* Maina has three passports – Immigration (DailyTrust) * I’m under pressure to replace Rochas in 2019 –Okorie (Sun)

*    Maina has three passports – Immigration (DailyTrust)    *     I’m under pressure to replace Rochas in 2019 –Okorie (Sun)


Maina has three passports – Immigration (DailyTrust)

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede, told a House of Representatives panel on Thursday that Abdulrasheed Maina operated three passport. He said Maina used to have an official passport, which had expired but not renewed; an ordinary valid passport and an American passport. “We got to know about Maina on September 27, 2013 when he was going out of the country through the MMIA. He has three passports. The first one was an official one, expired not renewed. His current passport is valid till 2018. He also has a valid US passport, to expire 26 Aug, 2020. “During our checks, we discovered that Maina has travelled many times. He was stopped because of an EFFC letter. Read more

I’m under pressure to replace Rochas in 2019 –Okorie (Sun)

For over two decade, Linus Okorie, the founder of GOTNI (Guardians of the Nation International), has offered leadership trainings to over 100,000 Nigerian youths. In this interview, Okorie takes us on a pilgrimage into the formation of GOTNI and other issues. You were only 19 when the dream of GOTNI came to you. Today, it has become nationally and internationally recognised. What gave birth to this dream, and how did you go about actualisation it at that early stage? I thought there was a huge deficit of leadership capital in Nigeria then. I saw many people taking decisions for government institutions, and I did not see the leadership competencies required. Read more

98-year-old Akintola enrolls for national identity number, encourages all to register (Guardian)

At 98, Pa Akintola Williams’ love for Nigeria still burns. The doyen of the Accountancy profession demonstrated it yesterday at the Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos where he went to register in the ongoing identity card scheme. It is spearheaded by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Williams was flanked by some other elder statesmen, including Chief Obafemi Olopade, 91, Chief (Dr) Christopher Oladipo Ogunbanjo, 93 and Prof. Frank Okiosor, 85, who said they were at the prestigious elite recreation centre to emphasize their belief in Nigeria and tell the younger generation to show faith in the country. Read more

FG sacks Lagos trade fair complex concessionaire (Punch)

The Federal Government, through the National Council on Privatisation, has sacked the concessionaire in charge of the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex over the non-remittance of lease fees totalling N6bn. As stated in the termination letter issued by the NCP, the concessionaire, Aulic Nigeria Limited, had breached the agreement it signed in 2007 with the Federal Government. According to the letter, the illegalities perpetrated over the years by the concessionaire vary from the non-remittance of the lease fees to the alleged eviction of the management board from the administrative building, among others. Read more

Experts hopeful of waiver extension for Nigeria as OPEC decides oil outlook (Guardian)

As the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and other non-members meet today, to decide on key policies, oil and gas analysts in Nigeria are optimistic that the country will get an extension of the waiver it is enjoying from current supply cuts in the market. But any negative outcome from the meeting and resumption of hostilities in the Niger Delta as being threatened, could spell doom for Nigeria, and hamper implementation of the 2018 budget, analysts told The Guardian yesterday. Nigeria has been enjoying waiver from OPEC’s supply cut, to curb free fall of oil prices but may come off that restriction soon, depending on OPEC’s decision today. Read more

AIB blames pilots’ error for $500m loss to air crashes (Sun)

The Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) yesterday released the final report on four air accidents that occurred in the country’s airspace in recent years, blaming errors on the part of the operating pilots and engineers as the major causes of the accidents. The four accidents involved aircraft belonging to Aero Contractors Airline; the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria; Gitto Construction Company Helicopters; and the International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin. The Aero Contractors accident involved a Boeing 737-500 aircraft with registration 5N-BLE which occurred at FL330 en route Kaduna Airport. Read more

Slavery: Charly Boy group to occupy Libyan Embassy Thursday (ThisDay)

Following the global outcry over the slavery of Nigerians and other West Africans in Libya, a group, Our Mumu Don Do, spearheaded by popular musician and entertainer, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, will today occupy the Libyan Embassy in Abuja. In a statement signed by Charles Oputa, OurMumuDonDo, Deji Adeyanju, Concerned Nigerians, Ariyo Dare Atoye, Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy, Bako Abdul Usman, Campaign for Democracy and Moses Paul of MAD Connect, described the situation as horrifying. They said: “We are horrified by the reports and footage of hundreds of Africans, including Nigerians, being sold into slavery by slave dealers in Libya as published by CNN and several other international media houses. Read more

Lagos Model College Shines At Ola-Oki Lagos Scrabble Tourney In Badagry (Nation)

Athletes of Lagos Model College were cynosure of all eyes as they took home most prizes in the final day of 3rd edition of Dr Ola-Oki Scrabble Championship in Badagry on Wednesday. The competition was held at Ola Oki Medical Centre, lbereko Badagry. At the end of three days brainstorming activities from no fewer than 300 students of schools within Education District 5, Lagos State Model College was adjudged the best school of the tournament. In the top 5 rating determined by the technical officers of Lagos State Scrabble Association, the Model College students came second,  fourth and fifth in the senior category, while the students of the college came first and second in the junior events. Read more

