* IBB, Danjuma in secret meeting (SUN) * Mikel ready to lead Nigeria to knock out stage (Guardian)

* IBB, Danjuma in secret meeting (SUN)              * Mikel ready to lead Nigeria to knock out stage (Guardian)



IBB, Danjuma in secret meeting (SUN)

Former President General Ibrahim Babangida, on Thursday evening, held a closed door meeting with Gen. Theophilus  Danjuma (rtd) at the former’s hilltop mansion in Minna, the Niger State capital. According to a very reliable source closed to the hilltop mansion, the meeting which took place at the inner parlour at the upper terrace of the building lasted for about three hours. It was gathered that Gen. Danjuma arrived at the Minna airport at exactly 11:45a.m and was driven straight to the Babangida mansion and was ushered into the private parlour. Read more

Mikel ready to lead Nigeria to knock out stage (Guardian)

Super Eagles Captain, John Obi Mikel is keen to lead Nigeria to the knockout rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, which will be hosted by Russia, reports africanfootball.com. The Super Eagles are in Group D alongside European sides Iceland and Croatia and South American giants, Argentina. They will face Croatia in their first game on June 16. The central midfielder will also be in action for Tianjin Teda FC during the 2018 Chinese Super League season, which will start this weekend. Read more

UK urges Buhari to “Fulfil contract with Nigerians” (DailyTrust)

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the United Kingdom, Dr Philip Idaewor has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that government projects and services provided by members of his cabinet are based on the party’s manifesto to fulfil “our binding social contract with the Nigerian people”. In a statement in London, Dr Idaewor said the move would be a crucial building block that would “enable Nigerians see the values and visions of the APC for a new Nigeria where character, ethics and service to our country are values that will enable the emergence of the new nation we all desire”. Read more

Senate, House Resolve to Domicile NFIU in CBN (ThisDay)

Nigeria’s expulsion from the Egmont Group may have been averted following the intervention Thursday evening by the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in the impasse at the conference committee level on the harmonisation of the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Bill passed by the respective legislative chambers on the autonomy and domiciliation of the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU). Read more

Adamawa Bishop flays FG over Dapchi girls’ abduction (SUN)

President of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Most Rev. Panti Filibus, has described the abduction of 110 Dapchi school girls four years after the abduction of 270 girls in Chibok as ‘totally unacceptable and shameful to all Nigerians’. Rev. Filibus said this, on Thursday, at a press conference, in Yola, the Adamawa State capital. His words, “This act of abducting and subjugating innocent school girls to such horrendous inhuman conditions is most shameful on us all as Nigerians. “The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN) utterly condemns this inhuman act of abducting schools girls in Nigeria; this being the second time that such a large number of girls were abducted.” Read more

Election materials printed locally, says INEC boss Yakubu (DailyTimes)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated printing election materials locally since 2015 without recourse to printing abroad. Chairman of the Commission, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu stated this on Thursday when the members of the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja. Yakubu however noted that the commission has its own guidelines as well as the Public Procurement Act which makes the printing works time bound, noting that this makes it impossible to give their printing jobs to those who would sublet them. Read more

INEC receives 108 fresh applications for party registration (DailyTimes)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it has so far received no fewer than 108 fresh applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties. Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakub, made the disclosure in Lagos on Thursday while speaking on “Citizen, Government and Technology’’ at a session of the ongoing Lagos Social Media Week. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commission had in December 2017 registered 21 new parties. The registration of the new parties brought the total number of registered parties to 68. Read more

El-Rufai vows APC will wipe out rascal members from its midst (DailyTimes)

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has warned that rascal members within the All Progressives Congress (APC), will soon be wiped out. El-Rufai gave the warning while reacting to the presidential assignment given to the party’s national leader, Bola Tinubu to reconcile aggrieved members. Speaking in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital Wednesday, the governor said, “We have had people that are unhappy, there are many unhappy people, some of them legitimately, there are some disgruntled people that are unhappy without basis, and we also have rascals and troublemakers who think politics is rascality and to each one there is a different solution. Read more

Northern Govs seek solution to security challenges (Indepedent)

Northern governors met in Kaduna on Thursday to address the multifarious challenges confronting the region, foremost of which were security and restructuring. Addressing the governors, Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno and Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, noted that the North had recently come under an avalanche of threats which were “escalating with deadly and destructive consequences.” Read more

Ajimobi deserves a third term ―Olubadan (Tribune)

