* Buhari returns to Abuja from London (Guardian) * We’ve addressed issues raised by Obasanjo, PDP says (Punch)

* Buhari returns to Abuja from London (Guardian)   * We’ve addressed issues raised by Obasanjo, PDP says (Punch)



Buhari returns to Abuja from London (Guardian)

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from London after a successful routine medical check-up in London, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports that the president who arrived Nigeria on Friday had initially planned to return on Saturday but decided to reduce his stay in the UK by a day. The presidential aircraft conveying him and some of his aides landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 7.00 p.m. The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Bello and a representative of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, were at the airport to receive him. Read more

We’ve addressed issues raised by Obasanjo, PDP says (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party says all issues raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in respect of the party, have been extensively addressed by its newly refocused and re-positioned leadership. The party gave the assurance in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Friday. Ologbondiyan said that new reforms and rebranding efforts had returned PDP to the much-desired political platform that would represent aspirations of all Nigerians, ahead of the 2019 general elections. These reforms, according to him, include the full entrenchment of internal democracy, all-inclusiveness and re-engineered mechanisms for good governance. Read more

WHO to use Ebola vaccine in Congo (Nation)

The World Health Organization said on Friday it hopes to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine to tackle an outbreak in a remote area of Congo to prevent it spreading, particularly to the provincial capital of one million people. Congo reported the outbreak on Tuesday, with 32 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of the disease since April 4, including 18 deaths, Reuters reported. A new suspected case was reported on Friday. The WHO is moving quickly, having been criticised for bungling its response to a 2014-2016 outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Read more

Atiku: North not opposed to restructuring (ThisDay)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has debunked the notion that the North is against restructuring, saying a restructured Nigeria will take the country to greater heights. Addressing participants at a 3-day lecture organised by Political Academy,  Shagamu, Ogun State under the leadership of a former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Atiku said he had been able to convince northern leaders on the need to restructure the country. At the 3-day workshop with the theme, “Deepening Understanding Of The Nigerian Political Environment,” which ended on Thursday, Atiku, who is aspiring to take his fourth shot at the presidency in 2019, revealed that he had engaged the services of consultants on the contentious issue. Read more

Pro-IGP protest against senate paralyses Awka (Punch)

Scores of youths in Anambra State on Friday protested against what they called the frequent invitations sent to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, by the Nigerian Senate. The youths  took the protest to the Headquarters of the Anambra Police Command, Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area . They described such invitations as unconstitutional, saying the Senate was distracting the IGP  from performing his required job at this time. Speaking on behalf of the youths, their leader, Mr. Anthony Ogbu, said if the Senate did not stop such unconstitutional act, they would mobilise millions of Nigerian youths to shut down the National Assembly. Read more

Ikpeazu swears in HoS, 3 perm secs (Guardian)

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has charged the new Head of Service (HoS), Mr Onyi Wamah, to evolve programmes that will make the civil service to be more productive. Ikpeazu gave the charge when he swore in Wamah as the sixth HoS of the state and three new permanent secretaries. He said that no government could accelerate the development of any state on all frontiers without the contributions of the civil service. The governor said that it was imperative for the civil service to initiate programmes that would enable the state government to achieve its developmental agenda. “The Head of Service has the responsibility of galvanising the civil service toward supporting the policies of this government to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. Read more

Yahaya Bello has failed Kogi people, says former governor Idris (SUN)

Former governor of Kogi State Alh. Ibrahim Idris has expressed shock at what he says are the hardships and hunger Kogi people have been subjected to under the state’s APC administration, saying that Governor Yahaya Bello has failed the people. Idris, while fielding questions from newsmen during an award ceremony organised by the forum of past assembly members in the state, said Governor Bello’s administration has succeeded in impoverishing the people, rather than fighting poverty. “Each time I come to the State, I hear of how people are suffering and dying of hunger due to bad governance and non-payment of salaries, and sometimes when I see what our people have been reduced to, with their children dropping out of school, I feel like crying for them,” said the former governor who served between 2008 and 2011. Read more

