* Why we stormed Melaye’s house – Police (Nation) * FG condemns burning to death of Nigerian by mob in South Africa (Guardian)

* Why we stormed Melaye’s house – Police (Nation)                    * FG condemns burning to death of Nigerian by mob in South Africa (Guardian)



Why we stormed Melaye’s house – Police (Nation)

The police said on Monday night that the siege on Senator Dino Melaye’s residence was necessitated by his involvement in a case of unlawful possession of prohibited firearms. Speaking with The Nation, the Force Deputy Spokesman, Adeniran Aremu, said: “Our action was prompted by the fact that he was invited in a case of unlawful possession of firearms and other crimes. “The police had invited him on more than two or three occasions but he failed to honour the invitations. That is why we are there right now. “You know when a case is in court, there is no law that stops you from further questioning if you need to answer question on the suspects. Read more

FG condemns burning to death of Nigerian by mob in South Africa (Guardian)

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike dabiri –Erewa on Monday described the killing of Clement Nwaogu, another Nigerian in Rustenburg, South Africa as unfortunate. Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement in Abuja condemned the burning of Nwaogu to death by a mob in the latest xenophobia attack in South Africa. She called on South African authorities to find lasting solution to the incessant killing of Nigerians in that country. She also urged Nigerians living abroad to obey the laws of countries where they lived, and avoid crime and criminality to avoid unwarranted attacks and killings. Read more

2019 elections will be tough, Oyegun warns APC (Punch)

As the 2019 general elections draw nearer,  the  National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Monday in Abuja, warned his party against having sense of a ruling party He said Nigerians have become wiser. But he said he was happy that the APC “is a living party “, adding that its leadership remained committed and dedicated “to make sure that this party is out in political fighting mood for the 2019 elections.” The former governor of Edo State spoke during the inauguration of the APC 2018 National Convention Committee, which is headed by the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Baduru. Read more

Bello hails military, Operation Total Freedom for ensuring security in Kogi (Vanguard)

Kogi State Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello has hailed the “patriotic zeal of the Nigerian military and Operation Total Freedom for ensuring peace in Kogi State. Bello who stated this in a statement through his Director General of Media and Publicity said his administration will continue to give “unflinching support” to all security agencies in order to achieve a “secured, peaceful and economically viable state”. “My administration’s heavy investment in security is borne out of the uncompromising conviction that peace and security are the bedrocks of social integration and economic prosperity”, insisting that Kogi which used to be the haven of criminals has now been “delivered from the reign of terror of the past”. Read more

Ekiti gov poll: Okada riders rally support for Kolapo Eleka (Tribune)

The Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has called on Nigerian youths to vote for only those who share their believes, aspirations and concerns and vote out the President who believe they are good-for-nothing and lazy as President in 2019 election. The governor said that the youths and women in the country remain the highest voting population, wondering why a president seeking reelection in 2019 would deride and cast aspersion on the young people. Fayose stated this on Monday when the okada (motorcycle) riders drawn from the 16 local governments’ areas stormed Ado Ekiti, the state capital, for a solidarity rally to drum support for the governorship ambition of his deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola. Read more

NGO trains 300 Adamawa traditional rulers on conflict resolution (Nation)

Managing Conflicts in Nigeria (MCN), an NGO, has trained no fewer than 300 traditional rulers, comprising District, Village and Ward Heads, on conflict resolution in Adamawa. The State Team Leader of MCN, Mr Abdulkadir Bello, made this known to our reporter on Monday in Yola. Bello spoke at a capacity building programme on conflicts resolution for traditional rulers and community leaders in Adamawa and Mubi Emirate Councils. He said the programme organised by Green Horizon, was funded by European Union (EU) and managed by the British Council. Read more

National Theater directors face corruption charge (Nation)

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday fixed May 14 for the arraignment of four directors at the National Theatre for allegedly receiving N500,000 each from a Federal Government contractor. The alleged offence violated the Code of Conduct Act. The defendants are – former Acting General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of the National Theatre, George Ntanta, Director of Business Development and Events Management, Abiodun Abe, Director of Engineering and Technology, Ndubuisi Nwogu and Director of Planning, Research and Strategies, Doris Okafor. Read more

80,000 barrels of crude lost as protesters shutdown flow stations (Vanguard)

Nigeria Monday lost over 80,000 barrels of crude as protesting women and youths shut down two major flow stations in Erhoike and Olomoro, insisting that they would not discuss review of the Memorandum of Understanding , MoU with operators of the flow stations, through a non governmental organization or any third party. As early as 9am Monday the protesting women took over the main gate leading to the flow stations , chanting solidarity songs. They also accused the operator of the flow station of allegedly failing to implement portions of the MoU it went into with the communities when it took over operation of the flow stations. Read more

Hajj 2018: Saudi Arabia moves to stop Nigerian pilgrims (PremiumTimes)

Saudi Arabian authorities are threatening to block Nigerian pilgrims from attending this year’s Hajj exercise. Nigeria has one of the largest contingents in the annual religious exercise with about 95,000 pilgrims. The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Monday said Saudi Arabia is taking the decision because of reports of Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria. Outbreak of Lassa fever has been reported in a number of states. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1081 suspected cases and 90 deaths have been reported from 18 states (Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekite, Federal Capital Territory, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba) between January 1 through February 25 this year. Read more

Quackery/regularization: LASG commences compulsory training for care-providers (Vanguard)

As part of measures to regularize operations and comply with acceptable international standard, the Lagos State Government has said that all care-giver operating in the state must henceforth undergo appropriate training with the aim of eliminating quackery in the sector. The state’s Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Agboola Dabiri made the remark, yesterday, at a briefing ahead of three-Day Foundational Training on Professional Childcare, organized by the ministry in collaboration with Nanny Centre, operated by a certified member of International Nanny Association and a registered vocational trainer. Read more

