July 19, 2018

* Senate PDP caucus ‎to meet Fayose, demands assault probe (Punch) * Ben Murray-Bruce blows hot, faults Buhari’s claim on rail way achievement (Vanguard)

* Senate PDP caucus ‎to meet Fayose, demands assault probe (Punch)          * Ben Murray-Bruce blows hot, faults Buhari’s claim on rail way achievement (Vanguard)



Senate PDP caucus ‎to meet Fayose, demands assault probe (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party caucus at the Senate has urged the Federal Government to investigate the alleged attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose by men of the Nigeria Police. The caucus, after an emergency meeting in Abuja on Thursday, also said some of its members had been delegated to embark on a fact-finding mission to Ekiti. The delegation will also meet with Fayose. Chairman of the caucus, Senator Godswill Akpabio, addressed journalists after the meeting. Read more

Ben Murray-Bruce blows hot, faults Buhari’s claim on rail way achievement (Vanguard)

Angered by the claims of President Muhammadu Buhari on the recent commissioned Abuja Light Railway project, the senator represents Bayelsa East, Ben Murray-Bruce on Thursday disclosed that Buhari’s claim of the project was ‘factually incorrect’. This was made known to newsmen via the senators’ official facebook handle ‘Ben Murray-Bruce’. In his statement, Bruce argued that the project was initiated and came to a near completion by the previous administrations of Obasanjo, Yar’adua and Jonathan respectively. Read more

FG to unveil Logo, Name of National Carrier in UK (ThisDay)

In line with its move to establish its planned national carrier, the federal government will next Thursday unveil the logo and name of the airline, at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom, Thisday has gathered. The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had earlier said that by December 19, the first five aircrafts of the airline would be delivered. This will kick-off the operation of the national carrier, which would replace the defunct Nigeria Airways that was liquidated in 2003. Read more

Akeredolu commiserates with ex-Ondo dep. gov. over daughter’s death (SUN)

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has commiserated with the family of the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, over the gruesome murder of their daughter, Khadijat. Khadijat, a final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko was allegedly killed in Akure by his boyfriend, on Sunday. Governor Akeredolu described the incident as a big blow to Oluboyo’s family, saying the state shares in their grief. The governor urged the bereaved family as believers to submit to the will of God who gives and takes life. Also, Akeredolu prayed that God will comfort the family over the loss and spread his wing of protection over all others she left behind. Besides, the governor lauded the security operatives for being proactive in apprehending the suspected killer of Khadijat. Read more

Atiku meets House PDP Members, Seeks their Support for Presidential Ambition (ThisDay)

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar met Wednesday night with members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the House of Representatives to solicit their support towards his presidential ambition. It was learnt that Atiku also personally delivered his letter of intent to run for the presidency to the lawmakers at the meeting held behind closed doors at the National Assembly. The Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema, reportedly presided over the meeting which had 87 members of the caucus in attendance. Also at the meeting were some members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), THISDAY gathered. Read more

Uproar as Remi Tinubu alleges favoritism against APC in Senate (Vanguard)

The Senator representing Lagos Central, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, yesterday, protested what she described as favouritism against her party, All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Senate. Mrs Tinubu said as a ranking senator and member of the majority party, she should be called to move a motion and not to second one moved by senator of a minority party. The protest followed the presiding officer, Ike Ekweremadu’s decision to call on Gilbert Nnaji of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to move a motion for the adoption of the previous’ day votes and proceedings. After the motion was moved by Mr Nnaji, Mrs Tinubu rose to protest the choice of the ‘minority’ senator. Read more

Immortalise Ciroma, Senate tells FG (ThisDay)

The Senate Wednesday asked the federal government to immortalise the late former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Adamu Ciroma, by naming a national monument after him. The upper chamber of the National Assembly took the decision after debating a motion moved by Senator Mohammed Hassan (Yobe South) and seconded by Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West) on the demise of Ciroma. The Senate after observing a minute silence in honour of the former CBN governor, agreed to send a seven- man delegation to be led by Adamu to commiserate with the deceased family and the Fika Emirate in Potiskum, Yobe State. Read more

Tension in Imo over deputy gov’s impeachment (Vanguard)

Tension, yesterday, soared over the impeachment process against Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, as a committee set up by the State House of Assembly to investigate the allegations levelled against him summitted its report and was adopted by the House.This was as protesters blocked the Imo House of Assembly complex, condemning the planned impeachment of the deputy governor. In the same vein, police deployed to the assembly, also barred scores of journalists from covering the sitting. Read more

Enugu airport’s runway a threat to passenger safety –Senate (Punch)

