Air Peace inaugurates Sokoto route

Air Peace one of Nigeria’s domestic airlines, is to start flight operations from Lagos to Abuja/Sokoto on March 1. Mr Chris Isaiah, its Corporate Communications Manager, announced this in a statement on Friday in Lagos. Isaiah said that the inauguration of the route was coming days after the airline took delivery of its 12th aircraft,…

5G communication network unveils by 2020

A working group of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), said it has completed a cycle of studies on the key performance requirements of the next generation mobile networks (5G technology) for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)-2020 systems. The ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao, in a statement, said 5G mobile systems would provide lightning speed, ultra-reliable communications…

Pirates strike in Niger Delta, abduct 7 Russians, Ukrainian

Niger Delta militants Pirates have abducted seven Russian sailors and one Ukrainian in the territorial waters of Nigeria, the Russian embassy has said. Russian Embassy in Nigeria reported on Wednesday: “The BBC Caribbean ship came under a piratical attack in the territorial waters of Nigeria.” The Russian embassy said on its Twitter page: “Seven Russian…

Marathon: Lagos diverts traffic, deploys 300 LASTMA

L-R: Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sport, Mr Anthony Adeyinka Adeboye; Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Engr Bade Adebowale at a news conference held in Lagos to announce traffic diversion ahead of the Lagos City Marathon. Ahead of Saturday’s Lagos City Marathon, the Lagos…

60% of Niger teachers use fake certificate — Gov. Bello

FILE PHOTO: School teachers Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has said that 60 percent of primary and secondary school teachers in public schools in the state used fake and invalid certificates to obtain teaching jobs. Bello made the statement when he received members of the Board of Directors of Bida Emirate Education Forum, led by…

IPMAN tells DPR to sanction erring depot owners

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has appealed to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to sanction all private depots in Apapa area of Lagos selling above the regulated price of N133.28k Alhaji Debo Ahmed, Chairman, IPMAN, Western Zone, made that appeal in on Wednesday in Lagos. Ahmed said that many depot owners…

Why Lagos needs new waste management policy-Ambode

Ambode, Lagos State Governor Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has underscored the need for the State to evolve a new waste management policy that would not only be befitting for a mega city State but ensure that the State remained clean and safe for healthy living. The Governor, who spoke at a Annual Lecture…

Smart City: Lagos to train one million residents on computer coding

Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule Ahead of the much anticipated roll out of CodeLagos, the Lagos State Ministry of Education on Tuesday said the programme would seek to teach at least one million Lagos residents to code by 2019 and also foster necessary skills to create sustainable solutions to social challenges and create employment…

Investment One perfects acquisition of Universal Steels

Mr Nicholas Nyamali, MD/CEO, Investment One. Investment One Financial Services, a leading financial services firm in Nigeria, says it has perfected the acquisition of the assets of Universal Steel Ltd by a group of private investors. Mr Nicholas Nyamali, the Group Chief Executive of Investment One, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday….

Saraki accepts chief of staff’s resignation

Senator Bukola Saraki The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has accepted the resignation of his Chief of Staff, Sen. Isa Galaudu. The information is in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja on Tuesday. Olaniyonu stated that Galaudu first mentioned his decision to step…

Anambra governorship candidates to pay N9m for posters

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State The Anambra State government’s Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA) yesterday said governorship aspirants in the state would pay N9m each before they could be allowed to paste their posters in any part of the state. It warned that any aspirant who contravened the rule would be sued accordingly. The…

Al-Makura tasks LG councils to declare internal revenue

Governor Tanko-Al-Makura of Nasarawa State Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has ordered Interim Management Committee chairmen in the 13 local government areas in the state to declare their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) or face sanctions. Al-Makura gave the order on Tuesday in Lafia while inaugurating the Interim Management Committee Chairman of Keana Local Government…

1,000 bags of underweighed rice confiscated from Osogbo markets

Bags of rice The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Osun says it confiscated more than 1,000 under weighed bags of rice in Osogbo markets on Monday. Mr Sunday Badewole, the SON State Coordinator, disclosed this in an interview in Osogbo on Tuesday. Badewole said the agency made the confiscation during the enforcement operation where…

