* Fake embassy found in Lagos * Three worshippers die in Synagogue church stampede

* Fake embassy found in Lagos  * Three worshippers die in Synagogue church stampede




Fake embassy found in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command says it has discovered a fake embassy operating in Lagos where many innocent members of the public had allegedly been defrauded.

It was gathered that policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) had swooped on the ‘embassy’ and arrested two Chinese and two Nigerians. Read more

Three worshippers die in Synagogue church stampede

No fewer than three worshippers at the Synagogue Church of all Nations, Ikotun, Lagos State, have been confirmed dead after a stampede on the church’s premises on Saturday.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the victims were part of a crowd that struggled to see the church’s General Overseer, Prophet Temitope Joshua, during a special healing service. Read more

Discos worse than NEPA, PHCN – Senate committee

The Senate has said the performance of the electricity distribution companies that took over from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria and National Electric Power Authority is worse.

The Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy headed  by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe made the declaration during its oversight visit to electricity companies and power parastatals in Kaduna  State, on Friday. Read more

‘Buhari paying lip service to democracy’

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of paying lips service to the sustenance of democracy in the country.

The governor said, “Any President that looks the other way while the rights of his people to freely elect their leaders are being snatched at gunpoint by his own party men is not worthy of being associated with democracy.” Read more

Travellers give bribes at airports – ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has said about 53 per cent of travellers give bribes to workers and officials at the Lagos and Abuja international airports.

The ICPC Chairman, Ekpo Nta, said this, while unveiling a report on the Corruption Risk Assessment done on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Read more

Ohanaeze, Ngige disagree over Buhari’s treatment of Igbo

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, has dismissed as false, claims by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, that President Muhammadu Buhari is unfair to the Igbo.

The Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political body of the Igbo, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, had on Friday said the organisation backed former President Goodluck Jonathan against Buhari in the 2015 presidential election because Buhari had always been unfair to Igbo. Read more

Rivers: APC’s Abe wins, other results being awaited

The senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers South-East, Senator Magnus Abe, has won the legislative rerun election in his senatorial District.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Gideon Onukwuisi, declared Abe winner on Sunday after announcing the result at the collation centre in Bori, Khana Local Government Area. Read more

Three killed, 17 injured as suicide bombers attack Borno

There was panic in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on Sunday morning as two suicide bombers, a male and female, detonated the bomb strapped on them at about 8.50am.

The explosives killed the two suicide bombers while 18 others at the scene were injured. Read more

Environment minister set to leave Buhari’s govt

President Muhammadu Buhari may soon carry out a minor cabinet shake-up with the imminent exit of the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, from his administration, THE PUNCH has learnt.

Our correspondent however learnt on Sunday that the exercise might not be carried out until early next year when Mohammed is expected to leave. Read more

Gambler incurs N145,000 debt while celebrating N36,000 win

The police in Lagos have arrested a gambler, Yakubu Bashir, for alleged fraud at the Bendel Inn on Ipodo Road, Ikeja, Lagos.

Bashir was picked up for his inability to pay for drinks and food worth N145,000. PUNCH Metro learnt that Bashir had gone to the hotel on Wednesday with his friends to celebrate winning a sports bet. Read more

Church collapse: A’Ibom governor orders arrest of contractors

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has ordered the immediate arrest of the contractors and engineers that constructed the Reigners Bible Church International Inc, Uyo, which collapsed on Saturday, killing scores of people.

Specifically, one of the personal assistants to the governor on media, Mr. Aniekeme Finbarr, who spoke withCNN’s correspondent Becky Anderson, said the governor gave the order on Sunday. Read more

Arsonists attack Anambra police station

Suspected arsonists have razed a police station under construction at Mkpuunando in Anambra East Local Government Area.

The traditional ruler of Mkpunando, Igwe Alex Edozieuno, disclosed this to journalists in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Saturday. Read more

Poll: UN warns Jammeh against violence

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has urged the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, and his supporters to respect the outcome of the presidential election and shun violence.

