* I’ll end killings, Buhari promises Northern CAN leaders (Punch) * Buhari holds closed-door meeting with 3 APC govs (Vanguard)

* I’ll end killings, Buhari promises Northern CAN leaders (Punch)           * Buhari holds closed-door meeting with 3 APC govs (Vanguard)



I’ll end killings, Buhari promises Northern CAN leaders (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday described the recent killings in Zamfara, Benue and lately Plateau as wicked, condemnable and completely unacceptable acts. He said he remained committed to his earlier view to ensure the protection of lives and property. Buhari spoke during a meeting he had with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria from 19 Northern states and Abuja at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. ”Let me make it clear that even a single life lost in any part of the country is one too many. “I came to office vowing to ensure the protection of lives and property, and I remain committed to this despite the challenges we have experienced,” the President said. Read more

Buhari holds closed-door meeting with 3 APC govs (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed-doors with three Governors on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting came barely less than 24 hours after a splinter group emerged from the APC with the name Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC and also in less than two weeks to the governorship election in Ekiti state. The agenda of the meeting was not made public even as neither the Chairman of the APC Governorship Forum, Rochas Okorocha nor the newly elected chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomwole was seen as at the time the meeting started. Read more

Buhari rejects N’Assembly bill, says radiographers, radiologists will clash (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has withdrawn assent to the Radiographers Registration Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to him for signing into law. Buhari, in his letter to the legislature read by President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary on Thursday, cited two reasons for rejecting the bill. The letter read, “Pursuant to Section 68(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, I hereby convey to the Senate my decision on the 26th June 2018 to decline the presidential assent to the Radiographers Registration Amendment Bill recently passed by the National Assembly. Read more

NULGE asks Buhari to Probe State, LG Joint Account (ThisDay)

Following the abuse and diversion of local government allocations, the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the state and local government joint account in the last 10 years. The union made this known during its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja. NULGE argued that the diversion of local government allocations by state governors was solely responsible for the lack of development across the 774 local government areas in the country. Read more

Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara, Govs to brainstorm on reducing housing deficit (Vanguard)

Peeved by the lack of access to affordable housing by Nigerians, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, State Governors and the private sector, will soon converge on Abuja to brainstorm on the way forward. They are expected to brainstorm at this year’s Abuja International Housing Show. Chief Executive Officer of the Show, Festus Adebayo, in a chat with newsmen, said other players from the World Bank and African countries are expected to join the retinue of stakeholders from the private sector and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to provide solutions to the issue of housing deficit. Read more

Abia 2019: Ohafia people make demand (SUN)

As 2019 draws near, communities, individuals and politicians are already strategising to ensure they take advantage of the prevailing political situation within their domain. In Abia State for instance, the people of Ohafia are already making demand. Being an area with the highest number of registered voters in the state after Umuahia North and Obingwa councils respectively, they believe they deserve the slot, more so that the area has the highest number of voters in Abia North senatorial zone. Daily Sun gathered that from the second republic till date, the votes from the community have always been deciding the factor, as they usually deliver block votes to any party or individual they decide to support. Read more

Court nullifies APC Congresses in Imo (ThisDay)

A Federal High Court in Owerri on Thursday nullified wards, local government and state congresses of the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The presiding judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa, in a judgment that lasted for one hour ordered APC “to be responsible, save our democracy by conducting free and fair congresses in Imo State”. The judge, who dismissed a motion filed by the defendants, insisted that his court had jurisdiction to hear the matter. He said that the exhibits tendered by the plaintiffs suggesting that there was no ward congress in the state on May 5, was factual. Read more

NIN: No specific time frame for all to enrol, says NIMC D-G (Vanguard)

There is no limited or specific time frame for all Nigerians to be enrolled and issued the National Identity Number (NIN), National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has said. The Director-General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz, made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday. “Even after enrolling all citizens, there will be new ones such as new-born babies. “According to a recent World Bank report, Nigeria adds seven million into the population every year. “This means that there will always be enrollment yearly, and the commission is poised to carry out its mandate to the letter,’’ Aziz said. He said that NIMC had maintained active presence with enrollment centres in more than 930 locations across Nigeria’s 774 LGAs. Read more

