*Wanted high-profile Boko Haram operative caught in Borno *Court remands Fayose’s ally in prison

*Wanted high-profile Boko Haram operative caught in Borno *Court remands Fayose’s ally in prison


Wanted high-profile Boko Haram operative caught in Borno

The Nigerian Army headquarters has announced the arrest of a high profile suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Mohammed Zauro. Zauro, is said to have been arrested at Sabon Gari, in Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State, by soldiers while trying to flee to Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, from Sambisa forest. He was said to have been in possession of a Gionee mobile telephone handset, a fake SAIE/JIBWIS identification card and the sum of N7,900, at the time of his arrest. Read more

Court remands Fayose’s ally in prison

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that Abiodun Agbele, an associate of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, be remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba made the order shortly after Agbele was arraigned on an 11-count charge of money laundering. The Ekiti governor’s ally pleaded not guilty to the charges. Read more

LASU expels 69 students for exam fraud, cultism

Authorities of the Lagos State University (LASU) have expelled 69 students for engaging in examination malpractice, gross misconduct and cultism.
A statement from LASU Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations (CIPPR) made available to Daily Sun disclosed that the university senate ratified the expulsion of 69 students for examination misconduct, gross misconduct and cultism but did not state the period the offences were committed. It reads: ‘’The university Senate on the recommendation of the Committee of Provost, Deans and Directors on Examination Misconduct at its 228th Statutory Meeting held on Thursday, 2nd June, 2016, considered and ratified the expulsion of 69 students and the suspension of 25 others for the 2015/2016 academic Session.’’ Read more

Ambode Leads In Top Performing Governor Poll

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode is leading other Governors in the poll organised by the African Leadership Magazine to determine Nigeria’s top performing Governor. The poll, tagged ‘Good Governance Polls for Nigeria’s Top Performing Governor’ started two weeks ago with Governor Ambode maintaining the lead with increased 36.1 percent of the total vote casts. Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano is closely trailing Governor Ambode with 25 percent. Read more

Sheriff writes INEC on proposed PDP convention

The factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking to stop the party’s national convention, slated for August 17 in Port Harcourt. Sheriff has asked the commission to completely ignore a letter sent to it by the chairman of the PDP caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, notifying the INEC of the proposed convention. Read more

NSCDC Arrests 5 Idps Over Alleged Theft, Vandalism In Borno

The Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno on Wednesday arrested five Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for allegedly vandalising and stealing camp structures. The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri, said the suspects were arrested in Bakassi camp. According to him, items recovered from the suspects include windows, blends, noggin roofs, pipes and rubbers, among others. “The IDPs are now causing more havoc by vandalising the hard-earned structure that the government put in place. Read more

Buhari Urged To Appoint More Southerners In to Government

Dr. Tunde Oyemade, a renowned public affair commentator, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to re-jig all the appointments he has made so far to bring in more people from the southern part of the country. Oyamade, who spoke exclusively with Independent, maintained that a situation where most of the top appointees into sensitive positions are from the north, did not speak well of President Buhari, stressing that this had given room for people to regard him a Northern President, rather than a real Nigerian President. Read more

Islamic State Group Announces New Boko Haram Leader

The Islamic State group’s newspaper identifies a new leader of the group’s West Africa Province, popularly known as Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists, who promises not to attack mosques or markets used by Muslims. The Arabic-language newspaper al-Nabaa on Wednesday identified Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new “Wali,” a title previously used to describe long-time leader Abubakar Shekau. Read more

Boosting Foregin Direct Investments Through Free Trade Zones

There are indications that Nigeria may soon begin to witness foreign direct investment from British investors. This is hinged on the submission made by the newly appointed British Trade envoy to Nigeria, John Howell, when he visited the facility of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) recently. After going round the facility, the envoy said his government would be ready to partner with Nigeria in the growth and development of companies operating in the oil and gas sector. This indication emerged last Thursday during the official visit of a high-powered British government delegation to the Apapa base of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL). Read more

Saudi disqualifies three Nigerian carriers from 2016 Hajj

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on Wednesday said that Saudi Arabian aviation authorities disqualified three Nigerian carriers from transporting Nigerian pilgrims for the 2016 Hajj. Alhaji Mohammadu Goni, Head of Aviation of NAHCON, who made this known at the commission’s Headquarters in Abuja, listed the affected airlines as Dornier Aviation Nigeria AEP Ltd; Top Brass and Azman Air Services. Read more

