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N3.84trn Shared by Federal, States, LGs In Six Months –NEITI

Tue, 2019-09-10 01:36


The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has said that the Federal Government, states and local governments across the country received a total of N3.84trn as allocations between January and June 2019.

In a statement by NEITI’s Director, Communications and Advocacy, Orji Orji, it was disclosed that the Federal Government received N1.599trn, the 36 states got N1.335trn while the 774 local government areas of the country shared N792bn during the period under review.

The FAAC disbursement of N3.84trn for the first half of 2019 was slightly lower than the N3.94trn disbursed during the same period in 2018 but higher than the N2.78trn disbursed in the first half of 2017.

On a quarter on quarter basis, the second quarter of 2019 was the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2017.

The statement said, “The quarterly FAAC disbursements from Q1 2013 to Q2 2019 reveal that the total disbursement of N1.913trn in the second quarter of 2019 was the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2017 when N1.700trn was disbursed.

“The figure shows that three quarters of 2018 had total disbursements above N2trn.”

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Demand For Local Rice Soars As Border Closure Linger

Tue, 2019-09-10 01:34


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There has been a surge in the demand for local rice, with millers unable to meet the ‘excess demand’ of Nigerians, an expert has told SaharaReporters. 

The rice miller, who chose to stay anonymous, said local rice is now like gold but certain milling and processing associations had placed price ceilings on how much members can sell the staple commodity.

The surge in the demand for locally milled rice is an offshoot of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that Nigeria’s borders with Benin and Niger republics be closed to prevent the smuggling of rice into the country.

The expert however, said that the government should have given a preparatory notice to millers before implementing the President’s order.

He said, “There is excessive demand, local rice has become gold.

“I’m afraid that there’s a gap, a huge gap, which is an opportunity for more millers to invest in production.

“But, there should have been a preparatory notice to millers that this was going to happen.

“Now millers are working day and night to meet up with the demand.”

The expert further told SaharaReporters that two associations – Rice Millers Association of Nigeria and Rice Processors Association of Nigeria – had a meeting to put the cost range of their products at between N13,300 and N14,000.

He however, said he was making profit but the price control was not having any effect on the market.

On August 28, President Buhari said that the partial closure of Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic was aimed at stopping “massive smuggling activities”.

As a result of this, there has been low supply of rice in many parts of the country with the price almost doubling in the few places the commodity is available.

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One Killed, Seven Students Injured In Bauchi-Jos Road Accident

Tue, 2019-09-10 01:32


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One person has been reportedly killed in a road accident along Bauchi-Jos Road in Miri Village following a collision between a commercial vehicle and a car, according to The Nation.

The incident occurred on Monday and left seven students of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, severely injured.

Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi Sector Command, Rilwan Sulaiman, confirmed the tragedy.

He said the car was conveying students of ATBU to Bauchi before colliding with the empty commercial vehicle.

Rilwan revealed that the corpse of the deceased had been deposited at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital.

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Professors In Ondo Tertiary Institutions Now To Retire At 70

Tue, 2019-09-10 01:32


A new bill passed into law by the Ondo State House of Assembly has pegged the retirement age of professors in tertiary institutions at 70.

The bill also put the retirement age of other teaching and non- teaching staff at 65.

Spokesperson for the Assembly, Sehinde Fanokun, disclosed this through a statement in Akure, the state capital, on Monday.

He stressed that the executive bill, which has become a law, would take effect immediately.

Fanokun said beneficiaries of the amended law would now include workers in state-owned tertiary institutions.

It was gathered that lecturers in Federal universities had been enjoying this privilege for long, hence the move by the Ondo Assembly for those in the state’s tertiary institutions to also benefit from such initiative.

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Xenophobia: Eight Policemen Arraigned For Maltreating Nigerians –Dabiri-Erewa

Tue, 2019-09-10 01:22


Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that the South African Government had arraigned eight policemen for maltreating Nigerians in that country.

Dabiri-Erewa made the disclosure during a programme on Channels Television.

She said, “Eight policemen have been charged to court by South Africa. They have been charged for cases involving the maltreatment of Nigerians in South Africa that have been on for a long time. But the cases have not yet ended.

“We are hoping those cases will end. There have to be consequences for actions. Four policemen have been arrested in connection with the last death of the gentleman that was killed in his home.”

Speaking further, Dabiri-Erewa called on the South African authorities to conclude the investigation into the harassment and death of Nigerians and also make the findings public.

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Kalu Vows To Reclaim Mandate After Tribunal Ruling

Tue, 2019-09-10 01:20


Former Abia State governor and lawmaker representing Abia North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Orji Kalu, has vowed to reclaim his mandate after a tribunal sitting on election matters upturned his victory at the poll.

