15th Wole Soyinka Centre Lecture for July 12, 13

July 7, 2023 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The 15th edition of the Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series with the theme” ‘Building a resilient Nigerian media and democracy’ is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 12, and Thursday, July 13, 2023, on Twitter Spaces at 11 am daily. A press statement by Executive Director/CEO, WSCIJ, Motunrayo Alaka, said the Board Chair, WSCIJ, Ropo Sekoni; Chief Executive Read More

DSS investigates attack on staff in Adamawa

April 17, 2023 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Department of State Services (DSS) has commenced investigation into attack by some staff of the Service staff in Adamawa state by miscreants. DSS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dr Peter Afunanya, in a press statement, Sunday, said, “The attention of the DSS has been drawn to a trending video on the social media in which someone suspected to be its Read More

20-year-old man commits suicide in Lagos, police begin probe

March 28, 2023 Oguntade Ismaila 0

Police in Lagos says it has commenced investigation into how a 20-year-old identified as Sodiq Olayemi, hanged himself with rope and died immediately in Lagos. Our correspondent gathered that Sodiq’s body was found hanging inside an uncompleted building in the area as he reportedly committed suicide in the early morning of Sunday in Epe area of the state.  “Preliminary investigations showed no Read More

3 feared killed in APC, PDP bloody clash in Oyo 

March 16, 2023 Bayo Agboola 0

Three persons have been reportedly feared dead on Thursday during a bloody clash between members of the Oyo state All Progressives Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at Ile-Tuntun area of Ibadan, South East local government area of Oyo state. During the bloody clash, over 10 others sustained severe injuries with many motorcycles and vehicles damaged. Sources said trouble started Read More

Enugu governorship election: Speak out on Mbah’s certificate, group tells NYSC DG

March 15, 2023 Lekan Olaseinde 0

The Director General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Yasha’u Dogara Ahmed, has been charged to speak out on the certificate issued to Mr. Peter Mbah, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Enugu state. A group under the aegis of Total Support for the Rule of Law and Justice Initiative and Enugu Progressive Forum, made this Read More

2023 governorship elections: IGP gives additional support to commands, formations

March 14, 2023 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has extended additional human and logistic support to Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Commands and Formations across the country for effective election security management during the March 18 Governorship and State Assembly elections. Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a press statement, Tuesday in Abuja, said the additional support includes the Read More

Barca have never bought a referee – Laporta

March 8, 2023 Admin III 0

Barcelona president Joan Laporta insisted Tuesday his club have never “bought referees” amid investigations into payments made to a former refereeing chief over several years. The Catalan side paid a reported 6.5 million euros ($6.9 million) between 2001 and 2018 to a company owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, a former vice-president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) in Read More

Jarigbe tackles police, APC in Cross River over ‘cheap blackmail’

March 6, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe (PDP Cross River North), has challenged the Police in Cross River state to be professional in their conduct by not colluding in anyway with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in their cheap blackmail against him. Jarigbe who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the National Assembly election conducted penultimate Saturday, defeated Read More

Electoral violence: Obaseki visits victims’ families in Edo 

February 28, 2023 Patrick Ahanor 0

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, Monday, visited the families of the two persons who were allegedly killed while exercising their franchise at their polling units during Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state. The victims include late Festus Idahosa, 33, and late Mrs. Elizabeth Owie, 43, mother of three children, aged eight, six, and four years respectively.  While Festus Idahosa’s Read More

Edo attack: 2 traditional rulers arrested, remaining kidnapped victims rescued 

January 18, 2023 Patrick Ahanor 0

Seven suspects; including two traditional rulers have been arrested in connection with Igueben train station attack in Edo State. The State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr. Chris Nehikare, disclosed this to journalists in Benin City on Wednesday. He stated the suspects are currently helping the police in investigations. Nehikare also said the two remaining victims of the attack have Read More

