March 20, 2019

* Saraki must vacate his seat, Oshiomhole says, as APC senators meet Buhari (Punch) * House PDP Caucus raises alarm over plot to remove Saraki (ThisDay)

* Saraki must vacate his seat, Oshiomhole says, as APC senators meet Buhari (Punch)                  * House PDP Caucus raises alarm over plot to remove Saraki (ThisDay)



Saraki must vacate his seat, Oshiomhole says, as APC senators meet Buhari (Punch)

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole; and some senators elected on the platform of the party led by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, on Wednesday met behind closed doors with President Muhamamdu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting came amidst the gale of defections being witnessed in the party. Oshiomhole told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that the right thing for the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is to vacate his seat, having left the party. He said it was a matter of honour for Saraki to leave “the crown” in the family it belongs to. Read more

House PDP Caucus raises alarm over plot to remove Saraki (ThisDay)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the House of Representatives Wednesday raised the alarm over an alleged secret plot by some “dissident senators” led by Senator Ali Ndume, Senator Adamu Abdullahi and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to illegally remove the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Addressing reporters, the House Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema, alongside other members said they got the information that some senators who were aided by policemen planned to sit covertly and illegally remove the Senate President. Read more

Coalition faults Ezekwesili, Yesufu over alleged secret burial of soldiers (Guardian)

A Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has flayed an allegation that soldiers killed by Boko Haram were secretly buried.Former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, and her co-convener of BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), Aisha Yesufu were alleged to have made the accusation. A statement by Ezekwesili, Yesufu and Florence Ozor, had claimed to see photographs of some fallen soldiers being given secret mass burial.This was days after the Nigerian military had denied the killing of its soldiers by Boko Haram. Read more

Ekweremadu falls ill during EFCC grilling (Nation)

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu fell ill on Tuesday during interrogation by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), it was learnt yesterday. He was being grilled over his numerous assets in Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Specifically, Ekweremadu was asked to account for how he came about over 60 assets. When it appeared that he was getting weak, the Deputy Senate President was permitted by the EFCC to seek medical attention in the hospital. Read more

Kwara REC promises free, fair 2019 elections (Punch)

The new Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kwara, Garba Attahiru Madami, has promised to deliver free, fair and credible elections in the state in 2019. Madami made the promise on Wednesday in Ilorin while addressing management staff of the Commission on his assumption of office. He also said that Kwara INEC under his leadership will be neutral and create level playing grounds for all political parties in the state. The Resident commissioner, therefore, charged staff of the Commission to be ready for the arduous task ahead. He described the 2019 general elections as very crucial to the sustenance of democracy in the country. Read more

APC appoints Yekini Nabena as Acting National Publicity Secretary (Punch)

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has approved the appointment of Mr. Yekini Nabena as the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party. The appointment was contained in a letter issued on Wednesday in Abuja and signed by the National Secretary of the party, Mr. Mai Mala Bunu. It said the appointment followed the resignation of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bolaji Abudullahi, who defected to the Peoples’ Democratic Party earlier on Wednesday. Read more

Lai Mohammed driver denies report of abandoning him (Nation)

Aliyu Omeiza, the official driver to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has denied social media report that he abandoned the minister on the road in Abuja and decamped to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Wednesday evening, Omeiza said the report was fake because such incident did not happen. “It is a lie, Nothing like that happened. I drove my Oga to the Villa in the morning where he attended the Federal Executive Council meeting. ” We also went to some other places with all the security details before I closed for work. “I am not a politician, I do not belong to any political party, not to talk of decamping. Read more

Urhobo leaders urge FG to honour federal character principle, others (Guardian)

President General of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Olorogun Moses Taiga, has charged the Federal Government to honour the Federal Character principle, which respects the peculiar needs of all Nigerians. Taiga, who spoke to newsmen in Lagos yesterday, noted that it was unfortunate that up till now, the Federal Character principle has not been equitably applied to the Urhobo.His words: “For instance, we think it is totally unfair that in a government that has over 30 ministers, there is no single Urhobo appointee despite the fact that the Urhobo nation must be counted as one of the principal ethnic nationalities of Nigeria in terms of its contributions to scholarship, commerce, industry, sports and entertainment. Read more

