* EFCC recovered N896bn in 2017 (Leadership) * Constitution, Electoral Act amendments ready soon– Ekweremadu (Punch)

* EFCC recovered N896bn in 2017 (Leadership)        * Constitution, Electoral Act amendments ready soon– Ekweremadu (Punch)



EFCC recovered N896bn in 2017 (Leadership)

Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu‎  yesterday said  that the commission recovered N896 billion in 2017. Magu gave the breakdown of the recovery as; N473,065,195,977.50; $98,258,124.97; GBP 294,851.82; €7,247,363.75; Dirham 443,400 and South African Rand 70,500, respectively between January to December, 2017. Magu disclosed this during when he appeared before the  House of Representatives  Committee on Financial Crimes. He also expressed delight over the financial and operations autonomy of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) with the approval of Budget Office of the Federation and Accountant General of the Federation. Read more

Constitution, Electoral Act amendments ready soon– Ekweremadu (Punch)

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said the ongoing amendments to the Electoral Act and the 1999 Constitution will be concluded “in a matter of weeks.” Ekweremadu said this on Monday when he received a delegation of the British High Commission in Nigeria led by the High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu. Part of the amendments, he told the British envoy, was to remove the restriction of the Independent National Electoral Commission from adopting electronic voting system in the conduct of elections in the country. Read more

Herdsmen attack, sack Gov Ortom’s farmhouse (Vanguard)

Suspected herdsmen, yesterday, attacked Waku village and a part of Gbajimba town, all in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, killing two persons, and destroying Governor Samuel Ortom’s farm house in fresh attacks in the area. The latest attack came less than 24 hours after Yogbo, another community in the same local government area, also came under heavy attack by suspected herdsmen which left six persons dead and several property and farmlands destroyed. However, the attack on Yogbo was repelled by the Police, who chased the invaders out of the community. Read more

PDP declares 2019 presidential ticket open for all (ThisDay)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that none of its established organs will anoint a presidential aspirant ahead of the 2019 general election. This is just as the party has rejected what it described as a belated response to the incidence of herdsmen-farmers’ bloody conflicts in the country, leading to the slaughter of hundreds of people. It described the decision to set up a committee headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as pretentious. The party also condemned the alleged double standards exhibited by the federal government in feigning ignorance over the massive corruption going on in the management of the fuel subsidy scheme, which it had declared non-existent while at the same time billions of naira was being deducted monthly from oil proceeds that should have been paid to the Federation Account. Read more

FG to inaugurate working group for ERGP (Punch)

The Federal Government has concluded plans to inaugurate the Joint Working Group for the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan’s Focus Labs. According to a statement on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the inauguration of the first set of the policy labs would hold today (Tuesday) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Akande explained that the establishment of the focus labs was expected to boost economic growth and ensure that Nigeria continued its journey of building a competitive economy. Read more

Lagos, waste management and the environment (SUN)

The question that comes to mind as Africa’s model mega city contends with waste dumped by its residents indiscriminately on highways and major roads is:  what is responsible for this unwholesome state? Lagos, with its rapid urbanization, infrastructural development and good governance, is a victim of its own success. The population of the state, which is estimated at around 22million-and is still growing, continues to receive boosts from ceaseless migration from the hinterland and the West African suburbs. As the country’s commercial hub, Lagos houses about 2,000 industrial complexes, 15,000 commercial ventures and a bourgeoning middle class with high purchasing power. Read more

Adewole: Nigeria has 77 confirmed, 405 suspected cases of Lassa Fever (ThisDay)

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has reeled out worsening cases of Lassa fever with about 77 confirmed cases and 405 suspected cases across different states of the federation in 2018. Adewole made this startling revelation on Monday  at the  emergency National Council on Health   meeting in Abuja. He said there have been seven cases of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State owing largely to surgical operation,  stating that Edo and Ondo States have worst cases of the disease. “The confirmed cases of Lassa fever occurred in 2017 after a period of 17 years,“ the minister said. To this end, the minister stressed the need for all stakeholders in the health sector to adopt a contextual multisectoral approach in sharing data on disease outbreak in the country. Read more

Court orders firm to forfeit £578,080 to FG (Punch)

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ordered a firm, ZAL Marine Limited, to forfeit the sum of £578,080 found in its Diamond Bank account to the Federal Government. The order was made by Justice Saliu Saidu at the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which told the court that the funds were diverted from the coffers of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. Counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the judge to order the funds forfeited to the Federal Government in line with Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006. Read more

