Y’ello, goodbye? MTN’s Nigerian nightmare. ‘Edo Election Result’ scores 100,000 Searches on Google. Only the law can say “no referendum” – Pro Biafra Nigerians counsel Buhari. PMB wants to muzzle Nigerians – Amnesty. Amnesty International asks FG to Stop harassing bloggers. From patients to victims: Youths attack hospital in Imo. Oyo stops funding tertiary education. Osun to Oyo – You can’t have Lautech to yourself. In 2016, 6,300 Nigerians moved to Italy for sex-work. David Oyelowo becomes US citizen. Seems Nigeria wants to use MTN to fund recessed economy – MTN official.

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‘Edo Election Result’ scores 100,000 Searches on Google.

Y’ello, goodbye? MTN’s Nigerian nightmare.

Only the law can say “no referendum” – Pro Biafra Nigerians counsel Buhari.

PMB wants to muzzle Nigerians – Amnesty.

Amnesty International asks FG to Stop harassing bloggers.

From patients to victims: Youths attack hospital in Imo.

Oyo stops funding tertiary education.

Osun to Oyo – You can’t have Lautech to yourself.

In 2016, 6,300 Nigerians moved to Italy for sex-work.

David Oyelowo becomes US citizen.

Seems Nigeria just wants to use us to ‘fund recessed economy’ – MTN official.

 

 

Reps Slam 1 Year Suspension On Jibrin, Bar Him From Holding Office

The raging drama over budget padding allegations levelled by former chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin against Speaker Yakubu Dogara and some principal officers of the House, came to a climax yesterday with the House Suspending the embattled member for 180 legislative days.

This followed the conclusion of investigation by the Committee on Ethics over alleged breach of Privileges of members and misconduct by Jibrin.

The House sits for 181 legislative days in a year. The 180 legislative days suspension translates to one full legislative year as the House sits for 181 legislative days.

This implies that Hon. Jibrin cannot participate in any legislative activity till September 2017.

The committee also recommended that the Kano-born lawmaker be barred from holding any leadership position for the rest of the 8th Assembly.

It will be recalled that Hon. Jibrin following his resignation as chairman of the appropriation committee, embarked on a media campaign alleging budget fraud as well as other corrupt practices against some principal officers.

He also labelled the institution of the House corrupt, adding that the entire membership of the House is corrupt.

He claimed that he had proof to back up the allegation which he is yet to make available.

The recommendations read thus;

5.01. “To reprimand Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin in accordance with chapter 9(1) of the code of conduct for members of the House of Representatives.

5.02. “That as provided in Order Six, Rule b1(4)of the standing Orders, and chapter 9(2) of the Code of Conduct for members of the House, the House by this resolution further regulates it’s procedure and accordingly suspends Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin for 180 legislative sitting days in the first instance.

5.03. “That further to paragraph 5.02 above, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin is required to tender a formal written apology to the house, prior to his future resumption of duties in the House.

5.04. That in accordance with Chapter 9(3) of the Code of Conduct for members of the House, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin should be barred from positions of responsibility in the House until the end of the 8th Assembly.”

Meanwhile, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin has described his suspension as frivolous, adding that he will not apologise to members of the House as recommended by the Ethics Committee.

He has, therefore, threatened to take legal action against Dogara and the House for contempt, saying the decision of the House to suspend him was flawed.

From Leadership Newspaper

A popular brothel in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, was wednesday morning deserted by sex workers and prospective customers following the death of two persons under mysterious circumstances.
Six others, including the manager of the brothel, were discovered unconscious and taken to the hospital where they are battling for their lives.

Eyewitnesses said that the lifeless bodies of the victims were discovered wednesday morning at the brothel popularly known as 50-50 Bar, located on Uyo Street, Umuahia, sending shock waves and panic among the resident prostitutes and their neighbours.

The police confirmed the incident, with the Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Nta Ogbonaya Nta, saying that the bodies of the victims had been evacuated and taken to an undisclosed hospital in the capital city.

He said the dead persons were a man and a woman while the six persons found unconscious were all male, adding that the cause of the deaths was yet to be determined.

“We recovered two lifeless and six unconscious bodies from the building which we took to the hospital,” he said, adding that “only the doctor can confirm them dead or otherwise”.

The police spokesman said that the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Leye Oyebade, had already visited the scene of the incident and ordered an investigation, while the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Central Police Station, Umuahia, Mr. Onyeke Udeviotu, led a team of police men to cordon off the area.

The PPRO said the brothel had been deserted by the time the police arrived, following the alarm raised by people but he said that the police would interrogate the owner of the brothel.
Meanwhile, residents of Uyo Street claimed that the deceased were victims of “supernatural forces”, as the sex workers were heard shouting “ghost, ghost” at about 8 a.m. yesterday while running from the premises.

The mayhem drew the attention of people to the scene.

According to one eyewitness, it was the mention of ghost by the distraught prostitutes that made neighbours speculate that a ghost might have been sighted at the brothel, though he was quick to point out that such mysterious occurrences had never been witnessed before at the brothel.

The owner of the storey building housing the brothel, a lady whose name could not be ascertained at press time, was said to have relocated from Port Harcourt to Umuahia to continue the business after buying and renovating the property at Uyo Street.

The brothel is said to be home to over 50 sex workers who make their living from the sex trade.

Shettima Orders Rebuilding of Destroyed Borno Church

State commissioner dies, governor cuts tour after Chibok

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has ordered the rehabilitation of the biggest church in Lassa, in Askira-Uba Local Government Area of the state, destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The governor who also ordered the reconstruction of the general hospital and public schools burnt in the town by the insurgents, said the unity existing between the two major religions, Christianity and Islam, in the state cannot be brought to the sword by Boko Haram.

He said since he had rebuilt mosques destroyed by the insurgents in parts of the state, “it is equally a responsibility placed on him to rebuild burnt churches.
He said he was not out to play politics with the instruction for the rebuilding of the church, but rather to do the right and sensible thing.

He said: “This is a church burnt by insurgents that can be traced to the Islamic faith and since I have rebuilt mosques destoryed by them, it is only right for me to rebuild this burnt church.”
He promised that worship service would be held in the church, Ekklisiya Yan’a uwa Nigeria (EYN) on Christmas Day as it would have been rebuilt by then.
The governor took time out to visit, Gwoza on Tuesday, a town captured by the insurgents and made the headquarters of the infamous caliphate.

In Gwoza, Shettima directed the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Dr. Babagana Zulum, to ensure that his ministry aligned with professional engineers/builders from Gwoza to immediately put the liberated town in good shape for comfort of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as most of them have started returning back home.

He said: “I want to sympathise with you over the unfortunate calamities perpetrated by the Boko Haram in recent past, we are here to tell you that as government, we will do everything possible to rebuild all your destroyed houses brick by brick.

“We have also come with assorted food items including 1500 bags of 25kg rice, 1500 bags of beans, 1000 cartoons of sphaghetti, Sugar, salt among other relief items.

“I urge some of the IDPs from Gwoza who are still residing in resettlement camps in Maiduguri and other places to please come back and join you because there is no any place like than home.
“I want to thank the federal government and the Chief of Army staff as well as the entire officers and men under the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in the north east for their gallantry effort in degrading remnants of Boko Haram.

“My appeal to you all is to please give maximum support and cooperation to the military and the civilian JTF who are here with you to give you adequate security,” Shettima stated.
The governor as parts of his weeklong visit to newly liberated towns, passed the night in Uba town, once held by Boko Haram in Askira-Uba Local Government Area of southern part of the state.
He had spent six nights in Bama, which was under reconstruction.

