How nineteen passengers were burnt to death in Imo auto crash

Chidiebube Okeoma , Owerri Nineteen passengers died in a fire that broke out when an 18-seater bus travelling from Orlu to Owerri, collided with a fuel truck in Imo State on Friday. Our correspondent learnt that the truck loaded with diesel was on its way to Orlu when the accident

Obasanjo rallies support for Zimbabwe as Mnangagwa is sworn in

Samuel Awoyinfa and Kunle Falayi A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on all Africans to give the necessary cooperation and support to the new government in Zimbabwe. Obasanjo said in a congratulatory letter to the new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a copy of which was made available to one

Herdsmen attacks: 500 still missing in Benue –Group

John Charles, Makurdi A socio-cultural group in Benue State made up of Mdzough-U-Tiv, Idoma National Forum, and Omi Ny’Igede, has said that there are still about 500 persons missing following a recent attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the state. The spokesperson for the group, Chief Edward Ujege, told journalists

N’East: Germany donates N260m to tackle hunger

Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The German Government has donated about N260m to aid the fight against hunger in the North-East region of Nigeria ravaged by the insurgency. The fund, aimed at benefitting 1,200 households, is to be spent in two local governments – Mubi in Adamawa State and Jere in Borno

Kano pensioners protest death of 300 members

Ted Odogwu, Kano No fewer than 1,000 pensioners under the aegis of All Federal Pensioners in Kano State on Thursday protested the death of 300 of their colleagues as a result of non-payment of their 33 per cent pension arrears for 42 months. The protest took place on the premises

Over 1.8m displaced by Boko Haram –NEMA

Success Nwogu, Ilorin Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Mustapha Maihaja, says Boko Haram attacks have displaced no fewer than 1,884,331 persons in the North-East, adding that 9.6 million people in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have been affected directly or indirectly by the crisis. According to him,

Undergraduate commits suicide in Bauchi

Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi A 300-level student of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, on Friday morning reportedly hanged himself. The deceased, Dahiru Adamu, 30, was said to be a student of the Department of Technology Education at the institution. He was found hanging from a tree. The incident was said

Fear of parallel convention grips PDP

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja There is a growing tension among the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party that some people within its fold are planning to hold a parallel national convention on December 9. The convention, where national officers of the party are to be elected, is scheduled to hold

Murder: Wife of ex-PDP chairman’s son remanded in custody

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, on Friday remanded in Suleja Prison, Niger State, Maryam Sanda, who allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death on November 19. Justice Yusuf Halilu remanded her in prison after she pleaded not guilty to two

Anyim granted bail but not released –EFCC

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has granted an administrative bail to a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, but has not yet released him because he has failed to meet his bail conditions. However, Anyim’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome

I’ll never leave APGA for APC, Obiano vows

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Friday said there was no truth in the insinuation that he would leave the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the All Progressives Congress. He said he would never leave the party on which platform he contested and won the governorship

Restructuring: Southern senators begin confab in Cross River

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Senate from the southern part of Nigeria on Friday began a conference on the governance and political structure of the country. The two-day retreat by the Southern Senators’ Forum, which is holding in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, is tagged, ‘National Unity and

Agitations threaten Nigeria’s unity, says Saraki

Mudiaga Affe and Simon Utebor The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Friday, said that various agitations by some ethnic groups across the country were threatening the peace and unity of the country. He said this in Calabar, Cross River State’s capital, during the opening of a two-day retreat of

NRC demolishes shops in Ilorin, affected traders plead with Amaechi

Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Nigerian Railway Corporation on Friday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, demolished 22 shops in a storey building. The District Manager, (West), NRC, Mr. Akinwale Akintola, in an interview with our correspondent, said the demolition was part of the efforts to rid the railway of illegal

Buhari orders power firm boss’ reinstatement, Senate probes non-compliance

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate failure by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company to reinstate Mrs. Maryam Danna Mohammed as the General Manager (Audit and Compliance) of the company, in spite of a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Promote culture, tourism, Lai Mohammed tells states, LGs

Gbenro Adeoye The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged states and local governments to leverage their unique culture and tourism products to generate income and create jobs. In his address at the opening of the 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation in Dutse,

A’Ibom proposes N651.5bn budget for 2018

Etim Ekpimah, Uyo The Akwa Ibom State Government has proposed the sum of N651.5bn as its budgetary allocation for the 2018 fiscal year. The sum surpasses the 2017 budget, which stood at N485.792bn, by N165.708 The Governor of the state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, who presented the appropriation bill before the

Islamic finance, way out for Nigeria’s economy –IIFP

Eric Dumo The Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals of Nigeria has said that embracing the Islamic financial system is one of the best ways the country’s economy can witness rapid improvement. Making the statement in Lagos during the induction of 118 professional members, the organisation, through some of its principal

Osinbajo, Obasanjo, Ooni, others to speak on sustainable development

Jesusegun Alagbe Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, have been outlined to speak at a three-day national conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The Alumni Association of the National Institute said the conference was being organised to discuss the country’s search for

Gov. Emmanuel presents N651.5bn budget for 2018


Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom on Friday presented 2018 budget of N651.50 billion to the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly for consideration. The budget is higher than 2017 figure 0f N485.79 billion with N165.71 billion. The Appropriation Bill comprised N92.69 billion recurrent expenditure and N437.67