8TH JUNE, 2018


Austria to shut seven mosques, expel several imams

Austria will expel “several” foreign-funded imams and shut seven mosques in a crackdown on “political Islam”, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday.

Kurz said the moves came after an investigation by the religious affairs authority into images which emerged in April of children in Turkish-backed mosques playing dead and reenacting the World War I battle of Gallipoli.

Court sentences man to death for killinggirlfriends eight-year-old son

A US man was sentenced to death on Thursday for the torture killing of his girlfriend’s eight-year-old son, who was beaten, starved and forced to sleep in a closet until his death in 2013.

The boy’s mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, was sentenced to life in prison for her role in the death of her son, Gabriel.

June 12 declaration: Its fulfilment of a dream, says Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has applauded the courage and decision of President Muhammadu Buhari in declaring June 12 as the Democracy Day, describing it as  “the fulfilment of a dream”.

In a statement signed by Tinubu, he said Buhari’s decision had corrected the wrong of the past, adding that his decision meant Nigeria was ready to face history.

Offa robberies: Ive sent written defence to police, says Saraki

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, said he had forwarded his written defence to the police on the allegation that he had links with armed robbery suspects arrested over the attacks on banks in Offa, Kwara State.

Saraki made the announcement on his social media platforms.

Senate wants MKO Abiola declared as ex-President says INEC should release June 12 poll results

The Senate has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for honouring the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, and his running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe.

While backing the declaration of June 12 as the new Democracy Day, the Senate resolved that the Independent National Electoral Commission (then the National Electoral Commission) should declare the results of the 1993 election.

Falana tackles Justice Belgore over MKO, Gani awards

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has disagreed with a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alfa Belgore, for saying President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to bestow posthumus awards on Chief MKO Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) was illegal.

Falana, in a statement on Thursday, said although paragraph 2 of the National Honours Act presupposed that a person who might be bestowed with a national award must receive it in person, paragraph 3 gave the President the power to give it to a representative of the beneficiary.

Senate, Saraki have hatred, contempt for me, says IG

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has begun a legal action to have the Federal High Court in Abuja to quash the May 9, 2018 resolution of the Senate declaring him “an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside Nigeria.”

Polls reshuffle: National Assembly passes bill, removes controversial clauses

The Senate on Thursday passed the Independent National Electoral Commission Act Amendment Bill without the clause that seeks to reshuffle the order of polls in a general election.

Also referred to as the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, its passage by the Senate was in concurrence with the House of Representatives, which had earlier passed an edited version of the bill.

Senate reverses RECs confirmation, okays Kafarati as FHC CJ

The Senate has withdrawn its confirmation of Mr Monday Udo Tom as Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission to represent Akwa Ibom State.

The reversal came about 24 hours after Tom was confirmed by the Senate along with three others, Festus Okoye (Federal Commissioner/South-East), Attahiru Garba Madami (REC/Niger State) and Ahmed Bello Mahmud (REC/Zamfara State).

Hold Defence minister responsible for Wednesdays killings Benue

The Benue State Government on Thursday accused the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Musur Dan-Ali (retd.), of being responsible for the killings in the state on Wednesday.

The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Lawrence Onoja Jnr, made the allegation at a press briefing in Makurdi.

Osinbajos helicopter makes emergency landing in Abuja

The helicopter that brought Vice -President Yemi Osinbajo to the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja, could not take him back to the villa as it was said to have made a forced landing about 30 seconds after take-off.

Osinbajo had been invited as the Special Guest of Honour to a ceremony that saw the graduation of 40 senior officers of Customs.

Buharis award on our father symbolic Fawehinmis family

The family of the late human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi, has accepted the posthumous award to be bestowed on him by the Federal Government, describing it as “symbolic and a victory for democracy.”

It stated this in a reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement on Wednesday that the deceased Senior Advocate of Nigeria would be bestowed the nation’s second highest honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger..

EFCC arraigns Bauchi ex-commissioner for alleged N316m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in its continued prosecution of persons involved in an alleged fraud of N500m, on Thursday, arraigned four other persons at the Federal High Court, Bauchi over an alleged fraud to the tune of N316.71m.

The EFCC had, on Wednesday, arraigned the Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Babayo Gamawa, and five others over an alleged N500m fraud.

Policell miss Aboderins strategic partnership CP

The Lagos Police Command has said the command will miss the strategic partnership of the late Chairman of Punch  Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbadebowale Aboderin.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, the police said the command would miss Aboderin’s way of disseminating information to the public about the activities of the command.

Aboderin was a good-natured person Adebajo-Fraser

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Gloria Adebajo-Fraser, has described the late Chairman of PUNCH Nigeria Limited, Mr. Wale Aboderin, as a good-natured person.

