* France beat Belgium 1-0 to reach World Cup final (Punch) * Ekiti 2018: Why I want to rule Ekiti again – Fayemi (Nation)

* France beat Belgium 1-0 to reach World Cup final (Punch)          * Ekiti 2018: Why I want to rule Ekiti again – Fayemi (Nation)



France beat Belgium 1-0 to reach World Cup final (Punch)

France reached the World Cup final on Tuesday after a second-half header from Samuel Umtiti gave them a 1-0 win against Belgium. Belgium enjoyed large amounts of possession but Umtiti’s goal in the 51st minute from a corner ultimately proved the difference as 1998 champions France reached their third World Cup final. Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998. In an enthralling, albeit highly tactical rather than incident-packed match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti’s near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters. Read more

Ekiti 2018: Why I want to rule Ekiti again – Fayemi (Nation)

Dr Kayode Fayemi, All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Saturday election in Ekiti, on Tuesday said he wanted to rule the state again to eradicate poverty among the people. He stated this at APC’s final rally ahead of the election at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday. Fayemi, who was governor of the state from 2011 to 2015, told the crowd that his successor, Gov. Ayodele Fayose impoverished the citizens by not paying salaries and pensions. According to him, Fayose deliberately deprived civil servants, teachers and pensioners their eight months’ salaries, pensions and gratuity, because he wanted to punish and make them beg for money on the streets. Read more

FAAC meeting ends inconclusive again (Nation)

The much awaited June 2018 Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) Meeting scheduled to hold on Tuesday was postponed to Thursday. The short meeting which lasted for about one and a half hours was inconclusive because other members of the FAAC could not reach an agreement with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the amount to be shared for the controversial mont. An hour after the meeting commenced, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) Mr. Ahmed Idris was the first to walk out of the meeting with a retinue of his staff. His abrupt departure was what signaled that all was not well with the meeting. Read more

I’m not an ex-convict, Madumere replies Imo lawmakers (Punch)

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, has said that he was never imprisoned for theft in the United States of America. The state House of Assembly, which commenced impeachment against him on Tuesday during plenary, had accused him of being an ex-convict, among other allegations. The impeachment petition, which was signed by 14 lawmakers, was moved by the deputy speaker, Ugonna Ozuruigbo. But a statement issued shortly afterwards by the deputy governor’s chief press secretary, Uche Onwuchekwa, said that Madumere was not guilty of any of the allegations. Read more

Fulani herdsmen defy Umahi, block expressway with cattle in Ebonyi (SUN)

Human and vehicular movements were, on Tuesday, temporarily grounded in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital as suspected Fulani herdsmen blocked the old Enugu road in the state capital with their herds of cattle. The blockage which started at about 3:10pm during a light rain shower lasted for several minutes. It obstructed free flow of traffic in the Mile 50 axis of the metropolis which is partly in the heart of the town. Sometime early this year, the state Governor, Chief David Umahi, banned… Read more

At APC Rally, Ngige unwittingly roots for Fayose (ThisDay)

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Tuesday unwittingly implored the Ekiti people to vote for Governor Ayodele Fayose of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming gubernatorial election. The minister made this gaffe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mega Rally held in Ado-Ekiti ahead of the governorship election. While other speakers addressed the crowd without a hitch, Ngige in a bid to canvass for the party’s candidate, Kayode Fayemi, the erstwhile Minister of Solid Minerals and Development, called on the crowd to vote Fayose, the incumbent governor of the state. Read more

APC chief blames Nigerian media for unrests (Guardian)

A member of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Rotimi Fasakin Tuesday indicted the country’s pressmen of playing an underlying role in the nation’s unrest. Fasakin appeared on Channels Television morning programme Sunrise Daily on Tuesday. “You journalists are part of the problems of Nigeria,” he told his interviewers who asked him to speak on the Nigerian government handling of fatal attacks in some by suspected herdsmen in some states. Fasakin accused the Nigerian media of deliberately slanting coverage of fatal attacks in some parts of the country to deliberately tarnish the reputation of the President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

House approves 180 days’ suspension for Omo-Agege (Punch)

