* Offa robberies: Again, Saraki writes IG, denies links with suspects (Punch) * Buhari meets 43 APC senators on way forward (SUN)

* Offa robberies: Again, Saraki writes IG, denies links with suspects (Punch)                   * Buhari meets 43 APC senators on way forward (SUN)



Offa robberies: Again, Saraki writes IG, denies links with suspects (Punch)

For the second time, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in response to his invitation to appear for an interrogation over the allegations made against him by armed robbery suspects who attacked banks in Offa, Kwara State. The police had in June invited Saraki for questioning over the bank robberies in Offa on April  5, but the Senate President responded to the invitation in writing. The IG, in a letter dated July 23 and addressed to the Senate President, again asked Saraki to report to the police on Tuesday at 8 am to provide further clarification on his relationship with the five leaders of the robbery gang. Read more

Buhari meets 43 APC senators on way forward (SUN)

Barely 24 hours after 14 All Progressives Congress (APC) senators defected to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), President Muhammadu Buhari held an emergency meeting with the remaining senators, in a last ditched effort to stem further defections. The meeting, which started at 10:20pm and lasted for barely 20 minutes, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja last night. It also had the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, in attendance, as well as 43 senators elected on the platform of the ruling party. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who was listed among those expected at the meeting, was conspicuously absent. Senator Joshua Dariye, who is in prison serving 14 years jail term for misappropriation of N1.162 billion ecological fund for the state, was also listed to attend the meeting. Read more

Buhari is common enemy of Nigerians — PDP, SDP (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party have described President Muhammadu Buhari as a common enemy of Nigerians. The spokespersons for both parties stated this at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday. They spoke when the National Publicity Secretary of the SDP, Princess Goldba Tolofari, paid a courtesy visit to her counterpart in the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan. Ologbondiyan said, “We have a common enemy; Buhari is the enemy of Nigeria. He’s a common enemy to the SDP and PDP,  that is why we are here to rescue the nation.” Tolofari, who said she brought greetings from the SDP Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, added that when Nigerians brought Buhari into power, they thought they were bringing in a messiah that would rescue the nation. Read more

Buhari’s ally threatens Saraki, Dogara (SUN)

Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs and close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Abu Ibrahim, yesterday, asked Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to resign from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in their own interest. Ibrahim said failure to comply would lead to their immediate expulsion. The lawmaker who represents Katsina South also said he had it on good authority that the plot to impeach President Buhari would have commenced today (Thursday). Read more

Buhari fumes over APC Chair’s comment as Amaechi denies calling Oshiomhole bad-luck (Vanguard)

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Thursday denied ever saying that the All Progressives Congress, APC, national Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was a bad luck to the party. This is as Vanguard reliably gathered that some Ministers have frowned at the comment made by the APC national Chairman where he had threatened to expel cabinet members who disobeyed his directives from the party. But the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that any misgivings between the party and cabinet members will be resolved amicably. Meantime, Comrade Oshiomhole was at the Presidential Villa, to see the President after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Council Chamber. Read more

Fayemi asks Fayose to use 80% of federal allocations to pay salary arrears (Guardian)

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged Governor Ayodele Fayose to use 80 per cent of federal allocations to pay outstanding salaries. He also demanded that money from other revenues sources should be included to defray the backlog until they are fully paid. He spoke yesterday in Ado Ekiti, at the inauguration of a 32 member Kayode Fayemi APC Governorship Transition Committee. The committee, headed by Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi, would dialogue with the outgoing government, and other interest groups on how the incoming administration would run. Fayemi urged the committee to scrutinise the financial dealings of the present government to determine how best to apply them to benefit Ekiti people. Read more

Ex-judge leads protest over retirees’ unpaid pensions (Punch)

A retired judge of the Osun State High Court, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, on Wednesday led hundreds of retirees in protest against the non-payment of their gratuities and pensions by Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led administration. The protesters marched through some streets in Osogbo, the state capital, demanding the payment of the money owed them by the government. The pensioners started a three-day protest on Tuesday and they gathered again on Wednesday in continuation of the agitation for payment of their entitlements, which they claimed the state government had not been paying. Oloyede had written a petition against Aregbesola’s administration in 2015, detailing the alleged failure of the government in many areas, including non-payment of workers’ salaries and pensions. Read more

