* Kachikwu: My alleged Governorship bid is cheap gossip (ThisDay) * 2019: PDP, APC differ as EFCC moves to stop money sharing at conventions (Punch)

* Kachikwu: My alleged Governorship bid is cheap gossip (ThisDay)                   *  2019: PDP, APC differ as EFCC moves to stop money sharing at conventions (Punch)



Kachikwu: My alleged Governorship bid is cheap gossip (ThisDay)

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has described as the handiwork of idle minds, his now familiar alleged ambition to be governor of Delta State, adding that he would not be distracted by such “non-edifying cheap gossip”. Kachikwu, who spoke exclusively to Thisday last night said he was not oblivious of the antics of those peddling the rumour for some time now and was too smart to be drawn into any mudslinging debate, especially coming at a time that his beat of assignment required undivided attention. Read more

2019: PDP, APC differ as EFCC moves to stop money sharing at conventions (Punch)

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has vowed to monitor the movement of huge sums of money in the activities of political parties. The EFCC also stated that it would prevent politicians from sharing money at party conventions or at polling centres. The Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said this during a programme, ‘Question Time’, on Channels Television. He said, “We are working with INEC to make sure that we seal every window, and every leakage before the election. We will block any avenue where people can move a lot of money either physically in cash or through banks. Read more

Hate speech: Nigerians react on death penalty for offenders (Guardian)

Senior lawyers have expressed reservations on the new bill passed by the Senate on hate speech. The bill, if eventually assented to by President Buhari, stipulates that any person found guilty of any form of hate speech resulting in the death of another person shall die by hanging upon conviction. The bill also proposed a jail term not less than five years or a fine of not less than N10 million, or both for harassment on ethnic grounds or racial contempt. Some lawyers, including Chief Sebastine Hon and Kayode Ajulo, expressed concerns over what they described as extreme punishment for offenders. Read more

We fled to the bush while our daughters were being carted away — Parents of abducted schoolgirls (Punch)

For the parents, whose 110 daughters were abducted at the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram penultimate Monday, the day remains a day they will not forget in a hurry. Dapchi, a once peaceful town in the Busari Local Government Area of Yobe State, located 100 kilometers away from Damaturu, the state capital, and slightly above 115 kilometers to Niger Republic, has now been thrown into misery following the incident. Read more

Nigeria risks IAAF ban as AFN ‘misappropriates’ $150,000 grant (Vanguard)

World athletics ruling body, IAAF is considering ways to sanction its local affiliate, the  Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, after Nigerian sports officials failed to account for a $150,000 grants by the IAAF. The amount was said to have been paid by the IAAF as part of its $15,000 annual grants to member federations for the year 2017, but the AFN erroneously      received $150,000. And later on the IAAF accountants discovered the error and subsequently asked AFN to refund the excess payment. However, as they say in local parlance, the money had already entered “voice mail.” Read more

25m Nigerians have kidney failure, says Nephrologists (Guardian)

This year’s World Kidney Day will present a moment for sober reflection for the country following the revelation that a staggering 25 million Nigerians (13.9 per cent of the 180 million people) have kidney failure- a condition where the kidney can no longer work without dialysis or transplant. This statistics by the Nigerian Association of Nephrology (NAN), also reveals that majority of sufferers are of the working-age population, with the condition resulting in loss of jobs and poverty. Information from NAN showed that the condition not only gulps huge sums of money for treatment, it also leaves the sufferers constantly tired, in pain and at risk of death. Read more

NLC AT 40: Challenging OBJ’s abuse of power was my most difficult time as labour leader – Oshiomhole (Vanguard)

Since you left the Government House in Edo State. How has it been?

