* Population: Statistician advises FG to adopt alternative census models (Nation) * President Buhari meets Bola Tinubu in London (Vanguard)

* Population: Statistician advises FG to adopt alternative census models (Nation)            * President Buhari meets Bola Tinubu in London (Vanguard)



Population: Statistician advises FG to adopt alternative census models (Nation)

A statistician, Dr Olusanya Olubusoye, has advised the Federal Government to adopt alternative census models, rather than the current estimated model, to measure the nation’s population for effective planning and development. Olubusoye, a lecturer at the Department of Statistics, University of Ibadan gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. The don said most countries had moved from estimated model and decennial census (conducted every 10 years) to adopting alternative census models. “A number of alternative census models are now available and these include: The rolling census, register-based census and virtual census which involve the linking of registers to surveys and administrative sources. Read more

President Buhari meets Bola Tinubu in London (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed doors with chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in London. The President’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, made this known on his tweeter handle, @BashirAhmad, in Abuja. The presidential aide posted: “President Muhammadu Buhari receives National leader of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Jagaban) today in London.’’ President Buhari, who is on official visit to London had on Wednesday met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London where he explained why he declared his intention to run for another term in office. Read more

Vigils, marches, prayers for fourth anniversary of Chibok kidnap (Punch)

Parents of the missing Chibok schoolgirls on Saturday marked the fourth anniversary of their daughters’ kidnapping by Boko Haram, renewing calls for their release and thousands of others seized in the bloody conflict in northeast Nigeria. Mothers and fathers were among several thousand people who marched to the Government Girls Secondary School, where 276 girls were abducted on the evening of April 14, 2014. Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and four years on, 112 are still being held — a global symbol of the Islamist insurgency that has devastated the region. Read more

Atiku fights back, Tours UK to improve Image (ThisDay)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has launched a major campaign to repair several years of damage done to his image by his erstwhile boss, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, as he traversed the United Kingdom in the last one month, talking to international opinion moulders on his true essence. The international image improvement engagements are preparatory to his declaration for a presidential run in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which Thisday sources close to him said might not be later than the end of May. Read more

Senate: Fresh row over ban on pro-Buhari group (Nation)

Some federal law-makers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are angry with the leadership of the Senate over its decision to disband a pro-Buhari group as part of the conditions for suspending Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. The APC lawmakers believe that the Senate leadership headed by an APC party member is being unnecessarily harsh on fellow party members who make up the pro-Buhari group, especially in the crucial months leading to the 2019 elections. The lawmakers, The Nation gathered yesterday, met on Friday to review recent events in the Red Chambers of the National Assembly and could not understand why the Senate leadership seems to be targeting APC members for sanctions. Read more

Why the North will still vote for Buhari in 2019 –Matthew Kukah (Punch)

You were one of those who vehemently opposed Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency from the outset. How would you describe the quality of leadership in Nigeria in the immediate past era?

Vehemently opposed to Buhari? Where did you get this from? I think you were sold this dummy in the heydays of ecstasy, frenzy and euphoria of the Buhariphilia, who jumped out of every corner of Nigeria believing that their redemption was at hand. Sadly, today, a good chunk has since apostacised. I never doubted the sincerity of the President’s intention to fight corruption. However, no matter how much you hate leprosy, you cannot cure leprosy by just giving Panadol to the victim. Read more

Fayose will go to jail after tenure – Fayemi (Nation)

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday vowed to jail Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, if reelected. He spoke during the declaration of intent to contest for Ekiti State governorship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Fayose, he stated, will be made to account for the gross mismanagement of the state’s resources and allocation in the last four years. Fayemi, who was governor between October 2010 and October 2014, shocked the crowd by bringing out a red card from his pocket which he symbolically showed to Fayose and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Read more

El-Zakzaky-Shi’ite group takes over Abuja streets (SUN)

