* Buhari condoles with President Bouteflika, Algerians over military plane crash (PremiumTimes) * Senate intervenes as oil well tears 3 states apart (Nation)

* Buhari condoles with President Bouteflika, Algerians over military plane crash (PremiumTimes)                     *  Senate intervenes as oil well tears 3 states apart (Nation)



Buhari condoles with President Bouteflika, Algerians over military plane crash (PremiumTimes)

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the people of Algeria over Wednesday’s military plane crash near the Boufarik military airport in Algiers which claimed many lives. The president gave his condolence message in a statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in Abuja on Thursday. He also extended deepest condolences to the families and friends of bereaved Algerians and other nationals, who were in sorrow because of the tragedy. Mr Buhari also assured President Bouteflika and those who lost their loved ones of the sympathy of all Nigerians in their moment of grief. Read more

Senate intervenes as oil well tears 3 states apart (Nation)

The renewed agitation over ownership of oil wells being claimed by Kogi, Anambra and Enugu will soon be a thing of past as Senate has mandated its Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) to investigate the matter and report back to it. Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu-PDP) at plenary on Thursday raised a Point-of-Order on the matter seeking the intervention of the Upper Chamber to stem brewing crisis among the three states laying claim to the oil wells. Referring to Order 43, the lawmaker alleged that Anambra Government had used one of its appointees, Mr Prince Emu, to grant an interview, stating that Anambra was an oil-producing state. Utazi said that the Federal Government realised that it was an error for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to refer to Anambra as oil-producing state and withdrew the status. Read more

Reps summon VP over suspension of NEMA senior staff (Tribune)

The House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Management on Thursday summoned Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to appear before the committee to answer questions on the reasons behind the suspension of six senior officers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Aside the VP, the committee also summoned the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, the Head of Service Federal Civil service of the Federation ( HoFCS), Winifred Oyo-Ita and the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) Ahmed Idris. Read more

Fayemi notifies APC leaders, public on interest to run for Ekiti governorship (Vanguard)

Dr Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, has notified the national and state leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) of his ambition to run for July 14, governorship election in Ekiti. Mr Olayinka Oyebode, Special Assistant on Media to the minister, disclosed in a statement on Thursday in Abuja that letters had been written to elders of the party, prominent citizens and traditional rulers in Ekiti. Fayemi, the immediate past Governor of Ekiti, in the letter, which he personally signed, also disclosed that his public declaration for the gubernatorial contest would come up at a rally in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, April 14. Read more

Airport road, Pen cinema flyover ready by December – Contractors (Vanguard)

The contractors handling major ongoing projects across the Lagos State on Thursday assured that the 10-lane Airport Road and Pen Cinema Flyover would be completed by December 2018 as special end of the year gifts to residents and visitors. The contractors, who spoke separately during an extensive inspection tour of major ongoing projects by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode which lasted for several hours, also said the network of roads in Ilaje and Bariga as well as a new jetty through which Ikorodu, Apapa, Lagos Island, Badagry, Ajah and Epe could be linked via the waterways would be ready in July, while the Oshodi Transport Interchange would be delivered by September. Read more

LASG to compensate owners for demolished properties along airport road (Guardian)

The Lagos State Government says it will soon pay compensation to owners of demolished properties removed for the International Airport Road reconstruction in line with regeneration of the entire Oshodi axis. Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode made the disclosure on Thursday in Lagos during the inspection of some major projects in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor inspected the International Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Interchange, Pen Cinema Flyover in Agege and the Lagos State Model School projects in Yaba. Read more

Kogi teachers reject 20% salary payment, threaten industrial action (Punch)

The Nigeria Union of Teachers has called on the Kogi State to restore full payment of salary and allowances to its members or face industrial dispute. The chairman of the state branch of NUT, Mr. Thomas Ayodele, made the call in Lokoja on Thursday during the union’s yearly solemn assembly. He said that his members could no longer accept a salary of between 20 per cent and 30 per cent being paid to them since the beginning of the year. Ayodele said the underpayment, inconsistent percentage payment and omissions that have so far characterised the payment of primary school teachers’ salary must stop forthwith. Read more

Hilda Dokubo not my staff or relative – Amnesty Boss (Nation)

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo has clarified that Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Ms. Hilda Dokubo is neither his relative nor a staff of the Presidential Amnesty Office. In a statement he personally signed and released to the media in Abuja yesterday, Dokubo decried insinuations that he has hired his relations, particularly Hilda Dokubo to run the affairs of the Amnesty Office. He said: “I have deemed it extremely important to clarify that since I assumed office as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, I have not hired any person. In particular, I have not hired Hilda Dokubo in any capacity at the Amnesty Office and I don’t intend doing so. It is also not true that she is my relative. We are not even from the same Local Government Area.” Read more

