The Police in Enugu State says it has started investigation into the incident involving one Chibuzor Okonkwo, who killed his lover, Nkemakonam Onovo. He noted that the suspect, Okonkwo, must have hit his lover over a misunderstanding that allegedly ensued in a yet-to-be-established issue. The Police spokesman said that the suspect allegedly hit his deceased lover with a wooden frame, following “a slight provocation.”“It was further gathered that he hit the deceased on the head, leaving her unconscious. “She was later confirmed dead by a doctor on duty when she was rushed to a hospital in the community. Amaraizu said that Police have arrested the suspect, who is now helping with investigations.
December 11, 2018 16:07 UTC
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government was committed to making the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), a training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the best anti-corruption training school in Africa. “ACAN has earned our support as it moves to become a focal centre for anti-corruption studies in Africa,” he assured. Stressing the need for CRA training, he said, “when loopholes and leakages in the systems are plugged, people will be denied access to public funds and as such will not have the opportunity to misappropriate it. There were about 42 participants drawn from AU countries like Mauritius, Mali, Kenya, Lesotho, Guinea Bissau, South Africa, Morocco, Togo, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Rwanda. Others were Ghana, Senegal, Benin Republic, Zambia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania.
December 11, 2018 15:45 UTC
The 8th prosecution witness, Abubakar Abdulkadir, who described himself as Estate Agent and Valuer, said both men paid the said sum for the apartment located at No. 14 Macedonia Close, Maitama, Abuja, for a period of one year before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sealed the property under investigation. “To my surprise, Jubrin told me that AVM Umar was the owner of the property. He said he went to find out why the house was marked and that his friends in EFCC told him. Umar is standing trial on a seven-count charge bordering on alleged financial misappropriated of funds, amounting to N9.7bn.
December 11, 2018 15:45 UTC
GOVERNOR Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa on Tuesday presented a budget proposal of N230.98 billion for the 2019 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly. Presenting the budget tagged: “Budget of Next Level’’, Bindow said it would consolidate on the gains of the 2018 budget on massive infrastructure development. “Today, we are sustaining this progress and therefore, proposed the 2019 budget to the tune of N230,989 to finance both recurrent and capital development programme. ALSO READ: Gov Bagudu presents N151bn budget proposal for 2019He explained that the budget was second of its kind in the history of the state with 55 per cent of the proposed budget allocated to capital expenditure. In his remarks, Speaker of the House, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa assured the governor of speedy passage of the budget.
December 11, 2018 15:41 UTC
NASARAWA State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed a supplementary budget of N23.4bn presented to the House by Gov. Tanko Al-Makura administration is determined not to leave any project uncompleted at the expiration of his tenure, hence the need for the passage of the supplementary budget. “We have approved N23.4bn as the total supplementary budget for 2018. The speaker disclosed that the House increased the supplementary budget by N100million due to an omission of International travel, transport, bank charges among others. The House unanimously passed the supplementary budget.
December 11, 2018 15:22 UTC
RETIRED Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawrence Alobi has called on the Federal Government to strengthen the country’s borders to check the influx of terrorists from neighbouring countries. “It is believed that they navigate through the borders, the Federal Government should strengthen security at our borders to make sure they don’t have any access,” he said. He said that the existing rivalry among security agencies in the country was a threat to the security of the country. Alobi noted that until this was done away with, no reasonable result would be achieved in the fight against insurgency in the country. The former commissioner also called on the security agencies to put away pride, unite and fight the common enemy.
THE calls for the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social firmaments will further reverberate on Thursday, December 13, 2018, in Lagos, as eminent Yoruba leaders, including Prof. Banji Akintoye; an Afenifere chieftain, Chief Amos Akingba; Secretary-General, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Dr Kunle Olajide among others pay a visit to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa to seek for his support. Obasa is also the current Chairman, Conference of Speake r of State Houses of Assemblies of Nigeria. Other Yoruba leaders that would be on the visit include Senator Tokunbo Ogunbanjo, Dr Tola Adeniyi, Chairman, Voice of Reason, Dr Femi Adegoke and the Convener, Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun whose organization is spare-heading the visit. Osibogun, in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos, said the core objective of the visit was to let all elected Yoruba parliamentarians understand why the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social structures must be implemented now for the sake of the generation yet unborn. Obasa would be presented with, a paper titled “Yoruba Nation in a Restructured Nigeria Federation,” written by Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation, the September 2017 Ibadan Declaration on Restructuring by Yoruba People and draft of Proposed Nigerian Constitution written by Voice of Reason (VOR) during the visit.
THE National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Tuesday, disclosed plans to establish a radio station for improved access to information. Director General of the scheme, Major General Suleiman Kazaure made the disclosure in Abuja, at the 2018 press and public relations officers’ workshop themed: Retooling NYSC PR machinery for greater output. “May I also remind you of the place of social media usage as a public relations tool in the contemporary world. Earlier, the Director, Press and Public relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi in her welcome address, stated that the workshop is aimed at ensuring progressive actualization of productive and potent public relations platforms across the country. She said the training will accord participants the opportunity to get updated on the current trends in public relations practice and further sharpen their skills for optimal performance.
