* Lagos shuts major routes, declares work-free day for Buhari’s visit (Punch) * Eagles fail Serbia test, lose 2-0 (Punch)

* Lagos shuts major routes, declares work-free day for Buhari’s visit (Punch)          * Eagles fail Serbia test, lose 2-0 (Punch)



Lagos shuts major routes, declares work-free day for Buhari’s visit (Punch)

Lagos State Government has declared Thursday, March 29, a work-free day in the State ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-day visit to the state. A statement by Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, on Tuesday said the declaration was to enable residents to come out en masse to welcome President Buhari. Also, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Imohimi Edgal, on Tuesday, said there would be temporary road closure and diversions in some areas. The routes to be closed are Ikeja, Agege, Maryland, Ikoyi, and Victoria Island. Read more

Eagles fail Serbia test, lose 2-0 (Punch)

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace gave Serbia a deserved 2-0 win over the Super Eagles at The Hive in London in their second pre-World Cup friendly on Tuesday in a match that had another goal line drama. The on-loan Fulham striker cashed in on defensive lapses in the 68th and 81st minutes to inflict on the Eagles their second defeat under manager Gernot Rohr, as the three-time African champions put up an underwhelming performance in London. Both sides had contrasting fortunes in their last friendlies with Nigeria beating Poland 1-0 while the Serbs lost 2-1 to Morocco. Read more

FG declares 2-day holiday to mark Easter (Guardian)

The Federal Government has declared Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2, as Public Holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter Monday. The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Tuesday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement issued by Mrs Julie Ejiofor, Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary. Dambazau enjoined Christian faithful and Nigerians in general to employ the spiritual ethos of Easter, which include; love, peace and sacrifice, in contributing to the unity and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians. Read more

Senate to debate Danjuma’s statement Wednesday (Guardian)

The Senate says it will on Wednesday deliberate on the statement made insecurity in the country. Danjuma had, at the convocation of Taraba State University on Saturday, urged Nigerians to resort to self-defence in the face of unending killings across the country. He also accused the military of complicity in the killings, especially in Taraba, where he said that the herdsmen were being aided in killing innocent citizens. The Senate’s decision followed a Point-of-Order raised by Sen. Yusuf Yusuf (APC-Taraba) at plenary on Tuesday. Read more

National Assembly postpones 2018 budget approval until May (Punch)

The National Assembly has postponed the approval of this year’s budget until May 2018.   This is contrary to expectations that the 2018 budget estimates of N8.612trn would be passed by April. Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Mustapha Dawaki, made this known at the 2018 National Budget Hearing in Abuja on Tuesday. The hearing was jointly organised by the Senate and House Committees on Appropriation. Read more

Gov. Ortom meets Buhari, says Benue remains committed for united Nigeria (Vanguard)

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has said that government and people of the state remained committed to a united Nigeria. He said that the state would continue to partner with the Federal Government to ensure peaceful co-existence in the state and the country as a whole. Ortom stated this when he briefed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday. The governor, who disclosed that he was in the villa to thank the President for the condolence visit he paid to Benue State after the recent killings in the state, said he also intimated him of socio-economic situation in the state. Read more

Why some Nigerians are hooked to CNN, BBC- Maku (Vanguard)

Mr. Labaran Maku, former Minister of Information and National Orientation has said that some Nigerians are hooked to the Cable News Network (CNN), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and others because those stations are telling us more of the happenings in Nigeria and for these reasons; many Nigerians hooked to these foreign stations. Maku also lauded objectivity, fairness, neutrality and openness of the Precious Frequency Modulated (FM) 102.5 of Radio Nigeria in Lafia. Read more

Bureaucracy, Nigeria’s major challenge – Okorocha (SUN)

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has attributed the country’s major challenges to bureaucracy, adding that the practice has destroyed most of its good initiatives thereby  keeping the nation in perpetual bondage. Governor Okorocha stated this, on Tuesday, when officers from the Nigerian Army College of Logistics led by Gen. Richard Duru paid him a courtesy call at the Government House Owerri. The Imo State governor also noted that the nation’s Army have been able to come out of the problem of bureaucracy to get to the extent they are. The system which he said was inherited from the Colonial Masters, has done the nation more harm than good. Read more

Ortom backs Danjuma’s call for self-defence (Punch)

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday backed a former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, on his call for people to rise and defend themselves in the face of killings across the country. Ortom gave his support to the call in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. While saying that Danjuma did not ask people to take up arms, the governor explained that the former minister only said people should protect themselves. Read more

Ijebu traditional rulers in Lagos endorse Gov. Ambode for second term (Vanguard)

