October 19, 2018

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* My People still under siege – Ortom (Leadership) * Eagles will have access to girlfriends in Russia – Rohr (Punch)

* My People still under siege – Ortom (Leadership)                 * Eagles will have access to girlfriends in Russia – Rohr (Punch)



My People still under siege – Ortom (Leadership)

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday said his people were still under the threat of killer herdsmen. Speaking when some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) visited him in Markurdi, the state capital, Ortom described the killings as condemnable. The governor commended the group for identifying with the state in their moment of sorrow and said the visit had give the people of Benue State a sense of belonging. Ortom urged the federal government to take proactive actions on the intelligence report that were gathered on threat alert in the state by the MAKH and stop the killings. Read more

Eagles will have access to girlfriends in Russia – Rohr (Punch)

Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr says players of the national team will have access to their wives and girlfriends on designated days at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Previously, there had been controversies surrounding roles of wives and girlfriends of the players at major competitions, when the team performed poorly. Asked if he would allow the players to see their wives and girlfriends, Rohr said he won’t deny them access to their ‘families.” “Normally, every team give a day for the players to see their families. It can be their wives or children. When you stay together for six weeks, it’s possible to permit them to see their wives on certain days,” the German stated in Lagos, shortly after sealing a new two-year deal as Eagles coach. Read more

Imohimi Edgal: My father used to call me Mobutu Sese Seko (ThisDay)

Can you tell us about your background?

I am from Eme-Ora, Edo State. My dad, late S.F Edgal, was an educationist. He was the principal of Government College Ughelli. Thereafter, he worked in the Ministry of Education in the old Bendel State. He retired as commissioner, special duties, Governor’s Office. I grew up in a good neighbourhood because the senior civil servants lived in the Government Reserved Areas (GRAs). I grew up at Boundary Road, Benin City, Edo State. My mother is still alive and strong. I attended Ebenezer Nursery and Primary School in GRA Benin. Read more

Elections: Wike warns INEC, Security agencies (SUN)

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that political leaders would be more accountable  if security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) restrict themselves  to their constitutional roles. Wike said that the use of security agencies and INEC by some politicians to manipulate  the electoral system has encouraged  them (politicians) to deny their constituents development projects. He spoke yesterday, during a courtesy visit by the Commander of the 115 Special Operations Group of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Elijah Ebiowe, to the Government House, Port Harcourt. Read more

In Imo, Madumere radiates hope for APC (ThisDay)

The long search for the possible replacement of the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha in Imo State can best be rested as majority of Imo people through opinion sampling revealed that the only way out for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State to continue in power would be to present Prince Eze Madumere, the deputy to Okorocha to stand for governorship in 2019. Imo people are very intellect and wise during elections; they can thwart the vision of those who want to override their intelligence, hence they have made up their mind to vote in Madumere if APC intends to retain power in the state. Read more

Pastor Tunde Bakare – Politics of ‘’Follow Follow’’ (ThisDay)

After a long bout of fasting and most likely suffering from delusion and fatigue, the mind can begin to play tricks on you. My people, hunger is  a bad thing, as it can begin to make you delusional, make you see and hear things that are not real. If you think I am not saying the truth, you just try it. When I fast for the small two hours that I fast, if I do not break it on time, I will just be hallucinating and everybody from Fela Kuti to Prophet Elijah will just be speaking to me asking me to go save the young virgins in Botswana. Read more

Ijaw leaders gather in Bayelsa, seek unity, economic integration (Nation)

Ijaw traditional rulers and leaders from the six states of Bayelsa, Edo, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ondo on Friday converged on Yenagoa to seek unity and economic integration. The meeting which was declared open by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State also harped on reconciliation, unity, peace, stability and economic progress of the Ijaw nation Dickson urged stakeholders to put aside their differences and forge a strong united front, which he said was the only way to make Ijaw nation relevant among other ethnic nationalities in the country. Read more

Herdsmen killings, big dent on Buhari’s govt –Ben Obi (SUN)

Would you say the Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of which you were part delivered on its mandate?