Ki-moon, in a statement on Sunday by the National Information Officer, UN Information Centre, Oluseyi Soremekun, stated that he was amazed by Jammeh’s rejection of the outcome of the December 1 poll won by the opposition candidate, Adama Barrow. Read more

We’ve won Rivers East, West senatorial districts, Wike claims

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has called on INEC to release the results of Rivers East Senatorial District and Rivers West Senatorial District without tampering with it.

Wike declared that the candidates of the PDP had already won both elections based on results from polling units. Read more

Bureau to investigate Army Chief Buratai for alleged false asset declaration

The Code of Conduct Bureau has pledged to invite Nigeria’s Army Chief, Tukur Buratai, for questioning as it verifies his asset declaration to determine whether or not he is culpable of false asset declaration.

Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, was enmeshed in asset declaration scandal after evidence emerged that he owned property in Dubai. Read more

Lagos launches solid waste management reform

New realities are rising with the dawn of innovative technologies in solid waste management, with the Lagos authorities wielding the ‘big stick’ in surprise moves to rescue the state from the inefficiency of the Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators.

In this latest intervention, the Lagos government has launched ‘Cleaner Lagos Initiative’ to addressing the existing challenges and create enabling environment for the private sector to harness international best practice. Lagos generates between 9,000-10,000 metric tons of waste per day. Read more

Outrage, as Nigerians bemoan ban on Tokunbo cars

Smuggling and importation of fairly used automobiles (aka, Tokunbo) through Seme, a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin is one of the most lucrative businesses that most citizens of both countries have been engaged in for many years.
Although some commentators blame the nation’s porous land borers for a growing incidence of trans-border crimes that have inflicted huge losses  on the government and citizens over the years, smuggling of fairly used automobiles and other goods have since assumed some legitimacy and notoriety that those engaged in it can go to any length to defend their trade. Read more

Man arrested for issuing fake NYSC call-up letters

A suspect, Richard Olayinka, who paraded himself as a staff member of the Osun State University, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

He was arrested for allegedly issuing fake National Youth Service Corps call-up letters to four students. Read more

Why Nigerians ‘ll become poorer with rising oil prices

The price of crude oil has steadily increased beyond $50/barrel after OPEC agreed to cut output by about 1.2 million barrels/day in November 2016. Nigeria’s export revenue prospects will consequently be boosted, if this price trend is sustained, particularly if the youth restiveness in the Niger Delta is minimised. However, much against popular expectation, the more bountiful the export dollars, the bigger also will be our economic headache!

President Muhammadu Buhari must be disturbed that the naira exchange rate has suffered so poorly under his watch, particularly after he promised parity between the naira and dollar, if he won the election. Unfortunately, the worst has yet to come, because, if crude oil price further rises while output remains favourable, the dollar will paradoxically spike well above N500=$1 and may approach N1000=$1 before December 2017! Any attempt to bridge the widening gap between official and parallel market exchange rates will devalue the naira and trigger a steep rise in fuel price to shoot inflation well beyond 20 per cent and make Nigerians poorer still. Read more

CBN, Banks to Establish Fresh N30bn Special Fund

The Bankers’ Committee has resolved that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as well as deposit money banks would jointly establish an Agriculture/SME Fund (AGSME Fund) from the contributions of a portion of their profit after tax (PAT) to finance the two critical sectors of the economy.

According to the CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele, the modality for the fund, which will operate as an Equity Fund, will be worked on by the Bankers’ Committee and be communicated to the public in due course. Read more

Stakeholders differ on scrapping of Bank of Industry

Stakeholders across various sectors of the economy have expressed varied opinions on the proposal by the Senate to scrap the Bank of Industry, BoI, in favour of the establishment of a Development Bank of Nigeria, DBN.

Although a policy initiated by the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the DBN is conceived as a development, finance institution, DFI, expected to bridge the gap between the BoI and other commercial banks. Read more

2017 budget’ll take Nigeria out of recession –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said the 2017 Appropriation Bill that he would present to the joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday would take Nigeria out of recession.

