May 22, 2018

*2017 budget: FG to release N350bn for capital projects *Justice Abang dismisses Metuh’s application for stay of proceedings

*2017 budget: FG to release N350bn for capital projects *Justice Abang dismisses Metuh’s application for stay of proceedings



2017 budget: FG to release N350bn for capital projects

The Federal Government is set to release the first tranche of capital release of N350bn to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government for implementation of the 2017 budget.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun disclosed this during a public presentation of the 2017 budget on Monday in Abuja.Read more

Justice Abang dismisses Metuh’s application for stay of proceedings

The trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, which has been on suspension for about six months, is to resume Tuesday before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Okon Abang on Monday fixed Tuesday for continuation of the trial after dismissing Metuh’s application for stay of proceedings in obedience to the June 9, 2017, ruling of the Supreme Court. Read more

Nigeria can’t afford bloodshed again – APGA National Chairman

Dr Victor Oye, National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, has called on those beating the drums of war not to plunge the nation into fresh internal crisis.

Oye, on Monday in Awka, said the nation could not afford another war after so much life had been lost with the attendant setback in the course of keeping it united.

“All these threats, all these ethnic jingoism, all these grandstanding and shenanigan does not worth the blood of any Nigerian. Read more

Buhari: Nigeria needs an energetic president, says Bakare

Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly has blamed the political terrain of Nigeria for the choice of an elderly president.

The former vice-presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, who spoke during a press conference after his Sunday morning sermon titled, ‘The birth pangs of a new Nigeria,’ noted that France’s recent election of 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron as president was indicative of a global paradigm shift. Read more

50 Nigerians apply for Italian visa with fake documents monthly – SFU

The Police Special Fraud Unit, Lagos, on Sunday expressed concern over increasing number of Nigerians allegedly involved in using fake documents to seek for Italian visa.

The spokesman of the unit, ASP Lawal Audu, on Sunday, said the Italian Embassy sends an average of 50 Nigerian Passports with fake documents to SFU monthly.

Audu noted that before now, Canada used to complain of such high numbers of fake documents, adding that attention had shifted to Italy now. Read more

Northern group, calling for exit of Igbos, writes Osinbajo; asks him to allow Biafra Republic

The coalition of northern youth groups that recently gave Igbos resident in Northern Nigeria three months ultimatum to vacate the region has urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow Biafran secessionists succeed through peaceful means.

The group, in an open letter to the acting president, urged him to take “steps to facilitate the actualization of the Biafran nation in line with the principle of self-determination as an integral part of contemporary customary international law.” Read more

Zenith Bank now tops Nigeria’s banking sector

Zenith took over the leadership of the Nigerian banking industry by the size of the balance sheet in 2016. It accelerated growth from 6.7% in 2015 to 18.3% in 2016 and closed the year with an asset base of N4.739 trillion. The bank has maintained a faster growth rate than FBN Holdings over the past three years and with a decline in asset base of FBN Holdings in 2015, the leadership gap narrowed significantly.

As expected last year, fiscal 2016 has registered a landmark in Nigerian banking when FBN Holding’s status as Nigeria’s largest bank was upset, eight years after a similar step down in 2008. Zenith Bank’s asset growth in 2016 was driven mainly by a 69% leap in due from other banks compared to FBN’s 15% increase. Zenith Bank carries the largest credit portfolio in the Nigerian banking industry, which it grew by 15% to N2.29 trillion in 2016. Read more

Dangote, FMN Sign MoU On Repair Of Apapa Wharf Road

Succor will soon come to users of Apapa Wharf road as the federal government, Dangote Industries Limited and Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) at the weekend in Lagos signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to repair the road.

The construction of the road will be handled by AG Dangote, a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited. Dangote  Group and FMN are funding the project valued at N4.3 billion. AG Dangote is handling the construction of the road. The has constructed concrete roads in Ibese, Ogun State and currently working on roads in Obajana. Read more

Five female suicide bombers kill 17 in Borno – Police

Seventeen persons were killed in multiple suicide attacks in a Maiduguri suburb, the police confirmed on Monday.

