David West: Gbajabiamila mourns ‘a patriot’

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has described as unfortunate and painful the passing away of a former Minister of Petroleum, Prof Tam David West.Gbajabiamila said David West, who served Nigeria diligently as a federal Minister and was also a consultant virologist of international repute, would be missed and remembered for his patriotism.In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker prayed for the repose of the soul of the former petroleum minister.“My heartfelt condolences go to the family of…

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Confusion as APC, PDP claim victory in controversial Ibadan Appeal Court judgement

An air of uncertainty pervades the ancient city of Ibadan, capital of Oyo state as an ambiguous judgement by the Court of Appeal on the March 9, 2019 governorship election thrown confusion into the state’s political space. Both the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) and the leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) are claiming victory after the split judgement that did not outrightly remove incumbent governor,  Seyi Makinde of the PDP or proclaimed appellant, Bayo Adelabu of the APC as the winner.The Appeal Court on Monday said it “allowed” the…

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Last days of Prof. David-West

Contrary to news making rounds in the online-media, former Petroleum and Energy Minister, Prof. Tam David-West, did not die in penury. The University of Ibadan based virologist was admitted to the private suite of the University College Hospital Ibadan; the luxury arm of the premier teaching hospital for 11days. The Public Relations Officer of the UCH, Mr. Toye Akinrinlola, told PUNCH that the former minister, however, died on Monday morning at 11:05. The official did not give further details other than, “He was brought here over a week ago and admitted to a private…

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Gbajabiamila eulogises Mamman Daura at 80

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has eulogised the virtues of elder statesman and veteran journalist, Malam Mamman Daura, as he marks his 80th birthday.Gbajabiamila said attaining the age of 80 is a great achievement worth celebrating, saying Daura has paid his dues as a national figure.According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker described Daura as a peace-loving and unassuming individual.  “I wish to celebrate this great Nigerian, who has done a lot for the country in different…

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Ex-Petroleum minister, David-West is dead

Renowned professor of virology, activist and former minister of petroleum, Tamuno David-West is dead. He died Monday at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan at the age of 83 years. The famous political activist and virologist was born in Buguma, Kalabari, Rivers State. He worked as a lecturer and became a professor at the University of Ibadan where he lived and died. He joined the university in 1969 and became a professor of virology in 1975. David-West served in Nigerian government as commissioner for education and a member of the…

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Road closed for Amosun’s APM as Appeal Court upholds Abiodun victory as Ogun governor

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Monday dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of Allied People’s Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade on the March 9 governorship election in Ogun State against the ruling of the election petition tribunal which affirmed Governor Dapo Abiodun’s victory. The court upheld the election of the State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The three-man panel in the unanimous judgment, delivered by Justice Mohammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma, who stood in for the head…

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Sex For Grades: Another varsity sacks 8 lecturers

The Akwa Ibom State University said it had terminated the appointments of eight lecturers for alleged involvement in sexual harassment and extortion. The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eno Ibanga, said this while briefing newsmen on the activities lined up for the 4th and 5th combined convocation at the institution’s main campus in the Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state. He said however that some of the cases were in court, adding that 10 students involved in cultism were also caught by the management of the institution. The VC, who…

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IWEC Foundation names Awosika President

The International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation (IWEC)  has announced the appointment of Ibukun Awosika to their Board of Directors as its New President. Awosika is the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s Premier and Leading financial services provider. Mrs. Awosika was elected to replace Miguel Valls, former president of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and president of the IWEC Foundation, who passed away last month. “The Foundation is very excited to announce the appointment of our new president,” stated Ruth A. Davis, IWEC Chairwoman and distinguished former U.S. Ambassador. “Ibukun Awosika has…

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GNI set to dump ADC for APC

The governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress in the 2019 election, Gboyega Isiaka and three lawmakers on the platform of the party are set to join the All Progressives Congress. Isiaka said this on Monday after a closed-door meeting with Governor Dapo Abiodun at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta. The meeting came barely three weeks after both Isiaka and Abiodun held a secret meeting over the rumoured plan to join APC. Some of the political leaders that accompanied Isiaka to the meeting include Joju Fadairo,  Nurudeen Olaleye,  Dipo Sofowora, …

