June 21, 2018

*Jammeh succumbs to pressure, goes into exile *IDP camp bombing: NAF panel summons war commander, pilots

*Jammeh succumbs to pressure, goes into exile *IDP camp bombing: NAF panel summons war commander, pilots




Jammeh succumbs to pressure, goes into exile

Adama Barrow, the man who won The Gambia’s disputed election, was sworn in as president yesterday in Senegal. This is just as former President Yahya Jammeh has succumbed to pressure and gone into exile.

Barrow took the oath at the country’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal, ordering Gambian soldiers to remain in their barracks. Jammeh had earlier refused to vacate office, with the parliament extending his tenure by three months.

Efforts by West African leaders to persuade Jammeh to accept electoral defeat have been futile, and as such they have threatened to remove him by force. Jammeh lost the presidential election on December 1, 2016, according to the Gambian electoral commission; however, he wants the results cancelled, claiming errors in the electoral process. Read more

IDP camp bombing: NAF panel summons war commander, pilots

The Nigerian Air Force, on Thursday, inaugurated a six-man panel to investigate the Tuesday accidental air strike by the Nigerian Air Force at the Rann’s Internally Displaced Persons camp in the Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. The panel has two weeks to submit its report.

The PUNCH learnt that as part of its investigation into the bombing, the panel had summoned, among others, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor; the pilots who launched the air strike, and some air officers at the Air Component base in Yola, Adamawa State. Read more

Presidency justifies continued detention of El-zakzaky

The presidency yesterday justified why the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is still been detained by the authorities.

Outlining the impediments inhibiting his release, he said the Federal Government is looking into the case with the public and security interest dimensions among others above any other individual claim of right. Read more

Osinbajo in Charge as Buhari Begins Vacation

President Mumammadu Buhari has sent a letter to the National Assembly, announcing his intention to proceed on a 10-working day vacation beginning from January 23, 2017.
The president in a letter addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said while he is away, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would act as president. Read more

‘Nigeria may devalue naira this year’

Nigeria will devalue its currency, the naira, later this year in an effort to improve liquidity and close the gap between the official and exchange parallel markets, a Reuters poll has shown.

That expectation by seven of the nine economists polled this week comes even though Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele has said he would not devalue the naira. An analyst and investor at Rich Management in Nairobi. Aly-Khan Satchu, said: “The possibility of a devaluation is certain; the question is the timing.  Read more

NCC begins enforcement of #5m fine over SMS

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said that it has commenced the enforcement of the Do Not Disturb (DND), code which compels mobile network operators to stop sending unsolicited messages to their subscribers.

Prof Umar Danbatta executive vice chairman of NCC at a meeting with the Academia on ITU Study Group Participation held at Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja, said the move became imperative because the NCC had given the operators ample time to comply with the regulatory directive and was now ready to enforce the N5 million fine stipulated for any breach of the directive by the regulator. Read more

Agatu Agrees on Conditions to Allow Fulani Headsmen Graze

The people of Agatu in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State have agreed to allow Fulani herdsmen graze their cattle in some routes in the area.

The decision was reached after several condition were tabled by the Agatu people among which is the need for the federal government to reconstruct the building that were destroyed by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen last year. Read more

Southern PDP Leaders Regroup to Map out Strategies for 2019

As the jostle for political space ahead of the 2019 general election heat up, chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the Southern region, have started strategising to fortify the region for the coming challenges.

The strong belief among the party leaders who gathered at the residence of the former Minister of Information, Chief Tom Ikimi in Abuja was that they need to emulate their northern folk who in 2015 were united across party lines in voting in a particular direction. Read more

Libel: Premium Times Publisher, Reporter Arrested, Released by Police

Following allegations of defamation of character and libelous story published against the Chief of Army Staff  (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Publisher of an online newspaper, Premium Times, Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, as well as the judiciary correspondent of the medium, Evelyn Okakwu, were yesterday arrested by the police.

He was however, later released following pressure from above. Read more

Blackout at APC National Secretariat as Power Minister Meets Oyegun

The national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was for a moment struck by power outage yesterday when the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola were engaged in a closed-door meeting.

