I Don’t Care What People Will Say About Me When I Die- Obasanjo


Nigeria’s former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said he did not care what people would say about him if he died. Obasanjo had on Saturday released a sarcastic statement on the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu, saying that the former lawmaker used politics and legal means to escape justice but could not use the same to stop death. In his words: “The life and history of the departed have lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil. Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu) in his lifetime used the…

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COVID-19: Low Attendance, Strict Compliance Greet Church Re-Opening In Lagos


As the Lagos State Government lifts the restriction on the religious activities, some churches within Lagos metropolis were greeted with low attendance amidst strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government, had on March 15, instituted lockdown measures and banned public gatherings while religious places were sealed as a precautionary move against the spread of COVID-19. However, tougher lockdown measures were imposed in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja have given their status as the epicenter of the COVID-19 in Nigeria which later…

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Lawyers’ Group Alleges 4,000 Ghost Voters In NBA Election


The South-West Lawyers’ Forum, popularly known as Egbe Amofin, has rejected the result of last week’s national election of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), alleging manipulation. In an August 1, 2020 communiqué signed by the Chairman of its Steering Committee, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), and Secretary, Dr. Oluwole Akintayo, Egbe Amofin claimed that 4,000 ‘ghost voters’ were smuggled into the voters’ register. The Egbe Amofin also alleged the “creation of an International Diaspora Branch of the NBA for voting – a phenomenon that is strange and unknown to the NBA…

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Discriminatory CoS: NAAPE Begins Indefinite Strike At Bristow Helicopters


The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has stated that it would withdraw completely all services rendered to Bristow Helicopters indefinitely from 00hours August 3rd, 2020 over the rotary wing’s decision to suspend negotiations of pilots and engineers Condition of Service (CoS) and other sundry matters in the company. The resolve to commence an indefinite strike followed the breakdown of negotiations between the two parties. Recalled that NAAPE on July 15, 2020, had embarked on a three-day warning strike at Bristow Helicopters and was extended to seven days…

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FG Inaugurates Committee On Alternative Fuel For Vehicles

Timipre Sylva

The Federal Government has inaugurated an Autogas and Natural Gas Vehicles Committee with the aim to drive the adoption of gas as an alternative fuel for vehicles in Nigeria. It was learned on Thursday that autogas vehicles would be powered by Liquified Petroleum Gas, while those grouped as natural gas vehicles would use Compressed Natural Gas as an alternative fuel. These were contained in a document put together during a meeting between the Committee of the National Gas Expansion Programme and stakeholders in the oil and gas industry. The document…

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Stamp Duty On Rent Only Applies To New Agreements


When you renew your rent, the landlord isn’t supposed to ask you for stamp duty fee; and that’s that about that. The stamp duty that will be charged on rents and leases will only apply to new agreements and not renewals, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has clarified. In other words, you are not expected to pay stamp duty on rent if you are just renewing to continue living in the same property. However, if you are moving houses, your new landlord reserves the right to impose that extra…

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Akpata Emerges New NBA President


A former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law (NBA-SL), Mr. Olumide Akpata, has emerged the new President of the NBA, having defeated two other contestants in the national election that commenced 11 pm on Wednesday and ended 11 pm, yesterday. Akpata, the only non-SAN among the three presidential candidates, won the election with a total of 9,891 votes of the total 18,256 ballots cast. His closest rival, Mr. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) polled 4,328 votes, while Mr. Dele Adesina (SAN) polled 3,982 votes. The announcement was…

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EFCC Files Charge Against Two For Rigging NBA Election


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a charge against John Demide and Sarah Ajibola before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, for allegedly conspiring to rig the 2018 elections of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). The defendants, according to the charge, are to face a 14-count cybercrime charge of allegedly conspiring to “knowingly alter the email addresses and phone numbers of 1,004 eligible voters of the NBA election with the intention that such inauthentic data will be acted upon as genuine during the said election.” The…

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Late Combatant Tolulope: My Last Moment With Mt Daughter… Father

Flying Officer Arotile

The father of the first female Helicopter combatant pilot who died a few days ago has spoken on the anguishing effect of her daughter’s death From day one, she had not just been brilliant, but wonderful. I was in Kaduna then, she did all her educational career; from kindergarten to the nursery, at the Air Force base and the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna. One day, when she was very small, she pointed to one small aircraft packed on the field and said: “Dad, one day I am going to…

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COVID-19: Population Commission Expects Early Pregnancies, Marriages, Female Chool Dropouts


As the negative aftermaths of the COVID-19 pandemic rage across the globe, the National Population Commission (NPC), on Friday, said massive early pregnancies, marriages, and female dropouts were looming in the country. The commission equally said there would be heightened cases of early marriage, high fertility, morbidity, maternal mortality, unsafe abortions, among others, after the pandemic. The Ebonyi State Director of the commission, Mr. Edward Ogbu, stated this on Friday, in Abakaliki, the state capital, during a press briefing to mark this year’s World Population Day, with the theme, Putting…

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