March 22, 2019

* France Rules the World Again (ThisDay) * President Buhari arrives Netherlands ahead of ICC’s 20th anniversary (Vanguard)

* France Rules the World Again (ThisDay)          * President Buhari arrives Netherlands ahead of ICC’s 20th anniversary (Vanguard)



France Rules the World Again (ThisDay)

France defeated Croatia 4-2 Saturday to lift the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. It was Les Bleus second title after winning the first as host in 1998. The clash was an entertaining final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in what was a fitting end to an outstanding tournament in Russia. France’s first goal came from Antoine Griezmann’s free kick from the right flank and was nodded into Croatia net for an own goal by Mario Mandzukic.  After the interval, France increased their lead through Paul Pogba, whose performances in the tournament deserved a goal in its final. Read more

President Buhari arrives Netherlands ahead of ICC’s 20th anniversary (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday evening arrived Netherlands ahead of his scheduled visit to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) monitoring the visit reports that the President’s aircraft landed at Rotterdam-The Hague Airport at about 7: 23 p.m (Nigerian time). President Buhari was welcomed by Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, President of the ICC, Vice-President of the Court, Marc Perrin de Brichambut and the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama. Others at the airport to welcome the Nigerian leader were Mr Oji Ngofa, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Mr Robert Petri, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria. Also on hand to receive the President and his delegation were Lt.Col Veenhuijzen, Aide-De-Camp to His Majesty the King of the Netherlands and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Read more

PDP rejects Fayemi’s victory, says it’s daylight robbery (Punch)

The national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party has   rejected   Saturday’s governorship election results in Ekiti State. It described the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission as a daylight robbery. But the Presidency, in its reaction berated the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, describing him as “a high-powered nothing.” Fayose had, during the electioneering, supported his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who is the candidate of the PDP in the election. INEC had early on Sunday announced the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the  winner of the election. Read more

Nigeria, Netherlands’ Trade Volume hits N1.2tn, says Envoy (ThisDay)

Nigeria Ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, has expressed satisfaction with the current volume of trade between the two countries, which stood at €3 billion (N1.2 trillion) in the first quarter of 2018. Ngofa made this known in The Hague yesterday during his background briefing to journalists ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival to the Netherlands. He said top Nigerian government officials would be on hand to have bilateral meetings with their Dutch counterparts in different areas, all geared towards improving the security, economy and governance of Nigeria. Read more

FAAC to probe N90bn revenue underpayment by FIRS (Punch)

The Federation Account Allocation Committee has expressed its readiness to probe the N90bn allegedly underpaid into the Federation Account by the Federal Inland Revenue Service. The Chairman, Commissioners’ Forum of FAAC, Mahmood Yunusa, said this in a chat with journalists in Abuja on Sunday. He alleged that the amount, which the FIRS paid into the Federation Account in May, showed a decline of about N90bn, adding that the committee would engage the service to investigate the reasons for the underpayment. Yunusa said, “If you look at the FAAC report, there was a sharp drop in FIRS’ May and June collections, but there was no opportunity for us to actually engage the FIRS for them to explain to us why there was a sharp drop. Read more

God has liberated Ekiti from slavery, says Fayemi (Nation)

Staging a victory rally in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, Governor-elect Kayode fayemi said God had liberated the state from slavery with his victory. Fayemi was accompanied by his wife, Bisi, the deputy governor-elect, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi; Senator Fatima Raji Rasaki (Ekiti Central) and state APC Chairman Olajide Awe. A huge party was held in Fayemi’s Isan-Ekiti hometown on Saturday when it became clear that he was coasting home to victory. Fayemi’s arrival at the party secretariat created a huge lockdown on Ikere Road along Ajilosun area of the city. Read more

Igbo want Biafra, IPOB tells Atiku (SUN)

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described as the height of deceit, the statement made by former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, that if he becomes the president in 2019, he will restructure the country in such a way IPOB would jettison the idea of Biafra. Speaking with Daily Sun in Umuahia, the younger brother of the leader of the pro Biafra group, Nnamdi Kanu, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, said the former vice president should do away with his restructuring. Emmanuel said what the people of the area need is nothing but Biafra. Read more

Falana to governors: meet Buhari on policing (Nation)

Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has urged the 36 state governors to request President Muhammadu Buhari to convene  an urgent meeting of the Nigeria Police Council to deliberate on the organisation, administration and general supervision of the Police. He said the meeting should design strategies for effective policing of each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In a statement issued yesterday in Lagos, Falana said he suggested the meeting in view of the worsening security situation. The Lagos lawyer based his request for a meeting of the governors and Buhari on seven legal grounds. Read more

