*Niger Delta Avengers scaring away investors, says Dickson * Tanko Ayuba is Dead

*Niger Delta Avengers scaring away investors, says Dickson * Tanko Ayuba is Dead




Niger Delta Avengers scaring away investors, says Dickson

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has lamented the activities of a new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers,  saying  their nefarious activities are scaring away foreign investors.

Dickson was quoted in a statement on Wednesday by his media aide, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, as expressing his regrets during a meeting with the representatives of some international oil companies and security chiefs. Read more

Tanko Ayuba is Dead

Former Minister of Communications, Major General Abubakar Tanko Ayuba ((rtd), is dead. He was aged 70.

The senator who represented Kebbi South constituency in 2007, died yesterday afternoon at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos, of an undisclosed ailment. Details of his death were sketchy at press time, but THISDAY gathered from sources at the hospital that prior to death, Ayuba had been on admission at a private ward for about two months. Read more


PDP crisis: Secondus, Metuh, others disown Sheriff, back Markafi

Eight out of the 12 former members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party said that they had accepted the outcome of the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which dissolved their committee.

With this, the former NWC members have disowned the former National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, who is still laying claim to the leadership of the party. Read more

FG, NLC raise panel on minimum wage

The Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress have set up a 16-man committee to work out palliative measures and fashion out a new minimum wage that will cushion the effects of the increase in the pump price of petrol.

The  NLC had announced the suspension of its strike to demand for reversal of pump price per litre from N145 to N86.50 with a resolve to enter into negotiation with the Federal Government on the review of minimum wage for workers, electricity tariff and the constitution of the Board of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency. Read more

Insecurity: Kaduna to purchase CCTVs, drones

The Kaduna State Government on Wednesday said plans were afoot to purchase Closed-Circuit Televisions as well as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to tackle crime in the state.

The Coordinator of an anti-crime initiative, “Operation Yaki”, Col. Yakubu Yusufu, who said this in Kaduna while briefing newsmen, explained that security operatives would be trained in the fresh onslaught against crime in the state. Read more

FG declares Monday public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 30 as public holiday to celebrate the 2016 Democracy Day.

The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja. Read more

PDP crisis: Secondus, Metuh, others disown Sheriff, back Markafi

Eight out of the 12 former members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party said that they had accepted the outcome of the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which dissolved their committee.

With this, the former NWC members have disowned the former National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, who is still laying claim to the leadership of the party. Read more

FG to spend N489m on e-government projects

The Ministry of Communication earmarked the sum of N489 million for several e-government project in the 2016 budget as part plans to ensure transparency and curb the menace of corruption in govOur primary focus is to create sustainable partnerships with Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government that would fast-track their transition into the digital platform. Read more

Reps halt planned sale of refineries

House of Representatives Committee on Privatisation yesterday, halted, with immediate effect, the planned sale of the nation’s three refineries by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. This is even as the House raised the alarm that the country has lost control of the oil sector. The three refineries are located in Port Harcourt, Kaduna.

Issuing the pronouncement in Abuja after engaging officials of NNPC and Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, on the exercise, the Committee declared that NNPC violated the provisions of the BPE Act section 11, 2009. Read more

PDP CRISIS: IGP meets Makarfi, Sheriff
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, yesterday, met with former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Modu Sheriff and the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi ostensibly to help douse tension that has enveloped the party since Sheriff was removed at the party’s convention in Port Harcourt. Read more

Appoint Supreme Court Justices from outside- UAC tells Buhari
AS part  of  ongoing efforts to make the judiciary more vibrant, stakeholders have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Supreme Court Justices from outside,  as constitution does not specify that such an appointment should be from within. Read more

50 million Nigerians lack access to water—Minister

About 50 million Nigerians lack access to water, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, Water Resources Minister, has said. He, however, stated that his administration was projecting year 2030 as the period to supply water to all. Read more

Dependence on oil, Nigeria’s costly mistake — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria made a costly mistake by depending on oil as the mainstay of the economy.

The President said the country was in for the worst times for failing to save or diversify its economy, which had been greatly affected by the crash of oil prices. Read more

Imo pensioners cry out over non-payment of entitlements
Imo State pensioners have renewed their supplication to God, “to intervene and rescue them from penury, poor health and avoidable death”, following the non-payment of their pensions and gratuities by the state government.

A large crowd of pensioners, who gathered at Ezinihitte Mbaise local government area, lamented bitterly that untimely death was steadily depleting their ranks. Read more

One Dies, 27 Survive Lagos Ferry Mishap

A commercial ferry with 28 passengers aboard yesterday capsized few metres away from Origin Jetty where it took off, killing at least one passenger while 27 others survived the accident.

