* Fire destroys NEMA’s warehouse in Lagos (Vanguard) * Fire razes Kaduna electoral body’s office (Nation)

* Fire destroys NEMA’s warehouse in Lagos (Vanguard)      * Fire razes Kaduna electoral body’s office (Nation)



Fire destroys NEMA’s warehouse in Lagos (Vanguard)

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) warehouse at Ikeja in Lagos, was on Saturday gutted by fire, newsmen report. The South-West zonal spokesman of the agency, Mr Farinloye Ibrahim, confirmed the incident to newsmen, stressing that the warehouse was being used to keep relief materials. “We don’t have many materials in the warehouse as at the time of the fire incident. We have few mattresses, foams and other few facilities. The fire started at about 8.30 a.m. “The damage was not much before the fire was put out. We cannot estimate as at now the cost of the materials burnt, ”Ibrahim said. Read more

Fire razes Kaduna electoral body’s office (Nation)

Fire on Saturday razed the two-storey building of Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM), few weeks before the local government election in the state. Elections in the 23 LGAs and 255 wards will take place on May 12. An eyewitness, Ibrahim Musa, said the huge fire was noticed at 11:24 a.m. on top of the building located along Sokoto Road, GRA, Kaduna. Musa said the huge flames followed a thick smoke that was noticed from the top floor of the building earlier. Read more

Buhari congratulates Emir of Ilorin at 78 (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday felicitated the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari on his 78th birthday. The traditional ruler will clock 78 on Sunday. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he joined indigenes of Kwara State, the Ilorin emirate and all associates of the Emir in celebrating the septuagenarian. He noted that Sulu-Gambari’s reign on the throne has ushered in an era of peace, development and prosperity for his people. Read more

Followers troll, beg el-Rufai as he threatens to sue alleged slanderer (Punch)

Taking to his verified Twitter handle on Saturday afternoon, el-Rufai decries the activities of those who use the anonymity of the internet to defame others. It was in response to a tweet by one Mr. Steven Kefas, who had alleged via a tweet that a fire outbreak at the Kaduna office of the State Independent Electoral Commission was evident of Governor el-Rufai’s desperation. But el-Rufai maintained innocence, rebuking Mr. Kefas for what he described as ‘defamation. The governor tweeted, “Many think the apparent anonymity of social media gives them latitude to be savages – to comment irresponsibly, engage in hate speech, be defamatory of others’ reputations and sometimes even treasonable. There are legal consequences and you are not as anonymous as you think.” Read more

Lagos to unveil new Gani statue Sunday (Punch)

The Lagos State Government is set to unveil a new statue of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, at the beautiful park in Ojota which is named after the late legal luminary and human rights advocate on Sunday. State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with members of the Gani Fawehinmi family, leading voices in human rights and other dignitaries across the state, will unveil the edifying statue in commemoration of the late activist’s 80th posthumous birthday. Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, in a statement, said the remodelling of the magnificent Gani Fawehinmi statue was part of the State’s strategy to enhance the aesthetics of open public spaces and parks across the state and to celebrate and immortalise worthy icons that contributed immensely to the development of Lagos State. Read more

Senate attack: Ekweremadu indicts security agencies (SUN)

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, said the attack on the Senate on Wednesday, was an indictment of security agencies in the country. He added that, it is another lesson on the need to rethink the nation’s security structure. Ekweremadu spoke when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), which paid a solidarity visit to the Senate. He said: “It is an embarrassment to Nigeria before the international community for someone to drive all the way into the National Assembly Complex, enter the hallowed chamber, and cart away its symbol of authority.  “It shows a breakdown of security and it is a setback to Nigeria’s drive for foreign investment because no one would be ready to invest money in such a system. So, it is a lesson that we cannot keep doing the same thing with our security system and expect a different result. Read more

Nigeria faces major food crisis over herdsmen attacks — Soyinka (Nation)

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Friday expressed grave concern over the continued displacement of the nation’s farming population in various parts of the country by rampaging violent herdsmen. Soyinka warned that if nothing was done urgently to stem the tide of killings and sacking of farmers by herdsmen, the dark cloud of violence could plunge the country into a major food crisis. The renowned playwright and author of Kongi harvest, who spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during a conference session on African Drum Festival, said a period like the on – going drum festival, demands a moment of sober reflection on the onslaught by herdsmen against the primary producers of food in the country. Read more

Ayem Akpatuma: Taraba Students Honour Nigerian Army, Commander Over Peace Efforts (Vanguard)

Students of Taraba State  origin under the auspices of Southern Taraba Students’ Peace Initiative yesterday applauded the successes of Exercise Ayem Akpatuma in Taraba state and environs, lauding the Nigerian Army Leadership for its intervention in the protection of lives and properties across the state. The students drawn from various higher institutions in the country whilst paying  a ‘thank you visit’ to the Commanding Officer of 93 battalion Nigerian Army, Ada Barrack Takum, Taraba State, Lt. Col. Ibrahim Gambari,  they further lauded the Commander for his exceptional roles and landmark achievements within the state. Read more

Army arrests 23 suspected cultists, 15 pipeline vandals (Nation)

The Nigerian Army said on Saturday it arrested 23 suspected cultists who were conducting physical training for new recruits, initiation, robbery and kidnapping. The army also said it arrested 15 other persons suspected to be pipeline vandals and recovered 31 jerry cans of refined petroleum products in the process. The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh stated this at a news conference at the 174 Battalion, Ikorodu area of Lagos. Udoh was represented by the Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Moundhey Ali. Read more

