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Oil Prices Soar Due To US, Iran Clash

Oil prices rose on Monday to extend gains from last week, bolstered as tensions remain high between Iran and the United States after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “significant” sanctions would be announced on Tehran. Brent futures were up 50 cents, or 0.8%, at $65.70 a barrel by 0655 GMT. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 70 cents, or 1.2%, at $58.13 a barrel. U.S. President Donald Trump said last week that he called off a military strike to retaliate for Iran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. drone,…

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Tribunal Dismisses Atiku’s Request To Access INEC Server

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed an application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, requesting permission to have access to the central server said to have been used by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct of the February 23 poll. The Justice Mohammed Garba-led bench of five judges, in a unanimous ruling, upheld the separation objections by the three respondents to the petitioners’ application. The three respondents are INEC, President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress. Dismissing the…

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Police Denies Engaging Ace Of Spades As Consultant

…..Say ‘We’ve No Plan To Launch Police Background Check With AOS!’ Police authorities have denied having working relationship with a consulting firm known as Ae of Spades to launch Police background checks on individuals and legal entity, both foreign and domestic. In a statement, the Police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba said: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a publication in some sections of the media credited to one Ace of Spades Consult Nigeria Limited, stating that ‘‘individuals and legal entity (both foreign and domestic) will…

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SERAP Sues CCB Over ‘Claim On Privacy Of Presidents, Govs Asset Declarations

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit in the Federal High Court, Lagos against the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) over the CCB’s claim that it could not disclose details of asset declarations submitted to it by successive presidents and state governors since 1999 because doing so “would offend the right to privacy of presidents and state governors.” The CCB had last week refused a Freedom of Information request by SERAP, stating that: “Asset declaration form is private information.” But in the suit number FHC/L/CS/1019/2019 filed last…

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FRSC To Clampdown On Motor Cycles, Tricycles Without Number Plates

…..From August 1st The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has directed a nationwide clampdown on motorcycles and tricycles without number plates with effect from August 1st 2019,  as  it has become difficult to identify such category of vehicles when used to commit traffic and criminal offences. In a statement issued by Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, this development has become imperative following the Corps’ renewed commitment to ensuring security of lives and properties of the citizens, by controlling and reducing the rate of crime. Motorcycles…

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Benin President Tallon Meets Buhari, Seeks Assistance For Stability

…….Buhari Stresses Need For Peace In Benin Republic President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja stressed the importance of peace in neighbouring Benin Republic. Speaking at an audience with the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon at the State House, the Nigerian leader emphasised the imperative of good neighbourliness, while pledging Nigeria’s support towards efforts to re-establish political stability in her western neighbour. President Talon, who came to congratulate President Buhari on his re-election and successful inauguration, also briefed the Nigerian leader on the current political situation in his country. In…

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Buhari Inaugurates NEC, Tasks Govs On Free, Compulsory Basic Education

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja urged State Governors to “enforce very vigorously” free and compulsory basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age. The President also urged the Governors to pay special attention to security, health and agriculture in the next four years of this administration. Inaugurating the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari reminded the Governors that providing free and compulsory education is a constitutional provision. ‘‘Section 18(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended places on all of us here…

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TEF Forum: Presidents Of Rwanda, Senegal, DRC To Address African Entrepreneurs

Over 5,000 participants and 40 speakers expected at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja Forum to Feature Plenary Sessions, Masterclasses, a Pitching Competition, Networking Opportunities, UBA Marketplace and the Presidential Dialogue.  The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s champion of entrepreneurship, has announced the line-up of speakers and activities for the 5th Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum — the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurs and the African entrepreneurship ecosystem.  For the Forum’s Presidential Dialogue, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), H.E Félix Tshisekedi will join previously announced President…

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NNPC: Why Buhari Dropped Baru As GMD For Kyari

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday explained why President Muhammadu Buhari relieved the present Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru of the responsibility. The corporation in a statement that the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu issued in Abuja on Friday said that Baru is due for statutorily retire on July 7, 2019, on the ground of attainment of 60 years retirement age. According to the statement, “A follow-up release on the new appointments by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public…

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