* Saraki vs IGP Idris: Presidency keeps mum (Vanguard) * Why we transfer suspects cases to Abuja – Police (Nation)

* Saraki vs IGP Idris: Presidency keeps mum (Vanguard)             *  Why we transfer suspects cases to Abuja – Police (Nation)



Saraki vs IGP Idris: Presidency keeps mum (Vanguard)

The Presidency Wednesday, kept sealed lips on the allegation by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that the Federal Government was planning to use thugs to implicate him. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina when contacted to react to the allegation said he was not aware of it and cannot comment without having the details. On his part, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed when contacted after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, also declined to make any comments. Read more

Why we transfer suspects cases to Abuja – Police (Nation)

The Nigerian Police has explained the rationale behind the controversial transfer of suspected cultists arrested in Kwara State to Abuja. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki had on Wednesday raised an alarm over the transfer of the of suspected cultists from the Kwara State Police Command to Force headquarters Abuja, saying the Police were hatching a plan that involves coercing the suspected cultists in implicating him in a crime. The Police in a Statement said transferring of suspects arrested over mayhem and killings for further investigation is in accordance with Police investigation procedures Read more

Buhari hosts Tinubu, Oyegun,other APC South West caucus (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday night, hosted South West caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting started around 8.35p.m at the new Banquet Hall when the President arrived the hall. Among those at the dinner included the National Leader of the APC and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, and the National Chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun. Others included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Segun Oni, Minister of Mines and Steel Development and APC flag-bearer in the forthcoming Ekiti gubernatorial race,  Kayode Fayemi. Governors at the meeting included Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, who was the chairman of APC Ekiti Guber primaries committee. Some members of the National Assembly, Ministers and stakeholders from the zone also attended the dinner. Read more

I can never compromise my faith to support injustice – Osinbajo (SUN)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that he will not, under any circumstance, compromise his faith in order to support injustice or evil under the guise of politicking. Osinbajo stated this in response to a poser raised by the Catholic Bishop of Gboko, His Lordship William Avenya, at a stakeholders meeting organized at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Makurdi on Tuesday night. He also noted that he can never give up his faith or stand for injustice, expressing his readiness to resign from his present position as Vice President should the need arise to fight against injustice. Read more

Ramadan: Shekarau’s wife distributes food items to 2,000 less privileged (ThisDay)

The wife of a former governor of Kano State and former Education Minister, Hajiya Halima Ibrahim Shekarau, Wednesday assisted over 2,000 physically challenged, needy, widows and aged women with food items to alleviate their suffering during Ramadan. The distribution of the items took place at the residence of the former governor located along Mundubawa road in Kano metropolis. Speaking to reporters shortly after the donation, Hajia Shekarau with the title Garkuwar Nakasassu, said the gesture was an annual event that has being ongoing for years. Read more

We are coasting home to victory come July 14 with people’s support – Fayose (Vanguard)

Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has said that come July 14 with people’s support the Peoples Democartic Party PDP is coasting home to victory. He also asked former Governor Kayode Fayemi to stop bragging about the use of federal might to win the July 14 governorship election, saying God’s might is bigger than all. This is just as Fayose has described Fayemi, current Minister of Solid Minerals, a failure for not being able to attract one federal project to the state after almost three years in office. He stated this in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday when the Muslim Community in the state held a gathering to appreciate the appointment of one of them, Kazeem Deji Ogunsakin, as the deputy governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Read more

Residents Doctors raise concern over persistent Lassa threat (Nation)

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has raised concerns about the persistent threat of Lassa fever in the country. This was expressed in a communiqué issued at the end of its 38th Ordinary General Meeting (OGM), held at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria between May 6 to 11, 2018. According to the communiqué jointly signed by its President, Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka, Secretary General, Dr. Osinachukwu V. Nnadi and Publicity and Social Secretary, Dr. Ugochukwu Eze, NARD also  rejected pay parity between Doctors and Allied Professionals as this would erode relativity and distort emolument hierarchy in the Health sector. “The consequence would not be good for the Health sector. Relativity is sacrosanct,” it explained. Read more

Xenophobia: Presidency calls for review of early warning signal with South Africa (Vanguard)

Presidency on Wednesday called for an urgent review of the Early Warning Signal (EWS) put in place by Nigeria and South Africa in 2017. The EWS is a multi-sectoral mechanism to afford Nigerians living in South Africa access to the agencies responsible for their safety and security, as well as the mandate to address their complaints in that country. It guarantees and protects the interest of Nigerians when such early signals occur. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the call in a statement by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun on Wednesday in Abuja. Read more

Biafra Day: MASSOB rebukes Uwazuruike over declaration of May 22 (SUN)

