Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died late Friday in Havana, his brother, President Raul Castro, announced on national television. "The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening, He provided no further details.
Facebook user, Bako Sallihu shared the story on his page. He wrote: "This woman with a fake ID was caught this morning with 3 kids all tied with bombs on their body entering Abuja at Nyanya-Mararraba check point she claimed to be an officer that her name is Maj Juliana Gumel.
The immigration chief said the review was the government’s response to several months of complaints from Nigerians and other foreign elements who said the five-year validity period is too short.
Citizens demanded that the NIS should reverse to the old policy that Nigeria had in place before 2007. Back then, the Nigerian passport was valid for 10 years with additional five years validity for renewal.
“For example, in some places in the world, they say if you’re below the age of 18, you can have five-year validity passport. But if you’re above the age of 18, you can have 10-year validity because your physical features may not change again within 10 years,” Mr. Babandede said.
The Nigerian government implemented a downward review of international
passports from 10 to five years when the country adopted the e-passport
with multi-level security model on July 27, 2007
A prosecution witness on Thursday narrated how some of the N1.2 billion allegedly transferred from the office of the National Security Adviser was transferred into accounts owned and operated by Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti State Governor.
Mr. Sunday, while being cross examined Mike Ozekhome, counsel to Mr. Agbele, said that another N1million was paid into Fayose’s account on June 2 while another N895,315 was paid into the account on June 5,2014.
Mr. Agbele was arraigned alongside former defence minister, Musiliu Obanikoro (in absentia), Sylvan Mcnamara Limited, A. O. Adewale, Tunde Oshinowo and Olalekan Ogunseye (all at large) on 11-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion.
• The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has told Governor Ayodele Fayose to stop playing pranks to avoid the scrutiny of the Senate Committee on Local Governments in the disbursement of the bailout cash approved to the state by the Federal Government. • “The bailout is like taking a bond that is programme-specific and Fayose knew this before he took the bailout and we wonder why he is now behaving as if the bailout is a Father Christmas gift that doesn’t require accountability.
• Months after the completion of the first set of 114 Roads Project across the 20 Local Government Areas (LGs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has disclosed that the new set of another 114 Roads across the State will be ready in November 2017.
• Furthermore, the Governor thanked the tax payers in the state for the prompt payment of their taxes while urging Lagosians to continue paying their taxes to help the developmental plans of the State.
The Nigerian Army has arrested no less than 37 suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Lagos and Ogun States within the last 15 months.
The outgoing General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Isidore Edet, disclosed this in Lagos while handing over to his successor, Maj.-Gen. Ebenezer Oyefolu. Edet said the Division, under his watch, arrested the terrorists in different parts of the two states. Edet said the Division, under his watch, arrested the terrorists in different parts of the two states. “As Boko Haram is being defeated, the terrorists run to other parts of the country. “From the period I took over in August 2015 till date, we arrested 37 Boko Haram suspects He said
According to a document exclusively released to Pulseng, on November 16th, it appears that Dbanj signed a memorandum of understanding with the technology company on October 19, 2012, for the promotion of a concert organised by his media house, D'Kings Men Media LTD. When Dkings Men media failed to pay back, Mindhub Technologies called for the repayment from Dbanj and he reportedly paid only $260,000 and N8,600,000, leaving the outstanding sum of $240,000 and N6,400,000.
The cheque was returned unpaid due to lack of funds in the Dbanj’s account. D'banj issued another GT Bank cheque No.00000046 dated January 20, 2014, in the sum of N15, 000,000 in favour of Mindhub and it was also returned unpaid.
Nick Gordon who was the boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown's has been ordered to pay $36 million to her estate after being found liable for her death. A judge on Thursday, agreed with Bobby Brown that his daughter was a star in the making and had unlimited earning potential and issued the ruling.
He also awarded $13 million for "pain and suffering." $1.5 million and punitive damages of $250,000 for stealing funds after Bobbi's estate accused Nick of regularly transferring funds from her account to his account, including $11,000 after she'd fallen into the coma on Jan. 31, 2015.
Although no criminal charges were ever filed, Bobbi's estate filed the suit against Nick, alleging he gave her the toxic mix of drugs, which the medical examiner said played the key role in her drowning death on July 26, 2015.
