51 bankers, businessmen on trial for fraud

51 bankers, businessmen on trial for fraud

A former banking magnate and 50 others went on trial in Vietnam Monday over a multi-million dollar fraud at a major private bank, as the communist nation cracks down on corruption in More »

Two million pilgrims converge on Mecca for the hajj

Two million pilgrims converge on Mecca for the hajj

Two million Muslims from across the globe are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the journey of a lifetime. This year More »

Olubadan, Ladoja absent as Ajimobi instals 21 monarchs in Ibadan

Olubadan, Ladoja absent as Ajimobi instals 21 monarchs in Ibadan

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, was conspicuously absent at the coronation ceremony despite being made the royal father of the event. More »

Niger Delta groups, MASSOB warn against re-arrest of Kanu

Niger Delta groups, MASSOB warn against re-arrest of Kanu

A coalition of Niger Delta agitators and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday warned against the re-arrest of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra More »

Varsities’ non-academic unions  begin mobilisation for strike

Varsities’ non-academic unions begin mobilisation for strike

Adeyemi, who is also Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that addressing the issues concurrently would be easy for government since most of the issues canvassed by the academic More »


Merkel gets fourth term as German Chancellor

Angela Merkel has won a fourth term as German Chancellor, but with her party’s lead in parliament cut and the country facing a surge in support for the far right. Exit polls predicted the hard-right Alternative for Germany would become the third-largest group in the national parliament, the Bundestag, as

Ndume returns from suspension as Senate resumes Tuesday

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A former Majority Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, will resume from suspension on Tuesday as the National Assembly reconvenes after its two-month annual recess. Ndume’s resumption was confirmed to The PUNCH on Sunday. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives had gone on holiday on

Obama warned Zuckberberg over fake news

Former US President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year’s election, the Washington Post reported Sunday. The encounter reportedly took place on the sidelines of a meeting of global leaders

Government ready to tackle Nigeria’s infrastructure challenge, says Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo said the PPP disclosure initiative designed to enhance transparency and accountability, was coming at a time that government was poised to attract private investment and expertise as well as boost the country’s infrastructure development.

Fed Government to begin trial of Boko Haram suspects

The AGF stated that so far, 13 cases have been concluded, nine convictions secured, while 33 cases are still on going at various Federal High Court divisions. Also, 116 cases are awaiting trial in Kainji.

ICPC sues NUT treasurer, contractors for alleged theft of N495.8m

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has sued the Treasurer of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Abuja Municipal, Mr. Percy Ndam for allegedly stealing N495.8 million belonging to the union.

Osinbajo to open international conference on tax in Africa

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will tomorrow open the 3rd International Conference on Tax in Africa (ICTA), which holds in Abuja from today to 29 September.  The ICTA, the flagship conference of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), has as its theme: “Building Strong Domestic Tax Regimes in Africa: Strengthening VAT,

ASUU condemns sack of UNILORIN union leader

The ASUU, which called on the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to wade into the crisis before it balloons into the 2001 sack of 49 lecturers in the university, vowed to resist this unlawful termination of appointment of its chairperson.

Alleged mismanagement of DESOPADEC fund unsettles Delta

The allegation of N40 billion misappropriated fund of Delta State oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has unsettled the people, especially the oil-bearing communities.

IGP pleads for recruitment of 31,000 cops yearly

“The police can not afford to disappoint the populace by allowing crime and criminality to thrive in the country. You must therefore put in your best to maintain law and order at all times.

Hurdles that stalled passage of PIB, by Tayo Alasoadura

“Unless you can withstand pressure, you won’t be able to do what I did. And by the time we were to take the bill to the floor of the house for passage, we booked three days because we thought it will be stormy.

Kogi PDP cautions governor against anti-labour actions

The party cautioned the governor against wielding same stick used on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of the state-owned university at Anyigba.

East West Road may be ready in 2019, says minister

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, says the East West Road would not be completed earlier than 2019 due to paucity of funds.

Some Nigerians being used as terrorists in Libya – Shehu Sani

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja A senator from Kaduna State and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Shehu Sani, has decried the spate of human trafficking in the country, saying some Nigerians were being used for terrorist activities in Libya. Sani said this in Abuja during a visit to the Director

I’m not promoting IPOB – Fayose

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, says he is not a promoter of the Indigenous People of Biafra. He, however, said the government must address agitations through dialogue and not military might. Fayose said this in a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle on Sunday.

Only good governance can end agitations – Wike

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that unless Nigerians experience good governance at the federal level, agitations will continue across the country. Wike, who spoke at the 57th Independence Church Service at the Saint Mark’s Anglican Church in Port Harcourt on Sunday, said

Chad, North Korea among 8 countries on new US travel ban

President Donald Trump issued a new travel ban Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities. Trump ordered the new restrictions to replace an expiring measure that had locked him into political and

N30bn debt hinders completion of East-West Road –FG

Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Uguru Usani, has expressed doubt over the completion of the East-West Road by 2019, saying a huge debt of N30bn has already been incurred on the project. The minister voiced his misgivings about the road on Saturday while fielding questions

Theft: FG orders fingerprinting of crude oil

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Federal Government has promised that by the end of this year, it will start conducting deoxyribonucleic acid fingerprinting of the country’s crude oil in order to identify theft and apprehend criminals. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, made this known during the inauguration

Unilorin, a terrorist organisation, says ASUU

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities has described the University of Ilorin as a terrorist organisation after the institution reportedly sacked the ASUU chairman in the school, Dr. Kayode Afolayan, for allegedly exposing corrupt practices of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali. In a letter signed on