March 25, 2019

* Presidency summons IG Idris over Police protest (Punch) * 2019: INEC begins upgrade of Smartcard Readers next week (Vanguard)

* Presidency summons IG Idris over Police protest (Punch)           * 2019: INEC begins upgrade of Smartcard Readers next week (Vanguard)



Presidency summons IG Idris over Police protest (Punch)

The Presidency on Monday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the reported protest embarked on by police personnel in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Monday. The policemen were said to have protested over non-payment of their monthly salaries and allowances. The News Agency of Nigeria  reports that the IGP was seen heading towards the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, at the presidential villa, Abuja. A source at the Presidential villa, who preferred to remain anonymous, told NAN that the IGP was in the villa to brief the Presidency on the Police protest. Read more

2019: INEC begins upgrade of Smartcard Readers next week (Vanguard)

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC said it has received reports of attempts to clone the Permanent Voter Cards PVCs and sell them online. “We wish to assure the public that the Commission had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral materials”, said Oluwole Osaze Uzzi INECs Director, Voter Education and Publicity, in a statement Sunday night. According to him, “several security features and secret source codes are contained in the Smart Card Readers which enable them to read only PVCs duly issued by the Commission. The advertisement shows photographs of blank cards which have not been personalised and which do not contain any details. Read more

Ekiti 2018: Fayose rallies supporters for PDP mega rally (Nation)

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has urged residents of the state to attend the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) flag off rally to be held on Thursday. The PDP governorship candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, will be presented with the flag at the event to be attended by governors and the party’s national and zonal leadership. Fayose who spoke on Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES) described the event as “mother of all rallies.” He urged party supporters to wear white to the rally. The governor promised to provide free fuel to commercial motorcycle riders on election day to convey eligible voters to polling stations at highly reduced prices. Read more

Police denies protest in Maiduguri (DailyTrust)

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has denied media reports that Mobile Police Personnel (MPF) deployed to Maiduguri, Borno state, protested over nonpayment of Special Duty Allowance. “Police Officers and men in the State are on their duty posts ensuring public peace and law and order,” a statement by Police spokesman DCP Jimoh Moshood said on Monday. Daily Trust gathered that protesting policemen barricaded the Police Command Headquarters along Maiduguri-Kano highway, and disrupted traffic on the road. It was learnt that about 10, 000 mobile policemen deployed to the state have not received their allowances in the past six months. Read more

Saraki’s aide, Hakeem Ahmed-Baba dumps APC (SUN)

Chief of Staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Dr. Hakeem Ahmed-Baba, on Monday, declared his withdrawal as a member from ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over what he called the party’s poor performance. Hakeem Baba, who is one of the strong members of APC Akida in Kaduna State and founding fathers of APC as a political party, was quick to say he was not thinking of joining another political party for now, but warned Nigerians not to allow the APC govern them beyond 2019. The retired federal permanent secretary who made his position known during an interface with newsmen in Kaduna on Monday added that, the development has nothing to do with the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Read more

Court grants Dasuki N200m bail (Punch)

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday granted bail to the immediate-past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), from the custody of the Department of State Services where he had been detained for two and a half years. Delivering judgment in the suit filed by the ex-NSA in March this year, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu ruled that his detention since December 29, 2015, amounted to a violation of his right to liberty. The judge, who rejected the ex-NSA’s prayer for N5bn damages granted him bail in the sum of N200m with two sureties who must either be a civil servant of Grade Level 16 at the minimum in the Federal Civil Service or private citizens, who have landed properties in the municipal areas of Abuja. Read more

INEC denounces alleged sale of cloned PVCs online (Punch)

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday stated that the alleged cloning and sale of Permanent Voter Cards on an e-commerce website will not be taken lightly. The commission in a statement said, “it takes the reports seriously and will engage the government and security agencies as well as promoters of the platform in order to get to the root of it and take all necessary action to bring down the advertisement forthwith.” The statement signed by the Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, added that the electoral commission had anticipated this scenario and had put in place security measures to ensure that only PVCs issued by the commission could be used during elections. Read more

