March 23, 2019

* PDP demands Adeosun’s sacking, trial for alleged forgery (Punch) * Soccer: Russia’s World Cup dream ends with Croatia shootout defeat (Reuters)

* PDP demands Adeosun’s sacking, trial for alleged forgery (Punch)               *  Soccer: Russia’s World Cup dream ends with Croatia shootout defeat (Reuters)



PDP demands Adeosun’s sacking, trial for alleged forgery (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack, order the arrest and trail of the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, for alleged forgery of her NYSC certificate. The PDP urged Buhari not to provide cover for Adeosun as has become the character of the President whenever close allies or agents were found wanting on issues of corruption. A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday, alleged that the revelation had vindicated the party’s position on the Buhari’s cabinet members. He said, “The world can now see how the Buhari Presidency has been concealing sharp practices under it. We can now see why there is humongous corruption under President Buhari’s watch and why Mr. President has refused to take any concrete steps to check the sleazes in his administrations. Read more

Soccer: Russia’s World Cup dream ends with Croatia shootout defeat (Reuters)

Russia’s World Cup dream ended within agonising sight of the semi-finals as they went down 4-3 on penalties to Croatia on Saturday after another gallant performance in front of their fanatical fans which again belied their lowly ranking. Having knocked out Spain on penalties in the previous round, Russia, 70th in the FIFA rankings, again defied the odds to take 20th ranked Croatia to a shootout with a 2-2 draw after extra time but on this occasion their marksmanship deserted them. Croatia, a shadow of the team which cruised through their group with maximum points, won the shootout when Ivan Rakitic calmly netted and they will face England in the semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday. Read more

Osinbajo’s defeatist Prayer (ThisDay)

At a recent inter-denominational prayer for Nigeria, organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, City of David, Abuja, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said the government had committed the country to God in prayer, hoping that the results of the prayers would begin to manifest soon. Coming at a time the nation is going through one of her most challenging era in nation-building, the vice-president’s prayer is more defeatist than promising. In fact, it seemed more like the leadership of the country just surrendered her sovereignty to challenges than confronting them. Read more

Sharing Abacha loot won’t curb poverty, say experts (Punch)

Some finance and economic experts have faulted the decision of the Federal Government to distribute the recovered $322m looted by the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, to the poor and vulnerable in 19 states of the federation. The Federal Government had said it would commence the disbursement of the $322m Abacha loot, repatriated by the Swiss government, through Conditional Cash Transfers to 302,000 poor households in 19 states. Reacting to the government initiative in separate interviews with SUNDAY PUNCH, some experts noted that the plan to release the fund to the poor households would only provide a short-term relief. Read more

APC, R-APC ; Saraki imbroglio : 2019 permutations likely to be altered (Vanguard)

From Friday evening, up till the early hours of yesterday, politicians in some parts of the country, particularly the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, launched  into a series of  meetings in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment clearing Senate President Bukola Abubakar Saraki of charges bordering  on assets declaration.  Whereas information made available to Sunday Vanguard confirmed that Saraki has not decided on what his next political move would be, there were a few uneducated – though desirable – suggestions from some quarters that he should rush into the presidential contest. Read more

Amosun to distribute CoO on Tuesday (Guardian)

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun will on Tuesday, distributes Certificates of Occupancy and other land title documents to another batch of beneficiaries, under the Homeowners’ Charter Programme. The Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Biyi Ismail who disclosed this in his office said the beneficiaries would collect their documents as from Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by 9:00am prompt, at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. He urged all contacted beneficiaries to come with valid means of identification and photocopies of same. They are expected to be at the venue by 8:00am for accreditation. Read more

Awolowo never promised Ojukwu Yoruba would secede – Ex-Rep, Kehinde (Punch)

Tell us some of the things you know about the Awolowo family.

Action Group started in Awolowo’s sitting room in Oke-Bola, Ibadan, with seven members. Look at the impact of that action on the politics and development of the Western Region. It became a party that had focus with the introduction of free education in 1954. Awolowo’s son attended Methodist Primary School, Agbeni, Ibadan. He (Awo) did not live in the Government House, own an official car or have a dispatch rider. He would not stay beyond 4pm in the office. Read more

My role in Aare Ona Kakanfo’s inauguration not idolatry –Archbishop Ladigbolu (Punch)

Where were you born and how did you spend your youth?

I was born and bred in Oyo town and grew up in Obayorita compound within the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo. Growing up there was a lot of fun with many age mates to play with. We were not compelled to go to the regular school at the time, so, I had plenty of time to enjoy life. Among our pastime were traditional wrestling and all forms of physical exercises, playing a game of okoto (cone shaped metal), agbaarin and other improvised toys meant to keep us busy. We also watched various performances by actors who came to play for the king in the palace. We watched dances, poetry rendition and drama. In the evening, we would roam the markets and play around. Read more

Abiola’s eldest daughter lauds declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day (Nation)