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UBA launches self-printing debit card machine at Lagos Trade Fair, pledges superior value for customers

Pan African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) have announced that it is committed to continued investment in cutting edge technology for efficient and improved service delivery to its customers and by extension the business community. The Chief Executive Officer, UBA Africa, Victor Osadolor, made the disclosure during a well-attended flag-off ceremony of the 2019 Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF), in which UBA is the headline sponsor. The event, which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, had in attendance distinguished guests, including the Deputy Governor, of Lagos State, Mr. Obafemi Hamzat; President, Lagos…

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Lagos Fire outbreak: Gbajabiamila sympathises with traders at Balogun Market

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has sympathised with traders and shop owners at the popular Balogun Market, Idumota, Lagos over the fire outbreak that occurred at the market on Tuesday.The Speaker said the fire incident, which affected two-storey buildings at No. 43, Martins Street, in the market where property worth millions of naira were lost, was unfortunate.In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said it was painful that traders and shop owners, who were carrying out their…

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Fidelity Bank gives back to customers, pledges more support

Fidelity Bank Plc, one of the top six lenders in terms of total assets, loans and advances and customer deposits has said that it is committed to the long term expansion of the businesses of its customers whilst providing positive experiences at all its touchpoints to grow the bottom line and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Managing Director/CEO, Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo made the disclosure Wednesday at the Fidelity Bank Special Day at the ongoing 2019 Lagos International Trade Fair. Okonkwo who was represented by the bank’s…

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Sowore meets bail conditions, to be freed today -Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare, have met the bail conditions imposed on them in respect of their trial on charges of treasonable felony. Falana, who is their lawyer, said the defendants would be freed later on Wednesday. He said this while asking for an adjournment of the case on the grounds that the accused have been in custody of the Department of State Service from where they were…

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Gbajabiamila leads Reps delegation to Japan

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila will on Wednesday lead a delegation of the House on a visit to Japan.The visit, which will last from November 6 to 11, is based on an invitation extended to the Speaker by the Japanese House of Representatives.The visit is to facilitate an exchange between the Nigerian House of Representatives and its Japanese counterpart and further foster friendly relations and mutual understanding between the two countries.During the visit, the Speaker, accompanied by some members of the House, is expected to…

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Balogun market burning building collapses, kills Policeman

The front section of a six-storey building gutted by fire on Tuesday in Lagos Island collapsed and killed a policeman at the scene reports the News Agency of Nigeria. NAN reports that part of the six-storey building located at 43 Martins Street, Lagos Island, collapsed around 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday as firemen intensified efforts to extinguish the inferno. NAN reports that part of the burning building collapsed on the policeman, severely injuring him while he had been controlling the surging crowd. Confirming the death, Mr Olanrewaju Elegushi, Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu…

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Appeal court sacks Sen. Adeyeye, affirms Olujimi winner

The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna has nullified the election of the spokesman of the Senate, Senator Dayo Adeyeye. The ruling was delivered by Justice Uzor Anyanwu on Wednesday. The court also upheld the tribunal judgment declaring Peoples Democratic Party’s Senator Abiodun Olujimi winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial election held on February 23. The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Adeyeye, who ran on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, winner of the National Assembly election. Olujimi approached the elections petitions tribunal, seeking a declaration that she…

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GSM orders demolition of Ibadan house of horror

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has ordered the demolition of the house of horror in Ibadan on where 259 inmates were rescued on Monday. The governor gave the directive on Tuesday when he visited the Olore Central Mosque, in Ojoo, where the building is located Makinde was at the site with some of his aides and men of the state police command. In an operation led by the state Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, 191 men, 34 women, 11 children and 23 sick persons, who were illegally held captive,…

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Woman steals baby to justify fake pregnancy

