* Court refuses pleas, sends Maryam Sanda back to prisons (DailyTrust) * Nasarawa Govt. secures N1.8bn loan to pay LG workers’ salary (Nation)


Court refuses pleas, sends Maryam Sanda back to prisons (DailyTrust) 

A FCT High Court in Jabi has refused the oral application for bail made on behalf of Maryam Sanda and ordered her returned to prisons pending her re-arraignment next Thursday.  The FCT Police Command in a two-count charge accused Maryam, the daughter of a former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans, Hajiya Maimuna Aliyu Sanda, of killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, the son of Alhaji Bello Halliru Muhammad, a former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).  Read more

Nasarawa Govt. secures N1.8bn loan to pay LG workers’ salary (Nation)

Nasarawa State Government on Thursday said it had secured N1.8 billion loan from commercial banks to pay November salary of local governments’ workers. The State Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Haruna Iliya-Osegba, disclosed this at the meeting of state/local government Joint Account Committee in Lafia. He said the decision to borrow from commercial banks followed the postponement of the November meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee ( FAAC ).  Read more

Kazaure to corps members: Shun excessive night parties (Sun)

Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has warned corps members against holding night parties which, he said, could jeopardise their lives. Gen. Kazaure also warned corps members against involvement in sharp practices like Advanced Fee Fraud also known as “419” and Internet scam otherwise known as “yahoo-yahoo.” The NYSC boss spoke, on Wednesday, when he paid an official visit to the Ekiti State Orientation Camp in Ise/Orun/Emure.  He also warned female corps members against dressing like prostitutes. Read more

Scarcity: PPPRA says no plan to review fuel price, urges calm (DailyTrust)

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), the agency responsible for fixing petrol price, has said that there was no plan by government to review the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also called petrol. The agency made the statement as the result of the sudden re-appearance of queues  across the country amid rumours the government might be contemplating an increase in the pump of petrol. The statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the agency Mr. Abdulkadir Saidu assured Nigerians that there was no need for apprehension or panic buying. Read more

Amaechi meets Ambode in Alausa (Nation)

The Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday met with the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, behind closed doors at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja.  The minister, however, declined to brief journalists on the purpose of the visit.  Amaechi, who arrived at the Lagos House at 10:55 a.m. drove himself in a black SUV and was accompanied by a four- vehicle convoy. The closed door meeting lasted about an hour. But journalists in the Governor’s Office who had waited at the entrance of the meeting venue for over three hours, hoping to ask the minister some questions left the place disappointed. Read more

Don’t compromise on anti-corruption fight, varsity don tells Buhari (Sun)

A Professor of International Study and Diplomacy in the University of Benin, Prof. Eddy Eragbe, on Thursday, has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari, not to compromise on his anti-corruption fight, saying if he fails, it will be the greatest disaster that would befall this country. Prof. Eragbe made the assertion  in Benin-City, the  Edo State capital, on Thursday, while delivering the Keynote address at an event organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), for the formation of vanguard against corruption, to mark the World anti-corruption Day. Read more

“Do not abscond” governor Abubakar warns Bauchi Christians pilgrims (DailyTrust)

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has advised Christians pilgrims to Israel against absconding. ‎He gave the advise in Bauchi while addressing the Christian Pilgrims who were on a farewell visit to him at the Government House. He said that it will be wrong for any of the pilgrims  to abscond and seek remain in the holy lands, or  relocate elsewhere for any reason.  “Such an act would not be condoned by this government because we shall not allowed such irresponsibility,”he said. He therefore urged the pilgrims  to be good ambassadors of the state and avoid any act capable of tarnishing the image of the state. Read more

Ministry of Happiness will shock critics – Imo Govt (Nation)

