* Nigerian bishop whom Pope Francis fiercely defended resigns – Vatican (Guardian) * Donald Trump just said he wants to make it harder for people to buy guns (Metro)

* Nigerian bishop whom Pope Francis fiercely defended resigns – Vatican (Guardian)            *  Donald Trump just said he wants to make it harder for people to buy guns (Metro)



Nigerian bishop whom Pope Francis fiercely defended resigns – Vatican (Guardian)

A Nigerian bishop whom Pope Francis had fiercely defended has resigned after a five-year, sometimes violent, standoff with rebel priests and faithful who rejected him as an ethnic outsider, the Vatican said on Monday. The case of the Vatican versus the people of the diocese of Ahiara in southwestern Nigeria had become a rare battle of wills that tested the power of papal authority and could set a precedent for future appointments. A Vatican statement said the pope had accepted the resignation of Peter Ebere Okpaleke as bishop of the diocese of Ahiara. Read more

Donald Trump just said he wants to make it harder for people to buy guns (Metro)

Donald Trump said he would back a plan to make it harder to buy a gun in the wake of the Florida school shooting. White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday: ‘While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system.’ It came after a meeting between Trump and Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn about a bill he introduced with Connecticut Democrat Senator Chris Murphy last Friday. That bill would strengthen how federal and state governments report crimes that could stop those who have committed them from buying a weapon. The surprise announcement came after last Wednesday’s shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida, that killed three school workers and 14 students. Read more

I’ll be sworn in as president in 2019, says Sule Lamido (SUN)

A former Governor of Jigawa State and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential aspirant, Alhaji Sule Lamido, on Sunday,  expressed optimism that he would be sworn-in as the president of the country after the 2019 general elections. Lamido, who is aspiring for the Presidency under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), stated this at a grand rally attended by thousands of his supporters at the ceremony of commissioning the ‘Sule Lamido Campaign office’ at Birnin-Kudu area of the state. Lamido, who dared anyone in power from the president downward to attempt at preventing the will of God on my aspiration whoever that person maybe”, he declared. Read more

Buhari says Nigeria ready to provide leadership for Africa in oil, gas (Guardian)

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is open to investments and ready to provide leadership for Africa in oil and gas. The President said this in Abuja on Monday while declaring open the first-ever Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS). He added that the summit, designed to be Africa’s largest and most important platform and linkage to the world, was fashioned after the annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) where technological breakthroughs were unveiled. He noted that “NIPS is also designed after the OTC in Houston to deepen, enrich and provide leadership for Africa and make it one of the most important annual oil and gas events globally. Read more

Kaduna APC faction invalidates el-Rufai’s suspension (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State, loyal to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday overturned the six-month suspension order slammed on him by a faction of the party. Two factions of the party — the ‘Akida APC’ and the ‘Restoration APC’ — had, after a stakeholders’ meeting on Sunday, announced the suspension of the governor for six months over what they described as “anti-party activities.” Those who attended that meeting include an aspirant during the party’s governorship primaries in 2015, Isa Ashiru; Chief of Staff to Senate President, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed; owner of Kaduna-based Liberty FM radio, Dr. Tijjani Ramalan; Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani; and his counterpart from the Northern Senatorial District, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, among others. Read more

Nigeria’s Attorney General Malami queries Magu, Keyamo (PremiumTimes)

Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, has fired a query to Ibrahim Magu, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, demanding justification for the recent charges the anti-graft office brought against Danladi Umar, the chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal. The Attorney-General also wrote to Festus Keyamo, a legal practitioner whom the EFCC contracted to prosecute Mr. Umar, requesting to know the authority that instructed him to file the charges as well as the details of the contract. The February 16 letters gave Messrs. Magu and Keyamo a maximum of 48 hours to respond to their respective queries. The deadline, according to the letter is February 20. Read more

FG queries EFCC boss, lawyer over corruption charges against CCT chairman, Umar (Tribune)

The Federal Government has separately queried the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and Festus Keyamo (SAN) over the two-count criminal charge filed against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Yakubu Umar. The query, dated February 16, 2018, ordered Magu to make his response to the query available to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) on or before Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Read more

LG Autonomy: Ihedioha flays Imo lawmakers for rejecting bill (ThisDay)

