* Saraki, Oyegun absent at Tinubu colloquium (SUN) * Don’t accept PDP’s apology, Tinubu tell Nigerians (Vanguard)

* Saraki, Oyegun absent at Tinubu colloquium (SUN)        * Don’t accept PDP’s apology, Tinubu tell Nigerians (Vanguard)



Saraki, Oyegun absent at Tinubu colloquium (SUN)

Senate President Bukola Saraki and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun were among the notable absentees at the 10th Bola Tinubu colloquium holding at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos Island. Neither Saraki nor Oyegun issued statements to commemorate with Tinubu on the occasion of his 66th birthday, but Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who is also absent, had released a congratulatory message, on Wednesday. There were reports that Tinubu was among those who convinced President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw his support for the elongation of the tenure of the ruling party’s national working committee. Read more

Don’t accept PDP’s apology, Tinubu tell Nigerians (Vanguard)

Former governor of Lagos state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called on Nigerians not to accept the apology of the People’s Democratic Party, likening it to the case of a thief who is only begging because he was caught in the act. He made the call while speaking at the 10th Bola Tinubu Colloquium- an event organised to celebrate his 66th birthday. Recall that PDP through it’s National chairman, Uche Secondus had earlier in the week asked Nigerians to forgive his party’s misdeeds. Read more

Martin Luther King Jrn’s Family denies award given to Buhari (Vanguard)

The Family of Late Martin Luther King Jrn’s Family has denied given President Muhammadu Buhari a reportedly merit award on Tuesday, 27 March. According to Coretta Scott King, an American author, activist, Civil Rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. the award given to President Buhari was not given by ‘The King Center, at the request of The King Center or by the children of Martin Luther King Jrn’. Recall that Presidency on Tuesday disclosed that President Buhari received the family of the late African American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King (Jr), at the State House, Abuja and was also conferred with the 1st Black History Month National Black Excellence and Exceptional African Leadership Award 2018. Read more

Buhari’s visit: Lagos resident’s hopeful of repair of Apapa, other roads (Vanguard)

Some residents on Thursday expressed hope that President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos State will facilitate transformation in transport sector through implementation of more federal road projects. The residents said that Buhari’s visit would enable him to see the poor state of some federal roads in Lagos, which caused perennial gridlock. A civil engineer, Mr Dele Ologunde, said that potholes and other dilapidation characterised some federal roads in Lagos, causing hardship for the residents. He said that the Apapa end of the ever-busy Oshodi-Apapa Road which leads to Nigeria’s two major ports had dilapidated. Read more

$40m fraud: You have a case to answer, court tells Jonathan’s cousin (Punch)

The Federal High Court in Abuja ruled on Thursday that a cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Robert Azibaola, had a case to answer in respect of two charges involving $40m which he was accused of receiving fraudulently from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014. The judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, ordered him and his company, One Plus Holdings Nigeria Limited, to enter their defence in respect of the two counts. Ruling on the no-case submission filed by the defendants, Justice Dimgba, however, struck out the name of Azibaola’s wife, Stella, from the two charges. Read more

Senate rejects Kaduna $350m World Bank loan request (Nation)

The Senate on Thursday declined the approval of $350 million World Bank loan requested by Kaduna State Government. The rejection of the loan request followed the presentation and consideration of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts which asked the upper legislative chamber to turn down the request. The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduan Central), who presented the report said “the Committee recommended that the Senate do reject the request of $350 million for Kaduna State as contained in the 2015 2018 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan of Mr. President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.” Read more

Okorocha to Imo Archbishop : ‘You can’t install APGA governor ’ (Nation)

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha on Thursday vowed that the Imo Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Diocese, Archbishop Anthony Obinna will fail in his alleged plot to install a governor on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state in 2019. The governor noted that since the cleric could not succeed in his attempt to make APGA win the governorship election in 2015, he will still loose in 2019 and subsequent attempts. he also dismissed the Archbishops allegations against his administration as unfounded and malicious. Archbishop Obinna, an unrepentant critic of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Okorocha’s administration, had accused the governor of highhandedness and clampdown on political opponents. Read more

WHO raises alarm on alleged sale of free Tuberculosis Drugs (NTA)

Dr. Michael Jose, the National Professional Officer of World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nigeria,  has decried the alleged sale of free Tuberculosis (TB) drugs to TB patients in Rivers. Jose who raised the concern in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Thursday said it was an inhuman on the part of the persons involved in the act. The concern of the WHO official is at the heels of reported cases of the free drugs to the patients in the state. He said that TB drugs were donated by the organisation and were meant to be given free to the patients. Read more

Tonto Dikeh says reality TV show “KingTonto’’ to hit screens soon (Nation)

Controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh on Thursday said her much anticipated reality TV show “KingTonto’’ would hit screens across the country and beyond soon. The 33 year-old singer and mother of one revealed this on her instagram handle, @tontolet with a 30 seconds sneak preview video of herself in different outfits with a crown on her head. “#KINGTONTO THE MOST ANTICIPATED REALITY TV SHOW…I promise you DRAMA, Love, Motherhood in its purest adorable form, work and everything I am made up of and more…Tell your friends to tell their friends the wait is almost Over.’’ Read more

Community policing strategy yielding good result – Ogun CP (Nation)

