* Detectives to quiz Saraki over Offa robbery today (Nation) * Oyedepo to Buhari: Resign, get out of office (Punch)

* Detectives to quiz Saraki over Offa robbery today (Nation)          * Oyedepo to Buhari: Resign, get out of office (Punch)



Detectives to quiz Saraki over Offa robbery today (Nation)

Inspector-General of Police  (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to report at the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Force today. The invitation, according to the IG, is in connection with the ongoing investigation of the Offa robbery in which many people died. But, to Saraki, it is all a “political game.” According to the letter dated 23rd July, 2018 and signed by the IG, the Senate President is expected to report to the head of the IRT team by 8am. The Police said the invitation was imperative, considering the earlier statement  sent in by the Senate President. Read more

Oyedepo to Buhari: Resign, get out of office (Punch)

The founder and presiding bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel, David Oyedepo, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over persistent Fulani militant herdsmen killings. In a YouTube video posted by the church’s official page, the cleric made this call on Sunday at its headquarters in Ota, Ogun State. With this development, Oyedepo has joined other notable clerics – including the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; and a former Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie – who have asked Buhari to quit his position over failure to secure the lives of Nigerians Read more

2019 elections: INEC trains staff (SUN)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, began a five-day training programme for its personnel ahead of the 2019 elections. The National Commissioner, INEC, Mr Muhammed Haruna, while declaring the workshop open, said the training was with the support of the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) Haruna said the training was meant to sharpen and enhance skills and capacity of the staff to able to represent the commission effectively ahead of the 2019 elections. Read more

Akpabio can’t hijack APC structure in A-Ibom —Okopido (Vanguard)

The leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State has dispelled fears that former Governor Godswill Akpabio was capable of hijacking the party’s structure in the state if allowed to join the party. State party Chairman, Mr Iniobong Okopido, made the clarification while reacting to reports that the Senate Minority leader was weighing the options of decamping from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to APC to advance his re-election bid in the Senate in 2019. “Until he comes, the party is accommodating to everybody. It is a party for everybody. But he has not told me yet whether he is decamping to our party.  The machinery of the party is so heavy that nobody can hijack it. If the president cannot hijack it, who else can hijack it?” he asked. Read more

PDP expels Buruji Kashamu, 3 others (Punch)

The National Executive Committee of the People’s Democratic Party has approved the expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu and three others from the party for hobnobbing with the opposition. Those expelled with Buruji, who represents Ogun East in the Senate are Semiu Sodipo, Bayo Adebayo and Segun Seriki. They were alleged to have worked with the opposition in Ekiti State to deny the PDP victory in the election. “The party took disciplinary action against its members who have been hobnobbing with the All Progressives Congress in ways that were detrimental to the interest of the PDP,” the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said. Read more

Imo NBA protests police invasion of court, assault on colleagues (SUN)

Members of the Nigeria Bar Association across Imo State, on Monday, boycotted court sittings, as they staged a protest over police invasion of the Ngor Okpala Magistrate and an alleged assault on the chief Magistrate, Ngozi Onyenemezu and two of their members, Emma Eke and Chukwuemeka Anyanwu. As early as 8:00a.m, lawyers in their hundreds from across the state, assembled at the premises of the Imo State Judicial Headquarters from where they staged the peaceful protests along the Owerri/Orlu road singing solidarity songs, and displayed placards with various inscriptions such as, ‘Dasuki Galadanshi is not Lawyer-friendly. He must leave Imo state’, ‘Imo state is Under Police siege IG reason with us’, ‘Redeploy Dasuki Now,’ etc. Read more

Manufacturers seek further reduction in Lagos Land Use Charge

Manufacturers under the aegis of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Ikeja branch, have called on the Lagos State government to further reduce the rates chargeable in the 2018 Land Use Charge, which came into  effect in March this year. The Association’s Chairman, Otunba Francis Meshioye, made the call at the association’s 51st Annual General Meeting, AGM, in Lagos, urging the state government to consider only 20 percent increase from the previous rate in 2017. He decried the expansion and astronomical increases of taxes, levies and fees payable to government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs and local governments within the state without due consultation with the relevant stakeholders, saying that it has been a recurrent challenge to the manufacturers. Read more

Thugs, not police, barricaded Delta APC secretariat – Erue (SUN)

