No party is sure of victory in Osun – Lasun

Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Lasun Yusuf, has said none of the 48 political parties contesting the September 22 governorship election in Osun State is guaranteed of winning the poll. Yusuf, who was one of the 17 governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress that contested the primary of the party in Osun State, said this while addressing journalists in Osogbo on Saturday. The deputy speaker said nobody had reached out to him since after the primary, which some of the aspirants criticised and claimed was manipulated in favour of the event ...

Robbers attack sales rep, police arrest security guard

Oluwatobi Akindele Some suspected robbers have looted the house of a sales rep, Mrs Ronke Oyebanji, carting away cash and some property.  PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers, who entered the victim’s home on Desmond Madumere Crescent, in the Alagbado area of Lagos State, made away with N615,350, an iPad and Automated Teller Machine cards.  Oyebanji, who reported the case at the Alagbado Police Station, said the men broke in through the sitting room.  She noted that the suspects, who did not put on masks, beat her up before making away with the property.   The victim, who was with her daughter ...

Tinubu: Uncertainty over Automatic Ticket Made Saraki, Tambuwal to Leave APC

By Gboyega Akinsanmi The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, has stated that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Sokoto State Governor, Mr. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, among others, left the APC because the ruling party could not offer them automatic tickets. He said in Lagos that the defectors wanted automatic tickets and sharing of the national wealth, which the governing APC could not guarantee. The APC leader unfolded his mind in a lengthy statement he personally signed, entitled: “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way.” According to him, the de ...

Akwa Ibom Sues EFCC, three others for N50bn over Freezing of Account

By Okon Bassey in Uyo Akwa Ibom State Government has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to court, demanding N50 billion as damages over recent freezing of the state’s accounts. Joined in the suit with reference No: FHC/UY/CS/137/18 as co-defendants are the Attorney General of the Federation, Zenith Bank Plc, Skye Bank Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc. The state government is complaining that the recent freezing of its accounts by the anti-graft agency for about 72 hours was unlawful and had crippled both the economy and reputation of the state. The court is being ask ...

Presidency Explains Delay in Submitting INEC Budget

It’s an afterthought, says Saraki’s aide By Deji Elumoye and Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The Presidency last night blamed the delay in submitting the supplementary budget, containing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) estimates for the 2019 general election, to the National Assembly on the late passage of the 2018 budget by the federal legislature. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, denied the allegation by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that the executive sent the INEC budget several months after INEC s ...

Victorious Fury attacks Joshua again

TYSON FURY has hit out at Anthony Joshua for failing to meet Deontay Wilder in the ring – something he himself did on Saturday  night, Express.co.uk reports. Fury beat Francesco Pianeta on points, his second win of 2018, on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s victory over Luke Jackson. The Brit was then joined in the ring by WBC heavyweight champion Wilder and they confirmed they would fight in Las Vegas later this year. November 17 is expected to be confirmed as the date at a formal announcement in London on Monday. Wilder had been in talks with Joshua over a bout that would have unified the fou ...

Stakeholders Oppose Stock Exchange Boss’ Foundation

By Obinna Chima and Goddy Egene Some financial market experts and shareholders of quoted companies have expressed concerns over a foundation that was recently set up by the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Oscar Onyema. Specifically, they raised concerns of corporate governance and a possible conflict of interest. In fact, they pointed out that the fact that trustees of the foundation are related parties to listed companies on the NSE, could result to conflict of interest and likely erode investor confidence. The NSE chief executive had last Friday launched the ...

CBN don kill us, Senate don fail us!

Economic Renaissance by Henry Boyo [email protected] 08052201997 The Director-General of the DMO, Patience Oniha, revealed at a press briefing in Abuja on August 15, 2018 that Nigeria’s public debt had apparently risen from just above N2tn in 2007 to over N22.30tn ($73.21bn) by June 2018. Incidentally, before President Muhammadu Buhari’s government took over in May 2015, Nigeria’s debt burden stood at N12.2tn. The DMO reported that the federal and state governments also borrowed N2.75tn between June 2017 and June 2018. Consequently, the debt level would, probably, rise further, as according ...