A 27 year old Florida mom, Kristen De Pasquale, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of her 1-year-old daughter, who police say was found with Halloween lights wrapped around her neck. De Pasquale called 911 Thursday evening, claiming her 2-year-old son, Michael, choked his infant sister Mia Rice, to death with the string of Halloween lights while she was taking a shower in the master bathroom.Oviedo Police detective Christopher said their suspicions began when they checked the shower floor and it was dry. The towels she claimed to have used after she got out of the bathroom was also dry, indicating she was not in the shower when baby Mia was strangled.
Former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida, Alhaji Shehu Shagari have not been paid their salaries and allowances since January this year, it was disclosed on Thursday.
Paucity of funds due to non-approvals by President Muhammadu Buhari was blamed for the inability to pay the entitlements of the former presidents, Payment schedules were said to have been sent to President Buhari for approval to access funds from the Service Wide Vote to pay the outstanding allowances.
“Look around, you’ll see government vehicles breaking down every now and then. Really, I know the challenges the budget office is facing, but the truth is the funds are not just there. In any government, there are certain agencies that must be served first before others. So we have agreed on that.
Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen T Y Buratai received the Chairman of Innoson
Group Chief Dr Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma OFR today at the Tactical
Headquarter of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maimalari Barracks Maiduguri,
Dr Chukwuma went to present the latest Innoson IVM
G12 designed solely for military operations. The Army Chief who was
overwhelmed assured the Innoson boss that there will be many more
patronages from the military especially now that the govt is looking
inwards for resources and equipment to win the war against insurgency.
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former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, declined an offer to
attend his father's burial contrary to rumours being cirtuclated in the
social media, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporting.
started circulating after the death of Dasuki's father, former Sultan
Ibrahim Dasuki, that President Buhari was going to get even with Sambo
Dasuki for his involvement in the post coup detention that stopped
Buhari from attending the burial of his mother.
Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to resign from office by the country’s
vibrant Social Media Opposition bloc, the Wailing Wailers.
for the President’s resignation on Twitter, Wailing Wailers, in a
statement signed by Usman Abubakar, its national publicity secretary,
said President Buhari has no single achievement ever since he was sworn
in on the 29th of May 2015.
The call for Buhari’s resignation
resonated with Nigeria’s youthful and social media savvy demography
hence a record 4,536 tweets in one hour.
Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) says it has blown up three pipelines
operated by Agip, Oando and Shell, warning that there is doom ahead.
a statement issued on Tuesday, Mudoch Agbinibo, the group’s spokesman,
said “At about 11:45pm on November 15, 2016, our Elite Strike Team 03
struck Nembe 1, 2 and 3 truck line operated by Agip, Oando and Shell
with supply capacity of 300,000 barrel per day to Bonny export terminal
in Bayelsa state”.
State Government on Tuesday concluded the first phase of the State
Amnesty Programe, with Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike disbanding all
vigilante committees in all communities of the state.
governor also directed security agencies to henceforth go after all
cultists and kidnappers who refused to voluntarily accept the amnesty
offer of the state government, pointing out that his administration has
zero tolerance to crime and criminality.
The governor spoke at
the Government House, Port Harcourt during the submission of the report
of the Rivers State Amnesty Programme. The State Amnesty Committee had
its membership drawn from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy , the
Nigerian Police and the Department of State Services.
are bold hints that the Federal Government will soon resume its
retrenchment exercise in the agencies under the Aviation Ministry.
Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on
Saturday night during his second Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum in Lagos.
Sirika explained that there are at least 88 General Managers on Grade
Level 17 in the three agencies in the sector, saying that the number is
more than what is required.
