* I had excellent time in Nigeria — Theresa May (Nation) * Why Buhari declined assent to Petroleum Industry Bill – Enang (Punch)

* I had excellent time in Nigeria — Theresa May (Nation)              * Why Buhari declined assent to Petroleum Industry Bill – Enang (Punch)



I had excellent time in Nigeria — Theresa May (Nation)

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, says she had an excellent time in Nigeria and hopes to see increased trade and investment between Nigeria and the UK. She spoke with newsmen at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja on Wednesday in Lagos, shortly before departing the country at 8:10 p.m. “I was in Abuja and also in Lagos to see the thriving business community here. “We want to see increased trade between Nigeria and UK, increased investment, bringing jobs here in Nigeria, jobs in the UK. “This will be good for both countries and I have had an excellent time in here in Nigeria, and I am very pleased to be here today,” she told newsmen. Read more

Why Buhari declined assent to Petroleum Industry Bill – Enang (Punch)

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, on Wednesday identified the provision of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill permitting the Petroleum Regulatory Commission to retain as much as 10% of the revenue generated as one of the reasons President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to the bill. He said the President’s position was that the provision unduly increased the funds accruing to the commission to the detriment of the revenue available to the Federal, States, Federal Capital Territory and local governments in the country. Read more

Khadija Abba Ibrahim joins Yobe guber race (SUN)

Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Hon. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, has declared her interest in the Yobe State 2019 governorship election. Ibrahim’s ambition to occupy the Yobe State Government House was disclosed by her Special Assistant (Media), Ibrahim Aliyu. Aliyu, in a post on Facebook accompanied with Ibrahim’s campaign poster, said: “Hon Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim is undoubtedly one of the most amazing hardworking women of our time. “Hon Khadija who previously served as Commissioner in Yobe state, as well as three times Member of the House of Representatives before her elevation to the position of Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, is a lady who dedicated her entire life to the service of the nation and humanity.” Read more

Aregbesola, PDP trade words over workers’ strike (Punch)

The Osun State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has called on Governor Rauf Aregbesola to order the immediate payment of the backlog of workers’ salaries and allowances which necessitated the warning strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state. The Chairman of the PDP in the state, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, made the call in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Wednesday. The statement read, “The withholding of workers and pensioners’ financial entitlements for a period of 34 months is callous and unwarranted. “The state government has no justification for the brazen oppression of workers who toil day and night to sustain the running of public institutions. Read more

Voter Registration: Edo declares Friday work-free day (Nation)

The Edo State Government has declared Friday, August 31, a work-free day to avail civil and public servants the opportunity to process, regularise or obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC). A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq. on Wednesday, said that “Government workers are urged to partake in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), so they can perform their civic duty.” Ogie added that “With this notice, all government establishments except those that render essential service are expected to be closed and the workers are encouraged to take advantage of the work-free day to visit centers for the ongoing CVR to process or obtain their PVCs. This will make them eligible to participate in the forthcoming 2019 elections. Read more

 ‘F-SARS will have human rights desks in 36 states’ (Nation)

The Commissioner of Police in charge of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), Mr Haliru Gwandu said on Wednesday that Human Rights Desk Officers have been mandated to receive complaints from the public on rights abuses by operatives of the special squad. Gwandu said that the police had set up human rights desks in all the 36 states and FCT, assuring that the complaints would be treated with despatch by the Force Headquarters. The CP made this known while sensitising officers and men of the Kaduna State Police Command to the new Standard Operational Guidelines and Procedures, and Code of Conduct for all FSARS personnel. Read more

CBN imposes N5.8bn fine on four 4 banks (Punch)

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Wednesday said it had imposed a total fine of N5.87bn on four banks for flagrant violation of extant laws and regulation. The apex bank announced the sanction in a statement issued in Abuja. The banks that were sanctioned are Standard Chartered – N2.4 bn, Stanbic IBTC – N1.8 bn, Citibank – N1.2bn and Diamond Bank ​- N0.25bn. The apex bank also asked these banks to refund the sum of $8,134,312,397.63 for what it described as “flagrant violation of extant laws and regulations of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, including the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1995 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Foreign Exchange Manual, 2006.” Read more

Obaseki, Buratai chart new logistics support model for Army (Vanguard)

recommend PPP to meet contemporary needs Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, have called for the adoption of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in logistics support for the Nigerian Army to enable it tackle the nation’s security challenge. Obaseki maintained that for the nation’s fight against terrorism and other crimes to succeed, all hands must be on deck to support the Nigerian Army and related security agencies. Read more

Zimbabwe names team to probe election killings (Punch)

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday appointed former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe to lead an inquiry into post-election violence when the army opened fire and six people were killed. The seven-member commission has been tasked with investigating events around anti-fraud protests on August 1 when the military used live rounds on the streets of the capital Harare. The election was meant to relaunch the country and attract foreign investment after the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule last year, but was marred by the army shooting and allegations of electoral fraud. Read more

Confederation Cup: Enyimba hit Q/F beat CARA 1-0 (Nation)

Confederation cup campaigners Enyimba marked their return to the newly renovated Aba Township Stadium with a last minute victory over visiting CARA on Wednesday.  The peoples Elephants survived what could pass like an initially scare play entire 90 minutes without a goal in a match which they had been condemned to win to stand a chance of progressing in Group C of the Confederation cup. The much needed goal came in the 93rd minute of the match when Mfon Udoh’s curled free kick came off the post and Wasiu Alalade delivered home the rebound. Read more

Davido, Wizkid Nominated For 2018 AFRIMA Awards (Guardian)

