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  • 2 hours BREAKING: Magu asks IGP for bail TheNation
    By Samuel OAMEN   Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, who is under investigation by a presidential panel, has requested bail from custody. He has spent the fourth day at the Force Criminal investigation Department (FCID). Magu has been detained at the FCID since Monday when he first appeared before the panel. The presidential panel is probing Magu for allegations of misconduct levelled against him by Minister of Justice and Attorney-General Abubakar Malami.   Details shortly… ... more
  • 3 hours Expect more COVID-19 cases soon, Obiano tells Anambra TheNation
    By Nwanosike Onu, Awka Anambra Governor Willie Obiano has told residents to expect more COVID-19 positive cases in the weeks ahead. He said there is no conflicting figures between the State Government and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on COVID -19 cases in the State as being speculated. The Governor spoke Friday in Awka through his Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don-Adinuba, who is also a member Anambra State Task Force on COVID -19 According to him: “The true situation is far from the impressions some have as a result of the figure. “There is no ... more
  • 3 hours Reps to FG: don’t Cancel WASSCE exams TheNation
    By Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja The House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services has appealed to the Federal Government not to cancel the forthcoming West African Senior School Certificate Examinations. In a statement by the Chairman, Prof.Julius Ihonvbere, titled: “WASSCE should not be cancelled,” on Friday, the lawmakers said stakeholders were not informed beforehand, and that the “policy reversal is not good for the country,” adding that ” It is bound to create further confusion in the education sector.” The statement reads: “The House Committee on Basic Education and Services received with amazement the announcement by the Honourable Minister ... more
  • 3 hours FG to protect disputed oil fields TheNation
    By Robert Egbe The Federal Government on Friday at the Federal High Court in Lagos undertook to protect eight disputed Marginal Oil Fields (Oil Mining Licences, OMLs) pending determination of a suit challenging their status. It made the pledge after Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke resolved in favour of the Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) and Minister of Petroleum (and against nine oil firms) a question over service of court processes. Justice Aneke had on June 3 restrained the government from tampering with the OMLs pending determination of a suit challenging their status. Read Also: Groups decry exclusion from 2020 marginal oil field ... more
  • 3 hours FG evacuates 270 Nigerians stranded in Egypt TheNation
    By Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja The Federal Government has evacuated 270 stranded Nigerians in Egypt, The Nation has learnt. The evacuees, according to a tweet by the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), would arrive the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by 6.00pm local time. The tweet noted the Egypt air flight departed with two other nationals. It also revealed that all evacuees tested negative for COVID-19. Read Also: FG evacuates 162 stranded in India The tweet noted: “270 Stranded Nigerians departed Cairo Egypt via @eayptair for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with two other Nationals. “The flight is expected to arrive around ... more
  • 3 hours Reps, NAPTIP, NIDCOM, others secure release of Temitope Ariwolo in Lebanon TheNation
    By Victor Oluwasgun, Abuja The House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, in concert with other government agencies have been able to secure the release of Temitope Ariwolo in Lebanon. The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Tolulope Akande Sadipe has revealed that after the Committee’s collaborative efforts with other relevant agencies, the unconditional release of Temitope Ariwolo has been achieved and that Temitope and other Nigerians stranded in Lebanon will be returning home within the week. She said this after the 3rd interagencies synergy meeting on the rising Human Traficking and dehumanization of Nigerians in the diaspora, held at the House ... more
  • 4 hours Troops kill fleeing militia leaders, others in Zamfara TheNation
    By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja Some leaders of bandits and their fighters fleeing Sokoto State with rustled livestock have been killed in airstrike conducted by Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara section of Kagara forest, The Nation learnt. Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, in statement, disclosed that the operation was sequel to intelligence reports that some armed bandits had relocated from Sokoto State part of the forest and set up a camp in Zamfara side of the forest. According to the statement, “some notable armed bandit leaders and several of their fighters have been neutralized in ... more
  • 5 hours Why Buhari suspended Magu, by AGF TheNation
    By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami said on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. Read Also: BREAKING: Buhari suspends Magu, appoints Umar Makami, in a statement by his media aide, Umar Gwandu, said the President’s action was to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws. He added: ” President Muhammadu Buhari has also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, ... more
  • 5 hours BREAKING: Buhari suspends Magu, appoints Umar TheNation
    By Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu from office. Also, the President has asked the Director of Operations of the Commission, Mr. Mohammed Umar to take charge of the activities of the Commission. The disclosures were made by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibril Gwandu. Read Also: I can’t speak on Magu, says police spokesman The statement said: “President Muhammadu Buhari ... more
  • 5 hours Impeachment: Why I can’t set up panel now – Ondo CJ TheNation
    By Osagie Otabor, Akure Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olarenwaju Akeredolu, has explained why she cannot set up a seven-man investigative panel for the impeachment proceeding against Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi. She said she cannot constitute the panel until until all constitutional processes are followed. Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun had written to the Chief Judge explaining that impeachment notice has been served on Hon Ajayi. A total of 14 lawmakers signed an impeachment notice against Ajayi. Speaker Oleyelogun informed Justice Akeredolu that setting up of the panel was in line with section 188 (5) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. ... more
  • 7 hours DisCos lose N14b to capped estimated billing monthly TheNation |Biz
    By John Ofikhenua, Abuja Following the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) capped estimated billing Power Distribution Companies (DisCos) are losing N13.9 billion monthly. The energy distributors have sought realistic indices before the implementation of the Service Reflective Tariff (SRT). The Managing Director of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Engr. Ernest Mupwaya disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja, when he made a presentation on behalf of the DisCos at a public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Power. Mupwaya said there were some outstanding requirements before the SRT could be implemented. One of these he said, “is the ... more
  • 8 hours Alao-Akala: I was not party to Ladoja’s impeachment TheNation |Politics
    Former governor of Oyo State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adebayo Alao-Akala recently clocked 70. In an interview with reporters at Ibadan, the state capital, the Ogbomoso-born politician spoke on his political career and other issues. Southwest Bureau Chief BISI OLADELE was there. As a major politician, why do you think we play monetized politics in Nigeria? Money will continue to play a major role in Nigerian politics as long as we remain unprincipled as a people and as long as we don’t have ideology for the political parties. When Nelson Mandela left the prison to contest ... more
  • 10 hours EPL to extend transfer window TheNation
    An extended transfer window for deals between Premier League and EFL clubs is being considered. UEFA has recommended that domestic leagues shut their windows no later than Monday, 5 October, a fortnight before the group stages of the 2020-21 Champions League and Europa League are due to begin. According to the PA news agency, the Premier League is set to follow that guidance for international deals and transfers between top-flight clubs, but representatives of the 20 top-flight sides have discussed a two-week extension for deals involving the EFL, allowing for business to be conducted up to 19 October. ... more
