Buhari rejects reappointment of Fowler, Selects Nami as New FIRS boss

  President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the exit of Babatunde Fowler as the chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. Mr Fowler’s tenure as FIRS chairman expired Monday and the president could have appointed him for a second term in office. Instead, Mr Buhari asked him to hand over to the most senior director in the outgoing board of the revenue agency. Mr Buhari also named Muhammad Nami, a tax consultant, as the new chairman of the tax commission. In a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari also announced the constitution of a new board for the FIRS. Read the full statement by Mr Shehu announcing the [Read]

NUJ Condemns Rearrest, Harassment of Sowore by DSS, Demands FG’s Apology

ABUJA – The Nigeria Union of Journalists has condemned in its strongest terms, the violation of court and rearrest of Omoyele Sowore by men of Department of State Security (DSS) at the Federal High Court, describing it as absurdity. The union equally demanded public apology from the federal government over the conduct of operatives of the Department of State Service while rearresting Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High court. The Journalists’ body in a press statement signed by the national secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman added that the Federal government must also assure Nigerians that such an unwholesome conduct will not repeat itself again. The body while condemning the conduct of [Read]

Sowore’s wife to Buhari: My children and I want my husband back home

  Wife of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the RevolutionNow protest and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mrs Ope Sowore, has sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari that she and her children are waiting for the return of her husband. She said she had no clear roadmap on how to handle the situation but that she had sent appeals to the United Nations and had been working with Amnesty International and many other organisations to help raise awareness and “hopefully help to secure the release” of her husband. Officials of the Department of State Services had on Friday invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja to rearrest Sowore, who was [Read]

Sowore’s rearrest: Dogs act more civilised than DSS —Soyinka

  Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says dogs act more civilised than the operatives of the Department of State Services that stormed the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. Soyinka said this in a statement titled, ‘Lessons from the African Wild Dog (Lycaeon Pictus)’ on Friday. He said, “A few years ago, I watched the video of a pack of the famed African wild dogs hunt, eventually bring down, and proceed to devour a quarry. “It was an impala, antelope family. The pack isolated the most vulnerable looking member of the herd – it was pregnant – pursued it, until it [Read]

BREAKING: Drama in Court As DSS Attempts To Rearrest Sowore, Mandate [VIDEO]

Operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday morning disrupted the ongoing trial of activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, attempting to rearrest the two men, who were only released from its detention on Thursday evening. The DSS operatives also chased away the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while also brutalising a journalist with a popular television station. [READ ALSO] JUST IN: DSS releases Sowore after 126 days in detention over #RevolutionNow There is currently an ongoing standoff inside the court premises as the DSS operatives are refusing to allow Sowore and his lawyers come out of the place. See video as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; Details shortly… [Read]

JUST IN: DSS releases Sowore after 126 days in detention over #RevolutionNow

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Department of State Services (DSS) has released Omoyele, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, who has been in detention since August 3. A DSS source disclosed this to TheCable on Thursday night. Marshall Abubakar, one of the lawyers of Sowore, later confirmed the development. “He has been released. I am with him as we speak,” he told TheCable over the phone. More to follow… [Read]

Court Orders Saraki, Akpabio, Fayemi, Others To Return Pensions Received As Former-Governors

  Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Federal Government to recover pensions collected by former governors serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) said it obtained the certified true copy of the judgment on Tuesday delivered by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo. The judgment was, however, read out last week following order of mandamus filed by SERAP in suit number FHC/L/CS/1497/2017. The court also directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws permitting former governors and other ex-public officials to collect such pensions. The judgment comes in the [Read]

Additional 4.5m Nigerians Join The Unemployed In 2018 ― World Bank

Nigerians joined the labour force in 2018 while only 450,000 of them were employed. In its Nigeria Economic Update (NEU) Report released in Abuja on Monday, the bank with population growth (estimated at 2.6 percent) outpacing economic growth, per capita incomes are falling. National Bureau of Statistics reported that Unemployment and Underemployment Report for Quarter 1 to Quarter 3, 2017 had noted that “The number of people within the labor force who are unemployed or underemployed increased from 13.6 million and 17.7 million respectively in Q2 2017, to 15.9 million and 18.0 million in Q3 2017. “Total unemployment and underemployment combined increased from 37.2 percent in the previous quarter to [Read]