Wonderful. This is probably my fourth retirement. I retired as a textile worker, I retired as the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, then retired as the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, and now  as governor of Edo State. It is a real opportunity to make up for what I call 16 years of not sleeping properly. Eight years of NLC, very turbulent years, and another eight years of not only governing Edo State, but also fighting very vicious godfathers. To be honest, I feel quite good. Read more

Not-Too-Young-To-Run: Women, youth, join Kogi 2019 race (Guardian)

In apparent reaction to passage of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill by the Senate, Kogi State has witnessed an unusual inflow of young citizens into the political arena. Women are also not left out of the growing challenge of the old order by new faces and the relatively unknown, who have thrown their hats in the ring for various elective positions, as the 2019 polls draw near in the Confluence state. From central, east and west Senatorial Districts, more youths and women, whose average age is 30 years, have indicated intention to aspire for governorship, senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elective positions. Read more

Tinubu’s reconciliatory move, APC’s last penalty kick – Shehu Sani (Punch)

You visited the national headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in company with snake charmers. What inspired that visit?

This is the first time in the history of our country that we would see the involvement of animals literally in the affairs of the state. If you observe, at a certain time, rodents chased the President (Muhammadu Buhari) out of his office. Later, we heard the story of a snake ingesting about N36m. My presence (at the JAMB office) was symbolic. If the claims made by that woman (accused JAMB official) that snake actually ingested N36m; if it is a play or a drama, I felt that as a playwright, I should simply complete the drama by visiting JAMB office with snake charmers. Read more

Group bars kinsmen from contesting against Ikpeazu (Guardian)

To pave way for the re-election of Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, his kinsmen, under the aegis of Ukwa/Ngwa (UN), comprising nine of the 17 Local Council Areas, yesterday, barred their sons and daughters from contesting against the incumbent. They also barred their kinsmen from accepting deputy-governorship slot from any candidate in the state, with a threat to ex-communicate anyone who disregards the resolution. They solicited the support of the eight non-Ukwa Ngwa council areas, assuring them that Ikpeazu would continue to treat every section of the state with equity, justice and fairness. Read more

Fashola promises speedy completion of Sagamu-Ore-Ofosu highway (Guardian)

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, has assured Nigerians that the ongoing reconstruction of the Ajebandele-Sagamu section of the Benin-Ore-Ofosu highway would soon be completed. Fashola stated this during the construction and asphalt underlay of the dual carriageway, Phase IV. He said the contract, which was awarded by the President Jonathan administration in 2014 was abandoned due to lack of fund. He said since President Buhari’s administration came on board, with the intervention of Sukuk fund in 2017, the progress of work has improved significantly towards the October 2018 completion date. Read more

OPL 245: Trial of Shell, Eni executives begins Monday in Milan Court (ThisDay)

The trial of Royal Dutch Shell and Eni and their executives on the $1.1 billion deal for the controversial Nigerian deepwater oil block OPL 245, would begin on Monday, but in another court in Milan, Italy. Reuters, which gathered this from three legal sources, said the Milan tribunal had, informed lawyers that the court, which had been due to hear the trial had too many cases and could not guarantee that it would do so in a reasonable period of time. A judge had last year, ordered the two oil giants and their key figures including Eni’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Claudio Descalzi, and his predecessor, Paolo Scaroni, to stand trial as well as former Royal Dutch Shell staff members together with Malcolm Brinded CBE, former executive director for Shell’s upstream international operations. Read more

Firm seeks support for Ile-Epo market re-development (Guardian)

The Chief Executive Officer, Total Value Integrated Services, Mr. Chris Onyekachi, has called on all stakeholders to support the re-development of the Ile-Epo market in Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State. Onyekachi appealed to them to cooperate with his company, so that it would not fail to deliver on the set date. Speaking during a press briefing, he said the state government decided the market needed re-development because it didn’t befit the Mega City status of Lagos, let alone its Smart City aspiration. Read more

Mambilla: Death toll rises to 10 as Ishaku Sues for Peace (ThisDay)

The death toll in the communal clash that erupted on the Mambilla Plateau on Thursday between the Fulani and Mambilla ethnic stock has risen to ten. This is coming just as the state governor, Darius Ishaku has appealed to the people of the area to sheath their swords and embrace peace in order to engender the development of the area. Confirming the rise in the number of casualties in the crisis in a telephone interview with Thisday, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dave Akinremi said the casualties were from both warring groups. Read more

