* I am not going to America — Atiku (PremiumTimes) * Emulate legacies of MKO Abiola, Agbakoba urges presidential aspirants (Guardian)

* I am not going to America — Atiku (PremiumTimes)           * Emulate legacies of MKO Abiola, Agbakoba urges presidential aspirants (Guardian)



I am not going to America — Atiku (PremiumTimes)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has debunked media reports that he will be in the United States later this month. Reports over the weekend said Mr Abubakar would speak at a trade and investment gathering in Washington D.C. later this month. The organisers listed Mr Abubakar’s name as number one amongst dozens of personalities they said had been invited to the event. Governors Nyesom Wike and Ibrahim Dankwambo, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and Trade and Investment Minister, Okechukwu Elelamah, are amongst those also said to have been invited. Read more

Emulate legacies of MKO Abiola, Agbakoba urges presidential aspirants (Guardian)

A human rights lawyer, Dr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), on Monday urged presidential aspirants to emulate the legacies of the late MKO Abiola to enthrone good governance in 2019 and beyond. Agbakoba, also a former President, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. ”Our presidential aspirants in the coming 2019 elections should be purposeful and think about the electorate, the people, like the late Abiola. ”When you are running for an office, you are running to carry the burden of the people. It is like becoming the father of the house. ”Many of these politicians often forget why they go there and do away with all their campaign promises. Read more

My removal by Fayose was Injustice – Sacked Ekiti College Boss (Nation)

The immediate past Chairman of the Governing Council of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Prof. Babatope Alo, has described the announcement of his sack on air as an “act of injustice.” Alo revealed that he has not been officially communicated through a letter or electronically since his sack was announced last week on the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES). He disclosed that a member of the Governing Council, Mr. Gboyega Akinola, resigned in protest against the way and manner he was treated by the state government. The Usi-Ekiti born Professor of Applied Biology said he served the college diligently, moved the institution forward and recorded achievements during his tenure. Read more

Guber Poll: APC will win in Free, Fair Atmosphere (ThisDay)

Contrary to the insinuation that the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, is planning to rig the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Jide Awe, has debunked the accusation, saying the party has strong credentials of performances to win under a free and fair atmosphere. Awe said Fayemi did exceedingly well in Ekiti as a governor and that the party was relying heavily on this strong antecedents to win the coming election and not intending to capture the state  in a Gestapo-like manner as being touted by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Read more

Ekiti 2018: Hold Fayose responsible for latest violence – Adeyeye (Nation)

Former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has said Governor Ayo Fayose should be held responsible for the upsurge in violence ahead of the July 14 governorship poll. Adeyeye, in a statement on Monday by his media aide, Niyi Ojo, expressed sadness on the killing of an All Progressives Congress (APC) member, William Ayegoro and destruction of campaign billboards of the party’s candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. The former minister said Fayose has been heating up the polity by issuing what he called “threatening statements against perceived enemies of his administration” and his anointed candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola. Read more

Union Homes sues Stella Oduah over N385m debt (NTA)

Another creditor Union Homes Savings and Loans plc, has come knocking at Senator Stella Oduah’s doors, demanding the repayment of N385 million mortgage debt. The mortgage lender’s lawyer Ken Ahia has filed an application before a Federal high court seeking to join as an intervener in the on going debt recovery suit filed against the Senator and her company Sea Petroleum Oil and Gas Group limited by Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria AMCON. Union Homes is contending that Senator Stella Oduah, Sea Petroleum Oil and Gas Company and five Directors of the company namely, Okoh Davis Ifeanyi, Enechukwu Humphrey , Aaekenwa Theophilous Aguguom, Mrs Nwakaego Ageyingbo and Emmanuel Nnamdi Nwobu are owing the company about N385,750,000. Read more

Lagos ready for world class transportation system? (Vanguard)

With the constructions bus Terminals and arrivals of new buses in Lagos waould you agree that Lagos is ready for a for world class transportation system? It was an iconic sight to behold as new buses adorned some of the recently constructed Bus Terminals in Lagos for the take off of the Bus Reform Initiative of the State Government designed to bequeath a world class transportation system and enhance connectivity across the State. Apart from adding to the aesthetics of the State with the impressive blue and white colour, the new environmentally-friendly high capacity buses, which are now arriving the State in batches, were also equipped with modern facilities to bring about comfort and seamless travelling experience along the dedicated routes. Read more

The current administration has been focussed … – VP Osinbajo (Vanguard)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday called for a strong and effective dispute resolution mechanism for economic growth and investment in Africa. Osinbajo made the call in his opening remarks at the Third International Court of Arbitration Conference held in Lagos, organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Theme of the conference is: “Viability of Arbitration in Africa, Thinking Globally, and Acting Locally.” He said: “The existence of a strong and effective dispute resolution mechanism is a crucial driver for economic growth and investment in Africa. Read more

