June 20, 2018

*Anambra poll: Obiano has underperformed, says Obaze * Yoruba, Igbo, N’Delta, Middle Belt leaders unite against Fulani herdsmen

*Anambra poll: Obiano has underperformed, says Obaze  * Yoruba, Igbo, N’Delta, Middle Belt leaders unite against Fulani herdsmen



Anambra poll: Obiano has underperformed, says Obaze

An aspirant in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has refuted claims that he is running to spoil the chances of his kinsman, incumbent Governor Willie Obiano.

Obaze, however, said if voted to power, he would serve a single tenure to maintain the prevailing understanding that had given the northern senatorial zone a maximum of eight years in the office. Read more

Yoruba, Igbo, N’Delta, Middle Belt leaders unite against Fulani herdsmen

South-West, South-East, South-South and Middle Belt leaders on Saturday, united against the threat of Fulani herdsmen and called for a new fiscal formula that would move Nigeria from its current dependence on oil and gas revenues to a fully diversified economy.

The leaders admonished the Federal Government to immediately disarm all herdsmen in the country and bring an end to the terror unleashed on farmers by the nomads. Read more

Parents of kidnapped Lagos pupils pay N31m ransom

Parents of the six abducted pupils of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla Epe, have paid N31m ransom to the criminals who kidnapped their children, Sunday Punch has learnt.

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that some parents were assigned to take the money to an undisclosed place, where they paid to some members of the gang in two tranches.

The parents were, however, worried that their children had not been released since last week when their abductors promised to set them free. Read more

EFCC prepares to testify against Diezani in US, UK

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is ready to testify against a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and oil barons, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore in the United States and the United Kingdom, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

Our correspondent also learnt that further evidence had been sent to the US Justice Department, as well as the UK’s National Crime Agency with a view to repatriating part of the $1.6bn allegedly stolen by Alison-Madueke, Aluko and Omokore. Read more

We won’t be surprised if Sheriff joins APC — Makarfi

The victory was celebrated across the length and breadth of this country, even beyond the Peoples Democratic Party. That shows you that the PDP, even in its present shape, is what Nigerians are really looking forward to having in power again. They can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are wooing members from other political parties, even if they are not partisan, to join the PDP in order to return to power in 2019. Our victory has signalled the end of the crisis. Prior to this victory, the sign was there for all to see. Read more

Ashafa: Giving Representation a New Face

By the sheer stroke of personal decision, Senator Olugbenga Bareehu Ashafa, Lagos East, has refused to catch the bug of ostentatious representation that often typifies the style of most Nigerian lawmakers, who would rather pay more attention to media exposure than the content and quality of their representation.

Away from the craze for media events often tagged empowerment programmes or town hall jamboree, which have remained some of the avenues to reach out to the people, result has always been the profound desire of Senator Ashafa.  Read more

Buhari Will Shock Nigerians – Tam David-West, Former Petroleum Minister

Former Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Prof Tam David-West, in this interview,  says President Muhammadu Buhari, will shock Nigerians positively when he returns to Nigeria from his medical trip to London hale and hearty. He notes that he expects him to surprise Nigerians with cabinet reshuffle and a major re-thinking of method of governance.
He also speaks on comments of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Buhari, the parable of Lion-king, the hyenas and jackals he must throw out of his “Kingdom”, the face-off between the Senate and the Presidency over the chairmanship of the Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), agitation for restructuring of Nigeria and calls for referendum, as well as his perspective on the calls that Buhari should vie for the 2019 presidential poll. Read more

Production Cap Exemption: Nigeria Addressing OPEC’s Worries

The Kuwaiti oil minister, Issam Almarzooq, recently said that the exemption granted Nigeria and Libya with regard to the output cuts set for members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC suppliers might soon be withdrawn. Almarzooq, who chairs the committee monitoring compliance with the production cap, said both countries could be told to cap their crude oil outputs in an effort to keep the production agreement intact. The output cuts started in January, which were extended by nine months to March 2018 in May, after the landmark deal reached last November failed to solve a global oversupply problem, was to rebalance the crude oil market. Read more

Power firms fail to remit N4.6bn revenue

Power distribution companies did not remit N4.62bn revenue due to the sector in May, the latest report on the monthly performances of the Discos obtained from the electricity Market Operator has shown.

