* Boko Haram attack: NNPC suspends oil search in Chad Basin * FG to present 2018 budget to NASS in October

* Boko Haram attack: NNPC suspends oil search in Chad Basin  * FG to present 2018 budget to NASS in October



Boko Haram attack: NNPC suspends oil search in Chad Basin

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has suspended its exploration for crude oil in the Lake Chad Basinocatwd in parts of Borno State, following attacks on its workforce and some military personnel by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, said the exercise had to be put on hold until the corporation gets sufficient clearance to resume its oil search in the region from the military.Read more

FG to present 2018 budget to NASS in October

The Federal Government on Thursday said it would send the 2018 budget to the National Assembly at the beginning of October this year.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udo Udoma disclosed this in Abuja during a public dialogue with top government officials, members of Civil Societies Organisation, and the Organised Private Sector among others on the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper. Read more

APC member accused of using Facebook post to attack Saraki’s 2019 ambition

A 37-year-old civil servant in Kwara State, Mr. Biodun Baba, was on Thursday arraigned before Magistrate Court in Ilorin, Kwara State, presided over by Mr. Ahmad Dasuki.

Baba, who is said to be a primary school teacher and a member of the All Progressives Congress, was accused of making uncomplimentary and inciting post on his Facebook against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Read more

Senate passes Financial Intelligence Bill

The Senate on Thursday passed the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency Bill after considering the bill for only one week.

The Bill which was only read for the first time on Thursday, July 20, passed second reading on Tuesday and was approved by the upper legislative chamber on Thursday, exactly one week after.

With the passage of the bill, the risk of Nigeria being expelled from the EGMONT Group, has been reduced by half as the burden now rests with the President to give assent to the Bill. Read more

CAC workers end strike

The Corporate Affairs Commission on Thursday resumed official business activities as its staff union called off the week long strike over non-payment of entitlements by the management.

The offices of the commission at its corporate headquarters, Abuja, officially opened for customers and staff to carry out daily business transactions.

Aside from official duties, commercial and private businesses by food vendors and hawkers adjacent to the building also resumed fully. Read more

Four female suicide bombers killed in Borno foiled attack

Four female suicide bombers have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at Mandirari Village in the Kondugu Local Government Area of Borno, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

An official of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Malam Bello Danbatta, who confirmed the development, said the attack occurred late on Wednesday.

He said that the agency had since deployed its rescue team to the village, which according to him is near Maiduguri, the Borno capital. Read more

Senate asks RMAFC to review revenue sharing formula

The Senate has asked the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to review the current revenue sharing formula. According to the legislature, the current formula does not reflect the current
economic realities in the country.

The lawmakers decried the formula in use was designed to favour the Federal Government while the states and the local governments were struggling to survive economically. Read more

Aluu 4: Court fixes judgment for July 31

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has adjourned to July 31, to deliver judgment in the murder of four students of the University of Port Harcourt.

The trial Judge, Justice Ledan Nyordee, who fixed the date on Thursday, said that he was ready with the judgment but that he was sick.

Lawyers, reporters and other groups had besieged the courtroom waiting for the judgment only to be informed that the court would not sit. Read more

Court to hear Melaye’s recall case Aug. 7

The Federal High Court Abuja, on Thursday, fixed August 7, to hear the suit that stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from going ahead with the process of Sen. Dino Melaye’s recall.

The suit which was originally adjourned till September 29, will now be heard on August 7. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba said he was minded to exercise his discretion to hear the matter within the court’s vacation period. Read more

Attack on oil workers in Lake Chad basin claims three UNIMAID lecturers

No fewer than three lecturers of the University of Maiduguri may have died during Tuesday’s ambush on an oil exploration team in the Lake Chad Basin, it has been revealed.

An investigation by our correspondent revealed that five lecturers from the UNIMAID were part of the exploration team. There are indications that all the five might have died. Read more

Full list of constitution amendments by senate

Senators have cast their votes to amend sections in the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

The lawmakers made 32 new amendments to the country’s constitution. See the full list below:

  1. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 1, 2017 (Composition of Members of the Council of State) – This bill seeks to amend the Third Schedule to include former Presidents of the Senate and Speakers of the House of Representatives in the composition of the Council of State. Read more

Makarfi committee wants BoT to lead PDP during crisis

The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has proposed that the party’s Board of Trustees should take over the leadership of the party anytime it has leadership crisis.

