* IG should stop Clutching at Straws, says Senate (ThisDay) * Senate can’t summon IG, says Falana (Punch)

* IG should stop Clutching at Straws, says Senate (ThisDay)      *  Senate can’t summon IG, says Falana (Punch)



IG should stop Clutching at Straws, says Senate (ThisDay)

The Senate Thursday called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris to stop clutching at straws over why he refused to comply with the invitation of the Senate for him to come and explain what the Police are doing on the spate of killings across the country. In a statement by its spokesman, Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said the crux of the matter that informed the invitation was the ceaseless spate of killings across the country and that matters concerning the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye had in fact been overtaken by events. “We noted the response issued by one Jimoh Moshood on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris following yesterday’s resolution of the legislative chamber on the continued refusal of the IG to honour the invitation for him to come and explain what the police are doing to halt the spate of killings across the country. Read more

Senate can’t summon IG, says Falana (Punch)

Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has said the Senate got it wrong when it asked the President, or the Inspector General of Police to appear before it. He said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday. Falana quoted sections of the Constitution to explain that the President or the governor of a state cannot be summoned by the National Assembly. He said, “There is no such power given to NASS by the Constitution to summon everybody. “It has given the President the discretion to address the National Assembly either jointly or separately on any matter of national importance.” Read more

Court nullifies Senator Omo-Agege’s Suspension (ThisDay)

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court Abuja has nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. The judge, in a judgment delivered on Thursday, held that though the legislature has the power to deal with erring members, it did not follow due process in arriving at its decision. Justice Dimgba also held that the reason given for the suspension of Omo-Agege by the Ethics and Privileges Committee was a fundamental breach of the Constitution and hence the suspension is a nullity. The judge while declaring that the nullification is with immediate effect, also ordered the Senate to pay Omo-Agege all his salaries and allowances due to the suspension. Read more

Ruling on Dino Melaye’s bail application for May 16 (Punch)

The trial judge in the bail application of the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has reserved judgement till 16th May, 2018. Justice Nasir Ajana adjourned after listening to arguments from both the prosecuting counsel, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN) and the defense counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN). Earlier, the prosecuting counsel had told the trial judge not to grant the bail application, as the defendant had been certified fit to stand trial. He filed a counter affidavit to the effect that Melaye had made an attempt to escape by jumping out of the Police van taking him to Lokoja. Ozekhome, in his response, said that the senator managed to run away from the scene after being tear-gassed; adding that someone who wanted to escape justice would either run to his village or any other place where he will not be easily reached; but in Melaye’s case, he ended up in National Hospital, Abuja. Read more

Senate invasion a treasonable felony, says Nwabueze (Guardian)

Elder statesman and constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, has described the recent invasion of the Senate chamber and seizure of its mace as a treasonable felony. He made the explanation in a statement yesterday. According to him, it is punishable under Section 41 of the Criminal Code of the Nigerian Constitution. Nwabueze added: “It is a treasonable felony for a person to “form the intention” of levying “war against Nigeria and to manifest such intention by overt act by force, or constraint to intimidate or overawe any House of the National Assembly.” Read more

Kogi: Kidnapping, ritual killing, robbery hampering road projects (Nation)

Kidnapping, ritual killing and armed robbery have hampered the progress of some ongoing federal road projects in Kogi, Mr Kajogbola-Jimoh Olatunde, the Federal Controller of Works in the state, has said. The news men reports that the controller made this known while briefing the Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Zarma, who was on assessment visit on roads, housing and power projects in the state. Olatunde said that the challenges had affected the dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road, including the Obajana Junction-Okene section of the road handled by M/s CGC Nigeria Ltd. The news men reports that the contract was awarded at the cost of N30.5 billion on Dec. 3, 2012, but was revised in October 2014. Read more

Ekiti guber: Adeyeye quits PDP, denies cursing Fayose (SUN)

Prince Dayo Adeyeye, a contestant for the governorship seat of Ekiti State under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), says he is leaving the party. He claimed he could no longer cope with Governor Ayo Fayose in the same party. Adeyeye, who addressed newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, on Thursday, also denied curing the governor after he (Adeyeye) lost to incumbent deputy governor Olusola Eleka during the party’s primary held lost Saturday. Read more

Aregbesola has redefined Osun politics – Ataoja (Nation)

The Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun has said that the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in Osun has brought a halt to killings and destructions that had hitherto characterised Osun politics. This was even as Governor Aregbesola disclosed that Osun government would by next year complete the refund on the sukuk and conventional loans taken to execute basic infrastructural projects in the state‎. The duo stated this at the Ataoja’s palace during the goodwill visit of governor Aregbesola to Oba Olanipekun to mark the grand-finale of the sensitisation tours to the nine Federal Constituencies in the state. The Ataoja held that the peace and sanity that Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have brought to politics in the state is a monumental achievement in the annals of politicking in Osun. Read more

