* I won’t join APC, Mimiko swears * Jonathan may contest 2019 elections – Dele Momodu

* I won’t join APC, Mimiko swears  * Jonathan may contest 2019 elections – Dele Momodu




I won’t join APC, Mimiko swears

The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, on Monday said despite the controversy surrounding who flies the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state governorship election holding on Saturday, he was not contemplating joining the All Progressives Congress.

He said the courtesy he extended to President Muhammadu Buhari when he led party members to a rally in the state on Saturday was done because of his position as the president and had nothing to do with the party he belongs to. Read more

Jonathan may contest 2019 elections – Dele Momodu

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, may seek reelection in Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election, the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Mr. Dele Momodu, has said.

Jonathan, who ruled Africa’s most populous nation from 2011 to 2015, lost his bid for reelection in last year’s presidential polls to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress. Read more

Court grants Justice Ngwuta N100m bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, granted bail in the sum of N100m to a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who was earlier in the day, arraigned on 16 counts, including money laundering and offences relating to obtaining of multiple passport.

The bail sum is to be guaranteed by self-recognisance of the defendant in his capacity as a serving Justice of the Supreme Court. Read more

Buhari to attend 4th Africa-Arab Summit in Malabo

President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the 4th Africa-Arab Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on November 23.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Monday, said  the summit, which will be attended by Heads of State and Governments from Gulf and African countries, is expected to endorse the Malabo Declaration and Action Working Plan for 2017-2019 to promote trade and economic ties. Read more

85-year-old on trial for stealing wedding ring

An 85-year-old goldsmith, Adamu Abdulmumuni, on Monday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, over alleged theft of gold jewellery worth N1.4m.

Abdulmumuni was arraigned alongside another goldsmith, Hassan Jubrila, 55, and one Joel Inyada, 27, on a three-count of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen property. Read more

Nigeria not polio-free yet, says health minister

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said new cases of polio virus were recently discovered in some parts of Borno State.

The Nigerian Army has recently liberated Borno from the siege of insurgents. Adewole made this known during the opening of the Ibadan Polio Laboratory at the University College Hospital. Read more

FG sincere with Niger Delta dialogue – Diete-Spiff

The leader of the Niger Delta Dialogue Contact Group and the first Military Governor of Rivers State, Alfred Diete-Spiff, says the Federal Government is sincere with the dialogue with leaders of the region.

Diete-Spiff,  the Amanyanabo (traditional ruler) of Twon Brass of Bayelsa State, and the Chairman of Bayelsa Council of Traditional Rulers, made this known in an interview on Saturday. Read more

Army releases fresh list of wanted Boko Haram suspects

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday in Maiduguri unveiled the poster carrying photographs of 55 most wanted Boko Haram members, including their supposed leader, Abubakar Shekau.

The poster, with the inscription, written in English, Hausa and Kanuri languages, is the third edition of such posters, it has telephone numbers which the public could easily call or send text messages to, to indicate which of the characters they know or have information on. Read more

Boko Haram places massive order for drugs to boost sexual performance, treat STDs

Nigerian troops fighting the terrorist Boko Haram group in the north-east state of Borno on Sunday intercepted two suspected members of the sect believed to be on a mission to procure drugs for libido enhancement, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses.

A military insider told PREMIUM TIMES that the two men were intercepted by men of the 112 Task Force Battalion as they tried to cross from Anadawa village to Minari on motorcycle. Read more

NSCCIMA Seeks International Market For Nsukka-Pepper

The Nsukka Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NSCCIMA) says it is seeking international market to sell a species of Nsukka-pepper.

The yellowish Nsukka-pepper adds flavour to both local and national delicacies, especially in soup and stew. Dr. Basil Onugu, the President of NSCCIMA, said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Nsukka at the ongoing 1st Nsukka Trade Fair, 2016. Read more

Caution your supporters to stop peddling Reno’s name with lies – Group urges Buhari

A group, Diaspora Independent Justice awareness (DIJA) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call to order, his supporters who are bent on pitching ex-aide of Jonathan, Reno Omokri with the government through their continuous peddling of his name as the one who accused Buhari  of donating to U.S Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

In a statement signed by the group’s Secretary, Mr. John Obuh, and made available to newsmen on Monday, the group said it had uncovered plots by the Buhari’s aides which is to have the former aides of ex-President Jonathan arrested for libellous charges against the president. Read more

3 bag 6 months jail for stealing 11 chickens from poultry farm

A Jos Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced two men and a woman to six months imprisonment each for stealing 11 live chickens from a poultry farm.

