* Oil won’t take Nigeria to promised land, Ezekwesili warns (SUN) * Court fixes June 5 for judgment on President Buhari’s UK treatment expenses (Independent)

* Oil won’t take Nigeria to promised land, Ezekwesili warns (SUN)                * Court fixes June 5 for judgment on President Buhari’s UK treatment expenses (Independent)



Oil won’t take Nigeria to promised land, Ezekwesili warns (SUN)

A former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has warned that Nigeria’s over dependence on oil and gas resources would not take the country out of the doldrum. Ezekwesili, gave the warning at the 1st National Education Summit organized by the Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria with the theme ‘‘ Sustaining Local Content Through Quality Education and Training: Prospects and Challenges held in Lagos yesterday. According to her, without development of human capital and local content, Nigeria’s vast natural resources would amount to nothing when put at par with developed countries of the world. Read more

Court fixes June 5 for judgment on President Buhari’s UK treatment expenses (Independent)

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday fixed June 5 to deliver judgment in the suit seeking information on the amount spent on President Muhammadu Buhari’s treatment in London. Tsoho fixed the date for judgment after listening to arguments of counsel and adopted processes. The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1142/2017, was instituted by the Incorporated Trustees of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative (ASRADI), led by its Executive Director, Adeolu Oyinlola. Read more

Saraki leaves for Washington (Vanguard)

The President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki has departed for Washington DC to join other World leaders and economic experts at the spring meeting by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). Saraki is billed to participate in the African Finance Forum organized by the Corporate Council on Africa. According to Bamikole Omishore, Special Assistant to Saraki on Foreign Affairs and International Relations, the Senate’s President will be part of 100 project developers, financiers and African government representatives. Read more

Nigerians toast, roast Keyamo’s appointment by Buhari (Punch)

Mixed reactions from Nigerians on Twitter have greeted the appointment of lawyer-human rights activist, Festus Keyamo (SAN), as the spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 campaign. Nigerians expressed varying opinion about Keyamo’s appointment. Some say he is not fair to the masses  he has hitherto claimed to fight for, while others say it is a job like every other person’s. On Tuesday morning (today), Keyamo was appointed as the the Director, Strategic Communications for Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 presidential campaigns. Read more

Police, Shiite protesters clash for second day (Punch)

Nigerian police fired teargas for a second day Tuesday at protesters demanding the release of Shiite leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in jail without charge since December 2015. Scores of protesters were also arrested by armed police wearing bulletproof vests and gas masks during clashes in Abuja, the nation’s capital. “We’ve come under serious attack today,” said Deji Adeyanju of Concerned Nigerians, a civil society group involved in the demonstration. Read more

I came to discuss Nigeria’s affairs with Obasanjo, Falae says (Punch)

A former Secretary to the Federal Government, and the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party, says he has come to visit a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, about the affairs of the country. He mentioned that to journalists as he emerged from the over two hours closed-door meeting held with the former president at his  Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential  Library, Abeokuta, at exactly 2.25pm. He described Obasanjo as his former boss, and argued that the affairs of the country were greater than anybody’s political ambition. Read more

$350m loan: No state’ll access W/Bank facility if Kaduna does not get—El-Rufai (Vanguard)

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State said, yesterday, he had been told by the World Bank that no state in the country would access its loan without Kaduna State being considered by the National Assembly. It would be recalled that the Senate, penultimate week, rejected the loan facility for Kaduna State following objections from the three senators from the state on the ground that Kaduna was already too heavily indebted. Apart from Kaduna, Abia, Ogun, and Lagos, among others, also applied for various sums from the World Bank for development purposes. Read more

APC Disagrees with Yakassai over North’s Rigging Claim in 2015 (ThisDay)

The Deputy National Chairman (South) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Segun Oni, has rejected the claim by a statesman, Tanko Yakassai, that the North in 2015 took advantage of the malfunctioning card readers to rig the elections in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. Yakassai, who is the chairman of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders’ Assembly (NLSA), had led his group to meet with former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), at the weekend and had informed his host that the 2015 elections were rigged in the North because the card readers used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) malfunctioned and had to be discarded for manual voting while those in the South worked and were used in the polls. Read more

