* Plot to impeach Ortom awkward – Atiku (Nation) * Adamu a latter day selfish supporter of Buhari, Says Saraki (ThisDay)

* Plot to impeach Ortom awkward – Atiku (Nation)      * Adamu a latter day selfish supporter of Buhari, Says Saraki (ThisDay)

 EVENING NEWS UPDATE JULY 30, 2018

 

Plot to impeach Ortom awkward – Atiku (Nation)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the “awkward political development” in Benue State where eight lawmakers have served impeachment notice on Governor Samuel Ortom. In a statement issued on Monday by his media office, Atiku deplored a situation where the eight lawmakers were being aided and abetted by police to achieve a predetermined end. Reports indicated that eight of the 30 lawmakers in the state’s House of Assembly were on Monday aided by the police to illegally occupy the chamber where they served the impeachment notice on the governor. Reacting to the development, Atiku said he was greatly embarrassed by the unfolding political drama in Benue State. Read more

Adamu a latter day selfish supporter of Buhari, Says Saraki (ThisDay)

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Monday described Senator Abdullahi Adamu representing Nasarawa West in the National Assembly as a latter day selfish supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari. He also called him a deceptive and desperate liar that can do anything to achieve his aim. Saraki was reacting in a statement in Abuja to the claim by Adamu that the Senate President once referred to Senator Dino Melaye as a “clown” in a recent private chat between the two. The Senate President emphasised that Adamu became a latter day supporter of President Buhari when operatives of the EFCC moved against him and his son. Read more

FG faults Falana on killing of Nigerians in S’ Africa (SUN)

The Federal Government, on Monday, faulted legal luminary, Mr. Femi Falana’s submission that both the Nigerian government and its South African counterpart failed to prevent the killing of Nigerians in South Africa. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari changed the hitherto status quo. Falana, who spoke, on Sunday, following the death of Chibuzo Nwankwo, an indigene of Enugu state, said in the past one and half years, 121 Nigerians had been killed in South Africa without the governments of Nigeria and South Africa doing nothing about the killings. Read more

Court stops Imo lawmakers from impeaching Deputy Gov (Punch)

Justice Ben Iheka of the Imo State High Court on Monday restrained the panel set up by the Chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, and the State House of Assembly from taking any further action in the impeachment process of the state deputy governor, Eze Madumere, until the hearing and determination of the suit. The panel was set up by the chief judge to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct leveled against the deputy governor by the state House of Assembly. Justice Iheka also directed the three members of the impeachment panel that were yet to be served the motion for interlocutory injunction to respect the suit, which is before the court. 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

Okorocha to Ohakim: Account for N200b you misappropriated (Nation)

…Forget guber ambition, ex-gov told

Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha has challenged his predecessor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim to give account of the N200 billion his administration misappropriated in four years with nothing to show for it. The Imo governor also demanded an explanation from the embattled former governor on how he squandered the N11 billion he appropriated for the phoney contract to dredge the Nworie River. Ohakim had during his declaration to join the 2019 governorship election and formal defection to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the platform on which Okorocha ousted him out of office in 2011, threatened to probe governor Okorocha if he returns as governor. Read more

I wasn’t aware of Speaker’s removal, says Kano Gov (ThisDay)

The Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that he was not aware of what transpired at the state House of Assembly until he was informed via telephone calls by top members of his party. Ganduje explained that the party member informed him that the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Abdullahi Ata, had been removed by members of the house. He also described the episode as internal democracy, saying that such development is good for any progressive democracy. The governor made the assertion at the Kano State Government House Monday when the new Speaker, Hon. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, and his principal officers paid him a courtesy visit. Read more

Ogun former deputy gov, Adegbenga Kaka joins governorship race(Punch)

A former deputy governor in Ogun State, Senator Adegbenga Kaka, has declared his intention to join the governorship race in the state. He made the declaration on Monday at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State council secretariat at Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta. Kaka was the deputy to the former governor of the state,  Chief Olusegun Osoba, and a former Senator who had represented Ogun East in the upper chamber. He said as Ogun State “stands today, there is ample room for improvement in agriculture, education, healthcare, employment and empowerment of our youth and female folks, rural development, sports and tourism. Read more

NAF bombs Boko Haram hideouts in Borno, kills insurgents (Nation)

The Nigerian Air Force said on Monday scores of Boko Haram terrorists have been killed during air strikes in Tongule, south-west of Dikwa in Borno State. The Spokesperson for NAF, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said in a statement that the air operation was conducted after an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform has been used to establish the presence of Boko Haram fighters in the area. Adesanya said the mission was planned and executed to prevent the terrorists from carrying out attacks against troops’ location in the general area. Read more

Niger owes WAEC, NECO N664m (Nation)

Niger State Government State said on Monday it is owning two major examination bodies in the country – the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) – N664 million. The state Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Fatima Magudu, said the debt was inherited by the government from previous administrations in the state. The Nation had reported that students in the state public schools have not been able to access their WEAC results due to debts owed to the examination body. Students and parents have besieged the WAEC office in Minna, demanding reasons why the results were not accessed and they were directed to the state Ministry of Education for explanations. Read more

Nigerian students soar at World Adolescent Robotics (Guardian)

Three Nigeria students have won gold for proper documentation of processes on engineering note at the 2018 World Adolescent Robotic Competition in China. The students – Tawakalitu Giwa, Oluwaseun Omotayo and Ayomide Adetunji – also won the “Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli’ Award for Courageous Achievement at the event organised by the China Association of Science and Technology. The National Coordinator of the competition, Mrs Remi Willoughby, announced the victory in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday Willoughby said that the students returned to Nigeria on Friday after the five-day event which ended last Tuesday in China. Read more