JAMB holds 2018 admission policy meeting in Osun June 26 (Vanguard)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed June 26 for the 2018 admission policy meeting to kick-start the admission process into the nation’s tertiary institutions. Dr Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB Head of Media and Information, made this known on Monday in Lagos. Benjamin said; “The main reason for the meeting is to define all modalities for admission of qualified candidates into the nation’s tertiary institutions for the 2018/2019 academic session. Read more

Poly, Education College to be established in Sokoto, Says Wamakko (ThisDay)

The Chairman, Northern Senators Forum, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, Monday said the Federal Polytechnic, Silame and the Federal College of Education, Sabon Birni in Sokoto State may soon be established. Wamakko disclosed this at the 16th annual general meeting of the Sokoto State Education Development Trust Fund ( SEDTF) in Sokoto. Wamakko, who represents Sokoto North Senatorial District, also disclosed that he had completed the construction of a 500-capacity Information, Communications and Technology ( ICT), Centre in Sokoto. Wamakko explained that the centre would train primary school teachers on ICT, from across the state. He stated that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, would soon be invited to commission the centre. Read more

NAF deploys 2 Choppers in Zamfara to Combat Terrorism (ThisDay)

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has deployed two helicopters in 207 Quick Response Group Air Force Base in Zamfara State to combat terrorism and beef up security. The deployment was made to support personnel operation in the fight against bandits and terrorism in the state. According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, the Nigeria Air Force recently commissioned two helipads at the 207 Quick Response Air Force Base in Gusau. More personnel were deployed from the Army, Air Force, Police and Department of State Security Services (DSS). Read more

Lagos CP, Imohimi Edgal redeploys Anti-Cultism Squad (Vanguard)

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, on Monday redeployed the officer and men in charge of the Anti-Cultism Squad over alleged unprofessional conducts and corruption. The police spokesman in Lagos Command, CSP Chike Oti, said in a statement in Lagos that the move was to reposition and reinvigorate the command’s Anti-Cultism Squad. According to him, reorganisation of the squad was necessitated by the unprofessional conducts of its personnel and corruption in the unit. He said that the unit was very crucial in the fight against cultists and cultism in the state. “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi, has redeployed the Officer-in-Charge of the Squad, SP Godwin Agbegbe, while CSP Akaninyene Etuk has been posted to take over from him. Read more

Smuggling: Nigeria to Shut Border with Neighboring Country (ThisDay)

The federal government has said that it will shut down the land border between Nigeria and a neighbouring country in a few days’ time to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI). Ogbeh, who did not mention the particular country and border, said that shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country. Read more

1 killed in Lagos cult clash (Vanguard)

A deadly clash by two rival cult groups has resulted to the death of an unidentified man at Alapere in Ketu, near Lagos. The incident took place at Modupe Street, off Kazeem Street in Alapere late on June 17. A resident of the area, who claimed to have witnessed the fight told Newsmen that the cultists came from a nearby street, describing the area as a hotbed of cultist activities. The Alapere cult war has been on for more than three years, resulting to the death of no fewer than eight people within the period. The source, who pleaded not to be identified, named the rival cults as members of Eiye and Aye confraternity. Read more

Pinnick: Eagles have the Ability to Progress (ThisDay)

The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has declared that notwithstanding the 2-0 loss to Croatia in their first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Super Eagles have the wherewithal to lift themselves up and still reach the knockout rounds of the competition. Croatia made good from set pieces in Kaliningrad on Saturday, winning 2-0 to top Group D ahead of Argentina and Iceland, who finished 1-1 and have one point each. “We expected to win against Croatia but it did not happen and the whole team, as well as the Federation, have put that behind us and looking ahead with hope to the next two matches. Read more

Iceland Game will be Different, expect result, says Ekong (ThisDay)

Super Eagles central midfielder, William Troost Ekong, believes Nigeria’s clash with Iceland on Friday will be a different game from the 2-0 defeat the team suffered in the opening game to Croatia. The Bursaspor defender in the Turkish league said that with the defeat, Nigeria will have no other option but to play to pick maximum points against the Icelanders. “It is going to be a different type of game from what we played against Croatia. We hope to pick maximum points going into our last game against Argentina,” stressed the Eagles star who wrestled down Juventus front man Mario Mandzukic for the penalty that earned Croatia the second goal in Kaliningrad Read more

Substitution: Croatia sends Player Home (ThisDay)

Croatia Coach Zlatko Dalic has sent striker Nikola Kalinic home from the World Cup in disgrace. The Vatreni won their opening match on Saturday night, defeating Nigeria 2-0. Kalinic, the AC Milan striker who once upon a time represented Blackburn Rovers, was a substitute during the encounter. It was the fourth successive international fixture where he had been left on the bench. But asked to come on in the 85th minute, Kalinic complained of a back problem and refused to enter the fray – something which didn’t convince his manager. Read more

