July 20, 2018

* Python Dance commences today, no withdrawal of troops – Army (Punch) * ECOWAS confab: Utomi calls for collective investment in peace, security (Vanguard)

* Python Dance commences today, no withdrawal of troops – Army (Punch)  * ECOWAS confab: Utomi calls for collective investment in peace, security (Vanguard)



Python Dance commences today, no withdrawal of troops – Army (Punch)

The Nigerian Army has clarified that the soldiers to be withdrawn from the streets of Aba and Umuahia, Abia State, are not troops meant for Operation Python Dance, also known as Egwu Eke. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Sani Usman, in a release late on Thursday, said the military operation, Egwu Eke, would therefore commence from today (Friday) as scheduled.

He said, “The Abia State Governor in his speech stated that “there will be gradual withdrawal of soldiers on the streets of Aba and Umuahia from tomorrow”. This should not be misconstrued as withdrawing of troops earmarked for Exercise Egwu Eke II. The General Officer Commanding in the 82 Division has not said such thing. Read more

ECOWAS confab: Utomi calls for collective investment in peace, security (Vanguard)

Foremost entrepreneur and Founder of the Lagos Business School, Professor Pat Utomi, has said if the private sector must thrive in Nigeria and West Africa, governments in the region must begin a conscious investment in peace and security of the region. Utomi, who spoke at the opening of the ongoing two-day conference on leveraging the power of the private sector in conflict prevention in West Africa, identified a zero mindset as a factor responsible for most of the conflicts ravaging most countries in the region. Read more

Anambra: 2m voters register for November poll (Vanguard)

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said yesterday, that no fewer than two million voters have been registered for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State. The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr. Nwachukwu Orji, who spoke during a meeting with Electoral Officers and members of the Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, in Awka said the comprehensive register would be printed in the next three weeks, adding that they would be published in three instalments in all the local government areas of the state. Read more

Oil prices rise as demand outlook brightens (Punch)

Oil prices were lower on Friday but on course for weekly gains, the third in a row in the case of Brent as the clean-up after hurricane in the United States gathers pace and the outlook for demand rise. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was above 50 dollars on hitting a four-month high and finished 1.2 per cent higher at 49.89 dollars, the highest since July 31.

Brent crude futures were at 55.24 dollars a barrel just as they hit 55.99 dollars on Thursday. Read more

Govt, proprietors move to tighten security as schools’ resume (Punch)

As schools reopen for a new academic year, there appears to be renewed concern for the safety of pupils and staff against the backdrop of rising insecurity across the country. Investigation shows that some state governments and school proprietors have made efforts to ensure the protection of their staff and pupils from attacks from kidnappers and other criminals, especially in areas where they are prone to such attacks.

Some proprietors, who spoke with our correspondents in Lagos, indicated that security topped the list of priorities for the new academic session. To ensure that no member of staff or pupil falls victim to marauding gangs of kidnappers any longer, they have taken steps to install Closed Circuit Television cameras within and around the premises of their schools. Read more

30 killed in accident on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (PremiumTimes)

An auto accident on the Lagos-Ibadan highway caused the death of 30 people on Thursday night. The spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday.

Mr. Kazeem said the accident occurred at about 8 p.m. at Km 95 around the Elebolo Quary Area on the Ibadan axis of the road. According to him, 10 other persons were injured in the crash involving 40 persons and two Mazda buses. Read more

IPOB: Plateau governor confirms two deaths in Jos violence, sues for peace (PremiumTimes)

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has confirmed the death of two persons from the Thursday violence in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Premium times reported the violence, between Hausas and Igbos in a part of Jos, which was caused by a disagreement on the appropriateness or otherwise of the violence in Abia involving soldiers and members of a pro-Biafra separatist group, IPOB. On Friday, the governor who had declared a dusk to dawn curfew in Jos, met with community and religious leaders at the government house Jos. Read more

My move to Tottenham failed –Onazi (Punch)

Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi   has claimed Harry Redknapp attempted to sign him during his managerial career at Premier League giants Tottenham. Seventy-year-old Redknapp, wh managed the Spurs between 2008 and 2012, is English Championship side Birmingham City’s current manager. Onazi,  24, played  himself into the spotlight at the Nigeria 2009 FIFA Under-17 World  Cup and attracted interest from a slew of clubs in Europe. Read more