2017 registered voters to get PVCs May 21 – INEC (Nation)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for citizens who registered in the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR)  between April and December 2017 will be ready for collection on May 21. The commission disclosed this in a statement by its Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi in Abuja on Friday. Osaze-Uzzi said the decision was reached on May 10 when the commission met in Abuja. This, according to Osaze-Uzzi, includes registered citizens who applied for transfers and replacement of their lost PVCs within the said period. Read more

4 million residents register with LASRRA (Guardian)

Mr Hakeem Fahm, Commissioner, Lagos state Ministry of Science and Technology on Friday said some four million residents had registered and had their data captured by the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA). Fahm made this known at the 2018 Ministerial Press briefing in commemoration of the third year of the administration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that LASRRA is an agency under the Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology saddled with the responsibility of registering residents and issuing them residency cards. Read more

JAMB: We made N8.4 billion from 2018 UTME application (SUN)

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has confirmed that it realized N8.4 billion from the sale of 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) applications, a figure running short of revenue realized last year from UTME sales. There are, however, several other revenue sources through which the Board could later boost its income. JAMB records indicate that at the end of the two-month application window, it registered 1,662,763 candidates for the 2018 exam, less than the 1,718,425 candidates who registered for the exam within a month and two week period in 2017, indicating a 3.2 percent decrease. Read more

Court stops Rivers APC LG congress (Guardian)

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has stopped the All People Congress (APC) Local Government Congress earlier scheduled for May 12. Justice Chiwendu Nwaogu gave the ruling in Port Harcourt on Friday after the Police quelled a riot by unknown persons within the court premises. The riot led to a temporary closure of the State’s Judiciary Complex and the brutalisation of some journalists, litigants and lawyers by thugs around the court premises. Sen. Magnus Abbe (APC), representing Rivers South East Senatorial District in the senate, had filed a Motion on Notice to stop the congress. The motion followed a controversial ward congress on May 5 in the state. Read more

Judicial Council names new judge to CCT, other appointments (SUN)

The controversy over the quorum of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has finally been resolved with the appointment of Julie Abieyuwa Anabor as a member of the Tribunal by the National Judicial Council (NJC). Her appointment brings the number of members of the tribunal to three as required by the 1999 constitution. Before Anabor’s appointment, the quorum of members of the tribunal has always been a bone of legal contention between the Tribunal and defence counsel. Only recently, Senate President Bokula Saraki, who is standing trial before the Tribunal over alleged false declaration of assets, had cause to challenge the quorum of the Tribunal up to the Supreme Court. Read more

Ekiti Gov poll: Deji Ogunsakin named as Kolapo Olusola’s running mate (Punch)

The immediate past chairman of Ado Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Mr. Deji Ogunsakin, has been announced as the running mate to People’s Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola. The information was posted on the Facebook wall of the Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media at Ekiti State Government, Lere Olayinka. Olusola is currently the deputy to Governor Ayodele Fayose, and he is known to have been solely anointed by his principal as the successor, despite the outcry of many members of the opposition party. Read more

LG Election: Oyo APC shifts LG congress till Sunday (Nation)

The National Congress Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to monitor the scheduled Local Government Congress in Oyo state has announced a shifting of the election to tomorrow, Sunday. The Committee said the shift is inevitable in view of the earlier schedule local government election in the state. Chairman of the committee, Mr Musa Halilu-Ahmed made the disclosure while addressing stakeholders at the state party secretariat, Oke Ado, Ibadan. The press conference was attended by representatives from all the 33 LGAs in the state, party chieftains, women leaders, lawmakers among others. Read more

NNPC to commence oil exploration along Gongola Basin – GMD (Nation)

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, on Friday said that the company would commence oil exploration along Gongola Basin. Baru said this in Bauchi while delivering Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) pre-convocation lecture titled “Enhancing University-Industry Collaboration to support Nigerian Content Policy, Industrialization and Economic Growth”. Baru explained that the exploration would be conducted in collaboration with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, and Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola. He said the partners were providing technical support in the area of environmental impact assessment. Read more

