May 20, 2018

*‘Poverty, hunger causes of agitations in Nigeria’ * Two injured as Sen. Omo-Agege, wife escape assassination attempt

*‘Poverty, hunger causes of agitations in Nigeria’  * Two injured as Sen. Omo-Agege, wife escape assassination attempt



‘Poverty, hunger causes of agitations in Nigeria’

A former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has identified poverty and hunger as the main causes of agitations by several ethnic groups in Nigeria.

He said that the situation was forcing people faced with abject poverty to seek help in ethnic and tribal groups. Read more

Two injured as Sen. Omo-Agege, wife escape assassination attempt

At least two persons have sustained life threatening injuries when armed youths attacked Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central at the National Assembly, his wife and some top members of the All Progressives Congress during an empowerment programme in Effurun, Uvwie council area of Delta State.

The attack which occurred on Saturday is believed to be an assassination attempt on the senator when he visited the Effurun Market located along the popular PTI road during the second phase of his constituency empowerment programme in Effurun, Ekpan and Ugberikoko areas of Uvwie. Read more

Elder statesman asks Buhari to resign to save Nigeria

An elder statesman and former House of Representatives member, Chief David Ukpong has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from office to save the country from further embarrassment.

Ukpong said this on Saturday while speaking with journalists in Uyo. Ukpong, who represented Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency from 1979-1983, said that with claims and counter claims on the capability of Buhari to perform his official functions, the trend has necessitated the call for his resignation. Read more

Dokpesi blames economic recession for DAAR Communication’s N2.1bn loss

The Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi (Jnr), has blamed the huge operating loss of N2.13bn for the 2016 financial period on the harsh operating environment, which was caused by economic recession.

Dokpesi stated this during the combined 2015 and 2016 Annual General Meeting of the company which was held on Friday in Abuja. Read more

Anambra to commence rice export in 2018

The Acting Programme Manager of Agricultural Development Programme, Anambra, Mr Jude Nwankwo says plans are underway to commence export of rice from the state in 2018.

Nwankwo disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Awka.

“By the grace of God, Anambra will commence rice export after our harvest this year’’, he said. Read more

We asked FG to make CRK, IRK compulsory — Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar, on Friday, rejected suggestions that there were plans to Islamise the country. He said Muslims had been canvassing to make Islamic Religious Knowledge a compulsory subject in schools.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abubakar spoke at a national symposium and launching of 2025 Vision by Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria. Read more

Don’t allow excuses turn NASS to house-of-do-nothing, Tinubu tells lawmakers

The All Progressives Congress National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has advised federal lawmakers to come up with legislation that would help in promoting the country’s diversity for prosperity.

Tinubu made the call when the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu led Senate and House of Representatives Committee on the review of 1999 Constitution on a visit at his residence in Lagos on Saturday. Read more

FG to allow huge tax debtors pay in instalments

The Federal Government is to offer tax defaulters with huge (tax) liabilities a period of three years to spread their tax payment under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme.

This is one of the strategies of the government to ease the burden of such debtors by taking advantage of the new tax scheme to offset their debts. Read more

Nine die in Calabar tank farm explosion

The Cross River Police Command has confirmed that nine people died in a fire outbreak that occurred at Linc Oil and Gas tank farm at around on Sunday morning.

The State Commissioner of police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria at the scene of the event, confirmed  the figure.

Inuwa added that several other persons, who sustained injuries were currently being treated in one of the hospitals in Calabar. Read more

China commits $5bn to development of Oyo Free Trade Zone

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has stated that his administration has secured the commitment of $5bn from China in the development of the newly established Free Trade Zone in the state.

The governor made the disclosure while receiving an Industrial Policy and Strategic Document from a delegation of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in Ibadan. Read more

Despite Chibok Girls, Boko Haram taking several territory, ex-NSA Dasuki says Jonathan ‘defeated’ Boko Haram

Despite the Boko Haram taking over several territory including about 16 local government areas during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, the then National Security Adviser, NSA, said the government deserves commendation for defeating the group.

Speaking from detention where he is being held for allegedly mismanaging about $2.1 billion meant for purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram, Mr. Dasuki said it was the actions of the Goodluck Jonathan administration against Boko Haram that made the 2015 general election possible in Nigeria. Read more

National Assembly Moves To Curtail FG’s Powers

Drastic changes to the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly are on the way, with the federal government looking likely to be stripped of some of the powers it currently wields.

More power will devolve to the states under the proposed amendments, some of which were adopted at the annual joint retreat of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution which ended yesterday in Lagos. Read more

Niger Gov’s Wife Disowns Facebook Account

The wife of Niger State governor, Dr Amina Sani Bello, has disowned a Facebook account being used to defraud innocent members of the public just as a Minna-based social critic, Elyakub Lamis, has said that the 250 jobs promised by the governor have been “hijacked”.

A statement from the office of the governor’s wife said that Dr Bello “does not have a personal Facebook account, she only has a Facebook page where her activities as wife of the governor are being posted”. Read more

Mileage of Colours as Governor Amosun’s Daughter Marries Abike Dabiri’s Son

Abeokuta, the historic capital of Ogun State, famous for producing some of Nigeria’s most famous personalities, wore a new garb of fame and festivities last Saturday, July 8.

