* Bike Accident: President Buhari’s Son, Yusuf, ready to be discharged – Presidency (Vanguard) * AU blasts Trump for remark on ‘shithole countries’ (Vanguard)

*  Bike Accident: President Buhari’s Son, Yusuf, ready to be discharged – Presidency (Vanguard)                      * AU blasts Trump for remark on ‘shithole countries’ (Vanguard)



Bike Accident: President Buhari’s Son, Yusuf, ready to be discharged – Presidency (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf Buhari, who was admitted into Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja, following injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident, is ready to be discharged. According to a statement issued by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Friday, the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Felix Ogedegbe, confirmed the “cheery news.’’ Adesina quoted Ogedegbe as saying that Yusuf Buhari underwent successful emergency surgical operations carried out by a team of neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons. Read more

AU blasts Trump for remark on ‘shithole countries’ (Vanguard)

The African Union, AU, on Friday blasted President Donald Trump for his profane comments about African countries and other nations, and recalled the U.S.’ history of bringing in slaves from the continent. Trump used the words “shithole countries” to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in response to the suggestions by lawmakers that they restore protections for immigrants from there, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Read more

Wike proposes N510bn Budget for 2018 (ThisDay)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has presented the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N510 billion to the state House of Assembly for consideration and subsequent approval. The 2018 budget of N510 billion is an increase of N40 billion (8.51 per cent) over the N470 billion budgeted in 2017. Christened: ‘Budget of Consolidation, advancement and empowerment,’ Wike said the budget would consolidate and advance the state’s investments in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and security, as well as in growing the economy to create jobs and empower the people. Read more

Herdsmen killing: I’ll not amend anti open grazing law, Benue gov says (Punch)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Friday said that he would never amend the anti-open grazing law. Ortom reiterated this stand on Friday while reacting to the threat by the Miyeiti Ala leadership asking for the  modification of  the law prohibiting open grazing in the state or continue to face more trouble from the herdsmen. Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase,  Ortom said that the law was the initiative of the people of the state, stating that ranching was the best practice globally as a panacea to frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen. Read more

Benue killings: Al-Makura, stakeholders deny harboring killer herdsmen in Nasarawa (Vanguard)

Governor Tanko Al-Makura and other stakeholders in Nasarawa State have denied the allegation by Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue that Nasarawa State is habouring killer herdsmen in Tunga, Awe local Government Area. Al-Makura, while making a presentation at a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris in Lafia on Thursday, described the allegation as “grievous, unacceptable and terribly speculative”. He said the Benue governor’s accusation that Nasarawa State had camped killer herdsmen to attack his state was a stigma and an aspersion on the state, “This is an unfair comment to make of Nasarawa State, especially that we enjoy very cordial relationship and can always be reached with any evidence in that regard. Read more

Patience Jonathan loses bid to reclaim seized $5.9m (Punch)

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Friday upheld the decision of the Federal High Court in Lagos, which ordered the interim forfeiture of a sum of $5.9m found in Mrs. Patience Jonathan’s Skye Bank account. The appellate court, in a lead judgment by Justice Mojeed Owoade, threw out the ex-President’s wife’s appeal challenging the forfeiture of the funds to the Federal Government. It held that the appeal lacked merit. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos had, in April last year, ordered the temporary forfeiture of the funds after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission argued that the money was reasonably suspected to be proceeds of fraud. Read more

Thousands pay last respect as Benue buries 73 victims of New Year Day attacks (ThisDay)

Omololu Ogunmade, Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja, George Okoh in Makurdi and David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka. It was a moment of agonising grief and heart-rending emotions Thursday in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, when the bodies of 73 persons killed by suspected herdsmen on new year day were laid to rest. Before the mass burial organised by the Benue State Government, thousands of people had trooped out as early as 6 a.m. to the IBB Square to participate in the highly emotional requiem mass. Read more

F-SARS seeks cooperation from media to fight crime (Nation)

The Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( F-SARS )in Cross River, Mr Victor Usang, has appealed for cooperation from journalists in the state in fighting crime. Usang made the appeal on Friday in Calabar when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ ), Mr Victor Udu, at the council secretariat. The F-SARS commander said he was in the NUJ secretariat in the belief that security was the responsibility of everybody, nothing that community policing was the best way of fighting crime. Read more

