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25 customers to win N100,000 in UBA cards on UBA PoS terminals promo

In a bid to further encourage payments on its Point of Sale Terminal (PoS) terminals, Pan African Financial services group, United Bank for Africa(UBA) has announced that it will be rewarding 25 lucky customers with N100,000 each, when they make payments with their UBA cards on UBA POS terminals at any merchant location.

The promo which is scheduled to run till December 31, 2018, will see a total of 25 people become N100,000 richer, just by paying on UBA POS terminals at any merchant location across Nigeria. After repeated use, the customers will be automatically enlisted for the draw when the total sum of payments they have made on UBA POS terminals exceeds N50,000. A total of N2.5 million is up for grabs.

Speaking during the launch of the promo, Group Head, Cards, Dr Yinka Adedeji, explained that the Promo is in line with the bank’s initiatives of rewarding customers, loyal to the bank. “We believe it is time we rewarded our customers who have been very loyal over the years. Without them, we probably would not have made the giant strides attained all over the years and in recent times’.

According to him, “Because customers are at the heart of what we do, we remain committed to consistently improving customer service and delighting our loyal customers as we help them grow.”

UBA is one of Africa’s leading banks with operations in 20 African countries and in London and New York, with presence in Paris.

Adjudged to be at the forefront of innovation and convenient banking, UBA is one of the first financial services institutions on the continent to deploy Finacle 10x, a new information technology platform that boosts its services and electronic banking channels.

UBA provides banking services to more than 15 million customers globally, through diverse channels and over a thousand touch points.

‘Return our stolen artifacts’ – Oba Of Benin tells Prince Charles

Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has asked the Prince of Wales, Charles George, to support the agitation for the repatriation of ancient Benin artifacts which were taken to the United Kingdom in 1897 by the British authorities.

He stated that the repatriation of the artifacts would enable him to establish Oba Palace Museum for the promotion of tourism in Benin City, Edo State.

The monarch made the demand in a statement he delivered during a closed-door meeting with the heir to the British royal throne at the UK High Commissioner residence in Maitama, Abuja, on Tuesday.

Other traditional rulers at the meeting included the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi; Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar; Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe; Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, and others.

Charles, who had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, was on the last leg of his tour of the Gambia, Ghana, and Nigeria with his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Benin monarch traced the relationship between his kingdom and the British empire and lauded the robust collaboration between the two kingdoms over time.

Ewuare said, “Suffice to say that Nigerians in general and Benin people in particular will be most delighted to have your royal highness throw his royal weight behind our efforts to have some of our ancient artifacts that were taken in 1897 from the Royal Court of Benin returned to Benin to establish Oba Palace Museum for the promotion of tourism in Benin City, Edo State.”


JUST IN: Trump fires Jeff Sessions as attorney general


Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the first sitting senator to endorse Donald Trump for president, is no longer in charge of the Department of Justice.

Sessions submitted his resignation in a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Wednesday afternoon. Sessions’ resignation letter was delivered by hand to the White House after it was requested by President Trump earlier Wednesday.

Trump tweeted out the announcement soon after it was made. Trump thanked Sessions for his work and said Sessions’ chief of staff would be acting attorney general.

In his letter to Trump, Sessions ticked off a list of accomplishments.

“Most importantly as my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law,” Sessions wrote.

“Thank you for the opportunity, Mr. President,” Sessions said in his closing.

Sessions’ departure from the Trump administration comes after more than a year and a half of public beratings from the president, who continually put the blame on him for special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.

When asked earlier about Sessions’ job security at a press conference Wednesday, Trump said he would rather answer the question later.

One of Trump’s most recent attacks came in an interview with Fox News, when he said Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department.”

Sessions issued a rare statement in rebuke of Trump’s comments on Fox News that said he “took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the president’s agenda.”

“While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action,” Sessions added at the time.

Trump called Sessions an “idiot” in May 2017, “beleaguered” in July 2017, and “disgraceful” in February of this year. In August, he complained that the Russia investigation would have never been launched at all if he had a “real” attorney general in place to stop it.

Sessions decided to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation in March 2017 after consulting with Justice Department officials due to two previously-undisclosed meetings he had with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016.

Trump then reportedly asked Sessions to reverse his decision at a dinner at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in March shortly after Sessions made his decision, but the attorney general refused.

