May 22, 2018

*Rivers Rerun: Army Arrests 3 PDP Chieftains, 62 Others *Southern Kaduna killings: Osinbajo summons IGP to Aso Rock

*Rivers Rerun: Army Arrests 3 PDP Chieftains, 62 Others *Southern Kaduna killings: Osinbajo summons IGP to Aso Rock



Rivers Rerun: Army Arrests 3 PDP Chieftains, 62 Others

A combined team of security operatives, led by soldiers, yesterday arrested three chieftains of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and 62 suspected hoodlums on alleged electoral offences as the conclusive rerun legislative elections took place in Etche and Omuma Local Government Areas of Rivers State.

The PDP chieftains arrested include the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike and former caretaker committee chairmen of Akuku-Toru and Asari-Toru local government areas of the state, Hon. Rowland Sekibo and Hon Odiari Princewill respectively. Read more

Southern Kaduna killings: Osinbajo summons IGP to Aso Rock

To frontally tackle the embarrassing killings in Southern Kaduna, additional security measures, including a total deployment of 15, 285 policemen are now being put in place by the Nigeria Police Force in the area, as the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to Aso Rock, towards at weekend after a resurgence of violence in the area last week.

State Sources told The Guardian that the Ag. President wanted to know why despite the security measures put in place and with the level of attention drawn to the area, the recent resurgence of violence resulting in the deaths of 21 persons was still possible. Read more

FG Appoints Three New Directors, GM for FAAN

The Federal Government yesterday appointed three new Directors and a General Manager for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The newly-appointed directors, according to a statement signed by Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, said they are Group Capt. U.S.A. Sadiq, appointed as Director of Security Services (DSS); Capt. Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, appointed Director of Airport Operations (DAO); Engr. Salisu Nura Daura, appointed as Director of Engineering Services, and Aniefiok Umoh appointed as General Manager, Finance. Read more

How Buhari Directed Osinbajo to Submit Onnoghen’s Name for Confirmation

Contrary to speculations, it has emerged at the weekend that it was President Muhammadu Buhari who directed Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo to proceed and submit Acting Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation to forestall any legal lacuna.

THISDAY has seen documents showing that on February 5, President Buhari wrote to the Acting President informing him of his earlier decision to appoint Onnoghen in acting capacity and that his tenure would expire at the end of the legally stipulated term of three months, which was just five days away. He therefore directed Osinbajo to forward Onnoghen’s name to the National Assembly for confirmation as chief justice. Read more

Three Killed, Four Injured in Niger Explosion

An explosion took place at Gari village near Kontagora town of Niger State yesterday, killing three people and injuring four others.
While the villagers claimed the explosion was by a suicide bomber the police described the incident as an accident.

The incident, which took place at the Gari market yesterday morning, recorded low casualty figure because Saturday was not a market day in the town. Read more

Nnamdi Kanu: ECOWAS judge suspended over alleged fraud

A judge handling the case of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, Justice M. Wilkins Wright, has been suspended for 12 months by the Supreme Court of Liberia over alleged fraud. Wright was found liable of breaching Rule 8 and 9 of the Moral and Ethical Conduct of Lawyers by obscuring his lawyer-client relationship with a former client of his while representing the government against the client in his capacity as Solicitor General of Liberia. Read more

NIMASA repositions to attract investments

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has started repositioning to make the maritime sector friendly, thereby attracting more investors into the country. The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said this during a courtesy visit to the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS),  Hameed Ali. “In NIMASA there is a new wave of change in the same direction with the Customs.  Read more

I lived in makeshift accommodation for two years — Chief of Army Staff

Chief of the Army Staff, Lt General T Y Buratai, says, as a young army officer, he lived in a makeshift apartment, popularly known as ‘batcher’, between 1989 and 1990 owing to acute shortage of accommodation facing the Nigerian    Army.

Buratai, who stated this in Calabar while commissioning seven blocks of flats containing    56    flats built by the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in the Cross River State capital, stated that soldiers are forced to live in makeshift structures built with wood, roofing sheets and plastic    boards in most barracks across the country owing to shortage of permanent structures but conscious efforts are being made to to turn the batchers to    decent houses for the soldiers and their families to live. Read more

FOREX: Speculators abandon positions, incur over N45bn losses

A wave of political pressures may have forced the  emergence of a new order in the nation’s foreign exchange market even as currency speculators abandon their positions with losses going up to N45 billion and more.