The agencies to be affected by
another round of “proper placement and sack,” according to him, are the
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace
Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
assured that the government will continue to weed out unrequired
personnel in the system, stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari has
already given his approval for proper restructuring to take place in all
video calling is now finally official. It is now open to everybody no
matter the device you are using and what part of the world you are.
has to be emphasized because in the last couple of months, the idea of
WhatsApp video calling features had made the rounds. The recent was a
beta version made available to only some users. At the time WhatsApp
was quietly testing the Video calling features, some misconstrued that
fact as the full roll out of the feature to WhatsApp users.
don’t blame them for thinking that way as the over a billion users of
WhatsApp were really hoping for a video calling feature especially after
new entrant Allo came out with a bang with video calling. Announcing the welcome news on the WhatsApp blog, the messaging service said that they are
Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State said yesterday that former Vice
President Atiku Abubakar was already gunning for the Presidency ahead of
2019 by cooking up innuendos against people working for the betterment
El-Rufai was responding to an allegation made by
Atiku in an interview with Zero Tolerance, a publication of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in which he claimed that he
turned down shares offered him by the Kaduna State governor during the
incorporation of Transcorp.
are photos from the OccupyNASSunltd protest organised by showbiz boss,
Charlyboy on November 15th 2016 at the national assembly in Abuja.
was a peaceful protest tagged #OPENNASS. The group made several demands
to the government one of which was the scrapping of Nigeria’s upper
legislative house, as well as accountability in the budget process.
United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
has raised the alarm that more Nigerians may be displaced in the coming
days as a result of the resurgence of Boko Haram in the country’s
Peter Lundberg, OCHA humanitarian
coordinator for Nigeria said in a Press Conference in Abuja on Tuesday
that the main driver of the humanitarian crisis in the north-east
continues to be the threat of Boko Haram. He said up to 1.8 million people remain displaced across the six states of the north-east.
onset of the dry season enables greater mobility and the number of
attacks on civilians has increased, which could see further displacement
to the main centres,” OCHA says.
is called the Nostradamus of the Balkans, and with good reason. Baba,
Vanga, the blind Bulgarian clairvoyant, who died 20 years ago, is
believed to have predicted the rise of the ISIS, the fall of the twin
towers, the 2004 Tsunami, and the global warming, among a host of other
events. “Horror, horror! The American brethren will fall after being
attacked by the steel birds.“ “The wolves will be howling in a bush and
innocent blood will gush,” is, according to her followers, what she said
about the fall of the twin towers.
as Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova, in Strumica, Macedonia, Baba Vanga,
mysteriously lost her eyesight when she was 12, during a massive storm.
She went missing for a few days, and it is during one of these days,
that she had her first vision. Baba Vanga rose to popularity as she
started to make predictions, and developed a healing touch, during the
World War II. Several dignitaries visited the mystic during the years
that she was active, includi…
Court of Appeal, Lagos, on Tuesday reserved judgement in an appeal by
former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank, Erastus Akingbola,
challenging revocation of the bank’s license by the Central Bank of
Mr. Akingbola is asking the appellate court to set
aside the earlier ruling of a Federal High Court, which dismissed his
suit, challenging the planned sale of Intercontinental Bank to Access
Bank. He wants the appellate court to restrain CBN from withdrawing
InterContinental’s inter-bank guaranty, pending the determination of the
appeal. Justice Okechuwku Okeke of the lower court had dismissed a
suit by Mr. Akingbola and a former executive director of
Intercontinental Bank, Bayo Dada.
Federal government says it is facilitating the procurement of
additional 40 large-scale rice mills to achieve self-sufficiency in rice
production by 2018.
Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture
and Rural Development, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a workshop
themed “Big Boost for Agro Diversification and Export.’’
Ogbeh said that the Integrated Rice Mills (IRMs) of the Ministry had increased the rice milling capacity in the country.
said that the Ministry’s new goal was to attain self-sufficiency in
food production and annually export 10 million metric tonnes of food to
ECOWAS region and beyond by 2019. According to the minister, the
country’s food import bill has further declined from N1.1 trillion in
2009 to N684 billion in 2013.
Now that Donald Trump has won the U.S.
presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin has
congratulated him saying he hopes there'll be a fresh start in
In a telegram, the
Russian leader said he was confident he and Trump could start "a
constructive dialogue based on the principles of equality, mutual
respect, and genuine consideration for each other's positions."
hoped that Trump would help resolve "the current crisis" in U.S.-Russian
of the Department of State Services (DSS) have raided two major Bureau
de Change markets in Lagos and Abuja in a fresh attempt to end
speculation in the foreign exchange transaction at the parallel market.
at the market told Daily Trust that the DSS have earlier directed the
officials of the BDCs association to peg the dollar at N400 while
selling and N390 while buying from customers.
the directives, the DSS operatives commenced the enforcement of the
order by arresting those erring members that sold the dollar above N400
and or bought above N390 a dollar. During the two-day operations, which took place between Tuesday and Wednesday, some traders were arrested.