Nigerian artistes are a force to reckon with in the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA 2018). The nomination list which has been made public has Davido, Wizkid, Olamide, Wande Coal, Kizz Daniel, Simi, Tiwa Savage, TuFace, Falz and other artistes battle with Diamond Platnumz, Nasty C, Shekhinah for awards in different categories. Shekhinah and Congo’s Maître Gims have the highest nominations this year. Simi represents Nigeria with five nominations. Organisers of the event also announced that four categories have been added: African DJ of the Year; Best African Dance/Choreography; African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year and Best African Act in Diaspora. Read more

Italy midfielder Rolando banned for insulting Virgin Mary, God (Vanguard)

Italian international Rolando Mandragora has fallen victim to the country’s strict ban on taking God’s name in vain on the pitch, being suspended for one Serie A game for “blasphemous remarks” uttered during his team Udinese’s 1-0 win over Sampdoria at the weekend. The 21-year-old midfielder was caught on television shouting “Porca Madonna, Vaffanculo, Dio Cane”, an insult to the Virgin Mary, while also referring to God as a dog, in exasperation after a save by Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero. Read more

Wawrinka-Raonic, Stephens-Azarenka: US Open throws up huge third-round matches (Metro)

The US Open has already been off to a great start, but things are about to step up a notch in round three. After battling past two rounds of opponents as well as the sweltering heat, defending champion Sloane Stephens and 2016 winner Stan Wawrinka both booked their spots in the last-32. Their reward is an incredibly enticing set of matches, with Stephens taking on two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka and Wawrinka facing 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic. Both Wawrinka and Raonic have struggled with injuries over the past year or so but both have shown fine form en route to this stage. Read more

Kim Murray, supported husband at the US Open on Wednesday (Dailymail)

Kim Murray looked every inch the proud wife as she cheered on husband Andy at the US Open. The mother-of-two dressed down in denim shorts and a white t-shirt as she took her seat for the match at USTA National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows, New York, on Wednesday.  Kim, 30, was spotted pumping her fist into the air and wincing with disappointment as her husband, 31, took on Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the second round tie. The couple, who tied the knot in 2015, have two daughters together, Sophia, two, and 10-month-old Edie. Read more

Rafael Benitez “not concerned” by Newcastle United display in EFL Cup loss (Sportsmole)

Rafael Benitez has admitted that Newcastle United “need to improve in attack” but was “not concerned” by his side’s display in the EFL Cup second-round defeat at Nottingham Forest. The Magpies were behind for most of Wednesday night’s game at the City Ground after Daryl Murphy opened the scoring for the hosts on two minutes. Although Salomon Rondon equalised in injury time, the Reds weighed in with two late goals to win 3-1 and send Newcastle out of the competition for the second successive season. “I don’t agree that Forest were the better team and I’m not concerned by how we played,” Benitez told Sky Sports News at full time. Read more

Yes, Don McGahn leaving the White House is a very big deal (CNN)

The official spin around the news — confirmed by President Donald Trump — that White House counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his post this fall goes something like this: We always expected Don to serve through the first two years of the administration. This is a very stressful job, and Don always said he wouldn’t and couldn’t stay in the role for the entire first term. Which is, in part, true. Being the lead attorney in any White House is stressful. Being the lead attorney in the Trump White House is roughly equivalent to my stress level when one of my kids is the first performer at a piano recital. Read more

UK-Kenya security deal to target British paedophiles (Belfasttelegraph)

British paedophiles will be targeted by a new security pact to be announced as Theresa May concludes her Africa tour in Kenya. Downing Street said Britain will build a cyber centre in Nairobi to help Kenyan police stop child abuse images being shared online and assist efforts to identify potential victims. The UK will also help fund work by the Kenyan authorities to access data from tech firms to catch offenders, No 10 added. Airport security is within the agreement, including machines to detect explosives, in a bid to protect Britons and others who visit Kenya. Read more

Graham says Trump called him after McCain tribute speech on Senate floor (CNN)

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that President Donald Trump called him after he delivered an emotional farewell to Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor, telling the South Carolina Republican he “did right by his friend.” “He called yesterday after my speech and he couldn’t have been nicer. He said, ‘That was very sad. I just want to let you know you did right by your friend.’ I said, Thank you Mr. President.'” Graham told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview on “Inside Politics” Wednesday, adding that the call from the President was “right out of the blue.” Read more

Obama was ‘surprised’ when John McCain asked him to speak at his funeral (Dailymail)

Former President Barack Obama was surprised to receive a phone call this past April from his former rival John McCain, who had a request: give one of the eulogies at his funeral. Obama vanquished McCain in the 2008 presidential election, a contest filled with bitter moments – including conspiracy theorists touting debunked talk that Obama was born in Africa and McCain’s anger at the attention the younger Obama was getting. And, while the two had a cordial working relationship, they were never personally close. Read more

Prince Harry busted by Halle Berry after throwback photo reveals cutout of her hanging in teen dorm room (Foxnews)

Halle Berry is looking back on her connection to Prince Harry. The actress, 52, shared a throwback snap from a Wednesday W magazine article about the British royal’s teenage dorm room at Eton College, an English boarding school for boys. One shot showed the prince sitting next to his desk — with a cutout of  Berry hanging up on the wall behind him.  “Ok #PrinceHarry, I see you! 🤣 #HalleBerryPosta @MissyElliott,” the 52-year-old tweeted, referencing a line from rapper Missy Elliott’s 2002 single “Work It.” Read more



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