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Leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF, met yesterday to draft a resolution to dismiss President Robert Mugabe at the weekend, a senior party source said. The source said the leaders will lay the ground for his impeachment on Tuesday if Mr. Mugabe refused to stand down. “There is no going back,” the source told Reuters. “If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday.” Zimbabwe’s military said it was engaging President Mugabe in talks on the way forward for the country and that it would advise the nation on the outcome as soon as possible. The military added, in a statement broadcast on Zimbabwean television, that it had made “significant progress” in its operation targeting “criminals” around Mugabe. On Thursday, Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged Mugabe to resign in the interest of the country after the military seized power. “In the...
by ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja  National chairman of Northern Nigeria Union (NNU), Professor Ango Abdullahi,  has said that President Muhammad Buhari will have to earn the endorsement of the North for re-election in 2019 through his performance in his first term. Professor Abdullahi stated this while speaking on the activities lined up by the NNU for the 5th commemorative lecture in honour of the late Dr. Olusola Saraki on November 27 this year at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja. He also declared that the issue of unity in a country like Nigeria could not be a settled matter, just as he expressed the Union’s disappointment with the National Assembly over its rift with the executive. Speaking on the candidacy of President Buhari and the position of the North, Abdullahi said that his endorsement would depend on performance and not sentiment, adding, however, that the president’s electoral fortunes did not depend on the region...
By Tordue Salem, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday disclosed that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, was arrested by the Commission on Thursday for pilfering the Ecological and National Security funds to the tune of over N71billion. The facts behind the arrest of the former President of the Senate emerged yesterday, through a statement issued by the spokesman of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujiaren. Mr. Anyim was arrested by some operatives of the EFCC, at about noon Thursday November 16. The security agency said the swooped on the politician after he failed to honour a 10-am appointment at the Agency’ headquaerters. The arrest, according to sources, took Anyim by surprise as the EFCC team, armed with a Warrant, immediately executed a search on the property during which they recovered documents relevant to the investigation. Anyim who was still quizzed at the time of...
Danjuma Joseph writes that the exodus of herders and their cattle from Benue State into neigbouring Nasarawa State following the implementation of  the Anti-open Grazing Law in Benue has left Nasarawa State bursting from the seams with cattle and their herders, eliciting  save-our-soul calls from Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigerian, MACBAN, Nasarawa branch. It is no longer news that the Benue State government recently introduced an anti-open grazing law that prohibits herdsmen from grazing openly in the state, what is news is the aftermath of the law that took effect on 1st November, 2017. It will be recalled that the anti-open grazing law sent all herdsmen in Benue State packing and their next point of call is either Nasarawa or Taraba State, which are the two closest states to Benue. Parts of the new anti grazing law stipulates that “Section 19 (4) movement of livestock on foot from one destination...
It is over two years now since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was displaced as the ruling party. The 2015 general elections proved a test of its strength and popularity in the face of the then emerging All Progressives Congress (APC). GABRIEL EMAMEH looks at how well the PDP has fared as the leading opposition party, especially in the light of APC’s declining popularity?  Up till 2015, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held sway at the federal level and also controlled most states. The party enjoyed the good will of Nigerians for 16 years, and almost extended that record until a viable opposition platform, championed by a coalition of political parties which later snowballed into what is now the APC, came on the scene. The PDP had never tasted what it is like to be in an opposition, particularly at the centre. In fact, the party had once through its former...
The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day is “Women And Diabetes:Our right to a healthy future. AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE takes a look at the csuses, cure and ravages of the global scourge. At a crowded tea spot in a quiet neighbourhood of Suleja in Niger State and close to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a large number of low-income earners eagerly wait for their turn to have a hot cup of tea and bread before heading to their places of work. The young and old all want the attention of the busy tea man also known as (Mai shayi) in Hausa language. As they get their hot cups of Shayi, the vendor grabs his large spoon, takes turns to scoop mounds of processed sugar from a bowl and empty same in their rubber tea cups. This Mai-shayi spectacle, is just one of the ways Nigerians consume processed sugar daily. After joining the tea party,...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari hinted yesterday that the federal government is working quietly behind the scene to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls. Boko Haram insurgents had on April 14, 2014 abducted over 219 schoolgirls in Chibok community, Borno State. In October 2016, the Buhari administration secured the release of 21 of the schoolgirls, while another set of 82 girls were released in May this year. The president spoke about ongoing efforts to secure the release of the remaining girls during the presentation of a book titled, ‘Making Steady, Sustainable Progress For Nigeria’s Peace and Progress’, compiled by the presidential media team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari listed kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clashes, armed robberies as security challenges facing the country, even as he assured that his administration will continue to give topmost priority to security. Accordingly, he restated the determination of his administration to improve security, fight corruption and...
By OMONU YAX-NELSON and JULIANA AGBO,  with Agency Report The exit plan of Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe is currently being worked out. Mugabe has been shown in talks with the commander of the country’s defense forces, a day after the military seized control of the capital. Photographs published by the pro-Mugabe Herald newspaper are the first images seen of the veteran leader since he was placed under house arrest Wednesday morning and the military staged an apparent coup. The Herald’s editor, Caesar Zvayi, also tweeted the images. Among the group of people in the photos is a priest, reported earlier to be brokering the talks for a transitional government, and two South African envoys. Mugabe appears calm in the photos as he talks with army leader Commander General Constantino Chiwenga. The commander warned the President on Monday that the military could intervene after Mugabe dismissed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, triggering the political tumult. A...
BY Sam  Egwu, Lokoja The Kogi State government said yesterday that the recent discovery of thousands of fake certificate holders in its civil service has justified its stance on reforms in the sector. Speaking with journalists in Lokoja, the director general on media and publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, assured the people of the state that the reforms will serve the interests of the citizens. He stated that the Governor Yahaya Bello administration discovered that the civil service needed a fundamental surgery to make it play its role of anchoring development. He said, “The conviction informed the staff verification exercise. We have now graduated to the stage of verifying the academic records of the staff and our discoveries so far are mind-boggling. Over a thousand certificates have been confirmed to be fake by the various institutions, which were alleged to have issued the certificates. “These are the people stifling the system and crying...
By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja The Nigeria Police Force disclosed yesterday that 221 Police officers were attached to Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, for his personal and office protection. Obiano had alleged the withdrawal of his security detail, a development that necessitated the president to order the reinstatement of the governor’s security aide. A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, noted that the personnel attached to Obiano comprised one ADC, one CSO, one Unit Commander from 45 Police Mobile Force ( PMF) and one Administration Officer to administer the Police Personnel. Others are 43 Personnel of PMF from 29 PMF and 54 PMF, 62 personnel of PMF from 45 PMF, 46 Personnel of Special Protection Unit (SPU) and 66 Personnel of Conventional Policemen. Moshood said that Police personnel attached to Obiano were more than the strength of some Police Area Commands in some states of the country. “This is done to ensure...