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji has said that the ‘unprecedented’ achievements of the Governor Abiola Ajimobi, qualifies him for another term in office were it not for constitutional impediment that restricts governors to two terms in office. Olubadan made this statement on Thursday at a meeting convened by Ajimobi was convened by Ajimobi to meet with close traditional rulers across the state, with a view to engaging their support for peace and security in the state, briefing the monarchs on the achievements of his administration and the plans to transform the state for the next 25 years Read more

Gana, Adeniran Port to SDP after moves to halt defections fails (Independent)

Last ditch effort by politicians either sympathetic to principal opposition party, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to halt another round of defections failed yesterday evening as Tunde Adeniran, one time minister, defeated chairmanship candidate of the party last year, Professor Jerry Gana, a member of the PDP board of trustees, BOT, defected to the Social Democratic Party, SDP. Insider sources say that the move is just the beginning of massive defections from both PDP and APC to SDP in the days ahead. Read more

Asaba airport will fully operate in July –Okowa (DailyTrust)

Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has assured that operations will resume full swing at the Asaba International Airport in July, this year. Speaking during an inspection visit to the airport on Friday, the Governor expressed optimism that the contractor (Setraco) handling the reconstruction of the runway, has proved that the project could be delivered within three months. Governor Okowa recalled that, “it took two years for ULO (the former contractor) to construct 900 metres of the runway but, it gladdens my heart that in just three weeks, Setraco has done 1.1 kilometre of the runway.” Read more

Minimum Wage: FG assures workers of living wage to address social imbalance, inequality (Tribune)

The Federal Government has assured Nigerian workers that it would come up with a national minimum wage that would serve as a living wage and address issue of social imbalance, inequality and the wide gap of poverty in the country. Besides, the Federal Government declared that the minimum wage would meet the economic realities of the working people when its implementation starts in September this year. Read more

Enugu gives students 72 hours to vacate hostel billed for demolition (SUN)

Enugu State Government yesterday gave 72 hours to occupants of Mary Hostel on Ogbaru Street, Independence Layout, most of whom are students, to vacate the four-storey building, which Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) had earlier raised the alarm over the safety of the occupants. The building, which has no railings on the corridors from the second to the last floor, according to the state Commissioner for Capital Territory Development, Mr Chidi Aroh, has exposed the occupants to great danger. Read more

Court outlaws post-UTME tests in tertiary institutions (Guardian)

A Federal High Court, Abuja has declared the Post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) conducted by universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria as illegal, saying there was no extant law authorising the exercise. The court held that only the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) could conduct matriculation examinations and give admissions into tertiary institutions by virtue of section 5 (1) (2) of the JAMB Act. In the judgment, delivered in the suit filed by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) against JAMB, the Minister of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC), Justice John Tsoho held that the defendants have no power to allow or direct tertiary institutions to conduct further screening of candidates after they had taken the UTME. Read more

‘Falz Experience: The Movie’ hits cinema March 2 (DailyTrust)

The first-ever music concert movie produced by trendy Nigerian rapper, actor, and songwriter, Folarin Falana (aka. Falz) is set to hit the screen from March 2. Addressing the press at the premiere of the movie to a private audience in Lagos on Wednesday, Falz said the movie is aimed at showcasing the success of Falz’s thrilling 2017 music concert, tagged: “Falz Experience.” “The movie is a follow-up to my last concert which was a massive success. It is also the first ever music concert movie adaptation produced in Nigeria where fans get to once again experience all the fun and excitement from the Falz Experience,” he said. Read more

246 arrested in Mushin, Surulere black spots (Guardian)

The Lagos State police command on Wednesday night raided hideouts used as haven for criminals in the dreaded Akala, Mushin, and Itire, Odu-Eran canal, Surulere areas of the state, where hoodlums who killed a police sergeant attached to Area D command, Mushin, were hibernating. Arrested at the end of the raid that lasted over five hours were 256 suspected hoodlums, among them nine girls. Recovered from them were 39 bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp and two pump action riffles, suspected to have been used in the attack that led to the death of the policeman and two others. Read more

Boko Haram kills Army commander, navy officer (SUN)

The Defence Headquarters has confirmed the killing of two officers by Boko Haram terrorists. The soldiers, Lt-Col. A.E. Mamudu, a commanding officer of the Nigerian Army Strike Force Group, and a young naval officer, were both killed by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Sambisa Forest while on patrol in Operation Deep Punch 2.   However, the ongoing war against Boko Haram and the crackdown on remnants of the group in Borno State had another major breakthrough as Nigerian troops killed five members of the terror group. According to the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who confirmed the development, the soldiers were carrying out clearance operations when they lost their lives. Read more

