* World Press Freedom Day: Criticise me but be fair, PMB tells Media (Leadership) * Kachikwu replies Falana, denies N1.4trn fuel importation (Vanguard)

* World Press Freedom Day: Criticise me but be fair, PMB tells Media (Leadership)                 * Kachikwu replies Falana, denies N1.4trn fuel importation (Vanguard)



World Press Freedom Day: Criticise me but be fair, PMB tells Media (Leadership)

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday pledged an unfettered environment for the media to do its work, saying while journalists in the country are free to criticise him they must be fair and mindful of national interest, in doing so. Buhari who stated this on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day observed every May 3, noted that responsibility is reciprocal, and journalists should be wary of fairness, justice and national interest at all times. Reflecting on this year’s theme, ‘Power In Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law”, the president, in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, re-affirmed his commitment to an atmosphere in which the media is free from harassment or any form of attack in the exercise of the profession within the ambit of the law. Read more

Kachikwu replies Falana, denies N1.4trn fuel importation (Vanguard)

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, has denied a statement credited to him that the Federal Government spends N1.4 trillion monthly on payment for under-recovery on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) importation. Mr. Kachikwu, in a statement titled: ‘Request for information on fuel importation and sundry matters’, which was a request by an activist lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, denied making the remarks. The statement reads: “I, hereby, acknowledge receipt of your letter of April 17, 2018, requesting for information and data on under recovery. Your request to me is predicated on a statement purportedly credited to me to the effect that the Federal Government is spending N1.4 trillion monthly on payment for under-recovery on Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, importation. Read more

I ‘ll never endorse Buhari, says Obasanjo (Nation)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said he would never endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term. The former leader insisted that his position in a January 23 statement that Buhari should not seek re-election remained valid. Obasanjo also dismissed the President’s visit to the United States, saying it achieved little or nothing for the country.  He spoke through a statement by his media adviser Kehinde Akinyemi in response to widespread insinuation on the social media that he was now backing Buhari for another term. In the statement, Obasanjo linked his purported change of mind claim to sympathsers of the Buhari administration. But the Presidency dismissed the statement as unworthy of response. Read more

Declare killer herdsmen as terrorists, Bishop tells FG (Punch)

The Bishop of the Diocese of Badagry, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Babatunde  Adeyemi, on Wednesday, condemned the killings in Benue, Taraba and other parts of the North-East. The cleric urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the killer herdsmen as terrorists, owing to the number of killings they had perpetrated. Adeyemi said this in a statement to sensitise Nigerians ahead of the diocese Synod which began on Wednesday. He said, “We (Anglican Communion), condemn these mindless killings in our country. If the Indigenous People of Biafra could be termed a terrorist group, those who perpetrate these heinous acts should also be termed terrorists. But because these set of people come from a particular part of the country, they enjoy protection from the Federal Government. Read more

Ekiti 2018: SDP to adopt option A4 for primary (Vanguard)

Ahead of the July 14 Governorship election, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has said it has adopted option A4, the electoral system used by the SDP during the 1993 election that brought about the election adjudged as  freest , fairest  and most  transparent in the history of the country, for its congresses and the governorship primary. The chairman of the party in the state ,Dr Dele Ekunola in a statement yesterday said beginning from today, to Monday May 7, the party would conduct its elective congresses in the 177 wards in the 16 local government areas. The SDP Chairman said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been notified to observe the congresses in line with the electoral Act 2010 as amended which gives the commission the mandate to witness such congresses. Read more

Malaria scourge: Ambode’s wife stresses need for prevention rather than cure (Vanguard)

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Bolanle Ambode has urged residents and Nigerians in general to be more concerned with preventing rather than curing malaria infection. Mrs. Ambode gave the charge while distributing over 3,000 insecticide-treated nets in Makoko community, Yaba Local Council Development Authority, LCDA, sponsored by her pet project, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative HOFOWEM, as part of activities to mark 2018 World Malaria Day. She described as unacceptable, a situation where a child dies every two minutes from malaria around the world, and an alarming global average of 400,000 deaths annually, according to World Health Organisation’s account. Read more

