March 21, 2019

* R-APC: APC’s loss, PDP’s gain (SUN) * Herdsmen attacks: We have evidence politicians are behind the killings —Presidency (Punch)

* R-APC: APC’s loss, PDP’s gain (SUN)                  *  Herdsmen attacks: We have evidence politicians are behind the killings —Presidency (Punch)



R-APC: APC’s loss, PDP’s gain (SUN)

The saying by Josh Billings, an American 19th Century humourist, that “Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law except its own appetite,” is apt in describing what played out in Abuja last Wednesday, where the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) formed a faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). With the springing up of the splinter group led by Alhaji Buba Galadima, a former dye-in-the- wool supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, APC may have to return to the drawing board ahead of the 2019 presidential contest. This is so as the formal announcement of the faction, Sunday Sun gathered, was to enable all the serving lawmakers at the national and state levels to defect without losing their seats. Read more

Herdsmen attacks: We have evidence politicians are behind the killings —Presidency (Punch)

The Presidency on Sunday said it was in possession of evidence to prove that some politicians are behind the killings allegedly being carried out by herdsmen in parts of the country. It said the unnamed politicians were using criminals to perpetuate the killings. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja. Shehu, however, said climate change, especially the drying up of the Chad Basin, has also been compounding the problem. Read more

Akume, Ortom’s rift deepens, gov plans defection (Punch)

All may not be well in the Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress as there are strong indications that Governor Samuel Ortom may likely dump the party anytime soon. Our correspondent reliably gathered that the decision of the governor to quit might not be unconnected with the alleged plan to stop him from contesting the governorship race in the ruling APC. It was gathered that the Presidency was not happy with the governor for confronting of the Federal Government on the killings in the state and had reportedly decided to replace him in the forthcoming governorship election. Read more

Sokoto Yoruba community honours Tambuwal’s aide, 9 others (SUN)

Yoruba in Sokoto State, on Sunday, conferred honorary chieftaincy on 10 of its illustrious sons in the state. Those honoured included Special Assistant to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Chief James Bolorunduro Olorunfemi. The recipient, who is also President General, Yoruba Community Sokoto, was bestowed with honorary title of Majekobaje. The event held in Sokoto also witnessed the coronation of 12 local chiefs (Baales) within Sokoto metropolis, saddle with responsibility to settle disputes and maintain peace among Yoruba residents in their domains. Speaking at the occasion, Sarkin Yorubawa Sokoto, Alhaji Abdulfatai Olayiwola Coker, said the recipients were honoured because of their meaningful contributions to the development of Yoruba community in the state. Read more

Herdsmen: Buhari can’t back killers – Kalu (Nation)

Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu said that only a sick man or woman will accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of supporting herdsmen killing innocent Nigerians in the country. According to Kalu, the Buhari he knows cannot support killing of citizens under his administration. Kalu spoke in his residence in Abuja while hosting the outgoing Czech Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Pavel Mikes, to a dinner. Those who attended the dinner included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), former National Chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige. Read more

Hadiza Isma El-Rufai: Parents cover up, allow child molesters to escape justice (SUN)

Hajia Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, an architect and the First Lady of Kaduna State is as forthright as her husband, the governor of the state, Nasir el-Rufai. True to her reputation, she looked at the assemblage of female journalism practitioners, who gathered for the African Women in the Media Conference, held at the University of Ibadan and said that time had come for women to lead the campaign to change the narrative about women by reversing the growing perception of women being their own worst enemies. The founder of Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, said that the tendency of women themselves frequently repeat the wrong statement that women are their own enemies should stop and never roll off the tongues of women, again. The architect who writes poetry and short stories, published her first novel, An Abundance of Scorpions, in November 2017. She is currently working on her second book. Shares insights on her work, her passion for writing in this interview. Read more

FRSC sets to recruit 4,650 personnel (Nation)

Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says the corps will recruit additional 4,650 officers and procure new logistics vehicles to improve road safety management in the country. Oyeyemi disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday. According to him, the corps will employ the best in road safety management in the second part of the year. “For the second part of the year, we are going to put in our best, deploy more resources and logistics as we know that budget has been signed by the president. “We have commenced the processes, for us to inject more vehicles, patrol van, ambulances and bikes that will enable us work more and strengthen our operations. Read more

Olubadan stool’s contender dies at 92 (SUN)

The Head of Seriki Line in Ibadan traditional chieftaincy system, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, has breathed his last at the age of 92. Oyediji had fought for his installation as the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland against the incumbent occupier of the stool, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, in 2016. Sunday Sun gathered that the business tycoon, who instituted many court cases against the Olubadan of Ibadanland and the Oyo State Government over the alleged alienation of the Seriki line from producing paramount ruler of Ibadanland, died at a private hospital, in Ibadan, on Friday, after a brief illness. Read more

Croatia’s president cheers her country to quarter-final victory over Russia (Punch)

Croatia’s first ever female president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, has been praised by fans across the globe for personally attending her country’s quarter-final victory over Russia. The Balkan nation’s leader was seen celebrating in front of the Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and in the players’ changing rooms after they knocked the hosts out on penalties. Grabar-Kitarovic was born on April 29, 1968 in Rijeka in the Croatian part of Yugoslavia. The Croatian president, 50, signed up to a student exchange programme while at school, spending a year at Los Alamos High School in New Mexico. Read more

‘Scapegoat’ Ozil should quit German team: father (Guardian)

The father of Mesut Ozil said Sunday his son should quit Germany’s national squad after he was “made the scapegoat” for Die Mannschaft’s shock first-round defeat at the World Cup. Ozil, 29, has come in for hefty criticism in Germany after the World Champions crashed out in Russia, finishing bottom of their group. Pressure had already been mounting on the Arsenal midfielder in the World Cup run-up over a controversial photograph with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was seized on to question his loyalty to Germany. Read more

Russia Vs Croatia: Russian players find solace in thousands of World Cup fans (Punch)

Thousands of cheering and flag-waving Russian fans thanked their disappointed players on Sunday after the host nation’s fairytale World Cup run came to a crushing end with a shootout loss to Croatia. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov led his team onto a stage to a heroes’ welcome in a Moscow fan zone on a sunny day that was meant to put a patriotic exclamation point on Russia’s ability to beat the odds. The long-suffering Russians entered the biggest event in sport as its lowest-ranked nation but ended up coming up just short of reaching their first World Cup semi-final in 52 years. Read more

West African states in joint fight against root crop ‘Ebola’ (Guardian)

Researchers from half a dozen states in West Africa have joined together in a battle against what one expert calls a root crop “Ebola” a viral disease that could wreck the region’s staple food and condemn millions to hunger. Their enemy: cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), a virus that strikes cassava, also called manioc, which in some of the region’s countries is consumed by as many as 80 percent of the population. The root-rotting disease was first discovered in Tanzania eight decades ago and is steadily moving westward. Read more

Trump lawyer blasts Russia probe as ‘most corrupt’ ever (Guardian)

A lawyer for US President Donald Trump on Sunday sharpened his attacks on the special counsel inquiry into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia, calling it “the most corrupt investigation that I’ve ever seen.” That charge by lawyer Rudy Giuliani came a day after Trump himself launched a fresh attack on the investigation, assailing it in successive Twitter messages as a “Rigged Witch Hunt” and a “Democrat Con Job!” The investigation, headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller, has widely been expected to wind up in the next few months — possibly after a Mueller interview with Trump but Giuliani said such a meeting now seemed increasingly unlikely. Read more

4 Thai Boys rescued from flooded cave, next phase Of Ops after 10 Hours (Ndtv)

Four of 12 Thai schoolboys were rescued from a flooded cave on Sunday as divers launched a daring and dangerous mission to free the children and their soccer coach who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks, officials said. Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit are trying to bring the rest of the boys – some as young as 11 and weak swimmers – through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday. As night fell, the operation to rescue the remaining eight boys – some as young as 11 and weak swimmers – and their coach was called off until Monday morning. Read more

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