* Army begins Exercise Cat Race in Benue, Taraba, others (Nation) * Apologise to Gov Ortom, Reps order Police IG (Punch)

* Army begins Exercise Cat Race in Benue, Taraba, others (Nation)                    * Apologise to Gov Ortom, Reps order Police IG (Punch)



Army begins Exercise Cat Race in Benue, Taraba, others (Nation)

The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday it would begin a major deployment of troops to the troubled states of Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kogi and Niger to restore peace and orderliness. The exercise is tagged: Ayem Akpatuma (Tiv Language) meaning Cat Race. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the exercise which runs from February 15 to March 31 would be targetted at killer herdsmen, cattle rustlers, armed bandits, kidnappers, armed militias and other criminal elements in the six states. Read more

Apologise to Gov Ortom, Reps order Police IG (Punch)

The House of Representatives has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to apologise to Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who was described as a “drowning man” by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood. The House is presently debating a motion on the killings by herdsmen in Benue State, specifically asking the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to apologise to the state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom. Read more

Afegbua storms Force headquarters (Nation)

Kassim Afegbua, the Spokesman to the former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, has turned himself in at the Force headquarters in Abuja. Afegbua arrived the police headquarters at 10:32 a.m. in company of his wife, lawyer, Kayode Ajulo and friends. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had on Monday ordered Afegbua’s arrest over a statement he issued on behalf of Babangida, urging President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019. Read more

Lawyer sues Buhari, Malami (Guardian)

For allegedly violating the federal character principle in the appointment of key and strategic security, intelligence and law enforcement chiefs, a rights activist and lawyer, Mr Francis Moneke has sued President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami before a Federal High Court, Abuja. Moneke, through his counsel, Mr Ikenna Okoli, is contending that the pattern of appointments of key and strategic security, intelligence and law enforcement office holders, clearly shows favouritism and nepotism on the part of the 1st respondent in favour of the people from the Northern part of the country where he comes from. Read more

Buhari practices nuclear nepotism ―Secondus (Tribune)

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Prince Uche Secondus declared that Nigeria as a Nation was going through what they never bargained for in All Progressives Congress APC, administration with its nuclear nepotism form of government. Secondus who stated this ‎ at the Party’s National Assembly caucus meeting in Abuja on Tuesday counsel that all hands must be on deck to save the country from APC administration that had become a monumental disaster. Read more

Senate summons Dan-Ali over Cameroon soldiers’ invasion (Nation)

The Senate on Wednesday invited the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, over the invasion of several Cross River communities by Cameroonian soldiers. The upper legislative chamber said the minister should appear before its relevant committees, including Defence and Security and National Intelligence to throw light on the reported invasion of Nigerian communities by the soldiers. The invitation followed the adoption of a motion by the Senator representing Cross River Central, John Owan Enoh and two others on the “Influx of refugees from the Republic of Cameroun to some border communities in Cross River State and its attendant security fallout.” Read more

IBB, OBJ’s statements is hypocrisy at its best – Keyamo (Vanguard)

Fiery brand lawyer, Festus Keyamo has described the statements credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida asking President Muhammadu Buahri not to seek reelection as “hypocrisy at its best”. Keyamo who took to his twitter handle @fkeyamo Wednesday to express his views on the matter, also accused both former leaders as being “too morally deficient to provide any political compass for this nation again.” Read more

Aregbesola swears in 389 new councilors (Nation)

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Wednesday conducted the swearing-in ceremony for 389 newly elected councillors in the state. The News men reports that the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) had on Jan. 27 conducted parliamentary local government election in the state. The newsmen also report that the commission on Jan. 28 announced that all the 389 candidates of APC won the councillorship election. OSIEC further stated that elected councillors would be running a parliamentary administrative system at the local government tier, with the councillors electing the chairmen among themselves. Read more

IGP has no right to order arrest of Afegbua, says Ikubese (Guardian)

The Presidential aspirant of the National Conscience Party (NCP) in the 2019 election, Dr. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to refrain from repressive tendencies that can truncate democracy in the country. In a statement made available to journalists in Akure yesterday, he condemned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris for declaring the media adviser to the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, Kazeem Afegbua wanted over the statement he issued on behalf of his boss. Idris had ordered the arrest of Kazeem Afegbua for making false statements, defamation of character and for an act capable of instigating public disturbance throughout the country. Read more

Security: Gov. Ambode pledges support for military operations (Vanguard)

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday said his administration would continue to support operations of the Nigerian Army against kidnapping, illegal oil bunkering and other security challenges in the state. Ambode spoke at the Lagos House, Alausa, when he received the new General Officer Commanding, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.- Gen. Enebong Udoh, on a courtesy visit. He said a lot had been achieved in securing the state in the last 32 months. Read more

‘Many civil servants haven’t attended training for 15 years’ (Punch)

Majority of civil servants in the country have not been trained, either locally or internationally, by their employers for the past 15 to 20 years, the Director-General, Centre for Management Development, Dr. Kabo Usman, has said. According to him, the development was discovered during a recent training need assessment programme undertaken by the CMD. The lack of training, non-adoption of culture of performance management system, non-existence of what he described as “a national training policy” in the country and poor implementation of planned programmes by the government were setbacks to human development in Nigeria. Read more

