Aso Rock staff, civil servants celebrate Xmas, New Year without December pay

A staff said this was the first time it had ever happened in the villa.

Top civil servants working at the State House, Aso Rock, Abuja had a bleak yuletide with members of their families, as they spent Christmas and the New Year without the payment of their December salary.

One of the affected staff  said this was the first time in several years that any administration in the country would fail to pay the staff working directly under the President their salary before Christmas and the New Year.

The staff, who pleaded that his identity be protected for fear of being victimised by the authorities, said in the past, workers in the Villa were not only sure of their salary, but also other goodies as well, especially from the President. Continue reading

Nigeria spends $10b annually on infrastructure

NigeriaNigeria currently spends N1.6trillion ($10b) on infrastructure per annum, Minister and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission of the Presidency, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman has said.

Presenting the Draft National Intergrated Infrastructure Master Plan at a validation workshop for the masterplan in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, Usman said N480 trillion ($2.9trillion) is required to close Nigeria’s infrastructural gap over the next 30 years.

Usman who spoke through the Director of Infrastructure in the commission, Olugbenga Adigu, said in the short term, transport and energy should be prioritised as asset classes with the largest immediate economic benefit.

Nigeria, he said should be able to export electricity to other Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries by 2043 among other sectorial goals, he projected.

Secretary of the Commission, Mr Fidelis Ugbo, said in view of the country’s huge infrastructure gap which has slowed down development it became imperative for the Federal Government to respond by initiating the process for the development of the masterplan.

He said the masterplan is a 30-year plan for accelerating infrastructure development in Nigeria.

NIGERIA: 18 SOLDIERS ON TRIAL FOR AIDING BOKO HARAM

SoldiersEighteen soldiers, including a lieutenant, on Monday appeared before a General Court Martial in Jos, Plateau State for aiding members of the fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, and other insurgent groups in their activities.

The soldiers are members of the Joint Task Force code named Operation Restore Order in Borno State and the SpecialTask Force also known as Operation Safe Heaven in Plateau State.

The JTF and STF were deployed in the two states following the menace of insurgent groups in the country. While the JTF is also battling with Boko Haram members in Adamawa, and Yobe states, the STF has been grasping with Fulani herdsmen who, in the past 10 years had taken Plateau State by the jugular. Continue reading

Visa bond, an insult to Nigeria -Oba Akiolu

The Lagos traditional ruler,  Oba  Rilwan Akiolu,  has condemned the proposed  £3000 visa  application bond by the  government on Nigeria and some other nations.

Oba Akiolu  described  the proposed visa application bond as “ an insult to Nigeria” and urged the British government to reconsider  the proposed ban.

The traditional ruler made the remarks on Monday, in Lagos, during a five- day  workshop on “Corporate Fraud :Insider Abuse in the Financial Sector  and the Implication on a Growing Economy,” organised by the Special Fraud Unit, in collaboration with the City of London Police in Lagos.

Oba Akiolu said “it is unacceptable to us as a nation, we will not take it. It is a big insult on us for British to demand 3000 pounds before we can go to London. We are not criminals.” Continue reading

Oil discovered in Lagos

Lagos-OilLAGOS—Nigeria’s commercial capital, LAGOS, is on the verge of joining the country’s oil-producing states with the discovery of crude oil in commercial quantities in the coastal state.

Yesterday, Afren Plc and its partner, Lekoil Limited, announced significant oil discovery offshore Dahomey Basin in Lagos, according to the London Stock Exchange.

n separate announcements, the partners said they discovered a significant light oil accumulation based on the results of drilling and wire line logs from a high impact Ogo-1 well, located on the Oil Prospecting Licence, OPL 310 offshore Nigeria.

Afren is optimistic that the discovery is likely to be significantly higher than the anticipated 78 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), which encourages search to further high potential zones. Continue reading

How I swindled American women of $48,000 – Student

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CYBER CRIME SUSPECTS: Chibuzor Akobundu (Devon Miles, Martin Williams and Sani Bala Ismaila1st left), and other alleged accomplices.

A final year student of Imo State University, Chibuzor Akobundu, has been arrested by operatives of Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, for allegedly swindling foreign women to the tune of $48,000 through a dating website:

He spoke with journalists yesterday, while being paraded alongside two staff of a second generation bank, who allegedly facilitated the withdrawal of money via Western Union Money Transfer. Continue reading

Police inspector feared dead as gunmen attack Kumo, Gombe

Boko Haram is suspected

Residents heard sporadic gunshots all night.

Reports from Kumo Town in Gombe State say gunmen attacked a police station and a police patrol team on Tuesday night.

The Hausa service of the BBC, Wednesday morning, reported that although the details are still sketchy, a police inspector may have been killed.

It also quoted residents as saying sporadic gunshots were heard for the most part of the night.

Details later…