INEC Promises Free, Fair Poll in Ekiti Guber Poll (ThisDay)

As the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State approaches, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised that it has no reason to fail the electorate in view of the preparation it had rolled out to ensure hitch-free exercise. The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Ekiti, Osun and Oyo States, Mr. Solomon Soyebi, and his counterpart in charge of Election Operations and Logistics, Mrs. Amina Zakari, said the commission is prepared to surmount all challenges to ensure that the exercise is free, fair and credible, adding that every polling unit would open for the election by 7am. They stated this in Ado Ekiti on Monday at a pre-election preparation workshop organised for electoral officers, assistant electoral officers and head of departments. Read more

Minister to youth: Help grow our economy with ICT (Nation)

The Communication Minister, Adebayo Shittu, on Monday urged Nigerian youths and rural dwellers to key into the boundless opportunities in Information Communication Technology (ICT) to legitimately create jobs, jump start their low income level to high income ends. Shittu also advised the youth to embrace ICT, train and keep retraining, saying it would significantly increase their access to education, global information pool, productivity, business opportunities and knowledge that are goldmine of money. The Minister gave the advice in Ijebu – Igbo, Ogun State, during the Southwest zone stakeholders engagement workshop on ICT utilisation and sustainability, a programme facilitated by the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF); an agency of the Fefeta Government, and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Read more

Lagos APC alerts members, public to fake website (Vanguard)

The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, urged its members and members of the public to be wary of a fake website purportedly being operated by the chapter. The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Abiodun Salami, gave the warning in a statement in Lagos. He said the website,,was not operated by the chapter, urging residents to disregard information therein asking them to register as members. Salami said the only place for intending members was the party secretariat at ACME road, Ikeja. Read more

Cholera outbreak’ KSHA wants urgent Katsina govt’s intervention (Nation)

The Katsina State House of Assembly, KSHA, has called on the state government and the Primary health care Development agency, PHCDA to urgently intervene to tackle the cholera outbreak in the state which has so far killed about 17 people with 50 others currently hospitalized in the General Hospital Funtua. The house which began its New Year legislative seating for the Fourth and final quarter presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, was reacting to a motion of urgent state importance moved by Hon Mohammed Abubakar representing Funtua constituency in the state house of Assembly. Read more

Plateau Violence: Herdsmen not responsible for killings – MACBAN (DailyTrust)

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has condemned in its totality the recent upsurge of violence in three Local Government Areas ( LGAs) of Plateau State where hundreds of innocent lives were lost and millions of naira worth of properties destroyed. Baba Othman Ngelzarma, MACBAN National Secretary, in a chat with our correspondent, yesterday, said that “this violence must be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians”. He dissociated MACBAN from a faceless group with the name “The Fulani Nationality Movement” -(FUNAM), which came up with a very inflammatory press release which is aimed at fanning the embers of hatred and sowing the seeds of discord between the Fulani and other Nigerians. Read more

Air Force personnel rapes colleague’s 9-yr-old daughter in Abuja (SUN)

The authorities of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Police have arrested one of its personnel for raping a nine-year-old daughter of his colleagues in the barracks. The suspect was arrested on June 25, following a complaint by the fatter of the under-aged girl who also happens to be a personnel in the service. The Daily Sun gathered that the suspect, who is now in the custody of the Air Police at the NAF Base located along the Abuja airport road in Abuja, was said to have confessed to the crime even as the NAF police was continuing with their investigations to unravel if the suspect had been in the act for some time now and probably abused more under-aged girls in the barracks. Read more

Landlord goes berserk, kills tenant’s son with pestle (SUN)

