*Fulani Herdsman Feared Killed in Ondo* *El-Zakzaky sues Army, other security agencies for N2b*

*Fulani Herdsman Feared Killed in Ondo* *El-Zakzaky sues Army, other security agencies for N2b*



Fulani Herdsman Feared Killed in Ondo

Barely one week after a member of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and a guard working in Chief Olu Falae’s farm, Mr. AyodeIe Ige, was killed, a Fulani herdsman identified as Dan Bako was Wednesday feared killed at Ilara-Mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The incident was disclosed by the head of Fulani herdsmen in the state, Alhaji Alli Dongo , the Chairman of Hausa Community in Akure Kingdom and head Arewa Community in the state, Babangida Sodiq Kusada in an interview with journalists in Akure. Read more

El-Zakzaky sues Army, other security agencies for N2b

Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has sued the Nigerian Army and other security agencies of the Federal Government for the sum of N2 billion for alleged breach of his fundamental human rights.

El-Zakzaky also directed his lawyers to challenge the composition of the judicial commission of inquiry set up by Kaduna State Government. Read more

Senate begins work on new PIB

The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly (NASS)the Senate has commenced work on the controversial updated version of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and passed its first reading on the floor on Wednesday.

The PIB which could not be passed by the 7th National Assembly has now been re-named Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB). Read more

Lagos CJ Frees 153 Kirikiri Prisons Inmates

Lagos Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, wednesday freed 153 inmates of the Kirikiri Maximum and Medium prisons, majority of whom were awaiting trial between 18 months to 15 years.

The Chief Judge, who was accompanied by senior members of the judiciary including judges, magistrates, the Chief Registrar, officials of the Lagos Ministry of Justice and members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), released 24 inmates from the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison and 129 from the Medium Security Prison. Read more

Ayade Embarks on Housing Project for Displaced Bakassi Returnees

After nearly a decade of neglect and abandonment following the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun in 2007, the displaced people of Bakassi can now heave a sigh of relief as Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has awarded contract for the construction of affordable homes for them The sum of N200 million has been set aside for the project.

Ayade who stated this yesterday while receiving the Chairman of Lafarge Africa, Mr. Bolaji Balogun and his management team on a courtesy call in his office, said that the state was going to partner with the cement manufacturers, who also build affordable homes, to actualize the project. Read more

Court Awards N400,000 against INEC for Denying Lawyer PVC

A Federal High Court in Lagos wednesday awarded N400,000 cost against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for not issuing Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Chijioke Emeka.

Justice Ibrahim Buba also ordered the electoral umpire to immediately issue the PVC to the plaintiff. Read more

Fear of ‘Agatu Treatment’ Grips Abia Community

The allegation by the Department of State Services (DSS) that bodies of five Fulani herdsmen abducted and murdered were discovered in shallow grave at Umuanyi forest has set the community on edge over possible reprisal attack.

Traditional ruler of the sleepy community in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State, Eze Uwadiegwu Ogbonnaya, told THISDAY in a telephone interview wednesday that his people were “very much worried” over the implication of linking the community with violence. Read more

UBTH to begin open-heart surgery soon, says CMD

Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof Michael Ibadin, yesterday expressed the hospital’s readiness to begin open-heart surgery, saying it was determined to alleviate the plights of cardiac disease patients seeking treatment overseas.

Ibadin, who disclosed this at a press conference in Benin City, the Edo State capital, said the hospital has sponsored and trained cardiothoracic consultants who are experts in heart diseases surgery, adding that current efforts at seeking treatment overseas for heart diseases was unnecessary. Read more

We’ll treat pipeline vandals like Boko Haram, Buhari warns

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that henceforth, the activities of vandals and saboteurs blowing up oil and gas installations will get the same reaction from his government as that being taken against Boko Haram insurgents by the Armed Forces.

