BENUE POLICE ARREST DISMISSED SOLDIER OVER KIDNAPPING AFTER COLLECTING 11MIL RANSOM

By Peter Duru Benue State police command has arrested a dismissed army sergeant, Terngu Ackaa and a member of his gang, Msugh Ako alias MC Dave, for the alleged kidnap of a Gboko based businesswoman from who they collected a ransom of N11million. Also apprehended by the command was a middle man, Moses Iorha, a member of a robbery and kidnap gang, for alleged robbery and abduction of an eight-year-old girl in Makurdi. ALSO READ: Court to inspect smuggled 1,570 rifles May 5 Parading the suspects which included seven other suspected…

Read More

1.4BILLION FRAUD: COURT RELEASES USORO, NBA PRESIDENT’S INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT AS CASE ADJOURNED TILL MAY 10

A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has permanently released the passport of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Paul Usoro, to allow him to attend to his foreign engagements as the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). Justice Rilwan Aikawa granted the application after Usoro’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) allayed the EFCC’s fears by saying that in case of any clash between the trial date and his travel date, the trial date will prevail. The EFCC Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo who did not oppose the grant of the application…

Read More

EFCC TO REARRAIGN RITA OFILI-AJUMOGOBIA ON 18-COUNT CHARGE

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will on Thursday arraign Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia tomorrow on 18 charges at the Fed High Court in Lagos. Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia is to be arraigned before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, alongside Godwin Obla, SAN. The EFCC had on Tuesday arrested Rita who is a dismissed judge of the Federal High Court. Her arrest took place on the premises of the Lagos High Court, Lagos, Ikeja shortly after Justice Hakeem Oshodi struck out the corruption charges made against her by the EFCC. As she attempted…

Read More

EX PRESIDENT SHOOTS HIMSELF DEAD WHILE RESISTING ARREST FOR CORRUPTION

Peruvian ex-President Alan Garcia/ AFP Former Peru president Alan Garcia died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation, a party official said. “Alan Garcia has died, long live Apra,” said Omar Quesada, the general secretary of Garcia’s American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (Apra) party. Peru’s current President Martin Vizcarra expressed his sympathy on his Twitter account. “Dismayed by the death of ex-president Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,” Vizcarra wrote in a tweet.…

Read More

SENATE REWORKS, PASSES PIGB BILL AND OTHERS BUHARI REJECTED

A file photo of the Senate during plenary. Photo: [email protected] The Senate during plenary on Wednesday reworked and passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), Electoral Act amendment Bill 2019, and five other bills rejected by President Buhari. The Senate passed these bills after its technical committee worked on President Buhari’s observations and re-drafted the affected clauses. The PIGB seeks to make the Nigerian Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NPRC) the sole regulator overseeing the licensing, monitoring and supervising of petroleum operations. It also gives the NPRC the powers to enforce industry laws, regulations, and standards.…

Read More

BUHARI ASKS CUSTOMS BOSS, AGF, 12 OTHERS TO SUBMIT HAND OVER NOTES

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ali, the accountant general of the federation and 12 other heads of agencies under the Ministry of Finance to submit their handing over notes latest by April 23. The directive was contained in a circular with reference no: FMF/PSSD/HON/32 dated April 8, 2019 and signed by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed. According to the circular which was exclusively obtained by the Daily Times on Wednesday, permanent secretaries and heads of extra-ministerial departments and auditor-general of the federation were also…

Read More

NGIGE INAUGURATES NSITF BOARD ONE MONTH TO END OF HIS TENURE

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja About a month to the end of his tenure, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, will on Thursday inaugurate the management board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, The PUNCH has learnt. The programme of events which was obtained by our correspondent stated that the event would take place at the minister’s conference room at the federal secretariat, Abuja from 9am and will end at 2.30pm. Ngige’s decision to inaugurate the NSITF board comes over 18 months after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed 11 persons to…

Read More

EX-MINISTER AISHA ALHASSAN GOES FOR KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

Senator Jummai Alhassan, a former minister of women affairs who is popularly known as Mama Taraba would be undergoing a knee replacement surgery soon. The lawmaker urged friends and wellwishers to pray for her even as she gets set for the procedure. She made the call via her official Twitter page, @SenAishaAlhassn  that her followers keep her in their prayers. READ ALSO: FG Vows To Improve Primary Health Care Delivery In Nigeria Ready for the theatre for a knee replacement surgery, pls pray for me. Allah Ya kaddara saduwanmu, Amin. pic.twitter.com/2j9eWuSOuT — Sen.…

Read More

SENATE ADJOURNS TILL APRIL 24 AFTER RECEIVING BUDGET FROM COMMITTEE

Bukola Saraki By Deji Elumoye in Abuja The Senate on Wednesday received the 2019 budget report from its Committee on Appropriation. The committee had last week been given up till this week to lay the budget before the upper legislative body. In line with the directive, the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Senator Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central), laid the budget report before the Senate at about 3.35pm. Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, thereafter adjourned plenary to Wednesday, April 24 to consider the report. Visit website

Read More

NBC BOSS’ ARRAIGNMENT SHIFTED TILL MAY 2

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, fixed May 2, for arraignment of Mallam Moddibo Kawu, Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, (ICPC). The court had at the last adjourned date, fixed April 17 for arraignment but the absence of Mr Dipo Onifade, the second defendant in the matter made it impossible for the ICPC to proceed with the arraignment of the others. Kawu, alongside the Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited, Mr Lucky Omoluwa, and Onifade, the Chief Operating…

Read More