In May 2017, after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller.

It was widely expected that Sessions would leave his position after the 2018 midterm elections, regardless of whether they favored Republicans or Democrats.

Sessions, 71, was confirmed in February 2017 with a 52-47 vote in the Senate. Before that, he served in the Senate beginning with his election in 1996 and subsequent re-elections in 2002, 2008 and 2014.

Since taking over the Justice Department, Sessions has been instrumental in carrying out many of the promises Trump made on the campaign trail, including on immigration and border security, violent crime and religious liberty.

The pecking order at the Justice Department and as it pertains to the special counsel now becomes a bit confusing.

The acting attorney general must be someone who is at the same clearance level as the attorney general. That person would then assume control of Mueller’s investigation. However, Sessions replacement cannot be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein is currently acting attorney general as it pertains to Mueller’s investigation, and thus cannot serve in both capacities. Should Rosenstein become acting attorney general, Solicitor General Noel Francisco would take over Mueller’s investigation.


Faulty microphones force house of reps to adjourn

The House of Representatives was forced to adjourn its plenary on Wednesday as a result of faulty microphones.

The lower legislative chamber adjourned at about 1pm after some of the microphones continued to malfunction.

A similar situation was experienced in recent past, causing the lawmakers to be inaudible when speaking from their seats.

On Wednesday, the situation worsened, forcing Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, to adjourn midway into the session.

Some of the items in the order paper were yet to be attended to when Dogara adjourned the session.

TheCable was unable to confirm the exact budgetary allocation for microphones in the national assembly.

But the speaker, while adjourning, said the microphones have been ordered for but are yet to be delivered.

He said they are being expected in the next couple of weeks.

Minimum wage: Buhari to consider recommendation, make view public — Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, said the N30,000 minimum wage proposal contained in the report of the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government was still a recommendation.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari would still consider the report which was on Tuesday presented to him by the chairman, Ama Pepple, and then take a decision on it.

Pepple had while presenting the report on Tuesday disclosed that the committee recommended that the national minimum wage be increased from N18,000 monthly to N30,000.

She had said her committee also drafted a bill that the Federal Government would send to the National Assembly to effect the change.

A section of the media had reported that Buhari had accepted the report and endorsed the recommendation of N30,000 as the new minimum wage.

Mohammed, however, said Buhari would only take a decision and make his view known after considering the report.

“I think it (N30,000) was a recommendation. Mr. President will consider it and will make his views known in due course,” the minister said.

When pressed further, Mohammed said, “I said a recommendation was submitted. Mr. President will get back to the committee after he has studied the recommendation.”

On whether the revenue sharing formula might be reviewed if the new minimum wage is approved to enable the states to pay, the minister said, “Once again, like I said, a recommendation has been made and in responding to the recommendation, all these views will be taken into consideration.”

The committee’s report will still be presented before the National Economic Council and the Council of State before a decision will be made.

Kano Assembly not equipped to probe Ganduje, says Sagay

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), says the Kano State House of Assembly is not equipped to investigate Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who was allegedly caught on camera collecting bribes from contractors.

A video had gone viral on the Internet purportedly showing Ganduje collecting dollars as kickbacks from contractors, a development which prompted an investigation by the state assembly which invited the governor to testify.

However, a Kano State High Court ruled on Monday that the Assembly should stop the probe immediately.

Speaking with our correspondent during an interview on Tuesday, Sagay said that an investigation of such a video would require forensic analysis which the legislative arm of government was not competent to carry out.

He said, “The fact that somebody on social media which is full of lies and hate attacks against people says so does not prove that such has happened.

“Personally I would like to see the contractor come out and say ‘yes I am the one and I gave him so and so amount’. I would like to see that but that has not yet happened. In any case, when it comes to the investigation of the governor, I think we have institutions that have been established for that. We have the EFCC particularly for that.

“I don’t really understand what role the House of Assembly wanted to place on itself. It is not equipped to do investigations of the sort because it could be forensic. So, in other words, there is still a cloud over the whole thing and I am not ready to jump to any conclusion until I am confident that some wrong has been done.”

When asked if the legislative arm of government could not investigate the governor as part of its oversight functions, Sagay said the job of the Assembly was to carry out oversight functions and not to investigate state executives.

