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Nigeria Might Soon Exit Second Wave of Coronavirus – Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie
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Nigeria Might Soon Exit Second Wave of Coronavirus – Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie

The Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie has said that Nigeria might soon exit the second wave of the Coronavirus disease. Osagie who spoke at a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday February 22, said the country has been recording a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases. The Minister also disclosed that the decreased positivity rate from sustained testing in states, is synonymous with global trends. He said; “This trend in reduction compares with global observations of seeming decline in COVID-19 cases, signifying that the second wave may be receding. “On 21st of February 2021, 521 new infections and 8 deaths occurred in 20 states. The sustained testing in states has decreased positively rate. “We are, however, not drawing conclusions yet and ce...
El Chapo’s Wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro Arrested for Drug Trafficking
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El Chapo’s Wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro Arrested for Drug Trafficking

The wife of notorious Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera has been on drug trafficking charges. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was taken into custody on Monday, February 22, at Dulles International Airport. She is scheduled to make her appearance in federal court soon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia via video conference. Aispuro is charged in a one count criminal complaint with a conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, five kilograms or more of cocaine, 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, and 500 grams or more of methamphetamines for unlawful importation into the U.S., the Department of Justice said in a news release. She also allegedly helped Guzman Loera escape from a Mexican prison in 2015, the department said. Af...
NDLEA Nabs Suspected Drug Baron in Lagos after 10 Years on the Run
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NDLEA Nabs Suspected Drug Baron in Lagos after 10 Years on the Run

The Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Unit of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested a suspected drug baron, Chidi Olife, who has been on the run since 2010. The NDLEA spokesman, Jonah Achema, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday February 20, said the suspect had escaped arrest for unlawful importation of 5.250kg of heroin concealed in books from Karachi, Pakistan to Lagos, in June 2010. Achema said following intelligence on the drug source, flight details, date and place of arrival, weight and mode of concealment, name, phone number and address of the recipient of the consignment, a planned controlled delivery operation was coordinated and led by the Commander NDLEA’s Joint Task Force, DCN Adeniyi Olumuyiwa. "The careful execution of the operati...
We’re Ready To Resume Petrol Importation – Marketers
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We’re Ready To Resume Petrol Importation – Marketers

Oil marketers have said they are ready to resume importation of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) if foreign exchange is made available to them at a competitive rate The Chairman, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr Adetunji Oyebanji, while speaking at a virtual press briefing on Thursday, said the country should move beyond the debate on the arguments for the removal of petrol price subsidies. “The discussion we should be having today is how best to maximise the benefits of the removal of price controls and subsidies while minimising the adverse effects of this action on our citizens,” he said. He said as promised by the government, a visible and measured reduction in the cost of governance throughout the polity would bring about savings that can be directed toward imp...
Petrol Price May Hit N190
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Petrol Price May Hit N190

There are speculations of petrol price hitting N190 amid concerns over the non-implementation of the full deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector. Top officials of two major marketers’ associations who spoke to Punch, said the continued increase in oil prices had brought back petrol subsidy as the pump price of petrol should be between N185 and N200 per litre to reflect the further rise in crude oil prices. Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr Clement Isong who faulted the continous sale of fuel at N160 and N165 per litre in many filling stations in Lagos, said it meant somebody is bearing the cost of subsidy which the country cannot afford at this time. Isong said; “Members of my association are operating in Nige...
Ban Tomato Importation – Dangote Tomato MD Tells FG
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Ban Tomato Importation – Dangote Tomato MD Tells FG

The Managing Director of Dangote Tomato Processing plant in Kadawa, Kano State, Abdulkarim Kaita has on Thursday called on the Federal government to ban importation of tomato paste like it ban rice importation into the country. This was as he decried importation of tomato paste which he said was still thriving as the commodity was being imported from Cameroon and Cotonour in Benin Republic. Kaita made the call while flagging off the distribution of tomato seedlings to 5,000 farmers under the Anchor Borrower of Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday at Kadawa village in Kura LGA of the state. The MD also dropped hint that plans are underway by the company to ensure that Nigeria is self sufficient and positioned to export tomato by establishing the biggest greenhouse in Africa whic...
Buhari Will End Nigeria’s Fuel Importation – Sylva
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Buhari Will End Nigeria’s Fuel Importation – Sylva

