September 24, 2018

* Military stops admission of combatant female cadets (Punch) * Ikoyi Billions: Whistleblower will be paid this month, says Adeosun (ThisDay)

* Military stops admission of combatant female cadets (Punch)    * Ikoyi Billions: Whistleblower will be paid this month, says Adeosun (ThisDay)



Military stops admission of combatant female cadets (Punch)

In a major policy reversal, the Nigerian military is set to end the admission of female cadets into the combatant course of the Nigerian Defence Academy, The Punch has learnt. A set of 20 females, nicknamed Jonathan Queens, were first admitted into the course in Nigeria’s premier military officer training institution during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in 2011. It was learnt that the recommendation to end the programme was made by the Armed Forces Council which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari last week. Read more

Ikoyi Billions: Whistleblower will be paid this month, says Adeosun (ThisDay)

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has cleared the air on the controversy surrounding the compensation to the whistleblower who blew the lid leading to the eventual recovery of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 from an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos, last April. Adeosun, in a statement Sunday, said from available records, the payment due on the Ikoyi recovery was among those being processed in the November batch, which will be released within the current month. Read more

Obasanjo is boss of bosses, says Jonathan (Punch)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo as the boss of bosses in the Nigerian political space. Jonathan said any “politician who ignores Obasanjo does so at its own peril,” advising ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to find a way of courting his former boss, if he (Atiku) must realise his presidential ambition. He maintained that it would be impossible for Atiku to realise his presidential ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. Read more

Maina: I want open trial or nothing – Malami (Vanguard)

Buoyed by rising confidence that he breached no laws in the reinstatement of wanted ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has rejected the idea of a secret probe by the Senate. Malami, who is being accused by the Head of Service and the Federal Civil Service Commission of having initiated series of memoranda to effect the recall of the wanted former pension task force chairman, is billed to appear before the Senate tomorrow to explain his role on the controversial reinstatement, which has angered Presidential Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

FBN Holdings, WIMBIZ partner (Nation)

First Bank of Nigeria Limited and FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited, both subsidiaries of FBN Holdings Plc have  partnered Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) in its 2017 annual conference. The conference comes with theme: “The Next Frontier: Women, You’re your Place”. The event is scheduled to hold on November 13 to 14, in Lagos. The Annual WIMBIZ Conference now in its 16th edition, continues to inspire and empower women through the delivery of insightful and empowering lectures/sessions charged to take women to the next level in their careers, professions and businesses. Read more

Chevron contributes $5m to fight HIV, malaria, others in Nigeria (Vanguard)

Chevron  Nigeria Limited, CNL, an affiliate of Chevron Corporation, has donated  $2.5 million to the Global Fund to fight AIDS,tuberculosis and malaria for the implementation of the Chevron-Global Fund Anti-Retroviral Treatment Service Maintenance Programme (ART Programme), in Delta, Bayelsa, Ondo and Lagos states. In 2018, a final instalment of $2.5 million will be disbursed to support the HIV programmes, amounting to a total contribution of $5 million by Chevron, the oil company said in a statement, weekend. Read more

Total donates 12- unit doctors’ quarters to UUTH (Guardian)

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and continued support for medical services in the country, Total Upstream Companies has built and donated to University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) a 12-unit doctors quarters. Speaking during the official handing over ceremony to the management of the hospital, the Managing Director of Total Upstream, Nicolas Terraz said the gesture was aimed at boosting capacity, thereby providing prompt and adequate medical care to patients. Read more

Forte Oil, Cadbury, others lift NSE’s indices by N24b (Guardian)

Following heavy price gains recorded by major highly capitalised stocks, especially Forte oil and Cadbury, equity transactions on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed high on Friday, as market capitalisation appreciated by N24 billion. Specifically, at the close of trading on Friday, the market capitalization, which opened at N12.82 trillion, rose by N24 billion or 0.1 per cent to close at N12.85 trillion. Read more

Nigeria’s forex reserves will hit $40bn mark if… —Emefiele (Tribune)

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele has expressed hope that Nigeria’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves  will  continue  to  grow and may soon hit $40 billion. According to him, over  the last 12 months, Nigeria’s forex reserves grew by over US$10  billion  from  just  over  US$23  billion  in October  2016  to  over  US$33  billion  in  October 2017. Read more

FG’s N1.8trn Mambilla power plant project puts brokers on toes (Guardian)

Of about 500 insurance brokers registered and operating in the nation’s insurance sector, 26 brokers have sent in their proposals to the federal government for insurance services to insure N1.8 trillion Mambilla Hydro-Electric Power plant situated in Taraba State, The Guardian has gathered. Investigation revealed that many  brokers are on their toes to submit their bid to underwrite the risks in the proposed power project as the deadline for the submission of bid for the insurance of this plant is yet unknown as at the time of writing this report,The Guardian learnt that the Ministry of Power will, thereafter, scrutinise the applications and finally approve only about 10 brokers to insure the assets of the project. Read more