Adeleke’s Certificate: Parties seek out of court settlement (Vanguard)

There were strong indications yesterday that the legal tussle over the educational qualification of the PDP candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke to stand for the election may be settled out of court. Two members of the party had dragged Senator Adeleke to court over what they claimed as his lack of the requisite educational qualification to fly the party’s flag in the election. At the last sitting, the court had ordered Senator Adeleke to produce his certificate yesterday. However, at the resumed hearing yesterday, the court was briefed of ongoing efforts by the two parties to settle the matter amicably out of court. Read more

NAFDAC seizes fake medical devices, expired drugs (ThisDay)

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has seized fake medical devices, cosmetics, expired drugs and empty labels worth N5.804 million at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. NAFDAC’s Airport Head, John Okwori, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Enugu recently. Okwori said that the seized fake products included unregistered and unlabeled blood glucose test strips unbranded from China to be possibly labelled in Nigeria and sold as imported original brand. Read more

Work begins on Lagos rail standard gauge (Nation)

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has said the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard rail gauge has started fully as the challenges of underground pipelines and cables have been resolved. NRC’s Lagos District Manager, Mr Jerry Oche, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that work had started on the laying of standard rail gauge from the Lagos axis. He said: “We all know that the standard gauge in Lagos axis – from Apapa to Ijoko in Ogun State – is in the same corridor with narrow gauge. “Now, so far so good, the government is serious about delivering the project on schedule. There is an increase in the pace of work on the Lagos axis. Read more

Suspected herdsmen attack farmer in Edo (Guardian)

Armed men suspected to be herdsmen on Tuesday reportedly attacked a farmer at Ubuneke-Ivbiaro, in Owan East Local Council area of Edo State. The Guardian leant that the four men inflicted deep cut on the head of the victim, a 50-year old man, identified as Bashiru Aliu. The victim was said to be receiving medical treatment in an undisclosed hospital at Auchi, a neibouring town. Aliu told newsmen in a telephone interview in Benin City that the incident occurred around 9:00a.m. It was further leant that the matter was reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters, in Afuze, the council headquarters.He explained: “When I was harvesting plantain in my farm, I did not know that some herdsmen had laid an ambush for me. Read more

Police smash Abuja phone-snatching syndicate (Punch)

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory says it has arrested six suspects who specialised in snatching cell phones, vandalising cars and armoured cables in Abuja. The suspects are Bissir Abdullahi 20, Auwal Lawani 18, Aminu Sani 22, Bissir Abdullahi 18, Abbas Saleh 18 and Auwal Umar 18. A statement by the command’s spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said the suspects were arrested by police operatives on a stop-and-search duty at the Games Village junction on July 28. Manzaqh said items recovered from them include cutlasses, dagger and scissors suspected to be used to inflict injuries on their victims. The spokesman said the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigation. Read more

Nigeria’s Glory Seeking Falconets to Arrive France Thursday (ThisDay)

Nigeria’s Under-20 women national football team, Falconets, will fly into France today for this year’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup finals, taking place between August 5th and August 24th in the Brittany region of that country.  According to the itinerary of the team released wednesday by the NFF, the Coach Christopher Danjuma wards will be hoping to end the hoodoo of an elusive international crown. The team was camped in Tirol, Austria for two weeks to finalise preparations for the tournament that gets under way proper from August 5. Nigeria will play Germany, Haiti and China in group D as they bid to go a step further than 2010 and 2014 when they reached the finals. Read more

NFF crisis Pinnick fails to stop Giwa in court (Nation)

