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The Federal Government, through the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), has initiated a new effort to address the issue of improperly imported private jets.


According to recent findings, around 80 private jet operators have been summoned to the NCS headquarters in Abuja to present their aircraft import documents.


This special aircraft import verification exercise begins tomorrow and is set to run for 30 days. A public notice from Customs outlines the objective of the exercise: “The Nigeria Customs Service announces a verification exercise for privately owned aircraft operating in Nigeria. This exercise aims to identify improperly imported private aircraft without documentation, ensuring proper imports and maximum revenue collection.”


Private jet owners and operators are required to bring several documents to the verification, including:


– Aircraft Certificate of Registration

– Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s (NCAA) Flight Operation Compliance Certificate

– NCAA’s Maintenance Compliance Certificate

– NCAA’s Permit for Non-Commercial Flights

– Temporary Import Permit (if applicable)


This crackdown follows a year-long suspension of similar actions by the Federal Government. Over the past three years, efforts have been made to recover import duties worth billions of naira from private jet operators who have exploited regulatory loopholes to evade these payments. While some jet owners have paid the mandatory import duties after significant steps by the NCS, many have yet to comply.


Several operators have allegedly used Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) to avoid paying the statutory import duty. A TIP, valid initially for 12 months and extendable by six months twice, has been indefinitely extended by some operators, prompting previous crackdowns by Customs.


According to sources, about 80 private jet operators are expected to participate in the verification exercise, including operators of 20 aircraft imported since the last exercise. The NCS aims to ensure payment of the mandatory import duty, with the possibility of grounding non-compliant jets.


The TIP loophole has been criticized as a fraudulent means of evading import duties. Private jet importers, particularly those with foreign-registered aircraft, are supposed to pay 5% of the jet’s value as import duty. However, due to the high cost of private jets, many owners prefer to use TIPs, citing the International Civil Aviation Organisation Convention’s Article 24, which allows for customs waivers for commercial aircraft temporarily operating in a country.


The new Customs leadership is determined to enforce the payment of import duties. Unconfirmed sources suggest the government could collect nearly N100 billion in unpaid duties due to the high exchange rate. This figure could increase if Customs implements a 25% penalty fee for delayed payment, in addition to the 5% import duty.


Whether private aircraft operators will cooperate remains uncertain. Some have previously taken legal action to avoid paying these duties. The NCS National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, confirmed that the verification exercise will begin on Wednesday.


As this exercise unfolds, it will be critical to monitor its impact on compliance and revenue collection for the Federal Government.


 

(Punch)

 

In recent news, there has been some confusion regarding the renaming of the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).


The Federal Government has officially confirmed that this expressway has not been renamed as Wole Soyinka Way.


In a statement released by Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, it was emphasized that such a renaming was never considered by the current administration.


This clarification aims to dispel any rumors and correct the misinformation circulating in some media outlets.


On June 4, President Bola Tinubu inaugurated a new road in the FCT, known as Arterial Road N20, which stretches from Katampe to Jahi.


This new road connects the existing Outer Northern Expressway (also known as Murtala Muhammed Expressway) to the Northern Parkway (Ahmadu Bello Way). During the inauguration, FCT Minister Nyesom Wike proposed that the new road be named after Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, a suggestion to which President Tinubu agreed.


To be clear, it is the Arterial Road N20 that has been named Wole Soyinka Way. The Murtala Muhammed Expressway retains its original name, honoring the esteemed former Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed.


The Minister urged all citizens to disregard any false reports about the renaming of the Murtala Muhammed Expressway. These reports are baseless and do not reflect the actions or intentions of the government.


In summary, while a new road has been named after Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Murtala Muhammed Expressway continues to honor its namesake without any changes.

President Bola Tinubu will depart Lagos on Tuesday for Pretoria, South Africa, to attend the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.


This is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Monday.


The inauguration of Mr Ramaphosa follows his re-election as president for a second term.


The statement said President Tinubu will return to Nigeria after the ceremony.


The Nigerian leader congratulated Mr Ramaphosa on his re-election on Sunday.


The SA president secured victory after his party, the African National Congress (ANC) entered an unprecedented coalition with other parties.


The ANC won only 40 per cent of the votes in the 29 May election and lost its absolute majority in the country’s parliament.


 

The controversies and series of serious allegations hanging on the neck of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa, have taken a different dimension.


Recall that the Perm Sec had been in the eye of the storm for days over allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by one Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi who is said to be an aide to the minister.


