* Buhari leaves for US Saturday (ThisDay) * Why I was represented at the Senate – Police IG (Nation)

* Buhari leaves for US Saturday (ThisDay)                  *  Why I was represented at the Senate – Police IG (Nation)



Buhari leaves for US Saturday (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Saturday on a working visit to the United States on the invitation of President Donald Trump. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Buhari will have bilateral meeting with President Trump and a working lunch on Monday. The meeting is to discuss ways to enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries and to advance shared priorities, such as: promoting economic growth, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security. The meeting will further deepen the US-Nigeria relationship as the United States considers Nigeria’s economic growth, security and leadership in Africa to be critical aspects of their strategic partnership. Read more

Why I was represented at the Senate – Police IG (Nation)

The Inspector General of Police  (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has explained why he was not physically present to honour the invitation of the Senate Chambers of the National Assembly. The IG explained that he was  absent because he was on an official assignment in Bauchi State with President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate had summoned the IG to appear before it to answer questions on why Senator Dino Melaye was handcuffed by Policemen and the spate of killings and insecurity in various parts of the country. The IG sent the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations, Joshak Habilla to represent him but the Senate rejected the representation. Read more

FG declares Tuesday public holiday (Punch)

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, May 1, 2018, as a public holiday to celebrate the 2018 Workers’ Day. The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.) who disclosed this in Abuja on Friday, congratulated Nigerian workers on their loyalty, strength of character, hard work, sacrifice and dedication to building a greater country. The minister in a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. M. Umar, appreciated “the central role workers play in government activities and decisions, and for keeping faith with the present administration in its resolve to build a better Nigeria.” Read more

PDP supports Melaye, urges members to vote against his recall (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party has directed its members in Kogi State to vote against the recall of Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) during the verification of signatures of petitioners holding on Saturday, April 28. In a statement in Lokoja on Friday, the party said that it was not in support of the recall of Melaye from the beginning. The Independent National Electoral Commission had fixed April 28 for the verification of signatures of petitioners that signed for Melaye’s. INEC said that the verification would hold from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 552 of 560 polling units in the seven local governments that make up Kogi West Senatorial District. Read more

Second Niger Bridge main project to gulp N210 billion— Director (Vanguard)

The Director of Highway Bridges and Design, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Sogbesan Adetokunbo says the main project on the second Niger bridge will gulp N210 billion. Adetokunbo, who said this on Friday in Asaba during a media tour of the project, noted that the Federal Government had begun the procurement processes for the award of the project. He said that a memo had been written to the Bureau of Public Procurement and thereafter, would be sent to the Federal Executive Council for approval. Read more

Court slates April 30 to hear Omo-Agege’s suit against Senate, AGF (Vanguard)

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has fixed April 30 for definite hearing of a suit Senator Ovie Omo-Agege filed against the Senate and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN. The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki was also cited as a defendant in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/314/2018. Senator Omo-Agege who is representing Delta Central Senatorial district is praying the court to quash his suspension from the Senate. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had earlier declined an ex-parte the plaintiff filed for the court to issue prohibitive injunction against the Senate. Read more

Waste management: Tinubu intervenes in waste managers, LASG rift (Vanguard)

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, says the lingering issue of waste management in Lagos State will soon be resolved. Tinubu gave the assurance on Friday in Lagos during a meeting with the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM), otherwise known as PSP. He said that there was the need to resolve the issue because of the immense contributions of the PSP operators to waste management in the state. Tinubu assured that he would reconcille all the stakeholders in his capacity as Grand Patron of AWAM to promote the business interests of waste managers and wellbeing of Lagosians. ”It is disappointing and sad that at this stage of our development, the matter should result into petition. It should have been continuity and progress. Read more

Lagos restricts movement for construction of Pen cinema flyover (Vanguard)

In its efforts to deliver the Pen Cinema Flyover on schedule, The Lagos State Government on Friday announced that there would be further restriction of vehicular movement at the Agege Intersection between Railway crossing and Church Street along Agunbiade Street in Agege. In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, the Government said that due to the restriction, vehicles coming from Ipaja road towards Ogba would no longer be able to turn left at Oke-Koto, but will be required to straight towards Agege Motor road and take left turn to connect the alternative route beside Agege Post Office to link Moshalashi Alhaji and further their journey. Read more

NPDC Poised to Become Nigeria’s Number One E&P Company (Vanguard)

