*Senate backs minister on NNPC restructuring *Guinness pays N11.4m fine, withdraws suit against NAFDAC

*Senate backs minister on NNPC restructuring *Guinness pays N11.4m fine, withdraws suit against NAFDAC


Senate backs minister on NNPC restructuring

The Senate Thursday threw its weight behind the Minister of Petroleum Resources,(State)  Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s decision to restructure the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC).

Senators said that they are satisfied with the measures taken by the minister to restructure the corporation especially when no law was breached in the process of carrying out the restructuring. The lawmakers however scolded Kachikwu for his failure to consult the National Assembly before carrying out the controversial exercise. Read more

Guinness pays N11.4m fine, withdraws suit against NAFDAC

Guinness Nigeria Plc has filed a notice to discontinue a suit it filed to challenge the N1bn fine imposed on it by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in November last year.

In a statement on Thursday, one Okey Nwachukwu  said Guinness had paid N11.4m to the agency as administrative and service charges after opting to withdraw its suit filed before Justice W. Animahun of a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere. Read more

Ethnicity, corruption lead to national instability – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday described ethnicity and corruption as a lethal combination that is inimical to national development. He said any nation where the two are prevalent would continue to witness instability.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke while receiving South Sudan’s First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.  Read more

Senate opens probe of military invasion of Ogoni land

The Senate Thursday opened investigation into alleged military invasion of Ogoni land, River State.

Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions charged with the investigation following petitions on the matter took testimonies from some interested parties. Four Ogoni villages were alleged to have been invaded by the military. Read more

N1.04tn MTN Fine: Why FG Accepted Out-of-Court Settlement – Minister

The Minister of Communications Technology, Mr. Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu, said on Friday that the federal government accepted the out-of-court settlement with MTN over the N1.04 trillion fine imposed on the telecommunication giant because it is part of the ethics of the legal profession, of which he is member, to encourage out-of-court settlement over and above endless litigation.

The Federal Government, through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), slammed MTN with N1.04 trillion fine last year for an infraction of its SIM card rules and regulations. Read more

Osun Not Economically Viable for LCDAs, Area Councils, Group Tells Aregbesola

A group under the auspices of the Civil Societies Coalition for the
Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) on Thursday cautioned Osun State governor, Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, over the newly created Local Council
Development Areas (LCDA), Area Councils and Administrative Offices, insisting
that the State was not economically viable for such new structures of government. Read more

Bill to Reduce Unsolicited Calls Passes Second Reading in House of Representatives

A bill seeking to reduce unsolicited telephone calls and text messages received by telecommunications subscribers, on Thursday passed through second reading in the House of Representatives.
Sponsored by Hon. Aliyu Sani Madaki (Kano APC), the bill wants subscribers to be given the option of not receiving the unsolicited communication, many of which are automated by the service providers. Read more

10 tragic building collapses in Nigeria

There has been a spike in the number of building collapses in the country with over 20 cases recorded over the last 10 years.

Despite repeated calls by victims, experts and many other Nigerians, there seem to be no end to the collapses. Of more concern, according to experts, is the lack of punishment for those responsible for the collapses. Read more

Court grants Badeh N2bn bail

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted bail to a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh (retd), in the sum of N2bn. The bail is to be guaranteed by two sureties in the sum of N1bn each.

Justice James Tsoho, in his ruling on Thursday, granted bail to Badeh, after dismissing the objection of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to it. “The principle of presumption of innocence operates in favour of the accused person,” the judge ruled. Read more

Ooni Appoints New Obalufe

Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), appointed Comrade Idowu Olaniyi Adediwura on Thursday as the new Obaalufe of Ile-Ife.

Adediwura, who hails from Ajagbusi Royal House of Orunto in Ile-Ife, replaces the late Oba Folorunso Omisakin who died in October, 2015. Read more

NNPC’s ‘Unbundling’: Senate Petroleum C’ttees, Kachikwu in Crucial Meeting

The Joint Senate Committee on Upstream, Downstream Petroleum and Gas is currently holding a closed-door meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, over the current restructuring of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Before dissolving into the closed-door meeting, Kachikwu had denied reports that he embarked on unbundling of the corporation which the Senate yesterday described as a violation of the NNPC Act. Read more

Police Arrest 3 Suspected Armed Robbers In Jigawa

The Jigawa Police Command has smashed a gang of three suspected armed robbers that have been terrorising the people of Ringim Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Usman Tilli, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Dutse on Thursday. Tilli said the sum of N50,600 and other valuables were recovered from the suspects during the raid. Read more

Man jailed two years for defiling 10-year-old daughter

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Thursday sentenced a 58-year-old man, Mr. John Ufoegbu, to two years in prison for sexually abusing his ten-year-old daughter.

