* How I paid Evans 232,000 euros for release of my boss – witness (Guardian) * NBA threatens to sue Buhari over ‘Constitutional Dereliction’ (ThisDay)

* How I paid Evans 232,000 euros for release of my boss – witness (Guardian)         * NBA threatens to sue Buhari over ‘Constitutional Dereliction’ (ThisDay)



How I paid Evans 232,000 euros for release of my boss – witness (Guardian)

An employee of Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Mr Uchenna Okagwu, on Friday told an Ikeja High Court how he paid 232,000 Euros (about N99.76 million) to alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, to secure the release of an abductee. Okagwu said that he paid the sum to the Nnewi, Anambra-born kidnapper, to secure the release of his kidnapped boss, Mr Donatus Dunu, the Managing Director of the Maydon Pharmaceuticals Ltd. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Evans is facing trial alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba. Read more

NBA threatens to sue Buhari over ‘Constitutional Dereliction’ (ThisDay)

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Friday threatened President Muhammadu Buhari with legal action should he continue with what it described as “constitutional dereliction” in governance. President of the association, Mr. A. B. Mahmoud, who sounded this warning in his address during the opening of the association’s two-day National Executive Committee meeting in Kano, accused the president of neglecting to act on the recommendations of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to appoint 13 justices of the Court of Appeal since November 2017. “Similarly, several recommendations for appointments to the Bench of the Federal High Court and other federal courts are still pending many months after this recommendation to the president. Read more

Don’t display show of force, Act decisively, Buratai tells Troops (ThisDay)

The Chief of Army Staff (CAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has charged Nigerian troops deployed in various locations in the country not to display show of force but must act decisively in the event of any breakdown of law and order. According to him, “You are not there to just ordinarily display a show of force but you must also act decisively on the event of breakdown of law and order. “If there is any breach of security in your area of operation, If you remain aloof and indifferent, then you are not doing justice to your country to protect the citizens. This must be well known to all of you, as well as all the officers.” Read more

Centre urges Buhari to sign Disability Bill (Vanguard)

The Centre for Citizens with Disability (CDD) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Disability Bill to ensure the full integration of People with Disabilities (PWDs) into the society. The Executive Director of CDD, Mr David Anyaele, made the call while addressing newsmen on Friday in Abuja. Anyaele said that the Bill when signed into law would guarantee the rights and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in the country. “It is our belief that signing the Bill into an Act will go a long way to ameliorate the challenges that confront persons with disabilities into equal opportunities like other countries in Africa.’’ Read more

Alleged N3.2bn fraud: Prosecution closes case against Kalu, others (Guardian)

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Friday closed its case against a former Governor of Abia, Orji Kalu and two others charged with N3.2 billion fraud. The EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), announced closure of the prosecution’s case at the Federal High Court, Lagos. He, however, informed the court that the prosecution intended to amend the charge against the accused to reflect more evidence. The EFCC had on Oct. 31, 2016, slammed a 34-count charge bordering on N3.2 billion fraud against Kalu, his former Commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogo, and Slok Nigeria Ltd. Read more

You have failed the nation, SSANU tells Service Chiefs (Nation)

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, (SSANU) has blamed the nation’s service chiefs for the growing insecurity in the country, saying they have failed to live by their oath of office to protect the lives of Nigerians and has therefore failed in their duty. Speaking at the opening of the National Executive Council meeting of the union, National President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke said it is unfortunate that security agents often showed up after those he described as merchants of death have finished their operation. He said though the federal government would say that the country was not at war, the union believe that with the incessant killings of innocent people, Nigeria was virtually at war, saying “Nigerian government sees itself not being at war, but to us, Nigeria is at war. The way people are being killed every day is worse than anywhere there is war. Read more

FRSC advises motorists against using Bad Tyres, Wipers to avoid Crashes (NTA)

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to stop using worn out tyres and wipers to avoid crashes, especially in the rainy season. Mr. Innocent Etuk, the Ojota Unit Commander, FRSC, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday. Etuk said that though there had been improvement in drivers’ attitude on the road as a result of sensitisation and awareness by the corps, there was the need to emphasise on the use of good tyres and wipers during the rainy season.“We have done a lot of sensitisation on the use of good wipers and tyres. “We are also emphasising on these vital items in the vehicle to avoid crashes; that is why we are advising them now, coupled with the fact that the rainy season is here. Read more

