Thursday, 29 June 2017

Trump travel ban: US sets out visa criteria

The White House has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a "close" family or business tie to the US.
The rules, affecting people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, are coming into force on Thursday.
They were issued after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's travel ban on Monday.
The executive order had been blocked by lower courts since February.
The revised rules - taking conditions laid out in the Supreme Court ruling - come into effect at 20:00 Washington time (00:00 GMT).

Ogoni widows sue Shell over military crackdown

Widows of four men executed by Nigeria's military regime in 1995 are suing oil giant Shell for alleged complicity in a military crackdown.
The civil case, filed in The Hague in the Netherlands, argues that the company provided support to the army, which ultimately led to the executions.
Shell has repeatedly denied the claims.
Ken Saro-Wiwa was the best known of the nine men executed. He led protests against the environmental damage caused by oil production in the Niger Delta.
The latest case against Royal Dutch Shell has been filed by four of the wives of the men - political activists known as the Ogoni nine - and is supported by Amnesty International.
The women are seeking an apology and unspecified compensation

Osinbajo gives tax payers get nine months to regularise tax status

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has granted tax payers nine months grace to regularise their tax status or face prosecution.
He made this declaration Thursday in Abuja at the launch of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDs).
The grace period will be observed from July 1, 2017 to 31, March, 2018.
Osinbajo said  “ the scheme is specially targeted at taxpayers who have not been fully declaring their taxable income and assets, those who don’t pay at all and those who have been underpaying or under remitting.
The scheme would cover all federal and state taxes such as companies income tax, personal income tax, petroleum profit tax, capital gains tax, stamp duties and tertiary education tax.”

Troops destroy illegal oil dump in Rivers

Troops of 146 Battalion, 16 Brigade Nigerian Army while on routine patrol on Wednesday 28th June 2017, along Sucrucho-Kalarogbana Fishing Ports general area, discovered and destroyed a reactivated illegal oil dumb. Items recovered include 1 Cooking pot, 2 Storage tanks (iron and plastic) loaded with suspected stolen crude oil, 1 Cylinder and a pumping machine. 
In related development, on same day, troops stationed at Forward Operation Base Ahoada, while on routine patrol around Ogbogu general area arrested a suspected cultist. Items recovered from the suspect include local charms and substances suspected to be marijuana. The suspect has been handed over to SARS at Erema for further interrogation.

EFCC arrests NABDA Director General over N23m scam

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested  a serving Director General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency,  NABDA,  Professor (Mrs) Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu,  for her alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy and diversion of public funds to the tune of N23,000,000.00 (Twenty Three Million Naira only). 
Ogbadu was arrested on Wednesday June 28 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following  her alleged linkage with the Bayelsa State Director of Bioresources Development Centre, Mr. Josiah Habu who is being investigated by the EFCC in a case of fraudulent diversion of the sum of N75,0000,000.00( Seventy Five Million Naira only).

UK deports 28 Nigerians for immigration offences

The Government of the United Kingdom on Thursday deported 28 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country.
The Nigerians were sent back home barely 48 hours after 23 Nigerians were deported from Spain and five days after another batch of 34 were jointly deported by the governments of Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Belgium and Hungary.
The fresh batch of deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA), Lagos at about 12.13 p.m.

FG declares meningitis outbreak over after 1,166 deaths

The Federal Government has declared meningitis epidemic over in the country after the disease had caused about 1,166 deaths over 23 weeks in 25 states.
Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made the declaration on Wednesday.
According to him, “We have formally declared the Meningitis outbreak over in the country,” he told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.
Earlier, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on its official Twitter handle declared that the meningitis outbreak was over.
Prior to the declaration, health officials combated the disease since late last year under monitoring by the Ministry of Health, the NCDC, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, and International partner organisations.

Evans files fresh suit against police, seeks N300m in damages

Billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, has again dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over his alleged illegal detention.
In the new suit filed on Thursday, Evans is claiming N300m as general and exemplary damages against the police for alleged illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial.
Joined as respondents in his new originating motion are the Nigeria Police Force, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.

Dasuki's trial stalled due to Judge's absence

The absence of the trial Judge, Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf Thursday stalled the prosecution of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rdt) in the alleged $2.1b arms deal at the Abuja High Court.
Dasuki has remained in  detention since November 2015 when he was arrested as the government has refused to release him on bails granted him bails by four different High Courts  and the order of release by ECOWAS Court.
The Federal Government prosecuting him in the alleged deal also failed to produce him today in court as at the time the trial was shifted to September 27, 2017 by lawyers in the matters.
Other defendants in the alleged corruption case included a former Minister of State for Finance Bashir Yuguda, former Sokoto State governor Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, his son sagir  Bafarawa, former Director of Finance in the office of the NSA Salisu Shuaibu and Dalhatu Investment Ltd who were present in court.
However, the trial could not proceed as Justice Baba-Yusuf was said to have gone outside Abuja on an assignment.

