* Ekiti made right choice in Fayemi, says Rep (Nation) * Banire reacts to rejection by Lagos senators (PremiumTimes)

* Ekiti made right choice in Fayemi, says Rep (Nation)          *  Banire reacts to rejection by Lagos senators (PremiumTimes)



Ekiti made right choice in Fayemi, says Rep (Nation)

A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Stephen Olemija, has said the people of Ekiti State made the right choice in electing Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the governor-elect. Olemija, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for the Ekiti governorship election, said the Fountain of Knowledge will witness unprecedented development under Fayemi’s watch. The lawmaker representing Akoko Northeast/Akoko Northwest Federal Constituency of Ondo State in a congratulatory message to Fayemi made available to The Nation on Wednesday said Ekiti will the governor-elect’s track record and experience in governance. Read more

 Banire reacts to rejection by Lagos senators (PremiumTimes)

A former national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Muiz Banire, has responded to opposition to his nomination as the chairman, Governing Board, of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria, (AMCON). President Muhammadu Buhari last week nominated Mr Banire, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, as head of the government’s assets recovery agency. The nomination was sent to the National Assembly for approval on July 18. But the three All Progressives Congress senators representing Lagos State, Mr Banire’s home state, vehemently opposed the nomination. Read more

Siege to Saraki, Ekweremadu’s houses: Timi Frank seeks UN’s intervention (Vanguard)

In an open letter to the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres, the former Deputy Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has urged the world body and other world leaders to stop the ongoing security crackdown on opposition figures and wanton abuse of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians irrespective of their political persuasions. The letter titled ‘Buhari and the threat to Nigeria’s Democracy’ which was made available to the newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday sought to draw the attention of world leaders to what it described as the “tyrannical and undemocratic conducts of agents of the present administration in Nigeria, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, which if not urgently checked, can lead to the abortion of the 2019 general elections and irretrievably scuttle the nation’s hard earned democracy.” Read more

 Buhari swears in Smith as PSC Chair (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in the State House, Abuja swore in a former Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith, as the new Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC). Smith who took over the leadership of PSC from Mike Okiro, also a former inspector-general of police, was sworn in in the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa before the take-off of the weekly Federal Executive Council) FEC) meeting. Buhari also swore in Clara Ogunbiyi as commissioner representing the North-east in PSC from the judicial community and retired Assistant Inspector General Lawal Bawa as commissioner representing Northwest from the police community. Read more

 Bianca Ojukwu’s Senatorial ambition unsettles APGA (ThisDay)

The recent declaration by Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, wife of late  Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, to contest for the Anambra South Senatorial district seat is currently unsettling stakeholders of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, Thisday has gathered. Mrs Ojukwu had a week ago declared her intention to run for the senatorial position, even though there have been rumours that she had previously secured the backing of some leaders of the party to clinch the APGA ticket. She would be competing with the trio of Mr Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu and Hon. Ikenna Mbazulike Amaechi, all grassroots politicians. Read more

Reconciliation: APC to harmonize Delta State exco (Nation)

As part of efforts to reconcile the warring parties in the Delta state chapter of the Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is to harmonize the State Executive Committee in Delta state to accommodate the interest of all the contending forces in the state. National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who spoke at a reconciliatory meeting between the warring parties on Tuesday night said however that Prophet Jones Ode Erue, remains the state chairman, while other positions in the state executive will be harmonized. The meeting was attended by the Minister of State Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachukwu, Chief Great Ogboru, Senator Ovie Omo Agege, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, Cairo Ojougbou, Victor Ochei, Olorogun Cyril Abeye Ogodo, Dr Miriam Nneamaka Ogoh Ali, Comrade Frank Kokori among others. Read more

Court fixes August 8 to hear suit challenging Executive Order 6 (ThisDay)

The Federal High Court Abuja has fixed August 8 to hear a suit challenging the Presidential Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 on the preservation of assets connected with corruption and other relates offences. The vacation Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, fixed the date following an application by two lawyers, Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere and Kenneth Udeze, the plaintiffs, that the matter be heard during the court’s vacation. The plaintiffs are seeking the court’s interpretation and determination of the Executive Order No. 6, whether the order has a right to take away people’s property as per the names listed in the schedule. The defendants in the suit are the President and the Attorney-General of the Federation. Read more

N7.6bn fraud: I’ve no case to answer, says Orji Kalu (Punch)

A former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, who was charged with an alleged fraud of N7.65bn, told the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday that he had no case to answer. His lawyer, Prof Awa Kalu (SAN), urged Justice Mohammed Idris to dismiss the entire 39 counts filed against his client by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The lawyer contended that despite tendering several exhibits and calling a total of 19 witnesses, the anti-graft agency failed to establish a prima facie case against the former governor. Read more

FG arraigns Melaye over allegations of attempted Suicide (ThisDay)

The federal government on Wednesday arraigned Senator Dino Melaye before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on a six-count charge bordering on attempted suicide, attempt to escape from custody and damage of police property. The counsel to the federal government, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), had told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on April 24. The offences, according to the federal government, contravenes provisions of Sections 148, 153, 173, 231, 326 and 327 of the Penal Code. Izinyon alleged that Melaye, while being conveyed in a police vehicle to Lokoja, forced his way out and escaped. Read more

Make other seaports functional, Ambode urges FG (Vanguard)

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to ensure that seaports in other parts of the country become functional to decongest Apapa port and ease gridlock. Ambode also said that whatever had led to continual use of trucks to lift fuel should be addressed immediately. He made the plea at the 2018 Third Quarter Town Hall held at the Community Primary School, Iberekodo in Ibeju-lekki Local Council Development area of the state. Ambode called for the reduction of the numbers of tank farms to prevent the perennial occurrence of traffic congestion in Apapa and its environs. Read more




