March 26, 2019

* Be ruthless in fighting bandits, Buhari tells Military (Punch) * Pope Francis visits Dublin, a city split by Church sins (Channelnewsasia)

* Be ruthless in fighting bandits, Buhari tells Military (Punch)           * Pope Francis visits Dublin, a city split by Church sins (Channelnewsasia)



Be ruthless in fighting bandits, Buhari tells Military (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged military personnel deployed to Katsina State, saddled with the task of fighting bandits in Zamfara, to be “as ruthless as humanly possible” in carrying out their assignment. The president gave the challenge when he addressed the 1000-strong military force assembled to check the menace of the bandits and other criminal elements at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport Katsina, on Saturday. The Federal Government had, on July 29, assembled military personnel, comprising the army, air force, police and the civil defence to help in tackling the activities of the bandits. Read more

Pope Francis visits Dublin, a city split by Church sins (Channelnewsasia)

Devout Catholics and firebrand protestors rubbed shoulders on the streets of Dublin on Saturday (Aug 25) as Pope Francis visited the city, stoking fresh debate on the Church and its role in covering up decades of abuse in Ireland. Supporters lined the streets outside Dublin Castle, cheering the pontiff as he waved back from the rear of a modest Skoda following his meeting with the heads of the Irish government and state. As bells rang out, Catholics – including a large Spanish contingent draped in flags of their country – waved banners reading “We Heart The Pope” and “Pope Francis, Together We Love You Forever”. Read more

Okorocha is Adolph Hitler of Igboland – IPOB (SUN)

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha as the Adolph Hitler of Igboland. In a statement by its media and publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, the group noted that any impartial observer who visits Imo State will think that Hitler’s Third Reich has been resurrected in the peace-loving central region of Biafraland. Mr Powerful said the gestapo style round up of innocent mothers during a peaceful protest, their unlawful detention by the government, ongoing torture and humiliation of the entire Igbo race, have taken another more sinister step. Read more

2019: Saraki in Delta, holds closed-door meeting with Okowa (Punch)

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, are currently in a closed-door meeting at the Government House, Asaba. This is the first time Saraki will be visiting Okowa, his former colleague at the Government House since his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the opposition People’s Democratic Party. Saraki, who arrived unannounced was received by the governor and the state chairman of the PDP, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso. Our correspondent learnt that the meeting is not unconnected with his rumoured presidential ambition in 2019 on the platform of the PDP. Read more

Buhari returns to Abuja (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid-el-Kabir in Daura, his hometown. Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State and other government dignitaries were at the airport to wish the president safe trip back to Abuja. While in Daura, the president received seven APC governors, many members of the National Assembly including Sen. Shehu Sani as well as cabinet ministers, who paid him Sallah homage. Read more

Nigeria’s economy on life support, says Obi (SUN)

A former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has said that country’s economy is on life support due to the rising debt which he said amounted to N22.7 trillion. Obi also disclosed that the unemployment rate was 60% orchestrated by bad governance, stressing that if 50 per cent of the country’s revenue is used to settle such debt Nigerians will continue to groan. He stated this at the 2018 This Generation Conference organised by the Summit Bible Church, with the theme ‘Taking Responsibility, Making Nigeria Great,’ on Saturday, in Abuja. He further implored voters to weed out people who lacked the technical know-how to revamp the economy and render good services. Read more

Bayelsa renews curfew on Brass, Vows to punish culprits over Violence (ThisDay)

The Bayelsa State Government yesterday renewed the dusk to dawn curfew it imposed on Twon-Bras following the outbreak of violence which claimed several lives and promised to fish out those involved in the prolonged violence.

The curfew would run from 9p.m. to 6a.m. At least three persons were killed on Monday when suspected thugs allegedly loyal to an All Progressives Congress (APC) politician in the area clashed with some People’s Democratic Party (PDP) loyalists in Brass Local Government where several persons were also injured. Read more

Nigeria in need of institutional restructuring, says Makarfi (Punch)

The immediate past National Caretaker Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party and presidential hopeful, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has stressed the need for institutional restructuring to strengthen Nigeria in order to deliver the dividends of democracy. He also accused the ruling All Progressive Congress-led state government of bringing back insecurity to Kaduna, which he said, was secure when he was governor between 1999 and 2007. Markafi spoke in Ekiti State while interacting with the PDP delegates on his presidential ambition ahead of the PDP National Convention to choose the party’s presidential flag bearer. Read more

Presidency: Should PDP pick a candidate from North West? (Vanguard)

With seven months to the 2019 general elections; the biggest opposition party in the land, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), is facing a herculean task of selecting the best amongst the legion of aspirants that have so far indicated interest to contest the highest elective office on the platform of the party. In a race brimming with seasoned politicians including a former Vice President, serving state governors, former governors and lawmakers, technocrats and ex-Ministers; it is understandable while selecting a sole candidate is not an easy choice for the PDP. As these contenders transverse the length and breadth of the country, holding day and nocturnal meetings with stakeholders in a bid to woo their support ahead of the primary elections; Read more

