* Mace theft: Omo-Agege was not arrested, Police say (Punch) * Invasion of Senate: Ekweremadu meets Osinbajo inside Aso Rock (Punch)

* Mace theft: Omo-Agege was not arrested, Police say (Punch)                      * Invasion of Senate: Ekweremadu meets Osinbajo inside Aso Rock (Punch)



Mace theft: Omo-Agege was not arrested, Police say (Punch)

Contrary to reports that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was arrested after allegedly leading thugs into the Senate chambers to snatch the mace, the Police said the lawmaker was merely escorted out of the National Assembly complex. The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello; and some other police officers had taken Omo-Agege out of the NASS complex inside a black Toyota Hilux pick-up following the melee that ensued after the theft of the mace on Wednesday. The embattled senator later came back to attend the Senate plenary few minutes after he was escorted out of the NASS premises. Read more

Invasion of Senate: Ekweremadu meets Osinbajo inside Aso Rock (Punch)

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu on Wednesday met behind closed doors with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to brief him about the invasion of the Senate chambers by suspected thugs that happened earlier in the day. President Muhammadu Buhari was in London on an official visit while the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, was also in Washington as of the time the incident occurred. At the end of the meeting held inside Osinbajo’s office at the Presidential Villa, Ekweremadu told State House correspondents that the Vice-President had promised to join forces with the federal lawmakers to get to the root of the matter. Read more

Buhari to host ECOWAS conference on farmers/herders clashes (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to declare open on April 26 a conference of the member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on farmers/herdsmen clashes across the country. This was disclosed by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Stressing that the meeting was initially planned for last February, he said that it was part of efforts by the ECOWAS and some other African countries towards finding permanent solutions to the persistent farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria and beyond. Read more

APDA demands probe into Senate invasion (SUN)

Following the invasion of the Senate Chamber, by unknown gunmen, Advance Peoples Democratic Party, (APDA), on Monday, called on the heads of security agencies to immediately commence investigation into the impasse and ensure speedy apprehension of perpetrators. The party described the invasion as a national embarrassment which must be handled with seriousness. National Assembly, particularly, the Upper Legislative Chamber was raided by supporters allegedly sent by Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, who represents the people of Delta Central Senatorial Zone, was last week suspended for 90 legislative days for dragging the Hallow Chamber to court to block his suspension. Read more

How Lagos senator escaped abduction at national assembly (Nation)

Sen. Solomon Adeola (APC-Lagos) on Wednesday allegedly escaped an attempted kidnap in the hands of unknown men who stormed the Senate and made away with the mace during plenary. The Special Adviser to Adeola on Media, Mr Kayode Odunaro, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Odunaro, who said he witnessed the near abduction of the senator, said that his principal escaped narrowly. According to him, the lawmaker sustained injury to his head in the course of his escape. Read more

Ayem Akpatuma: DMI invites Takum LG chairman for questioning (Guardian)

The Director, Military Intillegence (DMI), has requested the Chairman of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba, Mr Shiba Tikari, to report to his office for questioning on Friday. The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu said in a statement on Wednesday that the invitation was in connection with security concerns, leading to the arrest of three suspects in the local government. “The suspects are currently being investigated by the DMI,’’ Chukwu said without providing further details. Read more

FEC approves N33b for Bida-Lapai-Lambata road (SUN)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, approved N33 billion for the construction of the Bida-Lapai-Lambata road. The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shauri, told State House Correspondents this at the end of the meeting. He briefed alongside his colleagues the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, Permanent Secretary of Ecological Fund, Habiba Lawal and the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu. Read more

2 Kirikiri inmates enrol for PhD programme (Punch)

Two inmates of Kirikiri Prison in Lagos have defied the psychological drawback associated with incarceration by enrolling for doctorate degrees at the National Open University (NOUN). The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two doctoral candidates were among the three inmates who were awarded master’s degrees by NOUN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu. NAN reports that Tunwashe Kabiru and Oladipupo Moshood enrolled for Doctorate Degrees in Business Administration and Peace and Conflict Resolution, respectively. Read more

US urges Nigeria to change tactics against Boko Haram (Guardian)

Nigerian forces battling Boko Haram jihadists need a change of mindset to overcome an evolving guerrilla threat, US military officials said this week on the sidelines of an African security summit. Boko Haram’s tactics — from improvised explosive devices to hiding within the local population — necessitate a shift away from conventional strategies, said Lieutenant-Colonel Sean McClure, the US defence attache in Abuja. “We haven’t necessarily seen that kind of adaptation cycle,” he told AFP. “They’re trying to figure out how to do this. Read more

PDP will present candidate better than Buhari in 2019 – Babatope (Nation)

A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said on Wednesday the party would present a candidate that would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. Babatope, a former Minister of Transportation, stated this in a telephone chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said the PDP would take its time and produce a candidate that would give Nigerians a better deal than the present administration. “The PDP would present a better candidate than the President in the next elections. We can give Nigerians that assurance. Read more

FG hands over 36 rooms at lDP camp in Patigi to Kwara government (Guardian)