In a statement by his media office on Monday following the nullification of his election, Kalu called on his supporters not to panic as his mandate will be re-claimed at the Court of Appeal.

Kalu said his announcement as winner of the exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission was as a result of his popularity among the people of Abia.

He said, “The Peoples Democratic Party candidate is not popular among the people and as such, my victory in the National Assembly poll is a landslide. See Also Politics Tribunal Sacks Former Abia Governor, Orji Kalu 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

“Any day, any time, the All Progressives Congress will defeat the PDP in Abia North Senatorial District.

“At the appropriate time, my mandate will be restored.”

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Stop IMN Planned Procession, IGP Orders Police Commissioners

Tue, 2019-09-10 01:20


The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered Commissioners of Police across the country including the Federal Capital Territory to prevent a planned procession by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria from taking place.

The IMN, led by Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, had announced on Sunday that its yearly Ashura procession scheduled for Tuesday would go as planned despite warnings by the police for it to be halted.

In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP said that the activities of IMN remains illegal and will be treated as such.

The statement reads, “The Force notes that in line with the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice 2019, the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been proscribed.

“Consequently, all gathering or procession by the group remains ultimately illegal and will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism.

“The Inspector-General of Police has directed the Commissioners of Police in all states and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to put in place concrete measures to avert any planned procession and/or disruption of public peace by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, anywhere in the country.”

 

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Six Persons Kidnapped On Kaduna-Abuja Highway

Tue, 2019-09-10 01:09


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Some gunmen have abducted six persons on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Confirming the incident in a statement on Monday, Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna Police Command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the sad event took place on Sunday evening.

The latest incident follows the killing of three suspected kidnappers and the arrest of 26 others by the police on the Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna Zaria expressway barely 24 hours ago.

Sabo revealed that the hoodlums dressed in military uniform, intercepted a commercial bus around 11:40pm on Sunday near Rijana Village and whisked the six persons away.

According to him, the police managed to free two of the victims from the kidnappers while efforts were ongoing to rescue the others.

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Eight Foreign-trained Graduates Barred By NYSC Over Inability To Defend Degrees

Mon, 2019-09-09 23:11


Eight foreign-trained graduates have been denied registration over their inabilities to defend their degrees, the National Youth Service Corps Coordinator in Kano State, Ladan Baba, revealed on Monday.

He made the disclosure during the passing out parade of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Corps members from the three-week orientation course, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said that some of the graduates were also blocked online from registering for the exercise because of the failure to defend their degrees as foreign students.

He said, “As a matter of fact, some of them cannot express themselves verbally.

“More worrisome is the fact that some of them did not undergo any academic pursuits but obtained certificates through illegal means with allegations that some did so in Kano and environs.

“This will undoubtedly require urgent action by the government and good people of Kano in collaboration with the dogged security agencies in the state to checkmate this ugly trend that will affect us negatively.” 

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We Can’t Stop Xenophobic Attacks, Says South Africa’s Defence Minister

Mon, 2019-09-09 22:27


Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa’s Defence Minister, on Monday said that the attacks against foreigners including Nigerians in South Africa were planned by criminals and that government can’t prevent it.

Mapisa-Nqakula, who said this in an interview with eNCA, a local television channel, described South Africa as an angry nation and insisted that the government can’t prevent the ongoing violence.

She said, “The reality is that we have an angry nation. What’s happening can never be prevented by any government.

“People are saying some heads of state decided not to attend the World Economic Forum; we should be talking about why this whole thing is coinciding with that.

“People are saying it is xenophobic attacks but it is not the first time, we have had them in the past.

“We have criminals that have read the situation and are aware that we have challenges right now.

“We have talked on the issues of high rate of unemployment, of some foreign nationals who are not conducting themselves in an appropriate manner as we would expect, those breaking the bylaws of the country, and you now have criminal elements who have decided that we are going to use all of those things to find reasons to attack people.

“It is unfortunate and should not happen. The reality is that we need to have a serious dialogue about what is happening and we must take responsibility. The reality is that we are an angry nation and we must talk about it.”

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Nigeria Indivisible Despite Diversity, Says Sultan Of Sokoto

Mon, 2019-09-09 21:46


The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, on Monday said that Nigeria remains an indivisible country in spite of its cultural and ethnic diversity.

He spoke during the 2019 edition of Ulefuta Festival in Akure, Ondo State.

According to the Sultan, some leaders have been using the diversity of the country to sow seeds of discord to their own benefit.

He said that no meaningful development can be achieved in any country where insecurity and violence is the order of the day.