  • 11 hours BREAKING: Lagos Lawmaker, Tunde Buraimoh, dies TheNation
    By Alao Abiodun A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Kosofe Constituency II, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh is dead. Confirming his death, Hon. Sanni Ganeey Okanlawon from Kosofe Constituency 1, wrote on Facebook “ONE DEATH TOO MANY, TUNDE BURAIMOH, Sun re o”. Read Also: ‘Senator Osinowo’s death sad, shocking’ He was the Chairman, Lagos House of Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy and Security. Buraimoh was also a former chairman of Kosofe local government and the Bamofin of Ketuland Details shortly…  ... more
  • 11 hours Hajj: Lagos urges intending pilgrims to defer till 2021 TheNation
    By Tajudeen Adebanjo The Lagos State Government has urged intending pilgrims to defer the exercise till 2021. This was part of the major resolutions reached between the state government, the intending Pilgrims, Ulamahs (Islamic scholars) and other stakeholders, during a one-day sensitisation programme at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja. The decision was in reaction to the cancellation of pilgrims outside Saudi Arabia for this year’s hajj. Commissioner for Home Affairs Prince Anofiu Elegushi hailed Saudi authority for taking such a bold and difficult decision in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a government that is responsible ... more
  • 11 hours Lawmaker seeks non-indigenes’ support TheNation
    The lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Jude Omobowale Idimogu, has urged non-indigenes in Lagos to continue to support the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in the state. He spoke when he visited the palace of the Mayor, Association of Non- Indigenes in Lagos State, Chief Ngozi Ibekwe. He said non-indigenes should maximally take advantage of the political space to benefit from the state by actively getting involved in politics. He urged them to join the APC for political relevance. He noted that the people should be encouraged by the fact that even if ... more
  • 11 hours Subscribers seek to wind up property firm TheNation
    By Joseph Jibueze Some subscribers of an Ikorodu property owned by Brickwall Global Investment Limited have urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to wind up the firm. They also petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the firm’s alleged refusal to refund them. The petitioners are Mr Lawrence Imolode, Mrs Saffron Imolode, Mr Zephaniah Nwokeji, Mr Chukwuebuka Ezeocha (for himself and Mrs Ezeocha) and Mr Chukadibia Nwadialo (for Himself and Mrs Elsie Nwadialo) In the action numbered FHC/L/CP/778/2020, the petitioners said sometime in 2016, the respondent obtained N5,780,000 from them on the pretence that it would grant ... more
  • 11 hours Emzor, foundation to rehabilitate drug abusers TheNation
      Emzor Pharmaceuticals Limited has partnered with Freedom Foundation to help in the rehabilitation of drug abusers. The partnership was announced in commemoration of this year’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking. With the tagline for this year being Better Knowledge for Better Care, the emphasis is on the need to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and how better knowledge will foster greater international cooperation for countering its impact on health, governance and security. Emzor Pharmaceuticals Marketing Manager Kunle Faloye said the firm was committed to ensuring that the society is free of drug ... more
  • 11 hours Petroleum Institute gets acting principal TheNation
    THE Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State, has appointed Dr Henry Adimula as its Acting Principal/Chief Executive.  This followed the expiration of the term of Prof. Sunny Iyuke on July 3. In a statement, the institute’s Deputy Director of Information, Brown Ukafimoni, said Adimula was, until the appointment, the Vice-Principal. He said Iyuke, who congratulated Adimula, wished him an eventful tenure, adding that Iyuke endeavoured to complete all ongoing projects. Iyuke also paid glowing tribute to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the institute’s Governing Council for the opportunity given him to serve. He urged staff members to cooperate with ... more
  • 11 hours ‘Paradigm shift needed in marketing’ TheNation
    By Jane Chijioke Marketing and public relations experts have said there is a need for a paradigm shift in the profession. They spoke at a two days conference by the Young Marketing Professional Network (YMPN). It was organised by former Marketing Director and Registrar of National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMM), Ayoade Adeyemi, with the theme: Marketing Beyond COVID-19. The Registrar, Chartered Institute of Marketing Management, Canada, Grant Lee, noted that as the world of marketing witnesses changes, traditional advertising would shift to a predominantly virtual world of sales and product delivery. A former President/Chairman Governing Council of the ... more
  • 11 hours ‘Give host communities their due’ TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja The Edo State branch of the Oil and Gas Host Communities of Nigeria (HOSCON) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to replicate the fiscal freedom granted the judiciary and the legislature at the state level for the oil-producing communities. In a statement by the Chairman Deacon Friday Osazuwa and Secretary Pastor Paul Okpamen,  the group said its demand would be realised through the release of the Derivation Fund directly to the communities, instead of paying through state governments. HOSCON said: “Of a truth, 13 per cent Derivation Fund is the only first-line charge on the Federation Account. “The ... more
  • 12 hours Ekiti to borrow N3b for UBEC fund TheNation
    From Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State government will borrow N3 billion to pay for the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) counterpart funding, it has been learnt. The funding, according to statutory arrangements, requires the state and Federal Government to contribute an equal amount to be accessed by the state. A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, said the loan was approved during a virtual meeting of the State Executive Council (SEC) on Thursday. Read Also: Ekiti begins recruitment for Amotekun corps According to Olumilua, the loan will enable the government meet up with its statutory 50 per cent ... more
  • 12 hours NEPZA to enforce rules on financial regulations TheNation |Biz
    By Franca Ochigbo, Abuja The Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Prof Adesoji Adesugba has warned officials of the agency against violations of financial regulations and inappropriate financial dealings. He spoke while briefing the audit personnel department of the agency, stating that he would not tolerate tampering with financial regulation and corruptive activities in procurement and financial management departments. Adesugba warned that he will strictly enforce extant rules and financial regulations. “There will be no breaching of due process in procurement and other financial transactions. I expect both departments to ensure proper record keeping and observance of internal ... more
  • 12 hours Buhari to sign revised Budget 2020 today TheNation |Biz
    Sanni Onogu, Abuja joint session of the National Assembly in September this year while the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed yesterday met with the leadership of the National Assembly on plans to submit the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) later this month. The minister while briefing principal officers of the Senate and House of Representatives led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, in Abuja, said President Muhammadu Buhari had given directives for the Ministry to expedite action on next year’s budget estimates to enable him ... more
  • 13 hours What does future holds for Gbagi in Delta? TheNation |Politics
    By Hendrix Chukwudi As the clock ticks towards 2023 by the moments, the Nigerian political class is not leaving anything to chances as the political undercurrent swells up by the day, in alignments and realignments to capture power especially at the centre and the Federating states where there will be a transition from one administration to the other. While a handful of states will have their state executives seek second term in the office, most states shall be having incumbents end their 8-year tenure and change of administrative batons ditto the Government at the centre. 2023 is a year pundits ... more
  • 13 hours Ondo poll: One term is enough for me, says Adelami TheNation |Politics