The lady wrote a petition to the minister which forced the latter to equally write to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, to probe the allegation.


Consequently, the Head of Service set up a panel to investigate the allegations after suspending the Permanent Secretary, pending the probe’s outcome.


But findings by PRNigeria revealed that at least three more women have approached the probe panel to lodge similar allegations of sexual harassment against the Permanent Secretary.


Meanwhile, the Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, the labour union in the Ministry, has also accused the permanent Secretary of high-handedness, maladministration, favouritism and financial improprieties, which, according to them, have significantly affected the welfare and rights of the workers.


In a petition addressed to the Minister, Ambassador Tuggar and dated 11th of June, 2024, the staff union accused the Permanent Secretary of relegating all issues that have to do with staff welfare, allowances, emoluments, training etc to the background.


They specifically highlighted the denial of various benefits the workers were entitled to, which has been a source of their discontent for months.


In the petition obtained by PRNigeria, the union listed and explained in detail the series of benefits that the workers were entitled to that Ambassador Lamuwa has been denying them for months.


They accused him of unduly and illegally favouring a certain category of people and victimising those who do not dance to his tunes, in the area of posting, training and other benefits like Hajj seats.


Some of his alleged crimes against the labour union as listed in the petition include delay in payment of some benefits, delay in promotion and conversion of staff, lack of transparency in posting exercise, delay in paying of clothing allowance, discrimination in paying First 28 Days Allowance, lack of fairness in the distribution of the 2024 Hajj seats, inadequate posting of Batch B officers to foreign missions, poor sanitation and hygiene due to insufficient water supply, lack of work tools, dilapidated office buildings, refusal to pay the 25th regular course allowance for nine months among others.


In the petition signed by JNC Chairman, Comrade Ali Seidu, and Assistant General Secretary, Comrade Akpana S.E, the union urged the Minister to look into their grievances and address the series of injustice allegedly done by the Permanent Secretary to avoid a drastic action by the workers.


“Consequent upon the maladministration, dwindling level of productivity occasioned by the administrative leadership apathy in the ministry, the JNC has been engaging with the management thinking its solidarity with the authorities of the Ministry will yield positive results and prompt action on pending issues.


“Unfortunately, there was no corresponding improvement instead, the management has become worse, unreceptive and very harsh to everyone who dares to speak and ask questions. Victimisation, intimidation, and harassment has become a tool the management uses to shut critics while the staff of the Ministry continue to suffer.


“The staff of the Ministry are outraged by the egregious neglect, surreptitious administrative skullduggery, manipulations and commercialisation of the Ministry’s activities by the Permanent Secretary and his allies under the guise of rejuvenation. They have introduced harmful practices that threaten the very fabric of our Institution. We demand an immediate end to all their destructive policies and a return to the principles of fairness, equity and transparency. We call on the Honourable Minister to direct the authorities to investigate these grievances and take swift action.


“We the staff hereby give a 21-days ultimatum to the Management to immediately address the grievances outlined in our communiqué, failure to do so will be met with strong resistance,” the petition read in part.


In his response, the Minister called for calm and promised to look into their grievances.

The Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, has revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will soon announce the date for lifting the visa ban that has been imposed on Nigerian travellers.


This information was shared during an interview with Otega Ogra, Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu, which is available on the official YouTube page of the State House of Nigeria.


Keyamo acknowledged that while a resolution was reached between President Bola Tinubu and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during President Tinubu’s working visit to the UAE in September 2023, additional processes were required before the ban could be officially lifted.


He said the processes have now been completed, paving the way for the imminent announcement from the UAE government.


“After that high-level meeting, Mr. President, credited to him, made things very easy for us all. We did our follow-ups as his ministers. We have done everything. We have resolved everything.


“Just wait for the announcement from the UAE government, and that announcement is imminent,” Keyamo stated.


The Minister further mentioned that he is aware of the specific date when the travel restriction will be lifted, but he emphasized that it is up to the UAE government to make the official announcement.


The lifting of the ban is expected to restore ease of travel for Nigerian citizens to the UAE, thereby enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.



Femi Otedola, the chairman of FBN Holdings and majority shareholder of Geregu Plc, and some of his companies have opted for an out-of-court settlement with Zenith Bank Plc.


Mr Otedola was involved in a legal dispute with the bank over alleged “fraudulent transactions” on his company’s accounts.


