*DSS discover 55 shallow graves in Abia forest * Refineries lose N14bn in one month

*DSS discover 55 shallow graves in Abia forest * Refineries lose N14bn in one month


DSS discovers 55 shallow graves in Abia forest

The Department of State Services has taken over Umuanyi Forest near Aba in Abia State, where it said unidentified 55 shallow graves were discovered recently.

Not less than 55 identified persons were said to have been allegedly buried in the graves by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra. Read more

Refineries lose N14bn in one month

The amount of crude oil processed by Nigeria’s three refineries slumped by 224,342 metric tonnes between January and February 2016, the latest financial and operations report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation indicated.

It also showed the consolidated revenue from the facilities nosedived by N14.17bn. Read more

Job losses loom at airports over high tariffs

There are fresh concerns among airlines, ground and cargo handling companies and other business operators across the nation’s airports with respect to cost of operation and ease of doing business within and around the facilities.

The concerns have renewed fears of job losses in the industry as some operators are said to be bent on cutting down on staff strength and other ancillary service providers to reduce their wage bill. Read more

Wike, other govs absent at Alamieyeseigha’s burial

The remains of the first civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, in a gold-plated casket, were on Saturday buried in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, amid tears, eulogies and tributes.

Alamieyeseigha, fondly called the ‘Governor-General’ of the Ijaw nation, died on October 10, 2015, of high blood pressure-related ailment at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State. Read more

Smart Adeyemi’s Defection To APC: The Inside Story

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has gone back to the drawing board to restrategise ahead of the Election Petition Tribunal ruling in the Kogi governorship election.

Part of the strategy, it was gathered, was last Friday’s announcement by former Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Smart Adeyemi that he had decamped to the APC from PDP. Read more

Herdsmen attacks: I’ll rely on God, says Falae

Former Secretary to the Federal Government and Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Falae, has said he would rely on God for protection following repeated attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen on his farm in Akure, Ondo State.

In a brief chat with one of our correspondents on Saturday, Falae stated that he did not know why the herdsmen attacked his farm again. Read more

Stop Insulting Nigerians, Buhari Tells Shekarau

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday cautioned former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau against insulting the intelligence of Nigerians with his false and misleading allegations.

The President also dismissed allegations by Shekarau that the Buhari administration was insensitive to the plight of Nigerians. Read more

LP blasts Buhari over economic woes

The Labour Party has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to settle down to governance and address the economic woes facing the country.

In a statement signed by the National Chairman of the party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, the party said Buhari’s style of administration should be blamed for the challenges currently facing the country. The party called on him to concentrate on fixing the problems by involving real professionals rather than fighting from all sides. Read more

Ife by-election: Police arrest seven

The Police on Saturday arrested some hoodlums who attempted to snatch election materials during the by-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission to fill the vacant seat of Ife Central Constituency at Osun State House of Assembly.

The hoodlums were said to have stormed some polling units around More and Ilare and made attempts to snatch ballot papers and other sensitive materials. Read more

Smugglers attack customs men in Ogun, injure four

Pandemonium broke out in Ilashe Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State when some suspected smugglers reportedly attacked Nigeria Customs Service officers at a warehouse.

Four of the customs men were injured. The four officials of the NCS were said to have while hospitalised following the serious injuries they sustained in the clash while others were said to have fled the scene. Read more

Man kills friend over N800 in Delta

Trouble is looming in Idumu-Ille Quarters, Umunede, Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State, following the alleged murder of one Goody Ndidi Osafiele by his friend (name withheld) over N800 debt.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the killing, said the suspect was currently helping the police in their investigation. Read more

FCT Poll: Expect Result Today – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday said the result of the area council election held across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would be announced today.

The commission also said election would continue today in two polling units where elections did not hold due to card reader failure. INEC’s national commissioner in the commission, Anthonia Simbine, while addressing journalists on the conduct of the elction yesterday, said the polling units involved were Dabi Village Square Unit 002, Pai Ward, Kwali and Dabo Fulani in Gwagwa, AMAC. Read more

#PanamaPapers: EFCC, Interpol to go after Saraki, Mark, others

The Federal Government has opened a file on all Nigerians whose names have been mentioned in the Panama Papers as operating offshore accounts in notorious tax havens.

Some of the individuals listed in the papers so far are the current Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and his predecessor, David Mark. Read more

Contrary to critics’ claims, Preaching Law will promote peace in Kaduna — Sani, El-Rufai’s aide

Successive  administrations in Kaduna State  who had contended with bloody and destructive religious riots  had at one point or the other resorted to legislation to rein in religious extremism in the state.  So far, the most far reaching of the legislation remains the  Regulation of Religious Preaching Edict No. 7 of 1984, which has  been amended twice –  in 1987 and 1996 Read more

Operators make N2.2tn profit from pension fund investment

Operators of the Contributory Pension Scheme have made about N2.2tn as profit from the investment of the fund in their custody since inception of the scheme till date.

