* Don’t vote Buhari out, Martin Luther King’s Jnr family charges Nigerians (Vanguard) * Dino Melaye appears at Senate plenary, taunts Nigeria police spokesperson (PremiumTimes)

* Don’t vote Buhari out, Martin Luther King’s Jnr family charges Nigerians (Vanguard)               * Dino Melaye appears at Senate plenary, taunts Nigeria police spokesperson (PremiumTimes)



Don’t vote Buhari out, Martin Luther King’s Jnr family charges Nigerians (Vanguard)

Martin Luther King Jr’s nephew, Isaac Newton-Farris Jnr, has enjoined Nigerians to unite and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete the work he begun in setting Nigeria on the right path and building a country every Nigerian would be proud of. Farris made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja after a get together in honour of the visiting Luther family who are in Nigeria. The luncheon was organised by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri- Erewa to mark the first Black History Month in Nigeria. Read more

Dino Melaye appears at Senate plenary, taunts Nigeria police spokesperson (PremiumTimes)

A Nigerian senator, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) on Tuesday attended the plenary of the senate at the National Assembly complex, amidst a report he has fled the country. SaharaReporter Newspaper reported that the embattled senator fled Nigeria over the political crisis in Kogi State and his trial by the federal government, adding that he begged the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to fight for him. Mr Melaye, in a statement on Saturday, denied the report stating that he had no reason to flee the country. Sequel to the report, police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Saturday, said an invitation and a court summon had been issued to Mr Melaye, both of which he said the senator did not honour. Read more

Ambode commissions dualized Alapere road (Nation)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday commissioned the Alapere Road and junction improvement works in Agboyi Ketu area of the State, with an assurance that his administration will continue to judiciously put the monies paid by tax payers to good use. Governor Ambode, who spoke at the commissioning ceremony, attended by party leaders, key stakeholders and scores of excited residents, said the 1.4km road was a fulfillment of one of the recommendations of the Traffic Summit organized by his administration in November 2015. He said the summit, among others, recommended that critical road junctions should be redesigned, improved and or upgraded to meet present and future needs of road users to reduce travel times and support economic activities. Read more

Why Tinubu was absent at APC national caucus meeting – Aide (PremiumTimes)

An aide to a national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday said the APC chieftain did not attend the party caucus meeting because he had another event organised to mark his birthday. Tunde Rahman, media aide to Mr. Tinubu, said there were no reasons to subject his absence at the caucus meeting to negative interpretations. Speaking on Political Platform, a public affairs programme on RayPower FM Tuesday, Mr Rahman said Mr Tinubu was attending to a programme some young people put together to honour him on his birthday. Read more

No amount of blackmail can stop National Assembly zonal intervention projects – Dogara (PremiumTimes)

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reassured that the National Assembly would not abandon Zonal Intervention Projects, regardless of the amount of criticism faced by the lawmakers. Mr. Dogara gave the assurance at the 2018 National Budget hearing organised by the Joint Committee on Appropriation of the Senate and the House of Representatives in Abuja on Tuesday. The Speaker described the Zonal Intervention Projects as tool through which the lawmakers could ensure equity in allocating projects nationwide. He said that the instrumentality of the Zonal Intervention Projects had been “grossly misunderstood and terribly maligned’’. Read more

Cambridge Analytica Whistle-blower names Israeli spy firm that hacked Buhari (ThisDay)

Former Cambridge Analytica employee, Christopher Wylie, has told British lawmakers that an Israeli spy firm “Black Cube” was engaged to hack President Muhammadu Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails. Appearing before UK lawmakers at a special hearing Tuesday, Wylie said the Israeli spy firm was involved in the hacking scheme targeting the Nigerian president, who was then an opposition candidate. In a report monitored on ARISE NEWS CHANNEL, Wylie said Cambridge Analytica “utilized the services of an Israeli private intelligence firm, Black Cube, to hack Buhari to get access to his (Buhari) medical records and private emails.” Read more

Pregnant women with anaemia face higher risk of death – Report (PremiumTimes)

Women with anaemia are twice as likely to die during or shortly after pregnancy compared to pregnant women without the condition, a research has shown. The research, funded by Bart Charity and the Human Reproduction Programme and which report was recently published in the Lancet Global Health journal, says prevention and treatment of maternal anaemia must remain a global public health and research priority. The study was led by Queen Mary University of London and involved over 300,000 women across 29 countries, including Nigeria. Read more

Big Brother housemates, Cee-C, Nina, Khloe fight over food (Punch)

Big Brother Naija housemates, Nina, Cee-C, and Khloe got involved in a heated argument over food in the house on Tuesday. The mini-drama started when Nina ate from Cee-c’s share of their breakfast without her permission. Having realised that Cee-C was angry, Nina quickly apologized. Nina’s apologies were not welcomed by Cee-C as she flared up raining abuses on her and went as far as calling Nina a ‘dustbin’ and ‘a piece of shit’. Read more

