* Buhari in Maiduguri for Army Day Celebration (ThisDay) * Only justice can solve APC crisis – Dogara (Punch)

* Buhari in Maiduguri for Army Day Celebration (ThisDay)        * Only justice can solve APC crisis – Dogara (Punch)



Buhari in Maiduguri for Army Day Celebration (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday arrived in Maiduguri, Borno state, for a one-day state visit. Buhari arrived the Maiduguri International Airport at 10.30 a.m. in company of his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari. Buhari was received by Gov. Kashim Shettima, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar as members of the National and State Assemblies. The president proceeded to the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Munguno, about 150 kilometres from Maiduguri to participate in the activities lined up to mark the 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL). The week-long event was designed to celebrate the soldiers fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East and other security challenges in the country. Read more

Only justice can solve APC crisis – Dogara (Punch)

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, said so long as members of the All Progressives Congress felt that there was no justice in the running of its affairs, the crisis rocking the party would only worsen. The Speaker also stated that trying to silence the voices of dissent and opposition would also fail. Dogara spoke at the National Assembly on Thursday, just as the APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, and other members of the National Working Committee held a meeting with the party’s caucus at the House. He added that the APC was like a family where people must disagree, but what was important was the methodology adopted in resolving disputes. Read more

Ekweremadu congratulates Ugwuanyi, Saraki on Supreme Court victories (Vanguard)

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Uwuanyi of Enugu state, on his victory in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, 2015 governorship primary legal tussle between him and Senator Ayogu Eze. The Supreme court on Friday decided the challenge by Ayogu Eze and discussed the appeal for lack of merit. Ekweremadu also congratulated Senate President, Bukola Saraki on the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision dismissing the assets declaration charges against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Ekweremadu said Saraki’s victory was a Triumph for the legislature and democracy. Read more

N400m fraud allegation: Metuh commences evidence-in-chief from outside witness box (Punch)

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday permitted former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, to commence his evidence-in-chief from outside the witness box. It will be recalled that Metuh, while attempting to enter the dock on May 21 with the help of a walking aid, fell down following which he was absent from court on May 22, 23 and 24, which were the next adjourned dates. The court then decided to try Metuh in absentia, and on May 25, closed his case and asked the second defendant to open his case on the next adjourned date. Read more

How Abacha loot should be spent-ANRP (Guardian)

Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) on Friday advised the Federal Government to invest the Abacha loot on human development such as healthcare and education. Mr Sesugh Akume, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Friday. “Such a large amount can also be invested in upgrading and equipping at the National Hospital, Abuja and other federal government hospitals across the country many of which are at various states of dysfunction and dilapidation. “This amount could also be positioned as counterpart funding toward public-private partnerships to upgrade General Hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) all across the federation. Read more

Mike Adenuga receives “Commander of the Legion of Honour” from Macron (ThisDay)

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday in Lagos conferred France’s highest national honour of Commander of the Legion of Honour on Globacom Chairman, Dr Mike Adenuga, Jr. Dr. Adenuga thus becomes the first Nigerian to be decorated with the award. Explaining why the French Government decided to confer the country’s highest honour on Adenuga, President Macron said the legendary business guru is “a true role model for Africa” who has contributed immensely to the growth of the African and French economy. President Macron applauded Dr Adenuga on his promotion of the French language and culture in Nigeria, and also commended Bella Disu, Dr. Adenuga’s daughter who conceived, coordinated and executed the Alliance Française project. Read more

2,500 Lagos private schools undertake unified examination (Guardian)

About 2,500 private schools in Lagos State are participating in the newly introduced unified examination by the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS). Mr Wasiu Adumadeyin, the President of Lagos chapter of NAPPS, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the examination was to ensure maintenance of high standard of education by such schools. He said the examination questions were set by professionals in different subjects,in line with the curriculum of the schools. “The Federal Ministry of Education syllabus and the Lagos State Ministry of Education scheme of work were also used to set the questions. Read more

FIFA boss invites Thai cave boys to World Cup final (Vanguard)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has invited the Thai boys’ football team trapped in a cave to the World Cup final, as messages of support poured in from top players. Infantino said he hoped the Wild Boars team, who were stranded by rising floodwaters two weeks ago, would be rescued in time to watch the final in Moscow on July 15. “If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final as our guests,” he wrote in a letter to the head of the Football Association of Thailand. Read more