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) is committed to putting an end to the importation of refined petroleum products into Nigeria, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has said. Sylva said the government was working to reverse Nigeria’s status as a net importer of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, and as such had been supporting the establishment of modular refineries to boost indigenous PMS production. The minister stated this after inspecting the Azikel Hydro-Skimming Refinery, the first hydro-skimming private modular refinery being built by businessman, Azibapu Eruani in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The refinery, which is about 75 per cent completed, has the capacity to process 12,000 barrels of crude per day. In a...
CBN Bans Forex for Maize Importation
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CBN Bans Forex for Maize Importation

Banks have been directed to stop processing Forms M for the importation of maize with immediate effect. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who made the order on Monday July 13, said the decision to ban forex for maize importation was made to increase local production, stimulate a rapid economic recovery, safeguard rural livelihoods. The apex bank further stated that the decision will would increase jobs which have been lost as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The statement partly read; “Authorised dealers are hereby directed to discontinue the processing of Forms M for the importation of maize/corn with immediate effect. “Accordingly, all authorised dealers are hereby requested to submit the list of Forms M already registered for the importation of maize/corn on...
No More Business with Anyone Outside Bauchi state – Gov Bala Mohammed Tells Residents
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No More Business with Anyone Outside Bauchi state – Gov Bala Mohammed Tells Residents

Governor Mohammed Bala has asked residents of Bauchi state to stop conducting business with people outside the state, as a precautionary measure against the spread of Coronavirus. The Bauchi state Governor gave the directive during a meeting with caretaker committee chairmen of the twenty local government areas at the state capital. Governor Bala also asked the caretaker committee chairmen to ensure total compliance, block borders around their domains, sensitise people at the grassroot to desist from any form of activities with anyone outside the state and also to produce face masks for onward distribution to their people to curb the spread of Coronavirus. In a statement released by special assistant on new media to the Governor, Lawal Muazu Bauchi, it was gathered that the de...
Governor Nyesom Wike Places Port Harcourt on Total Lockdown
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Governor Nyesom Wike Places Port Harcourt on Total Lockdown

In a bid to stop the importation of the novel Coronavirus to the state, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that any oil worker who intends to come into the state for work, must present his or her COVID-19 test result before they will be allowed access into the state. River state currently has 14 confirmed cases of COVID19. He gave the order during a state wide broadcast today May 4. ''In the last few days, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has diagnosed several positive cases of COVID-19 infections in the State, some of whom were persons flown into the State by Oil and Gas Companies for their operations. The latest of these positive cases was the 14th case who was flown in to Port Harcourt as recent as Wednesday the 29th of April 2020 by Bristow Helicopters...
Mozambique Bans Importation Of Chicken
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Mozambique Bans Importation Of Chicken

The Mozambican agriculture authorities have suspended the importation of chickens from SuperDrob a polish supplier after being reported by the European Food Security Authority about the possible presence of salmonella in their frozen chickens. According food science, Salmonella breeds diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fever. it is said that the symptoms appears 12 to 36 hours after consumption and causes death without treatment. Mozambique’s ministry of agriculture has announced in an official statement saying; “The importation of chickens and their derivatives from Poland is temporarily banned. The agriculture ministry warns that the ban does not cover products that are already being transported to Mozambique.” The ministry stressed that chickens that are already in ...
COVID-19: Despite zero-case, Yobe enforces lockdown in LGAs bordering Niger Republic, other states
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COVID-19: Despite zero-case, Yobe enforces lockdown in LGAs bordering Niger Republic, other states

