March 20, 2019

* World Cup 2018: Russia stops Nigerian fans from bringing live chicken to stadium (Punch) * 2019: Governorship aspirant lambasts Buhari for asking youths to wait (Punch)

* World Cup 2018: Russia stops Nigerian fans from bringing live chicken to stadium (Punch)          * 2019: Governorship aspirant lambasts Buhari for asking youths to wait (Punch)



World Cup 2018: Russia stops Nigerian fans from bringing live chicken to stadium (Punch)

Russia has denied Nigeria’s football fans the opportunity to bring live chickens into the stadium when the Super Eagles are playing. As reported by Russia’s, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Kaliningrad region, Andrei Ermak told reporters. “Our information center MCH-2018 receives a lot of various questions: fans from Nigeria asked if it’s possible to go to the stadium with a chicken, it’s their symbol, the citizens are sick with them at all matches, we told them that to pass a live chicken, in any case, it is impossible “, – said Ermak.  Read more

2019: Governorship aspirant lambasts Buhari for asking youths to wait (Punch)

A governorship aspirant in Ogun State,  Ademola Ogunbanjo,  has expressed  his displeasure over President Buhari’s position that Nigerian youths should not come out for elective positions in 2019. It will be recalled that shortly after he signed the ‘Not too young to run’s bill into law,  President  Buhari had been quoted in the news as saying that Nigerian youths should not come out yet but after 2019. However, Ogunbanjo noted that the situation in country required fresh ideas, arguing that the current administration  has been bereft of ideas to pull the country out of the woods. Read more

Saraki, Dogara’s absence stalls 2018 Budget Signing (ThisDay)

The signing of the 2018 Appropriation Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari, which was expected to hold Wednesday could not because of the absence of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who were out of the country, a presidency source has told Thisday. Thisday had reported on Monday that the money bill would be signed Wednesday. But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, told State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting that the bill would be signed next week. Read more

Confusion, as Chief Imam of Ibadanland celebrates Eid-el-fitr (Vanguard)

The Muslim community was thrown into confusion as the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh AbdulGaniyu Agbotomokekere celebrated the Eid-el-fitr which marks the end of Ramadan fast on Thursday, as against the Federal Government declaration of Friday as public holiday for the celebration. The Chief Imam led other prominent people to the Eid praying ground at Agodi, Ibadan for the annual celebration to the surprise of many people. The development, has however, raised comments, as some Muslim faithful that spoke with Vanguard correspondent in Ibadan, observed that the decision of the the Chief Imam of Ibadanland to observe the Eid-el-fitr on Thursday was not in line with the rules of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. Read more

Eid-el-Fitr: Amosun preaches righteousness (SUN)

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has urged Muslim faithful to imbibe the values of Ramadan and continue to manifest them in their daily lives. Amosun, in his message, signed by the  state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adedayo Adeneye, to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitr,  said Ramadan, which was a time of fasting and charity, also demanded righteousness in all endeavours. “During Ramadan, which is one of the important pillars of Islam, we were obliged to fast, shun evil actions, speak right and show love to one another. “It also compelled us to engage in deep spiritual reflection and I believe that if we all continue in this practice after Ramadan, it will be not only to our benefit as individuals, but also as a nation. Read more

PDP borrowed for looting – Lauretta Onochie (Vanguard)

Mrs Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s social media aide has said that the Peoples Demoratic Party (PDP) borrowed money for looting. Onochie reacting to to a comment by Reno Omokri on her Twitter handle said: ‘Finally, @renoomokri took time off making out with fish to take a swing at air. APC govt, to which Comrade Gov. Adams Oshiomhole belongs, had need to borrow because your PDP govt. was reckless with our funds and failed to save. We borrow for development. PDP borrowed for looting.’ She further tweeted that the All Progressive Congress (APC) chairmanship position which Adams Oshiomhole seek to occupy was ‘Signed. Sealed. Delivered. He’s ours.’ Read more

Group decries call for INEC Chairman’s removal (ThisDay)

A civil society organisation, the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group, has said that the call for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, is an attempt to undermine the electoral process. The Executive Director of the organisation, Dr Chima Amadi, made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday. The Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders Forum had called for the removal of Yakubu. According to the forum, there are accumulated indications that he might rig the 2019 election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

