* Buhari’s Declaration: Obasanjo, IBB, others not God – Minister (Independent) * 2019: I cannot be tricked to defect to PDP, says Gov Ortom (NewTelegraph)

* Buhari’s Declaration: Obasanjo, IBB, others not God – Minister (Independent)         *  2019: I cannot be tricked to defect to PDP, says Gov Ortom (NewTelegraph)



Buhari’s Declaration: Obasanjo, IBB, others not God – Minister (Independent)

Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, says supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not entertain fear that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other ex-military leaders may block President Muhammadu Buhari’s chance of coming back. Shittu, who made the remark on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said since the former Nigerian leaders “are not God, there should be no apprehension”. Buhari had on Monday, April 9, declared his intention to seek re-election at the closed-door meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party in Abuja. Read more

2019: I cannot be tricked to defect to PDP, says Gov Ortom (NewTelegraph)

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has ruled out widespread allegation linking him with a plot to defect to the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) insisting that no forces in that party would trick him to dump the governing All Progressives Congress, APC now. The governor’s position came just as his political godfather and leader of the APC in the state, Senator George Akume has denied having any political discord with the governor over the running of governance in the state. Governor Ortom who stated this while addressing the caucus of the party at the government house in Makurdi said, he has contributed remarkably in building the party and it would be foolhardy for him to think of leaving it at this critical period of the democratisation process. Read more

Buhari extends VAIDS deadline to June 30 (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme to June 30. The approval for the extension of the deadline is contained in a statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday. According to the statement, the short extension after the original March 31 date is based on the appeals of professional bodies and individual taxpayers. The statement, however, maintained that no further extension of time will be approved after June 30. Read more

Tambuwal swears in four new judges (Nation)

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Wednesday swore in four new judges that would serve in the state High Court and the Sharia Court of Appeal. Tambuwal, at the ceremony, said that the judges’ appointments followed due process, and all those appointed were qualified legal representatives who merited their positions on the bench. He said that judicial officers in the state have shown great determination to ensure effective service delivery. The governor said that since inception of the present administration, he has not received any complaint against judicial officers directly or indirectly from the National Judicial Council ( NJC ) or the state Judicial Service Commission ( JSC ). Read more

Fayose withdraws murder case against APC chair, others (Punch)

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has discharged and acquitted the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Jide Awe, and two others of murder charge. They had been on trial for the murder of Madam Juliana Adewunmi and Murphy Jeje – a member of the People’s Democratic Party in 2013. The late Adewunmi was the mother of Mr. Segun Adewunmi, the current  Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly. The two others discharged by Justice Bamidele Omotosho are Sola Adenijo and Sefiu Owonikoko. Owonikoko died about three weeks ago. Read more

Katsina, Jigawa, 2 others to get N70m loan for toilet construction (Punch)

The United Nations Children’s Fund has said it has disbursed N70 million to 3,000 households in four states in Nigeria as a loan to construct improved toilets, under its Sanitation Marketing Programme. The UNICEF International Consultant on Sanitation Marketing, Mr. Amir Syed, disclosed this in a news conference on Wednesday in Katsina. According to Syed, the loan is to assist Nigeria to attain Open Defecation Free status by 2025. The international consultant  listed Katsina, Jigawa, Bauchi and Benue states as the states that benefited from the loans. Read more

Army launches e-payroll system (SUN)

The Nigerian Army had launched an electronic payment system for its officers and personnel called e-NAPS. This was even as Chief of Army Budget and Accounts, Maj.-Gen. Jakko, stressed the need for the revaluation of Nigerian army personnel details that are obsolete. The e-NAPS, a database for the integration into the federal pay system IPPIS, was launched at the ongoing Chef of Army Staff first quarter conference, in Abuja. Gen. Jakko said that the update of personnel details would enhance integrity, security and reliability of the new payment system, and that it will also promote planning personnel management, budgetary and effective administration. Read more

Security: El Rufai engages 17,000 Monarchs (Vanguard)

