* Defection: God has removed stones from our rice, sand from our gari —Lai Mohammed (Punch) * FG recalls 2.4m bottles of Codeine containing Cough Syrup (ThisDay)

* Defection: God has removed stones from our rice, sand from our gari —Lai Mohammed (Punch)                        * FG recalls 2.4m bottles of Codeine containing Cough Syrup (ThisDay)



Defection: God has removed stones from our rice, sand from our gari —Lai Mohammed (Punch)

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described the defection of some National Assembly members from the ruling All Progressives Congress as “the removal of stones from (the party’s) rice” and sieving of “sand from [its] gari (cassava meal).” He added that the defection to opposition parties had “exposed the faces of traitors.” Mohammed spoke in his country home of Oro, Kwara State, on Sunday when members and supporters of the party welcomed him at the playground of Muslim Community Primary School, Oro. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister told the party’s supporters, in their thousands, that the defection of the lawmakers in the National Assembly had exposed the “faces of traitors” in the party’s fold. Read more

FG recalls 2.4m bottles of Codeine containing Cough Syrup (ThisDay)

In an effort to curtail the abuse of codeine containing cough syrup, the federal government has recalled about 2.4 million codeine from circulation. The move demonstrates the federal government’s determination to stem the abuse of codeine containing cough syrup and other substances across the country. The recall, which was effected by the Federal Ministry of Health, followed a recent audit trail of the substance carried out by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, while receiving the final report of the stakeholders committee set up by the ministry to address the worrisome menace, said: “The audit trail and subsequent recall of the substance was part of the recommendations submitted by the 22-man committee drafted from a broad spectrum of the health sector to collaborate with relevant agencies.” Read more

Dabiri-Erewa urges Nigerians in Diaspora to support Buhari in anti-corruption fight (Guardian)

Dabiri-Erewa urges Nigerians in Diaspora to support Buhari in anti-corruption fight

The Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has urged Nigerians in Diaspora to support the president in his fight against corruption. Dabiri Erewa made the call in Abuja on Saturday at a meeting with the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) led by its chairman, Mr Obed Monago. The presidential aide said the present administration needs the support of everybody in the fight championed by Buhari to restore the glory of the nation. “All I have to tell you is that we have an administration that is determined to change the situation in Nigeria for the better and the president is doing that. Read more

Kwankwaso’s defection, Kano and implications for 2019 (SUN)

On Tuesday, the former governor of Kano State and strongman of Kano politics, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, announced his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki announced Kwankwaso’s defection on the floor of the Red Chamber amid a rather tumultuous session. His defection was immediately followed by a gale of defections on the floor of the House of Representatives, where 37 parliamentarians, 10 of whom are from Kano State, equally announced their exit from the ruling party. Read more

APC CRISIS: FG directs Saraki-led appointees from Kwara to resign or be sacked (Vanguard)

Federal government has directed all the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state in the camp of the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, holding various federal government appointments to resign immediately or risked being sacked. Recall that six members of house of representatives from Kwara state were among those who dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic party (PDP)during the week. Minister of Information and culture, Alh Lai Mohammed who gave the directive at a press conference in his country, home, Oro in Irepodun local government area of Kwara state on Sunday also expressed the intention of the federal government to dissolve, the Senator Bukola Saraki led All Progressives Congress (APC)in Kwara state under the chairmanship of Alh Ishola Balogun Fulani earlier adopted by the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole and conduct another congress. Read more

We’II reject 1 salary per month henceforth, NLC tells Fayose (ThisDay)

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ekiti chapter, has declared that the workers in the State would no longer tolerate payment of one salary per month from Governor Ayodele Fayose. The Congress told Fayose to be prepared to pay two month salaries and pension per month till the expiration of his tenure in October. NLC added that workers were beginning to be hopeless about the possibility of Governor Fayose, whose tenure is gradually winding up to be able to defray backlog of salaries and pension as well as gratuities owed the state workers. Read more

Defection: Oshiomole’s emergence saved APC from collapse – Okorocha (Nation)

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has called on stakeholders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to support the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole as he stabilizes  party. The Imo governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press  Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, stated that Oshiomole’s emergence saved APC from implosion. He observed that the party would have totally collapsed if the former National Chairman of the party, Odigie Oyegun and the National Working Committee were allowed to pilot the affairs of the party for another one year as proposed with the tenure elongation. Read more

NAF acquires 18 New Aircraft, reactivates 13 in 3 Years (ThisDay)

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had within three years of President Muhammadu Buhari administration acquired 18 new air craft and reactivated 13 others. He said the service had also trained over 2,000 Special Forces personnel to bridge the gap between force projection and force protection, with 1,000 of these personnel deployed for counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and various internal security operations in the country. Abubakar in a statement Sunday by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this during the Saturday’s commissioning ceremony of an outdoor small arms shooting range and other projects recently executed by the NAF at its Base in Bauchi. Read more

NEMA to engage States for effective disaster Management (ThisDay)

