August 17, 2018

* Evans asks court to set him free, says charges defective (Nation) * Kanu not in Ghana—IPOB (Vanguard)

* Evans asks court to set him free, says charges defective (Nation)         * Kanu not in Ghana—IPOB (Vanguard)



Evans asks court to set him free, says charges defective (Nation)

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans, on Wednesday asked a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere to quash the two separate charges filed against him by the Lagos State Government. The Lagos State Government had brought a fresh five-count charge bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and attempted murder against Evans and three others. Evans is charged alongside Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba. In the second charge, Evans is being tried alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba. Read more

Kanu not in Ghana—IPOB (Vanguard)

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,Wednesday described as a charade, ruse and tales by the moonlight, and sponsoring of falsehood by the security forces, that its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his wife were recently spotted in Ghana. IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity, Comrade Emma Powerful said the Federal Government is sponsoring falsehood about the whereabouts of its leader they kidnapped and possibly killed during the invasion of his father’s house in Afara Ukwu Umuahia by soldiers of the Nigerian Army. Read more

NEC didn’t endorse Buhari for second term, says APC (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress said on Wednesday that what the party’s National Executive Committee did at its last meeting, was to pass a vote of confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee. This, the APC said, was not the same as endorsing the President for a second term. The party explained that the issue of endorsing the President for a second term did not form part of discussions during the NEC meeting. Read more

NASS to transmit Disability Bill within 30 days for Buhari’s assent — Saraki (PremiumTimes)

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday in Abuja said that the National Assembly would transmit the Disability Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari within 30 days for assent. Mr. Saraki made the assertion when the “Kapakpando Foundation”, a non-governmental organisation, led by its Chairman of Board of Trustees, Osita Izunaso, visited him at the National Assembly Complex. Mr. Saraki said that the bill was supposed to have been transmitted long ago having been passed by the two arms of the National Assembly. Read more

Reps invite Adeosun, Udoma over NHIS N10bn (Nation)

The House of Representatives Committee on Health Services has incited the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and her counterpart in the Ministry of Budget and National planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, over the contentious National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) N10 billion allegedly moved by its Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf. Also invited are the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Accountant – General of the Federation and the Director- General of Budget Office. They are expected to give insight into the movement of the funds. Read more

Nigerians are getting poorer, says IMF (Punch)

Nigeria’s people are getting poorer despite the country’s slow recovery from recession and economic reforms are urgently needed, the International Monetary Fund has said. The Fund expects the government to “muddle through” in the medium term, and any progress could also be threatened if elections next year consume political energy and resources, it said in a report seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Read more

I won’t go to school again, says escaped Dapchi girl (Vanguard)

The attack on Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram  penultimate Monday, has begun taking its toll on education in the area, as some of the students who managed to escape abduction by the insurgents have said they would not return to school. The five girls spoke with online portal, TheCable, as they arrived school to clear their personal effects. In fact, one of the lucky students, Mariam Mohammed Miko, 15, said though she hoped to be a health technologist to be able to help her community, she was no longer returning to school. Read more

Makarfi: PDP not bothered by order of Elections (ThisDay)

What is the state of affairs in your party?

Well, not many people gave us a chance before the national convention. Many thought the party was going to scatter from the Eagle Square but that did not happen. But that does not mean there was no fallout of the convention. After any convention, there must be issues arising from the conduct. So, it is not different that PDP has some minor issues after the convention but it is gladdening that the party remains solid and united. Read more

Our investment in Lekki Free Zone ‘ll earn Nigeria N8trn annually ―Dangote (Tribune)

President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote disclosed on Wednesday that his group’s investment in the Lekki Free Zone, Lagos will earn Nigeria N8 trillion annually. Dangote made the disclosure at the maiden edition of the Lagos-Kano Economic and Investment Summit held at the Jubilee Chalets in Epe, Lagos, saying that his company’s investment in the zone which include its refinery and others would single-handedly earn Nigeria such huge income. Read more

Nokia, Facebook collaborate on fixed wireless access (ThisDay)

