Monday, September 1, 2014

Manchester United agree deal for Falcao

‎Manchester United have quickly moved to secure the signing of Radamel Falcao, on a season-long loan from Monaco.

The Colombia international missed the 2014 World Cup, because of a cruciate ligament injury and has been made available on a loan or permanent deal by the Ligue 1 side.

Falcao appeared to be heading to either Real Madrid or Manchester City, but United have reportedly beaten off competition to land the striker.

‎United will pay as much as £20m for a season for the 28-year-old and he is expected to complete the move after a medical later today.

Speaker urges youths’ participation in politics

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, says more youths across the country must start participating in politics and governance.

He said on Friday that if the youth participate early in governance, there would be enduring change in the running of the federation.

Ikuforiji spoke during the visit of a youth group ─ National Youth Council of Nigeria ─ to his office in Alausa, Ikeja.

He said, "Young men and women of this nation must step up their participation in politics and governance to ensure enduring change in the running of the federation.

"The youth must come out now and be part of the changes in their fatherland. They should shun activities that are capable of jeopardising their future and the spirit of the nation. Instead, they should be part of the shaping of Nigeria."

Ikuforiji said the "lackluster attitude of youths" in leadership succession was worrisome and advised them to arrest the trend.

"The percentage of the youth taking up leadership positions in the country is abysmally low. If the youth, who possess 60 per cent of the voting power, can still remain powerless and be suffering, then you should blame yourselves for self-denials.

"No one can assume elective positions in the country without the consent of the youth. So, be mindful that your participation in politics and governance is all that is needed to turn this country around," he added.

The national leader of the youth council, Deolu George, said the youth were monitoring the trend in the country and would soon come out with a plan.

He added that the youth would support the Speaker should he declare his intention to contest the governorship election 2015.

He said, "The youth in Lagos and all over the country have been monitoring many leaders with progressive ideas. As one of them and considering your excellent performance in office, you are more than qualified to be the next governor of Lagos State."


Today in Da Prints (Online Newspapers Headlines Review)


Tambuwal, Lamido absent as N'West PDP endorses Jonathan
Police inspector dies while fighting wife
Ebola: Three new suspected cases in Port Harcourt
Assassins kill UNILAG security chief at beer parlour
Amosun warns against indiscriminate dumping of refuse
Olukere cautions against regency tussle
PDP leader dispels rumour of opposition to Dickson
Crisis looms in Plateau over forced traders' relocation
Operatives alone can't solve Nigeria's security problem – IGP
Niger-East senatorial bye-election inconclusive, says INEC
NYSC plans screening centres for camps
Sick health insurance scheme leaves patients helpless (1)
Tambuwal warns against militarisation of elections
Women bear highest brunt of disease
US Open: Djokovic, Murray, Serena sail on
Fenerbahce cut ties with Yobo
Musa scores brace for CSKA, Ujah on song
FIFA deadline expires today
MTN Foundation donates patrol vehicles to Kwara
StarTimes begins digital transmission services
Airtel takes ICT to rural communities
Brazil records first recession in five years
So you need a back operation
Dish the dirt with regular hand wash
Boosting memory with electric current to brain
Sterling Bank gets e-payment recertification
Will new ATM fee improve banks' services?
CBN moves to boost financial services
NCF warns against depletion of wildlife over Ebola
Jonathan's transformation agenda not effective – Dabiri-Erewa
INEC and task of enforcing campaign finance
Rekindling faith in the Nigerian military
Jonathan deserves second term –Lulu-Briggs
Obasanjo behind PDP revival in S'West – Oke
Biometrics won't stop online theft – Jaikaran
CBN approves FMDQ's commercial paper process
Knocks, kudos for Atiku over scholarship to Chibok girls
We shoot to frighten, not to kill ─ Suspect
Police accuse fraudsters of hypnotising victims, robbing them
Nigeria's financial intelligence centre: To be or not to be?
Justice Mukhtar leaving a judiciary that musn't relapse
Dangote to increase cement supply, simplifies distribution network
Airlines, hotels' revenues decline on Ebola fears