Traditional Rulers in Lagos State of Ijebu extraction have unanimously endorsed the candidacy of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode to run for a second term in office. The traditional rulers comprise: Epe, Eredo, Agbowa-Ikosin, Ikorodu and Ibeju-Lekki. The traditional rulers made the declaration at the formal launching of the group in Epe. The motion for the endorsement of Ambode for a second term in office was moved by Oba Akeem Adesanya on behalf of the Ijebu Traditional Rulers Group, Lagos State. Read more

Land Use Charge: Public hearing not affected by Ikeja NBA’s walk-out (Vanguard)

The public hearing on the proposed amendment to the 2018 Land Use Charge Law held today at the Lagos State House of Assembly. Interest in the Land Use Charge legislation has been very high ever since the uproar generated when a few weeks ago, the government began distributing demand notices in line with the 2018 version of the Land Use Charge. Some members of the public were surprised at the new Land Use Charge tariffs charged, sequel to the new law. Read more

Lagos declares 28-day limit for processing building approval permit (ThisDay)

In a move to improve the state’s ease of doing business, the Lagos State Government has pegged the period within which building approval can be processed to 28 days, saying it has waved title documents as a condition for obtaining approval. The state government has also issued a six-month notice to enable all property owners, who have built without approval regularise their approval documents, noting that it will not charge any penalty within the window of six months. The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting he addressed at the weekend to sensitise the residents of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos. Read more

FAAC: States abort meeting over N37.76bn shortage in NNPC’s revenue (Punch)

The monthly Federal Account Allocation Committee meeting, which began on Tuesday was inconclusive due to discrepancies of about N37.76 billion in revenue presented by the NNPC. The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris told journalists in Abuja, that the meeting was inconclusive because of irregularities in figures presented by the NNPC. “Obviously, you are all aware that anything that has to do with federation revenue is statutory and, therefore, constitutional and we must always verify our figures to the last kobo. Read more

205 INEC staff suspended over roles played in Elections – Chairman (NTA)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended 205 staff over various unwholesome roles in the 2015 general elections. INEC’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, disclosed this in his keynote address at national colloquium organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) on Tuesday in Abuja. He said that the interdiction, recommended by INEC’s Appointments, Promotion and Discipline Committee (APDC), was the highest so far. Mahmud said that constructive criticisms from the public had helped the commission to get better in delivering its mandate vis-a-vis conducting credible elections. He said that commission’s electoral officers were already in the field working towards the success of the 2019 elections. Read more

How we recovered N2.4b, $115,000 from ex- NAF chief – EFCC (Nation)

The Federal High Court in Lagos heard on Wednesday how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recovered N2.4 billion and $115,000 from former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu. An EFCC investigation officer, Tosin Owobo, told Justice Mohammed Idris that Amosu returned the N2.4b via bank drafts at the agency’s Lagos and Abuja offices. Owobo said his team also recovered $115,000 in one of Amosu’s residences. Amosu is standing trial alongside former NAF Chief of Accounts and Budgeting, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo. Read more

Police set up task force for siren, spy number plates in Enugu (Vanguard)

Enugu State command of the Nigeria Police Force has set up a special task force to fish out and impound vehicles with unauthorised siren and spy number plates in the state. SP Ebere Amaraizu, Enugu State spokesman of the police command disclosed this in a release he issued recently, saying that the state Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed set up the task force to check the use of  spy number plates, sirens and covered number plates in the state. He said CP Danmallam mandated the police task force to fish out and impound vehicles with unauthorised use of spy number plates, siren and covered number plates, pointing out that offenders will be prosecuted accordingly in line with relevant sections of the law to that effect. Read more

Man abandons wife for delivering triplets in Edo (SUN)

A 44-year-old man, Mr. Paul Edobor, has allegedly abandoned his wife, Mrs. Ugoma Edobor, for delivering triplets in Uromi in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State. Speaking in Benin-City, Mrs. Edobor, who paraded the three babies before newsmen, said she had been married for 12 years and that her husband, a motorbike operator, having learnt that she was delivered of triplets (all females), refused to show up at home let alone pick her calls. She said her husband decided to abandon her and the babies because he cannot take care of the babies. Read more

6 killed, 20 wounded in Rann IDPs camp fire outbreak (Guardian)

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday confirmed that six persons were killed in a fire outbreak at Rann Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno. NEMA’s North-East Coordinator, Alhaji Bashir Garga, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that 20 others sustained various degrees of injury while over 200 tents were razed. Garga said the deceased included three women and three children. He said some animals were also killed in the inferno, adding that the cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained. Read more

Joshua: ‘I’m definitely preparing for 12-round fight (Nation)

