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  • 8 months US Rolls out New Rule to Limit ‘Birth Tourism’ ThisDay
    President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday rolled out a new rule that aims to limit “birth tourism” by women who enter the U.S. on tourist’s visas. According to Trump, the essence of the “birth tourism’’ is with the intention of obtaining citizenship for their babies born on American soil. Under the State Department regulation, which will take effect on Friday, pregnant women applying for visitor’s visa, could be required to prove they have a specific reason for travel beyond giving birth, such as a medical necessity. Trump, who faces re-election in November 2020, has made restricting legal and illegal immigration ... more
  • 8 months As Ogun Cabinet Gets down to Work ThisDay
    By Victor Fagbulu Perhaps there can, at this moment, be no better illustration of the Yoruba adage that he who eats late does not eat worthless food than the cabinet that the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, unfolded to wild applause recently in the state. Truth be told, the team came a bit late, apparently in the governor’s bid to choose the best among distinguished individuals. Happily, however, it’s been, for the Ogun people, a waiting worth every moment. Nigerians are well aware of the fact that one of the banes of governance in this clime is poor cabinet ... more
  • 8 months FG, South West Govs Agree to Develop Legal Framework for Amotekun ThisDay
    AGF says his earlier pronouncement on security network misinterpreted Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja After days of intense controversies on the formation of Amotekun, a South-west security network, the federal government and governors from the zone Thursday in Abuja, reached a consensus as they both agreed to come up with a legal framework for the outfit. Speaking after a two-hour meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the State House, Chairman of the South-west Governors’ Forum and the governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, said they had a fruitful discussion and agreed on the way forward ... more
  • 8 months South West Speakers Back Amotekun ThisDay
    By Kemi Olaitan Speakers of Houses of Assembly in the South West geo-political zone, Thursday declared their full support for the recently launched Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), code named Amotekun. The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, made the disclosure while speaking at the meeting of Conference of Speakers of South West State Legislatures held in Ibadan, Oyo state capital. Present at the meeting were Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly who is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; Speaker of ... more
  • 8 months Invest in Nigeria’s Creative Industry, Minister Urges Investors ThisDay
    Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged investors to take advantage of the burgeoning opportunities in Nigeria’s Creative Industry. Speaking at the 11th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (Investour), held on the sidelines of the ongoing International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, the minister described the creative industry as the fastest growing sector of the nation’s economy, in terms of business opportunities, employment, earnings and entertainment. In a statement issued by Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of The Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammed said the ... more
  • 8 months House Probes NNPC, Others over Breach of Financial Rules ThisDay
    By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The House of Representatives has revealed its plan to embark on full scale investigation into the activities of all government-owned agencies over breach of financial rules. The investigative hearing was initiated by the House Committee on Public Accounts, chaired by Hon. Wole Oke over allegations bordering on deliberate and reckless refusal by non-treasury funded Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to render accounts between 2014 to 2018 to the Auditor General for the Federation. Oke explained that the investigation is aimed at deepening the culture of accountability and due process in the public sector. In his ... more
  • 8 months Katsina Orders Demolition of Bandits’ Houses ThisDay
    By Francis Sardauna As part of ongoing onslaught against bandits in Katsina State, the state government has directed security operatives to demolish houses of bandits or kidnappers terrorizing communities in the state. The spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, disclosed this to journalists in Gwarjo forest of Matazu Local Government during the enforcement of the law in the area on Thursday. He said: “Katsina State government has ordered security agencies in the state to demolish houses of kidnappers arrested and confiscate the Certificate of Occupancy given to them and their properties for government.” Isah, who led ... more
  • 8 months Alleged $1.1bn Fraud: Court Remands Adoke, 2 Others in EFCC’s Custody ThisDay
    By Alex Enumah in Abuja Justice Idris Kutigi of an Abuja High Court sitting in Gwagwalada area of Abuja, on Thursday ordered the remand of former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) pending the hearing and determination of their bail application. Justice Kutigi ordered their remand with the EFCC shortly after the defendants pleaded not guilty to allegations of crime against them by the federal government. Adoke and his co-defendants were on Thursday formerly arraigned before Justice Kutigi on a 42-count charge ... more
  • 8 months Gombe Restates Commitment to ICT for Socio-economic Development ThisDay
    By Segun Awofadeji The Gombe State Government has restated its commitment to embrace Information Communication Technology (ICT) as panacea to the 21st century challenges and socio-economic development. The Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, stated this when the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) rose from its meeting on Wednesday at the NGF Secretariat in Abuja. In a press release signed by Ismaila Uba Misilli, the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the state governor Thursday in Gombe, the deputy governor, who represented Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, explained that because the government is aware of the role of ICT ... more
  • 8 months Osinbajo, South-west Govs Meet on Amotekun ThisDay
    By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is currently meeting with South-west governors on the newly launched regional security outfit, Amotekun, in the Presidential Villa. The launch of the security outfit has generated controversies after the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, declared the outfit illegal. The declaration provoked anger in the people of the South-west, who staged peaceful protests across the zone in support of Amotekun, reiterating that there is no going back on the security network. Osinbajo is believed to have been assigned by the federal government to reach an accord with ... more
  • 8 months Imo State Awaits Youngest, Probably Most Stylish First Lady ThisDay
    Nigeria, and Imo State especially, is still rocking from the January 14 incident at the Supreme Court, where the overturn of the Imo State electoral results proved once and for all that nothing is impossible when the justice system of Nigeria is involved. The whole palaver is even more peculiar because the decision to nullify the results and reissue the gubernatorial certificate was reached by all seven Justices – an occurrence that is very rare in Nigeria’s Supreme Court. But the decision to oust former Governor Emeka Ihedioha has not been met with the staunchest opposition. In fact, although the ... more
  • 8 months Rohr, Ndidi, Odegbami Disagree on ‘Soft’ Group C Draw for Eagles ThisDay
    2022 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS Duro Ikhazuagbe Despite what appears as a ‘soft’ Group C that Nigeria’s Super Eagles have found themselves in the second round qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Head Coach of the country’s senior national team, Gernot Rohr, has refused to join those celebrating the pairings. Super Eagles were on Tuesday evening in Cairo, Egypt paired with Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic (CAR) and Liberia in Group C. Fanatical football fans and players, including a former Captain of the Green Eagles, Segun Odegbami, described the group as an easy one for Nigeria. “Easy…Pepper Soup for Nigeria,” ... more
  • 8 months Dare Begins Payment of Athletes’ Allowances ThisDay
    Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has fulfilled his promise to pay Nigeria’s youth and junior athletes to the CAA U-18/U-20 championships in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire last April allowances owed them by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) under the leadership of the now suspended President of federation, Shehu Ibrahim Gusau. The athletes competed in the competition under the harshest of conditions, travelling by road for three days and were denied their allowances even after the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development released N13m for the competition. The athletes, through their acting representative on the board of ... more
  • 8 months World Rankings: Oborodudu Steps up to Number 3 ThisDay
    Nigeria’s top female wrestler Blessing Oborududu (68kg) has moved up to a career-high No. 3 in the latest world rankings released by the United World Wrestling yesterday. The Commonwealth champion’s impressive outing at the recently concluded Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series tournament in Rome, Italy, where she won a bronze medal played a role in stepping up to the third position. Similarly, champion Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), reclaimed her second position in the global ranking, after winning gold at the tournament in Rome. The World Championships bronze medalist was rated No. 3 prior to the tournament. Adekuoroye has already secured ticket to ... more
  • 8 months Nigeria’s Junior Yellow Green Regroup for West Indies ThisDay
    U-19 CRICKET WORLD CUP Nigeria’s Under-19 Cricket team, Junior Yellow Green, presently taking part in the Cricket World Cup in South Africa trained at the Country Club Oval Kimberley ahead of their second group game against the West Indies today. They lost their first World Cup appearance game by 10 wickets to former champion Australia on Monday. Team Captain, Sylvester Okpe, maintained that Junior Yellow Green loss in their opening game is now behind them and they have to approach their next game with all the vigour it requires. “This is the World Cup; we have moved on and set ... more
  • 8 months Oduduru Joins Team Visa for 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo ThisDay
    Visa has announced that Nigerian athlete, Divine Oduduru, has been signed on to join their global Team Visa programme for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Speaking at his unveiling yesterday in Lagos, Oduduru, said: “Joining other athletes from across the world as part of Team Visa has been a dream come true for me. “As a track and field athlete, having a strong support system is important and so it means so much to me to have a partner in my corner that provides me with the same opportunities as other athletes competing in Tokyo 2020. “I am ... more
  • 8 months Teen Gauf Sets up 3rd Round Clash with Defending Champion Osaka ThisDay
    AUSTRALIAN OPEN *Serena, Nadal, Djokovic cruise into 3rd Round American teenager Coco Gauff recovered from a set down to set up a meeting with defending champion Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open last 32. World number one Ashleigh Barty also reached the third round on Wednesday. Japanese third seed Osaka put a “childish” outburst behind her to beat Saisai Zheng 6-2 6-4 before 15-year-old Gauff saw off Romania’s Sorana Cirstea. The world number 67 was 3-0 down in the deciding set but fought back to win 4-6 6-3 7-5 in two hours and six minutes. “It’s amazing,” said ... more
  • 8 months ‘Strong Chance’ Cavani Will Join Atletico, Says His Dad ThisDay
    TRANSFER NEWS… Edinson Cavani wants to join Atletico Madrid and is being treated “unfairly” by Paris Saint-Germain, the Uruguay striker’s father said on Wednesday. Cavani, 32, has fallen out of favour at PSG, where he is competing with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Mauro Icardi and Angel di Maria for starting spots in attack. A number of clubs are reportedly keen on signing Cavani, who has scored a club-record 198 goals for PSG and whose contract expires in the summer. Atletico appear to be the 32-year-old’s preferred choice but the La Liga outfit and PSG are yet to agree a fee. “I ... more
  • 8 months Klopp Rules out Liverpool Sales this Winter Transfer ThisDay
    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no intention of allowing any of his players to leave the club in the January transfer window as he closes in on the Premier League title. Klopp’s side are 13 points clear of defending champions Manchester City with two matches in hand and look certain to be crowned English champions for the first time since 1990. Unbeaten Liverpool face Wolves away today, seeking their 22nd win out of 23 Premier League matches this season. Sevilla and Roma have made tentative approaches regarding a loan deal for Xherdan Shaqiri, who is currently unfit, but Klopp said ... more
  • 8 months FIFA Reveals Clubs Spent $7.35bn on Transfers Last Year ThisDay
    A record $7.35bn (£5.6bn) was spent on transfers in men’s football during 2019, according to a report by world governing body FIFA yesterday. The figure is an increase of more than 5.8% on 2018 when it comes to transfers across the globe. English clubs spent £1.5bn, which was a 22.1% decrease from 2018 but still the most overall. There was a 16.3% rise in spending in the women’s games, to $652,032 (£497,000). The United States had the most players – at almost 20% – of the 833 transfers made in the women’s game. The were 18,042 such moves – also ... more
  • 8 months Amotekun and the Politics of Security ThisDay
    Therefore, a lion from the forest will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage them, a leopard will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out…Jeremiah 5: 6 The introduction of the ‘Amotekun’ security outfit by South-West Governors has added a new dimension to how Nigerians make humour out of every situation. Aside Biblical inferences, I will not be surprised if we begin to see in the market creative leopard skin fashion collections, complete with make-believe talismans! But beyond the social media memes, there is a knotty problem that speaks both ... more
  • 8 months Investors Trade N3.7 Billion Shares as Market Pares Gains ThisDay
    Goddy Egene Investors staked N3.713 billion on 272.839 million shares in 4,945 deals at the stock market yesterday, even as price losses by bellwethers pushed the market to the negative territory. After opening on positive note on Monday, the market pared gains yesterday with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index, shedding 0.8 per cent to close lower at 29,462.76, while market capitalised went down by N127.6 billion to be at N15.2 trillion. Compared to the previous day, the volume of trading rose by 2.2 per cent, while in value terms, it was a decline of 11.9 per cent. Zenith ... more
  • 8 months GEIL Commences Otakikpo Field Development ThisDay
    Kasim Sumaina in Abuja The Green Energy International Limited, (GEIL), the operator of the Otakikpo marginal field Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11 with operational base at Ikuru town, Rivers state, has commenced the execution of the second phase of its field development. This is coming on the heels of the Field Development Plan (FDP) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval granted to the company by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) it’s Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Anthony Adegbulugbe has revealed. The CEO, stated that the company and her technical partner, LEKOIL Oil and Gas Investments have proactively taken advantage ... more
  • 8 months In Imo, There’s Uneasy Calm ThisDay
    Nseobong Okon-Ekong and Amby Uneze write that while there is a sense of apprehension in some parts of Imo State over Supreme Court’s January 14, 2020 judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha of Peoples Democratic Party and installed Hope Uzodinma of All Progressives Congress as governor of the state, there have been increasing calls for a truce A good number of people in Imo State are not in a good mood. Sections of the state are engulfed in crisis following the January 14, 2020 controversial judgment of the apex court which sacked Chief Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state ... more
  • 8 months Boko Haram’s Killing of CAN Chairman Provocative, Says Buhari ThisDay
    •Insurgents reject N50m ransom offer •Group blames FG for murder of Andimi Omololu Ogunmade, Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja, John Shiklam in Kaduna and Daji Sani in Yola President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday condemned the killing of Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Pastor Lawan Andimi, by Boko Haram, describing it as cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative. Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, expressed sorrow that the terrorists still killed Andimi after expressing their willingness to release him to third parties. Andimi was killed on Monday after ... more
