Maku denies accusing PDP of sponsoring Boko Haram
Former Minister of Information and Nasarawa State governorship candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Labaran Maku has denied media reports in which he was quoted as accusing his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of sponsoring Boko Haram.
Maku who made the denial at a news conference in Abuja, said there was never a time he made such accusation, and described the allegation as the handiwork of the opposition. Read more
NIS seizes 191 PVCs from foreigners
The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has seized 191 Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, from foreigners as part of efforts to ensure that non-Nigerians do not participate in the general elections, a statement said.
The statement was issued by Mr Chukwuemeka Obua, the Public Relations Officer of NIS in Abuja yesterday. Read more
PwCAudit: NNPC to Remit $1.48bn after Reconciliation with DPR
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday said it would remit an outstanding $1.48 billion balance of signature bonus from divested assets to its exploration and production arm, the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) as soon as it reconciles the figures with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). Read more
Polls shift: Govt warns diplomats against ‘unguarded utterances’
The Federal Government yesterday, cautioned members of the diplomatic community against making what it termed “unguarded utterances” on matters that are strictly within the domestic jurisdiction of Nigeria.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Amb. Aminu Wali gave the warning in Abuja at an interactive session with diplomats over the shift of the general elections. Read more
Soldiers invade Sambisa Forest
The military has commenced an operation in Sambisa Forest in Borno State to flush out Boko Haram insurgents.
The forest is widely believed to host some of the training camps and facilities of Boko Haram in the North-East. Read more
Military Affirms Commitment to Nigeria’s Democracy, Says It is Apolitical
In response to allegations that it is meddling in the country’s political process and the elections, the Nigerian military has dismissed fears over a military coup and has reaffirmed its commitment to the ongoing elections and sustenance of the nation’s democracy.
In a statement by the defence spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade, yesterday, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) acknowledged the tension that had been generated in certain quarters with regards to the roles of the military in the ongoing political activities and recent developments especially in relation to the electioneering programmes in the country. Read more
Comply with Constitution, UN, EU, AU Tell Nigeria
Representatives of the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) on Tuesday asked the stakeholders in the Nigerian electoral process to ensure compliance to constitutional provisions for conduct of the general elections.
The advice by three international bodies came just as presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, opposed the deployment of soldiers for March 28 presidential elections. Read more
Navy intensifies security patrol on waterways
The Nigerian Navy has assured of effective policing of waterways in the Niger Delta before and after the general elections.
New Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral, Henry Babalola, who spoke in Port Harcourt, said the deployment of troops on the waterways was in compliance with the request of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) adding that it was part of move to guard against ballot box snatching and issues of electoral violence. Read more
Private Sector, Military Urged to Take Advantage of NIGCOMSAT
Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, former Minister of Science Technology, Prof. Turner Isoun and the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Information Communication and Technology (ICT), Ibrahim Gusau, have called on the organised private sector, the military and the rural dwellers to take advantage of the cheaper Ka-band satellite application being rolled out by the Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT).
The Ka-band satellite is being rolled out into rural and remote communities using the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) facilities. Read more
Buhari meets Catholic Bishops, allays fears on religious freedom
Buhari who spoke at an “Episcopal” Town Hall Conversation with representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria in Abuja stated that although he had been severally and consistently vilified and maligned, he had no personal religious agenda, neither would he support any moves by anybody or group of persons to either Christianise or Islamise Nigeria. Read more
Fresh crisis hits Bayelsa PDP
There is tension within the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State following the suspension of the state Chairman of the party, Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd).
There have been allegations of fraud and diversion of N40million of the N70million donated to the party by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke. Read more
Sadiku takes over at Bank of Agriculture
Mr. Babatunde Sadiku has been appointed the Acting Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture (BOA).
Sadiku, who was, until his appointment, the Executive Director, Finance & Risk Management, representing the Central Bank of Nigeria on the Board of BOA, takes over from Dr. Mohammed K. Santuraki, the former MD, whose tenure in office expired on September 26, 2014. Read more
Chadian army kills 13 insurgents
Chadian soldiers have killed 13 Boko Haram fighters in a battle at Gamboru in Borno State.
The country’s army, in a statement yesterday, added that one soldier was killed during the encounter.
Chadian troops are in Gamboru as part of a regional offensive against Boko Haram, whose militants are staging cross-border raids in addition to attacks in Nigeria. Read more
Female police officer disarms suspected robbers in Lagos
Sergeant Mercy John, a female police officer serving at the Provost Office of the Lagos State Police Command in Ikeja, on Tuesday displayed an uncommon courage, when she disarmed two suspected armed robbers in Egbeda area of the state.
Daily Independent gathered that the two robbers had at about 6pm stormed her compound, located at Tawakalitu Close Shasha, Egbeda, Lagos in a motorbike. Read more
Overnight rate falls on liquidity boost
The overnight interbank lending rate fell to 12 per cent from the previous day’s record high of 100 percent, after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) refunded naira to dealers who were unsuccessful at its dollar auction.
Dealers said a N30 billion budget allocation to some government agencies was also credited through the banking system, boosting liquidity. Read more
Banks in Free Trade Zones get tax, duty waivers
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said it would henceforth grant tax and duty waivers to banks operating in the Free Trade Zones (FTZs).
CBN Director, Banking and Payment System, ‘Dipo Fatokun, who made this known in a circular, said the incentives will further the apex bank’s mandate for the development of banking operations in the country. Read more
Oil and Gas
Slump in Oil Price Will Not Stop Bonga South West Project, Says Shell
Contrary to the claims by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the implementation of the Bonga South West and two other deepwater projects were under threat owing to the decline in the price of crude oil, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) has said that the implementation of the SNEPCO-operated Bonga South West/Aparo (BSWA) project is on course. Read more
Oil industry rejects Nigerian certified seafarers
Operators in the oil and gas sector are rejecting Nigerian certified seafarers in favour of foreign trained ones.
