* Police re-arrest Dino Melaye (Punch) * President Buhari meets APC Governors in Aso Rock (Guardian)

* Police re-arrest Dino Melaye (Punch)                          * President Buhari meets APC Governors in Aso Rock (Guardian)



Police re-arrest Dino Melaye (Punch)

…says he will face trial in Lokoja ‘without delay’ The Nigerian Police said they would arraign Senator Dino Melaye ‘without any delay’, after re-arresting him from an Abuja hospital on Tuesday. Police confirmed an earlier report that Melaye, escaped from lawful custody earlier today when ‘miscreants and hoodlums’ blocked a  police vehicle conveying him to Lokoja to face trial. According to Assistant commissioner of police, Jimoh Moshood, the “hoodlums and miscreants” in two  Toyota Hilux vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 Round About, Abuja. Read more

President Buhari meets APC Governors in Aso Rock (Guardian)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed door with governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Presidential villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reliably gathered that the meeting would discuss national issues including the forthcoming APC’s national convention slated for May 14 in Abuja. Already the leadership of the party has written the Independent National Electoral Commission to intimate it of plans to hold congresses and convention across the country. Read more

Melaye did not jump out of vehicle, says aide (Nation)

Special Adviser to Senator Dino Melaye, Gideon Ayodele on Tuesday faulted reports that his principal jumped out of a moving vehicle in an attempts to evade police move to take him to Lokoja, Kogi State capital. Ayodele in a statement late Tuesday noted that it was not possible for Melaye to have jumped out of a moving police vehicle when he was sandwiched by armed policemen forcing him against his will to Lokoja. Insisting that “nothing could be farther from the truth”, Ayodele said that the “insinuation is practically impossible for a man saddled between gun-wielding policemen.” He added that the “incident was a last resort by Senator Dino Melaye in order foil attempt to kidnap him and kill him by agents of Kogi State governor in connivance with the Police.” Read more

Killings: Pray for us, Osinbajo cries to churches (PremiumTimes)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, called on Churches for religious tolerance and prayers for those in government to overcome numerous challenges facing the nation. Mr Osinbajo, who made the remark at the inauguration of the Deeper Life Bible Church new Headquarters Auditorium, Gbagada, Lagos, said that governance was a spiritual warfare. “It is the duty of the Church, as we are, that the Church prays for the government; that the Church upholds the hands of those in government, not by complaining but by supporting us with prayers. “Governance is a spiritual warfare, if anyone does not know that, I know. I ask the Church to pray for everyone of us in the position of authority in this land,” Mr Osinbajo pleaded. Read more

2019: I’m not desperate to be Nigeria’s president — Atiku (Vanguard)

Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he is not desperate to become Nigeria’s president, come 2019, as some Nigerians have said. “If I am desperate, I wouldn’t have stepped down for M.K.O, Abiola in 1993 presidential race,” he said. Abubakar, who stated this in an interview with BBC Hausa morning programme, yesterday, said if Nigerians could follow his political antecedent, they would not see him as a desperate politician. “In 1993, I contested with M.K.O. Abiola. I later withdrew from the race. In 1999, I was elected a governor of Adamawa State, then invited to be Nigeria’s vice president, under Olusegun Obasanjo,” he said. Read more

National Assembly fails to pass 2018 budget (Nation)

The National Assembly on Tuesday failed to pass the 2018 budget as promised. The leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives had promised that the 2018 budget would be passed by the two chambers on April 24. The promise was not to be following what a source called the refusal of heads of ministries, departments and agencies to appear for their budget defence. The source also said that the late appearance of some heads of MDAs to defend their budget proposals made subcommittees of both chambers to also submit their budget reports late to the Appropriation Committees. Read more

Buhari appoints Deputy Directors-General for NIA (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday approved the appointment of Amb. Apollonius Demenongu Agev from Benue State (North Central) and Mr. Kio Solomon Benibo  Amieyeofori  from Rivers State (South-South)  as Deputy Directors-General (DDGs) of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olusegun A. Adekunle, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. The appointments, according to the statement, are in fulfillment of Para. 4 (1) & (2) of the relevant Instrument establishing the NIA. Read more

Senate Invasion: Dogara warns against formation of support groups in NASS (Guardian)

Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has warned lawmakers against forming support groups in the parliament for public officers, describing it as violation of their oath of office. Dogara said this at plenary on Tuesday, while reacting to the April 18 attack at the Senate during which thugs suspected to have been sponsored by a suspended senator made away with the mace. He also declared that the action of the perpetrators of the act was an attack on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, not only the National Assembly. Read more

Wike charges youths to vote out Buhari in 2019 (Independent)

Governor Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State governor, has charged Nigerian youths to respond to President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that they are lazy by ensuring that they vote him and the All Progressives Congress (APC) out of power in the 2019 general elections. Wike, who spoke on Monday, described the APC federal administration as a failed government, even as he accused it of destroying the nation’s economy, saying that the youths have the responsibility of voting it out of power. The Rivers State governor spoke as the Nigerian Automobile Technicians Association, Rivers State branch, endorsed him for a second term, citing his performance as the reason behind the decision. Read more

Congresses: Lagos APC bans Ajomale, others from seeking re-election (Tribune)

Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has placed a ban on members who had spent a minimum of eight years as the ward, council and state executive members from seeking re-election in its May congresses. The incumbent chairman of the APC in the state, Otunba Henry Ajomale, and several others would be affected should the ban stand. Ajomale had since when the party was Alliance Democracy (AD) 20 years ago till now that is APC had been in the saddle. Read more

N1.1bn fraud: How intelligence report triggered trial of ex-FCT minister’s son – Witness (PremiumTimes)

A witness, Ishaya Dauda, on Tuesday told a Federal High Court, Abuja, that the trial of former FCT Minister Bala Mohammed’s son, Shamsudeen was prompted by an intelligence report. Mr Dauda, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operative, and a witness in the alleged N1.1 billion fraud case against Shamsudeen, made the disclosure during cross examination. Mr Dauda, who is the first witness called by the prosecution to prove the fraud allegation, was crossed examined by Shamsudeen’s counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), on whether there was a petition or complaint against his client. “My lord, it is on record in this court, I said the EFCC received intelligence report on the defendant, the intelligence report we received led to the investigation of the defendant,” the witness said. Read more

How Nigeria can beat malaria by 2030 – WHO (Vanguard)

The World Health Organisation, WHO, yesterday said with greater political commitment, adequate resources, strong coordination and dedicated partners, Nigeria and other sub-Saharan countries can defeat malaria by 2030. This was made known by the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, at a press conference in Abuja as part of activities to mark the 2018 World Malaria Day. Vanguard reports that the World Malaria Day is commemorated on April 25 each year, and the theme for this year is “Ready to beat Malaria”. Read more

Why I didn’t attend US-Nigeria summit – Ogbeh (Nation)

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Tuesday explained why he didn’t attend the just concluded United States-Nigeria investment summit. The minister said he was not officially invited by organisers of the summit and therefore had no reason to seek clearance from the Presidency. In a statement issued in Abuja by the ministry’s Director of Information, Tolu Makinde, Ogbeh said it was imperative to address the situation following allegation levelled against him by the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Read more

Tonto Dikeh blasts Tunde Ednut for shading Nina (Vanguard)

Actress Tonto Dikeh has blasted musician and blogger, Tunde Ednut, for shading Nina Onyenobi a.k.a Nina, one of five finalists of the just concluded BBNaija “Double Wahala’reality show. The actress commented on a blurry video of the ex-housemate that Tunde Ednut posted on his Instagram page. He captioned the post, “Nina, stop using android.” Tonto Dikeh commented some minutes later with her handle,@tontolet and she said, “ Tunde, you have been a celebrity longer than I can remember , so you can afford a phone.” “Send her one, she needs it. We are waiting since you are the first to notice it.” Read more

Rohr grows grey hairs over S’Eagles defence (Independent)

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles technical adviser, has started growing grey hairs over the team’s defence for the summer World Cup in Russia. Nigeria will kickoff their World Cup campaing against Croatia on June 16, before playing Iceland on June 22 and their lasyt group game against Argentina on June 26, 2018. The coach, in an interview on SuperSport Monday Night Football, expressed his worries about the team defence and not its attack. His worry stems from the injury to some of the defenders and the failure of some players to command first team shirts. Read more

