* Impeachment: We are yet to officially hear from Court – Lai (Independent) * 2019 elections may not hold – Secondus (DailyTrust)

* Impeachment: We are yet to officially hear from Court – Lai (Independent)         * 2019 elections may not hold – Secondus (DailyTrust)



Impeachment: We are yet to officially hear from Court – Lai (Independent)

The Federal Government on Wednesday reacted to a Federal High Court, ruling which sat in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, ordering the National Assembly to begin impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who reacted to the development, initially feigned ignorance about the ruling, but said the presidency was yet to officially get the ruling compelling the National Assembly to proceed with the impeachment process. Mohammed, while fielding questions from State House reporters on the sidelines of the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by President Buhari, said, “I am just hearing it for the first time, until the court formally inform us before we can react to it.” Read more

2019 elections may not hold – Secondus (DailyTrust)

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has expressed fears that the 2019 general elections may not hold. He said it would be especially so if next Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State is rigged by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Addressing the Forum of PDP local government chairmen who were on a courtesy visit to Wadata Plaza in Abuja yesterday, Secondus however, said ‎all the critical stakeholders in the country should prevail on the APC-led government to ensure the elections held in 2019 as scheduled. Read more

DSS arrest of Abaribe: It is sacrifice to deepen democracy – Saraki (Vanguard)

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Wednesday described the arrest of the Chairman, South East Senate Caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South by men of the Department of State Services, DSS as one of such sacrifices that must be paid to deepen the nation’s democracy. Recall that Senator Abaribe who is the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy was picked by DSS at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, penultimate Friday and his house subsequently searched for six hours. Saraki while responding to a point of Order by Senator Abaribe on his ordeal in the hands of the DSS on the floor of the Senate yesterday, described the action as very unfortunate, however stressed the need for normalcy to be restored in the nation’s polity. Read more

Splinter Group emerges in APC (ThisDay)

A splinter group has emerged in the All Progressives Congress (APC). The splinter group named Reformed APC (rAPC) announced its emergence at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday. The Chairman of the splinter group, Buba Galadima, announced the emergence of the faction at the press conference held at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel in Abuja. Galadima was national secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the plaform on which President Muhammadu Buhari contested presidential election in 2011. CPC is one of the parties that formed APC. Read more

Atiku backs National Assembly on state police (DailyTrust)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has commended the National Assembly for its decision to amend the constitution and formally provide for state police and community policing in the country as part of effort to deal with the current insecurity in the country. Atiku in a statement on Wednesday night by his Media Office said the lawmakers have, by their action, demonstrated courage by intervening in the country’s security crisis. “A peculiar crisis demands a decisive action, and I am one hundred percent behind the National Assembly in their efforts to strengthen the hands of state governments in providing security to their citizens,” he said. Read more

Anti-graft war: I’ll re-organise judiciary – Buhari (DailyTrust)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday disclosed that his administration would re-organise the judiciary to enhance the anti-graft war. Buhari disclosed this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja during a joint press conference with the visiting Namibian president, Hage Geingob. President Buhari stated that it is very difficult to fight corruption in a multi-party democracy like Nigeria’s. He said his goverment would dedicate some judges to handle corruption cases with a view to ensuring the prosecution of all those found guilty of graft. “So, we are winning (the fight against corruption), but it is very difficult under this multi-party democracy system. We are getting the cooperation of countries. Read more

Insecurity threat to 2019 Election, says DSS DG (ThisDay)

The Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Alhaji Lawal Daura, has identified insecurity as a major threat to the 2019 general elections. Daura made this submission at a presentation he made before the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the Review of the Current Security Infrastructure in Nigeria headed by Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan. Presenting the Committee’s 38-page Report at Senate Plenary on Wednesday, Lawan said Daura while appearing before his committee sounded a note of warning about the bleak outlook of the 2019 general elections “with all the hate speeches and insecurity prevailing in the polity.” Read more

Falana files N200m suit against DSS for journalist’s 2-year-old detention (Vanguard)

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has filed a fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja on behalf of a journalist, Jones Abiri, who has been held in the custody of the Department of State Security for about two years without charge. The court papers obtained on Wednesday showed that the suit filed on Tuesday, sought among other prayers an order directing the DSS to pay to the journalist the sum of N200m in damages for the illegal violation of his fundamental rights. Read more

