BARU, KACHIKWU MEET, DISCUSS NIGERIA OIL PROSPECTS

The minister of state of petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the group managing director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru met to discuss the future of the country’s petroleum industry. The duo has been involved in a public debacle following a leaked memo written by the minister in which he accused Baru of insubordination. READ ALSO: Nigerian Navy commences recruitment of graduates Vanguard reports that they met on Tuesday, October 10 at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, at the Energy Policy Committee breakout session. Baru was…

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COURT ASKS POLICE TO PRODUCE EVANS’ BROTHER IN LAW

Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the police to bring before it one Mr. Okwuchukwu Obiechina said to be the brother-in-law of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans. Justice Mohammed Idris, who made the order, said Obiechina must be brought before him on Thursday, October 12. The order was pursuant to a suit filed by Obiechina, praying the court to order his release from police detention. His lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, said Obiechina had been detained by the police since June 2 in connection with the…

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AJIMOBI REPORTS OLUBADAN, LADOJA TO BUHARI

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Tuesday reported the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, to President Muhammadu Buhari. Ajimobi told State House correspondents that he called the President’s attention to the face-off between him and the monarch over the recently reviewed Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration. He said he also called the President’s attention to the fact that the crisis created by the review had been politicised, having been hijacked by a politician who is interested in his office. The governor said he however assured Buhari that…

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COURT ORDERS BANK TO UNFREEZE PEACE CORPS’ FROZEN ACCOUNT

REPRIEVE came the way of the Peace Corps of Nigeria on Tuesday as Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja ordered banks to un-freeze the 24 accounts of the organisation, which were previously frozen at the instance of the Police though an ex parte order it secured on June 23, 2017. Disturbed by the order freezing the organisation’s order, its counsel, John Ojogu filed a motion on notice on July 5, 2017, praying the court to vacate its post-no-debit order freezing 24 accounts belonging to the…

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PDP NATIONAL CHAIRMANSHIP RACE: NORTHERN LEADERS MEET IN ABUJA

Leaders and elders of the Peoples Democratic Party from the 19 northern states are currently meeting in Abuja. The meeting, which is being chaired by a former Minister of Information, Prof.Jerry Gana, is also said to be discussing the race for the chairmanship of the party. Among those at the meeting are the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; Representatives of Senate and House of Assembly caucuses, former governors, among others. Details later. http://punchng.com/breaking-northern-pdp-leaders-elders-meet-on-party-chairmanship-others/

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KEN NNAMANI’S SON ENGAGED TO EX-GOV CHIME’S DAUGHTER

Senator Ken Nnamani’s Son Is Engaged To Former Gov. Sullivan’s Daughter, Ezinne  Ezinne Chime, the last daughter of former governor of Enugu state, Sullivan Chime revealed on Monday that she is engaged. Nemezu.com has learnt the identity of her soon to be husband. He is the son of a former senator of Enugu state, Ken Nnamani. His name is Dr Ken Nnamani Jnr source: www.nemezu.com/2017/10/meet-senator-ken-nnamanis-son-who-is.html?m=1

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CUSTOMS SACK 61, RETIRES 16 OVER CERTIFICATE FORGERY

Nigeria Customs Services Fires 61 & Retires 16 Others Over Certificate Forgery & Misconduct  The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has dismissed not more than 61 officers for offences ranging from certificate forgery, improper examination and fraudulent release of containers. The list of the affected officers which was obtained exclusively by SHIPS & PORTS DAILY on Monday showed that 16 other officers were retired from the Service also for certificate forgery and refusal of staff order. The document showed that 41 officers who were investigated and tried were exonerated, 22 officers…

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UNANSWERED QUESTIONS IN BARU’S REPLY TO KACHIKWU’S ALLEGATIONS

NNPC, Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru. [Photo credit: Benco News] At the tail end of the first week of tension over alleged N9 trillion contract scandal at the NNPC, the Group Managing Director of the state-run oil firm finally broke his silence, dismissing all allegations of corruption as unfounded. But Maikanti Baru, in a Monday morning statement, dodged key questions bordering on alleged insubordination as raised by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu. The statement was issued on behalf of Mr. Baru as a response to Mr. Kachikwu’s…

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BUHARI WRITES SENATE, REQUESTS PERMISSION TO BORROW 5.5BILLION DOLLARS FROM EXTERNAL SOURCES

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, seeking approval for $5.5bn external borrowings. The request was contained in a letter to both chambers of the National Assembly, which was read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary on Tuesday. The letter read in part, “Accordingly, the Senate is requested to kindly approve the following external borrowings: Issuance of $2.5bn in International Capital Market through Eurobonds or a combination of Eurobonds and Diaspora bonds for the financing of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s 2017 Appropriation…

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BUHARI MEETS SERVICE CHIEFS IN THE VILLA

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with service chiefs, Minister of Defence, retired Brig. Mansur Dan-Ali and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno. The meeting, presided over by President Buhari, was still ongoing as at the time of filing this report. It is also being attended by the Director General of the State Security Services, Lawal Daura; the acting Director of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Amb. Arab Yadam; and the representative of the Inspector-General of Police. The service chiefs at the meeting include Chief of…

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