FG Reacts On Ebola Claims In Nigeria


The Nigerian Government o Wednesday debunked rumour making the rounds across social media platforms, suggesting that a case of Ebola disease is been recorded in the country.

The federal government while debunking the report urged members of the public to disregard the rumour and discourage the circulation of any unverified information.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi, made this known in a statement where he said that unverified news could cause harm to innocent people and unnecessary panic among the citizens.

He also assured that heightened surveillance had been on-going at the various points of entry by officials of the Port Health Services division of the Ministry to prevent importation into Nigeria, especially since the reports of the outbreak of EVD in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He said every sick passenger has been properly screened and; ’I can say categorically that none of the patients screened has tested positive for Ebola or any deadly disease.’’

“However, necessary protocols are being followed in line with International Health Regulations,” ’he added.


Top 10 Players To Watch at AFCON 2019

African Football Stars Begin Quest For Continental Glory


The 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament holding in Egypt will kick off on Friday, June 21 and run through Friday, July 19.

Several teams have already arrived the North African country ahead of the commencement of the tournament with their eyes firmly set on lifting the trophy.

The biennial international men’s football championship of Africa was initially scheduled to hold June 15 – July 13 but was moved to June 21 – July 19 due to Ramadan observed by Muslims.

This year’s tournament, which is the 32nd edition of AFCON, was moved from the routine January/February hosting months to June/July for the first time.

AFCON 2019 will also be the first the CAF competition expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

Below is a compilation of 10 stars that are expected to light up the tournament alongside their teammates as the search for continental glory begins.

1. Mohammed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)

Mohammed Salah
Mohammed Salah

2. Alex Iwobi (Nigeria and Arsenal)

Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi

3. Percy Tau (South Africa and Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan to Union SG)

Percy Tau
Percy Tau

4. Sadio Mane (Senegal and Liverpool)

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane

Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe and Kaizer Chiefs)

Khama Billiat
Khama Billiat

6. Denis Onyango (Uganda and Mamelodi Sundowns)

Denis Onyango
Denis Onyango

7. Victor Wanyama (Kenya and Tottenham Hotspurs)

Victor Wanyama
Victor Wanyama

8. Andre Onana (Cameroon and Ajax Amsterdam)

Andre Onana
Andre Onana

9. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria and Manchester City)

Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez

10. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco and Ajax Amsterdam)

Hakim Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech


Five Nigerians Arrested For Raping Wife In Husband’s Presence In Ghana


Five Nigerians have been arrested for allegedly raping a lady in the presence of her husband during a robbery operation at Community 25 in Tema, Ghana.

The Prampram Divisional Police Command said the suspects were apprehended last week Friday, after being on the police wanted list for some time.

Confirming the incident, Chief Superintendent Cecilia Arko, Crime Officer of the Prampram Divisional Police Command, revealed that barely a month ago, four among the five suspects attacked a couple at their residence at about 3am.

According to her, their inability to give them money led to the raping of the lady, while they filmed it.

Nemesis, however, caught up with them, last Thursday, when the victim spotted the suspect who removed his mask before filming the act. She quickly alerted the husband who confronted the suspect.

However, he took to his heels, but the husband managed to raise an alarm which attracted neighbours who apprehended the suspect and handed him over to the police station.

During interrogation, he admitted to the offence and led the police to their hideout, where his accomplices were arrested, including the gang leader who brought them from Nigeria to Ghana, to do internet fraud and armed robbery.


Governor’s Aide Begs Man to Return After Running Away From Wife and Four New Babies


The aide to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Hon. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Jonathan has paid the hospital bills of a family whose wife delivered quadruplets.

It was reported that the man of the house fled and has been on the run since the quadruplets were delivered at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu.

The inability to settle the hospital bills, also forced the wife to remain in the hospital even after they were discharged on the 27th of May.

However, the situation change on Tuesday when Jonathan and his wife, Pharmacist Mrs. Nkechinyere visited the clinic and paid the bills.

Mrs. Ugwu Ebere Precious, the mother of the babies, named, Chizaramekpere, Chidiebube, Chimdalu, Chimeremeze was full of joy at the development.