Despite wide criticisms the Imo State Government has insisted that achievements of the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment will shock critics. Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo in a statement issued on Thursday said critics will not only be shocked, but will also regret to have drawn the curtain for the new Ministry even before it takes off. According to him, the new Ministry is not an “accidental discharge but a well-thought out idea that will benefit Imo people in particular and all men and women of goodwill in general.” Read more

3,000 Lagos CDAs endorse Ambode for second term (Sun)

About 3,900 registered Community Development Associations  (CDA) in Lagos State have endorsed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term in office. Leading the endorsement is a veteran community leader and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Cardinal James Odumbaku. The septuagenarian spoke at the grand finale of the 2017 Community Day, which is ongoing at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. Read more

I am yet to decide my future- Felix Benjamin (DailyTrust)

Felix Benjamin has revealed that he is evaluating his options as he contemplates the next thing for his career following Remo Star’s relegation at the close of 2016 Glo Premier League season. The versatile midfielder who is dubbed ‘big sense’ in his home town of Kaduna, has played in several clubs both in local league and abroad such as Ocean boys, Jigawa Golden Stars, Bayelsa United, Rivers United and Remo stars. He also played for HNK Rijeka in Croatia and Ahily Sana football club in Yemen. Read more

Woman forces hot iron into niece’s private part (Nation)

A woman has been accused of forcing a hot iron into the private part of her five-year old niece in Ekiti State. The woman, Mrs. Esther Abgundu, had earlier smeared the genital of her niece, little Aondoaver Sewuesi, with pepper. The little girl’s offence was that she ate out of her aunt’s daughter’s meal. The incident which occurred at Ijelu-Ekiti, Oye local government area of Ekiti State, has sparked outrage in the sleepy community. The victim was still receiving treatment at the Community Health Centre in the area. The incident occurred on November 26 when the victim (Sewuesi) was babysitting for her aunt. Read more

2 Jigawa cops, 1 NSCDC officer arrested over abduction (Sun)

Two police and one officer of the Nigerian Security and  Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are presently being interrogated over alleged involvement of the abduction of one Malam Ahmad Muhammad, popularly known as “Akrami”. Th‎e officers were arrested after they were said to have reportedly abducted the victim whom they allegedly tortured vehemently so that he would ‘manufacture’ money for them. According to the Jigawa State Police command’s spokesman, DSP Abdu Jinjiri who, after confirming the crime to newsmen, also explained that the officers allegedly took away the victim to an unknown location and coerce him to produce money through diabolical means. Read more

Emir Sanusi seeks Buhari hep to fight drug abuse (DailyTrust)

Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi III, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to help northern states to fight the menace of drug abuse. Speaking at a special presidential interactive session with community leaders in Kamo, Sanusi said according to the records, 35 per cent of youths and women in Kano were into drug abuse. He said, “A parliament member has recently raised this issue at the floor of the National Assembly indicating that about three million bottles of Codeine syrop are being consumed in Kano and Jigawa states daily. Read more

Osinbajo confers 2017 Merit Award on Adesina, Onobrakpeya (Nation)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday conferred the 2017 Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) on Prof. Adesoji Adesina and Mr. Bruce Onobrakpeya at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. At the yearly award ceremony that comes up every first Thursday of every December, Osinbajo lauded the research and intellectual qualities of the recipients, stressing that the Federal Government would continue to support research innovation in the country. Read more

Taraba: INEC schedules Jan. 13 for Ardo Kola bye-election (Sun)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated January 13, 2018, as date for the bye election into Ardo Kola state constituency, following the declaration of the seat vacant by Speaker of the state Assembly, Mr. Abel Peter Diah. The member, who was elected during the 2015 general election to reprent the state constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Dame, had died, last month. INEC Administrative Secretary for Taraba State, Alhaji Muhammad Umar, who disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting, in Jalingo, on Thursday, said that the process for the election would commence immediately the notice of election which is slated for December 8th while campaigns would end on the January 11, 2018. Read more

APC loses spokesperson, driver in car crash (DailyTrust)

