* Killings: Benue groups to drag FG before UN, ICC (Punch) * Codeine addiction: Nigeria should prepare for a new generation of mad people unless… —Experts (Tribune)

* Killings: Benue groups to drag FG before UN, ICC (Punch)                             *  Codeine addiction: Nigeria should prepare for a new generation of mad people unless… —Experts (Tribune)



Killings: Benue groups to drag FG before UN, ICC (Punch)

A coalition of socio-cultural groups in Benue State, comprising Mdgzou U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Omi’Ngede, have said they are set to drag the Federal Government before the United Nations over the persistent killing of citizens of the state by suspected herdsmen. Also, a popular lawyer from the state, Prof. Agbo Madaki, has said that in addition to the efforts by the groups, the spate of killings in the state had left himself and other prominent persons in the state with no option but to drag the concerned authorities before the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands. Read more

Codeine addiction: Nigeria should prepare for a new generation of mad people unless… —Experts (Tribune)

Just as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has pledged to tighten control of the distribution of cough syrup with codeine in the country, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Dr Richard Adebayo, has warned that if the epidemic of codeine and illicit drugs abuse persists, the country should prepare for an emerging new generation of mentally deranged people. Detailing the consequences and ripple effects of drug abuse, Adebayo told Saturday Tribune in a phone interview that the country should prepare for a mentally unbalanced generation unless efforts are made to prevent the epidemic and rescue young people and the country from a future of mental disaster. Read more

Senate without Melaye (Nation)

Love or hate him, you cannot deny the huge talent of Dino Melaye, the rambunctious senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly. Reputed for winning elections even when the odds are stacked against him, he has also proven that his talent extends to other spheres of human endeavour, including boxing, wrestling, music and acting. He came into national consciousness as a member of the House of Representatives in 2007 when he provoked a free for all on the floor of the House as a member of the Integrity Group demanding the resignation of the then Speaker, Patricia Etteh. In the process, he had his dress torn into shreds. He has since followed up the incident with others like a verbal attack on Senator Oluremi Tinubu and his celebrated face-off with Omoyele Sowore of the online news medium, saharareporters. Read more

Osinbajo: FG feeding 7.6 million pupils in 22 States (ThisDay)

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday disclosed that no fewer 7.6 million children in 22 states were being fed daily under the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP). Osinbajo said  this in Akure, Ondo State capital during an inspection and interactive session with beneficiaries of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) and N-Power Programme at Alagbaka Estate Primary School. The inspection of the feeding programme was part of the vice president’s two day itinerary in the state and during which he also launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Read more

Row over $496m jets: Buhari presents documents, US letter to NASS (Nation)

The Presidency has presented documents and a letter from the United States Government to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters on why it decided to pay $496 million for 12 Super Tucano fighter jets in anticipation of approval by the National Assembly. It said the US Government gave a February 20, 2018 deadline to effect the payment or wait for another two years to renegotiate.The Presidency also gave a list of precedents by past governments which embarked on similar purchases or expenditures due to exigencies. The Minister of Defence, Gen. Manir Dan Ali; the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and all other ministers connected with the payment for the jets have either responded to enquiries from the committee or appeared before the Senate team. Read more

Wike decries use of SARS for APC congress (Guardian)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has warned that the use of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and military personnel to cause rancour ahead of the APC Congress is a pointer to electoral mischief they will deploy in 2019. Similarly, concerned about the tense political atmosphere in Rivers State, Ledum Mitee led Initiative for Credible Elections (ICE) has tasked the military to be neutral during the 2019 polls in Rives State. The governor observed that the series of statements issued by APC stakeholders on the illegal activities of SARs personnel in the course of today’s forthcoming congress should draw the attention of all well-meaning lovers of democracy. Read more

Cardinal Onaiyekan to Buhari: Retire now (SUN)