NIS debunks arrest of Ekiti-bound foreigners (Nation)

The Nigeria immigration Service (NIS) has debunked rumours that its officers in Kogi had arrested about 200 foreigners heading for Ekiti. Spokesman of the agency, Mr Sunday James, dismissed the speculation in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. James said although some travelers were intercepted by men of the Kogi Command of the service on routine assignment, none of them was found to be a foreigner. “The Comptroller of Immigration, Kogi Command, under whose jurisdiction the travelers were intercepted, confirmed with records that they were all Nigerians. Read more

Inculcate in Children Culture of Peaceful Coexistence, Gov’s Wife tells Teachers, School Proprietors (ThisDay)

The wife of the Bauchi State governor, Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar, has charged teachers and school proprietors in the state to inculcate in school children the culture of peaceful coexistence and principles of peace education by using the peace clubs established in schools as an instrument for conflict resolution. The wife of the governor, who gave the charge Thursday at the Bauchi Sustainable Women Economic Empowerment and Peace Initiative ( B-SWEEP) Peace Club interactive forum at the Government House in Bauchi, said that the formation of peace clubs is aimed at creating a peaceful and academic platform at various school levels where students of different backgrounds live harmoniously. Read more

Every lawyer must be an equal stakeholder in NBA project —— Obi Okafor, SAN (Vanguard)

Considering the fact that a few judges have been taken to court and some exonerated, will you still say corruption is a reality in the judiciary?

The issue of corruption is multifaceted. It exists not only within the Judiciary but permeates almost every facet of our society. The other arms of government are also mired in issues bordering on corruption. Though some judicial officers were tried and exonerated on allegations of corruption, it does not mean that the Judiciary arm of government is absolutely free of corruption. When reference is made to the judiciary, many people are under the misconception that it refers only to magistrates and other judicial officers. Read more

Offa robbery: Court rejects governor’s aide’s bail application (Nation)

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday declined the bail application filed by the Chief of Staff to Kwara State Governor, Yusuf Abdulwahab. Abdulawahad is one of those being held in by the police over the April 5 bank robbery in Offa, Kwara State. At least 33 persons including some pregnant women and nine police officers were killed in the incident. Justice Babatunde Quadri, in a ruling, declined the bail application, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/624/18, filed by Abdulwahab. In the application, the governor’s aide prayed the court to restore his liberty. Read more

Court orders Ajudua’s transfer to Kirikiri prison (Nation)

Lagos socialite, Fred Ajudua, wept profusely on Thursday after the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja ordered his transfer from Ikoyi Maximum Prisons to Kirikiri Prisons. Justice Mojisola Dada, who issued the order, also declined Ajudua’s request for bail on medical grounds. Ajudua, upon hearing that he should be moved from Ikoyi to kirikiri Prisons, bowed down his head in the dock and wept. Ruling on the accused bail application, Justice Dada ordered that Ajudua who has been in Ikoyi Prison since the commencement of his trial last year, be transferred to the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons. Read more

Another tragedy in Lagos: Man, pregnant lover burnt to death (Vanguard)

A bizarre incident which left residents stunned occurred two weeks ago, at Ojodu Street, in the densely populated Ajegunle area of Lagos, after a man, Buraimo Sunday, 30, and his pregnant lover identified simply as Bose, were burnt to death in their one room apartment. The live-in lovers said to have been dating for five years, were reportedly planning to solidify their relationship  early next year, when the unexpected happened.  The lovebirds were inside their apartment, watching a movie on the television penultimate evening, when a boy reportedly kicked a jerrican half filled with fuel, in the veranda. The combustive substance spilled on a cooking gas belonging to one of the tenants that was lighted, thereby resulting in an inferno. Read more

Adamu Ciroma dies at 84 (Guardian)

