* Black Panther: Nigerian, UK stars react to ‘inspirational’ superhero film (Tribune) * Registered voters: N’West, S’West lead (Punch)

* Black Panther: Nigerian, UK stars react to ‘inspirational’ superhero film (Tribune)              * Registered voters: N’West, S’West lead (Punch)



Black Panther: Nigerian, UK stars react to ‘inspirational’ superhero film (Tribune)

Around the world, the most anticipated movie of the week, ‘ Black Panther ’, from Marvel Studios, screened to a select audience and received rave reviews. Many cinema houses, namely Filmhouse, Imax and even agencies like the American Embassy in Nigeria, held advanced screening and hosted the media, entertainment personalities, corporate world, politicians, and select members of the audience to view the movie that has been tagged ‘inspirational’ to the black race as it featured a largely black cast. Read more

Registered voters: N’West, S’West lead (Punch)

The North-West geopolitical zone has the highest number of registered voters in the country with a total of 18,505,984 voters, according to statistics obtained by The Punch from the Independent National Electoral Commission. The South-West zone, which comprises Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Oyo states, comes second with a total number of 14,626,800 registered voters, while the South-East which has the lowest number of states has 8,293,093 registered voters. Read more

Nigerian Army places N3m bounty on Abubakar Shekau (Guardian)

The Nigerian Army Thursday said it has placed a N3-million reward on information that could lead to the arrest of ‘fugitive’ Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. Shekau, the army said, is on the run, disguised as a woman after his Sambisa hideout was bombarded by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole. “The Nigerian Army will give out Three Million Naira (N3,000,000.00k) cash reward for any credible information that leads to the arrest of Abubakar Shekau,” army spokesman Sani Usman said. Read more

Kano’s grazing reserve‘ll take care of 5 million cattle, says commissioner (Nation)

The Kano State Government’s proposed grazing reserve in Falgore game reserve has the capacity to cater for over five million cattle, it was learnt yesterday. Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Yusuf Gawuna, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano. He said that the reserve would accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle, thereby discouraging them from moving to other states in search of pasture. The commissioner said, ‘‘Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle. Read more

Mantu, Jerry Gana, other dignitaries extol Dickson’s leadership qualities (Vanguard)

Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, former Ministers of Information, Prof Jerry Gana, Chief John Odeh,  Mr. Labaran Maku, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, were among eminent personalities, yesterday, in Yenagoa, who extolled the leadership qualities of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State. They also enrolled in the Bayelsa State Health Insurance Scheme thus becoming the first honorary enrollees of the scheme. Read more

Police ready for 2019 elections, says IG (Nation)

The police are ready for the 2019 elections, Inspector-General of Police  (IG) Ibrahim Idris said yesterday.The elections will hold in February and March. He said: “We are prepared for the elections. We have the men and we have the materials (logistics) to carry out our duties successfully before, during and after the elections.” The IG spoke in Lagos after the public presentation of his book: Security and justice: The pathway for peace and reconciliation in Nigeria. Read more

Nigerians lose over N20bn daily on Apapa road –Dangote (SUN)

The Chairman, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has decried the level of dilapidation of Apapa Road. Dangote, who spoke to journalists at the site of construction in Apapa recently, said that people don’t really understand how much money Nigeria is losing as a result of the bad roads. According to him, if one quantifies the loss in billions, it is 20 times the cost of the road every single day. He said: “we will make sure we decongest this area. You can see the dangerous things happening there. Now trucks are static on the bridge and these are supposed to be passing weight and not static weight. I think we need to check the stability and credibility of the bridges because they have actually overloaded them. I am a little bit worried about them,” he said. Read more

Customs intercepts elephant tusks worth N493m in Ikeja (SUN)

