July 19, 2018

* Lagos bans inter-state buses, vehicles along Ikorodu Road (Punch) * NNPC to shut down 3 Refineries for comprehensive rehabilitation (ThisDay)

* Lagos bans inter-state buses, vehicles along Ikorodu Road (Punch)  * NNPC to shut down 3 Refineries for comprehensive rehabilitation (ThisDay)



Lagos bans inter-state buses, vehicles along Ikorodu Road (Punch)

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced the restriction of the operation of inter-state buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks. The State Government has also issued a seven-day ultimatum to the operators to relocate to the designated inter-state motor parks at Ojodu Berger and Ojota, after which stiff sanctions would apply to defaulters. Speaking after embarking on a joint inspection tour of ongoing construction of Modern Bus Terminal at Yaba and the beautification project at Jibowu, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said the decision of the government was in line with the determination of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to free the city of avoidable nuisances and install sanity and civility in the environment. Read more

NNPC to shut down 3 Refineries for comprehensive rehabilitation (ThisDay)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that it will shortly close down three of its refineries in Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt for a comprehensive rehabilitation aimed at bringing them back to their nameplate production capacities.

NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, told reporters on Wednesday in Abuja that the shutdown of the refineries would allow the corporation to undertake their rehabilitation in ways that are different from what had been done in the past. Read more

Curfew grounds economic activities in Abia (Punch)

The three-day curfew declared by the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has paralysed business activities in Aba and Umuahia. A trader at Ariaria Internationmal Market in Aba, who spoke to our correspondent on the phone, said many shop owners did not open for business as a result of the fear of the unknown. It was gathered that the heavy presence of soldiers who are stationed at the Osisioma junction, the entrance point; and other strategic locations in the commercial city has been a deterrence.Read more

Akeredolu debunks Niger Delta delegates’ auto crash death report (Punch)

The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has denied the report that five delegates to the second National Council on Niger Delta died in an auto crash that occurred on Ore-Okitipupa Expressway at Ode-Aye in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State on Tuesday. An eyewitness said five persons lost their lives in the accident but the Ondo State Police Command gave a report that one life was lost in the crash. In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Akeredolu, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, the governor said the only person that reportedly died in the accident was not a delegate to the council but a traveller on a private business. Read more

Confab on livestock will address farmers/herdsmen clashes – Osinbajo (Nation)

The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Wednesday the ongoing National Conference on livestock would address persistent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country. Osinbajo stated this during the livestock stakeholders’ conference organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other stakeholders in Abuja. He said the conference was a deliberate plan to converge all key stakeholders in the livestock industry in order to provide a lasting solution to several challenges confronting the industry. Read More

 Stanbic IBTC declares N28.52bn profit, clears FRC restrictions (Tribune)

Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, a member of Standard Bank Group, has announced its audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016, clearing a backlog of financial reports occasioned by restrictions imposed by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC). The 2015 audited financial statements had been issued on Tuesday March 7, 2017 following the resolution of the dispute with FRC. At its 5th annual general meeting held in Lagos on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the Group reported a total income of N126.05 billion for the period under review, representing an increase of 25 per cent over the N100.65 billion achieved in 2015. This was largely due to an increase in interest income and fees and commissions. Read More

2019: It’s Buhari’s individual decision to make, says Shehu Sani (ThisDay)

Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) has said the decision on whether or not to seek re-election in 2019 is solely that of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in the best position to judge if he can provide more of his services for the country. Sani, in a post on his Facebook page yesterday, said the political elite who are applying pressure on Buhari to re-contest are doing so because they consider him to be a lifebuoy to their own political survival and relevance. The lawmaker’s position contradicts that of Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, who recently said he, alongside other supporters of the president, tagged Buharists, wants to ensure that the president runs in 2019. Read more

Bauchi fertility rate a burden – expert (Sun)

Country Director of Health Policy Plus, Onoriode Ezire, has expressed worry over the high fertility rate in Bauchi State which he puts at 8.1 of eight births per one woman. Ezire stated this while giving a presentation during the launch of the 1st State Resources for the Awareness of Impact of Population on Development (RAPID) held at Banquet Hall of Government House, in Bauchi, on Wednesday. Quoting findings of the National Population Commission, Population Reference Bureau and the Bauchi State Development Plan 2013-2016, among others, in the presentation titled Bauchi State RAPID Bauchi State RAPID: The Change We Seek, he said that the fertility rate for the state is the highest in Nigeria. Read more

Hate speech: Offenders risk 10 yrs jail, N25m fine –IGP (Sun)

