* Ex-DSS DG, Lawal Daura won’t return (SUN) * Beware of Scammers, Fayemi tells Ekiti Job Seekers (ThisDay)

* Ex-DSS DG, Lawal Daura won’t return (SUN)             * Beware of Scammers, Fayemi tells Ekiti Job Seekers (ThisDay)



Ex-DSS DG, Lawal Daura won’t return (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari is reported to have ignored pressure for the reinstatement of sacked Director-General of Department of State Service (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura. The Nation said that President had foreclosed the recall despite pressure from some forces, including members of his kitchen cabinet. It reported that some of the lobbyists went to see the President in London to mount pressure for the reversal of Daura’s sack. Daura was sacked by then acting President Yemi Osinbajo for the blockade of the entrance of the National Assembly, which caused outrage in the country. According to the Nation, “those against the ex-security chief’s return argued that his sack saved the nation’s democracy and boosted the Buhari administration’s democratic credentials. Read more

Beware of Scammers, Fayemi tells Ekiti Job Seekers (ThisDay)

The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has advised youths seeking to secure jobs in the state civil service to see the current vacancies declared by the state government as an attempt to scam them financially. Fayemi advised the youths scrambling for positions into the civil service against wasting their money to buy employment forms as being advertised by Governor Ayodele Fayose in the media. Fayose last week commenced the recruitment of 2,000 job seekers into the state civil service, which the governor-elect deemed as an attempt to create financial crisis for him government, owing to inability of government to pay over seven month salary arrears of workers. Read more

Akpabio, Police differ over gun attack at senator’s home (Nation)

The Police and All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in Akwa Ibom State Senator Godswill Akpabio yesterday disagreed over an alleged gunmen attack on the ex-governor’s residence. On Tuesday night, the Senator said his hometown residence in Ukana, Essien Udim local government area, was attacked by 10 gunmen during a political meeting with his supporters. But the Police said hoodlums attacked a filling station near the senator’s house and not his residence. Senator Akpabio’s “uncommon defection” to the APC has heightened political tempo in the state. Read more

Your sacrifices won’t be in vain, Burutai tells wounded soldiers (SUN)

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, on Monday, assured soldiers wounded while fighting Boko Haram insurgents that their sacrifices would not be in vain. Burutai gave the assurance during a visit to the soldiers on admission at the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital (DMSH) in Maiduguri. The visit was in celebration of Eid-el-Kabir.The COAS, represented by the Commander, Nigerian Army Medical Corps, Maj.- Gen. Ikechukwu Okeke, described the soldiers as heroes of peace. He said that the army would provide all medical support for their quick recovery. Read more

Oduah Sponsors 100 Youths in Film Academy (ThisDay)

The Senator representing Anambra North zone, Stella Oduah, has sponsored the training of 100 persons from her constituency to study various roles in movie making. The youths, who were officially registered as the second batch of the newly established ABS Film Academy in Awka, Anabra State capital, would study various courses related to movie making, including scriptwriting, acting, make up, photography among others. Oduah, who was represented at the official registration of the students by the Chairman of Max Life Foundation, Reverend Father Donald Uzor, said she sought to empower her constituents to ensure they acquire skills that would enhance a better future for them. Read more

Defectors do not fit into APC vision, says house member (ThisDay)

The lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo federal constituency in the House of Representative, Peter Akpatason, has said those defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) do not fit into the vision of the party. Akpatason said the defectors would lose next year’s general election because they left good people in the APC to join bad people. The lawmaker, who spoke to journalists in Benin-city wednesday, also noted that the defectors won elections in 2015 because of the good people they met in the APC, arguing that “the PDP was not a beautiful bride for defectors but a dumping ground for those termed waste product.” Read more

IPOB: Igbo groups flay incarceration of women protesters (SUN)

Leading Igbo socio-cultural organisations, the Nzuko Umuna and Igbo Bu Igbo (IBI) have flayed the continued detention and humiliation of of Igbo women under the dubious guise of crackdown on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). This came on the heels of a mass arrest of women who were demonstrating to demand the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The groups in separate statements, on Wednesday, described the incarceration of the women protesters by agents of the state as part of the official oppression of the Igbo as a people. IBI Chancellor, Dr. Law Mefor and Publicity Secretary, Chijioke Ndukwe, in their statement wondered why the police descended so heavily on unarmed and harmless women who were exercising their rights to peaceful assembly, tear gassed and clamped them into detention. Read more