Alleged N450m Fraud: Court dismisses ex-minister’s no-case submission (PremiumTimes)

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, April 12, dismissed the no-case submission filed by Muhammed Belgore, a former governorship candidate during the 2011 Kwara State gubernatorial election, and Abubakar Sulaiman, a former Minister of National Planning. The judge further directed the defendants to proceed with their defence. The defendants had, on February 15, 2018, told the court that they had no case to answer. They further argued that “all that the prosecution has against us are mere hear-say evidence.” Read more

For the first time, Oluwo attends Obas’ council meeting in Ooni’s palace (Punch)

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, is presently attending a meeting of the Osun State Traditional Rulers Council Meeting at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. Oluwo has never attended the meeting since he ascended the throne almost the same time as the Ooni in 2015. It was gathered that some Obas had, during the last meeting held on July 4, 2017, raised the issue of the Oluwo and they resolved to go to Iwo to prevail on him to attend this meeting. Read more

Customs seizes 150 SUVs hidden by politician in Sokoto (SUN)

Operatives of the Nigerian Customs have impounded Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) said to be about 150 hidden in undisclosed premises in Sokoto State. The vehicles were believed to have been purchased by proxy and stock-piled in Sokoto City by a politician in preparation for the forthcoming presidential campaign in 2019. The operation, according to a source, was conducted on April 10, 2018 and supported by men of 1 Brigade Army, Sokoto. It was gathered that the seized vehicles, numbering about 150, were being kept at the premises of Customs and Army barracks pending a possible parade by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Alli rtd. Read more

8-month-old baby found dead inside drum of water (Nation)

An eight-month-old baby simply identified as Abdulaziz, was on Thursday found dead inside a four-feet drum of water in Benin. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred early Thursday morning at number 53 Obakhavbaye Street, Benin City. It was gathered that mother of the baby had gone to urinate outside at about 6a.m, but did not find the baby where she kept him. After three hours of searching around the house, the baby was eventually found inside the drum of water dead. Read more

Commonwealth Games: Amusan advances to 100m H final (SUN)

Oluwatobiloba Amusan, a 100m hurdler representing Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday, advanced to the final with 12.73seconds while her compatriot, Grace Ayemoba clinched fifth position. Amusan, who competed in lane two of Heat one, was the only athlete to clock a sub 12 in the heat. Brianna Beahan of Australia came second with 13.02seconds, Jamaica’s Meagan Simmonds returned third with 13.17seconds. Read more

Iwobi: I can’t sing Nigerian national anthem (SUN)

Arsenal star and Nigerian international, Alex Iwobi has admitted he can’t stringe the lines of the Nigeria national anthem correctly. Iwobi, who scored the goal that saw the Super Eagles to the Russia World Cup against Zambia made the revelation while being quizzed by Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry and Philadelphia Eagles star, Jay Ajayi. Iwobi stated he did not know the words to the Nigerian national anthem too well, suggesting that he mouths along to the anthem when the camera was focused on him before the start of international matches. Read more

Ndidi, Iheanacho get 5 award nominations in England (SUN)

The duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi have been nominated for five awards at Leicester City this season. While Ndidi’s nomination came as no surprise, as he had arguably been Leicester’s best player this season, it will surprise not a few persons to see Iheanacho’s name on the list of nominees. Iheanacho had been nominated for the Player of the Season, the Young Player of the Year and the Goal of the Season award. Read more

AFP picture wins World Press Photo of the Year Award (Punch)

Agence France-Presse photographer Ronaldo Schemidt won the prestigious 2018 World Press Photo of the Year Award on Thursday with his image of a masked Venezuelan protester on fire, taken during violent protests in Caracas. “The jury… awards the first prize to Ronaldo Schemidt’s picture entitled ‘Venezuela Crisis’,” judges said at a prize-giving ceremony in Amsterdam. Schemidt’s photo also won the Spot News-Singles category. AFP photographers Oliver Scarff and Juan Barreto were also honoured, respectively scooping first prize in the sports category and third in the spot news stories. Read more

Messi can’t win the World Cup alone, says Argentina chief (Fourfourtwo)

