* Why Nigeria didn’t sign Economic Partnership Agreement –Buhari (Punch) * I’m not biased in my appointments – Buhari (SUN)

* Why Nigeria didn’t sign Economic Partnership Agreement –Buhari (Punch)               * I’m not biased in my appointments – Buhari (SUN)



Why Nigeria didn’t sign Economic Partnership Agreement –Buhari (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated the reasons why Nigeria refused to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement among ECOWAS countries. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari spoke while receiving Letter of Credence from the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President told his guest that Nigeria had been reluctant to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement among ECOWAS countries because of the need to protect the economy, especially the industries and small businesses that currently provide jobs for majority of Nigerians. Read more

I’m not biased in my appointments – Buhari (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari has distanced himself from accusations of religious bias by his administration, insisting that he works with individuals based on merit. He stated this when he received a delegation of Northern Christian Clergy at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja. The religious leaders visited under the aegis of National Leadership of Arewa Pastors and Non-denominational Initiative for Peace in Nigeria, led by National Chairman  Arewa Pastors Peace Initiative, Nigeria (APPIN) and Presiding Bishop, Bishop John Abu Richard. Read more

PDP to MDAs: Respect the NASS (Nation)

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned Heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) against disrespecting the National Assembly, saying that this behaviour will not augur well for the nation’s democracy. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, gave the warning in an interview with the News men in Abuja. Ologbondiyan was reacting to banners placed at the entrance of the National Assembly, urging MDAs to quickly play the necessary roles to facilitate the passage of the 2018 Appropriation Bill. The banners read in part: `Budget Delay: Put the Blame Where it Belongs’; `Ministers are Responsible for the Delay in Passing the 2018 Appropriation Bill’, `Ministers are Subverting Budget Passage’ and `They Should Abide by Presidential Deadline’. Read more

NLC decries delay in passage of 2018 budget (Vanguard)

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has decried the delay in the passage of the 2018 nation’s budget by the National Assembly. Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, NLC General Secretary, said this in an interview on Thursday in Abuja. Ozo-Eson said the continuous delay in the passage of the 2018 budget was rather unfortunate. According to him, it is rather unfortunate that we are talking of the passage of the budget at this time. This is a budget for 2018 which ought to have started on Jan. 1, 2018. Read more

Goodluck Jonathan ‘unaware’ of PDP’s use of Cambridge Analytica (Guardian)

Nigerian former President Goodluck Jonathan “wasn’t aware” of any use of Cambridge Analytica by his party in the country’s elections, his spokesman said Thursday. The Nigerian government is probing claims that Cambridge Analytica, a British-based political consultancy, illegally used Facebook data in past election campaigns for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In a press statement released Sunday, the Nigerian government said it was probing whether the firm broke the law to wage “a campaign to perpetuate discord and hack into personal records of the then leading opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari.” Read more

Jibril: Kogi lost a worthy son – Deputy Governor (Nation)

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba has described the late member representing Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Buba Umar Jibril as a worthy son of the state. He described the late lawmaker as a hardworking politician who impacted positively on the lives of his people. Achuba who stated this on Thursday in Lokoja, during the eight-day prayer of the late Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, said the lawmaker made his mark as the representative of the people both at state and the national assembly levels. He said his contributions at the floor of the House of Representatives would be missed greatly, and called on other political office holders to see their positions as a call to service. Read more

LASPOTECH students endorse Ambode for second term (Nation)

Students of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) have endorsed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos for a second term in office. The students led by the President of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Jubril Adewale, in a statement made available to The Nation on the launch of the “Direct Campaign & Enlightenment (DiCE)’’ initiative in Ikorodu, said endorsing the governor for a second term was borne out of the need to ensure he continued his education improvement drive in the state. The union also said the initiative will sensitise residents and students on the need to register and collect Permanent Voters Card,(PVCs). Read more

Only 4,000km of Nigeria’s waterways navigable, says FG (Punch)

The Federal Government on Thursday regretted that only 4,000km of Nigeria’s 10,000km waterways is navigable. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the Nigeria – Ukraine Trade and Investment Roundtable held in Abuja. Mustapha sought partnership with Ukraine to enable the Federal Government to further develop its waterways. Such step, he said, would reduce the pressure on the nation’s roads.“Nigeria has 10,000km waterways and 4,000km is navigable. I believe that if the waterway is fully developed, it can take away pressure from our roads as a bulk of our cargoes can go on our waterways,” Mustapha said. Read more

