*Biafra: Court Fixes Feb 10 to Rule on Kanu’s Application *Soyinka flays Buhari, El-Rufai over southern Kaduna killings

*Biafra: Court Fixes Feb 10 to Rule on Kanu’s Application *Soyinka flays Buhari, El-Rufai over southern Kaduna killings




Biafra: Court Fixes Feb 10 to Rule on Kanu’s Application

The Federal High Court in Abuja hearing the case of the Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and three others over alleged treasonable felony has fixed February 10 to rule on a motion by the defendants seeking to quash the charges against them.

Justice Binta Nyako yesterday fixed the date after listening to submission of counsel in the matter. Read more

Soyinka flays Buhari, El-Rufai over southern Kaduna killings

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka yesterday criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s and Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s handling of the southern Kaduna crisis. “If you ask why Gen. Buhari did not act fast enough when these events took place, which degrade us as human beings, it was perhaps he had been waiting for the governor of that state to send money to the killers first for them to stop the killing,” Soyinka said.

This was the first time that Soyinka who supported Buhari’s bid for the presidency last year would openly criticise him. This shows how the president’s handling of the crisis over which he did not comment for a long time despite the carnage is alienating him from his support base. Read more

Buhari: Corruption Remains Nigeria’s Worst Problem

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said corruption ranked the ‘‘very worst” of all the major problems confronting Nigeria.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said Buhari spoke while receiving recipients of the 2016 Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) at the State House. Read more

Executive, Legislature’s Disagreement over Closure of Abuja Airport Deepens

A showdown between the executive and the legislative arms of the federal government appears imminent over the proposed six weeks closure for repairs of the Nnamidi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Although the Senate had on Tuesday advised against the proposed closure, the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, told the upper legislative chamber yesterday that the executive would be unable to take its advice to explore alternative ways of effecting the needed repairs at airport without shutting it down. Read more

Osinbajo urges anti-graft agencies to engage Nigerians

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged ‎anti-corruption agencies in the country to step up their engagement with the Nigerian public as there are still those who think when a politician who is their kinfolk steals, it is permissible.

Osinbajo made the observation yesterday while meeting with a delegation of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) led by its Chairman, Prof. Itse Sagay at the Presidential Villa. Read more

Slain Soldiers in Renewed Boko Haram Attacks for Burial Today

One officer and seven soldiers, who were killed in both Sunday and Tuesday attacks by the Boko Haram sect in Cinki Gundu and Old Marte, both on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State capital, have been slated for burial today in Maiduguri.

Thisday had reported exclusively yesterday the invasion of Cinki Gundu and Old Mata by the terrorists who killed an officer and seven soldiers in both attacks. Read more

Again, Buhari to Travel to Gambia to Persuade Jammeh to Step Down

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia, and Bamako, the Malian capital from today, January 13 to 14, 2017.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, who announced this yesterday via a statement said while in Banjul, Buhari, as the Mediator in The Gambia, would meet with President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia and the President-elect, Adama Barrow, to continue dialogue on the political situation in the West African country. Read more

‘How poor census figures stall progress’

The Federal Government yesterday gave an insight into what is perhaps the nation’s biggest obstacle to development – lack of credible data for planning.The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola stated the government’s position at the Rutam House Headquarters of The Guardian during a courtesy visit to the Editorial Board. Fashola argued that the failure of the 2006 census has left the country with less than credible data for effective socio-economic planning. Read more

Lagos secures order to re-open Kudirat’s murder case against Al-Mustapha

Lagos State government yesterday secured an order of the Supreme Court to re-open the murder case of the late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, against Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (rtd), former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late Military Head of State, Sani Abacha.

Kudirat was the wife of the late businessman and politician, Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election that was annulled by former President Ibrahim Babangida. Read more

APC leaders, South West governors, ministers meet in Ibadan

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West met yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital to reconcile aggrieved parties within their fold and deliberate on the way forward.

At the end of the over four-hour meeting, which held behind closed doors at the executive council chambers of the governor’s office, the leaders resolved to henceforth speak with one voice on national issues. Read more

PDP decries arrest, detention of 21 INEC ad-hoc workers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has decried the alleged arrest of 21 ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the police.

The party lamented that the arrest was effected less than 24 hours after a 15- man panel set up by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to investigate the alleged violence during the December 10, 2016 re-run election in the state visited Governor Nyesom Wike in Government House, Port Harcourt. Read more

Melaye’s claim to APC leadership triggers controversy in Kogi

The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Daniel Dino Melaye is not new to controversy. On the last day of 2016, he declared himself the leader of APC in Kogi State.