An analysis of the report showed that the N4.62bn sectoral shortfall pushed up the total indebtedness of the Discos since the commencement of the Transitional Electricity Market to N115.98bn, as against the N111.36bn recorded in April this year. Read more

Unilever partners Kaduna to empower women

Unilever Nigeria Plc has entered into a strategic partnership with the Kaduna State Government to launch a campaign with the ultimate goal of enhancing livelihoods and helping people take action to improve their health and well-being.

A statement obtained from the firm said this was part of the firm’s efforts aimed at empowering women, and promoting healthy eating habits among women and teenage girls of reproductive age. Read more

Nigerian airlines must merge to survive – Olowo

On infrastructural challenges, I want to say we have not witnessed any improvement in the past 10 years and I even want to say it has gone worse. When Sabre Travel Network came to Nigeria 10 years ago, we were supplying our own power 24 hours daily because we cannot allow the Nigerian power to touch some of the equipment that we use; they are very expensive equipment.  As of today, we still generate our power.

Internet was very sluggish when we started 10 years ago; the speed is increasing now, but it is still not dependable. Internet has caused a lot of havoc to some of our partners. Read more

How Governor Ambode can improve Lagos traffic in just three months

Since the end of Nigeria’s civil war, the population of Lagos has multiplied.

So has the volume of automobiles on its roads, and sitting in traffic daily has become a significant drain on state, regional and national productivity.

The following are a few thoughts on how the authorities can improve the situation in a few months.

The first thing is to acknowledge that while there seems to be terrible traffic everywhere, different factors are responsible for it.  Lagos needs more, and better roads, for sure, but what it needs the most is better management of what exists. Read more

Preparing Nigeria for possible crude oil production cut

Stakeholders have called on the Federal Government to make adequate preparation for a likely cut in Nigeria’s crude oil production, Okechukwu Nnodim reports

A capping or reduction in Nigeria’s crude oil output is likely going to happen soon and this will impact the economy adversely considering the economic significance of the commodity, stakeholders have said.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries may ask Nigeria and Libya to cap their crude oil output soon in an effort to help re-balance the global crude oil market. Read more

How FG Will End Fuel Imports by 2019

To appreciate the gravity of our situation, let’s look at the statistics. Our national average production of refined products is currently about 6 million litres per day out of an estimated 35 million litres needed to meet domestic demand. Between January and December 2016, we spent approximately N3.35 trillion to import 20 metric tonnes of imported petroleum products. Also, about 30% of foreign exchange given by the CBN goes to the petroleum sector for imports – a huge amount of foreign exchange drain on the country. Read more

Brazil beat Eagles legends 3-0

Brazil trounced injury-hit Nigeria legends 3-0 in a final group game of the Star Sixes, but despite crashing out in the first round captain Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and his team will earn $9,000-a-man as appearance fee, SCORENigeria has learnt.

Brazil and Italy progressed to the semi-finals of the maiden Star Sixes with Nigeria and China dropping out on Saturday. Read more

Eight dead in Senegal stadium crush

Eight people were killed during Senegal’s football league final in Dakar on Saturday in a stampede that broke out following clashes at the end of the match, the official APS news agency said.

A wall collapsed at Demba Diop stadium as people attempted to exit the stadium after the game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour, APS reported, adding many more were injured. Read more

Turkey: New home of Nigerian star players

In the last few seasons, Nigerians have had to watch some of their best players flood the Turkish league in search of regular playing time.

This trend has to a large extent portrayed in full glare the dwindling fortunes of the country’s footballers, who  were once amongst the crème-de-la-crème of world football. Read more

Senior cricketers disturbed with reckless comment against Mushfiqur

Mashrafe Bin MortazaShakib Al HasanMahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal are believed to be the three backbones of the country’s cricket at the moment.

