Tuesday July 28th, 2015
Tuesday July 28th, 2015
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APC accuses Fayose of clamping down on opposition leaders

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*Ayo Fayose

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State has raised an alarm over alleged clampdown on its leaders and supporters by Governor Ayo Fayose, saying the hounding of its leaders into jail is a fulfillment of the governor’s declaration at his inauguration ceremony last year to run APC leaders out of the state.

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Brethren at war: How power tussle tears Assemblies of God Church apart

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•Show of shame... Security men battle to break up a fracas involving factional members of the Assembles of God church

The fracas attracted the attention of the police who raced to the place and the church was locked up. That was not the first time members of the congregation would engage in such a show of shame. Sometime last year, precisely December 3, 2014, hell was also let loose at the national headquarters of the church located in Enugu when the two warring factions engaged in a bloody clash that left no fewer than five persons seriously injured, while four cars parked at the premises were burnt beyond recognition during the free for all that ensued.

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Ignore reports of new Urhobo king —OTOTA

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WARRI—THE people of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area, Delta State, have described the reported crowning of a new Orosuen (King) for the kingdom as “false and completely at variance” with the selection process for a new king for the vacant stool.

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Tension in Osun as Assembly set to probe Justice Oloyede

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Aregbosola

Osogbo—There is tension in Osun State as the House of Assembly is set to probe Justice Folahanmi Oloyede’s petition against Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

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PIPELINE EXPLOSION: Why I was detained, by Okowa’s aide

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Sen Okowa

UGHELLI—SPECIAL Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Youth and Community Development (Delta Central), Mr. Monday Owhesiri, has described his detention at the 222 Battalion headquarters, Agbarha-Otor over Thursday’s morning pipeline explosion at Ighwrenene community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state as unfortunate and a frame-up by oil vandals in the area.

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Amendment of Senate Standing Rule in order,say Sani, Olujimi, others

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Senate President Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy President of the Senate

AS the Senate resumes today for legislative business after a forced one-month recess aimed at settling its leadership crisis, many senators yesterday, defended amendment of the Standing Rule used in the election of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President on June 9.

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EFCC arraigns vessel crew members over bunkering

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Lagos—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the crew members on board a vessel, MV Peace before Federal High Court sitting in Lagos over alleged massive involvement in oil bunkering to the tune of 200 metric tons of petroleum produc

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Land reforms, key to success of Buhari’s effort to revamp economy – Adediji

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Mr. Bode Adediji

That is not even a bad reflection because in all fairness, members of these allied professions -architects, quantity surveyors and engineers have what it takes by training and experience to actually play important roles in project management. But the reason why estate surveyors and valuers have been involved from day one is because, in the construction process, you don’t really allow or encourage a single professional to take on much responsibility in a given project without experiencing conflicts.

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Unfinished sorting in Senate

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Senator Bokola Saraki  and Ahmad Lawan

AS the Senate resumes plenary today, the lawmakers would be facing so many unresolved contentious issues that require decisive approach.
The legislators had on June 25, suddenly gone on break as a result of the crisis that trailed the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President.

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One minister under Jonathan, PDP cornered as much as $6bn – Oshiomhole

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Jonathan and Oshiomhole

Governors of Edo and Kebbi State, Adams Oshiomole and Atiku Bagudu have stated that the government of All Progressives Congress, APC was not bent of removal the deputy senate president, senator Ike Ekwerenmadu of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP from office.

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WAEC to withhold results in 19 states over govts’ N4bn debt

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A WAEC supervisor during exams

Lagos—The West Africa Examinations Council, WAEC has threatened to withhold the results of thousands of students from 19 states who participated in the May/June 2015 WASSCE over non-payment of candidates’ registration fees by their state governments.

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Cut your security vote, PDP chieftain tells Ikpeazu

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Okezie Ikpeazu

A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, BoT, member from Abia State, Chief Tony Ukasoanya, has called on his governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu to cut down his monthly security vote, which he put at “close to N1 billion.”

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JAMB urges candidates to check website for redistribution

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Candidates writing the UTME at the University of Abuja, Saturday.

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has urged the 2015 UTME candidates to check its website on Monday, August 3, for the list of universities they have been redistributed to.

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NLC to partner new NUJ leadership on journalists’ welfare

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*Harassed journalist

The NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, has promised to partner the new leadership of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, led by Mr. Waheed Odusile, to fight employers over non-payment of salaries and other welfare issues.

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Chadian forces in ‘major’ hunt for Boko Haram on Lake Chad

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The Chadian army has launched a “major operation” to flush out jihadists from the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group from islands in Lake Chad, a security source said Monday.

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Eaglets undergo MRI test

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Golden Eaglets

As part of efforts to ensure that the national U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets is free of every trace of age falsification and excel at the forthcoming FIFA U-17 championship taking place in Chile in October, the Nigeria Football Federation last week decided to carry out a mandatory Magnetic resonate Imaging (MRI) test on all the players already in camp.

