* 2019: At 70, if I were you I won’t contest, Customs boss tells Buhari (Vanguard) * How Atletico Madrid beat Nigerian selection in friendly (Vanguard)

* 2019: At 70, if I were you I won’t contest, Customs boss tells Buhari (Vanguard)                         * How Atletico Madrid beat Nigerian selection in friendly (Vanguard)



2019: At 70, if I were you I won’t contest, Customs boss tells Buhari (Vanguard)

Barely 48 hours after the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu alleged that some government officials including Customs, Immigration and Police among others were working with the opposition elements to scuttle President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, the Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali has said at 70 President Buhari should have not contemplated of running election in 2019. But he also said that it was President Buhari’s love for the country and his integrity as well as his excellent achievement that has spurred him to seek another four year mandate. The Customs boss who led the Buhari Support Organization in a courtesy visit to the President at the State House told Buhari that his administration had saved the country. Read more

How Atletico Madrid beat Nigerian selection in friendly (Vanguard)

Europa League winners Atletico Madrid beat a Nigerian selection 3-2 in a friendly on Tuesday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo. Kelechi Nwakali put the home team in front in the 31st minute with a superb strike from outside the box that beat goalkeeper Jan Oblak. However, the La Liga outfit drew level in southern Nigeria minutes later through Angel Correa after Turkey-based striker Emem Eduok was dispossessed in his own half of the pitch. Substitute Destiny Ashadi ought to have restored the Eagles’ lead just before the interval, but he badly miscued from inside the box after he was set up by the bright and lively Samad Kadiri. Read more

$16bn Power Projects: EFCC, NASS records exonerate me of wrong doing — Obasanjo (Guardian)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Tuesday that the National Assembly had absolved him of any wrong doing in the 16 billion dollars power projects executed by his administration between 1999 and 2007. According to his media aide, Mr Kehinde Akinyemi, the former president had addressed the issue at different platforms. Obasanjo’s reaction came on the heels of comment by President Muhammadu Buhari on the power projects on Tuesday. Akinyemi said the president was re-echoing an “unsubstantiated allegation” against Obasanjo. Read more

N400m Fraud: EFCC applies to try Metuh in absentia, accuses him of misconduct (Vanguard)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to invoke its powers under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, and try the embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, in absentia. The anti-graft agency made the application on a day it accused Metuh who is facing money laundering charge, of violating his bail conditions by absenting himself from court for continuation of his trial, without reasonable explanation. EFCC lawyer, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, further opposed request by Metuh’s lawyer for the matter to be adjourned till a later date in view of the inability of his client to attend the proceeding due to ill-health. Read more

Atiku denies visiting Jang in Jos Prison (Guardian)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has denied visiting Senator David Jonah Jang, in Jos Prison. The denial of the visit by both the Atiku Media Office and Luka Ayedoo, the PRO of Jos Prison, followed a report by the News Agency of Nigeria that the former vice-president and a leading figure in the People’s Democratic Party visited the prison to cheer up Jang, being detained on the orders of the Plateau High Court, following his trial for fraud and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Apart from Atiku, other notable politicians, who came for the solidarity visit, included Professor Jerry Gana, some senators and Chief Chris Giwa, who is fighting a protracted legal battle to become the President of the Nigerian Football Federation. Read more

Nigerians fed up with mass killings, President “asleep” – Okogie (SUN)

The Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that the country has had enough of the mass killings across the country. In a telephone interview with Daily Sun, Okogie further said across the length and breadth of Nigeria, people are fed up with the killings. Okogie’s warning is sequel to the peaceful march and prayer for Nigeria organized by Catholics in different dioceses across the country Tuesday. Okogie frowned at the attitude of the President towards the killings, saying that they were getting more frequent and out of hand. Read more

Anambra Gov assures residents of Continuous Investment in Security (ThisDay)

