August 17, 2018

* Stay clear of Imo, APC leaders warn Osinbajo (ThisDay) * IGP must obey laws, Saraki, Dogara tell Buhari (Vanguard)

* Stay clear of Imo, APC leaders warn Osinbajo (ThisDay)         *  IGP must obey laws, Saraki, Dogara tell Buhari (Vanguard)



Stay clear of Imo, APC leaders warn Osinbajo (ThisDay)

Arising from an emergency meeting in Abuja on Monday, All Progressive Congress’ (APC) leaders in Imo State said they had credible information that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was putting pressure on APC national leadership to tamper with the outcome of the party’s ward congress on Saturday. Advising the vice president to stay clear of the state chapter’s affairs and respect the will of the people, the party’s leaders in Imo State said as a senior lawyer, he should be mindful of the legal implications of his alleged interference. In a statement signed by Dr. James Obi after the meeting, the APC’s leaders said their advice was predicated on “credible information that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led forces within the party’’, was putting pressure on the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to alter the party’s ward congress that took place last Saturday, as it affects Imo State. Read more

IGP must obey laws, Saraki, Dogara tell Buhari (Vanguard)

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara have told President Muhammadu Buhari to compel the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to obey the laws of the land. The two presiding officers of the National Assembly who spoke to the State House correspondents after meeting President Buhari behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, condemned the treatment given to the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye. They said the action of the IGP arraigning Dino on wheelchair was uncivilised and barbaric, adding that there was nowhere in the world that people were arraigned in a stretcher even criminals. Read more

Court adjourns hearing on Melaye’s bail application till Thursday (ThisDay)

The Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja Monday adjourned Senator Dino Melaye’s bail application for further hearing on Thursday. Melaye is standing trial on seven-count charge bordering on illegal possession of firearm, among other charges before the court. The trial judge who is also the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah, gave the ruling at the resumed hearing of the motion in Lokoja. He said the adjournment was to enable the defence file its case on the bail application. Read more

Judiciary is not Father Christmas, says Onnoghen (Vanguard)

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Monday, said there was need for prosecutors in the country to properly investigate cases before charging suspects to court, insisting that criminal justice system depends on efficient and effective functioning of all stakeholders. According to the CJN who spoke at the opening ceremony of the 2018 National Workshop for Investigators and Prosecutors, held at the National Judicial Institute, NJI, in Abuja, the role of the judiciary as a key stakeholder in the administration of criminal justice can hardly be discharged without diligent investigation and prosecution. Read more

Hasten release of Chibok, Dapchi girls, Anglican Bishops tell FG (ThisDay)

Anglican Bishops have told the federal government to hasten the release of the Dapchi and Chibok school girls from Boko Haram captivities. Rising from their 10th synod at St. Peters Cathedral in Minna, Niger State at the weekend, the Bishops made the appeal in a communique they released after the synod in which they decried the continued incarceration of the innocent girls. The communique said the girls had been deprived of the good things of life especially education, good health and parental care for too long and as such, the federal government should intensify the negotiations that would facilitate their release. Read more

APC Congress: Rochas begs Buhari to cancel Imo results (Vanguard)

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors Forum and governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha rushed to Daura, the country home of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State, on Sunday to appeal for the President’s intervention in the outcome of the Saturday’s party congress in Imo State. Governor Okorocha who allegedly lost out in the political intrigue and manipulation that characterized the conduct of the ward congresses described what happened in Imo State APC as funny politics that should be stopped. Read more

Wike to security agencies: Take your jobs seriously (SUN)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has urged those saddled with the responsibility of handling security in the country, to take their jobs seriously to put an end to the carnage in the North East. Wike stated this yesterday, while speaking during the 2018 National Missions Conference of Grace Covenant Ministries in Port Harcourt. The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Ipalibo Harry Banigo, expressed sadness about the recent killing of some priests during a service and noted that Nigerians have to cry out to the Lord to put an end to the bloodbath. “Let us not feel comfortable that it is not happening here. We must cry out to the Lord because it is only Him that can save our country. Read more

PDP condemns Benin airport attack on Urhoghide (Guardian)

The Edo State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it called display of state-sponsored hooliganism” and alleged attack on some of its members and a senator representing Edo South, Matthew Urhoghide. The PDP in a statement issued in Benin City by its Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare said the execution of the dastardly act was carried out in the presence of Governor Godwin Obaseki by alleged APC members who were kitted in black.  The statement said, “Friday, April 27, 2018, Distinguished Senator Matthew Urhoghide in the presence of Gov Godwin Obaseki was attacked by APC led government sponsored thugs as he disembarked from the plane that brought him from Abuja. Read more

