Space FM News Update THURSDAY, 1ST DECEMBER, 2016 |NEWSPAPER REVIEW| REPS WANT SINGLE TERM FOR ACTING PRESIDENT, GOV A bill on the eligibility of an acting President or Governor for two terms of office passed second reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.The constitution amendment bill addresses a situation whereby the Vice-President or the Deputy Governor of a state takes over the office as acting President or acting Governor in the event of the death of the President/Governor, resignation, impeachment or permanent disability.It provides that where the acting president or governor holds the office in that capacity for more than two years, he shall only be entitled to a single term of four years in the event of an election and not two terms of eight years.The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, who doubles as the Chairman, House Ad Hoc Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Vanguard newspaper) I MAY DUMP PDP IN 2018 – FAYOSE The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he may seek another political platform to prosecute his succession battle in the 2018 governorship poll.The governor said this on Wednesday during a meeting with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere Ekiti chapter.He also argued that the victory of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State did not in any way threaten the supremacy of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti.Fayose said, “I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you. We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) EL-RUFAI, A DUBIOUS PROGRESSIVE, SAYS SHEHU SANI Senator Shehu Sani has attacked Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and described his suspension from the All Progressives Congress in the state as worthless as “used tissue paper.”In a statement after news emerged that he had been suspended by the party, the senator accused the governor of orchestrating the move and described el-Rufai as a “dubious progressive.”He also slammed the members of the party’s executive in the state, saying they were being controlled, induced and misinformed by the governor.Sani, who had an earlier suspension overturned by the national leadership of the APC, said the “new suspension” would not give the leaders of the party in the state “the public support they couldn’t gather with the “first suspension.” for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Punch, Tribune & Vanguard newspapers) INEC GIVES AKEREDOLU CERTIFICATE OF RETURN The Ondo State governor-elect, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has said his victory in last Saturday’s governorship election in the state is not only for himself nor his party, the All Progressives Congress but for the people of the state.He also promised to carry along everybody in his incoming administration including all those who did not vote for him.The governor-elect stated this after receiving his Certificate of Return at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Tuesday. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) APC GETS NEW SPOKESPERSON TODAY Barring any last minute changes, the All Progressives Congress will today (Thursday), hold a mini convention to elect a new National Publicity Secretary.A usually reliable source in the party told our
correspondent that the mini-convention is being convened to elect a new spokesman for the party.It was gathered that a former Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, from Kwara State, was being tipped for the job.The former occupant of the position, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also an indigene of Kwara State, resigned from the post to take up appointment as Minister of Information and National Orientation more than a year ago. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) PDP SENATORS STAGE A WALKOUT OVER ONDO LAWMAKER’S DEFECTION The romance between the Peoples Democracy Party and the All Progressives Congress in the Senate seems to be heading for the rocks as PDP senators stormed out of a plenary on Wednesday following the refusal of Senate President Bukola Saraki to declare the Ondo-South senatorial district seat vacant.The representative of Ondo-South senatorial district, Yele Omogunwa, who was the only PDP senator from Ondo, had written a letter to Saraki, formally informing the Senate of his defection to APC.It was the first clash between the APC and the PDP senators since June 9, 2015, when the opposition lawmakers backed the rebellious APC lawmakers to elect Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, against the choices of the ruling party.The Senate President read the letter to his colleagues excitedly even as the APC senators got up from their seats to congratulate Omogunwa for joining the ruling party. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) PRO-JONATHAN PROTEST ROCKS ENUGU Igbo youths took to the streets of Enugu on Wednesday in protest against the alleged “persecution” of Patience Jonathan by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.Some bank accounts, reportedly belonging to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan had been frozen by the antigraft agency.The protesters, under the aegis of Concerned Igbo Youths, said Patience’s travail was an attempt to humiliate the former President Goodluck Jonathan.Brandishing placards and chanting solidarity songs, the group, led by its coordinator, Victor Ezenagu, marched to the Enugu office of the EFCC, where they submitted a petition to the South-East zonal head of the commission, Mr. Johnson Babalola.Some youths also protested in front of the Enugu State Government House. for details on the story, pick up copies of Nation, Vanguard newspapers) SAGAY PANEL ATTACKS LABOUR LEADERS, SAYS THEY’RE CORRUPT The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has kicked against the suggestion that the labour unions should have representatives in the committee.PACAC, which is led by Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), said the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, being not free of corruption themselves and their leaders not being ‘saints’, could not be part of the committee. “The labour leaders are corrupt,” declared Prof. Femi Odekunle, a member of PACAC, who stressed that the NLC and the TUC had over the years been compromised and their leaders were no longer trustworthy.The acting Secretary General of the TUC, Mr. Simeso Amachree, had, while speaking on Tuesday in Ikeja, Lagos, during an interactive session between PACAC, the media and civil society organisations, demanded that the NLC, the TUC and CSOs, being major and experienced stakeholders in the struggle against corruption, should be represented in PACAC.“I wonder why we are not carried along,” Amachree said, adding that “we have the experience, we have the structure. We should have at least one representative of the NLC, one representative of the TUC and one representative of the CSOs in the committee.” (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Vanguard & Nation newspapers
‘ENGINEERS DON’T BLOW UP PIPELINES’ The Nigerian Society of Engineers on Wednesday distanced itself from the vandalism of oil and gas pipelines based on comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari.At an event with engineers in Abuja on Tuesday, Buhari had reportedly stated that ordinary Nigerians, without the required technical know-how, could not go far into the sea to vandalise pipelines.“If I will go in the negative side, how can an ordinary Nigerian go into the sea, 70Km or more, go down two metres and blow up oil installations?“That cannot be an ordinary Nigerian. So, I hope you will appeal to your colleagues to make sure that what we have built, they should safeguard them whether they are working with multinationals or the government,” the President had said. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) FRAUD: A’COURT ORDERS FRESH TRIAL OF EX-LAGOS SPEAKER, IKUFORIJI The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal has set aside the ruling of a Federal High Court in Lagos, which in September 2014, freed a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his aide, Mr. Oyebode Atoyebi, of money laundering charges.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had prosecuted Ikuforiji and Atoyebi on 56 counts for allegedly laundering N600m belonging to the Assembly.But the trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, discharged them after upholding the no-case submission by their lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who argued that the EFCC failed to make out a prima facie case against his clients.However, a three-man appellate court panel, comprising Justices Biobela Georgewill, Side Dauda Bage and Ugochukwu Ogakwu, in a unanimous decision overturned Justice Buba’s ruling and ordered the return of the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for re-assignment to another judge where Ikuforiji and Atoriji’s trial would start afresh. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) Return of N584m: Obanikoro wants to invest in MMM, Nigerians claim on social media Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, on Monday returned N30m to EFCC. This brings the total amount of money he has returned to N134m. He promised to pay the remaining N450m in 2017.Nigerians however, claim the former minister is relying on MMM to pay the money next year.They said the most probable way to make money during a recession is to invest in the controversial ponzi scheme that yields 30 per cent on investment. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Vanguard & Nation newspapers) WE’RE UNSURE OF END TO MILITANCY IN N’DELTA – FG The Federal Government is not sure of when the militancy in the Niger Delta will come to an end, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said.He also stated that Nigeria would be comfortable with the price of crude oil at mid-$50 per barrel considering the fluctuations in the pricing of the commodity in the international market.Kachikwu disclosed this during an interview on Bloomberg TV ahead of the meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, Austria, which was monitored by our correspondent on Wednesday morning in Abuja.The minister stated that the Federal Government had made considerable progress in addressing the militancy in the region, but noted that he could not tell when the activities of militants in the Niger Delta would end. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) WHY I OMITTED TINUBU FROM MY VICTORY SPEECH – AKEREDOLU The Ondo State governor-elect, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday, said he did not acknowledge a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in his victory speech on Sunday because it was not expedient to do so.He said having acknowledged President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the recognised national leader of the party, and the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, it was safe to infer that he had acknowledged all the party’s leaders.Akeredolu said this while answering State House correspondents’ questions shortly after he and his deputy, Mr.