Anthony Joshua is not underrating Joseph Parker has both pugilists get set for Saturday’s bout. On Tuesday the Nigerian undefeated heavyweight was confident of himself to deliver the knockout blow claiming he is preparing for a 12-round fight against his opponent who also holds undefeated record going into the match. Though each round would last for three minutes, take away the intermittent break, Joshua said would made his opponent to kiss the canvas without  unnecessary delay. ‘Every fight has been a learning fight and every camp has been a learning camp,’ he added. ‘I have learned I shouldn’t use camp to get fit. I have used this training camp to work solely on my technique and ability rather than to get fit. Read more

Basketball: Premier League teams tired of waiting (Nation)

Teams in the men’s and women’s Premier Basketball League are eager for action as some of them are beginning to wonder when the season will kick off. With FIBA backing one of the factions in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBB) election imbroglio to supervise the game before a fresh election is conducted as stipulated in the recent letter sent by the World Basketball Governing body, many Premier League teams are yearning for the commencement of the league. One of the teams official told NationSport yesterday at the stadium that the wait was mentally-draining for players and officials who have continued to train despite not sure of when the league would commence. Read more

Dalung inaugurates 5-man committee on alleged doping rules violation (Punch)

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Tuesday inaugurated a five-man committee to investigate the alleged violation of doping rules and improper conduct in the ministry. Dalung charged the committee to be “fair and thorough” in its investigation on the matter that has brought much misconceptions in the ministry. Dalung informed the committee that Olamide George, Vice President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria; and Sade Abugan, an athlete, were alleged to have violated doping rules during the 2012 Commonwealth Games in India. Read more

Nigeria’s opponent opt out of FIFA W/Cup in Russia (Nation)

There are indications that the presence of Iceland national team at the June 2018 FIFA World Cup may be marred with the latest diplomatic development between the country and Russia. This development came as Iceland on Monday announced it would stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain. “Icelandic officials will not go to the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” a statement from the foreign ministry read. The EU member states have said it was highly likely Russia was responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4. Read more

Manchester United midfielder suffers injury on international duty (Thestatesman)

Scott McTominay’s debut for Scotland wasn’t exactly the stuff of dreams, with the Scots getting beaten by Costa Rica 1-0 and the young midfielder being forced off with an injury mid-way into the second-half. The 21-year-old has come to prominence at Manchester United this season, notably for pushing club-record signing Paul Pobga out of the starting XI and was eligible to play for both England and Scotland both but eventually chose the latter and was promptly given his first-ever senior call earlier in March. Alex McLeish named the tall midfielder in his starting XI to play against the South Americans at Hampden Park but McTominay’s performance didn’t live up to the hype as he and the rest of his countrymen put in a largely sub-par showing. Read more

Double trouble for Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata (101greatgoal)

Alvaro Morata & Alice Campello

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has recently been in Dubai with his wife Alice Campello. Morata was left out of the Spain squad for the international break. Morata’s first season at Chelsea’s hasn’t gone as smoothly as many hoped. The centre-forward has suffered from goal droughts and injuries this year, while he recently lost one of his friends in a shock accident. At the same time, Morata and his wife recently announced that they are having their first child. Read more

25 countries pledge to kick out Russian diplomats over poisoning of ex-spy (Abcnews)

More than two dozen nations on three continents this week vowed to boot Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England, just as the United States announced it was responding by expelling 60 Russian intelligence officers. The United Kingdom earlier this month sent home 23 Russian diplomats — after saying Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England — and the following 25 countries and NATO said Monday or Tuesday that they, too, were expelling Russian diplomats — at least 150 total: Read more

UK to review visas for wealthy foreign nationals amid concern over Russian involvement in Salisbury poisoning (Independent)

Theresa May said the government is conducting a review of visas issued to wealthy foreign nationals as part of the UK’s response to Russia’s suspected involvement in the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. Answering questions about the government’s stance on Russia, Ms May told the Commons Liaison Committee that Britain’s interior minister was reviewing investor visas. However, she insisted the checks on possible loopholes were not specifically focused on Russia. “I think it is right that we look generally to see whether this is a part of our visa regime which is being used properly,” she said. Read more

Woman carries sick husband to vote in Egypt’s presidential election (Abcnews)

Heba Ragab carried her sick husband to cast their votes in the Egyptian presidential election. The 32-year-old mother of three has been helping her husband get around for almost six years, according to Reuters. Khaled al-Badawi suffers from osteoporosis, kidney failure, and hepatitis B and C, Reuters reported. Ragab had to quit her job to care for him, she told Reuters.  Ragab said that she is not embarrassed by her husband’s condition. “If I got sick, he would have carried me too,” she said. Still, her husband wishes that circumstances were different. Read more


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