Author: Pius Kadon

Deposit Money Banks and Point of Sale operators have been warned over the scarcity of cash being witnessed in some parts of the country. The warning was contained in a statement signed by the CBN’s Acting Director of Communication and Public Relations, Sidi Ali, on Thursday 21 December 2023. The Apex Bank noted that there is a collusion between some Deposit Money Banks and Point-Of-Sale operators which is impacting negatively on the availability of cash and affecting circulation of the Naira notes across the country. The Central Bank of Nigeria warned both defaulting parties to immediately put an end to…

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The federal government has revealed plans for to begin the payment of backlogs to beneficiaries of the N-Power programme. This announcement was made by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, during a Channels Television Program, Politics Today. The social investment program popularly known as the N-Power is a scheme initiated in 2016 by the immediate past President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. The federal government program is aimed at addressing the challenges of youth unemployment and help improve the living standard of Nigerians. It would be recalled that the beneficiaries were being owed some months’ stipends by…

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The federal government has on Wednesday 20th December 2023, approved a 50 per cent reduction in price of interstate transport fare for Nigerians traveling during the yuletide beginning from Thursday, December 21, 2023 to January 4, 2024. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has also approved free rides for travellers on all train services within the said period. This announcement was made by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Mr Dele Alake in Aso Rock Villa. “It is in this wise that the President is announcing through us that beginning from tomorrow, December 21, Nigerians willing to travel can board public transport…

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As the legal battle in the Plateau state Governorship Election draws closer, the APC candidate, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, has firmly criticized the Appeal petition filed by the embattled governor of the state, Caleb Mutfwang Manasseh. In a statement made available to journalists Nentawe kicked against the brief of arguments served on him by the appellant, where he earlier brought out five issues for determination by the Apex Court. In a response filed by his lead counsel Professor Kayode Olatoke SAN, Nentawe stated that the judgement of the Appeal Court delivered on the 19th November, 2023 against Mutfwang is justified. He…

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As the festive season sparkles, fans and music enthusiasts in Plateau state are set to have yet another thrilling moment as the Haitian rapper and singer, Wyclef Jean, storms the state on Thursday, December 28, 2023. The music legend will be live on stage for a peace concert and to also cheer lovers of music to the laying of the foundation for a film village proposed by the state in Kuru and Mararaban Jama’a, Jos South L.G.A. Marking his first visit to Plateau state, the rapper would be flanked by other notable Nigerian music giants on stage.

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Armed bandits have opened fire on passengers around Dogon Karfe on the Gusau – Talata Mafara highway in Zamfara State.   According to Bello Saleh, a resident of Maru town, a community close to the scene of the attack, the terrorists also kidnapped many other passengers during the raid. He said that the terrorists were manning both sides of the highway and once the first vehicle arrived, they opened fire from both sides of the road adding that about seven vehicles were involved in the attack which happened around 7:00 p.m on Saturday, December 16, 2023. Saleh revealed that most of…

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Immediate past chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has revealed his intentions to quit the political scene. The former governor of Nasarawa State made this revelation while speaking at a book launch entitled; Progressive Governance, Showcasing Achievements of Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State 2019, written by Abdullahi Tanimu. Adamu stated that he was starting to develop allergies for political activities adding that the only thing he could say was to urge the people of Nasarawa state to support the Sule led administration in the state. “I am not only a retiree but I am…

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At least 12 persons have been confirmed dead with 30 others said to have sustained varying degrees of injuries in a ghastly road accident involving a truck in Hawan-Kibo community of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State. Reports say that the accident which occurred on Thursday December 14th  2023 involved a truck laden with bags of grains and people was descending a hill on the dilapidated road when it  eventually nosedived into a ditch. According to eyewitnesses, when the trailer crashed, it spilled its contents into a ditch, leaving many of the persons dead on the spot. Confirming the…

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Bandits reportedly led by a notorious kingpin, Gwaska Dankarami, have launched an attacked in Zurmi town, the headquarters of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara state, setting ablaze four operational vehicles belonging to security operatives. According to a resident of the community, Malam Musa Aliyu Zurmi, who confirmed the incident to journalists in a telephone interview on Thursday 14th December 2023 revealed that the armed bandits numbering about a hundred stormed the town around 4pm Tuesday, December 12, wielding sophisticated arms. “They attacked the military base and police divisional headquarters and two operational vehicles of the military and two belonging to…

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Former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, is dead. A statement issued by his family and indorsed by Chief Rob Ezeife, disclosed that the former governor passed on at the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, on Thursday, December 14th 3023. Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife was Governor of Anambra state around January 1992 to November 1993 during the aborted Third Republic. Fondly referred to as ‘Okwadike’, the 85-year-old was born on November 20th, 1938. Until his demise, the deceased has held various notable positions such as former Federal Permanent Secretary, former Political Adviser to the President and former Presidential aspirant and also…