Nasarawa Assembly to serve Al-Makura fresh impeachment notice
Free Al Jazeera reporters in Egypt
Ebola: FG summons emergency meeting
Facing the challenges of ethical business Practice in Nigeria — Seni Adetu
Bishop Okafor's death jolts Catholics
Ebola: NYSC plans screening centres in orientation camps
2015: America committed to credible polls in Nigeria — US Envoy
Over 57% of W-Africans lack access to electricity — AfDB
Adamawa Guber: PDP upturns Mantu, clears Acting Governor, Fintiri
EBOLA: European shipowners increase freight rates on Nigeria-bound cargoes
GEJ FC comes alive in Abuja
Obudu mountain race gets Nov.8 date
FIFA's deadline expires today
Igbokwe wants Giwa to vacate office
Musa nets double in CSKA's big win
Boko Haram: FG must show political will to eliminate menace
PDP accuses Fayemi of disposing state assets
FG wasting N3.4bn monthly on idle Ajaokuta Steel workers — AMCON BOSS
Insecurity: Free, fair elections doubtful next year — NGE
Fashola charges FG on revival of rail system

This Day
Adamawa Poll: How Presidency's Intervention Saved Acting Governor
Ebola Virus: Rivers Quarantines Three Persons
Despite Security Challenges, FDI Inflows into Nigeria Grow
Fayose Accuses Fayemi of Selling Ekiti's Valuable Assets
Alleged Attack on Women during Festival Causes Tension in Edo
Nigeria Tightens Land Border Control to Fend off Ebola
Ebola: Rivers TUC Worried over Absence of Thermo-scanners at Port Harcourt Airport
Jonathan, African Leaders to Meet on Terrorism in Nairobi
Ebola: APC Chides Jonathan, TAN Rally in Port Harcourt
NYSC May Set up Ebola Screening Centres in Camps
MASSOB Base Raided by Police in Imo
FG, States Brainstorm to Improve Public Procurement
Boko Haram: Igbo in Northern Nigeria Vow to Protect N40bn Investment
Unilorin VC Urges FG to Relax Procedure for Accessing TETFund Grant
Group Urges ACF Not to Castigate Military
Sambo Canvasses Returns of PDP Defectors
'Umar Must Respect Agreement Made with Suntai'
US: Politicians Should Avoid Violence in 2015
Nasarawa Government to Implement White Paper on Communal Clashes
Anambra Guber: Obiano Cross-appeals in Supreme Court, Ngige, APC Object
Amaechi Dismisses Alamieyeseigha's Call for Peace
S'East Govs to Meet with Igbo Elders in Three Weeks on 2015 Elections
Adamawa: Group Canvasses Support for Marwa
Declining Fortunes of the Opposition
CBN Bars Banks, Others from Acquiring Shares in HoldCos
FMDQ Gets Approval to Revive Commercial Paper Market
'Nigerian Economy Needs Effective Consumer Credit System'
NCAA Commences Implementation of New Condition of Service
Sterling Bank Appoints New Chairman
NCC Declares 13 Telecoms Operators Inactive
CBN to Auction N182 Billion Treasury Bills
Strong Net Interest Income Lifts Access Bank's Earnings

The Nation
Govt urged to address dehumanisation
Nasarawa clash: Al-Makura appeals for calm
'No Ebola case in Cross River'
Ika South residents threaten to sue INEC
Uduaghan condoles with NAN chief
Alamieyeseigha is a coward, says Amaechi •'He said Jonathan should rein in his wife'
Bayelsa farmers lose N400m to 'loan scam'
'Airlines run down competitors'
INEC declares Niger East by-election inconclusive
APC candidate set for supplementary poll

