Catholic priests from the 36 states of the federation and Abuja are currently meeting in Kaduna State over the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and general insecurity in the country. Though the gathering is the Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association, the meeting would discuss the spate of killings, kidnapping and other related crimes confronting the land. While noting that the theme of the AGM was apt, the cleric lamented the disturbing insecurity in the country. He said that good governance and security were interwoven such that in the absence of one, the other suffered. The absence of government in certain parts of the country has brought us to where we are today.
June 18, 2019 12:11 UTC
Mr Frank Okiye, the newly elected Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, assumed duty at the assembly complex on Tuesday. Okiye, who addressed newsmen at the complex, thanked members and the All Progressives Congress for the confidence reposed in him. Edo people, my party and the members of the House have found me worthy for the position as the Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly. Frank Okiye (APC-Esan North East Constituency I) was elected as the Speaker, while Yekini Idiaye (APC Akoko Edo Constituency I) was elected Deputy Speaker. Meanwhile, there was a heavy presence of security personnel at the entrance to the assembly complex, while the staff of the assembly went about their normal duties.
June 18, 2019 11:48 UTC
DANGOTE Foundation has distributed free foodstuffs to over 3,750 women in the five local government areas of the Daura Emirate in Katsina State. Alhaji Sani Suleiman, the Kano-based Liaison Officer of the Foundation, made this known while distributing the items to the carefully selected beneficiaries on Tuesday in Daura. According to him, the foodstuffs include packets of spaghetti, macaroni, sugar, salt, flour and the newly introduced Dangote Cube seasoning. The liaison officer said that the foundation had recently begun the distribution of free food items to 34,000 women in the 34 local government areas in Katsina State. Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, 75-year-old Aisha Suleiman, lauded the Dangote Foundation for the gesture and promised that they would make judicious use of the items.
June 18, 2019 11:37 UTC
Samson FolarinA statement by the Embassy of the United States of America in Nigeria denying a report that it had stopped issuing student visa to Nigerians has drawn criticisms on social media. Be advised, reports of Student Visa ban for Nigerians is false. While a few Nigerians commended the embassy for debunking the report, majority of those who responded used the opportunity to narrate their experiences of visa denial. A user @Paul2ng said an outright ban of student visa would be better. Student visa or Not.
June 18, 2019 11:35 UTC
The President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, has been re-elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria. The results was announced on Tuesday by Bishop Matthew Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja. Caleb Solomon-Ahima, President, Fellowship of Christian Churches in Nigeria, who got 44 votes. He had a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a Master of Education (M.Ed) in Guidance and Counselling from the same university.
June 18, 2019 11:33 UTC
No fewer than 2,000 Nigerian women die of unsafe abortion annually with Northeast recording highest rate, says Dr. Christopher Lamai, Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe. He said the rate contributed to 13 percent of mortality in the country as many women died from abortion more than malaria. According to him, every eight minutes, women die of unsafe abortion while an estimated 220,000 children are left motherless annually as a result of abortion-related death. He advised participants to fully sensitize the public on how to undergo safe abortion towards reducing the rate of mortality in the country. She said that Ipas was working closely with legislatures and law enforcement among other stakeholders on the importance of safe abortion to reduce the high rate of mortality in Nigeria.
June 18, 2019 11:26 UTC
Doctors in India’s West Bengal state on Tuesday withdrew from their week-long strike, following assurances of improved workplace security measures after a violent attack on a doctor. Tens of thousands of doctors went on strike in the state capital of Kolkata and several Indian cities on Friday and Monday. The protests began after a junior doctor was attacked in Kolkata on Monday, leaving him with serious head injuries. Hospitals around India suspended all services except emergency services in solidarity with the Bengal doctors. Hospitals in West Bengal were the worst-hit as junior doctors who form the backbone of health services held strikes and protest marches.
June 18, 2019 11:03 UTC
Chidiebube Okeoma, OwerriThe Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has suspended all the 27 Local Government Area Chairmen, their deputies and the 645 councilors in the state. The governor equally suspended all the political appointees of the 27 LGAs of the state. Consequently, the governor has set up Interim management Committees in all the LGAs of the state. The statement said that the governor had directed the Directors of Administration and General Services of each LGA to take over the management of the councils until the Interim management Committees were confirmed by the state lawmakers. The statement also said that Ihedioha had approved the dissolution and removal of Chairman and Members of the State’s Independent Electoral Commission.
