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Nigeria Immigration Service Launches Online Visa Portal


The Nigeria Immigration Service ( NIS) has  launched an online Visa application portal with effect on May 13 2019. This was revealed by NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr James Sunday.

Mr Sunday James said,“The Comptroller-General of Immigration Muhammad Babandede, hereby calls on genuine investors to take advantage of the innovation as it improves migration and transparency in the system in line with the Federal Government’s policy of Ease of Doing Business.”

He further stated that  prior to the migration to a web-based portal, applicants were expected to forward applications for visa via email or hard copy to the Comptroller General for approval.

The spokesman, however, said that with the web-based regime, applicants would only be required to log onto NIS Portal where they could apply for the facility, make payment, and receive approval online.

Visa on Arrival is a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry. The facility is available to frequently travelled high net worth investors and intending visitors, who may not be able to obtain visa at the Nigerian Missions/Embassies in their countries of residence due to the absence of a Nigerian mission in those countries or exigencies of urgent business travels.

Walter Onnoghen’s Counsel Told The Tribunal That His Client Never Confessed To Hiding His Bank Accounts



Walter Onnoghen’s counsel, Okon Nkanu Efut (SAN), told the tribunal that his client never confessed to hiding his bank accounts. He urged the tribunal to dismiss the charge, acquit and discharge his client because not only was the charge incompetent but the prosecution failed to establish the Onnoghen’s guilt.

Meanwhile, Onnoghen is being tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on a six-count charge, in which he is accused of breaching the Code of Conduct for public officers.

He is accused of allegedly making false declaration of assets and also failing to declare some. Efut argued that contrary to the prosecution’s claim that his client confessed to the offence, in his written statement, Onnoghen said he forgot to declare some of his assets, especially some bank accounts.

The defence counsel decried the competence of the charge and the procedure adopted by the prosecution, which he contended were unlawful.

According to Efut: “It is true in ordinary parlance that once a person says he did something, that is admittance. But, confession in law is different from confession in general parlance.

“When the defendant said he forgot, he did not mean he confessed. We are submitting that there has been no confession at all. There is no admission of guilt. Confession, in law, means admission of guilt.”

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Calls Mr Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State Governor-elect

Olusegun Obansanjo
A statement issued by Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said that the former president made the call when Mr Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State governor-elect visited him in Abeokuta.

According to Obasanjo, the love and votes of the people of Oyo State have ensured the emergence of Makinde, adding that their continued support was necessary to make him succeed as a governor.

“He cannot do it alone and since you have supported him before and during the elections, you need to continue to be together to make him successful,” Obasanjo was quoted as saying in the statement."

He urged Makinde to jettison the type of democracy that only targeted or benefited selfish interests of selected few.

“You have a onerous task ahead in improving the status of the capital of the old Western Region and you have to work to unite them all."

Diamond Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc Agrees to Merge Together

Diamond Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc have agreed to merged together to become a formidable bank. Mr Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank Chief Executive Officer, told the shareholders at the EGM that the merger with Diamond Bank enables Access Bank to acquire a bank with 17 million retail customers and the most viable mobile payment platform.

Wigwe said that the expected revenue and cost synergies were material and promises significant long term value. Further more, Wigwe said the bank, after the merger, would attract more opportunities such as trade finance from international partners.

“With the final merger of both banks and the status of the resulting entity as ‘the largest bank in Africa’s largest economy,’ this greatly bolsters the bank’s brand, opening doors of opportunity both in local and international markets,” he said.

Wigwe said the merger was expected to produce the largest banking group in Africa based on its number of customers with more than 29 million customers.

“The resulting entity which will maintain the brand name Access Bank, but with Diamond Bank colors, will have more than 29 million customers, 13 million of which are mobile customers,” he said. The shareholders gave the approval at an Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) of both banks held in Lagos. The two banks have agreed to merge together.

OPWS Was Inaugurated By President Muhammadu Buhari In 2018


According to the report OPWS was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 to tackle cases of armed banditry on communities in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.

The force commander said the military outfit had intensified operations along Loko-Agatu, Kwande and other border communities in Benue to prevent recurrence of the attacks.

He condemned the preference to cattle over human lives by those who retaliated because of cattle theft. Flt Officer Mohammed Abubakar, the Sector Commander, OPWS in Gwer West Local Government Area, said some people were using military uniforms to rustle cattle.

“Those people who did this are suspected to be Livestock Guards, according to our local sources,” he said. The military has said certain powerful forces in Benue were responsible for recent attacks on communities in the state.

