March 21, 2019

* We will never have peace in senate until Saraki resigns – APC senator (Guardian) * EFCC: Ekweremadu denies falling ill during interrogation (Punch)

* We will never have peace in senate until Saraki resigns – APC senator (Guardian)           * EFCC: Ekweremadu denies falling ill during interrogation (Punch)



We will never have peace in senate until Saraki resigns – APC senator (Guardian)

Following the defection of the senate president Bukola Saraki from Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progessives Congress to the People’s Democratic Party on Monday, a senator representing Katsina South Abu Ibrahim on Thursday said that there will be no peace in the upper legislative chamber until Saraki resigns. Ibrahim while talking with journalists in Abuja said going by conventions around the world, it is the majority party that produces the leadership in parliament. “I think it is commendable that he has left the party. He has chosen the path of survival because it is the issue of political survival not anything for Nigeria,” he said. Read more

EFCC: Ekweremadu denies falling ill during interrogation (Punch)

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said he was not interrogated on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, neither did he fall ill as a result of the reported interrogation. Ekweremadu, in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, said he honoured the EFCC’s invitation and requested a leave to attend to his health. The Deputy Senate President dismissed the reports that he presented new facts to the anti-corruption agency as false. The statement read, “My attention has been drawn to false reports in some national dailies that the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Read more

Why we welcome Saraki, Ahmed, others – Kwara PDP (Nation)

Stakeholders in the Peoples Democracy Party ( PDP ), Kwara State say the gale of defections hitting the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has given the party the numerical strength to dislodge President Muhammadu Buhari from Aso Rock Villa in 2019. The Kwara State Deputy Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Sanni Abubakar who led other major stakeholders of the party, including a former deputy governor and a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, stated this in Ilorin on Friday during a Press Conference at the Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. According to the stakeholders, which also included the party’s Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, and State Women Leader, the party gladly “welcomes the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, the State Governor, Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed and other returnees to the party”. Read more

Support Buhari, APC to stop looters, Oshiomhole urges Nigerians (SUN)

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday, called on Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC to remove thieves and looters who believe it is their birthright to continue to loot the‎ country. He made the call while addressing party supporters who came to welcome him at the Benin Airport on his way to Delta State. Oshiomhole stated that working with the President, he would ensure that government focuses on the people; that government will not focus on the welfare of the few at the expense of the majority and that government must do everything possible to ensure that those who work have something to show for their labour. Read more

I am standing by President Buhari – Kalu (Nation)

Despite the ongoing gale of defection in the All Progressives Congress (APC) by chieftains of the party, former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has said that nothing will make him to change his mind over his support for President Muhammadu Buhari. Recall that reports earlier in the week alleged that Kalu was planning to defect to the PDP after the senate President Bukola Saraki and other legislators left the APC. However, Kalu at a meeting with stakeholders and executive members of the party from wards to state levels including major stakeholders of the party in the state held at his Camp Neya in Igbere, Bende local government area said that he was going nowhere but to stay in APC and ensure that Buhari was re-elected come 2019. Read more

Why I seek Osun APC primaries cancellation: Adegoke (Guardian)

One of the participants in the Osun APC governorship primaries, Mr Kunle Adegoke, on Friday insisted that the exercise was not free and fair, calling for outright cancellation of the exercise. Adegoke told a news conference in Lagos that only a court decision could stop him from seeking redress on the outcome of the poll, held on July 19. “I will be bound by court decisions on the issue but if I feel that justice was not done by the result being cancelled, I may leave the party to seek another platform for my aspiration,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the high stakes Osun governorship election has been slated for Sept. 22. Read more

I have resigned as chairman of NSDC –Bolaji Abdullahi (Punch)

Former National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Bolaji Abdullahi, has resigned his federal appointment. Abdullahi revealed that he has resigned his appointment as the Chairman of Nigeria Sugar Development Council on Twitter on Friday. He said his resignation comes on the heels of his exit from the ruling party. The former Sports Minister resigned his position in the APC, a day after Senate President, Bukola Saraki defected from the party. Read more

2019: Defections won’t stop Buhari’s re-election – Tony Momoh (Punch)