LASU matriculates 4,343 students (PremiumTimes)

The Lagos State University, LASU, on Wednesday matriculated 4,343 students at its main campus in Ojo, Lagos. Speaking at the ceremony, Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the Vice Chancellor, said the institution offered admission to 4,563 candidates for the 2017/2018 academic session. Mr. Fagbohun, a professor of Law, charged the new students to ensure excellence in character and learning by the end of their programmes. “May, I, at this point, congratulate our dear parents, guardians mostly warmly for the success of your children in securing admission in to the Lagos State University,” Mr. Fagbohun said. Read more

Police arrest ‘fake’ doctor accused of infecting 46 with HIV (Punch)

Indian police Wednesday arrested an unlicensed doctor accused of infecting at least 46 people with HIV by re-using a syringe, the latest case to expose the paucity of healthcare in the country of 1.25 billion. Police in Uttar Pradesh tracked down Rajendra Yadav, who provided cheap door-to-door medical services to poor villagers, after a filing a criminal case against him over the spread of the infection in the northern state’s Unnao district. Read more

Accident: ‘Stop travelling in containers’ (Vanguard)

The Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission  (FRSC) has advised travellers on the  Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to desist from travelling in  containers. Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, gave the warning in an interview with newsmen in Ota on Wednesday while reacting to an accident that claimed seven lives at Alapako-Ogunmakin area on Tuesday.  Oladele, however, implored motorists to be cautious and obey traffic signs erected on the segment of the road to reduce crashes. Read more

World Cup Referees gather in Qatar (ThisDay)

Referees from four countries boycotting Qatar attended a high-profile FIFA World Cup seminar in Doha on Monday, despite the ongoing Gulf political crisis. Representatives from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt were at the opening of the referees’ seminar, an almost week-long event which will help football’s governing body decide on the final list of those who will officiate at this year’s World Cup in Russia. Their presence came despite a bitter eight-month dispute which has seen Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, isolated by neighbouring countries over Doha’s alleged support for terrorism and improved relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s arch regional rival. Read more

Eagles pocket N144m as 2018 CHAN runners-up (SportingTribune)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have officially released the cash entitlements of all teams that participated at the 5th African Nations Championship in Morocco, with second-placed Nigeria to earn the sum of $400,000 and not $750,000 as widely touted. Official figures have now shown that hosts and champions Morocco will pocket the sum of $750,000, with silver medallists Nigeria to earn $400,000 and semi-finalists Sudan (eventual bronze medallists) and Libya to pocket the sum of $250,000 each. Read more

Pep Guardiola not living up to his reputation as Jose Mourinho puts faith in Youth (Thesportsman)

Pep Guardiola could have named a seventh substitute for Manchester City’s away game at Burnley quite easily. After all, City boast one of the deepest pools of players in the Premier League. The club spent £200 million building their academy, with City’s youth teams now considered among the best in all of Europe. Guardiola could have called up a youngster purely to give them the experience of being in a senior matchday squad. Of course, there was a very deliberate point to Guardiola’s decision to only name six substitutes for the trip to Turf Moor. This was posturing from the Catalan who wanted to prove that City don’t have the options many view them to have. Read more

And the finalist of Miss Virtual Kazakhstan is… a man (BBC)

A 22-year-old fashion model reached the final of Miss Virtual Kazakhstan – despite being a man. Arina Aliyeva, real name Ilay Dyagilev, reached the final of the online-only competition after his photo received over 2,000 public votes. By reaching this stage, Aliyeva was crowned ‘Miss Virtual Shymkent’ – capital of the South Kazakhstan Region. The reign was short-lived – organisers disqualified Aliyeva “for providing unreliable information about herself”. Read more

5 infants die in Guinea in fire linked to post-election riots (Reuters)

At least five small children have died in a fire in Guinea linked to post-election riots in a town in the centre of the country, government officials said on Wednesday. The children died in Dinguiraye on Tuesday, said Minister of Territorial Administration Bourema Conde and blamed their deaths on the fighting. In a statement on state television, he did not specify what caused the fire and gave no details of the children who he said were infants. A gendarmerie spokesman said: “There were five children who died in the clashes.” Read more

US and Turkey must mend ties, says Ankara official (Alaraby)

The US and Turkey must repair damaged relations, the Turkish foreign minister said Tuesday, following a number of disagreements between the two NATO allies, particularly over Syria. Relations between Washington and Ankara have been strained, in part due to US support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria. Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and EU. “Our trust is damaged. We have to mend our trust. The contacts between us are important,” Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister said in an interview with TGRT Haber. Read more

YouTube star Kian Lawley dropped from ‘The Hate U Give’ film after racist video surfaces (Independent)

YouTube star Kian Lawley has been dropped from a forthcoming 20th Century Fox film The Hate U Give after a video surfaced of him making racist remarks. The internet sensation, who has well over three million subscribers to his YouTube channel, can be heard using the N-word and other racial slurs in the recently unearthed clip.  “We’re all black drinking purple Kool-aid and eating Kentucky fried mother***ing chicken,” Lawley says in the undated video. Read more

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