The Yobe State COVID-19 Subcommittee on Security, Lockdown and Enforcement has taken its monitoring and evaluation campaign to communities bordering Niger Republic with a view to assessing strict adherence to the lockdown order. Gaidam, Yunusari, Yusufari and Nguru Local Government Areas located at the northernmost part of the state were visited by the subcommittee. Brig. Gen. Abdulsalam Dahiru (rtd), while briefing security operatives and the local government officials, emphasised on the need for them to work in harmony for strict compliance with the lockdown order. He said the idea was to contain trans-border importation of the dreaded COVID-19 as Niger Republic currently grappling with the virus. He also restated that only trucks conveying food items, medical supplies, build...
COVID-19: Community Transmission Increasing In Lagos: Health Commissioner
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COVID-19: Community Transmission Increasing In Lagos: Health Commissioner

The health commissioner stated this while giving an update on COVID-19 in Lagos on Monday afternoon, adding that the state has seen an increase from one to four cases in AlimoshoAbayomi also gave an update of the call lines and how many calls have led to a red flag.He said, “80 per cent of the calls we receive are hoaxes. People call in with aggressive language. They block our call centre lines and make it difficult for the people that truly need help to get through.“11 per cent of the calls we receive are welcome – they are asking for information. Only 9 per cent of the calls are actually valid calls. But only four per cent of the valid calls have resulted in a red flag, Prof. Abayomi added. He revealed also that a lot of people from Eti-Osa have been tested “but we are becoming more c...
Coronavirus: Borno State Government Bans Visits to IDP Camps
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Coronavirus: Borno State Government Bans Visits to IDP Camps

As the world battles the Coronavirus pandemic, the Borno State government has banned visitors to all Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps across the state. The 4-week ban was announced by Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo. According to her, the state took the decision as one of the strategies to prevent importation of the virus at the camps, adding that the measure became necessary as some of the neighbouring countries like Chad Republic and Cameroon have recorded suspected cases. Kolo explained that despite closure of the borders by the neighbouring countries, there was still influx of IDPs into the state. The Borno SEMA Boss directed all camp managers from Gamboru-Ngala, Damasak, Kalabalge, Banki, Bama and Monguno not to accept ...
Coronavirus: No Plans to Shut Down Schools, Places of Worship in Edo- Governor Godwin Obaseki
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Coronavirus: No Plans to Shut Down Schools, Places of Worship in Edo- Governor Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state government has said that there is no plan to shut down schools and places of worship in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Stare Governor  Obaseki made this known when he received religious leaders from the state in his office on Friday March 20th. He said there is no need for anyone in the state to panic as his government has taken appropriate measures to prevent the importation of the virus into the state. He however added that his government has put up measures to deal with the spread of the virus if it eventually finds its way to the state. ''There is no plan to shut down places of worship except it becomes absolutely necessary. However, we would want to appeal that for the sake of your congregation, we should look at how to keep people from being too clos...
Artiste, Adekunle Gold makes mockery of the Nigerian government over the ban of generators
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Artiste, Adekunle Gold makes mockery of the Nigerian government over the ban of generators

Nigerian artiste, Adekunle Gold has made mockery of the Nigerian government over the case of banning generators importation. On his Twitter handle, the artiste questioned the government why they couldn’t provide electricity 24/7 and still want to ban generators Furthermore, he stated: “A government that can’t provide constant electricity thinks it’s genius to ban generators nationwide.”
Nigerian Senator Introduces Bill To Ban Importation Of Generators
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Nigerian Senator Introduces Bill To Ban Importation Of Generators

The senator representing Niger South, Bima Enagi, has introduced a bill that seeks to ban the importation of generators in Nigeria. The bill, titled “a bill for an Act to prohibit/ban the importation of generating sets to curb the menace of environmental (air) pollution and to facilitate the development of the power sector,” was one of the six bills read for the first time on Wednesday. The bill prescribes, at least, ten years imprisonment for any person who knowingly sells generator sets. Other details of the bill obtained by WotzupNG shows that the ban shall not include generator sets used for essential services which include: * Medical purposes (hospitals and nursing homes and healthcare facilities). * Airports. * Railway stations/services. * Elevators (lifts). ...
CBN Restricts Milk Importation To Six Companies
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CBN Restricts Milk Importation To Six Companies