The spokesman of the Nigeria Police in Borno State, Victor Isuku, stated in a press release that five female suicide bombers besieged a settlement, Kofa in Konduga local government area of the troubled state, wreaking havoc. Read more

One dies as van hits worshippers in London mosque

A person died and 10 others injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque.

Eight people were taken to hospital after the “terrorist attack” near Finsbury Park Mosque, police said.

A group of people were helping a man who had collapsed when they were hit by the van just after midnight. The man has died, but it is unclear whether this was as a result of the attack. Read more

NUJ condemns continued detention of Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah 

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has joined prominent Nigerians and groups to condemn the continued detention of the Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Union, therefore, called for his immediate release or prosecution by the secret police, if it had any case against him.

The latest call for his release comes from the Anambra State Council of the NUJ whose members urged the DSS to respect the rule of law and release the businessman as directed by a competent court. Read more

Lagos-based Igbo groups fault Northerners quit ultimatum

The Igbo Youth Forum and The Ndigbo Social Cultural Organization have said that Igbo indigenes can reside in any part of Nigeria.

The Lagos-based groups also warned against threatening of Igbo indigenes in the country, saying that they are ‘legal citizens’ of Nigeria.

The groups said this at a joint press conference held in Lagos on Thursday.

It would be recalled that the Arewa youths had issued a quit notice to Igbos in the North. Read more

Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016, the UN said Monday.

That number marks a jump of just 300,000 from the end of 2015, but is more than six million higher than at the end of 2014, according to a fresh report published by the UN refugee agency. Read more

Bribery, irregularities mar Ogun Homeowners’ Charter

The Homeowners’ Charter, an initiative of the Ogun State Government to ease the process of obtaining building documents, has been marred by irregularities, subscribers have alleged.

Some subscribers to the scheme also alleged that government officials have turned it into a money-making venture by requesting to be paid before carrying out thier duty. Read more

 ‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

It described it as a “diversion of relief materials”, which correspondents say is a euphemism for theft.

A statement from the acting president’s office added that security was being beefed up to protect the deliveries.

As a result of an Islamist militant insurgency some 8.5 million Nigerians in the north-east need life-saving aid. Read more


Anti-corruption fight must start from churches, says Osinbajo

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday said for corruption to be completely eradicated in the country, the fight against the menace must start from churches.

He said it was only when church leaders resolved to ostracise and expose corrupt members of their congregation that the problem could be solved. Read more

Evans leads police to two detention camps in Lagos

Notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onwuamadike, aka Evans, on Sunday, led the police to two of the three camps where he kept his victims on Jakande Estate, Ejigbo, and the New Igando, both in Lagos State.

The other one, which could not be visited on Sunday, was reportedly located on Gowon Estate, in the Egbeda area of the state. Read more

Uganda/Nigeria: KCCA Off to Rivers

KCCA FC flew out to Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Saturday, where they take on Rivers United in their fourth group tie of the Caf Confederation Cup (CCC) tomorrow. A win for KCCA will bolster their chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

Coming off last Thursday’s Uganda Cup triumph, KCCA, who beat Paidha Black Angels to complete their first-ever domestic double, flew to Nigeria in the right mood and team manager Mike Mutebi expects his boys to conjure up their maiden away continental victory this year. Read more

Versatile ‘Nigerian Dani Alves’ Happy To Play At Right Back For Manchester United

United States youth international Matthew Olosunde is willing to play as a right wing-back for Europa League winners Manchester United.

The versatile Olosunde has played as a central defender, right fullback and defensive midfielder over the course of his young career, but reckons that wing-back is his favourite position. Read more

Bafana Bafana – Star We Have Shown Cameroun How To Beat Nigeria

South Africa forward Themba Zwane who starred in their 2-0 win over Nigeria says Bafana Bafana have shown the rest of the world how to beat the senior national team of Nigeria.

The midfielder struck the woodwork twice in the game said South Africa could have won the game by more goals as the 2-0 scoreline didn’t justify their dominace in the game played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo. Read more

Arsenal Bring Emirates FA Cup To Nigeria, Hand Out Goodies To Fans

FA Cup winners Arsenal were in Nigeria for an official event last Thursday, June 15, 2017.

