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Three years after obtaining a Bachelors degree in music, popular Nigerian Musician, David Adeleke better known as Davido, is the latest corps member in town as he registered to join the National Youth Service Corp on Tuesday.

In a post on his Instagram story, the 'Fia' crooner said: “I just registered for NYSC kamming.”

Although it is not sure which state he was posted to, Davido expressed delight in serving his fatherland. Davido graduated from Babcock University, Ilisan- Remo, Ogun State, in 2015 after completing his course in music. His graduation ceremony was graced by Don jazzy and a host of other Nigerian artistes.

The National Youth Service Corp is a one-year mandatory service any Nigerian graduate of tertiary institutions below the age of 30 must go through.

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has branded Nigeria home to the "poorest people in the world". The statement is coming a day ahead of her scheduled visit to the country. The Prime Minister made the assertion while delivering a speech in South Africa, Cape Town, on Tuesday.

May, scheduled to visit Nigeria on Wednesday, added that Africa has the highest number of poor people in the world, with Nigeria being the poorest. She said: “Much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy, yet 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1 and 90 cents a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world."

According to her, the focus is to achieve "inclusive growth", noting that UK would invest in Africa to create more jobs to combat poverty and at the same time tackle global challenges.

President Muhammad Buhari is currently presiding over a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in Abuja. Also present at the meeting are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Lai Mohammed; Babatunde Fashola; Senator Godswill Akpabio, among others.

Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Delta State Governor, was also spotted at the meeting, giving credence to speculations that he may soon defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC. The meeting started at about 8:30 pm, and is holding at the State House, Abuja.

Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone by 137 runs to dominate African division two of the ICC under 19 World Cup qualifier tournament in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The opening partnership of 148 runs between Olaleye Elijah and Samuel Mba, gave Nigeria a dream start. The opening batsman struck a majestic 110, as he and Samuel Mba 62 put on 148 for the first wicket, and pulled his side clear in the final.

That alliance was enough to put Nigeria out of sight, as Sierra Leone were overwhelmed by the opening stand, which lasted 34.1 overs. Beyond that opening partnership, only Segun Ogundipe made a meaningful contribution, as Nigeria’s total petered out to 242 for nine, assisted by 21 extras. In response, Sierra Leone served up their worst batting performance of the tournament. They were bundled out for just 105, with skipper George Ngegba fighting a lone battle with 31.

Not for the first time, Peter Aho was the surgeon for Nigeria, with another five wicket haul, which cut the chase in the bud. The damage inflicted on the middle-order was terminal, and Nigeria ran out 137 run winners. Aho took the final wicket, fittingly, to spark wild celebrations from the strongest team in the competition. For their part, Sierra Leone could console themselves with a place in the first division, and a chance to go again for a place in the 2020 tournament proper.

Peter Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, has added his voice to the reactions to the statement credited to US President Donald Trump, which described President Muhammadu Buhari as "lifeless". Fayose lamented that if it were him, or any other Nigerian, "national security supremacy would have applied".

He also wondered "when President Buhari will charge 'undiplomatic Trump' for this international 'hate speech.'" Tweeting via his handle, he wrote: "Just wondering when President Buhari will charge "undiplomatic Trump" for this international "Hate Speech" because if it were to be Fayose uunnm!! ...... Thank God Trump is not a Nigerian.... National security supremacy would have applied."

Not less than 1,331 Nigerians died in road crashes in the second quarter of 2018. This is according to the figure contained in the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Road Transport Data (Q2 2018) report released on Tuesday. NBS said 1,257 of the 1,331 Nigerians that got killed, representing 94% of the figure were adults while the remaining 74 Nigerians, representing 6% of the figure were children.

The figure also revealed that “1,047 male Nigerians, representing 79%, got killed in road crashes in Q2 while 284 female Nigerians, representing 21% got killed.” The NBS in the report identified speed violation as the major cause of crashes in the three months under review. “The Q2 2018 road transport data reflected that 2,608 road crashes occurred within the quarter under review. Speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes in Q2 and it accounted for 50.65% of the total road crashes reported.

“Tyre burst and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 8.59% and 8.40% of the total road crashes recorded,” NBS said. NBS said further that a total of 8,437 Nigerians got injured in the road traffic crashes recorded in the second quarter of 2018.
The lawmaker representing Wamba constituency in the Nasarawa State House Of Assembly, Makpa Malla, has defected from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He confirmed this on Tuesday.

