March 22, 2019

* Fracas as Police on VP convoy clash with customs officials in Katsina (Nation) * APC orders Fresh Congresses in Imo (ThisDay)

* Fracas as Police on VP convoy clash with customs officials in Katsina (Nation)     * APC orders Fresh Congresses in Imo (ThisDay)



Fracas as Police on VP convoy clash with customs officials in Katsina (Nation)

There was a mild drama on Tuesday along Katsina Jibia road as Police officers attached to the convoy of Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo attacked and beat up three customs officials in Katsina state. The incident occurred at Daddara village in Jibia council area, when the vice president was in the state to condole with victims of the natural disaster which left more than 50 people dead. Trouble started when the customs officials had apprehended a vehicle of which a couple of youths had allegedly smuggled contraband from neighboring Niger Republic. Read more

APC orders Fresh Congresses in Imo (ThisDay)

The stage is now set for Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha to take over the control of the All Progressives Congress executive in the state following the decision of the National Working Committee of the party to fix new dates for fresh congresses in Imo. In a statement issued Tuesday evening by the National Organising Secretary, Emma Ibediro, the party said that fresh congresses will hold in Imo State beginning with ward congress on Friday, July 20. This will be followed by Local Government congress on Saturday and state congress on Monday. The congresses earlier held were bedeviled by crisis and became subject of litigation between the governor and some key leaders of the party in the state. Read more

Fayose meets Ewi over harassment, withdrawal of security (Punch)

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday made his first public appearance since his party, the People’s Democratic Party, lost the Saturday’s governorship election. Fayose, who went to the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, the Aladesanmi III, was mobbed by the people in areas such as Okesa, Oja Bisi, Oja oba, Irona and Oke Oriomi. At the palace of the Ewi, the governor said it was unfortunate that he and his supporters were still being hounded after the election had come and gone. He said, “I have come to officially tell you, sir, as the Paramount Ruler of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, that the Government House was invaded by the police. As we speak, over 300 innocent people are in detention. Read more

Ambode congratulates ex-IG, Smith’s confirmation as chairman police service commission (Vanguard)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday congratulated former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Musiliu Smith on his confirmation as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission. Smith was confirmed by the Senate alongside six other members of the Commission on Tuesday, following the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, presented by the Chairman, Sen. Abu Ibrahim. Governor Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna described Smith’s confirmation by the Senate as a step in the right direction, adding that he would bring his wealth of experience to bear in reforming the Nigeria Police to be more effective, efficient and performance driven. Read more

Multi-billion Dollar Indorama Fertiliser Plant Inaugurated (ThisDay)

Senate President, Bukola Saraki recently laid the foundation for the construction of the Fertiliser Train 2 of Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals Limited. This was as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike declared that the $3.2 billion for the development of Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals Limited confirmed that the state is an investors’ destination. Performing the inauguration, Saraki said with $3.2 billion invested in Rivers State by the firm, it showed that Rivers is receptive to investors. He said: “I am congratulating the people of Rivers State for creating the right environment for this investment. I like the example that Rivers people are setting for others to follow”. Read more

FG to assist, compensate victims of Jibia flooding- Osinbajo (Vanguard)

The Federal Government, on Tuesday pledged to assist victims of flood disaster in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina state. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, made the pledge when he visited the scene of the disaster to commiserate with the victims in Jibia. “I am here on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate and condole with the Katsina State Government and victims of the disaster. “The President asked me to assure you that everything will be done to ensure that every victim is taken care of and this never repeat itself again. Read more

Lagos CP, Imohimi Edgal serves kidnappers, others quit notice (Vanguard)

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, on Tuesday warned kidnappers and other criminals to leave the state or face the power of the force. Edgal gave the warning at the official commissioning of a police division at Ikosi – Ejirin village in Ikorodu, Lagos State. He said that the police was bringing the station to tighten the security around Ikosi- Ketu and its environs and to also tackle the security problem headlong. “We were able to upgrade the police post to a full police station because of the community police partnership with the residents of Ikosi Ketu. “I know that the residents would not partner with the police if we are not upright in our doings. Crime is reducing in the state because of community/police partnership. Read more

I kidnapped my boss’ son to teach him a lesson – Suspect (Nation)

Two suspects have been arrested by police in Niger State for kidnapping a 10- year -old boy. One of the suspects, Yushau Bala, who claimed to be the mastermind of the abduction, confessed that he kidnapped the victim, Afdal Mohammed Hadi, to punish the parents who had accused him of theft in their house. Yushau, who worked as a security guard in the resident of one Mohammed Hadi, said he had never been accused of stealing in his life and when he was accused and sent out of the house, he decided to stage the kidnap as payback. “That is why I decided to punish them by kidnapping their son,” he stated. Read more

