May 24, 2018

* Osinbajo, Dogara, Okorocha Meet behind Closed-doors *Ese Oruru: Again, judge’s absence stalls Yunusa’s trial

* Osinbajo, Dogara, Okorocha Meet behind Closed-doors *Ese Oruru: Again, judge’s absence stalls Yunusa’s trial




Osinbajo, Dogara, Okorocha Meet behind Closed-doors

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, monday in Abuja met behind closed doors with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

The meeting, which lasted for about 30 minutes, was held inside Osinbajo’s office at the Presidential Villa. At the end of the meeting, Dogara said he only accompanied Okorochar, to visit Osinbajo. Read more

Ese Oruru: Again, judge’s absence stalls Yunusa’s trial

The absence of Justice Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, yesterday, again stalled the trial of Yunusa Dahiru, who allegedly abducted Ese Oruru in Bayelsa State last year. Dahiru, alias Yellow, who was arraigned on March 8, 2016, is standing trial on a five-count charge of criminal abduction, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of Ese.
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Apprentice kidnaps master’s son for ‘settlement’ failure

A twenty-three-year-old Chimaobi Sylvester has told the police in Lagos that he kidnapped his master’s son because of his boss’ refusal to pay him his ‘settlement money’ after allegedly serving him for four years.

The suspect, who was paraded at the command headquarters in Ikeja yesterday said after the fourth year he was sent away by his boss without any benefit.
According to him: “I have worked as a sales boy and apprentice, but after spending four years, when it was time for him to settle me, he asked me to go back to the village to do something else.” Read more

Apostle Suleman Visits DSS, Leaves after 30 Minutes

The fiery General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, was allowed to go home after honouring the invitation of the Department of State Services (DSS) for inciting statements against the Fulani herdsmen.

Security sources informed THISDAY that the pastor, who was discreetly ushered into the DSS headquarters in Abuja, did not spend more than 30 minutes before he was allowed to leave, with a caution to desist from making inflammatory statements. Read more

Stakeholders harp on skill acquisition for graduates

For Nigeria to tackle the menace of high unemployment among her vibrant youth population and chart a new course of development for a depressed economy, stakeholders who gathered at the Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji-Arakeji, have called for a shift in the country’s educational focus to embrace entrepreneurship. Read more

Fast food outfit gives out 92 devices in consumer promo

In fulfillment of ‘Stick A Stikka’ promise made to its teeming consumers across Nigeria last December, the quick service restaurant brand, Mr. Biggs, last week rewarded Nigerians with 92 devices. They included four LED television sets, four HP Laptops, four Android tablets and 80 Android phones. The promo, which commenced on December 1, 2016, ended on December 31, 2016. Read more

NCAA to intensify audit of airlines over poor financial obligations

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), yesterday disclosed plans to further intensify surveillance and economic audit of some airlines over alleged inability to meet financial obligations.

The NCAA, apex regulatory body of air travel business in the country, said the motive is not to ground any airline, but to ensure strict compliance with the standard rules and prevent compromise amidst economic challenges. Read more

Army sued over alleged breach of fundamental human right of four persons

The Nigerian Army has been charged before Justice Vera Venda of the FCT High Court, Jabi, over alleged breach of the fundamental human rights of four persons.

The applicants, who alleged breach of their rights, are Osisomo Ake, Daboy Clinton, Ebikimi Mathew and Bubaiyenumubofa James.The applicants’ counsels said they were arrested by the Nigerian Army in Okaki community of Rivers State sometimes in January 2016. Read more

Unions to strengthen WFTU in Nigeria, move against anti-labour practices

Organised labour movement has agreed to strengthen the presence of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) in Nigeria to effectively tackle issues of poor wages, social security and capital flight.

The unions, who are affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), gave their support to the initiative at a parley with the visiting WFTU President, Mr Zwandile Makwayiba, a South African, to the country for the first time. Read more

Court-induced suspension rocks Ekiti PDP factions

The crisis rocking the Ekiti State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has escalated as the court validated Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Working Committee (NWC), suspended the factional chairman, Mr. Gboyega Oguntuase along with some members of the executives loyal to governor Ayodele Fayose and the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.