Court papers obtained by PREMIUM TIMES showed the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Lagos Division, where Mr Otedola and his companies filed the suit against the lender on 12 March, dismissed the case on Thursday, 13 June, on receiving a notice of discontinuance from the plaintiffs.


Zenon Petroleum & Gas Limited, Seaforce Shipping Co. Limited, Luzon Oil & Gas Limited, Garment Care and Mr Otedola were the plaintiffs, while Zenith Bank, Quantum Zenith Securities & Investment Limited, Veritas Registrars Limited and Central Securities Clearing System Plc were the defendants.


According to a court document, Justice A.O. Faji discontinued the lawsuit after the counsel for the first to third defendants and the counsel for the plaintiffs asked for the matter to be dismissed, with the “counsel for the fourth defendant not objecting.”



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Mr Otedola and his companies initiated legal action against Zenith Bank and the other defendants in March, claiming that the lender disposed of his shares in the bank without authorisation, manipulated the companies’ bank accounts and fabricated some documents to conceal the alleged crimes.


He accused the lender of wrongfully calculating his debts before selling them to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), which the bank set up to buy the non-performing loans in the books of banks with the intention of recovering them thereafter.


Zenon had claimed that the letters of credit that led to the bad loans AMCON acquired were opened before the corporation took over the debt in December 2011. The company stopped operating the account after AMCON’s intervention.


According to a document seen by PREMIUM TIMES, the overdue on Zenon’s account at the point AMCON took over the liabilities was N39 billion. Zenon said Zenith Bank offered the debt to the corporation at N49 billion. AMCON ended up paying the bank N44.1 billion for the debt.


Sources with knowledge of the matter told PREMIUM TIMES in May that Mr Otedola chose to take legal action against the bank after several failed reconciliation attempts. During the month, both parties held three meetings, none yielding the desired results.


“It is clear that Zenith Bank Plc is not sincere in resolving this issue out of court and as such a time-wasting exercise,” one of the sources said.


“At this juncture, we have resolved to pursue our claims via the judiciary, law enforcement, the CBN and the court of public opinion as we know that our claims are very genuine.”


According to a document detailing the deliberations of both parties at a meeting held on 20 May, Zenith Bank agreed to refund the N205 million it wrongfully debited to Zenon’s account with compounded accrued interest using a bankdraft.


Seaforce Shipping Company Limited, owned by the billionaire tycoon, said Zenith Bank presented some statements of account claiming that it owed the bank N5.9 billion as of February 2024. It added that Zenith Bank abandoned the claim after the company showed proof that Seaforce’s account was in credit as of 2018.


A source said Zenith Bank sold the 415 million shares that Zenon held in Zenith Bank for N4.9 billion in December 2010, noting that the shares were repurchased in the following month for N5.4 billion, triggering a net loss of N142.9 million.


He further disclosed that related transactions were carried out on Mr Otedola’s account, causing a net loss of N61.5 million and a combined loss of N205.4 million in both cases.


Isyaku Mohammed, the commissioner of police in charge of administration at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, summoned the managing director of Zenith Bank on 16 May over what he described as an alleged unauthorised debit to Zenon’s account.


“This office is investigating an alleged case of fraudulent misrepresentation, wrongful debit and unauthorised transactions referred from the assistant inspector general of police, FCID Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos, involving your financial institution,” the letter, a copy obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, read.


“A precis of the petition at disposal reveals that sometime in 2011, an unauthorised withdrawal was carried out on the account of Zenon Petroleum Gas Limited with number 10110385211 to the tune of Two Hundred and Five Million, Three Hundred and Forty-six Thousand, Five Hundred and Seventy-Three Naira (N205,346,573.00) without justification.”


The letter stated that Zenith Bank wrongfully opened some letters of credit after AMCON acquired the debt in 2011, which led to unsolicited loan disbursement that further plunged Zenon into indebtedness.


The Presidency, on Sunday, insisted that the N250,000 minimum wage clamour by Organised Labour is unsustainable, warning that the Federal Government cannot channeled all its resources to meet such a demand.


The warning come days after the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria raised concerns over the N62,000 being proposed by the FG.


The ALGON said if approved, the wage may put a strain on the councils’ financial burden.


On Tuesday, May 28, talks between the Federal Government and Organised Labour broke down after the government and the Organised Private Sector raised their offers to N62,000.


But the labour unions described the proposal as an insult to the intelligence of the average Nigerian worker, which deserves far better than what the government offered.


