* Abduction of Yobe schoolgirls a ‘National Disgrace’, CNN journalist tells Buhari (Punch) * Chinese girl rides bicycle from Morocco to Lagos (Nation)

* Abduction of Yobe schoolgirls a ‘National Disgrace’, CNN journalist tells Buhari (Punch)         * Chinese girl rides bicycle from Morocco to Lagos (Nation)



Abduction of Yobe schoolgirls a ‘National Disgrace’, CNN journalist tells Buhari (Punch)

The kidnap of 110 students from a school in Yobe State is a “national disgrace”, a CNN anchor and correspondent, Isha Sesay, has said. Last Monday, in a raid similar to the attack that led to the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok on 14 April 2014, Nigeria’s dreaded terrorist group had stormed Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State and made away with 110 pupils. President Muhammadu Buhari described the incident as a “national disaster” and vowed that his government would rescue the girls from captivity. But, in series of tweets, Isha Sesay disagrees. She argues that the President’s description is an understatement and “doesn’t cut it” because it shifts blame and responsibility from the government. Read more

Chinese girl rides bicycle from Morocco to Lagos (Nation)

A Chinese female cyclist, Huang Shuang, who rode from Morocco to Lagos, Nigeria, within five months, says she is convinced that anybody can achieve anything he or she determines to do. Huang, also known as CICI, told our reporters in Lagos on Monday that she was inspired to embark on ‘`cycling around the world’’ after riding around her country. The cyclist said that her experience in China motivated her to begin global cycling in America where she covered about 5,500 km in two months. “I am glad that I have also been able to ride from Morocco to Lagos, Nigeria. Read more

Missing girls’ school shut after Boko Haram attack (Guardian)

A school in northeast Nigeria from where 110 girls disappeared after a Boko Haram attack will remain closed, the state government said on Monday, calling for tighter security. “The government girls school in Dapchi has not reopened. It’s not feasible to reopen the school in the current situation,” said the education commissioner for Yobe state, Mohammed Lamin. “We still have over 100 girls that are unaccounted for. The other girls that were found are not in the right frame of mind to return to school. They are still in trauma,” he told AFP. Read more

2019: Bauchi stakeholders endorse Buhari, Dogara (SUN)

Concerned stakeholders and elders from Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State have thrown their weight behind the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara for re-election to represent them yet again in 2019.Dogara has been elected three times in his constituency, twice on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and once on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).Addressing a press conference at Nigeria Union of Journalists Secretariat (NUJ), Bauchi, on Monday, leader of the group, AIhaji Isiaka Suleiman,  said the decision to endorse President Buhari and Hon. Dogara was taken after critical and in-depth performance basement  and after due consultation with the people of Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro. Read more

Ambode signs N1.046tr 2018 budget into law (Nation)

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of the State into law with a total budget size of N1, 046,121,181,680.00.  The total budget size comprises of N347, 038, 938, 872.00 to be funded from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, and N699, 082, 242,808.00 from the Development Fund for both capital and recurrent expenditure for the year ending 31st December, 2018. The Governor also signed two critical bills into law. They are the Consolidated Transport Sector Bill and the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission Bill. Read more

Dapchi girls: APC shameless, insensitive, says ADP (SUN)

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has lampooned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), describing its members as ‘shameless and insensitive’ to the plights of the parents of the kidnapped Dapchi school girls. In a statement signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Kayode Jacobs, the party added that instead of the leadership of the APC to come up with solutions to solve the problem, they busied celebrating in Akure, the Ondo State capital, marking the one year in office of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. Read more

Judiciary workers bar chief judge from office (Guardian)

Members of the Nasarawa State Chapter of Judicial Staff Union (JUSUN), temporarily prevented the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Suleiman Dikko, from gaining entrance to his office in Lafia on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the union have been on strike since Feb. 16. It took sustained pleadings by the CJ before the workers allowed him to move to his office. Members of the State Judicial Service Commission were earlier allowed access to the State High Court Headquarters for a meeting over the JUSUN strike. Read more

Imo NLC demands restoration of 100% salaries to workers (SUN)

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Imo State chapter, has called on the state government to restore the salaries of all categories of workers in the state to 100 per cent. This was contained in the address read by the state chairman of NLC, Comrade Austin Chilakpu, to mark the 40 years’ existence of the union at the NUT House, Owerri, the state capital, at the weekend. Chilakpu maintained that since the state government has overcome recession, it was imperative for it to commence full payment of salaries to the workers as against the slash obtainable after the contractual agreement with the State government. Read more

‘Let justice prevail on NDDC’s appointments’. (Nation)

Youths under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Movement (NYDM) in Ondo state has called for the composition of a new board for the Commission. They noted that that the tenure of the present board had expired since December 31, but the new board was yet to be reconstituted. Besides, the group lamented that Ondo state had suffered deprivations in the allocation and implementation of infrastructural facilities being executed by the NDCC. This development, it observed was because the state was not presently represented in the management structure of the Commission where decisions are made. Read more

Lagos Waste: Your position in bad taste, PSP operators tell aggrieved members (Nation)

The Concerned Stakeholders of Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWMN) has condemned a statement credited to an aggrieved group within the association faulting the resolve to work with the Lagos State Government and an environmental utility group, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions to ensure cleaner and healthier environment. The aggrieved group, in a statement by its Chairman, Oladipo Egbeyemi, had distanced itself from the agreement to work with the State Government to rid the State of filth adorning major streets and highways, describing the resolution as misleading and untrue. Read more

