* Melaye’s alleged escape bid: Court sends brother, others to Kuje prison (Nation) * Secondus carpets Buhari for shunning Benue for Bauchi (Vanguard)

* Melaye’s alleged escape bid: Court sends brother, others to Kuje prison (Nation)                          * Secondus carpets Buhari for shunning Benue for Bauchi (Vanguard)



Melaye’s alleged escape bid: Court sends brother, others to Kuje prison (Nation)

A court in Abuja has ordered that a brother to Senator Dino Melaye, Samuel Melaye and three others be remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja for allegedly aiding the Senator to jump off a moving police van. The others are Amaefula David, Pius Inyang and Mohammed Wazari. The order for their remand in prison was made after their arraignment before the Chief Magistrate’s Court, Mpape, Abuja on a First Information Report (FIR) filed by the police. The FIR linked them to the Tuesday’s incident at Area One, Roundabout,  Abuja, where Melaye reportedly jumped off a police vehicle that was said to be conveying him to Lokoja (Kogi State) where he was to be arraigned before a court on a pending charge. Read more

Secondus carpets Buhari for shunning Benue for Bauchi (Vanguard)

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has described as the height of insensitivity, President Muhammadu Buhari failure to visit Benue state to commiserate with the people and the Catholic Church that lost two priests and 17 other worshippers in a senseless killing by herdsmen before embarking on a two day visit to Bauchi State on Thursday. Secondus said while the nation mourns the brutal murder of the two priests of God, the President jumping into an aircraft to Bauchi state on a two day visit without going to the scene of the gruesome murder in Benue state to commiserate and see things for himself as Commander-in-Chief leaves everyone to confused at what he called the President’s “lack of emotion.” Read more

Buhari speaks on Benue killings, warns of ‘evil agenda’ (PremiumTimes)

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians against playing into the hands of the agents of disunity. The president gave the warning following report of reprisal attacks over Tuesday’s killing of 19 persons at a church in Benue State. In a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Thursday night, Mr Buhari said those behind the Church attack did not mean well for Nigeria and peaceful coexistence. He said the revenge attacks that followed in which 11 members of the Hausa communities were killed, “are part of the agenda of the bandits and their sponsors to turn Nigerians against one another. Read more

Buhari Commissions Air Force Hospital, Bauchi (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned a new Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital at Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport Bauchi. The Airport launched in 2014, besides operating as civil aviation facility is also housing Nigeria Air Force Special Operations Unit.It was  recently by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the state. Speaking at the ceremony,the Chief of Air Staff,Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar said the Nigerian Air Force Hospital is a 60 bed health facility made up of  an Accident, Emergency, Intensive Care units. The hospital also has Twin theatres, Radio Diagnostic unit, renal dialysis, ophthalmic, dental, physiotherapy, maternal and new born care and a mortuary. He revealed that the hospital is equipped with modern diagnostic and life support equipment intended to provide medical care to critically ill patients such as those wounded in combat. Read more

Soyinka to Nigerian Youths: Don’t follow those who failed you (Nation)

Scores of people including academics, religious leaders and traditional rulers and others on Thursday converged at Ilara-Mokin, Ondo state where Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka delivered the 2nd Convocation lecture of Elizade University, Ilara-mokin entitled “Tending the tree of commencement”. At the crowded make-shift fully decorated hall, the literary icon urged the youths to be more dedicated and remain active in politics. Soyinka charged the youth to have representatives in power during the next political dispensation. This according to him was by participating actively election process and to represent themselves in governance. The eminent Scholar lamented that old politicians ruling the country presently have failed the country in all ramifications. Read more

Be wary of Oshiomhole, APC chieftain tells Tinubu (Nation)

