Buhari to troops: Get ruthless with bandits, kidnappers (Nation) *DSS begins release of detainees (Nation)

Buhari to troops: Get ruthless with bandits, kidnappers (Nation)  *DSS begins release of detainees (Nation)

Buhari to troops: Get ruthless with bandits, kidnappers (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met troops battling bandits, kidnappers and criminals in Zamfara and neighbouring states under Operations Sharan Daji and Diran Mikiya. Addressing them at the Umar Musa Yar’Adua Airport in Katsina State on his way back from Daura to Abuja, Buhari  charged them to remain ”ruthless” in the battle against the criminals. Nigerians, he said, “are looking up to you and us to secure the country.” Read more

DSS begins release of detainees (Nation)

The new leadership of the Department of State Security (DSS) may have started making good its promise to review cases of all detainees in its custody, according to indications yesterday. Seven Ijaw youths from Bayelsa State who were arrested two years ago and locked up in the organization’s cell since then were yesterday set free in Yenagoa. The agency’s newly appointed Acting Director -General, Mr. Mathew Seiyefa, told reporters at his maiden press conference two weeks ago that he would review the cases of detainees with a view to setting free those who are not supposed to be held. Read more

SARS: No more human rights abuses, Police vow (Nation) 

The police say they are giving Nigerians a new special anti-robbery squad (SARS) that will not violate human rights. Police spokesman Moshood Jimoh told The Nation in Abuja that henceforth citizens will see a squad that meets the standard demanded by government. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo recently ordered the re-organisation of SARS following incessant complaints from Nigerians about rights violations by policemen attached to the unit. “We have fully complied with the directives for the overhaul and reformation of SARS,” Moshood said. Read more

‘No cause for alarm over Nigeria’s N22.7t debt profile’ (Nation)

The Director General, Debt Management Office, Ms. Patience Oniha has assured Nigerians not to lose sleep over the nation’s debt profile which stands at N22.7trillion. In this interview with Assistant Editor, Jide Babalola and Victor Oluwasegun, the DG speaks on the debt portfolio among other related issues.

What assurances would you give Nigerians who have anxieties about Nigeria’s debt burden being as high as it is now?

Nigeria’s debt level is not high. And let me sort of allay your concerns about saying debt is a burden, debt is not a burden. The debt burden is not high. If you look at the size of the Gross Domestic Product, as we always say, our debt is still sustainable. We’re only at about 19 percent in debt to GDP ratio. There is some control around that by government; we have set ourselves a maximum of 25 percent and we are not there yet. Read more

Group hails Buhari, Kachikwu for ensuring fuel availability (Nation)

Members of the Private Depot of Oil & Gas Marketers Association of Nigeria (PDOGMAN) have passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring fuel availability, especially during the just celebrated Moslem festivities. Speaking in an interview with our correspondent over the weekend, the pioneer National President of the Association, Chief (Dr.) Kolawole Adewoyin said it was heartening to note that under the current administration the perennial fuel scarcity being experienced during festive period was no longer the norm. Read more 

US cuts Nigerian oil imports by 62% (Punch)

The United States’ monthly crude oil import from Nigeria has fallen below 3.0 million barrels for the first time in more than two years, dropping by 62%. The decline in the country’s appetite for Nigerian crude followed the upsurge in its production of the commodity. The latest data from the US Energy Information Administration seen by our correspondent on Friday showed that the US bought 2.89 million barrels of Nigerian crude in May, the lowest since February 2016. Read more

Lagos Carter Bridge structurally safe – Official (Punch)

The Director, Highways, Bridges, and Designs in the Federal Ministry of Works, Mr. Adetokunbo Sogbesan, said on Saturday in Lagos said that the Carter Bridge is structurally okay and safe for use. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a portion of the outer walls of the bridge outbound Iddo link road was dented. Sogbesan told journalists during an inspection of the bridge that some tests had been conducted and that the bridge is structurally okay and safe for use. Read more

Ohanaeze fumes over arrest of IPOB women (Nation)

