March 20, 2019

* President Buhari Approves Payment of N22.68bn for Airways Retirees * Ballon d’Or: France Football Magazine to Present Award to Best Female Player

* President Buhari Approves Payment of N22.68bn for Airways Retirees           * Ballon d’Or: France Football Magazine to Present Award to Best Female Player



President Buhari Approves Payment of N22.68bn for Airways Retirees

President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday approved the sum of N22.68bn to be payed to former workers of liquidated Nigerian Airways Ltd. Disclosing this in Abuja, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed opined that the amount which was approved by Buhari was about 50 per cent of the N45.3bn entitlements of the former workers of the company.

Ballon d’Or: France Football Magazine to Present Award to Best Female Player

A Ballon d’Or for the best female player of the year will be awarded for the first time at the end of 2018. The prestigious award has been presented to a male player every year since Stanley Matthews won the inaugural accolade in 1956. A list of 15 nominees for the women’s prize will be announced in October by France Football magazine, alongside the 30-strong male list. This year’s award ceremony will take place in Paris on 3 December.

I Haven’t Withdrawn from Lagos Guber Race, Says Sanwo-Olu

All Progressives Congress (APC), Gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos State, Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu Monday, said he has no intention whatsoever, to withdraw from the Gubernatorial race in the state. He urged his suppoters to debunk the rumour to that effect and continue their loyalty to him. Speaking through the Director, Media and Publicity, Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organisation (BOSCO), Comrade Sesan Daini described as misleading the rumour making the round that the Gubernatorial aspirant will not participate in the primary election scheduled for Saturday, 29th of September, 2018.

Court Adjourns Dokpesi’s N5bn Suit Against Minister Until Oct. 23

FCT High Court, Apo, on Monday adjourned until October 23, the alleged N5billion defamation suit, instituted by Chief Raymond Dokpesi against the Minister of Information and Culture and Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. Dokpesi, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party  and chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc, filed the suit on April 30, seeking N5 billion damages from the defendants for alleged defamation. He alleged that Information Minister, Lai Mohammed and the Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, defamed his character by the inclusion of his name on the treasury looters’ list.

Buhari Seeks Collaborative Efforts Among Nations to Fight Human Trafficking, Smuggling

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for collaborative efforts among nations to fight human trafficking and smuggling of persons. Buhari made the call at the 16th INTERPOL Conference on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling on Monday in Abuja. He was represented by Mr Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary, General Service Office, office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.“Human trafficking requires our collective efforts to eradicate which destroying the future of our youths,” he said.

Germany, IG train FSARS operatives on human rights, others

The German Foreign Office and the office of the Inspector-General of Police ( IG ) on Monday commenced a two-week human rights training for 135 operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( FSARS ) in Lagos.The training is part of the reformation of the unit which was carried out in line with presidential directive. The presidency had ordered the overhaul of FSARS following public outcry on alleged infractions by the operatives. Speaking at the inauguration of the training at Police College Ikeja, IG Ibrahim Idris said it was a holistic approach to enhance the performance of the participants comprising commanders, team leaders and foot soldiers of FSARS.

Hijab: Group Demands Adherence Circular to Schools

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State, has asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to issue a policy circular to resolve the crisis emanating from the use of hijab in public schools in the state. The MSSN, in a petition to the governor dated Tuesday, September 9, said a judgement of the Court of Appeal on Thursday, July 21, 2016, stated that wearing of hijab by pupils was their fundamental human rights. In the petition, the MSSN urged the governor to obey the court ruling by issuing a circular to all district heads and principals to allow pupils wear the hijab.

FRSC Recruitment: Corps Marshal Assures Candidates of Transparency

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has assured all candidates who applied for recruitment into the commission of transparent exercise. Oyeyemi, who was represented by Assistant Corps Marshal Shehu Zaki, said this on Monday in an interview at the recruitment centre at the 6th Battalion, Ibagwa Barracks in Abak. He said that the recruitment team in the state and across the country were made of officials from the commission and the Federal Character Commission.