Lebanese community blocks Games Village

The Lebanese community in Abuja have allegedly blocked  the popular Games Village Estate in 
Abuja over development of a disputed land within the estate.
Secretary of the Games Village Residents Association, Jude Uze, confirmed the development 
to newsmen on Thursday.
According to him,  “Lebanese community said they have approval from the authorities to build
 a church inside the estate and we said no. We don’t have Lebanese community in the estate, 
who are those that will be attending the church, we don’t know.
This morning, they just came in and they brought in a container claiming that development control
 have given them the authority to start work.

Delta State has seen development in 2 years - Henry Ebireri

Convener of Deltans for Continuity (DFC), Mr. Henry Ebireri, on Wednesday took a critical appraisal of the 36 state governors in the country and the impact of their programmes on the citizenry, describing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as one of the best governors in the country and praised him for his commitment, honesty and managerial competence. 
In a statement in Asaba, Ebireri said, “The accomplishments of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa since he came to power have given succor to the ordinary people and hope to millions” he said. 
He commended Okowa for reciprocating the love of the people by giving them the best and transforming the state without destroying or de-emphasizing the basic cultural traditions which set them apart from other people. 
His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is a gifted manager of men and resources.” 
His roles in the development of Delta State, particularly the impressive achievements of the Government in the area of educational development, sound infrastructure, equitable distribution of amenities to all the senatorial zones of the state, urban and rural development, agriculture, welfare and health services, commerce and tourism, empowerment schemes, peace and unity in the state according to Ebireri, have separated the governor from his contemporaries. 

Ohanaeze cautions IPOB over call to boycott Anambra guber

Awka-Apex Igbo cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo, Thursday cautioned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not to arrogate to themselves the supreme leadership of Igbo land.
The President-General of the organisation, Chief John Nwodo, gave the warning in Awka while addressing members of the Anambra House of Assembly.
The warning was sequel to a call by IPOB, a political political organisation led by Nnamdi Kanu, a UK-based activist, urging Anambra people to boycott the governorship election slated for November.
Nwodo said Kanu’s call was not only provocative and misleading but also unproductive and advised the people to ignore him.
Why should Anambra people be denied the opportunity to choose their own leader; Nobody, no matter how highly placed, can dictate to Anambra people when to vote, whether to vote or who to vote for.
Anambra, nay Igbos, are still part and parcel of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yes, we are not happy with our treatment in Nigeria; some of us want Biafra.

Ford Foundation & The Future Project holds Leadership bootcamp in Ogun, Lagos, Oyo states

The Youth boot camp for leadership and civic engagement project is designed to increase young people’s engagement starting from the local to the federal level. This bootcamp is presented by Ford Foundation in partnership with The Future Project.
The 5-day intensive leadership program will enable young leaders play a major role in agitating for greater accountability within their respective local governments. 
Topics to be covered include; budget and budget monitoring, negotiation and conflict management, communication skills, local government and its operations, use of technology as well as lead movements in their local communities to achieve accountability at all levels of government etc. The training will also feature top-notch facilitators from a wide range background to share their insights.
The Youth boot camp for leadership and civic engagement will hold in the following locations:
Abeokuta, Ogun state between June 28 - July 2, 2017.

Why Nigeria's presidential jet is parked in London - Presidency

The Presidency has explained why Nigeria's presidential jet is parked in London. A statement issued on Thursday by Mallam Garba Shehu  says that for reasons of protocol, national security, diplomacy and prestige, “no world leader who travels abroad  is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation”.
According to Shehu, the presidency  is constrained to decry criticisms, mostly on social media, on the retention in London of Nigeria’s Presidential Aircraft, NAF 001 as “mostly informed by lack of understanding of protocol around foreign trips by Heads of State all over the world”.
The statement said from an operational point of view, Nigeria’s Armed Forces as represented by the Nigeria Air Force are not to abandon their Commander-In-Chief in whichever circumstance he is. “This is a standard operating procedure”.

U.S. Embassy celebrates 241st anniversary of American independence

U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington is hosting the 241st anniversary celebration of the independence of the United States of America in Abuja today.
Current and former government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, business, political, and traditional leaders, media executives, civil society representatives, leaders in academia, and other friends of the United States will be in attendance.
Ambassador Symington says the occasion is an opportunity to underscore how much Americans share with Nigerians.  “We share families, friends, interests, and principles.  All across this land, from Birnin Kebbi to Calabar, from Maiduguri to Badagry, Nigerians have welcomed me warmly and showed me the wonders of this country and its people.  In almost every place, I have also met Americans whose lives are dedicated to their work with and for Nigerians.”
The Ambassador will share his thoughts about a commonality shared by the United States and Nigeria – both nations’ incredible diversity. According to Ambassador Symington, just like the United States, Nigeria is a wonderfully diverse nation whose differences and diversity are sources of strength and a reason for pride.  He recalls that, “Whenever I meet a Nigerian, I ask, "What do you like the most about your country?"  The invariable reply, from more than a thousand Nigerians, is "I like the Nigerian people." I like our diversity, our resilience, our energy, our warmth, our spirit, our food..."  

