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* Buhari accepts Adeosun’s resignation over NYSC certificate scandal (Punch) * Oshiomhole charges governors to allow others go to senate (Guardian)

* Buhari accepts Adeosun’s resignation over NYSC certificate scandal (Punch)            * Oshiomhole charges governors to allow others go to senate (Guardian)



Buhari accepts Adeosun’s resignation over NYSC certificate scandal (Punch)

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, finally bowed to pressure by tendering her resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday. Her resignation followed a prolonged silence over an allegation in a Premium Times report that she forged her National Youth Service Corps exemption certificate. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement on Friday that Buhari had accepted the minister’s resignation letter. According to the statement, the President has asked the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, to oversee the finance ministry as from Friday. Read more

Oshiomhole charges governors to allow others go to senate (Guardian)

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adam Oshiomhole, has urged state governors aspiring to go to senate after office next year to give room for others by emulating a chieftain of the party, Bola Tinubu, who has dedicated his life to giving opportunity to others to excel in politics. Oshiomhole, speaking at the 27th town hall meeting of the Lagos Central senatorial district organised by Oluremi Tinubu, held at City Hall, Lagos, said, “It is now in vogue that many governors are leaving offices to run to the the senate.” Read more

Daura, a victim of political exigency – Associate (SUN)

A close ally (name withheld) of Lawal Daura has dismissed the probe panel report on the embattled former spy chief an attempt to further humiliate Daura, who he described as a victim of political machinations. According to him, Daura was sacrificed for political exigency. “You can give a dog a bad name so that you can hang it, where was EFCC when Daura was doing that type of criminality especially when he was in government? Here in Nigeria, we mean to say that we normally investigate a person after he had been sacked or asked to step aside. Read more

Boko Haram wants ransom for Leah Sharibu’s freedom –Ndume (Punch)

The lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial District, Ali Ndume, has urged the Nigerian Army to extend its anti-terrorism operations to the fringes of the Sambisa Forest and Mandara mountains to flush out the remaining Boko Haram insurgents in the area. Ndume, who commended the military for their response to the recent attacks on Borno State, noted that the insurgency had increased recently. While speaking with Saturday PUNCH, the lawmaker expressed suspicion that the Boko Haram faction that abducted the Dapchi girls, which was allegedly paid a ransom by the Federal Government to secure their release except Leah Sharibu, must have been responsible for the recent attacks in the state. Read more

Buhari cannot continue to hide, I challenge him to a debate … – Moghalu (Vanguard)

….You can’t be President if… – Moghalu, YPP Presidential candidate advises against appointing security chiefs from one zone

Presidential candidate of Young Progressives Party, YPP, Mr. Kingsley Moghalu, who paid a courtesy visit to the corporate headquarters of Vanguard Newspapers in Lagos, early this week, fielded questions from Vanguard Editors on his plans and prospects. On education of followers, mission and plans We have been telling our followers what this vision is and the difference between us and the traditional politicians.   For example, we are not playing money politics, and we are not going to buy votes. Read more

Gov ticket: Tinubu refuses to intervene, Ambode, others may face primary (Punch)

The fate of the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, still hung in the balance on Friday as he failed to secure the nod of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for his second term bid in 2019. Tinubu, it was learnt on Friday, refused to intervene in the intra-party crisis that has pitted Ambode against the leadership of the party in the state and members of the Conference 57. Conference 57 is a forum of all the council chairmen in the state. Read more

Yusuf Bichi, new DG DSS takes control, spells out vision (Vanguard)

Yusuf Magaji Bichi, the new director-general of Department of State Services (DSS) reported for work today at the headquarters to take control of the secret agency. Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the agency said Bichi addressed the management and called for members’ support. “While calling for stronger ties among the staff, he pledged to work with them as a team. He stated that his vision is to build a well disciplined, professional and highly motivated DSS with particular reference to staff welfare”, Afunanya reported. Read more

IPOB sit-at-home: 4 drivers missing, 15 trucks burnt in P’Harcourt (SUN)

The sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, turned violent as youths suspected to be supporters of the group allegedly attacked residents of Oyigbo, headquarters of Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State. No fewer than 15 trucks and buildings were reportedly destroyed and shops looted, as irate youths took advantage of the IPOB directive. Consequently, the State Police Command said it arrested 18 persons in connection with the violence. The tension caused panic in Oyigbo and neighbouring LGAs and paralysed business activities. Also, travellers to other states were left stranded. Read more

