*Zenith Bank, not Dasuki funded my campaign – Fayose *Lagos earmarks N1bn for staff training

*Zenith Bank, not Dasuki funded my campaign – Fayose *Lagos earmarks N1bn for staff training


Zenith Bank, not Dasuki funded my campaign – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State says Zenith Bank Plc and other private donors funded his 2014 governorship campaign. He, therefore, stated that linking him with embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki (retd.) was nonsensical. Read more

Lagos earmarks N1bn for staff training

The Lagos State Government yesterday said that it has earmarked about N1billion for training of its staff for this year, just as it has recruited 149 consultants. Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson disclosed this at the Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), at Magodo, Lagos. Read more

Grazing reserve bill lands in Senate

The controversial National Grazing Reserve Agency Bill pending in the House of Representatives landed in Senate with a bang on Wednesday. Another bill likely to provoke controversy, the National Ranches Commission Bill, was also introduced in the Senate same day. Read more

Niger Delta Avengers may agree ceasefire says community leader

A Nigerian militant group known as the Niger Delta Avengers which has been attacking oil facilities might agree to a ceasefire on Thursday to allow the government time to meet its demands, a community leader involved in peace efforts said. Two oil ministry officials said earlier on Wednesday that the government had agreed a truce with the militant group in the oil producing swamp region, although the group denied this. Read more

Kwara PDP Pledges Allegiance to Makarfi Caretaker Committee

Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday pledged its allegiance to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi leadership of the party. A leader of PDP in the state and immediate past Minister of National Planning under President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Abubakar Sulyman, disclosed this in Ilorin while speaking at a news conference on the state of PDP in the country. Read more

Oyo govt, labour take fight to industrial court

The Oyo State Government and the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress will on Thursday (today) appear before the National Industrial Court in Ibadan as the strike called by labour in the state looked set to be a sustained one. The strike, which was called on June 13, was the labour’s response to the disagreement between the union and the state government over government’s proposal to involve private partnership in the management of some secondary schools in the state. Read more

41 Nigerians deported from U.S

At least 41 Nigerians were on Wednesday deported from the United States for drug,  police and immigration related offences. The deportees,  all males according to Immigration sources were flown in aboard a chartered aircraft operated by Miami Air International marked with registration number N733MA, which arrived the Lagos international airport at 12.20pm. Read more

Former Chief of Army Staff said to be under arrest

Nigeria’s Department of State Security (DSS) is said to have arrested erstwhile Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major-General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), according to online news source Naij.com. Read more

Tambuwal Parleys CBN, Farmers over FG’s Anchor Borrower Scheme

In line with his commitment to ensure the smooth take-off of the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme in Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has held a special meeting with officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), participating banks, farmers’ associations and other stakeholders in the sector. Read more

Hijab: Unilorin VC Warns Against Using Religion to Violate Law

The Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, has warned against using religion as a guise to violate the law . Speaking against the backdrop of the recent crisis that occurred in Osun State as a result of the wearing of hijab by Muslims female students in public schools, Ambali who blamed the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Osun state chapter, for the religious crisis in the state, which attracted nationwide attention. Read more

Sokoto Records 197 Leprosy Cases in 2016

The Coordinator of Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Health Programme, Sokoto State, Alhaji Shehu Tureta, on Wednesday said at least 197 persons affected by leprosy were registered by the programme for treatment from January till date. He made the disclosure at a workshop organised by the Leprosy Mission of Nigeria(LMN) in Sokoto. Read more

Nigeria cuts off gas supply to Ghana

Nigeria has suspended the flow of natural gas to Ghana over unpaid bills, local media reported on Wednesday, saying an amount of some USD 180 million was outstanding. Read more

Kidnapped Rev. Father found dead in Benue

The decaying corpse of kidnapped Rev. Father, John Adeyi was Wednesday found in Otukpa, Benue State as police and villagers besieged the back of Local Government secretariat where the body was dumped by his suspected abductors. Two months ago, Father Adeyi, the vicar general of the Otukpo catholic Diocese was kidnapped by unknown gunmen but was never released despite the payment of N2 million as ransom. Read more

