* Sack IGP, Southern, Middle Belt Leaders tell Buhari (Independent) * FRSC impounds vehicle with human head (Nation)

* Sack IGP, Southern, Middle Belt Leaders tell Buhari (Independent)          * FRSC impounds vehicle with human head (Nation)



Sack IGP, Southern, Middle Belt Leaders tell Buhari (Independent)

Leaders of Southern and Middle Belt Forum on Monday criticised Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), accusing him of holding brief for Fulani herdsmen by describing the latest killings in Benue State as a communal crisis. The group also demanded his immediate sack, saying that he had failed in his responsibilities to protect Nigerians and arrest law breakers, even as they alleged that the police boss, by his utterances, was justifying the crime. Read more

FRSC impounds vehicle with human head (Nation)

The Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC ) in Akwa Ibom says it has arrested a traffic offender in possession of a decomposing human head in Mbak Itam, Itu Local Government Area of the state. The Sector Commander of the Corps, Mr Sunday Oghenekaro, disclosed this to newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday. Oghenekaro said that  a Toyota fore-runner jeep ( black ) with Registration number DX 147 LSD was initially apprehended for failure of its driver to use seat belt.  He added that the driver  disregarded hand signal and tried to escape, thereby committing other offences. Read more

Buhari to address restructuring in second term – VON-DG (Vanguard)

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu has stated that President Mohammadu Buhari would address the issue of political restructuring if he wins a second term in office by 2019. Okechukwu said that what Buhari was doing‎ presently is addressing issues of economic restructuring and will look into political restructuring when he is given a second mandate. The VON DG made the statements while giving a nod to ‎ a “Handshake across the Niger” meeting, scheduled for Enugu on tomorrow. Read more

Kogi: Melaye berates Bello over workers’ sack (vanguard)

The senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has berated Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello over the sack of over 1000 workers. In a statement issued by the lawmaker on Tuesday, titled: “Incessant Sack Of Kogi Workers Is Illegal, Unacceptable”, Melaye said the governor was merely exhibiting his lack of ideas to run the state. Melaye insisted that it was wrong for a committee to decide, without due process, if the academic records of staff were falsified without any proof. Read more

2019: Why ex-militants’ll support Okowa/Otuaro guber ticket —Muturu (Vanguard)

Phase 2 Amnesty Leaders of Delta State led by their Chairman, Peace Ambassador, Chief Kingsley Muturu. said they will back Okowa/Otuaro Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial ticket in 2019. Addressing newsmen after an emergency meeting of the ex-militants in Bomadi, yesterday, Muturu said the decision of the body was based on Okowa’s SMART vision and well thought-out mission of prosperity for all Deltans that is on course. Read more

Days of fuel scarcity are over, NNPC assures Nigerians (Punch)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday assured Nigerians that there would no longer be fuel scarcity in the country. The Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, said this in Abuja at the 2018/2019 crude oil term contract bid opening. According to him, the opening of bids is an indication of President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive for transparency and accountability in the conduct of government business. Read more

Edo Govt. to arrest, prosecute parents for denying children access to education (ThisDay)

The Edo State Government has said it will arrest and prosecute parents and guardians, who violate the Child Rights Law, especially those who deny their children and wards access to education. Acting Chairman of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, disclosed this during an inspection tour of schools in Benin metropolis on the first day of the academic session. Edo State in 2007 domesticated the Child Rights Act and Governor Godwin Obaseki, in 2017, inaugurated the Family Court to try cases pertaining to violation of the Child Rights Law. Read more

Fuel scarcity bites hard in Badagry town of Lagos State (Vanguard)

Some filling stations in Badagry town of Lagos State are selling petrol between N180 to N210 per litre, newsmen report. Newsmen, who went visited many petrol stations in the town, observed that they were under lock and key, however four stations were seen selling fuel on Tuesday. The same scenario played out at Seme Border area as most petrol stations were closed and the few were selling as high as N230 per litre. As a result of the scarcity, commercial vehicles in Badagry and Seme areas were not available for passengers and the few  available increased their fares by 100 per cent. Read more

Buhari condoles with family of Ex-Gov of Kastina (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with the government and people of Niger State on the passing of former Governor of Katsina State, Col. John Yahaya Madaki, on Monday. This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina President Buhari extends condolences to professional colleagues, family and friends of the distinguished career soldier and sportsman, who retired after serving the country as a former military governor, Commanding Officer of the 123 Guards Battalion and Commandant of the Brigade of Guards. Read more

NECO releases Nov/DEC SSCE Examination results in record 38 days (ThisDay)

The National Examination Council (NECO) on Tuesday made history by releasing the results of the November/December Senior School Certificate Examination it conducted between November and December 2017 in a record 38 days. In the past, NECO had released the results 80 days after the conduct of the last paper, a situation that had hampered admission into tertiary institutions by successful candidates. NECO Registrar, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, who announced the results in Minna, Niger State, said of the 42,429 candidates that sat for the examination, 24,098 representing 56.79 per cent passed with five credits and above including English and Mathematics. Read more

Edo school land grab: Clear conscience dreads no accusation – Obaseki’s Aide chides PDP (ThisDay)

The Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, has urged the Publicity Secretary of the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Mr Chris Nehikhare, to remain calm while the investigation into complaints of the conversion of a school land to private use by members of the PDP in the state, continues. In a statement issued yesterday in Benin City, Osagie said “someone with a clear conscience, no matter how close the range of an accusation is to him, dreads no accusation” and asked why members of the Edo PDP are running helter-skelter over the complaints. Read more

Senate queries AGF over plot to stop Maina’s probe (Nation)

