President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, in Abuja, began a subtle move
to douse tension generated among members of the Peoples Democratic Party
over the outcome of last Saturday’s national convention in Abuja.
former President assembled a team of his loyalists, who it was
gathered, would visit aggrieved aspirants with a view to appealling to
them to forget about their grievances and work with the Uche
Secondus-led members of the National Working Committee.
the party has a standing committee on reconciliation, headed by the
Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, it was gathered that the
former President decided to assemble his team as the Leader of the
Among those in Jonathan’s team are his former Minister of
Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki (SAN); a former Minister of State for
Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda; a former Minister of Finance, Nanadi Usman;
and his (Jonathan’s) bosom friend, King Turner.
The Supreme Court Monday ruled that US President Trump's immigration
travel ban against six countries,Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and
Chad, can take full effect while legal challenges against the latest
version are been contested in court.
The high court's similar orders in two
challenges to the ban mean that most travelers from these six countries
cannot enter the United States while the cases are ongoing..
Lower courts had exempted more travelers who they said
had "bona fide" connections to the United States, such as the
grandparents and in-laws of citizens. Those exemptions mirrored ones
designed by the Supreme Court in June, when the justices allowed only
part of an earlier, temporary travel ban. The new ban, issued in
September, is of indefinite length.
Vehicular queues have returned to most of the Fuel stations in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria amidst rumors that the NNPC is set to increase pump price of Fuel and other petroleum products.
NNPC has however denied claims of increasing pump price of petroleum products. In a statement released last night, NNPC says the pump price of petrol will still remain N145 per litre and that they have enough stock that will go round during this festive period.
As early as 4am this morning, vehicular queues were noticed in many fuel stations in Lagos./ Some of the filling stations were selling while some others weren't, insisting they do not have any fuel left in their reservoir.
Deji Adeyanju who is a staunch member of PDP took to his twitter handle to react to the news of Rivers
state governor, Nyesom Wike, presenting brand new SUVs to 16 members of
the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives that are from the
state. Wike while presenting the cars, said the vehicles are to help the
lawmakers carry out their duties effectively.
Deji wondered how the state governor could dole out money to buy these luxury cars when last month he told students from the state that are currently on scholarship in the UK to return home as the state government cannot continue to fund their scholarship programme because of low cash flow.
Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has sworn in 28 new commissioners and 27
Transition Committee Chairmen for the 27 local government councils in
He charged them to prove their worth in the service of
the state and her people. One of the commissioners sworn in by the
governor is his biological sister, Mrs. Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha). She
is now the state’s Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment.
embattled former chairman of the Presidential Pension Task Team,
Abdulrasheed Maina, on Tuesday said his reinstatement started with a
meeting with the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the
Federation, Abubakar Malami, as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
a video aired by Channels TV on Monday, Mr. Maina, wanted for alleged
corruption, explained how the current administration held meetings with
him and returned him to the civil service.
reinstatement, exposed in October by PREMIUM TIMES, outraged Nigerians
and raised questions about the Buhari administration’s seriousness about
Lagos State Government has outlined plans to transform the blighted
area of Oworonshoki waterfront into one of the biggest transportation,
tourism, and entertainment centres in Nigeria.
The project will
improve the aesthetic and security of the Oworonshoki environs, while
attracting investments in water transportation and boosting socio-
economic activities in the axis, with the provision of shopping mall and
The proposed entertainment and mega
ferry terminal site already under reclamation would divert alot of human
and vehicular traffic gridlocks away from the Lagos Island and take
advantage of the central location and accessibility of the proposed
Oworonshoki terminal to Apapa port, Ikeja Airport and other parts of the
Onwuamadike, popularly called Evans, got down from the Black Maria,
this time at an Igbosere High Court, with cuffs in his hands. It is
barely a week after his trial at the Ikeja High Court was adjourned.
He walked with his face down into the court.
Evans is familiar with the environment because he was there few weeks ago but for a different trial.
court room again is full and security personnel are everywhere, as the
man also called billionaire kidnapper steps into the trial room to face
Justice A.A Akintoye.
Pyongyang has denounced the decision by the United States to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, with a foreign ministry spokesman warning it was a "serious provocation."
In a report published on North Korean state media KCNA, the spokesman said his country had nothing to do with terrorism, saying the relisting was an "absurdity. This is a serious provocation and a violent infringement upon our dignified country," the spokesman said.