    Olayide Adelami is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State. He spoke with reporters in Akure, the state capital, on his plans for the state and chances at the primary. Excerpts: How would you describe your time as the former Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly and what would you consider your greatest legacy? It was a good experience. You will agree with me that National Assembly is the hub of Nigerian politics. It is an institution that has truly impacted my life, because everything in the National Assembly is about the ... more
  • 19 hours COVID-19: Osun enforcement team arrests violators of lockdown TheNation
    Toba Adedeji, Osogbo The enforcement team of the Osun COVID-19 Task Force on Thursday arrested some of the violators of the ongoing lockdown order of the state government in Ijesaland. This was coming as the 7-day lockdown in Ijesaland entered day three. The violators and other non-adherents to the NCDC’s protocols were apprehended for flouting government’s directives to forestall community transmission of the dreaded Coronavirus. The state government had last weekend announced the total lockdown in four local government areas of Ijesaland as part of its swift response to combat the pandemic. The decision to lockdown some parts of ... more
  • 19 hours EFCC re-arraigns Presidential Arms Probe Panel member TheNation
    Our Reporter The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday re-arraigned a member of the Presidential Committee on procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces, Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (retd.), at a Federal High Court in Abuja. Mohammed was re-arraigned with his company, Easy Jet Integrated Services Limited, before Justice Inyang Ekwo. They were re-arraigned on an amended five-count charge bordering on money laundering, illegal possession of firearms and possession of official documents without lawful authority. Read Also: EFCC chair Magu detained Mohammed pleaded not guilty to all counts, just as same plea was entered for his company. Following ... more
  • 19 hours Ex-HoS Oyo-Ita’s trial for October 20 TheNation
    By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja The absence of the stenographer at a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday stalled the planned opening of trial in the case against the immediate past Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita and nine others. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed an 18-count charge bordering on fraud against the accused. Oyo-Ita is charged with her Special Assistant, Ubong Effiok; Frontline Ace Global Services Limited; Asanaya Projects Limited; Garba Umar, his companies, Slopes International Limited and Gooddeal Investments Limited; U & U Global Services Limited (allegedly belonging to Effiok) and Prince ... more
  • 19 hours Wike sacks Perm Sec for flouting guidelines TheNation
    By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has sacked a Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sunny Okere, with immediate effect for flouting and obstructing the enforcement of the COVID-19 guidelines. He said the sacked permanent secretary had the temerity to chase away officials of the state Ministry of Health, who went to Oyigbo to enforce the established guidelines on public burials. A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said the governor spoke yesterday in a statewide broadcast. Wike said his action against the permanent secretary would act as a lesson to other public officers, who ... more
  • 19 hours Oyo: learning will go on despite FG’s position on WAEC TheNation
    By Bisi Oladele, Ibadan The Oyo State Government has revealed that it would keep school open and allow pupils to continue learning despite Federal Government’s announcement that the WASCE examination would not hold in Nigeria. The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr Olasunkanmi Olaleye told The Nation last night that the Federal Government’s decision would not make Oyo State Government reconsider its stand on school reopening and learning. He said the state was waiting for WAEC’s decision on the development. Olaleye said the Federal Government’s decision could deny Nigerian pupils the opportunity to participate in a regional examination which ... more
  • 19 hours What Hushpuppi, Mompha, Invictus Obi share in common TheNation |E
    By Alao Abiodun Over the years, Nigeria’s reputation has constantly been dragged in the mud, especially for fraudulent activities and cyber-crimes. Meanwhile, social media has turned out to be the destination of choice for many suspected fraudsters to exhibit and display their ill-gotten wealth for internet users. Many flaunt their wealth, thereby creating a false impression with the aim of deceiving their followers. The likes of Hushpuppi, Mompha, Invictus Obi, Woodberry and many other suspected fraudsters show off their luxurious lifestyles with expensive vehicles, meals with celebrities and spread pictures of their glamorous state-of-the-art homes on social media. Here are ... more
  • 19 hours TB Joshua: I’m ready to pray for patients TheNation
    By Adebisi Onanuga and Robert Egbe General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations ((SCOAN) Pastor Temitope (TB) Joshua on Wednesday offered to virtually pray for COVID-19 patients in isolation centres around the world. In an announcement posted on Joshua’s YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, the cleric called on relevant government and medical authorities to “organise those who are in isolation” and “arrange how to connect them to us on Emmanuel TV”. “The blessing of Jesus is for those who knock and ask,” he said in the announcement, adding: “In whatever way you support to make this happen, we are ... more
  • 20 hours Ekiti govt, APC chief disagree over performance TheNation
    By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Otunba Olusegun Agbalajobi, has said Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration may be the worst in the history of the state with its alleged poor performance. He alleged that the Fayemi-led second term administration has become one of the biggest disasters that have befallen Ekiti since its creation in 1996, considering the lacklustre leadership being exhibited in piloting the affairs of the state. In a statement yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, Agbalajobi said Governor Fayemi has made a disappointing showing within the two years in the saddle, in contrast ... more
  • 20 hours How we recorded Sani begging my father, by witness TheNation
    By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja A Federal High Court in Abuja heard on Wednesday how audio and video recordings were made of the interactions between erstwhile Kaduna Central Senator Shehu Sani and a businessman, Alhaji Sani Dauda, who accused Sani of obtaining $25,000 from him under false pretence. Dauda’s son, Mohammed, gave details of how he set up devices on two occasions to record what transpired between his father and Sani when the senator returned the money and begged for forgiveness. Mohammed was testifying as the seventh prosecution witness in Sani’s trial on a two-count charge in which he was ... more
  • 21 hours Hushpuppi not guilty of fraud, says lawyer TheNation |E
    By Omolola Afolabi  Legal representative to Ramon Abbass (Hushpuppi), Gal Pissetzky of Pissetzky and Berliner has said the popular Instagram celebrity is not guilty of any of the charges against him. Speaking during an interview with Forbes, Pissetzky said “Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi is absolutely not guilty of all the charges they are accusing him of. Read Also: Hushpuppi’s death “Abass was running a very legitimate business and had a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud. He is an entrepreneur, he has real estate business and was promoting brands, that’s how he was ... more
  • 23 hours Okoro in ‘village headmaster’ dies TheNation |E
    Sampson Unamka Veteran actor and Elder statesman, Jimmy Johnson, known by his moniker ‘Okoro’ in the popular 80s NTA TV series ‘village headmaster’ is dead. Director of Communications, Actors Guild of Nigeria, Monalisa Chinda Coker, confirmed the incident in an official statement from the AGN. It reads: “We received the news of the transition of our veteran actor and elder statesman, Jimmy Johnson with shock but grateful to God for a life well spent. “Popularly known as Okoro in Village, Late Jimmy Johnson was an inspiration to many young actors and has helped groom many talents in the entertainment industry. ... more
  • 24 hours PDP knocks APC over alleged plot to rig Edo poll TheNation |Politics
