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* Saraki condemns police raid on Edwin Clark’s home, calls for probe (DailyTrust) * Buhari’s rejection to sign electoral bill ploy to derail 2019 poll – CUPP (Punch)

* Saraki condemns police raid on Edwin Clark’s home, calls for probe (DailyTrust)          * Buhari’s rejection to sign electoral bill ploy to derail 2019 poll – CUPP (Punch)



Saraki condemns police raid on Edwin Clark’s home, calls for probe (DailyTrust)

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has condemned the raid of elder statesman, Edwin Clark. Police on Tuesday stormed his residence at about 12:30 pm in two police vans in search of weapons. However, no weapons were found at the end of their search. Reacting, Saraki in a tweet described the raid as unwarranted harassment of Chief Edwin Clark and a threat to democracy. “The unwarranted harassment of Chief Edwin Clark, a Second Republic Senator, who is known for being very vocal in expressing his views on national issues, at a time when the nation is preparing for elections constitutes a threat to democracy. Read more

Buhari’s rejection to sign electoral bill ploy to derail 2019 poll – CUPP (Punch)

The Coalition of 39 United Political Parties has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law is a deliberate ploy to derail the 2019 general elections. The CUPP in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by its Spokesman,  Mr.Ikenga  Ugochinyere said Buhari and the All Progressives Congress were afraid of losing the election and were against the bill. He said, “The CUPP views the deliberate last-minute rejection of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by the President Buhari-led APC government as a clear indication that Buhari and the APC want to destroy the chances of free and fair election in Nigeria simply because they are afraid of losing the 2019 general election. Read more

N5.8bn Unpaid Allowances: Legislative aides threaten to shut down NASS (Independent)

Legislative aides to federal lawmakers on Tuesday gave the leadership of the National Assembly till September 25 to pay their allegedly owed allowances totalling N5.8 billion or they will shut down the federal parliament. Addressing newsmen at the central lobby of the National Assembly, the legislative aides in their hundreds, who were shouting “we are aides and not slaves, pay us our entitlements,” said that their money must be paid before resumption. Speaking on behalf of the aides, the Chairman, Comrade Sam Melaye, said the entitlements totalling about N5.8 billion now, “must be paid before resumption of the lawmakers this month failure of which will lead to shut down of the federal parliament.” Read more

APC releases timetable for 2019 primary elections, presidential aspirants to pay N45m for forms (DailyTrust)

Presidential aspirants for the 2019 election in the All Progressives Congress will pay N45million to obtain the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms, to stand a chance of contesting in the direct primary slated for 20 September. Mr. Emma Ibediro, the National Organising Secretary of the APC revealed this in a schedule  and timetable published  Tuesday night in Abuja. The schedule lists the various fees that aspirants for all offices will pay and the dates of congresses and primaries for all the elective posts. It was approved by both the National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee of the party. Read more

Imo Stakeholders urge Araraume, Others to quit APC (ThisDay)

A coalition of different groups – professionals, students, town unions, the clergy and others have called on a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume, to immediately look for another platform to contest the forthcoming governorship election, saying he and his huge followers would not get justice in the on-going efforts to resolve the current crisis in Imo APC. The coalition, which met through representatives in the state capital weekend, said it was making the call because it no longer had confidence that the APC under the leadership of Adams Oshiomhole, was the credible platform through which the people of the state can bring about the type of governance they envisage come May 29 2019. Read more

34-yr-old Presidential Aspirant Unfolds Agenda (ThisDay)

A 34-year-old presidential aspirant on the platform of Youth Party (YP), Mr. Patrick Bamidele Oludare Jn, has said the growing youth population in the country is enough to transform the country’s economy if properly deployed. Oludare disclosed this in Akure, Ondo State, yesterday when he announced his aspiration to youths drawn across the state three senatorial districts who paid him a courtesy visit. According to him, “There are several elements that are needed for the economic progress of a country, some of which include skills, opportunities, productivity, reward system and credit facilities. Read more

PDP Chieftain clarifies Uduaghan’s Defection as Non-Issue (Independent)

Vincent Okudolor, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, has clarified that the defection of former governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not a threat to his PDP, insisting that there is nothing to be afraid of as it is a non-issue. He said that rather, Uduaghan’s defection will strengthen the chances of PDP to excel in both the state and federal level, and reminded Deltans that there is no vacancy in Government House come 2019. “His (Uduaghan) exit will not in any way threaten the second coming of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa because all legal and legitimate strategies have been put in place for the actualization and unhindered landslide victory for Governor Okowa”, remarked Okudolor. Read more

Ogun Customs rakes in N799.6million (Vanguard)

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Ogun Area Command has raked over N799.6million revenue into the coffers of the Federal Government, in August, 2018, fiscal year. The N799.6million generated out of a monthly revenue target of N727.7million, shows excess of over N71million realised in the month under review. The Command also made mind boggling seizures of 33 vehicles; 6,194 bags of foreign rice; 395kegs of vegetable oil; 1,954 pairs of second-hand shoes; seven bales of second-hand clothing, 45 cartons of smuggled poultry products, 340 gallons of petrol (25litres each), 150 cartons of red grape juice and five cartons of ribena currant juice, with total Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N382.2million, within the same month. Read more

