* Buhari returns to Abuja after AU Summit (Nation) * EFCC hasn’t violated Patience Jonathan’s rights – Court (Punch)

* Buhari returns to Abuja after AU Summit (Nation)                   * EFCC hasn’t violated Patience Jonathan’s rights – Court (Punch)



Buhari returns to Abuja after AU Summit (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday returned to Abuja after a successful outing at the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was conferred as the anti-corruption Champion. The theme of the 30th AU Summit was; “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.’’ The President’s aircraft landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi International Airport Abuja at about 2.20p.m. The Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, Inspector-General of Police Idris Ibrahim, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Musa Bello, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr Ahmed Abubakar and other presidential aides were at the airport to welcome the President. Read more

EFCC hasn’t violated Patience Jonathan’s rights – Court (Punch)

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, against the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of violating her various rights. Patience had in her suit filed on June 30, 2017, accused the EFCC of harrassing her over her political views she held in 2015. She alleged that the anti-graft commission resorted to invasion of houses linked to her, and obtaining interim forfeiture orders against accounts‎ and houses belonging to her, her non-government organisation and her family members. Read more

Ekwueme: Anambra declares Thursday work free day (Vanguard)

Anambra State government has declared Thursday this week a work free day in honour of the late second republic vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Professor Solo Chukwudebelu said it was to enable Anambra people to participate effectively in the programme planned for the day by the state government in honour of the late vice president at the famous Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka. According to the statement, all markets and businesses in the state would be closed on that day to enable Ndi Anambra, friends, associates and well-wishers to pay their last respects to the late Ekwueme. Read more

Oko Polytechnic declares two-day holiday for Ekwueme (SUN)

The Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State, has declared a two-day holiday to honour its founder, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, who has been slated for burial, this Friday. In a memo to the Polytechnic community dated January 29, 2018, which was copied to the Governing Council, Chairman of the Polytechnic, Chief Hon. Lasbry Amadi, and the Rector, Prof. Godwin Onu, among others, Registrar of the institution,  Mrs. Njaka Stella said that Thursday and Friday have been declared work-free days. According to the memo, “I am directed to inform you that first and second February, 2018 has been declared work free days for the polytechnic community”. Read more

Adeosun, Gwarzo rift: Reps open public hearing (Punch)

The House of Representatives has opened a public hearing on the rift between the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and the suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo. The hearing is being conducted by the House Committee on Capital Market and Institutions. It is chaired by a People’s Democratic Party member from Kogi State, Mr. Tajudeen Yusuf. Read more

2019: INEC’ll obey NASS on amended timetable —Yakubu (Vanguard)

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has stated its resolve to obey any amendment to the Electoral Act or time table as long as it was timely and legitimate. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this at Prof. Abubakar Momoh Memorial Lecture organised by The Electoral Institute TEI, the training and research arm of the commission, in Abuja, yesterday. Represented by a National Commissioner, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, the INEC boss was reacting to the reported amendment of the 2019 election time table by the House of Representatives. Read more

Lalong signs N146bn budget for 2018 into law (Guardian)

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau on Tuesday signed the 2018 appropriation bill of N146.4 billion into law. Lalong said in Jos that the budget showed an increase of N918 million, which represented 0.63 per cent from the initial N145.5 billion, presented to the state Assembly on December 20. He said that the increase was as a result of the inclusion of monies for constituency projects and other critical areas of needs that warranted such expenditure. Read more

Human rights abuses: Amnesty lied, says Nigerian Air Force (Punch)

The Nigerian Air Force has denied that it is involved in human rights abuses during the herdsmen/farmers clashes in Numan general area of Adamawa as alleged by the Amnesty International. NAF, in a statement by its Spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, described the entire allegations by the international body as “lies.’’ Adesanya explained that on Dec. 4, 2017, NAF was called in by the GOC 3 Division to provide support to troops in curtailing farmers/herdsmen crisis in Numan, Adamawa. Read more

Court to rule of PDP’s suit against electoral commission February 2 (Guardian)

A Kano High Court sitting on Tuesday presided over by the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Nura Sagir, has fixed February 2, to deliver its judgement on the civil suit filed by People Democratic Party against Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC). According to the Defense Counsel, Barrister Ibrahim Maicidi, brought a preliminary objection, challenging the jurisdiction of the court claiming that the court lacks the right to entertain the case. Read more

FRSC promises to guard against gridlock in Anambra during Ekwueme’s Burial (ThisDay)

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Anambra State Command has said that there will be free flow of traffic in the state this weekend, when the remains of the former vice-president, Dr Alex Ekwueme, arrive the state. The command’s Sector Commander, Mr Sunday Ajayi, who spoke with journalists Tuesday, announced the deployment of over 150 personnel including special marshals across the state and especially major roads. He said the FRSC will also deploy patrol vehicles, ambulances, motor bikes, tow trucks in the state, adding that these would be stationed along designated routes as part of measures to ensure safety on the road during the burial ceremony. Read more

Al-Makura condemns Kadarko killings, assures of adequate security (Nation)

Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has condemned the attack on Kadarko Community in Keana Local Government Area which claimed seven lives on Monday night. Al-Makura, who visited the community on Tuesday with security chiefs in the state, commiserated with families of the victims and the people of the area over the incident. He said the State Government was working to ensure adequate security for the people of the area in the wake of unfortunate events of the last 48 hours in the community. “Suspected cattle rustlers killed 73 cows and abducted two herdsmen on Sunday, while seven villagers were murdered on Monday. Read more

More shareholders fault Emir Sanusi’s intervention in Oando crisis (SUN)

Thousands of Nigerian shareholders have advised the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, to desist from interfering in the planned forensic audit of Oando Plc, saying the move was capable of eroding investors’ confidence in the capital market. They insisted on getting to the bottom of the company’s crisis as the matter was of great interest to Nigeria and the international community. The shareholders, who spoke on the platform of Proactive Shareholders Association of Nigeria (PROSAN), said it was of paramount importance for the Emir to steer clear of the matter in order not to thwart due process. Read more

Crude oil jumps as brent tops $71 on drop in US inventories (ThisDay)

Crude oil prices thursday hit their highest since December 2014 after the United States crude oil inventories posted a 10th straight week of declines and as the dollar continues to weaken. International benchmark Brent futures settled at $71.12, above the three-year high of $70.37 reached on January 15, 2018. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures climbed to 66.22 dollars per barrel in early trading, also the highest level since early December 2014. Read more

Cameroonian gendarmes invade C’River community (SUN)

Cameroonian gendarmes numbering about 10, on Tuesday morning, invaded Danare community, in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, apparently in search of militants fighting the Cameroon government. The gendarmes were said to have told the natives, who accosted them, that they were looking for militants who took refuge in the community. Investigations also revealed that since the outbreak of hostilities between the Cameroonian Government and the Southern Cameroon people over the move for secession last year, the gendarmes had invaded Danare, Biajua and Basua Border communities in Boki ‎Local Government Area and sometimes killing innocent Nigerians. Read more

2 soldiers killed in gun duel with Boko Haram in Niger (Punch)

At least two soldiers were killed overnight while fighting off an attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in southeast Niger, a source in the security forces said Tuesday. “It was an audacious attack repelled by our valiant defence and security forces who lost two men all the same,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. The insurgents from neighbouring Nigeria “came aboard about a dozen vehicles” early Monday evening to attack a National Guard outpost near Chetimari, a village about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the main regional town, Diffa, the source said. Read more

Several injured in fresh herdsmen attack in Benue (SUN)

Several people, including an investor, have been reportedly injured in a renewed attack by herdsmen on Torkula village, the ancestral home of the late paramount Ruler of the Tiv Nation, HRH Alfred Akawe Torkula, in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. The Daily Sun gathered that the injured had been evacuated to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), in Makurdi, for treatment. Governor Samuel Ortom, who confirmed the attack, on Monday, while hosting members of Universal Peace Federation of Nigeria, in his office,  maintained that it was as a result of the unending clashes between herdsmen and farmers that the people of the state opted for anti-open grazing law. Read more

7 killed in night attack on Nasarawa village (Guardian)

The Nasarawa State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the killing of seven persons in a night on Kadarko, a village in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. According to Mr Kennedy Idirisu, its Public Relations Officer, the victims were killed by gunmen that invaded the village on Monday. He described the incident as “saddening”, saying that a special police team, led by a senior officer, had been deployed to the area to forestall a recurrence. Read more

761 is not just a number (Guardian)

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) organised the third edition of Human Rights, Sexuality and The Law symposium in commemoration of the 2017 international Human Rights Day. Apart from the open dialogue on sexuality and gender which the platform has created, human rights violations based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity expression in Nigeria is presented through this platform for public awareness. The statistic presents facts and figure on the impact of discriminatory laws and policies targeted at sexual minorities in Nigeria. Read more

Man allegedly steals eight-month-old baby in Lagos (Punch)

A 27-year-old man, Emeka Cyril, who allegedly stole an eight-month-old baby from a shop, was on Monday remanded in prison on the orders of a Lagos Court. Cyril had appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court on a charge of stealing a baby. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias, while remanding the accused, adjourned the case until Feb. 7 for further hearing and ruling on his bail application. Read more

Sudan can shock Nigeria on Wednesday – Logarusic (Soccernet)

Sudan technical adviser, Zdravko Logarusic says the team can overcome the challenge of the Super Eagles in Wednesday’s Semi-Final clash in the ongoing Africa Nations Championship (CHAN). The Falcons of Jediane edged the Chipolopolo of Zambia 1-0 in Saturday’s quarterfinal match and will he hoping to create another upset by defeating the Super Eagles for a place in the final. Logarusic said that his team have every chance to beat Nigeria on Wednesday. Read more

Okoflex, Balogun & Olayinka put on scintillating show as Arsenal put 5 Past(Allnigeriasoccer)