In what seemed like a coincidence, electricity to the APC building went off just as both men were engaged in discussions. Read more

‘Lack of monitoring, infrastructure hurting ‘Buy Nigeria Campaign’

The Federal Government’s renewed push to encourage locally produced goods and services patronage is a step in the right direction, but failure to complement the campaign with adequate monitoring and supportive infrastructure remains an impediment, former Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association Director-General, Mr. Jayeola Olarewaju, who spoke with The Nation has said.

According to him, the campaign has the capacity to galvanise the manufacturing sector and, ultimately, stimulate economic growth and development while creating jobs. Read more

Retirees demand mortgage reimbursement

The Contributory Pensioners Association of Nigeria (COPAN) has called for reimbursement from their contributions to the National Housing Fund (NHF).

Its leader, Mr Kayode Da Silva, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Federal Mortgage Bank to reimburse contributors. ‘’Many of us who are retired even up to three years are yet to be reimbursed by the Federal Mortgage Bank,” he said. Read more

How to prevent bird flu spread, by don

Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) Registrar Prof. Eustace Ayemere Iyayi has urged local authorities to adopt precautionary measures against the spread of avian influenza, commonly called bird flu.

He called for improved supervision, investigation and early discovery of all bird flu outbreaks. Read more

Foundation gives farmers N100m loan

An industrialist, Chief Chamberlin Okechukwu Adiaso, has  given a N100million loan to farmers in Abia State.

Adiaso, Mayfair Project Ltd Managing Director, said the loan was disbursed through the Nma Abia Co-operative Society. He spoke during opening of an hospital in honour of his mother Mercy Adiaso in Obieketa autonomous community in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of the state under the auspices of this foundation. Read more

Fed Govt takes civil service pensioners’ verification to Bayelsa, Rivers

The Federal Government has announced the start of the next phase of the verification and biometric capture of civil service pensioners in the South South States of Rivers and Bayelsa.

A statement by the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) in Abuja indicated that the verification exercise will take place in Port-Harcourt, to cover pensioners in Rivers State and in Yenagoa, to cover pensioners for Bayelsa on the 16th of this month. Read more

AfDB lauds Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa

The outgoing country Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Ousmane  Dore has said Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa is unquestionable.

He commended the country’s exemplary leadership role in Africa through the  Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA), a window for assisting poor and fragile African countries. Read more

IITA, others join forces to fight viral diseases in crops

Farmers and scientists are worried over the growing threat of pets and diseases to food security.

Globally, biological threats caused by pests and diseases in plants account for about 40 per cent loss in global production. Experts say the problem may get worse. Read more

Focus on mines, steel development, Fed Govt urged

Minister of Mines and Steel Development Dr. Kayode Fayemi has urged the Federal Government to give special attention to the development of eight critical areas to improve the mineral and mining sector.

This is contained in the Ministry’s Roadmap where the Minister said the government should focus on investor-friendly regulatory environment by conducting reviews its tax system, licensing fees and other fees. Read more

Man arrested for threatening to assassinate Trump at inauguration

A man has been arrested in Florida, United States for posting online that he would kill President-elect Donald Trump at his inauguration today.

“This is January16, 2017. I was requested to type this in and post it. Yes, I will be at the review stand, the inauguration and I’m going to kill President Trump, President-elect Trump today,” Dominic Puopolo said in a video posted on Monday. Puopolo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday and allegedly admitted to making the threat. He was ordered for a mental evaluation at a court hearing on Wednesday. Read more

Balarabe Musa, Akintoye, others back regionalism

Former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa yesterday in Enugu joined others to support a regional structure of government at the Federal level.

Speaking at the 18th Annual Convention of the Igbo Youth Movement (IYM) in Enugu, themed “How to resolve the crisis of Nigeria as a nation state,” Musa said that the call for regionalism has become pertinent as the present state structure has become untenable because the states are unviable. Read more

Ohanaeze urges political solution to Kanu’s predicament

Ohanaeze Ndigbo is canvassing a political solution to the prolonged incarceration of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, just as it vowed not to abandon members of the group and those of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in their struggle.

The organisation is also determined to repatriate Igbo investments for integration and development. Read more

AIG seeks measures to curb suicides among police officers

Worried about the increasing incidence of suicide among officers nationwide, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 5, Benin City, Edo State, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed, says measures must be put in place to arrest the ugly trend.

