*Dino Melaye appears in Senate plenary robed in academic gown *DSS refuses to produce Suswam in trial by EFCC

*Dino Melaye appears in Senate plenary robed in academic gown *DSS refuses to produce Suswam in trial by EFCC



Dino Melaye appears in Senate plenary robed in academic gown

There was drama in the National Assembly, on Tuesday, as controversial Senator, Dino Melaye,  appeared ‎in the Senate, fully dressed in his academic gown.

Melaye, who shocked lawmakers and appeared while others were already seated, did not retire to his seat immediately.

Instead, he took a long walk around, exchanging pleasantries with his colleagues, who were thrown into laughter. It took the intervention of the Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye to restore sanity to the floor. Read more

DSS refuses to produce Suswam in trial by EFCC

The failure by the Department of State Service (DSS) to produce former Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam stalled proceedings in his trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.

Suswan and Omadachi Oklobia (who served as Finance Commissioner in Suwam’s government) are being tried by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting N3.1billion belonging to Benue State Government. Read more

Buhari congratulates Bola Tinubu at 65

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on his 65th birthday.

The president’s congratulatory message was issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Mr. Buhari said he joined “all members of the APC, political and business associates of the Asiwaju of Lagos, his friends and family, in celebrating another milestone in the life of the great leader”. Read more

Boko Haram abduct Borno villagers

Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno, said suspected Boko Haram members had invaded Konduga Local Government Area and abducted four women and six youths.

Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Maiduguri on Tuesday that the insurgents had also invaded Mittiri, Akalli and Arribbari villages in the same Konduga local government area. Read more

I will resign if Abuja airport does not reopen as scheduled, says Sirika

Nigeria’s minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said he would resign if the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, is not reopened on schedule.

The airport was shut down on March 7 for a six-week repair work on its failed runway and it is expected to be ready for operations on April 19. “What happens if we don’t beat the deadline in six weeks? I will resign” Sirika said at a meeting with aviation stakeholders. Read more

Arik airline shareholders file new suit against AMCON, NCAA over takeover

Shareholders and directors of Arik Air Limited have dragged the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, accusing the federal authorities of mismanagement.

In suit number FHC/L/CS//2017, filed on March 27, the shareholders prayed the court to hold AMCON and NCAA responsible if there is any case of air accident or other serious damages in the airline’s operation. Read more

Herdsmen/Farmers’ clash: Kwara govt. appeals for calm, vows to apprehend culprits

Following the recent clash between herdsmen and farmers in Yashikira community of Baruten Local Government Area, the Kwara State Government has appealed to all aggrieved parties to remain calm and refrain from taking law into their own hands.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Isiaka Gold, who made the appeal in a statement on Monday. Read more

Meningitis outbreak kills at least 140 in Nigeria

An outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, officials say.

It has been reported over the last week in six states and has so far infected more than 1,000 people, the Abuja Centre for Disease Control says. Meningitis causes an acute inflammation of the outer layers of the brain and spinal cord. Read more

Tinubu raised the bar for political leaders in Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated  former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his 65thbirthday.

Buhari,in a statement by the Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, joined all members of the APC, political and business associates of the Asiwaju of Lagos, his friends and family, in celebrating another milestone in the life of” the great leader.” Read more

Trump to sign order undoing Obama-era climate policies

United States President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations.

The decree, dubbed the “Energy Independence” order, will seek to undo former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan requiring states to slash carbon emissions from power plants. This is a critical element in helping the United States meet its commitments to a global climate change accord agreed by nearly 200 countries in Paris in December 2015. Read more

Delta Speaker declares Warri South 1 State Constituency seat vacant

Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya has declared the Warri South 1 State Constituency seat vacant, setting in motion the process of bye-election in the area.

The position became vacant following the death of Hon. Beatrice Omawumi Udoh. Igbuya informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the vacancy, on Monday. Read more

Borno govt. reconstructs 60% of houses destroyed in Bama

The Borno State Government said, on Tuesday, that it has reconstructed 60 percent of the estimated 10,000 private houses destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in Bama Local Government.

Commissioner for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement, Prof. Babagana Umara, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen in Bama. Umara said that the state government had also reconstructed hospitals, schools and other public buildings in readiness for relocation of the people back home. Read more

EU court lifts travel ban on Gaddafi’s daughter

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday ordered that a travel ban imposed on the daughter of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi be lifted.

