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Monday, June 13, 2022

11:24:00 am

Burna Boy: Police IG, Baba, directs Lagos CP to investigate nightclub shooting



 The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, has directed the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, to investigate the shooting by personnel attached to Grammy Award winner, Burna Boy, at Club Cubana in Lagos.

 

The shooting incident, on Wednesday, June 8, left two people hospitalised, with one needing blood transfusion to stabilise.

 

Trouble started when one of the police escorts attached to the Grammy Award winner shot a man who reacted when the singer allegedly made passes at his wife.

 

The shooting incident, on Wednesday, June 8, left two people hospitalised, with one needing blood transfusion to stabilise.

 

Trouble started when one of the police escorts attached to the Grammy Award winner shot a man who reacted when the singer allegedly made passes at his wife.

 

The singer and five police escorts visited the nightclub around 4a.m. on June 8.

 

About four policemen waited outside while one of the policemen identified as Inspector Ibrahim, who was in mufti, accompanied Burna into the club.

 

It was Ibrahim who allegedly did the shooting.

 

While the man, Irebami Lawrence, was hit on the thigh, his friend, identified as Tolu, got hit in the head.

 

When reached for comments, the State Police Command said they were investigating.

 

According to Superintendent Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, “I don’t have the details,” but “Investigation is ongoing.”

 

However, it was learnt that the officers were from Abuja, over whom Lagos had no jurisdiction.

A statement by CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, entitled CLUB SHOOTING IN LAGOS, dated June 12, noted that the officers were in custody

 

It added that the IGP has ordered Lagos police boss to investigate the matter and report back “as urgent as possible”.

 

The statement is reproduced in full below:

 

RE: CLUB SHOOTING IN LAGOS. The Police personnel alleged and identified in the shooting incident at Club Cubana in Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, have been taken into custody and are being investigated for their involvement in the incident.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba NPM, psc(+), fdc, who describes the circumstances surrounding the incident as unbelievable, has however condemned, in the strongest terms, the unfortunate incident.

 

Consequently, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Abiodun Alabi, to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter and forward his report as urgent as possible for further action. 


10:05:00 am

2023: Wike endorsed as Atiku’s running mate

 





The Caucus of the Progressives in the House of Representatives has concluded plans to endorse the Rivers State Governor, Nyeson Wike, for the position of running mate to the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, Waziri Adamawa, News Express learnt on Sunday.


The caucus is scheduled to meet today, Monday, June 13, in Abuja.


This was contained in a statement by the leader of the group, Hon Busayo Oluwole Oke,  member representing Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency of Osun State under the platform of the PDP.


According to Oke, who is also the Chairman of the House of Representatives on Public Accounts, the endorsement is coming ahead of the deadline given to a high-powered committee already put in place by the leadership of the party on the selection of a suitable candidate for the position


He explained that the membership of the caucus comprising committed party faithful across the six geo-political zones of the country in the Green Chamber resolved to endorse Governor Wike after indepth consideration of his immense contributions to the growth of the party over the years and his capability of leading the Party to total victory at the polls.


“We the Progressives at the green chamber of the National Assembly under the umbrella of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are meeting on Monday in Abuja to endorse the candidature of the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency, Nyeson Wike as the Vice Presidential candidate of our party


“We have been watching with keen interest all his activities over the years and we have also assessed his ability and capability in all the spheres of life, and we have seen in him, all what the party needs to win the Presidential poll come 2023 with our Presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, Waziri Adamawa leading, we have total confidence in the duo.


“Gov Wike’s achievements as Governor of Rivers State is of public knowledge and towers above others in the land.


“He is a fighter for true federalism highly detribalised and defender of our constitution


“While we respect the right of Presidential candidate to choose the person he wants, his decision to embark on wider consultation is commendable and a sign of a true democrat.


“The caucus will meet with our Presidential flagbearer to convey our position to him almost immediately,” Oke stated.

