Written by on July 17, 2019


Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has approved the appointment of Daniel Yingi and Ernest Ogwezzy as Special Advisers.

A statement by the Secretary to the state government, Chiedu Ebie said the new appointees would be sworn in tomorrow July 17, at the Unity Hall, Government House in Asaba.

The statement added that Pascal Adigwe, Edwin Uzor, Mike Okeme, Mary Iyasere, Kelly Pemawou and Johnson Erijo would also be sworn in as special advisers.



As reactions continue to trail the open letter written by former president Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has urged the Federal Government not to treat Obasanjo’s letter with carelessness.

PANDEF Secretary-General, Alfred Mulade, said all the four major issues raised by Obasanjo are all a possibility, warning that except the government attends to the issues raised in the letter, the desired peace would continue to elude Nigeria.

On his part, former Governor of Kaduna State, Abdukadri Balarabe Musa, has urged Nigerians to protest against the alleged poor handling of the nation’s affairs by Buhari, in order to avoid the looming doom in the country.


Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described OBJ’s letter as patriotic, saying it captures the concerns of the majority of Nigerians.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP urged Buhari to read between the lines and listen to the voice of reason from well-meaning Nigerians at this moment.

Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has said it is studying the letter and will make it position known soon.



In the meantime, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said cries of insecurity in different parts of the country are part of a political game insisting that security agencies have reduced the influence of insurgents.

Buratai spoke at the 1 Division super camp in Kuyello, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

He stressed that efforts of the army have been what he called a great success which people should be assured.


A group, Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association has criticised the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, for his remarks on the killing of Funke Olakurin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti.

This came as the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, urged Tinubu to desist from dishing out what it called lies to support anti-Igbo sentiments.

It might interest you to know that Tinubu had shortly after commiserating with the bereaved senior citizen over the murder by suspected herdsmen, denounced the ethic profiling, asking rhetorically whether Evans, a suspected kidnapper on trial, was a herdsman.


President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the continuous killing of Nigerians in South Africa, warning that the government will no longer tolerate further attacks on its citizens.

Lawan gave the warning when he hosted the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe in Abuja, while expressing concern that no fewer than 118 Nigerians have so far been killed in xenophobic attacks.

The Senate President restated that the South African government should do whatever it takes to protect the lives and property of Nigerians living in that country, just as the Nigerian government would remain committed to the safety of South Africans residing in Nigeria.


The police in Kano have arrested three suspects for allegedly kidnapping and drugging a five-year-old boy to death in Karkasara area of the state.

Parading the suspects, the Police Commissioner, Ahmed Ilyasu, said the suspects had after interrogation, confessed to have kidnapped the boy and drugged him which resulted to his death.

Ilyasu added that the suspects also confessed to have buried Ahmad’s body in a shallow grave at an uncompleted building.



The Presidency has described the death of the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, Funke Olakunrin along Benin-Sagamu last Friday by suspected herdsmen, as tragic.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the Presidency has noted public concerns on the unfortunate attack leading to the death of 58-year-old Olakunrin.

The statement added that it is important on all leaders across the country to consider their language and its potential consequences, warning that times of tragedy should not be for politics, as it was disrespectful for the departed and her family.


In business, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, says inflation has declined to 11.22 per cent year-on-year in June compared to 11.40 per cent in May.

According to the data released, food inflation also reduced to 13.56 per cent in June compared to 13.79 per cent in May.

The data showed that increases were recorded in all the 12 Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose divisions that yielded the Headline index.



Rwanda has added more personnel at the border between Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gisenyi in Rwanda, to help screen people crossing over.

This followed the confirmation of the first Ebola case in Goma, a city of nearly two million people, which has no hard border between it and Gisenyi in Rwanda, except at the official crossing points.

Democratic Republic of Congo is in the midst of an Ebola outbreak that began last August and has already become the second-deadliest in the country’s history, infecting nearly 2,500 people and killing more than 1,600.


Elsewhere, hundreds of people in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, have taken part in a vigil in memory of pro-democracy protesters who were killed last month by the security forces.

Earlier, police were reported to have used tear gas to disperse crowds who had gathered to denounce the killing of a demonstrator in the south of the country.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s military rulers and the civilian opposition are scheduled to meet to discuss the details of a power-sharing agreement,


Meanwhile, a four-storey building has collapsed in the Indian city of Mumbai, trapping at least 40 people.

The cause of the collapse in the Dongri area in southern Mumbai is still not clearas there are no reports of casualties. Reports said the building was up to 100 years old



The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has revealed that it has no plan of relieving Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr of his duties.

This is contrary to reports that the NFF had concluded plans of sacking Rohr following the team’s 1-2 defeat by Algeria in the semifinal of the on-going African Cup of Nations.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick dismissed such claims, describing it as a baseless and mere wish of some individuals, whom he said do not want Nigerian football to progress.


Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Super Eagles that he would host them at the end of the AFCON.
Senate president, Ahmed Lawal, who led an 11-man delegation to Cairo, told the players to forget the defeat to Algeria and focus on the third-place match against Tunisia tomorrow.
lawal also told the players that the Presidency would host them, no matter the outcome of the bronze medal match against Tunisia.


On a rather sad note, former South African footballer, Marc Batchelor, has been shot dead near his home in Johannesburg.

A police spokesman, Lungelo Dlamini, said Batchelor was attacked by two men who were driving a motorbike.

Dlamini further stated that the police were still investigating what the motive for the attack was, adding that no suspect has been identified.

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