The commercial boat, HMS I, took off at about 9.55a.m. from Ebute in Ikorodu to Addax Jetty in Victoria Island was overloaded, although that was not the only cause of the mishap. Read more

Suspected cultists kill OPC member, police arrest two

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two suspected cult members, Makinde Quadri, aka Makay, and Yusuf Ayinla, aka Fresh, for allegedly killing a member of the Oodua People’s Congress, Daniel Alabi, in the Bariga area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the two suspects were members of the Aiye Confraternity and had attacked the 30-year-old while he was talking with a friend, identified as Jamiu. Read more

Herdsmen recorded video of Enugu massacre – Police

The Nigeria Police Force says it has arrested five suspects for their role in the Enugu attack by suspected herdsmen which led to the death of about 20 persons in the Ukpabi Nimbo area of the state on April 25, 2016.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, said this in a statement on Wednesday. Read more

Missing Bayelsa graduate found dead in Lagos

A university graduate posted to Benue State by the National Youth Service Corps, Ifiemi Igali, has been found dead in Lagos, three days after he got missing in Bayelsa State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the 22-year-old Batch A, Stream 2 awaiting corps member had left Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Thursday to collect his result at a university in Delta State, where he studied Geography and Environmental Management. Read more

Police sergeant arrested for robbery in Lagos

A police sergeant, identified as Yusuf Bello, and an accomplice, Idowu Badmus, have been detained by the police in Lagos State for allegedly snatching motorcycles and selling them in the Iyana Iba area of the state.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Bello, who is attached to the Itire Police Division, was arrested on Monday by the Igando Police Division after a victim, identified only as Aramide, reported that he was robbed of his motorcycle at Iyana School bus stop on the Lagos State University-Iyana Iba Road. Read more

Economy: Nigeria in volatile situation, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the sharp drop in the price of oil globally had put Nigeria in a volatile situation.

He said the country made what he called a terrible mistake by relying solely on oil. Read more

MTN launches TV services

MTN Nigeria yesterday launched the pilot of its digital television broadcasting service in Jos, Plateau State, giving weight to the realisation of an era of telecommunications, broadcasting and media convergence.

The TV service is sequel to the issuance of a digital broadcast licence to the telecom operator by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) last year. Read more

New forex policy: NSE gains N354bn, naira stable

The Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index on Wednesday posted the biggest return since the beginning of this year, as investors reacted positively to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to allow a flexible foreign exchange regime.

The market capitalisation appreciated by N354bn to close at N9.706tn from N9.352tn on Tuesday, while the NSE ASI closed at 28,260.61 basis points from 27,231.50 basis points the previous day. Read more

SON to prosecute substandard phone sellers

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has given sellers of fake and substandard mobile telephone sets till June to stop dealing in them or be ready to face prosecution.

The Acting Director-General, SON, Dr. Paul Angya, gave the ultimatum at a stakeholders’ forum on telephones and allied products on Wednesday in Lagos. Read more

Onne OGFZ not connected to national grid –Intels

Integrated Logistics Services, a concessionaire at the Oil and Gas Free Zone, Onne, has said the zone is not connected to the national grid.

About 150 companies are said to operate from the OGFZ, which is located at Onne in Rivers State. The Head of Administration, Intels, Chibuisi Onyebueke, listed the absence of power supply as one of the challenges of the zone. Read more

Assets acquired in firms’ names belong to Saraki – Witness

Prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas, in the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, before the Code of Conduct Bureau, said on Wednesday that some landed assets bearing the names of some companies actually belonged to the Senate President.

The Federal Government is prosecuting Saraki on 16 counts, including false and anticipatory asset declaration in his asset declaration forms which he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau between 2003 and 2011 when he served as the governor of Kwara State. Read more

Blackout: Gas shortage, others leave 4,540MW idle

Increasing gas constraints largely occasioned by recent attacks on pipelines in the Niger Delta have left about 4,540 megawatts of the nation’s power generation capacity idle.

Other factors limiting electricity generation are line constraints/load rejection by the distribution companies and water management/maintenance, according to industry data obtained by our correspondent. Read more

African countries achieved considerable economic progress in 2015 despite challenges

Despite the difficult and challenging global economic situation, African countries achieved considerable economic progress in 2015, registering a 3.6% average GDP growth during the year when the best performers in developed countries hardly reached 2%. Africa also accounts for five of the world’s fastest-growing economies with Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania registering growth rates of seven percent or more. Read more

New York shooting: Gun horror as four people shot during rap concert at Irving Plaza

The shooting took place at the Irving Plaza venue, where the chart-topping rapper TI was performing, at around 10pm local time.

Two men, a 34-year-old and a 33-year-old, are in critical condition after being rushed to the nearby Bellevue Hospital Centre. Read more

Luxembourg Vs Nigeria Match Goes For €15

Spectators will pay a maximum of €15 to watch the international friendly match between the national teams of Luxembourg and Nigeria, the Luxembourg Football Federation (FLF) has announced.

The Federation disclosed that there will be free entry to spectators wishing to view the friendly from the face tribune, side stand and popular stand while they will part with €15 (N6,000) to watch the game from the covered area. Read more

Mourinho’s name rights delaying United deal

Chelsea’s ownership of the copyright to Jose Mourinho’s name is delaying his appointment as manager of Manchester United, according to Sky sources.

Mourinho is understood to have agreed personal terms to succeed the sacked Louis van Gaal at the Old Trafford, and his agent Jorge Mendes has all-but finalised the deal in London with Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward as of the time of reporting. Read more

























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