The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has said that just as Christians mobilized against corruption in the 2015 presidential election, the Christendom is going to mobilize against continued corruption and insecurity in the 2019 election. Onaiyekan who spoke against the backdrop of happenings in Nigeria, particularly corruption and killings across the country, warned that “We will mobilize against evil, whoever it is. It is very interesting that we mobilized against corruption in 2015. We mobilized strongly against corruption and which is why some people thought that we supported Buhari, even though Buhari was a Moslem candidate. Just as we mobilized against corruption in 2015, we are going to mobilize against continued corruption in 2019 and insecurity and I will say also, against any effort to simply turn our country into an impossible place – polarization where people can no longer see one another as brothers.” He said his candid advice for President Buhari is to ask him to retire from politics in 2019. Read more

I warned jonathan about adamu muazu but he didn’t listen –GulaK (Punch)

As a prominent PDP member, who was even a presidential adviser, many people were surprised that you could leave PDP for APC. Why did you do so?

Well, in the first place, there are people who have benefited more from PDP than myself yet they still left the party. I can give you an example with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was elected as president on the platform of the PDP for eight years. Atiku Abubakar who was elected vice president, ministers, governors, advisers who were appointed and elected on the platform of PDP left the party. Not only did some of them leave PDP, some of them tore their membership card. The reason for my leaving PDP for APC is that, in every politics, you must take into account your local environment. I am from Adamawa State, the North East geopolitical zone. Read more

Underage voting: Kano electoral commission didn’t accredit voters —INEC (Tribune)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dissociated itself from the alleged underage voting in the recent Kano local government election. Following public outcry over video of underaged thumbprint of ballot papers that went viral on social media, the national chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu,  on February 21, inaugurated a committee, led by Mr Abubakar Nahuce, to investigate the incident. The committee submitted its report last month. Unveiling the Nahuce-led committee report on Friday, Professor Yakubu told newsmen that his commission’s findings revealed that the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission, (KANSEC) did not use its Voter’s Register while “accreditation using the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) largely did not take place.” Read more

Lagos government to implement ban on codeine use (Guardian)

Lagos State Government, yesterday, said comprehensive plans are currently being firmed up to generally address prevalence of drug abuse under the mental health policy in the State, revealing that a law to that effect has already been updated. The Federal Government had on Tuesday directed the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to stop further issuance of permits for the importation of Codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations with immediate effect in response to the gross abuse of Codeine usage in the country. Read more

Don’t politicise killings by insurgents, muslim group tells media (Guardian)

The apex Islamic body in the north, Jamaatu Nasril Islam (JNI) has criticised Nigerian media over their silence on the massacre of Muslims by herdsmen in the country.The JNI, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar 111, said yesterday that often, when Muslims are attacked, especially in mosques, nothing is heard and the report is downplayed entirely by the media. The Islamic group, however, warned against politicising the killings going on in some parts of the country, saying doing so would serve nobody any good.JNI, in a statement issued in Kaduna by its Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar, regarding the recent bomb blasts in Mubi, Adamawa State, which killed over 20 Muslims, called on all Nigerians to be more vigilant, so as to stop enemies of peace engaged in senseless killings of innocent citizens. Read more

NASS must not be Stunted, Undermined (Leadership)

Constitutional governments run on the principle of checks and balances. This principle is applied by the different arms of government to stop one another from getting too powerful or over-bearing. It provides for example, that the executive can veto bills from the legislature, while the legislature can override executive veto. Checks and balances are the fundamental principle in the Nigerian system of political governance. It is guaranteed by the constitution, and gives the three arms of government- executive, judiciary and the legislature some measure of influence over one  another to the extent that one branch can elect to block the procedures of the other, just for the purpose of keeping it on leash. Read more

Ekiti: 33 APC Aspirants battle for ticket in Today’s Governorship Primary (ThisDay)

