Showing posts from May, 2015

Casualties recorded at Bauchi auto crash

At least, thirteen persons lost their lives while five others sustained  injuries in a road crash at Busuri village on the Bulkachuwa-Dambam road in Bauchi State on Friday.That the crash occurred when a Toyota Hiace bus had a head on collision with an Iveco truck at about 8.45pm.This was contained in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Haruna Mohammed, which was made available to newsmen on Sunday in Bauchi.Mohammed said, “On the 29/05/2015 at about 20:45hrs (8.45pm), there was a head on collision at Busuri village along Bulkachuwa-Dambam road, Bauchi, involving a Blue Toyota model F Hiace bus marked AQ 79 AKR (Ondo) driven by one Sule Abubakar, male, (28), of Bulkachuwa town, in Bauchi State and a White Iveco truck with number plate XBOX 907 GWL (Kano).“The accident occurred when the vehicles, coming from opposite directions, suddenly collided.”Mohammed stated that police patrol team, attached to Azare Division of the command, rushed to the scene…

US Secretary of State, John Kerry breaks leg in bicycle accident

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, was on Sunday in Geneva flown to a hospital with a broken leg following a bicycle accident in the French Alps.The spokesman for the US mission in Geneva disclosed that the secretary had broken his leg.Kerry’s Spokesman, John Kirby, also confirmed that the 71-year-old Kerry was taken by helicopter to Geneva University Hospital, where he was conscious and in stable condition with a leg injury.He said the accident occurred in Scionzier, a town near the border with Switzerland, around 9.40am.Kirby said the secretary was attended to by a physician and paramedics travelling in his motorcade.Kerry had conducted talks on Saturday in Geneva with Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, as part of ongoing efforts to forge a comprehensive agreement about Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme ahead of a June 30 deadline.
He had been due to fly to Madrid later on Sunday to meet with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI. on Tuesday.Kerry …

Gunmen kidnap Kogi commissioner

About five gunmen has kidnapped the Commissioner of Land in Kogi State, Mr Steven Mayaki.An eyewitness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told journalists in Lokoja that the five gunmen trailed and kidnapped the commissioner at his farm in Osara village, Adavi Local Government Area of the state on Sunday morning.
According to him, the gunmen stormed Mayaki’s farm in a Prado Jeep, forcibly picked up the commissioner and drove the victim away to an unknown destination.Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Adebayo Collins, confirmed the kidnap, adding that the command was doing everything possible to rescue the commissioner unhurt.Collins said, “It is true the commissioner was kidnapped but the command is on top of the matter.”

Buhari appoints Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu as spokesmen

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday named the President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, Mr Femi Adesina, and the Director, Media and Publicity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Mallam Garba Shehu, as spokesmen.While Adesina will serve as Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Shehu will be the new Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity).According to a statement made available to journalists by Shehu, the President also approved the appointment of Mallam Lawal Kazaure as the State Chief of Protocol.The statement did not indicate the job schedule of Adesina and Shehu as their two offices appear similar.Apart from being the current President of NGE, Adesina is the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun newspapers.Shehu was the president of the NGE 16 years ago.Kazaure is a career Foreign Service official and currently serves in Aso Rock Villa as a Special Assistant (Presidential Matters).

Young Nigerian CEOs to converge on Abuja

The Chairman, Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF),  Moses Siasia, has said no fewer than 1,000 Nigerian young Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) would converge on Abuja from August 3 to August 4, 2015 for conference and exhibition.Siasia, who is the convener of the conference, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Sunday, in Abuja.He said young Nigerian entrepreneurs and business owners resident in Nigeria and in the Diaspora would participate in the event.According to him, the conference with the theme: “Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Building Economic Leaders for Tomorrow" will be held at the Nigerian Air force Conference Centre.“It will among other things, afford young entrepreneurs in Nigeria the opportunity to exchange ideas with their peers from other parts of the world.“It will challenge and empower entrepreneurship mentality amongst its participants; and thus enable them to create an economic revolution in Nigeria, or an…

Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 to win 12th FA CUP trophy

Theo Walcott opened the scoring with a powerful finish before Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead with a stunning strike from distance early in the second period.

Messi and Neymar fire Barcelona to 27th Copa del Rey trophy

Another wonder-goal from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona clinch their 27th Copa del Rey crown as they outclassed Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at Camp Nou.

Buhari, Osinbajo declare assets

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have declared their assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau as required by the Constitution.

Nasarawa LG chairman slumps, dies in his office

The Chairman of Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Mr Godwin Chindo, on Saturday slumped and died in his office.

Lead with fear of God, Don urges Buhari

The Head of Department (HOD), Arts and Social Science Education of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Prof.Nseendi Lubasa, on Saturday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to lead Nigerians righteously and with the fear of God.

President Buhari ‘ll Not Disappoint Nigerians – Erokwu

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration as Nigeria’s democratically elected President on Friday, May 29, 2015, the founder, Big Mike Foundation, Chief John Erokwu, said with the new dawn in Nigeria’s political history, the new President will not disappoint Nigerians.

Buhari seeks Europe, US support for development

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will seek the support of Europe, America and Nigeria’s neighbours in tackling the unemployment and security problems confronting the country.

Buhari: We have not barred anybody from travelling

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that officials of past administrations including ministers are entitled to their full rights and privileges under the constitution and must not be subjected to any undue harassment and intimidation at the airports or at other points of entry and exit.

Maiduguri Mosque blast: Police confirm 26 killed

The Borno State Police Command has confirmed that 26 people were killed in Saturday’s suicide bomb in a mosque in Maiduguri.

Police detain gay activists at rally

Russian police on Saturday detained several gay rights activists for attempting to stage an unauthorised pride rally in central Moscow, AFP journalists reported.