The Police in Ogun State have arrested a landlord for allegedly hitting and killing his tenant’s four-year-old son with a pestle. The landlord, Sunday Omosule, and resident of No. 23, Adeoye Street, Oko Baale, Onipanu, Ota, was arrested, on Sunday, by the police, after he hit and killed the boy, Joseph Sunday Akpan. According to the spokesperson of the police command in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, police at the Onipanu Divisional headquarters, had received a distress call on Sunday, that the suspect had gone berserk and used pestle to chase his tenants around. The suspect, Oyeyemi added, in the process used the pestle to first hit the mother of the deceased on the arm, after which he used it to hit four year old Akpan on the head. Read more

FG directs Amaju Pinnick to step down as NFF President, tells Chris Giwa to take over (DailyTrust)

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development has directed the Nigeria Football Federation, a parastatal under it to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on April 27, 2018, which restored the orders of the Federal High Court, setting aside the purported election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on September 30, 2014. The Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung said in a statement on Monday that the directive followed a written notification signed for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice requesting the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure compliance. Read more

Dalung directs NFF to comply with S’Court Verdict (ThisDay)

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development has directed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), a parastatal under it, to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on April 27, 2018, which restored the orders of the Federal High Court, setting aside the purported election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on September 30, 2014. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, said in a statement that the directive followed a written notification signed for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice requesting the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure compliance.

The notification states thus: Read more

Neymar leads Brazil to last 8 (Fifa)

Neymar scored his sixth FIFA World Cup™ goal, before substitute Roberto Firmino added one late on, to lift Brazil past Mexico 2-0 to advance into the quarter-finals at Russia 2018. The first 20 minutes of the match started with El Tri pressuring the South Americans’ backline, but eventually Tite’s side were able to grow into the game, ultimately generating more goalscoring opportunities and looking the likelier to break the deadlock. It took until after the break, though, and once the second half commenced, it wasn’t long until Neymar was wheeling away in celebration. He slid in to finish from close range after Willian sent in a dangerous, low cross on 51 minutes. Brazil continued to create scoring chances and, with full-time closing in fast, Firmino tapped in at the back post as Neymar turning provider to seal victory. Read more

Two-time champion Andy Murray withdraws from Wimbledon with hip injury (Tennis)

Two-time champion Andy Murray pulled out of Wimbledon on Sunday because of a bad hip that has been a problem for about a year and was surgically repaired less than six months ago. The All England Club announced Murray’s withdrawal a day before the grass-court Grand Slam tournament begins. “I’ve made significant progress in practice and matches over the last 10 days, but after lengthy discussions with my team and with a heavy heart, we’ve decided that playing best-of-five-set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process,” Murray said in a statement released by his manager. “We did everything we could to try to be ready in time.” Read more

America’s racism has long been Russia’s secret weapon (CNN)

The news that Russian hackers, in the wake of the police shooting death of Philando Castile, sought to exploit increasing racial divisions in America through a social media campaign of disinformation should come as no surprise. Historically, both during and after the Cold War, the Russian state has tried to use America’s tragic history of racial violence and segregation for its own political purposes. In some chapters of American history, the commingling of Russian state action and American racial politics has unfolded in the open, with the consequences fully obvious for all to see. In an era before Black Lives Matter, communists at times provided the most full-throated and unequivocal defense of black humanity even if this defense was at times used in service of international propaganda against the United States. Read more

Miracle in Thailand as rescuers find 12 boys and their soccer coach alive in cave (Abcnews)

Twelve boys and their soccer coach, lost for 10 days in a cave in Thailand, have been found alive, officials announced Monday. The governor of Thailand said he has not seen the soccer players and their coach but has received reports that they were found safe. Read more

Greek ex-minister freed pending corruption conviction appeal (Washingtonpost)

A Greek former defense minister serving 20 years for corruption has again secured early release from prison on health grounds, pending the hearing of an appeal against his conviction. Akis Tsochadzopoulos, 78, was expected to walk free from the Athens Korydallos prison later Monday. The former minister was convicted in 2013 on money laundering charges linked to bribes for major arms procurement contracts, mostly in the late 1990s. He denied any wrongdoing. Tsochadzopoulos was initially released on health grounds for several months last year, before returning to prison. He suffered from heart problems. Read more


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