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* I knew Kachikwu’s claims couldn’t be true, says David-West (Nation) * NNPC’s claim on approval of contracts false- Kachikwu associates (Nation)

* I knew Kachikwu’s claims couldn’t be true, says David-West (Nation)    * NNPC’s claim on approval of contracts false- Kachikwu associates (Nation)



I knew Kachikwu’s claims couldn’t be true, says David-West (Nation)

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West, has described the response of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to Minister of State (Petroleum), Ibe Kachikwu’s allegation as a relief, saying it confirmed his thinking that the allegations could not have been true.David-West, who spoke with our reporter in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital yesterday, said he had refrained from commenting on NNPC for many years until he read the corporation’s response to the minister’s allegations. Read more

NNPC’s claim on approval of contracts false- Kachikwu associates (Nation)

The claim by that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC’s Tenders Board is the only legal body to approve contracts and not the Board is false. Associates of the Minister of State of Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, stated this in a fact-sheet available to The Nation on Wednesday. The fact-sheet was in response to NNPC’s Monday statement, which described Kachikwu as a “liar” with his August 30 memo to President. Kachikwu wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that NNPC’S Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru. Read more

Child, adolescent obesity increases tenfold in last four decades – WHO (PremiumTimes)

The number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades. This was the finding of a new study led by Imperial College London and the World Health Organisation, WHO. The study was published in The Lancet ahead of World Obesity Day, October 11. A press statement by WHO on Wednesday warned that more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022 if the current trend continues. Read more

15 neutralized, boko haram equipment captured (NTA)

Troops of 192 Task Force Battalion of 26 Task Force Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE at about 8:35pm on Tuesday, 10th October 2017 displayed their fighting prowess to dislodge terrorists onslaught by successfully repelling Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) attack at their outpost from Yamteke axis of Gwoza Local Government, Borno State. The troops utilising heavy fire power and act of bravery dealt a decisive blow on the BHTs who attempted to infiltrate their outpost with improvised explosive Vehicles and persons borne improvised explosive devices. Read more

Lagos endorses Digital Banana’s Technology hub (SUN)

The Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Olufemi Odubiyi has inaugurated the Digital Bananas Technology hub (DBT) at Onikan, Lagos. The DBT is  set to empower thousands of Nigerian youths in the acquisition of practical and relevant work experience within the IT Industry. The commissioner commended DBT team for their efforts in adding value to the existing eco -system and preparing Nigerians for the digital age. Odubiyi added that DBT,  “Basically what you are doing right now is complimenting the eco system that we are trying to encourage and its truly welcomed and from your vision and the way you have articulated it i believe that this would offer a lot of value to Lagosians. Read more

Davido’s friend Tagbo died from suffocation, autopsy reveals (Nation)

The police in Lagos have said that Tagbo Umeike, the late friend of artist Davido died from suffocation. Acting Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal stated this at a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, where he announced that Davido has been reinvited for questioning. According to Edgal, the autopsy report revealed that Tagbo died of suffocation, adding that he was abandoned in his car at the hospital by Davido’s driver and two of his friends. Read more

Ambode backs Tinubu on devolution of powers to states (Nation)

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said yesterday he was solidly behind the position of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on devolution of powers and the need to entrench true federalism. Ambode spoke at the Fourth Quarter, 2017 Town Hall Meeting, the 9th in the series, at the SUBEB Proposed Permanent Site in Kosofe Local Government. He said the clamour across the country for restructuring was not out of place as the present political structure was seriously hindering Nigeria’s growth. Read more

412 teachers to write professional exams in Lagos (Punch)

Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria says 412 primary and secondary school teachers in Lagos State will write its maiden edition of the Professional Qualifying Examination on Oct. 14. The Director of TRCN in Lagos State, Mr Gbolahan Enilolobo, on Wednesday, said that the examination would qualify the successful teachers as professionals. “Teachers are long overdue to be addressed as professionals. Read more

NJC appoints three new judges for Nasarawa High Court (Punch)

