*Police Arrest Boko Haram kingpin On Wanted list Following Attack*Nigeria MPs threaten to sue over US sex claims

*Police Arrest Boko Haram kingpin On Wanted list Following Attack*Nigeria MPs threaten to sue over US sex claims


Police Arrest Boko Haram kingpin On Wanted list Following  Attack

The Boko Haram insurgency has been reportedly killed 24 persons in Kuda -Kaya village of Madagali local Government Area of Adamawa state. Eyewitness account revealed that the insurgents in their hundred stormed the village on Thursday night at about 10 pm and killed 24 persons , while 10 persons sustained various degree of injuries from the attack. Read more

Nigeria MPs threaten to sue over US sex claims

A group of politicians in Nigeria has threatened to sue the US embassy over accusations that they groped a hotel chambermaid and tried to solicit prostitutes while visiting the US. The incidents allegedly occurred as the MPs were in Cleveland in April. The three politicians identified in a letter from the US ambassador to Nigeria have denied the accusations. Read more

Amosun opposes Buhari on grazing zones

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has ‎said he is not in support of the proposed creation of grazing zones across the country by the Federal Government. He said this on Friday at his Oke Mosan office, Abeokuta, while receiving the technical committee on herdsmen/farmers clashes set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin. Amosun argued that grazing zones could not solve the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers, adding that he would rather support the establishment of cattle ranches, by cattle herders as a lasting solution to the conflict. Read more

Nigeria overnight rate falls, cbank mops cash to boost FX reforms

Nigeria’s interbank overnight rate fell 250 basis points to 1.5 percent on Friday from a week ago, driven by excess liquidity, prompting the central bank to mop up the naira at higher rates to support its new currency regime. Banking system credit opened at 1.06 trillion naira ($5.3 bln) on Friday, compared with 401.72 billion naira last week, traders said. The excess liquidity prompted the central bank to sell 205.9 billion naira ($1.03 billion) worth of one-year bills on Friday at 13.5 percent, compared with the secondary market rate of 10.81 percent, traders said. The bank had offered 78 billion naira in bills on Thursday. Read more

Council boss cheats death as aide opens fire on her

Chairman of Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah is still thanking her stars after miraculously surviving an attack by one her of security aides, simply identified as David who opened fire on her at close range. Writhing in pains from her hospital bed in Asaba, the state capital, Mrs. Chukwurah expressed shock that her security aide would be the one to harm her. Read more

Nigeria’s Lekoil makes use of weak naira to fund oil field expansion

Nigerian oil explorer Lekoil has converted around half of its investment budget into naira from U.S. dollars, benefiting from the Nigerian currency’s weakness to fund an oil field expansion despite growing militant disruptions. Africa’s biggest economy and its currency have been hit hard by a decline in oil prices. After a steep slide in the naira in late 2014 and early 2015, the central bank pegged the currency to the U.S. dollar. But on Wednesday it said it would abandon the peg, setting the stage for more losses. Read more

Nigeria naira firms 2.8 pct on parallel market after FX reforms

Nigeria naira firmed to 355 to the dollar on the parallel market on Friday, up 2.8 percent from the previous day after the central bank introduced reforms designed to relaunch interbank currency trading and attract foreign investors. Read more

Police dispute new attack claim by oil militants

Local police are disputing claims that Nigerian oil militants struck another pipeline in the Niger Delta, saying an explosion was instead caused by a gas leakage. Cordelia Nwawe, police spokesperson for Akwa Ibom state, said Friday that engineers were “working to rectify the leakage” from the pipeline owned by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. Read more

Expected slump in Naira great news for MTN’s Nigerian fine

SOUTH African telecoms company MTN’s record $1.7bn Nigerian fine is about to get a whole lot cheaper. MTN rose the most in a week as investors prepared for a slump in the Nigerian naira, after Africa’s second-biggest crude producer’s central bank said it would let the currency float and weaken next week. Read more

