* Buhari returns, challenges journalist to wrestling contest * PDP crisis: Makarfi, Sheriff refuse to shift ground

* Buhari returns, challenges journalist to wrestling contest  * PDP crisis: Makarfi, Sheriff refuse to shift ground




Buhari returns, challenges journalist to wrestling contest

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday returned to Nigeria after spending 14 days in London, United Kingdom.

In a short interaction at the airport, Buhari challenged one of the State House correspondents, who asked him about his state of health, to a wrestling contest. “You know I am taller than you. Do you want to wrestle me?” the President asked in Hausa language. Read more

PDP crisis: Makarfi, Sheriff refuse to shift ground

The war of attrition between the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led group shows little sign of abating.

Findings by The PUNCH, in Abuja, on Sunday indicated that none of the two sides appeared willing to nominate members to serve on the Peace Committee. Read more

Buhari committing impeachable offences, senate warns

President Muhammadu Buhari has remained in office in the last one year because the Senate does not feel like rocking the boat of the nation’s democracy through commencement of impeachment proceedings against him. Rather, the Senate has overlooked his numerous infractions and moved on, behaving with maturity in saving the nation’s democracy from collapse.

In making the clarifications, the upper legislative chamber, however, warned the executive arm of government not to push the patience of the legislature to breaking limit, but rather, face all the numerous economic challenges bedevilling the nation and find solutions to them. Read more

 ‘Don’t fall into militants’ trap’

AN Ijaw leader and sustainable development strategist, Greg Afoegba, has told the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachukwu, to thread softly as he could be trapped in the dirty waters of Niger Delta militancy over his hasty approach to negotiate with them.

Afoegha, who spoke with journalists in Warri on Sunday, noted that the manner the Petroleum Resources’ minister was going about the proposed dialogue with suspected members of the Niger Delta Avengers could backfire. Read more

IPOB backs Niger Delta Avengers

The Indigenous People of Biafra on Sunday expressed support for the Niger Delta Avengers. IPOB described the NDA, which has crippled oil production by blowing up pipelines as its “kith and kin.”

The pro-Biafran group made this known in a statement signed by its spokespersons, Mr. Emma Mmezu, and Dr. Chukwuemeka Iroanya. Read more

Proposed pension, immunity for Saraki, Dogara provocative –Falana, SERAP

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN); a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Niyi Akintola, and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, have condemned the proposed life pension and immunity for National Assembly leaders.

While SERAP and the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders described the proposed life pension and immunity for Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as self-serving and despicable, Falana called it “insensitive, irrational and immoral.” Read more

Forgery case against Saraki, Ekweremadu, a coup –Senate

The Senate on Sunday described the forgery case initiated by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, against principal officers of the Senate as a coup against the legislature.

Fed Govt trains 8,500 procurement officersIt claimed the move was aimed at subjecting the National Assembly to the control of the executive. Read more

No fewer than 8,500 procurement officers have so far been trained by the Federal Government through the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

The purpose of the training was to build the institutional capacity of officers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government to implement procurement reforms. Read more

You’re on your own, NOUN VC tells Alumni Association
THE Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, has announced that henceforth the university would not be responsible for the NOUN Alumni Association, saying the group was a voluntary body for former students who chose to join it. He said that with effect from Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the University’s Advancement Unit that was empowered to liaise and work with the association had been withdrawn and that membership of the association was purely voluntary. Read more

Nigerian students to benefit from free education in German universities
Foremost Educational consultancy service, SJJ Education has said that opportunities now abound in universities in Germany for international students, Nigerians inclusive, to earn a degree or masters in different courses in the European country without paying tuition.

In a statement, made available to newsmen in Lagos, the organisation says,” the German government in October 2014, took the step to completely scrap tuition fees at all public universities which allowed international students to study at their universities without paying any tuition fees. ” Read more

Reps to debate ‘sex scandal’ against colleagues

The House of Representatives will tomorrow debate the allegations of impropriety levelled against three of its members by the United States.

Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo (Bauchi,APC),Hon. Samuel Ikon (Akwa-Ibom,APC) and Hon Mark Gbillah (Benue,APC) were fingered as having behaved inappropriately while on a leadership training in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Read more

I’m innocent says Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu yesterday declared himself innocent of the forgery allegation in the upper chamber. He also said he had not received any police invitation for questioning over the matter.

Charges preferred against suspects in the alleged forgery are pending before a Federal Capital Territory High Court. Read more

Senate: AGF leads plot to jail Saraki, Ekweremadu

Apparently shocked that the stage is set for the trial of its key officials for alleged forgery, the Senate has launched a battle to stave off a major crisis.

It yesterday accused the Executive of attempting to force out its leaders and named Attorney General Abubakar Malami leader of the plot. President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate said, should tell Malami to pull the brakes on the plot. Read more

Deeper Life Church Urges Nigerians To Be Patient With PMB

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Overseer, Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor Joshua O. Esho has appealed to Nigerians to exercise patience with the one-year old government of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) as it strives to turn things around to see the country great again.

Pastor Esho stated this yesterday at a press briefing organised by the Church in preparation for  the one night prayer crusade, tagged “Night of Extraordinary Wonders”, to be held in Abuja next week Sunday by the General Overseer of the Church, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi for God’s intervention in the affairs of the country. Read more

DIALOGUE: N-Delta group, Ijaw leader warn Kachikwu over Avengers
A group, Niger Delta Patriotic Front, NDPF, yesterday, warned the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu not to burn his fingers with his ongoing negotiations for peace with stakeholders in Niger Delta region, especially with the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, saying they are a band of renegades. Read more

Lagos High Court adjourns hearing of alleged killing of IPOB members by soldiers
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has adjourned till  July 8, 2016, to hear the suit  against the alleged killings by soldiers and other security agencies of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, members during May 30, Biafran Remembrance Day in Anambra and Delta States. Read more

Biafra Killing: Court Fixes July 8 For Hearing

The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed July 8 for the hearing of the case filed by Lagos lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, against the killings by soldiers and other security agencies during the period of the remembrance of Biafra day.

Adegboruwa has dragged the federal government before the court seeking an order restraining the government and its agents from further arrest, detention, persecution, prosecution and killing of members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB). Read more

Terrorism: Security expert counsels intelligence officials
A security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, has advised personnel of intelligence units of Nigerian security agencies to focus on providing reliable warnings of impending terror attacks to save lives of citizens from incessant bombings, militant attacks among others. Read more

SON targets manufacturers of sub-standard materials
Worried by incidences of buildings collapse in the country, especially in Abuja, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has vowed to clamp down on manufacturers of sub-standard building materials. To this end, SON has commenced quality tests of building materials, especially on iron rods as well collection of details of their manufacturers, with a view to summoning producers of identified sub-standard ones for questioning or arrest. Read more

Pharmacists confirm case of Steven Johnson syndrome
Pharmacists under the auspices of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, weekend confirmed recent report of a case of Steven-Johnson syndrome, SJS, in Dalla Local Government Council, Kano State but maintained that the offensive drug was not purchased in a registered pharmacy and was not sold by a pharmacist. Read more

Alleged N42b fraud: Ex-Customs chief Dikko in hospital

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is watching over a former Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service(NCS), Abdullahi Inde  Dikko in a hospital in Abuja.

Dikko, who is being investigated over alleged N42billion fraud, has been in hospital since he surrendered to the EFCC for interrogation  last  Thursday. Read more

Obaseki will defeat whoever pdp presents as flagbearer – Afegbua

Prince Kassim Afegbua is the Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation.  In this telephone chat with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, he spoke on the recently concluded governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) in the state. Read more

Ajimobi Commended Over OYSIEC Inauguration, Fixing LG Election For Sept

Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has been commended for the inauguration of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) and fixing the local government election for September.

A chairmanship aspirant, Mr Akinyemi Akinlabi who gave the commendation in Eruwa on Sunday,  expressed his intention to contest the chairmanship. Read more

Fayose alleges plot to use EFCC to destabilise Ekiti
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has alleged that the Federal Government has concluded plans to use the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to destabilise the state with the ultimate aim of illegally impeaching him. Read more

Ondo Assembly To Blame For Gov Mimiko’s ‘Misrule’ – APC

Ondo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned a statement credited to the State House of Assembly that it does not know how the state’s finances are being managed.