FG seeks revocation of looters’ UK visas (SUN)

The Federal Government has forwarded a list of alleged treasury looters to the United Kingdom government. The Federal Government wrote the UK through its, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP). Chairman of SPIP, Okoi Obono-Obla, said in statement by his media aide, yesterday, that the agency is partnering with the UK Home Secretary to ensure that some public officers perceived to have looted public funds and illegally acquired assets both in Nigeria and the UK were prevented from entering the country. “The panel has also compiled a list of over 200 past and serving public officers perceived to have illegally enriched themselves at the expense of the nation and the Nigerian people, among others,” Obono-Obla said. Read more

Wike pledges peaceful LG poll in Rivers (Punch)

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State revealed he had received assurances from heads of security agencies in the state that adequate measures are in place to ensure a peaceful local council poll. A media aide to the governor,  Simeon Nwakaudu, in a statement on Thursday quoted Wike as saying that government  would “hold the security agencies professionally accountable should insecurity be experienced in the state in the course of the election.’’ The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there are 23 local government areas, 319 electoral wards and 4,442 polling units in Rivers. Read more

IGP approves nationwide audit of SARS detention cells (Guardian)

The Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has approved the National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) request to begin an independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria. The audit would also include all detention cells of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abayomi Shogunle, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the audit would enable the NHRC oversee the human rights situation of detainees as well as undertake general audit of the state of police detention facilities (cells) in the country. Read more

Summit tackling unemployment to hold in Lagos (Vanguard)

The mental picture painted to most undergraduates and graduates is that once you get out of school, a large pool of jobs awaits you. For some, this becomes their reality and for most not so. After the graduation celebration many of these graduates can be seen rummaging through every job portal they can lay their hands on in a bid to secure a job. This search can go on for days which turn into weeks and weeks into months while for some years. In 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released a report showing that 7.53 million out of Nigeria’s current labor force of 85.08 million are unemployed, a threat to national development which warranted for two millennial companies to come together in a bid to give hope and reveal new ways for job seekers to get a job in 2018. Read more

Police arrest man who infected more than 200 with HIV (Punch)

An HIV-positive man who might have consciously passed on the deadly virus to more than 200 sexual partners has been arrested in Italy. A spokesman for police in Ancona, a city on Italy’s eastern Adriatic coast, told dpa on Thursday that 35-year-old Claudio Pinti had been arrested two days earlier. Despite having been diagnosed “for at least 11 years,’’ he did not take precautions nor warn his partners about his condition, Ancona police said in a written statement. Read more

Police kill 3 suspected kidnappers in Taraba (Punch)

The Police Command in Taraba on Thursday said it had killed three suspected kidnappers who had been terrorising residents around Bali and Takum Local Government Areas of the state. Mr David Akinremi, the Commissioner of Police in the state, disclosed this in a statement in Jalingo. Akinremi said that officers of the command attached to Bali Division, acting on intelligence, stormed the hideout of a gang of kidnappers on Wednesday, where three of them were shot dead. “The criminal gang has terrorised and kidnapped a number of persons around Bali and Takum LGAs of the state, using a camp in Garuwa village in Bali to keep their victims. Read more

2018 World Cup: Parliamentarian rates Eagles high (Nation)

The Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Rep. Anayo Nnebe, says Super Eagles team at the World Cup in Russia is technically strong and will surprise the world. In an interview with News men in Abuja, Nnebe rated the Eagles’ preparation for the competition “very high’’ and expressed confidence in the team’s handlers. “We look forward to the team coming back with good news; even if they do not come back with the trophy, they will come back with good and cheering news. “I am optimistic; the team is capable of representing the country effectively and bringing glory to the country. “I encourage them to dedicate themselves to the progress of the country through superlative performance. Read more

Brazil reassures Nigeria of commitment to assist in agric devt. (SUN)

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has expressed the continued readiness of Brazil to assist in the development of the Nigerian agricultural sector. This is even as the President of Brazil, Michel Temer, stressed the importance of the historic warm relations between Nigeria and Brazil enhanced by a week-long visit of the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister. The reiteration of Brazil’s commitment to develop the Nigerian agricultural sector took place during Onyeama’s working visit to Brazil. Read more