Inter-bank interest rates have also spiked to all time high with potent threat to other interest rates including lending. Nigeria’s local currency, Naira, appreciated to a 14-week high of N455/USD1 yesterday in the parallel market segment of the currency market at the backdrop of a week old new foreign exchange market measures rolled out previous weekend by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. Read more

Confusion: Borno PDP divides for two entities

The Borno chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Alhaji Shettima Shehu on Saturday held a solitary meeting in support of the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the party. The meeting attended by wards and Local Government Chairmen of the party declared its total support to Sheriff. Addressing newsmen shortly after the event, Shehu said Read more

S/AFRICA Xenophobic attacks: 200 foreigners killed, maimed since 1994 – Investigation

In the last  23 years, no fewer than 200 foreign nationals have been killed  or  maimed in  xenophobic attacks in South Africa, an investigation by Sunday Vanguard revealed.The attacks, which mostly resulted  in the death of immigrants, first occurred in 1994, the year South Africa had its first multi-racial election, which ended apartheid rule. Read more

Access to President: Buhari’s powerful aides bar ministers, family, friends

Family members, friends and senior government officials who attempted to call or pay visits to President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom are having a difficult time getting access.

SUNDAY PUNCH can authoritatively report that four aides of the president control access to President Buhari, who is on extended medical vacation in the United Kingdom. Read more

Akeredolu seeks removal of PDP LG chairmen

The newly sworn-in Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has approached the Court of Appeal to upturn a judgment of an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, which barred the state government from dissolving the local government administrations in the state.

The case is due for mention on Monday at the Appeal Court sitting in Akure, the state capital. Read more

Expert tasks Nigerians on agric wastes

Professor of Animal Nutrition, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, Dr Gbolagunte Sunday Ojewola, has described the volume of wastes generated from agriculture activities, as an area of sustainable agricultural investment and an easy tool for providing employment for Nigerians.

Ojewola, who stated this during the 25th inaugural lecture of the university, said agriculture is still the major supplier of food to human kind and mainstay of the nation’s economy, but its wastes have for long, been neglected, especially livestock wastes, “which is an easy tool for procuring employment and a major way of preserving generations of wealthy and healthy Nigerians when properly put to good use.” Read more

Nigeria-Turkish School Kidnap: Police Arrest One More Suspect

The Police Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) says it has arrested another member of a kidnapping gang who invaded the Nigeria-Turkish International School (NTIS), Isheri in Ogun on Jan. 13.

The leader of the team, ACP Abba Kyari, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday. Read more

Ortom to pay WAEC fees of public school students

Benue State Government has promised to pay the West African School Certificate, (WAEC) fees of candidates in public secondary schools.Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, who announced this, yesterday, while presenting his ministry’s scorecard, said the decision was taken to make public schools more attractive.

Ityavyar said the Ministry has constructed blocks of classrooms in major secondary schools across the state. Read more

FG invests N87.2bn in fertiliser production

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, which is the agency managing the Sovereign Wealth Fund, will from next week begin the implementation of a fertiliser project that will enable the country to conserve its foreign exchange  by about $1.5bn (about N458bn) in the next three years.

Details of the fertiliser project, which were made available to our correspondent on Friday in Abuja, would see the NSIA and its partners invest a total sum of $286.4m (N87.2bn) in the project for blending of one million metric tonnes of fertiliser. Read more

Road maintenance: Experts consider toll gate, other funding options

The prolonged years of neglect of Nigerian roads have made most of the facilities to to go from bad to worse, stakeholders in the road sub-sector have said.

According to them, the state of roads in Nigeria is largely due to poor maintenance, limited budget, bad attitude to road usage by citizens and government’s neglect. Read more

MTN wants NCC to release Visafone spectrum

MTN has called on the Nigerian Communications Commission to release the spectrum that belongs to Visafone, whose equity shares it acquired in 2015.

Our correspondent gathered on Friday that MTN made the call when the Group Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, MTN, Mr. Phuthuma Nhleko, led a delegation to the NCC headquarters in Abuja. Read more

SGF implores Nigerians not to despair

With the economic downturn and Nigerians grappling with its effects, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, has said Nigerians should be optimistic, as President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced the journey for a better Nigeria.

