March 24, 2019

* Nigeria now a funeral parlour under APC – Ologbondiyan (Vanguard) * 3 years after PDP still groping in the dark – APC (Vanguard)

* Nigeria now a funeral parlour under APC – Ologbondiyan (Vanguard)                 * 3 years after PDP still groping in the dark – APC (Vanguard)



Nigeria now a funeral parlour under APC – Ologbondiyan (Vanguard)

Nigeria under the leadership of the All Progressives Congress has been turned into a funeral parlour where wailing and gnashing of teeth is now a daily routine for millions of her citizens. This was the submission of Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) while playing host to members of the party from his Kabba/Bunu Constituency of Kogi State at the party’s national secretariat on Wednesday. The party members who were on a courtesy visit at the party’s headquarters in solidarity with their “son,” lauded the publicity secretary for helping to put the ruling party on its toes since his victory at the PDP national elective convention in December, 2017. Read more

3 years after PDP still groping in the dark – APC (Vanguard)

The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has sympathized with the People’s Democratic Party PDP for not knowing what to do with itself three years after it was chased out of power. “It is clear to everyone that having been kicked out of power, the PDP still has no idea what to do three years after. However, playing the busybody and so openly advertising their ignorance of basic electoral rules will make it even more difficult for Nigerians to grant them the forgiveness that they have begged for”, APC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Thursday in Abuja. The ruling party which was reacting to PDP’s charge to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to nullify the election if Adams Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the APC, added that the former ruling party is jittery because of Oshiomhole’s emergence, knowing full well that it would no longer have any breathing space in the polity. Read more

We’re backing commitment to Niger Delta with actions— FG (SUN)

The Federal Government says it is backing its commitment to the Niger Delta region with necessary actions that would lead to the implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Vision for the region. It has also assured that the New Vision for the region would create a future of success and prosperity for the region. Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Niger Delta Region, Edobor Iyamu, gave the assurance at a one-day capacity building worksho for the media, Civil Society Organisations and staff of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the State House Auditorium, Abuja. The theme of the workshop was: “Niger Delta New Vision: Partnership for regional development & Nation-building.” “Not only is government committed, it is backing all of its commitment with the necessary action and steps that need to be taken,” Mr. Iyamu said. Read more

881 children used as human bombs in Nigeria in 2017 –UN (Punch)

The United Nations has said 881 children died in Nigeria in 2017, half of which resulted from suicide, including those used as “human bombs” by Boko Haram terrorists. The UN in a report on Thursday disclosed that over 1,900 children were detained because of their or their parents’ alleged association with the Islamist sect. The world body stated this in the 2017 edition of its annual Children and Armed Conflict Report, which covered conflicts in 20 countries, including Nigeria, Afghanistan, India, the Philippines, Syria and Yemen. Read more

No more Abacha’s loot in our country, says Swiss govt (Vanguard)

With the successful repatriation to Nigeria of over $1 billion stashed away by late Nigerian head of state in Switzerland, there is no more Abacha loot left in that country. The Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Eric Mayoraz, made the declaration at a ceremony hosted by the embassy to examine asset recovery efforts between Nigeria and Switzerland using the ‘Abacha loot’ as a focus. The envoy disclosed that Switzerland had earlier returned $752 million, which the late dictator and family hid away in Swiss banks to Nigeria and recently repatriated another $321 million, which is being domiciled in Nigeria’s Central Bank. Read more

Over 1m Kaduna residents have obtained residency card – El-Rufai (Nation)

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has disclosed that over one million residents of Kaduna have so far obtained the residency card introduced by the state government. Speaking during the official flag-off the state residency card programme at Miyetti Allah Primary Health Centre,  Rigasa, the governor explained that the decision to introduce the card was to help the state government in planning for its social and economic programmes in future. He said successive governments have over the years failed to use accurate data in planning, noting that, this had led to guess work and incurate data. For instance, he disclosed, “the overcrowded school in Rigasa made national headlines after we revealed its existence. But how did one primary school in Rigasa come about having more than 20,000 pupils Read more

N450m alleged fraud: Court rules on Belgore’s motion Oct 2 (Punch)

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday fixed October 2 for ruling on the objection to the hearing of a motion seeking to quash the charge against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore. Belgore is standing trial on a N450m money laundering charge. Belgore was arraigned along with a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, before Justice Mohammed Aikawa, on five counts bordering on money laundering. A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, was also named in the charge, but is said to be “at large.” The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had alleged that the defendants conspired to “directly take possession of the N450m which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.” Read more

It’s your turn, Lalong (SUN)

The governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, thought he was in a safe haven. He thought he was inhabiting an impenetrable fortress. He threw away the wisdom of the ancients, which teaches that what goes around comes around. His compulsive forgetfulness led him into a trance. That was why he overlooked the fact that Plateau, the state he superintends over, is the headquarters of indigene-settler confrontation, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Before the recent attacks, Plateau has always been on the boil. But Lalong, strangely and conveniently, forgot all that. If he were conscious of it, he would have reacted differently to the bloodbath that Benue, a sister state, was subjected to by herdsmen on New Year Day of 2018. Read more

No disquiet in Customs, says PRO (Nation)

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Joseph Attah on Thursday  said that the Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) debunked online publication that there was disquiet in. He noted that the CG does not limit legitimate performance of duty in the service. According to him, who spoke with The Nation on phone, the report claimed that the anxiety was among top echelon of the service: The Deputy Comptroller-Generals and Assistant Comptroller-Generals. The report, he said, also claimed that “a person around me (PRO) told them in confidence the CGC is starving me of logistic to do my job. They added that I cannot complain publicly.” Read more

Marketers urge NNPC to resolve loading challenge at Ejigbo depot (Vanguard)

Petroleum marketers on Thursday called on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to address the loading challenge at the Ejigbo depot to avert fuel scarcity in Lagos and Alhaji Akanni Moruf, the Chairman, Petroleum Tankers Driver, Ejigbo Branch, told the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) that truck drivers had to vacate the depot when it became obvious that pumping of petroleum products was not likely. He said: “The disruption to loading has affected us greatly because we are being paid on service rendered. Now that the depot is shutdown, most of us are idle without food to eat. “Some of us who took the pain to go to Apapa to load had to return due to the heavy traffic on the road. We are left with no option than to appeal to government to help us pump products to this depot. Read more

Power supply: TCN to build 1,320KVA stations in Ogun (Nation)

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Thursday said it would boost the power supply in Ogun State with construction of four substations of 330KVA capacity each across the state. The sub – stations which are sited in Ogijo (Sagamu), Agbara, Mountain of Fire Ministry area by the Lagos – Ibadan expressway  and Arigbajo(Ifo) would be completed soon. The TCN’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gur Mohammed, disclosed this at the Official inauguration of the new 60MVA, 132/33KV transformer by  Governor Ibikunle Amosun,  at the TCN Transmission substation, Ijebu – Ode, Ogun State. Read more

FAAC meeting ends in deadlock (SUN)

The monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting ended in a deadlock, on Wednesday, in Abuja. The FAAC monthly meeting is the forum where money is shared among the federal, states and local governments ended with participants wearing long faces. Chairman, Forum of Finance Commissioners of FAAC, Mr. Mahmoud Yunusa, who declined to be interviewed, said in passing that they were going back to confer with the state governors. However, Director Press, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Hassan Dodo, said the meeting would reconvene before the end of the week. For some months now FAAC participants had been experiencing difficulties in agreeing with figures because of revenue remittance discrepancies. Read more

Ex Akwa-Ibom governorship aspirant murdered (Guardian)

A former Accord Party’s governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State was shot dead yesterday at his newly opened hotel in Mowe, Ogun State. The deceased, Okon Iyanama was also a former executive director, Marketing Communication of Globacom, and business mogul before joining politics. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the tragic death of my brother, Okon, in the early hours of Wednesday, 27th June, 2018,” said Victor Iyanama, a former attorney-general in the state and a brother to deceased. Unknown gunmen reportedly stormed the ex-governorship aspirant ’s hotel in the early hours of Wednesday during a birthday party and shot him at close range in the neck region. Read more

Preparations for AFCON 2019 to start Now, Says Pinnick (ThisDay)

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick was still somewhat downcast wednesday, but has assured that heartfelt disappointment over elimination from the FIFA World Cup finals has given way to fresh determination of ensuring qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Eagles lost narrowly 1-2 to perennial bogey team Argentina in Saint Petersburg, even when it appeared they were cruising with five minutes left in the encounter. Pinnick said the depression was more about getting so close to a place in the knockout rounds and yet having to go home early from football’s biggest houseparty. Read more

AITEO commends Super Eagles after remarkable outing in Russia (ThisDay)

AITEO Group, the Official Optimum Partner of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), wishes to commend the players and officials of the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the efforts put into their performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Despite bowing out of the tournament at the group stage, Aiteo is very proud of how the Eagles won the hearts of Nigerians, and how in this short period, they have been able to magically pull a nation of over 180 million people together, attesting to our belief that football remains a major unifying factor in Nigeria. Read more

Angry Maradona offers reward over ‘death’ report (Guardian)

Diego Maradona has offered a $10,000 reward to identify the source of reports he had died after Argentina’s World Cup match against Nigeria, his lawyer said Thursday. The reports, circulated via WhatsApp voice messages from a man with an Argentine accent, said the 57-year-old star had been hospitalized and had died of cardiac arrest. “I gave instructions to make public the decision to offer a reward of 300,000 pesos (around $10,000) to anyone who can provide true and accurate information about the author of the audios,” lawyer Matias Morla told Argentina’s Clarin daily from Russia. Read more

