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Passenger plane with 19 onboard crashes on takeoff in Nepal

Kathmandu (Nepal), July 24, 2024 – A passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed during takeoff in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Wednesday morning, with fire crews working to douse the flaming wreckage. The Saurya Airlines plane crashed at around 11:15 am (0530 GMT), Nepal’s military said in a statement. “Rescue work is going on” with the army’s quick response team lending assistance, the statement added. Further details were “still being confirmed”, Kathmandu airport general manager Jagannath Niroula told AFP. The Kathmandu Post newspaper said 19 people including air crew were aboard …

Ndume, others raise N40m to resettle IDPs in Borno

Abuja, July 23, 2024 – Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume has raised N40 million to resettle some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their ancestral homes in 10 communities in Gwoza Local Government area of Borno State. The affected communities include Gwoza, Pulka, Limankara, Warabe, Ngoshe, Kirawa, Izge, Bitta, Hambagtha, Modube, and Yamtake villages. Ndume, in a statement in Abuja, said villagers in other communities would also return to their ancestral homes soon. Ndume led the other donors with N10 million, while his wife Hajiya Maryam, donated N3 million into a …

Nationwide Protest: Tinubu pleads for more time

Abuja, July 24, 2024 – President Bola Tinubu has appealed to Nigerians to shelve the planned protest slated for next month. The nationwide protest, tagged ‘EndBadGovernance’ protest, is scheduled for between August 1 and 10 to protest against the rising cost of living and economic hardship in the country. Idris Mohammed, the Minister of Information, made the appeal on behalf of the president on Tuesday. The minister spoke to journalists after a meeting with the President on the issue on Tuesday He said the president urged the organisers of the …

Senate passes N70,000 minimum wage bill

Abuja, July 23, 2024 -The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to increase the minimum wage to N70,000 from N35,000. The bill, Minimum Wage Act (Amendment) Bill, 2024, was presented to the National Assembly by President Bola Tinubu early this month for the approval of the new minimum wage agreed with the labour. Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, who led the debate on the general principles of the bill, said it sought to amend the National Minimum Wage Act, 2019 to increase the National Minimum Wage and reduce the time for its …

Recent government’s economic policies undermine Nigeria’s sovereignty – HURIWA 

Abuja, July 23, 2024 – The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) says recent economic policies of President Bola Tinubu have undermined Nigeria’s sovereignty. HURIWA made the observation in a press statement on Monday. It said Tinubu’s dramatic policy shift was in sharp contrast with his previous stance against similar policies under former President Goodluck Jonathan. HURIWA recalled that before ascending to the Presidency, Tinubu was a vocal critic of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank’s economic prescriptions. According to the group, during Jonathan’s administration, Tinubu, and …

Student Loan: Tinubu’s initiative will foster self-reliant, highly educated, skilled Nigerians – Group

Abuja, July 23, 2024 – The Tinubu Stakeholders Forum (TSF) says the newly launched Student Loan Scheme will contribute in no small measure to national development by building a generation of well-educated citizens with high level manpower training.  The TSF made the observation in a statement signed by its chairman, Ahmad Sajoh, and Secretary, Afolabi Josiah, in Abuja on Monday.  It said the scheme would make beneficiaries to be self-reliant, attain their maximum educational ambition, and be useful members of the society.   “This scheme is bound to ensure that financial …

Northern coalition alerts FG of looming crisis

Abuja, July 21, 2024 – The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has alerted the federal government of a looming crisis that may lead to the collapse of the nation. In a statement signed by Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi, its National Coordinator, the CNG said it had critically reviewed the current situation in Nigeria and warned against “the looming precipitous collapse of the nation”. It advised the federal government to address the escalating hardship that has permeated every segment of Nigerian society. “Today, life has become highly unbearable for the overwhelming majority …

Edo State petitions IG over alleged violence sponsored by Phillip Shaibu

Benin, July 21, 2024 – The Edo State Government has petitioned the Inspector General Police (IGP), Kayode Egetokun, over alleged violence caused by Phillip Shaibu, the reinstated Deputy Governor of the state, on July 18. The petition accused Shaibu of mastering a mayhem on the said date by hiring thugs to effect a court judgement reinstating him as deputy governor which caused the death of a police inspector, Akor Onuh, in Benin City. The petition, which was signed by the State Solicitor General, Prof. Faith Osadolor, on behalf of the …

NDLEA arrests one-legged Indian hemp dealer in Kebbi

Abuja, July 21, 2024- The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested Amadu Garba, a one-legged Indian hemp dealer in Kebbi. Femi Babafemi , the NDLEA Spokesman, announced this in  a statement on Sunday. He alleged that Garba was arrested was arrested with six bags of cannabis weighing 67kg on July 16bin his house at Yawuri town, Kebbi State. Babafemi also said that during a 100% search of the container at Tincan port in Lagos, not less than 4.5kg of Loud same concealed inside the door panels and boot …

Court dismisses SERAP’s suit challenging validity of NCC’s directive to block SIMs not linked to NIN

Lagos, July 21, 2024 – A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed a suit instituted by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) challenging the validity of the directive of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to block SIM cards not linked to the National Identification Numbers (NIN). Justice Yelim Bogoro dismissed the suit in his ruling on Friday, saying that the directive was valid considering the undividable and indivisible country’s more significant interest in the rights of individuals within the nation. The suit was filed against the President of the …