* Buhari, French President Meet in Aso Rock (Nation) * Senate to amend Constitution to allow for state, community police (Punch)

* Buhari, French President Meet in Aso Rock (Nation)          * Senate to amend Constitution to allow for state, community police (Punch)



Buhari, French President Meet in Aso Rock (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting started at 4:34 p.m. when the French President arrived the State House, Abuja. Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, was among the top government officials that received Macron at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa. The two leaders posed for photograph shots at the entrance of the President’s office before the meeting started. Read more

Senate to amend Constitution to allow for state, community police (Punch)

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday revealed that the Senate has started the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the creation of state and community Police. Saraki made the revelation via his verified Twitter handle, while details were provided on the Medium page of the Senate President. He said, “Today, my colleagues and I in the eighth Senate resolved to begin the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the creation of State and Community Police. This is following our debate on solutions to the killings across the country.” Read more

Sign bill mandating early submission of budget, Dogara tells Buhari (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari should assent to the constitutional amendment Bill which provides for early submission of budget proposals to the National Assembly, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said.  In his remark at the resumption of plenary Tuesday, Dogara said any talk of an orderly appropriations process would be mere cheap talk as long as the Bill is not signed into law, “The President shall prepare and lay before each House of the National Assembly estimates of revenue and expenditure 90 days before the end of the fiscal year,,”  the Bill states. Other  constitutional amendment Bills transmitted to the President alongside the budget bill  have been assented to. Read more

Oshiomhole inherited party in cold war – Sani (Nation)

The Chairman of Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt, Senator Shehu Sani, said on Tuesday the immediate past leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) laid “booby traps” which may explode in the next few days. Sani said the Chief John Oyegun-led leadership of APC left too many unresolved crises in the party, adding that “Oshiomhole inherited a party in cold war.” He said the present leadership of APC must move quickly to address issues facing the party if it hopes to make any inroad in future elections. Sani, who spoke at the public presentation of a book titled: “Balarabe Musa: The Voice of the Masses” also explained why he was leaving the APC, saying the indecision of the presidency and the party leadership on the impunity in Kaduna was responsible for his decision to leave the party in the next few days. Read more

500 PDP members defect to APC in Lagos (Punch)

No fewer than 500 members of the People’s Democratic Party in Lagos on Tuesday defected to the All Progressives Congress. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new entrants to APC concluded their defection at an elaborate ceremony held at the APC secretariat in Ikeja. The defectors, from the 57 councils in the state, were led by a former PDP chieftain, Mr. Elijah Awodeyi. They were received into their new party by the APC chairman in the state, Mr. Tunde Balogun. Balogun said that the APC was delighted to receive the new members and groups joining the party. He said their coming meant that they had decided to join the progressive train and stay with the party that stood for development. Read more

President Buhari has shown enough love for Igbo – Rochas Okorocha (Vanguard)

Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that the “Igbo love President Buhari. What he is doing in Igboland has touched the Igbos. Let him know we love him and that in 2015, Igbo people played bad Politics, because the Igbos never believed in Buhari but in 2019 Igbo will vote massively for Mr. President. He made this known during the the South-East APC mega rally tagged South-East APC Rally for Buhari at the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri on Tuesday. Also President Muhammadu Buhari, who spoke through the Secretary to the Government of the federation, Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha said that the South-East people and the Igbo in particular have the right to lay claim to the rulership of this Country since they are part and parcel of the Country, adding that when the time to make such claim arises, they would support them. Read more

Buhari asks Senate to confirm Shonubi as CBN Dep Gov. (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari has sought the Senate’s confirmation of Mr. Folashodun Shonubi as the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Buhari had in June nominated Shonubi for the same position. The president’s letter was read on the floor of the Senate Tuesday by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, after a one-hour closed-door session shortly after its resumption from a three-week break.The letter read in part: “Dear Distinguished Senate President, in accordance to the provisions of section 81 (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Establishment Act 2007, I have the pleasure to present Mr. Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi for confirmation as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Read more

How to digitalise Nigeria economy, by Huawei, others (Nation)

Broadband development, preferential tax regime and policy harmonisation are crucial to achieve digital economy in Nigeria. These would enhance information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure development, attract local and international investment, as well as promote human resource development, global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Huawei Technologies, Chinese envoy and others have said. Speaking during a one-day forum organised by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in collaboration with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria and Huawei Technologies Company (Nigeria) Limited in Lagos, the technology giant said ICT infrastructure is crucial to economic digitalisation. Read more

FG declares state of emergency in water sector (SUN)

Disturbed by the perennial scarcity of water in some parts of the country, the Federal Government has declared a state of emergency to scale up the availability of water through the implementation of action plan. The government also said that one of such was to partner with well-meaning organisations to ensure that the sector got considerable help. Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, stated this, in Abuja, on Tuesday, at the first international conference on Nigeria Water Supply Association (NWSA) with the theme ‘Transforming Urban Water Supply Sanitation Utilities into Financially Viable Entities. Read more

DSS storms Ekiti School, arrests teachers (Punch)

