* Missing school girls: Yobe Govt. apologises over misleading statement (NTA) * Parents wept as rescue of Dapchi schoolgirls turned untrue (NTA)

* Missing school girls: Yobe Govt. apologises over misleading statement (NTA)           * Parents wept as rescue of Dapchi schoolgirls turned untrue (NTA)



Missing school girls: Yobe Govt. apologises over misleading statement (NTA)

The Yobe Government on Thursday apologised for claiming that some of the abducted school girls at Government Girls College Dapchi had been rescued. Abdullahi Bego, Director-General, Press Affairs to Yobe Governor, gave the apology over the statement, which turned out to be untrue. “We issued the statement on the basis of information provided by one of the security agencies that is involved in the fight against Boko Haram and which we had no reason to doubt.’’ “We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible. The Yobe State Government apologises for that.” The statement said Gaidam solicited for more patience as “government and security agencies at all levels continued the work to address the unfortunate situation’’. Read more

Parents wept as rescue of Dapchi schoolgirls turned untrue (NTA)

Parents and guardians of the missing schoolgirls in Government Girls Technical College Dapchi, Yobe, broke into tears when Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam visited them without saying a word on the whereabouts of the girls. Addressing the parents at the District Head’s palace in Dapchi on Thursday, the governor urged the parents to remain faithful as security operatives were still searching for the girls. He said “soldiers have been pursuing the insurgents, although they receive information that the Boko Haram insurgents had passed some areas, but the communities in the areas said they did not spot the girls along with the insurgents.” Read more

Tinubu writes Buhari, accuses Odigie-Oyegun of sabotage (Punch)

A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has accused the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, of sabotage. Tinubu made the allegation in a letter written to the president, vice-president, senate president and speaker of the house of representatives and dated February 21, 2018, reports online news platform, TheCable. President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Tinubu to reconcile aggrieved members of the APC, but the former governor accused Odigie-Oyegun of contravening the spirit of the discussions both of them had at the party secretariat when Buhari gave him the assignment. Read more

Buhari meets APC governors again inside Aso Rock (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening met behind closed doors with state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress. The meeting was held inside the First Lady Conference Hall at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. That was the second time Buhari would be meeting the APC governors in the last one week. The governors had last Friday met with him in his country home in Daura, Katsina State. Read more

Diezani cash: EFCC rejects ex-minister’s settlement offer (Nation)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Thursday rejected an offer for an out-of-court settlement by a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, who was accused of money laundering. Akinjide was charged along with former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is said to be at large, a former Senator Ayo Adeseun and a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart Chief Olarenwaju Otiti. They were accused of conspiring to directly take possession of N650million, which they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, and without going through a financial institution. Read more

No fresh herdsmen invasion, killings in Enugu—Police (Vanguard)

Enugu state Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Thursday, stated that there was no fresh invasion or killings by herdsmen in the state adding that the state has remained peaceful after the last incident in 2016. The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the state, Ebere Amarizu, who said this in a release following trending online publications over the 2016 invasion and killings in Ukpabi Nimbo, Enugu State stated that it was an electronically induced story that is trending and not a recent occurrence. Read more

Nigeria’s oil sector needs $100bn investments, says Kachikwu (Guardian)

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, on Thursday said the oil sector needed huge investments to the tune of 100 billion dollars.Kachikwu said this while reeling off the urgent needs of the sector at the closing ceremony of the just-concluded maiden Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja. “We need to look at investments. What we have done over the last two years has helped.“Suddenly we are looking at investment portfolios over the next two to three years of close to 40 billion dollars but 40 billion dollars is not enough to drive this industry. Read more

Youth unemployment, time bomb, NGO warns (Vanguard)

A non-governmental organization, International Corrections and Prisons Associations Africa, ICPA, has lamented the growing rate of youth unemployment in Nigeria, warning that it is a time bomb that could consume the country, if not aggressively tackled. According to the President of the organisation, Mrs. Uju Agomoh, it is regrettable that Nigerian governments had not invested properly in the army of youths in the country, describing it as a dangerous trend which could spell doom to the nation Read more