The senior advocate said, “Oversight functions don’t include that sort of thing. Oversight functions only involve monies that have been approved in their budget and then oversight is done on how such monies that were approved which have gone through the budget system are being expended.

“That is where their oversight functions are limited to. This allegation is about somebody from outside giving the governor some money. It is not part of the House of Assembly’s responsibilities.”

When asked if the failure to probe Ganduje would not portray the anti-graft war of the current government as selective in the light of the fact that Ayodele Fayose was probed despite having immunity, Sagay said both scenarios were different.

The PACAC chairman said, “When there are clear cases it is easy to act. In the case of Fayose, Musiliu Obanikoro confessed that he ferried billions of naira to him through a private jet and everything was well recorded. Everything was very clear. The man who brought the money was very clear.

“The money was paid into bank accounts that were established. So, it is not the same thing. This one seems to me to be very vague and cloudy and I have yet to be satisfied that it is not a political conspiracy of some sort by the enemies of the governor. So, we need to see something more concrete.”

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US institute denies predicting victory for Buhari in 2019 polls

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has denied predicting victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election.

In an earlier report, the organisation was quoted as saying it is less likely for Buhari to be defeated in the 2019 elections.

But the institute says the report, which also analysed the chances of violence marring the elections, was based on its interactions with Nigerians from different sectors.

Reacting in a statement on its website, the institute said it never makes predictions about election outcomes.

The organisation said its only interest in elections is to help avoid violence and not on the outcome.

“USIP never makes predictions about election outcomes and has not done so in this case. The Institute’s work on elections is confined to helping nations avoid electoral violence,” the statement read in part.

“This study is based on interviews across the country with more than 200 Nigerian respondents – election administrators, political party representatives, security officials, civil society and youth groups, the media, traditional and religious leaders, prominent community figures, business people, academics and others.

“The USIP report noted that, in the interviews, ‘some respondents’ discussed their own views of Nigerian public perceptions about an election outcome. A Nigerian news account mis-reported this passage as a USIP prediction of the outcome, and other Nigerian news organisations repeated the error.

“As USIP is a strictly nonpartisan institution, its work on elections focuses entirely on preventing violence.”

Nigeria’s debt for infrastructure is good debt, says Fashola

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works, and housing, says debt for infrastructure in Nigeria is good debt, as far as he is concerned.

Speaking at the Africa Investment Forum in Sandton South Africa on Wednesday, Fashola said the Nigerian government should not be judged like a private company when it comes to borrowing.

“The only thing I want to say about debt is that if it is debt for infrastructure, as far as I am concerned, it is good debt,” Fashola said.

“I think we must see government different from companies, and the profit of a government and a nation is the prosperity of its people, not how much money it has in a bank.”

The former governor of Lagos state said as a governor in Africa’s largest city, he had to take loans to set up six power plants in the state, but tied the repayment of the debt to the state’s monthly allocation from the federal government.

He said he gave the investors the assurance that if he defaulted, they could take the money from the monthly income of the state.

Fashola said people do not want you to raise taxes, and do not want you to borrow, yet they want roads and bridges, adding that there is no other way out.

“On this side, I think my outlook is different; if you can’t find the money, just like I challenged people two days ago, they want roads, they want bridges and they don’t want to borrow and they don’t want you to raise taxes. So how do you deliver?

“I think the important thing is to raise debt, invest it in infrastructure because it will deliver prosperity, it will build efficiency in the nation, it would turn into growth and it would yield income over time.”

The minister said Nigeria’s power problems have changed over the past three years, yet the government must keep up.

Fashola explained that when he came in as a minister, the problem was how to generate power, he said today, the problem is how to distribute power.

He said to power Africa as a continent, the plans must be different, adding that what works for Botswana will not work for a country like Nigeria, which is a federation with over 400 parliamentarians.

Nigeria’s debt has grown by over 100 percent in the past three years.

El-Zakzaky to remain in DSS custody as court denies him bail

Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), and his wife will remain in custody as a high court in Kaduna state has refused to grant them bail.

Gideon Kurada, presiding judge, denied the bail application on the ground that El-Zakzaky did not attach a medical report to it.

El-Zakzaky is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among other charges.

The case was subsequently adjourned to January 22, 2019.

The Shi’ites leader has been in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) since December 2015.

