*EFCC arrests ex- Kebbi governor over PDP campaign fund *FG to unveil plan for affordable housing Monday

*EFCC arrests ex- Kebbi governor over PDP campaign fund *FG to unveil plan for affordable housing Monday


EFCC arrests ex- Kebbi governor over PDP campaign fund

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday in Kano arrested and detained former Governor of Kebbi State, Saidu Dakingari. The ex-governor is being quizzed over his involvement in the sharing of N450 million Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign fund. Read more

FG to unveil plan for affordable housing Monday

The Federal Government will on Monday unveil its plans towards the provision of affordable houses for Nigerians in line with the electoral promises of the ruling All Progressives Congress. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, will make the plan public on behalf of the government at the Affordable Housing Summit 2016 being put together by the ministry in partnership with German Development Cooperation. Read more

Ondo Guber: PDP Accuses APC of Conducting Parallel Voter Registration

As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continues with the registration of voters preparatory to the November 2016 gubernatorial election in Ondo State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday accused the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of engaging in parallel voters’ registration. Read more

Nigeria stocks end three-day rally as Brexit stokes risk aversion

Nigerian stocks ended a three-day rally on Friday, falling 1.4 percent as worries over Britain’s shock vote to exit the European Union spread across emerging markets. The main stock index, which crossed 31,000 psychological level in its previous session, fell to 30,624 points as investors dumped shares in the relatively liquid banking sector. Read more

Using smartphone in bed can cause blindness

Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could make you temporary blind in one eye, British doctors have reported. This is contained in a report published in the June 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. According to an ophthalmologist with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, Dr. Gordon Plant, the temporary vision loss can affect people who read their smartphone in the dark while lying on their side. Read more

Protest over looting of Ekiti, groups urge  Fayose to  resign

Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, erupted in protest on Friday as many interest groups storm the streets to condemn the alleged looting of the state treasury by Governor Ayo Fayose. They declared their support for the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari and called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to bring Fayose and all those who participated in the alleged looting of Ekiti to justice. The protest which was organized by a non-governmental organization, Be The Change Organization (BCO) also saw labour unions, Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), artisans, market women, youth organizations and student bodies participating. Read more

Nigeria’s cbank sells FX to boost liquidity for fifth straight day

Nigeria’s central bank sold dollars on the interbank market for the fifth consecutive day to ease dollar shortages after it floated the currency earlier this week, traders said on Friday. The naira traded at 281.75 to the dollar at 1216 GMT, on volumes of $28 million, which traders attributed to central bank’s intervention. The interbank market opened at 0800 GMT with no activity for more than three hours. Read more

Fayose’s Comment On Aisha Buhari Fallacious, Baseless’

A political pressure group, Northern Alternative Forum (NAF), has described Governor Ayodele Fayose’s public accusation against wife of the president, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, as “fallacious, baseless, misinformed and a deliberate attempt to drag her into a needless controversy arising from the prosecution of American Congressman Jefferson over corruption and bribery in Nigeria.’’ The chairman of the forum, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim who stated this while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, urged the media as a matter of necessity to cross-check any information given by Fayose in order to guard against embarrassment as the governor is fond of churning out deceit. Read more

Nigeria naira holds flat as central bank sells dollars

Nigeria’s naira held steady at the close of trading on Friday as the central bank intervened for a fifth straight day with dollar sales to ease liquidity after it floated the currency earlier this week, traders said. The naira ended at 281 to the dollar, its same level as previous day, after the central bank’s intervention. Read more

Proposed Lagos Smart City

The Lagos State Government and the City of Dubai on Monday entered into a historic partnership that will see Lagos emerge as the first Smart City in Africa. The deal is expected to bring multi-billion dollar investments to Lagos, create thousands of jobs and transform the state, a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said on Tuesday. Read more

Nigeria’s Dangote shifts focus from cement to oil and gas

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to launch Nigeria’s first private crude oil refinery by 2019 while almost doubling his cement production on the continent by adding plants in eight countries as he shrugs off a regional economic downturn. Dangote told Reuters the $12 billion refinery would have a capacity of 650,000 barrels a day, cornering the market in Africa’s most populous country, where fuel shortages are a perennial problem. Read more

Tambuwal Distributes Food, Clothing to 12,485 Orphans, Needy

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has distributed clothing and food items to 12,485 orphans and indigent persons across Sokoto state. The event, which took place in Kuchi village of Kebbe Local Government Area, had beneficiaries drawn from 85 districts in the 23 Local Government Councils of the state. Read more

Militants kill eight in Lagos, Ogun communities

Suspected militants have killed eight residents of Igbo Olomu, Bolorunduro, Ajegunle, and Oke Muti, boundary communities of Lagos and Ogun states. The killings, which were carried out on Thursday night, have caused residents of the communities to flee their homes. Read more

Ministry, Firm to Partner on Hydro Power Devt

As part of efforts towards improving electricity generation and supply in the country, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has said that the ministry is willing to partner North South Power Company Limited in the development of existing dams for power generation. Read more

Kano Disco Decries Incessant Poor Electricity Allocation

Kano Electricity Distribution Plc (KEDCO) has expressed concern over continuous poor power allocation to its network from the National Control Center (NCC) Oshogbo. The company has alsocondemned the meagre load allocation for customers in its franchise area by the Area Control Center (ACC) Kumbotso in Kano. Read more

FG, Senate Face-off Deepens Divisions Among APC Senators

The cold war among senators on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) resurfaced on Thursday, when the two factions of APC caucus in the Senate disagreed on the recent actions taken by the Muhammadu Buhari administration, especially the decision to prosecute Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu over allegations of forgery of the Senate rules. Read more

A’Court affirms Lagos traffic law on Okada restriction

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday affirmed the judgment of a Lagos High Court upholding the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012 which restricts commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada from plying some routes in the State. Read more

3,000 Children Separated from Their Parents at Bama IDP Camp, Says UNICEF

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that it has identified three thousand children who have become separated from their families at the Internally Displaced Persons Camp located at Bama in Borno State. Read more

Ugwuanyi: Bill to Improve Funding for Rangers FC Under Way

In a bid to improve funding for Rangers Football Club of Enugu, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said on Friday that a bill seeking not only to ensure adequate funding of the club but generally improve sporting activities in the state would soon be sent to the House of Assembly. The proposed bill is also aimed at liberalising the ownership of the club in a manner that interested members of the public coukd easily become co-owners of the football club. Read more

Mikel, Ighalo, Iheanacho make Nigeria’s Olympic squad

Coach Samson Siasia has named Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel and Watford striker Odion Ighalo in the 35-man Nigeria Olympic squad. Mikel, Defender Godfrey Oboabona and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi are the over-age players included in the list released by the Nigerian Football Federation today. Read more

Pistorius shown in tv interview ahead of murder sentence

After his sentencing hearing last week, convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was mistakenly ushered to a vehicle carrying Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva, the girlfriend he killed. A police officer pulled open the sliding door before realizing the error. Surrounded by journalists and onlookers, Pistorius stepped away, made a phone call and was soon driving away in a car that had arrived to collect him. Read more

We regret but respect your decision – EU leaders tell UK

The leaders of the European Union (EU) have expressed regret over the decision of Britain to leave the union but say they respect the decision of the people. This is contained in a joint statement issued by the EU leaders on Friday in Brussels obtained from the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS in Abuja. 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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