Trump receives two Chibok girls at White House

President Donald Trump of United States Tuesday met with two freed Chibok girls at the White House.
A photograph dated June 27 was posted to the official White House website and Twitter page on Wednesday, showing Mr. Trump, along with his daughter, Ivanka, posing with two Chibok girls identified as Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu.
The White House did not release a statement regarding the Chibok girls’ visit.

Iyasere's moves to unite Ethiope east PDP for Okowa, laudable - Fred Oghenesivbe

Executive Assistant on Communication to Governor of Delta State, Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, has commended the efforts made so far by the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Barrister Mrs Mary Iyasere to unite Ethiope East Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, chieftains and major stakeholders ahead of 2019 governorship election.
He said more than ever before the good people of Ethiope East and Agbon Kingdom must stay united and provide the needed leadership and political mobilization of the grassroots as well as join hands with the state party structures to give Gov Okowa a "Block Vote" as a demonstration of quality appreciation for the governor's generosity in terms of the numerous political appointments, socioeconomic and infrastructure development in Ethiope East, Delta Central and across the three senatorial districts.
"The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs Mary Iyasere has done the needful at the right time by hosting the unity meeting of Ethiope East PDP leadership at her country home recently. I was impressed and happy as major stakeholders showed up to speak against division and unnecessary factionalization.

Fayose constructs new Ikun bridge.

Ekiti State Government has completed the construction of a new 30metres Ikun bridge on Oye-Otun road to replace the old narrow gauge colonial bridge constructed by the administration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the 1950s.
The State Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Mrs. Funmilayo Ogun who made this known in  Ado Ekiti, reiterated the commitment of the Fayose led administration to complete all ongoing and abandoned laudable projects in the State, stressing the devotion of the administration to the provision of worthy infrastructures that would impact positively on the lives of the people.

Call Wike to order, APC tells Rivers elders, others

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has appealed to elders, as well as traditional and religious leaders in the State to call Governor Nyesom Wike to order as the unwarranted war against his political benefactor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has crossed the bounds of reason.
Rivers APC made the appeal in a statement signed by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and released on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the State capital.
We as a political party find it hard to understand why Governor Nyesom Wike is obsessed with disparaging, ridiculing and demonising the person and personality of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, his mentor, benefactor, predecessor and incumbent Minister of Transportation. We have watched with grave concern the ceaseless attacks on the Minister and we find it difficult to stomach such unwarranted onslaught on a peace-loving man who has sacrificed a lot in the building of a modern Rivers State,” Rivers APC said.
The party recalled the failed diabolical and evil strategies deployed by Wike to stop the nomination and confirmation of Amaechi as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “We are all aware of how Wike has tried to no avail to link Amaechi with the $43m of the Ikoyi saga and when the Presidency and court granted him opportunity to defend his claims he became dumb. For Wike to now turn his attention to Amaechi’s family and start attacking the Minister’s wife, Dame Judith Amaechi, is rascality taken too far,” the party said.

Speakers highlight need for regional integration as Afreximbank AGM opens

Opening ceremony of Seminars of Afreximbank Advisory Group on Trade Finance and Export Development in Africa. L-R: Denys Denya, Executive Vice President, Finance, Administration and Banking Services, Afreximbank; Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda; Dr. Benedict Oramah, President, Afreximbank; Dr. George Elombi, Executive Vice President, Governance, Legal and Corporate Services, Afreximbank; and Amr Kamel, , Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Banking, Afreximbank.

Kigali– Activities marking the 24th Annual General Meeting of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) opened today in Kigali with Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda, calling for the building of regional value chains which have the potential to generate enormous benefits for African economies.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Cameroon repatriates 887 Nigerian refugees

No fewer than 887 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon Tuesday arrived Borno as a result of a request from Camerounian government to Nigeria to facilitate their return.
Mr Hanson Tamfu, the External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nigeria, made known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Tamfu said that the request was prompted by fear and suspicions of the Cameroonian authorities that among the refugees might include some elements of Boko Haram. The refugees arrived ib six trucks sent by Nigeria after a meeting with the governor of the far north region of Cameroun on June 19.

Insecurity: Niger Governor canvasses constitutional role for traditional rulers

Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has advocated a constitutional amendment that will accord more responsibilities to the traditional institution in order to stem down the rising wave of security challenges in the country. 
Apparently expressing concern over the increasing wave of security challenges in the country, the governor said the security agencies should synergize more among themselves and with the traditional institutions who are closer to the people. 
The Governor who spoke on Tuesday while hosting the State Council of Traditional Rulers led by Etsu Nupe,  Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar to a sallah homage noted that despite the huge monthly security votes, the country is being faced daily by security challenges that were hitherto strange to our socio-cultural life style and have rendered our country unsafe.
"I support that we go back to the traditional ways of securing our community, the traditional system performed better in the past and they can do better now if more constitutional powers are given to them. I recommend that we give more powers to traditional Rulers on security grounds." 
"We spend a lot of money on security but we do not have a safe environment. In Niger state, we spend huge sum of money every month on security."

