September 26, 2018

* Unpaid salary: Challenge God for solution through praise, cleric tells Aregbesola (Punch) * Evans arraignment on fresh kidnapping, murder charges stalled (Tribune)

* Unpaid salary: Challenge God for solution through praise, cleric tells Aregbesola (Punch)     * Evans arraignment on fresh kidnapping, murder charges stalled (Tribune)



Unpaid salary: Challenge God for solution through praise, cleric tells Aregbesola (Punch)

The Coordinator of Born-to-Praise Africa, Lawrence Bamilaw, has advised Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola; and members of his cabinet to participate in Osun 24-hour marathon praise to challenge the almighty God for a solution to the financial crisis in the state. Bamilaw, who is hosting church choirs and gospel ministers in a 24-hour praise concert, said this at a press conference to herald the concert in Osogbo on Monday. The gospel artiste said God’s power was unlimited, especially when a group of people engage in praising God wholeheartedly. Read more

Evans arraignment on fresh kidnapping, murder charges stalled (Tribune)

The proposed arraignment of alleged kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, on two separate charges before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere, was on Monday stalled, as the Lagos State prosecutor was yet to serve the defendants counsels with the fresh charges. Evans was charged alongside Joseph Ikenna Emeka, Victor Aduba and Okapara Linus on five count charges bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping, and attempted murder, preferred against them by Lagos State. Read more

Nigeria recovers $65m electricity debt owed by Niger, Benin Republics (ThisDay)

Nigeria has made some significant progress in its attempt to recover millions of dollars owed her electricity industry by two of her West African neighbours, Benin and Niger Republics, for electricity supplied to them, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed. Fashola stated on Monday at the 21st edition of the monthly power sector operators in Asaba that the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc. (NBET) has recovered $64.6 million out of about $115.91 million owed operators in the country’s power market by both countries. Read more

PDP Govs’ parley on consensus chairman deadlocked (ThisDay)

After about seven hours closed-door meeting in Enugu, governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday failed to arrive at a consensus for the party’s national chairmanship position in readiness for the December 9 convention. Though the meeting, which started at about 5:30pm and lasted till midnight, had planned to possibly reduce the number of aspirants from eight to possibly two or three, it however failed to achieve the aim. Read more

USAID Donates 2.9m Insecticidal Nets to Sokoto (ThisDay)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated 2.9 million long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) to Sokoto State in a bid to tackle malaria scourge in the state. USAID’s Team Leader, LLIN Campaign Process in the state, Mr. Godwin Aidenagbon, made the disclosure at a one-day workshop for journalists in Sokoto Monday. Aidenagbon, who said the donation was funded under the United States President’s Malaria Initiative, added that the move was aimed at supporting the state towards eradicating the malaria scourge. Read more

Gov. Dickson says agriculture alternative to country’s over-dependence on oil (Vanguard)

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, on Monday, said investment in the agriculture sector was the only alternative ticket that could take Nigeria out of its current recession, instead of dependence on oil. The governor made the assertion at Igbogene, a suburb in the outskirts of Yenagoa, during the 21st Farmers’ Day celebration under the auspices of Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s(NAOC) Green River Project (GRP). Read more

OVH Energy Launches Lagos midstream jetty, to save Nigeria N43b annually (Guardian)

ASPM Limited, a subsidiary of OVH Energy Limited, achieved a ground-breaking milestone as it launched its Lagos Midstream Jetty (LMJ) located at the Lagos Apapa Harbour. The Lagos Midstream Jetty is West Africa’s first privately owned mid-stream jetty, conceived by Oando PLC to increase the delivery capacity and offloading efficiency of petroleum products into marketers’ storage facilities in Apapa Lagos. The Lagos Midstream Jetty is expected to alleviate the perennial infrastructural hiccups experienced in Apapa, eliminating the lightering and demurrage charges currently being incurred by petroleum marketers by NGN8.3 billion ($23m) and NGN9.8 billion ($27m) respectively. Read more

Nigeria’s UN deputy scribe accused of aiding illicit $300m timber export to China (SUN)

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed faced accusations from an advocacy group on Thursday that she granted illegal permits to Chinese firms to import endangered Nigerian timber when she was Nigeria’s environment minister. Documents provided by Mohammed were used by Chinese importers to clear more than $300m worth of rosewood logs held up by Chinese border authorities for months, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a Washington-based environmental campaigning organisation. Read more

8 Nigerian banks downgraded in new Moody’s report (Tribune)

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded to B2 from B1 the long-term local currency deposit and issuer ratings of four Nigerian banks. It also downgraded the long-term local and foreign currency issuer ratings of another development bank. The agency, in its new rating released Friday, listed the banks to include Access Bank Plc (Access), Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank), United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) and Zenith Bank Plc (Zenith) while the Bank of Industry, BOI, was listed as the development bank. Read more