Kerosene scarcity: Jigawa residents blame product dealers

FILE PHOTO: Kerosene Queue Residents of Hadejia in Jigawa have blamed petroleum products dealers for diversion of kerosene resulting to the current acute scarcity of the product in the town. The situation has also resulted in price hike of the commodity in the market. A check in Hadejia on Tuesday showed that most of the…

BREAKING: Buhari writes Senate again to confirm Magu as EFCC Chairman

Ibrahim Magu, EFCC Chairman President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to reconsider and confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Senate President Bukola Saraki read Buhari’s letter notifying the lawmakers of the re-nomination on Tuesday, just after the Senate returned from an executive session. PREMIUM TIMES…

SON confisticates 1,000 bags of underweighed rice

SON The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Osun says it confiscated more than 1,000 underweight bags of rice in Osogbo markets on Monday. Mr Sunday Badewole, the SON State Coordinator, disclosed this in Osogbo on Tuesday. Badewole said the agency made the confiscation during the enforcement operation where more than 1,000 bags of 5kg,…

Kwara farmers bemoan herdsmen menace

FILE PHOTO: A herdsman in Nigeria Some farmers in Kwara say the menace of herdsmen on their farms are destroying farm produces and causing economic loss. Some of them who narrated their ordeals in interviews with newsmen in Ilorin on Tuesday said there was the need for the state government to intervene and control the…

Nigeria’s economy will grow in 2017- Expert

Naira Prof Uch Uwaleke, an economic expert says he is optimistic that Nigeria’s economy will be ‘out of the woods’ this year. Uwaleke, the Head of Banking and Finance, Nasarawa State University, said this in Abuja on Tuesday. He stated that the growth would be possible, especially if the 2017 expansionary budget was approved in…

29-point guideline on Nigeria Delta operations released

National Council on Hydrocarbons The National Council on Hydrocarbons on Tuesday released guidelines on how to review, strengthen and initiate robust policies for the oil and gas sector. The guidelines, contained in a communique released by the Ministry of a Petroleum Resources, highlighted 29 needs to aid the development of the sector and the Niger…

Stay away from Libya, FG tells Nigerians

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has warned Nigerian migrants to avoid Libya. Dabiri-Erewa also warned against illegal entry to Libya, noting that such immigrants to the country when caught and convicted were placed…

Fashola raises alarm over fake estate developers

Mr Babatunde Fashola Minister of Power Works and-Housing The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Monday in Abuja raised alarm over the increasing number of unqualified estate developers in the nation’s housing sector. Fashola was speaking at the Second Quarterly Presidential Business Forum in Abuja which serves as a platform to…

80 human traffickers arrested, 194 victims rescued in Edo, Delta

NAPTIP No fewer than 80 persons were arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), in the year 2016, for human trafficking. The Benin Zonal Commander of NAPTIP, Ebenezer Odita, who disclosed this Monday to journalists in Benin, said 194 victims were also rescued. He explained that the suspects were…

Photo News: Bola Tinubu’s plane used to fly Jammeh out of Gambia

Bola Tinubu’s plane National Leader of the All Progressives Congress( APC), Bola Tinubu’s Dassault Falcon-900DX (VP-CBT) was registered in the Cayman Islands with his initials ‘BT’ and was used to fly out former Gambian dictator, Yahya Jammeh out of Gambia, Saturday night. Bola Tinubu’s plane Former Governor, Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Fuel now cost N155 per litre in Kano State – Survey

Filling station attendant a work Some fuel marketers in Kano State have increased the price of the commodity from N145 per litre to between N153 and N155 per litre. The situation is worse outside the state capital as a litre of the commodity in some local government areas of the state now cost more than…

NAGAFF wants more banks at Abuja airport

The Abuja chapter of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders of Nigeria, NAGAFF, has written the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to complain over what it described as sudden disappearance of banking institutions from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Association noted in the letter that it is worrisome that only one bank…