A former Minister of Information, Chief Tony Momoh, on Friday, said the exit of some bigwigs from the All Progressives Congress would not stop President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019. Momoh, also an APC chieftain, expressed the view in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. NAN reports that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Sen. Dino Melaye , Sen. Bernabas Gemade were some of the National Assembly members that had dumped the APC for the People’s Democratic Party in recent days. Read more

Fake fertilisers now in circulation, producers alert govt, farmers (SUN)

Worried by fake fertilizer in circulation, the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), on Friday, called on the Federal Government to intervene without further delay. The Executive Secretary of FEPSAN, Mr. Ahmed Rabiu Kwa, said in Lagos on telephone that the adulterated fertilizer was causing low yield of farm crops. According to Kwa, the fake fertilizer is smooth in texture, dusty and mixed with sand while the original contains particles like rice, maize and other ingredients which are visible. He said the association had observed that fake fertilizer had resulted in low yield. Read more

10,687 Muslim faithful perform 2018 Hajj (Vanguard)

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), says 10,687 Muslim faithful are performing the 2018 Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Statistics made available by NAHCON on Friday in Abuja indicated that the pilgrims were transported between July 21 and Aug. 3. Giving a breakdown of the figures, he said 6,477 of the pilgrims are males, while 4,210 are females. In all, 10 states are participating in the pilgrimage with Kogi state having 446 pilgrims, Nasarawa 616, Kaduna 1,627, Kwara 1,111, Kano 2,132, Sokoto 1,304, Kebbi 1,275, Lagos 320, Adamawa 546 and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had 1,310 pilgrims. Read more

Ambode approves recruitment of 2200 teachers (SUN)

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Friday, approved the recruitment of additional 1200 teachers for the Junior and Senior Secondary schools in the State. The Governor, at the last quarterly Town Hall meeting at Ibeju Lekki, had promised that his administration would employ more teachers into public schools to meet up with the manpower required to cover all public schools in the state. Confirming the development, Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs. Idiat Adebule said the 1200 teachers was an addition to the 1000 teachers which the Governor had approved for recruitment into Primary Schools in the state. Read more

Gunmen abduct Islamic preacher in Kaduna, says Police (Punch)

The Police Command in Kaduna State on Friday, confirmed that Malam Ahmad Garko, an Islamic preacher known as ‘Al-Garkawy had been abducted by gunmen while working in his farm. The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Deputy Superintendent of Police Murkhtar Aliyu, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kaduna. Aliyu said that the preacher was abducted on Thursday along with two other persons, believed to be either his sons or students. “The Kaduna State Police Command wishes to categorically state that, on 02/8/2018 at  13:40 hours, a distress call was received that one Malam Ahmad Garko, popularly known as ‘Al-Garkawy’ went to his farm in Maguzawa village, Igabi Local Government Area. Read more

Tiwa Savage praises Duncan Mighty’s cooking skills (Punch)

Tiwa Savage on her Twitter handle praised her colleague, Duncan Mighty’s skills in the kitchen. Savage, who featured, Duncan Mighty in her latest single, shared a video of the self-styled, King of the South cooking, revealing that not only was he good in the music studio, he was also handy in the kitchen, “Mr lova lova  #lovalova BABA you finish food for studio, you come finish for kitchen as well. You too much ooo.” Duncan Mighty has been doing a lot of collaborations with top artistes in recent times. Read more

SW Volleyball Legends to honour President, Coaches, Ex-players (Vanguard)

Ex-Volleyball internationals in the Diaspora under the auspices of South-West Volleyball Legends on Thursday, said its president and other officials of the federation, would be honoured at an award night on Saturday. The ex-Internationals said the legends would as part of their development projects, on Aug. 4, at Adamasingba SAports Complex, Ibadan, Oyo, aimed at bringing together the U-12 boys and girls from the zone to be groomed from grassroots to stardom. The Chairman of the ex-volleyball internationals in the Diaspora, Wasiu Ojuolape (Wasper), said the boys and girls would feature in exhibition matches where balls, nets and other volleyball equipment would be distributed to facilitate their training. Read more

NBBF sacks D’Tigress coach, Vincent (Guardian)

