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  • 4 days Sterling Bank Floats N30bn Commercial Paper to Boost Working Capital ThisDay
    Goddy Egene Sterling Bank Plc is seeking to raise up to N30 billion in the first and second series of its commercial paper (CP) programme to finance its short-term working capital requirements. The series one CP has a tenor of 182 days and yield of 7.5 per cent, while the series two has a tenor of 270 days and a yield of 8.0 per cent. The offer opened last Wednesday and closed yesterday. Sterling Bank Plc last Friday reported gross earnings stood at N150.2 billion, up from N148.7 billion in 2018. Profit after tax (PAT) rose from N9.2 billion ... more
  • 4 days MTN Shares Decline to Listing Price as Market Drops to 8-year Low ThisDay
    Goddy Egene Nigerian stocks fell to eight-year low yesterday following negative reactions to President Muhammadu Buhari’s ordering of lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun, to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)All-share Index dropped 2.43 per cent to 21,330.79, while market capitalisation shed N276.7 billion to N11.1 trillion. The decline was caused by losses recorded banking stocks and MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, which is the second biggest listed firm. The telco stock dipped to 10 per cent to its listing price of N90 per share. In all, 13 stocks depreciated compared to 11 that appreciated. The ... more
  • 4 days NCDC Traces 6,000 Contacts as COVID-19 Cases Rise to 131 ThisDay
    •Deaths increase to two •Lagos discharges five more patients • Oyo gov tests positive •Buhari applauds Tinubu, Adenuga, Enenche, NNPC, others over contributions Our Correspondents The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is now tracing 6,000 people in Lagos and Abuja suspected of having contact or being in proximity with those that have tested positive for COVID-19. The figure, released yesterday by the agency, showed an increment of 1,630 over the number of people being traced as at last Thursday. Besides, the NCDC also announced 20 fresh cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally to 131. Among the new cases is ... more
  • 4 days President Signs COVID-19 Regulations ThisDay
    Our Correspondents President Muhammadu Buhari last night in Abuja gave legal teeth to his Sunday night directive that has locked down Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), by signing the Covid-19 Regulations 2020 in accordance with Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004). The regulations declared Covid-19 as a dangerous and infectious disease. A statement by the president’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the regulations, which took effect from yesterday, March 30, 2020, would serve as a legal backing to various measures unveiled by the president during ... more
  • 4 days AUPCTRE Provides Palliatives to Staff ThisDay
    The Almagamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recerational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has put together a palliative measure for members of its union to support them during the period of the stay at home directive aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. This was unveiled by the Chairman of the association, Engr Oladipo Agboola. According to him, “the stay at home directive caught a lot of us unaware and as a responsive leadership we are looking at a way to assist and help our AUPCTRE members. In view of this, ... more
  • 4 days Buhari Exempts Financial Services Operators from Lockdown ThisDay
    •CBN suspends clearing of cheques •Nigerian banks’ foreign subsidiaries post strong earnings Obinna Chima in Lagos and James Emejo in Abuja The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday said they had obtained exemptions from President Muhammadu Buhari to allow very skeletal operations in the financial system and money markets in order to keep the system in light operations during the period of restriction in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja. The president had in a broadcast on Sunday locked down the two states and the ... more
  • 4 days Segun Oni’s Defection Changes Political Permutations in Ekiti ThisDay
    Victor Ogunje writes former Ekiti State Governor, Chief Segun Oni has made clear his intention to switch political party loyalty from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party to register displeasure about how his supporters and himself were ostracised from all engagements in APC Though, the rumour has been rife since his suspension last year from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State that former Governor Segun Oni will be returning to his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), what many thought was a dream has started to manifest after a few months of conjecture. The ... more
  • 4 days Famfa Oil Pledges N1bn to Support FG, Lagos, Others ThisDay
    Sunday Ehigiator The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, Mr. Modupe Alakija and Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija have donated N1 billion to help the federal government, Lagos State government, and other agencies in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. According to them, the donation symbolised their resilience, character and strength as they plan to work with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). In a statement, the philanthropists announced the donation of N250 miillion to Lagos State government and the NCDC respectively. “As the world rallies to deal with the health, security, economic and social implications of the coronavirus, it’s ... more
  • 2 weeks Eko Hotel Remains Open, Scales Down Services to Minimise Coronavirus Risk ThisDay
    By Demola Ojo The Eko Hotels and Suites has clarified its decision to scale down operations following misinterpretations which followed an earlier statement where it said it would be scaling down services. According to a statement today by its management, the hotel takes pride in prioritizing the safety of its guests, staff and community and is taking extensive precautionary measures in fighting COVID-19. This informed the decision to only keep open Eko Signature hotel, Eko Hotel, 1415 Seafood/Steakhouse, Kuramo Sports Cafe, Lagoon Breeze and Calabash Bar, in adherence to government’s instructions of having not more than 20 people gathered in ... more
  • 2 weeks FAAC Shares N581.566bn February Allocation to FG, States, LGs ThisDay
    Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) has shared a total of N581.566 billion F to the federal, states and local governments for the month of February. This was announced after a rescheduled meeting of the Committee after it was deadlocked last week due to disagreement over revenue figures. A communique issued by the FAAC indicated that from the total revenue of N581.566 billion, the federal government received N236.118 billion, states received N159.010 billion, and the local government councils received N119.305 billion. Oil producing states received N45.310 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue while the ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Ogun Police Release Detainees ThisDay
    Kayode Fasua in Abeokuta As the fear of more people contracting the killer Coronavirus disease heightens, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kenneth Ebrimson, Monday ordered the immediate release of all persons detained for minor offences in all police facilities across the state. Ebrimson gave the order through a statement issued by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi. Oyeyemi, a deputy superintendent of police, said, “The CP has ordered the immediate release of all suspects being detained for minor offences in all police facilities across the state, as part of the preventive measure; while ... more
  • 2 weeks COVID-19: In Ogun, It’s Now 20 Persons Per Gathering ThisDay
    Kayode Fasua in Abeokuta In furtherance to its effort at curtailing the spread of Coronavirus, the Ogun State Government Monday lowered the threshold of those who may gather in one place at a time, from 50 to 20. The latest action thus implies that no church or mosque can congregate with more than 20 persons at a time, and that those attending burial, wedding or sundry ceremonies cannot exceed 20 Announcing the latest development in a statement Monday, the Chief Press Secretary o Governor Dapo Abiodun, Mr. Kunle Somorin, said, “The decisions were taken after the daily review of developments ... more
  • 2 weeks Emirates Showcases Classy Wine Collection at Lagos Event ThisDay
    Demola Ojo Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, uncorked its finest wines at an event held recently in Lagos to highlight its First and Business Class wine selection on board, showcasing the airlines investment in wine as part of its long-term strategy. Emirates has invested US$ 1 billion on its wine programme since 2006, working directly with top vineyards around the world. Each year, 2.2 million bottles of wine are consumed in First and Business Class and 2.6 million bottles in Economy Class. On board Emirates, 54% of the wine and champagne is consumed in Economy class, 40% in Business ... more
  • 2 weeks THISDAY’s Fasogbon Shortlisted for Cancer Journalism Award ThisDay
    THISDAY Journalist, Omolabake Fasogbon has been shortlisted for the prestigious Cancer Journalism Award for the 2019/2020 edition. The award is an initiative of the European School for Oncology in Milan, Italy. It sought to encourage, celebrate and reward journalists who deliver insights into the personal and social impact of the cancer, and efforts to change policy, practice or advocacy. This year, the organisers recorded entries from 24 countries out of which 12 outstanding stories were shortlisted from four different categories. They include: research, science and treatment; patient and carer experience; policy, services and affordability as well as prevention. Among the ... more
  • 2 weeks Eko Hotel Remains Open, Scales Down Services to Minimise Coronavirus Risk ThisDay
    Demola Ojo The Eko Hotels and Suites has clarified its decision to scale down operations following misinterpretations which followed an earlier statement where it said it would be scaling down services. According to a statement today by its management, the hotel takes pride in prioritizing the safety of its guests, staff and community and is taking extensive precautionary measures in fighting COVID-19. This informed the decision to only keep open Eko Signature hotel, Eko Hotel, 1415 Seafood/Steakhouse, Kuramo Sports Cafe, Lagoon Breeze and Calabash Bar, in adherence to government’s instructions of having not more than 20 people gathered in the ... more
  • 2 weeks COVID-19: FCTA Impounds 72 vehicles for Overloading ThisDay
    By Olawale Ajimotokan In spite of the directive by the FCT Administration against overloading of vehicles to stem the spread of Coronavirus in the nation’s capital, at least 72 drivers have reportedly contravened that order. Chairman of the Ministerial Task Team on Decongestion of Traffic, Attah Ikharo, told newsmen in Abuja that 72 vehicles were impounded across the territory by the enforcement team comprising men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Directorate of Road Transport Services and the Police Force. “I was at Nyanya this morning where we observed the level of compliance. I observed at Dutsen-Alhaji, Area one ... more
  • 2 weeks Covid-19: CJN Orders Temporary Closure of Courts ThisDay
    By Alex Enumah The impact of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic on Monday hit the judiciary, following an order by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, suspending all court activities in the country temporarily. Justice Muhammad’s directive was contained in a fresh circular dated March 23, 2020, to all heads of courts. The closure, which is for an initial two weeks, comes into effect on Tuesday, March 24. However, the CJN said the judges can attend to pressing issues and or time-bound cases in their courts. The circular titled ‘RE: PREVENTIVE MEASURES ON THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS ... more
  • 2 weeks COVID-19: Lagos Police Arrest Three Pastors for Flouting Govt’s Directive ThisDay
    By Sunday Ehigiator Three pastors were arrested by the Lagos State Police for conducting church services last Sunday in violation of the state government’s stipulation of maximum of 20 persons per gathering. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Lagos State, Mohammed Ali, confirmed the arrest of the pastors on Monday, adding that they were not detained but warned to comply with the government’s directive to prevent further spread of COVID-19. He said: “I also implore churches and other religious organisations to follow suit. “Any religious leader caught disobeying the directive of the state government would face the consequences,” he added. ... more
  • 2 weeks Promasidor Unveils New Product, Supports Local Content Policy ThisDay
    Dike Onwuamaeze Promasidor Nigeria Limited (PNL) has commenced a new phase of manufacturing products with high level of local content in terms of their raw materials. This was made known by the Managing Director of PNL, Mr. Anders Einarsson, when he launched the Sunvita Choco Crunch into the Nigerian cereal food market during the weekend in Lagos. Einarsson said the Sunvita Choco had more than 80 per cent local input. He said: “At Promasidor we support the government initiative for local content. Our Onga brand has Soya and Cassava flour which are sourced from Nigeria. Likewise, this new SunVita Choco ... more