Ex-Delta gov, Felix Ibru, buried

Former Delta State Governor, Felix Ibru, has been buried in his hometown, Agbarho-Otor. Ibru, whose corpse arrived his country home at 2:15pm, was buried after being accorded a guard of honour by policemen with 10-gun salute. Earlier a funeral service was held for him at the All Saints’ Cathedral Church in Ughelli. Ibru, the first civilian governor of Delta State, died on March 12 at the age of 80. Read more

El-Rufai Condemns Attack on Communities

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has condemned the attack on Gida Biyu, Akwa’a and Angwan Anjo communities in Jema’a local government area of the state. Armed gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen had on Monday invaded the three villages killing 11 people while several others were injured. Read more

Jonathan, Buhari in Closed Doors Meeting

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has just arrived at the State House for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. He arrived at the State House at 1:55 pm. He is currently in a meeting with his host. Read more

FEC Approves Construction of Bigger Port in Badagry

The Federal Government has approved the construction of a bigger seaport in Badagry, in Lagos State. Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting held in Abuja, said the project would be built by the private sector. Read more

What options for Nigeria amidst plummeting oil prices?

Most adult Nigerians today have witnessed the oil boom and gloom. The oil boom, apparently, was a God-sent gift to celebrate Nigeria’s independence, going by the history of its discovery at Oloibiri in 1957 and the first major boom coinciding with Nigeria’s independence in 1960. It’s no mere coincidence that the Nigerian Bonny Light, an equivalent of the London Brent Sweet Crude, is the highest grade which attracts premium prices in the world market. The revenue accrued faster than Nigeria’s immediate needs, and for a long period, was sufficient to meet all government’s financial requirements. Read more

Shiites protest in Kaduna, demand el-Zakzaky’s release

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, on Wednesday in Kaduna, defied police order to  protest  the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and other members. Children, between the ages of 10 and above with some adults, marched through Muhammadu Buhari Way in the Kaduna metropolis. Read more

We’ll flush vandals out of Lagos – Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday vowed that the State Government would deploy its entire arsenal to ensure that militants and vandals threatening the peace are flushed out of the State. The Governor who spoke when he received the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Kpotun Ibrahim in Lagos, said the recent military onslaught in the areas where such criminal elements have been hibernating was yielding positive result, assuring that all efforts would be made to sustain the success recorded so far. Read more

ISIS Names New Leader for Boko Haram

The Islamic State has named a new leader for Boko Haram. His name is Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who was once appointed as the spokesman for the insurgent group, replacing Abubakar Shekau. According to BBC, Al-Barnawi is featured in the latest issue of an ISIS magazine. The magazine makes no reference to Shekau. Shekau was last seen in a Boko Haram propaganda video in March 2015, one of many footages released in his years of leading a brutal campaign against the Nigerian state. Read more

Buhari, Jonathan meet inside Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting former President Goodluck Jonathan inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting is holding inside the President’s office. Jonathan arrived for the meeting in a black Range Rover marked KWL 86 CN and was received at the forecourt of the President’s office by one of Buhari’s aides. Read more

Olympics: Dream Team VI stranded in Atlanta

Nigeria’s football team to the 2016 Rio Olympics will arrive late at the Games due to a delay in payments for their chartered flight. The team are stuck in Atlanta, USA, where they had gone for training ahead of the competition, after the chartered airline refused to leave until full payments were made. The delay means the team will arrive in Brazil less than 36 hours before the opening match against Japan on Friday. Read more

Minister of State for Environment flags-off NEWMAP Training on catchment planning, management

 Minister of State Environment, Mr. Ibrahim Usman Jibril has urged participants in the recently inaugurated training on catchment planning and management organized by Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to leverage on the catchment planning and management training for successful project implementation. Read more

No alternative to united Nigeria – Jonathan

Despite the militancy in the Niger Delta region and calls by groups for division of the country, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said that there is no alternative to one united Nigeria. He spoke with State House correspondents after about 20 minutes closed doors meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Five Killed in Renewed Share/Tsaragi Communal Clash in Kwara

Palpable tension now envelopes the warring towns of Share and Tsaragi in Kwara state following the alleged killing of five people in the areas on Tuesday in the latest outbreak of crisis that ensued between the people of two warring communities in the state. Read more