Gunmen raze Plateau community, displace residents

Armed men displaced villagers numbering over a thousand from Shonong village in Riyom Local Government of Plateau State, on Saturday.

No room for selfish ambition in Delta –Okowa

Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has said his administration was determined to build a new future for the state and its people and by so doing, there will be no room for parochial interests and selfish ambition.

I remain grateful to Bayelsa people, Nigerians –Jonathan

Former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday, said he remained grateful to Bayelsa people for the support he enjoyed during his time in office.

Labour pledges to support Buhari on power

Labour is ready to partner with President Muhammadu Buhari to realise the vision of uninterrupted power supply.

I was afraid Bayelsa people would boo me –Jonathan

The immediate past President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, Friday, said he had been worried about the kind of reception he would receive in his home state, Bayelsa.

Suicide bomber kills six at Borno wedding

The Borno State Police Command, on Friday, said six persons were killed by a sucide bomber, who attacked a venue of a wedding in Tashan Alade in the Hawul Local Government Area of the state.

NDLEA: We’ll follow due process to extradite Kashamu

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has promised to follow due process in the extradition of Chief Buruji Kashamu.

I will be governor of all – Ajimobi

Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has assured all Oyo State indigenes that he will be governor for all citizens and residents irrespective of their interests and affiliations.

FIFA to Nigerian referees: Work harder for W’Cup slot

FIFA Referee Development Officer, Carlos Henriques, has called on Nigerian referees to work harder to earn slots at the World Cup.

Blatter secures fifth term as FIFA President

Sepp Blatter has succeeded in extending his 17-year reign as FIFA President as he again secured a fresh mandate to run the world football governing body for another four years following his victory at Friday’s polls in Zurich.

PDP congratulates Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his inauguration as President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

CBN releases audited financial statements, posts N35bn income

The Central Bank of Nigeria has released its audited financial statements for 2013 and 2014 financial periods.

Nigerians celebrate as Muhammadu Buhari takes over

Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing and singing songs and praises at the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls.

I’ll handover to an APC governor in 2019 – Amosun

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has said he will hand over to another All Progressives Congress (APC) governor, who will emerge from the All Progressives Congress, at the end of his second term in office in 2019.

I won’t take Lagosians for granted, says Ambode

The new Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, bas said he will never take the people of the state for granted.

Gaidam sworn in amidst tight security

Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam and his deputy, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu, were, on Friday, inaugurated for a second term in office amidst tight security.

el-Rufai, deputy, cut own salaries by 50%

The newly elected Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has said he was contributing 50% of his salary and allowances to Kaduna as a mark of his sacrifice. He said that his deputy, Balla Barnabas Bantex had also agreed to make the same sacrifice.

Buhari’s speech gives hope – Lawyers, Labour Leaders

Some prominent lawyers in Lagos on Friday hailed the inaugural speech of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as encompassing and inspiring.

US prepared to train Nigerian army

The United States is prepared to send military trainers to Nigeria to help new President Muhammadu Buhari’s armed forces improve their intelligence gathering and logistics, a senior State Department official said on Friday.

Ambode appoints Bello as SSG

Shortly after taking oath of office, the Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode announced the appointments of key officials of his government.

Ambode creates office for wealth creation

The new governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode has announced the creation of a new office, called office of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, in his administration.

Buhari applauds Jonathan’s statesmanship

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, applauded former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanship in conceding defeat in the March 28 presidential election.

Skye Bank appoints four executive directors

Skye Bank Plc says its Board of Directors has approved the appointments of four new executive directors to the board.

Fashola urges children to stay away from vices

Outgoing Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, has warned children to stop all form of vices that can destroy their future.

Court strikes out suit against Multi-Choice

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Thursday, struck out the suit by some aggrieved subscribers, challenging the recent 20 per cent increment on subscription rate of Digital Satellite Television, DStv, being operated by Multi-Choice Nigeria Limited.

Kaduna State’s condition ​not as bad as I thought —El Rufai

The outgoing governor of Kaduna state, Ramalan Yero, has announced that his administration is leaving behind N8.6 billion in the state government treasury.

Jang commissions N15bn Govt House complex

The outgoing governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has commissioned an ultra modern Government House complex built at the cost of N15 billion.

Airtel MPLS for Enterprise Customers

In a bid to enhance connectivity options for its corporate customers, telecommunications service provider, Airtel Nigeria, has launched a secure Multiprotocol Label Switching, MPLS, network. The network, which is aimed at facilitating superior and cost effective branch connectivity both locally and globally, combines the intelligence of private Internet Protocol (IP) routing with the added performance of label switching.

Mark asks Buhari to respect human rights

Senate President,  David Mark, on Thursday, urged the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to adhere strictly to the rule of law,  and respect human rights while discharging his constitutional responsibilities.

Fight corruption, don’t sack workers, NLC tells Buhari

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to deal with the problem of corruption in the country.

You mismanaged our economy, Oshiomhole tells Okonjo-Iweala

Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has accused the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of mismanaging the nation's economy in the last four years.

NLC deputy president calls for public declaration of assets by political office holders

Deputy National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Issa Aremu, on Thursday, said political office holders should publicly declare assets to facilitate easy tracking of ill-gotten wealth.

Shooting Stars sack coach

Shooting Stars of Ibadan​,​ has terminated the contract of their coach, Franklin Howard, over a string of poor results.

Jonathan presents hand over notes to Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday, formally presented his hand over notes to the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

UBA wins corporate citizens award

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on Wednesday conferred the Corporate Citizens Award on United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc.

Tony Blair resigns as Mideast peace envoy —Source

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has submitted his resignation as Middle East peace envoy after eight years on the post.