Members of the Shi’ite group, on Saturday, took over the streets of Abuja to demand for the release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, being held in custody since 2015. The group which had been embarking on peaceful protest in the Federal Capital Territory Capital (FCT) since 2017, and holding their sit-outs at the popular Unity Fountain, on Saturday, occupied the roads leading to the National Assembly to carry out their protest. Only two days ago, the group took over the entrance of the National Stadium, Abuja, with food stuffs and cooking utensils but were barred from having access into the premises by private security guards guarding the stadium. Read more

MASSOB raises alarm over 2019 elections (SUN)

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said that re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari into office for a second term and indeed politics in Nigeria generally are no longer of interest to them, but the actualization of Biafra. Speaking against the backdrop of the recent declaration of President Buhari to seek re-election in 2019, the National Director of Information for MASSOB, Sunny Okoroafor, said it does not matter to the pro-Biafra group if the president re-contested and wins election 20 times in Nigeria, stressing that what matters most to them is Biafra.  “If President Muhammadu Buhari declares for a second term or not, it is not our concern, our major concern is Biafra. Elections in Nigeria are baseless and flawed, MASSOB do not have interest in Nigerian politics. However, we are not going to disrupt the 2019 elections”, he assured. Read more

Atiku’s son launches fresh legal battle over children’s custody, rejects N250,000 monthly upkeep (Vanguard)

A former Vice-President, Abubakar Atiku’s son, Aminu, on Thursday took the battle of his children’s custody against his ex-wife, Fatima Bolori, to an Igbosere High Court in Lagos. Aminu asked the court to upturn a magistrates’ court’s decision which awarded the custody of his two children to Fatima as well as a N250,000 monthly upkeep. Aminu told Justice Kazeem Alogba that the lower court disregarded his constitutional right of fair hearing before granting judgment in Fatima’s favour. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Jan.10, Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye sitting in Tinubu on Lagos Island awarded full custody of the ex-couple’s daughter, Ameera, 11, and son, Aamir, 7, to Fatima. Read more

Adeosun, Emefiele join economic experts to discuss global issues at IMF/WorldBank meeting (Nation)

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, left Nigeria for Washington DC on Sunday to join other economic experts from around the world to discuss issues affecting global economy. Discussions would take place under the auspices of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organisations and the academia.The experts will discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development and aid effectiveness. Read more

NDDC to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity for Niger Delta region (Nation)

The Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it has plan to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity to improve power supply and boost economic activities in the region. The Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr NSIMA Ekere, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Akure. Ekere said the project was at the design state and the commission had received encouragement from  Exim Bank in United States for it. ”The Niger Delta power pool project is conceived to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity. Read more

Police nab 5 currency hawkers in Ogun (Punch)

The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested five persons in different parts of the state for allegedly hawking naira notes. The suspects were Toyin Alegbe, Kehinde Akinbode, Shoneye Latifat, Kehinde Olanrewaju and Iyanuoluwa Shokunbi. The police report indicated that they were arrested in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and Abeokuta during sting operations jointly carried out by the operatives of the command and officials of Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of April 2018. Read more

Gunman accidentally kills woman, injures another at funeral (Punch)

The Police in Enugu State have commenced investigation into an alleged accidental shooting at a funeral which led to the death of a mourner and another injured on Saturday. The Enugu Police Command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, made the fact known in a statement in Enugu on Saturday. Amaraizu said the incident occurred at Amanato Mburumbu community in Nkanu East Local Government Area, adding that the police recovered a locally-made single barreled gun at the scene of the incident. Read more

CHAN Eagles get N3M largesse (SUN)

Players of the CHAN Eagles to Morocco for the CHAN tournament earlier this year have been paid three million Naira each being the total of what the NFF paid the team as their share of the prize money from the tournament as well as the outstanding win bonus in the semi-final. Nigeria came second behind hosts Morocco in the tournament. “The boys have been paid a total of just over three million Naira. This is their share of the prize money from the CHAN as well as the win bonus for their semi-final victory against Sudan,” an official informed SCORENigeria. Read more

Russia 2018: Argentina can’t depend on Messi –Batistuta (SUN)

