* Mace or no Mace, Senate, House of Reps can hold plenary – Falana (Vanguard) * Draw strength from late Gani Fawehinmi’s legacies, Ambode, others urge Nigerians (Nation)

* Mace or no Mace, Senate, House of Reps can hold plenary – Falana (Vanguard)                                * Draw strength from late Gani Fawehinmi’s legacies, Ambode, others urge Nigerians (Nation)



Mace or no Mace, Senate, House of Reps can hold plenary – Falana

A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has in a statement on Sunday said that the National Assembly which comprises the Senate and House of Representatives have right to sit for plenary with or without the symbol of authority, The Mace. According to him by virtue of section 54 of the constitution, either of two houses of the national assembly is competent to sit and conduct proceedings, once the quorum of the members is formed. He said this while reacting to the incident that happened on Wednesday, when some group of hoodlums invaded the hallowed chamber and stole the mace. Recall that the senate suspended the plenary for a while until a spare Mace was brought. Read more

Draw strength from late Gani Fawehinmi’s legacies, Ambode, others urge Nigerians (Nation)

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday urged Nigerians to draw strength from the legacies and exemplary life of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi. He urged them to do so in fighting poverty and improving the society for the benefit of generations to come. Ambode, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, made the call at the unveiling of the remodelled statue of late Fawehinmi at Liberty Park in Ojota area of Lagos. The unveiling of the statue was in commemoration of the late activist’s 80th posthumous birthday. Fawehinmi, a Nigerian author, publisher, philanthropist, social critic, human rights lawyer, politician and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was born on April 22, 1938. Read more

Bode George should beg Obasanjo, says Oyinlola (Punch)

A former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has advised the former Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, to seek forgiveness from former President Olusegun Obasanjo and stop attacking his benefactor. Oyinlola stated this on Saturday in reaction to a recent interview by George where he described Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement as a deceit and waste of time while attacking its promoters. Oyinlola, who described George as his senior whom he respected, however, took exceptions to the PDP chieftain’s attack on leaders of the CNM, in which Obasanjo is a key member. He counselled George to, as a Yoruba man, know that it was uncharitable to be rude to a senior citizen like Obasanjo, who was his benefactor. Read more

Your cabinet full of lazy, unproductive people, YPP blasts Buhari (Vanguard)

Newly-registered political party, Young Progressive Party, YPP, has described President Muhammadu Buhari comments, describing Nigerian youths of wanting to sit down and do nothing, as the ‘most unkind’ statement ever made about Nigerian youths by any President either living or dead. In a statement in Abuja, weekend, signed by National Publicity Secretary of the YPP, Comrade Egbeola Martins, the YPP also disclosed that if the president is looking for “’sit and do nothing’, mentally lazy and unproductive people, he need not look any further as they are all in his cabinet.” To this end, Martins asked the President to immediately withdraw the statement and tender an unreserved apology to the teeming youths of Nigeria. Read more

Nigerians gunning for Buhari’s job in 2019 (Punch)

Some professionals, who are not so popular in Nigeria’s political circle, speak on why they want to become president of Africa’s most populous nation in 2019

As President, I’ll empower women, children — Adesanya-Davies

A presidential aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, tells Chukwudi Akasike how she will tackle insecurity and other issues if elected as president Read more

Saraki visits home of injured Sergeant-at-Arms (Vanguard)

Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki has on Sunday visited the home of the assaulted female Sergeant-at-Arms Officer, Mrs Sandra Davou, who fought gallantly with thugs that invaded the hallowed chamber on Wednesday. Reports had it that the female officer challenged hoodlums when they were about whisking away with the symbol of authority, The Mace. Recall that during the senate plenary on Wednesday, the suspended Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta central stormed the National Assembly and entered inside the hallowed chamber. The moment he was seen via a video clip in the chamber coincidentally aligned with the same time some group of thugs invaded the chamber. Questions have flooded pages of newspaper on why must a suspended senator come to the National Assembly during plenary? Read more

When your name is Omo-Agege… (Punch)

I was going to call this: ‘Politicians Say the Darndest Things’ based on President Muhammadu Buhari’s reported comments that he wasn’t thinking about politics but focused on security and the economy. The article was coming along nicely. I had managed to convince or intimidate those who refuse to be convinced that the President was speaking the truth, that there was no doubt his entire focus is on the economy and security. Contrary to what some naysayers would have us believe, Nigeria is reaping bountifully from these concerted efforts on economy and security. Then the news broke that suspended APC Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, (representing Delta Central Senatorial District) had invaded the National Assembly with or without the help of thugs and taken the mace. Read more

It doesn’t make sense to say the President is the target of elections reordering bill – Senator Olujimi (Vanguard)

There is controversy over the rejection of $350 million World Bank loan for Kaduna State by the Senate. As a principal officer of the chambre, why was the request turned down?

