Australia to spend $195m on housing refugees Australia will spend 195 million dollars (A$250 million) on housing nearly 800 refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea for the next 12 months after its controversial detention centre closes this month. But hundreds of detainees are refusing to leave the Australian-run and funded Manus Island detention centre, which will close on Oct. 31, fearing for their safety in the general community on Manus Island off Papua New Guinea’s north coast. Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian journalist held on Manus Island for four years, said detainees fear being assaulted if they moved to the new Australian-funded Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre. “Refugees either move to Lorengau where they risk being attacked by angry local people, or be taken over by
Minister confirms Maina’s re-instatement By HarrisonThe Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, has confirmed the resumption of duty by former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, as an Acting Director in his ministry. The confirmation came in a statement issued by the Press Secretary to the minister, Mr Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, on Sunday. Osaigbovo, however, debunked media reports that his principal was one of those responsible for Maina’s “re-instatement”. “Maina was posted few days ago to the Ministry of Interior by the Office of the Head of Service on an Acting capacity to fill a vacancy created following the retirement of the Director heading the Human Resources Department in the Ministry. “For the avoidance of doubt, iss
Mrs Priya Heal, member, Board of Directors, Unity Bank and Mr Thomas Etuh, immediate past Chairman, Board of Directors, Unity Bank Plc. By Emmanuel AfonneUnity Bank Plc’s capital base has hit N80 billion, up from N31 billion in 2014, Mr Thomas Etuh, former Chairman, Board of Directors, has said. Etuh, the immediate past board chairman of the bank said in a post-retirement interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the growth was recorded under his watch, between 2014 and 2017. Etuh who retired as the bank’s board chairman a fortnight ago, explained that the bank was able to achieve the feat because of its “agric business” banking. “You know Unity Bank is number one in agriculture, in terms of agric lending to small holder farmers; we also have a product for youths becaus
16 killed, 18 others wounded in Maiduguri suicide bomb attacks By Rabiu Sani The Police Command in Borno on Monday said 16 persons were killed and 18 others sustained injuries in multiple suicide bomb attacks at Muna area of Maiduguri. The Police Commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, confirmed the incident in a text message sent to newsmen in Maiduguri. Chukwu said that the incident occurred when a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a crowded area, killing 13 people and wounding five others. He said two other female suicide bombers also detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies and injured 13 persons. “On 22/10/2017 at about 20: 20 hours a male suicide bomber detonated IED strapped to his body at Muna Garage, killing himself and thirteen persons, w
Rohingya refugees United Nations (U.N.) humanitarian officials, government ministers and advocacy group leaders are convening for a conference aimed at drumming up funds to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, as the influx from Myanmar has topped 600,000 since late August.The one-day meeting in Geneva hosted by the European Union, the government of Kuwait and the United Nations’ migration, refugee and humanitarian aid coordinating agencies aims to help meet a U.N. call for $434 million in funding through February. Officials say less than one-quarter of that has come in so far. Spokesman Adrian Edwards of refugee agency UNHCR said Monday that some 603,000 people have crossed into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar since Aug. 25, when security forces launched a violent crackdown targetin
Oil price to rise on tightening supply, strong demand Oil prices rose on Monday over supply concerns in the Middle East and as the U.S. market showed further signs of tightening while demand in Asia keeps rising. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at 57.84 dollars. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at 52.03 dollars per barrel.. The amount of U.S. oil rigs drilling for new production fell by seven to 736 in the week to Oct. 20, the lowest level since June, General Electric Co’s Baker Hughes energy services firm said on Friday. RIG-OL-USA-BHI Much will depend on demand to guide prices, with the U.S. market tightening, flows from Iraq reduced due to fighting between government forces and Kurdish militant groups. Again, production is stil
