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FG To Launch Upgraded National ID Card With Payment, Social Features

— Sample of the National ID card By Adeola Idris  The Federal Government, through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), will launch an upgraded national identity card with payment functionality for all types of social and financial services. The innovative card developed in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS), is to be powered by AfriGO, a… []

As At 06/04 Google Puts Naira To Dollar Exchange @ ₦1,247 to $1

— Naira/Dollar exchange process By Bunmi Onakan  Popular search engine platform, Google has listed the Naira/Dollar rate as ₦1,247 to $1. This is the first time the platform has listed the Naira/Dollar rate below 1,250 in 2024. One of the reactions to this has come from social commentator, Reno Omokri, who took to his X account to announce this. He wrote: “Happening Right Now: Google lists… []

Bandits Kill 5 Abducted Victims After Receiving Ransom In Kaduna

— Bandits (file photo) By Adeola Idris  Tragedy has occurred in Budah Hausa Village, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State as bandits killed five abducted victims after they have collected ransom and drugs. The bandits initially abducted 61 people, comprising 32 females and 29 males, from the community. After spending three weeks in captivity, the bandits released 51 of the hostages, while holding the… []

Nigeria’s Electricity Regulator Hikes Tariff By 240% For Urban Customers

— Electric powerline  By Bunmi Onakan  The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has increased electricity tariffs for urban customers by 240%, confirming earlier reports of a possible hike in energy prices amid the country’s rising inflation. The new rate, effective immediately, will be ₦225 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), a significant jump from the previous ₦66 per kWh, NERC’s vice chairman, Musliu Oseni told journalists on Wednesday…. []

It Took Seven Years To Be Able To Commence This Operations Because My Country Denied Us –Allen Onyema

— CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema and a celebrity during the Lagos-London flight  By St. Johnson Adegboyega  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Peace, Allen Onyema on Monday during an interview with Arise TV said it took seven years to be able to commence operations. He explained further that the airline faced internal and external obstacles before it could commence Lagos-London flight operation. Air Peace, Nigeria’s… []

Ohanaeze Demands Creation Of 6th State In South-East, Threatens To Sue FG

– Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President-General Ohanaeze Ndigbo By Victor Chukwudi At a one-day retreat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo tagged “Ako bu ije” held in Enugu on Wednesday, President General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has demanded the creation of the 6th for the South East extraction of Nigeria. The Southeast has however concluded plans to sue the federal government… []

Nigeria Economy Revival: Tinubu Invites Dangote, Elumelu, Rabiu, Agbaje, Others, Inaugurates 31-man Presidential Economic Coordination Council

– Vice President Kashim Shettima, Dangote, Elumelu at the inauguration By St. Johnson Adegboyega President Bola Tinubu, yesterday, took very definite steps aimed at reviving the economy with the establishment of a comprehensive economic coordination and planning system for the country. A statement issued by presidential spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, said three key economic committees were constituted, with the president heading a 31-man presidential economic coordination… []

Tinubu Has Approved Dualisation of Ado-Ekiti-Ikere-Akoko Road, Senate Leader, Bamidele Assures 

– President Tinubu  By Adeola Idris  Following the protests staged bh students and staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti to show their displeasure over the deplorable state of the Ado-Ekiti- Ondo/Abuja road network, the Federal Government has approved the commencement of its dualisation. The Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, made the disclosure Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, via a statement made available to newsmen. According to him,… []

Nigerian Air Force Knocks Out Terrorists’ Enclaves Near Lake Chad

– Nigerian Air Force during operation  By Bunmi Onakan  The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, says the Air Component of the military special task force, “Operation Hadin Kai’’, has continued to decimate terrorists and their hideouts at Tumbuns near Lake Chad. NAF’s Director, Public Relations and Information, AVM Edward Gabkwet, stated on Monday in Abuja that intelligence report received made airstrikes on a location Northwest of… []

Family Raises Alarm Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Health

– IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu By Adeola Idris  Family of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has again raised the alarm over his failing health, insisting that the detained IPOB’s leader needs urgent medical attention to avert a major health crisis. In a related development, the family also sought to know who benefits from the alleged whopping N800 million… []

