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President Jonathan appoints new executive secretaries for PEF and NCDMB
With only three weeks to the expiration of his tenure, President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday made two more new appointments in the oil sector.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati said President Goodluck Jonathan approved the appointment of Mrs. Asabe Asmau Ahmed as Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF). Read more
Niger gets new Speaker
The impeachment saga ravaging the legislative arm across the country caught up with Niger State House of Assembly Tuesday when 19 of the 25 members of the assembly impeached the Speaker, Hon. Adamu Usman.
The house also unanimously elected Hon. Isah Mohammed Kawu as the new Speaker. Kawu was first elected Speaker in 2012 but was impeached after one legislative week. Read more
I cannot be impeached- Gov Chime
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State in eastern Nigeria has described the threat of impeachment against him by the state assembly as futile.
Reacting to the threats while briefing journalists in Enugu on Tuesday, Chime said the assembly had not followed constitutional procedures. The governor said that the constitution required two-thirds of the members to do so but that they did not meet the number. Read more
Lawmakers break Niger Assembly gate to remove Aliyu
Confusion reigned on Tuesday in the Niger State House of Assembly complex in Minna as lawmakers broke the keys used by the police to lock the gate into the Assembly in order to stop the legislators’ alleged threat to impeach the state Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu.
The Police were said to have locked up the gate to the complex to foil the lawmakers bid to enter the chambers of the Assembly and stop the staff from going in or coming out of the House. Read more
MultiChoice objects to reduction in DStv subscription
A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed May 21, 2015 to rule on an application filed in objection to the suit seeking to restrain Multichoice Nigeria Limited from increasing subscription fees on the Digital Satellite television being operated by it.
Two Lagos-based legal practitioners, Osasuyi Adebayo and Oluyinka Oyeniji, had filed the class action on behalf of themselves and all other DStv subscribers across the country. Read more
NRC arrests passengers hanging on train in Lagos
Some erring passengers were on Tuesday arrested at Ikeja Train Station by armed security operatives for hanging on the locomotive of an Ogun/Lagos-bound train.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the arrest followed a report on Monday that passengers who were hanging overcrowded the locomotive causing poor visibility for the driver.
NAN had reported that the train was delayed beyond its scheduled departure time at Agbado Station, following a complaint by the driver of poor visibility due to the overcrowding.Read more
Ejigbo torture: Court remands 10 in prison
Ten persons who allegedly conspired to torture three women for allegedly stealing pepper at Oba Morufu International Market in Ejigbo on February 11, 2013, were on Tuesday remanded in prison custody.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court remanded the nine men and a woman after their arraignment by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions. They are to remain in custody, pending the hearing and determination of their bail applications fixed for May 21. Read more
Ace Comedian, Alibaba Warns Government Against Selling National Theatre
A veteran comedian, Ali Baba, has warned against any attempt by the government to privatise the National Theatre at Iganmu, Lagos.
The ace comedian, who made the call on social media, spoke against the backdrop of stories making the rounds that the national edifice had been sold to private individuals. Read more
Man Docked For Allegedly Stealing Wires From Eko Hotels
A 40-year-old carpenter, Daniel Oluwasegun, was on Tuesday docked at a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing wires at a construction site within Eko Hotels.
Oluwasegun, a resident of No. 34b, Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island, Lagos is facing a charge of stealing.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge. Read more
Malaria: 500 households ‘Net it Out’ in Ibafon, Lagos
It was a day to remember for residents of Ibafon Community, in Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos recently when in partnership with the Total Group in Nigeria, in partnership with the Lagos State Government, as 3,250 residents in 500 households were provided Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets, LLINs, in line with the global recommendations for malaria prevention.
Just before this year’s World Malaria Day, volunteers mobilised for the nets distribution programme facilitated by Kasher Consulting Ltd., embarked on community awareness, sensitisation and teaching/assisting residents to effectively hang their nets. Read more
Lagos Court saves 21-year-old Marriage
A Somolu Customary Court on Tuesday in Lagos intervened and saved a 21-year-old marriage between Tanakantu and her husband, Lateef Bamidele.
An indication to this effect was given by the wife when she told the court that the issues between them had been resolved. Read more
Breaking news: Jonathan has ruined the economy, APC govs cry
Old and incoming governors elected on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, have accused President Jonathan of running the economy aground, leaving them with an empty treasury.
The governors under the umbrella of Progressives Forum also stated that the president-elect, General Mohammadu would be faced with unprecedented financial challenges as he takes the mantle of leadership from Jonathan on May 29. Read more
71 year old cleric murdered in Edo state
A 71-year old cleric, Reverend David Memeh, has been assassinated by unknown gunmen at his Government Reservation Area residence in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Late Rev. Memeh who worshipped at the Foursquare Gospel was shot twice after the suspected assassins forcefully gained entrance into his residence. Read more
IGP orders the arrest of cultists in Benue, Cross River and Akwa Ibom
The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has directed Police Commissioners in Benue, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states to arrest and prosecute any youth involved in cultism.
Arase, who gave the order on Tuesday in a statement by the force spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, expressed concern about cult group activities in the affected states. Read more
One killed, 4 wounded in latest Ukraine clashes
A Ukrainian army volunteer was killed and three soldiers were wounded in fighting in the country’s east, Kiev said Tuesday, while pro-Russian rebels said one of their fighters was injured.
A volunteer died from his wounds on Monday after being hit by 120mm mortars fired by rebels at Ukrainian fighters who are stationed near the ruined airport of rebel hub Donetsk, the chief of staff of the Ukrainian armed forces said.Read more
French far-right mayor slammed for counting Muslim children
A French mayor backed by the far-right National Front was accused of racism on Tuesday after using the names of school children in his town to decide how many were Muslim.
Under France’s strict secularism laws, the government does not keep statistics on people’s religion or ethnicity. Read more
Erin Energy starts oil production offshore Nigeria
Erin Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: ERN) has started production from the Oyo-8 well in OML 120 offshore Nigeria.
Oyo-8, drilled in 3Q 2014 to a TD of 6,100 ft (1,850 m), was completed horizontally in the Pliocene formation. Oyo-8 is in about 1,000 ft (300 m) of water and is producing into the FPSO Armada Perdana. The well is expected to produce approximately 7,000 b/d of oil following cleanup and optimization of choke size. Read more
Tribunal grants Agbaje leave to inspect governorship election materials
The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday granted Mr Jimi Agbaje leave to inspect all polling materials and documents used in the April 11 governorship election in the state.
Agbaje was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the election in which the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) declared Mr Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress as the winner. Read more
2 men charged with mugging woman at Lagos ATM point
Two men were on Tuesday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly mugging a woman at knifepoint and stabbing a man at an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) point.
The duo — John Luka, 21, and Bulus Amos, 23 — who did not give details of their occupations and residential addresses, are facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and assault occasioning harm. Read more
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