March 23, 2019

* DSS bars EFCC from arresting ex-DG, Ekpenyong Ita (Punch) * Buhari refuses to sign two N’Assembly bills, presents three others (Punch)

* DSS bars EFCC from arresting ex-DG, Ekpenyong Ita (Punch)         * Buhari refuses to sign two N’Assembly bills, presents three others (Punch)



DSS bars EFCC from arresting ex-DG, Ekpenyong Ita (Punch)

Drama is currently playing out at the home of a former Director-General of the Department of State Services, Ekpenyong Ita, as men of the DSS are preventing operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from arresting him. Our correspondent who is also at the scene, reports that EFCC operatives arrived at the scene around 11am with an arrest warrant. The EFCC officials and armed policemen numbering over 50 attempted to enter the premises located at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro but the heavily armed DSS officials, some of which are wearing masks, refused to allow the EFCC men inside. The DSS officials simply said they were acting on “orders from above”. Read more

Buhari refuses to sign two N’Assembly bills, presents three others (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari as written to the Senate informing the legislative chamber that he would not assent to two bills passed by the National Assembly. They are the Chartered Institute of Treasury Management (Establishment) Bill 2017 and the Federal University of Wukari (Establishment) Bill 2017. The separate letters conveying his reservations on the bills were addressed to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and dated November 8, 2017. Buhari however based his reservations on technicalities in the drafting of the bills. Read more

Reps to begin debate on 2018 budget next week (PremiumTimes)

The House of Representatives will begin debate on the general principles of the 2018 Appropriation Act on November 28. This was made known by the deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun, when he presided over plenary on Tuesday. He said the debate would last three days. Mr. Lasun urged lawmakers to get copies of the budget and indicate dates they wish to contribute to the debate. “Members are to indicate the date they wish to contribute to the debate as there is need for us to participate actively and that the bill is given expeditious attention,’’ he said. Read more

Nigerians “shedding Crocodile tears” over Alex Ekwueme’s death – Ibori (Vanguard)

Former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, has said Nigerians are “shedding Crocodile tears” over the death of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme. Ibori said that the former Vice President Alex Ekwueme was being mourned by a nation which failed to allow him rescue it from “political and economic morass will. In a statement by Tony Eluemunor, his spokesman, Ibori said Nigeria is the biggest loser in Ekwueme’s death, adding that the octogenarian lived a full life. “Though His Excellency, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON, was a great leader, a national father-figure, a stabilizing factor in Nigerian politics, I Chief James Onanefe Ibori can never stop asking “what if!” Ibori said. Read more

Governor David Umahi bars security outfit members from seeking arms for operation (Punch)

The Ebonyi State Governor has barred members of its security outfit, the Neighbourhood Watch, from seeking arms for operation in the state. Dr. Kenneth Ugballa, Gov. David Umahi’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Internal Security, said this on Tuesday in Abakaliki. According to Ugballah, the State Government is law abiding as has established the outfit to give useful information and generally complement security agencies’ duties and not to bear arms. Read more

Again, ECOWAS Court adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s fundamental rights suit (PremiumTimes)

The Court of the Economic Community of West Africa, ECOWAS, on Tuesday again adjourned hearing of the fundamental rights suit filed by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. The case, in which Mr. Kanu is challenging his detention by the Nigerian government, will now resume on February 7 next year. The adjournment followed an application by Mr. Kanu’s counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who asked for time to respond to a recent application by the Nigerian government who are respondents in the suit. The case had earlier been adjourned on October 10 at the request of the prosecution, despite vehement opposition by Mr. Ejiofor. At the resumption of hearing on Tuesday, Mr. Ejiofor told the court he received the fresh application from the respondents two days earlier and had not had enough time to prepare his reply. He, however, described the application as illegal. Read more

Reps to investigate alleged sale of PHCN assets (Vanguard)

The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to investigate alleged fraudulent sale of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) none-core assets and scraps. This was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent national importance by Rep. Rita Orji (Lagos-PDP). Moving the motion, Orji explained that auctioning of PHCN cargoes, scraps and obsolete items by Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Ltd (NELMCO) worth over N20 billion was recently carried out. She said that over N1.5 billion was claimed to have been realised from the sales. Read more

APGA hails Buhari over flawless Anambra Governorship Poll (Vanguard)

Chief Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, National Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has attributed the flawless conduct of the Nov. 18 Governorship Election in Anambra to President Mohammadu Buhari’s quest to build enduring institutions. Obi-Okoye made the assertion in an interview with Newsmen on Tuesday in Awka. He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could not have recorded such improved performance but for the free hand Buhari gave them to operate. Obi-Okoye, said Gov. Willie Obiano’s second term victory was also because of the role played by security agencies before, during and after the election. Read more

