* Reps want 10-year validity for Nigerian passport * EFCC raids Obanikoro’s home, freezes Tompolo’s N3bn account

* Reps want 10-year validity for Nigerian passport  * EFCC raids Obanikoro’s home, freezes Tompolo’s N3bn account

 

Reps want 10-year validity for Nigerian passport

the House of Representatives on Tuesday sought the reversal of the validity period of the Nigerian Passport to 10 years as was the case before the introduction of the current e-Passport regime.

Under the current passport policy, the identity document expires after a period of five years and it leaves holders with no renewal option. Read more

EFCC raids Obanikoro’s home, freezes Tompolo’s N3bn account

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday stormed the Ikoyi, Lagos home of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

The operatives seized some vital documents, vehicles and other valuables. Sources in the anti-graft agency told one of our correspondents that the raid was connected with several allegations of fraud levelled against Obanikoro and his two sons – Babajide and Gbolahan. Read more

States not required to fund feeding programme, says Presidency

The Presidency has said counterpart funding from states is not required to start the implementation of the Federal Government’s National Home-grown School Feeding programme.

It said the present administration had already provided N93.1bn in the 2016 budget for the effective implementation of the programme. Read more

Jonathan’s cousin fails bail conditions in alleged $40m contract scam

Cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Robert Azibola, and his wife, Stella, who are answering to a seven-count criminal charge bordering on an alleged $40 million contract scam, have been unable to fulfil the bail conditions granted them by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had in a ruling on June 8 granted the defendants who are facing trial alongside their firm, Oneplus Holding Limited, bail to the tune of N1 billion. Read more

Saraki files fresh motion to disqualify CCT Chairman

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has filed a fresh application, asking the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, from further presiding over his ongoing trial.

The fresh application is the second filed by the Senate President asking the CCT chairman to withdraw from his trial. Read more

FG: El-Zakzaky Not in Detention, He’s Under Protective Custody

The federal government on Tuesday denied the claim of unlawful detention of the leader of the Shi’ite Islamic sect, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, claiming that El-Zakzaky is a vulnerable person and as such was being held under protective custody.

Counsel to the federal government, Tijani Gazali, stated this to journalists yesterday shortly after the matter was adjourned by the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court, Abuja. Read more

We didn’t know there was interim order against property, says EFCC witness

The trial of the Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, continued yesterday with the cross examination of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness, Godwin Adams, who explained that the anti-graft agency did not indicate that the property was subject of an interim order.

Adams gave evidence in trial of the human rights lawyer for allegedly dealing in property forfeited to the Federal Government through an interim order of court. Read more

WAEC Certificate: Buhari Files Appeal against Ruling Dismissing His Objection

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed the ruling of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja who on May 26, 2016 dismissed his preliminary objection in a suit filed by an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe.

Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had alleged that Buhari was unqualified to aspire to the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate WASC) in 1961 as he claimed. Read more

Troops Rescue 53 More Hostages, Kill Two Terrorists, Arrest One

The Nigerian troops deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued 53 more people from Boko Haram captivity, killed two terrorists and arrested another one.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday, said the troops of 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade, embarked on aggressive patrol to dominate and secure the road linking Izge and Bitta. During the operation, the patrol came across 43 persons that escaped from one of the Boko Haram terrorists hideout in Madube. Read more

Sheriff was contracted by APC to cause chaos –PDP panel

the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday alleged that the sacked acting national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, was acting a script written for him by the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The Publicity Secretary of the committee, Dayo Adeyeye, said this at a press conference addressed by five out of the seven members of the committee in Abuja. Read more

CBN to release flexible exchange rate policy today

The new flexible exchange rate policy will be released today (Wednesday), the Acting Director, Corporate Communications of the Central of Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, has said. The CBN’ Monetary Policy Committee had on May 24 risen from its bi-monthly meeting and announced plans to adopt greater flexibility in the management of foreign exchange. Read more

INEC: We’ll Conduct Rivers Re-run Elections If Parties Denounce Violence

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it was ready to conclude the rerun elections in Rivers State if the political parties would guarantee peace.

