March 25, 2019

* I stopped swearing-in of new dep. gov. – Okorocha (SUN) * Lagos rules out Hijab in Schools until Supreme Court Decides (ThisDay)

* I stopped swearing-in of new dep. gov. – Okorocha (SUN)                 *  Lagos rules out Hijab in Schools until Supreme Court Decides (ThisDay)



I stopped swearing-in of new dep. gov. – Okorocha (SUN)

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has claimed full responsibility for the botched swearing-in of the new deputy governor of the state, Sir Calistus Ekenze, on Tuesday. According to the governor, the swearing-in was suspended following his directive to the Chief Judge of the state to obey the interim court order restraining him from carrying out the exercise. Governor Okorocha, who gave the explanation said that prior to the swearing-in, the venue of the scheduled swearing-in, the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chamber was full to the brim by guests, including senior government functionaries and APC leaders in the state, before he gave the directive which came through the Attorney-General of the state, Barr. M.O. Nlemedim, to halt the exercise. Read more

 Lagos rules out Hijab in Schools until Supreme Court Decides (ThisDay)

The Lagos State Government Tuesday said it would not allow the use of Hijab in all its public schools until the Supreme Court “determines an appeal seeking to upturn the decision of a Court of Appeal.” The state government equally clarified that religious institutions were exempted from paying taxes according to the state laws, though any religious institution engaging in commercial activities was liable to pay taxes accordingly. The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdulateef Abdulhakeem, speaking on a television programme, said the state government would not enforce the appellate court’s decision on the use of Hijab Read more

Fallout of poll: Be law-abiding, Fayose charges Ekiti people (SUN)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has urged the people of the state to remain law-abiding despite the irregularities that marred the July 14 governorship election in the state and which, he said, culminated in the daylight perversion of the will of the people. The governor stated this while acknowledging cheers from the people, in Ado-Ekiti, on Monday, during the inspection of ongoing King’s Market project which is nearing completion. He pleaded that in the face of intimidation and provocation by the All Progressives Congress (APC), which he alleged stole the mandate given to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate at the poll, the people should remain calm, be law-abiding and prophesied that soon the truth would come out. Read more

Obasanjo goes for medical check-up in Bayelsa (Nation)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday observed his annual medical tourism in Bayelsa State instead of traveling to his hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, United States where he used to go for medical check-up. The former President said the move was to fulfill a promise he made earlier in February when he inspected medical facilities built by the state Governor, Seriake Dickson. He said the medical standard and state-of-the-art facilities he saw during the tour of hospitals and a diagnostic centre established by Dickson motivated him to take his routine medical checks to Bayelsa. Obasanjo, who arrived Yenagoa, the state capital, on Monday night, reported at the Bayelsa Specialist Hospital close to the Government House at about 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Read more

2019: Ogun ADP unveils new party secretariat, vows to unseat APC (SUN)

Weeks after the Ogun State Government sealed the secretariat of Action Democratic Party (ADP), the party, on Tuesday, unveiled a new party secretariat at Onikolobo area of Abeokuta, the state capital. The former ADP secretariat, located inside the Ibara GRA, in Abeokuta, was reported to have been sealed by the agency of the state government for allegedly being located inside a residential area. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the new party secretariat, Ogun State ADP chairman, Wale Egunleti, said the location of the former secretariat did not violate any residential law as claimed by the state government, alleging that the “state governor was only being intolerant politically”. Read more

Police chase out Clerk, staff from Benue House of Assembly (SUN)

Staff of the Benue State House of Assembly, including the Clerk of the House, Torese Agena were, on Tuesday, chased out of the Assembly complex by armed policemen. The development followed the event of the previous day where eight members of the Assembly, led by the impeached Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, with the help of security personnel, gained access into the Assembly chambers and commenced an impeachment process against Governor Samuel Ortom. The heavily-armed security operatives, drawn from the Police and DSS, were said to have prevented from entering the Assembly, the remaining 22 lawmakers perceive to be loyal to Governor Ortom. Read more

Operation Lafiya Dole: Major General Abba Dikko takes over (DailyTrust)

Major General Abba Dikko on Tuesday took over the mantle of leadership of Operation Lafiya Dole- the joint military force fighting to rid the North East of Boko Haram terrorists. The change of barton took place at the military control and command center in Maiduguri. The outgoing theatre commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas was appoiinted December last year. While speaking at the event, he urged the new theatre commander to sustain the tempo of fight against the insurgents while also making afforts to build on success made so far. He also thanked the troops for their cooperation while in charge. Read more

FRSC pledge clamp down on sub-standard driving schools (Guardian)

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned driving schools involved in issuance of certificate without proper training of drivers to stop operations. The Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi said this while addressing the joint body of Association of Driving School Operators of Nigeria (ACDSON) and the Association of Driving School Instructors of Nigeria (ADSIN) at a national workshop on driving schools in Imo State. Oyeyemi urged driving schools to be professional in their operations. He urged participants to use the opportunity to critically examine how they can find new ways of improving the quality of driver’s education and road safety in Nigeria. Read more

Kaduna court frees 100 El-Zakzaky followers (SUN)

A Kaduna State High Court judge , on Tuesday, in her judgement in the ‘No Case Submission’ filed by the defense lawyers, freed nearly 100 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) arrested in December 2015 following a bloody  clash between the Islamic sect and men of Nigerian Army that reportedly left hundreds dead. The sect members were discharged and acquitted of the charges levelled against them as contained in a statement signed by the President Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa. The statement read, “This judgement has not only vindicated the members of the IMN, but it is certainly a victory for perseverance in the face of extreme persecution. It is a victory for truth and justice against tyranny and impunity. Read more

