* Suspend Kachikwu, Baru, Senate panel chair tells Buhari (Punch) * Army raided Kanu’s home again, says brother (Punch)

* Suspend Kachikwu, Baru, Senate panel chair tells Buhari (Punch)    * Army raided Kanu’s home again, says brother (Punch)



Suspend Kachikwu, Baru, Senate panel chair tells Buhari (Punch)

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) Senator Tayo Alasoadura, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately suspend the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru. Alasoadura specifically stated that Baru’s continued presence at the NNPC could jeopardise the Senate investigation into the allegations that he allegedly approved contracts to the tune of $25bn without the approval of the corporation’s board. The senator said this during a live programme on Channels Television titled, Sunday Politics. Read more

Army raided Kanu’s home again, says brother (Punch)

The Nigerian Army on Sunday raided the Abia home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. According to Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, the soldiers said they were searching for ‘technical items.’ He claimed that the soldiers, however, took away from the house items such as television sets, generator and clothes. Read more

FG denies injecting monkeypox virus through free medical treatment (Punch)

The Federal Government has described as fake and sinister the report that the outbreak of monkey pox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free medical care organised by the government for people of the affected areas. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Nigerians should disregard the report which, he alleged, was  apparently being   spread by those he described as unscrupulous persons. He said, ‘’The Federal Government has not conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa or Rivers state, as alleged in the fake report being circulated. So that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of monkeypox in both states. Read more

Kachikwu: Why Buhari should act now and fast (Punch)

Making the round on the social media and the conventional media since Tuesday was the leaked memo written by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, to his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari. Revealing as it is, the memo exposed the undercurrent of power play in government and the negative implication to the politic. Outlining his grievance against his subordinate to the President in the memo, Kachikwu complained of insubordination by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, to his office and flagrant disregard to the government policy of transparency in the award of contract estimated at $25bn single handedly by the NNPC boss without reference to the board. Read more

On the NGO regulation bill (Vanguard)

Another controversy is ranging in the National Assembly, as a result of the contentious bill sponsored by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Umar Buba Jibril, representing Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency. The bill is recommending the setting up of yet another government agency, to be known as the NGO Regulatory Commission that is meant to issue licences to all NGOs, which would require renewing such licences, every two years. In other words, if the commission’s board declines to renew any group’s licence, the NGO would cease to operate in the country. Read more

Apapa gridlock: Agro commodities export falls to 100tons (SUN)

The prediction that Nigeria may fall back to recession in the next few years could come to reality sooner than expected as non-oil export of the economy faces serious threat. Though, the Federal Government’s focus is to diversify the economy from oil to non-oil export but today, goods worth billions of naira are rotting away in the port as export processes are becoming impossible due to negative impact of the deplorable state of Apapa access roads to export promotion. Agro commodities export has fallen to 100 tonnes from 1,7000 tonnes per day that an exporter can ship under normal circumstance when the Apapa road was in good condition. Exporters described the fall in commodities export as bad business. Read more

We’ll ensure safe drone operations in Nigeria – Dunoma, FAAN boss (SUN)

Saleh Dunoma, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has 37 years of cognate experience in the aviation sector.

A 1979 graduate of Building Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Dunoma had a brief stint in the public and private sectors before being employed in the Civil Engineering Department of the defunct Nigeria Airports Authority (NAA) in 1980. With the NAA mwtamorphosing into FAAN, Dunoma has since served the agency in various sensitive capacities. Read more

High expectations as 2017 NESG kicks off tomorrow (SUN)

As Nigeria contends with post-recession challenges, expectations are high that various economic experts expected in Abuja for the 2017 and 23rd edition of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) holding from October 10-12, will further articulate measures the Federal Government can adopt to take nation to the next level. Themed: “The Opportunities, Productivity and Employment:  Actualizing the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan” the event is being organized by NESG in conjunction with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning. Read more

How Nigeria’s power Discos turned drain pipe on FG’s resources (SUN)

Nigerians ‘need secure, sustainable and affordable’ power supply as their lifestyle is so configured that power is vital for their essential day-to-day services, without which they and their business cannot function.

