* Cuts in 2018 budget to correct geopolitical imbalance – NASS (Punch) * Evans gets new lawyer (SUN)

* Cuts in 2018 budget to correct geopolitical imbalance – NASS (Punch)            * Evans gets new lawyer (SUN)



Cuts in 2018 budget to correct geopolitical imbalance – NASS (Punch)

The National Assembly has explained that projects and votes in the 2018 budget were rejigged by the legislature to correct the alleged imbalance in the Appropriation Bill presented by President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the legislature, projects as proposed in the bill were lopsided. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, in company with his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Mr. Razak Nandas, said this at a joint press conference in Abuja on Friday. Read more

Evans gets new lawyer (SUN)

Following the withdrawal of Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, lead defence counsel of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, from all criminal cases in the high courts in Lagos, the alleged kidnap kingpin has employed the services of a new counsel. At the resumed proceedings on Friday at an Ikeja High Court, Mr Noel Brown, announced his appearance as the counsel for Evans and the only female co-defendant, Ogechi Uchechukwu. Evans and Uchechukwu are standing trial alongside Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba for allegedly kidnapping Mr Donatus Dunu, the Managing Director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals. About 232,000 Euros was allegedly collected as ransom from Dunu’s family by the gang. Read more

APC: 260 Lagos delegates to participate in convention (Guardian)

All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State Chapter, on Friday, said 260 delegates would participate from the state in the party’s National Convention holding in Abuja on Saturday. The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the chapter, Mr Abiodun Salami gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said the delegates cut across all the approved 20 local government areas in the state. Salami said that the delegates from the state were in high spirit and ready to express themselves democratically at the convention. On the chapter’s expectations at the convention, Salami said Lagos APC expected nothing less than a peaceful and acceptable convention. He told NAN that the party leadership had put a lot of planning into the exercise and that the chapter was optimistic of a successful outing. Read more

Buhari receives Zimbabwe’s Special Envoy (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received the special envoy of President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe. The Envoy delivered a letter from the Zimbabwean leader to Buhari at the Presidential Villa Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Lovemore Mazemog; Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffery Onyema; and others were at the ceremony.(NAN) Read more

Over 10,000 APC, PDP members defect to Obasanjo’s party, ADC in Ogun (Vanguard)

No fewer than 10,000 members of the All Progressives Congress and People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State have defected to the African Democratic Congress (ADC) adopted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The defectors were loyalists of a governorship aspirant in the state who is also a Senator representing Lagos West, Senator Olamilekan Adeola popularly called (Yayi). The defectors under the aegis of Yayi movement were led by Tunde Alabi declared that they were fed up with the group and ready to join ADC to support the governorship ambition of its governorship aspirant Gboyega Isiaka in 2019 election. Read more

Okowa commissions multi-million Naira market in Delta creeks (Nation)

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has commissioned several projects in the riverine communities including the Burutu multi million naira markets in Burutu L.G.A. The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, Kingsley Otuaro and top government functionaries, at a town hall meeting in Burutu ,  stated that his administration was committed to executing developmental projects in the riverine communities of the state. Some of the projects he commissioned and inspected during the visit include, Burutu township roads, Obotobo-Sokebulou road, Burutu ultra-modern market, among others. “There is a lot of challenges associated in constructing roads in this area, the contractor handling the 18.9 kilometre Obotobo/Yokri road had to get a mobile asphalt plant and with the pace of work, we hope to come back very soon for commissioning,” the Governor said, adding, “I will like to be remembered for the commitment of my administration to developing riverine communities.” Read more

Ekiti doesn’t deserve weakling as Governor, Says APC Chieftain (ThisDay)

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ekiti State, Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu, has declared that Ekiti will not make a mistake of electing a governor that would be controlled underground by a godfather during the July 14 governorship election. He specifically described the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Prof Kolapo Olusola, as too feeble-minded to rule a sophisticated state like Ekiti. The former banker said the people of the state knew that the deputy governor will be tied to the apron string of Governor Ayodele Fayose , saying it would be a grave mistake for him to be elected having realised that he would be teleguided by his principal. Read more

2019: Don’t heat up polity, Kogi monarch tells politicians (SUN)

