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Pension Fund: EFCC Arraigns Two Benue Officials Over N19m Fraud

Pension Fund: EFCC Arraigns Two Benue Officials Over N19m Fraud

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benue Zonal Office, on Monday, July 20, arraigned the duo of Victor Gabriel Charles and John Aboyi Omaku before Justice Moris Ikpambese of the Benue State High Court, Makurdi, over alleged conspiracy and misappropriation of pension funds to the tune of N19million. Charles, a former Vice Chairman, Nigerian Union ... Read More »

FIRS clarifies stamp duty rates, others

FIRS clarifies stamp duty rates, others

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has published detailed information to guide taxpayers and the general public on rates payable as stamp duty. Mr Abdullahi Ahmad, Director Communications and Liaison Department of the FIRS, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. Ahmed said that the clarification was made following several requests by taxpayers seeking such on the ... Read More »

Ondo 2020: Governor Akeredolu emerges APC candidate

Ondo 2020: Governor Akeredolu emerges APC candidate

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the October 10 election. Akeredolu polled 2,458 votes out of the total 2,793 votes cast to defeat 11 other contestants. Three aspirants– Ife Oyedele, Abraham Olusegun and Jimi Odimayo– had stepped down hours before the commencement of the exercise in support of ... Read More »

Lagos Bus Service announces fare hike, gets approval to ply BRT corridor

Lagos Bus Service announces fare hike, gets approval to ply BRT corridor

The Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL), operator of Marcopolo high-capacity buses, says it has secured approval of the state government for upward review of fares and right to ply Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) dedicated lane. The Chief Executive Officer of LBSL, Mr Idowu Oguntona, made the announcement in a statement on Monday by Mr Afolabi Olawale, the Public Affairs Officer ... Read More »

Reps probe Ngige, Saleh over sack of NSITF, MBET, TCN managements

Reps probe Ngige, Saleh over sack of NSITF, MBET, TCN managements

The House of Representatives has begun investigations into the alleged illegal removal of managements of three federal agencies by the Minister of Labour, Mr Chris Ngige and the Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman. The affected agencies are Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) The investigation which began on ... Read More »

WTO Job: Patrick Lumumba Backs Okonjo-Iweala

WTO Job: Patrick Lumumba Backs Okonjo-Iweala

Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan lawyer who served as the director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, has thrown his weight behind Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate Africa should back for the vacant position of Director General of the World Trade Organisation, WTO. Lumumba, who is from the same country as Amina Mohamed, who is also contesting for the job, said Okonjo-Iweala ... Read More »

Isa Funtua, Former NPAN President, Is Dead

Isa Funtua, Former NPAN President, Is Dead

Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, publisher of the defunct Democrat Newspaper and former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, is dead. Reports indicated that Funtua, regarded as a close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and a member of his kitchen cabinet, died of cardiac arrest this evening. The late newspaper publisher was life patron of NPAN and Chairman ... Read More »

Parents Plead For Schools’ Reopening In Jigawa

Parents Plead For Schools’ Reopening In Jigawa

BY SHEHU MUSA, DUTSE. Parents in their hundreds in Jigawa State have made a passionate appeal to the State and Federal Government to allow full scale school’s resumption for the future of our younger generation. Speaking on be-half of the parents, Comrade Shehu Garki lament the situation saying it has derailed our children’s intelligence, as well as caused set back ... Read More »

Makinde presents cash to family of slain PDP loyalist

Makinde presents cash to family of slain PDP loyalist

Succour has come the way of the family of a slain Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyalist, Mr. Isaiah Adedapo Adegoke, as the Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has presented cash support to the family. The late Adegoke was killed on April 14 during an attack on PDP members by All Progressives Congress (APC) loyalists, who tried to forcefully take ... Read More »