A middle-aged woman, Falilat Olatunji, was on Wednesday, arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly stealing a four-month-old baby boy, to cover up her fake pregnancy. Falilat, who was arrested 24 hours after she allegedly stole the baby from a room at Iyana-Kajola, Mile 2, Abeokuta, was said to have deceived her husband that she was pregnant. The mother of the baby, Taiwo Bello, was reported to have left the sleeping boy in the room and went to the back of the house to wash clothes.…

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EFCC docks FCMB, 2 staff for fraud and criminal negligence

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned a new generation bank,  First City Monument Bank, FCMB alongside two of its employees-Timothy Shoon, an account officer and Obende Thomas, head of operations-before Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Makurdi, Benue State on three-count charges bothering on advance fee fraud and criminal negligence.  One of the charges reads: “That you, First City Monument Bank being a financial institution, sometime in February, 2018, in Makurdi within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, as a result of your negligence, failed…

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Keystone Bank’s AGM in EFCC Net Over N.5bn Money Laundering Scam

Keystone Bank’s Assistant General Manager, Rowly Isioro, and his wife, Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isioro, a businesswoman, have dragged the bank into the news for the wrong reasons as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos office, has arrested the couple, for their alleged involvement in Business Email Compromise, BEC, and money laundering amounting to over N.5bn. A statement released by the commission on Monday, November 4th, says the couple allegedly laundered the total sum of One Million and Forty-nine Thousand Dollars ($1.49m) which was allegedly transferred to Ovuomarhoni Naomi’s bank…

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Reps to support Greek Consortium on job creation – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the 9th House would encourage initiatives that would help create jobs for Nigerians. The Speaker said this while playing host to a delegation of the Greek Consortium in his office on Monday led by Mr Patrick Osobase.On the main focus of the consortium, which is to boost fishing in Nigeria, Gbajabiamila said it was a laudable initiative that the House would also support.“I was wondering what the Greek Consortium means, but we now know what it is. You…

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Fidelity Bank celebrates 2019 compliances and ethics week

As part of sustained efforts to promote ethical values and professionalism within the bank, Fidelity Bank Plc, weekend disclosed plans to participate in this year edition of the Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week. Commencing on November 3 and running up until Friday, November 08, the bank has organised series engagement initiatives that are part of the annual activities around the celebration. Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week, organised annually by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) provides organisations with the ideal occasion to demonstrate their extensive and comprehensive compliance…

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‘Cabal tales’ confirmed as Abba Kyari takes bill to Buhari in London

The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, on Monday took a bill to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in London on a private visit, for signing. The bill amended the Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act. The President on Twitter described the signing as a landmark moment for Nigeria. In a photo which was posted on social media, Kyari, who was wearing a suit, was seen presenting the bill to the President who was sitting down. Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act…

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Army arrest 8 Boko Haram Terrorists over Lagos planned attack

Eight Boko Haram suspects arrested in connection with plans to attack facilities in Lagos are being held by the military, the army said at the weekend. The Nation gathered on Sunday that the insurgents made attempts about two weeks ago to attack one of the universities in the state, but operatives of the 81 Division beat them to their game. Four persons directly involved in the botched plan were arrested and immediately whisked to the Army Headquarters in Abuja for further investigation. It was gathered that four other suspected members…

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Heritage Bank holds strategic Agribusiness meeting with Sumitomo Corporation

Nigeria is at the threshold of the much-needed agricultural revolution, as food production remains a significant challenge all over the world, hence whilst, Heritage Bank Plc is forming an alliance to further create formidable partnership arrangements with Sumitomo Corporation that will lead to impactful agribusiness within the segments of the agricultural value chain. This relationship that is focused on mechanisation and agribusiness will complement the efforts of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) to fast track development of the agricultural sector and enhance national food security.

