* Croatia names Kayode’s ex-teammate to spy on Nigeria (Guardian) * Zamfara killings: Security agencies failed us, says Gov Yari (Punch)

* Croatia names Kayode’s ex-teammate to spy on Nigeria (Guardian)       * Zamfara killings: Security agencies failed us, says Gov Yari (Punch)



Croatia names Kayode’s ex-teammate to spy on Nigeria (Guardian)

Olanrewaju Kayode’s former teammate at Austria Vienna, Ognjen Vukojević, will be among the spectators when Nigeria face Poland in a pre-World Cup friendly at Municipal Stadium Wroclaw on March 23. Sportske Novosti has reported that Zlatko Dali has installed Vukojevi as a scout and one of the basic tasks will be his observation and analysis of the Nigerian team. In terms of importance, Croatia have rated their opener against Nigeria on June 16 as the most crucial in Russia 2018 World Cup, and his first job will be to watch the likes of Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses, Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi in action against Lewandowski and co. next month. Read more

Zamfara killings: Security agencies failed us, says Gov Yari (Punch)

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State has accused security agencies in the country of failing to prevent killings in his state despite alerting them about an impending attack 24 hours before the recent invasion of communities in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state, which resulted in the death of 39 persons. Speaking on Friday evening when he led five northern governors on a sympathy visit to the palace of the Emir of Zurmi, Yari noted that security agencies in the area failed to tackle the problem of cross-border banditry and terrorism affecting communities in the area. Read more

Cleric urges Nigerians to vote out selfish leaders (Leadership)

Nigerians have been enjoined to take back leadership from selfish leaders who have rendered the country desolate and turned many talented youths into political thugs, violent cultists, kidnappers and street urchins. Rev. Fr. George Ehusani, Executive Director, Lux Terra Leadership Foundation made this call while delivering a paper titled; Ethnic Nationality, Federal Character and the Imperative of Restructuring, at the launch of the 2018 Lenten Guide organised by Caritas Nigeria to mark the 40 days Lenten journey. Read more

Newly inducted UAV ‘ll be used for land, sea intelligence surveillance – NAF (Vanguard)

The Nigerian Air Force has explained that its newly inducted indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle christened “Tsaigumi” will be used for land and sea intelligence surveillance operations. The Air Force said the operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, UAV, could also be used for policing operations, disaster management, convoy protection, maritime patrol,and pipeline and power line monitoring as well as mapping and border patrol duties. Read more

World Bank approves $486m for Nigeria’s power sector (SUN)

World Bank has approved a 486 million dollars credit facility to Nigeria for electricity grid improvements, the lender said on Friday. “The investments under the Nigeria Electricity Transmission Project will increase the power transfer capacity of the transmission network and enable distribution companies to supply consumers with additional power,” the World Bank said. Nigeria’s  power sector is often criticised by economists for holding back the country’s economic growth. Businesses and households are subject to frequent blackouts, and many depend on their own generators that are expensive to run. Read more

Tinubu Can’t Save Buhari In 2019 – Adebanjo (SUN)

What should Buhari do to get the Southwest support in 2019? I don’t believe in his government because he has not performed. I’m not a member of APC, and I don’t support or believe in them. It is not a performing government or a preforming party. The party should be wiped out. It will be a disaster for the party to come back. What have they done to justify their winning the election? What change have we seen to make us think of their coming back to power? To me, that question should be for APC members, and not for Southwest people. Read more

Order of polls: Jonathan backs National Assembly (Nation)

The National Assembly has a strong supporter in ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on its decision re-ordering the sequence of the 2019 elections. Jonathan said the new arrangement was in order and would go a long way in ensuring that more quality people are elected at all levels. Majority of the members of the two chambers of the National Assembly want election into the Senate and the House of Representatives to come first next year and the presidential election last. Read more

JAMB uncovers another N83m fraud in 5 states (Punch)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is currently investigating fresh cases of fraud totalling N83m uncovered in its state offices in Kano, Edo, Kogi, Gombe and Plateau, Saturday Punch has learnt. Our correspondent gathered on Friday that while the board was investigating N31m misappropriated revenue in Edo and N20m in Kano, it was quizzing officials in Plateau and Gombe over N15m and N10m mismanaged in the states respectively. Also, it was learnt that the examination board was investigating the misappropriation of N7m in its office in Kogi State. Read more

My  wish is to be an instrument of growth for Ogun State —Gboyega Isiaka   (Tribune)

How would you describe life at 56?