Adebajo-Fraser said this while expressing her condolence to the Aboderin family and the management of PUNCH Nigeria Limited.

Buhari meets security chiefs again

President Muhammadu Buhari again on Thursday met with the nation’s service chiefs and other heads of security agencies.

The brief meeting, which was held inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was the third one this week.

June 12 declaration: Abiolas family thank Buhari

Children of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Mr Kola Abiola and Mrs Hafsat Abiola-Castelo, have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 as day as the new Democracy Day’

In a letter to the president, dated June 6, 2018, Kola stated that he was appreciating the decision on behalf of the family.

States should explore alternative energy sources Adewopo

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Dr Ayoade Adewopo, has urged the Federal Government to fix the electricity problem bedevilling the nation.

This, he said, the Federal Government should do by allowing state governments to explore alternative sources of energy in their respective domains.

Aboderin contributed to sports Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,  sent a condolence message to the family of the late Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbadebowale Aboderin, saying the chairman would be remembered for his contributions to sports in Nigeria, among other feats.

Mohammed, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Segun Adeyemi, on Thursday in Oro, Kwara State, said, “The minister has condoled with the family of the late Mr Gbadebowale Aboderin, and the management of Punch Nigeria Limited over the death of the media mogul. He also extended his condolences to the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria over the death of Aboderin.

FRSC boss hails PUNCH chairmans legacy

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, has praised the late Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbadebowale Aboderin, for his legacy of excellence and patriotism.

Oyeyemi, who paid a condolence visit to the PUNCH Place in Magboro, Ogun State, on Thursday, commiserated with the board and management of the company on the passing away of Aboderin and stated that the FRSC had taken notice of the late philanthropist’s numerous contributions.

Aboderins death, loss to journalism Globacom

Telecommunications company, Globacom Limited, has described the death of the late Chairman of PUNCH Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbadebowale Aboderin, as a loss to journalism.

In a statement signed by the West-Africa Regional Director (Marketing Communications), Charles Jenarius,  the telco described Aboderin as an epitome of excellence, brilliance and humility, who brought all to bear in the operations of the media house.

Minna jailbreak: 55 escapees recaptured, says prison boss

Fifty-five of the 210 inmates that escaped at the Minna new prison have been recaptured, Controller- General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed has said.

Disclosing this in Abuja on Thursday during an emergency meeting with top officers of the service on the security breach in Minna prison, the CG explained that the report of investigations into the attack in the prison was being awaited.

GTB, DHL, others mourn PUNCH Chairman, Aboderin

More organisations have commiserated with the family of the late Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Gbadebowale Aboderin, and the management and staff of the company over his death.

The Guaranty Trust Bank, DHL, Porter Noveli, Momentum and Lambeth, in separate condolence messages sent to the organisation on Thursday, extolled Aboderin as an icon of media excellence.

Aregbesola, others hail Buhari

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as the new Democracy Day, marking a departure from May 29, the new  day the current democratic era began in 1999.

He said, Buhari’s decision to make the historic change and confer the late Chief Moshood Abiola with the highest national honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, on Wednesday, affirmed the late tycoon as the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election.

June 12 Movement demands MKOs recognition as president

The June 12 Movement has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the late Bashorun Moshood Abiola as the president-elect of the 1993 Presidential election, adding that he should be referred to as president that never ruled but elected.

The chairman of the organising committee of the movement, Anthony Kila, said this on Thursday while briefing newsmen in Lagos at the Ikeja home of the late Abiola.

Doctors lament rising drug abuse

The Medical Director, Tranquil and Quest, Dr Otefe Edebi, has said that drug abuse is at a worrisome spate in Nigeria.

He said this at an awareness programme organised by the facility and Victoria Garden City Property Owners and Residents Association to educate the public about the importance of mental health wellness and the effects of drug abuse on the society.

Should National Assembly approve FGs water resources bill

It is very clear that that bill is ill-conceived. It is not in the interest of Nigerians, especially those from my region, the South-South.

I think the National Assembly should politely refuse to pass the bill in the interest of Nigerians. For me, there are very serious issues affecting the nation. The President should channel his energy towards addressing the problem of insecurity and stagnant salaries in the face of harsh economic challenges.

US Consulate holds technology workshop for pupils

The United States Consulate General in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Baltimore-based Global Air Media, on Tuesday, concluded a two-day drone technology workshop for secondary school pupils and women Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics leaders.

The training was held at the Cedar STEM and Entrepreneurship Hub and American Corner at the Co-Creation Hub, both in Yaba, Lagos on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. A team of three drone experts led by Global Air Media co-founder Eno Umoh facilitated the series of workshops.

