Sunday Aborisade, AbujaThe Senate on Wednesday approved the N10bn loan refund for Kogi State despite stiff resistance from the opposition senators. READ ALSO: Osinbajo presides over fourth FEC meeting in Buhari’s absenceHe also said the Federal Government agencies in charge of the loan refund had approved the payment. He said, “This is not the right time to approve such loan refund. One of the protesters, Senator Uche Ekwunife, wondered why the Senate President refused to take her point of order before ruling on the issue. President Muhammadu Buhari had on penultimate Tuesday, sent a letter to the Senate, seeking its approval for the payment of N10bn to Kogi State.
November 13, 2019 11:02 UTC
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)has said there was no robbery attack at its Benin branch in Edo State. “Stories that armed robbers attacked CBN Benin branch on Tuesday 12/11/19 are untrue,” CBN tweeted late Tuesday. There were unconfirmed reports on Tuesday that some robbers attempted to break into the CBN branch in Benin when a bullion van carrying cash to an unknown commercial bank was exiting the premises. Edo State Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations Ayoola Ajala said that the reports were not true as there was no robbery attempt at the bank. “When we heard about the incident, we called the unit commander of security at the bank, who denied that there was any robbery attempt there,” Ajala said.
November 13, 2019 09:01 UTC
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police station in Indonesia on Wednesday, killing himself and wounding six others, according to authorities who described the 24-year-old attacker as a “lone wolf”. The blast happened around 8:45 am local time (0145 GMT) at the police compound in Medan on Sumatra island during morning roll call. “For now, we believe he was a lone wolf,” national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told reporters in Jakarta. At least six people were wounded in the blast, including four officers and two civilians, but their injuries were not severe, he added. Last month, Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered beefed-up security after two militants from an Islamic State-linked terror group stabbed his chief security minister.
November 13, 2019 08:33 UTC
“But we never took this for granted as we worked tirelessly round the clock to showcase our blueprint to turn the fortunes of our dear state around for the better. “However, the agents of darkness perfected the plan to steal this mandate, hence our recourse to the judiciary to proof their wrongdoing. “The lower tribunal, which concerned itself with technicalities rather with the substance of our argument ruled otherwise. “Now that the Appeal Court has set the tone of righting the wrong, I appeal to the good people of Oyo State to hold the peace and go about their lawful activities as we approach the Supreme Court to validate your victory. Victory is certain for us and the mass of the people of our state,” Adelabu added.
November 13, 2019 08:21 UTC
Nigerian music rave of the moment, Rema is not slowing on his rise to the top of the music ladder. The Headies ‘Next Rated’ music star who recently released his extended play (EP), ‘Bad Commando’ has now released the music video to one of the tracks from it. The Mavins Record musician dropped the official music video for ‘Lady’ yesterday and it has already gathered thousands of views from avid fans. The video opens with a sexily clad female dancer who dances seductively around a room. She dances till she gets to a tied up Rema who is blindfolded and she dances around him.
November 13, 2019 08:16 UTC
At least seven people were killed and ten wounded, including four foreigners, when a minivan packed with explosives detonated during Kabul’s morning rush hour Wednesday, an interior ministry spokesman said. The blast came one day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that Kabul would release three high-ranking Taliban prisoners in an apparent prisoner swap with Western hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016. The three Taliban prisoners include Anas Haqqani, who was seized in 2014 and whose older brother is the deputy Taliban leader and head of the Haqqani network, a notorious Taliban affiliate. He also did not state when or where the Taliban prisoners would be freed. The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP Wednesday that he could not confirm anything about the swap yet.
November 13, 2019 08:08 UTC
As Nigeria millennial takes a larger per cent of the global workforce, they have been urged to explore sustainable ideas and projects to enhance growth. Speaking during the Inspire, Innovate and Influence event, Founder, David Owumi, said the youth of today have realised that Africa is in their hands unlike before. Owumi added that Africa should be proactive by taking drastic decisions in this line or suffer a major setback into neo-colonisation. We want to have an impactful time for the new generation, with a high sense of creativity and innovation. As a matter of urgency, Nimi said the old curriculum is not at par with the global standard.
