March 23, 2019

* Gunmen kill 9 people in Benue, Police, Ortom say (Punch) * Fani-Kayode denies saying PDP, is in “a vegetative state” (Vanguard)

* Gunmen kill 9 people in Benue, Police, Ortom say (Punch)               * Fani-Kayode denies saying PDP, is in “a vegetative state” (Vanguard)



Gunmen kill 9 people in Benue, Police, Ortom say (Punch)

Suspected gunmen early hours of Friday attacked Tse Ujoh community in Ikyurav-Tiev in Katsina Alla local government area of Benue State and killed several people. While an eyewitness told our correspondent that 12 people were found dead, Police confirmed nine person killed in the attack. According to an eyewitness account, the attackers stormed the community in a commando manner, shooting indiscriminately, leading to the death of eight persons on the spot. The eyewitness further said that some people were injured and taken to an undisclosed hospital, where four others later died. Read more

Fani-Kayode denies saying PDP, is in “a vegetative state” (Vanguard)

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has denied a report that he said that the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, was in “a vegetative state” and that he attacked the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and other party leaders including Governor Nyesom Wike and Senate President Bukola Saraki. Fani-Kayode said he has immense confidence in PDP’s National Chairman, the part and all other party leaders, including Saraki and Wike. ‘A FAKE qoute has been spread by the APC claiming that I said our party, the PDP, is in “a vegetative state” and that I attacked our National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and other party leaders including Governor Nyesom Wike and Senate President Bukola Saraki. Read more

Guber poll: Saraki, Mark to reconcile PDP aggrieved members in Osun (Nation)

Ahead of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his predecessor, David Mark, are working to reconcile aggrieved members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. The state chairman of the party, Soji Adagunodo, said the two party leaders would convene a meeting to address fundamental issues and ensure that all interests are accommodated in order to put the party in sound footing ahead of the election. He said the national and state leadership of the party would ensure that no one is left behind in the reconciliatory process. Read more

Ex-governors the problem of the Nigerian Senate – Donald Duke (Guardian)

A former governor of Cross River State has said the Nigerian Senate may not be peaceful until former state governors stop becoming lawmakers after leading their states. Donald Duke, also in the running for the Nigerian presidency, said the Nigerian Senate has become a “retirement home” for the former governors. “The Senate won’t find peace until former governors stop making it a retirement home,” Duke tweeted. There are about 20 former state governors in the Senate, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, who was a two-term governor of Kwara State. Until his resignation on Tuesday, Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom State was the minority leader. Read more

NASS invasion: IGP submits reports to Osinbajo (SUN)

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has described the barricade of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), as ‘gross violation of the Nigerian Constitution’. This was even as he maintained that the police were not informed about the plans and has no pre-knowledge of the barbaric operation by the DSS. Idris who made this known in the report he submitted to acting President Yemi  Osinbajo exonerated the police completely from the invasion and accused the former DSS boss for working for some politicians in the country for selfish interest. Read more

INEC to go after perpetrators of multiple registration in Adamawa-Rec (Punch)

The Independent National Electoral Commission has promised to fish out, soon, perpetrators of multiple registration in Adamawa for prosecution. Mr Kasim Gaidam, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, gave  the promise in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Yola on Friday. Gaidam expressed worry over multiple registration by some people in the state, adding that such development would not be allowed to continue. “As the last minute for the suspension of the Continuous Voters Registration approaches, the commission has noticed multiple registration in the state. Read more

Secondus mourns with Dickson over loss of mother (Guardian)

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has expressed condolence to Bayelsa State Gov., Seriake Dickson, over the death of his mother, Mrs Gold Coast Dickson. In a statement issued by his Media Aide, Ike Abonyi on Friday in Abuja, Secondus said the news came to the PDP family as a shock. Secondus said Mrs Dickson would be remembered for the unique motherly role that enabled her to raise good children which included the governor. “Even as we take solace on her reaching the ripe age of 72 years and leaving behind huge legacies, we are not oblivious of the fact that death, no matter how and when it comes, is always a painful experience. Read more

Former NTA newscaster joins Benue governorship race (Guardian)

Dr. Sam Abah, a former newscaster with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), on Friday joined the race for the Benue governorship seat in the 2019 general elections. Abah, who also worked with the Adamawa State Radio Corporation, is seeking the seat on the platform of the United Progressives Party (UPP). Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after declaring his ambition in Makurdi, Abah said that he was not happy about the worsening Benue economy and was keen on harnessing its resources to make it Nigeria’s economic capital. Read more