Fayose condemns DSS arrest of teachers allegedly on Fayemi’s directive (SUN)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has condemned the clampdown on teachers in the state by suspected armed men of the Department of State Services (DSS), allegedly acting on directives from the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. The governor, who said the principal of Ola Oluwa Muslim Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Sumonu Olaoye, was again arrested by men of the DSS, on Wednesday said, “No amount of intimidation and harassment will make Ekiti teachers to support Fayemi who made their lives impossible throughout his four years as governor.” Read more

WAEC releases 2018 May/June WASSCE result, says there’s decline in pass rate (Punch)

The West African Examinations Council said on Wednesday that only 49.98 per cent of candidates who wrote its 2018 school certificate examination obtained credit passes and above. The council’s Head of National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, said the credit passes included English Language and Mathematics. Adenipekun gave this information at a news conference to announce the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Lagos. According to him, the performance of candidates for its examinations in the last three years has been fluctuating in view of the outcome of the just released 2018 examination. Read more

FG to launch Abuja Rail Mass Transit Project (Guardian)

The Nigeria Federal Government is set to launch the Abuja Rail Mass Transit project later this month. The project, which is the first light rail system in West Africa, was flagged-off by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007 in an attempt to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Government had earlier disclosed that tracks, as well as 12 stations of the first phase of the projects, were already completed while procurement of rolling stock (wagons, etc) was ongoing. Tolu Ogunlesi, the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on digital media, disclosed that the trial phase took place today, ahead of the launch which has been scheduled to hold later this month. Read more

NEC directs NNPC, Finance Ministry to Audit Nigeria’s daily Petrol Usage (ThisDay)

The National Executive Council (NEC) has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC and Ministry of Finance to undertake an audit exercise to determine the actual daily consumption of petrol in Nigeria, the NNPC has disclosed. NNPC’s Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Mr. Henry Ikem-Obih, said on Wednesday while speaking at the 2018 edition of the annual Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, that the audit study would also include inputs from the World Bank. Ikem-Obih, equally stated that irrespective of the current high cost of fuel import, the country’s refineries were currently selling petrol at N103 per litre. While responding to questions on the current consumption level of the country, he noted that the country’s daily fuel consumption was currently not known because of a number of factors which he said included smuggling and the various consumption pattern of the commodity among Nigerians. Read more

Lawyer slumps, die during cross-examination (Nation)

An Aba based lawyer identified as Obinna Onuoha has reportedly slumped and died during a court session at High Court I in Obingwa Local Area of Abia State. Information about the incident at the time of filing report was sketchy, but our reporter gathered that Onuoha slumped while cross examining witness to the opposing party. The incident sources said caused a pandemonium as people who were at the court scampered for safety when the incident occurred. It was learnt that Onuoha died due to the impact of a fall in an undisclosed hospital where he was rushed for medical attention. Read more

Nigeria Police find bodies of 41 suspected bandits (Vanguard)

Nigerian police say they have found the bodies of 41 men with their throats cut in a northern area that is notorious as a hideout for criminal gangs. Eighteen bodies were found in a river on Sunday while 23 others were discovered in a nearby forest in the Zurmi area of Zamfara state, police commissioner Kenneth Ebrimson said on Tuesday. Police arrested four suspects after searching the bush area and also found machetes and guns, he told reporters in Gusau, the state capital. He said the suspects were identified as members of a widely-feared local vigilante group “who decided to carry out the extra-judicial killings”. Read more

Policeman shoots NYSC member dead (Nation)

A policeman has allegedly shot dead a Corp member serving in Abuja. The deceased, Linda Angela Igwetu was billed to pass out of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) programme today after a compulsory one year service in Abuja. She served at Outsource Global Company in Mabushi. She was said to have gone out with her friends as part of celebration for the completion of her one year service. Narrating what happened, the Convener of #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG Mr. Segun Awosanya said: “She finished at work late at about 11pm and joined a few friends to a hang out before their Passing Out Parade scheduled for Thursday (today). Read more

Mikel express gratitude to Nigeria Police for father’s rescue (Guardian)

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has expressed his gratitude to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for their role in rescuing his father who was kidnapped. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mikel revealed after the 2018 FIFA World Cup that his father was abducted before Nigeria’s last group stage match against Argentina in Saint Petersburg. The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday however confirmed in a statement on their official Twitter account that Pa Michael Obi had been rescued from the kidnappers. Read more

FIFA: Amuneke, Drogba Others to Pick World Best Player (Nation)

