March 23, 2019

* Publish names those involved in siphoning $322m repatriated fund, PDP challenges Buhari (Vanguard) * 2019: APC suffering from pre-defeat trauma, says PDP (Nation)

* Publish names those involved in siphoning $322m repatriated fund, PDP challenges Buhari (Vanguard)            * 2019: APC suffering from pre-defeat trauma, says PDP (Nation)



Publish names those involved in siphoning $322m repatriated fund, PDP challenges Buhari (Vanguard)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to make public the names of those handling the disbursement of the $322 million repatriated Sani Abacha loot in line with his adminstration commitment to transparency in public administration. The party said President Buhari should do so to show his penchant for transparency as well as to enable Nigerians know the faces of those superintending over the management of the repatriated fund under the guise of sharing it to the ‘poorest of the poor’. The party also challenged President Buhari to order the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to make public, the APC interests who own the consulting firm reported to have been paid billions of naira as consultancy fees for the “sharing” of the money, Read more

2019: APC suffering from pre-defeat trauma, says PDP (Nation)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the All Progressive Congress (APC) is on the “throes of death” and that its “panic-stricken” leadership has resorted to fabrications and cheap blackmail against those leaving their sinking ship in droves. The opposition party said the APC has become intensely nervous and chaotic over the soaring popularity of the PDP as well as the surge of Nigerians, across board, into its fold as a “repositioned and rebranded party”. The party also said it was not surprised that the APC, out of frustration, has resorted to sponsoring of spurious publications filled with deceptions, fabrications and lies against the PDP. Read more

Gov Ortom dissolves cabinet, retains 11 appointees (Punch)

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Sunday dissolved his cabinet. In the statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Anthony Ijohor, the dissolution of the cabinet, which he described as “partial,” takes immediate effect. According to the statement, four out of the 16 commissioners and seven out of 19 Special Advisers were retained. The four commissioners are Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Michael Gusa; Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar; Commissioner for Finance, Mr. David Olufu; and that of Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, Mr. Bernard Unenge. Read more

Presidency worries over killing of another Nigerian in South Africa (Guardian)

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has expressed worry over the killing of another Nigerian in South Africa. The Nigeria Mission in South Africa had on Sunday confirmed the killing of Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence, by an unknown gunman in the country. The Nigeria Consulate-General in South Africa said that the ugly incident was said to have occurred at 10 Koppe, Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa, on July 6. Read more

Defection: We’re waiting for Saraki’s directive – Kwara APC Chair (Punch)

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State said, on Sunday, that they were awaiting the directive of the Senate President Bukola Saraki on whether to defect from the ruling party. APC chairman in the state, Hon. Ishola Balogun-Fulani, said at a crowded press conference, in Ilorin, that members of the party remain committed to Saraki and would follow his decision. Balogun-Fulani described the APC as ‘a broken party’, lamenting that the cord of unity amongst members has been severed due to internal wrangling and the unwarranted trial of the Senate President. The Chairman had been asked to respond to a call last week by the party’s three senatorial chairmen in the state asking Saraki to lead them out of the APC.  The three party leaders were also in attendance at Sunday’s briefing by Balogun-Fulani. Read more

APC lays four count “criminal” charge against R-APC (Vanguard)

The All Progressives Congress, APC has rebuffed the rebellion of the Buba Galadima led Reformed All Progressives Congress, RAPC with a four point criminal charge against the leaders of the group. The National Legal Adviser of the APC, Mr. Babatunde Ogala in a statement made available to Vanguard at the weekend also denounced the formation of the group as grievous to law saying that its emergence was likened to a coup. Asserting that the convention was properly organised against the claim of the RAPC, Ogala said that the convention was the culmination of a series of congresses even as he affirmed that the Galadima group did not follow such route. Read more

Saraki flags off construction of Rivers’ $3.2b fertiliser plant (SUN)

Senate President Bukola Saraki has laid the foundation for the construction of the Train Two of Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals Limited. The Senate President tacitly endorsed Wike for a second term when he declared that he would be in office in 2021 when the Train Two of the fertiliser plant would be commissioned. Performing the flag off ceremony, Saraki said that the $3.2 billion invested in Rivers State by the foreign investors shows that Rivers people were receptive to investors. Read more