  • 8 months Solidarity Protests in South-west over Amotekun ThisDay
    •Police stop rally in Lagos Segun James in Lagos, Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan, Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo, Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti, Kayode Fasua in Abeokuta and James Sowole in Akure Thousands of people yesterday poured into the streets in the six South-west states to show their support for the region’s security initiative, Amotekun, threatened by the federal government’s objection to the outfit. The solidarity rallies for the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), however, suffered setback in Lagos State as the police dispersed the marchers before the rally could begin. Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the South-west Governors’ ... more
  • 8 months Makinde Extends Restriction on NURTW in Oyo ThisDay
    Kemi Olaitan writes that over seven months after Governor Seyi Makinde proscribed the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Oyo State, nothing in the horizon indicates that the ban would be lifted any time soon One of the major decisions taken by the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State less than one week after he assumed office on May 29, 2019, was the proscription of the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state. It was precisely May 31, two days after his inauguration. This development however ... more
  • 8 months Nigeria, UK Investors Sign N153.4bn Trade Deals ThisDay
    Emma Okonji Twenty one African countries, including Nigeria, met in London yesterday for the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit, which attracted African leaders, UK and African businesses, international institutions and young entrepreneurs. At the summit, attended by a Nigerian delegation led by President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria and the United Kingdom (UK) investors, signed business deals worth over £324 million (N153.4) billion that will help to create lasting new partnerships, deliver more investment, jobs and growth opportunities for people and businesses across Nigeria and the UK. The summit’s main focus was on sustainable energy and female participation in the economy. British ... more
  • 8 months Nigeria Presents $114bn SDGs Private Sector Investment Opportunity ThisDay
    Goddy Egene A study by Standard Charted Bank has revealed that the about $114.2 billion private-sector investment opportunity in contributing to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria out of the $10 trillion opportunity in emerging markets globally. The study titled: Opportunity2030: The Standard Chartered SDG Investment Map, identifies opportunities for the private sector to contribute to three infrastructure-focused goals between now and 2030: SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure across emerging markets. In Nigeria, the greatest SDG investment opportunity is found in improving ... more
  • 8 months S’Court Retains Ortom, Fintiri in Office ThisDay
    •Be magnanimous in victory, Mark tells Benue gov Deji Elumoye, Alex Enumah in Abuja and George Okoh in Makurdi The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday got relief as the Supreme Court held that both Dr. Samuel Ortom and Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri were duly elected as governors of Benue and Adamawa States, respectively in the March 9 governorship election. A former Senate President, Senator David Mark, has congratulated Ortom, urging him to be magnanimous in victory. The seven-member panel of Justices of the apex court presided over by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour dismissed the two separate appeals challenging their victory ... more
  • 8 months Imo Deputy Speaker, Eight Lawmakers Defect to APC ThisDay
    Amby Uneze in Owerri The Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Okey Onyekamma, representing Mbaitoli State Constituency, has resigned his position and defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) along with eight other lawmakers. Onyekamma and other defectors were elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 general election. The APC did not win any of the 27 available seats in the Imo State House of Assembly election whereas the PDP won 13, Action Alliance (AA) won eight and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) won six. The Speaker of the ... more
  • 8 months IMPLEMENTING THE FINANCE ACT 2020 ThisDay
    Businesses and prospective investors should seek professional guidance on the new act The conflicting signals over the take off date for Finance Act 2020 are rather unfortunate. While the presidency said it has already taken effect and the implementation of its provisions was expected to be immediate, the Ministry of Finance countered that the takeoff date would be announced “in due course.” Less than 24 hours after that declaration, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, announced that the federal government had commenced some aspects of the Finance Act with the implementation of 7.5 per cent Value Added ... more
  • 8 months TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY 2020 ThisDay
    The post TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY 2020 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 8 months NDDC Contract Verification Ploy to Subvert Forensic Audit, Group Alleges ThisDay
    Niger Delta Accountability and Development Coalition (NDADC) has alleged that recent actions undertaken by the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) could undermine the primary presidential mandate for a forensic audit of the operations of the agency. In a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Johnson Epia, and Secretary, Comrade Ekong Etim, the group stated that it was persuaded that “measures announced by the management committee to facilitate the audit are in themselves fraught with fraud and designed to turn the process into a cash cow for the committee members.” The group claimed that the ... more
  • 8 months NDDC Contract Verification Ploy to Subvert Forensic Audit, Group Alleges ThisDay
    Niger Delta Accountability and Development Coalition (NDADC) has alleged that recent actions undertaken by the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) could undermine the primary presidential mandate for a forensic audit of the operations of the agency. In a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Johnson Epia, and Secretary, Comrade Ekong Etim, the group stated that it was persuaded that “measures announced by the management committee to facilitate the audit are in themselves fraught with fraud and designed to turn the process into a cash cow for the committee members.” The group claimed that the ... more
  • 8 months Imo Deputy Speaker, 8 Lawmakers Defect to APC ThisDay
    Amby Uneze in Owerri The Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Okey Onyekamma, representing Mbaitoli State Constituency, has resigned as deputy speaker and defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaker of the State Assembly, Dr. Collins Chiji (Isiala Mbano PDP), on Tuesday announced the resignation of the Deputy Speaker of the House, Barr. Okey Onyekamma (Mbaitoli PDP) from his position as the Deputy Speaker. Reading Onyekamma’s resignation letter dated January 20, 2019, the Speaker disclosed that Onyekamma’s resignation was as a result of convention and zoning which prescribes that the deputy speaker should be from ... more
  • 8 months Protect your Password, JAMB Tells Candidates ThisDay
    Kuni Tyessi in Abuja In order to reduce the spate of unauthorised change of names and exam centres, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has cautioned candidates against releasing their passwords to anyone, not even their parents, saying that parents have also been found to be among scammers. He said lack of knowledge and information has led to change in codes, passwords and centres which were never captured in the board’s data base, which later serve as impediments to the release of results. He emphasised, especially to banks, that there’s no going back ... more
  • 8 months Tambuwal Visits Sultan, Extends Hand of Friendship to Opposition ThisDay
    Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto has again called on the people of the state to remain united in pursuance of the collective good of all. Gov. Tambuwal made the call when he paid a courtesy visit on the Sultan of Sokoto in his palace Tuesday. “We ask all the people of Sokoto, irrespective of party affiliation to come and work closely with the government for further development of the state,” the governor said in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Muhammad Bello. Reaffirming his administration’s commitment to the Caliphate, which he said had never wavered in ... more
