August 17, 2018

* Tenure elongation: Buhari, APC govs in secret meeting (SUN) * Umahi sacks SSG, rejects resignation (Nation)

* Tenure elongation: Buhari, APC govs in secret meeting (SUN)        * Umahi sacks SSG, rejects resignation (Nation)



Tenure elongation: Buhari, APC govs in secret meeting (SUN)

President Muhammadu  Buhari is currently in a closed-door meeting with governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Council Chamber’s State House. The meeting started at 2:15 pm and begun with opening prayers from the governors of Plateau State, Simon Lalong and his Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Bagudu. Before President Buhari entered the Council Chambers for the meeting, the governors had formed a circle round the Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, and were seen arguing. Some were overhead saying “What they are bring to the table today we will not allow to stand. This is a coup and we will not allow it to stand.” Read more

Umahi sacks SSG, rejects resignation (Nation)

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Tuesday rejected the resignation of the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bernard Odoh, and announced his sack instead. The governor, who disclosed this when he received over 20,000 Ezza indigenes at the Government House in Abakaliki, said Odoh’s resignation was rejected because it was done on a public holiday. Umahi’s reaction followed the submission of the ex-SSG’s letter where he claimed he was not given the freedom to perform his duties effectively. However, the state Commissioner for Information, Emmanuel Onwe, had on Monday confirmed the acceptance of Odoh’s resignation and announced the appointment of Mr. Hyginus Nwokwu as the SSG. Read more

Big row over looters list (Nation)

A row broke out yesterday over the updated “list of looters” released at the weekend by the Federal Government. Some lawyers and some of those on the list took on the government, but Lagos lawyer Festus Keyamo (SAN) said the listing of “looters” was in order. Minister of Information Lai Mohammed issued the list of “28 looters” in two instalments, after the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the government to name those who looted the treasury when the party was in power. On the list are ex-ministers, ex-governors, senators, former party leaders and campaign chiefs, among others. Read more

APC to Inaugurate Committee on Oyegun’s Tenure Extension Plan (ThisDay)

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will constitute a committee to review its decision to extend the tenure of its national leadership and other party executives at all levels. The party had agreed at its last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to reconsider the one year tenure extension granted to the party executives after President Muhammadu Buhari had opposed it, citing likely constitutional breach. As a face-saving measure, and in order to douse the tension raised by the rejection of its tenure extension plan by President Buhari, a reliable source told Thisday yesterday that after due consultations, the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, had assembled a small committee of legal experts to study the whole issue and make recommendations to the NEC of the party. Read more

Ambode urges Lagos Residents to enroll for Voters Registration (ThisDay)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday asked eligible voters in the state to enroll for permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) in preparation for the 2019 general election, lamenting alleged extortion and poor turnout that characterised the process. Ambode, however, warned the residents against voluntary disenfranchisement, noting that failure to participate in the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR) would automatically disqualify them from exercising their civic rights during the 2019 elections. He expressed concerns at the poor turnout for the exercise across the state after he inaugurated 21 bridges and roads in Alimosho, saying roads linking border communities to other states would be given adequate attention to reduce travel time. Read more

Ex-Abia gov, Orji Kalu visits Alake of Egbaland (SUN)

A former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is currently on a courtesy visit to the palace of Alake and the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo. Kalu, whose entourage arrived the Ake Palace around 12.50p.m, was received by Egba High Chiefs and was immediately ushered into the inner palace. Briefing the monarch and member of the Egba Traditional Council on the purpose of his visit, the former governor said he brought message of love, peace and understanding to the monarch. Read more

Ondo Assembly dissolves 18 LG Caretakers Committees (Nation)

The Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday dissolved the caretaker committees in the 18 local government areas of the state. The House Speaker, Bamidele Oloyelogun, announced the dissolution on Tuesday at a plenary, following the expiration of additional six months tenure of the caretaker committees. The News men reports that the assembly had earlier approved an elongation of tenure to councils from Oct.4, 2017 to April 3, which apparently ends on Tuesday. Oloyelogun asked the caretaker chairmen to handover to the Directors of Local Government Administration in their respective council areas. Read more

$500m Abacha loot: Okonjo-Iweala to explain withdrawal (Nation)

Former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is to explain how about $250million of the $500million recovered from the family of the late Head of State, Gen.Sani Abacha, was withdrawn, The Nation learnt yesterday. The cash was released to the Office of National Security Adviser( ONSA) without appropriation. About $36,155,000 (N13,015,800 billion) out of the $250million was also withdrawn in cash “without any purpose” on March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 18th of 2015. The Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has approved Mrs Okonjo-Iweala’s invitation. A letter of invitation has been sent to her. Read more

Obanikoro commends Ambode for sustaining indigenous culture (Nation)

Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defence, has commended Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s drive in sustaining and upholding indigenous cultures, traditions and norms of Lagos State. Obanikoro who served as a Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District from 2003 to 2007, gave the commendation while speaking with the News men in Lagos on Tuesday. The senator who later served as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana said that the increase in technological advancement was a challenge to cultural growth in the country. “Modernisation is taking over the world and our youths want to follow the trend. “Our youths have been carried away by Western culture, which is not encouraging. Read more

Kashamu hails FG over Ikorodu-Sagamu Road (ThisDay)

The senator representing Ogun East senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu, has commended the federal government for awarding the contract for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodo-Sagamu Road which links Lagos State and Ogun State. Sagamu, Ogijo, Mosinmi and other communities around that axis fall under Ogun East senatorial district which Kashamu represents at the upper chamber. Rising from its weekly Federal Executive Committee (FEC) meeting recently, the federal government announced that it has approved N20.845 billion for the rehabilitation of the road. Read more

Edo street sweepers protest unpaid allowances (Punch)

Street sweepers in the Benin metropolis  have staged another protest over the alleged non-payment of their outstanding allowances by the Edo State Government. The protesters claimed that they were owed allowances spanning six months. The sweepers had in December, 2017, protested the non-payment of their eight-month allowance. But Governor Godwin Obaseki said that the government was not indebted to them as they are not government employees. Read more

BBNaija: Controversy greets suggestion to donate N45m for Teddy A (Punch)

Twitter is agog with a rumour that fans of Teddy A, who was the latest evictee from BBNaija House, have decided to do him proud by donating N5,000 each to him. This, they say, will enable him to garner the N45m he could probably have won in the reality show. A Twitter account owner, Queen of Mean, with Twitter handle @H3rRoyalDopenez, had tweeted: “Awww, Teddy A’s fans are donating 5k each to make 25m for him. That’s so sweeeeet.” Read more

We’re praying for you, Majek Fashek assures Dino Melaye (Punch)

Legendary Reggae musician, Majek Fashek, has expressed support for the senator representing Kogi-West in the Senate, Dino Melaye. Fashek, in an Instagram post, assured Melaye of his support and prayers in the midst of his numerous challenges and battles. The reggae musician who was at Dino Melaye’s last Pirates of the Caribbean-themed birthday party, prayed that fire should burn all of the senator’s enemies. He wrote, “Message from legendary prophet Majek Fashek to distinguish (sic) senator Dino Melaye, man of the people, we are praying for you, we stand with you and by you, no one can touch the anointed of God. Read more

Police recover over 200 firearms in Lagos (Punch)

The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday said it had recovered more than 200 illegally acquired firearms from individuals and suspected hoodlums in the last seven months. The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Edgal Imohimi, made the disclosure at a news conference in Lagos. Imohimi said that the firearms were recovered from suspected hoodlums and those that embraced the 21 days grace period given by the Inspector-General of Police to submit their illegally possessed firearms. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the recovered arms and ammunition were taken to the Lagos State Police Command armoury. Read more

Police arrest manufacturer of fake wines, whiskeys (Nation)

A suspected manufacturer of adulterated alcoholic beverages and liquors has been arrested by the police in Lagos. The suspect, Benjamin Ojukwu, 53, who was arrested by police operatives from the Area D Command in Mushin, was paraded by the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, on Tuesday. Edgal said Ojukwu’s arrest would reduce death occasioned by adulterated beverages, adding that the suspect was apprehended at 56 Market Road, Ojuwoye, Mushin, on March 30. Edgal said: “A valid search warrant was executed in his shop and the following items were recovered. They include various brands of wines and hot drinks suspected to be adulterated. Empty wine bottles and labeled bottle corks of different types of drinks.” Read more

Russia 2018: Last minute ticket sales for April 18 (Nation)

Last minute sales phase of the forthcoming World cup in Russia will begin on April 18, World soccer ruling body FIFA has announced. Tickets for the World cup billed for kick off June 14 have been done in phases.  The second phase of the sales which opened on March 13 came to a close April 3rd with 1,698,049 tickets sold so far. The just ended phase coming just. 72 days to kick off saw a total of 394,433 tickets allocated to fans across the world in real time at Most of the tickets during this sales period were allocated to Russian fans (216,134), followed by fans from USA (16,462), Argentina (15,006), Colombia (14,755), Mexico (14,372), Brazil (9,962), Peru (9,766), China (6,598), Germany (5,974), Australia (5,905) and India (4,509) – the top ten countries from abroad. Read more

NUGA: Unilag steps up bid with N54m to upgrade sports centre (Nation)