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress in Edo State, Mr. Blessing Edigin, has urged Chief Bola Tinubu to be wary of what he termed antics of former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. Mr. Edigin said Oshiomhole is capable of dumping his benefactor after assuming power. But a member of the zonal Executive Committee of the APC in the South South, Mr Ernest Irieka, said Oshiomhole is the answer to problems of APC. Edigin who spoke in an interview in Benin City urged Oshiomhole to stop unnecessary plot against Chief John Oyegun. He urged the party members to ensure true democracy prevails and Chief Oyegun is returned as national chairman of the party. Read more

Court gives DSS nod to publicly display weapons allegedly found in Dasuki’s House (ThisDay)

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the weapons allegedly found in the house of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuk, be displayed in the open court by the Department of State Service (DSS). The court also ruled that the weapons comprising various guns be tendered as exhibit by the DSS in the trial of the former NSA. Delivering a ruling in an objection against the public display of the weapons in the open court by Dasuki, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that it is in the interest of justice and fair play to both the prosecution and the defence that the alleged weapons be demonstrated in the court. Read more

Modu-Sheriff’s supporters storm APC national secretariat (Punch)

Supporters of former National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, are currently at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja. They were led by a former Deputy National Chairman (South-South) of PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojuigboh. Ojuigboh was Modu-Sheriff’s deputy when the former governor of Borno State was leading the PDP. They are currently with Kano State Gvernor, Abdullahi Ganduje; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State. Also in attendance is Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. Read more

FAAC: FG, States, LGs share N626.8 billion for April (PremiumTimes)

The federal government, states and local governments shared N626.8 billion for the month of April. Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), said this on Thursday in Abuja, while briefing Journalists on the outcome of the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting. Giving a breakdown of the revenue accrued in March, Mr Idris said N480.59 billion was received as gross statutory revenue, lower than N557.94 billion received in March by N77.34 billion. He said the reduction in revenue was due to a decrease in the crude oil export sales by 13 per cent when compared to 5.42 million barrels from the previous month. Read more

Ekweremadu selling undeclared assets in U.S, London – Panel (Nation)

The Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP) has accused the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, of engaging in clandestine sale of his assets in the United States in a purported bid to render useless the forfeiture order being sought against him. The SPIPRPP stated this in a counter-affidavit filed on March 26 and deposed to by Yohanna Shankuk from Festus Keyamo’s chamber. The panel had recently applied at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for an interim forfeiture order on 22 properties allegedly owned by Ekweremadu in Nigeria and abroad, but which he allegedly refused to declare. Read more

Reps probe high cost of drivers’ license (Tribune)

The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on Federal Road Safety Commission to investigate the high cost, delay and lack of due process in the issuance of drivers’ licenses in the country. The House resolution followed a motion sponsored by Honourable Johnson Oguma on the need to investigate the matter. While debating the motion, Honourable Oguma revealed that Nigerians are charged N18,000 for a two-year licence and N25,000  for a five-year licence even as the approved rate by the Joint Task Force for driver’s license is N6350 for a two-year license and N10,000 for a five-year license. Read more

Evans’ lawyer seeks transfer of trial to another judge (PremiumTimes)

The lawyer representing alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, has petitioned the Chief Judge of Lagos State seeking the transfer of his case to a different judge. Olukoya Ogungbeje, the lawyer, accused Oluwatoyin Taiwo, the judge handling the trial of Mr Onwuamadike, aka Evans, and his co-accused, of bias against his client. “We do not in any way doubt the judicial capacity and ability of Hon Justice O.A Taiwo as one of the finest judges of our time,” Mr. Ogungbeje said in the petition dated April 18 and made available Premium Times. “His lordship remains our ‘Mother in Law.’ However, from the facts and circumstances of the case, we doubt the ability of his Lordship to dispense justice without fear or favour.” Read more

El-Zakzaky, wife, 2 others charged with murder (Nation)