Noise from trains, planes, cars causes heart disease (Nation)

Noise from trains, planes and cars has been linked to the development of heart disease, and researchers said Monday that’s because it may disrupt the body on the cellular level in a way that increases the risk of common heart disease risk factors. In a review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers looked at novel translational noise studies demonstrating the molecular mechanisms that may lead to impaired vascular function, recent epidemiologic evidence of noise-induced cardiovascular disease, and the non-auditory effects of noise and their impact on the cardiovascular system. Read more

IG deploys 15 Police units, Special Forces to Benue (ThisDay)

The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has deployed 15 additional police units, special forces, technical and intelligence teams to contain further attacks in Benue State. This came as the state gvernment yesterday said it was no longer confident in the ability of the police led by Idris to provide protection for the people of the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, while addressing journalists yesterday in Makurdi, said: ”The inspector-general is seriously committed to bringing to an end the killings in the state and the country. Read more

Delta poly student killed, organs missing  (Punch)

A female student of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, identified simply as Happiness, has been found dead with her private parts and other organs removed by men suspected to be Yahoo boys (Internet fraudsters). The student, who was said to be a new student, had been declared missing on January 25, 2017, after leaving her hostel to celebrate her birthday with some male friends at a popular bar in Ozoro, the administrative headquarters of the Isoko North Local Government Area. Read more

Son, 7, testifies against father accused of defiling three-year-old daughter (Punch)

A seven-year-old boy has testified against his father, Olusegun Adefemi, who was arrested for allegedly defiling his own three-year-old daughter. While the suspect, a bricklayer, denied the allegation, his son gave a graphic illustration of how the father slept with his sister “five times.” Punch Metro learnt that the suspect and his wife separated about a year ago while their three children lived with him in Ijede, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.  Read more

2 Killed in fresh attack on Benue Community (Leadership)

Benue State Police command has disclosed that fresh attack in Waku village of Guma local government area has claimed two lives. The commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who made this known while briefing Journalists on the latest security situation in the state said, the police have increased visibility policing in order to strengthen its intelligence gathering in the state. According to him, 15 additional mobile police units have been deployed from other states to add up to the existing forces on ground, adding that enough security personnel have also been deployed to secure the 7 IDPs camp set up by the state government. Read more

Okpotu, Okoro lament Morocco defeat (Punch)

Super Eagles stars  Anthony Okpotu and Osas Okoro have lamented their 4-0 defeat to Morocco in the final of the  2018 African Nations Championship  at  Stade Mohamed V in  Casablanca on Sunday. Goals from Walid El Karti, Ayoub El Kaabi and a double from Zakaria Hadraf ended 10-man Nigeria’s hopes of a maiden title. The hosts opened the scoring  just before the break, but midfielder Moses Eneji was sent off for a second bookable offence early in the second half and the Atlas Lions made it count scoring three more goals. Read more

No crisis in NBBF, minister tells FIBA (Punch)

Sports minister Solomon Dalung has told the International Basketball Federation officials on a fact-finding visit to the country  that there is no crisis in the Nigeria Basketball Federation. The country’s basketball has plunged into crisis, with Musa Ahmadu-Kida and Tijjani Umar laying claim  to the leadership of the  NBBF. While Ahmadu-Kida won the sports ministry and Nigeria Olympic Committee-backed June 13 NBBF presidential poll in Abuja, Tijjani won the June 12 purported election in Kano. Read more

Outstanding Five: Former CHAN player and others who lit the weekend (Guardian)

Perhaps he saw the signs. But frankly, it was more the burning desire to leave the NPFL that set Eduwo towards hitting a brace on his full debut for his new club CS Sfaxien rather than be on the end of a hiding by the Moroccans at CHAN. Eduwo was integral in the qualification of the Super Eagles to the CHAN tournament but held out for a move to the Tunisian League rather than participate in the tournament for exclusively home-based nationals. His football fix for the weekend on the same day as the Super Eagles was against Ben Guerdane in the Tunisian cup. Read more

South African club fire Obinna Nsofor (Punch)

Out-of-favour Nigeria forward Obinna Nsofor  has been released from his contract at Cape Town City after just five months in the Absa Premiership, supersport.com reports. Nsofor  had failed to impress in his time with the team, making nine starts and four substitute appearances, but scoring just a single goal in the derby against Ajax Cape Town. He played as a substitute for City in their MTN8 final appearance against SuperSport United in Durban. Read more

