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For today, June 23, 2016


Gridlock as three die in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway tanker fire

At least three persons were feared dead while several others were injured after an oil tanker caught fire in the Kara-Ibafo, Ogun State end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the explosion occurred around 10pm on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the explosion, which spread to another tanker and three other vehicles, caused a serious gridlock on both lanes of the expressway.

While some motorists passed the night in the traffic, others spent several hours before they could navigate through the scene of the crash. READ MORE

Arms cash: EFCC set to invite Fayose’s wife

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to invite Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for receiving N100m through an account which is operated by her and her husband.

According to the EFCC, the money, which emanated from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser, was paid into the Zenith Bank account of Spotless Investment Limited on June 17, 2014, less than a week to the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.

The money was paid into the company’s account with bank teller number 0540997 by Abiodun Agbele, an associate of the governor. READ MORE

DSS arrests Ihejirika over arms deal

The Department of State Services has arrested a former Chief of Army Staff  Lt.  Gen.  Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.).

Sources said Ihejirika was arrested on Tuesday night at his Maitama, Abuja residence.

It was learnt that the arrest of the former COAS was not unconnected to the ongoing $2.1bn arms purchase probe involving the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)

A source said, “It is true that we picked up the former COAS; he is helping us with investigation into the arms procurement when he was in service, but it is too early to say when he would be released on bail.”

It was gathered that Ihejirika’s arrest and detention was informed by new leads linking him to alleged fraud in the arms procurement process during former President Goodluck Jonathan administration. READ MORE



N4.7b: Fayose’s men hide

Detectives were yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, to arrest some suspects in the N4.7billion arms cash probe.

But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) men found nobody. Their targets were said to have gone into hiding in the palatial Oke Ayoba Government House.

“They are all holed up in the place but they can’t hide forever,” an EFCC source said last night.

But Fayose threatened to name others involved in the transfer of money into his account “if they cannot stand by what they did because of the threat from the EFCC. READ MORE

PDP Senate caucus withdraws support for Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate caucus yesterday announced its withdrawal of cooperation with the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led Federal Government.

The caucus said the resolution would subsist until the government “ceases the belligerent attitude towards PDP members.”

A communiqué read by Senate Deputy Minority Leader Emmanuel Bwacha, endorsed by Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio, Minority Whip, Philip Aduda and Deputy Minority Whip, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, said the resolution was adopted at a meeting of the caucus on Tuesday. READ MORE

EFCC uncovers payment of N1.310b to Omisore, firms

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered payment of N1.310billion to three firms linked with a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore.

The cash was part of the N4.74billion which a former Minister of State (Defence), Musiliu Obanikoro hauled to Governor Ayodele Fayose in a chartered plane on June 12, 2014.

The firms are Fimex Gilt Limited, Metropolitan Consortium and Sawanara.

Preliminary findings indicated that the companies’ accounts in which the N1.310billion was paid into allegedly belong to Omisore.



Two elder statesmen and Arewa leaders, Alhaji Abdulkadri Balarabe Musa and Tanko Yakassai yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately intervene in the crisis leading to the freezing of the bank account of Ekiti Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose and attempt by government to prosecute the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu on allegation of forgery.

They warned Buhari against the negative implications of throwing the country into a “fascist regime,” and the likelihood of a constitutional crisis as a result of the current problem emanating from the present dilemma confronting Fayose and the leaders of the Senate. READ MORE

Unease in police as mass sack of AIGs looms

There is more than a likelihood that those officers who are senior to the new Acting Inspector General of Police, (Ag.IGP) Ibrahim Idris and of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) rank are starring retirement in the face.

Such retirement, according to a police source, would follow accepted command and control practice and in line with Idris’ avowed disposition when he returned from the Presidential Villa where he was issued the instrument of office.

He said his administration would focus on the ideology of equality, respect for human rights and the general observance of the principle of democratic policing. READ MORE

How Nigeria was fleeced in $1.76b Lagos-Kano rail line rehabilitation contract

Hoping to ensure that the 1,124 kilometre Lagos-Kano narrow gauge rail line will guarantee daily transportation of goods and commuters along the Lagos-Kano rail route, the Federal Government under the Goodluck Jonathan administration awarded a rehabilitation contract of the said rail line at the cost of $1.76 billion.

The Ministry of Transportation then under Idris Umar had, according to agreement documents obtained by The Guardian, awarded the contract of the Lagos-Kano rail line also known as Main Western Line to Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), which project was ostensibly completed and commissioned in 2012 for supposed daily operations. READ MORE



CBN opens discount window as interest rate hits 74%

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), yesterday, opened its discount window in apparent bid to save the banking system from scarcity of funds which sent interbank interest rate to 74 percent at the close of business.The discount window is the medium through which banks use financial instruments like treasury bills, to borrow from the CBN on short term basis to meet temporary cash shortages. READ MORE

Ambassadorial Nominees: Senate vows not to commence screening

Following criticisms that have continued to trail the ambassadorial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari for screening and confirmation, the Senate yesterday vowed not to commence screening until the Presidency corrected the anomalies associated with the nomination.

Against this backdrop, the Senate summoned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, David Babachir Lawal, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, to appear before the Senator Monsurat Sunmonu’s Committee on Foreign Affairs today at 11am to explain the manner the list was drawn and what led to the omission of some states from the list sent by the President. States as Bayelsa, Ebonyi and Ondo have complained about their omission from the ambassadorial list sent last week by the President. READ MORE

Crisis in health sector deepens as JOHESU begins nationwide strike

The relative peace in the health sector Wednesday suffered another setback as all health workers in Federal Government hospitals embarked on a 7-day nationwide warning strike.

Meanwhile, the striking resident doctors were yet to resume work even in the face of sack treat by the Federal government, just as the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, began recruitment of a new batch of trainee doctors.

Around 10:00am when Vanguard visited some of the hospitals on Lagos mainland, little or no healthcare activity was ongoing. READ MORE


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