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has assured residents of the state that security of lives and property will remain a cardinal priority of his government. The governor made the declaration when he visited the former Abakaliki Street area of Awka, which has become synonymous with nightlife in the state. Obiano said the area which is mainly occupied by hotels and nightclubs was once an obscure lonely road where all forms of crime and criminality held sway, but added that through his efforts, it had developed into a beauty with dazzling streetlights shining at night. The governor, who visited one of the nightclubs, Nuvo Lounge, declared a change of name for the street, renaming it Club Road, saying that this would better depict its status. Read more

2019: Anyim endorses Umahi for Second Term (ThisDay)

A former secretary to the government of the federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on Tuesday endorsed Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State for a second term. Anyim pronounced the endorsement at Isiaka, the headquarters of Ivo Local Government Area, Anyim’s country home, during a rally organised in honour of Umahi. The endorsement has laid to rest the rumours making the rounds that the duo had fallen apart which could threaten Umahi’s chances of reelection in 2019. ThisDay gathered that at a point, it was rumoured that Anyim had concluded plans with the leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to snatch the governorship ticket from Umahi while in some quarters, it was said that the former Senate President would sponsor another candidate from the opposition party for a total showdown with the governor. Read more

Oyo-Ita Bags 2018 National Productivity Order of Merit Award (ThisDay)

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Ms. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has been conferred with the prestigious National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) for 2018. The Head of Service was presented the award by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja. She was recognised for her productivity and commitment towards nation building, and for the growth and development of the country. “I am totally taken unawares, to God alone be all the glory,” Oyo-Ita said on receiving the award. Since her appointment as the HoCSF in January 2016, Oyo-Ita has not hidden her vision for the civil service, which is to develop and institutionalise an efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centred (EPIC) culture. Read more

EFCC to prosecute former Kano governor over N25 million election fund (SUN)

A Presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Kano governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, is to be arraigned before a Federal High Court on Thursday. A statement signed by his Special Assistant, Mallam Sule Yau Sule, and made available to the media, confirmed that they have received communications to that effect. The statement indicated that the Minister of Education in the previous administration is to be arraigned in connection with his alleged receipt of N25 million for the prosecution of the 2015 election.The full statement read: Read more

JOHESU strike targeted at medical doctors, says NMA (SUN)

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says that the ongoing nationwide strike by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) is targeted at medical doctors. JOHESU members embarked on the nationwide strike last month to press on the Federal Government to implement hitherto reached agreements particularly on issues of salaries for health workers. The Association’s FCT chairman, Dr. Chiedozie Achonwa, told newsmen at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday that JOHESU was making unrealistic demands and suggested they quit and return to duty. Read more

UNILAG Alumni, Zenith Bank build Shopping Complex, Renovate Car Park (ThisDay)

As part of efforts to build more projects at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the alumni association of the institution, in collaboration with Zenith Bank has built a shopping complex of 18 shops and is planning to renovate the Moremi Car Park. Speaking at the inauguration and handover ceremony of Moremi Car Shuttle Park, the National President, UNILAG Alumni Association, Dr. Sunny Kuku said the project is in two phases, the building of the shops and the transformation of the Moremi Car Park. He said initially there were kiosks which did not look presentable, adding that with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Zenith Bank, the association set up proper shops which have been renamed ‘UNILAG Alumni Shopping Complex.’ Read more

Russia 2018: Iheanacho, Ndidi, 5 others join Super Eagles’ camp (Vanguard)

The Super Eagles’ pre-World Cup training camp in Uyo swelled on Tuesday with the arrival of Leicester City’s duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, as well as five others. Kenneth Omeruo, Tyronne Ebuehi, France-based Chidozie Awaziem, Bulgaria-based Stephen Eze and goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye were amongst the latest arrivals. Team vice-captain Ogenyi Onazi, William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina, Alex Iwobi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Junior Lokosa who were amongst the camp’s early birds took part in physical training on Tuesday. Read more

Eagles have quality players – Diego Simeone (Nation)

