* FG renames Varsity after Ekwueme (Nation) * You are not Buhari’s adviser, Oshiomhole replies Obasanjo (Punch)

* FG renames Varsity after Ekwueme (Nation)          * You are not Buhari’s adviser, Oshiomhole replies Obasanjo (Punch)



FG renames Varsity after Ekwueme (Nation)

The Federal Government has renamed the Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo in Ebonyi state after late former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo made the announcement during a funeral service of the deceased at St John the Divine Anglican Church Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra on Friday. Osinbajo said that Ekwueme was being immortalised for his selfless service, integrity and contributions to national development. He described Ekwueme as a true Nigerian icon and statesman whose life and times were  worthy of celebration. Read more

You are not Buhari’s adviser, Oshiomhole replies Obasanjo (Punch)

A former governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday took a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo for advising President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019. Oshiomhole said Obasanjo was not in the right position to give such advice because the former President was not a known adviser to Buhari. The former governor spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting the President behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Benue’ll not succumb to any move to repeal law – Ortom (Nation)

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says his government would not succumb to any intimidation or move to repeal the open grazing, prohibition and ranches establishment law. Governor Ortom stated this when he visited Three Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs ) camps including Abagena, LGEA Primary School Daudu and United Nations High Commission for refugees ( UNHC ) Shelter. He restated his resolve to continue to call on the Federal Government to rise and stop the killings and displacement of Benue people by Fulani herdsmen as such was the lawful thing to do. Read more

Ekwueme finally laid to rest (Punch)

Nigeria’s former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, was laid to rest on Friday at his hometown, Oko in Anambra state after a week-long burial rites. Top government officials, close friends and family members gathered to pay their lasts respect to the 85-year-old elder statesmen who died in November 2017. Some of those present to witness the final moments were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience. Read more

Fashola exposes President Buhari, his parrot, Lai Mohammed as liars – Reno (Vanguard)

At various occasions since coming to power on May 29, 2015, both President Muhammadu Buhari and his lying parrot, Lai Mohammed, have attempted to sell the false narrative that the Jonathan administration and the People’s Democratic Party, destroyed Nigeria’s economy and handed over a collapsed polity and are the reason for the current comatose condition of the nation’s fiscal and financial systems. For instance, on the 14th of August, 2017, President Buhari, speaking through his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said: Read more

Nigeria has no regrets fighting apartheid in South Africa – Buhari (Guardian)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said Nigeria had no regret fighting the scourge of apartheid in South Africa until full democratic system was established in the country. The President stated this when he received the outgoing South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Lulu Mnguni, at the State House, Abuja. He said Nigeria made lots of sacrifices during the years of apartheid to ensure that full rights were restored to all citizens, irrespective of the colour of their skin. According to him, Nigeria will continue to strengthen its historic and fraternal relationship with South Africa. Read more

UN lashes Nigeria over deportation of secessionists (Vanguard)

The United Nations refugee’s agency has criticised Nigeria for breaching international treaties after forcefully deporting a Cameroonian Anglophone separatist and his supporters. UNHCR said that most of those handed over to Yaoundé authorities had applied for asylum in Nigeria. Julius Ayuk Tabe and 46 others were extradited at Cameroon’s request on January 26. Cameroon says the 47 are “terrorists” and will “tried for their crimes”. UNHCR said it learned “with great concern of the forced return” and that the extradition is “in violation of the principle of non-refoulement, which constitutes the cornerstone of international refugee law.” Read more

First plane to land in Bayelsa airport June – Dickson (Nation)

Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Friday assured that the first airplane would land at the state’s international airport in June. Dickson said funds had been set aside already for the completion of the airport with a 3.5 kilometre runway. He also said government was expecting the Chinese $6bn investment in the Brass fertilizer project to boost the economy of the state. The governor, in a press statement signed by his Spokesman, Mr. Francis Otta Agbo, gave the assurance while speaking at the Monthly Praise Night in Yenagoa. Read more

Apapa Customs Command sets record of N31bn revenue in 1 month (NTA)

The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated N31 billion in January, up from N25.9 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2017. The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mrs Nkiru Nwalla, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday. According to her, the annual revenue target of the command for 2018 is N426 billion, while the monthly target stands at N36 billion. She attributed the increase in revenue generated in January to the leadership qualities of the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Jibrin Musa. Read more

Nsukka residents applaud relocation of motor, tricycle parks (Guardian)

Some residents of Nsukka in Enugu State have applauded the Nsukka Local Government for relocating the motor and tricycle parks from Enugu Road to Aku Road to ease traffic. The residents who made the commendation in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka on Friday said the council Chairman, Mr Patrick Omeje had taken a bold initiative. They said that the relocation would help the people utilise the over 800-shop Nsukka Modern Market along Aku Road, which had been abandoned for over four years after construction. Read more

Council poll to hold May 12 in Oyo state (Guardian)

Mr John Ajeigbe, the Chairman of Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), says the rescheduled local government election in the state will now hold on May 12. Ajeigbe made this known on Friday while addressing newsmen in Ibadan. He said the election would now hold because the Federal High Court Abuja injunction earlier stopping the conduct of the council poll on Feb. 11, 2017, had been lifted. Read more

COSON kicks against N5.9bn awarded to MCSN for copyright Infringement (Vanguard)

Barely a week after the Federal High Court in Lagos, awarded N5.9 billion “special damages” against Multichoice Nigeria in an eight-year-old copyright infringement legal battle between the South Africa firm and the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria, MCSN, members of Copyright Society of Nigeria,COSON, have kicked against the judgement, describing it as “bizarre and an attempt to turn the Nigeria music industry into a gold mine, from where those who have made no investments nor contributions to the industry can cart away illicit billions of Naira while the true creators and investors in the industry languish in penury.” Read more

