* Saraki, Tinubu, Melaye in Valentine’s Day drama (Punch) * Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s President, mired in corruption scandal (CNN)

* Saraki, Tinubu, Melaye in Valentine’s Day drama (Punch)          * Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s President, mired in corruption scandal (CNN)



Saraki, Tinubu, Melaye in Valentine’s Day drama (Punch)

The Valentine’s Day celebration hit the Senate chamber in a dramatic form on Wednesday. The day’s plenary began on a dramatic note when the Majority Whip, Senator Sola Adeyeye, called members to order for the session to commence properly. Adeyeye called the attention of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to three senators — Dino Melaye, Oluremi Tinubu and Monsurat Sunmonu — who were in red to reflect the Valentine’s Day mood. Celebrators of the day are usually dressed in red and white. Read more

Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s President, mired in corruption scandal (CNN)

Jacob Zuma has quit as President of South Africa, finally succumbing to a slew of corruption scandals that have drained support from his ruling African National Congress party. “No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name,” he said during a nationally televised political address Wednesday. “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the republic with immediate effect.” The announcement came after the ANC took the extraordinary step of calling for a no-confidence vote in the leader on Wednesday, a day after it publicly demanded his resignation. Party officials on Tuesday decided to issue a “recall” notice after failing privately to convince Zuma that he should step aside. Read more

Presidency ignored warnings before Benue killings, Ortom insists (Punch)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State met with the Senate in Abuja on Wednesday and blamed the Presidency for ignoring several warnings before the mass killings of his people by herdsmen in the state. The meeting was part of the ongoing probe by the Senate into the security crisis in Benue State. The governor appeared before the joint Senate Committee on Police Affairs; and National Security and Intelligence, where he denied allegations against him by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. Read more

Senate confirms 7 RECs, drops 2 (Punch)

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of seven nominees as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The RECs would supervise elections at the state level. wo nominees were however dropped by the lawmakers. The confirmation followed the adoption of the report by the Senate Committee on INEC on the screening of the nominees. Chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif, who presented the report explained that of the nine nominees referred to the panel for screening, the Osun State nominee, Eric Olawale, did not show up while Akwa Ibom State nominee, Monday Tom, was stood down for further legislative action. Read more

Val’s Day: Age is no barrier to good sex, persons over age 60 say (Punch)

More than half of people over the age of 65 feel they do not have enough sex, a new study shows, suggesting older people are more sexually active than many people may think. Indeed, in a study of over 2,000 elderly persons in their 60s, it was gathered that age is no barrier to having a sex life. The study also found that a lot of older people are more sexually active than many people may think. Read more

‘Why Kogi welcomes cattle colony’ (SUN)

The Kogi State Director- General of Information, Grassroot Mobilisation and Sensitisation, Mallam Abdulmalik Abdulkareem ,in this interview said Governor Yahaya Bello was highly misunderstood by a segment of the state on his acceptance of the cattle colonies being proposed by the Federal Government, insisting that the governor having considered all variables meant well for the state.

Why is Kogi supporting cattle colonies as proposed by Federal Government?

The position of the government is very clear, anything good and lasting does not come easy, people are also very skeptical of change no matter how seemingly good the change is, this is human nature. Read more

DSS summons Labaran Maku for questioning (Punch)

The Department of State Services, Nasarawa state command, on Wednesday summoned the National Secretary of  the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Mr. Labaran Maku, for undisclosed issues. Maku, who described his invitation by the DSS as “a good one” which, he said, has nothing to do with the speculations in the social media that he would be arrested, called on politicians to desist from shedding the blood of innocent Nigerians on account of the forthcoming 2019 general elections. Read more

NUPENG suspends 15-day industrial action ultimatum (SUN)

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday suspended the 15-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government over unresolved labour issues. The President of the union, Igwe Achese, said the suspension was as a result of the timely intervention of  the  Director General   of   the   Department  of State Services (DSS).“The suspension of the ultimatum, which should have expired on Thursday, February 15, 2018 was due to the understanding reached after a meeting with Director General of DSS  on  Tuesday,” he said. Read more