The Magistrate, Mrs Helen Danboyi, sentenced the convicts after they pleaded guilty and begged for mercy. Read more

Millions of Nigerians defecate openly – UNICEF

On this year’s World Toilet Day, November 19, the reality of accessing sanitary toilets remained a mirage for 28.5 per cent of the Nigerian population (51.3 million persons) who have no access to sanitary toilet facilities., according

When it’s time to go to the toilet, this group of people have no option than to defecate in the open, an act that threatens their health, dignity, safety and puts them at risk of public health hazards. Read more

EFCC slams corruption charges on Ofili-jumogobia, Obla

The EFCC has preferred a 30-count charge against a Federal High Court Judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, and Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

In the charge listed as number LD/367/C/16, Ofili-Ajumogobia was listed as first defendant, while Obla was named as second defendant. Read more

Gbaramatu Communities Hail Senators for Supporting Maritime University, Okerenkoko

The chairmen of Gbaramatu communities have commended the Senators for throwing their weight behind the establishment of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The bill establishing the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, in Delta State scaled the Second Reading at the Senate last Wednesday. Read more

All Catholic priests can now forgive abortion, Pope declares

Pope Francis on Monday allowed all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a power previously reserved for bishops or special confessor.

Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an “apostolic letter” after Sunday’s close of the Catholic Church’s “Holy Year of Mercy.” Read more

Igbo can survive without government assistance – SELDI

The South East Development Initiative, SELDI, has urged the Igbo to take their destiny in their hands by taking the responsibility to develop the South East geopolitical zone.

SELDI said that easterners would survive on their own without looking for help from the federal, state and local governments, adding that all they needed to survive was to “think home” by investing at home. Read more

Industrialisation: UN tasks African governments on transformation polices

Mr Ban-Ki Moon, the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, on Monday in Abuja urged African governments to embrace transformative policies that would encourage industrialisation in Africa.

The UN scribe made the call at the 2016 Africa Industrialisation Day with the theme: “Financing Industrialisation in Africa: Challenges and Winning Strategies’’. Read more

Minister: Over 150 Companies to Feature in Nigerian Mining Summit

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari, has disclosed  that no fewer than 150 companies and operators would be in the country to participate in the forthcoming National Mining Summit billed for the first quarter of next year,

He noted that this became necessary as part of plans by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development to scale up activities  and drive investment in the sector. Read more

Nigerian economy still mired in recession for third quarter

Nigeria’s economy has remained firmly in recession in the third quarter of the year, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics has announced.

Africa’s biggest economy shrunk by another 2.2% between July and September, bigger than the 2.06% contraction seen in the second quarter and the 0.36% decline in the first three months of the year. Read more

High cost of bread forces Kano residents to consume local alternative

Local bread alternative popularly known as Gurasa (a local delicacy) is now consumed by many Kano residents as economic recession bites harder.

Investigation by NAN in Kano metropolis shows that the local delicacy was gaining ground since people like eating it with stew or fried meat known as Suya. Read more

MAN urges CBN to create single digit interest rate window

The Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ogun Chapter, Mr Wale Adegbite, on Monday urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to create a window that would grant single digit interest rate to the real sector.

Adegbite told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Ota, Ogun, that such lower interest rate would help to boost the real sector. Read more

Anichebe shines among Nigerians abroad

The international break is finally over and as expected, domestic football returned to the top leagues across Europe at the weekend as Victor Anichebe stole the show once again.

Nigerians continued to throw their weight about in the various competitions across the old continent and supersport.com now runs the rule on how the lads performed at their respective clubs. Read more

Woman Dragged Behind Car With Rope Around Her Neck in Hamelin, Germany

A woman suffered serious injuries after she was dragged through the streets of a German town behind a car with a rope tied around her neck, police said Monday.

The 28-year-old, who has not been identified, was found on a sidewalk in Hamelin on Sunday, according to a statement issued by police. Read more

Japanese troops land in South Sudan, fears of first foreign fighting since WW2

A contingent of Japanese troops landed in South Sudan on Monday, an official said – a mission that critics say could see them embroiled in their country’s first overseas fighting since World War Two.

The soldiers will join U.N. peacekeepers and help build infrastructure in the landlocked and impoverished country torn apart by years of civil war. Read more

Letter shows Donald Trump’s grandfather pleaded to stay in Germany

Donald Trump’s grandfather begged to stay in Germany as he unsuccessfully fought his expulsion from the country for failing to perform mandatory military service, a letter has shown.

The handwritten missive, found in a German archive by an historian and published Monday by Bild newspaper, dates back to 1905. Read more


















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