* Drug, food counterfeiters may face life imprisonment – Saraki * Buhari, Obasanjo in closed door meeting

* Drug, food counterfeiters may face life imprisonment – Saraki * Buhari, Obasanjo in closed door meeting


Drug, food counterfeiters may face life imprisonment – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said that individuals convicted of producing and selling counterfeit and fake drugs as well as unwholesome processed foods may be jailed for life. Saraki, who spoke at the public hearing on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods Act, added that such convicts could be fined up to two million naira. Read more

Buhari, Obasanjo in closed door meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari and ‎former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday met behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa. ‎‎ This will be Obasanjo’s third visit to come to the Presidential Villa to confer with President Buhari.‎ The former head of State arrived the Villa in the company of Otunba Johnson Fasawe around 12.30 p.m. At the end of the meeting Obasanjo declined to take questions from State House correspondents. The details of the meeting was not known as at the time of filing this report. Read more

Police arraign Labour leader, 6 others over protests

The Chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Waheed Olojede, and six other labour leaders in the state were on Friday arraigned before an Ibadan Magistrate Court in connection with the disruption of an education stakeholders forum organised by the state government on Wednesday. Those arraigned with Olojede are the vice chairman of NLC in the state, Mr. Titilayo Sodo; the Secretary, Mrs. Kofoworola Ogundeji; the Auditor, Mr. Kehinde Oparinde, as well as Sikiru Bayo, Oseni Aderemi, Falade Akinyele, and Adegbogun Titi. Read more

Group condemns attack on Bayelsa journalist

The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria has condemned the recent attack on Bayelsa State broadcast journalist Tonye Yemoleigha who was alleged to have been beaten to a pulp by an Air force officer attached to the Air Mobility Command, Yenagoa. Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade in a statement signed by Melody Akinjiyan described the act as unacceptable, as the journalist in question was battered based on spurious accusation of suspicious movement. “Battering a journalist is totally inhumane and must be strongly condemned by all and sundry” Arogundade said. Read more

Doctors begin indefinite strike over salary in Nasarawa

Medical doctors in Nasarawa State have embarked on an indefinite strike over payment of salaries. Dr. Friday Omolei, Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association and Secretary, Dr Peter Attah, said at a news briefing on Friday in Lafia. The doctors said that the strike was due to alleged government’s failure to correct their salaries in tandem with the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure. Read more

Telecommunication companies to enjoy wider access -NCC

Telecommunication companies are to enjoy wider access berth in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) new regulation strategy’s Over-the-Top (OTT) services. The NCC quarterly magazine made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that the OTT’s regulation strategy was contained in a report issued by the commission’s Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis Department. The report was titled: “An Overview of Provision of the Over-The- Top (OTT) Services’’.        Read more

Situation in Nigeria’s Delta ‘rapidly getting out of control’: youth group

The situation in Nigeria’s main oil-producing Niger Delta is “rapidly deteriorating and getting out of control” after a wave of militant attacks, a major youth group said on Friday. The Ijaw Youth Council, which represents one of the largest ethnic groups in the Delta, “calls on President Mohammadu Buhari to urgently and personally take charge of the management of the process to return peace and normalcy to the region,” a statement said. Read more

Anglican clerics demand explanation to herdsmen’s attacks, vadalism

Anglican Bishops on Friday sought to know from President Muhammadu Buhari what his administration is doing to tackle the spate of insecurity especially pipelines vandalism in the Niger Delta and herdsmen’s attacks in parts of the country. They tabled their request before the President during a meeting they had with him behind closed door at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Onitsha killings: IPOB alleges mass burial

The Indigenous People of Biafra, on Friday, said pro-Biafra activists who were allegedly killed by the army during a rally to mark the 50th anniversary of the defunct Biafra in Onitsha, Anambra State, have been given a mass burial.

Over 30 separatists, including IPOB members and those of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, were reportedly killed in encounters with the army in Onitsha.

