Trending: Fashola under fire over 3rd Mainland Bridge repair

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN Motorists plying the 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos have been attacking the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola over the ongoing repair works on the bridge. Many of them have taken to the social media to vent their anger at Fashola over…

Students cry out over high price of garri

Garri Some students in Ilorin have decried the sudden increase in price of garri, commonly referred to as “students’ food’’. Some of the students expressed their concerns in separate interviews on Saturday in Ilorin. The students said it had become almost impossible to have a day’s meal with the increase in the staple food. A…

Association decries increase in price of cassava

cassava The Cassava Traders’ Association (CTA) in Niger has decried the continuous increase in price of cassava in Minna. The association’s Secretary, Mr Emeka Animekwe, said in Minna that a pickup load had increased from N100,000 in October 2016 to N130,000 in January 2017. “In the past, a pickup load was shared into 19 heaps…

Eko Disco announces 9-hour power outage

Eko DISCO Head Office The Management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Saturday said there would be a nine-hour power outage in Lagos Island, Victoria Island and Ikoyi on Monday Jan. 23. The company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos. “We which…

Shell relocates gas pipeline across Kolo Creek

Shell logo The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has relocated its Kolo Creek-Soku gas pipeline across Kolo River in Bayelsa from the river surface to the river bed. A correspondent who visited the Kolo Creek oilfield operated by SPDC on Friday reports that the gas pipeline was no longer located on the water surface across…

LASTMA goes tough on drivers plying one-way, restricted routes

Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, SP Yinka Egbeyemi; General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Mr. Olawale Musa; Head, Operation, LASTMA, Mr. Adeoye Oluyemi and Deputy Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, DSP Adetayo Akerele during a joint traffic enforcement at Agege and its environs on Friday. The Lagos State Government on Friday carried out…

IG raises alarm over more policemen committing suicide

Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police The Nigerian Police Force is worried over the rising cases of suicide among its officers across the country. The Assistant Inspector General of Police (IGP) Zone 5, Abubakar, Mohammed, lamented the development in an interactive session with policemen in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Thursday. He said recent statistics…

Ooni of Ife to turn Ile-Ife to tourism haven

Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II The Ooni of Ile- Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has pledged to turn the ancient city into a tourism haven to boost its economy and occupy its pride of place. Ogunwusi, represented by Mr Moses Olafare, the Director of Media and Public Affairs to the Ooni, said…

Fayose emerges PDP Governors’ Forum chairman

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum on Friday announced the appointment of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state as its new Chairman. Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa made the announcement while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Forum and PDP Caucus meeting which ended in the early…

Jammeh is no longer The Gambia’s President – UN Security Council

Yahya Jammeh, no longer recognized as president The UN Security Council on Thursday affirmed that Adama Barrow is now the legitimate President of The Gambia, declaring that “former President Yahya Jammeh is out”. The President of the Security Council, Olof Skoog (Sweden), told the UN Correspondents after the adoption of the Resolution 2337 (2017) by…

Ambode earmarks 181 LG roads for construction in 2017

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (left) and Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I (right) during the 1st Quarter 2017 Town Hall meeting (6th in the series) to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration, at the Ajelogo Housing Scheme, Akanimodo, Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos,…

Senate opposes deployment of troops to Gambia by President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari The Senate on Thursday opposed President Muhammadu Buhari’s deployment of Troops to The Gambia without approval of the National Assembly. The Federal Government had deployed Troops to Gambia, if President Yahya Jammeh refused to leave office and handover to President-elect, Adama Barrow by January 19. Speaking during plenary, Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (PDP-Enugu),…

Adama Barrow sworn in as President of The Gambia

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia Adama Barrow has been sworn in as the Gambian president in neighbouring Senegal as incumbent Yahya Jammeh refuses to leave office. The swearing in ceremony took place at the Gambian embasy in Senegal aidst tight security provided by ECOWAS troops. Details later.