The Trump administration announced on Monday that North Korea would again be included on the list of states which sponsor terrorism, adding the US Treasury Department would be initiating further sanctions on the already isolated nation.
Former President George W. Bush removed North Korea from the list in 2008.
The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, in Port Harcourt, have recovered more corpses and skulls from the den of a formermilitantleader, General Don Wanni, in Aligwu community, Omoku, in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) of Rivers State.
The decomposed bodies and skulls were recovered, in the early hours of Wednesday, after the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major-General Enobong Udoh, led men of the Division to comb the forest where the notorious kidnap kingpin used as shrine and graveyard.
media platform, Facebook, has launched a new nationwide initiative in
Nigeria, to further cement its commitment and investment in the country,
and across the continent.
Facebook, which has 1.37 billion daily
active users, announced this in Lagos, yesterday, saying the plan
Incorporates a series of high profile partnerships, training programmes
and a physical space that will serve as a centre for learning and skills
It stressed that this set of initiatives is aimed
at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small
businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creatives.
Public Policy Director, Africa, Ebele Okobi, informed that in Nigeria,
more than 22 million people use Facebook every month, and that 87 per
cent of SMEs claimed that when they hire, digital skills are more
important than where an applicant went to school.
Stores in the United States and United Kingdom have begun the sale of
gaming robots, MekaMons, built by a Nigerian-British, Silas Adekunle.
Adekunle’s company, Reach Robotics struck the deal with Apple recently.
product with a price tag of $299.95 went on sale from 16 November in
the shops and online. The robots can be operated with an iPhone and
Reach Robotics, an augmented reality gaming company creates robots for both fun and STEM education.
Adekunle, who was born in Nigeria moved to the UK when he was 11 years old.
is an engineer who graduated with First Class Honours from the
University of the West of England in Bristol, with a Bachelor of Science
in robotics technology. He previously worked at GE Aviation and
Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses supporters in Harare [Mike Hutchings/Reuters] Zimbabwe
is entering a new era of democracy, incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa
has said in his first public remarks since his return to the country.
75-year-old, whose sacking as vice president earlier in November
triggered a military takeover, flew back to Zimbabwe on Wednesday, a day
after longtime President Robert Mugabe stepped down.
Mnangagwa fled to South Africa after his dismissal, citing threats to his life.
Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, will
be officially defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)
from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The politician confirmed this to Channels Television, noting that he would be declaring his defection in Lagos at the weekend. While
he is still yet to clearly state reasons for his defection, reports say
Mr Obanikoro has been seen recently at gatherings of APC chieftains.
Faith Church bought 24 Villages to house the ongoing Canaancity Project
which would serve as residence for Church members in 15,000 buildings.
The Church would also construct a Four way express from Lafenwa to Ayobo
to ease the traffic for people going to and from Canaancity.
model: The Church buys the land, lays the pipes, Construct the Roads
and parks, build the Health Center, Secondary School etc The Houses
would be Constructed by the Construction Consortium with their own
Money. Interested members pays the Church, Church holds the money and
give to the Construction agencies as they deliver on the construction.
new 8,000 hectares of land acquired by him to build his proposed
Africa’s biggest housing estate in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of
Ogun State were from villagers.
Italian Embassy in Nigeria has apologized to the Federal Government,
over the burial of 26 girls who died on the Mediterranean Sea.
This was confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Italian Embassy has apologised for the mix up for dates in the burial
of the victims of the Mediterranean tragedy. NAPTIP and other agencies
will continue to work with Italy and others to stem the tide of
irregular migration,” she wrote in a tweet.
Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered President Goodluck
Jonathan to appear before it to testify as a witness in defence of a
former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party,
Chief Olisa Metuh.
A court official confided in our correspondent
that Metuh’s legal team filed the draft subpoena before Justice Okon
Abang shortly after the Monday’s proceedings.
The court official said the judge signed the subpoena after retiring to his chambers at the end of Monday’s proceedings.
some time now, there has been reportedly been calls and petitions to
Whatsapp management pertaining the missed call notification on it's
mobile app when the phone did not actually ring and also voice lags or
voice break during Whatsapp call which is probably caused by poor
internet connectivity. Additional, due to the network connectivity in
Nigeria, one can't the internet connection status or stability as it is
been recommend that 3G, 4G or Wifi internet connection should be used
during especially both voice and video calling.
