* Osinbajo to Nigerians: You’ll benefit if we continue to serve (SUN) * Evans fed like other prisoners, says NPS (Punch)

* Osinbajo to Nigerians: You’ll benefit if we continue to serve (SUN)       * Evans fed like other prisoners, says NPS (Punch)



Osinbajo to Nigerians: You’ll benefit if we continue to serve (SUN)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has assured Nigerians that they would share in the benefits that would accrue as the Muhammadu Buhari Administration continues to serve. He said this at at the All Progressives Congress Ward Congress in Eti Osa Local Government where he had observed the congress. In a statement by his Spokesman, Laolu Akande, said Osinbajo who was at the Wards A & B – Agungi Ajiran, and Ikate Elegusi in the LGA respectively, that “We came to find out how things are going, to hear the good news that all our ward congresses are going on very peacefully without any rancour and problems. Read more

Evans fed like other prisoners, says NPS (Punch)

The Nigerian Prisons Service says the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudidumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, is being fed like every other inmate. The spokesperson for the NPS in Lagos, Rotimi Oladokun, said this on Saturday while reacting to Evans’ allegation that he was being starved in prison. Evans, who is facing charges bordering on kidnapping before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, also alleged through his counsel, that he was not allowed to have a bath. However, Oladokun, in an interview with our correspondent, debunked the allegations. He claimed that Evans was given three meals daily like other inmates. Read more

I have no plan to dump APC – Ortom (Guardian)

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, has denied any plan to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC).The denial is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase issued to newsmen in Makurdi. It dismissed media report on the governor’s purported plan to leave the APC as false, misleading and handiwork of detractors playing politics with the blood of the people. ”We read a report in a national daily of today which named Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom as one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders planning to defect to another political party. Read more

Botched Ekiti Primary: Your integrity at stake, Oni tells Oyegun, NWC (ThisDay)

Former Governor Segun Oni on Sunday advised the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the National Working Committee(NWC) to look into what led to the inconclusive Ekiti Governorship primary as their integrity was at stake. Oni, former APC National Deputy Chairman (South) and governorship aspirant of the party, said the way some people who were discovered to be friends of a particular aspirant were nominated into the Ekiti governorship primary committee put the integrity of the party’s national leadership to question. Read more

Obasanjo coalition’s candidate will defeat Buhari – Okupe (Punch)

A former presidential spokesperson, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has said the Coalition for Nigeria Movement will present a candidate who will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. He, however, said the group was not formed to either attack the Buhari government or to discredit the APC. Okupe, in a statement on Saturday, said since it would be difficult to defeat an incumbent, the CNM was created as a broad platform with a view to presenting a candidate who would contest against Buhari with the hope of defeating the incumbent President. Read more

We’re not recruiting, beware of fraudsters, NNPC tells Nigerians (PremiumTimes)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says the recruitment advertisement by the corporation currently trending on social media is false. In a statement in Abuja on Sunday, the NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, said that the advertisement was intended to mislead innocent members of the public. According to him, the advertisement is set in NNPC’s corporate colour with its logo. He said that it invited candidates with background in Sciences, Engineering, Business/Finance, Social Sciences, Arts/Humanities as well as Medical/Health Sciences to apply. “It gave required educational attainments of prospects to include: Master’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) and National Diploma. Read more

Police Recruitment: Candidates to write JAMB exam (PremiumTimes)

The police have confirmed that the candidates to be recruited in the ongoing process will have to write an examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced that he had approved for the police to recruit 6,000 new officers. The recruitment is to help increase the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, currently at about 300,000. In a statement sent to Premium Times on Sunday, Jimoh Moshood, the police spokesperson, said, “For the first time, successful candidates, after the physical screening, will undergo a written aptitude test to be conducted by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to ensure transparency and get the best out of the candidates.” Read more

Group hails Nigerian Army, Buratai over commitments to end killings in the country (Vanguard)

