*El-Rufai dares lawmakers to disclose earnings *UTME: JAMB Suspends Registration for 2017 Mock Exams

*El-Rufai dares lawmakers to disclose earnings *UTME: JAMB Suspends Registration for 2017 Mock Exams



El-Rufai dares lawmakers to disclose earnings

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Friday dared members of the National Assembly to disclose their budgetary allocation, salaries and allowances to Nigerians. This, the governor argued, was the least they could do to bring about transparency and address the secrecy and negative image their earnings had generated over the years. Read more

UTME: JAMB Suspends Registration for 2017 Mock Exams

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) mock exercise.

The Registrar, JAMB, Prof. Ishaq  Oloyede, in a statement yesterday,  assured Nigerians, UTME candidates and their parents that all hands were on deck to ensure the smooth conduct of this year’s UTME exercise. Read more

Meningitis : NMA condemns government’s delayed response

Medical doctors under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) have condemned the Federal Government’s handling of the Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) epidemic, which has affected 17 states and claimed no fewer than 330 lives.

President of NMA, Prof. Mike O. Ogirima, told journalists yesterday at a press conference in Abuja that the association condemned in strong terms the reactive measures by the government on the epidemic. Read more

Court dismisses Ihejirika’s N100b suit against Obaigbena, Others

An Abuja High Court yesterday dismissed a N100 billion libel suit instituted against an Australian national, Stephen Davies, Editor-in-Chief of Arise News, Nduka Obaigbena and his firm, Leaders and Companies Limited for lack of merit.

Justice Valentine Ashi in a judgment dismissed the suit by former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd) in which he held that the plaintiff failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants. Read more

Buhari Demands Details of Monetary, Asset Recoveries from EFCC, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele to provide a detailed submission on amount of monies recovered so far by the anti-graft agencies, in its anti-corruption war, since the inception of this administration in June, 2015.

Also directed to do same are the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta and the National Security Adviser (NSA), General Babagana Monguno. Read more

Ajimobi inaugurates Councils Caretaker Committees

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday assured the people of the state that elections into the 33 councils and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) would be held as soon as the suit against it was settled.

Ajimobi said this while inaugurating caretaker chairmen for councils and LCDAs in the state at the Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s Office, Ibadan. A Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice John Tsoho, had in January this year ordered the Oyo State Independent Election Commission (OYSIEC) not to proceed with its plan to conduct the election earlier slated for February 11. Read more

Bayelsa renames major road after late Ijaw leader

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Thursday ‎showered encomiums on the late Chief Christopher Pere Ajuwa, describing him as an astute politician, Ijaw leader and quintessential statesman whose death left a major vacuum in the state and the Ijaw Nation at large.

Speaking at the funeral service in honour of the deceased at the Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall in Yenagoa, Dickson remarked that his contributions to the socio-economic and political growth of Bayelsa State and Nigeria would be forever rememberedRead more

Police arrest 60-year -old grandfather, friend, for stealing SUV

The Asaba police have arrested a 60-year-old grandfather and his friend for stealing a Toyota Jeep and recovered from them, 186 master keys. They were arrested around Infant-Jesus road where they kept the vehicle while they were still asleep at about 7am yesterday.

Confirming the arrest, the Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim who paraded them before journalists, said the suspects confessed to the crime, adding that they have been stealing cars with the use of master keys for several years before nemesis caught up with them. Read more

Outburst against Osinbajo: Bini, Itsekiri, Urhobo leaders tackle Dokubo – Asari

LEADER  of the Niger Delta People Peoples Volunteer Force/Niger Delta People Salvation Front, NDPVF/NDPSF, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has come under fire over his most recent eruption that the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who is the leader of the Federal Government delegation on the Niger Delta peace process, should stop visiting the region. Read more

DBN ‘ll boost MSMEs, consider female entrepreneurs — Okpanachi

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector of the Nigerian economy contributes about 45 per cent of the nation’s GDP, but only about 10% of operators in the sector have access to any kind of bank loan, leaving the rest to work with little capital.   Those who are able to obtain bank loans do so on very hash terms of high interest rates and on short-term bases. Read more

FG Yet to File Appeal against, Justice Ademola, Wife, Others

Investigations yesterday revealed that the Federal Government has yet to file an appeal against the ruling of an Abuja High Court which freed Justice Adeniyi Ademola and two others from alleged corruption contrary to media reports attributed to the Presidency that an appeal against  the ruling had been filed.

