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* Step down as Minister of Petroleum now, group tells Buhari (Vanguard) * AIG Zone 2 declares war on pirates (Vanguard)

* Step down as Minister of Petroleum now, group tells Buhari (Vanguard)    * AIG Zone 2 declares war on pirates (Vanguard)



Step down as Minister of Petroleum now, group tells Buhari (Vanguard)

The National Chairman, Young Progressive Party, YPP, Comrade Bishop Amakiri, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to step down as Minister of Petroleum Resource. Amakiri who made the call via an open letter to Mr. President also called for immediate suspension of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru from office. Read more

AIG Zone 2 declares war on pirates (Vanguard)

Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Zone 2, comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Mr. Ibrahim Adamu, has promised to rid the beaches, waterfront recreational centres and waterways in Lagos and Ogun states of hoodlums and pirates. The Police boss, who has re-engineered the security formation in the zone in recent times, noted that about eight gun boats fitted with the fastest outboard engines now patrol the Lagos waterways in order to pre-empt attacks by pirates and secure beaches and waterfront facilities in the zone. Read more

NIPOST will soon begin banking services – Official (Vanguard)

The District Manager, Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Ilorin,  Mr Godwill Magulike, said on Friday that the agency would soon introduce agency banking services in its operation. Magulike told the Newsmen in Ilorin that the agency’s banking services would enable Nigerians to send money across the country and beyond, thereby complimenting its courier services. Read more

FCA admits meeting Aramco before proposing rule change for $2tn flotation (Guardian)

The chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority has admitted meeting officials from Saudi Aramco before publishing plans to water down rules in a move intended to lure the $2tn (£1.5tn) stock market listing of the oil giant to London. Andrew Bailey told MPs that the meeting with officials from the Gulf kingdom’s state oil company – which is planning the world’s biggest ever flotation – took place in the early part of this year. Read more

Minimum wage: Reps recommend N30,000 to avert looming strike (Punch)

Members of the House of Representatives warned on Thursday that a nationwide strike by workers over low wages could force the country’s economy back into recession. They urged the Federal Government to consider an increase in wage to N30,000 as the new National Minimum Wage to avert an industrial action by workers. The current minimum wage of N18,000 came into effect in 2011. However, seven years after, the lawmakers said in Abuja that no Nigerian worker could survive on a monthly wage of N18,000. Read more

5 students drown during excursion to Kaduna River (Vanguard)

”Rise from where ever you are. Rise from where ever you are…” was the cry of one of the parents of the five students of a private secondary school, Victory College, Ungwan Yelwa in Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State, who drowned Wednesday morning, during an excursion to River Kaduna. It was gathered that the drowned students were part of the 73 students of the school led to the Kaduna Water Pump Station, located around the popular Kaduna Railway Station, by two members of staff of the school. Read more

Nigeria ranks 27th among toughest countries to educate girl child, says survey (Nation)

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the Girl Child 2017, the country has been ranked 27th in the world on the index of the toughest places for a girl child to be well educated. The country Director of ONE campaign, Serah Makka-Ugbabe, made this known  in Abuja. He said 52 per cent  of girls in Northeast  have never been to school, making it the toughest region for girls education in Nigeria. Read more

Infinix mobility rewards customers with home appliances (Nation)

Infinix mobility has rewarded 15 Infinix ‘Note 4 and Note 4 pro customers’ at its just-concluded ‘Infinix Independence reward promotion’, as one way of appreciating its customers. ‘The Infinix independence reward promotion’, which ran for three weeks, bringing together customers from seven regions in the country as well as from online platforms, selected winners weekly, to win home appliances. The weekly raffle took place every Thursday during the promotion in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Ibadan. Read more

FIIRO woos Unilever on R&D commercialization (Nation)

Unilever Plc and the Federal Institute for Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) are poised to seal an agreement on the commercialisation of some research products. This was disclosed  when a technical team from Unilever Plc visited FIIRO in Lagos, during the week. FIRRO Director-General Prof Gloria Elemo displayed some research work to the delegation, saying the institute was well endowed to deliver any time, and that it was open to collaborations in various areas. Read more

Alleged Corruption: Officials want probe of Nigeria Prisons boss (PremiumTimes)

A group of officers of the Nigeria Prison Service, NPS, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the Comptroller-General of Prisons, Ahmed Jafaru, for alleged abuse of office and insubordination. The group who described themselves as “Aggrieved Prison Officers”, also urged Mr. Buhari to order an immediate probe of Mr. Jafaru’s administration. The officers accused Mr. Jafaru of diverting public funds to a fixed deposit account, alteration of age and unjustifiable procedure of staff recruitment. Read more

Mob beats up man caught with human skull, body parts (Punch)

A large number of residents of Mowe, Ogun State, nearly lynched a middle-aged man on Thursday after he was allegedly caught with a human skull and other body parts. It was gathered that the man, who was beaten up by the mob, was rescued by policemen from the Mowe Police Station, who took him to the division. Within a few minutes, the station became a ‘tourist centre’ as news filtered into the community that the man was being kept at the station. Read more

Police arrest guard, cobbler for ‘abducting’ 15-year-old pupil (Punch)

