* Buhari presents N7.298tn budget * Couple to die by hanging for murder in Osun

* Buhari presents N7.298tn budget  * Couple to die by hanging for murder in Osun




Buhari presents N7.298tn budget

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presented a proposed N7.298tn budget for the 2017.

The President arrived at the National Assembly around 1:58pm and was received by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, when he entered the chamber. Read more

Couple to die by hanging for murder in Osun

An Osun State High Court sitting in Ile Ife has sentenced a couple, Fatai Jimoh and his wife, Lateefat, to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder of one Mrs. Bukola Taiwo of Ikeketu, Ile Ife.

Justice Adedotun Onibokun, while delivering the judgment on Wednesday found the husband and wife guilty of the charges preferred against them. Read more

Senate seeks SGF’s resignation over North-East contracts

Members of the Senate have called for the resignation, probe and prosecution of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, for allegedly owning one of the companies awarded contracts in the rehabilitation of the North-East.

Lawal was alleged to have resigned his directorship of the company after becoming the SGF and the company had executed the contract. Read more

Presidency promises to pay protesting Falcons on Friday

Protesting members of the Super Falcons have returned to their Agura Hotel, Abuja base after the Presidency promised that the money owed them by the Nigeria Football Federation would be paid on Friday.

Members of the female football national team had on Wednesday morning stormed the National Assembly protesting the non-payment of their allowances by the NFF. Read more

Kano cracks down on beggars, arrests 226

The Kano State Hisbah Board arrested 226 beggars for allegedly violating the law banning street begging along the major streets of the state capital in November, an official said on Wednesday.

The officer in charge of the Anti-begging Unit of the board, Malam Musa Sangaya, in Kano said that 119 of the 226 beggars were children, while 107 were adult. Read more

No way home for victims of Boko Haram

Seen from above in a helicopter, the straight white walls of Ngala camp in northeast Nigeria carve a misshapen star out of the dry brown scrub.

There are 55,000 people living in tents and straw huts inside the geometric garrison, protected from Boko Haram jihadists by the military. Read more

Driver robs passenger at gunpoint

A 35-year-old driver, Felix Jeremiah, who allegedly robbed a female passenger of her belongings at gunpoint, was on Wednesday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused, who is facing a five-count charge of conspiracy, robbery, assault, fraud and stealing, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Read more

Mimiko’s legacy difficult to surpass – Akeredolu

Ondo State’s governor-elect, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, said on Wednesday that the ‘enviable’ record of service of Governor Olusegun Mimiko would be difficult to surpass.

Akeredolu said this when he led some members of the All Progressives Congress in the state on a courtesy visit to Mimiko in his office in Akure. Read more

N26m Dasuki fund: Fani-Kayode’s ill health stalls trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja was unable to proceed with the trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani- Kayode, as scheduled on Wednesday because of the ex-minister’s ill health.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on November 11, 2016, arraigned Fani-Kayode on five charges involving alleged diversion of N26m which he allegedly received from the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, under the guise of payment for contract. Read more

Customs, police extorting us – South East traders

The South-East Zone of the Amalgamated Market Traders Association has raised the alarm over the worsening cases of extortion by security officials on highways in the country.

The President of the association, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, who made the allegation while addressing traders at Oba, near Onitsha, accused men of the Nigeria Customs Service and the police of barricading highways to extort motorists and traders. Read more

Buhari’s experience needed to avoid political crisis in Gambia – group

The coalition of seven political parties that produced Adama Barrow, President-elect of Gambia, has enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy his vast experience, alongside other African leaders to resolve the political logjam in Gambia.

A statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the coalition made the call while speaking with newsmen during the high-level ECOWAS /AU/UN Joint Mission to The Gambia on Tuesday. Read more

Borno gov orders prosecution of IDPs rice thieves

Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has asked for the immediate prosecution of those arrested for diversion of bags of rice meant for internally displaced persons in the state. The directive was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman of the governor, Mallam Isa Gusau.

In the statement, the governor said the commissioner of police in the state should expedite action on the prosecution of some officials allegedly ‎involved in the diversion of 50 bags of rice meant for internally displaced persons. Read more

Reps want local vendors in oil, gas sector paid

The House of Representatives on Wednesday called for the payment of local vendors in the oil and gas industry in the bid to save the industry.