Though, as at the
time of writing this post, Whatsapp hasn't yet imposed these
modification, but trust the required test running on these new features,
meanwhile let's have a glimpse of Whatsapp latest update pertaining
one time Jigawa State Governor and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP, Dr Sule Lamido has declared intention to run for the
presidency in the 2019 Presidential election under the Platform of the
This was contained in a letter he personally wrote to the members of the Party, a copy which was obtained in Abuja on Monday. Lamido
would be the second contestant to show interest in the office, the
first being the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose, though
the office was zoned to the North by the Party.
probe into stolen crude oil initiated by the Goodluck Jonathan
administration has uncovered some scandalous revelations, according to
The investigations led by the National Assembly,
the Office of the Attorney General and US based consultants have
uncovered a total of 1.492 billion barrels of crude oil stolen by
unnamed Nigerian saboteurs in conjunction with their foreign enablers.
Federal Government has replied to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s
application seeking to withdraw as one of the sureties for the leader of
the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, describing the
application as belated.
The government, in its counter-affidavit
and written address filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to
oppose Abaribe’s request, told Abaribe that Kanu was in his custody and
he had to produce him for the continuation of his trial.
stated in its counter-affidavit that Abaribe was aware that Kanu “has
long violated the bail conditions handed down by this honourable court”
on April 24, 2017 before September 11 when he claimed to have lost
contact with the defendant.
The counter-affidavit read
in part, “That it was at this point at violating the conditions at the
bail that the senator surety ought to surrender the 1st defendant and or
bring up this application; “That this application is belated and
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed gratitude to his wife and
first lady of Lagos State Mrs. Bolanle Patience Ambode for the
indispensable role she has played in his life.
Speaking to City People, the governor said:
“God gave me the grace. God gave me the blessing, endowed me with a prayer warrior in the person of my wife.”
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday said Buhari's
administration has failed in governance. He also noted that APC’s
victory in the 2015 presidential election was aided by propaganda and
lies, added that the ruling party has continued to feed Nigerians with
lies and has deployed hi-tech propaganda to cover up its misrule.
Jonathan spoke when he received Prof. Tunde Adeniran, one of the
chairmanship aspirants for the December 9 National Convention of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also attacked the Minister of Power,
Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, for failing to fix the power
sector within the period his party had been in power as he expected of
Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, October 19 admitted that he was disturbed
and surprised by the claim made by members of Boko Haram sect about the
support they have been receiving from the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria. Vanguard reports that Buhari however said he was happy that his
administration had been able to prove that it could contain the
The statement by his senior special assistant on
media and publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed that the president at a joint
press conference he held with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey
after their talks in Ankara.
wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on
Thursday temporarily blocked the Federal High Court in Abuja from
hearing an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission seeking an order of interim forfeiture of two
properties traced to her in Abuja.
Usually, such ex parte
applications are heard by courts without the knowledge or participation
of the other parties whose properties are at stake.
Patience’s legal team led by Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) got wind of the
fact that the EFCC’s ex parte motion was to be heard by Justice Nnamdi
Dimgba on Thursday.
will soon crack down on customer’s accounts following new directives
from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday, on Bank Verification
Number (BVN) operations and watch-list for the banking industry.
from the NIBSS show that there were about 45.85 million total bank
accounts unlinked, but when compared with the active accounts the number
dropped to 15.72 million unlinked to BVN as of February 2017.
The record further shows that as of October 8th, 2017, the total BVN issued were 30,511,506.
a memo to the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), Deposit
Money Banks (DMBs) and Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) obtained by
Daily Trust signed by Mr. Dipo Fatokun, Director Banking and Payment
System, the apex bank warned banks and OFIs to ensure proper capturing
of the BVN data and validate same before linkage with customers’
accounts; ensure all operated accounts are linked with the signatories’
BVN; and ensure customer’s names on the BVN database ar…
founder and majority shareholder of Intels Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s
oil and gas logistics giant with operations in Onne, Rivers State,
Warri, Delta State and Lagos, Mr. Gabriele Volpi, has apologised to the
federal government and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) over the spat
that led to the termination of the Pilotage Agency Agreement between his
company and NPA.
