March 20, 2019

* Otedola bridge tanker fire, one of Nigeria’s greatest tragedies – Buhari (Punch) * Eagles to Arrive Friday after World Cup exit (Nation)

* Otedola bridge tanker fire, one of Nigeria’s greatest tragedies – Buhari (Punch)              * Eagles to Arrive Friday after World Cup exit (Nation)



Otedola bridge tanker fire, one of Nigeria’s greatest tragedies – Buhari (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the fuel tanker fire experienced in Lagos on Thursday evening as one of the greatest tragedies witnessed in the country in recent times. Buhari states this in a statement made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. The President expressed shock and sorrow over the fire in which many people are feared killed with several vehicles burnt. Buhari said in reaction to the early reports reaching him concerning the incident that he was sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, tens of vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire. Read more

Eagles to Arrive Friday after World Cup exit (Nation)

NationsSport reported players and officials of the Super Eagles are expected back in the country on Friday after crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The team have officially checked out of their hotel rooms for a return back home according to schedule. The Nigeria side who narrowly failed to qualify after losing to Argentina left Russia aboard and an Emirates flight. Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Second Vice President, Shehu Dikko, led the delegation along with some members of the NFF executive committee. Read more

Plateau killings: PDP’s 7-day mourning irresponsible politics – Presidency (SUN)

The Presidency has described as ‘irresponsible politics’, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s declaration of seven days of mourning over what it called, sad and unfortunate killings in Plateau State, over the weekend. The Presidency also said in the 16 years of PDP rule, over 22,000 citizens were killed in ethnic and communal clashes including those killed by Boko Haram but the former ruling party never declared national mournings. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the nation was in a period of distress and sorrow which calls for deep introspection on how cheap human lives had become and not a time to dance on the graves of the dead, playing cheap and infantile politics. Read more

Buhari signs 2 new bills into law (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday assented to two new bills, the Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, has said. Enang said while briefing State House Correspondents that the new laws were the Medical Residency Training Act, 2018; and the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (Establishment, Etc) (Amendment) Act, 2018. According to Enang, the medical law enacts and regulates the Medical Residency Training Programme for the training of Medical Practitioners and Dental Surgeons. Read more

Fashola, others urge youths to drive Nigeria’s development (Nation)

The Minister of power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Thursday called for value reorientation among youths to attract positive development to the nation. Fashola made the assertion at an event organised by a youth group tagged “The Youth in Nigeria: Mapping the Future” to mark the minister’s 55th birthday in Lagos. The minister said young people fought for the nation’s independence, unity and built some major infrastructure in the past, and that the new generation of youths must be determined to drive the nation’s development. He urged youths seeking political office to have the interest to serve at heart, saying only those who were ready to add other people’s problem to their own should be in government. Read more

Fayemi’s team mocks pollster, counsels PDP to prepare for defeat (Vanguard)

The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has dismissed as nightmarish an opinion poll result conducted by information analysis firm, NOI Polls, predicting victory for the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prof Olusola Eleka, in the July 14 election. It said NOI opinion poll result is a pre-meditated arrangement to fulfil a contractual engagement by a politician working for other politicians with common partisan interest and urged PDP to prepare for defeat over abuse of Ekiti people’s right to good governance and development. Read more

ICYMI: Sell your votes, risk jail, Fayose warns workers (Punch)

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has cautioned the state’s civil servants not to sell their votes to the All Progressives Congress on the Election Day. He said the offer to buy votes could be a trick to arrest the workers and hand them over for prosecution by the Electoral Offences Tribunal. The governor warned that any worker caught taking money to vote for a particular candidate on the day of election would be on his own because the people offering the money might not be able to secure their freedom. He urged the workers to vote and stay until result was announced and their preferred winner win the election. Read more

My detention was dirty politics, says Abaribe (Nation)

The Senator representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe has said that his arrest and detention by the Department of State Services (DSS) was part of the “dirty politics” being played by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Abaribe, who was at the national secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, observed that the entire National Assembly was under siege, adding that members are being hunted by the executive arm. Saying that the 2019 election will be a decisive factor for governance in the country, the senator warned that the actions and inactions of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will have effect on whether Nigeria will continue to exist after the elections. Read more

