March 20, 2019

* Plateau killings: Imam who saved 300 Christians to get national honour (Punch) * Saraki, Dogara condemn 8 lawmakers’plot to impeach Ortom (Punch)

* Plateau killings: Imam who saved 300 Christians to get national honour (Punch)                  * Saraki, Dogara condemn 8 lawmakers’plot to impeach Ortom (Punch)



Plateau killings: Imam who saved 300 Christians to get national honour (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State to bring the 83-year-old Imam of Nghar village, Gashish District in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar, to Abuja for “a handshake and national honour.” Lalong said the President took the decision following reports that the Imam saved about 300 persons on June 24 when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded about 15 communities in the Barkin Ladi LGA, killing over 200 persons. The people, mainly Christians, were said to be fleeing from a neighbouring village in the Barkin Ladi LGA when the Imam hid them in his house and mosque. Read more

Saraki, Dogara condemn 8 lawmakers’plot to impeach Ortom (Punch)

There was a mild drama in Benue State on Monday as eight lawmakers in the state House of Assembly led by the impeached speaker, Terkibir Ikyange, commenced the process to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom. They accused the governor of alleged fraudulent activities, nonpayment of workers’ salaries and non-performance. The members were said to have moved into the assembly complex amidst tight security around 6am but some pro-Ortom youths who got wind of the sitting reportedly invaded the house to prevent the lawmakers from sitting. They (the youths) were dispersed by security men, thus paving the way for the lawmakers to sit. Read more

Imo Assembly clears Head of Service, Callistus Ekenze as new dep. gov. (SUN)

Following the impeachment of Eze Madumere as deputy governor of Imo State, on Monday, by the state’s House of Assembly, Governor Rochas Okorocha, same day, nominated his Head of Service, Callistus Ekenze, as his new deputy. Ekenze has, however, been reportedly cleared by the Assembly same Monday. Majority leader of the House, Lugard Osuji, had confirmed Ekenze’s nomination to reporters thus: “The House has received a nomination letter from the governor for the replacement of the impeached deputy governor. Read more

APC backs Lai Mohammed, dissolves Kwara Exco, names Bolarinwa Chairman (Vanguard)

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress APC has dissolved the Kwara state executive of the party, citing electoral malfeasance in the last ward, local and state congresses. “The National Working Committee NWC at its meeting of 30th July, 2018 examined the unfolding developments within the party in Kwara state, specifically the irregularities that characterized the conduct and outcome of the congresses that produced the leadership of the party at all levels (Ward, local government and state). Read more

Ortom : We ‘re sliding back to days of dictatorship, say Saraki, Dogara (Vanguard)

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara have described as ” a desecration of the legislative sanctity”, the on-going situation in Benue State in which 8 out of the 30 members of the State House of Assembly have commenced impeachment process against Governor Samuel Ortom. The two leaders of the National Assembly also alleged that the Ortom impeachment process was championed with the support of the police as 22 other members who constituted more than two-third majority of the House were being kept away from the Assembly complex. Read more

NLC slams el-Rufai for not paying salaries, pensions (Punch)

The Nigeria Labour Congress has lambasted Governor Nasir el-Rufai for failing to pay salaries and pensions. The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, also berated the governor for victimising unionists in the state. Wabba said this at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Rain School in Akwa Ibom on Monday. He said, “It is in the face of practising an obscured and jaundiced capitalism that many state governors deliberately refused to pay the salaries of the workers and pensions in their states. “One very saddening case is that of Kaduna State, where Governor Nasir el-Rufai has embarked on an illusory agenda of ensuring that trade unions become extinct by stopping the payment of salary, pensions and check-off dues. Read more

Kaka joins Ogun guber race (SUN)

The senator, who represented Ogun East Senatorial District between 2011 and 2015, Adegbenga Kaka, on Monday, formally declared his intention to vie for the governorship of Ogun State, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2019. Kaka, who made the declaration at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, in Abeokuta, disclosed that he joined the gubernatorial race to improve on the good governance by the incumbent administration in the state. He added that he took the decision to throw his hat into the ring of governorship, after a deep reflection on the challenges and implications associated with the race. Read more

