* World Bank team to meet Osinbajo, Adeosun over capital projects (SUN) * Finally, IG to appear before Senate Wednesday over Rising Insecurity, Melaye (ThisDay)

* World Bank team to meet Osinbajo, Adeosun over capital projects (SUN)                 * Finally, IG to appear before Senate Wednesday over Rising Insecurity, Melaye (ThisDay)



World Bank team to meet Osinbajo, Adeosun over capital projects (SUN)

Ten Executive Directors of the World Bank will today in Nigeria hold high-level discussions with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and some state governors on various capital and other projects of the bank in the country. The 10 Executive Directors in the World Bank Mission are from Switzerland, France, Italy, Nordic, Peru, Germany, South Africa (representing Angola, Nigeria and South Africa), Burkina Faso (representing Francophone sub-Saharan Africa), Zimbabwe (representing Anglophone sub-Saharan Africa), United Kingdom and Indonesia. Read more

Finally, IG to appear before Senate Wednesday over Rising Insecurity, Melaye (ThisDay)

After ignoring the summons of the National Assembly, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, is expected to appear before the Senate Wednesday to brief the lawmakers on efforts being made by the police to quell the rising insecurity in different parts of the country. This is as the Senate summoned the security chiefs over the proliferation of arms across the country, which it said had contributed to heightened insecurity in Nigeria. Idris would also field questions on the maltreatment meted out to Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi APC) by the police, in the course of his arrest, hospitalisation and arraignment before the Federal High Court Abuja and the Magistrate’s Court in Lokoja, Kogi State. Read more

APC holds fresh Ekiti primary Friday, Tinubu, Akande, Osoba meet aspirants (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress has cancelled last Saturday’s Ekiti governorship primary election and ordered that a fresh one should be held on Friday. This was the outcome of a marathon meeting of the National Working Committee of the party, which was held late on Monday and ended on Tuesday. The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, announced the party’s decision at a press briefing at the party’s National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Tuesday. He told newsmen that the party considered the report submitted to it by the Governor Tanko Al-Makura-led panel sent to conduct the exercise. Read more

Adesina: Only Buhari can talk about his Health (ThisDay)

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that the president is the only person who can reveal his ailment or details about his health. He made the remark during a phone-in-interview on the Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, while reacting to a question about the president’s ailment requiring another trip to London, United Kingdom. Adesina, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said: “That is something private and personal. The fact that a man is a president does not remove his right and privileges to privacy. So, unless Mr. President comes out voluntarily and willingly to tell the country that ‘this is what I have suffered from, this is what I have been treated for’…even the medical doctor does not have the right to say it. Read more

Ekiti APC: Party elders propose direct primary (Nation)

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southwest yesterday intervened in the controversial shadow election to pick the party’s candidate for the July 14 Ekiti State governorship election. Last Saturday’s election was disrupted. After reviewing the report of the Electoral Committee led by Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura, the party leadership yesterday cancelled the Saturday exercise and fixed Friday for a fresh primary. However, a meeting of Southwest leaders of the party with the aspirants in Abuja is likely to propose direct primary to pick the candidate. The meeting, it was learnt, was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was said to have been embarrassed by the the disruption of the shadow poll. Read more

Senate summons security chiefs over illegal arms (Guardian)

The Senate, yesterday, summoned heads of the nation’s security agencies with a view to curbing illegal possession of firearms. The security chiefs were Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; Director-General, Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali; Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, and others. The lawmakers blamed the situation on negligence by government agencies tasked with controlling how individuals and corporate entities acquire firearms. Consequently, the Senate mandated its committee on Intelligence and National Security to probe the remote and immediate causes of the problem. Read more

Ajimobi, Shittu in war of words (Nation)

Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu yesterday accused Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi of being afraid of him (Shittu). He said Ajimobi was afraid because of going to jail if he succeeds him in office, owing to mismanagement of the state’s resources. But the governor said it was the minister, who should be afraid because of the allegations against him. Shittu, who spoke to reporters during his visit to the All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat in Abuja on the outcome of the party’s ward congresses, said: “I want to say that if anybody is desperate in the Oyo political firmament, it should be Governor Ajimobi, who believes that if Barrister Shittu succeeds him, he will be in jail. That is what he is reported to have always told people who mentioned me to him. Read more

Niger State: Return of stone throwing, as House moves to check political thuggery (SUN)

In 2015, precisely on May 29th during the handing over of the mantle of leadership by the then governor of the state, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, to his successor and former commissioner for investment in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, the people of the state came from all walks of life to bid the outgoing governor a farewell with stones, sachet water and other objects in demonstration of their anger against him. The atmosphere at the Bako Kontagora stadium, the venue of the handing over ceremony that day was better imagined than experienced, it was a moment described by many as that of “everybody to himself, God for us all.” Anarchy was let loose on Minna, the state capital and confusion became the order of the day. The atmosphere was so charged that the entire dignitaries at the stadium were held hostage as stones and different objects continue to fly in different directions. Read more

Saraki warns IOCs not to induce Lawmakers over PIB (ThisDay)

As the National Assembly commences legislation on the outstanding aspects of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Senate President Bukola Saraki Tuesday warned international oil companies (IOCs) operating in the country and the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) not to induce lawmakers during the consideration and passage of the Fiscal and Host Communities Bills – the fiscal and host community components of the omnibus PIB legislation – before the National Assembly. Saraki, who stated this when the leadership of the IOC/OPTS visited him in the National Assembly, said the leadership of the 8th National Assembly had made it clear to all lawmakers involved in the process to live above board. Read more

