* I don’t know why I didn’t award penalty to Nigeria – Turkish referee tells Mikel (SUN) * Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat (BBC)

* I don’t know why I didn’t award penalty to Nigeria – Turkish referee tells Mikel (SUN)         *  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat (BBC)



I don’t know why I didn’t award penalty to Nigeria – Turkish referee tells Mikel (SUN)

Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakin said he did not know why he did not award the penalty for the handball of Argentine defender, Marcus Rojo, for Nigeria on Tuesday evening, according to Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi. Mikel said the referee admitted that the ball touched the hand of Marcos Rojo in the 82nd minute of Tuesday’s game but he put up a defense in not awarding the crucial spot-kick. The penalty, if awarded and scored at a time the match was 1-1, could have wrapped up a second round ticket for the Eagles. Speaking at the post-match briefing in St Petersburg, Mikel said: “I asked the referee if he thought the ball struck Rojo’s hand and he said ‘yes;. The referee told me that the ball came off Rojo’s head before it hit his hand.” Read more

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat (BBC)

A millennial candidate has shaken up the US Democratic Party by defeating the incumbent congressman for his seat. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, defeated political veteran Joe Crowley, 56, on Tuesday night in their party’s congressional primary in New York City. Mr. Crowley, a 10-term Democrat, had been tipped as a future party leader or even Speaker of the House. Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer from a Puerto Rican family, won with 57.5% of the vote. Mr. Crowley had not faced a challenger from his own party in 14 years in the mostly ethnic minority district, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens. Read more

Vote of No Confidence Resolution: Senate, Saraki shun IGP’s legal action (Vanguard)

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Wednesday, fixed September 25 to deliver judgment in a suit seeking to quash the May 9 resolution of the Nigerian Senate which declared the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, “unfit” to retain his position. Justice John Tsoho okayed judgement on the matter on a day both Senate and its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who were cited as Respondents, shunned the suit. Neither the Senate nor Saraki sent a legal representative or filed any brief in response to the suit which the IGP lodged before the the high court to challenge the powers of the Respondents to pass a vote of no confidence against him. Read more

Rainstorm: Buhari visits Katsina Friday (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected in Katsina State, on Friday, on a one-day visit to commiserate with and  condole victims and families of those who lost their lives  during the recent rainstorm in the area.A press statement by Masari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, noted that although the Governor had visited the affected areas at the wake of the incident, “President Buhari feels it is necessary for him to personally visit the affected places and meet the people, to extend his commiserations and condolences. Read more

Plateau killings: APC demands arrest, prosecution of perpetrators (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress has demanded the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of Saturday’s massacre in two local government areas of Plateau State. The party made the demand in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja, on Wednesday. According to the statement, there was nothing that could possibly justify the “descent into barbarism and cruelty” as was witnessed during the incident. The statement partly reads, “We also once again call on security agencies to spare no efforts in ensuring the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators and in stemming the occurrence of such violence in all parts of the country. Read more

El-Rufai inaugurates 16 Nigerian youths for Kashim Ibrahim Fellows (Nation)

Sixteen young Nigerians have emerged as the first set of Kaduna State’s Kashim Ibrahim Fellows (KIF). The successful candidates are: Eyinnaya Danjuma Chukwueke, Aminu Rabi Usman, Fatima Kesington, Muhammad Maccido Usman, Dorcas Kadangs, Jatau Jemimah Magaji, Abdulhakeem Muhammad Miko, Ali Anas Sani, Abimbola K. Adetunji, Aliyu Suleiman Iya, Ibrahim Tasiu, Michael Medubi, Leonell Echa, Musa Muhammad Kona, Abubakar Saleh Joji and Rebecca Maulome Padonu. Speaking at the event held at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Kaduna Government House on Wednesday, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said he was impressed by the quality of many of the candidates. Read more

Ekiti 2018: Voting APC is invitation to killer herdsmen, chaos – Fayose (SUN)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has urged the people of the state to learn from daily killings by herdsmen in All Progressives Congress-controlled states of Benue, Plateau, Zamfara, Kaduna and Nasarawa, saying voting APC in the July 14 election is invitation to chaos, killing,  raping of people’s wives and daughters by the killer herdsmen which the APC harbours. Governor Fayose stated this during a meeting with teachers, civil servants and local government workers in Ado-Ekiti. In a press statement issued by  his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, on Wednesday, the governor called on the Ekiti people to reject APC and its candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to avert Ekiti becoming another Benue, Plateau, Zamfara and Kaduna states where the number of widows and orphans are increasing daily. Read more

