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* ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ not to torment citizens – Army (Punch) * Girl Child Day: FG renews commitment for release of remaining Chibok girls (Vanguard)

* ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ not to torment citizens – Army (Punch)   * Girl Child Day: FG renews commitment for release of remaining Chibok girls (Vanguard)



‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ not to torment citizens – Army (Punch)

The Nigeria Army has allayed the fear of the people of the South-West region on the introduction of the ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ by the army, saying the operation was not to torment the people of the region but to ensure their safety. The army also stated that the ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ would soon commence in Ondo State to join other security agencies in tackling criminality. The Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier-General James Ataguba stated this on Thursday during the decoration of two officers of the Brigade, Ojo Adelegan and Samson Oladunjoye, who were promoted to the ranks of major. Read more

Girl Child Day: FG renews commitment for release of remaining Chibok girls (Vanguard)

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Wednesday said that the Federal Government was working hard to ensure that all the remaining abducted Chibok girls were released and returned home safely to their parents. The Vice President stated this when he received a delegation of girl child rights advocates from various schools in Abuja, who were led by officials from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Save the Children International and the UNFPA at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to mark the International Day of the Girl Child. Read more

Buhari seeks Senate’s approval for CBN nominees (Punch)

President Buhari has written to the Senate seeking approval for the appointment of Mrs. Aishah Ahmad as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the apex bank. The MPC nominees are Prof. Adeola Festus Adenikinju; Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi; Dr. Robert Chikwendu Asogwa and Dr. Asheikh A. Maidugu. Buhari, in separate letters to President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, which was read at the chamber by Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Thursday, urged the lawmakers to approve the appointments. Read more

Niger to revive 17 irrigation schemes to aid dry season farming (ThisDay)

In an effort to encourage and boost dry season farming, the Niger State government has said that it will revive the 17 irrigation schemes abandoned across the state. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello disclosed this in Minna Thursday in a message to the 1st Commodity Trade Exhibition organised by the Niger (IFAD) assisted value chain development programme. Governor Bello, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed Ketso, explained that the decision to revive the irrigation facilities was because of the realisation that “dry season farming supports the annual yields per farmer”. Read more

Minister: FG committed to providing palliatives for vulnerable groups (ThisDay)

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, has said that the federal government is committed to providing palliative measures targeted at vulnerable groups as a precursor for sustainable development. She also described traditions as an impediment to women development and empowerment in the country. Speaking at the 17th National Council on Women Affairs in Sokoto Thursday, Alhassan said the measures introduced were pillars in the social investment programme of the administration, adding that some of the initiatives included the Home Grown Schools Feeding Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, National Women Empowerment Fund, and Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme, among others. Read more

Operation Crocodile Smile Starts in Ondo Soon, Says Commander (ThisDay)

The Commander of the 32 Brigade Artillery, Owena Barracks, Akure, Ondo State, Brigadier James Ataguba, has said that the military Operation Crocodile Smile II will soon start in the state, which is one of the states in the Niger Delta. Ataguba disclosed this while speaking during the decoration of two officers of the brigade, Ojo Adelegan and Simeon Oladunjoye, who were promoted from the rank of captain to major in the army. The commander however allayed fear of members of the public who might be thinking that the operation would disturb their normal ways of living. Read more

Senate begins consideration for Buhari’s $5.5bn loan (Vanguard)

He Senate has begun consideration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the approval of an External loan of $5.5 billion to enable the Federal government finance the 2017 budget as well as re- finance Domestic debts. The move by the Senate to commence consideration of the External loan request followed Executive Communication by the Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan Thursday who said that the ” Senate do consider the Request of Mr.. President C-in-C for the Approval of External Loans for : 1. Issuance of USD 2.5 billion to Finance the 2017 Appropriation Act; and ii. USD 3 billion to Re- finance debts.” Read more

Over 500 Keke operators block Imo govt House over ban (Vanguard)

Over 500 tricycle (Keke) operators in Imo state, Thursday, blocked the entrance into the Imo government house, over ban order. Vanguard monitored the protest which started from Control post, World bank and Wethdral to the government House. While given reasons for their demonstration, they said that they were surprised that they got an information, that they had been banned completely on Thursday, contrary to the deadline date earlier given to them. Read more

Reps recommend upward review of minimum wage (Punch)

The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Labour and Employment to commence the process of negotiating an upward review of the current minimum wage. The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Peter Akpatason (Edo-APC) during plenary on Thursday. Akpatason, in the motion, urged the Federal Government to hearken to calls for a review of the national minimum wage figure to avert the looming nationwide strike action threatened by workers. Read more

Nigeria’s airlines record 13,411 delayed flights in 6 months, says report (PremiumTimes)