A former deputy speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has flayed members of the Imo State House of Assembly over their rejection of the proposed amendment bill seeking financial autonomy for local governments. The bill was forwarded to all the 36 state assemblies by the National Assembly for their concurrence as part of the process of altering some identified clauses in the constitution which the National Assembly had earlier proposed an amendment to the constitutional provision that hitherto guarantees State Joint Local Government Accounts. Read more

Ortom, Suswam finally reconcile (SUN)

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and his predecessor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, have finally reconciled and agreed to work together for the good of the state. Daily Sun gathered that the reconciliation meeting was organized at the instance of the paramount ruler of the Tiv nation, Tor Tiv, HRM James Ayatse, at his palace in Gboko. The meeting, said to have commenced at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, and lasting till 12 midnight on Monday, was attended by the six first class chiefs in Tivland and traditional rulers from both Suswam’s Sankera axis and their counterparts from Ortom’s Minda axis. Read more

Gov. Ugwuanyi assents 2018 budget of N103.5bn (Punch)

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday signed the 2018 budget of N103.5 billion into law. Signing the document in Enugu, Ugwuanyi reiterated his administration’s readiness to deliver good governance and harness the potential in the state. The governor, however, expressed his commitment to ensuring the full and prompt implementation of the budget. Earlier, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Edward Ubosi, said that the legislators had after wide consultation and robust debate jerked up the budget estimate. Read more

Book on JAMB registrar Oloyede for launch Wednesday (PremiumTimes)

A book written in honour of the Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is-haq Oloyede, will be launched Wednesday. The 579-page book, entitled “Dynamics of Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences”, was edited by three lecturers of the University of Ilorin, Y. Imam, R. Adebayo and A. Ali-Agan, all former students of Mr. Oloyede. The book launch, scheduled to take place at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, by 10.00 a.m. will be chaired by a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Modibo Belgore, while the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Sulyman Abdulkareem, will be the Chief Host. Read more

Lagos introduces new measure to end revenue leakages (ThisDay)

The Lagos State Government has said that it will no longer accept cash payment in revenue collection effective from March 1, noting that the new tax payment system would end revenue leakages in the state. Rather than cash payment, the state government noted that the residents should henceforth pay their taxes through banks, WebPay, Paypoint and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD). The state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, unveiled the new system after paying his land use charge at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Opebi Branch, Ikeja Monday. He inaugurated the new channels alongside the Managing Director of GTB, Mr. Segun Agbaje, Chairman of Lagos State Internal revenue Service (LIRS), Mr. Ayo Subair and Special Adviser on Revenue and Tax, Mr. Fola Lasisi, among others. Read more

HOSTCOM to recruit 2,000 youths to protect pipelines, oil facilities in South-East (Vanguard)

HOST Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) has revealed that it is currently recruiting 2,000 youths to protect pipelines and oil facilities in the South-East. It would be recalled that the Federal Government mandated HOSTCOM to recruit 10,000 youths within the 19 HOSTCOM states in the country for the protection of oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure. The Executive Chairman of HOSTCOM in Enugu State, Dr Perry Iloegbunam, who disclosed this to newsmen said that the recruitment, which started about six months ago, would be ending on Feb. 28. Read more

No employment opportunities in China for Nigerians – Envoy (Guardian)

Mr. Wale Oloko, the Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Guangzhou, China, on Monday admonished young Nigerians aspiring to travel to China for employment purposes to look elsewhere. Oloko told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it had been and would continue to be difficult for unskilled Nigerians to secure even menial jobs in China. The consul-general, however, said that it was only “exceptionally skilled’’ Nigerians in artificial intelligence, Information Technology and other areas that could be considered for employment in China. Read more

Not too young to run bill: Youth not fully ready for leadership –Yero (Nation)

A Political Science lecturer with Kaduna State University (KASU),  Mallam Aliyu Yero, says Nigerian youths are not yet ready to take up the mantle of leadership of the country. Yero made the assertion in an interview with the News men on Monday in Kaduna while reacting to the Not too young to run Bill passed by the National Assembly. According to him, Nigerian youths lack the required skills to run a political office effectively due to their poor quality education. “There is no doubt that the future of Nigeria is in the hands of the youth, but young people of today are not like that of yesterday, the literacy rate is low compared to other developed nations. Read more

