* Ebola: Nigeria, other African countries at modest risk of spread – WHO (PremiumTimes) * Osinbajo attends inauguration of Sierra Leone’s President (Punch)

* Ebola: Nigeria, other African countries at modest risk of spread – WHO (PremiumTimes)               *  Osinbajo attends inauguration of Sierra Leone’s President (Punch)



Ebola: Nigeria, other African countries at modest risk of spread – WHO (PremiumTimes)

In the wake of the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Congo, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified Nigeria and other countries in the African region to be at moderate risk of spread. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which disclosed this in a statement Saturday, however warned Nigerians to be cautious and take precautionary measures to prevent an outbreak of the virus in the country. According to a report by the WHO, 16 people have died in an area of Northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an Ebola Outbreak. It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the central African nation, whose eastern Ebola river gave the deadly virus its name when it was discovered there in the 1970s. The disease killed eight people in the country last year. Read more

Osinbajo attends inauguration of Sierra Leone’s President (Punch)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday left Abuja to attend the inauguration of President Julius Bio in Freetown, Sierra Leone. According to a statement by Mr. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Osinbanjo is expected to leave Abuja later in the evening. Bio won the country’s presidential run-off on March 31. NAN reports that the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Gambia have been confirmed to attend the ceremony. Also on the lineup is a list of Nollywood stars from Nigeria, among them Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Mercy Johnson, Osita Iheme of Aki and Paw Paw fame, as well as John Okafor, better known as Mr. IBU. Read more

IG was invited to brief Senate on Melaye, Police insists Nation)

The Nigeria Police Force has insisted that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris was invited to brief them on Senator Dino Melaye and not because of the security concerns in the country. The Police backed up its claim in a statement in Abuja on Saturday by its Spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood attached two copies of the letter sent to the IG by the Senate. The letters dated 25th April and 8th May signed by the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh was addressed to the IG. The letters were titled; “Invitation to brief the Senate on the poor treatment of Senator Dino Melaye over case that is in a competent law court, and other killings across Nigeria.” The Police also said the heading of the letters suggests that the brief on the killing across the country was an afterthought adding that it was against standards to discuss security matters on national television. Read more

Presidency hails Musician for using Buhari’s name to sing (Vanguard)

Presidency on Saturday commended a musician, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal 1 (KWAM 1) who sang ‘When Buhari returns for 2nd term, corrupt people will flee into jugle’, noting that people should always listen to the song. In statement released by Mr Femi Adesina, Senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, presidency said that King Wasiu issued a yellow card to corrupt people in the country. His words: Well, the words above are not mine. They are from a special video recently released by fuji music maestro, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, popularly known as K1 De Ultimate. Read more

Abia APC holds peaceful parallel local government congress (Guardian)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia held a peaceful local government congress across the 17 council areas of the state on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents, who monitored the exercise in different parts of the state, reports that the process was orderly, peaceful and transparent. NAN reports that Option A4 was adopted in most council areas visited including Umuahia North, Isialangwa north and South, Aba South, Aba North, Obingwa and Umunneochi local government areas. Read more

2019: Only someone from the moon or ground can defeat Buhari, says Gov Masari (Vanguard)

Mallam Aminu Bello Masari the governor of Katsina State has said that President Muhammadu Buhari can only be defeated in the coming 2019 Presidential election if those or the person he will be contesting against is from the moon or the ground. Masari made this known in an interview with the Leadership newspaper when asked what were his take on the opposition party’s moves in seeking  a single candidate that will challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 he said :’ Well, unless someone is going to come out from the ground, of all the people we are seeing lining up in the PDP, they are characters known to Mr President and all of us. We know their weight, capability and the resourcesfulness of all of them. Unless from the moon or from the ground, there is no one to match the integrity of Mr President. Read more

Massive turnout in Kano APC LG Congress, as Kwankwasiyya Group Boycotts Polls (ThisDay)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) local government congress in Kano State on Saturday witnessed massive turnout of voters to elect party leaders in the 44 local government areas of the state. During a visit to some of the local government areas within the municipality, including Gwale, Municipal, Nassarawa, Kumbotso, Dala, Tarauni and Ungogo secretariats of the party, delegates have already converged in preparation to cast their votes for their choice candidates. Also, it was observed that electoral materials were distributed as early as 8am across the wards, while voting commenced, as early as 9.30am in the areas visited. Read more

Segun Adewale wins ADP governorship ticket (Vanguard)

