March 23, 2018

*Southern Kaduna crisis can’t end soon *Maiduguri explosions kill three Boko Haram suicide bombers

*Southern Kaduna crisis can’t end soon  *Maiduguri explosions kill three Boko Haram suicide bombers




Southern Kaduna crisis can’t end soon

Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday met with stakeholders in Southern Kaduna over the attacks and killings, lamenting that the violence in the area cannot be put to an end in a hurry because people have developed hatred and anger over the years due to the crisis.

He was also in Kaduna to assess the level of progress at the Kaduna Airport ahead of the proposed diversion of flights from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. However, the meeting he directed Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai to convene had in attendance representatives of the religious bodies, traditional institutions, ethnic groups and the Fulani community. Read more

Maiduguri explosions kill three Boko Haram suicide bombers

Explosions in Maiduguri in the early hours of yesterday killed three Boko Haram suicide bombers after one of them detonated strapped Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The explosion also destroyed two fuel trucks near the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot on Damboa road. Read more

NAF Gears Up Advocacy, Foreign Collaborations To Fix Gaps

The national security challenges in the country, which include the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, cattle rustling, kidnapping and killings in several parts of the country and many other forms of gangsterism and militancy in the Niger Delta region have awoken the concern of many Nigerians on the need for the country to fully equip its armed forces. While the respective roles of the military services in combating security problems are appreciated, many are of the view that a strong air force would accelerate the defeat of the enemy as the army will be more enabled to finish the job. Read more

Osinbajo: Between Tight Schedule And Fear Of Outshining The Master

This week, being the first in March, has been a busy one at the seat of power. On Monday, it started with the usual monthly meeting of the economic management team headed by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Immediately after the meeting of the country’s economic think tank, he met with international developers and investors of a  project called Gas Revolution. Read more

Terminal Operators Fret over Concession Agreement Review

Terminal operator operators in the nation’s seaports are afraid they may loss out in the imminent review of the port concession agreement they signed with the Federal Government over a decade ago, THISDAY investigation has revealed.

The idea of the review which was muted during the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was given impetus with the advent of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration about two years ago. Read more

Osinbajo’s visit: Akwa Ibom people task FG on peace in Niger Delta

The people of Akwa Ibom State have appealed to the Federal government to review the privatisation of Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) and Nigeria Newsprint Manufacturing Company (NNMC), Ikot Abasi and Itu Councils, respectively.

Speaking during the town hall meeting organised by the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, to seek ways of restoring peace in the Niger Delta, a member of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Otekong Idongesit Nkanga, stressed that the review would settled once and for all the rightful owner of ALSCON. Read more

N702 billion payment guarantee fund, others won’t produce overnight electricity, says Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said that decisions so far taken as part of reform programmes in the power sector cannot alone solve all the problems and produce steady electricity nationwide.

Recent decisions taken by the Federal Government include the inauguration of commissioners for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the approval of N702 billion to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) to guarantee the payment of its obligations. Read more

Women’s involvement in drug abuse rising, says report

A report released by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has indicated an increasing number of women involvement in drug abuse. The yearly report released this week also showed an alarming increase in the number of women arrested for drug related crimes throughout the world.

The report entitled “Women and drugs,” condemned the extra-judicial targeting of people suspected of illicit drug related activity.  Read more

Saraki inaugurates technical committee on transport bills

In his desire to ensure that critical economic bills pending before the Senate get necessary technical input from industry players to make for efficiency and effectiveness when passed, Senate President Bukola Saraki, yesterday, inaugurated a Joint Technical Committee on the Transport Sector Reform Bills.

Saraki, who informed that the Senate has made the passage of the various transport sector infrastructure bills a critical aspect of its legislative agenda, listed the affected Transport reform bills to include: The Railway Bill – to reform the rail systems; the Ports and Harbour Bill – for the efficient running of the ports; and the National Transport Commission Bill – to serve as the sector’s regulatory body. Read more

Southern Kaduna crisis can’t end in a hurry- Osinbajo

Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday met with stakeholders in Southern Kaduna over the attacks and killings, lamenting that the violence in the area cannot be put to an end in a hurry because people have developed hatred and anger over the years due to the crisis.