Osinbajo takes over as Buhari goes for medical check-up in UK

Osinbajo Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will act as President till February 6 when President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to resume work. President Buhari is leaving for the United Kingdom today for a 10-day short vacation during which he is expected to undergo a medical check ups. A statement issued by Femi Adesina Special Adviser to…

Breaking: Buhari embarks on 10 days annual vacation

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari is embarking on a 10-day annual leave. To this end, the president on Thursday transmitted a letter to the Senate intimating it of his decision to embark on leave. The letter was read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President Bukola Saraki. Details later

Barrow to be sworn in today in Senegal as Jammeh stays put

The man who won The Gambia’s disputed election says he will be sworn in as president at the country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal. The message, posted on Adama Barrow’s social media accounts, invited the general public to attend the ceremony. Last-ditch efforts by regional leaders to convince Yahya Jammeh to step down as president failed…

No increase in petrol price, NNPC warns against panic buying

NNPC-logo The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday admonished Nigerians not to engage ‎in panic buying of petrol as there was no plan to increase its price. ‎ In a statement released in Abuja by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the Corporation further assured motorists that there was…

Lagos NSCDC arrests woman for stabbing Ikeja Electric official

The suspect The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Lagos State Command has arrested a woman, Ediale Ayodele, 35, for stabbing an official of Ikeja Electric. Ayodele, who lives at No. 6, Ayodola Close, Akonwonjo, allegedly stabbed the official who was on a routine forecast drive in the area. The official was said to…

Pay judges their salaries, allowances or face action, SERAP tells Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to pay immediately outstanding salaries and allowances of judges and judicial workers across the country. SERAP in the letter appealed to the president “to use your good offices and leadership to urgently instruct all appropriate…

Lagos police boss, Fatai Owoseni removed

CP Fatai Owoseni, removed as Lagos State Police Commissioner The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni has been removed. He has been replaced with the Officer-in-Charge of Inspector-General of Police monitoring unit, Garuba Umar. Investigations revealed t Umar’s posting to Lagos State to succeed Owoseni came four days after his promotion to the rank…

Police confirm kidnap of Director of Finance, 3 others in Sokoto state

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State Mr Mohammed Abdulkadir, the Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Command has confirmed the kidnap of the Director of Finance, Isa Local Government and three others in the state. Abdulkadir revealed in Sokoto on Wednesday that the victims were kidnapped by some unknown gunmen along Sokoto-Isa road on Monday. He…

Rivers acquires 10 gunboats for Nigerian Navy

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has announced that the 10 new state-of-the-art security gunboats acquired by the Rivers State Government would be delivered to the Nigerian Navy for the enhanced patrol of the state’s waterways. Speaking after commissioning the 120 Housing Units named Rivers Quarters at the NNS…

N4.6b money laundering trial : Fani-kayode seeks case transfer

Fani-kayode sandwiched by EFCC officials Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode Tuesday kicked against his trial at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court over alleged money laundering of N4.6 billion. He contended that the appropriate division of the court for his trial should be Abuja. In addition, Fani-kayode want the presiding Judge,…

Kidnappers storm Jigawa, kidnap Village Head, Ward Head

Gunmen Kidnappers, numbering about 30, have kidnapped Alhaji Garba Mamud, the Village Head of Rijin in Basirka District of Gwaram Local Government of Jigawa. Malam Dauda Mamuda, the brother to the district head, who is a Ward Head, was also kidnapped by the suspects. A resident of the community, Malam Musa Ibrahim, told the News…

40 million Nigerians to get telecom services in 2017-NCC

NCC The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says provision has been made in the2017 budget to extend telecommunications services to additional 40 million Nigerians across the country. Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC disclosed this in the latest edition of the commission’s publication, “The Communicator’’ and made available to the newsmen on Tuesday…

Car dealers groan over new import policy, call for reversal

Imported cars Mixed reactions have trailed the ban on the importation of vehicles through land borders with some of the dealers calling the policy anti people while others said it would boost national economy. Some of the vehicle dealers in Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Kaduna States also said in separate interviews with the News…

Telecoms companies task ICT regulators on convergence

ATCON The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has called on regulators in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry to consider merging. ATCON’s President, Mr Olusola Teniola, said on Tuesday in Lagos that the absence of a converged regulatory environment was preventing convergence of services in the industry. Teniola claimed that there had…

UNN students decry high cost of kerosene

UNN Some students of University of Nigeria, Nsukka have decried the exorbitant price of kerosene as a litre sells for N400 at filling stations. They students in Nsukka on Tuesday, described the situation as “unacceptable’’, saying it had made life more unbearable for them given the already hardship in the country caused by the economic…

