* Killings: Without state police, we risk more attacks, says Ekweremadu (Punch) * My agenda for Nigerians, APC, by Oshiomhole (Vanguard)

* Killings: Without state police, we risk more attacks, says Ekweremadu (Punch)                 * My agenda for Nigerians, APC, by Oshiomhole (Vanguard)



Killings: Without state police, we risk more attacks, says Ekweremadu (Punch)

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has taken the campaign for restructuring to the United States of America. To give fillip to this, Ekweremadu is set to sponsor a bill to decentralise Nigeria’s policing system. This, he said, was in response to the rising insecurity in the country, particularly the killing of over 100 people in 11 villages in Plateau State by armed Fulani herders. This has led to a public outcry with prominent Nigerians including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack all the security chiefs for their alleged inability to secure the country and arrest perpetrators of killings across the country particularly Fulani herdsmen. Read more

My agenda for Nigerians, APC, by Oshiomhole (Vanguard)

The new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, assumed office, last Tuesday, at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, after his predecessor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, handed over to him. The exercise, which had been scheduled to take place on Monday, was delayed till Tuesday following what Oyegun explained as the need for him to rest after two days of sleepless nights due to the last weekend National Convention of the party. After commending Oyegun for his achievements as the leader of the party, Oshiomhole used the opportunity to unfold his agenda, hinting that the APC was going to set up a Progressive Institute where party members will learn the rudiments of democracy and good governance. Read more

2019: Kwankwaso Can’t Win in His Village (ThisDay)

The Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has declared that his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, will not win election in his own village in 2019, talk less of defeating President Muhammad Buhari. Ganduje, who was reacting to Kwankwaso’s claim that he can defeat President Buhari should the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) give him the ticket in 2019, said Kwankwaso’s political structure has been squarely dismantled in Kano so much that he has lost grip of the realities of Kano politics. In a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, on Sunday, Ganduje described Kwankwaso as, “a political fugitive who does not have the platform, the intellectual capability and mental ability to manage the affairs of Nigeria”. Read more

nPDP will make position known this week – Baraje (Punch)

There are strong indications that talks between the All Progressives Congress and aggrieved members of the defunct new People’s Democratic Party bloc will resume this week. This is even as the leader of the nPDP bloc, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, on Sunday, announced that members of the bloc would make their position on the way forward known within the week. The Punch gathered in Abuja, on Sunday, that discussions about the future of “the struggle” had been going on among the leaders of the group ever since last Saturday’s APC national convention. A top-ranking member of the APC, who spoke to one of our correspondents in confidence because he would not like to jeopardize ongoing talks, said, “There is essentially very little left for discussions if you ask me. Read more

Ekiti Guber: Ex-Gov explains why he sued Fayemi (ThisDay)

In what appears like a major crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, the campaign organisation of Chief Segun Oni, one of the governorship aspirants who came second in the party’s primary, has explained its controversial court case against the candidature of Dr Kayode Fayemi, which was filed last week. In a communique at the end of its expanded meeting in Ado Ekiti, the Segun Oni Campaign Organisation (SOCO) bemoaned alleged ostracisation, which it claimed, its members had been subjected to in the wake of the APC primaries and the emergence of Fayemi as the party’s candidate. Read more

Ayade has killed original vision of C’River – Ekpo (SUN)

A frontline chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice under Governor Donald Duke administration in Cross River State, Eyo Ekpo, has taken a swipe at the Prof Ben Ayade administration, saying that the governor has failed to deliver on the mandate given to him by the people three years ago. According to Ekpo, Ayade has killed the original vision put in place in 1999 upon which the state is standing, saying, therefore, that “it’s high time we recovered our mandate, which we gave to Governor Ayade in 2015 by 2019 and then restore the fabric of good governance in the state.” Read more

NAMA deploys VHF Radios to improve Communication in Lagos Airspace (ThisDay)

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has deployed two Jotron high-powered very high frequency (VHF) long-range communication radios, installed in Lagos West and Lagos East Area Control Centres (ACCs) respectively. NAMA said this is aimed at addressing controller-pilot communication challenges in the airspace. The agency in a press statement explained that the installation of equipment which began a few weeks ago culminated in the successful Site Acceptance Test (SAT) carried out by NAMA engineers in conjunction with their counterparts from Jotron AS, Norway, the company that provided the equipment. Read more