Reps committee chairman recuses self from panel probing NDDC

Reps committee chairman recuses self from panel probing NDDC

The Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has stepped aside as head of the panel investigating alleged financial recklessness in the NDDC. He stated this on Monday during the continued hearing in the National Assembly. The NDDC acting managing director, Daniel Pondei, had on Thursday led a walkout on the ... Read More »

Makinde felicitates Oyo’s first governor, Jemibewon, at 80

Makinde felicitates Oyo’s first governor, Jemibewon, at 80

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has congratulated the first Military Governor of Oyo State, General David Medayese Jemibewon (rtd), on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary today. Makinde, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, described Jemibewon as a trailblazer and an astute administrator whose landmark achievements subsist till date. Jemibewon was first ... Read More »

Sports Minister Dare empowers Oyo Women With Interest-free Loans

Sports Minister Dare empowers Oyo Women With Interest-free Loans

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, has disbursed interest free loan, under the Micro Enterprise Enhancement Scheme (MEES), to women in Oyo State. Dare said in a statement on Friday in Lagos that the first phase of the empowerment programme, which took place at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, was to empower women from Oyo South and Oyo Central ... Read More »

Osinbajo’s Long Standing Integrity and Why You Should Ignore the Lies

Osinbajo’s Long Standing Integrity and Why You Should Ignore the Lies

By Seun Bisuga So one renegade reporter began spewing some lies about the Vice President last week but what Nigerians know about the impeccable integrity and unquestionable character of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is not a new subject of public discourse. On July 3, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari said some flattering words about his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. It is ... Read More »

Kerosene price surges 5.58%, PMS plummets by 11.33% in 1 year, NBS reports

Kerosene price surges 5.58%, PMS plummets by 11.33% in 1 year, NBS reports

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has reported rising and falling of two major petroleum products generally used by Nigerians in the last one year. While the price of the domestic cooking fuel, also known as kerosene, surged by 5.58 per cent in the last one year, the price of the premium motor spirit, also known ... Read More »

IKUN DAIRY FARM COMMENCES MILK PRODUCTION.

IKUN DAIRY FARM COMMENCES MILK PRODUCTION.

  The recently resuscitated Ikun Dairy Farm at Ikun Ekiti in Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State, has started producing milk for the first time since it was established about 40years ago. The State Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, who made this known in Ado Ekiti, described the development as a symbolic milestone, and a ... Read More »

We deserve exclusive rights to issue and revoke banks’ licences, CBN tells Senate

We deserve exclusive rights to issue and revoke banks’ licences, CBN tells Senate

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has urged the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions to grant it powers to issue and revoke licenses of banks in line with international best practices, thus minimizing duplication of functions that has been the bane of several Nigeria’s agencies. The bank’s governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, stated ... Read More »

How NNDC Management ‘wasted’ N80bn in 5 months – NGO tells Reps Committee

How NNDC Management ‘wasted’ N80bn in 5 months – NGO tells Reps Committee

Mr Johnson Kolawole, the Head, Directorate of Research and Programmes, Act for Positive Transformation Initiative, NGO has accused the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, of gross abuse of budget implementation process. Mr. Kolawole spoke at the ongoing investigative hearing of House of Representatives Committee probing alleged N40 billion irregular expenditure in NDDC on Friday ... Read More »

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi: The war on women

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi: The war on women

A few days ago, we received the news of the passing of Ms Tolulope Arotile, the first ever female combat flying helicopter pilot in the history of the Nigerian Air Force. She died in a car accident and she was in her early twenties. It is such a dreadful loss and I pray that God Almighty will comfort her family ... Read More »

Court Orders EFCC To Return Bukola Saraki’s Houses To Him

Court Orders EFCC To Return Bukola Saraki’s Houses To Him

The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to return houses belonging Bukola Saraki, former Senate President, it seized to him. The court, in a judgment by Justice Rilwan Aikawa, released the houses back to Saraki, while delivering judgment on an application by the EFCC seeking to permanently forfeit the houses to the ... Read More »