NAN to launch photo portal – Onanuga

Bayo Onanuga The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), is to launch photo portal to enable subscribers to select pictures for publication. The Managing Director of NAN, Mr Bayo Onanuga, announced this during a familiarisation visit to the Edo office of the agency in Benin on Monday. Onanuga also said that plans were underway to launch…

How senior lawyer bought N8m car for Justice Ademola – Sales Rep

Justice Adeniyi Ademola A witness in the ongoing trial of a Federal High Court judge, Adeniyi Ademola, has explained how a BMW luxury car was purchased for the defendant by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi. The witness, Ifeoma Ofornagolu, the first of 14 witnesses to testify in the matter, said she delivered the…

Privatisation of assets is corruption – Don

Prof. Omotoye Olorode delivering a lecture at the Lagos Airport Hotel A lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, Prof. Omotoye Olorode, has described the privatisation of the country’s national assets as the greatest form of corruption. He made this statement while delivering his keynote address entitled, “Corruption in Nigeria, Judiciary, Law: A…

Illegal oil lifting: Court fines FG over delay in proceedings

court-of-law A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos Southwest Nigeria on Monday ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay a fine of N15,000 while granting an application filed to amend its processes in a suit filed against Total E&P Nig. Plc, and Chevron Nigeria Plc over alleged under-declaration and undeclared of crude oil exports…

Dangote floats $100m truck assembly plant in Lagos

Dangote Group of Companies has established a $100million truck assembly plant in Lagos as part of its efforts toward boosting foreign exchange and job creation in the country. The group said in a statement on Sunday in Lagos that the plant was floated by the group in partnership with National Heavy Duty Truck Group Company…

Bukky Wright, others urge government to resuscitate moribund textile industries

Some stakeholders in the entertainment and creative industry on Sunday advised the Federal Government to resuscitate the moribund textile industries across the country so that they could produce and promote high grade and high-quality made-in-Nigeria fabrics. Popular Nollywood actress Buky Wright, Mrs Yeside Laguda, Mr Bayo Balogun and an ex-lawmaker, Mr Bashiru Bolarinwa, gave the…

12 passengers killed as bus plunges into river

The vehicle inside the river Over 12 persons have reportedly died in an accident on Oyo/Ogbomoso Road after a commercial bus skidded off the road and plunged into Odo-Oba River. An eyewitness told the Punch newspaper that the accident occurred when the bus was trying to avoid a head on collision with another vehicle that…

Kidnappers of students, teachers at Isheri demand N1.2b

Gunmen demandsN1.2b for kidnapped students and teachers The abductors of students and members of staff of the Nigeria Turkish International College (NTIC) have demanded N1.2bn ransom for the victims to be released, it was learnt. Reports say the abductors called a family member of one of the victims on Sunday to make the demand. The…

50 companies bid for NNPC’s boat supply

NNPC-logo A total of 50 companies recently submitted bids to partake in the provision of sea worthy Tug boats on charter time basis for the maritime operational requirements of the NNPC in Lagos, Warri and Port Harcourt. The public bid which was held at the Abuja Corporate Headquarters of the corporation had in attendance representatives…

Peace Corps to recruit 2,000 youths, adults in Lagos

Peace Corps of Nigeria The Peace Corps of Nigeria says it will recruit 2, 000 youths from Lagos State this year, Mr Mutairu Habib, the South-West Zonal Commandant of the corps said on Saturday in Lagos. “The corps is targeting to recruit 2,000 officers in Lagos State this year as part of efforts to reduce…

Osibanjo begins tour of Niger Delta Monday

Vice President, Prof. Osibanjo Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is to begin tour of communities in the Niger Delta on Monday in a bid to solve the lingering crisis in the oil-rich region. The move is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to resolve the crisis in the area through engagement with the locals….

2 robbery suspects in police net

The suspects Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island, have arrested two suspected robbers terrorising residents of Ire-Akari Street, Ejigbo and Isolo areas of Lagos. The police identified the suspects as Chinedu Ajogwu, 24 and Uchenna Chukwudi Mbah, 33. The alleged ring leader simply identified as Small is said…

Fleeing Ecobank staff arrested over N30m fraud

A former staff of Ecobank Plc, Lagos, Kayode Ayodele, 34, who has been on the run since last year over alleged N30m fraud has been arrested in Ogun State, Western Nigeria. Police alleged that the suspect connived with two other former staff of the bank, Tiaminu Lukman, 48 and Shaga Olu Sheriff, 34 now facing…