Five terrorists die in failed suicide mission near Maiduguri

Five suicide bombers suspected to be members of Boko Haram died on Tuesday night before reaching their target near Maiduguri, according to Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) sources.
The attempted attack occurred in Manmannti of the Molai general area, roughly 4 kilometers outside Maiduguri city. All five bombers - four women and one man - died without killing any targets.
A source revealed that the suicide bombers detonated explosives wrapped around their bodies near military trenches. All five terrorists died almost instantly.

Facebook hits 2B user milestone

Facebook now has 2 billion users, hitting the number less than five years after reaching the 1 billion mark.
We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.
On average, each day more than 175 million people share a ‘love’ reaction and over 800 million people ‘like’ something on Facebook, and every month more than 1 billion people use Groups, Mike Nowak, product director and Guillermo Spiller, product manager, wrote in a separate post.
They added that Facebook will be sharing several personalised experiences over the coming days to show appreciation for the many ways people support one another on Facebook.
We are excited to continue to build products that allow people to connect with one another, regardless of where they live or what language they speak.”

Ericsson confident on Europe’s 5G prospects

Arun Bansal, Ericsson's SVP and head of Europe and Latin America, played down suggestiopns that Europe is falling behind North America in 5G, insisting that both markets are pursuing different use cases.
Bansal, speaking at the Swedish vendor’s 5G innovation event in Aachen, Germany, said he “did not agree” with the notion that Europe was lagging, as he pointed to Ericsson’s ongoing work with 5G technology development.
Ericsson is doing 33 trials with operators, almost equally distributed between continents, and we are working with many industries in Europe too,” he said.
Bansal dismissed talk around Europe’s struggles with the technology as “a lot of media discussion”.
Notably, however, a group of cross industry associations earlier this month slammed the European Union 's  5G regulatory approach.
Hossein Moiin, mobile networks CTO at Ericsson’s biggest European rival, Nokia, then stated at a press briefing he was “not optimistic about Europe”, as he tipped the US to lead with initial 5G deployment.

Fayose raises alarm on President's health, claims Buhari is on life-support

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose Wednesday raised the alarm that the President's health has deteriorated considerably.
Fayose claimed that President Buhari, who has been in a London hospital for 54 days now, is in a vegetative state, unconscious and dead to the happenings around him.
Governor Fayose, who made the revelation at press briefing in the Government House, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, claimed that facts available to him shows that President Buhari has been on a Life-Support since June 6 at a West-End Hospital in London. 
The Governor who did not disclose the source of his information nor the name of the Hospital in West-End, claimed that not only does the President has voice impairment, and could not have spoken in Hausa to Nigerians on Ramadan day as claimed by the Presidency, but also that the President is currently incapable of ruling the nation in his present health status.
In his words, "Like every other Nigerians, I do not with the president dead, I have therefore maintained dignified silence since we were told that the President embarked on his second medical trip abroad this year.

Ogoni PDP leaders endorse Wike for a second term

Leaders of the Ogoni Ethnic Nationality from Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme Local Government Areas have endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term. 
In a communique  read on behalf of the Ogoni PDP leaders by Senator Lee Maeba, the Ogoni Leaders declared: "That given the outstanding performance of His Excellency, the Governor and his galvanising prowess for the interest of the State, we the Ogoni people in the PDP unanimously urge him to present himself for a second term in office as the Governor of Rivers State in 2019.
"That we encourage all Ogoni sons and daughters to give unalloyed support and continuous solidarity to the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike for the sustenance of his developmental strides in Ogoniland."

Daramola, Omojola's families petition NJC, presidency, others over alleged manipulation of murder trial

A Non-Governmental Organisation, The Integrity Leadership, has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over alleged manipulation of the trial of the suspects arrested in the murder of the World Bank consultant, the late Dr Ayodeji Daramola, and the late Tunde Omojola, during Governor Ayodele Fayose's administration between 2005 and 2006 in Ekiti State.
Daramola was murdered in Ijan-Ekiti on August14, 2006 while Omojola was killed during 2005 councillorship election crisis in Ifaki-Ekiti.
In a petition dated June 16, 2017  signed by its Ekiti State Coordinator, Lekan Oyediran, and received in the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, on June 23, 2017,  the group said it was writing on behalf of the families of the two deceased men who were murdered during political crises arising from Ekiti State governorship and councillorship contests in the state.
It pointed NJC's attention to reports of alleged manipulation in the consolidated murder trial of  Daramola and Omojola in the Ekiti State High Court, Ado-Ekiti, in an alleged connivance of the governor with a section of the judiciary to save the suspects in the murder.

Air chief fetes with Troops in frontline

Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Monday, feted with troops of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), who are directly involved in the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East. Earlier on in the day, the CAS, accompanied by other senior NAF officers, had breakfast with pilots, technicians as well as other members of the ground and administrative crews deployed in Maiduguri. Thereafter, the CAS and his entourage proceeded to Yola, where they had lunch with the NAF personnel serving in Yola as part of the counterinsurgency force.  According to the CAS, the main essence of the visits to the NAF troops in the North East was to celebrate with them on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr as a way of sustaining their While in Maiduguri, the CAS stated that the NAF leadership was mindful of the enormous sacrifices being made by the NAF personnel, who are unable to celebrate with their family members, especially during this festive season.