The man, who has been on trial for about five years now, was convicted of incest, a punishable offence, which attracts 14 years in prison without an option of fine. Read more

Unlawful confraternity: Man bags 90 months imprisonment

A 27-year-old man, Sule Otapo, was on Thursday sentenced to seven and half years imprisonment by a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for unlawful confraternity and public terrorism. The Chief Magistrate, Mr P.A. Ojo sentenced Otapo after he pleaded guilty to a three-count charge of unlawful confraternity, public terrorism and illegal possession of arms.
Read more

Lagos Assembly condemns neglect of model colleges

Chairman, Committee on Education of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi has condemned the state of infrastructure in the state’s model colleges.

He then advised the state government to urgently address the issues in the colleges to sustain the visions of their founders and restore the lost glory of the schools. Ogunyemi, who led other members of the committee to Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe on Wednesday lamented in an interview with journalists that the school has been cut off from the society, and that the facilities in the hostels and the school generally have been overstretched. Read more

WAEC ready for May/June examination -Spokesman

The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) says it has concluded all arrangements for the conduct of the 2016 May/June West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) nationwide.

The council’s Public Affairs Officer, Mr Damianus Ojijeogu, disclosed this in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. “We are fully prepared to conduct the examination in every part of the country as all logistics are fully on ground. Read more

Ethiopia’s Oromo protests: PM Hailemariam Desalegn apologises

Ethiopia’s prime minster has apologised for the death and destruction caused by protests in the Oromia region.

But Hailemariam Desalegn, addressing parliament in the capital, Addis Ababa, said “anti-peace forces” were responsible for the violence. He said that the government needs to listen to the grievances of the people. Oromia has been hit by months of unrest, in which 200 people have reportedly died – a number disputed by the government. Read more

Somalia: U.S. Special Operations Raid Kills 19

Unnamed officials say U.S. special operations forces and Somali troops carried out another raid at an al-Shabab training camp in Somalia, killing 19 militants. This comes only days after U.S. airstrikes in Somalia killed more than 150 people identified as militants at an al-Shabab training camp, marking one of the deadliest U.S. attacks to date in the so-called war on terror. Read more


Egypt goalkeeping coach Ahmed Nagi believes that Nigeria boss Samson Siasia is using bully-boy tactics to hide his fear ahead of their double header in Group G of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

“We can recreate October 1977; why not? The home-boys have come in and full training has commenced. Everyone is rearing to go. By the time the foreign-based players arrive, the competition will be what we want,” the Super Eagles caretaker coach had claimed, recalling Nigeria’s 4-0 thrashing of the Pharaohs in Lagos in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in October 1977. Read more

Italy make changes for Irish clash

Italian boss Jacques Brunel makes four changes to his side that will face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

Captain Leonardo Ghiraldini has been ruled out of the matchday 23 due to a shoulder injury and scrumhalf Edoardo Gori is also sidelined with a fractured rib injury. Guglielmo Palazanni comes in for Gori and Davide Giazzon replaces the hooker. Read more

Delhi prepares for controversial cultural festival

Delhi is preparing for a three-day cultural festival on the floodplains of the Yamuna river despite opposition from environmentalists.

Organisers have been fined a preliminary amount of 50 million rupees ($744,262; £523,172) but have been allowed to go ahead with the event. Read more

Iran: Missile tests violate no deals

Iran on Thursday rejected claims that missile tests conducted this week violated the nuclear agreement reached with the U.S. and other nations or a UN Security Council resolution.

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said the missiles were conventional armaments for “legitimate defense” and not designed for carrying nuclear warheads, the state-controlled IRNA news agency reported. Read more

Nigeria: 32 killed in pre-election violence in oil state

WARRI, Nigeria — Nigeria’s governing party charged Thursday that 32 of its members have been shot, clubbed and beheaded in escalating violence as oil-rich Rivers state prepares for a rerun of legislative elections previously annulled amid fraud and killings.

Rivers state is a stronghold of the opposition Democrats. The party denies responsibility and blames the spate of killings over two weeks on “satanic cult clashes,” according to state government spokesman Austin Tam George, who is also an official of the Democrats party. He accused the governing party of “reckless and false allegations” to destabilize the opposition administration. Read more

Republicans may generate less heat at Miami debate

Republican presidential candidates may find themselves in a more subdued debate than usual on Thursday night in Miami, since nothing Donald Trump’s rivals have thrown at him has made a major dent in his front-running campaign.

After the histrionics of last week’s gathering in Detroit, the four remaining candidates are likely to search for higher ground as they offer closing arguments to Republican voters, particularly those in Florida and Ohio, who vote next Tuesday in nominating contests for the Nov. 8 election. Read more





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