April 27, 2018

*Buhari Returns, Lands in Kaduna, Choppered to Presidential Villa *2019: INEC Fixes Presidential, NASS Elections Feb 16

*Buhari Returns, Lands in Kaduna, Choppered to Presidential Villa *2019: INEC Fixes Presidential, NASS Elections Feb 16



Buhari Returns, Lands in Kaduna, Choppered to Presidential Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived the country Friday at about 4 a.m., 51 days after he left the country on a medical vacation. Owing to the closure of the Abuja airport, presidency sources informed THISDAY that his plane was scheduled to land at the Kaduna airport in the wee hours of Friday, following which he was to be flown by helicopter to the President Villa, Abuja.

The sources also revealed that the president might address the nation Friday after his long absence, in order to quell any concerns over his capacity to govern. Read more

2019: INEC Fixes Presidential, NASS Elections Feb 16

The number of associations and interest groups seeking to be registered as political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has risen to 84.

The contentious Advanced Peoples Democratic Party (APDP) is also one of them.

This is coming just as the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections has be slated for February 16, 2019 while the governorship and state assembly elections will hold in March 2019. Read more

Apo 6: Court Sentences Policemen To Death 12 Years After

After about twelve years of trial, an Abuja High Court, yesterday, finally sentenced two police officers, Ezekiel Acheneje and Emmauel Baba to death for killing two of the six Igbo traders in Abuja on June 8, 2005, without a lawful order of any court.

The two policemen were found guilty of extra-judicial killing of Augustina Arebun and Anthony Nwokike at the Gaduwa Estate of Abuja and later buried in a shallow grave in Jabi District to cover up their illegal activities. Read more

Face-off Looms, Senate Summons Customs Boss over Car Duty Payments

A face-off may be brewing between the Senate and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), following the directive issued Thursday by the Senate that the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hammeed Ali (rtd.), must appear unfailingly in full uniform to explain the decision by the Customs Service to stay the course on the ultimatum given to car owners nationwide to pay duties on their vehicles between March 13 and April 12, 2019, or risk having their cars impounded. Read more

Ogun police arrest fake soldiers

Men of Ogun State Police Command, yesterday, arrested two persons for allegedly impersonating as men of the Nigeria Army. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement, said the suspected fake soldiers, Joseph David and Adebayo Ojoye, allegedly extorted and maltreated innocent people in Agbado area of Ogun State. Read more

Pdp crisis: There can be no meeting point with Sheriff —Caretaker c’ttee

The peace initiative by former President Goodluck Jonathan to find a political solution to the leadership crisis in People’s Democratic Party, PDP, appears to have collapsed finally as the chairman of the caretaker committee of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, yesterday, declared that there can be no meeting point between the committee and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff. Read more

Ohanaeze Ndigbo rejects army’s probe of IPOB killings

Apex Igbo cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has rejected the panel set up by the Nigerian Army to investigate the killings of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the south east and south south.

In a telephone interview with The Guardian, yesterday, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo (Jnr) said the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai cannot be judge in its own case. Read more

FG Battles FCT On Tenement Rate

The recent National Assembly’s strong stance against collection of tenement rates from property owners in Abuja, by the authorities of the six Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), if closely looked at could greatly affect the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base of the respective councils. Tarkaa David writes.

While the widely reported warning to the council authorities to henceforth stop the collection of tenement rates from property owners in their respective domains could be seen to some as a welcome development that would check the menace of double taxation, there is a glaring chance that it may impugn negatively on the ingenuity of those steering affairs at the grassroots level of governance to perform satisfactorily. Read more

Police Arrest 20 in Connection with Murder of DPO

Not less than 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Kpakungu area of Minna, the Niger State capital.
Two people believed to have actively participated in the crime who are on the run are still being hunted by the police.

