* FIFA investigates Croatia, Nigeria match (SUN) * 2019: Nigeria’ll implode if Buhari returns – Gana (SUN)

* FIFA investigates Croatia, Nigeria match (SUN)           * 2019: Nigeria’ll implode if Buhari returns – Gana (SUN)



FIFA investigates Croatia, Nigeria match (SUN)

The world governing body of football, FIFA, has launched a new investigation into the Croatia National Team and Croatian Football Federation, following an incident that occurred during their Group D match against Nigeria on June 16. Telegram.org says Croatian fans displayed the banner of The Ustasha during the game at the Kaliningrad Stadium. The Ustasha – Croatian Revolutionary Movement – was a Croatian fascist, racist, ultranationalist and terrorist organization between 1929 and 1945 and fought for Croatia’s independence and dissolution of Yugoslavia. In a separate case, Ognjen Vukojevic was fined by FIFA as a result of the video in which he stated, “This is a victory for the Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine!” while Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida was warned. Read more

2019: Nigeria’ll implode if Buhari returns – Gana (SUN)

An aspirant for the 2019 presidential poll, under the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prof. Jerry Gana, has warned that Nigeria is facing an existential threat in the proportion comparable to the end of Biafra war. Prof. Gana said this when he formally declared intent to to contest for the presidency, next year. “Being a patriotic and committed democrat, who has carried a burden for the rapid development of our nation for decades, I am deeply concerned at the very real prospect of Nigeria imploding; unless our great party comes to the rescue with a God-fearing, dynamic, untainted and credible leadership. Nigeria is facing an existential threat, the seriousness and proportion of which have never been witnessed since the end of the war. Read more

5 APC govs meet with Tambuwal in Sokoto (DailyTrust)

Five governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday met with Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for about three hours at the government house in Sokoto. Speculations were rife that Tambuwal had perfected plans to return to PDP which he dumped in the buildup to the 2015 general elections while he was Speaker of the House of Representatives. Before the meeting, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, who led the other governors, said they were in the state to commiserate with Tambuwal, the people of Sokoto and families of victims of the recent killings in Rabah Local Government Area of the state. Other governors at the meeting were those of Borno, Kashim Shettima; Adamawa, Jibrilla Bindow; Jigawa, Badaru Abubakar; Katsina, Aminu Masari; and Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello. Read more

PDP to Al-Makura: Site cattle ranches in your village (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party in Nasarawa State has advised Governor Tanko Al-Makura to site some of the proposed ranches in the state in his Kwandera village in the Lafia East Local Government Area. The Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, Francis Orugu, faulted the alleged plan to site four out of seven proposed ranches in the state in Alogo communities in the Southern Senatorial Zone. Orugu said this in an interview with our correspondent in Lafia on Thursday. He accused Al-Makura of siting important developmental projects in his own village, Kwandera, but proposing to set up four cattle ranches in the Alogo communities of Doma, Keana, Assakio and Awe. Read more

Buhari withholds assent, returns four bills to National Assembly (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday communicated his decision to withhold assent to four bills to the National Assembly. At the House of Representatives, the presidential decision was contained in a letter read to members by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, at the start of the day’s proceedings. The bills are the “Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2018”; “Agricultural Credit Scheme Bill, 2018”; “National Child Protection Bill, 2018”; and “Court and Tribunal Standard Scale Fines Bill, 2018.” Buhari gave reasons for rejecting the bills. For instance, on the corporate manslaughter bill, Buhari said several of its provisions were inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution. Read more

FG vows to name 200 owners of illicit property in Abuja (Guardian)

The Federal Government has disclosed plan to unveil 200 names of people who own illicit property in Maitama Abuja.Chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, said this yesterday in Abuja during the launch of Property Tracker Platform by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), which will aid in tracking down these illegal property. Obla, who is also the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, said the Presidency would collaborate with ANEEJ and make available to it 200 names of people with massive property in Maitama Abuja, purchased with illegally-acquired funds, adding that the people must be held accountable to disclose how they got the property. Read more

INEC distributes sensitive materials to LGs (DailyTrust)

The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Ekiti State Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Olayinka Raji said on Wednesday that the commission has distributed sensitive materials for Saturday’s governorship election to all the 16 local government in the state. Speaking with journalist in his office, Raji said that the materials were collected at the Central Bank of Nigeria branch office in Ado Ekiti in the presence of representatuves if all the political parties before dispatching them to its various destination accompanied by  eight senior INEC officials. According to him, the materials were monitored directly in his office through official vehicle tracker connected to a giant television screen which indicate the movement of the materials until all got to the respective  16 local government headquarters of the state. Read more

CAN urges Christians to unite against killings (Punch)

The Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has called on Christians in Nigeria to do away with denominational differences and work together towards tackling common challenges. Citing lackadaisical attitude rooted in denominational biases and resentment as part of the factors fuelling the killings in the nation, the Chairman of the state chapter of CAN, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, said the unity of Christians would bring about a formidable force to tackle its challenges, especially the killing of Christians. Bamgbola spoke on Wednesday through the Secretary of the chapter, Israel Akinadewo, at Hoare’s Methodist Church, Yaba, at the end of a three-day prayer and fasting programme. The prayer started on Monday, July 9 as directed by the national body of CAN. Read more