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted sacks of elephant tusks and pangolin shells in a warehouse at No. 38, Ogundana Street, Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, with a combined Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N493.5 million. The unit also arrested a Chinese suspect, Mr. Ko Sin Ying, in connection with the items whose export breaches international protocols and conventions.  Addressing newsmen in Lagos, yesterday, Comptroller, Mohammed Uba Garba, said the seizures comprised 55 sacks of pangolin shells weighing 2001kg and valued at N408.32 million, and 218 pieces of elephant tusk weighing 343kg and valued at N85.2 million. Read more

Missing Case File: IPOB urges FG to free members if not ready to prosecute suit (ThisDay)

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on the federal government to set free its members in various detention facilities across Nigeria if it is not ready to prosecute the court matters instituted against it. IPOB in a statement made available to Thisday in Awka and signed by the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, said the missing case file of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu at the Appeal Court and the lackadaisical attitude of the federal government towards all court matters in the country involving IPOB was enough indication that the government was unwilling to pursue the matters. Read more

Alleged N450m Money Laundering: Dele Belgore, Ex-Minister know faith April 12 (ThisDay)

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Dele Belgore, has told Justice Rilwan Aikawa of Federal High Court in Lagos, through his lead counsel, Ebun Shofunde (SAN), that he has no case to answer in the money laundering charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying the evidence of the prosecution amounts to hear-say evidence. Similarly, a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, who is also the second defendant in the suit, filed a no-case submission application in response to the charges preferred against him. At the resumed proceedings yesterday, the defence counsel, Shofunde and Olatunji Ayanlaja (SAN), urged the court to hold that the defendants have no case to answer. Read more

Nigeria accounts for 14% global HIV daily infections — UN (Vanguard)

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, has said it is planning to increase its investments in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, while it disclosed that Nigeria accounts for 14 percent of global HIV infections daily. This is even as Reckitt Benckiser, RB, said the rate of daily infection of HIV has dropped significantly due to the efforts of the Federal Government, multinational organisations and civil society organisations, among others. Read more

Legal support: CORA/Arterial Network signs MOU with Ajumogobia & Okeke (Punch)

The CORA/Arterial Network Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a leading full service commercial law firm, Ajumogobia & Okeke, for pro bono professional legal advisory services to Nigerian artists and creative industry entrepreneurs. This came into being last Friday, under an initiative called Arterial Nigeria Enterprise Support Programme. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, signed on behalf of the law firm. Read more

Reekado Banks, Simi others thrill at Cool Breeze Party finale (Punch)

Simi, LAX, Mayorkun, Humblesmith, Mr. Real and other artistes, on Thursday, joined Mavin artiste, Reekado Banks, to perform at the grand finale of the Closeup Cool Breeze #CoolLikeThat Lagos campus party. The event took place at the University of Lagos Sports Complex. It was the Lagos edition for the #CoolLikeThat campus parties and music challenge at major universities in Nigeria. Among the institutions are University of Port Harcourt, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and the University of Benin. Winners got a unique opportunity to perform on stage with Reekado Banks. Read more

Olamide signs 2 new acts to YBNL (Vanguard)

Street rapper and YBNL boss, Olamide has signed two new artistes to his YBNL label.  The new acts are rapper Limerick and singer Lyta. The “Science Student” singer posted the update on Instagram while also sharing teasers from the music video for their new songs where they both featured him. Lyta featured him on the remix of his new track “Time” while Limerick featured him on the remix of “Pesin”. Good news is sure like medicine to the bones. Read more

MFM hosts music concert at Eko Hotel on Sunday (Guardian)

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM) mega music concert which will showcase gospel musical talents takes place on Sunday February 18 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos begin with a mini concert by 2:30p.m. while the main event hits the stage by 4p.m. General Overseer of MFM, Dr. Daniel Olukoya, would declare open the event, which would parade a host of gospel musical talents. The concert will feature Paul Winners, Daniel Dominic, Emeka Okolie, Bunmi Adeyeye, Tinuola Naomi Paul, and Richard Ayotunde. Read more

18 people killed in fresh attack in Zamfara (Nation)

