May 26, 2018

* Suicide bombers hit Maiduguri mosque, kill eight *Tinubu visits Kano gov, endorses him for second term

* Suicide bombers hit Maiduguri mosque, kill eight  *Tinubu visits Kano gov, endorses him for second term



Suicide bombers hit Maiduguri mosque, kill eight

Eight people were killed on Monday when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, in the latest attack in the restive region.

The head of the Borno state emergency management agency, Ahmed Satomi, said the blast happened at about 5:30 am (0430 GMT) in the London Ciki area of Maiduguri, which has been at the epicentre of Boko Haram violence since 2009. Read more

Tinubu visits Kano gov, endorses him for second term

Despite the odds and internal wrangling, the national leader of the All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola, over the weekend in Kano, endorsed Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for a second term in 2019.

During his condolence visit to Kano, on Sunday, to commiserate with Ganduje and the people of Kano State over the death of Dr Yusuf Maitama Sule, the APC leader, also used the occasion to condole, with Ganduje, over the death of his younger sister, as well as Malam Yusuf Ali, an APC leader, who recently lost his younger brother. Read more

Irate youths attack SEMA rescue team in Maiduguri

A mob on Monday attacked officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, who were on a rescue mission at the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri.

The incident occurred at Londonciki-Simari area of Maiduguri, where a female suicide bomber attacked a mosque killing eight worshippers while 15 others sustained injuries.

The youths, who attacked the SEMA Emergency Rapid Response team dispatched to evacuate corpses and render assistance to the blast victims, were said to be angered by the recent increase of suicide bombings in Maiduguri. Read more

We’ll not condone multiple registration for Direct Entry, UTME – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it will not condone multiple registration for Direct Entry and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

A statement signed by JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Mr Fabian Benjamin said in Abuja on Sunday.

Benjamin described the act of multiple registration as a serious offence in the process of obtaining the Board’s application forms presently on sale. Read more

2015: Forex owned by APC, PDP was severally intercepted – Ex-NSA consultant, Shuaib

A Public Relations Consultant, Yushau Shuaib, has revealed how the nation’s security agencies, at different times, intercepted huge sums of local and foreign currencies at different times ahead of the 2015 elections.

He said the monies belonged to both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). Read more

21 councils in Kebbi election Won by APC

Here is current trending update as All Progressive Congress (APC) has been declared winner of all the 21 Local Government Chairmanship election held on Saturday in Kebbi State with 958,881 votes.

According to report the ruling party defeated other 20 political parties that participated in the poll.

Chairman of Kebbi State Independent Electoral Commission, (KESIEC), Alhaji Aliu Mera, in a press release, signed by himself and made available to journalists, on Sunday night, stated that PDP which p articipated in six local  Read more

Kaduna pilgrims to commence medical, pregnancy test

The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, on Monday said it would commence medical and pregnancy test for intending pilgrims to this year’s hajj .

Its Public Relation Officer, Yunusa Abdullahi, who made the disclosure in a statement said that female intending pilgrims would undergo pregnancy test, in addition to the general medical screening of all other pilgrims. Read more

Fraudsters hijack Customs online auction

The Nigeria Customs Service has accused some fraudulent bidders of abusing the bidding process of its online goods auction.

The NCS Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah, who gave this indication in a statement, also said the management had also begun moves to re-programme the online auction platform to make it inaccessible to fraudulent bidders. Read more

How Aluko, Omokore laundered $1.7bn stolen from NNPC

Court papers in Lagos Nigeria have revealed in graphic details how oil businessmen, Kolawole Akanni Aluko and Jide Omokore laundered the $1.7bn creamed off the questionable oil swap transactions between them and the NNPC, during the tenure of Diezani Alison-Madueke.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Some of the money laundered through the United States and which had been used to acquire assets are now the subject of a forfeiture bid by the United States Justice Department. But the filings in a Lagos court have provided the most insightful details yet into how the entire money was laundered, while the Nigerian treasury was left dry and emasculated. Read more

Pato rediscovers love for football in China

Alexandre Pato is rediscovering his love for football in China after a turbulent few years saw his career nosedive before he had even reached his prime.

