March 23, 2019

* PDP Chieftain, Diekola, Collapses in Court * Former Nigerian Ambassador to Greece, Agbi, Dies at 73

* PDP Chieftain, Diekola, Collapses in Court                     *  Former Nigerian Ambassador to Greece, Agbi, Dies at 73



PDP Chieftain, Diekola, Collapses in Court

A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun State, Mr Fatai Oyedele, popularly known as Diekola has collapsed in court. Diekola and two other suspects, Segun Adekilekun and Sikiru Lawal, who were arrested by the police shortly before the governorship rerun held on September 27 were brought to the court by the police on Wednesday. However, after the accused persons were called and they stepped into the dock, Diekola who had a plaster on his hand slumped. The other suspects rushed to save him.

 Former Nigerian Ambassador to Greece, Agbi, Dies at 73

A professor of history and former Nigerian Ambassador to Greece and Australia, Prof. Oludare Agbi, died this morning after a brief illness. Agbi, who was the chairman of the Elders Forum of the People’s Democratic Party in Ondo State, died at the age of 73. Family sources said the late PDP chieftain slumped in his house in Akure, the state capital, and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where he later died. Prof. Agbi was said to have died of an undisclosed health problem.

Aviation Unions Shutdown Murtala Muhammed Airport

Aviation unions Wednesday shut down the Murtala Muhammed International Airport II (MMA2) over the sack of 20 workers. The protesting union include the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers. The unions on October 5 issued a notice of strike jointly signed by the General Secretary of NUATE, Olayinka Abioye, General Secretary, ATSSSAN, Frances Akinjole and General Secretary, NAAPE, Ocheme Aba.

 Osun Election: PPC Gov Candidate Flays Oshiomhole’s ‘Rigging’ Comment

The governorship candidate of the Providence People’s Congress in Osun State, Professor Ife Adewumi, has decried the “election rigging” comment credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole. Adewumi, who is a former chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife said this at a press conference in Osogbo on Tuesday. The former ASUU boss said the rerun election in the state was not credible and it was a needless exercise, saying Independent National Electoral Commission ought to have declared Senator Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the election at the first ballot because he satisfied the requirements of the law and polled the highest number of lawful votes cast.

 2019: Secondus, Others Meet Atiku Over Running Mate, Campaign Council

The national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party led by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has met with the 2019 presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar. The meeting, which held at the party’s presidential campaign office, otherwise known as Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja, on Sunday night, was the first interface the party would have with Atiku since he won the presidential primary in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday morning.

Fayemi’s Inauguration: Be Vigilant, Police Tells Ekiti Residents

The Police in Ekiti State has advised residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious movements for prompt action, ahead of the October 16 inauguration of the Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi. The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bello Ahmed, promised that adequate security would be provided before and during the ceremony. The tenure of Governor Ayodele Fayose would expire on October 16, 2018, having been sworn-in on October 16, 2014, after he was re-elected in the poll conducted on June 21, 2014.

Amosun Visits Aso Villa Again, APC Says No Going Back On Primaries

Pressure is mounting on the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, over the party’s handling of recent primaries across the country. The exercise has been dogged by a series of complaints that the leadership of the party was not fair. During a protest in Calabar yesterday, a faction of the party loyal to Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Usani Usani called for Oshiomhole’s resignation.

 Shell MD, 2 Others Jailed For Disobeying Court Order

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has sentenced the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company, Mr Osagie Okunbor, and two other top officials of the oil firm to three months’ imprisonment with hard labour for contempt. The other two officials convicted by the court are Nike Onyilola, who is the SPDC Secretary and Head of Legal Department; and Keibi Atemie, who is the Deputy Country Head of Legal/Managing Counsel, Global Litigation, Sub-Sahara Africa.

 We Steal Motorcycles To Reduce Number Of Bikes In My Village – Suspect

A suspect, Abdullahi Abubakar, who was arrested for stealing a motorcycle in Niger State, has said that it was easier to sell unregistered motorcycles. He also said that he and his accomplices steal motorcycles to reduce the number of bikes in his village. Abubakar, 25, of Kabe Village in New Bussa Local Government Area, was arrested for allegedly dispossessing Onyeka Ezeudu of Babanna village in New Bussa of his motorcycle. The victim had reported to the police that two unknown persons robbed him of his motorcycle valued at N250,000 and N79,000 cash after beating him into a coma.

FG Begins Payment Of N22.6bn To Defunct Nigeria Airways Workers

The Federal Government will on Monday, October 15, 2018 begin the final verification and payment of entitlements to former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways. According to a statement by Paul Abechi, the special adviser on media and communications to the finance minister, the payment will last one week simultaneously across Lagos, Kano and Enugu states. The exercise will take place at Sky-Power Catering, Ikeja, Lagos; ABC (former Nigeria Airways Office), Bank Road, Kano; and Villa Toscana Hotel, Independent Layout, Enugu.

