• British Airways woos Nigerian customers, read what you now stand to enjoy from the airline

    02/Aug/2016 // 974 Viewers


    British Airways has commenced an instant rewards scheme for customers in Nigeria, with all travelers who are non-members of the airline’s Executive Club loyalty programme receiving frequent flier miles upon check-in.

    Speaking on the initiative which began last week at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, the Regional Commercial Manager, West Africa, at BA, Mr Kola Olayinka, observed that customer details would now be automatically registered for BA Avios, whether or not the customer is a member of the Executive Club.

    “It would be superfluous to say at this point that Nigeria is experiencing challenging economic times. As an active corporate citizen that cherishes its customers, we will keep doing all we can to help,” Olayinka commented.
    He said :” With the new rewards program, customers will earn miles instantly for every trip. Needless to say, they will earn more miles as they fly, so they can keep a bank of their Avios miles for their children to use as they go to and from school or save them up for a flight to a holiday destination,” he added.

    “Although the Instant Avios scheme was initiated just one week ago, the program is receiving a lot of positive feedback.”

    According to Mrs Titilayomi Ayode, a first time BA customer who checked in with her two children for a flight to the United Kingdom, the airline’s thoughtfulness is commendable.

    ‘This is such a great idea. Airline tickets have become so expensive, now that the dollar is exchanging for over N340. Every little sum saved would be a great help, so the instant miles scheme could not have come at a better time” Ayode remarked.

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  • Don't shut down plants or leave Nigeria, economy becoming better - FG begs manufacturers

    02/Aug/2016 // 1722 Viewers


    Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, says the economy is on the path of recovery and was not really sliding deeper into a recession as feared by some stakeholders and investors.

    Onu, who spoke while on a tour of  Erisco Foods Limited in Lagos yesterday, also appealed to local manufacturers to stay optimistic and not shut down existing manufacturing plants owing to the numerous challenges plaguing their businesses, especially access to foreign exchange and electricity.

    The Minister who spoke in response to calls by the Agricultural Products and Equipment Manufacturers Association for the government to make forex available to them to import spares and raw materials or they would shut down and lay off staff, said there were ongoing efforts by the government to address some of the challenges facing local manufacturers and therefore called for patience and understanding from local investors.

    He noted that the civil service was regulated by a structure that tended to slow down so many positive policy approvals by government  as opposed to what was obtainable in the private sector.

    Onu said good days would soon come for manufacturers as ongoing government economic recovery efforts are targeted more at creating an economy that would be resilient to commodity price shocks particularly from the crude oil and natural gas sectors.

    He said as at May 2015 when the present government came on board, there were signs that the economy was plunging into a crisis as prices of crude oil kept crashing at the international market. He, however,  dismissed those who were cynical of the ongoing efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government  to salvage the economy insisting that there was a lot of determination and hard work on the part of government and its economic team towards the  diversification of the economy and that the dividend would soon be enjoyed by citizens.

    “I want to assure Nigerians that we are determined to change the economy for better. The journey has started and we believe we will get there,” Onu said.

    “President Buhari is so committed to our economic recovery efforts and we will work to get there very soon. We are working to build an economy that won’t rely on crude oil and gas alone because we have seen what can happen whenever there is a crash in commodity prices.

    “But if we diversify, and this takes some time, we can build an economy on the other sectors that we can always fall back on. That’s why we are encouraging our farmers and also encouraging manufacturers not to close down so that we can create jobs and feed our citizens. And there is no how we can achieve food security if we can’t produce locally. So we are supporting local firms. We have to start looking inward as a nation. We need to start patronising locally made goods and foods. Manufacturers also have to be patient with us,” he added.


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  • B-U-S-T-E-D! Read how INTERPOL, EFCC arrested Nigeria's most wanted scammer in joint operation

    02/Aug/2016 // 1363 Viewers


    With the arrest of the suspected head of an international criminal network behind thousands of online frauds in a joint operation with the INTERPOL, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) said yesterday that it had recorded a major breakthrough.

    According to EFCC, a 40-year-old Nigerian national, known as ‘Mike’, is believed to be behind scams totaling more than USD 60 million involving hundreds of victims worldwide.