Boko Haram: Group plans medical, food aids for Chibok Girls’ parents (SUN)

A humanitarian organisation, Complete Care and Aid Foundation, founded by Hajiya Aisha Wakil (‘Mama Boko Haram’) has announced medical and food aid for the parents of the abducted Chibok school girls. Director General of the foundation, Prince Lawal Shoyode, announced on Monday the distribution of food to 102 Internally Displaced Women (IDPs) women in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. He said the support to the parents of the Chibok school girls were prompted by calls from some citizens of Borno. The aid distribution to women at Shehuri South and 42 others today is part of the foundation’s mission to give complete support to victims of the islamist insurgency and other violence in the north-east. Read more

Police disrupt JUSUN protest in Nasarawa (SUN)

The Nasarawa State Chapter of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) took to the streets, on Monday, in Lafia, in protest against the continued deduction of their salaries to the tune of N4.7 million monthly by the Chief Judge without any clear explanation. They were, however, dispersed and chased away by a detachment of police mobile team on the order of the state Chief judge of the state, Justice Suleiman Dikko. The JUSUN members had gathered early Monday at the entrance of the High Court premises, in Lafia, the state capital, where they were rallying to enforce the strike action they initiates three days ago. Narrating their experience, chairman of the Union, Jimoh Musa said, “The policemen came here in large numbers trying to intimidate us that we don’t have the right to do what we are doing but we are Nigerians, we have  rights and our rights are been infringed on, I’m very surprised Read more

Man allegedly stabs landlord with broken bottle (Punch)

A businessman, Chinedu Akajiofor, 39, was arraigned by the police in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday for allegedly stabbing his landlord. Akajiofor, who resides at No. 94, AIT Road, Alagbado, near Lagos, is facing a three-count bordering on assault and breach of peace. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Prosecutor, Inspector Victor Eruada told the court that the accused committed the offences on November 6 at the same address. Eruada said the accused stabbed the complainant, one Godfrey Nhayiba with a broken bottle after punching and inflicting serious injuries on his chest. Read more

NFF, LMC, Pillars, Enyimba, Rangers, others mourn Udoji (SportinggTribune)

The management of Kano Pillars FC on Monday has expressed shock at the untimely death of their defender, Chinedu Udoji, who died in a fatal auto crash in Kano on Sunday night. Udoji, it will be recalled, was adjudged Man of the Match when Pillars held visiting Enyimba to a 1-1 draw in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match day nine game at the Kano Pillars Stadium, a few hours before his death. Media Officer of Kano Pillars, Idris Malikwa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano that the defence ace was involved in a car accident along Bompai area after visiting his former teammates at Enyimba FC in a hotel after the match. Read more

Sunday Oliseh: I made Super Eagles stronger by bringing Iwobi, Moses Simon (Allnigeriasoccer)

Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has stated that the national team was weak until he introduced some young players into the squad after his appointment as coach in 2015. Hale End Academy product Alex Iwobi was being groomed to play for Nigeria’s Olympic National Team by Samson Siasia but was fast-tracked into the Super Eagles by Oliseh ahead of friendly matches against Cameroon and DR Congo despite the fact he was yet to debut for Arsenal’s first-team. In addition, the likes of Moses Simon, Wilfred Ndidi, William Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, and Kelechi Iheanacho made their international bows under Oliseh. Read more

Gareth Bale buys £250,000 house for his future sister-in-law (Dailymail)

Soccer star Gareth Bale has bought a £250,000 house for his future sister-in-law after her partner killed himself. Bale, 28, and his bride-to-be Emma Rhys-Jones have vowed to help after her sister Katie, 24, was left penniless by the tragedy. Katie’s partner Alex Williams, 29, committed suicide after social services were called in over concerns about their two children. A family friend said: ‘Gareth and Emma are deeply upset by what’s happened and determined to help Katie get back on her feet. Read more

Gareth Bale plus cash deal for Hazard could give Chelsea better aerial threat (Footballfancast)

