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N32m Fraud: EFCC Presents Witness against Businessman

By Bola Owolola The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has presented its second witness in a case against Abubakar Liman Ibrahim and his Company, Infaq Global Investment Limited who are both facing trial on a four-count charge bordering on issuance of dud cheques preferred against them by the EFCC. The Kaduna Zonal Office arraigned the defendant and his company ... Read More »

Court Jails Yahoo Yahoo Kingpin, One Other in Calabar

By Bola Owolola Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, on Thursday, June 26, 2019, sentenced a notorious yahoo yahoo kingpin, Akpojivi Onoriode, who was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a one-count charge bordering on cybercrime. The convict, a 29-year-old graduate of Delta State University, Abraka and a ... Read More »

N450m Fraud: Court Admits More Evidence against Bulama, Four others

By Bola Owolola Justice Hammadam Dashen of the Federal High Court, sitting in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, on Thursday, June 27, 2019 admitted in evidence, a response of withdrawal instrument letter from Fidelity Bank to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, dated 16, 2016 in respect to the trial of former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Abdu ... Read More »

FG, STATES, LGCs SHARE N679.699billion in MAY 2019

FG, STATES, LGCs SHARE N679.699billion in MAY 2019

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE A total of N679.699 billion has been distributed as federal allocation for the month of May, 2019 among the Federal, State and Local Government Councils. The communiqué issued by the Technical Sub-Committee of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) at the joint session held at the African House of the Kano State Government House after the ... Read More »

ECONOMY, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, COUNTERING EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM IN FOCUS AT OSINBAJO – PENCE WHITE HOUSE MEETING

ECONOMY, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, COUNTERING EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM IN FOCUS AT OSINBAJO – PENCE WHITE HOUSE MEETING

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, and his American counterpart, Mike Pence, held discussions yesterday in the White House, with both leaders affirming the mutual benefit inherent in a deeper bilateral relationship between both countries. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) said in a release that at a meeting laced with friendly banter, cordial exchange ... Read More »

Can we better leverage PPPs to open up opportunities for women across sectors?

Can we better leverage PPPs to open up opportunities for women across sectors?

By EMMANUEL NYIRINKINDI It’s critical for global development to close the gender equality gap. Governments, multilateral organizations, and companies must actively consider how women and girls directly or indirectly benefit from programs and projects—or how they can be adversely impacted—if the world is to fully achieve the development goals we have set for ourselves. This will take policies and persistence. ... Read More »

Rep hails Buhari on appointment of Kyari as NNPC GMD

Rep hails Buhari on appointment of Kyari as NNPC GMD

*Kyari* Rep. Yusuf Yakub (APC-Adamawa), on Thursday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his appointment of Mr Mele Kyari as the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Yakub, who represents Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency, made the congratulatory remark in a statement by Mr Nkem Anyata-Lafia, his Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, in Abuja. The lawmaker said it was particularly gratifying ... Read More »

FG, STATES, LGCs SHARE N679.699 BILLION FOR MAY, 2019

FG, STATES, LGCs SHARE N679.699 BILLION FOR MAY, 2019

*Pix: Ahmed Idris, AGF BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE A total of  N679.699 billion has been distributed  as federal allocation for the month of May, 2019 among the  Federal, State and Local Government Councils. The communiqué issued by the Technical Sub-Committee of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) at the joint session held at the African House of the Kano State ... Read More »

Seamless operations of telecoms infrastructure is critical to social and economic growth of Nigeria’s States” -NCC

Seamless operations of telecoms infrastructure is critical to social and economic growth of Nigeria’s States” -NCC

Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stated that the growth and seamless operations of telecoms infrastructure is critical to the social and economic growth of States and Communities in Nigeria. *Sunday Dare* Dare, represented by Alkasim Umar, Head Compliance Monitoring, NCC, stated this in a keynote address at the Regional Stakeholders Parliament held by NCC ... Read More »

Nothing Sinister About Amosun’s Arms Importation, Says Presidency

The presidency last night dismissed an allegation that former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, illegally imported massive weapons and ammunition into the country, saying preliminary investigation by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, showed that there was no sinister motive in the former governor’s action. An online news portal, Premium Times, had published a story on Monday ... Read More »

