Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Why I will not support devaluation of Naira – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that advocates of the devaluation of Naira would have to convince him how the policy would strengthen the country’s economy, before he would approve it.

The president, who was speaking during his maiden Presidential media chat in Abuja, said his administration’s priority at the moment was getting enough money to pursue infrastructural development projects and fighting insurgency to create the environment for secure investment.

Zaria Massacre : Buhari breaks silence

Zaria Massacre : Buhari breaks silence
President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would only comment on the Shi’ite killings after receiving reports of investigations from the police and the Kaduna State Government.

Mr. Buhari said this at his first presidential media chat on Wednesday.

He had refused to comment on the Zaria killings which occurred over two weeks ago.

Why we can’t release Dasuki, Kanu — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has given reasons why his government has refused to release a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, despite several court directives.

Mr. Dasuki, who is facing trial for allegedly diverting and sharing over $2.2 billion dollars meant for arms procurement for the anti-Boko Haram war, to politicians and cronies, was on Wednesday re-arrested by the State Security Service after he had been granted bail by three different courts.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Arrest Warrant Issued For Bill Cosby For Alleged January 2004 S*exual Assault.

Bill Cosby: Comedian Charged With Felony Stemming From 2004 S*exual Assault Case in Pennsylvania

Cosby was charged Wednesday with allegedly drugging and s*exually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.

Biafra: IPOB Leader Kanu Apologizes To Buhari, Jonathan, Igbo elders

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has expressed regret for referring to President Muhammadu Buhari as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile in his radio broadcasts.

Kanu, who has been charged along with two others by the Federal Government before a Federal High Court in Abuja on six counts of treason and other ancillary offences, said he intended to write a private letter to Buhari to express his apology to the President.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Buhari Speaks: How we intend to fund Nigeria’s N6 trillion budget

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained that despite the fall in the international price of crude oil, measures taken to block leakages in the nation’s revenue generating agencies would ensure enough cash to fund the N6 trillion budget he recently submitted to the National Assembly.

The president gave the explanation in an interview with Mansur Liman of the BBC Hausa service on Christmas eve. He also spoke on his government’s ‘success’ at defeating the Boko Haram insurgents.

PREMIUM TIMES’ Sani Tukur translated the interview..


Niger Delta is part of Biafra – MASSOB leader

ABA-Leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign States of Biafra, MASSOB, Solomon Chukwu, has said that the people of the Niger Delta area and the former Eastern region are part of Biafra, and remains committed to actualize an independent state of their own.

The new MASSOB leader added that the people of Biafra cannot find peace in Nigeria until the actualization of an independent state where there will be limitless freedom to develop their land.

No community under Boko Haram control in Nigeria – NEMA

The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Sani Sidi, on Friday said there was no remaining community in the North East under the control of Boko Haram insurgents.

He made this statement at an award ceremony organized by Northern Youth Council in Kaduna.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Nigeria to reduce petrol price to N85 per litre from Jan 1

The Nigerian Government would on January 1, 2016 reduce the pump price of the petrol to N85 per litre.

The product officially sells for N87 per litre, although it sells for higher prices in some states of the federation.

Nigeria scraps fuel subsidy, cut petrol price to N85 per litre

The Nigerian Government announced on Friday that it has scrapped the Petroleum Support Fund, also known as fuel subsidy.

Speaking to journalists at the Port Harcourt refinery where he had spent Christmas inspecting the facility, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, said the government could no longer pay the subsidy due to the fraud tainting the scheme.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Zimbabwe to adopt Chinese yuan as legal tender after China cancels debts

Zimbabwe to adopt Chinese yuan as legal tender after China cancels debts
Zimbabweans will soon be able to shop in yuan after their government announced it will adopt the Chinese currency following Beijing's cancellation of $40 million in debt.

China has become the largest investor in Zimbabwe, which has been shunned by the West over its human rights record and is struggling to emerge from a deep recession which began in 1999.

Nigerian Army Has Met December Deadline Of Defeating Boko Haram – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Wednesday that the Nigerian military had met the December deadline to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists.