Domestic airlines operating in Nigeria recorded 13,411 cases of delayed flights between January and June, according to the Consumer Protection Department of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). During the period, about 21,662 flights were operated by eight airlines, a document issued by the department and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos has revealed.According to the report, 516 flights were also cancelled for various reasons by the airlines. It listed the airlines in operation as Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med-View and Overland. Read more

Aso Rock Clinic: Reps probe utilisation of N10.98bn budget (Punch)

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the “deplorable condition” of the State House Clinic in Abuja, and its inability to deliver basic medical services. The investigation will cover how the facility utilised the N10.98billion budgeted for its operations since 2015. The House acted on a motion moved by a member, Mr.  Henry Archibong, to pass the resolution at its plenary in Abuja on Thursday. The Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, presided over the session. Read more

Ex England manager Hodgson tried stopping Iwobi at the Airport ahead debut for Nigeria (Owngoalnigeria)

Former manager of the senior national team of England Roy Hodgson tried his best to stop Nigeria World Cup 2018 Qualifiers hero Alex Iwobi ‎from making his professional debut for Nigeria last year. Iwobi made his competitive bow for Nigeria in their AFCON 2017 Qualifiers against Egypt in Kaduna, and that effectively ruled him out of the grasp of England, the team he represented at youth level. Hodgson according to Calvin Emeka Onwuka called the Arsenal forward while he was on his way to the airport for the qualifiers against Egypt to persuade him not to play for Nigeria. Read more

How Super Eagles world cup qualification unified Nigerians in UAE (Allnigeriasoccer)

The proprietor of an Ibadan based soccer school; Prince Oluwole Ololade has described the early qualification of Nigerian’ Super Eagles for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup as a good omen for all stakeholders in Nigeria’s football family. The Frenage International Soccer Academy boss who watched Super Eagles clash against the Zambia in faraway United Arab Emirate said the game brought every Nigerians from various ethnics tribes living in Dubai together in one accord, as they all pray for the success of the team with one language. Read more

Nigerian wrestling champion, Power Uti, arrested over wife’s death (Punch)

The Police in Lagos have reportedly arrested Nigerian wrestling champion, Power Uti, over the controversial death of his wife, Toyin. Toyin was said to have died in their Ilupeju, Lagos home on Monday morning with the wrestling champion discovering her body. However, instead of taking her to the hospital, Power Uti was alleged to have gone to a church in search of spiritual help. Read more

Wenger Talks Watford (Arsenal.vitafootball)

Manager Arsene Wenger has obviously discussed team news and what he expects from Watford this weekend during his pre-game press conference – here’s what he had to say. Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media earlier today, Wenger felt that Watford were a stronger and more balanced side this season owing to their business over the summer transfer window. ‘They are a strong side. They have strong results, they`re a balanced team who are dangerous and play good football. They`re tough opponents for everybody.’ Read more

Liverpool aren’t title contenders but United clash is massive for Klopp (Liverpoolecho)

Paul Ince insists Liverpool “don’t come close” to being genuine Premier League title contenders this season. The former Reds captain believes Manchester United have the edge going into Saturday’s showdown at Anfield. Pace-setters United are currently seven points ahead of Liverpool with Ince fearing that the absence of the injured Sadio Mane will hamper the hosts’ chances of reducing that gap. “Sadio Mane being out for six weeks is bad news for Liverpool – he’s a much bigger loss than Philippe Coutinho would be,” Ince said. Read more

Former Manchester United star says visiting Anfield ‘was like going to hell’ (Liverpoolecho)

Mikael Silvestre has claimed his days visiting Anfield as a Manchester United player was “like going to hell”. Jose Mourinho brings his United squad to Merseyside on Saturday lunchtime to face a Liverpool side who have won just one in their last seven. Jurgen Klopp ‘s record against the Portuguese is a good one though, with three wins and three draws from seven previous encounters. Silvestre played for United for nine years between 1999-2008 and the Frenchman admitted he never enjoyed making the trip to Anfield during his time with the Reds’ fierce rivals. Read more

Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli rides mini-motorbike around Nice training ground (Talksport)

Mario Balotelli taking part in a ridiculous stunt is hardly surprising. But the controversial Italian star managed to surprise even the most ardent of football fans with his latest public appearance. The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker rode a mini-motorbike around the training ground of his current club, Nice. ‘Super Mario’ navigated the track expertly and even managed to take the chequered flag for his efforts. Surely, the Ligue 1 club won’t tolerate first-team players re-enacting a video game race again? Read more

Bruno Martins Indi fails to make Stoke City trip to Manchester City (Stokesentinel)

