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PDP workers own up, reveal high level sleaze in the party

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PDP-crises

PLANS by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to reduce their staff strength, slash their salaries and allowances by 50%, yesterday took another dimension as the workers have vowed to fight members of the National Working Committee, NWC with their last blood, alleging corrupt practices in the party they said cost them the 2015 Presidential election.

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Media icons honour Amuka, discuss newspapers’ future

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BOOK LAUNCH—From left: Gbenga Makanjuola, representing the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Lanre Idowu, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Chairman of the occasion; Mr Sam Amuka, Publisher  of Vanguard and Celebrant; Izoma Philip Asiodu, and Prince Tony Momoh, APC chieftain; at the lecture and  launch of a book entitled Voices from Within: Essays on Nigerian Journalism, in honour of Mr Sam Amuka at 80, yesterday at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Victoria Island, Lagos. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

MEDIA icons and eminent Nigerians, yesterday, converged on Lagos to honour Vanguard publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka and discuss future of the newspaper industry in the country.

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95 generals moved in fresh Army shake-up

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Members of the court martial sit during the inauguration to try soldiers accused of mutiny tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Abuja on October 2, 2014. Nearly 100 soldiers tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's far northeast appeared at a military court martial on Thursday, facing a range of charges including mutiny. The hearing comes just weeks after a tribunal sentenced 12 soldiers to death following their conviction for shooting at their commanding officer in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, in May. AFP PHOTO

The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai has carried out a massive shake-up in the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army that affected 95 generals. This came as President Muhammadu Buhari declared that Nigeria has taken the International Court of Justice ruling on Bakassi Peninsula in good faith.

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How Buhari got House leader job for Gbajabiamila

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House Leader:  House Members celebrating with Hon.  Femi Gbajabiamila New House Leader  House of Representatives  in 8 Assembly. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

SPEAKER Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives yesterday succumbed to pressures from his All Progressives Congress, APC, and named Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila House Majority Leader, and by that, drew the curtain on the lingering crisis that has trailed the chamber since its inauguration last June.

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Why we’re yet to move against NNPC – Buhari

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The Federal Government, yesterday, attributed the delay in moving against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to efforts being made to establish the magnitude of fraud and inefficiencies in the corporation and in the oil and gas industry over the last couple of years.

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APC, PDP fight over Buhari’s policies

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Metuh, Buhari and Lai

THE opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday criticized most of the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of running a discriminatory, vindictive and divisive government.

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We don’t need foreign aid – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari and President of US Barack Obama during a meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari believes Nigeria does not need foreign aid if the world powers can help her plug all the loopholes that had been used by government officials to steal her assets.

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Oil theft: Axe dangles on ex-ministers, others

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MEETING: President Muhammadu Buhari (right) and World Bank president, Mr Jim Yong-Kim, during a meeting at the Blair House in Washington DC, on Tuesday. Photo: State House.

President Muhammadu Buhari vowed, yesterday, to arrest and prosecute former ministers and government officials found culpable of looting and stealing Nigeria’s crude oil.

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No corrupt APC member’ll escape justice — Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Secreatry of state, John Kerry in Washington DC on July 21st 2015

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said that no corrupt member of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), or associates will go scot-free in his anti-graft war.

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Buhari meets Obama, to appoint ministers September

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US President Barack Obama speaks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2015. Obama welcomes Nigeria's freshly elected president after the country's first ever democratic transition. AFP

RESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, implored his United States counterpart, Barack Obama, to assist Nigeria in locating and returning about $150 billion looted by corrupt government officials.

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Probe Jonathan, be fair, PDP tells Buhari

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Jonathan

EMINENT Nigerians and groups were unanimous, yesterday, in their support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s vow to probe the immediate past Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration.

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Without God’s protection, nobody is safe – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari having an handshake with one of the children, while Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo admire, during the Sallah homage at the Presidential Villa on Friday.

President Muham-madu Buhari on Friday stated that no level of military and police security alertness could be sufficient if God withdraws His shield from mankind.

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Be patient with me, Buhari begs Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Against  the backdrop of criticisms that he has been too slow since he assumed office on May 29, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, begged Nigerians for patience, saying he has been working meticulously to tackle the many national challenges which he identified.

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Babangida expresses confidence in Buhari’s ability to crush insurgents

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Gen. Ibrahim 		Babangida

FORMER Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd), yesterday, lamented the resurgence in the murderous activities of the Boko Haram sect in the last four weeks of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying that it has struck fear in the hearts of most Nigerians.

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Appointment of New Service Chiefs: 25 Generals face retirement

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Members of the court martial sit during the inauguration to try soldiers accused of mutiny tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Abuja on October 2, 2014. Nearly 100 soldiers tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's far northeast appeared at a military court martial on Thursday, facing a range of charges including mutiny. The hearing comes just weeks after a tribunal sentenced 12 soldiers to death following their conviction for shooting at their commanding officer in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, in May. AFP PHOTO

Following the appointment of new service chiefs on Monday by President Muhammadu Buhari, military sources have confided in Vanguard that about 25 Major Generals may proceed on retirement when the Senate confirms the new appointments.

