* Abuja court adjourns Melaye’s case indefinitely on health grounds (Punch) * Suspected cultists: Don’t link me, Saraki – Gov. Ahmed warns (SUN)

* Abuja court adjourns Melaye’s case indefinitely on health grounds (Punch)       * Suspected cultists: Don’t link me, Saraki – Gov. Ahmed warns (SUN)



Abuja court adjourns Melaye’s case indefinitely on health grounds (Punch)

Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of FCT High Court, Maitama, on Thursday adjourned indefinitely the trial of Senator Dino Melaye, being tried for allegedly giving false information. Melaye, representing Kogi West, was dragged to court on two counts bordering on giving false information, offences he denied committing. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the judge, on Wednesday, adjourned until May 17, and ordered the defence counsel to take appropriate steps to explain the absence of the defendant in court. Goodluck, in her ruling on Thursday on a motion for adjournment by Mr. Ricky Tarfa (SAN), Melaye’s counsel, held that the prosecution did not doubt the health problem of the senator. Read more

Suspected cultists: Don’t link me, Saraki – Gov. Ahmed warns (SUN)

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has denied as ‘false and misleading’, insinuations  linking him and Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki with the suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin, the state capital and transferred by the Nigeria Police to Abuja. Governor Ahmed, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, said neither him nor the Senate President or any of their aides have links with the suspected cultists or their alleged activities. He also denied any knowledge of or any intention to harm any individual as the political leadership in the state has never used violence as a political tool. Read more

We remain committed to stability of West Africa, says Buhari (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja said his administration will continue to work with ECOWAS countries to ensure stability in the sub-region as cross-border crimes pose more challenges to people and governments. “ECOWAS is doing its best, and as you know, Nigeria is fully involved in the process of restoring stability in Guinea Bissau,’’ President Buhari told the Ambassador of Guinea Bissau, Mr Henrique Andriano Da Silva, at the State House after receiving his Letter of Credence. The President, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said the relationship between Nigeria and Guinea Bissau had always been healthy, noting that as the country regains its stability there would be more room for improvement. Read more

Oshiomhole as APC National chair will end the reign of PDP in Delta- Emerhor (Vanguard)

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, Chief Otegar Emerhor has said that the emergence of the former Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the next national chairman of the party in the June 2 National Convention of the party, will be the end of the reign of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state. Chief Emerhor who described Oshiomhole as a formidable candidate for the job, disclosed that the PDP in Delta state was jittery since it became clear that Oshiomhole will emerge as the next national chairman of the APC. According to him, “ Oshiomhole is trusted and tested politician with a very high credibility. We are confident that his leadership will bring success for Delta APC and let me tell you Comrade has been my benefactor since the formation of APC, don’t forget APC was registered in July 2013 and I was the first senatorial candidate because of the death of Senator Pius Ewerido. Read more

PDP council chairs endorse Adileje for Rep (SUN)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairmen in Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia local governments of Anambra State have endorsed a legal practitioner, Mr. Ugochukwu Adileje for the House of Representatives for their federal constituency next year. Giving the endorsement at a forum at Aguluzigbo in Anaocha local government, which attracted stakeholders in the area, the chairmen namely, Chief Jude Ezeani for Anaocha, Mr. Hyginus Anaeto for Njikoka and Mr. Chigbo Dibiaezue for Dunukofia, said they found Adileje most suitable to represent Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia federal constituency in 2019 going by his background and record. Read more

Court strikes out EFCC suit against FUNAAB Ex-VC , Ogunlewe (Vanguard)

An Ogun State High Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta has discharged and acquitted the immediate past Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Oyewole in the suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The court, presided over by Justice Olatokunbo Majekodunmi, also discharged and acquitted former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe and the Bursar of the institution, Mr Moses Ilesanmi after she dismissed the suit for lacking in merit. The trio were tried for fraud allegations brought by the anti-graft agency over the FUNAAB fund. Read more

Kwara PDP Crisis Deepens over Guber Candidate (ThisDay)

