Election News Trend July 2015

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GuardianFriday, July 31, 2015APC, PDP disagree over wage bill of BenueTHE All Progressive Congress APC-led government in Benue State and the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP have disagreed over the monthly wage bill of the state. Contrary to the much-speculated payment of N3.7 billion monthly wage bill for workers in the past two months by the government, the PDP has insisted that before it left government, the wage bill it left on ground was N2.7 billion monthly.APC; PDP; Benuehttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/apc-pdp-disagree-over-wage-bill-of-benue/
GuardianFriday, July 31, 2015Group faults Lagos PDP’s stance on N39.4billion World Bank loanA GROUP yesterday berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chapter in Lagos over its stance on the N39.4billion World Bank loan purportedly obtained by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration. The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), in a statement signed by its Executive Chairman, Nelson Ekujumi, said the opposition party in the state did not do enough to crosscheck its claims before going public.APC; PDP; Lagoshttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/group-faults-lagos-pdps-stance-on-n39-4billion-world-bank-loan/
GuardianFriday, July 31, 2015Buhari urged to probe political killings in Rivers StatePRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has been implored to fulfill his pledge that those who perpetrated various acts of violence during the last general elections would be punished to serve as a deterrent to others who may be contemplating such acts in the future. The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State chairman, Davis Ikanya, said that the party wanted the president to quickly look at the issue of electoral violence State, allegedly carried out by the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Buhari; APC; Nigeriahttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/buhari-urged-to-probe-political-killings-in-rivers-state/
GuardianFriday, July 31, 2015IGP gives NURTW ultimatum on unregistered vehiclesIN efforts to ensure effective security operations in the face of the current challenges, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase has given the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) a two-week ultimatum to ensure that all vehicles operated by its members are registered.IGP; Policehttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/igp-gives-nurtw-ultimatum-on-unregistered-vehicles/
Daily TrustFriday, July 31, 2015Again, stock market loses N26bnThe bears continue to dominate the Nigerian equities space as the market’s benchmark capitalization further dipped by N26 billion yesterday. At the end of trading the NSE All Share Index depreciated by 74.77 points represented 0.25 per cent to close at 30,436.18 points just as market capitalization lost N26 billion to close yesterday session at N10.432 trillion on the back of sell-offs in large-cap stocks.Capital Market; NSEhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/business/61340-again-stock-market-loses-n26bn
Daily TrustFriday, July 31, 2015DSS Director-General not our member – APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Director-General of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, is a card-carrying member of the party.DSS; APC; PDPhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/61414-dss-director-general-not-our-member-apc
Daily TrustFriday, July 31, 2015Gen Olukolade resigns as FOSSRA chairmanThe retiring Director of Defence Information and Chairman of Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA), Major General Chris Olukolade, has handed over to the Director of Information, Nigeria Navy, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu.Armyhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/61368-gen-olukolade-resigns-as-fossra-chairman
Daily TrustFriday, July 31, 2015Governors: We don’t know how much we owe WAECState governments are owing the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) fees because of their inability to ascertain the exact amount of money involved in the registration of students they sponsored. The chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Abdulazeez Yari of Zamfara state, said this in an interview with State House journalists yesterday.NGF; WAEChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/61263-45p
Daily TrustFriday, July 31, 2015Lalong swears in caretaker LGs chairmen against court orderAmidst series of protests from elected local government chairmen and councillors against their ouster by the Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has gone ahead to swear in caretaker committees, on Thursday. The swearing in followed Tuesday's confirmation of the list of management committees by the state House of Assembly (PLSH), which also sparked condemnation by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members in the House.APC; PDP; Plateauhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/top-stories/61297-lalong-swears-in-caretaker-lgs-chairmen-amidst-protests
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015Five killed in Suicide Attack on Maiduguri Vegetables Market Not less than five persons were killed and several others injured in a suicide bomb attack at a crowded earlier morning grocery market in Maiduguri on Friday, a member of the youth vigilance group told our correspondent on phone. The attack which temporarily halted sales at the market and sent jitters to the entire town happened at 6:30 am when some were still in bed.Boko Haram; Bornohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/five-killed-in-suicide-attack-on-maiduguri-vegetables-market/216166/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015El-Rufa’i Cuts Overheads by 60%, Cancels Pilgrims Sponsorship Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i, has said his administration has cut down overhead costs by 60 per cent as part of measures to rescue the state from its precarious financial situation. El-Rufa’i, in a broadcast to the people on Wednesday night, said the state was broke and had a debt burden of more than N74.297 billion, comprising N28.840 billion domestic and N45.44 billion foreign debts.El-Rufai; Kadunahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/el-rufa-i-cuts-overheads-by-60-cancels-pilgrims-sponsorship/216153/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015Badeh: Foreign Countries Frustrated War against Boko HaramThe immediate past Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), on Thursday revealed that foreign nations frustrated the war against Boko Haram terrorists. Badeh, who spoke in the Abuja at the pulling out ceremony organised in his honour, said the decision by some countries to deny Nigeria of weapons to prosecute the war was one reasons why the fight against insurgency in the country has lasted this long.Boko Haram; Buhari; APChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/badeh-foreign-countries-frustrated-war-against-boko-haram/216154/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015Kogi Guber: APC Has No Anointed Candidate, Says Izunaso The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that it has no preferred candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State. The position of the party came just as one of the aspirants on Thursday picked an expressions of interest and nomination form to contest the governorship primaries.The party’s National Organising Secretary who was represented by the director of administrations in the party’s headquarters, Abdullahi Yusuf Gashua, disclosed this during the presentation of the forms to one of the governorship aspirants, Alhaji Yahaya Bello (Fair Plus) in Abuja Thursday. INEC: Kogi 2015; Bayelsa 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kogi-guber-apc-has-no-anointed-candidate-says-izunaso/216135/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015South-east to Be Compensated by Dogara Following the non-accommodation of the South-east geopolitical zone in the leadership structure of the House of Representatives, the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has given the assurance that the zone will be adequately compensated. The South-east did not get any position following the insistence by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the House Leader must emerge from the South-west, even though the same zone already has the position of Deputy Speaker.Dogara; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/south-east-to-be-compensated-by-dogara/216137/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015Electoral Process Needs Improvement, Says INEC Chairman The Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Amina Bala Zakari, has said the commission will ensure continuous improvements in country’s electoral process. She said the achievements recorded in the 2015 general election had not beclouded the commission’s focus, pointing out that INEC was aware that several areas in the electoral process required improvement. Zakari’s remarks was presented yesterday by the INEC National Commissioner, Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku, who represented her at a workshop organised by the commission on “post-election lessons learned” with accredited observer groups held in Abuja.INEC; Zakarihttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/electoral-process-needs-improvement-says-inec-chairman/216138/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015NLC Finally Takes over Labour Party as Nwanyanwu Gives up Certificate The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday finally took custody of the certificate of the Labour Party (LP) as well as its leadership after several years of struggle for the control of the party’s apparatus. Handing over LP’s certificate to the President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, in Abuja, the former national chairman of the party, Dan Nwanyanwu tasked the labour union on rebuilding the party’s structures against possible extinction.Labour Party; NLChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nlc-finally-takes-over-labour-party-as-nwanyanwu-gives-up-certificate/216139/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015APC Govs Meet, Seek Resolution of Senate ImpasseGovernors of the 22 states controlled by the All Progressives Congress (APC) met last night to strategise on how to resolve the lingering impasse in the senate, as well as deal with the economic challenges in the country.APC; PDP; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-govs-meet-seek-resolution-of-senate-impasse/216158/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015Northern Senators Deny Working against BuhariSome Northern senators loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki thursday condemned a news report alleging that 22 senators from the North were working against President Muhammadu Buhari. Briefing the press on the matter thursday, Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West), who was one of the 22 senators listed in the report, said the attempt to label senators who passed vote of confidence on Saraki as the president’s enemies was wicked, satanic and unacceptable.Buhari; Senatehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/northern-senators-deny-working-against-buhari/216159/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015Naira Rebounds in Parallel Market as Banks Reject Dollar DepositsThe naira, which had fallen sharply in the parallel market, staged a major recovery thursday, as it appreciated to a band of N225 to N230 to a dollar, compared to N240 to the dollar at which it sold in the last few weeks. Forex dealers attributed the naira’s gain to excess supply of the greenback in the market, even as it looked like a lot of speculators would lose their shirts.CBN; Forex; BDChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/naira-rebounds-in-parallel-market-as-banks-reject-dollar-deposits/216163/
ThisDayFriday, July 31, 2015PDP Produces Evidence Linking DG DSS to APCThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) thursday stood by the allegation raised by its National Working Committee (NWC) on Wednesday claiming that the new Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, was a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and provided evidence to back its claim.DSS; APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-produces-evidence-linking-dg-dss-to-apc/216164/
The NationThursday, July 30, 2015Port Harcourt, Warri refineries begin preliminary productionThe Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries have been successfully re-streamed after a nine-month phased rehabilitation exercise conducted by its in-house engineers and technicians.NNPChttp://thenationonlineng.net/port-harcourt-warri-refineries-begin-preliminary-production-2/
The NationThursday, July 30, 2015Foreigners, BDCs abuse forex transactions, says CBNThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said because of the ease of accessing foreign exchange (forex) in Nigeria, foreign businessmen particularly Ghanaian businessmen who access forex from Bureau De Chnages (BDCs) abuse the system.CBN; Forex; BDChttp://thenationonlineng.net/foreigners-bdcs-abuse-forex-transactions-says-cbn/
The NationThursday, July 30, 2015"No nation can beat terror in isolation, says Buhari
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night said that Nigeria and neighbouring countries must stand together to defeat the terrorists group, Boko Haram in the sub-region. He made the remark at a state dinner in Yaounde, during his two-day working visit to Cameroon. Buhari; Boko Haramhttp://thenationonlineng.net/no-nation-can-beat-terror-in-isolation-says-buhari/
GuardianThursday, July 30, 2015Niger gov, senator bicker over allegation of marginalisationSENATOR representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator David Umaru has said that neither the party nor the state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello can gag him, saying that as a representative of the people, he will continue to speak for his people when things are going wrong.Niger State; Marginalizationhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/niger-gov-senator-bicker-over-allegation-of-marginalisation/
GuardianThursday, July 30, 2015Experts urge Buhari to adopt e-govt initiative in anti-corruption crusade"Experts have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give e-government priority in his administration as a strategic measure to check leakages in spending and exposure of officials to public funds.
The experts, who gave the advice in Abuja yesterday at the conclusion of a two-day “2015 E-Government Summit”."
Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/experts-urge-buhari-to-adopt-e-govt-initiative-in-anti-corruption-crusade/
GuardianThursday, July 30, 2015Reps ask states to pay N4billion debt owed WAEC"he House of Representatives has urged states owing the West African Examination Council (WAEC) the fees for sponsored candidates for the 2014 and 2015 exams to pay.
The resolution was the outcome of a motion of urgent public importance introduced on the floor by Linus Okorie (Ebonyi-PDP) and unanimously adopted by the members.
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WAEC; House of Repshttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/reps-ask-states-to-pay-n4billion-debt-owed-waec/
GuardianThursday, July 30, 2015El-Rufai sues newspaper over alleged false publication of assets declarationKADUNA State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has filed a suit at the state High Court registry against a newspaper over a publication which claimed that he declared an asset worth N90 billion and 40 mansions at the Code of Conduct Bureau.El-Rufai; Libelhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/el-rufai-sues-newspaper-over-alleged-false-publication-of-assets-declaration/
GuardianThursday, July 30, 2015DSS boss was APC campaign committee chief on intelligence, PDP allegesThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from its National Working Committee (NWC) meeting yesterday asking President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately remove the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, over his alleged partisan links with the All Progressives Congress (APC).PDP; APC; DSShttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/dss-boss-was-apc-campaign-committee-chief-on-intelligence-pdp-alleges/
GuardianThursday, July 30, 2015Stakeholders seek withdrawal of Petroleum Industry BillConcerned stakeholders in the oil and gas industry have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the current version of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for necessary review. The stakeholders, who gathered at the yearly general meeting and luncheon of the Petroleum Club, in Lagos, enjoined the Federal Government to discontinue the process of the passing the bill, which was considered highly-doctored by some interested parties.PIBhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/stakeholders-seek-withdrawal-of-petroleum-industry-bill/
GuardianThursday, July 30, 2015EFCC drills NSC boss for six hoursFOLLOWING his alleged involvement in financial crimes, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday drilled for over six hours the Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mallam Al-Hassan Yakmut, before he was granted bail on self-recognition.EFCC; NSChttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/efcc-drills-nsc-boss-for-six-hours/
GuardianThursday, July 30, 2015New head of multinational force on Boko Haram appointed.A new head of the multinational force on Boko Haram has been appointed. The appointment was necessary because the former head, Brig-Gen. T. Y. Buratai, was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff by President Muhammadu Buhari. The new commander, Major General Iliya Abbah, previously headed military operations in the Niger Delta, according to a military spokesman said. Buhari; Boko Haramhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/breaking-new-head-of-multinational-force-on-boko-haram-appointed/
PunchThursday, July 30, 2015NSE: House to ensure telecoms, oil firms’ listingThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, said on Wednesday that the House would pass a legislation compelling telecommunications and oil companies operating in the country to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He observed that despite their huge revenues, the firms had shunned the stock exchange. Dogara spoke in Abuja when he received members of the Nigeria-United Kingdom Capital Market Project at the National Assembly Complex.Dogara; Telecommunication; Capital Marketshttp://www.punchng.com/business/business-economy/nse-house-to-ensure-telecoms-oil-firms-listing/
ThisDayThursday, July 30, 2015Obi: NEC is Not Proper Body to Approve ECA PaymentsThe former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, in an interview with some journalists, cleared the air on the controversy on who is authorised to approve payments from the Excess Crude AccountPeter Obi; National Economic Councilhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obi-nec-is-not-proper-body-to-approve-eca-payments/216084/
ThisDayThursday, July 30, 2015Bayelsa Will Remain a PDP State, Says DicksonBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, speaks on the build up to the forthcoming governorship election in the state, his achievements and why he wants to serve for a second term. PDP; Bayelsa 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bayelsa-will-remain-a-pdp-state-says-dickson/216085/
ThisDayThursday, July 30, 2015APGA Lawmakers Backed Minority Leader’s Removal It has emerged that more than 50 per cent of the 11 lawmakers of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Abia State House of Assembly actually backed the removal of the Minority Leader, Hon Abraham Oba. He had led his opposition members to recant their approval of the state government’s N30 billion loan deal thereby incurring the wrath of the majority PDP members and most of his fellow APGA lawmakers, who allegedly “ganged up” against the Minority Leader.APGA; Abia State House of Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apga-lawmakers-backed-minority-leader-s-removal/216086/
ThisDayThursday, July 30, 2015Again, High Court Refuses to Grant Ex-parte Order against DogaraThe Federal High Court in Abuja Wednesday declined to stop the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara from appointing principal officers and standing committees for the House.Dogara; Gbajabiamila; APC; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/again-high-court-refuses-to-grant-ex-parte-order-against-dogara/216089/
ThisDayThursday, July 30, 2015Rivers Election: Tribunal Strikes out Wike’s Request to Disqualify ChallengerThe Rivers State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal Wednesday struck out the attempt by Governor Nyesom Wike to stop the petition of his challenger and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, challenging his election.PDP; Election Tribunal; Rivershttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-election-tribunal-strikes-out-wike-s-request-to-disqualify-challenger/216091/
ThisDayThursday, July 30, 2015Beneficiaries of Delta Scholarship Stranded Overseas Scores of Delta State citizens and beneficiaries of the Delta State Scholarship scheme have been reported stranded in overseas institutions where they are being sponsored, due to financial challenges. Mostly affected by the cash crunch are at least 130 beneficiaries in the Caribbean countries of Trinadad & Tobago and Barbados where the students are receiving various technical education.Scholarship; UKhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/beneficiaries-of-delta-scholarship-stranded-overseas/216064/
ThisDayThursday, July 30, 2015Rewane: Fuel Subsidies Must be Removed at All Cost"The Chief Executive of Financial Derivatives Company, Mr. Bismark Rewane, yesterday said the federal government would have to remove both petrol and exchange rate subsidies if it must get the economy back on the right track.
He maintained that subsidies are distortionary and breed corruption in the system, adding that undue pressure on the local currency would disappear with fuel subsidy removal."