Police raid hoodlums’ hideout in Ketu (Vanguard)

No fewer than 20 suspected hoodlums terrorising residents of Ketu, Mile 12. in Kosofe area of Lagos State had been arrested after a raid of the area by operatives of Ketu Police Division. The Spokesman for the Police in Lagos, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the arrests, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the suspects would be charged to court. He said the suspects had been attacking residents of Ketu and snatching bags from people, particularly women at night and early morning. Read more

 Eden Hazard reaches verbal agreement with Real Madrid as he pushes for Chelsea exit (Metro)

Eden Hazard wants to leave Chelsea this summer and has reached a verbal agreement with Real Madrid, according to reports in France. After an impressive World Cup campaign with Belgium, the 27-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain ahead of the new season. Following Belgium’s win over England in their third-place playoff, Hazard gave a clear indication that he is aiming to leave Chelsea. ‘After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different,’ said the midfielder. ‘Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.’ Read more

First teams lock up Quarter-Final spots (

Head-to-head battles in Groups B and C will reveal the last two names for the Quarter-Finals. The remaining six spots are already taken. Slovenia handed Estonia their first defeat of the competition, 55-50, pushing them to the brink of elimination after they had had a perfect start to the competition. Ziga Jurcek scored 12 for Slovenia, Aljaz Bratec was the only other player in double figures with 10. Slovenia won the group with a game in hand, because they own the tiebreakers over both Estonia and Bulgaria. The hosts dismantled Moldova 92-59, setting the Sofia crowd up for a treat in the last game of the Group Phase. Bulgaria will take on Estonia, the winner goes through, the loser will be left playing it out for the minor positions. Read more

US and UK intelligence agencies concerned Russia is readying to ramp up aggression after World Cup lull (CNN)

Russian intelligence agencies are planning to ramp up operations targeting western countries now that the World Cup and the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit have ended, according to sources familiar with intelligence collected by the United Kingdom, the US and other allies. The concern about Russia’s intentions preceded this week’s meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Intelligence officials in the US and UK tell CNN that the Russians ordered a relative lull in activity during the month-long soccer tournament, which was hosted by Russia. Russian officials did not want any high-profile incidents to detract from the prestige of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event, one US intelligence official said. The Russians did the same during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014. Read more

Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement (BBC)

An MP who is on maternity leave has accused the government of a breach of trust over a key House of Commons vote on Brexit. Lib Dem Jo Swinson was “paired” with Tory chairman Brandon Lewis so she could be at home with her baby son during the Trade Bill vote. This should mean neither MP votes so their absences cancel each other out. But Mr Lewis did vote with the government – he has since apologised for an “honest mistake” by whips. The row blew up after voting had taken place on the Trade Bill, where the main battleground was an amendment to do with staying in the customs union if the UK fails to agree a trade deal with the EU. Read more

Trump must be removed for ‘treasonous conduct’ with Putin, former White House ethics chief says (Independent)

Donald Trump must be removed from office for “treasonous conduct” following his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, a former White House ethics chief has said. Richard Painter, a law professor and former ethics lawyer in the George W Bush administration, called on all members of congress to “start the process” of impeachment or resign.  His comments came after Mr Trump accepted the Russian leader’s denial that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, despite his own intelligence agencies’ conclusion to the contrary. Read more

Scientists discover ‘quadrillion tons of diamond’ beneath Earth’s surface (Skynews)

Scientists believe there could be more than a quadrillion tons of diamond scattered beneath the Earth’s surface. The diamonds were found by analysing seismic records – essentially sound waves travelling through the Earth triggered by ground-shaking forces. Dr Ulrich Faul, a research scientist at MIT, explained that one of diamond’s many special properties is the speed at which sound waves travel through the material. “Diamond in many ways is special,” Dr Faul said. “One of its special properties is that the sound velocity in diamond is more than twice as fast as in the dominant mineral in upper mantle rocks, olivine.” Read more

Michelle Obama speaks out in Edinburgh (BBC)

Former US first lady Michelle Obama has spoken of her hopes for the future at a charity event in Edinburgh. She said the world we had created was “not safe” for girls – but that she wanted her own daughters to be treated equally so they can “learn and grow”. Judy Murray, Mark Beaumont and Beverley Knight were among 900 guests at the fundraising dinner. Mrs Obama, whose autobiography is out later this year, also said she was planning a family vacation to Scotland. A table for 10 at the Hunter Foundation event cost £5,000, with profits distributed to over 1,000 good causes via the Kiltwalk charity. Read more

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