March 25, 2019

* Buhari commends Nigeria-Kuwait relations (Nation) * FG does not have enough manpower to end attacks, says Ekweremadu (Guardian)

* Buhari commends Nigeria-Kuwait relations (Nation)              * FG does not have enough manpower to end attacks, says Ekweremadu (Guardian)



Buhari commends Nigeria-Kuwait relations (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the cordial relations between Nigeria and Kuwait. He spoke at an audience with the outgoing Kuwaiti Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Abdulaziz Alsharrah, at the State House, Abuja. The President, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said relations between both countries are important not only at the bilateral level, but also as members of the Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) where they shared a common interest. President Buhari, while thanking the outgoing ambassador for promoting good relations between Nigeria and Kuwait, said he hoped that the cordial relations would translate into more active cooperation between the two countries. Read more

FG does not have enough manpower to end attacks, says Ekweremadu (Guardian)

The Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu has said the Nigerian government does not have enough manpower to fatal clashes in the country, noting that the prevailing insecurity in the country has become an ‘international embarrassment’. “The fact is, the Federal Government does not have enough manpower to fight these attacks,” he said during the Senate plenary on Tuesday. “This is unfortunate.” He said the establishment of state police may effectively tackle insecurity in the country. “I want to thank SP, Bukola Saraki and ask for provision to be made for State Police. We have to come up with initiatives to deal with this”, he said. Read more

2018 Budget: Protesters call for Saraki’s, Dogara’s resignation (Nation)

Hundreds of protesters under the aegis of National Convener of Citizens’ Action to take back Nigeria (CATBAN) have called on the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to step down. The protesters who stormed the National Assembly Complex in various vehicles, were seen displaying banners, calling for scrapping of constituency projects. Some of the placards have inscriptions like, “Nigerians are not represented in the sharing of loots via constituency projects, Dear legislators, to make laws is not to execute projects, legislators are not executives.” The National Convener of the group, Comrade Garba Wala, while addressing newsmen, accused the lawmakers of using constituency projects to siphone funds meant for Nigerians. Read more

Fayemi meets Buhari at Villa (Vanguard)

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the July 14 election in Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The APC governorship hopeful dressed in white agba and cap was full of smiles while learning the Villa. He, however declined attempts by the State House correspondents to know why he was at the Villa in less than two weeks to the governorship election in Ekiti State. Recall that Fayemi who was the Minister of Solid Mineral Development recently tendered his resignation letter as a cabinet member to face his election. Read more

Ekiti 2018: Fayemi campaign raises alarm over Ekiti debt figures (Nation)

The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has raised the alarm over the latest figures released by the Debts Management Office putting Ekiti State’s debts at N117b up from N56b figure it released few months ago. In its latest table detailing the debts owed by the 36 states of the federation, DMO put Ekiti State debts between October 2014 and 2018 at N117b. The Director of Media and Publicity of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Wole Olujobi, in a statement on Tuesday accused Governor Ayo Fayose of profligacy, saying the governor is deliberately piling up debts to help himself while the state remains under the bondage of suffocating debts. Read more

Constituency projects is now corruption…, say protesters NASS entrance (Vanguard)

A group identified as Citizens Actions to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) on Tuesday thronged the entrance of the National Assembly (NASS) Complex protesting the adjustments made in the 2018 Appropriation Act by the Legislature. The protesters arrived in about 11 luxurious busses, popularly known as “El-rufai bus”, playing music and chanting songs, calling for the resignation of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki. They carried placards which read: “Constituency projects is now corruption, it must stop”; “Nigerians are not represented in the sharing of the loot via constituency projects”; and “National Assembly not for armed runners,” among others. Read more

Anambra community raises alarm over N1m burial levy (Nation)

Indigenes of Eziowelle community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state have raised alarm over high cost of burial in the area. They accused the leadership of the town of imposing a burial levy of N1million on every bereaved family as a prerequisite for commencement of funeral arrangements of their loved ones. Addressing newsmen in Awka, on Tuesday, some stakeholders in the community led by Chief Felix Okafor and Emeka Akukwe, said bodies of their loved ones spent months in morgues due the inability of the family members to raise the compulsory levy. “As soon as the leadership of the town came on board about three years ago, they imposed a burial levy of N1million on every bereaved family in the community before they can commence funeral arrangements of their loved ones. Read more

Prevail on Army to release Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB writes US, UK, others (SUN)

