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by Jonathan Nda- Isaiah and Kunle Oloasanmi, Abuja The federal government hinted yesterday that it has traced the financial headquarters of indigenous people of biafra (IPOB) to France. It also confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the process of proscribing the group. The minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who gave the hint after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, maintained his earlier position that some politically-disgruntled persons and treasury looters were the ones sponsoring IPOB. He commended governors of the South East states for making it clear to IPOB that it has no support for its violent campaign, saying by their action, the governors have cut off the oxygen that IPOB needed to survive. According to him, if the elected governors of all the states in the South East have banned the activities of IPOB, then the organisation can no...
By EMMANUEL ANKELI, Sokoto, FESTUS OKOROMADU, Abuja And CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos The Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, said the Corporation has embarked on properly and professional exploration of crude oil in the Sokoto basin alongside all other inland basins in the country. Dr. Baru disclosed this while responding to a charge by the Sokoto State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who requested that the NNPC resume search for hydrocarbon deposit in the Sokoto Inland Sedimentary Basin with a view to establishing the volume and value of oil and gas available there. Tambuwal who led a delegation from the State to the NNPC Towers in Abuja yesterday noted that the successful search for hydrocarbon deposit in the basin would go a long way in increasing the nation’s oil reserve with the attendant value addition. “We are here more on an advocacy visit to your office,...
By Michael Oche, Abuja The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the National Association of Allied Health Professionals (NAHP) has said that following the expiration of its ultimatum issued to the federal government to address several of its grievances, it will commence an indefinite strike action today. The union had last week issued a seven day ultimatum to the federal government to address several of its grievances, failure of which the union will begin an indefinite strike action. JOHESU comprises the Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNW), Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals  (NUAP), Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutes (NASU) among others. President of JOHESU, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, who doubles as president of MHWUN, confirmed to LEADERSHIP that the decision to embark on the strike was reached at the end of the union’s NEC meeting held in Ilorin. He said the government did...
By Ejike Ejike, Abuja The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, yesterday launched Police Force Order 20, which provides legal services for suspects before detention and trial. The launch of the Force Order 20 is in line with the recent unveiling of the revised Community Policing and ‘Bail is Free’ initiatives, which practically demonstrates the Police Force’s commitment to connecting with the people and respecting their rights. Speaking at the event, Idris who described the launch of the programme as “a milestone to ensure and access legal representation in the country and we are doing this, irrespective of religion and status”, noted that the rule of law must prevail in all actions of the Force to ensure democratic policing. “The event is the manifestation of my promise to the government to promote the human rights of Nigerian citizens and to offer them free legal representation as I believe this also will curtail...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in New York implored world leaders to sustain collaborative efforts in the war against terrorism at the international level. The Nigerian leader who said this while delivering Nigeria’s national statement during the general debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) also assured the international community of Nigeria’s firm and unshaken commitment to democracy in the country and the African continent.” Calling for collaborative efforts in tackling global terrorism, Buhari noted that this will require sturdy cooperation between the UN and regional bodies. He said, “We must collectively devise strategies and mobilise the required responses to stop fleeing ISIS fighters from mutating and infiltrating into the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, where there are insufficient resources and response capacity is weak. “This will require strong UN cooperation with regional organisations, such as the African Union, in conflict prevention and management....
By Kayode Tokede, Lagos The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has listed Lagos among states with the highest domestic debt and the highest foreign debt estimated at $15.05 billion as at June 30, 2017. According to NBS, other states with high foreign debts include Kaduna, Edo, Cross River and Ogun. In its report on Nigerian Domestic and Foreign Debt as at June 2017, NBS revealed that the total domestic debts of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was N14.06 trillion billion as at June 30, 2017. A breakdown of the figures showed that Lagos State topped the list of foreign indebted states by multilateral, with a total of $1.3 billion foreign debt and bilateral debt of about $136 million, bringing the total foreign and domestic debts of the state to $1.45 billion as at June 2017. It is followed by Kaduna with $232 million debt and Edo with $213.95 million foreign...

PMB’s Address To UNGA 72

STATEMENT DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA  AT  THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 72ND SESSION OF UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, IN NEW YORK,  ON  TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017   Ø    Mr. President, Ø    Fellow Heads of State and Government, Ø    Mr. Secretary-General, Ø    Distinguished Delegates, Ø    Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General.  I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation.  You will indeed need the cooperation of all member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki Moon for his service to   the United Nations and wish him peaceful retirement. Mr. President, The previous year has witnessed many far-reaching developments. Some of the most significant events include the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and, of grave concern,...
BY JOY YESUFU, Ahuraka Isah, Solomon Ayado, Abuja, ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURT, EMMANUEL MGBEAHURUIKE, Owerri - The Nigerian Army declared yesterday that its ongoing operation in the South East is in line with what the constitution has empowered it to do and as such, it is not in any way under any pressure from politicians or any political party. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, who stated this said now that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been proscribed, the federal government will take appropriate steps to declare leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, wanted. Speaking during the second and third quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference in Abuja, Buratai noted that the Nigerian Army is apolitical. According to the Army chief, while the military is part of the Nigerian political process and a product of democratic governance, the constitution gives the force responsibilities and task to be carried...
By Michael Oche and Henry Tyohemba, Abuja - The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU late yesterday suspended its five weeks strike action, after reaching and signing another agreement with the federal government. The union, therefore, directed all its members to resume classes immediately after their branch congresses later today. Addressing journalists in Abuja after a closed door meeting which lasted for over three hours, the ASUU  national president, Biodun Ogunyemi,  however, warned government that failure to implement all agreements before the end of October, the lecturers would once again down tools. He said, “After an elaborate and an exhaustive consultation process, the National Executive Council of ASUU has agreed to conditionally suspend the ongoing strike action. Taking into cognisance that the latest proposal from government to address the pending issues in the strike action has a deadline of the end of October 2017. “All members of ASUU are to resume work after their...
By ZAKA KHALIQ, Lagos - As the flood continues to cause havoc across the country, owners of properties affected by the deluge and storms in Lagos and Benue States have been compensated by insurers to the tune of about N5billion, LEADERSHIP has exclusively learnt. While insurers have paid most victims who had earlier submitted the necessary documentation in Victoria Island, Ikoyi,Lekki, Ajah and other areas of Lagos, others who processed their claims later are on the verge of getting their claims. And with the rainy season still here, there are serious indications that more claims on flood insurance policy might still come before the year runs out. This, LEADERSHIP learnt, was a huge increase from about N200 million claims made by flood policyholders in 2016. Market observers said this increase was the effect of climate change which is increasing ocean surge and water levels, thus making rivers overflow their banks, reigning havoc on people...