Pregnant women protest hike in Maternal Care Charges in Ondo (ThisDay)

Expectant mothers in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Thursday embarked on a protest at the state Specialist Hospital over what they called the hike in maternal care fees. The protest resulted in the disruption of activities at the hospital. The pregnant women, who accused the state government of being insensitive to the special care needed by them since the inception of the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration, blocked the main entrance of the health facility. The action of the women, numbering over 200, prevented patients, workers and people from entering the hospital, thus disrupting vehicular movements at the ever busy hospital road for more than two hours. Read more

Group expresses desire to address Male Sexual Abuse (ThisDay)

A group known as Boys Under Protection (BOYUP) has expressed desire to put measures in place in order to tackle the issue of male sexual abuse by partnering with organisations, experts, and psychologists to discover male survivor of the menace. Speaking at the 2018 BoyUP Stakeholders’ Conference with the theme: ‘Boys Sexual Abuse: Balancing the Conversation’ organised in Lagos, a Fellow of Civil Liberties (CIFI) for BOYUP, Olaoluwa Abagun, said as a result of their desire to have a holistic conversation on the issue, they have brought together key stakeholders. Read more

My father trusted the wrong people, Fela’s daughter claims (Punch)

Motunrayo Anikulapo-Kuti, one of the daughters of late music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has said her father trusted the wrong people while he was alive. She took to her instagram page, @motunrayoanikulapokuti, to lash out at those she accused of telling her that her father’s money is not her money. According to her, the people Fela trusted in his last days make her angry. Read more

Woman remanded in prison for alleged theft of eight months’ baby (PremiumTimes)

A Karmo Grade I Area Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the remand of one Theresa Obonna, in prison for alleged theft of eight months’ baby. The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, gave the order after Ms. Obonna of Jabi, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to a count charge of theft. Mr. Sadiq adjourned the case till May 3 for hearing. The prosecutor, Zannah Dalhatu, told the court that one Godstime David, who resides in Akwa-Ibom, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, on March 2. Mr Dalhatu said the complainant alleged that in January 2017, her lover impregnated her and asked her to abort it but she refused and relocated to Abuja. Read more

Okada rider robs passengers of N.65m (Punch)

A 26-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Lateef Sanni, was on Thursday remanded in Kirikiri Prisons on the orders of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to robbing his passengers of N650,000. Sanni, who lives at No. 5, Olorunfemi St., Igando, a Lagos suburb, is facing a two-count charge bordering on robbery. Following his guilty plea, the Magistrate, Mrs. I. O. Raji, said the accused be kept behind the bars pending sentence at the next date of adjournment. Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Rachael Williams, said the accused committed the offences on February 12 at 10.30 p.m. at Oko-Afor Bus Stop on Lagos-Badagry Expressway. Read more

Stephen Keshi Stadium’ll be ready in May-Okowa (Vanguard)

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday said that the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba would be completed and ready for use in May this year. Speaking with newsmen after inspection tour of the stadium in Asaba Governor Okowa said “the stadium will be able to host national competitions. “I am told by the contractors that looking onto the month of May they should be completing this project and I believe that once the stadium is completed some of these national assignments and competitions will also take place here, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation has already spoken towards that because once something is good it cannot be hidden”. Read more

Prestige Friendly: Super Falcons primed for good outing against France (Thenff)

Nigeria’s Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, have settled down in the city Le Mans, west of France after arriving on Wednesday evening. Head Coach Thomas Dennerby, who had been in France three days before the contingent landed, welcomed the players and officials to the Mercure Le Mans Centre hotel in company of his assistant, Jorgen Petersson. All 18 players, including Holland-based Sophia Omotola Omidiji, a late call-up, had a light work out at the Le Clos Fleuri ground at 10am and later followed with a tougher session in the evening at the Le Mans Stadium, also known as the Stade MMArena. Read more

NFF requests State FAs to appoint integrity officers (Thenff)

The Nigeria Football Federation has, in line with the implementation of its National Integrity Initiative Guidelines, requested that each of the Football Associations of the 36 States and Federal Capital Territory nominate two individuals as State Integrity Officer and Assistant State Integrity Officer respectively. In a statement signed by the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi on Thursday, the State Football Associations are expected to nominate persons of good character and exemplary behaviour for these positions. It is advised that one of these two persons should be a female, and names of the individuals should reach the Nigeria Football Federation on or before Monday, 16th April 2018. Read more