In a letter to the Speaker of the Assembly, he said the defection was because of the division in the party which led to a faction called the R-APC, being created. The Lawmaker also obtained a court order restraining the Assembly from declaring his seat vacant.

Less than 24 hours to his presidential declaration on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, erstwhile Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, confirmed yesterday that the Federal Government has barred him from using the Eagle Square, despite paying for same. Kwankwaso had announced a few days ago that he would make his presidential declaration today (Wednesday) at the Eagle Square.

But in a swift reaction, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Bello asked the former governor to produce evidence of approval to use the facility and who approved it for him. Speaking with Vanguard, Special Assistant, Media, to the Minister, Abubakar Sani, said: “Did the former governor apply to use the place? Let him show us the letter, the person he addressed the letter to, and who approved it.”

The Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation, in a statement made available to journalists yesterday, expressed disappointment that the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) suddenly turned down a request earlier approved owing to “some flimsy reasons.”

The Presidency yesterday allayed fears over the Electoral Act Bill. Ahead of the expiration of the 30 days constitutional provision for the Presidential to assent. It said: no cause for alarm. The Bill was transmitted to the President for his assent on August 2, after the corrected version was passed by the National Assembly on July 24. The 30 days expires on Sunday. If the President fails to assent the bill or returns it to the parliament at the end of the 30 days, the National Assembly may override his veto.

But the Presidency is sure that it will not get to that level. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said: “We will do the needful before the Bill expires.” Enang, who recently dismissed the allegation that the President again refused to sign the bill, explained that it was being studied by the President’s team.

He had said: “The final clean copy of the Bill which was received by President Muhamamdu Buhari on the 2nd of August, 2018, is still undergoing thorough scrutiny by the President. Mr President has not vetoed the bill. What some people are not aware of was that when the second copy was received after the initial rejection, it was discovered that there were typographical errors which the National Assembly needed to correct and they did it and sent it back on the 24th of July and this is still being studied before presidential assent.”

Polls conducted by an independent body have favoured All Progressives Congress (APC) having a landslide victory in the 2019 governorship elections. The polls were conducted by Europe-based pollsters Zeus Polls. The Zeus Polls had earlier predicted the victories Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano and Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemi.

The polls posited that in spite of a seemingly voters’ antipathy to the APC in the upcoming 2019 general elections, the party is favoured to win the 2019 governorship elections in key states. It noted that 51 per cent of voters polled in Kaduna State expressed a desire to return incumbent Gov. Nasir el-Rufai come 2019.

Statements from the report:
65 per cent of voters polled in Lagos State want incumbent Governor Ambode returned in 2019 while 58 per cent of voters polled in Edo State say they will return incumbent Gov. Godwin Obaseki. In the PDP-held Rivers State, 65 per cent of voters polled do not want incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike back in 2019, as over 47 per cent of polled voters said they will vote, a riverine aspirant of the APC if he picks the party’s ticket. In Kano State, only 43 per cent of voters polled are in favour of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje returning in 2019, as 60 per cent say they will vote for any candidate supported by former Governor Kwankwanso’s Kwankwasiyya Movement,” it stated.


[1] Vote Buying Is Cancer To Our Elections – INEC Chairman
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has described votes buying as “cancer” to Nigeria’s electoral process. Yakubu stated this on Thursday at the presentation of certificates to 21 out of the 23 newly registered political parties in Abuja, the nation’s capital. “Votes buying is cancer to our elections that we must work together collectively to stamp out,” he said.

According to the INEC boss, the commission is deeply worried about a situation whereby political agents woo voters with cash during elections; a development local observers said characterised the Ekiti Governorship polls on July 14. In view of its negative effect of vote-buying on the electoral process, Professor Yakubu said he was committed to curbing it. He vowed that INEC would not tolerate vote buying in the forthcoming Osun State governorship exercise slated for September 22, 2018.

In doing this, the electoral umpire will collaborate with security agencies in identifying, arresting and prosecuting both givers and receivers of cash inducement in the election.
[3p2] FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday Public Holidays For Eid-El-Kabir
The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22, as public holidays for the celebration the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir. Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau announced the decision on Thursday, a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mohammed Umar, said.

The minister wished Nigerians a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration and urged them to embrace the virtues of love and sacrifice for the unity and development of the country. He also called on Nigerians to support the Federal Government as it is determined to foster peace and unity in the country.

