* New militant group bombs NPDC pipeline * FRSC begins speed limiter enforcement Oct. 1

* New militant group bombs NPDC pipeline  * FRSC begins speed limiter enforcement Oct. 1




New militant group bombs NPDC pipeline

Barely a day after it threatened to attack oil and gas installations within the upland part of the Niger Delta, a new militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, on Wednesday reportedly blew up a major oil trunk line in Isoko area of Delta State.

The NDGJM had on Tuesday threatened to attack oil facilities located in the upland of the region, including the Warri and Port-Harcourt refineries, following alleged Federal Government’s failure to develop upland communities as well as include them in the ongoing dialogue with Ijaw militants. Read more

FRSC begins speed limiter enforcement Oct. 1

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, has announced that enforcement of the speed limiters on commercial vehicles will commence nationwide on October  1, 2016.

Oyeyemi said this on Wednesday in Abuja during a stakeholders’ meeting with relevant government agencies and transport unions. Read more

Jonathan formed Avengers before 2015 polls — RNDA

The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers says former President Goodluck Jonathan formed the Niger Delta Avengers in 2014 during the build-up to the presidential election.

It threatened that should Jonathan deny being the NDA sponsor, it would reveal more details of their relationship. Read more

Buhari appoints economic adviser, four others

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday administered oaths of office on four special advisers and one permanent secretary at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The brief ceremony took place shortly before the commencement of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council which the President presided over. Read more

Budget padding: Dogara shuns police invitation

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has shunned the invitation of the police Special Investigating Panel over allegations of budget padding.

The PUNCH reliably gathered on Wednesday that the Speaker did not honour the police invitation because the letter was not signed by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. Read more

PDP CRISIS: Peace move hits brick wall

Attempt by the Board of Trustees, BoT, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to broker peace between Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and the National Caretaker Committee of the party met a brick wall, yesterday, as Sheriff insisted that the proposed national convention scheduled for August 17 in Port Harcourt be put off for peace to reign.
According to him, the dissolution of the caretaker committee will create room for a fresh start. Read more

Northern religious leaders lead anti-Shittes’ protest in Kaduna

Religious leaders in the 19 northern states under the aegis of Northern Inter-Faith and Religious Organisations for Peace on Wednesday besieged the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, to protest against the activities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by Ibrahim El-Zak Zakky.

They were received by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Habila Joshak, on behalf of the IGP, who promised to act on their request. Read more

Group hails Obasanjo, Ooni’s call for Yoruba unity

A Yoruba socio-political group, Egbe Omo Yoruba in North America, has expressed support for the recent calls by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, that the Yoruba people should be more united.

The President of the group, Mr. Bode Omodele, said the group was worried about the lack of unity among the Yoruba, adding that the South-West leaders should emulate the North. Read more

EFCC investigates ‘missing’ N3b military operation cash

How did the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) utilise the multi-billion naira it collected from some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for military operations between 2007 and 2015?

This is one of the issues the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is expected to look into as it begins the probe of 56 individuals and organisations, including two former army chiefs – Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah —and former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki, over N405 billion defence contracts scam. Read more

FG revives NIOMCO
THE first phase of the modified concession agreement between the Federal Government and Global Steel Holdings has commenced with the movement of geological experts and engineering staff of the National Iron Ore Mining Company, NIOMCO, Itapke, to site.
Officials of the Ministry of Solid Minerals were also on site to play a supervisory role in the premier phase, which is known as Due Diligence. Read more

Oshiomhole, Duke, Aliyu clash over economy

There was drama on Wednesday as the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, clashed with a former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, and an ex-Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, over the poor performance of the economy and decline of the Naira against other currencies.

The incident happened at the second public lecture organised by the  Kukah Centre for Faith, Leadership and Public Policy with the theme, “From activism to political power: The challenges of democratic governance in Nigeria.” Read more

Don’t pit us against Osogbo people, Ede warns Aregbesola

The Ede community on Wednesday warned Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to stop policies which  could precipitate crisis between the town and Osogbo, the state capital.

The National Vice-President of the Federation Council of Ede Descendants Union, Chief Moshood Adeleke, who led chiefs and other leaders of the town, said this at a press conference held at the palace of the Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Lawal. Read more

Three arraigned for ‘defrauding’ Konga of N35m

The Police Special Fraud Unit (SFU) yesterday arraigned three men at the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining i-Phones worth N35million from an online shopping company, Konga, without paying for them.

John Nweke, Stephen Anike and Kelechi Emenike were accused of issuing Konga with two bank cheques that bounced at presentation. Read more

Rain sweeps away 29 cows, bridges in Plateau

No fewer than 29 cows were on Tuesday swept away by a downpour in the Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State. The flooding also destroyed farmlands and swept away bridges linking the area to other parts of the state.