The leadership crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State deepened Thursday as the Prince Sunday Fagbemi faction of the party met in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, and resolved to pick the party’s governorship candidate for the 2019 polls by consensus. Thisday gathered that at the meeting, the stakeholders also resolved to begin the tour of all the 16 local government areas of the state next week to sensitise party members and residents on preparations for the 2019 general election. According to sources, a former special adviser on National Assembly Matters to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Suleiman Ajadi; the pioneer chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Kunle Suleiman; a party elder in the state, Alhaji Ayinla Folorunsho; Chairman, Elders Forum, Chief S.A. Adedayo; pioneer National Assistant Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Henry Olaosebikan; Hon. llyasu Ibrahim, Mr. Moses Ibiyemi and Mr. Ashaolu were some of the prominent personalities that attended the meeting. Read more

Ramadan : IBB seeks Prayers to surmount National challenges (Nation)

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida has urged the Muslims to engage in prayers to enable the nation surmount its challenges. According to him, the Nation is faced with various challenges at personal and national levels stating that he believes that only divine intervention through prayers will give the nation solutions to its challenges. In a statement released on Thursday congratulating Muslims across Nigeria for seeing another Ramandan, Babangida enjoined all Muslims to conduct themselves very well during the holy month in order to maximize the spiritual and physical benefits inherent in the fasting period. Read more

Soldiers invade Police station over killing of colleague in Rivers (SUN)

Men of the Nigerian Army, on Thursday morning, have invaded a Police Station along Ada-George road in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State over the killing of their colleague by some police personnel. Daily Sun gathered that the soldiers stormed the police station in search of the police personnel, who allegedly killed their colleague at Wimpy by Ada-George junction. The aggrieved soldiers were alleged to have broken into the cell in search of the suspect, which caused those in detention to flee the cell. An eyewitness, Alex Igbani, who confirmed the incident to Daily Sun, said the police personnel shot dead the soldier, who was seen with a pistol at a junction controlling traffic. Read more

Nigeria lags behind in productivity – Ngige (Nation)

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said on Thursday that Nigeria was lagging behind smaller and less endowed African countries in productivity measurement and competitiveness despite the abundant human and natural resources the country is blessed with. The Minister who spoke while briefing the media on plans for the 2018 National Productivity Day celebration announced that the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ohio-Ita and 14 other Nigerians are to be honoured along side five companies with the National Productivity Order of Merit award by President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Why we jerked up 2018 budget to N9.12tr — NASS (Guardian)

National Assembly, yesterday, passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N9.12 trillion for the 2018 fiscal year, explaining while it increased  the budget estimate by  N508 billion from the  N8.612 trillion proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari late last year. Presenting the details of the 2018 Appropriation Bill for consideration at the Senate, Chairman of the Senate committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, APC, Gombe Central explained that the six  percent increase  in  the budget estimates was done in consultation with the executive arm of government. Read more

Nigeria Awards $6.6bn Rail Project to Chinese Firm (ThisDay)

The China Railway Construction Co. (CRCC) has announced that Nigeria has contracted it to work on a rail line that connects Lagos and Kano. The project, which is scheduled to be delivered within 48 months, will cost $6.681 billion. In a press bulletin Thursday, CRCC said the project will contain feeders from Osogbo to Ado-Ekiti. The project’s main line is the Ibadan to Kaduna segment, which is 616.14km in length. New double-track and single-track rail lines will also be built along the routes with a spur section that is 80.88km long. The rail line’s speed, according to the CRCC bulletin, will be 150km/h. Low interest loans from the Chinese government are expected to help Nigeria facilitate the financing of the project. Read more

Court refuses order to unfreeze N1.9b linked to Patience Jonathan (Nation)

The Federal High Court in Lagos Thursday refused to discharge an interim order freezing N1.9 billion which was allegedly obtained fraudulently by a businesswoman, Hajiya Bola Shagaya. Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) validly obtained the order. Shagaya had urged the court to grant her access to her account, which had been frozen since December 29, 2016. Through her lawyer, Mr. Napoleon Emeaso-Nwachukwu, she claimed she was not given fair hearing before Justice Muslim Hassan of the same court made the freezing order. Read more

WHO says Ebola outbreak has spread to DR Congo city (Guardian)