Fans go after Toke Makinwa over photo of Beyonce & Jay Z (Vanguard)

Nigerians are known to hardly forget issues pertaining to the past and they’ve proved it again, as they mercilessly trolled popular OAP , Toke Makinwa, on twitter. The media personality received unexpected negative reactions after she shared a photo of power couple, Jay Z and Beyonce from the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. They had recalled the negative reports about her and the book she wrote about her failed marriage Read more

Peter Okoye set to launch clothing line (Vanguard)

One of popular music duo, Peter Okoye, a.k.a Mr. P, seems to have swayed into fashion business with the launch of his new clothing line called  ‘Classic P Collection’. This was gathered after the singer announced the launch of his new fashion line on his Instagram page Read more

Nigeria bobsledders welcomed home ahead of Winter Olympics (Punch)

Three women set to make history by becoming the first people to represent Nigeria in the Winter Olympics arrived in Africa’s most populous country on Thursday amid final preparations ahead of the Games. The trio, all raised in the U.S., made up the Super Eagles women’s bobsleigh team who will compete in this month’s Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The participation of team members – Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga – will not just be a first for Nigeria. Read more

We can beat Morocco to win our first CHAN title – Eagles (Punch)

Nigeria assistant coach Salisu Yusuf believes the Super Eagles can overcome 2018 CHAN hosts Morocco  in Sunday’s final to win the tournament exclusively for African players plying their trade in their countries for the first time. The Eagles have not won the tournament since its inception in Ivory Coast in 2009, and their best performance at  the tournament  came when the late Stephen Keshi guided them to a third-place finish  at the  2014 edition in South Africa. Read more

I’m happy playing regularly at Hibs – Ambrose (Punch)

Hibernian defender Efe Ambrose says he is excited about   his progress at  the Scottish Premiership club since joining them  on loan  from Celtic in July. The  South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner  expressed his happiness at being a winner as Hibs  beat  Motherwell 2-1 in their league fixture on Wednesday to move to the fourth place in  the table with 41 points from 25 matches. They have  11 wins, eight draws and six defeats.  The Peacocks face third-placed Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday, and former  Israel-based Ambrose says he is  hungry  for  action. Read more

Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan to face Max Meyer transfer blow? (Calciomercato)

Liverpool and AC Milan have recently been linked with signing Schalke 04 starlet Max Meyer, 22, but reports in Germany claim the talented midfielder will soon pen a contract extension with the Bundesliga side. The contract of Meyer expires at the end of the season and Schalke have reportedly offered the player a new € 5.5 million-a-year deal.The 22-year-old is reportedly on very good terms with Schalke’s manager Domenico Tedesco and the German paper claims the centre midfielder is tempted to sign a new deal with his club. Read more

Calais violence leaves four teenage refugees in critical state as smuggling gangs ‘exploit growing desperation’ (Independent)

Four teenage refugees are in critical condition and more than a dozen others injured after violence broke out in Calais amid an increasingly desperate situation that has seen smuggling gangs “pitting” communities against each other. A 16-year-old Eritrean boy who was shot in the neck is among some 22 people in hospital following a series of clashes on Thursday. The fighting is said to have started among around 100 young Eritreans and 30 Afghans during food hand-outs, after gunshots were fired by a man believed to be a people smuggler. Read more

Mexicans living abroad send home a record $28.8 billion 9Washingtonpost)

Mexicans living abroad sent home a record $28.8 billion in remittances in 2017, an increase of 6.6 percent from the year prior. Mexico’s central bank said Thursday that December remittances also totaled $2.6 billion. The increase coincided with the first year of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, but it was unclear if there was a connection. Remittances have been rising steadily to become Mexico’s most important source of foreign income after auto exports, which have recently averaged almost $34 billion per year. Read more

Green Brexit is impossible to guarantee, say Tory MEPs (Guardian)

Conservative MEPs have said Brexit will make it “impossible” to guarantee that current environmental standards can be kept in Britain or the EU. A leaked document seen by the Guardian also calls for “the closest possible working relationship” between the EU and UK after Brexit, and for a “no regression clause” in future British trade deals. This would “limit any negative effects from deregulation,” says the paper, which was submitted to the European parliament’s Brexit environment steering group. Read more

Catholic priest charged with child rape says it ‘happened by accident’ (Independent)

A Catholic priest charged with child rape has claimed that it was “simply a misunderstanding” and that it “happened by accident”. John A Sarro was charged by a grand jury earlier this week in Delaware, the first time the US state has brought criminal molestation charges against a Catholic priest. The 76-year-old is accused of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse and second-degree unlawful sexual contact. He is accused of having oral sex with a girl younger than 16 more than 25 years ago. Read more

Groundhog Day 2018: Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter (Independent)

Americans can expect six more weeks of winter, according to a small, allegedly 132-year-old rodent living on a hill in Pennsylvania. Viewers watched from around the world as Punxsutawney Phil, the rodent in question, was pulled from his home on Gobbler’s Knob early Friday morning and asked to predict the weather. According to his group of handlers – known as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle – the trembling woodchuck saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of cold weather. Read more

Mattis says has no evidence of sarin gas used in Syria, but concerned (Reuters)

U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that while he does not have evidence of the nerve agent sarin being used by the Syrian government, the United States was looking into reports about its use and was concerned. Mattis, speaking with reporters, said the Syrian government had repeatedly used chlorine as a weapon. “We are even more concerned about the possibility of sarin use… I don’t have the evidence, what I am saying is, that other groups on the ground, NGOs, fighters on the ground, have said that sarin has been used, so we are looking for evidence,” Mattis said. Read more


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