* Oshiomhole appoints 4 Permanent Secretaries  * Robbers kill bank manager, security man in Ekiti

* Oshiomhole appoints 4 Permanent Secretaries   * Robbers kill bank manager, security man in Ekiti




Oshiomhole appoints 4 Permanent Secretaries 

On the eve of his departure as Edo state governor,  Adams Oshiomhole  has appointed four new Permanent-Secretaries.

Mr Peter Okhiria, Chief Press Secretary of the governor, listed the appointees as Mr Anthony Okungbowa, Ministry of Justice, Mr Kadiri Bashiru, Secretary,Nigeria Labour Congress . Read more

Robbers kill bank manager, security man in Ekiti

Robbers invaded the rustic town of Otun-Ekiti in Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Thursday and killed four persons in simultaneous attacks that included two banks.

It was learnt that policemen at the scene fled from the firepower of the armed robbers who laid siege to the entire town for about an hour. Read more

Buhari, Saraki meet third time in Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met for the third time within one week with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

They met first last week Friday while the second meeting was on Wednesday after the President met with members of the South East Caucus in the Senate led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and Eyinnaya Abaribe. Read more

Niger Delta: FG sets up c’ttee to recover arms, stop bombing

THE Federal Government has set up a special committee to recover illegal weapons and curtail the spate of bombings and illegal refineries in the Niger Delta region.

The committee,  under the office of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and is to liaise with the Office of the National Security Adviser, is to work with critical stakeholders in the region as well as security agencies to ensure the success of the programme. Read more

Security challenges in Niger Delta over soon – Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has assured Nigerians that the security challenges in the Niger Delta will soon be resolved.

Kachikwu gave the assurance in Abuja on Friday in a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Idang Alibi. The minister, according to the statement, observed that three attacks had taken place in the last two weeks, including Wednesday’s Forcados bombing, in spite of efforts being made to promote peace in the region. Read more

Expert urges FG to invest in renewable energy

An Energy Expert, Mr Kolawole Oriyomi, on Friday advised the Federal Government to set aside 10 per cent of annual capital budget to explore renewable energy sources.

He said such investment would enable government to adequately tackle the energy challenges in the country. Read more

A/Ibom Police Arrests 16 Suspected Criminals

In a major crack dawn to rid the state of  undesirable elements Police in Akwa Ibom has arrested sixteen suspected criminals in the past one week.

The suspects now awaiting prosecution on the completion of investigations were said to have committed crimes ranging from assassination attempt, baby thief, kidnapping and armed robber. Read more

INEC is out to truncate Nigeria’s democracy – Secondus

FORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has raised alarm that the nation’s democracy was heading towards a total collapse if the conduct and style of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC under the leadership of Prof Mahmood Yakubu were not checked and curtailed.

According to him, with the way and manner the present INEC has been conducting its activities, it has become very obvious that the new INEC Chairman lacks what he termed, the wherewithal to run the Commission, adding that it has also become imperative that he must be guided if Nigeria’s democracy must be protected. Read more

Traders protest higher taxes in Kuje

Traders Association in Kuje Area Council, FCT on Friday took to the streets to protest the increase in taxation by the authorities. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who monitored the protest in Kuje reports that shops along major streets in the council were shut.

Mr Uche Nwokedi, the acting chairman of the association said members of the association had taken to the streets to protest increment in taxation from N3,000 to N36,000. Nwokedi said the protest was also to express the association’s displeasure over the use of force and touts by the consultant engaged by the Area Council to collect the taxes. Read more

Three unionists docked for N6 million scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the trio of Nasiru Illelah, Muhammad Gana and Adamu Yunus, before Justice Rabi Umar of the Bauchi State High Court, Bauchi on charges bordering on fraudulent conversation of N6 million and issuance of dud cheques.

The three men were the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Services Technical and Recreation Services Employees, Hospital Management Board. Read more

Fire and demolitions that left 30,000 homeless must be urgently investigated – AI

The Lagos State authorities must take immediate steps to provide alternative accommodation for as many as 30,000 people who were made homeless, in direct contravention of a court order, when their homes were deliberately set alight in the Otodo Gbame community in Lekki, Lagos, Amnesty International said today.

Although it is unclear who started the first fire on the morning of Wednesday 9 November, eyewitnesses have told the organization that police present did not attempt to stop the fire. Instead, they say they were chased away by police officers when they attempted to put it out. Read more

Air Peace dismisses report of aborted landing at Owerri airport

Air Peace has denied a media report claiming that one of its aircraft aborted landing due to cows that allegedly strayed into the runway of the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, Imo State.

The report with the headline: “Plane aborts landing as cows take over Owerri airport runway” published in the Vanguard on Friday alleged that Air Peace’s pilot aborted landing when he “discovered that the runway had been invaded by cows.” Read more

I earned millions from kidnapping –Suspect

A suspected kidnapper has said that he earned money running into several millions of naira while he engaged in the criminal act.

He confessed that he bought cars with his earnings and that he was proposing to establish a private business before he was caught. Read more

Armed robbers write Ogun residents, warn them to keep Christmas money, gift at home

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, CP, Ahmed Iliyasu, has called on residents of Anglican Road, Ilupewo community in Ado-Odo-Otta Local Government Area of the state to remain calm after they reportedly received a letter from suspected armed robbers of an impending visit.

The robbers posted the letters on gates and doors informing residents of the boundary community between Lagos and Ogun States, to keep Christmas gifts for them as they would be visiting anytime soon. Read more

Fraud: Court rules on Omenyi’s bail application Nov 14

The Federal High Court, Abuja, will on Nov. 14 rule on a bail application filed by retired Air Vice Marshal Tony Omenyi, charged with illegal transfer of money. Omenyi was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a three count.

