July 20, 2018

* Gunmen kill Policeman, civilian in Anambra * Osinbajo congratulates Kenyatta on his re-election

* Gunmen kill Policeman, civilian in Anambra  * Osinbajo congratulates Kenyatta on his re-election




Gunmen kill Policeman, civilian in Anambra

Some people suspected to be gunmen on Sunday, shot dead a policeman and a civilian near Assemblies of God Church, Oguta Road Onitsha, Anambra.

An eyewitness said that the gunmen had stopped near the Church, adding that on sighting some policemen at the church, they opened fire on them. The source also said the attackers made away with the rifle of the slain policeman. Read more

Osinbajo congratulates Kenyatta on his re-election

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election as President of the Republic of Kenya.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Acting President’s congratulatory message was contained in a letter he sent to the Kenyan leader after the formal announcement of the election results over the weekend. Read more

Kanu isn’t an Igbo leader, he’s a kid — Igbokwe

Do you believe that Igbo are being marginalised?

Yes, Igbo have been marginalised in Nigeria since the end of the Civil War in 1970. It is a deliberate, systemic, and strategic marginalisation. We have six zones in Nigeria. In the North-East, there are six states; the North-West has seven states; the North-Central has six states; the South-West has six states; the South-South has six states but the South-East has five states.  Read more

Fayose launches presidential bid

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has told members of the Peoples Democratic Party that he would receive them at the Presidential Villa in 2019.

He stated that the ruling All Progressives Congress was only given an opportunity to rule for one term, adding that the party has misused its chance. Read more

Why we can’t vet donations from worshippers —Catholic church

The Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, on Saturday,  said it is impossible for the church to vet donations made by individuals to the church.

The Director of Communications of the archdiocese, Fr. George Nwachukwu, said that it would amount to an effort in futility if the church begins to screen donations made to the archdiocese by worshippers. Read more

Eight LASTMA officials arrested for collecting bribes

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has arrested eight of its officials for collecting bribe from motorists and other corrupt practices.

The officials, who are attached to the Agege-Pen Cinema Office of the Agency, were arrested last week. They are Adebeshin Adeola, Davies Idowu, Folashade Abolade, Shittu Lanre, Akinkotu Olusoga, Olowu Said, Olaoye Peter and Adebola Said. Read more

Criticisms greet Aregbesola’s ‘philosophical’ tweet

A tweet by the Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, has taken the flak from Nigerians who seem offended by it.

In the tweet on Aregbesola’s verified Twitter handle, the governor could be seen being driven in what appears to be an air-conditioned SUV, with the windows safely wound up. Read more

Anambra: UPP clears Offodile, Chidoka for primary

Former House of Representatives member, Hon. Chudi Offodile and ex-Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, at the weekend scaled the hurdle to contest the primaries of the United Progressives Party (UPP) for the November 18 governorship election of Anambra state.

The two aspirants were cleared by a seven-man screening panel headed by the party’s National Secretary, Alhaji Sadeeq Masalla, who adjudged them fit for the primaries holding at Awka, the state capital on August 19, having fulfilled the requirements. Read more

Femi Gbajabiamila was convicted for stealing $25,000 – PDP blasts APC over Ibori

Media Aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, Lere Olayinka has accused top All Progressives Congress, APC member Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila of allegedly being convicted for stealing $25,000 as a lawyer in the United States.

In the statement titled “Ibori’s appointment into PDP Convention Committee and APC hypocrisy”, Lere Olayinka wrote; 1. The first National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande was jailed in 1984 by a Tribunal duly set up by Buhari’s military regime for using funds belonging to the old Oyo State to fund his political party. Read more

It’s Oduduwa Republic or organised violence —Youth activist, Grandson

Who is Adeyinka Grandson?

I had two grandfathers. The first was an Akoko-Yoruba, while the other was a Remo-Yoruba. I likewise had two grandmothers. The foremost was an Ondo-Yoruba and the other an Ijebu-Yoruba. These four grandparents, together produced my parents. I, consequently, have Yoruba bloods from Akoko, Remo, Ondo, and Ijebu respectively. Read more

Rotary Club to donate 30 incubators to hospital

The new President of Rotary Club of Omole Golden District 9110, Nigeria,  Rotarian Oshinibosi Abiodun, said on Sunday that the club would provide 30 incubators and 10 phototherapy machines for Ifako/Ijaiye General Hospital.

