From Uche Usim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has disclosed it recorded a total export receipt of $471.90 million in July 2017 as against $219.34 million posted in June. According to the July edition of the Monthly Financial and Operations Report of the Corporation which was made public on Thursday, contribution from crude…
…Boko Haram vows to fight on in new video
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and Chief of Air Staff, Aoir Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Tuesday, arrived Maiduguri, Borno State capital, following the order of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that they should relocate to the state.
At an emergency meeting, last Thursday, the acting president had
directed the duo to relocate to Borno State to restore normalcy to the area following the ambush and killing of oil experts and soldiers who were on an exploratory survey of Lake Chad, last Tuesday.
No fewer than 59 people have been reported killed in the attack, which
is one of Boko Haram’s bloodiest this year.
The army had claimed that it rescued all the staff of the Nigeria
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) who were kidnapped after the
attack, but it later admitted that it gave false information.
Boko Haram has increased attacks lately, despite the claim of the
military that the sect has been defeated.
Notwithstanding the presidential directive and the relocation of the
service chiefs, the Islamist insurgents, have vowed to sustain the
battle with the country.
“We are ready to do everything to protect our territory… we won’t
allow an inch of our territory to be penetrated by the infidels,” one
of the sect members said in a 29-minute video believed to have been
shot in Sambisa forest.
In video, the group showed its men going about their normal business.
Some of them were seen in a local bakery, a few on their farmlands,
while others engaged in trading activities.
Items such as foodstuff, books, cement, automobile spare parts were
displayed in shops. Armed members of the sect rode on motorcycles,
while some were seen operating computers.
This is coming at a time when the Nigerian military had repeatedly
said it had degraded Boko Haram territories in Sambisa forest.
Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, had said the Nigerian Army
Small Arms Championship will hold in Sambisa forest to consolidate the
army’s grip on the area.
— 6th October 2017
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha and other dignitaries at the wedding of Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, with his wife, Asta, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Kaduna, Miracle fruit improves EYESIGHT – can help stop use of glasses in 30 days BREAKING: 23 yrs…
— 6th October 2017
The 2017 Nobel peace prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Nobel committee said ICAN had been awarded the prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such…
— 6th October 2017
An earthquake measuring 6.3 struck off the eastern coast of Japan on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake struck 300 km (180 miles) east of Iwaki, Honshu, at a depth of 77.8 km, USGS said. (Source: The Express Tribune) Miracle fruit improves EYESIGHT -…
— 6th October 2017
…Approves 9 for BYSEIC From: Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Governor Henry Seraike Dickson of Bayelsa State has sent the names of eight nominees as caretaker chairmen of the eight local government councils of the state to the House of Assembly. The governor’s letter was in pursuant to the provision of Section 33 of the Local Government…
Entertainment— 6th October 2017
Nigerians all over the U.S. are gearing up for the 2017 edition of the annual Nigerian Independence Day Parade and Festival, which will hold on Saturday in New York. The event is being organised by Nigerians living in the U.S. to commemorate the 57th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence. The annual event, which started in 1991 and…
South-West Report— 5th October 2017
By Moshood Adebayo Centenary Hall in Abeokuta, Ogun State, is a major historical hall. It was built in 1930 to mark the 100th anniversary of the settlement of Egba in Abeokuta in 1830 from their homestead, called Egba Forest, now in present Oyo State. The hall did not only serve as an avenue for interaction,…
Abuja Metro— 4th October 2017
How robbers attack motorists, Lokogoma residents From Okwe Obi For motorists plying Lokogoma road, it has not been rosy for them and their passengers especially at nights. Robbers have made movements difficult for them. “We are constantly in fear whenever anybody is returning in the night. They like to lurk in a dark corner and…
Oriental News— 4th October 2017
Owerri residents count losses following ravaging flood From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Owerri, the Imo State capital was in the news again last week, as most parts of the metropolis were submerged following a downpour that lasted for over 12 hours. It was, indeed, the worst flooding that has been witnessed in the state capital in…
