*$2.1bn scandal: Jonathan preparing for his own defence, says CACOL *Presidency seeks N180b to fund NYSC, others

*$2.1bn scandal: Jonathan preparing for his own defence, says CACOL *Presidency seeks N180b to fund NYSC, others


$2.1bn scandal: Jonathan preparing for his own defence- CACOL

The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders has said the comments of former President Jonathan about the allegations against his former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), was a way of preparing for his own defence when he was eventually called to question.

Jonathan had expressed disbelief against the allegation against Dasuki while giving a lecture at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom. Read more

Presidency seeks N180b to fund NYSC, others

President Buhari has asked the National Assembly to approve virement of N180 billion from N500 billion appropriated for the Special Intervention Programme, to finance key projects.

In a letter to senators at the commencement of yesterday’s plenary, the projects to be financed included the amnesty initiative, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and the Public Service Wage Adjustment (PSWA). Read more

FG to spend N30bn to develop agro-industrial hub – Ogbeh

The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said that the Federal Government will spend N30 billion to develop the biggest agro-industrial hub in West Africa.

Ogbeh made the statement on Tuesday when he visited the 15,000 hectares of land to be used for the hub in Kwali Area Council, Federal Capital Territory. Read more

NAF to Build New Base in Katsina

The Nigerian Air Force says it will establish an operational base in Katsina State to effectively tackle security challenge in the Northwest part of the country.

Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff, disclosed this at the opening of 8th Air Force Games in Katsina on Monday. Read more

Rumors of Fuel Price Increase

Mr. Mele Kyari, the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Department of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said the company is subsidizing the consumption of fuel at N145.

Kyari spoke at the 10th Oil Trading and Logistics Africa Downstream Week in Lagos, where he also said it was impossible to import products at the current market price, at current fixed foreign exchange rate and recovered one’s money. Read more

Information Portal For Nigerians At Home and In Diaspora

The Federal Government will soon launch an Information Portal to keep Nigerians at home and in the diaspora abreast of government’s programmes and policies and also get their feedback.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday when he received the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diapora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on a courtesy visit to his office. Read more

FG Sets 2030 Target To End Violence Against Children

The Federal Government has stressed that a Year of Action is insufficient to tackle the menace of Violence against Children (VAC) in the country and to commemorate the Presidential Year of Action, President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) campaign to end VAC by 2030. Read more

Man arraigned for beating up policeman

A 30-year-old man, Tunde Ajani, who allegedly beat up a policeman, was on Wednesday brought before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Ajani, a resident of Ajegunle area of Apapa, is facing two charges of breach of the peace and assault. Read more

DPC mobilises members for Ondo gov election

The Democratic Peoples Congress says it has started mobilising its members for the victory of its candidate, Dr Adeeyo Mathew, in the Nov.26 Governorship Election in Ondo State.

Its National Chairman, Rev. Olusegun Peters Olusegun, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday. Read more

FG rejects U.S report on child labour

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has rejected the report of United States Department of Labour that blacklisted the nation as “engaging in Child soldiering” due to Boko Haram activities in the country.

Ngige made the country’s position known when he received representatives of the department led by Mr. Marlin Hardinger in his office, the Deputy Director (Press) in the ministry, Mr. Samuel Olowookere, said in a statement on Tuesday. Read more

Toyota recalls 5.8m cars over faulty airbags

Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday said it was recalling about 5.8 million cars at home and abroad over potentially faulty air bag inflators made by Takata Corp.

The company said in a statement in Tokyo, that the recalled cars included those used as replacement parts following a 2010 recall. Read more

Mikel moves to save Chelsea career

Out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder  Mikel  Obi has held showdown talks with  Blues  manager  Antonio Conte  after being  frozen out of the team by the Italian.

The Nigeria captain  has yet to play a single  Premier League match for the Stamford Bridge side  since the beginning  of the season. Read more

I will ‘work hard’ to get back into Chelsea team, says Mikel Obi

Nigeria captain, Mikel John Obi, has stated that he is ready to “work hard” to get back into the Chelsea team this season after holding talks with the club manager, Antonio Conte.

The 29-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Chelsea this season with Frenchman, N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic preferred ahead of him in the defensive midfield role. Read more

Sturridge puts Liverpool through in League Cup

Daniel Sturridge served a reminder of his worth to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with both goals in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in England’s League Cup on Tuesday.

Sturridge has started three of Liverpool’s last four Premier League games on the bench, but he seized his chance at Anfield to send last season’s beaten finalists into the quarter-finals. Read more

Under siege Mourinho feeling isolated from home comforts

Jose Mourinho’s woes aren’t just on the pitch, the Manchester United manager is unhappy about his living arrangements and being separated from his family.

The 53-year-old — who is in need of a good result later Wednesday in the EFL Cup clash with city rivals Manchester City after the 4-0 hammering by Chelsea on Sunday — has yet to find a flat and is living on his own in a luxury hotel.

However, that presents its own problems for the Portuguese manager as he says he is under siege from the paparazzi. Read more

Manchester life is a ‘bit of a disaster’ for Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has described his living arrangements in Manchester as a ‘disaster’ as his wife and children remain in London while he stays in the Lowry Hotel.

The Portuguese was appointed as United manager at the end of last season to replace Louis van Gaal, and the former Chelsea boss is having to adjust to being apart from his family. Read more

I’m still good enough for top league – Osaze

Veteran Nigeria forward Osaze Odemwingie  says the battle to keep  Rotherham United in the Championship  will bring out the best in him and provide him another chance to showcase his talents.

Osaze  joined the Millers  on a three-month deal as a free agent on Monday after being released by Premier League club  Stoke City  in the summer. Read more

Heat on Mourinho, Guardiola in League Cup derby

Manchester United and Manchester City resume hostilities in the League Cup later on Wednesday with rival managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola starting to feel the heat.

Mourinho is reeling from United’s 4-0 humiliation by his former club Chelsea, while City manager Guardiola has gone five games without victory for only the second time in his stellar coaching career. Read more

Messi could join Newell’s after World Cup – Maxi Rodriguez

Maxi Rodriguez is hopeful his former Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona for Newell’s Old Boys after the next World Cup in 2018.

The prolific attacker left his boyhood club for Barcelona before breaking into the first team, but he recently reiterated his desire to end his career with the Rosario side. Read more


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