  • 2 weeks ABCON Assures of Dollar Sale at Official Price ThisDay
    Obinna Chima The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has assured members of the public of continued dollar sale at the official price. The association stated this in a statement yesterday. It advised members of the public to patronise only CBN-licensed BDCs to purchase dollars at the official price, so as to avoid falling victim of currency hoarders and speculators, who are creating impression of dollar scarcity in the economy. The association stated that given the sharp drop in demand for dollars, caused by the impact of the coronavirus on global trade and travels as well as ... more
  • 2 weeks Lawmakers Hail NSE’s Contributions to National Development ThisDay
    Goddy Egene The Senate Committee on Capital Markets thursday hailed efforts by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to create a truly sustainable exchange hub for wealth creation and capital formation in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general. The Chairman of the committee, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who gave the commendation during a visit to the Exchange in Lagos, said: “We have met a very professionally run exchange during this visit and we encourage you to keep up the good work. The NSE has been a critical player in the development of the Nigerian economy. Your efforts have culminated in moving ... more
  • 2 weeks More Twists in Anambra South ThisDay
    Francis Okafor writes on the latest twist in the unfolding drama for who represents Anambra South Senatorial District There is a rule of law which states that someone bringing a lawsuit against another and asking the court for equitable relief must do so in a sincere manner. However, some people still go ahead to file false suits against individuals and organisations and sometimes, they still get away with it after their pure intention to mislead the people and judiciary. Recently, a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Kubwa, Abuja, gave a judgment against Ifeanyi Ubah, the senator representing Anambra ... more
  • 2 weeks Rivers Port Set to Receive First RoRo Vessel ThisDay
    By Eromosele Abiodun Efforts by the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to improve vessel traffic to the Eastern Ports has continued to yield returns as the Rivers Port, Port Harcourt is expecting its first Roll on/Roll off (RoRo) operations in the next couple of weeks. The first Roro Vessels, to berth in the history of the Rivers Port is scheduled to depart the United States of America this month and arrive Port Harcourt in April. Roro vessels are usually loaded with automobiles. The NPA in a statement by its General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Jatto Adams, described ... more
  • 2 weeks WACT Receives Maersk Line’s First Direct Service Ship ThisDay
    The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), has received Maersk’s first direct service containership from Far East to the Onne Port in Rivers State. The gearless ship named KYPARISSIA with a capacity of 4,800 TEUs and brought to Onne Port by Maersk under its FEW3 service, is the first Maersk vessel to visit Onne Port without first calling at any port in Lagos. The Commercial Manager of WACT, Noah Sheriff, said: “The long awaited FEW3 service, which is a direct service from Far East into East Nigeria has started, and we are here to witness the first call. “With our Mobile ... more
  • 2 weeks NDLEA Intercepts Man with 3.5kg Tramadol ThisDay
    Oluchi Chibuzor A 51-year-old man, Usman Hassan Ramadan, carrying a 3.5 kg of powdery form of Tramadol tablets has been intercepted at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, on his way to Dubai. The officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at airport, Makia special command, Kano, made the arrest as the man who claimed to be an ex-soldier from Borno approached screening point. In a statement made available to THISDAY by the Public Affairs, Jonah Achema, it revealed that the new method was a new trend adopted to traffick illicit substances. The statement said Ramadan was arrested ... more
  • 2 weeks Air Cargo Essential in Fight against COVID-19 ThisDay
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said air cargo is essential in the fight against COVID-19. IATA stated that air cargo is also instrumental in transporting food and other products purchased online in support of quarantine and social distancing policies implanted by states. The association and its members continue to support governments in their efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Since the crisis began, air cargo has been a vital partner in delivering much-needed medicines, medical equipment (including spare parts/repair components), and in keeping global supply chains functioning for the most time-sensitive materials. This has been ... more
  • 2 weeks Measures against COVID-19 ThisDay
    As countries close their borders, restrict flights in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, Chinedu Eze writes that the measure, though effective, has paralysed flight operations Many governments have locked down their borders and restricted flight operations as in order to contain the spread of the pandemic, coronavirus, known as COVID-19. Frightened by the records of the spread and number of deaths, nations rose to adopt very stringent measures against the disease, which economic experts project would bankrupt world. Records show that the cases outside China have surpassed those inside it and Spain now has the fourth-most cases in ... more
  • 2 weeks Task Before New NIMASA Board ThisDay
    The new leadership at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has issues such as the disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund, the elusive Category ‘C’ International Maritime Organisation seat, cessation of cabotage waivers, worsening pirates’ attacks, to deal with, writes Eromosele Abiodun The uncertainty over the leadership of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) following the expiration of the tenure of the former Director General, Dr Dakuku Peterside has been put to rest. This followed Peteriside’s formal handing over to the new head of the agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh. Before the hand-over, there were conflicting ... more
  • 2 weeks COVID-19 Cases in Africa Hit 633, Death Toll Now 17 ThisDay
