* We spent N100m on Melaye’s recall – INEC (Nation) * Photos of wanted suspects of Offa banks robbery (Vanguard)

* We spent N100m on Melaye’s recall – INEC (Nation)                       * Photos of wanted suspects of Offa banks robbery (Vanguard)



We spent N100m on Melaye’s recall – INEC (Nation)

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said on Friday the Commission spent only N100million on the failed bid to recall the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye. Yakubu said at a press conference in Abuja that the figure was nowhere near the N100billion reported in several quarters. He said: “A recall exercise is just like conducting a Senatorial election. The Kogi-West which Melaye represents has 552 polling units and seven local governments.”  Read more

Photos of wanted suspects of Offa banks robbery (Vanguard)

The Nigerian police today declared wanted four of the gangsters who participated in the bloody bank robbery incidents in Offa on 4 April, releasing simultaneously their photographs, while in action. The images provided were the clearest, since the incident exactly a month ago. The police said the Kwara State Government has also promised a N5 million bounty for information about the suspects, and they listed the hotlines to be contacted as 08062080913, 08126285268,08032365122,07056792065,08088450152. Read more

Buhari to take part in APC ward congress in hometown (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday left Abuja for his hometown, Daura, in Katsina State. The journey was to allow Buhari join other members of the ruling All Progressives Congress for the party’s ward congress taking place across the country on Saturday. Buhari embarked on the trip a few hours after his return from the United States of America where he met with President Donald Trump. The President who left Washington DC on Tuesday arrived in Abuja on Thursday evening after having a stopover in London, United Kingdom. Read more

Ensure that disabled persons participate in elections, Cobhams Asuquo tells INEC (Punch)

Award-winning music producer, Cobhams Asuquo, has called on Independent National Electoral Commission to provide structures to enable persons living with disability to participate in the 2019 electoral process unaided. Asuquo, who is visually impaired, made the call on Thursday at the Maiden edition of INEC Campus Outreach at the University of Abuja in commemoration of Europe Day 2018. The producer, known for producing some of the finest artistes in Nigeria, including 2face Idibia and Asa, said that his last experience at the polling unit in 2015 was bad. Read more

Buhari decries negative impact of strike on health sector (Guardian)

resident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern about the negative impact of strike on nation’s health sector. He said that while agitations for better conditions of service by healthcare professionals are and will continue to be a necessary and legitimate expression, medical personnel should show greater understanding with government and work together towards solving the problems and tension in the health sector. Buhari, while declaring open the 58th general conference and delegates meeting of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) yesterday in Abuja, represented by his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, stated that the nation’s healthcare sector had been troubled for a long time and one of the manifestations is the low spending in health infrastructure, adding that “the budget for the health sector over the years never reflected Nigeria’s huge earnings in the period between 2010-2015. Read more

Fayose preaches political tolerance as he allows APC hold primaries in O.K Stadium (Punch)

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has encouraged fellow governors to show a good level of political tolerance in their states. Fayose said this as he tweeted about how he directed that the opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress be allowed to use the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti for their governorship primary election holding on Saturday. He added, how he wished governors of other states would treat opposition parties fairly. Read more

Be neutral during elections, PDP tells Kwara traditional rulers (Guardian)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara has appealed to traditional rulers in the state to be neutral during the 2019 general elections. The Chairman of the party in the state, Iyiola Oyedepo, made the appeal when he visited the Olusin of Isanlu-Isin, Oba Solomon Adogbajale. A statement issued on Friday in Ilorin by the party’s Publicity Secretary in the state, Dr Rex Olawoye, quoted Oyedepo as saying that “royal fathers should be neutral in the scheme of things as far as politics is concerned.’’ Read more

UNICEF report accusing Military of Rape in IDP Camps Malicious, says Group (ThisDay)

The Coalition for Peace in Nigeria (CFPN) has described the recent report released by the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), accusing Nigerian troops of raping 20 girls in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State, as false and malicious. To this end, the group has given UNICEF 21 days ultimatum to retract the repulsive report, stressing that any thought of disregarding the ultimatum by refusal to issue a corresponding rebuttal within the stipulated time frame would leave the group with no option than to permanently occupy UNICEF office in Abuja, until the organization is forced to vacate Nigeria. Read more

Army hands over seized tugboat, barge to EFCC (Nation)

The Nigerian Army on Thursday handed over a tugboat and a barge allegedly seized from oil thieves, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Delta State. Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. However, he did not say whether the suspects were arrested or not. Uwujaren said the tugboat (MV Omar Success) and the barge (EBIs 1) were allegedly being used for illegal oil bunkering when they were seized. According to him, the Sector 1, Operation Delta Safe of the Army intercepted the vessels at a creek in Abadiama community of Burutu local government area of the state following a tip off. Read more