Speaking at a meeting with members of the Nigerian community resident in China, as part of his tour to the country, Buhari reaffirmed his commitment to winning the war against corruption, saying that the menace was an arch-enemy of the nation which has destroyed the lives of many Nigerians. Read more

Herdsmen refute crops’ destruction claims in Oyo communities

Fulani herdsmen in Oyo State yesterday denied claims that some of their men were responsible for destruction of crops in Ogbomoso and parts of Oke Ogun area of the state.

Speaking under the aegis of ‘Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria’, the nomads addressed reporters in Iseyin against the backdrop of protests by some students alleging that the grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen have been causing untold damage to their farmlands. Read more

Police Arrest 779 Suspects, Recover 33 Cars, 27 Guns in Lagos

The Lagos State Police said on Wednesday it has arrested about 779 suspects from different raids for crimes ranging from armed robbery to cultism, as well as raids of criminal hideouts across the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who made this disclosure during a parade at the command headquarters at Ikeja, also said the command recovered 27 guns, 64 rounds of various ammunition and 33 different vehicles. Read more

Sokoto: Hisbah Nabs 55-year-old Man for Allegedly Harbouring Teenage Girls

The Hisbah Commission Sokoto State, Wednesday nabbed a 55-year-old man for allegedly harbouring teenage girls and women in his residence for immoral acts.

Parading the man before journalists in Sokoto wednesday, the Commandant of the Commission, Adamu Bello Kasarawa, said the suspect took advantage of the teenage girls for pecuniary purposes. Read more

IG Directs Update of All Armouries in Police Formations across Nigeria

The Inspector General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, wednesday directed an update of all armories in various police formation across the country to ensure all ammunition are in good condition and shape.

The IG who gave the directive in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, during a tour of the state Police Command, said the instruction became imperative as any police officer who goes out with expired ammunition was at danger when confronted with criminal gang. Read more

NEITI Boss, Waziri Adio, Declares Assets to CCB

The new Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Mr. Waziri Adio, has declared to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) all the assets -both cash and otherwise – he had acquired in his 23 years of working to press home his desire to transparently run the NEITI.

Adio in a statement he issued yesterday in Abuja said though it was not mandatory for him to turn in the status of his assets to the CCB, he opted to do same because it was, “a potentially powerful sunshine mechanism that could help, in very practical ways, limit the incidence of corruption, which one of the major challenges of our country.” Read more

N780bn Fine: FG Accuses N’Assembly of Stalling Settlement by MTN

The Minister of Communications Technology, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, wednesday accused the National Assembly of stalling progress in the payment of the balance N780 billion fine imposed on the telecommunications giant MTN, for breach of SIM card registration rules last year.

Asked on why there is delay from MTN in settling the balance fine, he said: “If you are talking about MTN fine, I was at the National Assembly recently and the real process to my mind is the fact the National Assembly particularly the House of Representative is investigating this matter. Read more

Nigerian Military Kills Four Rustlers, Arrests 17 Others in Zamfara, Katsina

The Nigerian military in continuation of the clearance of all known camps and hideouts of cattle rustlers, armed bandits and other criminals in the north west geo-political region of the country, has killed four rustlers and arrested 17 others.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday, said the troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army under the auspices of Operation Sharan Daji, have cleared suspected armed bandits camps in Zamfara and Katsina States wednesday. Read more


Subscribers Commend Globacom on Stable Data Growth

Subscribers to Glo internet services have commended the network for the robust quality of services and unique data plans available on its platform.

The commendation followed recent mobile data subscription in Nigeria released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), where Globacom maintained a steady increase in data subscription number on its network for seven consecutive months. Read more

Entrenching Broadband Policy in Nigerian Telecoms Sector

On September 20, 2012, former President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the presidential committee on the national broadband strategy and roadmap. The committee which was co-chaired by the former Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe and the founder of Zenith Bank, Mr. Jim Ovia, had 15 core members representing various stakeholder groups in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector and an additional set of co-opted members. Read more

Nigeria to Generate $2bn Revenue from Tourism – Angya

With government and economic drivers working to improve the economy through non-oil sector, the Acting Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Paul Angya, has said Nigeria can rake in billions of dollars from tourism and hospital industry sector.