[3] “ The Press Is Not the Enemy of The People,” Senate Declares in Resolution
The Senate unanimously passed a resolution by Democrats on Thursday condemning attacks on the free press and affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people," President Trump's label for the media.

The move came as more than 300 newspapers and other media outlets joined The Boston Globe in publishing editorials Thursday promoting freedom of the press and refuting Trump's denouncements.

"We can't let statements by the president declaring the press is the enemy of the people go unchallenged," said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. "Both parties complain about the media but who would argue with Thomas Jefferson who wrote that “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., joined Schatz in introducing the resolution, which passed with unanimous consent by voice vote.

[4] We Didn’t Pay A Dime To Free Dapchi Girls, FG Reacts To UN Report
The Federal Government has rejected a report by the United Nations, which claimed it paid a “large ransom” to secure the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, denied the claim in a statement on Thursday night. He challenged anyone with evidence of such payment to publish it.

”It is not enough to say that Nigeria paid a ransom, little or huge. There must be a conclusive evidence to support such claim. Without that, the claim remains what it is: a mere conjecture,” the Minister was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser, Segun Adeyemi. A United Nations report submitted to the Security Council had detailed how Boko Haram was funded and indicated that the payment of ransom and the predominance of cash economy aided the terrorists.

The report, dated July 27, 2018, was called ’22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team’ and it contained information about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – ISIL – (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities.

[5] FG, Governors Ready To Decentralise Police – Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal and state governments are committed to the decentralisation of policing in Nigeria. According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, the objective of the decentralisation is to improve the level of policing and security in the country.

The statement was released on Thursday night, hours after the National Economic Council (NEC) backed the Federal Government’s plan to decentralise the police. Apart from backing the plan, the NEC set up a committee comprising state governors and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to ensure its actualisation.

Other issues discussed at the meeting include the remittance of tax by state governments, the development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and an update on the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee. Read the full statement from the office of the Acting President about the NEC meeting below:

[6] Benue University Shut Over Violent Protest
The management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, has shut down the institution indefinitely. This followed a violent protest by students of the institution in reaction to an accident which reportedly claimed the lives of some of their colleagues on Wednesday in the Benue State capital. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Richard Kimbir, informed reporters that the incident forced the school authority to closure the institution.

He said, “This morning (Wednesday), I got an information that there was an accident on campus, and a student died. So, I rushed there but I only saw the vehicle.” “So, I rushed to the clinic where I was told that that the accident claimed one life, one of the students and the others injured were moved to the Federal Medical Centre.” Professor Kimbir said the protests that followed turned violent and vehicles, offices and the school clinic where vandalised.

But some of the students who spoke to Channels Television insisted that three of their colleagues died, contrary to the figure given by the VC. They said the victims were on their way to the ICT centre on the campus before vehicle conveying them had an accident.


The President had previously hosted the leadership and members of the National Assembly, Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote and members of the business community, and traditional and religious leaders to break the Ramadan fast.

President Muhammadu Buhari has continued the trend of breaking the daily Ramadan fast with players from different sectors of the country. On Thursday it was the turn of artists and youths. Among those who joined the President to break the day’s fast were the popular musician, Temitope Adekunle (Small Doctor), Ali Jita, and Olanrewaju Fasasi (Sound Sultan).


The President, in his speech read by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said Nigeria expected to benefit from tourism through increase in foreign exchange earnings, revenue generation, employment creation and cultural integration.

Buhari made these remarks at the 61st meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and Commission for Africa in Abuja. The President stated that as part of his administration’s social investment programmes, the government was giving N5,000 monthly to some 297,973 poor homes in the country. The theme of the weeklong conference, which was attended by delegates from over 53 countries, was, ‘Tourism Statistics – A Catalyst for Development’.

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that his administration had spent $9bn (N2.745tn at the official exchange rate of N305 to $1) on power, roads and railways in the country in the last two years. The President said this was part of the ongoing plans to diversify the economy through the development of tourism, agriculture and solid minerals, noting that the Federal Government was investing heavily in infrastructure.


Adekunke Gold , Afro-pop artiste, has finally disclosed who the love of his life is. The artist who has always kept his relationship private made the revelation when asked to clarify the rumours that he was dating fellow artiste, Simi.

Although attempting to avoid the question, Gold acknowledged, ‘I’ve said it before that she is the ‘Orente’. This comes after several speculations that the two had been dating.

Contrary to this fact, some other fans had also believed that Simi was rather in a relationship with fellow artiste, Falz, going by the ‘chemistry’ they both seemed to have after several performances together. But when asked about marriage, Gold, however, said there are no plans for now. “I don’t know, maybe soon, maybe next year or next two years,” he stated.

Speaking about his career, the artist who just released his sophomore album, About 30, said he would spend the rest of the year touring.


Osinbajo said this in his short remarks at a gala night/dinner organised to round off activities marking the 2018 Democracy Day. The Vice-President stood in for President Muhammadu Buhari at the event held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Osinbajo said it was important for the current government officials to thank God for having been in office for three years.

He said he would not have believed the prophesy if anybody had told him five years ago that he would become the nation’s Vice-President. Osinbajo said the administration had recorded great success.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said it was not fair for anybody to compare the present administration’s performance in just three years to the 16 years spent by the Peoples Democratic Party in the saddle. He said the fact that the opposition PDP had started assessing the present government even shortly after spending two years in office showed that “we have performed well.”


As families of victims are mourning their loved ones killed in the operation, the robbery gang leaders are making mind-boggling confessions. At least 22 suspected in connection with the bank robbery, including the ringleaders, are currently detained for investigations. According to a reliable source, a dismissed Corporal in the Nigeria Police, Mr. Micheal Adikwu, lead the operation.

The leaders of the robbery gang that struck banks in Offa in Kwara on April 5 are reported to be making startling confessions. The robbery led to the death of more than 30 persons, including policemen and loss of millions of Naira.

He was assisted by another leader, Mr. Kunle Ogunleye aka Arrow, and one Abel and others. They have confessed to the operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence and Response Team (IRT), led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Abba Kyari. Adikwu, the dismissed corporal, who organised and led the bank robbery operation has confessed to have killed over 20 people, the majority of them policemen.


The aspirants who came closest were Segun Oni (481 votes), Kayode Ojo (281), Olufemi Richard Bamisile (179), Oluyede Oluwole (121), and Aluko Daniel Olugbenga (86). Fayose has already boasted that an “electoral disaster” awaits Fayemi in July, saying: “He will suffer the worst defeat of his political career… after the July 14 election, he will go into political oblivion.”

Fayemi, who will be the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer in the election having won a rescheduled primary of the party on May 12, will be in office today to address a press conference where he will give an account of his stewardship in the ministry and finally sign off at 12:00 pm. To become the Ekiti APC candidate, Fayemi polled 941 votes.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi has resigned his appointment as Minister of Mines and Steel Development to concentrate on defeating Kolapo Olusola, Governor Ayo Fayose’s deputy, at the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State. Fayemi tendered his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari three weeks ago, but it officially takes effect from Wednesday, May 30.


“Overall, we are on track, I thank and commend all who have worked so hard with us to achieve these successes. I assure you that our people will continue to see and experience more progress, prosperity and greater security,” he had said. Two days earlier, the Peoples Democratic Party asked the President not to address Nigerians on Democracy Day.

President Buhari made the promise at the 2018 Democracy Day lecture in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He also defended his administration’s achievements in the last three years and appreciated those who contributed to the successes recorded.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently addressing the nation as Nigerians mark the 2018 Democracy Day. Beyond celebrating Nigeria’s democracy, May 29 also marks the conclusion of the President’s third year in office. A day earlier, the President had promised Nigerians a more secure and prosperous nation.


Sulaimon Kazaure the Director-General ( D.G) of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC),  has said that the allowance being currently paid to corps members monthly is inadequate to provide for their needs.

Kazaure revealed on Monday in Kano state after the swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ corps members.

The DG said that there was a plan to increase monthly allowance of corps members.

He said, “Our efforts to ensure that the monthly allowance of the corps members is increased have yielded a very good result following series of discussion with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige."

He added, “The N18,800 paid to corps members is grossly inadequate to cater for their needs during the mandatory one year service to the nation.

The federal government had set-up a committee to look into the upward review of the minimum wage which will determine the increase of the corps members’ allowance. We have been assured that when the new minimum wage takes effect, also the corps members allowance will be reviewed upward."


Senator Dino Melaye ( The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator  APC, Kogi West) has been arrested by operatives of the SARS [Special Anti Robbery Squad ].

Senator Melaye was this morning, taken to the SARS detention facility located just opposite the old Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN junction along the Area 1 expressway.

It was gathered that the Nigeria Police Force forcefully carried out the arrest of Melaye without an arrest warrant or court order. In a telephone conversation this morning, Senator Mekaye.

