*MNJTF Arrests 24 Boko Haram Terrorists *Kachikwu Signs $80bn Oil and Gas Infrastructure Deals in China

*MNJTF Arrests 24 Boko Haram Terrorists *Kachikwu Signs $80bn Oil and Gas Infrastructure Deals in China


MNJTF Arrests 24 Boko Haram Terrorists

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) yesterday said it has arrested 24 fleeing insurgents along the Cameroonian borders. A statement by the spokesman of the task force, Muhammed Dole, said the terrorists attempted to escape the combined onslaught of Nigerian troops and the MNJTF within and around Sambisa forest. According to him, several arms cache was recovered in the operation that led to the clearance of six major enclaves of the outlawed group. Read more

Kachikwu Signs $80bn Oil and Gas Infrastructure Deals in China

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with several Chinese firms for over $80 billion new investments, spanning five years, in the oil and gas industry covering pipelines, refineries, gas and power, facility refurbishments and upstream financing. Speaking exclusively to THISDAY yesterday from Beijing, China, Kachikwu said the agreements had been executed during the three-day roadshow in the Asian country to attract investments to Nigeria’s oil and gas sector. Read more

Over 300,000 apply for 750 EFCC jobs

No fewer than 300,000 applications were received for the 750 positions advertised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, an official has said. Its Director of Public Affairs, Mr Osita Nwaja, announced the figures in Enugu when he visited the Enugu zonal office of the News Agency of Nigeria. Nwaja said that the recruitment was segmented, adding that the first phase of the exercise ended on June 26. Read more

Alade market: Why we support relocation – Iyaloja

The Iyaloja of Alade Market at Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Chief (Mrs) Aina Adenuga has appreciated the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode as well as the Ikeja Sole Administrator Engr. Abiodun Taiwo for the systematic, people friendly approach to the relocation of the market to their new site. According to her, ‘we are happy that government first provided a better, bigger and more conducive place for us before asking us to relocate. We are happy to be coming to the new Alade Market which we see as a movement to our ‘Promised land. Read more

Lebanese dupes three Lagos customers, absconds with N170m

A Lebanese and bureau de change operator, Aly Sayad, has been accused of absconding with $487,700 (about N170m)  in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State. It was learnt that three businessmen had approached the suspect in his office on Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, to help them change $487,700 to naira. Read more

Suspected serial rapist set ablaze in Delta

An angry mob on Wednesday set ablaze a suspected member of a gang of serial rapists that had terrorised Ughelli and its neighbouring communities in Delta State. No fewer than four ladies, including the wife of a popular hotelier in the metropolis, had been raped by the gang of rapists in the last two weeks. Read more

Ramadan: stakeholders extol  Unilever’s spirit of giving

Just some few days to cap the 30 day fast by muslim faithful in the country, stakeholders in all sectors of the economy across the country have commended the the ongoing #ThinkLessDoMore Ramadan Campaign by Unilever. They described the corporate social responsibility initiative as a laudable project, which has encouraged the act of giving without expecting anything in return. They also said that this is in line with observing Allah’s injunction of giving and sharing during this Ramadan period. The Lipton Ramadan campaign is about encouraging Muslim faithful’s to #ThinkLessDoMore by taking actual, concrete actions this season without expecting anything in return. Read more

Sahara Power pledges more investment in capacity building

The management of Sahara Power has restated its commitment to sustained human capital development investment in Nigeria’s power sector to ensure enhanced productivity and seamless skill transfer. Managing Director, Sahara Power, Kola Adesina stated this at a strategy session tagged “Human Capital Development in Nigeria’s power Sector”. Read more

Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 11 at mosque in Cameroon

A suicide bomber belonging to Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram killed at least 11 people when he blew himself up close to a mosque in Cameroon near the Nigerian border, military sources and local officials said on Thursday. The attack, which took place late on Wednesday, occurred after the breaking of the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Read more

Quality education at low cost

Eight-year-old Abiola Oduyinka, had spent three years in a fairly expensive private school in Igando, in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, before her parents discovered she could barely read or write.  Her father, Isaac Oduyinka, a carpenter at Iyana Iba, promptly withdrew her from the school and enrolled her at Bridge International Academy, a group of schools established for low-income earners, to save money for other needs. At Bridge Academy in Ijegun, Oduyinka pays less than N8,000 per term on his daughter. Read more

Dickson lauds EKSU for paying salaries

Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, paid tribute to the management of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti last Saturday for managing the institution well despite the current economic challenges. Dickson spoke after being conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (honoris Causa) in Public Administration at the university’s 21st convocation, during which a total of 18,685 candidates received Degrees, Diplomas and Post-graduate Diplomas. Read more

UTME ban: VC warns about scammers

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED) in Ondo, Ondo State, Prof Friday Okonofua, said no university would abide by the new policy of the Federal Government on scrapping the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME). Okonofua, who claimed the government did not consult Vice-Chancellors before making the pronouncement, said such step would only encourage scammers in the admission process. Read more

FUTMinna team wins NCC grant

A research team of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, has won the 2015 Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) research grant for the fabrication of GSM Communication Based Walking Cane Robot (GWCR) for enhancing ambulation, worth over N3 million. A letter addressed to the leader of the team, Prof Abiodun Aibinu, and signed by NCC Director, New Media and Information Security, Haru Alhassan, stated that the grant includes the design and stimulation of various surfaces as well as the working condition of GWCR. Read more