FIFA chief Infantino on Germany’s surprise exit: ‘That’s football’ (Vanguard)

FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday reacted to Germany’s surprise exit from the World Cup group stage with a smile. “That’s football,’’ the head of football’s governing body said at a newly opened football park on central Moscow’s Red Square, showing a thumb`s up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Swiss Infantino, 48, had nothing else to say about the titleholders’ first-ever exit in a World Cup opening group stage. Former Germany player Lothar Matthaeus and ex Brazil striker Ronaldo also attended the event in view of the Kremlin. Infantino, previously not available to international media during this year’s tournament, answered a few questions during his joint appearance with Putin. Read more

What Leeds fans can expect from Pep Guardiola’s idol, Marcelo Bielsa: the crazy one (Fourfourtwo)

One thing that might have made Marcelo Bielsa think twice about joining Leeds is the Christmas fixtures. If some Latin players dislike spending their festive holiday chasing a ball through snow and gale, something similar might be true of Latin coaches, accustomed as they are to winter breaks. Yet Bielsa might have to adapt for a different reason. When once asked how he would spend his Christmas, the Argentine outlined a daily routine of two hours’ exercise and 14 hours of video analysis. That’s tough to keep up when you have games to play. Presumably, he will now reduce his hours in the video room to approximately 10. Read more

World Cup: Colombia shock Senegal (Football-italia)

Yerry Mina’s header put Colombia top of the group and Senegal became the first side to exit the World Cup on the Fair Play rules. Senegal and Japan finished level on points and goals, so it went down to the fact the Africans had two more yellow cards – and they were given to M’Baye Niang. This was a head-to-head for qualification to the Round of 16, as Colombia lost their opener to Japan after Carlos Sanchez – who returned from suspension here – was sent off in the opening five minutes, while Senegal beat Poland and drew 2-2 with the Blue Samurai. Ex-Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao started alongside Torino’s M’Baye Niang in a new fast-paced partnership. Read more

Man held for keeping mother, sister captive (Punch)

A man has been detained in Spain for allegedly keeping his mother and sister captive in their home in rooms they shared with 10 dogs that urinated and defecated next to them, police said Thursday. The 35-year-old man, whom police refused to identify, was arrested for alleged illegal detention, abuse, issuing severe threats and injuries against his mother and sister, who is physically disabled, in the southern city of Seville, they said in a statement. He reportedly would let the victims out occasionally, and during one of the “leaves” they went to the police and reported him, despite regular death threats he made against them backed by a gun and a machete. Read more

Woman accepts boyfriend’s marriage proposal two days to starting his 20-year jail term (Punch)

American rapper, Jason Jamal Jackson, aka 03 Greedo, has proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kei Bradley, just days before commencing his 20-year jail term. Greedo gave his final performance on Monday at Los Angele’s Belasco Theater and got down on bended knee while performing his hit, “If I,” to propose to Bradley, who said “Yes,” reports TMZ. Greedo pleaded guilty to possession of more than 400 grams of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm earlier this year and was sentenced to jail. Greedo plans to continue releasing music from prison. In June 2016, Greedo was charged with possession of more than 400 grams of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, court records obtained by Pitchfork show. Read more

Angela Merkel warns migrant crisis could ‘make or break’ EU ahead of crucial summit (Foxnews)

Angela Merkel has warned that the migrant crisis could be “make or break” for the European Union, hours ahead of a crucial summit on migration. The German chancellor, already under fire, spoke in front of a rowdy parliament in an attempt to win over conservative critics within her own coalition government who have threatened to bring her down. “Europe faces many challenges, but that of migration could become the make-or-break one for the EU,” she told the Bundestag. “Either we manage it, so others in Africa believe that we are guided by values and believe in multilateralism, not unilateralism, or nobody will believe any longer in the system of values that has made us strong. That’s why it’s so important.” Read more

UK nervous over unpredictable Trump’s summit with Putin (Guardian)

“People say Donald Trump’s strength is that he thinks outside the box. But that is not right. He does not even know what the box is.” The remark by a senior British politician with decades of experience dealing with US presidents reflects a nervousness not just about the random unpredictability of the current incumbent of the Oval Office, but also the chasm between Trump’s apparent lack of interest in the ties that bind the transatlantic alliance, and the precious regard with which they are still held in London. That British nervousness now becomes even more acute faced by a daunting Trump triptych next month: a Nato summit on 11-12 July, followed by a Chequers bilateral with Theresa May on 13-14 July, then rounding off his trip to Europe with a summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on 16 July. Read more


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