Buhari delivering on Change agenda, Oshiomhole reassures

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has responded to critics of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying that the President is already delivering on his electoral promises and the APC ‘Change’ agenda. Read more

LEADERSHIP Senior Reporter, Paul Chiama, Finally Goes Home

Friday the 10th of June, 2015 was the day that Umuezeanokulu village in Ukpata, Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu State bid the hard final farewell to one of its illustrious sons, Comrade Paul Mbakwe Chiama who was a senior reporter of LEADERSHIP Newspaper until the sad end.  Abah Adah was there for LEADERSHIP. Paul Chiama, as he was popularly known, who was regrettably snatched by the cold hands of the ever marauding enemy of man-death-on Wednesday, 25th May, 2016, was interred for his final rest with his ancestors in tears on this day. Read more

Cocoa Farmers Seek Unfetter Access To Foreign Exchange Earnings

Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN) has demanded that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor should within one month allow exporters to have unfettered access to their repatriated foreign exchange and to sell same as market forces demands. It also vow that if CAN’s ultimatum to reverse the stifling controls on foreign exchange rates by the end of June is not met, it may result in litigation against the CBN Governor. Read more

LCCI Task Ministries To Support Integrated Agricultural Project

Adeola Elliott, Chairman Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Agric and Agro-Allied Group, has called on the state and federal ministries of agriculture to tap into the Integrated Agricultural Project initiated by LCCI to develop the agricultural sector in the country. He made the call while speaking at the 5th Lagos International Food and Beverage Fair held at the National stadium in Lagos, stressing that there is need for government to tap from the brilliant structure LCCI has developed. Read more

Nigeria cenbank mops up naira cash at higher rate before FX trading starts

Nigeria’s central bank is selling long-dated treasury bills at higher yields than the secondary market to mop up naira liquidity before next week’s start of interbank currency trading, traders said on Friday. Read more

Oil price rises to $48

World oil prices rebounded Friday from six straight sessions of losses, as investors eyed rising global equities and increasing risk appetite on receding Brexit concerns, dealers said. At about 1100 GMT, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in August was up 99 cents at $48.18 a barrel. Read more

Artists Contemplate Challenges Of Photography In Nigeria

After a week-long flurry of photography activities featuring sessions, exhibitions, walks and collaborated creation between Abuja-based photographers and French photographer, Sami Trabelsi, the 2nd edition of the Photo Junctions With LagosPhoto week, ended on a contemplative note, highlighting the current trends and challenges of photography in Nigeria. Organised by the Spanish Embassy, the French institute in collaboration with LagosPhoto Junctions, the programme closed with an artist studded panel discussants such as Curator and Artistic Director, Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Lagos, and photographers Chika Oduah, Uche Iroha and Sami Trabelsi. Read more

‘It Is An Exciting Period For Nigerian Arts’

Books & Art Interviewed popular, social media active author and Artistic Director, Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Lagos, Bisi Silva, who appeared at the PhotoJunction Arts discuss in Abuja, last week. Silva talks about Nigerian contemporary Arts, its gradual visibility in the global arts scene as well as its persisting challenges.          Read more

Rural Farmers Advised To Embrace New Technology

Rural farmers have been encouraged to develop interest in the use of modern technology in farming, to improve their yield and productivity. Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Professor Olusola Oyewole made the call at the Akintobi village in Ogun State during the ‘Field Day on Meat Type Poultry Production and Value Addition’ and the formal handing-over of agricultural processing facilities to the community Read more

Ambode Assures On Commitment To Agriculture, Food Sufficiency

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured that his administration is committed to agricultural development as a means of alternative revenue and ensuring food sufficiency in the state. The governor gave this assurance when members of the 5th joint Federal Government of Nigeria/world bank implementation support mission on third national FADAMA development project (FADAMA III) paid him a courtesy visit at his office in Alausa, Ikeja. Read more

BATN Foundation Donates Solar-powered Borehole To Enhance Agriculture

The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) has donated and commissioned a new water project in Akparabong Community, Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State to avail residents of the community steady access to potable water and boost agricultural produce processing. The water facility, which includes; a 17,500 water-storage capacity tank, solar panels, a solar submersible pump, water management kiosk, improved sewage management.

