* Explosion rocks Ohanaeze Ndigbo leader’s home (Punch) * Ghosts behind Dino Melaye’s recall – Kogi APC (Punch)

* Explosion rocks Ohanaeze Ndigbo leader’s home (Punch)      * Ghosts behind Dino Melaye’s recall – Kogi APC (Punch)



Explosion rocks Ohanaeze Ndigbo leader’s home (Punch)

The country home of President General of Ohanaeze Nd’Igbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, was on Sunday bombed by unidentified persons. It was gathered that the explosion which razed parts of the building at Ukehe town, in Nsukka‎, was triggered by an improvised explosive device, IED. Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the development, told our correspondent that the police has already commenced ‎investigations to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident. Read more

Ghosts behind Dino Melaye’s recall – Kogi APC (Punch)

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, says  “some ghosts “ initiated the recall process against Sen. Dino Melaye. Ametuo,  who stated this in a statement issued in Lokoja on Sunday on the botched recall process,  expressed delight that the efforts had come to a premature end through the collective will of the people of Kogi West Senatorial District. “Melaye, the only senator our party has in Kogi State,  won with 94.66 per cent  leaving the remaining 5.34 per cent to the petitioners. “ The messages are very clear;  that Sen. Melaye is the most popular senator ever produced by Kogi West,” the statement said. Read more

Osinbajo visits Ondo Thursday (SUN)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will, on Thursday, visit Ondo State where he is expected to  inaugurate the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Clinic, in Akure, the state capital. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Clinic is an initiative of the office of the Vice President in partnership with Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment as well as eleven other federal agencies. Special Adviser to Ondo State Governor on Public and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mrs. Olubunmi Ademosu while addressing a press conference in Akure yesterday said arrangements have been concluded by the state government to receive the Vice president in a grand style. Read more

Oba of Benin preaches peaceful coexistence among Nigerians (Nation)

The Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, has called for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians. The media aide to  Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, Sola Fasure, in  a  statement on Sunday in Osogbo  said the monarch made the call during a courtesy visit to the governor in Osogbo. Ewuare said it was necessary to promote peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and as well rescue the country from the shackles of insecurity that has  become the lot of the citizenry. The monarch also  urged Aregbesola to work with his colleagues in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to stop the incessant killings by suspected  herdsmen in the country. Read more

Ambode has done well — APC (Guardian)

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday said Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode had performed remarkably well to deserve another term in office. The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Abiodun Salami, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said the governor had made great strides in infrastructure development, health, education, sports, entertainment and other critical sectors. Salami said the gale of endorsements for the governor to seek another term was proof of his impact in governance. He dismissed the claim by some opposition parties that they were working together in a coalition to stop Ambode in 2019. Read more

Olanipekun urges caution over calls for Buhari’s Impeachment (ThisDay)

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, saturday counselled the National Assembly against impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari for authorising the withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account without approval of the legislature. Olanipekun said the move would be inappropriate at this time, given “the current critical period of deep security crisis” that the nation had found itself in. Olanipekun gave the advice in an email response to THISDAY enquiries yesterday, just as the Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a civil rights organisation, and two other senior advocates, Festus Keyamo and Mike Ozekhome, offered divergent views on the import of the legislature’s angst over the extra-budgetary expenditure by the executive. Read more

Thugs disrupt Kaduna APC gathering, injure 5 (Punch)

Suspected thugs on Sunday disrupted a gathering of some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress loyal to Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, representing the Kaduna North Senatorial District at the Senate. The thugs, numbering over 10, stormed the NUT End Well Hotel in Kaduna at about 3:15pm, attacking anybody in sight, including those that lodged in the hotel. Although no life was lost, five persons sustained injury and were rushed to the Barau Dikko Specialists Hospital in the state capital. The thugs, wielding dangerous weapons, torched the main hall where they vandalised some property of the hotel, while party members and supporters jumped through the windows and other emergency exit points. Read more

Lagos Water Corporation unveils mobile platform for billing, collection (Guardian)

The Managing Director of Lagos Water Corporation (LWC), Mr Muminu Badmus, on Sunday said the Corporation had launched its billing and collection platform tagged ‘LWC mobile.’ Badmus told newsmen in Lagos that the billing system is in conformity with the present administration ‘s cashless policy. “The platform is to improve efficiency in the processes of billing, collection and customers management. “The App is designed to enable customers send requests or complaints, check payments, accounts statement and other records in terms of consumption and meter reading among others. Read more

Monarch’s tussle: Family petitions Akeredolu (Punch)

