NNPC To Consider FCT In CSR Projects

Group managing director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru has promised that the corporation will consider communities within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) while siting corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects in future. Receiving a delegation of FCT Council of Chiefs, led by its chairman, HRM Adamu Baba Yinusa, the NNPC GMD noted…

Court Turns Down El-zakzaky’s Bail Application

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has turned down a request by the detained  Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, seeking his immediate release from detention by the Department of State Service (DSS).El-Zakzaky, who is the leader of the Shi’te movement in the country has been in detention since December last year with…

​Address herdsmen killings in Benue now, Prof Iornem tells Buhari 

President Buhari A senator in the Third Republic and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Benue State, Prof. David Iornem, has President Muhammadu Buhari to address the killings by Fulani herdsmen going on in Benue communities without delay.  Prof Iornem who made this request during and interview with Punch Newspaper over the weekend…

Top French Court Temporarily Suspends Burkini Ban

France’s highest administrative court has suspended a controversial ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits, pending a definitive ruling. The State Council gave the ruling on Friday following a request from the League of Human Rights to overturn the ban in the Mediterranean town of Villeneuve-Loubet on the grounds it contravenes civil liberties. The court said in…

Respond Positively To Militant’s Ceasefire Demands, Soyinka Tells PMB

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to respond positively to the ceasefire demands of Niger Delta militants.The literary icon noted that he was personally approached by some of the militant groups, hence his appeal for a positive response to their demands.Soyinka made this known on Thursday while holding…

FG Signs MoU With British Council, Seeks To Revive Cultural Festival

The federal government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British Council an effort aimed at reviving dormant cultural festivals and traditional games in the country.This was contained in a statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday.He said the MoU was signed with the Chief Executive of…

British Council to help revive Nigeria’s dormant festivals, traditional games

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Chief Executive of the British Council, Sir Ciaran Devane, with a request for partnership to help train festival managers, revive the country’s major festivals and prevent its traditional games from going extinct. According to a statement…

Civil War Memoirs: Why I have to kill Igbos – Benjamin Adekunle

Benjamin-Adekunle-1-Photo-by-Terry-Fincher Stories abound about the exploits of the late Brigadier General Benjamin Adekunle during the country’s civil war from 1967-1970. The Black Scorpion as he was popularly called by his colleagues was also described as the ‘Bloodhound of Nigeria’ by the authorities in Lagos, where the central government was based then. Benjamin Adekunle was the…

U.S. Will Work With Turkey On Extraditing Preacher Gulen – Biden

U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden, said that U.S. is teaming up with a Turkish team to prepare a formal extradition request for Fethullah Gulen, the preacher Ankara blames for plotting the July 15 coup attempt.Biden stressed on Wednesday during his visit to Turkey that only a court can extradite the Turkish born Islamic cleric, based…

Budget Padding: Presidential Anti-corruption C’ttee Summons Jibrin

The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has invited sacked chairman of the House of Representatives committee on appropriation, Hon. Abdulmunin Jirin.The invitation is premised on Abdulmumini’s request to appear before the committee in furtherance to his petition against Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun and other, over alleged padding of the 2016 budget.Abdulmumini had …

Samuel Bill: The Missionary Who Brought Education To Akwa Ibom State

Given the success of the famous Mary Slessor in Calabar, some chiefs from the Ibeno region of today’s Akwa Ibom State approached the Calabar Mission of the Free Church of Scotland for a Missionary in the mid-1880s. At that time the Calabar mission was stretched and could not afford to oblige but passed on the…

FMBN Enlists EFCC’s Assistance In Debt Recovery

The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has enlisted the help of the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for the recovery of their huge bad debts from fraudulent developers and others who obtained housing loans from it but misappropriated the fund.Acting Managing Director of the apex mortgage bank, Mr. Richard Esin, made the request…

Guardiola: Hart can go if he wants

The Manchester City boss says his goalkeeper has not made a transfer request, but admits he would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave