What Nigerian leaders are saying about detention of PremiumTimes reporter -Goddey Odin * Anxiety as US suspends consular services in Abuja (Leadership)

What Nigerian leaders are saying about detention of PremiumTimes reporter -Goddey Odin *     Anxiety as US suspends consular services in Abuja (Leadership)

What Nigerian leaders are saying about detention of PremiumTimes reporter- Goddey Odin

Nigerian leaders have joined Amnesty International in condemning the arrest and detention of Samuel Ogundipe, a Premium Times reporter who has refused to reveal the source of a confidential piece of information used in writing a story. Ogundipe was arrested and detained Tuesday, August 14 by police officers. The arrest has elicited condemnation from concerned individuals calling for the unconditional release of Ogundipe with the hashtag #FreeSamuelOgundipe trending on Twitter. Read more

Anxiety as US suspends consular services in Abuja (Leadership)

The announcement by the United States Embassy in Nigeria that it is shutting down its visa and consular services section in Abuja until further notice yesterday took many by surprise. The development, the details of which remain skeletal, has thrown most Nigerian travellers and U.S. citizens resident in Nigeria into the state of confusion as no cogent reason was given for the action. However, a message posted on the embassy’s website said that scheduled visa and American Citizen Services (ACS) applicants for Abuja would be contacted for rescheduling. Read more

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Pakistan writes Buhari, demands release of Premium Times reporter

The Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has written to President Muhammadu Buhari over the continued detention of Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe. In the letter dated August 16, the PFF, an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression, expressed concern over the detention of Ogundipe who has now been in police custody for about two days. Read more

Police dismiss 8 officers, discipline 108 (Leadership )

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, yesterday said eight officers were dismissed over “very serious criminal offences”, while six others were demoted in ranks. Edgal, also said that 108 officers were disciplined for various offences from January to July 2018 in the Lagos State Command. He made the disclosure at a Stakeholders’ Forum on “Police Accountability and Presentation of Advocacy Materials at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja. The police chief said that 58 other officers recorded major entries, six officers reprimanded, 28 officers got warning motors, four officers had extra fatigue, while five others were discharged for lack of evidences against them. Read more

Face governance, leave Saraki alone- Timi Frank tells APC (Vanguard)

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has called on Nigerians to Press it upon the leadership of the ruling party to face governance instead of distracting the nation with issue of National Assembly. According to Frank, Nigerians should open their eyes and not fall for the blackmail from the Comrade Adams Oshiomohle led ruling party because the campaigners of Senator Saraki’s removal could not fault him (Saraki) on his primary duties as Senate President, especially in the area of legislations. Read more

SERAP drags NYSC to court over Adeosun (Leadership)

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) before the Federal High Court in Lagos asking the court to compel it to explain if the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun obtained any Exemption Certificate from the NYSC. The civil society organisation is specifically seeking an order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus directing and/or compelling the NYSC to urgently provide specific documents and information on Mrs Kemi Adeosun’s application to the NYSC for Exemption. Read more

APC is Encouraging Vote Buying, Sule Lamido Alleges (ThisDay)

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Governor of Jigawa State, Dr. Sule Lamido, has accused the All Progressive Party (APC) of encouraging vote buying and selling through their “policy of pauperising Nigerians.” Speaking in Lokoja yesterday while addressing PDP delegates in continuation of his nationwide tour to drum support for his presidential ambition, he said after almost four years in power, APC leaders cannot honestly and confidently say they have improved the lives of ordinary Nigerians. Read more

Saraki’s impeachment won’t reduce bag of rice to  N7,000- Fayose (Sahara)

Outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayodele Fayose, has mocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its repeated statements targeted at impeaching the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. He described the actions of the APC as capable of heating up the polity, stating that the party had shifted blame for its failure from former President Goodluck Jonathan to Saraki. Read more

US Lauds Sokoto Govt over Giant Strides in Education (ThisDay)

The United States of America (USA) has lauded the Sokoto State Government for its commitment towards developing education in the state. The commendation was made by the Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy Abuja, Mr. David Young, when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Aminu waziri Tambuwal, at the Government House Sokoto, Wednesday. (Read more)

73-year-old Keïta re-elected as Malian president (Punch)

Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, was re-elected with 67 per cent of the votes in a run-off against opposition rival, Soumaila Cisse, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said on Thursday. The victory hands Keïta a second term in the mostly desert West African country where militant violence and claims of fraud by the opposition marred the poll. Read more

Bloomberg gives grants to NGOs in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa (Vanguard)

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa and the Ford Foundation have awarded grants to ten non-governmental organizations across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to advance market transparency, and enhance access to information about business and finance, policies and practices that impact inclusive economic growth and human development. Journalists performing their duty The funds, awarded over two years, aim to elevate voices from local communities and further the development of citizen journalism and community reporting on financial and economic issues. Read more

Lagos Partners MultiChoice for 2018 AMVCAs

The Lagos State Government, through the state Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has announced its partnership with MultiChoice on the 6th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs). The awards ceremony, which is the biggest celebration of film and television talents will hold on September 1 in Victoria Island, Lagos. Read more

Current APC, not what we hoped for at inception – Utomi (SUN)

Professor Pat Utomi, a chieftain and founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a governorship aspirant in Delta State. He spoke about his vision for Nigeria, the current state of the ruling party, his decision to contest the governorship election after twice taking a shot at the presidency and his gradual disengagement from partisan politics. Read more

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