Speak out against dictatorial tendencies, Wike tells clerics (SUN)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on Christian clerics to speak out against the dictatorial tendencies of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government for the sustenance of the nation’s democracy. The governor said keeping quiet at this critical point will not augur well for the growth of the country. Speaking during the 10th memorial anniversary of the late Bishop Samuel Onyuku Elenwo at the state Ecumenical Centre, Wike urged clerics to pay more attention to the political developments in the country. Read more

I’m lonely, hopeless one year after losing my wife, says Akande (Guardian)

The former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, has expressed his feelings a year after the death of his wife, Mrs. Omowumi Akande, who died after a brief illness on July 11, 2017. Akande said since the departure of his wife, he had been constantly feeling lonely, vulnerable and hopeless, describing her as a very caring soul mate that took care of him as a mother till her death. Akande in his speech titled ‘My Life Without My Wife’ at a one year remembrance of his wife on Saturday, said he has never felt so empty and emotionally deserted.He said: “I became weak and I regretted having involved myself at all in the mirage of our tradition called marriage from the beginning. I did not bargain for my wife to die before me. I am noticing that since that night, I constantly felt lonely, vulnerable and hopeless. Read more

2 years after, coalition seeks release of detained Bayelsa journalist (Guardian)

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom has called on the Federal Government to immediately release the publisher of the Yenagoa, Bayelsa State-based Weekly Source newspaper, Jones Abiri. He was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on July 21, 2016 and has been detained without charge ever since. The coalition, in a statement, said regardless of the offence, there was no justification for Abiri’s detention without trial. The release, which was endorsed by Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ); International Press Centre (IPC); Media Rights Agenda (MRA); Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ); Premium Times, The Cable, African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL); Read more

Murdered corps member: Family goes after Abuja hospital (Punch)

The family of the National Youth Service Corps member shot dead by a police officer, Angela Igwetu, has told the police authorities to go after the hospital that attended  to the corps member, saying  the autopsy report faulted the claims made by the hospital. The Punch had reported that the 23-year-old had finished work about 11pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, and joined a few friends at a hang–out before their Passing out Parade scheduled for the following day. The group were reportedly on their way home around 3am when Angela was shot at a checkpoint immediately after Ceddi Plaza by a police officer, identified as Benjamin Peters. Read more

Another Nigerian shot dead in South Africa (ThisDay)

Barely four days after the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, assured Nigerians that they were not targeted for killings in South Africa, the Nigerian community in that country has expressed shock over the killing of another Nigerian, Martin Ebuzoeme, by unknown assailants. The President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubola, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday that the victim was killed in Yeoville, Johannesburg around 7:30p.m. on July 12. The killing occurred barely 24 hours after the visit of Ramaphosa to Nigeria. Read more

Customs officer kills 2 colleagues in Lagos (Punch)

Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service lost their lives in a tragic accident on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway on Saturday. Punch Metro learnt that the two victims, who were in a Toyota Camry with the number plate, YLA 121 BJ, were at a checkpoint when they were crushed by their colleague, who drove a Toyota Avalon, with number plate, YAB 366 JY. The three officials were reportedly attached to the Seme Border Command, Lagos. While the two crushed customs officers died on the spot, the driver of the Avalon was said to be unconscious at the Intensive Care Unit of the Badagry General Hospital, where he was receiving treatment. Read more

Asaba 2018 AAC: Athletes troop in for Africa Tour (Vanguard)

Nigerian and foreign athletes who will participate in the Africa Tour, a one day event meant to test-run the facilities of the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta, have been trooping in to compete and be the first to make a mark on new tracks. The event is billed for Wednesday July 18 at the venue, which will in a week’s time play host to top African athletes coming to vie for honours at the 21st African Athletics Championships. “Some of the athletes are already in town and others we are expecting today. The event will go on as scheduled and we are looking forward to seeing a good outing at the brand new stadium,” said Olukayode Thomas head of media for the Local organizing committee. Read more

Coronation trustees sponsors LBS 2018 Dean’s Cup (Vanguard)

Executive MBA 23 defeated Modular Executive MBA6 2-1 to lift this year’s Lagos Business School Dean’s Cup in a very exciting final decided at the lush green playing pitch of the school at Ajah, Lagos Saturday. The Dean of the Lagos Business School, Dr Enase Okonedo, the Managing Director and CEO of Coronation Trustees Oghogho Osula and top members of management and the teaching staff of LBS were among the spectators who witnessed the exciting encounter that produced some of the most memorable goals scored in the history of the competition. Tunde Nwofor opened scores for Executive MBA23 10 minutes into the first half. Tobi Ajayi equalised for Modular Executive MBA6 before the end of the first half. Read more