FG approves law regulating gas flaring (Vanguard)

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources, yesterday, disclosed that the President has approved the Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution) Regulations 2018, the regulatory instrument that would underpin the implementation of the Nigeria Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme, NGFCP. In a statement in Abuja, Programme Manager of the NGFCP, in the Office of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, MPR,  Mr. Justice Derefaka, also stated that the Federal Government had completed the design of the key programme transactional, commercial framework and documentation. Read more

Orji Kalu advocates increased social investment to sustain security, peace (SUN)

Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, on Monday, advocated increased social investment to help promote and sustain peace in the country. He also called for observance of rule of law by both government and citizens, even as he described the judiciary as a critical element to peace in the country. The former governor spoke, in Abuja, during a press conference to herald a peaceful match tagged ‘Peace is Possible in Nigeria’ organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI), Ikoyi, in partnership with the Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation. He noted that Nigerians were busy building Churches and Mosques without commensurate attention to education. Read more

EFCC arraigns 3 INEC officials for allegedly laundering N180 million (Guardian)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned three officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before a Federal High Court, Lagos for allegedly laundering N179.8 million. Consequently, the trial judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, ordered that they should be remanded in Ikoyi Prison. The defendants, who are attached to the Ogun State office of the electoral umpire, are Yemi Akinwonmi, Dickson Atiba and Ogunmodede Oladayo.   Read more

Bandits Kill 3, abducts nursing mothers, 5 others in Kaduna (ThisDay)

Three people were reportedly killed while seven others, including two nursing mothers, were abducted when bandits stormed Unguwar Dan-Baki, Sabon-Layi village in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State last Sunday. One of the nursing mothers was said to have been abducted alongside her eight-day-old baby. Chairman of the Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari, in a statement yesterday said the incident occurred at about7:00p.m. The statement said the gunmen had a field day as they carted away cattle used for traction by the villagers in their farms. Read more

HiFL 2018: UNILAG Marines host UNIBEN Royals in exciting opening fixture (Vanguard)

All roads lead to Akoka, Lagos, as the Unillag Marines take on Uniben Royals in the opening fixture of the 2018 Higher Institutions Football League. Scheduled to hold on the 1st of August 2018 at the University of Lagos Sports Complex, by 4pm, the star match promises great excitement as Executives of NUGA, NUC and NFF alongside Renowned Ex-Internationals and top football administrators prepare to grace the exciting duel with their presence. The Fixtures were released at the draws for the 2018 edition of the Higher Institutions Football League, which held in Lagos recently. In another exciting fixture, two top universities in the country, University of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, will lock horns with each other in a battle of supremacy. Read more

Joshua: Forget Povetkin, I want ‘big gun’ Wilder (Nation)

Anthony Joshua has admitted he is looking past upcoming opponent Alexander Povetkin with eyes on a huge mega-fight against Deontay Wilder, stating he’d be “very annoyed” if a deal couldn’t be agreed on. Joshua wants Wilder to accept a $15 million offer to face him to decide the undisputed world heavyweight champion, in front of a 100,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium on April 13, 2019. The fight could generate up to $100 million and would be the first time all four major world heavyweight titles will be on the line. Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), 28, hopes victory over Povetkin on Sept. 22 leads to an even bigger clash with Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), 32, despite talks stalling with the WBC champion. Read more

Ato Boldon, Lewis Johnson to analyse Asaba 2018 (Guardian)

Athletics lovers across Africa, particularly Nigerians, who will not be in Asaba for the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, will be able to follow the events from August 1 to 5 on 24-hour sports TV station, Kwesé Free Sports. Asaba 2018 will host Nigeria’s celebrated Blessing Okagbare, Yinka Ajayi, Queen Obisesan, Seye Ogunyele among others, and hundreds of African athletes, who will participate in a variety of sports, including short and long distance races, relays, high jump, long jump, shot put and javelin. The five-day event will be televised live on the Kwesé Free Sports (KFS) Nigeria channel, which can be accessed on Kwesé TV channel 290 or UHF channel 32 in Lagos. Read more

Nigeria crashes out of BWF World Championships (Nation)

