* Offa Robbery: Court summons IGP (Leadership) * Expel Saraki now, Kwara APC faction tells Oshiomhole (Punch)

* Offa Robbery: Court summons IGP (Leadership)          * Expel Saraki now, Kwara APC faction tells Oshiomhole (Punch)



Offa Robbery: Court summons IGP (Leadership)

An Ilorin High Court has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to appear before it on Wednesday next week to justify the continued detention of Lekan Alabi, Personal Assistant to Kwara state Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed, arrested over the April 5, 2018 armed robbery in Offa. The court gave the summon yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital. This is as the lead counsel to the suspect, Adelodun Ibrahim, SAN bemoaned the failure of the police to release another suspect over the same incident, Alhaji Babatunde AbdulWahab, the Chief of Staff to the governor, who has been granted bail by another high court in the state. Adelodun, leading four other lawyers, told newsmen after yesterday’s proceeding that the refusal of the police to obey the court order on AbdulWahab was worrisome as it portends grave dangers to the deepening of democracy and might lead to a loss of confidence in the fairness of the police to handle such cases among the populace. Read more

Expel Saraki now, Kwara APC faction tells Oshiomhole (Punch)

A faction of the All Progressives Congress loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari in Kwara State has urged the national leadership of the party to expel Senate President Bukola Saraki. The Chairman of the faction, Mr. Bashir Bolarinwa, on Friday called for Saraki’s expulsion from the party, accusing him of being behind the recent mass defection of senators and members of the House of Representatives from the APC to other parties, mainly the PDP. He said, “As for me, he is no longer a member of the APC. He is just hiding behind one finger deceiving himself and thinking that he is deceiving Kwara people. Read more

Enough is enough, Ekweremadu warns FG over intimidation (Vanguard)

Deputy President of the Senate, Prof Ike Ekweremadu has revealed that the security siege in his house and that of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki was to prevent them from going to the National Assembly for plenary  so that both of them could be impeached, a development that was meant to prevent the All Progressives Congress, APC, senators from defecting to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. Ekweremadu however said that he has refused to bulge to the tactics of intimidations on him and has sworn to be on the side of peace, restoration of true democracy and freedom of association. He also said that come 2019 general election, the Gestapo style of administration being run currently would be removed through a popular vote for  rule of law to be restored in Nigeria. Read more

Defections: Saraki’s men tackle APC caucus, insist on Senate presidency (Punch)

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and his loyalists in the chamber are battle ready to keep his presiding status, regardless of which party has the majority of members between the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party in the National Assembly. Saraki’s loyalists, who spoke to Saturday Punch on Friday, dismissed the call by members of the Parliamentary Support Group that the Senate President should quit as presiding officer once he defects from the ruling party. The PSG is a group of APC senators supporting President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the Saraki camp, it only takes a simple majority – regardless of the dominant party at the National Assembly – to elect the presiding officers but it requires two-thirds of members to sack the leadership. Read more

We don’t need foreigners to run Nigeria Air, Says SGF (Guardian)

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, yesterday, said Nigeria does not need to recruit foreigners in order to run the Nigerian Air. The SFG made the remark at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) 47th convocation ceremony in Kaduna, where 256 graduating students were conferred with certificates and Diplomas from the Institute. While noting that many Nigerian airlines are currently been managed and maintained by foreign personnel, which he said is not in the interest of the Nation’s economy, Mustapha maintained that AFIT has trained and equip both military and civilians capable of meeting the needs of the burgeoning aviation. Read more

Atiku, Gov Jibrilla test their popularity in Adamawa ahead 2019 elections (Vanguard)

On the 21st of July, 2018, former vice president and presidential aspirant under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP held a mega rally to showcase his ambition for the 2019 presidential race. The rally attracted Atiku’s supporters from all the regions of the country and from the diaspora. The crowd that attended the rally was adjudged as one of the largest political gatherings to have been held at the Mahmoud Ribadu Square in the Adamawa state capital. Before his recent decamp to PDP, Atiku Abubakar was Governor Mohammed Jibrilla’s political godfather. Atiku’s move to PDP has therefore sent a signal to Governor Mohammed Jibrilla that he should be prepared for a bigger hurdle as he warms-up for re-election. Read more