Enyimba is good enough to win CAF Confed. Cup – Ojo (soccernet)

Enyimba midfielder, Oluwadamilare Ojo says the team has the capability to win the CAF Confederation Cup for the first. The Aba Warriors will face Bidvest in the play-off first leg on Friday in Johannesburg as they hope to qualify for the group stages of the lucrative competition. However, having won the CAF Champions League twice, Ojo told CAF online that the calibre of players in the team is good enough to win the competition. “It’s true Enyimba has not won the CAF Confederation Cup but we are determined more than ever and I believe with the calibre of players in our team we can go all the way. Read more

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at centre of weird claim by Andrei Kanchelskis

Former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis has an odd take on Paul Pogba. The Ukrainian believes, like many others, the troubled Frenchman is suffering under the management of Jose Mourinho. And Kanchelskis feels he would be would be getting ‘more’ playing time if Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge at Old Trafford. “He’s a good player, but is very inconsistent. Sometimes he plays well and other times he doesn’t play well at all,” he told Betstars. “I don’t know if Pogba will stay. “I don’t know if he will stay, it depends on which players Manchester United buy in the summer. They need to make changes ahead of next season. Read more

Rino and Ac Milan together until 2021! (Acmilan)

Gennaro Gattuso and AC Milan: the alliance continues! The Rossoneri coach has renewed his contract and will continue to lead the team until 2021. Here is the statement from the Club: Rino Gattuso’s priority has always been the team, putting it before anything else. When asked about his contract renewal, he expected it to happen, but he always showed he was not in a hurry. He never hid the dream of staying for a long time at AC Milan: a dream that, today, came true. Read more

Man won’t stand trial for British backpacker killings in Australia (Skynews)

A judge has decided a French man will not be tried for the killing of two British backpackers in an Australian hostel because of mental illness.  Justice Jean Dalton ruled that Smail Ayad is not criminally culpable for the knife attack at Home Hill in Queensland state in August 2016. Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, from Wirksworth in Derbyshire and Tom Jackson, 30, were killed in the 2016 attack. Mr. Jackson, from Congleton, Cheshire, was injured while shielding Ms Ayliffe-Chung and died seven days later in hospital. Read more

Putin closed an ‘Unbearable’ Landfill. Now another Town Suffers. (Nytimes)

Five years ago, Aleksei G. Stelmakh thought he had built his little wooden house in one of the best neighborhoods around Moscow. Every day he could walk out onto his porch, breathe fresh air and scan the picturesque pine forest nearby. Now, all he sees is a giant landfill, a heap of trash about 100 feet tall, so big that trucks on it look like insects. The fresh air is now suffused with methane and hydrogen sulfide gas that, besides stinking like rotten eggs, lifts his heart rate to alarming levels. “They should take all of their waste back to the Kremlin,” Mr. Stelmakh, 43, shouted on a recent Sunday as he joined several hundred people in a protest in the main square of the nearby town of Volokolamsk, 75 miles west of Moscow. Read more

Convicted British man tries to pin 1986 killings on cartel (Abcnews)

Someone gunned down businessman Derrick Moo Young and his adult son in room 1215 of the Dupont Plaza Hotel in October 1986 during the height of Miami’s cocaine wars. But the man convicted of those slayings, 79-year-old British businessman Krishna Maharaj, has maintained his innocence throughout his three decades in prison. In a matter of months, Maharaj may get one last shot at convincing a federal judge he is innocent. And he will try to clear his name by pinning the crime on Pablo Escobar’s Medellin cartel. Read more

Fire at Istanbul hospital, no casualties – CNN Turk (Reuters)

A fire broke out at a hospital in Istanbul on Thursday and engulfed several floors of the multi-storey building, but local broadcaster CNN Turk quoted firefighters as saying it had been brought under control with no casualties. Live television footage showed the fire broke out on the roof of the hospital and had spread quickly down the exterior cladding of the building. Local municipality chief Hasan Tahsin Usta told another broadcaster, TRT, that patients had been evacuated from the Gaziosmanpasa Taksim Educational and Research Hospital. Read more


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