March 19, 2019

* Policemen slapped, kicked me, says Fayose (Punch) * Kemi Adeosun’s NYSC certificate: Govt has spoken, Lai Mohammed says (Punch)

* Policemen slapped, kicked me, says Fayose (Punch)                              *  Kemi Adeosun’s NYSC certificate: Govt has spoken, Lai Mohammed says (Punch)



Policemen slapped, kicked me, says Fayose (Punch)

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said policemen deployed in the state for the Saturday governorship election stormed the pavilion where the People’s Democratic Party was holding their rally and harassed him. The governor, who emerged with a neck brace narrated his ordeal and asked supporters of the party to remain resolute and vote for his deputy, who is also the governorship candidate of the PDP, Prof. Olusola Kolapo. Fayose, who burst into tears while speaking with journalists said he was slapped, kicked and shot at by the policemen and said the Inspector General of Police should be held responsible if anything happened to him. Read more

Kemi Adeosun’s NYSC certificate: Govt has spoken, Lai Mohammed says (Punch)

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday said it was wrong to say that the Federal Government has not spoken out on the alleged certificate forgery involving the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi, Adeosun. He said since the National Youth Service Corps, which is part of government, had spoken, then the government had spoken on the matter. Mohammed spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said he had nothing to add to the press statement issued by the NYSC on the matter. “The government has spoken. NYSC is part of government and I have nothing to add to what the NYSC has said,” the minister said. Read more

Buhari meets South African leader, Ramaphosa, at Aso Rock (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja met behind closed door with the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the presidential villa, Abuja. President Buhari received the visiting South African leader at the fore court of the Aso Rock at about 3 p.m. The Presidency on July 8 raised alarm over the increasing killing of Nigerian citizens in South Africa for flimsy reasons. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had expressed displeasure over the killings. Dabiri-Erewa, who was reacting to the latest killing of a Nigerian citizen, Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence, in South Africa on July 6, said no fewer than 117 Nigerians were extra-judicially killed in South Africa between 2016 and 2018. Read more

Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal, Ortom, Ahmed, scores of Legislators set to move to PDP (ThisDay)

Realignment of political forces to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from office has intensified with the imminent movement of Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; and Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto State), Samuel Ortom (Benue State) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara State), to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), THISDAY learnt Tuesday. The political bigwigs are dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with scores of federal and state legislators shortly before the July 27 scheduled recess of the National Assembly, Thisday further learnt. Read more

Buhari’s supporters clash over souvenirs at Abuja rally (Punch)

A rally for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari ended in fisticuffs in Abuja on Tuesday as the supporters clashed over souvenirs. Hundreds of youths had arrived at the Eagle Square venue of the rally and things seemed to be going smoothly with music blaring out of huge speakers when the situation suddenly turned awry. Trouble started when the souvenirs being distributed by the organisers did not go round, resulting in a protest by those who felt short-changed. Those who missed out on the souvenirs engaged their counterparts in a brawl, which lasted for several minutes. Read more

Falana gets information on N4.6b fuel drained daily from FG (Nation)

The federal government has forwarded to Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) information on fuel importation and sundry matters. The requested information was forwarded to the lawyer by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) which was acting on the directive of the Minister of state, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachukwu as requested in his letter to the minister dated April 17, 2018. A letter dated July 9  and signed by Kingston Chikwendo on behalf of the DPR  to Falana and titled “Re: Request for Information on Fuel Importation and Sundry Matter” stated in part: “We humbly referred to your letter dated 17th April, 2018 to the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum (HMSP) requesting for information on fuel importation and sundry matters. Read more

No gang-up can make us waiver –APC (Punch)

The Adams Oshiomhole-led All Progressives Congress has said no gang-up can make the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration deviate from its commitment to rid Nigeria of corruption and improve the quality of lives. The APC said this in its first official reaction to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the opposition People’s Democratic Party, the Reformed All Progressives Congress and 36 other political parties, in Abuja, on Monday. This was contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja, on Tuesday. Read more

Ekiti poll: Police to withdraw Fayose, Fayemi’s security aides (SUN)

Deputy Inspector General of Police(DIG) Operations, Mr. Habilal Joshak, has said the security details of Very  Important Personalities (VIP), in Ekiti State, would be withdrawn, on Saturday, as part of efforts to allow for a level playing ground  during the governorship election holding on July 14. The police DIG declared  that  no  party would be allowed to hold any political rally not approved by the police until the election was held. Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, Joshak  said he would work with one Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr. H.H. Karma and three other Commissioners of Police; Ali Janga , J.B. Kokumo and G.B. Umar , who would man each of the senatorial districts in the state. Read more