LASG to turn Sabo Industrial Estate into silicon valley in 18 months (Guardian)

The Lagos State Government said on Friday that it had concluded plans to transform the Sabo Industrial Estate in Yaba into a technology hub and a silicon valley within 18 monhs. The state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Hakeem Fahm, made the disclosure at the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of the third year of the administration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode. Fahm said that the transformation meant that a new set of entrepreneurs and innovators would be raised to address the challenges confronting the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Read more

Plane flew over collapsed Synagogue building – Police commissioner (Nation)

An Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr. Alaba Yahaya Haruna, told the Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere on Friday that one of his patrol teams observed an aircraft flying over Synagogue Church of All Nation’s building just before it collapsed on September 12, 2014, killing 116 people. Haruna testified before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo as a defence witness in the trial of the Registered Trustees of the church and four others. The church – with Haruna’s testimony – opened its defence to a one count charge of building without approval brought against it by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), following the dismissal of its no-case submission on March 8, 2016. Read more

Bob Marley: Tributes pour in 37 years’ after (Punch)

Today, Friday, May 11, 2018 marks the 37th anniversary of the death of legendary reggae artiste, Bob Marley, who died at the age of 36 from cancer. The influential singer was born Robert Nesta Marley on 6th February, 1945 in the small hamlet of Nine Miles, St Ann, Jamaica. He moved to the slums of Trench town in Kingston where he started his music in the 1960s according to Wikipedia.  From there, Bob Marley rose to become one of the most revered artistes of all time. He, single-handed, put reggae music and Jamaican culture on the global map and at the height of his fame in the late 1970s had enriched the original roots rhythms with elements of other genres, notably rock and soul. Read more

Herbalist arraigned for allegedly macheting cousin for stepping on his mat (Vanguard)

A 46-year-old native doctor, Surajudeen Adeniji, charged with macheting his cousin during an argument, was on Friday granted reprieve by a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.The accused, who is facing a two-count charge of conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and inflicting injury.  He, however, denied the charges. Police Insp. Ben Ekundayo, the prosecutor, told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 24 at No. 11, Oduntafa St., Lagos Island. He said the accused had built a shrine at the entrance of the only toilet and bathroom in the compound of their family house and during a visit to the toilet he had a brush with the herbalist. Read more

Super Eagles will be ready for pre-World Cup friendlies – Onazi (Nation)

Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has assured that the Super Eagles of Nigeria would be ready to put in their best in pre-World Cup friendlies against the DR Congo, England and the Czech Republic. Onazi noted that the team is focused on playing all teams, and not picking special interest in one. “We are not focusing on any particular game, and we are getting ready to face all the teams we have to play before the World Cup. It is the right mentality to approach the games. “I have been asked several questions about the match against England, but I have been telling people that the England match is very important, just like the other matches that we have to play. Read more

Handball: 60 schools for Opeifa Cup (Nation)

Over 60 schools are expected to vie for honours at the 4th edition of the Lagos State Secondary Schools Handball Competition tagged ‘Opeifa Cup’, which will take place at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Rowe Park, Yaba from May 14 to 18. The organisers – Lagos State Handball Association – stated that there is a reduction in the number of participating teams because of the need to uphold quality and ensure that schools that are well prepared take part in the competition. Sponsor of the event, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, who was represented by Bola Asiru Balogun, said that he is bankrolling the tournament in order to produce talents that would do Lagos State and Nigeria proud. He also stated that the effort is to support government drive to develop sports in the country. Read more

Pep Guardiola wants Sergio Aguero to stay ‘for as long as possible’ amid transfer links (Talksport)

Pep Guardiola insists he has no interest in letting Sergio Aguero leave Manchester City. Recent reports have suggested Atletico Madrid are planning to tempt the 29-year-old Argentina striker back to the Spanish capital. Aguero’s future has been the subject of recurring speculation throughout Guardiola’s two years in charge at the Etihad Stadium but each time the City boss has played it down. “I think it’s not going to happen,” said Guardiola. “My desire is it will not happen, but I don’t know. “It’s happened many times in these press conferences and I said maybe a thousand times Sergio is going to stay until he decides ‘my time here is over’. Read more