There was heavy security presence around the court premises during the hearing.

Yakubu Sabo, Kaduna police public relations officer, had earlier said a ban on all forms of processions in the state was still in force.

Last week, El-Zakzaky’s followers marched into the streets of Abuja to protest the continued detention of their leader.

The protest resulted in a face-off with security operatives, with many Shi’ites killed and several injured.

In 2016, El-Zakzaky was granted bail by a federal high court in Abuja. Gabriel Kolawole, the presiding judge, had ordered his immediate and unconditional release, however, he remained in the custody of the DSS.

Why I killed, slept with my mother’s corpse

An-18 year old boy, Samuel Akpobome Emobor, has confessed that he killed his mother and slept with her corpse for the purpose of money ritual.

Samuel who hails from Oghara in Delta State committed the act at their rented apartment in Ologbo community in Ikpoba-Okha local government area.

Speaking to newsmen when he was paraded at the Edo State Police Command, Samuel said he was pushed to commit the act by a ritualist who sells drugs in the community.

According to him, “I wanted to use my mother for ritual. I am 18 years old. My father is dead. It was one man called One Love that told me to use my mother for money ritual. He promised to give me N50,000 if I killed my mother and sleep with her. He said I should cut my mother’s ear and fingers and bring them to him.

“I wanted to cut the ears and fingers before the people came in. I slept with my mother only once. I pressed my mother’s neck to kill her while she was sleeping. The One Love sells drugs. He put something inside the drink he gave and he told me to go and kill my mother.

“The day I went to his house with policemen, the man has ran away. I hail from Oghara. I work in a pure water factory.

“I now feel very bad because I was beaten badly by people. I did what the ritualist told me.”

Police Commissioner, Babatunde Kokumo, said the suspect would soon be charged to court.

I’ll buy another club if Kroenkedoesn’t sell Arsenal – Dangote

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, had said he will consider buying a football club other than London-based Arsenal if controlling shareholder Stan Kroenke refuses to sell.

Dangote has long said he wants to buy the Premier League team, of which he’s a fan, but only after he’s completed one of the world’s biggest oil refineries in Lagos.

“By the time we’ve finished, we’ll be a $30bn company in terms of revenue,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV at the New Economy Forum in Singapore. “We’ll have an excess amount of cash to start playing around with.”

Kroenke owns almost all of Arsenal after buying Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s 30 per cent stake in August in a deal that valued the club at about £1.8bn. It was funded with a £557m , two-year loan from Deutsche Bank AG. The 71-year-old American is worth $8bn, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and also controls the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams.

I’m very attached to Arsenal but if he won’t sell, I might have to change,” said Dangote, 61 years old and worth $11.1bn. “I’m very much a fan of football. I have to have a club. I don’t have to own Arsenal.”

The refinery is scheduled to start producing fuel in early 2020, and Lagos-based Dangote Cement Plc will probably be listed in London around September next year, he told Bloomberg.

No assassination attempt on Ekweremadu – Police

The police have commenced an investigation into the alleged assassination attempt on Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president.

Ekweremadu, his wife and son, were at home when armed men invaded their Apo residence in Abuja in the early hours of Tuesday.

Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, spoke on the incident while addressing journalists in Abuja.

Moshood explained that the incidence was a burglary and not an assassination attempt.

The spokesman said a similar incident took place at the residence of Haliru Adamu, a neighbour of the deputy president.

“Investigation so far carried out in the incident does not have any link to assassination attempt,” he said.

He said one of the suspects, Mohammed Yusuf, who was arrested by the police was in custody and had made useful statements.

“The suspect has been assisting the police in the investigation into the matter. We have intensified efforts to arrest other suspects who escaped from the crime scene,” he said.

He said Ekweremadu and Adamu have made statements to the police in respect of the incident.

Moshood said Adamu lost his cell phones and jewellery to the thieves while nothing was reportedly stolen from Ekweremadu’s house.

Atiku welcomes FG agreement to pay N30,000 as minimum wage

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has commended the Federal Government for agreeing to pay N30,000 minimum wage negotiated with labour leaders in the country.

Abubakar who made the commendation in a statement his Presidential Campaign Organisation on Tuesday in Abuja, described Nigerian workers as the “goose that lays the golden egg” and was worthy of the best pay that Nigeria could afford.