Real Madrid are lining up a summer offer of Gareth Bale plus £100million in exchange for Chelsea star Eden Hazard, the Daily Express has reported. While Chelsea have impressed in the Champions League this season, their domestic form has been found wanting as they have struggled to replicate the success they had in the Premier League in 2016/17. Conte’s changing of the 3-4-3 system which reaped so much success last term has given way to a 3-4-2-1 formation and handed Eden Hazard a more pivotal role in the Blues’ lineup. His increased role has resulted in a league-leading 11 goals for the west London club, but recent defeats to Watford and Bournemouth will have frustrated the talismanic midfielder and he is stalling on a deal with the club to extend his contract past 2019. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo has a better goal scoring record than Lionel Messi  (Dailymail)

For Real Madrid this season, it has so far been a disaster and by far the worst for Cristiano Ronaldo since he joined the club. But even when the tide has been against Madrid, Ronaldo is still a winner with a better goal scoring record than La Liga top scorer Lionel Messi this season. A return to form in recent weeks has bolstered the Portuguese’s tally and from the 29 matches played this season, he has scored 25 goals, working out to an average of around 0.86 goals per match. Read more

JJ Redick: NBA star apologises after ‘racist’ video outrage (BBC)

A basketball player has apologised after a video of him allegedly using a racial slur was widely shared online. Social media users claim Philadelphia 76ers player JJ Redick used a derogatory term when taking part in a video compilation of NBA stars wishing fans a happy Chinese New Year. A reaction video to the compilation, and especially Redick’s comment, posted on China’s social media platform Weibo by user MakeMalik has been viewed over 16 million times. Redick has claimed he was “tongue-tied” and has apologised. Read more

Merkel taps ally for party job, grooming potential successor (Reuters)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel put forward close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday to take over as secretary general of her Christian Democrats (CDU), heeding calls from within the party to inject new blood and groom a successor. The decision to entrust Kramp-Karrenbauer with bolstering the CDU after it lost ground in last year’s election is significant as some party members are starting to look ahead to a post-Merkel era. Merkel, who was CDU secretary general before becoming chancellor, said Kramp-Karrenbauer, premier of the tiny western state of Saarland, would bring “a lot of weight” to the role in what she called “difficult times, uncertain times”. Read more

Beijing trials pay-per-ride scheme for lift passengers (BBC)

A scheme is being trialled in China’s capital city Beijing that asks people to pay in order to ride elevators, it’s reported. According to the Beijing Daily newspaper, at least eleven lifts are being installed in old residential buildings that previously only had stairs in the city’s southern Daxing district. Beijing Daily says that the new lifts work “like passengers scanning a card on a public bus” in that they charge users to ride them when they wave a swipe-card across a sensor. The Fangrong Shengtai Construction Company says that the scheme means that new amenities can be installed in older buildings without them needing to directly charge for construction and maintenance fees. Read more

Video of model revisiting Italy kidnap sites shown at trial (Washingtonpost)

Video footage of a British model leading Italian police to locations connected to her alleged kidnapping has been played at the trial of the man charged with abducting her. The evidence shown in court Monday features the model, Chloe Ayling, revisiting the farmhouse in Italy’s Piedmont region where she says she was held for six days. A 30-year-old Polish man, Lukasz Herba, is being tried for the July kidnapping. He was arrested after he released the 20-year-old model at the British consulate in Milan. Read more

Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance’s kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’ (Independent)

A woman who pleaded guilty over her fiance’s kayaking death has argued that she was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” when he drowned in rough waters after plunging overboard. Angelika Graswald spoke out weeks after she was released from prison. She spent the previous two-and-a-half years behind bars after pleading guilty to the criminally negligent homicide of her groom-to-be Vincent Viafore.  The 46-year-old drowned in New York’s Hudson River as the pair paddled back from a trip to Pollepel Island in April 2015. Read more

Mozambique rubbish mound collapse ‘kills 17’ as homes are crushed (BBC)

At least 17 people have been killed in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, after a huge mound of rubbish collapsed on their homes, officials say. Many more residents were injured when the pile of waste, some 15m (49ft) high, gave way in heavy rains at 03:00 local time (01:00 GMT) on Monday. Rescue workers are continuing to search for people still trapped. The city of Maputo has experienced heavy rainfall since Sunday, which has damaged homes and flooded roads. Several properties were crushed in the incident in the Hulene district of Maputo, one of the poorest parts of the capital, while people were sleeping inside. Read more


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