…As investigation shows ex-depot price of N133.38 per litre By Adewale Sanyaolu The Lagos State chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), led by its Chairman, Alhaji Alanamu Balogun, last week, threatened to withdraw its services across Lagos State and parts of Ogun State, effective December 11, due to irregular fuel supply…
Diplomatic ties between Washington and Wellington, took the downward turn on Monday as New Zealand expelled a United States diplomat.
It was said that the affected diplomat committed a crime that is yet to be disclosed.
Details of the alleged crime have not been revealed but local media reported the diplomat left the South Pacific nation last week suffering a broken nose and black eye.
Prime Minister Bill English labeled the US knockback on immunity regrettable and said he expected American authorities to carry out their own investigation.
“We expect all diplomats here to obey our law and if it’s broken we’d expect our police to investigate,” English told reporters.
“We regret that they didn’t give us a waiver on immunity but they didn’t and now it’s in the hands of their authorities.”
Earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said he was “disappointed” at the US refusal and in response had asked for the man at the centre of the police investigation to be withdrawn from New Zealand.
He said Wellington’s ambassador in Washington had raised the issue with US officials.
Police said they were called to an incident in Lower Hutt, on Wellington’s outskirts, in the early hours of March 12, which “involved an individual from the US embassy in Wellington”.
By the time they arrived the person had left the scene and no arrests were made.
Attempts to further investigate hit a diplomatic brick wall, however police said they still regarded the case as active.
McCully said foreign affairs officials relayed a police request to waive immunity but their US counterparts refused.
Local media named the diplomat as Colin White and said he left Wellington with his wife and children.
TVNZ, which broke the story, reported that White was a technical attache who had been working closely with New Zealand’s intelligence service, the GCSB.
A spokeswoman for the US embassy said they were “communicating with New Zealand authorities” on the issue.
“As a matter of policy, we do not comment on the specifics of matters under investigation,” she said in a statement.
“We take seriously any suggestion that our staff have fallen short of the high standards of conduct expected of US government personnel.”
McCully said the US had stated it always fully investigated all allegations involving its diplomatic staff.
Diplomatic immunity, formalised in the 1961 Vienna Convention, means foreign envoys are protected from local law enforcement in the country to which they are posted.
The most recent known case of it being invoked in New Zealand was in 2014, when Malaysian military attache Mohammed Rizalman bin Ismail was accused of indecent assault.
It was eventually revoked and Rizalman was sentenced to nine months’ home detention after being found guilty in a Wellington court.
— 5th December 2017
By Ismail Omipidan On Sunday, December 3, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, formally rejoined his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thereby confirming Daily Sun’s earlier exclusive report, which said the former vice president was expected to return to the PDP before the December 9 national convention of the party. Barring any last minute…
— 5th December 2017
From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja The Charge d’Affaires of Nigeria in Libya, Mr Illiya Danladi Fachano, has said that there is element of truth in the recent video by the Cable News Network (CNN) that some Nigerians were sold off for $400. The Charge d’Affaires who is in the country on the invitation of the Minister…
— 5th December 2017
By Gabriel Dike Management of the Lagos State University (LASU) has approved the immediate placement on interdiction, of the Provost, Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Prof. Babatunde Solagberu, with effect from Thursday, November 30, 2017. Prof. Solagberu’s interdiction is not unconnected with alleged several infractions against the rules and regulations of the university,…
— 5th December 2017
Eight commissioners in the Senator Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow-led All Progressives Congress controlled state government have dumped the party, in support of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. The serving commissioners , who belong to Atiku’s camp, include Dr. Fatima Atiku Abubakar, commissioner of health, Commissioner of Works and Housing, Lilian Stephen, Commissioner of Land and Survey,…
Entertainment— 4th December 2017
India’s legendary actor and veteran Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor passed away Monday, at the age of 79, family members said. “The actor was admitted to the Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai. “He was administered several rounds of dialysis at the hospital and today evening he breathed his last,” a family member told media. Born on March…
South-West Report— 30th November 2017
