* Third Mainland Bridge to be shut for 27 months (Vanguard) * Killings: Be patient, my security chiefs racking their brains, says Buhari (Punch)

* Third Mainland Bridge to be shut for 27 months (Vanguard)      * Killings: Be patient, my security chiefs racking their brains, says Buhari (Punch)



Third Mainland Bridge to be shut for 27 months (Vanguard)

The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, on Wednesday in Lagos said that the emergency rehabilitation/maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge project would begin on July 27. Kuti who disclosed this a stakeholders’ meeting at the Ministry of Works office in Lagos. He said that the repair works on the bridge would be staggered over a period of 27 months and would be handled by Borini Prono Construction Company. The meeting was convened by the ministry for stakeholders to brainstorm on effective traffic diversion and management to prevent gridlocks during the period. Read more

Killings: Be patient, my security chiefs racking their brains, says Buhari (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, urged Nigerians to be patient with him as his administration made efforts to tackle ongoing killings in parts of the country. He said members of his security teams were racking their brains to come up with a lasting solution. A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying this while condemning  killings of many people, including a district head, in and around Gandi village in  Rabah Local Government of Sokoto State by bandits. Read more

Ignore Fayose’s antics, says Adeyeye (Nation)

A chieftain of the All Peoples Congress (APC), in Ekiti State Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has advised the people to ignore what he described as the latest antics of Governor Ayodele Fayose. Speaking through the Director of Publicity, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM), Niyi Ojo, in a statement Adeyeye, said Fayose had always been a “clownish dramatist.” Adeyeye said Fayose’s latest “stunt” was aimed at creating a diversion for the people of the state, while covering up his nefarious activities, which are aimed at rigging Saturday’s governorship election. Read more

Finally, Buhari ready to sign Africa free trade agreement (Guardian)

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with visiting President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he expressed readiness to sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). At a joint press conference after their closed-door meeting, Buhari confirmed that he would soon sign the agreement. The Nigerian president, who earlier declined to assent to the continental trade document, explained then that he could not agree to anything that would undermine local manufacturers and entrepreneur in his country. Read more

Grazing: Miyetti Allah expresses shock over S/E govs’ decision (Vanguard)

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in the South East yesterday expressed shock over the decision of the South East governors not to accept grazing in the zone. Leader of the group, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, in a statement Thursday in Awka, said the decision was surprising to them considering the cordial relationship that had existed in the zone between the group and the five state governments. He said Miyetti Allah had never failed to appreciate the commitment of the host governors in ensuring their safety, even in their rational insistence that their people must not infringe on the rights of indigenous farmers to cultivate and harvest their crops without any hindrance.Read more

‘LP not part of pro-PDP coalition’ (Nation)

The Labour Party (LP) has distanced itself from the coalition of political parties that came together to oust the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). National Chairman Mike Onotosho told reporters yesterday that the leadership of the party was neither consulted nor been part of any formal meeting or agreement between the party and any other political party. “The Labour Party is not only a political party but a political movement, guided by its ethics, values, principles and social ideology, where all actions are taken in consideration of due process. “If there was any need for the party to join any coalition, the consent and the approval of the National Working Committee (NWC) and the National Executive Council (NEC) would have been sought before such decision is taken. Read more

EFCC Benin zonal office marks African Anti-Corruption Day with road walk (SUN)

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday marked the African Anti-Corruption Day with a road walk across major streets of Benin. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the road walk which also included sensitisation of the public against involving in acts of corruption, was led by Mr Malaifia Yakubu, the commission’s Zonal Head of Operations in Benin. Yakubu, at the occasion, read from the speech of the Acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, and said that the commemoration of the day had its roots in series of events. Read more

Ekiti poll: Controversy as police disperse PDP’s rally (Nation)

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose sparked a huge controversy yesterday when he claimed that the police attacked him. The governor claimed that the police shot at him and fired teargas that blinded him in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. But the Police said the governor was not attacked. They said policemen fired teargas to disperse a crowd of people after they had been advised not to hold a rally. Reporters who were at the Police Headquarters rushed down to the Fajuyi Pavilion, venue of the planned rally when the news broke that the crowd was being dispersed. A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) source  claimed that Fayose was attending to complaints from members who had been denied access to the pavilion when a teargas canister fired from outside the Government House landed very close to him. The governor inhaled the teargas and went down, he said. Read more

Niger Delta urges restructuring, says amnesty not enough (Guardian)