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Popular Nigerian Afro beat hit maker, Divine Ikubor simply known as, Rema, says making music is a calling for him. The music star maintained that he draws inspiration for his art from within considering that he sees himself as a tool meant to change the world for the better. The Calm Down croner said that it was impossible to make a gift appear reasonable when one is endowed with it. Speaking in an interview with journalists, the talented singer said that music was more of a spirit-related issue rather than a brain-related one. He said he needed not to study…

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Former Niger Delta Militant Leader Mujahid Asari Dokubo has sent a stern warning to president Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the political crisis threatening the impeachment of the Rivers State governor Siminalayi Fubara. Dokubo who told the president to as a matter of urgency call the FCT Minister to order, revealed that it would be difficult to impeach the embattled governor of Rivers State Siminalayi Fubara. While describing the Tinubu led government as the worst ever, Dokubo revealed that the Ijaw people would defy any possible sponsorship and come against any form of provocation against them like a tsunami. He said…

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Surviving victims of Tudun Biri bombing in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State have sued the Federal Government, demanding N33 billion for the killing of no fewer than 100 residents of the area. Recall that the Kaduna State Government had on Sunday 3rd December 2023 issued a statement stating that the Nigerian Army had claimed responsibility for bombing the community that left at least 100 villagers dead. Earlier, President Bola Tinubu had directed that a swift investigation be carried out into the circumstances that led to the sad incident assuring that whoever was found culpable in the error drone…

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The Rivers state police command has confirmed the killing of a club bouncer allegedly stabbed to death at a nightclub in Bonny Island, Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State, by a yet-to-be identified soldier. Sources say that the trouble started when the bouncer named Kingsley Abbey, allegedly found a dagger on the soldier when he was carrying out a routine check at the entrance of the club on Monday night, December 11, 2023. Noticing that, the deceased denied the soldier access into the club. A situation that resulted to an altercation that reportedly led the soldier to reach for…

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One Onoh Chukwuma Richard from Abia state has ended his life after going live on his social media handle to say that, “today is my last day on earth. I going to meet my maker.” Sources said that the Abia-born businessman borrowed a large sum of money but lost it to gambling. According to these sources, the deceased disclosed plans to exit the world after recording a wordless video in a lemon-colored t-shirt. He was reported to have died after consuming a chemical substance. However, it was said that friends swiftly started reaching out to him. They rushed him to…

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Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, of Ondo state would be embarking on another medical trip in Germany. This is coming barely four months after the governor returned to Nigeria and has reportedly been staying in his private residence in Ibadan Oyo State. According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, on Tuesday, 12th December 2023, the governor’s return to the European country was to follow-up on his medical treatment. Olatunde added that the governor would be leaving on Wednesday, and that a letter directed to the state House of Assembly to, in line with constitutional provision, allow for the…

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Report filtering in shows that an 18-year-old Nigerian lady has allegedly slumped and died after attending a very popular church program currently been observed across the country. Sources disclosed that the lady who had gone to the church program held in the south western region, slumped during the programme after suffering continued spasms. It was reported that she was rejected at the church’s hospital but was later taken to another health facility where she was confirmed dead an hour later. It was however gathered that the deceased died after the hospital neglected and demand for about a million naira before…

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The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof. Emmanuel Oshodeke, has revealed that the 2024 budgetary allocation for the education sector was grossly inadequate. Addressing the press on Monday 11th December 2023, Prof. Emmanuel Oshodeke, stated that during the campaign and election earlier this year, President Bola Tinubu pledged to increase the budgetary allocation for the Education sector to at least 15 per cent or over. He said that ASUU was dispirited when the 2024 education budget was announced to be N2.18tr or 7.9 per cent of the budget. The ASUU president emphasized that it was the same…

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The National Universities Commission NUC has provided license and approval for the take-off of the first private university in Kebbi state. The University, known as Rayhaan, begins its first academic session in January 2024. Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Mohammed Lawal Ahmadu, revealed this to newsmen during the NUC resource verification visit to the university’s site at Gesse, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state. Professor Mohammed stated that the university was among the few private universities in the North West geo-political zone that will commence academic activities after the NUC resource verification visit. “Rayhaan is an ICT-driven academic learning institution. It…

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Report reaching The News Chronicle indicates that no fewer than 10 persons have been killed in an auto crash that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the early hours of Tuesday 12th December 2023. It was gathered that the accident occurred at Kara Turning towards Interchange on the expressway. Meantime, details of the crash are still sketchy as at the time of filing this report but the spokesman for the Ogun Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident via her social media page. Details shortly…