Nigeria naira ends with first daily gain since peg ditched

Nigeria’s naira firmed to close at 281.50 to the dollar on Wednesday, its first daily gain since the central bank ditched its 16-month old peg on the currency on Monday. Read more

‘Military owing Eko DISCO N600m’

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (DISCO) has revealed that military formations within its license area are indebted to the company to the tune of N600 million. The company also said it will soon install bulk prepaid meters in military and other security agencies’ barracks within its operational territory. Read more

“2 million died in Biafra war,” President reminds Niger Delta separatists

Those currently agitating for Biafra never witnessed the civil war which led to 2 million deaths, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday night. He was speaking at the breaking of fast (iftar) with his cabinet at the presidential banquet hall, Aso Rock Villa, referring to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and the‎ ‎Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (‎IPOB)‎. Read more

Kano DisCo Decries Incessant Poor Power Allocation

Kano Electricity Distribution Plc (KEDCO) has lamented the continuous poor power allocation to its network from the National Control Centre (NCC) Oshogbo, as well as the meagre load allocation for customers in its franchise area by the Area Control Centre (ACC) Kumbotso in Kano. Read more

Nigeria central bank sells FX third day after naira float – traders

Nigeria’s central bank sold dollars onto the interbank forex market for a third day to try to ease dollar shortages after it floated the currency, traders said. Nigeria ditched a 16-month peg on the naira to allow the currency trade freely on the interbank market but traders say dollar liquidity was tight, leaving the central bank as the main supplier of hard currency. Read more

Stop politicising crimes, Dickson warns security agencies

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has warned the various law enforcement agencies in the state to guard against politicisation of security issues, saying such acts can undermine security. Dickson gave the warning when he received the new Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba in Government House, Yenagoa, a statement by his media aide, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said on Wednesday. Read more

Five expatriates kidnapped, one killed in Calabar 

At least five foreign expatriates and two Nigerians were on Wednesday kidnapped at the Idundu axis of the Calabar-Oban road by suspected militants. The incident occurred around 6am when the foreigners and their Nigerian colleagues working for MacMahon Construction Company were on their way to work. Read more

Abia Govt to appoint 34 physically challenged persons as Aides

Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has directed the Transition committee chairmen of the 17 LGAs in the state to appoint two disabled persons each from their areas as special Assistants as a way of reducing unemployment in the state. The directive came on the heels of an appeal to the Governor by the physically challenged in the state to come to their assistance through employment as they were qualified and could contribute to the development of the state. Read more

Hijab: CAN files stay of execution

The Christian Association of Nigeria in Osun State has filed a stay of execution against the judgment of an Osun State High Court which allowed the use of hijab in all public schools in the state. The Osun State Chairman of  CAN, Rev. Elisha Ogundiya, who confirmed the action to our correspondent in Osogbo said the  process was still on as at the time of filing this report. Read more

Residents laud Ambode over Oshodi-Apapa highway repairs

A cross section of Lagos State residents on Wednesday lauded the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for keeping to his promise of repairing the failed portions of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, saying that the development has transformed the economic landscape of the axis. Read more

Soldiers kill boat driver in Bayelsa

Troops of the Joint Force (JF), Operation Pulo Shield (OPS), have killed a boat driver, who hailed from Olugbobiri, Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State. The Nation gathered that the killing of the boat operator was caused by the tension and mutual suspicion pervading the waterways of Bayelsa and Delta States because of the activities of militants. Read more

Investors cheer Nigeria currency float but won’t rush back yet

Nigeria’s swift one-step move to a floating currency has been welcomed by investors but most nonetheless will stay away until Africa’s biggest economy shows signs of recovering from damage inflicted by the 16-month old exchange rate peg. Nigeria this week finally ditched the peg that had throttled foreign exchange markets, led to widespread capital flight and caused its first quarterly economic contraction since the 1990s. Read more