The eldest daughter the late Bashorun MKO Abiola, Mrs Lola Abiola-Edewor, yesterday lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day, saying it is justice to her father. Edewor gave the commendation at the Fidau prayer commemorating 20 years of the death of the winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election who died in detention on July 7, 1998. The prayer was organised by the June 12 Movement in conjunction with the Abiola’s family at the Ikeja residence of the deceased. Edewor, a former member of the House of Representatives, said successive governments failed to accord the late business mogul and politician honour due to him by recognising what June 12 stood for in Nigeria’s political history. Read more

Okorocha calls for restructuring of Police Trust Fund (Guardian)

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has called for the restructuring of the Police Trust Fund (PTF), to achieve the purpose for which it was established. According to the governor, if restructured and overhauled, good spirited Nigerians and individuals would make positive contributions so as to realise the objective of setting it up. Okorocha gave the advise at the weekend, when the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris Pkpotum Ibrahim, in company of the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, and other police officials visited him at the Government House, Owerri, noting that the governors’ forum has decided to assist the police. He advised Nigerians to assist the police in view of the vagaries of their job. Read more

Ngige: We’re up to date on reporting Labour Standards to ILO (Nation)

The Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige yesterday denied the country was not lagging behind in submitting its report on Labour Standards to International Labour Organisation (ILO). Reacting to a report by a team of experts from the ILO that Nigeria was not up to date in its reports on Labour Standards, the Minister said the government constantly submits its report to the world Labour body as required. He however told our correspondent on phone the nation was only having difficulty in handling certain technical reports for which it sought the assistance of the ILO. He said: “We invited the ILO to help with technical support because there are some areas where we are having problems. Read more

NSC proposes truck transit parks to end Lagos traffic (Guardian)

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, (NSC), Hassan Bello has identified setting-up of truck transit parks, with electronic intelligence traffic management system, as solution to the endemic traffic gridlock in Lagos State, especially the Apapa axis. Speaking at the third Lagos Traffic Radio lecture series, themed: Lagos State transport infrastructural support systems: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode strides, he stated that with the truck transit parks, congestion within the city would be cleared within three to six months. The NSC implied that more than 4,500 trucks and tankers traverse the LLR, either parked or canvassing for business. Read more

Onaiyekan blames ‘overnight preachers’ for religious disharmony (Nation)

Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Cardinal John Onaiyekan has attributed religious dishar-mony in the nation to proliferation of ignorant ‘pastors and imams in the country. He also raised the alarm over emergence of what he described as “overnight religious leaders” in the two main religions. Cardinal Onaiyekan spoke in Ilorin at the first international conference by the inter-religious council of the University of Ilorin. He said overnight religious leaders preached errors and led many people astray. “We have a major problem these days in our country where it seems everyone can become a “religious leader” overnight, without any credentials. There are too many ignorant ‘pastors’ and ‘imams’ preaching errors and leading many people astray. Read more

Accidents: Bayelsa to pay bills of dead corps members (Punch)

The Bayelsa Government has promised to settle the medical bills of four members of the National Youth Service Corps in the state involved in road accidents last Monday which claimed the lives of two of them. The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Seriake Dickson on NYSC Matters, Mr. Suoyo Appah, disclosed this in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Friday, during the issuance of NYSC discharge certificates to the outgoing corps members. The four corps members were reportedly involved in double accidents while returning from the state office of the NYSC in Yenagoa. The victims, identified as Adejina Victor, Omofopa Godwin, Obieze Chukwuemeka and Alaromi Olumide left Koluama 2, the place of their primary assignments in Southern Ijaw for Yenagoa, to undertake their clearance at the NYSC office. Read more

IG places AIGs, CPs on red alert (Nation)

The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris has placed Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) across the country on red alert. The Police chief explained the directive is imperative following the killing of seven policemen in Abuja by yet- to- be identified gunmen. The policemen were killed at an observation post in Galadimawa roundabout in Abuja on Monday. Idris also ordered security and crime prevention strategies be fortified in all police formations with special attention on places of worship, schools, markets, venues of recreation and other public spaces to forestall any untoward incident. Read more

Dstv launches pop-up channels to celebrate Mandela at 100 (Vanguard)

Wednesday, 18th of July every year, is an important date on the timeline of world history as it marks the birthday of global icon and father of modern South Africa, Nelson Mandela. This year, the date marks a hundred years since the birth of the legendary statesman, Nobel Peace Prize winner and definitely one of Africa’s most beloved icons. In recognition of this special occasion, Africa’s leading media company, DStv will launch a special five-day long pop-up channel to celebrate and honour the extraordinary life and legacy of Tata Madiba on the 18th of July. DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Channel  will be available to all DStv customers across Africa. Starting on Madiba’s birthday, Wednesday 18 July, at 6 pm, the channel will feature an exceptional mix of films, documentaries and archive footage. Read more

Genevieve Nnaji changes demeanour (Punch)

It is not every day that one sees actress, Genevieve Nnaji, at parties and other events. Even when she attends such outings, she always keeps to herself and doesn’t stay for long. However, the actress made an exception for France President Emmanuel Macron when he visited the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos during the week. Unlike most celebrities are wont to do, Genny arrived quite early and while other stars granted interviews on the red carpet, the actress stayed at a corner. She was so unobtrusive that many people weren’t aware of her presence. She came in company with a Chinese man who stayed glued to her side throughout the event. Read more