Speaking exclusively to THISDAY Thursday
evening, the normally reticent Volpi, who holds dual Italian and
Nigerian citizenship, said he was not involved in the negotiations
between his firm and NPA over the disagreement on the pilotage agreement
but was apologetic for the misunderstanding that had taken place.
also resolved to ensure that Intels undertakes a reconciliation process
with the NPA and transfers all the revenue collected from the boats
monitoring and supervision services in Nigerian maritime waters to the
Treasury Single Account (TSA) with the Centr
President Trump is not a fan of the media and he never misses an
opportunity to attack them. In recent weeks he's even suggested revoking
the license on some media houses who carry 'fake news' about him.
In this tweet, he quote a poll by Fox News (one of his favourites) that says '46% of Americans think the Media is inventing stories about Trump & his Administration'.
A federal judge, Tanya Chutkan, on Wednesday ordered the U.S.
government to allow an illegal immigrant 17 year old pregnant teenager
in its custody, to have an abortion per her request.
Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, which
represents the pregnant teenager, praised the judge’s ruling as a major
victory for abortion and immigrant rights.
Brigitte Amiri, a senior ACLU staff attorney who argued the case on Wednesday said:
“We never should have had to fight this in the first place,” said .
“It should never have been something that we needed to go to court
Late Wednesday, however, the Justice Department appealed the case,
asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to stay District
Judge Tanya Chutkan’s ruling.
The government asked the appeals court to rule by 9 p.m. on Thursday,
to prevent the teenager, identified in court papers as Jane Doe, from
having an “irreversible elective abortion” while the appeal is pending.
President Buhari has approved payment of pension to soldiers,
policemen and paramilitary officers, who were involved in the Biafra war
The veterans were dismissed from service for participating in the war,
which lasted between 1967 and 1970.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Pensions Transition Arrangement
Directorate (PTAD) announced that payment will commence on Friday,
October 20, in Enugu state. “The general public would recall that
Nigeria witnessed an ugly civil war between July 1967 and January 1970
and as a result of that unfortunate period in our history, some members
of the armed forces, the Nigeria police and the paramilitary officers
who took part with the secessionist were dismissed from the service. The
dismissal of those officers was commuted to retirement in year 2000
through a presidential amnesty granted on 29th May, 2000 by the
administration of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo".
Sijibomi Ogundele is the man to watch out for as far as the revolution of Nigeria’s prime real estate is concerned. Perhaps
the nation’s youngest billionaire, Sijibomi recently featured in Forbes
Africa as a brave young Entrepreneur, an astute businessman with the
capacity to change the Nigerian real-estate industry, Mr. Ogundele’s
vast wealth of experience as a venture capitalist and investment
strategist has provided a solid background in ensuring Sujimoto achieves
its mission in the establishment of classy housing units in Nigeria
that can compete with its counterparts globally. Through innovative
practices and an international network Mr. Sijibomi “Sujimoto”
Ogundele’s sole objective is to redefine luxury in the Nigerian
real-estate industry. While many of his mates are either still
struggling with their education or even if they have graduated from
school would still be searching for paid employment, 33-year-old
Sijibomi Ogundele has emerged one of the biggest boys on L…
ISIS propaganda chiefs have threatened to carry out a terror attack at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The terrorist group published an image of an ISIS fighter carrying a
rifle and a bomb while standing in front of a football stadium. The
official symbol of the 2018 World Cup finals is also included in the
photo which is interpreted as an alarming promise to bring mayhem to the
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played across 11 cities in Russia
from 14 June to 15 July, when the final will be played at the Luzhniki
Stadium in Moscow.
Timothy, the son of George Weah, a former Ballon d'Or winner and
current presidential candidate in Liberia has announced himself on a
global stage in football.
The New York-born 17-year-old, who has been signed by Paris
St-Germain, scored a hat-trick for the United States at the Under-17
World Cup in their 5-0 win over Paraguay.
His second strike in particular, a brilliant curling effort from the
edge box into the top corner, was reminiscent of his father who scored a
memorable solo goal for Milan against Verona in 1996.
His dad also played for Monaco, Paris-St Germain, Chelsea and
Manchester City in a glittering career that saw him named world player
of the year in 1995 the first and so far only African player to win the
Kehinde Wiley, known for his paintings of African-Americans and
reinterpretations of classic artworks, has been chosen by former
President Barack Obama to paint his official portrait for the
Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. . At the end of each
presidency, the museum partners with the White House to commission one
official portrait of the President and First Lady. . Michelle
Obama selected artist Amy Sherald, who is known for her life-size
paintings of African-Americans, to paint her portrait, the museum