July 20, 2018

* Terrorism charge: Nnamdi Kanu flees, goes into hiding (Punch) * Buhari tasks military on defence of democracy, sovereignty (Guardian)

* Terrorism charge: Nnamdi Kanu flees, goes into hiding (Punch)  * Buhari tasks military on defence of democracy, sovereignty (Guardian)



Terrorism charge: Nnamdi Kanu flees, goes into hiding (Punch)

The founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and top leaders of his group have gone into hiding following Friday’s declaration by the Nigerian Army that IPOB and other Pro-Biafran groups were terrorists organisations. Investigations by Sunday punch on Saturday revealed that Kanu and his top lieutenants had ‘disappeared’ from his country home in Afaraukwu near Umuahia and other places he frequently visited. His father, Eze Israel Kanu, is the traditional ruler of the town. Read more

Buhari tasks military on defence of democracy, sovereignty (Guardian)

President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked the military to rededicate itself to democracy in the country, by defending the nation’s unity and territorial integrity. Buhari gave the charge during the passing out parade of the combined cadets of 64 and 65 regular courses of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), yesterday. Represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the President said there is need for the military to engage all the forces of terrorism confronting the nation for reason of defending democracy and Nigeria’s territorial integrity. Read more

IPOB: Navy fully deployed for internal security, says naval chief (Guardian)

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, yesterday, disclosed that the Nigerian Navy (NN) was fully on alert to protect Nigeria’s integrity in the face of ongoing ethnic tension precipitated by agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB). Ibas added that the Navy was fully deployed to maintain the country’s internal security from the maritime environment, adding that its special operations in the Southern part of the country were combat ready to protect. CNS spoke during the Nigerian Navy 3rd Quarter Route March, at the Mogadishu Cantonment, in Abuja. He said there was no cause for alarm over any tension, saying the service was carrying out its constitutional mandate of protecting the country from the seas for “our economy to boom and for development to come to the country.” Read more

Bishop Kukah reconciles Uduaghan, Utomi (Punch)

The immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has reconciled with Prof. Patrick Utomi after months of verbal attacks over the financial state of Delta. Sunday punch gathered that peace was brokered between the two politicians by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, on Saturday in Abuja. The duo fell apart when Utomi, accused previous governments in the state, including that of Uduaghan, of mortgaging the future of the state through excessive borrowing and alleged diversion of funds. Read more

Army to launch Operation Crocodile in S’South, S’West (Punch)

As Operation Python Dance in the South-East region continues to generate controversy, the Nigerian Army said on Saturday that it would launch an operation, Crocodile Smile II, which would cover the South-South region and some parts of the South-West. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said this in an interview with Signature TV on Saturday, monitored by our correspondent. The army spokesman noted that “encouraging feedback” from the South-East after Python Dance I made the army commence Python Dance lI. Read more

Igbo won’t support secession, we remain united says Okorocha (Punch)

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said no Igbo person will support any secession or division in the country. The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, according to the governor, should be treated as an individual “because well-meaning Igbo people have condemned IPOB in all ramifications.” Okorocha, speaking on Saturday at the New Yam festival organised by the State Council of Traditional Rulers headed by Eze Samuel Ohir, in Owerri,  said everyone that loved Ndigbo had condemned the activities of IPOB. Read more

Groups target 500,000 jobs with agriculture scheme (Guardian)

To increase banks lending in the agricultural sector and boost agricultural productivity in the country, Stanbic IBTC has commenced a N50billion Agric Financing Scheme. The Scheme, in partnership with the Nigeria incentive-Based Risk Sharing System and Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), would commence with N10billion facility for the 2017/2018 dry and wet season farming. The credit facility targeted at Primary production/input supplier, farmers, traders/processor, marketing, distribution would also create over 500,000 direct jobs in the agriculture value chain. Read more

Banning of IPOB, welcome development- Northern Igbo (Guardian)

Following persistent calls on the Federal Government by human rights activists and southeastern governors to withdraw military operations, Operation Python Dance II in the region, the  leader of Northern Tranquility Movement, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Gashash, has cautioned the Federal Government not to bow to such pressure, saying that the IPOB agitators are unpredictable.