IPOB equally alleged that some pro-Biafra activists, who were arrested alive during the encounter, have been killed and buried. Read more

No minister is bigger than the legislature – Enang

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, said no minister was bigger than the legislature. Enang told newsmen in Abuja on Friday that all ministers and heads of agencies were subject to the authority of the National Assembly as stipulated in the Constitution.  Read more

Nigerian interbank rate eases on ample liquidity

Nigeria’s overnight interbank rate fell to an average of 3 percent for overnight lending on Friday, down from 5 percent on ample liquidity from budgetary allocations to government agencies. Nigeria distributes money from oil revenue to its three tiers of government from a centrally held account, which provides liquidity for the banking sector and eases the cost of borrowing among banks. Traders said the central bank withdrew debt notes initially offered at an open market operation (OMO) owing to a disagreement on yield levels because the market want higher returns than what the bank was willing to offer. Read more

N8.5bn NIMASA fraud: Army general gets N100m bail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has again arraigned a former Director-General of the  Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, for an alleged fraud of N8.5bn. Arraigned alongside Akpobolokemi on Friday on fresh 11 counts was a former Commander of the military Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, in the Niger Delta, Maj.  Gen. Emmanuel Atewe. Read more

Sgf Is Not Corrupt –Umar Duhu

Dr Umar Duhu is the pioneer interim national vice chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in charge of the North East. In this interview with Omonu Yax Nelson, Duhu said, contrary to insinuations, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr Babachir Lawal is not corrupt. He also spoke on some other important national issues. People have accused the SGF of being a bigot and that he has been selective in appointments made so far. Is that true?  Read more

Bayelsa police recruitment screening to begin June 6

The Bayelsa Police Command on Friday announced that screening of candidates in the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigerian Police Force had been fixed for June 6. According to a statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Mr Asinim Butswat, the command has displayed the list of shortlisted candidates at the entrance of the Police Headquarters in Ovom, Yenagoa. Read more

400 now jobless in Botswana as KFC closes shop

International fast food outlet, Kentucky Fried Chicken has closed its franchise in Botswana rendering over 400 employees jobless. This is contained in a statement that was issued on Friday, VPB Propco, the franchise of KFC in Botswana, which announced that it would cease operating by next week. Read more

Restore Light to Disconnected Communities or Have Your C of O Revoked, Oshiomhole Tells Benin Disco

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state has given the management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) 24 hours’ ultimatum to restore power to disconnected communities in the state otherwise he would revoke their Certificate of Occupancy Oshiomhole who handed down the ultimatum when the management of Benin Disco, led by its Managing Director, Mrs Funke Osibodu, paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Benin City, described that action of the company as not only criminal, but also an act of economic sabotage because of the numerous persons and businesses the disconnection had impacted negatively.  Read more

Ivory Coast government approves sale of stake in NSIA Banque-CI

Ivory Coast’s government approved on Friday the sale of the state’s entire 10 percent stake in NSIA Banque Cote d’Ivoire as part of a privatisation programme, government spokesman Bruno Kone said. “The cabinet adopted a decree authorising the ceding of the totality of the stake held by the state of Ivory Coast in the capital of NSIA Banque Cote d’Ivoire,” he told reporters following a cabinet meeting in the commercial capital Abidjan. Read more

117 bodies found off libyan coast as smuggling boat sinks

More than 110 bodies were pulled from the sea off Libya’s shores Friday after a smuggling boat carrying mainly African migrants sank into the Mediterranean, and a separate massive search-and-rescue operation in the open sea saved 340 people and recovered nine bodies. The two sinkings were the latest deadly disasters for refugees and migrants hoping to find better lives in Europe, and came in addition to the over 1,000 people who drowned since May 25 while attempting the perilous, lengthy journey across the sea from North Africa to Europe’s southern shores.  Read more

Three candidates with one name in Romania mayoral poll

Voters in one Romanian town face a potentially confusing trip to the polls on Sunday, as the three candidates for mayor all share the same name, it’s reported.

The incumbent mayor in Draguseni, Vasile Cepoi, is seeking a fourth term in office, but is facing a challenge from two other Vasile Cepois, the Jurnalul national daily reports. Council official Viorel Munteanu says the three men aren’t related, and that Vasile is simply a popular Romanian moniker and Cepoi is a common name in the region. The unusual situation “guarantees Vasile Cepoi” a win, the paper says. Read more

NATO’s top soldier says Trump comments play into hands of Putin

NATO’s top military officer, General Petr Pavel, denounced U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday for criticizing the alliance as obsolete and said such comments played to the hands of its opponents. In unusual criticism of a presidential candidate, Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, said in an interview that Russian “President (Vladimir) Putin and some others may be pleased by this approach”. “To take such an approach would be a great mistake,” he said. 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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