Agboola Ajayi, met Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.They were led to the meeting, which was their first after their victory, by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Campaign Council in Ondo State, Governor Simon Lalong. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) ‘WHY AMOSUN PROPOSED N60BN ROAD PROJECT’ The proposed 10-lane Abeokuta-Sagamu interchange road project has reportedly generated disagreement between the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and top government officials. A state house source disclosed this to our correspondent at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.The source said some state officials felt the decision to reconstruct the road to 10 lanes was a misplacement of priority.The source said, “There are so many abandoned road projects in major towns of Ogun State, which are yearning for urgent attention of the government. Why starting another one that is worth N60bn?“Aside the civil servants’ monthly salary, there are infrastructural facilities such as boreholes, drainage channels, maternity centres and community town halls which need attention.”Amosun had announced his administration’s resolve to expand the Abeokuta-Sagamu interchange road to 10 lanes. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Punch, Tribune & Vanguard newspapers) BAILOUT: ASSEMBLY TACKLES SENATE OVER PLAN TO PROBE AREGBESOLA The Osun State House of Assembly has said the Senate has no constitutional power to probe how Governor Rauf Aregbesola applied the bailout given to the state by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria.The state lawmakers said this in a statement signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, after plenary on Tuesday.The Osun lawmakers said this following a matter of urgent public importance raise by the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr. Kamil Oyedele, on the propriety or otherwise of the Senate’s plan to probe the state’s bailout. or details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) NYAKO TRIAL: FG TO PRESENT EVIDENCE OF 30 BANK ACCOUNTS The Federal Government on Wednesday sought to tender documents of over 30 bank accounts in evidence against former Gov. Muritala Nyako and seven others who are facing trial in the Federal High Court Abuja.Nyako, the former governor of Adamawa and seven others, including companies, are standing trial before Justice Okon Abang on a 37-count bordering on money laundering.The charges against the defendants include criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, opening of multiple bank accounts and stealing to the tune of N29 billion.The defendants, who were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), allegedly opened over 30 different accounts with Zenith Bank Plc. with the money between 2011 and 2013. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard newspapers) OGUNLEWE RESIGNS AS FUNAAB’S PRO-CHANCELLOR A former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, has resigned his appointment as the ProChancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State.Ogunlewe, who notified our correspondent of his resignation in an interview on Wednesday, cited personal reasons for his decision.The former minister, the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Prof. Olusola Oyewole; and the Bursar of the institution, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi, were recently arraigned before the Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta on 18 counts, bordering on conspiracy, stealing, obtaining money by false pretences and abuse of office.They had pleaded not guilty to the charges. or details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) OKOROCHA CANCELS MOU The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has cancelled all the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the leaders of the oil-producing communities in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas in the state with the oil companies operating in the areas.The governor gave the directive for the cancellation on Wednesday following complaints by the people of the affected
communities when he met with the stakeholders from the two oil-producing council areas.Okorocha stated that the people had complained that the leaders had been short-changing them by collaborating with the oil companies and threatened to take the laws into their own hands. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)
EX-UNILAG BEGGAR BECOMES LAWYER, THANKS PUNCH A former street beggar, Mr. Abdulsalam Idowu, heaved a sigh of fulfilment of a life ambition as he was called to the bar to start practising as a lawyer in Nigeria on Wednesday. Idowu, who defied all odds, to bag his law degree from the University of Lagos in 2015, had proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, where he emerged successful in the August/September 2016 final bar examinations conducted at the end of the one-year programme.The new wig, who engaged in street begging to fund his primary and secondary education, was among the 4,225 graduates of the Nigerian Law School called to the bar in Abuja on Tuesday and Wednesday.Having lost his mother at about age three, crippled by a disease that befell him thereafter and left with a father and relatives who had no interest in his future, Idowu started begging at age eight in Erin Ile, Kwara State, to see himself through his primary and secondary school education. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) FEMALE CORPS MEMBER DIES IN BAYELSA CAMP Fear has gripped corps members at the Bayelsa State Orientation Camp at Kaiama, KolokumaOpokuma Local Government Area of the state following the death of a female member of the National Youth Service Corps, who reportedly died in a mysterious circumstance.The female corps member, whose name was given as Miss Elechi Chiyerom, aged 27, was confirmed dead on Tuesday. She reportedly bled and vomitted on arrival at the camp.Elechi, a graduate of the Ignatius Azuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was confirmed dead about 9pm on Tuesday five days after arriving at the camp.Some corps members claimed the deceased on arrival at the camp last Thursday looked “terribly sick” and could not participate in some opening sessions at the camp.Some officials of the NYSC claimed that the development was a case of “non-disclosure” of state of health by the corps member. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) 5,440 DIED IN 9,734 ROAD CRASHES IN 2015 – FRSC The Federal Road Safety Corps on Wednesday said 5,440 people died in 9,734 Road Traffic Crashes across the country in 2015.The Jigawa State FRSC Sector Commander of the corps, Mr. Angus Ibezim, disclosed this in Dutse at the inauguration of the 2016 Ember Months campaign.The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the FRSC said the theme of the campaign was, “Crash the Crash, Kill the Speed.”Ibezim said that 940 people were also killed in 1,145 RTCs in Zone 1 of the corps comprising Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa states.He said, “A review of 2015 annual report shows that 5,440 people were killed in 9,734 cases of RTCs in Nigeria.Also, 940 were killed in 1,145 cases in this zone comprising Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa states.”To reduce the menace of TRCs, he said, the command had improved its enforcement in 2016 as compared to the previous year. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Vanguard & Punch newspapers) TWO MILLION PEOPLE GET HIV ANNUALLY, SAYS UNAIDS The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS has said that no fewer than two million people are infected with HIV annually.The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibeé , told newsmen at a press briefing ahead of the World AIDS Day on Thursday.“Since 2010, there have been no declines in new HIV infections among adults. Every year since 2010, around 1.9 to 2.2 million adults have become newly infected with HIV,” he said.Sidibeé said that in Western and Central Africa, there were about 6.7 million people living with HIV in 2015.“Women account for nearly 60 per cent of the total number of
people living with HIV in Western and Central Africa.F or details on the story, pick up copies of Nation, Vanguard newspapers) STOWAWAY DIES ON ARIK’S FLIGHT TO S’AFRICA An unidentified stowaway was on Wednesday found dead in the main wheel well of one of Arik Air’s A330-200 aircraft at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.The management of the airline said the aircraft had operated the scheduled Lagos-Johannesburg flight that departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 3:55pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and arrived Johannesburg shortly before 11pm.“Engineers of South African Airways technical facility at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, where the aircraft was scheduled for a routine maintenance check, discovered the body of the stowaway during inspection phase,” the airline said in a statement. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Punch, Tribune & Vanguard newspapers) VANDAL DIES AS HE TAMPERS WITH TRANSFORMER A 35 year- old man, identified as Jamilu Adamu, was on Wednesday electrocuted at Kawon Maigari, Hotoro area of Kano State, while attempting to vandalize a fenced public transformer.In a statement issued and signed by KEDCO’s spokesperson, Mohammed Kandi, it stated that Adamu was found dead, with some tools, including sizes 17 and 20 ring and flat spanners in his possession.Kandi also quoted the firm’s Head of Health Safety and Environment, Aminu Abubakar, as saying that, “At the time the Police evacuated the corpse, one of the HV bushings of the transformer was loosened from the base, indicating th For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) NAVY DESTROYS 22 ILLEGAL REFINERIES IN RIVERS No fewer than 22 illegal refineries and oil wells have been destroyed by the Nigerian Navy in an operation in the Ogu Bolo area of Rivers State.Our correspondent learnt that the NNS, in a patrol team from FOB BONNY, destroyed 22 illegal refineries and 10 dug out wells in the area.Some six Cotonou boats carrying away suspected stolen crude were also waylaid by the patrol team.The Director of Information, NNS, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, said in a statement that oil theft in the Niger Delta was a menace, adding that the service would ensure zero tolerance. for details on the story, pick up copies of Nation, Vanguard newspapers) SCHOOL SUPERVISOR ACCUSED OF MOLESTING TWO-YEAR-OLD PUPIL A supervisor at a private school, Mr. Adegboyega Adenekan, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly molesting a two-year-old pupil.The 46-year-old suspect was alleged to have lured the girl under the pretext of taking her through sex education in the school.The incident was reportedly discovered by the mother while she was with her in the toilet.She then informed the police, leading to the arrest of the suspect. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Punch, Tribune & Vanguard newspapers ROBBERS BREAK WAREHOUSE WITH ACID, STEAL N19M GOODS Luck has run out on four members of a robbery gang who allegedly break shops in the Alaba International Market, Lagos State.PUNCH Metro learnt that the modus operandi of the syndicate was to destroy padlocks of their target shops by pouring acid on them.It was gathered that the suspects – Tochukwu Akorisa, Ndubuise Egwuatuonwu, Ifeanyi Eze and Aboi Rufus – had attacked a warehouse in the market, stealing 427 cartons of electric bulbs valued at N19.1m.The shop owner was said to have reported the incident to the police, leading to the arrest of one Tona Nwenyi, who allegedly bought some of the goods from the suspects. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) OGUN ARMED MEN CHASE ONDO MONARCH OUT OF PALACE The traditional ruler of Atijere community in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Samuel Edema, has been chased out of his palace by some armed men from the neighboring community of Makun-Omi in Ogun State following a communal clash between the two