We shall obey court order on Kashamu – NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has expressed its readiness to obey the court judgement, which ordered its operatives to vacate the Lagos residence of Senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu, in Lekki.

Woman hacks son to death on Children Day

A young woman, Funmilayo Adeyanju, has hacked her three-year-old son to death.

NASS: I will not interfere in selection process – Buhari

Nigeria's president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has insisted that he will not interfere in the process of selecting leadership of the National Assembly, saying he is prepared to work with whoever emerge from the  process.

Bayelsa plans grand reception for Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan will return to a grand reception organised by Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration in Bayelsa State after handing over to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29.

NDLEA makes U-turn, accepts Court order to quit Kashamu’s home

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said that it will obey the decision of the court of “competent jurisdiction” on the ongoing case involving Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu.

Jonathan distracted us unnecessarily –Tambuwal

The Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan distracted the 7th House of Representatives unnecessarily, the outgoing Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, has said.

Jonathan honoured with another award

President Goodluck Jonathan was on Tuesday honoured with another award of “Peace Loving Global Citizen” for his decision to accept the result of the 2015 Presidential poll.

Boko Haram penetrated Northeast due to illiteracy – Obasanjo

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday in Cotonou urged African nations to provide quality education to ensure peace and tolerance in the continent, stressing that, the low level of education in Northeast Nigeria was responsible for insurgency.

Court adjourns Tinubu’s N150b suit against AIT

A Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Wednesday, adjourned the N150 billion libel suit filed by former governor of Lagos State, Chief Bola Tinubu, against Daar Communications, owners of African Independent Communication till June 30.

Ekiti varsity shut as workers protest unpaid salaries

Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, was again shut on Wednesday as trade unions protested unpaid three months salaries by the State Government.

Supreme Court dismisses Omisore’s suit against Aregbesola’s re-election

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, dismissed an appeal filed by Iyiola Omisore, challenging the Court of Appeal’s judgment, which affirmed Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s election victory in Osun.

UN decries Boko Haram’s sexual abuse of captives

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms Zainab Bangura, on Wednesday, decried reported rape and forced marriages of female captives of Boko Haram.

Jonathan signs tobacco control bill

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday signed the Tobacco Controll Bill 2015 aong with other five different bills passed by the National Assembly into laws.

Court refuses application to stop Wike’s swearing in

A Federal High Court, in Lagos, on Wednesday refused an ex-parte application to stop the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiru, from swearing in the Rivers State Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, on May 29, 2015.

Nasarawa police confirm girl's abduction

The Nasarawa State Police Command, on Wednesday, confirmed the abduction of a four-year-old girl at her school in Masaka, Nasarawa State.

Jonathan forwards confab report to Senate

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday forwarded the 2014 National Conference to the Senate for necessary legislative action.

Man arraigns in court for allegedly beating

A 30-year-old man, Ebo Ikechukwu, who was alleged to have beaten up  two policemen, on Wednesday, appeared before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Over 100 people killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen

Tragedy occurred, on Sunday, in Ukura, Gafa, Per and Tse-Gusa in Ukemgbiraghia Twarev Ward, Logo Local Government Area of Benue State when over 100 persons were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.According to a resident of one of the communities, the suspected Fulani herders dressed in military uniforms, attacked the communities with sophisticated weapons, shooting anyone on sight including women and children."At the moment, a mass burial is taking place for the over 100 victims whose bodies have so far been recovered, most of whom were women, children and the elderly, because they are decomposing already."As we speak, a search for more bodies is still ongoing in the area because so many persons are still missing and unaccounted for," he said.Some of the communities attacked were host to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from previous attacks by the herdsmen, in the hometown of the state Governor, Gabriel Suswam.Speaking with journalists, the Senior Special Assistant…

Enyeama gets new coach at Lille

Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, will be working under a new coach next season as his French Club, Lille on Monday named the two-time African Cup of Nations-winning coach, Herve Renard, to replace erstwhile manager, Rene Girard.Renard, 46, was given a three-year deal in which he is expected to turn around the fortunes of Lille for the better.Renard, though with no strong experience in club management, has done a whole lot in African football, leading Ivory Coast to win the AFCON in February 2015, three years after achieving same with the Zambian national team.“It’s an honour to come to a club as prestigious as Lille,” Renard, told reporters at his unveiling ceremony.He further said: “I said to myself after the Cup of Nations success it would be hard to do better and I would need other challenges,” added Renard.“A very exciting challenge is on the horizon and I’m counting on rising to it with ambition.”Renard will be joined by his current assistant Patrice Beaumelle in Lille on a…

Tunisian soldier kills seven at military base

A Tunisian soldier has killed seven other troops after opening fire at a military base in the capital Tunis, state TV said.At least another 10 soldiers were wounded at the Bouchoucha base on Monday before the attacker was shot dead himself.It was not immediately clear what triggered the incident, but it caused alarm in a capital city still on edge after an attack in March by gunmen at the Bardo national museum.Mohamed Ali Aroui, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said the incident was not being viewed as a terrorist attack.“The incident which took place at the Bouchoucha barracks is not connected with a terrorist operation,” Aroui said.A local school was evacuated after the shooting started at the base which is not far from the Bardo area.Al Jazeera’s Nazanine Moshiri, who is reporting from Tunis, said the city was “very much on edge at the moment and this latest incident will do nothing to calm fears here”.Tunisian forces have been carrying out operations against armed groups sin…

Fuel scarcity: University of Ibadan close for two weeks

Authorities of the University of Ibadan (UI), on Monday, asked its students to vacate the premises immediately, pending the time the problem of shortage of water and electricity would be addressed.The directive was issued to students following ‎an advice given by the Committee of Provosts and Deans to the university's management.The Director of Communication of the institution, Mr Muhammed Oladejo ,who confirmed the development, said the management only asked the students to proceed on a two-week mid-semester break.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that students of Independence Hall of the institution had in the early hours of Monday stage a protest.The students complained that they were facing hard time as a result of shortage of water and electricity.An official of the university, who spoke with NAN, but prleaded anonymity, said, "‎The mid-semester break was declared as a result of power outage."The outage is also affecting other services on campus, especially w…

Sergio Aguero wins Barclays Golden Boot award

Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero has been awarded the Barclays Golden Boot after emerging the highest goal scorer with 26 goals in the 2014/15 season.The Argentina frontman received the trophy on Sunday, May 24, 2015 after his team’s 2 – 0 victory over Southampton in the last game of the season. Aguero won the award ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Chelsea’s Diego Costa who have 21 and 20 goals respectively.Upon receiving his award, the Argentina striker was cheered by fans at Etihad Stadium.