Federal Government on Wednesday handed over 36 rooms constructed at Internally Displaced persons (lDPs) centre in Patigi, headquarters of the Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara to Kwara Government. The 36 rooms, which were yet to be provided with facilities, were handed to Kwara Emergency Management Agency by representatives of the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, headed by Malam Ghali Umar. Umar said the initiative to build rooms for IDPs was one of the core objectives of Federal Government, noting that it was aimed at ameliorating the sufferings of the people. Read more

Operation Cat Race: 13 soldiers killed so far – DHQ (Nation)

The Defence Headquarters said on Wednesday that at least 13 soldiers were killed in Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Taraba and Kaduna during the Operation Ayem Akpatuma (Operation Cat Race). The DHQ said 147 herdsmen were arrested and seven soldiers wounded during the operation. The Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim, who addressed journalists on the various military operations across the country, said the herdsmen arrested were handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution. He said there is the need for greater understanding and support for the military on the various operations in the country, adding that the military is over stretched. Read more

OAU suspends sex-for-mark professor indefinitely (Punch)

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has suspended Prof. Richard Akindele, whose telephone conversation in which he demanded for sex from a female student was recorded and released on social media. A member of the committee who pleaded anonymity confided this to our correspondent in Osogbo on Wednesday. He said the committee recommended the suspension of the professor  in a report of the committee set up by the university to probe the matter and to authenticate the veracity of the telephone conversation, where the lecturer demanded to have sex with the student five times before he would upgrade her mark from 33 to a pass mark. Read more

Herdsmen attack: 17 victims get mass burial in Nasarawa (SUN)

Atleast 17 victims slaughtered by herdsmen in Tiv villages in the Southern Senatorial Districts of Nasarawa state were yesterday given mass burial amidst tears. About seven of the victims were buried at the Christian cementary in Lafia while 10 got buried in mass grave at Keana, headquarters of Keana Local Government Area of the state. Our correspondent gathered that those who were buried in mass graves are the ones whose lifeless body have started decomposing at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital mogul in Lafia as a result of the matchet cut on their body. Read more

Win World Cup get $24m, Pinnick tells Eagles (Nation)

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has said that the Super Eagles players stand the chance of pocketing 24 million dollars if they play in the final of the 2018 World Cup. Russia World Cup will hold from June 14 to July 15 in Russia. Pinnick told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday during a parley that the money was part of the agreement reached with the players to share 50-50, whatever would accrue to the country if they get to the final and lift the trophy. “I don’t put players under pressure. Pressure can be put on them unconsciously because we are creating enabling environment for them. Read more

W/Cup:  Chukwu, Taribo predict good run for Eagles (Nation)

Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu and former international Taribo West have expressed optimism that the Eagles will rise to the occasion in Russia. The two ex-internationals who were separately x-raying the chances of the Gernot Rohr led team ahead of Mundial where they have been pitched against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina respectably, believe Eagles can emerge from the group and push ahead. Chukwu dubbed the ‘Chairman’ during his playing days in the national team noted that the team is a mix of experienced and relatively young players, adding that such a blend if combined with determination and discipline will yield good result. Read more

PSG will respect Les Herbiers, assures Emery (Sportskeeda)

Unai Emery has assured Paris Saint-Germain will show Les Herbiers the respect they deserve in the Coupe de France final. The mega-rich club from the capital and three-time defending champions will aim to win an unprecedented fourth title in succession when they take on third-tier amateur side Les Herbiers at the Stade de France. Les Herbiers ousted former heavyweights Auxerre and Lens before overcoming Chambly in the semi-finals, while PSG booked their place in the showpiece by downing Caen 3-1 on Wednesday. Read more

Fidel Castro’s revolution lives on in this Cuban mountain range (Abcnews)

In the rugged Sierra Maestra mountains near where Fidel Castro made his hideout as he led a guerrilla uprising in the late 1950s, Cubans say they are still grateful for the land reforms and modern amenities his leftist revolution brought to the area. Fidel Castro’s younger brother Raul Castro, 86, steps down as president this week. His successor is likely to be 57-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel, the first time that Communist-run Cuba has had a leader born after the 1959 revolution. In Santo Domingo, the hamlet closest to the “Comandancia La Plata” where the rebels had their military headquarters, locals say they owe much to the Castros’ revolution, despite an ailing economy that Raul Castro’s tentative market reforms have failed to fix. Read more

Jailed Lula’s likely heir tries to keep Brazil’s left together (Reuters)

The most likely political heir to jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva insists the leftist leader is still the Workers Party’s candidate for the October elections, but he is preparing to step into the role. Fernando Haddad told Reuters on Tuesday that he was talking with other left-wing parties about forging a united leftist front for the elections if Lula is barred from running by a corruption conviction. “We are seeing that both the left and the right are divided, with many candidates. With the exception of Lula, no one has more than 20 percent of voter support,” Haddad said in his first interview since Lula was imprisoned on April 7. Read more

Stormy and scandal serve Trump’s agenda (CNN)

President Trump just can’t seem to help himself. The morning after Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, released a sketch of the man who allegedly threatened her and her child, Trump tweeted: “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it!).” About two hours later, he shared his thoughts on former FBI Director James Comey, who appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show Tuesday night to promote his book about the damage Trump has been inflicting on our democracy. “Slippery James Comey,” the President wrote, “the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by Dems)!” Read more


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