Ondo set for LG poll in mid-year (SUN)

Indications emerged Tuesday that local government elections in Ondo State may be held in before the middle of the year. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu dropped the hint while swearing in members of the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) at the Governor’s office in Akure. The Governor also declared his administration’s commitment to delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the southwestern state. He expressed the readiness of his administration to ensure that elections are held in the local government areas in the state before the end of the year. Akeredolu charged members of ODIEC to ensure that the next round of elections to be conducted are free, fair and credible. Read more

Apapa gridlock: Ambode directs truck owners to ABAT terminal at Ijora (Punch)

Truck owners parking along the Ijora-Apapa Road and Lagos Island areas should utilise the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, ABAT, Truck Terminal in Ijora to reduce traffic gridlock in Apapa area. Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State made the appeal on Tuesday at the second quarter of the 2018 Town Hall meeting held at the Apapa Local Government Area. He said that the ABAT Truck Terminal, which is still undergoing construction, could accommodate about 300 trucks for now. According to him, the terminal can accommodate about 3,000 trucks when completed. “Our moving the town hall meetings around the various local government areas have helped us to connect with the people. Read more

Senator Adeleke writes PDP, declares Governorship Ambition (ThisDay)

Ademola Adeleke, senator representing Osun west senatorial district, has declared his interest to contest the September 22 governorship election. Adeleke, according to The Cable, made this known in a letter he addressed to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Aleleke, who has spent barely a year in the Senate, replaced Isiaka, his elder brother, who died in April 2017. A few days to the election, Adeleke defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP and still won. Read more

Calls for ‘proof of life’ after Chibok girl’s death claims (Guardian)

Nigeria is facing calls to establish how many of the missing Chibok schoolgirls are still alive, after claims that nearly 100 of them may have lost their lives in captivity. Parents of the missing girls and supporters gathered in the small town in remote northeast Nigeria on Saturday to mark the fourth anniversary of the kidnapping that sparked world outrage. But soon after the end of their vigil and prayers, a Nigerian journalist who has been involved in negotiations with the Islamist group said only a “handful” of the girls survive. Read more

Dilapidated FG’s assets should be refurbished, not discarded — Oyo-Ita (Vanguard)

Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, says Federal Government assets that are dilapidated should be refurbished for greater productivity and not discarded. She said this on Tuesday in Abuja, while on inspection of the newly renovated Federal Treasury Academy (FTA) in Orozo in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). She said the new face of the academy was a testimony to the change mantra of the present administration. “By the time the facilities are fully available for public utilisation, there will be a lot of money being generated not just for government but for the academy to manage its facilities. “So, we can see that government is looking inwards and this is the kind of change we have been yearning for, to see a new approach to government assets. Read more

NMA declares JOHESU ‘illegal’ (SUN)

JOHESU: The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has dismissed the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) as an illegal body that should not be accorded any recognition by Nigerians. It said the threat by JOHESU to commence indefinite strike by midnight, on Wednesday, was uncalled for because their demands were driven by envy. NMA President, Prof. Mike Ogirima, stated this at a press conference, in Abuja, on Tuesday. JOHESU had, on Monday, issued strike threat following what it called Federal Government’s failure to implement agreement signed with the unions September 30, last year. Read more

INEC swears in 7 new RECs (Independent)

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has sworn in seven new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) bringing the total number of serving RECs in the commission to 33. Performing the ceremony on Tuesday in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, expressed confidence that the new RECs would contribute to the commission’s determination to make 2019 general elections the best in the country. He said “with the track records of service in the academia, public service and private sector, it is gratifying to note that the new RECs made positive contributions to the society in various ways. Read more

NANS factions settle rift, to hold convention May 3 (Punch)

The two factions of the National Association of Nigerian Students have agreed to put their differences aside and hold a unity convention in the interest of Nigerian students. The two factions led by Mr Chinonso Obasi, and Mr Aruna Kadiri, after a conciliatory meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, fixed May 3 to May 5, for the NANS 2018 convention, at a yet to be announced venue. A resolution signed by Obasi and Kadiri, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, said the parties agreed to set up convention planning committee. Read more