Fuel Subsidyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rewane-fuel-subsidies-must-be-removed-at-all-cost/216078/
ThisDayThursday, July 30, 2015Obasanjo: Yar’Adua Regrettably Reversed Sale of RefineriesFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday expressed regrets over the sale of two of the nation’s oil refineries, which was concluded before he exited office in 2007, but was reversed by his successor, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua because he succumbed to pressure.Obasanjo; Yar'adua; Refinerieshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obasanjo-yar-adua-regrettably-reversed-sale-of-refineries/216079/
GuardianWednesday, July 29, 2015Defence HQ vows to punish cadets who harassed civiliansThe Defence Headquarters, on Tuesday, vowed to deal with cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy who were pictured punishing some civilians. In a series of tweets, the DHQ said the cadets who appeared in the pictures would be punished, saying that the Nigerian military officials had no right to punish any individual unjustly.Defence HQhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/defence-hq-vows-to-punish-cadets-who-harassed-civilians/
GuardianWednesday, July 29, 2015Buhari appoints Boroh as Amnesty Programme coordinatorPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of retired Brig-Gen. P.T. Boroh as the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants.This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Special Adviser the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. It stated that, Boroh, whose appointment takes immediate effect, is to take over the responsibilities of the former Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Niger Delta who also doubled as Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme.Niger Delta; MENDhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/buhari-appoints-boroh-as-amnesty-programme-coordinator/
GuardianWednesday, July 29, 2015President Buhari in Cameroon to discuss Boko Haram fightNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.Buhari; Boko Haramhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/president-buhari-in-cameroon-to-discuss-boko-haram-fight/
Daily TrustWednesday, July 29, 2015Petition against Aregbesola: Judge shuns AssemblyJustice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede, who petitioned Osun State House of Assembly against Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday failed to appear before the probe panel investigating the matter. The judge, who was summoned by the probe panel to defend her petition against the governor was represented by a lawyer, Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi. Oloyede’s lawyer said the governor must respond to the petition before she could appear before the probe panel.Osun; Aregbesola; Justice Oloyedehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/61111-petition-against-aregbesola-judge-shuns-assembly
Daily TrustWednesday, July 29, 2015Katsina PDM expels chieftainThe Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) in Katsina State has expelled Senator Abdu Umar Yandoma, the campaign coordinator of the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the last general election for anti party activities.PDM; Katsinahttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/61066-katsina-pdm-expels-chieftain
Daily TrustWednesday, July 29, 2015We are open to critical assessment – INEC The Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Hajiya Amina Bala Zakari, has voiced the commission’s openness towards assessment of critical observers and stakeholders in the electoral process. Hajia Zakari spoke while delivering the welcome address at a National Conference on: “2015 general elections in Nigeria: the real issues,” held at The Electoral Institute, Abuja.INEChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/61068-we-are-open-to-critical-assessment-inec
LeadershipWednesday, July 29, 2015Reps Rift Abates As Gbajabiamila Emerges House LeaderThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, yesterday named Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) as the majority leader of the 8th House, thereby ending weeks of bickering in the House over who occupies the office. Besides Gbajabiamila (South West), a former minority leader of the House in the 6th and 7th National Assemblies, Dogara also announced the names of Hon. Buba Jibrin (North Central) as the deputy house leader, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa (North West) as the chief whip, and Hon. Pally Iriase (South South) as deputy chief whip.House of Reps; Gbajabiamiahttp://leadership.ng/news/450240/reps-rift-abates-as-gbajabiamila-emerges-house-leader
Daily TrustWednesday, July 29, 2015INEC: CSOs reject call for Zakari’s sackThe raging controversy surrounding the appointment of the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Amina Bala Zakari has been described as unnecessary by the Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Transparency and Good Governance (CCSGTGG). Rising from its executive committee meeting in Abuja tagged: “Issues of the Moment”, the coalition condemned the recent calls for the sack of Zakari, saying it was distractive.INEC; Zakarihttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/61071-inec-csos-reject-call-for-zakari-s-sack
Daily TrustWednesday, July 29, 2015Taraba: APC accuses INEC of filing strange applicationThe All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday described the application by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) challenging the jurisdiction of the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja as “strange and misconceived.” INEC, through its counsel, A. J. Akamode, had on June 24, 2015, prayed the tribunal for an order to set aside the decision of the tribunal to sit in Abuja, FCT, for the purpose of hearing and determining the petition herein.Taraba; Sen. Alhassan; Election Tribunalhttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/61095-taraba-apc-accuses-inec-of-filing-strange-application
LeadershipWednesday, July 29, 2015NASS Crisis: Why Forgery Allegation Cannot Stand – Sen David UmaruA senator representing Niger East senatorial district, David Umaru, has dismissed the allegation of forgery of the Senate Standing Order against the clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa and the Senate leadership as unnecessary fuss which cannot stand. He said there was no genuine document from which a forged one could be produced, arguing that it was not possible to determine that the 2015 Senate Rules was forged when the 2011 Senate Rules which was supposed to form the basis for comparison no longer existed.National Assemblyhttp://leadership.ng/news/450287/nass-crisis-why-forgery-allegation-cannot-stand-sen-david-umaru
LeadershipWednesday, July 29, 2015Corruption: PDP Backs PMB, Warns Against VictimisationThe opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday supported the anti-corruption war by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting however, that the war should not be blind to the impunity of the present leaders of the country in terms of borrowing and spending without recourse to the statutory organs of government. The party also insisted on due process in order to ensure that it is not used as a guise to victimise innocent citizens and curtail the freedom of Nigerians.Buhari; Jonathan; Probehttp://leadership.ng/news/450289/corruption-pdp-backs-pmb-warns-against-victimisation
LeadershipWednesday, July 29, 2015PMB Must Probe Jonathan Administration, APC InsistsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to probe the immediate past federal government, saying the revelations of mind-boggling corruption have made such a probe imperative.Buhari; Jonathan; Probehttp://leadership.ng/news/450291/pmb-must-probe-jonathan-administration-apc-insists
LeadershipWednesday, July 29, 2015Senate Moves Against Bad Roads, Erosions Across The CountryThe Senate yesterday moved for urgent attention on deplorable condition of trunk A roads across the country and danger being posed by erosions in the south eastern part of the country. For quick solution to the bad roads and erosions, the senate set up a 9 – man Ad-hoc committee under the Chairmanship of Barnabas Gemade ( APC Benue North East) to come up with findings and far reaching recommendations on how the problems can be addressed by the federal government.Senatehttp://leadership.ng/news/450298/senate-moves-against-bad-roads-erosions-across-the-country
LeadershipWednesday, July 29, 2015Federal Character Commission To Sanction MDAs Which Levy Job SeekersThe Federal Character Commission (FCC) has said that it will henceforth sanction federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) who charge job seekers application fees for applying for jobs in their organisations.Federal Character Commissionhttp://leadership.ng/news/450300/fcc-to-sanction-mdas-which-levy-job-seekers
ThisDayWednesday, July 29, 2015We are under Siege by SSS, Says Akwa Ibom PDPWorried by the spate of harassment of its members and the manner the Department of State Security (DSS) is aiding and abetting the opposition at the venue of the electoral tribunal currently sitting in Abuja, the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Paul Ekpo, has raised the alarm over this worrisome tendency.Akwa Ibom; PDP; DSShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/we-are-under-siege-by-sss-says-akwa-ibom-pdp/215964/
ThisDayWednesday, July 29, 2015Olorogun-Etti: PDP is Dead in Lagos StateChief Babatunde Olorogun-Etti on Tuesday also hit at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos chapter, declaring the party dead in the state. Speaking in Lagos Island shortly after defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Olorogun-Etti said the PDP can no longer compete in any serious way in Lagos.Lagos; APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/olorogun-etti-pdp-is-dead-in-lagos-state/215969/
ThisDayWednesday, July 29, 2015Taraba Election: Tribunal Chairman Cautions against DelaysThe Chairman of the Taraba State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, Justice Musa Abubakar has cautioned parties in the petition before it against acts that encourages delay in the hearing of the petition. Justice Abubakar gave this warning Tuesday, while attending to the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the State, Aisha Al-Hassan, challenging the victory of governor Darius Ishiaku in the April 11 gubernatorial elections.Taraba; Sen. Alhassan; Election Tribunalhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/taraba-election-tribunal-chairman-cautions-against-delays/215968/
ThisDayWednesday, July 29, 2015We Were Not Elected to Fight for Positions, Saraki Tells SenatorsSenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Tuesday told his colleagues that the primary purpose of their election was not to fight for leadership positions but to pursue good governance and purposeful leadership. Saraki made this remark while welcoming his colleagues back to the plenary after a four-week recess which was dictated by fierce struggle for leadership positions.Saraki; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/we-were-not-elected-to-fight-for-positions-saraki-tells-senators/215970/
ThisDayWednesday, July 29, 2015Odigie-Oyegun: We Will Tackle Senate Crisis DifferentlyThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Tuesday said having successfully resolved the crisis in the House of the Representatives, the party would now attempt to resolve the outstanding issues in the Senate in a different manner.APC; PDP; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/odigie-oyegun-we-will-tackle-senate-crisis-differently/215971/
The NationFriday July 24, 2015Disquiet in National Assembly over unpaid severance benefitsTHE non-payment of severance benefits to over 3,000 legislative aides, who served in the Seventh Assembly is causing a disquiet in the National Assembly. Though the National Assembly has started paying severance package to senators and House of Representatives’ members, who did not make it into the Eighth Assembly, legislative aides who served in both chambers were yet to be paid.http://thenationonlineng.net/disquiet-in-national-assembly-over-unpaid-severance-benefits/
The NationFriday July 24, 2015Buhari restricts use of presidential aircraft by wife, aidesPresident Muhammadu Buhari has restricted the use of aircraft in the presidential fleet by his wife, Hajiya Aisha, and relations. It was learnt that some members of the First Family will now use commercial flight, unless it becomes compelling for them to fly in presidential aircraft. Apart from saving cost, the President is said to be determined to prevent abuse of the presidential fleet.http://thenationonlineng.net/buhari-restricts-use-of-presidential-aircraft-by-wife-aides/
The NationFriday July 24, 2015CJN bars politicians from his residence, officeApparently to stave off pressure over electoral disputes, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmood Mohammed, has banned politicians from his residence. His security detail from the Department of State Service (DSS) and police orderly will henceforth be part of any interaction with Politically Exposed Lawyers seeking audience with him.The CJN has since refused to accede to requests for courtesy calls by governors and legislators with outstanding petitions against them at election tribunals or with court cases generallyhttp://thenationonlineng.net/cjn-bars-politicians-from-his-residence-office/
The NationFriday July 24, 2015Bailout to favour states with heavy loan burden, says AhmedTHE expected bailout from the Federal Government has been structured to favour states with heavy loan burden, Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said yesterday. He said the state would not benefit much from the bailout because of its small loan profile. The governor said this in Ilorin, the state capital in a radio programme dubbed “Governor Explains.”http://thenationonlineng.net/bailout-to-favour-states-with-heavy-loan-burden-says-ahmed/
ThisDayFriday July 24, 2015Rivers Lawmakers Condemn Arrest, Harassment of INEC Officials by DSSThe Rivers State House of Assembly has condemned what it described as the arrest and harassment of the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. Gesila Khan, and other senior officials of the commission by the Directorate of State Security (DSS).http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-lawmakers-condemn-arrest-harassment-of-inec-officials-by-dss/215479/
ThisDayFriday July 24, 2015Senators to EFCC: We Hope Mrs Saraki’s Invitation is Not PoliticalSenators of Like Minds, the group loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki, thursday cried foul over the invitation of Mrs. Toyin Saraki by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), describing it as curious.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senators-to-efcc-we-hope-mrs-saraki-s-invitation-is-not-political/215493/
ThisDayFriday July 24, 2015Akwa Ibom Guber: APC Defaults in Forensic ExaminationThe team of forensic analysts hired by the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to examine and scan materials used in the last governorship election has defaulted in the exercise prompting their request for extension of time, our Correspondent has gathered.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akwa-ibom-guber-apc-defaults-in-forensic-examination/215481/
ThisDayFriday July 24, 2015Global Ship Owners Protest Nigeria’s Ban on 113 Crude CarriersInternational crude tanker owners have strongly protested against Nigeria's ban on 113 vessels from loading at its oil terminals, with some oil companies seeking assurances that the hired vessels are not on the ban list, according to the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko).http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/global-ship-owners-protest-nigeria-s-ban-on-113-crude-carriers/215502/
ThisDayFriday July 24, 2015Boko Haram Captures Five LGs in Yobe, Borno, Targets VIPsThe National Economic Council (NEC) has warned that Boko Haram insurgents are waxing stronger in the North-east, adding that the terror group has captured five local government areas in Yobe and Borno States. Briefing State House correspondents after its meeting yesterday in Abuja, the council said the occupation of the five local government councils was confirmed by the Governors of Yobe and Borno States — Ibrahim Gaidam and Kashim Shettima — respectively.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/boko-haram-captures-five-lgs-in-yobe-borno-targets-vips/215503/
ThisDayFriday July 24, 2015Buhari Fails to Seal US Arms Deal, Returns Home DispleasedAfter President Barack Obama, among other top ranking United States officials lavished praise on President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria for three days during his US visit, the Nigerian president returned home this morning without securing an arms deal with America to help him prosecute the war against Boko Haram.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-fails-to-seal-us-arms-deal-returns-home-displeased/215504/
ThisDayFriday July 24, 2015Niger Delta: Ex-Militants Regroup under MEND, Schedule Meeting for SaturdaySecurity operatives in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, are now on high alert following intelligence reports that former militant commanders under the aegis of Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) may be considering moving back to the creeks to resume the insurgency in the Niger Delta.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/niger-delta-ex-militants-regroup-under-mend-schedule-meeting-for-saturday/215501/
GuardianThursday, July 23, 2015Adegboruwa urges court to declare Zakari’s appointment illegalA LAGOS lawyer and human rights crusader, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has filed an action at the Federal High Court, Lagos, urging the court to declare the appointment of the acting chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari, as illegal and unconstitutional.INEChttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/adegboruwa-urges-court-to-declare-zakaris-appointment-illegal/
VanguardThursday, July 23, 2015Underdevelopment: Jonathan tried for Niger-Delta but we failed him —Lori-Ogbebor NIger-Delta Leader, activist and Igba of Warri, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, is not happy with the state of affairs in the Niger-Delta in spite of the efforts of the Federal Government to develop the region through the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ministry of Niger-Delta Affairs and Amnesty programme that will end in December. In this interview, he lamented that these agencies performed poorly, adding that the region is so poor now and the leaders cannot pressure President Muhammadu Buhari for palliatives because their brother, former President Goodluck Jonathan, just left powerJonathan; Niger Deltahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/underdevelopment-jonathan-tried-for-niger-delta-but-we-failed-him-lori-ogbebor/#sthash.N94zFMAr.dpuf
VanguardThursday, July 23, 2015Buhari’s appointments: Ndigbo urged to be patientAs mixed reactions continued to trail the recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, people of the South East region, have been urged to ‎exercise restraint in making quick conclusions that they will be marginalized under the Buhari’s administration.Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/buharis-appointments-ndigbo-urged-to-be-patient/
VanguardThursday, July 23, 2015Corruption: Don’t humiliate suspects, Onaiyekan tells Buhari The Catholic Arch-Bishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to carry out his anti-corruption fight in a way that will not be seen as humiliating suspects. Cardinal Onaiyekan, who spoke at an dinner organized for Catholics in Politics, Tuesday evening at the Church of the Assumption, Asokoro, Abuja, further advised the administration that its actions in prosecuting anti-graft war are not to be seen as persecution.Buhari; APC; Anti-corruptionhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/corruption-dont-humiliate-suspects-onaiyekan-tells-buhari/#sthash.OG42JPTU.dpuf
The NationThursday, July 23, 2015EFCC invites Saraki’s wife, Yar’Adua’s daughterThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Senate President Bukola Saraki’s wife and Zainab Dakingari, late President Umar Yar’Adua’s daughter. Dakingari’s wife is expected at the agency on July 27. Saraki’s spouse will take her turn on July 28. The two women were invited by the anti-graft agency for alleged money laundering.EFCC; Sarakihttp://thenationonlineng.net/efcc-invites-sarakis-wife-yaraduas-daughter/
The NationThursday, July 23, 2015Scores feared dead in Arepo pipeline fireScores were yesterday feared dead at an oil facility at Arepo, Ogun State. They died in the System 2B pipeline fire that erupted from a clash of two rival gangs, whose members stormed the facility to scoop product from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). It was gathered that an explosion occurred during a gun duel between the rival gangs, who regularly storm the area in boats laden with plastic containers to steal petrol.Arepo; Pipe Vandalisationhttp://thenationonlineng.net/scores-feared-dead-in-arepo-pipeline-fire/
The NationThursday, July 23, 2015Nigeria rejects gay marriagePresident Muhammadu Buhari has foreclosed a possible shift in Nigeria’s anti-gay stance. He told a joint session of the United States (U.S.) Senate and House Committees on Foreign Affairs that Nigeria’s law abhors same-sex marriage. The President said sodomy is illegal and abhorrent to Nigeria’s culture. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said his principal was “point blank” in declaring Nigeria’s position on gay marriage and rights.Buhari; LGBThttp://thenationonlineng.net/nigeria-rejects-gay-marriage/
The NationThursday, July 23, 2015Buhari: ex-ministers, others will face trial for oil theftOil thieves, including former ministers and some prominent individuals, have been put on notice – the law is coming after them. President Muhammadu Buhari did not name them, but he spoke of how they plundered Nigeria’s economy by stealing one million barrels of crude oil daily, selling the stuff overseas and lodging the proceeds in their personal accounts.Buhari; APC; Anti-corruptionhttp://thenationonlineng.net/buhari-ex-ministers-others-will-face-trial-for-oil-theft/
