The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 23rd March, 2015

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Five Killed In Cambodian Nightclub Fire

Five people were killed early Monday morning in an electrical fire at a nightclub in Cambodia’s Bavet city of Svay Rieng province bordering Vietnam, a senior military police officer confirmed.

In Nuth, deputy military police chief of Svay Rieng province, said the accident took place at 3:20 a.m. in the Star Nightclub, which was caused by an electrical fault at a karaoke and discotheque room.

“Five people, including 4 men and one woman, found dead in the fire. All of them are Cambodians,” he told Xinhua over telephone, adding that the police controlled the fire in just an hour by using two fire trucks.

It was the second tragic nightclub blaze in the past six months. The first one happened in the Hip Hop Club in Siem Reap city in November, killing five people, including an Australian man.




Poll: Sultan Seeks Safety Of Corps Members

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar III, has asked security agencies in the country to provide adequate protection for members of the National Youth Service Corps deployed to assist officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct the general elections.




Eko Atlantic City Named Nigeria’s Top Project

The promoters of Eko Atlantic City, South Energyx Nigeria Limited, said the project had been applauded as a top project in the country by leading property investors at MIPIM 2015, the international real estate show for professionals, held in Cannes, France.




1.13 Million Nigerians Get Life Insurance With Mobile Phones

Life underwriting companies, which introduced insurance through mobile telephones into the country are gradually making inroads and have been able to sell life policies to 1.13 million Nigerians in the last 20 months, investigation has revealed.

The three companies that first introduced this marketing technique into the country are FBN Insurance Limited, Mansard Insurance Plc and Cornerstone Insurance Plc.

Investigation revealed that more insurance companies were planning to join the mobile telephony marketing system. One of them is UBA Metropolitan Life Insurance Limited that is planning to introduce it in partnership with the Global System of Mobile communication provider, Etisalat Nigeria.




Banks To Conclude Lekki Seaport Financing In September

The financial arrangements for the Lekki Deep Seaport will be concluded in September, the promoter of the project, the Tolaram Group, has said.




Expert Faults Electricity Tariff Cut

The 50 per cent reduction in electricity tariff by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission is politically wise but makes no business sense, economists and power sector experts have said. According to them, the decision will result in tough financial moments for the power generation and distribution companies as most of the firms are cash-strapped.




Dangote’s Oil Refinery To Process 650,000bpd

Africa’s richest man and President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has said his oil refinery will process 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The completion of the plant, expected to come on stream in 2017, will see Nigeria having one of the largest petroleum refineries in the world.




Polls: Report Tags Lagos, 20 Other States ‘Violent hotspots’

Lagos, Oyo and 19 other states in the country have been identified as likely ‘violent hotspots’ during the March 28 and April 11 elections. This was contained in a Security Threat Assessment report by a non-governmental organisation, CLEEN Foundation.




Jonathan Will In Lagos

A former Chairman of the Governing Council of Michael Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies, Prof. Adesegun Ojo, has expressed confidence that President Goodluck Jonathan will win in Lagos State in the March 28 presidential poll.




Niger Bridge: Igbo Ask Jonathan, Buhari For Commitment

The Igbo Conversation Group, a political pressure group comprising prominent Igbo politicians, businessmen and professionals, has asked the leading presidential candidates- Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party and Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress- to immediately make a pledge to reverse the public-private partnership policy in the execution of the 2nd Niger Bridge project.

The ICG made the demand in a communiqué issued after its meeting in Enugu. The meeting was attended by former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim; Prof. Pat Utomi, Chief Ralph Obioha, among others.

The group listed a number of commitments, which it said must be made before the elections by Jonathan and Buhari before they could be assured of Igbo votes.




PDP, APC, Others Differ On INEC Card Reader

Few days to the general elections, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the opposition All Progressives Congress still differ on the use of the smart card readers introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.




