* Police set to forcibly move Melaye to Lokoja with Helicopter (ThisDay) * US to repatriate $500m looted funds to Nigeria (Leadership)

* Police set to forcibly move Melaye to Lokoja with Helicopter (ThisDay)                      * US to repatriate $500m looted funds to Nigeria (Leadership)



Police set to forcibly move Melaye to Lokoja with Helicopter (ThisDay)

The Nigeria Police have perfected plans to move the embattled senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, to Lokoja to face trial for an alleged illegal firearms possession and arming of political thugs. Thisday reliably gathered yesterday that Melaye might be flown to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, today (Wednesday) in a police helicopter after same attempt to transport the embattled lawmaker by road to Lokoja last Tuesday failed. Melaye, who is currently admitted at the National Hospital Abuja after sustaining injuries while resisting his forced movement to Lokoja by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), last Saturday overcame his recalled process as the people of his senatorial district refused to recall him. Read more

US to repatriate $500m looted funds to Nigeria (Leadership)

President Muhammadu Buhari and United States president, Donald Trump, have sealed a repatriation deal to facilitate the speedy return of the sum of $500 million looted funds that has been traced to that country. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), gave the hint while briefing journalists alongside the ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah and Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, at the end of the business meeting President Buhari had with CEOs of Nigeria and US businesses. Noting that the roadmap for the deal will be drawn yesterday afternoon, the AGF noted that three key remarks from President Trump consolidated on the general overview of what transpired between the two presidents. Read more

Killings: Trump’s comment, a wake-up call to Buhari, say CAN, Afenifere  (Punch)

The Christian Association of Nigeria, civil rights groups and the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Wednesday said the comment of the United States President, Mr. Donald Trump, on the killings in Nigeria was a wake-up call to President Muhammadu Buhari. Trump, before a closed-door meeting with Buhari on Monday, described the killing of Christians in Nigeria as a serious problem. CAN, in its reaction, said Trump hit the nail on its head when he informed Buhari that Christians were being killed in Nigeria, noting that the American leader told the Nigerian government the right thing. Read more

Obasanjo’s ‘don’t run’ letter was abusive, says Buhari (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in the United States (U.S.) spoke on former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s January 23 “Special Statement”, which asked him not to seek reelection in 2019. The statement, the President said, was “abusive”. The statement generated heat across the country, with some analysts backing Obasanjo and others condemning him. The President spoke during an interview on the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington D.C. He is on a four-day visit to the U.S. The President said despite perceiving the letter as abusive, he refrained from replying in kind. Rather, he said, he authorised that the government’s reaction should be to tell the country what it has achieved. Read more

APC Elders back Buhari for second term (Nation)

The Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders Forum has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid for a second term. The group described the president as a great leader, who is tackling the challenges of nationhood and development. Rising from its monthly meeting held at the residence of its Chairman, Chief George Akosile, in Igbara-Odo,  the forum said Buhari deserved a second term because of his performance in the last three years. In a communiqué by Akosile and the Secretary, Chief Abiodun Ajayi,  the forum hailed  the rejection of tenure elongation for party executives at ward, local government, state and national levels. Read more

May Day: Fayose promotes 37,132 Ekiti workers (SUN)

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has promoted 37,132 workers whose promotion were left unattended to since 2015. Breakdown of the promotion revealed Civil Service, Hospital Management Board, Teaching Service Commission and parastatals had 23, 480 promoted, while SUBEB and Local Government Service Commission is 13,652. The governor said the development is to lay to rest agitation by workers demanding the implementation of the promotion arrears. He added that the promotion takes effect immediately. Fayose, who was performing his last May Day function, however, urged the workers to vote for his deputy, Olusola Kolapo, and assured them he would continue his administration’s good works. Read more

Moghalu seeks policies that promote entrepreneurship (Nation)

Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor Kingsley Moghalu has said government policies should promote entrepreneurship and innovation and help small businesses to thrive. Emphasising the need to drastically reduce poverty and create employment for  youths in the country to avert dissatisfaction and conflict in Nigeria, Moghalu, a presidential aspirant, called for effective policies that will help small businesses. He promised to address unemployment prevalent among youths if he becomes president. The founder, Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation, spoke during a town hall meeting with residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Themed: ‘The role of women and youth in governance’, the event was held at the NUJ Hall, Iwe Iroyin House and attended by traditional rulers, women leaders, student activists, among others. Read more

Okorocha, passengers laud Dana Air launch of Owerri-Abuja flight operations (SUN)

Dana Air yesterday commenced scheduled flight operations between the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, Imo State, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as part of its domestic route expansion project for 2018. The launch of flight services between Owerri and Abuja also fulfill part of the terms of an existing joint venture agreement between the airline and the Imo State government, which seeks to ease the transportation difficulties of government officials, business owners and indigenes of  the state through the provision of timely and affordable air connectivity to various destinations across Nigeria. Read more

Lagos contributes 75% to workers’ health insurance scheme, says Ambode (Nation)