Federation of International Football (FIFA) on Wednesday named former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke among the 12-man panel that will shortlist candidates for the men’s footballers and coaches of the year for the 2017/18 season. The World Football governing body also named former African footballer and Ivory Coast ex-player Didier Drogba, as a member of the panel for the annual awards of the round leather game. The men’s panel also includes legends Ronaldo, Fabio Capello and Frank Lampard, and Kaka amongst others. The judges will shortlist 10 candidates for each category, which will be unveiled on 23 July 2018 – with a public vote opening on the same day. Read more

Super Eagles midfielder Akpan joins Bradford City on 2-year contract (Vanguard)

Nigerian international Hope Akpan has linked up with English League one outfit, Bradford City, on a two-year contract from Burton Albion. Akpan, 26, joined the football club on a free transfer, becoming the club’s ninth signing of the summer. The midfielder, who has been capped at international level by Nigeria, has now joined up with his new team mates at their pre-season Cheshire training camp. He said: “We are really pleased to get Hope into the building,” Bradford City head coach, Michael Collins was quoted as saying on the club’s official website. Read more

16 teams to compete in 2018 Enugu Football League (Vanguard)

Sixteen teams are expected to vie for honours in the 2018 Enugu State Football League, scheduled for between July 13 and July 30, according to an official. Francis Ugwu, the secretary, of the state Football Association (FA), disclosed this while speaking in Enugu on Tuesday. “Three matches will be played every day. The group matches will begin on July 13 and will be rounded off with a match between El-Nahag FC and Golden Stars FC on July 22. “The defending champions, Purple Krown Academy FC will not feature in the 2018 edition as they will be engaged in the National League,’’ he said. Read more

Wimbledon: Federer, Serena cruise into 3rd round (Nation)

Federer and Williams cruised into the third round with straight-sets victories on Wednesday, looking at home on the Centre Court where they have won 15 titles between them. However, Wozniacki still can’t seem to get comfortable at the All England Club — especially when there’s a swarm of bugs flying around her head. The Australian Open champion went out before the third round for the fourth time in seven years, losing 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia after complaining to the chair umpire about the insects that invaded No. 1 court during the second set. No such problems for Federer, who won 35 straight points on his serve on route to beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. Read more

Maradona accuses England of robbing Colombia (Vanguard)

Diego Maradona accused England of theft after Gareth Southgate’s men experienced a glorious victory against Colombia. Maradona, the Hand of God who cheated the Three Lions at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, insists Colombia were hampered by poor refereeing decisions. In a blistering attack on Argentine TV, he claimed that American referee Mark Geiger was out of his depth, that referees’ chief Pierluigi Collina should apologise to the Colombian nation for appointing him, and that the penalty given for Carlos Sanchez’s grapple with Harry Kane was a foul instigated by the England captain. Read more

Willian warns Hazard as Chelsea teammates prepare to clash at World Cup (AFP)

Brazil star Willian says he is looking forward to coming out on top when he faces his club colleague Eden Hazard in the World Cup quarter-final between Brazil and Belgium. The teams meet in Kazan on Friday evening with Brazil the favourites, despite the quality in a Belgian side captained by Hazard, who plays with Willian at Chelsea. “He is a very humble player and I like being with him on a daily basis at club level. But now it is time for each of us to defend our corner and I hope to come out on top,” Willian said at Brazil’s training base in Sochi on Wednesday. Read more

Heat wave death toll in Quebec rises to at least 17 (Theglobeandmail)

The number of deaths being attributed to an intense heat wave in Quebec has climbed to at least 17, prompting public-health officials to warn those at risk to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness. Authorities say 12 people have died due to a spike in temperatures that began in Montreal on Saturday. The temperature in the city reached 40 C on Wednesday when factoring in the humidity, and the heat is expected to last until Friday. The number of heat-related deaths in Montreal was pegged at six on Tuesday. Another six casualties pushed the death toll to 12 by Wednesday morning, when the city awoke to another suffocating day of high temperatures. Read more

Craig Raymond Turner, eldest son of Tina Turner, dies from gunshot wound (Guardian)

Tina Turner’s eldest son, Craig Raymond Turner, has died in an apparent suicide aged 59. A Los Angeles coroner confirmed to Variety that Turner was found dead at his home in Studio City, California, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His mother hasn’t commented on the news. Craig was born to Tina Turner – then Anna Mae Bullock – when she was 18 and Raymond Hill, a saxophonist for the Kings of Rhythm, the backing band for Ike Turner. Tina and Raymond’s relationship soon fell apart, and Tina began a relationship with Ike as well as joining his band and later marrying him. Read more


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