The minister said this during his maiden meeting with editorial heads of media houses in Lagos.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

“7 Nigerians stole N3.3 trillion” – Aisha Buhari

“7 Nigerians stole N3.3 trillion” – Aisha Buhari
Nigeria’s First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari said 7 Nigerians in the past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan stole N3.3 trillion meant for the development of the country.

The president’s wife made this disclosure while speaking at the get-together for social media changers in Aso Villa, Abuja.

Remittance : Nigerians in diaspora sent home $21 billion in 2015

With about $21 billion sent home by Nigerians in diaspora in 2015, the country is the sixth largest receiver of remittances in the world, the Migration of Remittance Factbook 2016 has shown.

The country is also by far the largest receiver of remittances in sub-Saharan Africa, receiving a total of $34.8 billion this year.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nigerian government hikes electricity tariffs; abolishes fixed charges

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has increased electricity tariffs, while removing fixed charges for all consumers.

The new tariffs were approved Sunday.

Henceforth, all electricity distribution companies are not to bill customers the fixed charge component, starting from the customers’ next round of billing, the regulator directed.

N1.4trillion fine : FG calls MTN’s bluff, says Dec 31 deadline subsists

LAGOS — The Federal Government, yesterday, said it would neither be cowed nor threatened by MTN’s court action against the N1.4trn fine which was later reduced to N780 billion, insisting that the telecommunications company risks another fine if it fails to pay on deadline.

Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, made the statement yesterday in reaction to the suit instituted by the telecom operator at a Lagos High Court, weekend.

Nigeria bans credit card use abroad

Nigeria bans credit card use abroad

Nigeria's central bank has ordered commercial banks to stop customers from using their debit and credit cards abroad, a source has told the BBC.

One bank has emailed customers to this effect, stressing it is a "temporary measure".

Monday, December 21, 2015

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Death sentences passed on 66 Nigerian soldiers for mutiny, other charges, reduced to 10 years imprisonment each

Death sentences passed on 66 Nigerian soldiers for mutiny, other charges, reduced to 10 years imprisonment each
The death sentences by firing squad passed on 66 soldiers in January and March 2015 by separate General Court Martials have been commuted to 10 years imprisonment each. A statement released on Saturday, December 19, by the Acting Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman reads;

"It will be recalled that 71 soldiers were arraigned on several charges in joint trials. The soldiers were arraigned on several count charges that include Criminal Conspiracy, Conspiracy to commit mutiny, Mutiny, Attempt to Commit an Offence (Murder), Disobedience to Particular Orders, Insubordinate Behaviour and False Accusation, amongst others.

"You are still the best!" - Mikel Obi on Jose Mourinho

Chelsea Football Club sacked Jose Mourinho after a meeting with the club's hierarchy on Thursday. 

Mikel shared this photo of him and the 52 year old former manager, writing: 'So sad but you had to leave! Gonna miss you boss!! You are still the best!'

President Buhari Sacks 2,000 University Workers

The Senior Staff Association of the Nigerian Universities has called for an indefinite strike on December 24, 2015 to protest a recent decision of the Federal Government to sack 2,000 university workers across the country by January, 2016.

The National President of SSANU, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, said during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday that the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, and the National Universities Commission had written letters of termination to 2,000 members of staff of the universities.

Governor Fayose's Six Shocking Prophecies For 2016

Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, has come up with unbelievable prophecies for Nigeria in 2016.

He gave the prophecies during a press briefing in Lagos on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Fayose had lambasted the Senate for the controversial ‘Bill for an Act to Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and Other Matters’ otherwise known as the anti-social media bill.

Fayose said the bill was part of a plot by the All Progressives Congress to hide corruption and prevent Nigerians from exposing them. He also said the intention of the Senate to gag the social media is one of the wishes of the President Buhari.


This Government Is A Government Of Sadists - FFK


On the night of 12th December 2015 in the city of Zaria, Kaduna state, Sheik El Zakzaky, the leader of the 10 million-strong Shia muslim community in Nigeria, was shot, brutalized and dumped in a wheelbarrow.

