* APC, R-APC trade words (SUN) * Killings: AGF blames looting, corrupt politicians, Oyebode disagrees (Punch)

* APC, R-APC trade words (SUN)              * Killings: AGF blames looting, corrupt politicians, Oyebode disagrees (Punch)



APC, R-APC trade words (SUN)

Tug of war, hot exchange, claims and counterclaims continued, yesterday, between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the splinter Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC). While the leadership of the APC denied existence of a faction, the R-APC blamed the ruling party for the crisis. Crisis in the ruling party festered when some former stalwarts comprising aggrieved members, on Wednesday, unveiled the R-APC and unfolded its new national executive, having alleged marginalisation and persecution by the leadership of ruling the party. Its National Chairman, Alhaji Buba Galadima said the members were compelled to move out because the APC had derailed from its original plans and vision. He confirmed that the new People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) teamed up with other forces who formed R-APC. Read more

Killings: AGF blames looting, corrupt politicians, Oyebode disagrees (Punch)

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), said on Thursday that corrupt politicians and the looting of security funds were responsible for the current insecurity problems bedevilling the country. Suggesting solutions to the problem, however, a Professor of Law, Akin Oyebode (SAN),  said the government had to provide good governance, to overcome the growing level of killings in the country. Malami delivered the keynote address, while  Oyebode was the lead speaker at ‘A High-Level Dialogue on Law and Security in Nigeria’ which held at Sheraton Hotel in Abuja on Tuesday. Read more

Wammako, Bindow, Aliero, Goje, 184 Reps shun R-APC (Nation)

The plot to cause a split in the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suffered a major setback, with some leaders of the party  refusing to join the Reformed All Progressives Congress(R-APC). Some bigwigs, who have opted to remain in APC, include former Governor Abdullahi Adamu; former Governor Aliyu Wammako; former Governor Danjuma Goje; former Governor Adamu Aliero; former Governor Kabiru Gaya; Governor Abdullahi Ganduje; Governor Yahaya Bello and Governor Jibrilla Bindow. There are several others. Joining some of the APC chieftains, including those who were in new People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), are over 184 Representatives and no fewer than 52 senators in the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG). Read more

Resist rigging on July 14, Wike tells Ekiti people (SUN)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on Ekiti people to stand firm and resist any attempt by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate their governorship election results next week. Speaking during the official presentation of flag to the Ekiti State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, yesterday, in Ado-Ekiti, Governor Wike said “this is Operation stay where you are.” He said on no account should the Ekiti people be intimidated by the use of security agencies for the purpose of manipulating the process. He said: “If they like they should bring missiles, stay put and defend your votes. Stay put at the voting centre until the results are formally announced. Read more

Fayemi criticises Fayose for declaring Public holiday for rally (Punch)

The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has criticised Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for declaring Thursday a public holiday to draft civil servants to the People’s Democratic Party campaign rally. A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Wole Olujobi, slammed the governor for turning the state to a jungle where decent behaviour had no place in political conduct. “For declaring holiday today for workers to attend a political rally, besides subjecting Ekiti State to ridicule among Nigerians, that decision shows clearly that Fayose has lost the support of his party members, thousands of whom had defected to APC in recent times over alleged greed, indecent conduct and selfishness. Read more

‘Fayemi’s ex-security aides not involved in principal’s arrest’ (Nation)

The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has refuted the allegation that former security aides of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, were not involved in the arrest of a school principal and other school workers caught in the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) racketeering saga. The Principal of Ola Oluwa Muslim Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Sunmonu Olaoye, and two staff members of the school were arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) for collecting PVCs from teachers allegedly on the order of Governor Ayo Fayose. Few days ago, a text message from Ekiti Teaching Service Commission had directed all principals and head teachers to collect the names of all teachers in their schools, including their voter cards and bank accounts. Read more

APC: We won’t lose sleep over Galadima, others – Oshiomhole (SUN)

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party is not bothered by the antics of some of former members led by former secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Buba Galadima. Galadima announced a new faction, the Reformed APC (R-APC) in Abuja, on Wednesday. Oshiomhole told newsmen, after a meeting with the House of Representatives caucus, in Abuja, yesterday, that the APC has opened talks with genuine party leaders and is unbothered about renegades. Read more

Buhari, Obasanjo, Atiku, Saraki, others mourn Ciroma (Punch)

A former Minister of Finance, Malam Adamu Ciroma, on Thursday, died at the Turkish Hospital in Abuja, aged 84. Ciroma, who was appointed Minister of Finance by the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, was once a governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The late statesman studied History and was trained as a journalist. He began his career as a Special Assistant on Political Affairs to the late Premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello. Before his foray into partisan politics, he rose to become the Managing Director of The New Nigerian Newspaper. Read more

