NERC suspends electricity tariff hike

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has directed the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in the country to suspend the September 1 new tariff.

The order which was issued on Tuesday night, came after the federal government reached an agreement with the organised Labour on the suspension of strike over the hike in electricity tariff and increase in pump price of petrol.

NERC said that from September 28 to October 11, the DisCos will revert all charges to the tariff existing as of August 31. This is to enable a wider consultations between the Government and labour, with a view to reaching a compromise and resolution of the contending issues involved.

NERC suspends electricity tariff hike

Tagged : / /

Couple arrested for inflicting severe injuries on their 8 year old son for buying N100 worth of Akara instead of N50

The Imo State police command has arrested a man, Goodluck Ogbuji, 28 and his wife Benita Ogbuji, 26 for allegedly inflicting severe injuries on their eight old son for buying N100 worth of Akara (bean cake), instead of N50 in Umudagu Mbieri, Imo State.

According to the Imo State police command, they made the arrest after they were led by two journalists, Chidiebube Okeoma and Harriet Ijeomo to the couple’s residence at Umudagu Mbieri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state.

The arrest of the couple was sequel to a social media post which showed pictures of the severe injuries inflicted on Wisdom.

The Journalists who took photos of the injured boy upon arrival at the residence, said Wisdom has been out of school since 2019 and has be suffering physical abuse from his parents.

Couple arrested for inflicting severe injuries on their 8 year old son for buying N100 worth of Akara instead of N50

Okeoma narrating the story, said;

We got information that a couple dehumanised and almost killed their houseboy because he bought bean cake of N100 instead of N50. We made inquiries through social media and we got their house address. We mobilised policemen to the place in the early hours of Thursday and got the wicked couple arrested and rescued the child”

“They have been detained at the Orji Police Division, while the boy is being taken care of by the policemen. The level of injuries inflicted on the boy is wicked. We are seeking justice for the child. We want the couple to be prosecuted. The boy has been out of school since 2019.”

Tagged : / / /

NTA Ilorin gutted by fire


The Ilorin Area Office of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), was gutted by fire late Tuesday night, July 21.

The cause of the fire which affected the facility’s Administrative block, Marketing Department, News and Current Affairs Department as well the Programmes’ Department is yet to be uncovered.

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who was among the first responders, said the entire facility would have been destroyed but for the timely intervention of the Federal and the State fire services.

A statement released by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, read;

“We commiserate with the NTA over this unfortunate incident. But the bright side is that no life was lost. Also, the quick intervention of the fire services helped to save not just the facilities but the adjoining estate which could have been affected.

“This incident again underscores the need for everyone to do more to prevent such in the future. We commend the alertness of those who quickly called the fire services and our firemen for their prompt response and professionalism. We will continue to do more to support not just the fire service but also all other emergency responders.

“Everybody must be more alert. Our fire service will continue to be proactive by not only putting out the fire but also educating the people. However, we urge citizens to also take serious interest in how to curtail fire incidents which are becoming rampant.

“As an administration, we will also be willing to offer whatever support we can within the confines allowed under the ethics of the trade (journalism).”

Tagged : / /

Buhari replaces two non-career Ambassadors-designate

President Muhammadu Buhari has notified the senate of new replacements for two non-career Ambassadors-designate.

In the letter read during plenary by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, President Buhari sought to replace the earlier nomination of Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio and Brigadier General Bwala Yusuf Bukar from Akwa-Ibom and Borno State respectively.

It read;

“In accordance to Section 171(1)(2)(c) and subsection (4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Mr. John J. Usanga and Air Commodore Peter Anda Bakiya Gana (rtd) from Akwa-Ibom and Niger State respectively, as non-career Ambassadors-designate.

“The Senate is kindly requested to recall my earlier submission of Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio and Brigadier General Bwala Yusuf Bukar from Akwa-Ibom and Borno State respectively, vide letter dated 17th June 2020, I substitute Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio with Mr. John J. Usanga (Akwa-Ibom State). I replace Brigadier General Bwala Yusuf Bukar (Borno State) with Air Commodore Peter Anda Bakiya Gana (Niger State).”

However Senator Philip Aduda protested the exclusion of a non-career Ambassador from the FCT. He said the only FCT indigene presently serving as a non-career Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Hafiz Obada was not re-appointed.