Youths shut down Agip facility in Rivers

Angry youths on Wednesday shut down the OB-OB gas plant belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. The angry youths said they decided to shut down the facility when NAOC refused to meet and interface with them on issues affecting them, including employment and the need to implement the content of an existing Memorandum of Understanding. Read more

Trafficking: Police intercept vehicles conveying 12 children

Police operatives in Bayelsa State have intercepted two vehicles conveying 12 children into the state for alleged child labour and child trafficking. The two vehicles – a Mazda 626 with number-plate BC 645 KSF and a Jetta with number-plate DX 643 PH  travelled from Akwa Ibom to Bayelsa. The children were nine females and three males, aged between five and 17 years. Read more

Nigeria’s FCMB plans capital raising of up to 15 bln naira -CEO

Nigerian mid-tier lender FCMB plans to raise 10 to 15 billion naira ($47 million) in Tier II debt to boost its capital ratio and will target its retail investors for the offering, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday. Ladi Balogun said its capital ratio was close to the regulatory limit of 15 percent by half-year, and that it was doing the capital raising to provide some cushion. He said the bank was also slowing down loan growth. “For the Tier II we would be looking at anywhere in the range of 10 to 15 billion naira. Its really going to be targeted at retail because we feel that the rates from institutions will be high,” Balogun told an analysts conference call. Read more

Nigeria Diamond Bank might raise new capital, sell some assets – CEO

Nigeria’s Diamond Bank is considering raising fresh capital and selling some assets in order to strengthen its capital base, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Uzoma Dozie said the bank’s capital plan will ensure it meets all regulatory requirements both in the short term and in the future. Diamond Bank’s capital adequacy ratio had fallen to 15.6 percent of assets by mid-year from 18.6 percent a year ago. “We are doing a capital management plan and that will determine how much capital we want to raise, tenor and size,” Dozie told an analysts’ conference call. Read more

Anglican Communion tasks President Buhari on equity, national development

President Muhammad Buhari has been urged to be equitable, honest and realistic in dealing with critical national issues which is affecting the growth of the nation. This appeal was part of the resolution of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Ogbomoso Diocese, at the end of the third session of the third synod held at Emmanuel Anglican Church, Ogbomoso Read more

Transporters Lament Negative Impact of Multiple Taxation by States, Seek FG’s Intervention

Transporters in the country under the aegis of Association of Mass Transit Operators of Nigeria (ALBON) and Association of Mass Transit Operators of Nigeria (AMTO) on Wednesdayasked for the federal government’s intervention in the incessant imposition of  multiple taxes and levies on their members by the various states and local governments across the country. Read more

Lalong promises N10m reward over killing of Monarch

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Wednesday said that the state government would reward anyone with useful information on the murder of Saf Ron Kulere, Lazurus Agai, with N10 million. It would be recalled that Agai, a first class chief in Bokkos, was murdered alongside four of his aids by gunmen in Sha village in Bokkos Local Government Area on July 18. Read more

Man City sign Jesus

Manchester City have signed 19-year-old Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras on a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Jesus, who is reported to have cost City an initial fee of £27m ($36m, €32.2m), will remain on loan at Palmeiras until December before moving to Manchester in January. He is currently on duty with hosts Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the world so I’m really pleased to sign,” Jesus said in comments published on the City website. Read more

Leicester sign Poland winger Bartosz Kapustka

Premier League champions Leicester City signed teenage winger Bartosz Kapustka from Polish club Cracovia for a reported £7.5 million on Wednesday. Kapustka agreed a five-year contract with Leicester after catching the eye of Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri with his international performances for Poland over the last year. Read more

Trump scares me, says NY Police Chief

The head of the largest city police department in America on Wednesday joined a growing list of people calling Donald Trump unfit to lead, saying the Republican mogul “scares the hell” out of him. “Mr Trump scares me, scares the hell out of me to be quite frank with you,” New York police commissioner Bill Bratton told CBS News a day after announcing that he would retire in September. Read more

Republican fundraiser defects to Hillary Clinton camp

A prominent Republican activist and fundraiser says she will back Democrat Hillary Clinton for president and give money to her campaign to stop her party’s nominee Donald Trump, repudiating him as a dangerous demagogue. “I will vote for Hillary, I will talk to my Republican friends about helping her, and I will donate to her campaign and try to raise money for her,” Meg Whitman told The New York Times Tuesday. Read more


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