Anti-graft: Magu tasks youths on integrity, self-discipline (SUN)

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Alhaji Ibrahim Magu, has enjoined youths in the country to imbibe the culture of discipline and integrity in order to be good leaders of tomorrow. Magu told his audience that imbibing a sense of integrity at the early stages of life remained one of the antidotes for a corruption- free Nigeria society in the future. Magu spoke, on Wednesday, at an anti-corruption sensitisation workshop for selected primary schools organised by Interfaith Network Against Corruption (INAC) and sponsored by Mac Arthur Foundation. Read more

Court rejects Nyame’s post-conviction bail (DailyTrust)

An FCT High Court in Gudu has rejected an application for bail made by convicted former governor of Taraba State, Reverend Jolly Nyame. Nyame, who was convicted and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment for corruption, approached the same court with the post-conviction bail application on the basis of ill-health. However, the trial judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, rejected the bail application. The judge held that nothing was placed before the court by Nyame to show that the prisons authority do not have the facility to take care of his health. Read more

NCS, FIRS, DPR share N17.34bn from FAAC in May – NBS (Vanguard)

Three major revenue generating agencies, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) received N17.34bn as cost of revenue collections for April. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) made this known in its Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC’s May 2018 Disbursement Statistics’ posted on its website. A breakdown of the amount shows that of the amount , the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) received N4.61bn, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) received N8.67bn, while Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR ) and N4.06bn respectively in the month under review as cost of revenue collection for April. Read more

Senate to pass Water Resources Bill soon – Minister (SUN)

Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, has reassured Nigerians that the National Water Resources Bill awaiting passage in the Senate would soon be passed into law, disclosing that the Senate has set up a committee to look at the bill once again before presenting it for passage. Adamu further explained that dailogue was ongoing with senators who are not in total agreement with the bill and that he is positive that by the time they have a second look at the bill; they would definitely see to its passage. In a statement signed by the Director, Information, Mrs. Kenechukwu Offie, the minister added that “It is very evident from the various commentaries noticed so far that those opposing the Bill have not dispassionately studied its content holistically”, he said. Read more

FG Commences 2019 Retirees Verification, Enrolment (Nation)

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has commenced the final verification procedures for prospective retirees from the public service. The exercise is scheduled to take place from 25th June to 17 August, 2018 in 15 centers across the country. According to a statement issued from the Commission in Abuja on Wednesday, it said the exercise had become necessary in order to provide adequate sensitization and public enlightenment for would be retirees on the right steps to take towards a hitch free retirement life. According to the Commission, the exercise is for “employees in the service of the Federal Government Treasury Funded MDAs, who are due to retire from service between January and December 2019 by virtue of attaining the applicable maximum age or length of service, whichever is earlier.” Read more

Codeine, Tramadol ban not enough, tackle drug abuse at distribution stages, Psychiatrist tasks FG (Punch)

The Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, has taken mental health education to the Ojuelegba Motor Park, notorious for drug abuse in the state. The education was in commemoration of the International War Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Day held annually on June 26. The President of the association, Dr Raliat Akerele, said at the event that the association chose the park to educate people on the dangers of drug abuse because it reportedly harboured people who abused drugs. Read more

Lagos Police rescue 2-year-old baby from kidnappers’ den in Ogun (Punch)

The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday said it rescued two-year-old Roqibat Raji from  kidnappers’ den at Odokekere in Ogun State. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, disclosed this to newsmen. Edgal said, “On June 22, one Aminat Abidoye of No.12, Kassim Adeboye St., Jerry Farm, Odongunyan, reported to the Police that her two-year-old daughter was missing. “Immediately, I ordered the anti-kidnap squad to deploy all its necessary assets in ensuring that the victim was rescued and the suspect arrested. “The community policing structure, which had been put in place, led the Police to a village at Odokekere in Ogun State where the suspect, a woman, was arrested and little Roqibat rescued. Read more