Meanwhile, the governor has lost his Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Waziri Imam, a development which as made him to end his temporary relocation to Bama and tour of destroyed communities after the Governor visited Chibok, Gwoza, Askira-Uba and Damboa local government areas, all in southern parts of Borno State.

Secretary to the State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa, announced the commissioner’s death in a statement.

The commissioner, who is a younger brother to an APC national chieftain, Alhaji Kashim Imam, died after a brief illness in Maiduguri yesterday morning.

He died at the age of 54 and he is survived by a wife and six children.
Governor Shettima who was visibly shocked by the news, had from his temporary residence in Bama proceeded on tour of communities affected by Boko Haram destructions in southern parts of the state and to also supervise ongoing reconstruction work in some of the areas.

The governor left Bama on Tuesday after nearly one week of Relocation to mobilise major reconstruction works. Shettima visited Pulka, a populated village in Gwoza local government area and also assessed destructions and ongoing reconstruction works in Gwoza town during which he interacted with thousands of residents that have since returned to their communities.
The governor proceeded to Lassa for another assessment of destructions before passing the night in Uba, another community in Askira-Uba Local Government Area which was liberated from the Boko Haram.

The governor was also in Askira town, headquarters of Askira-Uba local government area for assessment and meeting with the Emir preparation to reconstructions.
The governor left for Chibok to assess reconstruction works and interacted with some stakeholders before cutting his trip back to Maiduguri following the demise of his commissioner.
The late commissioner was buried yesterday evening in Maiduguri amidst tears.
IPOB: National Assembly, Not Buhari to Determine Biafra Referendum

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari over his dismissal of the call for a referendum on Biafra’s self determination, saying referendum does not require presidential approval but an enabling law by the National Assembly.

President Buhari had at a media event in New York, USA on September 24, 2016 reportedly asserted that there would be no referendum on Biafra’s independence.

From ThisDAY

 

Nigeria: Crackdown on journalists and assault on protests shrinking civic space

The continuing spate of arrests and detentions of journalists and bloggers amid the security forces’ violent disruption of peaceful protests underscores how the Nigerian government appears determined to crush dissent and suffocate freedom of expression, said Amnesty International today.

The organization is calling for the authorities to ensure the rights of Nigerians to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, as guaranteed by international human rights law and the Nigerian Constitution.

“The escalation in the intimidation of journalists and bloggers over recent months seems to be little more than a barefaced attempt by the Nigerian government to muzzle dissenting voices in the country,” said Makmid Kamara, Interim Country Director at Amnesty International Nigeria.
The escalation in the intimidation of journalists and bloggers over recent months seems to be little more than a barefaced attempt by the Nigerian government to muzzle dissenting voices in the country.

“Alongside the security forces’ violent assault on peaceful protesters, this crackdown constitutes a growing threat to human rights enshrined in international law and the Nigerian constitution.”

Violent repression of protests

On 22 September police blocked a peaceful protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in the capital Abuja. The demonstration called for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky, who has been in detention without trial since December 2015. Police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the peaceful protest, resulting in some minor injuries.

About two weeks earlier, on 6 September, police stopped members of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement gathering to march to Aso Rock Presidential Villa to demand that the government do more to secure the release of Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram over two years ago. The police had been duly notified of the protest march. Since the abduction of the Chibok girls in April 2014, the movement has been gathering peacefully at Unity Fountain, where recently there has been a continuing police presence apparently aimed at preventing any form of civil assembly.

Scores of supporters of Biafran independence are in detention – many of them since late January – for attempting to hold or participating in peaceful assemblies. On several occasions security forces have used excessive force against pro-Biafran activists who have attended protest marches across south-eastern Nigeria, or who have attempted to do so. Amnesty International has documented cases of arrest, enforced disappearance, and often killing of supporters and members of various pro-Biafran groups in the region.

Intimidation and arrests of journalists and bloggers

There has also been an increase in recent months in arrests of journalists and their subsequent detention without trial.

In the first week of September the publisher Emenike Iroegbu was arrested in the presence of his family over alleged defamation. In August, Abubakar Usman, a prominent blogger, was dragged from his home by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The anti-graft agency claimed that he was detained for activities that contravened the Cyber Crimes Act even though EFCC could not point out the provisions of the Act the blogger contravened.

Across Nigeria people, especially journalists and bloggers, are being arrested merely for expressing critical opinions on both conventional and social media platforms. One recent example is the detention of Jamil Mabai, accused of posting comments on Facebook and Twitter critical of the Katsina state government.

Also, on 5 September, Ahmed Salkida, a Nigerian journalist based in the United Arab Emirates was declared wanted by the military and later arrested by the state security services on arrival in Nigeria. He was among three people arrested and briefly detained for alleged links to Boko Haram and for facilitating the release of a Boko Haram video on the abducted Chibok girls.

“Taken together, these are worrying signs of growing violations of the rights of people in Nigeria to peacefully assemble freely and express their views without the fear of being detained or harassed,” said Makmid Kamara.

Taken together, these are worrying signs of growing violations of the rights of people in Nigeria to peacefully assemble freely and express their views without the fear of being detained or harassed.

“Amnesty International Nigeria is therefore calling on the Nigerian government to comply with its obligations under international human rights law and the fundamental rights provisions in the Nigerian Constitution which guarantee freedom of peaceful assembly and expression. Everyone must be able to express his or her opinion, including through peaceful protest.”

Amnesty International Nigeria is also calling on the Nigerian government to take urgent steps to bring an end to detention without trial and intimidation and harassment of journalists and bloggers, and the security forces’ excessive use of force to disperse peaceful protests.

 

Suspected Fulani herdsmen kidnap Catholic priest, shoot 2 others in Anambra

Nnewi—The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, yesterday alleged that suspected Fulani herdsmen armed with dangerous weapons including guns, attacked and kidnapped the Rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Rev. Fr. Dr. Emmanuel Dim, while two other priests Rev. Frs. Jude Chukwuneke and Jude Ezeokana who were in the same vehicle with him escaped with various degrees of gun shot wounds.

Addressing reporters at the Nnewi Catholic Diocese Media House, located in Assumption Cathedral Nnewi, Director of Communication of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Hyginus Aghaulor, alleged that the herdsmen called, and demanded for a ransom of N2.5 million.

He said: “Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has decided and directed that ransom should not be paid for the kidnap of any of its priests and anybody that is demanding for ransom for the release of any priest kidnapped is wasting time. “If anybody or group goes ahead to pay ransom for the release of any priest, the person or the group is on his own.”

In a statement issued after addressing reporters, titled “Fulani herdsmen kidnap Rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, demands for ransom,” the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi said the incident happened on the September 26, 2016, around 7pm along Nkpologwu/Nimbo Road Enugu State.

According to the statement, “the three Catholic priests were returning from Nsukka to Onitsha and Nnewi, after a condolence visit to Rev. Fr. Uchenna Ezeh of Nsukka Diocese who lost his mother, before they were attacked and while Rev. Fr. Dim is still being held by the herdsmen- kidnappers who are demanding a ransom of N2.5 million, Rev. Fr. Ezeokana, who lectures in both Fr. Tansi Major Seminary Onitsha and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, received treatment briefly at a hospital in Nsukka, but is now recuperating at Awka his home Diocese.

“Rev. Fr. Chukwuemeka, who is the Chaplin of St Camillus de Lellis Chaplaincy, College of Health Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi ,who was shot on the head has been transferred from Memphis Specialist Hospital Enugu to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, where he is currently receiving treatment.”