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Heritage Bank pledges continued support for women empowerment

Heritage Bank Plc has said it will continue to lend support to causes that promote women empowerment as this will impact positively on the nation’s socio-economic development. Managing Director, Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, stated this at the “Raising Girls Summit ‘19” which held in Lagos last Friday as part of activities to commemorate the International day of the Girl-Child. Sekibo, who was represented at the event by  the Regional Executive, Lagos & South-West, Heritage Bank, Dike Dimiri, disclosed  that the lender sponsored the “Raising Girls Summit ‘19” because  as he…

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FirstBank hosts maiden FirstMonie agents awards, splashes N15m on awardees

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has expressed its commitment to driving financial inclusion across Nigeria. With currently over 37,000 Firstmonie Agents, present in 99% of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, the Bank is the leading financial institution at promoting financial inclusion in the country to all Nigerians, regardless of where they are. Speaking during the Firstmonie Agent Banking national award ceremony, recently held in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer, FirstBank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, said the Firstmonie agent network is a bespoke channel through which the Bank expresses its unalloyed commitment and passion…

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Supreme Court dismisses Atiku’s appeal, affirms Buhari’s election

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23, 2019, presidential election. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, who led six other members of the apex court’s panel, delivered a three-sentence judgement which put paid to the legal dispute over the poll. The CJN, who said the reasons for the decision of the court would be made known on a date to be announced, disclosed that he…

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Breaking: Mobolaji Johnson, Lagos’ first governor is dead

Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson, foremost elder statesman and first governor of Lagos State, is dead. A top official of the Lagos State Government confirmed the news to our this evening. Mobolaji, who was born on February 9, 1936, died on Wednesday, aged 83. As Military Governor of Lagos State, he was in office between May28, 1967 and July 1975, under the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.

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Origi, the hero as Liverpool youngsters dump Arsenal out of League Cup

Liverpool reached the League Cup quarter-finals in thrilling style as their incredible 5-5 draw against Arsenal was followed by a 5-4 penalty shoot-out triumph on Wednesday. Both Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal boss Unai Emery made 11 changes for the fourth round tie, but the understudies served up one of the most entertaining games of the season at Anfield. Arsenal enjoyed a memorable 6-3 League Cup quarter-final win at Liverpool in 2007, but this time they squandered multiple leads in an even more dramatic clash. In the shoot-out, Dani…

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Buhari’s victory is a victory for democracy, says Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has described the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Supreme Court as a victory for democracy.  Gbajabiamila, who said though the victory of the President at the February presidential polls was never in doubt, however, expressed his appreciation of the final victory, whereby Nigerian democracy was tested by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.  In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said, “I want to…

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9th House will give adequate attention to education – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has assured that the 9th House would give adequate priority to the education sector.The Speaker said it was for that purpose that the House included education as part of its Legislative Agenda, which he said will be pursued vigorously.Speaking when he received a delegation of the Committee of Council Chairmen of Federal Colleges of Education led by the chairman, Dr Lawan Bukar Alhaji in his office on Tuesday, the Speaker said the House would ensure appropriate budget and carry out…

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Fidelity Bank on course to deliver on 2019 financial targets as Q3 Profits Hit N23bn

Fidelity Bank Plc has posted an impressive financial performance for the 3rd Quarter of 2019 and is on course to finishing strong in the 2019 Financial Year (FY). Details of the 9-months results for the period ended September 30, 2019, released on Tuesday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed strong double-digit growth in revenues, deposits and profitability etc. Gross Earnings grew by 16.3 per cent to ₦161.4 billion from ₦138.7 billion reported in the same period in 2018 whilst profit-before-tax soared by 14.7 per cent from ₦20.1 billion to ₦23.0 billion.  In other…

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FBNHoldings, FBNBank Ghana pay courtesy visit to Prez. Akufo-Addo

The Group Board Chairman of FBN Holdings Plc, Dr. Oba Otudeko CFR and Directors of FBN Holdings, FirstBank of Nigeria Limited and FBNBank Ghana Limited have paid a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo-Addo in Accra. The visit was to show appreciation to the President and thank him for participating in First Bank of Nigeria Limited’s 125th anniversary activities held earlier this year and update the President of some recent investment activities of the Group. Dr. Otudeko assured President Akufo-Addo that FBNHoldings believes in…

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GTBank removes all Bank Charges for Young Undergraduates on its GTCRea8 Account Product

