Fayose, Wike Allegedly under Security Watch over Utterances
It has emerged that the alleged plan by the federal government to impose a foreign travel ban on Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State might not be unconnected to his criticism of President Muhammad Buhari.
An intelligence source disclosed to THISDAY wednesday that apart from the numerous verbal attacks against the president and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the government at the centre did not take kindly to Fayose’s utterances during a recent visit to China. Read more
House in Rowdy Session as Two PDP Members Defect to APC
It was a rowdy session in the House of Representatives wednesday when two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – Hon. Tony Nwoye (Anambra) and Hon. Udende Emmanuel (Benue) – defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Read more
Anyaoku, Balarabe, Yakassai support call for restructuring
Eminent Nigerians on Wednesday supported the call for the restructuring of the country along regional lines as canvassed by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday.
The former vice-president had, on Tuesday, advocated the restructuring of the country to ensure the development and growth of the federating units. Read more
Militants attack more Chevron assets
Niger Delta militants on Wednesday blew up two additional facilities belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited, making it the fourth time the oil major’s assets would be attacked in less than a month.
Amid the recent upsurge in attacks on oil and gas installations in the area, some international oil companies and the Nigerian National Petroleum Companies have seen their facilities damaged, with the latest being Chevron. Read more
BoT takes over PDP secretariat
The Senator Walid Jibrin-led Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday took over the day-to-day running of the party. The Chairman of the BoT, Jibrin, announced this at a meeting with the party’s workers at the PDP National Headquarters at Wadata Plaza, Wuse, Abuja. Read more
Jonathan back in Nigeria
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday returned to Nigeria after a month’s trip to the United Kingdom and Côte d’Ivoire. It was gathered that the former President arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Wednesday before heading for his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State. Read more
PDP knocks Edo over N1.4bn alleged procurement violation
The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has accused the state government of allegedly approving the payment of 75 per cent mobilisation fee for the provision of medical equipment for the Central Hospital, Benin, in contravention of the Edo State Public Procurement Agency Law, 2012. Read more
APC prepares to receive Ogboru, ex-speaker
The state executive council of the All Progressives Congress in Delta State will on June 5 and 6 meet to consider and approve the admission of high-profile politicians from other parties into its fold.
The party had set up a nine-man committee headed by Mr. Fred Okpowhoro to reach out to some influential Peoples Democratic Party members who were disenchanted with the PDP-led government of the state, and bring them into the APC. Read more
‘Buhari needs chief economic adviser’
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mrs. Gloria Adebajo-Fraser, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a credible chief economic adviser in view of the economic challenges facing the country.
Adebajo-Fraser, in a statement on Wednesday, also asked the President to conduct surveys regularly on controversial national matters in order to articulate the views and expectations of Nigerians before taking major decisions. Read more
‘Record keeping’ll boost anti-graft war’
The Director-General of the Lagos State Record and Archives Bureau, LASRAB, Mr. Abiodun Onayele, and a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Dr Abiodun Abioye, say proper record keeping will boost the Federal Government’s war against corruption in the country. Read more
At last, Ogoniland clean-up begins as Buhari visits Rivers
After decades of widespread pollution, President Muhammadu Buhari will today begin the remediation of the Ogoni environment in line with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommendations.
UNEP which conducted an independent scientific investigation on Ogoni had noted that the environmental restoration of Ogoniland could prove to be the world’s most wide-ranging and long-term oil clean-up ever undertaken, if contaminated drinking water, land, creeks and important ecosystems such as mangroves are to be brought back to full, productive health. Read more
Absence of prosecution team stalls Saraki’s trial at CCT
The trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on charges of false assets declaration filed against him by the Federal Government was adjourned yesterday.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Mr. Danladi Umar, had adjourned the trial till yesterday at the last sitting on May 25 to enable the defence continue with cross-examination of the prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas. Read more
Participants at NBA’s forum task govt on economic policies
Speakers at the one-day state of the nation conference organised by Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday tasked government on sound policies that will save the country from its present economic situation.
The event, which aimed at reviewing President Muhammadu Buhari’s one year in office, focused on the rule of law, economic growth, security and the war against corruption. Read more
Amaechi: Buhari to Inaugurate Abuja-Kaduna Railway Service in July
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, wednesday promised that President Muhammadu Buhari would inaugurate the completed Abuja-Kaduna rail line services next month.