NEMA receives 165 Nigerians from Libya (Nation)

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday received 165 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya. The returnees arrived aboard a chartered flight operated by Buraq Airline with registration number 5A-DMG. The aircraft landed at 9:45 p.m. at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The returnees included 68 female adults, six female children and 89 male adults and one male infant. Read more

Maritime expert urges FG to clear trucks blocking ports’ access roads (Guardian)

Capt. Adewale Ishola, former president, Master Mariners Association of Nigeria (MMAN), has urged the Federal Government to issue a directive to remove the trucks blocking Lagos ports’ access roads, in order to reduce their transaction time. Ishola gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday. “Let the owners of the vehicles know where to park them. The bridges are not for parking; they are causing unnecessary havoc to other road users. “I had to move my office from Apapa because I could not cope with the stress of five to six hours on the road daily. How much work would I be able to do on such days? Read more

Ebonyi secures N8bn loan for 2018 planting season (Nation)

The Ebonyi Government says it has obtained N8 billion loan from some financial institutions to improve agricultural production in the 2018 cropping season. The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Ikechukwu Nwobo, said this on Friday at a news conference in Abakaliki. He said that the loan, which had low interest rates, would be given to genuine farmers and youths who intended to engage in agriculture in the 2018 farming season. Nwobo said that the government secured the loan so as to boost agricultural production in the state and encourage the farmers to engage in modern farming activities. Read more

AEDC sacks 500 Staff (ThisDay)

No fewer than 500 workers of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) have been sacked by the management of the organisation. Some of those sacked were said to be senior staff and they cut across the firm’s offices in Nasarawa, Niger and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Thisday investigations revealed that the AEDC began serving the sack letters on the affected staff about a week ago, while some others received theirs between Tuesday and Thursday this week. Those mostly affected by the downsizing were the casual staff who were engaged when the AEDC took over from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), while the affected senior staff were reported to have put in over 35 years of service when their length of services was cumulatively calculated. Read more

Police Salary Slash: We are working on it (Nation)

The Nigeria Police have said they are working with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation to resolve issues of payment shortage. The police also attributed the payment shortage to system error. The Police said the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation has assured that affected personnel will get balance of their salary on or before 7th May, 2018. A statement in Abuja on Friday by the Force Spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood reads: “The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation has assured the Nigeria Police Force that Salary short payment for Police Personnel for the month of April, 2018 was due to system error and is being promptly resolved. Read more

The return of ‘Shina Rambo’ (Vanguard)

When I wrote last month about Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District, I was accused in certain quarters of nursing a king size grudge against the Okun born politician. Some people suggested that the write up smirked of belicosity if not outright hyperbolism. Indeed, the effluents imbued in that piece, according to one of his rabid supporters, was laced with evidence that I was paid by the Kogi State Government, to do a dirty job on the embattled Senator. The article, entitled, “At Last, Dino Melaye Meets His Nemesis” has turned out to be prophetic. I could as well be called a marabout with uncommon gift of clairvoyance. Indeed, events of the last one or two weeks have confirmed that I was spot on in my description and prediction of the man. Read more

Court remands policeman in prison custody for impregnating minor (Guardian)

An Oredo Magistrates’Court Benin, on Friday, remanded a police officer, Micheal Eriarebhe, in prison custody for allegedly impregnating a 16-year-old suspect while in police custody. Eriarebhe, 33, is facing one-count charge of having forceful carnal knowledge of a minor before Magistrate I.U Iyioha, to which he pleaded not guilty. Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, ASP Johnbull Adah, told the court that the accused allegedly committed the offence on May 15, 2017, at Okhoro Police Station, Benin City. Read more

Wenger: Not my job to choose Arsenal successor (Fourfourtwo)

Arsene Wenger will not be involved in the decision-making process for the appointment of his successor as Arsenal manager. Wenger’s 22-year stay at the club has only three matches remaining and Arsenal have given no clues about potential replacements for the Frenchman. Former captain Patrick Vieira and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers have been linked with the post, and the 68-year-old clarified he will have no say over who the next person in the Emirates Stadium dugout is. “I’m not involved in that and it’s not my job. My job was to perform with the team and my job is not to choose my successor,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “If somebody asks me an opinion I will give it, but I think a club works well when everyone does their job.” Read more

Welcome to the land of no sleep – Rodgers pleased with Gerrard arrival in Scotland (Fourfourtwo)