The Chairman, Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria, Mr. Eguarehide Longe, disclosed this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent while disabusing the wrong impression that some people had about the growing pension fund. Read more

GTB records stable deposits In 2015 despite TSA

Despite economic headwinds in the last year and the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) has said that its customers’ deposit remained stable at N1.610trn as at December 2015 from N1.618trn in December 2014, which represents only a slight decline of 0.5 per cent.

The bank recorded gross earnings of N301.9b up from N278.5b from the previous year, representing an 8.4 per cent increase, adding that excluding the implementation of the TSA, its total deposits would have increased by 5.3 percent. Read more

CBN Governor Flew Arik Air To Mother’s Funeral

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Gowdin Emefiele, whose deceased mother was buried in Delta State, last Saturday, flew an Arik Air flight to Benin before proceeding by road to Delta state for the funeral.

Emefiele flew from Lagos State on Friday, April 1, aboard Arik Air Flight 6620 5NMJN, which departed the Murtala Muhammed Airport at 9:05am. Read more

Why Fuel Scarcity Lingers

Minister of State for Petroleum and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has attributed the fuel scarcity that is just abating to activities of pipeline vandals, reduction in subsidy payment and non-availability of foreign exchange (FOREX).

The minister, who made this disclosure in a video posted on his official Facebook page, regretted that Nigerians had to go through the hardship that fuel scarcity subjected them to in the last few weeks. Read more

MDAs, Electricity Firms And The Debt Scourge

Electricity distribution companies in the country, under the auspices of Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), recently raised the alarm that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the three tiers of government owe them a staggering N58 billion in unpaid electricity bills. Of that amount, the Army alone is said to owe N15 billion being bills across its formations in parts of the country dating back to 2013. Nigerians knew that this problem will arise because the governments and their agencies pretend that they are shielded from paying for utilities not just power. NITEL had the same problem before it was privatised. Read more

NFF crisis: Orumen dismisses Jos court judgement

Stakeholders have continued to react to the ruling by a Jos High Court which granted Chris Giwa leave to take over the rein in the Nigeria Football Federation, “having been duly elected as NFF president.” Speaking on the ruling, sports critic, Dudu Orumen said, “I am sure a superior court will upturn that ruling because it holds no water.” But Orumen would not explain any further as he said what people should be talking about in Nigerian football is to call for electoral reforms. Read more

I Will Only Select Winners – Amuneke

Flying Eagles Coach, Emmanuel Amuneke says he declared a 3-day open screening invitation despites inviting 30 players to the national camp to give many players the opportunity to claim places in the team.
According to him, he is only interested in taking in players who are coachable and have the desire to win as camping resumes ahead of next month’s 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi. Read more

Anthony Joshua Crowned IBF world heavyweight champion

Anthony Joshua was crowned as the new IBF world heavyweight champion after a stunning second round stoppage of Charles Martin.

The British fighter claimed the world title in his just 16th fight after producing another explosive stoppage win over the American at The O2. Read more

Massive fire kills more than 80 at India temple

A massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in a south Indian temple early Sunday, killing more than 80 people and injuring at least 200 more, a top official said.

The fire started when a spark from a fireworks show ignited a separate batch of fireworks that were being stored at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravoor village, a few hours north of Kerala’s state capital of Thiruvananthapuram, State Home Minister Ramesh Chennitala. Read more

Islamic State to target Angela Merkel and Germany amid ‘VERY SERIOUS’ security fears

Germany’s intelligence agency has revealed that depraved jihadis want to carry out Paris and Brussels-style attacks on the European country.

But head of the agency, Hans-Georg Maassen said they do not know of any concrete plot to strike out despite having security concerns. Read more

Malcolm Turnbull says banking royal commission just a Labor ‘thought bubble’

The Coalition has dug in on its opposition to a royal commission into malpractice in the banking industry, with Malcolm Turnbull saying it is little more than a “distraction” by Labor.

It was the first time Turnbull commented on the royal commission, which wasproposed by the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, on Friday. Read more

Ted Cruz sweeps Colorado amid Trump camp’s disarray

Ted Cruz continued his dominance in Colorado on Saturday, winning all of the final 13 delegates to the Republican National Convention available at the state’s convention.

The Texas senator has now won all 34 delegates up for grabs in the state and is now fewer than 200 delegates behind Donald Trump in the race to the 1,237 needed to clinch the Republican nomination. Read more

Russian cheese lovers find way round import ban

An entrepreneur has found a way to supply Italian parmesan, Dutch Gouda and British Cheddar to cheese connoisseurs in Russia, side-stepping a ban on importing European food that the Kremlin imposed in the fallout from the conflict in Ukraine.

Russia’s government banned wholesale imports of fresh food products from the European Union in 2014 in retaliation for Western states imposing sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Read more






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