Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pulse Opinion: That clash between EFCC and DSS is really some hot mess

EFCC, DSS and Police personnel all clashed in Abuja. They’ve let their badges and their nation down. It’s another day and another inter agency rivalry in Nigeria. Personnel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) had a disturbing clash in the Asokoro area of Abuja on Tuesday morning.The gist is that the EFCC chaps had stormed apartments belonging to Amb Ayodele Oke (who was recently relieved of his job as boss of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, after that N13B was discovered in an Ikoyi apartment) and Ita Ekpeyong, immediate past Director of the DSS.The EFCC was on the Mamman Nasir Street in the Asokoro district of the FCT to obviously arrest both men. That didn’t quite work out as planned.

Mugabe: Zimbabwean President resigns after 37 years in office

The 93-year-old has finally stepped down after days of intense pressure. Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has resigned from his position after ruling the southern African country for 37 years since 1980.The 93-year-old’s resignation comes after a week of intense pressure from the military and the public.He is expected to be replaced by ousted vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who returned to the country after the military took over the government.Details later.

Buhari: President condemns Adamawa suicide bomb attack that killed over 50

The president condoled with families of the several victims as well as the people and government of the state. President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the bloody terrorist attack that has claimed the lives of over 50 victims in Adamawa state.In a terrorist attack, which police have reported to have been carried out by a teenage suicide bomber, on a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, over 50 lives were lost with many others injured.A press statement signed by President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the attack as “very cruel and dastardly”.

Shell: Bio-bean and coffee-drinkers collaborate to help power London’s buses

This latest Shell-bio-bean collaboration is part of Shell’s #makethefuture energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world. Shell and bio-bean are helping to power some of London’s buses using a biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds, a development that has triggered renewed challenge to Nigerian beneficiaries of Shell’s LiveWIRE programme to join in the innovative search for bright energy ideas.This latest Shell-bio-bean collaboration is part of Shell’s #makethefuture energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world.Managing Director, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr.

Alex Ekwueme: Mourners troop former VP’s residence, Enugu, for condolences

The register is being signed by many people from all walks of life, including academia, politicians, businessmen and journalists within Enugu… No fewer than 90 people have so far signed condolence register opened for the late former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, in his Enugu residence on Tuesday.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the register was opened at about 2.30 p.m. on Monday, after the family confirmed the death of Ekwueme (85) in the wee hours of the same day.A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited late Ekwueme’s residence at number 11/13 Ezikwo Street, Independent Layout, Enugu on Tuesday, observed that mourners were seen trooping in to the deceased’s house.

PHCN: Reps to investigate alleged sale of assets

The lawmaker pointed out that there were widespread claims of irregularities and improper advertisement on national dailies and journals. The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to investigate alleged fraudulent sale of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) none-core assets and scraps.This was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent national importance by Rep. Rita Orji (Lagos-PDP).Moving the motion, Orji explained that auctioning of PHCN cargoes, scraps and obsolete items by Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Ltd (NELMCO) worth over N20 billion was recently carried out.She said that over N1.5 billion was claimed to have been realised from the sales.The lawmaker pointed out that there were widespread claims of irregularities and improper advertisement on national dailies and journals.

‘Our Cattle Are Dying!’ Fulani Youths Protest Anti-Grazing Law

A group of Fulani youths called Jonde Jam Fulani Youth Association of Nigeria (JAFUYAN) have kicked against the anti-open grazing law passed by Benue and Taraba State governments.
The group also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the governors of the two states,  Samuel Ortom and Darius Ishaku to order.
The group in a statement by its National President, Saidu Maikano on Tuesday said the law, if not suspended immediately, could puncture peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
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Maikano also raised the alarm that the cattle belonging to his members are dying of hunger because they can’t go grazing in the areas where grazing is banned, as a result of fear of unknown attackers.

Jigawa: State treats 57,000 cases of acute child malnutrition in 2017

The Nutrition Officer also said the 886, 000 children were dewormed and 71,235 women were sensitised to issues of child mortality in 2017. The Jigawa State Government said it has treated 57, 657 cases of acute child malnutrition in the state in 2017.Mr Magaji Ahmed, Nutrition Officer of the state, made this revelation at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Bauchi Field Office end of year review on Tuesday in Jos.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that UNICEF’s Bauchi Field Office covers six states of Bauchi, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba, Jigawa and Gombe.“Jigawa state with support of UNICEF achieved a milestone in its efforts to stem down the incidence of acute malnutrition in children in the state.

