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2016-04-29 Govt Begins Preparation of 2017 Budget
[Premium Times] The Ministry of Budget and National Planning says it has started preparation of the 2017 budget to enhance economic development.

2016-04-29 Transport Ministry to Acquire National Carrier
[This Day] The Minister for Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi has said that the ministry is concluding plans to acquire a national carrier.

2016-04-29 Saraki Files Fresh Appeal Against Tribunal Chair at Appeal Court
[Daily Trust] Senate President Bukola Saraki has again appealed the decision of the chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar to disqualify himself from his trial.

2016-04-29 International Airlines Operators Made U.S.$15 Billion From 2015 Ticket Sales
[This Day] Airlines that operate international destinations from Nigeria made over N302 billion ($15 billion) from ticket sales in 2015. The airlines included European mega carriers, US carriers, African and indigenous operators.

2016-04-29 Mixed Reactions As President Buhari Slashes Immunisation, Polio Funds
[This Day] Following the decline in the health budgetary allocation for 2016, especially on the funding for immunisation and polio for the year, the coalition of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) and the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFAH) has frowned at the slashed funding of routine immunisation and polio eradication from N8 billion to N4 billion.

2016-04-29 World Bank and Nigerian President Discuss the Country's Economic Crisis
[Guardian] The World Bank held talks with the Nigerian president on Wednesday on how it could help Nigeria overcome an economic crisis caused mainly by a sharp fall in crude prices eating into its oil revenues.

2016-04-29 Military Arrests Six Boko Haram Kingpins in Borno State
[This Day] Abuja -The Nigerian military in continuation with the clearance operations in parts of the North-east, has arrested six Boko Haram terrorist kingpins.

2016-04-29 Navy Declares Piracy Mastermind Wanted
[This Day] Abuja -The Nigerian Navy has declared an alleged mastermind of piracy, Mr Charles Ekpemefumor, wanted for the hijack of a vessel, Mt. Maximus, with 18 crew members in February this year.

2016-04-29 Saraki Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Amended Corruption Charges
[Premium Times] The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has pleaded "not guilty" to three new corruption charges, added to the initial 13-count charge filed against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

2016-04-29 #PanamaPapers - Swiss Lawyer Hired By Nigeria to Repatriate Abacha Loot Denies Allegations
[Premium Times] Enrico Monfrini, a Swiss attorney hired by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to help track Sani Abacha's loot stashed away in Switzerland, has dismissed reports that he operated firms in offshore tax havens while being contracted by different countries to repatriate funds from tax havens.

2016-04-29 Buhari 'Concerned' About States' Inability to Pay Salaries Despite Bailout
[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Abuja that it was a matter of great concern to him that nearly two-thirds of states of the federation are still having difficulties with salary payments despite the bail-out funds provided to them by the federal government.

2016-04-29 Bayelsa Assembly Passes Child Rights Bill
[Premium Times] The Bayelsa House of Assembly on Thursday passed the Child Rights Bill after its third reading, and swore in three opposition members who secured electoral victory through the courts.

2016-04-29 Saraki Returns to Appeal Court
[Premium Times] The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has appealed the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal striking his application to disqualify the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, from presiding over the case.

2016-04-29 Senators Disagree On Nationality of Killer Herdsmen
[Premium Times] Nigerian Senators on Thursday argued about the nationality of menacing herdsmen allegedly killing in many states, with many lawmakers dismissing claims that they are from neighbouring countries and are not Nigerians.

2016-04-29 Boko Haram, Islamic State, and Underlying Concerns for the Region
[African Arguments] Last year, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. What's come of it?

2016-04-29 Umar Dismisses Motion to Disqualify Self From Saraki's Case
[Guardian] Abuja -Citing a lack of merit, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, yesterday dismissed the application seeking his withdrawal from the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

2016-04-29 Military Kills Seven Terrorists, Arrests Five in Borno
[Guardian] Maiduguri and Abuja -Troops of 7 Brigade and 8 Task Force Division of Nigerian Army have killed seven Boko Haram terrorists in clearance operations at Gratte in Kukawa Local Council of Borno State on Wednesday night.

2016-04-29 Hangover From Power Ruined PDP, Says Mantu
[This Day] Former Deputy Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu, was recently in Calabar, Cross River State. He granted an interview to select journalists on crucial national issues, especially those pertaining to his party, the PDP. Bassey Inyang presents the excerpts:

2016-04-29 Govt, France Sign Pact On Military Equipment, Training
[Daily Trust] The French and Nigerian governments on Thursday signed a 'letter of Intent' on defence cooperation to include acquisition of military equipment and training for members of Nigeria's Armed Forces (NAF).

2016-04-29 Buhari - 24 States Can't Pay Salary Despite Bailout
[Daily Trust] President Muhammadu Buhari says he is greatly concerned that nearly two-third of 36 states of the fare still having difficulties with salary payments despite the bail-out funds provided to them by the Federal Government.

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