I will say, without hesitation that life has been fair to me and really, I only have to appreciate my creator for how far He has brought me. As it is common to all men, life will present to you measures of the good, the bad and the ugly, but it is how you rise up to the challenges that come your way that will determine what becomes your fate eventually. So for me, I have had my fair share of life challenges and at this juncture, I have a good story to tell, despite my humble beginnings. Read more

NNPC dispatches 29.058m litres of PMS to 13 states (Vanguard)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it supplied a total of 29.058 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as petrol to thirteen Northern states in three days. In its report on daily dispatch to filling stations made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, it named the states to include Kaduna, Kogi, Kwara,Taraba, Kano and Benue. Others are Zamfara, Yobe, Sokoto, Jigawa, Borno, Bauchi and Adamawa. According to the corporation, the supplies were made between February 12 and 14, 2018 Read more

Medical training and Odili’s pioneering efforts (ThisDay)

It was a roll call of who-is-who in both the bar and the bench in Nigeria as well as a collection of the finest in the profession of medicine at the PAMO University of medical sciences, the first tertiary institution in Nigeria dedicated solely to the study of medicine. Promoted by Dr Peter Odili, it is also the first private university in the state he governed between 1999 and 2007. Being a medical doctor and his wife, Mary, a Justice of Supreme Court, it was understandable that lawyers, judges and healthcare practitioners would dominate the occasion. But not to be outdone, there were also several politicians from across the country led by the former Kano State Governor and presidential aspirant, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who arrived the hall with several of his supporters, all wearing the trademark red cap. Read more

SIPP signs EPC with Energy China to construct power plant in Ogun (Guardian)

A Private Developer in Power and Infrastructure, Sagamu Independent Power Plant Limited (SIPP) has announced the signing of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Energy China for a 400MW Independent Power Plant (IPP) in Sagamu, Ogun state. With the EPC contract finalized, Energy China will now proceed with the Implementation/Construction of the plant. The total project cost is estimated to be $550m. Under the terms of the contract, Energy China will provide engineering services, local construction and balance of plant. Read more

Enugu tackles environmental degradation, distributes clean cook stoves (Nation)

Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has reiterated his determination to collaborate with agencies towards curtailing practices that harm the environment. The governor gave this assurance during the flag-off of a pilot project to promote clean and efficient cooking stoves and low-carbon resilient development held at St. Cyprian’s Secondary School, Nsukka, and Ohom Orba, in Udenu Local Government Area. The governor who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, said the need to step up actions to stop the continuous degradation of the environment has become quite urgent given the adverse changes being recorded in the weather condition globally. Read more

For celebrities, it was a quiet Valentine’s Day (Nation)

Emotions ran high, romantic feelings got heightened as friends, lovers and families celebrated the 2018 Valentine’s Day on Wednesday.  Stores took time to stock on varieties of romantic gift items, online stores threw adds of scented flowers and fragrance to interested buyers, while leisure houses and places of worship announced discounts and programmes respectively to cater for the needs of couples and singles.Despite the fact that for the first time since 1945, this year’s Valentine’s Day also marked   Ash Wednesday, a ceremony which commenced the Lenten period, it appeared many persons in some cities had to choose between the sobriety of the Lenten period and the romantic glee of Saint Valentine’s Day. Read more

Army sites water project in Sambisa Forest (Nation)

The Army has  drilled a bore hole in Sambisa Forest to enhance water supply to troops and communities in the area as part of efforts to make the forest habitable. The project,according to Brigadier-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, the Director, Army Public Relations,  is also part of the ongoing clearance operation to root out the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents. Kukasheka said in a statement in Maiduguri that the bore hole was in addition to road rehabilitation projects to facilitate infrastructural development in the forest and adjourning communities. “The Nigeria army is continuing with its clearance operation against the Boko Haram terrorists and making Sambisa Forest fit for lawful activities,” he said. Read more

Patients, nurses flee hospital as police declare doctor wanted for alleged robbery (Nation)

Vitalcare Hospital became a shadow of itself in three days. The health centre which was arguably one of the thriving private hospitals serving people in the suburbs of Abuja, became a ghost of its self soon after its founder and medical director, Dr. Ola Solomon Jimade, was declared wanted for alleged armed robbery. On Tuesday, police declared Jimade, a medical doctor, wanted over alleged involvement in armed robbery. According to the police, Dr. Jimade who hails from Ife-Olukotun in Kogi State, is the leader of a dangerous gang that has robbed numerous citizens and snatched vehicles at gunpoint in Abuja. Read more

Terorists get more publicity than Military – Defence Spokesman (Leadership)