APC described the Assembly as a dumb and toothless bulldog that could not bark let alone bite, saying it had failed in its responsibility of check mating the activities of the executive arm. The Assembly Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, reportedly said last week that the Assembly had no knowledge of the state’s financial position. Read more

Hijab crisis: PDP wants Interpol, others to monitor Aregbesola
THE Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday urged all security agencies, Interpol, the Presidency and United Nations to dispassionately monitor activities of Governor Rauf Aregbesola which the party alleged can cause religious crisis in the country. Read more

Bello warns against ethnic, religious bigotry
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has warned those using religion and ethnicity to divide the people of the state to desist from doing so. Bello gave the warning yesterday in Lokoja while speaking at the inauguration of the state chapter of the Coalition for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Support Groups. Read more

Ize-Iyamu: Oshiomhole’s Second Term is a Disaster

A Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Edo State, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was in Lagos recently, where he bared his mind on the issues around the governorship election in the state. Read more

APC Candidate Wins Kebbi By-election

The All Progressives Candidate (APC) , Alh Samaila Salihu Biu has won the bye election into the state House of Assembly of Arewa Local Government constituency which was conducted by INEC on Saturday, 27/2/2016 to fill the vacant seat left by Alh Abdullahi Yaldu of APC who died while performing pilgrimage in Makka, Saudi Arabia last year.

The APC candidate, Alh Samaila Salihu Biu has polled 20, 577 votes while the PDP candidate , Alh  Sulaiman Yaldu polled 10,362 votes. Read more

Jang flays Lalong over moves to probe purchase, distribution of vehicles
A former Governor of Plateau State and Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Senator Jonah Jang has berated his successor, Governor Simon Lalong for constituting a committee to investigate the purchase and distribution of vehicles on loan to members of the public in the last administration. Read more

Ireland supports Enugu community

The Embassy of the Republic of Ireland in Nigeria has donated a vocational training centre and a palm oil mill to Ugbaike community in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu state.

The development was facilitated by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Africa. Read more

Groups intervene in herdsmen, farmers’ clashes in Bayelsa

Advocacy groups, Nigeria Reconciliation and Stability Project of the British Council and the Bayelsa State Peace and Conflict Management Alliance, have mediated in the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the state.

The groups, which met on Saturday to seek lasting peace between farmers and herdsmen, also decried their frequent conflicts. Read more

Disconnection: Bayelsa youths attack PHEDC officials

THE Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has confirmed that six of its personnel and three policemen attached to the company were attacked in different parts of Bayelsa State by youths.

PHEDC said youths attacked its personnel on debt recovery and in some communities. The Business Service Manager, Pere Alazigha, according to the PHEDC, was given a machete cut and left in his pool of blood by the youths. Read more

Kids branded witches escape lynching in C’River

TWO kids were on Friday rescued at Ikot-Abasi-Effiom community in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State by a Calabar-based child’s rights organisation, Basic Rights Counsel Initiative.

The group was in the community to screen a movie titled ‘‘The Fake Prophet’ when its attention was drawn to the fate of the boy. Read more

Drowned student: Parent, community disagree over ‘burial sacrifice’

The parents of a 20-year-old student of the University of Port Harcourt, who drowned in Choba River on June 1, 2016, have kicked against the pre-burial “sacrifice” proposed by the Choba community.

While the community insisted that the parents would pay the sum of N115, 000 for sacrifice before the late student, Omoseebi John Temidayo, could be buried, the father of the deceased kicked against the tradition, insisting that his status as a Christian would not support such a sacrifice. Read more

3 Shot As Students, Police Clash in Ondo

No fewer than three students of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo (RUGIPO) in Ondo State have been reportedly shot during a clash between the students and men of the police command in the town .