The leading contender in the July 14th governorship election in Ekiti State, Otunba Segun Adewale widely known as OSAPraPra has clinched the governorship ticket of the Action Democratic Party (ADP). Adewale who emerged as the flagbearer of the party in the primary conducted in line with the electoral act, laid down guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and that of the ADP which had adopted the option A4 was confident that this victory is a victory for the people of Ekiti because the process to make the state great has started. Read more

LG poll: Ajimobi laments killing of teenage girl (Nation)

Gov.  Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Saturday  condemned the resurgence of the cult war in Idi-Oro and Ayeye areas of Ibadan North West Local Government Area which  claimed the life of a teenage girl  on Saturday. A statement by the Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy to the Governor, Mr  Bolaji Tunji, said  the governor was pained by the disturbing news, especially coming on the heels of the conduct of the state’s first local government election in 11 years. The governor, the statement said,  condoled with the family of the victim and vowed to ensure that the perpetrators are  brought to justice. Read more

Uneasy calm in Benue APC over Congress (ThisDay)

Despite the peaceful conduct of the ward and local government congresses of the All Progressive Congress in Benue State, there is uneasy calm in the party over the outcome of the congresses. According to a source within the party, Governor Samuel Ortom and other leader’s of the party, including the Minister of Agriculture Mr Audu Ogbe and Senator Barnabas Gemade, lost out in their bids to control some of the delegates in the state. This followed the decision of the leader of the party in the state and former governor, Senator George Akume, that all executive members from the ward, local government and state be retained for the sake of continuity. Read more

APC holds parallel LG congress in Enugu (SUN)

The crisis bedevilling the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, deepened Saturday, as two factions of the party held parallel Local Government congress. In Udi Local Government Area, where the party boasts of chieftains like former governor Sullivan Chime and National Vice Chairman, South East, Chief Emma Eneukwu, Sunday Sun gathered that a faction loyal to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Judiciary Reforms, Juliet Ibekaku were holding its congress at Community School, Udi-Abia, Udi, in Enugu state. Read more

Kaduna LG polls: I don’t care if APC loses or wins – El-Rufai (Nation)

…election cancelled in 2 LGs over violence

As Kaduna State made history on Saturday as the first to introduce electronic voting in Nigeria, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has said that he does not care whether his party wins in the local government elections or not. The Governor  hinged the temporary itches experienced during the Saturday local government polls on last minutes denial of card readers by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). El-Rufai who spoke  while addressing newsmen after casting his vote at Ungwan Sarki also announced cancellation of elections in Jabba and Kaura local government areas due to violence that broke out in some of the polling units in the areas. Read more

I’m interested in the output, not election committee membership, says Oni (Punch)

Former governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, on Saturday said he is more concerned about the output of the election committee of the All Progressives Congress governorship primary than its membership. The former Deputy National Chairman of the APC said anyone could conduct the primary in as much as the integrity of the election was not compromised. He added that there were protests over the aborted primary because there was suspicion about the integrity of the primary. Oni spoke with our correspondent after voting at the ongoing primary in Ado Ekiti where he commended the exercise so far. Read more

Catholic Bishops invite Pope to visit Nigeria over Herdsmen Killings (ThisDay)

Following persistent killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Nigerian Catholic bishops have invited Pope Francis to visit Nigeria, saying that such visit will strengthen troubled Nigerians and encourage them to cope with different challenges. The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, who was part of arecent “Ad limina” visit by the Nigerian bishops to Pope Francis at the Vatican, announced the invitation in a recent interview with the Vatican News (the mouthpiece of the Holy See), an extract of which was obtained by Thisday yesterday. Read more

Health workers will end strike when FG is ready to implement agreement with us –Yakasai, PSN President (Punch)

The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professional Associations, an association of health workers in the country, has been on strike since April 17. When is it likely to end?