Obiano won’t join APC – APGA (Punch)

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Oye, on Tuesday, said the state governor, Willie Obiano would not defect to the All Progressives Congress. Oye’s reaction is coming following insinuations in some quarters that Obiano had a tacit agreement with the leadership of APC to return him(Obiano) in last Saturday’s poll. According to the story, that explains why the APC did not fight against Obiano in the race. Obiano of APGA won the poll with 234,071, against Tony Nwoye of APC who polled 98,752 to come second in the contest. Read more

Lagos fixes N1.3m as tentative fare for 2018 Hajj (Punch)

The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board has announced the sum of N1.3 million as tentative fare for the 2018 Hajj exercise. Mr. Muftau Okoya, Executive Secretary of the board, said on Tuesday in Lagos that sale of forms for the 2018 exercise has also commenced. He said that the early commencement of preparations was to avoid hiccups and to make payment easy and flexible for intending pilgrims. “Intending pilgrims are to collect forms from the Board’s office in Ikeja at the cost N10,000. Read more

Shippers’ association says Nigeria loses one trillion Naira to cargo diversion (Punch)

The Shippers’ Association Lagos State (SALS) on Tuesday said the country lost N1 trillion annually through cargo diversion to ports in neighbouring countries due to bad roads to Lagos ports. Mr. Jonathan Nicol, SALS President told reporters in Lagos that the losses arose from import duties and other charges not paid to Nigerian ports. According to him, there is massive diversion of Nigeria-bound cargo to ports in neighbouring countries due to bad access roads to Lagos ports. The shippers said that demurrage, terminal charges and storage fees incurred by shippers ran into billions of naira daily. Read more

NDLEA arrests mother, 50 with 40kg of cannabis (Punch)

The Edo Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has apprehended a 50-year-old mother of seven, who allegedly hid 40kg of cannabis in a consignment of vegetables. The state Commander of the agency, Mr. Buba Wakawa, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Tuesday. Wakawa said that the suspect, who lives in Ibadan, was arrested on the Uzebba-Ifon Road on her way to Oyo State with the substance. Read more

Nigeria captain, Ezenwa wary of rivals at CHAN 2018 (Punch)

Nigeria captain, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has warned against complacency as they seek to shed an underachievers tag at African Nations Championship tournaments. Considered one of the favourites for the 2018 title in the competition for home-based stars, Nigeria was placed in Group C with Libya, Rwanda, and Equatorial Guinea. Nigeria failed to qualify for the first two out of four previous tournaments, then finished third in 2014 before making a shock exit after the first round last year. Read more

FIFA bans three ex-football officials for life (Punch)

FIFA’s ethics watchdogs have banned three former football officials from Guam, Nicaragua, and Venezuela for life as part of efforts to address widespread corruption in the sport, the world football governing body said on Tuesday. The latest officials to be hit by FIFA bans are Richard Lai, the former Guam Football Association president and a former member of the FIFA audit and compliance committee. Others are Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Association president and a former FIFA development officer; and Rafael Esquivel, former Venezuelan Football Association president. Read more

Technology has changed our world, but hasn’t done enough for people with disabilities (CNN)

When I was growing up in an orphanage in St. Petersburg with spina bifida, my only way to be mobile was to walk on my hands. I had no other option. As a child, I would try to keep up with the other kids solely using my hands for movement. For me, being mobile was key to my happiness: without it, I simply couldn’t join in. That quest for mobility has been with me my entire adult life. After I’d been adopted and moved to the US, my high school said I wasn’t allowed to do track sports simply because I was in a wheelchair. I didn’t take no for an answer, and neither did my adopted mom, Deborah, who took my case to the courts. That case eventually led to the Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities Act in Maryland. Read more

Mourinho in two minds: who should be the next big Man Utd signing? (Calciomercato)

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho are stuck in a dilemma as to whether they must sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid or Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. The transfer window is in full swing and Manchester United are one of those clubs who are receiving the most attention. The Daily Mail suggests that the Red Devils are looking to sign one superstar player next summer and are spoilt between Bale and Griezmann. Read more

Motherwell FC ladies appoint Eddie Wolecki Black (Shekicks)

Motherwell say that previously the MFC Community Trust has had sole responsibility for the running of all the programmes and teams from U-10s to first team but with the new system, the senior ladies will fall under the direct remit of the club, whereas the development pathway will continue with the trust. The senior side enjoyed back-to-back promotions in 2015 and 2016, recently finishing third after their SWPL 2 debut season. Wolecki Black, a UEFA pro licence coach, earlier had a hugely successful four-year spell at Glasgow City, which included reaching the Champions League quarter-finals. Read more

