March 23, 2019

* John McCain’s final message for the President (CNN) * Buhari to Trump: I’m Fit, Sprightly and not Lifeless (Vanguard)

* John McCain’s final message for the President (CNN)         * Buhari to Trump: I’m Fit, Sprightly and not Lifeless (Vanguard)



John McCain’s final message for the President (CNN)

John McCain and President Donald Trump are not done with one another yet. Days of mourning for the Arizona senator, including a lying-in-state in the Capitol Rotunda and the pomp of a service in Washington’s National Cathedral, are certain to become about more than simply honoring a singular political leader and national hero. In Washington, even death is political — a fact McCain well understood as a sought-after eulogizer himself, and by planning his funeral rites to exclude the President, he will be making an unmistakable posthumous statement directed at the White House. Read more

Buhari to Trump: I’m Fit, Sprightly and not Lifeless (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari has fired back at the United States President, Donald Trump over alleged claims by the American leader referring to the Nigerian president as “lifeless”. The reaction which came through the Buhari Media Organisation BMO was in response to Monday’s report by the Financial Times that the American President had made disrespectful comments imputing ill health on President Buhari. “President Muhammadu Buhari is fit and capable to run for the 2019 elections and oversee the affairs of the country for four more years President Donald Trump’s hate speech notwithstanding”, the group said. Read more

I’ll protect Igbo in Plateau with my blood, says Lalong (SUN)

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has vowed to protect the Igbo resident in Plateau State and northern Nigeria with the last drop of his blood in the interest of unity and peace of the country. The governor noted that the Igbo have contributed immensely in the development and economy recovery of Plateau State and northern Nigeria. Governor Lalong said this when the Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House Jos at the weekend to mark the celebration of Anambra people resident in Plateau state. According to the governor, “Plateau is a home for all Nigerians and I will not allow anyone to chase anybody because he is not an indigene of Plateau state. Read more

Magu slams SAN for receiving N1.7bn legal fee (Punch)

The acting Chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, says some Senior Advocates of Nigeria have been frustrating the anti-corruption war by knowingly supplying the technical know-how and helping in the dispersal of the proceeds of crime. Without mentioning any specific names, Magu said a particular senior advocate received N1.7bn in legal fees from a corrupt politician without a qualm. He said the same senior advocate received N300m from a governor in the South-South as legal fees for an election petition case and failed to pay tax but quickly took advantage of the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme when he realised he was under probe. Read more

Makarfi denies reports on Atiku, holds Ex-VP in high esteem (ThisDay)

The former National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and presidential aspirant, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has denied reports where he was purported to have said that he did not need money to defeat former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who is also a presidential aspirant of the party. In a statement on Monday in Kaduna, Makarfi said he did not make such statement about Atiku who he said he holds in very high esteem and maintains a cordial and mutually respectful relationship with. The statement signed by his spokesman, Mukhtar Sirajo, said Makarfi’s “attention has been drawn to some news headlines making the rounds to the effect that he said he didn’t need money to defeat Atiku Abubakar in the quest for PDP presidential nomination. Read more

Fayemi will run all-inclusive govt – Lawmaker (Nation)

The Minority Leader of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan has assured the people of the state that Governor-elect Kayode Fayemi will run an all-inclusive government as from October 16. The APC lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency 1 gave the assurance at Ward 7 party secretariat in Ijesa Isu Ekiti in Ikole Local government while speaking during his official declaration for second term. According to him, the incoming administration Fayemi will be different from the “one man dictatorship of the PDP and its outgoing governor.”

He said: “The incoming government will be different from what we have now. It is going to be a clear departure from the dictatorship of the PDP and its governor. Fayemi will run an all-inclusive government. Read more

27 LG chairs take oaths of office in Imo (SUN)

The 27 Local Government Council chairmen elected, on Saturday, in Imo State were, on Monday, sworn-in by Justice Theophilus Nzeukwu, a representative of the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Pascal Nnadi, who is currently on vacation. Addressing the chairmen at the Sam Mbakwe exco chambers, Governor Rochas Okorocha advised them to shun corruption and always remember the down trodden, adding that their election by the people was based on trust just as he urged them not abuse the trust and confidence reposed on them. He equally told them that the swearing-in ceremony signified a social contract between them and the people who elected them. Read more

Fani-Kayode demands reasons for Police invitation (Punch)

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has requested the police to provide information on his alleged offence, and an extension of time for him to appear for questioning. He said he would honour the summons and asked for a rescheduling of the interview to either September 4 or 5, 2018. The police had in a letter dated August 20, signed by the Commissioner of the IGP’s monitoring unit, Habu Sani, invited Fani-Kayode for questioning for alleged acts of “conspiracy, criminal and inciting publication.” The letter directed the former aviation minister to report to the police in Abuja on Monday. But Fani-Kayode in a letter dated August 27 by his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo & Co. stated that the police invitation letter appeared vague and ambiguous, noting that there was no mention of the complainants and the subject matter of the planned interrogation. Read more

