* Otedola bridge fire: Lagos restricts tankers to designated trailer route (Punch) * Ekiti guber: Fayemi hires 4 top INEC staff to manipulate July poll, Fayose alleges (SUN)

* Otedola bridge fire: Lagos restricts tankers to designated trailer route (Punch)                        *  Ekiti guber: Fayemi hires 4 top INEC staff to manipulate July poll, Fayose alleges (SUN)



Otedola bridge fire: Lagos restricts tankers to designated trailer route (Punch)

Following the tanker explosion on Otedola Bridge on Thursday, the Lagos State Government has restricted tankers to designated trailer route. The government also gave 30-day ultimatum for articulated vehicles to obtain road worthiness certificate. The explosion claimed lives and property. A press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna on Sunday, states that the government also said it was now mandatory for all articulated trucks coming into Lagos to obtain the Ministry of Transportation’s Road Worthiness Certificate at any of the designated centres within the next 30 days. Read more

Ekiti guber: Fayemi hires 4 top INEC staff to manipulate July poll, Fayose alleges (SUN)

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has again raised the alarm that the flag bearer of All Progressive Congress (APC), John Kayode Fayemi has hired four top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from the headquarters in Abuja, to manipulate the July 14 poll to favour the APC. He also alleged that the Federal Government has been delaying allocations to states in the federation because of the July 14 poll in Ekiti, with a view to insigate workers in the state against his government. Speaking categorically on a live state Radio and Television broadcast in Ado Ekiti, state capital, on Sarurday night, the governor gave the names of the four INEC officials as Pascal Ukenwa, Deputy Director, ICT, Abdulrasak Agboola, also Deputy Director, ICT, Kenneth Ukeagu, Procurement Officer, and INEC Commissioner, Amina Zakari, saying: Read more

Remuneration not only the problem of NPF — ex IGP (Nation)

A former Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba said on Sunday that what men and women of the Nigerian Police Force urgently needed was more than their remuneration. Abba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the payment of the salaries of the Nigerian Police Force should not be allowed to disregard their needs during service and after their retirement. “Remuneration is not a major problem of the Nigerian Police today. One of the major problems of the Police is getting the trust of the public, so that they can work together in fighting the common enemy, which is crime. Read more

Rising killings : Ekweremadu to sponsor bill on state police (Vanguard)

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Sunday said that he has concluded arrangements to sponsor a bill that would decentralise nation’s policing system. Ekweremadu has however slammed the current system as “dysfunctional and unsuitable for a federal system”. Responding to the rising insecurity and killings in Nigeria, the Deputy Senate President said that the killings had continued mainly because the federating states were not constitutionally allowed to recruit, train, and equip enough manpower for the security of lives and property of citizens in their states. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu spoke during an interactive session with Fulbright Scholars, Exchange Scholars, and Graduate Students at the International Centre for Information and Nelson Mandela Institute of Research in his maiden lectures as a Professor and Senior Mentoring Scholar, E-Governance and Strategic Government Studies, Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Social Sciences, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Read more

Nigeria needs more of Community Policing now — Ex IGP (SUN)

Former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba said on Sunday that for Nigeria to drastically reduce crime and terrorist activities, she urgently needed to encourage more community Policing. Abba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it was imperative for the Nigerian Police to engage more with communities and stakeholders in crime prevention and management. According to him, Nigeria does not need foreign intervention to be able to reduce crime in her communities, but to promote more of community Policing. Read more

Special Anti-corruption Courts deliver 324 Judgments in 6 Months (ThisDay)

The Special Courts designated to try corruption and financial crimes cases in the country have delivered 324 judgements, struck out 12 cases and reserved 62 cases for judgement in the last six months, it has been revealed. This was contained in a report submitted by the Corruption and financial Crime Cases Trials Monitoring Committee, (COTRIMCO) inaugurated in November 2017 by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The committee’s task is to tour the six geo-political zones of the country to determine the causes of slow pace of corruption and financial crimes cases in the country’s courts. Read more