During an interactive session with the rank and file of the Bayelsa State command yesterday in Yenagoa, he noted that available statistics showed that more cops had taken their lives in recent times. Read more

NAMA boss seek support to enhance airspace safety

Newly appointed Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, has solicited the support of staff as he aims at making the nation’s airspace safer than he met it.

Akinkuotu on resumption of duty, charged the workers to put the interest of NAMA first, if the agency is to attain its vision of being one of the leading Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) in the world. Read more

ECOMIG Troops Converge on The Gambia as Barrow is Inaugurated President

Senegalese troops, leading the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in The Gambia (ECOMIG), have entered The Gambia to ensure Mr. Adama Barrow assumes power as the country’s new president, a Senegalese army spokesman has said.

According to the BBC, the development came shortly after Barrow took the oath of office at The Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Read more



Dogara, Peterside proffer ways out of recession

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara said Nigeria needs visionary leadership and discipline to sustain economic growth as the nation grapples with recession.

Also, worried about the worsening economic crisis in the country, the Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Atedo Peterside, has labelled the foreign exchange and demand management policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) a failure leading to the underperformance of the economy. Read more

Despite recession, 14 states earned higher IGR in 2016, says NBS

The report showed that Adamawa had the highest 2016 IGR in the entire north east with N7, 586, 325,742.00bn as against the 2015 figure of N4, 451,736,117.84bn. Kaduna state also recorded a higher IGR in 2016 earning a total of N15, 497, 146,652.84bn as against the N11, 536,729,988.59bn in 2015.

Kwara state also witnessed increased revenue despite the national recession with N16, 458, 660, 456.68bn in 2016, as against N7, 178,922,182.76bn the previous year. Also, Kogi state in 2016 got N7, 728,015,286.78bn, higher than the IGR of N6, 728,015,286.78bn in 2015. Read more

NIBSS Backs Ban on Bitcoins, Virtual Currencies

The Managing Director/CEO, Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), Ade Shonubi has backed the recent decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ban the use of Bitcoins and other virtual currencies in the country.

Speaking yesterday in an interview on the sidelines of the launch of Ficannews.com, an online news website published by Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN), the NIBSS boss pointed out that there was yet to be a framework for transacting in virtual currencies in the country. Read more

DMO Sells N215bn Bonds at Yields Below Inflation

Nigeria has raised N214.95 billion in local currency bonds at its first auction this year, with the debts sold at yields below galloping inflation, the Debt Management Office said on Thursday.

Though yields were higher than at its last auction in December, the debt office said it received subscription of N235.05 billion for the bonds at the auction held on Wednesday, Reuters reported.  Read more

Inflation is out of control, says expert

The rising inflation rate in the country has gone beyond the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) control,  Head of Research, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr. Olusegun Omisakin, has said.

Speaking in Lagos, Omisakin said the rising inflation had defied CBN’s monetary policy measures, adding that policy tools adopted by the apex bank were only effective in taming inflation arising from demand-supply imbalances. Read more

CBN policies serve best interest of Nigerians, says Emefiele

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele has debunked the insinuations in some quarters that policies of the government were meant to benefit few in the society.

He said instead, the policies were designed to serve the best interest of majority of Nigerians. Read more

Ezekwesili: Nigeria to Save over $100bn Oil Revenue via Conservative Savings

A former Vice-President of the World Bank, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has said that conservative savings over a period of four years would have enabled the country save more than $100billion of oil revenue.

Ezekwesili disclosed this in Lagos during the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of Nigeria (HKSAAN) Public Lecture with the theme: “Nigeria Today: The Fierce Urgency of Resetting Economic Policies for Inclusive Growth.” Read more


Pinnick joins FIFA organising committee

World football-ruling body, FIFA has named the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, into one of its most important committees – the Organising Committee for Competitions.

Hitherto, the world body had different committees for organization of its several competitions, including the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA U-20 World Cup, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, FIFA U-17 World Cup, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Pinnick was a member of the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Read more

Obafemi Martins scores hat-trick for Shenhua

Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins was in superb form on Thursday as he bagged a hat-trick in Shanghai Shenhua’s 5-0 demolition of YSCC Yokohama in a pre-season friendly.