Golden Eaglets… Keeping hope alive (Guardian)

Two years ago, Nigerian football became a subject of ridicule around the globe after the once conquering U-17 National team, Golden Eaglets, were eliminated by a relatively unknown Minas of Niger Republic in the race to India 2017 World Cup. The impact of the 2-3 aggregate defeat was felt by many football-loving Nigerians, as it stopped the country from defending the FIFA U-17 World Cup it won in 2015. The Golden Eaglets had made history at Chile 2015 by winning the title back-to-back for the first time. Read more

Enyimba and S/Africa , Congo jinx (Vanguard)

They are jinx breakers, Enyimba. They brought the CAF Champions League in 2003, a feat that eluded Nigeria for 35 years with four grand finale disappointment. All 16 teams before them failed. There is another jinx to bury as the Elephants go for the country’s first CAF Confederation Cup.  Playing against teams from South Africa and the two Congos never led them to the cup in past continental tournaments. Read more

Alcacer scores, hurts ankle on Dortmund debut (Sportskeeda)

Paco Alcacer scored on his competitive debut for Borussia Dortmund, but coach Lucien Favre revealed the forward suffered an ankle injury against Eintracht Frankfurt. Alcacer joined Dortmund on loan from Barcelona late last month and his debut on Friday was a successful one. The Spain international was involved in Marius Wolf’s goal and later struck from 20 yards to seal Dortmund’s 3-1 win, after Abdou Diallo’s opener was cancelled out by Sebastien Haller. Favre said the 25-year-old still needed time, before revealing Alcacer hurt his ankle late at Signal Iduna Park. Read more

Luke Shaw left out of Manchester United’s squad to face Watford despite Jose Mourinho admitting he’s fit (Metro)

Luke Shaw has been left out of Manchester United’s squad to face Watford despite Jose Mourinho revealing this morning that the left-back was available. The 23-year-old was stretchered off in England’s defeat against Spain after being knocked out following a colission with Dani Carvajal. Some reports suggested a mandatory seven-day protocal would rule Shaw out of the trip to Vicarage Road but Mourinho revealed this morning that the left-back was in contention. However, Shaw was not present as United made their way south this afternoon and he will miss the game. Read more

Trump expected to visit areas hit by Hurricane Florence (Foxnews)

President Trump will be visiting areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week, the White House says. At least four deaths have been reported in North Carolina and more than 720,000 people are without power. Trump is expected to travel to the storm-ravaged region “by early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday. The president visited the Houston area last year in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and got blasted by many for not showing empathy toward the survivors. More than 80 people died as a result of that storm, according to officials. Read more

Salisbury attack: Russian spies ‘arrested on way to Swiss lab that tested novichok samples’ (Independent)

Two Russian spies were arrested while allegedly on their way to a laboratory that tested novichok samples from Salisbury, it has emerged. The two suspects, who are not the same pair charged with launching the attack on Sergei Skripal, were detained in the Hague in spring and sent back to Russia. Intelligence services suspected they were on their way to the Spiez Laboratory in Switzerland, sources told the Tages-Anzeiger and NRC Handelsblad. Read more

U.S. Secretary Of State Criticizes Iran-Chinese Oil Ties (Oilprice)

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for staying silent on reports of China violating the human rights of Muslim minorities, accusing Iran of turning a blind eye because China is Iran’s number-one oil customer. “@khamenei_ir fancies himself the leader of the Islamic world, but his regime has been totally silent as China—the top buyer of #Iran’s oil—has persecuted and detained hundreds of thousands of its Muslim citizens,” Pompeo tweeted on Thursday. While the United States tries to choke off as much Iranian oil exports as possible when sanctions return on November 5, China has said that it will not stop buying Iranian oil. But Beijing is also said to have agreed not to increase its oil purchases from Iran. Read more

Violent grind’: Florence leaves several dead, states flooded (SMH)

Florence has plowed into the Carolinas and lumbered slowly inland, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leaving at least five people dead before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc. Though Florence’s shrieking winds diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, forecasters said the sheer size of the 560-kilometre-wide storm and its painfully slow progress across North and South Carolina in the coming days could leave much of the region under water. “The storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, calling it “an uninvited brute that doesn’t want to leave.” Read more


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