    In one case for instance, EFCC said a target was conned into paying out USD 15.4 million.

    “The network compromised e-mail accounts of small and  medium businesses around the world, including in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the US. The financial victims were mainly other companies dealing with these compromised accounts.

    “Heading a network of at least 40 individuals across Nigeria, Malaysia and South Africa which  provided malware and carried out the frauds, the alleged mastermind also had money laundering contacts in China, Europe and the US who provided bank account details for the illicit cash flow,” EFFC said

    Following his arrest in Port Harcourt, EFCC in a statement by Wilson Uwujaren noted that a forensic examination of devices seized by investigators showed that he had been involved in a range of criminal activities including Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) and romance scams.
    The main two types of scam run by the suspect targeted businesses were payment diversion fraud, where a supplier’s e-mail would be compromised and fake messages would then be sent to the buyer with instructions for payment to a bank account under the criminal’s control – and ‘CEO fraud’.

    In CEO fraud, the e-mail account of a high-level executive is compromised and a request for a wire transfer is sent to another employee who has been identified as responsible for handling these requests. The money is then paid into a designated bank account held by the criminal.

    ‘Mike’ first came onto the law enforcement radar through a report to INTERPOL by Trend Micro, one of its strategic partners at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore.

    This, combined with actionable analysis and intelligence from Fortinet Fortiguard Labs in 2015, enabled specialists at the INTERPOL Digital Crime Centre, including experts from Cyber Defense Institute base at the IGCI, and the EFCC to locate the suspect in Nigeria, resulting in his arrest in June.

    Abdul Chukkol, Head of the EFCC’s Cybercrime Section said the transnational nature of business e-mail compromise makes it complex to crack, but the arrest sent a clear signal that Nigeria could not be considered a safe haven for criminals.

    “For a long time we have said in order to be effective, the fight against cybercrime must rely on public-private partnerships and international cooperation,” said  Chukkol.

    “The success of this operation is the result of close cooperation between INTERPOL and the EFCC, whose understanding of the Nigerian environment made it possible to disrupt the criminal organisation’s network traversing many countries, targeting individuals and companies,” said Chukkol.

    Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of the IGCI warned that BEC poses a significant and growing threat, with tens of thousands of companies victimised in recent years.

    “The public,  especially businesses, need to be alert to this type of cyber-enabled fraud,” said Mr Nakatani.

    “Basic security protocols such as two-factor authentication and verification by other means before making a money transfer are essential to reduce the risk of falling victim to these scams.

    “It is exactly through this type of public and private sector cooperation that INTERPOL will continue to help member countries in bringing cybercriminals to justice no matter where they are,” he said.
    The suspect, along with a 38-year-old  man arrested by Nigerian authorities, faces charges, including hacking, conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.

    Both are currently on administrative bail as the investigation continues. - THE SUN

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  • Fmr. President Jonathan's image continues towering as AU assigns him another int. mission

    02/Aug/2016 // 4600 Viewers


    PARIS, AUGUST 2, 2016: (DGW) Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been been given a new assignment by the African Union.

    He has been appointed to lead yet again the African Union Elections Observation Mission, AUEOM, to the Zambian general elections scheduled take place on October 11, 2016.

    A statement posted on AU’s website yesterday stated that Jonathan would be leading members of the short term mission to join the continental body’s deployment of long term election experts who are already on ground in Zambia, adding that the chairperson of African Union Commission, AUC, approved it.

    The statement read, “The Chairperson of the AUC has approved the deployment of African Union Elections Observation Mission, AUEOM, to the General Elections scheduled to place in the Republic of Zambia on October 11, 2016.

    “The deployment of the AUEOM will take place in two phases. The first phase comprise the deployment of long term election experts and took place from July 14 to August 22, 2016 and it is made up of 10 observers.

    “For the first time, the AU long term experts include election/ legal political/media/campaign analysts.

    “The objective is ensure that the AUEOM approaches its work with added professionalism and factual analysis of the legal, political, electoral, media and campaign aspects of the electoral process in Zambia.
    “At the second phase of the Mission, the long term experts will to be joined by Short Term observers from the August 1 to 15, 2016.
    “The Short Term Mission will be headed by Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    “The AUEOM draws its mandate from various African Union instruments, most importantly: (a) the AU Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions, 2002; (b) the OUA/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, 2002; African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, 1981, and (c) African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, 200), among others.