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has rebuked the leader of Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, for declaring May 22 as Biafra Day against the May 30 declaration of late Dim Chukwuemeka Oduegwu Ojukwu, who instituted the Republic of Biafra in 1967. MASSOB leader Mr Uchenna Madu said in a statement that all self-acclaimed leaders of Biafra or the Igbo nation who oppose or ignore, reduce or belittle Ojukwu’s or tries to change the orders of the late Ojukwu was an enemy of Biafra. The statement read in part: Read more

Ijaw Youths shut markets, shops to mark Boro Day (ThisDay)

Commercial activities in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, were paralysed Wednesday as Ijaw youths in their thousands marched through the streets of the state capital in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Ijaw hero, Maj. Isaac Boro. Filling stations and major eateries also did not open for business, following the announcement by the leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) on Tuesday that no business should operate in honour of the late activist. Starting from INEC road, Yenagoa/Mbiama road, the youths rallied through the town ending their march at the national headquarters of the IYC on Sani Abacha way at about noonday. Read more

El-Zakzaky’s whereabouts unknown, IMN raises alarm (Vanguard)

The members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, have said the whereabouts of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zainab, is yet to be ascertained. The El-Zakzaky’s were on Tuesday taken from DSS custody in Abuja to Kaduna and arraigned before a state High Court on charges of culpable homicide and unlawful assembly. They were reportedly brought back to Abuja same day to continue in detention under the DSS as directed by the Court. However, as at 5pm on Thursday, members of the sect in Abuja told our correspondent that they have not been able to establish contact with El-Zakzaky since he was taken to Kaduna and supposedly brought back to the FCT. Read more

Residents say scores kidnapped in Kaduna (Punch)

Scores of people were kidnapped in two days on a dangerous road in northern Nigeria, according to residents, in an outbreak of crime unconnected to the Boko Haram insurgency. The kidnappings took place on Saturday and Sunday on a notorious road near the border of Kaduna state with Zamfara state in an area increasingly targeted by criminal gangs who raid villages and steal cattle in bloody attacks. Earlier this month, 71 people were killed in the same district of Birnin Gwari after a bloody clash between armed bandits and militiamen. Read more

NFF Electoral Committee rolls out timetable (Thenff)

Those aspiring for seats on the Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation can begin to actually get ready as the sale of forms will begin on Monday, 21st May 2018. At a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the NFF Electoral Committee headed by Barrister Mohammed Sani Katu disclosed that sale of forms, endorsements of the same and return of the forms will hold between the period Monday, 21st May, and Monday, 4th June – a duration of two weeks. This is as far as the process will go before the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, at which Nigeria’s Super Eagles is one of the 32 participating teams. Read more

Confederation Cup: Cara Brazaville beat Enyimba 3-0 (Punch)

Nigeria Professional Football League side Enyimba International FC of Aba on Wednesday lost 3-0 to DR Congo clubside Cara Brazzaville in their second 2018 CAF Confederation Cup group game. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the People’s Elephant conceded three goals in the first half as the host piled on the pressure at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat in Brazaville, Congo. Racine Louamba gave the hosts the lead as early as the 14th minute, while Cabawey Kivutuka doubled the lead for Cara in the 17th minute. Read more

Nigeria won’t just make up the numbers at World Cup, says Kelechi Nwakali (Goal)

Despite being zoned in a tough group, the midfield whiz is adamant the Super Eagles will make a positive at the football showpiece. MVV Maastricht midfielder Kelechi Nwakali believes that Nigeria have the potential of doing well at the 2018 Fifa World Cup. The Super Eagles will be making their sixth appearance and they will be hoping to go past the Round of 16 – the country’s best ever finish ever (1994,1998 and 2014). Drawn alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D, Gernot Rohr’s men will have their work cut out come June. Read more

Mourinho, Conte renew feud in FA Cup final (DailyTimes)

Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte renew hostilities with the stakes heightened when Manchester United and Chelsea face off in Saturday’s FA Cup final needing silverware to mask this season’s flaws. Conte’s need is the greater. Having missed out on Champions League football for next season, many expect the Wembley showpiece to be the Italian’s final match in charge at Stamford Bridge, regardless of the outcome. If it is, nothing will give Conte more joy than bowing out by winning a cup competition for the first time as a coach by beating the man with whom he has clashed most regularly and bitterly since arriving in England. Read more

Halep races past Osaka in Rome, Wozniacki advances (Reuters)

World number one Simona Halep produced a ruthless display to see off Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-1 6-0 in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday. Romanian Halep was forced to save four break points in her opening service game for 1-1 but then went on to claim 12 consecutive games to avenge her Indian Wells loss to eventual champion Osaka in March. The 20-year-old Osaka failed to convert any of her six break-point opportunities before conceding the match in just under an hour. “I just tried to build my points, to build a little bit of space and open the court, and tried to make winners,” Halep said. Read more

What Leo Messi just said about being footballs greatest compared to Cristiano Ronaldo (JOE)