He was also in Kaduna to assess the level of progress at the Kaduna Airport ahead of the proposed diversion of flights from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Read more

Osinbajo to flag off Lagos-Ibadan railway line

As part of plans to raise the level of critical infrastructure necessary to boost the economy, Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is to perform groundbreaking exercise to mark the commencement of the construction of Lagos-Ibadan railway line next Tuesday.

The Lagos-Ibadan railway line is the second segment of the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway System, which also connects to the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa.  Read more

How Amaechi and Buhari Induced Nigeria’s Recession

This has been a most interesting week for me. As many of my readers may have become aware, the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, gave an interview to some select papers (THISDAY thankfully not included) and repeated the lie that former President Jonathan pilfered $49.8 billion from the national treasury and that is the reason why Nigeria drifted into recession. Read more

Customs Chief Charges Personnel   

The Zonal Coordinator Zone “A” of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, ACG Abueh Monday has charged officers and men of the service to be extra vigilant and dedicated to their duties.

The NCS Head, Public Relations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Headquarters, Yaba, Lagos, Mr. Ephraim Joseph Haruna quoted Abueh saying this while addressing officers during his tour/inspection of commands in Zone “A”. Read more

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Doctors Find Teeth In Baby’s Brain Tumor

A 4-month-old infant started to grow teeth in the most unusual and unexpected place — his brain tumor. The boy, who underwent brain surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma. This brain tumor most commonly occurs in children but can also be found in men and women. The benign tumor develops near the pituitary gland, which is a small endocrine gland at the base of the brain. Read more

PDP peace deal, no conditions attached, says Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan declared yesterday that his ongoing effort at restoring peace in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through genuine reconciliation is completely devoid of any precondition.

A statement issued on his behalf by his Media Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, also said that ex-President urged them to ignore rumours and false information being passed off as the outcome of the continuing dialogue. Read more

We will tackle illegal aliens, says Amosun

Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun yesterday pledged his unwavering assistance to the State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in tackling the menace of illegal aliens in the state.

Amosun spoke when he played host to the new Comptroller of Immigration Service, Ogun State Command, Mr. Oluwatoba Bayeroju, at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office. He promised that he would assist the Service in establishing offices in all the Local Council and Local Development Council Areas (LCDAs) in the State. Read more

Drug trafficking: Electrician, two other traders arrested with cocaine, ephedrine

Efforts by a 48-year-old electrician to export 26.6kg of drugs suspected to be ephedrine to Tanzania , East Africa,  has been foiled by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency , NDLEA , following his arrest at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport , MMIA Lagos. The father of six identified as  Ogujiuba Zacchaeus who was arrested during search , concealed the substance  inside female foot wears. Read more

Dangote commits N200m to renovate Kano Specialist Hospital

Dangote Foundation has committed N200 million to the renovation of some sections of Murtala Muhammed Specialists’ Hospital in Kano, to complement its N7 billion Surgical and Diagnostic Centre (SDC) currently under construction. The 900-bed capacity hospital has been lacking facilities that may detract from the new SDC being built by the foundation, hence the decision to carry out the construction and renovation of the auxiliary facilities. Read more

Ondo PDP raises alarm over alleged attacks on council executives

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has raised alarm over alleged plans by members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to attack the elected executives of the 18 councils in the state.

This was contained in a statement made available to journalists in Akure yesterday by the PDP Director of Publicity, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, who said the purported attacks would begin next week. Fadaka stressed that it was “all in a bid to create an emergency situation which will necessitate the dissolution of the elected administrations at that level of government. Our intelligence reports indicate that it is being coordinated at the top echelon of the APC”. Read more

Ex-NNPC GMD sues EFCC over forfeited cash

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been sued by former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Andrew Yakubu, over a cash forfeiture order.