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday deplored the recent arrest of  112 members of the women wing of the  proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)  and their subsequent arraignment in court for ‘unlawful assembly’ and ‘treasonable felony’. The Igbo socio-cultural group said the women’s arrest amounted to double standard by government. The women were arrested following their protest in Owerri, Imo State, demanding a referendum and the whereabouts of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Nation

INEC kicks against use of security personnel for rigging (Vanguard)

In what looked like a civil unrest, armed thugs, allegedly backed by security agents, wreaked mayhem, penultimate Saturday, during the bye-election of PHALGA III Constituency of Rivers State.  And in what would have been a scandal of gargatuan proportions, those behind the disruption wanted the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to announce the result of an election that witnessed the ugly disruption in 101 out of 142 Polling Units, Pus.. Well, that is the new low some politicians are willing to drag the electoral process.  But for the clear-headedness of INEC’s National Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and the insistence by the Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, on ground – Mike Igini of Akwa Ibom State and Obo Effanga of Rivers State – this dangerous paradigm in election riggng would have been enthroned.  Now, what politicians are aiming to do, apart from vote-buying – but which INEC is trying to stop – is a new scenario where elections would be disrupted in the stronghold of their opponents such that voting would not occur, while their respective areas of strength would be secure.  This, in the belief that the ‘substantial compliance’rule would be invoked should  the loser then opt for litigation Mercifully, the Yakubu-led Commission is exploring ways of handling this new low. Read more 

The ideas, visions of what we expected, was not realised in APC — Saraki (Vanguard)

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, said he was not losing sleep over the plot to impeach him by some senators and the leadership of the  All Progressives Congress, APC. Saraki, who spoke to newsmen in Asaba, the Delta State capital, after a closed door meeting with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa,  debunked claims that the Senate was yet to reconvene due to fear of his impeachment, adding that those who had gone to the roof top to announce the plot to impeach him, should have dissipated such energy on democratic ideals that would better the lots of Nigerians. Read more

Expert tasks government on breast cancer awareness (Guardian)

Head of Department of Radiotherapy, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr. M.Y.M. Habeebu has canvassed the need to scale up enlightenment campaign on breast cancer. The medical expert listed lack of awareness, poor infrastructure and lack of wherewithal to fight the ailment as reasons breast cancer is prevalent among the blacks. Habeebu stated this during a chat with The Guardian. Read more

Between Amaechi and Akpabio (Guardian)

My task today is to compare and contrast two illustrious sons of the Niger Delta Region. They are Rotimi Amaechi and Godswill Akpabio. Maybe I shouldn’t have added ‘’illustrious’’ because they have illustrated very little outside self-aggrandizement. Amaechi literally came from nowhere to become so rich and powerful. Before 1999, his entire life and livelihood had been defined by Dr. Peter Odili, who was Rivers State governor between 1999 and 2007 and owns Pamo Hospital where Amaechi had worked as a public relations officer before his astronomic rise to Speakership of the Rivers State House of Assembly. Read more

 

‘Only good policies will transform Nigeria’s economy’ (Nation)

The Managing Director, Lifemate Nigeria Limited, Dai Derek has affirmed that good economic policies will transform the country’s economy from the present state to a developed one. Derek said China’s economy was like that of Nigeria twenty-five years ago, but it is now among the leading global economies as a result of good policies. He said this at the 2018 specialised trade fair and exhibition of Lifemates furniture in Abeokuta, Ogun state as he stressed that they are not in the country only to do business but to invest, create employment, pay tax and train Nigerians on how to produce good furnitures. Read more

Meet the newly invited Super Eagles players (Footballlive)

There have been clamour for Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr to rejig the team with new faces ahead of future assignments. With the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Seychelles at the Stade Linité around the corner, the Franco-German listened to the voice of the people with the inclusion of four uncapped players in his 24-man squad. Read more

Anichebe Tips ‘Insanely Talented’ Eagles To Qualify For AFCON 2019 (CS)

Victor Anichebe believes that the current Super Eagles squad needs proper guidance and nurturing to make them excel with their massive talent he hails as ‘insane’, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. The three time African Championship face Seychelles on September 7 in Victoria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers having lost their first game 2-0 in Uyo to South Africa. Read more

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