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, explained why the military cannot dabble into enforcement of Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention ETC) Act, 2015, which the executive has categorised as “hate speech” in social media. The IGP said enforcement of the law is not within the military’s purview. He also disclosed that offenders risk 10 years’ jail time and N25 million fine, on conviction. Idris reiterated that it is the responsibility of the police to maintain law and order in a democratic society, hence, the Armed Forces should not be allowed to arrest alleged purveyors of hate speeches.Read more

2019: Kalu tasks Buhari, Oyegun on APC affairs (Sun)

Former Abia State governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Kalu, has called on the party’s national leadership to constitute a special committee, which would reconcile aggrieved members, ahead of the 2019 general elections. Kalu noted that grievances are best resolved through internal reconciliation mechanism, which is devoid of sentiments.

The APC chieftain urged president Buhari to participate fully in the affairs of the APC, in order to understand the concerns of party faithful and other stakeholders. The former governor noted that the president has the capacity to douse the tension in the party. Read more

Bozimo, Egberika’s death big blow to Ijaw nation – Dickson (Sun)

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said the death of Chief Gordon Bozimo and Dr. Joseph Egberika was a big blow to the agitation of restructuring and resource control by the Ijaw nation. Bozimo, 67, a former chairman of the Governing Board of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and member of the Board of Trustees, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) died in June in Arkansas, the United States. While the Ijaw nation was still in mourning, Dr. Egebrika, also an advocate of resource control for the Ijaw nation passed on. Read more

Agency raises the alarm over unauthorised importation of GM Maize (ThisDay)

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has raised the alarm over the unauthorised importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) maize into the country. The Director General of the agency, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, gave the hint at a press conference Wednesdayin Abuja, where he revealed that the tonnes of GMO maize were imported into the country without necessary approvals. He stated that the agency got the notice to the information through intelligence report and has set in motion necessary machineries to track the importers and bring them to book. Read more

10 best Nigerian Footballers of all time (Soccernet)

There are many things that Nigeria lacks. But football talent is not one of them. Right from the time the country gained its independence till the present day, it has been a force to reckon with in the world of football. It was Nigeria’s exploits in the Atlanta Olympic tournament in 1994 that made one of the highly rated football analysts to declare that the future of football belongs to Africa. However, before the era of the dream team that took the world by surprise, several Nigerian players have been doing wonderful things both in the national team and club levels. So, below is a list of the 10 best Nigerian footballers of all time. Read more

Tornadoes achieved this season —Bala (SportingTribune)

The Ikon Allah Boys benched Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) 2-0 in the top-flight match day 38 clash at the Confluence Stadium to end their campaign in the 11th position. The duo of Ibrahim Babawo and Ebenezer Oduyemi were the heroes of the Minna landlords in the clash against the Oluyole Warriors.

Bala said though his aim was to finish the campaign among the top 10-bracket, his side were good performers in the just-concluded NPFL season. “There is no problem concerning our inability to meet the season’s target of finishing the campaign among the top 10 teams. “We missed the season’s target just slightly, as we eventually ended our top-flight campaign as the 11th best team. Read more

Manchester United not among Champions League favourite (Guardian)

Manchester United cannot be considered among the top band of teams in the Champions League, manager Jose Mourinho insisted after his side brushed aside Basel 3-0 on their competition return. Goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford sandwiched Romelu Lukaku’s first goal in the competition proper as United opened their Group A campaign in straightforward fashion on Tuesday. There were eye-catching wins elsewhere — Barcelona beating Juventus 3-0, big-spending Paris Saint-Germain crushing Celtic 5-0 — and Mourinho said United could not currently be considered in the same bracket. Read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘doesn’t have to try crazy things to improve quicker’, insists Jose Mourinho… as Manchester United striker steps up injury recovery (Dailymail)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has warned Zlatan Ibrahimovic not to rush his comeback as he bids to make a return to action. The veteran striker is on the road to recovery for the Red Devils after injuring his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee during their Europa League quarter-final second leg win over Anderlecht last season. That injury in April curtailed a prolific debut campaign with United which had yielded 28 goals and nine assists in 46 appearances. Read More

Ex-Chelsea boss accuses rivals of staging three car crashes in front of their team bus (Mirror)