This was contained in the proposal for the constitutional amendment submitted to members of the party by the Chairman of its caretaker committee,  Ahmed Makarfi. Under the “qualification for membership,” the proposal also said that the party must discard the minimum four years consecutive membership of the party before a member could belong to the BoT.” Read more

Rowdy session in Reps over new constitution provisions

Members of the House of Representatives are right now disagreeing over the procedure for considering new constitutional provisions.

Two Osun lawmakers, the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, and Prof. Mojeed Alabi, are at the centre of contesting the procedure, while the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, is presiding. Alabi was later overruled by the Speaker who referred him to the House rules for proposed guidance. Read more

High Powered Drama as Amaechi and Wike ‘fight’ publicly over Yemi Osinbajo

First, it was the Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi who stepped out of the Presidential Jet, with shouts of “the Lion” by APC faithfuls who besieged the airport, then next was Senator Magnus Ngei Abe.

They both walked down to where the chopper was waiting for Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The Acting President then alighted the Jet and was received on hand by Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and a handful of traditional rulers and others who queued for a formal handshake with the August Visitor. Read more

Guinness maker, Diageo, says profit after tax soars to £2.7bn

Diageo, the British maker of alcoholic drinks including Guinness stout, said Thursday that annual profits soared more than a fifth, aided partly by the pound weakening on Brexit uncertainty.

Profit after tax climbed 21 percent to £2.7 billion ($3.5 billion, 3.0 billion euros) in the group’s financial year to the end of June, compared with 2015/2016, Diageo announced in a results statement. Sales rose 15 percent to £12.1 billion, helped by favourable exchange rate moves. Read more

Coca-Cola launches revamped Coke Zero as earnings drop

Coca-Cola announced plans Wednesday to launch a revamped “Coke Zero” in the United States as it expands offerings of low-sugar and non-carbonated beverages amid flagging demand for sweet sodas.

The soda, “Coke-Cola Zero Sugar,” which is already on the market in much of Europe and Latin America, will be available in the US starting in August. The launch comes at a time when more cities around the US have enacted, or are weighing, soda taxes. Read more

Google to launch affordable smartphone for Nigerians

Google is set to launch an affordable device for the Nigerian market – Meet Ice 2. The company stated this on Thursday, at the Google for Nigeria event in Lagos.

Google ‘s Chief Executive Officer, Sunday Pitchai, said, “Yes, Google is set to launch an Android device in September. One cool thing about this device is the price. The Ice 2 would be sold at N30,000 when it is launched.” Read more

Banking dos and don’ts while changing jobs

While shifting jobs, there is a need to consider certain financial and banking matters in order to ensure a smooth transition. Many people have found themselves in some sort of financial mess for failing to address some financial and banking issues.

According to www.business-standard.com, here are the financial issues you need to examine when changing jobs: Read more

David Beckham signs autograph on girl’s buttock, incurs wife’s wrath

A simple act of signing his world famous autograph on a fan’s bum shorts has angered Victoria, wife of highly rated footballer, David Beckham.

Beckham was pictured on Sunday signing the girl’s bottom in Kernville, California, when he stopped to rest during a road trip, Mail has reported. His love of partying is also said to be driving a wedge between him and his wife of 18 years, Victoria. Read more

Bolt, Farah bid farewell to tracks in London

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt and British distance running icon Mo Farah end their glittering careers on the track as the world athletics world championships come to London for the first time. The August 4-13 championships come five years after the athletics world gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the first time as the showcase sport of the 2012 Games.

Bolt won another 100 metre/200m/4x100m treble and Farah got his first of now five straight big-event 5,000m/10,000m on the occasion in front of big and enthusiastic crowds which set a new standard for the sport. Read more

Spanish FA chief, Angel Villar, resigns from FIFA roles

Deposed Spanish football boss Angel Maria Villar, in custody on corruption charges, has resigned as vice-president of both FIFA and UEFA, the two governing bodies announced on Thursday.