Wike Pays Jonathan’s Wife N199m Monthly, Amaechi Alleges

RIVERS State Governor and Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has accused the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, of giving $1m (N199m) monthly to the wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan. Amaechi, who spoke on Saturday at a praise and worship session organised by the Ikwerre Youth Movement and Ikwerre Women Forum at Isiokpo, headquarters of the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, explained that Wike was giving the money to the President’s wife in order to gain political favour.




APC, LP Women Groups Vow To Protect Votes

Women groups of the All Progressives Congress and Labour Party in Ekiti State have vowed to protect their votes during the March 28 presidential poll in spite of the vote and go home order of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba.




Jonathan Deserves Praise For Giving OPC Contract – Gani Adams

The National Coordinator of a Yoruba group, Odua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, says President Goodluck Jonathan deserves praise from members of the All Progressives Congress for approving a contract for the OPC to protect pipelines across the South-West. Adams said the contract would provide at least 5,000 jobs for his boys and 10,000 jobs for other youths in the South-West.

He said this while reacting to the allegation by the APC that Jonathan bribed ethnic militias with N9bn to scuttle the elections.

Adams, who came under fire for leading thousands of youths to protest against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, in Lagos last Monday, said supporting Jonathan was in the interest of the Yoruba nation.

He said the APC should be commending Jonathan for approving contracts for the OPC because only the Niger-Delta militants were benefitting from the oil money before now.




PVC Distribution Hits 81.98%

The Independent National Electoral Commission has put the percentage of Permanent Voter Cards collected by voters at 81.98 per cent, a slight increase on the initial 81.2 per cent.

The new figure was based on the report released by the commission on Sunday.

The report, however, did not show the total figures that INEC had distributed across the states, unlike in the previous number of PVC collection released by the electoral body.

Jigawa, Bauchi and Zamfara states top the list of states with highest collection of the PVCs.




Ambode Promises Improved Teachers Welfare

The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has said if voted into office, he will make sure the welfare of teachers is governments number one priority.




Why Should Buhari, Tinubu Be Scared Of EFCC If They Are Clean? – Fani-Kayode

PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, PDPPCO has advised the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari,retd and the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu not to be scared of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

According to PDP, defeat was staring the APC in the face and they were having sleepless nights, adding,” That is what has informed all this rubbish that they keep peddling out on a daily basis.”

In a statement yesterday night by the director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode while reacting to the claim by the APC that the Federal Government plans to use the EFCC to arrest Senator Bola Tinubu on trumped up charges, described the claim as false.

According to Fani-Kayode, “We have said it before and we shall say it again: the APC are not only delusional but they are suffering from chronic paranoia. Why should Tinubu be scared of arrest if he has done nothing wrong. Why should Buhari be scared of EFCC if he is clean?




2 Killed, Others Injured As Hoodlums Unleash Mayhem In Mushin

Two persons have been reportedly killed, while 14 others were injured as some hoodlums went on the rampage at Idi Iroko, Mushin area of Lagos, last Friday.




Bar Election Offenders From Public Office – SERAP

Five days to the 2015 general elections, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called for a legislation barring anyone found guilty of violating electoral laws from holding public office in the country.




‘No More Going To Dubai To Buy’ Immigration Restricts Nigerians, Ladies Are Worst Hit

Reports have emerged that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) may have started restricting unmarried Nigerians, especially ladies below the age of 40 ,who do not have genuine reasons from travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for fear of engaging in prostitution and other activities that may dent the image of the country.

According to a Daiy Independent report, young men and women below 40 years of age and who were not  accompanied by someone that is 40 years and above and who bear the same surname with the travellers are prevented from travelling out of the country from the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA),Lagos.

A source close to NIS at the Lagos Airport claimed that the directive came from the NIS headquarter in Abuja and that the new directive took effect from last week.

The source explained that the new directive is to prevent Nigerians, especially females who travel to Dubai from engaging in prostitution, adding that such categories of air  travelers are stopped from travelling  to Dubai to prevent embarrassment on getting there.

The source further said that the travel restriction was in compliance with the rules set by the Dubai authorities in February this year as it concerns new visa rules to Nigerians and other countries.





Henry Igwe

Henry Igwe

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