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CBN: Nigeria’s Non-oil Revenue Rises to N370bn in Nov

CBN: Nigeria’s Non-oil Revenue Rises to N370bn in Nov

Nigeria’s total non-oil receipt increased by 16.7 per cent to N369.84 billion in November, up from the N316.79 billion realised the previous month. This formed part of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) monthly economic report obtained yesterday. However, the amount of non-oil earnings, which was 43.1 per cent of total revenue in the month under review, was below the ... Read More »

DHQ Counters Borno Gov, Insists No Nigerian Territory under Terrorists’ Control

DHQ Counters Borno Gov, Insists No Nigerian Territory under Terrorists’ Control

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday dismissed calls by the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on the military to recapture some local governments in the state from insurgents. The DHQ told reporters yesterday in Abuja that contrary to the governor’s claim, no Nigerian territory is under the control of terrorist groups – Boko Haram and Islamic State for West ... Read More »

Kukah Accuses Buhari of Nepotism

Kukah Accuses Buhari of Nepotism

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Dioceses, Rev Fr Matthew Hassan Kukah, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism. Kukah made the accusation Tuesday during a press conference at Saint Bakhitha Catholic Secretariat in Sokoto. The cleric explained that the behaviour and attitudes of the president is causing tension and anxiety in the country. “I’m not speaking because I’m a Christian ... Read More »

Four dead as Goodluck Jonathan survives gun attack in Otuoke

Four dead as Goodluck Jonathan survives gun attack in Otuoke

Unknown  gunmen killed a soldier on guard duty at the courtyard of former President Goodluck Jonathan situated close to the bank of the river at Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State. Multiple sources said about three of the gunmen were killed by the soldiers, who foiled their attempt to break into the house. One of the sources, who spoke in ... Read More »

We want LGs as centres of development – Makinde

We want LGs as centres of development – Makinde

…as he inaugurates LG, LCDAs caretaker chairmen in Oyo Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has inaugurated 68 caretaker chairmen to oversee the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas of the State in the state, declaring that the councils must be centres of development. The Governor, who was speaking at the swearing-in ceremony held inside the House ... Read More »

Makinde signs 2020 Appropriation Bill into Law

Makinde signs 2020 Appropriation Bill into Law

…pledges 70 per cent of implementation before end of year …says civil servants to receive 13th month salary on 28th of December Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill of the State into Law. The 2020 budget signing ceremony, which was held inside the State’s Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s Office, Agodi Ibadan, was witnessed by ... Read More »

International Breweries N165bn Rights issue closes today

International Breweries N165bn Rights issue closes today

The N165billion Rights issue by International Breweries Plc, a subsidiary of ABInBev, closes today. The company opened the offer for 18,266,206,614 units of ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N9.00 per share on Thursday, December 5, 2019, and was expected to close Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Under the plan, for every 8 shares held by shareholders whose names appeared ... Read More »

Arsenal offers N18.7b for Ndidi

Arsenal offers N18.7b for Ndidi

Arsenal FC, the English Premier League side, are offering £40m (N18.7billion)next January for Leicester City’s Super Eagles combative midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, to make Arsenal much tougher to beat. According to Leicestershire Live, The Gunners are also set to offer Granit Xhaka plus £40million as they bid to sign Nigeria international Ndidi. The defensive midfielder could replicate his superlative performance at ... Read More »

Real Madrid guns for Mane

Real Madrid guns for Mane

Real Madrid are anxious to snatch Liverpool superstar, Sadio Mane, who recorded a fourth place finish in the recent Ballon d’Or awards, reports online publication SportsMole. Mane has become one of the world’s premier attacking footballers under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp. The forward has gone from strength to strength with each season at Anfield, increasing his goals tally year ... Read More »

Govt, banks, lodge N13.9 trillion in CBN

Govt, banks, lodge N13.9 trillion in CBN

Deposits from the Federal Government and commercial banks in 30 days totaled N13.97trillion, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has revealed in its bank’s economic report released yesterday. The report, which is for the last month of 2019, showed a reduction in private sector deposit with the apex bank. It also showed that currency outside banks dipped. Of the total ... Read More »

