May 25, 2018

* Alleged N1.5bn fraud: APC woman leader gets bail (Guardian) * Monkey pox: Pandemonium, as parents, schools reject free army medical services in Sapele (Tribune)

* Alleged N1.5bn fraud: APC woman leader gets bail (Guardian)     * Monkey pox: Pandemonium, as parents, schools reject free army medical services in Sapele (Tribune)



Alleged N1.5bn fraud: APC woman leader gets bail (Guardian)

Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele of a Benin High Court on Friday granted Mrs Aisosa Amadasun, the Edo Woman Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and four others N1 million bail each. The other defendants are Adama Osabuohien, Prince Stephen Alao, Dove Momodu and Mallam Ali Sulayman. Ovbiagele also ordered the defendants to produce a surety each in like sum. The judge ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed, reside within Benin metropolis and must be deposed to an affidavit of means as part of the bail condition. Read more

Monkey pox: Pandemonium, as parents, schools reject free army medical services in Sapele (Tribune)

The debunked rumour that the military was injecting people with monkey pox virus in the South East through its free medical services has spread to Sapele and other parts of Delta State. The army had, few days ago, launched Operation Crocodile Smile in Sapele, backing it up with free medical services for people of the area. The Delta State government, through the Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah had, during the inauguration of the military operation, appealed to parents to allow their children and wards to be immunised by the military through its ongoing free medical services. Read more

Benue court remands lawmaker, ex-LG bosses, Suswam aides in prison (Punch)

Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State capital, on Friday, ordered a serving member of Benue State House of Assembly, representing Logo state constituency, Kester Kyenge and four others in prison custody till next week Thursday, 17th October, 2017. Others remanded are former council chairmen of Ukum and Ado local government areas of the state respectively, Mr David Sev-Av and Alex Ogaba, while Mr Terfa Bosua and Andrew Ayande were aides to erstwhile governor of the state, Dr Gabriel Suswam. Read more

606 migrants from Nigeria, others rescued in Mediterranean (Punch)

A migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean carried hundreds of children and unaccompanied minors from over 15 countries to safety in Italy on Friday. The migrants, who set sail from Libya for Italy, came from countries including Benin, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Syria, Somalia and Yemen. The Aquarius, a boat operated by charity group SOS Mediterranee along with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), brought 606 people including 241 minors to Palermo after a series of rescues at sea on Tuesday and Wednesday. Read more

We’ll fix cut-off mark at 120 – Caleb University (Punch)

Caleb University in Imota, Lagos State, says its cut-off mark for admission in the 2017/2018 academic session will be 120 as stipulated by Joint Admission Matriculation Board. Its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Daniel Aina, said on Friday in Lagos that the cut-off mark was aimed at “liberalising admission” into tertiary institutions and give access to the best candidates. “The 120 cut-off mark was a joint decision of all Nigeria universities vice chancellors, not the JAMB alone. Read more

Anambra guber: Buhari to attend APC final campaign (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari has given his word that he will be at the final campaign in Anambra State ahead of the gubernatorial elections scheduled for November 18. The Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abubakar, made the disclosure to State House Correspondents after he and the flagbearer of All Progressive Congress candidate, Tony Nwoye met. The governor who said he came to give update to the president as the chairman of the national campaign Council of the APC for the Anambra governorship election. Read more

Terrorists enclave neutralize, weapons recovered (NTA)

The Troops of 202 Battalion, 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Operations LAFIYA DOLE, in furtherance of clearance and blockade Operation DEEP PUNCH 2, today, Thursday 12th October 2017, cleared Boko Haram terrorists’ enclaves in Abaram, Churuchuru and Aulajiri villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. The terrorists on sighting own troops withdrew in dissary as the troops overpowered them with a heavy fire. Troops neutralized 3 of the terrorists, rescued a child who is between 5 to 6 years of age and recovered two Dane Guns. Read more

Court jails 45 Boko Haram members, frees 468 (Punch)

