The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 20th March, 2015

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Traders Worry Over Rising Prices Of Meat, Others

Prices of consumer goods across sectors have recently increased by more than 50 per cent and the situation is giving traders a lot of concern. Some of the traders told a Punch correspondent that the increase in prices of commodities was casting shadows on commercial activities.




FG To Attract Young Entrepreneurs Into Oil Sector

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Content and Development Monitoring Board on Thursday unveiled an entrepreneurship, empowerment and employment initiative under the Youth Empowerment Strategy of Nigeria for the oil and gas sector. The initiative, which is being spearheaded by an advisory team from the Annabel Group, is said to be a path to entrepreneurship.




Stakeholders Seek Ways To Boost Non-Oil Exports

Stakeholders in the non-oil export sector, represented by state committees on export promotion in the various states of the federation, met recently in Lagos to discuss techniques of non-oil exports in the country.




CBN Sells N167bn Treasury Bills As Yields Fall

The Central Bank of Nigeria says it has sold Treasury bills worth N167bn at its Wednesday auction. This was less than the N447.81bn worth of bids submitted by investors. Bids at the last auction stood at N318.58bn.




Fuel Scarcity Worsens In Abuja

The mild scarcity of petrol experienced in Abuja on Wednesday worsened on Thursday as the number of motorists on queues for the product stretched hundreds of metres at the few filling stations that sold the product. Motorists spent several productive hours in queues in a bid to buy petrol.




BOI Disburses N123m To Ogun Fish Farmers

The Bank of Industry has announced that it has disbursed N123m loan to aquaculture cooperative societies and enterprises in Ogun State. According to a press statement from the bank, the facility was accessed at a single digit interest rate of seven per cent per annum.




Jonathan’s Ploy To Divide APC Won’t Work – Fayemi

A former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said the reported silent moves by President Goodluck Jonathan to woo former Vice President Atiku Abubakar back to the Peoples Democratic Party won’t work. According to him, the ploy is to cause division in the opposition All Progressives Congress and dim the party’s chances in the coming elections.




Police Arraign Ex-Punch Employee For N4.9m Theft

A former employee of Punch Nigeria Limited, Olamide Fashanu, has been arraigned for allegedly stealing N4.9m belonging to the company. Fashanu was, on Thursday, arraigned by the police before the Ikeja Magisterial Court 2 in Lagos State. The police alleged that the 30-year-old ex-Punch worker committed the offence at Olu Aboderin Street, Onipetesi, Ikeja, Lagos.



I Will Restore Nigeria’s Fading Glory – Buhari

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), said on Thursday that he was contesting to revive the country from its ailing state.

Buhari, who spoke in Lagos at the APC leadership town hall meeting with Nigerian women, also said that he was aware that achieving such a goal would be impossible without addressing the concerns of women.

‘‘I am on a mission to restore Nigeria’s fading glory and reposition our great nation on the path to greatness. I am however aware that this will not be possible without addressing the needs and concerns of those who constitute half of the population of this country – women. No nation can prosper without a commitment to the empowerment of women and girls,’’ he said.




Don’t Be Afraid Of Jail, Buhari’s Wife Tells Patience Jonathan

AISHAT Buhari, wife of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has told President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, not to have the fear of going to jail if Buhari emerged winner in the forthcoming March 28 presidential poll.

The APC presidential candidate’s wife, who said the country had long suffered bad governance, said her husband would not have time to witchhunt anybody.

Aishat, who spoke on Thursday in Benin, the Edo State capital, where she interacted with women in the state, was reacting to statements credited to Patience that Buhari would jail women if elected as President.

“For those that are campaigning, saying that he (Buhari) is coming to jail Nigerians, I don’t know what their fear is.

“But they shouldn’t be afraid because we are all yearning for change.

“The insecurity in the country, the very poor healthcare system, lack of education and other basic necessities that people are lacking, I believe Nigerians need somebody like General Muhammadu Buhari now.

“Already, they have painted him black, using religion.

“I’m happy today that Nigerians realise that they use religion as a cover to loot Nigeria,” Aishat said.




Nigerian Scientists Discover Two Viruses

Two new viruses have been discovered in Nigeria by a team of scientists from Nigeria and the United States of America. The scientists said the viruses discovered were related to rabies adding that the new viruses had some level of similarities to the virus responsible for cases of viral haemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2012.

The team said though the threat of these viruses to the population had not been confirmed, the discovery was a breakthrough that would help to diagnose yet-unknown fever cases in the country.




Ondo Lawmakers Increase Budget By N1bn

The Ondo State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the state’s 2015 budget, increasing it from N130 bn to N131bn. The passage of the budget came after eight weeks since the N130bn budget was laid before the House by Governor Olusegun Mimiko.