Aaron Sunday, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, was axed to death last Friday when he led an operation to the Barikin-Sale area of Minna, the state capital. Read more

Southern Kaduna Senator accuses police of raiding his house

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator representing Southern Kaduna district, Dajuma La’ah, yesterday accused the police and other security agents of raiding his Kaduna residence with a lorry load of armed personnel.

The senator said the armed men arrested some of his relations while valuable documents and other materials were carried away.In a statement by the senator, he said his licenced pump-action gun, which was found in his house was also taken away. Read more

Smugglers of frozen fish risk five-year jail term

Henceforth, importation of frozen foods into the country without a valid licence would attract a five-year jail term or fine of $250,000. The Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, disclosed this yesterday.

He urged those involved in the act and their collaborators to desist from it or face the wrath of the Federal Government.Lokpobiri stressed that government would also destroy the products and the illegal vessels used for such importation. Read more

EFCC challenges court jurisdiction in $9.7m recovered from Yakubu

The Abuja Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to hear and determine the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu, so declared the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

EFCC is challenging the suit on the ground that the alleged breach of fundamental rights of the applicant happened in Kano State.Counsel to the EFCC, Johnson Ojogbane, in a preliminary objection to the applicant’s originating summons, urged the court to discountenance the suit. Read more

Crisis As NUC Stops Courses In Rivers Varsity

The National University  Commissions (NUC), had listed the RSUST as one of the institutions that should stop offering courses such as law, accountancy and mass communication, among others, stating that such institutions will only offer courses that reflect their name.

Presenting the report of the committee, it’s chairman, Hon. Fara Dagogo, explained that the recommendation for the change in nomenclature is reliant on the observations from the public hearing as well as a directive from the NUC that universities should adhere to their core areas of mandate or risk the affected courses being de-accredited. Read more

Yobe Loses N30bn To Insurgency

Yobe State has lost over N30billion worth of assets to the activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram. According to the state government the total loss incurred by the state government through various forms of intervention and the projected expenditure for the reconstruction of both private and public structures is estimated to be over N30 billion.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said the areas of support to the military include procurement of vehicles, payment of allowances, medical treatment to injured security personnel, and assistance to families of soldiers who lost their lives in battle. Read more


PDP’s Political Solution Collapses

Renewed efforts to reconcile the warring factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crumbled yesterday, as the Sen Ahmed Makarfi faction declared a no-meeting point with the Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party.

Outrightly rejecting the recommendations of the the Standing Reconciliation committee led by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, the Makarfi group also declared that the committee had been disbanded after the May 21 2016 convention for which it was setup. Read more

NBC threatens broadcast stations over N5bn debt

Mr. Is’haq Modibo Kawu, director general, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has issued a three-week ultimatum to all broadcasting stations in the country to pay all their outstanding licence fees or face sanctions including possible shut down.

Kawu, said that it was regrettable that many broadcast stations operating in Nigeria have refused to pay their license fees amounting to N5 billion and threatened to invoke all relevant laws against erring stations to recover the debt. Read more

EFCC Charges All Former Governors With Procurement Act

The strangest thing happened last week, the first of its kind since the dawn of democracy in 1999. A Yola High Court sentenced former governor of Adamawa State, Bala James Nggilari to five years in prison without an option of fine for corruption involving the purchase of 25 vehicles amounting to N167million without following due process.
The presiding judge, Justice Nathan Musa said that Nggilari was found guilty of the five-count charges brought against him.
He said the contract was awarded to Elyadim Motors Limited without due process or approval from the state Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) and without ‘certificate of no objection’. Read more

‘How to stabilise Nigeria’s economic environment’

Firstly for businesses, the things I feel one should be looking out for in this ERGP are the 5 or 6 principles that were highlighted. If you permit me I’ll quickly go through those. One, focus on tackling constraints to growth and that means the ease of doing business. Two, leverage the power of the power sector. For the first time this government is now saying the private sector needs to be driving things that have to do with the markets and the economy. Previously some analysts have said that this government is cynical about the private sector.  Read more

Again, CBN Pumps $170m into FX Market

In a bid to sustain the tempo of foreign exchange (FX) supply to the interbank FX market and ensure improved dollar liquidity, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Thursday intervened with a total of $170 million.