    The number of persons infected by COVID-19 in Africa has climbed to 633, the World Health Organisation has said. The Gambia, Mauritius and Zambia have all reported their first cases of the virus in the last 24 hours. Nigeria has also experienced its bout of the surge, as five new cases were recorded Wednesday. The WHO, which stated this in the early hours of Thursday, through it’s Twitter handle, @WHOAFRO, said; “633 confirmed COVID19 cases in Africa in 33 countries and 17 deaths. In past 24 hrs, The Gambia, Mauritius and Zambia have announced first cases. @WHO is supporting countries ... more
  • 2 weeks COVID 19: Guild of Medical Directors Says Temperature Test not Enough, Call for Extra Vigilance ThisDay
    By Kuni Tyessi In the face of the ravaging Corona Virus across the globe, and with eight confirmed cases in Nigeria, the Guild of Medical Directors has called for more vigilance especially at the nation’s airports. The guild in statement by its president, Prof. Femi Dokun-Babalola, said testing should go beyond the usual temperature test and there should be a general warning that all travellers coming into the country must as a matter of necessity, self quarantine for at least two weeks. He said this is because “it is possible and even likely, more cases of COVID 19 may have ... more
  • 2 weeks Three Suspected Cases Test Negative in Kano ThisDay
    Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano Kano State Government wednesday declared that the three rumoured cases of COVID-19 in Kano have tested negative. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, said the state remain free from the virus as three cases have been confirmed negative. The commissioner posited that the state ministry of health had won the battle against Lassa fever, having discharged all suspected cases at the state isolation centre at Yargaya hospital. Tsanyawa, who disclosed the proactive measures the government had put in place since the declaration of the index case of the deadly virus, stressed that the ... more
  • 2 weeks Kaduna CAN Urges Church Leaders to Support Govt in Fight against COVID-19 ThisDay
    By John Shiklam in Kaduna The Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked church leaders to join forces with government and health workers to stop the spread of coronavirus. In a statement on Thursday in Kaduna, the Chairman of the association, Rev. Joseph Hayab, said the church should not be ignorant of the global pandemic. He said the challenge of coronavirus is now a global pandemic and many countries across the world have recorded cases of the virus. He said: “The church in Nigeria, therefore, should not be ignorant of this ... more
  • 2 weeks Alleged Money Laundering: Court Adjourns Ikuforiji’s Case to September 30 ThisDay
    The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned the trial of a former speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji to September 30. Ikuforiji and his former Personal Assistant, Mr. Oyebode Atoyebi are standing trial on the allegations of laundering N338.8m. The duo are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 54-count charge. They, however, pleaded not guilty before Justice Mohammed Liman and were allowed to continue on the bail terms earlier granted them by the previous trial judge. Liman ordered the Court Registrar to tell parties in the case ... more
  • 2 weeks YPP Drags FCT High Court Judge before NJC ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja The Young Progressive Party (YPP) wednesday dragged an Abuja High Court Judge, Justice Bello Kawu before the National Judicial Council (NJC) over alleged act of professional misconduct amongst others in the case between one Anani Chuka and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah. Justice Kawu had in the said case ordered the removal of Senator Ubah from office as a Senator having allegedly found him guilty of forging his National Examination Council (NECO) certificate to aid his qualification for the Anambra South senatorial district election, which held on February 23, 2019. Ubah has appealed the judgment with the appellate ... more
  • 2 weeks FG to Launch National Carrier 3Q of 2020 ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The federal government Wednesday in Abuja disclosed that it had not given up on its determination to float a national carrier for the country. Consequently, it said the proposed national carrier, Air Nigeria, would be launched in the third quarter of this year. Briefing journalists in the State House after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said the airline would take-off with restricted operations only within Nigeria at the initial stage. Sirika also disclosed that the difficulties in acquiring quarry dust for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigeria’s Travel Ban and the Delayed Measure against COVID-19 ThisDay
    Despite the looming trouble posed by COVID-19, Nigeria waited until the outbreak surged before taking strong travel measures against the virus; an action long overdue for a country with one of the weakest health systems in the world. Martins Ifijeh writes As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across countries, killing 8, 272 persons and infecting 206, 900 people in 167 countries of the world, several nations have continued to take drastic measures to curtail its further spread. From banning public gatherings, to shutting down private and public institutions, up to placing travel bans on high risk nations, the list ... more
  • 2 weeks COVID-19: Lagos, Dettol Educate 50,000 Children on Handwashing ThisDay
    Martins Ifijeh The Lagos State Government has partnered with Dettol’s Clean Naija Initiative to educate children on the importance of handwashing and protect themselves against the dreaded COVID-19 and Lassa fever currently affecting Nigerians. Speaking at the partnership meeting in Lagos recently, the General Manager, RB West Africa, Mr. Dayanand Sriram, stated with basic hygiene, including handwashing, the possibility of being infected with COVID-19 and other disease outbreaks were low. He said: “Our health is in our hands. Hand washing a few times during the day prevents a lot of illnesses. In light of the panic around Coronavirus, what we ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigeria Needs N85.34b to Tackle Tuberculosis, Says Stop TB ThisDay
    Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja A tuberculosis eradication campaign organisation, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, has said that Nigeria needed an estimated N85.34bn to control the disease and treat 429,000 new cases recorded from 2019 till date. This was disclosed in Abuja recently by the Executive Secretary of the TB campaign organisation, Joel Mayowa, at the 2020 Pre-World TB Day event organised by the Ministry of Health National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme and the STPN. According to Mayowa, out of the amount needed to control the disease, only 40 per cent was available. He also said that 32 per cent of ... more
  • 3 weeks Court Orders Sanusi’s Release from Detention ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Friday ordered the release of the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, from dentention. Justice Chikere gave the order in a ruling on an exparte motion filed by Sanusi through his lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN. The court in addition ordered the service of the originating motion on the respondents through substituted means. Respondents in the suit are the Kano State government, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the ... more
  • 3 weeks No Confirmed Case of Coronavirus in Plateau, Says Govt ThisDay
    Seriki Adinoyi in Jos Plateau State government thursday declared that there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in the state, noting that the 43 persons that were earlier quarantined in the state came up with no symptom to suggest that they have the disease after they have been under observation for 14 days. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Ndam, while briefing journalists in Jos said, “all the 43 suspected cases that were confined to 14-day investigation period did not have any Convid-19.” He said the powerful team led by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the World Health ... more
  • 3 weeks Police Parade 15 Suspected Criminals in Ondo ThisDay
    James Sowole in Akure The Ondo State Police Command thursday paraded 15 suspected criminals for alleged offences ranging from armed robbery, piracy, cultism, child theft to possession of human body parts. The suspects were paraded at the state command headquarters in Akure by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Undie Adie, who was represented by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Tee Leo. The commissioner, who said the police also recovered arms, ammunition, vehicles and phones from the suspects, added that the suspects have confessed to the crimes and would be prosecuted soon. Giving details of the arrested ... more
  • 3 weeks Navy Intercepts 316 Drums of Diesel Conveyed by Smugglers to Cameroon ThisDay
    Okon Bassey in Uyo The Nigerian Navy has stated that in its efforts to rid the waterways of all forms of criminal activities to allow legitimate economic activities to strive, the heat on criminals operating in the country’s waterways will not be relaxed. The Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, Akwa Ibom State, Captain Peter Yilme, made the pledge yesterday in Ibaka. Speaking while handing over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) 316 drums of illegally acquired diesel seized from hoodlums at the Agbani Offshore, he warned those involved in illicit trades to ... more
  • 3 weeks Canadian Prime Minister’s Wife Tests Positive for Coronavirus ThisDay
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will isolate himself for 14 days after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus. Grégoire Trudeau has mild symptoms and is feeling well, and will remain in isolation for 14 days, the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement late Thursday. She came down with mild flu-like symptoms Wednesday following a speaking engagement in the UK. Health officials are reaching out to those who’ve been in contact with her, the office said. “The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, ... more
  • 3 weeks Ghana, Gabon Confirm First Cases of Coronavirus ThisDay
    Gabon and Ghana confirmed their first cases of coronavirus on Thursday, becoming the ninth and tenth countries in sub-Saharan Africa to register positive cases. The region has so far been less badly hit by coronavirus than Europe or China. Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of Congo have also registered cases. In a statement, Gabon’s government said its case was a 27-year-old Gabonese man who had returned from France on March 8. Ghana’s health ministry said its two cases were people who had returned recently from Norway and Turkey. “These are imported cases ... more
  • 3 weeks Lawyer Charged with Forging Court Processes ThisDay
    By Tobi Soniyi The police on Thursday charged a legal practitioner, Mr Eziafa Samuel Enwedo, before a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly  forging court processes which a court of the Federal Capital Territory relied on to give judgment in which the court set aside the election of Mr Ifeanyi Ubah as the senator representing Anambra South. Enwedo was said to have conspired with his client who was plaintiff in the suit Anani Anacletus Chuka, and a contestant for the senatorial seat, Dr Obinna Uzor who later applied to join the suit, and two others namely Aroh Ifunanya and ... more
  • 3 weeks Coronavirus Outbreak: Round-the-clock Updates ThisDay
    FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2020 Ghana, Gabon Confirm First Cases of Coronavirus Gabon and Ghana confirmed their first cases of coronavirus on Thursday, becoming the ninth and tenth countries in sub-Saharan Africa to register positive cases. The region has so far been less badly hit by coronavirus than Europe or China. Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of Congo have also registered cases. In a statement, Gabon’s government said its case was a 27-year-old Gabonese man who had returned from France on March 8. Ghana’s health ministry said its two cases were people who ... more
  • 3 weeks Zamfara Police Rescue Kidnapped Foreign National ThisDay
    The Zamfara State Police Command has rescued a Nigerien national who was kidnapped by bandits from Niger Republic and brought to Nigeria. The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, told journalists yesterday that the command received information that a white Nigerien was seen on a motorcycle with gunmen along Zamfara-Sokoto border. Shehu said, “Immediately we got this information, we swung into action and went into the forest to rescue him.” He said, the repentant bandits were used by the police in the search for the kidnapped Nigerien national. According to him, after two days of intensive search in ... more
  • 3 weeks Withdraw Social Media Bill Now, 135 CSOs Tell Senate ThisDay
