* NFF probes bribery allegation against Super Eagle’s Salisu Yusuf (Punch) * Okorocha places N20m bounty on killers of Imo APC Chieftain (Nation)

*  NFF probes bribery allegation against Super Eagle’s Salisu Yusuf (Punch)               *  Okorocha places N20m bounty on killers of Imo APC Chieftain (Nation)



NFF probes bribery allegation against Super Eagle’s Salisu Yusuf (Punch)

The Nigeria Football Federation  has launched an investigation into an allegation of bribery against Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf, a spokesman said on Friday. The coach was captured in a video receiving cash from investigative journalists posing as football agents who requested that two players be selected for a major championship. “For now, the NFF has commenced preliminary investigation into the matter to assist the Committee on Ethics and Fairplay,” NFF director of communications Ademola Olajire said in a statement. The names of the players were not disclosed and Yusuf, 56, who was assistant to Gernot Rohr at the recent World Cup in Russia, has denied any wrongdoing. Read more

Okorocha places N20m bounty on killers of Imo APC Chieftain (Nation)

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has pledged a N20 million reward for anyone with credible information that will lead to the arrest of those behind the assassination of the Ideato North Local Government Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sunny Ejiagwu. The APC Chieftain was killed Thursday night by unknown Gunmen. The Imo governor described the gruesome murder as “purely a case of mindless assassination, looking at the circumstances of the killing”. According to him, “considering the fact that nothing was taken away from the man or removed from his car, it should not have been therefore a case of armed robbery, and looking too at the fact that there was no sign of resistance or struggling between the killers and the victim and the method of shooting, the issue of kidnapping should also be ruled out”. Read more

Buhari thanks France for role in anti-terrorism fight (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday lauded the Republic of France for what he called its commitment to strong regional cooperation in the fight against cross-border crime and terrorism. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke while receiving the outgoing Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President appreciated the roles and contributions of the French government to peace, security and stability in countries in the West and Central African region. Read more

Alleged Impeachment Plot: Ekiti Lawmakers pass confidence votes on Fayose (ThisDay)

Following the rumour making the rounds that three members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly were plotting to remove Governor Ayodele Fayose from office, 23 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators Friday passed a vote of confidence on the governor. They also dissociated themselves from the alleged plot to remove the governor, describing those mooting the plot as enemies of democracy. On Wednesday’s night, armed policemen allegedly laid siege to the Assembly premises probably to pave the way for the three lawmakers of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to reconvene the plenary, a week after the members have gone on recess Read more

Benue Assembly members scale fence, suspend speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange (Vanguard)

Members of the Benue House of Assembly were caught in several dramas Friday, with some jumping the high perimeter fence surrounding the Assembly complex and some of them later shifting their parliamentary session to the old Banquet Hall of the Government House, where they decided to suspend the impeached Speaker. Both the impeached speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange (APC Ushongo) and his successor, Titus Ubah, (APC Kyaan) were at the premises, both laying claim to the speakership. Supporters of both groups forced their ways into the assembly complex jumping its high walls. Both groups were, however, prevented from gaining entrance into the main lobby of the Assembly complex to hold their session. Read more

Benue’s impeached Speaker bags 6 months’ suspension (Punch)

The impeached Speaker, Benue House of Assembly, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, has been suspended by his colleagues for six months for what they called “unparliamentary behavior”. The legislators took the decision on Friday in Makurdi during their sitting at the Old Banquet Hall of Government House, Makurdi. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the legislators could not hold their parliamentary session at the Assembly Complex because the police locked the main entrance to the building. The action compelled some legislators to scale the Assembly high walls to enter the premises only to discover that the chambers were also securely locked. Read more

Smith vows to reposition police (Nation)

The new Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Musiliu Smith, on Friday promised to reposition the Nigeria Police Force for optimum efficiency and effectiveness. He stated this when the new Board of the PSC formally assumed duties. Smith also said he would ensure the completion of the Commission’s corporate headquarters currently under construction in Jabi, Abuja. Details of his plans for the PSC and the entire Nigeria Police Force are contained in a statement issued by the Commission’s Spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani. Read more

We didn’t receive any complaint about Dino Melaye’s ‘kidnap’ –Force Hq (Punch)

The Nigeria Police Force says it has not received any complaint or report on the purported kidnapping of Senator Dino Melaye, a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood, claims. In a swift response, however, the senator said that his brother, Moses Melaye, reported his alleged kidnap to the Police, complete with a letter which he posted via a tweet on his unverified Twitter handle, @dino_melaye. See the tweet: Read more

Shake-Up in army new GOCs, Theater commanders others appointed (SUN)