Offa robbery: We will not spare culprits – Police (Nation)

The Kwara State Police Command vowed on Monday that all persons directly or indirectly linked to the recent bank robbery in Offa, Offa local government area of the state, would not be spared.Several people were reportedly killed and undisclosed cash carted away from about five commercial banks during the incident. The command’s spokesperson, Ajayi Okasanmi, reacted to the widespread speculation that the DCO and DPO of Offa police station allegedly failed to take action before the armed robbers struck. He said both civilians and uniformed men linked to the incident would not go scot free. Read more

2019: Police to comb uncompleted buildings, dump sites in Lagos (Nation)

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, says dump sites, undeveloped lands and uncompleted buildings likely to house criminals will be combed as part of preparations for the 2019 general elections. Edgal told our reporter on Monday at the command’s headquarters in Ikeja that the measure was to check crime ahead of   the forthcoming elections. According to him, many criminals have been living and keeping arms and ammunition at different dump sites as well as abandoned lands and buildings in the state. “We have not been paying serious attention to dump sites, abandoned lands and buildings. Read more

El-Zakzaky: 2 feared killed in fresh police, Shiites clash at NHRC hqtrs (Vanguard)

Officers of the FCT Police Command, Monday, resumed clash with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites over agitations for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been unlawfully detained for over two years. The protesters, Monday afternoon, converged at the head office of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, with the remains of a member of the sect who died last Thursday at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano from gunshot injuries he sustained in the head during last week’s clash. Vanguard gathered that their aim was to prevail on the Commission to receive the corpses for purposes of an independent autopsy and documentation. Read more

Auto crash: lawmaker loses ten family members (Nation)

Alhaji Sa0 Yarkufoji, a member of Zamfara State House of Assembly, has confirmed the loss of  ten family members to a ghastly auto crash. The victims included three biological children and seven other family members of the lawmaker, representing Bakura State Constituency. Our reporter confirmed that other family members of the lawmaker, who died in the accident, were four of his grandchildren, his two sisters and his driver. it should be recorded that the accident occurred along Sokoto-Gusau road on Sunday.Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Route Commander Nasiru Ahmed, said that the crash was a head-on collision between a Volkswagen Golf car and a Coca-Cola truck. Read more

Fifa set to meet over $25bn offer to launch 2 tournaments (BBC)

Fifa is planning to hold a special meeting next month where two lucrative tournaments could be given the go-ahead. Football’s world governing body is said to have held “promising” consultations in recent weeks with regional confederations, individual football associations and leading clubs over the creation of a revamped Club World Cup and a new ‘Nations League’. The tournaments would generate $25bn (£17.9bn) in revenue. Read more

Messi overtakes Ronaldo on footballers’ rich-list (Vanguard)

Lionel Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football while Jose Mourinho tops the managers’ chart, according to France Football magazine. The Barcelona attacker is a long way ahead in the figures for the current season, pulling in €126 million in salary, bonuses and commercial revenue while his great Real Madrid rival is making €94 million. Last season ‘CR7’ led with €87.5 million with Messi on €76.5 million. That works out at €25,000 per minute pitch time this season for Messi in La Liga, the Champions League, the Spanish Cup and Supercup and four international appearances for Argentina this season, and assuming he plays all of Barcelona’s five remaining games. Read more

Roma boss Di Francesco discusses tactics ahead of Liverpool clash (101greatgoals)

As Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco this afternoon answered questions on his tactical approach for the Giallorossi’s clash with Liverpool tomorrow night. The two sides are set to go head to head at Anfield in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, before Real Madrid and Bayern Munich meet in the second of the semi-finals on Wednesday. Liverpool warmed up for the clash with a 2-2 draw with Championship-bound West Brom on Saturday, throwing away a 2-goal lead to eventually see goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon clinch a point for Darren Moore’s men. Read more

Pope becomes ice cream man for a day (PremiumTimes)

Pope Francis became an ice cream man for a day on Monday as Rome charity workers dished out 3,000 helpings of gelato to the homeless and needy as his gift to them on his name day. Gelato is ice cream made in the Italian style. Gelato is simply the Italian word for ice cream, but in English, it has come to mean specifically Italian or Italian-style ice cream. Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio and, in keeping with papal tradition, does not celebrate his birthday, but the feast day of the saint he was named after at birth. Read more

Toronto collision: multiple people injured after van mounts kerb (Inews)

At least two people have been killed and several more injured by a van that mounted a kerb in Toronto, Canadian police have said. The driver was arrested several blocks away after fleeing the scene in the vehicle. It was not immediately clear what caused the van to strike the pedestrians in a busy intersection in the north-central part of the city. Police did not immediately identify the driver. “At this point it’s too early to tell what if any motive there wa. ” Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said. Read more

Daniel Barenboim returns German music award in anti-Semitism row (BBC)

The Berlin-based conductor Daniel Barenboim is returning prizes he has won at Germany’s biggest music awards in a row over what he said were “clearly anti-Semitic” rap lyrics. The Israeli said he was protesting against an Echo Music Award being given to the German rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang this year. On one track they sing that their bodies are “more defined than an Auschwitz prisoner”. The awards have faced heavy criticism. Read more

Waffle House shooting suspect arrested (ITV)

The suspect in a quadruple homicide at a US restaurant has been taken into custody, police said. Authorities had mounted a massive manhunt for 29-year-old Travis Reinking, after the Sunday morning shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville. More than 100 police officers had been going door-to-door and searching wooded areas, joined by dozens of agents with the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Police said he had stolen a BMW days before the attack. The car was quickly recovered, but authorities did not immediately link it to Reinking. Read more




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