Jonathan shocked me by conceding easily, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he never expected that former President Goodluck Jonathan would concede defeat so easily after the March 2015 presidential election.
He said it was unbelievable that Jonathan, who had spent 16 years in public offices ranging from deputy governor and state governor to being vice-president and president, could throw in the towel like that. Read more
FG deploys 5 warships, 100 gunboats, fighter jets to Delta creeks
The federal government, yesterday, deployed an armada of five warships, 100 gunboats and fighter jets to the creeks of the Niger Delta, in response to continued bombing of oil and gas pipelines by Niger Delta Avengers, NDA. Read more
Democracy Day speech: Buhari too slow –Ohakim
More reactions have continued to trail last Sunday’s Democracy Day speech by President Muhammadu Buhari where he gave his stewardship in his first year in office.
In his reaction, former governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim urged Nigerians to bear with the president in their expectation of him to fulfill his campaign promises.
Ohakim, who was guest on Focus Nigeria, an African Independent Television (AIT) breakfast programme monitored in Abuja, yesterday, described Buhari as a late starter as witnessed in the slowness of his administration. Read more
PDP’ll bounce back in 2019 –Chidoka
Honourable Obinna Chidoka is representing Idenmili North Federal Constituency of Anambra State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Obosi-born lawmaker is Chairman, Committee on Environment and Habitat. He recalled his short stay in the Green chamber in 2007 before his election was annulled and how he got re-elected in 2015. Chidoka said even though the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had not fulfilled its campaign promises to Nigerians, yet he supports the corruption stand of the Buhari administration. Read more
Navy: Military will Only Apply Force on N’Delta Militants When Necessary
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Central Naval Command (CNC), Yenagoa, Bayelsa, Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba, disclosed monday that the fight against militants who have recently resumed the destruction of oil facilities in the Niger Delta would be done ‘rationally.’
Garba told THISDAY that those disturbing the peace of the region were just a minute percentage of the good people of the area, assuring that all those who are innocent should go about their duties without fear. Read more
Dasukigate: Anxiety over Dudafa’s health in EFCC custody
The family of former presidential aide, Dr Waripamowei Dudafa, who is currently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has raised the alarm that his health is failing.
Mr. Thomas Akpoebi, who spoke on behalf of the family, said Dudafa needs medical help which is being denied him in custody.
In a swift reaction, yesterday, the EFCC dismissed the insinuation and insisted that detainees have access to quality medical care.
Besides, EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren told Daily Sun yesterday that the commission will not be distracted by false alarms. “The commission will not be distracted by any false alarm regarding the health condition of any suspect as all suspects in the custody of the EFCC have access to the best medical care. Read more
Blame Igbo elite, not Buhari, for Ndigbo woes
The political elite in the South-East geo-political zone have been warned of the danger of creating fathom political issues in the zone and blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for such.
“The current political configuration which had placed the South-East geo-political zone in the opposition was neither created nor caused by President Muhammadu Buhari as stated in a reaction by the Buhari South-East Youth Movement to some statements credited to some speakers in an anniversary lecture held by Alaigbo Development union in Enugu and reported by thisday newspaper of 28th May 2016. Read more
I’ll defend democracy for life –Tinubu
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has vowed to dedicate the rest of his life to the defence of democracy in Nigeria.
Tinubu said Nigeria must keep perfecting its democracy despite the daunting challenges.
The former governor of Lagos State said this in a statement to mark Democracy Day last Sunday.
He said the country needed an unrivalled fiscal policy to weather the economic storm Read more
President seeks speedy passage of anti-money laundering bill
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday promised that his administration would continue to respect the principle of separation of power as enshrined in the constitution.
Buhari also called the attention of the lawmakers to some bills pending before them. Read more
MILITANTS FULFILLING PROMISE OF MAKING NIGERIA UNGOVERNABLE FOR BUHARI- — ‘GENERAL’ AKPODORO
‘General’ Isreal Akpodoro, a former militant leader in the Niger Delta. In this interview with NICHOLAS UWERUNONYE, he spoke on the renewed militant activities in the Niger Delta. He also condemned the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers while calling on the President to probe those around him. Read more
Unfulfilled dreams of presidential hopefuls
Chief Samuel Olu Falae first declared his intention to contest the 1993 presidential election as an aspirant of the Social Democratic Party, but was defeated by popular businessman, Chief Moshood Abiola (now deceased). Read more
Okorocha Distances Self from Presidential Posters in Abuja
Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has denied his posters with Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State for the 2019 Presidency which have flooded the streets of Abuja and other Northern states, describing it as the handiwork of his detractors. Read more
We’re celebrating one year of pain, says Babatope
Board member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and elder statesman, Ebenezer Babatope has described President Muhammadu Buhari first year in office as a painful period for Nigerians.