First of all, at the root of the current avoidable strike action and those in the past is the desire for benefit packages and privileges for all health workers. The clamour for these benefits appear to have been grossly ignored by the government at all levels over the years. It is important to take a walk down memory lane that contrary to the superiority mentality created in some quarters, pharmacists and doctors entered the public service on the same grade level up until 1991. Read more

Obiligbo Brothers shake up Onitsha at Legend’s Real Deal Experience (Vanguard)

Consumers and other attendees of Legend’s Real Deal Experience have lauded Nigerian Breweries for an excellent event. The show which held at Shoprite, Park Road, G.R.A in Onitsha treated the residents of Onitsha and its environs to a one of a kind experience. Emeka Nwora, a businessman noted that he loves to unwind weekends, after the week’s hustle in the main market, saying he usually loves to hang out in a good resort and watch local bands render good highlife music. “I have been really thrilled this evening. It has been an evening of fun and merriment. It is like going on a date on someone else’s pocket. Read more

List of killings by Senate mischievous, heinous – Police (Punch)

The police have condemned the alleged release of list of killings by the Senate, saying it could worsen the security situation in the country. The force said that the killings in parts of the country were being addressed, adding that suspects arrested in connection with the crime were being prosecuted. “The release of the purported list of killings in Nigeria in 2018 by the Office of the Senate President is shocking, unfortunate and capable of worsening the security situation in the country. “It is mischievous and heinous to play politics with people’s lives; even if it is a soul. The release is speculative and not supported by any fact. Office of the Senate President does not receive or process security report from state commands,” the force said in a statement in Abuja on Saturday by its spokesman, Jimoh Moshood. Read more

4 feared dead, 6 injured in Ogun as Customs, smugglers clash (Punch)

No fewer than four persons were feared dead, while six others sustained gunshot wounds on Saturday in Ogun State as operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and smugglers engaged in a shootout at Ilara, in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area. Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened at the border town with the Republic of Benin at about 8.30am. Sources said trouble began when suspected smugglers while moving bags of rice in a convoy to Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, were accosted by a joint anti-smuggling patrol team made up of the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and soldiers. Read more

U20-AFCON: Flying Eagles surrender 2-0 lead to Guinea Bissau (Vanguard)

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles missed the chance to beat hosts Guinea Bissau in the first leg U-20 Africa Cup of Nations at the September 24 Stadium in Bissau. Two goals from Wasiu Alalade gave the Flying Eagles a good hope in the first half, however, the Guineans returned in the second half to ask all the questions. They pulled back into the game and reduced the deficit in the 54th minute. Guinea Bissau leveled up matters three minutes after the hour. Read more

Enyimba off on consolidation mission (Nation)

Nigeria’s only flag bearers in the CAF Confederation cup Enyimba jetted out of the country Saturday to keep a date with Carra Brazaville. The peoples Elephants carrying the hope of the entire nation after Plateau United, Akwa United and MFM all kissed the exit door, started the group stage on a victorious note with a 2-0 defeat of Djoliba AC Bamako of Mali at the U J Esuene stadium on May 6th.  The two time Champions league winners are hoping to consolidate either by picking the entire points away or holding their hosts to a draw.  The Aba landlords are currently leading their group with three points and superior goal difference to second placed Williamsville of cote d Ivoire who equally have three points after beating Carra Brazaville by a lone goal in Abidjan. Djoliba and Carra both playing at home this Wednesday are seeking their first point after losing the opener. Read more

Moses’ Chelsea target Champions League spot (Punch)

Nigeria forward Victor Moses and his Chelsea teammates will on Sunday hope to upset fourth-placed Liverpool for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League as they tackle Newcastle in one of the last matches of the English Premier League season. Fifth-placed Chelsea are two points behind Liverpool, who are on 72 points. The Reds host Brighton in their final match of the season. To qualify for the Champions League, the Blues need to win at Newcastle while hoping that Liverpool lose at Anfield. A draw for Liverpool will dent Chelsea’s qualification to the elite European club competition as they have a +42 goals difference to Chelsea’s +27. Read more

How does Rui Faria’s departure affect Jose Mourinho, Man United? (Kwese.Espn)

Rui Faria will leave his position as Manchester United assistant manager at the end of the season, ending a 17-year association with Jose Mourinho. The pair have worked together since 2001, with the last two years at Old Trafford. After spells at Uniao Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and United, 42-year-old Faria, who earned a reputation as Mourinho’s spiky sidekick, is set to take a break from football before “pursuing any new challenge.” Sources have told ESPN FC that Faria had been considering his future for some time but his decision was still a surprise when it was confirmed by the club on Saturday. It leaves Mourinho without the man who has been at his side for eight league title wins in four different countries, as well as Champions League triumphs with Porto and Inter. Read more

Manchester United boss is looking to provide the ultimate send-off with 26th trophy (Dailymail)