Edo Govt, UNITAR sign MoU on capacity devt, Education reform (ThisDay)

The Edo State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to improve workers’ capacity to deliver quality service. The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, who signed for the state government at Government House in Benin City, said the training would equip Edo civil servants with new knowledge and skills for optimal performance. Read more

How Oluwaseun Otitoola won 9mobile Photography Competition 2017 with borrowed camera (Vanguard)

Budding photographer, Oluwaseun Otitoola, has emerged the winner of the 2017 edition of the 9mobile Photography Competition, a talent development initiative of 9mobile, Nigeria’s most innovative and youth-friendly telecommunication company. Oluwaseun Otitoola won the competition with his entry titled: “Fragment of CMS Bookshop Building”, beating two other finalists – Amanda Ihemebiri – “The NestOil Tower” and Taiwo Omotosho, for Lines Side by Side. Read more

All the winners from the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards (Punch)

The MTV Europe Music Awards held in London on Sunday evening honoured the 19-year-old Canadian singer Shawn Mendes with both the Best Artist and Best Song prizes. In a first for the EMAs — created in 1994 — categories were stripped of gender in a bid to “break barriers”. Here is the list of the winners of the 24th edition of MTV EMA Read more

Fathia Williams is rebranding, not threatened by Saidi Balogun –Manager (Punch)

Fans and followers of actress, Fathia Williams (formerly Balogun), were shocked when she deleted all her pictures on Instagram and removed ‘Balogun’ from her name. Many adduced her action to her ex-husband, Saidi Balogun’s insistence that she should stop bearing his name. When Sunday Scoop got in touch with her, Fathia said, “Speak with my manager, he will tell you all you need to know.” Read more

20 arrested in Ekiti community unrest (Punch)

The Police in Ekiti have arrested no fewer than 20 persons over a violent protest carried out by some youths in Aiyegbaju Ekiti, a major town in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti state between Saturday and Sunday. Trouble began on Saturday when news filtered that a young indigene of the town identified as Samson Omowunmi had died in a mysterious circumstance. It was learnt that the deceased and another indigene had been fighting over a parcel of land before his sudden death. Read more

2 Killed in Fresh Attack in Plateau (ThisDay)

Two persons were ambushed and killed at Wereng village in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders in the early hours of Monday morning. The victims, Christopher Dung and Bulus Dantoro, whose bodies were found with matchete cuts, were believed to have been ambushed by the assailants near Wereng village.The state command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Terna Tyopev, told journalists on phone that the deputy superintendent of police (DPO) of Riyom had reported the case to him. Read more

4 homemade bombs in anglophone Cameroon, no casualties (Punch)

Four makeshift bombs exploded overnight in the main city in Cameroon’s restive anglophone region, but without causing casualties, officials said Monday. “Four home-made bombs exploded in Bamenda, one at 9:00 pm and the three others at 3:00 am,” said a source close to the security services, reached from the capital Yaounde, adding “the blasts did not cause any casualties. Read more

Why we chose Agege Stadium for continental matches – MFM Director (Punch)

The Director of Mountain of Fire Ministry Football Club of Lagos, Emmanuel Adeyemi, on Monday said that the club chose to play its continental matches at the Agege Stadium because it has a “fortress” of fans  no team will survive. Adeyemi said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that though the club could play its matches anywhere in Lagos, it remained in Agege to maintain its affinity with their supporters. Read more

How Joshua will become billionaire – Promoter (Punch)

Barry Hearn believes Anthony Joshua can fulfil his dream of becoming the first billionaire boxer by 2025, according to Daily Mail. The IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion has boasted an undefeated record in his 20 professional fights–his latest victory coming over Carlos Takam in Cardiff –and Hearn believes this will be a key element of Joshua’s potential. According to The Sun, Matchroom boss Hearn, who promotes Joshua’s fights, said,  “Anthony is well on the way to achieving his target but he’ll have to stay undefeated for 10 years to do it, and he is already two years into that. Read more

Leicester City owners in $420m tax evasion scandal (Punch)

A Thai anti-corruption court on Monday accepted a lawsuit accusing duty-free giant King Power, the company that owns Leicester City Football Club, of owing the state $420m in unpaid taxes. The case is a rare attack on an ultra-rich firm run by one of the kingdom’s best-connected billionaires. The suit, filed by an anti-graft official, accuses King Power executives of colluding with airport authorities to pay only three percent of the company’s annual revenue instead of the contracted 15 percent. Read more

Bashir defies ICC arrest warrant, visits Uganda (Punch)

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan arrived for a three-day visit in Uganda on Monday, defying an international Criminal Court arrest warrant against him. The ICC issued arrest warrants for al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 on charges of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the Sudanese region of Darfur. Uganda is not planning to arrest al-Bashir, in spite being a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s press secretary Don Wannyama said. Read more

