*N4.6bn fraud: Court remands Fani-Kayode, others in prison *Dasuki authorised payment of $40m to Jonathan’s cousin’s firm – witness

*N4.6bn fraud: Court remands Fani-Kayode, others in prison *Dasuki authorised payment of $40m to Jonathan’s cousin’s firm – witness


N4.6bn fraud: Court remands Fani-Kayode, others in prison

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the remand of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, and two others in prison over an alleged fraud of N4.6bn. Justice Suleiman Hassan gave the remand order shortly after Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman and Danjuma Yusuf were arraigned before him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Read more

Dasuki authorised payment of $40m to Jonathan’s cousin’s firm – witness

A prosecution witness, Ibrahim Mahir, has said a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) authorized the payment of $40 million to a firm, One Plus Holdings. Mahir stated this when he testified in the trial of Azibaola Roberts, cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan at the Federal High Court in Abuja. Read more

National Confab: Prof Akinyemi Reprimands SGF on ‘Crude, Rude Language’

Former Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy National Chairman of the 2014 National Conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, has reprimanded the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal, for being crude and rude in referring to delegates of the conference as “boys”, among others. Read more

FG directs immediate re-opening of NERFUND

The Federal Government on Tuesday directed the immediate re-opening of the National Economic Reconstruction Fund almost one week after it was shut. The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, gave the directive in a statement issued by the Director of information in the ministry, Mr Salisu Dambata. Read more

We can’t guarantee quality teaching – Kogi teachers

Teachers in public primary and junior secondary schools in Kogi State said on Tuesday that they could no longer guarantee quality teaching in the state. The teachers, under the aegis of the Basic Education Staff Association of Nigeria, told newsmen in Lokoja that the poor welfare condition of members had made quality teaching impossible for now. Read more

UNIBEN suspends post-UTME

The management of the University of Benin, Edo State, has announced the suspension of its post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. The announcement was made barely 24 hours after the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, instructed the nation’s tertiary institutions to stop the conduct of the exercise. Read more

SON seals tyre marketing firms in Anambra

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria has sealed premises of some tyre marketing companies in Awka and Onitsha in Anambra State for distributing suspected substandard tyres. Head of SON in the state, Mr Samuel Ayuba, who led a team of officers on the operation on Tuesday, said that the raid was part of effort to check further circulation of substandard tyres in the country. Read more

Curbing Domestic Violence From Experts’ Point Of View

Domestic violence among spouses has been on the increase, despite public awareness and advices from marriage counsellors. Timothy Opaluwa writes on what the experts say are ways of stemming the tide Despite cry for mercy, Ikechukwu Anajekwu kept punching his wife mercilessly until no single a breath was left in her. Anajekwu, who is presently cooling his heels at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison for beating his wife, Obiageli, to death over her inability to bear him children also accused her of being behind his bad luck, which included his arrest for drug trafficking, imprisonment and his misfortunes in life. Read more

Tackling Issues Of Blood Shortage In Nigeria

Blood is gradually becoming scarce, especially in screening centres in Nigeria. DAVID ADUGE-ANI writes on the reasons for this renewed shortage of blood in the country’s blood banks. As a resource, allogeneic blood has never been more in demand than it is today. Escalating elective surgery, shortages arising from a fall in supply, a lack of national blood transfusion services policies, appropriate infrastructure, trained personnel, and financial resources to support the running of a voluntary non remunerated donor transfusion service, and old and emerging threats of transfusion-transmitted infection, have all conspired to ensure that allogeneic blood remains very much a vital but limited asset to healthcare delivery particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria. Read more

Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Fight Polarizes Nigeria – IRI Poll

The mode of President Muhammadu Buhari’s crusade against corruption  may have brought about intense division between the north and southern parts of the country and led to growing lack of unity of purpose on national issues. A survey poll report issued on Tuesday by a research group, the  International Republican Institute, IRI, shows that there is a split in perception on the efficacy of the anti-corruption fight along the North-South lines, with more negative views noted in the South than in the North. Read more

Blasphemy : Kano Magistrate court reject bail application for accused persons

A Kano Chief Magistrate court sitting in Kano on Tuesday turned down a bail request for five suspects accused of murdering a 74-year-old trader, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, on June 2, 2016, at the popular Kofar Wambai market in the commercial city of Kano. When the case came up for hearing, counsel for the defendants, Barrister Gambo Abdulsalam, argued that the court had jurisdiction to entertain the case on the grounds of determining the murder case against the five accused persons, namely, Ahmed Dauda; Abdullahi Mustapha; Zubairu Abubakar; Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdulllahi. Read more