Gabriel Batistuta has warned that Argentina can’t rely on Lionel Messi at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia like they did so abundantly in its qualifiers. La Albiceleste managed merely seven points from a possible 24 without ‘The Atomic Flea’ in their preliminary campaign. With him they seized 21 points from a possible 30, culminating in a come-from-behind 3-1 victory in Ecuador that ensured Argentina didn’t miss out on their first World Cup since Mexico 1970. “Messi is a player who can play in any team,” said Batistuta. “I’d always want him in my team, but depending on a player doesn’t seem fair to me, for with the level of the national teams we are going to face at the World Cup, depending on a player is very dangerous.” Read more

Newcastle comes back to top Arsenal (Soccer.nbcsports)

Matt Ritchie‘s second half goal helped Newcastle United to a 2-1 comeback win over Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Sunday. Alexandre Lacazette and Ayoze Perez traded first half goals as Newcastle stayed unbeaten at home in 2018. The 10th place Magpies now have 41 points, 13 clear of relegation with five to play. Arsenal remains sixth with 54 points. Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were among the Arsenal players rested after completing its defeat of CSKA Moscow in Europa League play on Thursday. Read more

Man City eying move for PSG star (Calciomercato)

Manchester City have put PSG’s Kylian Mbappé in their sights ahead of the 2018-19 season in what would be a massive addition to the (likely) soon-to-be champions of the Premier League. The talented Frenchman would arrive at the Etihad Stadium if the Paris club are convicted for breaking the rules on financial fair play, according to the Sunday Mirror. They are currently under a UEFA investigation into last summer’s transfers of Mbappé and Neymar. Read more

Footage shows destroyed chemical weapon research facility, Syrian state television says (Telegraph)

Syrian state television has broadcast footage of what it claims are the ruins of a chemical weapons research centre near Damascus. The images purport to show the damage to the Barzah research facilities following the US, British and French air strikes. The footage, broadcast by Syria’s Al-Ikhbariya TV, shows piles of rubble outside a destroyed building as well as a burned out vehicle. In some shots, smoke appears to be rising from the shattered remains of hollowed out structures. Separate images from satellite technology appear to depict the multiple buildings that were bombed. Read more

Catalan protesters call for return of jailed or exiled leaders (Guardian)

More than 300,000 people are estimated to have taken to the streets of Barcelona to call for the return of the 16 Catalan leaders who are in prison or have fled the country in the aftermath of last October’s unilateral independence referendum. Sunday’s mass demonstration, which was called by the two main Catalan pro-independence groups and backed by the regional branches of Spain’s two biggest unions, took place under the slogan “For rights and freedoms, for democracy and cohesion, we want you home!” Read more

U.S. senator – Trump must work with Congress on further Syria moves (Reuters)

U.S. Republican Senator Joni Ernst, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said on Sunday that if President Donald Trump wishes to go any further in Syria, he needs to work with Congress. In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Ernst said she is “uncomfortable going forward if he (Trump) wishes to commit ground troops in the area … But certainly if he wishes to go any further he does need to work with Congress.” Read more

Putin – Further Western strikes on Syria will lead to chaos: agencies (Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday that further Western missile strikes on Syria would lead to chaos in international relations, Russian news agencies cited the Kremlin as saying. Putin and Rouhani spoke by phone to discuss the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain launched missile strikes on the country over a suspected poison gas attack. The two leaders agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in Syria, the news agencies reported. Read more

Donald Trump attacks James Comey’s FBI memoir of ‘lies’ (BBC)

US President Donald Trump has attacked former FBI director James Comey over his “many lies”, suggesting he be jailed over his testimony to Congress. “Why did he lie to Congress (jail),” Mr Trump said, adding: “How come he gave up classified information (jail).” He also criticised Mr Comey’s forthcoming memoir, saying the “badly reviewed book” raises “big questions”. His comments come ahead of an ABC News interview with Mr Comey to be aired on Sunday as part of his book tour. The book – A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership – reportedly paints an unflattering portrait of Mr Trump, who fired Mr Comey last year. Read more


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