March 25, 2019

* Those Who Feel They Have Another Country Free To Go —Buhari * DSS Denies Facilitating Kanu’s Escape from Nigeria

* Those Who Feel They Have Another Country Free To Go —Buhari                 * DSS Denies Facilitating Kanu’s Escape from Nigeria



Those Who Feel They Have Another Country Free To Go —Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said Nigerians who felt that they have another country outside Nigeria may choose to go. He said he and others who do not have another country would rather stay back and salvage it together. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving All Progressives Congress governorship aspirants and members of the party from the three senatorial zones of Kwara State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

DSS Denies Facilitating Kanu’s Escape from Nigeria

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied report insinuating some of his personnel aided the self-acclaimed leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to escape from Nigeria, when operatives of security agencies, including the army invaded his family home in Umuahia, Abia State last year. The whereabouts of Kanu had been a mystery since the September 14, 2017 military invasion, forcing his lawyer and sureties who guaranteed his bail to trade blame over his whereabouts even as some claimed he must have been killed during the attack. However, following the sudden reappearance of Kanu in Israel, questions have been raised as to how he was able to escape from Nigeria, with report fingering some operatives of the DSS.

Buhari Orders APC to Capture Kwara

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja, ordered the Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to dislodge the Saraki dynasty and win Kwara State in 2019. The president gave the instruction during a closed-door meeting with members of the Kwara State chapter of APC at the State House. Making the disclosure while answering questions from journalists after the meeting, the APC governorship candidate in Kwara State, Abdulraman Abdulrazaq, said the era of the dominance of Senate President Bukola Saraki in Kwara politics was over.

 Fayemi Approves Permanent Secretary’s Retirement

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has approved the immediate retirement of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Training, Olusesan Alabi. A statement conveying the governor’s approval of Alabi’s retirement was signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode. The governor ordered Alabi to hand over to the most senior officer in the office. No reason was given for his retirement in the statement. He was among the permanent secretaries appointed by Fayemi in 2013 during his first tenure of office.

Amosun Accuses Oshiomhole, Tinubu, Osoba Of Foisting Dapo Abiodun On Ogun

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday, accused the National  Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole of allegedly conniving with some people to foist Dapo Abiodun on the party in the state, as its governorship candidate in the 2019 election. Amosun alleged that Oshiomhole with the support of two former governors of Lagos and Ogun States, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Aremo Olusegun Osoba, wrote a fake result showing Abiodun as the winner of the party’s primary election and thus its governorship candidate. He had alleged that the duo of Tinubu and Osoba had played roles in what he termed ‘electoral fraud’, adding that their silence over the matter smacked of complicity.

How Nigerian Elite Influences Sack Of Corrupt Officials – Osinbajo

Nigeria’s vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said whenever he wants to sack a public official found to be corrupt, calls from religious and political leaders reach him not to do so. Despite this claim by the Nigerian vice-president, it will be recalled that he has been involved in the dismisaal of some government officials alleged to be found corrupt. While president Buhari was on annual leave, Osinbajo sacked former director general of the Department of State Services (DSS) Lawal Daura.

Umahi, Southeast Leaders Never Disagreed With My Nomination -Peter Obi

The former governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Peter Obi on Monday confirmed that Igbo leaders as well as governor’s of the zone never disagreed on his nomination as VP candidate but disagreed with the process. Peter Obi who visited Governor David Umahi in the Government House Abakalikii said he was in the state to intimate them about his nomination as the Vice Presidential candidate of PDP in the forth coming general election and to solicit their support. Obi said he also came to solicit the support of the Governor of Ebonyi State towards the coming election and commended the governor for his developmental strides since he assumed office.

Alleged N400m Fraud : EFCC Alleges Plot To Scuttle Metuh’s Trial

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, alleged attempt to scuttle the ongoing trial of former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh. The agency made the allegation on a day it persuaded the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to reject an application that sought the postponement of further hearing on the criminal proceeding it initiated against Metuh, till November 29.

Nigeria Is 7th Largest Integrated Market In The World – US Ambassador

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington, says that Nigeria is the seventh largest integrated market in the world, with more endowments than most countries. Symington made the remark on Monday in Ilorin while delivering the Convocation Lecture at the 34th Convocation Ceremony of the University of Ilorin. The Lecture was entitled: “Citizen Leadership and the Link between Economic Diversity and Economic Good Governance”.

