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Harry who?

Late Chief Akande. TRIBUTE. By Abiodun Owonikoko.Chief Harry Ayoade Akande has achieved immortality. We give God all the glory for his most eventful life. March 3rd, 1943 – December 5, 2020. I have confirmed this sad news of the death of one of our law firm’s most valuable clients from the son, Lou (Olumide) Akande May Chief’s ebullient and gentle soul receive peaceful heavenly repose. One of the domestic staff brought in covid last week and got nearly everybody…

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Social media: Regulation through deregulation

Adegboruwa, SAN. OPINION.By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.In the course of the last two weeks or so, the Honourable Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated what most Nigerians don’t want to hear, namely that the government was determined to regulate the social media. This issue of regulation of social media has become a refrain with the Ministry of Information, since the assumption of office by this administration in 2015. This continued till October 29, 2019 for instance, when the Honourable Minister…

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Imagining Lagos without the Igbo

Professor Soyinka. OPINION. By Professor Wole Soyinka. But I always find it utterly ludicrous when some scoundrel issues an ultimatum on the Igbo to vacate Yorubaland. And by Yorubaland, they mean Lagos. It is laughable because only a fool who hates the Yoruba will commit such knavery. Not that it will ever happen, but the day the Igbo leave Lagos is the day Lagos moves from being Africa’s most thriving commercial hub to one of the poorest states, not…

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‘Ministerial blackmail: Lai’s lie against South East’

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed. OPINION. By Citizens United Against Political Injustice.Ordinarily I’m not the type that pay attention to noise makers, talk more of airing my opinion to their lousy tones.However as a patriotic Nigerian with a high sense of justice, fairness and equity, I can’t fold my arms while others try to tear apart the fabric of our unity in the name of politics or whatever ill notion they harbour in their minds, thereby threatening…

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Buhari and consolidation of democratic dictatorship

Arthur Nwankwo. OPINION. By Arthur Nwankwo Emperor Nero’s emergence as Roman Emperor in AD 54 was greeted with wild jubilation and expectation especially among the plebeians, aristocrats and subalterns. Interestingly, he came on the scene at a point the Roman Empire was burdened by gross internal decay and corruption. Regrettably, rather than address the obvious challenges confronting the Roman Empire, Nero pandered to the absurd by trying to hunt down and silence every perceived opposition against his administration. His…

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Back to the gutters: DSS invasion of the sacred precints of a law court

Chief Ozekhome, (SAN). OPINION By Mike Ozekhome Today, 6th November, 2019, the DSS, the nation’s secret Service in the mould of FBI or CIA, danced naked in the streets, when it invaded a court of Law in an attempt  to arrest Omoyele Sowore, accused of treasonable felony over his “Revolution Now” mantra. Recall that the DSS had finally bowed to a 24 hour ultimatum issued by Justice  Ijeoma Ojukwu, to release Sowore and pay him N100,000 damages. It was…

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Why Buhari must swear in new board of NDDC now

President Buhari. OPINION By Ndimele Ajuri The Senate resolution on the leadership crisis bedeviling the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) offers the country hope of a new beginning for the beleaguered agency. At its sittings last week Senate President Ahmed Lawan, while directing the committee on NDDC to scrutinize the commission’s budget, insisted that the budget must not be defended by the interim management committee (IMC) set up by the Niger Delta Affairs minister, Godswill Akpabio. In his words:…

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NASS should reject NDDC budget from interim committee

Senate president, Lawan. OPINION By IYC president, Eric Omare. The national president of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Barrister Eric Omare has urged the National Assembly to disregard any budget approval request from NDDC submitted by the Interim Management Committee inaugurated by Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio. In a press statement issued  on Sunday, November 24, 2019, Barrister Omare said that under Section 18 of the NDDC Act of 2000 only the substantive Board of the NDDC…

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Why Buhari must stop a dangerous action going on at NDDC

President Buhari. By James Ekanem Nigeria is gripped in a macabre dance in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) where an ‘interim management committee’ is running the agency when the nominees for the board have been screened and confirmed for over two weeks now. This is without precedence in Nigeria or anywhere else. And it bothers a lot of people, especially considering the promise made by the current federal government to follow due process and the law. The law…

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Police-Saraki tussle in Offa robbery incident

IGP, Idris Editorial Opinion By Chris Akiri ON Thursday, April 5, 2018, a group of dare-devil armed robbers attacked five banks in Offa, an ancient city in Kwara State, carting away unspecified sums of money and killing dozens of people in the process. The police exhibited amazing proficiency as they arrested a good number of the main actors in the robbery saga, almost with efficient speed! Some of the arrested robbers allegedly confessed the Senate President’s (Bukola Saraki’s) “involvement”…

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