In his address, Air Marshal Abubakar assured the personnel that the entire nation was behind them in the ongoing efforts to flush out the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents. He then urged them to remain committed while also making the most judicious use of the nation's resources entrusted in their care. He equally seized the opportunity to commend the NAF medical personnel that had been participating in NAF humanitarian interventions in various IDP camps in the North East. He expressed delight at the outcomes of the medical outreach programmes, which have proved to be an opportunity "to give hope to the hopeless", he said. 

Court grants SERAP permission for judicial review of spending of Paris Club refunds

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has granted Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) leave “to apply for judicial relief and to seek an order of mandamus directing and/or compelling the government to publish details of spending of N388.304billion London Paris Club Loan refunds allegedly diverted and mismanaged by 35 States.”
Justice Muslim Hassan ruled that SERAP could proceed with the legal challenge to unravel how exactly 35 states spent Paris Club loan refunds. Justice Hassan while granting leave stressed that it was important for the authorities “to come and tell us how they spent our money.”
The order granting leave by the court followed the hearing of an argument in court on exparte motion by SERAP counsel Ms Bamisope Ibidolapo.
The order by Justice Hassan has now cleared the way for SERAP to advance its case against the Federal Government and state governors. The motion on notice is set for Wednesday 14 September 2017 for the hearing of argument on why the government should not be directed and compelled to public details of projects on which the Paris Club loan refunds were spent.

Immigration Service denies scarcity of Passport booklets

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammad Babandede MFR has denied media reports alleging scarcity of Passports booklets across our Passport Issuing Centres.
The Comptroller General told Passport applicants that the NIS is not experiencing any scarcity of Passport Booklets.
According to a statement signed by Sunday James (ACI), Service Public Relations Officer, Comptroller General of Immigration Service, “This clarification becomes necessary to avoid unnecessary tension and anxiety among the populace concerning availability of Passport Booklets.

Ambode gives 7-Day ultimatum to market leaders for displaying wares on road

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode  on Wednesday warned traders in the habit of displaying their wares on the road for sale beyond the confines of the market thereby causing traffic gridlock and other environmental nuisance to desist henceforth otherwise markets where such illegal activities are perpetrated would be shut down till further notice.
He handed down the warning at a meeting with leaders of Agbado Oke-Odo Market held at Lagos House in Ikeja, saying the activities of the traders who are in such habit had reached a level which the State Government could no longer condone, hence the need for a final warning.
The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said the leaders of markets in the State have been warned and counseled severally on the need to rein in on their market men and women to desist from disturbing others through their trading activities on the roads, but some have become adamant.
He said aside causing avoidable and needless traffic, the traders were also in the habit of dumping their refuse on the road, thereby causing environmental and health hazards.
He said: “This is just to come and deliberate on the Agbado Oke-Odo Market because of the situation there. The market has become a stumbling block particularly to those using the road. The traders have blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to the extent that even the contractors working there don’t have place to work because they have taken over the area.

Four Nigerians face trial for £10m 'fraud' in UK

Four suspected fraudsters, who are Nigerians, are being prosecuted for allegedly using the identities of civil servants to commit a £10million scam in the United Kingdom.
The accused were said to have stolen personal details from the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC), to make fraudulent claims over a four-year period.
Member lists were ‘stolen to order’ from CSSC and used to place orders for tax credit starter packs.
The gang, which reportedly made about £2,500,000, would have got away with £10,260,525 if staff at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs had not discovered the high rate of claims being made by civil servants.
Adedamola Oyebisi, 30, CSSC events manager, was accused of stealing membership lists and passing them on to her brothers-in-law Oluwatobe Emmanuel Odeyemi, 34, and Oluwagbenga Stephen Odeyemi, 39, who allegedly ran the fraud with Kayode Sanni, 38.

Apply your privileges wisely, responsibly- Aisha Buhari urges Nigerian youths

Young people have been acknowledged as the most special breed among the citizens of Nigeria on account of the range of privileges they enjoy, which their forebears never had. The recognition was made by Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari at a dinner organized for young people to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. She spoke through Wife of the Acting President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo at the Banquet Hall of the State House on 27th June, 2017.
Privileges such as the digital revolution have opened up the world to young people, giving them a voice. Such privilege, she however said is a burden and therefore comes with responsibility. “I therefore call on you to be responsible in the way you apply these privileges” She urged.

Ex Taraba Gov, Dambaba dies

A former Governor Dambaba 
Suntai of Taraba State who 
survived an air 
crash at the Yola Airport 
in Adamawa State in 2012 
has died.

Suntai died at home where he 
was undergoing rehabilitation 
for brain injuries arising 
from the plane crash. 
A former commissioner
 of information in the state,
 Emmanuel Bello has confirmed the news of his  demise.

