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EXTRA: Tinubu, Buratai, El-Rufai, Garba Shehu, Others Make 60 Outstanding Nigerians List



A total of sixty (60) distinguished Nigerians were on Friday, November 27 honoured for their contributions to national development.

The auspicious event which was held at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton, in Abuja was graced by eminent personalities like the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed and former Niger state first lady, Hajiya Zainab Kure, who are also awardees.

The event witnessed by our reporter, also doubled as the launch of a special publication aimed at celebrating the individuals chosen from all works of life.

The publication tagged ‘Celebrating Nigeria: The Nation Builders at 60,’ was launched by a group under the aegis of Project 60@60 and it profiles all the awardees and their accomplishments in Nigeria and beyond.

The 60 eminent Nigerians identified by the group include: Ex-IGP Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar; Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, Senator Oluremi Tinubu; Senator Ahmed Yarima Bakura and Dr. Mohammed Kyari Dikwa,mni, retired permanent secretary.

Others are Dele Momodu; media mogul; and Abdulsamad Isyaka Rabiu, acclaimed business tycoon, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state; Prof. Charles Soludo, former CBN governor; Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, Dr. Umar Ardo; Ned Nwoko and Mallam Garba Shehu among others.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Abubakar Mohammed, coordinator of Project 60@60 said: “The Nation Builders at 60 is a special publication which is aimed at celebrating outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavours and contributed immensely to the Nigerian project.

“These individuals share a common bond with Nigeria by their birth in 1960, the year Nigeria gained independence from the British colonial rule.

“It is also aimed at educating Nigerians about the rich and diverse cultures and experiences of the various people in Nigeria.

“The publication will help to promote mutual understanding, foster inter-group harmony and tolerance, advance national cohesion and integration, and encourage peaceful co-existence as well as inspire the younger generation.”

Veteran broadcaster, Mr. Cyril Stober was the anchor of the event, while Nollywood actor, Zack Orji was also present.

Highlights of the event were the presentation of the awards to the awardees and the music and dance presentations.

It was learnt that the Project6060 group revealed its plans to honour 60 outstanding Nigerians after 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria as a nation.

The group announced its plans during a press conference on Wednesday, September 23 in Abuja.


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JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend



As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.

Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)

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UK Court Convicts Ekweremadu, Wife, Daughter Of Human Organ Trafficking



Ike Ekweremadu, a former vice president of the Nigerian senate, along with his wife, daughter, and doctor were found guilty of organ trafficking in the UK.

Fidel Info reports that After a six-week trial at the Old Bailey, Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, daughter Sonia, and Dr. Obinna Obeta were all found guilty of enabling a young man’s visit to Britain with the intention of exploiting him.

The jury concluded that they had illegally planned to transport the 21-year-old street vendor from Lagos to London in order to take advantage of him for his kidney.

The court heard that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for the senator’s daughter after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.

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Kano Govt Lifts Dawn To Dusk Curfew




Kano state government has lifted the dawn-to-dusk curfew imposed in the state On Monday.

Fidel Info reports that the curfew was imposed to avoid the breakdown of law and order following tensions generated by the announcement of the results of the governorship and state Assembly elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Monday, declared Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party the Gov-Elect of Kano.

He defeated his closest rival and the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Party, Gawuna, with a margin of 100,000 votes.

Yusuf is a close ally of the Presidential candidate of NNPP while Gawuna is a close ally of the incumbent Governor, Ganduje.

The Kano election was seen as an upset and a successful overthrow of the ruling party.

This led the Kano government to impose a curfew to avoid mayhem and breakdown of law and order.

The state commissioner for information and internal affairs, Muhammad Garba, made the announcement lifting the curfew in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano.

According to him, “the decision to lift the curfew was after careful review of the situation and the relative calm throughout the state”.

The commissioner however called on commercial banks, public servants and the people in the state to come out and continue with their normal businesses or day to day activities.

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