No fewer than 33 aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will today slug it out as the party holds its primary to elect its candidate for the July 14 governorship poll. The party had initially received letters of intent from 37 aspirants, but only   33 formally bought the expression of interest form in Abuja. This appears to be the most keenly contested primary in the history of the state, probably due to the caliber of personalities involved. The event will hold at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium, situated in the heart of Ado Ekiti, the capital city. Former governors Kayode Fayemi, who is the present Minister of Mines and Steel Development and Mr. Segun Oni are among those that would square it up in the highly pulsating race. Read more

NASRDA releases first moon crescent report for Ramadan (Guardian)

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has predicted that the first appearance of the first astronomical Lunar crescent for Ramadan would be sighted on Wednesday, May 16. Its Head of Media and Corporate Communications, Dr. Felix Ale, said in a statement, that the appearance of the moon, as calculated by the Centre for Basic Space Science in Nsukka, an activity centre of NASRDA, is expected to signify the beginning of Ramadan the next day, as would be officially announced, in line with Islamic tradition, to all Muslims faithful by the President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar. Read more

Bayelsa Monarch accuses Oil Companies of Sex Trafficking (ThisDay)

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has confirmed receiving a protest letter from the traditional ruler of Ekpetiama Kingdom, Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa State,  Bubaraye Dakolo. King Dakolo had sent a petition complaining about the activities of expatriates working with oil multinationals companies operating in the state and the Niger Delta region, accusing them of alleged cases of human trafficking and the use of young girls as sex objects. Speaking on the questions raised by the monarch, the Director General of  NAPTIP,  Julie Okah-Donli, who spoke in Yenagoa during a summit organised by  Bayelsa First-class Traditional Rulers Wives Association, said the petition by the monarch again brought to the fore the danger resulting from such abuses. Read more

Falana urges NASS to pass whistle-blowing bill (Punch)

Human rights activist and lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has urged the National Assembly to urgently pass the Whistle-blowing Policy Bill to tackle corruption and protect whistleblowers. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, stated this on Thursday in Lagos, while serving as the first speaker at the 2018 public lecture of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria. The theme of the lecture was entitled: ‘Whistle Blowing Policy: Issues, Benefits and Challenges’. Read more

IPOB Announces 2018 Sit-At-Home Date (ThisDay)

The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced May 30th as date for this year’s sit-at-home exercise. The exercise has become an annual event, which the group said was used to honour Igbo indigenes who lost their lives in the three-year long civil war which took place between 1967 and 1970. In a press statement signed by Emma Powerful, media and publicity secretary of the group and made available to Thisday in Awka, IPOB said that this year’s event would be special as it had included states in the middle belt, which are being ravaged by Fulani herdsmen as part of the exercise. Read more

Ozubulu church massacre: Killers threatening more people in Brazil, South Africa, witness tells court (SUN)

The Nnewi High Court 3, sitting in Awka on the trial of the suspects of the St Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu massacre was yesterday told that the perpetrators of the heinous crime had issued death threats to some Ozubulu indigenes living in South Africa and Brazil. Giving evidence in chief, a witness, Chukwuemeka Obi, who resides in Johannesburg, South Africa told the court presided by Justice F.I Aniukwu that the killers of the 13 worshippers on August 6, 2017, at St Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, had threatened to kill him, his father in Ozubulu, his younger brother in Brazil and attack four families in the community. Read more

Kemi Adetiba releases teaser for new film, ‘King of Boys’ (Tribune)

A star-studded Nollywood romantic film ”King of Boys” casting Zack Orji, Adesua Etomi, Omoni Oboli and other stars, is about to hit screens across Nigeria. The producer Kemi Adetiba, a veteran Nigerian music video director and filmmaker, released the teaser for the film on Wednesday with no official premiere dates. Adetiba, who made her first directorial debut with the acclaimed movie: “The Wedding Party’’ has been working on the much anticipated movie for few months now. Read more

ITTF W/Team Championship: Nigeria crashes out on promotion in Sweden (Vanguard)