Nigeria’s duo, Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji failed at the first hurdle as they were beaten by India’s Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh 13-21, 12-21 in the mixed doubles event of the Total BWF World Championships, which commenced yesterday in Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, China. The Nigerians put up a good effort but it was not enough to save them from losing to their more illustrious opponents.  The Indians will now take on Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the second round. The experience garnered by the duo will come in handy for future tournaments as the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) continues its drive to reposition the game in the country. Read more

Gor Mahia on verge of creating CAF Cup history (Vanguard)

Gor Mahia are set to become the first Kenyan club to reach the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals after a 3-2 victory away to Young Africans of Tanzania at the weekend. The Group D leaders need two points from two matches to clinch a last-eight place in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League. Nairobi-based Gor host Rayon Sports of Rwanda on August 19, then complete their mini-league scheduled 10 days later away to second-place USM Alger of Algeria. Read more

Errettini stuns Bautista Agut to win first career ATP title in Gstaad (Tennis)

Matteo Berrettini of Italy beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (9), 6-4 to win the Swiss Open on Sunday. Berrettini was playing in his first ATP final, wrapping up his fifth straight-sets win of the week in one hour and 45 minutes. He fought off two set points in a close-run first set and secured the only break of the match in the second to secure the win. At 22, he’s the youngest Italian finalist on the ATP Tour in 15 years. Bautista Agut is making his way back from a hip injury he picked up during the Halle semifinals, which forced him to miss Wimbledon, and was chasing the ninth ATP title of his career and third this year. Read more

Everton target Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo (Kwese.espn)

Everton have joined the race to land Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, sources have told ESPN FC. The injured Argentina international has returned to Manchester following his post-World Cup holiday rather than join the rest of the squad in the United States while speculation about his future rumbles on. Sources have told ESPN FC that United are open to offers for the 28-year-old, who only signed a new contract in March, and that the player is considering his options after slipping down the pecking order last season. He was limited to just 12 appearances in all competitions last season and was not included in Jose Mourinho’s matchday squad for the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea in May. Read more

Robert Lewandowski lined up as Chelsea’s No.1 target? Tuesday’s transfer news and gossip (Mirror)

Chelsea have reportedly made Robert Lewandowski their No.1 transfer target. New boss Maurizio Sarri wants to bring in a new striker and had targeted Gonzalo Higuain. But the Argentine wants to stay in Italy and is in talks over a loan move to Milan. The Daily Star reports Chelsea have continued to keep tabs on Lewandowski and believe there is a chance he could be lured away from Bayern Munich. Lewandowski would likely cost Chelsea around £80m with Real Madrid also keen. Read more

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer stunned when Dem lawmaker predicts Mueller indictments for Trump Jr and Jared Kushner (RawStory)

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on Monday stunned CNN host Wolf Blitzer when he confidently predicted that both Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner would soon be indicted for helping Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election. During an interview on Blitzer’s show, the host asked Cohen what he made of Trump lawyer Giuliani emphasizing in an early CNN interview that colluding with Russian foreign agents to interfere in the 2016 presidential election wouldn’t be a crime. Cohen said he believed it just showed how scared the Trump White House was of Mueller and his investigation. Read more

Fans pack Londonderry cinema for Love Island finale (BBC)

Hundreds of Love Island fans have packed out a Londonderry cinema for a special big screen showing of the 2018 season finale. More than 440 fans watched Jack and Dani crowned the winning couple on Monday night on two screens at the Brunswick Moviebowl at the same time the episode was broadcast on TV. Tickets went on sale last week and were snapped up in less than an hour. Manger Eamon McLaughlin said the demand was “incredible. Read more

Uber to stop developing self-driving trucks (Reuters)

Uber will stop developing self-driving trucks that have been hauling cargo on U.S. highways, the ride-hailing company said on Monday, seeking to focus its autonomous-vehicle technology solely on cars. Through its acquisition of Otto in 2016, Uber had sought to disrupt freight hauling with self-driving trucks and Uber Freight, its smartphone app that connects truck drivers and shippers. Uber Freight, which has seen “rapid” growth, is unaffected by the decision, the company said. Trucking has been viewed by transportation experts as a natural application for self-driving technology because of the relative predictability of highways compared with busy city streets. Read more

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