5 Suspected Oil Thieves Blown Up in Bayelsa (ThisDay)

Five suspected oil pipeline vandals have blown themselves up with dynamite in the creeks of Azagbene, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, after the device exploded as they attempted to siphon crude oil from a facility in the area. It was gathered saturday that at least two of the vandals were roasted to death while three others were burnt beyond recognition during the operation. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr. Asinim Butswat, when contacted, said the matter had not been officially reported to him, but promised to get in touch with the police heads in the coastal community. Read more

Officials wrangle over maintenance of Lagos sports facilities (Punch)

Last month, the Confederation of African Football approved the newly-renovated Agege Stadium, Lagos, for MFM FC’s 2018 CAF Champions League home games. Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had promised to upgrade the stadium, popularly known as Soccer Temple, after MFM qualified for Africa at the end of last season. The stadium got CAF’s approval just 24 hours to the Olukoya Boys’ CAF Champions League second leg match against AS Real Bamako on February 21. Read more

Football’s laws body approves VAR for World Cup (Punch)

Football’s lawmakers on Saturday approved video assistant referee technology (VAR) for this summer’s World Cup, in one of the biggest changes to the sport in years. The International Football Association Board (IFAB, meeting in Zurich, rubber-stamped a move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including president Gianni Infantino. “We came to the conclusion that VAR is good for football”, Infantino told reporters shortly after IFAB announced the decision. Read more

Man Utd could make €56m move for play breaker – Mourinho keen (Calcioinsider)

Manchester United have players like Herrera, Matic, Carrick, Fellaini, McTominay and record signing Paul Pogba in the midfield department at the moment. However, Carrick is set to retire at the end of the current campaign and Fellaini would leave the Old Trafford club in the summer. In such a situation, the Red Devils do need to sign a midfielder to reinforce the team and an Italian star is in the focus. According to an exclusive report covered by The Daily Star, Mourinho is keen on luring Napoli’s highly rated defensive midfielder Jorginho, who has been in fantastic form for the Serie A side this season. Read more

Arsenal consider 30-year-old German as replacement for Arsene Wenger (Thesportsreview)

The Daily Star, as quoted by the Daily Mail, is reporting that the 30-year-old manager has emerged as a potential target for the north London side as the speculation about Wenger’s long-term future at Arsenal continues. Wenger’s position was thrown into further doubt on Thursday night when the Gunners suffered another 3-0 loss to Manchester City, this time at The Emirates in the Premier League after their League Cup final defeat last weekend. The same report says that Arsenal have drawn up a list of possible candidates to replace Wenger at the end of the season. Read more

2 Spanish skiers killed in avalanche in French Pyrenees (Skysport)

Two Spanish skiers have died after an avalanche hit a group skiing off-piste on a mountain in the French Pyrenees. The avalanche hit near the Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel linking France to Spain. Three other members of the skiing group managed to extract themselves from the snow and raise the alarm after their companions disappeared just before midday on Saturday. Rescue workers found one man dead at the scene while the other was discovered alive by a rescue dog but died later in hospital. Read more

Baby hare ‘Emma’ saved from deep snow at Dublin Airport (Skysports)

A baby hare has had a lucky escape after being pulled from deep snow at Dublin Airport. The member of airport police who found the leveret hopping around quickly scooped her up, taking her into the warm and giving her food and water. The little rabbit was hopping about in the snow when she was spotted. The rescue, which was filmed on a mobile phone and posted by Dublin Airport on their Twitter feed, has been viewed nearly 70,000 times in 12 hours. Read more

Man shoots and kills himself outside fence (BBC)

A man has shot and killed himself outside the White House in Washington, the Secret Service says. It said the man approached the White House’s fence on Pennsylvania Avenue just before noon local time (17:00GMT) before taking out a handgun and firing several shots. No one else was injured, according to police. President Donald Trump is not at the White House, but at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.The man was in a large crowd when he fired the gun, the Washington Post reports, citing witnesses. Read more

China says it does not want a trade war with U.S (Reuters)

China does not want a trade war with the United States, Zhang Yesui, a spokesman for the Chinese parliament, said on Sunday at a briefing ahead of China’s annual session of parliament, which begins this week. China has said that it will take measures to safeguard its interests after U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he would impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminium to protect U.S.-based producers. 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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