Elder statesman and former Minister of Finance, Malam Adamu Ciroma, is dead. He was aged 83. According to family sources, the prominent politician died at the Turkish Hospital in Abuja. Though the nature of his illness was not dislosed but he died after a protracted illness that may not be unconnected with old age. Thisday gathered that Ciroma, who hailed from Potiskum in Yobe State, would be buried later today in Abuja. He was a foundation member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and served as minister of Finance between1999 and 2003 during former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration. Read more

Again, herdsmen kill 3 in Benue community (SUN)

At least, three persons have been reportedly killed in Tiza Village, Tombo Council Ward of Logo Local Government Area of Benue State in an early morning invasion of the area by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Daily Sun gathered from sources in the area that the invaders stormed the village at about 8:30a.m., on Thursday, and laid ambush for farmers who were on their way to their farms. The attackers were said to have wasted no time in opening fire on the unsuspecting farmers killing three instantly while several others sustained various degrees of injury. A community leader in the area, Chief Joseph Anawah, who spoke to our correspondent on the matter, disclosed that the herdsmen came in their numbers wielding sophisticated weapons and blocked farm paths, shooting sporadically at anything in sight. Read more

UEFA announce major change to next season’s Champions League (Liverpoolecho)

UEFA have announced that teams will be allowed an extra substitution if Champions League matches go into extra time next season. Liverpool will take part in their second consecutive Champions League campaign after reaching the final in their first season back in the competition since 2014/15 last term. And if the Reds progress to the latter stages of the competition next term they will be able to call upon an extra substitute should any of their games go to extra time. Read more

Equatorial Guinea President calls ‘amnesty’ for political prisoners (Enca)

Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema on Wednesday announced a “total amnesty” for all political prisoners and opposition figures banned from political activity, according to a decree read on national television. “I grant total amnesty to all citizens condemned by the courts… for political offenses in the exercise of their activity, serving or not serving their sentence,” the presidential decree said. The move comes after President Obiang, who has ruled the oil-rich former Spanish colony since 1979, called last month for “dialogue and political interaction” with opposition groups. Five political parties had signalled their willingness to take part in a national dialogue in July if their security was ensured. Read more

Merkel hosts Orban with anti-migrant wind blowing (Guardian)

Angela Merkel and Viktor Orban hold talks Thursday, days after the German chancellor made key border policy concessions to hardliners who have embraced the Hungarian leader’s anti-migrant stance. Orban, a populist firebrand who has spearheaded a drive against European asylum policies fiercely defended by Merkel, could not resist gloating over his first invitation to Berlin in three years. “The moment came that no one thought possible no matter what the circumstances: Angela Merkel requested a meeting with Viktor Orban, and not vice versa,” the daily Magyar Idok, which is closely aligned with Orban’s government, wrote this week. Read more

May to present new post-Brexit EU trade plan to cabinet (BS)

British Prime Minister Theresa May will present a new plan to facilitate post-Brexit trade with the EU to cabinet, aides said today, the day before the key meeting. But the customs plan immediately ran into trouble, with Brexit Secretary David Davis reportedly telling the prime minister the proposal was “unworkable” and would not be accepted by the EU. Details of the new so-called “facilitated customs arrangement” are still lacking, but it includes elements from two existing customs plans — both of which have been rejected by Brussels. “It is the best of both worlds — it allows for frictionless trade with the EU and the freedom to set our own tariffs,” a government source said. Read more

Wang Jian: Chairman of Chinese conglomerate falls to death while posing for photo on France trip (Independent)

A Chinese billionaire died after falling 50 feet while posing for a photo on a business trip to southern France, police said. Wang Jian, the co-founder and co-chairman of the HNA group, a conglomerate that operates China‘s fourth-largest airline, died after suffering “severe injuries” in Provence, the company said.  Mr Wang fell off a wall in the village of Bonnieux, near Avignon, a picturesque area popular with tourists, according to lieutenant-colonel Hubert Meriaux of the Vaucluse gendarmerie. Read more


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