* Kachikwu: Buhari will Allocate Oil Blocks to South-south Indigenes * N/Delta Terrorists List Conditions For Truce

* Kachikwu: Buhari will Allocate Oil Blocks to South-south Indigenes  * N/Delta Terrorists List Conditions For Truce


Kachikwu: Buhari will Allocate Oil Blocks to South-south Indigenes

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari has not allocated a single oil block since he came into office. Kachikwu said when the president eventually starts, South-south indigenes would have their share.

At a town hall meeting in Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom State capital, organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, a Nigerian asked the minister why oil block allocations favoured the North rather than the South-south, where most oil blocks are located. Read more

N/Delta Terrorists List Conditions For Truce

he Niger Delta Avengers yesterday listed new conditions for the proposed dialogue with the federal government.

The decision by the Niger Delta Avenger is coming few days after the group disowned the claims by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) on the setting up of a seven-man negotiating team, named Aaron “B” team. Read more

FG’s Teaching Jobs: 400,000 Apply In 36 Hours

The newly launched jobs portal of the federal government, “N-Power. gov.ng,” has recorded over 400,000 successful registrations since it opened for submissions on Sunday, June 12, 2016, according to the Job Creation Unit in the Presidency.

Senior special assistant to the president on job creation, Mr. Afolabi Imoukhede, said, “We have been very impressed by the enthusiastic response to the call for applications. As at noon on Monday, June 13, only 36 hours after the launch of the portal, 403, 528 applicants had successfully registered on the site and were in the middle of completing the application process. Read more

House Summons AGF, Ministers over MTN Fine Reduction from N1.4tn to N330bn

The House of Representatives has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for explanation on the reduction of fine imposed on MTN Nigeria.

Also to appear with the minister before the lawmakers are his Communications counterpart, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu and the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Garba Dambatta. Chairman, House Committee on Communications, Hon. Shaheed Fijabi, issued the order at the committee’s resumed investigation on the alleged SIM infractions by MTN and the fine in Abuja monday. Read more

My role in N450 million sent to Enugu, by Chime

Following his interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the spending of N450 million sent to Enugu for last year’s national elections, the former governor of the state, Mr. Sullivan Chime, has expressed disappointment at being invited to explain the circumstances surrounding the spending of the sum.

Chime was questioned over N450 million disbursed on the instruction of former petroleum minister, Deiziani Allison Madueke.
Chime, according to sources in Abuja, reported at the Enugu zonal office of the anti-graft agency to explain his role in the disbursement of the funds. Read more

Troops Repel, Kill Six Boko Haram Terrorists in Sambisa Forest

The Nigerian military has successfully repelled recent attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in parts of their location in Sambisa Forest, Borno State, killing six in the process.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday, said troops from 121 Task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade, on Sunday, successfully repelled an attack on their location by suspected terrorists at Pulka. Read more

Buhari Condemns Attacks on Pulse Night Club in US

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned last Sunday’s terrorist attack on the Pulse Night Club, Orlando, Florida, United States, describing it as ‘‘criminal’’ and cowardly.’’

A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari, in a letter to the Ambassador of US in Nigeria, James Entwistle, conveyed Nigeria’s heartfelt sympathy to President Barrack Obama and his people. Read more

PDP chieftain commends FG cease-fire in Niger Delta region
A political stalwart and PDP Chieftain in Delta State, Olorogun Okwagbe has hailed the two-week ceasefire by the Federal Government on militants in the Niger Delta region, as he quickly urged the Niger Delta Avengers to use the opportunity to table their grievances. Read more

EFCC seizes Diezani’s N3.58bn Abuja home

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized a mansion worth N3.58bn ($18m at the official exchange rate of N199 to a dollar) in the Asokoro area of Abuja allegedly belonging to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said this during an interview with Al-Jazeera, a Qatar-based news network. Read more

Mass sack: You are unpatriotic, Ngige lashes NECA
MINISTER of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has described as irresponsible and unpatriotic the reaction of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Assembly, NECA, through its Director General, Mr. Segun Oshinowo to the directive of the Federal Government to banks and others to halt the mass retrenchment of workers pending the outcome of a stakeholders’ meeting in the first week of July. Read more
EFCC to arraign Fani-Kayode, ex-minister for N1.5bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to arraign a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode; a former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman; a firm, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited; and one Jimoh Yusuf for an alleged N1.5bn fraud.

