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More pressure on Saraki to quit Senate presidency
Fri, 10 Aug 2018

Senate President Bukola Saraki was under more pressure yesterday to quit his seat.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from which he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delivered a blistering attack on him. Legal expert Prof. Itse Sagay said he should go – as a matter of honour. Some youths in the North marched on the party’s secretariat in Kaduna, demanding Saraki’s resignation.

The APC said in a statement by National Publicity Secretary Yekini Nabena that the Senate President had been surrounded by controversies since “hijacking” the position in 2015, adding that the Senate must remove him.

Nabena said all over the world, the leadership of the legislature is provided by the political party with majority members, pointing out that Saraki capitalised on the absence of many members of the APC to connive and conspire with members of the opposition PDP to become Senate President, trading off the Deputy Senate President to the PDP.

Describing Saraki’s action as “political betrayal” and “treachery”, which even the devil would be envious of, Nabena said even after defecting to the opposition PDP, and with APC still in the majority in the Senate, Saraki still has the impudence to present himself as the Senate President.

The statement reads: “In every democratic country, the position of the Senate President is one of the highest political offices one can attain. It is a position reserved for the best of the best, experienced and exemplary politicians who by their character and conduct in public offices, the younger generation look up to as role models.

“In terms of exemplary personage, the reverse is the case in respect of the current Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who has been a dismal failure and has been involved in one controversy or the other – budget padding, filibustering, legislative rascality, sabotage of matters of national interest, among other criminalities too numerous to mention.

“Having suffered under the 16-year misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Saraki will go down in our country’s history as the worst Senate President Nigeria has had the misfortune to have.

“Since his usurpation of the coveted seat, achieved through a wicked conspiracy with members of the opposition PDP, it has been from one controversy to another – the Code of Conduct trial for false declaration of assets and conspiracy with his deputy to fraudulently alter the rules of the Senate.

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Shareholders: dont sell 9mobile over $43m debt
Fri, 10 Aug 2018

Some shareholders of Etisalat (now 9Mobile) have cautioned against the sale of the firm in view of a pending case before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and others are involved in a negotiation to sell the telecommunication firm.

The shareholders – Afdin Ventures Limited and Dirbia Nigeria Limited – warned the CBN and others of the legal consequences of selling Etisalat, despite a subsisting court order halting further activities regarding the sale of the firm.

Afdin and Dirbia, promoted by businessman Dahiru Barau Mangal, issued the warning yesterday in letters written by their lawyer, Mahmud Magaji (SAN) to the six parties involved in the transaction,who are also defendants in the pending case.

The parties are:: the CBN, Etisalat International Nigeria Limited and Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Karlington Telecommunications Limited, Premium Telecommunications Holdings NV and First Bank of Nigeria Plc.

Afdin and Dirbia said their letters were informed by recent media report, credited to Boye Olusanya (CEO, 9mobile) to the effect that “9mobile’s board was pleased with the progress made thus far and expects the acquisition process to be concluded as soon as possible.”

Shortly after Afdin and Dirbia filed the suit, Justice Binta Nyako, on April 17, gave an order, directing “the maintenance of status quo as at today.”

In the suit, Afdin and Dirbia, who claimed to be major investors in the telecommunication firm, said they were left out in the firm’s decision-making and want a refund of their invested funds estimated at $43,330,950.

Part of one of the letters by Magaji reads: “Recall that Hon. Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court No. 4, Abuja made an interim order in suit: FHC/ABJ/CR/288/2018, Afdin Ventures Ltd & 1 other v. Karington Telecommunications Ltd & 6 others, restraining your office andother defendants from selling Etisalat Nigeria Ltd (now 9mobile) pending the outcome of the suit.

“Upon service of the enrolled order on you, your office entered appearance and filed a statement of defence to the suit. Ogunmuyiwa Balogun, Esq made several appearance on behalf of your office in court.