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Reps crisis: APC may amend list of preferred candidates for principal officers positions

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Barring any last minute change, the All Progressives Congress, APC may amend its list of preferred candidates for principal officers positions ahead of today’s resumption of the House of Representatives.

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SERAP sues JAMB, UNILAG over admission cut-off marks

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candidates protesting at UNILAG

As controversies rage over the conduct of post joint admission matriculation examination methods adopted by federal Universities in Nigeria, a civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has sued the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB and the University of Lagos to check its alleged outrageous cut-off marks decisions.

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Oliseh makes ‘U’ turn

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Oliseh

New Super Eagles coach, Sunday Olisey, has amended his earlier stance that only Nigerians who play in first division clubs will be welcomed to the team.

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Buhari to meet Biya over Boko Haram

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Buhari boko

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to neighbouring Cameroon tomorrow to consult with his counterpart Paul Biya on Boko Haram’s insurgency, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina has said.

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Let justice reign

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A SCHOOL of thought wants to see the old Muhammed Buhari – with swagger and a hardliner against indiscipline and corruption. Another school wants a more pliable and democratic Buhari, the politician-cunning, witty and evasive. We are happy that, from what we have seen so far, he has remained the middle course. There is no path that Buhari embarks upon that will not attract criticism from the people. The best for him therefore, is to work according to his conscience first, followed by the interest and benefits to the nation.

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Police not investigating me —Ekweremadu

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Senate President Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy President of the Senate

EMBATTLED Senate Deputy President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, broke silence, weekend, in Enugu over the rumpus being generated over the alleged ‘doctored’ Senate Rule, saying that he was not under any police investigation.

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Buhari laying ambush for N-Delta, says Ijaw group

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President Muhammadu Buhari

THE Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, yesterday, pointed fingers at President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that with his body language and actions so far, he was laying ambush for Niger-Deltans.

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House: Ticking trouble

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Dogara and Gbajabiamila

Some of the protagonists in the leadership crisis which has polarised the House into two factions had in a media briefing assured that the warring factions in the squabble have decided to embrace peace and had adopted the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara’s sharing formula of keeping to the spirit of federal character.

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NASS Tribunal: Nwabueze wins round one

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*Court

Enugu State election petitions tribunal has upheld an application by the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the Enugu East senatorial election, Nwabueze Okafor for issuance of pre-trial proceedings in his case against Senator Gilbert Nnaji of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Nigeria’s foreign debt rises to $10.3bn

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fund

Nigeria’s external debt stock as at second quarter 2015 stood at about USD10.3 billion, over 10 per cent increase, against USD9.5bn recorded in the first quarter of the year, just as the Federal Government revenue rose to N485.95 billion, up from May figure of N324.7 billion.

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Deregulating Nigeria’s downstream sector

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fuel-fight-1

THIS subject matter has been on the policy agenda since the General Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, and is still a major decision point for the new General Mohammadu Buhari’s administration. I have noticed that some commentators on this issue mistake deregulation of fuels prices with the deregulation of the entire downstream petroleum sector (which comprises of refining, supply and distribution, supply and distribution infrastructure such as pipelines, depots, terminals, etc, and finally retail fuel stations).

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‘Dwindling oil price is an incentive to upstream investors’

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Buhari-oil

PETROLEUM engineers have argued that the dwindling global oil price has been identified as an incentive to investors in upstream sector of the country oil and gas industry. The Council Chairman, Society for Petroleum Engineers, SPE, Mr. Emeka Ene, made this known in an interaction with journalists ahead of the 39th Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition, NAICE, billed to hold between August 4 and 6, 2015, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.

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Buhari’s legislative lumps

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari

The hope that today’s resumption of the House of Representatives would proceed on a peaceful note was hinged on a positive outcome from last night’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the All Progressives Congress, APC caucus in the House. That meeting was yet to commence as at press time yesterday.

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Nigeria’s Q1 crude export dips by $5.66bn

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File Photo: Crude Oil

NIGERIA’S crude oil and gas exports dipped by $5.66 billion, about N1.13 trillion to $13.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. The CBN, in its External Sector Development Report for the first quarter of 2015, stated that crude oil and gas exports component declined from $18.96 billion and $20.85 billion in the fourth and first quarter of 2014 respectively to $13.30 billion.

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Nigerians want answers to questions not insults, PDP tells APC

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Olisa Metuh

THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has again taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, saying that as a party in government, it must provide answers to questions instead of dodging and insulting the opposition.

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Kidnappers kill hostage, collect N.5m ransom

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Chris Ezike

PORT HARCOURT— Police in Rivers State have arrested a three-man kidnap gang that killed their victim and still collected N500,000 from the family after promising to release him.

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