UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (II): Drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping… The cash-and-carry operations of Ikoyi Prisons

AUTHOR:’Fisayo Soyombo Investigative journalist ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO spent two weeks in detention — five days in a Police cell and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison — to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system, beginning from the moment of arrest by the Police to the point of release by the prison. To experience the workings of the system in its raw state, Soyombo — adopting the pseudonym Ojo Olajumoke — feigned an offence for which he was arrested and detained in police custody, arraigned in court and eventually remanded…

Read More

Govt alerts Lagos residents of more flooding as sea water level rises

PARTS of Lagos State may record more flooding soon owing to the rise of water sea level; the State government has warned residents. The lagoon is said to be having difficulty   discharging water into the ocean causing backflow into the drainage channels. But Environment and Water Resources Commissioner Tunji Bello says officials of the state are working on different measures to remove the constriction and blockades ease free easy passage for the resultant flooding. The state Government is also in talks with the officials of the Ogun Osun River Basin…

Read More

Majestic Farms Partners Rockwell Energy To Produce Fuel-Less, Power Plants For its Farms

As part of preparations for the takeoff of its integrated farms in Nigeria, Majestic Farms and Food Processing Co, Ltd has signed a memorandum of understanding with Rockwell Energy Ltd, a pioneer in Clog free, Green Energy generation in Nigeria to provide 10 megawatts fuel less, clog free power generators starting with four of its locations in Nigeria. Mr. Al Humphrey Onyanabo, CEO of Majestic Farms and Food processing Co., Ltd revealed, ‘ We have always appreciated that constant power is key to the success of our operations since our…

Read More

Buhari orders close audit of NDDC accounts

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a close audit of the government organization set up in 2000 to develop the oil-rich but stubbornly poor Niger Delta region. Despite the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) having been at work for nearly 20 years, the region remains largely underdeveloped. Buhari’s office said on Thursday that the audit would cover nearly the entire history of the NDDC, from 2001 to 2019. “With the amount of money the federal government has allocated to the NDDC, we’d like to see the results on the ground,” Buhari…

Read More

Border Closure: Nigeria grants Ghana temporary corridor

Nigeria’s Foreign Minister (right) in a hearty chat with the Ghanaian ministers Mrs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (middle) and Mr Allan Kyerematen, the Minister of Trade The federal government has agreed to the creation of a temporary corridor on Nigeria’s western border with Benin, where Ghanaian goods in transit from Benin, and vice versa, can pass to avoid collateral damage arising from the closure of the borders with Benin. The Ghana Government is also expected to provide further information on Ghanaian companies that do business in Nigeria, the goods and companies affected…

Read More

Normalcy Has Returned To Boko Haram-ravaged Areas -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari claimed that normalcy has returned toall Boko Haram-ravaged areas in Nigeria. He stated this on Wednesday while launching the 2020 Armed ForcesRemembrance Day Emblem and ‘Appeal Fund’ in Abuja. Buhari claimed: “The nation is appreciative of the gallantry andsacrifices of officers and men of our armed forces in the campaignagainst insurgency and other internal security operations. This hasled to the return of normalcy in affected parts of the nation. “The Boko Haram terrorists have been substantially defeated anddegraded to the extent that they are only daring soft…

Read More

Obaseki Planning to dump APC for PDP -Oshiomhole

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC and former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole has stated that his successor, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is scheming to dump the APC for PDP. Oshiomhole, in a statement signed by his media aide, Simeon Ebegbulem, advised Obaseki to focus on Good Governance and avoid Blackmail. The Statement read; “We have it on good authority that the governor (Obaseki) intends to create disaffection and crisis in the state, APC and probably dump the party for another party.” “That is why he…

Read More

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION (I): Bribery, bail for sale… Lagos police station where innocent civilians are jailed and criminals are recycled

AUTHOR:’Fisayo Soyombo Investigative journalist ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO spent two weeks in detention — five days in a Police cell and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison — to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system, beginning from the moment of arrest by the Police to the point of release from prison. To experience the workings of the system in its raw state, Soyombo — adopting the pseudonym Ojo Olajumoke — feigned an offence for which he was arrested and detained in police custody, arraigned in court and eventually remanded in Prison. In the first…

Read More

Prof Bogoro: Instituting Knowledge- Based Economy Approach on Research & Development in TETFUND

The absence of a regulatory framework and platform has weakened research and development of our nation in all spheres of development. This, has, no doubt, been of a major concern to government and its agencies responsible for drawing a template and blueprint for the effective take-off of a knowledge-based economy and the funding of innovative research in the country. Just few months ago, the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, inaugurated an ad hoc committee comprising of highly intellectual Nigerians, who are making waves…

Read More

Liberia House of Reps, Senate, Agree to Almost 40% Pay Cut

Members of the house of representatives and senate of Liberia has voted to monthly earnings by 31 percent and that of the senate by 36 percent. The lower legislative chamber voted in favour of the cut when it recently passed the country’s draft national budget of $526 million for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. FrontPageAfrica, a Liberian magazine, reports that the house said it slashed the lawmakers’ salaries and benefits to accommodate the pay of government workers, including about 1,200 health workers. It said the cut was also to realise its…

Read More