* Miyetti Allah’s call for state of emergency in Benue, Taraba, untenable –Ortom (Punch) * Senate: Over 20 in moves to replace late Wakili (DailyTrust)

* Miyetti Allah’s call for state of emergency in Benue, Taraba, untenable –Ortom (Punch)         *  Senate: Over 20 in moves to replace late Wakili (DailyTrust)



Miyetti Allah’s call for state of emergency in Benue, Taraba, untenable –Ortom (Punch)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Monday said the call for the declaration of a state of emergency in Benue and one other state by the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore is tantamount to punishing those states that have performed their legitimate constitutional responsibilities of enacting laws for good governance. Ortom said, “The call is unrealistic, untenable and unacceptable because many other states across the six geopolitical zones of the country have been affected by similar crisis, sometimes at a greater magnitude than the two states, yet the call does not include them.” The governor, in a statement issued by his media adviser, Tahav Agerzua, restated his call for the declaration of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore as a terrorist organisation, while also asking for the arrest and prosecution of their leaders for terrorism. Read more

Senate: Over 20 in moves to replace late Wakili (DailyTrust)

Following the death of Senator Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi South) about two weeks ago, there are indications that moves to replace him have begun in earnest as the Electoral Act provides that a vacant seat should be replaced within 90 days. Wakili who died on March 17, was buried in Abuja, and the mourning period was observed in his residence in Bauchi where thousands thronged and registered their condolences.  So far, over 20 interested people across party lines are being mentioned as likely contenders ahead of the by-election. The ruling APC tops the list, with sources saying so far about six contenders have indicated interest. Read more

Abuja Airport wins most improved International Airport Award (Tribune)

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (NAIA) has been voted the most improved international airport in Nigeria for the year 2017 at the 8th Nigeria Aviation Award. The award ceremony, which took place on Monday, also saw the Airport Manager for NAIA, Mr. Sani Mahmud as the Airport Manager of the year. The organisers of the event, Nigeria Aviation Awards (NIGAV), acknowledged the improvement recorded by NAIA management in ensuring the timely completion of the runway rehabilitation in 2017. Read more

Missing factional Kaduna APC Chairman Resurfaces (ThisDay)

The  factional Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Alhaji Dalandi Wada, who was reported missing last Saturday by his family members has been found. He was said to have been abducted by some unknown persons at about 6a.m. last Saturday after his morning prayers at a nearby mosque in his Angwan Rimi GRA residence by 5:30a.m. The Director of Administration of the faction of the party, Major Yahaya Shinko (rtd), who confirmed that he has returned home, said the party leader was released by his abductors in Zaria at about 5:30a.m. yesterday and was brought home by an acquaintance. Read more

Nigeria under Buhari is now completely directionless – Wike (Independent)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Nigeria is now completely directionless, with the country permanently on a dangerous downward slide. Swearing-in four judges of the Rivers State High Court and Customary Court of Appeal at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike regretted that the politicization of governance process, which has entrenched despair across the country. Governor Wike commended Elder Statesman, General Theophilus Danjuma for saying  the obvious truth about the security architecture of the country. Read more

Dickson signs Anti-Cult Bill into Law (Leadership)

The Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has signed into law the Secret Cult, Societies and Similar Activities Prohibition Amendment Bill 2018, to stem the menace of secret cult in the State. According to Gov. Dickson,the new  Secret Cult, Societies and Similar Activities Prohibition Amendment Law 2018 will make it mandatory for offenders to be jailed upon conviction, for not less than 20 years, without any option of fine. Governor Dickson noted with serious concern, the rise in cult and other related activities in the state, especially in Yenagoa and its environs, stressing that, with the amendment, the law enforcement agencies have been empowered to deal decisively with suspected cultists and their sponsors. Read more

Edo begins new waste management scheme (Nation)

The Edo State Government has said a new waste management scheme would be launched in April to monitor the activities of waste managers across the state. The state Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Hon. Reginald Okun, disclosed this in a chat with journalists in Benin City, the state capital. Okun said the new waste management scheme would ensure effective monitoring of activities of waste managers and ensure that the people are better served by the service providers. He noted that “waste managers in the state would be required to register with the state’s waste management board.” Read more

Killings: Reps hail Danjuma (NewTelegraph)