Yekini also said such individuals were instigating violence as could be seen in the recent attacks on communities preceding major elections in the country.

“It is obvious that some forces are instigating violence in Benue; it is not a coincidence that there was an attack on Agatu community a week to the presidential election and now there is another attack on Gwer West a week to the governorship election,” he said.

Maj-Gen Adeyemi Yekini, the Force Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), made the statement at a press briefing in Makurdi.

" My Last Lap Of Four Years, I Think Is Going To Be Tough." -President Buhari

“My last lap of four years, I think is going to be tough. “People are very forgetful and that’s why during the campaign, I spoke about our cardinal agenda,” the president elect said.


President Mohammadu Buhari, speaking when members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) paid him a congratulatory visit on Friday said his second term as president of Nigeria would be tough.

The meeting was attended by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF) Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and over 20 ministers.

Mohammed Buhari had at presidential election polled 15,191,847 to defeat his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP who scored 11,262,978 votes.

The president elect, Muhammadu Buhari has hinted on how his second tenure would be.

2019 Senatorial Seat in Nigeria

Here are the winners for the Senatorial seat in the concluded 2019 elections;
ABUJA (FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY)
Philip Aduda (PDP)

LAGOS
Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Central) – APC
Senator Adeola Solomon (West) – APC
Bayo Oshinowo (East) – APC

EKITI
Prince Dayo Adeyeye (South) – APC
Opeyemi Bamidele (Central) – APC
Bunmi Adetunbi  (North) – APC

OYO
Kolawole Balogun (South) – PDP
Teslim Folarin (Central) – APC
Abdulfatah Buhari (North) – APC

OSUN
Ajibolan Bashiru (Central) – APC
Adelere Orilowo (West) – APC
Francis Fadahunsi (East) – PDP

ONDO
Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice (North) APC
(South) –  Incoclusive
Ayo Akinyelure (Central) PDP

OGUN
Ibikunle Amosun (Central) – APC
Tolu Odebiyi (West) – APC
Lekan Mustapha (East) – APC

KANO
Malam lbrahim Shekarau (Central) -  APC
Alhaji Kabuki lbrahim Gaya (South) - APC
Mallam Barau Jibrin (North) - APC

KADUNA
Uba Sani (Central) - APC
Suleiman Abdu Kwari (North) - APC
Danjuma La’ah (South) - APC

KATSINA
Kabir Barkiya (Central) - APC
Bello Mandiya (South) - APC
Ahmed Baba-Kaita (North) - APC
GOMBE
Danjuma Goje (Central) - APC
Saidu Alkali (North) - APC
Amos Bunus (South) - APC

JIGAWA
Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia (NorthEast) - APC
Danladi Sankara (NorthWest) - APC
Senator Muhammed Sabo Naku (Central) - APC

SOKOTO
Aliyu Wamakko (North) - APC
Abdulahi Ibrahim Gobir (East) - APC
Abubakar Shehu Tambuwal (South) - APC

ZAMFARA
Abdulaziz Yari (West) - APC
Tijani Yahaya Kawa (North) - APC
Yet-to-be (announced) Central

KEBBI
Ibn Na’Allah (South) - APC
Adamu Aliero (Central) - APC
Yaya Abdulahi (North) - APC

ADAMAWA
Aishatu Dairu Binani (Central) APC
Ishaku Cliff (North) - PDP
Bino Yero (South) - PDP

BAUCHI
Haliru Jiga (Central) - APC
Lawal Yahya (South) - APC
Court to decide Candidate (North) - APC

BORNO
Kashim Shettima (Central) - APC
Ali Ndume (South) - APC
Abubakar Kyari (North) - APC

TARABA
Emmanuel Bwacha (South) - PDP
Other two yet to be announced

YOBE
Ibrahim Gaidam (East) - APC
Ibrahim Bomoi (South) - APC
Ahmed Lawan (North) - APC

ABIA
Theodore Orji (Central) - PDP
Orji Uzor Kalu (North) - APC
Yet to be declared (South)

ANAMBRA
Ifeanyi Uba (South) - YPP
Two others yet to be declared

EBONYI
Sam Egwu (North) - PDP
Michael Ama Nnachi (South) - PDP
Obinna Ogba (Central) - PDP

ENUGU
Ike Ekweremadu (West) - PDP
Chimaroke Nnamani (East) - PDP
Chuka Utazi (North) - PDP

IMO
Rochas Okorocha (West) - APC
North (Inconclusive)
East (Yet to be declared)