The Federal High Court sitting in Kano and presided over by Justice Zainab Bage recently ruled that the embattled ex- NNPC boss should forfeit $9.8 million and 74,000 pounds recovered from his house to the Federal Government. Read more

Obasanjo to Soyinka: You’re neither God nor oracle

It is a reminiscence period for former President Olusegun Obasanjo as he turns 80 years on Monday. Obasanjo in an interview with a group of journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State, to mark the occasion fired a broadside at Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, to reignite their long running standoff.

He said although he holds no grudge against the playwright, Soyinka should not be seen as either God or an oracle. The ex- President said there is hope for Nigeria despite the numerous socio-economic challenges facing the country and that while Nigeria is not exactly where it ought to be, things could have been worse that they are now. Read more

Court discharges 35 pro- Biafra agitators

A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has discharged 35 pro- Biafra agitators charged with conspiracy to commit treasonable felony, for want of diligent prosecution.

The accused were arrested on January 20 during a march to commemorate the inauguration of United States President, Mr. Donald Trump. Read more

Police confirm multiple blasts in Maiduguri

The Borno Police Command on Friday confirmed multiple blasts ignited by suspected female suicide bombers around NNPC depot on Damboa road, Maiduguri. The spokesman of the command, Mr Victor Isuku, made the confirmation in an interview in Maiduguri.

“Our men are still working at the scene of the blasts,” Isuku said, and pledged to give details later. An eyewitness, Malam Abubakar Kaumi, told newsmen at the scene that the blast occurred around 3 a.m. Read more

Nigerians head to church to find earthly love

With the relentless hustle and bustle of city life, and challenging economic conditions in a period of recession, there’s often little time to seek out love. But the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries aims to change all that at its vast Prayer City complex, opposite an amusement park off the Lagos to Ibadan expressway. Its Gen218 programme — named after the Bible verse in Genesis where God says “It is not good that the man should be alone” before making Eve — promises to teach participants tricks for picking the right partner and avoiding pitfalls.

The lucky ones may actually find a boyfriend or girlfriend. Read more

My husband releases sperm on floor during intercourse, woman tells court

A trader, Mrs. Mutiatu Olaosebikan, 37, on Friday told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos that her husband usually discharged his sperm on the floor during sexual intercourse.

Mutiatu, whose husband sought for dissolution of their seven-year-old marriage, said the petitioner did not want her to get pregnant again after having a child.  Read more

Jonathan meets BOT, Sheriff, Makarfi over PDP crisis

In his determination to find solution to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, formerPresident Goodluck Jonathan said in Abuja on Friday, that he had met with the leaders of the two warring groups.

The leaders are the party’s National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the Chairman of the sacked National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. He also said he had met with the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin and the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Read more

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Mother burns daughter’s mouth for stealing!

The Niger Child Rights Protection Agency is to charge a 30-year-old mother of three, Bilkisu Suleiman of Sabon Titi Area of Tunga, to court for burning her 9-year-old daughter’s mouth with firewood.

The Director-General of the agency, Hajiya Mairam Kolo, said on Friday that the case was reported to the agency by the Headmaster of the victim’s school, Malam Musa Garba. Read more

Man bathe colleague with hot water over sachet water

A 31-year-old security guard, Malaika Simon, who allegedly bathed his colleague with hot water during a fight over sachet water, was on Friday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court.

Simon is facing a charge of assault occasioning grievous harm.The accused, however, denied the charge.  But the Prosecutor, Insp. Philip Osijiale insisted that the accused committed the offence on Feb. 28 at about 2.00 a.m. at No. 5, Obafemi Osoba St., Lekki, Lagos. Read more

 Moses deserves a new Contract – Conte

Conte while speaking with journalists on Friday ahead of the weekend clash against West Ham stated that Moses who was just handed an improved contract with the Blues deserves the treatment he is getting at the moment.

