June 21, 2018

* Curfew in Jos, IPOB members burn Aba police station, vehicles (Punch) * Presidency knocks Ezekwesili, says IPOB provoking army to kill (Punch)

* Curfew in Jos, IPOB members burn Aba police station, vehicles (Punch)  * Presidency knocks Ezekwesili, says IPOB provoking army to kill (Punch)



Curfew in Jos, IPOB members burn Aba police station, vehicles (Punch)

The Ariaria Police Station in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, was set ablaze by men, believed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra on Thursday.

The incident occurred some hours before the Federal Government ordered the withdrawal of troops from major towns in Abia State, which have been under siege since Saturday when the Nigerian Army began its Operation Python Dance II. The Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the burning of the police station, adding that the arsonists also injured a policeman. Read more

Presidency knocks Ezekwesili, says IPOB provoking army to kill (Punch)

The Presidency has lambasted a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, for accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of being a sectional leader. The Presidency further stated that the Indigenous People of Biafra was deliberately provoking soldiers to commit acts of violence in order to draw sympathy from the international community. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement on Thursday. Read more

Adeyeye lampoons Fayose over Ekiti PDP gov candidate (Punch)

The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has alleged that the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, adopted his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the governorship candidate in order to sell the state to the opposition. Olusola was adopted at a meeting of the PDP stakeholders on September 6 in Ado Ekiti as the preferred candidate. Speaking during a meeting with some PDP members at the headquarters of Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, Adeyeye said, “What the governor did was a flagrant breach of the constitution and the Electoral Act and it can’t stand. Read more

Rivers APC debunks Wike’s allegation against SARS (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has faulted the allegation by the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police was behind kidnappings and armed robberies in the state. The state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Chris Finebone, who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said, “Ordinarily, the APC has no business involving in any matter between the governor and any other entity, but in the instant case and even in previous related cases, the governor has either alluded to or expressly stated that the APC benefited from whatever allegations he raised against the police or particularly the SARS. Read more

Pensioner takes ill after losing savings to bank fraudsters (Punch)

A pensioner, Mrs. Comfort Ashaye, has taken ill after losing all her life savings in Diamond Bank, Ikosi branch, to suspected fraudsters who emptied the account. The account, which had N585,000 was said to have been left with only N2.07 by the fraudsters. The punch was told that attempts by the victim to seek audience with the branch manager of the bank on CMD Road, Ketu Ikosi, was abortive, just as she was not allowed to make a formal complaint. Read more

ANNI seeks partnership with NIMASA on policy implementation (Guardian)

Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said the country is yet to optimize the benefits of its natural resources stating that there must be an effective regulation process to achieve such. Peterside revealed this during a visit to his office by the Alumni Association of the National Institute, (AANI), led by the President, Khaleel Bolaji, in Lagos seeking partnership the agency on policy formulation. He said the visit is coming at a better time when the agency is repositioning the maritime sector. A time of reforms and repositioning is a time that the agency yearns for ideas to help solve seemingly compressed problems. Read more

FG targets $86m revenue from space satellite (Guardian)

Mr. Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, said that the Federal Government has repositioned the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) for global competitiveness to enable it generate an annual revenue of $86 million into government coffers.The Minister made the disclosure during the inauguration of three Executive Directors of NIGCOMSAT in his office.A statement from Pauline Sule, Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry, quoted the Minister as saying that ever since the launch of NIGCOMSAT 1R in 2011, several efforts have been made to optimizing the value of the satellite limited success. Read more

NSE market capitalisation rises further by N70 billion (Guardian)

Trading on the equities sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), continued in an upbeat yesterday, as major highly capitalised stocks recorded further price appreciation causing investors’ wealth to rise further by N70billion. Specifically, at the close of transactions yesterday, the market capitalisation of listed equities rose by N70billion or 0.6 per cent from N12.223 trillion recorded on Wednesday to N12.293 trillion. Also, the All-share index increased by 195.7 points from 35,464.34 to 35,660.04. Market analysts noted that while the equities market remains dominated by participants booking profits, the improvement in market activities suggests a likely near term rebound in performance. Read more

IYC urges government to adopt PANDEF peace agenda (Guardian)