From all intent and purposes, we did justice to the responsibility that was given to us by the party. The assignment was supposed to be for three months, but it lingered more than expected due to legal issues. But at last, we were able to conduct a convention that produced credible elected officials. That was what we promised Nigerians and that we fulfilled. There is no party convention all over the world that will be 100 percent perfect and satisfy the interests of all party members. Read more

NIMASA, NGA seek pollution-free environment (Punch)

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has collaborated with the Nigerian Gas Association on a green environment initiative, a global strategy to ensure that the environment is free from all forms of pollution. This is to ensure cleaner oceans and safer environment in the Nigerian maritime space, a statement from the regulatory agency indicated on Friday. According to the statement, the Director-General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, disclosed the collaboration when he hosted members of the NGA. Read more

Itsekiri group lauds Malami over Maritime University memo (Nation)

Foremost Itsekiri socio-cultural body, Warri Progressive Society, alias Otonloye, has commended the action of the Attorney General of the Federation for the memo of advice that he has sent to the National Assembly to take into cognizance the proper name of the host community of the proposed National Maritime University, saying that the real name of the host community is Okerenghigho and not Okerekoko. The statement reads: Read more

NSC moves to recover N1trn from terminal operators (Leadership)

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), the country’s certified ports economic regulator, has begun moves to recover over N1 trillion Shipping Line Agency Charges (SLAC) levied and collected illegally from Nigerian shippers by shipping companies. A competent source in the NSC told Leadership Weekend that the management of the council had concluded the plans it will adopt in going after the shipping firms and ensure they return money collected as shipping charges since 2006. Read more

FG moves to sell down joint venture in Oil sector from 59 to 40% (Guardian)

As part of efforts to grow revenue and increase investment in oil sector, Minister for Budget and National Planning, Udoma U. Udoma has unveiled the Federal Government’ s plans to restructure government’s equity in oil sector through sale down of joint venture from average of 57 per cent to 40 per cent. Minister for Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah assured that the current economic recovery is well tendered and sustainable with increased private sector partnership in implementation of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which outlines government policies aimed at creating a diversified economy with structural changes that would boost growth. Read more

My experience at Port Harcourt Maximum Prison – Kemi Olunloyo (Punch)

No one ever prays to go to prison; however, for the popular blogger, Kemi Olunloyo, 2017 is a year that she would likely not forget in a hurry as that was the year she was remanded in custody three times. The blogger was sent to prison for alleged cybercrime charges and defamation of character after accusing Pastor David Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministries of adultery. In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, she recounted her experience at Port Harcourt Maximum Prison. She told Saturday Beats that even though she was locked up with criminals, they all feared and respected her to the extent that she became a gangster in prison. Read more

Zainab Balogun sends message to future husband (Punch)

Nollywood actress, Zainab Balogun, relocated to Nigeria about six years ago from London, where she had spent most part of her life. But according to her, since she came to Nigeria, she has not found a man that interests her. She said that she was shocked at Lagos men and advised them to hold a meeting to talk about whatever was wrong with them. Balogun also used the opportunity to pass a message across to her future husband, saying, “I am not in a relationship, but when you find my future husband, tell him that I am here waiting for him. I don’t know what is wrong with Lagos boys and I think the men should hold a meeting and ask one another what the problem is. Read more

Wale Adenuga production expands social marketing unit (Tribune)

Over the years, Wale Adenuga Productions, through its Social Marketing Unit, has partnered with NAPTIP (National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons), Unilever, SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), SFH (Society for Family Health), Nutri-Milk, NACA (National Agency for the Control of AIDS) and several other reputable organisations to produce specialised TV Programmes and Live Stage Performances which not only entertain but also strategically and subtly integrate sponsors’ socially-conscious and marketing messages to the audiences effectively. Read more

UNN graduate Ugochukwu releases gospel hit song ‘Izurukaeme’ (Vanguard)

An upcoming gospel artiste and graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Mr. Ugochukwu Udeh, has released a gospel hit song titled ‘Izurukaeme.’ The song which aims at worshiping God, also enjoins all Christians to come to God with praises because He alone can do all things. Mr. Ugochukwu who is the Regional Officer for North West Region at Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International and the former Composer, Music Director, Singer and Lyricist at Assemblies of God, Nigeria, studied Mass Communication at UNN. Read more

No regret rejecting Wizkid, Olamide’s offers, says Phenom (Punch)

Years ago, Phenom broke into the Nigerian entertainment scene with his unique rap style and everyone fell in love with him. Although he was signed on to the defunct Knight House record label, that did not stop other record label owners like Wizkid, Olamide and MI to try to sign the young lad. Sadly, years down the line, nothing has been heard of the young man, who told Saturday Beats that he quit music after his contract expired. He admitted that he probably would have been one of the most sought-after rap artistes if he had accepted some of those offers, but added that he had no regrets for being loyal to his previous record label. Read more

Parents, stop selling your girls!!! (Punch)

I recently gained admission to a higher institution and the deadline for the payment of my fees is next week. My parents don’t have money but someone is willing to help, but on the condition that I’ll get pregnant for him and marry him (he resides abroad). I don’t like this guy at all. He smokes and doesn’t have a single quality I desire in a man and I’m just 21. My parents think he’s good for me. I’ve become sick as a result of crying. I looked for this admission for five years. What should I do, please? Read more

Getting to World Cup second round, difficult task – Rohr (Punch)

How much of input do you have in the Eagles’ training programme for the World Cup?