Omo-Agege: Court orders substituted service of contempt proceedings on Saraki, Senate (Punch)

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday granted an application by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege seeking to serve contempt proceedings on the Senate and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, through newspaper publication. Omo-Agege approached the court through an ex parte motion seeking to effect service of Form 48 which is notice of contempt; and Form 49, notice of committal to prison on the respondents for refusing to accept personal service. Omo-Agege’s counsel, Mr. Alex Izinyon (SAN) told the court that since May when the court made an order nullifying his client’s suspension, the Senate had yet to pay him his outstanding salaries and allowances. Read more

Jos killings: Govs call for prosecution of attackers, to meet with service chiefs (Vanguard)

Governors of the 36 states of the federation have called on the Federal Government to arrest and prosecute those behind the incessant killings across the country. The governors’ reaction came against the backdrop of last weekend’s killing of over 100 persons in three local government areas of Plateau State. Rising from a meeting, under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Wednesday night, the governors also resolved to to hold a security meeting with service chiefs in a bid to stop the incessant killings in the land and properly activate the security apparatus in the country. They also commiserated with the government and people of Plateau State, even as they planned to pay a condolence visit. Read more

Plateau crises deliberately planned with political, religious mindset – JNI (Nation)

The apex Islamic body in the north, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has raised alarm that, the recent crisis in Plateau state that led to the killing of scores of residents and motorists was deliberately planned and orchestrated with political and religious mindset. JNI, while lamenting the devastating effect of the crisis especially on innocent passers-by, after three years of peaceful and harmonious coexistence among the people of the state, decried the return to the “black-dark days of bloodbath”. In a statement signed by its Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu and made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday called on security agencies to immediately fish out the culprits of the dastardly acts for punitive measure to be meted to them. Read more

Only 350 Nigerians owe us N4.3trn –AMCON boss (Punch)

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria says that only 350 Nigerians are responsible for more than 80 per cent of the N5.4 trillion debt portfolio of the company. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of AMCON, Mr. Ahmed Kuru, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday. According to Kuru, the 350 Nigerians or their businesses, owe a whopping N4.3tr of the N5.4trn debt profile of the company, an amount which is over 50 per cent of the 2018 Budget of Nigeria. Read more

Salaries may be delayed over FAAC deadlock, Says Adeosun (Nation)

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun on Thursday warned that if the issues that led to the federation accounts and allocation committee (FAAC) meeting with governors that ended in a deadlocked is not resolved; salaries might be affected in the states. The committee members of FAAC, she said, felt that some of the costs presented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) couldn’t be justified hence have decided that rather than approve the accounts, the negotiations continue until the agreements are reached. She also explained that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, have been fully briefed and have supported the Ministry of Finance and the commissioners of finance not to approve those accounts until further explanations on some of the cost being implemented are given. Read more

Nigerian-born British nurse found guilty of trafficking girls overseas for sex work (Punch)

A Nigerian-born British nurse, Josephine Iyamu, who used ‘juju’ to traffic Nigerian prostitutes to Europe, was on Thursday found guilty in the first case of its kind in the United Kingdom. Iyamu, formerly of South London, used a witch doctor to convince her victims they were under her control and exploited them to fund a lavish lifestyle that included trips to Europe and £700 designer shoes, reports Daily Mail. The 53-year-old woman, known as “Madame Sandra,” was a ringleader of an international human trafficking crime network. Read more

Army arrests 3 informants, rescue victim in Zamfara (SUN)

The Nigeria Army has arrested three suspected informants who give vital information to bandits in Zamfara State. A statement signed by the Director, Army/Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said the troops deployed at Magam town, on Monday, arrested three suspected informants in Gobirawa Fulani village following a tip-off. Chukwu said the suspects are allegedly responsible for giving information to bandits before they carry out attacks. He also added that troops deployed in operation Idon Raini, while on patrol at Dansadau Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara , rescued a kidnapped victim and recovered four motorcycles at Abobo village, from bandits. Read more

5 killed, several injured in newspaper office shooting (Punch)

