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Restructuring: CBN Sacks 40 More Staff DFD Most Affected

— Central Bank of Nigeria building  By Adeola Idris  Forty more employees have been laid off by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and mostly from its development finance department (DFD), as part of its ongoing restructuring. This news comes on the heels of an earlier dismissal of 27 staff, bringing the total number affected to 67. Gathered that the dismissals are likely connected to the CBN’s refocus away… []

Betta Edu: EFCC Recovers N30bn, 50 Bank Accounts Under Investigations

— Embattled ex Minister,  Betta Edu  By Adeola Idris  The ongoing Investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is yielding positive results as the anti graft agency is probing 50 bank accounts, as it has recovered N30 billion in the case of the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu, and the ministry over alleged money laundering. The latest development was revealed in a… []

Police Commence Investigation Into The Deadly Stampede That Kills 9 Persons During Palliatives Distribution In Wamakko’s House

— Sen. Aliyu Wamakko By Adeola Idris  The Sokoto State Police Command has said that it has commenced an investigation into the deadly stampede that occurred at Senator Aliyu Wamakko’s house. Nine persons reportedly died and over 30 others were injured while scrambling for palliatives being distributed during Muslim Ramadan. A former federal lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, in a post on his X handle on… []

Court Threat As Human Rights Activist, Chidi Odinkalu Knocks EFCC Over Bobrisky’s Arrest

— Chidi Odinkalu  By Bunmi Onakan  Former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, has tackled the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over a court threat following his outburst on the arrest of Nigerian crossdresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky. Bobrisky was arrested at Pinnock Estate in Lagos State on Wednesday, April 3, and detained in the Lagos command office of the EFCC…. []

How Abducted Kogi Varsity Student Escaped From Kidnappers’ Den In Enugu

— Janet Kyeme By Divine John Ukpong A 200Level female student of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Janet Kyeme has escaped from her kidnapper’s den in Enugu. The Library and Information Science student was said to have disappeared on her way to attend lectures at the university in the first week of March 2024. It was gathered that she boarded a motorcycle from her family… []

Anambra: Five Die, Many Injured As Security Forces, Gunmen Engage In Gun Battle

— Police and Gunmen  By Adeola Idris  No fewer than five persons were feared killed and others injured during a gun duel between security operatives and gunmen on Tuesday in Anambra. The incident took place when the Anambra Joint Security Force (JSF)stormed two camps of the gunmen in Aguluezechukwu, Aguata council area and Ogboji, Orumba South council area respectively. During the raid by the security… []

Good Friday: Two Worshippers Kidnapped In Ogun Church

  – Gunmen (file photo) By Bunmi Onakan Two worshippers at a Celestial Church in Mowe, Obafemi/Owode local government area of Ogun State have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers. The state Police Command confirmed this on Friday. The command spokesperson, Omolola Odutola, who confirmed this in a statement in Abeokuta, disclosed that the incident occurred on Thursday at the church located near… []

Okuama Killing: “I have no hand in the killings” Wanted Monarch Says As He Surrenders Self To Security Agents

— HRM Clement Ikolo Oghenerukevwe, the traditional ruler of Ewu Kingdom By Adeola Idris The traditional ruler of Ewu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Clement Ikolo Oghenerukevwe, has surrendered himself to the Police. The monarch was declared wanted following the killing of 17 soldiers in the Okuama community. He was declared wanted along side the President-General of Ewu, Prof Ekpekpo Arthur,… []

CBN Raises Nigerian Banks’ Capital Base To N500bn

– CBN governor,  Yemi Cardoso  By Adeola Idris  The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced new minimum capital requirements for all banks operating in the country, the spokesperson for the apex bank, Hakama Sidi-Ali said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday evening. Sidi-Ali, in the statement said the new minimum capital requirements apply not only to existing banks, but also to all new… []

AMDF Demands Release Of Abducted Journalist, Segun Olatunji

– Abducted journalist,  Segun Olatunji  By St. Johnson Adegboyega  Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) has called for immediate release of the General Editor, FirstNews, Mr. Segun Olatunj, reported to have been picked by yet-to-be-identified security agents on Friday March 15, 2024. AMDF, a media rights group in a statement by its Manager, Press Freedom, Zhiroh Samuel Jatau, called on all security agencies to look into the matter and take all necessary… []

