August 20, 2018

* Looters’ list: FG compiles fresh names •New list to include former govs, ministers, bankers (Punch) * Leah’s absence a blow to our church, says Pastor (Nation)

* Looters’ list: FG compiles fresh names •New list to include former govs, ministers, bankers (Punch)                  * Leah’s absence a blow to our church, says Pastor (Nation)



Looters’ list: FG compiles fresh names •New list to include former govs, ministers, bankers (Punch)

As controversy continues to trail the release of looters’ list by the Federal Government in the last one week, there are strong indications that government is compiling fresh names of people alleged to have looted the nation’s treasury. Our correspondents learnt that the fresh list might contain names of those who have yet to be arraigned in courts for corruption. The list may also include names of former governors, ministers and even bankers. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had in the past said 55 persons stole N1.34tn under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Last week, he released 29 names, who he said took money from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sabo Dasuki (retd.). Read more

Leah’s absence a blow to our church, says Pastor (Nation)

Wild jubilation seized Dapchi on March 21 as Boko Haram insurgents returned 105 of the 110 secondary school girls abducted from the town. The parents of the abducted schoolgirls trooped to the scene in bated anxiety to retrieve their children. Some of them, however, returned home disappointed because their children were not among those returned by the insurgents. Five of them were said to have died in the stampede that attended their abduction, leaving their parents in deep sorrow. The scene was also an anti-climax for the parents of one of the schoolgirls named Leah Sharibu, who was said to have been held back by the insurgents because she refused to denounce her Christian faith and profess Islam. Like other parents, Leah’s mother had rushed to the scene to welcome her, only to be told by one of the returnees that the hapless girl was still in the custody of the insurgents. Read more

I don’t know why Lai Mohammed omitted Obanikoro’s name from looters’ list –Sagay (Punch)

A lot of Nigerians had been eagerly awaiting the release of the looters’ list as promised by the Federal Government, but were disappointed when it was finally released last Friday and Sunday; they said there was nothing new about it as it contains the names of people they were already familiar with. What happened?

Well, you cannot go and cook up a list just to satisfy the people’s appetite. If the list contains the names of people who are being prosecuted or interrogated right now, that’s the best; that’s the only list that can come out and, of course, another group that will be named would be people whose assets have been forfeited, either temporarily or permanently. I don’t really understand what Nigerians expected. Yes, we knew all these names before and because they had been charged to court, the public had heard about them before. What else could the list be other than those who had been mentioned in the past? Read more

Kalu visits Ooni, urges support for Buhari (SUN)

Former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has called on Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari for his second term bid in the 2019 general elections. Dr. Kalu made the call yesterday, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, as part of his ongoing South West Peace Advocacy visit.  He stressed that Buhari remained the best option for the country, despite the current incessant criticisms by some leaders against his administration. The former governor expressed disgust that some leaders had turned themselves to letter writers against Buhari, instead of supporting his administration to make him succeed. Though he did not mention the names of those writing such criticism letters, he stressed that they were leaders who must also respect other leaders like Buhari, who has done creditably well.  Read more

Looters’ list: Secondus drags Lai Mohammed to Court for defamation (Vanguard)

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus yesterday dragged Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to court for alleged defamation of character. The Minister had a fortnight ago, mentioned Secondus on the list of those he claimed, looted the nation’s treasury alleging that he collected N200 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd).  However, Secondus denied collecting a dime from the former NSA through his lawyer Emeka Etiaba SAN, and promptly wrote a letter to the Minister seeking the immediate retraction of his name on the list, payment of N1.5 billion in damages and public apology within 48 hours. Read more

APC NEC meeting: Govs move to stop plot to use state chairmen against Buhari (Nation)

About 18 All Progressives Congress (APC) governors yesterday moved against a plot to use state chairmen of the party against President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Executive Committee meeting of the party on Monday. Some leaders of the party and a few governors had on Thursday held a secret session with the state chairmen in Abuja to persuade them to mount a “block vote” against the President’s proposal for congresses and national convention. Although the meeting was boycotted by some state chairmen, some forces behind tenure elongation were hopeful that Buhari’s proposal would be defeated on Monday. Also, there were indications last night that the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) members are facing another dilemma if they want to re-contest their various offices. Read more

