* No power tussle between Buhari and Osinbajo over Daura sack — Presidency (DailyTrust) * INEC Chairman meets Saraki, Dogara behind Closed-Doors (Independent)

* No power tussle between Buhari and Osinbajo over Daura sack — Presidency (DailyTrust)        *  INEC Chairman meets Saraki, Dogara behind Closed-Doors (Independent)



No power tussle between Buhari and Osinbajo over Daura sack — Presidency (DailyTrust)

The Presidency today said there was unanimity on the sack of the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Lawal Daura. Daura was booted out of office on Tuesday by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo following the invasion of the National Assembly by the operatives of the DSS.  The invasion, according the acting President was done without approval. Briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina said the,”  Presidency is one” and that the acting President has all the powers of a President. Read more

INEC Chairman meets Saraki, Dogara behind Closed-Doors (Independent)

The Chairman of the Independent National Commission (INEC) is currently meeting with the leadership of the Senate over 2019 election budget. This was announced by INEC on its twitter handle few minutes ago.

“Happening Now: #INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu briefs Senate President, Bukola Saraki & Speaker, House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara at a Special Hearing on INEC’s Budget for 2019 general elections,” the electoral body said. Read more

Normalcy returns to Benue Assembly as security personnel vacate premises (SUN)

After almost two weeks of siege, security operatives drawn from the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services (DSS) have vacated the Benue State House of Assembly as normalcy has now returned to the premises. Recall that security operatives took over the Assembly following a fracas among lawmakers which left the House factionalised into two camps of eight and 22, respectively. Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Titus Uba, who confirmed the development to newsmen, on Wednesday, during an inspection of the Assembly complex,  disclosed that lawmakers and staff of the Assembly now have free access to their offices to carry out their official duties. Read more

NASS Invasion by DSS: Obasa hails Osinbajo (Independent)

Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, has commended the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, for his timely action on the invasion of the National Assembly by the men of the Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday. Men of the DSS invaded the National Assembly and prevented staff and lawmakers from going into the complex early Tuesday morning. But Professor Osinbajo in a swift reaction ordered the sack of the DSS Director General, Lawal Daura for what the Presidency described as unauthorised action. Read more

EFCC victimizing Ortom, says media aide (Nation)

The Benue state government has condemned the freezing of the state’s account by the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC). Terver Akase, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, in a statement said that the governor is being victimized. EFCC had reportedly frozen Benue government’s account for alleged diversion of N23, 088, 586, 206. Reacting to this, Akase stated that Ortom runs a transparent administration and has not diverted funds. “Benue has suffered heavy attacks by Fulani herdsmen since the beginning of the year. Within the period, the State Government has spent a lot to legitimately support security agencies to protect the people of the state. Governor Ortom has not diverted funds. He runs a transparent administration.” Read more

Sosoliso Plane Crash survivor undergoes surgery (Independent)

Nigerian singer, and a survivor of the Sosoliso plane crash, Kechi Okwuchi has undergone a successful carbon dioxide (co2) laser surgery at the Shriners Hospital, Texas, United States of America. The singer shared a photo of herself and a caption during and after the second stage of the surgery on her official social media account while revealing the non-invasive nature of the surgery. @kechi “So I had the second of 3 rounds of co2 laser surgery today at Shriners Hospital Galveston and as always, it went well. “Its non-invasive guys.” She attempted to stop critics who would suggest against posting such information. Read more

EFCC ‘Freezes’ Benue Government Accounts (Independent)

The Benue State Government has alleged that its accounts have been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The frozen funds, the government said, was meant to pay the salaries of workers and pensioners. “Accounts of the Benue State Government have been frozen by EFCC,” Terver Akase, a spokesperson for Governor Samuel Ortom, said in a statement. “It is part of the political witch-hunt against Governor Samuel Ortom. The action of EFCC is already having negative impact on the running of government in Benue State. It is a move that will affect salaries, pensions and other sundry payments,” Mr Akase said. Read more

FEC approves $150m W/Bank credit facility for polio eradication (SUN)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the acquisition of 150 million-dollar World Bank credit facility to support polio eradication in Nigeria. Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents shortly after the FEC meeting, presided over by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday in Abuja. She said that the additional financing would consolidate previous investments that had paid off putting Nigeria on the verge of polio eradication.“The objective of the project is to assist the Federal Government to achieve and sustain at least 80 per cent coverage in oral polio vaccine immunisation in every state in the country and improve routine immunization. Read more

Kimono: Delta, Lagos indicate interest in burial rites (SUN)

The family of the late reggae artist, Ra’s Kimono, on Wednesday, in Asaba, gave the assurance of Delta and Lagos state governments to fully participate in his final burial rites. Kimono, who passed on in June this year, will be interred on August 25 at his home town, Onicha-Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. The week-long burial ceremonies will commence in Lagos on August 17. Addressing journalists in Asaba, the family said interactions with the Delta and Lagos state governments had been very promising, with the commitment to participate in the burial activities. Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr. Theophilus Ehizibue said the Lagos State Government had already announced the demise of the reggae legend. Read more

Man allegedly stabs father to death in Ekiti, kills self (Punch)

A 32-year-old man,  Lekan Adediran, has stabbed his  80-year-old  father, Lawrence, to death after which he killed himself. Lekan, who is believed to be suffering from mental illness, killed his father on Monday in Efon Alaaye, headquarters of Efon Local Government Area of Ekiti. The News Agency Nigeria  reports that the state police command had confirmed the incident, saying an investigation into the incident had started. Eyewitnesses said Lekan killed himself with the same broken bottle he used in stabbing his father. Read more

Hajj: Nigeria female pilgrim dies in Saudi (DailyTrust)