Abiodun announced the plan during his installation as president for 2017/2018 at the Excellence Hotel, Omole, Ogba, Lagos Read more

Nobody will choose you; you have to choose yourself, Obasanjo tells youths

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says unless Nigerian youths come out to contest elective positions, old generation politicians will not quit the stage for them.

The former president spoke on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, at the Youth Governance Dialogue organised to mark International Youth Day 2017. Read more

LG to distribute 108,000 treated mosquito nets to residents

Mr Albert Elama, Head of Administration, Etsako-East Local Government Area of Edo, on Sunday said no fewer than 108,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets were set for distribution in the area.

Elama spoke while inaugurating the distribution of free long-lasting insecticide treated nets at Agenebode, headquarters of Etsako-East Local Government. Read more

Buhari values Nigeria’s ties with China – Adesina

Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, says the relationship between Nigeria and China is one that President Muhammadu Buhari cherishes and values highly.

Mr Adesina stated this when he received in audience the Vice Minister of Information of State Council, People’s Republic of China, Mr Guo Weimin who was on an official visit to Nigeria. Read more

Boko Haram: Time for Borno People To Offer More Critical Information, By Yushau A. Shuaib

I have deliberately quoted the above verse from the Quran, the Holy Book of Islam, since the majority of Borno People are Muslims, without ignoring the fact that there are other communities and towns within the State that are predominantly non-Muslims.

As a Nigerian, I express my deepest sympathy and great empathy with Governor Kassim Shettima; the Shehu of Bornu, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi and the resilient people of Borno State over the seemingly unabating Boko Haram insurgency. Read more

London 2017: Nigeria keep medal hope alive …qualify for 4x400m final

Team Nigeria’s hope of winning a medal at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 was given a big boost on Saturday when the women’s 4x400m relay team qualified for the final, which takes place at the London Stadium on Sunday.

The Nigerian quartet, made up of Patience George, Onome Nathaniel, Emerald Egwim and YinkaAjayi finished second in 3:25:40, a season’s best, to emerge second behind winners Jamaica (3:23:64) in Heat 2 of the event. Read more

Lukaku scores on Man Utd EPL debut

Romelu Lukaku marked his Premier League debut for Manchester United with a first half goal against West Ham as the Belgian striker began repaying his British record transfer fee.

United manager Jose Mourinho splashed out £75 million ($96 million, 82 million euros) to sign Lukaku from Everton in the close-season and the 24-year-old needed just 33 minutes to get off the mark for his new club. Read more

Dortmund maintain Dembele suspension

Borussia Dortmund on Sunday said Ousmane Dembele remained suspended “until further notice” for skipping training this week, as speculation continues to swirl over the wantaway forward’s possible move to Barcelona.

“Borussia Dortmund have decided to maintain the player Ousmane Dembele’s suspension from team training until further notice,” the Bundesliga outfit said in a statement. Read more

Gatlin blames TV schedule for Bolt’s injury

Justin Gatlin agreed with the complaints of the Jamaican relay team that a long wait before their 4x100m final at the World Championships on Saturday contributed to the injury suffered by Usain Bolt in his last race.

Bolt, having been passed the baton by Yohan Blake, was in third behind Great Britain and the United States, who eventually won gold and silver, but pulled up almost 50m from the line and fell to the track. Read more

Neymar braced for PSG debut

He has dazzled Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, but it’s Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou, tucked away in sleepy Brittany, which on Sunday greets Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer.

With the mundanity of transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona. Read more

Barcelona are NOT chasing Juventus Striker

With the cash from the Neymar Jnr transfer, to Paris Saint-Germain, allowing Barcelona the luxury of adding to the squad so that they can challenge Real Madrid, being linked to players is becoming a regular occurrence.

However, who actually signs on the dotted line we can only wait and see. Today though, it appears that one player some would like to see strut his stuff at the Camp Nou, isn`t coming to Barcelona. Read more

Wayne Rooney has been BANNED from going to son Kai’s football matches – by Coleen

Coleen Rooney has revealed details of her married life to footballer Wayne . In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the busy mum-of-three said she has to “keep him in line” and will tell him if she doesn’t think something is right.

But it was a revelation about son Kai’s football matches that seemed particularly sad for the family. Read more

Borussia Dortmund Suspends Ousmane Dembele Indefinitely as Barcelona Move Looms

Borussia Dortmund have suspended Ousmane Dembele indefinitely ahead of his potential move to Barcelona.