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has added milk and dairy products to the list of items not eligible for forex. However, the bank exempted six companies from the restriction. “As part of efforts to increase local production of milk, its derivatives and dairy products, the Central Bank of Nigeria has engaged with some companies in the industry who have keyed into the bank’s backward integration program to enhance their capacity and improve local milk production,” a notice published on the bank’s website on Tuesday read. “Accordingly, all authorized dealers are to note that all Forms ‘M’ for the importation of milk and its derivatives shall only be allowed for the following companies: 1. Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria 2. Chi Limited 3. TG Arla Dairy Products Limited 4. Proma...
Lassa fever now in 27 states – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire
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Lassa fever now in 27 states – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Thursday February 6 announced that the Lassa Fever epidemic has been confirmed in 27 states of the federation. Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day seminar for 36 State Health Commissioners’ organised by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum in Abuja, the Minister disclosed that the Lassa Fever epidemic has also claimed the lives of two doctors. Ehanire also revealed that the Nigerian government is working with a German research firm to develop a vaccine for the virus, as pointed out that government cannot curb the spread of the disease alone. He said; ”I thank you all at this point for commendation the federal ministry of health has received in its efforts to contain the outbreak of Lassa fever which has moved to about 27 state...
Weaponised Drone Allegedly Intercepted at Lagos Airport
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Weaponised Drone Allegedly Intercepted at Lagos Airport

A man said to be in possession of two highly weaponised drones was reportedly arrested by officials of the Nigerian Army Department of Military Intelligence. The suspicious package which was concealed in cartons, was intercepted on January 28, 2020 at about 5:00pm. Upon being interrogated at the National Air Defense Corps in Ikeja, the suspect allegedly revealed he works with the Kaduna State Government. According to Sahara Reporters, the Commander of NADC, Air commodore U.K Abdullah later received a call from some unknown persons to release the drones and the suspect who was being interrogated, and he did on January 30, 2020. Abdullah also allegedly told military officials under his command to drop further investigation into the case. Kaduna State's Commissioner fo...
Coronavirus: China Slams US after Trump Bans Foreign Nationals who have Travelled to China from Entering the US
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Coronavirus: China Slams US after Trump Bans Foreign Nationals who have Travelled to China from Entering the US

The Chinese government has slammed the US' decision to ban people who have been in China for the last two weeks from travelling into the country from China in order to stop the coronavirus disease from spreading .                          Following the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, which the World Health Organization has labelled a global emergency, as the disease has already killed 259 people in China, infected thousands world wide, with 8 cases already recorded in the US, Trump's administration on Friday decided to ban all flights from China to the country till the disease goes away. On Friday the U.S. declared a public health emergency and President Trump signed an order blocking the entry of foreign nationals who are not the immediate family of American citizens or permanent r...
Stop calling us NEPA, it shows you don’t Want Electricity – Sunday Oduntan
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Stop calling us NEPA, it shows you don’t Want Electricity – Sunday Oduntan

The Spokesperson of the Discos responsible for the distribution of electricity across Nigeria, Sunday Oduntan has asked Nigerians to stop calling them NEPA. Oduntan who appeared on TVC's 'Your View', debunked claims of a 78% increase in electricity tariff as he pointed out that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is the independent regulatory body in charge of regulating the power sector just like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regulates banks. He further revealed that more than 95% of what is used in Nigeria's power sector are imported which is why there is a proposed increase in electricity tariff. Oduntan added that if the exchange rate is okay and there is reduced importation in the electricity sector, there will also be reduced electricity tariff. The...
Nigeria to Bar Imported Ships from 2022
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Nigeria to Bar Imported Ships from 2022

The Federal Government has commenced the process of placing a ban on importation of certain categories of vessels into Nigeria by 2022 as part of efforts to encourage local participation in shipbuilding. The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, who disclosed this to journalists in Lagos, urged Nigerians firms to look into various financing options and go into a joint venture on areas that they are lacking capacity. He said the agency is vigorously pursuing the Cabotage Waiver Cessation Plan, and its currently engaging welders, aluminum and production firms among others to prepare them for their roles in vessel building. He said the agency is currently collaborating with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitorin...
FG To Stop Importation Of Petrol By 2023
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FG To Stop Importation Of Petrol By 2023

