* Release my 5 -year-old twins, Lekan Balogun begs kidnappers (Vanguard) * Naomi Campbell cries as she pays tribute to Mam’Winnie (Timeslive)

* Release my 5 -year-old twins, Lekan Balogun begs kidnappers (Vanguard)        * Naomi Campbell cries as she pays tribute to Mam’Winnie (Timeslive)



Release my 5 -year-old twins, Lekan Balogun begs kidnappers (Vanguard)

The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, has pleaded with the kidnappers of his twin children to release them. He made the plea while speaking on Saturday in Ibadan. He appealed to the kidnappers to bear with him as he does not have the money being requested. The kidnappers initially demanded N100 million ransom and later reduced it to N40 million. Oba Balogun said he was able to offer them N5 million which was rejected. “The kidnappers should please bear with me and return my kids, I am ready to do anything that will make them happy. “I don’t want to endanger the life of my kids and I am not out to fight them because there is no reason for that,’’ Balogun said. Read more

Naomi Campbell cries as she pays tribute to Mam’Winnie (Timeslive)

Model and activist Naomi Campbell broke down in tears on Saturday in front of thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral of Winnie Madikizela Mandela‚ when she paid tribute to the late leader. Campbell spoke of how she first met Madikizela-Mandela in 1990‚ when she accompanied Nelson Mandela on his first visit to New York. “She was the epitome of courage and strength‚” she said. Campbell arrived at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg after the service had already begun‚ and was ushered in by Minister Jeff Radebe’s wife‚ Bridget. She paid tribute to Madikizela-Mandela after a brief address by ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe. Read more

Buhari explains why Chibok girls remain in captivity (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the remaining girls abducted by terrorists from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, four years ago were still in captivity because of some setbacks in the negotiation between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect. He attributed the setbacks to what he described as internal disagreement among the abductors. Buhari said this in a statement made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. The President said, “We are concerned and aware that it is taking longer to bring the rest of our daughters back home, but be assured that this administration is doing its very best to free the girls from their captors. Read more

N250m Road Intervention Fund in Omu-Aran, Kwara, captured in 2018 budget – Saraki (Vanguard)

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, said N250 million for the rehabilitation of township roads in Omu-Aran, Kwara, has been captured in the 2018 budget. Saraki made the disclosure during the final funeral outing and thanksgiving of the late traditional ruler of Omu-Aran and the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Ibitoye. Saraki, who was represented, by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon. Gbenga Makanjuola, said the approval was already captured in the 2018 budget. He said the approval under the Federal Government road intervention initiative was facilitated by his office as part of efforts toward ensuring the wellbeing of the people, especially at the grassroots. Read more

PDP Must have Popular Presidential Candidate in 2019 — Lawmaker (NTA)

The only PDP member in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Dipo Olorunrinu says the party needs a popular presidential candidate in order to reclaim power in the 2019 general elections. Olorunrinu spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday. He spoke against the backdrop of the recent declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019. Expressing optimism that the party would reclaim power in 2019, Olorunrinu said “nothing is impossible in 2019 as long as the PDP presents a popular candidate. “The party has apologised to Nigerians on whatever it might have done wrong. “People should reconsider PDP; as the party has learnt how not to fail again. Read more

2019 general elections: AGA woos other political leaders (Guardian)

Prof. Salimanu Yekinni, the National Publicity Secretary of All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), says the party is consulting with some experienced political leaders to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the party. In a statement issue in Abuja on Saturday, Yekinni said that the Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the party had met with some political solidarity groups, including the Atiku Solidarity Movement 2019, to seek credible information in that regard. He said AGA had also resolved to set a political standard that would deliver good governance in 2019, observing that the party would be ready to partner with any political groups that shared similar view. Read more

Only 15 of the 113 Chibok girls alive – Journalist Salkida (PremiumTimes)

A Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, has ​claimed that only 15 of the at least 113 Chibok girls believed to still be in Boko Haram captivity are alive. Mr Salkida, who is believed to have access to credible sources within the terror group, made this disclosure on Saturday on the fourth year since the girls’ abduction. Mr Salkida wrote extensively about the abductions on Twitter, partly as follows: “Today, my painstaking investigations on the #Chibokschoolgirls revealed that just a handful of the 113 #ChibokGirls are alive,” he said. “Many of the girls have died as a result of cross fires and bombardments of the security forces that no doubt were intent on rescuing them. Read more