In a chat with The Guardian, Gashash said government’s action of  sending the army to the troubled area was justifiable, as  the police cannot handle the eruption of crises in the troubled region. Read more

Dalung’s disputed inaguraration rips taekwondo family apart (Punch)

The taekwondo polls seemed destined for a controversial end even before it was conducted. There had been a silent line of discord, with members allegedly pledging allegiance to former president George Ashiru and Margaret Binga, who was controversially inaugurated as the new NTF president on August 23 by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung. Ashiru, who was vying for a second term in office, got to the venue of the polls on June 13 to discover that his name had disappeared from the list without reasons given. He alongside 176 other candidates — out of the 396 that applied to contest ­— on the various federations’  boards, were disqualified just few minutes to the commencement of the elections in mysterious circumstances. Read more

Delta win 2017 Youth Games (Punch)

Delta State have emerged winners of the 2017 National Youth Games, which ended in Ilorin on Saturday. Team Delta won 21 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze medals to retain the title they won in 2016. Akwa Ibom State with 16 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze were second, while Ondo State came thirs with 12 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze. Jigawa, Taraba and Yobe states occupied the bottom of the medal table after they failed to win a medal at the event. Read more

Kenya to await CAF decision on CHAN 2018 (Punch)

Kenya will have to wait a little longer to find out if it will host the 2018 African Nations Championships after the latest round of venue inspection ended on Saturday, AFP reports. Kenyan football officials said the final decision will now be taken at the next CAF (African Football Confederation) executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana on September 23. It is expected the report by the seven-member CAF team, which conducted a third inspection of the four Kenyan stadiums earmarked for the 16-team event, will form the basis of that decision. Read more

Cisse confident of Valbuena sex tape exoneration (Punch)

France international Djibril Cisse insisted he’s done nothing wrong over the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape scandal in an interview published on Saturday. The former Liverpool and Marseille striker told l’Equipe he was “one million per cent” confident he will be exonerated of any wrongdoing.

“If I’d done something stupid I’d own up to it,” said Cisse, 36, who currently plays for Yverdon in the Swiss third division. “Apart from informing Mathieu and telling him to be careful, I can’t see what I can be reproached for. Read more

City thrash Watford 6-0 (Punch)

A Sergio Aguero hat-trick helped Manchester City to record their highest victory under Pep Guardiola as they crushed Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Aguero was in sublime form to help City move to the top of the Premier League and avoid a hangover from European success at Feyenoord in midweek. City were anxious to end their relatively poor record in Premier League games which followed Champions League fixtures last season. Of their last six such games dating back to last September, Pep Guardiola’s side managed to win just one. Read more

Liverpool held by stubborn Burnley (Punch)

Jurgen Klopp’s frustrating start to the season continued as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, despite Mohamed Salah’s fifth goal of the season, AFP reports.

The German made seven changes, including a first start of the campaign for Philippe Coutinho, to the side that was held at home 2-2 by Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, but yet another defensive error cost Liverpool dearly against a Burnley team that has not won at Anfield in 43 years. Read more

Syria: Russian airstrike wounds six US-backed fighters (Guardian)

A US-backed force in Syria said a Russian airstrike wounded six of its fighters on Saturday near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour while in southeast Syria, Syrian troops and their Iran-backed allies began a new offensive aiming to capture areas along the Iraq border under the cover of Russian airstrikes.

The command of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement that Saturday’s air raid occurred on the eastern side of the Euphrates River in the industrial area that was recently liberated from Isis. Read more

Unwanted Rohingya face threats in India and Nepal (Dailymail)

Detested in Myanmar, the Muslim Rohingya desperately seeking sanctuary will get a new reminder Monday of just how unloved they are in India too. As the number of Rohingya fleeing a military crackdown for Bangladesh refugee camps races past 400,000 in three weeks, the Indian government is to put its case to the country’s Supreme Court for expelling up to 40,000 who have arrived over the past 10 years. According to media reports, the government will argue that the Rohingya are a security threat who could aid terrorists. Read more

Nobody’s called me’: Broke and abandoned Trump aide Caputo struggles with Russia probe (Rawstory)

Michael Caputo, a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, has claimed the ongoing federal probe into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia has taken such a financial burden on him that he’s been forced to dip into his children’s college funds to pay for an attorney. Caputo, who had worked in the Trump campaign’s communications department, has a hired a New York based attorney to assist in the ongoing investigation. He told The Washington Examiner he is struggling to pay for a legal defense team, because it requires a certain kind of attorney that is costly but competent. Read more

Parsons Green bomb suspect, 18, arrested in Dover as he attempts to flee Britain (Webcache)

Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the departure lounge of the port of Dover in what they said was a “very significant” step in the hunt for whoever planted a bomb on a London commuter train that injured 30 people a day earlier. Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on the highest security level of “critical” late on Friday, meaning another attack may be imminent, and deployed soldiers and armed police to strategic locations such as nuclear power plants. Read more

EU ministers make push for Google, Facebook tax (Guardian)

Google and Facebook may face higher tax bills in Europe as the EU rushed Saturday to change rules so that more of Silicon Valley’s mega profits fall into public coffers. Public anger against the billions of euros earned by online behemoths is growing louder in Europe and EU finance ministers meeting in Estonia pledged to make sure the companies pay a fairer tax. But divisions emerged on how to go about taking on the giants, with several member states worried that a tax in Europe could push the companies to set up shop in the US or Asia. Read more


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