The Gunners are one of the most supported Premier League clubs in these parts, largely due to the displays of former Super Eagles hero Nwankwo Kanu and most recently Alex Iwobi.

At the ceremony, Arsenal brought the Emirates FA Cup, and seventy five guests took photos with the trophy they won by beating a Chelsea squad parading Victor Moses at Wembley in May. Read more

Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021

Florentino Pérez will remain as president of Real Madrid until 2021 after no other candidates ran against him, the Spanish champions announced on Monday.

“As no other candidature was put forward to the board … it is proclaimed that Mr Florentino Pérez Rodríguez is president of Real Madrid,” the club said in a statement.

It will be the third term for the 70-year-old construction magnate who has spent 15 years at the helm of Europe’s most successful club — 2000-2006 and since 2009. Read more

Brooks Koepka claims maiden major title with US Open win at Erin Hills

The world No 22 birdied three of his final five holes to shoot a five-under 67 at Erin Hills to pull clear of overnight leader Brian Harman and the chasing pack.

Koepka finished the week on 16 under, equalling the lowest 72-hole total in the tournament’s history set by Rory McIlroy in 2011, with Hideki Matsuyama firing a round-of-the-day 66 to grab a share of second spot. Read more

Donald Trump dragging US ‘back to the past’ Vatican warns

Donald Trump is taking the US “back to the past” with his decision to withdraw the country from the Paris Agreement on climate change and efforts to revitalise the coal industry, a senior Vatican official has said.

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told Reuters that people should trust scientists to describe the world around them, comparing those who did not to flat-Earthers. Read more

Imam hailed as hero for protecting Finsbury Park van attacker

The imam of a Muslim center in London has been praised for his “bravery and courage” in stopping an angry crowd turning on the driver involved in a van attack.

One person died and eight people were wounded, two seriously, after the vehicle rammed into people leaving Ramadan prayers in Finsbury Park, north London, in the early hours of Monday morning. Read more

A culture of impunity still exists around sexual violence in conflict

Last week I received a message from a colleague in eastern Congo. Sylvain wanted me to know that there had been a mass prison break and among the hundreds who’d escaped was a man we had interviewed three years ago. Sabre was a second lieutenant in the Congolese army before being stripped of his rank. He was the only person to be found guilty of rape as a war crime in a landmark trial in May 2014. Read more

Grenfell Tower: 79 presumed dead in London fire

At least 79 people are dead or missing and presumed dead following last week’s fire at a high-rise apartment building in west London, police said Monday.

Of the 79, only five have been formally identified, London’s Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters. Cundy also said that 5 people who had originally been reported as missing were found safe and well following the blaze at Grenfell Tower. Read more

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown.

Moon, a left-leaning liberal who won last month’s presidential election by a landslide following the impeachment and arrest of Park Geun-hye, said he would increase the role of renewable energy and lead South Korea towards a “nuclear-free era”. Read more

Qatar: Arab rift is a ‘publicity stunt’

The actions Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt are taking against Qatar are a “publicity stunt” aimed solely at attacking its image and reputation, a senior Qatari official said in a statement today.

As the boycott of the Gulf state enters its third week, Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, director of Qatar’s Government Communications Office, said: “The blockade has been ongoing for two weeks and the blockading nations have offered no formula for resolving the crisis.” Read more

Portuguese wildfires: government declares three days of mourning

More than 1,500 firefighters in Portugal are still battling to control the deadly wildfire that raged across a central region of the country over the weekend, killing at least 62 people and injuring dozens more.

The government has declared three days of national mourning as it awaits the arrival of more water-dropping planes from Spain, France and Italy. Both the EU and the UN have pledged to provide any necessary assistance. Read more

I want to kill all Muslims, says London mosque attacker

Worshippers leaving a London mosque just after midnight on Monday were helping an unwell elderly man when a van deliberately targeted them, eyewitnesses said, driven by an attacker who shouted: “I want to kill all Muslims”.

The van swerved towards the people outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London just as they began to assist the man, who had collapsed.

“He turned left into the alleyway, and he just drove at people,” eyewitness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP. Read more



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