Emmanuella, Davido loses Nickelodeon Award to Ugandan star (Vanguard)

Nigerian celebrities Davido and Emmanuella have been defeated at the favourite African star category of the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. The loss came as a shock to many viewers as everyone expected either of the Nigerian entertainers, particularly Emmanuella, to take home the awards owing to their popularity across the world, but a Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo beat them to emerge winner. This was gathered when The Ugandan star took to his Facebook page to share the news of his triumph. Recall that Kenai whose real name is Edrisa Musuuza, is best known for his 2014 song ‘Sitya Loss’. Read more

Suspected ritual killers’ den uncovered in Kwara (Punch)

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has uncovered a suspected ritual killers’ den at the Aleyo settlement on Ojoko Road, in the Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State. The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Ayinla Adeyinka, who spoke through the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ayodele Bello, in an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Monday, said the agency visited the scene following a complaint by a victim, Mr. Muminu Abdulrahman. He explained that Abdulrahman had reported on Saturday that he had been extorted of N5m by the suspects. Read more

Nigeria’s opponent, Iceland to boycott World Cup in Russia (SUN)

Iceland on Monday announced it would stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia over the poisoning of a former double agent, in Britain, Bsn sports reports. “Icelandic officials will not go to the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” a statement from the foreign ministry read. The EU member states have said it was highly likely Russia was responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4. They also ordered the recall of the bloc’s ambassador to Moscow. Read more

NFF delegation visits Ikeme in hospital, invites him as guest at Nigeria/England friendly (Vanguard)

The leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday visited former Super Eagles first-choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme at The Christie Clinic in Manchester, UK where he is being treated. Ikeme played in the early rounds of the qualifying campaign for thre 2018 FIFA World Cup, but he is now sidelined by illness after being diagonised to be having leukemia. Carl Ikeme became the Super Eagles’ number one man months before the Russia 2018 preliminary fixture against Swaziland and the first match of the group phase against Zambia in Ndola. Read more

Serbia panic over physical Eagles (Punch)

Serbia coach Mladena Krstajic says  his team will have to raise their game to overcome a physical battle against Nigeria in their friendly match at The Hive Stadium  in London on Tuesday,  but believes they can play themselves to victory. Serbia  lost  2-1 to Morocco   in their Russia 2018 World Cup  preparatory fixture  at  Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Turin  on Friday, and unhappy Eagles manager Krstajic has told his charges to go out there and beat Nigeria’s Super Eagles. Nigeria put  Poland  to the sword   after Victor Moses converted a penalty in their World Cup warm-up clash at the Municipal Stadium  in Wroclaw on Friday. Read more

Argentina drop keeper for conceding against Eagles (Punch)

It has been suggested that goalkeeper Austin Marchesin was not invited for Argentina’s pre-World Cup friendly matches against Italy and Spain by manager Jorge Sampaoli because he conceded four goals in their game against the Super Eagles in November. Goals from Ever Banega and Manusi Lanzini gave Argentina, who play Spain on Tuesday, a 2-0 win over Italy at the City of Manchester Stadium. The CF America keeper believes no other keeper would have stopped the goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Brian Idowu, even though he has been blamed for at least two of the goals conceded. Read more

Dortmund star Reus set to miss Bayern showdown (Punch)

Germany winger Marco Reus is set to miss Borussia Dortmund’s mouth-watering clash at Bayern Munich on Saturday, which could decide the Bundesliga title this season. The 28-year-old Reus had been in great form with three goals in five league games since mid-February after nine months sidelined by torn knee ligaments. However, Reus is struggling after playing nine games in a little over a month and, having  picked up a groin injury, trained alone this week. “That’s why I don’t think he will make it this weekend,” admitted Dortmund head coach Peter Stoeger, who is unbeaten in his 12 league games since taking charge in December. Read more

AC Milan defender Andrea Conti suffers further knee setback (Sportsmole)

AC Milan have confirmed that Andrea Conti will undergo tests after sustaining another injury to his knee. In September, Conti underwent surgery on the area and had been hoping to recover in time for the upcoming Milan derby on April 4. However, Milan have released a statement to announce that the full-back has suffered “a severe sprain”, although an initial examination has ruled out another rupture of his cruciate ligament. A statement read: “AC Milan inform that during today’s training session, Andrea Conti has suffered a sprained knee injury, the same knee he underwent surgery on September 16. Read more

West Ham captain Mark Noble urges supporters to get behind team (Dailymail)