The National Judicial Council has appointed three new High Courts judges in Nassarawa State in order to further strengthen the state’s judiciary. The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Suleiman Dikko, on Wednesday, gave the names of the new judges as Mustapher Ramat-Abdulmumuni, Hanatu Mohammed and Abdulahi Ozegya. He said that the appointment of the judges was to fill the vacancy created by death and the establishment of new high courts. Read more

Rohr set to hand full debut to Chelsea Loanee Ola Aina Vs Algeria (Allnigeriasoccer)

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has hinted that he will hand a full debut to Chelsea defender Ola Aina in November’s World Cup qualifier against Algeria, with uncertainty surrounding the fitness of Sivasspor’s Elderson Echiejile. The Monaco loanee suffered an ankle injury during the Super Eagles workout last Tuesday, and aggravated the same injury in the closing minutes of Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Zambia on October 7. Read more

U17 World Cup: Eyoma booked again as England beat Mexico in Five-Goal Thriller (Allnigeriasoccer)

In the game of the tournament so far at the 2017 Fifa U17 World Cup, England U17s beat Mexico 3-2 at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Wednesday afternoon. Tottenham Hotspur right back of Nigerian parentage Timothy Eyoma started his second straight game for the Young Lions and went the distance. The game remained goalless after 38 minutes but it was worth the wait, with Rhian Brewster firing a free-kick beyond goalkeeper López to give England the lead a minute later. Read more

Amapakabo replaceS Bosso at El Kanemi Warriors (Sportingtribune)

The former Enyimba and Sharks coach secured a one-year deal with the management of the Maiduguri side for the upcoming 2017/18 league season. Amapakabo ended the Coal City side’s almost 32-year-long wait for a league crown when his side won the 2015/16 league season. The Maiduguri Warriors and the former Flying Eagles and Kano Pillars coach, Ladan Bosso, recently agreed to part ways. Bosso guided the Maiduguri landlords to a respectable sixth finish in the just concluded 2016/17 top-flight season. Read more

Aiteo cup: Referee killed Sunshine Stars —Duke Udi (Sportingtribune)

Akwa United progressed 3-2 on aggregate to Sunday’s Aiteo Cup final on the back of the win in Uyo on Sunday after they lost the first leg 1-0in Ijebu-ode. “It’s frustrating, how can we get the best to represent this country in international competitions with this kind of officiating”, Udi fumed, furiously, after the Akure Gunners fell 3-1 to Akwa United in Uyo. “You saw it, my players were never given freedom of expression. All their moves were cut off with unnecessary calls. Read more

Russians hail Nigeria for WC qualification despite changing three coaches (Allnigeriasoccer)

The Russian media has profiled the 22 teams guaranteed to participate at next summer’s World Cup in Russia, and the fact that the Nigeria Football Federation changed three coaches during the qualifiers was highlighted.  For the CAF second round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, former Super Eagles captain Sunday Oliseh was in the dugout when the national team beat Swaziland over two legs in November 2015. Read more

Everton monitoring Ahmed Musa’s situation at Leicester City (Soccernet)

Merseyside club Everton is monitoring Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa’s situation at Leicester City with a possible loan move for Musa in-case a recall from loan for Henry Onyekuru in January falls through, reports.A top source revealed that Musa has decided to move elsewhere once the transfer windows open in January as he is becoming increasingly frustrated with life at King Power Stadium. Read more

Tottenham must match Kane’s ambitions – Anderton (Punch)

Harry Kane will only stay at Tottenham Hotspur if the club are ready to match his ambitions and brave enough to reject wealthy suitors, according to former Spurs and England midfielder Darren Anderton. Tottenham have shown a willingness to sell star players in recent years, with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick all departing for just over £150 million ($198 million, 167 million euros) combined. Read more

Sharapova triumphs in Tianjin opener (Punch)