The France international was one of Dortmund’s best players last season as they finished third in the Bundesliga, scoring six goals and contributing a further 12 assists in 32 league appearances. Read more

Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham Player Ratings: Terrific Toby

made a superb close-range stop early in the second half to deny Harry Kane. Might have done better for the second goal though and his distribution can improve. 4 Javier Manquillo – the only member of the back-four who stayed in his favoured position, but his positioning for both of Newcastle’s goals could be questioned. 4 Read more

Kim and Trump: A tale of two leaders

US President Donald Trump; North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

In many ways the two leaders on either side of North Korea-United States missile stand-off could not be more different. In others they are startlingly similar.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has just overseen his second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, bringing much of the US mainland within reach and presenting US President Donald Trump with a crisis. Read more

Al-Shabaab leader, Mukhtar Robow surrenders

Former Al-Shabaab deputy leader,  Mukhtar Robow has surrendered to  Somalia security forces following a bitter fight with militants in Abal.

Officials said Robow who is from the large Rahanweyn clan, which dominates many of Somalia’s most fertile areas, arrived in government controlled town of Hudur town in Somalia’ southwest State forces on Sunday. Read more

Donald Trump condemns white supremacists after criticism

The President has been criticised in the wake of deadly violence at a far right rally for blaming “many sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead.

The far right rally was held to condemn a decision by the city to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee, a Confederate commander during the Civil War. Read more

Echoing Trump, a defiant Netanyahu attacks ‘fake news’ as investigations heat up

Beset by corruption allegations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting back and taking aim at an old foe: the news media.

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the house of Israel’s attorney general Saturday night, demanding that he indict the premier, who has led the country for a total of 11 years. It was the 38th time the weekly demonstration has taken place, but numbers have swelled in recent weeks, ramping up pressure. Read more

Kuwait to finish cleaning up oil spill this week – report

Kuwait will finish cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country’s southern waters in the Gulf this week, a Kuwaiti newspaper report said on Sunday, quoting the country’s oil minister.

Essam al-Marzouq told the al-Rai newspaper that no more patches of oil have been found and that Kuwait was working on clearing up those near the shore. He did not give a reason for the spill. Read more

Two US service members killed in northern Iraq

The US military says two American soldiers have been killed while conducting combat operations in northern Iraq, but not as a result of “enemy contact.”

Central Command said in a statement that five other soldiers were wounded in Sunday’s incident, without providing further details. It did not identify the soldiers. Read more

Turkey mourns teenage boy killed during clash with PKK

Turkey is mourning the 15-year-old boy who was killed by PKK militants in northern Turkey late Friday.

Eren Bulbul died from wounds sustained as he helped gendarmes track PKK militants in Macka, a town 22 kilometers (14 miles) south of the Black Sea province of Trabzon. Gendarmerie Master Sgt. Ferhat Gedik, 41, was injured in the same incident and also martyred. Read more

Indian hospital chief suspended after dozens of children die

State officials in India have suspended the director of a hospital where an estimated 60 children have died in the past week, including several young patients who died as oxygen supplies ran out Thursday after a billing dispute with a supplier.

Officials in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have suspended Rajeev Misra, the head of the government-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, where at least 30 children died Thursday night and into Friday after its supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted over an unpaid bill, officials said. A Home Ministry spokesman told the Press Trust of India, citing police reports, that 21 of the deaths were directly linked to a shortage of oxygen. Read more

What is the UK-invented VX nerve agent – and why is it so deadly?

Malaysian police are saying that Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was killed using a VX nerve agent. Here’s what you need to know.

What is VX?

VX is a lethal nerve agent and one of the deadliest chemicals ever created by man. It is classified as a weapon on mass destruction by the UN and can come in liquid, gas or cream form. A victim can be subjected to as little as 10mg and be dead within 15 minutes. Read more

White House plotters working to ‘eject’ Trump, says former communications chief Anthony Scaramucci

Donald Trump’s former communications director Anthony Scaramucci has said there are people in Washington trying to have Mr Trump removed as president.

Mr Scaramucci, who was sacked last month after just 10 days on the job, told ABC there are “elements” within the White House trying to “eject” Mr Trump, according to the BBC. Read more


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