Nigeria sitting on time bomb without restructuring—Anyaoku, Lekwot, Nwodo, Adebanjo, others (Vanguard)

Some—eminent Nigerians, yesterday, called for urgent restructuring of Nigeria to fiscal federalism to avert what they described as imminent disintegration of the country. Those who shared this view included former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; Ohanaeze President-General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Major General Zamani Lekwot, retd; and Professor Banji Akintoye, among others. They spoke in Lagos at  the 10th  memorial anniversary lecture of former Afenifere and National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, Leader, Senator Abraham Aderibigbe Adesanya, entitled: ‘’Leadership and The Future of Nigeria,’’ which was chaired by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, retd. Read more

NNPC sets 2020 deadline for zero gas flaring (Nation)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has set 2020 as the new deadline for zero gas flaring from oil fields. It has also reviewed upwards the penalty for every 1000 standard cubic feet (scf) of flared gas. Its Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Baru, announced these measures during a panel session organised by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) at the ongoing 50th Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), in Houston, Texas, United States. Dr. Baru insisted that gas should create value, increase the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and create jobs for Nigerians as it is in other oil producing countries. Read more

AfDB: 650m Africans live without Electricity (ThisDay)

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday said that no fewer than 650 million Africans currently live without electricity. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the AfDB Director, Communication and Media Relations, Dr. Victor Oladokun, disclosed this while welcoming African journalists on a media tour to Saemaul Undong Model village project, in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire. “About 650 million people in Africa are currently without light and some communities till today never see electricity. Read more

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

As part of measures to regularise operations and comply with acceptable international standard, the Lagos State Government has said that all caregivers 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 at a briefing ahead of a three-day Foundational Training on Professional Childcare, organised by the ministry in collaboration with Nanny Centre, operated by a certified member of the International Nanny Association and a registered vocational trainer. Dabiri, who said that the training programme would cover social workers, nannies and other relevant stakeholders involved in caring for babies and the elderly, stressed that training certification would henceforth be one of the pre-requisites to operate children or elderly caring centres in the state. Read more

Air Force to deploy fighter gets, helicopters to Benue, others (Guardian)

Nigerian Air Force will soon deploy fighter gets, helicopter gunships and other military assets to curb current security challenges in Benue and Taraba states, Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, said. He made the disclosure at the inauguration of accommodation quarters and reference hospital for officers of 115 Special Operations Group (SOG) on Wednesday in Port Harcourt. He said the deployment of military assets was aimed at complementing joint intervention force already in Benue and in other troubled states. Read more

Man jumps to his death at UCH (Punch)

A man jumped to his death from the staircase leading to the 6th floor of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, on Wednesday. The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Deji Bobade, told Punch Metro that the man came from outside to commit suicide in the hospital around 9am. “He was not our worker and he was not a patient at the hospital. Because of the ongoing strike of members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, we have less than 100 patients at the hospital and the place from where he jumped is not a ward. The staircase leads to the museum. He wore blue clothes and a pair of rubber slippers. One of the slippers was found at the spot where he jumped to his death,” he said. Read more

Police rescue 2 minors from Kidnapper in Lagos (ThisDay)

Detectives attached to Yaba Police Division, wednesday rescued two minors, 10-year-old Mukaila Ya’u and two-year-old Mariam Jubril from their abductor, one Mary Henry. The suspect, had abducted the two kids along Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, while on their way to an errand. The state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspect before newsmen wednesday evening said the abductor was first noticed by the Yaba Divisional Police Officer, CSP Mary Ubangha, who was on a surveillance duty along Little Road, Yaba. Edgal said the DPO observed that the middle aged woman who was going along the road appeared worried and restless. He said: “The DPO observed the woman’s worried countenance and felt that something is amiss. She l decided to trail her. However, the suspect noticed that she was under surveillance and diverted into Saint Dominic Catholic Church, Yaba. Read more

Nigeria progress at World Team table tennis (Punch)