JTF, Shell deny coercing Bayelsa community to endorse spill report (Nation)

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta and oil major, Shell on Monday denied allegations of coercing the leadership of Aghoro 1 community in Bayelsa to sign a disputed report on oil spillage. A disagreement in the areas impacted by an oil leak on the Trans Ramos Pipeline within Shell’s oilfield at Aghoro communities in Bayelsa has stalled the release of a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report of the oil spill. Community leaders, who participated in the JIV to determine the cause of the spill reportedly refused to sign the report.The refusal was attributed to wide disparity between the impacted areas claimed by Shell and the community.Mr Victor Akamu, Chairman of the Community Development Committee of Aghoro 1, had alleged that Shell connived with the JTF to force and intimidation, to compel the community to sign the report. Read more

Navy seizes 1.2m litres diesel, arrest 6 suspected smugglers (Guardian)

The Nigerian Navy in Bonny, Rivers, says it seized about 1.22 million litres of adulterated diesel from six crewmen believed to be smugglers. The suspects, who were arrested along the state waterways, were alleged to have smuggled the petroleum products, worth about N350 million from Lagos. Cdr. Ibrahim Gwaska, the Acting Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base, Bonny, presented the eight suspected smugglers, vessel and diesel to journalists on Monday. “The arrest followed routine patrols of one of our capital ships, NNS Okpabana, deployed on sea to stem crude oil, illegal bunkering and other illicit activities within the maritime environment. Read more

Mother sells 6-week-old baby, buys phone with proceeds (Punch)

Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have begun investigation into the alleged sale of a six-week-old baby by her a 23-year-old mother, Miracle Johnson. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo, who confirmed the incident, described it as a serious offence. Punch Metro gathered that Miracle sold the baby, Greatness, to an orphanage in Onitsha, Anambra State, for N200,000. It was learnt that the nursing mother, who hails from Agenebode, in the Etsako East Local Government Area of the state, was paid in cash. Read more

Murder of commissioner in Ekiti : 2 remanded in prison (Nation)

Two men, Tajudeen Bello and Luck Solomon who allegedly murdered Mr Bunmi Ojo, Commissioner in the Federal Character Commission, were on Monday in Ado Ekiti remanded in prison on the orders of an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court. The accused — Bello, 22, and Solomon, 32 — are facing a two-count charge of murder and membership of a cult. While arraigning the accused, Police Prosecutor Johnson Okunade told the court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 14 in the state capital. According to him, the duo conspired and murdered the politician, a personal assistant to a former governor of Ekiti, Mr Segun Oni. Read more

Ebola death toll in DR Congo climbs to 67 (ThisDay)

At least 67 people have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said. Dr Alfred Longi, a Health Ministry inspector, said so far 105 cases of Ebola had been reported in the eastern provinces of Ituri and North Kivu. Among them, 77 were confirmed after test in laboratories, 11 had been treated, and 27 patients were hospitalised. Health Minister Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga recently visited Mangina Ebola Treatment Center and witnessed the unloading of two Ebola patients who had recovered. Longi said: ”The two people who were cured are among the first patients to receive experimental treatment for Ebola and they have completely recovered.” Read more

Nigerian stars win gold for Bahrain at Asian Games (Punch)

Nigerian-born  Bahrain sprinter Edidiong Odiong on Sunday won gold  at the 18th Asian Games women’s 100m final   at the 76,127-capacity  Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 21-year-old, who ditched Nigeria  for a lucrative deal with  the island country in 2015, dipped late to finish in 11.30secs to become Asia’s fastest woman. India’s Dutee Chand  ran 11.32secs to pick up silver while  2014 champion China’s  Wei Yongli won bronze. Although Odiong, who won the  400m event  at the 2013 African Youth Athletics Championships  in Warri and  represented Nigeria at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon, United States,  switched her international allegiance to Bahrain in 2015, she was cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federations to compete for her new owners  the following year. Read more

Nigeria’s U-19 Cricket team beat Tanzania, Qualifies for World Cup (ThisDay)

Nigeria’s Under-19 cricket team, Junior Yellow Greens, yesterday defeated Tanzania by 35 runs to qualify for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. Segun Ogundipe scored 62 runs to win Player of the Match Award while the Nigerian team got promoted to World Division 1. The promotion also means a slot in the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup – the first time Nigeria will ever participate in an event of this magnitude alongside, India, England, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and other big cricket playing nations. Vice President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), Uyi Akpata, described the achievement as a pass mark for the development plans of the present board of the federation since it was inaugurated. Read more

