* Join retirees club, Tinubu tells Obasanjo (Leadership) * JAMB vows to prosecute mysterious ‘Snake’ that swallowed N36m (ThisDay)

* Join retirees club, Tinubu tells Obasanjo (Leadership)          * JAMB vows to prosecute mysterious ‘Snake’ that swallowed N36m (ThisDay)



Join retirees club, Tinubu tells Obasanjo (Leadership)

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Tinubu has advised former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and General Ibrahim Babangida to join the retirees club and let Nigerians decide their destiny. This is against the backdrop of  letters written by Obasanjo and Babangida calling on President Muhammadu Buhari not to recontest in 2019. Speaking to State House correspondents yesterday after a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the presidential villa, Tinubu said Nigerians should rise up  to the challenge and choose their leaders . Read more

JAMB vows to prosecute mysterious ‘Snake’ that swallowed N36m (ThisDay)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has vowed to arrest and prosecute the mysterious ‘snake’ and other staff that must have assisted the disappearance of N36 million from its Benue State office.This is coming as the board announced that the sale of 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) application is closed with over 1.6 million candidates successfully completed their registration. The Head of Media and Public Relations of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in a statement yesterday, saying the board would deploy all available resources to arrest and prosecute anyone found undermining the integrity of the board irrespective of who is involved. Read more

Herdsmen attacks in Osun, Ondo as Soyinka says Buhari is in a trance (Punch)

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is in a trance.This is just as herdsmen struck again in Osun and Ondo states, sacking a council secretariat and burning a farm settlement. Soyinka said he came to his conclusion based on “unforced errors,” adding that the President’s body language had aggravated killings by herdsmen in the country. The playwright spoke in Lagos on Tuesday at a press conference titled, ‘Nomads and nation: Valentine card or valedictory rites.’ Read more

Buhari, Jega, Sanusi, Utomi to lead discussions at Lagos-Kano Economic Summit (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari is among dignitaries listed to discuss the strategic importance of collaboration among key institutions to national development at the first Lagos-Kano Economic and Investment Summit. The summit, which is scheduled to hold at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe, Lagos, between February 28 and March 1, 2018, is to focus on thematic areas such as security, governance, ease of doing business, agriculture, tourism, internally generated revenue, education and infrastructure in key areas of power, transportation and urban waste management. Read more

States got N1.19tr from Fed Govt, says Osinbajo (Nation)

Between 2015 and September 2017, states got N1.19 trillion support from the Federal Government, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday.The assistance came in form of the Excess Crude Account, the Paris Club refund and budget support loans, among others. Prof. Osinbajo said the funds were made available to the states for their programmes and do capital projects. The vice president spoke in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, at the inaugural Kogi State Economic/Investment summit. Read more

Saraki: Some people helping Buhari are hurting democracy (ThisDay)

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has lamented what he described as the attitude  of some persons in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to hurt Nigeria’s democracy. He said this at the plenary yesterday while reacting to the suit filed against Senator Dino Melaye by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister, of Justice Mr. Abubakar Malami, for allegedly misleading the police about an assassination attempt on his life in April 2017. The senator, according to the suit, also falsely accused the Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, Mr. Edward Onoja, of the assassination attempt. Read more

Reps clash over amnesty Okorocha granted Don Waney’s men (Punch)

A rowdy session began at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, forcing the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, to step down a controversial motion temporary, pending further advice by three key committees. The motion had polarised the House along political party lines and pitting members from Rivers State and their colleagues from Imo State in particular, against one another. The notion was on the alleged decision of the Imo State Governor, Mr. Rochas Okorocha, to grant amnesty to suspects who had been declared wanted by the River State Security Council. Read more

2019: Finally, NASS okays rescheduled Election Timetable (Leadership)

The two chambers of the National Assembly yesterday perfected the change of sequence in the conduct of the presidential, National Assembly and gubernatorial elections earlier released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This followed the adoption of a rescheduled serial arrangement as reordered by the National Assembly conference committee on the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill. By the rescheduled sequence, the 2019 general election shall commence with that of the National Assembly, followed by governorship and state assemblies’ elections before the presidential poll. Read more

I can’t allow Kwankwaso to control me, says Ganduje (Punch)

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday said as a leader, he could not be ruling a state and allow himself to be controlled from outside. The governor was explaining the sour relationship between him and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso,  while answering questions from State House correspondents after attending a programme at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said the same way his political history could not be complete without mentioning Kwankwaso, the former governor’s history too would not add up without his own name being mentioned. Read more

