Obasanjo calls for a new Nigeria, laments insecurity

By Valentine Amanze

Nigeria’s former
President, Chief Olusegun Obasnjo, has advocated for a new Nigeria based on the principles of democracy, equity, justice, mutual respect, egalitarianism, good governance, federal character, merit and competence.

He also said that there were Nigerians, who could make the proposal achievable.
His words: “There are Nigerians in all walks of life, from all ethnic groups, religious groups, cultural groups, political groups and across age and gender who will work genuinely and sincerely for the emergence of a new Nigeria.”

PDP carpets Buhari, Malami, Buni over NWC sack

•Says they violated their oaths of office

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has carpeted President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for his role in the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the setting up of an Interim Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of the ruling party.

The PDP also knocked the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, for lending their offices to acts of illegality.

Why I set up fake checkpoint, by dismissed Police sergeant

The Niger State police command has arrested a 45-year-old dismissed policeman, Usman Yohanna, for setting up an illegal checkpoint and extorting money from people in Gurara Local Government Area.

Yohanna was arrested when police detectives led by the DPO of Gawu Babangida Division discovered an illegal checkpoint along Boyi-Sarkin Daku road, which was alleged to have been set up by an Inspector of Police.

Ajimobi’s funeral to hold tomorrow in Ibadan – Family

The funeral of the late National Deputy Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abiola Ajimobi, will hold on Sunday.

This was confirmed by the family of the ex-Oyo governor.

In a statement by Ajimobi’s media aide, Bolaji Tunde, the family fixed the burial date after consulting with the governments of Lagos and Oyo states.

The body of the former APC chieftain will be interred at the Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque, Ibadan in accordance with Islamic rites.

Customs destroys N1.2b cannabis in Lagos

Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service on Friday June 26, 2020 destroyed seized cannabis valued at N1, 002,050,000 in Lagos as part of its anti-smuggling activities.

Controller of the Command, Olugboyega Peters, who administered the destruction in Badagry, disclosed that the seizure was the highest single haul of cannabis in the history of the service.

He explained that the seizure was made following intelligence in Agaja Beach area of the state.

Navy wants NIMASA to upgrade Nigeria’s seafarers certificate

The Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNOWTSSA) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to upgrade Nigeria’s Certificate of Competency (COC) to measure up with international standards.

The President of the association, Bob Yousou, in his Seafarer’s Day celebration speech, urged the apex maritime regulatory agency to expedite action on the move for Nigeria’s CoC to be admissible in other countries.

Nigeria’s economic woes fuelling drug abuse among youths – Obi

.Mourns Ajimobi

By Valentine Amanze

The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, His Excellency Mr Peter Obi, has blamed the high rate of drug abuse among Nigerian youths to the worsening economy in the country.
He said that a visible economic recovery would force a drastic reduction in the number of drug abusers in the country.

Obi’s view was via a statement commemorating the 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, themed, "Better Knowledge for Better Care.

Ajimobi’s death a national tragedy – PDP

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the death of former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as a national tragedy.

In a statement on Thursday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said his death was a huge loss not only to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Oyo State, but also to the entire nation.

Niger govt to boost economy through tourism

. Records 13 new cases of COVID-19

By Ummi Ismaeel,

We penalised our staff over $20,000 bribe – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday refuted claims that it failed to sanction one of its investigators that was involved in a $20,000 bribe scandal in 2018.

It said that the staff was demoted, suspended for three months and transferred two years ago in accordance with administrative rules, as soon as the attempted extortion was discovered.