Ex-Ondo deputy governor’s daughter found dead in boyfriends house (Punch)

Miss Adenike Khadijat Oluboyo, daughter of the immediate past Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Olugbenga Oluboyo, was on Sunday found dead at her boyfriend’s house in Akure. Oluboyo, who was a final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, was found dead in her boyfriend’s house, Adeyemi Alao, popularly known as Q.S. Mr Femi Joseph, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ondo command who confirmed the story to the News Agency of Nigeria , described the incident as saddening and very unfortunate. “It is not a rumour but it is a fact that the young lady was found dead this morning and it is saddening and very unfortunate. Read more

Killer Herdsmen believe they have an Ally in Buhari, Says Kaigama (ThisDay)

Killings by herdsmen in Nigeria have continued to escalate because Fulani herders believe President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also a Fulani man, is their ally and for that reason they can do whatever they want and go scot-free, so says Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama. Kaigama stated this in a recent interview with the Catholic Church’s humanitarian agency, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), published on its website. Speaking on the growing crisis in the Middle Belt, where herdsmen have killed hundreds of farmers this year alone, and reasons for the wanton killings, the former president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference said, “One of the reasons could be that because the president of the country, Muhammadu Buhari, is himself a Fulani, the herdsmen think that they have an ally, and therefore, that they can do what they want and get away with it. Otherwise, people cannot explain why there has been such a sudden increase in destruction.” Read more

Village head, 4 others allegedly abduct 19 ExxonMobil workers (Punch)

The Akwa Ibom Police Command on Sunday confirmed the arrest of a village head and four suspects for allegedly abducting 19 ExxonMobil staff members. The suspected kidnappers reportedly draped sacks over their victims’ heads as they took them to their hideout. The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP MacDon Achebe, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. A police source, who claimed anonymity, had said that the suspects were arrested for alleged abduction of ExxonMobil staff traveling from Port-Harcourt for a crew change of duty at Qua Iboe Terminal, in Ibeno Local Government Area. “Initially, four persons were arrested in connection with the abduction of 19 workers of ExxonMobil, but the suspects told us that the village head approved the abduction,” Achebe explained. Read more

Those condemning assets seizure order have something to hide -Sen. Alimikhena (SUN)

Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Francis Alimikhena, has berated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari over his signing of Executive Order 6, otherwise known as Asset Seizure Executive Order. The main opposition party while criticising President Buhari, described the Executive Order as ‘illegal, unconstitutional, reprehensible and a dangerous step towards a descent to fascism’. But Sen. Alimikhena who spoke to journalists, in Benin, on the sidelines of Usagbe Social Club of Nigeria’s 18th Annual Retreat/Convention, condemned the PDP’s comments, saying that the President’s action is in the right direction. Read more

Police deploy 30,000 personnel, two choppers for Ekiti Gov election (Punch)

The Police have deployed 30,000 operatives, two helicopters and 250 patrol vehicles — including five Armoured Personnel Carriers — for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State. The security operation for the poll would be supervised by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, Joshiak Habila, who would be assisted by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, four Commissioners of Police, eight Deputy Commissioners of Police and 18 Assistant Commissioners of Police. The Force Public Relations Officer, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, explained in a statement in Abuja on Sunday that each senatorial district will be manned by a Commissioner of Police. Read more

Explosion rocks Niger Village (ThisDay)

No life was lost in a pipeline explosion that rocked the Dagbe Dagbo village in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State on Sunday. Security officials said the tragedy was averted by the combined efforts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) securitymen and some policemen around the area. It was learnt that when the fire started from the NNPC depot at Pago, fuel flowed into surrounding gutters which attracted some youths and black marketers. “These youths and black marketers started scooping the fuel before the whole place went up in flames,” the security operatives said. According to the security men, the flame and thick smoke enveloped the whole area causing pandemonium and confusion. Read more

