that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited filling station on Arab Road in Kubwa, Abuja, was shut down on Monday morning as well as the…

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Son of president Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Seyi Tinubu has urged Nigerians to endure the prevailing economic hardship being faced by Nigerians across the country. Seyi, who said that for Nigeria to have a better future, enduring the trying time was necessary, added that the president’s recent tough decisions that led to the current hike in the cost of living should have been taken years ago. He expressed hope for the future, stressing that although challenges persist, the nation’s outlook is promising. The president’s son conveyed this message in a post he shared on his Instagram handle on…

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A Police Officer and six others have been killed after armed bandits attacked the divisional headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Zurmi town of Zamfara State, on Sunday 18 February, 2024.  Sources say that the bandits who were said to have stormed the village on a reprisal attack after vigilantes killed three of their men, went further to raid the police headquarters. It was gathered that several other persons also sustained various degrees of injuries as the bandits shot sporadically and eventually burnt the police facility. According to a witness who revealed that…

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According to reports, a staff of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi has been lynched to death after being accused of stealing a mobile phone. It was gathered that the deceased was tortured to death after a group of Youths in Gyado villa, Kilometer 4, along Makurdi-Gboko Road, alerted of a missing phone and invited the deceased for questioning. In protest to his death, on Saturday night, February 17, a youth group loyal to the deceased, mobilized and burnt down the house of the father of the youth leader who allegedly led the lynch…

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Report reaching The News Chronicle indicates that the Federal Government has begun the payment of the withheld salaries of academics under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. Confirming the development, the chairperson of the Union at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Gbolahan Bolarin, revealed that the “payment has started rolling in.” Recall that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had in October 2023 approved the release of four of the eight months’ ASUU withheld salaries of the workers. The salaries were withheld when the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari invoked a…

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Reports coming in have that residents of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Monday 19, February took to the street to protest the increasing price of food items in the market and the high cost of living across the country. It was gathered that protesters who converged around the Mokola area in the state carrying placards with various inscriptions ranging from, ‘End food hike and inflation,’ ‘The poor are starving,’ and ‘Tinubu, don’t forget your promises,’ among others, were also chanting songs to register their grievances and displeasure over the state of hardship across the country. As of…

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Reactions have continued to trail a viral video of a lady who was seen openly accusing her pastor in a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG for getting her pregnant. While the pastor was on the pulpit the lady was seen in the video raging in anger and accusing the clergyman for getting her pregnant and eventually asking her to abort the pregnancy. The yet-to-be identified lady, believed to have been a member of the church alleged that she reached out to the said Pastor sometime in January to ask what his intentions were for…

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Reports say suspected political thugs stormed the coalition of results of the APC primary election for the governorship election in Edo State. It was gathered that the results were being announced at Lushville Hotel and Suite in Benin when the thugs disrupted, causing chaos and injuring several journalists. The presence of the state Commissioner of Police Funsho Adeboye did not however stop the thugs from the violence. It was learnt that before the disruption, results from eight local government areas had been announced. As of press time, it was not yet clear what went wrong. Meanwhile, results announced before the…

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According to reports one of the governorship aspirant at the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has withdrawn from the governorship race after scaling through the pre-primary screening. The third term governorship aspirant who was contesting under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC announced his withdrawal from the race on Friday February 16th. While thanking his supporters for their show of solidarity and support, Ize-Iyamu noted that although painful, it has become imperative for him to withdraw from the race after exhaustive consultations from his friends, family, political associates and supporters. …

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Report reaching The News Chronicle has it that the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared a two-day nationwide mass protest billed for February 27 and 28, 2024. President of the union, Joe Ajaero disclosed this at the ongoing press conference held at the Labour House, Abuja on 16 February It was learnt that the protest was declared to press home the demands of the union and to seek for an immediate solution to the current hardship being faced by Nigerians. Details shortly…