Maria Sharapova made an impressive start to the Tianjin Open on Wednesday, beating Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets. Seeded ninth, Begu loomed as a tricky first-round opponent for Sharapova, but the former world number one from Russia swept to a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Currently ranked 86th after returning from a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova — granted a wildcard in Tianjin — plays unseeded Magda Linette of Poland next. Read more

Thailand bans smoking on 20 popular tourist beaches (Guardian)

Thailand is to ban smoking on some of the country’s most popular tourist beaches, with the prospect of up to a year in prison for those caught lighting up, according to reports by local media. The move follows a recent survey of litter on Patong beach, Phuket – visited by millions of foreign tourists each year – which found an average of 0.76 cigarette butts per square metre in a sample area, which would amount to 101,058 butts on the 2.5km-long stretch of sand. Read more

Rwanda ex-presidential candidate denies insurrection charge (Washingtonpost)

Former Rwanda presidential candidate Diane Rwigara is denying charges of insurrection and forgery that she says are linked to her criticism of the government’s human rights record. Rwigara appeared in court Wednesday in the capital, Kigali. She and some family members were detained late last month. Her mother, Adeline, and sister Anne have been charged with incitement and “discrimination and sectarianism.” Anne Rwigara says she is shocked to hear the charges, and Adeline Rwigara told the court she has not committed any crime. Read more

An Australian court considers: Can dual citizens make laws? (Washingtonpost)

As Australia’s High Court considers the fate of seven lawmakers who could lose their seats because they also hold foreign citizenship, some in the nation of immigrants wonder whether it’s time to nix a constitutional ban on dual nationals serving in Parliament. Critics have long argued the unusual restriction could pose problems for a multicultural country with one of the highest immigration rates in the Western world. The ban also raises questions about how fair it is that the citizenship policies of other countries could decide whether an Australian citizen can run for Parliament. Read more

Speaker of Parliament says Iraq’s unity is a fundamental issue (Memo)

The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament said on Tuesday that Iraq’s unity is a fundamental issue that cannot be waived. Salim Al-Jubouri made the point while commenting on the Kurdish regional government’s referendum on independence from Iraq. Speaking during a visit to Anbar Province, the Speaker stressed that the referendum conducted on 25 September is a serious problem. “Unfortunately, after we were done with Daesh, we have entered into a serious problem: the referendum,” he explained. Read more

Londoners just got another reason to hate tourists (Usatoday)

Commuters on the crowded London Underground are accustomed to the “mind the gap” warnings from overhead speakers as trains pull into station platforms, but they recently got a glimpse of another change that infuriated many.  The world’s oldest subway system unveiled a trial last month to help tourists deal with the congested system: green-painted markings at King’s Cross station, a major stop to show where the doors open. Read more

WSJ journalist convicted in Turkey of spreading ‘terrorist propaganda’ (Telegraph)

The Wall Street Journal said one of its reporters has been convicted in Turkey and jailed in absentia on charges of publishing “terrorist propaganda” in an article on clashes between the Turkish army and outlawed Kurdish militants. Ayla Albayrak, who is currently in New York, has been sentenced to two years and one month in prison, the Journal said on Tuesday. The newspaper defended the article as balanced, and Ms Albayrak said she would appeal. Read more

Can IQ tests settle whether Trump is a moron or not? (Guardian)

Testy relations between Donald Trump and his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, have reached a new low. So bad has the braggadocio become that it seems the two silverbacks may be about to go out and settle things the old-fashioned way – with a pencil and a series of rotated geometric shapes. Tillerson’s reported allegation that Trump was “a moron” resulted in Trump declaring to Forbes magazine that “I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.” Read more

German Greens want anti-austerity Eurogroup head (Reuters)

A co-leader of Germany’s Greens, a possible partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s next government, said on Wednesday the next head of the Eurogroup should support a shift away from austerity and towards investment and more fiscal solidarity. The Greens are set to start exploratory talks next week with Merkel’s conservatives on forming a coalition government that also includes the pro-business, fiscally hawkish Free Democrats (FDP) after an election in September. Read more

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