* UNILAG postpones convocation (Punch) * Imo’ll reject Okorocha’s son-in-law as gov –PDP (Punch)

* UNILAG postpones convocation (Punch)           * Imo’ll reject Okorocha’s son-in-law as gov –PDP (Punch)



UNILAG postpones convocation (Punch)

The University of Lagos has postponed its 50th Convocation previously scheduled to commence on February 19. The university authorities, in a statement released on Tuesday by the Principal Assistant Registrar, Information Unit, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, said the postponement was due to challenges posed by the ongoing strike by the non-teaching staff of the institution. The statement partly read, “Although necessary arrangements for a smooth ceremony were at an advanced stage, however, it has become imperative to postpone the ceremonies due to the charged and unpredictable atmosphere on campus. Read more

Imo’ll reject Okorocha’s son-in-law as gov –PDP (Punch)

The Imo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has said that any move by Governor Rochas Okorocha to install his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor in 2019 will be rejected by the people of the state. Okorocha had declared on Monday that he would support Nwosu, who is his chief of staff and husband to his (Okorocha) first daughter, Uloma, to be governor should he decide to contest. But responding to the governor’s declaration, the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Charles Ezekwem, said on Tuesday that the state had gone beyond the stage of a father-in-law handing over political power to his son-in-law after eight years and mother handing over to his daughter as the first lady of the state. Read more

No section will impose presidential candidate on us – PDP (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party has said that no section of the country will impose its 2019 presidential candidate on it. Rather, it said the task of picking who would fly the party’s flag would be the joint efforts of all delegates to the party’s convention where the candidate would be elected. The spokesperson for the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who spoke with our correspondent on Tuesday in Abuja,  said that every member of the party would have a say on who would fly the party’s ticket in 2019. Read more

Buhari mourns Lugga, Baba-Ahmed, 21 Bauchi students (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of the former chairman of the Bank of the North, Alhaji Muhammad Lugga, who died after a prolonged illness. In a message of condolence issued on his behalf by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari said he was deeply touched by the passing of the prominent banker and politician. Read more

Chrisland School reassures parents as child rape story goes viral (Guardian)

The Chrisland School on Tuesday sought to protect its brand and reputation in a letter to parents as the news of the defilement of a two year, 11 month old female pupil, by the school’s supervisor went viral. The story captured courtroom proceedings on Monday of the trial of Adegboyega Adenekan, the school’s supervisor, who allegedly defiled the female pupil. A video of the pupil in which she narrated how she was allegedly and serially defiled by Adenekan was played at an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court during the testimony of a clinical psychologist. Read more

State, Community police is beginning of true federalism, Bauchi Gov (ThisDay)

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has said the creation of state police will begin the implementation of true federalism in the country. He stated this on Tuesday at the end of the high table dialogue on ethical values and national security in Abuja. The event was also used to launch the Integrity and Service Programme (ISP) of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration. “The nation is a federation, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for a federal system. Read more

Edo APC denounces APCYV (Nation)

Edo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress has urged the general public to be way of activities of some individuals who parade themselves as All Progressive Congress Youth Vigilante (APCYV). It said there was no body inaugurated to operate under APCYV within the party. The APCYV had in a press statement signed by Destiny Oviasu, Abu Umoru, Odianosen Sunday threatened to carry out mass protest to achieve sanctity, sanity and democratic practices in Edo APC. Read more

Pastor Adeboye, Kolade beg God to guide Buhari, others, rescue Nigeria (PremiumTimes)

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), on Wednesday led a number of men and women of God in intercessory prayers for Nigeria at the Redemption Camp of the church. The three-hour interdenominational ‎meeting prayers were said for the end of the various problems of the country, including corruption and the recent upsurge of bloodshed across the land. Opening the session after praise and worship songs, Pastor Adeboye said it was dedicated to prayers, with no formalities, and no introductions. Read more

NCAA to investigate Delta’s plane emergency landing at Lagos airport (Guardian)

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Wednesday said it would investigate the emergency landing by an Atlanta-bound Delta Air Lines flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Adurogboye said that NCAA had been notified of the incident, stressing that it was the duty of regulatory authority to investigate such occurrences in order to ascertain what led to it. Read more

Over 900 Ex-Nigeria Airways workers die awaiting severance pay (Vanguard)

No fewer than 900 pensioners of the defunct Nigerian Airways, have died while waiting for payment of their terminal benefits. Chairman of Nigerian Airways’ branch of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Mr Sam Ezene, who disclosed this to Pension and You, lamented that one other Airways pensioner died in the morning of February 6, before the commencement of the pensioners’ protest against unpaid N45 billion approved by the Federal Government to pay their severance benefits. Read more

Panic at Lagos Airport as Delta Airlines develops problem midday (Nation)

There was anxiety in the wee hours of Wednesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as a Delta Airlines Airbus 330- 200 with capacity for 244 passengers developed an engine problem about one hour after it took off from the airport. During the emergency evacuation , five passengers were injured. According to sources, the pilot sensing danger with the engine on fire initiated an emergency return to the Lagos Airport. Read more

Plateau Prisons Command gets new Controller  (Guardian)

Odharo has been appointed as the new Controller of Prisons in charge of the Plateau Command. Odharo replaces the incumbent, Mr Ailewon Noel, who has been appointed the new Commandant of Prisons Training College, Kirikiri, Lagos. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Luka Ayedoo, made the announcement in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos. Read more

Lawmaker’s wife drinks concoction to enhance breast milk flow, dies (Punch)