Kano underage voters: Where is the report? (Guardian)

On Friday May 5th when the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu declared, in releasing snippets from the Kano Inquiry report of the Commission that: “Given that the register was substantially not used to accredit voters before voting it is logical to conclude that if under-aged voting occurred in the election it was not due to any presence of under aged registrants on the register of voters” this only served to wet growing public demand for the full report of the inquiry. The chairman did not specifically tell the public whether the report of the committee’s recommendations was accepted either in whole or in part and copies of the report were not made available to the press. Read more

My disagreement with Amaechi political – Abe (SUN)

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Rivers State, Sen. Magnus Abe, says that his disagreement with the leader of the party in the state and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is political. Abe, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, said Amaechi has publicly declared that he (Amaechi) would not support his governorship aspirations. The statement read, “I am amused by some of these allegations and stories making the rounds. For the records, the disagreement between me and the Minister (Amaechi) is political. He is the leader of the party; but,  he has said publicly on several occasions that he can never support me. Read more

Edo explains why it reinstated deposed  Uromi Monarch (ThisDay)

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Thursday offered explanations why the Ojuromi of Uromi, Anselm Aidonojie II, was reinstated after he was deposed by the administration of former governor, Adams Oshiomhole. Obaseki disclosed that: “Consequent upon his tendering of apology to the Edo State Government and a plea for leniency from well meaning citizens of Edo State, the Executive Council of the state approved the reversal of his deposition and was reinstated as His Royal Highness Anslem Aidenojie II, the Ojuromi of Uromi.” The governor said: “The people who pleaded for his reinstatement reported that the Ojuromi of Uromi had been sober and remorseful and we are happy that he has undertaken to eschew acts unbefitting of his royal status.” Read more

Nigerian Immigration attache, Habibu Almu, dies in Sudan (SUN)

An Immigration attache at the Nigerian Mission in Khartoum, Sudan, Habibu Almu, is dead. A media report, which did not disclose the true identity of the Immigration official, said Almu died in his home in Khartoum. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Adeleye Elias-Fatile, confirmed the report. He said the Ministry had received the sad news of the untimely death of the Immigration attache at the Mission in Khartoum. “The Ministry has received the sad news of the untimely death of the Immigration Attache in our Mission in Khartoum, Sudan. Read more

Before Nigeria loans out teachers to Liberia (Guardian)

Nigeria boasts of the largest black population in the world. It is not big for nothing. Though the sobriquet, ‘Giant of Africa’, associated with the country does not stick that much any longer, Nigeria remains a ‘big brother’ to many African nations. It is little wonder then that Liberia is turning to Nigeria for recruitment of 6,000 teachers. According to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, an assessment of teacher needs by countries shows that the biggest challenge remains in Nigeria with nearly 400,000 additional primary school teachers required between 2012 and 2030, which is 12 per cent of the global total. Of the developing countries needing the most additional primary teachers, seven are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

Nigeria secures $17.8bn investment commitment in first quarter – NIPC (Punch)

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission on Thursday said that in the first quarter of this year, states received a total investment commitment of $17.88bn. The investments according to the Executive Secretary, NIPC, Yewande Sadiku, were secured in 32 projects across the states of the federation. Sadiku who spoke during a chat with journalists in Abuja, noted that the investments may not have fully materialised. The NIPC boss gave some of the states that received huge investment commitment as Lagos with $3bn, Ogun $1.04bn, Niger $754.7m, Gombe $315m and Kano $174.6m Read more

America gives Nigeria N32bn to conduct HIV/AIDS census (Punch)

The United States Government has donated $90m (N32bn) to Nigeria for the HIV/AIDS survey that will take place across the country starting from June. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS and the United States Government in Abuja on Thursday. The survey, which has been tagged, ‘Nigeria AIDS Indicators and Impact Survey,’ will have a sample size of 170,000 people and is expected to last for about six months. Read more

NFF in Talks with Mikel, Moses over Image Rights (ThisDay)

Two senior players of the Super Eagles, John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses have been unsettled by the World Cup 2018 partnership the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) entered into with soft drink giant, Coca-Cola. Both players have individual sponsorship deals with rival Pepsi-Cola. Thisday learnt yesterday that agents representing the two influential members of the Super Eagles wrote to the NFF recently, complaining of brand infringement on their clients as a result of the Coca-Cola deal with the Glass House. They said the use of the image of their clients on branding by Coca-Cola may lead to the players running into infringement problems with the rival Pepsi and thereby risk losing the deal. Read more

Ikeme, Moses, Mikel, Ndidi, Others nominated for Nigeria Pitch Awards (ThisDay)