Criticsal stakeholders in the Niger Delta have urged the Federal Government to concede to the restructuring of the country, saying the amnesty programme cannot solve the myriads of problems confronting the region. The eminent personnel include: The Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Prof G.G. Darah of the Literature in English Department, Delta State University and Evironmental rights activist and Convener, Niger-Delta Self-Determination Movement (NDSDM), Madam Ann Kio-Briggs among others. They spoke yesterday in separate interviews at a ‘stakeholder’s meeting with selected leaders’ in the region, held at Eko Hotel, Lagos. Read more

Wike: Attack on Fayose Unwarranted, designed to intimidate Ekiti People (ThisDay)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the attack on Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, as unwarranted and designed to intimidate the people of Ekiti State ahead of Saturday’s election in the state. Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday night, Wike called on the people of Ekiti State to resist any attempt s by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government to intimidate them. He also called on the people of Rivers State to see the development in Ekiti State as a rehearsal by the APC-led federal government of what it intends to do in the state in 2019. Read more

Senate rejects motion on details of 30,000 security officers (Vanguard)

The Senate yesterday rejected a motion to request details of the 30, 000 police officers deployed for the Ekiti governorship election. On Sunday, the police authorities said it had drafted 30, 000 officers to provide security in the election slated for Saturday. The matter was first raised at the Senate on Tuesday when the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and Deputy Majority Leader, Ibn Na’Allah, questioned the deployment on the ground that there are no deployments to places under attacks across the country. Yesterday, Dino Melaye (Kogi West), asked his colleagues to request for the names, service numbers and details of the officers deployed for the election. Read more

2 suspected robbers killed in Ogun (Punch)

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have shot dead two suspected armed robbers in the Ijebu Ode area of the state. The police said the incident followed an intelligence report received by the command that a robbery gang from Onitsha was in Ijebu Ode to terrorise the residents. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said as soon as the information was received, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, directed the officer in charge of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Uba Adam, to go after the hoodlums. Read more

Suspect: I didn’t kill ex-Ondo deputy governor’s daughter (Nation)

Adeyemi Alao, the boyfriend of Miss Khadijat Oluboyo, the slain daughter of former Ondo State Deputy Governor Lasisi Oluboyo, has denied involvement in her death. Khadijat, the 25-year-old final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University (AAU), Akungba-Akoko, was found dead on Sunday at the home of her boyfriend in Akure, the state capital. Alao denied involvement in Khadijat’s death when he faced reporters yesterday at the headquarters of the state police command in Akure. According to him, it was the slain girl who brought two boys into his room, who eventually killed her. Read more

Residents flee as two policemen, robber die in shootout (Punch)

Some residents of Rumuosi community have fled their homes after two policemen and one suspected armed robber were killed during a shootout on Ozuoba-Rumuosi Road in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. Some robbery gang members were said to have opened fire on a police patrol van on the road around 10.30pm on Tuesday, forcing the policemen to respond. It was gathered that in the ensuing shootout, two policemen died, while one of the robbers was also fatally wounded. Some residents said while the hoodlums opened fire on sighting the patrol van, a policeman jumped out of the van and hid in a “strategic point.” Read more

Replacing Rohr will not solve Eagles’ problem, says Obuh (Guardian)

Former Flying Eagles coach, John Obuh, has stated that the call for the sack of Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, in some quarters would not bring changes in the Eagles. Obuh, who noted that lack of sustainable football pattern was the bane of Eagles’ failure at the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup, called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to map out a well-tailored programme that would ensure quality players are continually discovered and monitored at the domestic and international levels to play regularly for the team, this he said would enable the coaches draw out a formidable formation that would stand the test of time. Read more

ECOWAS to host 2018 Diplomatic Sports in Abuja (SUN)

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will host the 2018 Diplomatic Sports Competition, Moses Essien, Chairman, Organising Committee of Diplomatic Sports said on Wednesday. Essien told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the event which would hold from Oct. 6 to Oct. 13 at the National Stadium was in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He added that all member countries were expected to take part in the glamorous championship. “We have been having meetings with the Europeans Union members, ECOWAS members and Commissions; we want to make the participating country to be well informed about the event. Read more

Anderson Dumps Federer Out of Wimbledon (ThisDay)