You Have No Power to Remove Me, Ikpeazu Challenges Abuja Judge

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has filed an appeal against Monday’s judgment of a Federal High Court in Abuja which removed him from ‎office as governor. In the notice of appeal filed by Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, the governor raised five grounds of appeal upon which he asked the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgment and orders of the high court. Read more

254 Rivers Teachers drag Wike before Industrial Court in Bayelsa

Some 254 teachers in Rivers State on Tuesday dragged the Governor of the state, Mr Nyesom Wike, before the  National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Bayelsa State, for stopping the payment of their salaries. Wike had while announcing the government’s decision in February, 2016, reportedly noted  that he would no longer pay the salaries of primary and secondary schools’ teachers of demonstration schools and other designated institutions where pupils and students pay school fees. Read more

Nigeria central bank intervenes with dollar sales, naira weakens

Nigeria’s central bank has sold an undisclosed amount of hard currency on the interbank market to ease dollar shortages and provide importers the dollars to pay for the products they bring into the country, traders said on Tuesday. The naira ended at 282.50, slightly weaker than the 281 naira to the dollar it first traded at on Tuesday, more than three hours after market opened at 0800 GMT. Read more

Civil Society Wants Edo Continuous Voter Registration Extended

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received a pat on the back for the efforts it made to ensure that the week-long continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise in Edo State was successful by covering all the designated centres. However, the civil society organizations, under the auspices of Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG), also known as the Centre for Transparency Advocacy, appealed to INEC to extend the dated CVR exercise, which took place simultaneously in Edo and Ondo states, to July, 2016. Read more

Central bank intervenes with dollar sales as naira weakens

Nigeria’s central bank has sold an undisclosed amount of hard currency on the interbank market to ease dollar shortages and provide importers the dollars to pay for the products they bring into the country, traders said on Tuesday. The naira ended at 282.50, slightly weaker than the 281 naira to the dollar it first traded at on Tuesday, more than three hours after market opened at 0800 GMT. Read more

Plateau NDLEA Arrests 151 Suspected Traffickers with 1,316.009 kg of Drugs

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in Plateau State said on Tuesday that it has arrested 151 suspected traffickers with 1,316.009 kilogrammes of drugs between January and June 2016. State Commander of the NDLEA, Anthonia Ngozi Madubuike, said in an interactive session with journalists to mark the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse that the suspected traffickers were 140 males and 11 females. Read more

Alleged forgery: Senate summons AGF again

The Senate on Tuesday invited the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami to come and explain why it is necessary for him to drag Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, to court over alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules. Following a motion by Senator Dino Melaye, (Kogi West) titled: “Imminent threat to our democracy,” the Senate resolved to invite Malami to explain why he allegedly disregarded and reopened the alleged forgery case against Saraki and others when a court of competent jurisdiction had struck it out. Read more

Opinion poll: Nigerians pass vote of confidence on Buhari

Nigerians have passed a vote of confidence on the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying the country is moving in the right direction. They, however, lamented that the improvement has not impacted positively in their personal economy. Read more

Ensuring foreign exchange stability in Nigeria

The many inconsistencies of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as to its management of the country’s foreign exchange policy over the last two years, once again came into focus when the bank announced the new floating exchange rate regime based on a two-way quote. Observers were then tempted to wonder if the policy was well-thought-out and if it would not be reversed after a while, as was the case with the policies of dollar deposits and withdrawals as well as overseas dollar spending limits, among others. In spite of the attractiveness of the new policy, analysts are somewhat sceptical about its ability to facilitate the determination of the actual value of the naira. Read more

1,495 Convocate from Covenant University

Covenant University has graduated 1,495 students {called eagles} in the recently concluded convocation of the institution. 157 emerged first class student and the overall best student is Winner Deji Folutile with the CGPA of 4.97. Read more

NDU workers dare Dickson, vow to keep university shut

Angry workers of the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma, have rebuffed Governor Seriake Dickson’s call on them to return to work. They have vowed to keep the university shut until Dickson pays them four out of the six months salaries owed them. Read more

What Brazil can learn from Nigeria when it comes to controlling the Zika virus

The onward march of the Zika virus and the dread it is causing is starkly reminiscent of the cloud cast by Ebola. With the Olympic Games looming in Brazil, and thousands of visitors due to flock into the country, the original source of Zika, I believe there are lessons that can be absorbed from how we dealt with the earlier outbreak. Read more


About The Author

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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