Pro-Taliban comments: Why Pantami sailed through DSS screening, ex-director explains

A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the secret police screened the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, before his confirmation as a minister in 2019. Amachree said the minister must have sailed through the DSS and Senate screenings due to a lot of factors including federal character balancing. Read Full Story

Lagos CARES to support 125,058 residents in 2 years – Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday unveiled its COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) targeting to support 125,058 residents in 24 months. Speaking during the unveiling at Lagos House, Ikeja, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the Lagos CARES initiative was part of the Nigeria CARES (N-CARES) Programme for Results (P4R) and was an integral part of the national approach adopted to alleviate the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic and enhance the wellbeing of residents. Read Full Story

Senate Passes N257bn 2021 Budget for Customs

The Senate on Wednesday approved the sum of N257,183,671,694.71 for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the 2021 fiscal year. It also approved N1.678 trillion as target revenue of the agency for 2021. The approvals were sequel to the consideration and adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff. Read Full Story

Insecurity can consume Southeast, says Umahi

Southeast Governors Forum Chairman and Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi yesterday warned that the rising criminality, especially the attacks on policemen and formations, can consume the region. According to him, most of the criminal attacks were not by herdsmen but by the criminals from the region. The governor said: “We are also problems to ourselves. We enjoin leaders to rise to condemn this because it is a little monster that if encouraged can consume all of us beyond the herdsmen menace.” Read Full Story

Senate approves $1.5bn, Euro 995m external loan for FG

The Senate on Tuesday approved $1.5billion and Euro 995million external loans for the Federal Government. This followed consideration of the report of its Committee on Local and Foreign Debts on the external borrowing plan of the Federal Government at plenary. Read Full Story

Lagos Vaccinates 257,756 People, Announces Date To Begin the Second Dose

In a statement on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, A total of 257,756 eligible people have received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Lagos State. He hinted that the remaining 507,000 doses have been reserved at the Lagos State Cold Chain Store for the second dose exercise scheduled to commence on May 28. Read Full Story

Senators move to implement national emergency number like America’s 911

A bill to establish a nationwide toll-free emergency number in Nigeria has passed second reading in the Senate. Leading the debate on the bill during plenary on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun Central – APC) said the number would aid the implementation of a national system of reporting emergencies. Read Full Story

If Nigeria disintegrates, Professors could be working in bakeries in Togo just to survive – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohammed has warned that Professors could be working in bakeries in Togo just to survive if Nigeria disintegrates. Lai Mohammed who featured on a NAN flagship interview program on Wednesday, April 21, stated that the Buhari administration’s main issue is with the elites and not the common people. He also insinuated that the elites who ought to take the lead in cementing the unity of the country are preaching tribal hatred. Read Full Story

Ooni of Ife disowns Adamu Garba’s traditional title

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi has refuted claims that he would honor former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, with a traditional title. Garba had announced that the monarch would bestow on him the title of Aare Atunluse of Oodua on May 1, 2021. A statement by Ooni’s Director of Media and, Moses Olafare, dissociated him from the award. Read Full Story

Pantami: Reps minority leader, Elumelu pushes for Minister’s resignation, sack

Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu at Wednesday plenary moved for the immediate resignation or sack of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami for showing sympathy to the deadly activities of insurgents. Relying on matters of privilege, Elumelu asked the House to cause a debate on the issue, particularly demanding Pantami’s exit from office. Read Full Story