* Obanikoro undertakes to return N480m, submits passports to EFCC * INEC bows to Senate, fixes December 10 for Rivers rerun

* Obanikoro undertakes to return N480m, submits passports to EFCC  * INEC bows to Senate, fixes December 10 for Rivers rerun




Obanikoro undertakes to return N480m, submits passports to EFCC

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has signed an undertaking to return N480m to the Federal Government, The PUNCH has learnt.

Obanikoro has also submitted his United States of America and Nigerian passports to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Read more

INEC bows to Senate, fixes December 10 for Rivers rerun

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday in Abuja said that it had fixed December 10 for rerun elections in Rivers State.

The announcement, which was made by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, came a day after the Senate threatened to abandon plenary if the commission refused to organise the election and other rerun elections in the country before December 10. Read more

Northern CAN meets Buhari over child marriage, herdsmen attacks

Representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria from 19 northern states and Abuja on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and pleaded with him to wade into some of the challenges facing them.

The chairman of the organisation, Rev. Yakubu Pam, told State House correspondents that some of the issues they raised with the President included the difficulties they were facing in practising their faith, the herdsmen and farmers’ incessant clashes as well as children abduction and forced marriages. Read more

Loan: Kaduna asks EFCC to prosecute 725 defaulters

The Kaduna State Government has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to prosecute 725 persons who took the agricultural loans from the Bank of Agriculture Limited in March 2015 but have refused to pay back the facility.

The Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Samuel Aruwan, said this in Kaduna on Thursday. Read more

After face-off, Amosun apologizes to Ogun workers

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday, apologised to the people of the state, the workers and Nigerians for the industrial dispute that rocked the state for the last two weeks.

He also described the state’s civil service in the state as the best in the country, adding that he was always proud of the public workers. Read more

Release our son now, Ibori kinsmen tell British govt

The kinsmen of a former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori, have alleged that it was Ibori’s clamour for fiscal federalism to enable the people of the Niger Delta region to control their resources that led to his incarceration in a British jail.

The allegation is contained in an 11-point communiqué issued at the end of the Oghara 2016 Summit held in Asaba, the state capital, on Thursday. Read more

Customs officers, soldiers clash in Lagos

There was tension at the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena, Bolade, in the Oshodi area of Lagos State on Thursday as some officers of the Nigeria Customs Service clashed with soldiers in the market.

Our correspondent gathered that trouble started when the customs officers traced six missing containers, suspected to have carried contraband, to the market and moved to impound them. Read more

‘FG’ll use music to drive change campaign’

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said use of old Nigerian music will be a major component of the Federal Government’s re-orientation campaign.

The Federal Government had in September launched the national re-orientation campaign, tagged ‘Change Begins With Me.’ Read more

LASG asks councils to increase revenue generation

The Lagos State Government has urged the sole administrators in the 57 local government and local council development areas to increase revenue generation.

The state government added that it had observed that the revenues currently being generated in the councils were not enough to execute government projects. Read more

Automatic promotion failed us – Oyo State Government

The Oyo State Government has said that the automatic promotion policy in the state has resulted in indolence and nonchalant attitude on the part of pupils. It also vowed to reverse the situation in which pupils achieve 20 per cent pass rates in external examinations.

The Special Adviser on Media to the state governor, Mr. Yomi  Layinka, who lamented that some pupils had been turned into “riotous minds and arsonists”, said this on Thursday in a telephone interview with our correspondent. Read more

Lagos-Badagry Expressway ready in 2019 – Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said the Lagos-Badagry Expressway would be ready in 2019.

The governor added that the  state would soon give part of the project to a concessionaire who was expected to extend the project from Okokomaiko to Seme Border. Read more

NDE trains youths in self-employment

The National Directorate of Employment has reiterated its commitment to addressing unemployment among youths in the country.

The NDE Director General, Kunle Obayan, said this on Thursday during the inauguration of a training session tagged, ‘the Graduate Attachment Programme’, organised by the Special Public Works Department of the agency in Lagos. Read more

Fayose frees cows, says herdsmen must obtain permit

Governor Ayodele Fayose has said that anyone interested in cattle rearing in Ekiti State must register with the government through traditional rulers.