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) yesterday called on the Federal Government to adopt the 16-point peace and development initiative of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).It said the challenges in the Niger Delta were caused by government’s insensitivity to the plight of the region over the years. President of the IYC, Roland Oweilaemi Pereotubo, however, praised President Muhammadu Buhari for the achievements recorded by his administration so far.He said this while speaking with journalists in Benin City, Edo State at the second regular meeting of the National Council of the IYC on Niger Delta held in Akure, Ondo State. Read more

Ogbaru LGA political forces collapse into Obiano’s re-election bid (Vanguard)

The political equation of Okpoko community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State appeared to have changed with the defection of members of APC, PDP, UPP into APGA. Spokesman of the defectors, Evang. Dan Obi, maintained that the political forces that control Okpoko have decided to converge under the canopy of Governor Willie Obiano’s re-election bid. Obi who facilitated a meeting between decampees and APGA stalwarts that played host to the senior special assistant to the governor on political matters, Comrade Arinzechukwu Awogu, accompanied by Engr. Walter Udeze; Hon. Hipolitus Obi, Hon. Ifechukwu Aniegboka, the Secretary to Ogbaru local government, among others, where the new entrants were issued with APGA membership cards, vowed to collapse all structures into ensuring that Obiano wins in Okpoko where he said over 93,000 voters are registered. Read more

Governors, security agents work out solution to IPOB (Nation)

Despite the decision of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu not to attend the meeting of the Southeast Governors Forum, the parley will go on as scheduled, it was learnt yerter. The governors are to appraise the face-off between the Nigerian Army and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in Aba and Umuahia, Abia states. The Director of Media & Communication at the forum’s secretariat, Mr. Mike Udah, confirmed the meeting in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abakaliki. Read more

We’re not aware of LAUTECH resumption –ASUU, SSANU (Punch)

The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other workers’ unions in the institution have said they will not resume on Friday (tomorrow). The LAUTECH management had directed the lecturers, workers and the students of the university to  resume on Friday after over eight months’ forced holiday. However, the Chairman of ASUU at LAUTECH, Dr. Biodun Olaniran, and the Chairman of the Joint Action Committee at the university, Alhaji Muraina Alesinloye, in separate interviews with our correspondent on Thursday, said that none of the workers’ unions would resume because they were not aware of the resumption directive. Read more

Our mandate is to ensure Nigeria becomes leading world economy — Minister of Science and Technology (Tribune)

Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has disclosed that his ministry’s main mandate is to ensure that Nigeria becomes a leading economy through value addition to human capital development in the area of science and technology. This, according to him, was in line with the present administration’s strategic plan, which was to add value human resources through research and training, thereby gaining knowledge and being on the frontline of leading economies of the world. Read more

FG lost N70bn to failed banks – Accountant-general (Punch)

The Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, on Thursday said over N70bn of funds belonging to the Federal Government had been lost to failed banks in the country. He said this in a presentation on the ‘Challenges of the implementation of the Treasury Single Account in the Nigerian public service’ during a forum organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms. Idris, who did not disclose the identity of the failed banks, said the TSA had been used by the government to unify all its accounts by ensuring that all monies belonging to the Federal Government were kept with the Central Bank of Nigeria. Read more

Nigeria bags multiple hosting rights for AFRIMA (Tribune)

The African Union (AU) has awarded the hosting right for the Pan African Music Initiative, All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), to Nigeria for another three years (2017-2019), following its successful hosting of the 2014-2016 editions. In a statement issued in Lagos last Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the award of the hosting right was conveyed in a letter written to him by the Commissioner of Social Affairs at the African Union Commission, Mrs Amira Elfadil. Read more

Falcon gives juniors opportunity to participate in 2017 International Pairs (Guardian)

As part of its commitment toward growing the game of golf among the youths, Falcon Golf Development Company Limited has offered two slots to the top-four finishers at the just concluded National Junior Competition in Ilorin.

The National final of International Pairs Golf Championship holds this weekend at the golf section of Ikoyi Club.The Chief Executive Officer of the event organizing outfit, Remi Olukoya said yesterday that the junior golfers have a chance of winning an all-expense-paid trip to Portugal, where the world final of this year’s International Pairs has been scheduled to hold if they played well. Read more

Larry Ekundayo seeks medical support to salvage boxing career (Guardian)

Nigeria born Britain -basedboxer, Larry Ekundayo, who broke his hand in a WBO intercontinental title fight in July, has disclosed that his career would be on the line if urgent medical attention was not given to him. The highly-ranked Nigerian and former African Champion, who is fondly called ‘The Natural,’ said from his base in London that his boxing career would end in a critical manner if he did not get similar medical support his British and American counterparts receive after sustaining injuries. He believes that if funds could be sourced for treatment on his broken hand as soon as possible, he could be back in the ring contending for titles before the end of the year. Read more

Arsenal win delayed Europa League clash as Everton humbled (Guardian)

Alexis Sanchez scored a stunning goal as Arsenal came from behind to beat Cologne 3-1 in a Europa League clash on Thursday that was delayed for an hour due to crowd trouble.