The factional chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Delta State, Prophet Jones Erue, has alleged that thugs, sponsored by his opponents had, last Friday, barricaded the state secretariat of the party and prevented him from performing the inauguration of the state executive committee. Erue said his party members had to ignore the hoodlums to avoid bloodshed and death of innocent persons. The police had sealed the secretariat as both factions were said to be poised for a showdown over the rightful use of the office complex located, in Asaba. Read more

Court orders interim forfeiture of N387m in ex-INEC officials’ account (Guardian)

The Federal High Court, Lagos, yesterday ordered temporary forfeiture of N387million found in the bank accounts of four former officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which obtained the forfeiture order, told the court that the ex-INEC officials benefitted from the N23billion which former. Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, allegedly doled out to influence the 2015 presidential election in favour of the then incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan. An investigator with the EFCC, Usman Zakari, said in an affidavit that the ex- officials received the money through a non-governmental organisation, West Africa Network of Observers (WANEO), which they formed to purportedly monitor the 2015 general elections. Read more

NCDMB seeks to retain $14 million on annual oil and gas spending (Guardian)

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has disclosed that it plans to retain 70 per cent or $14 million of the $20 million annual spending of the oil and gas industry. Its Director of Finance and Personnel Management, Isaac Iyala, stated this in Lagos during a Capacity Building Workshop for journalists with the theme: NCDMB and the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund. He explained that the board was focused on increasing the retention of industry spending from the current $5 million, which translates to 25 per cent of the total sum to $14 million in its 10 year strategic plan, which commenced in 2017. Read more

Naval personnel, 2 others arrested for stealing Tompolo’s property in Delta (SUN)

Three naval personnel attached to the Nigerian Navy ship, NNS DELTA, have been arrested by the police for allegedly stealing properties worth N3 billion belonging to a former Niger Delta militant warlord, Government Ekpemupolo, AKA Tompolo in Warri, Delta State. The properties were part of those confiscated by the Federal Government in 2015 over an alleged conspiracy and conversion of the sum of N119 billion belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) by Tompolo and his agents. The properties, which were under the guard of the naval personnel at the “Tompolo’s Yard” near the Chevron Clinic, in Edjeba Community, in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, were alleged to have been sold secretly by the naval personnel guarding it until they were arrested Sunday evening. Read more

Bandits kill Army, Police Officers, Others on Kaduna-Abuja Road (ThisDay)

Unspecified number of people, including police and army officers, were reportedly killed last Sunday along the dreaded Kaduna-Abuja road by dare devil bandits. Several people were also said to have been robbed and abducted during the incident, which occurred near Gidan Busa village on the highway. Also killed were the daughter of an army officer and Prof. Sadiya Akilu Idris of the  University of Abuja. Several others, including the orderly of an army officer, were said to have sustained injuries from gunshots as the hoodlums unleashed terror on motorists and travellers. Eyewitness said the incident took place at about 7:00p.m and  lasted for about an hour as the gunmen blocked the road and operated freely. Read more

I wear white hijab to kill targets, says 20-year-old suspected cultist (Nation)

A 20-year-old Mariam Abiola, arrested by police operatives attached to Ilasa Division, Lagos, yesterday said she killed four people between December and last week. Abiola, who said she joined the Eiye confraternity after fleeing from her parent’s home at Abeokuta, Ogun State, told reporters she usually wore white Jalabia and hijab to assassinate her targets to cover the gun. According to her, she was an armourer for the cult group as well as an executioner, adding that they usually gave her the picture of a target and identify the person’s house. Abiola said she was paid N10,000 for each of the four persons she killed for her group at Ilasa, adding that one Sadiq, taught her how to shoot a gun. Read more

BRT vehicle kills woman in Lagos (Punch)

A yet-to-be-identified woman has been knocked down by a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Vehicle at the Palmgrove end of Ikorodu Road, Lagos. The incident, which occurred on Monday around 9.30am, was said to have led to the death of the yet-to-be-identified woman. PUNCH Metro gathered that the woman was trying to cross from Palmgrove side to the other side of the road when the incident occurred. A source said, “She first got into the BRT lane before crossing the rest of the highway; but an oncoming BRT bus knocked her down and she died on the spot.” The Chief Security Officer of Primero Nigeria Limited, the manager of the Lagos BRT vehicles, Cletus Okodolor, said the firm was searching for the family of the deceased. Read more

Brian Idowu: I’ll always remember my encounter with Messi (SUN)