Troop’s ambush, kill seven Boko Haram insurgents in Borno (Punch)

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed seven Boko Haram insurgents in the ongoing clearance operation in separate ambushes in Borno State. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri. Nwachukwu disclosed that the troops also arrested a suspected Boko Haram insurgents’ spy, Modu Chari, and recovered arms in multiple encounters with the fleeing terrorists on April 13. He said that the troops killed two insurgents fleeing from military onslaught in Sambisa Forest at Kusheri-Ardodam along Magumeri in Borno, adding that the troops recovered two AK 47 rifles, three magazines and 18 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO type ammunition. Read more

Offa Robbery: Aregbesola pays condolence visit to Olofa (Nation)

Following the armed robbery attack that claimed many lives of in Offa, Kwara State, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has described the recent armed robbery attacks in Offa, Kwara state as the worst in the history of the ancient town. He called on security agencies at various levels to beam their searchlights into the incident and launch thorough investigation to unravel the incident. He made the call on Friday during a condolence visit to Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Oloyede, at his palace, in Offa, Kwara State. Aregbesola described the attack as barbaric in the modern society, saying no effort must be spared to unravel the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Read more

Ekiti gov poll: Three clerics, 60 others for party primaries (Punch)

Barely 30 days to the conduct of party primaries ahead of the July 14 Ekiti governorship election, the number of interested persons in becoming the next state governor has risen, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. From the initial 47 interested persons to the present 63 persons, All Progressive Congress has the highest number of 41 persons, while the state ruling People’s Democratic Party has 11 persons. The Social Democratic Party, Accord Party, Alliance for Democracy, Independent Democrats, Young Party of Nigeria and Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party present the remaining number of persons. Read more

Emir title: Muslim group holds solidarity rally for Oluwo (Nation)

Muslims on Saturday held a solidarity rally for the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, over his purported adoption of Emir title. Leading the rally, the National President/Founder of Jamaatul Ta’awun Muslim Organization of Nigeria, Sheik Daood Imran Molaasan, said the “outburst of the misinformed people against the Oluwo is an indication of the genuineness of his mission for the adoption of all titles ascribed to traditional rulers across various ethnic divides.” He advised that people should rather judge the mission instead of the surface content of the intention of the first class monarch to promote national integration and unity. Read more

Dumpsite Fire: Global Rights calls on Lagos Govt to compensate residents (Vanguard)

An international rights organization, Global Rights Nigeria, Friday, called on the Lagos State Government to adequately compensate affected residents over the untold hardship caused by the outbreak of fire and fumes at the Olusosun dumpsite recently. This was stated by the Country Director, Global Rights Nigeria, Abiodun Bayewu-Teru, while speaking on solutions that the Lagos State government should consider as it tackles the issue. She said: “The Lagos State government has not been far reaching with management of toxic materials and refuse. The right of the people to a healthy environment has been infringed upon. Read more

Army arrests alleged mastermind of Taraba Killings (ThisDay)

The Nigerian Army Saturday said it has arrested the mastermind of the killings in Taraba State. Speaking with journalists, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Texas Chukwu, said: “Troops on exercise Ayem Akaptuma on 12 April, 2018 arrested two persons, Mr Danasebe Gasama and Mr Danjuma a.k.a. American, in connection with the killings and uprising in Takum and Ussa Local Government Areas of Taraba State. “The two suspects were arrested at Takum following an intelligence that they were the coordinators of several attacks both on Fulani and the locals.” Read more

Navy appeals to FG for Rehabilitation of Barracks (ThisDay)

Following the shortage of operational base for many Navy personnel, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ete Ibas, has appealed to the federal government for a special presidential intervention for the rehabilitation of Navy barracks across the country. Ibas made the appeal when he commissioned a newly built Navy officers’ quarters in Kubwa, Abuja Saturday to accommodate 66 officers and their families. Ibas said: “In spite of this laudable project, there is still a significant gap in the accommodation of both officers and men across the nation.“Additionally, transit accommodation is needed for quarter personnel serving outside the locations of their permanent residence.” Read more