Lagos State Government has contributed 75 per cent to Health Insurance Scheme provided for its workers, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has said. Ambode, who spoke while enumerating his achievements in the past three years, said the workers in turn contributed only 25 per cent to the Scheme. The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr Akintola Benson, said he approved the request of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) on the contributory ratio of 25: 75 as against 40:60 earlier proposed by the government. He said: “With this approval, the workers will contribute 25 per cent towards the scheme while 75 per cent will be borne by the state government. Read more

Fowler tells governors to give state tax authorities autonomy (Guardian)

Chairman of the Joint Tax Board (JTB), Mr. Tunde Fowler, yesterday, called on state governors to empower State Internal Revenue Services (SIRS) by making them autonomous. Fowler made the call at the 137th Meeting of the JTB in Ilorin.This was disclosed in a statement signed by Wahab Gbadamosi, FIRS Director of Communications and Servicom. Autonomy, Fowler said, is the key to professionalism and generation of more revenue.“The good work that you are doing is evident in the performance of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KWIRS. It is good enough for others to follow. We commend the work that KWIRS is doing and agreed amongst ourselves to adopt is as a model. Like I often tell my colleagues, we members of JTB must not disappoint Nigerians. Read more

Lagos, Nairobi top holiday destinations for Brits in 2018 (Guardian)

The Lagos city of Nigeria, and Nairobi in Kenya, are among the most popular 2018 non-European summer holiday destinations for Brits, according to new research released yesterday.The research conducted by Kayak.co.uk revealed growing preference for African destinations over Las Vegas, United States; Sydney, Australia; or Cancun, Mexico. The implication, according to travel experts, is additional traffic and revenue for operating local and international airlines, coupled with gains for top drawer hospitality businesses.The popular travel site analysed searches made by Brits for holidays beyond the continent in July and August, and discovered that demand for trips to Nairobi are up 156 per cent – and to Mombasa on the Kenyan coast by 181 per cent. Read more

African officials commit to unleash skills revolution for youth (Nation)

African high-level officials and other stakeholders met in Tunisia’s capital Tunis, to discuss ways of upscaling skills development and decent job opportunities for the youth on the continent. The two-day forum named: “Digital Skills Forum for African Youth”, focussed on ways of equipping young Africans with the necessary skills to make use of new and emerging technologies in order to access jobs or become self-employed. In attendance were African ministers of education and vocational training, youth organisations, research institutions and development partners. Read more

Awolowo-Dosunmu urges FG to fund varsity education (Vanguard)

Former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu has urged the Federal Government to give more premium to the funding of education, especially the University education. She said this when the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University,  OAU, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, led his team on a courtesy visit to the Awolowo family in Ikenne. A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that while welcoming the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Awolowo-Dosumu described the art of administering a University as not only stressful but exceptionally demanding, emphasising that only people of impeccable credentials like Professor Ogunbodede can be the Vice-Chancellor of a world-class university like OAU. Read more

I spent 26 years in jail for fighting mechanic – Ex-prisoner (Punch)

A former inmate of the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Jide Odusanya, has asked people to control their tempers, saying anger landed him in prison. The Sagamu, Ogun State indigene, who spent 26 years in three different prisons in the country before he was pardoned by the Lagos State Government, said a fight over water spillage destroyed his dream of becoming a bank manager. He spoke on Tuesday at a conference organised by the Prison and Hospital Ministry of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the Ogun Province 4 Headquarters, Redemption Camp, Ogun State. Read more

Man allegedly threatens to kidnap ex-boss over sacking (Punch)

The Zone 2 Police Command has arrested a man, Victor Joseph, for allegedly threatening to kidnap his former Indian boss, Mr. Piush Kumar. The Okpo, Kogi State indigene was alleged to have sent text messages to Kumar, saying he would kidnap him if he did not pay some amount of money into a bank account. The Indian, who was scared, was said to have petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Adamu Ibrahim, who directed operatives of the command to investigate the case. Read more

Eagles ranked outsiders, Spain tipped to win (ThisDay)

Respected European sports research group, CIES Football Observatory, has ruled out the Super Eagles from amongst teams capable of winning the FIFA World Cup 2018 starting in Russia on June 14. In the research group’s weekly post number 225 released yesterday, it ranked the three-time African champions 22nd out of the 32 teams that qualified for the Mundial. It also ranked Spain as the favourite for the title to be decided on Sunday July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Interestingly, CIES tipped Sadio Mane’s Senegal as the most likely African country to spring any surprise along with Morocco. It ranked Nigeria in the third place among the African representatives. Read more

VAR to be used for England, Nigeria Friendly (ThisDay)

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick, has announced that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used during next month’s high profile pre-World Cup friendly against England at Wembley. England will take on Nigeria on June 2 in a warm-up game ahead of the World Cup in Russia. “VAR will be used for our friendly against England,” disclosed Pinnick. “The world is moving technologically and football should not be left behind.” Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has also backed VAR, saying it will make refereeing fairer. Read more