He said the president needed prayers from all Nigerians while he urged Buhari to make haste in bringing about a positive change in the situation to alleviate the sufferings of the masses. Read more
I told Buhari I’ll tackle cultism, insecurity – Wike
The RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Monday, opened up on his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Wike said he told the President that his administration would tackle cultism and insecurity in the four local government areas of the state. Read more
Buhari can’t stop me from travelling abroad, says Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has dared the Federal Government to carry out the alleged plot of preventing him from travelling out of the country.
Stating that state governors were not appendages of the president, Fayose said as a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, he could not be cowed by President Muhammadu Buhari and his agents. Read more
No more feud between George, Obanikoro – Salvador
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr. Moshood Salvador, says there are no more factions in the party. Salvado also noted that his election as the chairman of the party was accepted by all and sundry in the party.
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent on Monday, the former member of the House of Representatives, said plans were a foot to break the jinx of electoral loss in the state. Read more
Nobody can stampede my administration –Bello, Kogi governor
Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello recently fielded questions from Journalists on the staff screening exercise which has generated much fuss in the state and said nobody could intimidate him from doing the right thing.
He said the screening exercise has uncovered a lot of sterling revelations where few individuals are cornering the wealth of the state and vowed to recover every dime stolen from the state. Read more
Pro-Biafran activists, security agents in bloody clashes • 30 feared dead in Onitsha, two cops, five others killed in Delta
No fewer than 30 persons and a soldier were allegedly killed on Monday in Onitsha, the Anambra State capital, after some pro-Biafran protesters, said to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the defunct Biafra republic, engaged soldiers and policemen in a bloody clash.
Leaders of the protesters did not, however, produce the corpses of those said to have been killed by security operatives, but one of our correspondents saw two corpses in Onitsha on Monday. Read more
Again, OPC warns Fulani herdsmen against further attack on Yorubaland
Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has, again, warned Fulani herdsmen in Yorubaland against attack on members of their host communities. OPC threatened that further attack on Yoruba people portends serious danger to the nation’s continuous unity.
National Coordinator of the OPC, Otunba Gani Adams who delivered the 2016 Democracy Day lecture of the Ondo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) yesterday, said Fulani herdsmen have done more havoc to Yorubaland than any other terrorist group. Read more
Drug producers to brainstorm on health care June 2
The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has announced plans for its biennial forum slated for June 2, 2016, in Abuja.
The group said the 2016 edition would focus on the development of an innovative approach to address the challenges in the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria. Read more
Unwholesome silence on herdsmen’s menace
For nearly one hour on May 29 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on the challenges facing his one-year administration and how he is tackling them or intends to do so. He brought the citizenry up to date on the war against Boko Haram and also touched upon the new threats to our economic wellbeing by the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta. Read more
Why I appointed 147 aides — GOV ISHAKU
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State, has said he appointed 147 Advisers and Special Assistants as a means of reducing unemployment in the state. But All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, has faulted the appointments, saying it is a waste of scarce resources even when others are reducing cost of governance. Read more
A-Ibom builds 200km roads, 15 bridges
GOVERNOR Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that his administration has in the last one year been able to construct about 200 kilometers of roads and 15 bridges across the state. Read more
Nwoye dumps PDP for APC
GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2013 poll in Anambra State and the member representing Anambra East and West in the House of Representatives, Chief Tony Nwoye has finally dumped the party for All Progressives Congress, APC. Read more
Gunmen abduct Chinese expatriate in Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command has launched manhunt for suspected kidnappers of a Chinese expatriate in the state. Vanguard gathered that the foreign national identified as Hang Kumming, was kidnapped, Sunday at about 4pm, around Elemoro in Ajah area of the state, while on his way home. Read more
Trans-border robbery kingpins arrested in Enugu
Two alleged notorious transborder car armed robbery kingpins, Okwudili Nwodo of No 39 Amaetiti Street Abakpa and Kingsley Okoro who hails from Enugu-Ezike in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State,were weekend,arrested by operatives of the Ogui Police station,Enugu Command. Read more
Ogun community deserted, as pipeline vandals engage police in gun battle
Residents of Elebute community in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, yesterday, fled their homes to avoid being caught in the crossfire as policemen and pipeline vandals clashed. Vanguard gathered that the vandals engaged policemen and other security agents in a shootout that lasted over an hour at the early hours of yesterday, in an attempt to rescue two of their colleagues that were arrested. Read more
‘How Soldiers Killed Our Man in Bauchi’
The Bauchi State Police Command has reacted to the shooting at the vehicle carrying policemen at a check point near Panshanu village along the Bauchi-Jos road which resulted in the death of one policeman and the injury of three others on Saturday.