Speaking at a consultative meeting with critical stakeholders at the Police Officers’ Mess, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, said although the date for the conclusion of the legislative rerun election had not been fixed, INEC was prepared and ready to conduct the exercise, provided all the stakeholders in the state were willing to cooperate with and support the electoral body. Read more

States may get budget support loans of N50 billion from government

Although the nation’s economy continues to falter amid threatening recession, relief may be on the way for cash-strapped states of the federation as each of them may, under some conditions, get budget support loans of up to N50billion from the Federal Government. Read more

Ayokunle, Baptist leader, emerges CAN President

the President, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Dr. Supo Ayokunle, was on Tuesday in Abuja, elected the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, bringing to an end the apprehension that the election would be controversial.

The new CAN President polled 54 votes to defeat Prof. Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement with 28 votes. Read more

Enugu House of Assembly asks Gov Ugwanyi to revoke undeveloped lands
The Enugu State House of Assembly has asked Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to revoke all undeveloped parcels of land allocated to individuals and corporate organisations in the urban areas in the state urgently. Read more

Oronsaye operated 66 illegal accounts, says EFCC

A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of former Head of Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye, yesterday alleged before the Federal High Court, Abuja, that he operated 66 illegal accounts.

The witness, Rouqayya Ibrahim, who claimed to be working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as an operative and investigator, told the court that based on replies to letters written from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, the commission discovered that the former Head of Service operated 66 illegal accounts. Read more

Malnutrition Kills Hundreds in Borno Camp

Malnutrition has hit hard at internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Borno State, it was gathered on Tuesday.

THISDAY learnt that between May 23 and 31, 2016, 137 persons died as a result of acute malnutrition in Bama camp alone. Read more

‘Late Aikhomu never voted 4 times in Edo 2007 gov election’
CONTRARY to reports that late Admiral Augustus Aikhomu voted four times during the 2007 governorship election in Edo State which saw former Governor Oserheimen Osunbor of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, emerge as the winner, a study of the electoral results has revealed that late former Chief of General Staff never voted four times. Read more

NNPC: How Part of $12.9bn NLNG Dividend Was Spent

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday finally provided clarification on how part of the $12.9 billion dividends it received from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Company Ltd over an eight-year period on behalf of the federation was spent. The corporation also said the balance of the dividend has been moved to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), adding that it was no longer housing the money in line with the federal government’s directive on the Treasury Single Account (TSA). Read more

Ambode seeks donations from Nigerians to tackle cancer

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has asked Nigerians to support government’s effort in fighting cancer with financial aid.

He added that the disease had become a scourge which required concerted efforts from both the government and philanthropists to curb. Read more

Government has no reason to owe workers – Akeredolu

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has said no government has genuine reasons to owe workers’ salaries.

Akeredolu noted that the recovery of such huge amounts of money from looters was an indication that governments at all levels should have no reason to owe their workers. Read more

Fayose grossly incompetent, says ex-commissioner

A former Commissioner for Finance in Ekiti State, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, has said gross incompetence and lack of ideas on the part of Governor Ayodele Fayose are responsible for the lingering economic crisis in the state.

Kolawole, an All Progressives Congress member, served as a commissioner between 2010 and 2014. Read more

Plateau Assembly invites two commissioners over grazing reserves
Following fresh protest by women groups in Plateau State yesterday, the Plateau State House of Assembly summoned the Commissioners of Information, Communication, Mr. Nazif Ahmed and that of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mrs. Lynda Barau to explain government’s position on the Grazing Reserve/Ranches Bill that had generated heated debates and protests in the state. Read more

‘Resolve PDP crisis’

The lawmaker representing Ojo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Obasa, has called for a truce in the ongoing national leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party.

In a statement by his media aide, Mr Opeyemi Ahmed, on Tuesday, the lawmaker appealed to the founding fathers of the party to do the needful by uniting all warring factions and putting the party in a better stead ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Read more

Sheathe your swords, Okowa tells warring communities
DELTA State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, warned warring Igbide and Okpolo-Enwhen communities, Isoko South Local Government Area of the state against further hostilities, saying that they should not continue to kill each other over a mere piece of land. Read more

Businessman accuses ex-CP of issuing dud cheque

A Lagos-based businessman, Kehinde Akintoye, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over a N5.6m dud cheque allegedly issued to him by a former Commissioner of Police in Akure, Ondo State, Joseph Rugbere.