FAAC deadlock: Buhari to decide on NNPC – Adeosun (SUN)

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to take necessary steps to address the issues that deadlocked last Federation Accounts and Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Abuja. She disclosed this after a meeting with Governors Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State and Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Adeosun had last week stated that if the issues that led to the deadlock were not resolved, salaries of civil servants might be affected in the states. Read more

Senate begins probe into killing of female NYSC member by police (Vanguard)

The Senate has begun a probe into the circumstances that led to the gruesome murder of a female member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Linda Angela Igweta, by a policeman, identified as Benjamin Peters. The Senate which observed one minute silence in honour of the late Igweta, mandated the committee on Youth and Sports, Health and Police Affairs, to investigate the cause of the incident and report back in two weeks. Meanwhile, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki while reacting to the death of the NYSC member, said, “If they treated her, she might not have bled to death. These are deaths that easily could have been avoided. Read more

Soyinka: Obasanjo failed woefully (Nation)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recorded “sumptuous spectacular failures” in the 11 years he steered the affairs of the nation as military Head of State and civilian President, Prof. Wole Soyinka has said. Soyinka’s assessment of the former leader is contained in the preface to his 148-page book, “Intervention VIII: Gani’s Unfinished Business”. He described Obasanjo as having a phobia for education and intellectualism. According to Soyinka, Obasanjo’s records in office are clothed with lies, deceptions, misrepresentations, distortions and denigration of others. Read more

INEC to deploy 11,000 ad-hoc staff (Nation)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be deploying 11,000 ad-hoc staff for next week’s governorship election in Ekiti State, it was learnt yesterday. Addressing reporters yesterday on the commission’s preparations for the the election, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Ekiti state, Prince Adedejo Soyebi, only 630,000 out of the 913,334 registered voters are eligible to vote in the election. Soyebi added that 76 per cent of the number would be made up of corps members serving in Ekiti State, while the shortfall would be completed with students in tertiary institutions in the state. Read more

52 Senior Air Force Officers Redeployed (ThisDay)

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has in a major shake up at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), redeployed a total of 52 senior officers comprising 16 Air Vice Marshals (AVM), 16 Air Commodores, nine Group Captains, seven Wing Commanders and four Squadron Leaders. The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, in a statement Thursday, said that prominent among those affected by the deployment were four branch chiefs at the Headquarters Nigerian Air Force (HQ NAF) and one Air Officer Commanding. Read more

Trial of Dasuki adjourned over list of exhibits (Guardian)

Trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), for alleged misappropriation of funds has been adjourned following the failure of the prosecutor to file the list of exhibits to be tendered against the accused person as required by law. Dasuki is being prosecuted for the offence at the High Court of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The matter was adjourned the to dates in September and October 2018. When the suit filed against him by the Federal Government came up yesterday, counsel to Dasuki, Mr. Adeola Adedipe, raised objection against the continued trial of his client on the ground that the prosecution team led by Mr. Rotimi Jacobs has not complied with some provisions of the law. Read more

PhD scandal: Poly fires rector for presenting fraudulent certificates (Punch)

The Igbajo Polytechnic, Igbajo, Osun State, has sacked its acting rector, Akinola Olaolu, for allegedly presenting fraudulent certificates. Punch Metro gathered that the decision was reached after a meeting of the polytechnic’s governing council and board of trustees on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. However, our correspondent was told that shortly after the resolution to fire Olaolu was reached and announced, the school’s management called a meeting of its workers and threatened to punish those who broke the scandal. Punch Metro had reported that there was a crisis at the polytechnic over the alleged fraudulent PhD certificate of the rector. Read more

Firm to Invest N9.7bn on Infrastructure at MMIA (ThisDay)

Elysium Integrated Development Company has completed plans to invest N9.720 billion ($27 million) in a mass transit transportation at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. This was disclosed by the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika recently in Abuja, when inaugurating the project team for the construction of the proposed new office complex and staff quarters for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The firm has proposed to partner with FAAN to execute the project on Public, Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. Read more

Simi features Ebenezer Obey in Aimasiko video (Punch)

Award-winning singer, Simi, is gradually writing her name in the sands of time as she keeps waxing stronger even more than those who were there before her in the music industry. The X3M music act has scored another feather by releasing a video of her song Aimasiko, featuring legend, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey. The video, also starring Simi’s band, The Banjos, wraps up the visuals to tracks off her album, Simisola. Shot and directed by Ani James of Aje Filmworks, Aimasiko highlights daily struggles in life as people search for solutions to their different problems while praying for God’s intervention. Read more