Army drills personnel to showcase fighting power (SUN)

The Nigerian Army is currently holding a demonstration exercise to showcase its military powers to protect and defend the territorial integrity of the Nigerian nation. The exercise which is part of programme organised in the ongoing African Land Forces summit holding, in Abuja, is taking police at the 176, Guards Battalion, Gwagwalada. The demonstration in Tuesday’s exercise will feature Nigerian Army troops and their naval counterparts who are expected to penetrate deeply into the enemy’s camp to destroy their armoury. Read more

Lawyer decries continuous detention of El-Zakzaky, wife (Vanguard)

An American based lawyer, Mr Emmanuel Ogebe, has decried the continuous detention of the Shiite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, describing it as a dent on Nigeria’s human rights records. Ogebe, who is the Coordinator, Justice for Jos Project made the remarks at a media briefing on Tuesday in Abuja. Ogebe called on the Federal Government to release the Shiite leader and his wife, as both had spent over two years in detention. “The government is not doing well in the area of human rights and if it fails to manage the Shiite protest now, it may escalate. Read more

VGN boss seeks Wike’s synergy for group (SUN)

The founder and Commander General of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Alhaji Ali Sokoto, has urged Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to invite and discuss with the state VGN for more effective security. Sokoto made the appeal when he visited the state to inaugurate the state’s command of the VGN, noting that members of the vigilance group were men and women from the state, who had already been trained by relevant security agencies in the country. Sokoto, who was pleased with Governor Wike’s achievements in the state, said there was need for the government to work in synergy with his group to sustain existing government. Read more

Labour charges African leaders to sustain Winnie Mandela’s legacy (Tribune)

The labour movement has charged African leaders to immortalise the memory of the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela and sustain her legacy. Winnie, an anti-apartheid freedom fighter and former wife of Nelson Mandela, was laid to rest at a massively attended funeral at the weekend in her township of Soweto. Winnie Madikizela Mandela died at Easter at the age of 81 in South Africa. Addressing the eighth African Regional Executive Committee, in Dakar, Senegal last Thursday, the  Vice President (Africa) of the Geneva-based industrial global union, Comrade Issa Aremu, said sustaining the legacies of Winnie Madikizela Mandela amounts to “throwing apartheid permanently  into the dust-bin of history”, failing which he said “Africa risks resurrection of the evil of apartheid which Winnie courageously confronted at immeasurable costs.” Read more

UK visa applicant bags three years for lying about marital status (Punch)

An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday sentenced a UK visa applicant, Kolawole Viyon, to three years’ imprisonment for giving false information about his marital status. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission had arraigned Viyon for allegedly lying about his marital status. Justice Mojisola Dada, who gave the ruling, said the accused was guilty as charged. Following a plea bargain entered into with the prosecution, the judge, however, gave Viyon an option of N300,000 fine. Read more

OAU Graduate wanted by EFCC over Financial Crime (Independent)

Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday discharged and acquitted a surety, Taofeek Olalekan, a senior civil servant, of giving false information to a public officer. Olalekan had stood surety to a friend of his son called ‘Uzoamaka’ who was wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for unspecified financial crimes. Uzoamaka,  a banking and finance student at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, bailed him out of compassion in 2014 by Olalekan, had been at large and Olalekan was unable to produce him before the authorities. Read more

Kogi sets up panel to probe violence in 3 communities (Nation)

Kogi Government has set up a 13-member Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the recent bloody civil disturbances in Ognae-Nigwu, Ojuwo -Ajimadi and Agbenema-Ife communities in the state. Members of the panel were inaugurated on Tuesday in Lokoja by the state Deputy governor, Mr Simon Achuba. Justice Josiah Mejabi is the Chairman of the panel, while Mr Ayo Fasoba of the state Ministry of Justice will serve as Secretary. At the inauguration, Achuba charged members of the panel to take the assignment seriously, saying that government was determined to get to the roots of the crises. Read more

