* I’m not afraid of going to Prison, says Melaye (ThisDay) * Fire breaks out at National Assembly (PremiumTimes)

* I’m not afraid of going to Prison, says Melaye (ThisDay)          * Fire breaks out at National Assembly (PremiumTimes)



I’m not afraid of going to Prison, says Melaye (ThisDay)

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye, has said he is not afraid to go to prison. Melaye who represents Kogi West senatorial district in the senate made this known in a statement which a copy was made available to Thisday in Lokoja yesterday, drawing the attention of the upper legislative chamber to the charges filed against him by the federal government. The government had accused Melaye of framing Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello, Edward David, in the alleged assassination attempt on his (Melaye) life. Read more

Fire breaks out at National Assembly (PremiumTimes)

A section of the technical room of the National Assembly’s Senate wing is currently on fire. The technical room is located at the ground floor of the Assembly compound. Staff and other workers are currently leaving their offices to avoid being trapped as smoke fills up the walkways. Senators who were initially seated in the gallery area have also moved out. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Staff are making attempts to put out the fire with fire extinguishers. Read more

Buhari too should join retirees’ club, PDP tells Tinubu (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party says the counsel by the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), should quit politics and join the retirees’  club, best suits President Muhammadu Buhari. The party said Tinubu’s stance completely vindicated the positions of Obasanjo and Babangida, the PDP as well as majority of Nigerians, “who hold that President Buhari should not seek re-election in 2019, having failed in governance and nation building.” Read more

APC reconciliation: We’ve major issues in NASS, states – Oyegun (SUN)

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has admitted the party has a lot of issues to resolve within the ranks of its members in the National Assembly, Benue, Kano, Kogi states, among others.Welcoming APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his entourage, on behalf of the party’ National Working Committee, Oyegun said it is necessary for the APC to put its house in order, so as “to become a political force in 2019.“We have major issues in the National Assembly, we have major issues in Benue State, we have major issues in Kano State, we have major issues in Kogi… Read more

Is Ortom’s call for Benue people to defend themselves right? (Punch)

That call was made out of frustration because the people seem to have lost confidence in the collective security apparatus that we have in Nigeria. You have seen the number of people that have died in Benue State. Where it becomes clear that the legitimate security agents that we have are unable to do the job, people will naturally resort to self-defence. It is a natural reaction for any human being that if you are attacked, you have to defend yourself. If there is no feasible, reliable and dependable official state security apparatus to defend the people, it is going to be a natural reaction for people to defend themselves. Read more

We’ll resist rigging in 2019 –Secondus (SUN)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed fear that the 2019 polls could be rigged in favour of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who stated this in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, yesterday, shortly after receiving some defectors from the APC, alleged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is behaving like a parastatal of the ruling party, to rig election. He, however, warned that in 2019, the people will allow their votes to count, to ensure that country is free from the grips of the APC.  “Our fear  is that; will INEC play the game regarding the provision of the 1999 Constitution, as amended? Will they not rig elections? Read more

APC senators split as Senate adopts revised poll timetable (Punch)

The adoption of the report by the Senate and the House of Representatives Conference Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act caused division in the ranks of the All Progressives Congress caucus in the upper chamber of the National Assembly on Wednesday. According to the report, the sequence of the elections will commence with National Assembly, to be followed by governorship and State Houses of Assembly, while presidential poll will come last. Read more

Obey N145 per litre fuel price, NNPC tells marketers (Vanguard)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday called on petroleum products marketers to stick to the N145 per litre approved pump price for petrol in order to make life easy for Nigerians. According to a statement in Abuja, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, gave this charge in Abuja while presenting a commendation letter to the Managing Director of BOVAS and Company Limited, an Ibadan-based petroleum marketing company, for consistently selling petrol at the approved price of N145 per litre. Read more

FG hands over Apapa Road Design to Dangote, raises Trailer Park cost to N9.55bn (ThisDay)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) wednesday said it had completed the design for the reconstruction of a major part of Apapa-Oworonshoki expressway in Lagos meant to be concessioned to Dangote Group and consequently handed it to the company. The council also approved the augmentation of the contract cost for the construction of trailer and truck park on Tin Can Island in Lagos from the initial N8.66 billion to N9.55 billion. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting in the State House, said the truck park project which was part of the move to ease acute traffic crisis along the collapsed Oshodi – Apapa express way, would be completed this year.Read more