    About 135 civil society organisations have asked the Senate to withdraw the social media bill, noting that the groundswell of opposition against it showed that Nigerians are against the proposed law. The Protection from Internet Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill, better known as Social Media Bill, prescribes sanction for abuse of social media. It was sponsored by Senator Muhammad Musa representing Niger East senatorial district. The CSOs argued that the majority of views and arguments canvassed against the proposed law indicated that it had no place in the country. They expressed satisfaction with the opposition to the bill by Nigerians during ... more
  • 4 weeks Mowe ‘Baby Factory’: Police Launch Manhunt for Buyers ThisDay
    Kayode Fasua in Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command may have begun a mass arrest of some highly placed persons in the society, said to be regular buyers of newly born babies at a ‘baby factory’ located in Imedu Olori area of Mowe in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state. A top source at the Command disclosed to THISDAY yesterday that no fewer than 10 persons are currently being interrogated in connection with the crime. The police source, who craved anonymity, said, “Some of the people that the wind of investigation is blowing toward their direction include some ... more
  • 4 weeks Babaeko, Ayeni, Others to Speak At Inaugural SOL PR Academy ThisDay
    Vice President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Steve Babaeko; Adekunle Ayeni, Founder, Black House Media; and Mrs. Temitope Jemerigbe, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, DKK Nigeria, are among the marketing communications big names lined up as facilitators at the inaugural SOL PR Academy, a corporate social responsibility initiative of Public Relations firm SOL PR. This was disclosed in Lagos yesterday in a statement signed by Jenkins Alumona, Managing Director, SOL PR. The academy, which kicks off on Tuesday and will run for one month, the statement said, was conceived to provide basic training to young graduates desirous ... more
  • 4 weeks TSLS Foundation Priemeres, ‘The Scourge’, Launches Be The Change Club ThisDay
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  • 4 weeks TBWC Ignites South-South With Level Up Conference ThisDay
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  • 4 weeks ‘2Weeks In Lagos,’ Fused with Ghanaian Flavor, Debuts March 27 ThisDay
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  • 4 weeks 7th AMVCA: Fans Have One Week to Vote for their Choice Movie Stars ThisDay
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  • 4 weeks Linda Ikeji Back with Self-made Conference ThisDay
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  • 4 weeks Facing the Brave New Future ThisDay
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  • 4 weeks Campari Strengthens Business in New Deal ThisDay
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  • 4 weeks Diageo Launches Initiative to ThisDay
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  • 1 month Iranian Parliamentarian Dies of Coronavirus ThisDay
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  • 1 month Coronavirus: 3 Chinese Quarantined in Plateau ThisDay
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  • 1 month NUT Demands Full Implementation of Minimum Wage for Teachers in Niger ThisDay
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  • 1 month Coronavirus: Lafarge Activates Medical Protocol at Ewekoro Plant ThisDay
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  • 1 month Police Arrest Two Suspected Ritualists in Ondo ThisDay
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  • 1 month Arthur Nwankwo: Patriotic Activism and Ideological Pragmatism Personified ThisDay
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  • 1 month Reports of Second Coronavirus Case in Nigeria False, Says NCDC Boss ThisDay
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  • 1 month Archbishop Idahosa Predicts Glorious Future for Nigeria ThisDay
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  • 1 month Group Hails Supreme Court’s Decision to Review Imo Gov Judgement ThisDay
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  • 1 month Imo, Bayelsa: A Case of Different Facts, Disparate Circumstances ThisDay
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  • 1 month Aisha Buhari: The Fearless Woman at 49 ThisDay
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  • 1 month Dino Melaye on Spending Spree… ThisDay
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  • 1 month Shinkafi Asks S’Court to Ignore APC’s Application to Review Zamfara Judgment ThisDay
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  • 1 month Fighting Coronavirus May Cost FG $2bn, Says Chrisland VC ThisDay
    Kayode Fasua in Abeokuta Nigeria’s leading pharmacist, Prof. Peace Chinedu-Babalola yesterday canvassed precautionary measures to coronavirus away from Nigeria, warning that it could cost the federal government at least $2 billion (about N700 billion) to evolve any new medicine that would cure the virus. Chinedu-Babalola, the Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, gave the warning in an interview she granted THISDAY in Abeokuta shortly after receiving the Kwame Nkruma Award for Scientific Excellence at the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Chinedu-Babalola said finding cure for the coronavirus, which is the latest epidemic that has wiped off thousands of souls, especially in ... more
  • 1 month Okundaye, Enwonwu Lament Neglect of Creative Industry, Canvass Private Initiative ThisDay
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  • 1 month After Four Years of Disruption, Water Flows Again in Abeokuta ThisDay
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  • 1 month FG Proposes Integrated Textile Park to End $6bn Garment Importation ThisDay
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  • 1 month Nigeria Not Faithful to the Youth, Peter Obi Laments ThisDay
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  • 1 month Lagos Assembly Holds Public Hearing on Amotekun Monday ThisDay
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  • 1 month Insecurity and the Reign of Error ThisDay
    THE ENGAGEMENTS: With Chidi Amuta Denise Uwimana may not be a very familiar name in these parts. She is a Rwandan woman who experienced the genocide in her country first hand and survived to tell the sordid tale. Her recent book, ‘From Red Earth’, is a gripping unforgettable tale of that most bloody episode in recent African history. It is a graphic searing personal experience that drips with blood, death and bestiality. The book is important not just as a well-written personal experience of an individual. It captures the damning role of divisive clannish leadership in destroying a nation. It ... more