    “The objectives of the Mission is (a) to provide an accurate and impartial reporting or assessment of the quality of the 25th October General Elections in the United Republic of Tanzania, including the degree to which the conduct of the elections meets regional, continental and international standards for democratic elections; (b) to offer recommendations for improvement of future elections based on the findings; and, and (c) to demonstrate AU’s interest to support Tanzania’s elections and democratisation process to ensure that the conduct of genuine elections contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability in Tanzania in particular and the East African sub-region in general.”

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  • Reccession: Amid failue at every turn, read what Buhari's economic team has resolved to do

    02/Aug/2016 // 910 Viewers


    The present administration’s Economic Management Team on Tuesday held what it called a consultative forum with a team of economic and financial experts across the country.

    The meeting was meant to enable the team which consists of government officials only to engage experts on how to address the challenges facing the country’s economy which is currently in recession.

    At the meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, suggestions on how best to reflate the economy, bring it out of recession and promptly restore growth were part of the agenda.
    According to a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President was said to have at the closed door session expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to continuously consider and adopt policies that would boost business, increase employment and provide succour to the poor and disadvantaged.

    “We will continue to engage with experts and other stakeholders so we can measure progress of the economic policies that have been put in place.

    “The challenges are many but the opportunities are much greater.

    “We are clearly on the path to building an economy that will create jobs and ensure inclusive growth,” Osinbajo was quoted as saying at the meeting.

    Experts who attended the four-hour special meeting were Mr. Bismarck Rewane, Mr. Bode Augusto, Prof. Akpan Ekpo, Dr. Ayo Teriba and Prof. Badayi Sani.

    Issues discussed at the meeting were said to have included the review of the new foreign exchange regime and its effect on the economy as well as the draft Medium Term Economic Framework for 2017-2019.

    Akande said the EMT members and the experts made suggestions on how to reflate the economy, especially through massive infrastructural spending with active private sector participation, ensure pro-people economic policies, increase the supply of dollars to the forex market among other issues.

    Also speaking with reporters at the end of the meeting, Minister for Budget an National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma said, “We have just finished a special meeting of the economic management team, as you know, we are in the middle of consultations to develop the new mid-term economic framework, M-TEF.

    “The meeting is part of a comprehensive consultation process that we are embarking on to make sure that we reach out to a wide spectrum of Nigerians to get a feedback in terms of how best to make sure that we come out of this recession.”

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  • Nigeria has over 350million illegal weapons – UN

    02/Aug/2016 // 1459 Viewers


    (DAILYPOST) - The United Nations (UN) has raised alarm over the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Nigeria with over 350 million and 70 per cent of estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa domiciled in the country.

    The Director of United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Ms. Olatokunbo Ige, gave this startling statistics at the ongoing National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in Abuja, organised by the Agency and Presidential Committee on Smalls Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM).

    She said: “The illicit proliferation of SALW has had a dramatic impact on peace and security in Africa, threatening not only the existence of the state, but also the livelihoods of millions of people across the continent.

    “Nigerian is one of the countries that is experiencing some of the most devastating effects of the proliferation of SALW as a result of spill over effect of the recent crises in Libya, and Mali as well as unresolved internal conflicts in different parts of the country especially in the North East, Niger Delta and Southern regions.”

    “While reliable data on the numbers of these weapons circulating freely in the country is unavailable, analysts have in recent times estimated that of the about 500 million weapons that may be circulating in West Africa in 2010, some 70 per cent of these could be found in Nigeria,” she added.

    She warned that “as alarming as these figures seem, it is very clear that if left unchecked, this scourge will not only jeopardise the developmental gains achieved over the last 50 years, but will also impede the nation’s capacity to achieve its developmental targets and therefore, negatively impact on the future generations”.

    According to Ige, this had highlighted, more than ever before, the critical need not only to control the flow of arms in the non-state sector, but also the state owned actors through the effective management of the armoury and weapon stockpiles.

