* I’ll do everything necessary to secure oil facilities in Niger Delta — Buhari * Scientists detect pest disease on maize

* I’ll do everything necessary to secure oil facilities in Niger Delta — Buhari  * Scientists detect pest disease on maize

I’ll do everything necessary to secure oil facilities in Niger Delta — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he would do everything necessary to secure oil facilities and other government assets in the Niger Delta region.

The president gave the assurance during the democracy day lecture organised on Tuesday in Abuja by the Save Democracy Group Africa, to mark the 2016 democracy day.
The theme of the lecture is, the Change Agenda and Sustenance of Nigerian Democracy. Read more

Scientists detect pest disease on maize

A Soil Scientists, Prof. Lateef Taiwo and his team at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Ibadan, have detected Armyworms devastating maize farms around South-West ecology. Taiwo made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Wednesday.

He said the Armyworm was part of the order of Lepidoptera, the larval life stage of a fall Armyworm moth, adding that it can wreak havoc to crops if left to multiply. Read more

We didn’t kill 50 dead soldiers, Buratai telling Buhari lies – Avengers

… As thousands of fleeing villagers trapped in bush without food By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South, Egufe Yafugborhi, Simon Ebegbulem  Akpokona Omafuaire , Godwin Oghre Tom Moses & Perez Brisibe Read more

Oduah receives Pan-African leadership Award 

Former Aviation Minister and lawmaker representing Anambra North Senatorial district Senator Stella Oduah on Tuesday received Pan-African leadership Award and Medal from the African Students Union Parliament, ASUP. Read more

No going back on electricity tariff hike—FG

THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, told the Senate yesterday  that there was no going back on the implementation of the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariff already in progress. According to NERC, the decision to increase the tariffs is to ensure that the power sector become revived, and that removing tariff will worsen the power problem in the country. Read more

Militants’ activities affecting Bayelsa’s monthly allocation —DEPUTY GOV

DEPUTY governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah, retd, yesterday decried the activities of militants in the creeks, lamenting that the blowing up of oil installations in the state had adversely affected the revenues accruing to the state from the Federation Account. Read more

NDDC dues: N’Assembly wants oil firms’ chiefs arrested

The National Assembly on Tuesday approved the issuance of warrants of arrest on Chief Executive Officers of seven oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region.

The CEOs are to be arrested for not honouring the lawmakers’ invitation to a public hearing where they were expected to explain reasons why they allegedly refused to remit their statutory funds to the Niger Delta Development Commission. Read more

Fulfill your campaign promises or risk revolution in Nigeria – Cardinal Okogie warns Buhari

Archbishop Emeritus of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to return to his campaign promises to Nigeria or risk a revolution.

Speaking with reporters yesterday in Lagos, the cardinal claimed that one year after inauguration, the Buhari-led government has derailed from its promises to the people, stressing that the poor masses now roam about without proper guidance while majority are left in penury in the midst of plenty. Read more

I don’t want your blood money – Immigration boss tells senior officers

Newly appointed Comptroller-General, C-G, of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede has told Zonal Coordinators and Comptrollers of the Service that he does not want their “blood money”, which he defined as ‘returns’ from “organized crime law enforcement.”

He stated this yesterday at the maiden briefing of comptrollers and other senior officers at the NIS headquarters in Abuja where the C-G unveiled his vision and agenda for the Service. Noting that indiscipline and corruption have become the order of the day, he described himself as a missionary for the realization of greatness for the NIS as well as a missionary of justice and fairness. Read more

Client rapes 7-yr-old daughter of prophetess

Many people were left speechless at the Lagos State Police Command as a seven-year-old girl narrated how she was defiled by her mother’s client, Moruf Mohammed, at 5, Samsudeen Street, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos. It was learned that the suspect raped the victim in their apartment at about 1p.m. last Wednesday, when her mother went to the market. Read more

My lover’s wife poured acid on me – 26-year-old girl laments

One Musa Jamila, a 26-year-old indigene of Edo State is reportedly struggling with her sight and acid burns after a certain woman reportedly sent a man to attack her over claims she (Jamila) was dating her husband. Jamila who works with Flour Mills is resident in Abuja.

