• Communities in Kuje Area Council of the FCT under siege by suspected Fulani herdsmen

    Communities in Kuje Area Council of the FCT under siege by suspected Fulani herdsmen

    Darka community and two other villages in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, have been attacked thrice within a week.

    They attacked Darka Village on Sunday, November 13 where a  28-year old man, Zakariyya Nuhu, was killed and six people were kidnapped

    A neigbouring village of Huni-Gade was also attacked last  Thursday, four persons were abducted.
    Again, last Saturday, the same Darka village was reportedly attached by the same armed men, killing two people and injuring two others. Four people were also believed […]

  • FCT minister calls for calm among citizens over recent attacks

    FCT minister calls for calm among citizens over recent attacks

    Malam Muhammad Bello, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, has called for calm over recent attacks on some villages in the territory, assuring that security agencies were in control of the situation.

    Bello gave the assurance while addressing newsmen after an emergency security meeting which was attended by stakeholders of the affected communities in his office in Abuja on Friday.

    The communities affected by the attacks suspected to have carried out by herdsmen are mainly in Kuje Area Council.

    In the attacks on […]

  • INEC sets dates for election in Rivers, Lagos, FCT

    INEC sets dates for election in Rivers, Lagos, FCT

    It was gathered that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed December 10 for the controversial re-run election in Rivers State.

    The delay in the conduct of the election had attracted the attention of the Senate, which on Wednesday gave the commission an ultimatum to conduct the pending re-run election or force the Senate to embark on strike.

    Rivers State still has a senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections pending.

    The commission also fixed dates for Lagos State and […]

  • FCT CJ signs sentencing guidelines into law

    FCT CJ signs sentencing guidelines into law

    Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, has signed into law sentencing guidelines and practice direction for Judges in the FCT.

    While receiving books from the office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in his office, Bello said the sentencing guidelines will assist judges in handing down sentences to parties before them in criminal matters.

    According to him, with the guidelines, an appeal on a case will no longer act as a […]

  • Illegal grazing: FCT arrests nine herdsmen, 25 cows

    Illegal grazing: FCT arrests nine herdsmen, 25 cows

    It was gathered that the Abuja Environmental Protection Board has arrested nine herdsmen and confiscated 25 cows and 51 sheep for illegal grazing in the Federal Capital Territory.

    It stated that the herdsmen were penalised by the mobile court which imposed fines ranging from N3,000 to N7,000 on them.

    The acting Director of the board, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, who disclosed this at a press briefing on Friday in Abuja, added that 589 street hawkers were also arrested and fined by the mobile […]

  • Court convicts Polish woman for N9m fraud

    Court convicts Polish woman for N9m fraud

    Justice Abubakar Umar of the FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on Thursday, September 29, 2016, convicted one Dora Gilmaska, a pole, alongside her company, Icon Media and Marketing Agency Limited, on one-count charge of fraud brought against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

    Gilmaska was found guilty of forging and issuing a dud cheque of N9million to one Tayo Olugbemi sometime in 2012.

    She was arraigned on November 7, 2012, and upon arraignment pleaded not guilty to […]

  • FG, states, FCT commit N67.2bn to service external debt

    FG, states, FCT commit N67.2bn to service external debt

    It was gathered that the Federal Government, the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will commit N67.2 billion to servicing their external debt obligations for a six-month period (July- December) 2016, it has been gathered.

    The Debt Management Office (DMO’s) latest figure on external debt of federal and state governments as of June 30, 2016, according to a document on debt service breakdown, stood at $11.26 billion or N3.19 trillion. It was $10.32 billion or N2.03 trillion in July […]

  • Weeping, wailing as FCT demolishes market, gardens

    Weeping, wailing as FCT demolishes market, gardens

    Traders and others wept profusely yesterday as bulldozers from the Development Control Department of ‎Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency (AMMA) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) demolished the popular Canopy Market in Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.

    Traders who had ignored previous warning by the FCTA were shocked when the demolition team with full protection from a combined security ‎squad rolled in the bulldozers.

    The relief market was mainly occupied by furniture, office equipment, electrical and electronics dealers.

    Several food kiosks were also affected.

    One […]

  • FCT minister wants ban on grazing, begging enforced

    FCT minister wants ban on grazing, begging enforced

    According to reports, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has restated that cattle grazing, begging, street hawking and commercial motorcycle remained banned in the Federal Capital City, Abuja and must be enforced by the security agents.

    The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, stated this on Monday in Abuja after an emergency FCT Security Committee meeting.

    Bello stressed that the FCT Administration would continue to collaborate with the security agencies to ensure that the ban was effective while following all due processes.

    He emphasised that […]

  • Alleged N2.3b diversion: Orubebe, others get N50m bail

    Alleged N2.3b diversion: Orubebe, others get N50m bail

    A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja has granted bail at N50million to former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe and two others arraigned before it Wednesday morning.

    Godsday Orubebe, Oludare Lawrence Alaba an Assistant Director, Ministry of Niger Delta Affiars), Ephraim Tewolde Zeri (Director of Contracts in Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nigeria Limited) and the company were arraigned on a six-count charge marked: CR/265/2016.

    They are, in the charge filed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and […]

  • Army debunks planned Boko Haram attacks in FCT, 7 states

    Army debunks planned Boko Haram attacks in FCT, 7 states

    The Nigerian Army has debunked the circular warning of imminent Boko Haram attacks on various locations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and seven other states in the country.

    The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in response to enquiries, called on members of the public to disregard the circular said to have emanated from the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) office.

    The circular dated August 5, 2016 and titled: ‘Plans By Boko Haram Terrorists Group to Attack In […]