Naija News Tuesday, July 22, 2014

National News 

Buhari cautions Jonathan Against Impeachment of opposition Govs
Says Nigeria is heading towards tragedy. Presidency: Your allegations are wild
Worried about the growing tension and disquiet in the polity, former Nigerian Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (RTD), has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to put a check on the onslaught against the opposition in the interest of Nigeria’s survival and her democracy. Buhari, who is one of the national leaders of the main opposition political party in the country, the All Progressive Congress (APC), warned that subverting the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in desperation to impeach a state governor or deploying the institutions of state against political opponents’ nation to perdition. He said the recent protest in Nasarawa is a sign of things to come if the federal authorities continue to target opposition state governors for impeachment.
Thisday, front pg, cont pg6

Security operatives harass Ezekwesili at airport
Operatives of the Department of State Security on Monday morning seized the international passport of the Coordinator of the Bring Back Our Girls group and former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Ezekwesili was on her way to London to attend a function when her passport was confiscated by the security operatives and she was prevented from boarding the flight. Her passport was, however, released to her about 30 minutes later and the BBOG campaigner was allowed to board the plane. A BBOG spokesperson, Rotimi Olawale, confirmed to The Punch correspondent that Ezekwesili’s travelling document was sized by the security operatives and later released to her. He said” Oby’s passport was seized by the security operatives at the Nnmadi International Airport, Abuja, for about 30 minutes and she was prevented from boarding her plane. But she has now been released and she is on her way to London for her engagement.
The Punch, pg9

Chime plot deputy’s impeachment mobilizes lawmakers
As Ebonyi lawmakers impeach Speaker
Enugu- There was indications, yesterday that the deputy governor of Enugu State, Chief Sunday Onyebuchi, may be impeach any time from now as Governor Sullivan Chime has reportedly asked him to resigned with immediate effect. This came on a day members of Ebonyi State House of Assembly impeach the Speaker. The deputy governor’s sin, Vanguard exclusively gathered, is his decision to contest Enugu East senatorial election come 2015 against the governor’s preferred candidate and Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwabodo. Already, a top functionary of the House was said to have been mandated to collect signatures of his colleagues for the impeachment yesterday. Already, 20 of the 24 members of the State House of Assembly have signed the impeachment notice against the deputy governor. Sources said that the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Eugene Odoh and his 23 colleagues were summoned to a meeting convened by Governor Chime at the Governor’s Lodge, Enugu, where they were made to sign the impeachment notice. Vanguard, pg16

Jonathan, Alison-Madueke other mourn Ralwanu Lukman
Eminent Nigerians, including President Goodluck Jonathan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and the Minister of Petroleum Resources and Alternate President of the OPEC Conference, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, have expressed shock over the passing away yesterday of Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman. Lukman, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources and erst-while Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) died about a month to his 76th birthday. Family sources in Kaduna state said he passed on early Monday in Vienna, Austria. The deceased was said to have, for a long time, suffered from a yet to be his burial plans were yet to be announced as a press time yesterday. In a statement on his half by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, President Jonathan commiserated with the former minister’s immediate family, the government and people of his home state, Kaduna, as well as his friends, associates and all those he mentored over the year in the oil industry at domestic and global levels. The Guardian, front pg, cont on pg4

NAF helicopter crashes in Borno
A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on a training mission, on Monday, crashed in Bama, in the insurgence-prone Borno State, in the heart of the nation’s north east. Though information on the crash was sketchy the time of filling this report, the Defence Headquarters attributed it to technical fault. The casualty figure was not given, but the military said investigations have commenced to unravel the circumstance surrounding the incidence. According to a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, “a Nigeria Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on a training mission this afternoon, crashed due to technical fault at a location South of Bama. Daily Independent, pg3

Business News

Swiss traders bought$37b oil from Nigeria in two years-Report
Accounted for 18% of govt revenue
At a time when earnings from Nigeria’s crude oil sales have remained a closely guarded secret, the outcome of a new research publish on Monday has shown that national oil companies in African have grossly under report oil sales over the years. The report noted that Swiss commodity traders like Arcadia, Glencore, Gunvor, Mercuria, Scar Trading, Trafigura and Vitoal purchased about $55 billion worth of oil from state-owned oil companies Africa.
Daily Independent, front pg, cont on pg2

Labour leaders seek Nebo’s resignation over 10,000MW claim
Labour leaders and electricity consumers in the country have called for the resignation of the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, if his claim that power generation will hit 10,000 megawatts by December this year is not realized. The minister had told a delegation from India on Monday that the Federal Government would next month summon a forum of all electricity distribution and generation companies, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigerian Electricity Management Liability Company and Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company to fashion out how to achieve the target of 10,000MW. The Punch, pg31

160 Chibok Parents, 57 Escapee Girls Arrive Abuja to meet President Jonathan
Almost 100 days after the over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their hostel at Government Secondary School, Chuibox, Borno State, some 160 parent to the abducted girls as well as 57 of the students who escaped from their captors, will meet with president Goodluck Jonathan today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The visit heels of the botched meeting of last week, wherein nine parents and some of the escapee girls had shunned the invitation of President Jonathan to meet with them, in the aftermath of the visit of 17 year old Pakistani girl child education activist, Malala Yousafzai. Thisday, front pg, cont on pg6

World/Regional News

Obama, Poroshenko lash out as Russia, Ukranian rebels
Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko and US President, Barack Obama lashes out on Monday at Russia over conditions at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, saying Russia-backed rebels still are impeding efforts to find out exactly what happened, CNN report. Poroshenko speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, pleaded for international solidarity against the pro-Russian rebels believed by many international officials to be responsible for firing the missile that downed the plane Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. The Punch, pg56

Edo PDP lawmakers direct EFCC to probe state/LG joint account
Benin-PDP lawmakers in the Edo State House of assembly have passed a resolution directing the EFCC, to investigate the state/local government joint account effective from May 12, 2014. The state legislature, which was presided over by the factional Speaking, Chief Festus Ebea, also directed the Accountant general of the federation, and the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission, RAMFAC, to withhold the revenue allocation accruing to the 18 local government areas of the state. Vanguard, pg12

Time running out for Nigeria’s LNG [projects
• As scramble for Asia heats up. NLNG secure five buyers for 8.4mtpa train 7
As the delay in reaching the final investment decision (FID) for the triad of Olokola Liquefied Natural Gas (OKLNG), Brass LNG and Train 7 projects continue, Nigeria risked losing a big chunk of the high demand Asian LNG markets as competition from other exporters grows. The inability to secure long-term market commitment and delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) continue to constitute a major setback to the projects, BusinessDay has learnt. BusinessDay, front pg, cont on pg8

Sports/Entertainment

Chelsea finally drop Mikel Vanguard, back pg

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