She, however, asked for more help, lamenting that the hospital bills were only a fraction of her worries as both herself and the father of the babies were unemployed and would need financial support to take good care of the children.

Daily Post reports that the family lives in a remote part of the city located at Olympic Street, off One-Day Road, Agbani Road, Enugu and the journey to their residence was long and torturous.

Narrating her situation, Mrs. Ugwu, tearfully said:

“To tell you the truth, when I went for scan and was told that there were four babies, I was so scared. I cried out my life that day, I was like God why should I be the one to face this challenge.

“Now, I’m happy and grateful to God, though it has not been easy.

“In everything, I thank God who has used Hon. Emmanuel to pay our medical bills. But like Oliver Twist, I am still appealing to Nigerians and the government to come to our aid.

“I graduated from the University since 2013 but I have no job; it is the same thing with my husband. So, it is really going to be difficult for us; you can see the place we are living; you saw how hard it was for us to get here.”

Meanwhile, speaking on what motivated him to help the family, Hon. Jonathan said he was motivated by the philanthropic lifestyle of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the need to show God’s love to mankind.

“I saw a post on Facebook regarding a woman who delivered quadruplets, and that they don’t have money to pay the hospital bill, and they have remained in the hospital since 27th of May when they were discharged. I was moved and after my discussion with my wife, we had to go come today and pay the hospital bill.

“We believe that doing this is to appreciate God for his love for humanity. It is that love that made Him give this woman four children at a time,” he said.

While calling on others to extend help to the family, Jonathan added that: “on our own, we also provided them with small means of upkeep, but it is not enough at all.

“So, I am using this medium to call on Nigerians to take a cue from what we have done. Now that we have brought the children home, we are begging Nigerians to come to their aid. God cannot come down from heaven to do this. There are people out there who have the capacity to address this challenge.

“On the part of the husband, I am telling him to come back; he should come back; he is not supposed to run to anywhere because there are people out there looking for this kind of blessing, but God has given him three boys and one girl at once.

“Having said this, I call on him to come back without further delay and join hands with the wife to take care of these children.”

The mother of the quadruplets gave her contact as: phone number- 08035454346. Account Details- UGWU EBERE PRECIOUS, 0018085166. STANBIC BANK.


Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa celebrates 46 Nigerian graduates from Howard University, USA.


46 Nigerian medical students have recorded an astounding feat of success in Howard University, USA.

Of the 27 awards of excellence given at the prestigious institutions graduation ceremony, 16 were claimed by Nigerian graduates

An elated Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa shared the news on her social media page.

There is no doubt that Nigeria is truly blessed with a crop of young, vibrant and talented minds that continue to exhibit excellence in any part of the world where they find themselves.

Such is the case of 46 Nigerian students, who recently made the bulk of the 96 medical students, that graduated from the prestigious Howard University in the United States of America (USA).

Even more interesting is the fact that out of 26 awards of excellence that were given out at the institutions graduation ceremony, 16 were claimed by hardworking and well-deserving Nigerian students.

It was gathered that the feat of academic excellence achieved by the student remains one that has never been recorded in Howard or any other university situated in the US.

According to Black Girl Magic, former president Barrack Obama, who was a commencement speaker at the ceremony, spoke about race and encouraged students of color to always remain proud of their blackness and should also learn to love themselves.

Reacting to the news of the academic excellence displayed by the students, executive officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, shared the news on her Twitter timeline and cheered the graduates for making the country proud.

Checks by Triotinaija showed that the event took place about 5 years ago.

This media house can’t categorically state why the Executive Officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission retweeted it


Breaking: US to begin removing ‘millions’ of illegal migrants next week

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The United States will start removing “millions” of illegal migrants next week, President Donald Trump said Monday, adding that Guatemala is preparing to sign a safe third country deal.

“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in,” Trump said on Twitter, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

He added that “Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement,” an apparent reference to a pact in which migrants entering Guatemalan territory would have to apply for refugee status there, not in the United States.

The US is facing a surge in migrant arrivals from Guatemala and other impoverished Central American countries which are plagued by gang violence.

