BY TAOFEEK LAWAL, Abuja The federal government, yesterday, flaggd off the 2017 Hajj with the airlift of 460 pilgrims in the inaugural flight. Speaking when he bidded the pilgrims farewell, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo urged them to be of good conduct while in the Holy Land saying they must be good ambassadors of Nigeria. Osinbajo who was represented by the Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello lauded the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for the efforts put in place to transport the pilgrims saying the efforts put in place by all the stakeholders has culminated in the success recorded so far. “I want to commend the efforts of all the stakeholders for what we are witnessing here today. NAHCON, the aviation ministry and all the agencies under the ministry and all relevant stakeholders have put in their best. I want to appreciate NAHCON for able to get back the 20...
by Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday ordered Senator Enyinaya Abaribe and two others standing as sureties for the leader of the proscribed indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to explain the whereabouts of the IPOB leader. The court headed by Justice Binta Nyako had granted bail to Kanu on April 24, 2017 under certain stringent conditions, but the IPOB leader has at various times flouted some of his bail conditions. Kanu was absent from the court yesterday when his trial resumed, while prison officials produced his three co-defendants in court. During yesterday’s proceedings in court, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge that Kanu had been missing after soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home‎ on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce the defendant. A lawyer, Mr. Ogechi Ogunna, who appeared for Abaribe informed the judge ‎that his client...
By Abdullahi Olesin, The Kwara state government has said that all pension money paid to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, as a former governor of the state had been returned to the coffers of the state government. A statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Alh Isiaka Gold, said Saraki had in a letter dated August 20,2015 requested the state government to stop his pension and that the amount already credited to his account be refunded  to the state government. The statement reads: "The attention of Kwara State Government has been drawn to issues surrounding the payment of pensions to former governors of the state, especially the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON. As a result, the State Government wishes  to make the following clarifications: "That Dr Saraki, as a two-term Governor, is entitled to pension as stipulated by the third schedule, Paragraph...
…Clarifies issue on petroleum products debt BY CHIKA IZUORA and OLUSHOLA BELLO, Total oil yesterday said that it would boost Nigeria’s daily oil production by 200,000 barrels from 2018. Managing director of Total upstream, Mr Nicolas Terraz said that the additional barrels would come from the company’s multi-billion dollar Egina Field Development. Executive director, Corporate Affairs and Services of Total, Mr Biodun Afolabi, spoke on behalf of Terraz at the on-going 2017 Nigerian Annual International Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in Lagos According to the chief executive officer, the Egina Field Development will come on stream in 2018. The managing director, who made the disclosure at the, restated the company’s unflinchingly commitment to the future of Nigeria. “The company is at present along the value chain from upstream to the downstream sector where Total is a leader, with close to 550 service stations across the length and breadth of Nigeria. In the...
MBACHU GODWIN NNANNA and NAZEEF BAKURA take a look at the relentless scourge of cybercrime, the consequences on national life and ways individuals, government and private organisations can stave off attacks. Activities of cybercriminals particularly hackers resulted in the loss of $80 billion in the struggle of combating the crime globally and about N127 billion was the estimated loss to cybercrime in Nigeria in 2015 according to Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). This tallies with the conclusions of a cybersecurity expert, the chief executive officer, cybersecurity business report, Steve Morgan who opined that Nigeria loses billions daily to cybercrime. He averred that cyber security spending will exceed $1trillion from 2107 to 2020 and that damage costs will hit $6 trillion annually by 2021 as well as that the global ransomware damage costs will exceed $5 billion this year alone. Lots of attacks are been carried out in a day, as internet services providers, social...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Abuja, ISAIAH BENJAMIN and MSUE AZA, Kaduna - A former military governor of old Kaduna State, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Mukhtar Muhammad (rtd) is dead. AVM Mukhtar Muhammad who was the Wazirin Dutse, died in a London hospital at the age of 73. A family member, Alhaji Lawal Musa, who confirmed his demise said Muhammad died on Sunday night after a long illness. Musa said the corpse would be flown home for burial. Muhammad was once minister of Housing and Urban Development and a member of the Supreme Military Council in 1975. He was military governor of Kaduna State from 1978 to 1979. He was a member of the National Constitutional Conference in 2014, a chieftain of Arewa Consultative Forum and the chairman, Board of Directors of Freedom Radio, Kano. He was said to have played an active role in the coup that brought General Murtala Mohammad to power and was...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja The House of Representatives, yesterday, issued the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo a one-week ultimatum to swear in the ministerial nominees for Kogi and Gombe states. This is as it once again failed to swear in member representing Konshisha/Vandekiya federal constituency of Benue State, Dorathy Mato. The ultimatum sequels the adoption of a motion by Hon. Karimi Sunday. It will be recalled that the Senate since May 3, confirmed the appointment of Prof. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Suleiman Zarma Hassan from Gombe State as ministers. Moving the motion, Sunday noted that both states are not represented in the Federal Executive Council, adding that the council as currently constituted was a breach of Section 14(2) and Section 147(3) of the 1999 Constitution. He explained that the “Constitution vest the executive power of the federation in the President and such power may be exercised directly through the Vice President and...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja The  Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised the alarm over increase in tuition fees by no fewer than 38 universities across the country. Chairman of University of Ibadan Chapter of the union, Dr Deji Omole, who made this known in a statement he issued in Abuja yesterday blamed the increment on  poor funding of the universities by the federal and state governments. In the statement, ASUU assessed the two years of President Muhammadu Buhari in office, lamenting that the current government had made Nigerians poorer. Omole said that public education was not taken seriously because most children of the rich and those in high offices do not attend school in Nigeria. He pointed out that the latest increment might be attributed to poor funding by the federal and state governments, even as he said ASUU poorly rated President Muhammadu Buhari in the area of funding of university education. ASUU...
Zenith Life Insurance has redefined the Nigerian insurance sector with its landmark partnership with Prudential Plc, one of the oldest and most capitalized life insurance companies in the world. The partnership, which will see Zenith Life trade under Zenith-Prudential Life, also involves an exclusive bancassurance agreement with Zenith Bank Plc in Nigeria and Ghana. The partnership and bancassurance agreement will allow Prudential access to Nigeria’s huge 180 million-market, which is the largest in Africa. Zenith Life, incorporated in 2001, has grown its gross written premium by 22% per annum over the last 5 years, making it one of the fastest growing life insurance companies in Nigeria, with gross written premium of N3.3 billion at the end of 2016. Prudential Plc was founded in London in 1848 and, together with its affiliated companies, constitute one of the world’s leading financial services groups, serving around 24 million insurance customers, with £599 billion of assets...
In his Independence broadcast on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari foreclosed the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference, which some analysts contend could address some ills in the country if implemented. JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH examines some salient issues raised for and against fecundity of the report. President Muhammadu Buhari has never hidden his intention not to implement the 2014 report of the National Conference organised by former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to Buhari, it is a report meant for the archives. His stance is that the last administration didn’t get its priorities right. Instead of addressing the demands of the Academic Staff Union Of Universities ( ASUU) who were on strike then, that government was busy spending billions to organise the conference. “I advised against the issue of National Conference. You would recall that ASUU was on strike then for almost nine months. The teachers in the tertiary institutions were...