* Police IG Idris disobeying Senate not new… he did to Buhari – Saraki (PremiumTimes) * You are to serve not to evangelise, NYSC DG warns Taraba corps members (Punch)

* Police IG Idris disobeying Senate not new… he did to Buhari – Saraki (PremiumTimes)              * You are to serve not to evangelise, NYSC DG warns Taraba corps members (Punch)



Police IG Idris disobeying Senate not new… he did to Buhari – Saraki (PremiumTimes)

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has condemned the decision of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to snub the senate’s invitation twice. For the second time, Mr Idris on Wednesday failed to appear before the senate plenary despite a formal invitation. He was invited to answer questions on the arrest of a senator, Dino Melaye, and killings across the country. The police boss was first summoned on Wednesday, April 25, but he failed to appear. “I don’t want us to labour too much. At the upper chamber, we must show maturity and statesmanship. I don’t think anybody who has been around enough to observe the practice of our democracy knows that this action cannot be right. Read more

You are to serve not to evangelise, NYSC DG warns Taraba corps members (Punch)

The Director-General of the National Youth Sevice Corps, Brigadier General Zakari Kazaure, while assuring Corps Members posted to serve in Taraba State of adequate security has warned then against evangelism. He insisted that the concern of the corps members should be to serve and not to go and indoctrinate the host communities. Kazaure said these on Wednesday in Jalingo when he visited Corps members currently undergoing orientation course at the NYSC camp, Sibre, near Jalingo. Represented by the Director of administration and management, Alhaji Habibu  Kurawa, the DG said that the NYSC management was aware that elections were around the corner and had put in place measures to ensure the safety of each corps member posted to the state. Read more

EFCC arrests fake Magu (Guardian)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested one Felix Idowu for allegedly impersonating its Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu. In a statement on Wednesday, Spokesman of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspect was a real estate agent and a graduate of political science. Uwujaren said Idowu was found with documents which had the forged signature of the EFCC boss and would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded. “Prior to his arrest, the EFCC received intelligence report that the suspect, while posing as an operative of the EFCC, requested for money in order ‘to kill’ a petition purportedly written against the complainant. “The EFCC swung into action by asking the complainant to play along. In the process, Idowu was asked to liaise with the complainant’s personal assistant, who was an EFCC undercover agent. Read more

UNILAG gets TV operation license (Vanguard)

University of Lagos, UNILAG has gotten operational license by Federal Government to operate a television station on campus. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe who disclosed this yesterday during the pre-convocation press conference held at its Senate Chamber also said 245 students would graduate with First Class honours during the 29 convocation slated for May 8 to 11. While lauding the Presidency for approving the issuance of license to operate television station on campus, he said: “We are keen to redefine campus-based broadcasting with this initiative, while giving our students a rewarding experience and grooming an exemplary crop of Mass Communication students. Read more

Be fearless, Ambode tells new Judges (Punch)

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has encouraged the newly sworn-in judges to be fearless in the discharge of their duties. The governor said this at the swearing-in of three judges in Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday. Ambode said on his Twitter handle, “I urge our newly sworn-in judges to be fearless in the discharge of their duties and to always allow professional ethics to govern their acts and utterances within and outside the court.” The newly appointed Lagos High Court Judges are justices Abiola Oladunni Soladoye, Olukayode Ogunjobi and Yetunde Pinheiro. Read more

Makarfi condemns Mubi bombings, tasks security agencies to up their game (Vanguard)

Former Kaduna State governor and a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi yesterday condemned the twin suicide bombings which claimed many lives in Mubi, Adamawa State on Tuesday. In a statement issued in Abuja and signed by his spokesman, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, the PDP Presidential hopeful tasked the federal government to spare no effort in unraveling those behind the incessant attacks in some parts of the country. “Senator Makarfi condemns this heinous, barbaric and cowardly act, the first of which was perpetrated in a mosque against worshipers communing with God, ostensibly in the name of a religion whose respect for the sacredness of human life is so absolute that it equates the murder of a single person with the killing of the entire mankind. Read more