It was the day set aside to join in holy matrimony Ayomide, the winsome daughter of Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his beautiful wife, Olufunso; and Oladipo, son of Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs. Prior to his emergence as governor, Amosun was never really a social butterfly, being reputed more for his fastidious religious beliefs. Read more

Kebbi governor condoles Sen. Wamakko over death of late brother

The Kebbi Governor, Sen. Atiku Bagudu on Sunday, visited Wamakko, the home of Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto North),to condole him over the death of his younger, Rep.Abdullahi Muhammad(APC-Kware/Wamakko).

The governor News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bagudu was accompanied on the visit by his Sokoto State counterpart, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal. Read more

Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon as Cilic bid ends in tears

Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion Sunday with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic, who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final.

Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 and at 35 is Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976. Read more

Njie seals permanent Marseille switch

Cameroon international striker Clinton Njie has joined Marseille on a permanent deal from Tottenham Hotspur after spending last season on loan in France, the Premier League club said Sunday.

The 23-year-old joined Spurs from Lyon in 2015 but featured sparingly at White Hart Lane before he was shipped out to Marseille, where he scored four goals in 23 appearances. Read more

Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic — key points

Key points in Sunday’s Wimbledon men’s final between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic: 1st set Federer 6-3

+ Cilic wastes the first break point of the match at 2-1, driving a backhand return into the net to let Federer off the hook.

+ Sublime Federer winner around the side of the net, followed by two limp unforced errors from Cilic give the Swiss star the first break for a 3-2 lead. Read more

Midfielder shuns Man Utd interest to stay at Roma

Manchester United have been dealt a transfer blow by the news that Radja Nainggolan has signed a new deal with Roma.

The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the Belgian all summer.

However, any potential bid now appears to be dead in the water after Roma president James Pallotta, speaking to journalists before heading to the US for a pre-season tour, claimed a new deal ‘was done’. Read more

Jakupovic to fly to Hong Kong after fee agreed with Hull

Leicester City are on the verge of their third signing of the summer after agreeing a fee with Hull for goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.

The 32-year-old left Hull’s training camp in Portugal on Sunday afternoon, as reported by the Hull Daily Mail, in order to fly to England to wrap up a deal. He is then expected to head out to Hong Kong to join up with City, who are in the Far East for the Premier League Asia Trophy. Read more

Chelsea fans tell us what to expect from Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Palace’s first signing of the summer is Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The 21-year-old is highly-rated at Stamford Bridge and has been a star for England U21s too, but how will he fit in at Selhurst? He told Palace’s official website when he joined that he prefers the no.10 position.

He said: “I’ve played in a number of positions over the past couple of years but recently I’ve been playing as a number 10 for England and Chelsea.

“Last year I was also playing in a front three. In the academy I was playing as a defensive midfielder so I don’t mind playing wherever, as long as I’m playing.” Read more

Tottenham close in on young Argentina defender Juan Foyth

Sky Sports News HQ understands Spurs are in currently talks with the Estudiantes president – the former Chelsea and Manchester United star Juan Sebastian Veron – over a deal worth in the region of £8m for the 19-year-old.

Veron, who was an Argentina team-mate of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, is understood to have been in London over the past few days and the player has said he is keen on making the move to Europe. Read more

US journalist kidnapped in DR Congo found safe

A US journalist kidnapped by a militia group in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo was been found safe and sound on Sunday, a senior official said Sunday.

“The American journalist Lisa Dupuy was found safe and sound at around 3 am on Sunday” by government troops, Pacifique Keta, vice governor of Ituri province, told AFP. Read more

Trump losing public support – Poll

Public support for President Donald Trump is dropping, a poll showed Sunday, as he faces multiple setbacks over his stalled agenda and efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Nearly six months since he took office, Trump is facing a declining approval rating that has dropped from 42 percent in April to 36 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,001 adults. Similarly, his disapproval rating has jumped five points to 58 percent. Read more

Iran president’s brother arrested on financial crime charges

The younger brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Fereydoun, has been arrested on financial crime charges, the judiciary said on Sunday.

“Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail,” deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said in a televised press conference. Read more

Trains collide on Madrid rollercoaster

Some 33 people were hurt, with a number taken to hospital for evaluation, although emergency services said the injuries were only light.

Two carriages of the Tren de la Mina (Mine Train) ride at the Parque de Atracciones collided as they came to a halt. Police have been called in to determine the cause of the accident.

The incident happened at about 14:30 (12:30 GMT) on Sunday and the park sent out a call to emergency services. Read more

EU Commission chief calls for reviving ties with Turkey

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has called for a revival in EU-Turkey ties with closer cooperation in the areas of energy, security and fight against terrorism.

In an opinion piece for the German weekly Bild am Sonntag, Juncker reaffirmed EU’s stance against the July 15 defeated coup in Turkey last year and reiterated the bloc’s support for the democratic institutions of Turkey. Read more

Venezuelans Around Globe Rally in Protest Vote Against Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition hopes for strong participation in the country and around the globe in unofficial elections Sunday, intended to send a strong message condemning President Nicolás Maduro’s plans to rewrite the constitution.

Venezuela’s president has called for a July 30 vote to elect a special assembly that would make changes to the 1999 constitution. Opposition leaders, who now control Congress, say these changes would give Maduro more power. Read more




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