* Why Buhari seeks medical treatment abroad – Health Minister (Guardian) * PDP to Presidency: Stop lying, Buhari promised not to seek medical treatment abroad (Tribune)

* Why Buhari seeks medical treatment abroad – Health Minister (Guardian)                       * PDP to Presidency: Stop lying, Buhari promised not to seek medical treatment abroad (Tribune)



Why Buhari seeks medical treatment abroad – Health Minister (Guardian)

Nigeria’s minister of health has refused to criticise the country’s president’s preference for seeking medical attention in the United Kingdom. President Buhari returned from London Friday after a three-day medical trip. His media aide Garba Shehu said the latest visit was at the behest of his doctors whom he saw during a “technical stopover” on his way from Washington. “In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor,” Shehu said. “The doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.” Read more

PDP to Presidency: Stop lying, Buhari promised not to seek medical treatment abroad (Tribune)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said on Friday that it would not allow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to fool Nigerians by trying to sidestep the promises they made during the 2015 campaigns. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in Abuja on Friday that the PDP had uncovered attempts by the ruling party and the government to play on the intelligence of Nigerians through a recent statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina. Adesina, in the statement titled “Beware of Fake Statements Ascribed to President Buhari,” claimed that some statements credited to the president on social media were false. Read more

Okorocha commends Oyegun for cancelling Imo APC LG congresses (Vanguard)

The Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has commended the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for cancelling the conduct of the Local Government Congresses of the Party in the State, which should have, under normal scenario, taken place today. Odigie-Oyegun, on Friday confirmed the postponement of the today’s Imo local government congress just as the state secretariat of the APC was set ablaze by unknown persons. Speaking on the postponement Odigie-Oyegun said: ‘Yes, the party has shifted the Local Government Congress in Imo pending the report of the Appeal Committee’ Read more

Kaduna poll: Voters hail use of electronic voting machine (Punch)

Voters in Rigasa area of Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State have hailed the use of the electronic voting system in the ongoing local government election in the state. Those who voted told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the process was easier and faster. NAN reports that verification of voters began at about 9:00am at the two polling units in LGEA Rigasa Primary School, Lokoja road, where voters cast their vote immediately after verification. NAN also reports that election results were printed out to show the electorate that there were no record of votes before the exercise. Read more

2019: It will spell doom if Nigerians dare repeat mistakes of the past – APGA (Vanguard)

In its desire to ensure Nigerians everywhere enjoy good governance, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has reinstated its commitment to deliver the benefits of democracy to Nigerians as the party prepares to present candidates who will serve meritoriously at the highest levels of government in 2019 saying that the current political system need urgent redirection as the perpetual mis governance by the two political parties that have been in charge of the affairs of Nigeria at the federal level will not end soon if something drastic is not done to kick them out of power. Read more

APC’ll lose Ekiti guber if… – female aspirant (SUN)

The only female aspirant of the July 14 governorship poll, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade , who is a physician, midwife, nurse and entrepreneur and a farmer and employer of labour, has warned delegates that they should not sell their conscience by voting money bag aspirant who cannot win the election for the All Progressive Congress (APC) which is her platform. She specifically singles out an ex-governor who is allegedly being imposed by the national leadership of the party and allegedly buying votes of delegates with huge amount of money, saying the party would lose is such an aspirant emerges winner on Saturday. Read more

30 prisoners await execution in Anambra (SUN)

Thirty out of the 1,761 prison inmates in the four Prisons in Anambra state have been condemned to death and waiting execution. Also 1,574 inmates out of the same number were currently awaiting trial for various offences, a figure that constitutes 78 per cent of the total inmates in the state prisons. Disclosing this to newsmen yesterday in Awka, the Controller, Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Mr. Emmanuel Nwakaeze, said 48 of the awaiting trial inmates were female. The Controller said the 30 were condemned to death since he assumed office in Anambra Command. According to Nwakaeze, Onitsha Prison has the highest number of inmates 887, followed by Awka with 374 inmates; Nnewi 282 and then Aguata with 218 inmates. Read more

Patience Jonathan’s associate, Esther Oba asks court to set side forfeiture of $8.4m, N9.2bn to FG (Vanguard)

