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Daily Archives: April 25, 2017

Court to Patience Jonathan “Go and Spend your $5.9m as EFCC chickens out

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday withdrew its application seeking to stay the execution of a court order which unfroze the Skye Bank account of the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience with a balance of $5.9m. A counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, appeared before the Federal High Court in Lagos which on April 6 unfroze Patience’s ... Read More »

Will Smith, others make Jury List of 70th Cannes Film Festival

The Jury for the landmark 70th Festival De Cannes has been announced and it will be under the presidency of the Spanish director, screenwriter and producer Pedro Almodóvar. The Jury will be made up of eight key figures from the 7th Art, coming from all over the world. Four women and four men will thus help Pedro Almodóvar select from ... Read More »

Dangote & Aliko write on Improving health in Africa

By Aliko Dangote & Bill Gates This week, more than 138,000 vaccinators will fan out across five African countries in the Lake Chad area in a push to eliminate polio in Africa and rid the world of this terrible disease forever. They will take boats across fast-flowing rivers, ride jeeps along sandy ravines, walk crowded street in towns and cities ... Read More »

At Last, Nnamdi Kanu gets bail

A year and half after his arrest Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday granted bail to the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on health grounds. Justice Nyako however barred the IPOB leader from granting press interview while on bail. The judge also gave a stern warning to the defendant not to participate in any rally or ... Read More »

Opinion: Reuben Abati asks: Who Is Presidency?

By Reuben Abati When last week, President Muhammadu Buhari decided to suspend the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke in order to allow unfettered investigations of both public officers, the most striking immediate reaction was the SGF asking: who is the Presidency? State House correspondents ... Read More »

How Syndicate defrauded Folorunsho Alakija

A man Vincent Ayewah is now standing trial in Lagos for defrauding Rose of Sharon Foundation owned by Africa’s Richest woman, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija. Alakija who smelt a rat following complaints that some beneficiaries were not receiving their school fees, ordered the Project Officer to investigate. The result was startling, a staff of the Foundation had formed a Syndicate and ... Read More »

How Buhari’s CSO Kicked me out of the Villa- Punch Reporter

Monday morning, I received a message that the Chief Security Officer to the President, Bashir Abubakar, would like to see me in his office. What came to my mind immediately was that it was the Presidency’s Media Office that interfaces with journalists and not the CSO. I felt I should inform the presidential spokesmen before honouring the strange invitation. I ... Read More »

Predidency Recalls expelled Punch Reporter

Few hours after The PUNCH reporter, Olaleken Adetayo, was expelled from Aso Rock, by the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Abubakar, the reporter has been recalled to his duty post by the Presidency. This development was revealed last night to by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who ... Read More »

Lagos State seals Tony Rapu’s This Present House Church over violations

Pastor Tony Rapu’s This Present House Church in Lekki  Lagos has been sealed by the Lagos State Government over building permit violations. The church christened ‘The Dome’ is on Freedom Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. It belongs to a popular pastor, Dr. Tony Rapu. According to a statement, the owners of the church contravened the Lagos State Regional and Urban ... Read More »