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Five months after dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Yero, who was governor of the state from 2012 to 2015 under the platform of the PDP, was unseated by the immediate past governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, during the 2015 governorship elections held in the state. Speaking on the development, Yero who stated that since the very day the announcement was made on his defection from the PDP, he had met and discussed with many political parties including the ruling…

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The Supreme Court has on Friday 16 February upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal that nullified the takeover of the landed property of Suru Worldwide Ventures Nigeria Limited by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria. Recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had in May 2017 ordered the takeover of the company’s property by AMCON for inability to pay the loan obtained from the defunct Oceanic Bank. This development is coming after AMCON filed a suit, asking the court to instruct security agencies to provide protection, allowing it to enforce its possessory rights as…

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Popular afrobeat star Tiwatope Savage professionally known as Tiwa Savage has opened up about her health condition with declining eyesight. Revealing in a series of Instagram stories on Thursday 15 February, the 44-year-old singer who shared her battle over the past two to three years, revealed that due to blurry vision, reading has become highly difficult. She noted that after consulting with an optician in London, she discovered that her long-range vision is somewhat acceptable, but her short-range vision is problematic. Meanwhile, the singer stated that she has obtained a pair of recommended glasses to address the…

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Ex Edo lawmaker Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, who has also indicated interest to run for the governorship seat under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has withdrawn from the Edo state governorship race following his son’s murder in the United States of America. Agbonayinma, made his withdrawal known from the race on Thursday, February 15 2024 following the killing of his 23-year-old son, Osazuwa Agbonayinma, who was said to have been shot dead by a gunman in Houston, Texas, USA. While addressing his supporters and members of the party in the  Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area on Thursday, Agbonanyinma…

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36-year-old American rapper and actor, Bow Wow has revealed how his battle with drug addiction once landed him in a health facility. In an interview on The Art of Dialogue podcast, where the legendary rapper was asked about his 2007 collaborative album with Omarion, referencing the combination of promethazine and codeine cough syrup mixed with soda, Bow Wow said; ”I was on lean. I was sipping so much syrup. I was drinking that s*** like crazy”. Shad Gregory Moss, who is most popularly known as Bow Wow, said the BET documentary series Road To Platinum showed several Styrofoam cups…

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Despite their split, popularly female rapper Cardi B and her estranged husband, Offset, were seen on Valentine’s Day together having dinner in Miami at celeb hotspot Carbone. Captured in photos, the famous rappers were sighted arriving at the Italian restaurant together. However, Kiari Cephus, professionally known as Offset, waited a few minutes to go after his ex wife, Cardi B. Recall that the couple, who secretly tie the knot in September 2017, announced their split late year, emerged from Carbone together, with Cardi concealed her face with her phone. Though they interacted a bit with fans, they…

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In a bid to address the challenges of insecurity across the country, the Federal Government alongside the state governments are considering the establishment of state police. This development was hinted after an emergency meeting between President Bola Tinubu and state governors held at the Aso Rock Villa on Thursday 15 February. It was gathered that the meeting was in response to the recent increase in food prices, harsh economic realities, and the rising spade of insecurity recorded across the country. Speaking with journalists after the meeting, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, revealed that…

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Three years after its headquarters was moved to the nation’s capital, Abuja, reports say the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission has begun the process of returning some departments to Lagos. Department of Petroleum Resources, as formerly named, the NUPRC oversees the oil and gas industry to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and laws, as well as monitors the safety and other regulations related to the exportation and importation of the products into the country. Meanwhile, in a memo tagged “Movement to Lagos”, dated February 14, and obtained by newsmen, the relocation is driven by the commission’s desire to cut…

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President Bola Tinubu is currently holding a meeting with all 36 state governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at the Council Chamber of the Aso Rock Village, Abuja. The meeting which started after the President arrival at the chamber at 11:34 am Thursday 15 February, marks the president’s second meeting with the state executives since the inauguration of the National Economic Council on June 15, 2023. The meeting is however not unconnected to the current increase in the prices of goods and services across the country. A situation said to have been chiefly occasioned by…

