* IGP bows to #EndSARS, orders immediate re-organization of SARS (Vanguard) * Christmas: No plans to increase price of petrol, NNPC assures Nigerians (ThisDay)

* IGP bows to #EndSARS, orders immediate re-organization of SARS (Vanguard)              * Christmas: No plans to increase price of petrol, NNPC assures Nigerians (ThisDay)



IGP bows to #EndSARS, orders immediate re-organization of SARS (Vanguard)

The Inspector General of Police, Idris Kpotun Ibrahim, has ordered the immediate re-organization of special anti-robbery squad (SARS) across the country this was as a result of the #EndSARS campaign launched on Twitter by some Nigerians. The campaign had exposed some of the atrocities committed by the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The IGP in a statement on Monday signed by CSP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters said “the Nigeria Police Force has observed the recent trends of event in the Social Media on the #ENDSARSNOW and the controversy being generated by the innuendos from the allegations and other misconceptions as it concerns the Operational roles and activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a detachment of the Nigeria Police Force. Read more

Christmas: No plans to increase price of petrol, NNPC assures Nigerians (ThisDay)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it has no plans to increase the prices of petroleum products both at the ex-depot level and filling stations’ pump prices ahead of the forthcoming Christmas celebration. It said in a statement from its Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, on Monday in Abuja that its ex-depot price of petrol was still N133.38 per litre, while petrol pump price remained N143 to N145 per litre. NNPC said these prices have not changed, and that it has enough stock of petrol to ensure seamless supply and distribution of it across the country. Read more

Don’t lure Nigerian youth with sentiments, Comedian I Go Dye tells Atiku (PremiumTimes)

Popular Nigerian comedian, I go dye, has advised former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, not to use “sentimental empathy” with the Nigerian youth to drive his political ambition. Mr. Abubakar had on November 24 announced his exit from the All Progressive Party, APC, stating among his reasons that the ruling party has not only failed the Nigerian youth but also failed to take their welfare a priority. Barely a week later, Mr. Abubakar announced his return to the People’s Democratic Party on Facebook Live. Dropping hints of running for president in 2019, he said he would focus on job creation and youth development. Read more

Wike releases 16 SUV to Rivers’ National Assembly members (Vanguard)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has released 16 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to elected members of the National Assembly from Rivers State. Three of the Vehicles are for Senators representing the State, while 13 are for members of the House of Representatives from the state. Members of the House of Representatives led by Mrs Betty Apiafi, Leader Rivers Caucus of the House of Representatives and Bari Mpigi, Deputy Leader, Rivers State House of Representatives caucus, took possession of their vehicles. Making the presentation at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that the vehicles were acquired to aid the Federal Lawmakers in the discharge of their official functions. Read more

Award: Mrs Ajimobi advocates better life for children, women (Vanguard)

The First Lady of Oyo State, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, has commended the founder of Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, LAEI, a Non-Government Organisation, Dr. Ama Onyerinma for her support for the less privilege and the vulnerable, especially women and children. She spoke at the Gala and Award Night ceremony held at the MUSON Centre, Onikan Lagos, as some distinguished personalities were presented with awards of recognition. Read more

Agbakoba, Duke’s group vows to shape 2019 polls (Vanguard)

A group of eminent Nigerians who met in Abuja, last week, on the plank of the Nigerian Intervention Movement, NIM, has vowed to shape the outcome of the 2019 elections and save the country from political brigandage and bad leadership. Also known as G-90, some of the leaders of the group, who facilitated the formation of NIM last Tuesday include; former President of NBA; Dr Olisa Agbakoba SAN; business mogul, Isyaku Rabiu; former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; former presidential candidate and founder of Lagos Business School, Prof Pat Utomi; son of first Prime Minister of Nigeria, Read more

Industrialist says $50m oil factory will create 5,000 jobs (Guardian)

A Kano-based entrepreneur, Alhaji Isa Gerawa, says his new 1,200-tonnes-per-day solvent extraction plant in Kano will create no fewer than 5,000 jobs for the citizens. Gerawa, who is the Chairman of Gerawa Global Oil Mills Nigeria Ltd., owners of the plant, said that he had invested 50 million U.S. dollars (about N18 billion) in the facility. He told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that the investment was directed at expanding the soybean processing and vegetable oil refining plant in Kano. Read more

Our lives under threat for daring to subpoena Jonathan — Metuh’s lawyer (PremiumTimes)

A counsel representing a former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Olisah Metuh, has alleged threats to his life for demanding the appearance of former President Goodluck Jonathan in court as defence witness. Mr. Metuh is facing trial at an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for alleged diversion of N400 million from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. His lawyers led by a senior Advocate of Nigeria, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, had asked the court to compel two major witnesses, Mr. Dasuki and former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear as witnesses for the defence. Read more