Captain Sean Morrison leads raft of Cardiff City players to agree contract extensions (BBC)

Cardiff City captain Sean Morrison is one of seven players to agree new contracts with the Premier League club. Midfielder Joe Ralls, defenders Callum Paterson, Lee Peltier and Matthew Connolly, goalkeeper Brian Murphy and wing Nathaniel Mendez-Laing have all signed new contracts. Out-of-contract Iceland midfielder Aron Gunnarsson is also expected to re-sign. “He [Gunnarsson] wants to help us try and stay in the Premier League,” manager Neil Warnock said. “We had a chat six weeks ago [before the World Cup] and he told me he wanted to stay; now we’re looking forward to him coming back into the group. Read more

Alexander Zverev reveals why he VOMITED and considered quitting during Wimbledon win (Express)

Fritz lost the first set but went on to take the next two against the No 4 seed, including a tie-break in which the German failed to win a single point. But play was suspended due to bad late on Thursday night and when the match resumed on Friday, Zverev cruised to a 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory to reach the third round. And when the match was finally over, nearly 24 hours after it had started, Zverev admitted he had been struggling. “Yesterday for me it was tough to play for multiple reasons,” Zverev said. Read more

Singer Chris Brown arrested after Florida concert (Vanguard)

Singer Chris Brown was arrested for battery following a concert in Florida, authorities said Friday, the troubled star’s latest brush with the law. Police seized the R&B star shortly after he left the stage Thursday night in West Palm Beach. He was booked on a charge of felony battery and released after he paid a $2,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said. The Palm Beach County sheriff’s office said that Brown was arrested on a warrant from Tampa but did not give specifics. The celebrity news site TMZ said the warrant was related to an incident last year when Brown punched an in-house photographer during a paid appearance at a nightclub. The singer was due to return to Tampa on Friday for a concert as part of an ongoing tour. Read more

British holidaymakers urged to be on alert for terror attacks abroad over summer (Skynews)

British holidaymakers have been urged to be on alert for terror attacks overseas as millions prepare for summer breaks abroad. Counter-terror chiefs have issued a fresh appeal calling for people to watch a safety video depicting a firearms attack unfolding to ensure they know how to react. The four-minute video was created in the wake of the deadly Sousse attack in Tunisia in 2015, in which 30 Britons were among 38 victims killed when a gunman opened fire at a beach resort. Tour operator Thomas Cook began taking British tourists back to Tunisia in February this year for the first time since the massacre. Read more

Nanette: Hannah Gadsby’s show ‘made me feel seen’ (BBC)

“What I would have done to hear a story like mine,” Hannah Gadsby says in her widely acclaimed comedy show Nanette. “To feel less alone, to feel connected.” Gadsby’s emotional stand-up routine debuted on Netflix in June, and has resonated powerfully with its audience. Over the course of an hour, the 40-year-old Australian riffs on her experience growing up gay in conservative Tasmania, and her struggle for self-acceptance. Her jokes touch on sexuality and gender, and the entrenched misogyny in society. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Picasso are all named. Read more

Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State denies Torture Claims (Voanews)

Ethiopia’s Somali regional government has forcefully denied allegations of systemic torture at Jijiga Central Prison, setting the stage for a potential showdown with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The denial comes on the heels of an in-depth report from Human Rights Watch documenting the scope of torture at Jijiga, also known as Jail Ogaden, in the Somali regional capital. “I have seen the report. It’s not true; it’s not based on facts,” Idris Ismail Abdi, the information minister for the Somali Region, told VOA’s Somali Service this week. “It’s not like they [HRW] came here and spoke to people. This is far from the truth, and it’s fabricated,” Abdi said. Read more

Duterte says will not seek second term under new constitution (Reuters)

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he would not seek a second term under a new constitution, countering suspicions he might seek to overturn the single-term limit which will not allow him to stay in office beyond 2022. A 22-member panel that is reviewing the 1987 constitution is expected to submit its draft to Duterte on Monday. Congress will begin debating the proposed constitution this month, aiming to put it to the public in a referendum next year. Amid speculation in Philippine media that the new text would lift the single-term limit, Duterte said he was not seeking such an outcome. Read more


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