August 14, 2018

* Looters’ list: Afenifere, Junaid, others slam FG (Punch) * Buhari’s visit divides South-West leaders (SUN)

* Looters’ list: Afenifere, Junaid, others slam FG (Punch)        * Buhari’s visit divides South-West leaders (SUN)



Looters’ list: Afenifere, Junaid, others slam FG (Punch)

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere; a Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed; and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, among others, came down heavily on the Federal Government over the release of a looters’ list containing just six names. They described the list as laughable while accusing the government and the All Progressives Congress of spreading propaganda and lies. The Federal Government on Friday made good its promise to release to Nigerians the list containing names of alleged treasury looters. Read more

Buhari’s visit divides South-West leaders (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-day official visit to Lagos State which was rounded off yesterday has drawn mixed reactions from South-West leaders. While some Yoruba leaders who spoke with the Saturday Sun saw the visit as a good omen, and a welcome development, others described the visit as not only ill-timed but also a needless one. Prominent Yoruba leaders that spoke include leading Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, founder, Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Dr Fredrick Fasehun, Senator Femi Okurounmu, Chairman, Conference of APC States Chairmen, and Lagos State APC Chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale, and Pioneer President, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Alhaji Hassan Summonu. Read more

Buhari survives plot to scuttle re-election bid (Nation)

Unknown to many, the failed attempt to foist a Caretaker Committee on the All Progressives Congress (APC) was actually aimed at creating legal crisis for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 and edge him out of the presidential election. Those behind the plot were said to have set a booby trap on account of which Buhari’s nomination for re-election would be declared invalid in line with 1999 Constitution and the constitution of the party. It was learnt yesterday that 10 more governors had shelved support for the extension of the tenure of the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and members of his National Working Committee (NWC), based on Buhari’s opposition to the elongation of their tenure. Read more

I helped PDP to rig polls, ‘born-again’ ex-Deputy Senate President Mantu confesses (Nation)

A  chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last night sparked a fresh controversy in the polity. The former Deputy Senate President confessed on television that he helped his party win elections in the past. “I don’t have to go and change election (results) but when you provide money, you give money to INEC boys that if they see any chance they should favour you, you provide money to the security (personnel),” he said on Channels Television’ Hard Copy. “I tell you it’s not necessarily when I am contesting election but when my party sponsors a candidate, I will like that candidate to win election.” Read more

Emirs at war over Buhari (SUN)

It would appear that since the dethronement of Alhaji Mustapha Jokolo as the 19th emir of Gwandu and the ascension of his successor, Alhaji Muhammadu Ilyasu Bashar, also known as Major General Muhammadu Jega, this pair of closely associated emirs have placed their connection by family on ice with one suspecting the other. It would also appear that beneath the not too stormy exterior which the people of the Gwandu emirate on both sides take for tranquility, there have been developments which have pitched both emirs in a battle of words. The twist in the ill-temper and feelings of bitterness between the two emirs was recently restated by a biography of the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Ilyasu Bashar. The emir gave sensational and graphic details of how the Muhammadu Buhari regime was toppled in 1983. The emir was one of the senior officers of the regime in both 1983 and 1985. Read more

T.Y. Danjuma: Buhari should probe service chiefs, say M’Belt youths (Punch)

The Middle Belt Youth Council has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe service chiefs and make the report of the findings public. The organisation said that if found guilty, the service chiefs should be dismissed and prosecuted immediately. The President of MBYC, Emma Zopmal, made the call in a statement titled: “The patriot has spoken very well”, obtained by Saturday Punch on Friday in Jos. Read more

Help us return home, 90-year-old begs Buhari from Benue IDP camp (Vanguard)

This is certainly not the best of times for the aged and elderly   in communities mindlessly invaded and sacked ceaselessly by herdsmen in Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue state. It started from January 1 when the state was thrown into a quagmire and bloodletting of highly imperious and far reaching proportion. These group of persons popularly referred to as the bastion of wisdom who constitute over 20 percent of the over 170,000 persons displaced by the incursions of herdsmen in close to 50 Benue communities affected by the crisis, were forced out of their ancestral homes by the devastating bloodbath that has left the entire state in despair. Read more

Melaye: As the axe falls on CP… (Nation)