The Tribune
Nigeria's unity suspect —Justice Akanbi
Ameyo Adadevoh: A tribute
Adamawa: PDP makes U-turn, clears Fintiri •10 aspirants unite for primaries
Ebola: 50 contacts of Dr Enemuo at high risk —Rivers govt •Arrested foreigners released
Nasarawa Assembly to serve Al-Makura fresh impeachment notice
My fears over 2015 elections —Justice Akanbi
B/Haram: FG acquires 12 fighter jets •Sect kills 14 in Borno •Jonathan, African leaders in Kenya over terrorism •Allegations against Ihejirika absurd —Fani Kayode
Police arrest ATBU student for raping minor
Edo PDP assures of level playing field, as Idahosa joins Senate race
Ebola: Obasanjo wants summit of ECOWAS presidents

The Sun
New 64-page e-passport best for Nigeria –Ajisafe, passport officer
NFF CRISIS: Only fresh election'll save Nigerian football -Yusuf
NFF crisis: Minister yet to brief Jonathan
CAF confirms Congo for Eagles
Emenike in N30m land dispute
Why Anglican, Catholic Church reunion may never be possible –Cardinal Arinze
2015: Why APGA endorsed Jonathan – Umeh• Gets Senate automatic ticket APC members defect to PDP in Abia
Communal clashes: Cross River to clamp down on warring communities

Daily Trust:
No Ebola in Cross River—Commissioner
Bayelsa poly workers begin strike today
NOA begins campaign against Ebola in Imo
2 princesses fight over late father's stool
'Police officers should be posted to states of origin'
Taraba acting gov turbaned Sardaunan Mambilla
Sigma pays 60bn to retirees
Rector decries poor funding of education
FCE Okene matriculates 1,867 students
Borno displaced persons allege diversion of relief

Daily Independent
Judiciary workers to resume strike October 2
Cocoa dealers in C'River protest govt's directive on levy
Kwara Sure-P coordinators allege bias implementation
PDP chieftain cautions politicians against violence
Aregbesola'll not make taxes unbearable – Oyebanji
Ajimobi hails new e-passport
Jonathan for groundbreaking of UNICEM plant in C'River
'Ndigbo'll run into trouble if they fail to support Jonathan'
Group faults Oduah on economic dialogue
SFH distributes four million female condoms‎

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

Tambuwal, Lamido absent as N’West PDP endorses Jonathan

The Peoples Democratic Party in the North-West   has endorsed President Gooduck Jonathan   for the 2015 Presidency.

At an expanded   stakeholders' meeting at the late Gen. Hassan Katsina Hall, Kawo in Kaduna, the leadership and members of the party in the zone said   Jonathan should   "surrender himself for the continued service to the nation" in 2015.

But some key   members of the PDP from the zone – the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal;   Governor Sule Lamido (Jigawa); his Katsina counterpart, Shehu Shema; and the Minister of Education , Ibrahim Shekarau were absent from the meeting.

No reason was given for their action. A source   said the absence of   Lamido   might not be unconnected with his rumoured presidential ambition.

Shema is believed to be interested in   unseating Vice President Namadi Sambo.

At the meeting   however were the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu'azu; the National Oganising Secretary,   Abubabkar Mustapha; the zonal Chairman, Amb. Adamu Kazaure; the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Mukhtar Shagari; and Maj-Gen. Mohammed Magaro (retd); among others.

Mu'azu, in his address, said   the PDP which is as "constant as the northern star," remained a party to beat and urged members   to be united so as to deliver the zone in 2015.

Kebbi State Governor Usman Dankingari also     said his colleagues would ensure that   the zone   was delivered to the PDP in 2015.

"The zone which is the most sophisticated and populous and other parts of the North will be delivered to the party in 2015," he added.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, who read a communique issued at the end of the meeting, said Jonathan had done a lot to deserve a second term from the people of the zone.

Wali,who said   the PDP remained a party to beat under Jonathan, noted   that Nigeria had recorded landmark achievements in all sectors   under the Jonathan administration.

