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‘He’s Not My Cousin; He’s Not My Uncle’ — Amina Zakari Speaks On Relationship With Buhari

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Amina Zakari, a commissioner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said she is not a niece or cousin to President Muhammadu Buhari. There had been speculations that she is a "blood relation" of the president, with calls for her removal as head of the collection centre committee. The presidency, however, denied the claims in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, the president's spokesman, on Friday. See Also Elections Garba Shehu: Buhari And Amina Zakari Not Related... Just An Inter-Marriage In Their Extended Families 0 Comments 1 Day Ago Zakari also denied the claim in an interview aired by BBC on Friday. Video of VIDEO: Amina Zakari Speaks On Relationship With Buhari VIDEO: Amina Zakari Speaks On Relationship With Buhari VIDEO: Amin...

QUESTION: Can Amina Zakari, Buhari’s ‘Relative’, Influence 2019 Election Results?

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The year 2019, as nascent as it is, is already bristling with all manner of emotions. From anticipation to hope; from fear to even despair. The chaos of emotions is not unfounded. It is an election year; and if the history of elections is anything to go by, Nigerians have every reason to let their emotions run chaotic. These emotions, especially fear, heightened on Thursday when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Amina Zakari, supposed niece of President Muhammadu Buhari, as Head of Collation Centre for the 2019 elections. While some, led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have described the appointment of Zakari as a ploy to rig the 2019 elections, others see the brouhaha surrounding her appointment as making a mountain out of a molehill. But indeed, how p...

Genevieve Nnaji: 20 Years After, The Screen Remains Her Playground

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Glam Africa Lights, cameras, action! For the past twenty years this is what many have known Nigerian actress, producer and director, Genevieve Nnaji for. From starting out as a child actress at the age of eight, to climbing up the ladder of her profession, over the years, Genevieve has shown that there is beauty in simplicity. No one knew she had spent well up to two decades in the industry, until the last day of 2018 when she took to her Instagram page to write: “As 2018 comes to an end, I mark 20 years in the art of filmmaking. I’m grateful for my life, journey, and growth thus far". The fourth of eight children, Genevieve was born on the May 3, 1979, in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria to an engineer father and mother who worked as a nursery school teacher. An alumnus of Met

60-Year-Old Man Caught With ‘At Least 12 Soaked Sanitary Pads And Female Underwear’

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A 60-year-old suspected ritualist was caught in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Wednesday evening with dozens of female underwear. The suspects, whose real name was not disclosed at the time of this report, was caught at Danjuma area, along Isikan road in Akure. Several eyewitnesses told SaharaReporters that the man was caught by commercial motorcylists while picking female undergarments. He was beaten to a pulp and stripped. One of the witnesses, Miss Adeola Oluwasegun, said the suspect was first mistaken for a mentally unstable person by the residents until he was exposed. "We first saw the old man roaming the streets like a mentally unstable man, holding a small bag, and we thought he was begging for food or money. Later, we noticed some commercial motorcyclists shouting 'Thief...

Police Break Into Melaye’s House ‘With Axe, Iron Cutter Machines’

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Melaye at the Senate back in April As the showdown between the Police and Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi Central District in the National Assembly enters the sixth day, a source close to the lawmaker's residence in Abuja has disclosed that the Police used axes, iron cutter machines and other equipment to break into the building. It was also gathered that a network jamming device had been deployed with the view to rendering communication ineffective within the premises. The Police had invaded Melaye's house last Friday, over allegations that he was culpable in the shooting of a policeman in July 2018. On Saturday, electricity supply to his house was cut off, while on Sunday, the policemen were said to have fired in tear-gas canisters in order to force out the senator, who...

Mandatory Use Of NIN Begins Today — Nigerian Govt

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In line with Federal Government directive, the implementation of mandatory usage of the National Identification Number (NIN) takes effect from today, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced. At its meeting on September 12, 2018, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the new National Digital Identity Ecosystem Strategic Roadmap for the enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB). By that federal directive, therefore, the usage of the NIN becomes mandatory, from January 1, 2019, to access any government service across the country. According to Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director-General of NIMC, all federal government Ministries, Agencies and Departments that take records of ...

Aliko Dangote And APC Desperation To Generalise Failure By Oke Umurhohwo

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Aliko Dangote It is election time again and Nigerians are eager to weigh the stewardship of elected officers with promises they made that got them the mandate they are serving out and decide whether or not they deserve another term. This clearly applies to Presidency Muhammadu Buhari who achieved a long-term ambition of winning the 2015 presidential election after three unsuccessful attempts. On Friday, December 28, 2018, Buhari flagged-off campaign for his re-election in Akwa-Ibom but surprisingly, he was evasive of giving proper account of the mandate he was entrusted with three and half years ago. For the entire time he spoke at the political gathering, he bored Nigerians with the theatrics of the 2015 election period, failing to accept responsibility for his actions and in...

Operation Python Dance 3: Ohanaeze, MASSOB Slam Army

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The Igbo apex sociocultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Movement for Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), yesterday alleged that military’s Operation Python Dance 3, which commences on January 1, 2019, was primarily designed to intimidate the people and rig the forthcoming general elections. Chief of Army staff, Gen. Tukur Brutai had on Friday in Borno announced that the operation, otherwise known as “Egwu Eke 3” will commence across the country because of security challenges in some parts of the nation. But Ohanaeze and MASSOB berated the military for the exercise saying that it was designed to annihilate the people of south east and rig the general elections. They urged the military to take the Egwu Eke 3 to places in the country where there ar

Security Operatives Rescue Two Priests Abandoned By Kidnappers In Anambra

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The deployment of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras on trees, drones and helicopters by the Anambra State government for aerial surveillance, complemented by the use of intelligence reports by the security agencies to monitor flash points to ensure a crime-free Christmas and New Year celebrations has yielded fruits. Security operatives yesterday rescued two Catholic priests who were held hostage but abandoned after three days by their kidnappers for fear of being tracked by the security hi-technology devices and arrested. The two priests rescued are Rev Fr. Peter Nwachukwu, Parish Priest of St. Theresa’s Parish Umueze-Anam in Anambra West Local Council and Rev Fr. Cajetan Apeh, his Assistant. Disclosing this to newsmen in Awka yesterday, the state Commissioner of Polic

Sponsors Of Zamfara Killings Will Soon Be Exposed, Says Northern Cleric

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Bishop Musa Fomson, a foremost northern based clergyman, has prophesied that those behind the killings in Zamfara State would soon be exposed. Fomson stated this in his new year message, in which he stated that “the blood of the murdered innocent is crying to God for vengeance". The bishop, who predicted former President Goodluck Jonathan’s loss at the 2015 polls, alleged that some politicians in Zamfara State are behind the killings. "They sow sorrow, but it is a business that they have just a few days to repent of, lest the disgrace that they have been piling up will be heaped on their head. Their ways are unclean in the manner of the abomination of the idol worshipping rulers that led Israel to sin in the Books of Chronicles and Kings," he said. "They walk in dark paths an