Member representing Jos East Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Joshua Madaki, told reporters on Wednesday that the heavy rain, which lasted several hours, also disconnected the council secretariat from the people, forcing residents to go through the Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State before they could reach the council headquarters. Read more

Improvement in WASSCE results: Stakeholders identify marking scheme, teachers, students as key

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, last Friday released its 2016 May/June WASSCE results, recording 53 per cent five credits pass in English Language and Mathematics, thereby breaking the jinx of mass failure recorded in a decade.
Asked if the improvement in candidates’ performance was not due to WAEC lowering the standard of questions set and the marking scheme, the Head of Nigeria National Office, WAEC,  Mr. Olu Adenipekun, attributed the improvement to the hard work and commitment of students, teachers, government and other stakeholders in the education sector. Read more

UNIOSUN lecturer in sex scandal video

A lecturer at the Department of Languages and Linguistics of the Osun State University, Ikire Campus, Dr. Wale Ojoniyi, is currently in trouble following the release of a video tape of his alleged sex escapade with a 400 level English student of the institution, Mercy Ikwue.

The student, who released the over 30-minute video clip, recorded it in a hotel room. Read more

Pandemonium as police kill protesting youths in Kogi

There was pandemonium on Wednesday in Umomi community in the Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State when some policemen attached to the Ugwolawo division opened fire on a crowd of protesting youths.

Two of the youths, identified as Okaye Omodi and Zekeri Mohammed, were shot dead by the officers, who immediately fled to their station. Read more

Abia command arrests pastor behind serial car theft

Operatives of the Abia State Police Command have arrested a pastor, Onyenweaku Chibunnam, for allegedly stealing a Toyota Camry in Ebem Ohafia community, of the Ohafia Local Government Area of the state.

Chibunnam was arrested with an accomplice, Prince Nnabugwu, who confessed that they belonged to a car-snatching syndicate. Read more

NLNG subsidiary cuts workers’ salaries by 50%

Seafarers in the employ of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ship Management Limited, a subsidiary of the Nigeria LNG Limited, will from September 1 receive half of their current salaries.

The decision is said to be in response to the more than 60 per cent reduction in the company’s revenues occasioned by the drop in the global oil price, which has fallen from $140 to about $40 per barrel in the last one year. Read more

Shell declares force majeure on gas to NLNG

Royal Dutch Shell said its local unit, Shell Petroleun Development Company (SPDC), has declared force majeure on gas supplies to Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) plant because of a leak, potentially exacerbating a decline in exports for the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member that’s suffering from militant attacks on energy infrastructure.

“The pipeline has been shut down for a joint investigation visit into the cause of the leak and repairs,” Natasha Obank, a Shell spokeswoman, said in a statement. The leak occurred on the Eastern Gas Gathering System (EGGS-1) pipeline which supplies the bulk of Shell’s gas to the NLNG plant on Bonny Island. However, some supply continues through other pipelines, Shell said. Read more

NECA, NUPENG task government on economic revival

The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), and Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG), have express concern over current state of the economy.

The associations specifically applauded the Federal Government’s courage in embracing the policy of deregulation of petroleum products, renewed interest in revamping the rail system, guided liberalisation of the foreign exchange market, etc. which, in due time, would impact positively on the economy both in the short and long term. It therefore pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the government. Read more

Angola remains top oil producer despite Nigeria’s recovery

Five months after it overtook Nigeria as Africa’s top oil producer, Angola retained the status in July despite a reported increase of 147,400 barrels per day in Nigeria’s production, data from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries have shown.

OPEC, in its Monthly Oil Market Report for August, which was released on Wednesday, put crude oil production from Nigeria at 1.527 million bpd in July based on direct communication, up from 1.379 million bpd in June. Read more

Oil search in Chad Basin: Matters arising

To say that the position of this government on several issues is getting more and more worrisome by the day is an understatement. How do you or plan the fact that in a country where there is no money (as we were told) to pay workers’ salaries or to alleviate the suffering of the masses, majority of whom cannot even eat once in a day, we are talking of spending billions of naira (either already earmarked or to be raised) on finding oil by force in the north?

For a country in an economic crisis largely because of its dependence on oil, and given the public push for a drastic revving up of non-oil sectors of the economy, how is the pursuit of oil in the north now our national priority? Read more

FG begins review of tax policy

The Federal Government on Wednesday began the review of the National Tax Policy with the inauguration of a committee to carry out the exercise.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who inaugurated the committee at the headquarters of the ministry in Abuja, stated that the government was determined to simplify the country’s tax code for effective revenue generation. Read more

SEC to end issuance of e-dividend warrant by June 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has directed all registrars operating in the Nigerian capital market to end the issuance of e-dividend warrant to investors by June 31, 2017.

This, according to the commission, will compel retail investors to embrace the exercise and stem the rising unclaimed dividend in the capital market, which is currently put at N80 billion. Read more

Federal Government identifies unemployment, corruption as underlying factors in migration, trafficking

Government has identified Terrorism and Corruption as major underlying factors in issues concerning trafficking, criminality and migration from Nigeria.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), made this known at a meeting with an Italian delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentlioni Silveri, recently in Abuja. Read more

Apapa Customs Records N28bn Monthly Revenue

Despite the downturn in activities in the nation’s maritime sector, the Apapa Area One Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has recorded massive growth in monthly revenue generation.