“On a separate place the same Monday 26th September, 2016, a Vincentian priest whose name is yet to be confirmed was also kidnapped with his brother along Abuja Lokoja express way, another Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ugwu was kidnapped on August 9,2014 along Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi and few weeks back a senior seminarian was killed in cold blooded in Attakwu, Enugu State, and one begins to wonder if Catholic priest have become endangered species”.

The visibly angry Rev. Fr. Aghaulor lashed out on South East Governors for doing nothing to protect people they are governing, “while their counterparts in the North are influencing the Federal Government in spending billions of naira to contain the Boko Haram insurgents, when something more worrisome and sinister than the activities of Boko Haram is being done in the South East by the Fulani Herdsmen”.

“The South East Governors and their Chairman have done nothing to protect the people of South East, the Enugu State Governor whose state is where the menacing activities of the of the herdsmen is worst and the state legislators have not done anything to protect the people there, they should borrow a leaf from Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.

“We are in Federalism, and each state have right to make certain law governing them, what prevents Enugu State Government from making laws that can protect the people there, Governors of South East and their State Assembly’s should make laws that will protect their people”.

Rev. Fr. Aghaulor lamented that since the existence of Nigeria, nobody has seen the level of killing spree that is being perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen, adding that “while innocent people are left unprotected, we have seen barrage of military wares and personnel protecting the pipelines in Niger Delta, as if oil is more important than people’s life. Why should people be killed without provocation in their own traditional lands?

“We are asking the government for how long would this continue, is this the type of country we all signed up for, is this part of the change, is there no rules and laws in this country , all over Nigeria women are being raped, people are intimidated, innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered and property worth billions of Naira destroyed by the suspected Fulani Herdsmen”.
From The Vanguard

Justice minister stalls Saraki, Ekweremadu’s forgery trial

The scheduled commencement of trial in the alleged forgery case against Senate President Bukola Saraki and three others was yesterday stalled. Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami was yet to make available the documents needed for the prosecution.

Leader of the prosecution team, Aliyu Umar (SAN), told a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Jabi, Abuja, that over a month after the AGF constituted his team to prosecute the case, it was yet to be furnished with necessary materials for its prosecution.

Umar said, while the AGF was yet to avail his team with the case file, some of the motions filed by the defendants, particularly the one filed by Saraki since June, challenging his trial, was only brought to his (Umar’s) attention on September 26.

He sought for an adjournment to enable him “put his house in order” and prepare his reactions to the series of motions filed by the four defendants in their opposition to their trial.

Umar’s revelation and his subsequent application angered everyone in court including the judge and lawyers to the defendants.

The trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, expressed reservations over the prosecution’s request for adjournment and its inability to respond to the motions filed by three of the four defendants over 90 days ago.

Defence lawyers – senior advocates Paul Erokoro, Joseph Daudu, Ikechukwu Ezechukwu and Mahmud Magaji – frowned at the development, describing it as a ploy by the prosecution to frustrate the trial, having realised that it has no case against the defendants.

Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasu, and his deputy, Benedict Efeture were arraigned on June 27 on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and forgery of the Standing Rules used for the election that produced the current leadership of the Senate.

According to the prosecution, the offence of conspiracy is punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Act, while the offence of forgery with “fraudulent intent” is punishable under Section 364 of the same law.

Shortly after their arraignment on June 27, the court fixed July 11 for the commencement of trial, but had to reschedule it for September 28 when the earlier date fell within the court’s annual long vacation.

The prosecution was expected to call its first set of witnesses yesterday when Umar disclosed that the prosecution was unprepared.

Erokoro (lawyer to Saraki) objected to Umar’s request for adjournment. He noted that the case had been salted for trial since June.

Erokoro contended that if the AGF found it difficult to handover the case file to the lawyer he freely appointed, the better option was for the court to terminate the case and allow the defendants to go home.

He noted that his client had filed a motion since June 22, which has been served on the AGF. He said the motion was questioning the competence of the charge on the grounds that it constituted an abuse of court process because a similar case involving the AGF was pending before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Daudu (representing Ekweremadu) faulted the prosecution’s request for an adjournment.

From The Nation

Pension operators in the country are increasingly getting uncomfortable with the moves being made by the Federal Government to use part of the N5.8tn Contributory Pension Scheme assets to fund infrastructure development and move the nation out of economic recession.

Operators, who spoke to one of our correspondents, said it was wrong for government officials and senators to accuse the administrators of the CPS of holding on to the fund when the economy was going through a difficult time.
They insisted that contrary to that position, the fund was actually not idle.
“Despite the fact that we have been explaining that the fund is not idle but is invested wisely, because it belongs to the contributors and retirees who subscribe to the scheme, it is disturbing that government officials have continued to display their level of ignorance on how the scheme works by demanding that we should release the money to them,” one of the operators, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.
The Director-General, National Pension Commission, Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, said on Wednesday that there was a need for the government to provide adequate guarantees to secure investment of the fund in infrastructure.
She stated this at the African Pension Awards, which was organised as part of activities for the World Pension Summit.
There have been calls by stakeholders in the public and private sectors that the fund should be spent on addressing the infrastructural gap in the country.
However, Anohu-Amazu said while the commission was not opposed to the idea of deploying the pension fund for infrastructure, adequate mechanism must be put in place to ensure its safety.
The PenCom DG explained that pension funds alone would not be able to address the infrastructure needs of the country, adding that other sources of funding such as Public-Private Partnership arrangements should be explored.
She said, “Today, pension and social security systems serve as catalysts for generating pool of long term investible funds that can be used to develop necessary ingredients for economic development such as infrastructure.
“Given the current global economic challenges occasioned by the drop in commodity prices, the funds generated under viable pension schemes have become veritable sources of financial intermediation.
“In order to support economic development, it is fundamental that the pension fund is diversified to include investment in identifiable infrastructure, real estate and other key aspects of the real economy.
“In achieving this, pension funds require adequate guarantees by the government, in addition to the development of the enabling vehicles through which the investments will be made.”
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had warned at the World Pension Summit on Tuesday that while the pension funds could provide the needed funding for developmental projects, caution must be taken in order not jeopardise the objectives of the pension scheme.
Obasanjo, whose administration was instrumental to the establishment of the CPS in 2004, said with the fund rising to about N5.8tn, there would always be the temptation to tamper with it for other compelling needs such as infrastructural development.
He said, “I am particularly happy that what we put together 10 years ago has become so successful that we have well over seven million employees captured from both the public and private sectors, and as you have heard, we have almost N6tn in pension assets.
“I like innovation and I like what you are talking about in the next two days – pension innovations and sustainability – but I will add two things. Your innovation must be with caution.
“When people have to work all the days of their lives that they are strong and they make contributions for their future, we cannot be too adventurous with the so called innovation because when they need the money, the money must be there.”
The former President added, “One of the things that makes me very happy about the pension scheme is that in the last five years or so, when almost anything goes about public funds, the pension fund remains sacrosanct, and I believe that is something we must preserve no matter what we do.
“Our innovation must be with caution and security. We must never reduce trust or eliminate trust from the pension fund. People must have trust that when they require money in their old age, in their retirement, from the money they have contributed, the money will be there.”
Obasanjo added that while he was not opposed to the idea of deploying the pension fund for infrastructure, it must be done in such a way that it would not affect the prompt payment of pensioners who had contributed to the scheme in their active days.
He said the sustainability and integrity of the pension industry was vital as any issue of mistrust from pensioners would lead to its collapse.
The Chief Executive Officer, RiskGuard Africa Nigeria Limited (Pension & Insurance), Mr. Yemi Soladoye, said that pension funds were long-term funds and that part of the reasons for creating them was to finance national development projects.
“As long as the issue of safety and security of the fund is guaranteed, it is okay to borrow the government part of the fund, because that it part of the reasons why we generate long-term funds,” Soladoye said.
He, however, pointed out that the bulk of the fund should be invested in government securities, because it would be safe there except the country was no longer safe for investment.