Speaking in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, disclosed that unless the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress were selfish, they should consider that the resources meant for the entire Nigerians could not be channeled to only the benefit of their members who are not more than 10 per cent of the entire population.


He said, “That is why we keep telling labour to be realistic because the government cannot use all its resources to pay workers. They have other things to do. The workers we are even talking about are not up to 10 per cent of the population. Many people are self-employed or engaged in the private sector, who are not members of Labour, and are not affected by this demand.


"This is even more reason why labour has to reconsider their decision critically instead of always striving to shut down the system. What the FG did was in consultation with the private sector and others. Only Labour, which appears to be in the minority, kept saying they won’t accept N62,000. They are not even employers but employees.


"Let us wait and hear what they are going to say after their return from the ILO conference. But they have to be realistic.”


Tinubu had disclosed during his Democracy Day that an executive bill on the new national minimum wage for workers would be sent to the National Assembly.


When quizzed on when he plans to transmit the bill, Onanuga said though he could not give a particular date, he sees it happening after the Sallah break.


The presidential media aide also said the Federal Government might not meet the Labour leaders again unless something cogent turned up.


“I am not certain when he plans to do it (Bill). May be after Sallah. But I am not sure whether the FG is meeting with them or whether its position on the minimum wage has changed. Don’t forget the current amount on the table was arrived at by the committee that also has the private sector where the NECA and NACIMMA were also represented.


That was the figure the FG delegation, sub-nationals, employers, NECA and other sectors agreed on. So, the FG cannot just decide on any other amount of money on its own without carrying these people along. And the government cannot just decide anything without ensuring that the state and local governments are able to pay,” he said.


Efforts made to reach labour leaders on Sunday were unsuccessful as close sources told our correspondents they were on their way back to the country from their recent trip to Geneva for the International Labour Organisation conference.


Meanwhile, the tripartite committee established by the Federal Government to review the minimum wage has urged labour unions to reassess their wage demands.


Speaking with NAN on Sunday, the committee’s chairman, Bukar Aji, asked labour to reconsider their position based on economic factors and the non-monetary incentives provided by the government.


Aji highlighted several incentives of the government, including the N35,000 wage award for all treasury-paid federal workers, N100bn for gas-fuelled buses and gas kit conversions, a N125bn conditional grant, financial inclusion for small and medium enterprises, and a N25,000 monthly stipend for 15 million households over three months.


He also listed the N185bn in palliative loans to states to mitigate the effects of petrol subsidy removal, N200bn to boost agricultural production, N75bn to strengthen the manufacturing sector, and N1tn for student loans, among other interventions.


Aji called on the labour unions to consider accepting the N62,000 minimum wage offered by the Federal Government.


He said the committee was trying to avert a situation where the minimum wage would lead to further job losses, especially as many businesses are already struggling.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar, has called on leaders to intensify efforts in finding solutions to the economic and security challenges facing Nigeria.


The Sultan made the call during his Sallah message at his palace in Sokoto when thousands of Muslim Ummah gathered to pay him homage.


Shortly after the prayers the Sultan addressed the Muslim faithful at his palace where he called on leaders to intensify efforts to fix the nation’s economy and fight the rising insecurity to enable access to their farm and end hunger in the country.


The Chief Imam of the Sultan Bello mosque, Imam Malamin Akwara, led the two units prayers at the Sokoto central Eid ground, where the Sultan of Sokoto, the Sokoto State Deputy Governor and other top government officials observed the Eid prayers to mark this year’s Eld -El-Kabir celebration.


He also advised well-to-do individuals in the society to assist the less privileged members of the society.


In a related development, residents of Gwiwa Eka, a suburb within the Sokoto metropolis were full of praise to the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, for donating a cow for the Salah celebration.


A resident, Adamu Abdulrahaman, who spoke on behalf of the Salah meat beneficiaries, expressed their gratitude to Peter Obi, for putting smiles on their faces on this auspicious occasion.


He said, “Some of us could not afford the high cost of rams in the market. We are grateful to Peter Obi, for this magnanimity and called on other well-to-do personalities to emulate his good gesture.”

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has assured Nigerians that the country will become self-sufficient in Premium Motor Spirit (Petroleum) production in the next four weeks.


He commended President Bola Tinubu for having the courage to remove the fuel subsidy, assuring that the temporary pains would soon be over.


Akpabio spoke in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, during the one-day South-South APC conference.


He said he had conducted surveillance across many refineries before arriving at his conclusion.