A guard in Igbo Elerin, in the Agbara area of Ogun State, has been picked up by the police for allegedly abducting a 15-year-old Junior Secondary School 2 pupil, Asmau Ajibade. The guard, identified simply as John, was apprehended along with a cobbler, Moses, who lives on Opic Estate, Agbara. The cobbler reportedly connived with John, who kept the girl in his apartment for several days. Punch Metro had reported that Ajibade, who lived with guardians on the estate, disappeared on Monday, September 18, on her way to school around 7.30am. Read more

Dismissed soldier nabbed for robbery (Punch)

The Oyo State Police Command on Thursday paraded a dismissed soldier, Isiaka Abubakar, 34, and an accomplice, Saheed Akangbe, 24, for snatching a Toyota Camry with number plate, KJA 89 ER, at gunpoint. The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said Abubakar was dismissed from 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, adding that three cut-to-size guns were recovered from the suspects. Odude said the robbery was coordinated by an inmate of the Ibara Prison in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Ismaila Adeosun, adding that Akangbe was an ex-convict released from prison in April this year. Read more

Union set for showdown with clubs over sacked players (Punch)

The National Association of Nigerian Professional Football Players has said it will ensure that the salaries and bonuses of the players fired by their clubs are paid. Kano Pillars, El-Kanemi Warriors and Shooting Stars top the list of the clubs who sacked some of their players recently. Maiduguri Premier League Side El-Kanemi fired 15 players while Pillars sacked eight players. Ibadan side Shooting Stars, who were relegated to the National League at the end of last season, sacked 20 players. Read more

Abia sign Everton (Punch)

Umuahia Premier League side Abia Warriors on Thursday said they had agreed a deal with former IfeanyiUbah Brazilian coach Rafael Everton to manage them next season. In a statement, spokesman for the outfit Igwe Onuoha said  Everton, who  helped  IfeanyUbah  win  the  Federation Cup  last year, had agreed to lead Abia Warriors. Everton dumped he Federation Cup holders  after he was redeployed to the team’s academy. Read more

Barca plan £80m bonus for Messi (Punch)

Barcelona are prepared to hand Lionel Messi a record-breaking bonus when he signs a new deal at the Nou Camp, reports.The Argentine is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to put pen to paper on an extension.

Last month, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu insisted the only thing missing was his signature after agreeing a new £500,000-a-week deal. And Catalan paper L’Ara report Barca will hand Messi a bonus between £79m and £85m when he agrees his contract. Read more

Barca travel to Madrid amid Catalan crisis (Punch)

The biggest game of the La Liga season so far is shrouded in political tension as Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid on Saturday in their first trip to the Spanish capital since a Catalan independence referendum marred by violence. Barca played their last match behind closed doors as the October 1 referendum, deemed illegal by the Spanish government, took place amid chaotic scenes as police seized ballot papers and clashed with voters leaving 92 injured, among nearly 900 who sought medical attention. Read more

Trump to meet parents of Japanese teenager seized by North Korea (Guardian)

Donald Trump will meet the parents of a teenager snatched from her home by North Korean spies 40 years ago when he visits Tokyo next month, as Japan attempts to maintain pressure on Pyongyang to resolve the cold war abductions of dozens of its citizens. The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said he was arranging for the president to meet Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, whose daughter, Megumi, was abducted from her hometown of Niigata on the Sea of Japan coast in November 1977, when she was 13 years old. Read more

Travellers are taking the final flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th(Cityam)

But some people wouldn’t mind. In fact, some would book a trip with the flight number 666. And the hardiest few would book that flight straight to HEL.Today is the last day that Finnair’s flight 666 will go from Copenhagen to Helsinki, having launched in 2006. The route will still operate, but under a different number from now on. The airline declined to comment on whether the change had been made with concerned or superstitious passengers in mind. Read more

Californian couple survived in a pool for six hours as wildfire destroyed everything around them (Telegraph)

A Californian couple survived for six hours as a wildfire raged around them – destroying everything in a five-mile radius – by taking shelter in their neighbours’ swimming pool. Jan and John Pascoe tried to flee their home in the hills above the city of Santa Rosa as the conflagration closed in on Sunday night only to discover they had been cut off by a wall of flames. The retired couple had to hold each other for warmth in the cold water even as the fire melted personal effects they left on the poolside. Read more

Red Cross sends 1st plague treatment center to Madagascar (Washingtonpost)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says it is deploying its first-ever plague treatment center to Madagascar after 57 people have died of the disease. A statement Friday says 550 cases have been reported so far. Red Cross officials have said the situation is particularly worrying because pneumonic plague, which is spread from person to person, has occurred for the first time in non-endemic areas and crowded cities in the island nation. About 70 percent of the cases are the pneumonic form. Read more

Disasters make 14 million people homeless each year – UN (Trust)

About 14 million people are being made homeless on average each year as a result of sudden disasters such as floods and storms, new figures show. The risk of displacement could rise as populations swell and the impacts of climate change become more severe, said a report issued on Friday by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Read more

Researchers explain why Viking burial clothes were inscribed with the word ‘Allah’ (Independent)

Swedish researchers have elaborated on just how they believe ancient references to Allah made their way into Viking burial fabrics. Annika Larsson uncovered ancient, geometric Kufic scripts on the ancient garments that had been thought to be ordinary Viking Age decoration by Second World War-era academics. But with the help of a colleague, the Uppsala University archaeologist was able to decipher their true meaning. The characters also referenced Ali, a prominent caliph. Read more







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