16 Dead, 25 Injured in Twin Jos Blast
Jos, the Plateau State capital, was Thursday evening thrown into confusion as a twin bomb explosion rocked the city centre, killing 16 persons and injuring 25 others.
Thisday gathered that one of the explosions occurred in front of a Mr. Biggs outlet about 6:35p.m., while the second was just a few minutes later a stone thrown from the first. Read more
Araraume’s claim of winning guber primary fraudulent —Ohakim
Former governor of Imo State and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant during the just concluded primary election in the state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, yesterday faulted Senator Ifeanyi Araraume’s claim of winning the recently concluded governorship primaries in the state, describing the claim as fraudulent.
Just as the former governor called for the cancellation of the primary result, saying that the number of votes recorded for aspirants which was 1038 was surplus of 21 votes. Read more
Police uncover two bombs in Imo
Imo State Police Command, yesterday averted a major disaster as they uncovered two improvise explosive devices, IEDs, planted in a popular restaurant located at Ikenegbu Layout, in Owerri metropolis.
One of the explosive devices was planted inbetween split unit air conditioners in the lobby of the restaurant while the second device was planted at the back of the restaurant close to the cooking gas cylinders. Read more
PDP convention: Civil servants stay off work
Most of the staff at Federal Secretariat, Abuja refused to resume work yesterday.
According to findings, their action follows the agonising experience suffered last Wednesday due to the closure of all roads leading into the secretariat. Read more
Fisherman docked over alleged murder of colleague
Men of Department of Criminal Investigation the Lagos Command of Nigeria Police Force, Panti-Yaba, have charged a 37-year-old fisherman, Taiye Agbaje, before a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Oyingbo, for allegedly killing his colleague, Monday Ukoro, 29, over the sum N3, 500.
The fisherman was alleged to have killed the deceased on August 13, at about 1 p.m., at Ogbun Village, Epe, Lagos, by hitting him on the head with a paddle, during a misunderstanding that ensued between them over the money. Read more
Lagos PDP guber: Obanikoro’s supporters protest, seek Jonathan’s intervention
Over 500 supporters of former Minister of State for Defence and a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, yesterday staged a peaceful protest around the city of Lagos protesting what they described as travesty and political manipulation that favoured the candidacy of Mr. Jimi Agbaje as PDP standard bearer in 2015 governorship election.
Carrying placards with different inscriptions, the disgruntled supporters are seeking the immediate intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, urging them to cancel what they described as “immoral” primaries and fix a date for a rerun with electoral officers who are above board and upright. Read more
NAICOM tasks insurance operators on awareness creation
The National Insurance Commission, NAICOM, said it has commenced moves to ensure that insurance operators create the much needed awareness about the industry.
The commission said this development is in realisation of the fact that the level of insurance awareness is still very low in Nigeria even though the insurance operators always pretend to be embarking on awareness campaigns. Read more
Over 100 Nigerians Deported from Asylum Camp in Finland
Over 100 Nigerians were yesterday deported from Europe after seeking asylum in Finland.
The asylum seekers arrived the cargo terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, at 7 a.m with a cargo airline, Privilege Gourmet. Read more
FAAN Targets 15m Passengers before End of 2014
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said its new “Passenger Service Portal’’ is to handle 15 million passengers at the nation’s airports before the end of 2014.
FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said this on Thursday in a statement to aviation correspondents at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos. Read more
IG Orders Investigation of Alleged Torture of Couple in Lagos
The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, has ordered a full scale investigation into an alleged police incivility to a couple in Ikoyi, Lagos.
He said the action was in line with his avowed commitment to protect and uphold the human rights of all Nigerians and residents. Read more
Elections Will Hold Nationwide, Jonathan Promises
Despite the security challenges facing the nation especially in the North-east, President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians that elections will hold all over the country come 2015.
In this regard, he said his administration was putting all security measures in place to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct violent-free elections across the country. Read more
FG Recovers 45 Stolen Artifacts from US
In its determination to repatriate Nigerian artifacts carted away by the colonial masters, the federal government, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, has recovered about 45 stolen artefacts from the United States last week.
This was announced by the minister of tourism, culture and national orientation, Edem Duke, in Abuja, yesterday, during the unveiling of the official logo of the Abuja Biennial organised by the National Gallery of Art (NGA). Read more
Christmas: Nigerians Apprehensive Over Food Price Hike
The declining oil price in the international market with the attendant devaluation of the naira, leave many Nigerians worried about rising of food prices in the yuletide. Ruth Tene Natsa writes on the fears of the citizenry in this regard.
Devaluation, according to the Miriam Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, refers to decrease in a nation’s currency value with respect to other currencies and is often influenced or caused by policies of government. Read more
Buhari wins APC presidential ticket to square-up against Jonathan
Following the outcomes of the presidential primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Goodluck Jonathan is now set to once again engage Muhammadu Buhari, a former military head of state, in a fierce competition in the presidential election scheduled for February 14, 2015.
