Rwanda: She tried to run for President, now she’s in jail (Washingtonpost) * When will President Buhari charge President Trump for ‘hate speech’ ? – Fayose (Vanguard)

Rwanda: She tried to run for President, now she’s in jail (Washingtonpost)                     * When will President Buhari charge President Trump for ‘hate speech’ ? – Fayose (Vanguard)


Rwanda: She tried to run for President, now she’s in jail (Washingtonpost)  

This week, the Rwandan authorities arrested Diane Shima Rwigara and charged her with “offenses against state security and forgery.” (She was already detained once before at the beginning of the month, though under different charges.) It’s clear to everyone, however, that her real crime was her attempt to run against incumbent Paul Kagame in the presidential election last month. Her mother and sister were also detained on similar charges. The three of them are expected to face trial in October. If Diane Rwigara is convicted on the state security charges, she’ll be facing a minimum of 20 years in prison. Read more

When will President Buhari charge President Trump for ‘hate speech’ ? – Fayose (Vanguard)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has asked when will President Muhammadu Buhari charge President Donald Trump of the United State of America hate speech. Fayose made this known on his Twitter handle on Tuesday he said ‘just wondering when President Buhari will charge “undiplomatic Trump” for this international “Hate Speech” because if it were to be Fayose uunnm!! …… Thank God Trump is not a Nigerian…. National security supremacy would have applied. Read more

FG denies alleged plans to sell NLNG (DailyTrust)

The Federal Government on Tuesday, denied that there were plans to sell the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG). Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, debunked the allegation during an investigative hearing by House of Representatives Committee on Gas Resources and Allied Matters in Abuja. Kachikwu, who was represented by Director, Gas Resources in the ministry, said that they were not aware of any plans to sell NLNG by the Federal Government. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the documents submitted by the ministry and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the issue, though harmonized, were not accepted by the committee because of identified issues. Read more

Only God knows when Leah Sharibu’ll be rescued – Presidency (Vanguard)

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, said, Tuesday, that only God knows when kidnapped Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, will be rescued. He also said the Presidency was not worried by the derogatory comment made by US President, Donald Trump, about President Muhammadu Buhari. Leah Sharibu is the only girl still in the custody of Boko Haram insurgents who invaded their school in Dapchi, Yobe State, and abducted 111 of the students. Read more

UK repatriates £70m to Nigeria, promises to return more loot (Punch)

United Kingdom said it has repatriated £70 million stolen by an unnamed Nigerian citizen who was convicted in an Italian court. British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, who revealed this to reporters in Abuja on Monday, however, declined to disclose the identity of the person involved in the offence. He said, “There was an Italian court case with a particular person involved. A portion of the fund has been in the UK and that was the portion that was returned recently from the UK to Nigeria. So, it’s in that context that the £70 million was returned.” He said more funds would be repatriated, stressing that his country was working with the Federal Government to accelerate the legal process of returning the looted money. Read more

2019: Jang declares for Presidency, vows to re-organize Nigeria (DailyTrust)

The ex-Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang has declared his intention to vie for the presidency. Jang, representing Plateau North Senatorial District made the declaration at Secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party in Jos on Tuesday. The former military governor of Benue and Gongola state said he has what it takes to be the president of the country considering his experience in military training, governance, democracy, the Legislature and his contribution towards general development of the nation. The Senator pledged that when he was voted as the president he would make peace and security a priority of his government. Read more

Lawmaker raises the alarm over increasing rape cases, FGM in Ebonyi (SUN)

The Chairman, Ebonyi State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Maazi Oliver Osi, has raised the alarm over the increasing rate of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and high rape cases in most communities in the state. He lamented that despite the campaigns staged against such ugly practices by the state government, Non-Governmental Organisations, and concerned individuals, the scourge has continued to rise. Osi, who represents Ivo constituency in the state legislature rose the alarm during a one-day training workshop for media practitioners on gender based violence, sexual reproductive health right, and advocacy organized by Coalition of Eastern NGOs (CENGOS) in partnership with Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) with the support of Amplify Change in Abakaliki, the state capital. Read more

Uduaghan, Sherif, Akpabio attend APC Caucus meeting (Vanguard)

Immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and the former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Ali Modu-Sheriff were among the first callers that attended the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting at the New Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was the first caucus meeting the President was having with his party members after the gale of defection that hit the APC. The presence of former Delta State Governor claded in white agbada and red cap attracted jubilation amongst APC members. National Chairman of the party Comrade Adams Oshiomhole arrived at the venue about 8:24pm Read more