Obasanjo denies meeting with NLC chairman over Buhari’s second term (Tribune)

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has denied news rumour going the round that he met with the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, last Tuesday, whereby he drummed support for President Muhammadu Buhari second time bid. He stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, signed by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Wednesday, that the news was unfounded and deliberate falsehood by some elements in the camp of Buhari. The former president maintained that he cannot and would never endorse failure in whatever form, insisting that the President had performed below average. Read more

Alleged N322m fraud: EFCC humiliated me, Nwaoboshi complains to Senate (Punch)

Lawmaker representing Delta North Senatorial District, Senator Peter Nwaboshi, who is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged N322m fraud, has written to the Senate to state that he will not be intimidated with the prosecution. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read Nwaoboshi’s letter to the chamber at the plenary on Wednesday. In the letter, Nwaoboshi thanked the Senate for “standing solidly” behind him during his “ordeal in the hands of the EFCC.” He said, “As a lawyer, I am conscious of the fact that the matter is now in court and therefore sub judice. I am no longer at liberty to say anything that will be prejudicial to the trial of the case. Read more

Patience Jonathan’s $15.5m: companies’ seek guilty plea reversal (Nation)

Four companies which pleaded guilty to laundering $15.5million allegedly belonging to former First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan Wednesday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to reverse their guilty plea. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned them with a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to President Jonathan, Dr Waripamo Dudafa, a lawyer Amajuoyi Briggs, who is the companies’ secretary, and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku. Unlike the companies, Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty to the 17-count charge. The companies’ lawyer Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) told Justice Babs Kuewumi that his clients were not given a fair trial before their conviction because they had no legal representation of their choice. Read more

EFCC’s fresh evidence hearing of Patience Jonathan’s suit (Nation)

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of a suit by former First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) until May 22. Mrs Jonathan is praying Justice Mohammed Idris to order the commission to unfreeze her accounts with $15.5million. Four companies had pleaded guilty before Justice Babs Kuewumi of the same court to allegedly laundering the money. On Wednesday, Mrs Jonathan’s lawyer Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) said EFCC sought for leave to file additional processes, which had not been served on him. Read more

Top Nigeria university, OAU, shut for alleged tax default (PremiunTimes)

The Osun State Internal Revenue Service has closed down the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, over alleged N1.8 billion tax debt to the state government. The institution was shut down Wednesday morning by the officials of the state revenue (IRS) led by Oladipo Babatunde after obtaining a court order to seal the school. Mr. Babatunde has, however, said that the institution will be reopened when the management is ready to pay its tax debt. The IRS sealed the university Senate building, administrative block, the bursary department and the university main gate which interrupted easy flow of vehicles and registration of fresh students who resumed on Sunday. Read more

Enyimba Industrial City architectural design ready by December 2018 — project manager (Vanguard)

Mr Uzoma Ozurumba, the Project Manager, Enyimba Industrial City Development Company, says the architectural design will be ready by December 2018. Ozurumba made this known in an interview in Aba, Abia, on Wednesday. He said that the masterplan of the city had been completed while the compensation survey was currently ongoing, to ensure proper stakeholders’ inclusion and integration. Ozurumba said that the compensation survey would soon be completed to pave way for the commencement of the construction of the city. He said that the survey would ensure that the 28 communities, whose lands were included in the planned project, were adequately compensated and documented. Read more

Man allegedly commits suicide at UCH (Guardian)

A yet-to-be-identified man ‪on Wednesday morning allegedly committed suicide by jumping down from the fifth floor of the University College Hospital (UCH) on Wednesday. The man, who was said to be between 50 and 55 years, reportedly removed his pairs of leather slippers before he took a plunge to the ground. Sources said the deceased, who wore Ankara clothes, left a note behind in which he allegedly said he committed the suicide because he was duped of N30m. The note with the police, a source said. Read more

Australia set to arrest runaway Nigeria athletes, officials (Punch)

