* Govs, senators back Osinbajo’s call for state police (Punch) * Senate, unending subsidy probe (SUN)

* Govs, senators back Osinbajo’s call for state police (Punch)                * Senate, unending subsidy probe (SUN)



Govs, senators back Osinbajo’s call for state police (Punch)

At the closing of the two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate, state governors and the federal parliament have agreed to allow states to have their police. They backed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who stated at the opening of the event on Thursday that state police was “the way to go.” Participants, who included the leadership and members of the Senate, governors and service chiefs, as well as community, religious and traditional leaders, also raised the issue of restructuring and true federalism at the summit. Strong indications emerged after the summit that some issues raised might come up as amendment bills to alter the constitution. Read more

Senate, unending subsidy probe (SUN)

Until the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo came into power in 1999, the phrase, fuel subsidy appears alien to Nigerians. Obasanjo introduced subsidy regime when he jerked up the prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in October, 2003. Since then, it has been from one controversy to another. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), appears to be the big octopus, always at the centre of what has been termed “subsidygate.”   Nigerians did not pay any serious attention to alleged sharp practices in the administration of the subsidy until early 2012 when the 7th National Assembly, particularly, the House of Representatives, conducted the first public hearing on the administration of fuel subsidy in the country. Read more

Protest rocks Oyo APC State Secretariat over impending LG Polls (ThisDay)

With exactly three months to May 12 local government election in Oyo State, some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday staged a protest at the party secretariat at Oke Ado, Ibadan to register their displeasure over alleged imposition of councillorship and chairmanship candidates by the state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, in connivance with some party leaders. They were led by their spokesman, Mr. Kamardeen Kayode Obisesan from Egbeda Local Government who said: “We heard that the governor for complicity and orchestrated move had perfected plans to impose his cronies and his group which have been the only group ravishly enjoying the real dividend of democracy in Oyo State since the inception of this administration from May 2011 to date. Read more

2019: I’ll support Uche Nwosu to succeed me –Okorocha (SUN)

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said if Chief Uche Nwosu contests the 2019 governorship election in the state, he would support him on the grounds that he has the qualities of an ideal leader. Nwosu is the current Chief of Staff to the Government House and an ardent apostle of the Rescue Mission Government in the state. Governor Okorocha spoke when officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and leaders from Owerri Municipal Council visited him yesterday to urge him to encourage and support Nwosu for the governorship of the state in 2019. He said the monumental achievements of the governor could not be left in the hands of ‘any-how person’. Read more

Cancer awareness remains collective responsibility— Bolanle Ambode (Vanguard)

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Her Excellency Mrs. Bolanle Ambode has admonished Nigerians to step up awareness and public enlightenment on cancer, says that the disease can be effectively prevented if some simple dietary and medical instructions are followed. Bolanle who spoke at the 4th Omolara Jolaoso Memorial Lecture organised by Landers 88’ Reunion Club, said  those diagnosed with the disease can also be managed to live normal, useful and pain-free life. Read more

‘Avoid unprotected sex on Val’s day’ (Punch)

Ahead of the Valentine’s Day which will hold on Wednesday, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS has called on Nigerians, especially the youths, not to engage in unprotected sex. The DG of NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, was quoted as saying this in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the agency, Mrs. Toyin Aderibigbe. Aliyu asked Nigerians to “share love and not HIV.” The statement read in part, “This period is particularly noted for young people expressing their love for one another. This could lead to impulsive decisions such as unprotected sex resulting in unplanned pregnancies and an increased risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. Read more

N21bn Fraud: Ex-Air Force Chief, Amosu holds plea bargain talks with EFCC (ThisDay)

A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, on Monday told the Federal High Court in Lagos that he was holding plea bargain talks with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). An investigation officer, Tosin Owobo, had earlier testified that Amosu and two other former Nigeria Air Force (NAF) chiefs allegedly diverted N21billion to their personal accounts from NAF. He said they diverted the sum through several companies which they personally incorporated and none of which had any transaction or contract with NAF. Read more

Eko Atlantic City: The making of a different Lagos (Tribune)

In the not-too-distant past, when one sought a choice location for events of varying activities, the ready option was the Lagos Bar Beach. It was the prime spot for sport competitions – even for primary school students – as well as picnics, dates, religious gatherings, movie shoots, or even for meditation, especially in the wee hours of the day. For many Lagos residents, the Lagos Bar Beach evokes different memories, especially for those who previously frequented the place. While for some, the beach holds a major signifier in the history of the bustling city, for others, there are not many true stories told of Lagos, without mention of the Bar Beach. Read more

Avuru: Crude Oil Price Above $80 detrimental to investments (ThisDay)

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Mr. Austin Avuru has stressed the need for crude oil price to stabilise around $60 per barrel threshold, saying that $80 oil and above could be detrimental to investments. Avuru has also called on African players in the oil and gas sector to focus on domestic energy security as the multinational companies are moving investment funds from oil and gas into the renewable energy sources. Read more

Akwa Ibom Govt to build Qua Iboe Power plant (Vanguard)

PLANS are underway for the establishment of Qua Iboe Power Plant, a new electricity company by Akwa Ibom State Government. The Qua Iboe Power Plant project, which is to be cited at Qua Iboe On-shore Terminal in Ibeno Local Government Area of the state would be operated under Public Private Partnership Agreement (PPA), with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Joint Venture, Dangote Group, Black-Rhino, African Development Bank, International Finance Consortium (I FC) and the Islamic Development Bank as financiers of the project. Governor Udom Emmanuel disclosed this, after a meeting with the investors on the new power plant project in Uyo at the weekend Read more

