* Overwhelmed with joy, Nigeria’s bobsleigh women savour Olympic moment (Punch) * Council of State meeting holds Thursday (SUN)

* Overwhelmed with joy, Nigeria’s bobsleigh women savour Olympic moment (Punch)              * Council of State meeting holds Thursday (SUN)



Overwhelmed with joy, Nigeria’s bobsleigh women savour Olympic moment (Punch)

Nigeria’s women’s bobsleigh team finished with the wooden spoon Wednesday but left with their heads held high after an emotional Olympic debut in the crackpot winter pursuit. The plucky West Africans finished 20th in Pyeongchang, more than seven seconds behind gold medallists Germany in a sport where success and failure is measured in hundredths of a second. But try telling that to Nigerian driver Seun Adigun and partner Ngozi Onwumere after a landmark appearance, cheered on by their families and a vocal pocket of Nigerian fans. Read more

Council of State meeting holds Thursday (SUN)

A Council of states meeting will hold Thursday at the State House, Abuja. This is the third Council of States meeting since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office. The first one held in  October 21, 2015, while the second held in September 2016. The National Council of State is chaired by President Buhari, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as  Deputy Chairman.Other council members include all former presidents and Heads of Government, all former Chief Justices of Nigeria, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, all the 36 state governors and the Attorney-General of the Federation. Read more

Missing pupils: Buhari directs military to take charge of Yobe school (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday directed the military and other security agencies to immediately take charge of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, which was attacked by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Monday. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Sen Hunkuyi raises alarm over plot to demolish second house by Kaduna Govt (Vanguard)

The senator representing Kaduna North constituency, Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi, has raised alarm over plot by the state government to demolish his second house located at Inuwa Wada. Sen. Hunkuyi on Wednesday, took to his tweeter handle and opined, “Once again, @GovKaduna Malam @elrufai has sent a ridiculous bill to me for a purported ground rent of my personal house at Inuwa Wada to the tune of N30Million to be paid within 30 days, failure to do so might probably result to another demolition like he did on my other property. Read more

Fayose visits INEC, keeps mum (Punch)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State visited the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday afternoon. Journalists, numbering over 15 who had just finished covering a meeting between the INEC and state electoral bodies over the alleged underage voting in Kano State, ran into Fayose at the reception of the INEC office and immediately began asking him questions. Fayose, who did not expect to see journalists, however, refused to state the reason for his visit. Read more

Arms from Libya, Yemen, others fueling crime in Nigeria – Dambazau (Nation)

Proliferation of firearms being smuggled in from Libya, Yemen, Mali, Niger and Chad and increasing use of illegal drugs are responsible for the worsening crime situation in Nigeria, Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General, Abdulraman Dambazau (rtd) has said.The minister also asserted that the farmers/herders conflicts being witnessed in some parts of the country has no ethnic or religious colouration, stressing that it is a regional problem over sharing of land and water resources. Read more

Lalong names media aide among 19 commissioner nominees (Guardian)

Barely two weeks after he dissolved the state executive council, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau on Wednesday forwarded 19 names to the House of Assembly for confirmation as commissioners. Among those nominated is Mr Dan Majang, Special Adviser to the governor on media and publicity. Others are Bulus Bot, Ezekiel Daju, Anna Izam, Sylvester Wallangko, Pam Bot-Mang, Hosea Finangwai and Usman Idi. Read more

Atewe’s trial: Prosecution witness says statement not under duress (Guardian)

Mrs Modupe Jimoh, an EFCC witness, on Wednesday at a Federal High Court, Lagos, denied retrieving forcefully a statement in connection with a N8.5 billion fraud charge from Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Atewe, a former military commander of the Niger-Delta Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation “Pulo Shield’’, is standing trial alongside Patrick Akpobolokemi, a former Director- General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on the alleged fraud. Also standing trial are two other staffers of the Agency — Kime Engonzu and Josephine Otuaga. Read more

Anambra Assembly set to regulate gaming industry (Guardian)

The Anambra House of Assembly is set to look into the gaming industry with a view to making it healthier and safer for residents. The Chairman, House Committee on Information and Communication Strategy, Mr Kinsley Iruba made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Wednesday. Irua said that the committee was charged with legislation on the gaming industry that would enhance better living for all residents. Read more

2010 Abuja bombing: Court sets March 7 for judgment in Okah’s trial (Nation)

A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed March 7 this year for judgment in the over seven-year old trial of Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze. Okah and Nwabueze are being tried for their alleged complicity in the October 1, 2010 bomb incident at Eagle Square, Abuja, in which about 12 people died and many others were injured. Justice Gabriel Kolawole chose March 7 for judgment after parties adopted their final written addresses yesterday. Adopting his address Wednesday, Okah’s lawyer, Emeka Okoroafor argued among others, that the prosecution was unable to lead sufficient evidence to warrant his client’s conviction. Read more

Court adjourns Dasuki ‘s case till March 22 (Nation)

An FCT High Court, on Wednesday adjourned until March 22, continuation of hearing in the case involving former National Security Adviser, retired Col Sambo Dasuki, pending outcome of judgment of the Supreme Court on his appeal. The judge, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, adjourned the case after Dasuki’s counsel Mr Adeola Adedipe, holding the brief of Mr Joesph Daudu (SAN) applied for adjournment. Adedipe informed the court that Dasuki’s  matter is pending at the apex court and the outcome of the judgment on March 2, may affect the case pending in the trial court. Read more

Federal Government in talks with CBN, other institutions, to fund modular refineries (SUN)