The 27-year-old forward hit a cracker from long distance in Tianjin Quanjian’s 3-0 weekend win over Shanghai Shenhua, for whom Carlos Tevez now has just two league goals during an injury-disrupted season. Read more

I can play till 40, Federer warns rivals

Buoyed by his record-setting eighth Wimbledon title, Roger Federer warned rivals Monday that he could play until he’s 40, spearheading a late-life era of supremacy alongside Rafael Nadal.

Federer eased past injury-hit Marin Cilic to become the oldest Wimbledon men’s champion of the modern era on Sunday, breaking the tie for seven All England Club titles he had shared with Pete Sampras since his last triumph in 2012. Read more

Joe Hart to join West Ham

England international goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to have a medical with West Ham on Monday as he looks to finalise a loan move from Manchester City, according to media reports.

The 30-year-old had been told by City boss Pep Guardiola that he could find another club, and he appears set for a season-long loan with the East Londoners after spending last season with Italian side Torino. Read more

Arsenal Line Up Van Dijk & Dembele?

Arsene Wenger is looking into the prospect of bringing Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and Celtic’s Moussa Dembele to Arsenal this summer, according to the Daily Express.

In a bid to make Arsenal ‘title contenders’ Wenger is thinking about putting in a £45m offer to Southampton for Dutch international van Dijk, who could leave the Saints if the right bid comes in.

However, former Celtic defender van Dijk, who has interested Liverpool, is apparently valued significantly higher. If Arsenal could land him for £45m though it would be £12m more than the Gunners could have previously signed the Dutchman. Read more

Isco’s Barcelona Threat If Real Do Chelsea Deal

Alvaro Morata could hold the key to Real Madrid finally doing a deal with Chelsea for Eden Hazard? It was recently been claimed the Premier League champions will step up an interest on Morata after Manchester United dropped out so the Spanish international could head to Stamford Bridge if the Belgian can feature in a deal.

Should that happen Isco has threatened to leave. He could, if not would, join bitter rivals Barcelona, according to Diario Gol. Read more

Manchester City sell out of favor winger

The Spanish winger made little impact in the Premier League last season. To be fair to him, however, he was given little chance to do so. Players like Sane and Sterling were prefered to Nolito, resulting in the ex-Celta Vigo player earning just under 800 minutes the whole season.

Nolito did grab five goals and three assists in his limited playing time, effectively proving his worth as a solid substitute. Read more

Manchester United may announce their third summer signing this week

United manager Jose Mourinho make Perisic one of his top transfer targets for this summer, as he flew to Croatia back in March for a one-on-one meeting with the experienced international.

That initial contact has been followed by a series of transfer talks between the two clubs in recent months, with Inter Milan’s €50m asking price to their 28-year-old wide man proving to be a major stumbling block in negotiations. Read more

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger new club are on a ‘different level’ after making his £34m move

New Chelsea signing Antonio Rudiger says he wanted to join the Premier League champions to be part of a ‘big club’ – although he said he did not want to be ‘disrespectful’ to former side Roma.

Germany international Rudiger became Chelsea’s first major signing of the transfer window when he joined from the Serie A side for £34million. Read more

Donald Trump urges Theresa May to fix ‘better reception’ for UK trip

The US president was said to have told the Prime Minister that he had not had ‘great coverage’ in the UK and had urged her to ‘fix it for me’, according to a Sunday newspaper.

It was originally reported last month that Mr Trump had informed Mrs May that he did not want to go ahead with the visit if there were likely to be large-scale protests. But a newspaper reported it had obtained a transcript of their telephone conversation in which Mr Trump said: “I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa.” Read more

Let’s bury the hatchet, South Korea tells North

South Korea on Monday offered to hold rare military talks with North Korea, aiming to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

The offer of talks, the first since South Korea elected dovish President Moon Jae-In, came as the Red Cross in Seoul proposed a separate meeting to discuss reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. Read more

At least 34 missing after military ship sinks off Cameroon

Cameroon’s defense minister says at least 34 people have been declared missing after a military vessel sank off the country’s Atlantic coast.

