* Buhari in UK: PDP asks N’Assembly to address Power Vacuum (ThisDay) * Davido, Wizkid, Simi, Olamide dominate Headies 2018 nominations list (Punch)

* Buhari in UK: PDP asks N’Assembly to address Power Vacuum (ThisDay)            * Davido, Wizkid, Simi, Olamide dominate Headies 2018 nominations list (Punch)



Buhari in UK: PDP asks N’Assembly to address Power Vacuum (ThisDay)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the National Assembly to invoke the relevant sections of the constitution to address the power vacuum caused by President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence from the country. The party accused the president of shrouding his private visit to London as official. It said Buhari left the country on April 9, 2018 for London without officially transmitting power to the vice president. In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said: “We therefore charge the National Assembly to immediately come to the rescue and invoke relevant sections of our constitution and laws to address this power vacuum that is capable of derailing our democracy. Read more

Davido, Wizkid, Simi, Olamide dominate Headies 2018 nominations list (Punch)

Davido, Wizkid, Simi and Olamide have dominated this year’s Headies nomination list. Davido is leading the pack with the highest number of nomination;  6 in all, while Wizkid, Simi, and Olamide, followed with 5 nominations each. The music awards academy released this year’s nomination list on its Instagram page after shortlisting thousands of entries submitted in the year under review (from July 2016 – December 2017). This is the 12th edition of the award and has over 25 categories and 77 nominees. Read more

Melaye’s attempted assasination: Court issues Bench warrant against accused (Punch)

A Kogi High Court on Friday issued a bench warrant against one Ade Obege, charged with four others for alleged assassination attempt on Senator Dino Melaye on April, 2017. Justice Fola Ajayi, issued the bench warrant following Obege’s absence at the trial. He also ordered that summons be served on Obege’s sureties. There was no cogent reason for Obege’s absence on Friday. The prosecuting counsel, Lough Simon, was also not in court. Samuel Ikutanwa, who held the brief of Simon, told the court that the prosecutor could not attend the sitting because of the death of his father. Read more

Buhari confirms loot 10 years after defending thieving Abacha (Guardian)

Ten years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari, who served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) under the late former military Head of State, Gen. Sanni Abacha denied that his former boss looted the treasury, but his government on Tuesday confirmed the repatriation of Abacha loot. The Ministry of Finance has announced that $322.5 million was returned to Nigeria by the Swiss Government as part of funds looted by the late Abacha. In June 2008, Buhari who had just lost election as presidential candidate of the All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP) gave Abacha a clean bill of health in Kano after the remembrance prayers marking 10 years of his death. Read more

Kachikwu named among 100 most influential Africans in 2017 (Guardian)

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has been named among 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 by a London-based magazine, the `New African’. A statement by Mr Idang Alibi, the Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, said Kachikwu was chosen in the category of Business and Finance. The statement quoted Mr Omar Yedder, the Publisher and Managing Director of the magazine as saying “Kachikwu is adedicated to changing the African narrative and fighting for its interests. Read more

SDP changes constitution manifesto, logo to Accommodate New Members (ThisDay)

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) Thursday said it was set to present to Nigerians the “new SDP’’ as the party is expected to unveil a new party structure with its new constitution, manifesto, flag and logo. The national spokesperson of the party, Mr. Adakole Ijogi, told Thisday in Abuja that the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party would hold on April 18, when the leaders are expected to do the presentation the following day. According to him, SDP will go in for a NEC meeting to smoothen out edges and adopt all the legal changes that have been made with the coming in of the new political actors on the 18th after the NEC meeting. Read more

Trial of former Police I-G Ehindero for alleged N64bn fraud to resume — ICPC (PremiumTimes)

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it is set to resume prosecution of former Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Sunday Ehindero, for alleged N16 billion fraud. A spokesperson of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday. Mrs. Okoduwa said the case against Ehindero, who was I-G between 2005 and 2007, would continue at the FCT High Court in Abuja. The former police boss is facing trial for alleged criminal conversion of money belonging to the Ministry of Police Affairs into personal use while in office, according to the ICPC spokesperson. Read more

Court fixes May 21 to rule on bail application filed by IPOB member (Vanguard)

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday fixed May 21 to rule on the bail application filed by Bright Chimezie, the first defendant, in the ongoing trial of four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB). The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, fixed the date after taking arguments from Chimezie’s counsel, Mr Chukwudi Igwe and counsel to the Federal Government, Mr Collins Aromosele. Igwe asked the court to grant his client bail on the grounds that he had overstayed in detention without trial, adding that his client had already been granted bail by an Uyo Federal High which the Federal Government disregarded. Read more