Brian Idowu has shared memories of the 2018 World Cup, which he will remember for a long time after a personal duel with Barcelona’s Argentina striker Lionel Messi. Speaking to the official website of Lokomotiv Moscow, the former Amkar Perm defender has thanked his Super Eagles teammates, the likes of Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and Wilfred Ndidi, for assisting him to limit Messi’s impact in their last Group D fixture at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg on June 26. “For life I will remember, of course, the game against Messi. He made me prepare for the match even more seriously,” Idowu told fclm.ru. Read more

Stephen Keshi Stadium’s opening thrills 92-year-old Deltan (Guardian)

The official opening of the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, has been described as a dream come true by senior citizen, 92-year-old Oguefi Jiduche Onyia. Onyia worked for conglomerates like the UAC in his active days. He said his happiness in life was to watch the Africa Athletics tour, the test event at the Stephen Keshi Stadium last Wednesday. “Today is a very special day for me,” he said. “Now I am fulfilled. I trekked from Okpanam to the Stadium,’’ said Chief Onyia who at 92 years of age walks around without a walking stick, very coherent, agile and articulate Read more

Zulte-Waregem drills Osimhen for injuries (SUN)

Zulte-Waregem have insisted on a thorough screening of Victor Osimhen because the young striker is prone to injuries, according to the Belgian club. Osimhen, 19, has endured many months on the sidelines due to injuries at Wolfsburg and Zulte-Waregem want to be sure he will be fully fit before they will agree to sign him on a season-long loan. Zulte-Waregem coach Francky Dury said: “We will screen him extensively. That has to be done.” Osimhen’s trials will end on Thursday. Read more

Organisers promise maximum security at GOtv Boxing Night 15 (Guardian)

Flykite Productions, organizers of GOtv Boxing Night, have promised to provide adequate security in and around the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo (formerly Liberty Stadium) in Ibadan, venue of the fifteenth edition of the event. The event, which holds on Sunday, will feature seven bouts, including the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title duel between Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Ghana’s Nathaniel Nukpe. While speaking in Lagos yesterday, Jenkins Alumona, Managing Director of Flykite Productions, said fans have nothing to worry about when coming for the event, as top-notch security arrangements for event have been made. Read more

Federer withdraws from Rogers Cup (SUN)

Roger Federer has dropped out of the Rogers Cup next month in Toronto. The world No. 2 from Switzerland lost against Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the final of the event last year in Montreal. The 36-year-old Federer has won the tournament twice, in 2004 and 2006. Federer is the first top-10 player to drop out of THE ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, Aug. 4-12. “I had a fantastic time in Montreal last year and always enjoy playing in front of the Canadian fans, but unfortunately with scheduling being the key to my longevity moving forward, I have regrettably decided to withdraw from Toronto this year,” Federer said in a statement. Read more

Mesut Ozil’s international retirement raises questions of integration in German society (ABC)

Sections of the German media have slammed Mesut Ozil after he announced his international retirement, amid accusations of racism. Ozil’s angry departure from Germany’s national team drew mixed reactions in Germany on Monday, prompting both sharp criticism of the player and concern over the country’s attitude towards Germans with foreign roots. The Arsenal star announced his retirement from international football on Sunday, just weeks after Germany’s first-round World Cup exit. He attacked the German football federation [DFB], its president, fans and media for what he saw as racism in treating people with Turkish roots. Read more

Family says suspect in Toronto shooting had mental problems (Abcnews)

A man whose family said he suffered from psychosis and depression fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes in a lively Toronto neighborhood, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman and wounding 13 others in an attack that has shaken the confidence of many in the normally safe city. Authorities on Monday evening identified the suspect as Faisal Hussain, 29, of Toronto, who died in an exchange of gunfire with police. It was not immediately clear whether he killed himself or was killed by police. The mass shooting in Toronto’s Greektown district Sunday night came just three months after a van struck and killed 10 people in an apparent attack directed at women. A statement from the family of Hussain said their son had severe mental health challenges, having struggled with psychosis and depression. They said medications did not help him and the interventions of professionals were unsuccessful. Read more

Trump, Mexico expect progress in stalled NAFTA Talks (VOA)

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke warmly of Mexico’s incoming leftist president on Monday, saying he expected to get “something worked out” on NAFTA, while a top Mexican official said there was scope to revive the trade talks this week. “We’re talking to Mexico on NAFTA, and I think we’re going to have something worked out. The new president, terrific person,” Trump said in a speech at the White House about American manufacturing. “We’re talking to them about doing something very dramatic, very positive for both countries, he said, without giving more details. Read more

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