If you are an undergraduate, between the ages of 16-25, then you can now bank for free with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank). The leading, youth-focused, financial institution has announced that it will cover all charges on transfers, USSD transactions and bank alerts for holders of its GTCrea8 Account, a bespoke banking product for young undergraduates between the ages of 16-25. GTCRea8 has been a core part of the GTBank’s value proposition to deliver value adding banking services to young people whilst empowering them to pursue excellence in their academics and…

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Heritage Bank briefs Prez. Buhari on $1bn joint investment to boost solid mineral investment in Zamfara

In a bid to boost the nation’s economic growth, Heritage, Zamfara State Government and the Pan African Capital, at the just concluded Russian-African Summit in Sochi, Russia, held a meeting to brief President Muhammad  Buhari on the African Export-Import Bank cooperation with Zamfara on solid minerals development put together by the two aforementioned financial institutions. This is coming on the heels of the signing of $1bn Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the areas of mining, agriculture, water resources and others, between Afreximbank and Zamfara, which Heritage Bank is the banker to the…

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Man in Police net for shattering one-year-old baby’s head

The Nigerian Police has arrested one Isiaka Ayobami of No. 2, Ayo Ijaiye Street, Isheri, Lagos, for forcefully seizing a one-year-old girl, Aishat Isiaka, from her mother and hitting her on the ground. Lagos Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement released to newsmen on Sunday, said the baby’s head was shattered and that she died on the spot. Elkana said father of the deceased baby, Garuba Isiaka, of No. 7, Ayo Ijaiye Street, had reported the incident at Isheri Police Station. “The suspect was almost lynched by angry…

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ISIS names Saddam Hussein’s ex-ally as new leader

Following the death of its erstwhile leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has named Abdullah Qardash (a.k.a. Hajji Abdullah al-Afari) as its new leader. Al-Baghdadi died as a result of a US Special Forces operation in Syria’s Idlib province on Sunday. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It is also officially known as the Islamic State and also known by its Arabic-language acronym Daesh Quoting the Newsweek, Sputnik reports that Qardash had earlier…

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Balewa knew North had oil -Arewa leader

A former Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Amb. Yerima Abdullahi has said the first Prime Minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912-1966), knew about the deposits of oil in the North but didn’t explore it. Abdullahi said Balewa’s intention was to allow the younger generations to explore the oil. He said the discovery of oil in the North, particularly the recent one in the Gondola Basin, had shamed those who tag the region as a parasite on Nigeria. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation recently announced the discovery of hydrocarbon…

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al-Baghdadi: During and after, Syrian journalist posts videos of attack that killed ISIS leader

A Syrian journalist and media expert, Mohamad Rasheed, has tweeted a video of what he claims to be the bombing of the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi. Al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Sunday as American troops bombarded his hideout in Barisha village of Idlib northern countryside near the Syrian-Turkish border. Rasheed, who tweets in Arabic, had tweeted [as translated by Google Translate]: “Video from the site targeted by US military forces at dawn today in Barisha village of Idlib northern countryside near…

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Synergy between Legislature, Executive for betterment of Nigerians – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that a good synergy between the Legislature and the Executive arm of government would be for the betterment of the citizens.Gbajabiamila, who disclosed this while receiving a delegation of the Forum of Former Members of the House led by a former speaker, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’abba on Thursday in Abuja, said the two arms of government are partners in the progress of Nigeria.The Speaker said against the perception in some quarters that having a good relationship with…

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YEA 6: Fidelity Bank, Gazelle Empowers Over 200 Youth With Entrepreneurial Skills

Determined to reduce unemployment levels in the country, Fidelity Bank Plc, in partnership with Gazelle Academy and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka on Friday concluded an entrepreneurship training programme for over 200 students in Anambra State. The programme which formally kicked off Wednesday ended with a call to Nigerian youths to embrace entrepreneurship and create wealth for themselves instead of searching endlessly for non-existing paid jobs. Organised under the Fidelity Youth Empowerment Academy (YEA 6), the programme seeks to empower the Nigerian undergraduate with vocational skills and enterprise training which…

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3 in Police net for stealing female underwear