Senate: Ohakim drums support for Ojukwu’s widow (Nation)

Former governor of Imo state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim on Tuesday, threw his weight behind the senatorial race of the Widow of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu. He asked other candidates eyeing the position to perish the idea and step down for her, describing her as. Addressing party chieftains and loyalists at Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, Ohakim said the Igbos could not afford to sit and watch the wife of their former leader be denied the seat. He maintained that losing the seat to another candidate would be a disservice to Ojukwu who he described as the most selfless leader the Igbos ever had. Read more

PDP advises Buhari to sign amended Electoral Act (Guardian)

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the electoral act, as amended. Ike Abonyi, the Media Adviser to Secondus, in a statement he issued in Abuja on Tuesday said PDP national chairman gave the advice when he received two presidential aspirants of the party in Abuja. The aspirants are: former Sokoto State Governor Alhaji Atahiru Bafarawa and the incumbent governor of Gombe state, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo who were at the Legacy House, the national campaign office of the party, to pick the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms. Read more

Lagos-Ibadan Rail: I’m not satisfied –Minister (Leadership)

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said he is not satisfied with the level of work at the Lagos-Ibadan rail project. Amaechi, who expressed dissatisfaction after the monthly inspection of the project yesterday, said the though he was not totally satisfied, there was justification of the delay in the pace of work as the rains have continually been obstructing the pace of the work. According to him, “No no no, I am not satisfied! But they have a reason for my not been satisfied. The problem is the rain. The work is progressing. You will agree with us that we are progressing. The problem is the rain. There is no way they would have gone extra with the rains. Read more

NNPC to set up 200,000bpd condensate refinery in Delta, Imo (DailyTrust)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation will establish two condensate refineries with a total refining capacity of 200,000 barrels per day at Western Forcados Area and Assah North Ohaji South (ANOH) Areas of Delta and Imo State respectively. Natural gas condensate is a low-density mixture of hydrocarbon liquids that are present as gaseous components in the raw natural gas produced from natural gas fields. NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made the disclosure at the bid opening for the provision of consultancy services to carry out a feasibility study for the refineries. Read more

Prisons de-congestion: FG inaugurates c’ittee on Prerogative of Mercy (SUN)

The Federal Government has inaugurated the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy. The committee is to be chaired by Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. The four-year tenured committee is to assist President Muhammadu Buhari in discharging of his constitutional responsibility of not only granting pardon to deserving prisoners and ex-convicts and re-integrating them into the society, but also to work towards decongesting the prisons nationwide.Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, represented at the brief ceremony by Malami, said the reconstitution of the committee which was approved by President Buhari Read more

Police Community Bank was registered with Personal Savings- rtd IG (Leadership)

Retired Inspector General, Nigeria Police Force, Alhaji Ibrahim Atta has said birth of the NPF, Micro finance Bank started 25 years ago was registered with personal savings. The Inspector general (rtd) stated this in his remarks titled at the 25th Anniversary ‘Gala Night’ of the Bank which held in Lagos, on Friday 17 August, 2018. The IG said the cooperative society which is one of the most successful cooperative societies in the country today was begun, when he became the IGP and thought of what to do to further improve on the welfare of police officers in the country. Read more

Stay away from cultism, drug abuse, Ambode’s wife tells students (SUN)

Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, on Tuesday, appealed to students to abstain from cultism, drug abuse and other career-ruining ventures, stressing that no excuse could justify indulgence in social vices. Mrs. Ambode, who made the appeal in her keynote address at the second Distinguished Lecture of the Lagos State University (LASU) in Ojo, identified social vices as the bane of proper youth development in the country, urging them to resist the temptation to engage in social vices as they will only ruin their future. Read more

‘Nigeria losing N1bn in Sport Tourism Weekly’ (Leadership)

The Director of Tripberry, Mr. Vinod Kaurani has said Nigeria is currently losing at least one billion naira weekly for not harnessing its potentials in Sports Tourism, saying the losses may continue unless some measures are put in place to reverse the trend. Speaking at the African sports tourism summit held in Lagos, Vinod said everywhere in the world, sports and tourism move together,saying none can be relegated for another. He said, “When you look at other countries in the world that had opportunity to host sporting events, sports bring in a lot of good tidings in that country. Read more