Over 70 percent of Osun income in 7 years spent on salary, pension –Aregbesola (DailyTrust)

Osun State Governir, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has disclosed that 80 percent of the total income generated by the state in the past 7 years of his administration was spent on payment of salary of workers and pension of retirees in the state. Aregbesola said the insinuation by his opponents that his administration spent 80 percent of the state income on developmental projects ‎against welfare and salaries of workers as untrue and hogwash. Speaking on a television show in Osogbo, the state capital on Wednesday as part of activities marking the 7th anniversary of his administration, the governor said over N220 billion Naira has been spent between November 2010 to October 2017 on payment of salaries and pensions. Read more

New vaccine, long-acting drug trials buoy hopes in HIV fight (Sun)

Researchers announced the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS. The start of the three-year vaccine trial involving 2,600 women in southern Africa means that for the first time in more than a decade there are now two big HIV vaccine clinical trials taking place at the same time. The new study is testing a two-vaccine combination developed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The first vaccine, also backed by NIH, began a trial last November. Read more

NNPC Targets $5bn Cash-for-Crude Prepayments (ThisDay)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is targeting up to a $3.5-$5 billion cash-for-crude prepayments from some of the world’s top commodity traders to fund oil and gas upstream projects as well as related infrastructure. This is coming as the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia look set this week to prolong oil supply cuts until the end of 2018 on the condition that they may review the deal when they meet again in June 2018 if the market overheats. Nigeria was hit hard by the sharp drop in global oil prices in 2014 and 2015 that pushed it into its first recession in 25 years. Read more

2019: No alternative to Buhari — Ortom (DailyTrust)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that he has not seen any other alternative to President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election. Ortom said this yesterday in Makurdi while fielding questions from newsmen. “I have not seen an alternative to Buhari for now. I’m committed to my belief that he is the kind of leader we need at this time,” he said. The governor said that the president had endeared himself to Nigerians because of his resolve to fight corruption to a standstill, stressing that he exhibited high sense of integrity and self-discipline. Read more

800 workers benefit from FMBN N7bn loan disbursement (Sun)

As part of effort to assist workers to build their own houses, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) says it has disbursed more than N7 billion loan to 800 beneficiaries in 2017. Its Managing Director, Ahmed Dangiwa, disclosed  this at the FMBN 2017 Management Retreat in Abuja, with the theme “Towards Improving FMBN Transaction Turnaround Time“. Dangiwa noted that the focus of the bank’s loan was to ensure completion of ongoing projects and recover FMBN financial outlay presently tied. He said that the bank recovered N2.4 billion in 2017 against a cumulative figure of N8.3 billion as at 2016. Read more

GSK starts big African study of injectable drug to prevent HIV (Nation)

ViiV Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK ) Plc’s HIV unit, said on Thursday it started an African study to evaluate long-acting injectable drug for the prevention of HIV infection in sexually active women. ViiV Healthcare said in a statement that the cabotegravir study seeks to enroll 3,200 women aged 18 to 45 years from sub-Saharan African countries,. The “HPTN” 084 Phase III study will evaluate injections given every two months, ViiV Healthcare said. The company said that the study is being conducted through a public-private funding by ViiV Healthcare, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more

Katsina awards N5.9b contracts (DailyTrust)

About N5.96b worth of contracts have been approved by Katsina state government for constructions feeder roads and rehabilitation of some of its General hospitals. Briefing newsmen at the end of the state executive council meeting, the state commissioner of information and home affairs, Hamza Brodo said the projects are meant to better the lives of the populace. A breakdown of the works approved include, 39 feeder roads at N2.8b, a 16.5 km Kankia – Kusada road at 1.9bn, conversion of Funtua solar street light to electricity at N161.5m. Read more

APGA victory: Anambra people voted for Ojukwu not Obiano –Anumaka (Sun)

Chief Tobby Anumaka, Patron Okpoko Igbo and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the victory of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate and Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano in the just concluded Anambra State governorship election as victory for the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu (Ikemba Nnewi). Has President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the South-East change the perception of an average Igbo about his person? President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the South-East is a strong indication that he does not hate Igbo contrary to earlier insinuation that the President is anti-Igbo. I stand to be corrected; the cook, driver and most domestic staff of President Buhari are Igbo. Read more

Why I gave N450,000 gift to judge, by SAN (Nation)

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria ( SAN ) Mr Paul Usoro has explained the circumstances in which he gave N450,000 to a judge of the National Industrial Court, Justice James Agbadu-Fishim. He said it was a gift, not a bribe. Usoro, who is aspiring for the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA presidency, was reacting to a statement credited to a human rights lawyer Prof Chidi Odinkalu. Odinkalu said Usoro admitted “bribing” a judge and should not be allowed to run for the office. “It is an insult to us all. We all have a duty to stop it (Usoro’s bid)… In a sane country, Paul Usoro should be facing disciplinary proceedings at best and should have been disbarred,” Odinkalu was quoted as saying. Read more