Osun governorship: Babatope begs PDP members to unite for victory (Vanguard)

A Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope,  on Friday urged all members of the party in Osun to put aside all differences and rally round Sen. Ademola Adeleke to win the Sept. 22 governorship election. Babatope, a former Minister of Transportation, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. He urged party members to see Wednesday ‘s ruling of an Osogbo High Court which failed to stop Adeleke’s candidacy as a victory, not for Adeleke alone, but for the party. The plaintiffs, Rasheed Olabayo and Idowu Oluwaseun, had sought the order of the court to disqualify Adeleke based on his educational qualification. Read more

Senator Gbenga Ashafa’s plans to turn Nigerian railways around (Vanguard)

In a bid to turn around the railway sector across Nigeria, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District and current Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport at the Red Chamber, has led the passage of the Nigerian Railway Bill of 2016, National Transport Commission Bill and the Labour Transportation Bill which seek to breakdown the railway sector into the regulatory and operations component. This is in-line with international best practice and more importantly to create a level playing field for private sector participation. It has been gathered that as a result of this giant legislative strides by the Distinguished Senator, works had already commenced on Lagos to Ibadan segment of Lagos to Kano Standard Guage Rail System. Read more

Buhari to be awarded Doctorate degree (Guardian)

Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari will be honoured with a Doctorate in Humanity by Sun Moon University, Asan, South Korea on Monday. Professor Hong Young-Shik recently presented at the State House the letter notifying her of the award. “Your humanitarian activities have caught the attention of the world and the Senate of the Sun Moon University, especially your outstanding work with women and children through Future Assured Programme” the letter said. According to a programme released by the University, the investiture ceremony will take place at the International Conference Hall of the University. Read more

Doctors warn against patronising quack bone setters in Cross River (Nation)

Residents of Cross River State have been warned to stop patronising quack bone setters whenever they need bone treatment. Head of Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, University of Calabar, Prof. Ngim Ngim, gave the warning in Calabar during a public enlightenment campaign on the need to care for the human bones. Ngim said that visiting quacks for bone problems had caused severe damages to many individuals. According to him, the road walk was to sensitise the people as part of the activities lined up to celebrate the Calabar Orthopaedic Week 2018. Read more

Abuja centenary city to generate 250,000 jobs (Nation)

As preparation for construction work to commence at the Centenary City in Abuja, controversies over compensation may once again hamper the success of the project which is aimed at putting Abuja on the world tourism map. The project is expected to generate about 250,000 new jobs when it finally takes off. Original inhabitants of the area designated said they must be paid compensation for their farm land, but the project handlers are insisting that compensation has been paid on the land and therefore the call for further compensation should not arise. Read more

Osun-Osogbo festival: Monarch seeks more sponsors (SUN)

The Ataoja of Osogbo land, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, has called for more sponsors to sustain  the dwindling fortunes of  the Osun-Osogbo festival. Olanipekun,  who made the call at a press conference in Lagos on Friday, said the festival was being sustained with the support rendered by some prominent sponsors. ” We need more sponsors to ensure sustainability of the festival because without corporate sponsors, the festival will not be successful,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this year’s  edition of the festival  will hold on Aug. 18. Read more

Banky W celebrates marriages in ‘Running after U’ video (Vanguard)

A renowned Nigerian musician, Bankole Wellington known as Banky W took time out to celebrate marriages in just released visuals for his new song “Running after U’’, which featured Nonso Amadi. The beautiful over four-minute flick directed by Banky W himself and released on Thursday, had cameos from notable couples in the entertainment industry. Banky W, who is married to actress Adesuwa Etomi, took to his Instagram handle @bankywellington to explain the concept behind the video and the reason why he decided to feature notable couples. “Do you ever think about the fact that there aren’t too many celebrations of married life on Music Television? Read more

Police foil bank fraud in Niger (Nation)

The Niger State police command has smashed a four-man bank fraud syndicate operating in the state. The syndicate specialized in gaining unauthorized access to accounts of unsuspected customers in Suleja local government area of the state. The suspects – James Obiora and Kelvin Onyeka – were arrested when they tried to link the Bank Verification Number (BVN) of one Mathew Obezuwa at the Access Bank branch in Suleja. The suspects confessed they usually use the internet to gain access to  the account of their victims by  opening  another account with the same name and account number in order defraud the owner. Read more