Buhari said this in his Eid-el Maulud message to Nigerians. In the message which he personally signed, the President said with collective dedication and hard work, Nigerians would in 2017 overcome the economic difficulties, and return the country to the path of prosperity. Read more

CBN to unveil N30bn agric/SME fund in January

The Central Bank of Nigeria has said it will, together with the Deposit Money Banks, set up a new fund to boost agriculture and the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the country, targeting at least N30bn for the first year.

The Governor, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this on Saturday at a press briefing after the eighth Bankers’ Committee annual retreat in Lagos. Read more

IFC, SEC to implement corporate governance scorecard

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will begin the implementation of the Nigerian Corporate Governance Scorecard in January 2017.

In 2014, IFC and SEC partnered to develop the Nigerian Corporate Governance Scorecard which was launched in November 2015. Following the launch, both institutions have jointly trained various stakeholders to prepare for implementation. These stakeholders include chief finance officers, company secretaries, audit committee and board chairpersons. The training sessions generated awareness for the new disclosure requirements of SEC. These disclosures will be used annually to assess corporate governance practices of listed companies in the country. Read more

YCE advocates fiscal federalism

To take Nigeria out of recession, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) also known as Igbimo Agba Yoruba, has suggested adoption of fiscal federalism which will allow federating units generate resources in their domains.
In a communiqué endorsed by its Secretary General, Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN)  after deliberation in Ibadan, presided over by the President General, General Adeyinka Adebayo (retd), the group raised concern about the economy which, its said has not responded positively to efforts of the Federal Government’s economic  team. Read more

Iheanacho, Iwobi shortlisted for Glo-CAF Awards

Nigerian stars Kelechi Iheanacho (Most Promising player of the Year), Alex Iwobi (Youth Player of the Year), Oghenekaro Etebo (Most Promising player of the Year) and Asisat Oshoala (Women Player of the Year) on Sunday made the top five nominees in different categories for the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards, at an event in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday.

Super Falcons coach Florence Omagbemi, who led the women’s national team to an eighth AWCON triumph earlier in the month, and the national U-23 team were also nominated for the Coach of the Year and National Team of the Year respectively, while the Falcons made the shortlist for the Women National team of the Year. Read more

Madagascar arrive for CAF beach tourney

Champions Madagascar landed in Lagos on Sunday aboard a Kenya Airways flight for the 2016 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Beach Soccer Championship.

The championship, which also doubles as qualifiers for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, is scheduled to hold at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos from December 13 to 18. Read more

Copa Lagos: Switzerland beat Nigeria 8-3

Switzerland have emerged champions of the 2016 Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament after beating Nigeria 8-3 at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos on Sunday.

The competition, which served as a preparation for the Super Sand Eagles ahead of the Lagos 2016 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Beach Soccer Championship, also featured the club challenge, which Pepsi Football Academy won, and the celebrity match, which was won by ex-football stars against entertainers. Read more

Car bombs in Iraq’s Falluja kill eight people – police and medics

Eight people were killed in two car bombings in the Iraqi city of Falluja west of Baghdad on Sunday, police and hospital sources said, and a news agency close to Daesh said its militants carried out the attacks.

The bombings took place as Iraqi forces wage an eight-week military campaign to crush Daesh in its north Iraq stronghold of Mosul, the largest city in its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Read more

Trump says U.S. not necessarily bound by ‘one China’ policy

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of “one China,” questioning nearly four decades of policy in a move likely to antagonize Beijing.

Trump’s comments on “Fox News Sunday” came after he prompted a diplomatic protest from China over his decision to accept a telephone call from Taiwan’s president on Dec. 2. Read more

C.I.A. Judgment on Russia Built on Swell of Evidence

American spy and law enforcement agencies were united in the belief, in the weeks before the presidential election, that the Russian government had deployed computer hackers to sow chaos during the campaign. But they had conflicting views about the specific goals of the subterfuge.

Last week, Central Intelligence Agency officials presented lawmakers with a stunning new judgment that upended the debate: Russia, they said, had intervened with the primary aim of helping make Donald J. Trump president. 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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