An associate of the former First lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, Esther Oba, has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, to set aside an earlier order of interim forfeiture of the sum of $8.435,789.84 million and N9.185, 327, 362 billion allegedly linked to Mrs Jonathan to the Federal Government. Trial judge, Justice Cecilia Mojisola Olatoregun, had on April 19, 2018 granted order of interim forfeiture of the monies following an exparte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against Mrs. Jonathan, Esther Oba and some companies. Companies joined in the suit are Globus Integrated Service Limited, Finchley Top Homes Limited, AM-PM Global Network Limited, Pagmat Oil and Gas Limited, and Magel Resort Limited. Read more

38 Ships expected at Apapa, Tin Can Ports (ThisDay)

Thirty eight ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected to arrive Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos between May 11 and May 26. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) stated this in its publication, `Shipping Position,’ a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday. NAN reports that a total of 10 of the expected 38 ships would sail in with petrol. NPA said the remaining 28 ships contained buckwheat, fertiliser, bulk gypsum, bulk sugar, steel, pet coke, base oil, frozen fish, empty containers, general cargo and containers laden with goods. Read more

Hoodlums arrested at Ekiti APC primary (Punch)

Some hoodlums were arrested at the gate of the venue of the Ekiti APC primary rerun for attempting to force themselves into the venue and for aggressively confronting policemen who manned the gates. One of the suspected hoodlums, who accused the policemen of bias after he was denied access into the venue because he did not have the necessary requirements, had on him charm wrapped in a red piece of cloth. A team of suspected hoodlums comprising of four men was also arrested and handed over to Criminal Investigation Department present at the venue. Read more

Kenyan wins Okpekpe International 10km Road Race (Nation)

Under heavy rains, Kenyan athletes on Saturday won the first, second and third positions at the 6th Okpekpe International 10km Road Race at Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo. Alex Kibet won the race in 29.47seconds to claim the 20,000 dollars prize money. Simon Cheprat came second, returning in 30.29 seconds for the 13,000 dollars cash prize, while Ronoh Kiplagat was third with a time of 30.39 seconds and received  9,000 dollars. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that rain  almost marred the 2018 edition as it slowed down the athletes. Read more

Oshiomhole, Obaseki, Dalung defy rain to run in Okpekpe (Nation)

Participants in the 2018 edition of the annual 10 kilometres Okpekpe road race on Saturday defy the heavy downpour to run in the race. The rain began ten minutes after the VIPs race kicked off. Among dignitaries in the VIPs were former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, Edo Deputy Governor, Hon Philip Shaibu, Edo First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, former Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Clem Agba amongst others. Foreign athletes including their Nigeria counterpart had earlier began their race 20 minutes before the rain began. Governor Obaseki and Oshiomhole completed the race despite the rain. It was a day of glory for athletes from Kenyans as they won in the male categories while an Ethiopian, Yani Dera Dida won in the female categories. Read more

Iwobi poised to equal Okocha in key Premier League Stat on final day of season (Allnigeriasoccer)

Arsenal star Alex Iwobi is poised to equal his uncle’s career-high eleven Premier League assists if he steps out onto The John Smith’s Stadium in West Yorkshire against Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon. Okocha racked up eleven assists during his four-year stay with Bolton Wanderers, currently one more than his nephew, Iwobi who made his Premier League debut less than three years ago against Swansea City. It is noteworthy to mention that half of Iwobi’s assists made, five in total, came in the 2017-2018 season, a proof that he has added an extra dimension to his game this term. Read more

Super Eagles GK Coach yet to show up in RSA, Akpeyi prepared for World Cup (Allnigeriasoccer)

According to information gathered by allnigeriasoccer.com, Super Eagles goalkeeper coach Alloy Agu is still in the country amid speculations in the local media that Daniel Akpeyi is being put through his paces by the former MVV Maastricht first choice goalie. With the Super Eagles set to open their World Cup training camp in less than ten days, it is believed that Agu will shelve his plans to visit South Africa and will work with the goalkeeper in Uyo and Port Harcourt before the national team’s trip to the United Kingdom. Akpeyi is not bothered over the non-arrival of Agu, saying he is good form ahead of the 2018 World Cup and prepared to be the number one keeper. Read more

Barcelona replace Real Madrid as strongest football brand – study (Kwese.Espn)