The House of Representatives on Tuesday endorsed the recommendations of a joint ad hoc committee of the National Assembly, which recommended the immediate suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for 180 legislative days. The joint committee was constituted to investigate the invasion of the Senate chamber on April 18 and subsequent stolen of the mace. The committee’s 10-point recommendation was adopted after Rep. Betty Apiafi (Rivers-PDP), Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee, laid the report at the Tuesday’s plenary session. Read more

Fayose loses Senator Rasaki, Rep member, chief whip to APC (Vanguard)

Outgoing Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose’s plan to install his deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka as his successor may have been dealt a big blow as several key members of his party switched support to the All Progressives Congress. President Muhammadu Buhari received the defectors today at the grand finale of the governorship campaign of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial candidate in Saturday’s election. The mega rally took place at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti. The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the two federal lawmakers were among the defectors, along with the chief whip of the state house of assembly. There were indications dropped by the new APC faithful, that many assembly members may also be getting ready to abandon the PDP, ahead of the crucial 14 July election. Read more

Senate moves to amend 75 year old Police Act (Nation)

The Senate Tuesday set in motion the process of amending the 75 year old Police Act to ensure delivery of better service by the Nigeria Police Force. This followed the second reading of a Bill for an Act to repeal the Police Act CAP P18 LFN 2004 and enact the Police Reform and related matters 2018. Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South) in his lead debate said that when passed into law, the Bill will make for the formation of a Police that shall protect the rights and freedoms of persons envisaged in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). Read more

Kidnapped Catholic Priest rescued (SUN)

The Catholic Reverend Father that was reportedly kidnapped recently in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State has been rescued. The Daily Sun reliably gathered that the priest was rescued, on Monday night, by operatives of Enugu State Police Command, although there was no information whether ransom was paid before he was released. At the time of filing this report, the Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Paulinus Udenwagu, was said to be receiving medical treatment at the Annunciation Specialist Hospital, Emene. Meanwhile, efforts to get the reaction of the Enugu Catholic Diocese failed. Read more

Lagos Assembly reconstitutes committees (Nation)

Months after the dissolution of its standing committees, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has announced the reconstitution of the committees of the House. Announcing the new committees during plenary yesterday  Obasa revealed that while he would head the Selection Committee, the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abiru would be the Chairman of the Business Rules and Ethics Committee. Other committee chairmen are Agriculture, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Health Services, Hon. Akeem Shokunle, House Services, Hon. Fatai Oluwa, Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Environment, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi and Works and Infrastructure, Hon. Abiodun Tobun. Read more

Obasanjo advocates 40 per cent affirmative action for women (Vanguard)

Former President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo has called for a constitutional amendment to pave way for 40 per cent participation of women in elective positions across all tiers of government in the country. The ex-President also said without a considerable number of women in active politics, the nation’s democracy would continue to grow at a slow pace. Obasanjo made the remarks Tuesday in Abuja at an event marking the 70th birthday of former Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Josephine Anenih. Presenting a paper entitled, “Nigerian Democracy and the Journey So far: The Role of Women,” Obasanjo tipped democracy as the best form of government for a diverse country like Nigeria, citing its unifying influence and opportunities for all. Read more

Woman steals 3-week-old baby in Osun, arrested in Ogun (Punch)

A 26-year-old woman, Mrs. Bunmi Adebayo, says desperation to have a baby after 10 years of marriage made her to steal a three-week old baby in Modakeke, Osun State. She allegedly stole the baby, named David Oluwaseun, on Sunday July 1, 2018. The suspect, who resided in Magboro, Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, was arrested on Saturday at Orile Imo village, in the same local government area by men of the state Police Command. She had fled there with baby named David Oluwaseun. Read more

Fake BEDC staff arraigned for fraud in Benin (SUN)