Joseph Beti Assomo said Monday that the military has been deployed to investigate. He says helicopters have rescued three soldiers and will continue the search.

Assomo says 37 people were on board the ship, which was on a routine mission to the Bakassi peninsula when it sank Sunday. Read more

AE denies hacking Qatar news agency

The Washington Post cited US intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir that he insisted were fabricated.

The incident helped spark a diplomatic rift between Qatar and its neighbours.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday that the Post’s report was “not true”. AE denies hacking Qatar news agency Read more

Jodie Whittaker is first woman Time Lord replacing Peter Capaldi as 13th Doctor

The BBC has revealed Jodie Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi on Doctor Who, becoming the 13th actor and first woman to play the iconic Time Lord.

Whittaker, 35, is best known for playing Beth Latimer in the ITV drama Braodchurch, along with various film roles, such as St Trinian’s, Attack the Block, and Venus.

Much of the conversation beforehand centred around whether Capaldi’s replacement would be a woman, the series 10 finale even hinting at an all-female future. Read more

Bomb blast hits military vehicle, wounds 17 in southeast Turkey – army

Explosives planted by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants ripped through a Turkish military vehicle travelling through southeast Turkey on Monday, wounding 17 soldiers, four of them seriously, the military said.

The vehicle was passing through the Yuksekova district of Hakkari province, which borders Iran and Iraq, when the blast occurred, the army statement said, adding the wounded were immediately taken to hospital.Read more

Trump changes tune, flexes US muscle overseas

In the first six months of President Donald Trump’s tenure, the US has ramped up military operations in trouble spots across the globe and is preparing to do more.

The intensified military engagement stretches from Europe through Africa and the Middle East to South Asia, and marks a striking contrast to the vision of “America First” retrenchment that Trump presented as a candidate. Some of these increases were initiated under President Barack Obama, but Trump has continued and in many cases boosted them. Read morel

Mexico’s Vicente Fox banned from Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities have declared former Mexican President Vicente Fox a “persona non grata” and banned him from ever returning to the country.

Fox was in Venezuela, along with other former Latin American presidents, to act as an observer in Sunday’s non-binding referendum called by the opposition on government plans to reform the constitution. Read more

US: Plight of the Innocent Muslim with the Far-Right

Gradually, the unbalance immoral equation that governs the approach of some in the West against Islam and Muslims is being uncovered. This unjust equation shows clear and flagrant contradiction where every attack or threat on human life or property, no matter how great or minor, is blamed on Muslims. Even if this threat is not real or simply a claim, it is blamed on Muslims.

In contrast, every threat that comes from a white man is, at most, described as an “isolated criminal incident” that does not threaten the western way of life or infringe on international peace and security. Read more

With health care on hold, here’s what Congress is up to this week

The fate of the long-sought Republican Obamacare repeal and replacement bill is on hold now that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed votes until Republican Sen. John McCain, who had surgery for a blood clot Friday, returns to work sometime after this week.

The delay could be a blessing or a curse for McConnell, who faces stiff resistance from several of his members on the right and left. The extra time could allow him the chance to convince those senators to get behind the bill or it could allow opposition to harden. Read more

US Secret Service refutes Donald Trump’s lawyer’s claim it vetted son’s Russia meeting

The US Secret Service has denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the President’s son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.

Donald Trump Jr has acknowledged that he met in New York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was told she might have damaging information about his father’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Read more

Emmanuel Macron thinks he has convinced Trump to rejoin Paris Agreement on climate change

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, thinks he may have convinced his American counterpart, Donald Trump, not to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Republican billionaire had repeatedly pledged to withdraw from the international accord during his election campaign but his administration was split over the issue with an announcement about what he would do repeatedly delayed. Read more

Dunfermline Athletic sign former Rangers and Northern Ireland midfielder Dean Shiels

Pars boss Allan Johnston has pulled off a signing coup by securing the signature of Northern Ireland international Dean Shiels.

The 32-year-old attacking midfielder has put pen to paper with Athletic – subject to international clearance – to become the club’s fourth summer signing.

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