* IBB returns from Germany * Militants ask FG to reclaim Bakassi, threaten violence

* IBB returns from Germany  * Militants ask FG to reclaim Bakassi, threaten violence

 IBB returns from Germany

Former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has arrived in Minna after a medical treatment in Germany. Babangida arrived the Minna International Airport in a chartered aircraft  N550 DR  at about 3.30 pm. The former military leader was spotted wearing a black caftan and black cap to match. Read more

Militants ask FG to reclaim Bakassi, threaten violence

No fewer than 642 militants on Friday asked the Federal Government to reclaim the ceded Bakassi Peninsular from Cameroon.

The armed group, referred to as Bakassi Strike Force, said apart from not being carried along before, during and after the ceding process, indigenes of Bakassi had been neglected by the Federal Government and other local and international stakeholders. Read more

Amnesty International Insists Army Killed Unarmed MASSOB/IPOB Protesters

Amnesty International has indicted the army and other security agencies of extra-judicial killing of 50 unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) while marking the anniversary of the heroes of the defunct Biafra in Anambra State. Read more

Why we can’t stop influx of non-Nigerian herdsmen — FG

The Federal Government yesterday gave the ECOWAS Transhumance Protocol as a reason why non-citizens of Nigeria are still allowed to graze their cattle across the country. It has been established that many herdsmen who are involved in clashes in Nigerian villages are not Nigerians.

The ECOWAS Transhumance Protocol, the government stated, has given the right of free movement to citizens of member countries. Read more

Ogbe-Ijoh raises alarm over planned invasion by fake soldiers

OGBE-IJOH community in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, has informed the Army of an intended attack on the town by miscreants and hired assailants allegedly from Aladja community disguised as soldiers. Read more
ACF to Avengers: don’t plunge Nigeria into another civil war

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday described the destruction of oil installations embarked upon by the Niger Delta Avengers as an invitation to another civil war. It also warned the militant group to desist from its “madness” of breaking oil pipelines, saying that the country cannot afford another war at this time.

A similar warning was issued to the Avengers by joint Akwa Ibom and Cross River militants under the aegis of the Bakassi Strike Force (BSF), saying that another civil war will not profit anyone including the destructive group. Read more

Niger Delta Crisis, Height of Intelligence Failure, Says Falana

A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana yesterday disclosed that the renewed crisis in the Niger Delta was the height of intelligence failure, insisting that the security agencies should be blamed. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said the failure of the security agencies to keep proper records was the reason for conflict eruption and escalation in the different parts of the country. Read more

Obama to honour Ooni as NYC declares Yoruba Day

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, was on Friday hosted by the indigenes of Ile-Ife, Osun State, resident in the United States.

The monarch, with his entourage, was received at the J.F. Kennedy Airport, New York, by leaders of Ife indigenes and other Nigerians in the US on Thursday. Read more

States not ready for Buhari’s national school meal project scheme …say no fund to implement scheme

The much-touted Federal Government’s national Home-Grown School Feeding Programme launched in Abuja on Thursday may suffer a setback as many state governments complain of lack of financial resources to embark on the project, investigation by Saturday PUNCH has revealed.

The school meal programme is one of the cardinal campaign promises of the ruling All Progressives Congress. While the Federal Government provides sixty percent of funds for the scheme, state governments are expected to provide the  remaining forty per cent as counterpart funding. Read more

As NDA, MASSOB, IPOB beat drum of secession

Twenty-first century Nigeria’s political history is dotted with agitation for self-determination by members of the various ethnic groups in the country. The agitators have claimed that their people will be economically prosperous more than their current status if they are allowed to go their separate ways. This is perhaps one of the major issues that have continued to dominate public discourse among social scientists and analysts nearly two decades of the country’s fourth republic. Read more

Don proffers solutions to illegal wildlife trade

A Professor of microbiology and chairperson, Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Nigerian Environmental Society, Comfort Etok, proffered what she described as environmental and cost-saving solutions to the menace of illegal wildlife trade in the country.

She said the menace could be checked through the provision of incentives to the local communities to conserve wildlife in their area, setting up of more national, private and community based parks and partnership with non-governmental organisations to create awareness on wildlife conservation. Read more

FG to use seized properties as offices

The Federal Government is considering the relocation of some of its agencies that are still paying rent on the properties they currently occupy into some buildings seized from suspected looters.