Aduda said;

“For the ambassadorial nomination for the non-career, nothing has been said about the one for FCT. It has been silent and we have an Ambassador who is already sitting in Sierra Leone, his name is Ambassador Hafiz Obada. We don’t know what becomes of his fate because other states have been told to remain in their stations or they have been re-appointed.

“My issue is that is it at this time FCT will now lose an Ambassador. It is worrisome to me and the people of the FCT. Sitting here, names have been called for all other states except FCT and we have one.

“Now that particular non-career Ambassadorial slot for the FCT is being taken away from us and is being killed, otherwise we are also entitled to have, and that is what I have consistently said since this list came out.

“So, Mr. President, I hope something can be done to this to help the people of the FCT. We don’t get Ministerial nomination, we don’t get so many of these things, but the small ones that we have is about to be taken away which should not be so”

Senate President Ahmad Lawan who reacted to the complaint, admitted that it was valid. He said;

“I sympathize with the FCT but I know there were twelve non-career Ambassadors who were retained. I don’t know if you have an FCT indigene among those twelve, probably you should check that to see if you would see any FCT indigene, but your complaint is very valid.

“What I’m going to advice is maybe we need to take more political action, so that it doesn’t always come like it is an after-thought. The FCT is to be treated like a state, that’s what the Constitution states, so you deserve one like any other state deserves.”

Tagged : /

Seven oil workers killed in an expolosion at the Benin River Basin

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has confirmed the death of seven oil workers killed in an explosion that occurred at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), on behalf of the NPDC/Elcrest Joint Venture.

A statement from the corporation said the incident occurred on Wednesday, July 8 during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production.

The statement said that a detailed investigation into the cause of the explosion has commenced.

”The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers: Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, which are consultants to NPDC.” the statement adds.

Tagged : / / / /

Ibrahim Magu suspended as EFCC Chairman


Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has been suspended by the Presidency.
Magu was arrested on Monday by security operatives at the Wuse II office of the EFCC to face an interagency committee investigating corruption allegations against him.
He was detained at the Force Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters in Area 10, Abuja, on Monday night on the orders of the committee that also questioned him on Tuesday morning.
The presidential panel probing allegations of gross misconduct against him is led by Ayo Salami, a retired justice of the appeal court.

According to reports, Magu has now been suspended pending when a decision will be taken on him.

Magu’s travails followed a memo by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), in which the suspended anti-graft boss was accused of grave malfeasance.

The memo was said to contain 22 allegations against the embattled EFCC chairman.

He was alleged to have relooted the recovered loot and was selling seized assets to associates. He was also alleged to have refused to subject himself to the supervision of the office of the attorney-general.

Femi Odekunle, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), had accused Malami of waging a grudge war against Magu.

He said the suspended EFCC chief is a victim of a power-play at the presidency.

But the presidential panel disclaimed the statement, saying Odekunle only spoke for himself.

Tagged : / /

President Buhari sends names of 42 Ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for confirmation

President Buhari has sent a letter to the Nigerian Senate requesting the screening and confirmation of 41 non-career and one career ambassadorial nominees for appointment.

One of the nominees Suleiman Sani from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was nominated as a career ambassador while the remaining 41 were nominated as non-career ambassadors.

The President’s letter of request was read on the floor at plenary by the Senate President Ahmad Lawan today Wednesday, July 1.