For instance. they need electricity for their lighting, cooking and industrial output. In addition to their basic needs, they also need it for pumping machines, washing machines, charging phones, computers, television, not to talk of welders, tailors, salon operators and millions of others that need energy for their livelihood. Read more

Intrigues, wits on display as PDP picks new officers (Guardian)

Ahead of the December, 2017 elective national convention of the People Democratic Party (PDP) through which it intends to pick its next national officers, series of high level intrigues, with games and political machinations, strategies and counter strategies are now rampant in the major opposition party. Members of the party from the Southwest geo-political zone are now at a cross road reaching a decision on who becomes their candidate, having been assured, through a delicate gentleman agreement with other zones across the country, that the zone would produce the next national chairman. Read more

NSE records N15.1 billion turnover in four trading days (Guardian)

Despite the one-day holiday in commemoration of the country’s 57th Independence Day, heavy transactions in the shares of some banks, last week, lifted the volume of shares traded, as turnover of about 1.5 billion shares worth N15.107 billion. These were recorded in 14,549 deals by investors at the Exchange, and was higher than 1.33 billion units, valued at N14.086 billion that changed hands in 14,703 deals the previous week. Read more

SON raises concern over false declarations on imports (SUN)

The Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Aboloma, has raised the alarm over the recent increase in the cases of false declaration of imports at the country’s entry posts. Speaking in Lagos at the inspection of about 7 container loads of products intercepted by the agency’s Enforcement Team, during the recent sallah holidays, Mr. Aboloma observed that the importers of the products are taking undue advantage of the government’s good intentions in promoting the ease of doing business in Nigeria. According to him, the intercepted containers most of which came through the Tin Can Port, were all carrying products different from those declared at the points of clearance. Read more

Equities market to maintain positive momentum this week (Vanguard)

The Nigerian equities market is expected to maintain positive momentum this week as investors awaits the  2017 third quarter results for companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE. Financial analysts have stressed that the beginning of the trading day will likely witness rally in blue chip stocks whose performance are likely to be in green. Analysts from Vetiva Capital Management Limited, have said: “We expect the positive market momentum to persist at the start of this week, and further demand on blue chip stocks.” Read more

Abdullahi emerges winner of ‘The Big Bull Rice Man-of-the- Match’ Award (ThisDay)

Super Eagles right-back, Shehu Musa, was voted the first winner of ‘The Big Bull Rice’ Man-of-the-Match award instituted by TGI Group, the Official Food Partner of the Super Eagles. Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group is an international investment and holding company with diversified interests and investments in Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin, Morocco, UAE, South Africa, India and several other emerging markets Read more

AITEO Cup Final: It’s Tornadoes Vs Akwa United (Thenff)

Akwa United FC defeated Sunshine Stars 3-1 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in the second leg of their AITEO Cup semi-final fixture on Sunday. Christian Pyagbara scored the second for The Promise Keepers in the second half to lead the Top Scorer’s race with seven goals. Akwa United’s first came from Cyril Oliseme. The Owena Whales thought they had clinched a place in the grand finale when Franklin Sasere scored to make it 2-1, meaning they would go through on the away goals’ rule. But Super Eagles’ midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi netted a third that took the hosts into next Sunday’s final in Lagos. Read more

Everton wants Onyekuru back quickly (Soccernet)

Merseyside Club, Everton are anticipating the return of their Nigerian International striker Henry Onyekuru who is currently on loan at Belgian side Anderlecht, 90minutesgoal.com reports. Everton who are currently struggling in the English Premier League, signed Onyekuru in June 2017 from Belgian side KAS Eupen for a fee of £7 million after he (Onyekuru) finished as joint top scorer in the Belgian league with 22 goals in the 2016–17 season. However, Everton were forced to loan Onyekuru to Anderlecht for a season due to England’s strict law on work permit. Read more

Rohr praises Moses for contribution to Iwobi’s goal, squad jet out of Uyo (Allnigeriasoccer)

A number of Super Eagles players and coaching staff were sighted at the Akwa Ibom Airport on Sunday afternoon before they jetted out to Lagos and Abuja. Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem are confirmed to be on their way or making plans to return to Europe after they flew out of Uyo today. Before the Dana Air plane left the airport, manager Gernot Rohr reiterated that the Zambians pushed his team all the way, and noted the contribution of Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses and Anorthosis Famagusta midfielder Abdullahi Shehu in the game-winner scored by Alex Iwobi. Read more

Messi can’t do it all – Tabarez defends Barca star as Argentina threaten to miss World Cup (Fourfourtwo)