West Ham captain Mark Noble has pleaded with supporters not to repeat the crowd trouble which marred the defeat by Burnley. Angry fans invaded the pitch and congregated below the directors’ box to protest against the club’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan, with the latter being struck by a coin. West Ham’s 3-0 loss plunged them closer to the relegation zone and they face a crucial clash with Southampton at the London Stadium on Saturday. Read more

Manchester United fans dish out their own player ratings for the season – and Alexis Sanchez’s is brutal (Mirror)

Manchester United fans have rated their players performances from over the course of this season – and some stars have received brutally low scores. Red Devils’ supporters gained the chance to score their players out of 10 in a recent Manchester Evening News article. Somewhat predictably, three-time United player of the year David De Gea came out on top with a rating of 8.7. Summer signing Romelu Lukaku took second place with 7.7 while Jesse Lingard’s successful season has seen him earn a 7.3. However, January acquisition Alexis Sanchez sees himself finish fourth bottom with a brutal 3.7. Read more

Anti-Semitic murder of elderly woman triggers calls for Paris protests (Nbcnews)

French leaders and activists called for people to take to the streets and protest against racism Tuesday, after prosecutors filed preliminary charges of murder with anti-Semitic motives in the death of an elderly Jewish woman. Mireille Knoll, 85, was killed Friday in her apartment, which was then set on fire, according to a French judicial official. Two men have been jailed in the case, according to the official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. They were handed preliminary charges of robbery, damaging property, and murder with anti-Semitic motives, he said. Read more

May sends Putin letter of condolence over deadly mall fire (Reuters)

British Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter of condolence to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the death of at least 64 people in a fire at a Siberian shopping mall, the British embassy in Moscow said on its Facebook page on Tuesday. Moscow and London are locked in a bitter dispute over the poisoning in the English city of Salisbury of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Britain says Russia is culpable for the poisoning, which was carried out using a nerve agent, but Moscow denies involvement. Read more

House speaker hopes Russian hacker will be sent to America (Washingtonpost)

The speaker of U.S. House of Representatives says he hopes a Russian man who faces charges of hacking computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and other American companies will be eventually extradited to the United States. Czech authorities arrested Yevgeniy Nikulin in Prague in 2016. U.S. authorities accused of him of hacking the computers in 2012 and want him extradited to face trial. Moscow also wants him extradited on a 2009 internet theft charge. House Speaker Paul Ryan says in Prague: “We have every reason to believe and expect that Mr. Nikulin will be extradited to America.” Read more

3 Indian journalists run down and killed by vehicles (Guardian)

Three Indian journalists have been mown down by vehicles and killed in separate incidents over recent days in what their families and rights groups claim were deliberate attacks. The deaths of the reporters Sandeep Sharma in Madhya Pradesh state, and Navin Nischal and Vijay Singh in Bihar state, have underlined India’s status as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist, particularly in languages other than English and outside large cities. Read more

Putin blames ‘criminal negligence’ for mall fire that killed 67 (Abcnews)

Thousands of angry residents have demonstrated in the Russian city of Kemerovo, calling for a full-investigation into the devastating fire at a shopping mall on Sunday that killed at least 67 people, most of them children. Those demonstrating are demanding that officials be held responsible, and investigators have suggested that there were serious violations of fire safety regulations at the mall. A national day of mourning was declared on Tuesday as President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kemerovo to pay tribute to the victims and chair a meeting on the state of the investigation. At the meeting, Putin blamed the catastrophe on “criminal negligence” and accused local officials of certifying the building as safe in return for bribes. Read more

Co-owner of world’s largest waterslide that decapitated boy arrested on murder charge (Independent)

A water park owner has been arrested on murder and battery charges over the death by decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on a water slide billed as the world’s largest. Jeffrey Henry is due to appear in court after Caleb Schwab died at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas, in 2016 when his his raft took off during a ride on the 17-storey attraction. A grand jury indictment of park staff, made public last week, alleged the “Verruckt” slide “violated nearly all aspects” of industry safety standards. Court documents said Mr Henry and lead designer John Schooley concocted the idea of building the world’s tallest water slide in 2012 on the “spur of the moment” despite having no design qualifications. Read more

Who were the real Black Panthers and why did it take so long for this heroic black unit to be properly honoured? (Independent)

As they lumbered towards the French town of Morville-les-Vic, their dark tanks stood out like sore thumbs against the background of freshly fallen snow. To the waiting, battle-hardened Germans these Americans – freshly arrived in France, untested in combat – might have seemed like lambs to the slaughter.  The 761st Tank Battalion, the “Black Panthers” were about to become the first African-American armoured unit to enter combat. And in his Sherman tank, B Company commander Captain John D. Long, a young black man from Detroit, Michigan, knew what he was fighting for. “Not for God and country,” he said later, “But for me and my people.  “I expected to get killed, but I swore to myself there would never be a headline saying my men and I chickened.” Read more


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