March 19, 2019

* Again, Abba Kyari, Oyo-Ita clash over 3 female perm secs (Vanguard) * June 12: Buhari did the unthinkable – Gani Adams (SUN)

* Again, Abba Kyari, Oyo-Ita clash over 3 female perm secs (Vanguard)                * June 12: Buhari did the unthinkable – Gani Adams (SUN)



Again, Abba Kyari, Oyo-Ita clash over 3 female perm secs (Vanguard)

The Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari and the Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, have disagreed over the disengagement of three career permanent secretaries from the public service. As a result of the disagreement, the three women have been left at home in the past three years even though they are being paid salaries by the government. The three permanent secretaries: Mrs. Fatima Bamidele, Mrs. Nkechi Ejele and Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, ran into trouble when Buhari came into office as they were reportedly being investigated over alleged misappropriation of funds in their respective ministries. They were therefore placed under watch while their counterparts were assigned to ministries by the Buhari administration, which promised change in the land. Read more

June 12: Buhari did the unthinkable – Gani Adams (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari did the unthinkable by honouring the martyr of democracy, the late MKO Abiola, with the most prestigious national honour (GCFR), the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land, Gani Adams, has said. Adams made the assertion at the 25th anniversary of June 12. 1993, Presidential Election organised by the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in Lagos State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that OPC organised the event in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council. The anniversary had the theme: “Nigerian Politics and Democratic Process: MKO Abiola and the June 12, 1993, Crisis and Beyond”. Adams, also OPC National Coordinator, said: “Where we least expected the truth about June 12 to come from, there is where it came. “I salute you all for persevering in the last 25 years. Read more

Imo guber: Integrity my most valued asset – Madumere (SUN)

Deputy Governor of Imo State and gubernatorial aspirant, Prince Eze Madumere, has said that his most valuable asset is his integrity. He called on Nigerians to vote for leaders with proven transparency and integrity, saying the that lack of personal integrity is at the root of bad governance and underdevelopment of the country. Prince Madumere who said this, on Wednesday, during an interactive session with newsmen pointed out that personal integrity is a sine qua non for anybody who is aspiring for a leadership position especially in politics and that he has vowed maintain his personal integrity. Read more

Former Chief of Air Staff Amosu to forfeit N2.2b (Nation)

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of N2.2billion recovered from former Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Adesola Amosu. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun made the order based on an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The judge ruled: “An interim order is made forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the total sum of N2,244,500,000 found and recovered by the commission from the first respondent (Amosu) which sum is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.” The judge granted an interim order for the temporary forfeiture of N190,828,978.15 recovered from a former Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Director of Finance and Budget Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo. Read more

Illegal detention, police brutality: NHRC to audit police detention cells (SUN)

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has concluded arrangements to carry out an independent audit of police detention cells and facilities in all commands and formations across the country. The audit, according to the Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), Abayomi Shogunle, would take the Commission members to all detention cells of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Shogunle, who made this known in a statement, in Abuja, said the audit by the human rights commission followed the approval by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. Read more

Violence: INEC suspends CVR in 2 Kogi LGs (Vanguard)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has suspended the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in some communities in Bassa and Dekina Local Government Areas of Kogi. The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam, who announced this during a press conference in Lokoja on Wednesday, blamed the development on persistent violent clashes within the affected communities. Apam also disclosed that the commission has had cause to suspend the exercise in Omala Local Government sometimes this year for similar reason. Read more

Nigeria’s inflation drops to 11.61 % in May – NBS (Guardian)

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation for May, decreased to 11.61 per cent (year-on-year) from 13.34 per cent recorded in April. The NBS disclosed this in its CPI and inflation Report for May released on Wednesday in Abuja. According to the bureau, this figure is 0.87 per cent points less than the rate recorded in April. The bureau said the figure showed 16 consecutive reductions in inflation rate since January 2017. The report stated that increases were recorded in all the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP) divisions that yielded the headline index. Read more

FEC okays N185 billion for 14 roads (Nation)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N185 billion for the rehabilitation, construction and repairs of 14 roads across the country. The Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also said that arrangement has been finalized to sign the 2018 Appropriation Bill into law by President Buhari next week. According to the Attorney General of the Federation, Malami Abubakar, Nigeria will soon get another repatriation of $500 million. Read more

Why we shut down NEMA offices nationwide- workers (SUN)