Monarch’s wife arrested for setting stepdaughter, 3, ablaze (Punch)

The police in Osun State have arrested Mrs Folasade Olawale for alleged conspiracy, arson and murder of her three-year-old stepdaughter, Ikimoh Akeem. The suspect, who is the wife of the Alabudo of Abudo, a community in the Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State, was said to have set a building on fire while the victim was sleeping inside. The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, on Thursday said the suspect and two others conspired to set the building on fire, killing the girl in the process. Read more

Frustrated man sets self on fire; in coma (Vanguard)

A yet to be identified man reportedly set himself on fire, Wednesday, at the entrance of Omole Estate, Phase 1, Lagos. At press time yesterday, doctors at Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre were still battling to revive the man, who was still unconscious. He reportedly suffered third degree burns. Eyewitnesses said the man, aged about 28 years, rushed out from nowhere at about 3p.m., lamenting that efforts to make ends meet met brick walls and threatened to commit suicide to end it all. He then poured a substance suspected to be fuel all over his body and struck a match, setting himself ablaze. Stunned, onlookers, according to an eyewitness, Mitcheal Ode, “attempted to put out the fire. Read more

CAF appoints Pinnick as first vice president (Guardian)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, as its first vice president to replace former Ghana FA Chairman, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who vacated the position. Nyantakyi resigned from hid post following a two-year ban from all football activities over corruption allegation and other malpractices. In a statement signed by CAF’s Secretary General, Amr Fahmy, and sent to all of Africa’s football associations, CAF said, “Following the resignation of the First Vice President, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, CAF President, after consulting the members of the Emergency Committee, appointed Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, as first vice president. Read more

Nigerian Okeke targets middleweight title (Nation)

A Nigerian professional boxer, Chinedu Okeke, will square up against his Senegalese counterpart, Abdulkareem Ba (Sniper), in an Intercontinental Championship duel billed for Sunday at the famous Iba Mar Diop Stadium, Dakar, Senegal. The winner of the fight, which is a light middleweight category, will contest for the World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and AIBA-approved LBF (Legend Boxing Foundation) Intercontinental Championship title in the same division. Promoters of the fight, in a statement, said Okeke would be mandated to defend the title in Nigeria if he wins on Sunday. Read more

Super Eagles supporter seeks asylum in Russia (Vanguard)

A Nigerian fan who arrived in Moscow for the 2018 World Cup has asked for political asylum in Russia because his life was threatened in his homeland. “A football fan from Nigeria, born in 1987, has asked political asylum in the Russian Federation. He said that he had taken part in anti-government actions in his homeland and now Nigerian governmental troops allegedly threaten his life,” a Russian law source said. He added that the Nigerian was conveyed to the Russian Federal Migration Service. Read more

Gala step up chase for Musa (Vanguard)

Tukrish Super Lig giants Galatasaray have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Leicester City’s Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa, following Nigeria’s elimination from the World Cup. The Istanbul-based club is no longer in pole position to sign the Super Eagles star despite reports they had an agreement in principle with the player. However, Aksam report the Galatasaray board are still hopeful they can find an agreement with the Premier League club. It’s claimed Galatasaray are ready to pay €4million to Musa for a season-long loan. This follows previous reports that the Turkish club were only willing to pay €2.5m for the Nigeria international. Read more

China chides Iran over threat to block oil exports through Strait of Hormuz (Reuters)

Iran should make more effort to ensure stability in the Middle East and get along with its neighbours, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday, as Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned they may block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz. Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait are among China’s most important oil suppliers, while Qatar supplies liquefied natural gas to China, so any blockage of the strait would have serious consequences for its economy. But Beijing has had to tread carefully with Arab nations like Saudi Arabia as China also has close ties with Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and some senior military commanders have threatened to disrupt oil shipments from the Gulf countries if Washington tries to strangle Tehran’s oil exports. Read more

Mike Pompeo to give Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man CD’ during nuclear talks (Guardian)

When Mike Pompeo meets Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang this week, he will reportedly attempt to smooth a path towards denuclearisation with a gift that playfully references a low point in relations between the North Korean leader and Donald Trump: a CD of Elton John’s Rocket Man. The US secretary of state will present Kim with the CD along with a letter from Trump, who memorably turned the song’s title into an epithet after the North stepped up its ballistic missile tests last year. Quoting unnamed sources in Washington, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper said the gifts reflected Trump’s belief that Kim would follow through on commitments the leaders agreed at their summit in Singapore last month. Read more

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