But Oguntuase claimed that he remains the authentic chairman of the party as he also announced the suspension of the vice chairman, Ikere local council, Mr. AdebayoTaiwo and a supervisory councilor, Mr. Victor Adeniyi from the party. Read more

We Have Dealt With Boko Haram – Dan-Ali

The Minister of Defence, Lt Gen Mansur Dan Ali rtd has said, the Nigerian Army has dealt a tremendous blow to the Boko Haram insurgents.

Dan Ali, made this remark yesterday, as a special guest at a one day seminar on “The Impact of Insurgency and Boko Haram attacks”, organised by Mission Alert International. Read more

Return to classes, Oyo appeals to LAUTECH lecturers

The Oyo State government has appealed to the striking lecturers of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso to resume classes in honour of the agreement it had with the owner-states.

LAUTECH chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) however warned that it would continue the industrial action until its demands are met by the owners of the institution. Read more

Monthly subventions to institute missing in Kogi

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has express dismay over the non-remittance of the monthly subvention he has been dolling out to the Nigeria-Korea Friendship Institute.

The Governor who gave the indication during his maiden visit to the institute spoke against the backdrop of a complaint by the institute, Arome Gabriel, that for over one year and half since the inauguration of the institute, it has received any impress. Read more

Miss Joy Odama: Death By Mysterious Circumstances

As at the time of writing this story, the death of one Miss Joy Odama, a mass communication undergraduate in one of the tertiary institution in the country, is still shrouded in mysterious circumstances. Investigation conducted by LEADERSHIP reveals that on December 18th,2016, the deceased in company of her friend, Elizabeth had gone to one Alhaji Usman I. Adamu, who is believed to be a philanthropist, because he assists indigent students, with scholarship to complete their studies. Read more

Nigeria, two others top leprosy index in Africa

WITH 2,892 new cases, Nigeria has been ranked 3rd among African countries with the highest burden of leprosy  according to the latest the World Health Organisation’s Global Health Observatory Data repository, with says no fewer than 212,000 persons were newly affected by leprosy globally in 2015. Read more

10 journalists arraigned over The Biafra Times publication

Ten men, yesterday, appeared before a Lagos chief magistrate’s court sitting in Ikeja, over alleged inciting news publication in the newspaper, The Biafra Times. The accused, Peter Eke, Jamiu Eke, Azeez Ayoola, Akeem Adebakin, Bisi Akeem, Adewumi Temitope, Sakiru Folorunsho, Rafiu Qudus, Kunle Olusola, and Ayodeji Odunyingbo, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Aje Afunwa. Read more

Robbers kill policeman, steal N30m from bank customer

A mobile policeman allegedly lost his life, yesterday morning, when robbers stormed a new generation bank around Rumubekwe/Shell area junction of Port Harcourt, carting away about N30 million from a customer. Eyewitnesses said the gunmen, numbering about four, stormed the bank in a Toyota Corolla car, shooting sporadically to ward off any resistance. Read more


FG Disburses Soft Loans to 23,000 Artisans, Traders

As part of the present administration’s Social Investment Programmes (SIPs), the federal government has disbursed loans to 23,400 beneficiaries in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the Government’s Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).

Also yesterday, the presidency said it was not true that there were payment issues or food rationing taking place in states where the Homegrown School Feeding Programme has kicked off. Read more

NECA urges CBN to obey ruling on N50 stamp duty

The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop deduction of N50 stamp duty in compliance with a Court of Appeal ruling.

The CBN had in January 2016 directed banks to deduct N50 as stamp duty on any bank deposit with value of N1,000 and above into current account.However, in a ruling on April 21, 2016, the Court of Appeal directed an end to the deduction, describing it as illegal. Read more

FMBN posts N2.7 billion operating surplus for 2016

The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has posted operating surplus of N2.7 billion for the year ended December 31, 2016, marking the Bank’s return to profitability for the first time in over two decades.