On a day the world’s top earner Carlos Tevez was coming to town, Martins who is also Nigeria’s highest paid player was on hand to show just how good he is. Read more

West Brom’s condition for signing Ighalo

Reports from England suggest West Brom’s interest in Watford and Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is very much dependent on the Baggies first agreeing a deal for Saido Berahino to leave, according to Sky Sports.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is said to be keen on adding Ighalo to his squad, but West Brom aren’t prepared to pay the £17m price that Watford reportedly want. Read more

It will take years to build football culture, Wenger warns CSL

Rome was not built in a day and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted it will take years for the Chinese Super League to create a football culture.

The CSL has dominated the headlines following the big-money arrivals of Oscar, Carlos Tevez and Axel Witsel, and more star names continue to be linked with moves to China. China is also home to Hulk, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Ramires, Alex Teixeira and head coach Andre Villas-Boas, among others. Read more

Vertonghen facing six-week layoff with ankle injury

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he is likely to be without defender Jan Vertonghen for the next six weeks.

The Belgium international suffered ankle ligament damage during the second half of last weekend’s 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion. Read more

Former Chelsea winger: I wasn’t happy at Stamford Bridge but I respected Jose Mourinho

The Egypt international worked with the 53-year-old at Chelsea, although Salah failed to ever hit the ground running.

The 24-year-old completed an £11m move from Basel in January 2014 but made just 13 Premier League appearances for the Blues before he was sent out on loan to Fiorentina. He then enjoyed a loan spell at Roma before making the move permanent last summer. Read more

Liverpool legend likens Lallana to Barcelona great Iniesta, fans react

Liverpool legend Jan Molby has raised a few eyebrows by likening Adam Lallana to one of Barcelona’s greatest ever players Andres Iniesta.

The England international has been in fine form under manager Jurgen Klopp this season having scored seven goals and as many assists. It is clear that Lallana is now one of the first names on the teamsheet after cementing himself into an attacking midfield role. Read more


Car ploughs into pedestrians in Melbourne, police say

A car has hit several pedestrians in the Australian city of Melbourne, emergency services have confirmed.

Paramedics were at the scene treating people, an Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said. She could not yet say how many. “At this stage it is believed a man driving a vehicle has struck a number of pedestrians,” police said. Read more

Anti-Trump protesters are pepper-sprayed by cops

Anti-Trump protesters have been seen clashing with police and being pepper-sprayed in Washington DC.

A massive crowd of those who are against the president-elect gathered outside the National Press Club, which was holding the ‘DeploraBall’ – a celebratory event organized by Trump supporters from the ‘alt-right’. Hundreds of demonstrators were on the street outside the press club, many chanting and holding signs.  Read more

Pro-Trump bikers roar into Washington DC 

Bikers around the country are descending in Washington DC ahead of the inauguration, where they are prepared to stand up against any violent protesters.

The group Bikers For Trump requested a permit for 5,000 people at the John Marshall Park, with an unofficial ‘halftime rally’ planned between the swearing-in ceremony and the start of the parade. Read more

China eyes an opportunity to take ownership of climate change fight

Twenty years ago, climate change was believed by many in Beijing to be a conspiracy cooked up by the western world to contain China’s development.

Since then, China has performed an about-turn, not only recognising climate change as a major global challenge but also, ahead of Davos this week, vowing to lead the world’s effort in combating it.

The election of Donald Trump, who, labelling climate change a “hoax” created by China, has reversed the conspiracy, casts a dark shadow on the prospect of future international climate cooperation. But for China, now could be a moment of opportunity. Read more

New al Qaeda documents reveal the bureaucracy of terror

The National Intelligence Agency released 49 new documents Thursday that were recovered from Osama bin Laden’s hideout during the US raid that resulted in his death in 2011.

The trove is full of revelations about bin Laden’s final days, recapped here in great detail by CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. What also caught our eye were memos that outlined administrative procedures and best practices for the terror group. Read more

Trump Renews Vow for Jerusalem Embassy, a Gift of Uncertain Value

It started, as it has in American presidential races for decades, as a campaign line, one that weary Israelis and Palestinians hear but rarely take seriously: Donald J. Trump promised to move his nation’s embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

But by Thursday, the eve of Mr. Trump’s inauguration, those decades of promises seemed very real — with reverberations far beyond stone and cement. Read more




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