LEADERSHIP learnt that scores of residents of the ancient town were wounded, while about ten vehicles were vandalised during the clash. Read more

15 die in Lagos-Ibadan expressway crash

Fifteen people yesterday died in a multiple auto  accidents on Lagos-Ibadan expressway. It involved a truck, a fuel tanker and a commercial bus.

The accident, which occurred  at the Fidiwo-Ajebo, Ogun State stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, left 14 passengers and driver of the commercial bus dead on the spot. Read more

Pest attack fears on farms in Lagos, Ogun

Massive clumps of the notorious water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes, are responsible for the partial “sealing” of the Ogun River at Kara on the Lagos-Ibadan Express Road, near the boundary between Ogun and Lagos states, an investigation by The Nation has confirmed.

But the massive weed infestation has raised fears of a possible massive locust-type attack of farmlands in and around Lagos and Ogun states. Read more

As New CBN Forex Policy Begins Today: Banks, BDCs Target $21bn Annual Diaspora Remittances

As the new forex policy introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) takes off today, banks and Bureau De Change Operators (BDCs) are looking forward to handling the $21billion annual Diaspora remittances to the country.

But this will be sequel to the BDCs obtaining CBN’s Forex Primary Dealership (FXPD) licences, which qualifies them for forex market operations in the new regime introduced by the apex bank. Read more

CBN’s N3 billion entrepreneurship development scheme begins

The N3 billion-funded Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), aimed at empowering young graduates, has kicked off with the invitation of over 1500 applicants for a training workshop last week.

Following the inauguration of the initiative by the CBN and the subsequent launch of the business application portal by Heritage Bank-the partner financial institution, in March this year, not less than 4000 applications have been   received. Read more

N350/dollar interbank exchange likely today

With the flexible foreign exchange policy driven by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) opening today, analysts have predicted a volatile and interesting trading for the day.

The interbank market, which opens by 9.00am and closes at 2.00pm, will see the naira-dollar exchange rate in a volatile state. The local currency is likely to exchange around N340/N350 against the greenback, it was predicted yesterday. Read more

Investors inject N760bn into stock market in three days

The Nigerian Stock Exchange reacted positively to the news of the unveiling of the new foreign exchange guidelines by the CBN last Wednesday as the market capitalisation soared by over N760bn, with investors committing huge sums to acquire more shares.

The move by investors to acquire more stocks at this time is hinged on their desire to re-enter the market when share prices are at their lowest, as the market is expected to recover after months of persistent fall. Read more

Economy: FG Seeks Japanese Government Assistance On Diversification

The federal government has asked the Japanese government to assist Nigeria toward its present economic diversification efforts.

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma made this request when members of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) paid him a courtesy visit in his office over the weekend. Read more

Shell Commits $195.5m On Social Investments In Nigeria

Oil giant, Shell spent a total of $195.5 million in Nigeria in 2015, thus making the country the largest concentration of social investment spending within the Shell group.

The company also said that despite huge crude theft, illegal refining and insecurity that characterised the industry during the year, about $145.1 million of the money was paid to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Read more

Flexible Forex, Right Policy For Stock Market Growth

In the outgone week, the Nigerian equities rebounded on the back of the newly introduced market determined foreign rate policy which was a boot to investor confidence.

Reviewing the stock market last week, both market benchmark indicators, NSE- All Share Index and market capitalisation hit 29,000 basic points and N10 trillion marks for the first time this year. Consequently, the ASI rose to hit a 158-day high of 29,247.27 points, while market capitalization went up by N691.93 billion to reach N10.04 trillion, swinging the Year-to-Date return to 2.11 per cent positive. Read more

Experts see naira gaining as forex trading begins

The naira exchange rate to the United States dollar is expected to appreciate further at the newly established interbank market as trading begins today (Monday).

The Central Bank of Nigeria had last week introduced new guidelines for the nation’s foreign exchange market. Read more

Senate summons ministers, Emefiele, others over MTN fine

The Senate Committee on Communications has accused some top Federal Government officials of short-changing the country by the reduction of the fine imposed on MTN Nigeria for operational misconduct by the Nigerian Communications Commission.