He barely escaped with his life but sadly, according to Iranian government sources and the New York Times, his wife, two of his sons and no less than one thousand of his shia muslim followers were not so lucky.

BIAFRA : Igbo leaders want end to street protests

NO fewer than 60 prominent Igbo leaders met yesterday in Lagos where they called for an end to the ongoing pro-Biafra street protests in Nigeria.

The eminent persons, who met under the auspices of Concerned Igbo Elders, Traditional Rulers and Stakeholders cautioned against exporting the protests.

Remove Subsidy And Stimulate Infrastructure, Tinubu Tells Buhari

KADUNA – Former governor of Lagos state, now National leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has asked for the immediate removal fuel subsidy.

Tinubu who made the demand while speaking yesterday in Kaduna at the 10th memorial anniversary of late Dr. Bala Usman, a politician, and former lecturer with Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU, Zaria, Tinubu said that fuel subsidy came with “many demons”

Dwindling oil price : Explore alternative sources of revenue, Buhari tells states

ABUJA —AS the price of oil in  the international market continues to dwindle, the Federal Government insisted that state governments must begin to explore alternative sources of generating revenues in their respective states to augment what they were getting from the centre as monthly allocations.

Addressing newsmen, yesterday, after the National Economic Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja, where Vice President Yemi Osinbajo represented President Muhammadu Buhari; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, said the advice became imperative in the face of the country’s present daunting economic challenges.

PDP to woo IBB, Ekwueme, Atiku, Ciroma for 2019 elections

FOLLOWING its defeat at the  March 28  Presidential election and ahead of the 2019 Presidential election, the National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP disclosed yesterday that it has concluded arrangements to meet its founding fathers next year and beg them for forgiveness as part of moves to reposition the party.

Though the party never came up with founding fathers to reach out, but a source disclosed to Vanguard gathered that   there were moves to woo former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; ex- minister of Finance, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur,   others to plead with them even if some of them may not want to play very active roles , but would continue to play such fatherly roles as it were in the past.

Anti-Graft : EFCC Gets 7-day Notice To Return N1.9trillion to FG

An Abuja based anti-graft crusader, Dr George Uboh, has issued a Seven-Day notice to the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, to refund the sum of 1.993 trillion naira recovered public looted funds to the federal government.

Dr. Uboh who is the chief executive officer of Panic Alert Security System, made the copy of the acknowledged letter to EFCC to journalists yesterday in Abuja and dated December 17, 2015.

FG discloses what’s left of Abacha’s loot

The Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, on Thursday reported to the National Economic Council (NEC) that the balance of the money allegedly stolen by the late Gen. Sani Abacha stood at $26 million and 19 million pounds as at November 2015.

The Benue Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, made this known while briefing State House correspondents after a NEC meeting, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House.

Appeal Court Sacks Akwa Ibom Governor; Nullifies Entire Election

A panel of Nigeria’s Court of Appeal in Abuja has sacked Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State. In delivering its final ruling on the conduct of the governorship election in Akwa Ibom, the five-member panel upheld the petition of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), agreeing that the election of Governor Emmanuel Udom of the People’s Democratic Party did not conform to the electoral act.

The court, therefore annulled the election, first re-asserting the importance of card readers and affirming that the election was marred by over-voting.

Rivers Speaker resigns after passing Wike’s budget

Rivers Speaker resigns after passing Wike’s budget
The Speaker of Rivers House, Ikunyi Owaji-Ibani, representing Andoni Constituency resign shortly after presiding over the 2016 budget presentation by Governor Nyesom Wike at about 5:30pm yesterday.

The Speaker made the surprise announcement after presiding over the hurried presentation of the 2016 citing “personal reasons”.

NCC files criminal charges against MTN over alleged copyright infringement

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has filed criminal charges against MTN Nigeria Communication and its Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Ferdi Moolman, over alleged copyright infringement.

The charge with number ABJ/CR/379/2015 was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday.