    By Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of sponsoring false reports in some online platforms purporting that the PDP was seeking to rig the September 19 Edo state governorship election. The said online report had alleged that former Senate President, Bukola Saraki was mounting pressure on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to help the PDP rig the election. But in a reaction on Thursday, the PDP accused the leadership of the APC of plotting to use fabrications in a section of the media to arm-twist the INEC ... more
  • 1 day COVID 19: Benue Assembly suspends sitting TheNation
    Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi The Benue State House of Assembly has suspended plenary to allow for Honorable Members and members of staff to subject themselves to COVID-19 screening. This decision was arrived at after the increase in number of persons who to tested positive for COVID-19. A statement signed by the chairman, Committee on information and Orientation, Hon .Tertsea Gbishe, stated that: “going by the nature of the Assembly’s functions which warrants us to interact closely with constituents at the grassroots on one hand and top government functionaries in Ministries, Departments and Agencies on the other hand, it has become imperative ... more
  • 1 day Governors pledge support for FG’s gas expansion programme TheNation
    Eric Ikhilae, Abuja Members of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) have resolved to collaborate with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to support the implementation of the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) through a state-wide adoption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The governors also promised to evolve measures to ease gas pipeline right of way applications and encourage the micro stove assembly for small businesses, including facilitating training for gas operators. They gave the commitment at the NGF’s 12th COVID-19 teleconference held on Wednesday where Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva made a presentation on the NGEP. In a communique ... more
  • 1 day Hushpuppi not guilty of fraud, says lawyer TheNation
    By Omolola Afolabi  Legal representative to Ramon Abbass (Hushpuppi), Gal Pissetzky of Pissetzky and Berliner has said the popular Instagram celebrity is not guilty of any of the charges against him. Speaking during an interview with Forbes, Pissetzky said “Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi is absolutely not guilty of all the charges they are accusing him of. Read Also: Hushpuppi’s death “Abass was running a very legitimate business and had a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud. He is an entrepreneur, he has real estate business and was promoting brands, that’s how he was ... more
  • 1 day We’ve served Ondo Deputy Governor impeachment notice, says Clerk TheNation
    By Osagie Otabor, Akure Clerk of Ondo Assembly, Mr. Adeyelu Bode, said Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, has been served notice of his impeachment signed by 14 lawmakers. The Clerk said the notice was served on July 7, the same day the lawmakers issued the impeachment notice and was received at the office of Ajayi. Among the allegations leveled against Hon Ajayi included gross misconduct, abuse of office with actions likely to bring down the state government, financial recklessness, abandonment of office, official duty and other assignments and maligning credibility of the Legislative arm with false allegations of cash inducement ... more
  • 1 day My husband is slowing my economic breakthrough, woman tells court TheNation
    Agency Reporter Mrs Kafila Ogunsina, a mother of four, on Thursday, prayed an Ile-tuntun Customary Court in Ibadan, to dissolve her 12-year marriage to Rafiu, on the grounds that he was slowing her “economic breakthrough”. Kafilat, a seamstress, told the court that she had not made any financial headway since she married Rafiu,12 years ago. “Ever since I stepped into Rafiu’s house as a wife, nothing has worked for me. I have remained stagnant; moreover, he beats me like a slave. “Rafiu also destroyed the little property I took into his house,” Kafilat explained. READ ALSO: My husband deceived me into ... more
  • 1 day NNPC records 2,873MW increase in gas for power TheNation
    By John Ofikhenua, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Thursday in Abuja announced an increase of 19.14 per cent in the average daily natural gas supply to power plants which translates to 788millon standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd), equivalent to power generation of 2,873MW. The NNPC, in a release by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, explained that the figure was contained in the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) for April, 2020. According to the report, a total of 226.51billion Cubic Feet (BCF) of natural gas was produced in ... more
  • 1 day BREAKING: Nasarawa Attorney General tests positive for COVID-19 TheNation
    By Linus Oota, Lafia Nasarawa Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Abdulkarim Kana, has tested positive for COVID-19. Commissioner for health, Pharmacist Yahaya Ahmed, confirmed the incident to The Nation in a telephone interview in Lafia, the state capital. He said: “Yes I’m aware. I can confirm that, however he is in self isolation at home and is in a stable and clear condition. We are taking care of him.” The Attorney General is a member of the State Task Force on COVID-19. Details shortly… ... more
  • 1 day Marketers decry flunctation in petroleum prices TheNation
    Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt The National President Of Natural Oil And Gas Suppliers Association Of Nigeria (NOGASA), Mr. Beneth Okorie, has decried the incessant fluctuations in pump prices of petroleum products. Okorie, who spoke in Port Harcourt on Thursday through the Public Relations Officer of NOGASA, Chief Chinedu Ukadike, said the frequency in price changes was causing hardship among marketers, suppliers and users. He said: “This incessant up and down monthly review has caused a lot of untold hardship to marketers, suppliers and end users.The depot owners whose petroleum products were purchased at N113.7 per litre are demanding differentials from ... more
  • 1 day EFCC’s inability to retrieve exhibit from CBN stalls Sen Shehu Sani’s trial TheNation
    By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja Proceedings were stalled on Thursday in the criminal trial of Senator Shehu Sani owing to the prosecution’s inability to retrieve a vital exhibit from the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Sani is standing trial before the court on a two-count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC alleged that Sani engaged in name-dropping and obtaining $25,000.00 from Alhaji Sani Dauda of ASD Motors, Kaduna, under a false pretence that he would use the money to bribe the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to shield ... more
  • 1 day Kano COVID-19 cases hit 201, as 15, 445 samples tested TheNation
    Agency Reporter Kano State has recorded 210 new COVID-19 cases, the state Ministry of Health has said. The ministry via its official Twitter handle @KNSMOH, on Thursday disclosed that 15, 445 samples have been tested for COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the state recorded a surge in the number of infections after it showed a declined from over 1, 000 to less than 200 in the last three weeks. The trend was against the zero infection recorded few days back in the state. The ministry, however, disclosed ... more
  • 1 day Operators charge Adesugba to sanitise NEPZA TheNation |Biz
    Our Reporter Operators in Nigeria’s export free zones have charged the newly appointed Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Professor Adesoji Adesugba, to clean the rot at the agency. In their separate interviews with journalists at the weekend, the operators also hailed his appointment, saying that as an accomplished specialist in investment promotion and economic development, he will boost the ongoing efforts of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo to reform NEPZA and incentivize investments at the export free zone. The operators charged ... more
  • 1 day Obaseki’s struggle for second term TheNation |Politics
    By Osaro Akpata   As Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State prepares for poll, he appears oblivious of more traps that may scuttle his ambition Three weeks ago, he started what is seen as the process of clearing the impediments for his re-election by announcing that he has moved from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); few days after he was disqualified by the APC screening committee for the Edo State governorship election. Obaseki’s disqualification, climaxed what is seen as a long-run battle between the governor and the immediate past APC National Chairman and a ... more
  • 1 day Magu: Panel widens probe TheNation