communities.Atijere in Ondo State and Makun-Omi in Ogun State share boundary, but the two communities had been laying claims to the ownership of a piece of land.The ownership of the land was said to have been causing incessant crisis between the two communities.The National Boundary Commission was said to have intervened in the crisis before a fresh crisis erupted on Tuesday between the two communities, leading to many residents deserting their homes while some were injured. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)
NDLEA ARRESTS NEWLY-WED, TRICYCLE RIDER WITH N575M HEROIN A newly-wed, Sunday King, and a tricycle rider, Chinedu Egwin, have been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for allegedly smuggling heroin worth N575m into the country.PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects were apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with 6.4 kilogrammes of the drug.It was learnt that Egwin had trafficked heroin weighing 3.9kg from Kigali via a Rwand Airline flight, while King was caught with 2.5kg of the drug during outward screening of passengers from Nairobi, Kenya.Thirty-eight-year old King, a trader in Abuja, told the NDLEA investigators that he agreed to smuggle the drug because he needed money for his honeymoon. . for details on the story, pick up copies of the Punch,Tribune,ThisDay & Vanguard newspapers) POLICE ARRAIGN BRICKLAYER FOR DEFILING 12-YEAR-OLD PUPIL A 44-year-old bricklayer, Tunde Babalola, has been arraigned by the police in a Lagos Magistrateâ€™s Court, Ogba, for allegedly defiling a 12-year- old pupil.PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim, who lives in the Mushin area of the state, had returned from school around 2.30pm on October 21, but did not meet her parents at home.She was said to have approached Babalola, who was working on a building under construction on the premises, to call her parents who were with the key to the house.Babalola was said to have told Victoria to sit on his laps before he could render any help. He allegedly dragged her to the uncompleted building and raped her.The police arraigned Babalola on five counts bordering on breach of the peace, assault, and rape. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) POLICE ARRAIGN MAN FOR ALLEGEDLY BURNING N3.5M JEEP The police on Wednesday arraigned a 22-year-old man, Joseph Okwuese, before an Abeokuta Magistratesâ€™ Court in Ogun State for allegedly setting fire to a Honda Acura belonging to another man.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accused, whose address is unknown, is facing one count of wilful damage.The prosecutor, Sergeant Idowu Ogunleye, told the court that the accused committed the offence on November 23, 2016, at about 8pm at the Arankange Iberekodo area of Abeokuta.Ogunleye said the accused set fire to the Honda Jeep with the number plate, EKY 106 CH, valued at N3.5m property of one Vincent Ajah. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) 20-Year-Old Man Arrested For Hacking Motorcyclist To Death A 20-year-old man, one Cephas Appaf, has been arrested by the police in Edo State for allegedly hacking a motorcyclist to death in the Ovia South-West Local Government Area of the state.It was gathered that Appaf, a rubber tapper who hails from Benue State, had asked the victim, identified as Aniete Okon, to give him a ride to Benin, the state capital on November 3, 2016.It was gathered that
the suspect had told his unsuspecting victim to make a stopover on the way, where he picked up a cutlass and dealt him severe blows in the neck, before fleeing on the motorcycle.However, he was said to have run out of luck when he put up the motorcycle for sale. One of his potential buyers was said to have suspected his claim of ownership of the property. . for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)
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FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL APPROVES 2017 BUDGET After missing the September target for the presentation of the 2017 budget to the National Assembly, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) wednesday finally approved the 2017 Appropriation Bill.The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, who briefed State House correspondents after wednesday’s FEC meeting, said that the budget details would be revealed when the president presents the bill to the National Assembly, but did not give a date for its submission.He said: “With regard to the date, the president will be communicating to the National Assembly and, of course, it will be at the National Assembly’s discretion ultimately. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) BUHARI RELIEVES SALLY MBANEFO OF NTDC DG’S POST Mrs. Sally Mbanefo has been sacked as the Director General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC).Her removal was transmitted via a memo signed on November 27 by the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) , David Babachir Lawal.Mbanefo had on Tuesday presided over her last official engagement, when she addressed tourism stakeholders at the Nigerian Tourism Investment Forum and Exhibition, held at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.The forum was attended by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs. Samia Zekaria, among other dignitaries. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) AGAIN, BUHARI’S NOMINEE, AKINWANDE, SHUNS SENATE’S SCREENING FOR NERC JOB AGAIN, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee for the position of chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Professor Akintunde Akinwande, yesterday failed to present himself for Senate screening.For the second time in one month, the nominee shunned the Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe-led committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy.The
committee had, last month, invited Akinwande and other nominees for screening, but the screening was put on hold due to failure of Akinwande to appear, just as he failed to fill all the columns where he ought to have provided his needed information for the committee. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard newspapers) NCC SUSPENDS DIRECTIVE ON DATA TARIFFS HIKE Following the outcry over the proposed introduction of a new price floor for the data segment of the telecommunications sector that would have led to a hike of data tariffs, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has suspended any further action on the proposal.A statement wednesday by NCC spokesman, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said the decision to suspend the directive was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by consumers across the country.“The commission has weighed all of these and consequently asked all operators to maintain the status quo until the conclusion of a study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in Nigeria,” it said. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)
OIL PRICES SURGE AS OPEC OKAYS FIRST OUTPUT CUT IN EIGHT YEARS The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) yesterday agreed to the first oil production cut in eight years, leading to a price rally that saw oil prices hitting a one-month high of $50 per barrel.Should oil prices continue to hover at slightly above $50 for a prolonged period, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said Nigeria would be comfortable with the price.But the excitement in the country could be blighted by the militancy in the Niger Delta, which has seen Nigeria’s oil output fall below 2 million barrels per day (mpbd) since the beginning of the year. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) WE CAN NO LONGER PAY YOUR SALARIES, DICKSON TELLS NDU LECTURERS The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, yesterday told lecturers and other staff of the state-owned Niger Delta University (NDU) that government could not continue to fund the payment of their salaries, following the current economic realities.Dickson, who spoke during the submission of the interim report on the NDU to him by the Chairman of the Committee, Professor Stephen Odiowei at the Government House, Yenagoa, urged the university to find alternative sources of funding.However, the governor noted that in terms of infrastructure, he was ready to continue to sustain and improve on the facilities in the university situated in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. . For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) PAY ONDO WORKERS’ SALARY, APC TELLS AKEREDOLU The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has enjoined the Governor-elect of Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, to make clearing the backlog of salaries owed the state civil servants a priority of the in-coming administration.Addressing the governor-elect who came to the secretariat in Abuja to present his certificate of return to the party leadership, the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, restated the position of the party that the process that led to the emergence of Akeredolu was transparent. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Punch, Tribune & Vanguard newspapers) SCHOOL REGISTRAR AGREES TO DIVORCE, SAYS HALF SALARY AFFECTING HIS FAMILY
A Customary court sitting in Iwara-Ijesa, Osun State has dissolved a marriage of 15 years as the husband declared that half salary that the government is paying was responsible for poor performance in his marriage life.The applicant, Mrs. Oluitan Folashade, had approached the court for divorce, saying her husband, Oluitan Abraham Adelusi, had neglected her for almost four years.The applicant alleged that they were frequently fighting and there was lack of care on the part of her husband, urging the court to desperate them.She said her husband had been staying with his first wife, neglecting her and their 13 and 9-year-old children.She explained that her husband had also refused to pay her dowry because she moved into his house without legal marriage. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) KANO STATE GOVT. SIGNS $1.8BN LIGHT RAIL CONTRACT WITH CHINESE FIRM The Kano State Government has signed contracts valued at 1.8 billion dollars with China Railway Construction Group C18 for the construction of light rail line in the state.Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje signed the contract in a brief ceremony on Wednesday in Kano.Ganduje said the first phase of the construction was billed to take two years, while the second phase of the four-line rail was expected to take another two years. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Punch,Tribune,ThisDay & Vanguard newspapers)