The minister who made the disclosure during the first official test-run of the rail modernisation project which connects Abuja and Kaduna State, said the project was ready and would commence full commercial operations once the president inaugurated it. Read more
Ohanaeze Condemns Killing of Pro-Biafra Protesters, Demands Panel of Inquiry
The apex-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, wednesday in Enugu condemned in strong terms last Monday’s killings of scores of pro-Biafra agitators under the aegis of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Onitsha, Anambra State by security agencies comprising a detachment of Nigerian Army, Navy, Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Read more
Tompolo’s Town Still under Military Lockdown, Students May Miss Exams
The Nigerian military wednesday continued its siege on Oporoza, Gbaramatu and its environs in Warri Southwest, Delta State wednesday in search of members of the violent group, the Niger Delta Avengers and Government Ekpemupolo, aka, Tompolo, declared wanted by federal government. Read more
Guardian of Chibok girls in US Lambasts Nigeria for Taking over Girls by Fiat
Emmanuel Ogebe, a United States-based civil rights lawyer and social welfare campaigner who had been caring for 10 escaped Chibok girls in the US since 2014, has expressed shock over reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the Nigerian embassy in Washington to take possession of the girls from him. Read more
IPOB/Army clash: Relations move victims from hospitals to unknown places
MANY relations of injured victims of the Biafra Day clash between security operatives and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in parts of Anambra State were believed to be moving them out of the hospitals where they were initially admitted for treatment to unknown places for fear that members of the state’s Joint Security Task Force might be hunting for them. Read more
1,000 policemen to secure $1.04bn Abuja-Kaduna rail
The Federal Government, yesterday, said it would mount over 1,000 policemen to secure the Abuja-Kaduna rail before and after the flag-off by President Buhari in the first week of July this year. Read more
Shettima petitions IG over presidential poster
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has petitioned the police to unravel the origin of presidential campaign posters depicting him and Governor Rochas Okorocha as teaming together for the 2019 presidential election. Read more
Chibok girls: Military launches Operation Crack Down to mop up Sambisa forest
The Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Gabriel Olonisakin, yesterday in Lagos, raised the hope of Nigerians, particularly parents of the female students that were abducted from the Government Secondary School, in Chibok , Borno State, by terrorists two years ago, of their possible rescue, saying the troops were combing the Sambisa forest where most of the girls were suspected to be, Read more
No regret dragging Oshiomhole to tribunal in 2012 —Edo APC gov aspirant
GOVERNORSHIP aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, Gen.Charles Airhiavbere, (retd) yesterday said he had no regret dragging Governor Adams Oshiomhole to the Tribunal when he ran against him as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2012. Read more
CRISIS IN N-DELTA: Rep tasks military on professionalism
TROOPS deployed to quell attacks on oil installations by the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, in the oil producing communities of the Niger Delta region have been urged to display the highest sense of professionalism in the execution of their assignments to fish out those responsible for the destruction. Read more
Shelve strike to allow dialogue, Fayose tells Ekiti workers
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has urged workers in the state to call off their strike to allow for dialogue. The governor stated that in the meantime, the salary for local government workers is ready for payment, while the little resources that have come to the state are ready for sharing but this cannot be done because civil servants who are on strike have critical roles to play in the disbursement of the funds. Read more
UNIBEN develops software for CBT
University of Benin, UNIBEN has developed indigenous software for the conduct of its Computer Based Testing, CBT for all examinations in the university. Explaining the effort of the institution on ICT, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. F.F.O. Orumwense said ‘’The software for CBT was indigenously developed by the University of Benin ICT Unit, making the university the first University in Nigeria to develop and use it to conduct the examinations.’’ Read more
‘OAU Open Heart Surgeries will Reduce Medical Tourism
A few weeks ago, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife, Osun State, made a breakthrough as it performed six successful open heart surgeries for children within the ages of one to three years. Read more
Ekiti court remands two herdsmen over Oke-Ako mayhem
A Chief Magistrate’s court in Ado Ekiti yesterday remanded two persons, who were suspected to be responsible for the May 20 attack on Oke Ako in Ikole Ekiti Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Two persons died from the attack while three others were severely wounded and are currently receiving treatment in separate private hospitals in Ikole Ekiti and Ado Ekiti. Read more
Hunger drove me back to robbery—ex-convict
A robbery suspect, Jelili Bello, 23, has said he went back to robbery because of hunger, when he came out of prison last year. He was paraded alongside Oluwatomisi Busari, 24, arrested during an operation at Ketu area of Lagos. Read more
Abuja landlord accuses tenant of abducting 16- year-old daughter
A landlord, Alex Osuji, has accused his tenant, Cornelius Ubara, of abducting his daughter, Precious, in the Kapwa, Federal Housing Estate, Lugbe, Abuja. Alex told PUNCH Metro that he left 16-year-old Precious at home for a banking transaction on November 13, 2015 – the day of the incident. Read more
Woman captured by CCTV with stolen one-year-old arrested
A woman, Zainab Salisu, who allegedly disguised as a customer to abduct a one-year-old girl, Fehintola Lawal, in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State has been arrested by the police.