This was one of a number of highlights at the Bank’s 2016 Business Performance Review Session, in Abuja.Although details were not given, but the return to profitability came as a surprise, especially in the view of the current recession and weakening purchasing power, which have created a lull in the mortgage sector. Read more

Mimiko tasks PSTI on improvement of public service delivery in Africa

The Public Service Training Institute (PSTI) has the potential of becoming a training centre of note on the African continent, the Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko has said.

Mimiko, who stated this during the inauguration of the PSTI in Ilara-Mokin, in Ifedore Local Government Area of the state, also described the state public servants as the heroes of his administration. Read more

AfDB votes $300 million to train, empower 1,000 Imo young graduates

The African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with the Federal Government and the Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan (IITA), has concluded plans to train and empower over 1,000 Imo State young graduates on agriculture.

The training would be executed under the ‘Enable Youths Programme’ of the Bank.A Director in the bank, Dr. Chiji Ojukwu, said the bank’s authorities have provided a whopping sum of over $300 million for the project. Read more

It’s N500/$ at black market despite rising reserves

The local currency’s value fell to N500/$ yesterday, defying the anticipated support of the resurging foreign exchange (forex) reserves’ volume, now at $27.9 billion.

In the last one week, the reserves have gained about $450 million and observed average increment of nearly 2.7 per cent daily in the last 60 days, a period in which parallel market rates have oscillated between N480/$ and N498/$. Read more

Brains and Hammers Partners Kano Government on Landmark Economic City

The Kano State Government has entered a joint venture development agreement with Brains and Hammers Ltd, a foremost real estate and infrastructure development company in Nigeria, for the development of Kano Economic City (KEC), a centre of trade and commerce on 117.2 hectares of land of global standards. Read more

‘DisCos Can Only Distribute Available Power’

As the name implies, the primary responsibility of a distribution company (DisCo) is to facilitate the supply of power, using its distribution network to provide electricity to customers within its franchise area (area of operations). It is also responsible for ancillary services such as the operations and maintenance of the distribution network, customer connections, installation, maintenance and reading of meters, billing and collection etc. Read more

GENCOs, DISCOs, TCN heighten blame game over poor electricity supply

KEY players in the  electricity sub-sector, generation companies, GENCOs, distribution companies, DISCOs and Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, have continued to trade blames over the worsening electricity supply situation in the country. Read more

Power: Egbin plant leads in generation, Okpai Plant sends out highest

THE National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS) power generation statistics reflected that Nigeria’s largest generation company, contributed 12.47 percent of electricity to the national grid in three months. The report stated that an average of 2,548 Gigawatt hour (GWH) of energy was generated by 25 power plants in the country. Read more

Local, Foreign Airlines Rake In N330bn In 2016 Q3

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has put the amount of ticket proceeds by foreign and local airlines operating in Nigeria to the tune of N330, 548,324,796.84 billion in the first nine months of 2016.

The figure was disclosed by the director-general of NCAA, Captain Mukhtar Usman yesterday in a world press conference at the office of the regulatory agency at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos. Read more


Yinka Folawiyo Petroluem Taps Century Energy on Aje Field

Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum (YFP) have engaged indigenous oil services group, Century Energy Services Limited-CESL, raising the bar on Nigerian Content development in the streaming of Aje field, an offshore oil concession which brings Lagos State into the league of oil producing states in the country.
Industry analysts see this as “a remarkable milestone capable of rekindling the hope of the Agencies such as DPR , NAPIMS and NCDMB who have the responsibility of growing Nigerian Content to an ambitious level of about 50per cent by 2020 and re-invigorating the Nigerian -Can- Do -It spirit in the nation’s oil and gas industry.” Read more

13% Derivation Fund: N’Delta Terrorists Demand Probe Of Governors

A new militant group in the Niger Delta region, the Niger Delta Marine Force (NDMF), yesterday announced its emergence with a call for the release of agitators from the region who are detained by the federal government.

They also demanded the investigation of the nine state governors of the region over alleged diversion of 13 per cent derivation monies that accrued to states from 1999 till date. Read more

Oil prices turn higher

OIL prices went up yesterday amidst speculation that the move may be stunted by United States production outlook. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures  traded at $53.33 a barrel, up 17 cents, or 0.3 percent, in the Globex electronic session. They earlier traded down to $52.84. Benchmark Brent crude on London’s ICE Futures exchange rose 3 cents, or less than 0.1 percent, to $55.54 a barrel. It earlier traded down to $55.10 a barrel. Read more

NNPC, PPMC earn N1.14trn from petroleum products sale in 11months

THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and its subsidiary, the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, earned N1.144 trillion from sales of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, and other petroleum products from January to November 2016.