    “It is widely acknowledged that one the major factors contributing to the illicit proliferation of arms is the ineffective stockpile management,” she noted.

    She said that part of the activities programmed under the PSSM in the Sahel project in the context of the UN and European Union (EU) is to support security and stability in the region.

    Ige explained that the project, which is funded by the EU has been developed jointly by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) for the benefit of the six Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria.

    “This project aims to support states in the region to prevent diversion and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition, by improving the PSSM of national stockpiles,” she stated.

    Also speaking, the Chairman of PRESCOM, Amb. Emmanuel Imohe, said that the Nigeria’s Firearms law was obsolete and ineffective in the face of the 21st century security challenges.

    Imohe said that PRESCOM had to generate a new document in collaboration with relevant agencies for over six months to come out with a repeal of the firearms bill that was yet to be given attention at the National Assembly.

    “The 1959 Firearms Act is obsolete and using the 1959 law to tackle the 21st century security challenges is ineffective,” he said.

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  • Horror as Joint Military task force kills 9 pro-Biafran Protesters in Onitsha

    02/Dec/2015 // 1227 Viewers

    Pro-Biafran protests have been reportedly peaceful across the south-east and no case of violence has ever been reported but  it took a turn for the worse in the early hours of today  as a joint military task force comprising Army, Police, Navy and others opened fire on the peaceful protesters killing nine and injuring 8 

    The protesters, reports say, staged a peaceful protest blocking the Niger Bridge Head demanding the unconditional release of the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. This attracted the attention of the joint military task force and in the encounter that followed the soldiers opened fire on the unarmed demonstrators killing nine of them  on the spot and leaving eight of them mortally wounded who have been carried away by sympathisers to hospitals in the neighbourhood for treatment.

    Irked by this sad development, sympathizers, our source further revealed, went to the Central Mosque near Onitsha Main Market and set it ablaze together with  a Toyota Hilux van with Federal Government license plate.

    As of the time of filing this report millions of traders were seen wending their way homewards and scampering for safety  as  sporadic gunshots by the joint military task force rented the air in the nooks and crannies of the commercial city .





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  • Revolution in Nigeria begins in Rivers as Gov Wike urges supporters to resist arrest, reveals planned assasination

    02/Dec/2016 // 6111 Viewers


    It was meant to be a little ceremony to mark the beginning of the rehabilitation of a hospital. But for Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, it was an opportunity to drop a bombshell.

    Security agencies  are planning to assassinate him, he told a shocked crowd that gathered at the General Hospital , Terabor and General Hospital, Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area.

    Wike also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of publishing a list of adhoc staff filled with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). December 1o has been fixed for some election in the state.

    Wike said: “For me, they are threatening that I will be the first governor they will assassinate. They are threatening that they will show me that they are security agencies.  But, I will always protect the interest of Rivers  State , no matter  the threat.

    “Nobody should intimidate you with security agents.  Beginning today, resist any arrest.  You must move around in groups to promote resistance of the robbers of mandate.”

    Police Public Relations Officer,  DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the police were not aware of any plot to kill the governor.

    He said it was unfortunate  that  INEC and security  agencies  were disregarding  the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that they should be impartial and deliver  free and fair elections.

    The governor  said: “INEC  has released a fake list of adhoc staff for the rerun elections before the conclusion  of their  mandatory  training .  Majority  of  those on the list are known  APC ward chairmen and ward secretaries who are mainly unemployed , but listed by INEC as staff of the University of Port Harcourt .

    “They think that my love for peace is a sign of weakness, but I want to declare that  enough is enough. We are supposed to be under an era of change , but the love for fraud by INEC and police   is unprecedented.”

    The governor added: “Anyone whose son or daughter  is on that fraudulent  INEC list should tell him/her to stay away on election day.

    “All these desperate actions are geared towards the plot to rig in favour  of  a particular candidate , but that candidate will  not win. The people  of Rivers South-East Senatorial District must be allowed  to vote persons of their  choice.”

    On the rehabilitation of the Hospital , Terabor  and General Hospital , Bodo, Wike  said it will be completed and equipped  in a record time.