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on United Nations, Britain, USA and other civilised nations to compel the Federal Government to produce its leader Nnamdi Kanu who was allegedly abducted by Nigerian Army on September 14, 2017, when soldiers invaded his home town at Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia, Abia State. The group urges the same Nigerian Army that allegedly abducted him (Kanu) to charge him to court or release him to the British Government. A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said that failure to release its leader was an invitation to anarchy because, according to him, the leadership of IPOB could not guarantee how long the simmering rage of the masses could be contained. Read more

Kaduna enacts Law to Curb Menace of Street Gangs (ThisDay)

The Kaduna State Government has enacted a law to deal with the menace of street gangs terrorising some parts of Kaduna city. At a news conference on Tuesday at the Government House, Kaduna, the state solicitor general, Chris Umar, announced the promulgation of the law banning unlawful societies. He said the government took the decision to promote public safety and uphold law and order. Umar said the law, which is tagged: “Council to approve the Unlawful Societies (Declaration) Order, 2018”, prescribes a seven-year jail term for anyone convicted under the law. Read more

Insecurity threatens 2019 elections – CAN (Vanguard)

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 17 Southern States has said that the upswing insecurity pervading the country, particularly in the North Central zone, pose grave danger to the conduct of next year’s general elections. CAN in the region did not only bemoan the menace but said it was a sign of total collapse of security architecture in Nigeria. It said with such situation, the conduct of the 2019 election was under serious jeopardy. CAN spoke as reactions continue to trail the killing of over 100 residents of Plateau State by suspected herdsmen. Secretary of the organization, Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, who spoke to newsmen in Enugu, said the Christian body was worried that several days after the attack, no concrete effort had been made towards arresting the perpetrators. Read more

Killings: Igbo group issues quit notice to Fulani herdsmen (SUN)

No longer comfortable with the numerous killings in various parts of the country, Igbo pressure group, Voice from the East (VEAST) has given the Fulani herdsmen in the South East as well as Anioma, in Delta State, and Ikwere in Rivers State, up till August 31, 2018 to vacate their land and forests. The group which embarked on a peaceful protest Tuesday in Enugu warned that should the armed herdsmen fail to leave after the ultimatum, they would mobilise boys to comb forests and lands, to send them packing. VEAST pointed out that they may even resort to killing the herdsmen should they become adamant and refuse to leave. Read more

2 Men arrested for Possession of 30 Cartons of Tramadol (ThisDay)

The Lagos State Police has arrested two, Igwe Ejike and Stephen Osita, 53, for unlawful possession of 30 cartons of Tramadol 100mg capsules at Trade-fair area of Lagos. The police disclosed that on Saturday 29 June this year, at 7:30am or thereabouts, a team of policemen attached to Trade-fair Division intercepted a Scania 220 truck with Reg. No FST-45-OD on a stop-and-search operation. The truck was said to have been loaded with 30 Cartons of Tramadol 100mg capsules neatly concealed under motor spare parts. The State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said that despite how carefully the drugs were concealed, the eagle eyed police operatives detected the illegal consignment. Read more

Court frees herdsman accused of stealing cow (Punch)

A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday, discharged a 40-year-old herdsman, Mohammed Burtu, charged with receiving a stolen cow. The Magistrate, Mr. Ibrahim Emmanuel, discharged Burtu, a resident of Karau-Karau village in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State, for “lack of diligent prosecution’’. At the resumed hearing of the case, the prosecutor, Insp. Musa Abdullahi, asked for an adjournment, to enable him to present the investigating police officer. Emmanuel, however, refused the application, noting that the case had been adjourned several times because of non-availability of prosecution’s witness. Read more

Supporters’ club chief backs FG on NFF (Punch)

The Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club President-General Rafiu Ladipo is backing the Federal Government’s decision to obey the Supreme Court ruling removing the Nigeria Football Federation board headed by Amaju Pinnick. Sports minister Solomon Dalung on Monday directed the NFF to comply with the apex court judgment on April 27 restoring the orders of the Federal High Court setting aside the purported NFF election on September 30, 2014, which brought in Pinnick. Chris Giwa, who won at a parallel NFF  poll on August 26, 2014,  has since assumed control of the national football house. Read more

Colombia ambassador ‘sad’ over Sun headline ahead of England World Cup clash (Vanguard)

