May 24, 2018

*NIA cash: Osinbajo meets Magu, DSS boss, IG, others * Plot to sack Odigie-Oyegun thickens as APC postpones NEC meeting

*NIA cash: Osinbajo meets Magu, DSS boss, IG, others * Plot to sack Odigie-Oyegun thickens as APC postpones NEC meeting



NIA cash: Osinbajo meets Magu, DSS boss, IG, others

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday met with the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu and other security chiefs in the wake of public interest in investigations into the circumstances that led to the N13 billion cash haul in a National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Lagos safe house. The meeting came as the Senate also yesterday delved into the rumpus over the Osborne cash haul, bidding to summon Mr. Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to furnish more information on circumstances around discovery of the money. The Senate announced yesterday that it would next week through its Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes invite Magu to shed more light on the matter. Read more

Plot to sack Odigie-Oyegun thickens as APC postpones NEC meeting

Indications emerged yesterday of a plot to sack the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun from office.The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Mr. Timi Frank confirmed the plot to The Guardian after the surprise shift of the meetings of the National Caucus and the National Executive Committee (NEC) scheduled for April 24 and 25, 2017 respectively Read more

Police Write Buhari, Request 155,000 New Recruits

The leadership of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has formally written to President Muhammadu Buhari, asking to be granted  the approval to recruit at least 155,000 new policemen in the next five years.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Training and Development and Supervising DIG in charge of South-south, Mr. Emmanuel Inyang, who disclosed this Thursday in Yenagoa, said when granted, it would take the pressure off the currently overworked officers. Read more

Gaidam condemns military, police clash in anti-terrorism fight

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State yesterday condemned the recent clash between the army and police in Damaturu, the state capital.He made the condemnations at a two-day sensitisation workshop on the implementation of National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) for Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe states.

The clash, which occurred between troops of Operation Lafia Dole and the Mobile Police, claimed the lives of three policemen and a soldier. The governor condoled the families of the officers who loss their lives and others who sustained injuries in the clash. Read more

Women groups lament low representation as RECs

A Coalition of women groups, representing different platforms and organisations across the country, have expressed displeasure over the low representation of women among the 27 nominees as INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

They, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to critically look into the issue for a more gender responsive governance. A statement signed by the Executive Director, Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode on behalf of other women groups, said: “The list of nominees was sent to the Senate for screening and subsequent confirmation. Read more

Journalists attacked at Nigerian pastor’s PE church

Journalists were allegedly attacked and manhandled by dozens of men standing outside the Jesus Dominion International Church in Port Elizabeth on Thursday after they visited the church to conduct interviews.

A Nigerian pastor, based in Durban was arrested at the Port Elizabeth Airport on charges of human trafficking – following his arrest reporters visited a church situated in North End. Read more

Fakers control 10% phone market share in Nigeria

Fake phone manufacturers and importers seem to be having upper hand in the current battle with such products’ regulators in Nigeria, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek can report.

According to an impeccable source in the phone manufacturing business, counterfeiters might have taken over more than ten per cent (10%) of the market share, and glaringly displaying the products at different areas like Computer Village- Ikeja and other hinterlands. Read more

Masari laments stoning of government officials at public events

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State yesterday lamented the stoning of elected office holders at public events, saying the development signalled a bad omen for the country.

This followed reports of booing and stoning of some elected office holders in Katsina and Niger states recently. He however, called on the police and other related security bodies to put an end to such occurrences. Read more

Kukah accuses FG of failing to curb insurgency ideology

The Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev Hassan Kukah has accused the Federal Government of failing to stop the ideology that breeds insurgency in the country.Kukah disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, while speaking at a Christian leaders training programme on how to counter violent extremism.