We are remodeling our Schools – Kogi Govt (Leadership)

Kogi State government has hinted yesterday that remodeling of schools is ongoing across the state, with a view to providing critical infrastructure in the educational system. Speaking to journalists in Lokoja, the director general on media and publicity to the state governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said Governor Yahaya Bello is gradually actualising his dream educational structure for the state. “Education remains the number one priority of Governor Yahaya Bello”, Fanwo said, noting that there are “rapid works going on across the state to change the face of infrastructure in our primary and secondary schools across the state”. Read more

$17bn Oil Probe: Reps to grill DPR director (Leadership)

The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating $17 billion allegedly missing from undeclared crude and Liquefied Natural Gas exports between 2011 and 2014 has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest against the director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr Mordecai Baba Ladan. The committee alleged that DPR was aware of the huge fraud perpetrated on royalty revenue within the period under review but decided to conceal the information. Read more

Money Supply: CBN mop-up Hits N3.96trn in 10 months (Leadership)

In its bid to manage money supply and curb inflation, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has effected excess liquidity mop-up, using the Open Market Operations (OMO) auctions estimated at N3.9 trillion in 10 months, Leadership findings have revealed. OMO sales operation by the apex bank increased significantly in 2017, reaching a record high of about N892.8 billion in September. As a result of its restrictive monetary policy, the apex bank intensified its mop up of excess liquidity in the system by sale of treasury bills with OMO. Read more

DSS fingers security agents in Arms Proliferation (Leadership)

The Department of State Services (DSS) has linked some security operatives to the sale of arms, which is worsening the security situation in the country. Director of Operations of the DSS, Mr. Godwin Eteng, made the revelation when he appeared before the House of Representatives joint Committee on Customs and Excise and National Intelligence investigating the “frightening influx of small arms and light weapons into the country”. Read more

H.I.D. Awolowo Foundation hosts first annual lecture November 28 (Guardian)

The H.I.D. Awolowo Foundation would on November 28, 2017 host the first annual lecture to edify the late Yeye Oodua.It will hold at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, at 10:00a.m. The foundation was launched on September 19, 2016, under the aegis of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation.The public lecture is aimed at perpetuating the edifying legacy of the late H.I.D. Awolowo, who was the character that complimented and contributed significantly to the success of the life mission of her husband, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Read more

LABAF: Dino’s book missing (Nation)

Two questions and two answers got me thinking deeply about books and people who write books in a week that the 19th Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) 2017 celebrated books with a big buzz. On the eve of the book festival, Leke Baiyewu’s interview with Senator Dino Melaye appeared in Sunday Punch, November 5. The embattled federal lawmaker who represents Kogi West Senatorial District answered two questions on his book, which was launched in Abuja on May 15. Read more

The scourge of domestic violence (Guardian)

In both rich and poor nations democracies and dictatorships, domestic violence is clearly making the headlines across the globe. In Nigeria, for instance, news media headlines include: Judge sentences man to death for killing wife, Husband pours acid on wife, 67 year-old man defiles eight year-old girl, Wife stabs husband to death, My husband uses me as punching bag, and many more.  This violence is not actually a new phenomenon as it has always been part of the fabric of many societies and cultures worldwide. Read more

Rohr’s Plaudits for NFF over World Cup Qualification(ThisDay)

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, is full of encomiums for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the “professional and committed manner” it handled the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. Not only were the three-time African champions unbeaten in what was styled ‘Group of Death’, the Eagles picked the ultimate prize in that group with a game to spare, becoming Africa’s first candidate for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in the process. Read more

Akwa Utd coach lands Eaglets job (Punch)

The Nigeria Football Federation has named Akwa United coach Abdu Maikaba as  coach of the Golden Eaglets. Maikaba replaces Manu Garba, who helped Nigeria win the UAE 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The NFF said  on its  official website on Sunday  the coach, who led Akwa to the Aiteo Cup title last month, has Abubakar Bala, Bunmi Haruna  and  Baruwa Abideen as his assistants. Read more

Eagles invite thrills Idowu, targets World Cup role (Punch)

Russia-born full-back  Bryan Idowu has expressed his delight at his  invitation to the Super Eagles. The Amkar Perm defender  on Saturday night hit the Super Eagles camp in Krasnodar, Russia, ahead of their friendly against Argentina on Tuesday  at the Krasnodar Stadium.  The 25-year-old, who is expected to compete with error-prone  Turkey-based Elderson Echiejile for a starting role in the  Eagles’ left-back position, could not play a part in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers due his inability to get FIFA clearance to switch his international allegiance to the country of his father. Read more

US win Fed Cup title (Punch)

