Sex scandal: US govt cancels three Reps’ visas, Dogara orders probe
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday, directed the investigation of three members of the House for an alleged sex scandal.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, confirmed this in Abuja just as investigations had shown that the United States Embassy had cancelled the visas of the affected members. Read more
PDP chiefs meet as factional supporters clash at secretariat
Supporters of the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee and their counterparts from the Ali Modu Sheriff’s group on Thursday clashed at the party headquarters.
Trouble began when the supporters of Sheriff, who was sacked as the party’s national chairman in Port Harcourt three weeks ago, attempted to dislodge the pro-Makarfi protesters from the main gate of the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the PDP. Read more
ISIS develops app to recruit children, says FG
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has developed and launched a new mobile application aimed at recruiting and indoctrinating children for the purpose of furthering its Jihad course.
A statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja on Thursday said the mobile application, tagged ‘Huroof’ (Arabic alphabets or letters), is to be used by ISIS to teach children the Arabic alphabets with the aid of guns, military tanks and cannons. Read more
SGF, Sagay, Falana lament lawyers’ roles in aiding corruption
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal; the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN); and human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), among others, on Thursday lamented the roles of some lawyers, judges and other professionals in aiding corruption.
Also speaking along the same line, the Executive Secretary of the PACC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said efforts were on to isolate and penalise professionals, who contributed to money laundering, failed to expose their corrupt clients but chose to share from the proceeds of crime. Read more
EFCC arrests ex-Customs boss, Dikko, for N40bn fraud
A former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for allegedly diverting N40bn from the coffers of the NCS.
Dikko, it was learnt, had been on the radar of the EFCC for several months but his whereabouts had remained unknown. Read more
Reps disagree over choice of cars at executive session
The sharp drop in Federal Government’s revenue from crude oil sales has heightened fears among member of the House of Representatives over likely cuts in the N115bn budget of the National Assembly for this year, The PUNCH learnt on Thursday.
Findings showed that the capital projects of the House for 2016, including a proposal to buy luxury cars worth over N3.6bn had become threatened. Read more
Buhari’s military mentality affecting performance – Balarabe
A former Governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, says Buhari’s military background in addressing ethnic agitations in the country was affecting his performance.
Balarabe said the Buhari-led Federal Government had not shown seriousness in using dialogue to resolve agitations from different geopolitical zones of the country. Read more
Ekiti should go back to agriculture – Gov aspirant
A former National President, Ekiti State University Alumni Association, Kole Ajayi, has urged Governor Ayodele Fayose to invest in large-scale farming in order to complement the state’s dwindling allocations from the Federal Government.
Ajayi, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, said the people of the state needed to go back to farming to beat hunger and poverty. Read more
Edo: Aspirants ask APC to investigate bribery allegations
Some governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State have asked the leadership of the party to probe the allegations of bribery against delegates ahead of the party’s primary slated for Saturday.
Mr. Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula, who made the allegation in an interview with Channels Television, on Wednesday, spoke on behalf of 10 aspirants. Read more
Economic hardship affects children the more
That Nigeria is undergoing one of the worst economic recessions in its history is no longer news. With prices of basic necessities hitting the roof, coupled with mass retrenchment of breadwinners, the stage may be set for hunger among the most vulnerable members of the society — the children.
Researchers have concluded that during recession, children born to poor households tend to lose weight. Read more
Nine die in Lagos crash, mob burns truck
Tragedy struck at the University of Lagos Waterfront end of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State, on Wednesday after a Mazda bus with number plate, AKD 292 XL, rammed into a stationary truck. No fewer than nine people, including the bus driver, reportedly died on the spot.
Three other passengers, who sustained serious injuries, were said to have been taken to the Gbagada General Hospital, Gbagada. Read more
Senate Passes Bill to Compel FG to Patronise Nigerian Products
The Senate on Thursday passed an amendment to Public Procurement Act 2007 with provisions which mandate governments at all levels to patronise locally-manufactured products.
The bill was passed after the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Public Procurement presented by its Chairman, Senator Joshua Dariye (Plateau Central). Read more
New Forex Policy: Huge Blessings At Last
For a president that has made transparency and accountability key cornerstones of his Administration, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari must be well pleased that he has found in Mr. Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, a solid partner in his avowed determination to reposition the Africa’s biggest economy and make life better for Nigerians. Read more
INEC CHAIR BLAMES POLITICIANS FOR INCONCLUSIVE ELECTIONS
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday blamed the activities of politicians for the recent inconclusive elections in the country. Yakubu said politicians’ desperation to win elections at all cost usually lead to irregularities and electoral violence with innocent citizens killed and maimed during polls. He stated that INEC’s determination not to overlook the infractions in the conduct of elections in line with the tenet of electoral law, was another reason for the development.