KOFI ANNAN: A MEASURE OF A MAN

GUEST COLUMNIST By Matthew Hassan KUKAH  A measure of a man is not determined By his show of outward strength, Or the volume of his voice, Or the thunder of his actions Or of his intellect or academic abilities It is seen rather in the measure of the love he has For his family and for everyone. The strength of his commitments And the genuiness of his friendships, Sincerity of his purpose The quite courage of his convictions…….Grady Poulard  At the John F. Kennedy School of Government, one of the Professors who taught a subject called, Reading History, gave us an assignment. The strongest part ...

Despite Assurances, Ajimobi Pulls Down Ayefele’s Radio Station

By Ademola Babalola in Ibadan Twenty-four hours after he hosted ace musician and CEO of Fresh FM Ibadan, Oyo State, Mr. Yinka Ayefele, at the Government House, the state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s men in the early hours of yesterday moved in bulldozers and pulled down a section of the station to the chagrin of the owner and unsuspecting members of the public. THISDAY authoritatively gathered that Ayefele had met Ajimobi last Saturday morning to plead for the understanding as threats by officials to reduce the multimillion naira station to rubble festers. The musician was said to have l ...

Zamfara banditry claims 3,000 lives, gulps N17bn –SSG

The ongoing banditry in Zamfara State has claimed over 3,000 lives with the state government spending some N17bn in the past seven years on fighting the problem. The Secretary to the Government of Zamfara, Prof Abdullahi Shinkafi, made the disclosure on Sunday in Gusau at a town hall meeting, organised by the Nigerian Bar Association. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the meeting was called to find a lasting solution to the worsening insecurity in the state. According to Shinkafi, the banditry has resulted in the death of over 3,000 people, destruction of over 2,000 homes, burning of ov ...

Messi sees things others don’t –Barca coach

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on Lionel Messi’s start to the Liga season after the Argentine bounced back from a disappointing World Cup with two goals against Alaves, AFP reports. Messi sent an audacious second-half free-kick under the jumping wall and into the net for the opener, and Barca’s 6,000th La Liga goal, at the Camp Nou on Saturday before slotting in his second in injury-time after Philippe Coutinho had also scored in the 3-0 win. “With Messi, you can expect absolutely anything,” Valverde said. “He sees things that others don’t see on the pitch. “Sometimes we ge ...

2019 polls budget: Saraki hits executive, says it lacks foresight

• Senate President driving Nigeria to the cliff edge –Presidency Niyi  Odebode, John Alechenu, Olalekan Adetayo and Ifeanyi Onuba The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Sunday berated the executive, alleging that its late submission of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s budget for the 2019 elections showed its lack of foresight. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on New Media, Olu Onemola, berated the President Muhammadu Buhari Media Organisation for accusing him of slowing down the approval of the budget. READ ALSO: Woman stabs husband to death over alleged ...

Okorocha dares Atiku: You can’t return Imo to PDP

Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri Governor Rochas Okorocha has responded to the challenge by former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, to return Imo State to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019. Atiku, who was in Owerri for a meeting with stakeholders of the PDP in the state recently over his presidential ambition was reported to have said he would lead the struggle for the PDP to take over Imo and Nigeria in 2019. Governor  Okorocha, who responded through  a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, noted: “What we do not take from anybody is blackmail against the government of R ...

Lagos Open: ITF gives players registration deadline

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has given deadlines for the registration of players ahead of this year’s Lagos Open Tennis Championship. The Lagos Open will hold from 29 September to 13 October. 2018 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. The world tennis governing body says on its website that players willing to play in  Future 4 (1st leg) of the competition  in the men and women’s singles as well as the doubles events will have to register on or before 14:00 GMT of Thursday, 13 September, while withdrawal deadline has been fixed for Tuesday, 18 September. Futures 4 will hold from S ...

Pep hails “incredible” Aguero

Pep Guardiola has singled Sergio Aguero out for praise following the striker’s hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield Town. The Terriers held the Citizens to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium last season but there was to be no repeat of such a result on Sunday as the Premier League champions ran riot. Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Terence Kongolo’s own goal also contributed to City’s win, while Jon Gorenc Stankovic netted a consolation for Huddersfield just before the break. “[I’m pleased] with the three points, the way we played,” Guardiola told Sky Sports News. “W ...