U.S. B-52 Bomber getting set for North Korea The tension in the Korean Peninsula is gradually taking a different dimension as the U.S. Air Force is preparing to place its fleet of nuclear-armed B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since 1991.Report quoted a U.S. Military Chief Gen. David Goldfein, as saying that the escalating tensions with North Korea had made the deployment of the bombers inevitable. However, Defense officials denied to Fox News that bombers were ordered to go on 24-hour alert. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward,” Goldfein said. Goldfein noted that in a world wh
Asa: Reveals losing virginity at 28 In a rare candid interview, Nigerian singer Asa has revealed that she lost her virginity at the age of 28. And she quickly added that she was not proud of it. Asa made the revelation in an interview with Media personality Funmi Iyanda, recorded in 2015. The interview posted on You Tube is now trending at #21. Asa with Funmi Iyanda during the interview Asa told her interviewer: “On the day I lost my virginity, I called my manager, Janet to tell her and she was surprised that I was a very late starter. I also called my mum and she didn’t have any advice, she said, “it will be painful at first’, and I was there wondering what she was saying. “I am ashamed to say I lost my virginity at 28, so don’t clap for me. Perhaps one of the reasons why I lost my virgi
M r. Peter Obi’s unique story in governance is the subject of many conversations. Tales of his unprecedented frugality in the utilization of government resources have been celebrated in the media space and in hush-hush discussions. The success of his eight-year stint as governor of Anambra State was imprinted in the development of infrastructure, education, and security across the state. His politics has, however, been described in some quarters as bordering on innocence and lacking in the sophistication normally associated with political practitioners in his native Anambra State. His innocence nonetheless, Obi was able to vanquish those that previously held the state captive. Mr. Obi who foisted a successor in the person of Chief Willie Obiano is today fighting the same man in a battle to
By Dirisu Yakubu ABUJA-The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lauded the contribution of Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme on the occasion of his 85th birthday.National Chairman of PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi and former VP, Chief Alex Ekwueme during a courtesy visit. In a congratulatory message issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the party thanked the elder statesman for his visionary leadership and commitment to democratic ideals. “The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON, on behalf of the entire PDP family nationwide, heartily congratulates the former Vice President, the Ide of Oko and Aguta Kingdoms on the occasion of his 85th Birthday yesterday, October 21, ...
The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has described as outrageous, what it said was ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s attack on the government after he ruined the country. It chided Jonathan for what it termed his ill remarks against the All Progressives Congress (APC) government and said it was unbecoming of the firmer president to speak of President Muhammadu Buhari in bad light. Jonathan-Buhari “To us, it was uncharitable for the former President to refer to APC as running a government of lies and propaganda, while all the same time, attempting to impress Nigerians that he ran a faultless government with time-tested achievements,” the group said. It reminded Jonathan of what it said is the belief of some Nigerians that he (Jonathan) ran what it described as the worst and most corrupt gov
The European Union (EU) has denied favouring President Muhammadu Buhari above other candidates during the 2015 Presidential Elections in Nigeria. Santiago Fisas, the former Chief Observer of the 2015 EU Election Observation Mission ( EU EOM), and Member of the European Parliament, said this in Abuja on Sunday while making clarification on EU assessment of the 2015 Elections. Buhari and Jonathan Fisas said that the EU was more interested in deepening democracy and the electoral process than who emerged as the President. “The international community is not in favour of any candidate above others,’’ he said. He, however, commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting defeat and sacrificing his personal ambition for the interest of Nigerians. “The election was done in a proper way
…..as Alafin lauds his courage Former Governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has said Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose is eminently qualified to contest the 2019 presidential election, just as the Alaafin of Oyo, Iku Baba Yeye Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, praised courage of the Governor as strong opposition putting the federal government on its toes. *Balarabe Musa They both spoke on separate occasions in Ondo Town and Ado-Ekiti at the weekend. In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, on Sunday, Musa spoke on the sideline of the wedding of a daughter of former Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, in Ondo Town, while Oba Adeyemi spoke in Ado-Ekiti during the 5th convocation of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD). The...