Reps want foreign medical treatment by public officials regulated (Punch)

Members of the House of Representatives complained bitterly on Wednesday over the rapid decline in medical facilities and services in the country, forcing many Nigerians to seek life-saving treatment abroad. They said part of the solutions would be to regulate trips by public officers to foreign countries for medical treatment. Lawmakers said the measure, though “draconian” in outlook, would force the same public officials to pay adequate attention to the health sector in Nigeria by investing heavily in modern diagnostic equipment. Read more

Alleged N10 million fraud: CCT chairman’s trial holds in March- Prosecutor (PremiumTimes)

The arraignment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Danladi Umar, over allegations of bribery will hold in March, not February 15, the prosecution has said. The prosecution counsel, Festus Keyamo, told PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday in a telephone interview that reports about Mr. Umar’s arraignment on February 15 were false. “It’s not today. He is going to be arraigned on March, 15. It’s March 15,” Mr. Keyamo said. Mr. Umar is however scheduled to continue overseeing the trial of a former customs officer, Rasheed Taiwo, who accused him of bribery. Read more

Fidelity Bank splashes N18m on 12 customers in Valentine’s Day draw (Tribune)

Fidelity Bank Plc on Wednesday splashed N18 million to 12 customers in the fourth draw of its “Get Alert in Million Reloaded” promo to mark Valentine’s Day. Speaking at the draw in Lagos, Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, the bank’s Managing Director, said the bank decided to use the Valentine Day’s draw to reward its loyal customers. Okonkwo, who was represented by Mrs Chetachi Ezenagu, the Regional Head, Yaba/Surulere Bank, said the bank decided to conduct the draw on “this special day” to show love to its customers. Read more

Prof. Ukwu, ex-Education Commissioner in East Central State is dead (SUN)

Prof. Ukwu I. Ukwu, Education Commissioner in the defunct East Central State is dead. Ukwu, an economist and former Executive Director, Centre for Development Research, Management and Training, died in an Enugu hospital on Feb. 12 at the age of 84, after a brief illness. The wife of the deceased, Comfort, confirmed the demise of the educationist on Thursday in Enugu in an interview with NAN. Comfort told NAN that Ukwu died at Niger Foundation Hospital, Enugu. “Our father and my husband passed on two days ago, precisely Monday, at the Niger Foundation Hospital, Enugu, where he had been receiving treatment for some time now. Read more

Money-eating snake and other Nigerian ‘miracles’ (Punch)

By now, almost everybody in Nigeria has heard, and, maybe, laughed out loud over Philomena Chieshe and her spiritual money-eating snake. The bizarre tale is the illogical submission to an audit at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Makurdi’s office. Chieshe’s fantastical tale has seen domains that nominally ignore Nigerian news featuring the story on their websites. Read more

Police beat up journalist in Akwa Ibom Assembly complex (Punch)

A journalist with the Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting Corporation attached to the State House of assembly, Mr. Samuel Ayara, was on Wednesday allegedly assaulted by policemen in the complex. The policeman who allegedly initiated the assault, Sunday Agada, is attached to a lawmaker representing Ikot Abasi State Constituency, Mr. Uduak Udoudo. While Ayara was attacked with tear gas, other policemen allegedly gathered around Ayara and used the butts of their guns to hit him. The attack created panic, as people ran helter-skelter to avoid being affected by the teargas. Read more

Burglar breaks into Lagos computer firm, loots office (Punch)

A suspected burglar has brought a start-up in the Ikeja area of Lagos State to its knees after breaking into the software development company, stealing all its laptops. Punch Metro learnt that the suspect broke into NexTekk Technology System around 6pm on Friday, January 26, 2018, shortly after the company’s manager locked the office and closed for the day. The case was said to have been reported at the Ikeja Police Division. Read more

Candle fire kills baby in Lagos (Guardian)