Nigeria’s men table tennis team on Wednesday  qualified for the knockout stages of the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden, after beating Australia 3-0 on Wednesday. Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri, Bode Abiodun and Omotayo Olajide finished second in Group F of the men’s second division with nine points. Abiodun, Quadri and Olajide got victories over the  Australians to ensure Nigeria’s quest for promotion to the championship division stayed on course. They defeated Argentina 3-1 before beating Turkey 3-0. They also defeated Bulgaria 3-0 but lost 3-1 to group leaders Slovakia. The top three teams in the group qualified for the knockout stages. Read more

Adesanya faces tough UFC test (Punch)

Israel Adesanya has been scheduled to take  on Brad Tavares in  his first major fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas on July 6. According to MMA Junkie, UFC  announced on Tuesday that Nigeria-born New Zealand Adesanya (13-0 Mixed Martial Arts, 2-0 UFC) would  face veteran middleweight fighter Tavares (17-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale at Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas. Adesanya was in action earlier this month at UFC on FOX 29 in Arizona where he kept his professional MMA record unblemished with a split-decision win over Marvin Vettori. Tavares also picked up his fourth consecutive win by scoring a third-round TKO of Krzysztof Jotko on the same night. Read more

Enyimba boss wary of Djoliba threat (Punch)

Enyimba manager Paul Aigbogun  has told  his team to play their CAF Confederation Cup group stage opener  against AC Djoliba at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Sunday like a cup final. The 2003, 2004 African champions are the only Nigerian side in the continent’s second tier tournament  after Nigerian champions Plateau United, Akwa United and MFM were  sent packing in the qualifying stage. Aigbogun  insists Bamako outfit  Djoliba, who have yet to win any championship since 2013,  deserve respect. Read more

Joshua, Wilder set to agree mega-fight (Punch)

Anthony Joshua versus  Deontay  Wilder is “70 per cent” likely to happen after “positive conversations” in the past 24 hours, says promoter Eddie Hearn. Negotiations to agree an undisputed world heavyweight title fight between the unbeaten champions ramped up last week when Wilder offered Joshua $50m to fight. Asked how likely the fight was to be agreed, Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports,  “70 per cent. “Their side has been very vocal in letting the media know about everything that is happening. “We’ve had some positive conversations over the past day or so. “Negotiations are ongoing and we’re all hopeful to reach an agreement.” Read more

FIFA proposes staging a new mini-WC every 2 years (Nation)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed staging what would effectively be a mini-World Cup, featuring eight international teams, every two years in addition to the traditional event. The tournament, known as the “Final 8”, would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform international football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion in a 12-year cycle. In a letter seen by Reuters, Infantino, who has already overseen the enlargement of the existing World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting in 2026, suggested that the new tournament would take place every October and/or November of every odd year starting from 2021. Read more

Uribe, Menez on target as America downs Pumas in quarterfinal first leg (Kwese.Espn)

Colombian midfielder Mateus Uribe and French forward Jeremy Menez both scored twice as Club America eased past Pumas 4-1 on Wednesday in the quarterfinal first leg of Liga MX’s 2018 Clausura. America took the lead in Estadio Olimpico Universitario after just 55 seconds, with Uribe guiding a header into the far corner from a right-wing cross to open the scoring in the Mexico City derby. Pumas sought to take the initiative against an America side happy to sit back and wait for opportunities to attack. Nico Castillo had a good chance to equalize in the fifth minute, but Agustin Marchesin rushed off his line to smother the Chilean’s shot. Read more

Lampard says he’s ready for management (Fourfourtwo)

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard said he is ready to step in to management as Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard closes in on his first foray into the managerial world. A Premier League and Champions League winner during an illustrious playing career, Lampard is gearing up for life on the touchline – the 39-year-old undertaking his coaching badges at Chelsea. Lampard has been linked with the vacant Ipswich Town post following Mick McCarthy’s departure from the Championship side. And Lampard talked up his readiness to manage as the ex-Manchester City midfielder backed Gerrard to succeed at Rangers amid ongoing talks to join the Scottish giants. Read more