    Top EFCC, NFIU officials to testify Anti-graft chief grilled for 10 hours Salami promises fairness, justice Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Abuja    ACTING Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu was on Wednesday grilled for the third day over allegations levelled against him by Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami. He was quizzed for more than 10 hours, it was learnt, after which he was returned to the custody of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) where he is being detained. The panel has expanded the scope ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Fed Govt pulls JSS 3, SSS 3 pupils out of WASSCE TheNation
     Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja   THE Federal Government on Wednesday pulled the brake on the preparation to reopen schools to enable pupils in Primary Six, Junior Secondary School (JSSIII) and Senior Secondary School (SSSIII) write their final examinations. Education Minister Mallam Adamu Adamu said SSSIII pupils will not be participating in the upcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations. In a chat with reporters at the State House after the seventh weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, the minister said there is no date for resumption of schools yet. The development negated a directive by the President Task ... more
  • 1 day #BBNaijaReunion2020: Own up to your truth – Housemates tell Tacha TheNation |E
    Adeyinka Akintunde   Wednesday night saw former housemates of the Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem edition thrash out an issue that happened in the hotel between Mercy Akide (Tacha) and Chinonso Opara (Kim Oprah). Kim Oprah accused Tacha of “trying to intimidate and bully” her as there was an incident where Tacha came at her in the hotel, recording and saying that her confidence got her a car, and Kim should produce her own. In her words “I don’t understand why you would come at me, bully me intimidating me and recording me at the same time after the show” ... more
  • 1 day Afe’s Ivy League TheNation
    Hardball   CHIEF Afe Babalola, legal silk and university investor, is angry — angry that university final-year students were not among those to resume school, this COVID-19 season, like primary 6, JS 3 and SS 3. His ire is especially directed at the “all-mighty” Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which he guessed must have muscled the Federal Government, from extending school resumption to the university finalists. Even then, in a statement signed by Tunde Olofintila, Head, Corporate Affairs, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Babalola propounded a rather weird policy, that pretty much equates education apartheid, in a ... more
  • 1 day Woman strangles husband in Abia TheNation
    Agency Reporter   THE Abia police command has arrested one Mrs Rose Uwaga for allegedly strangling her 83-year-old husband, Alhaji Isa Uwaga, in Umuahia, the state capital. Police spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonnaya confirmed the arrest of the woman, who was said to be in her early 70s, to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Wednesday. Ogbonnaya said that one of Uwaga’s children, Ibeabuchi, reported the matter to the police on July 2. He said that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for proper investigation. He also said that the remains of the deceased ... more
  • 1 day Hushpuppi: More Nigerians doing positive things than negative abroad, says minister TheNation
    Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja   FOREIGN Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has said Nigeria and its image abroad should not be judged by the actions of a very few criminals. Onyeama, who was the special guest on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum, said despite the involvement of a few Nigerians in the recently uncovered high profile scams, many more Nigerians were doing good and positive things abroad. He described as unfortunate the perception in the media that bad news made better news than good news. The minister urged the Nigerian media to shine its lights on the good deeds of Nigerians ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19 cases in Nigeria hits more than 30,000 with 460 new cases TheNation
    Adeyinka Akintunde     More than thirty thousand Nigerians are now down with the Coronavirus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said. According to a tweet released by the NCDC on Wednesday night, the country recorded 460 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases so far to 30, 249, with 12, 373 persons discharged. The breakdown of figures recorded according to states is as follows: Lagos-150 Rivers-49 Oyo-43 Delta-38 FCT-26 Anambra-20 Kano-20 Plateau-18 Edo-14 Bayelsa-13 Enugu-13 Osun-12 Kwara-10 Borno-8 Ogun-7 Kaduna-6 Imo-4 Bauchi-3 Gombe-3 Niger-2 Adamawa-1 684 persons have so far lost their lives in Nigeria due ... more
  • 2 days Court declines Okorocha’s request to stop probe by EFCC, Imo panel TheNation
    Our Reporter   AN Abuja Federal High Court on Wednesday declined Senator Rochas Okorocha’s request for an order restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the state probe panel from investigating him on alleged financial infractions. Justice Ahmed Mohammed rejected the request after counsel to the former Imo State governor, Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, informed the court that since the defence counsel asked for an adjournment to respond to processes served on them, the court should make an order stopping the parties in the suit from going ahead with the probe, pending the determination of the matter. Though counsel ... more
  • 2 days FEC approves N109.189b for road projects TheNation
    Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja   THE seventh weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday approved projects worth  N109.1 billion for the Ministry of Works/ Housing and the Ministry of Education. The ministry of works will receive N108.443b for four projects comprising the completion of the Enugu-Lokponta section of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway; Numan road linking Borno and Adamawa states, Gombe-Biu Road connecting Adamawa and Borno States as well as the Dikwa-Marte Road. The balance of N744,264,000 will be spent by the Ministry of Education as counterpart fund for  the  renovation of 18 blocks of hostels for 4,032 students of ... more
  • 2 days Ivory Coast PM dies after cabinet meeting TheNation
      IVORY Coast’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has died after falling ill at a ministerial meeting. The 61-year-old had been chosen as the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential election, after Alassane Ouattara said he would not seek a third term in office. Gon Coulibaly had only just returned from France where he had received two-months’ heart treatment. President Ouattara said the country was in mourning. He said Gon Coulibaly had become unwell during a weekly cabinet meeting and was taken to hospital where he later died. His death creates huge uncertainty over the election. Gon Coulibaly had received ... more
  • 2 days Ondo Assembly suspends Deputy Speaker as Majority Leader resigns TheNation
     Osagie Otabor, Akure   THE Ondo State House of Assembly yesterday suspended Deputy Speaker Iroju Ogundeji, for alleged gross misconduct. Majority Leader Jamiu Maito (Akoko Northwest) resigned his position. Ogundeji represents Odigbo Constituency I. Two other members  – Adewale Adewinle (Ondo West 2) and Mrs Favour Tomomewo (Ilaje Constituency II) – were also suspended. The letter of suspension was read by Mr Bode Adeyelu, the Clerk of the House, during plenary. Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun said the suspended members violated the Standing Rules of the house, adding that this could bring it into disrepute. Oleyelogun, who directed the suspended members to ... more
  • 2 days Firm adds designer eyewears to retail online portfolios TheNation |Biz
    By Kelvin Osa Okunbor   An online fashion retail store, LXLF Limited, has added designer eyewears to its online retail portfolios. The addition, according to the firm, which is a subsidiary of I ‘s Age Limited include – Gucci, Hugo Boss, Police, Tom Ford, Rayban and others, comes less than a month after it celebrated its first anniversary. The online retail store scheduled for official  launch  on  Saturday, July  11 will be offering a one week discount promotion. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of I’s Age Limited, Okeisolobrugwe Clifford Ikpikpini, said the addition was line with LXLF Limited’s goal to ... more
  • 2 days Smile unveils self-help app TheNation |Biz
