September 24, 2018

* Fans attack Argentina coach (Punch) * 2,671 seized rifles link to Nnamdi Kanu (Punch)

*  Fans attack Argentina coach (Punch)    *   2,671 seized rifles link to Nnamdi Kanu (Punch)


Fans attack Argentina coach (Punch)

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli came under fierce attack  after La Albiceleste’s stunning  4-2 defeat by Nigeria in their friendly match in Krasnodar, Russia, on Tuesday. The Super Eagles recovered from  2-0 down to beat the Lionel Messi-less South American powerhouse after they  ran riot  in the second half at the Krasnodar Stadium. And Argentina fans, whose team had beaten Nigeria four times in a competitive affair  and once in a friendly encounter, had expected a whitewash. Read more

2,671 seized rifles link to Nnamdi Kanu (Punch)

The Federal Government said on Tuesday that the 2,671 pump action rifles illegally imported from Turkey but intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service  on four different occasions in 2017 alone could be linked to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. This was part of the submission made by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent-Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, while opposing IPOB’s motion filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the court’s order proscribing it and designating it as a terrorist organisation. Read more

Reps to probe oil firms for violating Local Content Act (Vanguard)

The House  of Representatives yesterday resolved to probe the contracting of vessels by foreign oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria. The investigation is to determine whether the processes of contracting vessels by the oil firms complied with the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010. This was however sequel to a motion sponsored by Hon. Daniel Reyenieju (Delta/PDP) complaining about the exclusion of local shipping owners by the foreign oil and gas companies in the award of maritime contracts. Read more

Why Anambra elders are behind Obiano — Ezeife (Vanguard)

First civilian governor of the state, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife has given reasons why the state’s elders are backing the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano for a second term. Ezeife   Ezeife regretted that the ongoing electioneering campaigns in the state were based on blatant lies and denials, adding that people were even denying the stupendous growth in the agricultural sector, as well as in infrastructural development across the state. The former governor, who is the chairman of the Elders’ Council said: “In the beginning, Governor Willie Obiano, after being sworn in, told the elders of Anambra State in his first meeting with the council, that his first priority would be security. Read more

National chair: Bribe delegates, get disqualified, PDP warns aspirants (Punch)

National chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party have been warned against inducing delegates to the party’s national convention. The convention holds in Abuja on December 9. The party warned that any of the aspirants that bribed or induced delegates would be disqualified from contesting at the convention. It added that any aspirant that violated the rules could still be disqualified on the day of convention. Read more

Jigawa pumps N1.6bn into health sector (Vanguard)

Jigawa State government has injected over N1.6 billion for the upgrade of health facilities across the state as part of efforts towards enhancing effective health care delivery. The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abba Zakari, disclosed this yesterday, saying the money will cover construction, renovation and provisions of working equipment for 12 hospitals across the state. The government, according to him, has released over N900 million to the contracting firm handling construc-tion work of Birninkudu General Hospital. Read more

Buhari in Ebonyi, urges Igbo to reject secession propaganda (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged the people of the South-East geopolitical zone not to buy into what he described as the senseless propaganda of secession. He said Nigeria and Igbo were inseparable. Buhari said this at the Abakaliki Township Stadium during his state visit to Ebonyi State. The President said his presence in the state was a demonstration of his strong belief in the unity of the country. Read more

Sokoto targets 1.4m school enrolment (Vanguard)

Sokoto State government has launched a 1.4 million school enrollment for the next school session. Considered Nigeria’s largest school enrollment, the launch took place at Riji village, the birthplace of late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, which is in Rabah Local Government Area of the state. Speaking at the event, Governor Aminu Tambuwal said his administration will turn around the fortunes of the education sector, adding that the campaign will primarily concentrate on community level activities, including house-to-house campaigns. Read more

Ndume resumes today as legal battle continues (Punch)

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously resolved to allow Senator Ali Ndume (Borno-South) to resume on Wednesday (today) from his six-month suspension by the chamber. The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Tuesday, made the announcement after an executive (closed-door) session held by the lawmakers. Ekweremadu said the lawmakers resolved at the closed-door session that the former Majority Leader be allowed to resume “without prejudice to the case pending in court.” The Senate had on Monday appealed against a Federal High Court judgment on Friday, which nullified the suspension of the Borno-South senator. Read more

LASUTH delivers 74 babies through Assisted Reproductive Technology (Vanguard)

Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, yesterday announced the delivery of 74 babies at its Institute of Fertility Medicine, IFM, through affordable Assisted Reproductive Technology, ART, popularly known as IVF. The milestone, according to the hospital, was achieved under its Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with a private Fertility facility, The Bridge Clinic. Briefing journalists, the Chairman of the Institute, Dr. Adetokunbo Adebanwo, explained that the IFM was designed to make the ART services available at affordable rate, specifically at a quarter of the original cost. Read more

 Peace corps asks IG to unseal headquarters (Punch)

The Peace Corps of Nigeria on Tuesday urged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to respect the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which held that its headquarters be unsealed. The PCN also asked the police to comply with the court ruling, stopping the force from harassing peace corps members. The Lagos and South-West zonal Commandant of the peace corps, Mr. Mutairu Habib, in a statement on Tuesday, said the police had refused to obey the court order. Read more

Court orders interim freezing of N350m linked to Patience Jonathan (Vanguard)

A Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday ordered that N350 million belonging to AM-PM Global Network Ltd, in Stanbic-IBTC bank, be placed on temporary attachment, pending an ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Patience Jonathan Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari, gave the order following an ex-parte application filed by the EFCC and argued by its lawyer, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, against the company. In an affidavit deposed to by one Musbau Yahaya, the commission contended that between June 20, 2012 and November 15, 2013, the respondent fraudulently received a total sum of N1.2 billion, into its Diamond Bank account. Read more

Nasarawa corps members accuse officials of diverting N98m allowances (Punch)

The 2017 Batch B, Stream 1 and 2 of the National Youth Service Corps members have accused Nasarawa State officials of the NYSC of diverting their allowances amounting to N98m. The corps members made the allegation on an online platform, ‘Nairaland’, stating that the NYSC, in connivance with the Nasarawa State Ministry of Education officials embezzled their allowances. A corps member, Felicity (surname withheld), stated that the state government had not paid the youths for the last 10 months. Read more

NIPR preaches service to humanity (Vanguard)

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, has called on Nigerians  to emulate its former President, late Chief Bob Ogbuagu, in service to humanity Chairman, Burial Committee, Prof Chibuzo Ogbuagu, said the deceased contributed in no small measure to the growth and development of Public Relations practice in Nigeria. “We were not surprised of his giant stride. Chief Bob Ogbuagu was a people’s man. He lived and died for the public. Little wonder he co-founded the Federation of African Public Relations, now known as African Public Relations Association, APRA, in Nairobi, Kenya. He later became the first Emeritus President of the association,” he stated. Read more
Hoodlums hack man to death in Edo (Punch)

Suspected hoodlums have hacked a middle-aged man, identified as Osasu Omoruyi,  to death in the Oredo Local Government of Edo State. Southern City News learnt on Tuesday that the deceased, was abducted by the armed men from a popular bar along Sakponba Road in Benin, the state capital. It was also gathered that Omoruyi was taken to Uwa Street, off First East Circular road where he was said to have been gruesomely killed. Read more

NNPC extends education devt to North-East (Vanguard)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, said it has extended its educational development programme to North-East states, as part of its contribution towards improving the standard of education across the country. Ibe kachikwu This was even as Delta State emerged overall winner of the 2017 edition of the NNPC National Quiz Competition. Speaking at the grand finale of the competition, Group Managing Director of the corporation, Mr. Maikanti Baru, said despite the activities of insurgents in the region, the North-East states were included in the programme and they competed fairly. Read more

Zimbabwe latest: Explosions heard in capital as soldiers reportedly take over state broadcaster (Independent)

Several loud explosions echoed across central Harare in the early hours of Wednesday. At least three explosions have been heard in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, with military vehicles also seen on the streets. Soldiers are also said to have taken over the headquarters of Zimbabwe’s ZBC state broadcaster in the early hours local time, two members of staff and a human rights worker said. The news comes after Zimbabwe’s ruling party accused the head of the armed forces of treason, as troops took up positions around the capital in a dramatic escalation of a dispute with 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe over political succession. Read more

Australians vote to legalise same-sex marriage in historic move towards equality (Independent)

The majority of Australians support the country becoming the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage, including supporters here in Melbourne EPA. Australians have come out in favour of same-sex marriages in a historic national poll. The survey, while non-binding, is a significant step towards achieving marriage equality and paves the way for same-sex unions across the country. Some 61.6 per cent of the electorate backed gay marriage, against 38.4 per cent who opposed the move, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. Read more

Tehama County school shooting: At least five people killed (Independent)

Police are searching for a motive after a shooting spree left five dead in a northern California town, terrifying residents as the gunman opened fire on an elementary school. An official with the Tehama County Sheriff’s office said the shooter was among the dead. None of the slain were children “as far as we’re aware of”, assistant sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters. The alleged assailant was killed by “law enforcement bullets”, Mr Johnston said. He added that officers had recovered a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns believed to have been used by the shooter. After police responded to a call at around 8am local time, Mr Johnston said, the suspect engaged in a 45-minute spree that saw him conduct “several random drive-by shootings of residences”. Read more

Brexit: Theresa May under growing pressure to scrap exact departure date (Independent)

A growing number of Conservative MPs are putting pressure on Theresa May to scrap her plan to enshrine an exact Brexit date in British law, despite it only being announced less than a week ago. At a “stormy” meeting, around 20 MPs confronted whips over the proposal which they fear will “tie the hands” of the UK, forcing the country out of Europe even if all necessary preparations have not been made. The Government has been told to rewrite the proposal or face a humiliating defeat if it comes to a vote, most likely in early December. Read more

Colombia court approves peace tribunals ahead of congressional vote (Reuters)

Colombia’s constitutional court said in a ruling late on Tuesday that special justice tribunals outlined in a peace deal between the government and the Marxist FARC rebels are constitutional, ahead of a congressional vote on the subject. The court upheld most of the provisions agreed in the 2016 peace accord for the special courts, which will mete out alternative sentences like landmine removal for ex-guerrilla leaders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who are convicted of war crimes. Read more

Airbus nears deal to sell around 400 jets to Indigo Partners (Reuters)

Airbus SE (AIR.PA) is close to agreeing a blockbuster order worth more than $40 billion at list prices to sell around 400 aircraft to U.S.-based investment fund Indigo Partners, founded by low-cost airline pioneer Bill Franke, two sources said. The sources, who were familiar with the matter, said the deal could be unveiled at the Dubai Airshow later on Wednesday in a huge comeback for the European planemaker, which had so far been upstaged by rival Boeing Co (BA.N) at the airshow and in the annual aircraft orders race. Read more

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