  • 8 months Rally in Support of Amotekun Holds in Ibadan amidst Tight Security ThisDay
    By Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan The solidarity walk in support of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, held at the Remembrance Arcade, opposite Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Tuesday amidst heavy security. While the event slated for 9am didn’t start until some hours later, uniform and plain-clothes security operatives including the police, Department of State Services (DSS), and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) besieged the venue in large numbers. The heavy security presence with no fewer than 10 police patrol vehicles initially instilled fear and apprehension on the participants and as to the certainty or otherwise of the ... more
  • 8 months Supreme Court Dismisses Jibrilla’s Appeal, Affirms Fintiri’s Election as Adamawa Governor ThisDay
    By Alex Enumah in Abuja The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal seeking the sack of Mr Ahmadu Fintiri as Governor of Adamawa State. Immediate past governor of Adamawa state, and candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the March 9 governorship election, Senator Bindo Jibrilla, is challenging the emergence of Fintiri as winner of the poll. Delivering judgement in the appeal, a seven member panel of Justices of the apex court, however held that the appeallants failed to prove the claim of over-voting on which their case was predicated on. The apex court in the judgment delivered by ... more
  • 8 months Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election as Benue Gov ThisDay
    By Alex Enumah in Abuja The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the election of Mr Samuel Ortom as duly elected Governor of Benue State. The apex court in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta dismissed the appeal filed by candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Emmanuel Jime, for lacking in merit. In the short judgment the apex court held that there was no need to reverse the decision of the lower court and consequently affirmed the election of Ortom as duly elected governor of Benue State. Details later… The post Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election as ... more
  • 8 months Grammy Award-winning Singer John Legend Serenades Guests at THISDAY Silver Jubilee ThisDay
    By Vanessa Obioha A standing ovation greeted Grammy Award-winning John Legend as he waltzed into the stage at the THISDAY 25th anniversary celebration. The event which took place at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre in Victoria Island was graced by eminent personalities from different sectors of the economy. Legend opened his set with a snippet of his collaborative effort with the late rapper Nipsey Hussle and DJ Khaled, ‘Higher’. He announced to the delighted fans that he was excited to be back in the country before delving into another hit. Before he sang his popular 2012 hit ‘Tonight’, he also ... more
  • 8 months Buhari Congratulates Ganduje, Lalong over Favourable Supreme Court Judgment ThisDay
    President Muhammadu Buhari Monday congratulated his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) on the Supreme Court judgement which upheld the elections of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State. A statement by presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari felicitated with APC National Executive Council, the National Working Committee and all members for the loyalty and consistency that translated into many victories, particularly the politically strategic states, Kano and Plateau, after tough legal challenges. He said: “I am glad this tortuous journey has ended in favour of the party and our governors. APC won the ... more
  • 8 months Buhari: Border Closure Aimed at Rice, Arms Smuggling ThisDay
    Vows not to reopen border until committee submits report By Omololu Ogunmade President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in London, the United Kingdom, said the partial closure of Nigeria’s borders was not done mainly to forestall the smuggling of only food items, notably rice but also to fight the influx of arms and ammunition, and hard drugs into the country. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president made the disclosure while holding a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 with the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo ... more
  • 8 months International Act John Legend Arrives THISDAY Awards ThisDay
    By Vanessa Obioha International music icon, John Legend, has just arrived Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos venue of the THISDAY Awards. He was accompanied by Chairman, THUSDAY Newspapers, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena who introduced him to his teeming guests. Legend is one of America’s music exports, known for sweet ballads that often leave one in a musical ecstasy. He is also a producer and actor and has a trove of plaques to show for his excellence. He is the first black American to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards, a rare feat achieved by exceptional individuals ... more
  • 8 months We Accept S’ Court Judgment in Good Faith, Says Kano PDP ThisDay
    By Ibrahim Shuaibu Following the victory of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Supreme Court, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, has said that the party has accepted the judgment in good faith. “We are grateful to Almighty God for the current situation. As you know, we were at the High Court where the decision was not in our favour and we went for appeal. There too it was not in our favour. We then exploited the final option and went to the Supreme Court. We have accepted ... more
  • 8 months Supreme Court Affirms Bala Mohammed’s Election as Bauchi Governor ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Senator Bala Mohammed as duly elected governor of Bauchi State. The apex court in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Dattijo also dismissed the appeal filed by former governor Mohammed Abubakar on the grounds that the petition lacked merit. According to the judgment before the court can set aside the judgment of the lower court there must be evidence of perverseness which the appellants failed to prove. Details later… The post Supreme Court Affirms Bala Mohammed’s Election as Bauchi Governor appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 8 months Supreme Court Dismisses Useni’s Suit, Affirms Lalong’s Election as Plateau Gov ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal challenging the return of Simon Lalong as duly elected Governor of Plateau State. The court in a unanimous judgment held that the appeallant, Senator Jeremiah Useni, failed to prove allegations made against the victory of Lalong at the March 9 governorship election in Plateau State. The apex court in the unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Adamu Galinje accordingly affirmed the election of Lalong as duly elected governor of Plateau State. Details later… The post Supreme Court Dismisses Useni’s Suit, Affirms Lalong’s Election as Plateau Gov appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 8 months Wike Congratulates Tambuwal on Supreme Court Victory ThisDay
    Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has congratulated the Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on his victory at the Supreme Court. He described the victory as a confirmation of the overwhelming support given to him by the people of Sokoto. “I enjoin Governor Tambuwal to work for the unity and growth of the State through an all-inclusive governance,” he said. Wike also commended the Supreme Court for allowing the will of the people to prevail. The post Wike Congratulates Tambuwal on Supreme Court Victory appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 8 months Fayemi Takes Stiffer Actions against Land Grabbers ThisDay
    Victor Ogunje n Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Government has taken a bold step to curb the menace of land grabbers locally known as “Omo Oniles” by laying the foundation for anybody who violates the Anti Land Grabbing Law. Governor Kayode Fayemi had on June 4, 2019 signed into law the Ekiti State Property Protection (Anti Land Grabbing) Law, 2019 to prohibit illegal occupation of landed property. The law also criminalises fraudulent transactions in relation to landed property in the state among others. To give more bite to the law, the state government, through the Ministry of Justice has set ... more
  • 8 months THE PREVALENCE OF FOOD POISONING ThisDay