The Are Kugbaigbe Ruling House of Oke Igbo in the Ile-Oluji/Oke Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State has urged the state government to intervene in an alleged attempt to impose a candidate that will occupy the vacant stool of Olu Oke of Oke Igbo, on the ruling house. The ruling house alleged that the local government was attempting to impose Chief Lawrence Babajide as the traditional ruler of the town. The petition, which was signed by their lawyer, Mr. Sola Ebiseni, was made available to our correspondent in Akure on Friday. Read more

APC’s unending intrigues (ThisDay)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) seems to be racing against time to hold its first national convention since it assumed power. With less than two months to the expiration of the John Odigie-Oyegun leadership, the build-up to the convention has been rather turbulent with various interest groups seeking to hijack the process to enable them control the structure of the party. First, there was a move to secure tenure extension for the serving party officers, which stoked tension and was later shot down by President Muhammadu Buhari. It would take several meetings of the National Executive Committee (NEC) before it could be resolved that an elective national convention had to be convened. Read more

Jubilation in Kogi over failure to recall Dino Melaye (SUN)

There was wild jubilation in Okun-Yoruba area and parts Lokoja and Kotonkarfi, all in Kogi STate, early on Sunday when the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the results of Saturday’s recall verification exercise of Sen. Dino Melaye. Some youths were seen in Kabba, Aiyetoro Gbede, Melaye’s home town jubilatting as some drinking spots were converted into drinking pubs to celebrate the embattled senator who many seen as being witch hunted by the state government. Meanwhile, according to the Resident Electoral Commissioner  (REC) in the state , Prof.  James Apam, the result detailed as released gave a total number of registered voters in Kogi West  as 351, 140, total numbers of petitioners signatures is 189, 870,while total numbers of signatures present for accreditation was 20, 868. Read more

UTME: Dictation mode causing blind candidates’ performance to drop (Nation)

The dictation mode of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination ( UTME ) is causing the performance of blind candidates to drop, a school administrator, Mrs Chioma Ohakwe, has said. Ohakwe, Proprietress, Bethesda Home for the Blind, Mushin, Lagos, said on Sunday that the use of Braillenote Apex machines for administration of UTME to the blind was preferred. Ohakwe spoke to our correspondent in Lagos. “We have carefully looked at all the variables surrounding the administration of this examination through the dictation mode, and we discovered that they (blind candidates)  prefer the Braillenote Apex machine. Read more

DHQ: Military to Prevent Boko Haram involvement in Herdsmen Killings (ThisDay)

Following the arrest of a Boko Haram Commander by troops in the recent herdsmen killings in Benue State, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said the military is working hard to ensure that Boko Haram insurgents do not pose as herdsmen and engage in killings around the country. Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim told THISDAY that though the DHQ would not reveal its strategies, but efforts are in top gear to prevent Boko Haram terrorists from proliferating around the country and camouflaging as herdsmen and perpetuating heinous crimes. Read more

Military parades armed herdsmen (Punch)

The Commandant of 72 Battalion in Makurdi, Benue State, Lt.-Col. Suleiman Mohammed, on Saturday, paraded three herdsmen captured by troops in the state. The herdsmen were said to have been captured by soldiers on patrol last Thursday while planning another deadly attack on the Guma Local Government Area of the state. Mohammed said the herdsmen had engaged the troops in a fierce battle before three of them were captured. One of them was said to have been wounded. The herdsmen were identified as Abubakar Umaru, Yusuf Yaro and Adam Likita. Read more

Army arrest four Boko Haram suspects, collaborator in Yobe (Nation)

The Army has said it has arrested three Boko Haram suspects in Yobe State. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier Gen. Texas Chukwu in a statement said one of the collaborators of the suspects was also arrested along side with them. Brigadier.Gen. Chukwu said that the operation was carried out by troops of 233 Battalion deployed to Operation Lafiya Dole, adding the the suspects were arrested on Friday 27 April 2018 at Mingel and Damagum all in Fune Local Government of Yobe State. He however noted that all the suspects hail from Borno State. The statement reads; “Troops of 233 Battalion deployed in operation LAFIYA DOLE on 27 April 2018 while on raid operation to Mingel and Damagun in Fune  Local Government Area of Yobe  state nabbed four  Boko Haram terrorists with their collaborator. Read more

Wilfred Ndidi: Better, Stronger at Leicester (ThisDay)