Lagos Residents Protest Parking of LAWMA Trucks by Roadsides …Raise The Alarm on Possible Epidemic

Residents of Old Ota Road, in the Agbado Oke Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State took to the streets on Friday to protest against the return of refuse trucks to the road. The residents, including schoolchildren, displayed placards with different inscriptions to express anger over the pollution caused by the trucks owned by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority and operators of the Private Sector Participants (PSP). Some of the inscriptions read, ‘Our children are falling sick every day,’ ‘Carbon dioxide and methane gasses cause cancer of the lungs,’ ‘Save our children from cholera and Lassa fever,’ ‘Flies and maggots are living with us, save our health,’ among others.

AITEO Cup Group Phase Battles Commence in Centres

The battle for places in the quarter finals of this year’s AITEO Cup competition (men and women) will begin on Monday in eight different centres across the federation, involving 16 teams in the men’s category and 12 teams in the women’s category. In the men’s competition, the Patani Stadium in Gombe will host CAF Confederation Cup semi finalists Enyimba FC, alongside FC IfeanyiUbah’s conquerors J. Atete FC, as well as Plateau United FC and Katsina United FC in Group A. Another giant –killing side, Supreme Court FC (who eliminated Go Round FC on penalties in the Round of 32) will join NPFL teams Rangers International of Enugu (five –time winners), Sunshine Stars of Akure and El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri to battle things out in Group B at Kano’s Sani Abacha Stadium.

France to Host Third Davis Cup Final in Lille

Reigning Davis Cup champions France will return to Lille’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy for the final clash against Croatia in November, the French tennis federation (FFT) announced on Friday. The stadium, home of French Ligue 1 football club Lille, also hosted last year’s final against Belgium, and the semi-final win over Spain last weekend. France lost the 2014 final to a Switzerland team inspired by Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka at the same venue. Yannick Noah’s home side will be bidding for an 11th Davis Cup title in the final year before the tournament is revamped, but face a tough test against a Croatia outfit including world No 6 Marin Cilic and the in-form youngster Borna Coric.

 Google is Quietly Logging Users into Chrome, But it’s Not All Bad

Google has found itself under fire over a recent change the company made to the way users sign into its Chrome browser. Released in early September, Chrome 69 logs the user in automatically at the moment they sign in to any Google service. The change predictably led to a backlash from privacy-concerned members of the community. Matthew Green, a cryptographer and professor at John Hopkins University, published a lengthy blog post outlining why the change ultimately made him decide to part ways with Chrome.

Intercape Bus Driver Arrested Trying to Skip Border to Zimbabwe

South African police this morning arrested the driver of an Intercape bus which killed nine Zimbabweans, among them a toddler, in a road accident near Polokwane on Friday last week. The bus was travelling from Harare to Johannesburg. Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the man disappeared from a hospital in Polokwane at the weekend and was intercepted at Beitbridge Border Post by alert police officers. He said the driver has been charged with nine counts of culpable homicide and will appear before a Polokwane magistrate on Tuesday.

Trump Attacks ‘Totally Political’ Investigation of New Kavanaugh Allegations

A Senate committee will investigate fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – claims Donald Trump dismissed on Monday as a “totally political” attempt to stop Republicans cementing a solid conservative majority on the bench. At the United Nations in New York, Trump called his nominee “outstanding,” and said he is “with him all the way”. Trump said: “He’s a fine man with an unblemished past and these are highly unsubstantiated statements from people represented by lawyers. You should look into the lawyers, their representation. Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person and I’m with him all the way.”

Thousands Attend Funeral For Iran Attack Dead

Tens of thousands of mourners attended a funeral on Monday in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz for soldiers and civilians killed in an attack on a military parade. Four militants attacked the Saturday parade marking the start of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, spraying the crowd with gunfire and killing 24 people. Iranian officials blamed Arab separatists, backed by Gulf Arab allies of the US, for the operation.


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