Sad! 34-year-old Nigerian US Naval Officer, Aregbesola Dies In Red Sea

– Michael Aregbesola  By Adeola Idris  A Nigerian-born United States Naval Officer, Michael Aregbesola, has died in the Red Sea after falling overboard while in operation. In the statement provided on the Naval website, the Pentagon wrote, “The U.S. Navy on Saturday identified the Sailor lost overboard from USS Mason (DDG 87) while operating in the Red Sea, March 20. “Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class… []

Osun Inaugurates Committee To Curb Fake News, Cyberbullying

– Osun State governor,  Ademola Adeleke  By Bunmi Onakan Osun State Government has set up a committee to tackle cyber crimes, cyberbullying and online fake news, in accordance with relevant provisions of the law. This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Kolapo Alimi, on Sunday in Osogbo. Mr Alimi said that the inauguration of the committee became necessary to sanitise the… []

How Suspected Smugglers Assaulted Adamawa Customs Agents

– The assaulted officers and their damaged car By Adeola Idris  Suspected smugglers carried out a violent assault on officers serving in the Adamawa/Taraba Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). Naomi Titus, the command’s public relations officer, confirmed the incident through a statement released on Saturday, March 23, 2024, disclosing that one officer sustained severe injuries during the attack. Titus elaborated that the confrontation… []

NDIC Asks EFCC To Return Funds Recovered from Banks’ Fraudsters

– NDIC MD/CEO,  Bello Hassan,  EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukayode By Bunmi Onakan  During his recent visit to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), headquarters in Abuja, the Managing Director of The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mr. Bello Hassan has requested to return funds recovered from banks’ fraudsters to the corporation by the anti-graft agency. In a statement by NDIC’s Director… []

One Student Dead As Fire Guts Female Hostel In Yobe Varsity

– The fire scene  By Adeola Idris  A  300-level student of the Department of Geography, Federal University, Gashua in Yobe State, has been reported dead in a fire incident. Metropolix Online learned that the Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Goje, confirmed the fire accident that occurred at the female hostel of the University in Bade Local Government Area of the state…. []

Apostle Johnson Suleman Finally Reveals The Cause Of Mr Ibu and Herbert Wigwe’s Death

  – Late Herbert Wigwe, Apostle Suleman and Mr. Ibu  By Bunmi Onakan Apostle Johnson Suleman, a well-known cleric, explains the strange familial pattern that led to Mr Ibu and Herbert Wigwe’s deaths. The senior pastor and general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International stated that the deaths of the two prominent Nigerian figures were not typical. He noticed some unusual tendencies in the aftermath of… []

“Baba May Be Suffering From Narcissistic Personality Disorder” – Fayemi Reacts To Afe Babalola’s Statement On Ekiti Blueprint

– Former Governor of Ekiti State,  Kayode Fayemi By Adeola Idris  Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, said he would no longer allow elder statesman and fellow Ekiti man, Chief Afe Babalola, control the narrative regarding his time in office, because it was obvious his constant attacks were intentional. Fayemi, in an exclusive chat with THISDAY, said while he might… []

Glo Shades MTN In A Billboard Ad Amidst Fluctuating Network Coverage

– The Glo billboard ad By St. Johnson Adegboyega Though the exact location of the controversial billboard advert is still under investigation but it has gone viral on social media how a billboard sponsored by one of the leading mobile network service providers in Nigeria, GloMobile attacked its major competitor, MTN. The message displayed on the Glo-sponsored billboard hinted at the recently intermittent network Coverage… []

“Release My Father Or You See The Beast In Me.”- Ekpa Reacts As Court Denies Kanu Bail Again

– Nnamdi Kanu, Simon Ekpa  By Adeola Idris  Finland-based Biafra agitator, Simon Ekpa has reacted a statement by this principal, Nnamdi Kanu, who on Tuesday vowed to put an end to the insecurity situation in the South-East after his release from the custody of the Department of State Services. Kanu, who spoke on Tuesday after he was denied bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the… []

How Banks, Telcos Across Africa Suffered Outage As Undersea Cable Gets Damaged

– Undersea Cables  By St. Johnson Adegboyega  African countries Thursday suffered outages as major internet access got struck because of damage to submarine communications cables, telecom operators said. “Breaks in multiple major undersea cables have affected connectivity services in several West African countries,” the South African operator MTN Group said in a post on X. It said it was trying to reroute internet traffic through… []