Oduduru ready to challenge world beaters, says athletics statistician (Guardian)

An athletics statistician, Olalekan Soetan, on Monday predicted that Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru would become unbeatable at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Soetan, an Ogun-based coach, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the performances of the Delta-born athlete in 2017 showed that he would effectively challenge world beaters. “Oduduru might need to cope with NCAA races this season and might not feature at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but he is coming up. Read more

Sanchez perfect for Man United and he’ll lift Lukaku – Rooney (Sportskeeda)

Wayne Rooney believes Alexis Sanchez can help inspire the Red Devils, who have not won the Premier League since 2012-13. Alexis Sanchez is the perfect player for Manchester United according to former captain Wayne Rooney, who believes the Chile star will bring out the best in team-mate Romelu Lukaku. Sanchez swapped Arsenal for rivals United during the January transfer window and scored on his Premier League debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Read more

Lewandowski to compete against himself for Bundesliga top goal-scorer (Bavarianfootballworks)

Is the contest for top goal-scorer in the Bundesliga about to become as boring as the title race? Should the league impose a rule that cuts Robert Lewandowski’s goal count in half . . . just to give others a chance? Will Bayern Munich’s goal getter start getting sloppy now that no one is pushing him? While Lewandowski was denied the Torjägerkanone by just one goal last season—and subsequently complained that his team hadn’t helped him enough to get it—this year the whole Bundesliga seem determined to hand Lewandowski the award. Read more

Teenager Kun thriving in attacking role (Fifa)

When Venezuela lined up against China PR in the final of the 2014 Girls’ Youth Olympic Football Tournament at Nanjing, few questioned the South American’s chances of a maiden gold medal. The visitors were, indeed, hotly tipped given their team featured six 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup players, spearheaded by talismanic forward Deyna Castellanos. The game ended, however, in favour of the hosts who unexpectedly ran up a stunning 5-0 winning scoreline. Notable among Lu Yiliang’s rampaging side was winger Jin Kun who dazzled through her creative displays and goalscoring talents. The dynamic midfielder provided an assist in the group opener before scoring twice as China made history by winning their first football gold at a global event. Read more

Russia questions U.S. compliance with a key nuclear arms control treaty (Time)

Russia challenged U.S. compliance with a key nuclear arms control treaty Monday and warned that the Trump administration’s new nuclear strategy lowers the threshold for using atomic weapons. The dire assessment came as Moscow said it has met its own requirements under the New START agreement that was signed in 2010 and entered into force a year later. It restricts both the U.S. and Russia to 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads on a maximum of 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles and strategic bombers. The deadline to verify both countries’ compliance was Monday. Read more

Coalition’s changes to Murray-Darling basin plan expected to fail (Guardian)

The Turnbull government’s plan to reduce the amount of environmental water recovered each year in the northern basin of the Murray-Darling river by 70 gigalitres will likely be blocked by the Senate after Labor announced this morning it would vote with the Greens to disallow changes to the plan. The Labor caucus met this morning and expressed support for the views of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, which warned that the cut to the environmental water recovery target was not supported by the science on the river’s health. Read more

China says carries out another anti-missile test (Reuters)

China has successfully carried out another test of an anti-missile intercept system, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, describing it as defensive and not aimed at any country. China has been ramping up research into all sorts of missiles, from those which can destroy satellites in space to advanced nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, as part of an ambitious modernisation scheme overseen by President Xi Jinping. The Defence Ministry said in a brief statement the “ground-based midcourse anti-missile intercept technology” had been tested on Monday within China’s borders. Read more

Bitcoin madness drives Egyptians to sell their real estate and cars (Memo)

The central bank of Egypt issued several warnings against dealing with virtual currencies, especially Bitcoin. However, thousands of Egyptians took risk through intermediaries inside and outside Egypt. Many people offered their property in exchange for these currencies. On the webpage of “Arab Bitcoin Community”, Khaled Shedid offered his apartment in the Fifth Settlement in the 90th Street with 230-meter area and asked for 100 thousand dollars of Bitcoin. Mustafa Essam’s 110-meter and two-store apartment in Agami, Alexandria, however, was set for 10 thousand dollars of Bitcoin. Mohammed Salah offered his 2004 Seat Toledo car for sale for 7000 dollars of Bitcoin or any other currency.” Read more

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