Uber drivers arrested for allegedly robbing female clients at night

The Lagos State police command has arrested two Uber drivers who specialised in robbing women of their valuables at gunpoint. The drivers, Fosta Rufus, 30, and Franklin Jogbodo, according to the Special Anti Robbery squad boss, Mohammed Sanusi, picked up their targets around Lekki, Ajah and Victoria Island areas of Lagos. This is the second of such arrest of Uber drivers in Lagos. It was gathered that the suspects were accused of robbing their victims of valuables such as jewelry, expensive phones and cash, and their victims are mainly ladies…

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Buhari not committed to Niger Delta peace, say agitators

Agitators in the Niger Delta yesterday accused the President Muhammadu Buhari government of a lack of commitment to peace in the region. While urging Buhari to take practical steps to ensure sustainable peace in the oil-rich region, they warned against extending military operation to their area. In a statement, a coalition of Niger Delta groups described Buhari’s Independence Day broadcast as filled with empty promises on his resolve to engage the aggrieved people of region. They expressed regret that despite their resolve to cease fire and maintain peace in the…

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NLNG floors NIMASA over levies

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday held that Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas Ltd (NLNG) was right in refusing to pay levies demanded by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA). The dispute between both parties arose as a result of perceived conflict in their respective enabling Acts – Nigeria LNG (Fiscal Incentives, Guarantees and Assurances) Act and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act. There are also Merchant Shipping Act and Coastal and Inland Shipping Act regulating NIMASA’s operations. NIMASA had said that its levies were applicable…

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Spain’s King Felipe calls Catalan independence move irresponsible

Spain’s King Felipe VI has spoken on the crisis over Catalan leaders’ bid for independence, accusing them of threatening the country’s stability and urging the state to defend “constitutional order.” The 49-year-old king abandoned his previously measured tone over tensions with Catalonia as the standoff dragged Spain into its deepest political trouble in decades. He spoke in a live broadcast Tuesday night after hundreds of thousands of Catalans rallied in fury at violence by police against voters during a banned referendum on independence for their region on Sunday. Catalan regional…

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Ogunbodede, Director General of IART jailed for fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday,  secured the conviction and sentencing of Prof. Benjamin Adefemi Ogunbodede, a former Director-General, Institute of Agriculture Research and Training, IART, Ibadan, Oyo State. The judgment was delivered by Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan. Ogunbodede was prosecuted alongside Zacheaus Tejumola,  the institute’s accountant, Adenose Clement and Jalekun Omotowoju on a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, misappropriation and diversion of funds to the tune of N177 million. Tejumola One of IART staff sentenced to prison Trouble started…

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N100b Sukuk bond proceeds to be spent on roads

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has disclosed that proceeds of the N100 billion Islamic bond, Sukuk, will be released to the Ministry of Works on Thursday. Adeosun made this known when she appeared before the Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation of the Senate on Tuesday in Abuja to brief it on level of implementation of the 2017 budget. She said that the Federal Government successfully completed the Sukuk bond last week and raised N100 billion, which would be released on Thursday. “The Sukuk funds are earmarked for roads…

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Adeosun – 2017 budget to be rolled over into 2018

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has revealed Federal Government’s plan to roll over at least 60 per cent of 2017 capital projects to 2018 budget proposal. Adeosun made this known when she appeared before the Senate Joint Committees on Finance and Appropriations. She was accompanied by the Minister for Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, to give explanation on releases so far made for the implementation of the 2017 budget. The minister noted that there was no stoppage in terms of capital releases and projects. She explained that…

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NOUN, UK Open University poised for collaboration – VC

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is ready to collaborate with sister universities in areas of mutual interest, a statement has said. The statement said that the Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, hosted officials of the Open University of UK who visited him on Tuesday in Abuja. The statement was signed by Ibrahim Sheme, NOUN’s Director, Media and Publicity. Sheme said that UK team was led by Craig Walker, an Associate Professor in Development Policy and Practice Research, UK Open University. He said…

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36 Nigerian SMEs to exhibit products in China

Nigeria’s Consul-General in Guangzhou, China, Mr Wale Oloko, said on Tuesday that no fewer than 36 Nigerian Small and Medium Enterprises would be participating in the forthcoming China International Small and Medium Enterprise Fair. Oloko made the announcement in an e-mail sent to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said that the consulate and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) were collaborating to showcase Nigerian products at the fair. “Thirty six small and medium enterprises from Nigeria are to participate at the 14th…

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Fayemi briefs Buhari on Ajaokuta, ALSCON

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development Mr Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday updated President Muhammadu Buhari on state of Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi and the Aluminium Smelting Company (ALSCON) in Ikot Abasi. Nigeria’s only aluminium smelting plant, ALSCON, was  shut down in 2014 following  crippling  protests embarked upon by the company’s staff against poor working conditions, dwindling productivity and spiralling debts. The management of ALSCON, Russian aluminium giant, United Company RUSAL PLC, dismissed almost all local personnel of its workforce, while the Ajaokuta Steel Company has been moribund for…

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