From The Punch

10 vehicles burnt in Imo hospital attack

Angry youths from Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, who were suspected to be among the militants who recently surrendered their armed to the government, yesterday set ablaze 10 vehicles at the State Specialist Hospital at Umugwuma.

The mob also torched was the office of the State Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO).

An eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said the 20 youths were protesting the alleged killing of their colleague by the state-owned security outfit, the Imo Network.

The youths, according to the source, were at hospital where their colleague was rushed to, after he was shot.

They reportedly went wild when they discovered that he had died and deposited at the morgue.

Several people, including patients, were severely injured in the melee.

Police spokesman Andrew Enwerem confirmed the incident but said no arrest had been made.
From The Nation

Ajimobi stops funding of tertiary institutions in Oyo

GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has stopped government subventions to all seven tertiary institutions in the state including the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso which is jointly owned by the state and Osun. This came as the Osun State of Assembly the plan by the Oyo State government to take over the jointly owned Lautech was impossible since Supreme Court had already ruled that the institution remained a joint property of both states. This was contained in a statement by Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Abimbola Adekanmbi sent to the Vice Chancellor, rectors and provosts of the institutions in the state. The letter which emanated from the office of the Commissioner for Budget and Finance, Secretariat, Ibadan was sent to the institutions last week. Meanwhile, the chairman, Osun Assembly Education Committee, Folorunso Bamisayemi has said, following a suit instituted against Oyo State government when the Alao-Akala administration first attempted forceful takeover of the institution, the Supreme court on March 22, 2012, had ruled that Lautech remained a jointly owned institution. He accused some elements within Oyo state government of allegedly encouraging criminality and also decried the denial by Oyo state Attorney General of an existing court verdict against the take over plot. He noted that Osun state government has never played a second fiddle to Oyo in the management of the institution despite the imbalance in the sharing of assets of the institution since its creation 26 years ago.

From The Nation

 

Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fueled by violence and ‘juju’ magic

CATANIA, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

When Nigerian teenager Beauty arrived in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last year, she had only hours to phone the man who trafficked her – or risk lethal repercussions for loved ones back home.

Before her journey through Niger to Libya, a spiritual priest practicing a form of black magic known in Nigeria as “juju” had forced her to swear an oath of obedience to her trafficker.

The threat of a “curse” if she broke her oath and the possibility of violence by her traffickers at home in Benin City, a southern Nigerian hub for human trafficking, were enough to trap her into sex slavery.

“If I had reported him to the police, my family would have been in great danger,” said Beauty, 19, fiddling with black-and-blond braids as she recalled the events of last summer.

“At the (migrant) camp a man came to pick me up in a car. I got into the car and I was taken away.”

Beauty, who uses a pseudonym and declined to reveal her full name, is one of around 12,000 Nigerian women who reached Italy by sea over the past two years, official data shows.

That’s a six-fold increase over the previous two-year period, with the majority – almost 80 percent – of the young women victims of trafficking, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Young, exhausted and vulnerable, many victims report being told that prostitution is the only way to repay hefty debts ranging from 25,000 to 100,000 euros ($28,000-$112,000) to their traffickers, Italian charities say.

Fear plays a large part in the juju rituals, with pubic hair, fingernails and blood collected from the victim as she is made to swear never to report her situation to the authorities, rights groups say.

In some cases, fearing the juju “spell” may be turned on them and they may die, Nigerian parents insist their daughters obey their traffickers, testimony from Italian court documents shows.

Beauty only learned later that she had been trafficked – and that the man who had brought her to Europe, a friend of her father’s, now demanded she pay back 25,000 euros ($28,000) by working as a prostitute.

“My pimp was a nice man. I think he was a good man,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the security of the safe house where she now lives.

But as she provided sex services for dozens of Italian clients in a town in southern Italy, a tyranny of abuse unfolded, she said.

“The man pimped me. His girlfriend beat me.”

“OUT OF CONTROL”

With numbers of Nigerians rising in Sicily, prostitution is a thriving business, campaigners say – though nobody knows exactly how many women end up plying their trade on the streets.

Close to the vibrant cultural center in the island’s southeastern port city of Catania, six or seven African women posed outside shuttered-up shops at night as teams from a local charity, the Penelope Association, offered support and advice.

“The women need help to reintegrate in society,” said Oriana Cannavo, head of the charity’s Catania branch, nodding towards a woman in a short turquoise dress sauntering up and down the pavement.

The offer of support is a delicate one, Cannavo said, because the girls are already in the psychological clutches of their traffickers.

The number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy is accelerating – complicating the task of law enforcement agencies determined to keep tabs on the location of pimps or their female brokers known as “madams”.

The new arrivals are also stretching the workload of the IOM, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and local charities, aid workers say.

“It is reaching a stage where it is out of control,” said Margherita Limoni, a legal advisor with the IOM in Catania.

The number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy has almost doubled in the past year, surpassing 6,300 in the first eight months of 2016, up from 3,400 for the same period last year, according to the IOM.

Unaccompanied children from Nigeria – some as young as 10 or 11 – have also flocked to Italy. Around 1,700 arrived in the first eight months of this year, while 1,000 came during the whole of 2015, the IOM data shows.

PIMPS AS “BENEFACTORS”

Although minors are offered state protection, Beauty was not eligible for this as she was already 18, she said.

After running away from her pimp late last year, she fled to the local office of the Penelope Association, which found her a place in sheltered accommodation late last year.

Beauty is one of 45 people the charity aims to support this year by finding them a place to live and employment in restaurants, well away from the preying eyes of traffickers, Cannavo said.
But the assistance is not always accepted.

Seven of Beauty’s friends slipped back into prostitution out of fear of their pimps, or loyalty, the teenager said.

“Many times the girls see their pimp as a benefactor who is trying to improve their lives,” said IOM’s Limoni, who briefs newly arrived migrants about the dangers of trafficking. “They trust them 100 percent.”

Victims are also put off from fleeing pimps by actual stories of families being targeted or killed back in Nigeria – a reminder of the need to fulfill their obligations or stick to their juju oaths, another Sicily-based campaigner said.

If a girl breaks her juju oath then she loses the spiritual protection, or so they believe, said Vivian Wiwoloku, president of the charity Pelligrino della Terra.

“There was one Nigerian girl some years ago who abandoned prostitution. Then someone was really sent to her home in Nigeria to kill her brother,” said Wiwoloku in his small office in the island’s main city of Palermo.

Wiwoloku, also from Nigeria, said his charity work – helping more than 400 women abandon prostitution since 1996 – was not without its dangers. His car has twice been set on fire.

“When you try to help somebody not everyone will be happy,” he said.

The IOM’s Margherita Limoni agreed that the strong spiritual and psychological grip of Nigerian pimps, madams and traffickers makes it harder to support the victims.

“The traffickers are getting smarter and smarter by the day,” she said.

From Reuters

David Oyelowo has become a US citizen

The 40-year-old Selma star was born in Oxford, England and is of Nigerian descent, but has been acting in America for several years and recently became a naturalised citizen.

Oyelowo let the news slip during an appearance on US TV on Wednesday (September 28, 2016) morning, as he gushed about the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, which he attended.

“It was absolutely amazing, I felt so privileged,” he told breakfast show Good Morning America. “As someone who is from elsewhere,. I just became a citizen, I just feel like that museum is an incredible testament to some of the bad stuff that has gone on in this country’s history. We need to know what went wrong to get things right and that’s what I feel that museum represents.”