3 Tunisia stars out to ruin England’s World Cup dreams (Inews)

Tunisia aren’t the strongest side England will face in the World Cup, but they remain a tricky prospect in Group G. The country’s qualification for the tournament brought optimism for the sport in North Africa, as Tunisia squeaked into the finals, only a point ahead of DR Congo. However, they were unbeaten in their group and only conceded four goals. Of the five teams that qualified for the World Cup from Africa, they are supposedly the strongest: with a Fifa ranking of 21. They will hope to be a disciplined and unified team, who will spring quick counter-attacks against better sides. England should be capable of dealing with them, but there’s talent in the side that could cause Gareth Southgate‘s men issues if they’re not at the races. Read more

What Sergio Ramos was seen saying to David De Gea before Cristiano Ronaldo took penalty against Spain (Mirror)

David De Gea had a rather eventful game as Spain drew 3-3 against Portugal in their World Cup opening clash on Friday evening. The Manchester United keeper was at fault for Cristiano Ronaldo’s second, could do nothing about his third, and was apparently given bad information for his first. Ronaldo’s first goal of the night came from the penalty spot, after the Real Madrid forward was chopped down in the box by Nacho. De Gea tried his best to get inside Ronaldo’s head as he stood in front of the ball on the spot and waited for the referee to clear the box. Read more

Andy Murray completes practice session ahead of playing return at Queen’s (Scotsman)

Andy Murray came through another practice session at Queen’s as he prepares for his comeback on Tuesday. The Scot will make his return from an 11-month injury absence when he takes on Nick Kyrgios at the Fever-Tree Championships. The players trained on adjacent courts, but all eyes were on Murray to see his condition. And he pulled up well, playing a practice set with American Sam Querrey, his last opponent at Wimbledon in July of last year. The break has done nothing to quell Murray’s competitive spirit as he chastised himself for missing a first serve against the American. Read more

Scotland’s first urban aqua park set to open in Dundee (STV)

The course will span 100ft by 100ft and boast free-falling waterslides, bridges and ninja-style obstacles. The floating adventure course will feature 18 obstacles, including Moon Jump, Neptune’s Steps, the Tire Run and Mighty Mount Rainer. Participants’ balance and agility will be tested as they try to conquer hurdles of varying shapes and sizes by climbing and sliding around the course, all while trying to stay out of the water. Foxlake Adventures arrived at Dundee’s waterfront in 2017, and this new aqua park will join the watersports already available such as wakeboarding, ringo rides and stand up paddle boarding. Read more

Bugs strife: swarms cause chaos in Volgograd before England v Tunisia (Guardian)

Swarms of flying bugs are causing chaos for fans and broadcasters around Volgograd with fears they may be a nuisance to England players when they face Tunisia in their opening game of the World Cup on Monday evening. It is understood the city of Volgograd, which is in the south east of the country, knew that the bugs – a mixture of mosquitoes and midges – would be a nuisance. Two days ago they deployed helicopters to spray the nearby marshland with pesticides. It is understood City of Volgograd officials asked the Visit Russia tourism board to include in their guide to the city the fact they had “deployed chemical weapons” to target the insects. But it was pointed out to them, in light of the Sergei Skripal poisoning in Sailsbury, that this might not be the best choice of words. Read more

Comes amid probe into alleged sex attack at a hotel in Cala de Bou, Ibiza (Dailymail)

A British ‘victim’ of an alleged Ibiza hotel sex attack says she engaged in a sex act with one of the two Charlton players arrested over the incident before the ‘assault’ took place. The 19-year-old woman confessed to kissing Reeco Hackett-Fairchild on a sofa before the alleged sex attack took place at a hotel in Cala de Bou on the Spanish holiday island. Well-placed sources said she then admitted during a subsequent court quiz to ‘kisses and sexual things’ with the Charlton forward when she was asked to ratify her initial police statement before the judge. Read more

Germany’s Merkel given ultimatum by interior minister over migration policy (CNN)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was given two weeks Monday to agree a new migration policy with European leaders or face a renewed rebellion from her own government that is threatening to bring her 13-year rule to an end. The architect of the division is her interior minister, Horst Seehofer of the Christian Social Union (CSU) — the Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s own Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Seehofer last week defied Merkel to announce a tough new immigration policy that would see some asylum seekers turned away at the borders of Germany. He had suggested he could implement the proposals unilaterally, in defiance of both European regulations and the chancellor. Read more

Man charged with stealing human toes from Body Worlds exhibition (Skynews)

A man has appeared in court charged with stealing two human toes from an exhibition displaying human bodies. The 28-year-old, who has not been named, is accused of taking the toes from Body Worlds, an exhibition at Princes Wharf in the New Zealand city of Auckland. The toes are worth $5,500 (£2,900), according to court documents, and the man could face up to seven years in jail if found guilty. The exhibitors said the toes had been returned but did not comment further. The man also faces a charge of improperly interfering with the dead body of an unknown person, an offence that allegedly took place six days earlier. 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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