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The Nigerian Super Eagles have climbed up 14 places in the latest FIFA men’s ranking on Thursday 15th February 2024. The star-studded team has now glided from the 42nd position to the 28th position in the world. Meanwhile, the new ranking by the World Football governing body also showed that the Super Eagles have equally moved from sixth position to third in the African continent. Meantime, this new position on the global list is the national marks the team’s highest since May 2013. Apparently, the major jump leap followed the Eagles’ impressive outing at the just…

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According to reports, the Federal Government has revealed its intention to discontinue the treasonable felony case instituted against the publisher of Sahara Reporters and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) during the 2023 General Election, Omoyele Sowore. This was disclosed in a document issued by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi and addressed to the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Abuja Division on February 15, 2024. Contained in the document, the government disclosed its intention to also discontinue the case against Sowore’s co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, popularly known as Mandate. …

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has stated the proposed education loan scheme will subject students to permanent debt. In a statement released on Thursday 15 February after its National Executive Council meeting at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, the union expressed surprise by the reports it received on the unfulfilled promises of the Tinubu-led administration toward addressing the protracted issues that forced the union to embark on the February–October 2022 nationwide strike. ASUU emphasized that successive governments in Nigeria had always paid lip service to the agreements reached with the union which inadvertently made…

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Reports have it that a presiding Magistrate, O. A. Omofolarin at the Ondo State Magistrate Court has remanded one Adua Fatogun, a tailor for allegedly stealing a pot of soup. The 19-year-old suspect who allegedly stole gas cylinders, and other items worth N311,100, was equally dragged before the court over the offence of burglary and theft, which he committed on October 12, 2023, at about 9am at Ifeleye Street, Ayeyemi in Ondo town. It was also gathered that the defendant stole the property of three persons namely; Felix Ogunbolade, Adeoga Aboodun, and Akinsete Adurayemi. Meanwhile, the Police…

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The National Working Committee of one of the leading opposition parties, Labour Party has placed a six-month suspension on its National Treasurer, Oluchi Opara. This development was announced at a press conference on Wednesday 14th February, at the party secretariat in Abuja. Recall that Opara had, on Monday 12 February, knocked on the Party’s National Chairman, Julius Abure, at a press conference to account for an alleged N3.5 billion raised from the sale of nomination forms and fundraising activities preparatory to the 2023 general election. In an interview on Arise TV’s ‘Good Morning Show’ on Tuesday, Opara…

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that the Nigerian government has resumed the payment of subsidies on the premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol. It would be recalled that during his swearing-in speech held on May 29, 2023, President Bola Tinubu announced an end to the payment of petrol subsidy. Meanwhile after a few weeks, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) collapsed the several exchange rate regimes into one, with the value of the Naira to the Dollar declining. Few days ago, the IMF released a statement on the conclusion of…

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According to reports, operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command have recovered N9 million ransom after arresting seven notorious kidnappers said to have been terrorizing the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Parading the suspects at the command on Wednesday 14 February, the police commissioner in FCT, CP Benneth Igweh, revealed that the wanted kidnappers were arrested by operatives of the Utako police division led by CSP Victor Godfrey in a coordinated operation at Tudun – Wada Lugbe and Pyakasa area of Trademore. The police Commissioner gave the names of the suspected kidnappers as Usman Muazu from…

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Report has it that operatives suspected to be personnel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC have stormed the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State on a midnight operation. It was reported that the Students’ lodges were reportedly invaded at about 2am on Wednesday by men of the Anti-graft agency. In a several videos circulating on social media where broken window frames, from what was said to be an attempt at forced entry, some students of the institution took to social media, alleging that the men broke into rooms and arrested some students. “I thought…

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Report has it that the Chairman of the Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Fatai Adams, has passed on. This was confirmed by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Mr Kennedy Peretei, who said that the Party would soon make an official announcement to the media on the incident. “Yes it is true but we will soon communicate you properly on the incident,” he added. Recall that the State Working Committee of the PDP in Ondo State had earlier announced the suspension of Adams last month for alleged involvement in some anti-party activities. As of…

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