Y’ello, goodbye? MTN’s Nigerian nightmare

MTN’s Nigerian business has been fabulously profitable for the South African company. But that same success has made it an obvious, bright yellow target for Nigerian officials and regulators, who don’t always like what they see. By SIMON ALLISON.

If 2015 was a bad year for MTN in Nigeria – and it really, really was – then 2016 could be even worse.

In 2015, MTN Nigeria was accused of aiding and abetting terrorist group Boko Haram by failing to implement new SIM card registration rules, and fined a record $5.2-billion. News of the fine caused a sharp drop in MTN’s share price, and threatened the renewal of its operating licence in Nigeria. For a little while, it looked as if MTN might be kicked out of its most profitable market.

It didn’t quite come to that. Lengthy negotiations between the telecoms operator and regulators resulted in a $1.05-billion settlement – a hefty, but not crippling, sum. And MTN’s licence was eventually renewed in November, although this remains conditional on “MTN fulfilling all its regulatory obligations”.

Finally, the company could get back to business.

But the respite was brief for MTN and its shareholders, whose earnings dropped by more than half last year. On Tuesday, lawmakers in Nigeria’s upper house of parliament agreed to investigate claims that MTN has illegally transferred $13.2-billion from Nigeria to South Africa over the last decade. If formally charged and found guilty, the company could be facing another, even larger fine – and have its operating licence revoked.

“We [Nigeria] are in a precarious situation and now is the time to recover every stolen money in the country,” explained an irate Senator Dino Melaiye, who brought the issue before the senate. In August, Nigeria officially slipped into a recession, while government coffers have been hit hard by low oil prices and militant activity in the Niger Delta, where Nigeria’s oil is produced. The government is in desperate need of funds, so going after big, bad corporations makes both economic and political sense.

That said, no formal charge or notification of investigation has been presented to MTN, and the company was quick to deny any wrongdoing. “The allegations made against [MTN Nigeria] are completely unfounded and without any merit,” said MTN Nigeria boss Ferdi Moolman.

Regardless of the veracity or otherwise of the allegations made in the Nigerian senate, the story is a damaging one for MTN. It doesn’t help that the company has a dodgy track record on this issue. Last year, amaBhungane documented how MTN siphoned billions of rand from Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda into a shady Mauritian entity which “employs no staff and appears to own little more than a postbox”. Mauritius is a notorious offshore tax haven.

“The transfer of funds subsidiaries in tax havens under the guise of operating payments is a common tactic employed by some multinationals to move their profits offshore, leaving behind a shrinking tax base in their host countries and inexorable cuts to public services,” explained analyst Michael Nwakalor for Ventures Africa.

The allegations have already spooked investors. The MTN Group’s share price has dropped by nearly 3% in the wake of the news. And no wonder: its Nigerian business accounts for up to a third of the group’s profits, and its future there is once again in doubt. Of even more concern than the potential fine is the feeling within MTN that the Nigerian government is looking for any excuse to make its life difficult; that there is a bright yellow target on its back, and even if they succeed in winning this particular fight there will be another fight just around the corner.

There are several reasons why this may be true (aside from whether MTN has broken the law or not). One is that MTN is perceived as a cash-rich company, and Nigeria needs a bailout.

“Maybe it’s not a coincidence that Aliko Dangote [Africa’s richest man] said last week that Nigeria needs $15-billion to revive the economy, and now we are being accused of taking nearly that amount,” a senior MTN official told Daily Maverick. Another reason is the tensions around South African investment in Nigeria, which are more broadly linked to economic and political competition between the two African superpowers. Going after a South African company is an easy way to score political points.

MTN’s Nigerian gamble has so far proved to be wildly profitable. But is the dream slowly turning into a nightmare? And if so, when will the company wake up?

 

Abuja Disco cancels payment for meters

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has said customers should no longer pay for prepaid meters as it continues with its metering plan, Daily Trust reports.

AEDC said yesterday that it began the winding down process to stop the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Initiative (CAPMI) while complying with the directive from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The company in a notice to customers said it had directed its offices and officials to stop receiving any payments for meters either in cash or by bank draft with immediate effect. It said it had rolled out over 50,000 meters this year and plans to massively deploy another 85,000 units this year.

 

 

 

Here are Breaking Radio’s Selected Headlines in the News

 

  • Nigerian Army kills 9 Boko Haram members in fresh attack – Spokesperson

  • NNPC raises petrol storage capacity by 87.7 million litres  

  • Nigeria: Polio Immunisation – Bauchi Records 1,472 Cases of Rejection – WHO

  • Nigeria: Tambuwal Employs 21 Doctors, Provides Free Clinical Circumcision to 1,798 Boys in Sokoto

  • Govt, States, Others Collaborate in New Initiative to Tackle Maternity Mortality

  • 8 billion naira currency scam: Court adjourns to October 6 for plea bargain agreement

  • Nigeria: When Cholera Still Kills

  • Bond Investors Warm to Nigeria as It Plans First Deal Since 2013

  • Nigerian blogger detained for criticising governor in prison 10 days after

  • Agip pipeline explosion: House of Reps fact-finding committee visits Bayelsa

  • Nigeria’s recession not as bad as painted — APBN

  • ‘Online transactions to get insurance cover in October’  

  • Nokia to help government, organisations deliver on 5G solution  

  • Soldiers provide hygiene service to Delta community  

  • A Legacy Of Failure  

  • Recession: FG Recants, Dumps Assets Sale Proposal  

  • Reps Slam 1 Year Suspension On Jibrin, Bar Him From Holding Office

  • NASS Will Boost Youth Participation In Governance – Saraki

  • Edo Guber: No Clear Winner Yet

  • LEADERSHIP Awards: Abdulsalami To Present Awards To PMB, Jonathan, Jega

  • Total appoints new board member  

  • Edo Poll: APC’s Obaseki Inches Towards Victory

  • Two Dead, Six Left Unconscious in Brothel Tragedy

  • OPEC Reaches Deal to Cut Oil Output, Prices Rally

  • FG Says No Decision Yet on Sale of National Assets

  • VP Ansari arrives in Lagos after Abuja visit

  • ‘VAS operators add 30 billion Naira to economy’

  • CBN pledges continuity in development financing  

  • Lai Mohammed Slams Economist Magazine over ‘Change Begins with Me’ Campaign

  • Adeosun: We are Getting out of Recession  

  • Atiku Advises FG to Live More on Taxes  

  • Boko Haram ‘Kills’ Chibok Girl’s Father in Borno Village

  • CBN Settles $180m Futures Contract

  • Atiku Backs Tinubu, Condemns APC’s Handling of Ondo Primary Crisis

  • Ailing Pakistani youth queues up for an Indian heart

  • Minister leads corporate governance confab in Lagos

  • Lagos, AWIEF sign pact over AFDB’s Fund  

  • MSF Warns against Humanitarian Condition of North-east  

  • Nigeria’s Electricity Market Returns Exceed Its Challenges, Fashola Insists  

  • Time to pass the PIB  

  • NLC may sue government over sale of national assets

  • TUC seeks diversification to fight recession  

  • How governors can survive recession – el-Rufai  

  • OPEC seals deal to cut oil output by 750,000 barrels per day

  • NNPC rehabilitates 87.70 million litres petroleum storage tanks

  • Recession: Custom Boss Urges FG to Revisit Excisable Products, Re-admit Delisted Items