Lagos safety corps arrest suspected cultists, rescue abducted victims (Punch)

The Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps have arrested six suspected cultists and rescued four rape victims from their hideout in Lagos Island. LNSC Chairman, Israel Ajao, told newsmen in Lagos on Thursday that the suspected cultists were students and ex-students of King Ado Senior High School, Lagos Island. Ajao, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, said the suspects usually tricked or forced their victims to a hideout where they were gang-raped. Read more

Lagos, PSP operators, Visionscape resolve differences (Nation)

The differences which gave rise to emergence of refuse across Lagos State over the implementation of a new waste management policy encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative have been resolved, with all the key players agreeing to sheath their sword and collaborate in order to ensure cleaner, prosperous and healthier environment in the state. The resolve to collaborate was reached on Thursday at a meeting held between officials of the Lagos State Government, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions and Waste Collection Operators (WCOs), also known as Private Sector Participant (PSP) Operators. Read more

Lassa fever claims 1 life in Abuja (Nation)

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday confirmed the death of one person in the two cases of Lassa fever recorded in the territory. Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu, the Director of Public Health in Health and Human Services Secretariat, FCT, confirmed this in an interview in Abuja. Okoroukwu explained that the other victim has been treated and discharged from the hospital, adding that two cases were recorded at Bwari Area Council of the FCT. He said that though, before the laboratory confirmation, they were placed on treatment but one of the victims could not make it. Read more

Nigeria, Zimbabwe hold talks over potential pre-World Cup friendly (Guardian)

If negotiations sailed through, Nigeria would meet Zimbabwe in a pre-Russia 2018 World Cup, officials of the Zimbabwean FA have disclosed.Nigeria has lined up some friendly matches to prepare the Super Eagles for the World Cup, while the NFF is still negotiating with some African countries for more of the games before the team flies to Russia. The Super Eagles will meet Poland in a friendly next month in Europe. Now, Zimbabwe wants the Super Eagles to add it to the itinerary. The Zimbabwean Warriors want to face a tough opposition in their team rebuilding process and they believe Nigeria fits the bill perfectly. Read more

Siasia explains his love for Mikel Obi (Guardian)

Former Super Eagles handler and ex-international, Samson Siasia on Thursday said that there was nothing special in his love for the Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi. Siasia made the assertion when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the reason for his preference for Obi who he took to the 2016 Olympics and returned with a silver. “There is nothing special between me and Obi; it’s only that I so much like him as a player. You can’t take it away from him that he is one of the greatest exports of Nigerian football. Read more

Rooney chose Everton ‘pressure’ over China payday (Guardian)

Wayne Rooney says he chose the “pressure” of returning to boyhood club Everton over a massive payday in China when he left Manchester United. The former England captain was linked with a move to the Far East in the final months of his career at Old Trafford but eventually decided on an emotional homecoming 13 years after leaving Goodison Park. Rooney, 32, told the BBC’s Football Focus programme he decided against seeing out his career “earning a lot of money” overseas. Read more

Arsenal survive Ostersunds scare as policeman dies in Bilbao clashes (Guardian)

Arsenal scraped into the last 16 of the Europa League despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat by Ostersunds, but Thursday’s action was marred by violent clashes at the match between between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow which left a police officer dead. Two quickfire first-half goals gave Swedish minnows Ostersunds hope of a sensational comeback at the Emirates, but Sead Kolasinac’s goal just after the interval saw Arsenal hang on for a 4-2 win on aggregate. The north London giants move into Friday’s last-16 draw, but Ostersunds will take all the plaudits for a brave display full of quality. Read more

Harvey Weinstein responds to actress criticism (Contactmusic)