As the 2019 general elections draw closer, the Maigari and traditional ruler of Lokoja ,Kogi State, Alhaji Muhammadu Kabir Maikarfi III, has called on politicians not to heat up the polity by their unguarded utterances. The traditional ruler who said the unity and progress of the nation should be Paramount to all Nigerians, said the issue of hate speeches if not checked could throw the nation into chaos. He also admonished the people of the State and Nigeria at large to ensure they don’t only register but obtain their permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to enable them vote for leaders of their choice. Read more

Don’t allow Politicians to use You, CJN advises Judges (ThisDay)

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Friday charged judges in the country not to turn themselves into political tools in the hands of politicians who may wish to use them in achieving their selfish ends. Onnoghen gave the warning while swearing in 12 new Justices of the Court of Appeal in Abuja. He said as judicial officers, they should use the law as it should be used to decide matters that brought before them, adding that in any matter one party must win while the other loses. “Let me emphasise now that politics is here and election matters will be arising, as judges’ things should be done to bring down the temperature. We have to be careful so as not to be used as instruments for personal and intraparty squabble. Read more

Hijab wearing lawyer cleared by Law school (Nation)

The Nigerian Law School has formally Call to Bar, a hijab wearing Firdausi Amasa, who was denied the honour last year. The young female lawyer from University of Ilorin was disallowed to perform the ceremony because she refused to remove her hijab. “She will now be given her certificate; a thing of joy, victory to justice, fairness to humanity, Yushua Abdul tweeted. In another, “JUST IN’’ by Abubakar Usman said: “Nigerian Law School: Body Of Benchers Approves Use Of Hijab, Invites Amara Firdaus. “The Body of Benchers has approved the use of hijab during Call to Bar ceremony of young lawyers and that Firdaus Amasa.’’ Read more

El-Zakzaky: Police arrest 42 Shiites’ members in Kaduna (Punch)

The Kaduna State Police Command said it had so far arrested forty-two members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as ‘Shiites’ in the state capital. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mukhtar Aliyu, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the arrest was in connection with the bloody protest which led to the brutal killing of a police officer in the state capital on Thursday. Members of the Shiites had between Wednesday and Thursday stormed the state capital to protest what they described as the continued “incarceration” of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, wife, Zeena and other members of the movement held in various dentition facilities in the North. Read more

Ex-militant leaders back amnesty boss over improved implementation of scheme (SUN)

Former militant leaders from the nine states of the Niger Delta region under the First phase of the Presidential Amnesty programme have thrown their weight behind the leadership of Prof. Charles Dokubo as the coordinator of the programme. According to the former militant leaders, their support and decision to pass a vote of confidence on the Presidential Amnesty Coordinator, Charles Dokubo was based on his new style of leadership that has injected a new life into the Amnesty programme. The former militant leaders, made up of Ezekiel Akpasbowei, Henry Benedodoghe, Gravilla Egbela, Franklin Duduku, Igwu Emeka and Nico Sintei, Chief Omoh Tonwerighe and Andrew Voko, made this known in a communiqué issued at the end of enlarged meeting where they deliberated on the new lease of life and improved quality in handling of the affairs of the Amnesty programme . Read more

NURTW, NDLEA partner to educate commercial drivers on illegal drug consumption (SUN)

Mr. Olugbade Olagunju, the Secretary, National Union Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in FCT, says it is partnering with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the campaign against illegal drug consumption. Olagunju said in an interview on Friday in Abuja, that the campaign would begin in Jabi Motor Park before it would move to other motor parks in the FCT. He noted that the campaign was part of the NURTW objectives, adding that the collaboration would also assist in checking illegal activities in the area. Olagunju said that the NDLEA had been assisting the park in the campaign against drug abuse by organising workshops to educate drivers on the dangers associated with drug abuse. Read more

Saheed Balogun asks for stiffer laws to regulate Nollywood (Punch)

Yoruba actor, Saheed Balogun, has urged the government to enact stiffer laws to guide and regulate the operators in Nollywood. Balogun told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that the current laws regulating the nation’s artistes were too weak and needed to be amended. He said the weak laws was responsible for most of the films being produced in the country in recent times not depicting the indigenous cultures of her citizens. “The present laws guiding the industry are too weak, we need laws and structures that will regulate the indigenous movie industry as well as the kind of foreign films that can be shot in the country. Read more