    The authorities should worry more about food contamination Although the authorities hardly pay attention, the number of death arising from suspected food poisoning in Nigeria is becoming rather alarming. Last September, a family of six—man, pregnant wife, his three children and a female relative—were found dead of suspected food poisoning in their apartment at Mafoloku area of Lagos State. That this has become a recurring tragedy in Nigeria explains why the recent claim by a Professor of Food Science and Technology, Alfred Ihenkuronye, that no fewer than 200,000 persons die annually of food poison in Nigeria, should compel attention. Indeed, ... more
  • 8 months Before the War: A Personal Story ThisDay
    EDIFYING ELUCIDATIONS BY OKEY IKECHUKWU  The expression “before the war” was a central marker for some of us in the 70s. It depicted the transition between eras. “That was before the war” could then be heard with a wry smile and mocking reference to people who dared talk about what they possessed in the past, but who became near-paupers after the war. Father lost many things, including his status as the overall representative of the printers and publishers of Practical Psychology in the country. He was required to contact some people, I think in Ibadan, if he wished to ... more
  • 8 months Apapa and the Failed Presidential Order  ThisDay
    Stakeholders who gathered last week to find solution to the intractable gridlock in Apapa not only identified deep-rooted corruption and operational deficiencies on the part of terminal operators, but also said allegations of extortion by policemen and members of the presidential task force have helped to fuel the chaos and confusion in the area, write Davidson Iriekpen and Eromosele Abiodun No doubt the Executive Vice Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Apapa Traffic, Mr. Kayode Opeifa did not bargain for what he got. It is very likely that if he knew he would be so embarrassed, he would not have attended ... more
  • 8 months Continent Reinsurance Delists from Nigerian Stock Exchange ThisDay
    Goddy Egene The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) last Friday delisted the entire 10,372,744,312 ordinary shares of Continental Reinsurance Plc from the exchange. The NSE explained that the delisting followed the  application of by the company to delist after conclusion of scheme of arrangement that allowed  Continental Reinsurance (CRe) African Investments Limited)  to acquire all the shares of CRe Nigeria. The board of CRe Nigeria had  in November 2018, said it  received an offer from  CRe African Investments Limited to acquire all the outstanding and issued shares through a scheme of arrangement.  According to company,   CRe Investments made  that  offer in order to initiate a much needed restructuring exercise for  CRe ... more
  • 8 months In Imo, It’s Renewed Hope by the Supreme Court ThisDay
    Chuks Okocha writes that the debate following the decision of the Supreme Court in the 2019 Imo governorship election will continue for a long time to come Since the 1979 controversial Supreme Court verdict that upheld the election of President Shehu Shagari, insisting that Shagari was validly elected by winning in twelve-two-third of the then 19 states of the federation, no other verdict by the apex court has generated as much controversy as the one delivered on January 14, 2020, annulling the election of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo state, in favour of Senator Hope Uzodinma. In the debatable verdict, the Supreme Court ... more
  • 8 months My Second  Term is a Done Deal, Says Obaseki ThisDay
    By Nseobong Okon-Ekong and Segun James Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has alluded to his insistence on fighting inherent corruption in the system as the major cause of challenges experienced by his governmemt. Speaking to a teeming audience of Edo indigenes at a Town Hall meeting in Lagos on Sunday,  Obaseki said,  “This is why I am having problems.  A situation where I refuse to build one kilometre of road for over $3 million is not acceptable, when I can build three roads for that amount.  Then they accuse me of bringing contractors from Lagos. That is not true.  The ... more
  • 8 months NPFL: Plateau Utd Crush Adamawa 5-0 to Climb Back to the Top ThisDay
    Duro Ikhazuagbe Plateau United crushed visiting Adamawa United 5-0 in Jos yesterday to regain the top spot of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) . The Jos team leapfrogged Lobi Stars and Rivers United to climb back to the summit. Plateau who began the day third place, knew a win for them could send them to the top spot so long as Lobi did not win at home against Dakkada. Ibrahim Mustpaha got the 2017 champions in front on 18 minutes, before Oche Ochowechi added the second seven minutes later. Mustapha, a former Enyimba forward grabbed his brace five minutes ... more
  • 8 months Continental League Will Boost Basketball in Africa, Says Fall ThisDay
    Femi Solaja The President of Basketball African League (BAL), Amadou Gallo Fall, has urged all stakeholders in the continent to rally round the maiden edition of the league as a step towards the giant leap of the game in Africa. The league, expected to feature 12 teams from the continent, is scheduled to take off in March. It will mark NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America. At a round table with the media over the weekend, Gallo Fall said the commitment to the league will create awareness and ignite passion among the youths for the development ... more
  • 8 months Nigeria International Joins Romania Top Division Side ThisDay
    Nigeria international, Michael Omoh, has joined Lasi Polithenica in the Romania Premier League for the remainder of the season. The agent of the player, Benny Itorho, confirmed this on Sunday from his base in Italy. The 28-year-old Omoh, joined from Mjällby AIF of Sweden. He played 11 times for the Swedish club this season and scored three goals before moving to Romania. Omoh  played for Dalkurd FF in Sweden from 2011 to 2014 for 90 times and scored 28 times before moving to Östersunds FK in the 2015/2016 scoring six times in 34 appearances. The winger cum midfielder also had a ... more
  • 8 months Yusuf Alli Expects New National and Festival Records at Edo 2020 ThisDay
    The Competition Director for the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF) Yusuf Alli on Sunday declared that National and Festival records, especially in athletics, could be broken at the multi-sports fiesta. Speaking to sports correspondents in Benin City after inspection of facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Alli said the base for the track is one of the best, if not the best he has seen anywhere in Nigeria. “The base is very solid; I am impressed with the job the contractor has done. A good base is to track what good foundation is to a house. ... more
  • 8 months Lagos Set to Host South-west Zonal Qualifiers for NSF ThisDay
    Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) has accepted the offer to host the South-west team sports qualifiers for the National Sports Festival, Edo 2020. Announcing the decision, Chairman, LSSC, Sola Aiyepeku said the decision to host other South-west states in eight different team sports was in line with the vision of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to make Lagos and Africa’s leading sports destination. “We are excited to host the South West Zonal qualifiers for the National Sports Festival. We have put in place plans to ensure that all the teams and officials will have an enjoyable time in Lagos. “Lagos has not ... more
  • 8 months Niger Seeks Approval of N25 Billion Sukuk Bond ThisDay
    The Nigerian Laleye Dipo In Minna Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello has written to the House of Assembly, requesting legislative approval to secure a N25billion Sukuk bond. When acquired, according to the governor, the bond will be used for the construction of some critical roads and other projects. The request was revealed in a letter addressed to the Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Mt Abdullahi Wuse on Friday. The letter read in part: “The purpose of this request is to seek the approval of the Niger Assembly for the government of Niger state to raise N25 billion through ... more
  • 8 months TETFUND Unveils N4.9bn Projects in Balewa University ThisDay
    Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof. Suleiman Bogoro yesterday unveiled four major projects at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi valued at N4.9 billion. The executive secretary, also, disclosed that the fund would spend the sum of N1billion in 2020 to construct the perimetre fence of the Gubi Permanent site of the ATBU, Bauchi. He revealed the plan at the unveiling yesterday, charging the lecturers at the institution to strengthen research development in Nigerian universities for growth and development of tertiary institutions in the country. He listed the projects to include Central ... more