Ighalo, others thrill Rohr (SportingTribune)

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr says he’s happy with the form of the strikers he intends to pick in Nigeria’s provisional World Cup squad list, adding that he is not worried about that department. Indeed, the German tactician has every reason to smile, with Victor Moses firing on all cylinders, having a hand in three goals in his last four matches for Chelsea in the Premier League, same number as Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho. Chinese-based striker Odion Ighalo bagged a double brace last weekend, while Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has been starting games for the London club in the English topflight. Read more

France mourns Henri Michel (SportingTribune)

Former France midfielder and coach Henri Michel, who guided Les Bleus to third place at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, has passed away aged 70. Michel’s passing comes after his recent induction into the hall of fame at Nantes – the club where he played from 1966–82 – yet his most celebrated achievement was at the Mexico ’86 World Cup. His France team beat Brazil on penalties in a famous Guadalajara quarter-final, and though Germany denied them in the semis, Les Bleus recovered to pip Belgium to bronze. That success followed his gold medal as France coach at the 1984 Olympic Games, which had made him the natural successor to Michel Hidalgo in the wake of France’s EURO triumph that summer. The Aix-en-Provence native would coach the national team from 1986–88, overseeing 36 games in all. Read more

‘You can’t do that in the Champions League’ – Jordan Henderson rues late lapse (Eurosport)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has rued his side’s late lapse in concentration in their Champions League semi-final against Roma. Braces from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and a solitary goal from Sadio Mane, had given Liverpool a 5-0 lead but Edin Dzeko and a penalty from Diego Perotti gave Roma life. Liverpool are still the favourites to go through to the final given they have a three-goal advantage but speaking to BT after the game Henderson wasn’t happy. “It felt as though we were in full control but we basically gave them two goals, you can’t do that in the Champions League. At the same time we played well, we will go there with a three goal advantage.” Henderson said. Read more

Australia’s forgotten indigenous World War II veterans (CNN)

Almost every able-bodied Indigenous man throughout Australia’s Torres Strait Islands signed up to defend their country against the threat of invasion during World War II, despite not being recognized as citizens. The country’s first and only all Indigenous army unit, the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion, was formed in 1943 as the Japanese Imperial army menaced Australia’s northern coastline. Approximately 880 recruits enlisted, from an estimated able-bodied male Indigenous population of 890, across the Torres Strait island chain — an Australian sea territory between the northern tip of the state of Queensland, and southern Papua New Guinea. Speaking on the 75th anniversary of the battalion’s founding in March, Australia’s Chief of Army Lt. Gen. Angus Campbell said it was possibly the highest rate of voluntarism in the whole country, per capita, during the WWII. Read more

Armenian opposition leader calls rally for Wednesday (Reuters)

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan called on supporters to stage a rally on Wednesday after talks with ruling Republican Party planned were cancelled. Talks were initially planned for Wednesday after the resignation of prime minister Serzh Sarksyan on Monday following almost two weeks of street protests that plunged the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis. Read more

Bill Cosby’s lawyers call accuser ‘pathological liar’ (Skynews)

Bill Cosby’s defence lawyers have called his accuser a “pathological liar”. Cosby, 80, the once-beloved comedian and TV dad, is on trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, 45, at his home outside Philadelphia in January 2004. Ms Constand, a former administrator of the Temple University women’s basketball team, is one of a number of women who claim Cosby drugged and violated them. The comedian’s lawyers attacked the credibility of the women who testified against him at his sexual assault trial, singling out accuser Ms Constand during closing arguments on Tuesday. Read more

Suspected pirates kidnap Dutch cargo ship crew members near Nigeria (UPI)

Suspected pirates boarded a Dutch-flagged cargo ship near the Nigerian coast, the ship’s managing company said Monday. The suspects kidnapped 12 of the 14 crew members on board FWN Rapide on Saturday near Port Harcourt, ForestWave Navigation BV said. Two others crew members were uninjured and moved the vessel to a safe location, the company said. ForestWave commended the two for their “courageous and professional handling” of the incident. “ForestWave would like to stress its main priority is to establish contact with the missing seafarers and secure their earliest and secure return,” the company said in a statement. “The company’s Emergency Response team is working around the clock and is liaising with the local and international authorities.” Read more



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