The Police in Niger have arrested three suspects for allegedly stealing female panties in Lapai and Gurara local government areas of the state. The Command’s spokesman, DSP Muhammadu Abubakar, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Friday that a complaint was lodged at the Lapai Police Division concerning the theft on October 18. He said the case was assigned for investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old man, Mohammed Ali, a resident of state low cost housing estate, in whose possession the pants were found. Abubakar said when…

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Ex-Ekiti State Gov, Fayose’s fraud trial takes a new turn

The N2.2bn fraud trial of former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose was stalled on Friday as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission accused the ex-governor of going behind to threaten and compromise one of the prosecution witnesses. The EFCC lawyer, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told Justice C.J. Aneke that the anti-graft agency had decided to use another witness instead of the one allegedly compromised by Fayose. Jacobs alleged that the defendant went behind to meet and threaten the witness, Adewale Aladegbola, a bullion van driver with Zenith Bank, Ado-Ekiti branch.…

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Maina arraigned in court, remanded in prison

A Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the remand of the embattled former chairman of the Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, in prison custody. Justice Okon Abang granted the remand order following a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after he pleaded not guilty to the 12 counts. The judge consequently adjourned untill October 30 for trial and November 19 for suitability of his application for bail filed before arraignment. Maina is facing charges of money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud.

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N2.2bn Fraud: We counted Fayose’s money for 10 days -Witness

A former head of Zenith Bank branch in Akure, Ondo State, Sunday Alade, told the Federal High Court in Lagos that it took 10 days to count the N1.2bn delivered to the bank in June 2014 by Abiodun Agbele, an ally of former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. Alade was in court to testify against Fayose, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for an alleged fraud of N2.2bn. Alade, who was fielding questions from the EFCC lawyer, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), narrated to Justice…

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FirstBank celebrates top performing FirstMonie Agents nationwide

In recognition of the contribution of its Firstmonie Agents towards the Bank’s resolve at promoting access to financial services to all Nigerians, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced that its Agent Banking National award ceremony would hold on Friday, 25 October 2019 at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos. The event is themed “Planting Community Heroes Nationwide”. Since its inception in 2017, the FirstBank Agent Banking scheme, popularly called Firstmonie, has recorded giant strides at promoting financial inclusion across the nook and cranny of the country. With almost 40,000 Agents in…

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Google’s honour for ‘Lioness of Lisabi’, Fela’s mother at 119

Olufunmilayo Ransom Kuti, iconic Egba woman leader and activist revered in her lifetime as ‘Lioness of Lisabi’ is being honoured today by Google with a doodle on what would have been her 119th birthday. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900–1978) was a leading activist during Nigerian women’s anti-colonial struggles. She founded the Abeokuta Women’s Union, one of the most impressive women’s organizations of the twentieth century (with a membership estimated to have reached up to 20,000 women), which fought to protect and further the rights of women. Her very popular children; Beko, Olikoye…

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NJC appoint 4 Judges for Supreme Court, others

The National Judicial Council has recommended the appointment of four new Justices for the Supreme Court. They are Justices Adamu Jauro (North-East Zone); Emmanuel A. Agim (South-South Zone); C. Oseji (South-South Zone); and Helen M. Ogunwumiju (South-West Zone). The council at its meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday also recommended the appointment of four new heads of court, 13 judicial officers for Federal and State High courts and one Kadi for the Sharia Court of Appeal. The NJC also placed eight judges under investigations for various allegations of official misconduct.

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Tiwa Savage in big trouble

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed November 5 for hearing in a suit filed by a Nigerian musician, Olumuyiwa Danladi a.k.a Danny Young, against a fellow musician, Tiwatope Savage, over alleged copyright infringement. In the suit, labelled FHC/L/CS/230/2019 and pending before Justice Mohammed Liman, Young is claiming N205 million in damages against Savage for allegedly, using his musical work titled ‘ONE’ without lawful authority. Also joined in the suit is Mavin Records, a Nigerian record label, founded by record artist, Don Jazzy, on May 8, 2012. The ‘Omo…

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