Dangote gives N300m business school to UI (Nation)

Leading businessman and Chairman of Aliko Dangote Foundation Alhaji Aliko Dangote has urged the government to provide basic infrastructure to make the nation’s environment conducive for business. He pledged his foundation would continue to prioritise education to raise entrepreneurs who would change the economy to lead growth and development. Dangote spoke at the third Eminent Persons Business lecture and inauguration of Aliko Dangote Complex, a N300 million ultra-modern building he donated to the University of Ibadan (UI) School of Business at the Ajibode University extension in Ibadan, Oyo State capital. Read more

Again, Oil Prices rise after US Crude Inventories Fall (ThisDay)

Crude oil prices rose for a second day Wednesday after data showed United States crude inventories fell more than expected, easing worries about oversupply that have dogged the oil market in recent weeks. Following the drop in the US inventories, the global benchmark Brent crude rose by 40 cents, or 0.55 per cent, from 73.43 per barrel to $73.84 per barrel, after gaining 0.5 per cent on Tuesday. The US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude also rose by 20 cents, from 68.52 to $68.72, having risen nearly one per cent in the previous session. US crude and fuel stockpiles fell more than expected last week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported late on Tuesday. Read more

NPA, shipping firms struggle over holding bay (Vanguard)

The holding bay strategy of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to stem the tide of container laden trucks congesting Apapa axis and the surrounding territories in Lagos is threatened  by  shipping firms appear to be foot-dragging in compliance. The firms have  been overwhelmed by huge container traffic swamping the minimal holding bay facilities they have been able to create so far. Investigations by Vanguard Maritime Report show that only 11 shipping companies have so far established holding bays. The firms, according to NPA document sighted by Vanguard Maritime Report, includes PIL, CMA CGM, GAC, Blue Funnel and Messina. Others are MOL, Hull Blyth, Cosco, Lansal, MSC and Maerskline. Read more

5 dead in Lagos Boat Mishap (ThisDay)

About five persons drowned Wednesday when a 20-seater passenger boat capsized midway from Ebute Terminal, along Lagos Ikorodu Expressway. Five persons were rescued from the lagoon. The boat was said to have capsized close to the Ferry Terminal, Ipakodo, Ebute as the passengers were heading from CMS to Ikorodu. As at press time, rescue operations were still ongoing as only 10 persons – the dead and rescued – have been accounted for. The bodies of the dead persons were brought to the jetty at Ipakodo in Ikorodu for onward movement to the nearest morgue. Read more

Students’ Union train emergency response team for Unilag Dean’s Cup (Guardian)

In preparation for the University of Lagos (UNILAG) 29th Dean’s Cup competition, its Science Student’s Association (USSA) has organised a training session for first aid and emergency response team to ensure safety and well being of the participants. The yearly sports festival, which involves various sporting activities ranging from football, basketball, volleyball, athletics and indoor games among others, is billed to hold on July 27, 2018 at the university’s premises. The training had the Red Cross instructor, who mentored and prepared students from the various departments in the Faculty of Science on the various ways to treat issues concerning injured sports men and women. Read more

Video Bribery Scandal: Coaches Association back Salisu (Nation)

Gaffers under the aegis of Nigeria Football Coaches Association have said that embattled Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf, is innocent of bribery allegations made against him. They made this known in a statement made available on Wednesday in Lagos Chairman, Ladan Bosso, who is also the head coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League Club, FC Ifeanyi Ubah signed the statement as they pledge their support for the chief coach. According to the statement, the association said they did not believe the coach should be held liable for any wrongdoing, even though they respect the FIFA code of ethics. Read more

No regrets ditching Holland for Nigeria — Ebuehi (Vanguard)

Super Eagles defender at the Russia 2018 World Cup, Tyronne Ebuehi said he was happy with his choice to play for Nigeria instead of Holland his birth place. Ebuehi despite his high rating was not given much of playing time in the Super Eagles squad. He came on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Iceland and was brought in to save Nigeria in the dying minutes of the their last group D game against Argentina. A match Super Eagles fans felt Ebuehi could have been more useful to the team. The surrendered an opportunity to move to the knock stage as Argentina rallied round to win 2-1. Read more