“Victor Moses deserves a new contract. He’s a good guy with great technique,” Conte said. Read more

Olatunbosun wins CNN goal of the week

Sikiru Olatunbosun has won the CNN Goal of the Week competition following his sublime goal against Rangers International of Enugu a forthnight ago thus becoming the first Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) player to win the award.

The MFM striker recieved a pass from league’s topscorer Stephen Odey and in a flash dinked the ball past the head of Flying Antelope’s defender Etin before firing home a super volley Read more

Don’t Judge Rohr With Burkina Faso, Senegal Tie – Lawal

Ex international, Garba lawal has advised the Nigeria Football Federation not to use the result of the forthcoming international friendly match against Burkina Faso and Senegal to judge the Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr.

The German tactician has enjoyed a perfect start to his managerial career with the senior national team, having won three out of three matches since he took the job. Read more

Conte: Committed and focused

Antonio Conte expects another difficult derby when we travel across the capital to face West Ham United on Monday, but the Italian is confident his side can secure an important victory at the London Stadium.

The Blues go into the game in fine form, having lost just once in the Premier League since September and looking to strengthen our position at the top of the table. Read more

Enrique ‘Relieved’ To Be Leaving Barca

Freed from fretting about the future, Luis Enrique wants to put a happy ending to his three years in charge at Barcelona.

The coach said yesterday he was “relieved” to be stepping down after the season, two days after he made the surprising announcement.

“In a certain sense I am relieved, and clearly focused on the end of the season and the goals that we have,” Luis Enrique said. “I am only obsessed with my final three months here, with enjoying them, giving my players the best solutions I can, and winning titles.” Read more

Arsenal make huge decision: They want this man to replace Arsene Wenger

Allegri is on the shortlist to replace Wenger should he part company with the club.

The Frenchman is in the final year of his contract, although he has come under increasing pressure in recent months.

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel and Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli have also been mooted as potential candidates. Read more

Guardiola slams selfish players chasing Ballon d’Or
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hit out at players seeking Ballon d’Or and personal glory, labelling it “ridiculous” as he stressed that winning trophies for clubs should be the main focus.

Guardiola vented his frustration after being nominated for the Premier League’s manager of the month award for February, while City stars Gabriel Jesus and David Silva are shortlisted for the player of the month gong. Read more

Jeff Sessions to answer Russia questions in writing

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, will reply in writing to Senate Democrats’ questions about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador last year, the justice department said on Friday, after a top Republican turned down Democrats’ request for a public hearing.

Nine Democratic senators wrote asking the Senate judiciary committee chairman, Chuck Grassley, to call Sessions before his panel to explain his failure until this week to disclose his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign. Read more

China’s anti-corruption overhaul paves way for Xi to retain key ally

China’s sweeping overhaul of its anti-corruption architecture could enable President Xi Jinping to justify retaining his key ally and top graft buster Wang Qishan beyond retirement age, sources with ties to the leadership say.

Breaking the unwritten retirement rule could also set a precedent for Xi, 63, to defy current expectations that he will step down as party and military chief in 2022 and as state president the following year, the sources said. Read more

China’s 2017 defence budget rise to slow again

China’s defence budget will rise about 7 percent this year, the spokeswoman for China’s parliament said on Saturday, its slowest pace since 2010 and the second year in a row it will not log a double-digit percentage increase.

The actual number for defence spending will be released on Sunday, when China’s largely rubber stamp parliament begins its annual session. Read more

Christian-run cinema refuses to show Beauty and the Beast for having gay character

A cinema in America’s Deep South has cancelled screenings of a Disney remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ because it includes a gay character.

Christian owners of a drive-in cinema in rural Alabama said they would only show “family-oriented films” so that its customers were “free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language”. Read more

Mexican politician climbs border wall to prove a point about Trump’s immigration policy

A Mexican politician has climbed the fence that separates Mexico from the United States to show President Donald Trump his plan for a border wall is “absurd”.

Braulio Guerra, who represents the state of Querétaro, said it was “easy to climb the wall, but there are many dangers for our people”. “Human rights, principles and dignity are non-negotiable,” he added.  Read more


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