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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Nigeria's Electricity

Federal Government discos to meter high end user known as maximum demand customers before Nov 30.
NERC says the directive is without prejudice to metering all classes of customers as default from discos would attract sanctions from Dec. 1.

Alleged Money Laundering

The EFCC arraigns former governor of Adamawa state, Umar Fintiri over alleged theft, breach of public trust and money laundering.
Fintiri, who is also a former speaker of the Adamawa state house of assembly pleaded not guilty to charges and was remanded in EFCC's custody.

According to the findings, when Fintiri became the acting governor, Adamawa State’s debts amounted to N8.7bliion but within four months, the profile rose to N13.85bliion.
Following the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Bala Ngilari in July 2014, Fintiri became acting governor as the then Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly.
Nyako allegedly left a balance of N1, 957, 045, 82 in the state government project account with a bank.
But Fintiri directed that N1.9 billion from the account be released to the state Ministry of Works on August 27, 2014.
It was the same funds that landed Fintiri in trouble.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Don’t drag N/Assembly into your trial-Babachir David Lawal

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Engr. Babachir David Lawal
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, has advised the Senate President Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, not to drag the National Assembly into their ongoing forgery trial.

MTN Nigeria wins 2.6 GHz broadband license, set to deploy 4G LTE internet

MTN Nigeria has won the frequency spectrum license for the 2.6GHz band as the sole bidder in the auction exercise by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
MTN said the 10-year license will guarantee superior performance for wireless networks, especially 4G LTE services, including the roll-out of broadband internet services across the country, starting in the major cities of Lagos and Abuja.

2019 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers

Nigeria rugby football federation invites 23 players for a 2-week training camp.
The black stallons will leave for Morocco on July 11th, they will face Mauritius on the 13th and play host country, Morocco on the 16th.

Police seal venue for Modu Sheriff-faction’s of Edo guber primary

Police have cordoned off the entrance to stadium road by Akenzua junction with vehicles, and the gates to the stadium locked.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium is the scheduled venue for the planned governorship primary of Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benin.

Egyptair Crash

Egyptian investigators say the damaged flight data recorder from the Egyptair plane that crashed last month has been successfully repaired in France.
This paves the way for experts to analyse data that could help explain what caused the crash.

NIgeria's Oil Production

NNPC says output rises to about 1.9 million barrel per day from 1.6 million, due to repairs done. Production has fallen from 2. 2 million BPD at the start of the year owing to militant attacks on oil pipelines.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Boko Haram Insurgency

The military says terrorists have devised a new tactic of dressing like vigilantes or hunters to deceive unsuspecting members of the public.
Army advises members of the public to be security conscious at all times, and report suspicious people to security agencies promptly.

Violence In Ogun State

State government seeks federal government  intervention after attacks on Ibafo, Arepo by suspected militants.
Militants are reported to have killed residents in the area.

Court has annulled the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has annulled the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, who contested the governorship ticket with the governor.

Forgery Trial: Democracy not military rule –Ekweremadu

Also in a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, on Monday, Mr. Ekweremadu urged those in power not to use the law as an instrument to “bludgeon innocent citizens into submitting to the untamed wishes and caprices of witch-hunters.”

Alleged Forgery: Saraki, Ekweremadu, others granted bail

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others, accused of forgery, have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
They were granted bail after their arraignment but Justice Haliru Yusuf ruled that they should be detained at the Kuje Maximum Prison in Abuja pending when they meet their bail conditions.

It’s worthless fiction perhaps caused waking from a troubled sleep – Buhari

In his reaction, Mr. Buhari said he regarded Mr. Saraki’s claim of a “government within government” as nothing but calling him a stooge.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Bukola Saraki, on Monday kicked off an open war of words

President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Monday kicked off an open war of words following the arraignment in court of the senate president and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, for alleged forgery of the rules of the upper legislative chamber.
Messrs Saraki and Ekweremadu were charged for alleged conspiracy and forgery of Senate Standing Rules with which the Senate presiding officers were elected and inaugurated on June 9, 2015.

Alleged Forgery of the rules of the upper legislative chamber.

Secretary to the government of the federation, Mr Babachir Lawal says he is not responsible for the travail of the deputy Senate President, senator Ekweremadu, over allegation of forgery of the Senate rules. He also add that anyone accused of any offence should seek ways of clearing his or her name instead of hunting who would have been behind it.

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Super eagles players express optimism over Nigeria's quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA world cup in Russia.
The players believe with early preparations and a conducive environment, the team will impress and finish top of group B.