Defending champion Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon after eighth seed Kevin Anderson fought back from two sets down in a gripping quarter-final. Top seed Federer, who was aiming for a record-equalling ninth singles title, missed a match point in the third set. It proved pivotal as the South African recovered to win 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 in four hours and 13 minutes. The 2017 US Open finalist plays John Isner, who beat Milos Raonic, in a first SW19 semi-final for both men. Read more

Croatia can settle a 20-year-old score against France – Dalic (Goal)

Les Bleus won their semi-final at the 1998 World Cup and the current manager said his team had a chance to avenge that defeat. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told his team they had a chance to “settle a score” against France in the World Cup final. Goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic helped Croatia to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over England in the semi-finals on Wednesday. The result saw Croatia reach a first World Cup final, where France await in Sunday’s decider in Moscow. Read more

‘They should be more humble and respectful’ – Modric hits back at English media (Goal)

The Real Madrid star says his side deserved to advance to the World Cup final and hit back at pundits who had written them off. Luka Modric hit back at the media after Croatia advanced to their first World Cup final with a 2-1 semi-final win over England . The Real Madrid midfielder played a key role in the second half as Croatia came from behind to win with goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic turning their fortunes and setting up a final with France. Much was made of Croatia’s gruelling run to the semi-final with their previous two games going to penalties, but Modric, 32, said the team used talk about them being tired as a motivation. Read more

West Ham pondering move to reunite Yaya Toure with Manuel Pellegrini (Kwese.Espn)

West Ham are pondering a move for Yaya Toure, claims The Sun, a move that would reunite the midfielder with manager Manuel Pellegrini, for whom he played at Manchester City. But the Sun quotes “a Hammers source” raising concerns that Toure, 35, might prove a disruption in the locker room. Toure leveled some criticism at Pep Guardiola on his way out at City, and his agent suggested Toure would join a Premier League rival for £1-a-week to prove to Guardiola that he can still play the top level. But the Sun says Toure wants a signing fee and bonuses that could take his package over £100,000-a-week. If West Ham decide not to pursue a deal, Toure has other options: He’s held talks with other Premier League clubs, as well as teams in Europe, China and the U.S. Read more

Amnesty calls for probe of torture claims at Yemen detention centres (Memo)

Amnesty International accused United Arab Emirates (UAE) and allied Yemeni forces of torturing detainees at a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen and said such violations should be investigated as war crimes, Reuters reports. The UAE, a key US ally, says it has never run prisons or secret detention centres in Yemen. It and its Yemeni allies have denied past allegations of torturing prisoners. Amnesty said in a statement on Thursday that scores of men had been subjected to enforced disappearance after being arbitrarily detained by UAE and Yemeni forces “operating outside the command of their own government”. Read more

China ‘shocked’ by US actions in trade dispute (BBC)

China said it is “shocked” after the US announced plans for fresh tariffs, escalating a trade war between the two countries. The US listed $200bn (£150bn) worth of additional products it intends to place tariffs on as soon as September. The move comes just days after the two countries imposed tit-for-tat tariffs of $34bn on each other’s goods. Beijing described Washington’s latest threat as “totally unacceptable,” saying it would harm the world. “The behaviour of the US is hurting China, hurting the world and hurting itself,” a spokesperson for China’s commerce ministry said in a statement. Read more

India’s selfie obsession hits new low as man takes picture in front of dying road accident victims (Abc.net)

India’s obsession with selfies and social media has reached a new low, with three road accident victims dying as onlookers took selfies and filmed videos on their phones instead of rendering aid. Police have condemned the behaviour of bystanders, who watched without helping three men who were severely injured after their bike was hit by a school bus in the northern state of Rajasthan. Photos circulating on social media and in the Indian press show people taking selfies as the injured men lay sprawled in pools of blood on the road. Read more

After making nice with Angela Merkel at NATO summit, Donald Trump reignites spending spat on Twitter (DW)

Wednesday was a back-and-forth day in Brussels for US President Donald Trump, who was in town to eventually discuss NATO business with delegates from the trans-Atlantic alliance’s 28 other member countries. First he was mad at Germany, claiming that the country was “captive” to Russia for its concessions in pursuit of a controversial gas pipeline deal. Then, after a public rebuke from Angela Merkel and a sit-down session with the chancellor, the US president was singing a revised tune, saying the bond between the increasingly uneasy allies was bigger — more “tremendous” even — than any differences between the leaders. “We are having a great meeting,” Trump told reporters following his one-on-one with the chancellor. “We are discussing military expenditure, and we are talking about trade. We have a very, very good relationship.” Read more

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