Police kill 1 bandit, arrest 2 other 

January 15, 2023 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Kaduna state Police Command has killed one bandit and arrested two others, recovering AK-47 rifle, locally fabricated general purpose machine gun and 10 rounds of ammunition, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammed Jalige, has said.  Jalige, in a statement issued, Sunday, said the incident happened on Saturday in Amana Maimadachi village close to Rigachikun, Igabi local government area of Read More

Reps demand ban on alcohol, others for policemen on duty

December 28, 2022 Joshua Egbodo 0

Worried by Sunday’s incident of a policeman shooting dead a young woman, Mrs Bolanle Raheem in Lagos, the House of Representatives has asked for the banning of alcohol and other intoxicating substances for police personnel on duty as a guard against unruly behaviour. While calling for an immediate investigation to be carried out to get justice for the latest victim, Read More

Marafa condoles victims of military airstrike in Zamfara

December 21, 2022 Paul Okah 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Coordinator in Zamfara State, Kabiru Garba Marafa, has condoled with the families of victims caught in military fire against bandits in Maru Local Government Area of the state. At least, 64 people were reportedly killed in the airstrike on Sunday. Marafa, who is the senatorial Candidate for Zamfara Central, expressed sympathy over the Read More

Investigate ‘abortion programme’, UN Secretary-General beckons Nigeria 

December 19, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, called on Nigerian authorities to investigate allegations of systemic and coerced abortions reportedly perpetrated by the Nigerian Army, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric has said. The Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday that the Nigerian Army has run a secret, systematic and illegal abortion programme in the country’s northeast since at least 2013. The programme allegedly Read More

How I escaped assassination ambush – Sani Musa

December 6, 2022 Admin III 0

Senator Mohammed Sani Musa representing Niger East Senatorial District at the National Assembly has given vivid description of how he escaped assassination ambush at his Minna residence on Sunday.  Speaking in a telephone discussion with journalists, Senator Musa said he nearly fell into the hands of the assassins before making a u- turn to go to Abuja instead of having Read More

OPWS troops rescue kidnapped victims, foil Benue robbery attack  

December 4, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

Troops of Operation Whirls Stroke (OPWS) have arrested two kidnap kingpins and foiled attempts by kidnappers in Zaki Biam Ukum local government area of Benue state.  The notorious kidnappers identified as Kperai Daniel and Kanyitor Chiangi were known to have specialised in kidnapping locals for ransom. The Public Relations Officer  (PRO) of OPWS, Flight Lieutenant Audu Hussaini Katty, in a statement Read More

Attack on Atiku despicable, Zulum tells APC campaign council 

November 28, 2022 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum  Sunday inaugurated Borno state’s campaign council for the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the 2023 general elections. At the inauguration held at the multipurpose hall of the Government House, Maiduguri, Zulum reminded the campaign council of his ban against political thuggery and stated that he was opposed to the use of political thugs at any Read More

Another INEC office set ablaze

November 28, 2022 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said, another INEC office located in Iboko has been set ablaze Izzi Local Government Area, Ebonyi state. National Commissioner & Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye in a statement said the incident occurred around 10.00am on Sunday November 27, 2022, when some unidentified persons set the entire building ablaze. Okoye stated Read More

Lady, 29, arrested with teenager for armed robbery in Ogun

November 27, 2022 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

A 29-year-old-lady, Chioma Okafor, and a teenager, Nweke Joshua, 19, have been arrested by men of Ogun state Police Command while carrying out robbery operation at Adesan area of Mowe, in Ifo Local government area of the state. Their arrest was contained in a statement made available to Blueprint, Sunday, by the command’s spokesperson, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi in Abeokuta. The suspects, according Read More

4 wanted kidnappers nabbed in Ogun

November 23, 2022 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Four members of a notorious kidnap gang terrorising Abeokuta and its environs have been apprehended by operatives of Ogun state Police Command.  Their arrest was contained in a press statement made available to Blueprint Tuesday by the command’s spokesperson, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi. Oyeyemi listed the suspects as Ismaila Ibrahim, Musa Muhammed, Irekura Abu and Okanlawon Muhammed. He said they were arrested following Read More