“I went round the Dangote refinery and found out that by this July 2024, Nigeria is about to become self-sufficient in the production of PMS.


“As of today, it produces enough diesel and it’s already exporting to other countries. Same with fertiliser and Urea. So we are getting to that era in the country where we produce what we consume and consume what we produce,” he said.


Akpabio also assured that the ongoing negotiations over acceptable minimum wage will be concluded shortly.


“Very soon we’ll conclude negotiations on minimum wage and Nigerians will be happy for it.


The economy we met was not in good shape at all, I call it a ‘foamy economy.’ Despite that, the President consistently tells me, ‘I cannot complain; I campaigned and danced for this job, so I must do it and I must do it well’,” Akpabio stated.

EID-EL-KABIR: PRESIDENT TINUBU OBSERVES PRAYERS, CALLS FOR LOVE AND CHARITY TO THE VULNERABLE


President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called on Nigerians to show more care for their neighbours and extend charity to all in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir.


Speaking with journalists after Eid-el-Kabir prayers in Lagos on Sunday, the President said some level of sacrifice will be required to move the nation forward.

"We have been told by the Chief Imam how we can follow the path of sacrifice. The sacrifice required of a good citizen. Citizenship comes with responsibilities. As citizens, what do we need to do to be committed members of our society? Yes, that is sacrifice; loving your country. Loving your neighbours. Sharing what you have with each other. And to always be thankful to Almighty God," the President said.


In his sermon, the Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Suleiman Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, who led the prayers, reiterated the need for more love, sacrifice and care for the poor and the vulnerable.


"Our leaders like the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, to mention a few, sacrificed their knowledge, wealth, sweat, and even life, to the growth and development of the country we call ours today. All their activities and actions were geared towards nation-building.

"We must therefore ensure that their sacrifices are not in vain. It is incumbent on us to follow their footsteps to ensure that this nation, Nigeria, continues to grow in leaps and bounds," he said.


The Chief Imam of Lagos urged citizens to pray that God Almighty grants the President the strength and wisdom to deliver on his vision for a better and prosperous nation.


Chief Ajuri Ngelale


Special Adviser to the President


(Media & Publicity)


June 16, 2024




The Presidency has firmly stated that the N250,000 minimum wage demand by Organised Labour is unsustainable, emphasizing that the Federal Government cannot allocate all its resources to meet this demand.


This declaration came two days after the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) raised concerns about the proposed N62,000 minimum wage, citing potential financial strain on local councils.


On May 28, negotiations between the Federal Government and Organised Labour broke down after the government and the Organised Private Sector increased their offer to N62,000. However, labour unions deemed this offer insulting, arguing that Nigerian workers deserve far better compensation.


In an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, urged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to consider the broader population’s needs. Onanuga highlighted that the resources meant for all Nigerians cannot be diverted solely to benefit a small fraction of the workforce.


“We keep telling labour to be realistic because the government cannot use all its resources to pay workers. They have other things to do. The workers we are even talking about are not up to 10 per cent of the population,” Onanuga stated. He emphasized that many Nigerians are self-employed or work in the private sector and are not impacted by the labour unions’ demands.


Onanuga also noted that the Federal Government’s N62,000 offer was made in consultation with various sectors, including the private sector. He expressed hope that labour unions would reconsider their stance upon returning from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conference.


President Tinubu has announced that an executive bill on the new national minimum wage will be sent to the National Assembly, though the exact timing remains uncertain. Onanuga speculated that the bill might be transmitted after the Sallah break.


Furthermore, the tripartite committee established by the Federal Government to review the minimum wage has urged labour unions to reassess their demands. Committee chairman Bukar Aji cited several government incentives, including a N35,000 wage award for federal workers, N100bn for gas-fuelled buses, and a N25,000 monthly stipend for 15 million households over three months, among others.


Aji called on labour unions to consider accepting the N62,000 minimum wage to avoid further job losses, especially as many businesses are already struggling.


Efforts to reach labour leaders for comments were unsuccessful, as they were returning from the ILO conference in Geneva. Meanwhile, the Federal Government remains steadfast in its position, emphasizing the need for a balanced approach that considers the economic realities and the well-being of the entire population.


(Punch)

A gang of armed robbers raided a hotel located in the Gwarinpa area of the Federal Capital Territory, killing a disc jockey identified as Bashiru Dauda.

The robbers stormed the nightclub within the hotel in the early hours of Saturday, June 15, 2025. 

