* Osinbajo’s visit to Ekiti obas an afterthought, PDP tells APC (Tribune) * Sex for marks: Students hail sack of OAU Professor (Nation)

* Osinbajo’s visit to Ekiti obas an afterthought, PDP tells APC (Tribune)      * Sex for marks: Students hail sack of OAU Professor (Nation)



Osinbajo’s visit to Ekiti obas an afterthought, PDP tells APC (Tribune)

The Wednesday’s visit to traditional rulers in Ekiti State by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been described as an afterthought and a damage control that can never redeem the image of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, over his alleged disregard for the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe and the entire traditional rulers in the State. The campaign organization of the Ekiti State Deputy Governor and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola, which made this assertion in a release issued on Wednesday, alleged that it was at the insistence of Fayemi that the obas, who were waiting for the Vice President at the palace of Ewi were ignored. Read more

Sex for marks: Students hail sack of OAU Professor (Nation)

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife have hailed the dismissal of the lecturer involved in the sex for marks scandal in the institution,  Professor  Richard Akindele. Chairman of Acting Security Committee, Gbenga Olorunniran said the university management has done the right thing since the lecturer was found culpable of the offence. “The varsity management has set a good standard and they have done the right thing. This will serve as an example to others. The sex saga has gone viral and the university could as well sweep the issue under the carpet, but they didn’t, but they ensured justice is maintained. Read more

Reps commend Buhari for signing 2018 Appropriation Bill (Vanguard)

The House of Representatives on Wednesday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the 2018 Appropriation Bill as passed BY THE National Assembly. Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity, made the commendation in a statement in Abuja. He, however, reacted to some observations made by the president before signing the Bill, saying that the Legislature discharged its responsibility in the handling and passage of the bill. According to him, the budget is usually a proposal by the Executive to the National Assembly, which the latter has the constitutional power to alter, make additions or reduce as it may deem necessary. Read more

Herdsmen attacks: Benue youths exonerate Buhari from sponsoring killers, hail Buratai (Vanguard)

The Benue Youths Forum, the umbrella body of all youth groups in Benue State have exonerated President Muhammadu Buhari from the incessant killings in the state. According to them, the claim in some quarters that President Buhari was sponsoring the attacks in the state is a case of giving the dog a bad name to hang it. The youth group also pledged their total support for the ongoing military operation in the state aimed at ending the fast growing spate of terrorism in the Benue valley. It also commended the efforts of the military in curtailing the growing spate of local armed conflicts and acknowledged the achievements so far recorded by the Nigerian Army. Read more

DHQ: No concrete evidence ISIS is training Boko Haram Terrorists (ThisDay)

The Nigerian military said Wednesday there was no evidence that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had sneaked in fighters from Syria to support Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, as recently reported by the media. The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. John Agim, said in a statement ‎that the Nigerian Armed Forces would ensure that no part of the country will be under threat. “The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) wishes to respond to a report making the round that ISIS has been sending her members to Nigeria to train Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) members. It is pertinent to state categorically that there is no concrete evidence on the ground to back their claim,” he said. Read more

Ndigbo in Lagos harp on peaceful co-existence (Vanguard)

President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Lagos branch, Chief Solomon Ogbonna has promised that the newly inaugurated executive  would ensure peaceful co-existence among residents in Lagos, especially the Igbo in the next four years. Ogbonna who noted that the Igbos are peaceful people living in different communities in the country including Lagos, said the Igbo have impacted positively in the development and growth of the state. He said: “Ndigbo have come a long way and they are entitled to some privileges in the state which we know can only be secured by team spirit. That is why this new executive has been charged with so much responsibilities to deliver within the space of four years. Read more

26 year-old NYSC member wins $2,500 painting competition (Vanguard)

Julius Agbaje, a 26-year-old 2018 Batch B National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, on Wednesday won the 2018 Afriture Panting competition in Lagos. Agbaje, who is serving with Silverbird Arts Galleria, went home with a cheque of 2,500 dollars, the star price. The painting competition which held at Omenka Arts Gallery, Ikoyi, had Oliver Enwonwu and Abiodun Olaku, among other panel of judges. Agbaje, who was overwhelmed with joy, said he would hold series of solo art exhibitions, help his father to build his business and invest more in his career with the money. Read more at: Read more

NAF rescues 3 kidnap victims in Zamfara (Nation)

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), said it has, through its 207 Quick Response Group (QRG) in Gusau, successfully rescued three kidnap victims that had been held captive for weeks in Zurmi Local Government Area in Zamfara. AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja. He said the rescue of the victims came after the special forces executed coordinated air and ground operations on armed bandit’s position at Daji Kagara area of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara. ” The mission, which was conducted by NAF Special Forces personnel, followed human intelligence reports and subsequent confirmation by NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, of the hideout of the armed bandits. Read more

34 Nigerians deported from America (Punch)

No fewer than 34 Nigerians were, on Wednesday, deported from the United States of America for allegedly committing offences in the country. The deportees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at  2.30 pm. The deportees, comprising 32 males and two females, were brought back in a chartered Omni Air International aircraft with Registration Number W342AX. Spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development to News Agency of Nigeria. Read more

Kwara prisons controller raises alarm over rising crime (Nation)

Kwara state Controller of Prisons Adewale Adebisi yesterday raised the alarm over rising crime rate in the state. Mr. Adebisi added that influx of inmates into the prisons is ‘alarming in geometrical progressio while outflow of inmates out of the prison is not impressing.’ The controller added though that with a total number of 844 inmates in four prisons of Ilorin, Mandala, Omu Aran, and Lafiagi in Kwara state, the crime rate in the state was low when compared with other states of the federation. He spoke this in Ilorin, the state capital at the 2018 Kwara Security Summit by Urban Security Services. Read more