    He added that  the Kpopie-Bodo road is nearing completion and the dualization of Sakpenwa-Bori road is progressing  according  to  schedule .

    Wike urged Ogoni people  to vote for the PDP,  pointing out  that  for  eight years , APC  failed to execute  well-meaning projects in Ogoni land.

    Responding yesterday, APC State Publicity Secretary Chris Finebone said his party could not comprehend what the governor is talking about.

    Finebone said: “Definitely, APC candidates are busy campaigning for the rerun election while governor Wike is busy with his circus show. We wish him luck.

    “Rivers people are tired of Wike’s allegations. Soon we will not join issue with him because he is no longer making sense.”

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  • Tears, sorrow as motoring accident kills 13 in Nigeria

    02/Dec/2016 // 1917 Viewers


    PARIS, DECEMBER 2, 2016: (DGW) Tears, sorrow, and blood trailed the death of thirteen persons following a motoring accident involving a Hummer bus and an articulated lorry on Wednesday that threw everyone in shock at Otte,  along the Ilorin/Ogbomoso expressway.

    Sources blamed the crash on overspeeding by the bus driver on its way from Kaduna State who veered off the road and rammed into a stationary truck killing all the passengers on the spot

    The accident reportedly sparked off an outrage by Otte residents who mobilized to set the truck on fire but for the prompt intervention of policemen.

    While confirming the incident to our reporter, Kwara State Police boss, Olusola Amore said,  “A fully-loaded bus coming from Kaduna ran into a stationary vehicle and all the passengers died.

    “The trailer, which was loaded with goods, has been impounded and we are working with the Kwara State Road Traffic Management Authority (KWARTMA) to trace the owner,” he said.


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  • New US Ambassador to Nigeria shrugs his shoulders as Buhari says he met no infrastructures

    02/Dec/2016 // 841 Viewers


    President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured the American government of his administration’s readiness to tackle corruption headlong despite some of the challenges facing the country.

    The President said government remained committed to realising the key priorities of securing the country, fighting corruption, and salvaging the economy in spite of the current challenges.

    Receiving the Letter of Credence of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. William Stuart Symington, at the presidential villa, Abuja, the President said the target of reversing the “culture of corruption” in the country had received support from Nigerians, with many realising the depth of damage done by some previous administrations from the ongoing investigations and prosecutions. “The corruption we met at personal and institutional levels was unbelievable. Corruption was turning into a culture.

    After we came in, people started realising the truth,” he added. Buhari told the US ambassador that his administration was still determined to continue investigations and prosecution of corrupt persons in the country as “Nigeria will either kill corruption or corruption will kill Nigeria in the long run.” The President noted that the years of mishandling of the economy at a period of financial prosperity, affected the economy, making it more challenging to create employment for the youth and improve the livelihood of many Nigerians.

    “It has not been easy for another party to come in and get things done properly, especially with the new economic reality of $37 per barrel of oil, against the $100 for the period, and there was no savings, no infrastructure on ground,” he said.

    Buhari said the security situation in the North- East had improved significantly following support in training of the military and supply of hardware after the G-7 meeting in Germany in 2015.

    “When I was invited to the G-7 meeting after my inauguration on May 29, 2015, I thought I was going to be an observer at the meeting, but without prompting, I was asked to  brief the leaders on the security situation in Nigeria, and I did.

    Since then, we have received support in training and military hardware, and I hope we have not disappointed,” he said. In his remarks, the US ambassador said the interest in the well being of Nigeria was of mutual benefit. Symington said he would work hard to further strengthen the relationship between his country and Nigeria, assuring that President-elect Donald Trump would also be interested in the well being of Nigeria.

    Meanwhile, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has attributed the current economic recession besetting the country to corruption.

    Magu argued that the state of affairs in the country would not be so grim, if allocations to federal, state and local governments had been judiciously applied. Magu made the observations during a visit to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, at the Naval  headquarters, Abuja. “If 50 per cent of the allocations at the three tiers of governments are judiciously put to use, we would not be where we are in terms of underdevelopment and infrastructural decay.”

    On the anti-graft war, he noted: “EFCC alone cannot fight corruption; we need all hands to be on deck.”

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