    By Lucas Ajanaku   The continuing quest to always delight its customers has compelled West Africa pioneer 4G LTE broadband service provider Smile Nigeria to introduce a new self-care App called MySmile App. The MySmile App opens up a whole new world of convenience for Smile customers. Not  only   will  customers  be  in  control  of  their  accounts, the  new  MySmile  App  will   ensure  that  they  exercise control where ever they are from the palm of their hands. This  latest  in  the  string of  innovations  from  the  stable  of the firm,  appropriately  named  the MySmile  App enables customers to enjoy  a  ... more
  • 2 days Eight countries jostle for WTO top job TheNation |Biz
        FORMER Finance Minister Dr. Okonjo-Iweala and seven other candidates are contesting for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) top job. Other candidates are from Egypt, South Korea, Mexico, Moldova, Kenya, Mexico and Saudi Arabia that will vie for the top job at the WTO, seeking to convince its 164 members they can steer the body through intensifying global trade tensions and rising protectionism. A final 24-hour flurry added three names to the field to replace Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who will quit at the end of August, a year earlier than expected. With three of the six previous director-generals coming ... more
  • 2 days Samsung unveils Galaxy A71, A51 TheNation |Biz
       Lucas Ajanaku   Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Samsung, unveiled the Galaxy A71 and A51 in the country. Since unveiling, the devices have shown exceptional performance since the launch of the devices both globally and in Nigeria. This is largely due to the presence of features similar to the flagship devices- Note and S- Series; one of which is the unique Quad Camera setup. The 64MP Main camera of the A71 is top notch, works alongside 3 other cameras to provide clear and detailed pictures. The struggle of trying to get everyone into one single picture or rushing to find ... more
  • 2 days FIRS extends tax debt payments to August 31 TheNation |Biz
    From Nduka Chiejina, (Asst. Editor), Abuja   THE Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has extended the closing date of its waiver of penalty and interest window on tax debts owned by individuals and businesses from June 30 to August 31, 2020. Its Executive Chairman,  Mr. Muhammad Nami, in a statement signed by Director, Communications and Liaison Department, FIRS, Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, stated that the extension is a follow up to some palliative measures devised by the FIRS to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy to support tax-paying individuals and business entities in the country. According to Nami, ... more
  • 2 days Customs impounds goods worth N1.2 billion TheNation |Biz
    From Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin   The Northcentral Zone of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday said it has seized contraband goods worth N1.2 billion from May till date. The zone comprises Kwara, Kogi, Niger and Benue states. The service also said it has arrested no fewer than 53 suspects allegedly involved in smuggling of contraband goods. Coordinator, Joint Border Drill Operations of the zone Comptoller Mohammed Garba told reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, adding that the operations had recorded 225 seizures in the period under review. The seizures, according to him, include 17,490 bags of par boiled rice, ... more
  • 2 days Access seeks to acquire Zambian bank TheNation |Biz
      Access Bank Plc has commenced an exclusive discussion towards full acquisition of Cavmont Bank Limited, a Zambia-based financial institution. Access Bank is seeking to consummate the acquisition through its Zambian subsidiary, Access Bank Zambia Limited. In a regulatory filing yesterday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Access Bank stated that it has entered discussions to acquire 100 per cent equity stake in Cavmont Bank Limited from Cavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc, the sole owner of Cavmont Bank. While the discussions on the merger have reached advanced stage, Access Bank stated that there is no certainty yet on agreement or ... more
  • 2 days NSE places caveat on 13 companies TheNation |Biz
    By Taofik Salako, Deputy Group Business Editor   The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has warned investors to be wary when dealing with the shares of 13 companies after they failed to meet regulatory deadlines for the submission of their financial statements without any explanation. The companies are Aso Savings and Loans Plc, Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc, DN Tyre & Rubber Plc, FTN Cocoa Processors Plc, Goldlink Insurance Plc, International Energy Insurance Plc, Medview Airline Plc, Resort Savings & Loans Plc, Staco Insurance Plc, Standard Alliance Insurance Plc, UNIC Diversified Holdings Plc, Union Dicon Salt Plc and Union Homes ... more
  • 2 days Azoospermia: The tension and flickers of hope TheNation |Health
    FEMI KUSA   I salute the courage of azoospermic or zero-sperm-count men whose wives are anxious to get pregnant, and sense this may be a tall dream. Their wives nevertheless initiate or agree to conjugation ruled by the head and not the heart, just to keep the marriage going. These women usually do not betray their worries on their faces at home or outdoor. These relationships must be tension-packed, in homes where high pressure emotions are bottled up on both sides. Every time I have received enquires on this subject, it has been from a woman. Last week, one of ... more
  • 2 days Why ondo needs Abraham’s blessing TheNation |Politics
    By Akin Orimolade   Ondo State is uniquely blessed in many ways. It is the only State that shares territorial boundaries with four States and the ocean. In addition, it is one of the few States blessed with cash crops, mineral and human resources that even countries pray to have. How God decided to make Dr. Akinola Aguda, Chief Adekunle Ajasin,Chief Ade Ojo (Elizade Motors) Moses Orimolade, D. O. Fagunwa, Chief Gani Fawehinmi,  Pastor T. B. Joshua, Otunba Jobi Fele, Chief Rufus Giwa, Chief Akin Deko,Chief Henry Fajemirokun, Aare Ona Kakanfo Gani Adams,Dr. Orlando Owoh, King Sunny Ade, Madam Comfort ... more
  • 2 days Ondo poll: we want direct primary in APC, says Adojutelegan TheNation |Politics
    From Jide Orintunsin, Abuja   Ahead of the screening of the 12 aspirants for Ondo State governorship primary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), an aspirant, Dr. Nathaniel Olumuyiwa Adojutelegan, said all aspirants but one have endorsed the direct primary. The governorships contender appealed to the Governor Mai Mala Buni– led Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee to adopt direct primary. He said the crisis in the party in the state was a product of the congress that failed to carry all party members along at the expense of some leaders, which polarised the party. He recalled the last congresses ... more
  • 2 days How tech can help unemployed Nigerian youths thrive in pandemic TheNation |Biz
    Our Reporter As the Nigerian economy continues to buckle under the weight of COVID-19 pandemic throwing thousands into the labour market, technology has been identified as a panacea that will help Nigerian youths thrive and increasing their income. This position is held by Crown Interactive, a Lagos-based software solutions company headed by Nigeria-born IT expert, Wumi Oghoetuoma. The organization notes that interventions supporting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is needed to curtail scary unemployment projections expected to rise 33.6% by the end of 2020 – that’s 39.4 million Nigerians. Crown Interactive revealed, “It goes without saying that Covid-19 has ... more
  • 2 days PHOTOS: Youths destroy Church of Satan, attack pastor TheNation
     
    Ifekwe Udo, the pastor in-charge of Assemblies of Light Bearer Greater Church of Lucifer     ... more
  • 2 days Ekiti begins recruitment for Amotekun corps TheNation
    By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti The Ekiti State Government has begun commenced recruitment of personnels into its State Security Network also known as Amotekun corps. Governor Kayode Fayemi had in March signed into law the bill backing the establishment of the network aimed at ending the scourge of kidnappings, killings and other heinous crimes in the state. The Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Brig- General Joe Komolafe (Rtd), who disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, said the forms are free for all eligible residents in the state. Read Also: 4625 graduates apply for Amotekun job in Osun He urged ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19: Adamawa fixes Aug. 4 for schools’ resumption TheNation