Nigeria earned N12.3 trn as excess crude oil money in 4 years –Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria earned a huge $61.7 billion (about N12.3 trillion) in four years as excess crude oil money, the finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said Saturday.According to the minister, Nigeria earned about $18.14 billion in 2011; $18.16 billion in 2012; $15.19 billion in 2013; $8.01 billion in 2014, and $2.17 billion in 2015.Of that amount, it spent about $13.57 billion in 2011; 2012 ($9.5 billion); 2013 ($12.91 billion); 2014 ($5.95 billion) and 2015 ($93.6 million).The federal government spent about $10.85 billion (about N2.14 trillion) from the foreign excess crude revenue account savings on fuel subsidy payments to petroleum products marketers between 2011 and 2014, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, said.The Excess Crude Account is one of the two accounts (dollar and Naira) where the Nigerian government saves revenue earnings from the difference between budgeted benchmark crude oil price and the actual price at the international market in a given year.A breakdown of the expenditure for fuel subs…

MTV Africa Music Awards returns in July

Iyanya, Cynthia Morgan, M.I, Seyi Shay, Dj Spinall were among notable music stars present at the event announcing the MTV Music Awards 2015 in Lagos. Photo: BHMThe 5th edition of MTV Africa Music Awards will hold at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in Durban, S/Africa on July 18, 2015.The annual celebration of African talent with ‘Evolution’ as its theme, is aimed at recognising and rewarding musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African youth culture over the last 12 months, while also celebrating the development of the continent’s talent and creativity over the last 10 years. The ceremony will feature performances from African and international artists with unique collaborations.MAMA 2015, organized by Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base will celebrate African talents across 17 award categories such as Best Male, Best Female, Best Song and Best New Act Transformed by Absolut. The contribution …

Population increases at Maiduguri IDP's camp

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the number of inmates at the special camp created for women and children freed from the Sambisa Forest has risen to 308. There were initially 275 persons at the camp in Maiduguri.Zonal Coordinator of NEMA in the North-East, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, said out of the 40 people recently freed by the military from the Sambisa Forest, 20 were children and 13 women.He said the women and children were transported to the Molkohi camp in Yola where psycho-social activities and counseling were being undertaken for the freed women and minors. Meanwhile, the agency has deployed more staff to the troubled Borno State. The deployment, according to Zonal Coordinator, is to boost camp management in the state which continued to have daily influx of internally displaced persons. He said the agency had started a weekly distribution of relief material at internally displaced persons camps in Maiduguri. Borno State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, …

Osinbajo misrepresented facts on debt profile – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday said Vice President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, misrepresented facts on the state of the nation’s economy.The party faulted Osinbajo’s claims on the correct status of the nation’s government debt stock.This was contained in a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.Metuh criticised the Vice President-elect for failing to be bold and honest enough to also inform the nation that the bulk of the $63.7bn debt was incurred by APC states.He said, “It is indeed unfortunate that the Vice President-elect, who has the details of the debt stock, chose to be economical with the truth and to mislead Nigerians just to discredit the current PDP-led administration and rationalise APC’s unpreparedness for governance.“Prof. Osinbajo is aware that the $63.7bn is made up of external and domestic debts belonging not only to the Federal Government but to federal and state governments and accumulating since the 1960s. Yet, he del…

I’ve no issues with Mikel –Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has rejected talk of a rift with Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi.Keshi has left the 28-year-old Mikel Obi out of his squad for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.“It’s true that I couldn’t reach him when he was injured but that’s not the reason for his omission,” Keshi said.“We’ve spoken and contrary to reports in the media there is no problem between us at all.”Mikel has not played for Nigeria since November but Keshi insists the door remains open for the midfielder.“He’s an integral member of this team who brings a lot to it. Right now we are only giving opportunities to some new players,” he added.

I have nothing to hide, my records are intact –Aliyu

Niger State governor, Dr Babangida Aliyu, on Monday, said he is ready for probe by the incoming administration in the state.He spoke in Minna, during the inauguration of the new legislative quarters at Three Arms Zone, Eastern bye-pass, Minna.Aliyu said his records since 2007 to date are intact and are available for anybody, who is interested in going through them.The governor said, “I have advised all my commissioners to keep all their flimsy notes and ensure that the records are handy. In case they are asked any question by the incoming administration, they should be ready to answer.“For me, I have all my records and I am prepared to answer any question. I said even in my dream, if you ask me the right questions, I will give you the right answers. But if you ask me questions, thinking you want to disgrace me, you will end up disgracing yourself.“We are ready for any question that maybe asked, either by the way we spent our money or by the way we did certain things.“Yes, mistakes may…