Residents of No. 6, Soyinka Street, Bariga in Shomolu Local Government Area of Lagos State yesterday woke up to the tragedy caused by a midnight fire, which burnt a five-month old infant beyond recognition, left two other children in critical condition, and destroyed property worth millions of naira. The fire, which begun at about 11:20p.m. on Tuesday night was reportedly caused by a candlelight, which had been lit by one of the tenants in the one-storey apartment. The mother of the baby had gone to ease herself in the toilet when the candle, which had exhausted its wax, melted on an inflammable material, leading to the fire engulfing the whole room. Read more

Lagos trader tortures stepdaughters with hot knife, pepper (Punch)

A 10-year-old girl, Vera, and her younger sister, Favour, five, are grappling with injuries inflicted on them by their stepmother. The woman, Chidima Nnachi, reportedly beat up Vera, rubbed pepper on her eyes and burned her back with a hot knife. She also reportedly injured Favour on the forehead and inserted pepper in her eyes for allegedly soiling her body. Read more

Nigeria skeleton athlete, Adeagbo set to battle Germany, USA, Canada at Winter Olympics (Guardian)

After three days of hard training, the Nigerian skeleton athlete at the on-going 2018 Winter Olympics, Simidele Adeagbo, is set to face stiff challenges from other countries at the Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea, tomorrow. The 36-year old Adeagbo, who is Africa’s first-ever female Olympics skeleton athlete, touched a sled for the first time in September 2017, and by January 2018, she had qualified for the Winter Olympics. According to a board member of the Nigerian Bobsled and Skeleton team, Chisom Mbonu-Ezeoke, who spoke with The Guardian yesterday from South Korea, the athlete will observe today as rest day in preparation for her competition tomorrow and Saturday. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo makes me so happy for one reason – Marcelo (Express)

Real Madrid required Ronaldo to help them come from behind last night in the Champions League to record a 3-1 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie.  Ronaldo cancelled out Adrien Rabiot’s opener for the visitors from the penalty spot and become the first player in Champions League history to score 100 goals for the same club. The Portuguese superstar grabbed another seven minutes from time, while Marcelo netted to give Real big advantage going into the second leg. And Marcelo has admitted Ronaldo gives so much joy to Real, because he is such a big-game player. Read more

Roy Keane gives his verdict on Paul Pogba (Independent)

Roy Keane has given his verdict on the ongoing debate surrounding Paul Pogba’s best role at Manchester United and suggested the French midfielder can have no excuses for his poor performances in recent weeks. Pogba was dropped by manager Jose Mourinho for the Premier League game against Huddersfield earlier this month and taken off in the defeats against Tottenham and Newcastle amid plenty of criticism for his performances. Read more

Jurgen Klopp: ‘Sadio Mane showed what a fantastic player he is’ (Sportsmole)

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is glad to see unheralded forward Sadio Mane show what he is capable of in Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Porto in the Champions League. The Senegal international scored three of the Reds’ five goals in the first leg of the last-16 tie at the Estadio do Dragao – his first hat-trick for the club. Mane has been lagging behind attacking teammates Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the scoring stakes this term, but Klopp believes that the former Southampton ace has been showing signs of his best form of late. Read more

ZAPU mourns Tsvangirai (Zimbabwean)

ZAPU learns with sadness the passing on of MDCT leader, Dr Morgan Tsvangirai after a brave battle with cancer. Dr Tsvangirai will be remembered for reigniting the struggle for democracy flame in Zimbabwe in 2000 after it had died down in 1987 when ZAPU was arm-twisted into the notorious and infamous Unity Accord of 1987. Dr Tsvangirai presented a fierce challenge to ZANU PF defacto one party state rule, presenting close shave election challenges to Mugabe’s presidency on a number of occasions. Read more

China urges shoppers to turn their backs on foreign goods after Heathrow duty free row (Telegraph)

Claims that a store at Heathrow Airport “ripped off” Chinese shoppers have prompted calls in China for the country’s cash-rich consumers to rein in their overseas spending. The People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party, suggested in an angry commentary posted on its website that Chinese tourists should turn their backs on foreign goods. It came after an employee at retailer World Duty Free, which is located at Heathrow, alleged that the store was offering 20 percent discounts on the next visit for consumers who spent £79 or more – but people travelling to China had to spend £1,000. Read more



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