  • Shettima Orders Rebuilding of Destroyed Borno Church

  • Falana Rejects Soludo’s Defence on Allocation of $7bn to 14 Banks

  • PASAN raises the alarm over legislative allowances

  • PTDF assumes sole training institution for local manpower in oil sector

  • Nigeria has nothing to celebrate at 56 – Balarabe Musa

  • IPOB: National Assembly, Not Buhari to Determine Biafra Referendum

  • Crackdown on Journalists, Assault on Protests Shrinking Civic Space, Says AI  

  • Nigeria lost N61trn to non-passage of PIB – NEITI

  • Ministry of Finance concludes career development skills training for Interns of GIS

  • Call for sale of national assets provocative- Okafor  

  • Senate Forgery: Prosecution Stalls Saraki, Others’ Trial

  • NEITI Asks Buhari to Invest His Presidential Capital on Passing PIB  

  • Aero Contractors Workers Protest AMCON’s Closure of Airline

  • Report: Public Institutions Not Complying with Freedom of Information Act

  • Ondo: I’m Ready for Positive Sacrifices on Reconciliation ahead of Guber Poll, Says Akeredolu  

  • Time to move Kogi forward  

  • House Moves to Criminalise ‘Baby Factories’  

  • Stop National Assets Stripping  

  • Nigeria at 56: What Education was like before independence  

  • ‘We must evolve a system that harnesses latent talents’

  • Edo: Obaseki leads

  • Upholding Ondo APC result negates democratic norm, say Atiku, Olumilua

  • Edo election: Collation of results begins today, says REC  

  • Oshiomhole, Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu win units

  • We’re already walking out of recession, says finance minister  

  • Tinubu, Atiku, others proffer ways for economic recovery

  • Russia fingered in Malaysia 2014 plane crash  

  • ‘In Nigeria, government does more to prevent progress’  

  • Wishing Nigeria more bumpy roads at 56  

  • The consequential debate in America: Nigerians react  

  • UK, Nigeria: Partners for a more peaceful world  

  • Save Aviation Industry from Collapse, House Urges FG

  • Group: WHO’s Tobacco Treaty a Threat to Public Health  

  • Court Admits Oronsaye’s Statement as Evidence in His Trial for Money Laundering

  • Why we must stand with Jibrin  

  • Frequency of Domestic Violence in Nigeria Alarming, Medical Women, Others Lament  

  • Ize-Iyamu in early lead, in Edo South, Central

  • Rowdy session as Reps suspend Jibrin  

  • No decision on assets sale – FG  

  • FCT Police Assures Foreign Nationals of Safety, Protection  

  • Herdsmen Kidnap Catholic Priest

  • Police Arrest Suspected Robbers, Cultists in Ondo

  • Saudi Arabia Submits to Iran Oil Stance

  • 4 Iranian Movies at Abuja International Festival  

  • Nigeria’s economy has collapsed – Atiku

  • Osun Assembly insists on joint Lautech ownership

  • Police Intercepts Dangote Truck Carrying Indian Hemp

  • Edo election: Collation of results begins Thursday – REC

  • Abia guber: Nwosu asks Supreme Court to merge cases  

  • Are we really serious about increasing revenues?

  • Akpabio commissions federal road constructed by Wike  

  • Naira crashes to 465 to the dollar as CBN issues new directives on domiciliary accounts usage  

  • Edo 2016: Oyegun expresses satisfaction

  • Odubu, Shaibu hail exercise  

  • Obaseki: I’m satisfied  

  • Alleged forgery: FG stalls Saraki, Ekweremadu, others’ prosecution  

  • Amnesty International: Nigeria trying to muzzle dissenting voices  

  • Justice minister stalls Saraki, Ekweremadu’s forgery trial

  • Ballot box, card reader snatched in Edo North

  • PDP candidate Ize-Iyamu lauds INEC  

  • ‘Ize-Iyamu’s allegation of Ambode’s presence in Edo reckless’

  • Anenih sues for peace  

  • Democracy has finally come to stay, says Oshiomhole

  • Edo election: Oyegun loses in his polling unit

  • Kukah, Soludo, others to grace launch of book on Biafra

  • 2 Die, 6 Unconscious In Hotel Haunted By Ghosts  

  • Much Ado about NiTel/MTel Sale to NatCom  

  • Nigeria’s investment horizon improving, says Exotix Partners

  • 60 countries ratify Paris Agreement, to tackle emissions  

  • Forex scarcity: NNPC remains major fuel importer  

  • Speculators push naira to 460 to the dollar  in black market  

  • CAPMI withdrawal: NERC, others assure customers of meters  

  • Glut in real estate presents investment opportunities – Report  

  • IFC, DFID partner to improve SMEs’ access to electricity  

  • How to pull economy out of recession, by Skye Bank chief  

  • Why non-oil exporters should get cheap credit, by CBN

  • ‘Political will needed for environmental sustainability’

  • Witness: I didn’t confirm source of Jonathan’s aide’s funds  

  • ‘States, councils’ joint account’  

  • Indian employer arrested for assaulting domestic help

  • Lagos resident killed after winning lottery  

  • Atiku Backs Tinubu, Slams Oyegun For Ondo Apc Primary  

  • Edo election: Ize-Iyamu, Obaseki in close race  

  • Two dead, six unconscious in Abia brothel

  • Federal Govt yet to decide on assets sales

  • Elumelu: developing Africa is our collective responsibility

  • Bright prospects ahead, says minister

  • FG plans intervention fund for mining

  • RMAFC expresses optimism on economy  

  • Man remanded for defrauding Afe Babalola, impersonating Kukah  

  • Lautech crisis: Asuu, ARG condemn attack by hoodlums  

  • DSS quizzes Ekiti pilgrims’ board chiefs for diversion of hajj estacode  

  • Stakeholders hail Lagos Assembly for bill on cancer institute  

  • Osun Assembly kicks against varsity’s sole ownership  

  • To Exit Recession, We Must Shore Up Foreign Reserve To $45bn — Saraki

  • Recession: Operators uncomfortable as FG eyes 5.8 trillion pension fund

  • Aneej Backs Probe Of $17bn Undeclared Oil Exports

  • Choosing the right bank for your business

  • Naira plummets to all-time low of 472 to the  dollar

  • Power Sector Faces Collapse — Frontier Oil CEO

  • 23 stocks depreciate as market sheds 4 billion naira

  • Requirements for opening account for small businesses

  • Nnpc Can Quickly Get Us Out Of Recession, Says Obasanjo  

  • We’re already getting out of recession, says Adeosun

  • FG owes oil firms $8.1bn in cash calls

  • Recession: Apbn Opposes Sale Of National Assets

  • Put recovered funds to economic use, cleric tells Buhari

  • Firms to build mini refineries in Nigeria

  • Owa Stresses Need For Security In Oil Business

  • Nigeria Losing $200bn To Non-passage Of Pib – NEITI

  • Budget padding: Jibrin suspended for 180 legislative days

  • Glo unveils pension administration portals

  • Former IGP, Inyang dies at 85

  • Amosun: oil has failed Nigeria  

  • Police kill two suspected robbers in Warri  

  • Buhari not ‘tamimg Nigerians, says Federal Govt

  • Emefiele: CBN Development Finance Activities to Stimulate Growth

  • ‘Give federal road funds to states’  

  • 10 vehicles burnt in Imo hospital attack

  • UUTH resident doctors to suspend strike  

  • Oyo APC calls for emergency NEC meeting

  • Umana: I’ll put in my best for Buhari’s success  

  • Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fueled by violence and ‘juju’ magic  

  • Biafra: IPOB berates FG over referendum

  • N-Delta group to Buhari: Name treasury looters bankrolling militants

  • MTN Nigeria denies repatriating $13.9bn

  • Party chieftain urges unity

  • ‘Ondo’ll witness positive change’  

  • Ajimobi stops funding of tertiary institutions in Oyo  

  • Tourism is the new oil – Lai Mohammed  

  • Recession: Archbishop kicks against sale of national assets

  • Police arrest 2 suspects over Isheri landlords’ kidnap

  • Nigeria now a cattle republic?

