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October 21, 2019530


The Federal High Court sitting in buja has denied Omoleye Sowore’s bail application.

Justice Ojukwu said Sowore’s bail can only be reduced to N50 million while Bakare’s should be reduced to N20 million.

The judge expressed disbelief and found it difficult to believe a man of Sowore’s pedigree does not have anyone to deposit N50 million.

The case has been adjourned to November 6th and 7th respectively.

His lawyer had applied for bail variation which was considered too stringent.

Sowore was arrested few months ago on accusation of cyber stalking, abuses, causing public nuisance and organising a revolution to dispose a legitimate government.

He’s the leader of RevolutionNow…

More details later


October 21, 2019370

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, has lauded the Senate for passing the Amended Bill for Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Contracts Act.

The lawyer, in a letter to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, also urged the Senate to enlist the help of anti-graft agencies to recover a total of $103.7bn in the hands of oil companies, 14 banks and others.

While noting that the oil companies had filed fresh suits before the Federal High Court over the unpaid royalties, Falana said he hoped that the court would determine the case without delay.

He also urged the Senate to help Nigeria recover the sums of $22bn and N481bn, which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation failed to remit into the Federation Account.

Falana said the withheld $22bn and N481bn were discovered by the National Extractive Industry and Transparency Initiative.

He also urged the Senate to help the country to recover $12.7bn, being the value of 60.2 barrels of crude oil allegedly stolen by oil companies and discharged at Philadelphia Port in the United States between 2011 and 2014.

He added, “In the course of our work on leakages in the national economy, we discovered that sometime in 2006, the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria illegally withdrew the sum of $7bn from the nation’s foreign reserves and fixed same in 14 commercial banks. For reasons best known to him, the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr Godwin Emefile, has ignored our persistent demand for the recovery of the principal sum of $7bn and the accrued interests from the 14 commercial banks.

“In the light of the foregoing, it is clear that apart from the expected revenue of $1.5bn from the implementation of the amended Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Contracts Act the outstanding royalties, fixed deposit and other funds withheld or diverted from the Federation Account are not less than $103.7bn.

“If the National Assembly, under your able leadership, is prepared to resist pressures from vested interests and muster the political will to recover the said fund, Nigeria will have no business begging for foreign loans from China, African Development Bank and the World Bank. Therefore, the National Assembly may wish to collaborate with the anti-graft agencies in the recovery of the said sum of $103bn without any delay.”


Falana recalled that the Supreme Court had in an October 18, 2018 judgment ordered the Federal Government to recover $62bn unpaid royalties from international oil companies in the last 18 years.

Additional reports from agencies.


October 21, 2019520

Tragedy struck in Amasiri in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Saturday as a bridegroom, Chukwuemeka Onwuka, slumped at the  reception venue and later died in hospital.

Onwuka was getting married to one Miss Onyinyechi Amadi Ugbor of the Ihie village in the Amasiri community.

The deceased was an ophthalmologist, who hailed from Item in the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told PUNCH Metro that the bridegroom had first danced with well-wishers and family members at the reception venue.

The source stated that after the first dance, the master of ceremonies announced that a missing wristwatch had been found and called on the owner to come for it.

The source said, “Nobody came out to collect the wristwatch. So, the second round of dancing was announced and as the bridegroom approached the dance floor, he fell down and started foaming in the mouth.

“He was carried outside and was being fanned by people, but there was no sign of recovery. It was at that point that it was suggested that he should be taken to hospital.”

It was learnt that Onwuka was later taken to a nearby hospital, where the doctor on duty referred him to the Mater Hospital, Afikpo.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the bridegroom died before getting to the hospital.

“Yes, he was seen on Thursday very healthy. This incident happened on Saturday at the Amasiri Central School. So, I can tell you that it is either the bridegroom or the bride disappointed someone and the person saw the wedding as an opportunity to avenge,” a close family source said.

When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer, Afikpo, Mr Patrick, said such a report had not reached his office.

But the Ebonyi State Neighbourhood Security Watch confirmed the incident.