Pastor allegedly kills member during baptism claims she’s vampire (Punch)

A  37-year-old pastor, Masimba Chirayi, has allegedly killed one of his members during baptism session claiming she was a vampire. Chirayi who is a reverend at New Johanne Masowe, Zimbabwe, killed one Wendy Thinnamay Masuka over the weekend after he mistook her for a vampire. He appeared before a Zimbabwean magistrates’ court answering to culpable homicide charges. According to Iharare, Chirayi told the court that he did not kill Masuka on purpose adding that she appeared like a dangerous creature to him. Read more

Aguero recovering from minor knee surgery (Guardian)

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is recovering from minor surgery on his knee but said on Tuesday that he is “motivated” to get back on the pitch soon. The Argentine — City’s record goalscorer — has been troubled by a problem in his left knee for the past five weeks. On Friday, City boss Pep Guardiola admitted he was unsure when the 29-year-old, who has scored 30 goals this season and 199 in total for the club, would be fit again. Aguero has now had keyhole surgery in a bid to resolve the issue. “Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee,” he tweeted. “Fully motivated to get back soon to the field.” Read more

Senator takes European clubs to Ebonyi for talents hunt (Guardian)

Scouts from top European clubs have arrived in Ebonyi State to scout for young players from a grassroots football tournament sponsored by Senator Obinna Ogba.The competition, which was held at Pa Ngele Township Stadium Abakaliki, ended at the weekend. The scouts, some from top European teams as La Liga giant, Real Madrid, Premiership top club, Manchester United and FC Porto of Portugal, were at the stadium to run the rules over players 18 years and below paraded by more than 20 academies drawn from across the country.On hand to guide the scouts and the team were Super Eagles star, Mikel Agu’s agent, Chinedu Amadi and former national team player, Chikelue Iloanusi, among others. Read more

Second edition of Dickson football tournament begins (Nation)

The Local Organizing Committee of the Governor Seriake Dickson Football Tournament has commenced the second edition of the competition with official draws and distribution of jerseys. The tournament’s Media Director, Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, said the draws for the Restoration Cup earlier scheduled for April 19 would hold on April 18 at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenagoa. The Restoration Cup is a grassroots, community-based football competition to foster unity and peaceful coexistence among communities in the state. Alabrah said Governor Seriake Dickson, whom he described as a sports loving governor, is the special guest of honour while his Deputy Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd) is the guest of honour. Read more

‘Every Palestinian is subject to arrest’ (Memo)

Since Israel began its military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, it has imprisoned more than 800,000 Palestinians. It is, thus, no surprise that Palestinians have an annual day dedicated to Palestinian prisoners – 17 April. Today, more than 6,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons, 356 of whom are children, 62 females and 427 administrative detainees held without charge or trial. MEMO spoke to Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender Shireen Issawi, who had worked with Palestinian prisoners providing legal assistance, and had been imprisoned herself several times. Read more

Matthew Mellon: US billionaire dies in Mexico (BBC)

The US billionaire Matthew Mellon, who made a fortune in digital currency, has died at the age of 54, his family says. Mr. Mellon had struggled with drug addiction, and a family representative said he died at a rehabilitation centre in the Mexican coastal town of Cancun. He was an early backer of the digital currency XRP, also known as Ripple. The tycoon was the scion of two US banking dynasties and the ex-husband of the British co-founder of luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon. Read more

The India I grew up in has gone. These rapes show a damaged, divided nation (Guardian)

A chilling leitmotif of Nordic crime fiction is a child leaving home to play, never to return. Detectives search out trails pointing to sexual violence and murder, and by degrees it becomes clear that the crime is not isolated: it is the symptom of a damaged community. The abduction, gang-rape, and murder in India of eight-year-old Asifa Bano reveals such damage on a terrifying scale. It shows that the slow sectarian poison released into the country’s bloodstream by its Hindu nationalists has reached full toxicity. Where government statistics say four rapes are reported across the country every hour, sexual assault is no longer news. Indian minds have been rearranged by the constant violence of their surroundings. Read more


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