A 34-year-old man, Ikechukwu Sunday, was today arraigned before an Evboriaria Special Grade Court in Benin City, for fraud and parading himself as a staff of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC). The accused who was arraigned on a three-count charge of fraud and impersonation, was also alleged to have collected the sum of N100,000 to supply BEDC electricity metre to one Udu Kelly. Besides, he was said to have collected N10,000 from one Agho Favour to repair a BEDC metre as well as disconnecting people’s electricity lines. Police Prosecutor, Inspector Oluwaseun, told the court that the offences were committed at Ogheghe community in Ikpoba-Okha local government area. Read more

Pinnick fails to stop Giwa as court adjourns case to Sept. 25 (Vanguard)

Mr Amaju Pinnick on Tuesday failed to stop Chris Giwa from operating in the Glass House as NFF President following the inability of his counsel to raise a motion challenging the Jos Federal High Court’s ex-parte order which installed Giwa in office. Justice Musa Kurya, the Presiding Judge in the case between Yahaya Adama and Alhaji Aminu Maigari and three others had, on June 5, made an ex-perte order asking Pinnick’s NFF leadership to vacate the Glass House for Giwa-led executive. Read more

Serena Williams proves semi-tough at Wimbledon (Theundefeated)

If there was any panic among fans of Serena Williams as she dropped the first set of her Wimbledon quarterfinal match against Camila Giorgi, that angst definitely didn’t carry onto the court and into the mind of the world’s greatest tennis player. “I said, ‘All right,’ ” said Williams, who hadn’t dropped a set the entire tournament before Tuesday. “ ‘Let’s go three sets.’ ” Seventeen months ago, Williams won her last major, the 2017 Australian Open, while pregnant. On Tuesday, Williams was one step closer to winning her first major as a mother, as she came back from a set down to beat Giorgi (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals. Read more

Real Madrid announce Ronaldo transfer to Juventus (Guardian)

Real Madrid on Tuesday announced the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy’s Juventus, with the Portuguese superstar saying the time had come “for a new stage” in his life. “Today Real Madrid wants to give thanks to a player who has demonstrated he is the best in the world and who marked one of the most brilliant periods in the history of our club and world football,” the club said in a statement. Read more

Croatia vs England Preview: Is football coming home? (Guardian)

Is football coming home?

We are two games away to confirm that!

But as for English football fans “Football is coming home!”

They have been creating team-supporting memes that leave the rest of the world a little jealous. The semi-final face-off between England and Croatia is England’s biggest match for a generation. England’s opportunity to reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1966 and their first appearance in a World Cup semi-final since 1990 when they lost to West Germany on penalties. Read more

Chelsea close in on double £57million deal for Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho from Napoli (Metro)

Chelsea are confident of securing a double deal for former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri and Italy international Jorginho, according to reports in Italy. The FA Cup holders have been in a state of limbo all summer long with Antonio Conte still in his position as manager and not a single move having been made in the transfer market. Conte returned to the club’s Cobham training base over the weekend and has has overseen the start of pre-season training, despite acknowledging he is almost certain to be sacked. Chelsea have been in negotiations with Sarri, who has already been replaced at Napoli by Carlo Ancelotti, for months but have been unable to agree a compensation package with the Serie A side. Read more

How Trump could blow up the NATO summit (VOX)

President Donald Trump’s upcoming NATO summit in Brussels isn’t supposed to be this interesting — or frightening. In normal years, the biennial meetings of the leaders of the military alliance’s 29 member countries are mind-numbingly boring, filled with hours-long meetings on sexy topics such as “readiness initiatives” and “command structure reform.” At the end, the leaders all sign a “joint communiques” making generic declarations about “the vital transatlantic bond” and “Alliance cohesion.”Total snooze fest. Read more

Come legally?’ Trump, here’s what you don’t get (CNN)

“Tell people not to come to our country illegally,” was President Donald Trump’s comment to reporters as he boarded a plane to Europe on Tuesday. “That’s the solution. Don’t come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally.”  What was he responding to? A quick review, first — lest we allow ourselves to grow numb to the horror of what the Trump administration has done at the border. It made a strategic and cruel decision to separate children, including toddlers and babies, from their parents — most of whom have come to the border from Central American countries seeking asylum — and then used those stolen children as leverage to get those parents to rescind any asylum claims and return home, and to dishearten future migrants. Read more


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