OSHIOMHOLE IS A COMPULSIVE LIAR – Special Adviser to Gov. Obaseki

OSHIOMHOLE IS A COMPULSIVE LIAR – Special Adviser to Gov. Obaseki

The Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, has described Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a compulsive liar. In his reaction to a widely publicized interview by the party’s chairman that he begged to have just one commissioner in Godwin Obaseki’s government, as against allegations that he was ... Read More »

The Khashoggi verdict is exactly what impunity looks like. It must be denounced, By Agnes Callamard

The Khashoggi verdict is exactly what impunity looks like. It must be denounced, By Agnes Callamard

*Agnes Callamard is the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and director of Global Freedom of Expression at Columbia University.* On Monday, the Saudi public prosecutor announced that five people had been sentenced to death for last year’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, while three others were sentenced to jail. Notably, the ... Read More »

Nigeria, US And The Question Of Religious Freedom, By Reuben Abati

Nigeria, US And The Question Of Religious Freedom, By Reuben Abati

ON December 20, the United States government issued a statement, speaking through the US Department of State and US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, designating Nigeria “a country of particular concern” with regard to religious freedom and the freedom of thought and conscience. The statement opens with the patronizing declaration that “the protection of religious freedom is a top ... Read More »

Matters arising on LASTMA training in Foursquare Church facility- MPAC

Matters arising on LASTMA training in Foursquare Church facility- MPAC

By Abdulwarees Solanke There is a raging controversy on the use of the premises of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Idimu Area of Lagos for the training and induction of fresh recruits of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority. From the available information on this important issue. MPAC hastens to say that the choice of that facility is ill-considered as ... Read More »

Presidency slams Falana for ‘boarding 3rd term gossip train’

Presidency slams Falana for ‘boarding 3rd term gossip train’

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity ,Alhaji Garba Shehu has re- stated that the president has no intention of running for third term. In a press release on Monday evening, he pointedly responded to recent statement by Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana SAN. Says Shehu: “The popularly acclaimed human rights lawyer and formerly unsuccessful opposition ... Read More »

Buhari replaces Biyi Durojaiye, Adegbuyi, others in shake-up at five agencies under Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

Buhari replaces Biyi Durojaiye, Adegbuyi, others in shake-up at five agencies under Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced heads of five parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in addition to some other appointments. The parastatals include the Nigerians Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST). Others are Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB) and The Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat). A statement by Special Adviser ... Read More »

Oloyede announces dates for 2020 UTME

Oloyede announces dates for 2020 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) Monday announced dates for the commencement of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME). The JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, announced the dates during a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja. He said the UTME will commence between March 14 and April 14. He also stated that an optional mock examination for candidates would also take ... Read More »

Sowore: Judge withdraws from trial

Sowore: Judge withdraws from trial

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, recused himself from the fundamental rights suit filed by the Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore. He made the decision during the hearing of the fundamental rights suit filed by the detained activist. Mr Sowore had in his suit dated November 20 against the State Security Service (SSS) said ... Read More »

Missing child: Sotitobire pastor cries,as judge remands him in prison

Missing child: Sotitobire pastor cries,as judge remands him in prison

The General Overseer of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Akure, Ondo state, Prophet Babatunde Alfa wept as an Akure Chief Magistrate Court ordered him and six others to be remanded in the Olokuta Correctional Centre in Ondo state over alleged conspiracy to kidnap and aiding kidnapping. They were dragged to the Akure magistrate’s court sitting at Oke-Eda by the Department of Security ... Read More »

Court refuses Kalu’s bail request to meet herbalist

Court refuses Kalu’s bail request to meet herbalist

federal high court in Lagos has dismissed the bail application filed by Orji Uzor Kalu, former  governor of Abia state. Kalu, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison on December 5, 2019, for money laundering, had returned to court seeking bail on grounds of ill health. In his appeal which was filed on December 17, Kalu said he is battling “serious ... Read More »