  • Heavy security in Edo-Central senatorial district

  • Osunbor Hails Inec, Security Agencies

  • Pdp Senator Raises Security Concern

  • Woman bathes maid with hot water over missing phone

  • Dokpesi slams CP

  • I saw ballot papers in police van – Soldier

  • Oshiomhole Hails Inec, Condemns Violence

  • Commotion over invalid votes in Oredo 1

  • Tight Security As Inec Awaits Results From Lgas

  • David Oyelowo Has Become A US Citizen

  • ‘AOCOED is rotten’  

  • Youths laud Fayemi on Ekiti NECO results

  • Visually impaired trains pupils on apps, website development

  • Flour miller commission 8 million Naira equipment in Yabatech  

  • Why we founded first ‘Special Children’s school in Lagos

  • CAANU elects new leadership  

  • Massive turnout, inducement trail poll in Edo-South

  • Mtn Denies Accusation Of Illegal $13.92b Transfer

  • Ownership Crisis: Asuu Directs Lautech Lecturers To Leave Campus

  • SDGs in 365 Days: How Has Nigeria Fared?

  • Can Stronger Regions Help Reverse Current Recession?

  • Fadairo: George’s Opponents Are Inexperienced  

  • HID Awolowo: A year after

  • Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fuelled by violence and “juju” magic

  • Nigeria: 56 years of what?   

  • Three trapped as school building collapses in Lagos

  • Federal Executive Council, Not Governors Will Decide On Sale Of Assets – FG

  • Jibrin heads for court over 180-day suspension

  • I didn’t confirm source of $4m Jonathan’s ex-aide gave me

  • 600 million Naira scam: Ex-Naval chief, Jibrin, others get 300 million Naira bail

  • Forgery: Agf’s Absence Stalls Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Trial

  • Ex-militants set Imo hospital, seven vehicles, others ablaze  

  • Former IG, Inyang, dies, Ambode mourns  

  • Lagos State Govt Seeks Residents’ Initiatives In Govt Policies

  • Reps propose 10-year imprisonment for baby factory owners

  • Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest, demand 2.5 million Naira ransom

  • Embrace local content to beat recession – Are

  • Kogi court remands three herdsmen in prison for kidnapping

  • Before We Sell Public Assets

  • LASG Injects 19 billion Naira into Grassroots Development in Eight Months, Creates 15,000 Jobs

  • Canada to Expend about 6 billion Naira to Improve Agriculture in Bauchi  

  • UNICEF, UNFPA Partner Imo on Campaign against Female Genital Mutilation

  • Kaduna State Commits to Empowering Girls with Education

  • Tinubu and Those Who Want Him Dead

  • Sale of national assets’ talks, mere speculations – FG  

  • Boko Haram pastor and death of curiosity

  • Tinubu Vs Oyegun: Like Pdp, Like Apc

  • Edo governorship battle: Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu win poll units, Oyegun, Osunbor lose  

  • Education USA urges Nigerian youth to take charge  

  • Ekere hails Buhari over Umana’s appointment

  • Nigerian President removes aide who plagiarized Obama speech   

  • Zina Saro-Wiwa Will Make People Think Differently about Nigeria

  • Driver sentenced to death for killing female colleague

  • Y’ello, goodbye? MTN’s Nigerian nightmare

  • Man docked for defrauding Afe Babalola of 2.5 million Naira

  • For the first time since 2008, OPEC has agreed to slash oil production

  • King Sunny Ade, a living legend worth celebrating, says Ooni of Ife

  • World Heart Day: ‘More Nigerians coming down with heart failure

  • Ailing Pakistani youth queues up for an Indian heart  

  • Edo election: INEC confirms ballot box snatching at Ekpoma  

  • Borno Commissioner dies; Shettima returns to Maiduguri  

  • Best graduating students across Nigerian varsities honoured  

  • Administrators seek global best practice in teachers’ employment

  • Boko Haram Attacks Two Villages, Set Homes Ablaze  

  • Champions League: Messi-less Barca fight back to down Gladbach

  • Surviving Recession Without Selling National Asset

  • Recession: Public, private collaboration will stimulate economy – DFID

  • FMC Yola gets software developed by ex-AUN students  

  • Nigerian makes history in UK varsity   

  • Nigeria Military To Sustain Operations In Lagos, Ogun states   

  • Court Admits Orosanye Statement As Evidence  ep

  • Our Governors Not At Edo State Governorship Election, Say Lagos, Kaduna Governments

  • OPEC to Treat Specially Iran, Libya, Nigeria – Qatari Energy

  • Edo election: APC, INEC planning overnight rigging to overturn our victory – PDP  

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on When Language Fails Her

  • Former police I-G, Etim Inyang, dies at 85 Premium  

  • Fashola dispels notion of imminent nation-wide power shut-down Energy

  • “Change Begins With Me”: FG accuses “The Economist” of racism, prejudice  

  • How ‘Nigerian Spielberg’ Izu Ojukwu is taking advantage of free speech and a changing industry  

  • Nigeria is already getting out of recession – Minister  

  • Fg Targets 7% Gdp Contribution From Mining

  • Nigeria Lost $200bn To Non-passage Of PIB – NEITI  

  • Oil tankers head to key Nigerian terminal despite militant risks  

  • Nigeria supports UN efforts for total elimination of nuclear weapons

  • Video: Man kisses Kim Kardashian’s butt on streets of Paris  

  • Protesting couple on hunger strike, pass night at Christ Embassy printing press

  • Budget Padding Scandal: Jibrin talks tough, vows to upturn suspension in court

  • OPEC reaches agreement to cut oil output Energy

  • Kumuyi says recession with end soon, tells Buhari to fight corruption ‘rightly’

  • Nigeria league winner to get 40 million Naira

  • Oronsanye’s corruption trial adjourned to September 29  

  • My suspension cannot stand – Jibrin

  • Borno Commissioner Dies, Shettima Cuts Tour After  

  • NNPC GMD commissions 4 storage tanks at Mosinmi  

  • Abuja Disco cancels payment for meters

  • Tackling the recession together

  • No Ballot Snatching, Gunshots During Edo Election – Inec  

  • Nigeria says it can’t afford to attend World Cup qualifier

  • Police Arrest 3 Housewives In Kano For Attempted Murder

  • Nigeria slams “racist” Economist magazine report on “Change begins with me” campaign    

  • Soldiers foil attempted kidnap, as police kill two robbers in Warri  

  • Nigerian comedian Basketmouth in Kampala

  • MTN denies illegal transfer of $14 billion from Nigeria

  • Very soon, there’ll be change in our nation – Kumuyi  

  • Benue Youths Hail Akume, Says Army Conference’ll Address Herdsmen Terrorism  

  • How One Nigerian City Built a Peaceful Immunity to Boko Haram

  • Israel: World leaders to attend Shimon Peres’ funeral  

  • AfDB offers Nigeria $4bn lifeline for power, others  

  • West Africa Crude-October cargoes weigh on Nigerian trade

  • Police In Kano Fire Into Crowd Of Peaceful Protesters

  • Job creation: Abia, Turkish governments partner to train 50,000 shoe, dress makers