Check at the Code of Conduct Tribunal also revealed that no fresh charge was filed against the judge. Read more

N1.05bn Subsidy Scam: Court  Jails Rowaye, Company 104 Years

Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Gudu, Abuja, on Friday, April 7, 2017 convicted and sentenced Jubril Rowaye, an oil marketer, to 104 years imprisonment over N1.05billion subsidy fraud charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

In the landmark judgment that lasted about five and half hours, Rowaye was convicted along with his company, Brilla Energy Limited, and another firm, Alminnur Resources Limited, to which the permit to import 10,000 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) into Nigeria was issued in 2011. Read more

Expected $6.4bn Inflow Raises Optimism about Naira’s Appreciation  

It made reference to the CBN Financial Stability Report for December 2016, published recently, that showed that medium and large banks collectively could withstand a 100 per cent increase in non-performing loans (NPLs) but small banks (assets less than N500 billion) would struggle to withstand even modest NPL deterioration.

“In our own assessment of the banks we rate, which are mostly large (assets more than N1 trillion), capacity to absorb losses through capital varies considerably. Zenith Bank Plc is stronger than the rest, while capital weaknesses at First Bank and Diamond Bank have a significant influence on their ratings Read more

$232m Needed to Tackle Food Insecurity in Lake Chad Basin, Says FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations on Friday stressed the need to immediately scale up its intervention in four Lake Chad Basin countries of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon to address the case of 3 million food insecure people due largely to the Boko Haram crisis.

The organisation which lamented that its budget of US$ 232 million in the next three years (2017-2019) was largely not met by financiers, said in Nigeria alone US$ 191 million was required to save 2.5 million people the Boko Haram crisis had made food insecure. Read more

Southern Kaduna Attacks: SOKAPU Raises the Alarm over Imminent Starvation 

The Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), an umbrella body for ethnic nationalities in the Southern part of Kaduna State has raised the alarm over impending humanitarian crisis, if urgent steps were not taken to assist victims of attacks by herdsmen in the area.

The southern part of Kaduna state  had in recent time, come under massive attack by herdsmen, leading to loss of lives and destruction of property, prompting the deployment of  security personnel to the area by the federal government in December last year.  Read more

3 Die, 8 Injured in Ekiti Auto Crash as Abia Arrests 267 Suspects

Tragedy struck in Ekiti State yesterday, as three persons were reportedly killed and eight others  seriously injured in an auto-crash which occurred on Thursday night   at Akonosan , a suburb of Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

This is as no fewer than 267 crime suspects have fallen into the dragnet of the Abia State Police Command over the last eight months, the commissioner of police, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade has said. Read more

FG Sets Up Inter-ministerial C’ttee on Pension Liability

President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the constitution of an inter-ministerial committee on pension liability to reconcile outstanding pension liabilities and proffer solutions to the lingering problems.

The constitution of the committee came barely 48 hours after the Minister of Budget and Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma hinted that the federal government would constitute a special committee to reconcile conflicting figures on pensioners’ claims and evolve creative measures to raise funds towards resolving the huge pension liabilities to workers. Read more

Brutality: Ekiti  Court  Awards N20.25m  Damages against Police

Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ikere Ekiti, has awarded a sum of N20 million damages against the police  over illegal detention and brutalisation of a 51-year  old woman, Mrs  Sola Aregbesola .

The court, in a judgement delivered by Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi , also awarded another N250,000 cost against the police, which covers the expenses spent on medical treatment as a result of the unlawful detention and beating she suffered in the hands of the cops. Read more

Buhari Reconstitutes Boards of 19 Education Parastatals

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the boards of 19 agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education. Members of the board will run for a period of four years in the first instance.

In making the appointments, the President took into cognisance of the provisions of the respective legislation with respect to composition, competence, credibility, integrity, federal character and geo-political spread. Read more

First Cabin Crew  Fair Launches in Nigeria

Nigeria’s aviation industry got a boost last week with the first ever Cabin Crew Fair in Lagos, Nigeria. The forum provided the right platform for aspiring cabin assistants.

Every seat at the Royal Event Centre, Ikeja, Lagos was occupied, a testimony to the importance of the fair. Aspiring cabin assistants were mentored in a relaxing ambience by professionals in the industry. Of note was the keynote address of the chairman of the fair, former Managing Director of IRS Airlines, Mr Yemi Dada, highlighting the fact that Cabin Crew occupies special place in the aviation industries, which should not be ignored. Read more

AMCON Yet to Settle DSC Staff Salary Arrears, Benefits

Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) is yet to settle salary arrears and benefits to workers of Delta Steel Company (DSC), Aladja, Delta State, the workers of the firm have said.

