Breaking News in Nigeria Today : Friday 17th January 2020

Breaking News in Nigeria Today Friday 17th January 2020

Here are some of the Breaking News in Nigeria Today Friday 17th January 2020 on some of the nation newspapers .

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Rewane projects 2.2 % GDP growth in 2020

Chief Executive Officer, Financial Derivatives Company (FDC) Limited, Mr. Bismarck Rewane, yesterday projected Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth to remain flat at 2 to 2.2 per cent in 2020. Rewane made the projection at the 2020 Economic Outlook organised by the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Union Bank and Red Star Express in Lagos, with the theme: “UK/Nigerian Partnership Plans for 2020”. The financial expert explained that the projections were well below the levels needed to boost job creation and increase in standard of living. According to…

CBN: Banks free to decide on amounts dispensed by ATMs

The Director, Corporate Communications of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Isaac Okorafor, has said it is not the job of the apex bank to decide how much commercial banks are dispensing through their ATMs, but to protect consumers. Okorafor, who was responding to reports that some Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) were reconfiguring their ATMs due to the regulator’s release of the revised guide to bank charges, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that: “Banks decide how much they are to dispense in their ATMs. “There is no…

Nigeria outlines 9 focal areas to guide foreign policy

Nigeria has identified nine priority areas that would guide its foreign policy actions in the next four years. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama made this known in Abuja yesterday while briefing members of the diplomatic corps on the priorities of the Nigerian government. The priority areas are: building a striving sustainable economy; enlarging agricultural output, food security and export; as well as attaining energy sustenance and power. Others include expanding transport and other infrastructural products; expanding business growth entrepreneurship and industrialisation; expanding access to quality education, affordable…

Ibadan chieftaincy: Ajimobi obas tackle Makinde over consent judgment

Sola Adeyemo The 21 Ibadan High Chiefs and Baales, who were promoted to crown-wearing oba status by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s administration, have accused Governor Seyi Makinde of insincerity in procuring a consent judgment which stripped them of their right to wear crowns and coronets. The Obas led by the Otun Olubadan, High Chief (Dr.) Lekan Balogun, yesterday rose from a meeting held at the ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan, saying that in spite of the love and support they gave him, Makinde was unfair to them for lending support…

FG to pass PIB by May 2020

Regina Otokpa The Federal Government has given assurances that the long awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) would be passed before the first anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office by May this year. The Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, who made this known during a media parley yesterday in Abuja, explained that the various versions of the PIB were currently being harmonized in consultation with industry stakeholders. New Telegraph recalls that the former the Minister of State Petroleum Resources,  Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, had unbundled the…

Buhari ready to work with all Nigerians despite party differences – Enang

Senator Ita Enang is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, a former three-termed representative of Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency and senator for Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District. Enang, who was until recently the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on National Assembly (Senate), speaks in this interview with TONY ANICHEBE on some salient issues, including Federal Government’s projects in Akwa Ibom and the planned citing of a nuclear plant in the state. Excerpts:       You said before the 2019 general election that the Calabar-Itu highway…

Fire: NEMA cautions Anambra traders against combustible materials in shops

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned traders in Anambra State’s markets to avoid storing combustible materials in their shops in order to check incessant fire outbreaks. NEMA official in South-East Zonal office, Mr. Kingsley Okoro gave the warning yesterday when he led officials of the agency along with Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on an assessment of the fire at the Automobile Spare Parts Market, Obosi. Okoro said that their findings had pointed to careless handling of inflammable materials by people as a major cause of fire…

Abia: Policeman kills youth leader, injures three

Emmanuel Ifeanyi A policeman, attached to the Enyimba Economic City Land Acquisition Committee has been accused of killing a youth leader, Mr. Nwamaka Ogbuji, at Ugwuati community in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State. The incident, which led to the shooting and subsequent killing of Ogbuji, occurred on Wednesday. It was learnt that the committee visited Ugwuati community to finalise acquisition of land for the much-talked about Enyimba Economic City (EEC). The meeting ended in violence. Trouble started when Ogbuji and the rest of the youth refused to accept…

Trader to die by hanging for armed robbery

John Chikezie     …bags 15 years for raping 24-year-old student   An Ikeja High Court, Lagos, has sentenced a 45-year-old trader, Morufu Adekoya aka Six Tiger, to death by hanging for armed robbery and 15 years imprisonment for raping a 24-year-old student. Justice Raliatu Adebiyi convicted Adekoya on a two-count charge of armed robbery and rape. The convict was initially charged alongside two others – Adefowope Kazeem (a 28-year-old cobbler) and Chief Jimoh Balogun (a 58-year-old traditional ruler and Baale of Odo-Onosa community since September 2013) on a four-count…

Nine die in Ogun as bus catches fire on motion

Kunle Olayeni Nine people lost their lives yesterday when a commercial bus caught fire while on transit in Ijebu-Ife, on the Ore-Ijebu-Ode-Sagamu Expressway in Ogun State. The Toyota Hiace bus, which was conveying passengers from the eastern part of the country, was going to Lagos when the tragedy struck. Sources said some inflammable chemical products were inside the vehicle at the time it caught fire about 3:20p.m. The state Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Clement Oladele, disclosed that 19 passengers were in the bus. Oladele, in a statement…

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