* Tell Nigerians how you reprimanded Idris, PDP tells Buhari (Punch) * Evans files fresh N1bn suit against police over seizure of Magodo houses (Tribune)

* Tell Nigerians how you reprimanded Idris, PDP tells Buhari (Punch)          * Evans files fresh N1bn suit against police over seizure of Magodo houses (Tribune)



Tell Nigerians how you reprimanded Idris, PDP tells Buhari (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party has said President Muhammadu Buhari, in saying that he was unaware that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, did not carry out his orders regarding the security situation in Benue State, has directly admitted running an “incompetent, disorganised and uncoordinated administration.” The main opposition party asked the President to tell Nigerians how he reprimanded Idris in the past. The party added that Buhari’s explanation on the IGP was an admission that he has “handed over power to a cabal that neither sought votes nor was elected by Nigerians.” Read more

Evans files fresh N1bn suit against police over seizure of Magodo houses (Tribune)

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans has filed a fresh suit against the police seeking N1 billion damages over the alleged unlawful sealing of two of his properties located in the Magodo area of Lagos State. Evans in the suit, filed by his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, claimed that the Inspector General of Police unlawfully seized his properties. Joined as respondents in the said suit filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos are the IGP, Intelligence Response Team, (IRT), Abba Kyari, an assistant commissioner of police and Phillip Rieninwa, a deputy superintendent of police. Read more

Buhari launches ERGP Focus Labs (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday launched the Focus Labs for the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). The President said the focus labs are part of the strategies being put in place to ensure implementation of the ERGP. He also pointed out that labs have been successfully used in other countries to boost their economies. He said: “Many will recall that almost a year ago, I made a promise that this administration would be committed to full implementation of the ERGP. Read more

Nigeria can afford over 6,000 teachers for Liberia (Nation)

The Registrar and Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, (TRCN),  Professor Segun Ajiboye on Tuesday responded to the request made by the Liberian President, George Weah that his country needed over 6000 Nigerian teachers to kick start the education sector of Liberia. The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria boss said that Nigeria can afford to give Liberia more than 6,000 qualified professional teachers. It would be recalled that during his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, Liberian President George Weah had asked for 6000 or more teachers to jump start the education of the country. Read more

Declare state-of-emergency in health sector, Senate urges FG (Guardian)

The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to declare a state-of-emergency in the country’s public health sector over decay of infrastructure. The Senate also urged the Federal Government to provide special funding for the overhaul of at least one public medical facility in each geo-political zone in the country. The resolutions were sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion by Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna-APC). Moving the motion, Hunkuyi expressed worry over increasing decay of infrastructure in the country’s healthcare institutions. Read more

N15bn Dasuki’s dole out: Court to rule on Jonathan’s cousin’s human rights suit April 23 (Vanguard)

A Federal High Court in Lagos will on April 23 rule on a suit filed by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, challenging his arrest and detention for alleged N650 million fraud. Azibaola is asking the court to enforce his fundamental human rights by setting him free and that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had no power to arrest him based on “a civil transaction”. Azibaola had filed the suit following his arrest and detention by the EFCC in April 2016. He has since been arraigned and granted bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja. Read more

Al-Makura appoints chairman, three members of state revenue board (Nation)

Gov. Tanko Al Makura of Nasarawa state has submitted the name of Mr. Ahmed Mohammed and three others as chairman and members of the state’s Board of Internal Revenue Service. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, announced the appointment on Tuesday after the majority leader, Alhaji Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North) read the governor of letter at the floor of the house in Lafia. “The governor said that their appointment was to improve on the state revenue profile”. “Ahmed Mohammed is nominated as chairman while Sabo Balarabe Usman, Emmanuel Zakaria and Ali Mohammed as members of Nasarawa state Board of Internal Revenue Service,” he said. Read more

Don’t dump PDP, Makinde appeals to ladoja (Tribune)

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant in Oyo state, Mr Seyi Makinde has appealed to the former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, to stay active over his plan to defect from the party over harmonisation of the state executive party. Makinde stated this according to a statement issued by the Seyi Makinde Organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade. He reminded the former governor of his leadership role and the collective desire of Oyo state people for a change of baton come 2019. Read more

Day Lagos female Keke riders were celebrated by firm (Vanguard)

As part of their plans to celebrate and empower women, Simba Group, distributors of TVS tricycles, organised a free check-up camp for female tricycle riders, with a call on more women to take up the business as a means of livelihood. Speaking during the event held in celebration of the 2018 Women’s Day in Lagos, Business Head of Simba Group, Minish Rohtagi, said they have more plans to empower women, promising a baby centre and scholarship for them. His words: “We have been empowering women over the years and we hope to do more to better the lives of Nigerian women in the society. Read more

Lagos denies increasing Motor Vehicle Registration, number plate rates (Vanguard)

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday debunked rumours of increase in the cost of processing motor vehicle particulars and application for number plates, saying the rates remain the same across the State. A statement by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan said the clarification became necessary in response to enquiries by members of the public who are genuinely concerned about the rumours of increases in charges relating to the motor vehicle administration. Read more

Commissioner warns DPOs against settling rape cases (PremiumTimes)

The Commissioner of Police in Sokoto State, Murtala Mani, has warned Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state against ‘settling’ rape cases and sexual harassment of underaged girls. Represented by the command’s spokesperson, Cordellia Nwawe, at a news conference in Sokoto on Tuesday, Mr. Mani said rape of underage girls was a crime against the state. He said such cases could only be resolved in a competent court. He added that “no traditional institution or community has authority to resolve such cases in the country.” Read more