Police disperse Shiite protesters with tear gas, arrest activist (Punch)

Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, on Friday, dispersed members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria protesting the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky. The policemen also arrested an activist, and Convener of a civil society group, Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, who has been championing the daily rallies by the Shiite group for the release of their leader by the Federal Government. Adeyanju was arrested at the Unity Fountain, Maitama, during a sit-out which was disrupted by the police officers who fired tear gas at the participants. Read more

Irede Foundation organises walk for children with limb loss (Guardian)

As part of its activities to create awareness for children living with this condition, Irede Foundation, a non-for-profit organization, has announced its annual walk for 2018 with the theme “Out on a Limb”. This year’s walk is focused on putting an end to stigmatization towards children living with congenital and acquired limb loss and encouraging an inclusive society. According to a statement from the Foundation, the organization is focused on enabling children aged 0-18 years, living with limb loss live a life of fulfilment; letting them know that there are no limits to their potentials. Read more

NPA enhances its fire dept. operations with modern equipment (Tribune)

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Friday that it had enhanced the operation of its Fire Service Department through the acquisition of modern fire-fighting equipment and period of training its officers. The General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Malam Ahmed Yusuf, made this known in a statement in Lagos by Alhaji Abdulahi Goje, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications. Yusuf said the preparedness and performance of the NPA fire service department was demonstrated when the firemen undertook a drill at its Corporate Headquarters, Marina, Lagos. Read more

Osundare celebrates Akinwunmi Isola in Yoruba poem (Punch)

About two months after literary icon, Prof. Akinwunmi Isola, passed on, his admirers have continued to eulogise him. While this is, however, due to peak today in Ibadan, when Isola will be buried, poet laureate, Prof. Niyi Osundare, chose a novel way to celebrate him. This he did by dedicating a Yoruba poem to him, titled Akinwumi Isola (E wa w’ewa Ede Lenu Awoko). This subtitle means ‘Come and savour sweet imagery from awoko the songbird.’ Read more

NDLEA nabs 89 drug traffickers, seizes 73.779kg illicit drugs (Punch)

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Bayelsa State Command, says it arrested 89 suspects in connection with drug trafficking, narcotics abuse and drug-related activities in the state. The drug agency also said it recorded a total seizure of 73.779 kilogrammes of different classes of illicit drugs in the state. The command’s spokesman, Mr. Osakwe Ikenna, said in a statement that the arrests and seizures were recorded during the first quarter of 2018. Read more

NSCDC arrests suspected Boko Haram kingpins (Guardian)

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has arrested 8 Boko Haram kingpins who fled Borno. A statement signed by NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Okeh, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, said the Corps had also arrested over 100 suspected vandals of critical infrastructure within the same period. Okeh said the vandals were being prosecuted. He said the successes were achieved from January to date. Read more

Again, Nigerian killed in South Africa (Guardian)

The Nigerian community in South Africa has again been thrown into mourning, following the latest extra-judicial killing of a Nigerian in that country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the killing of Mr ThankGod Okoro, 30, from Ogbaku in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, is the latest in what has been described as recurring pre-meditated murders of young Nigerians in South Africa. Records show that no fewer than 117 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa since February, 2016. Unofficial estimates put the number of Nigerians residing in South Africa at about 800,000 majority of whom are young people. Read more

Mob kills Okada thief in Ibadan (Tribune)

A man suspected to be an Okada thief was on Friday morning beaten to death by a mob after a failed attempt to bolt with a stolen motorcycle. The incident occurred at Akuru area on the Orita Challenge/Elebu road, Ibadan. Tribune Online gathered from an eyewitness who craved anonymity that the Okada thief had successfully started the motorcycle engine and was already on the move when some set of commercial motorcyclists ran after him and was tracked down. The eyewitness informed that they had wanted to hand over the thief to the police but some section of the people present at the scene suggested that the thief should be beaten thoroughly and be lynched. Read more

Eagles soar on FIFA ranking (SUN)

Former African champions, the Super Eagles have moved up five places in the World football governing body, FIFA monthly ranking. With 635 points, the Gernot Rohr lads were ranked 47th in the world and sixth best country in Africa. The South Africa 2013 African Cup of Nations winners still trailed Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR, Morocco and Egypt on the continent. Nigeria’s group opponents, Argentina, Croatia and Iceland were ranked 5th, 18th and 22nd respectively. While Argentina dropped by one spot to 5th, Croatia crashed three places to 18th, Iceland fell four places to 22nd position in the world. Read more