Woman murdered in Anambra (Nation)

A 30-year old woman was reportedly found dead opposite Saint Mary Catholic Church, Obieze village, Ifitedunu in Dunukofia local government area of Anambra State. The deceased, identified as Chinyere Okoli, was suspected to have been strangled to death by unidentified persons who abandoned her in the pool of her blood. The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed (PPRO), confirmed the incident, saying the police was alerted by the brother to the deceased, Thankgod Okoli. Read more

World Cup teams support FIFA’s integrity initiative (Fifa)

The best way to safeguard the integrity of football is for all stakeholders to work together. In recent weeks, FIFA has been impressed with the level of support shown by the participating member associations (MAs) in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to help raise awareness about potential threats to the game. Leading up to the tournament, FIFA, in collaboration with the respective confederations, organised regional integrity workshops with the individuals who have been appointed by each MA to be their single point of contact for integrity matters, which includes match manipulation. Read more

Dejan Lovren explains how you stop Lionel Messi (101Greatgoals)

Dejan Lovren has made it very clear that while his Croatia side were deeply respectful of Lionel Messi, they knew he could be stopped, and set out to get the exact result they did in that respect. Messi cut a lost figure, and was certainly frustrated, yet it seemed that Croatia expected that – and given Messi is the player everyone considers to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest player of all time, it might come as a bit of a shock that they were so confident. The Telegraph report he said: “No, of course we respect Messi, because he’s the greatest player in the world, but he’s also stoppable. But not against one player. “We defended like a team and this is how we did it. Together. You saw it. He didn’t have many chances, and it was, I would say, brilliant defending.” Read more

Neymar centre of attention as Brazil clinch vital World Cup win over Costa Rica (Skysports)

From frustration and fury to flair and a final flourish, it was a rollercoaster ride for Neymar in Brazil’s win over Costa Rica, writes Peter Smith. In the end it was Neymar who had the last laugh – and tears of relief at the final whistle – but this was a battle for him and Brazil. They eventually found a way. Tite’s talisman had been thrown back into the starting XI, despite a midweek ankle problem causing him to limp out of training. Neymar’s fitness continues to be a primary concern for Brazil, given he is still returning to top shape after a three-month lay-off with a foot injury sustained playing for Paris St-Germain. But it feels as though he is too important to the psyche of this side to be left out. Read more

After infecting 2 women, man needs Police permit for sex (Punch)

A man who allegedly infected two women with HIV has been told that he must get written permission from police if he wants to have sex. Aaron Sutcliffe, 29, from Fleetwood, Lancashire, was told that he is a sexual risk to the public and so must get authorisation, both in the UK and abroad, before having intercourse. He’s been handed a Sexual Risk Prevention Order that covers “vaginal, oral and anal sex.” The order was issued on Thursday and it covers both male and female sexual partners. In order to get permission, he must also give the contact details of the person he intends to have sex with and is not allowed to have any form of intercourse without a condom. Read more

Lebanon’s Hariri signals new government near (Reuters)

Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Friday he was very close to forming a new government and would hold more talks with the country’s main parties. Foreign donors have said Lebanon, which held a parliamentary election in May, needs to build a government quickly to maintain confidence and start working on reforms to help its ailing economy. Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil had warned earlier this week that Lebanon was not forming its new cabinet fast enough and said he had not seen serious headway. “We have come very close to the final equation…There are still some consultations,” Hariri said after meeting President Michel Aoun. “The issue is the size of the parcel that each political (party) wants to get.” Read more

U.S. must find alternatives to detaining children, migrants – U.N (Reuters)

The United Nations called on the Trump administration on Friday to overhaul its migration policies and find alternatives to detention, saying that migrant children and their parents should not be treated like criminals. The United States has faced fierce criticism for separating more than 2,300 children from their families in order to prosecute their parents for crossing the border from Mexico illegally. President Donald Trump backed down on Wednesday, signing an executive order to keep families together in detention during immigration proceedings. Read more

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