Eagles drop in FIFA rankings (Punch)

Nigeria dropped six places from the 38th position to 44th position in the latest FIFA Rankings released by the world football body on Thursday. Despite getting four points from their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier double-header against Cameroon in August and September, the three-time African champions dropped a place from the fourth position they occupied last month to the fifth position on the continent. The Super Eagles however still retained their stay in the top 10 teams in Africa for the 10th consecutive month. Read more

Igali demands structures for Nigerian sports (Guardian)

Nigeria Wrestling Federation president Daniel Igali has identified inadequate structures and poor funding as the major factors impeding sports development in the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Igali, who applauded the performance of Nigerian wrestlers at the just-concluded World Wrestling Championships in Paris, also stressed the need for adequate preparations of athletes ahead of global championships. He said out of the six wrestlers – two males and four female – that featured at the Paris event, three of the ladies ended up in the top 10. Read more

D’Tigers beat Cameroon 106-91, hit AfroBasket 2017 semis (Punch)

D’Tigers on Thursday defeated Cameroon 106-91 in to reach the semifinals of  the 2017 FIBA Africa Championship in Tunisia and Senegal. In the fifth meeting between the two sides, Nigeria dominated three quarters of the game, losing one to the Lions. D’Tigers won in the first, second and fourth quarters while Cameroon took the third quarter.

Defending champions Nigeria took the first quarter 25-18 before extending their lead at half time with a 27-25 win in the second quarter. The Lions rallied back in the third quarter with a 27-23 win but D’Tigers roared into the semifinals with a 31-21 win of the last quarter. Read more

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli facing ban (Skysports)

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli is facing a possible ban over allegations of an illicit relationship with hard-core “ultra” fans that encouraged ticket scalping. The Italian football federation is expected to make a ruling in the case on Friday, 10 days after Agnelli was elected to chair the 220-member European Club Association. Agnelli allegedly authorised the sale of season passes and other tickets above the permitted limit. Read more

Arsene Wenger claims it would be ‘completely unfair’ to punish Arsenal for violence (Skysports)

Arsene Wenger believes it would be “completely unfair” if Arsenal were punished by UEFA for the violence which marred the club’s Europa League win over Cologne at the Emirates. The Gunners opened their European campaign with a 3-1 win over the Bundesliga side on Thursday night, although the match was overshadowed by a number of separate crowd disturbances. Kick-off was delayed for an hour after many of the 17,000 Cologne supporters who had arrived in London without tickets attempted to enter the Emirates. Read more

MAN UTD sign 15-year-old England youth Star MCcann (Goal)

The Premier League club have won the race to sign the highly-rated midfielder, who has represented the Three Lions at under-16 level

Manchester United have completed the signing of 15-year-old Coventry City starlet Charlie McCann. McCann, who has represented England at under-16 level, is a United supporter, with the League Two club set to receive a fee from Jose Mourinho’s side for the transfer. Read more

‘Everton were a shambles – £130m spent but something fundamental needs to change’ (Liverpoolecho)

Everton and European football are uneasy bedfellows. There were, of course, the delights of Rotterdam and that thrilling run in the UEFA Cup under David Moyes. However, with the highs have come devastating lows such as Bucharest and Villarreal. And Thursday night in Italy provided another with a 3-0 humbling against Atalanta in the Blues’ opening Europa League group game. The national media weren’t impressed. Read more

Manchester United need two more signings claims former striker (Manchestereveningnews)

Manchester United have scored 15 goals in their opening five matches and secured four clean sheets but former striker Louis Saha still believes Jose Mourinho ‘s squad needs strengthening. And despite that impressive start at the back and in attack the Frenchman wants to see a new defender and forward added to the United squad. Saha believes the Reds should plunder Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s ranks at some stage. “I would go for Raphael Varane (Real Madrid),” Saha has told BetStars. “Varane is a great defender and I think he would bring something special to the defence. “And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he’s very quick and he’s got the eye for the ball all the time. He’s really impressed me in the last few years.