Angya, who spoke through the Director, Standard Directorate in the agency, Mr. Abiola Komolafe, disclosed that stakeholders in the sector, led by SON, are set to attract over one million international tourists in the year to beat the previous record. Read more

Telcos Reject New Tax on Electronic Communications Services

Telecommunication companies (Telcos) have collectively rejected fresh plans by the National Assembly to introduce a bill that will promote a new tax on electronic communications services, targeted at operators and their subscribers.

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and the National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS), in a joint statement, condemned the planned hike in telecoms tariffs and called on the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu and the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, to intervene quickly to prevent the adoption of the new tax on electronic communications services, as planned by National Assembly. Read more

Fashola, Ugwuanyi seek local investor in nation’s growth drive

The need to grow the nation’s investor-base around local entrepreneurs has been reiterated, as they have been identified as not only important private-public partnership, but also will remain when the situation gets tough.

Besides, while it is helpful to attract and secure the multi-billion Naira investments, they are usually not many enough to create the inclusion that are needed, which small businesses continue to provide. Read more

UN, AU agencies seek resource mobilisation for regional growth

The African Union Commission (AUC) and United Nations Economic Commission (UNECA) have advocated mobilisation of resources to finance development rather than looking outwards.

The two agencies position was said to have been prompted by high illicit financial outflows from the continent to tax havens and central banks’ reserves in Europe and America. Read more

NPA blames cumbersome cargo clearance on obsolete legal framework

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Habib Abdullahi has blamed ‘obsolete legal framework’ for the cumbersome procedures at the nation’s seaports.

According to Abdullahi, there is need to address the legal framework and other cumbersome procedures as part of measures to accelerate the clearance of goods under the proposed implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Read more

Exchange’s indices depreciate further by N1 billion

The announcement by MSCI index provider that it could remove Nigeria from its frontier market index has continued to take toll on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as equities transactions drops further by N1 billion.

Specifically, at the close of trading yesterday, market capitalisation of listed equities depreciates further by N1 billion or 0.01 per cent, from N8.475 trillion posted on Tuesday to N8,474 trillion. Read more

Minister Warns Telcos, VAS Operators against Unsolicited SMS

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu has warned telecoms operators (Telcos) and Value Added Service (VAS) providers to stop broadcasting unsolicited short message service (SMS), popularly known as text messages, or risk sanction.

The minister, who gave the warning in Lagos recently, expressed deep concern over the rate at which telecoms and VAS operators flood the mobile phones of subscribers with promotional messages that they did not solicit for. Read more

‘Nigeria loses N577b yearly as tax incentives to firms’

A new report by Actionaid and Tax Justice Network Africa has shown that Nigeria is losing about $2.9 billion (N577.2 billion) revenue yearly to corporate organizations as tax incentives with a view to attracting foreign investments into her economy.

The report which focused on Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’ Ivoire and Senegal reveals that granting tax incentives to investors, notably foreign companies, is depriving governments of money to pay for essential public services like health, education and infrastructure. Read more

States borrowed N12.9tn from banks in 2015, says NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics has revealed that 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory sought and obtained N12.9 trillion from banks in 2015.

According to the report, Lagos state was advanced a total credit of N10.1trillion, followed by Rivers with N658.2billion, the Federal Capital Territory, N402.1billion and Kano with N185.05 billion. Read more

Banks in brisk business with new naira notes, reject old bills

By management directive or individual discretion, banks in the country have gradually become an outlet for new notes to currency hawkers, who in turn make brisk business at various party centres across the country, particularly Lagos State.

The sale of the clean bills for older ones currently goes for as high as 20 per cent of the value being exchanged, that is, N1000 old notes go for N800 new ones. Read more

EU to invest €20m in Gulf of Guinea

The European Union has unveiled plans to invest €20m in maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

This was made known on Monday when a delegation of EU consultants led by Mr. Chris Hedley paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. Read more


NNPC spends $1.6b quarterly on fuel importation, regrets queues

With the scarcity of fuel persisting in many parts of the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) has assured that it has a three- thronged step towards ensuring the availability of the premium motors spirit (PMS) to all parts of the country.