Appeal court rules Nigerians cannot pursue Shell spill claim in England (Guardian)

Court of Appeal in London ruled on Wednesday that two Nigerian communities could not pursue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills in the Niger Delta region. The split decision upheld a High Court ruling in 2017 that was a setback to attempts to hold British multinationals liable at home for their subsidiaries’ actions abroad. The court rejected the appeal from a law firm, Leigh Day, on behalf of Nigeria’s Bille and Ogale communities. Read more

NAMA advocates industrial harmony (Tribune)

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is set to achieve industrial harmony as its management has held an engagement forum with the Joint Aviation Trade Unions. The unions include: National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA), National Association of Aeronautical Engineers (NAAE), Aeronautical Information Management Association of Nigeria (AIMA), National Aeronautical Communication Association of Nigeria (NACAN), and Almagamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (ACUPTRE). Read more

St. Gregory @ 90: Before govt takeover, during, after (Vanguard)

1881 St. Gregory College, one of the oldest mission schools in Nigeria assumed the nomenclature in 1928 when it ceased to be St. Gregory’s Grammar School built by the Roman Catholic Mission in 1881. With 18 students, the school was commissioned in 1882 while Mr. O. M. Pagnow served as its first principal. Since its creation, the mission school has produced distinguished Nigerians like Sir Adeyemo Alakija, the famous legal practitioner; Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria; Alhaji Jubril Martins, the first Muslim lawyer to register in the court of the Colony, and Archbishop Kwao Aggey, the first African Catholic Archbishop of Lagos. Read more

Mosquito bites leave man with 12kg elephantiasis (Punch)

A man took his first steps in two years this week after surgeons removed an enormous mass from his leg. Saidalavi, 46, was diagnosed with elephantiasis as a teenager after he caught the infection from parasitic worms spread by a mosquito bite. He had been bedridden since 2016 with the massive lump on his thigh, but was forced to undergo an operation after it got infected. This week, one month after the operation, he stood for the first time while recovering at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, India. Read more

Soldiers kill vigilante, release arrested herdsmen in Edo (Punch)

Tragedy struck in Obadolovbiyeyi community in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State when a vigilante, Efe Igbnovia, was shot dead by some soldiers. It was gathered that a local vigilance group had in the early hours of Wednesday arrested some suspected herdsmen for alleged armed robbery on the Benin-Abraka Expressway. Igbinovia was said to have been asked to watch over the suspects while his colleagues conducted a search for the fleeing members of the gang. Read more

Oliseh says he refused to participate in illegal activities ( Allnigeriasoccer)

Sunday Oliseh has responded via Twitter in the wake of his suspension by Fortuna Sittard, saying the Dutch second-tier club severed ties with him because he refused to participate in illegal activities. According to the board of Fortuna Sittard, the decision to put the 43-year-old Oliseh on non-active is not motivated by the current sporting performances but his frosty relationship with several people in the club.”I confirm: Due to my refusal to participate in Illegal activities at Fortuna sittard & violate the Law,i have been Suspended from my duties as Coach by the Foreign Owners of Fortuna,” Oliseh stated. Read more

NANPF asks NFF to dissolve, reconstitute players’ status committee (ThisDay)

The National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers, (NANPF) has requested the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to dissolute and reconstitute the Players Status and Arbitration Committee because it is not constituted in accordance with relevant provisions of the law as enshrined in the FIFA rules. The players union demand was contained in a statement signed yesterday by Danladi Musa, AGM Communication. It observed that the committee as currently composed does not only breach the relevant provisions of FIFA Rules governing the procedures of the Players Status committee and National Disputes Resolution Chamber and the NFF statutes in term of representation, but also in terms of numbers of members in the committee. Read more

Mastercard renews UEFA Champions League Partnership (ThisDay)

UEFA on Tuesday announced the extension of Mastercard’s partnership with the UEFA Champions League for the 2018-21 cycle, continuing its relationship with the leading global payments and technology company which began in 1994. The agreement also includes sponsorship rights for the UEFA Super Cup in 2018, 2019 and 2020. For over 20 years Mastercard has been a supporter of Europe’s premier club competition and has been giving priceless experiences to fans globally. Read more