In a letter entitled: ‘Re: Settlement between NCC and MTN over fine’ and addressed separately to all the government officials in the deal, the committee expressed concern over the agreement for the payment of N330bn reached with MTN instead of the N1.04tn initial fine. Read more

PenCom warns PFAs against un-credited contributions, investment defaults

The National Pension Commission has written warning letters to some Pension fund Administrations after observing some irregularities and non-compliance with its rules and regulations.

This was contained in the reports of the commission on compliance of the operators. Read more

Oil workers threaten strike over anti-labour practices

Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria on Sunday threatened to shut down activities in the nation’s oil and gas industry if some employers did not stop their anti-labour practices.

The union issued a seven-day ultimatum to employers in the industry to put an end to all anti-labour practices in their companies, warning that the nation would face an industrial action that would lead to a total shutdown of the oil and gas industry. Read more

Capital market stakeholders hail Dangote

Some stakeholders in the country’s financial sector have hailed the President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, for his role in the growth of Nigeria’s capital market.

The group indicated in a statement on Sunday that the Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Tony Elumelu, lauded Dangote for his contributions to the growth of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Read more

SEC seeks FG’s help to enlist more companies

The Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, has sought the assistance of the Federal Government to get more companies to enlist on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

During a courtesy call on the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Gwarzo said the government could help SEC to woo companies to the Exchange by offering some tax incentives. Read more

Zamalek beat Enyimba in P’Harcourt

Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Champions League Enyimba began their campaign in the group stage of the competition with a loss at home after they were beaten 1-0 by Zamalek, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday.

It was the first match of the group stage for the Enyimba and a goal from Bassem Morsy gave the three points to the Egyptians. Both sides have won the CAF Champions League previously. Enyimba have won it two times while Zamalek are five-time champions. Read more

CBN senior tennis starts in Lagos

Action will commence this morning at the Tennis Courts of the National Stadium, Lagos as the Central Bank of Nigeria Tennis Championship serves off.  The men’s singles chart of 64 and the women’s singles draws of 32 players plus men’s and women’s doubles events are the main focus. Read more

We’re robbed in Bauchi – Pillars

Kano Pillars have alleged they were robbed of victory at league leaders, Wikki Tourists after the referee “manufactured three red cards and a penalty” against them.

Wikki came from a goal down in the first half to beat Kano Pillars 3-1 at home yesterday to stay top of the Nigeria league table. Read more

Adebayor mourns as Togo honours Keshi
Togo skipper Emmanuel Adebayor on Sunday mourned the “great loss to African football” of Stephen Keshi, the former Nigerian international and coach who died from a heart attack at the age of 54 earlier this month. Crystal Palace striker Adebayor was playing in an exhibition game in Lome organised to pay homage to Keshi, who coached Togo to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Read more

Eagles job beyond technical ability
The qualification for Super Eagles manager’s job demands much more than having the technical expertise as a football coach, the Nigeria Football Federation supremo, Amaju Pinnick has said. Read more

 Algeria blocks Facebook, Twitter to prevent exam fraud

Algeria temporarily blocked access to social networks on Sunday to prevent cheating after leaked papers forced hundreds of thousands of students to resit high school final exams.

Facebook and Twitter have been blocked since late Saturday and are to remain inaccessible to millions of Algerians until after the last test on Thursday, a telecom source told AFP. Read more

Mexican Police Clash With Teachers Over Education Reforms, Leaving 3 Dead

The union leading the protests opposes education reforms that would force low-paid teachers to have their performance evaluated

At least three people have been killed in clashes between police and teachers demonstrating over education reforms in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Read more

Patient killed in shootout at hospital earmarked for Olympic Games duty

A group of heavily armed men stormed a Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker, sparking a shootout with police that left a patient dead and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded. Read more

Donald Trump suggests profiling Muslims

Donald Trump on Sunday suggested that the United States should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims inside the country as a terrorism-fighting tool, in the latest example of the Republican presidential nominee’s policy proposals that single out Muslims.

“We really have to look at profiling,” Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation. ”It’s not the worst thing to do.” Read more

































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