Eniola Akinkuotu, AbujaThe United States consulate in Nigeria has responded to allegations contained in the book written by former President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan had in his recently published book titled, ‘My Transition Hours’ claimed that former United States President, Barack Obama, meddled in the 2015 Presidential elections in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. The mischaracterisation here refers to not comprehending why we felt it was important for Nigeria to have a peaceful, free and fair election in 2015. He said the only thing the US would be supporting is a credible and fair process. We believe Nigeria can accomplish that .”(Visited 7,516 times, 1,636 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 11, 2018 14:48 UTC
AN advocacy has been made for the allocation of at least 10 per cent of the annual Budget by governments at all levels in the country to the agricultural sector in order to promote food sufficiency and security. The advocacy was made by the Bauchi State chapter of Smallholders Women Farmers of Nigeria (SWOFON) through its State Chairperson, Hajiya Marka Abass while speaking on Tuesday during the 2018 annual women farmers forum with theme, ‘Zero hunger, to end hunger and malnutrition’ , organised by a Bauchi based NGO, FAHIMTA Women and Youth Development Initiative in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria, held at the Joly Guest-inn, Bauchi. Marka Abbass said that Smallholder Women farmers who constitute between 60-80 per cent of Nigeria’s agricultural labour force are faced with poor access to land, lack of access to government services such as credit, inputs, training and crop insurance thereby limiting their output. ALSO READ: Govt Tasked On Robust Policy To Empower WidowsShe advocated that: “The budget process should be open and participatory for smallholder women farmers to be included in the planning process especially in the area of agriculture.”“Easy access to credit at single digit interest rate should be provided for smallholder women farmers, removing conditions that required collateral and guarantors, thereby making the credit schemes gender friendly,” She further advocated. She said that undernutrition causes severe wasting of 52 million children worldwide and constitute nearly 45 per cent death in children under the age of five years.
December 11, 2018 14:37 UTC
GOVERNOR Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has reiterated the state government’s commitment to promoting fish farming in the state. Bagudu restated the government’s commitment while declaring open a programme tagged, ‘Modern Training of Fish Farming’ in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday. “The loan disbursement to fish farmers and fishermen will boost socio-economic development in the state,” he said. He said that the modern ways and skills of fish farming would give fishermen more knowledge on how to improve their business activities. In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Alhaji Musa Magaji, praised the state government for its commitment to improving fish farming and making it more attractive in the state.
December 11, 2018 14:32 UTC
Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting at Ring Road in Ibadan on Tuesday fixed January 31, 2019, for hearing a suit filed by a former deputy Governor of Oyo state, Hazeem Ola Gbolarumi against his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Others joined alongside PDP as defendants in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (EFCC) and Dr Kola Balogun. ALSO READ: PDP demands immediate release of Doyin OkupeWhen the case earlier slated for mention was called before the court, counsel for PDP and Dr Balogun announced their appearances while there was no legal representation for INEC. Counsel to PDP, Adeniyi Farinto informed the court that he was only briefed about the case on Monday evening and has not been able to file any process before the court. Justice Ajoku consequently adjourned the matter till January 31, 2019, for hearing with an order that hearing notices be issued on INEC.
December 11, 2018 14:32 UTC
FG to inaugurate New Nnamdi Azikwe Airport terminal before Dec. 31MANAGING Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, says the new terminal building of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NIAI will be inaugurated before the end of December. He said: “We recently inaugurated our new international terminal at Port Harcourt Airport with plans to inaugurate that of Abuja before the end of the year. “We will inaugurate two other terminals in Kano and Lagos Airports between now and the second quarter of 2019. Olonisakin said that some of the participating financial institutions include: First Bank, Fidelity Bank, Zenith Bank, FCMB, Stanbic IBTC, Access Bank, Polaris Bank, Union Bank and Unity Bank. She said the banks would provide timely loans to contractors rendering numerous services to FAAN with varied terms and conditions.
December 11, 2018 14:21 UTC
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dapo Abiodun, in Ogun Staten Tuesday, said Governor Ibikunle Amosun will flag off his governorship campaign ahead of the 2019 elections. The governorship candidate flanked by his deputy, Engr(Mrs) Nimot Salako -Oyedele; the Director -General of the Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organisation, Prince Segun Adesegun; chieftain of the party, Hon. Bode Mustapha and other notable members of the party, said Amosun as the leader of the party would raise his hand at the campaign flag off. “The governor of the state is the leader of the party in the state. We are flagging off our governorship campaign soon; he is the incumbent governor.
December 11, 2018 14:15 UTC
HEALTH expert, Dr Olalekan Ogungbemi, has tasked the Federal Government to give adequate attention to the health sector in the country in order to revitalise the sector. According to him, it is worrisome that Nigeria came third last in the latest world health ranking among 200 countries of the world. ALSO READ: Increase doctors’ salaries to curb brain drainDr Olalekan expressed disappointment over the decreased in the national health budget 2018, saying that it has compounded the problems of the already fragile health sector. “As a doctor and someone who owns health foundation that is involving in massive free medical health outreach to different people; IDPs, less privileged people among others, I am speaking from first-hand experience. “The health budget of the country that is less than 10 per cent for the population of over 180 million people is something to worry about, last year’s budget was N4.
December 11, 2018 14:15 UTC