Airport workers shut down FAAN headquarters over beating of colleague

Angry officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has finally bared their mind as regards their colleague that was beaten two weeks ago and are protesting the attack and have barricaded the headquarters of the agency in Lagos shutting out other users of the complex.According to PremiumTimes, a witness said that activities at the FAAN headquarters have been grounded by the protesting workers.He said the protesters were headed towards the international wing of the airport, and they seem to have planned their protest to coincide with the visit of the Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, who is attending a function at the international wing of the airport this morning.“The minister of Aviation just arrived at the international wing of the airport for a function and the protesters are heading their as I speak now,” the witness said.It would be recalled that two officers of the Nigerian Air Force, charged with controlling traffic at the departure section of the Murtala Moha…

Amosun dissolves cabinet

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has dissolved the state executive council.He announced the dissolution at the extended executive council meeting held on Monday inside the Council Chambers in the Governor’s Office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.The dissolution came four days to the expiration of the governor’s first term in office.Amosun was said to have formally announced the dissolution at exactly 3pm.Those affected by the dissolution are political appointees such as the  Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Consultants, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, and Personal
Assistants.Addressing members of the extended executive council, Amosun thanked the political appointees for their support, co-operation and devotion to the accomplishment of the ‘Mission to Rebuild Ogun State.’

Capital oil commences loading of over 13 million litres of petrol

Capital Oil and Gas Limited have commenced loading of over 13 million litres of petrol from its depot in Apapa to various states.Mr Ifeayin Ubah, Chairman of the company disclosed to the newsmen in Lagos that over 20,000 trucks has been pencilled down for loading before May 29 to boost economic activities of the nation.According to him, our facility has the capacity to load over 13 million litres of product before the end of today’s operation. “This comes to approximately about 500 trucks of petroleum products on day basis, with this act, it is our belief that once again our citizens will begin to smile, return to normal family and work life.“We call on other petroleum marketers to follow suit and save our nation from this impending economic and social crisis," he said.Ubah said the company on May 16 received an SMS ordering the suspension of loading activities in all depots from Monday, May18.He said that the company later realised that this directive was as a result of unpaid f…

NGO calls for due process on  Kashamu’s attempted arrest

A non-governmental organisation, One Child One Teacher Africa (OCOTA), has expressed concern about Saturday’s attempted arrest of Senator-elect Buruji Kashamu by operatives of the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos.In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its Media Consultant, Mr Richards Jude, the organisation said that it detested the manner in which the agency approached the attempted arrest.It called for due process and rule of law in the matter by the NDLEA, insisting that fundamental rights of the senator-elect must be respected.“The rights of every Nigerian regardless of his or her status must be not be violated in the guise of enforcing provisions of the law,’’ the statement said.NAN

Ekiti: Fayose lifts curfew

Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, on Sunday, lifted the curfew imposed on Ado-Ekiti on May 22, following a  crisis  that disrupted day-to-day activities in the state. The governor stated this in his broadcast to the people of the state in Ado-Ekiti.He described the crisis between the Hausa community and commercial drivers in Ado-Ekiti that led to the imposition of the curfew as unfortunate.He urged residents to be law abiding and conduct their activities in manner that would not cause further break down of law and order.Fayose said that the state government lifted the curfew after security agents had restored peace in the state.He expressed regret for the inconveniences the curfew might have caused the residents of the town.He said the state government had also placed N2 million-ransom for anybody that could provide information which could facilitate the arrest of those that kidnapped 11 people in different parts of the state recently.He said that kidnapping was strange to state warni…

Yola Electricity Distribution Company has not withdrawn -NERC

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says it has not received from the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) any information indicating the withdrawal of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) from the privitisation arrangement.

AfDB invests N14 billion in African agriculture

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said it has invested N14.78 billion (N2.91 trillion) in the agriculture sector of its Regional Member Countries (RMC) in 46 years to grow their economy.

Somali lawmaker shot dead in error –Government

The government of Somalia on Sunday confirmed that military forces shot and killed a lawmaker and injured another on Saturday in the capital, Mogadishu.

We are inheriting a nation in deep crisis, APC says

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that President Goodluck Jonathan is handing over a nation in deep crisis.

Bayelsa 2016: Dickson draws battle line with PDP opponents

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, at the weekend took the battle for his second term to his enemies’ camp in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obasanjo’s sister dies after a brief illness

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s sister, Madam Adunni Eweje-Obasanjo, is dead.

Fuel crisis could shut down our service, MTN warns Nigerians

Nigeria’s biggest mobile phone operator, MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation.The company said it needed a “significant quantity of diesel in the very near future to prevent a shutdown of services across Nigeria”.“If diesel supplies are not received within the next 24 hours the network will be seriously degraded and customers will feel the impact,” it added on its Twitter account @MTNNG on Saturday evening.Nigeria has been increasingly hit by fuel shortages in recent weeks because of a long-running row over controversial subsidy payments.Despite being Africa’s biggest oil producer, Nigeria lacks domestic refineries, forcing crude to be exported and products such as petrol and diesel to be imported.To keep costs to consumers low, the government sets prices below the market rate and pays the difference to importers.But the global slump in oil prices has hit Nigeria’s economy hard, squeezing government revenues and devaluing t…

Edo workers suspend warning strike, resume Monday

Edo State Civil Service workers have suspended a 3-day warning strike over ‎the alleged deduction of eight per cent from their May 2015 salaries as pension contribution.The workers, under the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, have also been directed by their respective unions to resume work on Monday.The employees had last week threatened to embarked on the warning strike on May 25 over the deductions which they said were‎ contrary to the Edo State Contributory Pension Scheme Law of 2010. The ‎communique announcing the strike read that the move by the workers became necessary following the state government’s unwillingness to discuss the issues related to pension before the deductions.But the State Chairman of the NLC, Emmanuel Ademokun, told newsmen on Sunday that the industrial action was suspended following an agreement reached in a closed-door meeting between the organised labour and the Edo State Government on May 22‎.Ademokun explained that the state governmen…