The United States claimed their first Fed Cup title for 17 years as Shelby Rogers and CoCo Vandeweghe beat Belarus pair Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich in a deciding doubles rubber in the final on Sunday, AFP reports. Vandeweghe and Rogers won 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) to give the Americans a 3-2 final victory and an 18th Fed Cup crown Earlier on Sunday Vandeweghe put USA 2-1 up beating Sabalenka 7-6 (7/5), 6-1, while Sasnovich battled back from a set down to beat Sloane Stephens 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 to draw Belarus level at 2-2. Read more

Moses slams Chelsea critics (Punch)

Victor Moses believes critics have been “too harsh” on champions Chelsea this season, and says the team have stuck together through their difficult times of late, Evening Standard reports. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side, who won the Premier League title with a record-breaking 30 wins in May, have endured an inconsistent start to the campaign with losses against Burnley, Manchester City and Crystal Palace leaving the Blues nine points behind leaders Manchester City. Read more

Earthquake hits Iraq near border with Iran, several killed in both countries (Memo)

At least four people died in Iraq and several were killed across the border in Iran on Sunday when a strong earthquake hit the region, officials and state media in the two countries said. The US Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude of 7.3, while an Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5 with the epicentre in Penjwin in Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region close to the main border crossing with Iran. Kurdish health officials said as well as at least four people being killed there were 50 injured. Read more

The United States’ role in the crisis in Yemen (Washingtonpost)

The Nov. 9 editorial “The crisis in Yemen” called attention to the effect of Saudi Arabia’s blockade on famine in Yemen. It mentioned the lack of media attention to the Yemeni tragedy, which includes “the fastest-growing cholera epidemic ever recorded” and “the world’s biggest food emergency.” It said that Saudi Arabia bears heavy responsibility for the crisis for its “ruthless but unwinnable war.” But it did not mention direct U.S. military complicity in this long and pointless campaign. Read more

The Russia collusion scandal is closing in on America’s commander-in-chief of fake news (Businessinsider)

President Donald Trump hasn’t delivered on his campaign promise to create U.S. coal or steel jobs (foreign steel imports are up 27 percent this year), but he is creating a bonanza in the business of “fake news.” Admittedly a lot of those jobs have been outsourced to Russia, but Trump is also providing plenty of employment at home. Even before Monday’s bombshells from special counsel Robert Mueller — Trump’s campaign manager and his business partner have been indicted on multiple counts of laundering more than $18 million from pro-Russian clients in Ukraine, while a Trump foreign policy advisor pleaded guilty to lying about his efforts to solicit Clinton “dirt” from Russian contacts — Trump and his associates had launched Operation Obfuscation. Read more

Suu Kyi now benefits from ASEAN silence (SBS)

When Aung San Suu Kyi led the fight for democracy against Myanmar’s military rulers two decades ago, she bristled at the reluctance of Southeast Asian governments to intervene in her nation’s plight. Today, Suu Kyi leads Myanmar. And when she attends the ASEAN summit in Manila on Monday, she’s likely to be counting on the bloc to keep silent amid international criticism of her government’s role in the exodus of more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a situation the UN has called “textbook ethnic cleansing”. Read more

Trump meets with Philippine president, prepares to wrap up Asia trip (Usatoday)

President Trump prepared to wrap up his 12-day trip to Asia on Monday by attending an economic conference in the Philippines and meeting with its controversial president, Rodrigo Duterte. Hours before their scheduled bilateral meeting, Trump participated in a photo opportunity with Duterte as the Philippine leader welcome delegates to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. As an orchestra played a stately processional in a Manila auditorium, the ASEAN delegates lined up for a group handshake, with Trump standing next to Duterte. Trump appeared to have some difficulty figuring out how to do the crossed-arm maneuver. Soon, he caught on. Read more

Saudi- led Arab Coalition appoints two new commanders in Marib  (Memo)

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen on Sunday appointed two new commanders for its forces and the UAE force in the eastern province of Marib. The official Yemeni news agency said that President, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi deputy, Lieutenant General Ali Mohsen Saleh has welcomed the new leaders of the coalition forces in Marib province. Read more

Australian senators must prove their citizenship (Washingtonpost)

The Latest on the citizenship issue among Australian lawmakers (all times local): 1:30 p.m.

Australia’s major political parties have agreed on a path toward a resolution of a dual citizenship crisis that threatens the government’s grip on power. The agreement reached Monday gives all Australian senators three weeks to provide documentary proof they were not foreign citizens when they were elected in violation of the constitution. Read more

Israel forces Palestinian to demolish his home in Jerusalem (Memo)

A Palestinian on Saturday demolished parts of his own home in Jerusalem’s southern occupied town of Silwan after the Israeli municipality threatened to demolish the house and to make him pay all the costs involved in the demolition activity. Abd El-Moghni Al-Dweik told Quds Press that the Israeli municipality informed him that the occupation bulldozers will demolish his house and that will have to pay some 80,000 shekels ($22,000) for the demolition costs, unless he demolish it himself. Read more



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