Euro 2016 Championship

Hosts France, Germany and Belgium secure quarter-final slots. France fought from a goal down to beat the republic of Ireland 2-1.
Germany had an easy 3-0 win over Slovakia while Eden Hazard inspired Belgium to a 4-0 win over Hungary.

Monday, 27 June 2016

UK Politics, shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn Sacked

Jeremy Cornyn is facing  a full-blown labour coup after a second  shadow cabinet member quit saying he is not up to the job.
The party leader's position looks increasingly shaky after he was forced to sack shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn in the early hours of Monday.

Latest On The EU Referendum

European Union clarifies The way the UK can kickstart formal negotiations to exit the bloc following the Thursday's referendum.
EU says Britain can trigger article 50, which sets a two-year deadline for a deal, by making a formal declaration either in a letter or a speech.

Njideka Akunyili-Crosby Awarded Prix Canson Prize For Art

The sixth edition of the Prix Canson Prize, which recognizes achievements of international artists who work with paper as their principal medium, was awarded to Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby in a ceremony at New York’s Drawing Center on Tuesday, June 21.

Adamawa Attack, Herdsmen-Farmers

At least 2 people have been killed in fresh clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Koh village, Adamawa state.
5 others are receiving treatment at the yola specialist hospital in yola the state capital. Residents appeal to state  authorities to intervene.

Cross River Kidnap

Four days after their abduction in cross river state, 3 Australians and one south African have been regained their freedom. The state's security adviser says they were release unhurt and no ransom was paid.

Naira-Settled FX Market

The CBN will declare open the market at the FMDQ headquarters in Lagos, on Monday been today June 27th. The apex bank says the OTC FX futures transactions would be non-standardised with fixed tenors and maturity dates.

Alleged Financial Impropriety

SERAP says the freezing of Governor  Fayose's account by the EFCC is lawful under section 308 of the 1999 constitution and the UN convention against corruption. SERAP adds that it is a preventive measure, necessary for the conduct of an effective investigation of allegations of corruption involving former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

Fighting Insurgency in Nigeria

Nigerian troops has rescue 5,000 Boko Haram captives, kill 10 terrorist in several clearance operations in the North-East Nigeria. One civilian JTF member was killed while a soldier, policeman and another civilian who is a JTF member sustained injuries during operations.

CAF Champions League

CAF suspends Algeria's Es setif from the ongoing group phase of the competition following crowd trouble in their game against  Mamelodi sundowns. The decision means Zamalek, Enyimba and Mamelodi sundowns will play in group B while  the result between Mamelodi sundowns and Es setif is cancelled.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Wife of a U.S governor takes a summer job as a waitress to help supplement his salary

Ann LePage, the wife of Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, has taken a summertime job as a waitress at a dockside seafood restaurant near her and husband’s Boothbay home, catering to tourists to supplement the couple’s income. Paul’s salary is the lowest in the United States at $70,000 a year.

IBF heavyweight title

British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, knocks out Dominic Breazeale in the 7th round to defend his IBF heavyweight title

I Regret Convening Meeting Same Day the eight National Assembly was inaugurated - Oyegun

He disclosed this “bad mistake” to Daily Trust in an interview, stating that his decision to call a meeting of the federal lawmakers elected on the platform of his party on the day the eight National Assembly was inaugurated was a terrible mistake, stressing that if he had not listened to the advice of those who persuaded him to do so, the Peoples Democratic Party wouldn’t have produced the deputy Senate President.

List Of AMCON 217 “Chronic Debtors”

List Of AMCON 217 “Chronic Debtors”

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has released a list of 100 out of a total of 217 “Chronic Debtors” in their books, including firms and individuals, as authorized by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Friday, 24 June 2016

EU Referendum, Cameron to Resign

David Cameron resigns as prime minister after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Cameron says he will stay for the next three months to 'sstady the ship' and that Britain  requires 'fresh leadership ' to negotiate the country's exit from the EU.

Brexit Decision

Global markets roil on Friday as UK votes to leave the European Union. Stocks fall in emerging Asia, Europe sharply lower,  GDP hits 35yr low, Gold and Oil prices jump.

Ahmed Makarfi's Faction of the PDP Party Politics

Caretaker committee  of the PDP condemns the move by senator Ali Modu Sherrif  to set up a primary election committee.
The Senator Makarfi committee  says senator Sheriff is working with the enemies of the the PDP  to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling.