However, Governor, Yahaya Bello who described his claim as bogus alleged that the Senator is a troublemaker.The occasion was meant to put smiles on the faces of his constituents with gift items but during his speech, which was laced with songs in Yoruba and English he debunked all negative insinuations against his person and his position in the APC as the foremost leader in Kogi State. Read more

Jonathan visits Kure’s family

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has described the death of former Governor Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure of Niger State as a colossal loss to Niger in particular and the nation in general.

Extolling the virtues of the departed governor yesterday in Minna, he said: “It is a very sad moment for us. There are burials and there are burials, there are deaths and there are deaths. One day all of us that are mortals will surely leave the earth. Read more

Nigeria May Lose Another $550m Abacha Loots to US, Sagay Warns

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), yesterday in Abuja warned that Nigeria was closed to losing another $550million stolen fund recovered from the family of late military Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, to the United States.

Sagay, who spoke at a press briefing on asset recovery and asset return held in Abuja, said what the federal government wanted is an unconditional return of the country’s stolen wealth. Read more

Ekweremadu Won’t Decamp to APC, Says PDP

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, cannot be forced to decamp to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

This came as the Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, has dismissed reports that the Senate Caucus of the APC is plotting to move against Ekweremadu. Read more

Nollywood to relocate headquarters to Jos, says Lalong

The headquarters of the country’s Nollywood Film Industry may be relocated to Jos, the Plateau State capital.Governor Simon Lalong disclosed this when he announced that he had accepted the proposal by the industry’s stakeholders to move the headquarters to the state.

Lalong spoke at the Presidential Lodge of Government House, Jos on Monday, when a musical artiste, Pankshak Zamani, who grew up in the state, visited him. Read more


CBN to BDCs: We Won’t Devalue Naira

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has told Bureau de Change (BDC) operators it does not intend to devalue the naira and will support it at current levels, especially with a recent rise in oil prices, the head of their association said on Thursday.

Reuters quoted the President of the Association of Bureau De Change of Nigeria (ABCON), Aminu Gwadabe, to have said the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele told the group in a meeting it was looking at ways to boost dollar liquidity on the official market to eliminate the spread to the parallel market Read more

N396.5bn Multilateral Fund for New Development Bank as FG Applies for CBN’s Licence

The federal government has formally applied to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for an operational licence to float the proposed Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN).

The DBN, initiated in 2014 by the last administration, is being configured as a wholesale development institution, designed to provide Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with lower interests and longer tenor loans, which have been considered the missing links in the development of the real sector. Read more

Harnessing Nigeria’s vast energy potentials

Nigeria’s number one status should not be taken for granted. Competition is fierce as rising African nations – Ghana, for example – nip at our heels. Statistics show that despite an impressive GDP ($510 billion as of April 2014), Nigeria is listed at 153rd out of 187 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index – statistical indicators of life expectancy, education, standard of living and quality of life for countries worldwide.

Unemployment is high and poverty is increasing as the population grows. While many laud the feisty Nigerian entrepreneurial spirit, there is the undeniable reality that the country has Herculean problems, which it has to tackle and overcome if it is to maintain its position as the giant of Africa. Read more

Corruption allegation against us baseless –CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has described corruption allegation levelled against it by a group known as Nigerian Wailers as baseless, describing it as a failed attempt to distract the apex bank from discharging its lawful duties.

Spokesman of CBN, Isaac Okorafor, described the group as paid hirelings and a bunch of blackmailers fighting for the interest of those who want to destroy the Nigerian economy. The group, which goes by the tag, OccupyCBN, had threatened to protest efforts of the CBN to conserve scarce foreign exchange. Read more

CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme berths in Delta

More than 30, 000 farmers across the selected enterprises of cassava, oil palm, rice and fisheries have been registered for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).

Delta State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mr. Austin Chikezie, who broke the news in Asaba, the state capital, said the aim was to boost the production of fisheries, cassava, oil palm and rice production under the CBN‘s ABP in the state. Read more

Recession: 6,000 jobs gone in maritime sector

The maritime sector has lost over 6,000 jobs to the economic recession, and  many companies have closed down due to liquidity challenges, the President, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Emmanuel Nted, has said.

He spoke at the union’s National Executive Council meeting and Special Delegates Conference in Lagos. Read more


NNPC seeks increase in royalty oil firms pay to government

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has proposed an increase in royalty paid by oil companies to government as well as scrapping of investment tax credit.

The NNPC stated that amendments to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract (PSC) Act would enable the Federal Government to optimise the collection of royalties and other revenue in deep water oil production activities. Read more

NLNG gives reasons for recent cooking gas price hike

The General Manager, External Relations, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), Kudo Eresia-Eke has stated that the high cost of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), commonly called cooking gas, was caused by shipping costs, delay of cargo discharges at receiving terminals in Lagos and the fact that its price is based on an international price index, The Nation reports. Read more

NPDC clarifies oil revenue remittances to Federation Account

The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the upstream subsidiary company of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has provided clarification on the reported non-remittance of some crude oil revenue to the Federation Account, NTA reports.