    Agency Reporter The Adamawa Government has fixed Aug. 4, 2020 as the resumption date for students in primary six, as well as Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) and Senior Secondary Schools (SSS) students that will be writing their terminal examinations. This is contained in a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital, Mrs Wilbina Jackson, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Yola. Jackson in the statement said, “In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry wishes to inform parents and relevant stakeholders that education must strive under all conditions. “Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri has directed that ... more
  • 2 days FG evacuates 162 stranded in India TheNation
    Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja No fewer than 162 Nigerians stranded in India have been evacuated, it was learnt. The evacuees are the third batch to have been evacuated from India. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed this in a tweet on Wednesday. Over 4,000 Nigerians were stranded across the globe due to the global lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Government has set ending of July to complete evacuation of its nationals stranded abroad. READ ALSO: 162 stranded Nigerians in Libya arrive Lagos Airport Already, about 3,000 have been successfully evacuated in the last two months. The 162 evacuees, ... more
  • 2 days Youths attack Church of Satan’s Pastor, demolish structure TheNation
    By Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia A pastor in-charge of Assemblies of Light Bearer Greater Church of Lucifer, popularly known as Church of Satan, Ohafia, Abia State, Ifekwe Udo, has narrowly escaped being lynched by angry youths of Ebem Ohafia community. Udo is said to be cooling off in police custody after being whisked away by a team of personnel of the Abia State command of the Nigeria Police Force. It was gathered before the arrival of the police team, angry youths had already pulled down his church building and other monuments/statues in the compound. It was gathered that police had arrested ... more
  • 2 days Detectives search Magu’s house as probe continues TheNation
    From Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Abuja EFCC chair returns to custody after second-day of grilling Three shortlisted for job Detectives on Tuesday searched the personal house of the embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu. The EFCC boss is under investigation by an Administrative Panel, headed by Justice Isa Ayo Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal. He appeared at the panel on Tuesday for the second day. It was learnt that the detectives combed Magu’s house in Karu on the outskirts of Abuja at about 7pm. A source said: ... more
  • 2 days Absence of court’s stenographer stalls ex-HOS Oyo-Ita’s trial TheNation
    Eric Ikhilae, Abuja The planned opening of trial in the case against the immediate past Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita and nine others was stalled on Wednesday owing to the absence of the court’s stenographer. They were arraigned on March 23, 2020 before a Federal High Court in Abuja on an 18-count charge bordering on fraud, filed by the Economic and Fnanacial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Oyo-Ita is charged with her special assistant, Ubong Effiok; Frontline Ace Global Services Limited; Asanaya Projects Ltd; Garba Umar, his companies, Slopes International Ltd and Gooddeal Investments ... more
  • 2 days Stock Exchange places caveat on 13 companies TheNation
    Taofik Salako, Deputy Group Business Editor Authorities at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) have warned investors to be wary when dealing with shares of 13 companies after they failed to meet regulatory deadlines for the submission of their financial statements without any explanation. The 13 companies include Aso Savings and Loans Plc; Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc; DN Tyre & Rubber Plc; FTN Cocoa Processors Plc; Goldlink Insurance Plc; International Energy Insurance Plc; Medview Airline Plc; Resort Savings & Loans Plc; Staco Insurance Plc; Standard Alliance Insurance Plc; UNIC Diversified Holdings Plc; Union Dicon Salt Plc ... more
  • 2 days 2020 Pitchers awards announced TheNation |Biz
    Our Reporter The Pitcher Awards, recognised as the new benchmark for creative excellence in marketing communications across Africa, has announced winners for 2020. The winners were announced at the 2020 Pitcher Awards show organised by CHINI Africa, the official festival representative of Cannes Lions in Nigeria. Speaking at the awards show, Nnamdi Ndu, CEO of CHINI Africa, said: “With the COVID-19 crisis, we were faced with 2 choices: to cancel the 2020 festival, or to migrate online. As a company that champions creativity, it wasn’t difficult at all for us to make a choice. ”At no time in recent history ... more
  • 2 days ‘Fayemi’s govt may be worst in Ekiti’s history’ TheNation
    By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Otunba Olusegun Agbalajobi has said Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration may be the worst in the history of the state with its alleged underperformance. Agbalajobi alleged that the Fayemi-led second term administration has become one of the biggest disasters that have befallen Ekiti since its creation in 1996 considering the lacklustre leadership being exhibited in piloting the affairs of the state. In a statement on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti, Agbalajobi said that Governor Fayemi has made a disappointing showing within the two years in the saddle in ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19: Ondo denies shutting isolation centre TheNation
    Osagie Otabor, Akure Ondo State Government denied shutting down its Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) where COVID-19 patients are treated. It also denied online report that COVID-19 patients were sent home over striking doctors at the hospital. Some doctors at the IDH under the auspices of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) stopped attending to COVID-19 patients over alleged insensitivity of the State government to their working conditions. READ ALSO: APC lashes Ondo deputy governor as House begins impeachment Acting Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye, who denied closure of the IDH said other group of doctors ... more
  • 2 days 50 Reps not positive, says House Spokesman TheNation
    By Tony Akowe, Abuja The House of Representatives has denied any panic within the National Assembly as a result of alleged infection of members by COVID-19 . Spokesman of the House, Benjamin Kalu, in a statement in Abuja said media reports that 50 lawmakers are positive were not true. He explained the adjournment of the Lower Chambers on Tuesday was as a result of the House decision to sit once a week since the pandemic. Kalu said the leadership of the House has been in the forefront of finding solution to the pandemic, adding that COVID-19 is but a sickness ... more
  • 2 days Former African heavyweight boxing champion recovers from cancer TheNation
    Agency Reporter Ngozika Ekwelum, a former African Heavy Weight Boxing Champion, has been discharged from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu, after a successful treatment of cancer of the bladder. Ekwelum was diagnosed of cancer of the bladder and had been undergoing treatment since April 8. Addressing newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday, during his visit for a checkup, Ekwelum said he had completed all the Radiotherapy for the treatment and would undergo chemotherapy once a month till November 2020. The boxing champion, thanked Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra, his Home Town Union President General, Mr Mezie Okwuokolo and ... more
  • 2 days Oyo workers may enjoy six months maternity, four weeks paternity leave TheNation
    Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan If things go as planned, female and male workers in public service in Oyo State may begin to enjoy six months maternity and one month paternity leave. The leave is to attract full pay by the government. The proposal came as a motion, raised by a member representing Ogbomosho North state constituency, Mrs Olawumi Oladejo during Tuesday plenary of the Oyo State House of Assembly. Oladeji who described as “inadequate”, the current four months maternity leave been enjoyed by female workers, explained that the six months proposal will allow nursing mothers more time for exclusive breastfeeding of ... more
  • 2 days Lack of electricity stunting industrialisation, development – Gbajabiamila TheNation
    By Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that lack of adequate electricity has been the bane of industrialisation and development in the country. Gbajabiamila was speaking at the opening of the investigative hearing on the Power Sector on Wednesday by the House ad hoc committee on the Power Sector, headed by the Leader of the House, Rep. Alhassan Ado Doguwa. According to the Speaker, the 9th House of Representatives is set to initiate a comprehensive review of all legislation relating to the power sector. His words: “It is no longer news ... more