The Kaduna State Government has charged the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenah, and two others with various offences including murder of a soldier. The allegedly murdered soldier, Corporal Yakuku Dankaduna, was said to be in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, during the December 2015 bloody clash between Shi’ites and the soldiers in the convoy in Zaria, Kaduna State. In all, eight counts were filed against the IMN leader and the three other co-defendants in respect of the incident. El-Zakzaky, his wife, Yakub Katsina and Sanusi Koki, were named in the charges marked KDH/KAD/60C/2018 and dated April 18, 2018. Read more

Farmers-Herders conflict: Nigeria’ll check Transhumance- FG (Nation)

Nigeria will follow the regional cooperation model it used in dealing with the threat of Boko Haram to tackle the security threat posed by the escalating violence between farmers and herders, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. Prof. Osinbajo stated this today at the opening session of the extraordinary ministerial meeting of Ministers of Agriculture and Security in ECOWAS Member States, held at the ECOWAS Parliament, International Conference Centre, Abuja. According to him, “we are seeing evidence that the competition for land and water is being complicated by the actions of criminal networks who are taking advantage of the proliferation of illegal weapons as well as our porous borders all across the West African sub-region. Read more

Panic as Boko Haram Launches Attack on Maiduguri (ThisDay)

There was panic in Maiduguri as gunshots were heard in some parts of the town. Residents of outskirts of Maiduguri were seen moving in droves into the town, with claims that their locations were attacked by Boko Haram insurgents who were surging into the town. Some of the residents of Aliramti Jiddari-Polo, Giwa and Molai, who spoke to our correspondent on phone, said they had to flee because incessant gunshots were heard around their locations. One of the residents of Aliramti Jiddari-Polo, Asabe Mamza, who spoke to our correspondent on phone at about 6:30pm on Thursday, said: “My entire family and I are on the street, fleeing into town as gunshots were heard all over our area. Read more

Youths burn police officer’s residence in Edo (Punch)

Some youths in Evbuomama community in Ikpoba-Okah Local Government Area of Edo have set ablaze the residence of a police officer following the death of one, Glory Imarogie. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deceased was said to have died in a hospital after he was allegedly tortured at the Edo Police headquarters. He was said to have been arrested after he had an altercation with his landlord, a serving police officer, SP Austin Ehiziegbe. His landlord was said to have been annoyed because late Glory’s niece celebrated her birthday at his residence without his permission. Read more

Arsenal-Atletico, pundit says ‘Vrsaljko yellow card was exaggerated’ (Calciomercato)

Former Inter and Fiorentina defender Daniele Adani talked to Sky Sport during the half time of Arsenal-Atletico Madrid on Thursday night. The former Italian defender believes Sime Vrsaljko’s second yellow card was a wrong decision made by the referee Clement Turpin. The Croatia International picked up two yellow cards in the space of eight minutes and was given his marching order in the 10th minute. “I think the first yellow card is a clear one”, Adani said. “He [Bellerin] slips and loses the ball, it’s a tactical foul and a clear yellow card.” Read more

Jupp Heynckes updates on Bayern’s injuries after Real Madrid loss (Thestatesman)

Hamstrung by injuries, Bayern Munich slumped to a 1-2 loss at home against Real Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final on Wednesday and Die Bayern boss Jupp Heyneckes remained hopeful that his stars would recover in time for next week’s return leg. Veteran winger Arjen Robben as the first casualty on the night and had to be subbed off in the 8th minute itself, with Thiago Alcantara replacing the Dutchman. “We’re hoping it’s not so bad,” the head coach stated on the topic of Robben, who suffered a collision early on. Defensive mainstay Jerome Boateng was the next Bayern player to pull up with an injury and Heyneckes admitted the chances of the German centre-back recovering for the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu were slim. Read more

Arsenal to be offered golden opportunity to sign £97million star in intriguing transfer (Caughtoffside)

The France international has not had the best first season at the Nou Camp despite long being regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents. Dembele shone at previous clubs Borussia Dortmund and Rennes and seems like he could be a good fit for Arsenal, who are a little short of spark up front after losing Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott in the same transfer window. According to Don Balon, Arsenal’s January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would love to play alongside his old Dortmund team-mate again and so Barca are ready to try offering Dembele to the Gunners if it helps them land Bellerin. Read more

