March 23, 2018

*Boko Haram gave me N200 for suicide bombing- suspect *Nigeria will stop fuel importation by 2019 – Kachikwu

*Boko Haram gave me N200 for suicide bombing- suspect *Nigeria will stop fuel importation by 2019 – Kachikwu




Boko Haram gave me N200 for suicide bombing- suspect

An 18-year-old Boko Haram suicide bomber, Amina, who was intercepted by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday in Maiduguri, said she was given N200 for the mission.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that she was abducted two years ago by the sect members in Madagali, Adamawa, and taken to Sambisa forest. “They gave us N200 each which they said we should use to buy food for ourselves. Read more

Nigeria will stop fuel importation by 2019 – Kachikwu

Nigeria will stop importing refined petroleum products by 2019, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, said on Tuesday in Abuja. Kachikwu made the disclosure at a public hearing on the review of petroleum pricing template for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) organised by the House of Representatives. Read more

UNILAG bans tight-fitted trousers, mini-skirts, others among students in new dress code

The management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, has, in a new dress code it issued to the students of the institution, banned tight-fitting clothes such as tight pair of trousers, mini-skirts, blouses and other body revealing ones. In a circular to the undergraduates, the school said, “all clothes, which reveal sensitive parts of the body such as the bust, chest, belly, upper arms and the buttocks. Example of such dresses are transparent clothing, spaghetti tops, tubes and. Skirts and dresses with slits above the knees fall in this category.” Read more

Breaking news: FIFA bans Giwa, others for 5 years

The World Governing Football body, FIFA’s  Disciplinary Committee has  insisted on a worldwide  extension of sanctions imposed by the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016 against Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong for breaches of the NFF Statutes and the FIFA Code of Ethics. The five-year ban on all the officials  will have an immediate  worldwide effect Read more

I’m unaware of plan by Ibori to join APC, says Gov Okowa

GOVERNOR of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, said he was unacquainted with any arrangement by a former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, who returned to the country after his jail term in the United Kingdom, last Saturday, to abandon the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC. Okowa, who spoke in response to a question by a journalist at a quarterly media chat in Asaba, said Ibori was not talking about politics at the moment, but more interested on how to manage his family. Read more

Nigeria Targets Economy to Grow at Annual 7% by 2020

The Ministry of Budget and National Planning said on Tuesday that Nigeria is targeting economic growth of at least 7 per cent a year by 2020, a far cry from its current recession, the first in 25 years, Reuters has reported.

Nigeria’s economy is heavily dependent on exports of crude oil and has been hobbled by low global oil prices that have slashed government revenues and the availability of foreign currency. Read more

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Rivers rerun: Panel recovers N111million from INEC officials

Over N111 million was recovered from 23 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who were deployed to Rivers State for the recent rerun parliamentary election in the state, the police said on Tuesday.

The unnamed officials have been indicted for their involvement in the incidents and violence that occurred during the election. Read more

Court freezes Ozekhome’s account over suspicious N75m lodgment

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered a temporary forfeiture of N75million found in the account of an activist-lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

The account is domiciled in Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB). The order followed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Read more

Ex- Reps member Duru arraigned for fraud

A former member of the House of Representatives, Nze Chidi Duru, was arraigned on Tuesday before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for allegedly diverting N16.1m pension funds.

Duru was arraigned on a four-count charge of falsification of documents and money laundering. Read more

2019 Igbo Presidency: Obasanjo means well for Ndigbo, says Ifediobi

A founding member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State and a Biafran war veteran, Chief Joe Ifediobi, on Tuesday, berated those condemning former President Olusegun Obasanjo for advising Ndigbo to position themselves for presidency in 2019.

He said that Obasanjo was the best friend of Ndigbo who meant well for the people of the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones, stressing that Obasanjo should be commended for the bold step of coming out to encourage Ndigbo to gear up for the next president in 2019. Read more

Dogara queries N2.7trn spent on power sector

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, has queried the utilisation of N2.74 trillion spent on the power sector from 1999-2015, saying the sector depreciated more as more funds were pumped into it.

Dogara, who was speaking at a 2-day stakeholders Interactive dialogue/workshop on the Nigerian Power Sector organised by the National Assembly, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, also noted that the challenges faced by the sector calls for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to address them. Read more

We are committed to fixing our economy – Ag President

The Acting President Prof. Yomi Osinbajo has said that ‘with complete focus on improving the economy every day, the recession will soon be history.’ Osinbajo made this in a statement on Tuesday. Read more

Poor standard equipment retards performance-weightlighter

Ekiti weightlifting team on Tuesday complained on the poor and obsolete equipments used over the years, which is a major contributing factor to their non-performance in games. They appealed to the state government and sports philanthropists to provide it with quality and standard equipment. The team’s Head Coach, Adeyinka Omooba, made the appeal during an interview with journalists in Ado-Ekiti. Read more

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Arsenal Midfielder To Be Assessed At London Colney Tomorrow

Arsenal have been handed a timely boost with the news that Mohamed Elneny has suffered no reaction to his calf injury and could be in contention to face Hull City this weekend, according to the Evening Standard.

Elneny has been away at the Africa Cup of Nations since January 2nd where he helped Egypt make it all the way to the final before they cruelly lost 2-1 to Cameroon on Sunday night. Read more

Albrighton slams Leicester displays ahead of key week
Marc Albrighton acknowledges Leicester City have fallen well short of expectations as the Premier League champions enter another vital week in their ailing campaign.

Manager Claudio Ranieri was given a vote of confidence on Tuesday after the 3-0 loss to Manchester United made it four top-flight defeats in succession. Read more

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas refuses to rule out move to China

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has not ruled out a move to China in the future but sees himself plying his trade in the US when he can no longer “play at the top level in Europe”. Fabregas has only started five times in the Premier League this season but has still managed to provide six assists and scored the decisive goal in his side’s 3-1 win over his former club Arsenal on Saturday (4 February). Read more

‘I’d be very worried about your perverted friend’: Father receives a stern warning after revealing his best pal is dating his teenage daughter

Most protective fathers do not relish the thought of their daughter bringing home her first boyfriend.

But one was faced with an extra dilemma after discovering that his teenage daughter has embarked on a relationship with his 40-year-old best friend.  Read more

Vatican mole left secret messages hidden in confession box in Renaissance church in Rome

Secret notes hidden in a confession box in a Renaissance church in Rome fed information about Vatican intrigue to a woman who was convicted of leaking confidential information about the Holy See, a new book has revealed.

The book, published on Tuesday, has been written by Francesca Chaouqui, a public relations consultant who was hired by the Vatican to sit on a papal commission into economic reform. Read more

Barack Obama takes part in foilboarding challenge with Sir Richard Branson

Barack Obama has been pictured enjoying “a complete break” with billionaire Sir Richard Branson.

In a blog on the British entrepreneur’s website, the pair were seen taking part in several extreme sports on a private Caribbean island. Read more

Hillary Clinton urges women to ‘step up and speak out’ in new video

Hillary Clinton declared the “future is female” on Monday in her first public address since Donald Trump’s inauguration as president.

In a video recorded for a women’s leadership conference in California, Clinton did not mention her 2016 election rival Trump and instead applauded the women who protested across the globe the day after his inauguration. Read more

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