Court Strikes Out Suit Challenging Obanikoro’s Eligibility

A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has struck out a suit seeking to stop the newly-appointed Minister of State, Foreign Affairs II, Musiliu Obanikoro, from ever contesting for any electoral office in Nigeria. Justice Kazeem Alogba, in a judgment on Thursday evening, struck out the suit on the grounds that the plaintiffs failed to substantiate their allegations against Obanikoro.

Obanikoro, who was on Wednesday inaugurated as the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs II, had been dragged to court by some members of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The applicants accused the minister of falsifying his age and submitting forged birth certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the purpose of contesting governorship election in Lagos State.

They also alleged that Obanikoro had dual citizenship and therefore asked the court to determine whether he was still eligible to contest any election in Nigeria, having “voluntarily acquired the citizenship of the United States of America in addition to the citizenship of Nigeria.”

But Alogba on Thursday held that the documents tendered in evidence by the plaintiffs were public documents that were not certified and could not be relied upon.




No Waiting At Polling Booths After Voting – IG

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Thursday warned voters to go back to their homes after casting their votes on election days. Abba, who addressed accredited observers for the general elections in Abuja, said the possibility of committing electoral offence was very high if voters stayed back at the polling booths.




I Can Never Forgive Buhari – Adebanjo

Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says he can never forgive the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), because of the sins he committed against Yoruba leaders while he was head of state between December 1983 and August 1985.

The 87-year-old, who was a close associate of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, said Buhari locked up all the Yoruba governors after overthrowing the Shehu Shagari government.

Adebanjo said this at a post-National Conference in Lagos titled, ‘Into tomorrow and beyond’ on Thursday.

He said, “Back then, Awolowo warned Shagari that his government would soon hit the rock if he did not put things in order. Shortly after, in December 1983, Buhari overthrew the government but the man that was speaking against Shagari (Awolowo), was harrassed by Buhari.

“Buhari picked up all the Yoruba governors: Adekunle Ajasin (Ondo State); Olabisi Onabanjo (Ogun) and others, who were true progressives and locked them up.

“Somebody said I am a Christian and I should forgive Buhari but I said I cannot forgive such. Ajasin’s children say they have forgiven Buhari but I am not in their party, I can’t forgive him.”




Gunmen Abduct Petroleum Minister’s 20-year-old Cousin

Gunmen have abducted Mr. Bozie Agama, a cousin of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani-Allison Madueke. The unidentified gunmen were said to have stormed the minister’s Yanaka community in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State by 12.05am on Thursday, abducting the victim.




I Will Create Wealth In Abba If Elected – Otti

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia, Dr. Alex Otti, has said that he will initiate economic activities that will help to create wealth in the state, if elected.




Bayelsa: APC Seeks PDP Disqualification From Senatorial Poll

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has instituted a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja seeking court order to disqualify Foster Ogola as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Bayelsa West senatorial district.




Pre-elections Survey Tips Jonathan To Sweep 73% Votes

If the decision of Nigerians on a pre-election survey conducted recently is anything to go by, the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan will be a reality as Nigerians agreed that their basic and fundamental human rights are better protected under his administration than that of the opposition presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.

This resolution which came from the survey conducted by a non-governmental body, Kevin, Charlyn & Kimberly Associates, further revealed that only about 42 per cent of Nigerians believed that General Muhammadu Buhari could drive an economic process that would lead to the development of Nigeria.

The Deputy Director of the associates, Mr. Vince Onyekwere, said the outcome of the poll showed that over 70 per cent of Nigerians would queue behind President Jonathan in the March 28 poll, leaving only about 30 per cent of the voting population to the major opposition party presidential candidate.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, Vince said the firm has no political leaning, adding that as stakeholders in the Nigerian project, they were interested in the outcome that would favour the country and benefit the people, who were the ultimate decider of the elections by their votes.

He added that the National Opinion Poll, Nigeria Decides, was in pursuant of having a true feeling of the people as well as to educate and ensure development of Nigeria as a nation.




Yoruba Elders Split Over Jonathan, Buhari

THE South-West geo-political zone was split, yesterday, as Yoruba leaders and elders were sharply divided over who to vote for in the March 28 presidential polls between President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of the All Progressives Congress, APC.




Fashola Condemns Hate Language By Politicians

Lagos’Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, said yesterday that hate speeches by politicians would undermine the country’s electoral process and democracy. Fashola said this when a delegation of the Council of the Wise, led by its Coordinator, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari paid him a courtesy visit in Lagos. The council of the wise is a think-tank committed to peaceful and acceptable elections in Nigeria.




Fulani Herdsmen Kill Village Chief In Enugu

Suspected Fulani herdsmen, yesterday, killed Tamgbo Ogueji, a member of the traditional rulers’ cabinet at Eke community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State. The deceased, aged 85, was allegedly shot in his house in the early hours over an undisclosed issue.





Henry Igwe

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