* UN appoints Adeosun into pension fund investment committee (Nation) * Oyedepo warns of looming danger over herdsmen attacks (Nation)

* UN appoints Adeosun into pension fund investment committee (Nation)        * Oyedepo warns of looming danger over herdsmen attacks (Nation)



UN appoints Adeosun into pension fund investment committee (Nation)

The United Nations has appointed Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun into the Investments Committee of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). In a statement signed by the Adeosun’s  Special Adviser, Media and Communication, Mr Oluyinka Akintunde, on Sunday in Abuja, the minister would serve a one-year term effective from January 1, 2018. According to the statement, UN Under-Secretary-General, Jan Beagle, in a letter said that the appointment was ratified at the 55th plenary meeting of the 77th session of the General Assembly. Read more

Oyedepo warns of looming danger over herdsmen attacks (Nation)

Presiding Bishop of Living Faith World Outreach, David Oyedepo has urged the federal government to halt the nationwide killing spree by Fulani herdsmen to prevent the disintegration of the country. He gave the warning on Sunday in a message titled “a wake up call to a nation in a state of slumber”. According to him insurgency is spreading across the country under the guise of attacks by herdsmen. Noting of a looming danger unless the herdsmen are brought to book, Bishop Oyedepo said Nigerians who are victims of the incessant attacks may be forced to take the law in their hands to protect themselves. Read more

Apathy mars Anambra Central Senatorial election re-run (Nation)

The Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election was marred yesterday by apathy,  as a large section of the  electorate failed to turn up. The  candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),  Chief Victor Umeh blamed it on what he called  opposition propaganda. The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) did not take part in the rerun. Many of the electoral officers deployed for the election were  seen sitting idle as a result of the low turnout of  voters. Read more

Benue killings: I’m profusely sorry for my comments-Lalong (Nation)

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong,  has tendered his unreserved apologies to the people of Benue State and Nigerians over the comments he made following the murder of over 60 people by herdsmen in two local government areas. Lalong had told newsmen that he warned Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue against passing the anti-grazing law which was believed to have caused the deadly killings by the herdsmen. The governor’s statement was widely criticised as highly insensitive and suggestive of justifying the killings and grave injuries inflicted on the villagers by the unidentified herdsmen. Read more

Miyetti Allah speaks on Benue, Taraba, other violence; says 1,000 Fulanis killed (PremiumTimes)

The Miyetti Allah, a coalition of Fulani herdsmen, has reacted to the recent killings in Benue, Taraba and other states. Scores of people have been killed in violence in those states between herdsmen and farming communities.The latest killing of over 70 people in Benue has been blamed by the state government on the Miyetti Allah.In its statement signed by its secretary on Sunday, Miyetti Allah condemned violence and suggested ways to end them.”We are however not denying the fact that, as any other community in the country, we are also battling with misguided and criminally motivated elements who indulge in social vices and criminal activities. Read more

Your qualities is just like that of Soldiers, Committee tells Kashim Shettima (NTA)

The House of Representatives Committee on Army has described Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima as a courageous leader with qualities inherent in soldiers at battle fronts. The committee gave this verdict when members, led representative Prestige Chinedu Ossy ‎paid a courtesy call on Shettima at the Government House, Maiduguri on Thursday, during an assessment visit to States within the northeast. Read more

NUP urges FG to clear 33% pension arrears (Guardian)

Mr Joseph Dele, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners NUP (Federal Branch) Lagos, has appealed to the Federal Government to offset the backlog of the 33 per cent increment in pension owed pensioners. Dele told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday that the pensioners are being owed 12 months arrears of the 33 per cent increment in pension. The 33 per cent backlog is from pension increment for civil service, police and parastatal pensioners to enhance their welfare. Read more

Lawmaker calls for probe of EU assisted water project in Adamawa (Nation)