Members of the House of Representatives have commended former Defence Minister, Gen. T.Y. Danjuma, for advising Nigerians who are being killed by Fulani herdsmen to defends themselves and not wait for the army and other security agencies. The lawmakers also contended that the erstwhile Chief of Army Staff’s advice is a wake-up call to Nigerians, especially victims of these dastard attacks, to take their personal security seriously. Chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, Hon. Timothy Simon Golu (PDP, Plateau), said Danjuma, with his wealth of experience in the military and deep knowledge of Nigerian politics, was simply speaking the truth. Read more

NYSC Portal opened for 2018 Batch A online registration (Vanguard)

The National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC), on Monday opened its NYSC Portal for the registration of 2018 Batch ‘A’ prospective corps members. The NYSC in a statement enjoined all 2018 Batch ‘A’ prospective corps members to commence online registration as from Monday, 26th March as the registration would on the NYSC Portal would end on Sunday, 8th April, 2018. The statement: “This is to inform all prospective Corps Members, i.e. Nigerians who have graduated from Universities and Mono/Polytechnics both at home and abroad that the NYSC Online registration portal will be opened from Monday, 26th March – Sunday, 8th April, 2018, to enable them register for the 2018 Batch ‘A’ mobilization exercise. Read more

Civil Defence opens ‘Peace Office’ in troubled states (DailyTrust)

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has set up Peace Clinics in  Benue, Taraba, Borno, Zamfara and other troubled states in Nigeria. The  Commandant General of the corps, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu said the move was made to find lasting resolutions to conflicts in the troubled states of the federation. A statement on Monday by the NSCDC spokesman, DCC Emmanuel Okeh confirmed that the Corps will deploy over 500 of its Chartered Mediators/Conciliators. NSCDC’s Chartered Mediators/Conciliators are certified by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Read more

MAPOLY Students shut down Campus in Abeokuta (Independent)

Students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, Ogun State Monday morning staged a protest and shut the main gate of the institution, preventing academic and management staff of the institution from entering the campus. The protest was as a result of the refusal of the academic staff of the school to mark and collate results of the second semester examination, two months after they sat for the examination. The students, who blocked vehicular movement around the campus entrance, vowed that the gate to the Polytechnic will remain shut down until lecturers release results of the last examinations. Read more

Alleged Theft: MD of First Nations Airlines gets Bail (Tribune)

The Managing Director of First Nations Airlines, Kayode Odukoya who was remanded in prison custody over allegations of fraud, was on Monday granted N10million bail by an Ikeja Special Offences Court sitting in Lagos. Nigerian Tribune recalls that Odukoya had on March 15 pleaded not guilty to a four-count charge of forgery, use of the false document, perjury and stealing, brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC further accused Odukoya of converting to personal use N1. 7 billion belonging to Skye Bank. Justice Mojisola Dada in a ruling on Monday granted Odukoya N10million bail with two sureties in like sum. Read more

C’ River community cries for justice over alleged assassination of Village Head (SUN)

The people of Ikot Omin community, in Calabar Municipal council of Cross River State, have called on the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, to prosecute the suspects arrested in connection with the assassination of the village Head of Ikot Abenyo community, Ntufam Ekong Itu Omin. The Village Head was assassinated by on February 26, 2018 at his residence at Ikot Omin about 4:00a.m. Four of the suspected murderers of the Village Head are being interrogated at state police command, Diamond Hill, Calabar. Read more

5 killed by Boko Haram in Niger attack (Guardian)

At least five civilians were killed and several others wounded in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in southeast Niger, near the border with Nigeria, according to local sources. “The BH (Boko Haram) came to the market place early Friday evening, they shot the crowd and took food,” said a resident of Toummour, in the southwest Diffa region, which was targeted by the attack. A local official on Sunday confirmed the toll of “five dead, all civilians”, adding that several were also wounded in the attack. Read more

African University Games; Unilorin represents Nigeria (Leadership)

The University of Ilorin’s female 3×3 Basketball team has been selected as one of the two female teams to represent Nigeria at the 9th African University Games holding at Mekelle University, Ethiopia, from July 1 to July 7. The institution’s Bulletin issued on Monday said that Bola Orodele, Secretary-General, Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), dropped the hint in a letter he sent to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem. It stated: “Mr Orodele informed the vice-chancellor that the university’s female basketball team is lqualified to represent Nigeria, after emerging as runner up at the recently-concluded national competition in Abuja. Read more

Eagles shouldn’t be overconfident against Serbia, says Shorunmu (Guardian)