Mauro Icardi to replace Karim Benzema next summer – report (Express)

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi has been earmarked to replace Karim Benzema at Real Madrid next summer. Benzema is a favourite of Madrid president Florentino Perez and agreed to extend his contract until 2021 in September. But his form this season has collapsed with just two goals in 13 appearances in all competitions. With Benzema also being aged 29-years-old, his performances have led to questions over whether a new and younger forward is needed at the Bernabeu. The likes of Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski have been linked with Madrid. Read more

Tammy boost for swans (Swanseacity)

The on-loan Chelsea striker was stretchered off in the closing stages of last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Burnley. But the Swans have been boosted by news that Abraham is unlikely to face an injury lay-off. The 20-year-old missed training on Tuesday because of some stiffness in his back. However, Paul Clement is confident Abraham will be in contention when the Swans look to end their four-game Premier League winless run against Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. “Tammy didn’t train today but we are expecting him to rejoin training this week,” said the Swans manager. “His back went into spasm at Burnley, but I don’t think there is an injury there.“He is a bit stiff at the moment, but we think he will be okay for Bournemouth.” Read more

Restoring the dignity of the teacher in Morocco requires a multifaceted approach (Memo)

The general public in Morocco are familiar with the decline of educational standards, yet blaming teachers alone for the failure is common. Education personnel generally know that violence, drug-taking and cheating in examinations epitomise the deeper tension of reciprocal mistrust between schools and society. Such tension affects social cohesion directly. However, the situation faced by educators in their classrooms is often eclipsed. Despite inadequate infrastructure, society’s gaze targets them for pupils’ shortcomings in knowledge, skills and values. This negative aspect is aggravated by families surrendering in the face of juvenile delinquency. Thus, the general public were surprised when a video went viral on social media showing a student assaulting his teacher. Read more

Why is the Treasury so gloomy? The public finances are in rude health (Capx)

I know these are unfashionable things to say, but the British economy is in much ruder health than many commentators admit, and we all owe a debt of thanks to George Osborne. The excellent public sector finance figures published today are a dramatic demonstration of these truths. What a pleasant surprise for the chancellor Philip Hammond on the eve of the Budget. The great financial crisis; the deficit, the great lode star of economic policy for nearly a decade; living beyond our means. Remember them? Well, they are sorted. Ancient history. Read more

Iraq relocates hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected militants to Baghdad (Reuters)

Iraqi authorities have moved hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants from a detention centre in northern Iraq to Baghdad, citing security concerns and the difficulties of keeping them in a remote location. Local officials, security and aid agency sources said more than 800 women and children — mostly from Turkey, Europe and former Soviet states — had been moved to a secure detention facility in Baghdad. Read more

Leaders of Cyprus, Egypt, Greece pledge closer cooperation (Washingtonpost)

The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece say they’ll work more closely with the European Union to tackle illegal migration and will take joint action to combat the threat of terrorism. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also agreed Tuesday during talks in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, to broaden “strategic cooperation” on energy. That includes ways of transporting newly found eastern Mediterranean gas to Europe and linking the electricity grids of Europe and North Africa via an undersea cable. Read more

Truck bomb in northern Iraq kills at least 20 (Reuters)

At least 20 people were killed and 40 wounded when a suicide bomber set off a truck bomb near a crowded marketplace in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu, police and medical sources told Reuters on Tuesday. An interior ministry spokesman confirmed that a “violent explosion” took place near a vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk, but did not immediately provide casualty figures. Most of the casualties were civilians, the police and medical sources said. The death toll was expected to rise because many of the wounded were in critical condition. Read more

Aid spent on private schools doesn’t reach world’s poorest children, MPs say (Guardian)

There is a lack of evidence to support spending aid money on private education providers, said MPs on the international development committee (IDC). In its report, the committee cited concerns that private schools are not accessible to the poorest and most marginalised children. More research is needed to determine the role of private schools in widening access to education, it said. The committee also warned education had been sidelined in the UK’s overall aid spending. Read more

China, others complete border disarmament inspections (Nation)

China has completed the last round of inspection on the obligation of border disarmament agreements with four countries, the official newspaper of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has said. The PLA daily said the countries that signed the agreements with China are; Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. The newspaper reported on Tuesday that China and a team, representing the other four countries, inspected each other’s border defence forces in mid-August. According to the PLA, the five countries signed agreement on Confidence-Building in the Military field along border areas in 1996. Read more


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