By Dirisu Yakubu ABUJA – Senator Buruji Kashamu (PDP, Ogun East)has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to intensify effort in the corruption trial of former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, describing his ambition to become the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party as “A mockery of democracy and assault on the anti-corruption war”. Sen. Buruji Kashamu In a statement issued on Sunday, the lawmaker said Daniel’s declaration was as repugnant as his utterances at the event which was held last Wednesday at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. “Integrity is indeed a function of perception, otherwise, how can Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) seek to become the face of the opposition in modern Nigeria and possibly become the leader of a...
Athlete at a weightlifting competition By Georgina AdegbieThe President of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), Mohammed Yahaya, says the country’s weightlifters have won nine gold medals so far at the ongoing African Junior/Youths Weightlifting Championships in Uganda. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2017 edition of the Championships which started on Saturday is expected to end this Saturday in Entebbe. Yahaya told NAN in Abuja on Tuesday that the athletes would however still win more gold medals for the country before the end of the tournament. “Our athletes are well prepared for the competition, with only three of them (female) winning nine gold medals”. He named the medallists as Islamiyat Yusuf (53 kg), Fatima Yakubu (53kg) and Monica Uweh (48kg). “I’m happy for t
Men of the Nigerian Army The Nigerian Army says it is set to conduct “Exercise Crocodile Smile II’’ in the South-South and South-West geopolitical zones of the country, beginning from Friday.The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Tuesday that the exercise was aimed at training troops in aid of civil authorities in tackling security challenges in those areas. It will be recalled that between November and December 2016, the army conducted Exercise Crocodile I in the Niger Delta to address crimes such as pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and illegal oil bunkering. Usman said the second phase of the exercise was designed to consolidate on the gains recorded during the first phase and address similar challenges in the South-West. “Security challenges in the South-West an
…Says action of govs saved lives on Igbo youths, doused tension …Inaugurates Abia chapters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. By Anayo Okoli UMUAHIA—THE President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has said that the apex Igbo socio-cultural body supported the decision of the South-East Governors in proscribing activities of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, because the decision saved several lives and doused the explosive tension in Igboland. Nnia Nwodo Nwodo said that Ohanaeze saw the governors’ decision as very wise hence the need to align with their position to save the nation from what would have been a major crisis following the clash between IPOB members and soldiers. According to the Ohanaeze leader, people, especially youths, misunderstand the action of South-Eas
Portugal national team- Russia World Cup bound France and Portugal have clinched qualification for the World Cup, joining 17 other countries that have booked spots in the Russia FIFA World Cup train.France qualified Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps’s side successfully completed their tricky challenge of beating Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two qualifiers. The victory at the Stade de France meant they avoided the tension of the playoffs that they had to endure to reach the last two finals. But although they finished top of Group A, Deschamps’s team were less than convincing as already-eliminated Belarus repeatedly penetrated their rearguard. “We are happy, even if qualifying is
President Uhuru Kenyatta: says rerun poll will go ahaed without Odinga Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said a re-run of the presidential election would go ahead on Oct. 26 despite the boycott by opposition leader Raila Odinga. “We have no problem going back to elections. We are sure we will get more votes than the last time,” Kenyatta told a rally in the southern town of Voi, speaking in Kiswahili. Odinga had announced his withdrawal from the elections at a news conference in Nairobi. He said he was boycotting the polls because his demands for electoral reform had not been met. A re-run of the presidential vote was announced after Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the result of the Aug. 8 election due to Odinga’s complaint. Odinga claimed that the computers of the electoral co
BY UGOCHUKWU ALARIBE ABA – Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra, MASSOB, has urged Ndigbo to stop dreaming about producing a Nigerian President, stressing that the idea will never work as no Igbo man can be elected President of Nigeria. President Buhari the Chairman & the Executive Secretary of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, at the State House. (File Photo) The group urged Ndigbo to continue to be steadfast in their support for the agitation for an independent state of Biafra and resist the efforts by the federal government to play Ndigbo against themselves to scuttle Biafra. National Director of Information, MASSOB, Sunny Okereafor, who stated this in Aba, insisted that the future of Ndigbo lies in the actualization of an independent state