The Commonwealth Games Federation has allegedly contacted the Nigeria Olympic Committee  to provide personal information about the  Nigeria athletes  and officials   who disappeared during and after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Six Nigeria athletes, two coaches  and  one of the powerlifting helpers allegedly absconded in the Oceania country. Top sports ministry allegedly left Australia seething after a  woman boxer pulled a fast one on them to disappear at the airport while the Nigerian contingent were  waiting for their flight back to Nigeria. Read more

FIFA boss Infantino plans strategy to win new term (Punch)

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino is busily promoting money-spinning schemes for world football ahead of an expected bid for a second term, including a revamped Club World Cup and a so-called Global Nations League. Infantino faces a re-election vote in June next year, three years after he took control of world football’s governing body after long-time leader Sepp Blatter was ejected amid a bitter corruption scandal. With an eye to winning a new term at FIFA’s 2019 Paris Congress, Infantino has embarked on one new project after another to fill the coffers and bolster his reforming appeal. Read more

Rafael Nadal reveals why he and Roger Federer don’t play Davis Cup often (Tennisworldusa)

Earlier this month Rafael Nadal played his first Davis Cup singles rubber since September 2015. In the last few years, the Spaniard played very few ties in the team competition, while Roger Federer has finished his run in the tournament for now. Last week in a press conference during the Monte Carlo Masters, Nadal explained why this has been the case recently. ‘Being honest and being fair, too, we are talking about the top players are not playing very often Davis Cup, it’s true. But top players are very old. It is not funny. That’s a real thing, too. When I was younger or Roger maybe was younger or Andy or Novak, we were there to play Davis Cup. But we are over 30, so it’s not that easy after a very long career to keep playing all that weeks,’ Nadal said. Read more

How Nemanja Matic vowed to join United before winning PL with Chelsea (101greatgoals)

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has revealed he was already preparing for to move before winning the Premier League with Chelsea. The former Blues midfielder won the title under Antonio Conte in the bosses first season back in May of last year. Though, he decided to quit the club for Manchester United when his former manager Jose Mourinho came calling. The £40million deal was questioned at the time but Matic has become possibly the most consistent player in the squad this season. He has become one of Mourinho’s most trusted players and now the Portuguese boss has revealed how determined the player was to move to Old Trafford. Read more

Trump threatens to intervene in House Republicans’ fight with Rod Rosenstein (Guardian)

Donald Trump appeared to threaten to get involved in an ongoing dispute between the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, and Republicans in Congress on Wednesday. In a tweet, Trump said: “A Rigged System – They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress. What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal ‘justice?’ At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!” They seemed to refer to Rosenstein, who said in public remarks on Tuesday that “the Department of Justice will not be extorted” after being asked about articles of impeachment reportedly being prepared against him by some congressional Republicans. Read more

Expect the White House correspondents to cheer on Michelle Woolf? Think again (Newstatesman)

I actually really like Sarah,” joked comedian Michelle Wolf to a roomful of journalists at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, as the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, sat a few feet away. “I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.” Wolf, one of the stars of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, had been invited to the event not only to tell jokes but also, according to her official invitation, to speak “truth to power”. Read more

Pope Francis won’t apologize for abusive church-run schools in Canada, and lawmakers aren’t happy (Washingtonpost)

Few leaders have embraced the power of an apology for historical wrongs quite as enthusiastically as Pope Francis and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The former has apologized for the “grave sins” of colonialism in Bolivia, the persecution of Italian Pentecostals and the church’s “failings” during the Rwandan genocide. The latter has said sorry for the execution of six indigenous chiefs by the colonial government of British Columbia, as well as decades of government-sanctioned discrimination against Canada’s LGBT civil servants. Read more

South Africa’s Sandile Mantsoe guilty of Karabo Mokoena murder (BBC)

A South African man has been found guilty of killing his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend in a case that shocked the country last year. The High Court in Johannesburg concluded that Sandile Mantsoe stabbed Karabo Mokoena, and tried to conceal the crime by burning her remains. Her killing sparked outrage with women using the hashtag #MenAreTrash. South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of rape and murder of women. More than 40,000 cases of rape are reported every year, figures which are thought to only represent a fraction of actual attacks. Read more


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