Edo workers suspend warning strike, resume Monday

Edo State Civil Service workers have suspended a 3-day warning strike over ‎the alleged deduction of eight per cent from their May 2015 salaries as pension contribution.The workers, under the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, have also been directed by their respective unions to resume work on Monday.The employees had last week threatened to embarked on the warning strike on May 25 over the deductions which they said were‎ contrary to the Edo State Contributory Pension Scheme Law of 2010. The ‎communique announcing the strike read that the move by the workers became necessary following the state government’s unwillingness to discuss the issues related to pension before the deductions.But the State Chairman of the NLC, Emmanuel Ademokun, told newsmen on Sunday that the industrial action was suspended following an agreement reached in a closed-door meeting between the organised labour and the Edo State Government on May 22‎.Ademokun explained that the state governmen…

LCCI calls for deregulation of oil and gas sector

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Sunday called on the incoming administration at the federal level to deregulate the oil and gas downstream sector.This is contained in a statement issued and signed in Lagos by the President of the chamber, Mr Remi Bello, on the current fuel scarcity and power supply situation in the country.It said that deregulation of the sector would help to provide enduring solution to the recurring problem of scarcity of petroleum products in the country.The chamber identified other challenges, apart from fuel scarcity, to include corruption in the subsidy regime, collapse of refineries, dwindling investment in the downstream sector and loss of jobs.According to LCCI, options available to the incoming administration in this matter are very limited.It stated that the current regime of subsidy and government’s direct involvement in the operations of oil and gas sector should be discontinued.The chamber said that such step would help the sector an…

Buhari rejects Rolls Royce offered to him in London, opts for less flamboyant car

President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, turned down the use of a Rolls Royce made available for him by the Nigerian High Commission in London according to The Nation newspaper.Buhari shocked officials of the High Commission when, on landing at the Heathrow Airport, he declined to make use of the Rolls Royce and other facilities offered him.It was gathered that after exchanging pleasantries with the embassy officials led by the High Commissioner, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, the president-elect politely told them that his visit was strictly private and he had made arrangement for all his needs while in the UK.He reportedly thanked them for the warm reception and quickly hopped into a less flamboyant car he had arranged for and drove out of the airport.A source said: “It appeared he was uncomfortable with the number of exotic cars in the convoy.“Hard as the stunned diplomats present tried to convince him, he refused to bulge, insisting that since he did not inform the Commission of his visit because i…

FG will tackle challenges in health sector –Minister

The Federal Government has said that it is making proactive efforts to resolve challenges in the health sector.The Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, announced this when he inaugurated Berith Specialist Hospital in Suleja.Represented by the Director of Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr David Atura, the minister said every Nigerian must enjoy quality health services irrespective of their income level.He promised that the ministry would invest in health sector in terms of relevant modern equipment and appropriate medical personnel to guarantee affordable quality healthcare.In his response, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Dominic Okechukwu, appreciated the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health at supporting private sector to participate in the provision of healthcare facilities.“I want to appreciate the Federal Ministry of Health which technical support and private sector-driven health policy provided the requisite fulcrum for the project,” he said.He …

Kashamu’s issue not political –Fayose

Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has dismissed the statement being credited to him on the travail of Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, in the hands of men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, saying his issue is not political.Fayose, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, on Saturday said the comment must have been generated by desperate political spin doctors to link him with what he knew nothing about.The statement read, “Kindly disregard any press statement being circulated that I made on Prince Buruji Kashamu today.“I have not made any press statement on the travail of Buruji Kashamu today both on Twitter and Facebook or any social media platform.“Obviously, the comment being referred to was generated by desperate political spin doctors with ulterior motives and their motive must be to drag me into what does not concern me as a governor.“For all intent and purposes, the issue relating to Prince Buruji Kashamu is …

Fuel scarcity worsens •FCT filling stations refuse selling

Most filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory have shut down following the non-availability of petrol.

Scores of terrorists die, 20 women, children rescued from Sambisa

The Defence Headquarters on Saturday said scores of Boko Haram terrorists had died and 20 women and children had been rescued during a military operation in Sambisa forest in Borno, on Friday.

Run for governor, Bayelsa youths beg Siasia

A Socio-cultural group, Young Bayelsa Professionals has made a call on the founder of Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, NYPF, Mr Moses Siloko Siasia to run for the governorship election of Bayelsa State.

Why I am the most qualified for senate presidency -Akume

The Senate Minority Leader, George Akume, on Friday said that he was the most qualified candidate for the position of the Senate presidency.

Xavi deserves the Ballon d’Or – Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Barcelona star Xavi deserves to have won the Ballon d’Or and is frustrated that it seems he will never be given the award.

Ebonyi legislators elect new Deputy Speaker

Ebonyi legislators on Friday in Abakaliki, elected Chief Jerry Obasi (PDP—Ohaozara West) as their new deputy speaker.

I will commit suicide -Buruji Kashamu

An Ogun East senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, has threatened to commit suicide if men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) try to forcefully take him from his residence at Lekki, Lagos State.Kashamu told online news platform, SaharaReporters, that the operatives that surrounded his house are masked and were operating illegally. “I will commit suicide should NDLEA forces surrounding his house in Lekki break his bedroom door,” he said.Buruji said he will accept “house arrest” until Monday when a competent court can decide on the legality of extradition.It would be recalled that NDLEA operatives, on Saturday morning,  stormed his home with intentions to extradite him to the United States.Although he has been linked to drug related offences in the US, Kashamu has denied it repeatedly.