Fake news aggravating herders/farmers crises in Nigeria – BBC (Guardian)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has reported that fake news circulating in the social media is fuelling the farmers/herdsmen crises in Nigeria. In the report by the media organisation, it stated that “fake pictures circulating on social media which users are falsely claiming depict inter-communal violence are inflaming already high tensions in Nigeria.” The international media outfit, specifically made reference to repellent images circulating in the social media which the originators purportedly claimed were from recent violence in Jos, Plateau. Read more

Obiano: Awka to be modelled on Dubai (ThisDay)

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has said that he has adopted the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) top city, Dubai, as a model for the development of the state capital, Awka. The Managing Director of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), Amaechi Okwuosa, who spoke to journalists on behalf of the governor during the demolition of shanties by the agency, said the essence of the demolition in the capital city was preparatory to the massive facelift which the governor plans to give the city. The demolition exercise which was jointly supervised by officials of ACTDA and men of the Nigeria Police Force visited several sections of the town from Agu Awka to Amansea, Ogbugbankwa junction and Club road, all within the capital city, where they removed structures deemed illegal. Read more

I can make Shekau, others surrender – Ex-Boko Haram commander (Vanguard)

A 32 year-old former Boko Haram Commander, Rawana Goni, has appealed to the Nigerian military authorities to allow him make a phone call to the elusive leader, Abubakar Shekau and at least 137 other terrorists to make them surrender. Goni, who is undergoing rehabilitation at a military detention camp in Maiduguri, said this in an interview. The former Boko Haram commander is an indigene of Bama in Borno state. He surrendered to the military in Cameroon after escaping from Sambisa Forest eight months ago. Read more

Ajimobi directs reopening of Bodija market (Guardian)

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Saturday ordered the immediate re-opening of Bodija market in the state. Ajimobi gave the directive in a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun in Ibadan. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the state government had on Thursday shut down the market due to mayhem between security agents and butchers, which led to loss of lives and property. The governor said that the decision to reopen the market was taken after due consultation with security agencies and other relevant stakeholders of the market. Read more

NNPC donates N50m to Victims of Bauchi Windstorm (ThisDay)

As part of its corporate social responsibility, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has donated the sum of N50 million to the victims of the recent windstorm in Bauchi State which destroyed over 1,500 houses. The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, flanked by his top management staff Sunday announced the donation when he visited the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, in his palace to commiserate with the people of the state over the disaster. According to him, “Our brothers and sisters in Bauchi have been affected by natural disaster which befell them on 16th of June, just a day after sallah whereby complete darkness engulfed the town. Then windstorm followed by heavy rain which unfortunately at least 10 lives were lost and over 1,500 houses were ruined. Read more

Apapa-Wharf Road reconstruction project 75% completed – officials (Guardian)

The Apapa Wharf Road reconstruction project has achieved 75 per cent completion, officials of AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd., handling the project have said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Project Director, Mr Bosun Kalejaiye and the Project Manager, Mr Tunde Jimoh, amde this known on Sunday in Lagos during an inspection of the road. Kalejiaye told journalists that the outbound section had been completed, while the second part, inbound Apapa, had recorded 25 per cent progress, saying that the entire project was 75 per cent completed. Read more

Deputy Superintendent of Prisons arrested for alleged armed robbery (Punch)

A Deputy Superintendent of Prisons in the Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr. Collins Ugwu, has been arrested by the Police in Enugu on suspicion of armed robbery. Ugwu, a native of Ezza in Ebonyi State, who resides in Abuja where he works at the headquarters of the Nigeria Prisons Service, was reportedly caught in Enugu on June 26. The senior prisons officer was arrested alongside alleged accomplices — Ifeanyi Ozor, a native of Enugu State who is also residing in Abuja; and Smart Osetu, from Oguta in Imo State. Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Mr. Mohammed Danmallam, disclosed this while parading the suspects. Read more