IGP Idris summons Fani-Kayode (SUN)

A former Minister for Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has been summoned by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris to report to the Force Headquarters in Abuja  by 10 am on  Tuesday, August 28 to respond to allegations of conspiracy, criminal defamation, inciting publication, injurious falsehood and conduct likely to cause breach of peace brought against him  in a case allegedly reported to the Police. Fani-Kayode was summoned   via a letter dated August 20 which was signed by  the Commisssioner of Police  in charge of  the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit,  Habu  A. Sanni.  The former Minister was asked to report    for interviewing   by  Sanni through  SP Usman Garba. Read more

Police arrest lady over attempt to ferry girls to Ghana for Prostitution (ThisDay)

The police in Anambra State have arrested a lady, Amaka Adiri of No. 24 Vbioke Street, Benin City, Edo State over attempt to traffic two ladies; Gold Ebube Nwogazi and Chidera Paul to Ghana for prostitution. The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed disclosed this in a press statement made available to Thisday in Awka, yesterday. Mohammed said, “Following intelligence report, Police Detectives attached to Oyi Division arrested one Amaka Adiri. Suspect allegedly threatened one Gold Ebube Nwogazi, aged 21 years of Ugwunabo LGA of Abia State and seized her Bag at Awkuzu in Anambra State for refusing to follow her to Ghana for Prostitution. Read more

AFCON 2019: Rohr not under pressure to deliver (Nation)

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is not a man under pressure. The former Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso coach is leading  Nigeria to 2019 Nations cup in Cameroon and from all indications he has no need to have sleepless nights. Perhaps sleepless nights can only come, if he fails to qualify the Eagles for the championship which Nigeria has failed to qualify for on two occasions since lifting the trophy under late Stephen Keshi in 2013. The Eagles were conspicuously missing in the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea and the 2017 edition in Gabon. Read more

Iwobi savours first new season victory (Nation)

Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi enjoyed Arsenal’s first victory in the new season on Saturday.  Iwobi who only recently sealed a new contract extension with the Emirates landlords that will see him remain in the club till 2022, saw 46 minutes action in the tie against hard fighting West Ham before making way for Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette. Visiting West Ham had shot into the lead into a surprise lead in the 25th minute thanks to Austra import Marko Arnautrovic. Although Iwobi and his teammates made frantic efforts to turn the table immediately, it was not until the 30th minute that the equaliser came with the Nigerian providing the needed assist for Nacho Monreal. Read more

Serena must balance daughter’s birthday with U.S. Open demand (SUN)

Serena Williams’ return to the U.S. Open for the first time since becoming a mother will be an emotional experience, not least because her daughter Alexis-Olympia’s first birthday is right in the middle of the tournament. Serena will have the fans firmly behind her in New York and the 36-year-old is also the bookmakers’ favorite to win a 24th Grand Slam title and equal Australian Margaret Court’s record haul after the American’s run to this year’s Wimbledon final. The number 17 seed has spoken openly about the challenges she has faced trying to combine being a mum and a professional tennis player, and 18-times Grand Slam winner Chris Evert says Serena must find a way to channel her emotions on court. Read more

Woman ride-share passenger killed in China (9News)

A ride-sharing passenger in eastern China has been raped and killed by a driver for the country’s largest ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, which is targeting the Australian market. The 20-year-old woman got into a Didi carpool vehicle at 1pm local time on Friday, and sent a message to a friend at around 2pm seeking help before losing contact, police in Yueqing city, part of Wenzhou, said. Police said they found the suspect, a 27-year-old driver called Zhong, at about 4am on Saturday. They said Zhong confessed to raping and killing the passenger, and that the victim’s body had been recovered and an investigation was continuing. Read more

Nafta revamp closer as Trump drops ‘sunset clause’ demand, Mexico says (Guardian)

The US has softened its contentious demand for a Nafta “sunset clause”, Mexico’s incoming trade negotiator said on Saturday, potentially eliminating a key obstacle to reaching a deal to revamp the trade pact. A few hours earlier, Donald Trump tweeted that the US could reach a “big Trade Agreement” with Mexico imminently. Jesús Seade, chief negotiator for Mexico’s next government, said the new US position would allow a periodic review of the North American Free Trade Agreement without an automatic expiration unless renegotiated every five years. Read more

Walmart raises price of plus-sized clothing, citing production costs (Newsweek)

Walmart in Canada will charge more for plus-sized clothing, a decision that has been labeled a “fat tax”.  On its website as of August 25, a pair of George brand yoga pants in the activewear section cost four dollars more in the plus-size than the typical size — a difference of approximately 25 percent. The move has sparked outrage. But the counterargument is that plus-sized clothing takes more material to produce, according to a CBC report. “It’s not right,” Walmart customer Michaela duChêne told CBC. She said she was not aware she was paying more for Walmart’s plus sizes until an in-store sales sign revealed a price difference. Read more


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