*Saraki Loses Appeal Against CCT Trial *2016 budget will target the poor, says Osinbajo

*Saraki Loses Appeal Against CCT Trial *2016 budget will target the poor, says Osinbajo


Saraki Loses Appeal Against Cct Trial

A three-man panel of the justices of the Court of Appeal, Abuja division yesterday split in their decision over whether the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki should face trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Dr. Saraki is challenging the legality of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on alleged false assets declaration. Read more

2016 budget will target the poor, says Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said the Federal Government was working hard to ensure that the 2016 Budget impacts positively on the over 110 million Nigerians who are extremely poor.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the VP spoke while receiving a delegation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Another 29 Senior Officers Retire From Customs

Less than 24 hours after the five Deputy Comptrollers General of Customs (DCGs) voluntarily tendered their resignation letters, the Service has announced the retirement of another 29 senior officers, bringing the total to 34.

Although the Service said the retirement of the 34 senior officers, including the DCGs, was part of ongoing reorganisation of the agency to position it for improved performance, inside sources told LEADERSHIP that the DCGs resigned because of differences with the new Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd). Read more

No Plan For Naira Devaluation, Emefiele Insists

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday maintained that it has no plans for further devaluation of the naira.

He stated that what is uppermost in the bank’s agenda at the moment was how to enhance and deepen the foreign exchange market through improved supply of foreign exchange to the market. Read more

Excitement In Enugu As Contractors Move To Sites

There was visible excitement in the face of residents of Enugu, Abakpa Nike, 9th mile corner and Nsukka when they saw heavy duty equipment of construction companies moving into the various sites of the eight roads recently awarded by the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration.

This came as the members of the Enugu Urban Renewal Committee led by its Chairman, Arc. Chris Offor, yesterday visited some of the sites in the Enugu-East Local Government Area of the state to ascertain the level of commitment of the contractors in mobilizing to sites to commence work. Read more

Emir Of Borgu Joins His Ancestors

The Mai Borgu, the traditional ruler of Borgu Emirate, Alhaji Haliru Dantoro, Kitoro III, yesterday passed on in Germany where he was receiving medical attention. He was 77 years old.

A family source informed that the late Emir was flown to Germany four days after the last Sallah celebration when he suddenly took ill. He added that the late Emir was accompanied overseas by his son, Nasir Jikantoro, who was also with him when he died and called some title holders to announce the death of his father. Read more

MBAKA: ‘If we can’t be one Nigeria, let’s disintegrate’

Fire-brand cleric, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, has canvassed for the dissolution of the Nigerian union in a current trending online video, purportedly from a clip of his punchy sermon delivered to hundreds of his congregation on the Adoration Praying Ground. Mbaka in the 2 minutes/8 seconds video uploaded on You Tube, but which was yet to be independently verified by Vanguard at the time of this report, pointed that If Nigerians can’t continue to live as one Nigeria, let the different peoples making up the country part ways as they separately wish. Read more

Police foil kidnap operation, arrest two in Delta

Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ogwashi-Uku Police Division near Asaba, Delta State, on Monday foiled a kidnap operation in the area and arrested two suspected kidnappers in the raid.

The SARS operatives rescued Mrs. Ifeoma Anwuzia, who is the wife of Aniocha South Local Government Council chairman and her two daughters during the operation. Read more

NSCDC destroys illegal oil market, arrests nine in Rivers

Operatives of the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, River State Command have uncovered and destroyed a market where illegally refined petroleum products are marketed at New Town in Eleme Local Government Area of the state.

The security outfit also arrested nine suspects it caught around the market when they stormed the place where illegal oil refiners allegedly market their products. Read more

Haulage Trucks: Killers On Nigerian Roads

Residents of Nyanya, a suburb situated on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) always have compunctions about plying the notorious Abuja-Keffi highway known to have claimed hundreds of lives as a result of the recklessness of haulage trucks.

The number of lives claimed by the federal road became so alarming that the authorities in the FCT were finally compelled to ban trucks of whatever type from plying the road before 10pm daily. Read more

Kidnappers fed us sausage roll, water – Abducted health workers

The medical team abducted on Friday, October 16, 2015 by yet-to-be-identified kidnappers at Uburu Ekwe in Isu Local Government Area of Imo State have been rescued by the police eight days after their abduction. Narrating their ordeal to journalists, one of the victims, Mrs. Ann Usman, said that their freedom was regained following the police patrol in the area where they were kept. Read more

We’re tackling multiple taxation, Rivers assures investors

The Rivers State Government has assured investors that it is addressing the problem of multiple taxation to encourage entrepreneurs to continue to invest in the state.

The State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Banigo, who made this remark during the opening of a branch of Accion Micro-finance Bank Limited in Port Harcourt, said apart from addressing the problem, government would continue to prioritise the security of lives and property. Read more

Bayelsa: Opinion poll rates PDP, APC equally

The National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria has released the result of the opinion poll it conducted earlier this month on the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State.