There has been a major shake-up in the Nigerian Army with the appointment of a new theatre commander for operation Lafia Dole and the Multinational Joint Task Force(MNJTF). Also appointed are new General Officers Commanding to command the various divisions of the Nigerian army. Under the new arrangement, Major-General AM Dikko is now Theatre Commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, while Maj Gen CO Ude, has been appointee Force Commander Multinational Joint Task Force(MNJTF), Ndjamena. Brig Gen AO Abdullahi is theActing Commander Sector 2, Operation LAFIYA DOLE and Brig Gen UU Bassey Acting Commander Sector 3, Operation LAFIYA DOLE. Read more

Nigerians ask Twitter to block Police ACP, Yomi Shogunle over #EndSARS comment (Vanguard)

Trending on social media is the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Yomi Shogunle, who is under fire for his twitter comment which Nigerian users of the micro-blogging site, twitter, have said undermines the #EndSARS campaign. Nigerian twitter user have continued to unfollow Shogunle’s handle and have also launched a report campaign, calling on the Twitter company to yank down Shogunle’s handle. The #EndSARS campaign which was launched by aggrieved Nigerians is advocating the end of the Special anti-robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigerian Police over the unit’s alleged brutality against innocent Nigerians. Read more

Former Gombe governor, Abubakar Hashidu, dies (Punch)

A former governor of Gombe State, Abubakar Hashidu, has died. He reportedly died on Friday morning. According to a tweet by his daughter-in-law, Farida Kabir, @reedahkh, “Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. My father-in-law Alhaji Abubakar Habu Hashidu, former governor of Gombe state died this morning. Kindly including him in your prayers. Thank you!” The first civilian governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Abubakar Hashidu passed away on Friday at the age of 74. His daughter, Hajiya Zariyatu Hashidu , who confirmed his death to the News Agency of Nigeria, said her father died at his residence in Gombe. Read more

Tribunal declares Umeh winner of Anambra Central Senatoral Rerun (ThisDay)

The Justice H. A. Olusiyi-led Anambra State Election Tribunal Thursday evening upheld the victory of the senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Chief Victor Umeh, in the January 13 senatorial re-run election in the zone. Olasiyi, in his judgment, affirmed Umeh’s victory, striking out the petition by the candidate of Mega Peoples Progressives Party (MPPP), Mr. Nkem Ekweozoh, challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the declaration of Umeh as the winner of the election. Read more

APC congress: We’ll battle injustice to end – Alebiosu (SUN)

Dayo Alebiosu, son of Lagos East All Progressives Congress (APC) Leader, Chief Busura Alebiosu, is a former member of the House of Representatives. He speaks on why he joined forces with the Fouad Oki group in the battle to fight perceived injustice that characterised the recent conduct of the APC congresses in the state. My impression is simple and straight forward. The party guidelines say that the congresses shall be conducted in wards and local governments recognised by INEC. We know that there are 20 councils in Lagos State, and it was on this premise that we conducted our congress. Usually what happens at the wards and the Local governments determine who to vote into the state executives Read more

Boko Haram jihadists raid military base in Borno (Guardian)

Boko Haram fighters aboard dozens of vehicles raided a base near a key city in northeast Nigeria, in their latest assault on the security forces, police and local militia said Friday. Following the attack, the Nigerian army announced a “major” redeployment of senior officers, naming a new commander to lead counter-insurgency operations against the jihadists. It was the third commander to be named for the miltary operation in the space of a year. The Islamists late Thursday stormed a base on the outskirts of Jakana, a village 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Read more

Oyo NSCDC arrests new naira notes vendors (Nation)

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Oyo state Command on Friday paraded ten people for selling the Nigerian currency notes in an operation that lasted two days across various place in the capital city. The arrested illegal currency notes sellers were paraded at the Commands headquarters Office, Agodi Secretariat road, Ibadan. The offence was said to be against the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act, Section 20 which kicks against counterfeiting, hawking, selling or otherwise trade in the Naira notes, coins or any other note issued by the apex bank. Those arrested include, Dotun Wahab (34), Kunle Oladipupo (35), Tijani Abodun (32), Eniola Waheed (22) and Olanrewaju Adepoju (35). Read more

Bayelsa APC stalwart remanded in prison for alleged rape (Nation)

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Richard Kpodo, was on Friday remanded in prison custody for alleged rape by the the magistrate court sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital. Kpodo, a vocal critic of the government, was arraigned at the Magistrate Court 10 presided over by E.T. Empire-Ugwa on two counts of unlawful detention and rape of one Teke Blessing. According to the charge sheet, Kpodo was alleged to have detained Blessing on June 20th, 2018 at Etegwe area of Yenagoa with an intent to defile her  and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 155 of the Criminal Code. On count two, Kpodo, a former Security Adviser in the state, was said to have on the same day he allegedly detained the girl raped her thereby committing an offence punishable under section 285 of the Criminal Code. Read more

Policemen mistake SARS operative for kidnapper, shoot him dead (Punch)