GROUP URGES FG TO OBEY COURT ORDERS , RELEASE FORMER NSA, DASUKI A group, Media Forum for Development, on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to obey Court orders by releasing former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).Addressing journalists in Sokoto, its Protem National Coordinator, Abdallah El-Kurebe, said the call became necessary as three courts in Abuja, including the ECOWAS court, had ordered his release.He maintained that the forum was in support of President Muhammad Buhariâ€™s fight against corruption but in doing so, the rule of law should be observed by the three arms of government. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) EFCC DOCK PENSION OFFICER, 3 OTHERS OVER N22.9M SALARY FRAUD The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, arraigned Justin Itemoagbo, Dayo Aliyu, Ojeifo Sylvanus and Dayang Jacob, before Justice Peter Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Apo, Abuja over N22.9 salary million fraud.They are standing trial on a 14-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence, abuse of office, forgery, advance fee fraud and impersonation. . For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) NLC FACTION ACCUSES EFCC OF TAKING SIDE IN CRISIS NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, faction led by Jeo Ajaero, has challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to explain its role in the crisis rocking the central labour body.Specifically, the faction wants the commission to explain why out of about 70 industrial unions in the country, only its affiliates and leaders have allegedly been singled out for persecution, harassment, intimidation and even probe of their finances. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Punch, Tribune & Vanguard newspapers) PENGASSAN REJECTS PLANS TO SCRAP NNPC, OTHERS Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has condemned reported plans by the Federal Government to scrap some regulatory agencies in the oil and gas industry including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, without involving
stakeholders in the industry.A statement by PENGASSAN National Public Relations Officers, Emmanuel Ojugbana, said: “While it is important to note that a wholesome reform in the oil and gas industry is desirable and proper, it is equally unadvisable to contemplate any sort of restructuring without the buy-in of the very persons such action will directly or indirectly impact. It is curious to note that a critical aspect of organisational reforms like the work force would be over-looked in the current contemplation.” . for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) CCT TO TRY 50 PUBLIC OFFICERS IN AKWA IBOM The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) would between Dec. 6 and Dec. 9 relocate to Akwa Ibom for the trial of 50 public officers in the state who allegedly breached the code of conduct ethics.Mr Danladi Umar, Chairman of the tribunal, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.According to him, the defendants comprise of ex-Special Advisers and Local Government Councillors that served between 2008 and 2009.According to him, two Clerks from Esit and Etim Local Governments will also be tried.“The tribunal’s itinerant session helps to clear up backlogs of cases in the zone within the period of the session. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)
UNICEF: NIGERIA HAS WORLD’S HIGHEST NUMBER OF CHILD BRIDES The United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that Nigeria has the world’s highest number of child brides with 49 per cent of Nigerian women married under the age of 18, according to latest figures.UNICEF stated that early marriage and childbirth can be extremely harmful for girls. It added that girls under 18 are more likely to suffer from fistula, to die in childbirth and to give birth to stillborn babies. Children born to child mothers are more likely to suffer from stunting and wasting.This was disclosed on Tuesday by UNICEF Country Representative on behalf of the United Nations in Nigeria, Mohamed Fall, at the official launch of the nation-wide campaign to end child marriage at a ceremony in Abuja making Nigeria the 16th country to join the African Union. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) FALANA ASKS FG TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED KILLING OF IPOB, SHIITE MEMBERS A human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, wednesday asked the federal government to investigate murder of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members and scores of the Shiites who were allegedly killed by the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police.Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), lamented the impassive posture of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and any of its 109 branches for failing to condemn crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the army and the police.He made the demand in a statement by the Secretary to Falana & Falana Chambers, Tayo Soyemi yesterday, calling the President Muhammadu Buhari administration “to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the killing of IPOB members as well as the scores of Shiites by security agents.” for details on the story, pick up copies of Nation, Vanguard newspapers) WE’RE ADDRESSING RECESSION WITH WRONG TOOLS —CBN The on-going economic recession has persisted owing to application of wrong prescription by nonprofessionals, the Director of Policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Moses Tule, has contended.