Alhaji Abdulrahman Abubakar, member representing Mubi South Constituency in Adamawa House of Assembly, has called for the probe of the multi-million Naira European Union (EU) assisted Water Project in Mubi South Local Government. Abubakar made the call  on Sunday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola. He said that the probe became necessary following the sudden change of plan regarding the project after the state  government paid N398 million counterpart fund. Read more

Why we shut down —Swipha (Tribune)

The management of Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited (Swipha) has explained the reason behind the decision to temporarily close down the company. The Managing Director of the company, Gaby El Khoury, in a statement at the weekend, said the current crisis in which the company found itself was precipitated by some members of staff who were opposed to the changes introduced by the new management of the company. Read more

FG is working to reduce mercury use in Nigeria – Perm Sec (Guardian)

The Federal Government says it is working assiduously to develop a National Action Plan (NAP) to reduce the use of Mercury in Nigeria. Dr Abdukadir Muazu, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, said this in Abuja at a workshop for National Comprehensive Analysis of Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining Sector. The capacity building was aimed at supporting the development of National Action Plan for Reduction of Mercury Use/Emission in Nigeria. Read more

Herdsmen killings: ECWA prays for Nigeria (Nation)

Following killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen across the country, the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Kaduna South District Church Council on Sunday held special prayers for the peace, unity and development of Nigeria. The church said it will continue to pray for God to expose, unseat and judge any leader behind the killings going on in the country. Secretary of the church’s council, Reverend Enock Joshua Bitiyong while condemning the herdsmen attacks in some parts of the country, called on the Federal Government, security agencies and all relevant authorities to intensify security in the affected states and also do more in tackling the menace. Read more

Community buries assassinated chief, wife (Nation)

The remains of the allegedly assassinated Etum Numana, late Gambo Makama and his wife were buried at Gwantu, Sanga Local Government Area, Kaduna State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the burial, which held on Saturday at the permanent site of the palace of the Numana Chiefdom, attracted sympathizers from all walks of life. The the royal father, his wife and three others, were allegedly assassinated by gunmen on the New Year eve at his village, Tsaunin Kulere. Read more

Ghana records 80% increase in new cases of HIV/AIDS in 2017 (PremiumTimes)

There was 80 per cent increase in new cases of HIV/AIDS infection in Ghana according to a 2017 Ghana AIDS Commission report. The report also indicates that the Volta Region and Brong Ahafo Region topped the chart of HIV/AIDS prevalence. A large proportion of the new HIV/AIDS cases were pregnant women, the report also revealed. The commission which revealed its findings during a two-day annual strategic planning meeting urged Ghanaians to take preventive measure in order not to contract the deadly disease. Read more

Falconets defeat Basetsana 2-0 in S’Africa (Punch)

Nigeria’s U-20 women’s team Falconets defeated South Africa’s Basetsana girls 2-0 in Polokwane on Saturday in the first leg of their final qualifiers for the France 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup. Chris Danjuma’s side grabbed a well-deserved lead through impressive striker Rasheedat Ajibade on the half-hour mark, and before Anam Imo sealed a convincing win, tapping in the second goal six minutes later. The Basetsana, backed by their home crowd, tried to find a way back into the game in the second period, but the Nigerians held on. Goalkeeper Cynthia Nnadozie was well-protected by Sunday Opeyemi, Christy Ucheibe, Mary Ologbosere and Kemi Famuditi. Read more

Zidane, Real Madrid under fire after defeat  (Punch)

The Spanish press did not hold back in their criticism of a “shattered” Real Madrid, a team “in crisis” after their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Villarreal in La Liga. “Inexplicable” was the front-page headline on Madrid sports daily Marca on Sunday, which remarked that the reigning Spanish and European champions “don’t know what is happening to them” in La Liga. Just days after Zinedine Zidane signed a new contract until 2020, serious questions are being asked of the Frenchman’s ability to turn things around after two trophy-laden years in charge. Read more

New York Red Bulls sign Mike LaBelle as club’s official eSports athlete (Newyorkredbull)