Shell Exploration boss to step down

Shell logo Royal Dutch Shell’s Head of Exploration Ceri Powell is to step down next month. Shell said in a statement on Monday in London that Powell’s stepping down was capping three years in office, marked by sharp cutbacks in the company’s search for new oil and gas reserves amid the industry’s deep downturn since…

Anambra, FMBN provide houses for civil servants

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State The Anambra government on Monday said it was collaborating with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) to complete its housing scheme for civil servants in the state. Mr Frank Offor, the state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, said in Onitsha that the collaboration was in government’s bid…

Heathrow Airport cancels 100 flights due to fog

Heathrow Airport London’s Heathrow Airport said it had cancelled approximately 100 out of about 1,300 scheduled flights on Monday as foggy weather reduced visibility at Europe’s busiest hub. The airport, located to the west of London, operates at full capacity meaning it struggles to fit in its full schedule when weather conditions mean aircraft need…

Picture: Buhari enjoying his vacation in UK

A Senior Special Assistant to the President, Bashir Ahmaad has posted a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari watching Channels Television in his suite in the United Kingdom where he went on a 10-day vacation. Ahmad tweeted: ”MBuhari on a phone call with @ProfOsinbajo while watching Sunday Politics on Channels TV this evening” The picture serves…

FG releases N375m to feed 700,000 pupils in 5 states

Osinbajo The Federal Government said it had so far released over N375 million toward the implementation of its school feeding programme in five states, this year. Mr Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice-President, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Akande said that the release of…

Mobile porting drops to 27,644

NCC The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said telecommunications service providers recorded 27,644 Mobile Number Portability (MNP) activities in December, 2016. This was revealed in the ”Incoming and Outgoing Porting Activities of Mobile Network Operators” on Sunday in Lagos. The report showed that there was a decrease of 6,475 in the porting activities during the period…

I vandalised 47 cars in 2 months-Ex-convict

The prime suspect, Oladimeji A 33 year old suspect and ex-convict, Olawasegun Oladimeji, arrested by operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command for vandalising Toyota cars in Victoria Island, has confessed that he has vandalised 47 cars and removed their brain boxes in the last two months. Oladimeji, a barber,…

Tambuwal warns hoarders of petrol in Sokoto

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Sunday threatened to revoke the certificate of occupancy (C of O) of any petrol station whose owner is found hoarding the product. Tambuwal, who inspected some fuel stations in Sokoto town, alleged that some fuel dealers were hoarding the product to cause…

Motorists groan over FG’s poor handling of construction work in Lagos

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN Motorists in Lagos on Sunday expressed huge dissatisfaction with the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing over the abysmal handling of construction work on Lagos roads, especially on Third Mainland Bridge and Kara bridge, saying that the action called to question the ability of…

Eko Disco to install 200,000 pre-paid meters in 2017

Eko DISCO Head Office The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Sunday said the company planned to install 200,000 pre-paid meters for consumers in 2017 to end estimated billing. Mr Oladele Amoda, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, made the disclosure in an interview in Lagos. Amoda said the company had…

Power generation drops to 2662 megawatts on Sunday – TCN

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said that the nation’s power generation capacity dropped from 3,959 megawatts on January 4 to 2,662 megawatts on January 22. The Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO) website, a sub agency of TCN, disclosed the figure in its daily forecast…

Rainstorm renders many homeless in Ekiti

FILE PHOTO: Rainstorm No fewer than 100 residential buildings were on Saturday destroyed in some towns in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state by rainstorm. The incident which residents said began at about 4 p.m., affected towns such as Odo Oro, Temidire, Oke Ijebu and Aiyedun, all in Ikole LGA. The first rain of…

Edo to build Seaport – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, on Saturday, said the state government had concluded arrangement to build a Sea Port at Agenebode to fast track economic activities in the area. Obaseki stated this during All Progressives Congress (APC) mega rally for the Jan. 28 Etsako Federal Constituency by-election. The election…

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…