For Ali Janga, outgoing Commissioner of Police (CP) in Kogi State, the truth dawned like the knell of eternal damnation; chaos permeated his peace immediately Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, announced his removal as Kogi CP. Like a poisonous tide unleashed like a dam, calm withdrew from Janga’s world following the escape from police custody, of six suspects, including two principal suspects, Kabiru Saidu aka Osama and Nuhu Salisu aka Small, on his watch. While he embarked on a race against time to re-arrest the suspects and save his job, Janga had to contend with the fear of reprimand by higher police authorities. He probably envisaged his fate prior to its dawn. Soon after the suspects made a miraculous escape from his custody, Janga was given the boot by IGP Idris. Read more

Christian youths demand immediate release of Leah (Nation)

The southern Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) yesterday pleaded with the Federal Government and the security agencies to adopt all necessary measures to ensure the  immediate release of Leah Sharibu from Boko Haram’s captivity. Their appeal came simultaneously with one the abductee’s father, Nata Sharibu, sent to President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to accelerate efforts towards securing her freedom. Sharibu was abducted along with  110 other female pupils of a secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State, last month. But while the other abductees were released by the terror sect, Sharibu was not, because she refused to renounce her Christian faith. Read more

I believe Ajimobi will support me to become governor –Shittu (Punch)

You superintend a ministry that is supposed to be at the centre of the knowledge economy. So, how has it been overseeing the Ministry of Communications?

I recall that when I was initially appointed as Minister of Communications, there were protests by stakeholders who felt that appointing a lawyer to head the ministry amounted to putting a round peg in a square hole. They felt that it would have been better to have an expert to handle the ministry. Of course, Mr. President was steadfast in ensuring that I remain here. It is instructive that within one and half years of my appointment, stakeholders under the auspices of the Nigerian Computer Society gave me fellowship of the society. Read more

FG should provide incentives to modular refiners – Expert (Punch)

The Federal Government has been urged to provide additional incentives to investors to facilitate the establishment of modular refineries in the country. The Deputy Director, Emerald Energy Institute, University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Chijioke Nwaozuzu, said incentives in the form of tax reliefs, customs and excise duties and Value Added Tax waivers, and accelerated capital allowances would help to boost investments in the refining space. He told our correspondent, “Considering government’s new impetus on facilitating the construction of modular refineries, and the five minimum conditions that need to be met, it could be inferred that the government’s current policy drive is very positive. Read more

Onicha-Ugbo, Issele-Uku Monarchs confer chieftaincy titles on Josephine Ada Kachikwu (Vanguard)

All roads will on Sunday, April 1, 2018, lead to Onicha-Ugbo and Issele-Uku towns in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State as the traditional rulers of the two neighbouring communities honour the Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Service Commission (DTHASC), Barrister (Mrs.) Josephine Ada Kachikwu with Chieftaincy titles. Speaking with Vanguard in her country home at Onicha-Ugbo, Barrister Kachikwu disclosed that the royal father of Onicha-Ugbo Kindgom, HRM Obi Victor Chukwumaleze will confer on her the Chieftaincy title of the Ochiligwe of Onicha-Ugbo kingdom while the traditional ruler of Issele-Uku (Oligbo) Kingdom, sHRM Obi Nduka Ezeagwuna II will honour her with the chieftaincy title of the “Ezinne” of Oligbo Kindom. Read more

COSON crisis: Efe Omorogbe tackles Tony Okoroji  (Punch)

The crisis in the Copyright Society of Nigeria seems to rage on with no end in sight. In a chat with Saturday Beats, Efe Omorogbe, who is laying claim to the chairmanship of the society, accused Tony Okoroji, who also claims to be the chairman of the body, of running the association as a one-man business. Omorogbe told Saturday Beats that Okoroji collects a certain amount of percentage from the royalties of intellectual property owners as well as awards contracts to himself. He said he and six other members of the board voted Okoroji out as the chairman of the board because of his excesses. He further said that it was laughable that anyone would think that his election as the chairman of the board was to make it his cash cow. Read more

Easter: DJ Cuppy’s ‘Cactus on the Roof’ Returns This Sunday (Tribune)