“Unfortunately, despite being aware of the subsisting court order, your office and the other defendants herein went ahead and concluded plans to sell off Etisalat Nigeria Limited (now 9mobile) in fragrant disregard to the subsisting order of court.

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$2.1b arms deal: EFCC arrests ex-DSS boss
Fri, 10 Aug 2018

After a five-hour search, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arrested a former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Ita Ekpenyong.

He was quizzed by the anti-graft agency’s operatives and granted bail. He is expected back for further interrogation today.

There were indications that the arrest of the ex-DG was in connection with alleged N40billion linked to the agency in the twilight of the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The EFCC is working on clues that the cash was part of the $2.1billion arms funds managed by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The anti-graft agency was also acting on intelligence that a substantial part of the cash was diverted to personal use.

It was gathered that the EFCC had uncovered that about N17billion to N21billion in the coffers of DSS also could not be accounted for during the transition period between Ekpenyong and the sacked DG of DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura.

But detectives were yesterday able to recover the handover note which Ekpenyong gave to Daura containing some “startling revelations.”

It was learnt that the EFCC team of detectives yesterday arrived at Ekpenyong’s residence at 46, Justice Maman Nasir in Asokoro District of Abuja, at about 10am in three buses with about 20 policemen.

There was no resistance unlike in November 2017 when an arrest bid was foiled on the order of sacked DG Daura.

The detectives searched Ekpenyong’s home from 10am till about 3.20pm.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “When we got to Ekpenyong’s residence, we told the DSS operatives on guard our mission and they politely sought clearance from the agency’s headquarters.

“As soon as we got the clearance, our operatives met with Ekpenyong who cooperated with the EFCC’s team in searching his residence.

“Thereafter, we arrested Ekpenyong and took him to our headquarters at about 3.50pm for interrogation. He is still making statement to our team.”

The source added: “We were able to recover some documents including the Ekpenyomg’s handover note to Daura.