Giwa-led NFF distances self from Pinnick-led elective congress time-table(SUN)

Chris Giwa, President of a faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Congress, on Friday said his board would have nothing to do with the adjusted 2018 NFF Elective Congress time-table. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Electoral Committee set up by the Amaju Pinnick-led faction of the NFF had on Thursday rolled out a new time-table. It would have led to elections into the NFF Executive Committee 2018-2022, scheduled for Sept. 20. Giwa, while reacting in a statement in Abuja, said the time-table should be disregarded, as “it has no place in law and was not sanctioned by our legally-recognised board’’. He warned those still parading themselves as members of electoral committee to desist from doing so as they were in breach of the laws of the land. Read more

NFL players resume protests during US anthem (Guardian)

Philadelphia Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby raised their fists in protest during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Thursday’s exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The move marks a resumption of the NFL players decision to protest during the playing of the pre-game anthem in order to raise awareness about social injustice in the US. In Miami, Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist and teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the song. Read more

FIFA ban former African Player of Year Bwalya (SUN)

Zambia’s former African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, has been banned from the game for two years by world governing body FIFA after an investigation into his links to banned Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam. The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s Ethics Committee on Friday said that they had banned Kalusha Bwalya, a member of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for two years from all football-related activities. FIFA said in a statement that they had been investigating the 54-year-old Bwalya since February 2017. Read more

Manchester United v Leicester City Betting: Enhanced 6/1 odds on hosts to win to nil (Goal)

The Red Devils and the Foxes kick off the Premier League and new SportPesa users can get a boosted price on the hosts to keep a clean sheet and win. The Premier League returns on Friday night as Manchester United host Leicester City in the first game of the season. United are just 5/9 (1.56) to claim the points but new SportPesa customers can get a huge 6/1 (7.0) on them to win to nil at Old Trafford. T&Cs apply. Simply follow this link or any of the relevant ones on the page and sign up as normal, then place a bet of up to £5 on the market and should it win, you will be paid out in cash at the normal market price. Read more

Qatar’s beIN extends English Premier League contract (Punch)

BeIN Sports announced on Friday it will extend its contract by three years to exclusively broadcast English Premier League football matches in the Middle East and North Africa region. The contract means the Qatari broadcaster will show matches from the English top tier from next year to the end of the 2022 season. “We are honoured that the Premier League has trusted beIN media Group and beIN Sports again to be the official and exclusive broadcaster, champion and custodian of its product in the Middle East and North Africa,” said the broadcaster’s chairman and Paris Saint-Germain president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Read more

Amsterdam’s history retold by objects buried in river silt (CNN)

Centuries of unwanted and lost items — from medieval shoes to modern cellphones — are helping to tell the story of Amsterdam’s urban history from a fresh perspective. Some 700,000 artifacts were collected between 2003 and 2012 from the bed of the River Amstel in Amsterdam, during construction of the city’s newly opened underground North-South train line. Now the finds have been put on display online, courtesy of a digital archaeological project called “Below The Surface.” The objects consist of everything from medieval weapons and cookware to everyday modern items like credit cards and cameras, and offer snapshots of the history of Amsterdam since its first urban development around 1300. Read more

Ryanair strike hits 55,000 passengers across Europe (Straitstimes)

Ryanair endured its worst one-day strike on Friday (Aug 10) after a walk-out by pilots in five European countries disrupted the plans of an estimated 55,000 travellers with the budget airline at the height of the summer holiday season. Ryanair, which averted widespread strikes before last Christmas by agreeing to recognise unions for the first time in its 30-year history, has been unable to quell rising protests over slow progress in negotiating collective labour agreements. In response to unions serving strike notices, Ryanair had announced the cancellations of 250 flights in and out of Germany, 104 to and from Belgium and another 42 in Sweden and its home market of Ireland, where around a quarter of its pilots were staging their fifth 24-hour walkout. Read more

Airstrike on children’s bus is ‘a low point’ in Yemen war – UNICEF (SkyNews)

An airstrike which hit a bus carrying children in Yemen has been called “a low point in the country’s brutal war” by the head of UNICEF. At least 50 people were killed in the attack on a market in Saada on Thursday, according to the Houthi-controlled health department. The attack has been blamed on the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels. As the UN chief Antonio Guterres called for a prompt independent investigation into the airstrike, UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore issued a powerful statement condemning the attack. Read more

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