He said the zone would remain grateful to the President, especially in terms of infrastructural development,   good governance and promotion of democracy in the country.

The communiqué read in part, " Having carefully considered the steady and stable progress of our nation under the able leadership of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the stakeholders of the PDP in the North-West, having in mind the monumental strides attained by this administration, have resolved to ask Dr.   Jonathan to declare for the Presidency in the forthcoming 2015 elections so as to continue the good works he started. We ask for nothing less.

"Consequently, we respectfully call on the national chairman of our party to convey this resolution and unanimous declaration of the entire leadership and membership of the PDP in the North-West to His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to surrender himself for the continued service to the nation."


Niger-East senatorial bye-election inconclusive, says INEC

THE Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday said the Saturday's Niger-East senatorial bye-election was inconclusive due to irregularities in some polling units.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Niger State, Dr. Emmanuel Onucheyo, said this in Minna at the end of the collation of results.

He said that fresh election would be held in some polling units in the Bosso, Chanchaga, Munya, Paikoro, Rafi and Shiroro Local Government Areas on September 6.

Our correspondent reports that the bye-election was held in the nine council areas of Bosso, Chanchaga, Gurara, Munya, Paikoro, Rafi, Shiroro, Suleja and Tafa.

The REC said the elections in the affected areas were cancelled as a result of violence.

Onucheyo, however, gave the standing results for the four parties that participated in the poll as follows: All Progressive Congress, 84, 689; All Progressives Grand Alliance, 2, 099; Peoples Democratic Party, 89, 640; and the Social Democratic Party, 460.

He said that the number of registered voters was 937, 443; number of accredited voters, 199, 790; and number of valid votes cast, 176, 888.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Alamieyeseigha told me Jonathan cannot control his wife – Amaechi

Riv‎ers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has dismissed the call by former Bayelsa State Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha asking him to beg Jonathan and return to the PDP.

The former Governor, who was convicted but later granted pardon by President Goodluck Jonathan, had made the call in an interview with New Telegraph newspaper at the weekend.

Alamieyeseigha had stated that: "I think there is no problem between Governor Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan. I think Amaechi should be humble enough to go to the President and say, 'I am sorry', because he has no place to go. A child that is not respectful will also not deserve respect from anyone. I have spoken to both of them. Jonathan has no issues. President of Nigeria is very powerful.

"I even told Amaechi: the first entity you cannot fight is Almighty God and the second entity is the government, (President Jonathan). No matter how you interpret it, nobody can fight government, (Jonathan) successfully. Rivers State will never be surrendered to APC."

Reacting at the weekend, Governor Amaechi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary David Iyofor dismissed the call by Alamieyeseigha.

He said the former Governor was trying to stand logic on its head and was not bold enough to tell the world what he (Alamieyeseigha) told Amaechi when he came to discuss the President with him.

"Yes, its true that Governor Amaechi does not have any personal issues with the President. And yes, when Chief Alamieyeseigha came to the governor to discuss this issue, he said that there is not much problem between the President and Governor Amaechi but he wasn't bold and courageous enough to say in that interview what he told the governor the problem is.

"He told Governor Amaechi that he cannot understand why Mr. President cannot rein in, control or manage his wife. But for him to now go to the press to say something else is indeed most cowardly and timid of‎ him."

"How do one comprehend Chief Alamieyeseigha's logic or reasons for saying Governor Amaechi should go and beg President Jonathan and retrace his steps? Please, to where should the governor retrace his steps to? Back to PDP?

"The same PDP that Governor Amaechi led Rivers people to give total support and give Mr. President over two million votes at the 2011 elections with nothing to show for it after almost four years? Instead, territories and oil wells belonging to the State are been given to other States.

"Is he saying that the Governor cannot hold a contrary view, opinion from Mr. President on issues, based on principles and the interests of Rivers State, because Mr. President is all powerful?"