Nokia and Facebook are working to accelerate the adoption of 60 GHz fixed wireless access technologies to deliver gigabit services and connect more people, faster. The 60 GHz band allows high-speed broadband connectivity in urban or suburban areas, complementing existing fiber. Nokia will combine its worldwide delivery capabilities and wireless passive optical network (WPON) with Facebook’s Terragraph technology to launch global gigabit broadband trials in 2018 with select customers.  Read more

COSON leadership tussle: Victor Uwaifo writes NCC boss (Vanguard)

Veteran highlife musician, Sir Victor Uwaifo has  expressed deep concern following the interference of Nigerian  Copyright  Commission,NCC, in the internal affairs of  the Copyright Society of Nigeria,COSON. In a letter he addressed to the Director-General of NCC, Mr.  Afam Ezekude with the  title “ Undue interference in the Internal Affairs of Copyright Society of Nigeria,COSON, by your Commission” and dated February 26, 2018, the veteran musician frowned at the recent move by the regulatory body to void the return of Tony Okoroji as chairman of COSON. Read more

Warn your wards to stay off crime – CP Lagos (Vanguard)

In view of the recent development in the state whereby some youths in Aguda Surulere, Itire and Akala-Mushin areas of Lagos State engaged in acts of brigandage, sell and use of illicit drugs, cultism, unlawfully possessing and using firearms to fight rival cult groups, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi on Wednesday, 28th February, 2018, met with stakeholders, traditional rulers and opinion leaders of Itire community, in Itire/Ikate LCDA At the meeting, attended by the  Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs,  Muslim Olohunde Salami, SSA to the Governor of Lagos State on Security, Yinka Akinriade, the Chairman Itire IKate LCDA, Read more

Kidnappers of Nigerian journalist’s wife, son demand N12 million ransom (PremiumTimes)

The abductors of the wife and son of a Nigerian journalist have asked for a N12 million ransom for their release. Nasiru Yakubu, a journalist with Voice of America, Hausa Service, posted on his Facebook wall Wednesday morning that kidnappers stormed his house at Birnin Yero, a small community in Kaduna State, at about 1:30 a.m. and took away his wife and son. A source close to the family told Premium Times Wednesday evening that they were still negotiating to rescue the captives. Read more

72 die in worst outbreak of Lassa Fever (Vanguard)

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, says 72 people have died of Lassa Fever since January 1. This is contained in the centre’s situation report on the virus. According to the report, dated February 25, 1,081 suspected cases were reported in 18 states. The states are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, FCT, Gombe and Ekiti. Of the suspected cases, 317 are said to be confirmed, while 72 deaths were also confirmed, eight of which are probable. Edo remains the worst, as 43 percent of all confirmed cases are from the state. Read more

Imo bank robbery: Police nab pastor for keeping rifles in church (Punch)

Policemen attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command have arrested the founder of Jesus the Rock of Salvation Healing Ministry, Uratta, in the Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, Pastor Chiedozie Anochima, in connection with the February 22, 2017, robbery in a bank. The attack on the Wetheral Road branch of Zenith Bank in Owerri, the state capital, left two policemen dead, with another injured, while one of the armed robbers was gunned down during the operation. Read more

Eagles tipped as 1 of the 7 Teams to cause upset in Russia (ThisDay)

While attention has been focused on traditional heavyweights among whom will be the likely winner of the next installment of the World Cup this summer in Russia, world famous football blog,, has tipped Nigeria’s Super Eagles as one of the seven countries that will prove bookmakers wrong when the tournament gets underway in June. Super Eagles will play traditional foe and potential winner, Argentina, Croatia and dark horse, Iceland in Group D which by all standards is a tough pairing for the three-time African champions to survive. Read more

Kwara United supporters call for sack of Obuh-led technical crew (Vanguard)

A cross-section of football stakeholders in Kwara on Wednesday in Ilorin urged the management of Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin to sack the club’s technical crew. The stakeholders made the call at a meeting organised by the club. A member of the Kwara United Supporters Club, Oba Karara, asked the management to sack the technical crew led by John Obuh with immediate effect. “The current technical crew can’t help us again. Let us part ways with the members of the technical crew and look for better hands. “It will now be left to us to find a way of addressing the challenges if we have a change in the technical crew,’’ Karara said. Read more