Aggrieved workers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), have highlighted the reasons that made them shut down NEMA offices nationwide indefinitely. The workers under the umbrella of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) and Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) said the their action was in response to maladministration of NEMA Director General, Mustapha Maihaja. The workers representative, Justin Uche, said in a statement that NEMA is on the verge of administrative collapse if urgent steps are not taken by supervisory authorities to remove the DG. Read more

NLC protests Mimiko’s return to Labour Party (Vanguard)

The organised labour under the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Labour Party, LP, Wednesday said they will reject attempt by former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko to return to the Labour Party. Addressing journalists at Labour House, Abuja, the National Chairman of Labour Party, Dr Mike Omotosho explained that given the former governor’s political antecedents, there would be no room to accomodate Mimiko in the party. He said: “It has come to our knowledge the moves by the immediate past Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko to return to the Labour Party. Nigerian workers wish to put a disclaimer to this ill-fated adventure. Read more

Apostle Suleiman, father face-off over Buhari (Guardian)

Hon. Imoudu Sule, a renowned Edo born multimillionaire businessman and father of fiery preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, is the current APC Leader in Auchi as well as the APC Deputy Leader, Etsako West, Edo State, Nigeria. In a recent media chat with select journalists in Lagos, the elder statesman revealed why he’s coming out publicly this time to give his son a final warning against the backdrop of his persistent and unrelenting criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC Government. While acknowledging and openly confessing his passionate love for his son Suleiman Johnson, and giving further reasons he continually warns the fiery priest to concentrate more on his Apostolic calling, Hon. Sule Imoudu stated categorically that he would not condone anyone who undermines the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari. “This is a man I love, respect and hold in high esteem for being a person of integrity over the years.” Read more

FBI arrests 34 Nigerians for alleged cyber fraud (SUN)

The United States Federal authorities have arrested no fewer than 34 Nigerians for allegedly defrauding businesses and US citizens of several millions of dollars, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said. FBI said in a statement that the fraud was a significant coordinated effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that were designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens. It said a counter effort, ‘Operation Wire Wire’, a coordinated law enforcement effort by the US Department of Justice, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of the Treasury and the US Postal Inspection Service, was conducted over a six month period. Read more

ICYMI: I joined kidnap gang to make money for Sallah – Suspect (Punch)

The Niger State Police Command has arrested two suspected kidnappers that had been making life unbearable for the people of Sabon Mariga in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state. The suspects, Mohammed Kwairi, 23, and Emmanuel Idi, 21, were arrested by police operatives attached to Kagara division. It was learnt that the police acted on distress calls that the bandits were asking residents to pay N2.5m to a bank account or risked being kidnapped. One of the suspects, Kwairi, told our correspondent that he joined the kidnap gang to make money for the forthcoming sallah celebration. Read more

Desist from engaging in Thuggery, Sultan advises Youths (ThisDay)

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Wednesday urged Nigerian youths to refrain from involving themselves in thuggery. The monarch made the plea at the closing of this year’s preaching session at the Haliru Jummat Mosque, Kofar Kware area of Sokoto metropolis. He advised them to desist from being used by selfish politicians to cause breach of the peace in the polity. “Youths should be vigilant and not to allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous politicians to achieve their selfish interests,” he said. Read more

Suspected robbers kill musician in Benin (SUN)

Suspected armed robbers, on Tuesday night, reportedly shot dead a local musician, Mr. Elvis Oni, (a.k.a Papa) and wounded his wife in Benin-City, the Edo State capital. The four-man gang was said to have stormed the victim’s residential building at N0 17, New Lagos Road, and Off Victory junction at about 7:25pm. They reportedly dispossessed Mrs. Oni, a food vendor, of all proceeds from her sales and robbed other tenants of the building. Sources said the late Oni,  the landlord of the house, was discussing with some of his band members when he heard strange footsteps along the passage and had stood up to find out who it was when suddenly the gang shot him instantly at close range. Read more

Kwesé free Sports signs Oshoala as Brand Ambassador (ThisDay)

24-hour sports TV station, Kwesé Free Sports (KFS) UHF 32, has signed the 2017 African Women’s Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, as its brand ambassador in Nigeria. The Nigeria professional footballer and Dalian Quanjian F.C. forward, will become the face of the Kwesé Free Sports brand promoting the channels’ sporting content and supporting its initiatives. She will feature in Kwesé Free Sports’s advertising commercials encompassing radio, television, print and digital. She will make appearances at Kwesé Free Sports events and feature as a guest analyst in its studios. Arguably Nigeria’s best female footballer, Asisat Oshoala’s honours include; the African Women’s Footballer of the Year 2014, 2016 and 2017, and the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015. Read more

