Author: Mary Ugwuanyi

Mary Ukamaka Ugwunayi is an avid writer with passion for issues related to Nigeria and Africa. She possesses deep knowledge of politics, sports, entertainment and culture, and takes delight in sharing her ideas.
<strong>Presidential Candidates Own Banks, Naira Notes Scarcity Don’t Affect Them – Kwankwaso</strong>
Elections, Finance, News, Rwanda

Presidential Candidates Own Banks, Naira Notes Scarcity Don’t Affect Them – Kwankwaso

The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said that his counterparts are not affected by the naira redesign policy because “they are owners of banks”. Recall that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele had in October 2022, announced the plan to redesign N200, N500, and N1,000 notes and fixed January 31, 2023, as the deadline when the old notes will cease to be legal tender. Despite the apex bank recently announcing the postponement of the deadline to February 10, several Nigerians have found it hard obtaining the new naira notes. President Muhammadu Buhari has backed the policy and described it as having the potential to deter politicians from “mobilising resources to intimidate voters in the 2023 general election”. ...
<strong>How My House Was Bombed With Explosives – CUPP Spokesperson</strong>
News, Nigeria

How My House Was Bombed With Explosives – CUPP Spokesperson

Ikenga Ugochinyere, the spokesperson for the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has given an insight into what happened during the January 14 attack on his country home in Akokwa, Imo State. Ugochinyere refuted claims that the attack was executed by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, saying that the incident which left over 500 bullet holes on his residential houses was carried out by sponsored militia. He stated that high grade explosives were used during the attack in which over 32 cars, motorcycles, and other properties worth N550 million were set ablaze. He disclosed these during a press conference in Abuja, noting that the attackers looked like the team that attacked his convoy on December 23, 2022, which he alleged was led by Chinasa Nwaneri, Special...
<strong>Pope Francis in Congo: Africa is the World’s Smile, Stop Choking Africa</strong>
News, Nigeria, Religion, Security

Pope Francis in Congo: Africa is the World’s Smile, Stop Choking Africa

Pope Francis has asked more advanced countries to see Africa beyond an opportunity to plunder the continent’s natural resources.   He said this during a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on Tuesday. Pope Francis holds his pastoral staff as he celebrates Mass marking Sunday of the Word of God in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 22, 2023. The pope at the Mass formally installed lectors and catechists. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) The Pope spoke against the “terrible forms of exploitation, unworthy of humanity” in the country. He urged the more advanced countries to acknowledge the “catastrophic” injustices done in times past, and put an end to the ongoing plundering of the continent’s rich resources. The Pope said, “Hands off the Democratic Republic of the ...
<strong>Herders Demand Unreserved Apology From Military Over Nasarawa Accidental Bombing</strong>
Aviation, News, Nigeria, Security

Herders Demand Unreserved Apology From Military Over Nasarawa Accidental Bombing

The Coalition of Pastoralists Association has stated that 47 of its members were killed, and not less than 62 members sustained various degrees of injuries during the accidental airstrikes carried out by the Nigerian Air Force in Nasarawa. The umbrella body of pastoralists’ groups in Nigeria also indicted the military for carrying out similar airstrikes on harmless herders in Keana and Awe in Doma local government area of Nasarawa State, noting that last year, their members were killed by soldiers in Kaduna. Baba Ngelzarma, the National President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, while addressing members of the press in Abuja on Tuesday on behalf of the Coalition, alongside the Vice President, Tabbital Pulaaku International Nigeria Chapter, Auwal Googa...
<strong>Why Cashless Policy is Important – Osinbajo</strong>
Elections, Finance, News, Nigeria

Why Cashless Policy is Important – Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said that when Nigeria operates an effective cashless policy, illicit election financing can be curbed. Osinbajo stated this when he received a delegation of the EU election observation mission led by Barry Andrews, on Monday. According to a statement issued by his media aide, Laolu Akande, the VP said that a functional cashless policy will facilitate seamless tracking of funds and be helpful for financial inclusion. He said, “I think that what we should be looking at is to provide more infrastructures. “The cashless thing has been really advantageous and helps with tracking. “That sort of infrastructure is useful for more financial inclusion and the more financial inclusion you have, the easier it is to track. “So much money can be s...
<strong>Three Guards Gang-rape Lady For Four Hours</strong>
Crime, Law Enforcement, News, Nigeria