LASG conducts screening for 11,000 pupils

The Lagos State Government has conducted its 2018 Screening Test for over 11,000 candidates seeking admission into the 16 Lagos State Junior Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Adebunmi Adekanye, while monitoring the examination in some Paper Based Test centres being conducted at 43 designated locations across the state, noted that the introduction of the Digital Innovation Question Paper in the examination had eliminated examination malpractice.

Soldier disarms robber

A soldier attached to 120 Battalion, Gonori, Yobe State has disarmed an armed robbery suspect of an AK-47 rifle along the Lafia-Makurdi road, Daudu, in the Gumman Local Government Area of Benue.

Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, who confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said the incident took place on Wednesday.

Kano nabs 145 beggars

The Kano State Hisbah Board said on Thursday that it arrested 145 beggars in Kano metropolis in May for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.

The officer-in-charge of the board’s anti-begging unit, Mallam Dahiru Nuhu, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano.


South Africa’s Zuma graft case delayed by funding woes

South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma appeared in court Friday ahead of a corruption trial, raising questions about ballooning legal costs before addressing adoring crowds outside who condemned his prosecution.

In front of Durban’s stone-fronted High Court, thousands of Zuma supporters sang anti-apartheid struggle songs, flew flags bearing Zuma’s face and chanted his name as he was swept into court flanked by tight security.

Five Signs Your Relationship May Lead You To Depression

The singular fact that depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and suicide makes it a serious mental health issue we must pay attention to. It is also important that we note that the company we keep and even our relationships can sometimes drive us down the road to depression.

The reactions and actions of a depressed person are predictable. Although, there is a thin line between rage from depression and being plain silly.

Higher Institutions Football League kicks off July 28

“We are happy we are finally kicking off the games. At the end of this maiden edition, we hope to have convinced our sponsors and indeed Nigerians that collegiate sports is ripe in Nigeria. Then, we may be thinking of expanding the fixtures as HiFL is a very good platform to achieve these objectives. With our level of preparation, we are sure of success”.

He added that “HiFL will complement the efforts of NUGA to bring back the good old days of competitive inter-school games with all the excitement therein. Although, we are starting with football, which may be described as the pivot of Nigerian sports, we hope to expand to other sports later. This is firmly in our plans”.

Nigerians Divided Over Chimamanda Adichie’s Chivalry Comment

Award-winning author Chimamanda Adichie has come under Nigerian public scrutiny in recent times not for her books but for her views on feminism.

The author who was a guest on “The Daily Show” hosted by Trevor Noah show expressed her thoughts on certain issues including being a feminist and feminine, Hillary Clinton’s bio and her book, “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions”. However, what attracted Nigerian’s attention was her view on chivalry.

Buhari’s June 12 stance faces legal hurdles

President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on the June 12, 1993 presidential election could be hit by questions on legality.

On Wednesday, he declared the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola won the poll and conferred on him the nation’s highest honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).

AfDB claims $1.64 billion investments in innovations, STEM

An initiative that is expected to put youths in Nigeria and other parts of Africa on a new pedestal of development, especially through job creations has been sealed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), with its partners- Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook.

The initiative, which was sealed yesterday, at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, was themed: ‘Coding for Employment Programme.

June 12 recognition and resurrection of a watershed

In a surprise and unexpected move last Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12, the day in 1993 that a presidential election was won by billionaire politician, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola but was inexplicably annulled by the Military dictatorship of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

Russia 2018: Brands winning the World Cup shine

Pictures of hundreds of fans queueing in London last week to purchase the new Nigeria national team jerseys at Nike Town has cemented a place for the US-based kit maker as the winner of this year’s World Cup brand competition. Four years ago, Nike was national team outsiders and their plan to ambush the Eagles through players’ footwear contracts ensured that all the three goals scored by the Super Eagles at Brazil 2014 were made with their boots despite Adidas being the official kit suppliers of the team.

Nigeria fails to review oil contract despite $21b loss

The Federal Government has remained docile over the need to review the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) signed about 25 years ago between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and International Oil Companies (IOCs).

While losses of over $21 billion have already been recorded since threshold for review of the contract was reached in 2000, experts are expecting the losses to triple as the price of crude oil increases and more deepwater projects come on board.

Worries as MDAs, others shun ONSA cyber security infrastructure

Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) has expressed concerns over lack of interest by government agencies and private organizations to use its robust cyber security infrastructure for monitoring and securing their digital networks against cyber-attacks, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt.