 

9:52:00 am

Zidane, Mourinho, Galtier linked with PSG job as Pochettino’s contract terminated


Coach Mauricio Pochettino is to leave Paris St-Germain following talks with the club at the end of last week.

PSG are still to make a formal announcement but it is understood the former Tottenham manager, 50, will not serve the final year of his contract.


Zinedine Zidane, Jose Mourinho and Nice coach Christophe Galtier are among those linked with replacing Pochettino.

PSG regained the French title last term but the Argentine failed to lead them beyond the Champions League's last 16.


Although they were beaten by eventual winners Real Madrid, PSG held a 2-0 aggregate advantage with less than half an hour remaining in their second leg.


Pochettino claimed the first trophies of his managerial career with PSG - the 2021 Coupe de France and 2022 Ligue 1 title - but the club's hierarchy felt that was the minimum he should achieve given the squad at his disposal.


The ex-Spurs manager was considered a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United before they appointed interim boss Ralf Rangnick and then Solskjaer's permanent successor Erik ten Hag

 

Saturday, June 04, 2022

11:32:00 am

Coalition for Peter Obi Group Begs INEC to Extend Deadline for PVC Collection

 



Coalition for Peter Obi (CPO), made up of 17 support groups for the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against disenfranchising millions of Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections.

CPO also called on the electoral body to extend the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

The 17 groups have embarked on massive voter education campaign, supporting citizens to register and collect their PVC, online and at various INEC offices.

The Coalition currently has six Zonal Coordinators for each Zone of the federation, 17 State Coordinators, representing each group in the 36 states, including the FCT; 17 LGA coordinators across the 774 LGAs and 17 ward coordinators in each INEC ward nationwide and intends deploying this structure to support the candidacy of His Excellency, Mr Peter Obi, in the coming elections.

The Coalition stated that reports from around the country show that INEC lacks the capacity to register the millions of Nigerians, especially youths. There have been complaints that Nigerians spend hours waiting to be captured.

The Coalition in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Marcel Ngogbehei, encouraged its members to embark on voter education, providing clear information on PVC registration and supporting the logistics to distribute millions of PVCs that were currently in INEC custody.

The CPO Chairman listed the various groups involved in the Voters Sensitisation Exercise and asks the general public to volunteer or support with money and logistics, adding that “this is a collective task.”

Mr Ngogbehei lamented the lackadaisical attitude of some INEC staff in various states, but also praised the dedication of staff in many locations.

“CPO estimates that one INEC machine can only register 1 person in 10mins, an average of 900 persons per month. Therefore, a Local Government Area with 2 INEC machines can only register 1800 persons per month if operating at 100 per cent capacity, but with the present capacity, INEC needs 4 years of continuous voters’ registration exercise to capture the millions of eligible Nigerians.

“INEC is hereby advised to expand its logistics operations, establish mobile registration centres, strategically move registration centres to highly populated areas like markets, partner with market leaders to encourage PVC collection, send text messages to voters on their PVC collections, allow people to book online for PVC collections and consider senior citizens in their 80s or 90s that have mobility challenges.

“INEC should start now to consider their stakeholders and implement strategies that will provide better customer value, unless they intend to disenfranchise millions of Nigerians who are eager to exercise their civic rights in the general elections.

“The electoral body should do everything possible to cater for thousands that are currently stranded, trying to register in the various locations or in the alternative, expand its logistics and extend the deadline by six months.

“Nigerians must be given the opportunity to freely express their civic rights at this critical time of our nation's history.

“As a Coalition for Peter Obi’s presidential ambition, we have embarked on voter education, PVC registration and support logistics to distribute the PVC across the length and breadth of this country and calls on the public to support the various groups.”