Lokosa, Maikaba win January LBA (ThisDay)

Kano Pillars forward Junior Lokosa and Abdu Maikaba of Akwa United have been named the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Player and Manager respectively in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for the month of January. Lokosa and Maikaba emerged winners for their outstanding performance with their clubs in the month of January. They finished head and shoulders ahead of six other nominees from LBA’s shortlist of four each in the player’s and manager’s categories. Read more

Juventus to move for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere with Emre Can move stalled (Kwese.espn)

Italian giants Juventus have contacted Jack Wilshere’s representatives about a potential switch to Turin in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror. The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season, with Arsenal currently offering him a new deal on reduced wages. Although it looks like Wilshere will eventually decide to stay at the Emirates Stadium, Juve’s interest could prove tempting. The Serie A champions had been chasing Leon Goretzka before the Schalke man signed a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich and, as their pursuit of Liverpool’s Emre Can remains on hold, Wilshere is now being considered as an alternative.Read more

Zidane expects Real to ‘suffer’ in Paris after first-leg win (AFP)

Zinedine Zidane warned his Real Madrid players that they can expect to suffer in the return leg of their Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain despite seeing Cristiano Ronaldo inspire a 3-1 comeback victory on Wednesday. The reigning European champions stunned the PSG of Neymar in the last 16, first-leg showdown with two goals in the final seven minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu from Ronaldo and Marcelo. Read more

Mike Pence says he ‘ignored’ Kim Jong-un’s sister at Olympics to send a message (Telegraph)

Mike Pence, the US vice president, said he deliberately “ignored” the sister of Kim Jong-un at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Mr Pence, who was shown sitting just a few feet from Kim Yo-jong at the opening ceremony, said it would not have been proper for him to acknowledge her. He said: “I did not. I didn’t avoid her but I did ignore her. I didn’t believe it was proper for the United States of America to give any attention in that form to someone who is not merely the sister of a dictator but the leader of a propaganda unit.” Read more

President Zuma, you will not be missed (CNN)

In March 2009, less than two months before Jacob Zuma assumed office as the fourth President of post-apartheid South Africa, the Dalai Lama’s visa application to enter the country was denied. The Tibetan spiritual leader had been scheduled to attend a peace conference in Johannesburg, on the invitation of fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk. The South African government’s decision to bar the Dalai Lama was interpreted as a kowtow to the People’s Republic of China — and was also, said Tutu, a “total betrayal of (the nation’s) struggle history.” Read more

Florida shooting is eighteenth to take place in a US school this year (Telegraph)

The month of February has not yet concluded, and already in the US there have been 18 recorded shootings in schools in 2018.  The latest, at Stoneman Douglas High school in Southern Florida has claimed 17 lives, marking it as the third deadliest in American history. Below, we look back on the 18 incidents suffered so far this year: Read more

15 Russian security staff killed in Syria explosion (Guardian)

Fifteen Russians employed in Syria by a private security company have been killed after an explosion rocked an arms depot at their base in the country, according to a monitoring group. The incident happened at the company’s weapons storage facility at Tabiya Jazira in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Observatory directory Rami Abdel Rahman said the company in question was in charge of “protecting the oil and gas fields controlled by the Syrian regime”. Read more

Duncan Bannatyne, 69, wins soppiest Valentine’s Day award (Dailymail)

There’s no disputing who won the schmaltziest couple award on Valentine’s Day. Former Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne, 69, and his wife Nigora Whitehorn, 37, were the clear victors, thanks to the saccharine snaps she posted on social media yesterday. ‘There [are] so many beautiful reasons to be happy and Duncan Bannatyne you are one of them,’ she wrote next to pictures of the millionaire holding a red rose in his mouth while clutching a bouquet of white roses for his wife. The pair wed last year after meeting at the Harley Street dentist where Nigora worked as a receptionist. Read more

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