June 18, 2018

* President Buhari meets Uganda’s President (Vanguard) * DHQ declares IPOB a terrorist organization (Punch)

* President Buhari meets Uganda’s President (Vanguard)  * DHQ declares IPOB a terrorist organization (Punch)



President Buhari meets Uganda’s President (Vanguard)

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed with the visiting Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Ugandan President was received on arrival by President Buhari at the Aso Rock villa, Abuja, at about 2.25p.m. Newsmen report that the Uganda’s president is on a “friendly visit’’ to Nigeria. Newsmen report that the Ugandan president has been showing interest and concern over the activities of the deadly Boko Haram sect operating in Nigeria over five years ago. Read more

DHQ declares IPOB a terrorist organization (Punch)

The Defence Headquarters has branded the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a “militant terrorist organisation’’ and urged parents to dissuade their wards from joining the group. In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Director, Defence Information, therefore, restated the commitment of the Armed Forces to confront “all security challenges facing the country.’’ Enenche also assured of the protection of lives and property in all parts of the country. Read more

Abia postpones school resumption, extends curfew in Aba (Punch)

Abia Government on Friday announced the extension of the curfew imposed on Aba to Sunday and also postponed the resumption of primary and secondary schools to Sept. 25 as against Sept.18. The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Enyinnaya Appolos, made this known in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Friday.

Appolos said that the decision to extend the curfew earlier scheduled to have ended on Friday, was taken after a “profound” review of the security situation and in order to consolidate on the gradual return of peace and normalcy. Read more

Police dismiss CSP for killing Enugu resident (Punch)

The Police Service Commission has dismissed a Chief Superintendent of Police for unlawful exercise of authority, discreditable conduct and for making false report. The officer was said to have shot and killed an innocent citizen in Igboeze South Local Government Area of Enugu State and planted a gun on his victim, branding him an armed robber. The commission in a statement by its spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani on Friday in Abuja equally approved the reinstatement of a Deputy Superintendent of Police, two Corporals and a Constable. Read more

CAN calls for caution, berates ‘warmongers’ (Punch)

The Kaduna State chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria on Friday called on all Nigerians of goodwill to help promote peace. Secretary of the association in the state, Rev. Sunday Ibrahim, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna over recent events in the eastern parts of the country.He said Nigerians must be cautious in their utterances and actions and shun warmongers pushing for the break-up of the country. Read more

AfriOne donates tablets, mobile phones to freed Chibok girls (Guardian)

AfriOne, a Lagos-based indigenous mobile devices and laptop manufacturer, has donated tablets and dual-sim mobile phones to the 106 freed Chibok girls. The donation was made on September 13 at a ceremony put together by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Abuja to mark the end of the rehabilitation of the girls. The donation, according to AfriOne’s director of strategy and government relations Lekan Akinjide, was part of the company’s corporate social responsibilities. Read more

Police, drivers clash in Ibadan, scores injured (Punch)

There was a commotion in Ibadan on Friday when taxi drivers and policemen clashed in Iwo Road, leaving several people injured. There were various accounts about what led to the clash with some sources claiming that men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad chased a driver and beat him until he was unconscious. Another source said the driver hit the vehicle of the policemen and refused to stop or acknowledge his fault. Read more

AC Milan summer signing out for six months (Whoscored)

AC Milan have announced Andrea Conti has suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee and now faces six months out injured. Conti joined Milan from Serie A rivals Atalanta over the summer in a drawn-out transfer saga and had made a decent start to life at San Siro. The 23-year-old was closing in on a return from an ankle injury sustained during the international break, only to suffer a serious knee injury in training on Friday. “Andrea Conti underwent clinical and instrumental tests today, which highlighted a tear in the left, anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee,” a statement read on Milan’s official website. Read more

Man Utd can cope without Pogba, says Mourinho (France24)

Jose Mourinho says he has ample options in his Manchester United squad to cope without injured midfielder Paul Pogba as Wayne Rooney prepares to return to Old Trafford. Pogba is widely expected to be out of action for between a month and six weeks after damaging his hamstring just 18 minutes into Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Basel.

That would force him to miss France’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus in early October, which they need to win to guarantee a place at the finals in Russia. But Mourinho’s refusal to put a timescale on the midfielder?s absence may yet give national team coach Didier Deschamps reason for hope. Read more

Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City might not be able to stop Real Madrid snapping up promising youngster Brahim Diaz (Talksport)

The 18-year-old Spanish midfielder, who joined the City Academy at the age of 14, is reportedly attracting the interest of the European champions. Diaz signed a three-year professional contract with City last year and Guardiola feels he is committed to the club, but he is unsure what would happen if Real did make a move.

City lost another of their academy prospects, 17-year-old Jadon Sancho, to Borussia Dortmund in an £8million deal last month. Manager Guardiola said: “We want him but today the market is the market – the wishes from the clubs, maybe we cannot control it. Read more

What Nigerian govt agreed with NASU, NAAT, SSANU (PremiumTimes)

Details have emerged on the offers made by the Nigerian Government to the university non-teaching staff towards ending the indefinite strike they began on Monday.