Tsoho, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, has granted Femi
Fani-Kayode, spokesman of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign
organisation, bail in the sum of N50m, and one surety in like sum.
In his ruling on Thursday, Tsoho held that the offence Fani-Kayode was alleged to have committed was a bailable one.
He, therefore, granted the defendant bail as requested by Afedayo Adedipe (SAN), his counsel.
media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe has
expressed joy over the emergence of Donald J. Trump as the
President-elect of the United States of America.
Okupe on Wednesday on his Facebook page said Trump “contested against the entire american establishment” and won.
from Psalms 33 verses 10 and 11 of the the Holy Bible, Okupe wrote,
“The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought, He maketh the
devices of the people of non effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had been selling petrol
at N145 a liter, but on Thursday, November 3, the price rose to N150 in
the Federal Capital Territory and the surrounding areas as private
marketers capitalized on rumors regarding plans to hike petrol prices.
to news that the petrol pump price had increased, petroleum minister
Ibe Kachikwu announced over the weekend that he was not aware of such an
increase and would review the pricing template.
Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, is to rule on
December 2 in an application by Governor Ayo Fayose challenging the
freezing of his personal bank accounts by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Taiwo Taiwo fixed the date after parties adopted their written addresses and other evidences.
EFCC, on June 24, froze Fayose’s accounts, claiming they were used to
launder about N1.3 billion of the N4.7 billion arms cash from
ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that despite the enormity of the
challenges facing Nigeria, the country is destined to achieve greatness.
He said this in Sokoto, during the commissioning of the N4.8 billion
Kalembaina 500 housing units’ project executed by the state government.
Buhari was in the state for the 10th anniversary of the reign of the
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.
President Mohammadu Buhari on Saturday spoke on rescued Chibok girl and her child by the Nigerian military on Saturday.
Buhari who recently commissioned the 500-Unit Kalambaina Housing Estate
completed by the administration of Governor Tambuwal said the news of
the rescued Chibok girl is heartwarming. He further assured Nigerians
that no man or woman will be left at the mercy of Boko Haram
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen a bank account
belonging to Mrs. Bola Shagaya, a businesswoman which Forbes Magazine
described as one of the wealthiest in Africa.
It was learnt that
Shagaya, who is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bolmus Group
International – a diversified Nigerian conglomerate with interests in
oil, real estate, banking, communications and photography – had become a
subject of investigation due to her links to Dame Patience Jonathan,
the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Sources within the EFCC told SUNDAY PUNCH that Shagaya’s account with Unity Bank with a balance of N500m was frozen.
the release of former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro
and former presidential spokesman, Rueben Abati, the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has placed a ban on all visits.
EFCC has also stopped all suspects and inmates from making phone calls to their lawyers, family members and loved ones.
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a
brother to Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia after they discovered that he
once wired $150,000 into her Diamond Bank Domiciliary Account.
EFCC investigators said that the judge's brother had wired the huge sum into her account in March 2014.
President Muhammadu Buhari has handed over the Presidential Lodge at Marina to the Lagos State government.
Buhari’s gesture followed a request by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to
have the lodge released to the Lagos State Government in its bid to
transform the Marina-Onikan axis into a world-class arts and tourism
The president’s approval was communicated in a letter signed by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, to Mr. Ambode.
a statement on Sunday signed by Lagos State’s Commissioner for
Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, Mr. Ambode said the
president’s gesture was a demonstration of his “keen admiration for
Lagos State as the Centre of Excellence that is well suited to becoming
Africa’s foremost hub for arts, entertainment and tourism”.
Patience attempts to withdraw $5m from frozen account
within the EFCC also told our correspondent that it foiled a fresh
attempt by Patience Jonathan to withdraw $5m from her frozen account
during the week.