June 18, 2019 10:28 UTC
James Abraham, JosFour people including a soldier were confirmed dead on Tuesday following a fresh attack in Riyom Council Area of Plateau state by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen. Spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Tyopev Mathias, when contacted on Tuesday promised to get back to our correspondent later over the incident. “I will get back to you on the attack in Riyom, please,” Mathias said. However, Lawmaker representing Riyom Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Datong, confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Jos on Tuesday. The lawmaker said, ” Yes I can confirm to you that four of our people including security personnel were killed during the incident.
June 18, 2019 10:07 UTC
The police in Kaduna State on Tuesday confirmed the killing of three persons by gunmen at Unguwan Rimi village in Chawai District of Kauru Local Government Area of the state. The Public Relations Officer of the police command in the state, Deputy Superintendent of Police Yakubu Sabo, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna State. The monarch further told NAN that the attackers again proceeded to Chikoba settlement at 4 p.m. and opened fire in the area killing another child and injuring another. “Following an uproar, we immediately alerted security operatives to come to our rescue. (NAN)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
June 18, 2019 10:07 UTC
An eponymous nonprofit association based in Geneva will oversee the blockchain-based Libra, maintaining a real-world asset reserve to keep its value stable. The initiative has the potential to allow more than a billion “unbanked” people around the world access to online commerce and financial services, said Libra Association head of policy and communications Dante Disparte. Libra Association debuted with 28 members including Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, Kiva, PayPal, Lyft, Uber and Women’s World Banking. The Libra Association will be the only entity able to “mint or burn” the digital currency, maintaining supply in tune with demand and assets in reserve, according to Barel. Analyst and cryptocurrency investor Lou Kerner said Facebook’s move has the potential to open the door for cryptocurrency to a wider public.
The dollar weakened against its rivals on Tuesday, heading back toward a recent three-month low before a U.S. Central Bank meeting gets underway with expectations growing the Fed will signal its first rate cut in a decade. A CME Fedwatch tool puts the probability of a quarter-point interest rate cut by the Fed at 20 per cent, with a 70 per cent probability of a rate cut at its next meeting in July. “The majority view among the Fed comments does not suggest any particular appetite for an immediate rate cut in June or July,” HSBC strategists said in a note. While hedge funds have pared back some of their long positions on the dollar in recent weeks, overall net positions remain near 2019 highs. With benchmark interest rates in the eurozone already in negative territory and inflation expectations below central bank forecasts, financial markets will be closely watching Draghi’s comments.
The police in Kaduna on Tuesday confirmed the killing of three persons by gunmen at Unguwan Rimi village in Chawai District of Kauru Local Government Area of the state. The Public Relations Officer of the police command in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna. Sabo said that efforts were ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators of the act and the command has intensified surveillance and other proactive efforts to forestall further breach of the peace in the area. The monarch further told NAN that the attackers again proceeded to Chikoba settlement at about 4 p.m. and opened fire in the area killing another child and injuring another. “Following an uproar, we immediately alerted security operatives to come to our rescue.
Tunji Bosun, AbeokutaA former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2010 in Ogun State, Olajide Awosedo is dead. Awosedo, who was the Chairman, Grant Property Limited, breathed his last on Tuesday at the age of 68. A family source who confirmed Awosedo’s sudden death disclosed that he died abroad. Awosedo was born on November 4, 1951, to Rev. Joseph Olusanu Awosedo and Omo-Oba Arinola Adebimpe Awosedo.
June 18, 2019 09:55 UTC
Continue playing Tight security at site where former Egyptian president Morsi buried You may also like Watch again Tight security at site where former Egyptian president Morsi buried You may also likeEgypt's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was buried Tuesday, as calls mounted for an independent investigation into the causes of his death after he collapsed in a Cairo courtroom. That lies near the prison where Egypt's first civilian president, a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member, had been held for six years in solitary confinement and deteriorating health. Abdel Maksoud told AFP that only around 10 family members and close Morsi confidants were present at the funeral, including himself. Another of Morsi's lawyers, Osama El Helw, said other defendants had started banging on the glass, "screaming loudly that Morsi had died". An official from the Confederation of African Football said the security situation had not been affected by Morsi's death, and that the tournament would go ahead as planned
June 18, 2019 09:49 UTC