Atiku represents Buhari at National Mosque as inauguration activities commence

President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, was, on Friday, represented by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar in Jumat prayers which held at the National Mosque, Abuja in company of other Muslim faithful.Friday’s Jumat prayer is the first in a series of weeklong activities marking the commencement of the inauguration of a new president for the country.At the service, the Chief Imam of the Abuja National Mosque, Sheikh Kabiru Mohammed admonished the congregation present and the political leadership of the nation to take the issue of trust seriously as the creator will call everyone to task based on what we do with responsibilities entrusted to us, both as individuals and public officials.In the message, the people were warned to be careful of what they do with opportunities and resources given to them or put in their care for the common good as almighty God would demand explanation for our actions or stewardship.The Chief Imam said special prayers for the nation, the people and the leadershi…

Chidoka advocates private sector-driven national carrier

The Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka, on Friday, said a private sector-driven national carrier would be the best way forward for Nigeria.Chidoka stated this when he spoke with newsmen during the official inauguration of the Pilot and International Protocol Lounge at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.He said that he would share the idea with the major players in the industry, adding that the country needed flag carriers because of its strong domestic market.“One of the things we are proposing is that Nigeria does indeed need flag carriers so to say because we are a country that has strong domestic market and have local airlines operating.“We believe that national carrier that is private sector- driven will be the way to go for Nigeria and we are looking forward to that,’’ he said.Chidoka said that the Federal Government was determined to end discrimination against Nigerian pilots by making sure that every airline operating in the country had at least a Nigerian pilo…

Over 50 world leaders will attend Buhari’s inauguration

Not less than 50 world leaders will be attending the inauguration of the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29.This was revealed on Friday, May 22, by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke, at a news conference in Abuja.Duke disclosed that invitation cards had been sent to all the 54 countries in the Africa and other countries of the world.He said: “As we speak, the 54 countries of the continent of Africa have been invited. Very many of the heads of state will be coming. There has been a huge interest, especially from heads of countries in Europe to attend this inauguration.”“At the last count, I think we must have in excess of about 50 Heads of State and delegation expected at this inauguration.”

FG raises the alarm over dwindling electricity supply, power plants shutdown

The Federal Government on Friday in Abuja raised the alarm over dwindling and epileptic electricity supply across the country.The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr Godknows Igali, made this known after a meeting with Vice-President Namadi Sambo to State House correspondents in Abuja.Igali, and Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power, had briefed Sambo on the state of power generation, transmission and distribution in the country.He said the ongoing strike by Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas had further worsened the power supply situation.The workers were protesting the transfer of the operatorship of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42 to two indigenous companies, claiming the move would affect the fortunes of NPDC and its staff.“With the strike which has gone on for one or two days there is dramatic turn as of this afternoon we have gone down for the all time low to 1,327 megawatts.“So, if y…

Mourinho, Hazard win BPL awards

Jose Mourinho has won the Premier League Manager of the Year award for guiding Chelsea to their fifth title, while Eden Hazard has collected the Player of the Year award.The Blues ran away with the Premier League this season, securing the title with three games to spare, and could finish as far as 11 points ahead of their rivals after the final round of fixtures on Sunday.This is Mourinho’s second season back in the Stamford Bridge hotseat and he has pushed Chelsea one step further after a second-placed finish last year.It is also the third time Mourinho has won the annual award, adding to his 2004-05 and 2005-06 triumphs.Hazard, meanwhile, can now add the prize to his PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards after a sublime campaign.The Belgian scored the goal that sealed their fifth top-flight title against Crystal Palace, one of 14 Premier League strikes in a memorable season.Mourinho did not win the Manager of the Month award during th…

Again, EFCC arraigns Arisekola’s son, others for N1bn subsidy fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday re-arraigned three oil marketers — Opeyemi Ajuyah, Abdullahi Alao and Olarenwaju Olalusi — over an alleged N1.1bn fuel-subsidy fraud.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendants were charged before Justice Lateefa Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court.They were re-arraigned on an amended eight counts alongside their companies — Majope Investment Limited and Axenergy Limited.NAN also reports that the defendants had been previously arraigned on October 10, 2012 on a nine counts of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences, forgery and use of fake documents.They had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail then.At the resumed sitting in the case on Friday, the EFCC counsel, Mr Seidu Atteh, informed the court that the prosecution had amended the charges.Atteh, therefore, asked the court to direct the defendants to retake their pleas and his request was granted.He said the defendants had fraudulently obtained N1bn…

Kidnappers abandon N42.2m ransom in Niger

Police pursuit of some suspects believed to be kidnappers forced the gang to abandon N42.2 million ransom obtained from families of their victims in Kontagora, Niger State.Acting on a tip off, police stormed the hideout of the inter-state gang that has been terrorising people in Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States, but the kidnappers took to their heels with the aid of get-away motorcycles and left the money behind when they saw the policemen.Niger State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, disclosed this to journalists in Minna on Friday.According to him, the money retrieved from the gang has since been transferred to Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad, Force Criminals Intelligent and Investigations Department (FCIID), Abuja, for “discreet investigation.”Elkana said, “The sum of N42, 244,000.00 was abandoned and recovered in Kontagora on April 10, 2015 from a gang of suspected Kidnappers.”“The gang was suspected to be responsible for four cases of kidnapping that occurr…

I’ll become peace ambassador after leaving office –Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday, said his major commitment after leaving office on May 29 will be to engage religious and ethnic leaders across the country on the need to allow peace to reign.He said he took the decision because of his strong belief that Nigerians can only practise their different religions in an atmosphere of peace.Jonathan disclosed this shortly after he was presented with the 2015 Epitome of Peace Award by the Field Superintendent of The Apostolic Church Nigeria, Federal Capital Territory Field, Apostle John Buzu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The President said the award, which was in recognition of the step he took after the March 28 Presidential election, which had led to peace in the country, had further spurred him into doing more for the country.He said he would work hard to reduce religious and racial discrimination in the country after leaving office, expressing the hope that people would be ready to join him in the crusade.Jonathan said, “To whom…

