Clark: Buhari’s Opposition to Southern Govs’ Ban on Open Grazing, Ill-advised

A former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday expressed sadness over President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement criticizing Southern governors’ decision to ban open cattle grazing, describing it as ill-advised and unfortunate. He stated that Buhari’s public opposition to the halt on open grazing by the 17 governors appeared to be giving the impression that he is only the president of Northern Nigeria. Read Full Story

Drop Your Arms, Embrace Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, Emefiele Tells Bandits

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday appealed to bandits and others involved in unlawful activities to drop their arms and embrace the central bank’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP). He also announced that the central bank has been encouraged to increase its COVID-19 Targeted Credit Facility to N400 billion from N300 billion. Read Full Story

Biafra Day: Ohanaeze urges ceasefire, unconditional release of detainees

Ahead of the May 30 Biafra Day celebration, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has called on Biafra agitators to avoid the temptation of engaging in any form of clash with security operatives. This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary-General of the organization, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro. Read Full Story

Mali’s detained president, PM ousted

MALIAN Vice President Assimi Goita has announced that interim President Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane have been deposed after they were arrested on Monday. Goita, the former leader of a military coup in August 2020, also promised new elections in 2022, while speaking to radio broadcaster ORTM. Read Full Story

Amendment: National Assembly set for stormy sessions

At various fora where the constitutional review of amending the 1999 Constitution by the 9th National Assembly has been discussed, the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured the nation that the document that will come out of the exercise will be a people’s document, focusing on key areas such as local government reform, electoral reform, and judicial reform, among other key areas. Read Full Story

Ibori’s £4.2m Loot Returned To Delta State Govt – Accountant-General

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris on Tuesday said the £4.2m looted by ex-Delta State Governor, James Ibori, has been returned to the state. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami had on March 9 said the loot would be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Express road and not returned to the Delta State Government where it was pilfered from. Read Full Story

ASUU alleges bribe-for-salaries in AGF office, massive IPPIS fraud

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have again clashed over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System with the government saying the payment platform is inevitable. The President of ASUU, Mr. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview, alleged that the IPPIS was fraught with corruption, adding that some officials in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation were involved in what he called “bribe-for-salaries.” Read Full Story

Miyetti Allah not against ban on open grazing — Chairman

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says it is not against the ban on open grazing of cattle in the Southern part of the country. The South-East Zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu. Read Full Story

PDP accuses APC of burning INEC offices to stay in power

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of arranging attacks on facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend its stay in power. The PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, repeated the party’s accusation that the APC is sponsoring the attacks to frustrate the smooth conduct of the 2023 general elections. Read Full Story

NAF sets up a committee to conduct a safety audit on its operational and engineering units after the Kaduna crash

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has set up a committee to conduct safety audits on its operational and engineering units. This came after the plane crash which claimed the lives of Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others. Read Full Story