I have a lot of input in it because I asked for friendly games with teams with similar playing patterns as our opponents in the World Cup group – Croatia, Iceland and Argentina – and we are on track. At the draw for the World Cup, I met with the Poland coach, who also have an African team – Senegal – in their group and we agreed on a friendly. The second match against Serbia was also my idea because the Serbians play like the Croatians. Read more

Home-based Eagles in make or burst tie against Libya (Guardian)

As the Home-based Super Eagles take on their Libyan counterparts today in their second group match at the on-going African Nations Championship in Morocco, formal international, Yisa Sofoluwe says the players must avoid wastage of scoring opportunity like they did against Rwanda on Monday. Coach Salisu Yusuf’s men recorded 18 shots on goal and six on target in their first Group C match against Rwanda, with three of those efforts hitting the crossbar. Speaking with The Guardian yesterday at the National Stadium Lagos, Sofoluwe advised that the team must be focused, particularly in the attack to triumph in today’s game. The Libyans are the defending champions. Read more

At 2018 Australian Open, Kyrgios defeats Tsonga to raise host’s title hope (Guardian)

Nick Kyrgios raised Australia’s hopes when he defeated French powerhouse Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a battle of power on the Road Laver Arena. Over a period of two hours and thirteen minutes, the two sluggers fired canons at each other but in the end the home-country favourite prevailed in four sets 7/6(4); 4/6; 7/6(8); 7/6(5). In the Women’s Event, however, Elina Svitolina, the 4th seed, ended the dream run of 15- year old Ukrainian compatriot Marta Kostyuk, 6/2; 6/4. Read more

Coca-Cola joins Super Eagles family (Guardian)

Success, they say, has many parents and so it was on Wednesday when leading beverage company, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited announced its partnership with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as the official soft drink company and sponsor of all the country’s national football teams. The event, which took place at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos, was an opportunity for bottling company to key into the programme of the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup in Russia later this summer. Read more

Adebayor ‘hates’ Arsenal after ‘fake’ Wenger forced him out (Guardian)

Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed he ‘hates’ Arsenal because Arsene Wenger is ‘fake’ and claims his infamous celebration in front of their fans was revenge for a racist chant sung against him. The controversial striker burst onto the Premier League scene after Wenger plucked him from obscurity at Monaco in January 2006. He would spend three-and-a-half seasons at the club before joining big-spending Manchester City for £25million. Read more

World trade rules too weak to stop China distorting market – US (Guardian)

The United States mistakenly supported China’s membership of the World Trade Organisation in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration has said. As the White House prepares its long-promised crackdown on what it sees as China’s unfair trade practices, the administration said in a report to Congress: “It seems clear that the United States erred in supporting China’s entry into the WTO on terms that have proven to be ineffective in securing China’s embrace of an open, market-orientated trade regime.. Read more

U.S. government shutdown looms, lawmakers in hectic negotiations (Reuters)

U.S. lawmakers raced against the clock to avert a federal government shutdown on Friday but it was not clear if hectic negotiations would bring a deal before a midnight deadline. The vast majority of Democratic senators have said they would not support the bill unless it includes protections for hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants. Republicans have so far refused. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a key procedural vote on the bill for 10 p.m. (0300 GMT) and Democratic and Republican lawmakers huddled to see if either side was ready to back down or if they could find a compromise. Read more

Dead à Porter: The Alleged Chinese boss of bosses using slaves to produce luxury (Dailybeast)

Naizhong Zhang liked to wear brightly colored made-in-China Hawaiian shirts, but he commanded a very dark underworld that ran the gamut from murder to procuring high-dollar clients for Asian prostitutes. He was also allegedly the head of a multimillion-dollar enterprise that ruled the import and distribution of cheap Chinese goods and fake fashion across Europe. The 57-year-old known simply as “il uomo nero,” literally the black man, to his minions, lived in Rome. But he often visited Prato, a city in the suburbs of Florence renowned as the fashion industry’s garment district, where he was arrested with 33 others in a pre-dawn sting operation on Friday called “China Truck.” Read more

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