Funding crisis cripples 12 key federal roads, contractors abandon projects

Construction work on many major roads in the six geopolitical zones of the country has stopped despite the Federal Government’s N84.54bn budgetary allocations to them from 2017 to 2019. Investigations on Sunday by The PUNCH showed that contractors stopped work on many of the projects because of poor funding by the Federal Government. It was […]

BREAKING: DSS releases Omoyele Sowore

The Department of State Services has finally complied with the court orders directing it to release the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, from custody. Omoyele’s release came a few hours after the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), said in a statement on Tuesday that he had issued […]

Buhari sacks postmaster general, appoints new NCC chairman

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, sacked Postmaster General of the Federation, Mr Bisi Adegbuyi. The NIPOST boss was replaced by Dr Ismail Adewusi. Buhari’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, announced the replacement of Adegbuyi in a statement made available to one of our correspondent. He also announced other appointments in parastatals […]

Gunmen attack Jonathan’s Otuoke residence

Gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday attacked the Otuoke country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. It could not be immediately confirmed if Jonathan or any member of his family was hurt in the armed invasion. But he was said to have escaped unhurt in the […]

UPDATED: Malami orders DSS to release Dasuki, Sowore

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), says he has directed the Department of State Services to release the immediate-past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki; and #RevolutionNow protest convener, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, from custody. As of the time of filing this report on Tuesday, our Correspondent learnt that final […]

US places Nigeria on special watch list

The United State authorities Friday said it has placed Nigeria on a Special Watch List for tolerating “severe violations of religious freedom.” Cuba and Nicaragua were also added to the list. “No country, entity, or individual will be able to persecute people of faith with impunity,” United States’s secretary of state Mike Pompeo said. “These […]

Court grants EFCC’s request to detain Adoke for 14 days

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, on Friday, granted permission to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to detain the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, for 14 days. Justice Othman Musa granted the request contained in an ex parte application filed and moved […]

I tried to reconcile Obaseki, APC leaders – Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday claimed he made numerous efforts to bring peace to the Edo State APC, describing as “bulls**t” the allegation that he was playing godfather in Edo State. Speaking in a television interview, Oshiomhole said, “As part of my efforts to resolve the problems in […]

Professor sentenced to death for blasphemy

A Pakistani court on Saturday sentenced a university professor to death for blasphemy under a law that critics say is often used to target minorities and liberal activists. Junaid Hafeez, 33, was arrested in March 2013 for allegedly posting derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed on social media. Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in conservative […]

2019: Most controversial celebrities

2019 has undoubtedly been an eventful year in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Apart from the visible impact made by some celebrities, others hugged the headlines for the wrong reasons. In no particular order, Saturday Beats takes a look at the most controversial celebrities of 2019 Naira Marley Before 2019, Naira Marley was just a regular Nigerian rapper […]