*Buhari planning to freeze opposition leaders’ accounts -Timi Frank (Vanguard)* Dino Melaye fails again to appear in court 

*Buhari planning to freeze opposition leaders’ accounts -Timi Frank (Vanguard)*         Dino Melaye fails again to appear in court 



Buhari planning to freeze opposition leaders’ accounts -Timi Frank (Vanguard)

Timi Frank, the immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives (APC) has revealed that current administration was planning to freeze accounts of major opposition leaders ahead of the 2019 general elections to render the opposition party incapacitated. Frank, who raised the alarm specifically listed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Rivers state governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, Sokoto state governor Aminu Tambuwal, National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondu and former governor of Kano state, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso among others in the latest plot. The plot, according to Frank also mentioned the Speaker House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, who is believed will leave the APC soon. Apart from the major opposition leaders, Frank revealed that some businessmen and women who are sympathetic to the opposition parties are also targets in the plot. Read more

Dino Melaye fails again to appear in court (ThisDay)

The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, Thursday failed to appear before a Senior Magistrate Court 11 sitting in Lokoja in a criminal case involving him and two others. The trial magistrate, Sulyman Abdalah, had at the last hearing fixed Thursday August 9 to commence trial following the complaints by Melaye’ lawyer at the last sitting that he was attacked on his way to Lokoja for the trial. When the case was called on Thursday, his lawyer, Barrister Yemi Mohammed, who stood in for Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN told the court that his client could not be present in court on health ground. He presented a medical report to that effect, a move that was not opposed to by the o/c Legal of the Kogi state police command, Theophilus Oteme. However, the two other suspects charged alongside Senator Melaye, Kabir Seidu, aka Osama, and Nuhu Salihu aka “Smally” were in court. Read more 

Ambode okays LagosReads Competition to boost reading culture (Vanguard)

Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State governor, has approved the LagosReads Competition geared towards improving the reading culture among Lagos residents. Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh in a statement on Thursday to announce the “Books-of-the-month” for August, said the state-wide competition, which is an initiative of the Lagos State Library Board would hold its maiden edition in October 2018. He said the LagosReads initiative, officially launched in June 2018, was a decisive move by the State Government to not only improve the reading culture of Lagos residents but also to reward them for reading. Read more

EFCC unfreezes Benue govt’s account (ThisisLagos)

The Benue State Government has stated that the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has unfrozen its bank account. Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, confirmed the development Thursday. He said, “Yes that is what the bank told us. We are yet to confirm.” It was earlier reported that anti-graft agency on Wednesday froze the account of the Benue State government. Read more 

Join in pursuit of better Nigeria, Wike charges youths (Vanguard)

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has urged Nigerian youths not to only be change agents or freedom fighters, but to be fully involved in the pursuit of a better Nigeria. Wike spoke in Port Harcourt during the Congress of the National Youths of Nigeria, NYCN, tagged, ‘Rivers 2018’, that produced Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe, as the new chairman of the faction of the council. Wike, who was represented by his Commissioner of Youth Development,  Akro  Alfred Tobi, urged youths to use their strength to change the narrative of the nation. Read more

Don’t abandon Nigerians in South Africa  (Vanguard)

Nigerians in South Africa feel increasingly abandoned to their fate as the spate of xenophobic killings continues. As at May this year, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had on a visit to South Africa’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Lulu Mnguni, declared that 116 Nigerians were killed in the past two years. Curiously, 63 percent of these killings were carried out by the South African Police. Since then, the figure has climbed with the killing of two more Nigerians recently. While South Africans and their brutal police officers often claim the killings are linked to the alleged criminal activities of the victims, President Buhari’s Adviser, Professor Itse Sagay ascribes the targeting of Nigerians to “envy killings” due to the enterprising ability of our citizens living in South Africa. Read more

Anxiety in Edo Assembly over defections (Vanguard)

The wave of defections rocking Nigeria’s political clime may soon hit Edo State as no fewer than eight lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress, APC,  in the state House of Assembly may have concluded plans to defect to other political parties. According to Vanguard, some of the parties in consideration include the Action Democratic Party, ADP and the Social Democratic Party, SDP. The defection of the eight lawmakers, according to sources, is because they were not sure of getting the APC ticket. Read more

Bayelsa Gov Dickson loses mother to cancer

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has confirmed the passing on of his beloved mother, Mrs. GoldCoast Dickson. She was aged 72. The governor in a statement on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah-Agbo, said the late GoldCoast died of cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, United States, where she had been receiving treatment. Dickson expressed appreciation to the hospital, “especially the team of medical professionals who did their best” to save the life of his mother. Read more

