May 24, 2018

*PDP Moves to Halt Poaching of Key Members *Apostle Suleman to appear before DSS with 30 lawyers

*PDP Moves to Halt Poaching of Key Members *Apostle Suleman to appear before DSS with 30 lawyers




PDP Moves to Halt Poaching of Key Members

Worried by the spate of defections that has hit it recently, the leadership of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken measures aimed at gingering support for the party across the country. The move by the PDP is coming despite a pending judgment at the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt in Rivers state which is expected to resolve to a large extent the lingering leadership dispute in the opposition party. Read more

Apostle Suleman to appear before DSS with 30 lawyers

The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has formally been invited by the Department of State Services to appear at its National Headquarters in Abuja, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

Our correspondent learnt on Saturday that the cleric was invited for interrogation on Monday (tomorrow) by 10am, based on his recent alleged inciting comments that Christians should defend themselves against attacks by Fulani herdsmen. Read more

Magu: Senators demand new report from DSS

A week after President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to the Senate and cleared the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, of corruption, members of the Senate have called on the Department of State Services, whose report indicted the nominee, to issue another report to clear him.

According to the lawmakers, the decision by the Senate was based on the DSS report, which accused Magu of corruption and malpractice. Read more

Gunmen abduct Delta Catholic priest, demand N10m ransom

Gunmen have reportedly abducted a Catholic priest in-charge of St. Patricks Catholic Church, Eku in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, Rev. Fr. Joseph Oghenekevwe Ojakorotu.

Fr Ojakorotu was allegedly abducted along the Sapele-Eku road in Sapele Local Government Area while returning from a journey to Eku on Friday. Read more

Only 40 super-rich Nigerians pay correct tax — Govt report

Only 40 super -rich Nigerians pay correct tax on their income, a government report commissioned by the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Joint Tax Board has found.

A very reliable source in government told SUNDAY PUNCH during the week that the report was prepared from tax data collected from the 36 states of the federation and Abuja. Read more

Helicopter drama: Seized aircraft bought by Amaechi, says Wike

Contrary to the claims by the Nigeria Customs Service that the two Bell 412 helicopters handed over to the Nigerian Air Force on Friday in Lagos were imported by yet-to-be-identified importers, investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH have shown that the aircraft were actually ordered for by the Rivers State Government when Rotimi Amaechi was governor.

It was also gathered on Saturday that the current governor of the state, Nyesom Wike, made series of requests for the release of the helicopters to Rivers when he assumed office. Read more

FG’s school feeding project starts poorly — Investigation

The implementation of the Federal Government’s free meal programme for public primary school pupils in the five pilot states of Anambra, Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun and Osun states has started on a poor note.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Mr. Laolu Akande, had in a statement last Sunday said the government had released over N375m as part of its Homegrown School Feeding Programme meant to cater for almost 700,000 primary school pupils in the five states for 10 school days. Read more

Kano monarch, Sanusi warns ‘political’ clerics

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has warned Muslim clerics in the country to stop turning their mosques into political podium, preaching hate messages among Nigerians, rather than the word of God.

The royal father gave the warning in his sermon at the ultra modern mosque of the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State at the weekend, when he led the first Friday prayers in the mosque, after inaugurating it.  Read more

Nnamani: Stylist kicks of bread and butter theorist

Senator Kenechukwu Nnamani is a lucky man. Were he a lady, Ken appears in the mould of which beautiful brides are made. But, being a politician, he knows how to be at the right place at the right time. For this reason, fortune tends to smile on him always. Hence, the Senator knows how to flow with the sweet breeze of riches and favour, thereby enjoying the better of two worlds.

Ken Nnamani regained national prominence recently when he called off his one-year political sabbatical, by casting anchor on the (s)ailing ship of All Progressives Congress (APC). He registered his membership in his Amechi award in Enugu South local government council of Enugu State. Read more

Lawmaker says Buhari’s death rumour, depth of hatred, bitterness

Members representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau State in the House of Representatives, Timothy Golu, has expressed dismay at the manner some Nigerians rejoiced over the rumoured death of President Muhammadu Buhari, in the United Kingdom.

According to the distraught lawmaker the rumour is a manifestation of the depth of hatred and bitterness amongst Nigerians. Read more

Battle of the Prophets! Pastor Tunde Bakare Dares Church GOs

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths. Ask Pastor Tunde Bakare. The founder and General Overseer (GO) of the Latter Rain Assembly understands that if he fails to bellow the truth when he knows the truth, he undoubtedly makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers. This perhaps explains his recent outburst and criticism of fellow Pentecostal pastors. Bakare recently lampooned church leaders who were against the governance code issued by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria calling them ‘money launderers’ who were trying to cover up their ‘iniquities.’ Read more

North East 500 years behind South in education, says VC

The Vice Chancellor of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Prof. Abubakar Njodi, has said it may take the North East 500 years to “recover from the destruction” of its education system by Boko Haram, and catch up with the southern part of the country.

