What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

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Senate probes Customs, banks over alleged N30trn fraud

Reps investigate $2bn deposit in CBN for OICs   The Senate Committee on Customs, Exercise and Tariff, yesterday,commenced investigation into over N30 trillion fraud allegedly perpetrated in the import, export value chain between 2006 and 2017. The committee also invited the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Eme-fiele; Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; and the Minister of Budget and Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma to appear before it to give clarifications in relation to the investigation. The committee chairman, Senator Hope Uzodinma, disclosed this at an investigative meeting…

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‘Stronger collaborations needed to tackle illegalities in maritime’

Mr. Vickson Ossai Aghanenu is the Managing Director of Anagba Ventures Nigeria Limited and President of Association of Chandlers and Ship Suppliers of Nigeria. In this interview with BAYO AKOMOLAFE, he speaks on the illegal activities in the country’s maritime, which requires collaboration from all stakeholders to sanitise the sector and raise its contribution to the nation’s economy. Excerpts:     How would you assess the performance of the maritime industry in the last three months? The maritime industry, which is very important to the Nigerian economy, has been experiencing…

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Nigeria loses 1.3m Internet connections in one month

Telecoms companies in Nigeria lost over 1.3 million Internet connections in the last one month, New Telegraph has gathered. The development is coming as the total number of mobile Internet connections on the networks crashed from 91,274,446 in January to 89,998,873 in February. The decline was recorded on the networks of MTN, Airtel and Etisalat while Globacom saw an increase in Internet subscriptions, as the country’s telecoms regulator – Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) – released its updated Internet Subscriber Data. According to the NCC data, from 19,618,485 mobile Internet subscriptions…

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FG’s regulation of Internet’ll curb rape cases – ex-Archbishop

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A former Archbishop of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Lagos, Professor Bayo Akinde, yesterday called on the Federal Government to regulate the use of Internet in order to curb rising cases of rape in the country. Akinde, who was the first professor of computer engi- neering in Nigeria, spoke at the inauguration of an e-library donated to the Jasper Akinola Foundation in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The project was donated by a non-governmental organisation, Lekan Adesoye Foundation (LAF). Akinde, who was a special guest at the event, expressed…

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FG to regulate water usage, licencing of borehole drilling – Minister

The Federal Government, through the Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC) is to commence the regulation and licencing of borehole drilling and water usage in the country. The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said this at a workshop on “National Dialogue on Water Use and Licence Regulations 2016’’ in Abuja on Thursday. NIWRMC was established to regulate the right to the nation’s water resources. According to the minister, government is set to regulate effective use of water resources in Nigeria. Adamu, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the…

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