The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El Rufai has engaged the services of 17,000 Village heads in the state to assist the state government to tackle the issue of insecurity as well as mobilise their subjects to fully participate in mobilising their children against child killer diseases. Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, the state commissioner for Local government and chieftaincy affairs, Professor Kabir Mato said the strategic position of Village heads makes them invaluable in government’s quest to effectively cover the entire state in immunisation and providing prompt information on security issues. Read more

NIMASA, Charting a New Direction for the Nigerian Maritime Industry (Vanguard)

“Smooth Seas”, as the saying goes, “do not make a skilful sailor” This perhaps is the apt representation of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA. The Agency has in recent times navigated rough waters and now sailing on an even keel. Mandated by enabling legislations, NIMASA’s responsibility is to achieve and sustain safe, secure shipping industry, as well as build capacity for the Nigerian Maritime industry, in line with global best practices towards achieving and complementing Nigeria’s key sectoral economic development drive. Read more

Zuckerberg vows to work harder to block hate speech (Vanguard)

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said his company would step up efforts to block hate messages in Myanmar as he faced questioning by the U.S. Congress about electoral interference and hate speech on the platform. Facebook has been accused by human rights advocates of not doing enough to weed out hate messages on its social-media network in Myanmar, where it is a dominant communications system. “What’s happening in Myanmar is a terrible tragedy and we need to do more,” Zuckerberg said during a five-hour joint hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee. Read more

Dana Air named official airline of wives of African presidents’ summit (PremiumTimes)

Dana Air has been named the official airline of the maiden edition of the Coalition of Wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Africa for Peace (COWAP) Summit for Peace and Development. The summit is scheduled to hold from April 21 to 22 at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. Themed ‘African Women Summit for Peace and Development in Africa’, the coalition is a project put together by Engage, Empower, Educate Initiative, an NGO which aims to harness the enormous capacity and goodwill of both sitting and past wives of presidents and vice presidents in Africa. Speaking on the choice of Dana Air as official airline of the summit, Kingsley Ezenwa, the airline’s Media and Communications Manager, said, Read more

BBNaija: One year after, Bisola counts blessings (Punch)

2017 Big Brother Naija housemate, Bisola Aiyeola, celebrates achievements one year after the reality show. The ‘See Gobe’ housemate who is currently in Douala, Cameroon, took to her Instagram page to express her gratitude to the organisers of the reality show as her life had changed drastically. Aiyeola who emerged as the first runner-up in the 2017 Big Brother Naija show is one of the successful products of the reality show. She wrote, “Hey fam! Today is a birthday of sorts for me. One year ago, I left the Big Brother House as runner-up and set upon a path that has been beyond my wildest dreams. Read more

Ruggedman features CSP Dolapo Badmus in new video (Punch)

Chief Superintendent of Police, Dolapo Badmus, has been featured in a new video released by singer, Ruggedman. In the video titled, ‘Is Police your friend?’, the former Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Dolapo Badmus, talked about the instances where police can do a stop-and-search on citizens and other issues arising from police-citizen relationship. The video has been getting a lot of reactions from Ruggedman’s followers. Read more

Landlord slaps tenant during argument, lands in Court (Punch)

A 40-year-old landlord, Leke Adebola, who allegedly slapped his tenant, was on Wednesday brought before an Epe Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State. Adebola, who resides at Imokun Noforaji in Epe, is facing a charge of assault. Police Prosecutor Moses Oyekanmi told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 7 at 10 am at his residence. According to Oyekanmi, the accused slapped his tenant, Mr. Adekoya Olajuwon, across his face, causing him grievous harm. He said that an argument ensued between the accused and the tenant who was complaining about the poor sanitary condition of the compound. Read more

Murder of Nigerian artist, daughter: Danish husband remanded in prison custody (Vanguard)

Peter Nielsen, the 53-year-old Danish man alleged to have murdered his Nigerian wife and daughter, on April 5, 2018, at their residence in Banana Island, Ikoyi Lagos has been remanded in the Ikoyi prison. He was arraigned before the Yaba court 2, on a two count charge of murder. But he pleaded not guilty to both counts. Magistrate K.B Ayeye, however said that the suspect should be remanded in prison custody until May 8, 2018, when the advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP would have been received. Read more