Arsenal U18s thrashed West Ham U18s 5-1 in the U18 Premier League clash at the Little Heath Sports Ground on Tuesday afternoon, with three Nigerian youngsters contributing to three of those goals in the encounter. After Bernard Rusa had opened the scoring for the young Hammers after 14 minutes, midfield sensation, Folarin Balogun struck home the equalizer on the 25 minute mark off an assist from fellow country man, James Olayinka before Harrison Clarke doubled the lead 13 minutes later. Another Nigerian teenager, Armstrong Okoflex teed up Balogun to bag his double on the brink of halftime as the young gunners took a commanding lead into the break. Read more

Las Palmas win race for Etebo, Midfielder travels for medical Tuesday Evening (Allnigeriasoccer)

Allnigeriasoccer.com understands that Spanish outfit Las Palmas have won the race for the services of C.D. Feirense attacking midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo. Belgian First Division A team Racing Genk did everything possible to scupper the move but Etebo chose to join Las Palmas instead after he was advised to do so by Feirense. As at the time of this report, the Nigeria international is gathering up his luggage ahead of his trip to the Canary Islands on Tuesday evening. Read more

Man City seal Laporte deal, Arsenal chase Aubameyang (Guardian)

Manchester City completed the signing of Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday but Arsenal’s move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hinges on other transfers being agreed as Premier League clubs scramble to beat Wednesday’s deadline. The Premier League leaders are reported to have paid Spanish club Athletic Bilbao £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) for the defender, taking him past Kevin De Bruyne (£55 million) as their record signing. The 23-year-old is also the second most expensive defender in history behind Virgil Van Dijk, who cost Liverpool £75 million from Southampton earlier this month. Read more

Barcelona ‘sign’ Arsenal’s Marcus McGuane (101greatgoals)

It’s been a crazy January at Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez has joined Man United, while Henrikh Mhkitaryan is now with the Gooners. And Arsenal are poised to close out their window signing Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng from Borussia Dortmund for a club record transfer fee. Yet, away from the headline business, Arsenal have lost one player to Barcelona on Tuesday. 18-year-old Marcus McGuane is swapping the Gunners for Barcelona. Read more

Marin Cilic: ‘My ultimate goal is to reach no. 1’ (Tennis)

The 29-year-old Marin Cilic, who fell in five sets against Roger Federer in the final of the Australian Open, says that his opponent is still at the top because he really enjoys the game. “I would say the passion to compete, season after season, especially at this high level. Then also being able to challenge himself first physically and then mentally, to be at the top almost every single week,” Cilic said. “To work hard and improve, those things we know he’s doing really well. We know he has the level. With his game style, it’s very all-around.” Read more

The Beckham children, Serena Williams, Jay-Z and more congratulate David Beckham (Elleuk)

Victoria Beckham just made the biggest humble-brag compilation video and we’re not even mad about it. The designer took to Instagram this morning to show-off that her kids are the most adorable, her mates are the most famous and that her husband is opening a new football club (or, as the yanks call it, ‘soccer club’) in Miami. After years of trying, David Beckham has finally been given the green light on the project. Yup, the midfielder has finally become a Major League Soccer team owner with the Miami MLS team. Read more

‘Brain pacemaker’ hope for Alzheimer’s sufferers (Skynews)

Patients have been implanted with a tiny “brain pacemaker” in an attempt to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. Three patients were fitted with the device, which fires electric pulses into surrounding cells, as part of the ground-breaking trial. Doctors report that it reduced the speed at which their brain function declined. In two patients, the effects were significant. Patient groups are warning that the study shows the technique has no major side effects, but many more patients will need to be treated to prove that it works. Read more

Does everything happen for a reason? Cancer and the prosperity gospel (Christaintoday)

When trouble strikes someone, the urge to share it is irresistible. Friends, family – we need to talk about it, and many of us have been deeply blessed by having those who’ll listen to us when we do. In these days of easy publishing, that impulse to share frequently translates itself into text as people blog about their experiences. Sometimes they turn into a real book, and sometimes – much more rarely – such books are good ones. What makes the difference, apart from skill with words, is the ability to reflect on and make some sense of what’s happening. When we can follow the author through turmoil to a place of peace, even if it’s a journey through unfamiliar terrain, we’ll find the pilgrimage is worth the walk. Read more

The ‘Putin list’: A Who’s Who of Russia’s political and business elite (CNN)

The US Treasury Department late Monday released a list of Russians with close ties to the Kremlin, a measure required under a law called the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. The Trump administration has stressed it is “not a sanctions list.” But the report reads like a Who’s Who of the top echelons of Russian politics and business: It includes top-ranking government officials and 96 oligarchs with a net worth of $1 billion or more. Read more

Finsbury Park attack accused ‘wanted to kill Jeremy Corbyn’ (Guardian)

A man accused of carrying out a van attack on Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park had initially hoped to kill senior Labour party figures including Jeremy Corbyn, he has told a jury. Giving evidence on Tuesday, Darren Osborne claimed he picked up another man, whom he named only as “Dave”, as he drove round the area. He alleged it was the other man at the wheel when the incident took place and not him. Asked by the prosecutor, Jonathan Rees, whether he had planned to kill the Labour leader, Osborne told the jury: “Yeah. And, if Sadiq Khan [the London mayor] had been there, it would have been even better. It would have been like winning the lottery.” Read more


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