Marafa begins On-Line registration of APC Members in Zamfara (Independent)

Surajo Maikatako, Chairman of Senator Kabir Garba Marafa’s faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, said the faction has commenced online registration of APC members in the state as directed by the party’s national headquarters. Addressing newsmen in Gusau on Monday, the chairman noted that the faction has distributed 200 computers to various registration centres across the state as part of the arrangements for the conduct of the direct primary election of the party. According to him, the Marafa faction is the genuine APC faction in the state as it has always followed due process and the rule of law regarding election process. Read more

Champion Stephens knocked out by Sevastova (ThisDay)

Defending champion Sloane Stephens has been knocked out of the US Open in the quarter-finals after defeat by 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova. The American third seed seemed to struggle physically in high temperatures in New York, with the extreme heat policy again in place. Stephens hit 27 unforced errors and lost 6-2 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Victory for Latvian Sevastova sees her reach the first Grand Slam semi-final of her career. She will play the winner of Tuesday’s night match between Serena Williams and Karolina Pliskova in the last four. Read more

Super Eagles Coach Banned for Collecting $1,000 Bribe (Nation)

Fined $5,000

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has placed a one–year ban from all football-related activities on Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Salisu Yusuf. The embattled coach has also been ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 to the Federation within three months. The decision to ban the Coach was reached by the Ethics and Fair Play committee chaired by Nuhu Ribadu (former EFCC Chief). Salisu was caught on video in an undercover sting by a Ghanaian journalist assuring he’ll give two players (Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali) game time in his team and collected $1000 from individuals posing as the players’ agents. Read more

AFCON qualifier: Super Eagles begin training on Victoria beach (Punch)

The Super Eagles players engaged in a Foot-Volleyball match on Tuesday evening as they began full training ahead of Saturday’s crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash with Seychelles in Victoria. The News Agency of Nigeria reports 18 players arrived the Super Eagles’ camp in Victoria, Mahé Island in Seychelles. Early arrivals were, Henry Onyekuru, Kenneth Omeruo, Francis Uzoho, Semi Ajayi, Samuel Kalu, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Chidozie Awaziem, Kelechi Nwakali, Bryan Idowu, Simeon Nwankwo and Joel Obi. Read more

England to play a test in Newcastle (Rugby365)

England will play a home Test match in Newcastle for the first time as the part of four 2019 World Cup warm-up internationals. England take on Wales (Sunday, August 11) and Ireland (Saturday, August 24) at Twickenham Stadium before heading to the 52 345-capacity St James’ Park in Newcastle for their final home warm-up match against Italy (Friday, September 6) before the squad flies to Tokyo. Preparations will also see England travel to Cardiff for an away fixture against Wales (Saturday, August 17). Read more

Amazon hits $1 trillion threshold; trails Apple (PremiumTimes)

Amazon on Tuesday emerged United States’ second public company to cross the $1 trillion valuation threshold in 2018. The company’s shares hit $2,050.49 shortly before noon on Tuesday, bringing the company’s value above $1 trillion before declining slightly at the close of trading. The development places the company behind Apple, which became the first $1 trillion company last month. It is currently worth about $1.1 trillion. Despite criticism from Wall Street and the media about the company’s spending habit, Amazon had $178 billion in revenues last year and made $2 billion in profit in its most recent quarter. Read more

South Africa’s Economy slips into first recession since 2009 (Bloomberg)

South Africa unexpectedly fell into its first recession for almost a decade, exacerbating the rand’s decline amid the recent emerging-market rout and heaping pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa. Africa’s most-industrialized economy shrank an annualized 0.7 percent in the second quarter, an outcome that was far worse than any forecaster had anticipated. The outcome casts a pall over the country’s new leadership, providing an uncomfortable parallel with the initial phase nine years of Ramaphosa’s predecessor, Jacob Zuma. Read more

Donald Trump just totally threw his deputy press secretary under the bus (Huffpost)

Veteran reporter Bob Woodward spent months trying to speak with President Donald Trump for his upcoming book about the current administration, reaching out to half a dozen senior aides and lawmakers close to the Oval Office. But even the president’s deputy press secretary wouldn’t have been able to make that interview happen, because Trump says he never talks to the man. “I don’t speak to Raj,” Trump said of Raj Shah, the White House deputy press secretary, in a phone call with Woodward last month. Shah reports directly to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and regularly addresses reporters on the president’s behalf. Read more

British boy who has lived in country since birth refused entry to UK on return from holiday (Independent)

A six-year-old boy who has lived in the UK all of his life has been prevented from returning home to his mother following a holiday after the Home Office revoked his passport. Mohamed Barrak Diallo Bangoura, who was born in Leeds in 2012, had been staying in Belgium with family friends for six weeks during the school holidays. He was due to board a flight home to his mother on Sunday, but officials at Zaventem airport in Brussels said the Home Office had instructed them he could not travel to the UK. Read more


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