* Steps that ended Niger Delta militancy, IPOB secessionist plot – Osinbajo (Nation) * Police parade Chibok girls’ abductors, 14 others in Borno (Nation)

* Steps that ended Niger Delta militancy, IPOB secessionist plot – Osinbajo (Nation)             *  Police parade Chibok girls’ abductors, 14 others in Borno (Nation)



Steps that ended Niger Delta militancy, IPOB secessionist plot – Osinbajo (Nation)

…Nigeria’s foundation deficient, threatened, say Monarchs

The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said that the intervention by traditional rulers at the wake of bombing of oil installations by the Niger Delta militants and the secessionist uprising in the South East was the panacea that brought relative peace in the two regions. He spoke in Abuja while declaring open the 10th National Development Summit of Nigerian Traditional Rulers. According to him, the natural rulers have played crucial roles at the point that the country was threatened by the Niger Delta militants and the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Read more

Police parade Chibok girls’ abductors, 14 others in Borno (Nation)

The police in Borno State on Wednesday paraded 22 suspected Boko Haram terrorists including eight men said to be responsible for the 2014 abduction of over 200 girls at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. The suspects, who were paraded by the state Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, were arrested between July 4 and 9 by Special Forces deployed to the North East by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. It was gathered that the IGP had deployed the team following several suicide bombings and killings of innocent persons by insurgents and other criminal elements. Read more

Buhari nominates Mustapha as NDIC Chair (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Chief Olabode Mustapha and six others as chairman and members of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC. Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, at plenary on Wednesday said President Buhari had requested for the confirmation of  six other members of NDIC Board in line with section 5(4) of the NDIC Act 2016. The other nominees are Festus Keyamo, SAN, Garba Buba, Bello Garba, Mustapha Adewale, Brig-Gen Josef Okoloagu(rtd) and Adewale Adeleke. Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over Wednesday’s plenary, referred the nomineees to the Committee on Banking headed by Senator Rafiu Adebayo(Kwara North) for screening. Read more

Mandela day: Africa needs incorruptible leaders, says Ishola-Williams (Nation)

African needs more incorruptible leaders in the mould of former South African President the late Nelson Mandela, according to Major-General Olasehinde Ishola-Williams (rtd). He said the late Mandela was unique as a leader, and that Africa lacks his type. “Our African leaders are not only corruptible, but they are greedy,” he said. Ishola-Williams, former Transparency International (TI) Nigerian chapter president, spoke at the Freedom Park in Lagos at an event to mark the Nelson Mandela International Day. Read more

Al-Makura collected N309,247 billion in 6 years without anything to show for it – Nasarawa PDP (SUN)

Nasarawa State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP ) on Wednesday came hard on the government of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for failing to justify N309, 247, 000,00 billion it’s government collected in six years. The state chairman of the party Hon Francis Orogo told journalists yesterday during a press conference , adding that the governor has failed the people of the state and the Alago nation in particular and there is no basis for the governor to proceed to the senate in 2019. He expresses disappointment in the governor for ordering the closure of the Alogo tribe programme on the state broadcasting Radio and Television becaouse the programme is promoting the aspirations of his opponents. Read more

FEC meeting put off for the 6th time (Vanguard)

The weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, was put off for the sixth time in the life of the current administration. The last time the meeting did not hold was on June 20, due to the Sallah Public Holiday but President Muhammadu Buhari used the day to sign the 2018 budget into law. Although there has not been any official reason from the Presidency for not holding FEC this week, it was gathered that the meeting which was originally scheduled was cancelled late Tuesday night. Read more

No amount of coalition against APC will stop Buhari in 2019-IPOB (SUN)

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday said that even one million groups/parties coalition against APC or President Muhammad Buhari will not stop him from winning the 2019 election. The group said that the coalition of APC, INEC, Army, Civil Defence and Police were more deadly than any coalition but called on the Biafrans, Middle belt and all the Southerners to boycott the 2019 elections. The Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful in a statement said that IPOB were fully aware that electioneering has never removed “a tyrannical dictatorship” in the history of the world, only disciplined popular resistance have. Read more

No plan to attack Cross River community – Miyetti Allah (Nation)

The Cross River State Branch of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has debunked rumours that Fulani herdsmen were planning to attack residents of Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River. The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Hassan Abo, who spoke with our reporter on Wednesday in Calabar, described the rumour as “devilish and wicked’’. Abo said that cattle breeders in Obanliku had been living peacefully with residents of the local government over the years, adding that the unity should not be destroyed with fake rumour. “It is not true that Fulani herdsmen are planning to attack any community in Obanliku Local Government or any other area in the state. Read more

APC disowns protesting youths (SUN)

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress has disowned some members of the party who threatened not to work for the victory of the party in future elections in the state. It said the members consisting mainly youths were dissident members of the party. Some members of the APC led by Comrade Tony Kabaka had said that the APC risk losing Edo to the PDP in 2019 if Governor Godwin Obaseki did not change his style of governance. Kabaka accused Obaseki of abandoning the youths and party leaders that worked for his victory in 2016. Read more

INEC Chairman meets with RECs, Strategise ahead of Osun Election (ThisDay)