At a press briefing in Lagos earlier during the week, President of the institute, Mr. Ganiyu Koledoye, said the governorship election would either go the way of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party or the opposition All Progressives Congress. Read more

Dickson’s Dirty Campaign And Sylva’s Record

Since the campaigns began for the December 5 governorship poll in Bayelsa State, incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson has been quick to cast aspersion on the former governor, Timipre Sylva, who is the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate. Governor Dickson’s predilection with raising alarms of impending violence in the poll has become like a broken record, repeated at every opportunity by the governor. Such spurious claims seem designed to smear Sylva’s endearment to the Bayelsa people, given the former governor’s political sagacity. Read more

Dele Giwa: Ita-Giwa carpets Omeben, says he’s incompetent

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, former wife of the late Editor-in Chief of Newswatch Magazine, Dele Giwa, has reacted to the recent remarks made by the former Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Chris Omeben, that the late Giwa was careless in maintaining a relationship with his former wife.

Mr. Omeben, who clocked 80, was in charge of investigating the murder of the late journalist in 1986. Read more

Group canvasses support for Buhari, Ambode

A group, Liberty Foundation, has called on Nigerians and Lagos State residents to cooperate with the administrations of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State respectively.

It asked the people to support and avail them their constructive criticisms to make the country a better place for all. Read more

Election nullification: Police on red alert in Rivers

The Rivers State Police Command has said that it is on red alert to prevent any breakdown of law and order following the nullification of the governorship and some House of Assembly elections by the tribunal.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, explained that the command had beefed up security across the state due to the recent political development in the state. Read more

Probe N76bn Abuja CCTV contract, CACOL tells Buhari

A civil society group, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, on Friday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on anti-graft agencies to investigate the failed N76bn Closed-Circuit Television project in the Federal Capital Territory. The group in statement made available by its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, called for a thorough investigation of the project, which was initiated in 2010 by late President Umaru Yar’Adua. Read more

PDP backs senators’ stand on Amaechi

The National Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party has expressed support to its senators’ decision to walk-out in protest during the confirmation of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi for ministerial appointment by the Senate on Thursday.

The opposition party said the action of its senators was a collective stand against corruption. Read more

Heavy Knocks for Buhari’s anti-corruption war

As President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption continues, anti-graft agencies struggle to convince Nigerians that it is not selective, GBENRO ADEOYEwrites

Many Nigerians have come to the realisation that corruption is a major challenge standing between the country and a good life for the citizens, hence their support for President Muhammadu Buhari, who many have dubbed as the “new sheriff in town”. Read more

Interior Minister: 27 Dead in Club Fire in Bucharest

A heavy metal band’s pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire at a Bucharest nightclub, killing 27 people and injuring scores of the club’s mostly youthful patrons, officials and witnesses said.

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea initially said an explosion occurred Friday night at Colectiv club, located in a basement in a building in downtown Bucharest, a city of 3 million people. But authorities heading the rescue effort later said there had been a fire and no explosion. Read more

Inside the Indian temple that draws America’s tech titans

The young American arrived at Kainchi Dham ashram in the hills of northern India wearing a T-shirt and a pair of ripped jeans, carrying little. Nobody at the spiritual retreat knew who he was.

Only last month did Mark Zuckerberg reveal that he had traveled to the ashram during the early days of Facebook at the suggestion of one of his mentors, Apple founder Steve Jobs. Zuckerberg said that Jobs had come here as a college student in the 1970s and thought it would be a good place for him to mull the future of his company. Read more

UN Draft Resolution Asks UN to Refer North Korea to ICC

The European Union and Japan circulated a draft U.N. resolution Friday that condemns “gross” human rights violations in North Korea and encourages the U.N. Security Council to refer the reclusive Asian nation to the International Criminal Court.

The draft General Assembly resolution encourages the council to consider targeted sanctions against those “who appear to be most responsible” for acts that a groundbreaking U.N. commission of inquiry report early last year said “may constitute crimes against humanity.” Read more

California doctor convicted of murder by over-prescription

A Southern California doctor was found guilty of murder on Friday for over-prescribing drugs that caused the fatal overdose of three patients, in a landmark verdict prosecutors called the first such conviction in the United States.

The case comes amid what public health officials describe as a national epidemic of prescription drug abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last year the trend was fueling nearly 17,000 overdose deaths annually, as well as a rise in heroin addiction. Read more

Australia to review vehicle emissions testing after VW scandal

Australia will review its standards and testing procedures for vehicle emissions, the government said on Saturday, after media reports said the recent scandal involving Volkswagen cars highlighted the country’s relatively lax standards.

In a joint statement, the environment, major projects and energy ministers said they would set up a working group aimed at reducing harmful vehicle emissions and increasing fuel efficiency in cars sold in Australia. Read more


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