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‘Nigeria needs new port to compete with Cotonou’

The Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, on Friday called for the establishment of a special port to compete with the Cotonou port in Benin Republic. Anyanwu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos. The lawmaker noted that most of the goods imported through Cotonou port ended up in Nigeria. According to him, many shippers are attracted by incentives provided by ports in the neighbouring country. Read more

Crisis rocks C’ River Assembly, lawmakers attempt to impeach speaker

There are indications that the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Mr. John Gaul-Lebo, might be impeached following a crisis in the House. It was gathered on Friday that majority of the lawmakers are aggrieved over the prolonged non-payment of welfare to members. The bulk of the lawmakers had four days ago threatened to impeach the speaker. Read more

Troops arrest 19 vandals, foil bombing of Agip pipeline

The troops of the Joint Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, have foiled an attempt by suspected vandals to destroy a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Okpoama community of Bayelsa State. The Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, OPS, Col. Ado Isa, who made this known in a statement on Friday, said the suspected vandals had dug and deployed dynamites beneath the pipeline location in a swamp for detonation before the troops discovered it. He said the items recovered from the scene were two dynamite detonators, cable wire and battery. Read more

Kogi: Labour rejects new bank account opening order

The organized labour in Kogi State has opposed what it descibed as arbitrary decision of the state government to compel workers to open accounts with two specific new generation banks as condition for the payment of their salaries. In the statement jointly signed by the state chairman of NLC, Comrade Onuh Edoka, TUC chairman, Ojo Ranti and JNC chairman, Aaron Akeji, the organised labour described the new policy of government as an infringement on the fundamental human rights of workers to personal accounts with any bank of their choice.      Read more

Maiduguri: Two suspected suicide bombers killed by local vigilantes

Two would-be suicide bombers were intercepted and killed in Maiduguri state, northeast Nigeria, by a local vigilante group before the suspects could detonate their bombs. Residents of Kushari, a rustic settlement west of the state, said they saw two strangers loitering around a street in the area in the early hours of Friday and quickly alerted youth vigilantes, Civilian JTF, local resident Saleh Mohammed told Daily Sun. Read more

Shettima threatens to revoke N890m contract

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has yesterday threatened to revoke the N890 million Bama market projects, if work is  not complete in two months. The governor mad  the threat  at Bama, while inspecting the level of completing the ultra-modern market destroyed by Boko Haram in 2012. Read more

British lawmaker killed in shock attack

A pro-EU British lawmaker was killed in a shock daylight street attack on Thursday, halting campaigning for the referendum on Britain’s membership in the bloc just a week before the crucial vote. Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother-of-two from the opposition Labour Party, was shot in the face while lying on the ground by a lone attacker in the village of Birstall in northern England, according to witnesses quoted by local media. Cafe owner Clarke Rothwell told the Press Association the gunman was shouting “put Britain first”. “He shouted it about two or three times. He said it before he shot her and after he shot her,” he said. Read more

How Dare You? – An Open Letter To Trump

How dare you send me an email I have never subscribed to, when seeing your name in my inbox is more repulsive to me than the scam emails I get offering me £10,000,000 from Nigeria because I have won some grand beauty contest. If you paid for my email data with the many millions you allegedly self-fund yourself with, then do me a favour and use that money on someone who doesn’t consider your cyber presence a waste of precious, limited Internet space. Read more

Second black box recovered from EgyptAir crash site

Search teams on Friday recovered the second flight recorder of an EgyptAir plane from the bottom of the Mediterranean that could prove vital in establishing the cause of the unexplained crash. Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar screens in the eastern Mediterranean last month with 66 people on board, and a vast search operation has since scoured swathes of sea off Egypt’s northern coast.        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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