However, sounded rattled, as background conversation suggested a struggle between himself and some of the operatives after which his mobile lines were switched off.

His initial attempts were made by the police to arrest Senator Melaye after immigration officials disembarked him from a flight to Morocco on Monday morning.

Following his release after three hours detention at the immigration office at the airport, the lawmaker’s house was besieged by over 80 armed policemen from noon yesterday until the early hours of Tuesday.


Buhari said a lot of Nigerian youths, NOT ALL, are lazy :-
President Muhammadu Buhari did not refer to all Nigerian youths as lazy in a statement he made on Wednesday during the question and answer section of the Commonwealth Business Forum in London. Rather, it said Buhari only made reference to “a lot of” Nigerian youths and not all of them.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,Mr. Femi Adesina, made the clarification in a statement made available to journalists. Adesina attributed the outrage that trailed the President’s comment to those he described as “manipulators and twisters” of Buhari’s statements. The presidential spokesman said Buhari had always applauded and celebrated Nigerian youths who excel in different areas of endeavour, from sports to academia, and other realms.

He said, “Typical of their stock in trade, manipulators and twisters of statements of Mr. President, who lie in wait to make mischief, interpreted the comment to mean that President Buhari had taken all Nigerian youths to the cleaners. “But elementary English recognises a wide gulf between ‘a lot of’ and the word ‘all.’ How can ‘a lot of them,’ suddenly transmogrify to mean ‘all of them?’ Mischievous and unconscionable!"

If Killings Don’t End In Months, ‘We Have No Government’ – Soyinka :-
Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has once again called for an end to killings by suspected herdsmen in parts of the country. The Nobel laureate said he would conclude that there is no government in the country if President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration does not end the killing of farmers and other persons and reclaim farmland as well as territories belonging to internally displaced persons.

He spoke about the issue on Thursday at an event to unveil the logo of the 2018 OAU Ife Festival of Food and Identity in Ile-Ife. “We cannot continue to see the seeming triumph of the guns over the plough shear. We want to see this government’s reversal of the triumph of the swords over the plough shears. If this has not taken place, it means we have no government,” he said.

Professor Soyinka also hinted that he would speak more on the issue during the festival, which is scheduled to commence on July 30 and end on August 4, 2018

Biafra Protesters Storm London As Buhari Attends Commonwealth Leaders’ Meeting :-
A group of people bearing Biafran flags are staging a protest in front of the Commonwealth House in Westminister, London. The demonstration is taking place as President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the Commonwealth nations meet on Thursday.

Discussions began shortly after Queen Elizabeth II formally declared the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) open. Some of the protesters are carrying banners bear inscriptions of Biafra while others are calling for a referendum.

Nigeria squeak home as Ghana march onT20 qualifiers :-
Nigeria’s resolve was tested to the utmost in the ICC WorldT20 Africa Qualifier on Wednesday, as they were pushed all the way by Sierra Leone at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval. Nigeria, still shaking off the effects from a tense match against Ghana, struggled to 120 for nine in 20 overs, with the playing surface started to slow down making scoring trickier. Daniel Gim top-scored with 30, while the evergreen Chimezie Onwuzulike looked good for 23 before he was run out.

Their hopes were pinned on the young Edward Ngegba, who showed maturity beyond his tender 15 years of age. His 39 from 30 balls took his side right to the brink, but he was tragically run out in the penultimate over of the match. That was to prove crucial in the final outcome. Abbas Gbla tried to get them home, striking two boundaries off the final two balls of the match, but it was too late to prevent Nigeria from prevailing by just six runs.

Earlier, Ghana; made light work of The Gambia to secure their fourth straight victory. The Ghanaians, who have become more and more impressive, piled on the agony against the struggling minnows, as they pummelled 165 for seven in their 20 overs. The damage was done up front, as Rexford Bakum smashed 64 from just 51 balls, while the in-form Simon Ateak struck a breezy 23 off 16 balls, in a stand of 69 for the first wicket. That partnership came in just 7.3 overs, and paved the way for the meaty total.

David Ankrah then provided the gloss on the innings with a brutal 44 from just 24 balls, with three fours and two sixes in his cameo. In response, The Gambia were blown away by Mark Bawa, who claimed a rare five-wicket haul in his four over spell. Coming on to bowl first change, he scythed through the Gambia middle-order and saw them bundled out for 56 runs, inside 15 overs. That continued a tough week for the Gambians at this level, as they soak in some tough lessons.