The employees said this was contrary to the speculations in some quarters that they have been fully paid. The workers in a statement signed on their behalf by Mr. John Okari noted that since October 2011 till this moment, staff affected by the retrenchment exercise is yet to get their full payments. Read more

Oil Price Jumps To $56 After US Missiles Hit Syria

Oil price went to a one-month high yesterday after the United States attacked a Syrian government airbase, killing six people, rattling the oil-rich region.
US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat Airfield  on Thursday night in response to a chemical attack on civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhoun earlier in the week.
The toughest U.S. action yet in Syria’s six-year-old civil war has ramped up geopolitical uncertainty in the Middle East. Read more

Commit Suicide, Lose Life Assurance, Insurers Warn Those Planning Suicide

With the rapid increase in the rate at which people commit suicide in the country, life insurance policy holders who commit suicide would have to forfeit their claims, especially, if it happens within the first two years of their taking out such policies, LEADERSHIP Weekend can exclusively reveal.
In the last one year, there have been about 18 reported cases of suicide, while hundreds of other cases have gone unreported; a development which medical experts have termed ‘psychological’, although, the worsening economic situation in the country has been named a contributory factor. Read more

Kano gov raises alarm over Almajiris

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday observed that there were about three million out of school children, roaming the streets of the state, as Almajirai – pupils of Quranic schools converted to beggars. He noted however that most of such kids were found out to be from neighboring states and some countries in West Africa. Read more

NIGERIA: We are paying for unutilised opportunities – Anya

WHETHER you like Chief Awolowo or even disliked him, you were bound to respect him and you could not ignore him – his intelligence, his hard-work, his perspicacity and his courage guaranteed that, as Nigerian history continues to teach by the day. It was him, after all, who reminded us in 1947 that Nigeria was merely a geographical expression, unless we were prepared to work to transform her into more than that. It was he who sounded the first warning in 1981 on our then-emerging but now apparently endemic economic crisis. Before his premature demise, he was reputed to have warned our generation that we may never again know democracy in our life time. Read more

Death of Rear Admiral: New leads uncovered

Following the death of Rear Admiral Teikumor Ikoli, the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command Lagos, in mysterious circumstances, Saturday Vanguard has gathered that authorities of the Command led by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Rear Admiral FD Bobai have instituted a board of investigation (BOI) to unravel the remote and immediate cause of his death. The institution of the BOI came just as security sources told Saturday Vanguard that new leads have shown there were some other footsteps other than those that of Rear Admiral Ikoli inside his room when he died. Read more

Appeal Court strikes out Ize-Iyamu’s Appeal on recounting of ballot papers

THE Appeal Court sitting in Benin City, Edo state has dismissed the Appeal filed by the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, against the ruling of the Edo State Governorship Election petition Tribunal which ordered the stoppage of the counting of ballot papers used for the September 28, 2016 governorship election in Edo state. Read more

Two burnt to death, five suffered burns as bus caught fire in Lagos

Two people were burnt to death while five others suffered burns yesterday, in Lagos, after a yellow bus (Danfo) accidentally caught fire in Maryland. The incident occurred at about 2.55pm when the bus with Number plate KTU 479 XQ which was heading towards New Garage lost control, hit an unknown Sports utility van and caught fire.  Two female passengers were burnt beyond recognition while five others suffered burns. The prompt intervention of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Service and other stakeholders prevented further casualties as the fire was finally put out. The victims were taken to the Trauma and Burns Centre, Gbagada for medical attention. Read more

‘Crisis APC planted in PDP will be the first thing to consume it’

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Nigerians  have realised  that the Ruling All Progressives Congress  ( APC) has nothing to offer in terms of real development of the country. Governor Wike also stated that the APC fight against corruption was to intimidate political opponents, as the APC  only prosecutes former PDP  governors , while indicted Former APC Governors are allowed to roam freely. Read more

School principal urges govt to invest in sport

The principal of Mushin Community Senior High School, Mrs. Aje Josephine has called on the government at all levels to invest in sports and create more recreational institutions and facilities for sporting activities across the schools in Nigeria to enable students participate in sports for fitness and healthy life. Read more

Electricity demand: Delta community threatens to withdraw from Chevron GMoU

RICH Kokodiag-bene community in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, has threatened to pull out of the Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU, with Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, following what appear to be a deteriorating relationship between the company and the riverside community over demand for electricity by the people. Saturday Vanguard learned that the Delta state government held a meeting, during the week,  with the community  leaders and officials of Chevron at Asaba, the state capital, where the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Festus Agas,  appealed to the villagers to maintain peace and give government more time to interface with CNL on their demand. Read more

Lagos Assembly canvasses exchange of programme with Israel

Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa has canvassed for exchange of programmes between the State House of Assembly and its counterpart in Israel to foster better relationship.

Obasa stated this while playing host to the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Guy Feldman who was accompanied by the Senior Economic Officer at the Embassy, Florence Osuji and Managing Director Emi Systems, Eyal Mesika. The Speaker, who recalled the long standing relationship between Nigeria and Israel, noted that Lagos Assembly and Israeli parliament would be better off through exchange of programmes. Read more

Lagos residents task govt on growing population of beggars

It is very worrisome how beggars are gradually turning Lagos, the centre of excellence into centre of beggars. One wonders if Lagos is now the only place where begging has been legalized. They are everywhere in the streets, on the highway, in traffic, and under the bridges. They have virtually become nuisance to the residents of Lagos. Many of them do not understand English Language, they speak Hausa or Kanuri and some were said to have come from Chad and migrate from the Northern parts of the country to other states including Lagos. Read more

Enugu Rangers robbed of N4m

Officials of Enugu Rangers were on Friday robbed of the sum of N4m on their way from a bank by yet-to-be-identified men.