  • 8 months Kwara Sets up White Paper Committees on KWASU, Environment ThisDay
    Hammed Shittu in Ilorin Kwara State Governor, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has set up White Paper Committees on the reports of the Visitation Panel to the Kwara State University (KWASU) and the Kwara State Social Assessment Vulnerability Indicator Committee (KW-SAVI). While a former Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali chaired the KWASU Visitation Panel, a former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Raliat Elelu-Habeeb headed the KW-SAVI. The decision was revealed in a statement the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Rafiu Ajakaiye issued yesterday. The statement said the White Paper Committee on KWASU comprised former Deputy ... more
  • 8 months Obiano Gifts Youths Unusual ‘Homecoming’ ThisDay
    Anambra Homecoming Festival 2019 started on an unusual note, a Preparatory Success Masterclass for its teeming youths. For over four hours, hundreds of youths in Awka, the Anambra State capital, received business tutorials from some of Nigeria’s most successful entrepreneurs, corporate giants, and business moguls, Omolola Itayemi reports Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State literally returned to the classroom in December at the Access More mentoring masterclass. Setting the tone for the business forum, he spoke passionately on the basic principles of business management with a strong emphasis on ethics and ethos of entrepreneurship in an emerging knowledge economy. The ... more
  • 8 months FUNMI HOLDER: The Nigerian Actress Who Went Back in Time ThisDay
    Sometime last year, Funmi Holder, Nollywood filmmaker, and actress who plays Amaka Ade-Williams in Africa Magic’S long-running TV series, Tinsel, went searching for a true African story that centres on a strong female character. Her quest led her to an iconic figure in Yorubaland, Efunsetan Aniwura, the second Iyalode of Ibadan. Funmi is happy. The feeling of bliss radiates all over her as the flurry of her words are accompanied by enthusiasm. She beamed with excitement with her every move, writes Vanessa Obioha Funmi Holder is happy. The feeling of bliss radiates all over her. It shows in the way ... more
  • 8 months Nigeria Needs Global Support to Defeat Terrorism, Says European Parliament ThisDay
    Enjoins president to halt the tide of attacks As FG purchases 47 fighter jets, helicopter gunships in 5 years, takes delivery of two new copters Tobi Soniyi in Lagos and Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja Except the world come together in support of Nigeria, she might be unable to defeat the blistering terrorism she currently faces, the European Parliament has said. The Parliament, therefore, called on the European Union, the African Union and the international community to step up their efforts in supporting the fight against terrorism in Nigeria, even as it called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ... more
  • 8 months Ihedioha: My Faith in Democracy, Judiciary, Nigeria Unshaken ThisDay
    PDP asks INEC to speak out, lambasts Oshiomhole APC govs tackle opposition, deny procuring judgement Chuks Okocha and Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja Supreme Court Ousted governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, saturday said despite the outcome of the case, which sacked him last Tuesday, his faith in Nigeria, her democracy and the judiciary remained unshaken. This is as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nigerians to speak out on the development, because the verdict portended danger sign for democracy and elections in the country. ... more
  • 8 months I Derive Pleasure from Philanthropy ThisDay
    Chairman of Nepal Oil and Gas Limited, Elder Ekeoma Eme Ekeoma, one of Nigeria’s humble yet wealthy Christian entrepreneurs has defied conventional wisdom about Christian tycoons. Motivated by Jesus’ radical teaching on money, Ekeoma gives generously. Blessed beyond measure, he has in the last three years, committed himself to evangelism, donating millions of naira in philanthropy every year to education, prison visits, with the aim of providing succour, employment, and regeneration in areas of high deprivation. Adedayo Adejobi, who attended his newfound passion- Believers Fellowship’s third anniversary, writes Like any church celebrating an anniversary, last weekend no doubt marked a ... more
  • 8 months Buhari: Border Closure Not Meant to Punish Our Neighbours ThisDay
    Anthony Joshua presents belt to president in London Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, saturday, in London said the partial closure of the Nigerian borders since August last year, was not intended to punish the neighbouring countries, but a measure aimed at strengthening the country’s security and economy. The president, who met with a select group of Nigerians, including the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, who presented his championship belt to the president, however congratulated Joshua, who many described as the cynosure of all eyes at the forum. According to a statement by one of the ... more
  • 8 months Amotekun: Yoruba Congress Stages Peaceful Protest Tuesday ThisDay
    Warns external forces, their allies against sabotage FG has failed to protect ordinary citizens, says APC chief Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan and Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti An umbrella body of all socio-cultural groups in South-west, Yoruba World Congress (YWC) yesterday said it would hold a peaceful march on January 21 to protest the position of the federal government on Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), Operation Amotekun. YWC, led by Yoruba Leader, Emeritus Professor of History and Second Republic Senator, Banji Akintoye, warned the external forces and their internal collaborators who want to stampede our resolve to protect ... more
  • 8 months A Boost to Legitimate Enterprises ThisDay
    Reviewer: Professor J. U. J. Onwumere This book, ably written by Sir Paschal I. P. Okolie (JP), FCNA, FCTI, D. FIPFM (London), makes an interesting reading. It is a compendium, as aptly titled, of his memoirs on financial literacy, deriving from a series of inputs he made on radio programmes anchored by Mrs. Ngozi Eboh of Coal City FM, Enugu, and Charity Nwododo of Enugu State Broadcasting Service. The book is structured into 12 chapters covering (1) Money management skills (2) Savings and investments (3) Cash investment opportunities as means of ensuring financial security in a dwindling economy (4) Tips ... more
  • 8 months AMBROSE OJOBO: Evolving Technologies Will Continue to Drive Airline Operations  ThisDay
    A 30-year-old Nigerian pilot with Emirates Airline, Captain Ambrose Ojobo, spoke with Emma Okonji in Dubai on his experience as a young pilot with a foreign and world-rated  airline, and how emerging technology has transformed Emirates flight operations. Excerpts: Being 30 years of age as a pilot with the Emirates Airline, at what age did you start flying aircrafts and want has been the experience since then? Currently I am 30 years of age, and I joined  Emirates Airline two and a half years ago; I have been flying for the airline on the Boeing 777300 ER and it has been lovely ... more
  • 8 months Protracted Litigations for the Soul of ALSCON ThisDay
    Part of the factors investors consider when rating a country ready for foreign investment is whether they will have access to suitable mechanism for dispute resolution and country’s compliance with the rule of law. This factor has seriously been threatened in view of the continued defiance of the Bureau of Public Enterprises to obey the Supreme Court’s judgments ordering it to handover Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria to a Nigeria-American consortium, BFIGroup. Davidson Iriekpen writes Three weeks have since passed since the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal ordered a stay-of-execution of the committal order issued by the Federal ... more
  • 8 months Hope Shines as NSE’s Demutualisation Nears Completion ThisDay
    Now that the Securities and Exchange Commission has given ‘a No Objection’ letter to the Nigerian Stock Exchange to forge ahead with its plan to demutualise the largest Stock Exchange in Africa, the quest towards achieving a more robust and liberalised stock market where better corporate governance and accountability will thrive is now more feasible. Bamidele Famoofo reports No doubt, the journey towards demutualising the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is gradually drawing to an end, with the consent given by the regulator of the capital markets in Nigeria, for the process to continue unhindered. Demutualisation is the process by which ... more
