* B’Haram members plan to join army, says DSS * I can’t stop Buhari from seeking re-election –Obasanjo

* B’Haram members plan to join army, says DSS  * I can’t stop Buhari from seeking re-election –Obasanjo



B’Haram members plan to join army, says DSS

The Department of State Services has said some members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect were making plans to join the army.

It, however, added that two members of the sect, who were specialists in the making of Improvised Explosive Devise, were arrested before their desire to join the army was fulfilled. Read more

I can’t stop Buhari from seeking re-election –Obasanjo

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has denied an online report quoting him as saying that he had warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.

The report, which was credited to him through his former Chief Press Secretary, Alex Nwokedi, in an on-line publication, Post Nigeria, dated September 3, 2016, claiming that Obasanjo had warned President Muhammadu Buhari against seeking re-election in 2019. Read more

Oke rejects Ondo APC primary result

Two DAYS after the primary of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, some of the governorship aspirants of the party have been reacting to the outcome of the election.

A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, won the primary held on Saturday in Akure, the state capital, defeating all the 23 other aspirants of the party. Read more

Why we took over Jonathan cousin’s firm –Army

The Nigerian Army has explained why the men of the Army Headquarters Garrison, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, took over the premises of a company belonging to Mr. Robert Azibaola, a cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, told one of our correspondents in a text message that the land in question belonged to the Army. Read more

FG plans 20-man panel to review electoral laws

The Federal Government is finalising its plan to set up a 20-member committee to review existing electoral laws and past reports on electoral reforms, including that of the Justice Muhammad Uwais National Electoral Committee, The PUNCH has learnt.

It was learnt that the committee was to be constituted and inaugurated by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami. Read more

Ekiti to decentralise state, LG workers’ payments

Ekiti State Government has hinted that it may stop the central payment of state and local government workers’ salaries, saying local governments will be encouraged to pay their workers.

Governor Ayodele Fayose spoke in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, during a meeting with directors of finance and accounts, directors of administration, chief internal auditors and others from across ministries, departments and agencies in the state. Read more

N’Assembly lawmakers earned N6.78bn –Report

One year and three months after the inauguration of the eighth National Assembly, facts have emerged that lawmakers from the two chambers, Senate and the House of Representatives, have received N6.78 billion as official salary and allowances.
According to a report by the Economic Confidential magazine, monies received by the lawmakers are in tandem with the statutory approval of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). Read more

NPA, LASG on Collision Course over Wharf Landing Fees

The Lagos State Government (LASG) and the Nigerian Ports of Authority (NPA) may be on a collision course following moves by the Managing Director of NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, to stop the collection of Wharf Landing fee currently being collected by the state government on every container of cargoes that comes in to the country through the ports in Lagos.

Wharf land fee is the payment made on cargoes that passes through the Lagos ports. Read more

FG plans 20-man panel to review electoral laws

The Federal Government is finalising its plan to set up a 20-member committee to review existing electoral laws and past reports on electoral reforms, including that of the Justice Muhammad Uwais National Electoral Committee, The PUNCH has learnt.

It was learnt that the committee was to be constituted and inaugurated by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami. Read more

Sallah forces Reps to postpone resumption

The House of Representatives has postponed by one week its anticipated resumption, The PUNCH learnt in Abuja on Sunday.

This also implies that the expected action of the 360-member legislature on the budget padding allegations levelled against the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers, will be delayed by at least one week. Read more

INEC bars suspected bribe takers from Edo, Ondo polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission has stopped its officers, who are currently undergoing investigations for alleged corrupt practices, from taking part in the conduct of the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.

The commission said the action was taken in order to give credibility to the two elections. Read more

Edo community protests deplorable road

Following the persistent rains and attendant floods, residents of Ugbor community, in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, have appealed to the state government to rehabilitate the Ugbor-Amagba road.

The residents, who made the call during a protest at the weekend, lamented that the road had become a nightmare for motorists and traders. Read more

APC Recruiting Thugs in Kogi, Other Neighbouring States to Rig Edo Election, Says PDP

The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said its teeming members are ready to resist any attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the governorship election slated for Saturday, assuring its supporters that its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would emerge victorious.

The PDP stated this sunday in a statement signed by the state publicity secretary, Mr. Chris Nehihkaire, while reacting to the intelligence report submitted to it that some leaders of the APC were recruiting thugs from Kogi State and other neighbouring states to rig the election. Read more

Mimiko calls for prayers for peace

Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko has called for prayers for the state as preparations heightened towards the November 26 governorship election.
The governor noted that only prayers can sustain the prevailing peace being enjoyed by the people since the beginning of his administration. Mimiko implored the people to help the state with prayer so that peace which had been a permanent feature of the state was not breached. Read more

Fake Products Contribute To Economic Recession – SON

The Director-General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Paul Angya, has disclosed that the unbridled influx of substandard products into Nigeria contributed  to the current economic recession in the country.

