* Nothing must happen to Melaye, Dogara warns security agencies (Nation) * Name those who allegedly stole $3bn under Jonathan, PDP challenges Osinbajo (SUN)

* Nothing must happen to Melaye, Dogara warns security agencies (Nation)      * Name those who allegedly stole $3bn under Jonathan, PDP challenges Osinbajo (SUN)



Nothing must happen to Melaye, Dogara warns security agencies (Nation)

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has warned the heads of security agencies involved in the case of Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi), saying that nothing untowards must happen to the lawmaker. He said if anything happened to the senator, heads of security agencies involved would be held responsible. The Speaker, who was short of naming the security agency he was referring to on Thursrday at plenary said the health of persons should supercede their arraignment in court. He said: “All I can say is that nothing can happen to the senator. If anyone in this country commits an offence, the law is there for the person to be prosecuted or arraigned in court within the ambit of the law. Read more

Name those who allegedly stole $3bn under Jonathan, PDP challenges Osinbajo (SUN)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged  Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to name the three persons he claimed allegedly stole $3 billion during  the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it expects Professor Osinbajo to report those involved to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), if they truly exist. The  party said it is improper for the occupant of the exalted office of the vice president to engage in smear campaign, making unsubstantiated statements to score cheap political points. “Vice president, Osinbajo, is a professor of Law and ought to know that patriotism demands that he should not make unsubstantiated claims but to place the names of such Nigerians in public. Read more

Buhari in London for technical stopover, says Garba Shehu (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to arrive Abuja, the nation’s capital, two days after he left Washington DC following a bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America. Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, when contacted, said President Buhari “had technical stopover in London and will be on his way back soon,” giving an indication that he may return, on Thursday. The president was expected in Nigeria on Wednesday and was to leave Abuja Friday for Daura to rest. The rece and advance team that had left for Daura ahead of his visit, are on their way back as at the time of filing this report. Read more

Court to hear election timetable suit May 8 (Punch)

An Enugu Federal High Court on Thursday fixed May 8 to hear a suit filed by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Anike Nwoga, to challenge the revision of the Independent National Electoral Commission 2019 election timetable by the National Assembly. Presiding judge, Justice A. M. Liman, set the hearing date after listening to the submissions of some of the parties in the suit. Counsel to the second, third and fourth defendants in the suit — Independent National Electoral Commission, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation — appeared before the court, but the first defendant — the National Assembly — was absent. Read more

Court grants Benue application to institute criminal case against MAKH (SUN)

A Makurdi High Court has granted an application brought by the Benue State government seeking criminal indictment against the leadership of cattle breeders group, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore (MAKH), for instigating attacks on innocent people of the state between  31 December, 2017 and 1st January, 2018. State council Barr Andrew Wombo, who filed the motion on behalf of the state government, in an interview with newsmen after the application was granted, said the state was charging MAKH to court on a 8-count charges ranging from grievous hurts, arson culpable homicide, murder, conspiracy, mischief by fire among others. Read more

Parties, politicians flouting election timetable –INEC (SUN)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accused political parties and politicians of flouting the 2019 election timetable. The Commission released the timetable in January. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday, at the maiden town hall meeting convened by the Nigerian Medical Association, to bring health to the front-burner in the manifestos of political parties in the build up to the general elections, also blamed lack of trust for the high cost of conducting elections in the country. Represented by a National Commissioner, Dr. Muhammed Lecky, the INEC chairman lamented that in spite of the violation of the election timetable, the electoral body is handicapped since it is not constitutionally empowered to sanction defaulters. Read more

We’ll make Bayelsa Houston of Nigeria –Dickson (SUN)

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said his administration is working very hard to make Bayelsa, the Houston of Nigeria and Africa as a whole. His Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, in a statement, said his principal made the remark during a session with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at the ongoing Onshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, USA. Dickson was quoted to have told his audience, which included NNPC’s Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Baru, that making Bayelsa the Houston of Africa is realisable, if  Baru and the other critical players in the oil and gas sector collaborate with his government. Read more

I’m sure Fayose’s regretting not picking candidate from Ado —Ojudu (ThisDay)

It’s few days to APC primary, how confident are you of emerging as the party’s candidate?