220 women gets cash in Jigawa

Jigawa-gov Rep. Ibrahim Abdullahi,(APC Dutse/Kiyawa Federal Constituency) in Jigawa has empowered 220 women in Dutse Local Government Area of the state with cash, according to his Personal Assistant Alhaji Abubakar AbdusSalam. AbdusSalam said in Dutse on Saturday that said that the women were selected from each of the 11 wards of the councils of the…

FCT residents express concern over Instagram fraud

Instagram Logo Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Saturday expressed concern over the rise in the use of Instagram, a social media platform to defraud unsuspecting users. The platform, which is popularly used to connect friends and family by sharing personal photos and videos on the internet has gradually become one for…

Illegal tax collection: 50 arrested in Edo

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State No fewer than 50 persons have been arrested by operatives of the Edo State Police Command for alleged involvement in illegal tax collection. The suspects who are currently being detained at the Police Command headquarters in Benin, were picked up at different locations in Benin City, for flouting the…

MMM: Nigerian participants celebrate return

Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM) Popular money-doubling scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM), which resumed activities Jan. 14, 2017, after placing a one-month ban on all withdrawals from Dec. 13, 2016, has succeeded in filling the hearts of Nigerians with joy. MMM Nigeria investors and participants yesterday organised a get-together to celebrate the return of the Ponzi…

NNPC resumes loading of petroleum products, nationwide

NNPC-logo Mr Ndu Ughamadu,the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says the corporation has resumed loading of petroleum products in all its depots nationwide. Ughamadu made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday in Abuja. He said that the resumption of activities at the depots across the country…

DSS rescues 4 kidnap victims in Port Harcourt

DSS operatives The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has rescued four oil company kidnap victims from their abductors in Port Harcourt. This is contained in a statement by DSS spokesman, Mr Tony Opuiyo in Abuja on Friday. Opuiyo said the victims were rescued during an operation supported by the military. He said a…

Witness admits constructing houses, mosque, churches for Badeh

Alex Badeh in court on Monday The 13th prosecution witness, Joseph Okpetu, told a Federal High Court on Friday that he renovated houses, built churches and mosque for former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh. Okpetu, in his resumed testimony before Justice Okon Abang, said he constructed Badeh’s Yola mansions worth N150 million between 2008…

Breaking: Lagos court convicts fuel subsidy fraudsters

Walter Wagbatsoma (left) going to court Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi and their company Ontario Oil and Gas were on Friday convicted by a Lagos High Court for subsidy fraud. They were convicted on an eight-count amended charge of fuel subsidy fraud. The defendants were found guilty on each of the eight counts. The third defendant,…

Kwara to partner independent broadcasters

The Kwara government says it will partner with the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters’ Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) in achieving common goals. Alhaji Mahmud Ajeigbe, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, said this in Ilorin when he received Desmond Nwachukwu, a presidential aspirant in the association’s forthcoming national elections. He said the state government had…

Nigerian soldiers arrest fleeing Boko Haram terrorists with 100 motorcycles

Nigerian soldiers have arrested four fleeing members of the Boko Haram sect with 100 motorcycles. Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen Sani Usman who disclosed this in a statement, said the fleeing terrorists were arrested on Wednesday afternoon at Madaki village in Biu Local Government Area, Borno State by troops of 27 Task Force Brigade stationed in Bara….

Abuja Runway Repair: Senate invites Fashola, Sirika, Julius Berger

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN The Senate has directed Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, to return on Tuesday to give further detail on the planned closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The order was given by the upper chamber on Thursday after Sirika’s appearance before the…

Plateau LGs pay allowances arrears to workers

Simon Lalong, Plateau State Governor The Local Governments in Plateau, have begun the payment of arrears of leave and transport allowances to workers. Mr Reuben Sarki, the Assistant Secretary, National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), the state chapter, confirmed the payment to NAN in an interview on Thursday in Jos. Sarki said that the…

Bayelsa NSCDC honours 5 outstanding officers

NSCDC Operatives The Bayelsa Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday honoured five of its officers who performed their duties creditably in 2016. Speaking at the ceremony at the headquarters of the Command in Yenagoa, the State Commandant, Mr Desmond Agu, said the officers were recognised for their resilience and…

Kerosene scarcity hits Nsukka

FILE PHOTO: Kerosene Queue Some residents of Nsukka in Enugu have decried the scarcity of kerosene in the town which has resulted in the product being sold for as high as N300 per litre. The commodity sells for between N280 and N300 per litre at filling stations as against the official pump price of N150….