While addressing journalists and other stakeholders during a-two day Capacity Development Retreat for media executives in Lagos,  Dr Angya said the country was facing the most supreme challenge of economic downturn, facilitated by continual spread of substandard goods across the Nigerian market. Read more

Litigation Stalls Return Of N218bn Abacha Loot From US

The attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Malam Abubukar Malami (SAN) has attributed the delay in the return of N218 billion loot recovered from the late former military head of state, Gen Sani Abacha, from the United States of America to suit filed by a lawyer, Godson Nnaka.

The AGF said Nnaka is demanding for a share in assets recovered from the former military ruler, valued at $458 million, in the said suit, a development that had delayed the return of the money to the country. Read more

Nigeria deeply divided, says UN report

A REPORT just released by the United Nations, UN, on Nigeria’s Common Country Analysis, CCA, has revealed a deeply divided society on the basis of the plurality of ethnic, religious and regional identities that had tended to define the country’s political existence.
The report also painted a gloomy picture, with most of the development and social indices in the country registering at levels unacceptable. Read more

We switch of power generators so owners will open doors—Robbery suspect

Police in Lagos have arrested two suspects who specialise in switching off power generating sets at midnight to gain easy entry into apartments when the owners come out to inspect the cause of power cut.
The suspects confessed to being responsible for series of operations around Ikorodu area of the state. However, one of them, Isaac Ogbonna, blamed his resort to crime on his inability to raise money for his ailing sister’s medical bill. Read more

Fuel crisis imminent as PENGASSAN threatens strike

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) at the weekend threatened to resume its suspended strike if the Federal Government failed to intervene in an agreement it signed with the stakeholders in the industry.

In a letter to the Minister of Labour and Employment dated August 22, this year, the group’s Acting General Secretary, Comrade Lumumba Ighotemu Okugbawa, stated that since the agreement was signed over a month ago, it had not been executed. Read more

Militants ask residents to vacate oil facilities

THE Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), a militant group has warned residents around major oil and gas facilities across the region to evacuate with immediate effect in order not to end up as casualties of militancy.
NDGJM said all marked facilities in the region have been rigged with explosives at strategic points, waiting to be detonated, adding that the detonation was being held back because of the people in the environment. Read more

Recession: FG’s non-oil revenue shrinks by N134bn

The current economic challenges facing the country have taken its toll on the non-oil sector as earnings from exporters witnessed a decline of $438.82m in the second quarter from $1.02bn recorded in the first quarter of this year to $576.97m.

When converted based on the official N305 exchange rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the $438.82m translates to a total of N133.8bn. Read more

We’re closing in on oil workers’ kidnappers –Police

Nigeria’s police are closing in on 15 kidnapped oil workers and are hopeful of rescuing them soon, a spokesman told Bloomberg.

Gunmen attacked a bus carrying 14 Nigerian employees of Nestoil Plc, a Lagos-based oil services company, and a driver on Friday afternoon near the southeastern city of Port Harcourt. Read more

How SMEs can survive recession

Nigeria’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have become an endangered species as over 200 of them have closed shop due to the downturn in the economy of the country.

That the country is going through recession is no longer debatable with over 56 manufacturing companies  shutting down within the same period, but their lamentations came to a head when the Federal Government confirmed that the much dreaded recession is here with us even as Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa after the 2014 rebase, lost its position to South Africa. Read more

Path to nation’s economic recovery, by experts

For the nation to recoverfrom the current economic woes, capital market stakeholders have urged federal government to seek guidance from financial experts in Nigeria and countries that have witnessed a similar problem.

Also, they stressed the need for government to give incentives to indigenous firms and initiate policies that would accelerate growth of manufacturing industries. Read more

Nigerian banks lead in equities’ N372b loss

Banking stocks suffered the most among 25 top losers in the equities’ market as share price decline left investors with a net capital loss of N372 billion.

There were 10 banking stocks among the top 25 that lost 30 per cent and above in the past eight months. Some of the top losers recorded as much as 60.1 per cent in equities price reduction. Read more

Fed Govt unveils 10,000Mw transmission capacity plan

The Federal Government has unveiled its five-year plan to boost power transmission capacity from 5,500Megawatts (Mw) to 10,000Mw in the next three years.