The negotiating team the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT had Thursday night risen from a 9-hour, 13 minutes meeting with a delegation of government officials in Abuja and subsequently announced it had agreed to take the government offers to its members for further deliberations. Read more

Conte wants Chelsea to play on after terror attack (Punch)

Antonio Conte says Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Arsenal should go ahead on Sunday despite an explosive device being detonated on a tube train near the club’s west London stadium. At least 22 people were injured after a bomb exploded on a packed London Underground train during the morning rush hour on Friday in what police are treating as a “terrorist incident”. Witnesses reported seeing a “wall of fire” and passengers with facial burns at Parsons Green station in west London after the explosion. Read more

British PM may rebukes Trump over Tweet after London subway detonation (NBC)

Britain’s Prime Minister rebuked President Donald Trump Friday after he tweeted that “a loser terrorist” responsible for a subway train blast had been “in the sights” of London’s Metropolitan Police. Asked whether Trump knew something that the British public did not, PM Theresa May said: “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation.” Her former chief of staff, Nick Timothy, went further, describing Trump’s comment as “so unhelpful from leader of our ally and intelligence partner.” Read more

Louisiana university fraternity death ‘possible hazing incident’ (BBC)

Police at Louisiana State University are treating the death of an 18-year-old student as a “possible hazing incident”, campus officials say. Maxwell Gruver, a first-year student from Georgia, died after being rushed to the hospital for an unspecified “medical emergency”. The college president said there are allegations that hazing and alcohol were a factor in his death. All fraternity activities have been suspended during the investigation. “As we have continuously warned over and over again – hazing is dangerous, irresponsible, and unacceptable and it will not be tolerated at LSU, period,” said university president F King Alexander at a press conference on Thursday. Read more

Aberdeen, known as Scotland’s ‘Texas,’ turns to green energy after oil boom turns to bust (Usatoday)

This northeastern coastal city was a sleepy college town and fishing port until the 1960s, when the discovery of oil in the North Sea triggered an economic boom that earned it the nickname “Scotland’s Texas.” But a crash in global oil prices sent the economy into a tailspin, forcing this city of 200,000 to transform itself into a powerhouse for green energy to fight climate change and revive its once booming economy. “The installation, operation and maintenance of wind is an obvious crossover,” said Morag McCorkindale, chief operating officer of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, a consortium of businesses assembled by the city government. Read more

French journalist detained on Iraq border released by Turkey (MEMO)

Turkey today released French journalist Loup Bureau who was seized by security forces on the Iraqi border last month, his lawyer said. “We are pleased to announce the release of journalist #LoupBureau. He will be expelled from Turkey shortly,” lawyer Martin Pradel said via Twitter.

Bureau was detained in late July after he was found to have photographs and interviews with Kurdish militia fighters among his possessions as he crossed in to Turkey from Iraq. He was suspected of assisting a terrorist organisation, the Anadolu Agency said citing a security official. Read more

 US policy is ‘not to defend Canada’ in any N Korea attack (BBC)

A top general has told Canadian MPs they cannot count on US support if North Korea launches a nuclear attack on their country. Lt Gen Pierre St-Amand told the national defence committee in Ottawa there is no policy that requires the US to aid Canada in any nuclear attack. But on the upside, the committee also heard North Korea views Canada as a “peaceful” and “friendly” country. Pyongyang’s missile launch over Japan on Friday has put the region on edge. Lt Gen Pierre St-Amand appeared before the standing committee on national defence on Thursday to explain the US position on coming to the defence of Nato ally Canada. Read more

The first thing I saw was an orange fireball –Eyewitness of London Tube attack (Punch)

Local resident Charlie Craven was heading to Parsons Green station in west London on his way to work when he heard a “massive bang” as the device detonated. “The first thing I saw was an orange sort of fireball encompassing the whole Tube” train, he told AFP.

“Bit like you see on 24, the TV show, or a movie sort of situation,” said Craven, who works in the City, London’s financial centre. Lauren Hubbard also heard the explosion and said she saw that a “wall of fire was just coming towards us”. Read more

London train attackers known to police, Trump says (Punch)

US President Donald Trump on Friday blasted the “loser terrorists” behind the train attack in London, blaming perpetrators that he said had been “in the sights of Scotland Yard.” Twenty-two people were injured after a bomb blast on a packed London Underground train that was caused by an improvised explosive device, British authorities said. “Another attack in London by a loser terrorist,” the US president tweeted. “These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Read more

Remains of Journalist killed by crocodile found (Vanguard)

The remains of a young British journalist was discovered on Friday after a crocodile dragged him away close to a popular surfing spot in Sri Lanka. The journalist, Paul McClean, 24, who was with a group of friends, was dragged away on Thursday close to Arugam Bay, 400 kilometres south-east of the capital, police quoted eyewitnesses as saying. “Navy divers found the body in a lagoon. “The body had clear marks on one of the legs to show that he had been dragged away by a crocodile,” a police officer at Panama police station in the area said. Read more






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