Court of Appeal acquits Dokpesi over alleged N2.1b fraud

Delivering judgment in the appeal, Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu has acquitted Raymond Dokpesi, saying that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the appellants. “I am of the view that irrespective of the ingredients stated earlier and those by the appellants and the first respondent, prior proof or establishment of the predicate offenses in count 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the amended charge is sine qua non to the proof of the offenses of money laundering specified in the count,” she said. Read Full Story

Insecurity hurtful to economy says IG

The rising security challenges across the land could hurt Nigeria’s economic interests and hamper national security, Inspector-General Muhammad Adamu warned on Thursday while speaking as a special guest of honor at the closing of ‘Exercise Haske Biyu’, a joint military and paramilitary training organized by the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, in Kaduna State. Read Full Story

My family and I will not take the COVID19 vaccine. It is not healthy- Apostle Suleman says

General Overseer Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) International Apostle Johnson Suleman has said he will not be taking the COVID19 vaccine. In a viral video, the clergyman said the vaccine is not good and that it is not healthy. He said he has been praying over the vaccine for days and that God showed him that something is medically abnormal with the vaccine. Read Full Story

FG: Nigerians without NIN Risk 14-year Jail Term

The federal government yesterday put the number of Nigerians that have obtained the National Identification Number (NIN) as of Wednesday at 51 million, warning that those without NIN risk 14 years’ imprisonment. Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, said at a ministerial briefing in Abuja, coordinated by the presidential media team, that there were no plans to lift the ban on Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card registration. Read Full Story

Missing Aircraft: Air Force Chief Visits Borno, Calls For Calm

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, on Thursday visited Borno State after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha-Jet went missing in the north-eastern state. Amao, who arrived in the state barely a day after the incident occurred on Wednesday evening, was briefed on ongoing search and rescue efforts in connection with the missing aircraft. Read Full Story

Show love, appreciation to one another, Buhari tells Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and some eminent Nigerians on Thursday felicitated with Christians on this year’s Easter celebration. In a statement on Thursday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President urged Nigerians to show love and appreciate one another. Read Full Story

CAF appoints Pinnick into Emergency Committee

Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has been appointed to the Emergency Committee of the Confederation of African Football. This comes after Pinnick was elected into the FIFA Council three weeks ago. Egypt’s Hany Abou Rida was also appointed to the Emergency Committee. Read Full Story

French parliament slams government’s coronavirus response

The French parliament on Thursday massively criticized the coronavirus crisis management of President Emmanuel Macron’s government, the day after he announced new national restrictions. “We are not here to recognize your repeated failures,” said Damien Abad, head of the Republican faction in parliament, after a speech by Prime Minister Jean Castex. Read Full Story

INEC starts registration of new voters in June

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will recommence the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise on June 28, 2021. The commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, announced the new date at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, April 1. Read Full Story

Most accidents caused by recklessness not bad roads – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi,  while speaking in Abuja on Thursday at the Easter mega rally organized by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said dangerous driving, not bad roads, was the cause of most accidents. He called for the review of the highway codes to ensure stiffer penalties for road traffic offenders. Read Full Story