He was accused of transferring huge sums of money on three different occasions when he was the managing director of Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Ltd. Read more

NSCDC operative, corps member drown in Bayelsa boat mishap

An operative of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and a National Youth Service Corps member have drowned in Bayelsa State.

They were said to have been drowned in a boat that capsized along the waterways of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state. Read more

Nigeria Has Shown Political Will To Drive Sustainable Tourism – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Federal Government has demonstrated that it has the political will to drive sustainable tourism in the country.

Speaking at a panel of African Ministers of Tourism, who met on the sidelines of t*he UN Conference on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco, on Thursday, the Minister said, however, that for pleasure travels to be sustainable, it must first be put on a sound footing. Read more

LASU suspends director of sports

Authorities of the Lagos State University (LASU) have suspended the institution’s Acting Director of Sports, Dr John Adeogun, for allegedly relinquishing his official responsibilities. The suspension is contained in the university’s official bulletin on Friday in Lagos.

The bulletin said the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, had approved an immediate suspension of Adeogun. Read more

Benue commissioner not on wanted persons’ list– PPRO

Benue State Police Command on Friday denied that it declared the state commissioner for Art, Culture and Tourism, Mr Sekar Iyortyom, wanted over alleged culpable homicide.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu, made the denial in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi. Read more

Return N500m, properties recovered from Igbinedion, Edo govt begs FG

Edo State Government has appealed to the Federal Government, to return the N500 million and three properties recovered from former governor of the state, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, to the state government following the order of the Federal High Court in Edo State after he was convicted of defrauding Edo State government.

The properties are landed property measuring 4,823.02 square meters at Asokoro, Abuja, acquired on January 13, 2006 with file number ED21620, detached property on two plots of land comprising 4 bedroom and boys quarters situated at number 57, Ihama Road, GRA, Benin City, Edo State and a storey building and a bungalow on a large expanse of land situated at number 24, Izekor Street, off Chris Mary Street, Benin City, Edo State. Read more

Alleged N2.1b debt: Skye Bank takes over Obat Oil’s depot

The Federal High Court in Lagos has directed Skye Bank Plc to take over Obat Oil and Petroleum Limited’s depot over an alleged N2.1billion debt.

Justice Jude Dagat issued an order directing the Inspector-General of Police, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, the Lagos Commissioner of Police as well as the court’s Deputy Sheriff to assist in the enforcement of the order. Read more

Wike sacks his SSA on Protocol

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has sacked his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Protocol, Sir Joe Akpa.

Wike, through his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, Friday in Port Harcourt, wished Akpa well in his future endeavours. Read more

Man gets N500, 000 bail for attempted murder

A Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Friday granted N500, 000 bail to a 27 year-old-man, Ayomide Ilesanmi, who allegedly attempted to kill one Okwudili Obiora by pushing him down from a storey building.

The Court’s Magistrate, Mrs Ipaye Nwachukwu, granted the accused bail with two sureties in like sum after he pleaded not guilty to a four-count charge of conspiracy, attempted killing, breach of peace and assault. Read more

Chelsea ‘punishing’ Mikel for playing in Rio, says Rohr

Nigeria’s coach – Gernot Rohr – claims Mikel Obi is being ‘punished’ by Premier League club Chelsea for playing at the Rio Olympics.

The 29-year-old missed most of Chelsea’s pre-season matches as he helped his country win a bronze medal at the football event of the Summer Olympic Games. Read more

France elects first woman football chief

French football’s ruling body the Professional Football League (LFP) on Friday elected their first woman president with Nathalie Boy De La Tour winning a four-year term.

Boy De La Tour who previously held a position with the “Football Foundation” which promotes the game in the community takes over from Frédéric Thiriez who resigned last month after 14 years. Read more

Mark Zuckerberg hits out at suggestions Facebook influenced US election

During an interview with The Facebook Effect author David Kirkpatrick, Mr Zuckerberg responded to criticisms that Facebook helped spread misinformation by allowing for the sharing and re-sharing of fake news stories.

Mr Zuckerberg said the idea that people voted the way they did because they saw a fake news story shows “profound lack of empathy” for people who voted for Donald Trump. Read more

ISIS Is Massacring Mosul Civilians as Troops Advance, U.N. Says

Islamic State militants have summarily executed scores of civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul in recent days, sometimes using children as executioners, and have also used chemical weapons against Iraqi and Kurdish troops, United Nations officials said on Friday.

Video posted by the militants on Wednesday showed four children, who appear to be 10 to 14 years old, shooting four civilians accused of disloyalty at a location near the Tigris River, said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the United Nations human rights office in Geneva. The video release identified one of the children as Russian, another as coming from Uzbekistan and two as Iraqis. Read more

Trump’s Muslim ban temporarily removed from website

One of President-elect Donald Trump‘s most divisive promises — to ban Muslims from entering America — disappeared from his campaign website before reappearing on Thursday.

Trump‘s campaign staff told US media that text of the pledge, posted in December following terror attacks in San Bernardino, California, vanished because of a technical glitch. Read more

Poland opens huge Catholic shrine – after 224-year wait

Poland has marked its Independence Day by opening a huge Catholic shrine first proposed more than two centuries ago.

The cornerstone of the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw was laid in 1792, but a Russian invasion and two world wars stalled progress. Read more

Trump commends protesters’ ‘passion’ after new night of rallies

US President-elect Donald Trump has praised protesters’ “passion” after a new night of demonstrations against his election victory that included rioting in Portland, Oregon.

“Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country,” he tweeted. “We will all come together and be proud!” Read more
























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