Nigerian Banks Urged to Address SMEs Challenges (ThisDay)

Edo State Deputy Governor, Honourable Philip Shuaibu, has called for systematic overhaul of the banking sector in Nigeria that will redirect their focus on the development of small businesses (SMEs) in the country, inline with present economic realities. Shuaibu made the call in Lagos recently while receiving an outstanding Humanitarian Service Award presented to him by the Rotary Club of Mushin Metropolitan. The deputy governor called for improved palliatives to cushion the sufferings of the SMEs, especially in the area of access to funds from financial institutions. Read more

Oil price rises above $74 as supply tightens (Punch)

The global oil benchmark, Brent crude, hit a two-week high above $74 a barrel on Wednesday as an industry report showing a sharp drop in US crude inventories and US sanctions on Iran pointed to tighter supplies. The American Petroleum Institute reported that US crude stocks fell last week by 5.2 million barrels, more than three times the decline analysts expected, according to Reuters.  “The API inventory data published after the close of trading yesterday are lending buoyancy to prices,” a Commerzbank analyst, Carsten Fritsch, said. “Thus the official inventory data this afternoon are also likely to show a more marked inventory reduction.” Read more

FG Advocates improved financing for Prepaid Metering (ThisDay)

The Vice-President, Professor, Yemi Osinbajo, has called for increased financing in the power sector to improve the number of prepaid meters that the Distribution Companies (Discos) need to deploy in Nigeria’s households as well as the economy. Osinbajo, who disclosed this recently in Lagos during his visit to Mojec International (local manufacturer of prepaid electricity meters) recently, noted that there is need to bridge the financing gap which he said has to change so that the local meter manufacturers, the discos and the end users can benefit maximally. He expressed confidence that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is putting measures in place to bridge the funding gap in the deployment of more prepaid meters to household, “and without a doubt, it is not just a potential anymore, we are faced with the pleasant realities. Read more

Patience Ozokwor, Jide Kosoko, Wale Ojo, others star in “Don’t’ Get Mad Get Even” (Vanguard)

RGD Media Productions has announced its latest cinema project “Don´t get mad, get even”. It is a film that will set milestones in film productions in Nigeria. It cuts across all spheres of our daily lives realities, expectations and emotions. The movie is directed by Wale Ojo, one of Nigeria´s prolific actors, debuting as Director in his first Feature Film. It features iconic and talented actors in Nigeria; big names such as, Femi Jacobs, Deyemi Okanlanwon, Kenneth Okolie, Toyin Abrahams, Patience Ozokwor, Jide Kosoko, Wale Ojo, Nancy Isieme, Ayo Adesanya, Afeez Oyetoro, Jumoke George and a host of others. Read more

Congo approves four more experimental Ebola treatments as cases rise (Nation)

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has approved four more experimental treatments against the deadly Ebola virus, the health ministry said as it raced to contain an outbreak in its violence-torn east. Health authorities on Aug. 11, started administering the U.S.-developed mAb114 treatment to Ebola patients, the first time such a treatment had been used against an active outbreak. The DRC health ministry said in a daily bulletin that the 10 patients who received mAb114 since Aug. 11 have experienced a “positive evolution”, but the outbreak has continued to grow. Read more

Unrest in Ikorodu as armed soldiers, youths face-off (Guardian)

There was an early morning face-off between Nigerian soldiers and suspected cultists at Solomada Estate area of Ikorodu on Thursday. Trouble started when the suspected cultists allegedly attacked and killed a soldier. In retaliation, reports said soldiers besieged the estate in search of the suspected killers of the military man. Read more

Lagos community residents kill, eat python that swallowed goat (Vanguard)

The quiet community of Ijanikin was thrown into a mini-tourist attraction as residents trooped in their numbers to catch a glimpse of a huge python that swallowed a goat. Some people later killed the snake, cut up and shared it among themselves. Vanguard learned that the python crawled out of its hideout in a nearby swampy area into one of the compounds where they rear livestock behind former Ariton Hotel, beside Vespa Market. After completely swallowing the goat, the python could not move out of the compound. It was then discovered and killed. One of the residents, Yeye Modupe, told Vanguard: “The incident happened yesterday morning (Tuesday) at about 10. I was in my house preparing to go out when people started shouting. Read more

3 burnt to death in Kogi accident (Punch)