Ronaldo or Messi. Messi or Ronaldo. It’s the question that echoes around every playground, every live stream chat window, in fact, probably in the Facebook comment section of this article, at this very moment, grown men are limbering up their fingers to go once more unto the breach and answer the question: who is football’s greatest? Ronaldo himself is dead into it. “I’m the best player in history, in the good moments and the bad ones. I respect everyone’s preferences, but I’ve never seen anyone better than me,” he said after winning the Ballon d’Or back in December. But it seems that Messi, unlike his Portuguese rival is not. Read more

England squad for World Cup 2018: Gareth Southgate confirms his 23-man squad for Russia (Standard)

Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer. As expected both Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere miss out, while Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is given his chance. Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, who was left out of the squad for the last set of friendlies, is recalled while Fabian Delph and Ashley Young also make the plane. England begin their preparations with two friendlies, firstly against Nigeria before facing Costa Rica at Elland Road. They begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on May 18. Read more

Rex Tillerson just majorly trolled Donald Trump (CNN)

Rex Tillerson may be gone, but he hasn’t forgotten. Speaking to soon-to-be graduates of the Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday, Tillerson dropped this truth bomb: “If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.”

Woof. Double woof.

You may remember that Tillerson was removed as Secretary of State by President Donald Trump after a remarkably tempestuous year in office — a period of time during which relations between the two men grew badly strained. Things were never really the same after reports surfaced last fall that Tillerson had called Trump a “moron” in a Pentagon meeting in the summer of 2017. Tillerson didn’t deny using that word, although he sought to shame the press for even covering it. Which means, of course, that he said it. Read more

Putin says Russian frigates in Mediterranean on standby over Syria threat (Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian military vessels with Kalibr cruise missiles would be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean to counter what he said was the terrorist threat in Syria. The deployment shows how Russia has increased its military presence in the Middle East since it launched an intervention in Syria in 2015, turning the tide of the civil war in favour of its close ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia has in the past fired Kalibr cruise missiles from frigates and submarines stationed in the Mediterranean Sea at militant targets to support Syrian army offensives. Read more

Uber says no to class action lawsuits in rider assault cases — but it’s up to court to decide (Money.CNN)

Uber said it will now allow survivors of sexual assault and harassment by its drivers to seek justice however they choose, whether that’s arbitration, mediation or open court. But there’s a catch.Survivors can’t band together as a part of a class action lawsuit, the company said on Tuesday. But the lawyer representing nine women who allege they’ve been assaulted by Uber drivers in proposed class action lawsuit is pushing back. “That’s for the court to decide — not Uber,” Jeanne Christensen, attorney at Wigdor LLP, told CNN. Read more

Heathrow Airport is going all out for the royal wedding (Hellogiggles)

Don’t worry if London’s Heathrow Airport is as close as you, your family, and your fascinator will get to Saturday’s royal wedding at Windsor Castle. Heathrow — where Terminal 2 is called “The Queen’s Terminal” — will be celebrating the royal wedding airport-wide with a princely amount of wedding-themed treats and activities, including live broadcasts of the much-anticipated mid-day (London time) ceremony and all the celebrations surrounding the moment when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say “I do.” Garton and his team at Heathrow vow that, on Saturday, television screens across all the terminals will be tuned to BBC News 24, which will be covering the wedding-day festivities live. In addition, the airport plans to put up giant video screens, tuned to BBC1, in Terminals 3 and 4 for additional royals-related coverage. Read more

Ramadan 2018: Why Vimto becomes hugely popular during the Islamic holy month (Independent)

Ramadan has begun and Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking during daylight for a month – and a certain British soft drink will play a major role. While most of the food and drink traditionally consumed by Muslims when they break the fast is homemade or natural – such as spicy vegetables, paneer fritters and dates – Vimto is the slightly less conventional refreshment that is often brought to the table during Iftar. The lurid purple drink, first manufactured in Manchester in 1908 and made from grape, blackcurrant and raspberry flavouring (and a lot of sugar), sees its sales go through the roof in Gulf states during Ramadan, with 31 million bottles sold in 2011 alone. Read more

Ramadan 2018: Annoying questions people ask Muslims every single year about fasting (Independent)

As Muslims around the world observe Ramadan, a month of fasting and religious reflection that takes place every year, many will be wondering about the intricacies of the period. One of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan commemorates the Quran first being revealed to the Prophet Muhammad; a moment honoured with abstinence from food and water, cigarettes and sexual activity during daylight hours. But for British Muslims across the country, Ramadan also means being asked the same silly questions about fasting by their well-intentioned but clueless friends and colleagues. Non-Muslims have an uncanny knack for reacting awkwardly when they hear that someone sat next to them is fasting and are prone to wildly over-apologising for slights, gaffes and insensitivities they often haven’t actually committed, making matters worse when all they needed to do was chill out. Read more

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