Operatives of the Department of State Services on Tuesday swooped on a popular secondary school in Ado-Ekiti, Ola Oluwa Muslim Grammar School, and arrested some members of staff. Those arrested are the Secretary to the Principal, one Mrs. Olagbemi, and an Office Assistant, one Mrs. Ogunrinde. They were arrested for allegedly collecting Permanent Voter Cards from teachers. The Principal of Olaoluwa Muslim Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Sunmonu Olaoye, confirmed the arrest to journalists. He said the DSS officers came in some Hilux vehicles and right from the gate of the school, they started harassing people as if they were on a war mission. Read more

Ekiti: Your allegations are baseless, INEC tells Fayose (Vanguard)

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) has rebuffed allegations by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State that the commission has conspired with some others to rig the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State describing the assertions as untrue and baseless. The commission in a statement issued Tuesday night said that after 180 elections including five governorship elections since 2015 that it had acquired a steely reputation for integrity which would not be compromised at this stage. Governor Fayose had at a stakeholders’ forum earlier yesterday accused the commission of plotting to rig the election by preloading the smart card readers to be used for the governorship election. Read more

Niger Boko Haram attack death toll revised down: ministry (Guardian)

Six soldiers were killed over the weekend in an attack blamed on the jihadist group Boko Haram on a military position in southeast Niger, the defence ministry said Tuesday revising down an earlier death toll. The Niger army previously said Sunday that ten soldiers were killed in the assault near the border with Nigeria. “In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the military post of Bla Brin was attacked by the terrorist group Boko Haram, we deplore the deaths of six soldiers and three wounded,” said a defence ministry statement read out on state radio on Tuesday, without giving a reason for the revised death toll. 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. Read more

Gunmen kill 7 policemen in Abuja (Punch)

Unknown gunmen have shot dead seven policemen who were on patrol along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Road, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja It was learnt that the assailants, who were in a vehicle, shot the men in a surprise attack and zoomed off after the dastardly act earlier on Tuesday. Our correspondent gathered that the incident caused panic as motorists and residents ran away in fright as gunshots went on incessantly. But it could not be immediately ascertained if the attackers went away with the firearms of the slain policemen. The bodies of the slain cops were later evacuated from the scene in a police van. The pictures of the men later surfaced online. Read more

FG complies with Supreme Court Verdict, Sacks NFF President, Pinnick (ThisDay)

The federal government Monday sacked Amaju Pinnick as the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after it directed the executive committee headed by him to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court of April 27, 2018, which restored the orders of the Federal High Court, that set aside the September 30, 2014, election into the Executive Committee of the football. A statement by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said the directive followed a written notification signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) requesting the sports ministry to ensure compliance. Read more

NFF Crisis: Order of court not binding on FIFA, NFF — Keyamo (Vanguard)

Festus Keyamo (SAN), the counsel to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday in Abuja said that the order of the court recognising the NFF election of Chris Giwa was not binding on FIFA. The  Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, had on Monday directed the NFF to comply with the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on April 27, 2018. The judgement he noted restored the orders of the Federal High Court, setting aside the purported election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on Sept. 30, 2014 which produced Amaju Pinnick. Read more

England end penalty jinx to edge Colombia in shootout (Guardian)

England edged Colombia 4-3 on penalties to halt a run of five successive shootout defeats at major tournaments and book a quarter-final clash against Sweden at the World Cup. Harry Kane fired England ahead with his tournament-leading sixth goal just before the hour in Moscow, converting a penalty after he was hauled down by Carlos Sanchez at a corner. Gareth Southgate’s team looked to be heading into the last eight in regulation time until Yerry Mina equalised with a 93rd-minute header as the giant Colombian defender scored for the third game in a row. Read more

Wimbledon 2018: Former winners Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova knocked out in first round (BBC)

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova and former winner Maria Sharapova both suffered surprise defeats in the first round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon. Eighth seed Kvitova never looked comfortable against world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, who won 6-4 4-6 6-0. Qualifier Vitalia Diatchenko came from a set and 5-2 down to defeat Sharapova. The world number 132 battled back to win 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4. Sixth seed Caroline Garcia from France also went out after a 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 defeat by Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic. Read more

Merkel’s last-ditch migrant deal reopens deep EU divisions (Guardian)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel came under fire Tuesday from EU partners after she agreed to push back migrants in a last-ditch deal to save her fragile government, a move that threatened to unleash a domino effect of European nations shutting refugees out. In high-stakes crisis talks overnight, Merkel put down a rebellion by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer with an agreement to tighten border controls and set up closed “transit centres” to hold migrants on the Austrian frontier. But the deal, which essentially amounted to an about-turn in Merkel’s liberal refugee policy, immediately sparked resistance from Germany’s neighbours as well as the third member of her shaky coalition, the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Read more

Zimbabwe police make 2 arrests over election rally blast (Guardian)

Zimbabwe police said Tuesday they had arrested two suspects over the grenade blast at an election rally that killed two people and narrowly missed President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Police chief Gideon Matanga said investigations were continuing over the explosion in the country’s second largest city of Bulawayo on June 23. “I would like to applaud the level of cooperation and support that the joint investigation team has so far received, culminating in two suspects being accounted for,” Matanga said while addressing police officers in Bulawayo. Read more

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