Ekiti varsity students cry out as ASUU strike enters third month ‎(Punch)

Some students of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, have appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the university authorities to resolve the lingering industrial crisis in the institution. Some of the students told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ado Ekiti that they had become uncomfortable as the strike has entered the third month. The university lecturers embarked on an indefinite strike at the end of December 2017, on issues bordering on staff welfare and under-funding. Read more

Why many Nigerians are in Chinese Prisons – Envoy (Punch)

Mr. Wale Oloko, the Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Guangzhou, China, on Monday said that many Nigerians were in various Prisons in Guangdong Province for overstaying their visas. Oloko told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that some other Nigerians were also arrested for engaging in drug trafficking and other criminal offences that had led to their detention. According to him, there are currently about 600 Nigerians arrested for overstaying their visas and in detention for other offences. “There is no doubt that there are currently a number of Nigerians in various Chinese prisons, at least those under our consular jurisdiction in Guangzhou. Read more

Nigeria’s newest star says he smokes so water gets to those who need it (Guardian)

Having represented the UK in the past, how did the decision to switch allegiance to Nigeria arise, especially considering the fact that you recently won the high jump event at the recent British Championships in Birmingham?

The decision to represent Nigeria started long before the season began. I had the pleasure to meet with Team Nigeria during the World Championships in London last summer. I soon discovered that Nigeria has not had a male high jumper at the Commonwealth Games in over 50 years! That bothered me. I wanted to make the change and inspire the new generation of Nigerian athletes, or just athletes in general, to take part in an event that has given so much to me. Read more

Halep reclaims world number one ranking (Guardian)

Simona Halep has reclaimed the world number one ranking from Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, despite pulling out of last week’s Dubai Championships due to a foot injury. Wozniacki, who was defending more points, was also absent in the United Arab Emirates. Halep is now over 400 points clear of the second-placed Dane. Garbine Muguruza is third after reaching the semi-finals in Dubai. Dubai champion Elina Svitolina, from Ukraine, remains fourth. Read more

I deserve more respect for my goalscoring record — Lukaku (Punch)

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he deserves “more respect” for his goalscoring record, hitting back at critics who have highlighted his lack of goals against the Premier League’s top clubs. The 24-year-old scored a goal and set up Jesse Lingard’s winner in a 2-1 victory against Chelsea Old Trafford on Sunday that lifted Jose Mourinho’s side back into second place in the Premier League. “That’s the situation around me,” Lukaku said, after scoring his first league goal for United against a side currently in the top eight. Read more

England Squad: Neville gives Eni Aluko condition (Nation)

Nigeria born England international Eniola Aluko has been handed a condition if she is to return to the fold of the Three Lionesses. Aluko has not played for the Lionesses since April 2016, and was at the centre enquiry which involved the Football Association and the former national coach Mark Sampson leading to eventual sacking of the coach. New coach and former Manchester United ace Phil Neville has told the Chelsea Ladies star to play more regularly for her club on one hand and score more goals on the other to earn a place in the national team. The 102-cap striker has only played 90 minutes once for Chelsea in the WSL this season, with four goals in the kitty in seven appearances. Read more

Champions League: No satisfaction for Zidane from Neymar injury (Punch)

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said he takes no satisfaction from the injury that threatens to rule Neymar out of next week’s Champions League last 16, second leg between the Spanish club and Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar hurt his ankle and had to be carried off on a stretcher during PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday. He now faces a fight to be ready for the last 16 clash at Parc des Princes in eight days’ time. Real hold a 3-1 lead from the first leg and PSG’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals will be greatly reduced without their star forward. Read more

New U.S. sanctions aim to block Libyan oil smuggling (Reuters)

The United States has issued a new round of sanctions targeting oil smugglers in Libya aimed at blocking exploitation of natural resources that is driving instability, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Monday. In a statement, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it was sanctioning six people, 24 companies and seven vessels in a move that prohibits Americans from engaging with those targeted and freezes any related property under U.S. jurisdictions. The sanctions target people from Libya, Malta and Egypt, according to the statement. Issued under the authority of a 2016 executive order by then U.S. President Barack Obama, companies based in Italy, Libya and Malta are also targets, the statement said. Read more

Erdogan tells a weeping Girl, 6, She’d receive honors if Martyred (Nytimes)

With Turkish armed forces engaged in a difficult battle on the ground in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried at a rally in southern Turkey to bolster confidence in the fight. But his effort may have yielded mixed results on Saturday. Video showing Mr. Erdogan telling a 6-year-old girl that she would be honored as a martyr if she died in combat drew a stiff backlash online. The girl, Amine Tiras, a first-grade student, according to Turkish news agency reports, was attending the provincial congress of Mr. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party in the Anatolian province of Kahramanmaras in a military-style uniform. Read more

4 dead in Leicester explosion, British police say no sign blast linked to terror (Straitstimes)

Four people were killed in an explosion and fire at a three-storey building in the central English city of Leicester, police said on Monday (Feb 26). “At this stage, there are four confirmed fatalities and four people remain in hospital, one with serious injuries,” Leicestershire police said in a statement about the blast on Sunday evening. Officers said there was no indication the explosion was related to terrorism but the cause had yet to be determined. 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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