The Federal Government has set a 2023 deadline to stop the importation of petrol into the country. Nigeria, an oil-producing country has been heavily dependent on the importation of petroleum products since its four major oil refineries have been under-utilized. According to the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, while signing the Condensate refinery strategy programme Front End Engineering Design, the strategy is expected to deliver 20 million litres of Petrol when it’s completed. Mr Kyari explained that President Muhammadu Buhari is concerned that as an oil-producing country, Nigeria is one of the highest importers of petrol in the world. In 2017, the Federal Government planned to stop the importation of fuel by 2019...
Nigeria Meets Benin, Niger Over Border Closure
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Nigeria Meets Benin, Niger Over Border Closure

Nigeria is locked in a meeting with neighbouring countries over the recent border closure. The Tripartite Committee Meeting by the Foreign Ministers of Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic is to consider the conditions put forward by Nigeria before the land borders can be opened for goods importation. The Federal Government Committee had met fortnight ago setting conditions for reopening of the country’s borders for goods importation from neighbouring countries. Nigeria also insisted that neighbouring countries must respect the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) rules of origin if they must bring goods into the country.
IPOB: DSS electrocuted me, witness alleges in court
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IPOB: DSS electrocuted me, witness alleges in court

Chidiebere Onwudiwe, a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), on Wednesday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja that officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) allegedly electrocuted him while was in their custody. Onwudiwe was testifying as a witness in the trial-within-trial ordered by the court to ascertain the veracity of his claim that DSS officials coerced him to give them a statement. The witness who was led in evidence by his counsel, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor also told the court that he was locked up in an underground cell in a blindfold. “I was brought from Port Harcourt to Abuja in July 2016, blindfolded, chained and kept in a room. ” After some days, they took me to another facility within the DSS premises called New Echo. It was there I met Mr CB who tol...
CBN Bans Sale of Forex to Importers of Textiles
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CBN Bans Sale of Forex to Importers of Textiles

Citing the whopping $4 billion spent annually on importation of textile materials into the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday added all forms of textile materials to the list of items that are not eligible for foreign exchange from the official windows with immediate effect. The apex bank has, however, promised a financial intervention to textile manufacturers with the provision of funds at single digits rate, to refit, retool and upgrade their factories to enable them produce high quality textile materials for the local and export market. Speaking yesterday at a meeting with stakeholders in the textile industry in Abuja, the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said the decision was critical towards reviving the moribund sector and creating jobs for Nigerians. He ...
Buhari Says Nigerians Should Go Back To The Farms
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Buhari Says Nigerians Should Go Back To The Farms

President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigerians should go back to the farms in order to reduce reliance on crude-oil. The President made this known while speaking to supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. According to Vanguard, Buhari also said that he has delivered his campaign promises to the people of Nigeria. ” I was in Kebbi in 2015, during my campaigns and I made three promises: To transform the economy, boost security, as well as fight corruption, head long. “On security , the people of Borno have yesterday confirmed that Boko Haram have been fully decimated. “On agriculture, the last two rainy seasons had recorded bumper harvests, as such , food security is highly guaranteed in the county as we have reduced the...
Nigeria’s Foreign Trade Rises to N9.02tn in Q3
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Nigeria’s Foreign Trade Rises to N9.02tn in Q3

Nigeria’s total external trade increased significantly to N9.02 trillion in the third quarter of the year (Q3, 2018) compared to N6.90 trillion in the preceding quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The increase indicated a rise of N2.12 trillion or 30.7 per cent against Q2 estimates. The total value of export stood at N4.85 trillion, representing an increase of 7.8 per cent over the N4.50 trillion recorded in Q2 and 35.7 per cent over the N3.58 trillion in Q3, 2017. On the other hand, the import component stood at N4.17 trillion in Q3, indicating a 73.8 per cent increase over the N2.40 trillion in the preceding quarter. According to the Foreign Trade Statistics for the third quarter, which was released by the statistical agency Monday, the import p...
Rice Importation In Nigeria To End In 2020
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Rice Importation In Nigeria To End In 2020

