March 24, 2019

* UK and Nigeria step up fight to end Boko Haram ‘menace’ (Skynews) * Court declines to stop Saraki’s impeachment (SUN)

* UK and Nigeria step up fight to end Boko Haram ‘menace’ (Skynews)            * Court declines to stop Saraki’s impeachment (SUN)



UK and Nigeria step up fight to end Boko Haram ‘menace’ (Skynews)

Theresa May has said the UK is “determined” to help Nigeria combat the threat posed by Boko Haram militants. The prime minister has signed the first-ever security and defence partnership between the two countries, with the intention of stopping the “regional menace from spreading and posing a direct threat to the UK”, Downing Street said. Mrs May touched down in the Nigerian capital Abuja on the second stop of her Africa tour on Wednesday, with trade and the fight against people-trafficking also on the agenda. The partnership was announced following talks between the PM and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Court declines to stop Saraki’s impeachment (SUN)

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has refused to grant the request by some Senators loyal to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to restrained   the federal government from forcefully removing him from office. Rather, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba said the suit filed by Senators Rafiu Adebayo (Kwara South) and Isa Misau (Bauchi Central) will be given an accelerated hearing. The pro- Saraki Senators had filed the action against  the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Inspector General of Police and the State Security Service in a bid to restrain them from aiding the forceful removal  of Saraki from office. Read more

British PM, Theresa May leaves State House (Vanguard)

British PM Theresa May has departed the State House after meeting behind closed-doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She left the precinct of the State House about 1:50pm with the normal funfare of the Brigade Band playing to her delight. After the meeting there was no usual press briefing by the two world leaders as is usually the case. Read more

2019: Resign now, el-rufai orders political appointees (SUN)

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-rufai, has ordered all political appointees aspiring for a seat in the state legislature to resign their appointments. In a 2-paragraph statement issued to journalists by El-rufai’s media spokesman, Samuel Aruwan yesterday, said the order was in accordance with provisions of the All Progressives Congress constitution. “All political appointees of the Kaduna State Government aspiring for seats in the state House of Assembly have been directed to resign immediately. Read more

CVR: Akeredolu declares Thursday work-free in Ondo (DailyTrust)

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has declared Thursday, August 30, as work-free day to enable public servants participate in the continuous voter registration exercise in the state. Akeredolu, according to a statement on Wednesday by Mr Yemi Olowolabi, the State Commissioner for Information, in Akure, made the declaration following a resolution of the State Executive Council. The CVR, which was to have been suspended two weeks ago ahead of the 2019 general elections, was extended to enable more people register. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that it would now be suspended on Friday, Aug. 31, until after the 2019 elections. Read more

Information Minister calls for sustained campaign on birth registration (SUN)

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday called for sustained media campaign at various levels of government to improve birth registration coverage in Nigeria. Mohammed made the call in Lagos at the Media Dialogue on Birth Registration organised by UNICEF. The minister, represented by Mr Olumide Osanyinpeju, a Deputy Director in the ministry and Head of Advocacy, Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB), said birth registration was important, especially for children in rural areas. “The need to give identity to every Nigerian child is a task that can only be achieved through birth registration,” the minister said. He said birth registration had always been difficult due to a host of unfavourable factors including ignorance on the part of civil society on its importance. Read more

Theresa May to announce $2.6 million U.K.-Nigeria fintech partnership in Lagos (Guardian)

As part of her visit to Nigeria on a three-day, three-nation trip to Africa, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May will visit Lagos. The premier, who is currently in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, will fly to Lagos where she will meet with business leaders and announce the formation of a U.K.-Nigeria fintech partnership. The fintech partnership which is 2 million pounds ($2.6 million) is to support Nigerian innovators. She will also visit the securities exchange company FMDQ in Lagos. “Already the finance and business links between Lagos and London are bringing enormous benefits to businesses and people in the U.K. and in Nigeria and today’s announcements deepen this burgeoning partnership even further,” May said. Read more

Delta to establish Army Brigade in Asaba (Nation)

The Delta Government says an Army Brigade would soon be established in the state capital, Asaba. The Commissioner for Information, Chief Patrick Ukah, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Asaba. He said that it was part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting held on Tuesday in Asaba. Ukah said that the council approved the purchase of a landed property to fast track the establishment of the brigade. According to the commissioner, the decision to purchase an existing property, as opposed to erecting a new structure, is to facilitate the establishment of the Brigade. Read more

Apapa gridlock persists 1 month after Osinbajo’s intervention (Tribune)

More than one month after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited the ports in Lagos and ordered a 72-hour joint operation by security operatives to clear the gridlock in and around the Apapa, very little progress appears to have been achieved as the gridlock has persisted. Osinbajo, who paid an unscheduled visit to Apapa at the peak of the gridlock on July 20, had directed relevant government agencies to immediately embark on the decongestion of the Wharf Roads and the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway to allow for free flow of traffic. Less than a week after issuing the directive, the Vice President accompanied by the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, on July 26, 2018, held a meeting with relevant stakeholders on the traffic management mechanisms at the Western Naval Command, Apapa. Read more

HIV/AIDS: UNICEF task media on preventive advocacy (Nation)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on media executives to scale up public enlightenment on the growing rate of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in Nigeria. Mr Rabiu Musa, the Communication Officer of UNICEF, Kaduna Field Office, made the call on Wednesday in Keffi at a meeting with some media executives in Keffi, Nasarawa State. Musa said the fund was alarmed with the high prevalent rate of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in Nigeria and underscored the need for journalists to raise public awareness towards combating the menace. He said UNICEF was partnering with the National Orientation Agency, State Governments, media, traditional rulers, religious leaders, healthcare experts and civil society organisations, among others, to enlighten youths on the dangers of the scourge. Read more