The incident happened at about 10pm on Democracy day in Zuba, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. Read more

How my friend prints fake naira notes – Suspect confesses

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, has confirmed the arrest of two siblings, Hope and Ifeanyi Ihesiaba who were arrested for printing fake naira notes. The CP said investigation is currently ongoing.

The brothers were arrested on Oluwakemi Street, in the Ojodu Abiodun area of the state. Read more

Operators differ over legality of 3 oil and gas free zones

Operators have continued to criticize the legality and operations of the three oil and gas free zones operated by oil logistics giant, INTELS.

Some operators are of the opinion that the operations of the three oil and gas free zones, namely, Oil and Gas Free Zones in Warri Port Complex, Delta State; Eko Support Services (ESS) Lagos and Brass Oil and Gas City, Brass Island, Bayelsa State, are illegal since they are not licensed by Nigerian Exports Processing Zones Authority, NEPZA. Read more

Nigeria’s economy ‘on its knees’

Muhammadu Buhari took office as Nigeria’s president a year ago on a wave of optimism that the ex-military ruler could revive a nation battered by falling oil prices and decades of corruption.

Now, Africa’s biggest economy is on its knees and Buhari has thrown in the towel on a central pillar of his economic policy – the currency peg. Read more

W’Bank extends CADP mission in Nigeria

The World Bank has extended its Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) mission in Nigeria for another six months ending  November 2016.
The bank’s Task Team Leader (TTL) in Nigeria, Dr. El-Hadj Adama Toure, during the mission’s 12th implementation support mission wrap-up and stakeholders’ meeting held in Calabar, said the extension  was necessary for the full implementation of commercial agriculture systems across five Nigerian states participating in CADP namely, Cross River, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Ondo. Read more

NAPIMS: $7bn owed joint venture partners

Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Dafe Sejebor, yesterday disclosed that the agency was owing International Oil Companies (IOCs) involved in Joint Venture production about $7 billion.
Sejebor who spoke at an investigative hearing conducted by the House of Representatives Committees on Petroleum (Upstream) and Public Procurement on the alleged $260 million “illegal” contract by  NAPIMS, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Read more

Fidelity Bank renovates PCS classrooms in Lagos

Fidelity Bank Plc has handed over a renovated, fully equipped block of classrooms to the management of Police Children School 2, Obalende, Lagos.
The bank also promised to renovate the two buildings beside the renovated block to make the environment conducive for children to learn.
The Managing Director/CEO, Fidelity Bank, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, at the commissioning of the classrooms last Friday in Lagos also announced that to mark the Children’s Day for the pupil of the school, the bank would also give the school a power generating set to power its lab as a result of irregular power supply in the country. Read more

NSE index drops by 4.27%

Stock market resumed the first trading day of the week on a negative note as All Share Index (ASI) which rose by 6.6 percent last week to 28,902.55 basis points, fell by 1,231.47 points or 4.26 percent.
Market capitalization dropped to N9.5 trillion from N9.9 trillion recorded previously. Read more

Dalung hails Navy Sailing Club

Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung over the weekend in Lagos commended the grassroots developmental programmes of the Navy Sailing Club, Ojo, Lagos noting that the foresight of the club is one that should be emulated. The minister who was represented at the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the Nigerian Navy by the Director of Grassroots sports development in the ministry, Ademola Aree, stated that the directive of President Buhari that watersports should be encouraged is in line with the strides that the Navy Sailing Club is carrying out. Read more

Ogunbote quits Giwa FC

Gbenga Ogunbote has told supersport.com that he has parted ways with expelled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Giwa FC.

Ogunbote until his claim of resigning his appointment with the club on Wednesday was the head coach of the Jos outfit. Read more

Teacher ‘got herself pregnant by 13-year-old student’ (and says family support the relationship)

Police are searching for a teacher charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after she claimed she got pregnant by a 13-year-old student – with the support of his family.

Alexandria Vera, 24, allegedly admitted to having a sexual relationship with the young boy since September last year. Read more

Donald Trump to visit UK to open new golf resort

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has announced he is to visit the UK to open a new golf resort in Ayrshire. The US billionaire will officially open Trump Turnberry golf resort on June 24. 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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