Stoke City will be without Bruno Martins Indi – and probably Joe Allen – for their daunting mission to Manchester City on Saturday. Boss Mark Hughes said this afternoon that Martins Indi hadn’t shaken off the effects of a groin injury in time, despite hopes he would earlier in the week, while he rates Allen doubtful after he suffered a bang to the head playing for Wales on Monday night. With skipper Ryan Shawcross still out nursing his injury back, it left Hughes telling the club’s website: “We are probably as we were before the break in terms of defenders.” Read more

Las Vegas hospitals waive some medical costs for mass shooting victims (Independent)

Several Las Vegas hospitals are helping to cover the medical costs for uninsured victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. University Medical Centre, Sunrise Hospital and Dignity Health-St Rose Dominican have said they will assist the victims by waiving various amounts of their hospital costs. Dignity Health-St Rose Dominican has said it “does not intend to bill or require payment from any patient victims of this tragic event.” Read more

Stephen Paddock: Las Vegas gunman’s autopsy results released (Independent)

The gunman who killed dozens of people when he opened fire on the crowd of a Las Vegas country music festival had no abnormalities on the brain, an autopsy has revealed. County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said investigators were still awaiting results of a toxicology report on Stephen Paddock’s body, which would show whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he began spraying revellers with bullets. The 64-year-old gunned down 58 people and injured 489, before apparently killing himself. Read more

Italian woman wins right to use family sick leave to care for dog (Itv)

An Italian librarian has won the right to use family sick leave to care for her ailing dog. The ruling means the woman does not have to use annual leave days to stay by the side of the English setter she considers to be part of her family. Italian animal advocacy group LAV says it helped persuade public La Sapienza University to let her use two days’ family sick leave to care for 12-year-old Cucciola. LAV president Gianluca Felicetti said anyone who obtains a veterinarian’s certificate should enjoy the same benefit, citing Cucciola’s case as precedent. Read more

In schools and hospitals, Turkey carves north Syria role (Reuters)

Children returning to school in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab were handed a new textbook this term: “Türkçe Öğreniyorum” – “I am learning Turkish”. Turkish lessons, Turkish signposts, Turkish-trained police and most recently a Turkish post office all point to Turkey’s deepening role in an area of northern Syria it captured from Islamic State (IS) with the help of Syrian rebels. Turkish administrators are even helping to run hospitals in the area. Read more

A rare look inside the “heart of society” for Iraq’s Shi’ites (Reuters)

For more than 1,000 years, the al-Hawza al-Ilmiyya south of Baghdad has been one of the hearts of Shi‘ite Islamic scholarship, training the clerics who lead Shi‘ite communities across the Muslim world. Thousands of students, from teenage boys to university graduates, study Islam at its schools in the holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala. Shi‘ites, who are the majority in Iraq, were repressed under dictator Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Muslim, but now lead the Iraqi government since Saddam was overthrown in 2003. Clerics trained at the Hawza have wide social and political influence, both inside Iraq and abroad. Read more

Bulgarians use “speed dating” to get know migrants (Reuters)

Couples lining up to face each other are given 30 seconds to chat before moving on – in a version of speed dating that, rather than sparking romance, aims to promote understanding and integration for new immigrants. At a social centre in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, the locals stand on one side, the immigrants – many refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries – face them. Read more

Barnier’s body language reveals futility and deadlock at Brexit talks (Guardian)

Here we are again,” said Michel Barnier, with more than a hint of resignation. “The same two people … ” Neither of whom could quite bring themselves to look each other in the eye. Five rounds into Britain’s Brexit negotiations with the EU and Barnier and David Davis have all but given up making any pretence that the talks have made much progress. The body language is now as poor as the language itself. Read more

Sally Jones: the UK punk singer who became Isis’s ‘white widow’ (Guardian)

Sally Jones was a “poster woman” for Islamist State whose killing, if confirmed, would represent a significant propaganda blow to the terrorist group. Jones, who helped recruit hundreds of women to join her fighting jihad, was reported killed in June along with her 12-year-old-son JoJo. She is believed to be the first woman to be targeted in an airstrike, according to Shiraz Maher, senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College London. Read more

Spanish pilot dies in crash after National Day parade (CNN)

A Eurofighter jet has crashed, killing its pilot, as it was returning to a military base in Spain’s southeast on Thursday, the country’s air force said. The aircraft had been involved in a military display in Madrid during National Day celebrations and was on the approach to the Los Llanos Air Base on the outskirts of Albacete. “As a result of the accident, which happened while maneuvering for landing, the pilot of the aircraft has passed away,” the Spanish Air Face confirmed in a series of tweets from their official account. First responders attended the scene on farmland near the base after receiving a call around midday local (7 a.m. ET), Reuters reported. Read more

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