  • 8 months For Obiora, it’s Round Peg in Round Hole ThisDay
    Obinna Chima writes that President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Dr. Kingsley Obiora as a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is appropriate and if confirmed, Obiora will inject fresh idea into the economy In June 2019, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, unfolded the bank’s policy direction for the next five-year. In the strategic plan, the central bank is targeting double-digit growth, single-digit inflation, $12 billion non-oil exports by 2023 and raising financial inclusion to 95 per cent level by 2024. The central bank also intends to, within the period, retain the managed-float exchange ... more
  • 8 months Debunking Panic Campaigns in the Beverage Market ThisDay
    Raheem Akingbolu writes on guerrilla marketing approaches being explored by a section of the players in the beverage market and how promoters of La Casera used activation and endorsement to reclaim the market share of the carbonated soft drink, when it became a victim of the onslaught In today’s market, marketing has not only gone scientific, it has assumed the driver seat of any serious business owner. But experience over the years has shown that it is only marketing strategies that are built on integrity and market research, give brand a far-reaching market penetration and acceptability. That explains why global ... more
  • 8 months Of AGF’s Withdrawal from MTN’s Alleged Indebtedness ThisDay
    The recent decision taken by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to redirect the case of alleged MTN’s revenue indebtedness to the Federal Inland Revenue Service and Customs, for proper investigation, has been described as a welcome development by telecoms operators, who are of the view that MTN will get justice over the matter, reports Emma Okonji Although it took the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, 17 months to leave MTN off the hook, on matters bordering on alleged revenue indebtedness, which he had tenaciously held against the telco for over ... more
  • 8 months As Lagos Sets New IGR Target… ThisDay
    With more than N30billion of internally generated revenue monthly, Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, is perhaps the only state in the federation that can survive without any financial assistance from the centre. But, the revenue generating agency of the government of the state says there is room for more revenue generation and targets an IGR of N72 billion this year. Bamidele Famoofo reports Lagos State could be said to be comfortable with its monthly internally generated revenue hovering around N35billion as at the last count. It is one state in the country that can call the bluff of the ... more
  • 8 months Àmọtekùn as Game Changer for 2023 ThisDay
    THE ALTERNATIVE With Reno Omokri A lot has been written about the introduction of the region-wide security outfit for the Southwest, known as Àmotekùn. Much of it is built around emotions. And as my readers may have noticed, I am not a NICE man. I am a WISE man. I deal with facts. I do not deal in emotions. Nnamdi Kanu is only partly right. Nigeria is definitely not a zoo. But, I must confess that we live in a jungle, and if you do not understand how the food chain works in a jungle, you will soon find yourself ... more
  • 8 months 50 Years After The Civil War ThisDay
    Nigeria will come back stronger if it can learn from past mistakes. Sadly, not much has changed as ancient animosities are still tearing the country apart Last Wednesday marked exactly 50 years that the Nigerian civil war ended. The war, which claimed an estimated two million people, arose principally due to a tragic mismanagement of our national affairs by a political and military elite that could not rise above primordial interests. Sadly, half a century after that war, it would seem that the national political leadership has not learnt any lessons, nor has it made the requisite amends that ... more
  • 8 months FMoH to Partner Health Professionals to Drive Institutional Strengthening ThisDay
    Ugo Aliogo The Ministry of Health (FMoH) in collaboration with Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is set to embark on a programme which would enable health professionals in Diaspora bring their expertise and experience for capacity building, mentorship and provision of services through medical missions that would commence in 2019. The Minister for State, Ministry of Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, disclosed this yesterday at the seven annual meeting of Nigerian-American Medical Foundation International (NAMFI) in Lagos with the theme: ‘NAMFI in 2019: Progress in Human Capital, Infrastructure Development and Sustainability.’ Mamora said the ministry in partnership with the stakeholders such as ... more
  • 8 months Stimulating Agric Expansion in Nigeria Through Knowledge Sharing ThisDay
    As the curtain drew on 2019, a number of Nigerian journalists were on a tour in Morocco for a firsthand experience at modern facilities and research institutions that are currently pushing agric expansion in Africa. The trip among others gave the visiting team an opportunity to interact with managers of the leading agricultural facilities and research centres. Part of the broad objective of the trip was to deepen the visitors’ knowledge about agric business as well as helping them to appreciate the socio-economic path of phosphate-making giant, OCP Africa. The journey that saw the media personalities visit different locations in ... more
  • 8 months APC Govs: PDP’s Allegation that Supreme Court Verdict on Imo was ‘Procured’ Contemptuous, Disrespectful ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The Progressive Governors Forum has described the statement credited to the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Supreme Court judgement on Imo governoship election was ‘procured’ as contemptuous and disrespectful to the country’s democracy. The Supreme Court had last week Tuesday declared Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election. The verdict drew the ire of the the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, and other leaders of the party who described the judgement as “miscarriage of justice” and also ... more
  • 8 months Gunmen Kill Two in Kaduna Community ThisDay
    By John Shiklam in Kaduna Two people were reportedly killed in an attack in Gora village, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state Friday. Two others were also said to have sustained injuries in the attack which occurred at about 7:00pm on Friday. Sources in the village said the attack took place at the community market when the bandits who arrived on motorcycles started shooting indiscriminately. He said “the gunmen came on motorcycles at about 7pm and started shooting indiscriminately into the market. There was pandemonium as people started running for their dear lives. “Two women were killed on ... more
  • 8 months Ubah Appeals Court Judgement Removing Him as Senator ThisDay
    Deji Elumoye in Abuja A member of the National Assembly, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, has approached the Court of Appeal to set aside the ruling of an Abuja high court which removed him as a Senator. Ubah, the Young Peoples Party (YPP) Senator representing Anambra South, in a four-page statement issued on Saturday by his media aide, Adichie Izuchukwu, said he was also approaching the Appealate court over the refusal of the same court presided over by Justice Bello Kawu on Friday to set aside its earlier judgement of April 11, 2019 sacking him as a federal lawmaker. According to him, ... more
  • 8 months Cubana Chairman, Obinna Iyiegbu, Plans Big for 2020 ThisDay
    The Chief Executive Officer of Ibiza Club and Cubana Group Chairman, Obinna Iyiegbu has revealed plans for his brands in 2020. Iyiegbu, the millionaire tycoon, who hails from Oba, Idemmili South in Anambra State hinted that plans were in motion to tidy up new branches of the company in different parts of the world. He said, “Thank God the year 2020 is finally here and we can’t wait to unveil our plans. We are currently working on Cubana Dubai and other big stuffs. But we can’t let all out of the bag now. It is important to also note that ... more
  • 8 months EFCC Investigates Benue Assembly Clerk ThisDay
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has opened investigation into a N220 million fraud against the Clerk of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Torese Agena. According to the EFCC, the clerk was being investigated for alleged case of fraud, stealing and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of over two hundred and twenty million Naira (N220,000,000). A mild drama however took place at the EFCC office where the clerk was detained as the clerk’s family members on the invitation of the clerk allegedly attacked some staff of the commission. The commission said the wife of the ... more