The NationThursday, July 23, 201529 killed in Gombe blastsAt least 29 people died and 60 were wounded in multiple explosions at two bus stations in Gombe on Wednesday evening, a Red Cross official said. There was no immediate claim for the bombings but they bore the hallmarks of the Boko Haram sect.Boko Haram; Gombehttp://thenationonlineng.net/29-killed-in-gombe-blasts/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015Cracks Surface in Gbajabiamila Camp as Supporters Disown Letter to APC There appears to be a crack in the ranks of members of the House of Representatives loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as two members of his group have disowned the letter written to the chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, insisting on party supremacy in the selection of principal officers of the House.Dogara; Gbajabiamila; APC; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/cracks-surface-in-gbajabiamila-camp-as-supporters-disown-letter-to-apc/215395/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015Tribunal Dismisses APC’s Petition in Osun The National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal has dismissed the petition filed by Hon. Nathaniel Agunbiade of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the victory of Hon. Wole Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Obokun/Oriade federal constituency. Giving his ruling, the tribunal’s Chairman, Justice Benedict Kanyip, dismissed the petition on technical grounds.APC; PDP; Osun Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tribunal-dismisses-apc-s-petition-in-osun/215363/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015Naira Tops Agenda as MPC Meets Thursday The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which commences its 245th meeting this Thursday is expected to take critical decisions that would determine the fate of the naira, which has been under intense pressure at the parallel market in the past few weeks.Naira; CBN; MPChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/naira-tops-agenda-as-mpc-meets-thursday/215362/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015Saraki: Jonathan Did Not Give Me Any Bribe over Missing $20bnSenate President Bukola Saraki yesterday denied reports by an online news medium that he received bribe from former President Goodluck Jonathan to help him influence the alleged missing $20 billion from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) account.Saraki; http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/saraki-jonathan-did-not-give-me-any-bribe-over-missing-20bn/215392/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015Revealed: Dasuki Did Not Arrest Buhari in 1983 CoupContrary to popular belief, the embattled immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) did not arrest the then Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari during the 1983 palace coup that removed him as the them military leader.Dasuki; Buhari; Militaryhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/revealed-dasuki-did-not-arrest-buhari-in-1983-coup/215390/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 201541 APC Members Suspended in A’Ibom The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday announced the suspension of 41 members of the party over what it described as misconduct and anti-party activities. The newly elected Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Ita Awak, who announced the suspension of the party members said their offences included anti-party, activities, disobedient in carrying out lawful directives of the party as well as creating parallel party organ.Akwa Ibom; APC; Election Tribunalhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/41-apc-members-suspended-in-a-ibom/215364/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015PDP: Buhari is Selective in Fight against Corruption The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has accused President Muhammadu Buhari, of being selective and insincere in his fight against corruption. A statement issued on Wednesday on behalf of the Chairman of the party, Felix Obuah, by his Media Adviser, Jerry Needam, said the position of the PDP was based on “the fact that in spite of the obvious cases of looting of public facilities, siphoning of Rivers State funds, fraudulent sales of state-owned establishments and monumental financial fraud committed by Rotimi Amaechi and his administration in Rivers State, and for which a Judicial Commission of Inquiry has been duly set up by the present administration to investigate, the president has continued to shield the former governor, the latest of which is his inclusion in the presidential team to the United States to meet with President Obama.”PDP; APC; Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-buhari-is-selective-in-fight-against-corruption/215365/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015Governorship Tribunal in Imo Strikes out Ihedioha’s Petition for Time LapseThe Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the April governorship election in the state, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, for time lapse.Okorocha; Ihedioha; Imo State;http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/governorship-tribunal-in-imo-strikes-out-ihedioha-s-petition-for-time-lapse/215367/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015Akwa Ibom Election Tribunal: APC Accuses Ex-commissioner of Snatching Ballot Boxes, Disrupting Collation The witness for All Progressives Congress (APC) has told the Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja how a former commissioner under Governor Godswill Akpabio allegedly made away with election materials to unknown destination on the day of the election. This is as more persons took to the witness stand at the ongoing trial, praying that the elections be nullified on the account of various cited irregularities.Akwa Ibom; APC; Election Tribunalhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akwa-ibom-election-tribunal-apc-accuses-ex-commissioner-of-snatching-ballot-boxes-disrupting-collation/215368/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015INEC to Use Kogi, Bayelsa as Test Case for Reforms, Says ZakariThe acting Chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Hajiya Amina Bala Zakari, has promised that INEC will use the opportunity presented by forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections to showcase its improved processes and rigour. Zakari gave the assurance yesterday while delivering the keynote address during the public presentation of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room report on 2015 general election, with support from British Department for International Development (DFID) held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.INEC: Kogi 2015; Bayelsa 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-to-use-kogi-bayelsa-as-test-case-for-reforms-says-zakari/215369/
ThisDayThursday, July 23, 2015Buhari: Leahy Law Hindering Fight Against Boko Haram President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the US Leahy Law “aided and abetted” the campaign of bloodletting by Boko Haram. The Leahy Law prohibits the US Department of State and Department of Defence from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity. It is named after its principal sponsor Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. It was the primary reason the US government refused to sell weapons to the Nigerian Army last year and even blocked attempts by Israel to sell Cobra helicopters to Nigeria.Boko Haram; Buhari; APChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-leahy-law-hindering-fight-against-boko-haram/215396/
GuardianWednesday July 22, 2015Nigeria risks expulsion from EITI over board dissolutionTHE international body of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) may suspend Nigeria from its fold as a result of the dissolution of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) board. The NEITI board, also known as National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG), was last week dissolved alongside boards of other government parastatals, including that of universities by President Muhammadu Buhari.EITI; NEITI; Presidencyhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/nigeria-risks-expulsion-from-eiti-over-board-dissolution/
VanguardWednesday July 22, 2015Relocation of Boko Haram inmates hatched during Jonathan’s govt —Ekwueme Former Vice President of Nigeria in the Second Republic, Dr. Alex Ekwueme has said that the plan to bring Boko Haram detainees to Aguata Prisons in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, was hatched during the former President Jonathan’s administration, but was resisted and protested against by the people which made the past administration to drop the idea.Ekwueme; Boko Haramhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/relocation-of-boko-haram-inmates-hatched-during-jonathans-govt-ekwueme/#sthash.FJH89n7s.dpuf
VanguardWednesday July 22, 2015World Bank to spend $2.1bn to rebuild North-eastPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Washington, D.C hailed the decision of the World Bank to spend $2.1 billion in rebuilding the devastated north east of Nigeria. This came just as the World Health Organization, WHO has also indicated interest in investing $300 million on immunization against malaria scourge in Nigeria. The $2.1 billion Dollars would be spent through International Development Agency, IDA, an agency of the World Bank known for its low interest loan to government.World Bank; North East; Boko Haramhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/world-bank-to-spend-2-1bn-to-rebuild-north-east/
The NationWednesday July 22, 2015I prefer to go slow and steady – BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has again defended the delay in the appointment of his ministers. Speaking in Washington, United States, on Tuesday Buhari said contrary to critics who have nicknamed him ” Baba Go Slow,” he prefers to be ” go slow and steady.” He noted that the question of when he would name his cabinet has been chasing him around the world.Buhari; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/i-prefer-to-go-slow-and-steady-buhari/
The NationWednesday July 22, 2015Osinbajo, Yari discuss workers pay bailout ahead of NEC meetingNIGERIAN Governors’ Forum (NGF) Chairman and Nasarawa State Governor Abdulazeez Yari was yesterday at the Presidential Villa, where he held a closed-door parley with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Their talk, it was learnt, centred on the modalities of the relief package approved for states by the Federal Government early in the month. The vice president and the NGF chair were believed to have discussed the modalities of the ‘bailouts’ which President Muhammadu Buhari approved about two weeks ago.Osinbajo; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/osinbajo-yari-discuss-workers-pay-bailout-ahead-of-nec-meeting/
The NationWednesday July 22, 2015Jonathan fails to shield ex-ministers from probeFORMER President Goodluck Jonathan may have failed in his bid to shield some of his former aides and ministers from being probed.It was learnt that the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar Peace Committee has been unable to have audience with President Muhammadu Buhari with whom Dr. Jonathan would like the committee to put in a word.Buhari; Jonathan; Probehttp://thenationonlineng.net/jonathan-fails-to-shield-ex-ministers-from-probe/
The NationWednesday July 22, 2015Jonathan ministers sold one million barrels of oil per day- BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has given more insights on the extent of corruption in the country’s oil sector under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. He spoke on Tuesday while reacting to questions from members of Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) in the United States and Canada at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC.Buhari; Oil bunkeringhttp://thenationonlineng.net/jonathan-ministers-sold-one-million-barrels-of-oil-per-day-buhari/
The NationWednesday July 22, 2015We’ll assist Nigeria recover looted funds, says U.S.THERE was a major leap yesterday in President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war. The United States (U.S.) promised to help Nigeria track ill-gotten wealth and recover same. President Buhari had during his Monday meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington D.C. sought the help of his host in locating and returning some $150 billion stolen from the public till in the past decade.US; Nigeria; Anti-corruptionhttp://thenationonlineng.net/well-assist-nigeria-recover-looted-funds-says-u-s/
The NationWednesday July 22, 2015Chibok Girls: I am willing to negotiate with Boko Haram, says BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday disclosed his willingness to negotiate with terrorist group Boko Haram for the safe return of the girls of Government Secondary School Chibok abducted last April. He spoke in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, where he maintained that his administration was determined to restore security, fight corruption without sacred cows, among others.Chibok Girls; Nigeria; Buharihttp://thenationonlineng.net/chibok-girls-i-am-willing-to-negotiate-with-boko-haram-says-buhari/
The NationWednesday July 22, 2015Saraki, others sued over move to make Akpabio Senate Minority LeaderSome members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to restrain the Senate from departing from its standing rules in the appointment of the Minority Leader for the Eighth National Assembly. The suit, aimed at frustrating the possible emergence of former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as the Senate’s Minority Leader, was filed by two members of the PDP from Rivers and Imo states.Akpabio; PDP; National Assemblyhttp://thenationonlineng.net/saraki-others-sued-over-move-to-make-akpabio-senate-minority-leader/
ThisDayWednesday July 22, 2015Indicted INEC Staff will be Punished, Says Commission ChairThe acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. Amina Zakari, on Tuesday said any staff of the commission indicted by election petition tribunals would be punished in accordance with the law.INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/indicted-inec-staff-will-be-punished-says-commission-chair/215270/
ThisDayWednesday July 22, 2015Metuh Blasts Buhari over Maltreatment of PDP Membershe National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisah Metuh, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of treating members of the main opposition party as prisoners of war. “We are being treated as if we are prisoners of war. We are being treated as if we are refugees. We are not afraid, we have faith in our strength, peace, unity and progress of Nigeria,” he said.PDP; APC; Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/metuh-blasts-buhari-over-maltreatment-of-pdp-members/215272/
ThisDayWednesday July 22, 2015Boko Haram Attacks New Army Chief’s HomeSuspected Boko Haram militants on Tuesday burned down houses, including the family home of the new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Baratai, in a village in the North-east of the country, a policeman, military source and witnesses told Reuters.Boko Haram; Moguno; Bornohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/boko-haram-attacks-new-army-chief-s-home/215288/
ThisDayWednesday July 22, 2015New CDS Sets Strategic Direction for Counter-terrorism Operations The newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, has stated his readiness to provide new strategic and operational direction in the prosecution of the fight against terror in the country. The CDS gave this hint in the inaugural address he delivered at the handing and taking over ceremony between him and the outgone Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.Boko Haram; Buhari; APChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/new-cds-sets-strategic-direction-for-counter-terrorism-operations/215289/
ThisDayWednesday July 22, 2015Dogara's Supporters Adopt Doguwa, Iriase, Others as House Principal OfficersIn defiance of the nominees selected by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to occupy the principal offices in the House of Representatives, the Consolidation Group, a group in support of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, has presented its nominees for the posts.Dogara; Gbajabiamila; APC; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dogaras-supporters-adopt-doguwa-iriase-others-as-house-principal-officers/215250/
ThisDayWednesday July 22, 2015Jonathan's CSO Dispels Rumour of His Death, Says He's Hale and HeartyThe former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Gordon Obua, yesterday told Nigerians and the world at large that he was hale and hearty and was being treated with dignity by officials of the Department of State Security (DSS).DSS; Godwin Obuahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathans-cso-dispels-rumour-of-his-death-says-hes-hale-and-hearty/215251/
ThisDayWednesday July 22, 2015Buhari to Extend Dragnet to Corrupt APC MembersPresident Muhammadu Buhari has promised to extend the war against corruption to corrupt members of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that there will be no party member or personality that can escape justice. Buhari, who is on a four-day official visit to the United States of America, made this known yesterday on the CNN current affairs programme Amanpour.Buhari; APC; Anti-corruptionhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-to-extend-dragnet-to-corrupt-apc-members/215252/
ThisDayWednesday July 22, 2015PDP Lawmakers Raise the Alarm on DSS Activities in Rivers, A’IbomThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has raised the alarm over what it described as unwholesome activities of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) involving harassment of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who conducted the 2015 general elections in Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States.Akwa Ibom; APC; Election Tribunalhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-lawmakers-raise-the-alarm-on-dss-activities-in-rivers-a-ibom/215271/
VanguardThursday July 16, 2015We won’t bow to pressure to further devalue Naira – CBN Amidst a three-day straight slide in the exchange rate of Naira against US Dollar, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that it would not bow to pressures to further devalue the local currency.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/we-wont-bow-to-pressure-to-further-devalue-naira-cbn/#sthash.PN78fNSE.dpuf
VanguardThursday July 16, 2015Presidency dismisses claim on anti-Igbo sentiments by Buhari on BBCThe presidency on Wednesday dismissed the claim by a pirate radio station that President Muhammadu Buhari expressed anti-Igbo sentiments in a recent interview with BBC Hausa Service. A statement issued by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the claim was “completely false, malicious and slanderous.” He said the voice being ascribed to President Buhari in the recording repeatedly played back by the station was definitely not the President’s voice.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/presidency-dismisses-claim-on-anti-igbo-sentiments-by-buhari-on-bbc/#sthash.FW8TgchL.dpuf
VanguardThursday July 16, 2015Rep drags Buhari to court over N413.7bn bailout A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Igariwey Iduma Enwo has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari to an Abuja High Court challenging the legality of the bail out of N413.7 billion for payment of backlog of salaries to civil servants. Enwo is seeking for a declaration by the court that Buhari’s approval of the bailout funds was “unconstitutional, illegal, unlawful and null and void.”http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/rep-drags-buhari-to-court-over-n413-7bn-bailout/
The NationThursday July 16, 2015Ayade assents Cross River’s infrastructure fund billCROSS River State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade, has signed the state’s infrastructure fund bill into law. The enactment empowers the state government to seek funding for its capital projects such as the governor’s signature projects in its effort to render services to the citizenry.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/ayade-assents-cross-rivers-infrastructure-fund-bill/
The NationThursday July 16, 2015Akwa Ibom inaugurates caretaker chiefs for councilsAKWA Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has inaugurated caretaker committee chairmen for the state’s 31 local councils with a charge for provision of social services during this short stint of theirs.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/akwa-ibom-inaugurates-caretaker-chiefs-for-councils/
The NationThursday July 16, 2015NNPC cuts July oil price to 10-year low as 15 cargoes remain unsoldAGAINST unsavoury background of global market glut, Nigeria’s crude oil’s appeal to consuming nations may have sagged further, with over 15 cargoes remaining unsold for July delivery alone. The fortunes of August and September deliveries remain uncertain, even as oil prices continue to hover on the lower band of $58.51 a barrel. Already, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has cut its July official selling price formulae for Bonny Light and Qua Iboe to 10-year low.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/nnpc-cuts-july-oil-price-to-10-year-low-as-15-cargoes-remain-unsold/
The NationThursday July 16, 201528 soldiers die in Boko Haram, Tiv/Fulani clashesThe 72 Special Forces Battalion, Makurdi, Benue State yesterday counted its losses in the on-going battle against insurgents and the Tiv/Fulani and Agatu crisis in Benue State. Commanding Officer Col. Timothy Lagbaja said the Battalion lost 28 soldiers to the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast and in Benue State in three years.http://thenationonlineng.net/new/28-soldiers-die-in-boko-haram-tivfulani-clashes/
The NationThursday July 16, 2015IBB to Buhari: change tactics against terroristsDisturbed by the increasing insurgency in some parts of the North, former President Ibrahim Babangida yesterday advised the Presidency and the military to change tactics against Boko Haram. He said the new approach by President Muhammadu Buhari and the military against Boko Haram must be holistic in such a way that the military will pound the enclaves of the sect day and night. He said strategic efforts and initiatives of the military at curtailing Boko Haram should “remain, most often, top secret”. He also pleaded with the media to stop celebrating killings by the insurgents.http://thenationonlineng.net/new/ibb-to-buhari-change-tactics-against-terrorists/