PDP Party Politics

Senator Ali-Modu Sherrif 's faction of the PDP sets up a primary  election committee for the Edo governorship polls.
Senator Sheriff says his committee will conduct another primaries for the three aspirants who have bought forms from his faction.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

We cannot afford to pay the N1.2 billion as requested-Minister of Finance

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun on Thursday, said the ministry cannot afford to pay the N1.2 billion requested by its workers, while she confirmed that the Federal Government was already borrowing funds to be able to pay the N165 billion a month needed to cover civil service salaries.

Putting Waste To Use

I saw this on facebook and I felt like sharing it here.
Eluagu William, final year student of Yaba tech Lagos, Nigeria uses waste PET bottles to create his final year project titled "your destiny is in your hand".

Demand for unqualified retraction of false statement-Aisha Buhari

The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari on Wednesday demanded a full retraction of a widely-circulated material distributed by Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, in which he claimed to have uncovered how Mrs. Buhari was allegedly mentioned as having transferred funds to a convicted former U.S. lawmaker, Williams Jefferson.
In a warning letter dispatched through her legal representatives, Mrs. Buhari said Mr. Fayose’s action was directly responsible for the publication of the “very wild and unfounded” allegations in the media.

FG has flap down a N50bn suit against the Anambra State Government over land.

The state government had purportedly revoked 148.337 hectares of land at Amansea, in Awka North Local Government Area of the state, which was said to have been acquired by the Federal Government for Sites and Services Scheme.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ecobank Decline In Profits

Pan-African lender Ecobank is reviewing it's expansion strategy following a decline in profits and May pull out of some African countries to focus on its most promising markets.
Ecobank is dividing it's operations into three *pockets * according to their potential.

The Judge Preceding On Fani-Kayode’s Case Was Absence Today Again

Femi Fani-Kayode who is facing charges of fraud and money laundering at a federal high court in Ikoyi, Lagos, was to be arraigned last Friday, but the case was postponed till today owing to the judge’s absence.

Court strike out suit against EFCC filed by Goodluck Jonathan's cousin Azibola

Justice Candid Johnson of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere today, June 21, struck out a motion filed against the EFCC by Azibola Robert, a cousin of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, asking the court to restrain the Commission from arresting, detaining or investigating him. The motion was struck out on grounds of lacking diligent prosecution.

Allegations on the result of the Edo APC primaries

                   Edo APC Primaries

Two governorship aspirants, Chris Ogiemwonyi and Kenneth Imasuagbon alleged that the state government manipulated the election result. Chairman  of the APC Edo chapter, Anselm Ojezua dismisses the allegation, says polls were free and fair.

Nigerian Constituency Projects

                            Image from web

Speaker of the Nigerian house of representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has called for a more liberal and equitable way of distributing districts programmes in the country.
Also the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola urges lawmakers to decide on a framework that will ensure that district programmes are not viewed as a lawmaker's project.

It is good to be back at work says Buhari

According to what was shared by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on his tweeter handle on Monday, Buhari says it is good to be back at work.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Alleged Illegal Detention By Shiites Islamic Movement

Members of the Islamic Movement are demanding the unconditional release of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. The Shiites has kicked against the explanation given by the department of the State Services that Zakzaky is in a protective custody.

Edo State Governorship Polls

Godwin Obaseki emerges as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), ahead of the September 10 election in Edo State.
Leader of the party's National delegation to the primaries, Governor Aminu Masari announced the result Benin, the State Capital.

President Buhari on his way back to Nigeria from the UK

President Buhari is on his way back to Nigeria after his visit to the UK to rest and also see an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. President Buhari's Personal assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, announced this on twitter this afternoon.
President Buhari was expected back on Thursday June 16th but Vice President Yemi Osinbajo later announced that he would be coming in today June 19th. According to Osinbajo, President Buhari needed to take the weekend off and then resume work tomorrow June 20th.

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced To Life in Prison

An Egyptian court on Saturday, June 18,  sentenced former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison for leading the Muslim Brotherhood and 15 years for stealing secret Egyptian state security documents.
The court acquitted Morsi of charges of having supplied Qatar with classified documents but sentenced him to life for leading an unlawful organisation, his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud told AFP.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Orji Uzor-Kalu Hosts James Entwistle And Family At His Residence In Abuja.

Former Abia State governor Orji Uzor Kalu recently hosted the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle and his wife, Mrs Pam Entwistle to a dinner party in his Abuja residence.