Atletico Madrid Coach Diego Simeone on Tuesday said Nigeria’s Super Eagles Team B possess the qualitie needed to play in the top leagues in Europe. The Europa League winning coach spoke at the post-match conference after Tuesday’s 3-2 victory at the Godswill Akpabio International stadium, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. “There are talents in Nigeria and with the players that played today, they have the quality to join the top clubs in the world,” he said at the post-match conference. While hailing the team’s excellent spirit, Simone however expressed delight at the victory which he admitted did not come easy. “It was not an easy game for us, but in the end, I’m glad we got the victory,” he said. Read more

Rangers thrash Rangers in Enugu State FA Cup semi-finals (Vanguard)

Rangers International Football Club of Enugu on Tuesday reached the final of the state’s ongoing FA Cup competition by beating their Feeders team 5-1. Uche Nwofor put the senior side in the lead in the seventh minute of play, before Ifeanyi Okoro made it 2-0 four minutes later. Chiamaka Madu scored the third goal in the 28th minute, before Okoro completed his brace in the 45th minute. Odoh Ugochukwu had reduced the tally for the Rangers Feeders in the 44th minute with a well-placed shot which beat goalkeeper Seidu Mutawakilu of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubside. The second stanza did not produce as many goals, with the only goal of the stanza being scored by Rangers International’s substitute striker Ebuka Okeke in the 77th minute. Read more

Doping: Russia has no case to answer says FIFA (Nation)

FIFA says there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to open anti-doping proceedings against any player in Russia’s World Cup squad after concluding an investigation launched following the exposure of systemic drug use in Russian sport. Football’s world governing body on Tuesday announced an end to the investigation which followed the McLaren reports, which found state-sponsored doping in Russian sport, including football. The world governing body said: ‘FIFA can today confirm that the investigations concerning all Russian players named for the provisional squad of the FIFA World Cup in Russia have been completed, with the result that insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation.’ Read more

Trump says Kim summit could be delayed (Guardian)

US President Donald Trump warned Tuesday his landmark summit with Kim Jong Un may be delayed, but insisted the North Korean leader is “serious” about denuclearization. Hosting South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House, Trump did little to quell speculation about the wavering prospects of a historic first summit between US and North Korean leaders. “It may not work out for June 12,” Trump said of the Singapore meeting, adding in a now familiar non-committal riff “if it does not happen, maybe it will happen later.” Read more

Hawaii volcano latest: Molten lava flows onto power plant site amid fears over deadly gases (Independent)

Molten lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano crept onto the site of geothermal power plant as workers raced to shut down facilities, amid fears that deadly gases could be released.  Crews worked to cap underground wells at the plant, which provides a quarter of Big Island’s power, as the molten rock destroyed a warehouse a few hundred metres away. Earlier this month, about 60,000 gallons of highly flammable chemicals were moved away from the plant after the volcano began to erupt. Since then workers have pumped cold water into the wells, which run up to a mile deep. They were also capped with iron plugs in an attempt to stop the lava getting in. Read more

Shooter in Panama City, Florida, killed – local TV (Reuters)

A man firing a gun who barricaded himself inside a Panama City, Florida, apartment complex on Tuesday has been killed, WMBB-TV reported on its website. The suspect, Kevin Holroyd, 49, was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in Walton County, the Sheriff’s Office in Bay County said on Facebook. Walton County is west of Bay County, which includes Panama City. Panama City spokeswoman Caitlin Lawrence confirmed that Holroyd was dead but did not give details. Read more

Looking back with love: Manchester’s night of sadness and solace (Guardian)

Music plays such an important part in Manchester’s identity that it was only right and proper that the council decided to mark the anniversary of the Arena attack with a mass singalong. In the days following the bomb, it was in song that Mancunians found solace. Three days after the atrocity, a member of the public sparked a spontaneous civic singing session when she broke into Don’t Look Back in Anger following a minute’s silence in St Ann’s Square, which had been carpeted with floral tributes. A clip went viral, prompting both Gallagher brothers to donate all future royalties from the song to the We Love Manchester fund, which now stands at £21m. Read more


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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