Njodi, a Professor of Physical and Health Education, who made the disclosure yesterday stated that even before the advent of Boko Haram, studies had indicated that the region was about 150 years behind other parts of the country, particularly the South. Read more

PCNI donates N20m to Borno hospital, to foot 68 patients’ bills

The Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI) has donated N20 million to foot the bill of 68 patients receiving treatment at Borno State Specialists Hospital.

The 68 patients were those who sustained injuries from the recent accidental airstrikes on a resettlement border camp. Read more

Makarfi: Interfering In PDP Is recipe for crisis

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) of instigating crisis in the PDP.

Chairman of the caretaker committee of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, warned that unless the opposition is allowed to perform its constitutional, the nation’s political future is bleak. Read more

Oba Ewuare II is a die-hard traditionalist – Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin

Chief David Edebiri is the Esogban of Benin Kingdom and popularly known as the Oracle of the Kingdom. In this interview, he speaks on the suspension of one of the top chiefs in the kingdom, in fact the chief priest of the Oba, Chief Nosakhare Isekhurhe. He also speaks on the reforms Oba Ewuare II and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State are executing.  He declares that the gods brought the Oba and Obaseki at this point in time to take Edo and the kingdom to the next level. Read more

Non-indigenes hijack job slots in delta, says police boss

The Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, Ibrahim Zanna, yesterday, said many youths in the state are unemployed because non-indigenes have hijacked the available job slots in the state.

The Commissioner, who hosted the new executive of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), led by the State Chairman, Comrade Kenneth Okorie at the Police Headquarters, alleged that citizens of other states often claim Delta State origin during recruitment exercise, thereby usurping the few slots allocated to the state. Read more

ROYAL RUMBLE: Oba Ewuare II roars again, Chief Priest ostracized, palace sealed

This is certainly a rough period for the Isekhure of Benin Kingdom, Chief Nosakhare Isekhure, who was suspended by the Benin Traditional Council (BTC) for alleged flouting palace rules as the chief priest of the shrine of the Oba. The feud between the embattled chief and the palace of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11 (Ogidigan), climaxed on Wednesday when top Benin chiefs invaded the palace of Isekhure, located along Sakpoba Road Benin City, allegedly to secure the Erimwi-Idu shrine, belonging to the Oba, and, in the process, destroyed every item that gave the place the semblance of a palace  including the status of Isekhure erected in the palace several years ago. Read more

Igbo APC leaders rebuff Obasanjo, endorse Buhari for 2019

Days after former President Olusegun Obasanjo called on Igbo politicians to consider a 2019 presidential bid, All Progressives Congress, APC, leaders from the South-East, yesterday, rebuffed him with their endorsement of another four years for President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more 

Scores feared killed as Boko Haram ambushes motorists in Borno

Suspected members of Boko Haram, yesterday, ambushed motorists  along Maiduguri- Damboa- Biu road, leading to unspecified number of people dead and injured, according to eye witnesses.

The incident was said to have taken place in the morning between old Nigerian Telecommunication Mast, NITEL, a.k.a Dogon Wire in Hausa, and Bullabulin village which is now deserted with only a military base left. Read more

The day Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo stormed Ekiti for Oritsejafor’s in-law

THE earthly voyage of a politician and a foremost educationist in  Ekiti State, Chief Gabriel Ojo Falegan, JP, which commenced on Thursday, September 4, 1930, came to an end Saturday, November 19, 2016  in a blaze of glory in Ado-Ekiti with vociferous cultural displays from the famous Niger Delta region. Read more

How VP Osinbajo runs Nigeria as Acting President

Since stepping in as President and Commander-in-Chief in May, 2015, Muhammadu Buhari has gone on  vacation  abroad  three times and consequently transfered the powers of his office to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Read more

FG earmarks $1.2b for Kano-Kaduna rail line

The Minister of Transport, Chief Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, announced that the  Federal Government has earmarked $1.2b for the construction of the new Kano – Kaduna rail line.