Authorities of the University of Lagos have released N54 million for the upgrading of the institution’s sports centre in preparation for the Nigeria University  Games Association ( NUGA ) bidding. The university’s Director of Sports, Dr Olayinka Awoyinfa, told the News men in Lagos on Tuesday that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, had approved the money in aid of the bidding for the games. NUGA is a triennial university-level sports events in Nigeria with 15 games approved for the event. They include track and field, badminton, basketball, chess, cricket, handball, hockey, judo, soccer, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball. Read more

‘Extraordinary’ Guardiola holds no fears for Klopp (Guardian)

Jurgen Klopp has no qualms about saluting Pep Guardiola’s ability to create “extraordinary” teams, but the Liverpool boss is convinced he can bridge the class divide when Manchester City visit Anfield for their Champions League showdown. Having first gone head to head with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, the friendly rivalry between Klopp and Guardiola has its biggest stage yet as Liverpool face City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday. Two of Europe’s heavyweight managers, Klopp and Guardiola look destined to compete for the sport’s biggest prizes for years to come. Read more

Messi to return as Barcelona host Roma in Champions League last eight (Guardian)

Lionel Messi is expected back for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Roma and for Barcelona his return cannot come soon enough. Messi’s latest rescue-act on Saturday, when he came off the bench to inspire a remarkable fightback against Sevilla, has regurgitated the question of Barca’s dependency on their number 10. It is difficult to quantify Messi’s brilliance. He would be missed by any team in the world, not least Argentina, who were thrashed 6-1 by Spain last week with the injured forward watching on from the stands. Read more

Allegri expects Dybala to deliver against Real Madrid (Guardian)

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is expecting Argentine ace Paulo Dybala to fire against Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg. “Dybala will play a great game, he has grown a lot both on the physical and psychological level and is coming into his own scoring a nice goal against AC Milan,” said Allegri. The 24-year-old Argentine scored 10 goals in the opening six Serie A games, but only four in the league between the end of September and early March, with a dip in form followed by a hamstring injury. Read more

Trump-Russia inquiry: Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan sentenced to 30 days (BBC)

The first person has been jailed as part of the FBI inquiry into alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign team and Russia. Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, 33, was sentenced to 30 days in prison for lying to investigators about contacts with ex-Trump aide Rick Gates. He struck a plea deal in February. Van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of one of Russia’s richest men and was the 19th person to be charged by special counsel Robert Mueller. The indictment against him did not refer to the 2016 election campaign. Mr Trump has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Read more

Will French trade unions trip up Europe’s strongest leader? (CNN)

French commuters who hit the road late this morning after the long Easter weekend found themselves facing more than 400 kilometers of traffic jams — and that was just in the Paris region, according to local media. Just one of eight TGV long-distance trains was running. And on the commuter rails, there was even greater paralysis. France is in the grip, this time on the rails, of one of its periodic mass strikes — labor protests that have proved to be among the leading forces undoing any number of French Presidents in the past. And indeed, labor and the efforts at reform by France’s 40-year-old French President, Emmanuel Macron — now approaching an end to his first year of an otherwise all-but-Teflon presidency — could be his one Achilles heel. Read more

Goodbye Alexander the Great: Skopje’s airport renamed (WashingtonPost)

Macedonia has completed the renaming of its international airport, formerly called Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture to neighboring Greece. Turkish consortium TAV, which operates the airport, removed the three-meter (10-foot) letters spelling out the name of the ancient warrior king in February, replacing them Tuesday with the words “Skopje International Airport.” Greece and Macedonia have been at odds for decades over the former Yugoslav republic’s name, which Athens says implies territorial claims on its own northern province of the same name. Macedonia’s previous conservative government erected a number of monuments to Alexander and named its main highway and airport after him, infuriating Greece which saw it as a usurpation of its own ancient history. Read more

Man reunited with daughter 24 years after she went missing in China (Independent)

A Chinese man has been reunited with his daughter 24 years after she went missing. Wang Mingqing never gave up the search for his daughter, Qifeng, after she went missing in when she was just three-years-old in the the central city of Chengdu. Mr Wang and wife were selling fruit when they noticed their little girl had gone. He had gone to change money and on his return she was missing. The couple spent years looking for their daughter, regularly taking out advertisements and setting up online appeals, to no avail. Read more

I battled depression for 30 years, fast and furious actor, ‘The Rock’, reveals (Mirror)

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has opened up on secret battle with depression that he’s been harbouring for 30 years. Despite being Hollywood’s highest paid actor and a global superstar after a successful wrestling career, Johnson had a tough upbringing. The 6ft 5in muscleman even saw his mum tried to commit suicide after they were evicted from their apartment – and it left a mark on the youngster. Johnson told the Express : “She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars were swerving out of the way. “Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed. Read more


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