The police in Katsina State have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the wife of a member of the state House of Assembly, Binta Safiyanu, who died after allegedly drinking a herbal concoction to boost the flow of her breast milk. The deceased, a mother of six, was said to have died a week after being delivered of a set of twins. Northern City News learnt that Binta was said the first wife of Yunusa Jikamshi, the lawmaker representing Musawa constituency in the state House of Assembly. Read more

Police recover 3 corpses as Fulani herdsmen attack Plateau commuters (Punch)

The relative peace in Plateau State was disrupted on Saturday when suspected Fulani herdsmen laid ambush for commuters in Jebu Miango Village in the Bassa Local Government Area. Although the hoodlums fled on sighting the police, three corpses, a motorcycle and 24 expended shells of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from the scene. Northern City News could, however, not ascertain if the dead bodies were those of the commuters or victims of the incessant attacks by the herdsmen from previous incidents. Read more

Zuma’s political future will not affect BRICS Summit – Experts (NTA)

The 10th BRICS Summit is the 10th annual diplomatic meeting of the BRICS, a grouping of major emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The summit is scheduled for July 25 to July 27 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. South Africa’s ruling party African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down as the state head after marathon talks over the fate of the leader. Read more

Akpeyi Eagles place threatened as Rohr considers Ajiboye (Punch)

Daniel Akpeyi’s place in Nigeria’s squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup could be under threat after Dele Ajiboye’s inspiring performance at the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco, our correspondent has learnt. Ajiboye made some brave saves to help the Super Eagles reach the CHAN final after coming on for first choice goalkeeper Ikechukwu  Ezenwa, who was injured in the  13th minute of the semifinal against Sudan. The Eagles were hammered 4-0 in the February 4 final   by  tournament hosts Atlas Lions at Stade Mohamed V in  Casablanca. Read more

Infantino, Ahmad, 20 others to storm Nigeria next week for FIFA Summit (ThisDay)

Nigeria will be the destination and attention of world football for three days, when the FIFA Executive Football Summit takes centre stage between February 20 and 22 at the Eko Hotels in Lagos. President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, while confirming the news on AIT yesterday morning, said the country is ready to host the event and hopes the summit helps strengthen Nigeria’s relationship with other football federations. Read more

Lagos Polo International Tournament (ThisDay)

A last minute brilliant solo goal by Ashraf Yahaya secured a 6-5 win for Lagos Alchemy as they edged Lagos Avon as the 2018 Lagos Polo International Tournament got underway yesterday. In another Silver Cup match, Kano BUA also clawed back to beat Ibadan Jericho 5-3 in the opening match of the two-phase tournament which has GTBank as main sponsor. In the match between Alchemy and Avon, Sodiq Rabiu also played a key role as Alchemy triumphed despite falling to two-goal in the first chukka. He scored two great back-hand goals to keep his side in the game. Read more

200 Players to Herald LPGAN Inaugural Tournament (ThisDay)

The maiden edition of Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (LPGAN) will tee off tomorrow in Abuja with a guest list of 200 golfers, competing in the professional, category 1 and 2 and invited guests categories. The professionals and category 1 and 2 amateur players will compete over 72 holes, while the guests will feature in 36 holes billed for Saturday and Sunday. The Secretary of the Board of Trustees of LPGAN, Uloma Mbuko said 15 female professional golfers have registered for the competition. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo wants Zinedine Zidane to drop one player for PSG clash (Express)

The Portugal international is desperate to progress in the European competition to try and rescue Real Madrid’s nightmare season. The La Liga champions sit fourth in the table and trail league leaders Barcelona by 17 points.  Zinedine Zidane’s side are already knocked out of the Copa del Rey so their only chance of silverware is in the Champions League. Ronaldo had only scored four league goals all season until he bagged a hat-trick against Real Sociedad at the weekend. Read more

Donald Trump Jr slams gay skating sensation Adam Rippon (Dailymail)

Donald Trump Jr. showed support for Vice President Mike Pence after gay Olympic skating sensation Adam Rippon expressed his displeasure over the politician paying a visit to Pyeongchang. On Monday, the figure skater put himself on a collision course with the White House after he confirmed his plans to snub President Trump’s White House party for Team USA. The 28-year-old, who won a team bronze medal at his first Olympics on Sunday night, told Daily Mail.com he would give the traditional gathering a miss in protest against what he sees as homophobia among the country’s leadership. Read more

Trump can fire Mueller, but not a Grand Jury (Politico)

President Donald Trump appears more determined than ever to fire special counsel Robert Mueller—despite White House protestations to the contrary. Americans must begin to prepare for the constitutional crisis that will ensue. There is already considerable speculation about how Congress would react to a replay of the Saturday Night Massacre, when President Richard Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire the Watergate special prosecutor. Senators of both parties have warned the president against dismissing Mueller, some in very strong language (dismissal would cross a “red line” or be “explosive”). Read more

Muslim boys who insulted Christianity sentenced to memorise verses of Quran that honour Jesus (Independent)

Three Lebanese teenagers who were hauled before a court on charges of insulting Christianity have been handed the unusual sentence of studying the references to the Virgin Mary found in the Quran. Christian judge Joceline Matta found the Muslim boys guilty of ‘contempt of religion’ for insulting the Christian mother of God. The charge, which covers verbal insults or physical defiling of religious rites and objects, can be punishable by up to three years in prison. However, when reading out her verdict in court in the northern city of Tripoli last week, the Justice said that she wanted the teenagers to learn about Islam’s reverence for the mother of Christ, calling the law “a school and not just a prison”. Read more

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