Assassins kill Zamfara monarch (Punch)

The Zamfara State Police Command has confirmed that unidentified gunmen killed the District Head of Kucheri in the Tsafe Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Madawaki, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Shehu, in a statement on Saturday, said some unidentified gunmen invaded Kucheri town at about 9pm on Friday and killed the district head in front of his house. He said when the police visited the scene of the crime, they discovered that nothing was removed from his house. Read more

What is good for NFF is also good for Dasuki (ThisDay)

A recent order by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, directing compliance to a Supreme Court Ruling on the NFF crisis presents a clear case of double standards, when a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has been kept in detention for nearly three years despite different court rulings granting him bail. Shola Oyeyipo writes. Immediately after a Supreme Court sacked the Amaju Pinnick leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) wrote to the Ministry of Sports, directing compliance. Even though the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is averse to government’s interference by whatever form or shape, which the NFF debacle is being reduced to, the minister still instructed immediate compliance and pronto, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung did as said. Read more

Leon Balogun: Hours after loss to Argentina were terrible (Nation)

It’s commonly said that the loneliness of losing is nightmarish to athletes and Leon Balogun, Super Eagles defender at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, has described the 2-1 loss to Argentina on June 26 as one of his terrible moments. Lion hearted, he does not fear to dash upfront and he is perhaps the only player in the Nigeria’s side that did not show Argentina’s star studded side, including Lionel Messi, any kind respect. He moved into the box during set pieces and was quick to return to keep his own box safe. Needing needed, at least, a draw to cross over to the second round from the dreaded Group D that also housed Croatia and Ireland, but the Super Eagles saw their dream crash when they conceded a late winner to Argentina at Saint Petersburg. Read more

NFF crisis: Stakeholders fear FIFA may ban Nigeria (Punch)

Football stakeholders in the country have expressed their fears over a ban on Nigeria by world football governing body FIFA following the ongoing leadership tussle in the Nigeria Football Federation. The country’s football witnessed a new twist after Chris Giwa resumed at the Glasshouse office of the NFF in Abuja on Monday as the president of the football body. Giwa, who was elected as NFF president on August 26, 2014, has been in a leadership battle with the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board, after an order from a Jos High Court had stopped the election which brought Pinnick to office on September 30, 2014 in Warri, Delta State. Read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sends classy message to Sweden players after England defeat (Metro)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Sweden’s entire squad should receive golden balls when they return from Russia after being knocked out of the World Cup by England. Sweden surprised many as they reached the quarter-finals after finishing top of Group F but were eliminated as Gareth Southgate’s side strolled to a 2-0 victory in Samara on Saturday afternoon. Harry Maguire opened the scoring for England with a powerful header in the 30th minute before Dele Alli doubled the Three Lions’ lead with half an hour remaining. Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic had hinted that he would come out of international retirement for the World Cup but, in the end, he chose to be a spectator. Read more

Romelu Lukaku reveals his advice for Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne before Belgium beat Brazil (Metro)

Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he gave positional instructions to Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne before Belgium’s victory over Brazil on Friday evening. Belgium are through to the semi-finals after securing a 2-1 win over Brazil and will now face France on Tuesday for a place in the World Cup final. For the match against Brazil, Roberto Martinez opted to switch his tactics by playing Lukaku on the right side of his attack, Hazard on the opposite flank, while De Bruyne operated as a false nine thorough the middle. An own goal from Fernandinho gave Belgium the lead before De Bruyne doubled their advantage before half time. Read more

Thailand cave rescue: Authorities clear cave site ‘for rescue’ (BBC)

Thai authorities have cleared the site near the entrance to a cave where 12 boys and their coach are trapped, ready for a rescue operation. It was originally thought that the group could remain in the cave for months, but a bid to evacuate the group may now be imminent or already underway. Only diving teams, medics and security forces remain at the site. The boys were exploring the cave on 23 June when they were cut off by water. Earlier official told the hundreds of journalists gathered at the scene that it is was “necessary to evacuate the area for the rescue operation”. Read more

Man dies after tractor crash in Northern Ireland (Independent)

A man in his twenties has died in a tractor crash in Northern Ireland. He had been a passenger in a green John Deere tractor, which left the road at around 9.15pm on Friday evening, according to police.  The crash took place on Back Road in Drumbo, Northern Ireland. Tributes have poured in for the victim, who has not been named by authorities but who has been described as “an absolute character” by those who knew him. DUP MLA Jonathan Buckley told the Belfast Telegraph: “He was an absolute character to everyone that knew him. He loved farming life and was such a big character in his own right. Read more

Unprecedented rain in Japan, 76 dead (9News)

The death toll from unprecedented rains in Japan has risen to at least 76 as widespread flooding forced millions from their homes, with more rain set to hit some areas for at least another day. Torrential rains that saw some parts of western Japan pounded with three times the usual precipitation for a normal July set off landslides and sent rivers surging over their banks, trapping many people in their houses or on rooftops. “We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before,” an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency told a news conference. “This is a situation of extreme danger.” Read more

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