The two men had in 2011 contested the presidency. While Buhari ran on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Jonathan contested on the PDP ticket. Read more
BPE: Nigeria Needs N18.9tn to Revitalise Power, Transport Sectors
The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Dikki, has said the country requires about N18.9 trillion for the development of three critical sectors of the nation’s economy.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Bureau’s Head of Public Communications, Mr. Chigbo Anichebe, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja on Thursday. Read more
External Reserves Dip by 17% As Naira Stabilises
With the slump in oil price below $65 per barrel, Nigeria’s foreign reserve has continued on the downward slide, shedding an accumulated 17.5 per cent within the year.
The external reserves which were $43.5 billion at the beginning of the year have dropped to $35.88 billion as of December 9, 2014, according to latest figures made available by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Read more
Maritime: FG woos US investors at work-boat show
The drive to grow the nation’s economy through the maritime sector was the main reason Nigeria actively participated at the just-concluded 35th International Workboat Show held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The three-day event held between December 3 and 5 saw Nigeria joining other nations ofthe world to unveil the investment opportunities in the maritime domain. Read more
Group calls for entrepreneurship drive among youths
A group, Empower Nigeria Initiative, has called for increased entrepreneurial drive among the youths in the country, saying it was the only way to reduce unemployment.
The convener of the group, Nicholas Okoye, said there were few jobs available in the labour market, which might not go round the growing population of young persons leaving tertiary institutions on a yearly basis.
He spoke on Thursday while addressing participants at the third edition of the Empower Nigeria Leadership Summit in Lagos. Read more
Oil and Gas
Nigerian Banks Raised $2.5bn to Fund Acquisition of Shell Oil Blocks
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, has stated that his bank and some other Nigerian banks accounted for about $2.5 billion used by some Nigerian independent firms to acquire assets during the recent divestment of onshore assets by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Total and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC).
This is coming as the federal government has warned that indigenous companies that were awarded marginal oil fields in 2003 but have not developed the fields would forfeit the assets by March 2015. Read more
Ukrainian president slams India over Crimean leader visit
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at India on Friday over a visit by the leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, who accompanied President Vladimir Putin’s annual summit delegation this week.
India does not back Western sanctions against Russia, and the unofficial trip by Sergey Aksyonov could spoil the mood before Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts U.S. President Barack Obama for India’s Republic Day festivities in January. Read more
Judge puts limits on use of tear gas in Missouri racial protests
A federal judge on Thursday ordered St. Louis area police to issue warnings and give crowds reasonable time disperse before firing tear gas, following complaints by activists over heavy-handed police tactics during ongoing race-related protests.
The protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, an African-American who was unarmed. Read more
Cop couple arrested with ‘safe full of drugs and $80,000 cash as part of major drug syndicate bust’
Two former Indiana cops who are married to each other have been arrested and charged amid allegations of being involved in one of the country’s biggest-ever drug busts.
Jason Woods, 44, and Teresa Woods, 34, were booked into the Boone County Jail on Thursday on two counts of possession of a synthetic drug or synthetic drug lookalike. Read more
Saudi King gives $35 million grant for Ebola fight
Saudi King Abdullah has donated $35 million to the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to support its Ebola fighting program, funding equipment and specialized treatment centers in four West African countries.
Under the grant, the Jeddah-based IDB will setup treatment centers in countries where Ebola is endemic, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, as well as Mali where some cases have appeared, the IDB said in a statement on Thursday. Read more
NERC tasks BEDC on fair load shedding, staff training
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has charged the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to ensure fair load shedding of power supply in its area of coverage, as well as to adequately train its staff on good customer relation.
Chairman of the commission, Dr Sam Amadi, gave the charge during a public consultation and fact-finding mission on the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) scheme, organised by the commission, at Uyi Grand Hotel in Benin, Edo State. Read more
Abuja Disco Promises to Address Arbitrary Billing in Kogi
The management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has promised to correct all the irregularities relating to arbitrary electricity charges in kogi state.
Executive Director of the company in charge of regulatory and stakeholders affairs, Mr. AbimbolaOdubiyi made the pledge during an interactive session with customers held in Lokoja. He explained that the company is making frantic efforts to solve all the problems inherited from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). Read more
Dream Team VI is the future of Nigerian Football, Yobo
The captain of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo, has called on the players currently undergoing screening for the men’s under-23 football team, Dream Team VI, to see themselves as the next bunch of Super Eagles players if only they listen to their coaches and are disciplined and dedicated.
Yobo gave this call yesterday when watched the boys screen at the FIFA Goal Project, Abuja. Read more
NFF lines up 10 friendlies for Super Eagles
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has disclosed that the Super Eagles will prosecute no fewer than 10 grade A international friendly matches in 2015, assuring that the federation will shop for countries to engage the Eagles in all the FIFA windows next year.
Answering questions from journalists at the Glass House recently, the General Secretary of the federation, Barrister Musa Amadu, who declined to make any comment on the future of the Eagles technical crew, assured that the soccer federation was committed to ensuring that they return Nigeria to its glorious soccer days. Read more
Nigeria Shops for New Kits Sponsors to Replace Adidas
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has indicated its intension to find a new kit supplier for the national team after the federation parted ways with traditional equipment sponsors, adidas.
The adidas contract will officially lapse at the end of the month and will leave the various national teams without a major kit supplier. Read more
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