Friday, July 6, 2012

Iyabo Obasanjo’s Firm Benefits in Secret Oil Block Deals



A company owned by a daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo is among the beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s recent secret allocations of prize oil blocks, Daily Trust investigations show.
Findings reveal that All Grace Energy, in which Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello has majority stake, got the oil block Ubima Creek field OML 17 in a discretional process without competitive bidding.

Some oil companies and industry experts said the secret allocations are against international best practices.
Daily Trust learnt that the secret allocations were done over the past one year, even though government had said the process of awarding oil licences were to be executed publicly through competitive bidding.

Happy Birthday RMD; He is 51 Today


Ace actor and politician, Richard Mofe Damijo popularly known as RMD is a year older today, Friday, July 6, 2012. The veteran actor is one of the most successful Nollywood actors in the make-believe profession in Nigeria.

Now actively a Commissioner in Delta State in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, his love for acting has still not faded. The Warri, Delta State born actor is known for top TV soaps like Checkmates, Ripples and many others.

In January 2012, RMD survived a ghastly auto accident. He is happily married with children.
GistNaija wish you Happy B-day!!

Third Mainland Bridge Repairs Begin

The diversion of traffic to allow for repairs on the Third Mainland Bridge will start on Sunday, the Minister of State for Works, Bashir Yuguda has just said in Lagos. details soon..

Supreme Court Upholds Chuba Okadigbo's Wife Senatorial Election Results

Margery Chuba Okadigbo

The Supreme Court has today  Friday July 6, 2012 upheld the Senatorial election of Margery Chuba Okadigbo as the elected Senator of the Anambra –North Federal Constituency.

It will be recalled that the Senatorial seat of Anambra-North has been vacant for almost a year now following various legal actions over the seat.

Nigerian Men Accused Of Links To Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula


The Arabian Peninsula branch of Al-Qaeda are based more in Yemen and Saudi Arabia
Court papers say the men received funds from the terrorist organisation to recruit members.

Two Nigeria men have been accused of having links with al-Qaeda and recruiting members to train in Yemen, the BBC is reporting this morning.

Olaniyi Lawal, 31, and Luqman Babatunde, 30, both pleaded not guilty at a court in the capital Abuja, the report says.

FIFA Announces Introduction Of Goal-line Technology


FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has announced that goal-line technology has been given approval by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), football’s law-making body.

Following nine months of testing in England, Germany, Hungary and Italy, IFAB decided to introduce the controversial measures at a special meeting in Zurich yesterday.
Goal-line technology was approved unanimously by the body, and will be used for the first time at the 2012 Club World Cup in Japan in December.

Flying Eagles To Face Benin In AYC Warm-up


Nigeria U20 team will take on Benin Republic counterparts in an AYC warm-up match on July 14 in either Ibadan or Lagos, officials said.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari, said the friendly will serve as a tune-up game for the African champions ahead of their African Youth Championship qualifier away in Tanzania on July 28.  The test match will be played either in Ibadan or Lagos.

Injury Force Bolt Out Of Monaco Race


Usain Bolt has withdrawn from his final race before London 2012 due to a “slight” injury problem. Bolt, 25, was scheduled to run the 200m at the Diamond League meet in Monaco on 20 July.  The three-time Olympic gold medallist withdrew so he can undergo treatment.

Usain Bolt won three gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. His coach, Glen Mills, said he wanted to “give him sufficient time for treatment and time to train and prepare for the Olympic Games.” Despite the withdrawal, Bolt said he would be in London to defend his three Olympic titles, which also include the 100m and the 4 x 100m relay gold he won in Beijing four years ago.

AFCON 2013:Nigeria To Face Liberia


The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Liberia in the qualifiers for the 2013 Nations Cup holding in South Africa next year. It’s a two legged tie with the first game coming up  in Monrovia on  September 7-9, with the second legs scheduled for the weekend of October 12-14.
The  Super Eagles made it to this stage as they defeated Rwanda 2-0 on aggregates. The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the last Nations Cup earlier this year as they were knocked out by Guinea.
The draw of the round is the Ivory Coast and Senegal game which arguably is the match of the

Arsenal Cancels Visit To Nigeria

The match between Arsenal and the Super Eagles has been cancelled as the London club will no longer visit Nigeria this year.

English Premier League giants, Arsenal FC, have cancelled the proposed friendly match with the Super Eagles of Nigeria, scheduled for August 5, and “reluctantly” postponed their planned trip to Nigeria for their pre-season preparation.

Arsenal said it was taking the decision because of the complexities linked to the planned game against the Super Eagles. The London club’s marketing director, Angus Kinnear, said on its official website that the decision was unfortunate.