AKWA IBOM
Bassey Albert (North East) - PDP
Christopher Ekpeyong (NorthWest) - PDP
Akon Eyak (South) - PDP

BAYELSA
Donye Diri (Central) - PDP
Lawrence Ewrujakpor (West) - PDP
East - (Yet to be announced)

CROSS RIVER
Dr Sandy Onor (Central) - PDP
Senator Rose Oko (North) - PDP
Senator Gershom Bassey (South) - PDP

RIVERS
Thompson George Sekibo (East) - PDP
Betty Apiafi (West) - PDP
Parry Mpigi (South-East) - PDP

DELTA
James Manager (South) - PDP
Ovie Omo-Agege (Central) - APC
Peter Nwaobochi (North) - PDP

EDO
Mathew Urhoghide (South) - PDP
Clifford Ordia (Central) - PDP
Framcis Alimikkhena (North) - APC

BENUE
Orker Jev (NorthWest) - PDP
Abba Moro( ) - PDP
Gabriel Suswam ( ) - PDP

KOGI
Oseni Yakubu (Central) - APC
East - (Inconclusive)
Dino Melaye (West) - PDP

KWARA
Oloriegbe Yahya Ibrahim (Central) - APC
Lola Ashiru (South) - APC
Umar Sadiq (North) - APC

NASARAWA
Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (South) - APC
Senator Abdullahi Adamu (West) - APC
Godiya Akwashiki (North) - APC

NIGER
Aliyu Shabi Abdullah (North) - APC
Mohammed Bima (South) - APC
Mohammed Sani Musa (East) - APC

PLATEAU
Not yet announced

Ogun State Declares Public Holiday



 “Following the Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections rescheduled to take place on March 9, 2019, all Primary and Secondary Schools in Ogun State are to proceed on holiday on Friday, March 8, 2019,” the statement said.


Schools have been directed to resume academic activities on Tuesday, March 12. However, the Ogun State Government has declared March 8 and 11, as holidays for primary and secondary schools in the state.

This was announced on Friday, in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Sefiu Rasheed.

According to the statement, the decision was because of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, scheduled to hold on March 9 in Ogun and other states.



2019 Election Predictions With State Voting Percentages

Here are the predictions for the forthcoming elections;

1. SOUTH WEST- (6 States) 0ver 18m votes
Oyo - Buhari 70%, Atiku 30%
Ekiti - Buhar 65%, Atiku 35%
Osun - Buhari 75%, Atiku 25%
Ondo - Buhari 65%, Atiku 35%
Lagos - Buhari 75%, Atiku 25%
Ogun - Buhari 55%, Atiku 45%

2. NORTH CENTRAL - (6 States with the FCT) over 13m votes
Niger - Buhari 85%, Atiku 15%
Kogi - Buhari 70%, Atiku 30%
Benue - Atiku 55%, Buhari 45%
Plateau - Atiku 55%, Buhari 45%
Nassarawa- Buhari 52%, Atiku 48%
Kwara - Buhari 55%, Atiku 45%
FCT - Buhari 51%, Atiku 49%

3. NORTH EAST- (6 States) 0ver 14m votes
Bauchi - Buhari 90%, Atiku 10%
Borno - Buhari 90%, Atiku 10%
Taraba - Atiku 65%, Buhari 35%
Adamawa - Buhari 51%, Atiku 49%
Gombe - Buhari 55%, Atiku 45%
Yobe - Buhari 92%, Atiku 8%

4. NORTH WEST- (7 States) over 18m votes
Zamfara - Buhari 75%, Atiku 25%
Sokoto - Buhari 80%, Atiku 20%
Kaduna - Buhari 70%, Atiku 30%
Kebbi - Buhari 85%, Atiku 15%
Katsina - Buhari 92%, Atiku 8%
Kano - Buhari 75%, Atiku 25%
Jigawa - Buhari 80%, Atiku 20%

5.SOUTH EAST- (5 States) over 9m votes
Enugu - Atiku 85%, Buhari 15%
Imo - Buhari 51%, Atiku 49%
Ebonyi - Atiku 75%, Buhari 25%
Abia - Atiku 85%, Buhari 15%
Anambra - Atiku 80%, Buhari 20%

6. SOUTH SOUTH – (6 States) over 10m votes
Bayelsa - Atiku 80%, Buhari 20%
Akwa Ibom - Buhari 53%, Atiku 47%
Edo - Buhari 60%, Atiku 40%
Rivers - Atiku 60%, Buhari 40%
Cross River - Atiku 65%, Buhari 35%
Delta - Atiku 70%, Buhari 30%

SPORT