Jos High Court to rule on NFF Crisis Today (ThisDay)

The Federal High Court in Jos is to rule today whether to vacate the judgment that nullified the September 30, 2014 election in Warri that brought Amaju Pinnick to office as President of the Nigeria Football Federation. Both Pinnick and Chris Giwa have been in and out of courts in the last four years on who is the authentic NFF president. While Giwa’s case was dismissed at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), and even slammed with world-wide ban from football matters by FIFA, the Jos football club proprietor is taking solace in the Jos High Court ruling that upheld his August 26 election in Abuja. Though Pinnick appealed that ruling and won at the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court ruled in April that the matter should return to the lower court for fresh trial. Read more

Neymar admits to “exaggerated’’ reactions at World Cup (SUN)

Ridiculed for faking and diving during a disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia, Brazilian forward Neymar has admitted to “exaggerated” reactions saying he is still learning to deal with frustration. In a 90-second video made for his sponsors Gillette and published on social media accounts and Brazilian television, Neymar sought to win back fans who criticised his behaviour. “Studs on my calf, knee in my back, stamp on my foot,” he said. “You may think I exaggerate and, sometimes, I really do exaggerate. But the fact is that I suffer on the field. “There’s still a child inside me. Sometimes he enchants the world and sometimes he irritates the world.” Read more

Giants Evan Engram looking to improve off solid rookie year (Metro)

Evan Engram is coming off a rookie year where he not only produced for the New York Giants, but he lived up to some very lofty expectations. A first-round pick of the Giants a year ago, Engram finished his rookie year with 64 catches for 722 yards and six touchdowns. The former Ole Miss tight end transitioned well to the NFL, showing himself to be a reliable target over the middle and a player who could stretch defenses. He lived up to the hype of being an impact player in the making for the Giants. There was plenty to like about Engram’s rookie year, even as he had some stretches with bad drops and struggled with his in-line blocking. Read more

Paul Pogba explains his understated look during France’s successful World Cup campaign (Mirror)

Paul Pogba says he was determined to let his football catch the eye at the World Cup in Russia, and not anything else. The Manchester United star was a key man as France won the tournament for a second time this summer, turning in a fine performance in the semi-final and then scoring his side’s crucial third goal in their 4-2 win over Croatia in the final in Paris. Pogba’s displays in the latter matches of the competition quietened his many critics, many of whom bizarrely like to focus on his hairstyles and use them as a reason to criticise. Read more

Martyn Meade confident over Confiding (Skysports)

Martyn Meade is confident Confiding can make his presence felt in the Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday. The Iffraaj colt made a successful racecourse debut at Newbury last month and the form could hardly have worked out better, with no less than seven horses who finished behind him winning since. He steps up to Group Two level on the opening afternoon of the Qatar Goodwood Festival and bookmakers have priced him up as favourite to keep his unbeaten record intact. Meade said: “I thought he was pretty impressive at Newbury and the form has worked out well. Read more

5 persons arrested for kidney fraud (Guardian)

Police in Nepal on Monday arrested five men for luring poor people to hospitals in India to have their kidneys removed and sold, a police official said. Deputy superintendent of police in Chitwan, Prabhu Dhakal disclosed that three of the five men, who are in their late 20s and early 40s were arrested in Chitwan district in south-central Nepal and one each in the capital Kathmandu and neighbouring Rasuwa district. The local police in Chitwan were spurred into action after a potential victim, who was taken to India for transplant, escaped and lodged a complaint. Under Nepalese laws, only relatives are allowed to donate kidneys, but smugglers take advantage of the country’s porous border with India where the organs are harvested. Read more

3 sisters all confess to stabbing ‘mafia boss’ dad to death after ‘years of sexual abuse and torture’ (Mirror)

Three sisters who allegedly stabbed their sexually abusive father to death after ‘years of torture’ are now facing 15 years in jail. The teenagers Kristina, 19, Angelina, 18 and Maria, 17, are accused of murdering their heroin-addict father Mikhail Khachaturyan. He was found with dozens of stab wounds near a lift inside the family’s block of flats in Moscow, Russia. Reports citing police say the sisters all confessed to jointly killing their 57-year-old father, claiming they suffered years of appalling sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Kristina told police: “We hated him and we wanted just one thing to happen – either that he disappeared or that we never knew him. Read more

Cruise ship guards’ killing of polar bear sparks international outrage (Cbsnews)

Norwegian authorities on Monday defended the actions of guards from a German cruise ship that killed a polar bear that had attacked and injured a crew member, saying they at first tried to scare it away. Police spokesman Ole Jakob Malmo said two members of the 12-man crew that set foot on the most northern island of the Svalbard archipelago ahead of tourists on Saturday first tried to ward off the bear “by shouting and making loud noises as well as firing a signal pistol, but to no effect.” A 42-year-old German man who was not identified sustained minor head injuries from the attack, Malmo said. Read more

Pompeo announces new US investments in Indo-Pacific region (CNN)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced $113 million in new US investments in the Indo-Pacific region Monday, including $25 million to promote digital connectivity, $50 million for energy projects, and $30 million for infrastructure. In making the announcement, Pompeo emphasized the US commitment to the region, and to the principles of freedom and openness, implicitly drawing a contrast to China’s investment policies under its “One Belt, One Road” plan. “With American companies, citizens around the world know that what you see is what you get: honest contracts, honest terms, and no need for off-the-books mischief,” Pompeo said at an Indo-Pacific Business Forum at the US Chamber of Commerce. “For us the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is not just a law — it is a point of pride. Integrity in businesses practices is an essential pillar of our Indo-Pacific economic vision.” Read more

 

 

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