The NationThursday July 16, 2015ASUU to police: stop killing of lecturersMembers of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday urged the police to put in place measures to stop the killing and kidnapping of lecturers. They spoke ahead of the funeral for the university’s late former Vice Chancellor, Prof. Albert Ilemobade.http://thenationonlineng.net/new/asuu-to-police-stop-killing-of-lecturers/
The NationThursday July 16, 2015Impeachment: Osun Assembly to address petitionThe Osun State House of Assembly is set to address the petition by Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede of the state High Court, seeking the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. The 26-member Assembly expressed its readiness to address the petition after acknowledging receipt of the governor ‘s response.http://thenationonlineng.net/new/impeachment-osun-assembly-to-address-petition/
LeadershipThursday July 16, 2015PENGASSAN Faults el-Rufai Over Call For Scrapping Of NNPCOil workers under the aegis of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have faulted the call by the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, for the scrapping of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).http://leadership.ng/news/447427/pengassan-faults-el-rufai-over-call-for-scrapping-of-nnpc
LeadershipThursday July 16, 2015Boko Haram’s Allegiance To ISIS Makes Them Stronger — PMBPresident Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that the pledge of allegiance by Boko Haram to ISIS made the insurgents more stronger as terrorist group. The president who stated this when he hosted members of the diplomatic corps to a Ramadan breaking of fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja urged the international community to assist Nigeria in combating the sect.http://leadership.ng/news/447429/boko-harams-allegiance-to-isis-makes-them-stronger-pmb
LeadershipThursday July 16, 2015Forgery Scandal: Anti-Saraki Group Seeks Speedy Probe By PoliceThe forgery scandal rocking the 8th Senate got messier yesterday with the call by the anti- Saraki group, the Senate Unity Forum (SUF), to the police to expedite action on petition it has forwarded to it on alleged Senate Standing Rule forgery.http://leadership.ng/news/447417/forgery-scandal-anti-saraki-group-seeks-speedy-probe-by-police
LeadershipThursday July 16, 2015Court Dismisses Case Against KwankwasoA Kano High Court sitting in Gezawa town yesterday ordered the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA) to investigate Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s lawyer, Barrister Okechukwu Eze, over what the court described as “unethical misconduct”. Kwankwaso’s lawyer, Eze, had sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), praying the court to restrain the EFCC from arresting his principal over a petition filed by Kano Concerned Pensioners. However, our correspondent gathered that the former governor denied the suit filed by the lawyer, saying he never asked Eze to file any suit on his behalf.http://leadership.ng/news/447385/court-dismisses-case-against-kwankwaso
ThisDayThursday July 16, 2015Senior Civil Servants Demand N46,000 Minimum WageAgainst the backdrop of worsening hardship facing civil servants, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has demanded N46,000 as minimum wage for workers. The Secretary-General of ASCEN, Basir Lawal, said in Lagos Wednesday that the current N18,000 minimum wage was no longer acceptable.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senior-civil-servants-demand-n46-000-minimum-wage/214700/
ThisDayThursday July 16, 2015Obasanjo Says His Choice of Successor was Not PoorFormer President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has refuted the views by some critics that he may have exercised poor judgement in choosing a successor before he left office. The former president made the statement on Wednesday while giving his opinion about some views of persons who reviewed the book, ‘My Watch’ that he may have subtly alluded to his poor judgement by the way he criticised those who came after him.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obasanjo-says-his-choice-of-successor-was-not-poor/214703/
ThisDayThursday July 16, 2015N’Assembly Crisis: Lawan Group Rejects Sharing C’ttee Chairmanship Posts with PDPThe Senate Unity Forum, a group which supported the aspiration of Senator Ahmad Lawan for the Senate presidency, on Wednesday rejected the attempt to share Senate committee chairmanship posts equally between senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The 2015 Senate Standing Orders had been amended to include Order 3(2iv), which stipulates that committee chairmanship positions shall be distributed on the basis of the six geopolitical zones in the country in contrast with the tradition whereby senators of the opposition party automatically chaired only the Public Accounts and Ethics and Privileges Committees. But rejecting the new rule, the Senate Unity Forum alleged yesterday that the provision was incorporated into the 2015 Senate Standing Orders with the intention of favouring the PDP caucus in the Senate, which it said helped Senator Bukola Saraki to become the Senate President.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/n-assembly-crisis-lawan-group-rejects-sharing-c-ttee-chairmanship-posts-with-pdp/214729/
ThisDayThursday July 16, 2015APC Insists on Probe, Links NNPC to Missing NLNG FundsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of possible complicity in the alleged missing dividends paid to the corporation by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG). The party restated its call on the federal government to ensure a proper probe of NNPC’s management on NLNG payments to the corporation.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-insists-on-probe-links-nnpc-to-missing-nlng-funds/214733/
ThisDayThursday July 16, 2015S&P: Nigeria Can’t Avoid Naira DevaluationStandard & Poor’s (S&P), a global ratings agency, yesterday stated that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would have to devalue the naira at some stage, possibly by more than 15 per cent. S&P however predicted that the currency adjustments were likely going to be gradual. Director of Sovereign Ratings at Standard & Poor's, Ravi Bhatia, was quoted by Reuters to have said: “Another devaluation is inevitable... they will have no option but to devalue.”http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/s-p-nigeria-can-t-avoid-naira-devaluation/214735/
ThisDayThursday July 16, 2015PDP Accuses FG of Plot to Influence Election Tribunalshe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged a plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to use the Director General of Department of State Services (DSS), Lawan Daura, and the agency’s personnel to interfere in some election petitions pending before the tribunals. The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, told journalists on Wednesday that the party had received information that Daura had invited some people handling election cases in Rivers and other states to discuss matters before the tribunal.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-accuses-fg-of-plot-to-influence-election-tribunals/214704/
ThisDayThursday July 16, 2015US Visit: Terrorism, Corruption, Trade Top Buhari’s AgendaPresident Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Sunday for Washington D.C. on a four-day official visit during which he will hold high-level talks with President Barack Obama and other senior officials of the United States government on the war against terrorism, against corruption and improved trade between Nigeria and the United States of America.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/us-visit-terrorism-corruption-trade-top-buhari-s-agenda/214736/
VanguardTuesday July 14, 2015Boko Haram: Buhari didn’t promise to do magic – Babatunde Honourable Kolawole Gabriel Babatunde represents Akoko Southeast and Southwest in the House of Representatives. He is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview, he says for peace to return to the House, the warring factions should shift ground. He also believes the current Boko Haram onslaught will fizzle out with time as President Muhammadu Buhari puts in place measures to confront it even as he says the president did not promise to perform magic to get rid of the terror group.Boko Haram; Buhari; APChttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/boko-haram-buhari-didnt-promise-to-do-magic-babatunde/#sthash.RiOiHZzW.dpuf
VanguardTuesday July 14, 2015Nigerians will be fed up with APC in 1 year — OjougbohDr. Cairo Ojougboh was member, House of Representatives, Senate Liaison Officer to late President Umaru Yar’ Adua and currently National Vice Chairman, South -South of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In this interview, he said for the PDP to get it right after its loss in the last elections the truth must be told. He attributed the loss to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal to adhere to an existing agreement.PDP; APC; Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/nigerians-will-be-fed-up-with-apc-in-1-year-ojougboh/
VanguardTuesday July 14, 2015We “ll strengthen amnesty programme – BuhariPresident Mohammadu Buhari on Monday said that his government will not totally discard the amnesty programme for Niger-Delta region but will build on the good aspects of the Programme. Buhari; Amnesty; Niger Deltahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/we-ll-strengthen-amnesty-programme-buhari/#sthash.7oXlEWIx.dpuf
GuardianTuesday July 14, 2015PDP calls for EFCC probe of Edo’s financesTHE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to institute a probe of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, especially his culpability in the Local Government Account jointly operated with the governor. Oshiomhole yesterday welcomed the call by the state chairman of the PDP, Mr. Dan Orbih, but insisted that the probe should start from 1999.PDP; Edo; EFCChttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/pdp-calls-for-efcc-probe-of-edos-finances-2/
GuardianTuesday July 14, 2015SERAP seeks probe of alleged corruption in N’Delta amnestyTHE Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good offices and leadership to order a thorough investigation into the allegations of corruption and denial of entitlement and allowances in the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme.Amnesty; Niger Deltahttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/serap-seeks-probe-of-alleged-corruption-in-ndelta-amnesty-2/
GuardianTuesday July 14, 2015PDP governments did not tamper with NLNG dividends, says MetuhThe People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) has denied that its successive administrations tampered with the dividends paid to the Federal Government by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) in the last 10 years. According to Metuh, NLNG dividends was paid directly to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and accounted for as part of legitimate government earnings.PDP; NLNGhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/pdp-governments-did-not-tamper-with-nlng-dividends-says-metuh/
GuardianTuesday July 14, 2015Gombe APC crisis festersAll is certainly not well with the Gombe State branch of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the cold war between two factions of the party has degenerated to a level where each of the opposing factions has suspended one another from the party.APC; Gombehttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/gombe-apc-crisis-festers/
GuardianTuesday July 14, 2015Otti alleges pressure to withdraw petitionCANDIDATE of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the last gubernatorial election in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has said he is under tremendous pressure to withdraw the petition he filed challenging the declaration of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent and declared winner of the polls, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.Abia; Election Tribunal; APGA; Ottihttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/otti-alleges-pressure-to-withdraw-petition/
The NationTuesday July 14, 2015Rebuild Armed Forces reputation, Buhari urges new ChiefsPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday urged the newly appointed Service Chiefs to rebuild the reputation of the Armed Forces and the nation. Addressing them shortly after their appointments, Buhari also called on them to show utmost commitment to their new duties.Buhari; SSS; DSS; Armyhttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/rebuild-armed-forces-reputation-buhari-urges-new-chiefs/
The NationTuesday July 14, 2015Buhari approves N160 to $1 rate for Christian Pilgrims’ operationsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved N160 to $1 exchange rate for Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission’s (NCPC) operations. This was disclosed to State House correspondents by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, John Keneddy-Opara, after briefing President Buhari on the Commission’s activities at the State House, Abuja.Buhari; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/buhari-approves-n160-to-1-rate-for-christian-pilgrims-operations/
The NationTuesday July 14, 2015How to remove fuel subsidy – DogaraThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has said the only way to remove the contentious fuel subsidy is by amending or repealing the Price Control Act or the executive proclamation setting up of the Price Control Board. Dogara spoke while receiving the National Executive of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) led by its president Elder Chinedu Okoro, on Monday.Dogara; Fuel Subsidyhttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/how-to-remove-fuel-subsidy-dogara/
The NationTuesday July 14, 2015Okonjo-Iweala withdrew $1bn for Jonathan’s re-election —OshiomholeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has accused the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of illegally taking $1 billion from the federation account to prosecute the re-election bid of former President Goodluck Jonathan.Oshiomole; Okonjo-Iweala; ECAhttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/okonjo-iweala-took-1bn-for-jonathans-re-election-oshiomhole/
The NationTuesday July 14, 2015EFCC probes how BPE paid N1.45b to PDP’s lawyer, othersAnti-graft detectives are probing the alleged N1.45 billion legal and consultancy fees scandal at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) called in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Of the cash, N950 million was paid to one of the lawyers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the liquidation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) when the company had ceased to exist. A N500 million consultancy fee went to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation. The fees were paid contrary to the advice of the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), and BPP.EFCC; BPE; Legal Feeshttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/efcc-probes-how-bpe-paid-n1-45b-to-pdps-lawyer-others/
The NationTuesday July 14, 2015Osun workers end strike, resume work todayOSUN State workers yesterday ended their six-week strike after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government. Labour leaders at the end of the meeting at the Governor’s Office in Osogbo called on civil servants to resume work today.APC; PDP; Osun Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/osun-workers-end-strike-resume-work-today/
The NationTuesday July 14, 2015APC, PDP quarrel over court‘s decision on Rivers council chiefsDid the National Industrial Court (NIC) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, yesterday reinstate the 22 of the 23 local government areas of Rivers State? The All Progressives Congress (APC) said the court held that its earlier order restraining Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike from dissolving the local government areas still subsists. But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said such a verdict did not emanate from the court yesterday in Yenagoa.APC; PDP; Rivers; LG Electionshttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/apc-pdp-quarrel-over-courts-decision-on-rivers-council-chiefs/
ThisDayTuesday July 14, 2015PDP Laments Absence of Policy Thrust in Buhari AdministrationThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern over what it described as apparent lack of any clear-national policy thrust by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. PDP’s worry came just as the National Secretary of Labour Party (LP), Mr. Kayode Ajulo, at the weekend urged President Buhari and APC to emulate United States President Abraham Lincoln in forming a new government that would act as a uniting force to stir the country out of the current insecurity and economic malaise.PDP; APC; Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-laments-absence-of-policy-thrust-in-buhari-administration/214454/
ThisDayTuesday July 14, 2015Cross River State Governor, Ayade Signs Infrastructure Fund Bill into LawCross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, monday, signed the state Infrastructure Fund bill into law. The law empowers the state government to seek for funding for its capital projects such as the governor’s signature projects in its effort to render services to its citizenry. Cross River; Infrastructure Lawhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ayade-signs-infrastructure-fund-bill-into-law/214527/
ThisDayTuesday July 14, 2015Akwa Ibom PDP Chair Berates APC over N2.5bn INEC Bribery ClaimThe Akwa Ibom State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Obong Paul Ekpo, has taken a swipe at the rival All Progressives Congress (APC), over the claim by the latter, that the petition of its gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, is being frustrated by bribe allegedly offered to the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Austin Okojie, by former Governor Godswill Akpabio.Akwa Ibom; APC; Election Tribunalhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akwa-ibom-pdp-chair-berates-apc-over-n2-5bn-inec-bribery-claim/214528/
ThisDayTuesday July 14, 2015APGA Chides FG over Relocation of Boko Haram DetaineesThe National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Victor Ike Oye, has asked the federal government to as a matter of urgency move the 47 Boko Haram inmates recently relocated to Ekwulobia minimum prison in Anambra State to a more secure facility outside the state or take them back to where they were moved from. The party chairman in a statement issued by the National Director of Publicity, Mr. Ifeanacho Oguejiofor, said it would do the federal government a world of good if it could take an immediate action by directing that the prisoners be moved to a more secure place outside Anambra State.Boko Haram; South East; Anambrahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apga-chides-fg-over-relocation-of-boko-haram-detainees/214536/
ThisDayTuesday July 14, 2015APC, PDP Senate Caucuses to Share C’ttee Chairmanship Posts Equallyhere seems to be no end in sight on the crisis of confidence rocking the Senate, as a fresh discovery by THISDAY monday showed that the amended Senate Standing Rules 2015 prescribes equal committee chairmanship positions for each of the six geo-political zones of the country. This provision, which is found in Section 3(iv) of the 2015 Senate Standing Orders, does not exist in 2011 edition used during the seventh Senate. This implies that the zones controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will chair almost the same number of committees in this eighth Senate with those controlled by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).APC; PDP; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-pdp-senate-caucuses-to-share-c-ttee-chairmanship-posts-equally/214545/
VanguardMonday July 13, 2015Our witnesses are afraid to testify against Nyako, son; EFCC tells court The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that two key witnesses it lined up to testify against the former governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako, rtd, who is facing money laundering charge, have died under mysterious circumstances.EFCC; Ohakim; Nyako; Oronsayehttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/our-witnesses-are-afraid-to-testify-against-nyako-son-efcc-tells-court/#sthash.0ZjQYK1I.dpuf
VanguardMonday July 13, 2015I’m not caged, Buhari replies NyiamPresident Muhammadu Buhari declared, yesterday, that he was not caged by any group or individuals and that he was in firm control of the presidency and the country.Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/im-not-caged-buhari-replies-nyiam/#sthash.KhHLS8kN.dpuf
VanguardMonday July 13, 2015PDP engages IRI to x- ray Ekweremadu C’ttee’s reportFORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and chairman of the North-East and North-west team of the Senator. Ike Ekweremadu led post Election Review Committee, Alhaji Suiabu Oyedokun disclosed weekend that as part of moves to have a formidable party, the leadership of PDP has engaged the services of experts from the International Republican Institute,IRI to after the assignment, subject the findings and recommendations of the committee to clinical analysis. PDP; Reconciliation; IRI http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/pdp-engages-iri-to-x-ray-report-of-ekweremadus-ctee/#sthash.a8RNSe45.dpuf
VanguardMonday July 13, 2015Banks face massive decline in public sector cash flow in July Public sector funds inflow to the financial system is expected at about N941 billion this month, a massive N265 billion or 22 per cent decline from the figure of N1.21 trillion actual inflow recorded last month. The development will portend a significant liquidity tightening in the money market signaling increase in interest rates amidst expected rise in yields in government securities.Financial Crisis; Banks; Nigeriahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/banks-face-massive-decline-in-public-sector-cash-flow-in-july/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.CBpP6nrO.dpuf
Daily TrustMonday July 13, 2015Insurgents return to Kukawa, kill 3 soldiers, 7 civilians Suspected Boko Haram fighters on Friday returned to the ancient town of Kukawa in Borno State where they killed three soldiers and seven old men, witnesses and local officials said. The terrorist had on Wednesday, July 1st attacked Kukawa shortly after the breaking of Ramadan fast killing 118 people.Boko Haram; Kukawa; Bornohttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59733-insurgents-return-to-kukawa-kill-3-soldiers-7-civilians