Ailing Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme was nominated along with fellow senior national teammates like Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Wilfred Ndidi for the 2017/2018 Nigeria Pitch Awards scheduled to hold in June in Lagos. Also nominated for the prestigious Pitch Award is Super Falcons star forward, Asisat Oshoala. At the unveiling of nominees for the fifth edition of the awards in Lagos yesterday, organisers, Match Makers Consult, and its auditors, SIAO Partners explained the transparent process that led to the selection of the players for honour. Read more

FIFA meets with top clubs over $25bn investors offer (Nation)

The ruling body FIFA has met with seven leading clubs including Real Madrid and Manchester United to discuss a 25-billion dollar offer from investors for a revamped Club World Cup and a new global Nations League, the New York Times reported. The paper said that officials from Real, United, Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus Turin were invited to FIFA’s Swiss headquarters on Wednesday over the controversial issue. The paper quoted FIFA as saying that “today’s meeting allowed us to observe a real interest for a complete reform of the Club World Cup and the development of a new model of competition that would benefit the entire football community around the world.” Read more

AFA Sports: Changing the Face of African Sports (ThisDay)

When a group of young men assembled in the USA to develop basketball concept for the continent of Africa they had a lot on their minds. They wanted an African league with the base in Nigeria that would be highly professional and profitable to the players, teams and with their sights set quality facilities development. Their bet was on the fact that a high net income league would save African players from the agony of loitering in the USA after college or hanging around just any team in Europe and Asia in the name of playing professional basketball. What was not really on the table was becoming sports merchandise manufacturers that would cater for types of African sports. It is the kit merchandising that has taken up the energy of this team led by Ugo Udezue. That was how the AFA Sports concept was born and they are gradually sweeping through the continent with this unique item. Read more

Wike Bags ‘Power of Sports’ Award from AIPS (ThisDay)

The International Sporting Press (AIPS) wednesday in Brussels, Belgium, honoured Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, with the ‘Power of Sports’ award. Wike was nominated for the award by the International Sports Press Association-Africa (AIPS-Africa) headed by veteran Nigerian sports journalist Mitchell Obi. Witnessed by sports personalities and journalists from across the globe, the award to Wike was for his remarkable fidelity in raising the bar of sports matters and using sports as a catalyst for development. The event took place at Le Plaza, Brussels and was performed by the President, AIPS, Mr Gianni Merlo and Obi. Sports journalists from 108 countries witnessed the event. Read more

It’s not easy to say goodbye, says Wenger (Punch)

Arsene Wenger admits his long goodbye from Arsenal has been a bittersweet experience as he prepares to finally say farewell on Sunday. The Frenchman will take charge of Arsenal for the last time as his 22-year reign comes to an end with the Gunners’ Premier League clash at Huddersfield this weekend. The 68-year-old has been on a prolonged farewell tour since Arsenal announced on April 20 that he had agreed to part ways with the north London club following another troubled season. Wenger has tried to stay focused on football, but he conceded it hasn’t always been easy amid all the nostalgia triggered by his impending departure. Read more

Russia will continue ‘close coordination’ with Iran on nuclear deal (Alaraby)

Moscow will continue its “close coordination” with Iran on the nuclear deal, said Russia’s foreign mnistry on Thursday, after US President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the landmark 2015 deal with Tehran. Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araghchi in Tehran, where the two sides “agreed to continue close coordination in this area”. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov similarly said that Moscow remains committed to the Iran nuclear deal. In a press conference with the visiting German counterpart, Lavrov slammed the US pull-out as a “significant” violation. Read more

A Sudanese teenager killed her rapist, and Muslim women are fighting for her life (Guardian)

Violence against women does not discriminate. One in three women across the globe experience physical or sexual violence in their lives, regardless of race, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common form, with physical violence occurring to as many as two out of three women who have ever been in an intimate partnership. This is not news, and yet, the difference in how this violence is discussed is stark, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the violence occurs in majority Muslim countries, pundits are quick to blame Islam itself, instead of noticing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and defending women – and themselves – at all costs. Read more

Indonesia ends jail siege by Islamist militants after 5 officers ‘sadistically’ killed (Independent)

A hostage crisis inside a maximum security jail in Indonesia ended after Islamist militant prisoners who “sadistically” killed five police officers surrendered and released an officer they were holding, authorities said. Officials said the 36-hour standoff that ended with five members of an elite counter-terrorism force dead was an “act of terror”. The riot broke out at the Mako Brimob detention facility in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta, on Tuesday evening. A sixth person, a prison inmate, also died. General Syafruddin, a deputy police commissioner, said the operation had finished and there were no further casualties with all the inmates surrendered. The majority of the officers, who were members of Indonesia’s elite Densus 88, had their throats cut, police said. Read more


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