Bisi Akande’s bombshell: Oyegun has wrecked APC (SUN)

“The military are fighting back, conniving with terrorists to kill innocent Nigerians. These military were supposed to be protecting us. They are doing so to discredit Buhari because he stopped corruption”, Akande stated. But in a swift reaction to the allegation, Brigadier General John Agim, Director Defence Information, said “I do not believe that Bisi Akinde can say that because he should know that most of our Service Chiefs and commanders are from these areas ravaged by terrorism and insurgency, and they have put their lives on the line several times to end the madness. Politicians should stop playing politics with security. It is not true that military personnel will kill citizens that they are out to protect with their own lives for any reason.” Read more

Ado-Ekiti residents tackle Fayose, stop demolition of shrines (Nation)

There was pandemonium yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, after angry residents resisted the demolition of some shrines and sacred trees by officials of the state government. The ongoing demolition of structures in Ado-Ekiti is part of the urban renewal policy of Governor Ayo Fayose’s administration. During the pandemonium, adherents of the deities at the shrines almost attacked men of the demolition squad but the intervention of armed security men deployed to the scene saved the day. The residents of neighbourhoods in the Oja Oba area insisted the shrines would never give way for the urban renewal exercise which they said was done in bad faith by the state government. Read more

IGP urged to Investigate Policemen in Alleged Extra-judicial Killing (Vanguard)

The people of Ntigha Okpuala in Isiala Ngwa North local government of Abia State have called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to ensure a thorough investigation of the alleged killing of three young men by mobile policemen and prosecute those found culpable. The call was made in Umuahia at a press conference addressed by the community leaders, Chiefs Obioma Onyenso, Daniel Njoku, Omerenma Ubani with a constitutional lawyer, Dr. Anthony Agbazuere. According to them, there were surreptitious moves by some highly placed persons to cause the policemen involved in the cold blooded murder to be released from detention hence their call on the IGP to intervene to ensure that justice was done. Read more

IPOB declares 40 members missing after security agents’ attack (SUN)

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that about 40 of its members were missing after security operatives attacked them while returning from the burial of a member, Odika Esieme  Chukwuma at Igbo-Ukwu in Anambra State. The deceased was allegedly killed at Umuahia, Abia State during Operation Python Dance II last year. The group alleged that some of the members were injured and others arrested and taken to undisclosed cells while others were still missing and their whereabouts unknown after they were attacked by security operatives along Nnewi Ichii Road in Nnewi North LGA of the state on Thursday evening. The police in Anambra has however said only four members of the group were arrested for unlawful gathering. Read more

Senator Wamakko loses Aide (ThisDay)

The Special Assistant to Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko on Youths and Students Affairs,  Alhaji Ibrahim Umar Tureta, is dead. The late Tureta died  late Thursday at the age of 33 after a brief illness at the Garki General Hospital, Abuja. The remains of the deceased had been laid to rest according to Islamic rites at the Tudun Wada cemetery in the Sokoto metropolis. A statement from the former governor said his funeral prayer which was conducted at their family residence at Mabera area of Sokoto, was led by Sheikh Bashir Gidan Kanawa. The funeral prayer was attended by Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, State Deputy Governor , Alhaji Ahmed , Chairman, Governing Council , National Commission for Colleges of Education, Alhaji Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi and the Chairman, State Pilgrims  Welfare Agency, Alhaji Muntari Maigona. Read more

We lost nine officers to Offa robbery —Police (Nation)

Offa, Kwara State remained in shock yesterday, 24 hours after a gang of robbers attacked five banks and a police station in the town, leaving massive blood on their trail. The Kwara State Police Command confirmed yesterday that nine of its personnel were killed by the robbers. Seven other people lost their lives in the attacks, spokesman for the command, Mr.Ajayi Okansanmi, told reporters in an update on the mayhem. Unofficial accounts yesterday said the death toll might have risen to 23, including two policemen allegedly shot by the robbers in Okuku, Osun State while returning from the operation. Read more