Amosun presents N345.4bn budget for 2018

Ogun State governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Tuesday presented to the state House of Assembly a budget of N345.4 billion for 2018.
Christened, “Budget of Accelerated Development’’, Amosun said the figure represents an increase of 57 per cent over the N221.12 billion budgeted for 2017.
He said that the proposal was made up of N223.72 billion capital expenditure, representing 64.77 per cent and capital expenditure of N121.69 billion, representing 35.23 per cent.
The governor explained that the 2018 proposal was based on his administration’s resolve to deliver its campaign promises by embarking on new projects and completing ongoing ones.
Amosun said that the state projected N197.

Reps begin debate on 2018 budget estimates Nov. 28 – Deputy Speaker

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yussuf Lasun on Tuesday said that members would commence debate on the general principles of the 2018 Appropriation Bill ( budget ) of N8.6 trillion from Nov. 28.
Lasun, while announcing the date during plenary session, said that the debate would be concluded on Nov. 30.
He added that it would be followed by a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 4.
The Deputy Speaker urged the lawmakers to ensure they get copies of the 2018 budget proposal presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the joint session of the National Assembly.
“Members are to indicate the date they wish to contribute to the debate as there is need for us to participate actively and that the bill is given expeditious attention,’’ Lasun said.

Anambra: Buhari congratulates Obiano, says electoral reform paying off

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the people of Anambra State, the governorship candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), election observers as well as security agencies and other stakeholders, on the peaceful conduct of the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said: “the processes leading to the election and its peaceful conduct and outcome, have shown that our electoral reform is bearing positive fruits.
“This is very encouraging and I am determined to give Nigeria free and fair elections, no matter which way the results swing.

Willie Obiano: US-based group congratulates re-elected governor

Orabuchi, an academic based in the U.S, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos… Dr Acho Orabuchi, founding National Chairman of Pan Ndi-Igbo Foundation (PNF-USA) has congratulated Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State on his re-election, describing his  sweeping victory as a reflection of his people-oriented programmes.Orabuchi, an academic based in the U.S, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, said that Obiano, by beating his opponents in all the 21 local governments of the state, performed a rare feat.Obiano polled more than his opponents in all the 21 Local Governments in the Nov. 18 governorship election, and had a total of 234,074 of the 457,311 valid votes to come tops.

Mubi Attack: Death toll rises to 50

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Othman Abubakar, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday. The Adamawa Police Command says the death toll in Tuesday’s Mubi mosque suicide attack has risen to 50.The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Othman Abubakar, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.Abubakar said that a young boy was responsible for the blast which occurred during the early morning prayer.“We have 50 dead and we are now trying to get the exact number of those injured ,” Abubakar said.NAN reports that the attack happened in Dazala area of Mubi town in Adamawa on Tuesday around 5 a.m. when Muslims were observing the early morning prayer.The incident was the first in three years since the liberation of Mubi town from Boko Haram insurgents in 2014.

Nigerian Army: Council promotes 45 brigadiers-general, 92 Colonels

A statement issued by the Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman ,listed some of those promoted to two star generals (Major Generals) as Brig.-Gen. H.O. Otiki… The Nigerian Army Council on Monday approved the promotion of 45 Brigadiers-General to Major Generals and 92 Colonels to Brigadiers-Generals.A statement issued by the Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman ,listed some of those promoted to two star generals (Major Generals) as Brig.-Gen. H.O. Otiki, Acting Commander, Defence Headquarters Garrison; Brig.-Gen. O.O. Soleye, Acting Director Veteran Affairs and Defence Headquarters.Others are: Acting Provost Marshal, Brig.- Gen. A.T. Hamman; Acting Military Secretary, Brig.-Gen. l. F Yahaya; Acting General Officers Commanding 3, 7 and 8 Divisions, Brig.-Gen. B.A. Ahanotu, I.M. Yusuf and S.O. Olabanji.

Senate to investigate non-payment of retirement entitlements to judicial officers

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate non-payment of all entitlements of retired judicial officers who served states’ governments across the country.
The committee was directed to report back within four weeks.
The mandate to the committee followed a motion by Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (PDP-Enugu) at plenary in Abuja. The upper chamber also directed the committee to review the laws impeding the harmonisation of the processes and prompt payment of retirement benefits of all judicial officers in the country.
It urged the National Judicial Council (NJC) to harmonise the payment of judicial officers to enable the council take up the responsibility of effecting payment.