Rice importation into Nigeria would end by 2020, the Policy Adviser of the John Kufuor Foundation (JKF), Hon. Abraham Dwuma, has said. He also said that Africa Rice Advocacy Platform (ARAP) under the JKF was also focused to achieve zero importation of rice on the continent. Dwuma told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin that the Africa Rice Advocacy Platform (ARAP) had created a rice value chain to achieve this. ”Two years from now, Nigeria should have no business importing rice because I have travelled the length and breadth of the country and I know the potentials. ”Kebbi State alone can produce all the rice Nigeria needS; talk more of Sokoto and even Kwara. “‘For, example, in Akwa Ibom, they have one of the best lands for rice production. ”When we came to Ni...
Nigeria Imported 5.56bn Litres of Petroleum Products in Q3
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Nigeria Imported 5.56bn Litres of Petroleum Products in Q3

Nigeria’s importation of refined petroleum products rose by  five percent  to 5.56 billion litres in the third quarter of 2018, Q3’18, from   5.3 billion litres recorded in the Q2’18. National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, disclosed this in its report titled: “Petroleum Products Imports and Consumption (Truck Out) Statistics (Q3 2018)”. The report indicated that the country imported  4.37 billion litres of premium motor spirits (PMS), popularly known as Petrol and  873.72 million litres  of automotive gas oil (AGO), or diesel in Q3’18. It also  stated that, 312.71 million litres of household kerosene (HHK) and 212.80 million litres of aviation turbine kerosene (ATK) were imported into the country in Q3’18. A breakdown showed that, September 2018 recorded the highest volumes of petrol im...
Senate Committee Gives NNPC Two Weeks to Account for $1.05bn Fuel Subsidy
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Senate Committee Gives NNPC Two Weeks to Account for $1.05bn Fuel Subsidy

The Senate Ad-hoc Committee investigating the alleged $3.5 billion petroleum subsidy by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has given a two- week ultimatum to the NNPC to account for $1.05billion it reportedly spent on fuel subsidy within the last one year. The Senate had on October 16 set up the ad-hoc committee following allegations by Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujinmi, that NNPC was unilaterally running an illegal $3.5 billion fuel subsidy account without a recourse to the National Assembly. NNPC Managing Director, Mr Maikanti Baru, told the committee at a public hearing Thursday evening that the Corporation spent $1.05billion to defray under recovery cost of Premium Motor Spirit(PMS) from October 2017 to date. Chairman of the 15- man committee and...
Dangote Refinery To Save Nigeria From Dirty Fuels With Euro V Specification
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Dangote Refinery To Save Nigeria From Dirty Fuels With Euro V Specification

Dangote Oil Refinery Company (DORC) says the 650,000 barrels per day refinery has been designed to process a variety of light and medium grades of crude and produce extremely clean fuels that meet Euro V specification. Sulphur in petroleum fuels results in vehicle exhaust emissions that have negative impact on health and environment. Nigeria has continued to remain a home for fuels with very high sulphur contents (dirty fuels), and the presumed ban on such products happens not to be having any effect. Speaking on Promoting Efficiency & Clean Fuels in African Refining and Petrochemicals Market at the Oil Trading and Logistics (OTL) conference in Lagos on Tuesday, Dangote’s Group Executive Director, Devakumar Edwin, said Dangote Refinery is investing in most advanced units to...
”I’m Not bothered About Defections In APC” President Buhari
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”I’m Not bothered About Defections In APC” President Buhari

