March 23, 2018

*Confab report ‘ll settle Southern Kaduna, other crises- Jonathan *Shiites urge Osinbajo to release El-Zakzaky, wife

*Confab report ‘ll settle Southern Kaduna, other crises- Jonathan *Shiites urge Osinbajo to release El-Zakzaky, wife





Confab report ‘ll settle Southern Kaduna, other crises- Jonathan

The implementation of the report of the 2014 national conference and an end to impunity will end etnoc religious crises such as the Southern Kaduna killings, former President Goodlcuk Jonathan has said.

He spoke in a address delivered to the United States Congress House Sub Committee on Africa. According to statement by the former president’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan spoke in his capacity as the promoter of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation. Read more

Shiites urge Osinbajo to release El-Zakzaky, wife

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites, has urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to release its leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and wife from detention.

The group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, made the renewed call yesterday in a statement.He said they were encouraged by Osinbajo’s recent statement at Eko Stakeholders Summit, which condemned police and judges for illegally detaining suspects without trial Read more

N2bn libel suit: Tight security as Kashamu, Adebutu meet in court

There  was a tight security in and around the Ogun State High Court in Isabo, yesterday as the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu and a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ladi Adebutu met in court over a N2 billion libel suit.

Kashamu had instituted the suit against Adebutu for calling him a convict and accusing him of bribing some judicial officers among others. Read more

Army arrests 5 Boko Haram leaders

The Nigerian Army said, yesterday, that it had arrested five personsbelieved to be high-ranking Boko Haram terrorists. Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, stated this in Maiduguri yesterday, adding that three Chadians were also arrested in Borno as part of its ongoing anti-terrorism war in the North-East. Read more

Radio frequency, more accessible in ancient Ibadan

Did you know that radio frequency can be exhausted? Yes, the non-availability of radio frequency in Lagos, especially the frequency modulation (FM) caused a major radio station to set up shop in Ibadan, Oyo state instead of the nation’s commercial capital. Read more

Reps query poor work in Jos Airport after gulping N406 million

The House of Representatives has queried the ministry of aviation over alleged poor rehabilitation work done at the Jos Airport terminal building after gulping N406 million.

The Nkiruka Onyejiocha-led Committee on Aviation said it was taken aback when it discovered that in spite the release of the money, the details of the level of execution of the project were no where to be seen in the document at the disposal of the lawmakers. Read more

Ambode pledges better security in Lagos schools

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured parents of the safety of their children in schools across the state.He gave the assurance against the backdrop of recent increase in kidnapping of students in the state.

The governor spoke yesterday while inaugurating the construction of 10 modern schools in five districts in the state.Ambode, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule, said apart from ensuring adequate security in schools, his administration is committed to providing better opportunities for students. Read more

Reps’ panel rues loss of N3 trillion yearly on high seas

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Navy, Mr. Abdussamad Dasuki, has expressed concern over the loss of about N3 trillion yearly within the country’s territorial waters.

Dasuki, who spoke during the budget defence session of the Nigerian Navy (NN), noted that the amount, equivalent of about $10 billion, is lost yearly due to the inability of Navy personnel to discharge their duties effectively. Read more

Ganduje, labour set to clash over government anti-graft crusade

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State may be heading for another round of controversy apart from the ongoing one he is into with his immediate past predecessor in office, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso.

This time, the governor’s anti-graft war that is currently piercing through the government ministries, parastatals, labour unions, politicians and traditional rulers among others, has pitted the administration against some powerful groups in the state including the leadership of the state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). Read more

RISAA warns billboard owners on production stardards, registration

Worried by a recent storm that destroyed some Unipole structures in Port Harcourt and injured people , the Rivers State Signage and Advertisement Agency (RISAA) has warned practitioners and owners of billboards against compromising industry standards during the process of building , constructing and erecting outdoor hoarding Read more

Community gives Chevron ultimatum to fulfill CSR pledge made 19 years ago

Hundreds of indigenes of Kokodiagbene in Gbaramatu kingdom of Warri South West Local Counci of Delta State on Wednesday stormed the Otunana flow station operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) to protest against the company’s refusal to give electricity to the oil-rich community.

The placard-carrying protesters, who came in three Cotonou boats, alleged that the American oil firm had reneged on its promise made 19 years ago, to provide the community with electricity as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and as obtained in host communities around its flow stations. Read more

Confusion over U.S. Executive Order on travel ban, IATA seeks clarity

Lack of clarity about President Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” policies has continued to roil travellers, airlines and foreign governments, as United States’ (U.S.) immigration officials made decisions on the fly about how to apply the directives.

