Author: Oluyemi Ogunseyin

A Nigerian man, Amos Prince Okey Ezemma, has been sentenced to 85 months in prison in the United States for his involvement in a transnational inheritance fraud scheme. The scheme involved sending personalized letters to elderly victims in the US, falsely claiming they were entitled to a multimillion-dollar inheritance. The victims were tricked into sending money for delivery fees and taxes, with the promise of receiving their inheritance. Ezemma and his co-conspirators convinced former victims to receive money from new ones, creating a complex network to launder the fraud proceeds. The Justice Department’s Consumer Protection Branch is committed to prosecuting…

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Former US President Barack Obama and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk have both expressed their wishes for a quick recovery for ex-President Donald Trump following the recent assassination attempt on him during a rally in Pennsylvania. Obama condemned the attack, stressing the importance of civility and respect in politics, while Musk publicly endorsed President Trump and demanded the resignation of the Director of the US Secret Service. US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton have also issued statements condemning the violence and expressing their support for Trump’s recovery. The…

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The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of giving fiscal autonomy to local government councils in Nigeria, stating that it is unconstitutional for state governors to withhold funds meant for the LG administrations. Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State has expressed his support for this judgement, emphasizing that Delta State has been following this practice by not interfering with LG funds. Oborevwori reassured the public that his administration has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision by not forming transition committees and allowing for local government elections to take place. He highlighted that Delta State currently has nearly N14 billion set aside…

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President Bola Tinubu, during the public presentation of Chief Olusegun Osoba’s book “My Life in the Public Eye” in Lagos, reaffirmed his dedication to addressing food security and reducing the cost of living in Nigeria. Represented by Vice-President Kashim Shettima, the President emphasized the temporary suspension of tariffs on imported grains as a short-term solution to combat rising food prices nationwide. With a focus on enhancing food sufficiency in the long term, Tinubu emphasized the importance of driving local production to meet the country’s needs. Additionally, he highlighted the significance of unity and cooperation in overcoming challenges, urging Nigerians to…

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As Professor Wole Soyinka celebrated his 90th birthday on July 13, 2024, distinguished personalities like former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun extended their warm felicitations to the Nobel Laureate. Sanwo-Olu described Prof. Soyinka as a literary giant and a champion of truth and justice. Atiku, in his message, cleverly referenced the titles of Soyinka’s works, highlighting the professor’s impact on literature and society. Abiodun praised Soyinka’s contributions to literature and human rights, emphasizing the professor’s inspiration to generations of activists and writers. Even the United States Diplomatic Mission Nigeria joined…

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) reported two injuries from a building collapse at the Ekiti State orientation camp in Ise-Orun, Emure Ekiti. The injured individuals are stable and receiving medical treatment. The NYSC Director of Information and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa, provided an update on the incident and reassured the public that the situation is under control. The State Coordinator and camp officials effectively responded to the incident, ensuring the injured Corps Members received prompt medical attention. The NYSC Director General, Brig Gen YD Ahmed, expressed shock over the collapse and urged the state government to prioritize the safety…

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The Senate has introduced a bill calling for the creation of a new state named Tiga from Kano State. Sponsored by Senator Kawu Sumaila, representing Kano South, the legislation aims to amend the constitution for this purpose. Kano, with 44 Local Government Areas, raises questions on how the bill intends to split them. This isn’t the first time a senator has proposed a new state after Senator Ned Nwoko suggested “Anioma” in Southeast in June 2024. Nwoko argued that the Southeast’s five states create an imbalance and more states would address this issue. In response to educational advancement, Governor Abba…

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The Federal Government (FG) recently launched the security and logistics committee for the upcoming population and housing census in Abuja. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and the chairman of NPC, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra, inaugurated the committee, which is responsible for ensuring the secure and efficient movement of personnel and materials for the census. Ribadu leads the committee with Kwarra as co-chairman, alongside other service chiefs in the membership. The NPC stated that this committee’s establishment marks a critical step towards Nigeria’s first fully digital census, emphasizing a commitment to a successful and peaceful census process. According…

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The Nigerian Police Force confirmed that the suspects in the hijacking of a fuel truck are former officers. The police spokesman, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed this information in a statement on Sunday night. The suspects, including ex-officers Otache Egbe, Abah Solomon, and James Mamah, were apprehended after a successful rescue operation. The investigation resulted in the recovery of two AK-47 rifles, ammunition, and security uniforms. The police reiterated their commitment to fighting crime, regardless of the perpetrators’ backgrounds. The apprehended suspects have confessed to their crimes and are under investigation, with efforts ongoing to recover the stolen fuel. They will…

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The Federal Government is not taking the LGBTQ allegation made against it lightly in relation to the Samoa Agreement. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, threatened legal action and plans to report the news media to NPAN for spreading misinformation. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration values a strong relationship with the media and is committed to democracy and human rights. Idris expressed concern over reckless reporting that could jeopardize national security and stability, pointing out that the recent publication falsely accused the government of promoting LGBTQ in a signed deal. He emphasized the lack of evidence to support…

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