The anti-graft commission will on Wednesday arraign a former Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Waripamowei Dudafa, for an alleged N1.6bn fraud. Read more

We are operating at 30 percent capacity– Seme Customs
The Seme Border Customs Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS) said it is currently operating at 30 percent capacity due to dilapidated infrastructure and unwholesome practices. Disclosing to members of the House Representative Committee on Customs, Customs Area Comptroller, CAC, of the command, Mr. Victor Dimka said that officers of the Command were living in squalor as lack of accommodation has dampened the morale of officers. Read more

People making money out of our grief – Chibok parents

Some parents of the missing Chibok girls have alleged that  some people have been making money out of them. This disclosure is coming against the backdrop of complaints by parents that their advocates were not being accountable to those of them still living in Chibok and its surrounding villages.

The parents,  who spoke to our correspondent on  the telephone on Monday,  also disclosed that they had  yet to receive the N30m donations made by Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Plateau youths protest planned creation of grazing zones

Youths in Plateau State have warned  the state government not to designate  any land in the state as grazing reserves. The youths,  under the aegis of Plateau G-17 Youths for Peace and Progress Forum, said that the proposed grazing reserves were not in the interest of the people of the state.

The group, who staged a protest at the Plateau State Government House on Monday,  asked  Governor Simon Lalong to delist the state from the states said to have contributed land for grazing reserves in the state. Read more

Climate change: Akwa Ibom govt drags stakeholders to Uyo to tackle challenges
Climate change is said to have inevitably become the defining issue in Akwa Ibom State on account of the state seriously facing various forms of environmental degradation attributable to its geographical location and other natural and human induced factors. Read more

Imo has highest number of UTME candidates

Whereas 98,028 candidates from eight northern states and Federal Capital Territory sat for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, Imo State had 104,383 candidates, CHARLES ABAH reports

Details of the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination emerged on Monday with Imo State indigenes topping the list of applicants that sat for the examination. Read more

Group asks Osun to implement ruling on hijab in schools

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the Osun State government to give vent to the court ruling on wearing hijabs in schools, urging her to ignore the threat from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The group in a statement yesterday by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, cautioned the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration against succumbing to intimidation having fulfilled all righteousness. Read more

Afenifere urges release of Fani-Kayode

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has called for the immediate release of former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who is currently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It also asked that he should be charged to court immediately if there was a charge against or be freed unconditionally in the absence of any. Read more

Council poll: Don’t copy Aregbesola, PDP tells Ambode

The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode not to copy his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, who it said refused to conduct council poll in the state in the last six years.

The party said that the appointment of sole administrators to manage the local governments of Lagos State on Monday was unconstitutional, adding that Ambode was not serious about his promise to conduct council poll in the state. Read more

APC has no favourite gov aspirant, Kekemeke insists

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, has said the party has no favourite candidate ahead of its forthcoming governorship primary.

Kekemeke said the APC governorship candidate would be elected by the over 3,000 delegates from the 18 local government areas of the state. Read more

Edo poll: PDP holds delegates’ election

The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday held its election to select ad hoc delegates for the party’s June 20 governorship primary in the state. The election was conducted by a committee set up by the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the party.

The committee was chaired by a former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, while a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Stephen Oru, was the secretary. Read more

Policeman’s wife batters 10-year-old niece over N30

A 38-year-old trader, Mrs. Caroline Akanwa, has been arrested by the Area C Police Command, Lagos State, for allegedly battering her niece, Chioma Uneneme.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Akanwa had in 2015 brought the 10-year-old from Okofia, Anambra State, to the Iponri Police Barracks, where she lived with her police husband and two children. Read more

Woman tortures five-year-old stepdaughter for bed-wetting

The police in Ogun State have arrested a hairdresser, Kudirat Oyediran, for allegedly inflicting injuries on her stepdaughter, Rachael Oyediran. It was learnt that 32-year-old Kudirat allegedly tortured the five-year-old for bed-wetting and disobedience. Kudirat and Rachael live in Okeore, Atan Ota, in the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state. Read more

Cops beat man to a coma for obstructing arrest

A 25-year-old man, Kabir Ahmed, has been admitted to the Federal Medical Centre in Yola, Adamawa State, after he was allegedly beaten into a coma by some policemen attached to the Doubeli division.