Ooni of Ife tasks youths on taking back Nigeria, commends Ibru family (Guardian)

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has charged Nigerian youths to take back Nigeria by preparing themselves for higher leadership roles, insisting that the country belonged to the youths and not the elders. The monarch stated this while launching the N10billion endowment fund and N100 million professorial chairs at the Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU), Agbarha-Otor, Delta State yesterday. He said over 60 per cent of Nigeria’s population were under 30 years old and admonished the youths to start claiming what naturally belonged to them in the country. Read more

EFCC gets fresh order to seize Patience Jonathan’s N7.3b, $8.4m (Nation)

The Federal High Court in Lagos Division has ordered a temporary forfeiture of N7.3billion and $8.4million allegedly belonging to former First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan. Justice Mojisola Olateregun made the order based on a fresh application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). A copy of the order made on April 20 was obtained yesterday. The judge had on April 13 struck out an ex-parte application seeking the money’s forfeiture on the basis that a similar suit was pending in another court. However, EFCC returned with another ex-parte application for temporary forfeiture. The money is said to be in Skye Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank and First Bank Plc. Read more

Lagos-Ibadan rail gauge December deadline not negotiable, says FG (Guardian)

The Federal Government has said that the December 2018 deadline for the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan railway gauge is not negotiable. Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who stated this yesterday after inspection and meeting with the contractors involved in the project in Papalanto area of Ogun State, said the idea of the visit was to showcase to Nigerians the level of work the government had done in the last three years. He said: “We are starting with railway and tomorrow would be works and power. We will be inspecting the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The idea is to let Nigerians know that this administration has done a lot in the area of infrastructure development. Read more

Herdsmen attacks: 20,000 children forced out of school in Nasarawa (SUN)

About 20.000 primary school children in  the southern senatorial district of Nasarawa State were reportedly forced out of school in  the wake of the attacks by suspected herdsmen on border communities of the state and Benue State. Investigations by Daily Sun revealed that, at least, 20,000 primay school pupils were forced out of school in Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma Local Government areas of the state, following the displacement of Tiv farmers on border communities of the two states by the suspected militia herdsmen. Read more

Police bust Anambra gun dealer, 10 others in Benue-Taraba axis (Nation)

The Nigerian police said they have smashed two gun running and arms dealing ring and a gang of robbers and kidnappers in the Benue-Taraba axis, making 11 arrests. Among the suspects arrested was one Miracle Emmanuel, a 27 year-old gun dealer from Anambra, based in Takum, Taraba state. With his three-man gang, the police found five Ak-47 rifles, along with other ammunitions. Police said they recovered in total 10 AK 47 rifles and two Beretta pistols from the 11 suspects paraded today at the Benue police headquarters in Makurdi and claimed the arrests were a major breakthrough in stopping the incessant killing of innocent people in the Middle Belt states of Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa. Read more

I killed my daughter because she irritates me, says 15-year-old housewife (Punch)

The police in Niger State have apprehended a 15-year-old housewife, Fatima Adamu, and her ex-lover, Usman Mohammed, of Egbati village in the Agaie Local Government Area of the state for the murder of her daughter identified as Hauwa. Northern City News gathered that Mohammed assisted Adamu to prepare a concoction which was administered on the five-year-old child, causing her death. Checks revealed that after allegedly killing Hauwa, Adamu and her lover dumped the corpse in a nearby bush with some parts missing. The suspect told our correspondent in an interview on Tuesday that she poisoned the minor with the cooperation of her ex-boyfriend who prepared the concoction that was administered on her. Read more

Falcons coach lists 26 for Gambia (Punch)

The Super Falcons return to camp on Thursday ahead of  their 2018 Women’s  Africa Cup of Nations qualifier  against  Gambia. And Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby has  invited  26 players, including overseas-based defender Ngozi Ebere. The  Gambians host the opening leg in Banjul on June 4. The Nigeria Football Federation has chosen  June  11 for the concluding leg in Nigeria. Victories over two legs for the Falcons, who eliminated Burkina Faso in the preliminary stage, will send the eight-time African  champions  to the 11th  Women’s  Africa Cup of Nations  in Ghana later this year. Read more

Ndidi injury a huge blow to Rohr’s plans —Ex-stars (Punch)

Former internationals Taribo West and Justice Christopher have said Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi’s injury has dealt a huge blow to Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr’s plans for the 2018 World Cup despite assurances by the player himself that he would be fit in time for the trip to Russia. Ndidi, who has made 33 league appearances for the Foxes this season with four assists, is nursing a hamstring injury, which he sustained during Leicester’s 5-0 defeat to Crystal Palace two weeks ago. He has been ruled out of Wednesday’s EPL tie against Arsenal as well as the World Cup warm-up games against DR Congo in Port Harcourt on May 28 and against England at Wembley on June 2. Read more

NPA revives NIPOSA Games (Punch)

The  2018  Nigerian Ports Sports Association Games have been scheduled  to begin at  the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Wednesday. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the competition   sponsored by the Nigerian Ports Authority  held last in 2001. NIPOSA  Organising Committee chairman  Ugo Madubuike said in a statement by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications Abdullahi Goje on Tuesday awards would be given during the Games. The awards include  Outstanding Patrons/Matrons, Active Heroes of Past NIPOSA Games,  Stakeholders of 2018 Games and Participatory Award of 2018 NIPOSA Games. Read more

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