NNPC refineries resume production of Kerosene, Diesel

NNPC-logo The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s three refineries in Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri have resumed production of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), otherwise known as diesel and kerosene respectively. NNPC, in a statement issued by Group General Manager, Ndu Ughamadu on Thursday explained that the resumption of refining of AGO…

NYSC: Nasarawa gets new state coordinator

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has appointed Mrs Zainab Isah as its new coordinator in Nasarawa State. A statement by the NYSC said that Isah took over from Mrs Habiba Bappah, who has been transferred to its headquarters in Abuja. Until her new appointment, Isah was a Deputy Director, Planning, Research and Statistics at…

Expect more blackout as power generation drops

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said that that the nation’s power generation capacity dropped slightly from 3,959 megawatts from Jan. 4, to 3,751.90 megawatts on Jan. 12, due to dearth of gas. The Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO) website, a sub agency of TCN,…

Aviation Minister to explain rationale behind Abuja Airport closure

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika The Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, monday said the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja would be closed between February and March next year to allow Julius Berger carry out repairs on the damaged runway. Briefing journalists after an on-the-spot assessment of the…

Breaking: NUPENG calls off warning strike

Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG,has called off its three-day warning strike. NUPENG called off its strike after a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige in Abuja on Wednesday. It was also gathered that the Petroleum and Natural Gas…

China investing $40 billion in Nigerian economy

Geoffrey Onyeama China is investing additional $40 billion in Nigerian economy, its Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Wang Yi, said on Wednesday at a bilateral meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja. The Minister said China has already invested up to the tune of $45 billion in the Nigerian economy. “Nigeria and China…

Saraki holds secret meeting with Buhari again

Buhari and Saraki President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday met behind closed-door to discuss national issues. Channels television reports that after the meeting, Dr. Saraki told reporters that there was no crisis in the Senate over the removal of Senator Ali Ndume as Leader of the upper chamber. The…

Ooni charges Ambode to partner Southwest to boost agriculture

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), being presented with a Art frame by Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II during a courtesy visit by the Ooni of Ife at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday. The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi has charged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State to…

Breaking: Senate calls for suspension of ban on vehicle importation by land

Senate The Senate has called on the Federal Government to suspend action on enforcement of the ban on the importation of vehicles through land borders. This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion by Sen. Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano), which was co-sponsored by four other senators, at plenary on Wednesday. The senate also mandated its Committee…

128 foreigners trying to secure Nigeria’s ID cards caught

Mohammed Babandede, Comptroller-General of Immigration The Adamawa State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has apprehended 128 foreigners who attempted to acquire the National Identity cards. The command’s comptroller, Mr Sule Wunti, disclosed this on Wednesday in Yola while reviewing the activities of the command for 2016. Wunti said those arrested comprised of 63…

Amazon launches credit card for Prime Members

Amazon prime members card Amazon.com Inc. is trying to ring up more sales with a new credit card aimed at its most loyal customers. The online retailer AMZN, -0.13% is introducing a new card for Prime customers offering 5% back on all Amazon.com purchases. The card, issued by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. JPM, +0.29%…

BREAKING: Ayine Anthony Mkpe confirmed as Auditor-General

Senate The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Mr. Ayine Anthony Mkpe as the Auditor-General of the Federation. This was even as the Senate confirmed the receipt of petitions against the nominee with some Senators also standing on his way of confirmation. The Senate had at its plenary session on Wednesday, 14th December,…

Breaking: Ahmed Lawan resumes as new Senate Majority Leader

•Sen. Ahmed Lawan Senator Ahmed Lawan (APC-Yobe North) on Wednesday resumed as the new Senate Majority Leader. The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, at plenary on Tuesday, announced Senator Lawan as Leader of the Senate. Details later.