Apugo preaches quality representation

Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Benjamin Apugo, has advised members of his constituents to vote for  quality representations, while considering  aspirants who would represent their constituency  at  the House of Representatives in 2019.   He gave this advice in Umuahia, Abia State, during the official declaration of his son, Ikechukwu Martins Apugo, who is aspiring to represent his constituent in the  House of Representatives. Apugo, who was present at the venue of the declaration said it was the turn of Ibeku  East and Ndume people to produce a ...

2019: INEC to partner business community on peaceful election 

Raphael Ede, Enugu AHEAD of the 2019 general election,  the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said it will partner the business community in Enugu State to ensure a free, peaceful and credible election.  The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Emeka Ononamadu, made the disclosure yesterday during INEC’s maiden meeting with major stakeholders in the business community. Ononamadu said Enugu State business community had a high stake in elections, as outcomes of elections or governance affect businesses directly or indirectly. READ ALSO Emotan Gardens: Obase ...

Jailing of looters: Start with APC members, PDP, OBJ group tell Buhari

John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi, Eniola Akinkuotu and Adelani Adepegba The Peoples Democratic Party has welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration to jail treasury looters. It, however, challenged him to show integrity by starting with the investigation and prosecution of members of his party, the All Progressives Congress. READ ALSO: Nigeria yet to recover from economic recession – Kale Buhari had in an interview shortly after his return from London on Saturday said, “Most Nigerians are expecting that we are going to jail more of the thieves that brought an economic problem to the countr ...

Moyes linked with USA job

Former West Ham manager David Moyes is a candidate for the USA job. The Daily Mail says it is understood that USSF officials have been alerted that the former Everton, Manchester United and West Ham boss would be interested in becoming the permanent replacement for Bruce Arena. Former Chicago Fire coach David Sarachan was put in interim charge after Arena was fired last October for failing to qualify for the Russia World Cup. READ ALSO Niger rice farmers chair joins guber race Sarachan, who has been in charge for eight matches already, had his temporary contract extended earlier this month unt ...

Ndidi pens new 6-year Leicester deal 

Wilfred Ndidi has committed his future to Leicester City after signing a new six-year contract with the club. Ndidi has played 63 times for the Foxes since joining from Belgian side Genk in a £14m deal in January 2017, scoring four goals in the process. The 21-year-old, Leicester’s Young Player of the Year in each of the last two campaigns, also featured for Nigeria in this summer’s World Cup in Russia. READ ALSO Osinbajo signs three bills into law The 21-year-old has played in every minute of their two Premier League matches so far this season – the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United and Saturda ...

FIFA’s hammer dangles on Nigeria  

Bunmi Ogunyale Except for a final resolution of the leadership tussle of Nigerian football, the World football governing body, FIFA, may on Monday ban the country from its activities globally. The soccer governing body issued Nigeria with a final warning due to alleged state interference in the running of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). FIFA’s recognised leadership were kicked out of the NFF and a rival faction has taken control. FIFA do not accept third party interference in its member federations and said the NFF must be led by its elected president, voted in 2014. If that does not h ...

Leon Balogun makes Premier League debut 

Leon Balogun played his first English Premier League game for Brighton & Hove Albion as they defeated Manchester United 3-2 at the Falmer Stadium on Sunday. Coach Chris Hughton continued with his preferred centre-back partnership of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk against Jose Mourinho’s side. The latter was forced off in the 20th minute – with the game still goalless – after suffering an injury, thus, affording the ex-Mainz 05 defender his debut. READ ALSO Emotan Gardens: Obaseki assures prospective owners of ease in securing titles Balogun joined the Seagulls this summer before heading out to ...

252 aides resign from Tambuwal’s govt

Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto Two hundred and fifty-two special advisers and special assistants appointed by the Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s administration have resigned their positions. The affected aides said their resignations were informed by the recent decision of the Sokoto State governor to dump the All Progressives Congress, the party which they are bona fide members of in the state. [READ ALSO] Bye-election: Police’ve declared war on Rivers, says Wike They stated that their resolve to remain in APC would not allow them to function in their respective positions under Tambuwal’s governm ...