I’m very confident because I’ve worked very hard. I’ve been everywhere: the 16 local governments and virtually all the 177 wards. I’ve had one-on-one interactions with those who will do the voting from the constituencies. I have an antecedent, and our party wants to win not just the primary but also the governorship election. They know we’re dealing with a toughy in the state and they need another toughy to face him. They know I possess all the qualities to face Fayose. They also know that I come from a constituency that has the voting population. Ado-Ekiti has 180,000 registered voters, and next to it is Ikere with 65,000. It will be fullhardy for members of our party to pick someone from a place that doesn’t have that kind of population. Ado-Ekiti people have decided that they want to be the governor this time, unlike in the past when they settle for deputy governor. That’s why in Ado-Ekiti, I’m the only one running in this primary. Read more

Journalist petitions DSS, Police over alleged Threat to Life (ThisDay)

The correspondent of The Nation Newspapers in Ekiti State, Mr. Odunayo Ogunmola, has petitioned the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police over alleged threat to his life by Governor Ayodele Fayose’s aide. Ogunmola specifically accused the Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media to Fayose, Mr. Lere Olayinka, of posting injurious photograph about him on facebook and social media platforms with the intention to expose him to attacks and endanger his life. The reporter, in the petition dated May 2, 2018 and addressed to the Director of DSS in Ekiti State, Mrs Promise Ihenacho, and the police Commissioner, Ekiti Command, Mr Abdullahi Chafe, requested that the matter should be thoroughly investigated . Read more

Darkness hits Lagos as fire guts TCN’s Alagbon Transmission Sub-station (ThisDay)

Many parts of Lagos will experience darkness as a 66MVA 132/33kV power transformer at the Alagbon Transmission Sub-station in Ikoyi exploded and caught fire in the early morning hours of Thursday. The facility, which belongs to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), is located in the franchise area of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC). The cause of the fire is still unknown but ThisDay gathered that as the fire fighters battled to put out the inferno, residents of Ikoyi could see smoke fumes wafting into the air. It was also learnt that the incident has plunged the whole of Lagos Island up to parts of Epe into darkness. Read more

Codeine Ban: NDLEA intensifies Cameroonian Border Surveillance (ThisDay)

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Adamawa Command, has said that it has commenced intensive surveillance on major routes along the Nigeria-Cameroon border so as to forestall the importation of codeine into the country. NDLEA said the move was sequel to the federal government’s ban on the production and importation of codeine into the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the Federal Ministry of Health had directed NDLEA offices across the country to ensure strict surveillance of the borders. Speaking with NAN on Thursday in Yola, NDLEA’s Commander in Adamawa, Mr. Yakubu Kibo, said that the command had taken strategic measures to comply with the federal government directive. Read more

Kannywood actress, Hauwa Maina, is dead (SUN)

Kannywood is currently mourning popular actress, Hauwa Maina who died yesterday at the Aminu  Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano, after a lingering illness, she will be buried today Thursday, 3rd May 2018, in Kaduna. Confirming the death, another popular Kannywood actor, Ali Nuhu, told Premium Times the celebrity died at the hospital after an illness. “Yes, Hauwa Maina is dead,” Ali Nuhu said. Many Kannywood celebrities have condoled with the family of the deceased, posting her pictures on social media and praying for the repose of her soul. Hauwa Maina will be buried in Kaduna on Thursday. Read more

Varsity dismisses 2 Lecturers (ThisDay)

The Governing Council of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi has approved the dismissal of Prof. Aminu Ahmed Rufa’i of the Department of Human Anatomy, College of Medical Sciences. This was contained in a letter signed for the Registrar by the Deputy Registrar (Establishment), Aminu Yakubu Gambo with ref: ATBU/REG/ACAD/PER/01348 and dated April 27, 2018, which stated that the Council upheld the recommendation of the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee and Prima-Facie Committee. According to the statement signed by the Director, Public Relations of ATBU, Dr Andee Ihene, Thursday both committees established that Prof. Rufa’i had more than one full paid job and took up probationary appointment after clicking 50 years of age. Read more