Our correspondent gathered that Salisu was arrested on Wednesday by policemen attached to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, in the Idimu area of the state. Read more
‘I was under spell when I killed my lover’
Thirty-six-year-old David Ogundele, who allegedly killed his lover, Miss Tosin Ashinwo, 27, has said he was under a spell when he killed Ashinwo and stabbed her 65-year-old mother, Abiola.
Speaking while being paraded along with other suspects by the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Samuel Okaula, in Ilorin on Wednesday, the suspect said he had been married to his wife, Ronke, for about seven years without a child. Read more
Fake ASP forges police documents, recruitment forms
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Abdulrasak Sani. The 32-year-old was alleged to have forged the police letterheads, identity card and recruitment forms, which he gave to members of the public.
The suspect, who claimed to be attached to the Office of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, was also issuing out permits to tankers conveying petroleum products from Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Lagos. Read more
WHO ranks Onitsha as world’s most polluted city
The word “Africa” often evokes romantic images of elephants crossing the Kalahari, thundering water at Victoria Falls, or panoramic views from Table Mountain. But an increasingly common sight for Africans – especially those in Nigeria – is that of smog, rubbish and polluted water, according to a new report.
Four of the worst cities in the world for air pollution are in Nigeria, according to a data released by the World Health Organization (WHO). Read more
Trial of Synagogue engineers begins tomorrow
An Ikeja High Court has fixed June 3 for the trial of the two engineers, who constructed the collapsed seven-storey guesthouse building of the Synagogue Church of All Nations at Ikotun, a Lagos suburb.
The defendants are Akinbela Fatiregun and Oladele Ogundeji. Read more
NOUN awards degree to Kirikiri prison inmate
Three weeks after granting scholarships to all prison inmates studying in the institutions, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), yesterday awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A Theology) to a student of the school, and an inmate of the Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, Mr. Albert Emmanuel Ajogbor.
The graduate fondly called “Prison Pastor,” by fellow inmates, was presented with his Golden Fleece by the Director, Learner Support Services of the institution, Prof. Nebath Tanglang, who represented the vice chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu. Read more
CBN cash-less ‘CardExpo Africa’ holds from June 14 in Lagos
To promote the usage and adoption of the various electronics channels of payment in the Nigerian market, the yearly Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Cashless CardExpo Africa will hold June 14 to 16 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
With the theme: “Retail Payment and eCommerce’’, the conference, according to the organisers in a statement, said it has contributed its fair share to the development of the electronic payment in Nigeria, continued to push the frontiers of payment thereby promoting the usage and adoption of the various electronic channels of payment in the market. Read more
Decline in economic activities persisted in May- CBN
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday said that the decline in economic activities in the first quarter of the year persisted in May. The CBN disclosed this in its Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report for May. Read more
Venezuelan Energy Minister: Nigeria, Others Forcing ‘De Facto’ Oil Production Freeze
The Venezuelan Energy Minister, Eulogio Del Pino, has described the unplanned disruption of crude oil production in Nigeria, Canada and Kuwait as the primary reason for the recent price recovery in the global oil market.
Del Pino, according to Bloomberg yesterday said the recent upward movement in prices of oil had more to do with unexpected supply disruptions in fields of some member countries of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and not from OPEC’s strategy. Read more
FG Plans London Bond Talks as Naira Move Looms
Nigerian officials are meeting bond investors in London next week, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the government considers tapping international debt markets for the first time in three years to help finance its record budget deficit.
Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun will head the meetings on June 7, which have been arranged by Standard Chartered Plc, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorised to comment publicly. Read more
Only professional accountants can head audit committees, says FRC
Henceforth, only professional accountants, duly certified in the country, will assume roles of chairmen of audit committees of entities engaged in certifying accounts, financial statements, financial reports, returns and other documents of a financial nature in corporate Nigeria.
Besides, only accounting professionals trained with accounting bodies established by the Act of Parliament of Nigeria can sign accounts of companies. Those with foreign qualifications will have to domesticate them by taking membership of professional accounting bodies in the country to qualify for the purpose. Read more
Again, Nigeria’s Manufacturing Index Declines
Nigeria’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 45.8 index points in May 2016, compared to 43.7 in the preceding month.