Bill on creation of state, community police passes first reading in Senate (Guardian)

A Bill for amendment of the 1999 Constitution to allow creation of states and community police has passed first reading in the Senate. Sponsored by Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Committee on Constitution Review, Ike Ekweremadu, the Bill seeks to admit Nigeria into the league of countries operating the state and community police system. Countries already practising the system include United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, India, Germany, Canada, Brazil and Australia.The Bill titled “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018” is co-sponsored by 75 other senators. Read more

32 get mass burial, as NASS, Tambuwal, govs condemn Sokoto killings (Punch)

The Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the killing of 39 persons in Sokoto State by suspected bandits on Tuesday. The Sokoto State Government was reported on Thursday to have held a mass burial on Wednesday for 32 people, who were killed when bandits on motorcycles invaded villages in Rabah Local Government Area of the state. Compared to the neighbouring Zamfara, Sokoto has been peaceful. While Senator Adamu Aliero (Kebbi-Central) and his counterpart,  Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto-North), who both sponsored a motion that condemned the killings,  put the number of people that died at 40, in the House, a member from the state, Mr Aminu Shagari, said about 32 persons were killed. Read more

I’m not happy with happenings in Ekiti –Ooni (Punch)

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said he is not happy with what is happening in Ekiti State ahead of the governorship election holding in the state on Saturday. A statement on Thursday by the Directorate of Media and Public Affairs of Ooni’s Palace quoted Oba Ogunwusi as saying this when the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Ile Ife. The monarch, who expressed worry, said other states would be negatively affected if the Ekiti State governorship election was marred by violence. The Ooni said, “What I heard happening in Ekiti State during this electioneering period does not make me happy as their father. Enough of the crisis; we do not want any crisis in Yorubaland. Read more

Ekiti guber: Soldiers, security agencies in show of force (SUN)

The Nigerian Army paraded major roads in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, yesterday night, displaying different types of weapons of war, including bazooka, which is the common name for a man-portable recoilless anti-tank rocket launcher. The soldiers were conveyed in about 15 different vehicles, including big trucks, an ambulance from 2 Division of the army, one Hilux vehicle of a security outfit set up by the Oyo State Government, known as Operation Burst, other Hilux vehicles. Many residents of Ado Ekiti looked on in amazement when the security men blasted siren from their vehicles. Read more

Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is a World Cup Super-Fan (SUN)

If Croatia is on the field playing for the World Cup, there’s a good chance Croatia  President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is somewhere in the stadium watching and cheering for her team. During the team’s last game, the quarterfinal against Russia, she was seated up in a box with the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The pair shook hands after goals and even after the conclusion of the hard-played match, which Croatia won in extra time. Grabar-Kitarović’s Facebook page is a mix of photos and videos of her sporting Croatia jerseys, celebrating in the team’s locker room at the games in Russia and her performing her duties as the country’s president. Read more

Croatia disqualified from World Cup? The truth about yellow cards, Domagoj Vida and cheat claims (Football.london)

The fallout from England’s World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia is still in the air. Goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic cancelled out Kieran Trippier’s fine free-kick in the first-half to set up a final clash against France on Sunday evening. Leaving the Three Lions to entertain Belgium in the third-place play-off at the weekend in what should be a keenly-contested affair between two squads stacked with Premier League quality. They did meet in the Group phase last month in a rather forgettable game which was settled by former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj’s brilliant goal early in the second half. However, that’s not the defeat which has hurt England fans the most at this tournament. Read more

Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas celebrates Antonio Conte’s sacking (Metro)

Cesc Fabregas has been caught ‘liking’ a tweet celebrating Antonio Conte’s departure from Chelsea. Conte finally lost his job on Thursday following months of speculation, with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri set to take over the reins from his compatriot at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. It’s understood the Blues have wrapped up deal for both Sarri and Napoli midfielder Jorginho this week and the duo are expected to be unveiled in the coming days. Willian revealed at a rift with Conte in the aftermath of Chelsea’s FA Cup win last season on Instagram and now Fabregas has fired a parting shot at the Italian. Read more

Melania Trump steps forward as smiling social shield while deflated Donald tries to tell us he ‘comes in peace’ (Mirror)

Unlike the Baby Trump balloon that should be flying in our skies tomorrow morning, the real Donald Trump looked deflated as he arrived in the UK today. ‘Trump the showman’ will often allow his wife to step down from their plane ahead of him, while he showboats from the top of the steps. But today his body language suggested he was in far less buoyant mode. He stood slightly behind Melania on the steps of Air Force One, suggesting he may plan to delegate the social niceties to his wife on this trip, as was the case with Angela Merkel at the NATO summit. Trump then performed a telling wave. Read more

Is Russia looking to extend its influence in the Asia Pacific? (Asiancorrespondent)

When a Russian naval vessel paid a historic first port visit to Port Moresby in May, the news made headlines around the region. The 7,000-tonne training ship, Perekop, part of the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet, stayed for three days and sailors on board met with the leadership of PNG’s navy and armed forces. I argued last year that the Pacific has joined the list of the Kremlin’s playgrounds. So has the time come for Canberra to start worrying? No. But there are plenty of reasons why it’s crucial to not underestimate Russian interests in the Pacific, even though there isn’t any direct threat towards Australia at the moment. Read more


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