The plan was meant to take off last year with specific milestones each year but the impact of the low oil price slowed down the action. However, a source told The Nation that the government said it was going ahead with implementation of the plan. Read more

Ogun to enforce compulsory insurance policy

The Deputy Governor, Ogun State, Chief Yetunde Onanuga, has said that the state will enforce the compulsory insurance scheme in the state.

She said this during the annual insurance professional forum of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria with the theme, “The insurance industry, national economic shifts and new business realities,” held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. Read more

Lagos pays N918m to 180 retirees

The Lagos State Government has paid 180 retirees from its civil service, local governments, Universal Basic Education Board, teachers’ establishment and pension office and other parastatals pension entitlements worth N918.70m.

A statement by the state pension office said the payment brought the number of retirees paid between August, 2015 to August, 2016 to 4,104, while the total accrued pension rights paid by the state government totalled N16.95bn. Read more

How FG can tackle recession, by Labour
ORGANISED labour, weekend, in Owerri, Imo State, urged the political and economic class to cultivate “a bipartisan and pan-Nigerian approach” to overcome the current economic crisis instead of passing blames and giving excuses. Read more

Rohr to rework Eagles for World Cup ticket

Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, has said he would work on the Super Eagles attack and defense to ensure Nigeria qualifies for the 2018 World Cup. On his first day with the media in Uyo on Wednesday, the German had said it would be difficult to guarantee a ticket but would work hard to get it for Nigeria.

After the Saturday game, the new manager said the Eagles played well even though they could not score many goals adding that the match has given him quality insight into the strength and weakness of the team. By his estimate, the Eagles had more than 12 scoring chances and now he hopes to work on the team’s attack to improve the system for future games. Read more

Team Nigeria arrive Rio for Paralympic Games

Nigeria’s team to the Paralympic Games has arrived in Rio, Brazil. Out of a total of 23 athletes, 6 will take part in Para athletics, 14 in Para Powerlifting and 3 in Para table tennis and accompanied by 12 officials including medical personnel, helpers, loaders and team administrators. Read more

…Gov Udom congratulates Eagles, urges NFF to host more soccer events in the Nest of Champions

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has spoken of the football encounter between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Tiafa Football Team of Tanzania as a display of talents with excellent impression on the soccer loving youths of the state and those seeking a career in football.
Governor Emmanuel stated this during a special banquet held in honour of the players and officials of the two teams at Governor’s Lodge, Uyo. Read more

Rangers outclass Rivers Utd to go top

Enugu Rangers produced a devastating display of attacking football to outclass Rivers United 4-0 to go top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday.

An even first half came to life in the 40th minute when Tope Olusesi put the hosts in front following an exhilarating move that carved the United backline open, leaving the hapless Abiodun Akande badly exposed in goal. Read more

Israel ‘threatens to arrest 10-month-old Palestinian baby’

Israeli soldiers on Sunday threatened to arrest the 10-month-old daughter of a Palestinian man who was shot and killed by Israeli forces last November, witnesses told the local Ma’an news agency.

According to the father of Fadi Faroukh, the Palestinian who was killed in 2015 for allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier, the bizzare threat occurred as occupation forces raided the Faroukh home in the town of Sair, situated in the West Bank city of Hebron. Read more

UAE offers China visa-free privileges

Chinese visitors to the United Arab Emirates will now be granted visas on arrival, the Gulf state’s prime minister announced yesterday, in a new bid to boost tourism.

“We have approved a decision to grant visas on arrival at the country’s airports to visitors from the Republic of China,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai. Read more

Brazil: Police use tear gas at pro-Dilma protest

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Brazil to demonstrate against the government.

Organisers said 50,000 people – a record number – turned out in Sao Paulo alone for a seventh day of protests against the new President Michel Temer. Read more

Obama becomes first sitting president to visit Laos

This capital city, with its wide, tree-lined French colonial boulevards and old-fashioned tuk-tuk three-wheeled taxis, takes its turn in the international spotlight Monday, as Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to travel here.

The sleepy, landlocked country of 6.8 million may well be the final Asian stop during his presidency. Obama arrives from the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, China, for a series of Asian summit meetings during the week. Read more

Donald Trump blasts Republican senator Jeff Flake as ‘very weak’

Donald Trump has entered a bitter war of words with Republican senator Jeff Flake as the Republican nominee reverted to his behavior in the primary where he constantly attacked GOP elected officials.

Trump used Twitter Sunday to blast Flake, a first term senator from Arizona who has yet to commit to supporting Trump in November, as “very weak and ineffective” on the issue of immigration. 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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