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Saraki should resign as a matter of honour, says Sagay
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Buharis enemies want Adeosun outSENATE President Bukola Saraki should step down as a matter of honour, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Chairman Itse Sagay (SAN) said yesterday.According to him, it will require two-thirds majority of available Senators to unseat Saraki.Prof. Sagay, however, emphasised that the Senate Presidents defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the platform on which he was elected, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), does not invali
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Ambode, Amosun, Gowon, Akiolu, others felicitate with Williams at 99
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
GOVERNORS Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) yesterday led other eminent Nigerians to celebrate with Chief Akintola Williams, the first African to qualify as a chartered accountant, who clocked 99.Speaking to reporters at a special birthday reception held in honour of Williams at his Lagos home, Ambode described the celebrator as the doyen of accountancy profession and elder statesman, who deserved to be celebrated for his contributions to the countrys growth.The governor said:
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Truce between Olubadan, high chiefs excites mogajis
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
The authentic mogajis in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, have expressed optimism that the crisis between the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Olatunji, and some of his high chiefs over their controversial beaded crowns will soon be resolved.This followed the recent truce brokered by former Governor Rashidi Ladoja.The former governor, who is the only Ibadan high chief who the rejected governments beaded crown, had challenged and won at the State High Court the controversial elevation of Ibadan high chiefs to b
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BPE: why Fed Govt is holding on to 40% stake in DisCos
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Bureau explains revival missionThe Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) is determined to revive some of the 147 privatised Federal Government enterprises, 37 per cent of which were said to be under-performing. The revival is for revenue generation and employment purposes. JOHN OFIKHENUA reports that the BPE is justifying governments refusal to divest its 40 per cent stake in the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to shore up revenue and create more jobs.The 11 Distribution companies suppl
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Maj Gen Onoja @ 70: AANI dimension
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Labour leader Issa Aremu pays tributes to the 10th president of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AAANI), Kuru, Jose who clock 70 todayToday all roads lead to Abuja (precisely Army officers mess Command Asokoro) for family members, friends and well wishers to mark the 70th birthday of General Lawrence Anebi Onoja mni (rtd). My dear friend and great chronicler, Elvis Ogenyi in a book to be made public today entitled Echoes of Destiny had ably documented the eventful life of Genera
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Two minors found wandering in Anambra
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Two boys were, on Wednesday, found roaming the streets at Agulu in Aniocha Local Government of Anambra State.They carried a bag containing their clothes.The minors, Chinonso Ogoh, nine, from Onitsha South Local Government and Udochukwu James, 11, from Umunze, were reportedly found by a vigilance group.The Nation learnt the boys could not give information about the addresses of their parents or guardians when questioned.Police spokesman Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said the childr
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Buhari greets Atta, Onoja on birthdays
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ambassador Abdullahi Ibrahim Atta on his 90th birthday anniversary.He also felicitated with former Plateau and Katsina states governor Maj. Gen. Lawrence Onoja, who turns 70 today.The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity Garba Shehu, joined family, friends and well-wishers in thanking the Almighty God for his continued benevolence, strength and never-failing care to Atta in the past decades of a remarkable l
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Taraba 2019: Who wears the crown
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Governorship aspirants in Taraba State have begun mobilisation ahead of next years polls. Senior Correspondent FANEN IHYONGO profiles the aspirants.APC versus PDPTaraba State Governor Darius Ishaku is seeking a second term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He is leaving nothing to chances. The PDP Chairman, Victor Bala, has declared that the party will give him the ticket, to consolidate its hold on the Northeast state. But, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling pa
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Katsina North poll: Its Kaita vs Kaita
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Two blood brothers are contesting the senatorial by-election in Katsina North tomorrow. Who wins between Kabir Kaita of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Ahmad Kaita, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’ AUGUSTINE OKEZIE writes on the sibling rivalry.Two biological brothers, Kabir Babba Kaita and Ahmad Babba Kaita, are contesting for the vacant Katsina North senatorial seat in tomorrows by-election. Kabir is contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (
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2019: Ondo PDP adopts ex-commissioner for House of Reps
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)in Ifedore local government area of Ondo State yesterday, adopted a former Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, as its candidate for next years House of Representatives election.Their Idanre counterparts had earlier adopted Akinmade as their candidate.Leader of the party in Ifedore, Mr. Lawrence Ibukun, said Akinmade had all it takes to give quality representation to the people of the federal constituency.According to him, the asp
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Shareholders warn CBN, NCC, against Etisalats sale
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Some aggrieved shareholders of Etisalat (now 9Mobile) have cautioned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and others involved in an ongoing negotiation to sell the telecommunication firm not to proceed with the transaction in view of a pending case before the Federal High Court in Abuja.The shareholders Afdin Ventures Limited and Dirbia Nigeria Limited warned of the legal consequences to the CBN and others, should they proceed to conclude the sale of Etisalat despite a subsisting order of the cou
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Osun 2018: INEC promises free, transparent poll