And when one of them has been faced with reckless comment, it didn’t go well with the other four senior cricketers. Read more

Losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is Arsenal losing its future

While much of Arsenal’s summer transfer window, if you believe the rumour and conjecture of the tabloids, centres on the addition of players. Reportedly, they are set to splash the cash once more, already after breaking their club record transfer fee to secure the services of Alexandre Lacazette, who enters the fray as a leading striker, a player that fans have been pining for, for many years. However, while the media may say otherwise, it is not recruitment that Arsenal are in need of. Rather, it is retention.

Given the contract crisis that is currently crippling the club, there are several, established first-team players who hold all the power. Read more

U.S. beat Nicaragua 3-0 to clinch top spot in Group B

A late goal from Matt Miazga helped the United States to a 3-0 win over Nicaragua in the Gold Cup on Saturday and ensured the hosts top spot in Group B on goal difference.

After Panama beat Martinique 3-0 in the earlier Group B game, the U.S. knew they needed to win by three clear goals to avoid a quarter-final match up against Costa Rica, one of the tournament favourites. Read more

James won’t be automatic starter at Bayern Munich like Klinsmann – Elber

Former Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber predicts that Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez will be a success at the German giants, but issued a warning to the Colombian to not expect to walk into the starting side.

James has joined the Bundesliga champions in a two-year loan deal, which will see him reunite with his former Real manager Carlo Ancelotti for the 2017-18 season. He made his debut in a 2-0 preseason friendly win against Werder Bremen on Saturday. Read more

John McCain surgery delays health care vote            

McCain is in Arizona after having a blood clot removed from above his left eye.

His office said the clot was discovered during an annual physical and removed Friday at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

“Thanks to @MayoClinic for its excellent care — I appreciate your support & look forward to getting back to work!” McCain’s verified account tweeted Saturday. Read morel

Brazil protesters pelt politician with eggs at her wedding

Maria Victoria Barros, 25, is a member of the state assembly in Parana and daughter of Mr Temer’s health minister.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the church where the ceremony was taking place on Friday evening.

Pelted with eggs, she had to leave the church in an armoured vehicle. Read more

Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa to water the grassroots

The last time Sen. Bernie Sanders was in Iowa, there was an election to win. It was November 2016 and Sanders was barnstorming Hawkeye State college towns, trying in vain to drum up support for Hillary Clinton.

He returned on Saturday under slightly different circumstances. President Donald Trump is finishing his sixth month in office and Senate Republicans are hammering away at an Obamacare overhaul that could cause more than 20 million people to lose insurance over the next 10 years. Read more

Why Is the Vatican So Obsessed With Gluten?

The Catholic Church this week gave people who are gluten-free another chance to do their favorite thing—talk about being gluten-free.

That’s because news surfaced that the Roman Catholic Church does not allow gluten-free communion wafers to be used as part of the sacrament of communion. Roman Catholics are known for their belief that during the Eucharist the host (the communion wafers or bread) is transubstantiated into the body of Christ. For the more sarcastically minded, this easily could raise the snarky accusation: Read more

Australia urges China to release dissident Liu Xiaobo’s widow

Australia on Sunday called for China to lift curbs on the widow of Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died of liver cancer in custody last week.

Liu Xiaobo, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms in China. Read more

Trump campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr’s lawyer before emails released

Donald Trump’s campaign committee paid $50,000 to the firm of a lawyer representing Donald Trump Jr 13 days before emails relating to alleged links to Russia were publicly released.

A campaign finance report filed to the Federal Election Commission on Saturday said the committee made the payment to Alan Futerfas’s law firm on 27 June. Read more

Trump re-election campaign paid $50,000 to law firm now representing Donald Trump Jr.

The Trump re-election campaign paid $50,000 last month to the law firm now representing Donald Trump Jr., according to a new filing the campaign made with the Federal Election Commission.

The $50,000 was paid to the firm of Alan Futerfas on June 27, several days after Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner amended his security clearance form to reflect the previously undisclosed 2016 meeting he, Trump Jr., and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskyaya. Read more



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