The governor, who said this during the signing of an agreement between the state government and the Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, ordered the release of nine cows earlier seized by his government for illegal grazing. Read more

‘FG hasn’t mismanaged N500bn welfare fund’

The Presidency on Thursday said there was no truth in reports alleging mismanagement of the N500bn budgeted in the 2016 Budget for the Social Investment Programmes.

It also denied the claims that the programmes were designed to marginalise a section of the country. Read more

Police yet to identify cops who killed 65-year-old

Controversy has continued to trail the death of a 65-year-old man, who was allegedly pushed into a drain at Airport bus stop in the Ikeja Along area of Lagos State.

The state police command said it was studying a video clip of the incident to identify the policemen who perpetuated the act, adding that it had yet to ascertain where the victim’s corpse was taken to. Read more

Breeder detained after dog kills five-year-old pupil

The Lagos State Police Command has detained a dog breeder on Rufus Olaniyan Estate, Irawo, Ikorodu, Lagos, in connection with the death of a five-year-old boy allegedly killed by one of the dogs under his care.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect, identified as Lola Jonathan, was apprehended by the police at the Owode Onirin Police Division and transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Panti, Yaba. Read more

Oil Prices Rise On Nigeria’s Pipeline Attack

Crude oil futures rose on Thursday as an attack on a Nigerian oil pipeline and a weaker U.S. dollar buoyed sentiment in the market, lifting prices from five-week lows.

Brent crude was trading up 50 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $47.36 a barrel by 0640 GMT. U.S. crude was up 40 cents, or 0.9 percent, at $45.74 per barrel. Read more

Nigeria’s petroleum minister expects oil prices to rebound

A lot of the targets in the other parts of the 7 big wins are quite frankly internal. They are basically executive driven. Costs of production are executive driven.

Refineries are executive driven. The one that concerns obviously the assembly a lot more are deregulations and the petroleum governance bill and the engagements that I’ve had so far is that they have a lot more energy to get this done than even we have. Read more

Nigeria, Niger collaborate on crude exploration in the North

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is to collaborate with the Republic of Niger in the area of sharing of geological data to further boost the ongoing exploratory activities in the Chad Basin and Benue Trough.

The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated this after a bilateral discussion with the Minister of Energy and Oil of the Republic of Niger, Mr. Foumakoye Gado, in Abuja. Read more

Show more commitment in fixing economy, FOMWAN charges govt

Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN has charged the President Buhari led administration to show more commitment in driving Nigeria out of the excruciating economic condition as many women who have become breadwinner of their families are living in pain.

The association led by Hajia Amina Omoti made this known during a press briefing heralding the association’s 31st annual national conference held at the Mosque Hall of University of Lagos, Akoka, yesterday. Read more

NIBSS, CBN, Others Target 80% Financial Inclusion By 2020

The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS), the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), banks and telecommunication firms in the country have entered into a partnership on the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) payment solution to further deepen financial inclusion.

The new initiative tagged ‘microCash (mCash) was unveiled in Lagos, yesterday by the lead promoter -NIBSS, with the CBN projecting that it would to facilitate 80 per cent financial inclusion in the country by 2020. Read more

‘Nigeria heading from recession to depression’

A professor of Economics, Innocent Eleazu has warned that the current economic recession could turn into depression if the Federal Government fails to find and apply the right solution to the problem.

Eleazu speaking to newsmen in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, urged state governors to pay their workers’ salaries, look inwards to develop the mineral and agricultural resources in their states to encourage spending among civil servants and increase local production as a means of improving their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Read more

Nigeria may not attract FDI soon –CEO Accenture

Chief Executive Officer/Country Director of Accenture Nigeria, Mr. Niyi Yusuf, is demanding that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) take positive steps to guarantee foreign investors of easy repatriation of their monies once brought in to bank roll any investment in the country.
Yusuf who stated this in an interview with Daily Sun also demanded that the federal and state governments start taking low interest multilateral loans. Read more

Minister okays re-structuring of NIMASA

MINISTER of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has given the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, the go-ahead to implement the report of the committee set up to re-structure the apex maritime agency.
Amaechi who disclosed this at the “World Maritime Day Celebration” in Lagos, said he has directed the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Sabiu Zakari, to officially instruct NIMASA management to immediately commence the implementation of the report of the committee. Read more

Agencies lack capacity to deliver PPP projects, says Osinbajo

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) lacked the required capacity to deliver Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects.