Tension in Ondo as Regent dares Deji of Akure’s appointee to wear traditional crown (Tribune)

There is growing tension in Isolo community in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Wednesday, over the traditional stool of the community, as the Regent, Princess Adebusola Oluwatuyi, dared the appointee of Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, to wear the ancient royal crown of the community if he was truly the traditional head of the community. Adebusola who dared the claimant to the throne, Edward Adewole, to wear the royal crown while addressing journalists in Akure, the state capital, also maintained that no Deji of Akure had ever appointed anybody to the stool of Osolo in the history of the community and warned Oba Aladelusi from interfering with the selection and appointment of the community head. Read more

Nigerian pilgrim dies inside lift in Makkah (PremiumTimes)

A Nigerian Muslim pilgrim has been reported dead following a lift accident in his hotel accommodation in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The head of Nigeria’s National Medical Team (NMT), Ibrahim Kana, who confirmed the death of the pilgrim said details of the tragedy would be released later. He however, confirmed that the victim hailed from Niger state. The latest fatality brings to four, the number of Nigerian pilgrims who have died in the course of 2018 Hajj. Read more

Nollywood Actress Uduak Akrah is Dead (Guardian)

Nollywood actress and producer, Uduak Akrah is dead.

According to reports, the Abuja-based actress was confirmed dead at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) from the injuries of a bathroom slip she sustained about two years ago. Nollywood filmmaker Charles Novia confirmed the news. In his words, “I just heard from someone close to her and her family in Abuja. She suffered complications in the past few months from a nasty fall in the bathroom” Read more

Basketball: World Cup debut excites Elo (SUN)

D’Tigress forward, Elo Edeferioka is excited about the possibility of being part of the team to the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup is Spain. Elo who is full of optimism about what the team can achieve says the entire team is focused on the big task of representing Nigeria well at the world stage. “Everybody is excited by this new journey to go to Spain for the World Cup and we are ready to make a change. We are looking to go all the way and nothing is going to stop us. We are so focused. We have great coaching staff that are also focused on the job at hand. “We are looking to go all the way and we are just going to keep working hard”, she continued. Read more

Nigeria will miss Moses against Seychelles – Akinwunmi (DailyTrust)

The 1st Vice-President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi, yesterday bemoaned the sudden retirement of Victor Moses from international duty, saying the national team would miss the services of the Chelsea man in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles. Akinwunmi however threw his weight behind the Super Eagles’ quest to clinch a ticket to the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon. The Gernot Rohr-led team will on 8th of September battle Seychelles in a crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Both teams lost their opening games. In a chat with Daily Trust yesterday, Akinwunmi believes the Super Eagles have the players, right attitude and the World Cup experience to defeat their opponents. According to him, he expects nothing else than victory. Read more

Nigeria reject AWCON hosting rights (Tribune)

Reports out of Ghana early this week speculated that the continental ruling body had withdrawn the rights from Ghana as a result of an inability to complete facilities on schedule, though that has since been debunked. On Tuesday, CAF issued a statement saying the decision would only be made at the CAF Executive Committee meeting on 28 September in Egypt. Kenya were reported to be among the favourites if CAF shopped for alternate venues, but FKF president Nick Mwendwa quickly made it clear the country would not be putting their hand up. Read more

FIBA Women World Cup: D’Tigress confident of doing well in Spain (Vanguard)

Some members of the senior national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, on Wednesday said the team had the capacity to excel at the forthcoming FIBA World Cup in Tenerife, Spain. The 14-man team which arrived in Lagos on Monday from their Atlanta, U.S. base, is currently training ahead of the biggest competition in basketball at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they were proud to be available to represent Nigeria at the World Cup and also ready for the tournament. Nkechi Akashili of First Bank of Nigeria Basketball Club said that she was happy to finally join the team and was doing everything possible to contribute to the team’s success. Read more

The France v Britain scallop war goes much deeper than Brexit with nets (Guardian)

Forty French fishing boats attack five British boats in the Channel. Stones and smoke bombs are thrown. Rude words are exchanged in two languages. The British retreat. Similar incidents have been happening for 15 years – or arguably for the last 900 years. The rights and wrong are complicated. Yesterday evening the French boats were undoubtedly the aggressors. They put to sea not in order to fish, but to harass the English and Scottish boats that had entered “their waters”. Read more

Morocco arrests 12 men in brutal rape and torture case (Memo)

Moroccan police have arrested 12 men in connection with the rape and torture of a 17-year-old girl, in a case that has sparked uproar across the country. In a television interview aired last week, a girl identified only as Khadija, revealed that she had been kidnapped by a gang in June and held for two months, during which she was repeatedly raped, tortured and forcibly tattooed. Footage of Khadija showed expletives, crude drawings and even swastikas tattooed across her body alongside cigarette burns and bruises. A judge-led investigation is currently under way in the city of Beni Mellal – those arrested are aged between 18 and 27, an official told AFP. The main suspect, a 20-year-old man, faces charges of rape, torture, kidnapping, making death threats and forming a gang. Read more

Sweden needs ‘humble government’ after election – frontrunner (Reuters)

The centre-right frontrunner to become Sweden’s next leader said future governments would have to be “humble” to survive, hinting that negotiations on a new ruling coalition would be the hardest in modern times amid a rise in the far right. While still shunned by all main parties, the Sweden Democrats, founded in part by white supremacists in the 1980s, are now backed by one in five voters and will sorely test any new prime minister’s ability to form a viable government. “I’m not going to set out my conditions in advance. I note that we have a responsibility to our voters to try to implement our policies and do the best we can,” Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson told Reuters, cautioning against high expectations. Read more


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