By Ejike Ejike, Abuja The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has said additional policemen would be deployed to join the 17 units who are already on ground for the Governorship election in Anambra state. Speaking yesterday in Abuja during a meeting with Commissioners of Police and other senior Officers, the IGP explained that the deployment which would be massive would ensure a credible election which is slated for November 18, 2017. According to him, "the major challenges we are having now are the elections we would be having in Anambra state and one or two other states. "The deployment that would be done would involve all commands. We are going to send directives to all CPs for the mobilization of officers who are the Special Unit and the Conventional police for the election. "When you receive the directive, act on them promptly because it is going to be a massive deployment. We...
BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja The National Assembly has embarked on fervent prayers to seek God's guidance to foster national unity and end the economic crisis facing the country. The prayer exercise, tagged 'National Prayer Breakfast' is organised by the Christian Legislators’ Fellowship of the Nigeria comprising Senators and Members of the House of Representatives. The Theme of this year’s Breakfast is “Reconciliation: Gods Power and the New Pathway to National Unity" and the event is being organized to commemorate the 57th independence Anniversary of the nation. Briefing Senate correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday, the chairman of the group, Senator Banabas Gemade explained that the aim of the epoch making event was to basically seek re-dedication of Nigeria and her people in re-alignment with Gods purposes. He noted that since the past seven years, the political and socio - economic landscape of the nation has been characterized by threats which have both...
BY AHURAKA ISAH AND SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja Despite assurances and pledges Senate had made in the past to support the ongoing fight against corruption in the country, senate committee investigating the petitions against the freezing of the accounts of the former first lady, Patience Jonathan has directed that they should be unfreeze. The Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions committee after subjecting the management of four different banks where the first lady had accounts, directed that those accounts not encumbered  by any legal process be reopened. Committee chairman, Senator Sam Anyanwu stated that some of the accounts were frozen based on some administrative lapses. He said the accounts with the banks which were frozen with court order and in which such order has been vacated by other courts, must be re-opened, the committee insisted. The committee members were particularly displeased with what they called arbitrary manner in which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC)...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Abuja The federal government has dismissed reports that the military was carrying out vaccination in some states and spreading Monkey pox in the areas. This was disclosed by the minister of health, Isaac Adewole after the Federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa. Adewole, who stated that the military is not involved in any vaccination exercise, added that the federal government cannot carry out any vaccination exercise without collaborating with state governments. According to him, the federal government was only carrying out vaccination campaigns in Kwara and Kogi states on Yellow Fever and Cholera diseases in Borno State. He said “It is also important to use this opportunity to dispel the rumour circulating in the country that the military is vaccinating people and trying to spread monkey pox across the country. “The military is not involved in any vaccination exercise and I must also really...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday met with  minister of state for petroleum ,Ibe Kachikwu  and group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),Maikanti Baru at the presidential villa in Abuja. Speaking to state house correspondents after at the meeting, Kachikwu said they discussed issues around oil fields as well as the opening of escrow accounts and cash call . According to him “It’s a meeting on the upstream. It was largely AGIP bringing some information to the vice-president on where they had been in terms of Okpai, in terms of Zabazaba Deepwater oilfield field, in terms of the cash call exit which they are doing with NNPC,” “Agip was basically updating him, asking for areas where they need some assistance from government officials to sort of fast track. It was normal upstream meeting.” On the issue of cash call, he said, “We discussed only to the extent...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja And Babalola Yusuf, Lagos The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the termination of the multi-billion naira contract between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Integrated Logistics Services (Intels). The House also urged the federal government to remain “status quo” prior to the termination to avoid “injury” to the company’s employees. It would be recalled that the federal government on September 27 terminated Intels contract for the monitoring and supervision of pilotage districts in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Nigeria. The contract which was signed in 2000 also permits Intels to receive revenue generated in each pilotage district from service boat operations in consideration for 28 percent of total revenue as commission to Intels. The resolution follows the adoption of a motion moved by Hon.  Diri Douye wherein he noted that the agreement included the construction and operation...
By Michael Oche, AHURAKA ISAH, SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja and Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos Organised labour in the country yesterday implored President Muhammadu Buhari not to release further bailout funds to governors of the 36 states of the federation until they are made to account for the funds already released to them. The workers under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) also vowed to begin massive protests in states that have refused to use the bailouts funds released to them by the federal government to settle workers’ salaries. A delegation of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) were at the presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday where they met with President Buhari to demand for the release of the 50 per cent balance of the Paris Club refund to states. Chairman of the forum and Zamfara State governor, Abdulazeez Yari, told journalists after the meeting with the president that the...
BY MARK ITSIBOR, Abuja Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), yesterday, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of pension for ex-Biafra policemen  who were granted presidential pardoned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. It would be recalled that till now the retired policemen have not received their pension. According to a statement released by PTAD,  a total of 162 officers will be payrolled while 57 next of kin who have also not been paid their death benefits will be paid in the first batch. It said the first batch of the payment would commence in Enugu on Friday the 20th of October, 2017. According to the statement, “The general public would recall that Nigeria witnessed an ugly civil war between July, 1967 and January, 1970 and as a result of that unfortunate period in our history, some members of the Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police and the Paramilitary Officers who took part...
by Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja Immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met behind closed doors with former military president, General Ibrahim Banbangida, at his uphill residence in Minna. Jonathan arrived IBB’s residence at about 10:00 am in the morning and left 12:14pm after the closed-door session, which lasted over two hours. LEADERSHIP observed that the duo met upstairs, which is very rare in the house where the former military president always host all class of visitors downstairs on most occasions. The former president arrived Minna on a bulletproof jeep, GMC Yukon, with registration number ABJ 961 ER, in a convoy of eight vehicles by road through Minna-Suleja road. He immediately entered into a closed session with IBB and when he eventually emerged from the meeting and was asked the reason for his visit by journalists, he stated that he was around to see IBB who recently came back from a medical trip abroad. When pressed further...
by CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has so far released a total sum of N501.697 billion under the commercial agriculture credit scheme (CACS). Information obtained from the bank by LEADERSHIP showed that the fund was deployed to boost 526 agriculture projects across the country. The document also showed that total repayment under the scheme was N251.156 billion in respect of 526 projects, out of which 281 projects had fully been repaid as at the end of September 2017. It was gathered that outstanding balance with lending banks was N250.541 billion as at September 30, 2017. The CACS was established by the federal government and is financed from the proceeds of the N200 billion three-year bonds raised by the Debt Management Office (DMO). The fund is made available to participating banks to finance commercial agricultural enterprises. Speaking with our correspondent on the sidelines of a three-day workshop for CACS agriculture desks officers of...