Arsenal play Atletico in Europa League semis (Guardian)

Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Europa League in a mouth-watering clash of two big clubs that have taken a backseat in their domestic leagues in recent years. French club Marseille will play FC Salzburg, a club backed by soft drinks giant Red Bull, in the other semi-final. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will play the first leg at the Emirates Stadium against Atletico, led by French striker Antoine Griezmann, who are favourites to win the competition for the third time. Wenger, whose side play Man United away in the Premier League between the two semi-final legs, had identified Atletico, Champions League finalists in 2014 and 2016, as the most dangerous side in the draw. Read more

Guardiola unsure over length of Aguero injury absence (Guardian)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he does not know how long he will be without star striker Sergio Aguero. Aguero will miss City’s trip to Tottenham on Saturday after a challenge by Ashley Young in last weekend’s Manchester derby aggravated a problem in his knee.The Manchester United full-back was not punished for the studs-up tackle, which left Aguero floored late in the second half. Aguero has not started for the Premier League leaders since a 1-0 win over Chelsea at the beginning of March. Now Guardiola cannot say for certain when City’s all-time leading scorer will be available again. Read more

More than 500 injured in latest Gaza protests, Palestinian officials say (CNN)

More than 500 people were injured in Gaza on Friday, Palestinian health officials said, as Palestinian protesters demonstrated for a third week along the border fence between Gaza and Israel. The protests, dubbed “The March of Return,” have led to confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli troops. The Palestinian Health Ministry said one person was critically injured. Many of the injuries were the result of live ammunition and tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers, the ministry said. In one incident, captured on video released by the ministry, a paramedic station set up near Khan Younis to treat the wounded was hit by tear gas. Ten paramedics were treated for tear gas inhalation. Read more

Donald Trump slams ‘slime ball’ James Comey over ex-FBI director’s book claims (Skynews)

Donald Trump has slammed ex-FBI director James Comey as an “untruthful slime ball” in response to a series of explosive claims and personal barbs made about the President in his new book. Excerpts from A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership have been made public ahead of its release next week, with the former intelligence chief blasting his old boss as “unethical” and “untethered to the truth”. The book includes a number of damning assessments of Mr Trump’s presidency and character, much like the publication of journalist Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury from earlier this year. Read more

Met chief defends fourfold rise in stop-and-search use in London (Guardian)

Britain’s most senior police officer has defended the use of controversial stop-and-search powers after she reported a more than fourfold increase in the use of the tactic in London over the last year. The Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, said there had been 106 searches under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act in the year to March 2018, compared to 23 in the same period a year earlier. Section 60 allows police officers to search any person if they believe violence has occurred or is about to occur, within an area designated by a senior police officer. Read more

Victoria Beckham toasts New Reebok line with help from her Family — and Shaquille O’Neal! (People)

Victoria Beckham is officially joining forces with Reebok, and her collaboration already got a few famous sports fans — from her husband, soccer star David Beckham, to basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal. The fashion designer originally teased her Reebok collaboration last November. But last night, she revealed more details about her forthcoming project at an event in Los Angeles — and O’Neal and her family was there to celebrate. Turns out, her work with Reebok will be released in two parts. First, she’s creating a line inspired by Reebok’s heritage and iconic ’90s style. That’s where O’Neal comes in — he represents the era she’s inspired to design around. Read more

Stormy Daniels vanishes from twitter; Porn Barron lives the dream (Anorak)

Stormy Daniels, the walking aide to masturbation who claims she was squired by Donald Trump –  and to whom Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid a big was of cash to keep from spilling the beans about Trump allegedly spilling his beans in the run up to the 2016 election – has taken to twitter. She seen something unusual – and she’s seen Trump naked (allegedly): Want to see something scary? Type “stormy daniels” in your twitter search bar & then click the button for “latest” option. Guess someone didn’t like me defending myself and/or doesn’t want people being able search my news stories. Read more

What will Prince William and Kate Middleton name the royal baby? (Marieclaire)

The Duchess of Cambridge’s due date is this month and now the whole world is not-so-patiently awaiting the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s third baby – set to become fifth in line to the throne. The Lindo Wing is ready, with barricades set up outside St. Mary’s Hospital in preparation for the Duke and Duchess’ arrival and their 23-strong royal birthing team is prepped and ready to go. That’s three midwives, two obstetricians, three anaesthesiologists, four surgical staff members, two special care staffers, four paediatricians, one lab technician for blood tests, and three or four managers. Read more

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