Bala Fakandu, deputy director, Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), said that there are huge gaps between government agencies and private organizations capacity to handle cyber-attack, noting that ONSA has overwhelming information generated through its deployed infrastructure to monitor cyber- attacks in the country which are not being use by the people.

RMAFC raises the alarm over loss of $21b to obsolete contract terms with IOCs

A whopping $21 billion may have been lost by the Federal Government to International Oil Companies (IOCs) prospecting for crude oil minerals in the country due to the inability of government to review contract terms that have expired.

The alarm is contained in a statement released by the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC), yesterday, indicating that the amount covers a 20-year period.

Stakeholders warn of flooding in three states

Stakeholders in flood management have urged early preparedness in tackling the problems of flooding in three states of Benue, Plateau and Kaduna.

The Senior Programme Co-ordinator, Disaster Management and Peace Building, Christian Aid, Bamidele Fagbite, spoke yesterday at the end of a two-day national stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja.

Ghana captain gives Iceland tips on how to beat Eagles at World Cup

Black Stars of Ghana and Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder, Thomas Partey has given Iceland some tips on how to beat the Super Eagles at the fast-approaching FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Black Stars will not be at the World Cup party in Russia after finishing third in Group E of the African qualifiers. They played against Iceland yesterday evening in a pre-World Cup match in Laugardalsvöllur (Reykjavík).

CPC, subscribers battle Telcos over tariff hike

Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and the National Association of Telecoms Consumers of Nigeria (NATCOMs) have warned telecoms service providers in the country against hiking the tariff of telecoms services.

They spoke against the backdrop of plans by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to begin the implementation of one of the provisions of Cybercrime Act 2015 which made provision for the collection of 00.05 per cent levy on all electronic transactions to be deposited into a National Cyber Security Fund account.

Legacy Volleyball Club to develop talents from schools, says Ladele

Chairman of Legacy Volleyball Club, Olukayode Ladele says the club’s major target is to discover talents and groom them from their formative year in schools.

Ladele, who revealed that the club was formed by former volleyball players to grow the sport, said it already has more than 160 players in its training camp in Ikorodu.  He added that the club has been organising competitions and clinics to create an enabling environment for children and youths with the ambition to play volleyball at all levels.

June 12: Lamido, Nasarawa deputy gov, NANS express mixed reactions

Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has regretted that it took 25 years to right the wrong done to Nigerian voters in the 1993 Presidential election, stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari has reduced governance to his level.

He told The Guardian although the declaration was a welcome development; it was not enough to distract Nigerians from the culture of fear and hate that have defined democratic leadership in the past three years.

National Special Olympics holds July 17 at Teslim Balogun

Two hundred and twenty-four special athletes from 14 states of the federation are expected to take part in the National Special Olympics, which will feature badminton, football, basketball, table tennis, and athletics between July 17 and 21 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere in Lagos.

The championship, with the theme “Create Inclusive Communities,’ will help the country choose special athletes that will represent Nigeria at next year’s Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi.

FIFA sells 2.4 million tickets for 2018 World Cup

With just seven days to the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA says 2,403,116 tickets have been allocated to football fans all around the world since sales started in September 2017.

Most of the tickets have gone to Russian fans (871,797), followed by fans from the USA (88,825), Brazil (72,512), Colombia (65,234), Germany (62,541), Mexico (60,302), Argentina (54,031), Peru (43,583), China (40,251), Australia (36,359) and England (32,362) – the top-ten countries from abroad.

New ePayment System Solution to hits Nigerian market soon

A new electronic payment solution whereby cash can be exchanged between users and merchants in their neighbourhood is soon to be introduced in the Nigerian market by Total Infotech & Telecoms Limited, a Lagos based firm.

According to the firm, CashUrban is a secure online cash exchange platform where users can transfer and receive cash within their neighborhoods with ease through the assistance of cash merchants registered on its platform.

Piggybank.ng secures $1.1M Seed Funding

Piggybank.ng, an online and mobile app savings platform targeted at African Millennials, has announced that it has closed on Seed Funding of $1.1M, from High Net Worth Individuals, led by Olumide Soyombo, founder of LeadPath Nigeria, and with participation from International and Pan-African investors Village Capital and Ventures Platform.

The company will deploy the VC investment for license acquisition and product development.

NASRDA Plans ‘edusat-2, Second Nanosatellite

National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has concluded all relevant discussions to build and launch of a second nanosatellite code named edusat-2 in collaboration with Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State with emphasis on agricultural development.

Dr Felix Ale, head Media and Corporate Communications of the Agency, said, in a statement, that Professor Seidu Mohammed, director general of the Space Agency, made the announcement during a courtesy visit of the management team of Landmark University to NASRDA’S Headquarters in Abuja.

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