The Federal High Court in Jos yesterday refused to grant a request to stop Chris Giwa from taking over as the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Amaju Pinnick, whose four-year tenure as NFF President is due to end on Sept. 30, filed a motion challenging the court’s ex-parte order which installed Giwa in office. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the court’s latest ruling meant Pinnick has again failed to dislodge Giwa from the NFF. Justice Musa Kurya, while ruling in the case between Yahaya Adama/Obinna Ogba and Aminu Maigari/Musa Ahmadu and two others, had on June 5 asked Pinnick’s NFF leadership to vacate office. Read more

D’Tigress World Cup Selection‘ll Be Tough — Ahmedu (Vanguard)

With the stiff competition for the 12 available seats on the final flight to Tenerife, Spain for the 2018 FIBA World Cup among the 22 players presently in camp, the assistant coach of D’Tigress, Peter Ahmedu says picking the final squad will be a difficult task. Speaking from their Atlanta, USA camp as preparation gets intense he said the mood has been at an all-time high with players on the same page with the Technical crew. “It has been a difficult one for us here because of the level of competition between the new and the old fighting to pick up shirts to the world championship in Spain. The players are competing hard in order to pick a shirt and make it to the second phase of the screening which will eventually be in Lagos from the 19th of August. Read more

Celta Vigo closes in on Joel Obi deal (Nation)

Super Eagles’ World Cup 2018 squad member Joel Obi is edging closer to a move to Spanish La Liga side Celta Vigo as talks have progressed nicely in the past few days, understands. Obi is deemed surplus to requirements at Torino by new coach Walter Mazzari despite playing 22 league games last season and also finding the back of the net five times from his deep-lying midfield role. Fellow Serie A side Parma stepped up its pursuit of the 27-year-old but Celta which has long signified its intention to add the Nigerian to their squad, held a productive meeting with Torino over his transfer. Celta Vigo intensified its push to sign the former Inter-Milan midfielder as it warms up for the potential exit of their Slovakian midfielder Stanislav Lobotka, who is close to agreeing on a move to Napoli. Read more

White House: trump tweets on Russia ‘Opinion,’ Not ‘Order’ (VOA)

U.S. President Donald Trump is not obstructing the federal criminal investigation into Russian interference in the election that he won, rather he is “fighting back,” according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Sanders made the remark to reporters Wednesday in a White House briefing hours after Trump made his most forceful call yet for an end to the special counsel’s investigation. The president said Robert Mueller’s 14-month investigation of his campaign’s links to Russia is “a terrible situation,” and he tweeted that the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who is the country’s top law enforcement officer, “should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.” Read more

Remains of US Soldiers from North Korea reach Hawaii, Identification needs Forensics (Ibtimes)

The remains presumed to be of American soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War has finally arrived on U.S. soil. It reached Hawaii on Wednesday after a repatriation ceremony at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The remains will soon be taken for analysis and identification to a laboratory at the Hawaii base. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the return of the remains. “Whosoever emerges from these aircraft today begins a new season of hope for the families of our missing fallen. Hope that those who are lost will yet be found. Hope that after so many years of questions, they will have closure,” he said. Read more

Australia senator sues opponent over ‘sexist slurs’ (BBC)

Australian senator Sarah Hanson-Young has filed a lawsuit against a political opponent who made “sexist slurs” towards her. The Greens senator, 36, is the first Australian sitting politician to sue another for defamation. She alleges Senator David Leyonhjelm made “defamatory statements” about her personal life in parliament and in the Australian media. Mr Leyonhjelm, 66, has said he will strenuously defend himself. The Liberal Democrat senator was widely criticised in June after he told Ms Hanson-Young to “stop shagging men” during a debate in the Senate about curbing violence against women. Read more

Flooding in Myanmar leaves 12 dead

At least 12 people in Myanmar have been killed in flooding that has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in several parts of the country over the past few days, authorities said Thursday. Myanmar has been facing floods in seven regions since last week as most rivers have exceeded their danger levels by several feet and 36 dams and reservoirs are overflowing due to heavy monsoon rains. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement said 132,692 people have been taking shelter at 293 temporary camps in the flood-affected regions. Read more


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