The Minister, who disclosed this during a visit to Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, explained that the importance of Kano economy necessitated a new thinking.  Read more

Ganduje wants Buhari applauded for crushing Boko Haram

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has urged Nigerians to applaud President Muhammadu Buhari for crushing Boko Haram, rather than disparage his government over economic recession.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Literacy Programme for 3,500 non-literate members of the Kano Vigilante Group, Ganduje wondered why Nigerians chose to ignore the President’s determination to restore peace and security, instead of complaining about shortage of cash, provisions and clothes, noting, “one can hardly talk of material things, if peace was lacking.” Read more

Adamawa NUT rejects contributions – NUT Boss

Another industrial crisis is brewing in Adamawa state, as the members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Adamawa state branch has said that it will not participate in the planed compulsory pension contributions scheme in the state for civil servants.

The state chairman of the Union Comrade Rodney Nathan, who spoke to The Guardian in Yola yesterday said that since the leadership of the Union was excluded from the Technical committee that will fashioned out the modalities for the scheme, it will be a betrayal of his members to drag them into a scheme that he cannot explain the benefits to his members. Read more

Report says Nigeria records 6,258 hate speeches in six months

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has revealed that 6,258 hate speeches were recorded between June and December 2016, stating it is not a good development for the country.

The Senior Programme Officer of CITAD, Isah Garba, while giving the outcome of the 2016 Monitoring and Countering Hate and Dangerous Speech Project Report, noted that rumour was one of the most inflammatory and violence causing mechanisms. Read more

Worsening power situation beyond our control, says IKEDC

The power situation in the last few days has gone from bad to worse. Why is this so?
From reports, the generation capacity has dropped from 3,959MW to 2,662MW and this is attributed to the low water levels at the hydro power stations and shortage of gas to the power plants due to vandalism. That means if you use to get 10 hours a day before, you will probably be getting less than that and on our part, we have resorted to load shedding, so that the what we get can be shared equitably among our customers. Read more

Assemblies of God Denies Knowledge of Missing N2.7bn Ministers’ Pension Funds

The Assemblies of God Church, Nigeria in Enugu has dismissed as false and mischievous media reports linking its leaders to the alleged disappearance of N2.7 billion pension funds belonging to retired pastors of the church.
The Church, which is presently struggling with leadership crisis, also denied the purported invitation of some of its officers by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on January 24, 2017. Read more


Investor at Loggerheads with Capital Market Regulators over Direct Cash Settlement

More than a year ago, under the leadership of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nigerian capital market commenced the Direct Cash Settlement (DCS) initiative, a direct payment of proceeds of sale of securities into an investor’s nominated bank account. This initiative was, amongst several other efforts, developed to protect investors and eliminate fraudulent activities in the Nigerian capital market. Read more

.ng’ll remain Nigeria’s domain name’

The President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association, Mr. Sunday Folayan, has said that the Nigerian Internet domain brand, .ng, will continue to have “significant” impact on the technology space in the country.

The NiRA president on Friday provided update on the Domain Names System in Nigeria regarding the country code Tol Level Domain Names, saying there was greater prospect for the .ng domain names in 2017. Read more

Oil price, forex policy hamper economic recovery — Experts

The country’s economy may struggle to rebound from its worst slump in 25 years unless President Muhammadu Buhari ends the Niger Delta militancy and review the nation’s foreign exchange policy that has blocked investment, economic and financial experts have said.

The experts said a more favourable oil and foreign-currency environment could help the economy, Bloomberg reported. Read more

NERC May Shelve Proposed Tariff Hike Due to Recession, Discos’ Lawsuit

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) may not implement its planned increase in tariff for the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos), THISDAY has learnt.

The decision to backtrack on its move is predicated on country’s current economic recession and the ruling from the suit at the two Federal High Courts (FHC) in Abuja instituted by eight Discos, stopping it from enforcing discipline in their revenue remittances to the market. Read more

Experts proffer solutions to agric challenges

The President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Architect Kabir Ibrahim, has stated that for the sector to perform credibly well, 10 per cent budgetary allocation, as stipulated in Maputo Declaration should be strictly adhered to.

Ibrahim, who was one of the discussants at the second Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture with the theme: Increased Agricultural Productivity For Sustainable Economic Growth, in Abuja, noted that government’s agriculture policies worked more in rhetoric than reality. Read more

Cucumber farm opens in Epe

Sellers and consumers of Cucumber, Cucumis sativus, a green and roughly cylindrical shaped fruit, known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress, need not go far again, as the fruit is now readily available in Epe area of Lagos State.

The discovery of the farm, where the fruit is planted and succesfully harvested, has dispelled the theory that cucumber can only grow in the sandy soil of the north. Read more

NSE partners NIMASA on training

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Apapa Branch, Lagos State, has partnered the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), on career training.