Court slams $7,000 fine on ex-minister for assaulting women (Punch)

A South African court on Monday handed a $7,000 fine to former deputy minister after he pleaded guilty to assaulting three women in a nightclub after they referred to him as gay, a sentence that drew outrage from activists. Mduduzi Manana, 33, quit his job in August as deputy minister for higher education after he was charged over the assault, which was caught on camera and circulated widely on social media. A woman had accused him of kicking and punching her and two others at the exit of a nightclub in the early hours of August 6. Read more

This weekend’s march in Poland proves the far right isn’t going away without a fight (Guardian)

My friend was late for Sunday brunch in Berlin so I decided to wander the streets of Neukölln, Googling sites of historic interest. After a few minutes, I wished I hadn’t. Although 40% of its population are migrants, mainly from Turkey, Neukölln is gentrifying fast: the cobbled streets bordering the old Tempelhof airfield are buzzing with upmarket cafes, interior-design stores and the retro bicycles of the middle class. But this is the place where, on 11 November 1926 Josef Goebbels began the Nazi takeover of Berlin. Read more

Tourists in Venice steal gondola for nocturnal joy ride (Telegraph)

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time – two tourists in Venice embarked on a night-time adventure by stealing a gondola and taking it for a joy ride along the narrow canals of the World Heritage city. But it all went horribly wrong – the couple ended up soaking wet, freezing cold and being rescued by a police launch, with officers promptly charging them with theft. The French couple hopped into a gondola tied up in Rio San Severo, a canal near St Mark’s Square, in the small hours of Monday morning. Read more

Nigerian villagers mourn British missionary’s death (Premierchristainradio)

Ian Squire, 57, set up an eye clinic in Enokhara, near isolated Niger Delta creeks. Villagers dressed in black and paraded throughout the area to honour the optician from Surrey. There were also demonstrators who were afraid of the clinic being closed because of his death. According to the Telegraph, a demonstrator held up a sign that read: “Ian, you live, you never die, because we cherish you in our hearts.” Squire, along with David and Shirley Donovan and Alanna Carson, were taken captive from the clinic by a gang on 13th October. Read more

Iran-Iraq border earthquake is deadliest of 2017 (BBC)

A huge rescue effort is under way after a powerful earthquake struck Iran’s mountainous border with Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000. Teams are looking for survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.The quake is the deadliest in the world this year. Most people who died were in western Iran – in Sarpol-e-Zahab, a town 15km (10 miles) from the border, and other parts of Kermanshah province. The town’s main hospital was severely damaged, leaving it struggling to treat hundreds of wounded, state TV reported. Read more

Romania: Ruling party leader faces new corruption probe (Abcnews)

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors on Monday opened a new criminal investigation into the chairman of the ruling party on suspicion that he misused European Union funds. The prosecutors’ office said in a statement that Liviu Dragnea is suspected of official misconduct for setting up an organized crime group and forging documents to illicitly obtain EU funds. Eight others are being investigated in the same case. Although he leads the Social Democratic party, Dragnea cannot be premier due to a 2016 conviction for vote-rigging. Read more

Australians vote to name Sydney Harbour boat Ferry McFerryface (Usatoday)

Ahoy, matey!

Well, we always knew the Australians had a finely honed sense of humor. And now its latest manifestation: Aussies have voted to name one of the iconic boats that transport passengers and vehicles across Sydney Harbour as Ferry McFerryface. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, residents were encouraged to vote through a website and by using the #yourferry hashtag. Read more

Not just another political party (Opendemocracy)

The Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, or DiEM25, is a pan-European political movement launched by former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis. Their movement aims to reform the European Union’s existing institutions to create a “fully-fledged democracy with a sovereign parliament respecting national self-determination and sharing power with national Parliaments, regional assemblies and municipal councils.” Read more

Young Dutch woman convicted of supporting terrorism (Washingtonpost)

A 22-year-old Dutch woman who traveled to Syria and Iraq to support her family while her husband fought with the Islamic State extremist group has been convicted of supporting terrorist acts and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. A court in Rotterdam suspended 13 months of Laura Hansen’s sentence, meaning she won’t have to go to prison following Monday’s conviction since she spent a year in pretrial detention. Read more

Somaliland votes for new president amid tight contest (Washingtonpost)

People in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Somaliland are voting Monday to elect their fifth president Monday as the ruling party faces a strong challenge from opposition candidates. More than 700,000 registered voters are expected to cast their votes at more than 1,600 polling stations across Somaliland amid tight security in the peaceful enclave. This election will be the first in Africa one to use iris-scan biometric technology to prevent anyone from voting more than once, said Somaliland’s electoral officials. Read more


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