The Corporation, in its Monthly Financial and Operation Report for November 2016, disclosed that white products, comprising PMS, Automotive Gasoline Oil, AGO, also known as diesel and Dual Purpose Kerosene, DPK, accounted for 98.5 per cent of PPMC’s total petroleum products sales in the 11-month period with N1.127 trillion. Read more

In Reopening in 2nd Qtr, Forcados Pipeline Set to Boost Oil Exports

The Trans-Forcados pipeline, which was shut for most of 2016, is likely to be reopened around the end of the second quarter of 2017, the Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Mr. Austin Avuru has said.

Owned by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), the pipeline has been attacked severally by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). Read more

Cooking Gas Scarcity Persists over Delays in Arrival of NLNG Vessel

The scarcity of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), better known as cooking gas, which was expected to have eased following the discharge of 13,000 metric tonnes by the Nigeria LNG Limited in Lagos in the middle of this month, has persisted as a result of delays in the arrival of another vessel from the Bonny Island plant of the company, THISDAY has learnt. Read more

NNPC distances self from royalty paid by oil companies

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it is not involved in the collection of signature bonuses (funds) paid by oil companies to the Federal Government.

The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, said this in a statement released in Abuja on Monday by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu. Baru said this while shedding light on the role of NNPC in the oil revenue collection process at a hearing of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Oil Prospecting Licenses (OPLs) and Oil Mining Leases (OMLs). Read more

Why Itsekiri needs more military presence in creeks, by Olu of Warri

THE Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli,  yesterday,  explained to the United States, US, Government, why  Itsekiri nation wanted more military bases in Delta State waterways against the wish of their Ijaw neighbours, saying it  was to check the increasing criminality and absence of police in the creeks. Read more



Fidelis Ilechukwu: NPFL win feels like a trophy

Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries head coach, Fidelis llechukwu has described his side’s top-flight win against former champions, Kano Pillars, as equivalent to winning a trophy.
“The victory against Kano Pillars feels like we have won a major trophy in a keenly contested championship. The victory is quite sweet considering the quality of opposition as well as their coach, Kadiri Ikhana. Read more

Five oil firms implicated in Diezani’s $153m scandal

Five oil companies have been linked with the $153million seized from former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, The Nation learnt yesterday.
The chief executives of the oil firms are believed to have gone underground to evade arrest, prompting investigators to believe that they may have opted to forfeit the cash. Read more

Plateau United living on Boboye’s wizardry

Surprise Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leaders, Plateau United are turning heads with their performances this season as they have notched up four wins in five matches.
Last season, Plateau United finished in eighth position and 12 points behind the champions Rangers to keep their place in the top-flight under Zachary Baraje after initially struggling at the start of last term’s campaign. Read more

Shooting Stars chair appeals to fans

Shooting Stars Chairman  Gbolagade Busari has assured  fans of the Ibadan Premier League  club that the team will bounce back to winning ways.

Out of the  five league  matches played so far, 3SC  have lost three, won one at home and drew the other home match to occupy  the 19th  position in the  table. Read more

Conte ‘sorry’ Mikel left Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claims he was “sorry” to see Super Eagles captain Mikel John Obi leave Stamford Bridge to join Tianjin TEDA.

Mikel departed Chelsea this month to join the Chinese Super League club after failing to break into Conte’s side in the first half of the 2016/17 season.

Speaking during his press conference on Friday on speculations linking Branislav Ivanovic with a move away from Chelsea, Conte revealed that he was not the happiest man in the world when the Mikel departed the Stamford Bridge club. Read more

Chelsea sold Oscar to bring in this player: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are big fans

Antonio Conte made one of the biggest moves of the transfer window before it even opened, agreeing the £60m sale of Brazilian Oscar to Shanghai SIPG in December.