2018 UTME: 2 persons arrested for allegedly concealing cell phones in panties (Vanguard)

Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) personnel on Tuesday arrested two persons suspected to be using a cell- phone to commit malpractice during the on-going Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Patrick Uba, the Commandant of NSCDC in FCT, announced the arrests to newsmen when he monitored the examinations in Abuja. Uba said that the suspects were apprehended at Baptist Academy Centre, in Karu where one of the suspects, called Joy, went into the examination centre with a cell phone, which was among the banned items. Read more

Lassa fever kills 3 in Ekiti (Vanguard)

Three persons have been confirmed dead in a fresh case of Lassa fever in Ekiti. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Rotimi Ojo, made the disclosure in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday. He said that five out of the eight new suspected cases in the state tested negative while one was uncertain, with the last pending as at press time. Ojo added that the patient that tested positive and two others had passed away. The commissioner insisted that there was still no cause for alarm in the state as government was taking proactive steps in its surveillance activities. Read more

Selena Gomez just unfollowed her BFF and collaborator Petra Collins after Justin Bieber split (Elleuk)

Days after it was reported Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were taking a break from their relationship, the 25-year-old singer has just unfollowed her BBF and creative collaborator, artist Petra Collins, on Instagram. The move comes just weeks after the pair attended Coach’s fashion week show together, where they smiled and held hands together in front of the cameras. Last year, the 25-year-old photographer directed Gomez in her ‘Fetish’ music video in which the Texas-born singer sits in a kitchen surrounded by smashed plates and a puddle of rain, and her AMAs performance. Read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV movie debuts first pictures of the engaged couple (Digitalspy)

Whether you want it to happen or not, that Lifetime movie focusing on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s romance and engagement is happening, and filming is underway now. The TV movie peddler has released photos of their versions of the royal couple, and they look… well, what do you think? Harry is being played by Murray Fraser, who has appeared in ITV’s The Loch and Victoria. Meanwhile, Meghan is being played by Parisa Fitz-Henley, who you may have seen in Jessica Jones, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Jane Austen Book Club. Lifetime has also cast former Shortland Street star Bonnie Soper as Princess Diana, and Fargo’s Maggie Sullivun as Queen Elizabeth II. Read more

Oprah Winfrey makes James Corden cry on demand (Film-news)

Oprah Winfrey reduced James Corden to tears on demand by mentioning the names of his children. The media mogul has conducted many emotional interviews hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1986 until 2011, with Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and Lindsay Lohan among the celebrities she reduced to tears during chats. While Oprah harnessed her abilities to get people to well up when she was on daytime TV, she admitted during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday night (12Mar18) that she attempts to avoid the waterworks these days. Read more

Kim Kardashian: ‘I won’t have more than 4 kids’ (Film-news)

Kim Kardashian thinks four children is the maximum number she’d be able to “handle.” The reality star is currently mum to three children, 4-year-old daughter North, 2-year-old son Saint, and baby daughter Chicago who she welcomed in January (18). However, the 37-year-old has admitted that while she’d consider having one more child with husband Kanye West, it would probably be her last one. “My home and my heart feel really full right now, in the best way,” she shared in an interview with Elle U.S. “I don’t think I could handle more than that. My time is spread really thin. And I think it’s important that in all couples, the mum give the husband as much attention as the kids.” Read more

41 new deaths reported in latest violence in northeast Congo (Washingtonpost)

Authorities in northeastern Congo say more than 40 new deaths have been reported in an area where fighting has erupted between two communities in recent weeks. Willy Maese, deputy administrator in Djugu, said hundreds of homes were also set ablaze during the attack Sunday in two villages in Ituri province. Maese said investigations were underway and that the death toll is likely to rise as bodies were recovered from the surrounding countryside. The latest cycle of violence between the Hema and Lendu communities broke out in December. More than 150 people are now believed to have died over the three-month period. Tens of thousands have fled the area in fear. Read more

Mike Pence: We will see end of legal abortion in our lifetime (Christaintoday)

Mike Pence has predicted the end of legal abortion in the US ‘in our lifetime’. The Vice President, a long-time campaigner against abortion, told a lunch hosted by the anti-abortion organisation, Susan B Anthony List & Life Institute, he had seen more progress in the Trump administration’s first year in office than in his entire life. ‘I know in my heart of hearts this will be the generation that restores life in America,’ he told the audience in Nashville on Tuesday according to The Hill website. Read more

Namibia records first listeria case after it kills 180 in S.Africa (Reuters)

Namibia’s health minister said on Tuesday it had recorded its first case of listeriosis, the biggest recorded outbreak of which has killed over 180 people and infected almost 970 in neighbouring South Africa. Bernard Haufiku told Namibia’s parliament the victim was a 41-year-old man who was fighting for his life in hospital in the capital of the southern African nation. According to Haufiku, the man ate a sausage he bought at a butcher’s shop in Tsumeb, about 475 km (300 miles) north of Windhoek, which is believed to be the source of the toxic bug. Read more

Breaking glass ceiling doesn’t give Gina Haspel a pass (CNN)

Donald Trump’s elevation of Gina Haspel to director of the CIA is historic: She will be the first woman to lead the agency. While the announcement comes amid the chaos of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s firing and the move of present CIA Director Mike Pompeo to run the State Department, it’s important to note that in a nation focused on women’s equality, payments to porn stars and a Trump administration that is far behind its predecessors in the promotion of women to top posts, Haspel has broken a glass ceiling. But it’s also worth remembering that the purpose of elevating women is so they would be judged on their own merits, and not some antiquated notions of what a woman can and cannot do. Haspel spent most of her career in clandestine services, and she has succeeded in a scary, violent world. But her gender shouldn’t give her a pass on two major issues that will now be hers to explain and defend. Read more


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