The recognised Peter Obi Support Groups which endorsed the statement include Peter Obi Support Network (POSN); Like Minds for Peter Obi (LMPO); Nigeria Needs Peter Obi (NNPO); TakeBackNaija (TBN); Women for Peter Obi (WPO); Associates of Peter Obi (APO);

Peter Obi FC (POFC); Peter Obi Movement for President (POMP);  Peter Obi Candidacy  and Movement (POCM). The rest are Peter Obi Ambassadors (POA); TeamOHO; Nigerian Diasporas for Peter Obi (NDPO USA); Peter Obi National Mandate (PONAM); Peter Obi for Good Governance (POGG); YES Peter Obi Support Group (YESPOSG); Peter Obi to the RESCUE Group (PORG) and Nigeria Unites for Peter Obi (NUPO).

 

11:22:00 am

APC Primary: Group tasks court to disqualify Tinubu

 


Some members of the All Progressives Congress, under the aegis of Gaskiya Youth Movement, are asking a Federal High Court in Abuja, to disqualify the former Lagos State Governor and presidential aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, from the party’s presidential primary, scheduled for Monday 6 and 7.

The members made the request in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/774/2022, filed before the Court.

The APC and Tinubu are listed as first and second defendants, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is listed as the third defendant.

Tinubu is among the leading aspirants in the race for who would become the APC’s presidential candidate, which will be determined in the June 6-8 convention.

The plaintiffs are also asking the court to declare that “upon consideration of the relevant laws, Tinubu cannot participate or contest in the primary election on the platform of the first defendant (APC)”.

They are also seeking a “declaration that given the questionable educational background and date of birth, (Tinubu) among other questionable issues, the first defendant (APC) cannot allow and/or permit his participation in the primary election for the office of the president”.

The group also wants the court to declare that Tinubu “cannot participate by presenting himself in any primary elections with any political party in Nigeria to be nominated as a presidential aspirant for the 2023 general election.

11:19:00 am

Group drags Buhari, Senate to court over appointment of INEC Commissioner

 


Coalition for Peter Obi (CPO), made up of 17 support groups for the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against disenfranchising millions of Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections.

CPO also called on the electoral body to extend the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

The 17 groups have embarked on massive voter education campaign, supporting citizens to register and collect their PVC, online and at various INEC offices.

The Coalition currently has six Zonal Coordinators for each Zone of the federation, 17 State Coordinators, representing each group in the 36 states, including the FCT; 17 LGA coordinators across the 774 LGAs and 17 ward coordinators in each INEC ward nationwide and intends deploying this structure to support the candidacy of His Excellency, Mr Peter Obi, in the coming elections.

The Coalition stated that reports from around the country show that INEC lacks the capacity to register the millions of Nigerians, especially youths. There have been complaints that Nigerians spend hours waiting to be captured.

The Coalition in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Marcel Ngogbehei, encouraged its members to embark on voter education, providing clear information on PVC registration and supporting the logistics to distribute millions of PVCs that were currently in INEC custody.

The CPO Chairman listed the various groups involved in the Voters Sensitisation Exercise and asks the general public to volunteer or support with money and logistics, adding that “this is a collective task.”

Mr Ngogbehei lamented the lackadaisical attitude of some INEC staff in various states, but also praised the dedication of staff in many locations.

“CPO estimates that one INEC machine can only register 1 person in 10mins, an average of 900 persons per month. Therefore, a Local Government Area with 2 INEC machines can only register 1800 persons per month if operating at 100 per cent capacity, but with the present capacity, INEC needs 4 years of continuous voters’ registration exercise to capture the millions of eligible Nigerians.

“INEC is hereby advised to expand its logistics operations, establish mobile registration centres, strategically move registration centres to highly populated areas like markets, partner with market leaders to encourage PVC collection, send text messages to voters on their PVC collections, allow people to book online for PVC collections and consider senior citizens in their 80s or 90s that have mobility challenges.

“INEC should start now to consider their stakeholders and implement strategies that will provide better customer value, unless they intend to disenfranchise millions of Nigerians who are eager to exercise their civic rights in the general elections.

