25 INEC officials nabbed for thumb printing ballot papers
Not fewer than 25 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC were yesterday arrested in various polling booths in Oru East Local Government Areas of Imo State during supplementary governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Although the police authorities in the state could not confirm this when contacted on telephone, Sunday Mirror reliably gathered that the officials were nabbed while thumping printing ballot papers in the private homes of some chieftains of political parties participating in the exercise while others were also arrested for snatching of ballot boxes. Read more
Boko Haram kills four in Plateau
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members have attacked a village in Plateau State, killing four persons including two members of the state security outfit code named Operation Rainbow.
The gunmen struck at Shonong village in Riyom local government area. Read more
FG Recalls Nigerian Envoy, Deputy from South Africa
The federal government has recalled its high commissioner to South Africa, Martin Cobham, and his deputy, Uche Okeke, to protest the continued attacks by South Africans on Nigerians and other foreigners in the former apartheid enclave.
In a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, said the envoys have been summoned for consultation. Read more
Sambisa: Military Deploys More Equipment, Continues Assault
As assault on Sambisa forest resumed, the Nigerian military has deployed more equipment to enhance the speed of the operation to flush out terrorists from their last known stronghold.
Military sources had informed THISDAY that the troops remain undeterred and have deployed mine sweepers in the forest to rid the area of deadly mines, just at the Nigerian Air Force has stepped air raids to stop Boko Haram insurgents from amassing. Read more
Police Nab Suspected Child Abductor
Lagos State Police command has arrested a woman who alleged that her co-tenant abducted their neighbour’s 4- year- old child.
LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that the missing kid identified as Godswill Akpede was last seen with other children, playing in front of their residence at Ugbenwankwo Street, in Ajegunle area of Lagos State, on January 22, 2015. Read more
‘Akpabio Wasn’t PDP Candidate for Senatorial Race’
Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State, Inibehe Okori, has dropped before the tribunal a documentary evidence of more than 2,000 pages to prove that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) didn’t conduct the senatorial election in the district.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Okori argued that INEC had no justification to present the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Godswill Akpabio with a certificate of return as the winner or Senator-elect at the March 28, 2015 senatorial race in the district. Read more
World Bank Approves $500m to Improve Maternal, Child Health in Nigeria
The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a $500 million-International Development Association (IDA) credit to significantly improve maternal, child, and nutrition health services for women and children in the country.
Aimed at improving access to higher quality health services, the new development financing will help Nigeria achieve its “Saving One Million Lives (SOML) Initiative,” which was launched by the Federal Ministry of Health in October 2012 to save the lives of the more than 900,000 women and children who die every year from largely preventable causes. Read more
Biometric registration: Bank customers rush as deadline nears
As the June, 2015 deadline for bank customers to get their Bank Verification Number (BVN) draws closer, customers are in the last minutes rush to enrol on the exercise.
The BVN was launched last year February by the apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria as part of its cashless policy to capture customers’ data and check fraud in the banking system. Read more
Niger Delta Youths Threaten to Resist Merger of NDDC, Ministry
Niger Delta youths, including some groups of ex-militants, have warned the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari not to merge the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
Rising from a marathon meeting weekend in Warri, Delta State, the coalition comprising 26 youth and ex-militant groups under the aegis of South- South Mandate, said that Niger Deltans would no longer allow their interest to be subjugated and trampled upon by the Federal Government under whatever guise. Read more
Sanitation: One Killed as Hoodlums Raze Buildings in Ilorin
One person has been reportedly killed when some people suspected to be hoodlums went on rampage and disrupted the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Ilorin, Kwara state capital, on Saturday. The duration of the exercise is between 7.00am and 9.00am in the state.
The miscreants were said to have invaded two mobile courts sitting at different locations in the state capital and disrupted proceedings of those arrested for allegedly flouting the order of staying-at-home to clean their environment during the exercise. Read more
Ondo bans production, consumption of ogogoro
The Ondo State Government has banned the produc-tion and consumption of locally-made gin, commonly called ‘ogogoro’ in the state, following the recent strange deaths in Ode-Irele.
The Commissioner for Health, Dayo Akinyanju told reporters in Akure yesterday that medical reports showed that the deaths were caused by ethanol poisoning. Read more
Gas explosion rocks Lagos, injure three
A gas explosion in Lagos State which occurred on Saturday has left two people injured.