Why Saraki, Tambuwal left APC – Tinubu

Oladimeji Ramon The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said on Sunday that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, left the All Progressives Congress because of the party’s refusal to grant their wishes of automatic tickets for next year’s elections. Tinubu explained that the defectors were also disappointed because the APC refused to share “national wealth and other offices and privileges.” READ ALSO: Robbers kill Catholic priest while shopping in FCT Tinubu said contrary to Tambuwal’s claim, the governor’s defection ...

Robbers kill Catholic priest while shopping in FCT

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Suspected armed robbers have shot dead a Catholic priest, Michael Akawu, in Gwagwalada, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Akawu was shopping at a supermarket around 8 pm on Saturday when the bandits attacked the facility and fatally shot him. It could not be ascertained if the incident was a robbery or an assassination as details of the violence were sketchy on Sunday. The slain cleric who was ordained last year was said to be the first indigenous priest in the Gwagwalada area. The Catholic Church spokesman, Fr. Chris Anyanwu, confirmed the incid ...

Outrage as Oyo demolishes Ayefele’s N800m radio station, studio

Olufemi Atoyebi and Peter Dada The Oyo State Government on Sunday demolished the Music House which housed Fresh FM, a radio station, as well as music studios that belong to artiste, Yinka Ayefele, drawing protest from fans and stakeholders in the entertainment industry. READ ALSO: Buhari, Saraki supporters in shouting match at Ilorin airport The demolition was carried out despite a court injunction restraining the government from embarking on the exercise. The government had last week served a demolition notice on the building owner, explaining that the building contravened physical planning l ...

Govt to shut Third Mainland Bridge for four days

Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has said the Third Mainland Bridge will be temporarily shut for four days starting from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26, 2018. The government explained that the measure was to make it easy for Investigative Maintenance Test to be carried out on the bridge. The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, in a statement on Sunday, said the decision was taken after due consultation with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. He said, “The four-day closure will enable contractors to assess the true state of the b ...

Nursing mother, baby, boy drown as Lagos officials chase residents

Samson Folarin A nursing mother, Maoteen Yisa; her baby, Atamah Braimah; and a 10-year-old boy, Paulsu Akiyah, have reportedly drowned while fleeing from Lagos officials in Ilubirin-Oju Olokun, a riverine community on Lagos Island, Lagos State. READ ALSO: Petrol tanker spills content on expressway, motorists groan in gridlock PUNCH Metro gathered that officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit had invaded the community on Thursday.  The officials were alleged to have destroyed the residents’ makeshift structures, as they chased them away from ...

Lagos to Close Third Mainland Bridge for Four Days

By Emmanuella Igwe The Lagos State Government has said the Third Mainland Bridge would be temporarily shut down for four days starting from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26, 2018, for Investigative Maintenance Test to be carried out. The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said the decision was taken after due consultation with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. The four-day closure, according to Akinsanya, will enable the contractors assess the true state of the bridge after which works wo ...

Buhari battles Saraki as Tramadol ruins Nigeria’s future

Tunde Odesola; ([email protected]) The esoteric rhythm of the ‘agidigbo’ drum dribbles from the bowel of the night, speaking in eerie tongues as owls, frogs, bats, crickets and kindred creatures lift their voices in praise of nature. A long strand of horsetail hair holds the dangling Sword of Damocles high above. Directly below, a 58-year-old lady wriggles in bed, writhing in labour pain. She spasms, yells and tears at the bedspread soaked in tears and sweat. It’s the third day, but the water won’t just break. Jaloke, the itinerant palm wine tapper, was passing by when he heard the natal ...

Woman stabs husband to death over alleged extramarital affair

Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The police in Delta State have arrested a 32-year-old woman for allegedly stabbing her husband to death at Agbarha-Otor town in the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State. Sources told our correspondent that the incident occurred on Friday night when the couple were having a domestic fight over alleged extramarital affairs. READ ALSO: Gunmen kill police sergeant during rescue operation The woman identified as Ese Erigarhe was said to have used a kitchen knife to stab the man identified as Mr Erigarhe when he returned home. The suspect is being detained a ...

Buhari, Saraki supporters in shouting match at Ilorin airport

Success Nwogu, Ilorin Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari engaged loyalists of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Sunday in a shouting match at the Ilorin International Airport. Buhari supporters had gone to welcome a Kwara State governorship aspirant, Mr Moddibo Kawu, and a  Labour Party governorship aspirant in the state, Mr Issa Aremu while the Peoples Democratic Party supporters were also there to welcome Saraki. The environment was calm until female supporters of Saraki started singing the praises of the Senate President. While they sang and danced, Buhari supporters who were ...

