A 27-year-old man, Austin Okonkwo, was, on Wednesday, remanded in prison custody by an Evboriaria chief magistratesâ€™ court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl suffering down syndrome disease.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge preferred against him.
Police prosecutor, Aigbedion Obakpolor, informed the court that the offence was committed on November 29.
The chief magistrate, Frank Idiake, who refused bail application, said rape incidence
NEWLY elected President of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Nigeriaâ€™s Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Maduekwe, wants Nigeria to move away from doing business as usual and reformulate its approach to make it more competitive in order to weather the challenges of crude prices slump.
Speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday, she said the right indices and parameters must be put in place to attract the right end user markets.
As the Federal Government opens bids to privatise the Nigerian Telecommunications PLC (NITEL) and the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunication (MTEL), the NATCOM company yesterday emerged the highest bidder with the sum of $252 million.
The Federal Government had initially rejected a $221 million bid from NATCOM before the company increased the bid to $252 million.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprise , Benjamin Dikki who recalled that the reform and liberalisation
At a Bi-national Commissionâ€™s meeting on energy in Abuja, the leader of the German delegation, Renate Von Bodden, disclosed that the German Development Bank, KFW, had earmarked Â£200 million (USD) support in the form of Green Credit Line.
The facility, it was mentioned, is meant as support base for small and medium enterprises, specifically for the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
She also disclosed that another facility worth â‚¬5 million (Euros) had been set aside
TROUBLE is brewing again at the countryâ€™s aviation sector as the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has concluded plans to withdraw air navigation services from all debtor domestic airlines anytime.
The withdrawal of the services, the Nigerian Tribune learnt, implies that flight operations will become grounded as the air traffic controllers of NAMA will not give the aircraft of debtor domestic airlines clearance to either take off or land at any of the countryâ€™s airports.
The debts of
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has released the list of its successful candidates in the last Saturday primary election of the party conducted across the state.
A statement in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, by the Secretary of the party in the state, Dr Tope Aluko, said â€œin most of the local government areas, some of the aspirants settled for consensus among themselves while in others they went for the election without any rancour at the end of the counting.â€
In a related development,
A High Court sitting in Abeokuta has restrained the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muâ€™azu and the National Working Committee of the party from ratifying or act upon any Ad Hoc delegates list in respect of the ward congresses held on November 1 in the state except the one under the supervision of Dr Saka Balogun.
Also restrained by the court, in a suit filed by Ganiyu Mustapha were Yinka Sosinde, Dele Ajayi, Reverend Oyeyemi, Taiwo Okikiolu Issa and Sunday
FULANI mercenaries, on Tuesday evening, again ambushed residents of Ashige community in Lafia East Development Area of Nasarawa State, killing nine women and five others, majority of whom were Koro by tribe.
The marauders, according to the Nigerian Tribune investigations, killed anybody at sight, burning houses and injured scores, bringing an abrupt end to the gradual return of peace in the state capital after the recent violent upheavals.
Witnesses told our correspondent that the gunmen laid siege
Following an application filed by Olalekan Ojo, the Counsel to the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, the continued hearing into the cause of the building collapse which killed over 100 people was on Wednesday stalled pending the hearing of the application which is challenging the coroner for summoning the founder of the church.
Joshua, through an application filed by his counsel before the Lagos State Coroner, Mr Oyetade Komolafe, also asked the court to suspend
THE people of Kebbe/Tambuwal federal constituency of Sokoto State, on Monday, stalled the proceedings in the suit filed by their representative and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Tambuwal had approached the court with a suit to stop the House of Representatives from declaring his seat vacant on the account of his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The proceedings was stalled
Magnitude of recent attacks scary â€” Mark
FORMER president, General Ibrahim Babangida (IBB), has called for self-defence and Jihad against Boko Haram sect members.
The former president said there was nothing wrong if people who were attacked prepared for self-defence, saying the act could be regarded as Jihad.
IBB condemned the killings in Kano and other parts of the country by the insurgents and commiserated with the government and people of Kano over the recent killings during Jumaâ€™at.
Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of endorsing and encouraging the reign of impunity in Nigeria, saying the country continues to grapple with difficult times.
Addressing journalists on the state of the nation at the Freedom Park, Lagos, which he tagged: â€œKing Nebuchadnezzar â€“ The Reign of Impunity,â€ Soyinka analysed what he deemed Jonathanâ€™s abuse of power.
He described President Jonathan as being â€œtotally alienated from the reality that has
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FOUR people were feared dead in the primaries held by the Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) at Arena, in Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland Constituency 1.
Incumbent member of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Bashiru Oloto and another aspirant, Oladele Adekanye, contested over who becomes the partyâ€™s standard-bearer in the state House
A female suicide bomber arrested by the vigilante group, also known as civilian JTF, has revealed that 50 female suicide bombers have been released on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, targeting 100,000 people before the end of December.
The female suicide bomber, who was handed over to security operatives, according to members of the civilian JTF, could not be able to detonate herself before she was arrested.
Also, troops on Tuesday morning repelled what could have been a deadly attack by
Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) clashed on Tuesday, on the said impeachment plot against President Goodluck Jonathan.
Senator Alkali Jajere, a member of APC, had told newsmen that 65 senators were behind the impeachment plot, adding that the said impeachment register was swelling by the day.
But two senators from the PDP, including Senators Ayogu Eze and Shahabi Yaâ€™u, dismissed the claim, insisting that the impeachment plot remained
Buhari, Atiku, Rochas, others face presidential screening panel
ALL is now set for the All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention, where the partyâ€™s presidential candidate is expected to emerge. This came as five presidential aspirants on the platform of party, namely General Muhammad Buhari, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Dr Rabiâ€™u Musa Kwankwanso, Governor Rochas Okorocha and Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, faced the screening panel of the party.
Chairman of the screening committee, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, while
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has observed that an enhanced national value system will help in tackling insurgency, promote good governance and engender appreciation of integrity by the citizenry.
He made the remark at the opening of the seventh Annual Forum of Laureates of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), with the theme: â€œThe National Value System,â€ organised by the governing board of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA).
The Forum of Laureates is part of activities leading to
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the tenure of offices of 22 top officers and chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in local government areas in Ondo State is for a four-year term, which subsists till March 2016.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who gave the verdict in his judgment, specifically ordered that the officers and PDP chairmen in the councils, sworn in on March 10, 2012, would occupy their respective offices till March 9, 2016.
Notable among the men who secured the victory
THE House of Representatives on Tuesday postponed its resumption date earlier scheduled for today, December 3 till December 16.
The postponement notice was issued by the Clerk of the House, Barrister Mohammed Sani-Omolori, who claimed that the postponement of sitting was agreed to by the House Leadership.
The postponement notice by the Clerk, entitled, â€œNOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF RESUMPTION FROM RECESS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESâ€ also maintained that it was done to give members chance to