May 22, 2018

*Kano Speaker denies collecting N100m to suspend Emir Sanusi’s probe * Obanikoro dumps PDP for APC

*Kano Speaker denies collecting N100m to suspend Emir Sanusi’s probe * Obanikoro dumps PDP for APC



Kano Speaker denies collecting N100m to suspend Emir Sanusi’s probe

The Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Kabiru Rurum, has denied a media report that he received N100m bribe to suspend the probe of Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II.

Rurum, on Tuesday in Kano, dismissed as false and an attempt to tarnish his image, the report by an online medium.

He also gave the medium one week within which to retract the report and apologise to the State Assembly or face legal action. Read more

Obanikoro officially dumps PDP for APC

Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for Defence and Ex-chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has officially dumped PDP and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Obanikoro announced his defection at a press Conference in Lagos on Tuesday.

Recall that on May 7, Vanguard had reported that Obanikoro who ran in 2011 as governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos state would soon pitch his political tent with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Read more

Obaseki sends list of commissioner nominees to Edo Assembly

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has sent a list of commissioner nominees to the state House of Assembly for confirmation as members of his cabinet.

The list came more than seven months after Obaseki was sworn in as Governor on November 12, 2016.

In a letter dated June 19, 2017, and addressed to the Speaker of the House, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, the governor urged the lawmakers to facilitate the confirmation of the nom‎inees. Read more

Pay salaries, pension before Sallah – NUP begs FG

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, on Tuesday urged Federal and state governments to pay pension and workers salaries before the Sallah festival.

The union said in statement issued in Abuja by its General Secretary, Mr Actor Zal that the gesture would ease current hardship and allow pensioners and workers celebrate the event without hassle.

It particularly noted that most pensioners depend solely on their paltry pensions to meet their financial obligations. Read more

Akwa Ibom to sue Total over N25bn tax liability

The Akwa Ibom State government is determined to drag Total E&P Nigeria Limited to court over a tax liability of N25bn. A revenue consultant to the state government and Chief Executive Officer of Rom Flex Networks Limited, Mr. Eyo Bassey, said this in Uyo on Tuesday.

According to him, the Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service has expressed displeasure over the continued indifference of the French oil conglomerate to clear the alleged tax liability it owes the state. Read more

Nigeria projects N2.98 billion to check Armyworm invasion

There is anxiety among farmers in Northeastern Nigeria as the invasion of the African Armyworm has spread to the area, with the Federal Government saying it needs N2.98 billion to check the pest nationwide.

The African Armyworm (Spodoptera exempta) also called nutgrass armyworm, is an African moth, capable of destroying entire crops in a matter of weeks.

The outbreak of the caterpillars in several western African nations has raised alarm with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Read more

Teenager on trial over illegal possession of firearms

The Benue Police Command on Tuesday arraigned one Patience Ornguga, 18, over alleged criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms and acts of terrorism.

The Police prosecutor, Omaje Ujata, who arraigned Ornguga before a Makurdi Upper Area Court, alleged that a soldier, Cpl. Garba Ismaila, arrested the accused for being in possession of a locally made pistol and one cartridge. Read more

Lagos residents stop electricity workers from disconnecting power

Residents of a Lagos community resisted attempts by some workers of the Ikeja Electric to disconnect their power from the main grid.

The incident, which was captured in a video posted online, showed
a man in an IE jumpsuit on a ladder in the move to disconnect the power source. Other IE workers in jumpsuits, and some policemen were also seen while a resident, holding a megaphone, sang solidarity songs. there were also inaudible noises in the background. Read more

Group commends JAMB’s blacklist of indicted CBT centres

Exam Ethics Marshals International has saluted the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board,  Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, for prompt disclosure of the identity of 48 blacklisted Computer Based Centres.

Oloyede had on June 14 blacklisted the CBT centres involved in “extortion and organised examination malpractice” in the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 18 States and Federal Capital Territory. Read more

Northern Group shortlists 11 Names for 2019 Presidency

The National Chairman of the Northern Youth Leaders Forum, Comrade Elliot Afiyo, has shortlisted  11 persons, namely, Senator Bala Muhammed, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto as respectable presidential candidates from the North.

Others are the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State, former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former Borno State governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Governor Ibrahim Shettima of Borno State and Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State. Read more

Ondo APC crisis: Elders call for reconciliation

The Ondo State Elders Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called for reconciliation among all warring groups in the party.

A statement by the elders said it was important to wrestle the APC from its current state of disunity, mutual distrust and rudderless position.