Its Chief Security Officer in the area, Mr Godwin Orji, told our correspondents that Onwuka’s death was a shock to the entire community. (Punch)


October 20, 2019810

In what appears to be a spirit of defeat, the Nigerian Army under the auspices of the special military task force on Sunday held a special prayer service for Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram.

The terrorists have upped the ante lately leading to killings of dozens of soldiers while many soldiers escaped. They have also consolidated their hold on some villages and seizing some more while farmlands and markets routes have been deserted in the Borno and Yobe, which still remained epicentre of terrorist attacks.

According to the Army, the enemies of peace will be disgraced and flushed out of the North East, Plateau State and Nigeria in general.

The terrorists attacks in Plateau State have been linked to herdsnen with accusation of federal government complicity and laxity.

The taskforce also known as ‘Operation Safe Haven’, said the successes attained in restoring peace in the hitherto, troubled Plateau state can be attributed to the gains of prayer, said the Commander of the task force, Major General Augustine Agundu.

Maj. Gen. Agundu, who spoke during an annual harvest thanksgiving service and fund raising of the ‘Operation Safe Haven’, held at the Divine Grace Chapel, also warned trouble shooters to relocate from the state or they will be dealt with.

“We are here today is a testimony of the fingers of God and by the grace of God we shall experience total peace; we should imbibe the spirit of forgiveness which in turn brings healing,” the general stated.. The army boss thanked officers and men of the command for their untiring efforts in ensuring that peace is restored in all their area of operation.

Also at the service, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Danladi Atu, said if not for God, the state would have been engulfed by crisis.

“What we are witnessing today on the Plateau is a product of prayer and hard work; we shall join hands with the task force to fight the enemies of Plateau state. This event has blessings for everybody as we continue to preach peace,” Gov. Lalong said.


October 20, 2019110
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has so far contributed N135bn out of the N220bn it is expected to generate for the 2019 fiscal budget, Director General of the privatisation agency, Mr. Alex A. Okoh has revealed.

Speaking at an interactive forum with the Senate Committee on Privatisation at the National Assembly on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the Director General said the Bureau is expected to contribute the N220bn in line with the Medium-Term Framework submitted by the Federal Government to the National Assembly for 2019 budget.

He said the N135bn was generated through the sale of the Afam Electricity Generation Company (Afam Power Plc and Afam Three Fast Power Limited),re-privatisation of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) and sale of 29 percent Federal Government’s  shares in the Geregu Power plant.

Okoh while calling on the National Assembly to critically look at the funding framework for the Bureau, expressed optimism that BPE would meet its target for the 2020 fiscal budget.

He regretted that out of the N2bn allocated to the Bureau yearly from the national purse for its operations, N1.5bn is for staff emoluments through the Integrated Pay role and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and “of the N500m that is supposed to come to the Bureau for overheads and capital expenditure, only about 15 percent of the amount is eventually released to the Bureau against what is obtained in other revenue generating agencies of the Federal Government”.

The Director General advised the Federal government to give consideration to the privatisation of federal government-owned enterprises to fund the N10.33trillion 2020 budget, with a total deficit of N2.28trillion and decried a situation where the state-owned enterprises place an undue pressure on the lean public purse by way of subventions.

He noted that there was no justification for the ritual of yearly budget deficit with local and external borrowings when there were national assets that could be converted into liquidity to fund the government’s fiscal programmes.

“It is not good to keep borrowing on a yearly basis to finance deficit budget when a lot of very valuable national assets are lying fallow and moribund.Proceeds from outright privatisation or concession of the moribund assets, should serve as veritable sources in funding the  budget since the assets are more or less, becoming national liabilities”, he added.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Privatisation,Chief Theodore Orji had reiterated  the importance of privatisation as the key driver of the Nigerian economy and pledged the support of the Committee to the Bureau.


October 20, 201960

The Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, said many Nigerians today can neither sing the national anthem nor recite the national pledge.

Mr Mohammed, who stated this in Abuja at the public presentation of the Mindshift Advocacy for Development Initiative, also said most Nigerians do not obey the provisions of the country’s constitution.