Former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu believes Nigeria’s victory over Poland in their international friendly on Friday has put the team in confident mood going into tomorrow’s game against Serbia in London. But he cautions the team against being overconfident because of the win in Krakow, adding that victory in the first warm up tie should be seen as a right step in the quest to gain confidence before the World Cup. The former Super Eagles goalkeepers’ trainer opined that victory against Serbia would lift the players’ spirit in subsequent ties, arguing, however, that if the Super Eagles allowed the result against Poland to get into their heads, the team might get embarrassing thrashing from Serbia. Read more

Elneny signs long-term Arsenal deal (Guardian)

Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Premier League club announced on Monday. The 25-year-old joined from Basel in January 2016 and has since made 65 appearances for the Gunners. The length of his new deal was not disclosed. “We’re pleased to announce that Mo Elneny has signed a new long-term contract with the club,” Arsenal said in a statement on their website. Read more

 FIFA to decide on USA World Cup 2026 joint bid at annual congress in Moscow (RT)

World football governing body FIFA will decide on a joint bid from the USA, Canada and Mexico submitted on Monday to host the 2026 World Cup at its annual congress in Moscow in June. FIFA announced on Monday that it had received two bids – the other came from Morocco – to host the tournament. The two bids will be evaluated by a taskforce, which will visit all the potential host nations, and a decision will be made in the Russian capital this summer. Read more

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc signs deal until 2021 (Kwese.espn)

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has signed a new contract that keeps him at the Westfalenstadion until 2021. Zorc, 55, is his 40th year at Dortmund, having become sporting director in 1998 after playing 557 competitive matches from 1981. The former Germany midfielder was a key figure as BVB came back from near-bankruptcy in 2005 to reach the 2013 Champions League final. Referring to a difficult few months for the club that included the bomb attack on the team bus last April, Zorc told the club’s official website: “I think our task now is to steer Dortmund into calmer waters.” Read more

Gareth Southgate expects Harry Kane return “sooner rather than later” (cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation)

Tottenham Hotspur are still sweating over the ankle injury to Harry Kane. England are too, as evident by manager Gareth Southgate being asked about Kane’s injury and his recovery at a press conference today at Hotspur Way training center, where the Three Lions are training this week. Southgate is preparing to face Italy in a friendly tomorrow at Wembley Stadium, and suggested that Kane is in good hands and would be be back before we know it. Read more

French university protests threaten to spread after violence (Guardian)

Protests over Emmanuel Macron’s university reforms threaten to spread to faculties across France after outrage following the violent evacuation of a student sit-in in Montpellier by masked men with bats and sticks. Around 50 students had been staging a lecture hall sit-in at the southern French university on Thursday to protest against the French president’s tightening of university entrance requirements when a group of men in black, many of them wearing balaclavas and masks, began beating the student protestors and forcing them out. Read more

Facebook accused of harvesting Android users’ data (morningstaronline)

Facebook faced new questions today about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. The revelations are embarrassing following the US-based internet giant’s apologies in US and British newspapers for exposing users’ data to Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy firm which worked with the Donald Trump campaign in the US and the Leave campaign in Britain’s 2016 referendum on EU membership. The website Ars Technica reports that Android users who checked data gathered by Facebook on them found that it had years of contact names, numbers, call lengths and text recipients. Read more

Trump Administration expels 60 Russian Diplomats (DailyBeast)

The Trump administration has decided to expel 60 Russian diplomats and to close Russia’s consulate in Seattle in a show of force against the Kremlin following a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy on British soil this month. Twelve of the diplomats facing expulsion are intelligence operatives “from the Russian Mission to the United Nations who have abused their privilege of residence in the United States,” the State Department said. The White House said the ousting of diplomats will also reduce Russia’s ability to “spy on Americans” and shows that “actions have consequences,” noting that the consulate is closing due to “its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing.” Read more

Marvia Malik – Pakistan TV airs first transgender anchor (BBC)

A Pakistani news channel has hired the country’s first transgender TV newsreader. Marvia Malik, a journalism graduate who has also worked as a model, told the BBC she was moved to tears when she was offered the job. She anchored her first show on private broadcaster Kohenoor on Friday, after three months of training. Transgender people face discrimination in Pakistan and many struggle to find employment. Some are forced into begging, dancing or prostitution to earn money. Read more

Slovak journalist’s murder was contract killing, prosecutor says (Reuters)

The murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee last month, which sparked mass protests and forced prime minister Robert Fico to resign, was likely to have been a contract killing, a prosecutor said on Monday. Kuciak, 27, was killed with two shots in his chest and Martina Kusnirova, 27, died from being shot in the head last month at their home outside Bratislava, the prosecutor, who asked not to be identified, told reporters. Read more


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