The Police Command in Zamfara said 18 persons had died in a fresh attack by gunmen in Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state. The Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Muhammad Shehu, disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen in Gusau on Thursday. Shehu said on Feb. 13, hunters from Birani village of Zurmi local government area intercepted and accosted a herder in the bush with some suspected stolen cattle and sheep. “The herder abandoned the animals and escaped into the bush, but unknown to the hunters, the cattle rustler went to Isah Local Government Area of Sokoto State and mobilised bandits to attack the hunters. Read more

Herbalist in Police trouble over charms for robbers (Vanguard)

Detectives attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a herbalist, who allegedly prepares charms for robbers. The suspect, identified as Ogunleye, 49, and his help, Muta, 27, were said to be arrested at Orile-Agege area of the state. It was learned that the herbalist and his errand boy were arrested based on a confessional statement made by a robber. According to the herbalist, “when policemen stormed my office, they ransack everywhere, after which they asked me if knew any lady called Bukola. I told them she is my cousin. Read more

National Sports Festival holds in November (Punch)

Cross River State has been stripped of the  right to host the 19th National Sports Festival. The decision  was announced at the National Council on Sports meeting in Kaduna on  Thursday. The council consisting of commissioners of sports, directors of sports, chairmen of state sports councils, sports policy facilitators and   the sports sector’s representatives on  Tuesday  recommended the withdrawal of the hosting rights for  the festival  from  the state. They recommended that Abuja should host the Games. Cross River was  awarded  the right to host the 2014  festival  at the last edition of the multi-sports event  at Eko 2012 hosted by Lagos State. Read more

Facilities expert faults minister on Abuja Stadium (Punch)

FIFA match agent Ebi Egbe has  questioned the move by  the sports ministry to re-grass the Abuja National Stadium with N130m. Sports minister Solomon Dalung said during the week that contractors said  N130m  would be needed for the project as he expressed  doubt  about the possibility of  the Super Eagles playing any friendly game at the stadium ahead of their  Russia 2018 World Cup campaign. However, Dalung said the  ministry had no money for the project. Read more

Organisers hail Hosa Okunbo golf (Punch)

Organisers of the Captain Hosa Okunbo at 60 Pro-Am Invitational Golf Tournament at the Benin Club Golf Course in Benin have expressed their delight at the large  turnout. No fewer than 300 golfers are featuring in the  tournament,  which teed off on Monday, organised in honour of Captain  Hosa Okunbo. The competition holes out on Saturday. Chief host of the  tourney Kingsley Okunbo,  who expressed his  satisfaction at the turnout  and standard of the competition, said Hosa Okunbo deserved  honour for his contribution to sports development in the country. Read more

I stood out against PSG — History-making Ronaldo (Punch)

Cristiano Ronaldo says he “stood out” as Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday, Skysports reports. The European champions had trailed to Adrien Rabiot’s 33rd-minute strike at the Bernabeu, only for Ronaldo to equalise on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot. That goal meant Ronaldo became the first player to hit a century of goals for one team in Europe’s elite club competition, with the Portugal international then putting his side ahead seven minutes from time. Read more

Algeria reinforces its surveillance over its borders with Morocco (Memo)

Algerian authorities announced they would increase the number of border surveillance posts on the Algerian-Moroccan borders by building 10 new posts “that will be added to the 24 surveillance posts it had set up in 2015 to activate control measures and stop smuggling between the two countries.” Akhbar el-Yom newspaper, which reported the news on Thursday, stated that this move that it described as “dramatic,” comes “tighten electronic military surveillance by providing support to the work of the units that are in charge of guarding border security based on intelligence reports briefings”. Read more

Former New York City teacher, brother charged with attempted bomb-making (Reuters)

A former New York City high school teacher and his brother were arrested on Thursday and charged with attempting to build an explosive device after an investigation by the FBI, according to authorities. Christian Toro, the former teacher, and his brother Tyler Toro, both 27, had stockpiled materials for making bombs in the apartment they shared in the city’s Bronx borough, according to a criminal complaint and a news release from the Department of Justice. Read more

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