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has confirmed the death of a female Nigerian pilgrim in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.  The Head of the Medical Team of NAHCON, Dr Ibrahim Kana, confirmed the development while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Makkah. “On the Makkah mortality, she was our patient. A Known diabetic and we referred her to King Abdulaziz Hospital in Makkah before she died yesterday. “We have already captured her on our Electronic Health Medical Records System. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the dead pilgrim hailed from Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State. Read more

3 teenagers in court over alleged cultism (Punch)

Three teenagers- Miracle Eze, 14; Onyebuchi Orji, 19 and David Adebayo,17-, caught belonging to secret societies, were on Wednesday brought before a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court. The accused are facing a two-count of conspiracy and belonging to unlawful societies. In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya, granted each of the accused bail of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum. Adekomaiya said that the sureties should be blood relations of the accused and should show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government. Read more

Twin brothers, 6 others arraigned for alleged diversion of N31.7m cashew nuts ( Guardian)

Policemen yesterday arraigned twin brothers, Taiwo and Kehinde Akintade, and six others before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos, for alleged diversion of cashew nuts valued at N31,788,000. The six other persons arraigned alongside the twins are Jelili Elo, Adeshina Sikiru, Sadiq Morufu, Femi Adegboyega, Dada Ishola and Mohammed Yunusa. The defendants were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku on two counts charge bordering on conspiracy and unlawful diversion of the said amount belonging to one Jamiu Oke. During the arraignment of the defendants, the prosecutor, Morufu Animashaun, told the court that the defendants committed the alleged offences on March 20, 2018, at Isolo area of Lagos, where they were working for the complainant, Jamiu Oke. Read more

CAA 400m bronze medalist dreams IAAF World Championships (SUN)

Chidi Okezie, a bronze medalist at the 2018 Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) organised Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, says he hopes to feature at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships. “In 2019, I will put my season in God’s hands and have fun though my main goal is to make the World Championships,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos. He added that he would work hard to ensure he made the list for the World Championships in 2019. Read more

CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba coach confident ahead of Djoliba clash in Mali (Punch)

Coach Sidi-Usman Abd’Allah of Enyimba International FC of Aba has expressed the confidence that his team would record a positive result against Djoliba Athletic Club of Mali in the CAF Confederation Cup. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria’s Enyimba will on August 18 be aiming to turn the tide in their favour as they battle for a spot in the knockout stage of the competition. The Aba Elephants, who slipped from the top of Group C table after a disappointing 0-2 loss away to Williamsville AC of Côte d’ Ivoire, now find themselves in the third spot with six points from four games. Read more

National Youth Games 2018: Anambra risks N5m fine for non-participation (SUN)

Anambra Government may have to pay a fine of N5 million to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development if the indications that the state will not participate in this year’s National Youth Games (NYG) are true. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NYG is scheduled to hold in September in Ilorin. A Correspondent of NAN reports that at the moment, there are no signs of preparedness by the state’s athletes as activities at the former Anambra Ministry of Sports are at low ebb. A visit to the Awka township stadium shows that the facility is still under lock and key sine it was shut down over a month ago. Meanwhile, the South-East zonal eliminations for the Games are billed to start on Aug. 23 in Enugu. Read more

Tiger, McIlroy in ‘deep end’ early in 100th PGA duel (Guardian)

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, past major winners trying to rise once more from contenders to champions, tee off side-by-side when the 100th PGA Championship starts Thursday. Woods, eight months into a comeback from spinal fusion surgery, and McIlroy, seeking his first major win since the 2014 PGA, will be joined by defending champion Justin Thomas for the first two days over the 7,316-yard, par-70 Bellerive Country Club layout. “You certainly get thrown at the deep end straight away in a group like that,” McIlroy said. “I guess it focuses you straight away. It’s going to be a big atmosphere out there and I’m looking forward to that.” Read more

Chelsea to Sign ‘World’s most expensive Goalkeeper’ At £71.8m (Independent)

Chelsea are on the verge of unveiling their £71.8million goalkeeper. The Blues are bringing in Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and have deposited the Spaniard’s release clause on Wednesday morning. Kepas will become Chelsea’s record signing and the most expensive goalkeeper ever. He will eclipse the previous world record of £65m paid by Liverpool for Alisson a few weeks ago. The west London club have made a late move to sign a new keeper after current No. 1, Thibaut Courtois, missed training, with the Belgian looking to force through a move to Real Madrid. Read more

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane celebrates arrival of his second child (ITV)

Kane’s fiancee Kate Goodland has given birth to Vivienne Jane Kane, with the Three Lions captain sharing the news on Twitter.

He wrote:

Our beautiful addition to the family! Vivienne Jane Kane. So proud of @KateGoodlandx for having the most amazing water birth with no pain relief at all #mygirls #hypnobirthing.


Kane, who captained his country to the semi-final of the World Cup and won the Golden Boot, already has one daughter, Ivy, born in 2017. The 25-year-old has had a busy 48 hours after returning to pre-season training with Spurs on Monday following a three-week break after his exertions in Russia. Read more

Indonesian shaman, 83, ‘kept a 12-year-old girl as sex slave for 15 years (Dailymail)

An Indonesian witch doctor kept a 12-year-old girl as a sex slave for 15 years after convincing her that he was possessed by the spirit of her boyfriend, police say. The girl, named only as H by police, went missing from the village of Bajugan in 2003 and was kept in a jungle cave by the shaman, identified by officers as JG. Police said JG, 83, had shown the girl, now aged 28, a picture of a boy named Amrin ‘who she thought was her boyfriend’. ‘She was led to believe that Amrin’s spirit had entered (the elderly man’s) body,’ Central Sulawesi Police Chief Muhammad Iqbal Alqudusy said.  ‘It is obvious that he was satisfying his lust.’ Read more


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