Spokesman of the police in Bauchi State, Haruna Mohammed, while reacting to the incident in a statement issued to journalists yesterday said the police officers were stopped at the road block, searched by the soldiers and were permitted to go contrary to the assertion by the military that the shooting was triggered by their refusal to stop for checking. Read more
EIGHT ARRESTED OVER ALLEGED MURDER OF SURGEON, NATIVE DOCTOR IN OGUN
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested eight suspects in connection with the alleged murder of a native doctor and a surgeon in Ijebu-Ode area of the state, over the weekend.
Muyiwa Adejobi, police public relations officer for the state confirmed the arrest, although he did not disclose the names of the suspects. The suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department, (SCID), Eleweran, Abeokuta for discreet investigations. Independent recalled that one Omotayo Ogunbowale was allegedly murdered by suspected hoodlums, during an Ogun ritual festival ceremony on Saturday, May 28. Read more
Cop killer arrested as vandals clash with police
There was confusion on Ebute Road and Asiwaju Street in the Ibafo area of Ogun State after suspected vandals clashed with policemen and military personnel, leading to continuous gunshots in the area.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the gunshots began on Sunday around 10pm and lasted till 8am on Monday which forced residents to flee from the area. Read more
Soldiers detain woman while driving sick child home
A Lagos-based hotel manager, Ms Omolara Koleoso, has accused some soldiers at the Ikeja Cantonment of unlawfully detaining her for arguing with their colleague.
She said she was detained for over 24 hours without food, adding that family members who came were not allowed to see her. Read more
Ogun community cut off as link bridge collapses
Residents of Ilogbo, a town in the Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, have been cut off from their neighbours, as the bridge linking them with other communities has collapsed.
The bridge, which was constructed over the Atuwara River, linked the community with Oju-Ore and Iwoye, among other communities in the Ota area. Read more
Gunmen murder Lagos hotel owner over woman
Some suspected hired assassins have killed Michael Ogunnusi, the owner of the Allonze Hotel on Ishawo Road, Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos State. PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects, who entered the hotel on a motorcycle, pretended that they were lodgers.
The security guard who opened the gate was said to have been tied up by the armed men. They were said to have made straight for the victim’s room in the hotel and shot him dead. Read more
Suspected Cultists Kill Six in Rivers Community
Gunmen suspected to be cultists on reprisal have allegedly killed six persons in Ibaa community, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State. THISDAY gathered that in the early hours of last Sunday, some gunmen alleged to be members of Greenlanders cult group, visited Ibaa community and allegedly killed six people; Prince Nyenke, Dirinna, Kpomasiruchi, ThankGod Obisike and two others. Read more
Okada Kidnappers, Ritualists On Rampage In Kubwa, Dutse
Fear have grip residents living in Kubwa and Dutse districts in Bwari area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as many stories of Okada riders use for kidnapping and ritual purposes are flying around the area.
These stories which are similar, with few variation have residents uncertain on how to protect themselves from some okada riders who are perpetrators of the distardly. The stories have become too many that it cannot the ignored by residents and security agencies. Read more
President Gives Nod To Flexible Forex Policy
President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) the go-ahead to introduce flexibility in the naira exchange rate, his spokesman said yesterday.