Messi knows who will replace Ronaldo at Madrid (DailyTimes)

After Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure from Real Madrid this summer, the club is looking for a replacement and of all the people, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi might know who it is. According to Spanish paper Don Balon, Lionel Messi knows that former Barcelona forward and Messi’s close friend Neymar will join Real Madrid as a potential replacement to the Portuguese star. Not only that, Real Madrid has also been chasing the Brazilian forward for quite some time now and are willing to spend a record 300 million euros to bring Neymar to the Santiago Bernabeu. While the reports of Messi knowing about Madrid’s next ‘Ronaldo’ might be nothing more than just claims, but then again, best friends know quite a lot of secrets. Read more

Arsenal, Emery have to deal with Ozil mess, Juve clicking into gear, more (Kwese.Espn)

Arsenal won their first game of the season this weekend, beating West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates, but Unai Emery didn’t get to gloat after the match. Instead, he was dealing with a Mesut Ozil “situation.” The German midfielder was not in the matchday squad — Emery said he was ill, citing “catarrh” — but others, including my ESPN Brazil colleague Joao Castelo-Branco, suggested he pulled out after finding out he was destined for the bench. I have no idea what the situation is but I do know that this hasn’t been handled well. As of Monday lunchtime, Ozil has said nothing and snarky counts of the number of matches the German midfielder has missed through “illness” started popping up all over the papers. Read more

Wolves will be match for anyone, says Kompany (Reuters)

Wolverhampton Wanderers play like a well-established Premier League team and should be able to take points off any side in the English top flight, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has said. Wolves, who finished top of the Championship last season to earn promotion, drew 1-1 with the champions on Saturday. They drew with Everton and were beaten by Leicester City in their other two league games to start the season. “They don’t behave or play like a Championship team that has just been promoted,” Kompany told British media. “I’m confident that they will take points off our competitors. Read more

New Jersey resident wounded in Jacksonville Mass Shooting (Newyork.cbslocal)

A New Jersey resident was among those wounded in a deadly mass shooting Sunday at an online video game tournament being livestreamed from a Florida mall. A gunman opened fire, killing two people and then fatally shooting himself, at the Jacksonville Landing collection of restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River in the city’s downtown. At least nine other people were wounded by gunfire, and several others sustained injuries fleeing the chaotic scene. The Jacksonville Sheriff office identified 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore as the shooter. On Sunday, as news of the attack spread, Annmarie Amadeo of Middletown, N.J., posted on Facebook that her son was among those wounded. Read more

Zimbabwe: War Vets Slam Mugabe for Sending ‘Innocent’ Bona to ED Inauguration (Allafrica)

WAR veterans have dismissed former President Robert Mugabe’s half-hearted congratulatory message to newly inaugurated President Emmerson Mnangagwa, slamming the former state leader for sending his “innocent” daughter to take his place at the Sunday event. In an interview with on Sunday, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson Douglas Mahiya scolded the organisation’s former patron for allegedly acting like a child. “Mugabe understands the dynamics and politics of the revolution and he must stop acting like a spoilt child. He thinks sending his daughter to attend our President’s inauguration ceremony is enough,” said Mahiya. Read more

Pope offers alms amid his see of troubles (Thetablet)

Pope Francis asked for pardon for all the abuses committed by male or female religious and by others member of the Church. At the close of his historic two-day visit to Ireland, Pope Francis said a recurrent theme had been the Church’s need to acknowledge and remedy with honesty and courage past failures in the protection of children and vulnerable adults. In his private meeting with the Irish bishops before flying back to Rome, the Pontiff admitted that the Church in recent years had had its eyes opened to the gravity and extent of sexual abuse. In Ireland, he came face to face with survivors, government representatives, and members of the faithful willing to challenge the institutional Church about this “painful chapter of her history”. In his own address at Dublin Castle, the Pope referred to these “repellent” crimes. Read more

iPhone 2018 made affordable with these features (Slashgear)

We should be just a few weeks out from the reveal of Apple’s new iPhone lineup for 2018, so naturally, we’ve got some last-minutes rumor to tell us what we should expect. A new report today has detailed Apple’s trio of iPhones, and if you were a fan of last year’s iPhone X, it sounds like there’s going to be a lot to love here. This information comes from a lengthy report published by Bloomberg. In it, people who are familiar with Apple’s plans claim that all three 2018 iPhones will feature an edge-to-edge display, just as the iPhone X does. Internally, however, Apple is treating 2018 as an “S year,” which means no totally new designs and instead iterations of existing ones. Read more


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