Daily TrustMonday July 13, 2015Maiduguri airport closure politically motivated – Borno gov The closure of Maiduguri International Airport, Maiduguri Borno State for about 18 months was politically motivated, far removed from insecurity concerns, Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shetima, said. The governor made the statement when Medview Air launched commercials flights into Maiduguri airport on Friday. Borno State; Aiporthttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59741-maiduguri-airport-closure-politically-motivated-borno-gov
Daily TrustMonday July 13, 2015Akwa Ibom guber: APC petitions SSS over N2.5bn briberyThe All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom has accused a former governor of the state of bribing an electoral chief to frustrate the party’s petition. The APC alleged that former Governor Godswill Akpabio, now Senator, bribed the INEC Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Austin Okojie, with N2.5 billion to frustrate the party’s petition challenging the election of Udom Emmanuel as governor. In a petition on July 8 addressed to the Director General of the Department of State Security Service and the Inspector General of Police, the APC, through its legal counsel, Victor Iyanam, accused Mr. Okojie of collecting the bribe from the former governor to work against its interest and that of its governorship candidate, Okon Umanah, at the tribunal.Akwa Ibom; APC; Election Tribunalhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59728-akwa-ibom-guber-apc-petitions-sss-over-n2-5bn-bribery
Daily TrustMonday July 13, 2015Wike charges French authorities on Boko HaramRivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the French authorities to continue their support on the fight against Boko Haram, in order to make the nation safer for local and international business activities.Wike; Boko Haramhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59727-wike-charges-french-authorities-on-boko-haram
Daily TrustMonday July 13, 2015NANS recommends E-voting for elections The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has recommended the E-voting system employed in the June 29 student union election conducted at Adeyemi University of Education (AUE), Ondo, following its success for all tertiary institutions in the country. In a 12 page report on the election, NANS Vice President (National Affairs), Ayenuro Timileyin, commended the efforts of the Provost, Prof. Olukoya Ogen and management of the university for introducing the e-voting system.NANS; E-votinghttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59723-nans-recommends-e-voting-for-elections
Daily TrustMonday July 13, 2015Bailout: Unions vow to monitor spending by governorsLabour unions across the 36 states of the federation have vowed to intensify close monitoring of spending by state governors to avoid the profligacy that led to the inability of state governors to pay wages, with some states owing above 10 months salaries.Bailout; NLNG; Federal Governmenthttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59718-bailout-unions-vow-to-monitor-spending-by-governors
Daily TrustMonday July 13, 2015Jigawa to publish list of looted propertyChairman of the Jigawa State Assets Recovery Committee, Retired Air Commodore Abubakar Sadiq, yesterday said he would publish the list of items looted from the state in the past four years. Sadiq stated this in a radio programme monitored in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital. He said his committee was constituted by Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar to trace and recover all property belonging to the state government such as official vehicles, equipment, furniture and fittings among others. Jigawa; Assets Recoveryhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59713-jigawa-to-publish-list-of-looted-property
Daily TrustMonday July 13, 2015N4.2tr projects under threat nationwideUncertainty in the revenue inflow is threatening the execution of N4.2 trillion federal and state capital projects for 2015 fiscal year, Daily Trust findings reveal. Already, the first half of the year has ended without implementation of the capital budgets by the federal and most of the 36 states and Abuja.Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/top-stories/59745-n4-2tr-projects-under-threat-nationwide
LeadershipMonday July 13, 2015Biometric Contract Scam: Maina’s Secretary Sues EFCC Over Detention, Demands N100m DamagesSecretary to former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Miss Anne Igwe Olachi, has dragged the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) before a Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the propriety of her detention and prosecution. In the enforcement of her fundamental human rights suit filed before the court, Olachi is also demanding N100million damages from the EFCC and its chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde.EFCC; PRTTT; Mainahttp://leadership.ng/news/446652/biometric-contract-scam-mainas-secretary-sues-efcc-over-detention-demands-n100m-damages
LeadershipMonday July 13, 2015Maku Instigated Jonathan Against North – Al-MakuraNasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura has said the former minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, is responsible for pitching President Goodluck Jonathan against the North while in office, saying his divisive tendencies along ethnic and religious lines, helped fuel the recurrent crisis in Nasarawa State.Maku; Al-Makura; Jonathanhttp://leadership.ng/news/446658/maku-instigated-jonathan-against-north-al-makura
LeadershipMonday July 13, 2015APC Seeks Probe Of Past NLGN PaymentsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the federal government to urgently unravel what happened to the past Company Income Tax/Education Tax as well as dividends paid to the Nigerian government by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).APC; NLGN; Tax Remittancehttp://leadership.ng/news/446563/apc-seeks-probe-of-past-nlgn-payments
LeadershipMonday July 13, 2015NLC Tasks PMB Over National Confab’s Resolution On SecurityAgainst the backdrop of recurring bombings and killings in the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently consider implementing resolution of the 2014 national conference on security which suggested ways of finding lasting solutions to the security challenges bedeviling the country.NLC; Buhari; Securityhttp://leadership.ng/news/446665/nlc-tasks-pmb-over-national-confabs-resolution-on-security
LeadershipMonday July 13, 2015Nuhu Ribadu May Emerge PDP ChairWeeks after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was defeated in the 2015 general elections, indications have emerged that the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, may emerge its next chairman. LEADERSHIP learnt that the leaders of the PDP are zeroing in on Ribadu because of the public perception that he has integrity to match that of Buhari who is now APC’s leader which could be used as a bargaining edge in successive elections.PDP; Chairmanhttp://leadership.ng/news/446569/nuhu-ribadu-may-emerge-pdp-chair
The NationMonday July 13, 2015ITF begins 2m yearly jobs scheme for youthsNigerian youths are to benefit from two million jobs yearly through the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) skill acquisition and employment creation programme. ITF Director-General Mrs. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko said the agency had finalised the scheme’s structure and that it planned to achieve this by collaborating with the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA)ITF; Job Creationhttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/itf-begins-2m-yearly-jobs-scheme-for-youths/
The NationMonday July 13, 2015Election cases: Vacationing Court of Appeal justices placed on standbyCourt of Appeal (PCA)President Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has directed justices of the court, who are going on vacation to get ready for appeals emanating from election tribunals. She said any of them might be recalled from vacation, scheduled for between July 13 and September 11 to attend to appeals from the election tribunals. The PCA, in a letter to justices of the court, urged them not to hesitate to heed such calls. She hailed them for their support and hard work during the receding legal year.Election Tribunal; Court of Appeal; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/election-cases-vacationing-court-of-appeal-justices-placed-on-standby/
The NationMonday July 13, 2015President orders police to vacate Rivers local govtsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Police and other security agencies to comply with the court’s order sacking local government chairmen in Rivers State until the Court of Appeal rules otherwise.Buhari; LG Elections; Police; Rivers Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/president-orders-police-to-vacate-rivers-local-govts/
The NationMonday July 13, 2015Southeast group asks Ekweremadu to resignIF a Southeast pressure group has its way, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu will quit his position now. The African League Organisation (ALO), which has asked the Deputy Senate President to resign, said any other senator from the zone should replace Ekweremadu, who it alleged has been passive in the past eight years. The group’s call came on a day the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) backed Ekweremadu’s emergence as the Senate’s number two man in the Eighth National Assembly.Ekweremadu; Senate; Policehttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/southeast-group-asks-ekweremadu-to-resign/
The NationMonday July 13, 2015Presidency denies rift between Buhari, TinubuThe Presidency has debunked claims of a bitter rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the leadership crisis in the National Assembly. Describing as “unfortunate” the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President in the Senate with majority APC members, the Presidency said the party’s leaders were working closely with the President to deliver his electoral mandate to Nigerians. According to the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, the challenge before the key leaders of the APC transcends the leadership tussle in the National Assembly as they meet regularly to discuss how best to meet the expectations of Nigerians.Buhari; Tinubu; APChttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/presidency-denies-rift-between-buhari-tinubu/
The NationMonday July 13, 2015Pensioners give Kogi govt seven days ultimatumThe Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has given a seven-day ultimatum to Governor Idris Wada Kogi to withdraw the services of a consultant engaged by the Accountant General (AG) of the state, Ibrahim Idakwo to handle pension payment or face demonstration.Pensioners; Kogi Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/pensioners-give-kogi-govt-seven-days-ultimatum/
The NationMonday July 13, 2015Gunmen kill 15, injure others in RiversRampaging gunmen have killed no fewer than fifteen innocent persons and injured many people at the market in Agbonchia, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State. The three gunmen, who rode motorcycles, on Saturday evening, shot indiscriminately at the people, especially youths at the motorcycles’ washing section of the ever-busy market. Many people scampered for safety, while the unfortunate ones either got killed instantly or were severely injured.Rivers State; Violencehttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/gunmen-kill-15-injure-others-in-rivers/
VanguardFriday July 10, 2015Tribunal grants Maku’s request to inspect election materials The Governorship Election Petition tribunal sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Friday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, to allow Labaran Maku’s counsel to inspect election materials used in the April 11, governorship election in the state. Maku; APGA; Election Tribunalhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/tribunal-grants-makus-request-to-inspect-election-materials/#sthash.EJURslQz.dpuf
PunchFriday July 10, 2015We’ll shun anti-industrial development policies – Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said his administration would shun all anti-development policies in order to create a more conducive atmosphere for entrepreneurs, while also lamenting that Nigeria was at the lowest ebb as far as industrial development was concerned. Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.punchng.com/news/well-shun-anti-industrial-development-policies-buhari/#sthash.gLb1N42d.dpuf
LeadershipFriday July 10, 20152015 Elections: Sen. Alhassan Solicits Women Support At TribunalSen. Aisha Alhassan, the 2015 gubernatorial candidate for the APC in Taraba, has called on Nigerian women to support her toward achieving victory at the tribunal in her governorship race.Taraba; Sen. Alhassan; Election Tribunalhttp://leadership.ng/news/446062/2015-elections-sen-alhassan-solicits-women-support-at-tribunal
LeadershipFriday July 10, 2015Blast In Yola Caused By Military’s Grenade -PoliceThe Police in Adamawa said the blast which occurred in Yola on Thursday was caused by a grenade belonging to the military, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.Boko Haram; Adamawahttp://leadership.ng/news/446075/blast-in-yola-caused-by-militarys-grenade-police
LeadershipFriday July 10, 2015Most States In Nigeria Not Viable – Taraba GovernorThe governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, has stated that the calls for creation of more states in the country is unnecessary and should therefore, be discontinued to give way for the economic development of already existing states.Tarabahttp://leadership.ng/news/445959/most-states-in-nigeria-not-viable-taraba-gov
Daily TrustFriday July 10, 2015A/Ibom governorship: ‘How INEC is frustrating our efforts’Counsel to the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the Akwa Ibom State election Victor Iyanam on Thursday lamented that despite all efforts to ensure that progress is made in the case at the tribunal, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has refused to “cooperate”. The APC candidate Umanah Umanah took the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Emmanuel Udom to the tribunal after he was declared winner of the April 11 governorship election by INEC. Addressing newsmen, he noted that the handover of materials which was supposed to have been done a long time ago was unduly delayed. Akwa Ibom; APC; Election Tribunalhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59662-a-ibom-governorship-how-inec-is-frustrating-our-efforts
Daily TrustFriday July 10, 2015Minority leader: I’m still consulting, says AkpabioFormer governor of Akwa Ibom State Godswill Akpabio yesterday said he is still consulting with his colleagues on whether he should accept the position of Senate Minority Leader.Akpabio; PDP; National Assemblyhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/59598-minority-leader-i-m-still-consulting-says-akpabio
Daily TrustFriday July 10, 2015PDP rules out convention in AugustNational Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday countered the Board of Trustees of the party on holding a national convention to elect the national chairman of the party.PDP; Chairmanhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/59604-pdp-rules-out-convention-in-august
Daily TrustFriday July 10, 2015Reps crisis: Dogara, Gbajabiamila groups to head for polls Reconciliatory efforts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors on the logjam between the House of Representatives speaker, Yakubu Dogara and the Femi Gbajabiamila group on the House leader position may have hit the rocks following refusal of both groups to shift grounds.APC; Dogara; Gbajabiamilahttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/59484-reps-crisis-dogara-gbajabiamila-groups-to-head-for-polls
Daily TrustFriday July 10, 2015FG: We’ll prosecute indicted lootershe Federal Ministry of Justice has said it will prosecute whoever is found wanting by relevant government agencies for looting public funds.Ministry of Justice; Anti-corruptionhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/top-stories/59652-fg-we-ll-prosecute-indicted-looters
The NationFriday July 10, 2015Boko Haram: Southeast traders shut marketsMajor markets in the Southeast were yesterday closed in protest against the presence of Boko Haram detainees in the Ekwulobia prison, Anambra State. Traders planned to stage a mass protest at a well-attended meeting of the South East Amalgamated Traders Association held in Onitsha last Saturday.Boko Haram; South East; Anambrahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/southeast-traders-shut-markets/
The NationFriday July 10, 2015Our role in ‘bailout’ cash, by NLNG chief OmotowaNLNG Managing Director Babs Omotowa, in an exclusive interview with The Nation in Lagos, said the company paid $1.6b as Income Tax and Education Tax to the Federal Government through the FIRS for the 2014 financial year as required by law. He added that the company paid $1.3b last year. Its recent payment has generated a buzz because of the transparency of the Muhamadu Buhari administration, according to Omotowa.Bailout; NLNG; Federal Governmenthttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/our-role-in-bailout-cash-by-nlng-chief-omotowa/
The NationFriday July 10, 2015Buhari rejects N400m carsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has turned down a proposal to buy new cars for his use. He will stick to the vehicles he inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan, The Nation has learnt. The proposal from the Aso Rock bureaucracy is for Buhari to approve the purchase of five customised armoured Mercedes Benz S-600 (V222) cars at about N400 million. It was learnt that President Buhari rejected the proposal on Wednesday when he received briefings from the Permanent Secretary (State House), Mr. Nebolisa Emodi.Buhari; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/buhari-rejects-n400m-cars/
The NationFriday July 10, 2015Boko Haram attacks Yobe townBoko Haram militants attacked Buni Yadi, Yobe State, late on Thursday and it was unclear how the fighting ended, military sources said. There was no information on casualties in the attack that started at around 9pm (2000 GMT), the sources said on Friday.Boko Haram; Yobehttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/boko-haram-attacks-yobe-town-2/
ThisDayFriday July 10, 2015FG Gives 29 Oil Marketers Nod to Import 1.6mmt of Fuel for Q3In a bid to end the fuel shortages across the country, the federal government has approved fuel import allocations for the third quarter of 2015 to 29 oil marketing and trading companies. The 29 marketers include the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which in the last couple of months has struggled to sustain supply.Subsidy; Oil Marketers; FGhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fg-gives-29-oil-marketers-nod-to-import-1-6mmt-of-fuel-for-q3/214211/
ThisDayFriday July 10, 2015Wike, PDP Reject Tribunal's Ruling on Inspection of MaterialsRivers State governor, Nyesom Wike and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have rejected the ruling of the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal refusing to vacate its earlier order to allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) to inspect materials used for the April 11 governorship election in the state.PDP; Election Tribunal; Rivershttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/wike-pdp-reject-tribunals-ruling-on-inspection-of-materials/214201/
ThisDayFriday July 10, 2015Dasuki: Buhari Never Ordered Dismantling of Military CheckpointsThe National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari never ordered the dismantling of all military checkpoints in the country. His statement overrides the statement made by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Ismail Aliyu, who after a security meeting last month, announced that the president had ordered the dismantling of military roadblocks and directed the police to take over internal security.Dasuki; Buhari; Militaryhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dasuki-buhari-never-ordered-dismantling-of-military-checkpoints/214212/
ThisDayFriday July 10, 2015Insurgency Worsens under Buhari, Says EkweremaduDeputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, thursday expressed worry over the frightening spate of insurgency in the country, noting that it was unfortunate that development had attained a worrisome dimension since President Muhammadu Buhari took over power on May 29.Boko Haram; Ekweremaduhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/insurgency-worsens-under-buhari-says-ekweremadu/214208/
ThisDayFriday July 10, 2015Money Laundering: Court Orders Lamido, Sons Remanded in PrisonFormer governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido and his two sons have been ordered to be remanded to prison till September 28. The three accused persons are standing trial at the Federal High Court in Kano on a 28-count charge filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for corruption and money laundering. The presiding judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadime, adjourned the case to September 28 for hearing on the substantive suit.EFCC; Sule Lamido; Anti-corruptionhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/money-laundering-court-orders-lamido-sons-remanded-in-prison/214206/
Daily TrustThursday, July 9, 2015Adamawa: Court dismisses application to extend Ngillari’s tenureA Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an application by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Adamawa State, Umar Ardo, seeking extension of former governor James Ngillari’s tenure.Ngilari; Adamawa Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/59475-adamawa-court-dismisses-application-to-extend-ngillari-s-tenure
Daily TrustThursday, July 9, 2015EFCC detains Oronsaye, charges Nyako, OhakimThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has began a string of arraignments of former state governors and others on charges of corruption and money laundering involving billions of naira. The EFCC yesterday charged former Governor of Adamawa State Murtala Nyako and his son, Abdulaziz and two others in Abuja over alleged misappropriation of state funds. The agency also yesterday charged former governor of Imo state Ikedi Ohakim at a different court in Abuja for allegedly laundering state funds. The former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOS) Steven Oronsaye was also taken into custody for his alleged involvement in over N6 billion biometric pension’s enrolment scam.EFCC; Ohakim; Nyako; Oronsayehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/top-stories/59527-efcc-detains-oronsaye-charges-nyako-ohakim