“The electoral body should do everything possible to cater for thousands that are currently stranded, trying to register in the various locations or in the alternative, expand its logistics and extend the deadline by six months.

“Nigerians must be given the opportunity to freely express their civic rights at this critical time of our nation's history.

“As a Coalition for Peter Obi’s presidential ambition, we have embarked on voter education, PVC registration and support logistics to distribute the PVC across the length and breadth of this country and calls on the public to support the various groups.”

The recognised Peter Obi Support Groups which endorsed the statement include Peter Obi Support Network (POSN); Like Minds for Peter Obi (LMPO); Nigeria Needs Peter Obi (NNPO); TakeBackNaija (TBN); Women for Peter Obi (WPO); Associates of Peter Obi (APO);

Peter Obi FC (POFC); Peter Obi Movement for President (POMP);  Peter Obi Candidacy  and Movement (POCM). The rest are Peter Obi Ambassadors (POA); TeamOHO; Nigerian Diasporas for Peter Obi (NDPO USA); Peter Obi National Mandate (PONAM); Peter Obi for Good Governance (POGG); YES Peter Obi Support Group (YESPOSG); Peter Obi to the RESCUE Group (PORG) and Nigeria Unites for Peter Obi (NUPO).

 

Monday, April 25, 2022

7:59:00 am

US diplomats to return to Ukraine after Blinken visit---US State Department

 


US diplomats will begin returning to Ukraine this week, the US State Department has said, after secretary of state Antony Blinken and secretary of defense Lloyd Austin returned from a secretive visit to Ukraine to meet president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.


The top US envoys also promised more $300m in foreign military financing and have approved a $165 million sale of ammunition, according to Associated Press.


The news agency reported:


 They also said Biden would soon announce his nominee to be ambassador to Ukraine and that American diplomats who left Ukraine before the war would start returning to the country this coming week. The US embassy in Kyiv will remain closed for the moment.


Zelenskiy had announced Saturday that he would meet with the US officials in Kyiv on Sunday, but the Biden administration refused to confirm that and declined to discuss details of a possible visit even though planning had been underway for more than a week.


Journalists who traveled with Austin and Blinken to Poland were barred from reporting on the trip until it was over, were not allowed to accompany them on their overland journey into Ukraine, and were prohibited from specifying where in southeast Poland they waited for the cabinet members to return. Officials at the State Department and the Pentagon cited security concerns.


Austin and Blinken announced a total of $713 million in foreign military financing for Ukraine and 15 allied and partner countries; some $322 million is earmarked for Kyiv. The remainder will be split among NATO members and other nations that have provided Ukraine with critical military supplies since the war with Russia began, officials said.


Such financing is different from previous US military assistance for Ukraine. It is not a donation of drawn-down US Defense Department stockpiles, but rather cash that countries can use to purchase supplies that they might need.


The new money, along with the sale of $165 million in non-US made ammunition that is compatible with Soviet-era weapons the Ukrainians use, brings the total amount of American military assistance to Ukraine to $3.7 billion since the invasion, officials said.


Zelenskiy had urged the Americans not to come empty-handed. US officials said they believed the new assistance would satisfy at least some of the Ukrainians’ urgent pleas for more help. New artillery, including howitzers, continues to be delivered at a rapid pace to Ukraine’s military, which is being trained on its use in neighboring countries, the officials said.


On the diplomatic front, Blinken told Zelenskiy that Biden will announce his nomination of veteran diplomat Bridget Brink to be the next US ambassador to Ukraine.


A career foreign service officer, Brink has served since 2019 as ambassador to Slovakia. She previously held assignments in Serbia, Cyprus, Georgia and Uzbekistan as well as with the White House National Security Council. The post requirements confirmation by the US Senate.


Blinken also told Ukraine’s foreign minister that the small staff from the now-shuttered US embassy in Kyiv, which has relocated to Poland from temporary offices in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, would begin making day trips to Lviv in the coming days.