E-payment: Banks’ customers transfer N105.2trn

…as e-bills hit N652.5bn   Nigerians spent N3.2trn using POS in 2019   Samson Akintaro   B ank customers across the country transferred a total of N105.2 trillion in 2019 through the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System Instant Payment (NIP) platform, New Telegraph has learnt.       This represented 30 per cent growth over N80.4 trillion recorded in 2018 as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) cashless policy gains traction.   E-payment data released by NIBSS showed that the volume of NIP transactions also increased from 729.4 million in 2018…

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S’Court to APC: You’ve no case against Ortom, Fintiri

    Tunde Oyesina and Cephas Iorhemen     T he Supreme Court yesterday in separate judgements upheld the elections of both Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa) in the March 9 governorship elections. The apex court held that Ortom and Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were duly elected as Governors of Benue and Adamawa states respectively. The seven member panel of Justices of the apex court presided over by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, dismissed the two separate appeals challenging their victory at last year’s general election…

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Insecurity: Nigeria at the crossroads –Abdulsalami

  Akeredolu: Internal collaborators, senator working against Amotekun     Baba Negedu and Adewale Momoh F ollowing the unabated insecurity across the country, former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar has said that Nigeria is now at a crossroads.   Abdulsalami said all hands must be on deck and Nigerians must assist the security forces to successfully combat the security challenges. Speaking in Kaduna as the Guest of Honour during the Annual Award Dinner programme organised by Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation on Monday night, the former Head of State…

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Tiny air pollution particles may trigger heart attacks

Appolonia Adeyemi S cientists in the United States (US) have found that even a few hours’ exposure to ambient ultrafine particles common in air pollution may potentially trigger a nonfatal heart attack. Their new study is published in the journal ‘Environmental Health Perspectives.’   The study’s first author, Kai Chen, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Yale School of Public Health, said: “This study confirms something that has long been suspected—air pollution’s tiny particles can play a role in serious heart disease. This is particularly true within the first few hours…

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Senior lawyers to AGF: You got it wrong on Amotekun

…say security not exclusive to FG     Emmanuel Onani Abuja     S ome senior lawyers have faulted the position of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), on the establishment of Operation Amotekun by South-West governors. New Telegraph recalls that, a few days after the launch of Operation Amotekun – a security outfit designed by the governors of the six states – Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti, to curb the spate of kidnapping and other violent crimes in…

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Atiku to FG: Internal security not call for secession

Onyekachi Eze ABUJA F ormer Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday disagreed with the Federal Government’s position on the establishment of security outfits by some state governments for security of their people, saying such arrangement is not a call for secession.   This was just as he called on the National Assembly to give necessary legal framework to enable such outfits function effective. Atiku in a statement yesterday said the nation’s armed and paramilitary forces were overstretched, and commended the people who volunteered themselves for the protection of lives and property.…

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CAN passes vote of no confidence in security chiefs

…alleges FG collusion with insurgents against Christians   Regina Otokpa Abuja T he Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday declared that it no longer has confidence in the nation’s security chiefs and called for a total overhaul of the security architecture of the country. It also accused the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari of colluding with terrorists to exterminate Christians in the country. The accusation followed the gruesome murder of Rev. Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram insurgents.   The umbrella body of Christians said that given the trend in…

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Nigeria realises N294.66bn from first 2020 gas export

    Bayo Akomolafe     E leven vessels have departed Onne Port with 740,000 metric tonnes of liquefied natural gas valued at N294.66 billion ($814 million) since the beginning of the month to various destinations. It is the first batch of exports by Nigeria in 2020 as gas demand is on the increase in Spain, China, Portugal and Turkey.     Nigeria is currently the fourth largest producer of gas in the world. It was learnt that the Sines Port in Portugal alone is expected to take delivery of…

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Tambuwal, Ganduje, Lalong, Mohammed survive onslaught

Govs survive onslaught   Tunde Oyesina Abuja     T he Supreme Court yesterday, in separate judgements, upheld the elections of Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi). The apex court had, in unanimous decisions, thrown out the appeals challenging the election of the governors.   It was a 2–2 victory for both All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the four governors survived opponents’ onslaught. The Supreme Court will, today, determine the fate of Governor Samuel Ortom of…

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APC: Atiku, Secondus, PDP shameless for attacking Justices

…says Supreme Court judgement on Sokoto strange     Johnchuks Onuanyim Abuja     T he All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, described the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, as shameless for attacking the Supreme Court Justices on their ruling on Imo State governorship election.     The party also said the Supreme Court judgement of yesterday that upheld the victory of the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal at the March 9 governorship election was strange.   The…

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