Army nabs kidnap kingpin, two sons in Kaduna (Punch)

The troops of the Nigerian Army have arrested a suspected notorious kidnapper, Filani Auta, in the Ligari area of Kaduna State. According to the army, Auta, said to be a kidnap kingpin, was arrested alongside his two sons during a raid. It was learnt that the raid on the suspect’s home by troops followed a tip-off from the residents. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, who confirmed the arrest, said items recovered from the suspect included two Dane guns and four mobile phones. Read more

How herdsman cut off my hand – 54-year-old farmer (Punch)

A 54-year-old father of seven, Mr. Mathias Odey, whose left hand was allegedly cut off by a herdsman during a clash on November 5, 2017 has said that he had remained without help from anywhere. Odey was injured during a clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Ugaga community of Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State. Southern City News learnt on Friday that the farmer was attacked by a herdsman in his farm when he was harvesting farm produce with his children. He recalled the incident, “My children and I were plucking pepper from one of my farms. We usually do this together. After I finished with the pepper, I went to another section to harvest yam. Read more

Chinese club moves to replace injured martins (Guardian)

Shanghai Shenhua are heavily linked with a move for former Chelsea striker Demba Ba as replacement for Obafemi Martins who is expected to spend a minimum of six months on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery in London. According to News Express, Shanghai Shenhua are planning to re-sign the former Senegal international when the transfer window opens for business on June 18, 2018. Ba was on the books of Shanghai Shenhua for two and a half years, scoring a remarkable 29 goals in 37 appearances, before transferring to Turkish Super Lig outfit Göztepe in the January transfer window. Read more

Anthony Joshua History Beckons (ThisDay)

Anthony Joshua predicted a ninth-round knockout against Joseph Parker in the second heavyweight unification bout between unbeaten fighters in boxing history. The Englishman failed to get the KO, but he got the victory, a unanimous decision over New Zealand’s Parker before more than 80,000 partisan fans at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales last Saturday. It was far from an action-packed fight, instead becoming a mostly technical boxing match from the opening bell, with few heavy exchanges, and a referee, Giuseppe Quartarone, who strangely stopped the action at odd times. Even Showtime blow-by-blow announcer, Mauro Ranallo, said at one point, “What the hell is going on with this referee?” Read more

‘I cry every day’: father of London stabbing victim speaks of devastation (Guardian)

All week, Britain’s newspapers have been publishing spreads of photographs of the many people murdered in London so far this year. Each time they do so, Abdullah Özcan breaks down and weeps. “Yesterday I saw the Sun newspaper and they had 49 pictures in there, including a picture of my son. All day I cried. I didn’t cry just for my son, but for all those other people as well. Life is just starting for these people, they are 19 years old, 17 years old, and they are dying for nothing.” Read more

EU Leaders Mark International Roma Day (Emerging-europe)

Ahead of International Roma Day on April 8, five senior European Commission figures have issued a joint statement saying that continued failures to integrate large sections of the Roma population is a “stain on our democratic communities.” First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioners Marianne Thyssen, Vĕra Jourová, Corina Creţu and Johannes Hahn stated: “Respect for fundamental rights, including equal treatment, is one of the cornerstones of the European Union. Yet, one of the largest minorities in the EU and in its neighbourhood. Read more

Michelle Goldberg: Trump fans think he’s fighting child-abusing cabal (Scotsman)

Trump supporters have come up with a disturbing conspiracy theory to explain why the US President is a genius, writes Michelle Goldberg. Last week Roseanne Barr — who, with the hit reboot of her show, has become one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters in the country — tweeted that the president has freed hundreds of children a month from sexual bondage. “He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere,” she wrote. (The tweet has since been deleted.) Barr’s tweet, puzzling to the casual observer, was a reference to QAnon, an expansive, complicated pro-Trump conspiracy theory. Read more


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