* Killings: PDP declares 7 days of mourning (Vanguard) * Govs meet in Abuja over minimum wage, stamp duties (SUN)

* Killings: PDP declares 7 days of mourning (Vanguard)       * Govs meet in Abuja over minimum wage, stamp duties (SUN)



Killings: PDP declares 7 days of mourning (Vanguard)

ABUJA-The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has declared a seven-day mourning for the victims of the gruesome killings of innocent Nigerians by yet to be identified gunmen in Plateau state and other parts of the country on Sunday. Consequently, the party has directed that its flags at all its offices and formation at all levels across the country be flown at half-mast during the period in honour of the victims. A statement issued by the spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan urged the people of Plateau state to exercise their rights as global citizens, work with other public-spirited Nigerians and groups and “take President Muhammadu Buhari and his government to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague for acting helpless in the face of continuous mass killings in our country.” Read more

Govs meet in Abuja over minimum wage, stamp duties (SUN)

Governors under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) are currently meeting in Abuja over the contentious issue of minimum wage implementation as well as the issue of stamp duties which is a subject of litigation. The governors are meeting with Attorneys-General of 36 states of the federation as well as the Postmaster-General of the Federation, Bisi Adegbuyi, to discuss  the update on recovery of stamp duties, a subject of controversy as the states claim that the amount due to states was not being remitted. The governors had, in April, set up a three-man committee to investigate the alleged N20 trillion unremitted stamp duty funds to the Federation Account. Read more

Seek help if you lack capacity deal with the herdsmen killings, Soyinka tells Buhari (Vanguard)

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has asked the federal government to seek help, if it lacked the capacity to deal with the herdsmen killings in the country. Soyinka in a statement, entitled”ON DEMAND: A Language of Non-Capitulation, Non-Appeasement! Issued last night, said: ”It is a time of far-reaching, yet immediate decisions. The nation is dying. The time for false pride is over. If this nation lacks the necessary technical resources, then there remains only one blameless, overdue recourse: “Get Help, Mr. President!” Continuing, Soyinka said: “LAND GRAB WILL BE REVERSED!”  This is the first governance pronouncement, the first pertinent proclamation from the Presidency since the herdsmen national affliction began. Read more

Obasanjo calls for solution to mass killings in Nigeria (Nation)

As high profile Nigerians continue to pour into Jos over massive killings in Plateau communities, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the right machinery should be put in place for solution. According to the former president, human problems need human solutions and Nigeria must find solution to massive killings across the country. Obasanjo spoke on Wednesday when he paid a condolence visit to Gov. Simon Lalong in Jos. Obasanjo who conveyed the condolences of his family and his delegation charged government at all levels to look for the causes of the killings. Read more

Wike, most targeted politician in Nigeria, says Makarfi (SUN)

Former acting National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, has declared that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State is the most targeted politician in the country. Sen. Makarfi noted that everything had been done to distract Governor Wike, but he has remained focused, delivering key projects across the state. He also said that Nigerians, who love democracy, would always stand with Governor Wike for his investments in the sustenance of democracy. The PDP presidential aspirant spoke, on Wednesday, before commissioning  Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema, in  Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the State. Read more

Plateau Killings: Igbo Group urges Overhaul of Security Apparatuses (ThisDay)

Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Igboekulie, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to urgently rejig the current national security architecture, stating that the orgy of killings in the country is antithetical to progress. In a statement issued and jointly signed by Prince Ben Onuora and Mr. Benjamin Obidegwu, president and secretary respectively, Igboekuli said last Saturday’s killings in Plateau State where over 100 citizens were killed either in their homes or in churches was condemnable. The statement reads: “Our President cannot continue to do the same thing all over again and expect a different outcome. After each round of killings in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Delta, Ondo and other places, President Buhari condemns the killings, promising to improve on the security of the country. These promises are hardly kept because nothing seems to change beyond the presidential commiseration.” Read more

CAN raises the alarm over planned attack on S’ Kaduna communities (SUN)

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Wednesday, said that it has obtained intelligence report that suspected Fulani herdsmen have orchestrated plans to unleash terror on communities in Southern Kaduna and other Christian-dominated areas in some Middle Belt states of the country. CAN specifically said its intelligence report indicated that the attacks are targeted at Southern Kaduna Chiefdoms and towns that include Gumel, Dagwarga, Daddu, Mariri, Kagoro, hotels, Open University and other soft targets. Its President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle Olasupo, in a statement by his media aide, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, asked the Federal and Kaduna state governments to take concrete actions that would avert the attacks. Read more

Court orders temporary forfeiture of Diezani’s N325m land in Lekki to FG (SUN)

Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Lagos has ordered the  temporary forfeiture of a landed property linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources , Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and valued at N325 million the Federal Government. The court granted the temporary forfeiture order, after listening to the Motion Ex-parte filed and argued by counsel to the Economic and  Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC,) Anselm. Ozioko. The vacant plot of land said to be at Plot 13, Block 11, Oniru Chieftaincy Family Private Estate, Lekki, Lagos . Read more

June 12: Buhari honoured Abiola to help himself — Ezeife (Vanguard)

What is your reflection on June 12, has the country learnt any lesson from it? We have not learnt any lessons from June 12. But from what I hear now, it is as if nothing happened, anything can repeat itself many times over before we learn a lesson. It was a traumatic period especially for those of us who were directly involved. As for the importance of it, as you know a Muslim/Muslim ticket cleared the whole thing including Kano where the opponent came from. So, nobody knows the whole truth but I was close to Babangida, and he was telling me that the military was opposed to (the declaration of Moshood Abiola as the winner of the election). He said: ‘Will you like me to be killed?’ As if he had recognised the victory of Abiola and that if he (Abiola) is made President, people will kill him and kill the new president. So I said ‘for this one, it is your job to do it but protect yourself as you do it. Of course, he tried, it didn’t work. Read more

Court picks September 25 for ruling in IGP’s suit against Senate (Nation)

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday fixed September for judgement on a suit filed by the Inspector -General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, against the Senate and its President, Bukola Saraki. Justice John Tsoho chose the date after listening to IGP’s lawyer, Alex Izinyon (SAN), argued on behalf of his client and urged the court to grant the plaintiff’s prayers. Idris is challenging the propriety of the May 9 resolution of the Senate, describing him as ” enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria.” Read more

Stock market extends losses to day two, sheds 0.06% (Vanguard)

Against the backdrop of sustained profit taking, the stock market on Wednesday sustained the previous day bearish sentiments. The market shed 0.06%, extending losing streak to two consecutive days. Market breadth closed negative, recording 12 gainers against 32 losers. In summary, the All Share Index (ASI) was down by 24.61 absolute points, representing a decline of 0.06% to close at 37,963.93 points. Similarly, the market capitalization dipped by N8.91 billion, representing a decline of 0.06% to close at N13.75 trillion. The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in medium and large capitalized stocks, amongst which are: Japaul Oil which dropped by -7.32% , Cadbury Nigeria Plc -3.85%, Dangote Flour -2.38% , Diamond Bank -2.07% , Zenith Bank -1.96% , Honeywell Flour Mills -1.79% , Fidelity Bank -1.72%, Oando -0.75% , Guaranty Trust Bank -0.73%, Mobil Oil -0.55 , PZ (-0.50%), Access Bank -0.48% , FCMB -0.43%, SEPLAT -0.15% and Nigerian Breweries -0.09%. Read more

FEC okays N192.9 billion for roads, bridges (Nation)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday approved N192.9 billion for roads and bridges in the country. This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri, at the end of FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Shehuri was with the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah and the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu. He said that FEC approved N5.9 billion for the construction of 16.7 kilometers Suleja-Chaaza-Banguru road and spur to Rafinsayin in Niger State. Read more

Lagos Police rescues 7 Girls from Sex Trafficker, Hunts for Suspect (ThisDay)

The Lagos State Police has rescued seven girls at the Agofure Park at Mile2 Lagos from a woman trafficker, who was possibly taking them across the border for prostitution and drug trafficking among other related crimes. According to the police during the parade of suspects at the Command Headquarters Ikeja, officers of Layeni Station Ojo-Road rescued the girls on arrival at the Agofure Park on Friday June 22 this year. The State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, disclosed that a member of public had called to inform the police that some girls were seen at Agofure motor park, Mile 2 Lagos. Read more

The future will determine my stay in Eagles’ camp –Mikel (Punch)

Super Eagle’s Captain, Mikel Obi, has said that his further stay in the national team would be determined by future realities. Mikel, who agreed that the team had a disappointing outing against Argentina in the last group D match at St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday, disclosed this at a post-match conference. ‘‘My continued stay in the Super Eagles will be determined by future realities, but I love the team. “It is very young, disciplined and supportive,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria failed to advance into the second round courtesy of a 1-2 loss to the Argentines in the last group match played at St. Petersburg stadium. Read more

Super Eagles’ loss: Doctor slumps, dies in Ebonyi (SUN)

A medical doctor attached to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA) in Ebonyi State, Dr Chidi (surname withheld) on Tuesday night slumped and died shortly after the Super Eagles lost to the Argentine team in a 2:1 game. The deceased, until his sudden death, was a consultant with the Family Medicine Department of the federal hospital and was said to have married. According to sources from the hospital, the doctor reportedly had cardiac arrest after the Argentine team clipped the Super Eagles’ wings with two goals against one. He was said to have been watching the football match with high hope that the latter would cruise home with victory just like other Nigerians expected but had his hope cut short. Read more