Gernot Rohr not thinking of resigning from Super Eagles coaching role  (Vanguard)

Gernot Rohr, Nigeria Super Eagles’ coach, is not thinking of resigning after failing to take the team beyond the group stage in the FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia. Rohr dismissed the possibility of quitting while reacting to a question by South Africa’s sports journalist, David Kappel who writes for Soccer Laduma. According to Sports Village Square, the journalist had asked: “It sounds like you are still positive despite the World Cup exit. Did the thought of resigning ever cross your mind?’” Possibly the question arose following a trend in Nigerian football after each World Cup outing. In the previous five World Cup outings, all the coaches, except Stephen Keshi, left the team after the match. Read more

World Cup ref gets life ban for bribery (Vanguard)

A Kenyan linesman who had been due to officiate at the World Cup in Russia has been handed a life ban after being caught in a bribery sting. Marwa Range was filmed received a $600 bribe during the African Nations Championship in Morocco in January and is one of 22 referees sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football in an unprecedented clean up, announced at the weekend. Rage, who was a reserve at the 2014 finals in Brazil, had earlier been removed from the list of match officials due to officiate in Russia. Read more

Pavard true to his roots in France’s far north despite rapid rise (Guardian)

It has been a remarkable rise — two years after supporting France at Euro 2016 from a fan zone, Benjamin Pavard is preparing to represent his country in a World Cup semi-final. Pavard has already lit up the tournament with his wonder strike against Argentina. But the 22-year-old has never forgotten his roots in the little town of Jeumont, on the border with Belgium in northern France. Coincidentally Belgium now stand between Pavard and Les Bleus, and a place in the World Cup final. Read more

Basketball star Tyler Honeycutt dies in apparent suicide after police shoot-out (Skynews)

Basketball star Tyler Honeycutt has been found dead after reportedly exchanging gunfire with police. Tributes have been paid to the former NBA player who died in an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, according to US media. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) – which did not name Honeycutt – said it had been called to reports of a man armed with a gun who was barricaded in a property. “We can confirm that during the initial encounter the suspect fired a shot out of the residence and officers returned fire,” the force said on Twitter. Read more

Dawn Sturgess dies after being exposed to novichok (Skynews)

A woman who was exposed to the nerve agent novichok in Amesbury has died in hospital, police have said. Police have launched a murder inquiry after Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday evening at Salisbury District Hospital, Scotland Yard said. The mother of three was admitted to hospital after falling ill at her partner’s home in Amesbury, near Salisbury, last Saturday. Her partner, Charlie Rowley, remains in hospital in a critical condition after the pair touched an object contaminated with novichok with their hands. Read more

4 are out; 9 to go: Captivated world watches Thailand cave rescue (Tcpalm) 

The world exhaled a collective sigh of relief Sunday after the perilous rescue of four young soccer players trapped in a vast, winding and partially flooded cave, an international effort that fueled an emotional response around the globe.  But the story – one of courage, danger and resilience – is far from over. Eight boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach remain in the treacherous labyrinth more than 2 miles into the Earth. Unrelenting rains add to the arduous task facing Thai officials since the team became trapped more than two weeks ago.  Storms were likely to continue at least through Monday as Thailand’s monsoon season gains traction. Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn said further rescues would be put on hold for 10-20 hours to allow the dive teams to rest and to restock the massive Tham Luang cave complex with oxygen and other equipment needed for the hazardous exit. He did not reveal the condition of the four members of the Wild Boars. Read more

Heatwave to give way to rain and cooler temperatures, forecasters warn (Independent)

Britain’s current heatwave will give way to cooler temperatures and possible showers in the coming week, weather forecasters have warned. The mercury – which climbed to 33C in the south on Sunday – will drop to the mid-20s in most parts of the UK by Tuesday, with some rain a possibility. “Northerly winds will be coming in and beginning to freshen things up,” Becky Mitchell, meteorologist with the Met Office, told The Independent. “Temperatures will still be above average, in the low- and mid-20s, but it will be notably cooler than last week when we were regularly seeing 30C. There is a chance of isolated showers in the north and east.” Read more


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