Oscar Tabarez does not believe failure to qualify for the World Cup would leave a stain on Lionel Messi’s illustrious career as the Uruguay boss insisted the five-time Ballon d’Or winner cannot do it all for Argentina. Messi and Argentina were runners-up at the 2014 World Cup but the South American giants are in real danger of missing out on next year’s showpiece tournament in Russia. A scoreless draw at home to Peru left Argentina sixth in the CONMEBOL standings and adrift of the inter-confederation qualifying position with one qualifier remaining against Ecuador on Tuesday. Read more

What if: Ronaldinho had the discipline of Cristiano Ronaldo (Sportskeeda)

Hard work and talent have always been considered to be the fundamentals of a successful career in any field, but even more so in sports. However, this by no means implies that a person who possesses innate ability does not need to work hard, as basketball star Kevin Durant once famously noted: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” And if anyone from the footballing world ever wanted to see an example of what Durant was referring to, they needn’t any further than the respective careers of Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo. Read more

Drogba hails Salah after Liverpool star leads Egypt to first World Cup since 1990 (Fourfourtwo)

Didier Drogba lauded former team-mate Mohamed Salah after the Liverpool and Egypt star guided his country to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. African giants Egypt had not featured at the World Cup since 1990 but Salah ended that drought thanks to his dramatic 95th-minute penalty in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Congo. Salah’s opener on the hour-mark had been cancelled out by Congo’s Arnold Bouka Moutou with three minutes of regulation remaining before Egypt’s hero sparked pandemonium throughout the stands and across the country in stoppage time. Read more

Former ESPN announcer Brent Musburger says 49ers ‘instigated protest’ in furious tweet (Ftw.usatoday)

Brent Musburger’s broadcasting career had its share of inappropriate moments. From ogling women in crowds to speaking favorably of Joe Mixon who punched a woman, the end of his broadcasting career was uncomfortable at best. Musburger left ESPN in January, and he now lives in Las Vegas to focus on sports gambling. He took a break from all that on Sunday to call out the 49ers for their protest of racial injustice during the national anthem. Read more

Are Pakistan’s Rohingya children of a lesser god? (Pakistantoday)

Pakistani channels and government officials have unanimously condemned the situation in Myanmar. The government recently passed a resolution, calling the persecution of Muslims in Rakhine state a “genocide”; however, it has so far made no moves to change its policy on the resettlement of Rohingya refugees in Pakistan, who are classified as “illegal immigrants.” Their condemnation of Myanmar’s forces smacks of hypocrisy and vile opportunism. The government and opinion makers continue being silent on the plight of Rohingyas in our own Pakistan. Meanwhile, they continue to use the Rohingya Muslims—victims of barefaced ethnic cleansing—to sketch out a “world against us” narrative that not only appeals to Pakistanis but also beefs up vote banks and TV ratings. Read more

Jerry Jones just dropped the hammer on the Cowboys’ National Anthem protests — Whoa (Ijr)

Before their game on September 25 against the Arizona Cardinals, the entire Dallas Cowboys team, along with team owner Jerry Jones, took a knee together before the national anthem and then stood in unison for the anthem. This wasn’t an anthem protest but instead a gesture of unity: Now, Jones has revealed how he really feels about national anthem protests. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News following the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Jones stated: Read more

Kim praises nuclear weapons as US, South Korea step up surveillance against North (Asiancorrespondent)

North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un has touted the country’s nuclear weapons programme and promoted his sister to a senior position within the regime’s politburo, as Washington and Seoul step up reconnaissance operations against Pyongyang. Kim said his nuclear weapons were a “powerful deterrent” that guaranteed its sovereignty, state media reported on Sunday, hours after US President Donald Trump said “only one thing will work” in dealing with the isolated country. Read more

Theresa May: ‘We can prove Brexit doomsayers wrong’ (BBC)

The prime minister will say “progress will not always be smooth”, but add that she wants the best possible deal for both the UK and the EU. Her comments come as the fifth round of negotiations begin in Brussels later. It is the final set of talks before EU leaders meet to decide if enough progress has been made to talk about post-Brexit relations with the UK. In her first address to parliament since she outlined her plans in Florence, Mrs May will describe the government’s ambition for a “new, deep and special partnership between a sovereign United Kingdom and a strong and successful European Union.” Read more

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