ISIL capture key Syria-Iraq border crossing

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group have reinforced their self-declared “caliphate” with the capture of the Al-Tanaf to Al-Walid crossing on the Damascus-Baghdad highway.Al-Walid crossing is the last border crossing with Iraq that was held by the Damascus government. Except for a short section of frontier in the north under Kurdish control, all the rest are now held by ISIL.ISIL’s advance, which was preceeded by the capture of Anbar capital Ramadi and the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the past week, comes despite eight months of US-led air strikes aimed at pushing them back.It has sparked an exodus of tens of thousands of civilians in both countries and raised fears that the ISIL will repeat at Palmyra the destruction they have already wreaked at ancient sites in Iraq.As ISIL fighters fanned out across Palmyra on Thursday, they went door to door executing suspected loyalists of the Damascus government, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Culled

US Jails Nigerian, 31 over internet scams

A Newark, New Jersey federal court presided over by US District Judge William H. Walls Judge Walls has sentenced Mr. Abiodun Ade John to a 36 month imprisonment for his role in computer hacking scheme that targeted government employees.According to New Jersey Attorney, Mr. Paul J. Fishman, who briefed our correspondent on the suit, the 31 year old Nigerian man who was sentenced yesterday was arraigned and imprisoned role in a computer hacking and identity theft scheme that defrauded vendors of nearly $1 million of office products after phishing e-mail login information from government employees.The New Jersey Attorney also disclosed that the convicted accused had used several fake names like James Williams, Olawale Adeyemi, Abiodun AdeJohn, and Abiodun Ade-John while carrying out the fraudulent acts.He added that Abiodun had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud conspiracy.According to document…

Arewa youths warn Asari Dokubo against unguarded utterances

Northern youths, under the aegis of Arewa Youth Forum, have warned ex-militant leader, Asari Dokubo against unguarded and inciting utterances, saying the ex-militant ought to bury his head in shame for his unpatriotic attitude.While speaking on behalf of the forum on Friday, the forum’s president, Gambo Gujungu, said it was obvious that Asari Dokubo lacked proper upbringing and morals, otherwise he would be quiet by now after his prophesy of doom failed, adding that the ex-militant should recount all his unguarded utterances in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.“Before the 2015 general elections, the likes of Asari Dokubo and others from the Niger Delta region were spitting fire that Nigeria would disintegrate should President Goodluck Jonathan lose his re-election bid. They saw Mr President as a Niger Delta President, which is very unpatriotic of them.“Asari Dokubo should wake up from his slumber and face the reality on ground. It was people like him who caused the downfall …

Entrepreneurs to participate in young CEOs conference

No fewer than 1000 entrepreneurs comprising young business owners resident in Nigeria and in the Diaspora will participate in the Young Nigerian Chief Executive Officers’ Conference scheduled for August in Abuja.This is contained in a statement issued by Dr Nuhu Atta, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF) and made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja.The statement said that conference and exhibition will be held at the Nigerian Air force Conference Centre from August 3 to August 4.It said that the theme of the conference is Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Building Economic Leaders for Tomorrow.“It will among other things, afford young entrepreneurs in Nigeria the opportunity to exchange ideas with their peers from other parts of the world.“ It will challenge and empower entrepreneurship mentality amongst its participants; and thus enable them to create an economic revolution in Nigeria, or any part of Africa where their businesses are locat…

EFCC re-arraigns Arisekola’s son, others for N1bn subsidy fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Friday, re-arraigned three oil marketers, Opeyemi Ajuyah, Abdullahi Alao and Olarenwaju Olalusi, over an alleged N1.1bn fuel-subsidy fraud.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendants were charged before Justice Lateefa Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court.They were re-arraigned on an amended eight counts alongside their companies — Majope Investment Limited and Axenergy Limited.NAN also reports that the defendants had been previously arraigned on October 10, 2012 on a nine counts of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences, forgery and use of fake documents.They had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail then.At the resumed sitting in the case on Friday, the EFCC counsel, Mr Seidu Atteh, informed the court that the prosecution had amended the charges.Atteh, therefore, asked the court to direct the defendants to retake their pleas and his request was granted.He said the defendants had fraudulently obtain…

Murder Charges Dropped Against Child-bride –AFP

Nigerian prosecutors have withdrawn murder charges against a 15-year-old girl who was accused of using rat poison to kill the 35-year-old man she had married.Prosecutor Lamido Abba Soron-Dinki asked the High Court in Gezawa, Kano state, on Wednesday to “terminate the case of culpable homicide against Wasila Tasi’u”, who was 14 when she married Umar Sani.“With a heavy heart, I apply that the accused be discharged,” he added.Judge Mohammed Yahaya told the court he required either a written or oral presentation from the office of Kano’s lawyer general before formally dropping the charges and agreeing to Tasi’u’s release.He ordered that presentation to be made on June 9.Legal sources in Kano told AFP separately that Nigeria had faced pressure to drop the case which has angered rights activists.Soron-Dinki told AFP the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, who is Nigeria’s second most powerful Islamic cleric, had offered to “shelter” Tasi’u following her release.Locals in Nigeria’s mainly Musl…

Nigerians set for change •All eyes now on Buhari •May 29 is D Day

THE only thing that is constant in life is change.  Whether one likes it or not, it will come when necessary and this is about to happen in Nigeria now, come May 29, 2015.

Jonathan, Sambo to conduct Buhari, Osinbajo round Villa facilities May 28

President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo will on May 28, conduct the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and vice president-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo round facilities at the Aso Rock Villa.

Gunman attacks UN vehicles, residence in Mali