* I wanted to break Commonwealth Games record – Amusan (Punch) * 2019 not my priority now, says Buhari (Nation)

* I wanted to break Commonwealth Games record – Amusan (Punch)                * 2019 not my priority now, says Buhari (Nation)



I wanted to break Commonwealth Games record – Amusan (Punch)

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tobi Amusan has said her target was to break the Games’  record in Australia. Amusan ran  12.68secs ahead of Jamaica duo Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson to win the women’s 100m hurdles to  become the  first  Nigerian gold medallist in the event at the Commonwealth Games. Her medal is the only gold won by the country in athletics in Gold Coast. The Commonwealth Games record in the event is 12.65secs set by Jamaican Brigitte Foster-Hylton at the Melbourne 2006 Games. Read more

2019 not my priority now, says Buhari (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said he is not pre-occupied with the 2019 election in which he has indicated interest to run for a second term. He told British Prime Minister Mrs. Theresa May in London that he is more concerned about his administration’s three-point programme than the forthcoming election. The President declared his second term bid before travelling to the United Kingdom last Monday. At a bilateral meeting with May at 10, Downing Street, London yesterday, Buhari said he could not afford to lose concentration on the economy, security and the anti-corruption war. Read more

PDP, Falana flay FG as police shoot at Shiite protesters, arrest 115 (Punch)

Scores of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria were injured on Monday in Abuja during a clash with policemen at the Maitama area of the city. It was gathered that the police arrested about 115 Shiite members who were protesting against the continued incarceration of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky, by the Federal Government. The protesters had moved to the National Human Rights Commission when the police swooped on them and fired tear gas canisters at them to break up the protest. The Shiite members in turn, threw stones at the policemen, damaging many parked vehicles and injuring passersby and motorists. Read more

I’ve retired Nzeribe, Ohakim, Udenwa –Okorocha (SUN)

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has boasted that  he retired politicians like Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Arthur Nzeribe and former governors, Achike Udenwa and Ikedi Ohakim, to pave way for young ones to come up. Governor Okorocha, who spoke when more than 3,000 Ideato North people, including their chiefs and leaders came to pay him solidarity visit yesterday, at the Government House, Owerri, also promised to retire the likes of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, among others, by 2019. Read more

Secondus received N250m from Dasuki for special duties — EFCC (Punch)

The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, allegedly received N250m from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of the embattled former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s report has said. The report, which was sighted by one of our correspondents, stated that Secondus allegedly received the money during the build-up to the 2015 general elections. Secondus, who was the Deputy Chairman (South) of the PDP at the time, allegedly collected the money for ‘special duties.’ The report partly read, “Uche Secondus received N200m in cash from the ONSA with voucher 0244. His Special Adviser, one Chukwurah, signed for the money on his behalf on February 2, 2015. Earlier, he had collected N50m which was personally received by him on November 7, 2014. Read more

Nobody will read my biography because of my past – IBB (Punch)

A former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, says Nigerians no longer take him seriously because he annulled the June 12, 1993 Presidential election adjudged as the most credible election in the history of Nigeria. Babangida said this during a programme on Channels Television titled, ‘Roadmap 2019’ on Monday. When asked to explain further if it was true that people dismissed his words because of the annulment of June 12 election, he said, “That is right. They say, ‘he cancelled the freest election in the history but he annulled it’ but nobody gives me credit for conducting the freest election in the country.” Read more

We’ve tamed Boko Haram –Buratai (SUN)

As top military brass from African countries converge in Abuja to brainstorm on insecurity bedeviling the continent, Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the Nigerian military has significantly tamed the Boko Haram terrorist group. This came as the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin called for the strangulation of all sources of funding, weapons and groups that pose challenge to security in the continent as a means to ending violent extremist groups. Buratai, who spoke at the opening of the fifth African Land Forces Summit, also identified terrorism, proliferation of small arms, piracy and human trafficking as the major security challenges facing the African continent. Read more

Court fixes May 14 for judgment in APC tenure extension case (Nation)

An Abuja Federal High Court yesterday fixed May 14 for judgment in a suit seeking to void the one-year tenure extension granted to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The plaintiff, Mr. Ademorin Kuye, led some other party members to file the suit after the party extended the tenure of NWC by one year. The defendants are: the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC, its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and National Organising Secretary Senator Osita Izunaso. The plaintiffs on March 15 obtained an ex parte order directing the defendants to show cause why the NWC members should not be barred from parading themselves as the party’s national officials. Read more

Why NEMA’s suspended directors took case to Reps’ (Nation)

Directors of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) suspended to allow unfettered probe into the billions of money traced to them, rushed to the House of Representatives to present themselves as victims, a Presidency source said last night. He added that their intention is to stall the probe. The new NEMA board headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, sent six directors and another official on suspension following the preliminary report by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on their investigation into the allegations against the former management of tge agency headed by Dr. Mohammed Sani Sidi. The source revealed how some indicted officials of the agency misappropriated over a billion naira, $284,000 and £95,000. Read more

Again, health workers begin indefinite strike (SUN)

The momentary peace enjoyed in the country’s healthcare sector may be ruptured today, as the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has directed members in all federal health institutions across the country to commence indefinite strike. The directive reportedly followed the Federal Government’s failure to implement an agreement signed with the unions on September 30, 2017.  JOHESU comprises five health sector unions namely: Medical and Health Workers Unions of Nigeria (MHWUN); National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM); Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAM); Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutes (NASU). Read more