Top EFCC investigator shot by gunmen

One of the  top investigators with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, recently, narrowly escaped death by the whiskers when gunmen opened fire on him  in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 
Mr. Austin  Okwor an operative in the Property Fraud Section of the EFCC Zonal office in Port Harcourt, had closed late for the day and as he left office, he was suddenly accosted by a gang of daredevil hoodlums who opened fire on him. 
Luckily for him, he was able to shake off his assailants but not without sustaining some bullet wounds as they kept firing at him. He was rushed to a private hospital in Port Harcourt where he is  receiving treatment. 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

6 Nigerians arraigned in Ghana over rape of Facebook friend

Six Nigerians were paraded at the Accra Regional Police Commander of Operations, for reportedly kidnapping and raping a lady who the main suspect, Chimaroke, have been interacting with on Facebook.
They are Chimaroke, Ike Amechi, Anthony Emmanuel, Godfred Alex, Kayode Ayodele and Opious Owner, have been
According to Chief Superintendent Kwesi Ofori, the 21-year-old lady, Ashaley Botwe, was convinced to come to Chimaraoke’s house, near Accra, where he lived with the five accomplices, for an Eid-ul Fitr present. When she got there, Chimaroke, instead of giving her the present, asked her to sleep with him.

Osinbajo to Nigerians: Let us express concerns graciously not with scorn

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has again assured Nigerians that the Buhari administration is not deaf to grievances in parts of the country, disclosing that the government will address them, while urging that such grievances be expressed with grace.
This emerged from the highlights of the series of consultations the Acting President called to interact with leaders from the North, Southeast and the media over the last two weeks between 13 June to 22 June 2017.
An updated statement from the presidency today noted that  "the meetings were convened to provide a platform for frank and open discussions between the concerned stakeholders and by extension the Nigerian public on issues relating to the unity, peace and security of country."
While this set of consultations were concluded last week, the presidency will continue to actively engage with different segments of the Nigerian population at different stages and format in the near future.

Unity of Nigeria: Wike, Rivers leaders visit Sultan

L-R: Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Former Rivers State Governor, SirCelestine Omehia , Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar , Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Former Acting National Chairman of PDP, and Prince Emma Anyanwu  during the Sallah Visit to the Sultan by Rivers leaders on Tuesday.

Rivers Governor, Nyesom  Wike on Tuesday  led prominent Rivers political leaders and First Class Traditional Rulers to pay a Sallah visit to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III.
Governor Wike and his entourage were received at the Sokoto International Airport  by the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal from where they  proceeded in a motorcade to the Palace of the Sultan.
At the Sultan's Palace, Governor Wike  received a royal welcome as leaders of the Sultanate and Traditional Rulers lined amidst music and dance to celebrate  his arrival. 

European Commission fines Google €2.4B

For allegedly, illegally promoting its own shopping comparison service by abusing its market dominance as a search engine ,the European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion after ruling that the internet giant.
But Google said it “respectfully disagrees” with the ruling, and is considering and appeal.
The search giant must end the practise within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5 per cent “of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google’s parent company”.
Based on Alphabet’s most recent financial report, this would amount to approximately $14 million per day, reported BBC.
In a statement, the EC said Google was guilty of breaching EU antitrust rules after systematically giving prominent placement to its own shopping comparison service, first launched in 2004, on its search engine.
From 2008, the European watchdog said Google began to implement a fundamental change in strategy to push its comparison shopping service in European markets.
This strategy relied on Google’s dominance in general internet search, instead of competition on the merits in comparison shopping markets,” read the statement.
Google’s actions also had the effect of demoting “rival comparison shopping services in its search results”, as the company used generic search algorithms which led to rival services appearing lower in the rankings.

Nigerian ‘students’ top the list of foreign drug offenders in Malaysia

 More Nigerian “students” are being hauled up over drug crimes nationwide than other foreign students in Malaysia , according to Bukit Aman.
Federal police records show that of the 358 foreign students arrested since 2015, more than one third of them were Nigerians.
Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said 122 Nigerians were arrested from January 2015 until May this year.
We arrested 33 in 2015 but last year, that number almost doubled to 63 and it looks like the number will increase again this year,” he said when contacted.
He said from January to May this year, 26 Nigerians had already been arrested.

Ericsson begins focus on telco clients

A multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson, is set to focus on its core business of selling networks to operators in order to cut costs, Reuters reported, shifting from a plan to generate 25 per cent of revenue from outside telecoms by 2020.

We will focus on telco clients and networks exclusively for now,” Ericsson’s new head of digital services, Ulf Ewaldsson, told Reuters in a recent interview.
Ericsson wanted to boost its media, utilities and transport businesses, which contributed around 10 per cent of its revenue in 2013.
However, things have changed, especially since new CEO Borje Ekholm took over five months ago. Just last week the Swedish firm appointed banks to explore the  sale of its two broadcast and media units , which were once held up as key components for its future growth.
Ericsson now sees potential in clients which will be looking to upgrade their networks for 5G and the Internet of Things.