Daily TrustThursday, July 9, 2015Civil society opposes police stop-and-searchThe Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has rejected the introduction of stop and search by the Inspector General of Police Mr. Solomon Arase. It said the police is indirectly re-introducing avenues for harassment and extortion of innocent Nigerians from the back door. A statement yesterday by its national coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the national media affairs director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, said the decision is hasty, emotive and error prone and should be overturned.IGP; Policehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59485-civil-society-opposes-police-stop-and-search
PunchThursday, July 9, 2015Buhari plans alternative ways of funding road projectsPresident Muhammadu Buhari may seek other ways of funding road projects across the country outside the national budget. This was one of the points of the briefing made by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr. Dauda Kigbu, to the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.Buhari; APC; Nigeriahttp://www.punchng.com/news/buhari-plans-alternative-ways-of-funding-road-projects/
PunchThursday, July 9, 2015APC’s plot to remove Ekweremadu’ll fail —PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday asked the ruling All Progressives Congress to stop chasing shadows and concentrate on governance. It also said the plot by the APC to remove the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, “is an enterprise in futility.”APC; PDP; Ekweremaduhttp://www.punchng.com/news/apcs-plot-to-remove-ekweremadull-fail-pdp/
Premium TimesThursday, July 9, 2015Court sacks Rivers LG chairs elected a week before end of Amaechi’s tenureThe Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, has nullified the May 23 local government elections held in the state, effectively sacking those elected at the elections. Delivering judgment in a case brought by the Peoples Democratic Party, which boycotted the poll, Justice Lambo Akanbi set aside the election conducted by the Prof. Augustine Ahiauzu-led Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission. The Court said the conduct of the election was illegal since it held in disobedience of an injunction.LG Elections 2015; Rivers Statehttp://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/south-south-regional/186371-court-sacks-rivers-lg-chairs-elected-a-week-before-end-of-amaechis-tenure.html
The NationThursday, July 9, 2015Boko Haram offers to swap prisoners with Chibok girlsBoko Haram extremists are offering to free more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped from a boarding school in exchange for the release of militant leaders held by the government, a ‘negotiator’ told The Associated Press. He said Boko Haram’s offer is limited to the girls whose mass abduction in April 2014 ignited worldwide outrage and a campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls” that stretched to the White House.Chibok Girls; Nigeria; Boko Haramhttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/boko-haram-offers-to-swap-prisoners-with-chibok-girls/
The NationThursday, July 9, 2015Federal Government to take care of Chibokgirls’ parentsPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday maintained that the handling of the Chibok girls issue by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was not impressive. He spoke when he received the #Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) camapigners at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where they made numerous demands of the government. Buhari also said it was a matter of right for the government to take care of the escaped girls and parents of the over 200 secondary school girls abducted from Chibok, Borno State on April 14.Chibok Girls; Nigeria; Buharihttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/govt-to-take-care-of-chibokgirls-parents/
The NationThursday, July 9, 201537 teachers died in Zaria blast, says NUTNigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) President Micheal Olukoya yesterday said 37 teachers died in Tuesday’s blast in Sabon-Gari, Zaria, Kaduna State. Olukoya said many other teachers who were victims of the blast are hospitalised in various health centres in the state.Bomb blast; Military; Plateau; Kadunahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/37-teachers-died-in-zaria-blast-says-nut/
The NationThursday, July 9, 2015Military arrests ‘mastermind’ of Jos, Zaria bomb attacksThe Army yesterday said the suspected mastermind of the bomb and gun attacks in Jos, Plateau State and Zaria, Kaduna State, had been arrested.Bomb blast; Military; Plateau; Kadunahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/military-arrests-mastermind-of-jos-zaria-bomb-attacks/
ThisDayThursday, July 9, 2015Speakership Race: Tinubu Turns Back on Tambuwal for Betraying Gbajabiamila A month after the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives was decided, the unofficial position of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has drawn the battle line between himself and Tambuwal.According to online news medium, The Will, Tinubu, who played host to Tambuwal at his Asokro residence in Abuja, a fortnight after the speakership election in which Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila lost to Hon Yakubu Dogara, told Tambuwal that “with what you did to Femi in the House, you have severed the umbilical cord joining you with the South-West.”APC; National Assembly; Tinubu; Tambuwalhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/speakership-race-tinubu-turns-back-on-tambuwal-for-betraying-gbajabiamila/214183/
ThisDayThursday, July 9, 2015Dogara Concedes House Leader's Post, Gbajabiamila Group Rejects ConditionsThe peace initiative being brokered by the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have made some progress by extracting a concession to cede the position of Majority Leader in the House of Representatives to the aggrieved lawmakers loyal to former Minority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. But the concession said to have been offered by Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his group came with a caveat: the nominee for the post of House leader should be from any zone other than the North-east and South-west regions that have already produced the Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.Dogara; Gbajabiamila; APC; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dogara-concedes-house-leaders-post-gbajabiamila-group-rejects-conditions/214175/
ThisDayThursday, July 9, 2015Bailout Not from Savings Made by Jonathan Govt, Presidency Replies PDPThe presidency has described as false, banal and ludicrous the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh, that the funds released to states by President Muhammadu Buhari to enable them pay their workers’ salaries came from savings made by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.Presidency; Bail-out; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bailout-not-from-savings-made-by-jonathan-govt-presidency-replies-pdp/214185/
ThisDayThursday, July 9, 2015Senate Directs CBN to Recover Illegal N30bn Import WaiversSenate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki Wednesday directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ensure the urgent recovery of the N30billion which was the cost of waivers illegally granted to some category of importers. Saraki, while receiving the Governor of CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and other members of the management team of the apex bank who came to brief the Senate on the state of the economy and measures the bank is taking to ensure financial stability in the country, also expressed his support and that of the Senate for the decision of the CBN to exclude importers of some items, particularly agricultural products, from the foreign exchange market.CBN; Senate; Sarakis; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senate-directs-cbn-to-recover-illegal-n30bn-import-waivers/214184/
ThisDayThursday, July 9, 2015Emefiele: Nigeria’s External Reserves Now $31.89 BillionThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, wednesday revealed that the country’s external reserves had risen to $31.89 billion as at July 7, 2015. Emefiele attributed this to strong efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to plug all leakages, as well as the vigilant demand management of the central bank. He said the development was very gratifying. The CBN governor disclosed this in his opening remarks at the briefing of the Senate President and the Leadership of the Senate on the Nigerian economy in Abuja.CBN; Senate; Foreign Reserves; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/emefiele-nigeria-s-external-reserves-now-31-89-billion/214192/
VanguardWednesday July 8, 2015Nass crisis: Why Buhari won’t intervene – Presidency The Presidency, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari would not intervene in the lingering crisis rocking the National Assembly, citing separation of powers as reason for that.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/nass-crisis-why-buhari-wont-intervene-presidency/#sthash.NcR4VjKp.dpuf
New TelegraphWednesday July 8, 2015How National Assembly’ll spend N120bn, by Ndumehttp://newtelegraphonline.com/how-national-assemblyll-spend-n120bn-by-ndume/
GuardianWednesday July 8, 2015Tribunal dismisses Amosun’s objection to PDP petitionOgun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital has dismissed applications seeking to strike out the petition filed before it by the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the last election, Prince Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka and his party against Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s victory in the last electionhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/tribunal-dismisses-amosuns-objection-to-pdp-petition/
The NationWednesday July 8, 2015Bailout funds not from $2.1b in ECA – AGFThe Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, said on Tuesday the bailout funds for states were not deducted from the $2.1 billion in Excess Crude Account. He said the cash was sourced from the accrued Company Income Tax (CIT) realized from the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The fund was put at N359, 374,355, 607.60. He said the funds in Excess Crude Account were intact and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was yet to touch it. The AGF made the clarifications in a statement issued through the Head and Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Kenechukwu N. Offie, against the backdrop of misrepresentation of President Buahri’s gesture.http://thenationonlineng.net/new/bailout-funds-not-from-2-1b-in-eca-agf/
The NationWednesday July 8, 2015Buhari wades into farmers, fulani clashesPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday directed ‎the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to fine-tune strategies towards ending farmers / herdsmen clashes in the country. The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Sunny Echono, spoke with State House correspondents after updating the President on the activities of the Ministry at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to him, the blueprint formulated during Buhari’s tenure as Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) will be considered towards resolving the frequent clashes. The blueprint, according to him, involves the creation of grazing reserves and stock routes.http://thenationonlineng.net/new/buhari-wades-into-farmers-fulani-clashes/
The NationWednesday July 8, 2015Court orders Former Governor of Enugu State, Sen. Nnamani to forfeit assets to Fed GovernmentA Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the forfeiture of multi-billion naira assets allegedly belonging to a former Enugu State Governor, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, to the Federal Government. Among the forfeited assets are undeveloped properties and transmission equipment of Rainbownet Limited; property of Hill Gate Investment Limited/Cuena Phones Limited; assets of Cosmo 105.5FM, and 22 duplexes at Ebeano Estate (now Fidelity Estate). Others are Rainbownet’s shares in Zenith Bank and Guaranty Trust Bank, with a combined account balance of N4.6 million; as well as money in its bank accounts worth about N34.8 million. The balances are in different accounts with GTBank (N313,700); Sterling Bank (N986,958); Ecobank (N24.5 million); First City Monument Bank (N3.8 million) and Zenith Bank (N761,156).http://thenationonlineng.net/new/court-orders-nnamani-to-forfeit-assets-to-fed-govt/
The NationWednesday July 8, 2015Gunmen kill 14 in Plateau villageGunmen have killed 14 people in an attack on Sho village of Barkin Ladi local government of Plateau State, whose capital Jos witnessed suicide bombing on Sundaynight which killed 51 persons. In the Monday night blast in Kano, one critically injured person has died. Another person taken to hospital injured, has been treated and discharged. The gunmen stormed Sho village, Barkin Ladi LGA midnight and killed 14 residents. The attack on Sho village was announced by the member representing Barkin Ladi constituency in the House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Gyendeng.http://thenationonlineng.net/new/gunmen-kill-14-in-plateau-village/
The NationWednesday July 8, 2015Kaduna bans beggars, hawkers for security measure‎sKaduna State Government has commended the people of the state for promptly embracing the crucial necessity of watchful vigilance and attention to security.‎ This was as the government announced further measures to enhance public security in the state. It said: “All beggars and hawkers are to stay off the streets until further notice. Any beggar or hawker found on the streets will be arrested, until these measures are relaxed.”http://thenationonlineng.net/new/kaduna-bans-beggars-hawkers-for-security-measure%E2%80%8Es/
PunchWednesday July 8, 2015Bailout: Workers, others warn governors against wasteful spendingWorkers from across the country have welcomed the news of the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari of a special bailout package for the three tiers of government to settle outstanding salary obligations. However, the workers and other analysts have warned government officials, especially state governors, against spending the money on frivolous things instead of paying civil servants and public service employees.http://www.punchng.com/news/bailout-workers-others-warn-govs-against-wasteful-spending/
PunchWednesday July 8, 2015Nyanya bombing: Court dismisses Ogwueche’s rights enforcement suitA Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by an alleged mastermind of the ‎April 14, 2014 bomb blast in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, Aminu Ogwueche. Ogwueche was through the suit filed on October 16, 2014, asking the court to order his release from the custody of the Department of State Service and award N600m as damages in his favour for being kept in detention since his arrest in July 2014 without arraignment before any court. Justice Adeniyi Ademola in his judgment held that the suit lacked merit as the applicant’s detention by the DSS since July 15, 2014 in order to complete its investigations was backed by court orders.http://www.punchng.com/news/nyanya-bombing-court-dismisses-ogwueches-rights-enforcement-suit/
PunchWednesday July 8, 2015Suicide bombers kill three in BornoTwo suspected female suicide bombers detonated explosives at Sabon Gari Market in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, killing three persons. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Aderemi Opadokun, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri. Opadokun said that five other persons were also injured in the incident, which occurred at about 11am He said the explosives were strapped to their bodies.http://www.punchng.com/news/suicide-bombers-kill-three-in-borno/
PunchWednesday July 8, 2015EFCC arrests Sule Lamido, two sonsThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, for alleged money laundering-related offences. Investigations revealed that operatives of the anti-graft agency picked up the former governor and his two sons, Mustapha and Aminu in Abuja.http://www.punchng.com/news/efcc-arrests-sule-lamido-two-sons/
PunchWednesday July 8, 2015Investors shun Nigerian bonds over cabinet delayThe continued delay by President Muhammadu Buhari to form a new cabinet has made foreign investors to shun Nigerian bonds. According to Bloomberg, Nigeria has attractive bond yields and a fast-growing economy with a young population but investors see the absence of a functioning government as a missing ingredient.http://www.punchng.com/business/money/investors-shun-nigerian-bonds-over-cabinet-delay/
ThisDayWednesday July 8, 2015NCC Moves to Fine-tune Framework for Lawful Interception of Communications Regulation, EquipmentThe Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Eugene Juwah, on Tuesday, said that the commission is at the conclusive lap of fine-tuning the framework for the Lawful Interceptions (LI), of all forms of communications regulations and licensing regulations in the telecommunication industry. He said, the commission is putting legal and regulatory framework in place to give law enforcement agencies, the authority to intercept communications legally. This according to him, is meant to protect the rights of citizens.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ncc-moves-to-fine-tune-framework-for-lawful-interception-of-communications-regulation-equipment/214156/
ThisDayWednesday July 8, 2015FG Declares War on Cattle Rustlers, Bandits in the North West/CentralThe Federal Government has ordered military led onslaught against the Cattle Rustlers and bandits causing havoc in some parts of the northern part of the country. This is the outcome of the closed-door meeting between the eight Governors of North Western and North Central states, Security Chiefs and other Federal Government representatives yesterday at the Ministry of Defence, Abuja.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fg-declares-war-on-cattle-rustlers-bandits-in-the-north-west-central/214149/
ThisDayWednesday July 8, 2015Bayelsa Governorship: Sylva May Not Contest - GroupThe Bayelsa Peoples Consultative Assembly (BPSA) a group of political leaders from Bayelsa state tuesday said that former Bayelsa State Governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Timipre Sylva, has specifically told them that he is not contesting the governorship election coming up later in the year.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bayelsa-governorship-sylva-may-not-contest-group/214143/
ThisDayWednesday July 8, 2015Lalong Signs 2015 Budget in to LawGovernor of Plateau state, Mr Simon Lalong, tuesday asked workers in the state to be patient with his administration over the challenge posed by backlog of salaries owed the workers, adding that he was making effort to get round it. Speaking during a swearing -in ceremony of a new Head of Service for the state, Mrs. Huldah Fwangchi, which held at the Rayfıeld Government House in Jos yesterday, Lalong said that the payment of salaries, which his government has begun, will be sustained as promised.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/lalong-signs-2015-budget-in-to-law/214163/
ThisDayWednesday July 8, 2015N413.7b NLNG Fund: N2.1b Allocation to Ekiti Not Bailout, Fayose Replies FGEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has replied that the N2.1 billion accruable to Ekiti State from the N413.7 billion ($2.1bn) from Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), was a legitimate earning to the state and not bailout from the Federal Government as being erroneously claimed. Fayose said the N2.1 billion the amount was part of the statutory earning due for Ekiti as a federating units in the country.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/n413-7b-nlng-fund-n2-1b-allocation-to-ekiti-not-bailout-fayose-replies-fg/214161/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
VanguardTuesday July 7, 2015Ondo govt. cautions FG over sack of SURE-P Health workersOndo State Government has cautioned the Federal Government to re-consider laying off thousands of health workers engaged under the SURE-P Midwives Scheme noting that this would cause a setback for the gains recorded on maternal and child survival in the last few years.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/ondo-govt-fg-over-sack-sure-p/#sthash.6AXLsNGy.dpuf
VanguardTuesday July 7, 2015APC Crisis: Oyegun’s exit isn’t a solution — Sen AlimikhenaSenator Francis Alimikhena, APC, Edo North is the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate and a retired military officer. In this interview with Vanguard, Senator Alimikhena, who is in his first term in the Senate and the only APC senator from the South-South, speaks on topical issues affecting the Senate and his party APC; Oyegun; National Assemblyhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/apc-crisis-oyeguns-exit-isnt-a-solution-sen-alimikhena/#sthash.zy02DZSo.dpuf
VanguardTuesday July 7, 2015Impeachment: Mass rally against Aregbesola slated for todaySCORES of Osun State citizens were yesterday said to be warming up towards participating in today’s rally in support of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s impeachment, according to the organisers, Civil Societies’ Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State, CSCEO. According to the group at a press briefing held in Osogbo yesterday, over 20 civil and faith based societies who are members of CSCEO are already mobilising their members towards the mass rally. The group’s Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman Alimi, gave the names of association ready for the rally as The Voices, KIMPACT, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, Grassroot Democratic Network, Christian Initiative for Nation Building, Christian Leadership Mobilisation and Better Future Initiative.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/impeachment-mass-rally-against-aregbesola-slated-for-today/
GuardianTuesday July 7, 2015FG dragged to court over relocation of B’Haram suspectsTHE Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRAN) has dragged the Federal Government to court, seeking immediate relocation of the 47 suspected Boko Haram members allegedly transferred to Anambra State recently.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/govt-dragged-to-court-over-relocation-of-bharam-suspects/