Arrested militant leader killed in ambush – JTF (Nation)

The Joint Task Force ( JTF ), Operation Delta Safe (ODS), on Friday confirmed that a militant leader in its custody, Oyawerikumor Peregbabofa, popularly known in the creeks of the Niger Delta as Karaowei, was later killed in an ambush. JTF’s Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre (JMCC), Maj. Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the militant, who was apprehended on Thursday, was killed in an ambush laid by his fighters to rescue him. Abdullahi in a statement said: “After his arrest, Mr. Karowei confessed to several criminal acts and led troops to his camp to recover the cache of arms and ammunitions in his possession as well as to persuade other members of his gang to surrender. Read more

Fire razes 100 shops in Oyo market (Nation)

At least 100 shops were razed by early morning fire at a plank market in Sango, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Friday. Equipment worth millions of naira were also destroyed by the inferno. The incident occurred about two years after a major inferno razed over 300 shops in the same section of the market. According to eyewitnesses, the inferno, which started at about 2:00 a.m., could have burnt the whole market and some nearby residential houses surrounding the market, but for the swift intervention of the men of the Oyo State Fire Service. Read more

Boko Haram kill 20 loggers in Borno (Guardian)

Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 20 loggers, militia members and residents told AFP on Friday, in the latest attack against civilians in northeast Nigeria. The attack happened on Monday when gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a group of loggers collecting firewood at Kaje village, near the Borno state capital, Maiduguri. “They (Boko Haram) killed 20 people in the attack. Fifteen others are missing and presumed kidnapped by the attackers,” civilian militia leader Ibrahim Liman told AFP. Read more

World cup: Super Eagles friendly with Three Lions likely to decide final team — Adepoju (Guardian)

A former Super Eagles midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, on Friday said the upcoming international friendly match between the Three Lions of England would be a good rehearsal before the World Cup. Adepoju, who featured for the Super Eagles at the USA `94 and the France `98 World Cup, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the match would likely decide final team selection. “Well it’s a Grade A match, and it will definitely give the team an insight into what to expect at the World Cup proper. Read more

We are ready to host Africa –Okowa (Independent)

Preparatory to the hosting of the Senior Africa Athletics Championship, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has said that Asaba is ready to host the championships. The Governor gave this assurance, while inspecting the 22,000 sitting capacity Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, which will be used for the championships. He assured that the stadium would be ready for the championships billed for August. “It is good that we are here today to see the level of work done; you can see that the contractor is working to deliver the job to international standards,” he said. Read more

NFF official advocates for more sponsors for league competitions (Independent)

Mohammed Sanusi, the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has canvassed for more sponsors for Nigeria’s league competitions, especially the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Sanusi said that adequate sponsorship was key to enhancing the profile of the competitions. He said bigger league competitions in other countries were made attractive by the willingness of viable investors to do business with the concerned football associations. Read more

CHAN Eagles Ready For Rwanda –Agu (Independent)

Alloy Agu, the Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, has said that the CHAN Eagles are ready to play Rwandan in the championship that kicks off on Saturday with a fixture between hosts, Morocco, and Mauritania. Nigeria will take on Rwanda on Monday by 8:30pm and Agu, the goalkeeper trainer, said that the players have trained very hard and are ready to play Rwanda. Arabworlddailynews.com quoted the coach as saying that Nigerian players were very much anticipatory of their first match against Rwanda, believing that a win would put the Super Eagles in good stead for a berth at the knockout stage. Read more

LPGAN Inaugural Tourney Tees Off Feb 15 (Independent)

The inauguaral Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (LPGAN) tournament (Pro-Am) will tee off on February 15 and ends February 18, 2018 at the IBB International Golf and Country Club Abuja.  This was made known in a social media outlet, WhatsApp, on Wednesday by Golfing Parents with the brochure detailing the processes. Evelyn Oboh, mother of Nigeria’s junior number one Georgia – who was said to be the brain behind the success story revealed that the association would work in collaboration with the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) around the world, South Africa in particular. Read more

Neymar’s PSG move a backwards step – Ronaldo (Punch)

