* Economic legacy: APC chief, Balarabe Musa tackle Jonathan * Soldiers smuggle cars, Captain kills Lagos customs officer

* Economic legacy: APC chief, Balarabe Musa tackle Jonathan  * Soldiers smuggle cars, Captain kills Lagos customs officer



Economic legacy: APC chief, Balarabe Musa tackle Jonathan

The National Vice-Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (South-East), Chief Emma Eneukwu, and a  former governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, have berated former President Goodluck Jonathan over his claim that his  government had good economic programmes.

Jonathan had, at the Non-Elective National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party held in Abuja on Saturday, said his government had a sound economic team. Read more

Soldiers smuggle cars, Captain kills Lagos customs officer

An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Baba Nwaguyawo, has been crushed to death while attempting to stop a convoy of the Nigerian Army at the Agbara end of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway on Friday.

The convoy was reportedly used as a diversion to smuggle some cars into the country. Punch Metro learnt that operatives of the NCS at the Agbara checkpoint had attempted stopping the convoy for a routine search when a Nigerian Army van piloting the fleet killed Nwagiyawo. Read more

Parents tackle UNILAG hospital over undergraduate’s death

Parents of a 21-year-old undergraduate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Tosin Folalu, have blamed his death on the alleged negligence of the institution’s medical centre.

They said the late 100-level student of Economics was in the throes of death and gasped for about seven hours without being attended to by a doctor. Read more

LASG bans okada from transporting meat

The Lagos State Government says it has banned the use of motorcycles, popularly called okada, and air cool vans to transport meat and meat products in all abattoirs and slaughter slabs across the state.

It said the measure was meant to ensure a well-structured meat transport system which befitted the status of a megacity. Read more

Davido’s police escorts detained for reckless shooting

The Nigeria Police Force says it has detained and tried two of its personnel in an orderly room for alleged reckless shooting in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a video in circulation on the social media showed the two policemen shooting into the air on the street while in a moving vehicle in Lagos.

The Head of Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), ACP Abayomi Shogunle, said the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters, identified the men following a directive of the Inspector-General of Police. Read more

Pension: Group seeks Saraki’s trial, writes AGF

A group in Kwara State, Igbeayerere Kwara, has urged the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to prosecute the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for collecting pensions as a former governor of Kwara State while also receiving salaries and allowances as the senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District and later as the Senate President.

The co-convener of Igbeayerere Kwara, Mr. Sambo Muritala, told journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Sunday that he had written to the AGF to prosecute Saraki. Read more

Yuguda, Dahiru join GPN

The immediate past governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Isa Yuguda; his commissioners, campaign directors and supporters have joined the Green Party of Nigeria.

Others, who joined the GPN, are a former national organising secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Umaru Dahiru; and a former minister, Alhaji Habibu Aliyu. Read more

Fire razes building in Rivers

A makeshift building located in Miniewah community in Trans-Amadi axis of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, was razed on Sunday morning.

Residents of the shanty had gone to church when the house was gutted by fire said to have been sparked by a pressing iron that was left connected to a fuse. Read more

FG’s school feeding programme gulps N6.2bn in 14 states

The Federal Government has so far spent N6.2bn on its National Homegrown School Feeding Programme during the academic year that ended in August.

The programme is a component of the present administration’s Social Investment Programmes which attracted N500bn allocation in both the 2016 and 2017 budgets. Read more

Lassa fever: Ogun places 106 under surveillance

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye,  has said  that the number of the people who had contact with a victim of Lassa fever in the state has increased from 66 to 106 as of last Friday.

He disclosed this on Sunday in a telephone interview with our correspondent.

The commissioner said additional 40 contacts had been identified between Friday and Sunday and they were being monitored. Read more

Ambode seeks more investment in sports

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday said right investment in sports would lead to good performance of Nigerian athletes in sporting competitions.

He added that it was time for the country to focus in such direction.