Supreme Court throws spanners in Gov Tambuwal’s election

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State The bid by Governor Aminu Tambuwal to stop a suit challenging the propriety of his nomination as candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC for the 2015 governorship election in Sokoto state has been struck out by the Supreme Court. The apex court ruled on Tuesday that the nomination…

Malabu Oil Deal: I did not ask anybody to receive bribe on my behalf – Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the allegation that he received gratification to approve the controversial Malabu Oil transaction during his tenure. In a statement by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr. Jonathan said he did not send businessman Abubakar Aliyu or any other person…

Kerosene hits N350 per litre in Jigawa

Kerosene The lingering scarcity of kerosene in Hadejia and its environs has caused an increase in the price of the product to N350 per litre, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN checks in Hadejia on Tuesday showed that most petrol stations had run out of supply of the product. It also showed that…

Ogun federal retirees groan over unpaid pensions, gratuities

pension Federal retirees in Ogun on Tuesday lamented the hardships they are facing due to non-payment of their pensions and gratuities. Addressing a news conference in Abeokuta, the retirees, under the auspices of the Contributory Pensioners Association of Nigeria (COPAN), said they had been neglected. The leader of the association, Mr Kayode Da Silva, stated…

Doctors in Rivers’ hospitals embark on indefinite strike

Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors protesting in Abuja, recently Baring any last minute intervention by the Rivers State Government, medical doctors in Rivers State will start an indefinite strike today to press home their demand for improved health facilities and adequate manpower. The aggrieved doctors under the aegies of the National Association…

Yahoo to be named Altaba

Yahoo Yahoo Inc said that it would rename itself Altaba Inc and Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer would step down from the board after the closing of its deal with Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N). Yahoo has a deal to sell its core internet business, which includes its digital advertising, email and media assets, to Verizon…

Exposed: PDP’s attempt to weaken the church

Buhari and Obazee Information reaching PMNEWS has revealed that the sacked boss of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) Jim Obazee was sacked for insurbordination and an attempt to weaken the church and other religious organisations. It was learnt that the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria was established by the PDP Administration of…

Oil workers hail FG over rehabilitation of refineries

New Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru Workers in the oil and gas sector on Monday commended the Federal Government on its plan and pronouncement to rehabilitate the three nation’s refineries to achieve optimal capacity utilisation by 2017. The workers, under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas…

Breaking: Adeboye: Buhari sacks FRN boss, Obazee

Buhari and Obazee President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Executive Secretary of the board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRN), Jim Obazee and ordered his replacement immediately. Obazee’s decision to enforce the FRCN regulation on churches led to Pastor Enoch Adeboye appointing a New General Overseer for the Redeemed Christian Church of God,…

No going back on implementation of Health Insurance Scheme-LASG

Dr. Jide Idris, Lagos State Commissioner for Health The Lagos State Government says there is no going back on the planned implementation of the Health Insurance Scheme, HIS, in the state this year. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris disclosed this in an interview in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, saying that government would soon begin sensitization…

The Gambia: Nigeria on standby to evacuate citizens

Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria is on standby to evacuate its citizens in The Gambia if the need arises. Tension is building up in The Gambia following the refusal of President Yahya Jammeh to…

Osun pensioners demand outstanding arrears

pension Pensioners in Osun, under the aegis of Forum of 2011/2012 Group of Retirees, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, on Monday demanded the payment of their 18 months’ half-pension arrears by Gov. Rauf Aregbesola. The pensioners made the demand in Osogbo during a special prayer session organized to usher in the New Year. The chairman of…

The Gambia: President Buhari, other West African leaders in closed door meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari and some ECOWAS leaders in Abuja Some West African leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja met behind closed door to discuss the political impasse in The Gambia. The Presidents of Liberia and Senegal, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Macky Sall as well as ex-Ghanaian President John Mahama are attending the meeting….

Amnesty office to establish 10,000 farms

The Presidential Amnesty Programme Office says it plans to establish 10,000 farms with an expected total revenue generation capacity of N58 billion annually under its agricultural programme for 2017. This was disclosed by the Coordinator of the programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in…

2016: Year of woes for Nigerian manufacturers

FILE PHOTO: A manufacturing company. Nigeria’s manufacturing sector performed dismally in 2016 as manufacturers faced several challenges which affected them negatively. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said the industrial sector recorded a general decline between January and November as indicated by the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). The PMI is an indicator of the economic…

2017 Budget: Senate will give priority to passage

Nigerian-Senate The Senate Spokesman, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, has said that the Senate would place priority on the passage of the 2017 Appropriation Bill when it resumes from its three weeks recess. Abdullahi on Monday said that the Upper Chamber would live up to its constitutional responsibility in turning out an implementable budget. He assured that…