Buhari’s directive on arrest of killer herdsmen (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent order to the security agencies to arrest and prosecute suspected killer herdsmen and other criminals found with illegal arms and ammunition came rather late, but it is better late than never. The president, who gave the marching order during his one-day official visit to Nasarawa State, warned that his administration would not tolerate further attacks by killer herdsmen and other criminals. He condoled with the victims of the recent massacres in the North-Central zone and assured the people that the government was working hard to ensure peace and stability across the country. Read more

Lassa Fever: WHO moves to contain outbreak (ThisDay)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is scaling up its response to the outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, which has spread to 17 states and may have infected up to 450 people in less than five weeks. In a statement by the organisation and signed by its communications expert, Ms. Charity Warigon, it said from the onset of the outbreak, WHO Nigeria deployed staff from the national and state levels to support the federal government Lassa fever Emergency Operations Centre and state surveillance activities. She said: “WHO is helping to coordinate health actors and is joining rapid risk assessment teams travelling to hot spots to investigate the outbreak. Read more

Buhari approves fresh four-year term for TCN MD, Mohammed (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, as the substantive Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). The fresh appointment would see Mohammed manage the affairs of TCN for a period of four years in a substantive capacity and no longer on an interim basis. Thisday yesterday gathered in Abuja that Mohammed received the letter of his appointment on Monday, and had since resumed work after the initial one year interim management deal he signed with the government expired earlier in February. Read more

$350m power fund not diverted – Adeosun, Fashola (Punch)

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on Tuesday denied the alleged diversion of $350m belonging to the Nigerian Electricity Bulk Trading Company domiciled in the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. The NSIA also said the $350m it was managing for the NBET had grown to $384m. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the NSIA, Uche Orji, stated that the money was safe. The officials appeared before the Senate’s Joint Committee on Public Accounts; and Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy in Abuja on Tuesday. Read more

FG will authorise only projects of high value to Nigeria, Kachikwu tells IOCs (ThisDay)

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said only oil and gas projects that have huge net value to the Federation Account will henceforth be sanctioned by the federal government, explaining that there is no more need for international oil companies (IOCs) to develop multibillion dollar projects that will not attract payment of royalties to the government. Speaking Tuesday in Lagos when he visited the Samsung Yard where the $3.3 billion Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) unit is being integrated by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) at LADOL Free Zone, Kachikwu stressed that it will no longer be possible for crude oil price to hit $100, except there is a huge calamity in the producing regions. Read more

NNPC’s Subsidiary to recover landed assets worth N100bn (ThisDay)

A subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the NNPC Properties Limited (NPL), which manages the real estates of the NNPC on Tuesday said it has commenced the recovery of some NNPC’s landed property worth about N100 billion across Nigeria. According to a statement from the Group General Manager, Public Affairs of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, the asset recovery efforts were disclosed by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ventures of NNPC, Dr. Babatunde Adeniran, at a function in Abuja. Read more

275 African children studying in Rochas’ colleges (Vanguard)

No fewer than 275 children drawn from 55 African countries are currently enjoying free post-primary education in Rochas Foundation Colleges across Nigeria. Addressing journalists yesterday in Owerri, the Foundation’s Director General, DG, Mrs. Uloma Rochas Nwosu, also disclosed that a minimum of five students were drawn from each African country. “The vision of advancing the fortunes of the average African child, has led the Foundation to extend it’s magnanimity to other African countries, with the free education mandate,” Nwosu said. Continuing, the DG explained that the foundation had also set for itself, the target of taking one million children off the streets by 2030. Read more

Police detain cops for beating up Ogun headmistress • CP to meet victim, NUT demands action (Punch)

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested the policemen who allegedly beat up a former headmistress of Top-Teez Nursery and Primary School, Ifo, Mrs. Ayodeji Orojo. The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Iliyasu, told our correspondent on Tuesday that the cops had been arrested and detained. He noted that the policemen would be sanctioned at the end of police investigation.Punch Metro had reported that a stabiliser belonging to the Ojodu Abiodun Divisional Police Officer had been stolen by some hoodlums and the police found the electrical appliance in the compound of a 10-year-old pupil, identified as David. Read more

Eagles can beat Argentina again (Vanguard)