From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta it was celebration of traditions and exhibition of the rich cultural heritage of Ayetoro, at the grand finale of the 2017 Ayetoro-Yewa held at the football pitch of Comprehensive High School. Drumming, dancing, cultural displays and booming of guns rent the air, while superlative performances by Sango and Egungun dancers, drew…
Abuja Metro— 29th November 2017
…Onaiyekan preaches peace, unity By Obi Okwe It was celebration galore as Baha’is religion marked the 200th anniversary of its founder in Abuja. The event attracted notable religions leaders and representatives of religious organizations including the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan. The colourful garbs of the religious leaders coupled with the ceremonials of…
Oriental News— 29th November 2017
From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Nkpolo village, Adazi Nnukwu, Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra State was in a festive mood recently when the Igwe Adazi ji wee di Ebube, Ikechukwu Emmanuel Chukwuma, marked this year’s new yam festival. Chukwuma popularly known as Igwe Nwatayanachiyadinamma is also the Ezeigbo Cote d’Ivoire where he runs successfully chains of…
Features— 4th December 2017
By Emma Emeozor [email protected] In his inaugural speech on Tuesday, 28 November, President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, pledged to dedicate all his energies and that of his administration towards strengthening the ties that bind the people as Kenyans at every level of the society, noting that “the path to a better future is unity.” Since it…
Literary Review— 25th November 2017
Dike Chukwumerije is the author of eight books. A spoken word and performance poetry artist and prose writer, his novel, Urichindere won the 2013 edition of the ANA Prize for Prose Fiction. He runs a poetry theatre production, Made in Nigeria, which has toured many cities in the country. He hosts the Abuja Literary…
Lifeline— 4th December 2017
•FG’s plan to reintroduce toll points on highways worries Nigerians By Job Osazuwa Recently, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, announced to Nigerians that the present administration had concluded plans to re-introduce tolls on major roads across the country. Expectedly, the announcement didn’t trigger much joy in the minds of many recipients….
Education Review— 28th November 2017
• How armed man shot dead student celebrating graduation From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin The Pius Uloko family of Ivieadachi Quarters, Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State still feels like dreaming recalling the death of their daughter, Lauretta Apaume. Her life was cut short at her graduation party at Peaceful ‘A’ Villa, Ehi…
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— 1st December 2017
By Tony Ogaga Did you graduate from the university with a Third Class and feeling that life has come to an end? if that is the case with you then listen to this. Blogger, Stella Dimoko-Korkus made a Third Class from the University of Benin where she studied Linguistics & African Languages. However, today, she…
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has made history by becoming the first governor in Nigeria’s history to be reelected by winning all local government areas (LGAs) in his state. The election of Saturday, November 18, 2017, was not an ordinary election. History will definitely record it as the day Anambra people made a statement…
Recently, I was in Italy for a few days, where I participated in a conference specifically convened by the President of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, Her Excellency, Ms Laura Bodrini, to discuss a very topical issue – “Women Empowerment and the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons. The Partnership Between Nigeria and Italy.” The conference…
Orgasm is sweet and pleasurable but pain hurts. Perhaps, nothing best manifests these two contrasts as the way two of Nigeria’s major ethnic groups, the Igbo and Yoruba, relate with each other. It is a relationship fraught with so much mutual suspicion that they both prefer to enjoy the pain of relating with their common…
Nigeria is a school where students learn life, intrigues, survival and commonsense. That’s the reason the rest of the world sees Nigerians as mavericks. We adapt to any situation, anywhere. We circumvent anything, anytime. The world over, no other concentration of human beings is as eccentric, overcritical yet hyper-docile as Nigerians. Twenty-five hours daily, we…
THIS is a tribute to Madam Ahudiya K. U. Eke, the mother of Elder Urum Kalu Eke, the Group Managing Director of First Bank Holdings PLC. She left this divide on September 18, 2017, aged 77 years. It should interest Urum to know that Mama is alive in him! Anytime anyone sees you, the person…
Let me think aloud – please show me one person, above 50, who does not experience occasional waist and back pain, then I will show you a super human. Yes, almost everybody at one time or the other has signs and symptoms of arthritis, it may be mild or severe. • Arthritis has…
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