APGA writes Nnamdi Kanu, warns IPOB leader not to think himself Igbo “Emperor

The All Progressives Grand Alliance,
 APGA, has decried Indigenous 
People of Biafra, IPOB, leader, 
Nnamdi Kanu’s call on Anambra
 people to shun forthcoming
 gubernatorial poll in the state.

The party, in a letter to Mr. Kanu, 
signed by its National Publicity 
Secretary, Ifeatu Obiokoye, and
 made available to the media in 
Awka on Monday, said the call was 
irresponsible and devoid of
 intellectual focus.

It said that Kanu had no authority to speak for the Igbos of the South-East, although APGA 
acknowledged him as the leader of IPOB.

It explained that Biafra’s concept was a metaphor for the demand for equity and fair play in 
the Nigeria state and not a separatist movement.

Nnamdi Kanu’s call for a boycott of elections in the South-East, beginning with the 
governorship polls scheduled for November 18, 2017 in Anambra is irresponsible,
 irredentist and totally devoid of any focus.

Between Nigerian Igbos and Biafran agitators – A Northerner’s perspective (Opinion Article)

By Yushau A. Shuaib
The sweet memory of my youth service year in an Igboland of Asaba, Delta State in the 90s, is what I have continued to relish whenever a discourse on tribalism, sectionalism and the likes are on the front burner in my beloved country, Nigeria. As non-indigenes, especially young Northerners, we were well-received, accommodated and accorded respect and dignity. In fact, we freely walked into the Palace of the Paramount ruler, the Asagba of Asaba, Professor Chike Edozien for supports and guidance whenever the need arose.
Since then, I have had a proper perspective and understanding of the Ndigbo whom I have as friends. In this tension-soaked period where various sectional groups issue reckless and unguarded threats, it is necessary to further distinguish between a peace-loving Nigerian Igbo from a Secessionist Biafran agitator.

Buratai addresses royal united services institute in London

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army,  Lieutenant General TY Buratai, today Monday 26th June 2017, addressed members of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British think-tank and foreign relations experts in London. 
The Chief of Army Staff spoke to them on the “Current Nigerian Army Operations and the fight against Boko Haram terrorists”. 
During the presentation, he discussed Nigerian Army’s approach in countering the Boko Haram terrorists, strategy and tactics being employed against the terrorists, current situation in the north eastern Nigeria and the ongoing clearance and stabilizing operations in the theatre. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

US senator to block arms sales to Gulf over Qatar crisis

Bob Corker said Gulf Co-operation Council states had chosen to "devolve into conflict"

An influential US senator has said he will withhold consent for arms sales to Gulf Arab states until there is a "path forward" to resolving the Qatar crisis.
Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, warned that efforts to fight so-called Islamic State and counter Iran were being hurt.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut air, sea and land links with Qatar three weeks ago.
They accused Qatar of aiding terrorist groups and Iran - charges it denied.

Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing

Fifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Séguédine.
A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces.
A local official told the BBC that dozens of bodies had been buried, and 23 survivors were taken to the town, although one later died.
African migrants travel through the desert aiming to reach Libya and cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

Oby Ezekwesili features on Forbes TV show

The show depicts the journey of some of the most influential women in West and South Africa who have achieved remarkable feats whiles defying the odds.
The highly anticipated women empowerment show, titled: “Against The Odds’’ with Peace Hyde, is set to premier on Friday June 30, on Pan African Business Channel (CNBC) Africa Channel 410 on DSTV.

Adesina named 2017 World Food Prize Winner - the 'Nobel' of Agriculture

Monrovia' — Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, has been named the winner of this year's World Food Prize.
The prestigious U.S.$250,000 prize is given annually to a person who has worked to advance human development by "improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world". Over a 31-year existence, the award has become known as the 'Nobel Prize' for food and agriculture.
Monday's announcement by the president of the World Food Prize, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, was made at a ceremony held at the U.S. Department of Agriculture attended by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Since its founding in 1986, the Prize has honoured 45 individual  for their outstanding contributions to food security around the world.
"These individuals have been at the forefront of every major breakthrough in agriculture and food production in the last 30 years", Quinn told AllAfrica in a telephone interview before Monday's announcement. He said the laureates have led the "single greatest period of food production and hunger reduction in all human history". Nominations for the prize, he said, are submitted by organizations and prestigious individuals. A selection committee - made of individuals from around the world - makes the decision.
Quinn announced that the committee noted a couple of "distinct achievements" of Adesina: his role in organizing and making the African fertilizer summit a "great success"; his work with leading non-profit organizations and banks to expand the availability of commercial credits to agriculture and farmers across the continent when he was a senior executive of the Alliance of Green Revolution of Africa; the digital e-wallet scheme during his five-year tenure as minister of agriculture of Nigeria, which helped tackle corruption that had pervaded the fertilizer industry.

Nobody has the right to issue quit notices--Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  addressing Muslim faithful  at the Government House Port Harcourt when the Rivers Muslim Community paid a Sallah visit to the governor.