AFN going for ‘jamboree’ at Commonwealth Games, says Ebewele (Guardian)

A board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Brown Ebewele has predicted that his federation would only make up the numbers when hostilities begin at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. In fact, Ebewele, a former Sports Commissioner in Edo State says the AFN has no business going for the Commonwealth Games since majority of the athletes the federation hopes to parade are not medal prospects. He also reacted to the sudden disappearance of national athlete, Emmanuel Bamidele from AFN’s Commonwealth Games camp in Port Harcourt, saying: “Since we no longer have capable people managing our athletes, I don’t see any reason why they won’t run away to other countries.” Read more

Algeria, Egypt, South Africa dominate African Fencing Championships (Guardian)

The Eighth Cadet and Junior African Fencing Championship got underway yesterday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos with powerhouses, Algeria and Egypt maintaining their high ratings at the five-day tournament. The North Africans are bound to have a good fight from South Africa, who also enjoyed a wave of victories on the opening day of the tournament. Nigerian fencers were also in action, but they were short of experience compared to their counterparts. Charles Joshua could not go beyond the final qualification stage, losing 15-4 to Ronan Ragavoodoo of Mauritius in the Individual Epee, while it was the same fate for Zaafir Olagunju who fell 15-10 to Ibrahim Ramadan, the third seed from Egypt. Read more

Can wanted by several clubs (Kwese.espn)

Juventus’ general manager Beppe Marotta says his club are one of many top European sides queuing up for Liverpool’s Emre Can and that they must now just wait and see if they win the race to sign him. The Germany midfielder is out of contract in the summer and the Bianconeri have put an offer to his agent. However, Marotta knows they are not the only club interested in one of the most popular free transfers on the market this summer and says they must wait and see what the player decides while ensuring they make alternative plans in the event of a refusal. Read more

Real Madrid wanted Iniesta, Alves, Villa and Fabregas in 2008 – Schuster (Kwese.espn)

Former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster says he tried to get the club to sign Andres Iniesta, Dani Alves, David Villa and Cesc Fabregas in summer 2008 but none of the proposed deals went through. Former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid midfielder Schuster won the 2007-08 La Liga title during his first season in charge at the Bernabeu, only to then be fired the following December by club president Ramon Calderon after saying he felt his team had no chance ahead of a Clasico at the Camp Nou. Read more

Merkel, Trump discuss Syria cease-fire, Putin’s new weapons (Washingtonpost)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken with President Donald Trump about the situation in Syria and Russia’s newly announced weapons systems. Merkel’s office said Friday they spoke late Thursday, agreeing on the need for Syrian government forces and their Russian and Iranian allies to abide by a U.N. Security Council resolution for a cease-fire in Syria. Merkel and Trump called on Russia to stop participating in the bombardment of Damascus’ rebel-held suburbs known as eastern Ghouta. They demanded the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad should be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons, attacks on civilians and the humanitarian blockade. Read more

Melania Trump facing questions over how she won ‘Einstein visa’ to enter US (Independent)

In 2000, Melania Knauss, a Slovenian model dating Donald Trump, began petitioning the government for the right to permanently reside in the United States under a programme reserved for people with “extraordinary ability.” Knauss’ credentials included runway shows in Europe, a Camel cigarette billboard ad in Times Square and – in her biggest job at the time – a spot in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, which featured her on the beach in a string bikini, hugging a six-foot inflatable whale. Read more

‘Bomb cyclone’ to hit northeast US bringing gale-force winds, severe floods and heavy snow (Independent)

A potential bomb cyclone is about to hit the northeast United States, bringing with it forecasted heavy rains and snow, ripping waves, and power outages. Coastal flooding, damaging wind gusts, power cuts, and flight delays are expected once the nor’easter slides up close to the New England coast Friday and Saturday. “Please take this storm seriously,” the National Weather Service in Boston said. “For those living along the coast, this is a LIFE & DEATH situation.” Read more

Donald Trump attacks Alec Baldwin in furious, misspelt early morning Twitter post (Independent)

Donald Trump has spent a furious, rambling and misspelt tweet about Alec Baldwin, the actor famous for impersonating him on Saturday Night Live. In an early morning post that rambled on multiple tangents, misspelt the word “dying” and called Mr Baldwin by the wrong name, Mr Trump suggested that the impersonation of him on the programme was painful to watch. “Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him,” he wrote. “Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!” Read more


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