* Kachikwu vs Baru: Heavy security at NNPC headquarters …Soldiers, policemen, armoured trucks deployed in corporation (Punch) * FG appoints ex-CBN Chief as FERMA Chairman (Vanguard)

* Kachikwu vs Baru: Heavy security at NNPC headquarters …Soldiers, policemen, armoured trucks deployed in corporation (Punch)     * FG appoints ex-CBN Chief as FERMA Chairman (Vanguard)



Kachikwu vs Baru: Heavy security at NNPC headquarters …Soldiers, policemen, armoured trucks deployed in corporation (Punch)

There was heavy security presence at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Abuja on Friday. Armed security men from the Nigeria Police Force and the Army were sighted at the entrance of the oil firm, while police pickup vans and armoured personnel carriers were conspicuously stationed on both sides of the roads that lead to the NNPC. It was learnt that the deployment was sequel to a request by the security department of the corporation. Read more

FG appoints ex-CBN Chief as FERMA Chairman (Vanguard)

President  Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of the Governing Board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency FERMA. The Board has a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, Mr. Tunde Lemo as its Chairman. This was contained in a statement signed by Mohammed Nakorji, the Assistant Director (Press) in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Members are Engr. Nurudeen Abdurrahaman Rafindadi, Buba Silas Abdullahi, Babagana Moham-mad Aji, Engr. Shehu Udman Abdullahi and Loretta Ngozichukwu Aniagolu. Others are Mujaidu Stanley Dako, Vincent Oladapo Kolawole, Engr. Chukwunwike O. Uzo, Mrs. Olubunmi Siyanbola,  Alh. Abdulrazak Ma’aji, Alh. Saidu Abdulkadir and ACM Peter Osawe. Read more

IGP commends Emmanuel for security, good governance (Punch)

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has commended the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, for making the security of lives and property in the state a priority. Idris said this was why the state was chosen for the 2017 South-South Security Summit, which held during the week. According to a statement, the IGP stated this while he paid a visit to the governor shortly before the commencement of the summit. Read more

INEC creates awareness through online platform (Punch)

The Independent National Electoral Commission said it had launched an online newspaper in order to intimate Nigerians of its activities, especially as the 2019 elections draw closer. The platform was recently launched by the commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, said. The statement noted that “the sheer magnitude of newsworthy events taking place on a daily basis at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, state and local government offices cannot be entirely accommodated by the traditional and social media platforms in the country.”Read more

Supreme Court’s officer misled NIS on Justice Ngwuta’s passports — Witness (Nation)

A senior official of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Tanko Kutana, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that his agency was misled into issuing new passports to Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court. Kutana, who was testifying at the resumption of Justice Ngwuta’s trial, said the judge was able to obtain two diplomatic passports, which he used interchangeably by virtue of the misinformation given NIS by a Supreme Court’s Protocol Officer, identified as Mrs. L. Nwankwo. Read more

‘Felabration’ opens in Lagos with schools debate (Tribune)

The annual festival to commemorate the life and times of Nigerian musical icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti opened on Wednesday with schools debate at Freedom Park, Lagos. Felabration is an annual music festival conceived in 1998 by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti in memory and celebration of her father, Fela, also a human rights activist known for pioneering the afrobeat genre of music. Students from no fewer than 10 public and private secondary schools across Lagos participated in the debate, with the theme, “African History; a curriculum necessity.” Read more

KACHIKWU: How they stopped his access to Buhari (Vanguard)

Many things had been said about a powerful cabal running the Presidency by eminent Nigerians. The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, hinted about the cabal, October, last year, when she declared that her husband’s government had been hijacked by a cabal, which was “behind presidential appointments.” Her words: “The President does not know 45 of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either despite being his wife for 27 years. Some people are sitting down at their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or ministerial position.” Read more

How APC May Help PDP Redeem Itself (ThisDay)

Fellow Nigerians, this headline may sound somehow bizarre but that is the reality on ground in our country today. In the name of Almighty God, let us remember and be assured that nothing is impossible. Providence has a way of playing its own game which ordinary mortals may find difficult to understand. I know many had written off the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after its cataclysmic crash from grace to grass in 2015. It was a prophecy boldly and clairvoyantly foretold by a few of us, in writing. The PDP apparatchik were the only ones blinded by power and could not see the hail of bullets coming their way until it hit them calamitously and fatally. Today the rest is history. Read more