Eko Disco compensates staff beaten in line of duty (Nation)

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) says it has handed N1.7 million to its staff, Mr Abayomi Ololade, who sustained injury after a violent attack on him by consumers in Ajele area of Lagos Island. Mr. Godwin Idemudia, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC said this on Tuesday in Lagos. Idemudia said Ololade was thrown off a ladder and beaten to pulp while disconnecting some consumers in the area. According to him, the attack led to Ololade being hospitalised for months. He said the cheque was presented to the victim by the firm’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Mr Aik Alenkhe, at the EKEDC Headquarters in Lagos. Read more

CAF may stop Cameroon from hosting African Nations Cup (Guardian)

Reports from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) indicate that the continental football ruling body may strip Cameroon of the right to host the 2019 African Nations Cup. This is sequel to a report that shows the reigning African champions are not any way near ready to host the competition next year. In its stead, CAF is looking at getting either Nigeria or Morocco to host the competition. Morocco showed it has the capacity to host such a major championship on short notice when it staged the African Nations Championship (CHAN) early this year, while Nigeria is being considered because it has the facilities, which need just minor touches to host the event. Read more

Okala lauds NFF resettlement programme for Ikeme (Guardian)

Green Eagles’ veteran goalkeeper Emmanuel Okala has lauded the plans of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to train and employ Carl Ikeme, as part of the coaching crew. Ikeme, who was in goal for Nigeria in most of the World Cup qualifiers recently announced his retirement from both national and club football due to his battle with Leukemia. Okala told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Tuesday that Ikeme’s exit from international football was a painful reality. The ace goalie said the plans of NFF to cushion Ikeme’s pain through employing him was a welcome development. He said Ikeme, 32, still had a lot to offer the football world, especially the development of the game in the country. Read more

Man blows himself up on Soccer Field in Belgium (ThisDay)

A man walked to the middle of an empty soccer pitch in a Belgian town and blew himself up on Tuesday in an act authorities said looked like suicide. “We do not think it is a terrorist act,” Hasan Aydin of the local council in Verviers told Reuters. The location — a pitch used by amateur league side CS Verviers — and the timing of the explosion ensured no one else was hurt, he said. The dead man, whom Aydin said was aged about 60 and with European features, was not publicly identified. Local media said police were searching the nearby home of a former soldier. Read more

Man United ready for Real Madrid as Arsenal battles Chelsea (Guardian)

Manchester United will go head to head with Champions League titleholder, Real Madrid at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S. today, while Arsenal will meet longtime rival, Chelsea in the International Champions Cup. The competition is one most followed pre-season championships and it features some of the best teams in the world. Startimes Nigeria says it will air all of the International Champions Cup (ICC) matches live and in HD for the entertainment of its teeming subscribers on StarTimes World Football and Sports Focus. Read more

Emotional Murray makes triumphant hardcourt return (Timesofindia)

An emotional Andy Murray made a triumphant return to hardcourts Monday in his first match on the surface for nearly 17 months, outlasting Mackenzie McDonald at the ATP Washington Open. The three-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one, who missed 11 months with a right hip injury and surgery last January, defeated the 80th-ranked American 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Read more

WhatsApp finally introduces group video chat (Punch)

It is now possible to simultaneously video chat with up to four friends on WhatsApp. The company made the announcement in a blog post on Tuesday. It said, “Over the last couple of years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today. “You can make a group call with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call. Read more

ECOWAS region ripe for common currency – Macron (SUN)

“I am a strong believer of ECOWAS and market access approach ,” says President Emmanuel  Macron of France during his visit to Nigeria early this month. He explained that “it is about time ECOWAS region goes for more integration; market access and possibly a sort of common currency.” Addressing the audience in Lagos  where he launched N500 billion programme to boost innovation initiative in the private sector, Macron explained that the unique way to succeed is to have strong private sector as the only source of inclusive growth in Nigeria. Read more

Trump says he’s willing to meet Iranian President Rouhani ‘anytime’ and without preconditions (Washingtonpost)

President Trump said Monday that he would meet Iran’s leaders “anytime they want,” an invitation for face-to-face dialogue with a country he appeared to threaten with war only days before and an affirmation of Trump’s faith in his brand of personal diplomacy. Trump said he would meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions, stressing that he believes sitting down with adversaries is the best path to resolving conflicts. “They want to meet, I’ll meet. Anytime they want. Anytime they want,” Trump said during a joint news conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Read more

North Korea reportedly developing new missiles after pledging denuclearization (UsaToday)

Indicators including recent satellite imagery show that North Korea is developing new missiles, according to a media report. The Washington Post, which first reported the development, said Monday that U.S. intelligence agencies are seeing signs that Pyongyang is building the missiles in the same research facility that manufactured the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that are capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. Evidence indicates that work has begun to build at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at the site in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of the capital Pyongyang, the Post reported, citing officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss classified intelligence. Read more

Trump says collusion is not a crime as first Russia probe trial begins (Reuters)

President Donald Trump stepped up his onslaught on federal Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia and the 2016 U.S. election on Tuesday, saying that his campaign did not collude with Moscow but that collusion is not a crime anyway. Trump launched his new attack hours before his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was due to go on trial on tax and bank fraud charges in Virginia. As the first trial in the 14-month Russia probe, the case throws a fresh spotlight on an investigation that has dogged Trump’s presidency. Read more

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