 HERDSMEN: Afenifere Rejects Tinubu’s Miyetti Allah’s Choice

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, disagreed with former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu that the herdsmen terror being witnessed across the country is a fallout of water scarcity. Tinubu, who spoke at The Nation/TVC seminar in Abuja, was reported to have said: “Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected states.” In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin entitled: ‘We reject Tinubu’s Miyetti Allah’s choice’, Afenifere said: “Since most of the states in the country are being affected, it is sad that Tinubu is adumbrating the Miyetti Allah position to convert the entire country into one huge cattle colony.

Mass Grave Found in Libya – Security Source

A mass grave containing 75 bodies was found West of the Libyan coastal city of Sirte on Tuesday, a military source said on Wednesday. A source with the Sirte security forces said that the forces were notified by a resident about the mass grave, which had been found in an agricultural area 15 km west of Sirte, 450 km East of the capital Tripoli. “The force recovered the remains of 75 unidentified persons and the exhumation of the bodies was carried out in presence of a court representative,’’ the source said on condition of anonymity. DNA samples had been taken for analysis.

 Kano Pillars, Katsina United Tango In Lagos As Semifinals Hold Today

Kano Pillars, which at the weekend in Gombe defeated Enyimba of Aba 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2019 AITEO Cup, will lock horns with Katsina United in Lagos as the semifinals of the competition hold today. The second game of the semifinals will pit five-time champions, Enugu Rangers against Nasarawa United at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano. In the women’s category, Ibom Angels and Edo Queens will meet in Owerri, but the encounter between Bayelsa Queens and champions, Rivers Angels has been put on hold to allow the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee treat a protest filed by Sunshine Queens, who accused their quarterfinals conquerors, Rivers Angels of fielding two ineligible players.

 Libya Coach Quits Ahead of AFCON Qualifier In Nigeria

Libya coach, Adel Amrouche, has resigned just days before his team would face Nigeria in an African Nations Cup qualifier. The match is billed for Uyo, Akwa Ibom state. His departure has been confirmed by the Libyan Football Federation. Amrouche, who told the media that he was frustrated by working conditions with the team. The 50-year-old, who was born in Algeria, was only appointed in May and his first match in charge last month saw Libya force a 0-0 draw in South Africa.

 Sierra Leone’s FIFA Suspension Ends Country’s AFCON Dream

Sierra Leone’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi will not go ahead tomorrow after the country’s football association failed to get a FIFA suspension lifted. Sierra Leone authorities, who had petitioned FIFA to get the ban lifted, did not meet yesterday’s deadline to reinstate ousted football association president Isha Johansen, who is accused of corruption by government officials. “Our appeal has been rejected,” Sierra Leone Football Association president Brima Mazola Kamara, who replaced Johansen.

Mourinho’s 825 Days Hotel Bill Hits £500,000

If Jose Mourinho is eventually sacked by Manchester United, at least, he will not have the added stress of selling a house. Mourinho has been living in Manchester for 825 days since setting up base at the Lowry Hotel on July 6, 2016, but is yet to lay down permanent roots in the city. His family base remains in the capital as his daughter — Matilde — graduated from London’s University of Arts in the summer and his son — Jose Mourinho Jnr — played for Fulham until April 2017.

 Belgian Football Clubs Raided As Part Of Fraud And Match-Fixing Inquiry

Belgian authorities have carried out a series of raids and arrests at football clubs across the country linked to investigations into financial fraud and possibly match-fixing. The federal prosecutor’s office said 44 raids were being held in Belgium and 13 more in France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia. The prosecutor’s statement said a year-long investigation shows evidence of “suspect financial operations” by sports agents and indications “of possible influencing of games” over the last season.

Israel Minister Threatens Coalition If Netanyahu Indicted

Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said yesterday that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indicted over corruption allegations, he cannot remain in office, reported the Times of Israel. “A prime minister under indictment and after a hearing cannot function,” Kahlon said in an interview with Hadashot TV news. Kahlon, who heads the Kulanu party, has previously said he would pull out of the coalition were Netanyahu to be indicted. Netanyahu, meanwhile, has rebuffed rumours of an early election, saying he would be “happy” to see the current coalition government last until November 2019, when elections must take place.

Israel Cancels Palestinian Prisoner’s Book Launch

Israel’s Interior Minister Arye Dery has intervened to ban the town of Baka Al-Gharbiya from hosting a Palestinian prisoner’s book launch in municipal facilities, reported Haaretz. According to the paper, the city had planned to launch a children’s book penned by Walid Daka, who was convicted by military tribunal in 1986 of membership in a cell that killed an Israeli soldier. Mayor Mursi Abu Moch was supposed to speak at the event, which had been scheduled to be held in Baka Al-Gharbiya’s community centre, “in addition to other social activists such as Fahima Ghanayim, philosophy lecturer Anat Matar and attorney Omer Kemaisi”.

Hurricane Michael – LIVE: ‘Life-Threatening’ Storm Approaching Florida Hits Category 4 With 140mph Winds

Hurricane Michael has strengthened to a Category 4 major storm as it closes in on Florida and Alabama – and authorities are warning it may become more intense still before landfall later today. By early afternoon local time Michael is expected to become one of the Panhandle region’s worst hurricanes in memory with 140mph winds and a life-threatening storm surge of up to 4m (13ft). One meteorologist, Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia, called the storm a “life-altering event”.

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