Oduah wants more women in politics, government in W/Africa (Guardian)

President of ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA), Sen. Stella Oduah has said that the level of women participation in politics and appointment into positions in West Africa was still low.Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of the ongoing Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja on Monday, Oduah urged that more women should be given chance or supported for elective and appointive positions. Oduah said that women constituted the larger population in the sub-region and could not be left aside in developmental moves. Read more

Nigerian workers to picket Kenya Airways (Punch)

The National Union of Air Transport Employees is to picket Kenya Airways from December 5 over poor treatment of Nigerians employed by the airline. The General Secretary of NUATE, Mr Olayinka Abioye, in Lagos on Monday explained that the picketing would be indefinite until the management of the airline acceded to the union’s demands. He said that the patience of Nigerians working with Kenya Airways had been exhausted, noting that Nigerians would no longer continue to suffer in the company. Read more

NASS, NANS give Lagos state 7 days ultimatum to pay 2016/2017 bursary (Vanguard)

National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS) and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Lagos axis, have called on Lagos State Governor, His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode to pay the State Bursary and scholarship dues for Lagosian schooling all over the federation. As failure to pay the dues within seven days, according to them will result in a peaceful protest to the state governor’s office in Alausa, Ikeja. In a statement signed Daniju Sultan, NASS president and Moses Adewale, NANS Joint Committee Chairman, respectively, the bodies said that the inability of the state government to pay the above dues have caused untold hardships for the students in not paying their fess and buying of study materials. Read more

IMO: Nigeria loses Council seat (Vanguard)

Nigeria Friday failed to get elected into the category C of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO. Countries elected into that category were the Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey. A statement from the IMO web-site showed that there are two other categories A and B and the total number of countries voted for to represent the international maritime community in the three categories were 40. Read more

How ex-Abuja minister Bala Mohammed allegedly collected house bribe from bank – Witness (PremiumTimes)

A prosecution witness, Ishaya Dauda, told an FCT High Court in Gudu how a former Abuja minister, Bala Mohammed, allegedly received a house as bribe. Mr. Dauda also told the court that in the course of investigations, no government money was traced to Mr. Mohammed’s account. Mr. Dauda, a Senior Detective Superintendent with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday said these during cross examination by the defence counsel, Chris Uche. Mr. Mohammed is being prosecuted by the commission on a six-count charge bordering on false declaration of assets and graft to the tune of N864 million. Read more

NURTW bans selling of alcohol in Lagos motor parks (Guardian)

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) says it has banned sales of alcoholic drinks in all motor parks in Lagos State ahead of the festive period. Mr. Tajudeen Agbede, the Lagos State Chairman of NURTW, made this known on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Agbede said that the union has set up a task force to enforce the ban in various motor parks across the state. Read more

Olamide, Falz, Simi, other Nigerian celebrities speak on #EndSARS Campaign (PremiumTimes)

More than 48 hours after the ongoing campaign for a shutdown of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS started trending with the hashtag #EndSARS, many Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media handles to support the campaign. The demand for an end to SARS dominated Twitter activities by Nigerians over the weekend, during which citizens used #EndSARS to list allegations of extra-judicial killings, wanton arrests and dispossession of properties through physical assault and other intimidation tactics against SARS. Read more

Pinnick: Belief, mental strength will make Eagles soar (Thenff)

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick is confident that mental strength, self –belief and youthfulness will serve the Super Eagles well at the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in Russia next year summer. Speaking on the World Sport programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) from the station’s London studio on Monday, Pinnick, who is a Member of the CAF Executive Committee and President of AFCON, also commended the African body for its decision to support the continent’s five flagbearers’ preparations for Russia 2018 with much –needed cash. Read more

Messi’s statue vandalised again (Punch)

The statue of Lionel Messi in Buenos Aires has been vandalised again — this time the Argentine hero was cut off at the ankles between Sunday night and Monday morning. Messi’s boots still chased a ball on the plinth while the severed body was pushed to the ground and left lying there. The statue was erected in June 2016 after Messi had announced his retirement, brief as it turned out, from the national team. Read more

Brendan Rodgers eager to reward Celtic fans with Champions League triumph at Parkhead (Dailyrecord)

Brendan Rodgers is looking to give Celtic fans a Champions League send-off by qualifying for the Europa League against Anderlecht on Tuesday night. The Hoops go into their final Group B fixture three points ahead of the Belgian side thanks to their 3-0 away win in September. Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich are already qualified for the knockout stages and Anderlecht arrived in Glasgow knowing they have to equal or better that result against the Scottish champions to take third spot and ensure Europa League football after Christmas. Read more

10 underrated Premier League players you didn’t realise make their teams tick (Fourfourtwo)

It’s been an extraordinary season for star players. From Mohamed Salah’s incredible return of 12 goals from 15 league games to Manchester City’s implausibly brilliant scoring record, the Premier League is in rude supply of world-class playmakers and forwards.