Harvey Weinstein has told his lawyer to refrain from using specific names in legal documents, after Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep criticised him for naming them in his defence. The 65-year-old disgraced producer – who has been accused of sexually harassing a number of female employees over a 30 year period – was slammed by both stars after their names appeared in legal documents filed in response to a class action lawsuit, which claimed the pair had defended him in public interviews. Read more

Kim Kardashian shares throwback snap of Kanye West flashing a rare smile before jetting off to Japan for his birthday (Dailymail)

Kim Kardashian famously treated husband Kanye West to a Japan trip back in June for his 40th birthday. And now the 38-year-old reality star has revealed that he didn’t know where they were going until they were snacking up in the air. Kim took to Instagram on Thursday to share a snap of Kanye grinning from ear to ear while aboard a private jet with several Japanese snacks and magazines in front of him. She claimed that she had made the Life Of Pablo rapper guess where they were going by the accoutrements. Read more

Latvian minister urges central bank chief to quit over graft probe (Reuters)

Latvia’s Economy Minister called on its central bank chief to quit over a probe into whether he accepted a bribe, allegations Ilmars Rimsevics has denied as his lawyers fight for him to keep his job. Late last week, Rimsevics was detained by anti-corruption agents who said they suspected him of taking a bribe of more than 100,000 euros ($123,000). He is refusing to resign, landing the government, which cannot sack him, with a political dilemma. Read more

BlackRock says will seek ‘response’ from gunmakers to Florida school shooting (Reuters)

BlackRock Inc (BLK.N) said on Thursday it plans to speak with weapons manufacturers and distributors ‘to understand their response’ to last week’s mass school shooting in Florida. Ed Sweeney, a spokesman for the New York-based asset manager that is the largest owner of many U.S. companies, said via e-mail that it cannot sell shares of a company in an index and instead “we focus on engaging with the company and understanding how they are responding to society’s expectations of them.” Read more

White House: Trump not looking to ban an entire class of firearms (Reuters)

President Donald Trump does not want to ban the sales of an entire class of firearms, the White House said on Thursday, despite mounting pressure to put assault weapons such as the one used in last week’s deadly school shooting out of civilian reach. “We don’t think the immediate policy response would be to ban an entire class of firearms,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said at a daily press briefing. “What we’re looking for is solutions that don’t ban a class of firearms for all individuals but ban all weapons for certain individuals who are identified as threats to public safety.” Read more

Why are so many teenagers running for Kansas governor? (BBC)

High school students who live in Kansas and elsewhere say they want to be the state’s next governor. Here’s why that’s possible. Teenagers are now speaking out in ways that are unprecedented. A 15-year-old spoke about school safety with the president at the White House on Wednesday, along with other students who described shootings in their school hallways. It was a harrowing exchange between the president and the high school students, underscoring the role that teenagers are now playing in public life. Read more

Math teacher with ties to French mob on trial for $478 million Tax Scam (Time)

An ex-math teacher turned Marseilles piano-bar manager who claimed links to Corsica’s underworld allegedly spearheaded a 385 million-euro ($478 million) tax scam and spent part of the proceeds on Beverly Hills real estate. A day before the cross-examination of Christiane Melgrani, 59, was set to begin at her trial in Paris investigators admitted that they’ve lost track of nearly half the money. She denies the charge of being a ringleader in the biggest part of scams involving taxes on carbon-emissions permits that’s cost the French about $2 billion, blaming two dead men instead. Read more

Trump must get tough on America-hating Putin, says former Georgian leader (CNN)

President Trump must be much tougher on Russia if the Kremlin’s rising power in the world is to be kept in check, according to former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. In an exclusive CNN interview, Saakashvili praised President Trump for agreeing to supply anti-tank weapons to Ukraine and for taking recent military action against Russian mercenaries in Syria. But he said more had to be done, including increasing sanctions on those close to Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader. “Putin hates America. No matter who the American president is, the only good American president is a weak American president,” Saakashvili told CNN in Amsterdam. Read more

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