The move is part of the guidelines being considered to reduce the high expenditure on rent and office buildings by the government’s agencies. Read more

Loophole in Buhari’s anti-corruption fight

Some Nigerians were displeased when the much-anticipated looters’ list was released by the Federal Government on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

They said the naming of politicians and others who had stolen public funds would have strengthened their trust in the President’s anti-corruption war. Read more

Alleged N7.8bn fraud: EFCC rejects ex-Air Chief’s out of court settlement offer

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that it will prefer plea bargain instead of an out-of-court settlement with a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Umar.

The commission is also expecting that the plea bargain will come with at least a light sentence by the court to serve as deterrent. Read more

Mimiko pleads with striking workers over hospital patients

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has made a fresh plea to the state’s striking workers to return to work in the interest of the people.

Mimiko, who made the plea on Friday in Akure, urged the workers to consider the effects their actions were having on the people, especially those with health challenges. Read more

Benue SSG collapses at home

The Secretary to the Benue State government, Targema Tarkema, was rushed to the teaching hospital in the state capital, Makurdi, after collapsing at home. Saturday PUNCH gathered that Tarkema collapsed at about 11am. A family member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the SSG had a brain tumour. Read more

Ekiti to enforce law against female genital mutilation

The Ekiti State Government has vowed to enforce existing laws against female genital mutilation to discourage the practice in the state.

The wife of the state governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, revealed this at a high-level advocacy meeting on female genital mutilation in Ado Ekiti on Friday. Read more

2016 Budget: Enugu Lawyer blasts NASS over low allocation to S/East region

Firebrand Enugu-based Lawyer,Ray Nnaji, Friday, slammed members of the National Assembly in both chambers from the south-east geopolitical zone for not raising alarm when the region got the lowest allocation for capital projects in the 2016 Appropriation Act before it was signed into law. Read more
Police Investigation Frees UNICAL Law Dean of Rape Allegation

The Dean of Law Faculty, University of Calabar, Cross River State, Professor Cyril Ndifon that was accused of raping a law student in the faculty, Sinemobong Ekong Nkang and subsequently suspended has been exonerated from the alleged offence by police investigation.

According to a Police Investigation report  obtained by THISDAY,  and signed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Babatunde Lasisi, 2i/c Force Gender  Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja, three findings were made before recommendation that none of which indicted Ndifon. Read more

Suspect in N91m Fraud Dies in EFCC Custody 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that a suspect under investigation by the commission died few hours after he was taken into custody.

This is as the Gombe Zonal Office of the Commission  has detained the accountant of Gombe State Government House, Mr. Mohammed Balbaya over N338 million 2015 election campaign funds for the State which was intended to compromise the results in favour of the then ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Read more

Drowned UNILAG students buried amidst tears

But we do not want you to be uninformed brothers about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

Therefore, mourn not, cry not, grieve not; but rather give thanks to God for the life lived,” these were the soothing words of Pastor Biodun Alimi, the officiating minister during the funeral programme for Adesola Olubola Ogunmefun and Funmilayo Odusina, the two students of the University of Lagos who drowned at the Elegushi beach earlier this week. Read more

Alleged Lagos wife killer dies in custody

BARELY three weeks after, Jafaru Sougie, the man who allegedly murdered his wife, Rose, in Oshodi, a Lagos suburb, is dead. The 48-year-old man died on Friday morning at the Police Hospital, Ikeja, where he has been on admission since May 26.

He was alleged to have swallowed a poisonous substance in an attempt to commit suicide after he allegedly slit his wife’s throat. Read more

Police arrest kidnap kingpin in Akwa-Ibom

Akwa Ibom Police Command has arrested a kidnap kingpin and leader of a notorious cult group, Deybam Men Confraternity, Godwin Edet Okon who allegedly tortured and killed an Addax Petroleum Oil Field Staff in their custody in 2006. Read more

Forced to ‘make love’ to wall: Bizarre, nasty newcomer ‘initiation ceremony’ among Nigerian prison inmates

As dreaded as Nigerian prisons are, if you think that admission into the ranks of inmates is free, think again. In this report, KUNLE FALAYI sheds light on some of the funny and sometimes downright nasty ‘initiation’ practices that guarantee a newcomer a ‘pass’ into the belly of the beast

Like every ‘closed’ organisation – private club, boarding school, the armed services etc., prisons have customs and codes of behaviours, which outsiders may find bizarre. Read more

I kidnapped neighbour’s son to keep my father alive – Suspect

Three years after the kidnap of a four-year-old boy, Alonge Oluwatumishe, on his way from school at Ishaga area of Lagos, his kidnappers who pocketed a N5m ransom in the operation have all but forgotten it ever happened.