N4.7bn fraud: Court adjourns trial of ex-Oyo gov till Monday (Vanguard)

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday  adjourned the continuation of trial of former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Rashidi Ladoja who is facing a charge of N4.7billion fraud till Monday October 9. Ladoja is standing trial  alongside a former Commissioner for Finance in Oyo State, Waheed Akanbi. At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday Justice Mohammed Idris, adjourned  at the instance of Akanbi’s lawyer, Mr. Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, who requested that an official of Oyo State should be summoned by the court to tender some documents as exhibits. Read more

Youths protest alleged extrajudicial killings by SARS in Rivers (Punch)

Scores of youths took to the streets on Friday in Port Harcourt in protest of extrajudicial killings allegedly perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of Nigeria Police on Rivers State. The youths, who gathered under the aegis of the Niger Delta Non-Violence Youth Leaders Assembly converged on the popular Moscow Road in Port Harcourt, displaying placards with various inscriptions. Some of the inscriptions on the placards read, ‘IGP, rise up to the occasion, Akin Fakorede must go’, ‘The activities of Akin Fakorede is creating bad image for the Nigeria Police’, SARS, Rivers people say no to extrajudicial killings’, ‘SARS has become something else in Rivers State’, among others. Read more

A Cacophony of thunderous fraud, alarm bells, Which way Nigeria? (ThisDay)

A few days ago, the whole country awoke to the extent of rot still continuing in the Nigerian oil industry following a leaked memo from the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, of insubordination and award of contracts of over $24 billion without due process. Kachikwu’s letter mirrors a similar memo in 2013 by then Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, now Emir of Kano, to then President Goodluck Jonathan on the alleged non-remittance to the federal government of several billions of dollars by the NNPC. Read more

Ogun customs seizes N125m smuggled vehicles, rice (Nation)

Operatives of the Ogun Customs Area Command have seized 11 posh cars and bags of rice worth a sum of N125 million from suspected smugglers within Abeokuta and Idiroko axis of the State. Vehicles seized at Abeokuta are: 2004 Honda Pilot car; one Toyota Highlander Sports Utility Vehicle; one 2004 Toyota Sienna car; 1999 Lexus car; one 2015 Toyota Highlander and a brand new 2017 Prado SUV  with duty paid value of N75 million, while 573 bags of rice worth a sum of N2.4 million we also seized in the Idiroko axis were five cars including a brand new 2017 Toyota Hiace bus; Acura ZDX saloon car; Lexus RX 350 SUV; Opel Omega saloon car and one Opel Austral saloon car with duty paid value of N47.3 million. Read more

Fleeing Rivers murder suspect smashed glass on my head, says man who helped to re-arrest escapee (Nation)

A middle- aged man identified as Gwom, who revealed  the information that led to the re-arrest of Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, a murder suspect who recently escaped  from police custody in Rivers State , yesterday narrated his ordeal in the hands of the suspect in Plateau State, where he was re-arrested. Gwom said Dike smashed his head with glass in a bid to overpower and arrest him. Dike was re-arrested late September in Brikin-Ladi community in Plateau State following information by Gwom. Read more

1 feared dead, three injured on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway (Vanguard)

One person was presumed dead while three others were injured, yesterday, on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, during an auto crash involving a Toyota RAV 4 and an unidentified truck. The incident reportedly occurred at about 8.25am, at Ogere, Ogun State axis, near the proposed Mile 12 market, when the Toyota RAV 4 with number plate AGL 743 EM, with four occupants (two males and two females), stopped to catch a glimpse of an accidented vehicle being towed by officials of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps TRACE. Read more

How Eagles can beat Zambia –Adepoju (Punch)

Tunisia ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner, Mutiu Adepoju, has said  Zambia could shock  Nigeria  in their  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo on Saturday  if the Super  Eagles fail to play as a team.  Group B leaders with 10 points   Nigeria will qualify for their sixth World Cup with a win over Chipolopolo, who are second on seven points. Zambia will rely on their ceteran goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and young strikers Justin Shonga, Patson Daka and Fashion Sakala for victory. They are expected to adopt a physical approach. Read more