Priest found dead in Mexico in the same week as 2 others were killed (Guardian)

A Roman Catholic priest who had been reported kidnapped has been found dead in central Mexico. He is the third priest killed or to have died under suspicious circumstances in the country in a week. Prosecutors in Morelos state said a relative identified the body of the Rev Moises Fabila Reyes, 83, who appeared to have died of a heart attack. Twenty-five priests have been killed in Mexico since the current president took office in 2012. “In a few days, Mexico has experienced the worst public safety crises of its modern history. Not only are young people being disappeared and killed, the dimension of this barbarity has reached all levels of society and the Church has had a ‘Black April’,” the Catholic Multimedia Center wrote in an article. “Three priests have died in violent circumstances, raising indignation and concern among bishops across the country.” Read more

U.K. lawmakers demand Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appear before committee (Cbsnews)

The U.K. parliament’s media committee demanded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appear before the panel after lawmakers said a senior executive who testified Thursday failed to fully answer their questions about the data protection scandal that has engulfed the company. Committee members didn’t hide their frustration with Facebook’s chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, who was forced to defend the company against suggestions that it was cavalier with user data and has done little to stem the spread of fake news. Facebook (FB) dispatched the unassuming engineer to London despite a previous request for Zuckerberg to appear. Read more

Fox & friends hurriedly shuts down interview as Trump rants about Mueller (Vanityfair)

In what is surely a first for a news network, the hosts of Donald Trump’s favorite variety show, Fox & Friends, hurriedly ended an interview with the president Thursday morning as Trump began ranting about Robert Mueller and threatening to seize control of the Justice Department. The phoner began pleasantly enough, with Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Ainsley Earhardt tossing the president a softball question about his wife: April 26 is Melania Trump’s birthday, a “very, very special day,” the president explained, though the First Lady apparently didn’t get much beyond the shout-out she received on air. “Maybe I didn’t get her much,” Trump admitted nervously, when Kilmeade asked. “I got her a beautiful card. You know, I’m very busy.” Read more

What the Bill Cosby guilty verdict means for the #MeToo movement (Abcnews)

Now that jurors have found Bill Cosby guilty on three counts of sexual assault, many are calling the verdict a victory for the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse. “The #MeToo movement has arrived, is well and is living in Montgomery County,” famed attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 33 Cosby accusers, said outside the Montgomery County courtroom in Norristown, Pennsylvania. She called today’s verdict “her-storic.” “We are so happy to finally we can say women are believed and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law where they were under oath,” she said. Read more

Thousands of endangered tortoises found in 2-storey house in Madagascar (Independent)

Police have discovered more than 10,000 critically endangered tortoises in a two-storey house in a southwestern town in Madagascar. The animals, which are believed to have been poached, were found tightly packed across the floors in the building, surrounded by their excrement. Authorities said the house contained 9,888 live radiated tortoises, a rare species native only to Madagascar and 180 dead ones. “You cannot imagine. It was so awful,” Soary Randrianjafizanaka, the regional head of Madagascar’s environmental agency, told National Geographic. “They had tortoises in the bathroom, in the kitchen, everywhere in the house.” Rescuers took the animals to Village Des Tortues, a wildlife sactuary in Ifaty, 18 miles from Toliara, Read more

Game of Thrones season 8: Bran Stark’s fate confirmed in pilot episode in twist YOU missed (Express)

Bran (played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) hasn’t had the easiest ride on Game of Thrones after he was thrown from a tower in the first episode after he caught incestuous siblings Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). One crucial part of his journey was the discovery that he is a warg and can enter the minds of animals. While both Bran and the show’s viewers found out about Bran’s warging abilities in season three, it could’ve been revealed as far back as early on in the first season. One fan has devised a very convincing theory as to how his talent was hinted at in one of the very first episodes. Read more


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