The Acting director of Defence Information, Brigadier-General John Agim, yesterday said terrorists were getting more publicity than the Nigerian military. Agim noted that all forms of insurgency are fuelled by media publicity and urged media houses to collaborate with the military to achieve immediate peace and security for the country. The defence spokesman stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Corporate Headquarters of Leadership Newspapers in Abuja yesterday. He said the military needed the media to propagate and project its activities to the whole nation and to the whole world, adding that this publicity would enable the citizens to understand that they have something to contribute to the fight against terrorism. Read more

I killed 4  persons for ex-NURTW boss, suspect alleges (Nation)

Suspected serial assassin, Ade Williams alias Ade Lawyer who was arrested by the police yesterday said  apart from killing four people at different occasions for former National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Chairman in Lagos, Akanni Olohunwa, he was also paid by traditional rulers to assassinate their rivals or perceived enemies. According to the suspect, Olohunwa contracted him to kill a former Idumota branch Chairman of NURTW, Azeez Lawal alias Kunle Poly on January 23. Williams said: “I have killed four people for Olohunwa. I also killed for one Kazeem Eletu and Olumegbon. I have known him since he was NURTW chairman in Lagos. I have done a lot of jobs (assassinations) for him. I killed two people for him during the clash between himself and Musiliu Akinsanya (MC). Read more

CHAN stars’ return boosts Rivers United (Guardian)

Ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Niger Tornadoes, Rivers United will be boosted by the return of the duo of Emeka Ogbugh and Emeka Atuloma from international duty with the Super Eagles. Both players were with the Salisu Yusuf led Eagles that competed at the just concluded Championship for African Nations (CHAN) in Morocco, where the Eagles claimed silver medal after losing to the hosts.Ogbugh resumed training on Tuesday, while Atuloma was part of Wednesday’s training. Read more

Meet the Winter Olympians making big strides for diversity (Guardian)

Simidele Adeagbo spent a decade training in the hopes of heading to the Olympics for the triple jump, missing out on a coveted spot by just eight inches. Then she spent five months training for the Winter Games and made history. Adeagbo is one of three women representing Nigeria in Pyeongchang, the country’s first ever team at the Winter Olympics, and part of a wider movement among black athletes seeking to increase diversity at a competition that has been predominantly white for much of its history. Read more

Mourinho: Manchester United will sign a midfielder (Goal)

The manager reiterated his desire to sign another midfielder to ease the pressure on under-fire star Paul Pogba Manchester United are looking to sign a midfielder in the off-season as a replacement for Michael Carrick, manager Jose Mourinho revealed. Veteran Englishman Carrick, 36, will retire at the end of the season before taking up a role on United’s coaching staff. Paul Pogba, whose performances have been scrutinised in recent weeks, arrived in Mourinho’s first season in charge, while Nemanja Matic was lured away from Chelsea before the 2017-18 campaign. Read more

It will take all 11 players to stop Messi – Caballero (Goal)

The Blues stopper will be on the bench against the Catalan giants but he offered advice on how to stop his compatriot in Tuesday’s game Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero won’t play against Barcelona on Tuesday, but he still offered his advice on how to stop his countryman Lionel Messi. The Blues go into their huge last-16 first-leg tie with renewed confidence after winning their last two games, but will still rank as underdogs against Spain’s leading side.  The 36-year-old goalkeeper found himself on the winning side against Barcelona while lining up for Manchester City in the Champions League group stage last season, and offered his advice for stopping Messi and Co. Read more

Mexico hit by 7.2 magnitude earthquake, damaging buildings (Guardian)

A 7.2 magnitude quake rocked Mexico on Friday, causing minor damage to buildings in the southern state of Oaxaca, but with no preliminary reports of deaths. The epicentre was close to a surfing resort on Oaxaca’s Pacific coast and had a depth of 24.6 km (15.3 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. Both the south of Mexico and the capital are still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September 2017. The interior minister, Alfonso Navarrete, said Friday’s quake caused some superficial damage to buildings in Oaxaca, but no deaths had been reported. The state’s governor said about 100,000 people had lost power. Read more

Trump praises Florida emergency services as he visits mass shooting survivors (Skynews)

Donald Trump has praised emergency services for their “incredible” work after visiting some of those wounded in the mass school shooting in Florida. The US President and First Lady Melania met with survivors of the shooting at Broward Health North Hospital, where he described the carnage as “very sad”. Asked if he had talked with the victims, Mr Trump told reporters: “I did indeed, and it’s very sad something like that could happen.” Mr Trump had earlier tweeted he would meet with people “whose lives have been totally shattered”. Read more

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