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April 21, 2018

Bank Manager, brother drown during picnic

Bank Manager and brother drown during picnic

  The Manager of Skye Bank, Abak Road Branch, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ubong Ekpe and his brother have been reported drowned. It was gathered that Ubong, who was on a picnic with his wife and children, drowned along with his brother, Francis, at the Ibeno Beach, Iwuokpom community, in the Ibeno Local Government Area of the state. Ubong was said to have entered into the beach to swim. But after some minutes, he did not surface from the water . His brother,Francis, who attempted to save him by also diving into the beach, drowned as well. There was…

Msgr Dachelem consecrated Bishop of Bauchi

On Thursday August 17, all Nigerian roads led to Bauchi State where thousands of Catholics, friends and felicitators thronged the Land-of-Beauty state of the North-East to witness the Episcopal ordination of Msgr. Hilary Nanman Dachelem, CMF who was consecrated as the third Catholic Bishop of Bauchi Diocese. The grandeur occasion took place at the Multi-Purpose Indoor Sports Hall Bauchi.   The Principal Consecrator at the acculturated Eucharistic celebration was His Grace Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, while His Grace Most Rev.  Anthony J. V. Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri and Most…

Why we killed kidnapped Catholic priest – Suspects

After collecting N1.5million as ransom, four suspected kidnappers and killers of Rev. Fr John Adeyi of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo in Benue State have revealed that they killed the cleric out of fear. Deputy gang leader of the killers, Saidu Abdullahi disclosed while being paraded before journalists at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday , that on seeing members of the vigilante group chasing after them (suspects), he (Saidu) shot and killed the priest. He disclosed further that it was even after they killed the priest that they collected the ransom. While parading the suspects, Force Public Relations Officer,…

US warns citizens against travelling to 20 states in Nigeria, Imo inclusive

The United States has cautioned its citizens to avoid all travel to 20 states in Nigeria for security reasons, stating that the security there remains fluid and unpredictable. The Department of State, specifically warned Americans against travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, noting that it’s ability to provide assistance to US citizens in the three states remains severely limited. The Department of State in a travel warning on its website on Wednesday, strongly urged US citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their travel planning. The Department recommended…

Sex scandal: Accused lawmakers deny allegation

…insist on proof On June 21, 2016 The House of Representatives on Tuesday, mandated its committees on Ethics and Privileges and Foreign Affairs to investigate alleged sexual misconduct against three of its members. This followed a motion brought under Order six, Rules two and 22 of the House Standing Orders by one of the accused, Rep. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue). Reps-sex scandal in the motion, Gbillah described the action of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwhistle, in petitioning the house, as a move to tarnish the image of the lawmakers and the hallowed chamber. He said that no…

Lassa fever: Death toll rises to 41 from 93 suspected cases – Minister

The Federal Government disclosed, yesterday, that Lassa fever has claimed 41 lives from 93 reported cases in 10 states of the country even as the Senate has summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over the outbreak of the disease. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Federal Government, last Friday, put the death toll at 40 out of 86 reported cases of Lassa fever outbreak in same 10 states. The number of the suspected cases also rose from 86 last week to 93. Adewole, who confirmed this in Abuja, at a joint ministerial news conference on…

Hajj Stampede: Nigeria’s death toll rises to 64, 244 still missing

  The death toll of Nigerians from Saudi Arabia’s stampede during the just concluded hajj rite has risen to 64 with 71 others sustaining various degree of injuries while 244 others are still missing. Head, Public Relations at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Mallarn Uba Mana told newsmen in Saudi Arabia yesterday, that the commission is doing all within its power to locate the whereabouts of those still missing. “This briefing is just to give you an update of the situation of things as regard those that died, injured and those still missing after the stampede. We have…

Imo owes banks N37bn –DMO

The Director General of Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, on Monday disclosed that Imo State government is indebted to commercial banks to the whooping sum of N37.1 billion. Nwankwo who disclosed this in Abuja while speaking to journalists said Imo, Osun, Delta, Ekiti, Edo, Kogi, Kwara, Bauchi, Oyo, Benue and Ogun States whose debts are being restructured, will have to pay 14.83 percent of the value of their domestic bonds which their debts to banks were converted into. The DG revealed that 14 banks were involved in the first phase of the state’s debt rescheduling exercise involving eleven…

New constitution: 20 states reject LG Autonomy —Imo, 15 others support it

No fewer than 20 states of the federation have rejected autonomy for local governments in the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). In the report of the committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution submitted by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, 20 states voted against local government autonomy while 16 states voted in support. Twenty-four states were needed for local governments to be free from control of state governments. The 20 states that voted against are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Rivers, Taraba,…

Imo Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) must be autonomous

The Imo State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) should be made autonomous if the much needed increase in Internally Generated revenue (IGR) for Imo State is to be realized. It must be realized that the establishment of Task Forces on revenue Generation is usually not the solution to the dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) situation in any State.  Rather, the only way out is to make the BIR autonomous and free from the day to day Government control, supervision and monitoring.  By this process, BIR should be allowed to utilize about 5% of whatever IGR they generate for personnel and…