Some days after Trump laid out an executive order temporarily banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority nations from travelling to the United States, lawyers were still struggling to reach clients being questioned at U.S. ports of entry. Read more

Ikeja Rotary Club rewards LASUTH workers

The Rotary Club of Ikeja has rewarded five diligent employees of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for excellent performance and dedication to duty.

Those honoured at the event held at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, include Dr. Tunmise Bamisile (Best Doctor); Mrs. A. F Aina (Best Nursing Staff); Mr. Kingsley Igbenosa (Most Valuable Male Staff); Mrs. Adekola Funmi Aderonke (Most Valuable Female Staff) and Mr. Osisanya Samsondeen (Most Punctual Staff). Read more

Protesters attack Mimiko’s convoy in error over 2017 budget presentation

Protesters who had laid siege on the Ondo House of Assembly since Wednesday over the 2017 budget presentation, yesterday attacked the convoy of Governor Olusegun Mimiko in error.

The protesters, on hearing the siren of the pilot car rushed out thinking the governor was taking the impeached speaker, Jumoke Akindele, to the assembly to present the budget Read more

Delta Airlines, MMA2, SAHCOL win awards

Delta Airlines has been named Business Airline of the Year 2017 at the United Kingdom’s Business Travel Awards, beating the likes of EasyJet, Etihad Airways, Norwegian and Qatar Airways.

The award is the first for Delta at the annual event, and the first time in over a decade that a U.S. airline wins the title.Meanwhile, the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) in Lagos and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) have also won awards in recognition of excellent services. Read more

Senate committee okays N1.3b for Transportation Ministry

The Senate Committee on Marine Transport approved the N1.3billion budget proposal for the Transportation Ministry yesterday.

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The Committee said it was committed to ensuring that the objectives of the 2017 budget were achieved through oversight activities. Read more

Onnoghen urges NBA to nominate lawyers to Supreme Court

Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen has asked the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to nominate lawyers for appointment as justices of the Supreme Court.

Folowing this, the NBA  called on lawyers to nominate suitably qualified candidates. The deadline is today. Read more

Umar advises NJC to insist on Onnoghen

A former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Col Abubakar Dangiwa Umar(retd.) yesterday faulted the silence of the Presidency on the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

He said the government should address fears that it does not want a Southerner as CJN. Read more

Lufthansa Won’t Fly to Kaduna During Abuja Airport Closure

German carrier Lufthansa will not fly to the Kaduna airport during the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, a company spokesman said yesterday.

Lufthansa’s statement was the fallout of federal government’s decision to divert flights to the Kaduna airport, located about 100 miles north of Abuja, while the main airport is undergoing repairs, scheduled to take six weeks from March 8. Read more

Nigerians’ life expectancy drops as recession bites

More implications of recession and harsh economic conditions on the life of Nigerians have emerged as a new study has associated low socio-economic status with significant reductions in life expectancy.

The study of 1.7 million people published by The Lancet recommended that low socio-economic status, which is an implication of recession and poor earning, should be considered a major risk factor for ill-health and early death in national and global health policies. Read more

Delta government, PDP deny allegation against Okowa

Delta State government has vehemently denied a report in an online medium, which attempted to link Governor Ifeanyi Okowa with a purported investigation of a South-South governor by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegation of financial impropriety.

In a statement in Asaba, Information commissioner Mr. Patrick Ukah, explained that the original story in one of the national dailies of Saturday, January 28, 2017, which quoted sources from the anti-corruption agency only reported that a serving governor from the South-South region allegedly diverted $10 million from the bailout fund for his state without mentioning anybody’s name. Read more

Engineer held for tying up aide in van boot

THE police have arrested an engineer for bundling a man into stop around 7Up, the police were shocked to find Daniel Dabis, with his legs and hands tied to his back, at the back of the Hilux. During preliminary investigation, Odunaga claimed that Dabis stole his money in his Abuja home and fled to Lagos. He said he was taking Dabis, who he described as his office assistant, back to Abuja before the police stopped him. He said: “I have been searching for him all over the place. The search took me to his village in Plateau State. Read more


Forex ban on 41 items stays, says CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has rejected calls by the Organised Private Sector (OPS) to reverse its foreign exchange (forex) ban on 41 goods, which the country can produce.

The CBN said it would continue to support the real sector rather than lift the ban. Read more

Weighing the options for infrastructure financing

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has never stopped declaring his confidence that the economy would bounce back. At local and international fora, he spoke of the Buhari administration’s commitment to pulling the economy out of recession, hinging his optimism on massive investment in infrastructure.

For instance, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Osinbajo said: ‘’The Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to investing more in infrastructure than in previous times by ensuring that 30 per cent of the budget goes into capital expenditure”. Read more

‘Economy of Lagos is expanding, outlook bright’

Recession is a word that we approach cautiously in Lagos because you also have to be sensitive to the general feelings in the country, but the way you look at ht eLagos economy is that last year Lagos State actually generated more money than the year before it, when there was no recession.
Is that internally generated revenue by Lagos State Read more

Leveraging on trade facilitation to grow Nigeria’s economy

Nigeria took a major step in its commitment to improve ease of doing business through trade facilitation on January 20 2017, when it submitted the instrument of acceptance of World Trade Organisation’s Protocol on Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) on the sideline of World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah submitted Nigeria’s instrument to the Director General of WTO, Roberto Azevêdo at an event to mark the deposit. Read more

Alison-Madueke’s Funds: Bank Chief Accuses EFCC of Concealing Facts

An Executive Director of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dauda Lawal, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of falsifying the circumstances under which he surrendered N9.08billion to the commission.

EFCC had urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the forfeiture of the money allegedly laundered for former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Read more

FCMB partners CBN, others on export trade

First City Monument Bank Limited says it has partnered the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council as well as the Nigerian Export-Import Bank to boost export trade as the country steps up efforts to diversify the economy.

In a statement on Thursday, the lender said the partnership which included the Nigeria Customs Service and 3T Impex Trade Academy, was aimed at further empowering and enhancing the capacity of its customers and other stakeholders on the rudiments and benefits of export trade. Read more

Aviation Sector Lost $2 Billion Investment in Two Years

THISDAY investigations have revealed that the aviation industry in 2015 and 2016 lost over $2 billion investment from international financiers who wanted a stake in Nigeria air transport sector due to the prevailing economic downturn.

Considering the huge potential market for aircraft maintenance in Nigeria, THISDAY gathered that in mid 2015, one European based aircraft maintenance company opened discussions with a Nigerian carrier to establish Maintenance, Overhaul and Repairs (MRO) facility in Lagos. Read more

Intels expresses support for FG’s economic agenda
NIGERIA’S oil and gas logistics giant, Intels Nigeria Limited has declared full supports for the Federal Government’s drive to expand and strengthen the nation’s economic base. According to the Chief Executive Officer of Intels Nigeria Limited, Mr. Andrew Dawes, the company is optimistic that Nigeria will soon overcome its economic challenges occasioned by dwindling oil revenue. Read more



NNPC saves N153b from direct sale of crude, 128 firms bid for programme

The adoption of the direct-sale-direct-purchase (DSDP) programme for 800,000 crude oil barrels per day saved N152. 5 billion last year, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said.

The revelation came as a total of 128 companies submitted bids to take part in the 800,000 crude oil barrels per day of the NNPC’s DSDP programme for this year. Read more

NNPC Introduces Additional Criteria for Selection of Firms for Crude Swaps

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Oil companies bidding for 2017 oil-for-products deals, otherwise known as crude oil swaps or Direct-Sales-Direct-Purchases (DSDP), would have to meet additional criteria, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanthi Baru has said.

Baru said yesterday in Abuja during the technical bid opening session for the 2017 crude oil swaps that alongside stringent financial and legal requirements, the corporation would demand from successful bidders a guaranteed commitment to deliver products within the agreed Laydays Cancelling (LayCan) dates. Read more

128 companies jostle for NNPC’s 800,000 barrels crude contract

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), yesterday disclosed that 128 companies participated in its technical bid tender for about 800,000 barrels of crude oil under the Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP) arrangement.

Speaking in Abuja at the formal bid opening, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said DSDP remains a major component of national oil company’s business, even as he assured Nigerians will not be left out in the deal. Read more

Agip records 2,418 oil spills

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources on Thursday said 2, 418 oil spills were recorded in Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s operations between 2010 and 2016.

The Director, Petroleum Resources in the ministry, Mr Mordecai Ladan, made this known at the public hearing on “Despoliation of the Niger Delta and Activities of Nigeria Agip Oil Company” by the House of Representatives in Abuja. Read more



Fenerbahce makes U-turn, Gives Emenike Second chance

Head coach of Fenerbahce Footbal Club, Dick Advocaat has given Nigerian striker, Emmanuel Emenike, a second chance at the club, few weeks after openly declaring that the striker is free to leave.

