By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The head of Mission Medecins  Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), Nigeria, Phillip Aruna has said the organisation has been able to treat 5,000 children of lead poisoning in Zamfara State, since it commenced  in 2010. Recall that LEAD poisoning was identified as the major cause of poisoning leading to deaths of over 300 children. Speaking at the inauguration of the development partners and donor agencies coordination group on mining, which held in Abuja on Friday, the Head of mission said “Till date, MSF with the collaboration of government of Nigeria have been able to treat 5000 children of this kind of problem in Zamfara.” Mr Aruna  said, “We thought this problem was going away, so we were looking at preventive strategies to see how this can be prevented in future, then suddenly in April 2015,a similar thing happened again in Niger state, where in an LGA in Shikira...
Mr Chukwudi Udenta, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Cross River has expressed worry over the incessant attack on command’s marshals on official duty in the state. Udenta said this on Monday in Calabar when he received members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Cross River Council in his office, Calabar. “Lately, we have been having series of attacks on our marshals in Calabar. “Recently, some people in uniform stormed on my men along Marian Road and shot them; we have reported the matter to the Police. “Also, one of our men was bitten by a motorist who refused arrest and as I speak, the officer is still in the hospital. This is an attack too many, ‘’ he said. The commander warned that the command would not take more of such un-provocative attacks from members of the public. “We will not tolerate it any longer. ‘’We have the right to self defence, we...
By Moses Orjime, Abuja A Federal High Court of the Abuja Judicial Division has summoned the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to appear before it 30 days from May 24, 2017, following an application by his predecessor, Mohammed Adoke. In the originating summons with suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/446/2017 and dated May 24, 2017, the plaintiff, Adoke, applied to the court to cause Malami to appear before it to determine whether having regards to the provision of Section 5 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended, the executive powers of the federation are vested in the president to exercise same directly or through a minister of the government of the federation. The former minister also wants the defendant to determine whether by the combined reading of the section 5 (1), section 147 (1), section 148 (1) and section 150 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) said its attention has been drawn to a news report that a cadet of the academy, Saviour Enoch, was shot and killed by cultists in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and has issued a statement clarifying it's stand on the deceased said to be student of the institution. According to a statement issued by the institutions Public Relations Officer Major Musa A. Yahaya and made available to newsmen in Kaduna Tuesday said that "from NDA records, there was a Cadet Izibeginiwo Enoch Gbavieme who was a Second year Army Cadet studying Mathematics at the Faculty of Science NDA. "That the said Cadet Izibeginwo Enoch Gbavieme, absented himself from the Academy with effect from 15 November 2016 and is still absent.  His Next-of-Kin (NOK) was contacted and all efforts to ascertain his whereabouts and bring him back to the Nigerian Defence Academy proved abortive. "That Cadet Izibeginwo Enoch...
By Nnamdi Mbawike, Enugu A kinsman of the chairman-elect of Enugu South local government council, Hon Sunday Ugwu, Mr Elijah Nnamani, has called on the Inspector-General of Police to arrest Hon Ugwu and the chairman of Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC), Dr Mike Ajogwu (SAN) and prosecute the duo for what he termed an act of impersonation and perjury. Hon Ugwu, it was alleged, presented a Senior School Certificate belonging to a certain Sunday Ugwu, who is of Umuigwe family, Amagugwu Amechi Awkunanaw, to ENSIEC, purporting that he is the holder of that certificate. Mr Nnamani, in the petition which he addressed to the Inspector General of Police, dated the 13th day of November 2017, also called for the arrest of the chairman of ENSIEC, Mr Ajogwu SAN, whom he alleged was put in the know on the 5th day of October 2017, of the fact that the Senior School Certificate...
…Amid drop in profitability By Sam Diala, Lagos - Zenith Bank, Access Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and 7 others listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), posted income tax liabilities aggregating N50 billion in the first half of the year (H1 2007) – LEADERSHIP investigation has shown. The amount is N4 billion higher than N45.9 billion recorded by the same banks in the preceding period of 2016, representing 8 per cent jump. It is also 4.1 per cent of N2.11 trillion, being half of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) N4.22 trillion target for 2017. Data obtained from the banks’ H1 2017 results submitted to the NSE showed that four of the banks are in Tier 1 category, while six fall under Tier 2. The categorisation, adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), reflects the position and strength of the banks vis-a-vis factors that serve as buffers in the event of...
BY Olanrewaju Arotimi, Calabar President Mohammadu Buhari, the former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke,  among others, were on Friday nominated to receive  the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’,  as part of the activities to commemorate Cross River State 50th anniversary. Cross River State was created on May 27, 1967, from the former Eastern Region of Nigeria, by the General Yakubu Gowon’s led regime. According to the Project Director of Cross River at 50, who is also the CEO of Profiles and Biographies, Mr. Kammonke Abam, in a press statement, president Buhari was selected for the award because of his invaluable contribution towards the development of Cross River State and her people, particularly, for imprinting the state in gold through the appointment of eight eminent Cross Riverians to different positions of authority in his administration. All these and his antecedent as a distinguished young military officer in the state singled him out...
BY AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja Conflict Adviser of the Department for International Development (DFID) representative in Nigeria, Dr Joseph Ochogwu has disclosed that the UK government has committed over £38 million to support the government and people of Nigeria to end the threat posed by terrorists. Ochogwu who stated this in his welcome remark stated this at the opening of 2-day workshop organised by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) in collaboration with the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) for the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) Strategic Communication Liaison Officers and some selected journalists. He said the commitment was to Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) for a five-year programme implementation to help reduce violent conflicts by ensuring that conflicts are managed through non-violent approaches. The non-violent approaches involve the strategies of , tackling fake news, reducing effects of violent extremist ideology on those who are vulnerable to its appeal or de-radicalization...
By Juliana Agbo with Agency Report Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide Tuesday, according to official figures, sweeping to power on a yearning for change after a tumultuous scandal. The ballot was needed after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and took place against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. Voters were galvanised by anger over the sprawling bribery and abuse-of-power controversy that brought down Park, which catalysed frustrations over jobs and slowing growth. They gave Moon, of the Democratic Party, who backs engagement with the North, 40.2 percent support -- some 11.4 million votes -- according to the National Election Commission (NEC). Conservative Hong Joon-Pyo -- who dubs Moon a “pro-Pyongyang  leftist” was far behind on 25.2 percent, with centrist Ahn Cheol-Soo third on 21.5 per cent. Fewer than 4.2 million votes cast in the election were still to be counted...
By OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sum of N7,646,700 billion linked to former minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani Alison Madueke to the federal government. Justice Anka gave the order after hearing an application filed and argued by the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo, seeking the final forfeiture of the said sum to the government. The commission had in an affidavit in support of the application, averred that based on the investigation it carried out on an intelligence reports received by the EFCC,  it discovered that the sum of N7,646,700 billion, kept in the accounts of some banks were actually proceeds of unlawful activities. The anti-graft agency also claimed that the money was laundered through Gbenga Olu Komolafe, former group managing director, Crude Oil Marketing Division of NNPC, Prince Haruna Momoh, former...