Neymar’s world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona was a step backward in his career, according to ex-Brazil star Ronaldo. “He’s at PSG now, but sports-wise, this decision he’s taken is a step backward,” the 2002 World Player of the Year said in an interview with former international Zico’s youtube channel. “He was at Barcelona and he left for PSG. I played at Barca, but I left for Inter Milan when the Italian league was a lot more competitive.” Read more

Antonio Conte talks about a possible Chelsea exit after sack rumours (101Greatgoals)

Antonio Conte has been bogged down by sack rumours all season, and now it seems that the Chelsea boss is taking it all in his stride, making it clear that he is contracted to the club for another year, but that in football, as we all know, things can change very suddenly and mean that managers are sacked or players leave clubs. Chelsea are known for their love of hiring and firing and it seems that the Italian may be another name that’s added to the lengthy list of bosses who get the chop, but for now, he’s just focusing on what he has to do at the club and possibly bringing in players this month. Read more

Manchester United considering Aston Villa’s offer for defender Axel Tuanzebe (Mirror)

Aston Villa are growing anxious that a loan move for Manchester United ‘s Axel Tuanzebe might not be pushed through before the end of the month. The Villans have an outstanding enquiry with Old Trafford chief Jose Mourinho and are now waiting for a response. The 20-year-old centre-half is a former winner of the club’s young player of the year award and has broken through under the Portuguese and has been training with the Red Devils’ first-team squad. Read more

Venus Williams, 37, ‘will likely debut’ millionaire boyfriend Nicholas Hammond (Dailymail)

Venus Williams has gotten very serious with her millionaire boyfriend Nicholas Hammond. They’re so serious, in fact, that the 37-year-old tennis star will most likely debut the handsome 25-year-old business man at the Australian Open, according to a report from New York Daily News. There has been a lot of ‘talk Down Under’ that she plans to make their relationship official this weekend as she feels the timing is right. ‘His name has come up a lot,’ said a source. Read more

Djokovic, Del Potro, Wawrinka, Zverev in Federer’s half of Aussie draw (Tennis)

A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be after landing in the same half as six-time champion Novak Djokovic. “This is not normal,” Federer told a crowd of hundreds of fans before the draw on Thursday at Margaret Court Arena. “I don’t like usually going to draws because they freak me out. I don’t want to know who I play other than just seeing the sheet at the end and knowing who my first-round opponent is.” Read more

Maria Sharapova controversy before Australian Open starts (Nypost)

Australian Open director Craig Tiley has had to defend the decision to welcome Maria Sharapova back with overt flattery — less than two years since she tested positive to a banned substance at Melbourne Park in 2016. The Australian Open has a long tradition of giving former champions the honor of conducting the Open draw. Men’s 2017 champion Roger Federer was also at Margaret Court Arena to conduct the men’s draw. Read more

Romania: top doctor under house arrest in embezzlement case (Washingtonpost)

A court has ruled that a top Romanian doctor charged with using state-owned equipment and other resources for his private clinic should be placed under house arrest. The Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled Friday that Mihai Lucan, a well-connected urologist from the northwestern city of Cluj, would be detained at home over charges he embezzled 5 million lei ($1.3 million) from the state Institute of Urology and Renal Transplantation. Lucan denies wrongdoing. Lucan’s son, the clinic’s manager and two other employees were briefly detained last month. Read more

DEVAST8 tattoo man who struggled to find employment now starts new job (Independent)

A man who complained he was unable to find work after getting “DEVAST8” tattooed across his face has started a new job. Mark Cropp, 19, from New Zealand, got the word inked across his jaw as he served time in prison for aggravated robbery. The teenage father’s distinctive facial art made headlines around the world when he pleaded for help to find employment after becoming frustrated by repeated rejections. He said: “I’ve gone into a couple of places [to find work]. One employment place turned around and said to me that ‘I wouldn’t even employ you with that on your face’. I’ve had other people who shrugged and laughed at me.” Read more

At least 3 dead, 16 injured in Venezuela unrest over food (Washingtonpost)

Two days of protests and looting in western Venezuela over food shortages have left at least three people dead and 16 more injured. The mayor of Arapuey in the state of Merida tells El Universal newspaper that the dead include a 17-year-old shot during a demonstration Wednesday and two others hit by gunfire Thursday at a business where people had formed a line for food. Separately, the president of the National Federal of Cattle Ranchers says at least two farms were attacked by mobs of people who slaughtered cows. Read more



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