Iwobi agrees new Arsenal deal – Report (Punch)

Alex iwobi has agreed a new long-term deal at Arsenal, according to The Sun. The Gunners academy product has snubbed interest from Lazio and will sign a new five-year contract worth around £70,000-a-week. The 22-year-old will put pen to paper when the squad return from their pre-season trip to the Far East after their game against Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. Talks over a new deal began last December, despite the Nigerian international penning a five-year deal in October 2016. SunSport understands Arsenal wanted a new deal agreed before the World Cup, however, talks went on the backburner while the club looked to replace Arsene Wenger. Talks with new boss Unai Emery have been positive and Iwobi has been assured he will be part of the Spanish coach’s new regime in North London. Read more

Echiejile returns to Monaco, ready for new beginning (Guardian)

Super Eagles’ left-back, Elderson Echiejile has returned to French club, AS Monaco after a successful six-month loan spell at Dutch side, Cercle Brugge.

The former Braga and Bendel Insurance defender joined AS Monaco in January 2014 and had a successful time with the team until a change in backroom staff forced the club to loan him out. Echiejile has since been loaned out to Standard Liege, Sporting Gijon, Sivasspor, and most recently Cercle Brugge in the past three seasons. In a chat with brila.net, Elderson said he was training at the club to keep fit as he decides on where he will lace his boots in the coming season. Read more

Real, La Liga must look for another Ronaldo – FIFA boss (Punch)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says Real Madrid must look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and predicted a three-way La Liga title race this season between Madrid, reigning champions Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Soccernet reports. Infantino, who attended La Liga’s fixtures draw on Tuesday, told Cadena Ser’s “El Larguero” radio show that the league would be weaker without Ronaldo but new  Real  coach Julen Lopetegui still has a spectacular squad to work with. “Cristiano is a ‘crack’, one of those players who make us dream,” Infantino said. “That he is not playing in Spain any more means that Spanish football will have to look for someone to replace him. But I am convinced that Madrid have great players, champions. Read more

Putin’s football ball gift for Trump has transmitter chip, logo indicates (Stuff)

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a football ball to US President Donald Trump last week set off a chorus of warnings – some of them only half in jest – that the World Cup souvenir could be bugged. It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones. But rather than a spy device, the chip is an advertised feature of the Adidas AG ball. Photographs from the news conference in Helsinki, where Putin handed the ball to Trump, show it bore a logo for a near-field communication tag. During manufacturing, the NFC chip is placed inside the ball under that logo, which resembles the icon for a WiFi signal, according to the Adidas website. Read more

As key deadline looms, court filings suggest the family separation crisis isn’t over (CNN)

The first thing the lawyer noticed is that the children refused to leave their fathers’ side. Usually, when Manoj Govindaiah meets migrant families in detention centers, the kids head to an area with toys while he speaks with their parents in private visitation rooms, he said. But a court declaration filed Wednesday described children refusing to play with toys or watch television, said Govindaiah, a lawyer with RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. The children’s families were recently reunited at the detention center under a court-ordered deadline, Govindaiah said, and several boys sat in their fathers’ laps even though they had their own chairs. Others seemed angry at their fathers “but simultaneously relieved to be with them,” he said. Read more

Rescuers search fire-devastated Greek areas as toll hits 81 (AFP)

At least 81 people died in huge wildfires around Athens, Greek authorities have said, as rescuers scoured scorched homes and burned-out cars for victims of one of the world’s deadliest fire outbreaks. Scores of locals and holidaymakers fled to the sea to try to escape the flames as they tore through towns and villages near the capital stoked by 100-kilometre-per-hour wind gusts, devouring woodland and hundreds of buildings. Greek media have described the disaster as a “national tragedy”, while Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras cut short a visit to Bosnia and announced three days of national mourning. A young Irishman on honeymoon was among those who died, the British embassy in Greece confirmed. Read more


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