  • 1 month NAF Chief Warns Commanders against Financial Malpractice ThisDay
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  • 1 month Buhari Pledges Support for Peaceful, Prosperous Plateau ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja pledged the federal government’s support towards Plateau State government’s efforts to achieve a peaceful, prosperous and tolerant society. The president who made the pledge in the State House while receiving a group of stakeholders from Plateau State led by Governor Simon Lalong, appealed to residents and indigenes of the state to support the governor’s development agenda. ‘‘Plateau is strategic to Nigeria. It is geographically unique with its diverse environmental and huge economic potential. This clearly shows the state’s incredible potential in tourism, agriculture and mining. ‘‘It is, therefore, our ... more
  • 1 month ASUU Asks AGF to Resign over Unremitted Deductions ThisDay
    Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan There is no end to the crisis between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as the union Thursday called on the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris, to resign for alleged gross incompetence. The union said the failure of the AGF to release remit deductions of university workers’ salaries for the month of January three weeks after payment of their salaries is a deliberate plan to make university staff suffer. The union, in a statement jointly signed by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of the Union, Dr. Ade Adejumo, ... more
  • 1 month Sanusi Calls for Arrest of Fathers of Almajiris ThisDay
    The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, has said fathers who send out their children to beg for alms should be arrested. Sanusi spoke thursday at a conference organised by the Future Assured Initiative, the non-governmental organisation of the the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari. It was organised in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). The emir said no law provides that a man should marry, have children and abandon them without living up to his responsibility to them. He said any man who is too poor to take care of his family should go ... more
  • 1 month FG: Buhari Won’t Resign over Security Challenges ThisDay
    Poverty alleviation central to protecting families, says president Iyobosa Uwugiaren and Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The federal government Thursday launched a pushback against clamour for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign because of the security challenges facing the country. It said there was no reason for the president to step down because the security challenges were being tackled headlong by his administration. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at an interactive meeting with editors in Abuja, urged those calling for the resignation of the president or the sack of security chiefs to be careful at this time so ... more
  • 1 month APC Approaches Supreme Court to Review Bayelsa Judgment ThisDay
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  • 1 month Discos: We Will Stop Takeover by Siemens ThisDay
    •Cite legal agreement with FG Ejiofor Alike Electricity distribution companies (Discos) have vowed to resist any attempt to hand over their distribution assets to German engineering conglomerate, Siemens. Reacting to Wednesday’s threat by the federal government to cede the electricity value chain to the German company, the Discos, under the auspices of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), told THISDAY thursday that they would resist any attempt to hand over their assets to Siemens. The federal government had said on Wednesday that it was considering a proposal to take over power supply from the Discos and hand it ... more
  • 1 month DMO Urges States to Imbibe Debt Management Strategies ThisDay
    Nume Ekeghe The Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Ms. Patience Oniha, has urged state governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to prioritise debt management strategies to enable them better manage, access debt and service debt. She also stressed the need for state governments to always get the appropriate support from their legislative arm and institutions in order to be able to access debt easily. She said this yesterday at a debt management workshop on borrowing guidelines for sub-nationals in Lagos, which had in attendance Commissioners of Finance, Accountant Generals and some legislative members from different states in ... more
  • 1 month NSE Launches Comic Book to Promote Financial Literacy ThisDay
    Goddy Egene As part of efforts to promote financial literacy, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has launched a comic book known as StockTown. The book makes use of illustrated characters story to educate readers of all ages about the importance of savings and investment. In its first issue, readers are introduced to Mora Johnson and her middle-class family who are experiencing financial hardship that pushes Mora to want to learn more about investment and financial independence. Commenting on the comic book, Chief Executive Officer, NSE, , Oscar Onyema, said: “StockTown is the product of a passionate idea long held by ... more
  • 1 month House Seeks More Justices for Supreme Court ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Judicial Council (NJC) to appoint more justices to the Supreme Court. The House made the call at plenary yesterday following the adoption of a motion moved by the Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Mr. Onofiok Luke. Adopting the motion, the House “urges the federal government to appoint more justices to the Supreme Court in order to accelerate the determination of cases and dispensation of justice.” The appointment of Supreme Court justices is an exclusive preserve of the president, who makes the appointment ... more
  • 2 months Katsina to Provide Relief Materials for Victims of Bandits’ Attack ThisDay
    Francis Sardauna in KatsinaThe Katsina State Government has vowed to provide relief materials for victims of bandits’ attacks in Tsauwa and Dankar communities in Batsari Local Government Area of the state to assuage the suffering of those who survived the invasion. The state Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who disclosed this Monday while on condolence visit to the affected communities, said the state government will also drill three boreholes in the areas in order to mitigate the challenges of water scarcity. This is even as residents of the affected communities debunked what they termed inflammatory by some people that the attack ... more