If you listened to the argument brought by the senators from Kaduna, they said the money would not be properly utilised. We should not be taking loans just for the sake of it. Loans should be taken for genuine reasons and, in this particular case, the reason this loan should be taken are not there. If you have three senators from Kaduna, one presented it without saying a word and the two others were against it, what that implies is that the state did not really need the money because, if the state needed the funds, they would have called their senators, spoken to them no matter which political divide they were and the state government should be on the same page with legislators who are important to the passage of the loan request. Read more

Deji rejects new monarch for Akure (Punch)

The Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, has rejected the appointment of one Amos Idowu as the Osolo of Isolo town in the Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State. The Osolo stool, which is under the Akure monarch, became vacant following the death of the former occupant, Oba Kayode Oluwatuyi. In a statement on Saturday by the Deji’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Michael Adeyeye, the monarch described the appointment of Idowu by the kingmakers of the community as illegal. He alleged that the attitude of the kingmakers was aimed at destabilising Akureland. Read more

10 killed in fresh gunmen attack on Kogi community (Nation)

The police in Lokoja on Sunday confirmed the death of 10 persons when gunmen invaded Kpanche community in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga, told newsmen that the dead included five residents of the community while five of the armed bandits were killed during a cross fire with security agents. He said that the bandits invaded the sleepy agrarian community in the early hours of Sunday but they were quickly repelled by a combined team of policemen and soldiers. “Yes, five lives were lost in the village but operatives of the police mobile force and soldiers repelled them and succeeded in killing five bandits and recovered some weapons. Read more

Suspected cultist dies during initiation in Lagos (Vanguard)

An unidentified youth has lost his life shortly after being initiated into Eiye confraternity in Eginrin Depression area of Ikorodu, Lagos. Over 50 youths as gathered, converged inside a bush in the community, Monday, where the initiation process was ongoing. Midway into it, a troop from 174 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Ikorodu, swooped on the youths, thereby resulting in a shoot-out. At the end of the gun duel, 25 suspected cultists were arrested while two of them sustained bullet wounds. A soldier according to the General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Maj. Gen. Enobong Udoh, also sustained bullet wounds. Read more

1 dies as masqueraders attack church in Anambra (Punch)

Some masqueraders attacked the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Ukeh, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State on Friday night. Sunday Punch gathered that the masqueraders allegedly invaded the worship ground in droves, beat up members and attempted to whisk away the Spiritual Director of the centre, Rev Fr. Emmanuel Obimma. One person was feared dead in the attack while about 30 others sustained injuries. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nkeiruka Nwode, confirmed the incident. She said three suspects had been arrested in connection with the attack. Read more

 Kanu, Iwobi hail departing Wenger (Punch)

Former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi have praised departing Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger for his role in their football careers. Wenger announced on Friday that he will leave the North London club, which brings to an end a relationship that has spanned over two decades. He steps down after a year into a new two-year deal, which he signed at the end of last season. Kanu, who played for under the Frenchman, said Wenger’s departure would leave a very big vacuum at the club when he quits the side at the end of the season. Wenger signed Kanu from Inter Milan in February 1999. Read more

First time player wins N7.7m on BetKing (Punch)

A first-time player in Anambra State on new sports betting platform BetKing Prince Chukwuemeka has won N7.7m on the platform. According to a statement, the winner emerged last weekend and has been contacted by BetKing’s representatives in Anambra. BetKing representative in the region Sam Eze said the win was a major milestone in the history of the company. He said, “This is only the beginning of the great things that will be achieved by BetKing in Nigeria in time to come.” Read more

Salah equals Premier League record (Punch)

Mohamed Salah scored his 31st Premier League goal, equalling the record for the most goals in a 38-game season in the history of the competition, but a late strike from Salomon Rondon helped bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion come from behind to draw 2-2 against Liverpool on Saturday at The Hawthorns. Salah, who has scored in his last six games in all competitions, scored Liverpool’s second goal in the 72nd minute with a left-footed chip over goalkeeper Ben Foster after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put him through. Read more

Maria Sharapova says she will never be Serena Williams’s friend (Tennisworldusa)

Serena Williams leads Maria Sharapova 19-2 in their head-to-head, with the Russian prevailing only at 2004 Wimbledon and WTA Championships. The two don’t have a friendly relationship either. ‘Serena is intimidating,’ the 31-year-old wrote in her book ‘Unstoppable: My Life So Far.’ In a recent interview, Sharapova openly spoke about what Serena Williams means for her in her career. ‘Over the years, many things were said about our relationship and rivalry. We should be celebrated for what we achieved. We have very different backgrounds, but both of us found a way to get to the top. I have much respect for what she did and her ability to keep fighting to have successes,’ the five-time Grand Slam winner recognized. Read more

Olympic diver Tom Daley to take gay rights campaign to Russia (Scotsman)

Olympic diver Tom Daley says he is prepared to take his gay rights campaign to Russia when he competes in next month’s World Series. The 23-year-old, who won the men’s synchronised 10-metres platform title with Dan Goodfellow at this month’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, was praised for his public plea for equality moments after taking the gold medal. The father-to-be, who is married to Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, used his media duties after winning his fourth Games title to implore the Commonwealth Games Federation to do more to pressurise those 37 out of 53 nations of the Commonwealth where homosexuality remains illegal. Read more

Donald Trump says North Korea crisis is ‘long way from conclusion’ (Telegraph)

Donald Trump moved on Sunday to dampen heightened expectations of a rapid nuclear deal with North Korea, saying that the crisis was far from conclusion. Excitement at the prospect of an end to tensions with the nuclear-armed state have risen ever since Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader. On Saturday, Pyongyang announced it was suspending weapons tests and closing its nuclear testing site. Read more

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