Ambode stated this at the end of the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere. Read more

Nigeria’s mutual fund assets hit N300b

The high level of professionalism and quality of mutual funds in Nigeria has elicited increased patronage and subscription rate by individual, retail and institutional investors, a Senior Fund Manager and Head, Coronation Asset Management, Emeka Okolo, has said.

Besides, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also announced that total Asset Under Management (AUM) of mutual funds in Nigeria topped N300billion for the first time ever with N42billion inflows in first quarter (Q1) of 2017, against the N49billion inflows recorded in the entire 2016. Read more

Borno completes 32, 290 housing units for IDPs

To facilitate the return of about two million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Borno State, the State Government has announced that it is completing the “reconstruction and renovations” of 32, 290 housing units in seven affected council areas of the state.

The local councils include; Bama, Gwoza, Konduga, Damboa, Kaga, Chibok and Mobbar, a border council area with Niger Republic.The state Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Prof. Babagana Umara stated this at a news conference organized as part of activities to mark 2017 Press Week for the Borno state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). Read more

PenCom ends pre-retirement workshop for MDAs

The National Pension Commission has concluded the 2017 Pre-Retirement workshop targeted at staff of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), who are due to retire between January and December 2018.

The Head, Corporate Communications Department PenCom, Emeka Onuora, said the workshop which was meant to educate participants on how to transit seamlessly from active employment to retirement under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS), took place at 11 centres across the six geo-political zones of the Federation and the FCT. Read more

Ozubulu massacre: Let the police do their work

The Nigeria Police Force is established by Section 214 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. The powers and duties conferred on the police by law are essentially for the maintenance of law and order and as an executive agency, to give vent to the constitutional aphorism that the security and welfare of the people is the primary purpose of government. It is vested with powers to proactively prevent crime and when crime is committed, to investigate, apprehend and prosecute offenders. Again, it is expected to devise procedures to give Nigerians a guarantee of non-repetition for certain types of crimes and provide a closure for victims and families who have been traumatised by crime. Read more

FAAN and the gains of executive order

The recent executive order signed by Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on May 18, 2017 precisely have started yielding dividends at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The three executive orders signed by the Acting President include: the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment, set to facilitate ease of doing business in Nigeria; support for local content in public procurement by the government and timely submission of annual budgetary estimates by all statutory and non-statutory agencies. Read more

If Oil Can’t Save Venezuela, It Sure Can’t Save Nigeria!

When I proposed electric cars for Nigeria and started driving one, many laughed. Today, France, U.K. and Norway have banned petrol cars from between 2025-2040.

It is not a matter of if, when it is a matter of when. When I read about Boko Haram killing the engineers searching for oil in Lake Chad I was sad, because oil is fading product. It is on its way to obsolescence. Read more

ASUU decides on strike today

Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will today take a final decision on whether it will proceed on strike over unresolved issues with the Federal Government or not. Unconfirmed report had it that the union met yesterday at an undisclosed venue to take decision on the looming strike.

Unconfirmed report had it that the union met yesterday at an undisclosed venue to take decision on the looming strike. Read more

Pension Fund Hits N6.5trn

The nation’s pension funds, under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS), grew to about N6.5 trillion as at the end of July 2017, even as the number of pension contributors rose significantly to 7. 6 million,leadership has exclusively gathered.

As at the end of July 2017, the fund increased to about N6.5 trillion from N6.4 trillion it stood at as at April ending. Read more

2019: You’re Dreaming, APC Tells PDP

The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has predicted a second defeat for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the next general election.

APC stated that despite boasting of its readiness to take over the reins of government after the 2019 general election, based on its non-elective convention held on Saturday in Abuja, the electorate would still reject the PDP as they did in 2015. Read more

Shareholders of Conoil approve N2.15b dividend

Shareholders of Conoil Plc, at the weekend, commended the company’s board on its improved performance, even as they approve its N2.15billion total dividend for the 2016 financial year.