  • Wives of Lagos govt officials upgrade E N T department, sponsor women for goitre surgery  

  • Bank Of Industry Seals $2m Solar Energy Pact With UNDP

  • Check East; Abacha not the only Nigerian Who Looted Funds – Sani

  • 60-year-old Pastor arraigned for drug trafficking

  • Two die in brothel in Abia State

  • FG approves mining fund

  • Sokoto Recruits 21 Fresh Doctors

  • Federal Govt set to pay off power contractors – Fashola

  • Gombe Woos Investors in Solid Minerals  

  • 600 million Naira Fraud: Ex-Naval Chief, Jibrin, gets 100 million Naira bail  

  • Terrorism biggest threat to international peace: Hamid Ansari

  • Edo election: Lagos Government reacts to PDP’s allegation that Ambode participated in poll  

  • Nigeria’s Electricity Market Returns More Than Its Challenges, Fashola Insists  

  • Edo Decides: Hoodlums Disrupt Election, Snatch Ballot Boxes In Edo North

  • ‘You Are Ignorant Of Tradition By Asking Emir Of Kano To Abdicate His Throne,’ Senator Danpass Tells Senator Owie

  • Nigerian Army To Launch ‘Operation Rescue Final’

  • Nigeria is already getting out of recession – Adeosun  

  • Ambode mourns passage of former IGP, Inyang

  • Amaechi didn’t betray Jonathan

  • Atiku joins forces with Tinubu against Odigie-Oyegun  

  • India to purchase more crude from Nigeria – Presidency

  • Obaseki Wins at His Polling Unit  

  • House Suspends Abdulmumin, Bars Him from Position of Responsibility

  • Nigerian parliament suspends lawmaker over budget padding scandal

  • Recession: Revise budget to 4 trillion Naira, Cross River Speaker tells FG

  • Borno Commissioner for Environment, Waziri Imam is dead

  • States to receive 13% derivation revenue from mining  

  • NNPC to settle over $7bn JV cash call arrears through royalties, taxes  

  • Prosecution Stalls Saraki, Others’ Trial    

  • Nigeria: Crackdown on journalists and assault on protests shrinking civic space

  • Nigeria trying to muzzle dissenting voices, Amnesty says  

  • Edo election: Disregard Social Media results – Inec  

  • Amnesty International tackles Nigerian govt over crackdown on journalists, bloggers  

  • Cross River Speaker tells FG to reduce 2016 budget rather than sell assets  

  • Recession to end soon, Kumuyi predicts  

  • Ize-Iyamu defeats Obaseki at Oyegun’s polling unit

  • Bayelsa High Court Grants Bail to Timipre Sylvia’s Aide

  • Nigeria Navy Arrest 6 Oil Thieves In Akwa Ibom

  • Apc Crisis: Stop Breaking Your Own Rules, Atiku Tells Oyegun  

  • NNPC Recommissions Tanks In Mosimi Depot To Boost Supply & Distribution

  • I didn’t visit Edo on election day- El-Rufai

  • Dubai expats tap into demand for second-hand clothes  

  • Edo Election: APC losses to PDP in Oyegun’s polling unit

  • Mugabe-Led Government Sponsors Violent Riots In Harare

  • Governor Shettima Cuts State Tour Following Commissioner’s Death  

  • Forgery: AGF’s ‘tardiness’ stalls Saraki, others’ trial

  • Police arrest two suspected kidnappers of Isheri landlords  

  • Clinton’s handling of Boko Haram as Secretary of State questioned

  • Only organised global action can beat terrorism: Indian Vice President

  • Ex-Governor Sylva Loyalist Leapfrogs To High Court, Obtains Bail

  • Corruption: SERAP, BudgIT, Others Call On NASS Leadership To Step Down, Demand Reform Of Federal Legislature

  • Ize-Iyamu lied, Ambode not in Edo – LASG

  • Nigeria striving hard to be open, transparent – Presidency  

  • Hunger ‘deadlier than violence’ in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria  

  • Nigeria already getting out of recession – Adeosun

  • ‘You Don’t own APC’ – Akwa Ibom APC Youths Blast Tinubu  

  • President needs to be ‘educated’ on referendum’, says IPOB  

  • FG to construct Anyigba-Ankpa-Otukpa road

  • Ethnic crisis brews as Edjeba fishermen arrest Hausas

  • #EdoDecides: Ize-Iyamu protests alleged presence of El-Rufai, Ambode in Benin  

  • Edo Election: Oshiomhole expresses dismay over thugs’ indiscriminate shooting, snatching of ballot boxes

  • Edo poll: Six arrested for suspicious movement

  • Humanitarian crises: Thousands at risk of imminent death – Borno MSF  

  • Study shows poor diet is greatest risk to health and wellness

  • Ndlea Arrests 59 Narcotic Drug Dealers In Bayelsa

  • ECOWAS Court holds 89 sessions, delivers 34 judgements in 2015/2016 legal year

  • Edo Election: How APC agents reportedly bribed electorates with N2,000 to vote for Obaseki

  • 30-year-old man commits suicide in Delta community

  • Nigeria: Galaxy Note 7 – Samsung Announces Voluntary Exchange Package for Local Customers

  • Lagos debunks rumour of Ambode in Edo  

  • Uniosun Missing Students: Police Charge Suspect With Kidnapping

  • Criminal defamation: Court grants detained Sylva’s ex-aide bail

  • #EdoDecides: PDP’s Ize-Iyamu lied, Ambode is Overseas – Lagos Government  

  • House of Reps suspends Jibrin

  • Workers protest AMCON’s closure of Aero Contractors

  • Health financing through PPP gets nod of experts

  • Nigeria: More Nigerians Will Die of Cancer, Stroke Than Malaria, HIV By 2023

  • Edo election: Ambode, El-Rufai’s presence in Edo Worrisome – Ize-Iyamu  

  • FG yet to decide on assets sale – Lai Mohammed  

  • APC Nationall Chairman Losses to PDP in Own Polling Unit  

  • FG plans intervention fund for mining

  • Tax review committee wants Customs, FIRS merged  

  • Workers protest closure of Aero Contractors  

  • Court orders ‘trial within trial’ in Boko Haram case  

  • Nigerian Army to launch “Operation Rescue Final” for abducted persons

  • We did no wrong, Nigeria Senate’s claim is baseless, MTN says  

  • Edo election: Six arrested for violating movement restriction  

  • Nigerian government given 7-day ultimatum to release Shia cleric Sheikh Zakzaky  

  • Nigeria’s shrinking economy puts sale of oil fields in play

  • Atiku backs Tinubu, says APC cannot break rules without consequences  

  • Edo guber: Large turnout in Edo central

  • Defunct Nigeria Airways Manager Indicted For N150m Fraud May Be Appointed Federal Aviation Agency CEO

  • Budget scandal: Reps suspend Jibrin for 180 days   

  • Nigeria: Disastrous living conditions more deadly than violence  

  • Nigerian naira hits new record low of 460 per dollar on black market

  • Referendum on Biafra fixed for First quarter of 2017  

  • Soludo’s Demand For An Apology Is A Joke By Femi Falana   

  • Army to launch rescue operation for Boko Haram abductees  

  • Seven-year sentence for attempting to import a half-kilo of cocaine from Brussels   

  • Nigerian who swallowed 46 cocaine capsules before flight from Brussels jailed 7 years  

  • Stop addressing Ize-Iyamu as Pastor, he’s a pathological liar – Oshiomhole

  • Governor satisfied with election, in spite of minor irregularities   

  • Nigeria: Cross-River Highway Will Lead to Illegal Deforestation, Poaching – Alert  

 

 

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