He said Buhari is laying a solid foundation for a ‘secured and prosperous nation’ that Nigerians not only desire but also deserve.Lawal said the Buhari administration inherited lots of challenges, which Nigerians are aware of, though they are being tackled. Read more

Buhari’s Call Excites Femi Adesina

Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said yesterday that he had spoken with President Muhammadu Buhari, in the first publicised verbal communication between him and his spokesman since the president embarked on a medical vacation on January 19.

Adesina said Buhari called him at 2.43pm yesterday.
Details of the call were posted by Adesina on his Facebook page.
The president’s spokesman stated, “At exactly 2.43 pm today, Saturday, February 25, 2017, my phone rang. Read more

PIGB: FG Proposes Payments of NNPC’s Dividends into SWF

The Federal Government has proposed that some of the dividends from the operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) expected to be re-organised in line with the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) should be paid into Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund. This is with a view to growing the fund’s reserves and create stronger financial buffers for the country. Read more

Southern Kaduna crisis: 30 rescued from hoodlums

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has commended the people of Zauru community in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the state for resisting Midweek attack of hoodlums.    The governor’s media aide, Samuel Aruwan, in a released statement, disclosed that no fewer than 30 persons escaped death due to the bold action of the community.

The invasion came barely three days after the renewed attacks that claimed 21 lives, an incident that almost led to burning of houses by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Read more

Edo Speaker escapes assassination

Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Justin Okonoboh, Friday evening escaped an assassination attempt in Igueben Local Government Area of the state.
Okonoboh (APC, Igueben constituency) made this known when he briefed newsmen in Benin on Saturday. He thanked his backup driver for shading him from the assassins.
“On my way back from my constituency about 5 p.m. on Friday where I went to settle some land issues, my aide in the escort van called me from his phone that we should be on the alert that a Toyota Camry was chasing us. When we looked back, the car was behind my back up Hilux van. The Camry wanted to overtake the Hilux to block me but the driver did not allow them. Read more

Gunmen invade Katsina-Ala College of Education

Tragedy struck, Thursday, as some gunmen killed one Ugoh Terseer Akagbue, an Assistant Registrar with the College of Education, Katsina-Ala, Benue State, and abducted another man in the same Local Government Area of the state.

Sunday Sun gathered the gunmen invaded the late Akagbue’s residence in the early hours of the fateful day and shot him dead in the presence of his wife and children and made away with his vehicle, money, handsets and some other valuable documents belonging to the college. Read more

Massive corruption responsible for recession –SGF

 The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David  Babachir Lawal, has blamed the current  economic recession on the massive corruption and looting of the economy by the previous administration.

He also stressed the determination of the present administration to lay a new foundation for the country in the face of the threatening security challenges in the North-east. Read more

Reps summon minister over xenophobic attacks 

House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations has summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey  Onyeama, over the  xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

Sunday Sun gathered that the invitation was to get an update on the actions taken so far by the Federal Government to protect Nigerians in South Africa.  Read more

Okowa gives appointees condition for re-appointment

GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has laid down stringent conditions which must be fulfilled by political appointees to retain their positions in his government after May 29, this year.

The administration will clock two years in office by May 29, and the governor, who apparently has his eyes on re-election in 2019 said his political appointees, must mobilize support from the grassroots through proven records of performance. Read more

Fayose gives reason for attending Akeredolu’s inauguration, berates DSS over Gbadamosi’s arrest

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has said that he attended the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State for Yoruba unity.

Fayose, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti. He said that he could not have done otherwise because the unity of Yoruba people was too important for anybody to play politics with. “I see nothing wrong in attending the inauguration of an APC person in neighbouring Ondo State. Read more

Akeredolu assures Sunshine Stars over entitlements

Players and officials of Sunshine Stars have received reassurances from the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Olurotimi Akeredolu, over the outstanding financial entitlements due to them.
Players of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club this week embarked on several protests to the Ondo State Government House to press home their demands.
The players even threatened to boycott their league game against Rivers United in Akure today. Read more

NPFL: Katsina United strive to keep unbeaten run

Katsina United are hoping to maintain their unbeaten run as they visit the Sanni Abacha Stadium today to tackle points chasing Kano Pillars. Katsina United player, Tasiu Lawal said though they have respect for Kano Pillars, Katsina United will be out to get a good result. The  coach Baldwin Bazuaye’s side last suffered defeat on January 25, in Maiduguri and have since gone five matches unscathed. “We will face a tough match in Kano but we are up to the task,” Lawal told Goal. Read more

Chelsea Loanee Omeruo Buzzing After Scoring Maiden Goal In Turkey

Nigeria international Kenneth Omeruo was delighted to score his first goal for Alanyaspor in their 4-1 rout of Adanaspor on game week 22 in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday.

