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Month: November 2018

PDP Wants To Use IPOB To Disrupt 2019 Elections, Group Alleges

A group, Patriotic Front of Nigeria (PFN), has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Boko Haram commanders of plans to disrupt the 2019 general election. Rabiu Usman, National Coordinator of the group, also alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was working with both the IPOB and the Boko Haram insurgents to create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty in order to discourage people from exercising their franchise. He said it is no coincidence that the opposition PDP is always ready with a quick response within minutes of Boko Haram attacks in the country, mostly now that election i around the corner.  According to Usman, only those who have pre-arranged deals with the terrorists to carry out attacks could respond with such speed, while reactions fro...

What Your Fashion Is Costing The World

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Flood Ibrahim Quadri, Creative Director of Hym Signage (middle) Remilekun Benson of Remtrick Couture Interviewer: Ever heard of sustainable fashion? Interviewee: Not really. Interviewer: Do you think of how your fabric is made, what components go into putting that piece of material together when shopping for the right textile to work with? Interviewee: To be sincere, not really. I’m more into the quality of the fabric. The above interview by SaharaReporters was with Ibrahim Quadri, Creative Director of Hym Signage, a fashion brand that caters to men's outfits. At last year’s Fashion Student Designers week, he bagged a juicy set of deals as his prize for winning the ‘Men’s Wear’ category. The contracts included training with a top designer. Ibrahim Quadri, Creative Director o

Lai Mohammed Warns US About The Implications Of Granting Visa To Atiku

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information, has urged the United States to exercise caution in granting visa to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to the Minister, this is necessary to ensure that the US doesn't appear to favour one candidate over another in the 2019 general election. According to NAN, Mohammed stated this at an interactive session with media executives in Abuja on Thursday. Noting that the Federal Government was aware of the visa issue regarding the former Vice-President, Mohammed urged the US to be mindful of the timing. His words: “We understand and appreciate the fact that it is the prerogative of the US to grant a visa to anyone who applies. However, we want the US to be neutral and be wary of taking an

EXCLUSIVE: Lack Of Aircraft Forces Dana Air To Suspend Flight Operations

Barely two weeks after celebrating its 10 years of flight operations in Nigeria, Dana Air has suspended flight operations. The airline, which has over the past four years been struggling with two its two McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft, suspended flight operations last week. A source close to the airline confided in our correspondent that the airline, which had a fatal crash on June 3, 2012, killing about 159 souls onboard and on the ground, is currently going through recertification of its Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC) with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The recertification exercise is carried out every three years, but while the exercise goes on the airlines don’t necessarily suspend flight operations. It was gathered that the airline also suspended operations because

How I Burnt Fingers Taking Decisions, By Ambode

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday revealed difficulties he encountered while taking some strategic decisions in the state, saying that he had on many occasion suffered consequences of his action while he received commendation for others. Beside, Ambode said that as chief driver of the state, he had initiated some policies which had improved the lots of residents with commendation while some of his actions and policies had brought him into ridicule. The governor, who spoke at the 12th Security Town Hall Meeting held at the Civic Centre, Lagos, commended those who had worked for Lagos State Security Trust Fund, saying that from the available statistics in the state police command, Lagos was peaceful, safe and the safest city on Africa continent. He said: “Befor

Rivers, N’East, Flash Points Of 2019 Elections – Abdulsalami

The National Peace Committee has identified Rivers State and some states in the North-East as flash point areas of the 2019 general elections. The committee, which met with Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja yesterday, however, promised to intervene in the areas and ensure peaceful conduct of the polls. Chairman of the peace committee and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who spoke at the end of the meeting, also disclosed that the committee would meet with national chairmen and secretaries of registered political parties today, to listen to them. His words: “In particular, we have problem in Rivers State, and there are some other areas where problems are emerging. So, we will try to see how we ca

Two Witnesses Die After Making ‘Crucial Statements’ Against Nyako In N29bn Fraud Trial

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Former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako Two witnesses who gave evidence in the trial of Murtala Nyako, former Governor of Adamawa State, have died mysteriously. Adekunle Odofin, a detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), disclosed this while appearing before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday. According to NAN, Odofin said the two witnesses made “crucial statements” during the investigation into a N29billion fraud case, noting that the two persons were very vital to the prosecution of the case. Nyako is being prosecuted alongside his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, on a 37-count charge of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N29billion. Fiv