A Middle belt pressure group, the Middle Belt Rights Congress (MBRC) has described as highly commendable the ability of the Nigerian Army to rise above various political distractions and unnecessary criticisms to tackle the incessant killings in the country, especially in the middle belt region. The group also commended the Chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for his on the spot visits to remote communities in Benue state, saying such action has indeed served as morale booster to the  troops. Read more

UNICEF, Govt. decry high prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in Ekiti (Nation)

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and Ekiti State Government have decried the increasing rate of Female Genital Mutilation, (FGM) in the state. They, however, said that it would take collective efforts from all stakeholders to curb the menace. UNICEF and the state government made this known at the end of the stakeholders meeting of the State Technical Committee on FGM in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday. UNICEF Consultant on FGM for Ekiti, Osun and Oyo states, Mrs Aderonke Olutayo, said the agency would render technical support to assist the state government to eliminate the practice in the state. Read more

Siamese twins: ex-labour leader calls for public support (SUN)

A former chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Delta State, Ovuozourie Macaulay has appealed to government at all levels and well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the parents of co-joined twins delivered at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara. Macaulay who is the immediate past Secretary to the State Government (SSG), made the appeal when he visited the couple at the hospital, describing the birth of the co-joined twins as a miracle. The male twins were delivered last week to a youth corps member (father) and a full time house wife (mother). Read more

Soot may be killing us gradually – Port Harcourt residents (Punch)

No resident of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, can feign ignorance of the emission and spread of a black substance in the city, known as soot, which has refused to go away. Experts, including medical doctors, have continued to raise the alarm on how dangerous the constant discharge of such tiny materials is in Port Harcourt and its environs. Online sources noted that soot is a mass of impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. Most residents of the city have expressed fears for their lives having heard about the dangers of the contaminated carbon particles. Read more

FCTA denies cholera outbreak in territory (Vanguard)

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says there is no cholera outbreak recorded in the territory. Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu, Director Public Health of Health and Human Service Secretariat, made this known in an interview in Abuja on Sunday. Okoroukwu described the purported outbreak of cholera as false and misleading. He said investigation carried out by the department revealed that there were three reported cases of gastroenteritis around Masilasi Area of Jabi in Abuja. Read more

NSCDC commends FG’s ban on codeine, urges regulation on rubber solution sales (Nation)

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has commended the Federal Government for banning the production and importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough syrup preparations. NSCDC’s Spokesman in Jigawa, Adamu Shehu, gave the commendation during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Sunday. He said the measure would go a long way in reducing the rate of crimes, pointing out that most of drug addicts engaged in one crime or the other. “Honestly, this is a welcome development because codeine is being abused by youths who are supposed to be our future leaders. Read more

Apapa/Ijora road repair: AG Dangote, Julius Berger begin rehabilitation on alternative route (Vanguard)

AG Dangote and Julius Berger Construction Companies have begun rehabilitating Leventis Road in Apapa that will serve as the alternative route when the Apapa/Ijora Bridge is closed for repairs. The Federal Controller Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, who disclosed this development to newsmen on Sunday said that this was to facilitate vehicular movements there. Kuti said that AG Dangote Construction Company Limited had completed constructing the concrete slab while Julius Berger was carrying out palliatives on parts of the roaD. “AG Dangote Construction Company Limited has already completed the concrete slab on the road but it needs 28 days to cure before vehicles can run on it. Read more

Armed bandits kill 27 in Birnin Gwari (SUN)

Barely one week after the massacre of Local miners at Janruwa, in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna State, armed bandits have killed 27 at the weekend. Eyewitness said the bandits struck on Saturday around 2:30pm, killing mostly children at Gwaska village of the area. But Spokesman of Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu said he was still working to get details of the incident at the time of filling this report. Eyewitness said, the armed bandits from neighboring Zamfara State, encircled Gwaska up to Kuiga village, shooting sporadically. Also the Armed bandits burnt down completely the village of about 3,000 inhabitants. Read more

Davido, Wizkid, Small Doctor, others win 2018 Headies awards (Nation)