Yemen: Dozens dead, wounded in attack on bus carrying children (Punch) 

An attack on a bus carrying children in northern Yemen on Thursday left dozens of people dead or wounded, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. “Following an attack this morning on a bus driving children in Dahyan Market, northern Saada, @ICRC_yemen- supported hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded,” the organisation said on Twitter without giving more details. Read more

Engineering to street begging: Story of Nigerian in search of asylum (ThisisLagos)

The story of Ogochukwu Efeizomor, the 30-year-old Nigerian engineer who is presently in Europe seeking asylum doesn’t seem new. What makes news is seeing Ogochukwu taking to street begging in Italy. Who at the moment survives by begging on the streets of an Italian town?  Here is the pathetic story of Ogochukwu as reported by AP and published by Washington Times Three or four days a week, Ogochukwu Efeizomor takes a train from Lecco, a lakeside town where he stays in a centre for migrants, to Italy’s financial capital, Milan. He has long settled on a specific corner, near a coffee bar and a garage, about a 20-minute walk from the station. He stands with a yellow wool cap to ask passers-by for change – always with a smile, always a “buon giorno,” never insisting too much. Read more

Orientation Agency Director seeks media support to fight HIV (PM News)

Kaduna State Director of the National Orientation Agency, Zubairu Galadima-Soba has urged the media to help in shaping the attitude of Nigerians towards sustaining efforts to bring the scourge of HIV/AIDS to barest level in the country. The director made the appeal on Thursday in Zaria, Kaduna State at a meeting of media chief executives in the state on Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, and among Adolescents and Young Persons. The meeting was organised by NOA with support from UNICEF. “I appeal to the media to sustain current efforts and open new vista to ensure that the transmission of HIV/AIDS is brought to tolerable levels or even wiped out. Read more

Boko Haram Kills NEMA Official In Damasak, Borno State (Sahara)

John Iliya, an excavator operator with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEAM) attached to the military, was on Wednesday killed by Boko Haram in Damasak Borno State.  Mustapha Maihaja, Director General of NEMA, confirmed the tragedy on Thursday, saying the management staff of the agency “have been thrown into mourning”. Although he gave no further information on the attack, he said he had dispatched a team to Maiduguri to facilitate the return of Iliya’s remains to his family. Read more

INEC to Consider Extension of Voters’ Registration Exercise (ThisDay)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday said it would consider extending the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise which was supposed to end on August 17. The electoral body has also said it will immediately investigate cases of alleged infractions levelled against some of its staff in the local government areas of Niger State in the CVR exercise. Though INEC did not reveal the duration the extension would last, the commission, however, said it might ßextend voters’ registration if it becomes necessary and exigent to do so. Read more

Senate rejects abortion bill in Argentina (The Nation)

Argentina’s Senate has rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a marathon debate, 38 senators voted against it and 31 in favour, the BBC reports. Its defeat means lawmakers must wait until next year to resubmit legislation. Currently, abortion is allowed in Argentina only in cases of rape, or if the mother’s health is in danger.  Demonstrators on both sides of the debate rallied outside parliament as voting took place. Anti-abortion activists have been jubilant. “What this vote showed is that Argentina is still a country that represents family values,” one told the Reuters news agency. Pro-choice campaigners said they are not giving up. Some started fires and lobbed missiles at police after the vote. Pro-choice campaigners have for years tried to get bills passed in Argentina, where the population is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. Read more

Ruling party expels official for alleged obsession with divination

China will prosecute a former official who was “obsessed with divination” for corruption, the top graft-buster said on Thursday, in the latest warning to bureaucrats not to engage with what the Communist Party views as superstition. Wu Dehua, who worked in the southwestern city of Chongqing’s Yubei district, had been expelled from the party and handed over to legal authorities after a probe found serious discipline violations, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website. Wu’s transgressions included being “obsessed with divination and fortune telling” and trying to create his own “fallacious and evil teachings,” the watchdog said. Read more

87 migrants rescued off coast of Libya (The Nation)

Man City Pip Man Utd, Liverpool, Tottenham to young Nigerian goalkeeper (allNigeriasoccer)
Manchester City have reportedly won the race for the signature of young Nigerian goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu. Regarded as one of the brightest young goalkeepers in the world at the moment, the 16-year-old Shamrock Rovers glovesman will sign a pre-contract with Man City, according to Irish Daily Star (via Irish Mirror). Bazunu had been linked with moves to Liverpool, Celtic, Norwich City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur before agreeing terms with the Premier League champions. The teenager’s transfer to the Etihad Stadium outfit will be completed in January after he must have completed his studies in Ireland. Read more

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