World Cup: Nigeria will get to semi-finals, magical pig predicts (Punch)

In a case reminiscent of the psychic octopus named Paul, which made accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup, another magical animal, this time, a pig named Mystic Marcus, has predicted that Nigeria, alongside Belgium, Uruguay and Argentina, will progress to the Semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting on Thursday in Russia. Mystic Marcus has a 100 per cent track record of predicting sports results according to his owner, Juliette Stevens, reports Daily Mail on Wednesday. And the eight-year-old prophet even predicted Brexit and that Donald Trump would win the US presidential election. Read more

Suarez bites back after Chiellini nightmare (Goal)

The Barcelona attacker is seeking to make it third-time lucky at the World Cup after his two previous tilts ended only in infamy. Luis Suarez might have only played 178 minutes of World Cup 2014, but he packed a whole tournament’s worth of action into such a short space of time. Having failed to win a fitness battle to feature in the opening clash against Costa Rica, he justified his reputation as one of the game’s deadliest strikers to score twice and eliminate England with one game still remaining.  Little did the 31-year-old know as he pounced to eliminate the Three Lions that his time in Brazil was also growing short. Read more

Mario Husillos has joined West Ham as new director of football from Malaga (Dailymail)

West Ham named Mario Husillos as their new director of football on Wednesday and handed the 59-year-old Argentine full control over player recruitment. The move is a victory for Manuel Pellegrini, who is close to Husillos with the two having worked together at Malaga previously. The pair reached the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013. Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan, who has long been in charge of transfers, will now take a backseat after Husillos signed a three-year contract. ‘I know the manager well and know he wants to deliver an exciting brand of attacking football,’ said Husillos, who was sporting director at Malaga.. ‘It will be my job to supply him with the tools to do just that. Read more

Liverpool concede defeat in pursuit of top goalkeeping targets (whoscored)

Alisson has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the last 12 months and Liverpool have rekindled their interest since last month’s Champions League final. Klopp has made signing an upgrade for Loris Karius a priority this summer but is unwilling to match Roma’s £70m valuation of Alisson, which would require Liverpool to shatter the world record fee for a goalkeeper. Liverpool are also monitoring the future of Jan Oblak but would similarly have to pay an unprecedented sum for a goalkeeper to have any chance of luring the Atletico Madrid ace to Merseyside. Read more

President Trump’s legal team plots next move following the North Korea summit (CNN)

As he flew back from the historic North Korea summit, a euphoric President Donald Trump worked the phones, calling key lawmakers to tell them what happened inside his meeting with Kim Jong Un — which Trump deemed a success. But he also made less celebratory calls — to his lawyers — to discuss what he faces next: a potential showdown with Robert Mueller over his willingness to answer the special counsel’s questions about the Russia investigation. The President’s legal team is already assembled in Washington, eager to sit down with their client to game out the next major move in anticipation of a meeting with the special counsel either later this week or next week. Read more

Sanford says he hopes his loss won’t have a chilling effect on fellow Republicans (CNN)

South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford said in an interview Wednesday after his primary loss that he’s not upset with President Donald Trump for tweeting support of his opponent a few hours before polls closed. “I wouldn’t say it made my day, and it’s not what anybody would yearn for in the world of politics, but it is what it is,” Sanford told a small group of reporters in the Capitol. Reflecting the day after his loss, Sanford acknowledged that his election had become a referendum on if he was supportive enough of the President — who he has outspokenly criticized at times. “That’s ultimately what the race devolved down to, which was, ‘Was I Trump enough vs. not,'” Sanford said. Read more

Exhibition looks to uncover the ‘very unconventional persona’ of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (ITV)

Frida Kahlo was a a brand in her own right, an artist whose fame through her many self portraits soared decades after her death, turning her into an icon. Now, Kahlo’s clothes, jewellery, makeup and a defiantly red-leather-booted prosthetic leg, which were sealed in her house for more than 50 years, are to be shown at the V&A in London, the first time they will have been seen outside Mexico. Claire Wilcox, senior curator of fashion at the V&A, said the exhibition reveals unknown more details about the famed Mexican artist. “Frida was so photogenic and because so many photographers were mesmerised by her we have this wonderful record of how she looked and how she dressed. Read more

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