The minister was represented at the programme by a director in the ministry, Samuel Soughul.

He said despite the federal government’s effort to reposition the country for greatness, few bad eggs in the society continue to constitute a clog in the wheel of progress.

Mr Mohammed said: “I think we are making progress. I won’t say all, there are few bad eggs in our society that forming the clog in the wheel of our progress.

“Let’s start from basics. If you love your country, you must love anything that is associated with your country. You love your country and you love your countrymen, you love the paraphernalia of the state.

“The national anthem, some of us cannot read, cannot recite, and cannot write. Is it the currency of the country, naira that we abuse? Is it the constitution that we do not obey its provisions? We have a lot to say but the future is still bright.”

According to the minister, by following the national pledge, Nigerians will not have turbulence around their homes, there will not be need for bullet-proof vehicles, and Nigerians will be their brother’s keeper.

Additional reports from agencies


October 20, 2019410
The Federal Ministry of Communications, Nigeria has orders the immediate suspension of the alleged USSD service charge by MTN Nigeria.


October 20, 2019270

The management of the Kano zoological garden has announced the capture of the lion that escaped from its cage, after hours of searching.

Saidu Gwadabe, head of the zoological garden, told BBC Hausa on Sunday morning that the animal was spotted inside the zoo premises but in a cage where goats were kept.

According to him, the lion devoured all the goats in the cage.

He said the lion was shot with an injection which made him powerless before it was captured and returned to its cage.

On Saturday, there was panic around the zoo road in Kano metropolis when reports emerged that the lion had escaped from its cage at  the zoological garden.

It was gathered that the residents of the area went indoors earlier than usual to avoid the consequences of an encounter with a loose lion.

Gwadabe had earlier told NAN that the team would do everything possible to capture the escaped animal alive.

“We don’t want to kill the lion unless it becomes the last option as they can shot it to make it unconscious,” he had said.

He said the operation, which started on Saturday night, had to be suspended around 11 p.m. because of the darkness of the bush where it was currently hiding in the zoo.


October 20, 201920

At least seven persons were killed in an accident involving the convoy of Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, on Saturday.

The accident took place near Ehor village along the Benin-Ekpoma highway.

An Audi 80 car conveying the deceased victims – five adults and two children – had a head-on collision with a Toyota Hilux van where protocol officers of the Edo state government house were.

The protocol officers were reportedly heading for Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, where the governor was supposed to attend the a convocation ceremony.
Danmallam Mohammed, commissioner of police in Edo, confirmed the incident but refused to go into details.

However,  Anthony Oko, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Edo, said the two children died on their way to the hospital.

He said all occupants of the Audi car died while driver of the Hilux van had injuries.

Oko said drive of the car lost control while trying to avoid a pothole.

Agency report 


October 20, 2019400

The mother of the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Ugoeze Sally Nnenne Okwu-Kanu is death.

The IPOB leader ,Nnamdi Kanu in a video he shared on youtube  announced the passing of his dear mother, he talked about her generosity, what led to her death and the best way to honour her.

The full transcript of the video from Kanu announcing the death below:

Fellow Biafrans, lovers of freedom all over the world. I bring you the particularly sad news on this very day about the passing of my mother, Ugoeze Sally Nnenne Okwu-Kanu who died on the 30th of August this year in Germany.

Anybody who met my mother or had the unique privilege of making her acquaintance will testify to her generosity but above all, her devotion and love for Biafra. Not just for Biafra as a project but for all those who are within it. She saw IPOB as her family and did everything that she could to ensure that this very struggle is what it is today.

And as we all know the events of the 14th of September 2017 contributed immensely to her ill-health which unfortunately the doctors were not able to do anything about.

A mother as caring and compassionate as she is, watching and seeing how children being killed – twenty-eight (28) of them in total – and having to see their dead bodies traumatized her to the extent that she took ill of which she never recovered. 

Kanu escaped to UK after the Nigerian Army’s onslaught against his movement and has remained defiant on the pursuit of the Biafran dream.

He has melt with the European Union and delivered speech to them as well as some international groups.

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