  • 2 days Federal Character Commission to audit MDAs’ nominal rolls TheNation
    By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja The Federal Character Commission (FCC) has said it would soon commence the audit of nominal rolls of federal ministries, departments and agencies to ensure they are complying with federal character principles. The Executive Chairman of the FCC, Dr Muheeba Dankaka, who disclosed this on Wednesday during the maiden media briefing of the Commission at its headquarters in Abuja, also said the FCC would not hesitate to impose necessary sanctions on any staff or agency found to be defaulting. She further noted that the FCC had discovered that the second mandate of the commission which dwells on ... more
  • 2 days BREAKING: Explosion kills seven at Benin River Valve Station – NNPC TheNation
    John Ofikhenua, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reported an explosion incident which occurred at Gbetiokun, OML 40 and operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), on behalf of the NPDC/Elcrest Joint Venture leading to the death of seven people . The incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused 7 fatalities, a release by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, has said. The release stated that detailed investigation of the cause of ... more
  • 2 days A’Ibom APC knocks Buhari over Akpabio, other appointments TheNation
    Bassey Anthony, Uyo The All Progressives Congress(APC) in Akwa Ibom has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for his choice of Mr. Iboro Akpabio as an ambassador designate from the state. The party said Iboro is not known to the state chapter of the APC and may not even be an indigene of Akwa Ibom state. In a statement signed by the state publicity secretary of the APC, Nkereuwem Enyongekere, the party frowned seriously at Buhari’s style of appointments from the state without recourse to the leadership of the party in the state. Enyongekere described as ‘extraneous’ appointments by the federal government ... more
  • 2 days Akinyele killings: Oyo police nab suspects TheNation
    Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan Indication emerged on Wednesday that the Oyo State Police Command have nabbed the perpetrators and collaborators behind the various killings in Akinyele area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The community which has been enmeshed in series of killings including women, girls and even a five year old boy under various guises had been in the news for negative reasons. Although, the police have yet to made public the identities of those arrested, a top government source hinted that about 95 percent of what should be done had been done. The Special Adviser on Security to Governor ... more
  • 2 days 35 days after: Davido stays away from social media TheNation |E
    By Gbenga Bada   Davido has continued to stay away from social media 35 days after he announced to his fans across the world that he’s decided to live his life and put himself first. The singer has remained incommunicado to many of his friends and colleagues after he announced that he changed his mobile phone numbers on June 3. Davido moved out of his Lekki mansion to a newly purchased apartment on Banana Island in the same month and has gone into hiatus. Sources disclosed that Davido moved into the new apartment with his only son and third child, ... more
  • 2 days House accuses NNPC of tampering with $1.05b NLNG dividend TheNation |Biz
    From Tony Akowe and Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja The House of Representatives on Tuesday accused the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of tampering with about $1.05 billion from the dividend account of the Nigeria Liquidified Natural Gas (NLNG). The House, therefore, mandated its Committee on Public Accounts to invite the management of the NNPC as well as that of the NLNG and  probe what happened to the dividend. The House resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon Ndudi Elunelu on the need to investigate the illegal withdrawal. Elumelu said the NLNG was incorporated as a limited liability ... more
  • 2 days Ondo 2020: Why APC Unity Forum is in disarray TheNation |Politics
    The controversy over zoning and the choice of a consensus candidate by the Unity Forum, a caucus within the Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC), is tearing apart the group, reports OSAGIE OTABOR Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State may be heaving a sigh of relief now. The coming together of his political opponents within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the purpose of stopping his second term bid has hit the rock. Nevertheless, the aspirants are still planning to woo support from both within and outside the state. No fewer than 15 persons have declared interest to contest ... more
  • 2 days How to achieve digital economy, by NCC TheNation |Biz
    By Lucas Ajanaku   The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)  is committed to the implementation of the digital economy programme of the Federal Government, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Prof Umar Dambatta, has said. Dambatta said as part of strategies to realise the vision as part of NCC’s regulatory mandate, it has created a Digital Economy Department, responsible for implementing programmes and policies aimed at fully supporting and promoting the national digital economy agenda . According to him, the Governing Board of the Commission approved the creation of the new department is structurally placed under the Office of the Executive Vice ... more
  • 2 days AXA seeks early exposure of kids to tech TheNation |Biz
    Our Reporter     Early exposure of kids to technology is key to getting them prepared for the challenges of the future, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc has said. Speaking during the grand finale of AXAKidsRock, its Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs Jumoke Odunlami, said children are the leaders of tomorrow, arguing that exposing them early to technology will prepare them for responsible leadership. She said: “We believe children are the keys to the better Nigeria that we all dream about and thus we are committed to helping prepare them to achieve their hopes and aspirations. “We are aware that many parents ... more
  • 2 days ‘Castle & Castle’ star gets Naira Marley’s attention, N1m TheNation |E
    By Gbenga Bada Nollywood actor, Jude Chukwuka, has gotten the attention of controversial Nigerian musician, Naira Marley and a ‘token’ of N1 million. The ‘Castle and Castle’ actor got himself the fund after impressing Naira Marley for miming ‘Mafo,’ one of his hit songs featuring Young John. Chukwuka had shared a short video of himself singing along with Naira Marley on his Instagram page on Friday, July 3, with his 42000 followers. The video, which garnered 982 comments and over 81000 likes, impressed the Marlian president, who promised to give Chukwuka the sum of N1 million for singing along. On ... more
  • 2 days NCAA releases West Link aircraft TheNation |Biz
    By Kelvin Osa Okunbor   The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has released one of the two aircraft belonging to West Link Airlines, which was grounded under Specs Part G of the Air Operator’s Certificate due to violations of the  Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR). The aircraft was among those the regulator erroneously added to its list of grounded airplanes. According to sources, the aircraft – a Challenger CL604-n604 WL – was released to service for not falling under the category of Part G category as it is said to be owned by the airline and not leased. The other ... more
  • 2 days Ekiti, CBN partner to empower 1,000 farmers TheNation |Biz
    From Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado Ekiti   Ekiti State government has signed a partnership deal with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to empower 1,000 farmers in the state for commercial production of cassava. Speaking while flagging off the five-star Cassava Model Farming in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Governor Kayode Fayemi, said the government has released over 6,000 hectares of land to Nigeria Cassava Growers Growers’ Association, Ekiti State chapter. The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Folorunsho Olabode said the cassava a production value chain will help in stimulating industrial development in Ekiti. Fayemi said the government had secured N1.9 billion ... more
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