The source said the commission was informed by
Skye Bank that Patience had placed a standing order for $5m to be
withdrawn from the account but it was stopped.
added, “We received an alert from Skye Bank during the week that
Patience attempted to withdraw $5m from her personal account titled
Patience Ibifaka Jonathan which is domiciled at the bank.
of the two suspects arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response
Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command has disclosed that he and
other teenagers in Oshodi survive by stealing and dispossessing
passers-by of their phones and other valuables.
Yusuph Ahmed, 19, from Offa, Kwara State, said this to interrogators at
the RRS headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday afternoon.
who was arrested in Oshodi on Friday after dispossessing a passenger of
his phone, stated that he along with other teenagers sleep in Oshodi
under bridge and that it is from there they eke out a living by stealing
phones and robbing passers-by of their valuables.
Federal Government on Thursday ruled out the need for the poorest and
vulnerable Nigerians to apply online before they can benefit from the
monthly N5,000 Conditional Cash Transfer.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s media office. The
statement was responding to some misleading reports in the media
regarding the implementation of the N500 billion Social Investment
Programmes of the Buhari administration.
President Muhammadu Buhari will pay a 2-day official visit to Edo State on Monday 7 November.
The visit will end Tuesday, just in time before Governor Adams Oshiomhole ends his tenure on 12 November.
a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof
Julius Ihonvbere, the President will use the occasion of his historic
visit to pay a courtesy call on His Royal Majesty, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku
Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II.
The President will thereafter
commission several key projects in the state, including the new 5-Star
Central Hospital in Benin City; the Upper Siluko Road and the Samuel
Ogbemudia College (formerly New Era College, Benin City).
He will also commission the Edo University, Iyamho and the Ugbegun-Ujiogba-Ebudin-Igueben -Ewohinmi road.
Muhammadu Buhari says he will keep faith with the oath of office he
swore, and treat all Nigerians equitably. Receiving the Executive
Committee Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from 19
Northern States and Abuja, at State House, Thursday, the President
equally pledged to restore peace to all parts of the country, noting:
“Restoring peace is a top priority.
We will enable the law enforcement agencies to combat all forms of violent crimes, and ensure that our people live in peace.”
BUHARI WITH CAN excoCAN and Buhari President Buhari urged the clerics to promote religious harmony, by “enhancing understanding among different faiths.”
also disclosed that the government would maintain the priority it has
placed on agriculture and mines and steel development, “to kick-start
The Chairman of CAN in the 19 Northern States and
Abuja, Rev. Yakubu Pam, said it was not a mistake that God chose
President Buhari to lead the country at these chal…
Spokesman to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati has informed
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that he has no
money to refund to the government.
Abati who was recently
arrested by the anti-graft agency for allegedly receiving the sum of
N50m from former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki(rtd)
was quoted by Premium Times as telling interrogators that he had no
immediate means of sourcing the amount for which he is being held in
Embattled Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has
refunded N100 million to the Federal Government. Spokesperson of the
antigraft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the recent development,
said Obanikoro agreed to remit N100 million from the $5.37 million he
allegedly collected from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, had earlier insisted on him returning N600
million as first installment but Obanikoro refused, arguing he does not
have the means to raise such amount.
He has been in EFCC custody since on Monday October 17th for his alleged
role in the misappropriation of $2.1 billion arms procurement fund.
Dije Abdu Northerner of the Kano state High Court today convicted and
sentenced former Oceanic bank staff, Aliyu Suleiman, to 195 years
imprisonment for allegedly stealing over N21, 000,000 (Twenty one
Million Naira only) from Albasu Microfinance Bank.
As a former
staff of Oceanic Bank, Aliyu was engaged and entrusted by the Albasu
Community to take charge of their Microfinance Bank. While in charge,
the he violated that trust and siphoned over N21, 000,000 (Twenty
Million Naira) by forging signatures of the other signatories to the
Kano magistrates’ court on Thursday discharged all the five suspects
who allegedly killed Bridget Agbahime, a trader based in Kano.
suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi
Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four-count charge of
allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and
Agbahime, 74, an Imo indigene, was murdered in Kofar Wambai Market in Kano over alleged blasphemy.