Thousands gather to bid Winnie Mandela farewell (Nation)

Thousands of mourners gathered in South Africa’s Soweto township on Saturday to bid farewell to anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in a funeral ceremony that united the nation as people from various political divides celebrated her life. Madikizela-Mandela’s death on April 2 at the age of 81 after a long illness was met by an outpouring of emotion across the country, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties holding memorials in remembrance of her courage in the struggle to end white-minority rule. The official funeral service for the ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela was taking place on Saturday morning in Soweto, a Johannesburg township at the forefront of the battle against apartheid where she lived. Read more

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria gets silver,bronze in women 4X400m,4X100m relays(Vanguard)

Nigeria registered its name at the podium of XXI Commonwealth Games by winning silver and bronze in women’s 4X100m and 4X400m relays at Carrara Stadium on Saturday. In the 4×400 metres, Nigeria finished second with a time of 3:25.29 behind Jamaica’s 3:24.00 while Botswana came third finishing with 3:26.86. In the keenly contested final, England came fourth finishing 3:27.21 while the host, Australia came fifth finishing 3:27.43. Nigeria’s Patience Okon-George, Glory Nathaniel, Praise Idamadudu and Yinka Ajayi did the nation proud at the event. In a related development, Nigeria also got bronze in the women’s 4X100m relay behind England and Jamaica. Read more

Russian World Cup stadium finally gets its grass (Punch)

Russia’s perpetually late World Cup stadium in Samara had some good news to report exactly two months before kickoff: it is finally getting its grass. Twelve gleaming white lorries filled with rolls of the precious pitch arrived Saturday in the Volga River city from Germany. Photographs proudly tweeted by the regional administration also showed nine construction crane-type objects identified as “artificial suns” stationed outside the stadium. They will be suspended a few feet above the pitch once the grass is rolled out and start shining as much light as possible so that everything sticks in place. Read more

La Liga: Sevilla fight back from two down in Villarreal draw (Punch)

Sevilla overcame a red card, missed penalty and 2-0 deficit against Villarreal on Saturday to seal a valuable point in the race for Europa League qualification. Wissam Ben Yedder was booked twice, each time for dissent, eight minutes after coming on as a second-haf substitute, with Sevilla already trailing to Dani Raba’s strike nine minutes before the interval. When Carlos Bacca then put Villarreal two up at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, 10-man Sevilla looked dead and buried, particularly when Nolito missed a penalty with 15 minutes left. Read more

Giroud double keeps Chelsea in Champions League hunt (Punch)

Chelsea’s kept their slim hopes of playing Champions League football next season alive as Olivier Giroud came off the bench to inspire an eight-minute turnaround from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Southampton on Saturday. Defeat is another body blow to Saints’ chances of avoiding relegation as they remain rooted in the bottom three when for so long they seemed set for a first home win in the Premier League since November. Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek put the hosts in command, but Giroud’s first league goals for Chelsea either side of Eden Hazard’s equaliser cut the gap on Liverpool and Tottenham in the fight for a top-four finish to seven points. Read more

Donald Trump claims ‘mission accomplished’ after US-led air strikes on Syria (Independent)

Donald Trump has claimed “mission accomplished” over the raids on Syria – echoing the ill-fated words of George W Bush fifteen years earlier when he spoke about Iraq. Speaking hours after US, UK and French forces hit three targets in Syria they said were associated with the production, storage and use of chemical weapons, Mr Trump thanked the three militaries for their involvement.  “A perfectly executed strike last night,” he said on Twitter. “Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!” Read more

Syria: who are the key players in the conflict? (Guardian)

After seven years of murderous conflict, Syria is now the battlefield for a multitude of conflicts, some intertwined, some entirely unrelated and with their own logic, driven by a cast of regional and world powers each with their own agenda. The overnight airstrikes only serve to sharpen their rivalry. Here are the key players:

The Assad regime

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is increasingly confident of his survival in office, shored up and propelled forward by his Russian and Iranian backers. Read more


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