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared  that nobody has the right to issue quit notices to other Nigerians, saying  that despite  recent social challenges, Nigeria will continue  to be united.
The governor stated: "Nigeria must be one. All of us will live together.  All of us are free to  do business anywhere in the country.  Whether  you are from the north, you are free to stay here and do business. 
"Nobody should threaten anybody. All of us own this country. We must be our brother's  keepers".
The governor  spoke on Monday when the Rivers State Muslim Community  paid him a Sallah Homage  at the Government House Port Harcourt. 
Governor Wike said that  the unity of the country is necessary  for the rapid development of the country 
The governor assured the Rivers Muslim Community that he will continue to sponsor them for Hajj as his administration believes in the  spiritual upliftment of the people.
He said: "Government will continue to give you support, but we cannot use state resources to build a mosque. 

U.S. Supreme Court revives Trump travel ban order

Washington--The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his temporary bans on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries until it reviews it later this year.
The court also allowed ban on all refugees to go into effect for people with no connection to the U.S. while agreeing to hear his appeals in the closely watched legal fight.
It narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked Trump’s March 6 executive order.
The court said that it would hear arguments on the legality of one of Trump’s signature policies in his first months as president in the court’s next term, which starts in October.
It granted parts of his administration’s emergency request to put the order into effect immediately while the legal battle continues.

38 Nigerian Universities increase tuition – ASUU

Thirty-eight universities across the country have increased their tuition fees as a result of poor funding by the Federal and State governments.
Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr Deji Omole, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
The statement which assessed the two years of President Muhammadu Buhari in office, lamented that the current government had made Nigerians poorer.
Omole said that the public education was not taken seriously because most children of the rich and those in high offices do not attend school in Nigeria.
The latest increment might be attributed to poor funding by the federal and state governments as ASUU poorly rated the President Muhammadu Buhari in the area of funding of university education.
ASUU also noted that it would be difficult for any Nigeria university to effectively compete globally with the inadequate allocation of budgetary funding as prescribed by UNESCO to fund education.
The reports by News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, revealed that University of Lagos (UNILAG) which was paying N14, 500 would now pay N63, 500 as tuition fees.

Book on Brigadier Maimalari killed in 1966 Coup for Public Presentation

A book titled “The First Regular Combatant, Brigadier Zakariya Maimalari” would be unveiled and presented to the general public on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at the International Conference Centre Abuja.
Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon billed to chair the book launch.
The book authored by Haruna Yahaya  Poloma would be launched by Alhaji Aminu Dantata who will be supported by co-launchers that include Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President Dangote Group and Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, President Oriental Energy Resources Ltd.
Former President Olusegun  Obasanjo  and  former Nigeria Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule would be guest speakers at the occasion.
The book would be reviewed by a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, a retired major general. 
Brigadier Maimalari was the first regular combatant Nigerian in the Officer Corps of the Nigerian Army. He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom. He was murdered on the night of 15th January 1966 during the coup that brought General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi to power. Until his death he was the Commander Second Brigade Nigerian Army, Lagos.

There is no maritime sector without you - Dakuku to seafarers

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of the Seafarer with the Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside averring that there can be no maritime sector without the seafarers.
Speaking during a joint visit to the Apapa port in Lagos with members of the National Seafarers Welfare Board, Dr. Dakuku stated that seafarers are indispensable in realizing a virile maritime sector globally.
Accordingly, he assured them of the Agency’s unflinching support to the welfare of seafarers in line with a Decent Work Agenda and the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006.
Let me assure you of our commitment to a better condition of living for the seafarers and our resolve to continue to engage in human capacity development, so that you can also compete favourably with your counterparts internationally. Your challenges are our challenges just as your successes are our successes; we are together in the Voyage of steering the ship of the Nigerian maritime sector to greater heights in line with global best practices” the DG assured.
The DG who was represented by the Head, Corporate Communications of the Agency, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi also used the opportunity to call on Stakeholders and maritime labour employers to ensure that the welfare of seafarers is topmost in their priority.

Sani Bello says only united Nigeria can guarantee development

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has  said only a united Nigeria as envisioned by our founding fathers can guarantee our development, stressing that "remaining as one country is the best for all of us". 
The Governor stated this on Monday when the Emir of Minna, Alh. (Dr.) Umar Farouq Bahago and members of his Emirate Council paid him a sallah homage to the Government House in Minna, the state capital. 
Governor  Sani Bello emphasized the need for Nigerians to continue to live in peace and harmony like our forefathers did by exhibiting tolerance and understanding among themselves, adding that area of differences can always be resolved amicably through dialogue. 
He cautioned and called for cessation of hate speeches by some sections of the country, stressing that unguarded and inflammatory statements aŕe detrimental to peaceful co-existence of our people.
"We should embrace peace. Our forefathers fought and lost their lives to keep this country together. We should not allow their sacrifice to go  in vain. I strongly believe that we can progress more as one nation despite the differences in culture, religion and ethnic groups"
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