13 states set to adopt new mortgage law

Following calls for the government to simplify the process of homeownership, more states are taking steps to reform mortgage and land administration, MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI writes To make access to land, housing and mortgage less cumbersome for their indigenes, about 13 states are expected to adopt the Model Mortgage and Foreclosure Law between now and the first quarter of 2019. The MMFL is an initiative of the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company which calls for the creation of a state mortgage board as a single window clearance mechanism to facilitate accessible and affordable mortgages for re ...

Suspected Fulani gunmen kill pregnant woman, rape others

Umar Muhammed, Lafia Unidentified gunmen believed to be Fulani militia have again attacked Tiv farmers, killing a pregnant woman, raping and injuring scores of others in the Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. Northern City News gathered that the gunmen shot a 28-year-old woman, Mrs Dorcas Mbagbidi-Akaahan, and injured scores in Tse Shiga,  Azara area of Awe LGA. The attackers were said to have laid siege to the community in the early hours of Monday, shooting sporadically into the air to scare residents, but Mbagbidi-Akaahan was hit by stray bullets leading to her death. Speaking to ...

Certificate forgery: PDP accuses APC of witch-hunt over police invitation to Adeleke

Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of using the police to harass its governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, over an allegation of certificate forgery. The PDP, in a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Diran Odeyemi, accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the APC of using a series of plots to discredit Osun PDP governorship candidate. Odeyemi said rather than being subdued by the APC’s antics, the PDP was coasting home to victory, saying Adeleke’s popularity validated the clear reje ...

Guard steals N2m from school account

Deji Lambo A security guard, Oyekunle Abolarin, has been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly using four stolen cheque leaves to withdraw N2m from a school’s account. The police on Sunday said the suspect’s accomplice, Are Bankole, was also arrested for allegedly providing a bank account which the school’s funds were paid to. According to the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, received a complaint from the proprietress of the private school that withdrawals were made on four different occasions, bet ...

Bye-election: Police’ve declared war on Rivers, says Wike

Chukwudi Akasike and Godwin Isenyo RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said the consistency with which the police interfered with the electoral process in the state was a declaration of war on the people. This is just as a presidential hopeful of the People Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on Sunday,  asked the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to stop the continuous harassment of Wike in the name of politicking. Wike, who spoke during a state broadcast on Sunday, described Saturday’s House of Assembly bye-election for Port Harcourt State Constituency 3 as a failed exerc ...

Buhari’s govt driving Nigeria to electoral chaos, warns Fayose

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the Saturday’s bye-election into Port Harcourt Constituency III of Rivers State House of Assembly as another sad reality that votes of Nigerians will not count in the 2019 general election. He said indications pointed out that the elections would be held at gunpoint to achieve predetermined results. The governor said it should now be obvious to all Nigerians that the country was in a state of anarchy under President Muhammadu Buhari as his government had allegedly destroyed the legacy of the free, fair and credi ...

DSS tightens security at NFF as FIFA deadline expires

Festus Abu and Olusola Fabiyi The Department of State Services has said its operatives are occupying the headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation in  Abuja in order  to avoid breakdown of law and order at the secretariat. One of our correspondents learnt that the DSS decided increase its security presence at the secretariat  to  prevent any ‘intruders’ from gaining access to place. Chris Giwa  has been locked in a leadership tussle with Amaju Pinnick   over the true leader of Nigerian football after separate NFF presidential polls produced the duo. While Giwa  was declared the winner of ...

EPL: My attitude was not right —Pogba

Paul Pogba admitted Manchester United had the wrong attitude in their 3-2 defeat at Brighton <http://www.skysports.com/football/brighton-vs-man-utd/report/390767> — and said he was at fault as much as anyone. United produced a lacklustre display as they were humbled at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. Pogba was again named United captain but failed to replicate his strong showing in the opening-day win over Leicester. “We lost, we did not deserve to win,” Pogba told Sky Sports after the match. “The attitude we had was not like we wanted to beat them, they had more hunger than us. “I put mysel ...