The policemen, who were said to be in mufti, had on May 16 at about 10am raided Zanranda Street in the Jimeta area of the state to arrest some suspected smokers. Read more

Shopkeeper kills Lagos motorcyclist over bottled water

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 29-year-old shopkeeper, Ekanem Enodan, for allegedly killing a commercial motorcyclist, Goddonu Nicolas, during an altercation in Oke-Ira in the Ogba area of the state.

Our correspondent gathered that the 46-year-old was killed over a bottle of water he picked from Enodan’s shop on Ajayi Road, Oke-Ira. Read more

Suspect arrested for rape, murder keeps mum

A suspected serial rapist, identified only as Badoo, has refused to talk to policemen investigating him.

Our correspondent learnt that Badoo, who was arrested by the Ipakodo Police Division, Lagos State, on Sunday, had yet to disclose his real name to the police or write a statement. Read more

Three family members die in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway crash

Tragedy struck at the Onigari end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when three family members were killed in an accident involving a Mazda car and a truck. PUNCH Metro learnt that the three victims were occupants of the car, with number plate, AGL 216 DW Lagos.

The car was said to be coming from Ilesha, Osun State, and heading towards Sagamu, Ogun State, when its driver wrongly overtook the truck, with number plate, YLW 16 XA. Read more

Olubadan intervenes in Oyo govt, labour row

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has appealed to labour leaders to call off the ongoing strike to give room for dialogue. Failure to heed the call, he said the state might be forced to apply the no-work no-pay rule after Tuesday.

The governor spoke during an interview with Government House correspondents after featuring on a live Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State television programme, Eyi Ara, in Ibadan, on Sunday. Read more

Two bankers charged with stealing customer’s N14.4m

The police have accused two ex-employees of Ecobank Plc, Aghanenu Ikechukwu and Stephen Nduka, of forging and stealing N14.4 million from a customer. Ikechukwu, 41, and Nduka, 36, were arraigned yesterday before Mr P. A. Adekomaya of the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

They are standing trial on a four-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, stealing and conversion. Read more


Nigeria grapples with first full-year recession in 29 years

The Nigerian economy faces first full-year recession in 29 years, after output contracted 0.4 per cent in the first quarter from a year earlier, according to Mark Bohlund, Bloomberg’s Africa and Middle East Economist.

Bohlund, in his comprehensive assessment of the challenges being faced by the Nigerian economy, concludes that a technical recession – two successive quarters of contraction – could come as soon as the second quarter ends. The first time the country recorded a full-year recession was in 1987. Read more

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2b

Microsoft Corp has agreed to buy LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in its biggest-ever deal, combining the software giant’s fast-growing cloud services business with the world’s largest online network for professionals. The offer of $196 per share represents a premium of 49.5 per cent to LinkedIn’s Friday closing price.

LinkedIn’s shares were up by 48 per cent to $194.28 before the opening bell yesterday, while Microsoft’s shares went down by 3.3 per cent. Read more

Crisis looms in banks over energy sector’s rising bad loans 

THE Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has warned that the rising Non-Performing Loans, NPLs, in the oil and gas sector poses serious threat to stability in the Nigerian banking system. The CBN, in its Financial Stability Report for December 2015, released recently, disclosed that the collapse of crude oil prices and the  impact on government revenues and foreign reserves portend risks to banking system stability through increase in default rates, reduction in solvency levels and volatility in exchange rates. Read more

FG to assist states raise funds from capital market

The Federal Government on Monday said it would encourage state governments to raise long-term funds from the capital market to finance capital projects.

It said rather than the states looking at the banking sector to raise funds, the capital market would be assisted to play its role in economic development. Read more

Fraudulent practices crippling IT sector –Minister

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that a dearth of infrastructure, lack of power and inadequate funding are responsible for the poor state of Information Technology in the country. Adamu also said that fraudulent practices and weak supervision had further deteriorated the sector.

The minister stated this during his opening remarks at the 2016 IT Professionals Assembly, holding in Kaduna State. Read more

CBN may adopt dual exchange rate system

The Central Bank of Nigeria may introduce a dual exchange-rate system and weaken the naira when it unveils a new policy this week, it has been learnt.

Sources, who attended a meeting between the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, and top bankers, said the regulator would probably make an announcement in a circular to banks, Bloomberg reported. Read more

Power: NPDC, IOCs to inaugurate four gas projects

The Federal Government on Monday announced the readiness of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company and some international oil companies to inaugurate four gas projects that would considerably improve power supply across the country.