Kick-off in the Group H opener at the Emirates Stadium was put back until 9:05pm local time (2005 GMT) in the interests of “crowd safety” after problems caused by thousands of ticketless Cologne supporters arriving at the ground. Police confirmed four arrests were made before kick-off while there were reports of scuffles inside the stadium. Read more

Everton humbled in Europa League, AC Milan win big (Guardian)

Everton’s Europa League group-stage campaign got off to a disastrous start on Thursday as Ronald Koeman’s side were taken apart in Italy, losing 3-0 to Atalanta. The Serie A club — back in Europe after a 26-year absence — were forced to entertain their English visitors in Reggio Emilia, a two-hour drive south of their base in Bergamo, because their own stadium does not have a licence for European games. But that did not prove a hindrance to Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, who completely overran Everton, scoring all their goals in the first half courtesy of Andrea Masiello, Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante. Read more

Maybe Klopp has too much belief in his Liverpool players, maybe Klopp is just being stubborn (Liverpoolecho)

Forget fans and pundits, Liverpool as a club identified that centre-half was a key area to strengthen this summer. Their first target of the window was a centre-half. The club went strong for Virgil van Dijk and was prepared to pay a world record fee for a defender.

Yet when the window closed we had strengthened in every position apart from centre-half. Like most fans, I struggle to understand that. Was Van Dijk really the only defender who would have improved this team? I refuse to believe that was the case. Read more

Tillerson calls on China to use oil as leverage over N’Korea (Guardian)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday urged China to use the oil it supplies to North Korea as leverage to pressure the isolated nation into reconsidering its nuclear programme.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed on Monday an eighth set of sanctions on North Korea after its latest nuclear test, banning it from trading in textiles and restricting oil imports. Washington had called for tougher restrictions, including an oil embargo, in response to Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear blast. Read more

Trump completely loses it over his wall, threatens to obstruct himself (Shareblue)

Donald Trump’s wall on the southern border was never going to happen.

That has been the reality all along. The current and former presidents of Mexico have said publicly, many times, that their country is not going to pay for Trump’s wall. Democrats in Congress have said the same. No one, except for Trump and some of his most loyal dead-ender Republicans in Congress, believe this is going to happen. Instead of accepting the hard cold facts, Trump is now making threats — against himself. Read more

‘He’s dead’: Ex-Tea Party congressman loses it at Trump over ‘devastating’ DACA deal (Rawstory)

Former Tea Party U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) went ballistic during an MSNBC interview on Thursday after learning that President Donald Trump may have cut a deal with Democrats over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that doesn’t include money to build a border wall with Mexico. “This is a betrayal,” Walsh said. “Look, this issue is different. Republican voters will not line up lock, stock and barrel behind President Trump. This issue got Trump elected, period. No amnesty. Build the damn wall!” Read more

Satellite imagery reveals Myanmar’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingyas: Amnesty (Presstv)

The rights groups said in a statement on Thursday that it was in possession of “active fire-detection data, satellite imagery, photographs and videos” that revealed the extent of “a mass-scale scorched-earth campaign” across the country’s northern parts.

“The evidence is irrefutable – the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine state ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar. Make no mistake: this is ethnic cleansing,” said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s crisis response director. Read more

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan (BBC)

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, its second such provocative move in weeks. South Korea’s military said the missile reached an estimated altitude of about 770km (478 miles) and travelled 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe said his country would “never tolerate” North Korea’s dangerous actions. “If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future,” he said in a statement. Read more

North Korea threatens to ‘sink’ Japan and turn U.S. to ‘ashes and darkness’ (USAToday)

North Korea threatened Thursday to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and turn the United States into “ashes and darkness,” in reaction to the new U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile programs.  “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” said the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which is North Korea’s official propaganda arm. Juche, which translates as “self-reliance,” is Pyongyang’s ruling ideology, a blend of Marxism and hyper-nationalism. Read more


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