In a presentation to the Senate Ad hoc Committee on the recovery of unremitted revenue, Mr. Yusuf Matashi, Managing Director of the company, faulted some of the figures quoted as revenue derived by the company from crude sales. Read more

NNPC Seeks More Royalty on Deep Offshore, Inland Basin PSCs

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has proposed some key amendments to the royalty regimes of deep offshore and inland basin Production Sharing Contract (PSC) Act.

The proposed increase, it said, would enable the Federal Government improve its PSC royalties collection from both deep water and inland basin oil production activities. Read more


FIFA rankings: Eagles among world’s top 50 teams

Nigeria’s Super Eagles are now among the worlds top 50 teams , even as Argentina maintained her number one position in the global ranking.

According to the January rankings as published on FIFA website on Thursday, Nigeria are starting the year 2017 moving up one spot as the 50th placed team in the world by displacing Burkina Faso who went down three spots. Read more

AFCON 2019: Eagles Draw S’Africa, Libya, Seychelles

After missing two editions back-to-back, Nigeria’s Super Eagles appear to have received easy pairing in the draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which took place last night. Cameroon is the host country of the next edition after the 2017 in Gabon starting this weekend.

Gernot Rohr’s men were drawn in Group E along with South Africa, Libya and Seychelles.
In 2015 Eagles similarly had same soft pairing with South Africa and Congo DR but ended up missing the cut as Bafana Bafana snatched the ticket from Nigeria with a nail-biting 2-2 draw in Uyo. Congo finished as group runners up. Read more

Gov Udom Urges Akwa Utd to Imbibe Dakkada Spirit

Speaking when he received an update on the preparedness of the team for the new NPFL season from the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Monday Uko and the club Chairman, Mr Paul Bassey, in Uyo yesterday, Gov Udom said the change of colour was sign that the team has imbibed the new order of transformation and spiritual rebirth.

“Akwa United must rise up to the faith of greatness as true representatives of the Akwa Ibom People. I welcome whole heartedly your decision to change the jersey to the state colour of orange in the true spirit of Dakkada. Read more

5 biggest penalty misses of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career

Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise from the lanky youngster who caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson to one of the greatest players of all time has been simply magical. The number of records he has broken and the number of individual accolades he has won is almost unbelievable and there are times when fans are left to wonder, is there anything that the Portuguese superstar is not capable of doing on a football pitch. Read more

Man United make contact for ideal Valencia replacement

Manchester United have made contact with Paris Saint-Germain about signing Serge Aurier in the summer, French publication Le 10 Sport have stated in their monthly magazine.

Whilst Antonio Valencia is playing some of the best football of his career under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have been forced to look towards the future as their Ecuadorian international turns 32 this summer. Read more

Chelsea’s £500m project latest: These two concerns need to be sorted

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is bankrolling the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, which is expected to cost £500m.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council approved of the Blues’ stadium plans earlier this week. The west London outfit are looking to increase their current capacity to 60,000 and hope to be able to move in time for the start of the 2021/22 season. Read more


White House responds to Donald Trump’s fake news claim pointing out he spread Barack Obama ‘birther’ lies

The White House has accused the incoming Trump administration of a lack transparency, saying it has taken a “different approach” to claims made about the President-elect from that of the Obama administration when faced with the ‘birther’ conspiracy.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the lack of evidence being released by Donald Trump‘s team to rebut claims in a leaked intelligence dossier “only serves to sow public doubt”. Read more

A Movement Grows in India Following Reports of Mass Sexual Harassment

A movement is building and a multi-city march in India is now being planned for later this month to raise awareness about violence against women in the country after reports of a spate of assaults on women in Bangalore on New Year’s Eve.

The specifics of the New Year’s Eve event are still being investigated, and it is unclear exactly how many women were assaulted, but at least four men have so far been arrested, and witnesses and various local news outlets said “several” women and young girls were subject to harassment — with some comparing it to an incident in Germany on New Year’s Eve 2015, when dozens of women were targeted by roving packs of men. Read more

Takata shares rise on US airbag settlement reports

Shares of Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata have risen on reports it will settle a lawsuit with US regulators.

The firm is expected to pay up to $1bn (£822m) and plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing over faulty airbags, which have been linked to the more than a dozen deaths globally. Read more

Former U.N. chief Ban second in South Korea presidential poll

SEOUL Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon polled second in a survey of South Korean presidential favourites released on Friday, 11 percentage points behind former opposition leader Moon Jae-in, who led the Gallup Korea poll at 31 percent.

South Korea has been gripped by a political crisis since lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in December to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal. The motion is now with the Constitutional Court and will trigger an early presidential election if upheld. Read more






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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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