AIT reporter accuses FRSC operatives of taking bribe, brutalising him (Punch)

Operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nasarawa Command, have allegedly beaten up an Africa Independent Television reporter, Ibrahim Ibrahim, for allegedly taking their photographs while extorting money from commercial motorcyclists. The incident, which occurred along Jos road by the Nasarawa State Polytechnic gate in Lafia at about 10.15am on Saturday, attracted the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Mustapher Agwei 1, and other individuals who were passing by. Narrating his ordeals to Northern City News shortly after the incident, Ibrahim said he took the pictures of the men while extorting the money from the motorcyclists. Read more

How to end killings, by ex-IG Abbah, Senator Ibrahim, others (Nation)

Eminent Nigerians at the weekend suggested the way out of the killings in parts of the country. To a former Inspector-General of Police Suleiman Abba, the way to go is community policing. Senate Committee on Police Affairs Chairman Abu Ibrahim canvassed the introduction of Border Guards to check the influx of foreign fighters into the country, especially through the North. Former House of Representatives Speaker Ghali Umar Na’Abba said a collective approach in which the government will take input from knowledgeable Nigerians is the  way forward. Read more

In spite Curfew, Gunmen Kill 6 in Fresh Attack on Plateau (ThisDay)

In spite of the curfew imposed on Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, six persons have again been killed in an early morning attack on Rahwol-Fwi village, a community in Fan District of the local government in the early hours of Sunday morning. The attack, which lasted for almost an hour before the intervention of Nigerian military as narrated by a witness, also had a Baptism Church, its pastorium, Government Hospital and 17 houses burnt. Confirming the attack, the spokesman of the military Special Task Force (STF), Major Umar Adams, however said it was four persons that died, adding that more personnel have been deployed in the community. Read more

2 schools to represent Nigeria at SAGE World Cup in South Africa (Nation)

Two schools at the weekend qualified to represent Nigeria at the Student for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) 2018 World Cup billed for Durban, South Africa from August 8th to 14th. The winning schools out of 24 are Government Secondary School, Garki, Abuja and the Government Girls Secondary School, Abaji. The winners were unveiled at the 2018 National School Entrepreneurship Exhibition and Award at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja. The event was also used to officially launch the National School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP). The Garki School came first on the Socially Responsible Business category. The Abaji School came first on the Social Enterprise Business Category. Read more

Russia 2018: NFF to review Eagles’ performance (Nation)

Bitrus Bewarang, the Chairman of Technical Committee of NFF, has said that the federation would be meeting to review the performance of Super Eagles at the 2018 Russia World Cup. Bewarang, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Hilton Hotel in St. Petersburg, said the federation was yet to do a review of the Eagles’ matches at the Mundial. ‘‘On returning home, NFF will meet to do a review of Super Eagles’ ouster in the competition with a view to avoid a re-occurrence in future. ‘’This will enable the federation to know the strength and weaknesses of the team, do a surgical operation with a view to moving forward,’’ he said. Read more

Shehu Abdullahi: My relationship with Ahmed Musa (Nation)

How was the feeling like in your first time for the Super Eagles?

I felt very happy about it. I was initially given a surprise call before I now got an invite. I am happy about it.

You have played in the U-20 and U-23 teams and now you have the opportunity to play for the Super Eagles and now the World Cup in Russia. How will you describe the progression?      It meant a lot to me as a player. It is a dream of every player to represent his country and for me playing in the Under 20 and 23 have boosted my career and now that I am representing my country at the senior World Cup in Russia I am overwhelmed with joy. It is something that I can’t forget in my life and it is already part of history. Read more

FIFA sanctions hosts Russia, 3 others, warns Egypt over Salah (SUN)

The Disciplinary Committee of world football governing body FIFA has warned and imposed fines of different sums on the Football Associations of four countries at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In a circular it put out on Sunday in Moscow, FIFA imposed a fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs on and handed a warning to the Football Union of Russia. The disciplinary measures were for the display of a discriminatory banner during the match between Uruguay and Russia.FIFA also warned and imposed a fine of 20,000 Swiss Francs on the Football Association of Serbia for the display of a political and offensive banner. Read more