Wenger hoping for a happy ending to Arsenal love affair (SMH)

Arsenal and Arsene will formally separate in either 10 days or two weeks and Wenger is acutely aware that the importance of tonight’s Europa League semi-final second leg stretches well beyond whether he bows out in a major European final or the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield. Arsenal have been a Champions League club for the overwhelming majority of Wenger’s 22-year tenure as manager and, having always set himself the target of leaving his successor equipped for even greater success, the regret at departing outside European’s elite would be deep. “A man must give his maximum commitment and energy as long as he is somewhere,” said Wenger. “Until the last day, I will focus on Arsenal. I want to finish this love story well. The next game is always the most important in life. Read more

Chinese Nobel laureate’s widow ‘ready to die’ in house arrest (Guardian)

Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, has said she is ready to die in protest at being held under house arrest in China for more than seven years. “Now, I’ve got nothing to be afraid of. If I can’t leave, I’ll die in my home. Xiaobo is gone, and there’s nothing in the world for me now. It’s easier to die than live. Using death to defy could not be any simpler for me,” she said, according to a phone call on 30 April, recorded by her friend and exiled writer, Liao Yiwu, and posted online. Liu, 50, has been under house arrest since 2010 after her husband, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the Nobel peace prize in absentia for his activism in China. Her husband, a civil rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009 for subversion and died last year from liver cancer while serving an 11-year prison sentence. Read more

US denies right to asylum (Wsws)

Under direct orders from President Donald Trump, US immigration officials have refused to accept the asylum applications of nearly 200 immigrants escaping violence, war and poverty in Central America, forcing them to set up an impromptu encampment on the San Diego-Tijuana border. The caravan of asylum seekers comprises Hondurans, El Salvadorans and Guatemalans who began their perilous 3,000-mile trek on March 25. The Trump administration has employed fascistic language in an effort to scapegoat and threaten the caravan, an annual pilgrimage carried out to highlight the desperate plight of Central American refugees. On April 4, after claiming that “our country is being stolen” because asylum seekers “take advantage of” the US, Trump ordered states to deploy the National Guard. The caravan “had better be stopped,” he threatened. To date, the Trump administration has allowed only a small fraction of the group to file asylum applications. Read more

Jack the champion 2kg oyster set to break world record (Guardian)

An Australian man who claims to own the world’s largest oyster will have his 2kg mollusc, named Jack, officially measured at a regional oyster festival on Saturday. Bernie Connell will present his potential world beater to the Narooma Oyster Festival on the New South Wales south coast this weekend, confident of breaking a Guinness world record. The current Guinness record oyster is a 1.62kg cluster from Denmark, 35.5cm long and 10.7cm wide, found in December 2013. Connell said he had grown Jack over four years in the Clyde River, and told the ABC he was “a champion oyster … like Usain Bolt”. Read more

China bans new polluting projects in three cities – ministry (Reuters)

China’s environment ministry has ordered three northern cities to stop approving new polluting projects in the next six months after they failed to meet air quality targets over the winter, an official said on Thursday. The three cities – Handan in Hebei province, and Jincheng and Yangquan in Shanxi – all failed to meet targets to cut levels of hazardous, breathable particles known as PM2.5 over the October 2017 to March 2018 period. Read more

Algeria summons Moroccan ambassador (Memo)

Algeria summoned the Moroccan ambassador late Wednesday to protest accusations that Algiers had helped facilitate alleged Iranian support for the separatist Polisario Front. Speaking to Algeria’s official news agency APS, Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abdulaziz bin Ali al-Sharif said Moroccan ambassador Hasan Abdulhalik was summoned to the Foreign Ministry. Sharif said the ambassador was informed that the Algerian government completely rejects “untrue statements” made Tuesday by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita which were indirectly attributed to Algeria. Earlier Wednesday, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that Iran’s embassy in Algiers had dismissed the suggestion that it had “any relations” with the Polisario Front, which demands independence for Morocco’s Western Sahara region. Read more


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