A fire fighter was also affected by the explosion while trying to put out the fire. Read more
World Malaria Day: Nigeria Ranks Highest in Death Rate – US
As the world marked World Malaria Day, the United States (US), yesterday, said an estimated 100 million malaria cases and about 300,000 deaths each year make Nigeria the country with the highest number of malaria casualties worldwide.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, who made the remark at the occasion to commemorate World Malaria Day/World Intellectual Property Day in Abuja, attributed the high rate of death by malaria to the widespread of fake and substandard medicines. Read more
CBN, NDIC as Sector Regulators
The last thing the banking sector of the economy needs at this time is a conflict of regulatory authority. Unwittingly, this may be the situation the Bill for the repeal of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Act 2006 and the enactment of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation Act, 2014 is likely to create, if not well handled. At inception, the NDIC, a creation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was mandated, among other functions, to insure all deposits’ liabilities of licenced banks and such other deposit-taking financial institutions operating in Nigeria, so as to engender confidence in the Nigerian banking system. This mandate also includes the effective supervision of insured institutions, to reduce the risk of failure and ensure that unsafe and unsound practices are minimised. This was the practice in the sector until NDIC submitted a bill to the National Assembly seeking to change all that and possibly bring it at par with the CBN in terms of regulatory functions within the industry. Read more
Oil and Gas
Nigeria’s oil revenue drops by N265bn
The slump in the global prices of crude oil resulted in a drop of N265.28bn in the revenue generated by Nigeria in the fourth quarter of 2014 when compared to what the country garnered in the preceding quarter.
Oil prices fell from over $100 per barrel early last year to as low as $40 per barrel in December 2014. Over 70 per cent of Nigeria’s gross revenue comes from the sale of crude oil. Read more
Improve power supply: IBEDC engages four GENCOs
In order to guarantee adequate power supply and efficient service delivery, the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has engaged four embedded Generation Companies (Gencos).
The goal of this, according to the company’s Manager, Corporate Account, Paul Peters, “is to provide quality and uninterrupted power that will power progress and improve the quality of supply to its customers.” Read more
United Aim to Bounce Back against Everton
Third-placed Manchester United travel to Everton today looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat against Premier League leaders Chelsea. The Toffees, with four wins and a draw in their last five matches, face a United side with five wins in six, and looking to maintain the pressure on second-placed Arsenal.
Everton beat United twice last season but Louis van Gaal’s side are “in their best moment of the season”, according to Roberto Martinez. The Merseysiders lost 2-1 at Old Trafford but have recovered form recently and now sit 12th in the Premier League with five games remaining. Read more
AYC 2015: Flying Eagles Have Till May 15 To Name Final Squad
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have up till May 15 to submit a final 21-man squad to FIFA for the U20 World Cup in New Zealand. The African champions are due to fly out of the country on Wednesday for a training tour in Germany. A 35-man provisional squad has already been named for the tournament, which kicks off on May 30.
The squad has all 21 players who were at the African Youth Championship in Senegal last month, while the likes of Isaac Success (CF Granada,Spain), Wilfred Ndidi (Genk, Belgium), Moses Simon (Gent, Belgium) and Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England) have been included and will join the squad in Germany. Read more
86,365 Pupils Jostle for 24,000 Slots in Unity Schools
A total of 86,365 candidates registered for the 2015 National Common Entrance Examination into Federal Government Colleges and Federal Science and Technical Colleges nationwide.
This was disclosed yesterday by the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr MacJoch Nwaobiala while monitoring the conduct of the examination in some centres within Abuja. Read more
London Marathon Set for ‘Greatest Men’s Race in History’
This year’s London Marathon could be the greatest in history with defending men’s champion Wilson Kipsang and world record holder Dennis Kimetto going head-to-head for the first time. With five of the seven fastest men ever competing today, Kipsang, 33, said a quick time would be “easy”.
“With this kind of field, it will be a fast race and more tactical,” he said.
Kenyan runners are expected to dominate the women’s race with Mary Keitany bidding for a third victory in London. Read more
‘Massive’ Earthquake in Nepal Kills Over 1,900
A powerful earthquake centred in Nepal has killed more than 1,900 people across four countries, flattening houses and temples as well as triggering a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.
The epicentre was 50 miles northwest of the capital Kathmandu and 50 miles east of the second city of Pokhara shortly before noon on Saturday. Read more
U.S. official denies report of Islamic State plot in California
CNN reported on Saturday that the FBI was investigating a possible Islamic State-inspired terrorism plot in California but a U.S. law enforcement official in Los Angeles denied there was any such threat.
“There is no known or specific threat to Los Angeles or any airport in our territory,” an official in Los Angeles told Reuters. The official declined to be identified. Read more
Indonesia Gives 72-Hour Executions Notice
Indonesia’s attorney general’s office notified nine foreigners and an Indonesian convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them.
Authorities asked the 10 convicts — four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil, France and Indonesia — for their last wish, the spokesman for the attorney general, Tony Spontana, said Sunday. Read more
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