Thugs attack ex-council chief at PDP ward congress (Nation)

Violence and alleged malpractice trailed Saturday’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Special Ward Congress to elect delegates for the governorship primary in Ekiti State. A former chairman of Ikere Local Government Area, Mr. Banji Aluko, was beaten up by suspected thugs loyal to the state Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, in Ikere-Ekiti. Olusola is enjoying the backing of his boss, Governor Ayo Fayose, who has adopted him as his preferred candidate for the July 14 governorship poll. Aluko was accused of working against “Ikere Agenda” by the thugs who flogged him with canes and sticks loaded inside a mini bus otherwise known as “akoto” and parked opposite the election venue at Odo Oja area of the town. Read more

Send me to jail, I don’t want to be homeless, thief begs judge (Punch)

A homeless shoplifter burst into tears in court after begging magistrates to jail her so she wouldn’t end up back on the streets. Julie Drever, 51, asked a court to jail her for shoplifting, then broke down and started shouting pleas when it looked as though she would be spared the prison term. Drever, a mum, had breached a supervision order for a previous offence when she stole five jars of coffee worth £16 from B&M Bargains in Grimsby on April 16. She went back to the shop a day later and stole another eight jars of coffee, worth £24.43, putting them in her handbag. Read more

BBNaija: Alex’s fans take campaign to 5 states ahead of grand finale (Punch)

The team promoting Alex, one of the five housemates shortlisted for the grand finale of the Big Brother Nigeria show slated for Sunday, April 22, has continued to intensify campaigns for votes from her fans. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tobi, Alex, Cee-C, Nina and Miracle will be slugging it out for the coveted prize courtesy of votes from viewers and fans. Okechukwu Tobe, the leader of the team promoting Alexandra Asogwa, popularly called Alex, disclosed this to NAN. Read more

Amputee Football: Nigerian star targets World Cup, league title in 2018 (PremiumTimes)

The year 2018 is filled with so many dreams and aspirations for sportspersons around the world and it is not any different for Bamgbopa Abayomi, an amputee footballer based in Poland. Bamgbopa who prides himself as the first Nigerian to play professional amputee football in Europe told Premium Times that among other things he has his eyes on two major targets for 2018. “I have made up my mind to represent Nigeria at the Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico and I am also hopeful of winning my first league title in Poland with my team; Gloria Varsovia this year,” Bamgbopa stated. Read more

Aston Villa defeat hands title to Blackburn (Premierleague)

Newcastle United ended the PL2 Division 2 title hopes of Aston Villa with a 2-0 win at St James’ Park, meaning Blackburn Rovers have been crowned champions. Luke Charman opened the scoring for Newcastle in the seventh minute with a stunning curling effort past Matija Sarkic in the Villa goal. Sarkic to keep the score down, including a point-blank save from a Charman header. However, he could do little to prevent Newcastle doubling their lead on 67 minutes when Charman set up Jack Hunter at the edge of the area. Read more

Kylian Mbappe targets Ligue 1 record as Paris Saint-Germain chase historic 100-point mark after sealing the title (Dailymail)

Kylian Mbappe wants to help Paris Saint-Germain break records as they close out yet another title-winning season. PSG’s fifth Ligue 1 title in six years was secured in style with a 7-1 win over Monaco last week and Mbappe wants to carry on in a similar vein as they chase their own record tally of 96 points, set two years ago. With five games remaining, Unai Emery’s side are on 87 – meaning three more wins will equal the record and four wins and a draw will make it an historic 100-point campaign. Read more
Red Cross says employee killed in Yemen (Reuters)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Saturday one of its employees had been killed in a shooting in the Yemeni city of Taiz. It made the announcement on its twitter feed, and said it was trying to find out more information about the incident. Yemeni officials and the ICRC named the man as Hanna Lahoud, a Lebanese national, who was killed in Taiz in southwestern Yemen by unknown gunmen who opened fire on a car. Lahoud was in charge of the ICRC’s detention programme in Yemen, the ICRC said in a statement. He was on his way to visit a prison this morning when he was attacked on the outskirts of Taiz, the statement said. He was taken to hospital and died from his injuries. Read more

Dead Gaza teenager ignored mother’s warning (Reuters)

Fourteen-year-old Mohammad Ayoub ignored his mother’s objection and slipped away to join this week’s protest along the Gaza-Israel border, just hours after Israel’s military dropped leaflets in his Gaza village warning residents to stay away. A few hours later, the teenager was killed by an Israeli bullet to the head, Palestinian health officials said. “He asked his aunt to tell me he would be back in an hour,” said his mother, Raeda, who instead buried her son late on Friday. His death brought to 35 the number of Palestinians killed since border clashes intensified on March 30 in an ongoing protest known as “The Great March of Return” – evoking a longtime call for refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel. Read more

Black Panther hits Saudi cinema amid price backlash (Alaraby)

US film Black Panther hit the Saudi screens on Friday, the first public movie screening in the kingdom for over 35 years. The screening comes just two days after the US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom’s debut theatre, but there’s already a backlash against ticket prices. The 75 Saudi riyals ($20) pricetag was widely criticised on Saudi social media, despite it including the new entertainment tax and value-added tax. Ada Aron, the AMC chief executive said on Wednesday that for now, the multiplex theatre at Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District will operate one screen with a seating capacity of 250. The coming months would see three more screens planned. Read more


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