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun State, Mr. Segun Agbaje, on Thursday assured that the Independent National Electoral Commission would conduct a transparent and violence-free election in September 22 Osun State.Speaking at a meeting with the stakeholders including the governorship candidates, their running mates and party officials, he called for their cooperation.Agbaje said the INEC would collaborate with security agents to prevent vote buying during the poll.Read Also:2019: INEC me
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Lagos agog for youths as music concert debut in Alausa
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
***to mobilise youths for active participation in politicsThe Ndubuisi Kanu Recreational Park in Alausa will come alive on Saturday as the mega music & message concert tagged Safe N Save Spaces for the Youths takes centre stage.Convener of the concert and Youth Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State, Mr. Idris Aregbe, said the event is one of the series of ingenious events decisively designed to encourage, mobilize and upsurge active youth participation in t
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MAN: reforms not helping manufacturing
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
THE Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) yesterday said government reforms in manufacturing are not deep enough to accelerate growth in the sector.The Chairman of Apapa Branch of MAN, Olukunle Obadina, who spoke at the 47th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the branch, noted that despite the numerous reforms, which aimed at repositioning economy, the manufacturing sector continued to dwindle.He noted that the lingering challenges facing the sector had not abated, stressing that long-term loa
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TUC urges Fed Govt on affordable housing for workers
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
The President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, has berated the Federal Government for not taking workers income into consideration in the housing projects being implemented across the nation.Kaigama said previous efforts to build houses for workers had remained white elephant projects because they did not plan for the workers by knowing their salary strengths.He said: When you are building houses and you do not know your offtakers status, your effort will be
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Collaboration key to skills development,says ITF chief
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
The Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari, has said local and international collaboration is critical to accomplishing the goals of the agency.According to him, the Fund has established training linkages with external agencies, such as the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the N-Power Knowledge, Niger Delta University (NDU), National Institute for Mining and Geosciences and Cement Technology Institute of Nigeria (CTIN).He said the current man
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Adebule lauds Peak 456 Milk
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
lagos State Deputy Gov-ernor, Dr Oluranti Adebule,yesterday commended Peak 456 Growing Up Milk and the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) for their effort in promoting healthy eating and active life style habits in children and communities across the country.She stated this at the media launch of the Peak 456 Drink Move Be Strong (DMBS) pre-school Programme held in Lagos.Mrs Adebule, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi and the
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Embrace life insurance, Adeosun urges Nigerians
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
THE Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, yesterday said with the various economic developmental initiatives of the Federal Government and its agencies, Nigerians need to build a solid financial plan for the future through life insurance planning.Mrs Adeosun made this known at the third National Conference of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO) held in Lagos.It had as heme: The role of stakeholders in developing insurance & pension sectors.The minister,
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Honeywell rewards customers
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
For their outstanding contributions to the impressive results recorded by Honeywell Flour Mills Plc in the last financial year, some customers of the company have been rewarded with all-expense-paid holiday trips to Ghana and Dubai.Its Managing Director, Mr. Lanre Jaiyeola, while announcing the winners during the companys customers forum, assured customers of better service and performance, saying the company has put in place processes to ensure that it meets and even surpasses their expectation
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Paylater mobile app hits 1m downloads
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Paylater, the mobile app,, which provides access to credit, said it has reached one million downloads.The financial technology (FinTech) company has been issuing loans to Nigerians digitally.The aim is to provide the much-needed liquidity for entrepreneurial investment, personal development, or unexpected expenses.With over 800,000 registered users across every state, Paylater has loaned over $17 million to Nigerians this year.The technology platform has supplemented that loan growth with very s
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Jaiz Bank to disburse $20m to SMEs
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Jaiz Bank Plc said it would soon begin the disbursement of the $20 million facility for operators of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to help grow the economy.Its Managing Director Hassan Usman made this known at a briefing on the performance of the Islamic bank in Nigeria.Usman, who said the fund would be disbursed before the end of the year, noted: The SME financing line from the Islamic Cooperation for Development (ICD), which we signed publicly states that when you start to do the work an
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Fed Govt inaugurates team on job creation
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
The Federal Government has inaugurated a multi-sectoral task team on the implementation of the public-private roundtable on youth employment and skills development.The team has the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, as chairman, representative of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), Office of the Vice President, as alternate chairperson, and a representative of the private sector as co-chairperson.While inaugurating the 20-man team, the Minister of State for Labour and E
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Over 23,000 workers to lose jobs over ban on codeine
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
The National Union of Chemical Footwear Rubber Leather and Non-Metallic Products Employees (NUCFRLANMPE) has warned that over 23,000 workers would lose their jobs due to the blanket ban on codeine by the Federal Government.Specifically, the union said many big pharmaceutical companies would be forced to close shop, and this could cause over 23,000 workers to lose their jobs.NUCFRLANMPE lamented that the number of workers that would be affected would be colossal as many companies manufacturing co
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