But the long arm of the law caught up with three of the suspects recently, when the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, apprehended them. Read more

Lagos school bans spanking after PUNCH report

A Lagos private school, Saint Saviours High School, Ikotun, where a female student was whipped on her backside, inflicting gory-looking injury on her, has banned spanking, following Saturday PUNCH report last week.

The school’s alumni association had waded into the issue, following which the school administration decided that it was best to abolish the practice in the school. Read more

Naira to fall further ahead of new forex policy. 

The naira is expected to drop further against the United States dollar at the parallel market in the coming days as the Central Bank of Nigeria moves to release details of its new flexible exchange rate policy.

The local currency was quoted at 368 to the dollar on the black market on Friday, compared with 350 last week. Read more

Young entrepreneur can start small, says Achigbu

Chief Lawrence Chibuike Achigbu, best graduating student in the pioneer set in Petroleum Engineering Department of the Federal University of Science and Technology, Owerri, Imo State, holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Lagos and was at Harvard Business School in the United States in 2010 for a three-year programme in Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Read more

Working with Dangote is a privilege – Afreximbank

President of Afreximbank, Benedict Oramah, has described Aliko Dangote as an enigma that is assiduously working towards the unification, growth and development of the African continent. Speaking during the facility tour of 650,000 bpd Dangote Refinery in Lagos, Oramah commended the group for significantly contributing to the GDP of the Africa continent, saying: “I do not have the right vocabulary to describe how I feel about what I have seen today. Read more

Nigeria, China cooperation’ll boost business –Adeboye

The economic agreement signed recently by Nigeria and China will boost business and enhance economic growth, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said. According to him, the agreement will enhance trade relations between Nigeria and China and attract more investment from Chinese companies to the country.

He said these while addressing newsmen in Lagos. Read more

Nigeria must Create  1.5million Jobs to Reduce  Unemployment 

The Chairperson of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Board, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui Okaru has said Nigeria must create about 1.5 million jobs quarterly to keep the number of unemployed people flat, saying that as a way out, there must be an effective collaboration between government and the private sector. Read more

U-2O AFCON qualifier: Flying Eagles plot Burundi’s fall in Calabar

Nigeria’s U-20 team, the Flying Eagles will this afternoon at the U.J Esuene Stadium, Calabar host Young Swallows of Burundi in the second round, second leg game of the 2017 U-20 African Cup of Nations qualifier. Read more

Late coach was a gentleman –Ex-Bafana manager

In the wake of Nigerian legend and former coach Stephen Keshi’s untimely passing, ex-South Africa and SuperSport United coach Gordon Igesund has described the ‘Big Boss’ as a true gentleman,AfricanFootball.com reports.

Igesund was in charge of Bafana Bafana when they faced the Super Eagles in Cape Town during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships tournament. Read more

Rangers star targets victory

Enugu Rangers midfielder Christian Madu has  said he is  confident the team will beat  Plateau United in their Premier League match in Jos  on Sunday, Goal reports.

“I expect nothing short of victory against Plateau United. Our season has been good so far. We are satisfied and there have been improvements too. So, we’re confident we will beat them. I expect an entertaining game,” Madu said. Read more

Imo to host South-East taekwondo

The  2016 South-East Taekwondo Championships  has been scheduled to hold at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Imo State, from June 28 to 30.

According to the chairman, Imo State Taekwondo Association, Ferguson Oluigbo, the tournament is  to discover new talents in the South-East. Read more

Solar Impulse 2 to make New York fly-over

The Solar Impulse 2 has taken off from Lehigh Valley, 87 miles (140km) west of the “Big Apple”, on a journey that should take only a few hours. The flight will mark the completion of the trans-America portion of the aircraft’s bid to circumnavigate the globe.

The solar-powered plane will end up on the east coast of the US, ready for a daunting crossing of the Atlantic. Read more

Dictator Kim Jong-un takes up smoking again as he BANS North Koreans from lighting up

The hermit state’s media revealed a picture of the dictator clutching a cigarette in his right hand while visiting a children’s camp in Pyongyang.

The revelation comes just two months after the tubby tyrant appeared to have kicked the habit with the last snap of him lighting up coming in March. Read more

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he could back Libertarian candidate in November 

The gulf between Donald Trump and Mitt Romney widened as the Republicans’ 2012 presidential nominee said he could vote for a Libertarian candidate in November.

While other members of the Republican establishment appear to be rallying behind Mr Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee for the White House, Mr Romney is showing no signs of relenting. 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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