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has said that the target of the corporation is to make its foremost upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the number one exploration and production company in Nigeria. Dr. Baru, who spoke on the sidelines of the 18th  Annual General Meeting (AGM) of NPDC in Benin City Wednesday, expressed satisfaction with the performance of the company, saying “it’s encouraging and the company is on a growth path and its processes and procedures fully in line to ensure that it delivers on its mandate set by NNPC.” Read more

Lai Mohammed, Ooni of Ife, others grace African drum festival (Vanguard)

The third edition of the African Drum Festival held from the 19th to the 21st of April 2018, at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta. The cultural event had in attendance royal fathers including the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Obong of Calabar, Etubom Ekpo; Akarigbo of Remo land, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, amidst many others. Also, Nollywood stars like Tunde Kelani, Kareem Adepoju (Baba Wande), Kunle Afolayan, Olu Jacobs, Richard Agbor, Wole Sodimu, Wale Dada, Omotunde Adebowale David as well as the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka graced the occasion. Read more

Black Panther stars, Lupita Nyong’O, Danai Gurira in Lagos (Punch)

Black Panther actresses, Lupita Nyong’O and Danai Gurira are in Lagos, Nigeria. Kenyan-American Nyong’O posted a picture of the duo on Friday with her location reading, Lagos, Nigeria and the caption; “Girls Trip! #Lagos #Nigeria/ @danaigurira” While it is speculated that they may have come and left before Nyong’O shared the photo, findings revealed that the actresses may have come into the country to research on an upcoming project. The actresses are working on adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, Americanah into a  TV mini-series. Read more

Dbanj loses cool over unfair preference for Mr. Real (Vanguard)

Since D’banj announced fast rising singer, Mr. Real, the ‘Legbegbe crooner, as one of the four lucky people to be taken on an all-expense paid trip to the April edition of One Africa Music Festival in Dubai, after emerging winners of a competition organized by Cream Platform, there have been suspicions that the selection process reeks of sentiment because Mr. Real is a close friend of the heavyweight singer who is also the Founder and CEO of Cream Platform. In a chat with Showtime, the self-acclaimed ‘Koko Master’, set the records straight, as he  denied the allegation, arguing that Mr. Real won the competition on merit, not because they are friends. Read more

Lack of fuel caused 2016 Brazil football team plane crash (Punch)

The 2016 plane crash that wiped out a Brazilian football team was caused by a lack of fuel, Colombia’s aviation authority said Friday following an extensive investigation into the disaster. The probe was launched after the November 28 crash which claimed the lives of 71 people, including all but a handful of players from Brazil’s Chapecoense Real football club. The accident “was caused by the plane’s empty fuel tank as a result of inappropriate risk management by LaMia (Airlines),” said Miguel Camacho, who heads the authority’s accident investigation branch. Read more

FIFA’s Fatma Samoura cleared over World Cup ethics breach claim (Kwese.Espn)

FIFA’s ethics committee cleared secretary general Fatma Samoura of wrongdoing on Friday after an alleged conflict of interest in the 2026 World Cup race. Samoura had been accused of breaking FIFA rules, with members of the World Cup bid evaluation taskforce saying she had an undeclared family link to ex-footballer and Senegalese compatriot El Hadji Diouf, a Morocco 2026 bid ambassador. FIFA said that after a preliminary review, “it became clear that the allegations brought forward had no substance and that no such family link exists between Ms Samoura and Mr Diouf. Therefore the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee has decided to close the case.” Read more

Goals from Roger and Jose Luis Morales earn hosts fourth win in five matches (Skynews)

Levante all but ensured they will be playing La Liga football next season with a 2-1 win over stricken Sevilla. Goals from Roger and captain Jose Luis Morales either side of Carlos Fernandez’s equaliser earned Levante their fourth win in five games. It also moves them 12 points clear of third-bottom Deportivo La Coruna, who have four games left – the first of which is against champions-elect Barcelona on Sunday. Sevilla, on the other hand, have little to celebrate at present. Read more

Defending champion Chelsea edge Arsenal in FA Youth Cup final first leg (Kwese.Espn)

Chelsea are on course to win a fifth consecutive FA Youth Cup after coming from behind to beat Arsenal 3-1 in the first leg of the final at Stamford Bridge. Two goals from substitute Daishawn Redan either side of Marc Guehi’s header cancelled out Xavier Amaechi’s opener for the visitors, who were forced to defend for long spells after taking the lead and ultimately defeated in spite of an impressive performance from goalkeeper Joao Virginia. Chelsea, aiming to become the first team since Manchester United’s legendary Busby Babes to win five consecutive FA Youth Cups, began brightly and Charlie Brown should have given them the lead when he blazed over from George McEachran’s cushioned pass. Read more