Djokovic clinches Wimbledon (Guardian)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6/2; 6/2; 7/6 (3) in a match that was one-sided until the third set which the runner-up had five opportunities to win. Anderson won the toss and elected to serve. He won the first point and led 30-15 but conceded the next three points to lose the opening game. Djokovic dropped only one point to consolidate to 2-0. Serving better, Anderson won the third game with a 137mph ace. Djokovic held easily and broke his opponent’s serve to lead 4-1. Another love game gave Djokovic a 5-1 lead. Although Anderson held to reduce the gap, Djokovic won the eighth game for the set 6-2, in 29 minutes. Read more

Finalists to share $66m FIFA prize money (Punch)

FIFA will award the winners of the 2018 World Cup final France $38m in prize money while Croatia, the runners-up in Sunday’s showpiece at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium will receive $28m. Both amounts are a $3m increase on those awarded to the finalists of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, in which Germany beat Argentina. Belgium will receive $24m for their victory on Saturday in the third-place playoff in St Petersburg, $2m more than fourth-placed England. In total the pot of prize money for the 2018 finals in Russia has increased by almost $50m, up to $400m this year compared to $358m four years ago. Read more

World Cup 2018 Awards: Luka Modric picks Golden ball, Harry Kane bags Golden Boot while Thibaut Courtois gets Golden Glove (Newsx)

Luka Modric was named as the best player of the World Cup 2018 after the Croatia star picked up the Golden Ball award, while England captain Harry Kane bagged Golden Boot after finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with 6 goals. Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois was awarded the Golden Gloves as the tournament’s best goalkeeper. Kylian Mbappae was awarded as best young player of the tournament. Modric performed spectacularly against England in semifinals and Russia in the quarterfinals. He emerged as a strong contender for the Golden Ball as he took Croatia into their first ever World Cup final. Modric scored 2 goals in Russia and was selected man of the match 3 times in the Russia World Cup. Read more

Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid: £88m plus player bid tabled for France star – Spanish press (Dailystar)

The Portuguese left Los Blancos for Juventus in a shock £99m move earlier this week. And that has left Real looking for options to replace Ronaldo. Spanish outlet Diario Gol, known for their bold and outlandish transfer claims, say an offer has been made for Mbappe in the last 24 hours. The 19-year-old France star has impressed for France at the World Cup this summer and has a chance at glory this afternoon against Croatia. And the reports from Spain claim Real have made an £88m (€100m) bid for Mbappe which includes Casemiro as part of a swap deal. Read more

Thai soccer team mourns former Navy SEAL who died during rescue mission (Cbsnews)

The Thai soccer team that was trapped in a flooded cave paid tribute Saturday to the former Navy SEAL who died during the dramatic 18-day rescue mission. Volunteer diver Saman Gunan perished on his way out of the Tham Laung cave complex after delivering supplies to the missing group.  While still recovering at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, the boys, who range between the ages of 11 and 16, and their soccer coach only learned of Saman’s death on Saturday.  “All cried and expressed their condolences by writing messages on a drawing of Lieutenant Commander Saman,” Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, Thailand’s secretary for public health, said in a statement to BBC News. Read more

Putin’s Football Gambit: How the World Cup Paid Off – OpEd (Eurasiareview)

Even before the single ball was kicked at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, there were threats, promises and suggestions from various governments about how best to cope with Vladimir Putin and his designated fiendish circle of authoritarians. In March, the then UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson opined that President Vladimir Putin would make much hay from the event, in the manner as Hitler had done during the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. In fairness to Johnson in one salient respect, games of such scale are bound to be the stuff of high floating praise and fluffy imagery; no state, whatever the vicissitudes of their political system, is ever going to let such an event pass into the realm of pure sport. It is axiomatic that self-advertisement will duly follow. Read more

Trump Shocks the U.K. by ‘Cutting Off’ Queen Elizabeth (Haaretz)

U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to run for reelection in 2020 because “everybody wants me to” and there are no Democrats who could defeat him, the Mail on Sunday reported. Asked by British journalist Piers Morgan in an interview given on Friday whether he was going to run in 2020, Trump was quoted by the Mail on Sunday as saying: “Well I fully intend to. It seems like everybody wants me to.”  Trump said he did not see any Democrat who could beat him: “I don’t see anybody. I know them all and I don’t see anybody.” Read more

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