Jose Mourinho confirms Romelu Lukaku’s Man United injury blow (101greatgoals)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed today that Romelu Lukaku has suffered an injury blow and he is unsure of how long he could be absent. It had been speculated this week that the player could be set to miss the clash with Brighton this weekend following an injury. Now, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the player will miss the game at the weekend. Though, his is positive that the player will be fit for the FA Cup final with Chelsea. Read more

Fernandez, Narsingh return for Swansea (Sportskeeda)

Federico Fernandez is available to play for Swansea City in a crunch Premier League clash against Bournemouth, Carlos Carvalhal has confirmed. Fernandez missed last week’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea, during which full-back Kyle Naughton was forced to play out of position in the middle of defence. Winger Luciano Narsingh is also available after recovering from an ankle injury, but Kyle Bartley, Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony remain unavailable. “Fede has recovered,” Carvalhal told reporters on Thursday. “He is training with the team with no problems so he is available. “At this moment we just have Bartley who has not recovered yet and the two long-term injuries, Fer and Bony. Read more

Uganda joins World Freedom Day (Independent)

Uganda has joined the rest of the World to mark World Press freedom day amidst growing concern about restrictions against media practice. The celebrations are being held at Kampala Railway gardens in Kampala where Journalists and media freedom advocates were flagged off for a peaceful procession. According to organizers, the spotlight is expected to be on the Uganda Communications Commision (UCC) which has of recent been accused of issuing directives journalists say will constrict the space for independent media. Activities to mark commemorate the World Press Freedom Day in Uganda are being spearhead by Uganda Human Rights Commission. Read more

Uganda’s journalism under attack (Monitor)

Ugandan journalists have continued to suffer at the hands of the brutal police and a string of oppressive laws that has narrowed down the media space in the country. Journalist at the forefront, trying to make leaders accountable have suffered untold brutality in the hands of the police and other security forces, with powerful ruling NRM party members and government officials also contributing to the onslaught on journalists. The 2017 press freedom index put the police at the forefront of tormenting journalists, nine years in a row. Arrests and detention of journalists topped the year with 45 cases followed by assault with 27 cases. Read more

Flight MH370 search solves 140-year-old mystery of vanishing ships (Independent)

Four years on from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, much is still unknown about what caused the aircraft to seemingly vanish over the South China Sea. However, the colossal search for evidence carried out in the depths of the Indian Ocean may have inadvertently provided answers in regard to two mysteries that have remained unsolved for 140 years. Unprecedented sonar searches of the seabed for the Boeing 777, which was lost in 2014 with 239 people aboard, uncovered the wreckages of two 19th-century sailing ships. Read more

New search for British girl Katrice Lee missing from Germany since 1981 (Skynews)

The father of a British toddler who has been missing for almost 40 years has told Sky News of his “embitterment” over past failures as a new investigation is launched into the two-year-old girl’s disappearance. Katrice Lee went missing in November 1981 from a supermarket near a British Army barracks in Germany, where her father was based. Speaking at the site of the new Royal Military Police excavation in Paderborn, Richie Lee said: “When I left Germany the last time, I left as a family that was incomplete. “Now what we have got is the Damocles sword for the next five weeks hanging over the family and the possibility that Katrice could be found on this site where we are now. It’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions.” Read more

In Lebanon vote, activists face warlords, powerful political dynasties (Reuters)

An unlikely bunch of activists have joined forces for Lebanon’s general election in a rare challenge to the sectarian political dynasties and warlords they say left the country in ruins. A pharmacist, a women’s rights advocate, and a TV celebrity are part of a loose alliance striving for a small but meaningful breakthrough in the vote this Sunday, the first in nine years. Lebanese elections have never seen this many independent candidates, with dozens from outside the parties that dominate the country. They stand against a political elite which has barely changed since the 1975-90 civil war. They hope a new voting system will help them unseat at least some of the old guard, and want to tap into anger that fuelled a wave of anti-government protests in 2015. Read more



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