And while there were some clear financial incentives for the Premier League leaders, there’s another reason for the transfer that wasn’t mentioned at the time. The Times say Oscar was sold as Conte believes Loftus-Cheek is ready to step into the first team. Read more

Watford’s Ighalo set for China move, West Brom also keen

Odion Ighalo is set to complete his exit from Watford to become the latest Premier League player to move to China, The Watford Observer reports.

What’s the word?

Odion Ighalo will leave Watford imminently to join Chinese outfit Chongchun Yata after first-team opportunities at Vicarage Road look set to become extremely limited following the January arrivals of M’Baye Niang.

Nigerian striker Ighalo, excelled in Watford’s promotion season back Read more

Chelsea target Dembele, Celtic demand £40m

Premier League leaders Chelsea are considering a Deadline Day swoop for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele but will have to match the Scottish champions demands, Sky Sports report.

What’s the word?

Things have been relatively quiet at Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window and it seems the month would pass without the Premier League leaders making a move. However, perhaps fearing a late resurgence from those behind them in the table, Antonio Conte is ready to make a move. Read more

Leicester recognise need for reinforcements this January

As reported by The Daily Mail, Leicester City are set for a busy transfer deadline day and are tracking three stars for last-minute January deals.

What’s the story?

Having already picked up Wilfred Ndidi this month, Claudio Ranieri is not finished with his January acquisitions in his attempt to revitalise a struggling Foxes squad. Read more


UK asylum seeker housing a vermin-infested “disgrace”, lawmakers say

Infested with vermin, furnished with dirty carpets, broken beds and rotten sofas – some of the accommodation Britain provides to asylum seekers is a “disgrace”, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

A report by the Home Affairs Committee revealed a catalogue of problems, including children living in accommodation with infestations of mice, rats or bed bugs, and pregnant women and victims of rape and torture lacking adequate support. Read more

Voters approve free trade deals but oppose big business tax cuts, poll shows

Voters believe free trade agreements are good for the economy and Australia should pursue a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal without the United States, an Essential poll has found.

But the Essential poll of 1,005 respondents, released on Tuesday, found that voters opposed another plank of the Coalition’s economic plan, with 65% saying big businesses do not pay enough tax. The poll, conducted from Friday to Monday, found Labor steady on 54% of the two-party-preferred vote to the Coalition’s 46%. Read more

Quebec mosque shooting suspect charged with murdering six people

A French-Canadian university student was the sole suspect in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque and was charged with the premeditated murder of six people, Canadian authorities said on Monday, in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “a terrorist attack.”

Court documents identified the gunman in the attack on Sunday evening prayers as Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, and charged him with six murder counts and five counts of attempted murder with a restricted weapon.  Read more

UN experts say Yemen opponents may have committed war crimes

UN experts say the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and Houthi Shia rebels may have committed war crimes in the conflict that is wracking the Middle East’s poorest nation with no end in sight.

In a report to the UN Security Council obtained on Monday by the Associated Press, the expert panel said that after nearly two years of conflict Yemen is “in danger of fracturing beyond the point of no return.” Read more

Trump fires Attorney General for refusing to defend ban

US President Donald Trump on Monday evening fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructed the Department of Justice not to make legal arguments defending the executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The White House in a statement accused Yates of having “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States”. Read more

Burma: Govt. must seek justice for death of prominent Muslim lawyer

THE Burmese (Myanmar) government must hold to account those responsible for the fatal shooting of a prominent Muslim lawyer and human rights advocate, Fortify Rights said Monday.

The proclamation by the international rights group came in the wake of the death of U Ko Ni, who was gunned down at close range in what appeared to be an execution-style killing. U Nay Win, a taxi driver was also shot in the incident and later died of his injuries. Read more

Eight-year-old American daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki killed along with SEAL Team 6 member in Trump’s first anti-terror raid

An eight-year-old girl and a SEAL Team Six member have been named after they were killed in Trump’s first military raid as President, in which officials have said ‘almost everything went wrong.’

Nawar al-Awlaki, also known as Nora, was among the non-combats killed in the raid, which also resulted in the death of several Yemeni women. Read more

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