‘Cactus’ on the Roof, one of the hottest day party events from last year returns in style this Sunday. After a successful series during the Christmas season in Lagos at one of the hottest spots with appearances from the biggest celebrities, Cactus on the Roof returns this Easter on the first of April at The View Rooftop in Lekki. DJ Cuppy, who was recently unveiled as Pepsi DJ ambassador, takes centre stage with a host of celebrity DJs and friends. Read more

‘Just Before I Do’ premiere movie tickets sold out (Vanguard)

The organizers of the premiere of the new movie “Just Before I do, set to hit cinemas from Friday, April 13, 2018 have announced that the tickets for the premiere of the movie have all been sold out. According to them, more than 1000 tickets have been sold out. Perhaps, the movie will be the first Nollywood movie to sell tickets for her premiere  in Nigeria and sell out all halls which will be used for the screening. The movie features Omowunmi Dada, Eddie Watson, Omilani Oluyinka, Chief Jide Kosoko, Kalu Ikeagwu, Shaffy Bello, Afeez Oyetoro (Saka), Judith Audu and more. Read more

Tuface, Kate Henshaw fault Buhari’s response to herdsmen attacks, others (Punch)

A-list celebrities, Tuface and Kate Henshaw have expressed displeasure at the seeming inability of the Buhari-led administration to secure lives of Nigerians against the destructive activities of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen. They also frowned upon the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State recently. Benue State which is one of the flashpoints of the herdsmen/farmers clashes is very dear to the heart of Tuface, the African Queen creator. He told Saturday Beats that from all indications, the government is not doing much about the situation except to always, ‘condemn the killings.’ Read more

Lilian Esoro, Sambasa Nzeribe in ‘Crushed’ (Tribuine)

Fresh from the stable of Lancelot Oduwa  Imasuen is the thriller titled Crushed. The movie sponsored by ROK Studios and Iceberg Films is a suspense-filled drama. Starring AMAA 2016 Best Supporting Actor and AMVCA 2017 Best Actor, Sambasa Nzeribe, Lilian Esoro, Seun Akindele and Matilda Obaseki, the movie has been in the cinemas for a few weeks now and is generating rave reviews. Crushed was written by Jeanne C. Okafor, the movie is suspense-filled and one that movie buffs will love to watch as it is produced and directed by the Bini Prince, Lancelot Oduwa-Imasuen. Read more

All Agog for AY Live On Easter Sunday (Tribune)

“My dress for the AY Live event is ready and my bobo has wired 40k to my Account so Easter Sunday is good to go for me and I’m going with him to our annual ritual AY Live, “ a busty dark-skinned lady said in hushed voice. This is just one of many women who have become addicted to the razzmatazz at AY Live comedy and music show. This year’s edition at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel & Suites on April 1 will not be different as there will be the comedy skits , stand up comedies from  score of both established and up coming comedians and music performances  from Nigeria’s finest music stars. Read more

Notorious cultist sentenced to death by hanging in Bayelsa (Guardian)

A Bayelsa High Court, Yenagoa Division has sentenced a 38-year-old notorious cult leader, Diepreye Sunday Olayo to death by hanging. Justice Emmanuel Ogola found Olayo guilty for the murder of Being Ilebiri, which happened on September 6 2011 along Ebis Mechanic road, Amarata, Yenagoa. Olayo, a member of Greenlanders cult group was said to have shot Ilebiri, believed to be the hitman of Bobos cult in the state. Prosecution counsel, Andrew Seweniowor Arthur who tendered the confessional statement of the accused and 13 witnesses, said its case has been proved beyond reasonable doubt that Olayo murdered Ilebiri. Read more

Commonwealth Games: ‘Banned’ Edwards takes on IAAF in bid to represent Nigeria (Guardian)

Mike Edwards’ dream of becoming the first man to represent Nigeria in the high jump at the Commonwealth Games in over half a decade may not happen after the IAAF barred him from participating at the Gold Coast 2018 Games. But the 27-year-old says he will do all within his powers to get the athletics world body to have a change of heart. How does he hope to do this? By holding a one-man protest every day until the world body decides to give him the go-ahead to represent Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games. Read more

Joshua faces Parker in tough Cardiff showdown (Punch)

