March 20, 2019

* I’ll support any candidate that’ll turn Nigeria’s fortune around –Obasanjo (Punch) * FG okays 10-year validity period for passports (Punch)

* I’ll support any candidate that’ll turn Nigeria’s fortune around –Obasanjo (Punch)      * FG okays 10-year validity period for passports (Punch)



I’ll support any candidate that’ll turn Nigeria’s fortune around –Obasanjo (Punch)

A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said he will support any Nigerian who will turn the country’s fortune around for good. He said this on Thursday when he received a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta. Turaki, who is a presidential aspirant, came with a 10-man delegation that included a former governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna. Obasanjo reiterated that he would not rest until the fortunes of Nigeria are “turned around for good.” Read more

FG okays 10-year validity period for passports (Punch)

The Federal Government has approved a 10-year validity period for Nigerian passports. This followed a presidential approval to change the face of the e-passport 10 years after it was introduced in the country. Currently, the passports have a five-year validity period. Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, who said this in a report monitored on Channels Tv on Thursday, added that the extended validity period would reduce the stress Nigerians went through every five years to renew their passports. “One of the reforms he (President Buhari) has approved is that we would improve the quality, security of our passport booklets. Read more

Court gives Adeleke 6 days to present School Certificate (ThisDay)

Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, the state capital, Thursday ruled that Senator Ademola Adeleke be given the opportunity to present his school certificate before the court by Wednesday, August 1, 2018. It would be recalled that Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu had approached the court claiming that Senator Adeleke did not possess Certificate as required by Section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution and told the court to set aside the July 21st, 2018 primary election which produced him as the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the state. Read more

Defectors’ve agreed to work for Buhari while in PDP — Presidency (Vanguard)

HE Presidency yesterday said that it has met and discussed with a large number of senators and members of the House of Representatives who dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and other opposition political parties, noting that they had resolved to work for the actualization of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid. According to the Presidency, the federal lawmakers, who dumped the APC, never defected but merely expressed intent. Addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Solomon Ita Enang, said the defected legislators, comprising 14 Senators and 37 House of Representatives members, had assured the Presidency of their readiness to campaign for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019. Read more

Why we deployed policemen to Ekiti Assembly –PPRO (Punch)

The  Ekiti Police Command on Thursday said it deployed its personnel to the state House of Assembly to prevent a breach of public peace. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Caleb Ikechukwu, told newsmen in Ado Ekiti that the deployment was based on information the command received. He insisted that the command was only being proactive in the course of maintaining law and order. “Anytime you see the deployment of policemen, it is to ensure the safety and the security of that place and the people there. Read more

We’re unable to raise N8m for kidnapped priest’s ransom, church cries out (Punch)

Members of St. Michael Catholic Church, Obajana, Kogi State, have expressed concerns about the safety of their kidnapped priest, even as they have failed to raise the N8m ransom demanded by the kidnappers. The parish priest of St. Michael Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Leo Michael, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, and his abductors had given the Parish up until Thursday afternoon (today) to pay the N8m ransom or risk having the victim relocated. The Diocesan Chancellor, Lokoja Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Peter Adinoyi, confirmed the kidnap to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday. Read more

Herdsmen’s attacks: Uwazuruike talks tough (SUN)

Founder and Leader of Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB), Chief  Ralph Uwazuruike, has warned that no group of persons in Nigeria have the monopoly of violence against any section or tribe, adding that despite the non-violence approach of his organisation, MASSOB–BIM could defend Igbo if attacked by aggressors. The pro-Biafran leader said intelligence reports coming to him indicated that certain Fulani herdsmen were awaiting to attack the South East states beginning with Nteje community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State any moment once they were directed to do so by their sponsors. Read more

After initial slowdown, Buhari’s Administration set to fly, says Fashola (ThisDay)

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said that after an initial slowdown, due to circumstances beyond its control, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has eventually hit the performance mode, delivering on its programmes. Speaking on ARISE TV, a Thisday Newspapers sister broadcast network monitored in Abuja, Fashola explained that with the ministers and other senior officials of the government settling into their offices, they had become more equipped to increase the pace of performance at their duty posts. Read more

2019: Be prepared to retire old politicians, Moghalu urges Nigerians (SUN)

Professor Kingsley Moghalu, the presidential aspirant on the platform of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), has urged Nigerians to be ready to retire old and recycled politicians in 2019 general election. Moghalu, who said this during a Town Hall meeting with the theme: ‘To Build a Nation (TBAN)’  at the National Centre for Women Development in Abuja, claimed that he has no interest in being a politician, but a leader, adding that he will not retreat in the quest to take back the nation from “old and recycled politicians who have no soul.” Read more

Kwesé TV to exclusively air Whyte Vs Parker Bout (ThisDay)