Saraki leading the worst senate in history –El-Rufai (Punch)

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has described the 8th Senate, led by Bukola Saraki, as the worst in the history of the country. The governor said this in an interview aired on several local radio stations in Kaduna on Thursday, an online newspaper, TheCable, reported. In the interview, el-Rufai knocked Saraki for listing some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress among those who defected to the People’s Democratic Party on Tuesday. He said many of the lawmakers who defected rode on the back of President Muhammadu Buhari to get elected to their positions. Read more

Kogi REC raises alarm Over 293,241 unclaimed PVCs (Guardian)

Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Kogi State, James Apam has raised alarm over the large number of unclaimed PVCs (293,241) lying idle at the State Independent Electoral Commission’s (SIEC) office. Apam who disclosed this while speaking during a stakeholders meeting at INEC headquarters in Lokoja ahead of August 11th Lokoja/Koto Karfi Federal Constituency bye-election said they have distributed about 78, 000 PVCS both old and new. A breakdown analyses of unclaimed PVCS indicated that from the 2014 registration 199,880 were uncollected and the new CVR amounting 93,461 have not been claimed giving a total of 293, 341 uncollected PVCs. Read more

We are not criminals, police cannot invite us, Miyetti Allah replies Gowon (Punch)

The National Coordinator of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Benue State, Alhaji Garus Gololo, has described the call for the interrogation of the leadership of Miyetti Allah by former military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), over killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen as uncalled for and unbefitting of an elder statesman. He said the former head of state was only speaking for the people of the Middle Belt, adding that the killings were not limited to the region. Gowon, had last week in Makurdi, condemned the killings in the Middle Belt, demanding that Miyetti Allah leaders be invited for questioning. But the Miyetti Allah leader in Benue State said it was wrong for Gowon to have called for their arrest because they had not done anything criminal to warrant being invited by the police for questioning. Read more

Rebranded Capital City Back With a Bang (SUN)

Capital City FC, an Abuja-based team has returned to active football after years of inactivity with an unveiling ceremony.  The male youth team with the motto, ‘Wealth through Sports’ was in existence as far back as 1999 but has been inactive with grassroots football over the years. The unveiling ceremony was therefore,  marked with a friendly game between Capital City FC and Bliss FC, a game that ended 3-1 in favour of the hosts at the Catholic Church Pitch, Area 3, Abuja. With its full return, it is now billed to participate in subsequent footballing competitions, including the FCT League and the FA Cup. Efforts are therefore being made to assemble a compact team, with friendly games lined up by the management to further scout for players who will represent the club. Read more

Firefighters killed as out-of-control blaze devastates California (9news)

A fast-growing California wildfire has killed two firefighters and prompted mass evacuations, destroying scores of homes and threatening 5,000 other dwellings and businesses. Firefighters and police “went into life-safety mode,” hustling door to door to usher civilians out of harm’s way, said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). Streets in the badly affected town of Redding were all but deserted, with thick, sickly-brown smoke filling the air. Read more

Macron urged to explain beatings. And gay rumours (SMH)

It was the week that Emmanuel Macron, the slick young French president who once said that he hoped to rule above the political fray like the Roman god Jupiter, was brutally reminded that he is, after all, a mere mortal. His top aides were grilled on live television and the opposition shut down Parliament. And to cap it all he was forced to issue a bizarre denial that he was having a homosexual affair with the bodyguard who sparked a political scandal after being filmed beating up May Day protesters. Read more

How India’s Conservationists are fighting to save half of the World’s Tigers (Time)

How do you get a 400lb tiger into the back of a truck?

It’s an elaborate process that involves dozens of personnel, carefully calibrated tranquilizer darts, a custom-made cage — and a handful of elephants. All that was in place on June 20 when MB2, a three-year-old male tiger, was transported from Kanha Tiger Reserve in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in the eastern state of Odisha in the first ever such relocation. “It was a very smooth operation,” Sanjay Shukla, a field director at the Kanha Tiger Reserve and the man who oversaw the relocation, tells TIME. Read more


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