Yakubu, who spoke at a one day civil society/stakeholders roundtable on INEC and inclusive elections organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG), however said inconclusive elections were not peculiar to his six months tenure in office as INEC chairman or the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, as people were made to believe. Read more
Nigerians Groan Over High Cost of Petrol; Lamenting Economic Hardship & High Cost Of Living
Latest public opinion poll results released by NOIPolls Limited have revealed that the larger proportions of Nigerians (74 percent) are currently not in support of the increase in petrol pump price. This stance has been greatly influenced by the perceived resulting effect of the increase; where Nigerians lamented over ‘economic hardship of the masses’ (41 percent), ‘Increased cost of living’ (40 percent), ‘increase in prices of goods and services’ (8 percent) and ‘Increase in cost of transportation’ (5 percent), among others. Read more
N23bn poll scam: EFCC grills Amb Adamu
In its quest to recover the N450 million said to have been given to Adamawa State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to influence the outcome of last year’s presidential election, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC yesterday quizzed the former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Hassan Adamu, for hours. Read more
Reps tackle FG on N500bn intervention fund
THE House of Representatives yesterday told the Federal Government not to disburse the N500 billion social intervention fund captured in the 2016 budget until a framework and detailed information about the scheme was made available. Read more
Ambode honours 555 public servants with Merit Awards
The Lagos State Government yesterday honoured no fewer than 555 workers in the state’s public service with the Long Service Merit Award. Governor Akinwumi Ambode, at the event in Ikeja, reiterated his commitment to workers’ welfare, saying that he would always reward exceptional performance and sanction erring workers. Read more
APC panel summons Bello over alleged anti-party activities
FOLLOWING alleged anti-party activities against Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, a panel set up by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, has summoned the governor to appear before it on Monday, June 20, at the party secretariat in Lokoja. Read more
SHIPPING POSITION: Petroleum products lead imports at Lagos port
SEVEN more vessels laden with various cargoes including Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), arrived at Lagos ports waiting to discharge. According to the yesterday’s shipping position of the Nigerian Ports Authority made available to Vanguard, showed that three other ships waiting to berth would discharge container-laden goods and bulk gypsum. Read more
CBN hopeful Naira’ll settle at N250 per dollar
THE Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN is “reasonably optimistic” the naira will settle at around N250 to the U.S. dollar after an initial period of weakness following a flotation on Monday, the bank’s governor has said in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. Central Bank said on Wednesday it would begin market-driven foreign currency trading next week, abandoning the peg of 197 naira per dollar that it has supported for 16 months. Read more
FirstBank, Zenith, UBA, GTB okay as FX dealers
As banks begin to settle into the dynamics of the flexible foreign exchange regime, which will take effect from Monday, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, is set to name the lead players in the foreign exchange market today. The lead players would be known as Foreign Exchange Primary Dealers, FXPD. Read more
CBN Unveils N500bn Non-oil Export Stimulation Facility
As part of efforts to boost activities in the non-oil sector of the economy, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday unveiled a N500 billion low interest rate non-oil export facility.
The banking sector regulator in the guidelines of the: “The Non-Oil Export Stimulation Facility (ESF), said the fund was established to support the diversification of the the economy away from oil and to expedite the growth and development of the non-oil export sector. Read more
The future of Nigeria’s forex market, by stakeholders
FOR months, Nigeria has been in the grip of acute shortage of foreign currency. As oil prices plummeted at the international market, so did the country’s foreign currency earnings. The consequence: less cash to pay for imports. Read more
House investigates TCN for alleged fraud
The House of Representatives has raised the alarm over the fleecing of the economy by eight expatriate managers of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) that earns about N168million monthly among them. Read more
National Economic Council Okays New Forex Policy
The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday approved the new foreign exchange policy declared by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The apex bank has expressed optimism that after initial shocks, the naira will stabilise at the exchange rate of N250 per dollar. Read more
Toriola joins Belgian club
Nigerian table tennis star, Segun Toriola, will join a Belgian table tennis club after the 2016 Olympic Games. The player, who will be featuring in his seventh Olympics for Nigeria in August, quit French Division Two side, Argentan Bayad, after nine years.
Toriola played his last game for Argentan on May 3 and was honoured by officials of the club in France. Read more
KALU THANKS NIGERIANS DESPITE RIO OLYMPICS FAILURE
D’Tigress forward, Ezinne Kalu, has thanked Nigerians for their support for the national team, despite failing to qualify for the Rio Olympics basketball event.
The team that crashed out of the ongoing Women’s Olympics Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) in France placed last in its group that included Belarus and Korea. D’Tigress lost their opening game 71-60 to Belarus and beat Korea 70-69. Belarus needed to beat Korea for Nigeria to qualify for the quarter-finals, but Korea beat Belarus 66-65 to qualify ahead of Nigeria. Read more
FANS TO OWN SHARES IN NPFL CLUBS
The League Management Company (LMC) has presented opportunities to fans of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs to own shares in their favourite clubs.
This is sequel to the meeting of LMC and NASD Over the Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange in Lagos on Thursday to explore strategies and means to transform NPFL clubs ownership from governments to community-based and public subscription ownership. Read more
I deserve Eagles job – Yusuf
Nigeria caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf has maintained he has paid his dues to be named the country’s coach on a permanent basis and as such he would not consider another position in the Super Eagles. Read more
Islamic State savages brutally STONE four men to death for ‘adultery’
The four were brutally murdered by ISIS executioners for the alleged crime, using the punishment decreed under the terror group’s warped interpretation of Sharia Law. The execution is believed to have taken place near the Tigris river in Iraq.
The rocks, which initially surround the men as they sit blindfolded and praying, were selected so they would not kill the men outright – inflicting the highest amount of pain possible. Read more
Syrian journalists in critical condition after bombing
Syrian journalists Hadi al-Abdullah and Khaled al-Iessa have been critically wounded after an improvised explosive device targeted their house outside a rebel-held area of Aleppo late on Thursday night.
The two men were lifted from under rubble by Syria’s civil defence volunteers, or The White Helmets. Read more
Russian hooligans attack Spanish tourists outside Cologne Cathedral
Violence which has marred Euro 2016 spread from France to Germany when Russian hooligans set upon Spanish tourists outside Cologne Cathedral.
Seven Russians were reported to have been involved in the assault on three Spaniards – two men and one woman. One of the male victims suffered a broken nose. Read more
Bernie Sanders vows to work with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump
Bernie Sanders pledged on Thursday to work with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump in the US presidential election as he gave the clearest signal yet that his quest to win the Democratic nomination is over. Read more