He explained that reconciliation and peaceful coexistence could stop the insurgency agenda and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the country. Read more

Omotosho canvasses moral training for pupils for effective war on corruption

The founder of Sustainable Health Initiative (SHI) Dr Mike Omotosho has canvassed the introduction of ethical values in schools to build a sound character in our youths.
Omotosho, who lamented the absence of values in the society, said the move would serve as an effective tool to fight corruption from the cradle in the country. Read more

Anambra guber race, Sheriff’s peace sojourn and PDP’s divided house

Factional national chairman of the crisis ridden Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was in Enugu State to garner support for the party.The meeting held in Enugu was primarily to parley with members of the party from Anambra State ahead of the November 2017 governorship election in the state.

Although the meeting was meant for Anambra state chapter of the PDP, Sheriff explained that he decided to move the venue to Enugu to ensure neutrality.Indeed, like the national leadership of the party, the state chapter is bugged down by protracted leadership crises that have factionalised the party. Read more

Again, APC Postpones National Caucus, NEC Meetings

Following a string of canceled meetings in the buildup to the party’s national convention, the scheduled national caucus meeting of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has been postponed to a later date.

Another meeting of one of the critical organs of the party, the National Executive Committee (NEC), which was expected to hold on April 24 and 25, 2017 along with national caucus meeting has also been postponed. Read more

PMB Appoints New Management For Nexim Bank

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Abubakar Abba Bello as the new Managing Director of Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM).

Also appointed are Dr. Bala Mohammed Bello as the Executive Director, Corporate Services and Stella Okotete as Executive Director, Business Development.

A statement issued by the director of media in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, noted that “the appointments are with immediate effect”.  Read more

FG Advised On Implementation Of Tomato Tariff

Stakeholders have urged the federal government to allow for more time before executing the 50 per cent tariff on imported tomatoes concentrates.

Because of the urgency of the situation, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had announced a new policy for tomato, aimed at reducing N52 billion spent on the annual importation of over 150,000 metric tons of tomatoes concentrate through neighbouring countries into the Nigeria. Read more

Unoccupied Houses: Experts Seek Establishment Of Rent Control Agency, Kicks Against Taxation

Experts in the real estate sector have called on the federal to set up Rent Control Agency that would monitor unoccupied houses even as they kicked against taxation in such properties.
Checks by LEADERSHIP revealed that unoccupied houses are mainly found in the highbrow areas of Abuja like Maitama, Asokoro, Wuse II while the satellite towns like Kubwa, Lugbe and Karu are highly populated due to cheaper rental fee.
Aside the cheaper rental fees, the satellite towns are bereft of social amenities compared to the city centre where there are massive amenities and facilities Read more

EFCC requires computer forensic experts to win cases, says Adeoye

  1. Aderogba Adeoye, information technology expert, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to engage the services competent and approved computer forensic practitioners to win high profile cases.

Mr. Adeoye, who is the chairman, Education and Manpower Development Committee at the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that for EFCC to win such cases they must not neglect laws guiding IT practices in the country, adding that synergy between the lawyers representing the agency and IT industry cannot be over emphasized. Read more

Ali redeploys 48 Customs comptrollers, reconstitutes compliance team

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), on Thursday approved the redeployment of 48 comptrollers of Customs.

The redeployment, according to a statement from the Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Joseph Attah, is part of measures aimed at repositioning the Customs for effective and efficient service delivery. Read more

Piracy on Nigerian waters drops by 60% – FG

Armed piracy on Nigerian waters has reduced significantly in the past six months, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

According to the President, the drop in piracy is due to the increased and productive engagements in the Niger Delta, the Federal Government’s support to the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies, as well as several measures put in place to ensure maritime safety in the country. Read more

Fayemi briefs Buhari on $150m W’Bank mining loan

The Minister of Solid Mineral Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday informed President Muhammadu Buhari of the $150m loan approved by the World Bank for the country’s mining sector.