But there are plenty of players in less celebrated roles who deserve credit for making their teams tick. Here are 10 of the best performers of 2017/18 that you may not have noticed… Read more

Crystal Palace announced Selhurst Park’s £100million revamp (Yourlocalguardian)

Crystal Palace has announced a massive, multi-million-pound revamp of its Selhurst Park ground. The project will cost £75 to £100m and will increase capacity from 26,000 to more than 34,000. A new five-storey stand will be built at the club’s home of 93 years. Other improvements include a bigger pitch, hospitality and entertainment facilities for more than 2,500 supporters and a museum, documenting the club’s rich history. Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “We need a stadium that reflects who we are, how far we have come and where we want to go – a stadium that South London can be proud of, a home worthy of our incredible support and unique atmosphere and this great Premier League we represent. Read more

Revealed: the great lengths ferguson went to scout de gea (Goal)

The former Red Devils manager felt it was worth skipping one of his team’s games to see the then-teenager in action. Sir Alex Ferguson only missed two Manchester United matches during his time in charge, one for his son’s wedding and one to scout goalkeeper David de Gea.

That is according to former Manchester United goalkeeper coach Eric Steele, who says De Gea is now the world’s best.  The 27-year-old underlined his credentials for that title on Saturday in a record-tying performance at Arsenal. Read more

Driver falls asleep at the wheel, ploughs into cars (Manchestereveningnews)

This video shows the horrifying moment a lorry driver ploughs into two cars after falling asleep at the wheel on the M6. The shocking incident left one woman with a fractured spine Dashcam footage shows the moment 47-year-old Mariusz Wlazlo, crashed his fully-loaded HGV into two stationary cars at almost 43mph, the Liverpool Echo reports. The crash, which happened on the M6 Southbound, was so serious it left a woman in her 50s in hospital for weeks with broken ribs and a fractured spine. Dashcam footage of the collision – which West Midlands Police said ‘could have been fatal’ – shows the HGV smashing into a stationary car, which is then sent careering into the vehicle in front – with parts of the cars left strewn across the carriageway. Read more

Irish citizens need legal guarantees of Brexit promises (Irishtimes)

Brexit has dominated news cycles for the past 18 months, with almost every angle analysed, discussed and debated. Yet, little of the narrative has focussed on the rights of Irish citizens in the UK, including Irish Travellers. With this in mind, the Traveller Movement commissioned a legal analysis of the implications Brexit could have on Irish citizens, and Irish Travellers with Irish citizenship, carried out by migration barrister Simon Cox, who sits on our Equality and Social Justice Unit expert panel to challenge discrimination experienced by Travellers. Read more

Former Yemen president Saleh ‘killed in fresh fighting’ (Guardian)

Saudi-led coalition war planes bombed Yemen’s capital on Monday as Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, blew up the house of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, prompting unconfirmed reports that he had been killed. The radio station of the Houthi-run interior ministry said Saleh – a former ally of the rebels who switched sides in recent days – had been killed by militiamen after his house was destroyed in fierce fighting in the capital, Sana’a. Read more

Scotland must stay in EU single market if Northern Ireland does (Politicshome)

Theresa May is preparing to agree to “continued regulatory alignment” between the Republic and Northern Ireland in order to clinch a deal in Brussels today. That could effectively see Northern Ireland remain in the single market even after the rest of the UK has left. One SNP MP told BuzzFeed it will now be “impossible” for the UK government to deny the same for Scotland. London mayor Sadiq Khan also seized on the reports, saying the move would have “huge ramifications” for London. The Prime Minister is having lunch with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier in a bid to thrash out the small print of an agreement. She is then due to hold talks with European Council president Donald Tusk. Read more

President Mnangagwa swears in cabinet with changes to pacify public (PremiumTimes)

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe on Monday swore in his cabinet, with several last-minute changes after a public outcry about largely assigning posts to military leaders. “The following adjustments have been made to ensure compliance with the constitution and considerations of gender, demography and special needs,” said Secretary to the President, Misheck Sibanda, during the ceremony in the capital, Harare. However, several key portfolios firmly remain in the hands of senior military officials and war veterans, who were instrumental in the peaceful coup that brought the 75-year-old president to power in November. 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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