Pension scheme: Civil servants demand old pension system

pension Retired civil servants in some states have called for reversal to the old pension system, saying that the impression created about the advantages of the new pension scheme introduced 10 years ago, is misleading. Some of them said payment of pension and gratuities was not as timely as promised before the introduction of the…

Taraba owes pensioners N14.9bn in gratuities- Union

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State Alhaji Hassan Abubakar, Chairman, Taraba Union of Pensioners, says the state government is owing members of the union gratuities amounting to N14. 9 billion. Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo on Monday that the government owed its pensioners over N9 billion while it owed local…

FBI arrests Volkswagen executive for fraud

Oliver Schmidt, arrested by the FBI. The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Volkswagen AG executive on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., the media reported on Monday. Oliver Schmidt, who headed the company’s regulatory compliance office in the U.S. from 2014 to march 2015, was arrested on Saturday by federal investigators in Florida….

Farmers turnout en masse for 2017 Hajj

hajj Imam Hussaini Tsoho-Ikara, acting Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board says farmers are turning out in large number to pay for 2017 Hajj fare. Tsoho-Ikara said in Zaria on Sunday that the development was contrary to what happened during the 2016 Haji. He attributed the new development to 2016 bumper harvest which…

Convicted Nigerian drug kingpin re-arrested in India

John Okoro The authorities in India have re-arrested a Nigerian drug convict, John Okoro, who fled from police custody in India last Monday. Okoro, 35, was re-arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police. ANC sources told The Times of India that Okoro was arrested from the Navi Mumbai area, from where he was…

1,000 Days After: Buhari restates determination to rescue Chibok girls

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with some of the rescued Chibok schoolgirls at the Presidential Villa recently As the country, nay, the world, Sunday commemorates the 1,000th day of the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his determination to secure the release of…

Fire destroys property, goods at Lagos Island market

The building on fire A seven-storey building known as Brazas Plaza, located at the Balogun market extension in Lagos Island, was on Saturday gutted by fire, destroying goods, valuables and cash worth several millions of Naira. The incident resulted in gridlock in most parts of the Island, as a large number of traders and passersby…

No kerosene in all Lagos depots, says NUPENG

File Photo: Lagosians besiege a filling station to buy kerosene which has become very scarce and expensive. Photo: IDOWU OGUNLEYE The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Saturday says there is no single drop of kerosene in the private and NNPC depots in Lagos. Mr Rotimi Benjamin, National Chairman Surface Tank…

FG offsets salary arrears of ex-militants

Niger Delta Militants The Federal Government has paid two out of four months outstanding stipends owed former Niger Delta militants under the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Mr Ramsey Mukoro, leader of the 3rd phase of the amnesty programme, disclosed on Saturday that some former agitators had received two out of four months’ salary backlog. “The Amnesty…

Shop on fire at Balogun Market, Lagos Island

The building on fire Reports reaching PMNEWS now reveal that a building at Martins Street, near Balogun market (Oluwole) in Lagos Island is on fire. Witnesses say fire fighters have arrived the scene and doing everything possible to put out the fire. The building on fire Some traders are reportedly inside the building when it…

Nana Akufo-Addo sworn in as Ghana’s president

Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in on Saturday as Ghana’s new president at a ceremony applauded for its easy transition of power. In a speech as he took office, the President said “I will not let the good people of Ghana down. “I pledge to do my best to move this country to higher level of…

APC accuses Mimiko of diverting N1.5bn foreign grants

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has accused Governor Olusegun Mimiko of planning to divert N1.5 billion in grants from foreign donors to phony contracts. APC, in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Abayomi Adesanya, in Akure on Saturday said the money was the accumulated foreign…

Arik Air passengers stranded in Kaduna Airport for 4 days

File photo: Some Arik Air passengers stranded in Lagos Several passengers, including children, were stranded at Kaduna International Airport since on Tuesday, following the failure of Arik Airlines to airlift them as scheduled. Some of the disappointed passengers made the complaint to the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, at the airport during…

Lagos lawyers hail passage of bill on death penalty for kidnappers

The arraigned suspected kidnappers of Oniba of Iba at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere – Duba Furejo; Ododomo Isaiah; Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh. Some Lagos-based lawyers have lauded the Lagos State House of Assembly for passing into law the bill stipulating the death penalty for the offence of kidnapping. The lawyers disclosed in Lagos…