The shareholders, who spoke at the company’s 47th yearly general meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, commended the management for the efficient running of the affairs of the firm, and increasing shareholders value on investment through dividend pay-out. Read more

Why colorectal cancer death rate is rising in people under-55

A new report finds that colorectal cancer mortality rates have increased in adults under 55 since the mid-2000s after falling for decades, strengthening evidence that previously reported increases in incidence in this age group are not solely the result of more screening. The rise was confined to white individuals according to the report, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

As reported previously by American Cancer Society investigators, colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence has been increasing in the United States among adults younger than 55 years since at least the mid-1990s. Read more

Dalung praises IPC/AGITOS for seminar

Sports minister  Solomon Dalung has commended the International Paralympic Committee  for  the  three-day  Para-Powerlifting seminar /workshop in Lagos last week.

Dalung, who was represented by  a director in the sports ministry Tayo Oreweme, also praised  the sponsors of the workshop AGITOS Foundation  for considering Nigeria good enough to host the event, which featured 14 countries. Read more

Nigeria end London 2017 empty-handed

Team Nigeria ended their campaign at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London without winning a medal after they finished fifth in the women’s 4x400m on Sunday.

The Nigerian quartet of Patience Okon-George, Abike Egbeniyi, Glory Nathaniel and Yinka Ajayi finished behind the USA, Great Britain, Poland and France. The quartet ran the race in 3:26.72. Read more

CHAN qualifiers: Eagles walk a tightrope

Nigeria now have a tightrope to tread in the 2018 Championships of Africa Nations qualifiers after losing1-0 against West African neighbours Benin in the  first  leg  at Stade de l’Amitié in Cotonou   on  Sunday.

Benin are seeking a first time appearance in the tournament,  which  began in 2009  in Ivory Coast. Read more

24 years after, Eguavoen apologises for Super Eagles USA ‘94 World Cup ouster

In one of those rare moments of sincere introspection, former Super Eagles’ captain, Augustine Eguavoen has come out to accept part of the responsibility for Nigeria’s ouster in the second round of the USA ’94 World Cup by Italy.

Nigeria was at the verge of causing the biggest upset in World Cup history since USA defeated England in the Copa du Mundo in the early days of the competition, but the surge to the famous win was halted by the ‘Divine Ponytail,’ Roberto Baggio, who scored two goals to swing the game to the Azzuri. Read more

Egypt rule Nigeria Open

Egypt on Sunday   won the men and women’s singles at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Series Nigeria Open at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Omar Assar  beat  India’s Sarthak Gandhi 4-0  to win  his third  men’s singles  while Dina Meshref won her second women’s singles title after beating Russia’s Oleg Kulikova 4-0. Read more

Birmingham to unveil Onazi on Wednesday

Super Eagles’ Vice Captain, Eddy Ogenyi Onazi will officially become a player of English Championship side, Birmingham City on Wednesday, reports Owngoalnigeria.com.

The website said a fee of around £4 million has been agreed for his ‎transfer from Turkish side Trabzonspor, where he almost terminated his contract last month due to contractual issues. Read more

South Africa’s Semenya claims third world 800m title

South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, won a third world title in the women’s 800m on Sunday.

Semenya, the defending Olympic champion and also world champion in 2009 and 2011, timed 1min 55.16sec, the fastest time of the year so far. Read more

Man City set to sign Olarenwaju

Manchester City are set to sign Nigeria international Olarenwaju Kayode from Austria Vienna on a four-year deal and send him on a season-long loan to Spanish side Girona, BBC Sport  reports.

The 24-year-old striker finished as the top scorer in Austria’s top flight last season with 17 goals in 33 games. Read more

Ex-Barca stars under attack over Mugabe rally

Former Barcelona stars Patrick Kluivert and Edgar Davids joined Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on stage  on Saturday  political rally, drawing sharp criticism from government opponents, AFP reports.