Abubakar urged religious leaders in the country to refrain from using religion and ethnicity as avenues to cause a breach of peace and violence.

He said, “Diversity is not the problem. It is management of our diversity that is the problem.

“Our diversity should enhance good economy and strengthen it but it has to be tapped into and we must celebrate it.

“Also, we must focus on the management of our diversity and not desecrate it. There is no time for internal wrangling. It destroys our unity and nobody will benefit from it.

“We should work together to have common a goal and ensure our regional integration.”

Chairman of the annual public lecture, Michael Ade Ojo, said that Nigeria must rise to defend its territory and promote positivity in its diversity across all regions.

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Cement Truck Kills 11, Injures Many In Nasarawa

Mon, 2019-09-09 21:44


Not less than 11 persons were killed and many left injured in an accident involving a truck and a minivan along Akwanga-Lafia Road, Tribunereports. 

It was gathered that the accident, which happened on Monday afternoon, led to the deaths of all passengers in the bus including the driver.

The crash on the popular Akwanga hill also left many with varying degrees of injuries.

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Three Nigerian Children Linked To ISIS Handed Over To Nigerian Government By Syria

Mon, 2019-09-09 21:44


Kurdish authorities in northeast Syria have handed over three siblings linked with the Islamic State group to the Nigerian Government, AFP reports.

Fanar Kaeet, a Kurdish foreign affairs official, said, “Three children were handed over to representatives of the Nigerian Government.”

The siblings are a girl and two boys – all between five and 10 years old – who had lost both parents, Kaeet said.

A representative of the Nigeria Government, Musa Marika, said efforts were ongoing to look into the matter.

He said, “We have asked the foreign relations department at the Kurdish administration for a list of Nigerians and Africans under their custody.

“As for Nigerian (IS) fighters, the government will look into this.”

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Eight Suspected Robbers Arrested In Osun

Mon, 2019-09-09 21:42


The Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Osun State has arrested eight suspected armed robbers.

The suspects include Oyewunmi Oyelakin, Adebayo Yemi, Adeyeye Opeyemi, Olawale Munirudeen, Sunday Ogbemudia, Lasisi Isiaka, Samuel Johnson and Isiaka Fatai.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs Abiodun Ige, said, “We have apprehended some suspected armed robbers who had been terrorising Osun for quite a long time.

“We were able to trace their activities from 2018 and have arrested all of them.”

According to her, five vehicles, mobile phones, laptops, wrist watches and other items snatched from owners at different locations as well as arms and ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

She added, “They go to people’s houses, steal vehicles, mobile phones and laptops among others. 

“They were arrested one after the other. They will be charged to court after investigations.”

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Nigerian Crude Finds One More Niche In US Oil Market

Mon, 2019-09-09 21:41


Despite the purchase of Nigerian petroleum products by the United States dropping to zero in several months since 2014, crude oil grades from the Niger Delta have now found buyers in California, Reuters reports. 

The news agency said that cargoes of up to six million barrels have left the southern part of Nigeria on arduous 40-day journey to the US.

The report said the vessel will sail the relatively rare route from Niger Delta, pass around South America’s Tierra del Fuego before reaching Los Angeles.

It further noted that Nigeria was able to find this foothold due to the difficulty in building a pipeline to connect the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, where shale oil is produced.

While Nigeria’s peak oil production ever was achieved in 2005 – 2.44million a day, the US had ramped up production from near zero in 2008 to over 12million in 2019.

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Drama As Judge Accuses Sowore's Lawyer of Disrupting Court Session

Mon, 2019-09-09 21:36


A Federal High Court judge in Abuja, Justice Nkeonye Maha, on Monday, accused a lawyer, Abubakar Marshal, representing pro-democracy activist and convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, of disrupting her court session.

Marshal, who is a member of the team from the chamber of Femi Falana, had approached the judge in the open court shortly before the commencement of proceedings.

He called the attention of the judge to the fact that Sowore’s case file had not been returned back to Justice Taiwo Taiwo one week after Maha excused herself from hearing the matter.

But in her reaction, the judge accused the lawyer of grandstanding and disrupting her court session.

Maha said, “This is administrative, it is not a reason for you to disturb my court. Don't disturb my court over such matters again. See Also Free Speech Updated: Judge Declines To Hear Sowore's Application, Says She Lacks Jurisdiction To Do so 0 Comments 2 Weeks Ago

“Please journalists, know what you report, I have no hand in the matter again.”

Unfazed by that accusation, Marshal told the court that it was better for him to approach the judge in the open to avoid any misconception.

He demanded for the case file be taken back to Justice Taiwo, who has since resumed from vacation, for hearing to resume.