See below the full names on the list and the states they represent

1. Debo Adesina (Oyo)

2. Ademola Seriki (Lagos)

3. Dare Sunday Awoniyi (Kogi)

4. Engr Umar Suleiman (Adamawa)

5. L.S. Mandama (Adamawa)

6. Oboro Effiong Akpabio (Akwa Ibom)

7. Chief Elijah Onyeagba (Anambra)

8. Abubakar D. Ibrahim Siyi (Bauchi)

9. Philip K. Ikurusi (Bayelsa)

10. Hon. Tarzoor Terhemen (Benue)

11. Paul Ogba Adikwu (Benue)

12. Al-Bashir Ibrahim Al-Hassan (Borno)

13. Brig. Gen. Bwala Y?suf, Bukar (Borno)

14. Prof. Monique Ekpong (Cross River)

15. Oma Djebah (Delta)

16. Ominyi N. Eze (Ebonyi)

17. Yamah Mohammed Musa (Edo)

18. Maj. Gen. C.O. Ugwu (Enugu)

19. Dr. Hajara I. Salim (Gombe)

20. Obiezu Ijeoma Chinyerem (Imo)

21. Ali M. Magashi (Jigawa)

22. Prof. M.A. Makarfi (Kaduna)

23. Hamisu Umar Takalmawa (Kano)

24. Jazuli Imam Galandanci (Kano)

25. Amina Ado Kurawa (Kano)

26. Amb. Yahaya Lawal (Katsina)

27. Ibrahim Kayode Laaro (Kwara)

28. Abioye Bello (Kwara)

29. Zara Maazu Umar (Kwara)

30. Henry John Omaku (Nasarawa)

31. Chief Sarafa Tunji Isola (Ogun)

32. Mrs. Nimi Akinkube (Ondo)

33. Adejaba Bello (Osun)

34. Adeshina Alege (Oyo)

35. Ms. Folakemi Akinyele (Oyo)

36. Shehu Abdullahi Yibaikwal (Plateau)

37. Hon. Maureen Tamuno (Rivers)

38. Faruk Yabo (Sokoto)

39. Adamu M. Hassan (Taraba)

40. Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed (Yobe)

41. Abubakar Moriki (Zamfara)

Tagged : /

Consultation ongoing on how we will end Nigerian football league season  – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that discussions are being held as to how to end the 2019-20 domestic league season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the body responsible for the management of the league, has suspended football activities since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and secretary to the federal government, early this month said the government had no plans to open sporting activities leading the League Management Company (LMC) to propose four options to end the league, including a point-per-game (PPG) method.

Club owners had to vote in favour of the PPG as Plateau United currently lead the NPFL table with 49 points from 25 games while Rivers United are second with 45 points, and both clubs are in the Caf Champions League spots.

17 chairmen of the Club Owners Association voted in favour of the PPG method agreeing clubs should not face promotion or relegation.

The NFF has now announced that football stakeholders in the country should be patient until they conclude their consultations as to how the league should end.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has declared that wide consultation is still ongoing as to the format and pattern of foreclosing the 2019/2020 Football Season, including that of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL,” read a statement from the NFF.

Tagged : / / /

Breaking: Court stops Obaseki from participating in PDP primaries

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has restrained the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki from participating in the governorship primary election organised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Governor Godwin Obaseki has been stopped by a Federal High Court from participating in the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The primary election is scheduled for 25 June.

The ban order was given 22 June by Justice E.A. Obile of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.

It was based on a motion ex parte filed by a PDP member, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama.

Joined in the suit are Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP, Independent National Electoral Commission, chairman of the party screening committee, Kingsley Chinda and other members of the committee.

Obaseki, an APC renegade, was named as the eighth defendant in the case.

The applicant is seeking a court order to restrain Secondus and the party from allowing Obaseki to buy the forms for the primary, other than those who bought the forms within the timetable initially published for the election.

Justice Obile granted the interim injunction as requested.

The PDP, mindful of the legal minefield announced a waiver for Obaseki, to enable him to participate in the primary election, even though he joined the party only on Friday 19 June last week.

The party also reconvened the Chinda screening committee which had ended its assignment on 5 June

The committee specially screened Obaseki on Saturday 20 June.

All the parties in the case were to be served via substituted means.

Substantive hearing in the case has been adjourned till Wednesday 24 June.

Tagged : / / / /

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Exceed 20,000 With 436 Fresh Infections


The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this in a tweet on Sunday night June 21.

According to the agency, of the new cases, 169 were recorded in Lagos, 52 in Oyo and 31 in Plateau.

Other affected states are Imo with 29 cases, Kaduna with 28, Ogun with 23, the FCT and Enugu with 18 each, Bauchi with 17, Bayelsa with 14, Rivers with eight, Osun and Kano with six each, Edo and Benue with five each, Adamawa with three, Borno with two, and Abia and Ekiti states with one each.

The NCDC also noted that a total of 6,879 patients have recovered and have been discharged, while the death toll now stands at 518.

See breakdown below:

Lagos-169
Oyo-52
Plateau-31
Imo-29
Kaduna-28
Ogun-23
FCT-18
Enugu-18
Bauchi-17
Bayelsa-14
Rivers-8
Osun-6
Kano-6
Edo-5
Benue-5
Adamawa-3
Borno-2
Abia-1
Ekiti-1

20,244 confirmed
6,879 discharged
518 deaths

Tagged : / / / /