Ekiti poll: NYSC DG warns corps members against electoral malpractice (Punch)

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. General Suleiman Kazaure, on Wednesday, warned corps members participating in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti not to indulge in electoral malpractice. Kazaure,  ‎who was represented by the corps’ Director of  Planning, Research and Statistics,  Mrs Victoria Okakwu,  gave the warning in Ado-Ekiti while addressing the 4,967 corps members who would participate in Saturday’s  election. She told the corps members to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently as well as in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Read more

Again, FAAC meeting inconclusive, Shifted to Thursday (ThisDay)

The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting on Tuesday ended inconclusively, the second time in three weeks. The monthly meeting where stakeholders had gathered in Abuja on June 27, 2018 to share the allocation for the month of May ended in a stalemate. The deadlock was occasioned by the rejection of the remittance into the Federation Account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The state oil corporation was said to have remitted N127 billion instead of N147 billion, and the states in particular were insisting that it remits the N20 billion shortfall before sharing of the May allocations could commence. Read more

Reps protest mention of R-APC on House floor (Punch)

All Progressives Congress members of the House of Representatives have protested the mention of Reformed All Progressives Congress, the new faction of the APC, on the floor. However, the mild protest was quickly contained by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara. The protest started after a member, Mr. Bode Ayorinde, stood up to address himself as a proud member of R-APC. But, another member, Mr. Mohammed Bago, opposed the mention of R-APC, saying that it was not recognised in the House. Read more

LG salary suspension: Olubadan describes action “disgraceful” (Vanguard)

The royal crisis between Olubadan of Ibadan, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1 and members of Olubadan in council deteriorated Wednesday as the monarch described the decision of the new kings to stop his monthly local salary as “disgraceful”. Oba Adetunji reminded the new kings that they, who are his subordinates, lacked the power to lord their decision over him. The monarch in a statement signed by his Personal Assistant / Director of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Deola Oloko said the new kings had just decided to obey the order of the court. Read more

Buratai unveils new Army Headquarters extension in Abuja (SUN)

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai is about now commissioning the new Army Headquarters complex in Abuja. The complex located inside the Army Headquarters, was built to create office space accommodation for officers and soldiers serving in Abuja to enable them carry out routine activities and move the Nigerian Army forward.The two-storey building has a fitness center, restaurant, drivers lounge, Servers room, Laboratories, shopping complex, engineers maintenance office, among others. Read more

Imo Assembly directs CJ to set up panel on deputy governor (Nation)

The Imo State House of Assembly on Wednesday directed the state Chief Judge, Paschal Nnadi, to constitute the mandatory seven-man committee to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere. The House during Wednesday’s sitting, ordered the Clerk of the House, Chris Duru, to write the chief judge to probe the allegations and ascertain if the deputy governor was guilty of gross misconduct as contained in a petition signed by 13 members of the House. The Deputy Speaker of the House, Ugonna Ozuruigbo, had submitted a petition during an emergency sitting, which accused Madumere of gross misconduct, among others. Read more

Offa Robbery: Customers in Omu-Aran rejoice over bank’s re-opening (Punch)

Some bank customers in Omu-Aran, Kwara, have heaved a sigh of relief as a commercial bank in the town re-opened three months after shutting down. The News Agency of Nigeria reports on Wednesday that the bank had remained closed since April, following an armed robbery attack on some commercial banks in Offa. The bank which only began skeletal services in January 2017, three years after a similar attack on banks in Omu-Aran community, had since the last robbery in Offa remained closed. Read more

Court Jails 113 Boko Haram Members (ThisDay)

The special courts designated to handle terrorism related cases sitting at the Wawa Military Cantonment in Kainji, Niger State, has sentenced 113 Boko Haram members to jail over their involvement in acts of terrorism. The defendants who were sentenced to various jail terms were arraigned by the Federal Government, on various charges ranging from membership of the proscribed Boko Haram group, concealing information vital to security agencies, providing support to the sect, participating in acts of terrorism which resulted in the deaths of many persons and murder. Read more

NFF leadership tussle: FIFA hammer eminent — Keyamo (Vanguard)

Festus Keyamo (SAN), the counsel to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Wednesday said Nigeria was at the risk of a FIFA ban following the latest developments in the NFF. A Jos court failed to deliver judgement on the case between the embattled NFF President Amaju Pinnick and his challenger Chris Giwa. The four-year-old case was expected to be resolved at the Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State on Tuesday but it was adjourned to Sept. 25. Pinnick has been the NFF president since 2014 but a Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago gave Giwa the mandate, and he has since assumed office. Read more

NFF ready for EFCC investigation, says board (Guardian)

The leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) headed by Amaju Pinnick yesterday said it was ready to face the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) investigations, which has allegedly been bandied by some people allegedly working to install Plateau State-born Chris Giwa as the new president of the NFF. In a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday, the NFF denied any wrong doing in the discharge of its duties, saying all the allegations contained in a petition authored by Mr. James Peters, a football coach, was baseless. The statement signed by a member of the board, Suleiman Yahaya Kwande, said it is on record that the NFF under Pinnick has been the most successful in Nigeria’s recent history in terms of accountability and probity, adding, “Till date, the leadership of the NFF has not been invited by any anti-corruption or indeed, any agency of government to explain the allegations contained in the said petition or even called upon to give an account of its stewardship.” Read more

Asaba 2018 AAC: 42 nations confirm participation at delegates meeting (Vanguard)

Forty-two African countries were represented at the Delegate Registration Meeting (DRM)   in   Asaba, Delta State yesterday with top athletics countries like Kenya and Ethiopia signifying their intention to dominate the Africa Athletics Champions billed for August 1-5. After the meeting the visiting delegates expressed satisfaction with preparations on ground for the championships, in which top African athletes are being expected, being a selection competition for the African team for the Athletics World Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Speaking to journalists after the DRM, the Kenya Team Leader, Abraham Mutai reiterated that they are taking the Asaba 2018 championships very seriously as they are plotting to emerge as the overall champion in the five-day event. Read more

3 reasons why Alvaro Odriozola is a smart signing for Real Madrid (Sportkeeda)

Los Blancos made their first major signing of the summer by bringing in the young Spaniard from Real Sociedad for €35 million. He was part of the Spanish World Cup squad but wasn’t used due to fears about his positional discipline and the space that he would leave that could be exploited on the counter. It ended up being a hugely disappointing tournament for La Roja because they lost to Russia in the round of 16. Odriozola impressed with La Real last season due to his attacking influence from the right-back position. Eusebio Sacristan’s system brought the best out of him offensively, but it also left the team exposed due to the large pockets of space and highlighted defensive deficiencies in his game. Read more

Liverpool set to return for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir (Metro)

Liverpool are set to return for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, according to reports. The Reds have endured an ongoing transfer saga this summer for the potential signing of Fekir, but it recently ended after the two clubs called off negotiations. Fekir is now on international duty for France at the World Cup, and ever since his arrival in Russia with the national team, discussions over his club future have seemingly gone quiet. However, RMC Sport journalist Loïc Tanzi told Get French Football News that he expects this negotiations to re-ignite before the transfer window closes, insisting he’s been told Liverpool had an agreement for a “long time” Read more

Macron, Putin to mix football and diplomacy at World Cup final (Guardian)

French President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday during his trip to Moscow to watch the World Cup final, a presidential aide told AFP. It is not yet decided whether they will meet at the Kremlin or at the stadium where France is set to play the winner of Wednesday night’s semi-final between England and Croatia, the aide said. The meeting will come a day before Putin sits down with US President Donald Trump in Helsinki for the first bilateral summit between the two leaders. Read more

Zimbabwe opposition takes to streets in vote-rigging warning (Guardian)

Thousands of Zimbabwean opposition supporters took to the streets of Harare on Wednesday demanding fair elections following alleged irregularities in the electoral roll ahead of the July 30 vote. The electoral register has long been a contentious feature of Zimbabwe’s elections, fuelling accusations of vote rigging in previous polls. A new voters’ roll has been compiled for the upcoming polls, but the main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), is alleging that the list is flawed. It also demanding transparency in the printing of ballot papers. Read more

Asylum seekers bring evidence to show the dangers of home (Abcnews)

Migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border often arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. But the few belongings they bring often include evidence intended to help them seek asylum, including audio recordings, crime-scene photos, police paperwork and even medical examiner records. Immigrant families hope these documents help demonstrate to U.S. authorities the dangers they are trying to escape back home. For instance, an MS-13 gang member left eight voicemails on Brenda Mendez’s cellphone. He demanded that she turn over her teenage boy and threatened to dismember both her sons if she refused. Read more

Thai boys passed “sleeping” through cave in rescue (Guardian)

The 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave were passed “sleeping” on stretchers through the treacherous passageways, a former Thai Navy SEAL told AFP Wednesday, giving the first clear details of an astonishing rescue mission that has captivated the world. The nerve-shredding three-day operation ended on Tuesday with the final group of four boys and the coach emerging from the cave which had held them captive for 18 days. The rescue sparked jubilation with Thais heaping praise on the rescue team of foreign and local divers as the triumphant tagline “Hooyah” pinballed across social media. Read more


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