The numbers have overwhelmed the ability of US authorities to temporarily shelter and process them.

Trump has called it “an invasion,” and has made the fight against illegal migration a central plank of his administration.

Earlier Monday the US said it would not offer any more aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras unless they take “concrete actions” to deter undocumented migrants from heading for the US.

For fiscal 2019, $370 million initially planned will be allocated to other foreign policy priorities, the State Department said, and all future aid is now conditional.

“We will not provide new funds for programs in those countries until we are satisfied the Northern Triangle governments are taking concrete actions to reduce the number of illegal migrants coming to the US border,” Ortagus said.

Under a deal between the US and Mexico this month to avert threatened tariffs, Mexico agreed to deploy 6,000 National Guardsmen to reinforce its southern border, and to expand its policy of taking back migrants as the United States processes their asylum claims.

“Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border,” Trump said on Monday


Breaking!!!; Fire Outbreak in Government Girls College


An inferno on Tuesday razed the hostel of the students of the Government Girls College in Mayo-Belwa, Adamawa State.

It was understood that the college had two hostel blocks, but one was earlier destroyed by fire last year.

An official of the Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area, Aliyu Isah, who spoke to journalists via telephone conversation; “The only hostel of the school has just been destroyed. It has been consumed by fire.”

“We have not determined the cause of the fire yet, but we put it to electricity malfunctioning. It is sad because the students will now have to be dispassed. This is the only hostel block standing after the first of two hostel blocks was similarly destroyed by fire last year.”

Although he was not specific on the number of affected students, he said they would not be less than 80, but that nobody received physical injuries as a result of the fire.


CCT Announces New Date For Arraignment Of Former Speaker Of Bayelsa State Assembly, Four Others


The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has rescheduled the arraignment of former Speaker of Bayelsa state assembly, Kombowei Benson and four other serving and former staff of the assembly over alleged abuse of office to July 4,2019.

It was reported that the arraignment, which was supposed to hold on Tuesday, was stalled due to ill health of the Chairman CCT, Justice Danladi Umar

Those to be charged alongside the speaker are former Clerk of assembly, Aaron Timiye and former Accountant, Thomas Tamaraodubo.

Others include Owudogu Edward current Clerk, of the assembly and Koroye Stephen, current accountant of the assembly.

The Federal Government filed four counts bordering on allegations of abuse of office against the defendants.

The charge was brought to the tribunal pursuant to Section 24 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

According to the charge, the alleged actions of the defendants are contrary to paragraph 9 of the fifth schedule, part 1 of the 1999.

The offence is punishable under paragraph 18 (1) and (2) of the same constitution, and Sections 13 and 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act CAP C15 LFN 2004.

The charge also indicated that the offence contravened government policy as well as the provision of 1999 constitution as amended as incorporated under section 13 of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act.

Meanwhile, it was reported that suspected hoodlums burgled the State high court and made away with some valuables including case files and legal documents.


Women’s World Cup; VAR sinks Super Falcons hope


The hope of the Super Falcons were brought down by VAR in their last group game of the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup against France, according to Nigerian fans.

Nigeria went into the encounter in dire need of a positive result, but Wendie Renard’s 79th minute penalty condemned Thomas Dennerby’s ladies to their second defeat of the championship.

The game was heading for a 0-0 draw before VAR awarded a penalty kick to the hosts after Ngozi Ebere was penalised for fouling Viviane Asseyi in Nigeria’s penalty area.

The initial kick by Renard hit the outside of the post and went wide. However, VAR ordered a replay after goalkeeper Nnadozie moved off her line before the kick. The Olympique Lyon star made no mistakes in converting the retake as Les Bleues made it three wins in three games.

It was a decision that has split opinion, with many feeling the African champions were hard done by the Video Assistant Referee.


Court Orders Arrest Of Serving Senator


The arrest of a serving Senator, Albert Bassey is popularly known as OBA, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has yesterday been granted by the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The EFCC is accusing Senator Bassey, who represents Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial district of money laundering.

His counsel, Barrister Samuel Ikpo, had said Mr Bassey was absent from court because he was not served a copy of the charge.