Satellite pay-TV network, Kwesé TV, will on Saturday, 28 July exclusively air two massive international heavyweight encounters on its premium sports channel, Kwesé Sports 1. Kwesé Sports 1, the home of international heavyweight boxing, which has delivered world class boxing action including Anthony Joshua’s victorious fights against, Wladimir Klitschko, Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker, Amir Khan vs Lo Greco and David Haye vs Tony Bellew rematch, will once more captivate boxing fans with the bout between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker. British international former heavyweight champion, Dillian Whyte, is taking on New Zealand’s former WBO heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker, in a 12-round heavyweight title contest at the O2 Arena in London. Both Whyte and Parker have only lost one bout during their entire boxing career, to the current unified heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua. Read more

Okpekpe Road Race gets Cclean bill of Health (ThisDay)

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has given the sixth IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race held last May in Okpekpe, near Auchi, Edo State, a clean bill of health following the negative dope tests recorded at the one-day meeting. Disclosing this in Lagos yesterday, the race’s spokesman, Dare Esan, said that the result of the doping control carried out on race day (May 12) has returned an all negative result. In an email sent to promoter of the race Mike Itemuagbor, the AIU,which sits at the heart of the IAAF’s integrity reforms confirmed that none of the samples taken at the event tested positive for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Read more

Flying Eagles made me quit Enyimba — Aigbogun (Vanguard)

Coach Paul Aigbogun has revealed that his decision to leave Enyimba was due to his tight schedule with the national under-20 team. “Combining Enyimba and Flying Eagles jobs was taking its toll on me, so I had to let go of one to concentrate on the other (U20),” he told SCORENigeria“I’m taking a rest for now. I would be traveling to London in two or three days time to see my family.” It was his second spell at ‘The People’s Elephant’. Read more

Chelsea demand £62m for Morata (Punch)

Chelsea have told AC Milan they will have to pay up to £62m for Alvaro Morata after initial negotiations got underway on Wednesday, according to Sky in Italy. It is understood Milan’s new sporting director, Leonardo, had a series of phone conversations about a potential transfer, with the player reportedly keen on a return to Italy, where he impressed for Juventus in the Champions League. The two clubs remain poles apart on their valuations of the player, though, prompting Milan to retain their interest in bringing Gonzalo Higuain or Radamel Falcao to the San Siro. Read more

Lawson Craddock isn’t letting injury stop him from finishing the Tour de France (Cbsnews)

Lawson Craddock was about halfway through the first stage of the Tour de France when he hit a roadblock. “Just the rider in front of me I guess dropped a bottle,” he said. “I hit a bottle and went shooting off the side of the road straight into a ditch, hit a spectator on the way down and pretty much knew immediately I did some damage.” The 26-year old Texan fractured his scapula and needed nine stitches above his eye. Some might have quit right there, but No. 13 kept going. On Thursday, Geraint Thomas led the 21-stage Tour de France after 18 stages. Craddock is three hours and 46 minutes behind, last on the board. But he’s off the charts somewhere else. Read more

EU ‘cannot and will not’ accept key part of Theresa May’s Brexit plan (Scotsman)

The EU “cannot and will not” accept any post-Brexit customs deal with the UK that gives a third country responsibility for tariff collection, its chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said in a blunt rejection of a key component of Theresa May’s strategy. In a press conference following talks with UK Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Mr Barnier said the EU had “doubts” that the UK’s plan for a ‘facilitated customs arrangement’ where London would collect tariffs and perform checks on goods destined for Europe could work. The two men pledged to meet every week ahead of a crucial EU summit in October, when both sides hope the UK’s withdrawal agreement can be signed off by European leaders. Read more

Administration: 1,820 children reunited after border split (Detroitnews)

The Trump administration said Thursday that more than 1,800 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart, signaling a potentially arduous task ahead as it deals with the fallout of its “zero tolerance” policy on people entering the U.S. illegally. There have been 1,442 children 5 and older reunified with their parents in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and 378 others who were released “in other appropriate circumstances,” including to other sponsors, the Justice Department said in a court filing. Still, more than 700 parents were deemed not eligible or currently not eligible, many of whom may have been deported. Of those, 431 children have parents outside the United States. Read more

NSA watchdog details privacy concerns and moves to protect whistleblowers (CNN)

The National Security Agency’s open source intelligence collection process, which gathers publicly available information from the internet, has “an increased risk of jeopardizing the civil liberties and privacy of [US persons] and compromising classified information,” concluded the agency’s top watchdog in its first public report for Congress. The NSA watchdog criticized facets of the digital spy agency’s “Emerging Open Source Activities Branch,” which analyzes the information collected. Areas of concern highlighted included insufficient “guidance and training” for analysts to adequately protect Americans’ personal data. Read more



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