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I chose new Service Chiefs on merit, says Buhari

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THE NEW SERVICE CHIEFS, NSA

In an apparent bid to re-jig the nation’s security apparatus in the wave of growing insurgent attacks and suicide bombings, President Muhammadu Buhari, 45 days after assuming office, yesterday sacked all the service chiefs and appointed replacements whom he said were chosen on merit.

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APC, PDP battle over $5.5bn NLNG dividend

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Metuh, Buhari and Lai

THE All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to account for $5.5 billion realised from Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) since 2004.

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Alleged N1.35bn Fraud: You mean I’m now a prisoner? – Lamido

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Former Governor Sule Lamido being led to prison yesterday in Kano.

A Federal High Court, sitting in Kano, yesterday, ordered former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, and his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, accused of fraud, remanded in prison custody in Kano till September 28.

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Building Collapse: Court indicts Joshua’s Synagogue church, says aircraft not cause of collapse

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TB Joshua-Synagogue Church

AFTER 10 months of sitting, the Lagos Coroner’s Inquest into the collapse of a six-storey building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), yesterday, in Ikeja indicted the church for “criminal negligence” and recommended that it be prosecuted. 116 people died in the tragic incident.

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APC, PDP at war over source of bailout funds

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President Muhammadu Buhari

THE Presidency and the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were sharply divided, yesterday, over the sources of the N804.7 billion relief package being worked out to bail out many states of the country from their unpaid salaries burden.

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Unpaid Salaries: Buhari okays N804.7b lifeline for states

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President Muhammadu Buhari

TO end the lingering and back-breaking burden of unpaid workers’ salaries in several states of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a comprehensive relief package.

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I’ve no Northern agenda – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Following criticisms that trailed the appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari which many argued were lopsided in favour of the north, the president, yesterday, dismissed insinuations that he was implementing a northern agenda in his appointments.

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APC crisis: No deal yet

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara;Senate President, APC Chirman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun Dr. Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari at the APC NEC Meeting.

Expectations of a resolution of the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC over the sharing of National Assembly positions came to an anti-climax yesterday after the National Executive Committee, NEC skipped the issue.

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APC crisis: Our case against Dogara & co – Gbajabiamila’s group

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MEETING—President Muhammadu Buhari (R) welcoming some members of the House of Representatives, Rep. Magaji Aliyu, Rep. Aminu Malle and Rep. Nasiru Garo, during President Buhari's  meeting with some House of Reps members at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday night. Photo: NAN.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his associates in the House of Representatives plan to decimate the All Progressives Congress, APC before returning to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), members of the House aligned to Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila have told President Muhammadu Buhari.

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APC crises: Buhari heads peace moves, meets aggrieved groups

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by President Muhammadu Buhari were, yesterday, running against time to resolve the crises that have partly stymied the new ruling party’s moves to fully constitute the executive and legislative arms of government.

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Alleged $2.1bn withdrawal: You lied, Okonjo-Iweala tells Oshiomhole

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Oshiomhole and Okonjo-Iweala

Immediate past Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy & Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday described as “false and malicious,” the allegation by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, that she spent $2.1 billion from the Excess Crude Account, ECA, without authorization.

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FG probes N3.8trn missing oil funds

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PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI (R) WITH THE CLERK OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, SALISU MAIKASUWA AND SOME PERMANENT SECRETARIES DURING BREAKING OF RAMADAN FAST AT THE  PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON MONDAY

A panel of four governors was, yesterday, constituted to probe the affairs of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, following revelations that the corporation withheld N3.8 trillion of the N8.1 trillion generated from oil receipts.

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War in House of Reps over leadership posts

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The House of Reps yesterday.

Bad blood flowing from the unresolved leadership tussle in the House of Representatives literally flowed in the chambers of the House, yesterday, as members charged on one another for supremacy.

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Banks lose millions in daring robbery attack

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Top: Entrances of the banks burst by the armed robbers. Below from left: A victim agonises over her loss; the exit route of the robbers and some of the cars destroyed during the Ikorodu robbery incident, yesterday. Photos: Bose Adelaja.

Dare-devil armed robbers, in commando-style, yesterday, held residents of Ipakodo area of Ikorodu in Lagos hostage for about two hours as they robbed two major banks in the area. The scene of the robbery operation was just a stone’s throw to Ipakodo Divisional Police station. The policemen, who engaged the armed robbers, were, however, overwhelmed.

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Buhari blows hot, vows to recover all stolen funds

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President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Abuja, vowed that billions of dollars stolen from government coffers by past government officials would be recovered by his government.

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Nigeria’s treasury empty, Buhari laments

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President Muhammadu Buhari attending to some files in his office as he resumed duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

On his first day at the Aso Rock Villa since his inauguration on May 29, President Muhammadu Buhari said, yesterday, that he inherited a “virtually empty treasury”, from his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan with debts running into hundreds of millions of dollars. The President disclosed this on a day he ordered the withdrawal of the military from internal security operations as part of a comprehensive review of national security operations.

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Buhari to remove oil subsidy

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MUHAMMADU BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari plans to totally remove fuel subsidy and use the proceeds for the provision of free and compulsory primary/secondary education across the country.

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