Davids and Kluivert were pictured alongside Mugabe, 93, at a youth rally for the ruling ZANU-PF party in the southern town of Gwanda, in what local media described as a “surprise appearance”. Read more

Rooney thriving on pressure to perform for beloved blues

Wayne Rooney says his determination to perform for his boyhood club is bringing the welcome pressure to be “the best I can be” at Everton.

And the forward believes returning to Goodison a “much cleverer player” can be a key asset for the Blues this season. The forward capped a fantastic individual display by scoring the only goal of the game on his second Premier League ‘debut’ for the Blues, against Stoke on Saturday. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo send-off sparks comparison with penalty won by Luis Suarez

THE Spanish season kicked off with a rollicking Super Cup El Clasico, rich with talking points and controversy.

If Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal, celebration, subsequent two yellow cards and ref push were not enough headlines, then the fact the Real Madrid was carded for simulation minutes after Luis Suarez won a dubious penalty, only added to the drama. Read more

Lazio beats Juventus 3-2 to win Super Cup after wild finale

Alessandro Murgia scored a last-gasp winner as Lazio beat Juventus 3-2 Sunday to win the Italian Super Cup after a wild end to the match.

Two goals from Ciro Immobile, including an opening penalty, had seemingly set Lazio on the way to a comfortable win. But Paulo Dybala netted a stunning free kick in the 85th minute and converted a penalty in the first minute of stoppage time. Read more

Strasbourg beats 10-man Lille 3-0 in French league

Forced to play without a proper goalkeeper in the final 27 minutes, Lille went down 3-0 at promoted Strasbourg in the French league on Sunday.

Striker Nicolas De Preville took the ‘keeper duties after Mike Maignan was sent off for throwing the ball at a Strasbourg player. Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa had already made his three substitutions and was unable to bring another goalie on to the pitch. Read more

17 killed in Burkina Faso cafe attack

Seventeen people were killed and nine others wounded after a number of assailants attacked a cafe in Burkina Faso around 9 p.m. local time Sunday (5 p.m. ET), according to state-run media RTB.

The attack is said to be still in progress in Ouagadougou, the capital of the West African nation. It’s not known how many attackers are involved.

Burkina Faso government spokesman Remis Dandjinou said the victims were from a number of countries. Efforts are underway to identify the bodies so the authorities can inform their families. Read more

Pence defends Trump’s Venezuela stance

At the beginning of a regional tour, he said President Trump was showing “his resolve not to stand by and let a neighbour collapse into dictatorship”.

Mr Pence said the US would use its “full economic and diplomatic weight to help restore democracy in Venezuela”. He was speaking in the Colombian city of Cartagena. Read more

Japanese economy posts longest expansion in more than a decade

The Japanese economy has recorded its longest economic expansion in more than a decade after official data showed that it grew at 1% in the last quarter.

Recording its sixth straight quarter of growth, the economy blew past market expectations with a 0.6% rise in the April-June period, according to figures from the cabinet office on Monday. Read more

Commonwealth Bank head to retire amid money laundering claims

Chief Executive Ian Narev will retire after six years at the helm of Australia’s biggest mortgage lender. It comes amid pressure from regulators over 53,700 alleged breaches of anti-money laundering laws.

The board said it brought forward details of its succession plans to end speculation over his tenure. Read more

Pence Defends Trump From Critics of Charlottesville Remarks

Vice President Mike Pence accused the news media on Sunday of being more concerned with attacking President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, than on condemning the violence itself.

On his arrival here on a weeklong tour of Latin America, Pence singled out “white supremacists” for the attack at a “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday, telling NBC News: “We will not tolerate hatred and violence of groups like white supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis. These extremist fringe groups have no place in the American debate.” Read more

Japan fears the once distant threat of North Korean missiles is becoming real

As sirens pierce the air in Sakata, a town on Japan’s north-west coast, primary school children rush from the playground to the safety of the gymnasium. Other residents crouch behind walls or lie down in rice fields, while the public address system urges them to take cover.

More accustomed to the dangers of earthquakes and tsunami, Japan’s people are now having to address a new, manmade threat: North Korean missiles. Read more


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