Messi, Neymar, Suarez and Rakitic lead Iniesta tributes (Sportskeeda)

Andres Iniesta has called time on his career-long association with Barcelona, with the midfield genius set to leave Camp Nou at the end of the season. Iniesta has already guaranteed he will go out having won yet more silverware, scoring a delightful goal in a 5-0 demolition of Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final, and his ninth LaLiga title is expected to follow this weekend. A move to the Chinese Super League has been mooted for Iniesta, although Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has stressed the Spain international will always be welcomed back. Read more

Police ‘choke’ Ex-NFL player Desmond Marrow during arrest caught on video: ‘I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!’ (Independent)

The video shows Henry County, Georgia police pushing Desmond Marrow — a former NFL player — into the back of a car before pulling his legs up and slamming him to the ground. During the altercation, Mr Marrow can be heard telling the police he is complying with them, and later telling them he couldn’t breath when an officer puts his hand on his throat. “I’m not even fighting back. I’m not even doing nothing man!” Mr Marrow says in the video. When an officer puts his hand on Mr Marrow’s neck, he can be heard saying “I can’t breath.” Read more

3 dead and hundreds injured as protests on Gaza border turn violent (Independent)

Three Palestinians have been killed and more than 600 injured after Israeli troops opened fire amid fresh violence on the Gaza border. More than 10,000 people were protesting when soldiers shot live ammunition and tear gas into crowds, Reuters reported. Israel said the demonstrations – held to demand Palestinian refugees be allowed to return to their former homes in Israel – had turned violent. The deaths, on Friday, came just hours after the United Nations human rights chief criticised the country for using “excessive force” during a spring of unrest along the 25-mile border. Some 41 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,000 wounded since six weeks of announced protests began on 30 March. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN high commissioner for human rights, called the loss of life deplorable. Read more

NBC anchor Tom Brokaw withdraws as Connecticut university speaker after sexual harassment claims (Independent)

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has withdrawn as the commencement speaker at a Connecticut university following allegations that he sexually harassed a female coworker. Sacred Heart University said Mr Brokaw cancelled his speech at the school’s graduation ceremony on Friday, the day after a fellow journalist came forward with claims that the anchor had groped her and tried to forcibly kiss her in the 1990s. Mr Brokaw has denied the allegations. John Petillo – the president of the 8,500-student university in Bridgeport, Connecticut – said Mr Brokaw “did not want to distract from the intended and most important focus of the day – our graduating students and their families”. Read more

Trump and Merkel tried – and failed – to hide their differences in Washington (Guardian)

Donald Trump and Angela Merkel worked hard to present a united front on Friday but could not mask deep differences in substance and style. Although the two leaders stressed the US and Germany’s close ties, their low-key meeting offered a stark contrast to the lavish state visit of French president Emmanuel Macron – and their body language was distinctly colder. At a joint press conference at the White House, Trump bemoaned America’s $151bn trade deficit with the European Union, whose exemption from steel and aluminum tariffs expires on Tuesday unless the US grants an extension. Merkel suggested little progress had been made on the issue. “The president will decide – that’s very clear,” she told reporters. “We had an exchange of views on the current state of affairs and the negotiations. The decision lies with the president.” Read more

Angola’s wealth fund to sack asset manager, president consolidates power (Reuters)

The most powerful body in Angola’s ruling MPLA party said on Friday it had approved the candidacy of state president Joao Lourenco to become head of the party, replacing his predecessor as head of state Jose Eduardo dos Santos. The move coincided with an announcement by Angola’s $5 billion sovereign wealth fund that it was sacking Swiss-based Quantum Global as its asset manager because it was concerned about the way its capital was being invested. Both developments will further cement the political grip of Lourenco, who has taken action against dos Santos’ allies and removed family members from key positions while pledging to root out endemic corruption and clean up public finances in Africa’s No. 2 crude producer. Read more

Ohio boy crushed to death by 28-stone granddad (BBC)

A 400lb (181kg) man in the US state of Ohio has admitted accidentally killing his 11-year-old step-grandson by smothering him last year. Donald Martin, 58, said he was trying to control the boy during a tantrum by pinning him against the arm of a couch. The victim, Dylan Davis, had started a fight with his grandmother when Martin intervened. He pleaded guilty to a reckless homicide charge. Police acknowledged the death was a “tragic accident”. Read more


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