Schools stage ‘Ulysses Adventures’ to end session

As part of activities to mark the end of academic session, SS Peter & Paul Creche, Nursery and Primary School, Ikate Elegushi, Lekki pupils brought on stage ‘Ulysses’ Adventures’, an ancient Greek poem. According  to the school management, the  commencement  of  2015/2016  school  year has seen  all  classes, led  by  their  teachers, engage  in  story  reading activity so as to  stimulate  children’s imagination, which the school considers a vivid talent that needs to be exercised and engaged. Read more

Educationist seeks conducive atmosphere for low cost schools

An educationist, Dr Gboyega Ilusanya, has urged governments to create an enabling environment for low cost private school providers. He said governments could do this by regulating the schools to enable their growth, facilitate access to finance and collect data that can help stakeholders make informed decisions. Read more

That Nigerian varsities may be truly autonomous

Elder Statesman and Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has called for a strict obedience of the laws limiting the powers of Visitors, Vice Chancellors and Councils of universities if the autonomy of the university system is to be preserved in the country. Read more

Pupils show creativity at Indomie event

Empty cartons and wrappers of Indomie Noodles were put to creative use by primary school pupils that are members of the Indomie Fan Club during the 2nd Special Arts and Crafts exhibition, organised by Dufil Prima Foods in Lagos, last week. Read more

Rector, Students advocate TVE

Acting Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Dr Ayodele Olaosebikan and Students Union President (SUG) Yusuf Olalekan, have canvassed support for Technical/Vocational Education (TVE) in Nigeria. The duo said this at the mini campus of the institution in Offa, Kwara State, at the inauguration of SUG’s bakery. Read more

LASTVEB holds first merit awards

The Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) recognised outstanding teachers, vice principals, principals and administrative members of staff recently during its first Merit Award programme. Read more

NGO fetes pupils

A non-governmental organisation, Service and Service International, treated some public and private school pupils to a funfair children’s party at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. The party, which held at the SWAN Secretariat in the stadium precint, featured activities such as dance, writing, poem recitation, fashion and parade, which were keenly competed by the pupils. Read more

Abuja to shut 556 illegal schools

Worried by the increasing number of illegally-operated primary and secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Department of Quality Assurance (QA) FCT Education Secretariat has commenced a sensitization exercise that will lead to the eventual closure of all unregistered schools in the territory. Read more

Industry research strengthens German varsities, says envoy

Consul-General of Germany, Mr Ingo Herbert, has said one of the reasons German universities are strong is because of a healthy research collaboration they have with industry. Herbert spoke at a seminar on education opportunities in Germany organised by Saturday Jackson Jason (SJJ) Educational Support Nigeria Ltd held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos last Tuesday. Read more

Liverpool varsity gets accreditation for online IT courses

BCS, the Chartered Institute for Information Technology, IT, has granted full accreditation to the University of Liverpool’s online MSc in Web Sciences and Big Data programme.  All of the online information technology masters programmes offered by the University are now accredited by BCS. Read more

CBN, Citibank Execute First Naira-Settled OTC FX Futures of $20m

The first Naira-settled over-the-counter (OTC) foreign exchange (FX) Futures on the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange was yesterday executed between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Citibank Nigeria Limited. Although the FMDQ which disclosed this on its website, did not give further details about the transactions, THISDAY gathered from a reliable source in the market that the total amount of the FX Futures contract was $20 million. Read more

Nigeria Ranked One of World’s Most Unstable Countries

The Fund for Peace, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit, non-governmental research and educational institution, has ranked Nigeria as one of the world’s most unstable countries. In its 12th annual Fragile States Index (FSI) released wednesday, Fund for Peace ranked Nigeria alongside war-torn Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraqi, Guinea, Pakistan, Burundi and Zimbabwe. Read more

In a Judicial Coup, Court Sacks Sheriff as PDP Chairman

The controversy surrounding the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) assumed a new twist yesterday, when an Abuja High Court sitting in Apo District of the Federal Capital Territory ordered the party’s factional Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, and other officers of the party to refrain from parading themselves in those capacities. Justice Valentine Ashi of Court 29 issued an order restraining the individuals “currently parading themselves as the national officers of the PDP on the basis of the purported amendment to the PDP constitution effected at a special convention held in Abuja on December 10 and 11, 2014”. Read more

Former Minister, Ojo Maduekwe, Literary Icon, Elechi Amadi, Pass on

Family, friends and associates were thrown into mourning yesterday when Nigeria lost two renowned figures – former Minister of Foreign Affairs, lawyer and politician, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, and foremost literary icon, Captain Elechi Amadi (rtd), of “The Concubine” fame. Maduekwe, who was until his death the Secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died yesterday at the age of 71 shortly after taking ill after he returned from a trip to the United States. He was said to have passed away on his way to the hospital. Read more

Philanthropist builds school for Edo community

Managing Director Intercontinental Distillers Limited, Chief Patrick Anegbe, has donated a four classroom block to Efandion Secondary School, in Uromi, headquarters of Esan Northeast Local Government Area. The block includes a staff room and and principal’s office that was richly furnished. 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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