Vladimir Putin Welcomes the World to Russia (Independent)

President Vladimir Putin insisted that he was welcoming hundreds of thousands of football fans to an “open, hospitable and friendly” Russia after raising the curtain on the 2018 World Cup. Putin, alongside Fifa president Gianni Infantino, opened the global gathering following a short but entertaining opening ceremony that featured Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina as well as Brazilian football legend Ronaldo. The president officially started Russia 2018, with both the country’s national team and that of Group A opponents Saudi Arabia lined up in front of him, with a speech that stressed how sport and, in particular, football can unite the world like no other event. Read more

World Cup 2018: Russia’s Iury Gazinsky scores first goal (Punch)

Russia’s Iury Gazinsky scored the first goal of the 2018 World Cup on Thursday as the host nation took a 1-0 lead against Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament. Gazinsky headed into the net in the 12th minute at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, sparking scenes of delight from the home crowd. Read more

Russia 2018: Enjoy yourselves without me – Zlatan (Indianexpress)

Sweden’s former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that they should simply enjoy themselves at the World Cup because without him in the team there was no expectation. “I think Sweden, they have less pressure when I’m not there, because when I’m there we’re supposed to win everything,” the 36-year-old said with customary candour. “Just enjoy. No pressure, because I’m not there,” the larger-than-life character told reporters. The LA Galaxy forward, who played 116 times for Sweden over 15 years, was in Moscow to promote Visa cardless payment systems. Read more

See the new Google doodle celebrating the 2018 FIFA World Cup (ftw.usatoday)

The 2018 World Cup is finally here, and Google is celebrating with a new doodle series featuring artwork from artists in each of the 32 qualified nations. The doodle will change each day to feature the teams that will be playing. “This year’s Doodle series will celebrate the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries by featuring guest artists hailing from each nation! Tune in to catch all 32 Doodles throughout the games, each illustrating the artist’s interpretation of “What ⚽ looks like in my country.” Read more

Georgia’s President backs influential billionaire for Prime Minister (Nation)

Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili backed an influential billionaire on Thursday to become Prime Minister, a day after the abrupt resignation of the previous premier. “This masquerade for the selection of prime minister must be completed. I call upon the ruling party to nominate Bidzina Ivanishvili,’’ the president said. Ivanishvili founded the governing Georgian Dream party, which includes the president and Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who stepped down as premier on Wednesday. As the leader of the ruling party, Ivanishvili should become prime minister, the president said, according to the transcript of a speech posted on his official website. Read more

Mnangagwa files papers to contest in upcoming Zimbabwe poll (Xinhuanet)

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday filed his nomination papers to contest as the ruling party’s presidential candidate in elections set for July 30. His papers were filed by his election agent and justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi who immediately declared that the ruling party ZANU-PF was ready for the polls. Mnangagwa becomes the party’s first presidential candidate after former president Robert Mugabe resigned in November last year amid a military intervention, which ended his 37 years’ stay in power. “We send our papers Wednesday as the law allows us to submit our papers a day before for scrutiny and when we came in today (Thursday) our papers were in order and it was announced that we had filed our papers successfully,” Ziyambi told reporters. Mnangagwa’s main challenger, 40-year-old leader of the opposition MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa, also filed his papers with the Nomination Court. Read more

Comey ‘broke norms but not biased’ – agency watchdog report (BBC)

A highly anticipated US Department of Justice report accuses ex-FBI director James Comey of being “insubordinate” but not biased, US media report. The 500-page report by the agency’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz covers a number of decisions made by the Department of Justice and the FBI. It finds that Mr Comey broke norms when he spoke about the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails during the election. The inspector general’s report will be released in full later on Thursday.  Read more

Israel has bombed Iranian-backed militias in Syria: Netanyahu (Reuters)

Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, casting such actions as potentially helping to stem a Syrian Sunni Muslim refugee exodus to Europe. Israeli officials have previously disclosed scores of air strikes within Syria to prevent suspected arms transfers to Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah guerrillas or Iranian military deployments. But they have rarely given detail on the operations, or described non-Lebanese militiamen as having been targeted. Read more

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