President Muhammadu Buhari received by vice president Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has decided to delay his decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he waits to see what the United States does, the North’s state media reported on Tuesday as the United States said any dialogue was up to Kim. The apparent pause in escalating tensions came after US President Donald Trump warned of “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Pyongyang persisted with its threats. The United States and South Korea have prepared for more joint military drills, which infuriated belligerent North Korea, and experts warned that Pyongyang could still go ahead with a provocative plan. In his first public appearance in about two weeks, Kim inspected the command of the North Korea’s army on Monday, examining a plan to fire four missiles aimed at landing near the US Pacific territory of Guam, the official KCNA news agency reported. “He said that if the...
BY JOY YESUFU, Abuja On 22 July 2017, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, directed Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, to capture Abubakar Shekau, the self-styled leader of the Boko Haram sect, “dead or alive”. Buratai further directed the Theatre commander to do so within 40 days. A statement issued by the director, Army Public Relations, Brig -Gen Sani Usman,  quoted COAS saying that “Attahiru should employ all arsenal at the disposal of the Theatre Command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria” urging the general public to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task. On May 3, 2017, AFP, in a report, said Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s leader, has been injured and one of his deputies killed in an air strike in northeast Nigeria. AFP, in the report, said some civilians and security sources...
BY OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos Stakeholders in the Nigeria’s capital market, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) and Capital Market Operators (CMO) have resolved to continue discussions on tax legislation as it affect equities’ trading. According to statement by the commission, a position on the issue will be taken at the forthcoming meeting of the Capital Market Master Plan Implementation Council (CAMMIC). The discussion, which rose from a meeting of the Capital Market Committee (CMC), last week in Lagos, was chaired by the director-general of SEC, Mounir Gwarzo. It also charged its e-Dividend Committee to address the lingering issues surrounding electronic payment of dividends. He assured that the development of a uniform platform for subscribing to the e-Dividend Mandate Management System and the Direct Cash Settlement System is ongoing. Participants were also informed of ongoing discussions with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to achieve the Dual...

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By Our Correspondents After spending about 103 days in the United Kingdom on medical vacation, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday returned to the country. His aircraft, Nigerian Air Force 001, touched down at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 4:35pm. Buhari alighted from the aircraft 17 minutes later, amidst cheers from his supporters whose chorus of Sai Baba reverberated the Abuja airport. His wife, Aisha who had joined him in London as he was recuperating was not seen with him at the airport. Without bothering to inspect the guards of honour as is the tradition, the president moved straight to shake hands with dignitaries who had lined up at the airport to receive him. They included Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello and service chiefs. Among the governors who were also on ground to receive him were Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abdulaziz Yari  (Zamfara), Muhammed...
By Ahuraka Isah, Abuja The Senate yesterday warned nominees for the headship of three federal government agencies whose names were recently announced by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo against resuming work until their nominations are confirmed in accordance with the provision of the constitution and the establishment laws of the affected institutions. The Red Chamber sounded the warning, following a directive issued by Osinbajo via the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on Friday that the three newly appointed heads of the agencies should resume, while they await their confirmation by the Senate. The nominees are Alhaji Ali, Director General of the Pension Commission (PenCom); Dr. Mohammed Isah, chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB) and Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, yesterday, the Senate said, “The leadership...
Non-car owners have been facing difficulties moving in and around Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, Mojire Agbetunsin reports In a typical society, there will always be an issue of class. Not everyone will be wealthy, some will just be average and others will be poor. In most societies especially in the developing nations, there will be people that placed more priority in owning private cars. This, it is observed, will enable them move around with their families. For some people, even though they can afford a car for a family, they tend to place less priority on it because of the effective transport system they have in their society. Other families that can’t afford one car have to resort to the public transport system. On the other hand, there is always a need to move around. There are places people can’t just walk to even if they have the strength to do...
BY Nda Jonathan Acting president Yemi Osinbajo last Wednesday night hosted state House correspondents in his Aguda residence. Since he assumed office on May 29, 2015, this was the first time he will be hosting journalists. His principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, had hosted state House Correspondents twice. When he assumed office, the press corps was the first group President Buhari met after moving into Aso Villa. Also, on the first anniversary of his administration, the president also hosted the press in the Banquet Hall in the Presidential Villa. Wednesday last week was the turn of the acting president. I was taken aback by the beauty of the residence. By all standards, Aso Rock presidential villa is one of the finest in the world. I have visited some presidential villas around the world and I make bold to say that Aso Villa stands out among its peers. Some minutes to eight in the evening,...
While many children have the pleasure of going to school, other less fortunate ones across the country are forced to put their dreams and hopes for the future on hold as they engage in roles and activities meant for adults. PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN writes. About five million out-of-school children across the nation are forced into child labour, getting into adulthood earlier than their time due to early exposure to the hard world of breadwinners. Yet, poverty is widespread. A UNICEF study accessed November 2008 shown shat nine out of 10 Nigerians live on less than $2 a day (that’s about N300). At about 5:15pm, in the busy Zuba junction, along Abuja-Kaduna Road, Asabe (not real name), a seven year old girl runs endlessly after buses amidst careless traffic not because she wants to board, but to sell sachet water. Sometimes, she risks being knocked down by vehicles. Sixth in a family of...
That the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has relentlessly led the tireless officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force in the arduous task of preserving the nation’s territorial integrity, is to say the least in the mildest way. In this interview with PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, he speaks on the ongoing fight against insurgency, motivation of air force personnel and synergy among the three arms of the Nigerian military. What do you consider your major achievements so far as the Chief of the Air Staff? Whenever I look at what the Air Force has achieved over the past few years, it can best be described as a team effort. All the Chief of the Staff does is to give strategic directions but he cannot be everywhere all the time. I would rather tell you about the things we have done over the last two years,...