Fayemi also used the opportunity of the meeting to update the President of his ministry’s efforts at curtailing the activities of illegal miners. Read more

Naira Extends Gains as Dollar Glut Hits Market

The naira sustained its momentum on the parallel market yesterday, appreciating significantly by N20 in one day to close at N380 to the dollar, stronger than N400 to the greenback at the close of trading the day before. Similarly, the local currency firmed up on the Bureau de Change (BDC) segment of the market yesterday, trading at between N376 and N378 to the dollar in Lagos, Abuja and Kano. Read more

Boko Haram IED kills three soldiers in Borno

Three soldiers attached to the 82 Division Task Force Battalion of the Nigerian Army have reportedly died after troops ran into an Improvised Explosive Device planted by Boko Haram insurgents.

Our correspondent gathered that the troops were on patrol along the Ngoshe-Pulka Road in Borno State when the IED exploded, killing the three soldiers and injuring two others. Read more

FG requires N60trn to bridge housing deficits —FMBN boss

Nigeria requires N60 trillion to bridge the 17 million housing deficits confronting it, new Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN, Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, has said. Dangiwa, who disclosed this during the handling over ceremony of the affairs of the bank to his team by the outgoing Acting Managing Director of the FMBN, Mr. Richard Esin, vowed the new team under him will put in place innovative solutions that must bridge the huge gap in order to meet the affordable mass housing needs of Nigerians. Read more

AMCON seals NMWIL premises over N611.5M debt

THE premises of Nigerian Mineral Water Industries Limited, NMWIL, located at No.1 Limica road, Onitsha, Anambra State was yesterday sealed off by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, following an order granted to it by the Federal High Court sitting in Awka, the state capital.
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Negligence: Lagos sacks 42 health workers, seals 160 facilities

Lagos State government said it has sacked no fewer than 42 health workers over negligence of duty, even as it sealed 160 hospitals and illegal pharmacies within the year under review. Meanwhile, the government yesterday disclosed that plans have been concluded to review the Mental Health Law of the state, to conform with current trends. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris and his Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) counterpart, Mrs. Lola Akande, made the disclosures during 2017 ministerial press briefing at the Secretariat, Ikeja. Read more

Kano Magistrate Remands Woman for Insulting Her Mother

A magistrate court sitting in Kano, presided over by Hajiya Umma Sani Kurmawa, thursday ordered the remand in prison custody of a 20-year-old young woman, Ummi Abdullahi, for allegedly verbally abusing her mother.

The charge sheet read in an open court said, Ummi hurled verbal abuses at her mother, adding that Ummi on March 4, 2017, at Badawa quarters committed the acts of criminal intimidation, intentional insult, mischief and attempted to commit an offence. Read more

Nigeria’s Diaspora remittances drop by 10% in 2016

The economic contraction in several countries of the world took a toll on global remittances as the World Bank, Thursday, reported that fund transfers to developing countries fell for a second consecutive year in 2016, a trend not seen in three decades.
According to the latest edition of the Migration and Development Brief, released at the World Bank’s Spring Meetings in Washington DC,USA, officially recorded remittances to developing countries amounted to $429 billion in 2016, representing a decline of 2.4 percent over $440 billion in 2015. Read more

Customs Rakes in N14.3bn in Three Months

Despite the downturn in the economy, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Murtala Mohammed Airport Command, Ikeja, Lagos, has announced revenue of N14.399 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017, compared with N11.1 billion earned in the corresponding period of 2016. This represents an increase of N3.258 billion when compared to the Q1 of year 2016.

Controller of the command, Francis Allanah, who disclosed this in a statement, said the command collected a total of N55.5 billion from January to December 2016. Read more

NCAA Moves to Strengthen Economic Regulation

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it has taken a bold step to strengthen its Economic Regulation through training and adequate exposure of the staff. The first step in this direction was the training of staffers of the Directorate of Air Transport Regulation (DATR) from across the country by officials of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Read more

How to make economic recovery plan work, by experts

For Nigeria to achieve the strategic objectives outlined in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), there is need for consistency in its implementation, experts have said.

