IKOYI COLLAPSE: Chartered Architects Demand Triple Level Probe

LAGOS/Nigeria: The Association of Nigerian Chartered Architects (ANCA) on Sunday advocated three independent political, technical and judicial panels to unravel root cause of the 21-storey building collapse in Ikoyi, Lagos. This was contained in a statement jointly signed by ANCA President, Mr Moyosore Omatsone and National Secretary, Mr Adekoyejo Jolaoso. “We commend the governor of Lagos State for promptly setting up a Probe Panel to douse the spontaneous tension with a 30-day deadline. “However, we are of the view that the magnitude and very wide implications of the incident demand…

FG Moves To Reduce Illegal Importation Of Rice Through Land Borders –Minister

ABUJA/Nigeria: Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, says the Ministry will continue to strategise and collaborate with security agencies, to reduce the illegal importation of rice through land borders. A statement issued by Mabel Mbosire, Senior Information Officer in the Ministry, on Sunday, said the minister stated this at a meeting, in Abuja, of the Steering Committee of the National Taskforce on the illegal importation of rice through land borders. Abubakar said that the ban on rice importation had brought about a significant increase in local rice…

NDLEA Arrests Notorious Drug Dealer Behind London-Bound Multiple Consignments

ABUJA/Nigeria: The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has arrested a suspected notorious drug dealer, Mr Okoli Ikenna, described  as the mastermind of recent multiple attempts to export illicit drugs. The agency made the disclosure of the arrest in a statement, released by Mr Femi Babafemi, its Director, Media and Advocacy, on Sunday in Abuja. Bababfemi said that the suspect had been linked to several trafficking in illicit drugs to London, United Kingdom, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA). He noted that the suspect had been on…

Police Commend Anambra Residents On Peaceful Guber Poll

AWKA/Nigeria: Mr Echeng Echeng, the Anambra Commissioner of Police has commended residents of the state for the peaceful conduct of Saturday’s governorship election. Echeng said this when he spoke with newsmen in Awka on Sunday. “It is on record that we have witnessed one of the most peaceful elections in recent times in the country. “I can beat my chest on that,” he said. Echeng said that the police did not witness security breach during the election across the state. “The election was peaceful and we had no incident of…

Okowa mourns legendary historian, Prof. Abednego Ekoko

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed sadness on the passing of one of Nigeria’s foremost historians, Professor Abednego Ekoko, describing his passage as a great loss to Delta and Nigeria. Ekoko reportedly died on Saturday after a brief illness, at 79. Okowa recalled that Ekoko, a Professor of History, who served and retired at the Delta State University, Abraka, was at various times, Commissioner for Education in the state during the military administration, Sole Administrator, Delta State University, Abraka; Commissioner, National Boundary Commission and Chairman, Delta State…

I’m Proud Of The Nigerian Dream – Miss Pepeiye (Interview)

The name Leona Mazur might not ring a bell but, when you mention Miss Pepeiye – the famous original and first Miss Pepeiye of Papa Ajasco Family – you get the attention of people. The Nigerian-American currently based in the Neitherand with her family creatively played her role so well in the sitcom produced by Wale Adenuga’s Production in the early 2000s. One of the pioneers of the Nigerian Fashion Show Industry, Leona was a famous fashion runway model who featured in the Nigerian fashion shows both in Paris and…

EXPLOSION: ECOWAS Parliament Commiserates With Sierra Leone, Pledges Solidarity

ABUJA/Nigeria: The parliament of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) has commiserated with the government and people of Sierra Leone over the explosion of a petroleum tanker on Nov. 5 in Freetown. The parliament pledged its solidarity with the government and the people. Dr Sidie Tunis, Parliamentary Speaker, expressed the sympathy of the lawmakers to the Sierra Leonean government and the people in a statement it issued on Saturday in Abuja. Tunis noted that unfortunate incident sadly led to the loss of lives, infliction of severe injuries on…

ANAMBRA ELECTION: CDD Commends Security Agencies For Professional Conduct

ABUJA/Nigeria: Dr Saeed Husaini, Director, Research, CDD, at a news conference on the Centre’s election analysis on Saturday in Abuja urged them to sustain the humane approach to election security through the voting, collation, and announcement of results. Husaini observed that although there were pockets of reports indicating the absence or low presence of security officials, there had been no widespread reports of misconduct by security officials deployed for the elections. He said that CDD noted that this was a noteworthy development considering that the expectation of intimidation and abuse…

Neuropsychiatrist Urges Students To Shun Illicit Drug Use, Cultism

ABAKALIKI/Nigeria: Dandy Igwe, a neuropsychiatrist, on Saturday, advised students to shun drug abuse, cultism, and other forms of vice capable of jeopardising their future. Igwe, gave the advice in Abakaliki while speaking as a Special Guest of Honour at a security and skills acquisition workshop organised by the Students Union Government (SUG) of the Ebonyi State University (EBSU). The medical practitioner, who works at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital (AEFUTHA), Abakaliki, expressed displeasure at the rate of substance abuse among youths. He said the workshop was timely as…

2023: Arewa Youth Rule Out Atiku, Tinubu, Pitch Tents With Younger Candidate

KADUNA/Nigeria: The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has ruled out supporting any candidate above 60 years old ahead of the 2023 General Elections. AYCF President, Ambassador Yerima Shettima dropped the hint, during a media parley at his office in Kaduna on Saturday November 6, 2021. According to him, AYCF is yet to have a candidate on its beam, but would put several factors before pitching tents. Though he did not mention names of any politician, the age limit pegged above 60 rules out some top.contenders like former Vice President Atiku…