It was also gathered that some guests were subjected to the harrowing experience of being robbed of their valuables and personal belongings

A resident of the area who witnessed the incident identified simply as Sani said the incident had caused panic in the area, as incidents of armed robbery have become rampant.

“In the early hours of Saturday, some armed robbers attacked the Volcano Hotel at Gwarinpa. They robbed some guests in the hotel and took away their belongings. The money and phones of the guests were stolen,” the resident said. 

“A DJ was shot. He died at the hospital in Jabi. We have been experiencing a series of armed robbery incidents in Gwarinpa recently, and this particular one has heightened fears among residents.”

The spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, who confirmed the incident on Sunday said that the police rushed to the scene immediately after receiving a distress call and found Dauda on the floor.

The PPRO said the police rushed the victim to Jabi hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

“On 15/06/2024 at about 05:07 am a distress call was received by the FCT Police Command that a robbery incident had taken place at Volcano Peak Court Hotel, 4th Avenue around 03:35 am,” the statement read.

“Operatives from the Gwarimpa Police Division immediately deployed to the scene, secured the premises, and discovered that one Bashir Dauda had been shot by the attackers.

“The victim was quickly rushed to Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, where doctors on duty confirmed him dead. The corpse was released on the request of the family to be buried according to Islamic rites.”

“Investigation is still ongoing in a bid to apprehend the culprits while further developments will be communicated in due course.

“The FCT Police Command advises residents to always be conscious of their surroundings, when  you notice suspicious activities, call the police immediately and we will respond swiftly. Again the FCT Police emergencies numbers are :0803 200 3913, 0806 158 1938.”

… calls on govt to provide security, incentives to farmers

Yoruba socio-political group, Yoruba Commitment Forum (YCF) has raised an alarm about the looming food shortage in the South West region of the country.

The group said, though, the impending food insecurity is a national crisis, stressing that its impact on Yorubaland is going to be calamitous.  

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Otunba Hon Tayo Onayemi, Barr. Akeem Aponmade, Barr. Femi Mokikan, Otunba Niyi Sodiya, Mrs. Buky Tunde Oshunrinde and Mrs. Sola Maja, and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

The YCF attributed the looming food shortage to the invasion and destruction of farmlands by rampaging Fulani herders.

The group, while calling for adequate security of farmers and their farmlands, equally appealed to the federal government to adequately compensate whose farmlands were destroyed and as well give them financial incentives, to encourage them to go back to farm.

The statement titled, “Nigeria’s headaches, food insecurity in Yorubaland”,  read, “we have observed that for about seven years now, Fulani herdsmen have been engaging in a relentless destruction of farmlands and settlements in Yorubaland. These criminal Fulani elements resorted to kidnapping, raping, maiming and killing of farmers and Yoruba sons and daughters. 

“Neither the governments at any level, nor Fulani herdsmen’s apologists would claim ignorance of the atrocious activities of these ruthless people. Video recordings of their wicked actions suffuse the internet. The end result is that farmers began to be scared off their farms gradually until now when farms have been completely abandoned. 

“When this started years ago, foresighted individuals raised concerns; they warned about the potential danger of food insecurity beginning with rising food prices and the need  to ensure a stable food supply. It appears that Southwest was deliberately targeted and the invasion of our farmlands was the execution of a conscious plan to starve our people to death. 

We, the Yoruba Nation agitators, cried out for help against the brazen onslaught, but none came from the federal government led by a Fulani man.

Unfortunately, the hens have now come home to roost as the consequences of our action, and inaction, are now here for real with food shortages and very high prices making it increasingly difficult for our people to access the basic necessity of food.

“Before the current situation spirals out of control, we hasten to inform the government that there is no alternative to large scale farming which Fulani herdsmen have destroyed by waging a war against farmers. Subsistence farming through the backyards, as good as it is, cannot serve the purpose of assuring any people of food security. Farmlands in the South West must be made very safe.

We state emphatically that the situation whereby a basket of tomatoes is sold for #4000 in the North while the same is sold in Yorubaland for #150,000 is callous, ruthless and unacceptable to us.

We also call for assistance to use cheaper rail transport among others to assist our market men and women. Other regions do this, why not here in Yorubaland?

“Secondly, governments must incentivise farmers whose investments have been destroyed during the war of attrition waged against them by Fulani terrorists. Without government’s financial assistance, there is no way most farmers will be able to go back to farming, even if security of their lives and new investments are assured”, the statement concluded.