“The president is opposed to devaluing the naira, he has said so repeatedly,” Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said in an interview on state-controlled television, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). Read more
Stock market lost N1.732tn in one year under Buhari
The Nigerian stock market crashed by N1.732tn within one year of the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
The Nigerian Stock Exchange data showed that the NSE market capitalisation on May 28, 2015 was N11.658tn, while that of May 27, 2016 was N9.926tn. Read more
Nigeria risks losing oil buyers to Iran, S’Arabia
Nigeria, which recently lost its Africa’s top oil producer status to Angola on the back of huge decline in its output, stands a chance of losing some of its traditional buyers to rival producers such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, industry experts have said.
Following the spate of production disruptions largely caused by the recent upsurge in militant attacks on oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta that have cut Nigeria’s output to the lowest in almost three decades, exports of the commodity from the country have taken a serious beating. Read more
2016 Budget: N403bn Allocation For Education Sector Poor – SSANU
enior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, has said the allocation of N403 billion to the education sector in the 2016 budget is still a far cry from the 26 per cent UNESCO standard.
The association in a communiqué signed by its national president, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, after a four day workshop and national executive council, NEC, meeting, at Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, MINILS, Ilorin, Kwara State, described the allocation as disappointing and far cry from the 26 per cent UNESCO standard and also extremely low for positive impact on the educational sector. Read more
N213bn NEMSF: De-risking power sector to heal declining economy
Nigeria’s failing economic data are evidently a pointer to the fact that policy makers in the country would need to roll up their sleeves and get to work to save the economy from plunging into recession.
Statistics recently released by the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that the Nigerian economy and Africa’s largest, contracted in the first quarter for the first time since 2004, as oil production slumped and the manufacturing, financial and real estate industries declined. Read more
The need for agricultural transformation
What a blessed country? Nigeria! Yes, our dear nation is so blessed with human, agricultural and natural resources that it is the envy of resource-limited counterparts. Agricultural land resources, if properly used and managed, can feed not only Nigerians but the neighbouring countries and even more. Agriculture contributed more than 70% to GDP in the early years of nationhood after independence. At that time, Nigeria was the net exporter of agricultural produce. The potentials in this sector have helped foster economic growth and sustained livelihood of millions of people. Then, Nigeria could boost of exporting crops such as cotton, groundnut and cocoa through its local production, but now the trend has changed .Read more
UBA supports arts contest
United Bank for Africa says it is committed to the development of youths in Nigeria and Africa in general. This, the lender said, informed its decision to sponsor the annual Federal Capital Territory Interschool Performing Arts Competition held in Abuja on Thursday.
The pan-African bank in a statement on Monday said students from more than 30 primary and secondary schools took part in the contest. Read more
FCMB boosts CSR initiative
First City Monument Bank Limited says it is committed to the growth of the health sector as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
This, the lender said, informed its decision to offset the medical bills of over 400 Nigerians affected by cataract and other eye diseases, nationwide. Read more
FG inaugurates committee on AMCON loans recovery
The Federal Government has inaugurated a Presidential inter-agency committee on the recovery of loans of commercial banks and corporate organisations bought over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.
The spokesperson for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Salihu Isah, disclosed the constitution of the committee in a statement in Abuja on Monday, adding that the panel was inaugurated on May 19. Read more
Power sector loses N2bn daily, more turbines pack up
The power sector has been losing an average of N2bn daily since the resurgence of pipeline bombings by militants in the Niger Delta, latest electricity supply statistics have shown.
This is coming as the number of functional gas-fired power generating turbines across the country has dropped from 50 that were operational in April to about 30 as of the end of last week. Read more
Nigeria, others won’t fall back into debt trap – AfDB
Nigeria and other African countries are unlikely to fall into the type of unsustainable debt trap seen in the 1990s despite a spike in borrowing and widening budget deficits, the African Development Bank has said.
Falling commodity prices and slowing global growth have hammered African economies in the past year, prompting many governments to sharply increase borrowing, drawing comparisons with the crippling debt trap many countries faced in the 1990s. Read more
Kwara dumps plan for N20bn bond
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, said on Monday that the state government had decided not to go ahead to take a N20bn bond from the capital market because of the consistent reduction in the federal revenue allocation to the state.