Nigeria’s quest for promotion to the Championship Division at the 2018 ITTF World Team Championships came to an abrupt end yesterday at the Halmstad Arena in Sweden. As the only African team campaigning in  the second division, Nigeria’s good run from the group stage was ended by Slovakia who defeated the African team second time in the competition. After defeating Spain in the last 16, Nigeria were on their way to gain promotion to the elite division but they met a strong Slovakia who inflicted another defeat on them. In the group match, it was Slovakia that confined Nigeria to second place in Group F and three days after beating the African side, the European again repeated same feat and this time around in a convincing style. Read more

GOtv to air 176th El Clasico (Vanguard)

The world’s biggest club football rivalry will be aired this Sunday on Gotv when La Liga champions, Barcelona, host their rivals and UEFA Champions League finalists, Real Madrid, in the famed El Clasico at the Camp Nou. The game, which is the 176th meeting between both teams, will be broadcast live on SuperSport and GOtv. The game will also see arguably two of football’s biggest talents, Barca’s Lionel Messi and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, going head to head. Barcelona legend and captain, Andres Iniesta, will also be aiming to bow out on a high in what would be his last El Clasico game, after announcing that he will quit the club at the end of the season. Read more

Man Utd chose Moyes over Pep – Cruyff (Eirsport)

Ferguson retired after 26 glorious years at Old Trafford and the then-Premier League champions opted to pick a manager who had never won a trophy or managed at the highest level to take over the reins, a decision which immediately looked a baffling one. Guardiola instead agreed to join Bayern Munich for the following season – although he announced his decision in the winter of 2012 – and Ferguson retrospectively claimed a couple of years ago that he sounded the Spaniard out about replacing him before he decided on Moyes. Read more

Former Warriors and NZ Football CEO Bill MacGowan passes away (Stuff)

Bill MacGowan, one of New Zealand sport’s most versatile administrators, passed away on Friday aged 66. MacGowan was a former chief executive officer of the Warriors, New Zealand Football and New Zealand Golf.  His last position in sports administration was as CEO of the Auckland Football Federation until he was forced to step down due to illness last July. Read more

Manchester United ready to smash their transfer record with £158million signing (Caughtoffside)

This is according to Don Balon, who state that United are looking at the German shot-stopper as their preferred replacement for David de Gea as he looks set to leave for Real Madrid. Ter Stegen has impressed as one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe in recent years and could be a great addition at United, though £158m would be by some distance their most expensive purchase ever. BBC Sport had the £89m fee paid for Paul Pogba in 2016 as United’s club-record transfer, so this would be close to double that for a goalkeeper, which would also make him the most expensive player of all time in that position. Read more

George Bush the elder released from hospital (Guardian)

The former US president George HW Bush has been allowed home after spending 13 days being treated for an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife’s funeral. Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the 93-year-old Bush, tweeted that doctors at Houston Methodist hospital “report he is doing well” and that the former president was “happy to return home.” The 41st president was admitted to the hospital on 22 April for treatment of an infection that spread to his blood. Bush spent some time in an intensive care unit before being moved to a regular patient room. Read more

The incel rebellion — how involuntary celibates are dangerous in their desires (Independent)

Unlucky in love. Lonely hearts. Is there anything sadder or more poignant? Or, we now need to add, more terrifying. Losers in the great competition to find a partner, dropouts from the school of seduction, have become organised and weaponised and are fighting back. Losers hate winners, or “Chads” and “Stacys” as they call them. And they now have a new brand name, “incel”, or involuntary celibates. The massacre-by-hire-car last week in Toronto was carried out by a self-professed incel, Alek Minassian. Ten people were killed, eight of them women. Not so random. A hero cop arrests the guy without firing a shot. The whole of Canada is suffering from a form of PTSD. Read more

Mahmoud Abbas apologises to Jewish people after Holocaust comments (Independent)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has apologised after being widely condemned for making antisemitic comments about the Holocaust. The 82-year-old leader suggested during a speech on Monday that the mass murder of Jews was caused by their involvement in money lending. He was accused of “severe antisemitism” by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and criticised by officials from the US, EU and UN. Read more


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