JP Morgan: Oil prices won’t go higher than $70 (Nation)

Oil prices at $70 may be the top of the range in the price of oil that would be seen over the next few years, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, David Kelly told Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas yesterday. “Yes, we’ve got those geopolitical issues, but I don’t know if sanctions would be that effective, it has to be a global effect,” Kelly said. Based on the cuts in production and on growth in the U.S. shale industry, oil at $70 a barrel may be “as high as it gets”, according to the strategist. “That’s a price that I don’t think is hurting U.S. consumers too much,” Kelly said, adding that $70 oil is a price that’s actually helping the stock market and U.S. energy companies. Read more

1 feared dead in police, Shiites clash in Abuja (Nation)

A secondary school pupil was feared killed yesterday in Abuja during a clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shiites, and the Police. The clash occurred in Maitama during the Shiites protest of the continuous incarceration of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, however, claimed that 22 of its men were injured in the clash. The command added that 115 Shiites were arrested and catapults, iron bars, stones and pink head bands recovered from them. Read more

Okpekpe organisers name STACO as official insurer (Guardian)

Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have announced STACO Insurance Plc as the official insurer of the IAAF silver label road race, which 2018 edition will hold in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Council of Edo State on May 12. The race’s director of organisation, Zack Amodu yesterday disclosed that “we have subscribed to a third party liability insurance policy to cover the risks for which we may be held liable, including any accident which might occur to athletes and officials.” He added that the choice of STACO was based on the company’s track record, saying, “This is one of the conditions we have to fulfill before we can stage an IAAF label road race. Read more

After Brazil 2014 heartbreak, Joel Obi eyes seat on flight to Russia (Guardian)

Torino midfielder, Joel Obi has set his sights on being at the World Cup this summer with Nigeria, reports BBC.The 26-year-old was omitted from the last tournament in Brazil, but took a step closer to realising that ambition last month by playing in the Super Eagles two friendlies. Obi, currently on an injury-free run with Italian side Torino, has scored six goals in 24 appearances this season and is keen to continue that consistency run for his country. “This big tournament is the ultimate ambition of every professional footballer and I hope to work harder to fulfil that dream,” Obi, who made his Nigeria return last month after a four-year absence, told BBC Sport. Read more

Father O’Connel, GSS Gboko qualify for national finals (Guardian)

Father O’Connel Science College, Minna and Government Secondary School Gboko have won the tickets to join the other schools from across the country in the national finals of the 2018 Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship. Playing in the Emirates Conference at the Indoor Sports Hall of Ilorin Stadium, Father O’Connel Science College beat Christ Comprehensive College, Kaduna 68 to 35 to win the zone’s trophy and the ticket for the national finals billed for Lagos next week. Also playing at the Emirates Conference, defending champion, Government Secondary School, Gboko, beat Government Girls Secondary School, Minna to the ticket for the national finals, where it will test its might against the best schools from the other zones of the country. Read more

I know how to win – Mourinho (Punch)

Jose Mourinho has not lost faith in his managerial qualities after Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions, Skysports reports. The Manchester United boss called his players “masters in complication” after they got carried away by their 3-2 win over City last week only to hand their rivals the title with a home defeat to West Brom on Sunday. But Mourinho is in no doubt he is the right man to lead United’s title challenge next season. Read more

What’s behind North Korea’s surge of friendly visitors? (BBC)

Ever since the secretive trip to Pyongyang by two South Korean officials that opened the way for a dialogue with the US, North Korea has seen a flurry of friendly visits. Art troupes, an arts festival and diplomats seeking to warm ties have streamed to Pyongyang and North Korean state media is taking full advantage with fulsome coverage. There is little doubt that this is part of a continuing campaign to seize the narrative on the Korean peninsula and burnish Pyongyang and Kim Jong-un’s image ahead of two crucial summits with South Korea and the US. Read more

US, UK say Russia targets internet hardware for espionage (Ibtimes)

Washington and London on Monday jointly accused the Russian government of maliciously targeting global internet equipment for political and economic espionage. The two governments said the Russian operations, which allegedly involve planting malware on internet routers and other equipment, could also lay the foundation for future offensive cyberattacks. A joint statement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre said the main targets include “government and private-sector organizations,” as well as providers of “critical infrastructure” and internet service providers. Read more

Canada to return diplomat families from Cuba over health concerns (CNN)

The families of Canadian diplomats in Cuba will return home permanently due to unexplained heath concerns, Canada’s government announced Monday. Cuba will now be designated an “unaccompanied post” meaning that the families of diplomatic staff will not be able to live with them while they are assigned to the country. “The Government of Canada continues to investigate the potential causes of unusual health symptoms reported in 2017 by some Canadian diplomatic staff and dependents posted to Havana, Cuba,” Global Affairs Canada wrote in a statement. “The symptoms include dizziness, headaches and lack of ability to concentrate, amongst others.” Read more

Trump, Japan’s Abe seek consensus on North Korea amid strains (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek common ground on how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear challenge on Tuesday amid fears in Tokyo that Trump might be prone to make too many concessions. Abe is due to arrive at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, for two days of talks dominated by North Korea but also expected to cover trade, relations with China and other issues. Both leaders could use a successful summit to give themselves a political boost at home. Trump has been hounded by controversies linked to an investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election, and Abe is struggling with declining popularity because of scandals over suspected cronyism. Read more


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