Russia 2018: Russia, Uruguay advance to Round of Sixteen (Nation)

Uruguay’s lone goal victory over Saudi Arabia ensured that Egypt and Saudi Arabia crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in group A, with Russia and Uruguay advancing to the knockout stages. Luis Suarez scored the only goal at the Rostov Arena, sweeping in from close range on his 100th appearance for La Celeste. This goal made him the first Uruguay player to score in three FIFA World Cups. The Green Falcons had a good outing against Uruguay, far better than their 5-0 dismissal performance to Russia on the opening day, they were made to pay for one lapse by goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais, whose misjudgement allowed Suarez to score. Read more

FIFA fines Mexico as Hernandez asks fans to stop homophobic chant (Reuters)

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country’s football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, on a day when FIFA once again fined the Mexican football federation for their fans’ misconduct. FIFA slapped the Mexicans with a CHF 10,000 (£7,619) fine for what it called “discriminatory and insulting chants” during their surprise 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday. Mexicans have long shouted a slang word for a male sex worker at games, which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. FIFA slapped the Mexicans with a CHF 10,000 (£7,619) fine for what it called “discriminatory and insulting chants” during their surprise 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday. Mexicans have long shouted a slang word for a male sex worker at games, which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. Read more

World Cup day 7 in a nutshell: Diego Costa scores for Spain as Cristiano Ronaldo breaks record (Skysports)

We round up Wednesday’s talking points from Russia, with all three matches finishing 1-0, Cristiano Ronaldo breaking another record, and England suffering an injury scare of sorts… Each day during the tournament, we will be pulling together all the big stories and best reaction right here in a nutshell, so you do not miss a thing. Here are the highlights from day seven at the World Cup…

Portugal 1-0 Morocco

Cristiano Ronaldo proved the difference for Portugal as his early header condemned Morocco to a 1-0 defeat in Group B. After his hat-trick against Spain, Ronaldo was yet again in headline-grabbing mood and headed Portugal into a fourth-minute lead. Read more

World Cup: The key trends from the first week, and what they mean for the Socceroos (ABC)

After every World Cup, FIFA produces a technical report which offers an in-depth look at the tactics and innovations that teams have implemented through the tournament. It’s a useful exercise because, quite often, a World Cup becomes a historical reference point for how the game looks at that point in time. The assumption that the World Cup mostly mirrors the complexion of the wider club game is, for the most part, accurate. This tournament, or at least its first week or so, has proven mostly true to that form but with some pretty crucial variations here and there. Read more

World Cup 2018 Day 7 Wrap: Ronaldo breaks record, first country falls at tournament (wwos.nine)

The 2018 World Cup has tossed up its fair share of upsets but normal service resumed on day 7 with favourites Portugal, Uruguay and Spain all getting home. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo broke a record along the way while Uruguay’s Luis Suarez marked his 100th international cap with a goal. Here’s your wrap of all the latest news and results!

Spain 1 – Iran 0

Spain has squeezed 1-0 past a dogged Iran in their World Cup Group B encounter thanks to a fortuitous goal from Diego Costa on Wednesday. Read more

John Terry clarifies Instagram post after sexism row (101Greatgoals)

John Terry has moved to clarify his earlier Instagram post after being accused of sexism. Vicki Sparks was commentating on the Portugal game against Morocco, and Terry took to the social media platform to claim he had to watch the game without sound, promoting many to assume it was because he didn’t want to listen to a woman. However, the player has now refuted this. Vicki Sparks became first woman to commentate on a World Cup game for UK TV when calling Portgual/Morocco earlier on BBC. This was John Terry’s reaction on Instagram. Charmer. Read more

Yemen rebels vow to fight on after Hudaida airport defeat (Aljazeera)

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have vowed to fight on after pro-government forces seized Hudaida airport from them on Wednesday, in a major step towards retaking the port city following a week-long battle. Rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi called for reinforcements to repel the advance of the Saudi and UAE-backed government forces, after ongoing fighting left nearly 350 people dead. “We will face all of the incursions on the ground. Our determination will never be dented,” he said via the rebels’ Al-Masirah news outlet. Saudi-Emirati coalition forces announced the capture of Hudaida airport on Wednesday morning, a day after breaking through the perimeter fence. Read more

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern goes into hospital to give birth (Guardian)

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has arrived at hospital to give birth to her first child. An official statement from the prime minister’s office said Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford arrived at Auckland Hospital early this morning. Winston Peters, the deputy prime minister, is now acting prime minister. Ardern, 37, will be only the second world leader to give birth while in office – the first being Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto in 1990. Ardern has said that she will have six weeks maternity leave before heading back to parliament. Gayford, a television presenter, will become “first bloke” and a stay and home father to the child. Read more

Trump reverses course, signs order to keep families together (CNN)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed his debunked argument that he had no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families at the border, signing an executive order to keep parents and kids together. “We’re signing an executive order. I consider it to be a very important executive order. It’s about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful, very strong border,” Trump said. Trump’s climbdown came after he faced intense pressure from across the political spectrum and from religious, political and world leaders to halt the separations, which produced days of heartrending news coverage of crying children — some of whom were kept in cage-like detention centers. Read more

Up to 192 people believed drowned as tourist ferry sinks in Indonesia (CNN)

The Sinar Bangun tourist ferry had a maximum capacity of 60. But as the sun began to set on Monday evening, more than 200 people are thought to have crammed aboard the small, rickety vessel to make the 40-minute journey across Lake Toba, on the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. Many of those on board were young families returning home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which this year lasts until June 21. Within 20 minutes most of those passengers would be dead, trapped inside the vessel’s main cabin as it overturned and sank. Moments before the accident high waves of up to three meters are thought to have buffeted the boat, rocking it from side to side. Read more

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