The Secretary of the Institute of Marine Science and Technology (IMarEST), Mr. Alex Peters, who disclosed this, said the action of the oil and gas industry operators is not only depriving Nigerian trained seafarers of employment opportunities but also contravenes the Cabotage Act. Read more
Oil prices threaten investments in Nigeria’s upstream sector
The lull in global oil market characterised by increased output and low crude oil prices has started to discourage crude oil exploration in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
Consequently, the rig count used in measuring the active involvement of stakeholders in exploration has dropped in Africa and other parts of the world. Read more
Ajumogobia Identifies Challenges in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector
A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia has identified the challenges facing the Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, saying that the industry has witnessed dwindling fortunes, especially since 2004, when oil industry workers and facilities came under incessant and direct attacks by the ex-militants in the Niger Delta. Read more
TV news ‘legend’ killed in crash
Shocked colleagues have paid tribute to award-winning veteran TV journalist Bob Simon, who was killed in a car crash.
The long-time CBS 60 Minutes correspondent, who was famously held captive for more than a month during the first Gulf War, was pronounced dead at hospital after the tragic incident in Manhattan. Read more
Six Taiwan inmates commit suicide, ending hostage standoff
Six inmates who seized weapons from the armoury at a Taiwan jail and took the warden and top guard hostage have committed suicide after an overnight standoff, a senior official said on Thursday.
The hostages, including Warden Chen Shih-chih and head guard Wang Shih-tsang, left the prison safely. Read more
Chinese mobile data usage to make great leap forward
Data traffic on Chinese mobile devices jumped almost 50 percent last year but overall usage was modest by global standards, reflecting low consumption in rural areas that hasn’t gone unnoticed by telecoms firms.
Average monthly data usage on all types of mobile devices, including smartphones, topped 200 megabytes (MB) per user for the first time in 2014, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said last week. That’s equivalent to downloading 50 songs from the Internet and compares with a global monthly average of 819 MB per smartphone last year, Cisco figures show. Read more
Sydney terror suspects ‘threatened stabbings’
Two men charged with planning a terror act in Sydney had made a video saying they would stab kidneys and strike at necks, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told parliament.
The men were arrested by police in the city’s suburb of Fairfield on Tuesday. Read more
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Is Now Being Worshipped Like a God
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys widespread support, popularity and even reverence among large sections of his country’s population, but a few supporters in his home state of Gujarat have taken it a step further — by building a temple to him. Read more
Tony Abbott backs down after charging Labor over ‘holocaust of jobs’
Tony Abbott has been forced to apologise for accusing Labor of creating a “holocaust” in defence industry jobs, has accused the Human Rights Commission of conducting a politicised “stitch-up” and has read out in parliament the previously secret inflammatory text of an alleged terrorist’s video as the strain began to show at the end of a disastrous week for the Coalition. Read more
Potential Republican candidates tread carefully on Islamic State
Republicans exploring a 2016 White House run are pounding away at President Barack Obama’s strategy for stopping Islamic State militants but, wary of Americans’ war fatigue, are so far providing few specifics on what they would do differently.
The renewed threat posed by Islamic militants is emerging as the top foreign policy issue for the 2016 race, and Obama’s submission to Congress on Wednesday of a draft authorization of military force against the extremists intensified the debate. Read more
Qatar revokes visas of taekwondo team impostors
The Qatar Taekwondo Federation has revoked visas issued to 16 persons, who obtained the visas by impersonating members of the Nigeria taekwondo national team, who are meant to participate in the first Qatar International Taekwondo Open, a G-1 ranked World Taekwondo Federation sanctioned event, billed to hold at Qatar from March 6 to 9, 2015.
The scheme was uncovered by the International Department of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, whose routine check earlier this week, revealed that 16 persons, who are not associated with taekwondo in Nigeria, had been registered for the tournament. Read more
Ganduje Donates $10,000 To Pillars
The Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has donated ten thousand dollars to Kano Pillars FC players.
The deputy governor made the donation while addressing the players and technical crew of the club yesterday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, shortly after their training. Read more
Super Eagles need younger players – Pinnick
President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick who was a member CAF’s Organising Committee of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea has praised the young players paraded by nations that participated at the competitions.
Pinnick, who returned to the Glass House secretariat of the NFF on Monday was full of praises for the young and upcoming stars paraded at the competition for putting up impressive performances to the delight of the football lovers all over the world.
This is a contrast to the recent decision by coach Stephen Keshi not to call up youngsters like Kelechi Iheanacho and other players from the victorious U17 team to the Super Eagles. Read more
Soldiers to escort Eaglets to Niamey
To avert any security breach from Boko Haram insurgence, a retinue of combined security forces will today escort the 21-man Golden Eaglets with their coaches and officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) from Sokoto State to Niamey, Niger Republic for the Africa U-17 Championship starting this weekend.
The General Secretary of the football federation, Musa Amadu, who made the disclosure in a chat with SoccerStar in his office at the Glass House Abuja, however, expressed confidence that the team will lift the tournament trophy considering the quality of trainings given to them. Read more
Ideye Scores in West Brom’s Win
Nigeria international and West Brom’s record signing, Brown Ideye is gradually showing the quality he can offer.
The Eagles forward, Ideye has had it tough since he arrived in the Hawthorns from Ukraine, struggling to hit the back of the net. His second goal in as many Premier League matches was key to West Brom’s coming out of the match against Swansea with the maximum point. Read more
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