Features— 6th October 2017
In this interview, former Vice President, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme tells veteran journalist, Paul Nwosu that it is in the collective interest of Ndi Anambra to allow Governor Willie Obiano to complete his second term in office. Excerpts… Permit me to go back to this zoning thing; I want to bring it back to our…
Literary Review— 2nd October 2017
Nigerians now have cause to smile with the launch of Artyrama, an online African art gallery which gives people across the world access to a variety of artworks, leveraging cutting-edge technology to provide a seamless, carefully curated online experience. Artyrama’s digital catalogue will host a wealth of contemporary art collections; including paintings, photographs, sculptures and…
Lifeline— 6th October 2017
•Residents, commuters beg Ambode, FG to intervene By Job Osazuwa A reporter with The Leadership, Mr. Babalola Yusuf looked shattered. He had earnestly looked forward to beginning the first working day of the week without much hassles, but an early morning auto-crash caused by a pothole dented his enthusiasm and punctured his to-do list. The…
Education Review— 3rd October 2017
By Gabriel Dike Nigeria’s higher education recorded landmark feat as a draft National Policy on Open Education Resources (OER) was recently validated. This document is to address the dearth of learning resources in quality, quantity and currency in tertiary education. A statement signed by the Director, Directorate of Executive Secretary’s office, National Universities Commission, Mr….
Marketing Matters— 30th November 2016
It was a unique gathering of major stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing industry when the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) rolled out the red carpet to celebrate outstanding achievers at the 2016 ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, last weekend. The event threw up new champions who would bask in the…
TSWeekend— 6th October 2017
By Remi Oluwoye and Ifunanya Duru For Oluwafunmilayo Ibukunoluwa Ajayi, popularly known as Funmi Sax, blowing the saxophone is more than a passion, it’s life. In fact, Funmi comes across as one of the few female saxophonists Nigeria has produced. Inspired by legendary Kenny G, Funmi has to her credit an album entitled, Grace. In…
A life project is not a personal ambition; it is about pursuing an idea worthy enough to impact humanity in a positive way. It does not matter whether the person behind the project profits from it directly or not, so long as people benefit from it to the glory of God. Most life projects leave…
This is a developing story, as we put it in this profession, or as Americans will put it, an active showdown between the Minister of State (Petroleum) and the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the major parastatal under the minster’s supervision. In short, respectively, Ibe Kachikwu versus Maikanti Baru. This story…
Nigeria at 57 is not a super tale. It is a sorry tale of failed dreams and aspirations. It is a story of abundant riches, squandermania, bad politics, military coups, corruption, war, ethnic tensions and prodigal sons and daughters. It is a story of wealth, abundance, poverty and want. I say all this simply because…
There are a few things on my mind this week. One of them is related to the preparation for the 2019 elections. Last week, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came out with the time table for the elections that would usher in a new administration on May 29, 2019. This was a day or…
BY DESMOND EKWUEME Football is no mathematics. The defeat Zambia’s Chipolopolo suffered in the hands of Super Eagles in Ndola in the opening fixture of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier is no guarantee that the Uyo tie will be a stroll in the park for the Gernot Rohr tutored side. Ironically, fans of the…
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Security is an evolving phenomenon but when it is static, its potency becomes ineffective and rudderless. That was how the Community policing programme initiative that former lnspector General of Police Mr. Tara Balogun gave birth to in 2003 was comatosed after his exist from office and subsequent administration packed up the programme like a machine…
Following my piece last week on investment in Nigeria, I spoke with a young man from Nigeria, who has been in the United States for a few weeks on a business trip. Well, in my piece I enunciated the reasons Nigeria is still the best investment destination in Africa, and among growing economies in the…
In about 18 months when Chief Rochas Okorocha would hand over to a new governor of Imo State, he would be leaving behind remarkable landmarks, prestigious mansions, great edifices and government institutions which a successor would find quite a challenge to match and even more to excel. When he chauffeured journalists a fortnight…
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