Sports Minister Dalung apologizes to Nigeria over World Cup performance (DailyTrust)

Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has described Nigeria’s 1-2 loss to Argentina on Tuesday as unfortunate. The Minister who led Federal Government’s delegation to cheer the Super Eagles in their last Group D match, said the team blew its chances of beating Argentina and qualifying for a possible second round. According to Dalung, the loss was painful to Nigerians who felt it was a game that should have been easily won with everything going for the team until the dying moments of the match.  “I wish to apologize for disappointing Nigerians by our early exit from the World Cup, leaving many football-loving fans devastated. We know the passion and football followership of Nigerians but it is unfortunate that we couldn’t make it even to the next round.” Read more

Nigeria vs Argentina: Ighalo accepts responsibility for Super Eagles’ loss (Punch)

One of Super Eagles player, Jude Ighalo has accepted responsibility for the loss Nigeria suffered at the hands of Argentina on Tuesday during their last group match at the 2018 World Cup. According to The Cable, Ighalo said, “I take responsibility for this game because if I had taken those chances I had, that would have made it a different ball game now.” “I missed a couple of chances that would have finished the game but that’s football because sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.” Nigeria lost 2:1 to Argentina which means, the country is out of the 2018 World Cup. Read more

Nigerians attack referee who officiated Super Eagles match against Argentina (DailyTrust)

Nigerians have been expressing their frustrations over the 2-1 win of Argentina against Super Eagles in their final Group D match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup yesterday. Nigeria only needed a draw to qualify to the round of 16 but the referee Cüneyt Çakır denied the team a penalty when Marcos Rojo handled the ball in his own box. And Nigerians have taken to the Instagram page of the referee to vent their anger with his officiating. Here are some of the messages dropped by Nigerians on the referee’s page: Read more

Marco Reus and Timo Werner inspire Germany to win over Saudi Arabia in final World Cup warm-up game (Bundesliga)

With Manuel Neuer in goal once again and his Bayern Munich teammate Jerome Boateng returning from injury in defence, Löw’s starting line-up was as close to his first-choice selection – only without Mesut Özil – that he could have picked. The quality on show made an immediate impact as Germany took an early lead. Joshua Kimmich’s long ball met Reus’ run into the box perfectly and he volleyed the ball inside for Werner, who duly smashed home off the crossbar. Germany remained on top for most of the half, seeing two goals ruled out for offside and a Reus effort hit the post, but Saudi Arabia were far from out-played. Neuer and Mats Hummels both showed frustrations as Salem Al Dawsari twice had chances to score, but sent his shots wide of the mark on both occasions. Read more

Roger Federer is BACK! Wimbledon champion arrives in SW19 five days before tournament (Express)

Federer will begin his title defence on Monday at 1pm against an as-yet unknown opponent – the draw will take place on Friday at 10am. But the Swiss has been installed as the No 1 seed ensuring that he should be treated to an easier path to the second week, avoiding other seeded players until the third round at least. However, with no tournament in his schedule in the week preceding the Grand Slam, Federer has headed to London early to reacquaint himself with the familiar surroundings of Wimbeldon, where he has triumphed eight times. Read more

French butchers ask for police protection from vegan activists (Guardian)

Butchers in France have asked the government for police protection from animal rights activists, claiming their security was being threatened and that vegans were trying to impose a meat-free lifestyle on the nation. The French federation of butchers wrote to the interior minister saying shops had been sprinkled with fake blood and covered in graffiti. It claims that a growing media focus on veganism was threatening butchers’ safety. The letter said France’s 18,000 butchers were worried about the consequences of “excessive media hype around vegan lifestyles”, and that vegans wanted to “impose their lifestyle on the immense majority of people”. Read more

Trump urges House GOP to back immigration bill (Dailymail)

President Donald Trump made a startling last-minute pitch Wednesday for a far-reaching Republican immigration bill that remained on track for defeat, just days after telling House lawmakers to stop wasting time on the effort until after the November elections. In his latest instance of whiplash on the issue, Trump tweeted Wednesday: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON’T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE.”

The tweet – which referenced Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., one of the bill’s sponsors – could well garner additional votes for a measure that was still expected to fail Wednesday. Read more

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