God saved us from Eagles defeat — Messi (Vanguard)

Lionel Messi happily spoke to sports journalists after Argentina’s agonizing win over Nigeria. Saved at the eleventh hour: “It would have been a horrible and unfair way to go out. We deserved to win the first game; we played well in the second game and were winning 1-0 but then lost concentration and gave away two needless goals away… I knew God was with us and wasn’t going to let us go out”. Suffering right up to the final whistle: “We were confident that we were going to win this game; we didn’t expect it to get complicated when Nigeria equalised which left us having to really go for the game with everything that entails – nerves, anxiety.. it was a huge feeling of happiness and relief after so much suffering”. Read more

Lukaku set to sit out England v Belgium (Sportskeeda)

Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to be risked in Belgium’s concluding World Cup Group G game against England in Kaliningrad. The Manchester United striker has been in superb form so far in Russia, scoring a brace in each of the wins over Panama and Tunisia. But Lukaku sustained external ligament damage to his left ankle in the latter 5-2 victory and, although head coach Roberto Martinez reported good news overall on his number nine’s progress, he seems set to sit out on Thursday with qualification for the knockout stages already secured. Read more

Costa Rica were unshackled in World Cup farewell, says coach (Reuters)

With the pressure off, eliminated Costa Rica played freer, more adventurous football in their farewell World Cup Group E game against Switzerland on Wednesday, said coach Oscar Ramirez. The Central Americans, the only team who had yet to score in Russia, finally broke their duck when defender Kendall Waston powered home Joel Campbell’s corner in the 56th minute. Then during stoppage time Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz’s penalty struck the bar and went in off goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s back for an own goal and 2-2. “It is not the same playing a game when you have something to lose when you have nothing at stake. Today was our farewell match. Today I think that our team was playing without pressure, they played more freely, I think… It was a different game,” Ramirez told reporters. Read more

Germany crash out of World Cup group stage after defeat to South Korea (Guardian)

This, then, is how the world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. There are certain events so apocalyptic that it feels they cannot just happen. They should be signalled beneath thunderous skies as owls catch falcons and horses turn and eat themselves. At the very least there should be a sense of fury, of thwarted effort, of energies exhausted. And yet Germany went out of the World Cup in the first round for the first time in 80 years on a pleasantly sunny afternoon with barely a flicker of resistance. There was no Sturm. There was no Drang. Read more

 Paul Pogba: World Cup star hits back at France fans over boos (DailyStar)

The 1998 winners were booed off after playing out the first goalless draw of the tournament with Denmark on Tuesday. But Manchester United star Pogba was not impressed with their fans and says they must get behind the team when they face Argentina in the last 16 in Kazan. He said: “I don’t know what people expect, that we win 10-0 or 5-0? The most important was the qualification, and we did it. “We need everyone with us. Our fans are the 12th man. We need fans, not spectators. “I don’t know if the boos only came from the French fans, people wanted more spectacle. Read more

Greece open to migrants deal with Germany (Politico)

Athens is open to a deal with Angela Merkel to take back asylum seekers who head to Germany from Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said. Ahead of Thursday’s summit of EU leaders, the Greek leader told the Financial Times in an interview published Wednesday that he was open to a special deal with Berlin to reduce the number of asylum seekers who arrive in Greece and then head to Germany. “We don’t care about the fact that maybe we’ll have some returns from Germany if this will help, in order to give the signal to the smugglers [that Europe is tackling illegal migration flows],” he said. Read more

Malaysian mosque bans tourists after video shared of women dancing in front of it (Stuff)

A mosque in a Malaysian state of Borneo has barred all tourists from visiting after a video showing two women dancing in skimpy outfits outside it was widely shared on social media. The two barefoot women, dressed in short shorts and crop tops, are shown doing a synchronised dance on a wall in front of the Kota Kinabalu city mosque in the state of Sabah.  Datak Jamal Sakaran, chairman of the mosque, said the women’s actions were “regrettable” as tourists had been briefed on appropriate behaviour, The Star reported. Read more

OPCW granted powers to identify source of chemical attacks in Syria

The Syrian government’s alleged role in a wave of chemical weapons attacks during the country’s civil war will be investigated, it has been confirmed. Members of the world chemical weapons watchdog agreed to expand its powers to identify those behind the attacks in the past three years. Meeting in the Hague, more than 140 countries affiliated to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) voted by 82 to 24 to expand the body’s powers from simply investigating whether a chemical attack had occurred, to attributing responsibility. A challenging two thirds majority had been required, but the threshold was reached easily. Read more


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