The New York Red Bulls have signed Mike LaBelle as the club’s first eSports player. LaBelle will represent the Red Bulls in the recently-announced EA Sports FIFA 18 gaming league, eMLS, and in FIFA tournaments around the world. LaBelle, also a Red Bull athlete, is one of the premier content creators in the eSports space. He has over 70,000 followers on Twitch and 285,000 on YouTube, and is a top-ranked player worldwide on both Xbox and Playstation. LaBelle is known for his game tutorials where he shares his tips for FIFA success with fans. LaBelle will be creating team-specific content for Red Bulls fans. Read more

Liverpool Team News: Salah returns and Van Dijk sidelined against Man City (Goal)

The return of Mohamed Salah bolsters Liverpool’s attack against Manchester City, with Jurgen Klopp going for the bold decision of choosing Loris Karius as his goalkeeper over Simon Mignolet.The Egypt international missed two fixtures due to a groin issue, but will dovetail with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino up front at Anfield. Karius, who was in-between the sticks in the FA Cup derby victory over Everton, retains his place. It seems manager Jurgen Klopp is giving the German another opportunity to prove he should be the club’s first-choice keeper. Read more

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona LIVE score and goal updates as Lionel Messi and Co look to extend La Liga lead (Mirror)

The La Liga title appears to be destined for Barcelona this season after Real Madrid’s latest calamity. A late Villarreal winner at the Bernabeu on Saturday saw champions Real slide further away from their rivals Barca, who are 16 points better off in first place. That could improve further tonight if Ernesto Valverde’s side celebrate a victory at the Anoeta Stadium. Barca have spent big money to land the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina earlier this week. Read more

Peru: Earthquake leaves 2 dead and dozens injured (BBC)

The earthquake occurred at 04:18 local time (09:18 GMT) on Sunday.The epicentre was in the Pacific Ocean and tremors could be felt over 36km (22 miles) away, according to the US Geological Survey. Peruvian officials initially said there were unconfirmed reports of 17 missing miners. Peru’s health minister, Abel Salinas, said a rescue team have arrived at the mine to access the damage. Read more

Passenger plane left stuck on cliff edge after skidding off runway in Turkey (Independent)

A passenger plane skidded off a runway and down the side of a cliff at an airport in northern Turkey. The Pegasus Airlines jet narrowly avoided plunging into the sea after it came to a stop on a mud bank while landing at Trabzon Airport on the Black Sea coast.  Pictures showed it nose down the slope just metres from the water’s edge. Some 162 passengers and six crew members were on board the Boeing 737-800, which had departed the Turkish capital Ankara. Read more

Dozens injured as nightclub ceiling collapses in Madrid (Independent)

A ceiling has collapsed at a nightclub in Madrid, injuring 26 people, Spanish authorities said. Emergency services for the Spanish capital say 11 of the injured revellers were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for “bruises and light wounds.” The others were treated on site at the La Suegra nightclub. Emergency services said a section of the ceiling measuring 16 square metres (about 170 square feet) fell on the people at the nightclub. Read more

Inside plane that teetered on cliff (Nytimes)

A passenger plane trying to land in Turkey this weekend made a heart-stopping skid off a runway, ending up halfway down a steep slope at a perilous angle, feet from the Black Sea. No passengers or crew members on the Pegasus Airlines flight were seriously injured, Turkish officials reported on Sunday. Yuksel Gordu, a passenger, told the official news agency Anadolu that no words could describe the fear of those on board, according to The Associated Press. “It’s a miracle we escaped,” he said. “We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea.” Read more

Wake Island: Where America’s day really begins (Cbsnews)

The dawn’s earliest light — the first rays of sun on U.S. soil – shine upon Wake Island. Every morning America wakes up on Wake Island. Guam claims to be where “America’s Day Begins,” but that’s not technically true. Fifteen-hundred miles further east, right next to the International Date Line, there’s a tiny speck of land — a military base, where the sign on the airstrip once read “Where America’s Day REALLY begins.” Read more

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