Nigeria rises to 60th in new Fifa ranking, now 11th in Africa
Argentina remains No 1, while Germany, Brazil and Belgium occupy the second, third and fourth position respectively.
Government official kidnapped in Sokoto State
Engr. Mai-Doki is also the Project Manager Bakalori Irrigation Scheme of the Rima River Basin Development Authority. All efforts made towards establishing contact with his abductors has proved abortive.
Gov Fayose inaugurates Ekiti grazing enforcement marshalls
Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, today inaugurated the Ekiti state grazing enforcement marshalls.
The inauguration took place at the state government house in Ado-Ekiti. The Marshalls are charged with the responsibility of managing the activities of herdsmen in the state.
GEJ attends 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Development in Africa
Former President Goodluck Jonathan who is currently in South Africa, today attended the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Development in Africa.
“Ten (10) other officers were retired from Service, while the appointment of one (1) was terminated. Four (4) officers were given written warnings to be of better conduct while another 4 officers who were investigated and tried for some offences were exonerated.
Four (4) of the officers who got the hammer were of the rank of Deputy-Comptroller of Customs, while five (5) were Assistant-Comptroller. Others were seven (7) Chief Superintendents of Customs and four (4) Superintendents, among others. “Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd) had made it clear upon his assumption of duties that the Service will not compromise on Corruption and Indiscipline among the officers corps. In line with this, the structure and process for investigation of offences was strengthened to handle cases reported promptly and professionally.
“We will give all officers fair hearing in line with the principle of natural justice. We will however insist that sanctions be punitive, not only to match the offence committed, but to serve as deterrent to others”, the CGC remarked at Management meeting convened to consider the report of the Disciplinary Committee that investigated the cases.
Man beaten to death for urinating near Church
Finally, Justice Rita Ajumogobia submits to EFCC
I was nominated as VP by ‘somebody somewhere’ – Osinbajo
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday night cleverly avoided to be dragged into the raging controversy over who nominated him to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2015 presidential election.
Although he confirmed that “somebody somewhere” must nominate one before occupying a position, Osinbajo refrained from disclosing who nominated him.
Controversy broke out recently when the author of Buhari’s biography, “Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria”, Prof. John Paden, claimed in the book that the President chose Osinbajo as his running mate despite the alleged opposition of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Despite the general belief that Tinubu was instrumental to the emergence of Osinbajo who served as his Attorney-General when he (Tinubu) was the governor of Lagos State, the author claimed that the names of Tinubu; the then Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; and Osinbajo were forwarded to Buhari for him to pick a running mate shortly after he emerged the party’s candidate at its convention in Lagos.
The author claimed that Buhari chose Osinbajo above others despite enormous pressure from Tinubu to do otherwise.
Tinubu’s loyalists have since faulted the account of the author, saying he (Tinubu) nominated the Vice-President.
Speaking at a dinner organised for former Niger Delta agitators at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo made a veiled reference to the controversy when he admitted that he was nominated by “somebody somewhere.”
He said, “I was in a group of young men and women and one of them asked the question how did I become Vice President?
“I was never a politician or anything like that. So I tried to explain it is quite simple that someone somewhere has to recommend you.
“Somebody somewhere has to give you a helping hand, whether to be a Vice President or to be an aircraft pilot or to be an engineer, somebody somewhere has to give you an opportunity.
“I think that all of you that are here today are the beneficiaries of the opportunities that you have somehow received. And this is why this event is so important. I think that it is one way we have to remind ourselves that we are bound as individuals to give opportunities to everyone.”
Osinbajo said all Nigerians, including the future generation, will remain losers once Niger Delta militants continue attacking oil and gas installations in the region.
President Buhari forwards names of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees to the senate for screening, confirmation
President Buhari today forwarded names of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees to the senate. Among those that made the list are Musa Ibeto former deputy governor of Niger state, Pauline Tallen, former deputy governor of Plateau state, Olorunnimbe Mamora, a former senator from Lagos state, and George Oguntade, a former justice of the Supreme Court.