Abubakar recalled that he had last week stated his commitment to a living wage as one of the pillars of his soon-to-be-launched policy document on making workers’ welfare a priority.

He commended the patriotism displayed by the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and other labour affiliates in suspending the planned nationwide strike.

The former Vice President also called on the National Assembly to speedily pass legislation that would make the new minimum wage a statutory requirement.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to keep promise and abide by the new minimum wage agreement.

“No sacrifice is too great to make for us to get Nigeria working again and that is what the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation is all about.

“Abubakar means jobs, jobs that would pay the minimum wage and above because Nigeria should benefit the masses and not those who are in top government positions.”

Why we can’t meet ASUU’s demands now — FG

The Federal Government has appealed to the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to exercise restraint in their demands from the government.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said at a press conference in Abuja on Monday night ASUU’s problems with the government began during the Umaru Yar’Adua administration in 2009.

The minister said the Federal Government would have fulfilled its obligations to ASUU if international oil prices had not crashed after 2009.

Adamu said previous administrations made promises to the union when the economy was buoyant.

He said the Federal Government provided an agreement in 2009 for funding of universities to the tune of N1.3tn over a period of six years.

Adamu said, “The issues necessitating this strike date back to 2009 when the then government of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua signed an agreement with ASUU on the funding of federal universities. The agreement provided for funding of universities to the tune of N1.3tn over a period of six years. It is instructive to know that Nigeria was experiencing oil boom at that time. It was therefore expected that government would meet the terms of agreement.

However, international oil prices crashed in subsequent years, thereby throwing the country into an economic hardship. At the inception of this administration, the country’s economic fortunes worsened, nose-diving into a recession, with dire consequences on all sectors of the economy, including education.

“We exited recession not too long ago, and we are just beginning to recover from the consequences of low oil prices, which are happily beginning to pick up. If this trend continues, definitely, the education sector will also improve.

“Against this background, I want to appeal to all parents, students and in particular ASUU women and men to continue to exercise restraint in terms of their response to the plight of the education sector. We must also be mindful that there are other sectors with similar competing needs.”

Lecturers in some of the universities downed tools on Monday, a situation which paralysed activities in the institutions.

ASUU said the government failed to implement at least three areas in their Memorandum of Action signed on September 14, 2017.

President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, told our correspondent that the grey areas included failure to carry out the Forensic Audit of the earned academic allowances of the lecturers since 2017 and the payment of only N20bn out of an agreed N220bn annually.

CBN says Nigeria gets over 30% of remittances to Africa

Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says Nigeria tops other African countries in remittances inflows and is among the top five globally.

He did not give a figure, but said African countries received $72 billion in remittances in 2017.

The  World Bank report being quoted suggested that Nigeria received $22 billion in remittances in 2017 alone — behind China, India, Mexico, and The Philipines.

This shows that Nigeria receives 30.56 percent of the $72 billion remittances to Africa, according to the report and the governor’s revelation.

The governor was represented by Mohammed Tumala, director CBN Statistics Department, at the opening session of a workshop on remittance household surveys.

At the event, jointly organised by the CBN and the African Institute for Remittances (AIR), Emefiele said that remittances inflows contribute substantially to foreign exchange earnings and household finances in most developing countries.

“Money sent home by migrant workers is among the major financial inflows to developing countries and in some cases it exceeds international aids and grants,” Emefiele said.

“According to the World Bank, global remittances have risen gradually over the years to about $613 billion  in 2017, of which $72 billion was received by African countries.”

Emefiele said that in recent years, Nigeria has taken measures aimed at attracting remittances inflow to the country and contribute to its economic development.

The measures include the floating of a 300 million dollar diaspora bond by the government and the introduction of electronic Certificate of Capital Importation to Nigerians in diaspora.

He added that Nigeria becoming a member of the International Association of Money Transfer Networks was also one of the measures taken.

He, however, said that compilers of remittances statistics in the country use both banking records and staff estimates of informal inflows, a methodology that had its own challenges.

“We think that a large chunk of migrants’ remittances pass through informal channels and are thus, unrecorded.

“Nigeria is yet to conduct a household based remittances survey to provide scientific estimates of these informal inflows.

“In addition, data from banking records also come with some discrepancies due to classification challenges on the part of reporting institutions.”