Alex Iwobi has said he hopes the Super Eagles repeat a stunning friendly win over Argentina at the World Cup in Russia. In November, the Eagles stunned two-time world champions Argentina 4-2 in Krasnodar and both teams will meet again for the fifth time at the World Cup in Russia. “Argentina were missing their star man (Lionel) Messi, but we were also missing some of our players (for the friendly). We are confident we can repeat that at the World Cup,” the Arsenal forward said in a BBC interview monitored today. “We were unbeaten in the World Cup qualifiers and we are confident and have young talent, who want to prove themselves any time they are on the pitch.” Read more

NANF demands $10b royalty for broadcast of EPL matches in Nigeria (Vanguard)

The National Association of Nigerian Footballers, NANF, has raised alarm over the negative effect of the “invasion “ of Nigeria by promoters of foreign football leagues and their merchandise, while relegating the local game to the background. Speaking in Lagos yesterday, President of NANF, Harrison Jalla said the effect of the invasion on the growth of the local game has been negative and unrewarding. “In light of this, we have initiated various moves that would ensure the local game benefited from this invasion which, to say the least, has crippled the domestic game,”Jalla said. Read more

Guardiola: Basel romp will help Manchester City domestically (Goal)

The Manchester City boss believes having one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals will help his side in key Premier League clashes Brushing Basel aside 4-0 in the Champions League will help Manchester City when they turn towards some crunch domestic fixtures over the coming weeks, according to manager Pep Guardiola. A brace from Ilkay Gundogan either side of first-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero saw the runaway Premier League leaders shrug off a shaky opening in the last-16 tie at St Jakob-Park and turn in their latest dazzling attacking display of the campaign. Read more

Champions League: Tottenham survives Juventus (UPI)

Tottenham Hotspur managed a draw after going down 2-0 to Juventus in a Champions League matchup Tuesday at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy. The Old Lady stood behind Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain in the first half. Higuain got the scoring started in the 2nd minute of the match. He ran into the box during a set piece and finished a perfect volley into the far post netting past a diving Hugo Lorris. Juventus’ second goal came in the 8th minute of the match. Spurs defender Ben Davies fouled Juventus forward Federico Bernardeschi on that play inside of the box. Read more

Di Maria: I would play for Barcelona (Sportskeeda)

Former Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria revealed he would have no problem playing for their LaLiga rivals Barcelona. Di Maria spent four seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, winning a LaLiga crown and Champions League title among numerous other trophies. The Argentina international spent a campaign at Manchester United before arriving at his current club Paris Saint-Germain in 2015. Despite his history at Madrid, Di Maria, 29, said he would play for Barca if the opportunity presented itself. Read more

Olympic freestyle skier goes for gold in South Korea after near-death illness (Abcnews)

Champion freestyle ski prodigy Torin Yater-Wallace has always faced adversity head-on and uses setbacks as catalysts for growth and future goals — including, he hopes, an Olympic gold medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The 22-year-old Aspen, Colorado, native sat down with ABC News to discuss his long hard-fought journey to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Read more

Dreamers deadlock: Congress at impasse as pressure mounts to act (Guardian)

US lawmakers remained at loggerheads on Tuesday over an immigration overhaul as pressure mounted for Congress to act before the expiration of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.The Senate was poised this week to begin a highly-anticipated debate on the issue, with Donald Trump seeking enhanced border security measures and other drastic changes to the immigration system in exchange for providing a pathway to citizenship to the so-called “Dreamers” – undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Read more

San Francisco middle-school students sickened by mystery substance (Reuters)

Ten students at a San Francisco middle school were taken by ambulance to area hospitals on Tuesday for treatment of exposure to an unknown substance, possibly an illicit drug, that some appeared to have ingested, emergency and school officials said. Details of the incident at James Lick Middle School in the city’s Noe Valley neighbourhood remained sketchy, but fire department spokesman Lieutenant Jonathan Baxter said none of the students’ illnesses were life-threatening. Baxter said in an email message to Reuters that 10 students were treated on the scene by emergency personnel and “put onto ambulances and taken to area hospitals.” He offered no further details, referring queries to school officials. Read more

Peru jail twin who switched with brother is recaptured (BBC)

Authorities in Peru have recaptured a prisoner more than a year after he escaped from jail by leaving his twin brother in his place. Alexander Delgado had been serving a 16-year sentence for child sexual abuse and robbery in a prison north of Lima. When his twin, Giancarlo, visited him last January, Alexander drugged him, changed into his clothes and walked out of jail.The suspected swap was confirmed after Giancarlo’s fingerprints were taken. After 13 months on the run Alexander Delgado was arrested on Monday in the port city of Callao after the Ministry of the Interior offered a reward for information leading to his capture. Read more

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