The central defender was in the right place at the right time to score for Alanyaspor in the 37th minute and put his team 2-0 up going into the interval. “Important victory today.. and felt good to be on the score sheet.. #alanyaspor 4:1 #adanaspor,” Omeruo posted on Instagram.  Read more

Mourinho Targets Fourth Carling Cup as United Play Southampton

Forty-one years ago Southampton shocked Manchester United by winning the FA Cup final with a 1-0 triumph at Wembley. This remains the south coast club’s only major honour so Claude Puel’s 2017 vintage have the chance to make real history by beating Jose Mourinho’s version of United.

United are starting to resemble the juggernaut of all Mourinho’s champion sides so they start as firm favourites. The Portuguese also has a fine pedigree in the competition, having won it three previous times. Read more

Zlatan indispensable to United quest for trophy to kick off Mourinho era

If all the friends of Wayne Rooney quoted anonymously in the media are to be believed, the striker has not been making much of a secret of the fact that he is unhappy with his present position in the pecking order at Manchester United. It is not difficult to see why. While losing one’s place in the starting line-up is an occupational hazard for a goalscorer in his 30s, it must be galling to lose it to a player four years his senior.

Yet Rooney can have no real complaint. Jose Mourinho kept him on as captain, and kept him in the side long enough to break Bobby Charlton’s club scoring record. Read more

Chelsea keep their focus to go 11 points clear of chasing pack

Antonio Conte praised his Chelsea players’ second-half response in yesterday’s win over Swansea which established an 11-point lead at the Premier League summit.

Cesc Fabregas scored on his 300th Premier League appearance, but Fernando Llorente equalised on the stroke of half-time against the run of play. Read more

FC Barcelona announce squad for Round 24 of La Liga against Atlético Madrid

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to the Vicente Calderón for the last time in La Liga as they face off against Atlético Madrid in a crucial match, and coach Luis Enrique has called up 18 players to be in uniform.

This is the squad in full: Read more

At least 28 people injured in New Orleans truck horror

At least 28 people were injured when a suspected drunk driver ploughed into a crowd during a Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans.

Witness Greg McNeely told the Times Picayune a pick-up truck “took out rows of people” when it “sped through the intersection and came to rest against a rubbish bin”. A toddler and a police officer were among the victims taken to seven hospitals early Saturday evening. Read more

Saudi to appoint new envoy to Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told Iraqi officials in Baghdad today that the kingdom plans to appoint a new ambassador, an Iraqi foreign ministry official said.

Iraq last year asked Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador, Thamer Al-Sabhan, after his comments about Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs and government persecution of Sunni Muslims angered local Shia Muslim politicians and militia leaders, many of whom are directly connected to the Iranian regime. Read more

Bomb attack in Iraq targets Kirkuk oil pipeline

Four bombs were detonated today near a minor pipeline from an oilfield close to the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, security and oil industry sources said.

The pipeline delivers crude from the Bai Hassan oilfield to a degassing station in Kirkuk. Pumping had been halted for maintenance at the time of the blasts, security sources and officials at the state-run North Oil Company said, according to Middle East Eye. Read more

Egypt acquits Mubarak’s closest aides

A Cairo court acquitted one of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s closest aides in a retrial in a corruption case, state news agency MENA reported today.

While courts have absolved several Mubarak-era officials, they have been handing down lengthy sentences to liberal and Islamist activists in cases ranging from protesting to committing acts of violence. Zakaria Azmi, Mubarak’s former chief of staff, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2012 and fined 36.4 million Egyptian pounds ($6 million) on charges of making illegal gains. Read more

Suspect in Kim Jong Nam attack says she got $90 for a prank

Malaysia’s health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused “very serious paralysis” that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea’s leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin.

The investigation has unleashed a serious diplomatic fight between Malaysia and North Korea, a prime suspect in the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur’s airport. Read more


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