The 67-year-old’s near three-decade tenure as head of the Spanish federation ended this week when he was suspended following his arrest on July 18. “Mr Villar has stood down from his post as senior vice-president at FIFA,” a spokesperson for world football’s ruling body told AFP. Read more

Man Utd not yet at Barca’s level – Mourinho

Pre-season matches against star-studded Real Madrid and Barcelona were good preparation for the rigours of the Premier League even as they demonstrated the Spanish giants’ superior level, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho said Wednesday.

With a goal from Brazilian striker Neymar, Barcelona defeated Manchester United 1-0 on Wednesday, handing the Red Devils the first defeat of their US Tour. It came on the heels of a penalty shootout victory over Real Madrid after the teams drew 1-1 in their International Champions Cup friendly match. Read more

Neymar scores as Barcelona beat Man Utd 1-0

Neymar, serene amid a frenzy of transfer speculation, scored the first-half goal that gave Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Wednesday in an International Champions Cup friendly.

The Brazilian striker, reportedly pondering a 222-million euro ($256.8 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain, showed why the French club would be willing to pay a world-record price to get him. He delivered his third goal in two matches in the exhibition tournament as Barcelona handed the English Premiership club their first defeat of the pre-season. Read more

Man City beat Real Madrid 4-1

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has spent big to bolster their defence this summer but showed they will be a force to reckon with at the other end this season in a 4-1 friendly win over Real Madrid on Wednesday.

A second-half blitz in front of 93,000 fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum saw City secure their first pre-season victory in style. Real were unable to contain Guardiola’s side once they got their noses in front early in the second half. Read more

Togo begins moves to join Commonwealth

Diplomatic talks and visits by experts are gathering pace in Togo as the former French colony looks to follow another Francophone nation and join the Commonwealth.

Rwanda joined the 52-member bloc in 2009, 14 years after Portuguese-speaking Mozambique became the first member never to have had a past link to Britain.

Togo, which is home to some seven million people, first began the process of applying for Commonwealth membership in 2014. Read more

Abbas backs call for Palestinians to return to Al-Aqsa

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas backed calls for worshippers to return to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on Thursday after Israeli authorities removed controversial new security measures.

“The prayers will happen, God willing, inside the Al-Aqsa mosque,” Abbas told a press conference, moments after Muslim authorities announced an end to a nearly two-week boycott of the site over new Israeli metal detectors, cameras and railings installed after a July 14 attack killed two policemen.Read more

Italian police arrest seven for turning Nigerians into prostitutes

Italian police said on Thursday that seven people who lured Nigerian women to Italy “with voodoo rituals” and then forced them into prostitution have been arrested in Nuoro, Sardinia.

In a statement police said the traffickers allegedly performed voodoo rituals on the women to make them swear to repay the cost of the trip to Europe, and warn them that their relatives would die if they did not.

“Once in Italy, criminals would help the women escape from migrant centres and take them to the north-western city of Turin, where they would be told that prostitution was the only way in which they could repay their debt. Read more

Morocco arrests British Bitcoin dealer wanted in US

Moroccan police have arrested a British dealer in virtual currency Bitcoin wanted on fraud charges in the United States, a source close to the investigation told AFP on Thursday.

Police said only that a 49-year-old Briton had been detained in the northern city of Tangiers on Wednesday in response to a notice issued by Interpol on July 17 and that his extradition would be considered by the Court of Cassation. Read more

How do you solve a problem like The Gambia?

Six months ago, businessman and political novice Adama Barrow took power in Africa’s smallest mainland country after delivering a stunning defeat against ex-leader Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled brutally for 22 years.