Five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting at the Capital Gazette office, in Maryland, USA, according to police. A shooter is in custody. Anne Arundel County Police initially confirmed about 3:15 p.m. that they were responding to an “active shooter” at 888 Bestgate Road, where the newspaper’s offices are located. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene. The Capital Gazette is owned by The Baltimore Sun. Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter who was in the building at the time of the shooting, said multiple people were shot, as others — himself included — hid under their desks. He said there was a lone male gunman. Read more

World Cup: Germany arrive home to angry supporters (Nation)

Germany national team have started facing the music for their poor outing in Russia as they were held hostage by an army of Germany reporters and photographers just as they landed home on Thursday. Germany became the third successive champions to be eliminated at the group stage after a shambolic performance in Russia culminating in a 2-0 defeat to Korea Republic in Kazan. The reporters in their numbers were asking questions just as the team landed at Frankfurt International Airport. Coach Joachim Low and captain Manuel Neuer were left to face the music as the Germans came to terms with their worst World Cup performance in 80 years. Read more

Revealed! Joshua to Face Povetkin Sept 22 (Nation)

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that the mandatory fight between Anthony Joshua and the dangerous Alexander Povetkin has been fixed. “We’re fighting Povetkin in September and we’re looking at multiple venues and dates,” Hearn said Wednesday night. “We have a deal with Povetkin agreed to, but it’s not signed yet,” he added. Hearn further revealed that the fight will take place September 22 or 29, at one of London’s major stadiums, Wembley, Twickenham or London Olympic Stadium. Povektin has won 8 straight fights since his lone defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, but has had some recent problems testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Read more

Why England should want to lose against Belgium… and what it means for their World Cup chances

This year’s World Cup draw is one of the most uneven in recent memory and England have a golden chance to exploit it. On one side, the prospect of a quarter-final against Brazil or Mexico, and then a semi-final versus one of Argentina, France, Portugal or Uruguay. On the other, it’s Sweden or Switzerland in the last eight, and a World Cup semi-final against Russia, Denmark, Croatia or Spain.  England go into tonight’s showdown with Belgium knowing that if they win the match they will have to punch well above their weight if they want to get close to the final, whereas if they draw and pick up more bookings than Belgium, or even lose, the road to the top is significantly less bumpy. Read more

A Chinese court has sentenced an American Football Player to 4 Years in Prison (Time)

A Chinese court sentenced former American football player Wendell Brown to four years in prison Thursday for being involved in a bar fight, a punishment his lawyer and an activist called excessive. Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball State University in Indiana, had been teaching American football in southwest China when he was arrested in September 2016 and later charged with intentional assault. He has denied hitting a man at a bar and said he had raised his arms in self-defense after being attacked. A judge in the city of Chongqing issued the sentence after a brief hearing, Brown’s lawyer Wu Junmei said by phone. Brown intends to appeal, she said. Read more

Trump lied about Parents of Korean War vets, Now he’s lying about returned bodies (Huffpost)

Having already invented “thousands” of parents who begged him to bring home the bodies of their Korean War veteran children, President Donald Trump is now inventing hundreds of such repatriations that haven’t actually happened. The return of the remains of American service members who were killed in that war has become a major “victory” Trump likes to claim from his June 12 meeting in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “It was the last thing I asked,” he told a gathering of Nevada Republicans on Saturday. “I said, ‘Do you mind, would I be able to get the remains back of all those great heroes from so many years ago?’ And he said, ‘I will do that.’ And you probably read, they have already done 200 people. Which is so great.” Read more

Nude model’s Western Wall photo shoot sparks anger (BBC)

A Belgian artist has faced a backlash in Israel after posing nude in front of one of Judaism’s most sacred sites. Marisa Papen posted the image of herself reclining naked on a rooftop overlooking the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The rabbi of the site described the incident as “grave and lamentable”. Last year, Ms Papen was briefly detained after taking naked photos at an ancient Egyptian temple in Luxor. On her website, the young model describes her way of life as “a naked form of freedom where masks are torn off and thrown in the ocean”. Many of her publicly posted images are nude modelling shots taken all over the world. Read more

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