A Federal High Court sitting in Kainji, Niger State, has sentenced 45 Boko Haram members to between 3 and 31 years in jail, and also freed 468 suspects. The jailed men were among the 575 Boko Haram suspects arraigned under the first phase of the mass trial of the suspects. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Kainji court also struck out 34 cases while 28 suspects were remanded for trial in Abuja and Minna. Read more

Ex-Supreme Court justice, Coommassie, buried (Nation)

The body of ex-Supreme Court Judge, Justice Saifullahi Coommassie, was laid to rest in his hometown, Zaria, Kaduna State, on Friday. Coommassie died on Thursday evening in Zaria at the age of 71 after a brief illness. The funeral prayer was performed at the Emir of Zazzau’s palace. Dignitaries at the funeral included the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris, Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munnir Ja’afaru, and the Adviser to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State on Political Matters, Alhaji Lawal Sama’ila-Yakawada. Read more

Alex Iwobi coming of age for club and country (itsroundanditswhite)

The breakthrough for Alex Iwobi at Arsenal came two years ago. Giving birth to a certain sense of optimism. A positive vibe that wasn’t only felt in north London but thousands of miles away in West Africa. Being the only player since Jack Wilshere to burst into the first team, he received a VIP-like kind of treatment from Arsene Wenger. Yet, it was nothing compared to the demigod status he received back home. Read more

Bruce Arena resigns as United States head coach (Thesackrace)

As expected Bruce Arena has resigned from his post in charge of the United States national team, following in the footsteps of another international manager in Gordon Strachan, who left Scotland on Thursday. Arena’s decision to pull the plug will surprise few given the country’s catastrophic failure to book their place at the 2018 World Cup following a disastrous qualification campaign. The US headed into their final game against rock-bottom Trinidad & Tobago needing only a point to secure an automatic spot in the CONCACAF qualifying zone. Read more

Antonio Conte confirms Charly Musonda talk after Chelsea criticism (Standard)

The 20-year-old has started just one game for Chelsea this season – in the 5-1 Carabao Cup win against Nottingham Forest last month in which he scored – and has played just a handful of minutes in the Premier League. Musonda is competing with the likes of Pedro, Willian or Eden Hazard for a starting berth – though is expected to feature against Everton in the League Cup later this month – and posted a message on Instagram complaining about a lack of chances. Read more

Naked football coach motivates team to crucial victory (Punch)

A Norwegian football coach, Ronny Deila, took to desperate measures to inspire his Valerenga side in the battle against relegation, giving a crucial team talk while naked. “A lot of people have probably seen me nude already,” Deila told the Norwegian paper VG on Friday. “We have to have fun in all the seriousness.” Valerenga won the match against Brann 2-1 two weeks and a subsequent home victory, delivered by a fully clothed Deila, has lifted the capital club five points above the top-flight drop-zone with six games remaining. Read more

Iniesta eyes World Cup finale with Spain (Punch)

Spain’s World Cup winning hero in 2010 Andres Iniesta believes next year’s tournament in Russia is likely to be his swansong at international level. Barcelona midfielder Iniesta, 33, signed a first ever “contract for life” with the Catalan giants last week. However, after a few injury-plagued seasons, he is hoping just to be fit in 2018 to top off a stunning international career. As well as scoring the winning goal in the 2010 final, Iniesta helped Spain win back-to-back European championships in 2008 and 2012. Read more

Barca plan £80m bonus for Messi (Punch)

Barcelona are prepared to hand Lionel Messi a record-breaking bonus when he signs a new deal at the Nou Camp, reports. The Argentine is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to put pen to paper on an extension. Last month, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu insisted the only thing missing was his signature after agreeing a new £500,000-a-week deal. And Catalan paper L’Ara report Barca will hand Messi a bonus between £79m and £85m when he agrees his contract. Read more

Friday the 13th: Flight 666 makes it safely to HEL (Washingtonpost)