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A boat carrying five persons have capsized in Gamadio River, Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing a nursing mother and her baby. It was gathered that three were however rescued in the incident that occurred on Monday, December 11, 2023. While inspecting the scene of the boat mishap, Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, stressed the need for the enforcement of the use of life jackets by canoe users for the safety of passengers and goods. The Deputy Governor, who was received by the Chairman, Numan Local Government Area, Christopher Sofore, charged relevant stakeholders to ensure…

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Popular Nigerian musician, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe professionally known as Kizz Daniel thrills music lovers worldwide with the release of two upbeat tempo singles titled ‘Twe Twe’ and ‘Too Busy to Be Bae’. Due to the success of his album ‘Maverick’, Kizz Daniel further displays his versatility and creativity approach to music, blending traditional Nupe tribe influences with contemporary sounds in one of the songs. The song, ‘Twe Twe’ is both authentic and exhilarating. It is a harmonious fusion of tradition and modernity. It is a vibrant and energetic track that fetches inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of the Nupe…

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One Muhammad Dahiru, 33 has been arrested by operatives of the Hisbah State Commission. Mohammed was arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in Birnin-Kebbi. The suspect who hails from Koko/Besse Local Government Area of the state was arrested on Monday, December 11, 2023. In a statement posted on its social media page, the Hisbah State Commission in Kebbi state revealed that the suspect lured the victim into a bush where he defiled her. The statement disclosed that Dahiru pleaded guilty to the crime and has since been handed over to the Nigerian police in Kebbi state for further investigation…

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America female rapper Cardi B has confirmed that she and her partner Offset are no longer together. The multi award winning star revealed in a live video that she has been single for a while now but has been trying to decide when to tell her followers.  She that she wanted to make this revelation during a previous live video but decided not to. “I don’t know if y’all have been getting clues from me from my live, I mean… or from my Instagram Stories, where I put certain music. “When it comes to events and stuff, I don’t think it’s…

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has left Abuja for Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The President departed from the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in the early hours of Monday 11th December 2023. The trip marks the president’s first visit to the North-Eastern region of the country since assumption of office in May. Tinubu is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the Nigerian Army Annual Conference. Earlier, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, has announced the details of the opening ceremony. Among other things, the event will feature an address to…

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Armed gunmen have killed no fewer than four persons in Dungwel village, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, on Sunday 10th December 2023. A relative of the victims, Shedrack Gambo, revealed that the victims all died in the attack while some sustained various degrees of injuries. “They all died in the attack and others were also injured in the incident. The community is presently in shock and grieving. Please, pray for us,” Gambo lamented. Confirming the incident, the Military Taskforce, Captain Oya James, stated that he has called the Commander of the FOB and was told the number of…

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27 lawmakers of the Rivers State House of Assembly have decamped from the opposing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). This is coming on the heels of the swollen political tension rocking the Rivers State party politics. The Rivers state political crisis came into public domain following the burning of the Rivers State Assembly Complex on 29th October 2023. Reacting to the incident, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, accused Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, of masterminding the burning of a part of the State House Assembly complex. This tussle among…

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Ace broadcaster, Aisha Bello Mustapha is dead. After a successful career that lasted about thirty-five years, Aisha, one of the veteran newscasters on Nigerian Television Authority, NTA Network News at 9 PM during the ’90s and early 2000s, died in the early hours of Monday 11th December 2023. In a statement, the deceased family stated that funeral prayer for Aisha Bello Mustapha is scheduled to take place at the central mosque in Abuja at 1 pm on Monday, 11th December 2023. “Innalilahi wa inna Alaihin Rajiun. May Allah forgive our Mother Hajia Aishat Bello Mustapha. Mama, indeed, you are a very kind-hearted…

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that the reasons behind the scarcity of naira notes in the country was caused by large volume withdrawals of cash from various CBN branches by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs This was contained in a statement issued by the Corporate Communications Department of the Apex bank. The statement also stated that panic withdrawals by bank customers were also partly responsible for the seeming scarcity being experienced across some states. This reaction is coming amid a series of complaints and apprehensions by some bank customers regarding the scarcity of Naira notes at bank counters,…

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Suspected armed bandits have killed a member of a local vigilante leaving three other persons injured on Saturday 9th December 2023 in Bakutumbe village, Ningi LGA, Bauchi State. It was gathered that the bandits also kidnapped four other residents of the area in the attack. A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that the bandits began shooting sporadically to scare residents away upon invading the village According to the source; “The gunmen killed a member of the local vigilante, Malam Dan Ladiyo, and shot and wounded three other people”. While revealing names of those injured in the…

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