Finally, naira strengthens against the dollar

The naira on Friday finally strengthened against the dollar after weeks of free fall at the parallel market.

The currency gained N10 to exchange at N270 to the dollar after it nosedived to N280 on Thursday.

Ghanaian Oil Tycoon Kevin Okyere, Tied To Shady Oil Deals In Nigeria, Illegally Buys $250K Mercedes-Benz From US

Ghanaian Oil Tycoon Kevin Okyere, Tied To Shady Oil Deals In Nigeria, Illegally Buys $250K Mercedes-Benz From US
An investigation by SaharaReporters has discovered that Kevin Okyere, a Ghanaian oil tycoon tied to shady oil deals in Nigeria with embattled former Minister for Petroleum Resources, Alison Diezani-Madueke, has illegally purchased a brand new 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG S-Class GTS coupe with VIN#:WDDYJ7JA6GA002426. It is estimated that this luxury sports car costs between $150,000 and $250,000, according to similar purchases.

SaharaReporters exclusively obtained photographs of the luxury Mercedes-Benz car shipped to Accra, Ghana with Georgia license plates PZM 3849. The images were taken at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Nigeria yet to decide on joining Saudi-led anti-Islamic-State alliance

ABUJA, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Nigeria has yet to decide whether to join a Saudi-led alliance to fight the militant group Islamic State, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced a 34-nation Islamic military coalition, a move welcomed by the United States, which has been urging greater regional efforts to push back Islamic State, now in control of large parts of Iraq and Syria.

Arms Purchase Scam : Ex-NSA ​Dasuki, ​4 ​Others Granted Bail

High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has granted bail to former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, and four others standing trial for alleged money laundering and criminal breach of trust.

Others standing trial over a 19-count charge preferred against them include, a former director of finance at the office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, a former Group General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Baba ​Kusa and two firms, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Reference Hospital.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

PDP Criticizes Buhari Over Allocation Of N39.4billion For Oil Exploration

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s allocation of N39.4 billion for oil exploration in the the northern part of Nigeria.

Onuesoke, who spoke yesterday at Yanagoa, Bayelsa State, said the provision in 2016 budget, is amazing, especially now when the West and other parts of the world are embarking on renewable energy exploration.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

CBN will soon release details on recovered funds – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari was at the Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Memorial Lecture yesterday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. 

He spoke on the topic: Incorruptibility: A Spiritual Premise for Material Well Being. 

It was a topic that afforded the president the opportunity  to take a philosophical look at the problem of corruption in our country, how it is rooted in our mindset and why as Nigerians, we need to collaborate with his government to root out the evil which has destroyed our country.

Read full speech HERE

Anti-Corruption : Buhari will step on big toes – Garba Shehu

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has said that the ongoing anti-corruption campaign is bound to offend many as big toes will be stepped on.

Shehu, who made the statement on Friday in Kaduna at the ongoing 3-day Retreat for State House Correspondents, said that personal interests would also be cast aside to achieve positive results in the campaign.

I delivered $47million in 11 suitcases to Dasuki – Ex-director

A former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shuaibu Salisu, has stated that $47million was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 11 suit cases.

The latest revelation throws more light on how an estimated at $2billion meant for arms procurement was allegedly diverted by senior government officials and politicians during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

PDP Almost Destroyed Nigeria – el-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday accused the past administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of almost destroying Nigeria.

According to him ,the kind of underhand dealings that went unchallenged under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan are stranger than fiction.

N924million Loan : Court Freezes Nwankwo Kanu’s Bank Accounts

Following his alleged failure to pay back a debt of N924,788,754.56, a Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered that all accounts belonging to former captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, NwankwoKanu in all commercial bank in the country should be frozen.

Apart from Kanu others affected by the order given by Justice OkonAbang are is company, The Hardley Apartments and a Director of the company, Ayoola Gam-Ikon.

‘Platini will be suspended for several years’ – FIFA ethics spokesman

Suspended European football chief Michel Platini will “be suspended for several years”, the spokesman of FIFA’s ethics committee Andreas Bantel told French sports daily L’Equipe on Friday.

Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter are both currently serving 90-day bans while an investigation is held into a two million Swiss franc (1.8 million euro/$2 million) payment from the world governing body to the Frenchman.

Ex-VP, Namadi Sambo received monthly stipends of N20million from Dasuki

Ibrahim Idris Wambai, the former Accounts Officer II, has revealed that that the Office of Nigeria’s former Vice President Namadi Sambo was on a monthly stipend of N20million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) led by former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

He pointed out that some presidential aides also benefitted from slush funds from the ONSA, singling out five firms which were used as platforms by some people to receive funds from the office.

Naira Finally Crashes To 260 Per Dollar, Its Lowest In 42 Years

In December 1980, exactly 35 years ago, the naira was one dollar and eight cent, but today, a dollar is N260, the weakest it has ever been since its introduction 42 years ago. 

The naira, which was introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on January 1,1973, fell to its lowest on Friday, trading at 260 to the greenback on the parallel market. 

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Deploy energies to crush Boko Haram, not armless IPOB protesters - CLO to Buhari

The Civil Liberty Organization (CLO), has condemned the alleged killing of at least 11 protesters and others severely injured when pro-Biafra protesters clashed with armed security operatives at the wee hours of Wednesday, December 2, 2015, in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State.

The CLO, in a statement by its Executive Director, Comrade Ibuchukwu Ezike, said among those allegedly killed by the joint military operation was a 21 year-old Nkiruka Anthonia Ikeanyionwu, from Adazi Nnukwu Anambra state and schooling at Fedral College of Education Umunze, Anambra State, adding that those injured are currently receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals in the state, even as 100 others are reportedly being detained in Abuja by the Directorate of State Security (DSS).

ALLEGED $2billion arms deal PROBE : EFCC summon Okonjo-Iweala

ABUJA— Indications emerged last night that the Federal Government would extend its dragnet towards apprehending and prosecuting more individuals and groups which allegedly helped themselves with huge funds meant for the acquisition of arms for the armed forces, leaving the soldiers to fight with bare hands.

Meanwhile, the war of words between Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and  former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala continued, yesterday, as the  governor alleged that the former minister facilitated looting of funds by officials of the past administration.

Elite frustrating Buhari’s reform agenda — Agbakoba

Human rights lawyer and former President, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has lauded the economic and political policies initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting however, that the elite are frustrating the President’s reform agenda.

Speaking to newsmen in Lagos, yesterday, on the state of the nation, Agbakoba said that since May 29, there has been an economic correction in the country, as well as an ideological shift to the left to serve the people’s interest.

BIAFRA : No Nnamdi Kanu, no dialogue with FG — MASSOB, IPOB

ENUGU—The ceasefire declared by the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to give room for a dialogue with the Federal Government appears headed for the rocks.

The groups are peeved by reports that former governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Senator Goodswill Akpabio led a delegation accompanied by some northern elites on behalf of MASSOB to Federal Government to broker a truce.

UEFA President, Michel Platini loses suspension appeal

UEFA President, Michel Platini has failed to have his 90-day provisional ban from football activity lifted, reports BBC.

Details later

Appeal Court upholds Akpabio’s election

An Appeal Court on Friday, upheld the election of Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.

Details later…

Nigeria signs MOU with Chinese firm, Huawei, to train 2,000 young Nigerians on ICT

The federal government on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with leading Chinese technology firm, Huawei, to train 2000 young Nigerians on Information and Communication Technology, ICT.

The MOU provides 2,000 Information and Communication Technology, ICT trainee jobs to young Nigerians next year under the “Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme.”

Thursday, December 10, 2015

China To Partner With Nigeria In The Fight Against Boko Haram Terrorism

Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie /This Day Live
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie has assured the Nigerian Armed Forces of the Chinese government's readiness to partner in the current fight against insurgency.

He gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin in his office at the Defence headquarters, Abuja.  The Chinese Ambassador expressed his government's confidence on the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency, most especially, at restoring peace and security to every troubled areas in the Nation.  He also solicited for stronger ties in the exchanges between the two Armed Forces in intelligence gathering and sharing as well as training.