Lot of teams tried to snap up the forward but his wages and Fenerbahce demands in terms of loan fee and future permanent transfer fee scuttled the move. Read more

NPFL: NFF slams N4m fine on Rangers

The Nigeria Football Federation Disciplinary Committee has slammed a N4m fine on Rangers International of Enugu.

This heavy punishment is coming barely three weeks after the League Management Company (LMC), fined the Nigeria Professional Football League champions N2.7m. Read more

Rohr: Cameroon Good And Strong At AFCON, But Can’t Stop Nigeria
Nigeria manager, Gernot Rohr, says that the Cameroon side he has seen progress to final of the ongoing 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon is very good, but claims the Indomitable Lions cannot stop the Super Eagles from qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports.

Cameroon are Nigeria’s next opponents in the Africa World Cup qualifiers Group B which also has Zambia and Algeria. Nigeria lead the group with six points after two rounds of matches, followed by Cameroon with two points. Zambia and Algeria, with two points apiece, occupy the third and fourth position respectively.  Read more

Chelsea ace Nathan Ake: Antonio Conte told me this after returning from Bournemouth

The 21-year-old was expected to be on loan with the Cherries for the entire season having joined them at the start of the campaign.

But Antonio Conte sanctioned his return to Stamford Bridge prematurely last month after being impressed by his displays on the south coast. Ake made his first start for the Blues since October 2014 in their recent 4-0 win over Brentford in the FA Cup. Read more

EPL 2016/17: Chelsea vs Arsenal, 3 key battles

Regardless of the league position and the form of both teams, Chelsea vs Arsenal has been one of the most anticipated fixtures of the Premier League season over the last decade.

Currently, the Blues sit atop the league table with a comfortable lead over rivals the Gunner who are nine points behind them. Arsene Wenger’s men suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Watford at home on Tuesday whereas the Blues managed to take away a vital point from Anfield on the same night. Read more

Klopp apologises for outburst but shrugs off Mourinho’s barb

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says elite coaches have a duty to set higher standards of touchline behaviour after branding his emotional outburst to the fourth official against Chelsea “inexcusable”.

Klopp’s comments followed accusations from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho of double standards. Mourinho feels he is treated more harshly than his managerial rivals, and he particularly referenced Klopp escaping censure in midweek. Read more

Arsenal need spirit of ‘Invincibles’ – Pires

It was on Monday, the day before a chastening defeat which raised further questions about the sustainability of Arsenal’s title challenge, that Arsene Wenger made a claim that was guaranteed to spark a thousand pub debates.

“I think certainly numbers-wise and quality-wise, this is the best attacking unit,” he said. “We had never so many players who could perform and score goals.” Read more

Jose Mourinho’s refereeing ‘conspiracy’ – Three reasons he might have a point

After a period of intense media scrutiny on his off-the-field antics, it was Mario Balotelli who once famously produced a shirt with the message ‘Why Always Me?’ emblazoned on the front.

Now Balotelli’s former manager at Inter Milan is prickling with the same indignation, sparked by what he perceives to be biased officiating and unfair media coverage. Read more


US weighing fresh Iran sanctions

Donald Trump’s administration appeared poised to levy fresh sanctions on Iran on Thursday, the first concrete evidence of the new president’s tougher stance.

Hours after Trump and his national security adviser put Iran “on notice” over missile tests and support for Yemeni rebels, sources familiar with White House deliberations said new sanctions are in the works. Read more

US says Israeli settlement building ‘unhelpful’ in surprise rebuke

The White House has spoken against Israeli settlement-building in an unprecedented rebuke following a sharp escalation in construction since President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Building new Israeli settlements or expanding existing ones “may not be helpful” in securing Middle East peace, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday. Read more

Trump backpedals on settlements

The Trump administration said on Thursday that Israel’s building of new settlements or expansion of existing ones in occupied territories may not be helpful in achieving peace with Palestinians, adopting a more measured tone than its previous pro-Israel announcements.

In a statement issued two weeks before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to visit US President Donald Trump, the White House said the administration “has not taken an official position on settlement activity.” Read more

Romanian PM refuses to withdraw corruption pardon despite protests

Romania’s government has rejected calls to withdraw a decree that critics say marks a major retreat on anti-corruption reforms, standing its ground as huge nationwide protests entered a third day.

As hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country to protest about the decree for the third night running on Thursday, cracks in government unity emerged with the resignation of a cabinet minister and a call from a vice-president of the ruling party for the decree to be rescinded.

Riot police estimated some 80,000 people were gathered in front of the government’s headquarters in Bucharest’s biggest square on Thursday night. Thousands more gathered on the streets of around 20 other cities calling for the government to resign. Read more




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