The experts, among them, Prof. Olu Ajakaiye and the Rwandan High Commissioner, Stanislas Kamanzi, spoke at the second edition of the Bullion Lecture organised by Centre for Financial Journalism in Lagos. They said the Federal Government must be consistent in implementing the policy. Read more

Germany urges Nigeria to step up vocational training

The German Government has charged Nigeria to strengthen her  efforts at pulling  out  of   recession with vocational skills development, especially among youths.

The Head, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, Nigeria, Dr. Marc Lucassen, urged the Federal Government to learn from her German counterpart who, despite not having crude oil and agricultural   resources,   boosted   her   Gross   Domestic  Product (GDP) and reduced  unemployment through Dual Vocational Training (DVT). Read more

NLNG Act Amendment: Nigeria At Risk Of Losing $1.3bn Yearly

The managing director and chief executive officer of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), Tony Attah, has again cautioned that government would end up losing$1.3 billion on annual basis if the legislature succeeds in amending the Act establishing the company.

At the public presentation of its Facts and Figures on NLNG 2017 publication, a compendium of the NLNG business, Attah stated that, “The Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) Fiscal Incentives Guarantees and Assurances Act (NLNG Act) allowed investments to flow into the country.” Read more

We’ll bring back Nigeria’s money- Namdas

Chairman, House Committee on Information, Abdulrazak Namdas, has said that the National Assembly would bring back Nigeria’s $17 billion missing crude oil money.
He made the remark during the commissioning of constituency projects in his Jada, Ganye, Toungo and Mayo Belwa federal constituency of Adamawa state.
Namdas who is leading an ad-hoc Committee constituted by the House of Representatives to investigate matters relating to missing monies from the coffers of NNPC said “Nigeria is ranked sixth in the list of oil producing nations and crude oil sales are still unaccounted for.  Read more

NUPENG to Fed Govt: create agency to protect pipelines

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has appealed to the Federal Government to create a Pipeline Protection Agency (PPA) that will be saddled with the protection of pipelines.

Its President, Comrade Igwe Achese, gave the advice in Lagos, saying the agency should be well funded and equipped with modern gadgets like alarms, sensors and helicopters and gunships with night vision. Read more

NLNG plans to increase LPG supply by 40% – MD

The Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), has concluded plans to increase the supply of liquefied petroleum gas, otherwise known as cooking gas, from 250,000 tonnes to 350,000 tonnes, an increase of 40 per cent this year, Independent reports.

Mr. Tony Attah, Managing Director of the company, made the disclosure at the presentation of the ‘facts and figures on NLNG 2017’ in Lagos that the development was sequel to the determination of the organisation to meet the rising demand in the domestic market. He said that already, the company has signed Sales and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) with Nigerian companies to ensure that LPG is successfully lifted to the domestic market. Read more

Super Sand Eagles off to Bahamas for FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles on Thursday night left Nigeria to participate in the 9th FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals, in Nassau, Bahamas from April 27 to May 7.
The spokesperson of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday. Read more

Europa League: Rashford fires United into semi-finals

A wondrous winner from Marcus Rashford, deep into extra-time, finally saw off Anderlecht to cap a thrilling night at Old Trafford and send United into the Europa League semi-finals.

For a short while, it looked like being a short night for United. They took the lead on 10 minutes when excellent work from Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford created a chance which Henrikh Mkhitaryan powered home; 2-1 on aggregate. Read more

Odey, Ilechukwu win March LBA

MFM duo of Fidelis Ilechukwu and Stephen Odey have been named the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Manager and Player for March respectively.
According to the organisers of the monthly award, Ilechukwu and Odey were the standouts in the NPFL for the month under review Read more

Rohr Must Qualify Super Eagles For 2018 World Cup And 2019 AFCON – Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick says Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr must deliver the 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in a bid to retain his managerial position.