Brendan Rodgers has hailed Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Celtic’s arch-rivals Rangers but laid bare the demands on an Old Firm manager. Gerrard was on Friday handed a four-year contract by Rangers – he will take over at the end of the season – and is tasked with ending a period of Celtic dominance that has seen the club claim the last seven league titles. Rodgers, who worked with Gerrard during his spell at Liverpool, was pleased to welcome his former charge to Glasgow and is looking forward to the pair locking horns. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s trip to Hearts, Rodgers said: “Welcome to the land of no sleep! His role will be to make it work, my job is to try and make sure it doesn’t. Read more

Friday pressure briefing: Chelsea and Liverpool to renew rivalry (Goal)

The two old Premier League and European rivals clash at Stamford Bridge this Sunday in the pick of the weekend’s fixtures. Chelsea may well have felt a sharp twinge of nostalgia this past week as Liverpool came through a thrilling UEFA Champions League semi-final against Roma. For it was not so long ago that they were duking it out with the Reds for a place in European football’s showpiece event. On Sunday, they meet again – but in very different circumstances. Read more

Donald Trump says Rudy Giuliani is new to his legal team and ‘will get his facts straight’ (Independent)

President Donald Trump said his newest lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is a “great guy” but still learning all the facts about the myriad of legal issues the president is facing. “He started yesterday. He’ll get his facts straight. He’s a great guy,” Mr Trump said speaking to the media at Joint Base Andrews base about to depart for Texas and flanked by Chief of Staff John Kelly. The former New York City mayor, Mr Giuliani stirred controversy this past week as he appeared on Fox News and directly contradicted the president on an issue regarding adult film star Stormy Daniels. Read more

Hawaii volcano latest: Drone footage shows lava spewing out of ground near residential area after Mount Kilauea erupts (Independent)

Lava spewing from a crack near Mount Kilauea in Hawaii which recently erupted has been filmed by a drone. Taken by photographer Jeremiah Osuna, magma can be seen hissing and sputtering from a large chasm near a residential area in Pahoa. Locals in the nearby Puna community, home to about 10,000 people, had been ordered to evacuate the area this week after officials reported activity coming from the volcano. Scientists said areas downslope of the erupting vent were at risk of being covered by lava. Leilani Estates, home to about 1,500 people, appeared to be at greatest risk, but scientists said new vents and outbreaks could occur and it’s not possible to say where. Read more

Afghan who risked life for UK: ‘They are sending me to get killed’ (CNN)

From the confines of his small, bleak room in Manchester, northern England, Abdul Bari spends much of his day gazing out the window worrying about his future. At night, when he manages to drift off to sleep, he suffers nightmares about being sent back to Afghanistan. “I’m so scared that if I’m deported the Taliban are going to kill me,” says Bari, who worked as an interpreter for the British Armed Forces between 2008 and 2010 following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. “They are sending me to Afghanistan to get killed.” The 27-year-old from Kunduz in northern Afghanistan says he received death threats from the Taliban and fled to Britain, where he claimed asylum in 2015. Read more

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa urges party unity to deliver “thunderous” win (Reuters)

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa urged his party on Friday to unite after disputed internal polls, saying this will ensure a “thunderous” win in elections set for July, which would allow a ZANU-PF government to provide jobs and tackle corruption. Mnangagwa took over from long-time ruler Robert Mugabe last November after the 94-year-old leader was forced to resign following a de facto military coup. If certified free and fair by the international community, the presidential, parliamentary and council elections, whose date has not been fixed, could lead to resumption of financial aid by foreign lenders for the first time in two decades. Read more

In case you were wondering, #MeToo is far from over (CNN)

More than six months after the #MeToo movement became a global force, it continues to shake some of the world’s most prestigious institutions to the core. Hollywood, the United Nations, political and financial institutions, have rightly been unable to escape the glare of #MeToo. This time, it is the Nobel Prize in Literature, which has been postponed for the first time since the Second World War because of a sexual assault scandal. Let’s be clear, the allegations of harassment and assault relate to one man: the photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, who has close links to the Swedish Academy that awards the annual literature prize. Read more

Meghan Markle’s Mother gets formal role in Royal Wedding (Nytimes)

Any child of divorce will tell you that planning a wedding can be contentious, even without the involvement of 5,000 journalists, a thousand-year-old castle, the Royal Gurkha Rifles and the archbishop of Canterbury. The American actress Meghan Markle has lobbied behind the scenes to create a role for her mother, Doria Ragland, in her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19. Ms. Markle’s parents split when she was young, and she was largely raised by Ms. Ragland, a yoga instructor and social worker. The two remain very close, and there was some speculation that Ms. Ragland would walk her daughter down the aisle. In past royal weddings, the bride’s mother has remained in the background, ceremonially upstaged by the bride’s father, who accompanies her to the venue and then walks her down the aisle. Read more



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