Collina Reveals New Orders for World Cup Refs after Penalty Protests (ThisDay)

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Harry Kane, if early matches of Serbia and England were replayed, would benefit from penalty claims turned down in their respective games against Switzerland and Tunisia. World Cup referees were enabled, by the introduction of video assistance, to hit a 99.3pc ‘perfection rate’ according to FIFA refereeing Chairman Pierluigi Collina. But Collina has also indicated one particular flaw in officials’ initial orders, reports AIPS News. This was not so much an issue of VAR but about what should, and should not, be permitted in terms of physical contact. Read more

Croatia win 3-2 on penalties (BBC)

Danijel Subasic saved three penalties as Croatia knocked out dogged Denmark in a nerve-shredding shootout to set up a World Cup quarter-final tie against hosts Russia. It came at the end of a largely disappointing tie – and one that had seen Luka Modric spurn a golden chance to snatch a late winner when his penalty shortly before the end of extra-time was superbly saved by Kasper Schmeichel. The Leicester City goalkeeper also saved two penalties in the shootout at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium but he could not prevent Ivan Rakitic slotting home the decisive 10th kick. Read more

Croatia head coach says ‘amazed’ by midfielder Modric’s decision to shoot second penalty (Fourfourtwo)

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said on Sunday after his team’s victory over Denmark, he was “amazed” by the decision of midfielder Luka Modric to take a penalty attempt in the shootout after missing one in the extra time. Croatia and Denmark advanced into extra time after a 1-1 draw in a round of 16 game on Sunday. In the 116th minute, Modric attempted a penalty, which was saved by Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. In the penalty shootout that followed, Modric took another attempt, and found the back of the net. Read more

Russia’s 5 stars shine brightly (Fifa)

After executing their game plan to perfection, denying Spain in both normal and extra time, Russia entered unchartered waters earlier this afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium. Although the Sbornaya had reached the FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals four times in a row as the Soviet Union, from 1958 through to 1970, they had never previously got this far thanks to a penalty shoot-out. Twice before, at the 1970 and 1986 editions, the team experienced extra time, but on both occasions they ended up losing inside 120 minutes – against Uruguay 1-0 and Belgium 4-3 respectively. Russia’s five stars in the shootout today have therefore written their names into the history books. Read more

Shorten’s original decision to scrap tax cuts supported by voters, poll finds (Guardian)

The latest Newspoll shows voters supported Bill Shorten’s original decision to scrap the legislated tax cuts for companies with turnover between $10m and $50m, a policy the Labor leader abandoned last Friday. The results also showed Malcolm Turnbull has lost his 35th consecutive Newspoll as prime minister, with the gap between the Coalition and Labor narrowing slightly again. The Coalition is trailing Labor by 49 to 51 on a two-party preferred basis, up slightly from 48 to 52 since the last poll on 18 June. Nine months ago, the gap between the Coalition and Labor was much larger – a full 10 points – at 45 to 55. Read more

India rape: A victim’s 2-year wait for justice (BBC)

A woman is raped in India every 13 minutes, according to the country’s crime statistics but convictions are few and far between. Here is how an investigation by BBC Hindi’s Sarvapriya Sangwan led to the first arrest in a two-year-old rape case. Lalitha (name changed on request) is 16 years old but her life is unlike that of most girls her age. She has a one-and-half-year-old son. She became pregnant in 2016 after she was allegedly raped by a friend of her family. Born in a poor Dalit (formerly untouchable) family in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, she is the second of two daughters. Her father, an illiterate daily wage labourer, is a widower. Read more

Axios: Draft admin proposal would allow Trump to ignore key WTO principles (CNN)

A draft of a bill from the Trump administration would propose having the US abandon key World Trade Organization principles and offer President Donald Trump significantly more discretion over US trade policy, Axios reported Sunday. Trump ordered the draft legislation and was briefed on it in May, Axios reported, citing sources familiar with the situation, and the report said most officials involved in crafting the proposal believe it is “unrealistic or unworkable.” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told Axios that the leaked draft is not “actual legislation that the administration was preparing to rollout.” “Principals have not even met to review any text of legislation on reciprocal trade,” Walters told the news site. Read more


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