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NIGERIA AT 55: Still Wobbling With Renewed Hope

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Mixed feelings trail Nigeria’s 55th Independence Day celebration. While some are disillusioned, others are optimistic that the country is on the path of greatness. Analysts blame the democratic stunt growth to incessant military inter-regnum that has resulted into policy summersaults. Out of the 55 years of independence, the military has ruled about 35 years. To sum it up, critics say bad and corrupt leadership remain the sour grape in Nigeria coupled with weak institutions... - By Jude Orji and Amadin Idahosa



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The war of attrition in the All Progressives Congress, APC seems to have re-appeared as President Muhammadu Buhari is set to present his cabinet list to the National Assembly for confirmations or rejections. Apprehensive of possible bad outing, political opponents want Senate president Bukola Saraki removed at all cost in order not to puncture their tyres. However, pundits say he will likely hang in there and hang tough. From all indications, the machinery and apparatus of state through court trials might have been moved against Saraki by the powers that be. Will the courts pronounce him guilty or not guilty?... - By Jude Orji



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Mixed feelings continue to trail the appointment of Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) as the new Comptroller General of Customs. To this end, some critics express concern that the Service will likely experience decline under the leadership of an “outsider”. But, with his tough posture to weed out corrupt officials at his inaugural meeting with officers, observers foresees a new order that will improve revenue generation in this era of crude oil price decline. Can Hameed Ali fix the Customs?... - By Jude Orji

Reality seems to have dawned on officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and other major stakeholders in the revenue collection business after their alleged initial rejection of the new Comptroller General, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) a non-career officer heading the para- military body. Checks by Nigerian Newsworld revealed that the fear of Nigeria’s strong man President Muhammadu Buhari no doubt has suffocated any threatened upheaval sequel to the imposition of Ali.


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From litany of unfolding accusations against Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, Commissioner of Police and Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, this Nigerian anti-graft Czar seems to have assumed the position of the gamesman harassing others for illegal activities while sitting on illegality itself. Lamorde is being accused of laundering money for politicians using his diplomatic immunity and destroying case files. Interestingly, to unearth these allegations, the hunter is being hunted. What happens to Lamorde now that the Buhari anti-graft war has seemingly taken off? - By Jude Orji

Wednesday August 26, 2015 will remain indelible in professional life of Ibrahim Lamorde a commissioner of police, founding staff and Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Reason is that millions of Nigerians were dumbfounded as they stayed glued to the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, while Dr. George Obuh, CEO Panic Alert Security System read his alleged dirty financial deals running to trillions of Naira. 

Dasuki: guilty or not guilty?

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Col. Sambo Ahmed Dasuki [rtd] former National Security Adviser, [NSA] is being accused of treasonable felony for illegal possession of high caliber firearms and ammunitions after he left office. He is also seen as a failed perfectionist faced with details of multi-trillion arms deal scandal in the name of fighting terrorism. Those in the know say his actions and inactions left Nigeria with a dysfunctional, visibly pregnant in-effective military. Is he guilty or not? - By Jude Orji

For allegedly running foul of the law the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki [rtd] was granted bail last Tuesday by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja High Court Division for illegal possession of fire arms after he left office. Dasuki was charged by the Department of State Security, DSS for violating provisions of 27[1] of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. 


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Critics say the appointment of Mr. Babatunde Fowler, a man with an unabashed love for the exotic and flamboyant things of life is a contradiction of some sort by a thrifty President. A school of thought also posited that the new FIRS boss is a long knife plunged deep in the Nigeria’s large cake to assuage the leader of All Progressives Congress-APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu in re- positioning his new frontiers ahead of 2019... - By Jude Orji


Aba River And Abia’s Urban Renewal Project

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Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, is noted for perennial flooding, which renders the streets of the city impassable after heavy rains... -By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, is noted for perennial flooding, which renders the streets of the city impassable after heavy rains. The situation has contributed substantially to the collapse of the roads shortly after construction.
Abia State government began the dredging of Aba River, popularly known as “Waterside” recently. The dredging was informed by the government’s commitment to give a facelift to Aba through its” Aba Urban Renewal Policy”.

Fashola On Trial: at war with Tinubu, Ambode N78 Million Website Scam

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The battle line is drawn between two former governors of Lagos State, All Progressives Congress, APC national leader Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr. Babatunde Fashola. The fear of the servant trying to outshine his master is said to be the reason to cut Fashola to size. But reverberation has come in different shades and shapes... - By Jude Orji



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The plight of Osun State workers owed over eight months salary arrears has more or less exposed the financial mismanagements of Governor Rauf Aregbesola led All Progressives Congress –APC government in the last five years. His lack-lustre leadership style has steered the ship of the state to bankruptcy. Surprisingly, the way and manner APC national leader Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu is said to be making frantic effort to save Aregbesola by allegedly raising billions of Naira believed to be part of his alleged settlement for installing the embattled governor, is exposing the big cover up in the affairs of State of Osun. - By Jude Orji


Why Undying Controversy On New DG DSS

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From all indications, cohesion of the Department of State Security Service-DSS is being threatened following the seeming politicisation of the service. The alleged onslaught of President Mohammadu Buhari to discredit the administration of his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan through his new point-man, DG DSS, Lawal Musa Daura, has continued to resonate in the public domain. There are fears that DSS may likely undergo the trauma it went under former military President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida who allegedly dealt with the service for possessing classified information on him. Security analysts say Daura might not be working for the state but Buhari’s hidden agenda. - By Jude Orji


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