Chris Giwa faults Keyamo on NFF leadership crisis (SUN)

Chris Giwa, factional President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has faulted a statement credited to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Festus Keyamo, on the leadership crisis rocking the country’s football. Mr Habilla Ardzard, Giwa’s lawyer in a statement issued on Tuesday, said that Festus Keyamo misinformed Nigerians on the NFF leadership tussle. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that Keyamo, lead counsel to Amaju Pinnick, in a statement on Aug. 26, alleged that there was no court order preventing his client from acting as NFF President. He also said that there was no court order to install Chris Giwa as President of NFF. Read more

I killed Okada rider because of N100, man tells court (Punch)

An accused, Toyin Ajakaye, has told an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court that he killed an Okada rider, Omoniyi Are, because of disagreement over N100. Toyin told the court that he engaged the commercial cyclist to convey him to the farm where a fight allegedly ensued between them over a disagreement on the transport fare. The fight, he said, was sparked by his offer to pay the deceased N100 out of the N200 charged by the cyclist. The defendant claimed that he had N100 on him. According to the charge sheet, Toyin allegedly committed the crime on August 22 at Agbado-Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area. Read more

Ghana stripped of Women’s AFCON Hosting Right (Leadership)

Ghana has been stripped of the hosting rights for the 2018 Africa Women’s Nation Cup (AWCON) over poor preparation for the tournament. The decision was arrived on Sunday by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). CAF sent an inspection team to Ghana and they realised the two stadia penciled down to stage the eight nations African Women’s Championship scheduled for November this year are not ready- the Accra Sports Stadium which is undergoing renovation will not be ready before the commencement of the continental showpiece, while construction at the other part of the Cape Coast Stadium wasn’t complete as of the time the facility was inspected. Read more

Ronaldo ‘agrees to buy Valladolid’ (Football-Espana)

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo Nazario is in advanced talks to buy Real Valladolid for €30m, say reports in Spain. The deal would see the former Brazil international become the newly promoted club’s president, replacing Carlos Suarez – who will remain on the club’s board – in the role. The news originally broke on Cadena Ser’s El Larguero programme on Monday night, following reports earlier this year that such a move was possible. Former Valladolid president Jose Moro was Ronaldo’s former partner in a wine business, while Diario AS cite Ronaldo as saying in January: “I would like to buy a team in the second division of Spain or England. I want to do something innovative.” Read more

Players melt in US Open extreme heat (Sport24)

For Caroline Wozniacki, it was like “drinking a margarita on a beach” but for tearful Alize Cornet it was a “nightmare” as temperatures nudged towards the 40-degree mark at the US Open on Tuesday. Four of eight early men’s first round matches ended in retirements. Temperatures were expected to soar to 38 degrees by mid-afternoon, the effect made worse by suffocating humidity. That may be short of the 41 degrees which remains New York’s record temperature recorded in 1936 but that was little comfort for Italian qualifier Stefano Travaglia who retired at 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 3-0 down to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. Read more

Sen. Lindsey Graham pays tribute to John McCain on Senate floor (Foxnews)

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., paid an emotional tribute to the life and legacy of his close friend Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor Tuesday. “He could be tough but the joy that you received from being with him will sustain you for a lifetime,”  Graham said. “And I am so lucky to have been in his presence. McCain and Graham’s friendship dates back to the 1990s. The Arizona senator died at 81 Saturday, following a year-long battle with brain cancer. “I do not cry for a perfect man,” Graham said during his remarks. “I cry for a man who had honor and always was willing to admit to his imperfection.” He said McCain teased him all the time. Read more

Hewlett Packard Enterprise names Tarek Robbiati CFO (Reuters)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise said on Tuesday it appointed Tarek Robbiati as chief financial officer, effective Sept. 17. Robbiati, who most recently served as CFO at Sprint Corp, will succeed current CFO Tim Stonesifer. Stonesifer will remain with the company through the end of October. Read more

Trump warns Google, Facebook, Twitter to be careful (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Google, Facebook and Twitter to tread carefully on Tuesday after recently accusing internet and social media firms of political bias and censorship, without providing evidence. “I think what Google and what others are doing, if you look at what’s going on with Twitter, if you look at what’s going on with Facebook, they better be careful because you can’t do that to people,” he said in remarks at the White House. “So I think that Google, and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It’s not fair to large portions of the population.” Read more

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