* Host Morocco crush home-based Eagles to lift CHAN 2018 (ThisDay) * Alleged missing $44m: NIA cash still intact — Reps (Vanguard)

* Host Morocco crush home-based Eagles to lift CHAN 2018 (ThisDay)                * Alleged missing $44m: NIA cash still intact — Reps (Vanguard)



Host Morocco crush Home-based Eagles to lift CHAN 2018 (ThisDay)

In what appears a repeat of Nigeria’s 4-0 defeat in the WAFU Cup final last year in Ghana, the Home-based Eagles were crushed by the same margin by host Morocco in the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) played in Casablanca last night. The Atlas Lions playing before their home fans at the Stade Mohamed V overpowered Eagles, who played most of the second half with just 10 men to join DR Congo, Tunisia and Libya as the only four winners of the competition meant for players plying their trades in the continent. Read more

Alleged missing $44m: NIA cash still intact — Reps (Vanguard)

Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Safety and National Intelligence investigating sudden disappearance of $44 million from the vault of National Intelligence Agency, NIA, and true citizenship of its new Director-General, Rufai Abubakar, yesterday, confirmed that the money was still intact but was simply re-located for safe keeping. The committee had last Thursday held a closed door session with major stakeholders to know the true situation of what actually transpired at the agency. Recall that on resumption from the Yuletide break, the House on January 16 had resolved to probe the newly appointed Director-General and the alleged missing money. Read more

As Buhari leads Africa in fight against corruption, terrorism (SUN)

In recognition of President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership role in curbing corruption in Nigeria, the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union (AU), had at their July 4, 2017 Ordinary Session unanimously endorsed him to champion the fight against graft in the continent. Over the years, corruption has been a militating factor in the development of the continent. Very often accusing fingers are pointed in the direction of African leaders for using their privileged positions to short-change their citizens by acquiring stupendous wealth for themselves and their relatives. Read more

Secondus: PDP has developed strategies to win in 2019 (ThisDay)

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has said the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party is in the process of fine-tuning its programme of activities that will form the roadmap to victory in the 2019 general election. Secondus, who stated this yesterday in Asaba at the start of the party’s NWC meeting held in Delta State, said the onus was on the PDP leadership and members from national to the local government and ward levels to salvage the country from the grip of the rudderless All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2019. Read more

FG, States, LGs shared N5.9tn in 2017 (ThisDay)

A new report by the Economic Confidential has shown that the federal government, 36 states and the 774 local government councils in Nigeria shared a total sum of N5.9 trillion from the Federation Account in 2017 in spite of the economic recession witnessed during the period. While the federal government and its agencies received a total sum of NN2.5 trillion, the other tiers of government shared N3.3 trillion. The total allocation of N3.3 trillion to states and their local government councils is N700 billion above the N2.6 trillion they received in the previous year of 2016. Read more

NMA decries death of members to Lassa fever (Guardian)

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has lamented the death of no fewer than 10 of its members within one month of Lassa fever outbreak in some states of the country. Chairman of its North Central, Dr. Kunle Olawepo, told The Guardian in Ilorin yesterday that the development called for prompt review of the present Hazard Allowances for Nigerian doctors. Olawepo said the development, if left unchecked, would not only deplete the ideal patients-doctors ratio in the country, but also lead to apathy of doctors treating patients with certain diagnosed hemorrhagic fevers and other deadly tropical diseases. His words: “Some of us in the clinical practice, who are exposed to Lassa fever infection, Ebola and other forms of hemorrhagic fevers that have a propensity to kill in minutes, have received their own bitter taste of the story. Read more

Hearing in trial of Emirates Airlines resumes tomorrow (Vanguard)

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, will  tomorrow, resume hearing in the trial of  Emirates Airlines and six others. They were arraigned on an 11 count charge of  conspiracy and stealing of four bags from a passenger Prince Chu Ikem Orji. One of the missing bags contained $1, 630,000, the Attorney-General of the Federation prosecuting the case, said. Prosecuting counsel,  Mike O’Osong, said the alleged offence was committed in 2007. Read more

AIMN seeks modern biotechnology application as alternative to oil (Guardian)

Industrial biotechnology may be the answer to most of the country’s insufficiencies, only if the Federal Government drives its use and penetration in the country. President of the Association of Industrial Microbiologists of Nigeria (AIMN), Dr. Joy Ehiwuogu-Onyibe, stated this during the association’s conference and symposium at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Conference and Exhibition Centre, Ikeja with the theme: Industrial Biotechnology in Nigeria Economic Advancement, Past, Present and Future Prospects. Read more

We’ve completely defeated Boko Haram – Army (Leadership)

The Nigerian Army declared at the weekend that it has completely defeated the Boko Haram insurgents. The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen Rogers Nicholas, stated this during the inauguration of the Nigeria-Cameroun Military Joint Mission in Maiduguri. He disclosed that his troops under the operation Deep Punch II last Friday dislodged and occupied the insurgents’ tactical ground, ‘Camp Zairo’. He noted that hundreds of insurgents surrendered and several others fled their enclave, while over 100 civilians were rescued. Read more

One injured in attack on OPC faction (Punch)

One person was injured in an attack on the leadership of a faction of the Oodua People’s Congress led by Sola Ojo in Ekiti State. The attack was allegedly led by a former OPC Chairman, Niyi Adedipe, a.k.a. Apase, after a rally on Wednesday. Apase and six others were discharged and acquitted on Monday by an Ado Ekiti High Court after three years’ trial over involvement in the murder of a former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Omolafe Aderiye. Read more

Lagos policeman killed in shootout with robbers (Vanguard)

