*Pastor Ize-Iyamu wins PDP primaries*Lawmakers sex scandal: Former diplomats call for caution

*Pastor Ize-Iyamu wins PDP primaries*Lawmakers sex scandal: Former diplomats call for caution


Pastor Ize-Iyamu wins PDP primaries

Former Secretary to the Edo State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has won the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State with a landslide victory. He polled 584 votes to defeat his opponents, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen and Chief Solomon Edebiri. Matthew garnered 91 votes while Chief Edebiri polled 38 votes. Read more

Lawmakers sex scandal: Former diplomats call for caution

As the sex scandal involving three members of House of Representatives during a recent official trip to the United States of America continues to generate headlines, two immediate past ambassadors have called for caution in handling the controversy. The former diplomats, who once manned the nation’s diplomatic missions in Asian and African countries respectively, would not want their names in print. They saw the letter sent to the Speaker of the House by the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, intimating him of the incident as a mere diplomatic warning, noting that it was also in order. Read more

Biafra trial: Kanu asks another federal judge to step down

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has asked another judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, to recuse himself from the bench on account of bias. This will be the second time Kanu will be accusing a judge of the Federal High Court of bias. The first judge asked to be recused was Justice Ahmed Mohammed. Read more

Rethinking Nigeria’s National Security 

According to Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Secretary-General of NATO and one time Prime Minister of Denmark, the Nigerian Summit on National Security 2016 organised by the Council on African Security and Development (CASADE), University of Wisconsin Research Park, USA, in conjunction with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting is not only apt and timely going by the increasing spate of violent destruction of lives and property in different parts of the country, but is highly commended because it is dedicated to one of the challenges of our time – Terrorism.  Read more

Calabar Succumbs to Refuse

Recently, the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, was stunned by the suffocating stench that oozed out from refuse heap from over 30 trucks awaiting disposal of their cargo at the Lemna dump site in Calabar municipality recently.   Read more

Supreme court affirms five- year jail sentence for rapist

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal brought before it by a convicted rapist, Afor Lucky, challenging the judgement of an Oleh High Court that convicted to five years imprisonment with hard labour for raping a 11 year old girl. In a unanimous judgement of the panel of five Justices of the Supreme Court, delivered by Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, agreed with arguments of the learned Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Peter Mrakpor Esq, asking the Court to dismiss the appeal, that the Lower Court was right to have convicted and sentenced the appellant. Read more

29 year old welder to spend 15 years in jail for rape

A Delta State High Court sitting at Warri Judicial Division has sentenced a 29 year old welder,  Obor Omodavwejie to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for raping a 16 year old girl. The court while expressing satisfaction that prosecution was able to prove its case against the accused, pronounced Obor Omodavwejie guilty of the one count charge of rape and sentenced him to 15 years behind bars. Read more

TUC condemns life pension, immunity for NASS leaders

The Trade Union Congress has strongly  condemned the proposed life pension for principal officers of the National Assembly describing it as ungodly and disgraceful. The President and Acting Secretary General of the TUC, Messrs Bala Kaigama and Si‎meso Amachree respectively, also flayed the proposed immunity for the National Assembly leaders in a statement on Monday. Read more

Army arrests ex-militant leader as lawyer threatens legal action

Soldiers suspected to be from the 4th Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Benin, Edo State Capital, have arrested an ex-militant leader, Aboy Francis Muturu, at his residence in Bomadi Town of Delta State. The former militant, sources said, was arrested in the presence of his breastfeeding wife in the early hours of Friday last week. Read more

Fire guts Lagos Airport Hotel

The Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja was gutted by fire on Monday with valuables worth ‎millions of naira destroyed. PUNCH Metro learnt that the inferno resulted from a power surge in a section of the Banquet Hall around 5am before it extended to the other parts. It took the efforts of the officials of the Lagos State Fire Service and the state’s Emergency Management Agency to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining buildings‎. Read more

Nigerian central bank sells dollars at interbank market

Nigeria’s central bank intervened to sell U.S. dollars into the interbank market on Monday after a “managed float” failed to attract trading between banks due to liquidity concerns, traders said. Earlier, the central bank sold $532 million at 280 naira to the dollar at an auction to clear some of a mounting foreign exchange demand backlog. Read more

Nothing wrong with tsa policy for universities —vc, bayero university

The issue of brain-drain and graduates’ non-employability, among others are serious challenges in Nigeria, how do you think these can be curbed? To me, brain-drain is not all that serious problem as many are made to believe in the country. I am not saying there is no brain drain but not as high as people do say. The most serious issue in Nigeria is that of huge unemployment of graduates and other productive segments of the population. And the major reason for this is low performance of the economy.  Read more

No Genetically Modified Organisms Officially Grown in Nigeria – FG

The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has finally put to rest the growing concerns about genetically modified organism (GMO), saying at present, no genetically modified organisms are officially grown in Nigeria. She therefore called on Nigerians not to panic over the issue.
“What we have approved are for field trials,” she said. “All the GMOs in Nigeria officially approved are under experimental fields.” Read more

Mimiko’s foreign trip: PDP critises APC

The Ondo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state over its comments on the recent working visit to the United Kingdom (UK) in spite of the ongoing industrial action by workers in the state. A statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Ayo Fadaka said even though the workers strike is unfortunate,but such action is not restricted to Ondo State as the spate of industrial action is ignited by the poor understanding of economic management of the APC led Federal Government. Read more

Doctors strike at OAUTH, activities paralysed

Resident doctors at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, OAUTH, Osun State, has withdrawn their services to patients in the hospital. This follows a nationwide indefinite strike embarked upon by doctors to press home demands on issues related to their welfare. Many of the patients who visited the hospital for medical attention were left unattended to, only consultant doctors and nurses were seen around the teaching hospital. Read more

Former Supreme Court judge, Niki Tobi, dead

A former Supreme Court judge, Justice Niki Tobi has died.The Nation reports that the judge passed on last Friday at the National Hospital, Abuja, from an undisclosed ailment.He was born in Esanma, Bomadi local government area of Delta State. It was gathered that the late jurist, regarded in the nation’s legal circle as a highly brilliant judicial officer, had been ill for some time. Sources at the Supreme Court said that the court was only informed on Monday about the jurist’s death and the movement of his corpse to the Garki hospital.  Read more

Counting begins in Edo PDP gov primary

The counting of votes in the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party is currently on. The votes are being counted by a committee led by the candidate of the PDP in the 2015 governorship election in Lagos State, Jimmy Agbaje, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin. Read more

MTN N1.04 trn: Ministers Shun Reps meeting

The efforts of the Hon. Saheed Fijabi- headed House Committee on Communications to unravel the reasons for the huge reduction of the N1.04 trillion to N330 billion did not yield dividends yesterday. Two ministers important to the investigation, the Minster for Communications, Adebayo Shittu and the Minister for Justice and Attorney- General of the Federation were conspicuously absent at the fact- finding session, effectively truncating the session. Read more

Nigerian central bank sells $500 million at 280 naira/$

Nigeria’s central bank sold $500 million at 280 naira to the dollar at the interbank market on Monday after a “managed float” of the naira failed to attract trading between banks due to liquidity concerns, traders 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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