Nobody has authority to depose monarch without govt approval – Wike (ThisDay)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that nobody has the authority to depose a first class traditional ruler in the state without the approval of the state government. Wike expressed disappointment with elders of Abonnema Community whom he said accused of brewing crisis in the area and maintained that the Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Bob-Manuel, remains a duly recognised first class traditional ruler in the state. Speaking during a solidarity visit by the Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Bob-Manuel, and Abonnema Council of Chiefs at the Government House Port Harcourt yesterday, Wike expressed regret that security agencies have allowed themselves to be used by some persons to illegally intervene in chieftaincy affairs. Read more

Pomp as Ayetoro-Yewa celebrates festival of tradition, culture (Sun)

It was celebration of traditions and exhibition of the rich cultural heritage of Ayetoro, at the grand finale of the 2017 Ayetoro-Yewa held at the football pitch of Comprehensive High School. Drumming, dancing, cultural displays and booming of guns rent the air, while superlative performances by Sango and Egungun dancers, drew great applause from the audience. The grand finale was also used to dole out scholarship awards to 60 indigent students. Similarly, furniture were donated to selected schools, while free medical treatment was made available. The organisers also used the auspicious occasion to launch a N250 million development fund. Read more

ELDee condemns slave trade and human trafficking (Guardian)

Nigerian-American rapper turned IT Consultant Olanrewaju Dabiri, popularly known as Eldee has condemned what he describes as “other forms of slavery” that exists in Africa and beyond the continent. Following the recent news about the thriving slave trade of African migrants in Libya, eLDee has come out to air his own views on the issue, saying that we need to inspect all the ways in which we enslave others. eLDee called out everyone for only making a statement about an issue when it is convenient. The other forms of slavery he mentioned were child labour, underpayment of the house helps from different African countries who work like slaves from dusk until dawn only to make N10,000 a month, declaring that they must be put to a stop. Read more

Ex-Twitter worker claims responsibility for Trump’s account shutdown  (Nation)

A German man has come forward as the former Twitter Inc employee who shut down the account of U.S. President Donald Trump for 11 minutes this month on his last day of work at the social network. The technology news website TechCrunch published an interview on Wednesday with Bahtiyar Duysak, whom it called a 20-something with Turkish roots who was born and raised in Germany. The website said he was a temporary contract worker in San Francisco for Twitter. Duysak, who had not previously been identified as the person behind the takedown, told TechCrunch that he considered Trump’s temporary silencing a “mistake” and never thought the account would get deactivated. Read more

Nigeria, Ghana battle in Afri-Global unity skate soccer (Sun)

The return match of the International Skate Soccer Fiesta played by physically challenged athletes from Nigeria and Ghana will take place at the Agege Stadium in Lagos Nigeria on Saturday, December 9th. The competition, which is organized by the IFSS (International Federation for Skate Soccer) is being co-sponsored by Afriglobal Group of Companies, a business conglomerate with business interests in Healthcare, Supply Chain Management and Commodities and by  Binatone, Africa’s leading brand in household electrical appliances as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Read more

FIFA World Cup: Iniesta congratulates Nigeria in exclusive video (Nation)

Ahead of Friday’s Final Draw,  Spain’s Andrés Iniesta have congratulated  Nigeria for qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup slated for Russia. In the same vein, Nigeria’s Mikel Obi congratulated Costa Rica for also qualifying for the biggest football Mundial in the world. Other  key players representing each of the teams that have qualified for the FIFA World Cup™ have taken time to congratulate each other based on the order of qualification for Russia 2018. From host country star Fyodor Smolov to Jefferson Farfán, who booked the last World Cup spot with Peru, all players recorded the following statement – the first part in their mother tongue and the second in the language of the team being congratulated: Congratulations (name of country) – see you in Russia! Read more

Russia 2018 : Draws’ll decide Eagles’ fate –Eguavoen (Sun)

Nigeria former international, Austin Eguavoen, has said that it would be very difficult to predict the extent the Super Eagles could go in the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup until the draws are out on Friday. He told Daily Sunsports on telephone that though the current assembled squad has shown promises of greatness in the qualifying matches and the friendly against Argentina, the draws would be the major determinant of how far the team could go in Russia. Asked if the team is on course for the World Cup, the former Eagles skipper and coach said: “Let us not forget that the World Cup is in June and the FIFA rules and regulations stipulates that clubs should release players two weeks before the tournament. Read more

Trump sparks outrage in UK with tweet to May after sharing far-right videos (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump, in an unprecedented public attack on America’s closest security ally, sharply rebuked British Prime Theresa May on Twitter after Britain criticised him for retweeting British far-right anti-Islam videos. “Theresa @theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine,” Trump tweeted, sparking further outrage in Britain that has seen several major Islamist militant attacks on its streets. Read more

U.S. warns North Korean leadership will be ‘utterly destroyed’ in case of war (Reuters)

The United States warned North Korea’s leadership it would be “utterly destroyed” if war were to break out after Pyongyang test fired its most advanced missile, putting the U.S. mainland within range, in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The Trump administration has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear weapons programmes, including military ones, but that it still prefers a diplomatic option. Speaking at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States had never sought war with North Korea. 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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