"Ch‎ief Alamieyeseigha's understanding of respect, disrespect and desecration of the office of the President is warped and indeed befuddling. For Chief Alamieyeseigha, what amounts to disrespect and desecration of the office of the President is Governor Amaechi's decision to stay with his people, fight for what is theirs and dogged stubbornness and refusal to cede any part of Rivers State including its oil wells to Mr. President's home state of Bayelsa!

"For him, the Governor's fight for the interest of Rivers State and its people, what is due the State is given to the state by the federal government is tantamount to disrespecting and desecrating the office of the President! How preposterous!

"Chief Alamieyeseigha says APC will never take Rivers State! We feel sorry and pity for him. It's so apparent that he belongs to and lives in the past and has blindly refused to see and face the reality of the present. APC has since taken over Rivers State. APC is in control in Rivers State and Rivers people are fully with their Governor in APC. If deluding himself to think otherwise, would make Chief Alamieyeseigha sleep well at night, then he can continue to live in dreamland".

"While we do not begrudge Chief Alamieyeseigha's political affiliation or his decision to truckle, grovel and genuflect before whoever he so pleases, we also expect and demand that he respects the right of Governor Amaechi to choose his political party and associates, and to disagree with anyone, on principles and issues that are not in the interest of Rivers state and Rivers people.

"Finally, We want to state categorically that Chief Alamieyeseigha's comments against Governor Amaechi in that interview with New Telegraph on Saturday is an undisguised and disgraceful sycophantic voyage that a man of his standing should never have ventured into", Iyofor concluded.

Police arrest suspected bandits in Ondo

Men of the Ondo State Police Command at the weekend arrested a suspected armed robber identified as Abraham Haruna.

Also arrested were two motorcycle thieves, Monday Gabriel, and Segun Olawale.

The Command's Spokesman, Wole Ogodo who spoke with reporters in Akure, the state capital said the bandit was apprehended after robbing a petrol station in Oba-ile, Akure North local government.

‎According to him, "Police swiftly responded to a distress call at Oba-Ile Police Divisional Headquarters, Akure that armed robbers were operating at a Petrol Station along Akure/Owo Expressway, Akure.

"On the receipt of the information, the policemen from the command spontaneously mobilized to scene and on sighting the policemen, the suspected armed robbers fled into the bush".

Ogodo said their leader was arrested with some items and a substantial amount of money.

He said the bandits were given a hot chase and a thorough search was carried out and in the process, their king-pin, Haruna who lives in Okene, Kogi State was arrested at the station while others ran away.

‎The suspect, according to Ogodo, was caught with N41,000 and one Techno DI handset, stressing that the Manager of the robbed filling station, Adedeji Olarewaju had earlier hinted that the robbers snatched N151,000 from the pump attendant, Miss Omolorun Comfort.

He stressed that in a bid to escape, the king-pin of the robbers shot on the air and threw the pistol into the bush.

Ogodo vowed that police would intensify efforts to track down the remaining fleeing suspects.

The‎ police spokesman said two notorious motorcycle thieves, Gabriel and Olawale were also nabbed at Ibuji/Igbaraodo Road by police patrol team at Igbaraoke Police Station.

According to him, both culprits came from Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State and had been terrorising members of the public before nemesis caught up with them.

Ogodo said the thieves who were arrested with a Boxer Bajaj motorcycle with registration No. AAB 662QB had confessed that the motorcycle was stolen from Idi-Ayunre, Ibad‎an.

He sa‎id police spokesman said two notorious motorcycle thieves, Gabriel and Olawale were also nabbed at Ibuji/Igbaraodo Road by police patrol team at Igbaraoke Police Station.

According to him, both culprits came from Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State and had been terrorising members of the public before nemesis caught up with them.

Ogodo said the thieves who were arrested with a Boxer Bajaj motorcycle with registration No. AAB 662QB had confessed that the motorcycle was stolen from Idi-Ayunre, Ibad