GuardianTuesday July 7, 2015Emir of Kano, Sanusi condemns girl-child marriageFORCEFUL marriage of the girl-child and the exposure of youths to information technology through the social media are the major reasons the youths get enlisted in terrorism and similar social vices, according to the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. Speaking in Kaduna at the weekend during the 10th Annual Ramadan Lecture organised by the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), he noted that a product of girl-child marriage does not enjoy any parental care and so quickly finds interest in insurgencies at youthful age.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/07/sanusi-condemns-girl-child-marriage/
The NationTuesday July 7, 2015Parties disagree on INEC’s refusal to allow inspection of Rivers election materialsTHE All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Rivers State governorship candidate in the last general elections, Dakuku Peterside, yesterday disagreed with Governor Nyesom Wike, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the propriety of the commission’s refusal to allow the inspection of the electoral materials used in the election. The Election Petitions Tribunal, on June 11, following an ex-parte application by APC and Peterside, who are challenging Wike’s election, ordered INEC to allow the petitioners to inspect the elections materials to prove their case. But INEC has refused to obey the order till date.INEC: Rivers 2015; Nigeria 2015http://thenationonlineng.net/new/parties-disagree-on-inecs-refusal-to-allow-inspection-of-rivers-election-materials/
The NationTuesday July 7, 2015El-Rufai abolishes state/local govt joint accountKaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday abolished the state/local government joint account. He said his government would remit 10 per cent of its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to local government councils. http://thenationonlineng.net/new/el-rufai-abolishes-statelocal-govt-joint-account/
ThisDayTuesday July 7, 2015Women’s Groups Defend Appointment of Zakari as INEC BossAbout 10 different women non-governmental organisations have endorsed the appointment of Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari as the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). A statement jointly signed by Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI), Women Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA), 100 Women Lobby Group, Equity Advocates, National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN) and Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF), the groups said the appointment was in line with the national gender policyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/women-s-groups-defend-appointment-of-zakari-as-inec-boss/214074/
ThisDayTuesday July 7, 2015PDP Vows to Resist Intimidation at Governorship Election TribunalsThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will resist any attempt to rig it out of the states it won in the last general election using the governorship election tribunals. The National Vice-Chairman of the party in the South-south geopolitical zone, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh spoke monday at the South-south secretariat of the party in Port Harcourt when a committee of the PDP headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi was at the secretariat to receive memorandum on how the party can rebound ahead of 2019 generations elections.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-vows-to-resist-intimidation-at-governorship-election-tribunals/214075/
ThisDayTuesday July 7, 2015Alleged Forgery: PDP Govs, Ohanaeze Rally Round EkweremaduThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum and the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, have condemned the police harassment of the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu under the guise of investigating the alteration of the Senate’s standing rules.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/alleged-forgery-pdp-govs-ohanaeze-rally-round-ekweremadu/214094/
ThisDayTuesday July 7, 2015Crude Oil Prices Record Highest Drop in Three MonthsAs the federal, state and local governments in Nigeria prepare to completely decimate the Excess Crude Account (ECA), Greece’s rejection of bailout terms and China’s emergency measures to support its stock markets sent shocks to the global oil markets as the price of crude oil yesterday recorded a five per cent drop, being its worst loss since it dropped by seven per cent on April 8.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/crude-oil-prices-record-highest-drop-in-three-months/214093/
ThisDayTuesday July 7, 2015Buhari Okays N413.7bn Bailout for FG, StatesIn his resolve to end the lingering crisis of unpaid workers’ salaries in the country, especially in several states of the federation, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a comprehensive relief package designed to salvage the situation. In addition to the direct cash bailout, the three tiers of government will be sharing $1.7 billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA), effectively emptying the account meant to shield the economy from exogenous shocks.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-okays-n413-7bn-bailout-for-fg-states/214095/
ThisDayTuesday July 7, 2015Suspected Militants Abduct Pupil in CalabarSuspected Militants Abduct Pupil in Calabarhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/suspected-militants-abduct-pupil-in-calabar/214073/
LeadershipTuesday July 7, 2015‘Wike Not Serious About Probing Amaechi’A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, and a socio-political pressure group, the Rivers Leadership Advancement Foundation (RIVLEAF), have said that Rivers State governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, is not serious about his probe of the administration of former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Both the APC chieftain and RIVLEAF said that to prove that he is serious about the probe, Wike should extend the investigation of the immediate past administration in the state to 2007 when he served as the chief of staff, Government House.http://leadership.ng/news/445221/wike-not-serious-about-probing-amaechi
LeadershipTuesday July 7, 2015INEC: Zakari Reconstitutes 14 Standing CommitteesThe acting chairperson of the Independent National Commission (INEC), Amina Bala Zakari, has approved the re-constitution of 14 Standing Committees of the electoral commission. She however will serve as chairman of three committees namely Information Technology and Voter Registry, Finance and General Purpose Committee, and Security Committee. According to a bulletin by INEC, the reconstitution was contained in a memo issued and signed by the secretary to the commission, Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu. The committees are expected to commence operation from July 1, 2015.http://leadership.ng/news/445233/inec-zakari-reconstitutes-14-standing-committees
LeadershipTuesday July 7, 2015Police Intensify Security At Worship CentresFollowing the recent spate of terrorists attacks at churches and mosques in parts of the North-East, the inspector general of police, IGP Solomon Arase has directed all state command commissioners of police to strengthen security at worship centres within their domains.The police deputy public relations officer, CSP Abayomi Shogunle made this known yesterday in a statement in which he said the IGP had also ordered adequate security at venues where Muslims break their fast in the evening.http://leadership.ng/news/445252/police-intensify-security-at-worship-centres
LeadershipTuesday July 7, 2015Nigeria Has 3rd Highest IDPs After Syria, Iraq – NHRCThe chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, has disclosed that with about one million people displaced from their homes, Nigeria harbours the third highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world, behind war-torn Syria and Iraq. He stated this yesterday at a national conference organised by the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), the MDGs Office and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) with the theme, ‘Good Governance Beyond 2015: Setting Agenda for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Era of Change.’Jonathan; Buhari; Boko Haram; Armyhttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/jonathan-seeks-support-for-buhari-on-boko-haram/
The NationMonday July 6, 2015Jonathan seeks support for Buhari on Boko HaramFormer President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday appealed to Nigerians to support the current administration in its drive to contain extremist sect Boko Haram. Jonathan who was reacting to the reported killings of some Nigerians by the terrorist group, noted that the war on terror must be collective. In a message posted on his Facebook account, Jonathan said: “The death of any Nigerian at the hands of terrorists is a sad reminder that the war on terror is a task for all Nigerians not just the armed forces. “I urge all Nigerians to continue to pray for peace in Nigeria and to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the government does its best to bring an end to these acts of terror and secure all Nigerians. May God bless Nigeria.”Jonathan; Buhari; Boko Haram; Armyhttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/jonathan-seeks-support-for-buhari-on-boko-haram/
The NationMonday July 6, 2015CAN protests Boko Haram suspects’ relocation to AnambraThe Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anambra State Chapter, on Monday protested the relocation of Boko Haram inmates to Ekwulobia prisons in the state by the Federal Government. They said that situation has created panic in the state, while the residents have started relocating to other communities for safety. The protesting CAN members included the Archbishop of the Diocese on the Niger and Dean Anglican Communion, Most Rev Christian Efobi, Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, Anglican Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Alex Ibezim, Bishop of the Niger West, Most Rev Johnson Ekwe and Bishop Samuel Ezeofor of Ogbaru Diocese, among others.CAN; Anambra; Boko Haramhttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/can-protests-boko-haram-suspects-relocation-to-anambra/
The NationMonday July 6, 2015I’ll not abandon Suntai, says IshakuTaraba State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku Monday, said he will not abandon his predecessor, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, who has been recuperating from the multiple injuries he suffered in a plane crash in 2012. Ishaku spoke in a release signed by former Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Emmanuel Bello, while reacting to social media reports that he (Ishaku) has “forsaken Suntai, leaving him to rot away in a desolate place.” According to the said reports, which have gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Suntai is said to have even suffered a stroke recently, with no one around to help him out. And that Governor Bindow of neighbouring Adamawa State had to pick Suntai’s bill by flying him out of the country” Ishaku said the story is not true but a mischief.Suntai; Ishaku; Tarabahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/ill-not-abandon-suntai-says-ishaku/
The NationMonday July 6, 2015APC, Dickson trade words on party crisisThe All Progressive Congress (APC), Bayelsa State chapter, has accused the state Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, of hiring a former state Security Adviser, Chief Richard Kpodo, to create crisis in the party. The APC in a statement signed by its state Chairman, Chief Tiwe Oruminighe, insisted that Kpodo, who was expelled from the party was being used by the governor to destabilize APC ahead of the 2016 governorship election. But Dickson dismissed the allegation and advised the APC to deal with its self-inflicted problems instead of trading blames.APC; Bayelsa State; Dicksonhttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/apc-dickson-trade-words-on-party-crisis/
The NationMonday July 6, 2015Go after Boko Haram, ACF tells security agenciesThe Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has described the Boko Haram group as mere cultists and not Muslim Jihadists as they make Nigerians believe. It called on the military to translate President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts so far made to end insurgency into action by going after the terrorists. ACF in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim in Kaduna yesterday said, Boko Haram’s renewed direct attack on the people in the Monguno, Kukawa, Maiduguri and many villages in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states is cruel, barbaric and condemnable especially in the holy month of Ramadan.APC; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/go-after-boko-haram-acf-tells-security/
Daily TrustMonday July 6, 201520 in race to succeed Mu’azu as PDP chairAbout 20 top members of the Peoples Democratic Party are warming up to contest for the national chairmanship of the party in August. Our correspondents learnt that most of those that showed interest in the position when it became vacant in 2014 following the sack of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur are currently warming up to test their popularity as the North-East still retains the seat in the PDP zoning formula. They include former minister of transport, Abdullahi Idris Umar; former minister of state for power, Mohammed Wakil; national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement, (PDM) Senator Abubakar Mahdi; former adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on politics, Prof. Rufai Alkali. Our correspondent learnt that former minister of the federal Capital Territory, Bala Muhammad; former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission; Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as well as former presidential adviser Ahmed Ali Gulak and former PDP vice chairman, Paul Wampana are also interested in vying for the position.PDP; Chairmanhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/59139-20-in-race-to-succeed-mu-azu-as-pdp-chair
Daily TrustMonday July 6, 2015Five injured, as youths protest in Kaduna appointment of council chairFive people are reported injured as Gbagyi youth blocked the ‎major roads leading to Chikun local government area of Kaduna State in protest against the appointment of Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza as interim chairman of the local government. Daily Trust also gathered that no fewer than six vehicles were also damaged allegedly by men of the Operation Yaki who were said to be working under instructions "from the above."Chikun LGA; Kadunahttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59151-five-injured-as-youths-protest-in-kaduna-appointment-of-council-chair
Daily TrustMonday July 6, 2015Bauchi gov appoints SSG, othersGovernor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman as Secretary to the State Government. Alhaji Ahmed, a seasoned technocrat, has served in the same capacity in the late 1990s. He is also the immediate past chairman of the state Local Government Service Commission. A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Political Affairs, Hashimu Yakubu on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government, said the governor approved the appointment of Architect Audu Sule Katagum, as Chief of Staff; Alhaji Umar Abubakar Tafawa Balewa as Deputy Chief of Staff; Alhaji Bello Shehu Ilelah, Special Adviser, Civil Service; Alhaji Tahir Ibrahim Tahir Talba, as Senior Special Assistant, Scheduling; Alhaji Umar Bala Sufi, Senior Special Assistant, Special Duties; Hajiya Aisha Ahmed Borodo, Senior Special Assistant to Governor’s wife, Hajiya Zainab Mohammed, while Alhaji Mansur Manu Soro was appointed Personal Assistant, Development Partners and NGOs. According to the statement, all the appointments are with immediate effect.Bauchihttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59099-bauchi-gov-appoints-ssg-others
ThisDay Monday July 6, 2015FRC: Abuse of FRA Act Responsible for Fiscal CrisisThe Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has said the current fiscal challenges being experience by all tiers of government in the wake of the dwindling crude oil price had been caused by flagrant disregard for relevant sections of the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA), 2007. The commission also argued that government's continued tardiness in taking a position on whether to keep or scrap the FRC was having negative impact regarding accruals to the treasury as public companies and agencies have since been reluctant to remit appropriate surpluses into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).FRC; ECA; Fiscal Crisis; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/frc-abuse-of-fra-act-responsible-for-fiscal-crisis/213991/
ThisDay Monday July 6, 2015Yero Didn’t Leave N8.6 Billion, Says Kaduna Govt.The Kaduna State Government on Sunday declared that contrary to claims by the immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero that he left N8.6 billion in cash in the government coffers, only N228.3 million was found in the treasury. Addressing journalists at the Government House, Kaduna on Sunday, the Special Assistant to El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said although the former governor claimed that he was leaving N8.6 billion cash, he disclosed that the real amount that was left in government coffers for spending was N228.3 million. Yero had while presenting his handover notes to Governor El-Rufai on May 28, 2015, said he left a balance of N8.6 billion in the state treasury with a cumulative debt profile of N73 billion as at May 21, 2015. However, Aruwan said the N8.6 billion the former governor was said to have left was not spendable.Yero; El-Rufai; Kaduna; Treasurhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yero-didn-t-leave-n8-6-billion-says-kaduna-govt-/214034/
ThisDay Monday July 6, 2015Supreme Court Upholds Cancellation of Benue Assembly SeatThe Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the Otukpa Constituency seat from the Benue State House of Assembly. The court’s decision finally laid to rest the move by a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who is now a leader in the All Progressives Congress (APC), and some other leaders of his Otukpo community in Benue State, to get the constituency restored. Although the community lost the case on technical grounds, the Supreme Court advised INEC not to ignore the people’s complaint. The court nullified the judgments of the two lower courts which had ordered INEC to restore the constituency.Otukpo; Benue; House of Assembly; Supreme Courthttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/supreme-court-upholds-cancellation-of-benue-assembly-seat/214032/
ThisDay Monday July 6, 2015APC Group Defends Akande, Says He Spoke Like a Sincere LeaderThe Action Group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has risen in stout defence of the former Interim Chairman of the ruling party, Chief Bisi Akande, saying his recent utterances on the crisis bedeviling the party at the National Assembly were those of a sincere leader. The group, through a statement by its spokesperson, Segun Dipe, said the ramrod qualities of Akande qualify him to see when things are skewed towards failure and was right to have called the people involved to order.APC; Akande; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-group-defends-akande-says-he-spoke-like-a-sincere-leader/214033/
VanguardMonday July 6, 2015Suspected cattle thieves kill 37 in Nigeria villageGunmen suspected to be cattle thieves killed at least 37 people in a village in northern Nigeria’s Zamfara state, a local government official said Monday. “The gunmen killed 37 people in the attack on Cigama village shortly after they attacked Kokeya village where they killed two people,” Muhammad Bala Gusami told AFP after Saturday’s violence.Fulani-Herdsman Clash; Zamfara State; Nigeriahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/suspected-cattle-thieves-kill-37-in-nigeria-village/#sthash.HRguY88n.dpuf
VanguardMonday July 6, 2015I’ve no Northern agenda – BuhariFollowing criticisms that trailed the appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari which many argued were lopsided in favour of the north, the president, yesterday, dismissed insinuations that he was implementing a northern agenda in his appointments. It will be recalled that President Buhari since taking over the reins of power on May 29 has, so far, made 11 appointments, out of which only one came from the South West. Although some people considered the appointments to be “unserious positions”, many Nigerians condemned its alleged lopsidedness, saying they were signs of what to expect from the Buhari presidency.APC; Buhari; National Assemblyhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/ive-no-northern-agenda-buhari/
PunchMonday July 6, 2015Obey party’s directive, Gbajabiamila tells DogaraHope for resolving the leadership tussle in the House of Representatives dimmed on Sunday as a one-on-one meeting between the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and a former Minority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, failed to make a headway. Findings showed that the two sides had met in Abuja ahead of another intervention meeting on the crisis by a committee of three set up by the governors of the All Progressives Congress.APC; Dogara; Gbajabiamilahttp://www.punchng.com/news/obey-partys-directive-gbajabiamila-tells-dogara/
PunchMonday July 6, 2015Police to quiz Ekweremadu over ‘forged’ Senate rulesThe Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday said the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, had summoned the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over alleged forgery of the Senate Rules on election of its principal officers. The PDP said Ekweremadu is expected to appear before a team of investigators at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Monday (today). It said the letter inviting the deputy senate president was dated July 1, 2015 and was signed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of criminal investigation at the FHQ. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said this at a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday. The Force Headquarters has however said that he did not single out Ekweremadu for investigation.Ekweremadu; Senate; Policehttp://www.punchng.com/news/police-to-quiz-ekweremadu-over-forged-senate-rules/