He explained that Mr Bassey, his client had asked him to appear in court and receive the charge on his behalf.

However, the prosecution through its counsel, Mohammed Sadisu Abubakar gave detail account on efforts made by the Commission to serve the lawmaker.

“My lord, since the filling of the charge, the prosecution has made frantic efforts to serve the suspect the charge but all our efforts proved abortive, as the suspect, who has been on administrative bail granted him by the EFCC has jumped bail.

“The Investigating Officer, Osatuyi Ayodele, also placed a call to him on June 6, 2019, inviting him to the office so as to be served the charge, but the Lawmaker failed to show up after he promised that he would.

“One of his (Senator Bassy) lawyer, Ini Utuk, was also contacted on June 7, 2019, but equally failed to show up, after promising to do so. Till this moment My lord, the suspect has failed, to honour the terms of his administrative bail which is to always make himself available.

“In the circumstances my lord, I humbly apply, pursuant to Section 113 and 114 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act for this honourable court to issue a warrant for the arrest of the suspect and to produce him before this honourable court”, Abubakar said.

But the defence counsel, however, argued that the charge is given to him since the matter was coming up for the first time before the court and that the suspect was not served the copy of the charge.

“The defendant was sworn in last week in Abuja as a Senator. I respectfully apply that the charge be given to me to hand over to him”, said Ikpo.

Responding on point of law, the EFCC counsel countered the argument of the defence, as he hinged his argued on the provisions of Section 114 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

He said, “My lord, Section 114 of the ACJA provides that the court can issue an order for the first time, depending on the nature and circumstances of the case and the nature and circumstances of this case gives rise for the issuance of a bench warrant.

“This is a criminal matter and there is no provision in ACJA 2015 to serve a charge through counsel in respect of a suspect who has not appeared before the court. My lord, I urge you to discountenance the submissions of the defence counsel”, Abubakar argued.

After listening to both sides, Justice Okeke upheld the arguments of the prosecution.

“Section 114 of the ACJA is instructive on this issue. The court can issue a warrant on the first day depending on the circumstances and nature of the case. One should lead by example and to whom much is given, much is expected.

“Where the defendant found it necessary to attend a legislative function, he should also find it obligatory to honour invitations by law enforcement agencies. Justice is for all in the temple of justice and if there is any application to be granted in the interest of justice, it should be the application made by the prosecution.

“The court, therefore, grants the application and consequently issue a bench warrant against the defendant for his production in this court on the next adjourned date”, the court ruled.

The matter was thereafter adjourned to June 24, 2019, for arraignment.


UN Finally Reacts To Multiple Bombing In Borno State


UN Secretary-General, António Guterres has sent heartfelt condolence to Nigeria over the triple suicide attacks in Konduga village, Borno State.

It was earlier reported today that 30 persons lost their lives while 42 others were injured in a suicide attack.

Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had reported that three suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Mandarari community.

Reacting, the UN Secretary-General, in a statement by his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Nigeria.

“He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. He hopes those responsible for these attacks will be swiftly brought to justice”, it added.

“The Secretary-General reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

He also renews the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support regional counter-terrorism efforts.”


2019 Elections; INEC speaks On Using Server To Transmit Results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that it did not electronically transmit the 2019 general election results to its server.

This was made known by INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, during a Post Election Retreat organised by the Commission for its staff and ad hoc staff engaged for the last general elections in Osun State.

Speaking, Soyebi stated that the Commission only experimented the technology during some staggered elections held in 2018.

The INEC commissioner explained that many factors forced the Commission to drop the idea of electronic transmission of the results to a central server.

“We piloted the use of transmission of election results electronically in Sokoto, in Anambra, even in Osun. What happened was that we were trying to pilot to see the desirability of such technology in our electoral process,” Soyebi said.

“First, our budget came out very late, there was also issue (with) the Electoral Act. For these and some other reasons, the Commission did not adopt that option. 2019 elections were conducted according to Law.


“We used the Constitution of the Federal Republic, we used the Electoral Act and our guidelines for 2019 elections. If you look at the three instruments carefully, the issue of server was not highlighted.