Bauchi State spokesperson of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Auwal Jallah and his driver Shamsudden Mohammed has died in a car crash. The spokesperson and the driver were involved‎ in a ghastly motor accident on Monday along Azare/Gamawa road. The accident which instantly claims the life of his driver Shamsuddeen Mohammed left him with several injuries and fractures and taken to Federal Medical Center (FMC) Azare and later taken to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano for further treatment. Read more

Unemployed man jailed two years for drug trafficking (Nation)

A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Thursday  sentenced a 30- year-old man, Abubakar Nasir, to  two years imprisonment for drug trafficking. The unemployed convict who was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on a count charge of dealing in narcotics, had pleaded guilty. He begged the court to temper justice with mercy and give him another chance and promised to be a better person in life, if given the opportunity. In her judgment, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, found the defendant guilty as charged and accordingly convicted him. Read more

Dogara tasks ECOWAS leaders on stricter laws against small arms (Sun)

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called for stricter laws to combat the proliferation of small arms across the West African sub-region.  Delivering the opening remarks at the parliamentary conference on Containment of Small Arms Proliferation and Terrorist Financing in ECOWAS, which held in Abuja, on Thursday, Speaker Dogara, identified the high rate of youth unemployment as the major reason young people get involved in violent crime. The Speaker, who made reference to a report of the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime which described West Africa as paradise for organised crime… Read more

NDE sets to launch web-site to link job seekers with employers (DailyTrust)

National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has revealed that it will host a robust web-site site that would collect profile of applicants and job vacancies both at home and abroad to link job seekers with employers. This was disclosed by Director-General of NDE Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan at the ongoing 38th Kano International Trade Fair. According to him NDE as a Federal Government Agency is saddled with the task of creating jobs for the teaming unemployed people in Nigeria and that it has recorded a tremendous achievement in executing its mandate. Read more

Jigawa LG partners CPC to end food adulteration (Nation)

The Suletankarkar Local Government Council of Jigawa said it would partner with the Consumer Protection Council ( CPC ) to end adulteration of foodstuff in the area. The Information Officer of the council, Alhaji Dudau Sulaiman, disclosed this on Thursday. Sulaiman said the Chairman of the council, Malam Jafaru Muhammad, made the announcement when he received the CPC’s Chairman in his office. He said Muhammad, who expressed concerned over alleged reports of adulteration of commodities in markets in the area, pledged to measures to tackle the menace. Read more

Akwa Ibom swears in new LG chairmen (Sun)

Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel has sworn in the 31 local government area chairmen elected last Saturday. The chairmanship election produced all 31 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman andidates and also about 310 council ward heads. The election was described by the state electoral council and observers as credible and transparent.  At the swearing in in Uyo Thursday, the governor challenged the news council heads to uphold the tenets of the state government in delivering good governance to the people and always put the people first. Read more

Obasanjo condemns resurgence of slavery in Africa (DailyTrust)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday, condemned the resurgence of slavery in some parts of Africa, saying that the development was worrisome. Speaking at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Comptroller General of Immigration held at the MITROS Residences in Abeokuta, Obasanjo said that slave trade in the 21st century should be condemned in the strongest  term possible.  Read more

Farmer docked for stealing transformer cable (Nation)

A 22-year-old farmer, Rasheed Falere, was on Thursday brought before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan for allegedly stealing a transformer cable worth N1m. Falere, of the Local Authority School area, New Eruwa, Eruwa town is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. The Prosecutor, ASP Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that Falere allegedly conspired with others now at large to commit the offences. Ogunremi said Falere was alleged to have stolen the transformer cable, valued at N1,000,000 property of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company. Read more

Customs confiscates N1.3bn bulletproof vehicles at Omole Estate, Lagos (Sun)