To ensure availability of petroleum products for local consumption, the Federal Government on Wednesday disclosed that it was in talks with a number of financial institutions like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), among others, to provide contributory financing to potential investors in modular refineries in the Niger Delta. Speaking at the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja, Mr. Rabiu Suleiman, the Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, stated that apart from financial support, the government would also guarantee regular crude oil supply to investors to ensure a win-win situation for them and Nigerians. Read more

3 pupils die after allegedly eating biscuits from classmate in Abuja (Punch)

Three pupils of Local Education Authority Primary School, Kubwa 2, Federal Capital Territory, have reportedly died after eating some biscuits. The snack was allegedly shared to the victims by an unidentified classmate on Tuesday. Two pupils were said to have died at home in the night, while the third victim reportedly collapsed and died at Kubwa General Hospital on Wednesday. The victims, said to be primary four pupils, include Na’imat Yahaya, 14, and Yahaya Garba also 14, who reportedly died after returning to their homes in Kubwa. Read more

Champions league: MFM, Plateau Utd into next round (Nation)

It was fruitful Wednesday as two Nigerian club sides flying the nation’s flag in the CAF Champions league booked their places to the next round after riding on the back of their hard fighting opponents. MFM playing in front of their vociferous fans at the Agege Township Stadium otherwise called the Temple, made a clean job their assignment grabbing an 85th minute goal against visiting Real Bamako to advance. The Lagos based side had triggered off their success story, when they held their opponents to a 1-1 draw away.  It was all thanks to Akuneto Chijioke who made mince meat of a perfect cross from Abayomi Lawal. Read more

Russia pays $15m Olympic doping fine (Punch)

Russia has paid the $15 million it was fined in December when it was suspended by the International Olympic Committee for mass doping, a source with knowledge of the issue told AFP Wednesday. “The fine has been paid,” the source said. The payment of the fine by the Russian Olympic Committee is one of the IOC’s key criteria in deciding whether to lift Russia’s suspension before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday. Read more

Ranieri ready to quit Nantes (Punch)

Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to an unlikely English Premier League title, has revealed he is ready to quit French Ligue 1 club Nantes if he is asked to become Italy coach. The 66-year-old has been one of the names touted as a possible replacement for Gian Piero Ventura who was forced to resign after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia. “Any Italian coach would love to be in charge of the national side,” Ranieri, who guided Leicester to their first ever Premier League title in 2016, told Sky Sport Italia. Read more

Williams says terrifying health scare almost killed her (AFP)

Serena Williams says she lives in fear of blood clots, a condition that surfaced during a harrowing postnatal ordeal in September when she almost died giving birth to her first child. In an op-ed piece she wrote for CNN on Tuesday, the tennis legend lifted the lid on her near-death experience while giving birth to daughter, Olympia, after getting blood clots in her lungs. “I almost died after giving birth to my daughter,” Williams said. The 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams said she had to have an emergency Cesarean section surgery after her heart rate plummeted dramatically during contractions. The surgery was successful and before she knew it she was holding the newborn. Read more

Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker named 2018 Ryder Cup vice captains (Golf)

It’s official: Tiger Woods will be a part of the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team. U.S. team captain Jim Furyk announced in a press conference Tuesday afternoon that Woods and Steve Stricker would serve as vice captains for the event, which will be held Sept. 25-30 at Le National Golf Club in France. At a press conference before last week’s Genesis Open, Woods was asked whether he’d prefer to join the Ryder Cup squad as a player or captain. “Why can’t I have both?” he asked with a grin. Now, he’s halfway to that goal, and as for playing as a competitor time will tell as the 14-time major champion continues his comeback. Woods is currently ranked 104th in the Ryder Cup standings. Read more

Melania Trump’s parents’ immigration status could be thanks to ‘chain migration’ (CNN)

The Slovenian parents of first lady Melania Trump are legal permanent residents of the United States, according to the lawyer representing them in the process — raising questions about whether they are living in the US by the very means President Donald Trump has strongly criticized and sought to end. Viktor and Amalija Knavs have been living in the United States with green cards and have been frequently spotted in Washington since their son-in-law assumed the presidency. The Knavs’ immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, told CNN that as of February, the couple are living in the US on green cards — a status that allows them to live and work in the US indefinitely and paves the way for citizenship. Read more

The Syrian producer of Oscar-nominated had his visa rejected and can’t attend the Academy Awards (Businessinsider)

Syrian film producer Kareem Abeed will not be allowed to attend the Academy Awards to support his movie, “Last Men in Aleppo,” as his visa application was officially denied by the US government. According to The Wrap, Abeed received word he was “found ineligible for a visa under Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” Abeed’s rejection comes in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban, which puts restrictions on Syria, as well as North Korea, Iran, Chad, Libya, Venezuela, and Yemen. Read more

Man bites off snake’s head in revenge (Timesofindia)

In a bizarre incident, a man in UP’s Hardoi bit off a snake’s head and chewed it before spitting it out. The man, Sonelal, claimed that he did it for revenge as the snake had bitten him. He fell unconscious and was rushed to a community health centre. The doctor, however, could not find any bite marks on him. The state-run 108 ambulance service at Moghaganj community health centre (CHC) received a call on Saturday to rush to Shuklapur Bhagar village where a farmer had fallen unconscious. Sonelal was brought to the CHC at 7 pm where emergency medical officer Dr Mahendra Verma and pharmacist Hitesh Kumar attended to him. Read more

US presidents lead tributes to ‘America’s pastor’ Billy Grahamb(Dailymail)

US presidents from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump led the chorus of tributes Wednesday to the influential evangelist Billy Graham, a spiritual advisor to a dozen American leaders who has died at age 99. “The GREAT Billy Graham is dead,” Trump tweeted. “There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.” Tall and handsome, Graham, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, cut a charismatic figure as an evangelical preacher whose huge tent meetings and rallies found audiences on radio and television. Read more

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