“Once in a while, you will see an experiment going on but we have to pilot it before we will deploy wholesale for election. We did not use it because of circumstances beyond the control of the Commission.”


PSG hint Intentions towards Neymar ‘Misbehaviour’


Paris St-Germain (PSG) are set to sell striker Neymar, with club chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi noting that irresponsible behaviour from players would not be tolerated anymore says French media reports.

The Brazil international player joined the Ligue 1 side from FC Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros (£198 million) in August 2017.

However, Neymar missed large parts of the 2018/2019 campaign through injury and suspension and made just 17 league appearances, scoring 15 goals.
Recall that already Neymar was prior to this, disqualified from leading the team in Copa America, starting this month.

PSG will consider selling the 27-year-old in the forthcoming transfer window if they receive a substantial offer, a report in L’Equipe said on Sunday.

Neymar who is reportedly unsettled at the club and has told relatives that he was having difficulties in France.

This was even before he was accused of raping a woman in a Paris hotel in May- an allegation he had denied, backing it with evidence.

The report comes on the back of strong comments from chairman and CEO Al-Khelaifi about the attitude of squad members.

“Players will have to be more responsible than before,” he told France Football.


Breaking: Supreme Court adjourns Adeleke appeal case

The Supreme Court Monday adjourned the judgement for the appeal filed by Ademola Adeleke against the election of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State till July 5.

Adeleke, the People Democratic Party candidate for the Osun State September 2018 election, is asking the apex court to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal in favour of Oyetola of the APC.

Adeleke also contended that the Court of Appeal erred in law when it upheld the appeals by APC and INEC, challenging the decision of the tribunal.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had declared Mr Oyetola winner after a controversial re-run election was conducted in parts of the state on September 27, 2018.

On March 22, the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja declared Ademola Adeleke the winner of the elections.

The three-member panel of the tribunal, in a split judgment of two-to-one, declared the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate the winner of the September 2018 election.

The tribunal, through the majority judgment, nullified the certificate of return issued to Mr Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress by INEC and ordered the commission to issue a fresh one to Mr Adeleke.

However, on May 9, the Court of Appeal, in Abuja, nullified the tribunal’s decision.

A five-member panel of the appeal court led by Jummai Sankey delivered the judgement with three members of the panel agreeing with the lead judgement.


Football fans, many others killed in Boko Haram triple suicide bombing

A triple suicide bombing by Boko Haram killed 30 people in the northeastern Nigerian town of Konduga, emergency services said.

“The death toll from the attack has so far increased to 30. We have over 40 people injured,” Usman Kachalla, head of operations at the State Emergency Management Agency, said on Monday, June 17, raising the tally from 17 dead and 17 wounded.

Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 km (24 miles) southeast of the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV.

The jihadist group known as Boko Haram began its bloody insurgency in northeastern Nigeria in 2009, but it has since spread into neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military response. More than 27,000 people have been killed and two million others displaced, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the region. On April 30, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales said that the U.S. assesses that Boko Haram and ISWAP “have been responsible for over 35,000 deaths since 2011.”

Boko Haram split into two factions in mid-2016. One, led by long-time leader Abubakar Shekau, is notorious for suicide bombings and indiscriminate killings of civilians. Shekau pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in March 2015, but ISIS central only gives formal backing to the other faction, which it calls Islamic State West Africa Province.

The ISWAP faction, which largely focuses on attacking military and government targets, was led by Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, but in March, audio recordings revealed that ISIS appointed Abu Abdullah Idris bin Umar, also known as Ibn Umar al-Barnawi, as leader. ISIS has not yet made a public statement confirming the change.

Neither faction has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.

Boko Haram has targeted Konduga in the past, including a February 2018 triple suicide bombing at a fish market that killed at least 18 people. In July, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a mosque in Konduga, killing eight worshippers.

In September, a Boko Haram faction raided Amarwa, a town in Konduga district, along with another nearby village. The fighters fired indiscriminately at residents fleeing their homes, a local militia leader said at the time.

Earlier this year the Nigerian military evacuated residents of Jakana village in Konduga ahead of a planned offensive against the Islamic State faction of Boko Haram.