Soludo condemns lawmaker’s murder, offers 10m reward for useful tips

The Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has condemned the murder of the lawmaker representing Aguata II Constituency at the state House of Assembly, Okechukwu Okoye. Okoye and his aide, Cyril Chiegboka, were kidnapped while returning from a function last Sunday. In a statement on Saturday night, the governor’s media aide, Christian Aburime, described as…

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WASSCE: PRP accuses Sokoto, Zamfara govts of negligence

The Peoples Redemption Party has accused the governments of Sokoto and Zamfara States of negligence and a “poor sense of purpose” over the non-participation of the students in the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination. The party, in a press statement signed by the Chairman, Bello Falalu, on Saturday, said that Governors Aminu Tambuwal…

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Connected GSM lines hit 306.31 million despite SIM-NIN restrictions

The total number of connected GSM lines rose to a seven-month high of 306.31 million in March despite restrictions hampering Subscriber Identity Module activity because of the National Identification Number–SIM exercise. According to the latest industry statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission, the total number of connected GSM lines rose to 306.31 million in…

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Money Laundering Act: Banks, businesses to pay N1m daily for suspicious transactions

As part of its fresh move against money laundering, the Federal Government has enforced a fine of N1m per day for any financial institution or non-financial business and profession that fails to report any suspicious transaction. This is according to the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, which the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari…

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Blasphemy: Soyinka demands sacking of national mosque Imam

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has called for the sacking of the Imam, National Mosque, Abuja, Professor Ibrahim Maqari, over his comment on the murder of Deborah Samuel Yakubu, a 200-level student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, who was lynched for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad. Soyinka accused the Islamic cleric of directing…

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Gunmen behead Soludo’s lawmaker days after kidnap

A member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Okechukwu Okoye, who was earlier kidnapped, has been beheaded. The lawmaker, popularly known as “Okey Di Okay” was kidnapped late on Sunday. Until his unfortunate kidnap and death, Okoye was representing the Aguata North constituency, the same community as the governor of the state, Prof….

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JUST IN: Kumuyi cancels Aba crusade after IPOB’s warning

The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, has cancelled his planned crusade in Aba, Abia State, The PUNCH has learnt. It was gathered that Kumuyi cancelled the crusade due to security concerns in the South-East geopolitical zone. The crusade was scheduled to hold in Aba from May 24 to May…

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Blasphemy: Bauchi gov visits community, addresses Christians, Muslims

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, on Saturday visited Katanga Community in Warji local government area of Bauchi state to assess the level of destruction and to commiserate with the residents over the crisis that erupted as a result of an alleged blasphemy. The crisis was said to have erupted after a Christian allegedly posted a…

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APC‘ll reconcile Tinubu, Oshiomhole, other aspirants after primaries – Adamu

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Saturday said there are plans to reconcile aggrieved aspirants after the tickets of the presidential, governorship, senatorial and House of Representatives are secured at the May 26 to 30 primaries. This is even as the APC remained upbeat that the respective camp of the party’s…

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RB Leipzig win first German Cup trophy

Ten-man RB Leipzig lifted the German Cup at the third attempt on Saturday  winning 4-2 on penalties having fought back to draw 1-1 against Freiburg after extra-time. “To win with ten men says a lot about our mentality and I’m really proud. It’s great to finally get a first title,” said Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg….

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