The Senate on Tuesday asked the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to explain to Nigerians why he has been running around the courts, seeking to stop the investigation by National Assembly into how the former chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrashid Maina, was surreptitiously reinstated into the service. Maina was secretly reinstated as Assistant Director, Ministry of Interior, after he sneaked into the country. Read more

I visited Ifa priests, churches to pray for my daughter’s safe return from Libya – Father (Punch)

Mr Kehinde Enabulele, the father of Eki, one of the 846 Edo indigenes who were repatriated from Libya, on Tuesday said that he visited churches and native doctors, including an Ifa Priest, to pray for the safe return of his daughter. Enabulele said that he was not aware that his daughter travelled to Libya, adding that Eki and her mother kept it a secret from him. He said, “One day I returned from work and asked where she was and her mother told me that she went to visit her aunty. Read more

In 4 operations, we got N8.5m ransom – Ogun kidnap kingpin (Punch)

A leader of an alleged kidnap gang in Ogun State, Oyewunmi Musa, says its gang got N8.5m as ransom from four of their victims’ relatives. He was one of the 55 suspects paraded by the state Police Commissioner, Ahmed Iliyasu, at the command’s headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta on Tuesday for various offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery murder, cultism to illegal possession of firearms. Read more

4 soldiers die as troops launch offensives against Boko Haram factions (Punch)

Troops from Nigeria and neighbouring countries have launched major offensives against the two Boko Haram factions and their leaders, the military said on Tuesday. Soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are targeting Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and Mamman Nur, on and around Lake Chad, both in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. According to the Nigerian military, scores of jihadists have been killed and hundreds of others have been forced to surrender in recent days. Read more

I have lost faith in CAF Awards, says Coach Izilien (Guardian)

Former handler of the Super Falcons and National U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, Coach Godwin Izilien says the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Awards held in Accra, Ghana last week fell short of expectations of the people in many ways. Many football stakeholders had carpeted CAF over the ways and manners it handled the awards in Accra. While some were not satisfied with the choice of winners in some categories, including the selection of African Best 11 players, others have frowned at the way CAF elevated mediocrity by mixing football with politics. Read more

Use CHAN to prove your worth, Shorunmu tells Ezenwa (Guardian)

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, has charged CHAN Eagles first choice goal tender, Ikechukwu Ezenwa,  to use the Africa Nations championship slated to kick off on Friday in Morocco as another platform to prove himself as a capable hand to be the Super Eagles number one shot stopper at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Shorunmu noted that it is too late for the Eagles coaches to start seeking for new goalkeepers that would be used for the World Cup,  owing to the fact that  Ezinwa who has been with the team in the qualifiers has been able to build enough confidence and good communication with the defenders over time. Read more

Selling Francis Coquelin shows Arsenal still need proper holding midfielder (Kwese.Espn)

There was a time, back in 2015, when Arsene Wenger claimed that Francis Coquelin would have been a great signing at £40 million (had he not joined the club academy as a teenager). Two-and-a-half years later, Arsenal will probably be happy to get a fraction of that from another club in the January transfer window. Wenger acknowledged on Tuesday that he’s considering selling Coquelin this month, having seemingly come to the same conclusion many fans reached long ago — that the 26-year-old Frenchman is not the top-class defensive midfielder the Gunners so badly need. Read more

Bromby: “this club is moving forwards” (Htafc)

Leigh Bromby, who was named of Town’s Academy Manager on 3 January 2018, spoke to #HTTV for the first time after undertaking his new position. The former Professional Development Coach went into detail on why the role was right for him, how the Academy will undertake the same philosophies as David Wagner’s First Team and explained the main role of an Academy Manager. Mark Hudson was also appointed as Town’s Under-23s Coach on the same day and Leigh Bromby went into detail on why he was the right fit for the youngsters, whilst discussing how the young Terriers will recruit at Under-18s level. Read more

Japan kayaker banned after spiking Olympic rival’s drink (BBC)

Japan’s anti-doping agency has banned a top kayaker for eight years after he admitted to drugging a rival. Yasuhiro Suzuki, 32, admitted spiking Seiji Komatsu’s drink with a banned drug before a domestic race to boost his own chances to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the agency said. Komatsu was disqualified after testing positive but the disqualification was later nullified.Japan’s Canoe Federation is considering expelling Suzuki permanently. Read more

UN: Israel razed 420 Palestinian structures in 2017 (Memo)

Israel demolished 420 Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2017, according to the UN Office for Coordination and Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In a report issued today, OCHA said 278 structures were razed in the West Bank, displacing 602 Palestinians. A total of 142 Palestinian structures were demolished in occupied East Jerusalem, displacing 223 Palestinians, the UN office said. Read more

Iraq: Popular Mobilisation Forces are part of the security system (Memo)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi rejected the description of the Popular Mobilisation Forces as militias yesterday stating that they were an armed force that has become a part of the Iraqi security forces. He added that a law was passed in this regard. In a speech during his visit to the Najaf province yesterday, Al-Abadi condemned the presence of armed individuals outside the framework of the authority and state. He added that the first steps to fighting corruption began in the military and security institutions, stressing that building the army is ongoing on sound foundations, far from corruption. Read more

Trump mocked for ‘executive time’ – but other presidents liked to take it easy too (Guardian)

The recent report that Donald Trump spends much of his day on “executive time” – ie watching television and tweeting – has been taken as the latest indication of Trump’s unusual presidency. The news, first reported by Axios, chimes with reports from the New York Times last year that Trump watched cable news for up to eight hours a day. The White House pushed back heavily at the reports. Spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters on Monday: “To describe [Trump’s] work ethic as anything other than yeomanlike is ridiculous, and everyone knows it.” 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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