This followed a motion by Rep. Henry Nwawuba (PDP-Imo), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote. Read more

Rights group asks FG to release Zakzaky

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called on Nigeria to end a crackdown on a pro-Iran Shiite Islamic movement and obey a court ruling ordering its leader’s release.

Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) leader Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife have spent more than a year in prison following three days of clashes between his followers and soldiers in the northern city of Zaria in December last year. Read more

Explosion kills one near police station in C’ River

At least one person is said to have died after an explosion in a building in Adadama, Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday in a building housing many displaced persons near a vandalised police station in Adadama, was said to have injured about 30. Read more

Nigeria: Customs Seals Up Rice Warehouse in Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service has sealed up about six warehouses in Lagos used by suspected smugglers.

One of the warehouses sealed up is said to contain over 20,000 bags of rice that were smuggled into the country. Read more

US Govt. announces $92m additional humanitarian assistance for Nigeria

This week, the United States Government announced nearly $92 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin region.

With this announcement, the United States is providing more than $291 million in humanitarian assistance since the 2016 fiscal year to people affected by the Boko Haram-related conflict and the related humanitarian crisis. The United States continues to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the region. Read more

Kogi to regulate hotel, tourism management

The Kogi State Executive Council has approved the establishment of Kogi State Hotel and Tourism Board and to provide for the registration, classification and monitoring of hotels and tourism establishments and other matters connected therewith.

Briefing newsmen after the Executive Council meeting, the Director General of Media and Strategy to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo said council decided to abrogate the earlier Act establishing the Board which was enacted in 1995, saying the planned repudiation of the obsolete Act was to enact a new one that conforms with “the modern demands of hotels and tourism management. Read more

Lagos housewife docked for allegedly stabbing husband’s lover

A housewife, Amudat Shosanya, was on Wednesday charged before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stabbing her husband’s lover with a broken bottle. Shosanya, 39, who resides at Jebba Street in Ebute Meta, Lagos State, is facing a charge of assault.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Mariam Dauda, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Dec. 13 at about 11.27 a.m., at Jebba Street in Ebute Meta.  Read more

Basketball: Pillars hit club championship semis

Kano Pillars Basketball club have qualified for the semifinals of the 2016 FIBA Africa organised men club championship after emerging 91-81 against their Algerian opposition, Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers. Read more

Beating Klitschko would make me a legend – Anthony Joshua

Britain’s heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua says beating Ukrainian veteran Wladimir Klitschko in their mouthwatering showdown for the IBF and WBA crowns next April would entitle him to be called a legend.

The 27-year-old 2012 Olympic champion — who defended his IBF title successfully last Saturday against American journeyman Eric Molina — will face off against Klitschko on April 29 at Wembley Stadium and said the bout could be a life-changing experience for him. “A knockout is the cherry on top but to win, whichever way, is very possible,” said Joshua at a press conference also attended by Klitschko at Wembley on Wednesday. Read more

Three women rape 20-year-old footballer, shave his hair

A group of three women plied a young footballer with vodka before performing sex acts on him and cutting his hair, a court heard.

Brogan Gillard, 26, Paige Cunningham, 22, and Shannon Jones, 20, took the 20-year-old sportsman to one of their homes after meeting him on a night out. Read more

China ‘space capsule’ experiment ends after 180 days

Six months trapped in a tiny capsule with only three other people for company gives a person time to think.

And, on emerging relatively unscathed from the deep space experiment, what Wu Shiyun thought was that he would very much like a hot bath and some seafood. Read more

Santa-suited cops surprise drug suspects

Santa came early to one house in Peru’s capital… a whole team of Santas, and they skipped the chimney entirely, choosing instead knock on the front door — really, really hard.

Unfortunately for the small band of alleged drug dealers inside, the Santas were actually anti-narcotics officers and, instead of leaving presents, they left the Lima residence with bags of evidence and four suspects in custody. Read more

Footballer who survived plane crash has only just found out his teamates is dead

One of the Chapecoense players who was involved in a plane crash in Colombia has only just been informed his teammates are dead.

Defender Neto was informed of the air crash that killed 19 players this week after waking up from a coma at the weekend. 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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