I Go Dye builds health care centre in his community (Vanguard)

Hotshot comedian, I Go Dye, who has become renowned for his social activism and commentaries on national matters has given the political elites food for thought by showing that action speaks louder than words as he has built a heathcare centre in his community of Ovu, Delta State. The humour merchant, born Francis Agoda took to his Instagram page to share the picture of what looks like a state-of-the-art building meant to serve as healthcare hospital for the people of Ovu, in Delta State and environs. “The challenges facing most people across Nigeria is the same, irrespective of our religious,political and ethnic backgrounds; in line with the United Nations Goal 3 ,I have commenced the building of an health care hospital in my community. We can make life more beautiful than we met it,” he writes to accompany the picture of the hospital he posted. Read more

Ramsey Nouah nabs his impostor in ‘Crazy People’ (Vanguard)

Nollywood star actor, Ramsey Nouah, has revealed why he recently set the social media abuzz with a controversial impostor alert on his social media accounts. He made the revelation during a chat with Showtime Bonus after a press screening of his latest movie, ‘Crazy people’, which would premiere in cinemas across the nation on May 25, 2018. Explaining the controversy behind the impostor alert which has since gone viral, Ramsey revealed that the impostor is a character from his yet to be released movie, ‘Crazy People’, directed by award winning filmmaker, Moses Inwang. Read more

Mercy Johnson relives Igala history in ‘Inikpi’ (Vanguard)

Superstar Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, has repeated history with the filming of a box office movie titled ‘Inikpi’, directed by movie director, Frank Rajah Arase. In a chat with Showtime Bonus, Mercy Johnson-Okojie disclosed that ‘Inikpi’, which means ‘Lamb’, was inspired by the need to chronicle the story of Inikpi, the legendary Igala princess who laid down her life for the peace, progress and safety of her people. “The movie was inspired by the story of Inikpi, an Igala princess and only daughter of the Attah of Igala, who offered to lay down her life to end the imminent war between the Igala Kingdom and the Benin Kingdom.” Read more

Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Annie Idibia, endorse ‘Still Broke’ clothing (Vanguard)

Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Annie Idibia, and Lilian Esoro have been captured rocking the first of its kind collection of designer underwear ‘Still Broke’ which is set to launch on the 13th of May, 2018. The company released a statement via social media; describing the clothing line as unique, affirming customers will enjoy the comfortability of the fabric which rivals some of the world’s best underwear brands. The manufacturers of the underwear went on to promise fans that the products are very stylish and affordable. As subtly described by the CEO Michael Uyi Agho, popularly referred to as Godson; the brand’s name ‘Still Broke’ promotes positivity; instilling a sense of hard work and responsibility in its wearer. Read more

Eagles’ opponent Iceland names 23 players for World Cup (SUN)

Super Eagles’ opponent Iceland has released a 23-man list for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday. The Strákarnir Okkar, otherwise known as the “Our Boys” in English, will make their debut against Argentina on the 16th of June at the Otkritie Arena in Moscow. In addition to 23 players, 12 other players have also been selected as the reserve and will be on standby. The Football Association of Iceland has also produced an interesting video to announce the squad for Russia on their YouTube channel. Read more

Moses, Hazard model Chelsea’s new home kit (SUN)

Nigerian winger Victor Moses featured prominently as Chelsea FC on Friday unveiled the new home kit for the 2018/19 season. Eden Hazard and other few players also took part in the session. According to a statement on the club website, the new kit takes inspiration from the famous and much-loved jerseys of the 1980s and 90s. Flashes of colour light up the shirt, with dazzling horizontal red and white lines vibrantly standing out against the famous Chelsea blue. The jersey is complemented by the traditional blue shorts and white socks, brightened by a horizontal red and blue trim at the knee. Read more

Alves to miss 2018 World Cup (Nation)