Lionel Messi cannot win the World Cup on his own and needs his Argentina team-mates to raise their game to help him, says Claudio Tapia. Messi cut a folorn figure as Argentina were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, leaving him without the winners’ medal that would help to cement his place in history alongside Pele and Diego Maradona as one of the game’s greatest players.Tapia – the president of the Argentina Football Association – acknowledged that this might be the 30-year-old’s last opportunity to win the tournament, but said even the five-time Ballon d’Or winner wouldn’t be able to guide Argentina to glory if his team-mates didn’t perform at their best. Read more

Brendan Rodgers wants more Celtic success at Hampden Park (SkySports)

Brendan Rodgers is confident he can extend his perfect record at Hampden Park when Celtic face Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Celtic have won all six fixtures at the national stadium while Rodgers has been in charge and lifted three trophies along the way. “I’m very excited,” he told the club’s official website. “These are always tense games but in the main we’ve always played well at Hampden and been very good, so hopefully we can have a similar performance and a similar result to each of the times we’ve been there. Read more

Bomb blast at packed Somalia stadium kills 5 football fans (Washingtonpost)

A bomb exploded at a packed football stadium in southern Somalia and killed five spectators while wounding several others, police said Thursday evening. The Somalia-based, al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion in the port town of Barawe. Witnesses said the bomb had been buried in the sandy stadium and went off during the local-level match. Most of the eight people wounded were in serious condition and were being treated at a local hospital, police Col. Abdirizak Ahmed told The Associated Press. Read more

Poor left out of mining profits as ‘resource curse’ hits Kenya (Trust)

Kenya’s oil, gas and mineral deposits are being increasingly exploited, but a failure to implement laws and ensure local communities know their rights has meant the most marginalised are not benefiting, lawyers and academics said on Thursday. The East African nation has proven deposits of titanium, gold and coal and also holds significant copper, niobium and manganese deposits, as well as oil and gas reserves. But despite these commodities often being located in remote regions where the countries poorest live, few have reaped the rewards from mining, said experts at an event hosted by the legal think-tank the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). Read more

Syrian regime ‘highly likely’ to blame for chemical attack, UK says (CNN)

The British government has signaled it is ready to back US military action against Syria, saying it was “highly likely” the Assad regime used chemical weapons on its own people and that such action could not go unchallenged. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the UK would take. Ministers said there was need to “deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime,” and alleviate the humanitarian situation, a Downing Street statement said. Read more

Family of unarmed black man killed by Texas police file wrongful death lawsuit (Guardian)

The family of an unarmed black man whose trousers were around his ankles when he was shot dead by a Texas police officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The federal civil action alleges that the Harris county sheriff’s office has a pattern of shooting suspects who do not pose a physical threat and are experiencing a mental health crisis. Danny Ray Thomas, 35, was killed by deputy Cameron Brewer in a north Houston street at about 1pm on 22 March. The case against Brewer and the county seeks damages and claims the officer used excessive force “even after observing that Mr Thomas was unarmed and clearly in a state of crisis or suffering from mental health problems, and was not then presenting any objective danger to others or himself”. Read more

Trump Russia investigation: Can the president fire special counsel Robert Mueller? (Independent)

Ever since special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, questions have swirled around whether President Donald Trump might fire him. Mr Mueller, who was appointed to lead the council by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the president dismissed former FBI Director James Comey — citing, at the time, the bureau’s Russia investigation as a reason for doing so — is a veteran Justice Department official, a former FBI director under both Republican and Democratic administrations, and has reportedly been ratcheting up pressure on Mr Trump and his allies. Read more

How poaching claims against Grace Mugabe could benefit Mnangagwa (Insiderzim)

The headline in the Zimbabwe Herald could not have made it clearer: “Police tighten noose on Grace Mugabe.” The newspaper, for 37 years the mouthpiece of Robert Mugabe’s government, is now the voice of the new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. He replaced Mugabe when the long-time leader was deposed in late 2017. Over the last couple of months the Herald and a number of other Zimbabwean media outlets have published detailed accounts on police investigations into former first lady Grace Mugabe’s suspected role in ivory smuggling. The first of these stories, less than two months after Mnangagwa took office, said the former first lady was being investigated for “illicit and illegal activities”. Read more

Mugabe yet to move out of official residential wing (Dailymail)

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has yet to move out of an official residence in Harare five months after he was ousted from power, an official said Thursday. Presidential spokesman George Charamba said Mugabe had still had not removed his belongings from Zimbabwe House, a residential wing next to the presidential offices at State House. “We are already using State House, but what he failed to do since November (is move out of Zimbabwe House),” Charamba told AFP, confirming that Mugabe had kept his books, computers and other belongings at the premises. Read more


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