Power sector losing N24bn monthly to imported fuel –Fashola (Punch)

The Nigerian electricity supply industry is losing an estimated N24bn monthly as a result of the importation of fuel such as diesel for alternative sources of energy, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. According to Fashola, Nigerians consume about 300 million litres of diesel every month and 75 per cent of this volume is imported, while about 40 per cent is used in generators to produce electricity. The minister stated these at the 24th monthly power sector stakeholders’ meeting hosted by the Transmission Company of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday, and explained that about N24bn was being lost by the sector as a result of the importation of fuel on a monthly basis. Read more

MAN raises alarm over threat to N420bn spirit, wine industry (SUN)

The Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN), a Sub-Sectoral Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has raised the alarm over the threat to its N420 billion investment due to the recent proposal to increase excise duties. The group, in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the proposal by the Federal Government for an upward review of excise duties, levies/tax on locally produced wines and spirits will equally threaten 10,000 and 15,000 direct and indirect jobs respectively. Read more

IPOB alleges disappearance of Kanu’s file at Appeal Court (ThisDay)

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised the alarm over the purported disappearance of the case file of its leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, at the Court of Appeal. The group said the announcement of the disappearance of the file was a huge joke that further portrayed the rot in the Nigerian justice sector, while calling on the Chief Judge of Nigeria to step in and salvage what was left of its integrity. A statement signed by Mr. Emma Powerful and made available to THISDAY in Awka stated: “Court of Appeal judges today sitting in Abuja has declared the file of the leader of IPOB missing/misplaced. It is unheard of in the history of Nigerian judiciary that a matter coming up for final judgment almost a year after the appellate court jury adjourned it having heard all the arguments would go missing. Read more

Beheaded farmer: We’ll deal with herdsmen our way – Agbekoya (Vanguard)

Following killings by herdsmen across the country since the beginning of the year, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said his government has grasp of the security challenges in the country and is determined to implement solutions that would stand the test of time. The President’s declaration came after he emerged from a three-hour meeting with security agencies, including service chiefs, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari’s statement came at a time Agbekoya Farmers Association, AFA, vowed to deal with herdsmen, following last Saturday’s beheading of a 70-year-old farmer and injuring of his son in their farm at Iseyin, Oyo State. Read more

Police repel suicide attack on Borno (ThisDay)

Police have repelled a suicide attack on its location in troubled Borno State, the Police Commissioner in the state, Damien Chukwu ,said yesterday in Maiduguri. Addressing a press conference, Chukwu said two female suicide bombers who targeted the police facilities in Dikwa were killed by eagle eye police officers on Sunday night. He said the suicide bombers were sighted by personnel on duty, approaching the outpost from about 100 meters. He explained that they were asked to halt their movement but after they did not heed the warning, they were gunned down. Read more

2018 World Cup: Croatia coach to spy on Eagles in England friendly (Vanguard)

Croatia manager Zlatko Dali has plans to monitor the high profile pre-World Cup friendly between Nigeria and   England at the National Stadium in London as his side will be in the United Kingdom for a friendly at that time. Croatia will battle Brazil at Anfield, home ground of Liverpool, on June 3, a day after the Super Eagles clash with the Three Lions. Read more

2018 Lagos Int’l Polo tournament gallops off (Vanguard)

Polo enthusiasts in Lagos and its environs will be treated to two weeks of top notch experience as the 2018 Lagos International Polo tournament gallops off today at the popular Lagos Polo Club, Ikoyi Lagos with 34 teams vying for honours in five titles. The first week billed to run from today to 18 will see teams compete in the Silver Cup which has eight home teams and six visiting teams while Open Cup will feature four teams all of which are from Lagos. Read more

 ‘Olympic Destroyer’ malware targeted PyeongChang Games, firms say (Nbcnews)

Several U.S. cyber security firms said on Monday that they had uncovered a computer virus dubbed “Olympic Destroyer” that was likely used in an attack on Friday’s opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Games. Games Organizers confirmed the attack on Sunday, saying that it affected internet and television services but did not compromise critical operations. Organizers did not say who was behind the attack or provide detailed discussion of the malware, though a spokesman said that all issues had been resolved as of Saturday. Read more

Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un thanks South Korea for ‘impressive’ effort (BBC)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has praised South Korea for its “impressive” efforts in hosting a delegation from the North during the Winter Olympics. State media outlet KCNA said Mr Kim had thanked the South for “prioritizing” the North’s visit to the Games in Pyeongchang. His comments came as the delegation, led by Mr Kim’s sister Kim Yo-jong, returned home to report on their visit. The Games will run until 25 February. Read more

South Africa: ANC ‘decides Zuma must go’ (BBC)

South Africa’s ruling ANC party will formally request that President Jacob Zuma step down after he refused to resign, media reports say. The reported decision to “recall” Mr Zuma followed marathon talks by senior party officials that continued into the early hours of Tuesday. If Mr Zuma, 75, still does not budge, he will face a vote of confidence in parliament that he is expected to lose. He has been leader since 2009 but has been dogged by corruption allegations. Read more

Worms plucked from woman’s eye make medical history (Telegraph)

Abby Beckley had been working on a salmon fishing boat in Alaska when she first noticed the problem. Her eye was irritated and she was suffering from a migraine. After five days she returned to port where she used to mirror to examine the problem. Instead of an errant eyelash she pulled out a tiny, translucent worm. “I looked at it, and it was moving,” she told CNN. “And then it died within about five seconds.” Read more

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