Tinubu Cancels 72nd Birthday Celebration Over Rising Hunger, Insecurity

– President Bola Ahmed Tinubu  By St. Johnson Adegboyega  President Bola Tinubu says he would dedicate his 72nd birthday to building a more stable, secure, prosperous and united Nigeria. President Bola Tinubu says he would dedicate his 72nd birthday to building a more stable, secure, prosperous and united Nigeria. Mr President also asked friends and associates wishing to celebrate him to donate such money to… []

Tinubu Begins Renovation Of Dodan Barracks

– Soldiers at the gate of Dodan Barracks By Adeola Idris  The Federal Government has commenced the renovation of the former seat of power, Dodan Barracks, with plans to finish the works by May 29, 2024, according to sources familiar with the matter. Senior government officials revealed that the renovation became imperative due to the threat posed by recurrent floods and the rapid deterioration of… []

Another Six Police Operatives Killed, Six Missing As Gunmen Ambush Police Team In Delta

– Nigeria Police IG, Kayode Egbetokun By Adeola Idris  The incident of how gunmen killed two police operatives in Imo State, South-east Nigeria was earlier reported here on Metropolix Online. Another six operatives of the Nigeria Police have been killed while six are missing after gunmen ambushed a team of operatives in Delta State, South-south Nigeria. The spokesperson, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this… []

Tinubu Appoints Olugbile Holloway DG, National Commission for Museums And Monuments

–  President Bola Tinubu, NCMM logo By Adeola Idris  President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr. Olugbile Holloway as the Director-General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments. The president, according to a release issued on Thursday by his Media Adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, expects the new Director-General to bring life into the important agency and ensure the preservation, promotion and development of… []

Guber Election: INEC Gives Updates On Edo, Ondo Polls

– INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu By St. Johnson Adegboyega The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday provided an update on the forthcoming off-cycle governorship elections in Ondo and Edo states. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, provided the update during the quarterly consultative meeting with political parties in Abuja. He also disclosed that dates would be announced for fresh polls in Enugu South 1… []

Troops Rescue 16 Abductees In Kajuru, Kaduna

– File photo of Nigerian Troops By Adeola Idris  Troops of the Nigerian Army, I Division after the rescue of 16 abducted victims in Kajuru, Kaduna State are still exploiting the bushes in continuation of the search and rescue operations to extricate other victims and balk the nefarious activities of the insurgents. They also averted a kidnap attempt by an extremist group. “The Nigerian Army… []

N21bn For Akpabio Constituency: Our Representatives Are Feeding Fat On Our Common Wealth.– Usman Yusuf Laments

– Prof. Usman Yusuf By Bunmi Onakan The Former Secretary of the CDS Action Committee on Hostages, Professor Usman Yusuf, has disclosed that the senate president of Nigeria, Godswill Akpabio got money for construction of streetlights for his Constituency projects and one of the streetlights was budgeted to cost around N190 million. Professor Usman Yusuf made this statement during an interview with some journalists on… []

Tinubu Appoints Temitope Ilori As New NACA DG

  – Dr. Temitope Ilori By Bunmi Onakan  Dr. Temitope Ilori has been Appointed Director General of the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) for the initial term of four years with effect from February 2, 2024, the appointment was made by the President, Bola Tinubu. A statement by the Publicity Department of NACA said Ilori, before her appointment, was a Senior Lecturer… []

Budget Padding: Unearthing Another N500m Allegations Against Nigerian Senators

– Nigerian Senate Floor By St. Johnson Adegboyega  Rather than allow a sleeping dog to continue to snore over Senator Ningi’s allegation of 2024 budget padding, Nigerian Senators got further entangled in another accusation on the floor of the Senate that some Senators got N500 million each from the budget. It was like a bombshell when it was uttered and a few Senators scampered for… []

Why I renamed Minna Airport after Tinubu — Niger Gov

– Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago  with President Tinubu  By Adeola Idris  The desire to ensure a square peg is placed in a square hole according to Mohammed Bago, Governor of Niger State has been the reason why he renamed the newly commissioned airport from its former name, Abubakar Imam International Airport to Bola Ahmed Tinubu International Airport Noting that naming the State Polytechnic Zungeru,… []