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Arsenal probe fan chaos during Europa clash (Guardian)

Arsenal said Friday they were investigating how vast numbers of away fans gained access to the home sections of Emirates Stadium for their clash with Cologne, sparking ugly scenes that marred the Europa League clash. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he had been preparing for a postponement at the north London ground, describing the decision to play the game as a “gamble”. Visiting fans were issued with 3,000 tickets but around 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital. Read more

Iraq attack death toll rises to 84 (Punch)

Gunmen and suicide bombers killed at least 84 people in southern Iraq in the deadliest attack by the Islamic State group since it lost second city Mosul, according to a new toll released on Friday. Many of the dead in Thursday’s attack near the city of Nasiriyah were Shiite Muslim pilgrims, some of them Iranian, officials said.

“The death toll has risen to 84 after the discovery of 10 more bodies at the scene of the attack,” said Jassem al-Khalidi, health director for Dhiqar province, which has largely been spared the violence that has plagued northern and central Iraq. Read more

Prince George school intruder is royal ‘superfan’ (Guardian)

A British woman who sparked a security alert after breaking into four-year-old Prince George’s new school in London is a “superfan” obsessed with the royal family, The Sun reported on Friday. The 40-year-old woman, named by the newspaper as Louise Chantry, an unemployed holistic healer, was arrested on Wednesday after twice entering the exclusive Thomas’s School in Battersea. “She wouldn’t have done any harm to George. He would have been safe with her. She just loves the royal family and loves kids,” her mother Rhona Crawford, 75, was quoted by the paper as saying. Read more

Passengers “Suffer Facial Burns” after explosion on London tube Train (Lse)

Emergency services were called to a London Underground station after reports of an explosion on a train. Pictures appeared to show an explosion in a bucket towards the rear of a train. The incident occurred at Parsons Green Tube station on Friday morning. A metro.co.uk reporter said passengers suffered facial burns. The Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of an incident at Parsons Green Tube station. Officers are in attendance.” British Transport Police said: “We’re aware of an incident at Parsons Green station. Officers are at the scene. The station is closed.” Read more

The Queen has a secret speech if World War 3 breaks out. This is what it says (Indy100)

This morning North Korea fired another ballistic missile over Japan, just two weeks after they reportedly tested a hydrogen bomb. In August, another missile was fired over Japan before landing in the sea. This newest missile is said to have flown higher and further than the previous, travelling 3,700km and reaching an altitude of 770km. South Korea has immediately responded by firing two missiles of their own into the sea, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has said that they will not tolerate such provocative actions. Read more

Angry Right-Wingers turn on Trump, burn their ‘Make America great again’ Hats (Huffingtonpost)

Many one-time supporters of President Donald Trump are so red hot over his possible immigration deal with Democratic leaders that they’re burning their “Make America Great Again” hats.

The angry right-wingers shared images of the charred caps on social media under the #burnmyMAGAhat hashtag. They also referred to the president as #AmnestyDon and some even called for him to be impeached. Read more

The loneliest President (Politico)

ISOLATED?” read the subject line.

“Friend,” Donald Trump wrote recently to supporters in a fundraising email. “The fake news keeps saying, ‘President Trump is isolated.’ … They say I’m isolated by lobbyists, corporations, grandstanding politicians, and Hollywood. GOOD! I don’t want them,” he fumed, employing italics for emphasis. Sent on August 28, two days after Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston, Trump’s defiant appeal acknowledged the mounting perception that nearly eight months into his first term—and in the aftermath of his racially divisive response to the violence in Charlottesville—he’s never been politically lonelier. Read more

Cassini’s 20-year Saturn mission was one of the most ambitious space operations ever (Independent)

Cassini will long be remembered as one of the most ambitious and successful space missions ever undertaken. First there was the sheer distance involved. The 22ft long spacecraft, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1997, took seven years to reach Saturn after a journey of two billion miles that involved fleeting visits to Venus, Earth and Jupiter.

Each fly-by provided a gravitational “kick” that boosted Cassini’s speed to more than 42,500mph and helped the probe on its way. Read more

Trump in trouble as Chef Bourdain threatens to poison him if… (Vanguard)

Anthony Bourdain, host of “Parts Unknown” on liberal CNN, has said that he would poison U.S. President Donald Trump if he was asked to cater a peace summit between the President and Kim Jong Un. Bourdain, a celebrity chef said he would serve Trump “Hemlock,” when he was asked by TMZ what he would serve the U.S. president and the North Korean dictator. Hemlock is a poisonous plant that has been used as a method of execution. The video was published by TMZ last week, but is just now gaining attention. When reached by Fox News, Bourdain, apparently joking, said that he meant to say “kale” instead of hemlock. Read more





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