Armoury Scandal: Why Amosun has questions to answer, By Jiti Ogunye

Armoury Scandal: Why Amosun has questions to answer, By Jiti Ogunye

On Tuesday, June 26, 2019, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, immediate past governor of Ogun State, issued a press statement through his media assistant, Rotimi Durojaiye. *Jiti Ogunye* The press statement reacted to the Premium Times’ publication of Monday, June 24, 2019, entitled “Amosun surrenders 1000 A47 rifles, 4 Million bullets acquired before 2019 elections”. In the report, Premium Times stated that the then outgoing ... Read More »

South West Govs urged to use security vote to fight kidnappers

South West Govs urged to use security vote to fight kidnappers

Following the Tuesday summit on regional security, South West Governors have been urged to ensure transparency in the disbursement of security votes. In a statement signed by its Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA) on Wednesday said the current security challenge in the South West raises critical questions about how state Governors expend their monthly security ... Read More »

Oloyede, Kassim-Momodu to speak on Power and Responsibility at UNIFEMGA’s national reunion

Oloyede, Kassim-Momodu to speak on Power and Responsibility at UNIFEMGA’s national reunion

Prof. Momodu Kassim-Momodu, Dean, Faculty of Law, Crescent University, Ogun state will deliver 2019 annual national reunion lecture of Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA) on Saturday July 6, at Ile-Ife, Osun state. A press statement by the Chairman Planning Committee of the Reunion, Abdulfattah Olanlege and Mohammed Buari, Public Relations Officer, stated that the formal opening would hold ... Read More »

Man who refused to substitute seat for my father’s within his rights – Oluokun Soyinka

Man who refused to substitute seat for my father’s within his rights – Oluokun Soyinka

Oluokun Soyinka, son of Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has affirmed that the unidentified young man who ejected his seat in an aircraft had the rights to do so. The young Soyinka said this in an open letter addressed to Tonye Cole, a co-passenger, who first reported the matter on social media. Oluokun wrote: “The young man whose seat it ... Read More »

President Buhari appoints new NNPC board chairman

President Buhari appoints new NNPC board chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has dropped Dr Ibe Kachikwu and replaced him with Dr Thomas John as the acting alternate chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Maikanti Baru, NNPC’s group managing director, announced this in Abuja yesterday. He said that the new board chairman would hold the position until the appointment of a new minister ... Read More »

Osun governorship: Some APC stalwarts harassing Supreme Court judges – CLU

Osun governorship: Some APC stalwarts harassing Supreme Court judges – CLU

The Civil Liberty Union, CLU, a human rights group has alleged that some Supreme Court judges are being harassed ahead of the apex court’s decision on the Osun state governorship election appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke. The group in a statement signed by its coordinator, Mallam Shuaibu Adamu and released in Abuja ... Read More »

Christian State: MURIC wants Gov Wike called to order

Christian State: MURIC wants Gov Wike called to order

The declaration by governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, declared two days ago that the state is a Christian State has elicited reaction from a Muslim group. The governor made the statement during a crusade organized by the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Church in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State. However, an Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) ... Read More »

Chinese Energy companies push to acquire Mining, Oil and Gas Assets in Equatorial Guinea ahead of July 2nd Roadshow

Chinese Energy companies push to acquire Mining, Oil and Gas Assets in Equatorial Guinea ahead of July 2nd Roadshow

The EG Ronda Licensing Round Roadshow 2019 in Beijing will be showcasing the 27 oil & gas blocks on offer under the country’s 2019 oil & gas licensing round Equatorial Guinea Ronda has received great interest from public and private Chinese companies to invest in Equatorial Guinea and explore opportunities in oil & gas and minerals at the upcoming EG ... Read More »

Amosun Arms Scandal: 10 questions ex-governor, Nigeria Police need to answer

Amosun Arms Scandal: 10 questions ex-governor, Nigeria Police need to answer

On Tuesday night, former Governor Ibikunle Amosun issued a rebuttal to a PREMIUM TIMES story that detailed how he stored arms and ammunition at an illegal armoury at the Government House, Abeokuta. The report, which was based on independent accounts of top national security sources, said Mr Amosun kept armaments in his official lodge in contravention of extant firearms regulations. Mr Amosun, ... Read More »

SURE-P Funds: We Planned, Designed World Class Stroke Centre for Nigeria, Witness tells court

SURE-P Funds: We Planned, Designed World Class Stroke Centre for Nigeria, Witness tells court

A witness, Clara Omatseye, in the trial of a United Kingdom based Professor of Neurology, Reuben Oluwakinmilehin Obaro, and his wife, Mrs Ayodele Olubunmi Obaro, a practising nurse also in the UK, has told Justice A. O. Ebong of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Zuba, that his firm, JNC international planned and designed a ... Read More »