Source:- Vanguardngr

Popular Nigerian comedian and singer Oderhohwo Joseph Efe, better known as Carter Efe, sparked a conversation on social media as he allegedly underwent a hair transplant.

This was revealed in a series of posts gaining traction on the popular social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Several social media users shared posts on X (formerly Twitter) suggesting that the comedian and singer had undergone a hair procedure.

The posts attracted attention online, with many individuals flooding the comment section to share their observations.

Afrobeat star, Davido shared a remarkable throwback photo with his father, Adedeji Adeleke, his late mother, Veronica, and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.

On his Instagram story, the singer posted pictures showcasing him striking a stylish pose in front of his father, wearing dark shades, with Dangote standing beside them.

The second photo depicted his late mother, who tragically passed away on March 6th, 2003, due to a cardiac arrest, which occurred on his father’s birthday.

The “Unavailable” crooner captioned the photo: “Daddy and Uncle Alike #TBT”

Tastefully furnished Trend's Place Hotel and Suites located along airport road Abuja will hold on Monday, June 17 with Sallah Feast in commemoration of Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Strategically located after the popular Dunamis Church Headquarters, by NNPC filling Station along airport road, Trend's Place Hotel and Suites was introduced to bring a paradigm shift in Abuja entertainment hospitality industry.

Apart from the serenity of the environment in which it is located, its proximity to the airport is another selling point guests are expected to enjoy.
It has 40 exclusive rooms, conference hall, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, gym, 24 hours laundry services,Spa,mini botique,free internet and game centre where guests can play variety of games.

The Soft opening and the Sallah Feast will be a superb outing that Abuja residents will not want to miss.

It will feature lots of fun as top entertainers are expected to thrill guests with the best of entertainment.
Among others expected to perform at the event, Kaycee Kline and other Abuja comedians,Djs to trill you as Sweetband will also be there live.

The hotel management has graciously made entry free for every guest at the opening and the Sallah Feast.










From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja


A pressure group, under the auspices of Concerned Nigeria Patriots (CNP), has pleaded with the coalition of Labour Unions to shelve their demands for an unrealistic minimum wage, warning that it poses significant risk of plunging Nigeria into another recession.


The Patriots also claimed that it is capable of exacerbating the economic challenges that President Bola Tinubu-led administration has been diligently working to overcome.


The group, however, urged Nigerians to reject the “unrealistic wage demands” and support the efforts and determination of government and private sector employers to realistic and sustainable wages.


The Patriots, who made the appeal in Abuja, stressed that when a government is sabotaged, it is the masses who suffer the consequences, noting that while government and organised private sector had offered N62,000 as minimum wage, the Labour Unions have insisted on N250,000.


Speaking at a press conference against the demands, the group led by its Chairman, Alfa Mohammed, tagged the coalition as agents working for the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 election, Peter Obi.


“The recent demands for an unrealistic minimum wage by the coalition of the NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the Labour Party (LP) pose a significant risk of plunging Nigeria into another recession, exacerbating the economic challenges that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration has been diligently working to overcome.”


“Their insistence on a minimum wage initially set at ₦605,000, then ₦494,000, and now ₦250,000, is part of a broader strategy to force the government into adopting an economically unfeasible policy,” the patriot group said.


They further accused the Labour Unions and opposition LP of forming a coalition to provoke public unrest and destabilise the government of President Bola Tinubu.


“This coalition’s agenda appears to be a deliberate attempt to provoke public unrest and destabilize the government. By advocating for a wage increase that is not financially viable, they risk inciting chaos and anarchy, which could undermine our hard-earned democracy.


“Their plan includes a total shutdown of essential infrastructure under the guise of fighting for a living wage, potentially crippling the nation’s economy and disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable citizens.


“It is important to note that this coalition, which supported Mr. Peter Obi in the last presidential election, is now inherently a threat to democracy or economic recovery. However, their apparent desperation to disrupt the current administration following their candidate’s loss to President Tinubu is concerning.


“This group, often referred to as the Obidients, has repeatedly mobilised protests, attempting to make the country ungovernable at every opportunity.”


While calling on all Nigerians, especially diligent workforce, to see through the veil of mischief, the group said such a wage hike would likely lead to severe inflation, increased unemployment, decreased productivity, and greater economic hardship.