Represented by the Special Adviser on Economic Matters to the President, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, the Prof Osinbajo spoke at the Knowledge Sharing Forum on PPP jointly organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and the Ministry of Finance held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Four million to go as bakers threaten to retrench

No fewer than four million workers may go, if the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMCON) carry out its retrenchment threat because of what it calls unfavourable business climate.

The group’s National Publicity Secretary, Jude Okafor said at a forum in Asaba, the Delta State capital that members have resolved to lay off no fewer than 10 workers per bakery unless the government meets their demands. Read more

PenCom realises 5.9tr from 7.2m contributors in 12 years

The National Pension Commission (PenCom), said it realised over N5.9 trillion from 7.2 million contributors since it commenced operation 12 years ago.

This comes as the commission said it is targeting to increase the number of contributors to the scheme by up to 20 million over the next five years. Read more

Cash-strapped NFF can’t pay Falcons’ coaches salaries

What appears another embarrassing moment for Nigerian football may be at foot, unless urgent steps are taken to avert an alleged plan by players and officials of the Super Falcons to stage ‘a no pay, no work’ protest at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) secretariat in Abuja.

The Super Falcons are in Abuja preparing for defence of the African Nations Cup (AWC) title in Cameroun later this month. There were reports last week that the players were planning to shun the tournament due to failure on the part of the NFF to settle their bonuses and allowances for the two-legged matches against the Teranga Lionesses of Senegal, which gave Nigeria the qualification ticket in April. Read more

Suwon: Eaglets depart on Monday as they prepare to take on England

National U-17 team, Golden Eaglets, will depart Nigeria on Monday for Korea Republic to participate in the forthcoming 2016 U19 Suwon Continental Cup tournament.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi explained on Thursday that the Federation is encouraged to sustain the team’s momentum and prepare it for bigger challenges as a result of the series of examinations done to ascertain the fact they are truly U-17 players. Read more

Algeria replace injured star, pick 2 new foreign pros

Algeria have replaced injured Adam Ounas and included two more foreign pros as well as four players from the country’s domestic league to their squad for a crucial World Cup clash in Nigeria. Nigeria tackle Algeria on Saturday, November 12, in Uyo.

New coach Georges Leekens had earlier named a squad of 18 foreign pros for the much-awaited clash. Read more

Danladi: Nasarawa Will Be Too Solid for FC IfeanyiUbah

Nasarawa United FC Chairman, Isaac Danladi, boasted yesterday that his Solid Miners will be too strong for FC IfeanyiUbah when both teams clash in the Federation Cup final on Sunday.

For the second year running, a new winner is bound to emerge for the oldest competition in the country when the Miners and Anambra Warriors tango for 90 minutes on the artificial turf of the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Read more

Australian Bureau of Statistics to slash jobs despite census bungle

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has told staff it will be cutting up to 150 jobs, after government cuts to its budget.

In an email to staff, the ABS said it would be accepting applications for voluntary redundancy until 18 November, to take effect before 9 March 2017. Read more

Italian police tortured and abused migrants who refused to be fingerprinted, Amnesty report claims

Italian police officers used torture on some migrants while trying to process them, an Amnesty International report has claimed.

The rights watchdog also said it had received “consistent accounts that arbitrary detention, intimidation and excessive physical force” had been used to force migrants – survivors of the treacherous Mediterranean crossing – to give their fingerprints to the authorities for processing. Read more

Russian helicopter downed in Syria – agencies quoting Russia’s defence ministry

A Russian helicopter made an emergency landing near Syria’s Palmyra city on Thursday, and was shot at after it touched down, but the crew returned safely to the Hmeimim air base, Russian news agencies quoted Russia’s defence ministry as saying.

Other reports included one from Amaq, a news agency affiliated with Islamic State, saying a Russian military helicopter had been destroyed by rocket fire in Huwaysis, a rural area east of Homs province in central Syria. Read more

Clinton brings Bernie to Raleigh and stumps with Pharrell in all-out push to make Carolina voters ‘Happy’

After early signs that she may not be getting the numbers she needs out of younger and minority voters in battleground North Carolina, Hillary Clinton brought musician Pharrell Williams and former rival senator Bernie Sanders to fire up young people, minorities, and women voters.

‘So tell me this, North Carolina: Are you really really happy that we’re here tonight?’ Clinton told a cheering crowd of supporters. Read more





















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