November 13, 2019 08:00 UTC
…Unite to defend rule of law, Soyinka tells civil societiesGbenga AdenijiPlaywright and critic, Prof Wole Soyinka, has called on the civil society groups to unite and defend the rule of law and fundamental human rights. The Federal Government, through the Department of State Services, has refused to release Sowore and his partner, Olawale Bakare, for calling for revolution via #RevolutionNow protest, despite court orders ordering their release. “A steady entrenchment of the cult of impunity in the dealings of state with the citizenry – both individuals and organisations. It took a while for the projection to be reversed, and it left the DSS floundering. It claimed that the ordered release was no longer in their hands, but in Sowore’s end of the transfer.
November 13, 2019 07:55 UTC
The long-time opera, “Days of our Lives” has ended contacts with all their staff. The long-running NBC soap opera, which premiered in November 1965, will go on a break at the end of this month after laying off its entire staff, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. “We are pausing production because we are so far ahead of schedule (and it saves us $). If the series is renewed, the cast will negotiate new contracts and resume taping next spring. The soap opera has won several Daytime Emmy Awards during its long run, including the outstanding drama series title in 1978, 2013, 2015 and 2018.
November 13, 2019 07:40 UTC
Ifeanyi Onuba, AbujaThe Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, has said that the decision to suspend the supply of petrol to communities at the border was taken to check the smuggling of the product. The Customs boss said the majority of those retail outlets located at the border are culprits of fuel diversion, especially petrol. Ali explained that the agency suspects that the filling stations at the border served as conduit to siphon petrol and sell at double the price to neighbouring countries. “Now, we restricted supply to 20km before the border. “But we suspect these filling stations at the border are the conduit to siphon petrol and sell double the price to neighbouring countries.
November 13, 2019 07:00 UTC
Enugu Rangers Head Coach, Benedict Ugwu has assured the club’s supporters that the team would surmount the opposition mounted by their foes in the group phase of the competition. Enugu Rangers were yesterday pitted against two Egyptian sides, Al Masry and Pyramids, as well as Mauritania’s F.C Nouadibhou in the draws held in Cairo, Egypt. Speaking on the draws yesterday, Ugwu was positive of leading Rangers to their second continental triumph this season, adding, “It is a very fine draw for us and we fear no foe. It surely will be tough but we are physically, psychologically and spiritually prepared for the games of the group stage. The seven-time Nigerian league champions finished third in the group stage last season where they had two Tunisian sides and a Burkina-Faso side to contend with.
November 13, 2019 07:00 UTC
Mahrez’s last-gasp freekick in the semi-final shattered Nigeria’s dreams of winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the fourth time in Egypt. “I told myself that the free-kick was perfect for me, that I have to concentrate on the idea in my mind. “Initially, I wanted to put it under the wall and then I saw this player who lied behind it. On the spot, I told myself that it’s dead over the wall opposite the goalkeeper, and it’s dead under the wall because of the player. I know myself when I play matches, I can score a lot of goals, make assists and be at the top.
November 13, 2019 06:54 UTC
Sterling and Gomez are said to have been involved in a physical confrontation at England’s St George’s Park training base. Sterling will remain with England, who need just a point to be sure of guaranteeing qualification, but a Football Association statement confirmed he would not take part against Montenegro. Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate added: “We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. “One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team. After the contest with Montenegro at Wembley, Southgate’s side completes their qualifying campaign against Kosovo in Pristina on Sunday.
November 13, 2019 05:56 UTC
Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has warned Pep Guardiola not to buy a new defender in January. City opted not to sign a replacement when Kompany left at the end of last season and Aymeric Laporte is not expected to return for at least another two months after sustaining a knee injury in September. Kompany, though, does not think the solution is to spend big money on reinforcement in the transfer window. “Flip it around and the same will happen for Liverpool – they will fight the history of not winning the league for 30 years. As to the defence, the best way for City to defend in the past has been to attack.
November 13, 2019 05:39 UTC
The Executive Secretary of the board, Simbi Wabote, said ignorance of the Act remains a big challenge to contractors who often expressed reservations of the Act compliance as it is hampering ease running of their businesses. The NCDMB boss stated this yesterday in Port Harcourt during the regulatory compliance workshop for Nigerian oil and gas contractors organised by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NOAC). At the gathering where over 150 contractors were being trained, not up to 20 persons admitted to have read the Act. While commending the management of NAOC for their commitment and consistency in organising yearly capacity development workshops, Wabote reiterated: “NCDMB commenced the implementation of a 10-year strategic roadmap in 2018. Fiorillo, represented by the General Manager, NAOC, Alessandro Tiani, stressed that the move would address gaps in various competencies for business growth and sustainability in the oil and gas industry.
November 13, 2019 05:38 UTC