A breakdown of this showed that the central bank sold the sum of $100,000,000 as wholesale interventions, just as it sold about $70,000,000 to meet requests for Business/Personal Travel Allowances. Read more

Corporate finance chiefs’ confidence in the economy remains low – KPMG Survey

AMIDST mixed economy performance reports in the past one week, a research by KPMG Nigeria, the Nigerian arm of world’s leading financial and management firm, has indicated a sustained weak confidence on Nigerian economic outlook. Partner and Head, Audit Services of the firm, Mr. Tola Adeyemi, said that KPMG’s CFO Forum and 2017 Survey Report which focused on 2017 Nigerian business outlook, shows that chief financial officers, CFOs, of companies in Nigeria are less confident as regards the business outlook for economic growth in 2017. Read more

W’Bank to Raise $1.6bn to Fight Hunger in Nigeria, Others

The World Bank Group is working towards raising $1.6 billion to put in place social protection systems with a view this ending food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa and Yemen.

The bank’s President , Jim Yong-Kim said about 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen were on the “tipping point” of famine.
A statement issued yesterday by the Head of Communications, World Bank Nigeria, Mrs. Olufunke Olufon, quoted Kim as saying: Read more

Nigerian Telecoms: Thorny challenges for virtual economy

Despite the current economic recession, Nigeria’s telecoms industry has remained resilient, having overcome several obstacles to sustain service to millions of customers. In the face of these challenges it has also become a reliable platform for banks and other services in the country with mobile subscriber base growing to 182 million. In 2019 Nigeria’s telecoms market is expected to generate US$10.9 billion as it forms the key to diversify the country’s economy to keep Nigeria as biggest market for mobile subscription in Africa Read more

Economist Proffers Solutions to Quicken Exit from Recession

Economist/Chairman, Adel & Argus Global Services Limited, Anthony Aziegbemi has urged the federal government to lead by example by patronising Made-in-Nigeria products as a way stimulating the economy and aiding a quick exit out of the current recession.
He said a larger chunk of government’s spending ought to be within the country, adding this was needed at this challenging period. Read more

Gains of Ratifying the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

The gradual growth in trade volumes in recent years, have significantly changed the operating environment for the international trading community. The development has also highlighted the negative impact of inefficient border procedures on governments, businesses and ultimately on the customer and the economy as a whole. Read more

Nigeria earns N7trn from crude oil exports

Nigeria recorded slight improvement in crude oil revenue in 2016, as total export appreciated by 0.75 per cent to N6.997 trillion at the end of 2016, according to data obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS. This amount is 96.09 per cent of Nigeria’s proposed 2017 budget estimate of N7.281 trillion, while it represented 116.04 per cent of the 2016 budget estimate. Read more

Bafana Bafana names squad for Eagles

Stand-in South Africa’s Bafana Bafana coach, Owen da Gama, has announced a 25-man squad to play against Guinea-Bissau and Angola in back-to-back international friendly matches later in the month as they prepare to face Nigeria’s Super Eagles when the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers start in June.

It’s a mix of experience and youth, which also saw the return of those who were blacklisted by former coach Ephraim Mashaba. Read more

Samuel Kalu Scores First European Goal For Gent, Esiti Sees Red

In a Europa League Round of 16 game between two Belgian First Division A teams, Gent were beaten 5-2 by Racing Genk at the Ghelamco Arena on Thursday night.

There Nigerian stars Anderson Esiti, Samuel Kalu and Rabiu Ibrahim tasted game time, with the number 40 coming off the bench just before the start of the second half. The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute thanks to Ruslan Malinovsky’s goal but Kalu whipped in a rebound shot after the ball had hit the crossbar on 27 minutes to restore parity for his team Read more

William Troost-Ekong claims Liverpool and Manchester City wanted him

ottenham Hotspur felt they had themselves a top young talent in the form of Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong when they brought him in from a spell at Fulham.