A Mobile policeman was, weekend, killed in a shootout with men of the underworld, who invaded three petrol stations in the Igando area of Lagos State. Another Police Corporal, a soldier and a woman sustained bullet wounds during the encounter. On arrival at the third petrol station, the five-man robbery gang rammed their vehicle into a Police Corporal and a soldier, who were leaning on a truck. They fired at the security personnel and collected an AK-47 from the unconscious Corporal. Read more

We want to be among top 10 at PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, says Omeoga (Guardian)

Akuoma Omeoga, 25, a former collegiate Track and Field athlete for the University of Minnesota, is one of the brakeman for the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team billed compete for the first time in the Winter Olympic Games when the event holds in in PyeongChang, South Korea between February 9 to 25, 2018. Omeoga will team up with Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Simidele Adeagbon to fly the nation’s flag at the Games. That this would be their debut outing at the event is not a dampener of their belief in the possibilities at the games. Rather, she says the team is ready to upset the existing order in the Winter Olympics. Read more

NPFL: Plateau hammers Sunshine 5-0 to keep pressure on Akwa Utd   (ThisDay)

Status quo was maintained at the top of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) as table toppers Akwa United and Plateau United recorded massive wins in Match-day 7 games played yesterday in Uyo and Jos. While the Promise Keepers hammered Wikki Tourists 4-0 at the Nest of Champions, Plateau was equally on rampage, firing five un-replied goals into the net of Sunshine Stars in Jos. Striker Tosin Omoyele grabbed a brace in Plateau’s victory to put behind them the loss they suffered at the Sani Abacha ground against Kano Pillars. The Jos club now have 16 points from seven matches, just a point behind Akwa United at the summit. Read more

I’m ready for Access Bank Lagos marathon – Olamide (Punch)

The winner of the Nigeria women prize money at the 2016  Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Oluwaseun Olamide has vowed to reclaim her title at this year’s edition in Lagos on Saturday. Olamide also said she would  challenge East African and other elite runners for the ultimate prize of $50,000. She said, “It’s a shame I finished eighth last year. I was just recovering from injury. But this time,  I am injury free and psychologically I am in the right frame of mind as I won the two road races I competed in recently. The races were part of my build up to  the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.” Read more

Barcelona attack Neymar (Punch)

Neymar’s behaviour during his switch to Paris St-Germain is the reason for football’s inflated transfer fees, according to Barcelona’s vice-president, BBC Sport reports. Jordi Mestre said the Brazil forward, 25, played “cat and mouse” with the club before his exit in August. PSG paid €222m for Neymar, making him the most expensive player in history. Read more

Klopp’s Smart comments may leave German in dock (Independent)

Jurgen Klopp tried to conceal his anger at the controversial climax to Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. Ultimately, he failed. Klopp reserved his harshest words for assistant referee Eddie Smart, who intervened to award a penalty to Tottenham in injury time after a foul by Virgil van Dijk on Erik Lamela. “He obviously wanted to be in the middle of interest,” an unimpressed Klopp said. Read more

Reds foiled in farcical finish as Kane has last laugh (Independent)

A frankly ridiculous game from start to finish: one that Liverpool led after three minutes, and 93 minutes, and most of the time in between, and somehow failed to win. Harry Kane’s penalty in the fifth minute of injury-time salvaged an unlikely point for Tottenham in a game that had it all – drama and skulduggery, sublime skill and egregious errors, controversial refereeing and a farcical finish. Everything, in fact, but a winner. Read more

Path of IS cell survivor shows intersection of crime, terror (Washingtonpost)

He is the silent survivor of the 10-man Islamic State cell that terrorized Paris in November 2015, refusing all pleas to shed light on the attack that killed 130 people in the French capital or the one in Belgium four days after his arrest. After spending nearly three years jailed in isolation, Salah Abdeslam is set to go on trial Monday in his hometown of Brussels for a police shootout that he himself fled. The man who covered for his getaway with a spray of automatic gunfire died. Abdeslam’s escape was short-lived — he was captured on March 18, 2016, in the same neighborhood where he and many of his Islamic State fighter colleagues grew up. Read more

The readiness of NGOs for health-related SDGs in Pakistan (LSE)

According to a World Bank report, non-government organisations (NGOs) can be defined as “private organisations that pursue activities to relieve suffering, promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services or undertake community development”. In Pakistan, a number of NGOs are working in the form of trusts, societies, unions, and social welfare organisations with deep penetration in far-flung areas across Pakistan. Hence NGOs are one of the important stakeholders, having the advantage of working closely with the community and contributing in social development through service provision, building capacity and raising awareness among masses on different health issues. Read more

Ecuador votes for re-election limits, likely dashing Correa comeback (Reuters)

Ecuadoreans on Sunday voted to prevent presidents from holding more than two terms in office, according to the elections council, a win for President Lenin Moreno that blocks his mentor-turned-adversary Rafael Correa from returning to power. The results from the referendum, called by Moreno, roll back a measure Correa pushed through Congress in 2015 to allow unlimited presidential re-election. “The victory of the ‘yes’ vote opens the path for us to work together, confrontation is a thing of the past,” Moreno said in a televised broadcast, an apparent reference to Correa’s famously combative style. “The old politicians will not return.” Read more

Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam goes on trial over police shootout (Skynews)

The prime surviving suspect of the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris will go on trial in Belgium today over a shootout with police that led to his arrest. Salah Abdeslam, 28, has been transferred to a high-security prison close to France’s northern border so that he can be taken to the Palace of Justice in Brussels for every day of his four-day trial. Abdeslam, a French citizen who was born and raised in Brussels, is accused of “attempted murder in a terrorist context” following the shootout, four months after he fled Paris on the night of the co-ordinated terror attacks which killed a total of 130 people. 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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