As Rui Faria approaches the end of a 17-year spell with Jose Mourinho, Manchester United can provide him with the ultimate send-off as they look to take the pair’s major trophy haul to 26. Faria announced on Saturday that he will leave his position as Mourinho’s assistant manager at United after the FA Cup final next weekend. Faria, 42, has been a loyal member of Mourinho’s coaching staff for 17 years and has followed him to six different European clubs during that time. Since the two combined when Mourinho took charge of Portuguese side Leiria back in 2001, they have accrued a total of 25 major trophies. Their first came in the form of the Portuguesa Liga title in 2002-03, but little did they no – nor expect – that they would go on to achieve something truly magnificent. Read more

Steve Bruce not dreaming of Aston Villa Wembley date yet (Skysports)

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has warned his players not to start dreaming of Wembley despite taking a priceless lead into their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final with Middlesbrough. Mile Jedinak’s 15th-minute header at the Riverside handed the Midlanders a 1-0 lead to take into the return leg at Villa Park on Tuesday, but Bruce is taking nothing for granted. He said: “We are pleased. Listen, all the cliches are going to come out, aren’t they? Of course. We know the Championship is riddled with strange things. Read more

Picasso’s $115-million ‘Young Girl’ to be loaned to Paris museum (Vanguard)

Picasso’s “Young Girl with Basket of Flowers,” recently sold at a New York auction for $115 million, will be loaned to Paris’s Musee d’Orsay for a Picasso exhibit opening in September. “We’re very happy,” a museum spokesperson said Saturday in confirming the loan, first reported in The New York Times. The painting was purchased at auction Tuesday by the Nahmads, a family of art dealers and collectors that includes Helly Nahmad, owner of a New York gallery, according to two sources quoted by the Times. Nahmad did not respond to an AFP request, through his gallery, for comment. Read more

Several injured in Paris knife attack; police kill suspect, reports say (UsaToday)

Police in Paris shot and killed a man armed with a knife who stabbed multiple people on Saturday in the city’s opera district, according to French media reports. Four people were injured, including two seriously, according to BFM TV. Police said on Twitter they are investigating the situation. Footage from the scene shows people running from the incident and one person in the middle of a city street, apparently wounded.  Charles Pellegrin, a French journalist, was leaving a comedy show in the area when he said he told to go back inside because of a “madman with a knife.” Read more

Israel bombs Gaza Tunnel, closes key crossing after attack (Time)

The Israeli military said Saturday it was shutting down its main cargo crossing into Gaza after Palestinian protesters caused extensive damage to it, and that it had also destroyed an attack tunnel militants dug near its main pedestrian crossing. The twin developments come ahead of a potentially charged week along the Israel-Gaza border as weekly protests being staged there are expected to culminate with a potential breach of the border and a surge in casualties. Once again, thousands of Palestinians protested Friday in various locations along the frontier. Later, a group of Palestinians burned a fuel complex and conveyor belt on their side of the Kerem Shalom crossing, causing more than $9 million in damages and disrupting the import of diesel fuel and building materials, the military said. It said the attack rendered the main fuel and gas lines unusable and caused further damage to electrical infrastructure and other vital equipment. Read more

Hawaii volcano spatters lava from new fissure near geothermal energy plant (Guardian)

A new lava fissure has opened up on Hawaii’s Big Island, in the vicinity of a geothermal energy plant. The US Geological Survey said minor lava spatter erupted from the new fissure on Saturday morning, bringing the total of fissures to 16. Geologists have warned that the Kilauea volcano could shoot large boulders and ash out of its summit crater. The volcano began spurting lava into a residential neighborhood last week. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that the new fissure opened a mile north-east of the last fissure and east of the Puna Geothermal Venture plant. No significant lava flow was reported immediately. Plant workers this week removed 50,000 gallons of pentane gas stored at the site. Read more

“Black Panther” star gives Howard University graduation speech 


Last month it was announced that Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman would return to his alma mater Howard University this coming weekend to give the commencement speech for this year’s graduating class. Now, as Boseman prepares for the upcoming engagement, the actor says his “nervous energy” pales in comparison to his excitement. “I think any time I get on stage I feel like that that nervous energy — butterflies,” Boseman confessed on Wednesday’s Live with Kelly and Ryan.  “But it’s an honor. You know, like to go back to just sort of you know encourage students that are doing great things — and they’re at Howard so I assume they’re doing great things.” Boseman continued, “And [to] just give people the hope and the experience, the nostalgia of being back there. So I’m a little nervous, but I’m more excited than anything.” Read more

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