The Senate has raised the alarm over the dilapidated state of the runway at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, warning that the facility is now a threat to safety of air traffic passengers. While debating a motion entitled, ‘Need for Emergency Reconstruction of the Runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu,’ several lawmakers urged the Federal Government to act. Adopting the motion moved by Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu-North), the Senate unanimously resolved to “urge the Federal Ministry of Transport and other relevant authorities to, as a matter of urgency, resurface and reconstruct the runway and extend the length.” Read more

APC govt intimidating judges ahead of elections — Obasanjo (Vanguard)

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has accused the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of intimidating judges to do the bidding of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on election matters. Obasanjo, who had been critical of Buhari for some time, also alleged that anti-graft agencies were being used to clamp down on the opposition. He spoke in Abuja at a colloquium to mark the 70th birthday of Mrs Josephine Anenih, former Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development. He said: “Some institutions created for normal administration and dispensation of justice, like EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC; Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, and Ministry of Justice, are being directed to witch-hunt and pursue political opponents. Read more

FG Commissions Baro Inland Water Port in August (ThisDay)

The federal government is set to commission the Baro Inland Water Port located at Baro, Agaie Local Government, Niger South in Niger State. The Acting Managing Director, Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Alhaji Danladi Ibrahim, disclosed that the Baro Inland Water Port has been completed and ready for commissioning in August. Ibrahim, while briefing the press on Thursday in Abuja, said that all cargo equipment needed for the Baro port to commence operation are being installed and the concession of the Onitsha port will also be concluded. Read more

Okada Ban: Displaced Anambra riders to undergo mandatory driving training — ASBA MD (Vanguard)

Former commercial motorcyclists banned from operating by the Anambra Government have expressed their desire to be included to benefit from the 1,000 shuttle buses provided by the government. However, the government has insisted they must undergo training before they could be qualified for the programme. Chief Clement Chukwuka, Managing Director of Anambra State Small Business Agency (ASBA), made the disclosure on Thursday in an interview in Awka. It will be recalled that Anambra Government had on July 1 effected the ban on commercial motorcycle mode of transportation in Awka and Onitsha cities and their adjoining towns. Read more

France vs Croatia: Les Bleus out to rectify Euro 2016 mistakes in final –Pogba (Punch)

France are determined not to make the same mistakes they did two years ago in losing the Euro 2016 final. France will take on Croatia for the biggest prize in football, and midfielder Paul Pogba said on Thursday that he wants the team to banish their 2016 devil. France face the Croats in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, but they are rejecting the favourites tag which cost them dearly two years ago, he said. The French beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final setting up an encounter in Paris against then-underdogs Portugal, who stunned them 1-0 in extra time to win the continental title. Read more

Perisic reveals why Croatia will be ‘extra motivated’ against France (Goal)

The closest the nation has come to winning the World Cup previously was in 1998, when it was Les Bleus who overcame them. Croatia will use their defeat in the 1998 World Cup semi-finals to France as motivation in Sunday’s World Cup final, says Ivan Perisic. Perisic’s equaliser and Mario Mandzukic’s composed finish in the second half of extra time saw Croatia come from behind to beat England 2-1 Wednesday’s semi-final, Kieran Trippier’s free-kick having put Gareth Southgate’s side ahead in the fifth minute. He had a major part to play in the game, having set up the winner after netting midway through the second period. Read more

‘Game of Thrones’ leads Emmys field with 22 nominations (Punch)

HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” led the field for television’s prestigious Primetime Emmy awards on Thursday, with a whopping 22 nominations, including one for best drama series. The show about noble families vying for the Iron Throne faces tough competition from perennial favorite comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” and HBO stablemate “Westworld” with 21 nominations each. Hulu’s “A Handmaid’s Tale” — which won the award for best drama series last year — earned 20 nods. Read more

‘UK LOVES ME’ Donald Trump arrives in London after shrugging off protest concerns (Express)

The US President and the First Lady landed at Stansted Airport, Essex, at 2pm to start his visit to London and the south of England.The couple waved from the Air Force One before descending the stairs and been greeted by the marine guard.  He then jumped on a helicopter and flown to the US Embassy in Central London, where he will relax for a couple of hours before a dinner in Oxfordshire.  As Mr and Mrs Trump landed on Marine One in front of Winfield House, the US ambassador’s residence on the edge of Regent’s Park, Beatles music was playing the background. They were accompanied by the US ambassador Woody Johnson as they walked hand in hand towards a large group of people waiting to meet them. Read more

Trump-Putin Meeting: Helsinki’s cold war history (VOA)

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold their first summit on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. The meeting comes at a time of uneasy relations between their countries. In recent years, the two sides have disagreed about a number of issues. They include Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict and its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In addition, United States officials have accused Russia of attempting to influence the 2016 U.S. elections. Read more

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