A fter doing the unthinkable by emerging English Premier League champions, it has been a different story for Leicester City seasons after as the team is finding it difficult to keep most of their star players, chief among which was their midfield battler- N’Golo Kante. That was why Leicester made a move for Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi as a replacement for Kante. “I never had any doubt about his talent. He distinguishes himself anytime and he is focused. I always knew he would go places and I am not surprised at the height he is taking his football to,” the founder of Nath Boys, Yemi Idowu told ThisDay. The then 19-year-old was viewed as one of the brightest prospects in Belgian football and Genk knew it would be difficult to fence off ‘intruders’. Read more

Ighalo double hands SIPG first Chinese Super League loss (Reuters)

Changchun Yatai’s former Watford striker Odion Ighalo scored both goals as they beat Chinese Super League leaders Shanghai SIPG 2-1 on Sunday, handing Vitor Pereira’s side their first defeat of the season. SIPG won their opening six games of the new campaign but have now picked up one point from their last two games after being held to a draw by Tianjin Teda last weekend. “Our opponents taught us a lesson today,” said former Porto coach Pereira. “Football is actually very simple. When you attack, everyone attacks together and you must maintain the formation. Read more

CAF bans Nigerian referee over attempted match manipulation (Nation)

The Referees Committee of the Confederation of African Football ( CAF ) has confirmed the recommendation of  its Disciplinary Board to ban Nigeria referee,  Joseph Ogabor,  from any official mission for one year over  attempted match manipulation. A statement on CAF website on Sunday said this was with respect to the Total CAF Confederation Cup 1/16th round first leg between Plateau United (Nigeria) and USM Alger (Algeria) played on April 7, 2018,  in Lagos. The decision follows investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the match  who were contacted by Ogabor to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team. Read more

Wenger given Old Trafford send-off by Ferguson (Guardian)

Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was warmly greeted by the Manchester United fans and presented with a gift by former United boss Alex Ferguson on his final visit to Old Trafford as Gunners’ boss on Sunday. Wenger and Ferguson were fierce rivals for many years as Arsenal and United battled for Premier League supremacy in Wenger’s first decade of a 22-year reign in charge. However, the tension between the two has since eased, and Ferguson greeted Wenger on the touchline before kick-off before presenting him with a glass momento alongside current United manager Jose Mourinho. Read more

Nadal, Tsitsipas to play Barcelona final (ThisDay)

Rafael Nadal will face Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas in today’s Barcelona Open final after claiming his 400th career clay court victory. The Spaniard defeated world number 10 David Goffin of Belgium 6-4 6-0. But Tsitsipas, the world number 63, continued the most successful week of his career, beating Spanish fifth seed Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5 6-3. He becomes the first Greek player to reach an ATP Tour final since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in Des Moines in 1973. Nadal, who was coming into the game on the back of 17 consecutive clay court victories and 42 consecutive sets, lost his first service game to the Belgian, but quickly broke back to recover his composure and he went on to ease to victory. Read more

Armenia’s ruling party says will not stop ‘people’s candidate’ becoming PM (Reuters)

Armenia’s ruling party said on Sunday it would not stop protest leader Nikol Pashinyan becoming interim prime minister if all opposition factions in parliament support his candidacy. More than two weeks of anti-government protests forced the resignation of Republican Party veteran Serzh Sarksyan as prime minister and the party has said it will not put forward one of its own members to replace him, in a bid to calm tensions. Pashinyan, a former journalist turned lawmaker, has said parliament must elect him prime minister on May 1. Read more

Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks wave world record (BBC)

Surf officials have confirmed that a Brazilian surfer broke the world record for the world’s biggest wave last year. Rodrigo Koxa surfed an 80ft (24.4-metre) wave at Nazaré in Portugal on 8 November 2017. Koxa was awarded the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave ever surfed at the World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards on Saturday night. Winning the award for breaking the record was “the best day of my life,” he said. Read more

Secretary of State Pompeo thinks Nuclear deal possible after meeting with Kim (Time)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he’d assessed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting over the Easter weekend and concluded that there’s at least a chance for the U.S. to strike a denuclearization deal. “My goal was to try and identify if there was a real opportunity there,” Pompeo said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “I believe there is.” President Donald Trump said on Saturday he expects his historic meeting with Kim will take place “over the next three or four weeks” and that details of the summit are still being ironed out. Read more

Abbas Edalat: Iran confirms arrest of British professor (BBC)

A British-Iranian academic has been arrested in Iran, the country has confirmed. A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary told state media that Abbas Edalat had been arrested on security charges. Mr Edalat, a professor at London’s Imperial College, was reportedly detained on 15 April while attending an academic workshop in Tehran. The Foreign Office said it was “urgently looking into” the reports of his arrest. On Thursday, an Iranian news agency reported that Mr Edalat was part of a “network” of British spies whose members have been identified and arrested. Read more


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