* South, Middle Belt leaders to NASS: Restructure, save Nigeria (Punch) * US pledges support for Nigeria’s 2019 elections (Vanguard)

* South, Middle Belt leaders to NASS: Restructure, save Nigeria (Punch)         * US pledges support for Nigeria’s 2019 elections (Vanguard)



South, Middle Belt leaders to NASS: Restructure, save Nigeria (Punch)

Leaders of the South and the Middle Belt on Thursday appealed to the National Assembly to save Nigeria, which they said was on the edge of a precipice. While calling on the legislature to drop partisan politics in handling the affairs of the country, the leaders asked that a national emergency be immediately declared.  The elder statesmen made their positions on various issues affecting the country known when they met with the leadership of the Senate in Abuja on Thursday. The leaders were drawn from the South-West, South-South, South-East and North-Central. Read more

US pledges support for Nigeria’s 2019 elections (Vanguard)

US Consul General in Lagos, Mr. F. John Bray, has declared US government’s support to realising  credible, transparent,  and peaceful 2019 elections in Nigeria. Bray who spoke yesterday on the theme: “Media and Transparency of the 2019 Elections,”  at the  event marking the World Press Freedom Day, tasked journalists on delivering objective and balanced reporting during the elections, for fact that the people of Nigeria on them for unbiased and accurate coverage of the campaign season and the elections. Bray said, “As the 2019 election draws near, the U.S. Mission supports your efforts to provide objective and balanced reporting to the Nigerian people,”  adding that the US is putting together an election reporting training, scheduled to take place in four cities across Nigeria, and it will be  co-facilitated by Voice of America’s Director of International Media Training and a renowned Nigerian journalism professor.” Read more

Dino Melaye detained at police medical centre (PremiumTimes)

The police have taken Dino Melaye to their medical centre in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, hours after a magistrate remanded the senator in police custody following arraignment. Gideon Ayodele, Mr Melaye’s media aide who provided the information to Premium Times Thursday night, also said the senator’s lawyers would file fundamental rights enforcement at the Federal High Court, Lokoja, on Friday morning. He said the lawyers believe the decision to remand Mr Melaye in police custody was flawed and expressed confidence in the ability of a higher court to show a greater degree of understanding in dissecting the complex web that the case had become. The police arraigned Mr Melaye before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lokoja on Thursday morning on seven counts of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms. Read more

We shall continue to arrest these who stole the nation’s money – Osinbajo (Vanguard)

The Federal government Thursday took a swipe at the critics of the present administration describing them as being corrupt and wanted to reclaim power by all means so as to continue to perpetrate their corrupt acts. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo spoke in Akure at the inuaguration of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSME) Clinic. ” The corruption is desperately fighting back so that they can come back to power. God will make it impossible” “We had access to lesser money than the previous administration but what we had been able to do were far more than what they did. ” We are able to achieve this because we are spending what we have for the people. Read more

Falana, Ogunye differ on Melaye’s arraignment on stretcher (PremiumTimes

Lawyers have reacted to the trial of Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye. Mr Melaye was arraigned for the second time on Thursday at a Magistrate’s Court in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital. He is accused, among other offences, of aiding the illegal use of firearms in the state.  Mr Melaye was hospitalised after he attempted to jump out of a police vehicle while being taken to Lokoja. The senator, representing Kogi West district, was taken to the court on a stretcher on Thursday and arraigned on a seven-count charge of criminal conspiracy and other offences Read more

INEC takes delivery of 4m PVCs for newly-registered voters (Guardian)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has taken delivery of four million Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for distribution to the electorate registered in 2017. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Thursday at INEC Campus Outreach on “Youth Votes Count’’ at the University of Abuja. Yakubu said the PVCs would be delivered to states for onward distribution to the owners in the next few days. Read more

Impeaching Buhari not in the interest of Nigeria – Gowon (Nation)

Former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) ‎has warned that impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari would not be in the interest of Nigeria. Gowon, who addressed the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly in Abuja on Thursday, said it’s too early for Nigeria to start impeaching democratically elected presidents. The former Head of State’s warning is coming at a time the Senate was considering an impeachment motion against President Muhammadu Buhari over the purchase of $496 million Tucano aircraft from the United States, without legislative approval. Urging unity among the diverse ethic, religious and socio-economic groups, particularly in the North, Gowon said impeaching any president at this point in the nation’s history would not serve any useful purpose. Former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) ‎has warned that impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari would not be in the interest of Nigeria. Read more

Your vote is your bragging right, so get your PVC, Innocent Idibia aka 2Baba begs youths (Vanguard)

A Nigerian singer, Innocent Idibia, also known by his stage name “2Baba’’ has called on Nigerian youths to register for their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC), ahead of 2019 general elections. He made the call at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Campus Outreach program on `Youth Votes Count,’’ at the University of Abuja, on Thursday. Idibia, who is also an INEC Youths Ambassador, urged the youth to actively get involved in constructive political discussions, especially social media. “Your vote is your bragging right, so get your PVCs, so take your destinies into your hands, whatever you want to be in the next 10 years start now. Read more

Suspension of Licence: COSON challenges NCC (Nation)

Lawyers to Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) have filed a new process at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division challenging the content of the letters from the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), reportedly suspending the copyright licensing activities of the society. A release from the society states that Alliance Law Firm headed by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Uche Val Obi filed the process within 24 hours of the receipt of the letters from NCC, with COSON urging the Court of Appeal to make suspensory or dispositive mandatory orders against the NCC’s directives, pending the determination of the pending appeal. Read more