President Buhari has said he is not bothered about the defections in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He made his feelings known while responding to a question during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Togo at the Nigerian Embassy, Lome, Togo last night. When asked to react to the gale of defection in the National Assembly as well as a seating governor, President Buhari said “I am not bothered about the defections. Ordinary Nigerians have developed confidence in us and are defending us. I assure you, majority of Nigerians back home are appreciative of our efforts.” he said He said that if past governments had utilised even 25 per cent of the huge oil revenue available to them, Nigerians would not be complaining today. He cited the 16 billion dollars r...
Reptiles’ Importation: FG Begins Investigation
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Reptiles’ Importation: FG Begins Investigation

The Nigeria Customs Service on July 26 intercepted three consignments containing 140 species of snakes and 660 other animals in Calabar, Cross River State. The Federal Government says it has commenced investigation to uncover the importers of three consignments containing 140 species of snakes and 660 other animals from Cameroon to Nigeria. The Nigeria Customs Service on July 26 intercepted three consignments containing 140 species of snakes and 660 other animals in Calabar, Cross River State. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, told newsmen in Abuja on Friday that the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service had been directed to commence the investigation immediately. Ogbeh reiterated the need for officials of the NAQS to be stationed at the coun...
Court To Rule On Bails Of Men Accused Of Illegal Guns Importation
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Court To Rule On Bails Of Men Accused Of Illegal Guns Importation

The five men, charged with illegally importing 661 pump-action rifles into the country in a 40-ft container, are to remain in prison as a Federal High Court, Lagos, has fixed July 6 for ruling on their bail applications. The accused are: Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okoye (who is said be at large), and Salihu Danjuma. They were arraigned before Justice Ayokunle Faji on June 14 on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, importation of prohibited firearms, forgery, uttering of forged documents and bribery. They had pleaded not guilty to the charges. But at the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, the Defence team of Mr Yakubu Galadima, Mr Godwin Okaka, Mr Olumide Oyewole and Mr Adamu Ibrahim, applied for bails on behalf of the accused. They u...
Nigeria’s Foreign Investment Inflow Drops To $908m
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Nigeria’s Foreign Investment Inflow Drops To $908m

The Nigerian weak business confidence continued to impede foreign direct investments in the country following the drop in the foreign investment inflow to its second lowest in 10 years. Total Foreign investment recorded in the first quarter of the year stood at $908.27 million, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This, represents a decline of $640.61 million or 41.36 percent when compared to the $1.55 billion recorded in the last quarter of 2016. The decline in investment inflow was attributed to the fall in “other investment” and portfolio investments, mainly equity, which plunged from $176.44 million in the last quarter of 2016 to $101.99 million in the first quarter of 2017. Also, loans declined from $917.01 million to $369.28 million, and bonds which recorded $2...
NNPC Sets To Sign $6 Billion Oil Swaps Deal With Local And International Traders
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NNPC Sets To Sign $6 Billion Oil Swaps Deal With Local And International Traders

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is in the final stage of signing $6 billion deal with local and international traders to exchange about 330,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil for imported petrol and diesel. The deals, which were previously referred to as offshore crude oil processing agreements (OPAs) and crude-for-products exchange arrangements, are now known as Direct Sale-Direct Purchase Agreements (DSDP). The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had said the DSDP was adopted to replace the oil swaps and the offshore processing contracts so as to entrench transparency into the crude oil-for-product transactions and save the country $1 billion. The signing of the deals earlier scheduled to take off by April, it was learn, was delayed for thre...
Couple Drugged, Raped Friend’s Wife, Share On Social Media Over N1.2m Debt
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Couple Drugged, Raped Friend’s Wife, Share On Social Media Over N1.2m Debt

Fresh facts have emerged why a couple, Obinna and Chinyere Arthur, arrested and charged before a Lagos Magistrates’ court for allegedly drugged and raped the husband’s friend’s wife in a hotel and put it on social media. P.M.EXPRESS gathered that 32-year old Obinna, who hails from Ogidi, Anambra State has admitted in his confessional statement to the police that he did so as a revenge over the business transaction between him and the victim’s husband, Kenneth, which later turned sour. According to the father of two kids, he collected the sum of N1.2 million from the victim’s husband and when he was unable to pay, he then planned to blackmail Kenneth by sexually assault his wife so he could forget the money. The victim of the rape and mother of four told P.M.EXPRESS what transpired...
Nigeria Customs Releases Update Of Grace Period For Auto Duty Payment
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Nigeria Customs Releases Update Of Grace Period For Auto Duty Payment