Popular entertainers Davido and Small Doctor are among the numerous artistes that won the 2018 Headies awards early on Sunday. While millionaire Davido won the award as Best Pop single and artist of the year, Small Doctor won the 2018 best street hop artiste. Others are MI- Best rap single; Teni- Rookie of the year; Reminisce- Best rap album. Others are – Innocent Idibia (2face) and Ayodeji Balogun (Wizkid). The awards on Saturday night, stretching into the early hours of Sunday were given at the 12th edition of HEADIES which took place at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. Read more

We rise by lifting others, says Davido (Tribune)

Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) Boss, David Adeleke aka Davido has challenged Nigerian artistes to help others who are in need, saying that it is the only way they can be lifted up in all areas of endeavours. This he disclosed at this year’s Headies Awards which was graced by virtually all the Nigerian Musicians. Davido, who was nominated and won the Artiste of the year award category for the second time, stressed that other Nigerian artistes should learn to give back to the society with the little they have. Read more

Get well soon, Sir Alex: The man who made many fall in love with football (Sportskeeda)

It was close to 2 am and I had to put the television on mute. However, like some yesteryear star of a silent movie, I was screaming my lungs out. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had just netted the most improbable winner of all time and Manchester United had, against all odds, won the 1999 Champions League Final against Bayern Munich. As an 11-year-old schoolboy just beginning to get acquainted with football, that moment sealed the deal and a lifelong affection for the game was engendered. Read more

Salah starts against former club as Morata misses out (Goal)

The race for a top-four finish could go down to the final day of the Premier League depending on the outcome at Stamford Bridge Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made just one change to his team for the Premier League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.. Fresh from sealing a place in the Champions League in the final on Wednesday, Klopp has decided against making wholesale changes for the test against Chelsea. Nathaniel Clyne replacing Jordan Henderson is the only alteration from the Liverpool team which started the 4-2 defeat by Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in midweek. Read more

Trump would have had lawyer pay off more women ‘if necessary’, Giuliani says (Guardian)

Donald Trump would have had attorney Michael Cohen make payments to women other than Stormy Daniels if “necessary”, the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday as the White House sought without success to impose order on an increasingly chaotic and damaging scandal. In response, Daniels’ lawyer said Giuliani and Trump had “lost track of the truth” and were undermining their own attempted “coverup”. Daniels, an actor in adult films, claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006, a claim Trump has denied. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 in October 2016, shortly before the presidential election, as part of a non-disclosure agreement. Daniels is suing Trump and Cohen to be released from the agreement and for defamation. Read more

Facebook privacy: Survey suggests continuing US loyalty (BBC)

Most Facebook users in the US remain loyal, despite the recent data sharing scandal involving a political consultancy firm, a poll suggests. Facebook admitted last month that the data of 87 million users had been improperly shared with the UK-based firm, Cambridge Analytica. The Reuters/Ipsos survey found no clear loss or gain in use since then. A quarter of Facebook users said they used it less or had left it but another quarter said they used it even more. The remaining half said their use of the network had not changed.However, the survey was limited to the US and analysts are waiting to see how the social media giant’s sales perform in the second quarter, when the scandal was at its height. Read more

Polls open as Lebanon holds first general election since 2009 (Skynews)

Voters in Lebanon are turning out for the country’s first general election since 2009. As voters flocked to polling stations across the country, vehicles and clothing were decorated with material promoting the main parties and speakers played songs supporting candidates. Due to changes in Lebanon’s election laws and instability in neighbouring Syria, its people have not elected a new parliament for almost a decade. Predicting the winner in this poll has proved difficult, as the number of voting districts has been reduced and the country now uses a proportional representation electoral system. Read more

Gunman injures Pakistan interior minister Ahsan Iqbal in Punjab (Guardian)

A gunman has shot and injured Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal while he was visiting the north-eastern city of Narowal, local media report. Mr. Iqbal had just attended a meeting of his political party when he was hit at least once in the arm and taken to hospital. His life is not in danger. His attacker, said to be a man in his early 20s, was arrested and was being questioned, officials said. Mr Iqbal is a member of the governing Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). Read more


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