GUNMEN KILL SOLDIERS, POLICEMAN IN ABIA

From Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia Two soldiers and a policeman have been killed by gunmen in Abia State. The soldiers attached to 14 Brigade headquarters, Ohafia were shot dead on Sunday at  Owaza in Ukwa West council area of the state. Their rifles were reportedly taken away by their killers, The Nation learnt on Monday. A military source confirmed the incident on Monday, adding that another soldier was wounded and has been hospitalised. The policeman, said to be an inspector, was reportedly killed when a large number of armed men attacked a checkpoint…

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GUNMEN ATTACK PLATEAU COMMUNITY, KILL TRADITIONAL RULER

  James Abraham, Jos A traditional ruler in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, Bulus Chuwang Jang, has been killed by gunmen. The Chairman of Berom Youth Moulders in the neighbouring Heipang district in the LGA, Rwang Tengwong, confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Jos on Tuesday. Tengwong said that the diseased paramount ruler who is the district head of Foron was killed by some gunmen who attacked the community on Monday evening. Tengwong said, “We just lost one of our paramount rulers in Barkin Ladi Local…

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FG TAKES OVER REVENUE GENERATING PARASTATALS’ BY POSTING NEW DIRECTORS OF REVENUE TO NNPC, FIRS, NCC OTHERS

Pressured by dwindling revenues and heavy debt burden, the Federal Government on Tuesday moved to boost its resources by directly taking over control of revenue management of its 10 most lucrative Enterprises. The 10 government-owned enterprises (GOE) named in the first phase of the initiative are Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Nigeria Customs Service (NSS). Others include Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Federal Airports Authority…

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OBASEKI CALLS FOR TRUCE, EXTENDS HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP TO IZE IYAMU, OSHIOMHOLE

Kayode Oyero Edo State Governor and winner of the September 19, 2020, governorship election in the state, Godwin Obaseki, has called on the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole; and the APC candidate in the Saturday election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to put their differences aside and work for the betterment of the state. Obaseki stated this during a speech on Tuesday after the Independent National Electoral Commission issued him and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu, certificates of return. INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa…

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FUEL PRICE HIKE: NO GOING BACK ON STRIKE, PROTESTS – NLC

‌ Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress has vowed to proceed with its planned strike and protest with effect from September 28 following the failure of the Federal Government to reverse the hike in electricity tariff and fuel price. Rising from its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja a few minutes ago, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the proposed action by the organised labour would proceed from next week. He stated that the decision was unanimously taken by the chairmen of the 36 states and FCT chapters of…

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FOREIGN INVESTORS LOSING CONFIDENCE IN NIGERIA’S OIL INDUSTRY- MELE KYARI

NNPC GMD, Mele Kolo Kyari. Source: Twitter ‌ ’Femi Asu The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari, has said there is a need for Nigeria to act fast and address the loss of foreign investors’ confidence in the country’s oil and gas industry. Kyari said the absence of a stable fiscal environment was inhibiting the growth of the industry, especially the upstream sector. He spoke while playing host to members of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), who were on an…

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TANKER DRIVERS SUE FG, 36 STATES OVER EXCESSIVE TAXES

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja Truck owners in the country under the aegis of the Heavy Duty and Haulage Transport Association of Nigeria (HDHTAN) have sued the 36 state government and six others over alleged imposition of excessive taxes aimed at crippling their operations. In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1198/2020 the plaintiffs want the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the 36 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to stop the arbitrary erection of road blocks and collection of tax, levy or fee from heavy duty vehicles…

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HOW US PROBED OBASANJO AND JONATHAN OVER MALABU OIL MONEY TRANSFERS

Two former Nigerian presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, were probed for years by the United States authorities, through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an agency of the U.S. Department of Treasury. PREMIUM TIMES’ review of FinCEN files showed that financial records of the former Nigerian leaders were closely scrutinised in relation to investigations about the Malabu OPL245 scandal. Both men were probed alongside other individuals and companies suspected to have been involved in the controversial scheme. Details of the probe are part of #FinCEN files, a new investigation…

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FG SAYS NO GOING BACK ON WATER RESOURCES BILL

By Yusuf Alli and Onyedi Ojiabor, Abuja The Federal Government has declared it will go ahead with the Water Resources Bill. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed told reporters the bill was not designed to cause water wars in the country. He said the bill is a panacea to likely water conflicts in the country. He said critics of the bill have either not read it or might be mischievous. He said there is no hidden agenda behind the bill. He said it is not a subterfuge reintroduction of…

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MORE HARDSHIP FOR NIGERIANS IN GHANA AS ACCRA REFUSES TO REOPEN LOCKED SHOPS

Accra refuses to open locked shops Nigeria Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG) on Monday decried Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open shops owned by Nigerians, even after several meetings between top officials of both governments. President of NUTAG, Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji disclosed this in a telephone interview in Abuja. According to him, it is unfortunate that Nigerian traders’ shops have remained locked even after visits by Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Ghana. “The locking of shops belonging to Nigerians by…

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