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108 policemen disciplined in 7 months in Lagos

By Evelyn Usman & Victor Arjiromanus NO fewer than 108 policemen attached to Lagos State Police Command have been disciplined for various offenses between January and June. Out of this number, eight were dismissed while six others were demoted. Policemen on training This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, during the official launch of the Stakeholders Forum on Police Accountability and presentation of advocacy materials organised by civil society groups , at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja. The police boss stated that 58 policemen recorded major entries, six were reprimanded, 28 were given warnings while four of them had extra fatigue. Five of the 108 policemen however escaped the axe, as they were discharged o...

Dinah Jane of Fifth Harmony Signs Solo Deal With L.A. Reid’s Hitco

Dinah Jane of Fifth Harmony has signed a solo record deal with L.A. Reid‘s Hitco label, Billboard has confirmed.  Hitco is distributed under the independent company EMPIRE and with Jane’s signing now has about 15 artists, including Outkast‘s Big Boi, developing rappers Skinnyfromthe9, Yella Beezy and DJ Holiday, whose latest single, “2 Seater,” features Quavo and 21 Savage.  Variety was the first to report Jane’s signing, announcing a new solo single is expected in the coming weeks–. The singer has reportedly been working with songwriters Priscilla Renae (Fifth Harmony’s “Worth It”), Mozella (Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball”) and others, as well as producers Nic Nac, Neff-U and J.R. Rotem on more material. Jane is th...

NASS invasion : Senators to sponsor motion demanding judicial probe

By Henry UmoruABUJA— DISTURBED by the invasion of the National Assembly complex by men of Department of State Services, DSS, penultimate Tuesday, senators have concluded arrangements to sponsor a motion demanding judicial probe. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LOCKED FOR STAFFS AND JOURNALISTS Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isa Hamma Misau (PDP, Bauchi Central) and Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim (PDP, Kwara South),  said, yesterday, that they would sponsor  the motion when the Senate resumes plenary in September. The senators said they would in the motion insist that the Federal Government should urgently set up a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the recent invasion of the National Assembly...

Holding bays: Shipping companies flout NPA’s directive

By Godfrey Bivbere & Abigail Ezenwafor LAGOS—DESPITE the directive by the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to shipping companies and terminal operators to provide holding bays for their empty containers, Vanguard can authoritatively reveal that some of them have ignored the NPA directive. Some shipping companies and terminal operators told Vanguard that some of the operators are benefiting from the current situation by continually collecting charges and levies from importers and their agents. It was also gathered that some of the charges being collected are storage charges and charges for delay in returning of empty containers. Speaking on the issue, Chairman of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, KLT, Cha...

Live Nation UK President/COO Paul Latham Announces Retirement

The much-admired exec has spent more than three decades in the music industry. Paul Latham, the long-serving president and COO of Live Nation U.K., has announced his retirement after more than three decades in the live music industry. The much-admired exec began his career as assistant manager of the Apollo Theatre Oxford in 1984, which was part of the Apollo Leisure Group. At the time, Apollo operated six venues. By the time of its acquisition by SFX Entertainment in 1999, the company had grown its portfolio to more than 80 event spaces, spanning concert halls, arenas, theaters, cinemas and leisure centers across the U.K.  In the years that followed SFX’s sale to Clear Channel and the subsequent launch of Live Nation, Latham held a number of senior roles in venue operations, promoti...

Oyo 2019: Youths, women will make 60% of my cabinet – Ayandele

Igboho (Oyo State) – Dr Olusola Ayandele, a governorship aspirant in Oyo State, has promised that youths and women would get 60 per cent representation in his cabinet, if elected. Elections Addressing All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Igboho town, Ayandele said that inclusion of youths and women would engender a sense of belonging to participate in decision-making processes. “Youths and women constitutes the largest percentage of the nation’s population. They deserve to participate actively in decision-making. “My vision is to empower the youths, create employment opportunities and strengthen the state’s economy through support for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs),” he said. The APC governorship aspirant noted that the state was endowed with extensive...

Bayelsa women urged to key into safe motherhood campaign

By Samuel Oyadongha YENAGOA—BAYELSA State Government has urged women in the state to key into its safe motherhood initiative to enjoy the benefits of the programme. It noted that apart from registering and receiving free ante-natal care, enrolees of the safe mother initiative will get free insecticide treated mosquito nets, HIV/AIDS screening, tetanus injection and routine immunization. Other benefits, according to the government,  include free diagnostic tests where necessary as well as a monthly incentive of N3,000 from point of registration in the programme up until two months after delivery.

AVEON Offshore, National Oilwell Varco delivers Egina OLT-BUOY project

AVEON Offshore, one of the biggest fabrication company in Nigeria in partnership with National Oilwell Varco, an oil servicing firm has completed and delivered the EGINA OLT- BUOY project in Port Harcourt, the River State Capital recently. The ceremony which took place at Aveon fabrication yard, Rumuolumeni Port Harcourt, was attended by several key-players in the Nigerian oil and gas industry including representatives of NNPC and the Executive Secretary of NCDMB Engr. Simbi Wabote. Speaking at the delivery ceremony, the Chairman of Aveon Offshore, Tein George stated that executing the project which required a lot of time and manpower was  completed at  the scheduled time. “We at Aveon Offshore continually strive for excellence by delivering top notch services within d...

Spotify, Berklee & Electric Lady Studios Launch EQL Studio Residency Program for Female Producers, Engineers

Spotify, in partnership with Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios, has announced that it will be launching the Equal (EQL) Studio Residency Program for emerging female producers and engineers. ​The program, which will begin on Oct. 1, will offer residencies in three different cities: New York, Nashville and London. During these paid six-month residencies, one participant in each city will work hands-on in Spotify’s studios and gain access to invaluable networking and mentoring opportunities to further their career. “Women are underrepresented as artists, songwriters, engineers and producers,” said Kerry Steib, director of cultural impact, Spotify. “We have to use our resources to create opportunities to address this, and do it with great partners across the industry. Th...

Saraki stands a better chance to send Buhari packing in 2019 -ex lawmaker

*Senate President Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA_ In the aftermath of reports quoting Senate President Bukola Saraki as saying he was actively considering entering the 2019 presidential contest, a second republic lawmaker, Dr. Abdullah Umar Madidi has asked Dr Saraki to go into the contest, saying he possesses the needed mental stature and acumen to reunite Nigerians as well as make the country the envy of other nations . The former Federal lawmaker said Dr Saraki has proven to be a leader with a huge grasp and knowledge of inherent issues in the Nigerian project, stating that he stands a better chance of defeating the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari. “From his sojourn in the private sector, to his experience as a Commissioner ...

U.S. Father, Melvin Harris kills man for following daughter into bathroom

Tragedy has struck in Arizona U.S. after a father decided to “take care of a situation” his own way by killing a man who attempted to enter a bathroom stall where his daughter was. Melvin Harris (L) kills Leon Armstrong (R) Police say Melvin Harris III faces a second-degree murder charge in the beating to death of Leon Leevon Armstrong, AZFamily.com reports. Harris was taken into custody earlier this month after the deadly encounter at a QuikTrip convenience store in Phoenix involving his 16-year-old daughter. The 40-year-old was waiting in the parking lot to pick up his daughter and two friends when Armstrong approached him asking for money. Harris gave him some change and Armstrong went into the store. Harris’ daughter came out of the store and told her father that a...