They had plenty of reason to, as the 23-year-old has revealed it was not only Spurs that tried to sign him up – Liverpool and Manchester City were also keen. Read more

Iheanacho Sad Over Man City’s Goalless Draw Against Stoke

Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho believes Manchester City’s did everything possible to defeat Stoke City in Wednesday’s goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Iheanacho came on as a substitute in the second half but couldn’t change the composure of the match despite creating some half chances as the Potters were solid at the back.The result cost City the chance to move to second in the table and left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Read more

FIFA says still waiting for info on Russian doping cases

  1. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) FIFA is still waiting for details on players implicated in an investigation of doping in Russian soccer, secretary general Fatma Samoura said on Thursday.

WADA investigator Richard McLaren published hundreds of pages of documents in December alleging widespread drug use and cover-ups in Russian sports. Some cases appear to involve the Russia Under-17 and Under-21 soccer teams. Read more

I won’t play reserves at Chelsea – Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he will not play a reserve team in the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea.

United were held to a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Rostov in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday. They visit Chelsea on Monday and three days later welcome the Russian outfit to Old Trafford for their return leg. Read more


Spanish outlet Don Balon have reported that Real Madrid have set their sights on Marquinhos, and are planning to make a summer move for the Brazilian centre-back. Barcelona and Inter Milan are also reported to be eyeing a move for the PSG defender.

Marquinhos has finally established himself at the heart of the PSG defence this season following the departure of David Luiz to Chelsea last summer. Having struck a formidable partnership with captain Thiago Silva, the 22-year-old has been instrumental in PSG boasting the best defensive record in Ligue 1. Read more

Arsenal directors insist call on Wenger future will be ‘mutual decision’

Arsenal took the unprecedented step of issuing a statement yesterday to clarify Arsene Wenger’s future and to stress, contrary to popular perception, that the Frenchman will not alone determine whether he remains manager next season.

Wenger and the club believe their relationship is so keenly aligned that they will ultimately decide mutually whether the two-year contract that has been provisionally drawn up is actioned.m Read more

Questions over soaring bill to protect President Donald Trump and his family

For the wealthy seeking winter sun, Palm Beach in southern Florida has always been an attractive place.

Donald Trump agrees.

It’s the location of Mar-a-Lago, the president’s exclusive private member’s club and so called “winter White House”. Read more

Six years on, Fukushima child evacuees face menace of school bullies

“Radiation! Bang bang!”

Gesturing as if with guns, two boys in Tokyo repeatedly taunted a girl whose family fled to Japan’s capital to escape radioactivity unleashed by the Fukushima nuclear crisis of 2011.

Tormented by headaches and weight loss, the girl began to skip classes, and switched schools to escape the bullies, her mother told Reuters. But the very radiation that uprooted the family brought more pain in her new home. Read more

Peruvian president criticizes U.S. proposal to separate immigrant families

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski criticized a proposal being considered by the Trump administration to separate women and children crossing illegally into the United States, saying it was “something that shouldn’t be happening in the 21st century.”

Speaking to foreign media on Thursday, Kuczynski also reiterated that he told U.S. President Donald Trump in a White House meeting last month that he opposed Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more

Former Queensland MP Scott Driscoll sentenced to six years in jail

The corrupt former Queensland MP Scott Driscoll has been jailed for at least 18 months after receiving a six-year sentencing for 15 fraud-related offences.

The former Liberal National party state member for Redcliffe was arrested in 2014 but taken into custody only on Monday before his sentencing in the Brisbane district court for the offences. Read more

George A Olah, who won Nobel Prize in chemistry, dies aged 89

George A Olah, whose work won a Nobel Prize in chemistry and paved the way for more effective oil refining and ways of producing less polluting forms of petrol, has died aged 89.

Mr Olah died at his Beverly Hills home, according to the University of Southern California’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, of which he was founding director. No cause of death was provided. Read more



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