The Helsinki airport says Flight 666 has arrived safety in HEL — the airport code for the Finnish capital — for the last time. The Finnair flight took off from Copenhagen, Denmark, in the 13th hour of Friday the 13th, headed for Helsinki Vantaa airport. Finavia, which operates Finland’s 21 airports, says the flight landed eight minutes ahead of schedule at 3:47 p.m. local. The flight started 11 years ago and has fallen on Friday the 13th 21 times with no reported ill effects. Still, Finnair has decided to retire the flight number. As the carrier is switching around some flight numbers later this month, Flight AY666 will become AY954. Read more

Israel to follow US and leave UNESCO (Memo)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare for Israel’s withdrawal from UNESCO, just a day after the US announced it would leave the international organisation in December 2018, according to Haaretz. Netanyahu welcomed the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw stating: “This is a brave and moral decision, because UNESCO has become a theatre of the absurd. Instead of preserving history, it distorts it.” Read more

Israeli Embassy Balfour celebration at British university condemned by students (Memo)

Student societies at the University of Manchester have sent an open letter to the institution’s President and Vice-Chancellor, calling for a celebration of the Balfour Declaration co-organised by the Israeli Embassy to be cancelled. In their letter addressed to Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, the students said that they had been made aware of the university’s plans to celebrate 100 years since the Balfour Declaration on the evening of Tuesday 31st October with the Israeli Embassy and the Zionist Federation of Great Britain. Read more

‘Palestinian women are symbols of heroism,’ says Palestine’s youngest female mayor (Memo)

At just 26 years-old, Yousra Badwan is Palestine’s youngest female mayor after being elected to the post in the Azzun municipality of the occupied West Bank earlier this year. Badwan tells MEMO about her reasons for pursuing political office, and how she hopes to help her community in the face of the Israeli occupation. Having graduated from Palestine’s Technical University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, a career in politics was not the obvious choice for West Bank resident Yousra Badwan. As she observed the struggles of those in her community, though, particularly those faced by women, her desire to make a difference led her to aim high. Read more

Aung San Suu Kyi unveils relief plans for Rohingya Muslims (Guardian)

Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has announced plans to set up a civilian-led agency, with foreign assistance, to deliver aid and help resettle Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. A close adviser, speaking with Aung San Suu Kyi’s knowledge, said the proposed body had been long planned, and was part of an attempt to show the civilian government she leads, rather than the Burmese military, can deliver humanitarian relief, resettlement and economic recovery. Read more

For Trump, “Consequences Are Piling Up” with Republicans in Washington (Newyorker)

Shortly after noon on Tuesday, after a morning in which President Trump hurled insults on Twitter about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s I.Q. and Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker’s diminutive stature, I went to meet Ed Rogers, a lobbyist and lifelong Republican. “There’s fires all around,” Rogers told me, even before I sat down. A couple of days earlier, Corker had gone public with an interview in the Times about President Trump, and Corker’s warning that Trump could put the country “on the path to World War III” seemed to have unleashed at least a few other Republicans to register varying degrees of disgust, dismay, fury, and disappointment about the perilous state of affairs in the Trump White House. Rogers, it turned out, was among them. Read more

JK Rowling nails the huge problem with this viral sexual assault tweet (Stylist)

The list of allegations against Harvey Weinstein is growing steadily longer, as more and more women come forward to accuse the Hollywood producer of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct. Many have asked how, if true, such a huge abuse of power could have been kept a secret for so long – and others have asked why, when victims did manage to come forward, many appear to have been silenced or ignored. Read more

Everyone owns the Iran deal’s deceits (Commentarymag)

From all the behind-the-scenes reporting, it seemed as though the Trump White House was of two minds on the Iran nuclear accords. The president wanted the deal gone, but his advisors feared that the risks of such a course outweighed the rewards for the United States. So President Trump gets to have it both ways.On Friday, he will declare that the Iran nuclear accords are not in America’s best interest and he will not certify that Iran is in compliance with the deal. He will not, however, abrogate the agreement. Read more


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