Wimbledon 2018: Serena could be top seed on Return (ThisDay)

Seven-time champion Serena Williams could still be made the number one seed at Wimbledon this year if the American climbs back into the world’s top 32 before the tournament. Williams, 36, has dropped to 449th in the world since giving birth last year. She believes players returning from pregnancy should have protected seedings as well as protected rankings. Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, told BBC Sport that it was a “big decision”. “There have have been examples where players have been moved up the seedings if they are in the top 32,” said Lewis. Read more

Salah is first African to win writers’ Footballer of the Year (Guardian)

Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. Manchester City midfielder, Kevin de Bruyne came second with Tottenham striker, Harry Kane third. Salah, 25, has scored 31 goals in 34 league appearances for Liverpool this season.The Egypt star – the first African winner of the award – also won the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award in April. Chelsea and England forward, Fran Kirby won the inaugural FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year award.Salah has scored 43 goals in all competitions after signing for £34m from Roma in the summer. Read more

In crucial moment, Benzema finally comes through for Madrid (Sportskeeda)

Zinedine Zidane kept believing in Karim Benzema despite a frustrating season for the French forward. The Real Madrid coach kept giving Benzema chances even as the striker struggled to find the net. That persistence paid off big time for Zidane on Tuesday. Benzema was a surprise addition to the starting lineup in the Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich and scored both Madrid goals in a 2-2 draw that allowed the defending champions to advance 4-3 on aggregate to a third straight final. “It was a perfect night for me and for everyone,” Benzema said. “Sometimes things go well, other times not so well. The truth is that I enjoyed the game a lot with the fans and with the whole team.” Read more

James: Ulreich shouldn’t be blamed for Champions League exit (Fourfourtwo)

James Rodriguez said Sven Ulreich should not be blamed for Bayern Munich’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid following his costly error. Bayern played out an entertaining 2-2 draw away to two-time reigning champions Madrid, who reached the final 4-3 on aggregate – a result highlighted by Ulreich’s goalkeeping howler. Ulreich gifted Karim Benzema – who cancelled out Joshua Kimmich’s early opener within eight minutes – his second goal of the night after misjudging a back-pass from Corentin Tolisso just 21 seconds into the second half at the Santiago Bernabeu. Read more

Transfer Talk: Manchester United’s Anthony Martial tops Chelsea shortlist (Kwese.Espn)

It may not be clear who Chelsea’s manager next season will be, but the Mail reports that the Blues are lining up a bid for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial come what may. Antonio Conte seems almost certain to leave but the newspaper says Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich “remains committed to another summer of spending,” with France international forward Martial at its centre. Last month, reports said Martial had rejected a new contract at Old Trafford amid frustration over a lack of playing time and linked him with Barcelona. Read more

Mueller raised possibility of Trump subpoena, president’s ex-lawyer says (Guardian)

Robert Mueller warned he might issue a subpoena for the president if he declined to talk to investigators in the Russia probe, a former lawyer for the president has said. John Dowd said Mueller mentioned the possibility of a subpoena in a meeting with Trump’s lawyers in March. The warning was first reported by the Washington Post, which cited four people familiar with the encounter. “This isn’t some game. You are screwing with the work of the president of the United States,” Dowd said he told the investigators, who are probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Dowd left the president’s legal team about two weeks after the meeting. Read more

MH370: US team extends mission after failing to find plane in initial search zone (Guardian)

The search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has expanded into a new area, after exhausting the main search zone without finding the plane. The search for MH370 will enter its final phase this week, more than four years after it disappeared. Searchers have so far failed to find the plane, despite exhausting a 25,000km “priority area” that had been identified by Australian experts as MH370’s most likely resting place. The renewed search, conducted by US company Ocean Infinity, has covered 80,000 sq km of the Indian Ocean since January. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau had previously searched for MH370 for three years, but the operation was called off in January 2017 after no success. Read more

Donald Trump wrote own health letter, says physician Harold Bornstein (BBC)

Donald Trump’s former doctor has said he did not write a 2015 letter declaring the then-Republican presidential candidate’s “astonishingly excellent” health, US media report. “[Trump] dictated that whole letter,” Harold Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. The White House has not yet commented on the physician’s allegation. Mr Bornstein also said that government officials had carried out a “raid” on his offices in February 2017, removing all of Mr Trump’s medical records. In an interview with CNN, Mr Bornstein said the 2015 letter suggesting that Mr Trump would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” was not his professional assessment. “I just made it up as I went along,” he said. Read more

Paris police arrest 200 after violent May Day riots (BBC)

Police in Paris have arrested nearly 200 masked demonstrators who smashed shop windows and torched cars during annual May Day protests. Far-left anarchist groups, known as Black Blocs, hijacked a peaceful rally against President Emmanuel Macron’s public sector labour reforms. Police said about 1,200 masked and hooded protesters attended the annual 1 May demonstration by labour unions. Four people, including a police officer, were lightly wounded. The protesters were swamped with teargas and sprayed with a water canon in an effort to disperse them. Read more


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