Chairman of the Apapa Branch of the association, Maikasuwa Garba, while speaking at a workshop, noted that the society has skills to train up coming engineers in manpower development to ensure they have successful careers. Read more

Pig farmers cry out over diseases, high cost

Since the outbreak of the dreaded plague-African Swine Fever (ASF) ravaged Piggery farms in some parts of the country in 2007, those who fled the business due to the serious setback never looked back.

But those who stayed back and others that later joined the lucrative farming enterprise have been waiting for the better opportunity to recover the losses. Read more



Iwobi Makes Cameo As Five Star Arsenal Thrash Southampton

It was plain sailing for Arsenal as they booked their place in the last sixteen of the Emirates FA Cup after hammering Southampton 5-0 at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday evening.

In a perfect evening for the Gunners, two players who have recovered from injuries, England internationals Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott, registered their names on the scorecard. Read more

Pillars’ supporters invade Agege, as MFM seek fans support

Crowd pulling Kano Pillars FC will hope to redeem their image by avoiding defeat in the hands of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) Football Club, who have scored seven unreplied goals at the start of the new season on home soil.

The encounter, a Match Day Five fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), will see the Sai Masu Gida boys trying to contain the Olukoya Boys currently third on the NPFL table, from compounding their woes. Read more

Teen Wonder Ejaria Disappoints As Liverpool Crash Out Of Emirate FA Cup

The poor run of Liverpool since the turn of the year continued against Wolverhampton Wanderers as they fell 1-2 to the Championship side in the Emirate FA Cup.

Highly rated Nigerian teen midfielder Ovie Ejaria had a game to forget in the midfield for Liverpool, with the teen star replaced after 74th minute by Emre Can. Read more

Conte wants swift outcome on Ivanovic future

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants a swift resolution to the speculation regarding Branislav Ivanovic, as reported by ESPN.

What’s the word?

Branislav Ivanovic looks set to leave Stamford Bridge before Tuesday’s transfer deadline but the Serbian defender has to make a decision on his future, as he mulls over offers from Zenit St Petersburg and alternative options in the Premier League. Read more

Liverpool out of FA Cup, Tottenham survive Wycombe scare

Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship club Wolves as Tottenham survived a potential giant-killing of their own by twice coming from behind in a 4-3 win over fourth-tier Wycombe Wanderers.

Elsewhere, Premier League giants Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all made it comfortably through to the last 16. Read more

Chelsea to make trip Down Under next year

Australian football fans will get the chance to see some of the best footballers on the planet, with Chelsea to pay a visit Down Under next year.

The English Premier League giant could bring the likes of Eden Hazard and David Luiz to Perth in a one-off friendly with the Perth Glory at the new Perth Stadium in mid-2018. Read more

THeo Walcott’s Hat-Trick Powers Arsenal Past Southampton In FA Cup

Theo Walcott struck a hat-trick against his former club after Danny Welbeck scored twice on his first start since a knee injury in May as Arsenal thrashed Southampton 5-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup at St Mary’s on Saturday.

It was a match between two weakened teams, but the strength in depth of Arsenal, FA Cup winners in 2014 and 2015, ensured the visitors won out. Read more



Trump’s immigration ban sparks ‘chaos and cruelty’ worldwide

America’s immigration system has been plunged into chaos and confusion in the wake of strict travel restrictions on people from seven Muslim-majority nations.

President Trump’s sweeping executive order for “extreme vetting” means no visas are being issued for 90 days to migrants or visitors from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Read more

Theresa May finally speaks out against Muslim ban

Theresa May caved into relentless pressure on Saturday evening, saying that she doesn’t agree with Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Downing Street made the statement late in the day, having faced extensive criticism for refusing to criticise or condemn the order at a press conference in Ankara. Read more

Trump’s travel ban: Protests at US airports

President Trump’s order for “extreme vetting” of visitors and legal US residents from seven Muslim-majority countries sparks protests across the US.

Thousands have vented their anger at several airports after hundreds of people have been reportedly detained. Read more

Oscars organiser says US ban on Iranian nominee ‘extremely troubling’

The organiser of the Oscars has said it is “extremely troubling” that the makers of an Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award may be barred from entering the US.

The Salesman, directed by Asghar Farhadi, is nominated for best foreign language film at next month’s ceremony in Los Angeles.

However, the decision by US president Donald Trump to ban nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US has thrown into doubt whether the Iranian cast and crew can attend the awards show. Read more

Trump executive order: US judge temporarily halts deportations

A US judge has issued a stay temporarily halting the deportation of visa holders or refugees under an executive order from President Trump.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit early on Saturday in response to the order. The judge’s stay prevents those “caught up” in the aftermath from being deported, the ACLU said. Read more


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