In response to public complaints and suggestions, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has approved the adjustment of points of payment and 60% rebate across the board from 2015 downward to ease the process and encourage all motor dealers in the position of unaccustomed vehicles to come forward and pay duty. 2. While the grace period remains Monday 13th March to Wednesday 12th April, the points of payments with the exception of Lagos and Port Harcourt will now be the nearest Customs Area Command. 3. Motor dealers in Lagos are to pay their duties at Zone ‘A’ Headquarters, No. 1 Harvey Road, Yaba and Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, Ikeja. While in Port Harcourt, auto duty payment will be at Zone ‘C’ Headquarters, Nigeria Ports Authority. 4. In the sam...
Customs Hands Over 661 Seized Pump Action Rifles To DSS
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Customs Hands Over 661 Seized Pump Action Rifles To DSS

The Nigeria Customs Service has handed over the 661 pump action rifles seized on Sunday 22rd January 2017 by the Roving Team of the Federal Operations Unit Zone A Ikeja to the Department of State Security for further investigation. 2. You will recall that the rifles were laden in a Mack truck with registration number BDG 265 XG conveying a 1x40ft Container with Number: PONU/825914/3 before it was intercepted along Mile 2 Apapa road, Lagos. 3.The truck was immediately taken to the premises of FOU Zone A, Ikeja where Physical examination revealed 49 boxes containing a total number of 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steal doors and other merchandize goods 4. The interception of these arms is a clear indication of how committed and dedicated the Servi...
Court Dismisses Six Count Charges Against Nnamdi Kanu, Orders Re-Arraignment
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Court Dismisses Six Count Charges Against Nnamdi Kanu, Orders Re-Arraignment

Justice Binta Nyako dismissed the counts for lack of proof of evidence. The charges dismissed include charges three, five, seven, nine and eleven. Specifically in count eleven she said claims by the prosecution that the defendants are researching how to make improvised explosive devices cannot hold waters, because there is no proof that they were doing it. On count five which bothers on belonging to an illegal organization, Justice Nyako also ruled that nothing was placed before the court to indicate that it is an illegal organisation. On count seven which bothers on importation of radio transmission equipment ,Justice Nyako also says that the prosecution did not furnish the court with any proof to suggest that the importation was illegal She however retained five other co...
Buhari Bans Importation Of Vehicles Through Land Borders, Nigerians React
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Buhari Bans Importation Of Vehicles Through Land Borders, Nigerians React

1. Importation of vehicles into Nigeria through the land Borders have been banned by the Federal Government. The prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles. 2. The Ban is sequel to a Presidential Directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria Sea Ports only. The order takes effect from 1st January 2017. 3. The restriction on importation of vehicles follows that of Rice, whose imports have been banned through the land Borders since April 2016. 4. Importers of vehicles through the land borders are requested to utilize the grace period up till 31st December 2016 to clear their vehicle imports landed in neighbouring Ports. Signed Wale Adeniyi Public Relations Officer For: Comptroller-General of Customs
Killer Tomato Paste Imported Into Nigeria!
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Killer Tomato Paste Imported Into Nigeria!

The House of Reps has alerted Nigerians on the alleged existence of cancer-causing tomato pastes imported into Nigeria by unscrupulous people, with a promised to unmask those behind the dastardly act. The House has therefore mandated its Committee on Health Services, Drug and Narcotics to investigate the alleged importation of the said fake, substandard and cancerous products into the country with a view to identifying them, their importers as well as promoters and distributors. It is alleged that they've circulated the nation's market with the products at cheap prices. The resolution followed the adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance moved on the floor of the House on Wednesday by Hon Ossai Nicholas Ossai. Hon Osai while referring to a publication in a natio...