When Barrow finally took power in The Gambia in late January after a prolonged political crisis, the euphoria soon turned to the grim recognition that Jammeh had more or less cleaned out the nation’s coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea, he tells AFP in an interview. Read more

 Many injured in clashes as Israel closes al-Aqsa Mosque

More than 37 Palestinians have been injured at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, after clashes erupted between Israeli police and worshippers, the Red Cresent said on Thursday. Thousands of Paletinians took to the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday morning to mark the re-opening of al-Aqsa Mosque, but celebrations were short-lived after Israeli police stormed the holy site.

By the afternoon, police had closed the Bab al-Hatta Gate which leads to al-Aqsa Mosque again, while stun grenades were used against the Palestinian worshippers within the complex. A group of young Palestinians reacted by throwing stones at the Israeli forces, local media reported. Read more

Woman vows to ‘kill all Muslims’ during supermarket car park dispute

A woman told three Somali-American women she wanted to “kill all Muslims” while ordering them to “go home” during an argument over parking.

Amber Hensley shouted at Rowda Soyan, Sarah Hassan and Laleyla Hassan in the car park of a Walmart in Fargo, North Dakota, as she believed they had parked too close to her car.

Ms Hassan recorded a video of Hensley delivering an angry tirade, which was sent to the police and circulated widely on social media. Read more

Everything Donald Trump has done ‘cries out guilt’, says Watergate prosecutor

A former Watergate prosecutor has said that Donald Trump’s behaviour in response to investigations into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia “cries out guilt”.

Nick Akerman, who was part of the Watergate special prosecutor team that eventually brought down Richard Nixon in the 1970s, likened statements coming from the White House and the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr, to that of Mr Nixon’s cover-up operation during his scandal. Read more

US admiral ready for nuclear attack on China if ordered by Donald Trump

Pacific Fleet commander Scott Swift told a security conference in Australia that all members of US military had sworn an oath to obey the US President as commander-in-chief to defend the constitution. Answering the question, “Would you be prepared to launch a nuclear attack on China if ordered to do so by Mr Trump?” he said: “The answer would be yes”.

Explaining his reasoning, he said: “This is core to the American democracy. Any time you have a military that is moving away from a focus, and an allegiance, to civilian control, then we really have significant problems.” Read more

Washington finally admits ‘US-backed Syria rebels’ can only fight IS, not Assad regime

US-backed opposition forces in southern Syria are only authorised to fight the Islamic State group and not Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Washington has confirmed. It follows consistent reports that Washington has forced rebel groups in the Syrian Desert region to pledge they will only fight IS in return for US arms and training.

On Wednesday, a senior US officer appeared to confirm Washington’s priority in Syria is not the removal of Assad but the defeat of the Islamic State group.”The coalition supports only those forces committed to fighting [IS],” the US-led anti-IS coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon told CNN. Read more

Many injured in clashes as Israel closes al-Aqsa Mosque

More than 37 Palestinians have been injured at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, after clashes erupted between Israeli police and worshippers, the Red Cresent said on Thursday. Thousands of Paletinians took to the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday morning to mark the re-opening of al-Aqsa Mosque, but celebrations were short-lived after Israeli police stormed the holy site.

By the afternoon, police had closed the Bab al-Hatta Gate which leads to al-Aqsa Mosque again, while stun grenades were used against the Palestinian worshippers within the complex. Read more

Christian reaction on Israel tension: ‘Pray Peace, Shalawam, and Shalom’

Israeli authorities put up an overhead metal bridge and railings to stop worship at the site. It said the security measures were necessary to prevent more attacks and are standard procedure to ensure safety at sites around the world.

Palestinians claimed Israel was trying to expand its control over the site and refrained from entering the complex. The issue sparked some of the worst street clashes in years and threatened to draw Israel into conflict with other Arab and Muslim nations. Muslim officials had called for a boycott of prayers at the compound. Read more

Venice 2017: Strong line-up to jump start awards season

George Clooney behind the camera, the long-anticipated return of Alexander Payne and Darren Aronofsky’s first venture into horror territory are three of the much-anticipated moments.

All eyes are on Suburbicon, Clooney’s sixth directorial effort and one of two Matt Damon films opening at the festival.The black comedy, set in the 1950s, was written by the Coen brothers and also stars Josh Brolin, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac. Read more











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