Three people were burnt to death and five others injured in an accident on the Zariagi-Lokoja highway in Kogi, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Bisi Kazeem, who confirmed the development, said the incident occurred early on Thursday. He explained that nine people and three vehicles–Toyota Carina, Scania Truck and Mack Tanker–were involved in the accident. Kazeem said that one person escaped the accident unhurt, which he blamed on speeding. “The deceased were burnt alongside the vehicles, while the injured were taken to the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja.” He said that an FRSC rescue team, which arrived at the scene after the accident had begun removing the wreckage from the road. Read more

Eagles set for first match after World Cup ouster (Nation)

Super Eagles of Nigeria will be playing its first competitive match 55-day after the 2018 FIFAWorld Cup in Russia which ended on July 15. The officials of the senior national team are putting finishing touches on their plans to open Eagles camp on September 1, in Abuja for an AFCON qualifier against Seychelles. As gathered German Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr has joined the NFF officials in preparation the Eagles camp as Nigeria will fly out from Abuja to Seychelles for the September 9, game in continuation of the qualifying tournament for 2019 AFCON in Cameroon. Read more

Nigeria coach Rohr hopes Victor Moses will reverse retirement (Kwese.Espn)

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is hoping that the chance to win a second Africa Cup of Nations title could convince Victor Moses to reconsider his decision to retire from the international football. Moses, 27, stunned the African nation when he called time on his international career earlier this month, but Rohr is hopeful that the decision can still be reversed. “We spoke already and I hope that his decision is not definitive,” the German told KweséESPN. “I think it depends on his motivation. If he really wants to commit himself again, he is welcome. “Maybe the chance to win the Afcon is motivation. We will see.” Read more

Every match like cup final for Lobi Stars, says Akinbinu (Footballlive)

The Pride of Benue are on the summit of the table after 24 round of matches in the top flight. However, with Lobi Stars visiting fifth placed Niger Tornadoes in Minna on Sunday 2nd September, Akinbinu senses an opportunity for the Makurdi-based outfit to increase the gap on the chasing park. “We’ve got a very important game on our horizon, so we need to win and take advantage of this situation,” he told Footballlive.ng. “All the remaining games are like cup finals. We’ll play a large, decisive part of this campaign in the last stretch. Read more

Everton not ready to sell Henry Onyekuru (Footballlive)

Everton remain keen to hang onto Henry Onyekuru. Fanatik says Everton priced Galatasaray out of a buy-out option for Onyekuru after slapping a £22.5m valuation on the forward. The Lions wanted to include a buy-out option but the Toffees would not budge on the price. The reigning Super Lig champions urged Everton to reconsider but the Premier League outfit are said to have made it clear they have long-term plans for Onyekuru and were not prepared to let him leave on the cheap. Read more

Liberians divided over Weah honouring former coaches (Guardian)

Liberian football star-turned-president George Weah has won world headlines by conferring his country’s top honour on his former boss Arsene Wenger — but back home, not everyone is happy. On Friday, Weah will award Arsene Wenger and Claude Le Roy, the two French coaches who gave his football career an early boost, with Liberia’s highest distinction. But over the past week, debate in Liberian newspapers and radio shows has mounted over whether the award — usually reserved for individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to Liberia — is right. Read more

South Korea’s fertility rate hits record low (UPI)

South Korea’s fertility rate dropped to a record low of 1.05 last year, falling below its previous low of 1.17, which ranked the lowest among developed countries in 2016, according to government data. A total of 357,800 babies were born last year, a 12 percent drop from 2016. The total fertility rate in the second quarter of this year was 0.97, according to Statistics Korea on Wednesday. If the fertility rate remains at 1.05, South Korea is expected to see its first population decline by 2027, according to a statistics official in a Chosun Ilbo report. Birth rates declined for women under 40, especially those in the late 20s and early 30s. Birth rates rose for women older than 40. Read more

Isolated Amazon jungle tribe captured in drone footage (Skynews)

Drone footage of a rarely seen and isolated tribe in Brazil’s Amazon basin has been released by scientists. The aerial images show 16 people walking through their jungle camp, as well as a deforested area where a crop is being grown, in the far west of northern Brazil. One of the tribespeople appears to be carrying a bow. The clip was captured during an expedition to monitor isolated communities last year. Brazil’s agency for indigenous affairs, Funai, says it has released the drone shots now so the study could be protected. Read more


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