The CBN chief spoke at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, roundtable meeting organised on the current economic recession in Abuja on Tuesday. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Punch, Tribune & Vanguard newspapers NIGERIA FACES SEVERE NUTRITION PROBLEMS, ACCORDING TO NEW INDEX Nigeria’s population faces significant nutritional shortfalls, according to the 2016 Food Sustainability Indexpublished wednesday by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Nigeria is ranked second last out of 25 countries, below Ethiopia and Indonesia, for the nutritional health of its population.One-third of Nigerian children under five are “stunted”, meaning they suffer reduced physical growth due to inadequate nutrition. “Hidden hunger”—a deficiency of micronutrients—is also a problem. Nigeria ranks 23rd out of 25 countries surveyed for vitamin A deficiency, with a prevalence of 29.5per cent. Nutrient deficiencies delay mental development in infants, reducing their ability to learn in later life, with a knock on-effect on school performance. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Punch, Tribune & Vanguard newspapers) FIRE RAZES LAGOS CJ’S CHAMBERS There was pandemonium wednesday at the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere as fire gutted the chambers of the Chief Judge, Justice Funmilayo Atilade.The CJ’s courtroom which is on the top floor of the old building, was razed by fire at about 8.15a.m. following a spark from one of the airconditioning unit in the chambers.An unconfirmed report said the fire started when one of the cleaners switched on the faulty air-conditioner and left the courtroom.But another report said the fire was noticed by a security woman popularly called Alhaja who raised the alarm. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Vanguard newspaper)
13% DERIVATION: WITHHOLD FUND FROM N-DELTA GOVS —REFORMED EGBESU ASSEMBLY A pan-Niger-Delta group, the Reformed Egbesu Assembly, yesterday, demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari stop the payment of 13 per cent Oil Derivation Funds to the governors of oil and gas producing states of the Niger Delta with effect from January 1, 2017, alleging that the governors had squandered over N17 trillion since the disbursement commenced.Reformed Egbesu’s demand came few days after the Oil and Solid Minerals Producing Areas Landlords Association of Nigeria, OMPLALAN, accused the governors of embezzling N1 trillion meant for the development of the region annually. for details on the story, pick up copies of Nation, Vanguard newspapers) IGBO YOUTHS PROTEST EFCC’S PROBE OF MRS JONATHAN A group of Concerned Igbo Youths, yesterday, protested at the South East zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Enugu, demanding for withdrawal of probe and defreezing of the account of Nigeria’s former first Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.The youths, led by its coordinator, Comrade Victor Ezenagu, said that Mrs. Jonathan’s probe is a probe on her husband, former President Goodluck Jonathan and demanded the withdrawal of all charges against Mrs. Jonathan.They alleged that the probe is meant to humiliate the former president and his family, noting that no other former President of Nigeria has ever been probed. . for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) WORLD AIDS DAY: 72,000 ADOLESCENTS LIVING WITH HIV IN LAGOS — LSACA The Lagos State AIDS Control Agency, LSACA, yesterday disclosed that no fewer than 72,000 adolescents are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, in the state just as the wife of the governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode stressed that prevention efforts must be doubled, if the world is to fast-track an end to the pandemic.Out of the top 10 states with highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in Nigeria, Rivers is the highest with 15.2 percent. The lowest among the 10 is Ondo with 4.3 percent.Seven months ago, Lagos State Commissioner for health, Dr Jide Idris announced that the
state had recorded a drop HIV, prevalence rate from 5.1 in 2013 to 4.1. . for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) BENUEâ€™LL OUTLAW OPEN GRAZINGâ€”SPEAKER Benue State government will, this month, outlaw open grazing in any part of the state to stem unending herdsmen/farmers crisis.Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange, gave the indication yesterday when he hosted the leadership of the Movement Against Fulani Occupation, MAFO, in Makurdi. Ikyange, who said the House took into account the agitation of MAFO while deliberating on the AntiOpen Grazing Bill before the House, explained that the decision to ban open grazing in the state was in line with global practice. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Vanguard & Nation newspapers)
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