For efficient disaster management, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has resolved to engage state governments through intensive advocacy and sensitisation to key into disaster risk management as a multi-stakeholder activity. The Director General of NEMA, Mr. Mustapha Maihaja, disclosed this at the weekend in Abuja during the close of a special retreat of management staff and heads of its zonal and operational offices. Maihaja, in a statement through the agency’s Head, Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti, stated that one of the key parameters in disaster management is prompt response. Therefore, the agency’s response must improve to forestall late intervention. Read more

FG yet to remit outstanding N1.3tn to NDDC (ThisDay)

The federal government is yet to remit N1.3 trillion to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), being outstanding statutory contribution to the interventionist agency since inception in 2000. The NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, who made the disclosure at the weekend in Umuahia, Abia State, during the third National Council on Niger Delta, urged the Federal Ministry of Finance to look into the problem of inadequate funding of the commission. He disclosed that if released, the outstanding N1.3 trillion would help in completing many uncompleted infrastructure projects across the nine states within NDDC’s catchment area. Read more

Angry youths assault DPO as bus kills two persons in Ondo (Punch)

Residents of Ilara Mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State reportedly attacked a Divisional Police Officer on Sunday following the death of two members of the community who were allegedly crushed to death by a commercial bus. An eyewitness said the deceased, whose identities were yet to be confirmed as of press time, were said to be on a motorcycle on the Ilesa-Akure Expressway when the 18- passenger Toyota commercial bus overran them, killing them instantly. The eyewitness said the accident sparked off a protest by the youths of the community who allegedly set the bus ablaze and molested the security agencies around. Read more

Carl Ikeme in Nigeria’s future coaching plans (BBC)

Carl Ikeme is set to be offered a role on Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr’s back-room staff after announcing his retirement at the age of 32. The Nigeria international was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017, but announced he was in “complete remission” after “a tough year and intense chemotherapy” in June. While his retirement comes after consulting medical experts, Nigeria’s Football Federation (NFF) says it plans to offer Ikeme a job when he completes his badge as a goalkeeper trainer. He was an embodiment of absolute dedication, commitment and patriotic fervour in the games that he played for the Super Eagles Read more

Manchester United could lose Paul Pogba, Chelsea want possible Arsenal captain plus latest from Liverpool and Spurs (Independent)

The Premier League’s summer transfer window is open with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal set to be busier than ever. Liverpool enjoyed success in the Champions League this year and their quest to end their league title drought in 2019 will be bolstered by the arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig. He will not be the last new face on Merseyside, however, with Monaco’s Fabinho already in. Roma’s Alisson is next and could Lyon’s Nabil Fekir follow? At United Jose Mourinho looks set to spend big again as he targets reinforcements in his bid to haul in record-breaking Manchester City next season. He’s got Fred but another central midfield player is high on his list with a big money move for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale not out the question. Read more

On eve of election, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe rejects Mnangagwa (Nation)

On the eve of Zimbabwe’s first election since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted in a de facto coup, the 94-year-old said he hoped his former allies in the “military government” would be voted out of power. Mugabe, whose 37-year rule came to an end when he was forced to resign in November, told reporters at his mansion in Harare on Sunday that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government was unconstitutional and ruled by the gun. “I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will throw, thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality,” said a frail looking Mugabe, in a rambling off the cuff speech that lasted almost an hour. “Let tomorrow be the voice of the people to say never again shall we experience a period where the army is used to thrust one person into power.” Read more

It’s a farce! £10.5billion fleet cannot refuel RAF aircraft mid-air – so we rely on the US (Express)

A STATE-OF-THE-ART £10.5billion fleet of military jets bought at taxpayers expense cannot refuel two key types of RAF planes in mid-air, it have been revealed – meaning the UK relies on US plane to do it instead. The Voyager aircraft are unable to carry out air-to-air refuelling operations on RAF planes – the C-17 Globemaster transporter and the RC-135W Rivet Joint intelligence-gathering aircraft – which are used to support vital British Special Forces operations. Instead the C-17s, which transport SAS troops, vehicles and sometime even helicopters, are filled up by US refuelling aircraft, which carry out up to 90 percent of Nato air-to-air refuelling. The cost is covered by a deal between London and Washington – with the UK generally paying more. Read more

Meghan Markle’s dad attacks Duchess: ‘I MADE her who she is today’ (Express)

Meghan Markle’s father has accused his daughter of cutting him out of her life in an explosive interview, claiming he “made her the Duchess she is today”. The former Hollywood lighting director also unleashed his fury against the Royal Family as he accused them of influencing her decision to freeze him out. Thomas Markle Snr, 74, declared he “just about reached the limit” with the Windsors and the Duchess of Sussex’ “superiority” in a bombshell interview released from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, more than 5,000 miles away from Buckingham Palace. Claiming he, as a father, should be shown more respect as he has given Meghan anything he could, Mr Markle told the Mail On Sunday: “She’d be nothing without me. “I made her the Duchess she is today. Read more



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