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has confiscated 64 assorted bulletproof vehicles from Omole Estate, Ojodu and Olayiwole Close, Lekki Phase One, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,302,927,106.16. The vehicles, mostly brand new automobiles, include two Lexus Jeeps (bulletproof), one Toyota Land Cruiser (bulletproof), nine Toyota Hilux, eight Toyota Hiace buses, 26 Toyota Corrola, nine Land Cruiser Jeeps, five Toyota Camry cars, one Land Rover, one Nissan Sentra, one Pajero Jeep, all 2017 models and one Sienna 2015 model and one Lexus RX 350, among others. Read more

Fayose approves N200m car loan for workers (Nation)

Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti on Thursday approved the disbursement of over N200 million as car loan to 645 workers in the state’s service. The State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, said that the loans would be disbursed to beneficiaries in sums ranging from N80,000  to N1.5 million. According to Ojo, the amount accruing to each individual depends on their status and grade level.  “I just want to affirm the commitment of this administration to the welfare of workers. Read more

Court orders temporary forfeitures N28.5m, houses linked to Lagos Director (Sun)

Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has ordered that the sum of N28.5 million, found in the account of a Director of Account, Lagos State Ministry of Public Works Corporation, Anifowoshe Muhammed Jamiu Alade, to be temporary forfeited to the Federal Government,  for being proceeds of unlawful activities. Apart from the said N28.5 million, Justice Idris, also ordered that six flats of three bedroom, another six flats of two bedroom, and six flats of 1 bedroom, located at Adewale Osiyeku Street, Offin-Ile Igbogbo-Ikorodu, Read more

Otedola’s daughter, nicest thing that happen to me – Mr Eazi (Nation)

Mr Eazi, Nigeria’s self-acclaimed pioneer , Banku Sounds, says his relationship with Temi, daughter of popular oil magnate Femi Otedola, is one of the nicest things that happened to him this year.  The ‘Leg Over’ crooner, real name Oluwatosin Ajibade, described the relationship which has generated public interests as “one of the highlights of my year.’’ “It’s been one of the nicest things to happen to me this year. You know love is sweet. At least I have more inspiration for plenty songs.  “So don’t be shocked that my new songs are going to be love-based.” Read more

Adamu selects 10 players for COPA Lagos tourney (Sun)

Ten players have been selected at the Brinin-Kebbi camp of the Super Sand Eagles for the COPA Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament opening, in Lagos, on December 8. The Head Coach of the team, Audu Adamu said, on Thursday, that the new team would represent Nigeria at the CAF Beach Soccer tournament, billed for Egypt next year. “These selected players will represent us at the World Cup qualifiers in Egypt. I have so much hope in them and I’m confident that they will deliver. “Our performance in COPA Lagos will further reveal to us where we need to work on and improve on,’’ Adamu said. Read more

IMF and World Bank say Ukraine corruption fight is threatened (Reuters)

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on Thursday said they were concerned about attacks on Ukrainian anti-corruption institutions, joining the United States and European Union in warning against threats to Ukraine’s efforts to fight graft. The two banks are among the largest financial contributors to a $40 billion bailout package given to Ukraine to shore up and reform its economy after the 2014 Maidan protests ousted the Kremlin-backed president, Viktor Yanukovich. Read more

Ex-BT Italy boss wins $2 million for wrongful dismissal (Reuters)

A manager at the centre of investigations into an accounting scandal at British Telecom’s (BT.L) Italian business has been awarded almost 1.8 million euros (£1.6 million) in damages for wrongful dismissal, three legal sources said. Gianluca Cimini was fired for disciplinary reasons last year, months before the phone company filed a criminal complaint accusing him of grave violations of corporate governance. The accusations arose from its investigation of alleged accounting fraud that cost the firm 530 million pounds. Read more

Trump and Democrats face off over potential U.S. government shutdown (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and prevent a government shutdown. U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer will join Trump and Republican congressional leaders for talks after cancelling a similarly planned meeting last week when the president posted a note on Twitter attacking their policy positions. Read more

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