“When a government is sabotaged, it is the masses who suffer the consequences. It is the responsibility of every citizen to support and pray for the success of our government, not to undermine it.


“We call on fellow Nigerians to reject Unrealistic Wage Demands and support what the government and private sector employers determine to be realistic and sustainable wages. Oppose Disruptive Strikes and insist on dialogue, and reject strike actions aimed at destabilizing the government.


“To President Tinubu and the ruling class, we recommend immediate introduction of policies to reduce inflation, particularly in food, transportation, medical, agriculture, and energy sectors.


“Provision of credit schemes for PMS-CNG conversion and CNG vehicle hire purchase. Funding for mechanized farming projects across all states, with a commodity board to manage excess produce.


“Intensification of technology use to address security challenges. Adoption of an austere recurrent expenditure budget reflecting the current economic situation. Exclusive use of locally assembled or manufactured vehicles for government officials,” the group noted.

 

Nollywood actress Efe Irele reportedly married Nigerian politician Akin Alabi as his second wife.

It was rumored that Akin Alabi bought Efe Irele a house and cars while they were dating.

Despite no official statement from Efe Irele, fans have noticed her wearing a diamond wedding band.


The news emerged through a report by blogger Cutie, which stated that the couple had been in a relationship before formalizing their union.

According to the report, Alabi, the founder of Naira Bet, bought Irele a house and cars during their courtship.


Even though the actress has not made any official announcement, her fans have observed her wearing a diamond wedding ring on her ring finger, triggering assumptions about a possible marriage.

The gossip blog claimed that Akin Alabi recently sold his shares in his betting company and made more billions, making Irele a wealthy second wife.


While the actress has not made a direct statement regarding her marital status, her social media posts feature her proudly showing off the diamond wedding band, hinting that the speculations may hold some truth.


Netizens have reacted positively to the news, congratulating and wishing the actress well on her alleged nuptials.


Some individuals have pointed out that the understated manner in which the wedding took place and the absence of any public confirmation from the actress could be linked to an agreement with her supposed first spouse, while others have commended Irele for embracing her personal life and keeping it private.


The actress has been spotted wearing different diamond wedding rings, which some believe indicates that she is married and has been keeping it private.


Her social media posts show her living a luxurious lifestyle, which some attribute to her marriage to the wealthy politician.

Finidi George has explained why he decided to step down as the head coach of the Super Eagles.


The 53-year-old turned in his resignation to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Saturday.


This comes days after the NFF issued a statement revealing they are planning to bring in a foreign technical adviser to work alongside Finidi.


In a video posted on social media hours later, a former media officer of the Eagles, Colin Udoh, confirmed he had spoken to Finidi after his decision.


“Finidi confirmed to me that he resigned his position indeed,” Udoh said.


“The reason being that he met with the NFF on Thursday and they had a very good conversation.


“They spoke about the things they need to do going forward and he (Finidi) asked if he will be back.


“At no point during that meeting did anyone tell him they were going to appoint a foreign technical adviser.


“The NFF board had met on Wednesday and made that decision. But it was when Findi landed in Port Harcourt after that meeting that someone called him and informed him. He (Finidi) had to park his car and read the link to see that it actually was true.


“So he waited for two days to see if anyone would contact him but nobody spoke to him. So he (Finidi) felt they didn’t want him anymore and so he decided to turn in his resignation.”

The MD/CEO Skyewise Group, Dr. Elvis Abuyere has congratulated the National Coordinator of Tinubu Support Organization (TSO), Aminu Suleiman on his appointment by the President as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Federal College of Education, Keana in Nasarawa State. 

President Bola Tinubu had in a statement on Friday approved the reconstitution of Governing Councils and Boards of federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

He noted that approval was given for the effective management of Nigerian tertiary institutions across the country.

In a congratulatory message on Saturday, Dr. Abuyere said President Tinubu’s decision to appoint Suleiman to chair the Governing Council of the Federal College of Education, Keana is a round peg in a round hole, expressing confidence that he will carry out the mandate of his office with utmost efficiency. 

According to Dr. Abuyere, Suleiman is a dexterous administrator who has for several years been at the forefront in galvanizing the potentials of human and material resources. 

He therefore expressed confidence that the federal college will witness an accelerated turnaround and the students and staff better for it as a result of new steam of life that will be brought on board by Mr. Suleiman. 

Dr. Abuyere therefore urged the college community to offer the new Governing Board the needed cooperation and support to carry out its functions for effective academic and administrative businesses.