The CBN governor said that this informed the decision to request for technical assistance to help in data collection on the inflows.

He added that the workshop would ultimately support improvements in Nigeria’s remittances transactions and enhance the quality of data on remittances as currently reported in the country’s balance of payments.

Tumala, who was represented by Emmanuel Olowofeso, said that with support from the  AIR, National Bureau of Statistics and the National Population Commission, structures necessary for the conduct of a remittances household survey being planned for early 2019 was being finalised.

DSS grills Oshiomhole over APC primaries, asks him to resign – Report

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday, according to a report by The Cable citing sources.

Oshiomhole was grilled by DSS operatives for nine hours after some APC governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections across the country.

Sources told the paper that the APC chairman was asked to resign during interrogation by the DSS.

But Oshiomhole resisted the pressure to resign, saying he would only do so if he loses the confidence of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The APC chairman told the DSS that the president was in the loop of every action he took during the party’s primaries.

“Adams Oshiomhole was arrested by the DSS, they didn’t show him any petition. It was alleged by some governors that he collected bribe during the primaries,” a source said.

“He was told to resign and he told DSS operatives that he will resign if he loses the confidence of the president. He said everything the party did, he (Buhari) was in the know.”

Another source said the president expressed shock at the governors’ move, saying he was not aware of the development.

“On Monday night Oshiomhole met with the president and briefed him on what happened and the president was shocked. The president said he did not know about it and promised to look into it,” the source said.

The APC primaries were marred by controversies. Elections in some states had to be repeated.

In Zamfara, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the party will not participate in the 2019 polls because it could not successfully conclude its primary before the deadline.

In Imo, the APC favoured the governorship candidacy of Hope Uzodimma, senator representing Imo west, over Uche Nwosu, son-in-law of Rochas Okorocha, governor the state.

Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun governor, fell out with the party’s national working committee (NWC) after it chose Dapo Abiodun as the state’s gubernatorial candidate. Abiodun Akinlade is Amosun’s preferred candidate.

A number of APC governors have expressed disappointment over the way the national leadership of the party had gone about the issues, hence the move against Oshiomhole.

Soldiers missing as insurgents overrun military base in Borno

More than 10 soldiers have been reported missing following an attack on a military base in Kukawa, Borno state.

The incident happened Monday evening when trucks loaded with gunmen believed to be Boko Haram insurgents moved into Kukawa, attacking a market and dislodging the troops.

“It is getting serious, and the whereabouts of more than 10 soldiers is yet unknown,” a soldier at the Lafiya Dole theatre command told TheCable on Wednesday.

“A reinforcement team has been deployed to the area for a search and rescue op, and we are hoping to get over this.”

The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a faction of the Boko Haram sect, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The insurgents said they have burnt government buildings and taken over Kukawa.

There are reports that many lives were lost and the insurgents have taken charge of military equipment.

Texas Chukwu, army spokesman, did not answer calls placed to his phone, and he’s yet to respond to the message seeking clarification on the attack.

In a similar manner, the insurgents attacked a military camp in Zari, also in Borno, in September, killing soldiers and wounding many others in the process.

US Mid-Term elections: Democrats win House of Reps, Republicans retain Senate

The United States Democratic Party has taken control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump.

Taking control of the lower chamber of Congress for the first time in eight years will enable Democrats to thwart the president’s agenda.

But Mr Trump’s Republicans are set to strengthen their grip on the Senate.

Tuesday’s vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.

Female candidates stole the spotlight in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman.

Democrats converted the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into solid electoral gains in the first nationwide elections since the president was elected two years ago.

The BBC’s US partner network CBS projects the Democrats will win the 23 seats they need to take over the lower chamber of Congress. Americans voted for all 435 seats in the House.

The Democrats could now launch investigations into Mr Trump’s administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest.

They could also more effectively block his legislative plans, dooming his signature promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

A record number of women ran for office in this election.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is projected to become the youngest ever congresswoman, at 29 years old.

Democrats Ilhan OImar and Rashida Tlaib made history in Minnesota and Michigan respectively as the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland from New Mexico will become the first Native American women elected to Congress.

Ms Davids, a former cage-fighter, is also the first openly gay representative from Kansas.

Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman.

Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi told cheering Democrats at a Washington victory party: “Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America.”