  • 8 months I’m Open to Criticisms ThisDay
    Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on the delegation of the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on tour of the state not to hide anything they see from Gombe to the world. The NUJ President is on a nationwide tour to interface with journalists in the country. The governor said, “as you go round to see what we are doing, feel free to criticize us as we are ready to make amends.” He stated that his idea of journalism is to set agenda and make government accountable especially to its promises to the ... more
  • 8 months Rights Body Threatens to Drag Judge before NJC over Ubah ThisDay
    A Human Rights body, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has threatened to drag  Justice Bello Kawu of an Abuja High Court before the National Judicial Council (NJC) over what it called travesty and miscarriage of justice over itas position on the case of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah who represents Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the Senate. A statement by the Rights body alleged that the judge overreached himself when he made an order for a contestant not on the ballot paper to be sworn-in which it insisted was tantamount to awarding a seat to one who never contested for ... more
  • 8 months Kwara to Discourage Irregular Migration ThisDay
    Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said his administration was putting in place measures to empower young people and strengthen local businesses to discourage Kwarans from seeking so-called greener pastures abroad and endangering their lives. Speaking in Ilorin  yesterday while receiving the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), led by Commandant Bello Ale, brought the lady repatriated from Lebanon Gloria Taiye Bright to the Governor said that, “What our government is doing is trying to create a better environment for the youth to excel in their chosen businesses. “The 2020 budget has been structured ... more
  • 8 months Gowon: No Regrets for Going to War with Biafra ThisDay
    Former Head of State, retired General Yakubu Gowon, has said his administration had no regret going into the Biafra war because it was necessary to keep Nigeria one. The ex-military ruler said this in a special interview he granted the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, as part of activities marking the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigerian civil war, on Wednesday. He said: “The war was fought to keep Nigeria one, not for other reasons as is being speculated in some quarters. It is because of this that we don’t have regrets about fighting the war. ... more
  • 8 months Buhari Departs for UK-Africa Investment Summit  ThisDay
    President Muhammadu Buhari  has departed Abuja for London to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit holding on January 20. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president had earlier performed some official assignments, including his meeting with security chiefs, before leaving the Presidential Villa for the London trip. The president also joined hundreds of Muslims faithful at the Aso Rock Mosque where he observed the two raka’at Juma’at prayers. An earlier statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the London Investment Summit would be hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris ... more
  • 8 months Oshiomhole Seeks Transfer of APC Suit from Justice Kingsley-Chukwu  ThisDay
    Bennett Oghifo National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, has pressed for the transfer to another court, a case involving his party the All Progressives Congress from Justice Augusta U. Kingsley-Chukwu of the Rivers State High Court, demanding that she be compossorily retired. Oshiomhole’s request is contained in two separate letters dated 27th December, 2019, addressed to the Chief Judge of Rivers State Justice A.I. Iyayi-Lamikanra, the Chief Justice of Nigeria/Chairman, National Judicial Council Justice Mohammed Tanko. In his letter to the Chief Judge of Rivers State, the APC National Chairman applied for a transfer ... more
  • 8 months Amotekun: Avoid Separate Security Platforms, FG Pleads with Govs ThisDay
    It’s against national security policy, community policing Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja Apparently reacting to the South-west security outfit, code-named Amotekun, launched last week, the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari rose from a meeting at the State House, Abuja, yesterday, with an appeal to states, local governments and other stakeholders to join hands with it and avoid creating separate security platforms for citizens’ protection. Speaking with journalists at the end of the meeting, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique, who was clearly alluding to Amotekun, said creation of separate security outfits in ... more
  • 8 months TCN: We Cannot Guarantee Stability of National Power Grid Now ThisDay
    Chineme Okafor in Abuja The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that it could not guarantee the stability of Nigeria’s electricity grid at the moment because it did not have the spinning reserves to prevent its total collapse whenever there were typical system disturbances. The national grid on Thursday collapsed and reportedly left most parts of the country in total darkness for long hours. The system collapse was the first in 2020 after about nine was recorded in 2019. According to Science Direct – an online resource for science and engineering innovations, the spinning reserve is the amount ... more
  • 8 months Imo Judgement: Atiku, PDP Leaders Call for Protest ThisDay
    Statements reckless, dangerous, says Oshiomhole Chuks Okocha and Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja  Former vice president and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar has called on his party to mobilise against what he described as “threats to democracy” by the Supreme Court judgement that ordered the removal of Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP, as Imo State governor, and his replacement with Hope Uzodinnma of the All progressives Congress. Atiku, during the 87th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja yesterday, said if the Supreme Court decision on Imo ... more
  • 8 months Group Gives Tinubu 24 Hours to take Position on Amotekun  ThisDay
    Bennett Oghifo An association, known as Save Lagos Group, has demanded a public statement, within 24 hours from Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on his position on the establishment of a security outfit; Western Nigeria Security Network code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’. The group gave the ultimatum, yesterday, in a statement in which they acknowledged and commended those who have spoken up on the issue, like Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Mr. Femi Falana, SAN; Chief Olu Falae, Otunba Gani Adams, among others. “Yoruba nation is presently in trying period over the formation of the security outfit in the ... more
  • 8 months Soldiers Sack Bayelsa Town over Alleged Killing of Colleagues  ThisDay
    Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa Some military personnel yesterday allegedly invaded Bilabiri community in riverine Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, razing down some buildings. Apprehensive residents were said to have fled into the creeks for safety after the soldiers stormed the community allegedly over the killing of their colleagues few weeks ago. Recall that four naval ratings were killed recently while on a rescue mission around the area to free some abducted foreigners, specifically around Agge coastal area. The Spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Delta Safe, Maj. Jonah Unuakhalu, did not immediately respond to enquiries ... more
  • 8 months Public Debt Stock Inches to N26.2tn, Inflation Jumps to 11.98% ThisDay
    Ndubuisi Francis and James Emejo in Abuja Total public debt, comprising the federal government’s, those of the 36 states and that of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), stood at N26.215 trillion as at September 2019, the Debt Management Office (DMO) has stated. Also yesterday, it emerged that the Consumer Price Index, (CPI), which measures inflation, increased to 11.98 per cent (year-on-year) in December 2019, compared to 11.85 per cent in the preceeding month. The latest public debt figures released yesterday indicated a 2 per cent growth when compared with the N25.701 trillion recorded as at June 30, 2019. The DMO ... more
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