This according to the PMI report for May 2016 posted on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s website wednesday, implied that the manufacturing sector declined at a slower rate during the review period. Read more
CBN SAYS MFBS’ CONSOLIDATION WILL IMPROVE EFFICIENCY
Director, Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Ahmad Abdullahi, has called for consolidation in the microfinance banks industry. Abdulahi said the consolidation will drive efficiency and increase investments made by operators in the sector, repositioning it for easy access to potential customers.
He added that it would position the institutions to weather the challenges in the Nigerian economy and help increase efficiencies and investments in the sector. Read more
Invest more in equities, SEC tells PFAs
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday advocated an increase in the investment of pension fund assets in equities. It said the current investment of pension funds in equities, which stands at about nine per cent of the total pension assets, was one of the lowest in the world.
The Director-General, SEC, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, stated these at a conference on pension fund investment in equities organised by BusinesssDay Media. Read more
Rising NNPC unpaid bills threaten oil production
Crude oil and gas production in Nigeria will decline further amid the $7bn cash call which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has yet to pay to its joint venture partners, industry experts have said.
The funding problem, which has lingered for over two decades, has been exacerbated by the steep fall in global oil prices which drove down the country’s earnings from the commodity, its major revenue-earner. Read more
FG to bar MDAs from patronising foreign IT products
The Federal Government is in the process of banning its Ministries, Departments and Agencies from importing Information Technology consumables except when such goods and services do not have local alternatives.
The Acting Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, disclosed this on Wednesday at the opening of the 2016 Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition in Abuja. Read more
Customs agents lament corruption rate at seaports
The Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents has decried the rising rate of corruption at the seaport. The President of the association, Olayiwola Shittu, said this in an interview with our correspondent in Lagos. He described customs agents as victims of corruption, who often had to part with money when frustrated by many obstacles in the clearing process. Read more
Chevron, others partner FRSC on road safety
Chevron’s subsidiary, Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited, and other Agbami co-venturers have donated police motorbikes to the Federal Road Safety Corps.
The other parties are Famfa Oil Limited, Statoil Nigeria Limited; Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Limited, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Read more
Dalung blames ‘unaccounted’ N2.9bn for poor Rio preparations
The sports minister, Solomon Dalung, has attributed Nigeria’s lackadaisical preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics to what he described as the unaccounted use of N2.9bn released by the Federal Government last year.
The minister who made his views known via several tweets on Wednesday called for a probe into how the cash was received and disbursed by those he said were “a cabal” working against true sports development in the country. Read more
NPFL: Wikki Tourists Stun Enyimba To Go Top
Champions Enyimba missed the chance to go top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) standings after they suffered a 1-3 defeat to Wikki Tourists in a rescheduled game decided yesterday.
Enyimba started the day in second place but knew a point would see them depose Rivers United at the summit of the standings. Read more
Olympics Qualifier: It will be tough but D’Tigress will qualify – Coach
With less than two week to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in Nantes, France, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has assured that Nigeria will qualify for the women’s basketball event of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The D’Tigeress who recently came back to the country from Argentina where they were beaten in a friendly match with the Argentine team have been drawn against Belarus and South Korea in Group C of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Read more
Giant Nigerian striker on Rangers’ radar
Speculation has arisen that Rangers’ Head of Recruitment Frank McParland has identified 6ft 4 inch Nigerian striker Fanendo Adi as a possible new recruit to secure at Ibrox.
The 25-year old frontman, who currently plies his trade with Major League Soccer giants Portland Timbers, is expected to start tonight against San Jose Earthquakes at UK 03:30AM time, and it is understood Rangers have sent some scouts to watch the striker compete at Providence Park in a match Timbers need to win. Read more
Hillary Clinton lambasts Donald Trump as ‘fraud’ out to ‘scam America’
Hillary Clinton has unloaded on Donald Trump as a “fraud” who would “scam America the way he scammed all of those people at Trump U” – referring to the Republican’s defunct business training program that is at the center of a class action lawsuit. Read more
France industrial unrest: Paris metro workers join national rail strike
Workers on the Paris metro and suburban rail networks are joining French national rail workers on strike, little more than a week before the Euro 2016 football championship is due to begin.
In addition, dock workers are expected to stop work and hold their own protest. Read more
Syria conflict: Calls for air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged towns
The US, UK and France have urged the UN to begin air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged areas in Syria. They said the Syrian government had failed to respect the 1 June deadline for widespread aid distribution agreed by world and regional powers.
Only a small amount of aid was delivered on Wednesday and a convoy to the town of Darayya near Damascus did not carry food. Read more