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a city, the World Health Organization said Thursday, raising concern the deadly virus may prove tougher to contain. “One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the UN’s health agency said in a statement. The outbreak, publicly declared on May 8, had previously been reported in a rural area of Equateur that lies roughly 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Mbandaka. Read more

At least 4 killed in Maiduguri suicide bombing (Punch)

At least four people were killed in northeast Nigeria on Thursday in a suicide blast at an open-air mosque, militia and refugee camp officials told AFP. The suspected Boko Haram bomber, who requested anonymity, was disguised as a worshipper, detonated his explosives at a camp for people displaced by the insurgency in Dikwa, a town 90 kilometres (55 miles) east of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. “Early this morning a suicide bomber killed four people and injured 15 others when he detonated his explosives as people gathered to pray at the ‘1,000’ camp in Dikwa,” militia leader Babakura Kolo told AFP. Read more

Nigeria remains 47th in FIFA rankings (Guardian)

Nigeria has remained in the 47th spot of the FIFA men’s ranking for the May edition. The Super Eagles alongside their Group D opponents in the World Cup are unmoved from their previous ranking. Nigeria remains sixth in Africa behind Tunisia (14), Senegal (28), DR Congo (38), Morocco (42) and Egypt (46). Argentina, favourites in Group D, are 5th in the World, while Croatia and Iceland are 18th and 22nd respectively. There was no movement in the top 47 with Germany, Brazil and Belgium retaining the first three spots on the ranking. Read more

All aboard for the railway hokey cokey (Guardian)

The Guardian is right to ask for nationalisation to be given a chance (Editorial, 17 May). The east coast mainline is of course the prime example of this. But we need to guard against any romantic notions. The nationalised industries were not all that our memories believe them to be. They grew to be inefficient and bloated. May I suggest introducing nationalisation in parts of most of the industries that were privatised under Mrs Thatcher. I say “parts” because I mean a mixed economy; that is, in any given market there be publicly owned corporations and private companies. Where would the BBC be without the breath of fresh air that was ITV? What would ITV’s quality levels be like if there wasn’t a BBC to compare and compete with? Read more

How #MeToo and #TimesUp are helping Egyptian women break the Silence around Sexual Violence (Time)

I’ve been arrested and interrogated for doing my job: defending survivors of abuse in Egypt. There is no comprehensive law covering all forms of sexual violence in Egypt. Many people believe that the blame lies with the girls and women involved, rather than the perpetrator, and survivors face shame and stigma. The lack of clarity around what constitutes harassment or assault has created a culture where girls and women are afraid to speak out. With female police officers few and far between in Egypt, women’s experiences often stay shrouded in silence—the idea of reporting harassment or rape to a male officer is too intimidating for many women. Read more

#MeToo and the ‘woke’ generation didn’t happen overnight (Guardian)

Moira Donegan (#MeToo and the rift within feminism, The long read, 11 May) appears to believe that it is the current “woke” generation who first noticed that “meaningful liberation from misogyny will only be achieved collectively, with changes at the structural, cultural and institutional levels”. And yet it was exactly this understanding that fuelled the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s. There is nothing new about bitter ideological rifts between women who identify as feminists, and yes, some “famous western feminists” have promoted an individualist agenda, oblivious to race and class privilege. But lots of non-famous feminists, black and white, have argued and campaigned tirelessly for decades in exactly the spirit of solidarity that Donegan identifies as the hallmark of #MeToo. Read more

Royal wedding puts Britain’s housing crisis in spotlight (News.Trust)

When Britain’s Prince Harry carries his new bride over the threshold after their wedding on Saturday, it will be into a two-bedroom house that estate agents might euphemistically describe as “bijou”. Like many young couples squeezed for space as they grapple with Britain’s sky-high property prices, Harry, 33, and 36-year-old Meghan Markle will start married life in a small cottage – albeit one in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Nottingham Cottage is one of the smallest on the grand royal estate in central London, which is also home to Prince William and his wife and has housed much of the royal court since 1689. While few have relatives as wealthy as Harry’s grandmother, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, experts say more and more young people are having to rely on their parents to get onto the property ladder. Read more


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