Arms Deal : Dokpesi loses bail bid as court adjourns to Dec 14

Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications Plc, on Thursday, December 10, 2015 failed in his bid to regain freedom after being docked on Wednesday on a six-count charge bordering on alleged procurement fraud and breach of public trust to the tune of N2.1 billion before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Dokpesi is facing prosecution by the anti graft agency for allegedly receiving the sum of N2.billion from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, for PDP’s presidential media campaign.

Karim Benzema suspended from France over S*ex-tape

Karim Benzema has been suspended from the France team until an investigation into his alleged part in a blackmail and sex tape case has been resolved.

The striker, 27, who could miss Euro 2016 hosted in his country, was banned by the France Football Federation.

Dokpesi under fresh investigations over N8.7bn received from Jonathan’s administration

The Federal Government told an Abuja Federal High Court on Thursday that media mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, former Chairman of Daar Communications, owner of African Independent Television received over N8.7 billion from the federal government on 27, January 2012 for the broadcast right of Nigeria hosting of the Under 17 World.

Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) the prosecuting counsel in the six count charges of money laundering and violation of Public Procurement Act filed against Dokpesi by the Federal Government said this while opposing the motion on bail application for the media mogul by his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

Research suggests Muslims to overtake number of Christians by the end of the century

Muslims to overtake number of Christians by the end of the century

Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world and will overtake the number of Christians by the end of the century, research suggests.

A collection of studies by the Pew Research Center also found they make up a growing share of the immigrant population in America every year.

Five charged in Australia over terror plot

Five people, including a 15-year-old boy, were charged Thursday in Sydney over a terror plot targeting a government building, with authorities expressing alarm at the age of those being radicalised.

The teenager and a 20-year-old man were seized at their homes Thursday morning and accused of conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act. Three others currently in jail, aged 21, 22, and 22, were later charged with the same offence, police said.

I’ll secure victory at the tribunal — Governor Wada

Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Ichala Wada has assured his supporters that the election tribunal will do justice to the confusion surrounding the governorship polls.

Addressing Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders at the Government House, Lokoja, Tuesday, the governor said the tribunal will soon decide whether it is legal for a political party to have two candidates in the course of election and whether a person’s votes could be transferred to another person.

FG pays oil marketers N407bn outstanding subsidy claims

ABUJA— Respite seems to be in sight for Nigerians over the unending fuel scarcity witnessed across the country, as the Federal Government, yesterday, said it has paid N407.077 billion to oil marketers for their outstanding subsidy claims.

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja stated that the Presidency had directed that the payments be made immediately in order to bring to a quick end, the lingering fuel crisis which has caused great suffering to Nigerian families and businesses.

Arraignment : Dokpesi pleads not guilty

Dokpesi, yesterday, pleaded not guilty to the entire six-count charge, even as Justice Gabriel Kolawole adjourned till today to consider his application for bail.

In the interim, the court gave the EFCC the nod to detain the accused person in its custody pending determination of his bail request.

2019 Igbo presidency : We’re not interested – IPOB

ONITSHA – The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has described as political of compensation, the kite being flown by some Northern elders to the effect that Ndigbo would be allowed to clinch the presidential seat in 2019.

Spokesman of the IPOB, Emma Powerful who spoke to newsmen Wednesday on the issue, said they are not interested in Nigeria’s affairs any longer, adding that those flying the kite of Igbo presidency in 2019 is merely a distraction.

How Jonathan, Okonjo-Iweala illegally diverted N61.4 billion Abacha loot to NSA, Sambo Dasuki

The immediate past Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, illegally approved the transfer of at least N61.4 billion ($300 million and £5.5 million) from funds recovered from late dictator, Sani Abacha, to the Office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, few weeks to the 2015 presidential election, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today.

The former Minister signed off on the transfer but then closed her eyes to how the funds were spent, requesting then President Goodluck Jonathan to directly demand accountability from Mr. Dasuki, according to documents seen by this newspaper.