September 24, 2018

* Security men, cleaners protest, lock UCH gates (Punch) * Cristiano Ronaldo becomes father for fourth time (Punch)

* Security men, cleaners protest, lock UCH gates (Punch)      * Cristiano Ronaldo becomes father for fourth time (Punch)



Security men, cleaners protest, lock UCH gates (Punch)

Patients and staff of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, experienced difficulty in gaining entry into the hospital premises on Monday morning after security men and cleaners at the facility embarked on a strike, locking the two gates leading to the hospital. Our correspondent learnt that the workers were protesting non-payment of their 11 months’ salaries by the hospital. There was gridlock at both ends of the hospital as a result of the buildup of staff vehicles at the gates. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes father for fourth time (Punch)

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo announced on Sunday that he had become a father for the fourth time after girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to a baby girl, Alana Martina. “Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great. We are all very happy,” the beaming 32-year-old footballer wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of himself, Rodriguez, his seven-year-old son Cristiano Junior and the new arrival. Ronaldo is also the father of twins, Eva and Mateo, who were born in June. Read more

How I cheated death from snake bite –Survivor (Punch)

One of the victims of snake bite in Plateau State, James Lohfa, has attributed his survival to the grace of God, saying he never thought he could still be alive. According to him, he said his last prayer to God when he learnt of the death of his bedmate at the Comprehensive Health Centre, Zamko, an annex of Jos University Teaching Hospital in the Lantang North Local Government Area, Plateau State. Lohfa was bitten by a snake on October 27 around 7 pm in his compound, while coming from JUTH where he had gone to see a patient. Read more

PDP chair: Sani Toro, Bauchi PDP backs Daniel (Guardian)

A Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party and former member of the House of Representatives in Bauchi State, Alhaji Sani Toro has described a front-line aspirant in the national chairmanship race of the party, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the candidate who stands out among other contenders, a statement by Daniel media team said. Alhaji Sani made this remark, according to the statement, while addressing the newsmen in Bauchi on Friday at the visit of Otunba Daniel to Party Delegates and stakeholders in the state. Read more

I will stand by Buhari, Magu anytime – Ndume (Vanguard)

The Immediate past Senate leader, Senator Muhammad Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South said weekend that he was prepared to stand with President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu anytime. Speaking with Journalists yesterday in Abuja, Senator Ndume who noted that Magu has showed competence despite rejection of his appointment by the Senate, said that that he had not changed his position on Magu. Read more

Army raids Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa Forest, loses 3 (Vanguard)

The Nigeria army says it lost three soldiers after successfully clearing 13 Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa Forest in one week. Colonel Kingsley Samuel, Deputy Director, Public Relations, 7 Division of the Army, disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri, yesterday. Samuel said six soldiers were wounded during the operation, while dozens of the insurgents where neutralised by troops. Read more

Anambra guber: Kalu tasks voters to key state into ruling party (SUN)

Former governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Kalu has reaffirmed its party’s determination to unseat the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) state government in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State. According to him, the APC will do all it can to convince Anambra voters to reconnect the state with the centre. Kalu made the call in Abuja on Sunday after hosting a group of businessmen from Nnewi, Anambra State. Read more

Anambra youths urges INEC to conduct credible election (Nation)

No fewer than 1,000 Anambra youths under the auspices of the Coalition of Anambra Youth Assembly have protested against any acts of rigging or violence during the governorship in state scheduled to hold this Saturday. The youths who carried placards, marched to various places in Awka, the capital city, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to register their aversion to the purported discovery of electoral materials in a certain hotel in Awka. Speaking to reporters, the leader of the group, Chief Ogoo Egolum, said Anambra youths want existing peace in the state to remain, with no acts of criminality. Read more

JAMB meets stakeholders to review UTME (Guardian)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it will meet with “critical” stakeholders in education on Wednesday to appraise the general conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that the meeting, scheduled to hold in Abuja, would brainstorm on the conduct of the examination and identify possible areas for review. Read more

#AFRIMA 2017: Wizkid defeats Davido, Tekno , Runtown (PremiumTimes)

Star Boy, Wizkid, was the biggest winner at the All Africa Music Awards held on Sunday night at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos. The pop star clinched three major awards: Best West African Artiste award, The Song of the Year and the Artiste of the year, trumping the likes of Davido, Runtown, Tekno and others. Wizkid’s win came shortly after Davido edged him out at the 2017 MTV EMA by winning the “Best African Act”. Read more

Nigerian singers shine at AFRIMA 2017 (Punch)

It was a big night for at least seven Nigerian musicians as they clinched top awards at the 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards held on Sunday at the EKO Hotel & Suites, Lagos. Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid won two of the most prestigious categories – Artiste of the Year and Song of the Year and Best West African Artiste award. Tiwa Savage, YCee, Wande Coal, 2baba, Adasa Cookey and Orezi were also among the winners on the night. Read more

Krobapor, Adesokan win Katsina badminton (Punch)

Krobapor Clement and Dorcas Adesokan on Saturday emerged as winners of  the 1st Katsina Golden Star Badminton  Championship in the men and women’s singles events respectively. The duo also combined to win the mixed doubles event of the competition. In the men’s singles final, Krobapor came from behind to defeat Anuoluwapo Opeyori (Lagos State) 14-21, 21-13, 21-19. Read more