The German tactician who has began his managerial role on a brilliant note after beating Zambia 2-1 and Algeria 3-1 to top group B of the World Cup qualifiers; also pulled a 1-1 draw against the Teranga Lions of Senegal in an international friendly match at the Hive Stadium in London, to underline his readiness for the task at hand. Read more

Israel lobbies FIFA on Judea and Samaria clubs

Israel is launching a diplomatic offensive against calls by Palestinian Arab officials for FIFA to impose sanctions over soccer teams based in Judea and Samaria, an official said on Thursday, according to AFP.

Palestinian soccer chief Jibril Rajoub, along with groups such as Human Rights Watch, has led efforts to have Israel suspended from FIFA or for the world body to quit sponsoring Israeli matches in Judea and Samaria, claiming they are being held on “stolen land”. Read more

Mourinho impressed by mentality from Shaw and Rashford

Marcus Rashford predictably earned Jose Mourinho’s plaudits, but so did Manchester United team-mate Luke Shaw.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho lauded Luke Shaw for playing through pain in his team’s win over Anderlecht. Shaw, often criticised this season, played 120 minutes as United edged into the Europa League semi-finals with a 2-1 extra-time win at Old Trafford on Thursday. Read more


According to a report in the Telegraph the Burnley defender has impressed Mauricio Pochettino who wants to be able to vary his defence between a back three or four.

Keane has been a key part in Burnley’s success this season with his form earning him a place in the last two England internationals. Read more

At least one Manchester United player managed to repeat his Chelsea display vs Anderlecht

Let’s just start by saying that eventual match winner Marcus Rashford should have scored and put Manchester United ahead in the 68 minute when he seized in a mistake and rounded Anderlecht keeper Martinez Ruben and saved us the agony of extra time.

But it was about the only thing the Mancunian got wrong on a night when he dragged the Reds into the semi final of the Europa League with a slick, calm winner that proved his earlier miss was an aberration. Read more

U.S. Prosecutors Are Reportedly Weighing Charges Against WikiLeaks

Two media reports say U.S. prosecutors are preparing or closely considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, including its founder Julian Assange, for revealing sensitive government secrets.

CNN reported Thursday that authorities are preparing to seek Assange’s arrest. The Washington Post reported prosecutors are weighing charges against the organization’s members after the Obama-era Justice Department declined to do so. Read more

Our reaction to terrorist attacks might inspire the next one
THE latest terrorist attack in Paris is indeed a tragedy and must have been terrifying for the people present at the time the gunshots rang out along the Champs Elysees. The family of the one police officer who lost his life must be in agony as they come to terms with their loss.

No amount of media coverage will ease their pain or turn back the clock to prevent the attack from happening. But the inflated reaction and unreserved abandon with which news outlets cover this sort of incident might just pave the way for the next one Read more

Egyptian-American woman freed in Egypt goes home on U.S. military plane

An Egyptian-American woman detained in Egypt for nearly three years on human trafficking charges was flown back to the United States on Thursday on a U.S. military plane, accompanied by a top White House official, a senior administration official said.

Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian who holds U.S. citizenship, was acquitted by a Cairo court on Sunday along with seven others who had worked with street children. Hijazi was released from jail on Tuesday, having been held for nearly three years. Read more

Islamic School of Canberra loses federal funding after failing to meet standards

The Islamic School of Canberra has been stripped of its federal government funding over concerns about its independence, governance and financial management.

The school has been locked in a funding tug-of-war with the education department for 18 months, and after failing to meet various standards and expectations its public cash flow will cease on 1 July. Read more

Venezuela Opposition Plans More Protests to Keep Pressure on President Maduro

Venezuela ‘s opposition renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, and vowed to keep up pressure by staging three more protests in the next four days.

Thursday’s crowds were smaller than the hundreds of thousands of people who flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on Wednesday, the latest and largest in several weeks of protests against what Maduro’s opponents condemn as a lurch toward dictatorship. Read more


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