Three Guards Gang-rape Lady For Four Hours

The Police in Oyo State has paraded nine suspects nabbed for crimes ranging from kidnapping and armed robbery to rape and illegal possession of firearms.   Adewale Osifeso, the State Police Public Relations Officer, while parading the suspects before journalists at the command headquarters in Eleyele on Monday said a lady (name withheld), went to visit her friend at Alakia, Ibadan, and was waylaid by three night security guards at an isolated spot when she got to the community around 9pm. Osifeso said, “In a rather twisted turn of events, the young lady, having been dispossessed of her mobile phone, was whisked to another desolate spot, where she was held till about 01.25 am the next day. “In furtherance of the above, the three guards took turns to have unlawful carnal k...
<strong>DSS Nabs Sellers of New Naira Notes</strong>
Crime, Economy, Finance, News, Nigeria

DSS Nabs Sellers of New Naira Notes

The Department of State Services, DSS, has nabbed some members of coordinated syndicates that sell the newly redesigned naira notes. The DSS public relations officer, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Monday said that the syndicates connived with some commercial bank officials and were arrested during operations across the country. The statement read, “The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby informs the public that it has intercepted some members of organised syndicates involved in the sale of the newly redesigned naira notes. “In the course of its operations, in this regard in parts of the country, it was also established that some Commercial Bank officials are aiding the economic malfeasance. See Also: INEC Announces Extension Of PVC Collection Deadline “Consequ...
<strong>Corpse Disappears From Ogun Mortuary</strong>
News, Nigeria

Corpse Disappears From Ogun Mortuary

A female corpse yet to be identified scheduled to be buried on Saturday has been reported missing from the morgue of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State. A source at the hospital who spoke to Punch said the drama began on Friday when the family of the deceased came to the hospital to take the body for burial only to discover that the corpse was missing. According to the source, the body which was deposited at the morgue on October 2022 could not be found among 69 other bodies shown to the family for verification. Reports say two attendants in charge of the morgue fled the premises. The source said, “The family members of the deceased came from Ijebu-Ode to Sagamu with undertakers and ambulance on January 27, 2023, to claim their corpse for...
<strong>We Will Shun Any Forum With PDP ‘Agents of Violence’ – Sanwo-Olu</strong>
Elections, Lagos News, News, Nigeria

We Will Shun Any Forum With PDP ‘Agents of Violence’ – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babjide Sanwo-Olu, has said that he won’t attend any forum where he would share a stage with Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members. There was an alleged attack in the Surulere area of Lagos State on Friday. While the opposition PDP has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of deploying thugs to attack supporters of its governorship candidate, Abdul-Azeez Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, the APC has maintained that it was Adediran’s thugs that carried out violence on residents of the area. Reacting to the development, Gbenga Omotoso, Lagos State commissioner for information, in a statement on Saturday said the state would not tolerate being portrayed in a bad light. Omotoso said, “The Lagos state government has noted the flood of comments sp...
<strong>UNICAL Investigates Student’s Death At Health Centre</strong>
Education, News, Nigeria

UNICAL Investigates Student’s Death At Health Centre

Prof Florence Obi, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, has asked the Medical Board of the varsity to urgently carry out a careful investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a student. The deceased, identified as Miss Precious Agini, was a third-year student of the Department of Library and Information Science, who died on Saturday, January 28 at the varsity’s Medical Centre. The directive was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the institution’s registrar, Mr Gabriel Egbe. Egbe Stated that the VC and the entire university community value the lives of students and are saddened by the painful loss recorded at the Medical Centre of the institution. See Also: BREAKING: Nasarawa Gov’s Son, Hassan Is Dead He said, “The Medical Board is...