  • 2 months Court Restrains INEC from Deregistering 31 Political Parties ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in AbujaJustice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from carrying out its planned de-registeration  of 31 political parties, pending the hearing of a suit challenging the powers of INEC to deregister. Justice Chikere gave the order in a ruling on an interlocutory injunction brought against the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and INEC by the 31 political parties. Although the restraining order is coming 11 days after the electoral umpire deregistered 74 political parties, Justice Chikere however adjourned till February 27 for hearing ... more
  • 2 months Court Issues Bench Warrant for Arrest of Ex-Custom Boss, Dikko ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in AbujaThe Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Monday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Dikko, over his continued failure to appear in court in an alleged corruption and bribery trial. Dikko is being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) over his involvement in corruption and bribery allegations to the tune of N1.1 billion. At the resumed trial on Monday, Dikko was not in court and his lawyer, Mr Solomon Akuma (SAN), explained to the court that ... more
  • 2 months Protesters Storm APC Secretariat, Demand Oshiomhole’s Sack ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale   Protesters under the aegis of All Progressives Congress (APC) Young Stakeholders on Monday stormed the national secretariat of the party in Abuja demanding the sack of the National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole. The call for Oshiomhole’s sack may not be unconnected with last week’s judgment of the Supreme Court which nullified the election of the APC candidate and the governor-elect in Bayelsa State, Mr. David Lyon. The apex court sacked Lyon on the grounds that his deputy, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his qualification for the November 16 governorship ... more
  • 2 months Air Peace to Commence Direct Flights to India ThisDay
    *Also gets permits to link Jeddah, Milan, Lisbon By Ndubuisi  Francis  The federal government has given indigenous carrier, Air Peace approval to commence direct flights between Nigeria and India.The airline has also secured the necessary  permits for direct airlink between Nigeria and Milan (Italy), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and  Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, among others. The Chairman  and Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Mr. Allen Onyema made the disclosures in Abuja on Monday at the India-Nigeria Business Forum, organised by the Indian High Commission in Nigeria. Onyema regretted that despite the huge volume of business between Nigeria and India ... more
  • 2 months Energy Firm Chief Tasks Downstream Sector Players on Customer Experience, Safety Standards ThisDay
    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OVH Energy Marketing, a licensee of the Oando retail brand, Mr. Huub Stokman, has called on players in the downstream sector to make improvements in customer experience, safety and operational standards if the full benefits of the downstream value chain are to be maximized. Mr. Stokman made this call during a presentation at the just concluded Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja.  His presentation which was titled “Sustaining Industry Momentum on Downstream: what new strategies, tactics and innovative partnership” x-rayed the key risks/challenges plaguing the downstream industry and the key levers to ... more
  • 2 months Sokoto Earmarks N65.7bn Loan for Massive Infrastructure Projects, Agriculture, Health, Housing, Education ThisDay
    Sokoto State Government has announced plans to utilise the loan of N65.7 billion it will raise to embark on massive infrastructural projects and investment in critical projects in agriculture, health, housing, urban renewal, construction of roads and bridges as well as education. Unveiling the economic  development plan at the management retreat of Sokoto State Ministry of Finance held at the weekend in Lagos, Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Abdussamad Dasuki, said this would be achieved through a multi-faceted approach. Dasuki, said the state government was embarking on the  massive infrastructure development to make Sokoto investment destination. The Commissioner said the ... more
  • 2 months ACE: 53 African Varsities Converge on Abuja to Consolidate Impact ThisDay
    By Kuni Tyesei As the first phase of the World Bank-funded African Centres of Excellence (ACE) project winds down, centres from 53 universities located in 12 West African countries are set to converge on Abuja to strengthen the implementation and impact of the project. A joint statement from the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) Deputy Director, Mrs. Adebukola Olatunji; Senior World Bank External Officer, Mr Mansir Nasir; and Association of African Universities’ Millicent Afriyie Kyei, said the 53 universities will converge on Abuja at a four-day biennial workshop from February 25 to 28, 2020 to strengthen the implementation ... more
  • 2 months Ogun Politician Survives Gun Attack ThisDay
    Prominent Ogun State politician, Hon. Ibrahim Oyegunle narrowly escaped gun attack in Ibogun area of the state last weekend.  Oyegunle alleged that gunmen shot sporadically at his vehicle while on a business trip.  According to him, the gun attack was aimed at taking his live but God’s intervention saved him.  “It is God’s doing that I’m still alive today as the attack was the second in recent time. This time around, I never thought I could make it when the attack was launched. But I felt they ran out of luck on sight of a police patron along the ... more
  • 2 months S’Court Can’t Change Its Own Ruling, Says Yusuf Ali ThisDay
    Hammed Shittu in Ilorin A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and  constitutional lawyer, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali at the weekend said that the Supreme Court cannot change the substance of its own judgment. Ali who spoke with journalists yesterday in his residence at Ilorin, Kwara State capital, during a luncheon he organised in honour of the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Professor Andulrasheed Na’alla was speaking on the chances of the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, Hon. Emeka Ihedioa who was awaiting the review of his case before the Supreme Court tomorrow (Tuesday) ... more
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