The three steps according to the corporation include ensuring sustainable import, making refineries to and work and fixing the pipelines to be fixed and well protected from the activities of unpatriotic Nigerians. Read more


President set to complete Mambilla hydro-power project

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said his administration would honour all agreements concluded between Nigeria and China under previous administrations to ensure the speedy completion of outstanding joint projects, including the 4,000 megawatts (mw) Mambilla Hydro-Electric Power Project.

Speaking at a meeting with Mr. Li Keqiang, the Premier of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China, President Buhari regretted the failure of past governments to meet Nigeria’s obligations in joint projects with China. Read more


Okpekpe organisers committed to drug-free event

Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race say they will ensure that all IAAF anti-doping rules are followed to the letter when the fourth edition holds next month in Okpekpe, Edo state.

Spokesman for the race Dare Esan said provision has been made for full doping control for the event which has become one of the most anticipated in the calendar of IAAF Label road races. Read more

Osimhen hits F’Eagles camp, rues Wolfsburg loss

Victor Osimhem has joined the camp of the Flying Eagles as they prepare for the game against Burundi. He strolled into camp of the just minutes before the kick-off of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid and his German club, VFL Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.

He was very confident of his team winning, knowing that they held a 2-0 first leg advantage, but was disappointed to see Cristiano Ronaldo produce another of his magic to give the Les Merengues a 3-2 aggregate victory. Read more


President Uhuru Kenyatta spent Sh627m on state receptions, garden parties in six months

This is slightly over one-third of all the spending on hospitality within all 49 departments of the national government. At a time when Treasury Cabinet secretary is preaching austerity and cuts on unnecessary expenditure, the Controller of Budget has released a report showing colossal spending on non-key areas such as foreign travel and hospitality within the national government. Read more

Rand, stocks rally on improved risk appetite

Rand extended gains against the dollar on Wednesday, scaling its strongest level since early December, partly driven by positive sentiment towards emerging markets, while stock emulated the upward movement.

The rand climbed more than 1% to 14.5350 per dollar in the session, the firmest it has been since December 9 last year, according to Thomson Reuters data. Read more

Australia to trial new China visa rules to boost tourism

Australia will trial new visa rules for visitors and students from China, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday, as the country seeks to boost tourism and education amid an economy struggling with the demise of a once-in-a-lifetime mining boom.

Government data released in January showed a record 1 million Chinese tourists flocked to Australia in the past 12 months, up from a mere 100,000 fifteen years ago. Beaten in absolute numbers only by New Zealand, China is the fastest growing group with a total spending of A$7.7 billion (4.16 billion pounds) last year. Read more

China to prosecute former graft buster for suspected corruption

A former senior Chinese provincial official overseeing graft busting efforts will himself be prosecuted for suspected corruption after an investigation found he took more than $200,000 (141,303 pounds) in bribes and gifts, state media said on Thursday.

Fang Keyou had been a deputy head in the eastern province of Anhui of the graft inspection teams Beijing has sent out across the country as part of President Xi Jinping’s war on deep-seated corruption, the official Xinhua news agency said. Read more

Light plane crashes in Papua New Guinea, 12 dead – reports

A light aircraft crashed while trying to land in Papua New Guinea’s rugged Western province on Wednesday killing 12 people, Australian authorities and media said on Thursday.

The Sunbird Aviation aircraft crashed into swamp just short of the Kiunga airport runway, killing all passengers and the Australian pilot, according to Australian Broadcasting Corp. Read more

Trump takes steps to reset his campaign, tries to soften his image

Republican front-runner Donald Trump took fresh steps to reset his campaign on Wednesday, hiring a top Republican operative and scheduling a meeting between aides and U.S. lawmakers as he girds for a new phase in his White House bid.

Trump is under pressure to professionalise his campaign beyond a close-knit group of advisers and expand the appeal of his anti-establishment candidacy in the face of fierce opposition from rival U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and a well-funded anti-Trump operation run by establishment Republicans. Read more


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