ICRC debunks negotiating for release of Chibok, Dapchi Schoolgirls (ThisDay)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday clarified its role in the release of the abducted Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls, stating that at no time was it involved in the negotiations for the release of the girls from Boko Haram. A statement by Aleksandra Mosimann, the Communication Coordinator of ICRC Nigeria, lamented that “recent media articles have suggested that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) helps negotiate the release of abducted persons, which is incorrect”. Mosimann said: “As a neutral humanitarian organisation, the ICRC cannot play such a role, which would be contrary to our principle of neutrality and is outside our mandate.” Read more

We are ready to host Africa, says Okowa (ThisDay)

With barely a week to the commencent of the 21st Africa Senior Athletics Competition on August 1st, 2018, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has assured of the state is ready to host Africa at Asaba. Okowa gave the assurance yesterday evening when he paid an unscheduled inspection visit to assess the final phase of construction work at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, shortly after resumption from a two-week vacation. At the stadium, he said that the state was ready to host the athletes and visitors for the Asaba 2018 competition, stating that all the major works at the stadium have been completed. Read more

Dear President Buhari, our Sports Minister Okay? (ThisDay)

On Monday morning, Nigerians were relieved to see President Muhammadu Buhari intervene on the crisis affecting the smooth running of the Nigeria Football Federation. He ordered the restoration of the Executive Committee led by Amaju Pinnick back to office after the Chris Giwa group took over the secretariat for several weeks following an ex-parte order from the Federal High Court. The President had, through a memo personally signed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Friday, July 20, briefed the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, of the government’s wish to run Nigeria football in line with FIFA Statutes and cautioned him against effecting one sided judgment on the dispute as well as making further public comments on the matter until the conclusion of the cases in court. Read more

Rafa Benitez makes frank admission about Newcastle United squad (101Greatgoals)

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has claimed he doesn’t think his current squad is good enough going into the new Premier League season, and that money needs to be spent and new faces need to come in. Benitez of course wants to keep his side in the Premier League – but also to kick on for next season, and make sure his side compete with the sides further up the table. He also touched on his relationship with owner Mike Ashley and noted the pair don’t actually have to speak. The Newcastle Chronicle report he said: “Is the current squad good enough for what we need? I don’t think so. “It needs additions, that is clear. It is clear what we have to do. Read more

Bacca wants LaLiga stay despite AC Milan contract (Sportskeeda)

Carlos Bacca hopes to stay in LaLiga for the 2018-19 campaign despite having two years left on his contract with AC Milan. The Colombia international spent last season on loan at Villarreal after falling out of favour at San Siro, Bacca scoring 15 goals as the Yellow Submarine finished fifth. It was a third prolific season in Spain for the 31-year-old, who spent two years with Sevilla before joining Milan in 2015. And Bacca is keen to return rather than joining back up with his parent club in Italy. “I feel good and I’d like to stay in Spain,” Bacca told Fox Sports Radio Colombia.”We’re waiting, I have a contract with Milan and I respect it. I need to wait until I can go back and talk to them about the situation and what they want from me. Then I’ll say what I want and we’ll make the decision. Read more

Schwartzman marches past Masur into Hamburg quarters, Verdasco bows out (Reuters)

Second seed Diego Schwartzman outplayed Germany qualifier Daniel Masur 6-2 6-2 to move into the quarter-finals of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Wednesday. Masur, who collected his first tour level win of the season by defeating compatriot Maximilian Marterer in the previous round, looked far from comfortable as he won just 51 percent of points on his serve. Schwartzman treated the crowd to a display of power hitting as the Argentine capitalized on two breaks of serve in each set to wrap up the victory. Read more

Stamps mark Pope’s upcoming visit to Ireland (Belfasttelegraph)

Two new stamps have been created to mark the historic visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next month. Strong demand is expected from stamp collectors and others for the 500,000 1 euro stamps carrying the image of Pope Francis with a dove taking flight in St Peter’s Square. Around 100,000 of the 1.50 euro international stamps feature a family and their dog walking along a beach. The stamps have been designed by Dublin-based Vermillion Design. The stamps will go on sale from Thursday while specially designed First Day Covers, stamp miniature sheets and souvenir sheets are also being sold. Read more

U.S. Treasury sanctions people linked to Syria chemical weapons (Reuters)

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Wednesday against five groups and eight individuals linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program, the department said in a statement. The targeted groups and people were key to a network that procured electronics for the Syrian agency that develops the weapons, it said. “Syria’s horrific use of chemical weapons, including attacks against innocent women and children, remains deeply embedded in our minds,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism. Read more

New York judge frees immigrant detained after delivering pizza (BBC)

A judge has released an undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant who was detained by immigration officials after delivering pizza to a military base. US District Judge Paul Crotty ordered Pablo Villavicencio, 35, to be freed on Tuesday from immigration custody, where he has remained for 53 days. Mr Villavicencio was arrested on 1 June at Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton military base after a routine background check. The father-of-two is married to a US citizen and is awaiting a visa. Judge Crotty ruled that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must release Mr Villavicencio as his “removal is no longer reasonably foreseeable” and temporarily postponed his deportation. Read more

US, France introduce new Syria chemical weapons sanctions (CNN)

The United States and France have taken joint action to sanction individuals and entities connected with Syria’s chemical weapons program, the Treasury Department announced in a statement Wednesday. “Syria’s horrific use of chemical weapons, including attacks against innocent women and children, remains deeply embedded in our minds,” Sigal Mandelker, the Undersecretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in the statement. “Today, we are continuing our campaign to stop the Assad regime’s ruthless attacks by targeting the procurement networks that have supported its chemical weapons program.” Read more



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