British-born Nigerian Anthony Joshua returns to the ring at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday night with his IBF, IBO and WBA titles on the line against WBO title holder Joseph Parker. The fight, which will be broadcast in over 160 countries, is dubbed Road to Undisputed because it involves the heavyweight division unification between Joshua and Parker. The winner of the fight unifies the three major titles at stake. The fight has a reported £20m purse with Joshua expected to take home up to £13m while Parker will receive £7m – a career high for the New Zealand boxer. Read more

Igali unveils Common Wealth Games wrestling team, confident of success (Punch)

President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation Daniel Igali on Friday unveiled the 12 wrestlers and five officials who will represent the country at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. At the event, which took place in Yenagoa, Igali unveiled the team made up of six male and female wrestlers respectively  ahead of their departure for Australia on Tuesday. The women’s team comprises Odunayo Adekuoroye, Blessing Oborududu, Blessing Onyebuchi, Aminat Adeniyi, Mercy Genesis  and Bose Samuel while the men’s team has six-time African champion Daniel Amas, Melvin Bibo, Welson Ebikewenimo, Soso Tamarau, Sinivie Boltic and Amos Assizecourt. The officials will be led by coach Purity Akuh. Read more

Plateau United warn mischief makers (Punch)

The management of Nigeria champions Plateau United on Friday warned those it described as ‘demigods’ to desist from their mischief, which it said was capable of affecting its image and performance. In a statement by their spokesman, Albert Dakup, the club said if not nipped in the bud, such activities could affect the fortunes of the club in the Nigeria Professional Football League and the CAF Confederation Cup. There was panic in Plateau State last Saturday as thugs invaded the premises of Jay 101.9FM in Jos and abducted a sports presenter Ferdinand Mbum, who was taken to an unknown destination. However, the club have apologised over the incident. Read more

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals exactly why Manchester United star Scott McTominay chose Scotland over England (Dailyrecord)

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Scott McTominay knocked back a higher profile with England to save face for his father in Scotland. The Manchester United legend also urged the midfielder to commit to the Dark Blues when McTominay was just eight. National boss Alex McLeish scored a major victory over the Auld Enemy when he persuaded the Old Trafford starlet to play for the Scots. McTominay, 21, made his debut last week against Costa Rica and asked why McTominay chose Scotland, Ferguson said: “It was his father’s heritage. Read more

Antony Martial has spoken to France star about Man United transfer (Thesportsreview)

Anthony Martial is seriously considering his future at Manchester United and has spoken to his France team-mate Blaise Matuidi about joining Juventus this summer, according to reports in Italy. Italian outlet Tuttosport, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that the 22-year-old French striker has been consulting with his compatriot about the possibility of joining Juve this summer. Martial will have one year left on his contract at Manchester United at the end of the season, although the Red Devils are thought to have the option to extend his current deal by a further 12 months. Read more

Sierra Leone votes in run-off between Maada Bio and Kamara (BBC)

Voters in Sierra Leone choose their new president on Saturday in a run-off poll which pits a coup leader against the president’s hand-picked successor. The vote was delayed after an allegation of electoral fraud in the first round earlier this month. Former military coup leader Julius Maada Bio received the most votes in the first round. He now faces ruling party candidate Samura Kamara who is an economist by training. Mr. Maada Bio received 43.3% of the vote in the first round. But in Sierra Leone the president is elected by absolute majority and if no-one gets 55% then it goes to a run-off. Read more

UN calls for investigation on Gaza clashes after 16 killed (Skynews)

The United Nations has called for “an independent and transparent investigation” into clashes in Gaza that have killed at least 16 people.nUN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was speaking after reports that 1,400 people had also been injured in the violence between Palestinians and Israeli troops near the border. Spokesman Farhan Haq said: “He also appeals to those concerned to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties and in particular any measures that could place civilians in harm’s way.” The UN Security Council did not decide on any action after its emergency meeting on Friday, however. Read more

2 die in Acapulco shootout amid panicked Easter procession (Reuters)

Dozens of Roman Catholic devotees dressed as ancient Romans and biblical figures fled a Good Friday procession in panic on Friday in the Mexican resort town of Acapulco after gunfire rang out over a nearby car robbery. One of the robbers died from a heart attack during a shootout with police while an accomplice escaped, said the government of Guerrero, one of Mexico’s most violent states. Minutes after the confrontation, another man in a home nearby was killed in what was reported to police as a subsequent slew of gunfire. No people in the procession were reported injured. Read more


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