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Friday that Paris St Germain defender, Dani Alves, would miss the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia due to a knee injury. Alves limped off near the end of Tuesday’s French Cup Final win over third-tier Les Herbiers, Reuters reported. The Brazilian team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, flew to Paris to examine the player and decided surgery was necessary after diagnosing an injury to his right anterior cruciate ligament. “It is clear that Daniel Alves’ call-up for the period of preparation, friendlies and consequently the World Cup, is impossible,” the CBF said in a statement. Read more

Rafael Nadal loses on clay after record-breaking 50 straight sets won on the surface (Businessinsider)

Regardless of where you put him in the pantheon of all-time players, Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the best tennis player that clay courts have ever seen and has 10 French Open titles to prove it. On Wednesday, Nadal notched another bit of history on clay, winning his 50th consecutive set on the surface and breaking John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight on the same surface set back in 1984. Nadal wouldn’t extend the record further though, dropping his very next set to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of Madrid Open. As it happens, Thiem was the last player to take a set from Nadal on clay, beating the top-ranked player in the world at the Rome Open on May 19 of last year. Read more

Denis Shapovalov prevails to end Kyle Edmund’s Madrid Open run (Yorkshirepost)

Beverley’s Kyle Edmund’s exited the Madrid Open at the quarter-final stage as he was beaten by Canada’s Denis Shapovalov. Edmund saved a match point at the end of a feisty second set that involved an incident in which the British No 1 was distracted by a spectator. But he could not hold off his 19-year-old opponent who broke early in the third and served well to triumph 7-5 6-7 (7/6) 6-4. Edmund will take heart from his week, though, especially his memorable win over Novak Djokovic in the earlier rounds. Read more

Federer to usurp Nadal as world number one (Radio.nz)

Rafael Nadal has suffered a shock loss to Austrian Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open quarter-finals, a result that means the Spaniard will lose the world No.1 ranking. Thiem won the match 7-5 6-3. Nadal’s exit means Roger Federer will reclaim the No.1 spot when the revised ATP rankings are released next week. Thiem stuck to the baseline and took his groundstrokes early to unsettle Nadal, who was unusually below par in the opening set on his favourite surface, making several unforced errors. Although the 24-year-old Austrian failed to convert a set point in the ninth game, he pounced at the second time of asking to seal the first set with an ace. Read more

Palestinian shot dead, border crossing torched, as Gazans clash with Israeli forces (CNN)

One Palestinian was killed and hundreds injured by Israeli forces on Friday during protests along the border of Israel and Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Jaber Abu Mustafa, 40, was shot in the chest and killed near Khan Younis in the south of Gaza, the ministry said. More than 730 others were injured. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Twitter that 15,000 Palestinians took part in what it described as riots along the fence that separates Israel from Gaza. “The rioters hurled pipe bombs, rocks, & grenades, sabotaged security infrastructure, & burned tires,” the IDF said. Dozens of Palestinian youths set fire to the Kerem Shalom border crossing, the only point where goods enter Gaza from Israel. Gas pipelines at the crossing, bringing fuel into the coastal enclave, were damaged, the army said. This is the seventh straight week that Palestinians have participated in the “March of Return” along the border fence with Israel. Read more

No charges for Canadian who downloaded 7,000 government files (BBC)

A Canadian young man whose home was raided by 15 police officers after he downloaded government documents has been cleared. Nova Scotia police opted not to lay charges this week against the unnamed 19-year-old after a loud public outcry. The young man says he was just trying to download public information, but a security glitch gave him access to hundreds of people’s personal data. His arrest provoked backlash from those who say the government overreacted. On 11 April, 15 police officers raided the home he shares with his parents and siblings, confiscated the household electronics and arrested him, he told the CBC. Read more

Trump, May condemn Iran rocket attacks on Israel – White House (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May and the two leaders condemned Iran’s rocket attacks on Israel from Syria, the White House said in a statement. “Both leaders condemned the Iranian regime’s provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens,” the statement said. “The leaders discussed how best to address Iran’s destabilising behaviour,” it said. Read more


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