Jonathan, Buhari in closed door meeting
President Goodluck Jonathan and General Mohammadu Buhari are presently meeting behind closed door after the two signed annother agreement brokered by former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar. Read more
I did not order killing of Nigerians, Mbu tells court
Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 2 comprising Lagos and Ogun States, Mbu Joseph Mbu has denied ordering his men to kill twenty civilians in place of a policeman that may be killed during the forthcoming elections.
Mbu, in a counter-affidavit to a suit filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos by a lawyer seeking his sack, denied ever making such statement, adding that he only ordered that any policeman shot by any person could shoot back in self defence. Read more
Mbu summons police chiefs in Zone 2 over polls
Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Mbu Joseph Mbu on Tuesday warmed that any person found involved in election violence in the two states would be punished.
He gave the warning when he summoned all the police chiefs in his domain for a security meeting towards achieving hitch-free elections in the zone. Read more
PDP shuns governorship debate in Delta
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta State chapter, on Wednesday, shunned the gubernatorial debate involving the candidates of the three major political parties in the state. The parties are the PDP, the Labour Party (LP) and the All Progressive Party (APC).
According to a statement signed by Funkekeme Solomon, PDP Director of Communication, the withdrawal has to do with the legal action instituted by the party, challenging the eligibility of all the candidates of the APC, LP, and Accord to contest the general election in the state. Read more
Jonathan says Gwoza to be liberated Friday
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday in Abuja assured that Gwoza in Borno, the last town under Boko Haram terrorists, would be liberated by Friday to pave way successful conduct of general elections in all states of the federation.
Jonathan, who gave this assurance when he received four International Election Monitoring Groups, said already the Nigeria soldiers had successfully liberated Adamawa and Yobe from the menace of insurgency. Read more
N230m Bauchi PDP campaign funds missing – Mai’auduga
The Director General of Governor President Good Luck Jonathan campaign council in Bauchi South Alhaji Mai’auduga has explained that over N230mn campaign funds from the presidency meant to support Bauchi Peoples Democratic Party PDP campaigns is yet to reach the campaigns Organisation.
Mai’ auduga Who is also the Director General of Governor Yuguda campaign Organisation stated this yesterday while interacting with newsmen in Bauchi. Read more
Don’t lose hope on Igbo presidency, Gowon tells Ndigbo
Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has advised Igbos not to lose hope in getting the Presidency of the country in near future.
Gowon gave the advice Wednesday, during the lecture entitled “No Victor, No Vanquished: Healing the Nigerian Nation” delivered at the 6th Convocation ceremony of Chukwumeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam, Anambra State . Read more
Rights Group: Boko Haram Killed 1,000 Civilians This Year
A leading human rights group says Nigeria-based Boko Haram has killed more than 1,000 civilians this year and forced hundreds of abducted girls and women to convert to Islam and marry fighters.
Human Rights Watch says people are desperate despite recent successes of a multinational offensive that has seized back dozens of towns from the Islamic extremists. Read more
SEPLAT’s FY profit more than halved
Seplat Petroleum Development Company’s FY profit more than halved to $252m, from a year-earlier profit of $550m. Revenue totalled $775m, from $880m. It recommended a final dividend of $0.09 a share, taking the total to $0.15 a share. Full year results highlights · Working interest 2P reserves at end 2014 independently estimated to be 281 MMboe representing a movement of +24% year-on-year and 400% replacement ratio of production in the year.
Working interest 2C resources stand at 281 MMboe(1) · Full year working interest production of 30,823 boepd in line with guidance of 29,000 – 33,000 boepd; excluding 40 days un-budgeted downtime on third party infrastructure, average working interest production was 34,616 boepd. Read more
Court orders separate trial of Nnamani over N5b fraud
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday granted a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to separately prosecute former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, for alleged N5 billion fraud.
Nnamani’s trial, which began in 2007, had suffered monumental delays, partly owing to frequent applications to travel abroad for medical treatment by the ex-governor. Read more
Thugs attacks Police Minister in Osun
Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan, was yesterday night attacked by peoples suspected to be thugs in Gbongan, Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State.
The minister, who is also from the local government, was allegedly attacked when his house to house campaign train arrived Gbongan, where no fewer than ten members of the Peoples Democratic Party were severely injured. Read more
CBN Moves to Address High IT Spend in Financial Institutions
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has expressed worry about the high cost of application and utilisation of Information Technology (IT), in driving activities in the financial services industry in Nigeria.
The apex bank is of the view that IT utilisation lags global leading practices and is limiting banking operating efficiency, cost effectiveness, regulatory information and risk management practices. Read more
Mrs Jonathan in control of police in Rivers – Amaechi
Ahead of the March 28 General elections, Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has accused President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP of breaching the Abuja Peace accord. He accused Mr. President and the PDP of inciting violence in the country.
Amaechi stated this Wednesday when the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and High level Representative of the Secretary-General to Nigeria, Dr. Mohamed Ibu Chambas led other top UN Diplomats and delegation on a courtesy visit to the Governor in Port Harcourt. Read more
UK court rules Prince Charles letters to ministers can be disclosed
Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that 27 letters written by Prince Charles to ministers in 2004-2005 can be disclosed to the media, a step that could cast doubt over the political neutrality of the future king.
The Guardian newspaper has sought for a decade to obtain the letters sent to ministers in then-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government. But despite winning a court victory, disclosure was blocked by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve in 2012. Read more
China says will likely invite Western Allies to WW2 parade
China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday that it will likely invite military representatives from the Western Allies who fought with China during World War Two to march in a parade in Beijing later this year to mark 70 years since the war’s end.
Beijing’s commemorations, likely to be held in September, will include a military parade, but the government has been coy about exactly who it has invited, though Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend. Read more
Britain says backs Saudi military intervention in Yemen
Britain supports Saudi Arabia’s decision to intervene militarily in Yemen, Britain’s Foreign Office said on Thursday, saying it regarded recent actions by Houthi militia there as a sign of their disregard for the political process.
“We support the Saudi Arabian military intervention in Yemen following President Hadi’s request for support by ‘all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter Houthi aggression,’ the Foreign Office said in a statement. Read more
Putin plans road and rail line linking the UK with America via Russia
Russian authorities have revealed outlandish plans that they claim could one day see London linked to New York by a high-speed road and rail network through Russia.
The project, which officials say would cost “trillions of dollars”, is being considered by President Vladimir Putin after being submitted by a close friend of the ex-KGB strongman. Read more
NFF unhappy with Eagles
The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday night held showdown talks with the players at a meeting held after Nigeria’s loss to Uganda in an international friendly at the Uyo International Stadium.
Apparently, the Super Eagles 1-0 loss to Uganda didn’t sit down with the hierarchy and a meeting was held at the Le Meridian abode of the Super Eagles to iron out the issues as Nigeria’s fortunes at senior level continue to dwindle. Read more
Sambo Donates Jerseys, Balls to 95 Clubs in Sokoto
Vice President Namadi Sambo has donated sets of jerseys for distribution to 95 football clubs across the 23 local government areas of Sokoto State. He also donated 200 balls for onward distribution to the clubs. Sambo made the donation yesterday during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally for Sokoto Central held at the Giginya Memorial Stadium, Sokoto.
The vice president, who spoke through his Liaison Officer in charge of Sokoto State, Mr. Yohanna Allahmagani, said the gesture was meant to enhance football activities in the state. Read more
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