Can Conte blame poor finish for Chelsea’s tame title defence? (Goal)

The Blues boss has repeatedly lamented his side’s profligacy but is it simply an excuse for his own shortcomings or has it been a legitimate issue? Antonio Conte has grown frustrated over his players’ inability to finish, which he says extends beyond his strikers and throughout his whole team. Huddersfield were the latest team to frustrate the Blues, claiming a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in spite of 90 minutes of bombardment from the west London club. By claiming a precious point, the visitors not only secured their survival, they also effectively consigned fifth-placed Chelsea to the Europa League, as Liverpool now only need to avoid defeat at home to Brighton on Sunday to claim England’s fourth and final Champions League berth. Read more

Buffon hit with UEFA charges after Madrid fury (Goal)

The Italy international’s furious reaction to the referee’s decision to award a penalty in the Champions League has led to disciplinary action. Gianluigi Buffon has been charged by UEFA following the Juventus goalkeeper’s red card and subsequent furious reaction during last month’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid. Juve were on the cusp of taking the tie to extra-time following a remarkable comeback in the Spanish capital, where a Mario Mandzukic brace and Blaise Matuidi’s second-half goal wiped out Madrid’s 3-0 first-leg advantage. Read more

Israel on alert ahead of US embassy move, Nakba Day (Memo)

Israel has made large scale security arrangements ahead of next week’s US embassy move to Jerusalem and the anniversary of Nakba Day. According to Israel’s Channel 2, on Monday – when the US embassy is due to be inaugurated in occupied Jerusalem and when Israelis will be celebrating “independence” – police plan to create a wall of security officers and snipers and to deploy helicopters for surveillance in the neighbourhood where the embassy is located. The call to prayer will also be banned in Jerusalem while the ceremony takes place at the new embassy. A number of Palestinian factions have called for a general strike on Monday and for people to come and protect against America’s unilateral move. Read more

Israeli fire kills 1 Palestinian, wounds 170 in border protest – Gaza medics (Reuters)

Israeli troops killed one Palestinian and wounded at least 170 protesters in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical workers said, bringing to 44 the number killed during a six-week protest at the Gaza-Israel border. The man killed was protesting east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, said medics, who said that seven other people were critically injured, including a 16-year-old youth who was shot in the face. Organisers of the protest, called the “Great March of Return,” said they expected tens of thousands of Gazans at tented border encampments in the coming days. Read more

Nigel Farage to start petition to secure Donald Trump the Nobel Peace Prize (Independent)

Right-wing British politician Nigel Farage has said he will start a petition to have Donald Trump nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying the award would lose legitimacy in the eyes of millions if the US president had a successful North Korean summit and subsequently did not receive it. Mr. Trump is among those who believes he deserves becoming a recipient of the Norwegian-based prize and has claimed such an opinion is widely shared. At a cabinet meeting in Washington this week, the president was asked by a reporter if he believed he deserved the prize. “Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it,” Mr Trump said with a reported smile. He said he was more focussed on trying to reach a deal with North Korea, whose leader, Kim Jong-un, he is due to meet in Singapore on June 12 for what would me a landmark summit. Read more

Family run from cheetahs after getting out of their car at safari park (Independent)

A family had to run away from a coalition of cheetahs after the parents and children got out of their car at a safari park. Footage filmed by other visitors in a nearby car at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park, in the Netherlands, shows the French family leaving their vehicle. Initially a man opens one of the front doors to take pictures of a group of cheetahs lying nearby. A woman climbs out of one of the back doors to place two items in the car’s boot. Two children then exit the car to get a better look of the cheetahs. Later in the video, the cheetahs can be seen bounding towards the family after they got out of their car further down the road. Read more

California high school on lockdown amid reports of possible shooting (Independent)

Emergency services are responding to reports of a man with a gun on the campus of a California high school. Paramedics from the local services are are said to be responding to a report of an individual with a possible gunshot wound at Highland High School in Palmdale, according to local media. Both Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Palmdale Fire Department said they had received reports of shots being fired – the first coming around 7am local time. As well as Highland, three other schools in the local area have been placed on lockdown. The sheriff’s department said there was no immediate confirmation that shots had been fired at the campus, but that deputies were on the scene. Highland High School, in a post on facebook, warned people to “stay clear of campus” as deputies work to “assess the situation”. Read more

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