Boko Haram: National Assembly urged to pass displaced persons support bill

The National Assembly has been called upon to hasten the enactment of the propsed North East Development Commission bill to reduce the suffering of persons particularly children affected by the Boko Haram crisis. The call was made in a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day sensitisation meeting organised by the Bauchi Radio Corporation (BRC) with support from UNICEF Bauchi field office to commemorate the 2016 Day of the African child held at Fariah suites, Bauchi, yesterday. Read more

Four persons feared dead in a ghastly motor accident

Four passengers of a commercial bus with registration number Abuja ABC 278 XH have been feared dead in a ghastly auto crash involving an articulated truck of Sigh Obi Company with registration number Lagos EKY 451 XM and a commercial tricycle which occurred at the popular Waterside Bridge along Aba-Ikot Ekpene Expressway. Read more

Judge faults EFCC’s arrest, detention procedures

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja has faulted the procedures being adopted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in arresting and detaining suspects. The judge said it was wrong for the EFCC to arrest suspects before or during investigation. Read more

Kogi: Ex-LG secretaries berate Melaye over probe panel

The Forum of the Past Secretaries of Local Government Councils in Kogi State Wednesday tackled the Senator Dino Melaye-led group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders over their alleged involvement in the crisis rocking the state. It called on the APC stakeholders to join hands with Governor Yahaya Bello, to move the state forward instead of attacking him. Read more

Boko Haram ‘fracturing’ over ISIL ties – U.S army officer

The Boko Haram militants’ group has fractured internally, with a big group splitting away from shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau over his failure to adhere to guidance from the Iraq- and Syria-based Islamic State, a senior United States general has said. Marine Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the nominee to lead the U.S military’s Africa Command, suggested the internal division was illustrative of limits of Islamic State’s influence over Boko Haram so far, despite the West African group’s pledge of allegiance to it last year. Read more

2 killed as rioting in south africa’s capital continues

Rioters looted shops on the outskirts of South Africa’s capital on Wednesday, and police reported two deaths and more than 40 arrests since violence erupted in the Pretoria area two days ago. Looters targeted shops in the Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa neighborhoods belonging to immigrants, echoing similar attacks last year against foreigners, including Pakistanis and Somalis, who run businesses in poor urban areas of the country. Read more

Should governments bail out newsprint newspapers?

The Canadian government is investigating the state of the country’s struggling news industry following a rash of newspaper closures and editorial job cuts,reports the Canadian Press. To help in the task of coming up with possible policy options, the government has enlisted help from a think tank, the Public Policy Forum. As its president, Ed Greenspon, noted: “It’s a sensitive area of policy making,” Read more

EU referendum results: The 24 places in the UK that will tell us who is winning

When can we expect the result in tomorrow’s EU referendum? According to one top psephologist, it should be in the early hours of the morning. “I doubt that the BBC will call the result before 5am, and probably not before 6am,” says Chris Hanretty. But we’ll get a very good indication of the result well before then. In fact, we’ll start getting an impression of who’s won as soon as the first districts report the result in their local area. Read more

Harriet Tubman: Why does this white, male congressman want her off the $20 bill?

US Rep Steve King says his amendment to block Harriet Tubman from appearing on the new 20 dollar bill is not racist; instead the Iowa congressman blames “liberal activism” for causing further division amongst Americans.  Read more

Indian rocket carries 20 satellites to space

India has sent 20 satellites into space in a single launch – a record number for the country’s ambitious space programme. The satellites were from a variety of countries, including the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.

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Trump to lash out at Clinton in speech focusing on ‘failed’ policies

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump planned to release a new barrage of criticism of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday in a speech targeting her long public life that promises to focus on two things: money and Bill Clinton. Trump scheduled a speech in New York and previewed his remarks on Tuesday in Twitter posts and a barrage of campaign emails criticizing Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on issues from her character to her husband’s trade policies. Read more

Oil producers keep output freeze revival on standby if prices weaken

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has a contrarian message for those who question the wisdom of freezing global levels of oil output. Despite the collapse of talks on restraining production among OPEC and non-OPEC members earlier this year, he thinks the discussions were a success that might soon be repeated. 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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