Some policemen on guard in a private residence have allegedly killed a member of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Our correspondent gathered on Friday that the incident occurred near the home of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige. A Police source who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent in Awka that the deceased, whose identity could not be confirmed as of press time, was mistaken for a kidnapper by his colleagues. Read more

Iwobi boost as Emery looks to reload Gunners (Guardian)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery on Friday said Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi was set to sign a new deal, in a boost to his efforts to fire the Gunners back to the big time. Emery has been busy in the transfer market in his first weeks in charge but he said Iwobi, 22, was staying put for the post-Arsene Wenger era — on a reported five-year deal. “My information is he’s going to sign to continue with us,” said Emery, who will face his previous club, Paris Saint-Germain, at the International Champions Cup on Saturday. Emery also hopes Wales international Aaron Ramsey will sign a fresh deal while Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, German goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi are among the new arrivals. Read more

Brighton’s Balogun welcomes competition in defence (Punch)

Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun is relishing the competition he has to overcome to seal a regular starting berth at the English Premier League club this season. The Nigeria international, who signed for Brighton on a free transfer in May, made his debut for the club in their pre-season friendly against Charlton Athletic earlier this week. He featured alongside Lewis Dunk in central defence. “It’s always good to have that competition, it will improve all of us as defenders and then we have to take it from there,” Balogun told the club’s website. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo fined €3.2m, but set to escape prison (SUN)

Cristiano Ronaldo will be fined 3.2 million euros (£2.84m) and sentenced to 24 months in prison, a sentence he is unlikely to serve, after settling a tax evasion case with Spanish tax authorities, the prosecutor said on Friday. The 33-year-old is accused of evading 5.7 million euros in taxes. He has denied the allegations. Ronaldo is unlikely to go to prison as Spanish law states a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation. The football star will be required to pay the 3.2-million-euro fine plus the 5.7 million euros in back taxes, 1 million euros in accrued interest and 250 euros-per-day for the 48 months covering the prison sentence. Read more

So Much Love’: Mesut Ozil thanks Arsenal Fans after Germany racism row (Sports.Ndtv)

Ozil, who was born in Germany to Turkish-origin parents and lifted the World Cup in 2014, felt he was unfairly singled out for their shock group-stage exit at this year’s tournament. Mesut Ozil thanked Arsenal fans for their “love” at a pre-season friendly after a torrid week following his racism allegations against Germany’s football body. Ozil watched Arsenal’s penalties defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday from the bench but he received one of the biggest cheers of the night when his image was flashed up on the big screen. “Thanks to the Gunners in Singapore for showing so much love tonight,” the 29-year-old German midfielder tweeted, with a picture of him waving to the crowd. Read more

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone (Guardian)

A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11,000 across West Africa, the government said on Thursday. It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus — which researchers say could be transmitted to humans — can develop into the deadly Ebola disease. “At this time, it is not yet known if the Bombali Ebola virus has been transmitted to people or if it causes disease in people but it has the potential to infect human cells,” Amara Jambai, a senior ministry of health official, told AFP. Read more



Man who damaged Trump’s Walk of Fame star in 2016 bails out another (Elle)

In a world full of corruption and deceit, isn’t it nice to see humans helping other humans? Take James Otis for example, a vandal (or hero?) who once destroyed Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Well, according to TMZ, when Otis heard that another guy, a man by the name of Austin Clay, had repeated his little prank, he had to step in. Just this Wednesday, Clay turned himself in to the police after he took a pickax to Trump’s star. The LA Times reported that he committed the crime around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday and even managed to break through Trump’s name plate. After calling the police himself, Clay was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism and was being held on a $20,000 bail, which Otis now reportedly plans to pay. Read more

Floods force thousands from homes in Myanmar (Arabnews)

Floodwaters have forced thousands from their homes in southeast Myanmar, local police said Friday, as authorities and volunteers scrambled to provide food and aid to the victims. Heavy monsoon rains have pounded Karen state, Mon state and Bago region in recent days and show no sign of abating, raising fears that the worst might be yet to come. Photos and videos showed residents of Karen’s state capital Hpa-an boating down streets that had turned into rivers while others were forced to escape on foot through waist-deep water. Vast swathes of the surrounding land lay submerged while 11 temporary camps have been set up around the city. Read more

Croatia taxpayer anger at $44m tunnel ‘to nowhere’ (BBC)

Croatians in the south of the country are steaming over a tunnel that has cost taxpayers 280m kuna (£33m; $44m) and “leads to nowhere”. According to the TV station RTL Croatia, construction has halted on a 1,471-metre tunnel through a mountain range near the town of Omis, which was meant to connect with an existing bypass and solve the town’s severe traffic problems. The tunnel was supposed to link to the Omis Bridge and was hailed as part of an “important infrastructure project” in providing a faster connection for residents between the town and the main coastal road. It was also hoped that the route would alleviate the “major traffic jams” that the town suffers from during its main tourist season. Read more

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