Colombia’s ambassador in London said on Tuesday it was “rather sad” that the Sun newspaper had used its front page to “stigmatise” the South American nation ahead of their World Cup clash. The popular tabloid, known for its provocative headlines, ran with a front-page picture of England captain Harry Kane and the words “Go Kane!”, a pun on Colombia’s reputation as a drug exporter. The sub-headline read “3 Lions face nation that gave world Shakira, great coffee and er, other stuff.” Nestor Osorio-Londono, Colombian ambassador to the UK, said it was “rather sad that they use such a festive and friendly environment, as the World Cup, to target a country and continue to stigmatise it with a completely unrelated issue”. Read more

‘I had a good run’ – Roger Federer reacts to losing historical record at Wimbledon (Metro)

Roger Federer insists he is ‘happy’ for Feliciano Lopez after the Spaniard broke his record for the most consecutive appearances at Grand Slams. Federer’s impressive streak of 65 came to an end at the 2016 Australian Open and Lopez has now moved ahead of the Swiss legend after equalling the record at Roland Garros earlier in the year. ‘I haven’t spoken to Feliciano about it,’ said Federer, after his routine victory over Dusan Lajovic on Monday. ‘I’m happy for him. I had a good run. I don’t know. It wasn’t like my number one concern. ‘But it’s nice that more and more players are able to keep themselves in shape. Read more

Diego Costa told Fernando Hierro ‘I told you so’ after Spain lost to Russia (101Greatoals)

Sunday was another remarkable day at the 2018 World Cup. The outstanding result of the day was Russia knocking out Spain in a penalty shootout. Prior to the World Cup, many thought that Russia would exit the tournament in the group phase. But they are now through to the quarter-finals where they’ll take on Croatia. Could Russia make it to the semis? A Sergei Ignashevich own goal gave Spain the lead. But Artem Dzyuba drew Russia level with a 41st minute penalty. Iago Aspas missed the crucial Spain penalty as Russia won the shootout 4-3. Read more

Football fans at Wimbledon are predicting for England’s World Cup clash against Colombia (Inews)

Spectators at Wimbledon may be there for the tennis – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t football fans as well. With England’s World Cup clash with Colombia looming, i spoke to fans in SW19 about how they think the game will go. It could just be the Pimm’s – or if not that then the glorious weather – but for the most part visitors to the home of the All England Lawn Tennis club were largely optimistic. Aaron Hood, from Essex, predicted England would win 2-0. The 37-year-old named Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier as his star players so far. Of the decision from the All England club not to screen the game he said it was “fair enough”, adding: “It’s a different sport [and] it’s a pretty prestigious place this isn’t it.” Read more

China ‘fully prepared’ for trade war with US as tariffs deadline looms (Independent)

China has said it is “fully prepared” for a trade war with the US, with little sign of an end to mounting tensions between the world’s two biggest economies. Hopes are dwindling that Washington and Beijing will fine an amicable solution before Friday, when the US is due to start charging tariffs on $34bn of Chinese goods, with Beijing declaring they will retaliate in kind. The ramifications will likely be felt far beyond the borders of the two nations. Tensions have been simmering for weeks, amid a flurry of smaller tit-for-tat measures. The latest of which involved a US Department of Commerce agency recommending that China’s largest telecoms carrier, China Mobile, should not be given operating licenses for America. The report cited national security concerns posed by the state-run firm. Read more

Melania Trump earned more than $100,000 from photo deal for ‘positive stories’ (Independent)

Melania Trump earned between $100,000 and $1m from a major picture distributor, according to her husband Donald Trump’s most recent financial disclosure form. The first lady reportedly made the money in royalties from Getty Images in 2017 for the use of photos that under a licensing agreement could only be used in “positive coverage”. According to NBC News, at least 12 news organisations last year used some of the photos, including the Daily Mail, Fox News, Yahoo News, Condé Nast and the Houston Chronicle. Many of the almost 200 photos show Ms Trump, the president and their now 12-year-old son Barron prior to Mr Trump’s successful bid for the White House. Read more

Tank crews kept explosive charges on their laps, inquest told (Guardian)

Explosive charges were routinely stored incorrectly in British tanks and sometimes even balanced on crew members’ laps, an inquest has heard. The inquest was told that crew members liked to keep the charges close to hand during live firing exercises rather than stowing them away because it helped them open fire more quickly and pass their tests. Cpls Matthew Hatfield and Darren Neilson, of the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR), died after an explosion in a Challenger 2 tank at Castlemartin firing ranges in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales, in June 2017. Read more

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