Goalkeepers ready for Zambia –Akpeyi (Punch)

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has said there is no problem in the goalkeeping department of the team ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo on Saturday. The Eagles are on top of Group B with 10 points while the Southern Africans are second with seven points. Nigeria will qualify with a match to spare if they beat Zambia. Akpeyi said the three goalkeepers in camp were ready for the match. Read more

Russia 2018: England panic over Nigerian-born stars (Punch)

Nigeria will seal their place in the Russia 2018 World Cup with victory over Zambia in Uyo on Saturday. The Super Eagles, who are seeking their sixth appearance in the world’s football showpiece, lead   Russia 2018 qualifying Group B on 10 points from four games   followed by Zambia’s Chipolopolo, who have seven points from the same number of games. African champions Cameroon are third with three points, with Algeria last in the table on one point. Read more

It’s late for Chipolopolo to qualify for Russia 2018 –Iloenyosi (Punch)

Ex-international Chikelue Iloenyosi has said thrown his weight behind the Super Eagles in their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday, saying it is too late for Chipolopolo to qualify for the World Cup. The Eagles top Group B with 10 points – three ahead of second placed Zambia. Nigeria will qualify for Russia 2018 with a game to spare if they beat Chipolopolo while a victory for the visitors will take the qualification battle to the last day. Read more

Spain qualify for 2018 World Cup ( Punch)

Spain secured their place at the World Cup finals in Russia next year as goals from Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara ensured a comfortable 3-0 win over Albania from a match laced with political tension on Friday. La Roja shrugged off the distractions of a turbulent week off the field caused by Catalonia’s drive for independence, and more jeers for outspoken defender Gerard Pique, to seal top spot in Group G of European qualifying after Italy could manage only a 1-1 draw at home to Macedonia. Read more

Mexican ex-first lady leaves party, hints at independent run  (Washingtonpost)

Mexico’s former first lady Margarita Zavala announced Friday that she is resigning from the conservative National Action Party and left open the possibility of running for the presidency as an independent. Zavala is the wife of ex-President Felipe Calderon, who governed from 2006 to 2012. She had announced her intention to run for the presidential nomination of the party, known by its Spanish initials PAN, but found herself in open conflict with party leader Ricardo Anaya, who also wants the nomination. Read more

FBI terrorism unit says ‘black identity extremists’ pose violent threat (Guardian)

The US government has declared “black identity extremists” a violent threat, according to a leaked report from the FBI’s counter-terrorism division. The assessment, obtained by Foreign Policy, has raised fears about federal authorities racially profiling activists and aggressively prosecuting civil rights protesters. The report, dated August 2017 and compiled by the Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit, said: “The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence.” Read more

Google gets go-ahead to restore cell phone service in Puerto Rico with its balloons (Telegraph)

Regulators have approved Google’s application to provide emergency cell phone services to Puerto Rico using balloons in the wake of Hurriane Maria. The US Federal Communications Commission announced its decision on Friday evening, one of a number of ways in which tech companies are helping rebuild services. Communications remain patchy on the island. The FCC said that 83 percent of all cell sites remain out of service while wireless companies are rolling out temporary service sites. Read more

British man faces jail in Dubai after brushing past man in bar to avoid ‘spilling drink’ (Itv)

A British man faces a three-year jail sentence in Dubai after putting his hand on a man as he moved through a crowded bar. Jamie Harron from Stirling was arrested for public indecency and drinking alcohol after touching a man on his hip at the Rock Bottom Bar in city. The 27-year-old electrician is said to have been holding a drink and “touched a man on his hip to avoid impact”. The organisation, Detained in Dubai claims it was only after Mr Harron and his friend sat at a table that the man who had been touched seemed aggravated. Read more

Top focus in Japan election: Will Tokyo governor run? (Washingtonpost)

Just days before Japan’s national election campaign kicks off, all eyes are on Tokyo’s populist governor, a political go-getter and a gambler. Will she jump into the race and try to unseat Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Yuriko Koike has repeatedly denied she will run, but she has surprised before. She remained coy about her national ambitions in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, saying her next step was in God’s hands. Read more


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