PunchMonday July 6, 2015Plateau dissolves local councilsGovernor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, on Monday, dissolved the 17 Local Government Councils in the state. A statement issued in Jos by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Rufus Bature, said the dissolution was in exercise of the powers conferred on the governor by the Constitution. It directed the local council chairmen, councilors and other political appointees to handover all government property in their care to Directors of Personnel Management in the councils.Local Council; Lalong; Plateauhttp://www.punchng.com/news/plateau-dissolves-local-councils/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
PunchFriday July 3, 2015Rivers CP orders withdrawal of policemen attached to politiciansThe Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Ezike, on Thursday ordered the immediate withdrawal of policemen attached to politicians and other individuals. Ezike specifically warned policemen attached to politicians without any authorisation from the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to shun such deployment.Police; Rivers Statehttp://www.punchng.com/news/rivers-cp-orders-withdrawal-of-policemen-attached-to-politicians-2/
LeadershipFriday July 3, 2015El-Rufai To Sue Union Newspapers Over N90 Bn Asset StoryGov. Nasiru El-Rufai, on Thursday, said he would institute legal action against The Union newspapers over a story in which it claimed the governor declared N90 billion as his asset. A statement by the governor’s media aide, Mr Samuel Aruwan in Kaduna, described the report as the work of “irresponsible hacks.” “Malam Nasir El-Rufai is dismayed by the blatant falsehood being practiced as journalism by The Union newspapers. He has consequently directed his legal team to vigorously enforce his rights to protect his reputation from the vandalism of irresponsible hacks. The Union chose to write a spurious story alleging N90b as his assets declaration without seeing the declaration made by Malam El Rufai.” The statement said the governor would not succumb to any form of blackmail and would pursue the matter in order to protect his integrity.El-Rufai; Asset Declaration; Kaduna Statehttp://leadership.ng/news/444328/el-rufai-to-sue-union-newspapers-over-n90-bn-asset-story
VanguardFriday July 3, 2015APC crisis: Oyegun replies Akande, othersChief John Odigie-Oyegun yesterday dismissed reports that he was compromised in his management of the party saying such persons were themselves without conscience and that they would soon eat their own words. The chairman who spoke while receiving a delegation of South-South/ Southeast Professionals made his comments in apparent response to the assertions against his management of the party by his predecessor, Chief Bisi Akande. Akande had in a letter on Monday lambasted the party’s national leadership, saying that it lacked the capability to resolve the quagmire raging crisis. But in what appears like a reaction, Odigie-Oyegun while recalling his years in civil service and private business said no amount of monetary inducement would make him to compromise his hard earned reputation. The chairman, however, said he was not losing sleep as a result of the allegations and indictment against him.APC; Nigeriahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/apc-crisis-oyegun-replies-akande-others/
VanguardFriday July 3, 20152015 elections free of violence —Rivers INEC bossivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dame Gecila Khan, has reiterated her stand that the last general elections in the state were devoid of violence. Khan, at her office on Aba Road, Port Harcourt, shortly after she bagged three merit awards from three different organisations, said that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, thoroughly sensitised youths of the state against electoral violence before the elections. She regretted that some persons who were aware of this still went out manufacturing stories to discredit the successful conduct of the elections in the state by INEC.INEC: Rivers 2015; Nigeria 2015http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/2015-elections-free-of-violence-rivers-inec-boss/
Daily TrustFriday July 3, 2015BBOG marches to presidency July 8 - EzekwesiliFormer education minister and campaigner #BringBackOurGirls movement, Oby Ezekwesili yesterday said the group shall march to presidency on the 8th of July to enquire about what it is doing to bring back the 219 Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents over 444 days ago. Ezekwesili said the group was determined to ensure that the girls were brought back. She reminded the presidency that it was accountable for the kidnapped girls.BBOG; Buhari; Abujahttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/58993-bbog-marches-to-presidency-july-8-ezekwesili
Daily TrustFriday July 3, 2015We will assist Nigeria rescue Chibok girls – USThe government of the United States of America (USA) has said it has not forgotten the abducted Chibok school girls and would assist the Nigerian government in rescuing them from Boko Haram terrorists. The Commander United States Africa Command (USAAFRICOM) General David Rodriguez and assistant secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S Department of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield made this known in a joint online press conference on Wednesday.Chibok Girls; Nigeria; UShttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/58995-we-will-assist-nigeria-rescue-chibok-girls-us
Daily TrustFriday July 3, 2015FG running after money everywhere – OsinbajoVice President Yemi Osinbajo said the federal government has very little money and is “running after” all the money everywhere to serve Nigerians. Osinbajo’s spokesperson Laolu Akande quoted his boss as saying this yesterday while addressing internally displaced persons at the NYSC camp and terrorism patients at the Federal Medical Centre, both in Yola, Adamawa State. The vice president told the IDPs that President Muhammadu Buhari wanted them and all victims of terrorism to be hopeful as there would be restoration. Osinbajo; Nigeriahttp://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/59018-fg-running-after-money-everywhere-osinbajo
The NationFriday July 3, 2015Why ministers’ list is being delayed, by APCTHE delay in appointing ministers and other key Federal Government’s officials will soon be over, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed assured yesterday. He claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was being cautious in appointing ministers because he wanted to carry along all forces and groups that ensured victory for APC at the polls.Buhari; APC; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/why-ministers-list-is-being-delayed-by-apc-2/
The NationFriday July 3, 2015Buhari to Saraki, Dogara: I am for party supremacyPresident Muhammadu Buhari will tell Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara today that they should respect party supremacy in the choice of principal officers of the National Assembly, it was learnt last night. Buhari will attend today's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of his party - the All Progressives Congress (APC) - the first since it won the presidential election and the breakout of the crisis over the National Assembly's principal officers' electionAPC; National Assembly; Buharihttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/buhari-to-saraki-dogara-im-for-party-supremacy/
ThisDay Friday July 3, 2015Zakari Pledges to Address INEC's ShortcomingsThe newly-appointed acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ambassador Amina Bala Zakari, has said she would strive to improve on noticeable mistakes the commission made during the last elections. In her speech shortly after assuming office, Zakari said she accepts her appointment with humility and with dedication to serve.Zakari; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/zakari-pledges-to-address-inec-s-shortcomings/213754/
ThisDay Friday July 3, 2015Dogara: I was Never Invited to a Meeting with BuhariContrary to reports that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, was invited to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night, the Speaker has denied knowledge of such meeting. There had been reports that Buhari would hold a meeting with Dogara and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who was the choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership for the speakership position, as part of efforts to douse the crises currently surrounding the election of the House leadership. But the Dogara in a statement signed his Special Adviser Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Adamu Hassan, said he was not invited to any meeting.Dogara; Buhari; APC; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dogara-i-was-never-invited-to-a-meeting-with-buhari/213755/
PunchFriday July 3, 2015APC set for stormy NEC meeting todayThe APC NEC is scheduled to meet on Friday (today). Analysts said on Thursday that the outcome of the meeting of today would either launch the ruling party on the path of recovery or mar it. The party's NEC is made up of President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; the partyÕs national leader, Ahmed Tinubu; the party's 22 state governors and other leaders of the party.APC; Nigeriahttp://www.punchng.com/news/apc-set-for-stormy-nec-meeting-today/
PunchFriday July 3, 201513 parties hail new INEC boss appointment, slam PDPthe Coalition of Progressive Political Parties, the umbrella organisation for 13 registered political parties in Nigeria, has condemned what it calls Òthe dangerous, irresponsible and inciting statement issued by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on the appointment of Zakari. Her appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari had drawn opprobrium from Chief Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP. In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday and signed by the Chairman of the Coalition and National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Movement, Mallam Bashir Ibrahim, the COP3 decried what it described as Òthe dangerous precedent, whereby a political party is trying to decide for the country who becomes the INEC chairman.Zakari; PDP; INEChttp://www.punchng.com/news/13-parties-hail-new-inec-boss-appointment-slam-pdp/
PunchFriday July 3, 2015Buhari sacks DG DSS, service chiefs may goPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sacked the Director General of the Department of State Service, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong. The Director of Communications in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Haruna Imrana, announced the appointment of Mr. Lawal Musa Daura as the Acting DG of the DSS. The terse statement was issued by Imrana on behalf of the Head of Service, Mr. Danladi Kifasi.Buhari; SSS; DSS; Armyhttp://www.punchng.com/news/buhari-sacks-dg-dss-service-chiefs-may-go/
PunchFriday July 3, 2015Osun: APC, PDP disagree over unpaid salariesThe All Progressives Congress has said the alleged looting of the nationÕs treasury by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan was responsible for the inability of some states to pay their workers. The Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the APC in Osun State, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said this in a statement on Wednesday. The ruling party described the PDP administration as the worst in terms of corruption in Africa, saying the ÒPDPÕs record of treasury looting was unequalled.ÓAPC; PDP; Osun Statehttp://www.punchng.com/politics/osun-apc-pdp-disagree-over-unpaid-salaries/
ThisDay Thursday July 2, 2015Sylva May Not Vie for Bayelsa Governorship Former governor of Bayelsa State and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timipre Sylva, has said he may not take part in the next governorship race in Bayelsa State. Sylva, who expressed confidence that his party will take over Bayelsa State in the next governorship election slated for November this year, however said he will fully join hands with other leaders to rescue the state.Bayelsa State; APC; Sylvahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/sylva-may-not-vie-for-bayelsa-governorship/213680/
PunchThursday July 2, 2015Tribunal dismisses Agbaje's petition against Ambode's electionThe Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the victory of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who was returned winner of the April 11, 2015, poll in Lagos State by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The three-man tribunal, led by Justice Muhammad Sirajo, struck out the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Jimi Agbaje, seeking nullification of Ambode's victory.Ambode; Agbaje; APC; PDP; Election Petition Tribunal; Lagoshttp://www.punchng.com/news/tribunal-dismisses-agbajes-petition-against-ambodes-election/
VanguardThursday July 2, 2015Gov Okorocha sacks transition cÕttees of Imo 27 LGAsImo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has sacked the transition committees of the 27 local government areas of the state. Governor Okorocha also approved the immediate suspension of the chairmen and members of Imo State House of Assembly Service Commission and the State Civil Service Commission. According to a press statement by the Principal Secretary to the governor, Dr. Paschal Obi, the sacking of the transition committees and suspension of the statutory commissions are with immediate effect.Okorocha; Imo State; Local Government Electionshttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/gov-okorocha-sacks-transition-cttees-of-imo-27-lgas/#sthash.tiGOfS5V.dpuf
VanguardThursday July 2, 2015APC crises: Buhari heads peace moves, meets aggrieved groupsLeaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by President Muhammadu Buhari were, yesterday, running against time to resolve the crises that have partly stymied the new ruling partyÕs moves to fully constitute the executive and legislative arms of governmentAPC; Buhari; National Assemblyhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/apc-crises-buhari-heads-peace-moves-meets-aggrieved-groups/
PunchThursday July 2, 2015Lagos secures $200m World Bank loan to improve public finance, investment climateThe Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank has approved $200m (about N39.4bn) credit to Lagos State to support a range of reforms relating to fiscal sustainability, budget planning, budget execution and the investment climate in the state. A statement issued by the bank on Wednesday said the facility would help sustain the stateÕs recent economic growth and poverty reduction, while helping it to continue to deliver social services to the expanding population.Lagos State; World Bank; Foreign Loanhttp://www.punchng.com/news/world-bank-approves-n39-4bn-loan-for-lagos/
VanguardThursday July 2, 2015FG fails in bid to extradite Kashamu over alleged drug deals in USJustice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has halted moves by the federal government to extradite Senator Buruji Kashamu to the United States of America, USA, to face drug related charges. In his ruling yesterday, Justice Kolawole dismissed the extradition application that was lodged against Kashamu who is representing Ogun-East Senatorial District, by the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.Buruji Kashamu; Extradition; NDLEA; Federal High Courthttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/court-dismisses-fgs-request-to-extradite-kashamu-to-us-to-face-drug-charge-%E2%80%8E/
The NationThursday July 2, 2015Fayose swears in 10 commissionersEkiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has said local government elections will be conducted in December. The governor spoke yesterday when he swore in 10 commissioners. He promised to ensure that all court cases hindering the conduct of the polls are disposed of early. The commissioners are: Bisi Kolawole (Environment), Lanre Ogunsuyi (Information), Kehinde Odebunmi (Agriculture), Kolapo Kolade (Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters) and Olurotimi Ojo (Health). Others are: Deji Adesua (Public Utilities), Jide Egunjobi (Education), Mrs. Olayinka Ogundayomi (Women Affairs), Taelolu Otitoju (Lands) and Gbenga Olajide (Budget and Planning). They joined Owoseni Ajayi (Justice), Toyin Ojo (Finance) and Kayode Ojo (Works) who assumed office in November after being cleared in controversial circumstances by seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the last Assembly.Ayo Fayose; Ekiti State; Commissionershttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/fayose-swears-in-10-commissioners/
The NationThursday July 2, 2015Sanctioned APC members form parallel exco in BayelsaExpelled, suspended and some aggrieved members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State yesterday declared themselves a faction of the party and formed a parallel State Executive Committee (Exco) led by Chief Perekeme Kpodo. They went further to dissolve the State Working Committee (SWC) led by Chief Tiwe Oruminighe. According to them, their action was to rescue APC from the grip of a selfish few.APC; Bayelsa State; SuspensionPage 7
The NationThursday July 2, 2015Okonjo-Iweala must state how $2 billion oil cash was spent - Gov. Oshiomole Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole insists former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala must explain how the Excess Crude Account crashed to $2billion. She ran the economy aground, said the governor, who accused the former minister of toying with figures and being economical with the truth on the state of the economy inherited by President Muhammadu Buhari. Oshiomhole insists the Federal Government is broke and would have been in a worse shape than the states if it had not resorted to borrowing to pay wages. He accused Dr. Okonjo-Iweala of granting multi-billion naira waivers to various organisations.Excess Crude Account; Ministry of Financehttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/okonjo-iweala-must-state-how-2b-oil-cash-was-spent/
Daily TrustThursday July 2, 2015PDP Zones National Assembly PositionsThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has zoned principal positions in the Senate and House of Representatives. Briefing newsmen at the party's national secretariat yesterday in Abuja, PDP national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, said: Òin consonance with the provision of your Standing Rules, you are through this medium advised to use your various Zonal Party Caucuses to choose the party's Principal Officers to enable you provide effective opposition in the respective chambers of the National Assembly.Ó According to the party, the position of Senate Minority leader goes to the South South, Minority Whip-North Central, Deputy Minority Leader-North East and Deputy Minority Whip-South West."PDP; National Assembly; Principal Officers; Nigeriahttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/58799-pdp-zones-principal-positions-in-senate-house-of-reps
ThisDay Thursday July 2, 2015Four Killed in Berom, Fulani clashFour people have been allegedly killed in a clash between the Beirom and Fulani herdsmen at Foron village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. Three soldiers were injured and several people are missing.Fulani-Herdsman Clash; Plateau State; Beirom; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/four-killed-soldiers-injured-as-hostilities-resume-in-plateau/213659/
VanguardThursday July 2, 2015N12trn debt profile worsens Nigeria's woesMr. Bashir Yuguda, former Minister of State for Finance, while delivering a lecture entitled: Nigeria's Economic Policies and Reforms: An Assessment of the Real and Informal Sectors, said the country's overall debt profile, particularly those of the state governments, was scary. Though he did not provide specific details then, the minister emphasised the need for the states to continue to look inwards for other sources of revenue to pursue their development programmes. The DMO said, however, that the Federal Government debt is sustainable as its debt sustainability analysis showed that the debt/GDP ratio was only 2.4 per cent. The bulk of the Federal Government loans were concessionary with low interests and long moratorium. Debt Profile; DMO; Federal Government; Nigeriahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/n12trn-debt-profile-worsens-nigerias-woes/
Premium TimesThursday July 2, 2015Presidency defends Acting INEC Chairs AppointmentPresident Muhammadu Buhari has defended his choice of Amina Zakari as the acting chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, after the opposition Peoples Democratic Party demanded a reversal of the appointment. The PDP had said that the appointment smacked of nepotism and accused Mrs. Zakari of demonstrating bias towards the APC in the past. The party also said due process was not followed in her appointment by Mr. Buhari. A statement from the presidency Wednesday dismissed the allegations by the PDP.INEC; Amina Zakari; Presidency; PDPhttp://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/185941-inec-chair-buhari-defends-choice-of-zakari-lambasts-pdp.html
The NationThursday July 2, 2015Buhari urged to cancel offshore deal with Aiteco and othersThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to cancel 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) crude oil processing deal between the Federal Government and Aiteo Eastern E&P Co. Ltd. and Sahara Group. According to the party, the deal should be jettisoned within the first 100 days of the Buhari administration. But the APC recommended that the government should sign simpler swap agreements with Òhighly competentÓ trading companies through a tender process as a means to replace the complex offshore crude processing agreements operated by Aiteo and Sahara Group.APC; Offshore Oil; Federal Government; Aiteco; Sahara Grouphttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/buhari-urged-to-cancel-offshore-processing-deal-with-aiteo-sahara-group/
The NationThursday July 2, 2015Federal Govt seeks to end graft in Hajj OperationsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to end corruption in Hajj operations. He spoke yesterday during a closed door meeting with NAHCON Chairman Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Mukhtar, who spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said Buhari granted all its requests made by the commission for this year's pilgrimage.President, Graft, Hajj, Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/buhari-seeks-end-to-graft-in-hajj-operations/