Katsina APC ward congress hitch-free, says c’ittee (SUN)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress for Katsina State says last weekend’s ward congresses in the 361 wards across the 34 local government areas were hitch-free. Briefing the press, on Monday, on the conduct of the congresses, the Committee Chairman, Mohammed Tanko Zakari said, “We had peaceful congresses and so far, there has not been any formal complaints of petitions from anywhere concerning the exercise. “We are still collating the results and for now we have reports from 30 out of the 34 local government areas.” Read more

Group asks Justice Nyako to hands off IPOB case (Vanguard)

A group, Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, has expressed  dismay in the way Justice Binta Murtala Nyako has been handling the case involving leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and members of the pro-Biafra group, accusing her of being biased against them. Specifically, the group alleged that Justice Nyako  is “working on an agenda and script dictated by the Federal Government” to nail Kanu and IPOB members by all means. IEI, in a statement by its President, Mazi Tochukwu Ezeoke and the Secretary, Lawrence Nwobu, called on Justice Binta Nyako “to redeem herself by quashing all charges against IPOB members and put a stop to the shameful trial/persecution or withdraw forthwith from the trial.” Read more

Enugu APC congress: Minister calls for cancellation of result (SUN)

As reactions continued to trial the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held last Saturday, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, has called for cancellation of the Enugu result saying that the exercise was highly flawed. Onyeama made the call as the faction led by the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, Mr. Osita Okechukwu described the exercise as ‘peaceful and transparent’. Briefing newsmen at the Golden Royal Hotel, on Monday, in company of the Special Adviser to the President on Judicial Reform, Juliet Ibekaku, and other chieftains of the party, the Minister alleged that the election materials and party officials sent to conduct the congress absconded with the election materials. Read more

Owner of Ben TV, Soyode, declares Presidential Bid (ThisDay)

Founder of UK-based Ben TV , Mr. Ali Soyode,  has formally declared his intention to run for president in 2019. Addressing his supporters in Abuja on Monday, Soyode said his interest is to empower Nigerian youths, strive for greater heights and to participate in the affairs of the nation. Soyode  said Nigeria,  at this critical time, needs a focused, experienced and dedicated youth who is willing to work with other Nigerian professionals  to change the current ugly situation . Read more

We’ll leave behind a more peaceful, secure state – Bayelsa Govt (SUN)

Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information and Orientation Daniel Iworiso-Markson has again called on youths to work with the administration of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson to sustain the peace the South-South state currently enjoys. He renewed the call in his office in Yenagoa when a group from Ogbia Kingdom, Obhan-Olei Youth Assembly, paid him a courtesy visit‎. Iworiso-Markson noted that the current administration had worked hard ‎to maintain peace in the state, which accounts for the reason why meaningful development is happening across every local government. According to him, as major stake holders, it is the responsibility of youths to work with the government to fight crime and criminality in every community. Read more

Okonkwo losses appeal on Anambra Senatorial Tussle (ThisDay)

A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, on Monday failed in his bid to assume the seat of the Anambra Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, following the dismissal of his suit at the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja. A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal in its judgment delivered dismissed Okonkwo’s appeal for lacking in merit. The court also affirmed the judgment of Justice John Tsoho, of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which set aside its own consent judgment delivered on December 13, 2017. Read more

Bayelsa govt. assures residents of potable water (SUN)

The Bayelsa State Government has, again, reassured residents of the state of its determination to provide portable water as fulfillment of its campaign promises. Deputy Governor Gboribiogha John Jonah, who stated while inspecting water projects in the state, urged Prico Nigeria Limited, the Contractor handling the Ovom Water Rehabilitation Project, to meet the timeline it was given to reticulate water to Ovom and Swali communities, within the Yenagoa metropolis. Jonah, who expressed satisfaction with the rehabilitation work being executed at the Water Station, urged the contractor to ascertain the integrity level of the water pipes along the pipeline as some may have been corroded and require replacement since the Water Station had been dormant for a long time. Read more

Nigerian students come tops in international competition (Guardian)

Afolabi Williams, team leader, Olubusiyi Famobiwo, Menashi Mordi and Osagumwenro Naaman Ugbo, members of Team Neon from Whitesands School, Lagos, have emerged as the 2018 Power Pitch Winner of the Smoke-Free World category of the Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation challenge summit held at the Kennedy Space Centre, Visitor Complex, Florida, USA. The four junior school students made it to the fourth round and final stage of the competition, the only representatives from Nigeria and Africa that participated in the finals. They pitched their idea on a Virtual Farm project, which falls under the category for Smoke-Free World. Read more

Ekiti varsity students protest alleged high internet fee (Guardian)