In the petition, dated March 23, 2016, and sent to the agency through his lawyer, Daniel Omakor, Akintoye also accused one Bada of conspiring with the ex-CP to defraud him of the sum. Read more

Fake military officer flogs policewoman in Lagos traffic

A 34-year-old man, Lucky Onofua, has been arrested in the Egbeda area of Lagos State after he allegedly posed as a Squadron Leader of the Nigerian Air Force and beat up a policewoman, who was controlling traffic.

Our correspondent gathered that Onofua allegedly beat up the female sergeant, whose name had yet to be known, for stopping his Sport Utility Vehicle at an intersection in Egbeda on Monday. Read more

Abuja quack doctor arrested after 10 years’ practice

The police have arrested a suspected quack doctor, Victor Akpan, in the Gwarinpa area of Abuja. PUNCH Metro learnt that Akpan, who had been running a private hospital for 10 years, allegedly operated with forged and stolen certificates.

As a quack doctor, he was said to have performed caesarean sections, removed fibroids and delivered pregnant women of babies. Read more

Itsekiri accuses N-Delta govs of working with militants
ITSEKIRI ethnic nationality in Delta State, yesterday, accused some serving and former governors in the Niger Delta, of  fraternizing with militants to wreak havoc in the region, only to openly and secretly call on the Federal Government to dialogue and drop the criminal charges against them. Read more

Workers strike: Ekiti PDP accuses APC of planning to wreak havoc
The Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of planing to cause mayhem in Ado Ekiti in what they term as a solidarity protest in support of workers who are on industrial action in the state. Read more

 CBN Grants Providus Bank Commercial Banking Licence

Providus Bank Plc has been granted a commercial banking licence with regional authorisation by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The central bank disclosed this in a circular posted on its website on Tuesday. Although the circular did not give further details about the promoters of the new bank, it disclosed that the financial institution has its head office in Lagos. Read more

Operators want Lagos to slash telecoms levies by 60%

To improve on infrastructure rollouts in Lagos and other parts of the country, telecommunications operators have called for a further downward review in the levies being charged.

Speaking under the aegis of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), the players said the current economic situation in the country demands a further downward review by about 60 per cent of the several levies imposed on operators by government and their agencies. Read more

NiFund to Raise $2bn for Infrastructure Devt

An investment management company, Nigerian Infrastructure Fund (NiFund), targeting investment opportunities in high growth sectors in Nigeria, on Tuesday, launched the Nigerian Infrastructure Fund with a target of raising $2 billion.

In addition, NiFund will look to launch new funds targeting Nigeria’s high growth sectors.
Making the announcement on the occasion of the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) Mission to the United Kingdom, NiFund said it would have a seven-year investment horizon with up to two additional years for asset divestment. Read more

Unremitted $13.3bn: We did no wrong, NNPC replies NEITI
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, denied any wrongdoing over its failure to remit about $13.294 billion to the Federation account over a nine-year period, stating that the funds were utilized legally in running its operations, while the balance of the funds had been transferred to the Central Bank of Nigeria. Read more

CBN Delays New Capital Rules Over Recession Fear

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) plans to delay new capital rules for banks, following the oil producer, Kazakhstan’s, example in trying to boost lending to avoid a recession. The apex bank has also disclosed its plan to release new foreign exchange guidelines today.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had in 2014 ordered the country’s lenders it considered too big to fail to boost minimum capital adequacy ratios to 16 per cent from 15 per cent, to increase their resilience to shocks. The new rules, which followed a banking crisis in 2008 and 2009 that nearly wiped out the industry, were scheduled to start on July 1. Read more

Govt, firm sign N25bn MoU on egg production

In its bid to actualise the target of one egg per day for school children across the country, the Federal Government on Tuesday signed Memorandum of Understanding with Tuns Farms Limited under the National Egg Production Scheme to be financed by the Bank of Industry to the tune of N25bn.

According to the government, the scheme is aimed at increasing egg production in the country to 50 million table eggs per day by 2018 as well as create one million jobs. Read more

Unemployment: NABTEB, LAPO collaborate on skill acquisition

The National Business and Technical Examinations Board and the Lift Above Poverty Organisation Microfinance Bank on Tuesday launched a partnership to provide skill acquisition and vocational training for unemployed Nigerians.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, LAPO MFB, Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe, explained that the initiative would create opportunities for beneficiaries from 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory to receive practical training in catering, hairdressing, bead making and Information and Communications Technology. Read more

Inflation hits 80-month high at 15.6% – NBS

The deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry, which resulted into an increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit from N87 to N145 per litre has pushed the country’s inflation rate to an 80-month high of 15.6 per cent.