Recall that on August 28, Maha had declined to hear Sowore’s appeal over his continued detention of the Department of State Services by claiming that she did not have the jurisdiction to review the decision by Justice Taiwo, who granted an ex-parte order to the DSS to keep the activist for 45 days.

Sowore, through his lawyers, argued that the court breached his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights by approving that order for the DSS. See Also Free Speech Nigerian Government Has No Ground To Detain My Husband –Sowore’s Wife 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

He was arrested in Lagos on August 3 for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets and express their frustration at the poor state of governance in the country.

Despite calls for his release from across the globe, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to hold on to him.

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Tribunal Sacks Former Abia Governor, Orji Kalu

Mon, 2019-09-09 21:35


The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State, has nullified the victory of a former governor of the state, Orji Uzor Kalu, at the 2019 general election.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mao Ohuabunwa, has been declared winner of the election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had earlier declared Kalu, who contested under the platform of the All Progressives Congress to represent Abia North Senatorial District at the federal legislature as winner of that exercise but in its ruling on Monday, the tribunal upturned that verdict.

Kalu is the current Chief Whip of the Senate.

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Busola Dakolo Lists Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo As Witness

Mon, 2019-09-09 21:34


Busola, wife of musician Timi Dakolo, has listed the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre, Matthew Ashimolowo, as a witness in her suit against founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Ashimolowo will appear before the court to give testimony about what he knows about the rape allegation against Fatoyinbo.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that Busola had instituted a suit against Fatoyinbo, demanding a public apology and N10m compensation, among other things.

After revelations by Busola on how Fatoyinbo raped her as a teenager, the COZA pastor had come under fire from Nigerians especially women, with many taking sides with the musician’s wife. See Also CRIME Rape: Busola Dakolo Demands N10m From Pastor Fatoyinbo 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

But following the institution of the suit by Mrs Dakolo through her lawyer, Fatoyinbo, who has consistently denied the allegation, has a chance to prove his innocence.

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ICPC Takes Corruption Fight To Nigerian Universities

Mon, 2019-09-09 20:07


The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission says it has taken its fight against corruption to higher institutions of learning in the country.

Chairman of the agency, Prof Bolaji Owosanoye, made the disclosure while presenting a paper at the Federal University of Technology Akure in Ondo State.

Owosanoye said corruption is the abuse or misuse of office or positions of trusts for personal or group benefit including the exploitation of the system to obtain unmerited benefits.  

Represented by Mr Olayinka Ayegbayo, Owosanoye said that higher institutions, which are basically citadels of learning, "should also be the conscience of any nation".

He noted that the agency had decided to establish an anti-corruption organ in higher institutions of learning to curb corruption.

He said, “So, the ACTU in each public organisation and public higher institution shall operate as an autonomous outfit and have a direct link with the office of the Chief Executive of the respective establishment.

“Nature or form of corruption in the universities and elsewhere is not only limited to financial or material corruption alone but other practices.

“These practices include sexual harassment, unfair allocation of grades, favouritism of staff posting, nepotism, plagiarism, certificates scandal, admission irregularities and racketeering, and discrimination in allocation of staff quarters.”

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Reactions Trail Buhari's Delayed Evacuation Of Nigerians From South Africa

Mon, 2019-09-09 20:02


Nigerians have reacted to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for citizens affected by xenophobic attacks in South Africa to be evacuated back to the country.

Last week, Air Peace, a private airline company, had offered Nigerians willing to return to the country free flights in the wake of renewed xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the former apartheid nation.

In a delayed response on Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said Buhari had ordered the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians willing to return home.

But reacting to the development, Nigerians on Twitter expressed mixed feelings as they shared their thoughts.

One user with the @CHEEKAH18 said, “Which Buhari ordered that and when?

“Important pronouncements like this are usually recorded so show us a video clip.

“They lie to us every day while the people die and suffer from hunger and starvation.

“Every day, the bucket goes to the well but one day the bottom will drop out.”

Another user, @zzanzibaryy simply mocked the President's penchant for making belated decisions, stating, “Baba go slow...welcome sir.”

@ogbelejechikej1 on his part said, “Are Nigerians willing to come back. But who wants to go from frying pan to fire?

“These guys have big businesses, hotels, schools in South Africa. If they try nationalise any of their businesses here, they will be exposed.”

In his reaction @AndriesOom said, “Waste of time. Nigerians voluntarily moved away from Nigeria because of the tough conditions, to expect them to come back is hallucination.”

For another user, @88Pokyes, “This is a long awaited step. We expected this since the attack began. Now, the South African Government will know that we are up for serious business.”

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