SARS Reforms Panel To Hear 27 Complaints, Begins Sitting

The Presidential Panel on the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) Reforms for the North Central Zone has received 27 complaints and will hold public sitting on the complaints from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25. The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr Tony Ojukwu, said this on Monday in Abuja in his welcome remarks at the commencement of the panel’s public sitting. According to Ojukwu, the essence is “to increase access to the services of the commission. “And to seek accountability where there is evidence to indicate that officers or officials of SARS have been involved in acts amounting to human rights violation in the course of carrying out their law enforcement duties.

Naira Loses Marginally Against Dollar At Parallel Market

The Naira on Monday lost 50 kobo to close at N360.5 to the dollar, weaker than N360 posted on Friday at the parallel market in Lagos. The Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N480 and N417, respectively. At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira was sold at N360 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N480 and N417, respectively. Trading at the investors’ window saw the Naira closed at N364. 09, while the market turnover stood at 168.96 million dollars.

 Despite Curfew, Gunmen Kill 3 in Kaduna

Three people were killed on Monday in Kaduna despite the 24-hour curfew imposed on the metropolis by the state government. Violence broke out in some parts of the metropolis at about 4:00pm on Sunday resulting in the burning of several houses and vehicles. The state government consequently imposed curfew to stop the violence from spreading to other parts of the city. However, in the early hours of Monday, gunmen said to have posed as members of a vigilante group killed three young men in Narayi area of the city.

2018 AITEO FA CUP:-“We Are Ready For FA Finals”- Okowa

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Monday said that the state was poised to host the 2018 Aiteo FA Cup finals. Speaking after an inspection tour of the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Governor Okowa said that the fine tuning of the facilities at the stadium was completed and ready for the FA finals. “I think the facilities are set for the 2018 Aiteo FA cup finals. The pitch is ready and the floodlights are completed and fine-tuned. Everything is ready. I have seen the dressing rooms, the medical zone, the media zone and the pitch. I can tell you, we are ready for the finals”, he said.

Claude Puel and Kasper Schmeichel Felt Leicester Deserved A Penalty Against Arsenal

Claude Puel and Kasper Schmeichel believe Leicester deserved a penalty in their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Monday Night Football. Holding, who was already on a yellow card, handled the ball in the area in the 18th minute when the game was goalless. However, referee Chris Kavanagh failed to award a spot-kick to the visitors. Leicester took the lead in the first half 13 minutes later through a Hector Bellerin own goal, but Mesut Ozil’s strike on the stroke of half-time and two quickfire goals from substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang condemned Puel’s side to defeat.

Premier League: Aubameyang, Ozil Star As Arsenal Make It Perfect 10

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil stole the show as Arsenal swept to their 10th successive win with a dominant 3-1 victory against Leicester on Monday. Unai Emery’s side trailed to Hector Bellerin’s first half own goal at the Emirates Stadium. But Ozil, captaining Arsenal on his return to the side after back spasms, produced a majestic display to lead the Gunners’ impressive fightback.

Tennis: Injured Wawrinka Withdraws From Basel

A back injury suffered during a Sunday practice session with compatriot Roger Federer forced Stan Wawrinka to pull out of the Swiss Indoors tournament on Monday, while Marin Cilic eased into the second round in Basel. “I turned my back, and retiring was the only decision I could make,” said the three-time Grand Slam champion, adding that he will end his season early and not play at the Paris Masters next week. The withdrawal of Wawrinka, ranked 68th in the world as he continues to fight to fully recover more than a year after two knee surgeries, comes after Federer made an injury confession of his own.

3 Reasons Google Home Hub Will Be A 2018 Holiday Gift Hit

The holiday shopping season is coming, and Google has slipped into pole position for smart displays with the new Home Hub. Latest embodiment of the Google Assistant, the Home Hub is special as much for what it left out as what it can do. Read on for three reasons we think it’ll be one of the top gifts for 2018. Digital photo frames may be past their heyday, but maybe the age of smart digital photo frames is just upon us. The Home Hub may not have the biggest screen around, but a combination of clever tuning and AI could make it the most enjoyable to live with.

The Real Reasons Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Wanted Khashoggi ‘Dead or Alive’

The mind plays strange tricks sometimes, especially after a tragedy. When I sat down to write this story about the Saudi regime’s homicidal obsession with the Muslim Brotherhood, the first person I thought I’d call was Jamal Khashoggi. For more than 20 years I phoned him or met with him, even smoked the occasional water pipe with him, as I looked for a better understanding of his country, its people, its leaders, and the Middle East. We often disagreed, but he almost always gave me fresh insights into the major figures of the region, starting with Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, and the political trends, especially the explosion of hope that was called the Arab Spring in 2011.

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