The statement signed by Sen. Farukanmi Olorunnimbe, Chairman of the council, and made available to newsmen in Akure on Tuesday, said that the APC needs a strong executive council to lead it to victory in 2019 general elections. Read more

FG to create jobs through dry ports – Amaechi

The Federal Government has expressed its commitment to establish dry ports or Inland Container Depots in the country to create jobs for unemployed youths and diversify the economy.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, said this on Tuesday during the final inspection of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port. Read more

Shell Nigeria considering investment in gas project in Niger Delta

WARRI, Nigeria June 20 (Reuters) – Shell is considering whether to invest in a gas project in Nigeria’s southern Niger Delta energy hub, the managing director of the local unit said on Tuesday.

Osagie Okunbor, managing director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), said the project under consideration would have a capacity of 300 million cubic feet and would be located in the city of Asa. Read more

Shortage of pilots could hinder airlines’ growth

The worldwide commercial aviation industry would need an extra 255,000 pilots by 2027 to sustain its rapid growth according to a 10-year forecast published by training company CAE Inc.

More than half of the required pilots have not yet begun training, the report adds, storing up potential problems as the industry braces for an increase in passenger air traffic that is expected to double the size of the commercial air transport industry in the next 20 years. Read more

Economist advises state govts to consolidate FG’s 2017 budget

An economist, Dr Aminu Usman, has advised state and local governments to consolidate the Federal Government 2017 budget to achieve growth and development.

He said one major problem of budgeting in the country was that people equate the federal government budget with national budget.

“But the two are different. The budget will only start being meaningful and have a positive impact on the economy if we begin to consolidate the federal government budget with that of states and local governments. Read more

ASUU calls for more help for IDPs in North East

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday appealed to Nigerians to help donate food items toward the survival of the many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East.

The ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the appeal while presenting food items donated by the Bayero University Kano (BUK) chapter of union to Gov. Kashim Shettima for the Borno IDPs at the Government House in Maiduguri.

The items donated included bags of rice, millet, sugar, spaghetti, cooking oil, among others.

Ogunyemi said that the gesture was aimed at addressing food problems among the IDPs. Read more

Police rescue abducted priest, catch kidnappers, recover human skull

After spending two days in a forest in Imo State, the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Police Command has rescued, unhurt, a Catholic priest, Rev. Father Charles Nwachukwu, who was abducted by some gunmen.

This is even as the police have recovered a human skull in a shrine in Umualulu, in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State. Read more

Science ministry releases 13 new high-yielding crop varieties

The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has released 13 high-yielding new crop varieties to boost agricultural productivity in the country.

The Chairman, National Varietal Release Committee, Prof. Awoyemi Oladosu, announced the release at the 25th meeting of NVRC at National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology in Ibadan. Read more

Zamfara to recruit 56 midwives

The Zamfara State Government has approved the immediate recruitment of 56 additional midwives as part of measures to address the shortage of manpower in health facilities in the state.

The Secretary, Hospitals Services Management Board, Muhammad Adamu, made the disclosure in Gusau on Tuesday at a training on Sustainable Health Financing organised by Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Project. Read more

Saraki’s $2 Million Bribe To Danladi Umar: Vice-President Osinbajo Should Follow the Money

Follow the money” suggests a money trail or corruption scheme or financial transactions, bribery payoffs, and money laundering within high political office. Sometimes these things are well hidden and sometimes they can be traced.

Saraki’s long, long list of scandals, improprieties, and other brazen corrupt practices add a new entry: the $2 million bribe to the CCT Chairman Danladi Umar. The list of such heinous corrupt deals by Saraki is staggering. Read more

Court slams N1m bail on vice principal who impregnated pupil

A school Vice Principal accused of impregnating his 16-year-old student was on Tuesday granted N1m bail by a Minna Magistrate’s Court.

Magistrate Fatima Auna, who ruled on Mohammed Mohammed’s bail application, said that the bail was in line with sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution, and sections 341 and 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Read more

Armed villagers kill 2 herdsmen, 2 cows in Delta

ARMED villagers of an unidentified community in Delta State have shot dead two herdsmen, Saidu Ibrahim and Malum Ali, indigenes of Kaduna and Borno States at Kwale, headquarters of Ndokwa West Local Government Area.
They also shot dead two cows and injured five others, while the police recovered 15 expended and one live cartridges, eight expended 7.62mm ammunition and a torchlight at the scene of the incident. Read more

Seven fake credit cards found on Dammy Krane

Seven fake credit cards were found in the pockets of Dammy Krane on June 1 when he was arrested at Opa-locka Executive Airport in Miami Dade, Florida.

A New Miami Times report said the police have charged him on nine counts of credit card forgery and grand theft at the Miami Dade’s criminal court.