Ogun State Police Commissioner, Ahmed Iliyasu, on Thursday, said the community policing strategy adopted by the command has yielded positive results in fighting crimes and criminals in the state. Iliyasu, who stated this during his visit to the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Unit of Ilaro Area command, further described the strategy as one of the best in tackling crimes. According to the CP, the successes recorded so far in the state by the command was as a result of the people’s cooperation with the police, assuring police would continue to operate people-oriented policing. Read more

Gunmen kill 15 herdsmen in Zamfara (Punch)

Gunmen believed to be cattle thieves killed 15 herders in the latest bout of violence in northern Nigeria’s herding communities, police and a local official said Thursday. “Armed bandits attacked Bawon-Daji village yesterday and killed 15 people,” the police spokesman for Zamfara state, Muhammad Shehu, told AFP. His account was corroborated by a senior local government official, Gado Anka. Anka told AFP motorcycle-riding gunmen stormed the remote village in Anka district around 1:00 pm (1200GMT), shooting dead 12 residents before fleeing to a hideout in the bush. Read more

FIFA names 36 referees, 63 assistants for World Cup (Punch)

Felix Brych of Germany, who officiated last season’s UEFA Champions League final match between Real Madrid and Juventus, is among 36 referees named on Thursday for the 2018 World Cup. World football ruling body FIFA said in a statement that its Referees Commission has also picked 63 assistant referees, with the 99 match officials representing 46 countries. Brych has also officiated games at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. Read more

No English refs, assistants as FIFA confirm 2018 World Cup list (Vanguard)

This summer’s World Cup will feature no English referees for the first time in post-war history, nor assistants, after FIFA confirmed its official list of 99 match officials for Russia 2018 on Thursday. England whistler Mark Clattenburg, who retired from Premier League duty last summer, had been included on a pre-selected group drawn up by world ruling body FIFA two years ago. But his money-spinning move to Saudi Arabia left no English referees on FIFA’s World Cup list for the first time since before the second world war. Read more

EPL: Injured Kane could face Chelsea, says Pochettino (Punch)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane could face Chelsea in a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday after a quicker than expected recovery from an ankle ligament injury, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said. The 24-year-old England marksman, who has 31 goals to his credit this term, injured his ankle last month against Bournemouth and wasn’t expected to return to training until April. However, Pochettino, whose side last won at Chelsea in 1990 before Kane was born, told a press conference on Thursday that his star striker had made remarkable progress. Read more

Liverpool legend claims that Mohamed Salah isn’t the clubs main man (101greatgoals)

Despite Mohamed Salah impressing for Liverpool this season, one club legend has named another player as the sides main man. Liverpool are known for their goalscoring prowess this campaign and have certainly impressed on that front. Mohamed Salah has been a big part of that and has scored 28 goals in the Premier League along this season. While the Egyptian has been getting all the praise over the past few months, there is one player who has gone under the radar. Read more

Nyege Nyege: The Ugandan dance collective reversing colonial culture (Guardian)

The southern outskirts of Kampala are teeming with life, but head off the main strip leading to Ggaba beach and you will find Kawaku road: a quieter, wide, red and dusty street lined by a mixture of homespun shacks, open dried-up storm drains, and recently constructed villas. It’s also where you will find the home of Derek Debru, co-founder of Nyege Nyege, a collective of musicians from around the world who are turning the music scene in the Ugandan capital on its head. “We want to showcase sounds from across the continent into one experience,” says Belgium-born Debru, a chain-smoking idealist with a wild, unkempt beard, who, along with Arlen Dilsizian – a Greek-Armenian academic with an encyclopaedic knowledge of musical ethnography – was attracted to the city by “the energy, the freedom and the easiness of the people”. Together, they have created a community in Kampala with little precedent in Africa. Read more

Woman dies after being struck by falling bricks in east London (Guardian)

A 29-year-old woman who was injured after being hit by bricks that fell from a building site in east London on Tuesday has died. The Metropolitan police said the woman died in hospital on Thursday morning. Her next of kin have been informed and a postmortem will be carried out. The force said: “Officers were called at 09:38 on Tuesday 27 March to Burdett Road at the junction with St Pauls Way, E3. A woman had been struck by debris falling from a building site crane. Read more

France’s Sarkozy ‘to face corruption trial’ (BBC)

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to face trial for corruption and influence peddling, according to French media. The case centres around wiretapped phone-calls in 2014, in which Mr. Sarkozy allegedly sought to influence judges who were looking into suspected illegal financing of his campaign. The judge, Gilbert Azibert, and Mr. Sarkozy’s lawyer are also expected to stand trial. They have denied any wrongdoing. In a separate case, the ex-president is accused of receiving campaign funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Read more

Poisoned ex-spy’s daughter “improving rapidly” in U.K. hospital (Cbsnews)

The health of a Russian former double agent’s daughter was “improving rapidly” in a U.K. hospital and she was no longer in critical condition, British health officials said Thursday. The suspected target of the “Novichok” nerve agent attack, Sergei Skripal, remained in critical but stable condition, according to the Salisbury National Health Service Trust. The Trust said in a statement that Yulia, who is in her mid-30s, was “improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition. Her condition is now stable.”  Dr. Christine Blanshard, Medical Director for Salisbury District Hospital, said in the statement that Yulia had “responded well to treatment but continues to receive expert clinical care 24 hours a day.” Read more




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