Cultists nabbed while robbing to bail arrested Leader (Nation)

Three suspected cultists have been arrested at Urhonigbe village in Orhionmwon local government area while robbing to raise money to secure bail for their leader identified as Emmanuel Osazuwa. Emmanuel was arrested after he fought with some of the cult members over a Nokia phone. It was at the station that the police identified him as a leader of the Eiye cult group. After making several futile attempts to secure his release, his younger brother, Odion and two of his cult members, Stephen Ikpomwosa and Collins Osatohanmwen opted to rob with a view to using the proceed to release him. They used the guns belonging to the confraternity to rob some girls of three phones and the sum of N350 before they were arrested. Read more

Rakitic fractured finger against Roma, Barca confirm (Fourfourtwo)

Ivan Rakitic suffered a fractured finger during Barcelona’s Champions League defeat to Roma on Tuesday, the club have confirmed. The Croatia international played the entire match as Barca lost 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, a defeat which saw them exit the Champions League on away goals after winning the first leg 4-1. Rakitic will have to undergo surgery to correct the issue and is to have the procedure on Wednesday. Barca have not said how long they expect him to be out for, with further communication expected after his operation. Read more

Prince William wants to see me playing for England (Dailymail)

Jack Grealish gave Prince William his shirt from Aston Villa’s win over Cardiff and received a royal decree on his England ambitions in return. The Duke of Cambridge told Grealish he hoped to see the 22-year-old called up by Gareth Southgate in the near future. Grealish scored a wonderful volley to earn Villa victory and keep alive faint prospects for automatic promotion to the Premier League. The heir to the throne, a well-known Villa fan, was in the stands alongside former striker John Carew and celebrated Grealish’s goal in front of the televisions cameras. Afterwards Prince William went into the Villa dressing room and gave words of encouragement to Grealish, who has been capped at England Under-21 level. Read more

Former senator raises alarm over kidnap, assassination threat (Nation)

The immediate past senator who represented the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State, Prince Bassey Otu, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, alleging that there is a plan to employ the services of kidnappers and militants to kidnap him or get him eliminated over political matters. In the petition, Otu alleged that information at his disposal was that some Niger Delta militants, and assassins from Nasarawa State, were those contacted to execute the deadly plot against him. Otu asked the IG to investigate the allegation, and ensure that he is given the necessary protection so as not to be harmed or killed by those allegedly planning to eliminate him over politics. Read more

Stephen Lawrence murder: police say they have run out of leads (Guardian)

Scotland Yard has run out of leads in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the racist killing. It will wait until a three-part BBC documentary about the case is broadcast next week to see if anyone new comes forward. The Met police said it was reviewing the case, which means it is considering closing it down. In a statement, the Met said that after “numerous reviews and every possible advance in forensic techniques, the Met investigation team is now at a stage where without new information the investigation is unlikely to progress further, and this was explained to the family earlier this year.” Read more

PM May says indications are Syrian authorities were behind chemical attack (Reuters)

British Prime Minister Theresa May said all the indications were that the Syrian authorities were responsible for a chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma and that such shocking assaults could not go unchallenged. U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles “will be coming” and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Read more

Trump’s phoney war against Assad (Alaraby)

US President Donald Trump weighs up his options to strike the Assad regime for again using chemical weapons on civilians, and at the same time he deals with the reality of what may follow from the arrest of his long time lawyer and confidante Michael Cohen. The script and the actors are straight out of Hollywood casting. A besieged and politically underwater president, who is embroiled in possible and likely criminality, but who has at his disposal the world’s most powerful military to distract and divert attention away from his crimes and crises. Read more

Feds propose dropping songbird from endangered species list (Abcnews)

The Kirtland’s warbler, a colorful songbird that was nearly wiped out by habitat loss and a wily rival, has bounced back and is ready for removal from the endangered species list, federal officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed dropping legal protections for the warbler but acknowledged efforts will be needed indefinitely to preserve jack pine stands where the birds spend summers and raise their young. They nest primarily in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, although their range has widened to the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin and Ontario as their numbers have risen. They migrate to the Bahamas for winter. Read more


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