Trouble started for the singer, whose real name is Oyindamola Emmanuel, after he was arrested for using a suspicious card to book a private jet flight to Washington, D.C. Read more

How we joined ‘Evans’ Kidnapping Gang – Members 

Gang members of the dreaded billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, a.k.a Evans have all confessed to the police how they joined the dreaded gang.

One of the principal suspects in the dreaded Evans’ high profile persons kidnapping gang, Chukwuemeka Ikenna Bosah (32), said he joined the gang of the notorious kidnapper to enable him foot the bill for a cesarean operation his wife underwent.

Some other members of the deadly gang, including Sola Paul (42), Uche Amadi (41) and Chukwumah Nwosu (42) also revealed how they were recruited into the deadly gang.  Read more

Super Eagles World Cup Star Pens New Deal With Notts County

Out-of-favour Nigeria national-teamer Shola Ameobi has ended speculation about his future after penning a fresh contract with EFL League Two club Notts County.

The former Newcastle United hero joined the Magpies in February and impressed for the remainder of the 2016-2017 season, scoring four goals from seventeen appearances. Read more

Former Barcelona Star Amuneke Rules Himself Out Of Manchester United Clash

Retired Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke says he won’t be available for selection when his former team Barcelona tackle Manchester United Legends in a charity game at the Camp Nou on Friday, June 30.

Barcelona Legends coach Jose Mari Bakero can count on the services of Edmílson, Giuly, Belletti, Mendieta, Julio Salinas and Goikoetxea, among others for the game against the Red Devils. Read more

Dani Alves is an Idiot – Maradona

Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, has called Dani Alves “an idiot” for criticising his passing ability.

Alves, a former Barcelona player who now plies his trade with UEFA Champions League finalists, Juventus, had told Brazilian TV channel “Canais Esporte Interativo” there could be no comparison between Lionel Messi and Maradona because of the latter’s infamous “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England. Read more

Ronaldo summoned for July 31 tax hearing

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, accused of evading 14.7 million euro ($16.5m) in tax, has been summoned to appear before a judge in Spain on July 31, judicial sources told AFP on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Portuguese star is facing four charges of fraud through offshore companies between 2011 and 2014. Read more

McCain says Americans “stupid” enough to travel to North Korea should sign waiver

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, says Americans who are “stupid” enough to want to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the U.S. government of any blame if they’re harmed while they are in the country.

“There should at least be a form for them to fill out that says, ‘If I go to North Korea, I understand I am taking great risk, and I do not hold the American government responsible,'” McCain said, a day after the death of American student Otto Warmbier. Read more

Ukraine leader, Russian adversary gets low-key presidential welcome at White House

When Petro Poroshenko visited the White House on Tuesday, the Ukrainian president wasn’t greeted by the traditional pomp and circumstance that comes with a foreign leader meeting with the President of the United States.

Poroshenko — who is viewed as an enemy to Russian leaders in Moscow — will “drop by” a meeting with President Donald Trump and national security adviser H.R. McMaster during his previously scheduled visit with Vice President Mike Pence, according to the White House schedule. Read more

Killing of 8 Afghan Guards Shows Bitter Change at Bagram

It used to be one of the most coveted jobs in Afghanistan: a position on a sprawling American military base, the biggest in the country. Pay was above average. The base was well guarded. Surrounding Parwan Province was one of the safest places in the country, well known as a Taliban-free zone.

All that has changed over the past year, as the deaths late Monday of eight Afghan guards who worked at Bagram Air Base dramatically demonstrated. And it was yet another indicator that the Taliban have spread their areas of operation to most parts of the country. Read more

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs drone’ near Jordan border

A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say.

The F-15 plane downed the drone around 00:30 on Tuesday (21:30 GMT Monday) north-east of Tanf, according to a US military statement.

The drone was thought to be armed and threatening US troops on the ground, officials said. Read more

Portuguese PM asks emergency services for answers after 64 die in forest fire

Firefighters struggled on Tuesday to gain complete control over Portugal’s deadliest forest fire on record which killed 64 people at the weekend, as Prime Minister Antonio Costa questioned the effectiveness of an emergency response system.

Authorities said the fire in the mountainous region of Pedrogao Grande, which killed many people in their cars as they tried to flee the blaze, was 85 percent under control after more than 1,000 firefighters toiled overnight. Read more

Russian fighter jet flies within five feet of US military plane over Baltic Sea

Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a US military plane flying above the Baltic Sea, officials confirmed.

The Russian RC-135 U carried out the “unsafe” manoeuvre involving an America FU27 on Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the US European air command said.

Meghan Henderson told the Standard that the proximity of the Russian aircraft to the US plane was “deemed to be an unsafe intercept”. Read more


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