Our correspondent learnt that the money was for the club’s expenses for their first and second leg CAF Confederation Cup clash with Zesco United of Zambia. Read more

Balotelli Scores Twice Past Enyeama, Etebo Misses Penalty
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was in goal for Lille who lost 2-1 to OGC Nice following a brace from former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli in a French Ligue 1 clash on Friday night, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Ibrahim Amadou gave Lille the lead in the 14th minute. Balotelli equalised for Nice in the 17th minute before scoring the winner in the 45th minute. Read more

Arsenal Loanee Nwakali On Target But Late Goal Condemns His Loan Side To Defeat

On loan Arsenal Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali scored his second goal of the season despite MVV Maastricht slipping to a 2-1 loss away to Den Bosch.

Nigerian midfielder Nwakali is on a season long loan from Arsenal, and he celebrated his 25th appearance of the season with a goal, which ends a four months goal drought. Read more

Manchester United news and transfer rumours LIVE Adnan Januzaj future latest and Sunderland build up

You have to go back to the glorious treble-winning campaign in 1999 for the last time Manchester United drew so many league games – but that is where the similarities end.

The chance to close the gap on the top four with an away fixture, though, offers Jose Mourinho a welcome relief given the Reds’ impressive away form of late. United have won six of their last eight away league games, but have not tasted a league victory at the Stadium of Light since October, 2013. Read more

Liverpool could lose wonderkid at centre of tapping up controversy to Everton

Liverpool have been banned from signing academy players from English clubs for two years after they admitted to “tapping up” a young player who was on the books at Stoke.

They were also fined £100,000 for speaking to the individual without Stoke’s permission.

However, his move to Anfield has since fallen through. Read more

Conte: Carry on Costa

Antonio Conte believes if Diego Costa continues to play in the same manner as in recent weeks then the goals will flow in the closing weeks of the season.

If has been suggested to the Blues boss he is maybe concerned the team’s leading scorer, who has 18 for the season, has added four of those in 2017 with the most recent a month ago, but this far from the case. Read more


Cristiano Ronaldo is here to make your day with a cheeky peek at his nude photoshoot.

The football player took to Instagram to post a picture of him relaxing on a chair in the buff, with some inconsiderate person’s hand hiding his modesty. He captioned the image “Soon ” How soon Ronaldo?

He also shared a glimpse of his back looking muscly as hell. The images are in black and white, so it’s less trashy to drool over them – right? Read more

People come before president and Congress says ex-US attorney general

Former US attorney general Loretta Lynch has said her successor should remember the American people are the Department of Justice’s clients, not the president or Congress. “I would urge people who are taking over the department now to remember this is the Department of Justice for everyone,” she said, without mentioning current attorney general Jeff Sessions by name. Read more

Trump to visit China as Beijing touts ‘new era’ of ties with US

Chinese president Xi Jinping has invited Donald Trump to pay a state visit to China later this year during a intensely choreographed visit to the billionaire’s Florida estate that was shunted from the headlines by the airstrikes on Syria.

Beijing had hoped to use the two-day summit to burnish Xi’s credentials as a powerful world leader who had successfully tamed the US’s volatile commander-in-chief and Chinese propaganda chiefs battled to keep the spotlight on Mar-a-Lago despite the dramatic turn of events in the Middle East. Read more

Colombia Ends Search for Flood Survivors; Death Toll at 314

Colombian officials on Friday formally abandoned the search for survivors of floods that killed at least 314 people in the small southern city of Mocoa, though 106 people remain listed as missing.

Emergency workers will turn to excavating roads and buildings, distributing aid and trying to avoid the outbreak of epidemics in the town, where water and power services remained cut a week after the avalanche of debris-filled water poured down from the mountains. Read more

Israel threatens Hamas with Gaza blackout over unpaid bills

Israel put the Palestinian organisation, Hamas, on notice over unpaid fuel bills that could lead to roaming power cuts in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has allegedly not paid Israeli energy company, Dor, for the diesel it has already received to operate Gaza’s only power plant and now Israel is threatening to cut it off. Read more

Syria war: US ‘disappointed’ at Russia’s Syria stance

The US is “disappointed but not surprised” at Russia’s response to its strikes on a Syrian air base suspected of storing chemical weapons.

At least six people are reported to have been killed in the US missile strikes early on Friday. Syria’s ally Russia accused the US of encouraging “terrorists” with its unilateral actions. 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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