The National Bureau of Statistics explained in the Consumer Price Index report, which was released on Tuesday that the rate of inflation rose by 1.9 percentage points from 13.7 per cent in April to 15.6 per cent in May. Read more

Dalung backs Buhari Unity Cup

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, is confident the first President Buhari Unity Cup, scheduled to kick off in September between secondary schools, will encourage peace across the country.

Dalung, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Christian Ohaa, at a recent media chat with journalists in Lagos, stated that the proposed tournament is part of an initiative being put in place to promote peace and discover talents across Nigeria. Read more

CBN SPLASHES N14M ON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will spend N14 million on the 38th edition of the annual CBN Senior Open Tennis Championship, which will serve off June 16 to June 25, 2016. Of the sum, the prize money for the winner in both the men and women categories, according to the bank, is pegged at N750, 000.00 each, while the runners up in the two categories will each smile home with N500, 000.00.

Presenting the breakdown of the prize money for various categories, Isaac Okoroafor, the Acting CBN Director, Corporate Affairs, also said winners in both men and women in disabled category will respectively go home with N200, 000 each. Read more

Supporters club converge today to mourn Amodu, Keshi

Members of the Nigeria Football and Other Sports Supporters Club will today converge at the international headquarters of the body on Ayinde Giwa Street, Surulere, Lagos to officially mourn the deaths of Amodu Shuaibu and Stephen Keshi.
According to the President General of the Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo who spoke to Daily Sunsports on the programme, the day of mourning is important because both coaches served Nigeria meritoriously. Read more

Rio 2016 qualifier: D’ Tigress fights back to edge out Korea

Nigeria’s D’ Tigress literally came from the dead after suffering a 71-60 points defeat against Belarus in her first game on Monday to record her first win of the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Nantes, France beating Korea 70-69 points in what has been described as a thriller.
The Nigerian girls determined to make a return to the Olympics after the Athens 2004 Olympic Games reminded everyone that they aren’t ready to go home without a fight and that mindset paid off as they rallied to beat Korea 70-69 in the closest game so far at the 2016 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT). Read more

Edo govt owed Amodu, academy staff N25m —Investigation

Late ex-Super Eagles coach, Amodu Shaibu, as well as staff of the Edo State Football Academy, were owed N25m by the state government, before he died last Saturday, our correspondent has learnt.

Amodu died in his sleep at his residence in Benin, the state capital, and was later buried at his hometown in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of the state. Read more

 

Alligator drags child into water near Disney resort

A child is missing after being dragged into the water by an alligator near a Disney resort in Florida.

The two-year-old was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon near the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Police are continuing to search the waters. Read more

Chinese spy ship shadows U.S., Japanese, Indian naval drill in the Western Pacific

A Chinese observation ship shadowed the powerful U.S. aircraft carrier, John C. Stennis, in the Western Pacific on Wednesday, a Japanese official said, joining warships from Japan and India in drills close to waters Beijing considers its backyard.

The show of American naval power comes as Japan and the United States worry Beijing will look to extend its influence into the Western Pacific with submarines and surface vessels as it pushes its territorial claims in the neighbouring South China Sea. Read more

Obama slams Trump’s Islamophobia, defends administration’s record on terror

US President Barack Obama assailed Donald Trump and the Republican party for “loose talk” and anti-Muslim rhetoric on Tuesday, warning that their populist election message was dangerous and un-American.

Tearing into “politicians who tweet and appear on cable news shows,” an irate Obama said right-wing bombast and “yapping” had whipped up anger but done nothing to prevent terrorism. Read more

Michelle Obama admits her husband is ‘swagalicious’

Michelle Obama has revealed the first thing she wants to do when her husband’s term ends is go shopping in Target and sit in a public park.

The First Lady told Oprah Winfrey she wants to return to a normal life during the first White House State of Women summit on Tuesday night.

She was candid when speaking about how it felt to watch her children, Malia and Sasha, drive to school with the Secret Service for the first time. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

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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