Barcelona have replaced Real Madrid as the strongest brand in football, according to a study carried out by the consultancy firm Brand Finance. Madrid could still end the season with a third consecutive Champions League triumph but Barca’s domestic success, coupled with a number of new sponsorship deals, has seen them take top spot off their Clasico rivals. Ernesto Valverde has led the Catalans to a league and cup double, while off the pitch the club began a new sponsorship deal with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten worth a potential €246 million over four years. Read more

Why has Arsenal suffered a horrible 2018 away from home? (Itsroundanditswhite)

Arsene Wenger’s announcement that he’ll step down at the end of the season has overshadowed something very sinister – Arsenal is finishing the season with a disastrous away record. Gunners faithful have become too disenchanted or disinterested to give so much of a damn how their season ends. For them, Le Professor is finally leaving and that’s all that matters.  As much as he tried. Despite the many sleepless nights he spent in the tactics room, Wenger never really morphed Arsenal into a fearsome team. Of course, it comes after that invincible campaign, everyone keeps drumming in my ears. Like a trail of blood that follows a deer with a gunshot wound, inconsistency, failure and disgust have marred the second half of Wenger’s reign. Read more

Chelsea submit stunning transfer offer to rival €100m Manchester United bid for Champions League winner (Caughtoffside)

Chelsea have launched a sensational swap deal offer to rival a recent reported bid from Manchester United for the transfer of Real Madrid star Marco Asensio. The Spain international is clearly a man in demand at the moment after catching the eye at the Bernabeu in recent times, establishing himself as one of the finest young players in Europe. Remarkably, Chelsea are so keen to sign him that they could be willing to part with one of their most important players in an effort to get the deal done. Read more

Manchester United to end the season with a win over Watford (Sportslens)

Manchester United welcome Watford to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon and are big favourites to pick up all three points to secure their best league finish post-Sir Alex Ferguson. After Ferguson stepped down as manager in 2013, the Red Devils’ best points tally was 70 and their highest finish was fourth. But Mourinho could set a new record of 81 points and a highest finish of second this season. United are 2/5 to win against Watford. The Hornets are 13/2 to pull off a shock victory at Old Trafford. Man Utd and Watford are 4/1 to draw on Sunday. Read more

U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska (Reuters)

Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday. The Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers flew into a so-called Air Defense Identification Zone located about 200 miles off Alaska’s west coast, at about 10 a.m. EST (1400 GMT), North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy said in a statement to CNN. Two Alaska-based NORAD F-22 fighter jets intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers until they left the identification zone and the Russian aircraft never entered U.S. airspace, CNN reported, citing the statement. Read more

Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly says president is ‘embarrassed’ by Russian investigation (Telegraph)

Donald Trump’s chief of staff has said the president is “embarrassed” by the Russia investigation and must explain away the probe when he meets world leaders.  In a rare on-the-record interview, John Kelly also revealed his “great frustration” at times in the job and said illegal migrants are not “bad people”.  The comments could further raise tensions between Mr Trump and Mr Kelly, whose attempt to bring order to the White House and authoritative tone are said to have grated on the president. Read more

Iraq tightens noose on Baghdadi after aide’s arrest (Aawsat)

Iraq announced on Friday arresting five top ISIS leaders, one of which suspected to be one of ISIS-founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s aides. The captures are a tight move against the terrorist organization’s leader. In a statement, Iraqi authorities listed the names of those captured. Saddam Hussein Hussein al-Jamal, dubbed Abu Rukaya al-Ansari, believed to handle security for ISIS’ self-proclaimed Euphrates caliphate and commander of the terror group’s eastern brigade was among those arrested. Mohammed Hussein Hadar, Issam Abdul Qader Ashour al-Zobaie, Omar Shahab Hammad Karbouli were also arrested. Read more

‘Never rock the royal boat’ Meghan Markle gets royal survival guide from Diana’s aide (Express)

Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle to marry Prince Harry in the wedding of the year in days – Diana’s private secretary Patrick Jephson has given the bride-to-be some tips on how to survive as a new royal. After the huge wedding, which is expected to attract 100,000 people to Windsor, Meghan will need to step into the shoes of the wife of the sixth-in-line to the throne and help to continue the success and relevance of the royal family. Princess Diana’s closest aide believes that if Meghan sticks by his rules, she will be able to avoid the cold reception the American Wallis Simpson received when she married into the royal family, which caused a constitutional crisis that led to the abdication of British king Edward VIII. Read more


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