The EU had imposed sanctions during the Libyan revolution in February 2011, banning Mr. Gaddafi and members of his family from entering or transiting through EU member states.

The travel ban was renewed in June 2014. Read more

Theatre practitioners urge FG to expedite action on history in schools

Some Lagos-based theatre practitioners have urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the re-introduction of history into the school curriculum.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, had called for the re-introduction history studies in schools in 2016, saying that the move will give the Nigerian Children a self-identity of who they really are. The theatre enthusiasts made the observation at the 2017 World Theatre Day celebration on Monday in Lagos. Read more

Ex-Man City, QPR Defenders Oseni, Ilesanmi Show Off To Rohr In Super Eagles 

Allnigeriasoccer.com understands that Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr monitored two London-born central defenders on Monday evening.

Former Manchester City defender Nathaniel Oseni and ex-Queens Park Rangers wonderkid Femi Ilesanmi featured in the practice game between the Super Eagles Team A and Team B at the Hive Stadium. Other British-born players on parade at the Hive Stadium include Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom, Chelsea talent Ola Aina and Queens Park Rangers young star Eberechi Eze Read more

Super Eagles Coach Rohr Returns To Nigeria Next Week For Scouting Mission

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will return to Lagos next week ahead of June’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.

The German tactician will run the rule over the top stars in the Nigerian Professional Football League while in the country. “Our immediate focus and preparations are on the 2019 AFCON qualifiers against South Africa in June before the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in August, ” the Nigeria Football Federation said in a statement. Read more

Nigerian Whizkid Confirms Move To Southampton From Arsenal

Nigerian winger Nathan Tella has confirmed that his transfer from Arsenal to Southampton is now in the bag, and has sent an emotional farewell message to the Gunners faithful and ex-teammates.

The 17-year-old decided to move on to pastures new after he was told by the Emirates outfit he won’t be offered a professional contract. “After a great 10 years at Arsenal, sadly I have to move on to a new challenge. Thank you everyone who has helped me over the past 10 years to make into the player I am, ” Tella stated on Instagram.  Read more

Manchester United striker injury update

Manchester United ‘s young striker James Wilson is certain he will come back from his knee ligament injury as good as ever.

The 21-year-old was sent on loan to Derby County this season by Reds boss Jose Mourinho .

However, Wilson suffered an injury in training with the Rams in October and was sent back to United for treatment before Derby officially ended his loan spell by mutual agreement in early February. Read more

Neymar insists he’s still living the dream at Barcelona amid Manchester United and Chelsea speculation

The Brazil international signed a new long-term contract last year but has been linked with a move to Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks.

A report in Spain claimed Jose Mourinho was ready to sanction a world record bid and activate Neymar’s astronomical £173 million release clause in a bid to bring him to Old Trafford. Read more

Thailand sends ousted PM Thaksin $494 million tax bill

Thai tax authorities have sent ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra a whopping 17 billion baht ($494 million) tax bill over the sale of shares in a telecoms company more than a decade ago, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

The claim is over the sale of shares in Shin Corp. to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL]. Read more

UNICEF: Over 350,000 Yemeni Child Unable to Continue Their Education

After two years of war in Yemen, children continue to pay the heaviest price for the foolishness of Houthis and Saleh. Children are being robbed of their childhood as they come under attack day and night, and their future hanging in the balance now that several of them are injured, recruited, displaced, and deprived of education and health care.

Education in Yemen is severely affected as a result of the violence with up to 1,600 schools no longer being used because they were destroyed, damaged and are being used to host displaced families or occupied by the warring parties. Some 350,000 children are unable to continue their learning as a result, bringing to 2 million the total number of children out of school. Read more

Trump to sweep away Obama climate change policies

US President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order to overturn key parts of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle global warming.

The move will undo the Clean Power Plan which required states to slash carbon emissions. Read more

US-led coalition Mosul air strike killed up to 240 Iraqi civilians ‘because Isis snipers used roof’

Amid growing international alarm over rising civilian casualties in the battle to drive Isis out of Mosul, allegations have emerged that American forces destroyed a cluster of houses packed with families to kill a handful of Isis fighters.

Some survivors of air strikes that killed up to 240 civilians in the al-Jadida district said they had been forced inside by militants, while others were obeying leaflets dropped by Iraqi forces telling them to remain at home during battles. 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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