How Joshua will become billionaire – Promoter (Punch)

Barry Hearn believes Anthony Joshua can fulfil his dream of becoming the first billionaire boxer by 2025, according to Daily Mail. The IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion has boasted an undefeated record in his 20 professional fights–his latest victory coming over Carlos Takam in Cardiff –and Hearn believes this will be a key element of Joshua’s potential. According to The Sun, Matchroom boss Hearn, who promotes Joshua’s fights, said,  “Anthony is well on the way to achieving his target but he’ll have to stay undefeated for 10 years to do it, and he is already two years into that. Read more

Neymar regrets joining PSG – Report (Punch)

The Brazilian striker, signed for a world record £198m only this summer, has apparently said as much to former Barcelona team-mates, The Sun reports. Marcelo Bechler, the journalist who first told of Neymar’s desperation to leave the Nou Camp, has now moved the story way on with his latest revelation. Apparently, Neymar has confided in Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez and told them he wishes he hadn’t moved to Paris. Read more

Morocco World Cup qualification sparks riots in Brussels (Punch)

Celebrations in Brussels to mark Morocco’s return to the World Cup for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday, when crowds clashed with police, setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers. Images on social media showed overturned, burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city centre  as well as police trucks firing water cannons at crowds gathered in front of the city’s stock exchange. Read more

Zlatan return will help United – Lukaku (Punch)

Romelu Lukaku believes the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford will help Manchester United “chase” Premier League leaders Manchester City. Lukaku has been an ever-present in United’s starting line-up in the league but the looming return of Ibrahimovic – who was an automatic selection by Jose Mourinho last season – means he will face competition to lead the line. The Swede has not featured for United since April when he sustained a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals. Read more

Catalan independence: EU experts detect rise in pro-Kremlin false claims (Guardian)

The European Union’s counter-propaganda unit has detected an upsurge in pro-Kremlin disinformation and false claims about the political crisis in Catalonia. In the run-up and aftermath of the bitterly-contested Catalan independence referendum, EU officials have seen an increase in false information published in Russian and Spanish. “World powers prepare for war in Europe,” proclaimed the headline of the Russian-language site Polit Ekspert on the day of the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence. “EU officials supported the violence in Catalonia,” claimed Moldovan politician Bogdan Ţîrdea in a Facebook post. Read more

Libya’s Haftar in the UAE for Dubai Airshow (Memo)

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, met with Libyan military leader Khalifa Haftar yesterday. “During the meeting, which was held at the Dubai Airshow, the two sides discussed the brotherly relations between the UAE and Libya and means of enhancing them in various fields for the benefit of both countries and peoples,” the agency said. Haftar is visiting the UAE to attend the 2017 Dubai Air Show, which kicked off yesterday with the participation of about 1,200 exhibitors from 63 countries and continues for four days. Read more

Tehran refuses to heed Macron’s call for talks over ballistic program (Aawsat)

Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected on Sunday French President Emanuel Macron’s call to hold talks on Tehran’s ballistic missile program. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said its missile program was defensive and unrelated to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that put a cap on Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief. Macron, during a visit to Dubai on Thursday, said he was “very concerned” by Tehran’s missile program after Saudi Arabia claimed it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen earlier this month. Read more

We won’t remain idle in face of iranian threats (Aawsat)

UAE will not remain idle under the shadow of Iran’s threat, Dr. Anwar Mohammad Gargash, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, told the 4th Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate. Gargash declared that there are three factors that have the potential to provide opportunities for political progress in Yemen, Libya and Syria. There factors are: international awareness of Iranian intervention in the Arab region, huge relapse of extremist groups and flagging Qatari support to terrorism. Read more

Israel threatens to destroy Iranian base in Syria (Aawsat)

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned on Sunday that Israel will respond to any provocation or violation of its sovereignty, and called on Bashar Assad to hold back all players active in its territories. “We will not allow the Shi‘ite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base,” the Defense Minister said. The comments came one day after the BBC published satellite images of what “Western intelligence officials” said was an Iranian military base under construction on the outskirts of Damascus. Read more

Weather forecasts help Ethiopian herders, farmers fight climate extremes (Trust)

Armed with a spear and undeterred by the intense sunlight, Tarekegn Kareto meticulously plucks weeds in his maize field in Argoba village, in southern Ethiopia. “With both dry weather and unusually heavy rains hitting us in the past year, I’ve lost over half of my harvest of maize and sorghum,” he said, pausing to wipe sweat off his forehead. “That means I’ve had to dip into my crop reserves – which I can no longer sell for extra income – or even rely on neighbours’ charity for food,” he added. Read more

Rapprochement with Israel carries a heavy price tag for Riyadh (Memo)

Riyadh is convinced that rapprochement with Israel is the cornerstone of its desperate attempts to achieve any victory for Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman before he officially takes the throne. Many Arabs did not believe the Israeli Prime Minister’s statements over recent years that there was a great understanding between Israel and a major Arab country; they were a clear reference to Saudi Arabia. Read more





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