Statistical figure made available to THISDAY revealed that the command collected a total of N27.5 billion for the month of July as against N23 billion in the month of June, indicating a 16.36 per cent increase. Read more

Nigeria loses top position in GDP to South Africa

South Africa’s economy has regained the position of Africa’s largest in dollar terms more than two years after losing it to Nigeria as the value of the nations’ currencies moved in opposite directions.

Based on gross domestic product at the end of 2015 published by the International Monetary Fund, the size of South Africa’s economy is $301 billion at the rand’s current exchange rate, while Nigeria’s GDP is $296 billion. Read more

CBN may license new money transfer operators

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is considering licensing new International Money Transfers Operators (IMTOs) to join three certified operators – Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria, it was learnt yesterday.

Industry sources said the apex bank is receiving new applications from prospective IMTOs jostling for the Nigeria market, and targeting huge dollar inflows from Nigerians in Diaspora, who remit over $21 billion annually to national coffers. The annual Diaspora remittance is expected to hit $35 billion this year following the devaluation of the naira, which remains an incentive for Nigerians in Diaspora to send more dollars home. Read more

NNPC, FIRS, CBN to collaborate on revenue generation

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru has  expressed the readiness of the corporation to continue to collaborate with the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)  and other government agencies to generate revenue for Federal Government.

Baru suggested the setting up of a committee between the NNPC and FIRS to update the Corporation’s tax obligation up to 2015 assuring that all its joint venture partners would align themselves in order to ensure that the right taxes are paid. NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, GarbaDeen Muhammad made this known in a statement yesterday. Read more

Colombia beat Nigeria to book quarter-final spot

Colombia secured their place in the knockout stages of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 after a convincing 2-0 victory over Group B winners Nigeria in Sao Paulo on Wednesday night.

A first-half strike from captain Teofilo Gutierrez and a second-half penalty from Dorlan Pabon ensured the South Americans joined their West African opponents in the quarter-finals. Read more

Gernot Rohr to resume duties with NPFL All-Star in Spain

Gernot Rohr, the newly engaged Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles of Nigeria is expected to resume work this week, with a visit to the Nigeria Professional League All-Star team currently on a playing tour with clubs in the Spanish LaLiga.
Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Chris Green, informed npfl.ng that Rohr is expected to join the All-Star team in Spain by Friday, August 12 when they play Malaga FC in the opening of the Carranza World Club Tournament. Read more

AFCON Qualifiers: CAF Names Algerian Referee For Eagles, Tanzania Clash

The Confederation of African Football has appointed Algerian Mehdi Abid Charef as referee for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Tanzania’s Taifa Stars.

He will be assisted by fellow Algerians, Abdelhak Etchiali (first assistant), Ahmed Tamen (second assistant) and Mustapha Ghorbal (reserve referee) for the encounter billed for the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt September 3, 2016. The match commissioner is Mr. Inyangi Bokinda from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more

The most badass female Olympians at Rio 2016

With the exception of tennis, there’s not a great deal of women’s sports that get a lot of airtime on TV.

But every four years, the Olympics comes along and we ladies (and girls) can revel in the thousands of elite female competitors absolutely killing it in their field. Read more

US deports Guatemalan massacre suspect Santos Lopez Alonzo

A former Guatemalan soldier suspected of helping carry out a massacre in 1982 during the country’s civil war has been deported from the US.

Santos Lopez Alonzo, 64, arrived on a flight in Guatemala City handcuffed and flanked by security guards. Read more

Australia accuses refugees of falsely reporting sexual abuse

Australia on Thursday accused asylum seekers held in Pacific detention camps of falsely reporting sexual assault in order to get sent to Australia, a day after a newspaper published leaked documents detailing abuse at the Nauru immigration centre.

More than 2,000 incidents, including sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm, were reported over two years at the Australian-funded Nauru detention centre, more than half involving children, Guardian Australia reported. Read more

Deadly wildfires ravage southern France, Portugal

Fires whipped by high winds ravaged swaths of southern France and Portugal on Wednesday, killing at least four people, burning scores of homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands, including tourists.

In France, multiple fires formed a column marching toward the Mediterranean port city of Marseille. Hundreds of miles away, a fire swept overnight into Funchal, the capital of Portugal’s Madeira Islands, killing three elderly people and leaving more than 300 with minor burns and smoke inhalation. Read more

Canadian police kill suspect after receiving tip-off of terror threat – news channels

Canadian police killed a man on Wednesday, CTV and CBC television news channels reported, after the police had earlier issued a statement saying that they had identified a suspect after receiving “credible information of a potential terrorist threat”.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had said in the statement that the suspect had been identified and the police took action to ensure the safety of the public. Read more

Donald Trump accuses Barack Obama of being the ‘founder of Isis’

Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of founding the Islamic State group that is wreaking havoc from the Middle East to European cities.

A moment later, on another topic, he referred to the president by his full legal name: Barack Hussein Obama. 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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