It stated that the projects would come on stream in a couple of months, adding that they would improve gas supply to power generation plants, as a total of 855 million standard cubic feet of gas per day would be added to domestic gas supply in the short term. Read more

Fighting corruption not enough, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need for increased flow of foreign exchange into the country in a bid to rebalance the nation’s ailing economy, adding that fighting corruption alone is not enough.

Buhari, in an article credited to him by The Wall Street Journal on Monday, said his government was driving three changes to reposition Nigeria for inclusive growth, namely: restoring trust, rebalancing the economy and regenerating growth. Read more

Naira drops to 367/dollar over forex policy panic

Uncertainty over the Central Bank of Nigeria’s planned exchange rate policy has continued to rattle the foreign exchange market. The local currency dropped against the United States dollar from 365 to 367 at the parallel market on Monday.

The naira, which has been under persistent pressure, fell to 371 last week before appreciating to 365. Read more

NFF confirm Giwa FC expulsion from Nigeria league

The Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has ratified the decision of the League Management Company which expelled Giwa FC from the Nigeria Premier League after they failed to honour three matches this season.

Giwa FC were banished to Ilorin to play three home games after wild fans disrupted a league game involving the home team and Rangers in May. However, the team did not travel to Ilorin to play the ‘home’ games but elected to travel for away games at other venues. Read more

NFF Killing Nigerian Coaches – Baraje

Zachary Baraje, coach of Plateau United of Jos, has accused the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of being responsible for the sudden death of national team’s coaches. He alleged that NFF’s insensitivity has largely contributed to coaches’ death, pointing out that the deaths of Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu were pointer to the allegation.

Speaking exclusively to Independent on Monday, he said trhat it was unfortunate that the football house did not know how to treat coaches. “Seriously, they are contributing to the death of coaches; how can you owe somebody for upward of two to three months even with the person’s huge responsibilities. Read more

NNPC/Shell Cup semi-finals in Lagos

The semi-finals of the annual NNPC/Shell Cup football competition organised for secondary schools in the 36 states of the country will hold Tuesday (today) in Lagos. In the first semi-final match, FOSLA Academy, Abuja takes on Asegun Comprehensive High School, Ibadan at 2pm at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

The second semi-final between Government Science Secondary School, Bauchi and Excel Education Centre, Port Harcourt, will come up by 4pm at the same venue. Read more

Rio Olympics: Belarus sink Nigeria 71-60

Anastasiya Verameyenka came up with a dominant performance to inspire Belarus to a 71-60 win over Nigeria in Monday’s FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group C opener.

Nigeria’s Ndidi Madu hit 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, gave one assist and made two steals which made quite little to change the fortune for her team. Read more

AFN lists Okagbare, drops Oke for African meet

The Athletic Federation of Nigeria has named 29 athletes for  the 2016 African Senior Athletics Championships  in South Africa between June 22 and 26.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games double sprint gold medallist, Blessing Okagbare, topped the list, which has 18 overseas-based athletes and 11 home-based athletes. Read more

Orlando shooter ‘was a regular at gay club he attacked & contacted men on gay dating app’

Omar Mateen’s bloody rampage was sparked by his homophobic hatred, according to his family.

But the murderer, who has pledged his allegiance to ISIS, had visited the Pulse nightclub several times over the past three years and was active on gay dating sites such as Grindr. Read more

Thai airline apologizes after pilot ‘joked’ about crashing plane with former PM Yingluck on board

A THAI budget airline has apologized after it emerged that one of its pilots “joked” with friends about crashing a plane he was flying with former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on board.

A screenshot of the LINE chat was circulated on social media, provoking widespread criticism of the airline, Nok Air, which has said it is investigating the incident. Read more

Filipino government confirms beheading of Canadian national

AUTHORITIES in the Philippines on Tuesday confirmed that a Canadian hostage was beheaded by Muslim militants in the country’s south.

Robert Hall, 50, was killed by members of the Abu Sayyaf group in Sulu, a remote southern island archipelago, yesterday after the deadline for a ransom demand lapsed. Read more

Fact check: Donald Trump’s immigrant speech after Orlando terror attack needs some asterisks

An annotated version of Donald Trump’s speech on combating terrorism would be heavy with asterisks. The presumptive Republican candidate’s speech on Monday painted a picture of a nation overrun by terrorists and with cowed leaders – including the State Department under Hillary Clinton’s leadership – doing little to keep them out. The reality is far more complex. Read more





































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