He said the government had last year, while deciding to access the bond, premised its repayment capacity on the federal revenue allocation and internally generated revenue. Read more
FGPL takeover to protect pension contributors – PenCom
The National Pension Commission said on Monday that it acted within its powers by taking over the affairs of First Guarantee Pension Limited. It said that the allegation by the promoter of the company, Mr. Chidi Duru, that the FGPL was being mismanaged was untrue. Read more
Eagles set to fly against Luxembourg
Nigeria’s Super Eagles look forward to another victory when they take on the Red Lions of Luxembourg at the Stade Josy Barthel today.
A young and vibrant side prevailed over one of Africa’s strongest teams, Mali, at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen, France on Friday, with England –based Kelechi Iheanacho scoring the only goal 13 minutes from time.
The team spent longer than the 40 minutes that was earmarked for Sunday’s first training session, shaking off travel fatigue and generally enjoying the atmosphere under a light rain shower. Read more
BOBOYE EYES AKWA UNITED JOB
Kennedy Boboye, the assistant coach of Super Eagles, is set to dump Abia Warriors for Akwa United ahead of the second round of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). According to report monitored on AfricanFootball.com the coach is taking advantage of the transfer window and he is already in secret talks with the Uyo side even as it is yet to be officially made public. Read more
Nigeria draw Brazil, England in Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup
Nigeria’s Women U-17 team, the Flamingos have been drawn in Group C alongside Brazil, England and Korea DPR for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup holding from 30 September to 21 October in Jordan.
The draw for the group stage of the tournament took place during a major event at the Al-Hussein Cultural Centre in central Amman, in Jordan on Monday. Read more
Nigeria Names 6 For Davis Cup Qualifiers, Junior Champs
The Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), yesterday, named a six-man team for the 2016 ITF World Junior Davis Cup and World Team Tennis Junior Championships holding between June 3rd and 10th in Tunis, Tunisia.
Christopher Itodo, Christopher Bulus and South Africa-based Emmanuel Mordi will play in the Junior Davis Cup (U-16), while Michael Osewa, Saminu Abubakar and Musa Sani will feature in the U-14 World Team Junior Tennis Championship. Read more
NIS must be involved in sports planning –Director
The Director of National Institute for Sports, (NIS) Dr. Eke Kingdom Chukwudi, has said that for Nigerian sports to move to the next level, the institute must play a major role in the area of planning.
Chukwudi who spoke after presenting a paper at a meeting of stakeholders called by the Godwin Kienka-led Sports Reform Committee also appealed to the Federal Government to increase her funding of the sports institute.
He said that adequate funding would help to rehabilitate the institute’s dilapidated facilities and enhance the capacity of members of staff in their various areas of specialization. Read more
Guardiola news hurt City – Pellegrini
The announcement of Pep Guardiola’s appointment by Manchester City had a negative impact on the team’s performances, outgoing manager Manuel Pellegrini said in an interview published on Monday, AFP reports.
City were second in the Premier League when Pellegrini revealed on February 1 that Bayern Munich coach Guardiola would be succeeding him, but finished fourth after winning only six of their last 15 games. Read more
Somalia Sentences Two Men to Life Terms for Bombing Airliner
A military court in the Somali capital on Monday gave life terms to two men convicted of masterminding thebombing in February of an airliner which made an emergency landing with a gaping hole in the fuselage.
The explosion happened aboard Daallo Airlines Airbus A321 about 15 minutes after the jet, with 75 passengers, took off from Mogadishu airport. Read more
North Korea missile ‘explodes at launch pad’
Tuesday’s attempt would be the latest in a string of high-profile failures that tempers recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly towards its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach America’s mainland. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said in an unsourced report that the missile was a powerful mid-range Musudan, which, if true, would make it the fourth failure by the North to conduct a successful test launch of the new missile, which could potentially reach far-away American bases in Asia and the Pacific. Read more
Bernie Sanders tells California he is the one to beat ‘disaster’ Trump
With the bright California sun beating down on their faces, the 12,000 peoplegathered in a square in downtown Oakland heard Bernie Sanders make a bold prediction.
“I don’t want to add to secretary Clinton’s anxiety,” he shouted in a hoarse voice, “but if you promise not to tell her – we’re going to win here in California.” Read more