Tree falls on moving Rivers APC scribe’s car (vanguard)

A large tree reportedly fell on the private vehicle belonging to Rivers State Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chief Emeka Beke along with other occupants, raising uncertainties as to their safety earlier today. The State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Chris Finebone, who confirmed the incident said the victims have been rushed to an hospital for medical attention, but that the “situation is still sketchy” Reports say the APC chieftain, Beke was on his way in company of yet unidentified persons to the party secretariat through the Port Harcourt Club axis of Old GRA when the tree suddenly fell on the vehicle with severe damaging impact. Read more

10 die, 20 injured in Taraba tanker fire (Punch)

No fewer than 10 people have been killed when a tanker burst into flames after crashing into a trailer in Zing town, in the Zing Local Government Area of Taraba State. About 20 others were said to have been critically injured in the accident that occurred on Wednesday. A resident, Mr. Nyanshako Ishaya, who witnessed the accident, told Punch Metro that the tanker, which was loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), was heading for Yola, Adamawa State, when it crashed into the trailer. Ishaya said the tanker went up in flames, killing many people, just as houses and shops were burnt. Read more

‘Mesut Ozil wasn’t fit to wear an Arsenal shirt tonight’ (Standard)

Martin Keown has claimed that Mesut Ozil was “not fit to wear the Arsenal shirt” after his performance in the Gunner’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitana. Arsenal’s Europa League campaign was ended when Diego Costa slipped in behind Hector Bellerin to score for Atletico just before half-time, earning them a 2-1 aggregate win that secured their berth in the Lyon final later this month. The visitors dominated possession in the second half as they chased an equaliser that would have taken the tie to extra-time but managed to carve out only one shot on target, a low, long-range shot from Granit Xhaka that was comfortably parried by Jan Oblak. Read more

Manchester United break silence on Rui Faria Arsenal rumours (Manchestereveningnews)

Jose Mourinho would carry his assistant Rui Faria’s bags to Arsenal if the club wants to appoint him as Arsene Wenger’s successor. Faria, 42, met Mourinho in 2001 and was appointed as Uniao Leiria’s fitness coach before he occupied the same role under Mourinho at Porto in 2002. Faria became the United manager’s assistant when he took over as Chelsea manager in 2004 and has followed him to Internazionale, Real Madrid, back to Chelsea and United over the last 14 years. Faria was linked with the Arsenal job earlier this week and is latest assistant coach to be touted for the role, with Pep Guardiola’s assistant Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp’s confidant Zeljko Buvac also reportedly under consideration to replace Wenger. Read more

Mozambique rebel leader Dhlakama dead (Guardian)

Mozambique’s veteran rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama, who mixed guerrilla warfare with opposition politics, has died aged 65, party sources said Thursday. Several sources in Dhlakama’s Renamo party told AFP that Dhlakama passed away after an unconfirmed heart attack, with local television stations also reporting the death. For 39 years, Dhlakama led Renamo, the rebel group which fought a 16-year war against the ruling Frelimo party until 1992 and then emerged as an opposition party that still retained armed fighters. Read more

Enbridge fined $1.8M for missing pipe inspection deadlines (Abcnews)

Enbridge Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.8 million penalty in a deal with the U.S. government, which accused the Canadian oil transport company of missing deadlines for inspecting pipelines to prevent leaks. The inspections were required under an earlier agreement following a 2010 spill in southwestern Michigan, when a ruptured Enbridge pipeline released at least 843,000 gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River. The company agreed to check for flaws in its Lakehead System pipelines, which extend about 2,000 miles across seven states. Read more

Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution? (Washingtonpost)

Ousting your prime minister can be seriously hard work. But it should be fun, too. That is the impression Armenia gave in recent weeks, where hundreds of thousands staged anti-government rallies, part of a bloodless revolution in the small country that managed to throw off — at least, so far — authoritarian rule. And when the people in the country of 3 million were not blocking highways, going on strike and waving the tricolor Armenian flag, they were engaged in an activity altogether unassociated with revolution: dancing. Read more

Colombia sees billion-dollar bonanza from legacy of marijuana trade (Reuters)

Tired of living in fear of arrest or running afoul of drug traffickers, Romairo Aguirre is ready to destroy his illegal plantation of 1,500 marijuana bushes in the mountainous Cauca region of southwest Colombia and become legitimate. Like many of the farmers who grow cannabis near the town of Corinto, Aguirre hopes President Juan Manuel Santos’ plan to turn Colombia into a major producer of medical marijuana means he can find work from one of a dozen companies launching in the South American nation. Santos – who leaves office in August – passed a law two years ago legalizing medical cannabis for domestic use and export. It aims to take the marijuana trade from the hands of Marxist rebels and traffickers, transforming Colombia into a multibillion-dollar producer for the pharmaceutical industry. Read more

Pentagon accuses China of shining lasers at US pilots in Djibouti (Guardian)

Chinese nationals have on multiple occasions shone military-grade laser pointers at US pilots operating out of the American base in Djibouti, the Pentagon said Thursday. Officials have issued a formal diplomatic complaint and demanded Beijing investigate a series of incidents dating back several weeks, spokeswoman Dana White said. “They are very serious incidents,” White said. “This activity poses a true threat to our airmen.” In one case, two pilots on a C-130 cargo plane suffered minor eye injuries as they came in to land at the base in the Horn of Africa nation, another spokeswoman, Maj Sheryll Klinkel, told AFP. Read more








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