Students of the Ekiti State University on Monday protested against the alleged high internet ‎connection fee being charged by the management of the institution. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at as early as 7.30 a.m., the students had converged at the only entrance into the campus and locked the main gate of the university to prevent human and vehicular movement into the institution. The students wielded placards with inscriptions such as “Enough is Enough, we do not need wireless Internet connection in the university,’’ “We don’t need your internet connection anymore,’’ and “We are not ready to pay heavy charges anymore.’’ Read more

Church protests herdsmen’s killings in Ibadan (SUN)

The Word Communication Ministry in Ibadan yesterday joined other churches in the country to protest spate of killings by suspected herdsmen. Members of the church, following a directive from Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), after the Sunday service, were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions to protest herdsmen’s killings in Nigeria and government’s insensitivity to killings of Christians, among others. The church’s Senior Pastor, Sunday Popoola called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the spate of killings by herdsmen in the country and urged him to eschew tribalism, ethnic cleansing and nepotism. Read more

Luxury bus owners, drivers protest killing of members by armed robbers (SUN)

Members of Luxury Bus Owners Association of Nigeria (LBOAN), on Monday, took to the streets in Onitsha, Anambra State, to protest of killing of a conductor of Ifeanyichukwu Motors along Benue/Nasarawa highway by suspected armed robbers in Army uniform. The protesters comprising bus owners, drivers, conductors of luxury buses numbering about 100 with leaves and placard with inscription such as “Federal Government should provide security for us on the highway, our business is about to close due to increase of attacks, killings of our drivers, conductors and passengers on highways, Stop killings of drivers: enough is enough, Government, security agents should come our help before it is too late, luxury bus owners say no to killings of drivers, conductors and passengers,” among others. Read more

Ndidi expected to be fit for World Cup (Guardian)

Injured Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will be fit for the World Cup even though his Premier League season with Leicester City is over, national team spokesman Toyin Ibitoye said on Monday. Ndidi, 21, is nursing a hamstring injury and is expected to be out of action for several weeks. However, Ibitoye said on a radio programme in the nation’s capital Abuja that the highly-rated defensive midfielder would be fit and ready for the tournament starting June 14. “He’s making good progress, I have been in contact with the medical team (of the Super Eagles) and he is recovering faster than they had even anticipated,” Ibitoye assured. Read more

Sharapova into Madrid last 16 with impressive win over Begu (Vanguard)

Maria Sharapova’s clay-court revival is gathering pace after the Russian eased past Romanian big-hitter Irina-Camelia Begu at the Madrid Open on Monday. Sharapova arrived in Spain on the back of four consecutive defeats but two wins, the latest a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Begu, have sent the 31-year-old into the last 16. France’s Kristina Mladenovic will now await Sharapova, who is showing signs of rhythm ahead of the French Open later this month, which she won in 2012 and 2014. It was here in Madrid that Sharapova lost a heated contest to Eugenie Bouchard last year, in what was only her second tournament back following a 15-month suspension for taking the banned drug meldonium. Read more

Zimbabwe moves to protect women from spiralling cervical cancer rates (Thezimbabwean)

Major campaign to vaccinate young girls against human papilloma virus expected to reach almost every corner of country More than 800,000 girls in Zimbabwe will be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus in a major push to stem the country’s soaring cervical cancer rates. The HPV vaccine will be included in routine immunisations and rolled out in schools and health facilities countrywide to reach girls aged 10 to 14, the government announced this week. The campaign, a collaborative effort involving the UN children’s agency, Unicef, together with the World Health Organization and the Zimbabwean health ministry, is expected to reach 95% of the country. Read more

Trump defends ‘tough on terror’ CIA director nominee who oversaw prison where detainees were ‘tortured’ (Independent)

President Donald Trump has defended his embattled nominee for CIA director, claiming Democrats only oppose his pick because she is “too tough on terror”. Mr Trump’s nominee, Gina Haspel, reportedly offered to withdraw from the nomination last week, as questions grew about her role in the CIA’s controversial interrogation programme – including instances of waterboarding and other techniques some have called torture. The president made it clear on Monday that he did not accept her offer. “My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists,” he tweeted. Read more

Trump accuses Mueller team of having ‘unrevealed conflicts of interest’ (Independent)

President Donald Trump says that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has “unrevealed conflicts of interest”, in his latest attack on the attorneys trying to get to the bottom of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and any possible connections to the Trump campaign. Mr. Trump made the claim in a tweet Monday morning, although he offered no evidence about what any such conflicts might be, while claiming he was “fighting back” against the “phony” investigation. “The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice … and just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!” Mr. Trump’s tweet reads. Read more




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