FG orders sack of unqualified teachers by Dec 31

IBADAN – The Federal Government has directed that all unqualified teachers should be flushed out of schools by December 31, Prof. Segun Ajiboye, Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), said on Friday. Ajiboye stated this in Ibadan at the induction of no fewer than 200 education graduates of the University of Ibadan. According to him, quacks teaching Nigerian children will be thrown out and replaced by qualified and certificated education graduates to mold sound future leaders for the country. The registrar said that teachers must stand shoulder to shoulder with other professional groups in the knowledge-driven economy. Administering the oath of practice on the inductees, Ajiboye reiterated that any [Read]

Buhari seeks Senate approval for $30bn External Borrowing Plan rejected by Saraki

  President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate, seeking approval for the 2016-2018 $30billion External Borrowing Plan of the federal government rejected by the 8th Assembly under the leadership of Dr Bukola Saraki. The 8th Assembly turned down the request in 2016 stating that such borrowing is not sustainable and will deepen the country into more debt. However, on Thursday, the President re-presented the borrowing plan to the ninth Senate in a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan during the plenary. In the request letter, Buhari informed the upper legislative chamber that the borrowed fund would be used to fund 39 emergency projects in the power, agriculture, road [Read]

Nigerians, Civil Society Groups Protest Against Social Media, Hate Speech Bills At N’Assembly

Following a bill seeking to regulate social media which has passed second reading at the Senate, Nigerians begins heavy protest today at the National Assembly. In a statement made available by the convener of the protest, ‘Concerned Citizens Of Nigeria’ Deji Adeyanju, said the protest will hold on 27th November and Thursday 28th November. The group noted that the march is meant to oppose the proposed Hate Speech bill and the anti social media Bill. The statement reads, “There will be a protest at the National Assembly tomorrow being Wednesday 27th November and Thursday 28th November organised by concerned citizens of Nigeria.” This march is meant to oppose the proposed [Read]

Nnamdi Kanu Will Return Home For Mother’s Burial – IPOB

  The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has reassured supporters that he would be attending his mother’s funeral in South East Nigeria. According to the Igbo separatist leader, who spoke through the director of media and publicity secretary for the group, Emma Powerful, he is not afraid to come and give his mother her last respects. Although he says that the date for the funeral has not been fixed, he assured that when it is done he would not only be present but will also will accord his mother a befitting burial. According to Powerful “The decision regarding our leader’s coming home to Biafraland during [Read]

‘Allow Buhari Go For Third Term’ – APC Member Tells NASS

  A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state, Hon. Charles Oko Enya, has beseeched a Federal High Court in Abakiliki, Ebonyi state, to direct the National Assembly and the Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to remove constitutional clauses hindering elected President and state governors from seeking a third term in office. In his suit with No: FHC/AI/CS/90/19, which was filed at the court last Wednesday and made available to Daily Trust by his counsel, Barr. Iheanacho Agboti, the APC member is seeking for possible expungement of section 137(1) (b) and 182 (1) (b) in the 1999 constitution (as amended). He insisted [Read]

JUST IN: DSS Disperses #FreeSowore Protesters With Teargas [SEE PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) have dispersed protesters who stormed the headquarters of the service over the continued detention of the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore. The protesters had stormed the DSS office on Tuesday morning but were met with resistance by the officials who then started shooting sporadically to disperse them. [READ MORE] [BREAKING] Bayelsa Guber: Court disqualifies APC candidate Meanwhile, before they were dispersed, rights activist and leader of the protest, Deji Adeyanju, alleged that he was offered the sum of N1million by some persons to suspend the protest. He displayed the cash, adding that the money was offered to him at gunpoint. He, [Read]

Travel across Nigeria for 90-days, Osun Federal Lawmaker challenges Fashola Over Bad Roads

   A member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Salam has challenged the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola to to travel on Nigerian roads for a period of 90 days to see how bad the road are. Salam, who represents Ede-North/Ede-South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State, called relevant stakeholders to join the Minister on the travel to ascertain how deplorable the road network is across the country. This came at the backdrop of a statement credited to the Minister that “the roads are not as bad as they are been portrayed in the media.” Fashola had on Wednesday, shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting, said, “The [Read]