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For today, Monday, February 15, 2016:

VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

Buhari sacks DGs of NTA, NBC, 4 others

The Federal Government has sacked the heads of the six information parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture. The disengagement was announced on Monday, by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, during a meeting with the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

Pope John Paul II had intense friendship with married woman – BBC

Pope John Paul II had a close relationship with a married woman which lasted over 30 years, according to letters which feature in a documentary being shown by the BBC on Monday. While the Pope John Paul II had a close relationship with a married woman which lasted over 30 years, according to letters which feature in a documentary being shown by the BBC on Monday.

Boko Haram fighters trained in Somalia- President

MUNICH (Reuters) – Fighters for the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram have been trained in Somalia on Africa’s eastern coast before returning to West Africa, Somalia’s president told a security conference in Germany on Sunday. Somalia, plagued by political in-fighting, corruption and attacks by al Shabaab insurgents, has recently made limited progress towards creating a functioning political system, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said. READ MORE:

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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

Ibori: UK police chief faces probe for alleged bribery

A Metropolitan Police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, will be grilled by Members of Parliament this week over allegations that Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service were involved in a ‘‘deliberate cover-up’’ of damning evidence of police corruption. According to the Daily Mail newspaper, a court was told that the Met and the CPS repeatedly concealed documents suggesting that officers, investigating a former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, for fraud, were paid to leak details of the inquiry that could have helped him evade justice in 2012. READ MORE:

B’Haram trained in my country – Somalian President

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia on Sunday said that fighters of the Boko Haram sect trained in his country before coming to Nigeria to carry out their heinous acts. According to Reuters, Mohamud said this while addressing a security conference in Germany. Reuters quoted him as saying that, “Without a stable Somalia, the whole region of the Horn of Africa will remain unstable and by and large, the African continent. There are proofs and evidence that (for) some time Boko Haram has been trained in Somalia and they went back to Nigeria. READ MORE:

Police comb Bayelsa creeks for Tompolo

The police have deployed policemen in the creeks of Bayelsa State to arrest a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo. It was learnt that the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, had ordered the Bayelsa State Police Command to carry out Tompolo’s arrest in compliance with the order of a Federal High Court, Lagos. The Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, confirmed to our correspondent on Sunday that the IG had directed his officers to apprehend Tompolo, who has also been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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THE GUARDIAN

FG sacks heads of NTA, FRCN, NAN others

The Federal Government has disengaged the heads of the six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the disengagement during a meeting he held with the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Monday .

Minister urges commissioners to get state governors to make sports their priority

The Federal Government has disengaged the heads of the six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the disengagement during a meeting he held with the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Monday .

EFCC summons more NAMA officials over alleged N5b fraud

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has summoned three more staffers of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to appear before it in Abuja today in furtherance of the investigation it launched into the finances and expenditures of the aviation agency.

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THE NATION NEWSPAPER

Senate to pass budget before March 31, says Ndume

The Senate will pass this year’s budget before the end of next month, Ali Ndume said yesterday. The Senate leader said the 2015 budget would end next month and it was the desire of the Senate to pass the 2016 budget before that time. Ndume said contrary to reports in the media, the Senate did not suspend its passage indefinitely, but only said February 25 “may not be feasible”.

OPEC members now keen to end oil glut, says Kachikwu

The mood inside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is shifting from mistrust to a growing consensus that a decision must be reached on how to end the global oil price rout, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu has said. Oil prices have slumped by more than 70 per cent to near $30 a barrel over the past 18 months as OPEC, led by top producer Saudi Arabia, sought to drive higher-cost producers out of the market by refusing to cut production despite a supply glut.

Falana to govt: recover outstanding $66.5b loans, others

Lagos Lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday urged the federal government to recover its outstanding $66.5billion in loans, royalties, levies and other recoverable revenues instead of “seeking an emergency loan of $3.5 billion” to fund ots ambitions N6.8 billion loan. In a letter to Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun dated February 12,  Falana hinted of his plan to seek the leave of the court “not later than February 29” to stop the government from taking the loan, since “you have not deemed it fit to react to the serious issues raised in the letter.’

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Business Day

Buhari’s economic management team unveiled

President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic management team which is finally about to be constituted, almost nine months since the new administration, will consist of Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance;  Udoma Udo Udoma, minister of Budget and National Planning, Okechukwu Enalemah, minister of Industry, Trade and Investments; and Babatunde Fashola, minister  of Power, Works and Housing.

CBN mulls two-tier FX market to stem naira rout

The creation of a two-tier foreign exchange market is one of the options being considered by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to help stem a growing economic and currency crisis, sources privy to the proposal tell BusinessDay. Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee (NPC) headed by CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, announced three weeks ago...

Health sector investment to exceed $140m on NSIA, IFC collaboration

Investments in the health infrastructure will soon receive a boost, as a collaboration between the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is set to trigger an upsurge from the current $140million by the authority, BusinessDay can now report. Coming at a time that the nation’s bank chief executives last week…

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