Former Chelsea and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has accused a rival club of causing car crashes to disrupt his team. Villas-Boas launched the outspoken attack after his nine-man Shanghai SIPG side beat rivals Guangzhou Evergrande, in the Asian Champions League quarter-final. He rolled off a list of grievances against Guangzhou, managed by another ex-Chelsea manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, including shocking claims they’d engineered three car accidents. Villas-Boas, 39, said: “We come here on the bus for this game and the same two cars separately had three accidents in front of us. This is the problem. “This club can do everything, they can cause accidents in front of us, they have players who can elbow Elkeson and not be suspended and yet we won. Read More

Messi lifts Barca’s mood, pressure on Bartomeu (Guardian)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu hailed Lionel Messi as the best player of all-time as the Argentine lifted the mood at the crisis-ridden Catalan giants with a double in a 3-0 thrashing of Juventus to start their Champions League campaign. Messi also set up Barca’s second, scored by Ivan Rakitic, as Barca exacted revenge for their 3-0 quarter-final defeat by Juventus in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals. Bartomeu has faced repeated calls for his resignation after Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain last month and Barca’s bungled attempts to replace the Brazilian in the transfer market. Read more

Real Madrid target Werner plans to join ‘big club’ (Guardian)

Timo Werner has admitted he wants to join a “big club” amidst reports Real Madrid are interesting in signing the Germany striker, who makes his Champions League debut on Wednesday. Werner will play the first Champions League match of his career at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena when RB make their debut in European football’s top club competition against last season’s semi-finalists Monaco. The 21-year-old forward, who has a contract until 2020, is in a rich vein of form, scoring six goals in his last four games for club and country. Read more

Trump might be about to launch his dumbest gambit yet to save his presidency (Rawstory)

No, Donald Trump did not become “presidential” when he embraced Democratic leaders’ plans to fund hurricane relief and keep the government open through December. No, Trump did not become “bipartisan” when he temporarily abandoned Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan in favor of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.  “What Trump did do last week, whether he knows it or not, is create a governing coalition of 150 Republicans and all Democrats,” says Politico. Whether Trump is willing and able to use this potential coalition to govern is the question that will dominate Washington through the end of the year. The prospects are not bright. Read More

 Clinton ‘Can’t Say’ whether Trump colluded with Russia and stole election (Freebeacon)

Hillary Clinton, the two-time failed presidential candidate, told NBC Wednesday that she didn’t know whether then-candidate Donald Trump colluded with Russia in 2016. “You say there are so many coincidences, so many connections between people in [the] Trump campaign and Russia, but you stop short of saying this and I’m asking you if you will, ” NBC host Matt Lauer said. “Do you think that the Trump campaign, with the knowledge of the now-president, colluded with Russia and stole the election?” Read More

Hundreds in India protest against Myanmar (Hosted)

The Latest on violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh (all times local):6 p.m. Hundreds of people have marched in India’s capital demanding an end to violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Police stopped the group some distance from Myanmar’s embassy.The protesters criticized Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, asking whether she was given a Nobel Peace Prize for promoting peace or for persecuting Rohingya Muslims. Rohingya face widespread persecution in the Buddhist-majority country, where recent violence has driven hundreds of thousands to seek refuge overseas, mostly in Bangladesh. Read More

Brexit is a great British bore. Europe has moved on, and the UK should be worried (Guardian)

Brexit is boring – at least on the continent. As the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, delivered his “state of the union” address on Wednesday, setting the tone for the new political year, Brexit was relegated to a brief mention at the end. And even there, it was framed as a moment of sadness and regret, not horror. In last week’s TV encounter between the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and her challenger, Martin Schulz, Brexit was totally absent. The European press is increasingly uninterested as well. Checking the online home pages of four leading European newspapers on 12 September (FAZ, Le Monde, El País, and Corriere della Sera), there were only five stories about Brexit. Read More

 ‘Serious eye candy’: Florida police officers’ viral selfie on Facebook leaves the internet swooning (Ibtimes)

The internet has fallen head over heels in love with officers from the Gainesville Police Department in Florida after three male officers shared a “super-hot” selfie on Facebook. On Sunday (10 September), the officers captured and posted a selfie before their night shift in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Irma that ripped through the state over the weekend. “Officers Nordman, Hamill and Rengering… part of the night crew getting ready to do some work,” the caption read. Read More

Violence erupts in Haiti over national budget (Guardian)

Protesters brought parts of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to a standstill Tuesday, setting vehicles alight and damaging local businesses in violent demonstrations against the government’s budget plans. “These little thieves in Parliament voted for this budget to help the government exploit the people,” said protester Marco Paul Delva, standing by a barricade of flaming tires near the legislature. Traffic in the center of Port-au-Prince and on key routes around the city ground to a halt after protesters threw stones and tires across roads. Read more


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