Barely a week after the successful conduct of the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday met with all the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to strategise on the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State and the 2019 general election. Speaking at the meeting, the INEC chairman noted that the meeting would not only reflect on the recently conducted Ekiti election but also look forward to a number of other elections. Yakubu also revealed that a total of 10,292,647 Nigerians have been registered as at Friday, July 13, 2018 in the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise, stressing that after wide consultations with stakeholders, the current exercise would be suspended on August 17, 2018. Read more

Aviation Minister unveils Nigeria Air (SUN)

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika on Wednesday afternoon, unveiled the name and livery for the proposed national carrier in the United Kingdom.The nation airline will be called Nigeria Air, and will be painted in green and white colours in sync with the Nigerian flag. Sirika and top officials of the aviation sector are currently in the United Kingdom attending the ongoing Fanborough Air Show, where he met with Airbus’ management to conclude the type of airplanes the National airline will operate with. Read more

Minna jailbreak: 51 inmates recaptured (Punch)

The Nigeria Prisons Service in Niger says 51 inmates out of the 210 inmates that escaped from the Minna Medium Security Prison on June 3, have been recaptured. The Controller of Prisons in the state, Mr Mustapha Iliyasu, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Wednesday. Iliyasu said that the inmates were recaptured through the combined efforts of security agencies in the state. According to him, prison officials and other security operatives are making concerted efforts to recapture the remaining inmates. Read more

Katsina flood: Corpse of missing bride recovered in Niger Republic (Punch)

The remains of Hindatu Yahaya, a young girl who got married three days before the flood in Jibia town in Katsina, have been recovered in Niger Republic. The flood reportedly swept away Hindatu, alongside other victims. Husband of the deceased, Malam Sani Yahaya, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Jibia how his wife’s body was recovered. “The corpse of my missing wife was retrieved at Girka village in Mada-Rumfa town of Niger Republic,” he said. Yahaya said that the flood occurred on Monday night at about 2:00am, cleared his house and took away his wife. “We searched in the river and rubles of the collapsed walls of my house and the houses of our neighbours but could not locate her. Read more

Enyimba, Aduana top CAF Cup groups after victories (Punch)

Aduana Stars of Ghana and Enyimba of Nigeria became CAF Confederation Cup group leaders Wednesday after match day 3 home victories. Stars scored two early goals en route to a 2-1 Group A win over previously unbeaten V Club from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Dormaa. An early goal also proved crucial for Enyimba as they inflicted a first Group C defeat on Williamsville of the Ivory Coast by winning 1-0 in Port Harcourt. Bright Adjei and Yahaya Mohammed scored for Aduana before Glody Muzinga halved the deficit midway through the opening half in the second-tier African club competition. Read more

Club resigned to losing Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in cut-price £37.5m deal (Independent)

Real Madrid are expected to push ahead with a deal for Thibaut Courtois as Chelsea analyse their options with regards to recouping a fee for the Belgian international and replacing him this summer. The Blues are now ready to accept that Courtois will leave the club but are hoping to receive £37.5m for the goalkeeper – a fee that would represent a world record in the unlikely event a deal is completed before Alisson signs for Liverpool. Chelsea could yet make a last-minute play for the Brazil number one but all indications on Wednesday were that the Anfield club had won the race for the player that they think could be a key piece in the jigsaw of a title challenge. Read more

Harry Forrester leaves Rangers by mutual consent (Skynews)

Harry Forrester has left Rangers by mutual consent after two-and-a-half seasons with the Scottish Premiership club. The 27-year-old joined Rangers in January 2016 from Doncaster Rovers before he was sent out on loan to AFC Wimbledon for the 2017/18 season. He made 44 appearances overall for the Glasgow side, scoring seven league goals and one in the Scottish Cup. A club statement said: “Rangers can today confirm the club has terminated the contract of Harry Forrester by mutual consent. Read more

Butina is flight risk, should stay in jail until trial (CNN)

Prosecutors on Wednesday said Mariia Butina should be held in jail until her trial, because her life in the US has been predicated on deception. Butina, a Russian national, was charged with conspiracy and acting illegally as a foreign agent in the US. She aimed to set up backchannel communications between Russia and the Republican Party through the National Rifle Association, and to the Trump campaign, according to prosecutors and CNN reporting. Her ultimate goal was to make American politics more sympathetic to Russian interests, according to court filings. Read more

Google hit with record £4 billion fine for abusing power in Android phones (Belfasttelegraph)

Google has been issued with a record fine of more than four billion euro by the European Commission competition authorities for abusing its market position through the Android mobile operating system. The Commission said it was issuing a fine of 4.34 billion euro (£3.9 billion) over restrictions placed on mobile phone manufacturers using Android to drive internet traffic to Google’s own search engine. European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the technology giant was “denying rivals a chance to innovate and compete”, which was “illegal under EU antitrust rules”. Read more

British M&A regulator to review level of possible Disney offer for Sky (Reuters)

Britain’s takeover regulator said on Wednesday that it would review its ruling that Walt Disney (DIS.N) might have to acquire UK broadcaster Sky (SKYB.L) for at least 14 pounds a share. The Takeover Panel said its hearings committee would meet on July 27 to examine the regulator’s decision last week after “various interested parties affected by the ruling” asked for a review. The Panel’s decision that Disney should make a mandatory offer of at least 14 pounds a share for Sky only applies if Disney’s offer for Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA.O), which owns 39 percent of Sky, completes before either Fox or Comcast (CMCSA.O) succeed with their competing offers to take control of the British pay-television company. Read more


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