Patrick Vieira’s New York City FC acquire USL Defender of the Year (Allnigeriasoccer)

Major League Soccer club New York City FC have announced the signing of Warri-born defender Sebastien Ibeagha following a successful trial, where he impressed the coaching staff led by former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira. Last season, Ibeagha appeared for NYCFC’s USL affiliate San Antonio FC and is the cuurent USL Defender of the Year. Ibeagha told ”I’m really excited – it’s been cool to come in from an affiliate team in San Antonio in USL and to join NYCFC for preseason and to see that come to fruition. ”The first thing I learned coming in for preseason was that this is a team of great guys. Read more

Former Man Utd star Robin van Persie scores 300th career goal (Goal)

Having hit the net in a 3-0 defeat of Willem II in the KNVB Beker on Wednesday, the Feyenoord striker hit a milestone Robin van Persie reached 300 career goals after scoring for Feyenoord to help his side reach the final of the KNVB Beker. The former Arsenal and Manchester United forward returned to Feyenoord in the January transfer window, 14 years after he left to join the Gunners. And the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner scored his 300th career goal in Feyenoord’s 3-0 defeat of Willem II in the KNVB Beker on Wednesday. Read more

Arsenal could sack Wenger and replace him with former Liverpool FC boss (Thesportreview)

The Daily Mirror is claiming that Rodgers is one of a number of possible candidates to take over from Wenger this summer should the north London side decide to part company with their long-serving manager. Wenger has found himself under increasing pressure in recent weeks following the Gunners’ failure to find consistent form this season. Arsenal were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday and they currently find themselves in sixth place in the Premier League table and way off the pace in the race for a top-four finish. Read more

Robert Lewandowski smashed by Mats Hummels in press (Foxsports)

Mats Hummels accused his Bayern Munich team-mate Robert Lewandowski of an ‘attitude’ problem in a training ground bust-up on Wednesday, according to reports. Bayern are 19 points clear in the Bundesliga table, but tensions often run high in the star-studded squad for starting places. Temperatures in Munich were well below freezing at Bayern’s Saebener Strasse training ground during the angry exchange. According to German daily Bild, who have a reporter at Bayern training sessions, Hummels and Lewandowski traded insults in a practise game. Read more

Crisis in Syria: “We are under siege,” says doctor in Ghouta (Cbsnews)

Bit by bit, the Assad regime is wiping out resistance in the western half of Syria. One of the last opposition holdouts near Damascus is Ghouta. While the area is just a few miles from the capital, conditions could not be more different. There’s a steady stream of patients at a state-run hospital in Damascus. We saw the victim of a mortar attack brought in for treatment. Dr. Ali Ghazi works in the emergency room, often treating civilians who have been caught in sniper attacks or explosions. Read more

Trump top communications aide, trusted adviser Hicks resigns -White House (Reuters)

Hope Hicks, one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s longest-serving, most trusted aides, is resigning from her job as White House communications director. The White House announced she was leaving a day after Hicks, 29, spent nine hours in a closed hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Hicks’ decision to leave was not related to her appearance before the panel. Lawmakers said Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman during the election campaign, declined to answer questions about the administration but she did answer every question asked about her time with the campaign, and the transition months between the November election and the January 2017 inauguration.  Read more

Senators will try to pull U.S. from Yemen war (Reuters)

U.S. lawmakers unveiled plans on Wednesday to use a decades-old law to force a Senate vote on whether to pull the country out of a foreign conflict, in this case the civil war in Yemen. Republican Senator Mike Lee, independent Bernie Sanders and Democrat Chris Murphy said they would make the first attempt to take advantage of a provision in the 1973 War Powers Act that allows any senator to introduce a resolution on whether to withdraw U.S. armed forces from a conflict not authorized by Congress. Read more

Trump pushes Congress for broad bill on guns after school shooting (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday went his furthest yet towards endorsing restrictions on gun sales, challenging lawmakers to go big on legislation to help prevent more school shootings. During a freewheeling hour-long discussion, Trump spoke approvingly of several ideas opposed by the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby, which endorsed his 2016 candidacy, including raising the legal age to buy rifles to 21 from 18, and proposals to expand background checks for gun buyers. Read more

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