The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has ended its relationship with the Head Coach of the Senior Women’s Basketball team, Sam Vincent. NBBF Media Officer, Afolabi Oni, in a statement on Friday said the decision was taken after extensive consultations and assessment of the team’s progress in camp ahead of the 2018 FIBA Women World Cup in Tenerife, Spain. A letter signed by the NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida, said the decision was taken in the best interest of all parties involved and the long term interest of the D’Tigress. NBBF stated that the numerous conflicting commitments of the 55-year-old coach had affected his duties as the coach of the women national team. Read more

Milan’s number nine shirt holds no fear for Higuain (Reuters)

AC Milan’s number nine shirt has proved something of a jinx for its wearers over the past few seasons but new signing Gonzalo Higuain said it held no fear for him as he was officially presented by his new club on Friday. “I have already worn a few shirts which carry a heavy burden, so the number nine shirt here isn’t a problem,” Higuain, signed on loan from Juventus, told reporters. “It makes me proud. This is a wonderful challenge for my career. All I have to do is to show that the club was right to invest in me.” Milan confirmed that Higuain will wear the number nine shirt although it appeared to be handing him a poisoned chalice. Read more

Alfie Mawson thanks Swansea City (Sportsmole)

Alfie Mawson has thanked former employers Swansea City after agreeing a switch to Fulham. Mawson, who played in every Premier League game as the Swans were relegated to the Championship last season, sealed a return to the top flight on Thursday with a move to West London. Taking to Twitter, the 24-year-old said that he “loved” his time in South Wales. “I would like to say thank you to Swansea City for the past two years of my life, not just the football club but the place as a whole,” the centre-back wrote. “Although last season ended how it did, I loved my time in Wales and was always proud to put on that shirt. It’s a great place full of even better people, I have no doubt at all that Swansea will find its way back to the Premier League sooner rather than later. Read more

West Ham United ‘in talks over £10m Harold Moukoudi’ (Sportsmole)

West Ham United are reportedly in talks over a £10m move for highly-rated Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi. The 20-year-old is in high demand and of interest to other English clubs such as Burnley, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County. According to the Daily Mail, manager Manuel Pellegrini will need to offload a player first in order to bring the former France U18 international to the London Stadium after their heavy spending spree this summer. The newspaper also suggests that West Ham remain in talks over the possible sale of Pedro Obiang, who has told Pellegrini he wants to return to Sampdoria. The Hammers are said to be leading the race to sign Moukoudi after the bid was accepted and may also consider offers for Angelo Ogbonna and fan-favourite Winston Reid to fund the move. Read more

Zimbabwe’s reviled election authority back under pressure (News24)

Just before announcing the results, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chief Priscilla Chigumba made a passionate plea for the country to remember the upbeat and peaceful atmosphere of polling day. “It is my most humble wish that we as Zimbabweans should continue in this spirit that we had on election day and that we should move on in this spirit,” Chigumba said, before declaring Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner in the early hours of Friday. Read more

Family asked to prove son’s disability before boarding Jet2 flight (Guardian)

The family of a 10-year-old boy were asked to prove he had a disability before they were allowed to board a Jet2 flight home. Jack Johnson, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was left humiliated and distressed by the experience, which was reportedly due to an administrative error. His mother, Alex Johnson, from Wigan in Greater Manchester, said she was appalled by the way her son was treated at Split airport in Croatia on Tuesday. Read more

U.S. hits Russian bank with sanctions for North Korea-related activity (Reuters)

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a Russian bank it said had facilitated a transaction with a person blacklisted by Washington for involvement with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The move comes as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to press Southeast Asian countries during meetings in Singapore on Saturday to maintain sanctions against Pyongyang, which is in talks with the United States about dismantling its nuclear program. The U.S. Treasury Department said Moscow-based Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank had conducted “a significant transaction” for Han Jang Su, the Moscow-based chief representative of Foreign Trade Bank, North Korea’s primary foreign exchange bank. Read more

Human-polar bear conflict is on the rise (CNN)

In a devastating turn of events this week, a polar bear was killed by a cruise line employee, after the bear attacked a spotter looking for the predator in advance of a shore excursion in the Svalbard archipelago. Although the cause of the attack in Svalbard is still under investigation, we already know human-polar bear conflict is on the rise. For instance, nine polar bear conflicts were registered in all of Greenland in 2007. Last year, there were 21 conflicts between August and December in the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, alone. Read more


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