Fans loved what Paul Pogba did to Lionel Messi after France beat Argentina in the last-16 of the World Cup (Mirror)

Lionel Messi was understandably distraught following Argentina’s defeat by France in the last-16 of the World Cup on Saturday. The Barcelona legend notched an assist on the day, but was unable to inspire a victory, as Les Bleus ran out 4-3 winners over the two-time champions of the tournament. Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring from the penalty spot for France, after man of the match Kylian Mbappe was pulled down in the box by Marcos Rojo. Angel Di Maria leveled the scores with a wonder strike before Gabriel Mercado latched onto a Messi shot to beat Hugo Lloris in the France goal, and put Argentina in front. Read more

Hazard says time is right for Belgium to shine at World Cup (Sportskeeda)

Belgium forward Eden Hazard accepts the spotlight is on him at the World Cup, increasingly so now that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have gone home. “They are not in the World Cup, so now it’s time to shine,” a smiling Hazard said before Belgium’s last-16 match against Japan on Monday. Ronaldo and Messi have each won five world player of the year awards. But neither has won the World Cup, and on Saturday both Portugal and Argentina were eliminated. Hazard still has a chance to win it. In the past, Hazard has talked himself up about being good enough to become a player of the year award winner. Read more

Federer eyes 9th Wimbledon crown but wary of Nadal threat (Sport24)

Having seen longtime rival Rafael Nadal tighten his iron-grip on Roland Garros, Roger Federer aims to extend his personal dominance of Wimbledon from Monday by claiming a ninth title at the All England Club.

Despite his 37th birthday fast approaching, Federer will still start Wimbledon as the overwhelming favourite to clinch a 21st major. Federer set new records 12 months ago when he defeated a hobbling Marin Cilic in the final, becoming both the tournament’s oldest champion and first to claim eight titles. That came after he decided to skip the entire clay court season, a strategy he repeated this year as the Swiss sit at home watching Nadal romp to an 11th French Open. Read more

Murray withdraws from Wimbledon as his rehabilitation continues (ITV)

Andy Murray has announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament. The two-time champion had been due to play Benoit Paire in the first round on Tuesday and spoke positively about his prospects at a press conference on Saturday, but he has decided best-of-five-set tennis is too demanding at this stage of his comeback from hip surgery. Murray said in a statement: “It’s with regret I’m withdrawing from Wimbledon. I’ve made significant progress in practice and matches over the last 10 days but, after lengthy discussions with my team and with a heavy heart, we’ve decided that playing best-of-five-set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process. Read more

Mexicans head to polls to choose a new president as relations with U.S. grow unusually fraught (Washingtonpost)

Mexican voters streamed into polling stations on Sunday morning for a presidential election that could bring to power a leftist who has attacked mainstream politicians and promises to eradicate corruption and defend the poor. In his third consecutive campaign for president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 64, has by far his best chance. He has dominated polls this election season, riding a wave of anger about government corruption and record-breaking drug war violence. President Trump looms in the background of this vote. He has not been a wedge issue in the election — as all candidates have opposed his policies and anti-Mexican rhetoric — but the new Mexican president will have to manage cross-border relations that are unusually fraught. Read more

Trump’s words might denigrate the rule of law. His actions, less so (Guardian)

A frequent media trope is anxiety that the Trump administration is undermining American rule of law in the name of his own personal power, ego and profit. One recent Trump tweet in particular – “I have the absolute right to pardon myself” – did little to assuage the fears of those who believe Trump is planning, like Napoleon, to crown himself emperor. Long-time commentator Jonathan Chait recently warned: “The rule of law in the United States is like a suspension bridge – still upright, but with cables snapping, one by one.” It may be that Trump has authoritarian desires. Nonetheless, the US firmly remains a nation of laws. For all the daily angst and noise about the current occupant of the White House, nothing has happened to date that fundamentally alters that statement. Read more

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